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11 humble and majestic Stags vs 11 unearned arrogant Sharks (Pigeon Park, racial tolerance in the air, albatross sandwiches for tea).
With a must win match up for grabs Glenn McGrath Oval would see some tough fiery cricket the likes that hasn’t been seen since the fabled Clovelly Hotel Balcony match of 2007 adjacent to the side toilets.
The toilers of the North Shore were ready to grind the popped collared southerners in a match that would ultimately determine if the Stags would continue playing into late March.
With the help of what was probably a two sided coin the Sharks won the toss and elected to bowl (idiots) on a track that looked like a good batting track and a bowling attack with pumped up egos after higher honour call ups.
Happy Birthday Axel you big cutie.
Little did they know the immense vein of form Axel Cahlin is in and he showed his class once again. His innings of 123 off 189 included 20 boundaries and looked comfortable and in control his whole innings.
The middle order all got starts as well with Tym hitting a well compiled dinner for two (69) to take us to a score of 361.
An honourable mention must go out to our resident No. 11 with his masterful innings where he struck the ball at 100.
It must be said that the couch fits perfectly in his newly acquired bedroom and we can all agree that his batting is only improving with this move.
Day two saw us lose Charlie to a T league game that would start on the following Monday and this brought the most exciting opening bowler in the comp back into the team.
Reag’s opening spells brings a great delight and intrigue to the game as it always seems like we have played 20 overs in a spell of 5 overs.
He crams so much cricket into these overs. We get plays and misses, half chances, boundaries but most importantly we always get to see the back of one of the openers and he did not disappoint this week with middle stumps threatening to impale Dools standing 15m back.
Scotty starts his 1st Grade bowling career in style.
All the bowlers worked in partnerships and the flow of wickets was steady. Scotty O picked up his first 1st grade wicket and then in his second spell picked up another 3 to finish the demise of the Sharks.
Good win Mens
When you need me you throw me away, But when you’re done with me you bring me back. What am I?
Skipper Max Newman opted to bat first on what was a batsman-friendly Chatswood oval wicket, much to the team’s relief. From then on it was the Dom Thomson show.
Opening with Bekis the pair strung together a solid opening partnership, and when Reagan (27) came to the crease they continued this dominance with a mixture of solid defence and attacking strokes.
After Reagan was dismissed Roberts (59) and Thomson then kept the momentum going with a 133 run stand, taking the game away from the Sharks with some big blows, including a notable front foot sweep from Dom in front of square off the opening bowler.
DT brought up his 100 with an edge through the slips, much to the delight of the boys in the pavilion. However, he was not done there, and Dom continued his onslaught along with contributions from Smith and Newman.
Dom’s patience combined with aggression and power was a true batting masterclass, as he finished the day on 188* and the score at 5/359.
The following day Dom brought up his maiden double hundred in the form of an overthrow, and pulled his hamstring in the process – what a man.
The Gordon bowlers then bowled in unison to take regular wickets against the Sharks batsmen. The pick of the bowlers was Ryan Meppem, who despite bowling a long spell, maintained his accuracy and length and picked up 5 wickets in the process.
Meppo has a lovely piece of salad.
The bowlers also had to battle against the Sutherland batsman who had decided to shut up shop in the last session, so big ups to the quicks – namely Stickland and Baker who continued to toil against some frustrating batting, and Smithy for picking up the last wicket in the 80th over.
A huge thanks to Nick Miller for also coming to field as a substitute for Dom – your value has been missed.
A win for the ages. Congrats Dom.
Oli "The Stallion" Zannino
After a long drive down to God’s Country, the third grade Stags drove into a ground with a nice cream picket fence and large sight screens. After dropping off our bags in the change room, we were met with a bumpy outfield that made us feel like we were right back at home back at Killara. The pitch looked placid and dry, but to give ourselves the best chance of an outright victory and to propel ourselves into the top six, the team agreed we should bowl first if given the chance.
Sure enough, Captain Effeney won the toss and we sent the Sharks in. Pat Effeney and Matt Keevers started with the new ball, and Effeney struck early with a ball that moved brilliantly off the seam to disturb the batsman’s stumps. However, just as the opening batting partnership didn’t last long, neither did the opening bowling partnership, as the sight of the ball bouncing like a tennis ball suggested we might be better served by using our three-pronged spin attack.
Chris De Kretser and Matt Wright came into the attack early and both bowled very well. Wright even turned a few to beat the bat of the right handers on his way to claiming four top order wickets.
Matt Left was ragging them past the bat.
De Kretser bowled good attacking lines at the other end and was unlucky not to strike a few times. Charlie Booth, spinner number three, then joined the attack and bowled his fair share of tidy overs as well. This plan of attack continued until the tea break.
Danusha Seneviratne had waited a long time to bowl, but made the most of his opportunity with a smart spell of reverse swing bowling with the old ball. Big D only picked up the one pole, but had the ball hooping and could have had a few more if luck had gone his way. Day one’s play was eventually halted as a big storm rolled in and with Sutherland sitting around 7/200.
Day two saw a pitch perhaps even flatter and better for batting than last week, as it had a touch more pace onto the bat. We set out in search of the last three wickets. Keevers nicked off one of the Sharks’ batsmen with a straight one, and De Kretser also claimed a second wicket as reward for some good bowling last week. Sutherland began to have a swing and their number 11 and captain put his money where his mouth was and hit a big dinger over long-on before declaring at 9/255, giving us 65 overs to chase the runs.
The top order started well with both Tom Hamblin and Chris Spratt looking comfortable against the new ball. They batted in contrasting manners, with Hamblin patiently blocking, deflecting and nudging the ball into the gaps while Spratt preferred to take on the bowlers, playing some superb shots and hitting several boundaries on his way to 37.
You bloody ripper Pappy, I love you.
After the openers fell, Matt Wright continued his form and made a good start, getting to 27, but fell just as he looked to be setting himself for a match-defining innings. Max Papworth had other ideas, however, and played a brilliant innings of 76 to provide the backbone to the Stags’ innings.
Papworth was particularly harsh on the spinners and hit a couple of dingers of his own, sweeping and lofting to good effect. Darren Jayasekara also got in on the action, choosing to deal almost exclusively in boundaries on his way to 19. When Papworth fell, we were still 50 runs short with 4 wickets remaining. Sutherland perhaps sensed they could cause a lower order collapse and an upset win. However, Charlie Booth (23) and Pat Effeney (26*) ensured this didn’t eventuate, as they set about knocking off the remaining runs required for the win. Chris De Kretser was there at the end as well, with 6* to guide the Stags home with a few wickets and a few overs up our sleeves.
The boys sung the Gordon song loudly in the tiny brick change room, with skipper Effeney particularly glad not to be hearing the Sutherland boys yelling Shark attackackackackackack.
Gordon 4th grade skipper Stuart Bromley lost the toss and the Stags were sent in on a wicket, that soon began to crumble.
It wasn’t a good start for the Stags who lost a couple of quick wickets in Cam New and Mitch Kleem, however Naba Haider and Dash Ratnam were able to steady the ship with 26 and 28 respectively.
In fact it was a day where most batsman chipped in including Stuart Bromley who added a solid 35 aswell as Liam Windell with 24, Manus Chauhan 11 and Vik Nehru 11*.
Naba dug in to help the Stags post a competitive total.
By now the pitch at both ends had started to crumble and made it difficult for batsman and for bowlers to get proper grip.
The Sharks had a tough period to get through and finished at 7/35 Stumps. An outright was needed if the Stags were to progress through to the semis.
The line and length from the bowlers was exceptional with Matt Keane taking 3 for 4 and Vik Nehru 3 for 13.
On day 2 the lads were greeted with hot and humid conditions and a wicket that looked like a belter.
A solid warm up with a game of touch football put us in the right frame of mind
The bowlers took the last three wickets in 8 overs and Sutherland were forced to follow on.
Matt Keane took 3/4 in the first innings!
At 7/53 it looked as though there we’d have some early beers, however a stubborn sixth and seventh wicket partnerships put an end to that.
The Sharks were eventually dismissed with a 30 run lead and Gordon had eight overs to get the runs.
Pick of the bowlers were Liam Windel 4 for 33 and Manus Chauhan 2 for 14.
Mitch Kleem was the only casualty, being given out to a delivery that clipped his left shoulder. Dash Ratnam and Cam New did an outstanding job getting us to the end.
The Stags will now look for another win against Blacktown this Saturday to confirm a spot in the finals.
On a bright, hot, Saturday, Sutherland started their innings 33 runs ahead, a result of low scoring first innings from both sides. Their openers saw off the new ball cashing in on loose deliveries. Prashant Seneviratne noticeably beat the bat on a few occasions, some balls rising steeply off a length on a two faced pitch.
Dhillon Amjad came on second change and immediately tightened the screws, eventually catching Sutherland’s opener LBW on an accurate yorker. Captain Aaron Croft brought himself on at the other end and played foil to Amjad, building pressure. Amjad dismissed the new man, brilliantly caught at second slip playing away from his body by Sammy Watts. Soon after, Amjad knocked back the off stump of the other opener, and we had new bats at the crease. Dhillon Amjad ended with excellent figures of 3 for 7 with 4 maidens in his 8 overs. He returned match figures of 7 for 26, a notable performance.
The offspin of Shiv Rana and some sharp pace from Sam Watts followed after. Sam particularly bowled with intensity, rocking the batsmen with some well targeted short bowling and eventually ended up with a wicket for his efforts.
Shiv in action!
Shiv would have to wait for his haul. Sutherland were clearly not batting to make a match out of it, and their slow progress saw captain croft use 8 bowlers on the day trying to get some breakthroughs. It did not help that Gordon’s fielding was less than par, seeing no less than 3 dropped catches on the day.
Rahul Krishna bowled his seven overs of leg spin in an attempt to pry some wickets and also got a wicket, a well taken catch by Fraser Wilson. Shiv Rana in his second spell knocked the stumps of two Sutherland batters in a period of play that saw as many as 6 fielders surrounding the batters. But Sutherland was disinterested by the ploys and meandered along well past Tea. Eventually, they declared at 165 for 8 off close to 60 overs, leaving Gordon a massive run chase of 199 to win off 20 overs.
A strategic ploy saw Dhillon Amjad open the batting, in an attempt to chase the target down quickly and saw him play and miss on a few hoicks. However, a swinging ball eventually led to Amjad’s dismissal, pegging back his stumps. Fraser Wilson and Michael Fletcher steaded the innings and built a partnership on aggressive batting.
Fletch whacking em.
Sutherland set very defensive fields, having as many as 6 boundary riders. This did not deter Wilson on Fletcher, who sent some massive sixes over long off and extra cover, playing some exquisite shots along the way. Eventually, Michael was dismissed on 42, stumped as he came down the track to Sutherland off-spinner Whittingham, who would further trouble the Gordon batters on his way to 4 wickets on the day.
As the required rate climbed to over 10, it saw a tumble of wickets as Gordon batters tried to make a match out of it. Hugh Sherwood fell LBW walking across his wickets to Whittingham, and Rahul Krishna was caught at short mid on a mistimed chip. Aaron Croft then joined forces with Fraser who continued battling away at the other and, and put on a partnership. However, he too fell to Whittingham, caught at long on, and they exchanged pleasantries on the send off.
Brad Morrison somehow pulled a long hop straight back to the bowler, and the run rate climbed past 12. Having lost 7 wickets, Gordon decided to play it safe, and the match ended drably. Fraser was able to carry his bat on his way to 61, but a sub par first innings batting performance eventually made the difference in the loss.
Gordon now slides to second, and this loss will be sure to fire up the players to come out strong as the business end of the season approaches.
Round 13 saw the Stags face Mosman in an eagerly awaited encounter at the glorious Chatswood oval. Rumour has it that Matt Junk had this fixture in his dairy since August 2017. After peeling back the covers 1st grade were presented with a hard yet unusually grassy wicket, which enticed captain Kholi to have a bowl after winning the toss.
The Stags started very well as Reags and Patto consistently challenged the Mosman bats with consistent line and lengths. After a couple of close chances in his first over, Reags was rewarded, claiming the shin of the opening batsmen. Patto joined in on the fun taking his first wicket of the match with a well-planned bouncer that saw the whales reeling at 2/28. The bowlers toiled hard through the middle session with spin twins Junky and Parky looking dangerous but some patient batting from the Mosman top order allowed them to pile on almost 200 runs for the third wicket, which fell at the tea break.
Mosman looked to accelerate the run rate but some clever bowling and tight fielding saw this threat defused. Mosman finished the day at just under 360 for the loss of 6 wickets. A great effort by the stags with wickets shared amongst the bowlers on what finished up a flat wicket.
Day 2 saw the “Big Dogs” keen to repeat last week’s thrashing of the “losers” in what was a clinical display of skill, finesse with the odd sprinkle of brilliance. It was a hard fought match in the second leg, going goal for goal, which saw the scores level at the full time siren. An old-fashioned penalty shootout saw Elliot clinch victory for the Big Dogs with a Messi like strike that curled through the centre of the goalmouth. Now that the important part of the day has been accounted for I can get back to the cricket.
Patto ignores the cries of 'pitch it up' and for the first time in his career bounces someone out.
Mosman decided to bat on and finally declared at 7/378 after 103 overs. I must mention the 7th wicket, which was claimed by Parko with the assistance of Tym at mid off who must’ve thought he had a baseball glove on, catching the ball overhead in a one-hand/backhand style screamer.
With 88 overs to bat and 379 runs to win the Stags knew they were well in the hunt for the 6 points. Axe and Eccles started off nicely, with Cam looking solid as always dispatching the new ball to all areas of the ground, (especially the fence). They brought up a 100 run opening stand until Axe ran himself out just before the lunch break. The fall of captain Kholi saw the score at 2/111 at lunch.
With Cam and the Harry, the prince of Chatswood at the crease, the stags looked in control with another 100 added for the third wicket until Cam was dismissed for an outstanding knock of 78. Prince Harry looked to be in his groove showcasing his pure class with an array of scoring shots but was unfortunately dismissed soon after Cam.
Wickets were lost in somewhat regular intervals however the self-proclaimed “magician” known as Elliot Richtor held the middle order together. He rotated the strike with ease and showed his dominance, putting pressure on the bowlers when they missed their lengths.
With 50 runs needed with 2 wickets in hand we were in for a nail biter but Els and Patto were having none of it. The pair combined for a brilliant partnership that saw the Stags successfully chases the required 379 runs. Els finished on 77* and Patto 24* with every single run of his coming in boundaries!
Will they ever learn? Do. not. bowl. on. Richtor's. pads.
As you could imagine, after a fantastic win against the song was sung with extreme volume and my ears are still ringing! Overall it was a great win which places 1st grade in an excellent position for finals cricket!
Special mention must go to Matt Parkinson who played his last game for the stags this round. He has been fantastic for the club both on and off the field and we wish him the very best on the lions tour!
The Round 13 Fifth Grade fixture was held at Killara Oval as the Stags hosted Mosman.
Mosman, in close proximity to the top 6, were eager to grab a victory over an inform 5th Grade Stags side.
Aaron won the toss and elected to bat on what seemed to be a batting friendly pitch. Unfortunately, however, some early wickets resulted in a poor start.
The score at 3-25. Hugh and Aaron provided some resistance through a gritty partnership, although wickets still fell consistently through a mixture of poor shots and dubious umpiring.
Aaron Croft leads by example with 55.
Aaron provided the only noteworthy knock with a fighting 55 whilst Sam also contributed with a much needed 20. Overall an underwhelming batting performance from the Stags succumbing to a final total 139.
With 23 overs left on Day 1, the Stags were keen on revenge.
The first wicket fell on the first ball of the innings with an LBW to Dylan. Similarly, the other opening batsman fell for a golden duck at the start of the next over as Fraser cleverly ran out the batsman in the midst of an LBW appeal.
However, despite this strong start the Whales were able to consolidate and finished the day at 2-54.
Day 2 provided similar conditions to the first day, however a slightly cooler day was a great welcome for the Stags in the field.
With early wickets a necessity, Aaron struck to end a prominent partnership in the middle order and before long he had the other set batsman, both caught excellently by Hugh.
Dylan and Shiv also picked up middle order wickets and furthermore Rahul executed a great run out to have Mosman reeling at 7-83.
Dylan Hood was the pick of the bowlers at Killara.
Despite this, there was a small Mosman resurgence, led by their captain, and the Whales were nearing the target.
All this was alleviated however, when Aaron took a caught and bowled and Dylan took two more wickets to complete the game, with Mosman falling short by 17 runs.
All out for 122.
An excellent fielding and bowling display from a side that is eager for finals competition.
Round 11 saw the Stags match up against Hawkesbury, with 1st grade designated the tedious trip out to Bensons Lane. It is fair to say that the majority of grade cricketers are not aware of the upcoming fixture until the week of, potentially even weekend of, however not H Evans. A strategically played wedding card saw Harry conveniently labelled unavailable for this fixture, which in turn brought the reluctant match report writer into the side. Extremely excited to be picked in the top grade, however slightly confused to find out that match reports were still a thing.
The First grade side were extremely motivated to finish the post Christmas campaign with some success. The usual competitive warm up game of touch footy resulted in the usual unethical and immoral attitude from the Julios. Near enough is good enough (to the try line), and rules bend to aid the consistent winning streak from this side. Whether it is a conscious effort to cheat, or a subconscious defence mechanism to withhold their high school “jock” personas and win at all costs, the nerds regardless are always residents of the moral high ground. Well done guys, you will all be working for us one day.
Hawkesbury had won the toss and elected to bat first. This brought the unique opening bowling partnership of Patto and Reg, which is extremely unlikely to be replicated. However the partnership immediately provided success, two quick wickets in the first two overs.
Cam Eccles is so so so so good.
As everyone knows, Reagan (I) can only take a wicket in my first over. Steve was inevitably on top of this information, and after my lbw caught Doolan (we still can’t figure out which), the plans altered. Patto bowled well in spells throughout the whole day, and he has really come into his own post Christmas. He finished the day with figures of 2/16 off 9.
However, the day belonged to the spinners. M Parkinson/Junk shared figures of 67.2 overs, 7/144. An exceptional performance. They were clinical all day, with next to no bad balls, and constant wicket taking throughout the day saw the Hawks have no answer to the Stags spin twins. A great effort with the ball and in the field saw the Hawks innings come to a close at 186 all out. This left 13 overs to negotiate for the top order. Unfortunately Axe was trapped in front, but Patto held up his duties to leave the Stags at 1/26 at the close of play, with Cam also not out. A solid batting performance was required next week on a wicket that would no doubt prove a challenge.
Unfortunately, Patto fell victim to a solid delivery early on day 2, which left the Stags 2 down, bringing Steve and Cam together.
Like seriously good, I don't think you understand. He is so good.
These two put on 56 for the 3rd wicket, both showing a positive mindset to combat the quality spin bowling. Steve fell for a well made 30 odd, before a couple of quick wickets put the Stags on the back foot. The score reaching 5/125 at lunch.
Cam and Tym then took the score to 147, before an unfortunate hit wicket ensued, Tym out for an important 25 in the scheme of the game. Ash then joined Eccs, which proved the match winning partnership, passing the score 6 down. An absolute credit must go to Cam, who appeared to be batting on a completely different wicket. A mixture of elegance and aggression attributed to his agonisingly close 100 odd (92). An outstanding effort, well done mate!
This win means that the Stags still hold an outside finals chance, and with a team of this quality you never know!
Saturday/Sunday cricket games at Petersham Oval excite even the busiest of us.
Clocking off on a Friday afternoon having completed a long week at work, and being able to spend both days of your weekend on the cricket field with no time for friends and/or family makes us tingle with excitement.
The atmosphere in the cramped, away sheds on a rainy Saturday morning was electric.
A low-pitched grumble could be heard amongst the chatter, but I couldn’t be certain if it was a long-awaited thunderstorm on the horizon, or whether it was Matt Junk’s stomach growling due to that morning’s undercooked salmon. I guess we’d find out.
Play was delayed, and a 40-minute game of football got the boys moving. Some Barcelona-esque ticka-tacka saw the ‘tall’ men clinch the win against the ‘smalls’, and bragging rights for the rest of the day.
Matt Chunk takes 3 poles
Having not played the week before, I was pleased to see the boys moving the ball well across the backline and being patient with their possession.
Steve Kholi won the toss and elected to bowl on a wicket that looked unfamiliarly grassy and great to bowl on early.
Who knows, maybe a wicket like this may provide an even contest for bat and ball. I still wasn’t convinced.
Some tight bowling and aggressive tactics saw the Petes’ batting struggle early, losing a few wickets and putting the stags in a commanding position.
Patto was unsurprisingly clinical, and with the 4th wicket falling for 60ish just before lunch, things were looking good. It became evident to us in the first session, however, that the grumbling heard earlier in the change room was definitely not an imminent thunderstorm.
Play was momentarily halted as Junky provided a projectile-storm of his own, chundering at gully due to ‘uncooked salmon’ (a classic post-circuit excuse).
Sawdust was provided for the incident zone after Matthew Chunk emptied his insides, and play continued, albeit a little smellier than usual.
Continual steady bowling and clean fielding saw a steady flow of wickets, and soon the stags had taken 8 wickets for 180, but the opposition held on to remain 9 down at the end of play.
3 wickets to Junk, 3 to the Stobinator, and 2 to Patto.
Day 2 provided better weather, and more opportunity for the ‘talls’ to go 2-0 up in the pre-game football.
Clinical play from the talls saw the game end up 34-0 in favour of the talls. Better luck next time ‘smalls.’
It only took Patto 4 balls to take the remaining wicket, and the Stags were set 214 as a total – gettable on an increasingly flat wicket.
Axel traded in his signature elbow for some post-Christmas runs
Cam and Axel stole the show that morning, and had taken the score to 145 before Cam departed for 46.
Both players were commanding in the middle, and confident strokeplay took our minds off the remnants of vomit still visible at gully.
Axel brought up his hundred in style, and played some genuine pace bowling with ease.
Steve Kholi supported him nicely at the other end, and the stags passed the total 1 down. Kholi 31*, Cahlin 131*.
The Gordon 2nd Graders turned up at Chatswood Oval on Saturday morning looking to hit, bowl and throw some cricket balls.
While waiting for a bit of rain to clear I had a coffee from ‘The Steam Engine’, the cafe had great rustic vibes and gave a sense of comfort as opposed to ‘Cofihouse’ which looked lame (more on this can be found in my zomato review).
Max Newman lost the toss and we were in to bowl on what looked like a decent wicket.
The Steam Engine was todays Man of the Match
"Chris Searle and Dan Smith found swing early and left Randy-Petes at 2/26 after 10. Wickets fell at regular intervals throughout the next 10 overs, with one each to Sam Baker, Dan Stickland and Reagan Klemt. Randwick then attacked and put on 70 off the next 10 overs before two more wickets fell, to Smith and Ryan Meppem. For the last 15 overs the runs dried up and Randwick stumbled to all out 208 in the 48th over.” (Paul Stephenson, 2018)
Starting off the run chase Dom decided to leave a straight one. Jamie and Reagan came together and looked solid. With the score at 1/49 off 14 we had a bit more rain.
Our target was revised to 204 off 45 overs. After the delay both set batsmen fell before another rain delay at 3 for 76 off 20.
The target was further reduced to 191 off 40 overs because we are to good at cricket and needed a challenge or something.
We went from being in a strong position to needing to score at 7 runs and over for the rest of the innings and unfortunately the wickets that fell reflected that.
Dom is still having nightmares and has got in contact with internationally recognised psychiatrist Ken Willcox for help.
The decision to not go off for every drop of rain meant that the deck received a good watering making run scoring difficult.
Risks were taken and wickets followed, as no batsman was really able to come to grips with the new situation.
Dan Smith smoked 59 with some big hitting and cunning lap sweeps (Dan also agrees that Cofihouse looked lame).
He was the last man out and we fell about 18 runs short, similar to that of the week before.
We look forward to Mosman this week and hope to find those remaining 20 odd runs required to win games of cricket.
Michael "Silky Smooth" Roberts