The match reports from the latest round will appear in this folder until the reports are received for the following round. All other reports can be found in the relevant Grade folders and all previous seasons' reports can be found in the match reports section as well.
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
The Stags looked to continue their winning form against Randwick Petersham, who were only one win behind them.
The start was delayed due to rain, with the covers being put on and removed intermittently.
Eventually the rain cleared enough for the toss to be done, which Stu Bromley won, sending in RP.
Gordon got off to the best possible start, with Matt Keane taking the wicket of the opener in the first over courtesy of a great catch by Jordan Hayes.
Matt Keane could soon be moving up the grades as a rig-based selection
Gordon quickly struck again, forcing RP to rebuild. Wickets fell at regular intervals, but the other opener hung in, and eventually was partnered with a competent batsman, who hit 4 sixes in one over to push the score up past 150.
RP eventually reached 168, with Will Calov taking 3 and Matt Keane taking 2.
Rain fell in the lunch break, and Gordon knew it wasn’t going to be an easy chase.
Liam Windel and Cam New started strongly before Windel was out, with Cam following soon after.
Cam New shapes an on-drive through cover point
RP then put the middle order under pressure, and after some tight overs, wickets began to fall in the pursuit of quick runs.
Ratnam, Haider, Andreou, and Bromley all went in quick succession leaving the lower order too much to do.
Gordon were eventually bowled out for 139 with 3 overs to go. #spewwin
Next week lads.
Gordon gathered early on Saturday morning in some questionable weather at Kensington Oval ready for the 1st vs 20th match up.
After a small rain delay to begin with, play begun only half an hour late, Gordon winning the toss and choosing to bowl first.
Good intensity to begin with and a few outstanding efforts in the field by Rahul Krishna built the pressure and eventually led to the loss of the first wicket, bowled by Lachie Burrows for 18. Randwick then went to lose 9/49.
New opening bowler and coward Darren Jayasekera claimed 2/15 off 6 overs, combining with the tight bowling of Prashan Seneviratne. Though the star performer Sam Watts finally claimed the figures he deserved of 4/18 off 7.1 overs.
Swatty was very well supported by our economical spinner Shiv Rana, claiming 3/11 of 5, ultimately resulting in Randwick Petersham being bowled out for 66.
Following a frustrating 45 minute break between the innings, Gordon begun the run chase with ease, racing to 45 off 7 overs.
With dark clouds lurking above, Rahul was unfortunately dismissed as he took one for the team and attempted to end the game in a few balls in order to avoid resulting in a possible draw due to only 10 overs being bowled.
Following his self promotion to number 3, skipper Aaron Crofts scored a quick fire 12 including 2 boundaries to close out the game 12.2 overs, Gordon winning by 9 wickets.
Another high quality bonus point win for Fifth grade, pushing them a win ahead of second place.
Fifth Grade decimate Randy-Petes with a bonus point!
Far more pleasant weather conditions prevailed at Killara Oval today for the all important Green Shield Semi Final between Gordon and Manly.Having won the toss the Stags had no hesitation in batting first and Gordon supporters were on hand to hopefully witness another dominant opening partnership.
Skipper Jordan Hayes
Unfortunately, on this occasion it was not to be with Jay Naganayagam falling to an outstanding catch for 2, quickly followed by Marcus Miller also for 2 and Jack Davis-Rice for 4, to leave the side tottering at 3-24. Tanvir Singh and Jordan Hayes then steadied the batting, before Tanvir was dismissed for 24. As on Sunday, Arvin Niranjan joined his captain to take the score to 94, before both were dismissed in two balls, Arvin departing for 15 and Jordan for another very well made 30.
As the Stags' supporters agreed that a score of 150 would be most competitive, the lower order nudged and pushed for every run. Unfortunately wickets also kept falling and it was left to Nathan Sequeira to make three lusty blows for 4 to take the Gordon score to a hopefully defendable total of 129.
As has been the case in every match, the Stags came out determined to take early wickets. With Nathan Sequeira's first ball it was Manly 1-0, quickly followed by another wicket in Jordan Hayes' first over and a score line of 2-5. Game on! The Manly batsmen then rallied with a forty run partnership, before sustained bowling pressure saw another three wickets tumble for 23, and score that read 6-98.
Another team effort
Jay Naganayagam with 2-18 off 8 overs and fellow offie Jordan Hayes 1-14 off 10 overs were dominant forces in restricting the run score and were well supported by an enormously enthusiastic fielding team that would not yield. In a seesawing battle the Manly batsmen rallied again with a partnership that took the score to 6-128. With the battle almost over, Tanvir Singh then raised the local supporters' hopes with another wicket, before the Manly side fell over the line at 7-130.
It was another superb game of pressure Cricket and Manly must be congratulated on their victory. From a Gordon perspective it was a disappointing result, however, of far more importance has been the journey this team has undertaken throughout the competition. Several close victories, splendid spirit and a never give up attitude have been features of a team, superbly captained by Jordan Hayes, that has provided the parents and supporters with an absorbing series of high quality matches.
The semi final team
Huge thanks and congratulations are extended to coaches Ash Doolan and Nick Miller for their outstanding belief and leadership in the playing squad. The boys have learned so much about the game and Gordon's culture over a six week period from these two excellent clubmen!
The efforts of Manager, Phil Hayes must also be acknowledged. Phil has worked tirelessly off the field with his excellent communication to parents, along with seamless organisation on each of the playing days, alongside sharing the scoring duties with Daniel Green and Sally Lole. Finally, many thanks to the parents for their wonderful support of the boys at each and every game, and to the families of 'bush brothers' Mitchell Lole and Tanvir Singh, who have travelled far and wide to support the team. Pleasingly there is much photographic evidence of the team's journey, courtesy of intrepid photographer and huge club supporter, Tony Wilson. Thank you Tony!
Gordon all out 129 in 36.2 overs – Jordan Hayes 30 in 53 balls with 2 fours and 1 six; Tanvir Singh 24 in 47 balls with 2 fours and 1 six; Arvin Niranjan 15; Nathan Sequeira 13; Harry Vale 8;
defeated by Manly 7-130 in 42.4 overs – Nathan Sequeira 1-16 off 3 overs; Jordan Hayes 1-15 off 10; Ayush Joshi 0-15 off 3;Jay Naganayagam 2-18 off 8; Tanvir Singh 1-13 off 6; Arvin Niranjan 2-17 off 6.4; Sam Schembri-Green 1-23 off 5; Harry Vale 0-6 off 1.
On November 11 last year, the Manly and Gordon clubs jointly commemorated their players who lost their lives in World War 1 fighting for their country, some of them not much older than our Green Shield players. They would be very proud today.
The first dreaded double header of the season arrived for the Stags men on the 13th and 14th of January against Eastern Suburbs.
As usual the wicket was as flat and bare as Tym Crawford’s hairline and we were fielding...one job Steve.
Alex Patterson and Charlie Stobo ran in hard on an unresponsive wicket at Chatswood Oval, with Stobo eventually finding the breakthrough with the score on 32. A great catch by Elliot at slip.
That was as good as it got for a while, the bowlers tried hard to blow the shins off the East’s batters but struggled on a slow wicket.
The afternoon session started well with the spinners bowling in tandem, eventually I managed to burgle one of my first proper wickets of the season, caught brilliantly by Elliot at slip once again.
Unreal catch Richtor!
However after the joy of the breakthrough came an onslaught from Moran of Easts who bombed his way to a run a ball 50 and took a distinct liking to the Chatswood surface.
We tried hard all day and bowled tidily to pick up regular wickets, once we eventually dismissed the East’s batter Robson who played slowly but well for his 96.
Wickets them started to fall a bit more regularly as Junky helped himself to two wickets near the end of the day.
Not a bad day for the Stags with East’s ending 322 for 6 at the close.
With East declaring overnight, the dirty knee of Cameron Eccles and now Futures star Axel took the field for the stags and started slowly against decent seam bowling.
Unfortunately we slipped to 45-3 and looked to be heading for some early beers. This was prevented by a fantastic partnership of 130 between Elliot and Steve which put us in a great position to kick on in the evening session. East’s toiled hard on the flat wicket and were rewarded with 3 quick wickets to reduce us to 195-6.
While this was going on, Steve had been batting like God and had moved to a fantastic 100, a great captains knock that looked as if he was going to steer us home.
Sensational 100 Steve Colley!
However this was not to be and when Steve fell for a magnificent 132, only Max Newman offered further resistance with a fine 40 not out, as the tail were blown away and we finished 25 short.
A decent effort from the boys on a flat wicket but unfortunately no one could stay with Steve after we lost the top order and we fell fractionally short.
I know the lads are all excited to play away at Hawkesbury next week and turn our recent fortunes around.
Gordon's second grade side arrived at a picturesque Waverly Oval for their Round 10 one-day clash against Eastern Suburbs.
Our boys held high hopes as we entered the match in great form with three wins on the trot in the one-day format. Our stand in skipper Scotty O’Brien had his first important task on his hands and that was the toss, unfortunately Scotty failed to win the toss and Easts sent us in on a very sticky looking wicket.
Gordon's innings started with Dom Thomson and Scotty at the crease, it wasn’t great signs from the outset with Scotty departing for (0) off the second ball of the innings.
Dom and Jamie Bekis were then paired at the wicket and worked hard to try and take the shine off the new ball, but it wasn’t long before Jamie was bowled for (4). The score at 2 for 7 with the Gordon boys in some early trouble. From there onward it didn’t really improve with our middle order crumbling as Reagan Klemt departed for a rare (0), Dom for a hard fought (8), Ash Doolan with (7), Dan Smith (4) and Oli Zannino with (1).
As our top and middle order struggled to defend the Easts bowlers on the seam conducive surface, once again our saviour Nick Miller showed us the effective way too bat on this surface.
Millsy cleared the front leg and had a crack with a few streaky shots and a few lovely boundaries including a monster six.
Nick Miller smokes one over mid-wicket.
Nick was partnered with an unlikely companion Daniel Stickland who followed Millsy’s way of stroke making before being castled for a well-made (13). Not long after Millsy also departed for a defiant 34 of 38 balls as Gordon were bowled out for 80 with Easts Yazdani the pick of the bowlers by far collecting 7 for 15 off his 10 overs.
It was our turn to bowl on the unusually damp Waverly pitch with Dan Smith and Sammy Baker taking the new rock. The Stags set some attacking and inventive fields as early wickets were going to be key too have any chance in stopping the Easts batting attack.
Yazdani after his strong performance with the ball opened the batting and swung with some intent, with runs flowing due too many edges over the slips and infield. He had the right idea on that type of pitch.
Dan Stickland was then handed the ball and provided our first break through with the score on 44.
From there on Easts cruised towards victory only losing one more wicket in the process with Stickland the pick of our bowlers with 2 for 28 of 5 overs.
With the game all over we had plenty of the time left in the day for a quick swim down at Bondi Beach and then over to support our first graders at Chatswood oval. #socialpoints
The Third Graders arrived to their new home Beauchamp Oval in a must win clash with the higher ranked Eastern Suburbs team.
Paddy won the toss and elected to bowl justifying the decision by producing a good rock to clean bowl their opener with the score 1/14.
Keevers bowled brilliantly from the other end and was rewarded with a wicket after multiple near misses.
A partnership was then started with Danusha bowling very well with no luck and Chris De Kretser landing his leggies. Eventually Chris got the break through with Danusha taking a good catch on the fence at 3/92.
Boothy picked up 3 poles.
After another partnership Easts were 3/119 and set to post a good total until the stags took 7/41 to turn the match on its head.
Booth took 3 vital poles (3/37) as well as a run out from Wright, but "Levers" Keevers was the pick of the bowlers taking 4/25 off his 10.
This left the Stags in a good position having to chase 161 for victory.
The stags got off to a good start with Tullia and Kleem reaching 0/37 before Kleem was unfortunately run out (shock) pushing for a second on 19.
A couple small partnerships followed however whenever the Stags started to get on top a wicket would follow.
Roberts made a quick 20 and Wright got 12 to push the score closer to the 161 however with work still to do the Stags lost 3 quick wickets meaning that they still needed 32 runs with just 3 wickets in hand.
Ryan walks the team off with a match winning 75.
De Kretser joined Tullia and having finished the job before showed his composure to hang around and make a crucial 11 not out helping the Stags win and keep their finals help alive.
Tullia finished on 75 not out. A near escape for the Stags but a vital 6 points to close the gap on the top 6.