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How good is cricket!
With some dodgy weather looming, and a pitch looking like the same colour as the outfield, Cameron New won the toss and chose to bowl first, and what a good decision it looked to be.
With Will Calov bowling some heat, and Matt Keane swinging it round corners, the Stags had the dolphins reeling at three for custard.
Another couple wickets from Liam Windel and Vikrant Nehru saw Easts slump to 5-40odd. If a few more catches went to hand, we could’ve had them skittled for under 100.
Unfortunately, a couple of loose overs ensued and Easts formed a good partnership.
With most bowlers chipping away, we were able to restrict them to 166 with Steve Bristow and Manus bowling some extremely tight middle overs. The heat got to some with Will Calov going off just before the end of the innings (soft?).
Calov beat them with pace, real pace.
Our turn to bat. The boys had a solid start with Cam looking VERY GOOD and Steve hitting them cleanly. A good catch saw the end of him and Arvin was in next.
An outstanding partnership formed between Arvin and Cam to put us in a winning position. Then the game of cricket turned its ugly head.
A collapse of 7-27 saw the boys go from 2-100 to 9-120odd.
With some questionable shots and comments like “we just wanted to make the game interesting” it was looking as bleak as the dark clouds over the horizon.
Simply marvellous Cam New.
However, two legends of the GDCC, Nick Andreou and Vikkers Nehru said screw that. A tough, gritty and expansive stroke play ensued and the boys scraped through with a win, topped off by a booming straight drive to win from Vikkers.
The team song was song in style. The game went from “how bad is cricket” after our collapse, to “how good is cricket” in the space of half an hour.
Great game lads.
Gordon won the toss and decided to try the bowling option for the first time in the season.
After an early break through, Easts were on the back foot.
Further great spells from Dave Monaghan, Sam Watts and Shiv Rana restricted Easts to 3/111 off 38 overs.
However their mid to lower order managed to put on 98 in the last 12 overs.
Special mention to Aaron Crofts’ slower balls in his final few overs at the death, preventing Easts from putting on an even greater total.
Final score 8/216.
The chase had a slow and shaky start with multiple early wickets and a few starts, 23 for Wilson and 22 for Crofts, leaving us at 6/90.
Darren carries the lads home and to the pub with 87*
However Darren remained at the crease and steadily made his way to 50. Dave Monaghan supported Darren to 50 with a gutsy 25 but was unluckily dismissed to one of the best catches you would see in a Fifth Grade game.
8/158, the game was looking out of hand until Darren casually cover drives an Easts bowler for 6, later taking 19 and 15 off two consecutive overs to eventually see us home with a commanding 87 not out.
Another great win for Fifth Grade!
Another blistering day, weatherwise, presented at Killara Oval yesterday, as the Gordon Stags' Greenies defended home soil against Hawkesbury in an all important quarter final. Winning the toss the Hawks had no hesitation in batting against a Stags team missing Will Rogers (stress fractures) and Mitchell Lole (broken toe) from the attack. Steady, sensible batting placed further pressure on the home side with the Hawkesbury batsmen accumulating runs at a healthy rate.
Harry Vale during his 46 not out.
At 2-104, captain Jordan Hayes was forced to change his bowlers regularly in an attempt to seek the all important breakthrough. With great support from the fieldsmen, the Stags fought back to have the Hawks reduced to 6-148, before the game then swung back to the batting team with a 49 runs seventh wicket partnership.
The Hawks were finally dismissed in the last over for 200, with a total of nine Gordon bowlers having been used. Ayush Joshi, Jay Naganayagam and Hugo Fraval all took two wickets, supported with one wicket each to Jordan Hayes, Jack Davis-Rice and Arvin Niranjan. It would be remiss also not to mention an extraordinary one handed diving catch in the covers by Harry Vale, that proved to be a real momentum changer.
Stags' openers Jay Naganayagam and Tanvir Singh attacked the Hawkesbury opening bowlers with relish, striking the ball down the ground at every opportunity. The intent was obvious before both were dismissed with Tanvir on 16 and Jay on 35, which included 2 sixes and 4 fours.
Hugo Fraval, Arvin Niranjan and Jay Naganayagam in action at Killara
The pace then slowed a little with sedate batting moving the score along steadily, courtesy of Marcus Miller with 23, before Jordan Hayes and Arvin Niranjan, further consolidated the Stags' score with a 54 runs partnership. When Jordan was dismissed for 17, the game was again thrown open for both sides at 5-144. It was left to Arvin and new batsman Harry Vale to further consolidate the Stags' score with a partnership of 36, before Arvin was dismissed for a very patient and mature innings of 32. With the support of the lower order, Harry continued to bat in a controlled manner and guided the side to 8-201, with a personal score of 46 no.
It was another great performance by a Staggies team that simply refuses to yield, chasing or defending, and they now take this attitude into a semi-final match against Manly at Killara Oval on Tuesday 23rd January, commencing at 10am.
Go the Stags!
It was great to see the victorious Poidevin Gray team at the game after they completed their win at Chatswood against Bankstown
x Match Scores:
Hawkesbury: all-out 200 in 49.5 overs – Ayush Joshi 2-26 off 6.5 overs; Jay Naganayagam 2-31 off 10; Jordan Hayes 1-31 off 10; Hugo Fraval 2-28 off 5; Jack Davis-Rice 1-18 off 4; Arvin Niranjan 1-18 off 6; Marcus Miller 3 catches, Hugo Vale -2.
defeated by Gordon: 8-201 off 47.1 overs – Harry Vale 46 not out in 53 balls with 5 fours and 1 six; Jay Naganayagam 35 in 17 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixers; Arvin Niranjan 32 in 62 balls with 6 fours; Marcus Miller 23 in 26 balls with 5 fours; Jordan Hayes 17; Tanvir Singh -16; Jack Davis-Rice 6.
And of course the compulsory photo after the game
The Gordon Stags' Greenies campaign saw them cross the Harbour Bridge yesterday for a clash with their southern opposition, UNSW. Again captain Jordan Hayes won the toss and elected to bat against a backdrop of NSW Waratahs players training on an adjacent David Phillips Complex field.
Mitch Lole bowls the last UNSW batsman on final ball
The Stags promoted fast bowler Tanvir Singh to open the innings with Jay Naganayagam, and he did not disappoint. Playing very responsibly and picking the correct ball to dispatch, Tanvir was finally dismissed for an excellent 63 and the Gordon total on 4-114. An excellent partnership of 108 then ensued courtesy of Jordan Hayes and Jack Davis-Rice, who both showed great maturity and sense of purpose to consolidate the Gordon innings, and enable the team compile a hopefully defendable total of 9/243.
Tanvir Singh had a fine all round game
Having to win the match to have any chance of making the semi-finals, the UNSW openers batted with aggression in an opening partnership of 81. They further consolidated with some sensible stoke play to have the side 3-192, before the Stags' fighting qualities again came to the fore. As with previous matches, the fielding intensity lifted and the run rate began to steadily climb.
Jordan Hayes was in the runs and wickets again
Jordan Hayes bowled his offies with great accuracy and two quick wickets had afforded the team a fighting chance going into the final seven overs. Enter the 'bush brothers' Tanvir Singh and Mitchell Lole who, as with Penrith, bowled late spells of superb line and length. From 5-228, the UNSW batsmen succumbed to the intense pressure and were all out for 239, on the last ball. While the bowlers gave their all, Jordan with 4-24, Mitchell 3-36 and Tanvir 2-42 were the standouts, along with some excellent pressure catches from the boys. The side must again be commended for their 'never say die' attitude, which they have displayed in a number of incredibly close finishes.
The boys now return to Killara on Thursday against Sydney Uni, where another victory will afford them a home semi-final.
Jack Davis-Rice during his 56 runs
Go the Stags!
Gordon – 9 for 243 in 50 overs Tanvir Singh 63 in 82 balls with 4 fours; Jack Davis-Rice 56 in 75 balls with 4 fours and 1 six; Jordan Hayes 43 in 50 balls with 4 fours; Arvin Niranjan 18no in 14 balls with 1 four and 1 six; Jay Naganayagam 16 in 11 balls with 2 sixers; Marcus Miller 13; Mitch Lole 11. Defeated UNSW – All Out 239 on the last ball of their 50 overs – Jordan Hayes 4 for 24 off 10 overs; Mitch Lole 3-36 off 8 overs; Tanvir Singh 2-42 off 9 overs; Jack Davis-Rice 0-38 off 8; Ayush Joshi 0-37 off 6; Sam Schembri-Green 0-22 off 4; Nathan Sequeira 0-17 off 3; Hugo Fraval 0-18 off 2.
Table with One round to go:
The roving selector with his wingman
Following the festive celebrations of the New Year, the Gordon Greenies returned to the fray yesterday in a hard-fought battle against Eastern Suburbs at Waverley Oval. Winning the toss on a hard and fast pitch, Gordon batted first and, despite aggressive stroke play from Jay Naganayagam with 28, were in early trouble against the Easts attack at 3-44.
Will Rogers at Waverley
Valuable middle order contributions from Marcus Miller 25, Jack Davis-Rice 19 and Jordan Hayes 14 partially retrieved the situation before Harry Vale and Sam Schembri-Green further consolidated the Gordon score with a 38-run partnership for the seventh wicket. With Harry's departure for a mature innings of 36, Sam pushed on with Nathan Sequeira for another 31-run partnership to take the final score to 8 - 202 and his own tally to an impressively constructed 35no.
Hugo Fraval collects a wicket
Despite the Easts' openers playing and missing on several occasions, early wickets did not come easily for the Gordon side. In a desperate attempt to create some momentum, Captain Jordan Hayes changed his bowlers frequently, however, at 4-153 Easts appeared to be cruising to a comfortable victory. Enter opening bowlers Will Rogers and Ayush Joshi who both bowled superbly and quickly turned the match back in Gordon's favour. Easts' last six wickets fell for 31, with Ayush 3-25 and Will 3-31, supported by a major lift in the field from their team mates, bowling out Easts in the forty ninth over for 184.
In summary, a very good victory by the Gordon boys, who will be much better for the game experience, as they travel to Penrith today to play their fifth match in this very competitive competition.
Go the Stags!
The winning team against Easts
Gordon 8 for 202 off their 50 overs – Harry Vale - 36; Sam Schembri-Green – 35no; Jay Naganayagam – 28; Marcus Miller – 25; Jack Rice-Davis – 19; Jordan Hayes – 14; Nathan Sequeira 13no. defeated
Eastern Suburbs all out 184 in 48.1 overs – Will Rogers 3-31 off 9.1 overs; Ayush Joshi 3-25 off 9 overs; Jordan Hayes 1-32 off 10 overs; Mitchell Lole 1-18 off 4 overs; Hugo Fraval 1-24 off 7 overs.
Jack Davis-Rice, Jordan Hayes and Ayush Joshi against Easts
Bankstown won the toss at Killara on yet another very hot day and elected to bat first. Their top order looked comfortable against the Gordon attack, to reach 4-158 and seemingly on the way to a large score. Jordan Hayes was the steadying factor for the locals, taking 2-32 with his offies and bowling a very tight line and length. He was ably supported by Jack Davis-Rice who was also impressive with his leggies taking 3-45, including a magnificent caught and bowled.
A great match from Jack Davis-Rice with 3 for 45 and 73
Tanvir Singh also returned to the bowling crease late in the innings, taking 2-18 and the Bankstown score was restricted to 207. Unfortunately the local boys bowled far too many wides on the day and will need to improve markedly in this area in future games.
Gordon was off to a flying start with Jay Naganayagam depositing balls to all parts of the field, before a run out on 21 terminated his stay at the crease. Our top order failed to fire on this occasion and, at 5-62 were struggling against a very accurate attack. Tanvir Singh joined Jack Davis-Rice at the crease with the pair adding 40, before Tanvir was dismissed for 19. Some stiff lower order resistance from the bowlers allowed Jack to take his score to 73, before he was the last batsman dismissed for a mature and very disciplined 73, and a final score of 186.
Sam Schembri-Green and Tanvir Singh in action against Bankstown
It was a disappointing loss against one of the Greenies stronger teams, however, there were pleasing aspects to the later overs with both bat and ball. Tomorrow presents another opportunity for the boys as they host Hawkesbury at Killara, with the match to commence at 10am.
Go the Stags!
Bankstown all out for 207 in 45.2 overs – Jack Davis-Rice 3-45 off 10 overs; Tanvir Singh 2-18 off 6 overs; Jordan Hayes
2-32 off 10 overs; Hugo Fraval 1-3 off 1.2 overs; Sam Schembri-Green 1-17 off 4 overs; Defeated
Gordon all out 184 in 47.4 overs – Jack Davis-Rice 73 off 131 balls with 4 fours; Jay Naganayagam 22; Tanvir Singh 19.
Despite heavy rain the preceding afternoon, fine conditions enabled the Greenies game against Hawkesbury to commence on time today at Killara Oval. Having lost the toss, Gordon batted first on a pitch that offered some early assistance to a very accurate Hawkesbury attack. Similarly to their last match, the boys lost early wickets and were struggling at 4-25 before Arvin Niranjan and captain Jordan Hayes steadied the innings, with a 44 run partnership.
Jordan Hayes in action at Killara
With Arvin's departure for 25, Jordan continued to build the innings total before being dismissed for an invaluable 42. Ayush Joshi batted maturely for his 24 and, supported ably by the lower order batsmen, Gordon managed to build to a hopefully defendable total of 140.
Steady rain over the lunch necessitated use of the covers and a delayed start to the afternoon session. Before supporters from both teams could take their seats, the Hawkesbury run chase was in tatters.
Sustained pace bowling by Will Rogers, ably supported by Tanvir Singh, had all the batsmen in trouble and, in the space of 15 overs, Hawkesbury was dismissed for 38. Will's figures of 5 overs, 1 maiden and 6-14 was a superlative effort and, on two separate occasions, he was on a hat trick. Tanvir, Jordan Hayes and Sam Schembri-Green all chipped in with a wicket each, whilst the team fielded with great enthusiasm as they pressed home their ascendancy.
Will Rogers takes 6 for 14 against Hawks
In summary, it was an excellent victory following Tuesday's disappointment and the team enters the festive season in good cheer and full of enthusiasm.
Go the Stags!
Gordon all out for 140 in 49.1 overs - Jordan Hayes 42; Arvin Niranjan 25; Ayush Joshi 24 –
defeated Hawkesbury all out for 38 in 15 overs – Will Rogers 6 for 14 off 5 overs; Tanvir Singh 1-16 off 6 overs;
Jordan Hayes 1-2 off 2 overs; Sam Schembri-Green 1-3 off 2 overs.
The winning team
Played in absolutely oppressive conditions at a picturesque Rosedale Oval, the Greenies' 2017/18 campaign commenced impressively yesterday. Winning the toss, Gordon elected to bat and was off to a blistering start, courtesy of an excellent opening partnership between Jay Naganayagam and Marcus Miller. Jay, in particular attacked the bowling with relish before he was bowled for 62 off 39 balls.
Marcus Miller at Rosedale
Marcus displayed great powers of concentration and continued to build both his and the team total, before departing for a superb 81, which included 9 fours and a six on a very large ground. He was ably supported by Mitchell Lole 23, Jordan Hayes 18 and Jack Davis-Rice 12, before an invaluable late order 35 no from Tanvir Singh pushed the team's total to a very impressive 265.
Fairfield Liverpool's reply was off to a shaky start with Nathan Sequeira claiming two early wickets, to leave the hosts at 2-18. He was ably supported by Ayush Joshi and Jordan Hayes who chimed in with two wickets each and, with a scorecard that read 6-84, Gordon was in control of the match. Fairfield Liverpool must therefore be complimented for their determined lower order fight back, which enabled them to bat brought the 50 overs and finish at 9/207. Jack Davis-Rice bowled his leggies to take two wickets during this period of play, while Will Rogers, Sam Schembri-Green and Mitchell Lole also bowled in an attack that stuck to their task, despite the sweltering conditions.
In summary, it was a great start for the Greenies who will now move on to play two matches next week, at Killara. On Tuesday the boys will have Bankstown as their opponents, while on Thursday, we host Hawkesbury, with both games to commence at 10am.
Go the Stags!
Gordon all out 265 off 50 overs - Marcus Miller 81 off 104 balls with 9 fours and 1 six; Jay Naganayagam 62 off only 39 balls with 10 fours; Tanvir Singh 35 not out off 37 balls; Mitchell Lole 23 off 31 balls and 2 fours; Jordan Hayes 18 off 23 balls and Jack Davis-Rice 12 defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 9-207
A picture perfect day at North Sydney Oval saw the Gordon lads take on local cross town rivals the North Sydney Bears.
The Stags where on the front foot early when skipper and local celebrity Steve Colley won the toss and elected to bowl.
The fired up Stags wasted no time with Sir Charlton Stobo finding the edge of the North Sydney top order for fun as the Bears where left in tatters at 3-38.
The wonderful start continued when white ball specialist Mathew Junk come on from the Bob Stand end.
Junk has had an amazing start to the season already taking 20 poles before Christmas. It is rumoured that Michael Beer is consistently told he is the poor mans Mathew Junk.
Junk wasted no time and an ambulance was required when the shin of a North Sydney batsman was literally blown off.
Doctors reported the young bears batsman would require amputation and never play cricket again after a perfect hole was left through his leg.
The next wicket to fall was a controversial decision which saw Tym Crawford as the first person ever to be given out lbw while fielding at point. The ball plundered into his shins and the umpire showed no hesitation.
Some strong negotiations from Colley saw the umpires allow Crawford to continue fielding even though his dismissal was noted in the book.
The stags bowled well and with out luck and some late slogging saw the Bears crawl to 209. A score which was always going to be difficult to defend.
Some good bowling from the bears saw Tym Crawford dismissed early after a ball hit a crack and plundered back in to Crawford's stumps dismissing him for the second time of the day.
This brought to the middle the Prince of Chatswood Harry Evans. Who has already amassed 642 runs this season with an average of 64. The Prince was looking to expand his empire in the greater northern Sydney area and his young apprentice Axel Cahlin,(who has quickly becoming the air to the throne), welcomed the Prince to the crease. The two quickly developed a classy partnership which left the peasants of North Sydney in awe.
Evans was eventually dismissed after he grew tired of batting and decided he wanted to watch the test match instead and he left the field.
The young skipper strode to the crease and looked a class above before another terrible decision. Colley was given out caught off a short ball that clearly came off the forearm even though it was caught at deep square from a diving catch.
The Bears small hopes where short lived as Elliot Richtor showed why he's going places by dispatching boundaries at will to all parts of the ground while racing to 50. After a moment of madness from the umpire Richtor was lbw even though hot spot showed that the leg glance which races to the boundary was off the middle of the bat.
Axel Cahlin continued to grow his score as Cameron Eccles strode to crease full of confidence and determined to make sure young Axel fell short of a hundred. Eccles could feel the snow running through his veins and dealt with North Sydney, destroying any hope of the young air to the throne scoring a hundred.
It was a convincing win for the Stags with Axel Cahill (92*) once again proving that he is future royalty at the Stags and helped to begin a relentless charge towards the top 6 as the Stags created momentum going into the festive season.
Much like Stoke away on a blustery Tuesday night, a lengthy trip to Cambpelltown-Camden was far from the ideal conditions to come looking for a win to turn our season around. Our myriad newcomers did the business in the warm up as we put on perhaps our best soccer display of the season so far for the fortuitous onlookers at Raby 1.
Hoping this would set the tone for the day, we inevitably lost the toss and were soon 1 down on a green top, Cam Eccles continuing his warm up form with the boot in answer to a ball on middle and leg.
When Jamie Bekis in the form of his life strode confidently past one next over we were reeling at 2-4. Enter Dom Thomson and Scott O’Brien who put on a potentially season changing partnership of 79 against some probing Ghosts bowling.
Scotty, having played chicken with deep cow corner throughout his fine innings of 54 eventually put the lad out of his misery and sportingly fed him a catch to bring Oli Zannino to the crease. He fell early to a harsh decision, caught off his left shin by a diving silly point.
When talismanic Nick Miller went soon after followed by a doom seed which brought Dom’s excellent innings to an end (on 48), we were again in a spot of bother. We were saved this time by newcomer Michael Roberts and skipper Max Newman, who both played very sensibly.
Robbo’s crucial contribution was eventually curtailed on 25, but Max went on to finish unbeaten on 33, helped by a small flourish from the tail, most notably an entertaining 15 from James Kennedy.
We finished 8/201. Given the size of the boundaries and the position we’d been in early on, this seemed a respectable effort but we knew we’d have to bowl well to defend it.
Scott tops scores for the Stags with 55.
We emerged from the damp cavern in which we’d left our kit raring to go, a really good early ‘buzz’ from our fielders accompanying each streaky play and miss insinuated by openers JK and Chris Searle.
Unfortunately streaky play and misses soon became streaky boundaries and then, to be honest, quite convincing boundaries, as the ball did less and one batter in particular got his eye in.
This put us on the back foot very early, knowing how few runs we had to play with. The turning point came as one opener tried going back to a floaty Searle half volley and next over the other flayed at a well directed JK bouncer, somehow snaffled by Chris daisy picking at fine leg.
After a brief glimpse of Austyn Nugent, troubled by back pain but still showing at times the potential he has, along with some sprightly medium pace from Cam, it was really the introduction of Millsy and Scooby which stemmed the flow of runs.
Nick in particular had the ball speaking volumes at good pace. Having been shrewdly advised on multiple occasions to kick his stumps over whilst attempting to play Millsy, their number 3 eventually did the right thing and fed Robbo a catch off the bowling of Scotty.
He retired from cricket with immediate effect the next day. We were on top for the following period, taking wickets at regular intervals and restricting the runs well, until their skipper came in and took the game into his own hands (or mouth).
Awesome control from Nick Miller.
Beneath his haze of verbals he was actually looking very solid and they worryingly only needed 5 an over for about the last 10 when he was already set. A really tight spell of bowling, however, proved too much for him and when the umpires convinced him that his mouth would not win him the game alone he resorted to plan B, trying to hoik a gleeful Scooby over cover.
Despite the sun’s best efforts Jamie held on to this critical catch under real pressure which proved the watershed moment. The tail capitulated soon after, aided by some clinical bowling from Austyn.
A gutsy win completed, and hopefully one that can be the catalyst for an upturn in fortunes for Max’s men.
MOM Scott O Brien.