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.