The PGs lads were coming off a mediocre performance against Randwick the previous week where we recorded a ‘get out of jail’ victory to get us on the board for the season.
A game where it would likely be make or break for the season had the fellas in high spirits.
Struggling to do much wrong! Mason Crane continues his great form Down Under
This showed in the tightly contested football ‘warm-up’ match, where the team with the Englishman was once again the victor.
Max lost the toss and the Stags were sent into the field. The lads buzzed through the overs and with the aid of some tight bowling up front from Harry Middlebrook and Doyley kept the Tigers to 3 an over, which the entirety of the Sydney Grade Cricket knows isn’t quite enough at Chatty.
Our spinners do what they do best and kept it extremely tight through the middle of the innings taking the odd wicket along the way. At the second drinks break the stags had raced through 43 overs and had Sydney on the back foot with them short on wickets and balls to score off.
Opening bowler, Harry Middlebrook, gets his reward later in the innings
A late resurgent half century to a Tiger youngster was the only fight they showed and some more tight bowling at the end saw them finish all out off the last ball for 181. The wickets were shared around with Doyle and Miller taking 3 each and Harry getting 2 deserved wickets at the end in his first game.
DeKrester, Rice and Miller set the show up for the Stags chase
Our batting innings started how any Gordon PGs batting innings begins; with Axel Cahlin absolutely lacing them. Playing some graceful strokes, he made batting look simple with Jamie Bekis finding it more difficult to find his timing but fighting hard to hang in there with Axe. The partnership was broken when Axel went for 30-odd nailing a pull shot straight to midwicket off the spinner.
Cahlin and Crane look for gaps in the Tigers field in the Stags' chase
Some tight Sydney bowling kept the Gordon stroke play at bay and when Jamie and Josh fell the score was sitting at 3-86. With plenty of work still to do, Mason Crane kept a level head as he just went about staying with Max Papworth.
Time for a maroon helmet Papworth - otherwise leading by example with the willow
The skipper played some magnificent shots until he too succumbed to a false shot for 46. Hugh Sherwood joined Mason with the score at 116 and the pair played fantastically mixing their well-calculated stroke play with moments of calmness to steer the Stags home with 6 overs remaining.
A dominant result for a dominant performance.
Hugh Sherwood follows the skip's lead with his aggressive play
Although the dominant display against the Tigers was a huge step in the right direction for the lads, next week’s fixture against ND’s at Chatswood will be a tougher challenge but the opportunity to go 3-1 will keep the Stags hungry for the points.