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Poidevin Gray vs Sydney - Round 3 - 2016/17

Poidevin Gray vs Sydney - Round 3 - 2016/17

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.

Nick Miller

Poidevin Gray vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 2 - 2016/17

Poidevin Gray vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 2 - 2016/17

It was one of those beautiful Sydney days – warm with a cool breeze; a far cry from the 37 degrees faced by the Australian cricket team in Perth. Fortunately for Gordon, both the weather and the results were different, despite some surprisingly similarities.

Inspired by both their coach and winning of the toss, the boys started off well. Both Cahlin & Bekis looked comfortable at the crease and after 5 overs, it was 0/35. A tough call saw Axel out LBW for 26. 

De Krester stands tall to lead the side with his bowling 

Papworth then entered the fray and immediately aimed for a Captain’s knock. Two great partnerships, initially with Bekis (C&B for 21) and then Doyle, saw the Stags in control at 2/133 after 21 overs. However, Randy Pete’s struck again in the next over and Max was out for 54.

When Doyle fell for 26, the similarities to the Australian team appeared with a mid order collapse as Gordon lost 3 quick wickets for only 10 runs. 6/145 after 28. 

Enter Crane and Miller, who following their coach’s advice, produced strong resistance with some gutsy, patient batting and Gordon were back in the fight. After Crane was caught for 33 in the 48th, Gordon was a competitive 7/197. 

Miller continued brilliantly, adding a productive, and what was to prove winning, 18 in the final over, finishing at 41no. After 50 overs, Gordon was 8/221. 

Would it be enough to defend on a flattening pitch with a fast outfield? [Editor's note... it appears the previous paragraph gave the answer away.]

Undeterred, the boys began their attack, opening with both pace and spin. It was tough going, with the top three for Randwick showing their first grade class. After 8 overs, the home team were 0/58 off 8. 

That'll do it boys. A huge wicket for the Stags.

Spratt and Middlebrook (12th Man) did however offer some light relief, doing an “Australian Next Top Model” shirt swap in the middle of the field. Rumours that the duo had paid for the (mild) applause proved not to be true.

Max Papworth plays a strong game with the bat as well as the ball 

Calov made the first breakthrough in the 9th over, bowling Moran for 33. Energised, the boys doubled their efforts but to no avail. At drinks, Randwick were 1/120 off 17, cruising towards an easy win. However, after some brilliant bowling by De Kretser & Crane, Randwick were 3/129 off 20.

This proved to be the turning point as De Krester bowled a superb 10 over spell and finished with 4-30. Randwick lost the next 7 wickets for only 67 runs in an epic collapse. 

Yep. Yep. Yep! The boys get around each other after a great win 

As the number of outs crept closer to ten, the boys were getting more and more hopeful of an unlikely comeback win. The tension built with dropped catches and close calls, but some great fielding and impressive spin bowling brought pressure to the opposition and always kept Gordon in the fight with wickets galore.

Randwick were all out for 196 in 42.5 overs. Up the Stags. 

Some highly impressive performances by Gordon’s trio of spinners include De Kretser with 4/30, Crane 3/37 and Doyle 2/39 as well as some outstanding catches by Doyle, Papworth and Roberts. 

It was just the win the boys needed to gain momentum into the next few weeks of PG games.

Will Calov


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