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1st Grade vs Wests - Round 2 - 2017/18

1st Grade vs Wests - Round 2 - 2017/18

The Stags welcomed the Magpies to the mighty Chatswood Oval and Glenn really turned it on with a pitch worthy of a futures game and an outfield worthy of an Indian Turps league match. Anyway it was always going to be a tough slog for the poor old bowlers but finally some reprieve for the batsmen in a bowler dominated game.

I think we lost the toss as we received the signal from the captain that we would all be donning the dark cream tops and standard cream trousers. West’s star studded opening partnership that included the star of ‘30 Rock’ and the mind behind ‘The Elements of Thought’ coupled with some trash bowling got off to a commanding start with no wicket in the first session and 134 runs being hit to all areas of the ground. 

Going into lunch the feeling was that a long day was ahead of us and a usually calm and collected skipper got stuck in. The verbal barrage seemed to do the trick (as well as a reversing ball) after lunch and Chuck got into his work.

Charlie 'Chuck' Stobo takes 6 -74 

First wicket was as brilliant catch from Dools and the very next ball was a late inswinger that brushed the top of off. Sohan was visibly upset with having a reversing ball and decided to bowl a hip height full toss that was dispatched over the stand. 

Even a search party that included 15 sniffer dogs, 25 police officers, 11 cricketers and 1 Apache helicopter couldn’t find the location of the valuable reverse swinging ball. Quote from batsmen ‘I’ve never seen so many people search for a ball’. 

The loss of ball didn’t affect the outcome of the day as we quickly had the new ball reversing as well as some terrible cricket shots that resemble the colour contrast between the Magpies shirts and trousers and the innings was done after 66 overs and 241 runs. 6 wickets to Chuck really showing how good that lad is. Well below par at Chatswood.

Axe and I had 28 overs to get through for the rest of the day. A tall ask and this brought out some village shouts from the young Wests side. ‘Big Friday for them next week’, ‘Can leave his kit in the car next Saturday’ really got our knees shaking and you could tell by the scorecard with easily getting to 58 before I didn’t pick the wrong un. 

Harry 'Harold' Evans is back where he left off, scoring 100s!

Unfortunately Axe also fell just before the end of the day and Patto, the best night watchman this side of Military Road, was called apon. Col and Patto saw out the remaining couple of overs and set up the Stags for Day Two.

The team really turned up next week and you could see how quickly we wanted to get the runs. I needed some brownie points at home and needed to get to Kirsts brother’s wedding and Harry needed to get to a bucks party. 

After Patto fell early in the morning after hitting some glorious strokes and brought the man of the day to the crease, Harold. As a wise man once said ‘he only scores runs at Chatswood….. and in Tasmania….. and wherever really, he’s pretty good’. 

Harold tried hard to get to his bucks party on time by kicking a straight one but the umpire hadn’t travelled from Parramatta to watch the rest of us battlers bat so he decided to let him keep playing, and playing he did do. Col also raised the thumb with a well compiled 55 before trying to hit one into Westfields and missing it. Tym (74) scored runs too but I didn’t see it as I left to collect my brownie points so not sure if that actually happened. Also I didn’t see H actually get to his 100 so I would like to see video evidence of this. 

Song was sung (I believe) well done Mens.

Cam Eccles

Colts vs Penrith - Grand Final - 2016/17

Colts vs Penrith - Grand Final - 2016/17

Cricket is a funny game. You win some and you lose some. It isn’t every year that you play 15 rounds of hard fought cricket to make a final. On this special occasion, the 2016/2017 Gordon Colts led by “Sir” Aaron Crofts featured in the Grand Final. 

Aaron "Ronny" Crofts - Premiership captain 

In weeks gone by the focus of the team was on the finals. A convincing round 15 win against UNSW confirmed top spot and a clash with Randwick Petersham who won a bare five matches all year in the semi final. The rain card was played in the semi and off to the final colts went.

Killara Park was the venue and the 2nd place Penrith Panthers were the opponents. After a mammoth week of preparing tactics that in fact had been organised at least two months in advance, creating a wicket and reminding the boys on the fundamental rules of cricket… (Yes Brady I am referring to you here) the weekend had arrived and the weather had cleared.
As expected a delayed start welcomed the two sides to the infamous dog park. The sluggish outfield was damp on the surface in patches, the pitch in good condition but all we needed was some heavy sun and it was game time. 

Nonetheless, it got to midday and play had not begun.

In retrospect, this gave the boys and Ken another chance to mingle in the change rooms. I must admit, teenagers and a sixty-year-old coach really do not mix. Immaturity on both ends if you ask me.

At 3:00pm play was abandoned for the day. Over the last week, we had spent a total of 24 hours waiting in the change rooms doing nothing… is that a record? The only bright side to the day was putting covers back on the wicket. I like to think as Captain I have taught the alliance of students in my team “how to put covers on and off the ground”. 

Let me just set the scene for you. We have about 6 players in the team who love standing within a 1m radius of each other. Therefore, instead of taking 5 minutes to put covers on the ground, it takes at least 15 minutes. I think it is time that each club hands out a mandatory “Guide to Covers” at the start of each season. 

Anyway… Day 1 abandoned and back to our girlfriend’s houses for a deep tissue and bubble bath after a strenuous day doing chores.

Play was scheduled for 10:00am on Day 2. The “lads” as Jory Cureton would say arrived 8:30am sharp to once again repeat the daily dose of removing and folding covers. The Dharmsala looking wicket was flat, not a tinge of grass was left. It had been rolled more times than a typical Georges River side in the 2016/2017 season…. Sorry Dayle.

The outfield was still moist but the conditions were perfect. Play was called to begin at 11:00am and a toss at 10:30am.

Captain Aaron Crofts had reminded the boys for the last three months that “all we need to do is to bat for 192 overs and we win the premiership, honestly it is that simple”. Well despite those spiteful tactics, Crofts heroically won the first battle of the match and won the toss and elected to bump Penrith out of the game.

Final words were exchanged in the dressing rooms and the realisation that the first ball of the Grand Final was under way in due course. The scene was set and thanks to the efforts of the groundmen and others involved we got to begin the Grand Final.

Let me take you to the commentary.

WICKET – OUT!!! (1/36) Dellis to Bull – Bull tries to loft one over cover but plays on the up and is caught by Crofts in front of point. A solid start by Penrith but once again Gordon continue to attack and a spirited Nick Dellis gets the breakthrough.

Brady Morrison - One to watch out for in the future 

WICKET – OUT!!! (2/37) Hood to Agius – Trapped in front on the full and the young and inexperienced green shield player goes packing for a Duck…. Quack Quack Quack. Hood find his rhythm.

WICKET – OUT!! (3/38) Nehru to Sullivan – BOWLED. Nehru has been causing trouble to Organ at the other end but his extreme sweating disease has brought about a sweaty and shaky shot from Sullivan who chops on for another quacker. Penrith have lost 3 for 2.

WICKET – OUT!! (4/41) Keane to Coyte – Caught Behind. Arguably the easiest wicket in the metro cup this season. The professional “hacker” has literally just hacked and snicked off to Oliver Williams with the gloves. This is cricket and this is pressure from the Gordon Colts.

WICKET – OUT!! (5/43) RUN OUT by R.Krishna. Suicide. Slipped on the second and Organ is run out for a well compiled 34. A gorgeous throw over the stumps from Rahul and Penrith are reeling.

WICKET – OUT!! (6/52) Dellis to Crouch – Back into the attack is Dellis and he strikes again. A healthy edge to Williams who takes his second. Penrith are in all sorts and have now lost 5 for 16.

Manus Chauhan - Unlucky with the ball in the Grand Final, but clearly kept the pressure up to the Penrith bats 

WICKET – OUT!! (7/79) Crofts to Lelliott – A healthy partnership was forming but on comes the captain with some tight bowling and Lelliot gets strangled to square leg where Rahul Krishna takes a sitter.

WICKET – OUT!! (8/79) – Crofts to Chowdhury – Crofts is on a hat trick. The battle of the captains is one by the Gordon skipper as crofts charges in and shatters the stumps first ball. In celebration, he runs off down towards his fans.

WICKET – HOWZATTT – OUT - (9/81) – Seneviratne has the last laugh as Smith plays around one and gets struck in front LBW. A pumped up Danusha gets his first.

WICKET – OUT!! - (10/87) – Crofts to Greogory – A massive shout from Gordon and Crofts has his third as Nick Dellis takes a catch at bat pad.

A phenomenal effort to take 10 wickets for 51 runs as Penrith crumbled for 87 all out.

Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison had been cautious in recent weeks with the bat and had the best opportunity to seal the deal for the Colts side in chasing 88 runs to win the game and the Grand Final.

Harvey and Morrison were watchful and played their most elegant innings of the season. Harvey (30) left the ball with ease and punished the short and wide deliveries when he was offered them.

Morrison once again dominated bat and ball. He enjoyed clipping a ball for six over deep backward square that I am sure his Shire ladies will be hearing about during the week. Nice work Brady.

At 0/40, Gordon looked comfortable. Morrison eventually fell for 20 but Harvey was class and anchored the innings right until the score reached 80. Williams, Crofts and Krishan all chipped in a few runs to see us to the end but it was Manus Chauhan (3 not out) and Matt Keane (18 not out) who had the honour of seeing us to a 5 wicket victory and the Metropolitan Cup title.

Andrew Harvey makes a great start to the small target chase 

What a season…. What a team. 165 wickets later and over 2,500 thousand runs scored, the Gordon Colts proved that experience does not mean everything and that a strong and relentless bond is what truly counts to any success.

Beers were shared and stories were told but a big thank you must once again to our manager Jenny Williams who has worked tirelessly all year to ensure this team reached its peak.

As captain I would like to thank those who attended the match and supported us this season. Ken Wilcox you are an ideal and your enthusiasm was immense in tutoring these boys on how to sustain pressure on and off the field. Ha!

Finally, congratulations to all of those who were a part of this squad this year. I am proud of you.

Captain and Champion Player out!!

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

With 4’s finals hopes on the line, it was important that they come out of this game with a big win too ensure their chances in the finals run. The day started well with skip Stu Bromley winning the toss sending them in to bowl. 

Rare as hens' teeth. The Mitch Kleem forward defensive 

The weather forecast showed that there was going to be some severe rain in the afternoon but at this point the sun was out and the deck was flat and hard. Mitch Kleem and Tom Hamblin got the ball rolling for the stags smoking the ball to all areas of the outfield before Tom was fired by the ump for not many. This bought to the crease youngster Matt Wright. With his patience and Mitch’s brut force, the pair were able to compile a terrific partnership bringing the Stags to 101 before Matt was dismissed. 

In Mitch’s defence, I as well as the rest of the 4th Grade side had never seen him block so many balls in his innings of 65. There was a job to be done and he did it extremely well, hats off to him. Once Matt and Mitch were dismissed, run became hard to come by and the middle order were finding it very difficult to pierce the gaps through the off and on side, so Spratty took it upon himself to take the aerial route to bump up the run rate. 

This was short live as he and Tim Ferrero were dismissed within 3 overs of each other. Luckily for the 4th grade side we had depth and strength in our batting line up leave Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino to showcase some powerful hitting to get us to the 200 run mark by 50 overs.
The pitch had flattened out over the lunch break due to the heat and sun, but little to ND’s know there was a big storm brewing, and fast. Sammy Watts and Matt Keever’s were tight in their opening spells bowling continuous line and length, drying the run rate up which would end up costing ND’s in the long run of the game. With the dark clouds moving over our heads, we knew rain was coming, and had to get 25 overs completed to have it be classified a game, so on came the spinners. 

Charlies Booth and Matt Wright were excellent in ‘bowling to the field’ and the ND’s batsmen were short on ways to score runs causing their top order to crumble due to the pressure of trying to increase the run rate. The lightning and rain began to set in and when all was said and done, the hail stones the size of our hands and the swimming pool on the edge of the square were still not enough for the umpires to call it. 

We waited another 90 minutes before the second batch of rain hit before the two captains agreed no more play was going to happen. 

Not the outcome we had quite expected but still 6 points for the Stags none the less keeping their finals hopes alive. 

Carn 'Em.

Tim Ferrero 

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

Coming off the back of some good wins and confidence high, the stags were set to take it to a traditionally strong NDs 5th grade side. Batting first on what was a typically flat Beauchamp track, the sun was shining and it was all set to be a good day of hard cricket. 

David Burk was fantastic with the ball, despite the side's disappointing performance 

Jack Doolan did his usual thing getting us off to a quick start hitting the ball to all parts over and through the thick outfield. However this was not to last as the Stags lost consistent wickets with no real partnerships to steady the ship. Despite some lusty hitting from several batsmen keeping the run rate above five an over, there was no longevity on display from any member of the team. Gordon we bowled out for 140 in the 26th over. 

With a point to prove and an underwhelming total to defend, the Stags needed to come out and bowl in the right areas and put the batsmen under pressure from the outset. Unfortunately some wayward bowling early meant that this initial pressure was not evident. 

Dave Burk came on to provide some pressure, displaying excellent control to take four vital wickets at a restrictive run rate. If there was a highlight of this disappointing performance, Dave's performance would certainly be it. 

Gordon seemed to drift through the inning never really showing the grit and mongrel necessary despite being in the game on a number of occasions. 

5th Grade will look to get back to their dominant winning ways next round against Hawkesbury heading into finals.

Lachie Stewart

Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Ahh… Georges River. The second encounter between Gordon and Georges River was once again being held at Beauchamp Park. But before I get into the events of Saturday’s action, I think it is only fair that I give the viewers a glimpse of what happened in Round 4 vs the River.

Crofts leads the charge against the River! 

In short, Georges River played two ineligible players, scored 385 in 96 overs and claimed that we… yes Gordon were playing for the draw…. I still don’t understand how they thought we were playing for the draw. 

If you are reading this Dayle Carew, please call me and let me know. As a result, the game ended in a draw, Gordon protested and got 6 points and back down the river they went.

With back to back wins against Blacktown and an outright win against Easts, Colts returned to Beauchamp looking to score three straight victories on the trot. Mild, overcast conditions welcomed the two sides to the one day format. 

The return of Nick Dellis and departure of Jory Cureton meant Colts did not lose any striking power with the ball. Dylan Hood backing up after his four wicket haul and Prashan Seneviratne eyeing off another performance than Nuwan Kulasakera would be proud of.

Lovely footwork here by the 'keeper to take a catch off the quick 

Skipper Aaron Crofts lost the toss and Gordon were asked to add another 10 wickets to the tally of 125 for the season. Despite Gordon hoping to win the toss and bat first, it is always a treat for the opposing team to shape up against the firing quicks the colts side has each fixture. Danusha Seneviratne (1/17 off 6) and Nick Dellis (0/21 off 8) started off the innings satisfactorily. 

With periods of economical bowling and tight lines, Georges River managed to tick over some runs to kick of their innings. However, nonetheless, Colombo born Seneviratne was up to the task, adjusted to the conditions and took an early pole to add to wicket #126 for the season. At 1/41 off 10 overs, the River, who for 99.9% of the season barely reached 10 runs without losing at least 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 wickets, were actually in a decent position.

But… yes… they were playing the top side in Gordon and over the next three to six overs the game changed dramatically.

Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6), who idolises his bowling off kiwi international Neil Wagner who possesses that infamous grunt at the end of his delivery stride, once again hit that 50 cent coin for his next 36 deliveries. 

For about a month now, Prashan has arguably been the pick of the lower grade bowlers at Gordon. His line and length, seam up deliveries catches the opposing batsmen off guard. 

Yep. That'll do it. What a great action shot! 

Yet again, the River batsmen could not hit the red kookaburra. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, they both caused a collapse. River lost 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Dylan Hood (3/17 off 6) cartwheeled the stumps down towards 1st and 2nd slips throat. In fact, Hoody was on a hat trick and this is where the drama really kicks in… 

Dylan Hood, who at this stage was sweating more than a hot curry after a night out, took the ball and headed to his mark. Little did he know that the most attacking captain at the club had set a 9-0 field for a hat trick ball. Let me just take a moment to set the scene….

1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, 4th Slip, 5th Slip, 6th Slip, 2 gully’s and a silly mid off…

Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison who have not participated in the slips cordon all year had stains running down their whites they were that scared of a potential “catch it” coming their way.

Anyway, here comes the delivery… Let me remind you that we have no one on the on side. Hoody runs into bowl, an in ducker at the chest. 

The batsman who tries to evade the deliver ducks into it and gets hit in the ribs. Just like the infamous 1932/1933 bodyline series (a tactic that the Colts side has utilised this season) the batsman crouches to the side of the wicket….the non-striker batsman cries “YES!!!” and as both batsman meet half way down the wicket… keeper Oliver Williams in true keeping style flicks his left glove off and throws the ball from bat pad down towards Dylan Hood at the stumps to eventually flick the bails off for a team hat trick.

Just when you thought attacking fields were not appropriate for this day and age, the Colts boys always prove it wrong.

Quote Ken Wilcox (coach of the Colts side) on the team app; “Absolute Classic – setting 8 slips with no fielder on the leg side – forcing the batsman to hit the ball on the leg side where there wasn’t a single fielder and then running him out” – K.Wilcox 4/2/17.

Manus Chauhan (1/8 off 4) and Aaron Crofts (2/8 off 3) finished proceedings with a couple of clean bowled deliveries to cash in on the fun that was being had at Beauchamp Park. River… all out for an abysmal 80.

Certainly good viewing from mid-off! 

FUN FACT #1 Gordon Colts have taken 135 wickets this season in 12 games of cricket. 

With lunch called, it was time for the Colts weekly debrief during the interval. Usually this consists of what controversial things Brady Morrison or Matt Keane did during the week away from the cricket fields. 

But as captain I think it is only fair that our readers are not exposed to some of the teenage activities that go in this side. However, I will say one thing…. It certainly lifts the teams morale. 

Looking for a bit of swing... and well out of the danger zone here! 

FUN FACT #2 Manus Chauhan is the leading fielder in the Metropolitan Cup with 7 slips catches.

The chase began at 1:00pm with Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey given the opportunity to score two 40 not outs each. Despite some early blows by Brady and typical leg side wide bowling by river, Brady was caught at short cover for just 6. 

Runs were being scored thanks to the wides column and Oliver Williams and Andrew Harvey went about getting the score close to 40. Oliver eventually fell to a short pitch delivery for 5.

At 2/38, Captain Crofts came to the crease with Harvey to see the side to victory. 

Gliding it through point for the winning runs 

After a cautious start, Crofts eventually punished 6 boundaries and a six to win the game to end on 39 not out. Andrew Harvey who played a tight innings of 18 fell short just prior to the winning runs.

A 7 wicket win to the Stags over the River sees Gordon outright first still on 58 points.

A game that Gordon was expected to win and a game that once again showed that attacking is the only way to win games of cricket. Thanks again to our excellent manager Jenny Williams for taking photos, scoring and delivering the subway.

Lovely shot that! And great work by Jenny with such fantastic photos! 

Also, special thanks to Ken for his pre-match chat and for watching us again this week.

Skip out!! 

Aaron Crofts

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval. 

There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni 

Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket. 

Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat. 

Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling. 

That's some lovely placement there by Danusha 

A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield. 

How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!

After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28. 

Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill 

Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win. 

With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game. 

The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals. 

James Brown

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 11 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 11 - 2016/17

Saturday Week 1, I hopped into David's car, the famous "shagon wagon" as he calls it, and squashed myself in between the game ball and 11 bear traps! I realised later on that they wouldn't be needed.

We arrived at the ground questioning if we were in the right sheds, however concluded we were judging by all the white pants, crinkled shirts and packed lunches (kids cricket).

Sam Watts 10 wickets for the match!

Anyway to the game, obviously the gravy train rolls on as the Burk wins another coin toss and utters "we will have a trundle" to the North skipper who replied "on this road no worries!", lol. 

Sam extremely pleased with this choice was feeling very towie to get the ball in hand after a girl from the night before left him wanting more on the dance floor.

Soon enough we had the top 5 in our sky rockets easily enough for a staggering 38 runs!  

Then a cocky kid came to the crease and offered me some smart remarks, friendship and half of his home made sandwich (on debut). Which I replied I already have a sandwich and 6 points at tea thanks champ!  

To sum it all up, it was a great couple of days for the Stags where we bagged 10 points and Sam took home the biscuits with 10 poles for the match. 

Will Reg ever get to 10,000 runs?

For an added bonus we shall have Damon Livermore for at at least one more game as he got caught on the fence whilst knowing he had only 2 runs to tick off to achieve the huge milestone of 10,000 runs for the Stags. It almost seems like he doesn't want to leave?

Thanks for your time,

Jack "The Big Cat" Doolan 

Colts vs Easts - Round 11 - 2016/17

Colts vs Easts - Round 11 - 2016/17

As the sun rose on a crisp Sunday morning in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Gordon Colts side led by Aaron Crofts were met by Eastern Suburbs. It was 1st vs 3rd in a vital match for both sides. Skipper Croft lost the first battle and the Colts were in the field, the smell of freshly made cappuccinos and soccer mums walking around in their active wear were abundant. 

Jory and Danusha opened the bowling and bowled tight areas, Danusha snicking off a kid who looked like he hadn't passed primary school yet. 

Prashan then came on with immediate impact clean bowling their captain and Number 3 in his first few overs. 

James Brown coming back from an ego boosting private school game continued where Prashan left off and provided excellent flight and drift. Did Shane Warne just come out of retirement? The only thing missing was a sloppy rig and streaky blonde hair.

James Brown bowling with superb flight and control. 

After Oliver Williams nearly killed Jory with a ball ricochet into Jory’s sunglasses leaving an attractive scar under his eye, the Eastern Suburbs outfit were struggling at 6/64. They needed a big partnership to get them out of trouble and fortunately due to good, tight bowling Eastern Suburbs were skittled for a measly 106 with Jory picking up 3 at the end.

Eastern Suburbs 109 (Jory Cureton 3/11 off 9, Prashan Seneviratne 2/9 of 6, Danusha Seneviratne 2/20 of 10, James Brown 2/22 off 10, Aaron Crofts 1/19 off 7)

Colts openers Fraser and Andrew strolled out to the middle looking positive and attacking play guided Fraser, who also came back from a time-wasting school game, to a solid 28. 

However wickets were falling at the other end, although Aaron Crofts halted the flow of wickets by providing great strokeplay, including a monster dinger into the stands (can report no crowd catch was taken). 

Prashan and Jory batted until stumps with Gordon finishing day 1 at 5/76 chasing 106 for first innings points; a nervous run chase indeed.

Day 2 arrived in approximately 161 hours and Trumper Oval spectators were about to witness one of the most entertaining cricket matches since the first tied test in 1960.

Jory playing his shots at Trumper.

Prashan and Jory were ticking the runs along nicely but within a blink of an eye Jory, Danusha and James were incorrectly given out in one of the worst umpiring displays on a cricket field. Independent umpires do make mistakes but to have 3 going against us within 20 minutes is unheard off. 

But such is life and Prashan after given a healthy promotion from 11 to 7 was really proving to the rest of the team he can hold a stick, batting out of his skin with the tail. 

Gordon needed 13 runs off the last wicket and the stress was showing, fingernails were getting bitten off, hair loss was real and the posh Eastern Suburbs felt like a chamber of immense pressure. 

Dylan Hood playing his first game for the club, definitely a very good rig-based selection, strutted onto the wicket looking calm, definitely provided a boost to get the boys closer to the target. The famous Dylan Hood cut shot, the solid Prashan defence and that Eastern Suburb bowler who bowled legit 8 no balls guided us to first innings points.

Gordon 108 (Fraser 28, Crofts 26, Prashan 11, Dylan 10)

With a lead of only 2, Gordon's bowling unit needed another repeat performance of their first innings and that was initially happening with Jory bowling the kid from kindy...these Poms have no mercy. 

A partnership was on the verge of getting away until on the stroke tea, Shane Warne (James Brown) bowled a flighted delivery only for the batsmen to hit to the leaping Fraser Wilson, a spectacular mark, reminiscent of the “Leo Barry you star” 2005 AFL Grand Final iconic moment. 

With good vibes heading into the next session, it was Dylan Hood cleaning up the tail with the help of James Brown. They took 7 between them due to some brilliant controlled bowling.

Good catching by Colts, Danusha taking this one in the deep.

Side Note - Afternoon tea was delightful, some roast chicken, herb bread, donuts, lollies, watermelon, all the good stuff, however it was clearly not as good as our afternoon tea.

Eastern Suburbs 126 (Dylan Hood 4/15 off 4.4, James Brown 3/18 off 9, Jory 2/33 off 7)

Now it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting, the wind chill coming across, the equation was ...Gordon need 125 of 17 overs to practically burgle 10 competition points. 

All the hours of watching the Big Bash would be coming down to this, it was time for our batsmen to peg back the ears and go downtown. 

A change in the batting order promoted Brady to open with Fraser and he got us off to a great start before Fraser chopped on. Next was Jory, coming into the crease with the attitude of “it’s six or it's out”,..... we’ll see how that goes chief. 

98 runs later and oh boy what a partnership, it was boundary after boundary, including one 6 that was caught by Mr Oliver Williams in the crowd, congratulations to Oliver $10,000 coming his way. Brady and Jory seemingly destroying the Easts bowlers to all parts of the field and was a wonderful partnership to watch, was this were Marcus Stoinis got his hitting inspiration from?

More importantly the required run rate was at run a ball when Matt Keane came to crease to produce one of the most exciting 2 ball innings ever in cricket. A disrespectful 6 first ball over the sight screen was met with loud cheers from the Gordon faithful before being out next ball. 

10 points! What an superb performance!
And well kitted out in Beastwear gear!

It was now Skipper Aaron and Brady (who reached his 55) finishing it off for us, giving us the valuable 10pts to go outright first on the ladder. 

What a performance, what a game, what a sport. This is why we play cricket, to shake hands with a defeated, devastated opposition with a massive smile and a "thanks champ".

Gordon 3/127 (Brady 58 Jory 46)

Danusha "Big D" Seneviratne

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

After a shaky victory to the Julio’s, some cricket was actually played…

The Stags won the toss and bowled under sultry skies. They started well but a number of dropped catches gave Mosman a massive reprieve. 

Chad Soper remained not out at the end of the innings. 1st Grade for this International in Round 11 

The score rose steadily as more catches were shelled. Anand Verma finally took a brace, as did Chad Soper, as Mosman finished on 5-246 from their 50 overs.

What could have been! But wasn’t.

Gordon started steadily but then the top order collapsed with only Scott O’Brien of the top five batsmen making any real contribution.

Corbin Edgar and Chad Soper then added some respectability with a good partnership but when Corbin was out for a swashbuckling 73, the end was nigh.

All out for 208 with Chad remaining 27*. A disappointing result but I know the lads have had a good week of training and are ready to take on the Bears with animosity. 

Go the Stags.

Max Papworth

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

The Stags arrived to the sight of a very green deck at Killara Oval and unanimously decided to bowl. However, Stu Bromley had other ideas.

Upon his return from the middle he declared to the team that he had decided to bat!

Charlie Booth, sponsored by SURA, makes the most of his opportunities out there at Killara Oval... but had to wait after Stu chose to bat 

Liam McElduff (30) created a steady platform for the team but the Stags struggled to form partnerships. 

Charlie Booth whacks the ball to all areas at Killara!

The Stags looked to be in a bit of trouble at 5/105 until a young and handsome Charles Booth crafted an elegant and mature 77 showing his fitness and strength throughout the innings. His innings helped pull the Stags out of the deep water to a total of 259.

Stu and the rest of us reflected that from 5/105, reaching 259 may have demoralised the Whales a little and we certainly felt this total was out of reach of the Pod in the sheds next door.

The slow scoring Whales gave the Stags extra confidence and a win for the Stags looked imminent.

Resistance late in the innings from Mosman created some tension and brought them back into the game. Pat Rice saved the day and took 5 Whale scalps with tight stump to stump bowling. 

Pat Rice developing into a great bowler for the Stags!

The Stags song their song proudly and at the top of their lungs, making sure the Mosman Whales heard every last word.

Harry Rees

 

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