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Match Reports 07/08

2007/08 was a very successful season for the Gordon club. The first grade side made it through to the grand final and the club again ranked highly in the Club Championship. After narrowly missing out on the Spirit of Cricket award the past two seasons, 2007/08 saw the Gordon District Cricket Club secure the coverted award for the manner in which the club went about its cricket on and off the field.

The match reports for each grade can be found below.

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 07/08

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 07/08

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sunday€s or on week days during the school holidays.

The competition includes semi finals and a final.

For the match schedule go to: Green Shield Fixtures. 

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

Green Shield Match Report vs Sydney University

Green Shield Match Report vs Sydney University

Green Shield Match Report vs Sydney University

And so we come to the end of season 2007/08. It has been a very exciting & eventful period for Gordon Green Shield & to finish off with a win against Sydney University was the perfect way to go. For many of the boys, this is their last year & I'm sure that all of them were looking to make the most of their last opportunity.

(Tom Lamont interrupts someones study afternoon in the units nearby)

Coming into the game, Rocket told us to make this our best effort yet, & the team certainly did that. Henry won the toss & elected to bat on a bouncy wicket at Sydney Uni. Jimmy Ryan & Alex Shaw opened the batting & for the first few overs, conditions were tough, with Jimmy edging one to the keeper for 8.

Tom Lamont came to the crease at 1 for 18 on the back of some fine form & both he & Alex took it to the bowling attack, with Tom racing to 50. Alex kept on working & managed to produce a very elegant 50. At the luncheon interval, Tom was on 97 & eager to make his first Green Shield hundred & was quick to score it, punching three quick singles into the off side.

Alex was unfortunately dismissed for 61 shortly after, but Chad Soper kept the momentum rolling as he & Tom put on 100 runs. Tom kept on going as he dispatched anything length straight over the bowler's head & anything short over mid wicket for six to make his way to 150. Chad was caught out on the boundary trying to clear the fence for 32 & yet again, when we lost a wicket, the next man in, Henry Carmichael, supported brilliantly by running well & rotating the strike.

(Alex Shaw plays a straight drive during his 61)

Tom just would not stop, blasting everything to the boundary & with some combined support from the PG's, he needed 12 runs off three balls for the double ton. 189 to 191 to 195. Last ball of the over & a length ball on leg stump, Tom cleared the left leg Jacob Oram style & hoofed it over mid on for a big six. 195 to 201.

After 60 overs, we finished up with 3 for 353 & needless to say Rocket was pleased with that performance saying that we accomplished our goal with the bat, but could we match it with the ball?

After a fairly lethargic start, Tom Ledgerwood struck with an lbw in his first over to reduce Uni to 1 for 32. Tom took his second wicket shortly after with a catch to Declan Jakrot to put Uni on the back foot.

Henry Carmichael took another wicket including a run out & Uni were struggling as we went into the tea break. After tea, we capitalised on some misjudgement by the batsmen as we took another three wickets in the space of 5 runs & Uni were 8 for 105, with Declan taking two scalps.

Having a mild scare of rain, we had to rush to get to 30 overs to make a game, but did it with ease. Justin Avendano picked up the ninth wicket, but a lightning strike suspended & eventually terminated play for the afternoon, Gordon winning by 227 runs.

Thanks must go to our coach, Rod 'Rocket' Hokin for coaching the boys, teaching them new skills & giving them great advice, Mark Carmichael for all the managerial work he has done this season, Jamie Soper & Howard Wigham for scoring, Carolina Wigham for organising afternoon tea & Michael, Andy Falk, Jim Catlin & Tony Wilson for the team selections & all the parental support.

Regards for the season, James Ryan.

  

Green Shield report vs Sutherland

Green Shield report vs Sutherland

Green Shield report vs Sutherland  

After losing three games on the trot, Gordon Green Shield were looking for redemption. With skipper Henry Carmichael winning the toss & sending Sutherland into bat, it looked like another typical Beauchamp outfield.

(Tom Lamont during his 86)

Chad struck early with an edge to Jimmy Ryan in first slip (Jimmy dropping a sitter off Henry the previous over) & a plumb lbw to put the Sharks on the ropes at 2 for 18. Tom Ledgerwood was keen to get in on the action & snared two wickets, one just before drinks due to some sharp glove work by Alex Shaw.

Dan Lake struck with an edge off his first ball to Jono Wigham, who took a ripper at around ankle height (Jono surprised at the fact that he could get that far down) & Sutherland were struggling at 6 for 62.

However a more than patient 40 run partnership saw the Sharks back in it, but a brilliant, fast inswinging yorker by Chad Soper saw the batsman's middle stump wildly ricochet out of the ground. Unfortunately for us, the tail began to wag in the last ten overs & Sutherland, after 60 overs were 9 for 173.

(Chad Soper in action against Sutherland)

After having seen the scores of the last three games, we realised that 173 is a very defendable score, but we also noticed that the outfield was significantly faster than previous games, so there would evidently be many more runs scored, & after 6 overs we were off to a flyer going at nearly four an over. Both Justin Avendano (5) & Jimmy Ryan (15) were dismissed before the tea break, but Carolina Wigham, our afternoon tea organiser, must have put something in the Gatorade (probably too much powder) because after the break, big Tom Lamont came out all guns blazing, racing to 86 off 74 balls, hitting 4 big sixes & ten fours. Mike O'Shea played a good supporting role for 14, but both were dismissed in quick succession & we were 4 for 136.

Henry Carmichael & Chad Soper began where Tom & Mike left off, putting on 18 runs after Henry was dismissed for 18, but not without leaving his mark, hitting a massive six into the hedges on the hill, which took a good ten minutes to retrieve.

(Justin Avendano bowling against Sutherland)

Chad was so full of runs he was probably about to burst. Not being able to register some big runs yet, Chad was looking for a big score. Unfortunately, he was given out lbw for 10 (the positive being that next week he'll probably score about 400 at the top of the order).

Jono Wighgam & Tom Ledgerwood strode towards the target with ease, to give Gordon our second win of the tournament. Unfortunately, we are still unable to make the quarter finals, but at least we can try & finish on a high note, with a win against Sydney University on Sunday.

James Ryan

Green Shield Report vs Hawkesbury

Green Shield Report vs Hawkesbury

Green Shield Report vs Hawkesbury  

After two consecutive losses, the Gordon Green Shield team had to win in order to keep their finals dream alive. On a typical slow Beauchamp outfield, Henry won the toss & elected to bowl. As seen before, the batting team struggled early, with Henry striking early with an lbw & Tom Ledgerwood forcing & edge to Jimmy Ryan in first slip.

(Mark Anderson during his 4 wickets)

Gordon looked to be in the driver's seat & with Mark Anderson continuing his good form with the ball snaring four quick wickets, Hawkesbury were now 6 for 33. Ledge was certainly not enjoying the fact that his schoolmate was dropping the Hawks top order like flies, but also that none of his chances were going to hand. Just short or just over. But on the contrary, some beautiful slips work by Dan Lake made it two for Tom & the Hawks were now 7 for 35.

Dan Lake finally came to the crease & quickly took two quick wickets, one with four & a half feet swinging yorker, the other with a 30 k/ph slower ball. Unfortunately for us, the last wicket managed to put on 22 runs after being bowled out for 70, with Henry picking up the last scalp with a clean bowled.

(Dan Lake in action against the Hawks)

Rocket was very pleased with our bowling performance saying undoubtedly our best effort yet. After lunch, the boys set out to lose no wickets for the runs required, but proved feeble with Jimmy Ryan bowled in an unusual fashion for 2 & Tom Lamont lbw for 2 as well. Mike O' Shea battled hard but was unfortunately dismissed by a great catch in slips for 5. Chad Soper so far was having a tough year with the bat & was looking to put on some runs for the team, although he was undone by a brilliant yorker for 0.

Henry Carmichael looked to continue the good form & put on 7 runs with Tom Ledgerwood before Tom was caught in slips for 2. Chris Hulston went first ball & Alex Shaw second ball, both lbw to put to the pressure back on us & with Darren Jayasekera going for 0, we were really struggling at 8 for 23.

A valiant effort by Henry saw us claw our way back to 43 runs but was dismissed for 16 & with Dan Lake caught & bowled for 13, it was all over. Unfortunately once again our batting let us down & will probably see us out of the race, but with our last game at home, we can look to consolidate a consolation win against Sutherland on the 10th.

(Henry Carmichael against the Hawks)

James Ryan.

Green Shield Match Report vs Wests

Green Shield Match Report vs Wests

Green Shield Match Report vs Wests

On the morning of January the 5th, the Gordon Green Shield Team were eager to consolidate a place in the top six in order to keep their finals dreams alive. However, unfortunately, we were unable to secure a victory.

(Tom Lamont in action against Wests)

Due to rain the night before, the grass was fairly long & dense so we expected a low scoring match at Beauchamp Park. After losing the toss, we were sent in to bat, ready to face the onslaught of the seaming ball. Unfortunately for the batsmen, it was d'ja vu & after losing Hulston for (0), due to some excellent glove work & Avendano (3), we were on the back foot at 2 for 6.

Lamont kept on plugging & managed to work his way to 19 while seeing the demise of two more top order batsmen. Tom was eventually caught trying to clear the infield. Henry Carmichael was looking to make amends after 'not hitting it' at Blacktown & put on some quick runs with Chad Soper before Chad was undone for 6.

Gordon was now 7 for 39 (like I said, d'ja vu), & with two apparent tail enders at the crease, Wests were getting fairly confident. But this complacency allowed both Jimmy Ryan & Henry to get settled at the crease & this allowed us capitalise with some much needed runs. With both batsmen batting for an hour an a half, they managed to put on 42 vital runs before Carmichael was bowled for 25.

(James Ryan in action at Beauchamp)

Ryan kept going & with some great support from Darren 'Dazzler' Jayasekera & Mark 'Neo' Anderson, we finished up with 89 all out with Ryan caught behind for 25.

Rocket was fairly impressed with the batting, saying that he believed it was defendable total, being that on any other ground, we would have scored 200 plus so Rocket said that '200' was defendable & that we should look to bowl them out for 50 (120).

After a hearty lunch, the boys were ready to go & once again Chad & Henry were more than pleased with the state of the wicket, with Dan Lake, our 13th man for the day having to clean the puddles of drool Chad & Henry had left in the dressing rooms.

Once again both men carved up the top order with Chad destroying one opener's middle stump & forcing a top edge from the other straight to big Tom Lamont in his first spell. Wests were now under pressure losing two quick wickets with the score at 2 for 20.

With Mark Anderson new to the crease, the batsmen were just starting to find their feet, but not really moving them, with Ando getting a clean bowled to reduce Wests to 3 for 55. At this stage, Wests probably thought they had the game in the bag, but Ando & Tom Ledgerwood had other ideas, with Ando picking up another two wickets, including his new 'friend' at the other end & Tom bowling brilliant tight & tidy lines, unfortunate not to pick up a wicket.

(Tom Ledgerwood at Beauchamp)

With Wests at 5 for 66, we now had a game on our hands, & with some great bowling from Henry Carmichael, just proving that the pitch could still move like an 80's night club. Wests were now 7 for 81. With the boys incredibly pumped up, we fought hard to defend 9 runs with three wickets still to get, but unfortunately fell short. A consolation prize for Chad was picking up a plumb lbw.

We were unable to defend our rather small total & walked away with another loss. In order to keep the finals flame burning bright; we must win every game from now on to secure a top six spot. Our next opposition is Hawkesbury at Beauchamp so it is essential we are the victors.

James Ryan.

Green Shield Match Report vs Blacktown

Green Shield Match Report vs Blacktown

Green Shield Match Report vs Blacktown

On a fairly humid Thursday morning, Gordon Green Shield travelled to Blacktown for their third round match. Currently seated at 7th on the table, we were looking to conceal a place in the top six. After successfully conquering Bankstown late December, the Green Shield players went into today's game with a degree of confidence.

(Michael O'Shea during his 55)

On a lively & hardly benign wicket at Joe McAleer oval, skipper Henry Carmichael won the toss & elected to bat. With little game time under their belts, the Greenies really had to buckle down in order to post a large total.

However the pitch was ruthless & unforgiving. With the ball swinging & seaming around all over the place, we struggled early losing Hulston for 0 (6) & Lamont 10 (15) within the first 10 overs. Gordon were on the ropes at 2 for 14, but Avendano toiled well for his 9 (37) & was undone by some good bowling.

Then came the collapse.

After 20 overs, Gordon was 7 for 36, but come to the crease, saviour Michael O'Shea. Mike truly showed us how to really step up to mark & buckle down when it's needed, scoring 55 in over 40 overs. Combined with equally important knocks from Alex Shaw 8 (29), Dan Lake 4 (23) & Mark Anderson 19 (37), we finished with 130 after 56, all out.

(Chad Soper in action against Blacktown)

After seeing what the wicket had to offer, Rocket was fairly impressed with the total, but more so with the fight back by the boys. Chad & Henry were frothing at the mouth after seeing their team mates perish to the unpredictable red & wondering what it would do for them & the endless wicket possibilities it would offer them.

They did not disappoint.

Chad struck an lbw in his second over & Henry produced a Glenn McGrath style inswinging yorker to put Blacktown on the back foot at 2 for 5 after 4 overs. However some solid batting by the opposition & a few unlucky chances here & there put them back in the game with 2 for 54 after 17 overs at the tea break.

After an inspirational chat from the coach, the boys were fired up & ready for another session. With a stroke of brilliance by Declan Jakrot quickly after the drinks break, the Stags had their third wicket.

After a skied top edge, Declan sprinted in only to his shock realisation that the ball was actually going over his head. In a desperate last attempt, he stuck his right hand out & miraculously held on to the ball, probably clueless to the fact that he actually had it. None the less he did & as Rocket predicted, it brought the fall of another wicket, due to another spectacular piece of cricket, but this time by Henry Carmichael. After a low full toss from Declan Jakrot which was flat batted in the air on the leg side, Henry very intelligently popped the ball up in the air & straight into his hands.

(Henry Carmichael about to launch against Blacktown) 

Blacktown were now 4 for 77. Unfortunately, we were unable to capitalise on some tough chances & we just let the game slip away.

Now Gordon Green Shield must look to game on the 5th & concentrate on trying to secure a place in the top six. Cricket is a tough & unpredictable game, but what we can take away from today is that anything can happen; you've got to want to win it to be in it.

James Ryan.

Green Shield Report: Gordon v Bankstown  23/12/07

Green Shield Report: Gordon v Bankstown 23/12/07

Green Shield Report: Gordon v Bankstown  23/12/07

Before this report begins a big thanks has to go out to Michael Falk, Jim Catlin, Mark Carmichael and Paul Stephenson who put the covers on Beauchamp on Saturday, minutes before the downpour, saving our match. After the game the previous week was washed out, winning against Bankstown was crucial to keeping alive our goal of being premiers.

(Celebration after the final catch by Henry)

The match started well with our skipper, Henry Carmichael, losing the toss and Bankstown asking us to bat, a choice welcomed by the team. Our openers Chris Hulston (11) and James Ryan (19) survived the early pace onslaught and unfortunately both departed leaving the team at 2-48

Scoring was difficult in the long and moist grass but positive batting kept the runs flowing. A solid 29 by Tom Ledgerwood and 34 by Jono Wigham steadied us in the middle order and allowed the captain to come in and blast 34 runs which featured two stunning sixes (and no fours!). 

The standout of our batting, however, was Tom Lamont who smashed 46 off 38 balls. His innings which included three 4's and two 6's left Bankstown wilting in the scorching midday sun and unable to mount any counter to his powerful hitting.

(Tom Lamont hits one of his sixes during his 46)

Strong support from Michael and Dan in the lower order featured some great running between the wickets which complimented the brute hitting at the other end. All in all, our batting performance was pretty good in the conditions and we believed 9/196 would be hard to chase in the thick grass.

Bankstown is traditionally a powerful team so we knew our bowling and fielding had to be on song for us to win. Chad Soper lead from the front with spells of blistering fast bowling which earned him figures of 2-18 off 10 (3 maidens).

Our bowling however was a real team effort with Henry Carmichael 1 ' 21 off 10 overs (4 maidens) and Dan Lake (0 ' 31 off 12) both bowling very tight spells and maintaining the pressure. Tom Ledgerwod (1 ' 43) bowled double the amount of overs he was allowed by his doctor in his inspiring 10 over stint.

Although our bowling was spot on, Bankstown were batting well and it took a triple wicket maiden by our leggie Declan Jakrot 3 ' 23 from 9 with 1 maiden, to turn the match back in our favour. His over featured the wickets of Bankstown's two form batsmen, one of whom was removed by a Chad Soper classic diving effort. At tea Bankstown were 4 ' 82 off 28 overs.

(Declan Jakrot during his important spell)  

After tea Bankstown began to gain some momentum again. Their 63 run fourth wicket partnership was beginning to lower our morale but encouraging talk from the team and tight bowling kept Bankstown within reach.

The game changed again when Chad snared two batsmen with toe-crushing yorkers. Henry cashed in and removed another to leave Bankstown at 7-153 with six overs to play. More tight bowling kept the runs in check, but Bankstown were starting to accelerate. Two run-outs ( a direct hit by Henry and a relay by Justin to Tom) slowed them down, but at the start of the last over Bankstown needed two to win and only had one wicket to spare.

 The ball was tossed to our youngest player, Darren Jayasekera who is nearing his eighth birthday in February (just joking!). With the weight of the team giving him arthritis, Darren ran in, bowled and yelled 'catch' with everyone else, as our captain held onto the ball at cover. And that was it. Our defense of 9/196 ended in 59.1 overs with Bankstown all out 195. What a game!

(A great stumping by James Ryan off Tom Ledgerwood)

Special mention needs to go to James Ryan, our keeper, who spent more time keeping at the stumps than he did standing back. Jimmy took two amazing stumpings including a tremendous piece of glovework off our first-change bowler. Also our '13th' man for the day Alex Shaw, kept our energy levels up with the drinks and his constant encouragement.

Thanks a lot to the supporters who came to watch. Your cheering really lifts the atmosphere and makes playing a lot more enjoyable.

The win places us in seventh position, a spot which reflects our performances this season. Rocket mentioned a need for improvement in the field which would complete our side and leave us in better position to attack the finals.

Michael O'Shea

(Some additional shots from left to right, James Ryan departs minus middle stump, Henry Carmichael, Chad Soper and Tom Ledgerwood)

        

(Photos courtesy Tony Wilson and the webmaster)   

Green Shield Report vs St George - Round 1

Green Shield Report vs St George - Round 1

Green Shield Report vs St. George  

The mighty Gordon Green shield boys travelled out to the marvellous Hurstville oval to face their first round opponents, St George. After our trial match dilemma the boys were determined to make amends. Dan Lake was certainly chirpy in the morning due to the fact that he had made his first grade debut (fielding only) the day before when Craig Simmons sustained an injury while bowling.

(Henry Carmichael in action last year)

We were doing our normal warm up routine, high catches, stump hitting, then the batsmen batted and the bowlers bowled, however after this rocket had a surprise for us. He called us over and told us about 'the snake'. He said that we need to be careful when the ball was coming along the ground as it may zig zag like a snake along the ground. The boys expected this to me a minor thing however we were fascinated when the ball quite literally zig zagged the whole way to us. When we made a fielding error we claimed that we had been bitten by the snake.

Henry 'skip' Carmichael did the toss and we found out we were bowling. We knew that it would be tough seeing as the day before first grade waited 40 over's before a wicket came however we were up for the challenge and took the field with gusto.

(Chad Soper in action for 4th grade this year)

Chad and Henry opened up the bowling and bowled quite well on a very flat deck. The bowlers did very well and tied down the batsmen at one end only letting him score 9 off 48 balls causing him to play a false shot and soon Dan had one scalp and St George were 1-54. The bowlers kept toiling away bowling very well and restricting the run rate to 3.5 runs per over. Dan Lake bowled exceptionally with great lines and great atactics.

Enter Justin Avendano into the attack and with immediate success. A top spinner collecting middle stump and soon St George were 2-93 at drinks. After drinks the bowlers kept toiling away with Henry coming back for a brilliant second spell collecting the two prised wickets with a superb caught and bowled and a brilliant in-swinging yorker on middle stump. Mark 'nando' Anderson came into the attack and bowled some great lines and lengths. This caused a big shot into the deep where Michael was patrolling. It looked like a certain, one bounce 4 however not in mickies mind it wasn't. He ran across the boundary leapt into the air and took a wonderful boundary catch to remove the man on 54. Brilliant pressure bowling causing a wicket.

The St George boys then went back on the attack starting to hit balls to all corners of the ground and started to get the run rate back up however the Gordon bowlers took up the challenge and kept working hard for their team mates. Unfortunately it started to drizzle and gradually got harder. The umpire called on the covers and getting back on was looking ominous.

(Justin in action for Gordon)

The rain gradually stopped and the umpires told us 5 minutes until the re-commencement of play. We all got ready and as soon as we stepped foot outside the dressing rooms the rain came down again and unfortunately it did not stop causing the umpires to abandon the game.

A lot of positives came out of  the game. Our fielding efforts were very good and I think the bowlers were exceptional on a flat track to restrict them to 213 after 54 overs.

Jono 'chief' Wigham

 

Fifth Grade Match Reports 07/08

Fifth Grade Match Reports 07/08

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

Points for all wins go to the club championship.

For the Fifth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fifth Grade match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

5th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

5th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

5th Grade fail to capitalise on a good start

With the 5th Grade skipper gaining a promotion and Colts being captained by the 'Cosmos' Weaver, Millar found himself in charge of a strong side for the round against Blacktown. What's more, the unhealthy fascination that this grade had with various cars was transferred back to where it all began (4th Grade). (Note: The big red car that 'Sticks' Kenner referred to was not the same red Ferrari that purred its way through the 2004/05 season under the careful guidance of Reynolds and Stobo.) Millar continued to be undefeated at losing the toss and the Stags were sent in on a deck that has fooled many an opposition captain into spending 80 fruitless overs in the field.

"Johnny" Mayur puts the Stags in a good position

You would have thought that with all the time Kenner and Sajdeh had spent at the crease together that their running between wickets would have improved ' but it hasn't. Therefore, it was a breath of fresh air to see 'John' Mayur Kulkarni stride out to the centre strip to guide Sunny between the creases. It had immediate effects. With the captain's words (hopefully) ringing in their ears that the runs come after the tea break if we have plenty of wickets in hand, the opening pair put on 85 without loss before the inevitable run out saw Johnny Mayur back in the pavilion just shy of a half-century.

Unfortunately, after being in such a strong position, Sajdeh, Martin and McKeith all followed within the space of a few overs and just 4 runs. Suddenly, at 4/89 we were not looking so good and the opportunity to capitalise after lunch was looking significantly reduced. Nevertheless, as Avendano sat in the pavilion regaling anyone who cared about his scar and why it means he can't run, Wigham and Selby Jnr. (Matt) set about getting the [Jazz] team back on track.

Although Jono 'Chief' Wigham looked out of sorts, he showed a level of maturity expected of some of the older members of the club as he stuck it out and was determined not to give his wicket away cheaply. Whilst in the end he added only 26, his efforts out in the middle did not go unnoticed by those watching from the comfort of the Beauchamp grandstand. In fact, a significant improvement in his athleticism in the field has resulted in many a run saved and run outs affected in the gully region.

Anyhow, that is enough praise for one of the younger members of the side ' back to the game at hand. Selby made a traditionally entertaining 20-odd before his departure saw Cam Brown join Wigham for the briefest of moments. His dismissal brought Avendano to the crease and some onlookers would swear that he didn't look as small standing next to Wigham as he did at the start of the season. These extra inches didn't, however, help his running between the wickets and he failed to respond to a call from Wigham, ending up with them both at the one end and Wigham soon on his way.

To have your two top scorers dismissed unnecessarily by the simplest of run outs was disappointing and meant that the team failed to accelerate during the afternoon.

Avendano, whose cricketing strength currently comes from his good technique and lovely placement of the ball ' but not from his ability to play big boundary clearing swipes, found himself incurring the wroth of the captain after trying to find the long-on fence but succeeding only in skying the ball back into the waiting hands of the bowler.

Falk and Lake soon followed, leaving the skipper stranded at the other end after a careful 20-odd. Extras had kept us in the game and we had amassed 188 by the time Lake edged a ball through to the keeper. As everyone knows, it is worth more than 188 at most other grounds but it is worth nothing if we can't dismiss Blacktown for less than it.

Dave Millar

Gordon 188 (Kulkarni 44, Wigham 26, Selby 24), Blacktown (0/4)

5th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

5th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

5th Grade Jazz in good position against Mosman

Saturday saw the long awaited return of the Jazz. After almost a month of sitting in the garage gaining dust, a sunny-ish morning meant that the covers were removed and play would commence. Finding a sunny Saturday this season has been harder than finding Ed Howitt after one of his phantom departures, and hence the 5th graders were keen to make the most of it.

Once in a blue moon - Falk and Matt Selby together in Gordon colours

Winning the toss for the first time in several decades, Kenner sent the opposition in on what looked like an underdone pitch. The decision proved to be a masterstroke (objective opinion provided by the captain himself).

Gordon were able to grab the ascendency in the 5th over when Jono 'Chief' Wigham pulled off a miraculous runout in the gully. For a man who's reactions have been compared to those of Tiddles Wilson after several glasses of claret, Jono was on fire in the gully all day, pulling off one-handed stops and this important direct hit runout.

The Chief's runout set the ball rolling for the Stags with Matt Selby picking up 3 more wickets before the drinks break. 'Mad man' Selby bowled a firey spell, with occasional verbal niggle and was aptly supported by 'Duck' Turner who bowled impeccable lines out side the off stump. 'Duck' also worked hard all day in the field, sliding and hitting the stumps from the boundary with ease, reminiscent of a young Brett Lee.

After drinks, 'My Humps' Millar made a long awaited return to the bowling crease (after his 1 month drug fuelled hiatus in South America). Millar was quick to establish his dominance and claimed two quick wickets to put Mosman at 6-48. The second of these wickets saw Matt Selby take a great catch at first slip. Normally the catch would have been regulation, but little Justin Avendano couldn't help himself and did his best Cirque De' Sole impersonation as he dived in front of Matt. Luckily the foetus was no where near actually catching the ball and Matt kept his head.   

 Biraj bowled a controlled spell at the other end and picked up a well deserved wicket when the foetus finally held on to one at second slip. He may tell you it was the best catch of the season and he should be opening the batting - but don't believe him.

When Cam 'the new Gilly' Brown snared a good low catch off the bowling of 'Bing' Turner, Mosman were reeling at 8-63. Unfortunately, as the trend has been all season, the Jazz let in a 50-run lower order partnership and Mosman recovered to be bowled out for 123. Dave Millar finished with figures of 4-22.

13 overs remained in the day and the makeshift opening combination of captain Kenner and musician-come-cricketer 'John' Mayur Kulkarni were left with the task of getting the Stags to stumps. This job was done with aplomb (another objective opinion by the captain and opening batsman). The Jazz cruised into the garage at a cheeky 0-56.

There were no photos of Kenner bowling - perhaps Tiddles will need to get down to Balmoral next weekend!

No doubt the boys will be pushing for a much need outright victory next week, but with 11 batsmen in the team there could be some interesting bowling decisions made. This scribe reckons that Kenner (MUBIC ' most underrated bowler in club) should stay warm. I know Tiddles agrees. **

Until next week, you stay classy Kevin Rudd.

Sticks

** Ed's note: This is probably the most appropriate time to look back on the distinguished career of Kenner's bowling. This editor can (thankfully) only remember one time where Kenner was given the leather to bowl. It was in a trial game three seasons ago that he picked up a wicket with the first ball of the game. A hooping, looping, drifting, floating fast bowler's delivery that, from this editor's point of view, (being the umpire at the bowler's end) was never in doubt of collecting most of the stumps on its way through. Perhaps it was the skill of the bowler, or the lack of skill of the batsman. For it was, of course, none other than Medcalf's whipping boy from the 3rd Grade Whales outfit, Alistair Fitzpatrick.

5th Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

5th Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

Fifth grade report vs Wests  

DAY 1

Beauchamp Oval was the amphitheatre for 5th grade's first game back after the Christmas/New Years break. The 5th grade outfit was a diverse bunch with half the Gordon green shield team joining experienced heads such as the brothers Selby to take on the lads from the Western suburbs of Sydney.

(It was a long drive for Manuel Avendano)

Two wash outs before Christmas meant that the Jazz had slipped down into 12th place on the 5th grade ladder, with more draws to their name than wins. This frustration was to continue.

The Beauchamp wicket was a new one and looked patchy at best. The Green shield players explained to the captain (recently returned from a business trip to Thailand) that no big runs had been scored at Beauchamp over the last month due to the two paced deck and the slow outfield. Due to these factors the captain who won the toss would have little hesitation in sending the opposition in and that is exactly what the Wests captain did. Gordon to bat.

From the first over it was obvious that this was the correct decision as balls were rearing up off a decent length and also occasionally keeping low. James Martin was desperately unlucky as he played back to a ball which rolled after pitching. Kenner (number 3) then played forward to a length delivery which spat off the pitch and caught the bat handle, lobbing to the keeper for a straight forward catch.

(Sunny Sajdeh in action at Beauchamp)

At 2-13 Gordon knew that they had to consolidate the innings before all was lost. Some well measured and mature batting from Sajdeh and H. Selby saw Gordon progress without losing a wicket for an hour and a half. This partnership was crucial in setting up Gordon's innings and laying the foundation for the middle to lower order.

Unfortunately, Sunny played across the spinner after all the hard work had been done and he was dismissed for 24. This brought Alex Brown (the waiter) to the crease. Another sensible partnership ensued, as the two Stags fought hard against some extremely disciplined Wests bowling. With Kenner doing the running for 'old man' Selby, who had 'claimed' to have bruised his ankle, the Gordon trio pushed the score well over 100, with Selby bringing up a gritty 50.

In some discomfort, Selbs attempted to dispatch the opening bowler to cow corner and beyond, but unfortunately the ball failed to bounce (again) and Hugh was bowled for 60. Brownie followed soon after, holing out to mid-off for a well-composed 40. Gordon 5-143.

The match was now in the balance. If Gordon's long lower order fired a score of 250 could be on the cards but alternatively, if West's could roll through the lower order then they could restrict Gordon to under 200.

The former was to be realised, as 'the forgotten Selby' (Matt) and Gordon Green Shied skipper, Henry 'fat' Carmichael (this nickname was given to me by a cheeky young leg spinner) combined together to rapidly lift the scoring rate. The highlight of the day was undoubtedly Matty getting off the mark with a lofted straight drive over the bowlers head. Matty claims he was playing in the V early!

Matty was to fall for a quick fire 23, and the foetus (Justin Avendano), after playing 4 consecutive hours of Ricky Ponting's Cricket on his DS, fell first ball, caught behind. Everyone in the team felt sympathy for Mr. Avendano who had travelled all the way down from the Central Coast with Justin to watch him face a solitary delivery. Cricket is a great game sometimes!

(Justin caught behind)

Another Green Shield star, James 'Irish Breakfast' Ryan, joined Henry at the crease and the pair continued to punish the tiring Western Suburbs attack. Henry was finally dismissed 4 runs short of his fifty. A great cameo from a promising all rounder.

JR was left to bat with the 5th grade tail (sorry Dan and Duck). Duck Turner played a majestic leg side flick to pick up a sneaky double, before being clean bowled the next delivery. Duck still insists he should be batting 6. Dan was more fortunate, finishing unbeaten on 1 (a century gone begging). At the other end, JR was 29 not out, Gordon finishing the day at 9-254. A very competitive total when you take the extremely slow outfield into account.

DAY 2

Another beautiful Sydney morning greeted the players on day 2 with rain continuing to fall at a steady rate. With the forecast predicting more showers in the afternoon, it was obvious to both skippers, after inspecting the outfield and square, that there was absolutely no chance of any play. Hence the game was declared a draw. This was both teams fourth washout of the season, the continuation of a very frustrating summer.

Reminds me of that song...'we don't like cricket...' I can't remember how the rest of it goes.

Until next week, you stay wet Sydney.

Sticks

5th Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

5th Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

5th Grade Match Report vs St.George 

Rain, rain go away come again another day!  After rain had affected the previous four matches including no play at all in the last round, the Jazz were keen for two full days of cricket. 

(Weaves in action)

Day 1 arrived and the Jazz were greeted by a lush outfield and dry wicket at Cahill Park.  The new look Jazz were finally in business and after winning the toss, batted on what looked like a reasonable deck. 

Weaver and Martin opened up, and after Weaver thumped the third ball of the innings for four, things looked promising for the Stags.  Some good line and length bowling ensued (from an attack that dismissed Bankstown for 57 the week before), which saw Weaves and Marto consolidate with some sound defense.  Unfortunately, Weaves (24) was dismissed on the last ball before drinks, after a steady opening stand of 39.  Martin and Avendano fell after the break, which saw Alex Brown and Selby at the crease.  Brown looked comfortable and tucked into a couple of pies, before being deceived by a fully and was stumped down the legside.  Cam Brown entered the fray and began to build a partnership with Selby, before Cam was trapped in front for 18.  Selby was dismissed soon after and with the score at 6/118 off 59 overs, the Jazz seemed to be bogged.  Handy contributions from Millar (19), Weise (12) and Paul Campbell (30*) saw the Jazz reach 9/181 at the end of the day.  However, was 181 going to be enough, given the slow outfield and movement in the deck?    

Day 2 arrived, and as is becoming the norm with 5s this season, the Jazz were greeted by a wet pitch and delayed start.  After an hour delay, some liberal use of sawdust and a leaf blower, Sam Ranney and Paul Campbell were at the crease.  Twelve runs later and the Jazz were all out for 193, with 71 overs to clean up the Saints. 

The strategy was simple - bowl full, bowl straight, string together maidens and we'll take wickets.  And so big bustling Pat Effeney opened up with 'Mr Organising' Dave Millar.  Pat soon cleaned up the St.George captain, before Dave found the edge of the other opener in the following over.  Dan Lake then showed his fielding prowess with a direct hit in the last over before tea, to leave the Saints reeling at 3-22 off 15. 

(Dave Millar in action)

After the tea interval, Dan Lake replaced Pat and Justin 'I won't bowl without my mid-wicket behind square' Avendano replaced the miserly Millar (1 for 9 off 13 including 8 maidens).  Both Greenies players bowled very well, with Dan grabbing 2 wickets and Justin 1, to have the Saints in all sorts at 6-49, before the rain came.  Play resumed with ten overs lost, a dry pitch and wet ball, before rain again forced the players off the ground.  Play did resume briefly but the momentum was lost and some solid batting from the St.George bats saw the game pettier out to a disappointing draw, when time ran out. 

A committed effort by the Stags, only to be denied by the inclement weather.  So with the hope that a dry spell is around the corner (something that Sammy and Weaves are a kin to off the pitch), the Jazz are ready for the return of their inspirational leader Sticks Kenner in the New Year. 

5th Grade Report vs Campbelltown - Camden - Round 6

5th Grade Report vs Campbelltown - Camden - Round 6

Fifth Grade Report vs Campbelltown Camden  

Due to the monsoonal weather of late in Sydney, round 6 of the Sydney grade comp was to be a one-day fixture. The 5th graders were in desperate need of a victory after being washed out in the last round, only 50 runs short of victory. With English import extraordinaire Guy 'Graham' Hicks and young-gun Dan Lake 'Placid' joining the 5th graders, the team was looking solid on paper. But could the big names put the performances on the board?

(Patrick Effeney in action)

Another toss was lost, and the Ghosts elected to bat. A wise decision on what looked to be a fairly good batting deck.

Patrick E-Rattic (Effeney) and Dan Lake took the new ball, much to the disgust of captain 'e-lect' Dave Millar. Effeney delivered his usual mixed-bag, either bowling unplayable deliveries or mammoth wides. His bowling was as patchy as his facial hair. Although Lake picked up a wicket in his first over, the numerous wides meant that the Ghosts got off to a flier.

It was up to the experienced (and rather large) head of Millar to steady the ship. A crucial spell was forthcoming, Millar taking 2-26 off 7 overs to put the game back in the Staggies favour. At the other end Shenal was toiling hard and picked up his first, a miraculous catch taken by Hicks. The catch was made more miraculous due to the fact it was actually taken behind Avendano at second slip, who green-lighted the catch and the fact that Guy is English.

(Dave Millar in action) 

Effeney then made up for his erractic bowling by running out the Camden captain with a direct hit from mid-off. The wickets kept falling with Shenal picking up another 2, including one caught and bowled where Shenal had to run past our keeper Hugh Selby to take a sliding catch. 7-102.

Unlike in previous games the Jazz were able to finish the opposition batting off, cleaning up the Camden tail for a total of 131. Dan Lake pulled off a run-out and picked up his second wicket, in what was an impressive 5th grade debut.

Gordon had to negotiate an awkward half and hour before lunch. 131 would not be as easy as it appeared with the Beauchamp out-field being slower than Tiddles' speech at the Greengate on Saturday night. Hence it was imperative that Gordon didn't lose any wickets before lunch.

Unfortunately Sunny was dismissed in the third over and it was up to Jimmy Martin and Kenner to take the Stags to lunch at 1/31 (8).

Lunch was provided by Mr. Avendano who cleaned out the local chicken shop. Mr. Avendano is akin to a god, and is well respected within the 5th grade team. He is one of the nicest blokes you would ever want to meet...which makes you wonder what happened to his son, Justin (just kidding'but not really).

(Justin liked his dad's lunch)

Anyway, enough of the semantics. Martin and Kenner resumed after the break and forged a solid partnership, one which was void of boundaries. With the outfield slowing with each ball, all runs scored were just that, run.

With the score at 70, it was decided to push for the bonus point and this saw the end of Marto who was stumped for 22, dancing down the wicket.

'Graham' Hicks joined Kenner and got straight amongst the bowling. A quick partnership of 50 ensued before Kenner was trapped LBW for 52 (all run). Needless to say Kenner needs to hit the gym or the needles. Maybe he will talk to Andrew Lappan during the week.

Hicksie was quick to finish the job, punishing some shot pitched bowling to get the Jazz home in the 37th over, securing a much needed bonus point.

It was good to sing the song again, after a long month of rain and disappointment. Congrats to the whole club for a great weekend of cricket! Lets have another big weekend against the Tri-Colours!

Until next week, you stay classy Chatswood.

Sticks  

5th Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5

5th Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5

5th Grade well placed against UNSW

After heavy rain during the later half of the working week, and the news that both 2's and 4's had been called off, it was an anxious drive out to David Phillips South on Saturday morning. On first look the ground appeared in top shape, but after closer inspection of the pitch it was decided that play would be delayed at least an hour.

Higgins races after the ball to effect the run-out

This year's 5th grade team has resembled an England touring team, and Saturday was no exception. The Jazz welcomed newcomer, Pat Effeney (aka. Craig Knight) to the ranks, as well as a host of returning 4th graders. Adding to this, club stalwart, Ian Higgins was returning to where it all began, representing 5th grade for the first time in several years.

After some tireless work from the groundsman, who had to prepare both 3rd and 5th grade wickets, the game finally got underway at 2pm.

Gordon won the toss and had no hesitation in sending Uni in (thanks to expert opinion from Tiddles Wilson) on a deck which was hiding plenty of moisture under the surface.

With only two quicks in the starting team, the Jazz had to strike early (both quicks were restricted to 8 over spells). Fortunately the deck was providing plenty of assistance and James JC 'Hernandez' Campbell claimed his mandatory wicket in the first over. JC had a second in his next over, clean bowling the number 3 bat.

With UNSW 2 for not many, and every Gordon fielder in a catching position, Uni were on the ropes. The last thing they needed was a run out. As the Uni bat tickled one round the corner, the batsmen set off for what seemed to be an easy single. Missy Higgins had other ideas. Scampering after the ball, like a greyhound pursuing a rabbit, Missy claimed the ball, pivoted to his left and threw down the stumps. Not only was it a great run out but it was also the first time Missy had ever turned left.

Pat E-Fanny (Effeney) was the next to step-up. In one of the most interesting spells of bowling this scribe has ever witnessed, Pat managed to take 4 poles in his 8 overs. His spell was erratic but lethal. His unpredictability seemed to undo the batsmen.

4-for for the newcomer, Pat Effeney

The highlight of Pat's spell had to be a miraculous catch taken by Sam Ranney (fielding at second slip, due to an ankle injury and a mild hangover). Pat bowled a full and wide delivery which the batsman slashed at. The ball flew low to the ground to Sam's left. Ranney, displaying the lighting reflexes which have served him so well on the streets of Chatswood, stuck out his left hand and snared the catch an inch off the ground. A look of surprise and disbelief overcome the Gordon players, as Sam opened his eyes and realised he still had the ball.

So after the 16 overs from Gordon's two opening bowlers, Uni were 7 wickets down. Not a bad start, but it would be up to Huge Selby and the spinners to finish them off. Hugh claimed the eighth wicket, caught and bowled, soon after drinks, and the end seemed inevitable.

Unfortunately Ranney was badly affected by his ankle and couldn't get through the crease. This left Selbs and the embryo, Justin, to take up the attack until the underage quicks were allowed to bowl again. Both bowled well without claiming any wickets and a 50 run partnership was achieved. Surely the 5th graders weren't going to let another team off the hook?

Two very sharp run-outs from James 'Marto' Martin ensured this was not to be the case, ending the Uni innings on 102.

With an hour to bat, Gordon was keen to knock off as many runs as possible. Unfortunately both openers were dismissed in unlucky circumstances. Marto copped an LBW decision and Sunny was claimed by a 'Ranney-like' catch at second slip. The opener position seems to be cursed in 5th grade this season (just ask Weaves).

This left the prodigal son, Ian Higgins, and Sticks Kenner to bat out the day, Gordon finishing at 2-46.

With Higgos heading off to his wedding early on day 2, there could be some interesting batting next week. A possible outright on the cards'

Until next week, you stay classy Chatswood.

Day 2 - Washed Out

Sticks Kenner

5th Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

5th Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

The Jazz lets NDs get away  

The Fifth graders were faced by the Milo Have-a-Go junior cricketers dispersed all over Beauchamp Oval on Saturday morning. 160 Justin Avendano's running wild proved to be a tough challenge for the Staggies players in setting up the ground. After evading several potential law suits, the sightscreens were hoisted and the covers were packed away.

A solid spell by Shenal put the Jazz in a good position early

Two new players were in the line up for the NDs game. Simon Massey had received a call up after his strong performances for Colts and the not-so-new Dan Richtor was taking a short break from his DJ career to make a cameo appearance for the Jazz.

The NDs captain and the honourable mayor of Hornsby won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a typically flat and hard Beauchamp wicket. After clearing the Avendano clones off the field and locating the real Avendano (not an easy task), the game was ready to commence.

Gordon knew that early wickets would be the key on a wicket which would get easier to bat on as the day went on. James Campbell, representing his home nation of Costa Rica, did not let the skipper down picking up a wicket in the first over ' Alex 'Junior' Campbell taking a well judged catch at fine leg. Cambo saluted again soon after, when he claimed his second wicket, Selby doing the honours behind the stumps.

AC 'Cola' (resident springbok Alex Campbell) was having less fun at the other end and was replaced by Shenal Siriwardhane. Fuelled by fierce grape Gatorade and the support of his thousands of lady fans, Shenal (Denver DeCruz) bowled a tight spell, picking up the crucial wicket of the mayor, and finishing with figures of 1-10 off his 6 overs.

Some big hitting at the end by Millar wasn't enought to get them home

Sam Ranney was then introduced into the attack with immediate success. The street wise off-spinner from the block picked up an opportunist wicket in his first over, a brilliant catch taken by 'AC Cola' at backward square. Ranney's second over was a dream, picking up two wickets in three balls to have the Rangers reeling at 6-71.

The Jazz had been in this same scenario before this season and taken the foot of the accelerator, so the lads were pretty keen to keep the pressure on. With Tom Burnett still at the crease, the skipper was wary of a partnership forming and AC was brought back into the attack. Both 'cola' and Ranney kept the runs down but were unable to find the breakthrough.

It was during this period that the embryo came into significant misfortune. After a sterling performance on 10's new TV show, 'Are You Smarter than a 5th grader?,' Avendano was brimming with confidence in the field. This confidence was soon to be delivered a telling blow as the 'Son of Mac' got a tough bounce whilst fielding at mid-off and was struck on the middle stump. Not wearing his signature 'double-box' in the field, the embryo was clearly shaken and in a great deal of pain. Amongst the laughter from his team mates, cries could be heard from Ranney (bowler), 'get up', and from the NDs change rooms, 'run 3'. The game was stopped for a good five minutes while Avendano regained consciousness.

This may have been the turning point in the innings. Although 'Lance Armstrong' did recover to bowl a tight spell of leg spin and Ranney finished with figures of 3-38 (10), Burnett was still in and ready to explode. And that he did.

After 41 overs NDs were 6-138. Nine overs later NDs innings closed at 8-244, Burnett unbeaten on 115. Gordon had let NDs back into the game and given themselves a tough chase on a slow outfield.

The chase started in terrible fashion, with Weaves trapped LBW for 6, Kenner run out returning for a second for 9 and Dan Richtor adjudged LBW for 2. Gordon 3-27.

Whilst Dan was comforted in the stands, 'Huge' Hugh Selby and 'fierce grape' Siriwardhane set about resurrecting the innings. Some lusty blows from the left hander over backward square saw him race to 26 before he came undone by the 13 year old ND's leg spinner. Selby was looking the goods at the other end, after his mid-week bowling machine session with Weaves. Together with Massey he pushed the score past the 100 mark.

Just when a match winning partnership seemed imminent, there was a horrific mix up and Massey was on his way for 16. Selby followed directly after reaching his half century and the Stags were again looking as depleted as John Howard in the election polls.

Jimmy Campbell strokes one through the off-side

It seemed only 'man-mountain' Dave Millar could save the Jazz from here, and, together with some handy partnerships with the embryo and the brother's Campbell, he got to within 40 runs of victory with 1 wicket remaining.

Some inspired hitting from Millar saw him reach 57*, before Ranney was run-out attempting to roll the mid-off fieldsman, leaving Gordon 25 runs short of the mark.

Until next week, you stay classy Chatswood.

Sticks

Mike Weaver quote of the week: 'profuse sweating is an indicator of extreme fitness'; Weaves delivered this gem after appearing at the team huddle in the first over of the day covered in sweat.

5th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

5th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

AC, JC star with the ball to secure a win

Thanks to the timely placement of covers on Thursday night, a flat, hard track greeted that Jazz for Day 2 of their encounter with North Sydney.  With the overnight score poised at 8/291, the Campbell brothers deviously foxed with their pads on during the warm-up, leaving the Bears none the wiser to their immediate future.  Eventually the umpires turned up, the ground was declared suitable for play and the Gordon innings was closed at 291.

James Campbell on his way to 5 for the day

In the meantime, the Campbell brothers had swapped bat for ball and were limbering up in the dressing room.  After featuring prominently in the Academy game the day before, Alex 'AC, Junior, Weird Al' Campbell and James 'JC, Senior' Campbell were primed for a big day.  JC took the first over and had the batsmen in all sorts with his hooping inswing.  AC opened up from the other end, and, buoyed by a meticulous spell of line and length bowling the day before, opted to start without a fine-leg.  AC then proceeded to bowl one-side of the wicket (the offside), before cleaning up one of the openers with a less-than-well judged leave.  Not to be out done, JC then had the number three playing then not playing then dabbing on, before having the number four caught in the slips in the same over.  The brothers then took another wicket each to have the bears reeling at 5 for 7.  Unfortunately AC was suffering from a back strain and needed to be replaced after four impressive overs with the figures of 2 for 12.  Dave Millar replaced AC and was unlucky not to claim a couple early.  After a great spell by JC, Sam Ranney took over and continued to apply the pressure. 

The Bears built a solid partnership for the sixth wicket, before Selby snuck an LBW. JC replaced Selby and claimed another wicket to end with the outstanding figures of 4 for 16 off 13. While at the other end Justin Avendano warmed to the task, tossing the ball up dangerously then occasionally ripping a wrong-un to completely bamboozle the batsmen.  Eventually Justin was rewarded with an LBW, and economical figures of 1 for 13.  A great diving save and return to Tim Creed behind the stumps, saw Sam Ranney affect a sharp run out.  Sam replaced Avendano and quickly claimed the final wicket.  North Sydney were all out for 130, with a minimum of 25 overs remaining in the day. 

Junior, AC, fires one down the day before in the Academy game

The Bears were sent back in and were in trouble early with JC trapping one of the openers in front.  Cam Brown then displayed some great fielding to catch one of the bats short of his ground, before Millar induced a skied pull shot which was safely held by James Martin.  As the overs remaining were dwindling and with AC unable to bowl again, the match was called to a close, with North Sydney 3 for 34 in their second dig. 

A great result for the Jazz, who dominated the entire match against a side that won outright the week before.  The lads didn't give an inch with bat or ball, playing out both days of cricket. 

Hugh Selby
5th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

5th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

5th Grade in a comanding position

After stalling late in the game last week, the 5th Grade Jazz had refueled and were determined to go the distance against a North Sydney Bears outfit that collected maximum points the week before.  Gordon won the toss and elected to bat on a good track, with a simple plan in mind 'don't lose early wickets and bat out the day' ' runs will come easily after the tea break.

Jono Wigham smokes one through the covers

A steady start ensued, with Weaver and Martin displaying solid defense coupled with measured stroke play.  At 0/44 a big score looked imminent, however the umpires earned their money and the Jazz had the shakes at 4/53.  Enter Jono Wigham and Justin Avendano, who both showed confidence and maturity beyond their years. It wouldn't be fair to classify Jono as the third embryo of the Jazz but, considering he is only 15, we will do it anyway. 

The pair put on 60, before Avendano was out for a well made 24, trying to pump the young North Sydney spinner into the Beauchamp sheds (in order to affirm that Justin is the premier spinning embryo in grade cricket).  Wigham continued to punish the attack, with his colossal frame ensuring many powerfully struck boundaries along the carpet in front of the wicket.  As Tim 'dink and dabble' Creed began to build a partnership with Wigham, the southerly buster struck.  Cue the bending of the southern sightscreen, a flash of lightning with its clap of thunder 28.49712 seconds later and play was off for half an hour (damn 30-thirty rule). 

Avendano tries to match Jono's effort

As the temperature dropped so did North Sydney's heads.  Creed and Wigham added 57, before Creed was dismissed for a crafty 26.  Drinks came with Wigham and Millar at the crease. Jim 'Catts' Catlin queried Millar (0*) on where he was going to find some runs. Millar responded accordingly with a swift 68 including two 'flat' sixes (please see D.Millar for further details including ball velocity, ball elevation etc ' he is the actuary after all). 

In the meantime Jono 'a ball will never bounce above my knee roll' Wigham, had made an outstanding 99, before being unluckily caught down the legside.  Millar was dismissed on the second last ball of the day, leaving the Campbell brothers at the crease. All money was on James 'JC' Campbell to add valuable leg byes on the last ball of the day, having failed to use the willow on his last ten appearances at the crease, but it wasn't to be. At the end of the day the score was 8/291, with many of the runs coming in the last session as predicted.

Ranney spends most of his time in the change room, having batted 4 times in 2 years at the club

Hugh 'Huge' Selby

5th Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

5th Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

The "Jazz" stalls in 2nd

The annual long-weekend grade fixture saw the 5th Grade 'Jazz' strolling into Cabramatta Oval for a two day festival of the bat. With the main media focus being on the two big football fixtures, the build up to the 5th grade Gordon-Fairfield fixture was strangely subdued. This didn't seem to affect the players who all arrived in high spirits, looking forward to two days of action.

Sajdeh playing defensively at cricket and in the love circles

New faces in the squad included Cam Brown, Charlie 'Duck' Turner and Huge Selby (spelling mistake intentional). The boys were pumped up for this fixture as Fairfield were the team that eliminated Gordon last season.  With that in mind, the team agreed to 'do it for Tweety' and take revenge.

Fairfield won the toss and elected to field. The ultimate odd couple of Weaver and Sajdeh strode to the wicket and made a solid start for Gordon. Weaver had almost negotiated the first hour of play when he was cleaned up for 23. This brought Kenner to the wicket, who appeared to be limping worse than Molly Meldrum on a Sunday morning. Unable to take his usual quick singles, Kenner was a liability at the crease and quickly fell for 8. James 'Marto' Martin and Sunny forged a good partnership, which saw Sunny reach 49 not out. Upon reaching this milestone, Sunny attempted to lift Fairfield's off-spinner into the local Vietnamese restaurant and only succeeded in being stumped by 4-5meters. Sunny, 49 out. At tea, Gordon 3-126.

After a 9/10 tea break (rated by Shenal 'Scotty' Siriwarhane ' resident tea critic) and some fine custard pasties (BOT), Gordon went back to work. Selby fell almost immediately to the only ball, all day, which turned and bounced. Brown followed quickly and when James 'Manly' Martin was bowled for a well compiled 39, Gordon were reeling at 6-139.

Enter 'Foetus I' (Justin Avendano) and Linford Cristie (Shenal). Watching Shenal batting with Justin was akin to watching a young Michael Jackson entertaining his fans at Neverland. This unlikely combination came together brilliantly for a timely 50 run partnership. Shenal was bowled for 32, bringing 'Foetus II' (James Ryan) to the wicket. At 7-193, the skipper was hoping for 220.

Foetus II (Ryan) at an even younger age!

What happened next was biology at its best. The two embryos took to the bowling like a small child taking to presents on Christmas morning. Youth is a beautiful thing, just ask Michael. Everything was going well, until Justin pulled his groin and could no longer run. Enter Christie. Having just run a 9.32 in the 100m dash earlier that day, Shenal was the obvious candidate to run for Justin. After running some extremely quick threes, Justin 'Avocado' Avendano was bowled for 44. He was closely followed by Ryan (29) and Charlie 'Sir Don' Turner (1). Gordon all out 251.

DAY 2. After a quiet Saturday night, listening to Ian Higgins retrace his magnificent 116* innings ball-by-ball-by-ball-by-ball, the skipper was confident of defending the 251 posted by his team just the day before. Marto and Charlie were brimming with excitement, with the grand final only hours away, but there was hard work to be done yet.

The team knew that with the dead nature of the pitch, we had to strike with the new ball. Enter the Duck. The Duck is known for many things, martial arts, boxing, throwing-up and of course his crafty outswing bowling. Sunday was the Duck's day. By 1.20pm Charlie had the figures of 6-37 and Fairfield were 6-73. With Shenal picking up the seventh wicket just before tea Gordon were well on top and an early finished seemed inevitable.

Justin was planning his afternoon golf game, Marto and Charlie were gearing up for the reserve grade grand final and Sunny was thinking of getting some beauty sleep before his date. To add to this, Fairfield produced another sterling tea, which the lads got stuck into.

I don't know whether it was the BBQ meatlovers pizza, or just the inevitable air that overcame the game, but the 5s seemed to switch off after tea. Shenal, Hugh, Justin and JC 'Hernandz' toiled hard, but with the pitch providing no assistance Fairfield fought their way back into the game. A brave knock from their skipper of 102* saw the Lions home with two wickets to spare, and a very disappointed away dressing room.

It was a game that Gordon dominated up until the last session, and the team will take a valuable lesson from this loss. To add to the Duck and Marto's troubles, they missed the reserve grade grand-final and Manly got smashed. Bad luck boys. At least Sunny had a bit more luck on his date.

Until next week, you stay classy Cabramatta Sportsground.

Sticks

Mike Weaver quote of the week: 'How old is his mum? Well I'm only being realistic!'

5th Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

5th Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

Honda Jazz 5ths first up win

Report by Richie "stay classy" Kenner    

The 5th grade Honda Jazz comprised some added extras for the new season. Travelling out to Rance Oval, the Jazz had a new skipper on board as well as fresh additions James 'Miss Universe' Martin, Harry Turner and the two embryos Justin Avendano and James Ryan.

(Shenal Siriwardhene taking one his 4 wickets at Rance)

Rance Oval looked in fine nick, although there was a green tinge to the pitch. Looking to take advantage of the early movement, the new skipper won the toss and sent the Panthers in. After a sharp warm-up the Jazz was ready to accelerate into the new season. Unfortunately, the 1-and-a-half cylinder, 600ml engine wasn't up to scratch in the early overs and some wayward bowling allowed the Penrith batsmen to get away to a flier.

Fortunately 6th grade skipper elect, Dave Miller, was able to peg back the Panthers, by claiming the first two wickets. And wasn't he happy'poor James Ryan almost had both his hands removed as Miller administered an overly enthusiastic high ten. Modern Day Christ - James Campbell bowled without luck at the other end, finishing with figures of 0-12 (6). But the Messiah was not finished there.

Just as the Penrith number 4 was starting to dominate, JC unleashed a throw from backward square-leg, catching him short of his ground, in what could only be described as a miracle run-out. JC was later seen turning water into wine.

(James Ryan in action) 

After the run-out Gordon claimed a string of wickets, with Harry Turner picking up 2 wickets in one over and Justin Avendano picking up a wicket in his first grade over, a sharp stumping completed by school yard chum James Ryan. Seeing the two embryos combine was a thing of beauty and something that no doubt Tiddles Wilson has been dreaming of during the pre-season.

A short partnership ensued, before Shenal 'scotty' Jawardene (Penrith spelling) was reintroduced into the attack and claimed the last four wickets in the space of four overs. Due to the lack of female scorers Scotty was a little wayward early, but his second spell was a pleasure to watch, picking up all his 4 wickets clean bowled.

The lunch break saw a short trip across the drag-way to the local bakery. As the openers got prepared mentally and physically for the job at hand, Justin told tales of his soap star ex-girlfriend and his intimate experiences with the Kingsgrove catalogue.

The chase started with a slight hiccup, as Sunny was controversially adjudged LBW in the first over. Kenner joined an intense Mike Weaver at the crease and set about consolidating the innings. Weaves was unusually pumped-up for this innings and his talks with Kenner in between overs were nothing short of inspirational. Forget Mandela, Churchill or even Denzel Washingtoin in Remember the Titans, Weaves is the real deal! He wanted this game badly.

(Dave Millar attempts a James Campbell run out)

Unfortunately the dream was not to be, as Weaves got another tough decision as he played across one. Kenner followed soon after and Gordon were 3/48. That would be the last wicket Gordon would lose in the match as Cam Crawford and Harry 'junior' Turner took complete control of the game. Cam was destructive throughout his innings of 71*, the highlight being a cover-drive six off the opening bowler. Harry played a solid foil, his casual approach to batting and running between the wickets earning him the nickname of junior.

So as the embryos played their 600th game of French cricket for the afternoon and the 'senior' players huddled under Shenal's pure Kashmir blanket (which he claims is not his), Gordon cruised to a bonus point victory in 39.3 overs. A great performance by the new and improved (no disrespect Tweety) 5th grade Honda Jazz.

(Can Crawford at the bowling crease. Sticks has said Cam's bowling is his project this year)

Until next week, stay classy Chatswood.

Sticks

Mike Weaver quote of the week: 'you should be able to pick selectors in your fantasy cricket team.'

 

First Grade Match Reports 07/08

First Grade Match Reports 07/08

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total.

For the First grade schedule go to Fixtures

First Grade match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

First grade report vs Randwick Petersham.

First grade report vs Randwick Petersham.

First grade report vs Randwick Petersham.

Zeddie (Ed Zelma) made a welcome return to the team for the last 4 clash against Randwick after passing not his own fitness test this time around. Nicho (Matt Nicholson) led the troops in oracle ' like fashion (our Socrates), reminding the boys that it is just a game of cricket and that we should tackle the game with just that mindset; to apply our skills with nothing but positive intent, and to leave everything out there during the match. Each stag walked onto the field, knowing exactly what was required of them. It was a good feeling.

(Simon Katich departs with a happy Brendan and Rocket)

Randwick elected to bat on a hard, flat wicket. With Chatswood known to do a bit in the first session of play, it was vital for our bowlers to hit the right areas, and for our fielders to back them up quicksmart. Nicho and Dylan (Dylan Connell) steamed in for a lethal opening partnership (Not the ideal new rock attack for any opening pair to face up! - just getting it out there'). It was our top dog Nixon who grabbed the first pole, caught Bombas in the slips. D-train (Dylan) backed up with the second scalp of Khawaja.  2 for not many.

The stags buzzing on the field, while Randwick buzzing not as great, in the away sheds. Enter Simon Katich. Feeling our intent and energy in the field, the Record breaker did not look too comfortable. Having had enough of our heat, the test star knicked off to a great piece of bowling by the D-train, with Macca 'the President of the Rat Pack' (Brendan McDonald) snaring well to his right at 2nd slip.

(Matt Nicholson at the start of the innings)

Exactly as envisioned in my dream on my Tuesday night sleep' i'm talking about the catch of course' Nixon 'the Oracle', then put the breaks on Dylan, and introduced Casson into the game. Beau, backing the Oracle's call up, hit damage with his first ball, caught Iain Beverley). (I didn't just dub him 'the Oracle' for nothing) Randy-Petes now really buzzing not so great. Nathan Hauritz and his mate see out lunch. 4/60 odd.

Note by this time, The Stags army, are now accumulating well at third man and getting into gear for the afternoon session (look out' The Count')

The second session started well for the stags and that is as far as my memory serves me. Beau Casson 'the new spin king' held up the Artarmon end collecting clams in the process. What I then recall is the visitors retracting at 8/108. This is where cricket becomes an interesting game' Ceteris paribus, you would expect the innings to be wrapped up in a timely fashion - Emphasis on that word expect. But cricket is not about 'holding all else equal'.

(Beau in action with Nathan Hauritz looking on)

It takes just a Partnership; Or, two partnerships for that matter: An intelligent batsman to back himself and the no. ten and jack to hold their ends respectively. This is what happened. Nathan Hauritz did exactly this. He tallied 122, and pushed his team toward a defendable 220 run total. It is not to say that the Stags let loose of our hold on the game. No, not at all. This merely exemplifies cricket as a sometimes interesting game'

With a bit more time than a late arvo terror session for our top order batsman to stick out, Nicho cooled off the lads with some inspirational words'

Iain Beverley, our new recruit, and Craig Simmons, aboard the big ship, set about to sea - off the first day. There's some poetry for you'

Simmons fell soon thereafter, 'over-cooking' (quote Mr. Simmons) a short ball to deep square leg. Bomber (reece Bombas) took guard and steadied the ship. It must also be mentioned at this time that Burt Cockley is throwing figs at 145km per hour from one end, while Pic is playing his part at third man, acquainting himself with a certain distasteful English nobleman...

(The Bevo cover drive)

Zeddie, playing the night-watch-man, took to the crease for Bombas who pinched a well- timed nerve in his neck. Bevo after showing some great gusto stuck it out until the second last ball of the day. Beau Casson saw off the day Matrix-like. Gordon 2/65.

Day 2 saw the boys assemble for Marcos-Mania, as our frontman/13th man celebrated his birthday. He wasn't going home empty handed. Casson and Zeddie both played themselves in, but a double breakthrough loomed soon after the drinks break. It was left to Jamma Packman and Nicho 'the Oracle' to see us out until lunch. James, unfortunately fell just on lunch. (Imagine, then, eating your chicken roll. Not too tasty'you would have to think) Stags, 5 down at lunch. Some 80-odd required to win.

Nicho, in his reassuring tone, again calmed the lads in the dressing room, installing a quietly confident belief within each of us. It is truly great having this Socrates-like figure on your side in such a high-pressure game/situation. And this is not just me talking. I speak on behalf of the whole team'thanks Nixon.

(Matt Nicholson during his innings)

After the luncheon walk-a-bouts and talk-a-bouts, Nicho 'the Oracle' was joined by Rodney, Rocket ' the Smokin' Hokin. A good name for a band perhaps..? But this tall, unassuming lad came to the crease with such a purpose, he left many who witnessed the remainder of the match with a memory they won't easily forget. The knock that he played was simply put, Cameo, personified. Or let's say Cameo personified cum matrix. (***I can confidently say that Rodney pulled off the greatest re-enactment of the blockbuster scene with cricket gear on, EVER! - he evaded a beaming bullet from Big Burt, saving his own life in the process! It should also be noted that after Cockley's third beamer of the innings he then became Burnt Cockley.)

Back to Rod's Cameo' He took on Nathan Hauritz from the start and didn't look back. Getting down the track repeatedly and lofting the ball over the in field, into the fence. This partnership with our skipper Nicho took the game right away from the opposition, if ever they had a grasp at it. Rod was then untimely dismissed for 49 in an attempt at hitting the winning runs' Some whisper at him doing it purposely to get a personal ovation, but never you mind. Nicho 'the Oracle' was smooth as silk in his compilation of 48* to see us home. A true, what they call ' captain's knock.

(The ball flys over cover during the Rocket "Cameo")

STAGS 6/223 and VICTORIOUS... Get fah yah bah'(VB, VB, VB, VB'.)

We have one game remaining in the competition, that's all it is. If we win, we win, and we are Champions. If we lose, we lose and we come Runner's Up. That's all there is to it. But be assured the Stags won't be leaving anything to the imagination, come this weekend.

Bring on the Saints' and in the words of 'the Oracle' ' Good luck to 'em!!

Brad Rasool

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 - No. 2

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 - No. 2

1st Grade vs. Blacktown - Day 2 - Dazzler's Story

The Stags went into the game against Blacktown needing ten points to keep our finals prospects alive, in the 07/08 season of 3 captains. Our third skipper, the 'Big Ship' Craig Simmons, won an important toss and sent our opponents in to bat on a good looking wicket. An important decision as an outright victory was mandatory. The 'Big D' Dylan Connell bowled like the star he is after softening up the umpire at the start of his spell ' something to do with his luck all season'and shaking his head' Macca ' Brendan McDonald - , now 'the Big Crab', bowled just as well as he has all season. These two bowling in tandem played a fundamental role in our twenty wicket surge.

The "Big Ship" that partners Rasool at the top of the innings

The Arch (Chris Archer), who is swiftly learning his slow left arm trade in 1's, collected his first pole. A big lbw shout. We were so stoked. Matt Jones, our coastie with a Caribbean flavour also chipped in again. Gaza Wright, making his debut, unfortunately, slipped a disc in his back but he remained on the field to take a 'he's caught it' catch on the backward square leg boundary. (He made it look easy!) Blacktown were all out for 221. The Big D must be praised for a superb effort of fast bowling. Well done mate (he loved it'and so did we'). Macca ' imagine if you took this game a bit more seriously' you are the goods! Big D ' 5w. Macca ' 3w. Jonesy ' 1w. Arch ' 1w.   

With a considerable session of play remaining in day 1, Gordon strode to the crease. We witnessed a daring batting exhibition of flair and arrogance as the big ship went to party on their quicks- (I say quicks as the ship 'quickly' sent them over the Chatswood fence.) He compiled 81 in no time' 'Bomber' Bombas batted with purpose and looked steady and in control at no.3. Rodney Hokin later joined him and the pair saw out the day. Gordon 3/160 odd. Casualties: Rasool 16, the Big Ship 81, Packman 25.

The following week the players knew that part-2 of our ten point mission was in our hands. The first task was to knock off the 65 runs and collect our 6 points. We made a meal out of the simple job, but hey, it's our style' Bomber continuing from the previous week 'coolly' accumulated his maiden 50 in the top grade. A great effort bud and you are showing promising signs not only with your technique but mentally too. Iain 'Bevo' Beverly stepped up when needed and joined Bomber to see us past Blacktown. They talk about dynamite in small packages. This man showed us why'Under pressure he calmly stroked boundary after boundary through the off side to finish unbeaten on 35*. The declaration came at 8/224.

With 25 minutes before lunch we had a short burst at the Blacktown top order. The Big D was spot on again, hitting that zone of uncertainty with pace and movement. Macca came on early and held up the railway end. At lunch Blacktown were 2 for very little. We got stuck in to Linda's chicken and mayo rolls which would then line the tummies for the big afternoon session. And that's what it was. Top, intelligent bowling combined with miserly fielding, some brilliant turned controversial catching (love you Mac) and efficient bowling changes saw the stags take the bite and bowl out Blacktown again.

Big D again (its becoming a clich' I know...but he is the big D) bagging another 5 wickets in the innings, getting himself 10 wickets in the match! But he's done that before apparently. Macca grinded well and picked up 2 big scalps. Bomber at mid off contributed with a superb diving run out. Pretty slick. And the big ship picked up 2. At tea Gordon required 123 for an outright win, exactly what we had set out to do some 172 hours prior.

Big D on his way to 10 for the match

Brad Rasool was consistent again (consistently not in runs) and Simmo fell soon after in Brad-like fashion. Bomber consolidated the scurry and compiled a solid 35. Rodney Hokin left the fireworks late but he did it in style. With the Stags rallying at 6/105 and requiring 18 runs from 12 balls, Rocket patiently waited for his ball in his hitting zone and when it came he calmly hit their best quick, over deep midwicket, off the back foot, for back to back maximums. Note: this shot was played to rather full pitched deliveries. Moral: But he knew what he had to do and he did it, without letting the pressure of the occasion get to him. Beautifully played Rodney.

What is a memorable Gordon victory of late without unleashing the Big D Train to hit the winning runs..?? And that's exactly how we tailored the script. Scores tied, he strode to the crease, helmet in D position, took guard, always knowing he needed one ball. That delivery came down and he stroked it, on the up, over mid off, for a boundary' some call it arrogance, we call it D-power!

Gordon 10 points         Blacktown 0

As planned. 

Brad 'Dazzler' Rasool

Scores

Gordon 7/225 dec. (Craig Simmons 81, Reece Bombas 51, Iain Beverley 35) and 8/124 (Rod Hokin 38, Reece Bombas 35) defeated Blacktown 219 (Dylan Connell 5 for43, Brendan McDonald 3 for 70) and 126 (Dylan Connell 5 for 41, Brendan McDonald 2 for 42, Craig Simmons 2 for 13) outright

 

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

1st Grade vs. Blacktown - Day 2

Cricket is a great game. We all love playing it and we put much into playing for many different reasons but one thing is for sure the game always give you back much more.

Dylan picks up 10 for the match - Congratulations

The First Grade side had an outstanding outright win last Saturday against Blacktown. If ever the character of the team was called upon, it was last match. The team got the result that was needed. We remain in the hunt for the finals and with a strong performance against Manly next week it gets us that much closer to meeting the team's first objective set at the start of the season, to make the play offs.

For the past 3 seasons we have worked as a unit, last weekend's result is a culmination of that work. The team lacked some of the usual suspects, however through maturity, learning and growth as a unit, the team again demonstrated that they can perform at critical moments without the need of the old crabs. A benchmark of teamwork. Watching from the sideline I am proud in the players and the journey they have taken.

There were outstanding individual performances.

  • Craig Simmons captaincy. Simmo has the competitive drive of Lleyton Hewitt and the cricket acumen of Ian Chappell. He directed the players around the park precisely, the bowling changes, the batting order. And he led from the front with 81 off 60 balls.
  • Dylan Connell 5 for 43 in the first innings and 5 for 41 in the second. Dylan has shouldered the fast bowling responsibilities in the absence of Nicholson and myself. A competitor to the end, well done mate you deserve these results with more to come.
  • Brendon MacDonald bowled 43 overs for the match taking 5 for 112. Brendon has evolved this season, He has listened, learnt and unrelentingly endeavoured to improve his game. Come on BMac another good one this weekend.
  • Reece 'Bomber' Bombas batting at No.3 scoring 51 off 126 balls in the first innings and 38 in the second innings. Reece is a First Grader always has been, like some of us all it has taken time and hard lessons for this to register. His return to First Grade with a patient and disciplined innings is only the first step.
  • Ian Beverley steering the mothership home with Bomber with 35 runs when we lost early wickets. Good one Bevo, Marcus and I will treat you to lunch this Thursday.

A big performance by Bevo to get the side the 1st innings points

  • Rod Hokin knocking 38 off 27 rocks to get us home for the outright. With some batting coaching from Dylan, Rocket picked the right ball waited for his zone and pirouetted 3 zacs over midwicket.
  • Chris Archer taking his first scalp in First Grade. Welcome aboard my friend the first is always the hardest.
  • To Marcus, Melanie, Kate & Michael. Your laps around the oval helped get us our wickets.

The catching this match was much improved. Gareth Wrights catch on the fine leg boundary was a standout as was the slips catching. The fielding had more intensity than seen of late. The key is to stay in this zone.

On to Manly. To all the players in the finals hunt keep up the effort and intensity, don't look beyond your next performance, train hard this week with a focus on the next round.

Not "good luck" to Second and Fourth grade, for you have come this far with hard work and endeavour, but rather just know that First Grade is supporting you and willing you on.

Regards

Zeddie

Scores

Gordon 7/225 dec. (Craig Simmons 81, Reece Bombas 51, Iain Beverley 35) and 8/124 (Rod Hokin 38, Reece Bombas 35) defeated Blacktown 219 (Dylan Connell 5 for43, Brendan McDonald 3 for 70) and 126 (Dylan Connell 5 for 41, Brendan McDonald 2 for 42, Craig Simmons 2 for 13) outright

 

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

1st Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

1st Grade vs. Blacktown (day 1)

After the disappointment of the Mosman debacle, the Stags premier side was looking to bounce back against Blacktown. With results going against us in the run towards the finals, an outright victory was suddenly needed to keep alive our slim finals chances.

The "D-Train" on his way to collecting 5 for the innings

Craig Simmons was once again in charge and won the toss, sending Blacktown into bat on a pitch that would give some assistance to the bowlers early, before flattening out in the afternoon.

Gareth 'G-Banger' Wright took the new ball with the D-Train (Dylan Connell), in a role that is fast becoming a poisoned chalice and again bad luck struck. G-Banger having a reoccurrence of his back troubles at the start of his 6th over, ensuring that he did not bowl again in the innings.

D-Train shouldered the extra load taking 3 early Blacktown wickets to have them struggling at 3-10. Matt 'Albi' Jones took the 4th, leaving Blacktown 4-19.

Some lusty hitting from Blacktown's middle order and more dropped catches (1st Grade has probably only taken a third of their catches since Christmas) saw Blacktown recover. Brendan 'BMac' McDonald once again bowled well, twice making the vital breakthrough, finishing with 3 wickets before the D-Train cleaned up the tail to finish with 5 wickets for the innings. Blacktown dismissed for 219.

The Stags had 34 overs left to face in the day. Needing to knock the runs off as quickly as possible to try and get a 10 point result next week, Simmons unleashed on the Blacktown bowlers, scoring 82 runs off 60 balls before being dismissed. Rasool and Packman fell whilst providing support, leaving the Stags 3 for 157 at stumps, with 'Bomber' Bombas and 'Rocket' Hokin at the crease.

The game was left positioned for some exciting cricket to be played on Day 2.

Scores

Gordon 3-157 (Craig Simmons 81, Reece Bombas 25*) vs Blacktown 219 (Dylan Connell 5-43, Brendan McDonald 3-70).

Dylan Connell

 

1st Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

1st Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

1st Grade vs the Whales

First grade traveled to Allan Border for the important clash against Mosman. Mosman sits at the bottom of the table but had a line up that could really hurt us if we weren't to be at our best. The day started well, Gordon won the toss. The decision was made to bowl based on the look of the wicket. Greasy, dark brown with a light covering of grass. Hard to pick how it would go so the bowlers had first go at it.

BMac gets down to work at Allan Border Oval

The bowling ranks were bolstered for 4 overs from a returning Zelma. A re-aggravation of his knee injury saw him limp off without further participation in the game. Zelma (also being the author) concedes that yes the season is now officially over. For all those that 'told me so' congratulations you get the Cadbury Favourites. For all those who have supported and encouraged me since my injury, thank you I have appreciated it.

But the beauty of sport is that with mishap comes opportunity and an opportunity for the other bowlers to step up. Gladly this was to be the case with all bowlers putting in some commendable effort. To the D Train (Dylan Connell), Craig "Simmo" Simmons, B Mac (Brendan McDonald), Chris "Archie" Archer and Matty 'Redtube' Jones well done, you covered a hole and led from the front. By the end of the day the lads had kept the Whales to total of 300.

Simmo busts a gut for his injured Stags captain

The bowling was tight, disciplined and able to reap reward for long periods of pressure. Congratulations to B Mac with his 5 wicket haul. Mac has been consistent and disciplined throughout the season and rightly deserves the reward that comes with that.

Our fielding was off. Dropped catches have hurt us all season and again the blight on our season resurfaced on Saturday. Catching is about two things, confidence and concentration. These two elements went missing for times on the field. We all need to find these things next Saturday when it is our turn to bat. The responsibility now falls on the bats to chase down this reasonable score. To be frank, if we are final aspirants we should be able to chase this total competently and with a workman like focus. I look forward to the match next Saturday, and hope to be reporting about at least two batsman scoring match winning tons.

Zeddie

1st Grade Report vs Hawkesbury - L/O Round 6

1st Grade Report vs Hawkesbury - L/O Round 6

1st Grade vs. Parramatta Saturday and Hawkesbury Sunday

What a weekend for the Stags. A comprehensive victory by the boys on Saturday followed by a nail biting win the following day.

(Rod Hokin on Saturday)

The Saturday game was a 120 over day, as day one of the fixture against Parramatta had been washed out. Play unbelievably started on time despite Chatswood oval, not15 hours earlier, resembling a water polo facility.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl. It was not a bad toss to lose, despite some moisture in the pitch, the outfield was wet and the ball soon stopped swinging.

The Stags innings was an interesting one, with only one real partnership of note. Losing wickets constantly there was however one bloke who shone, a guy who could be the related to other first grade cricketers around Sydney due to the mailman possibly doing more than his rounds, Rod Hokin.

Out of a score of 230 Rocket managed 105 n.o., bringing up his 2nd first grade century with a miss hit six down the ground.

(Brendan McDonald leads the first grade team off the park on Sunday)

With the pitch and outfield drying, would 230 enough?

It was in the end quite comfortably with Parramatta dismissed for 166. With the Big Double Ender, Dylan Connell taking career best figures of 6 for 27.

A good win to the Stags!

Sunday morning saw the boys travel to Bensons Lane for a 'home' game against Hawkesbury, due to the double booking of Chatswood oval.

Ed Zelma won the toss, the 2nd year in a row at Hawkesbury and elected to bowl for the 2nd year in row. This time the conditions were not quite as oppressive and I think his decision had the backing of the other members of the team, unlike last year where a slight tactical error was made.

Anyway the Stags were bowling.

Hawkesbury began cautiously on a pitch that suited all types of bowling. At 2 for 98 off about 28 overs they were well poised to post a good total, however some good bowling from the Stags spin twins of Brendan ' Stiffler' McDonald ( 4 for 32) and Beau 'Buzz' Casson (2 for 33) saw them heavily restricted finishing their 50 overs at 9 for 171. The outfield was incredibly slow resulting in few boundaries being hit during the innings.

(Beau Casson in action at Benlon's Lane)

With the roll the Stags had going, there was an element of over confidence and they appeared to relax in the chase of this small total. The batting seemed to reflect this with some very poor shot selection and running between the wickets.

Yet again it was the spin twins of Casson (56) and McDonald (39) who stuck it out however. When Stiffler was the 9th man dismissed with the score on 156, leaving Durie at the crease to be joined by Connell, even the most positive of Stags supporter would not have been confident. However the 2 burly fast bowlers (a dying breed in Sydney 1st grade circles) saw the Hawks total passed on the last ball of the penultimate over. Giving the Stags their 5th win on the trot and entrenching them in the top 6.

With one game left in the One Day competition in January, the Stags must win and hope other results fall in their favour to ensure a spot in the one day final series.

Dylan Connell

1st Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

1st Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

1st Grade vs. Parramatta Saturday and Hawkesbury Sunday

What a weekend for the Stags. A comprehensive victory by the boys on Saturday followed by a nail biting win the following day.

(Rod Hokin on Saturday)

The Saturday game was a 120 over day, as day one of the fixture against Parramatta had been washed out. Play unbelievably started on time despite Chatswood oval, not15 hours earlier, resembling a water polo facility.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bowl. It was not a bad toss to lose, despite some moisture in the pitch, the outfield was wet and the ball soon stopped swinging.

The Stags innings was an interesting one, with only one real partnership of note. Losing wickets constantly there was however one bloke who shone, a guy who could be the related to other first grade cricketers around Sydney due to the mailman possibly doing more than his rounds, Rod Hokin.

Out of a score of 230 Rocket managed 105 n.o., bringing up his 2nd first grade century with a miss hit six down the ground.

(Brendan McDonald leads the first grade team off the park on Sunday)

With the pitch and outfield drying, would 230 enough?

It was in the end quite comfortably with Parramatta dismissed for 166. With the Big Double Ender, Dylan Connell taking career best figures of 6 for 27.

A good win to the Stags!

Sunday morning saw the boys travel to Bensons Lane for a 'home' game against Hawkesbury, due to the double booking of Chatswood oval.

Ed Zelma won the toss, the 2nd year in a row at Hawkesbury and elected to bowl for the 2nd year in row. This time the conditions were not quite as oppressive and I think his decision had the backing of the other members of the team, unlike last year where a slight tactical error was made.

Anyway the Stags were bowling.

Hawkesbury began cautiously on a pitch that suited all types of bowling. At 2 for 98 off about 28 overs they were well poised to post a good total, however some good bowling from the Stags spin twins of Brendan ' Stiffler' McDonald ( 4 for 32) and Beau 'Buzz' Casson (2 for 33) saw them heavily restricted finishing their 50 overs at 9 for 171. The outfield was incredibly slow resulting in few boundaries being hit during the innings.

(Beau Casson in action at Benlon's Lane)

With the roll the Stags had going, there was an element of over confidence and they appeared to relax in the chase of this small total. The batting seemed to reflect this with some very poor shot selection and running between the wickets.

Yet again it was the spin twins of Casson (56) and McDonald (39) who stuck it out however. When Stiffler was the 9th man dismissed with the score on 156, leaving Durie at the crease to be joined by Connell, even the most positive of Stags supporter would not have been confident. However the 2 burly fast bowlers (a dying breed in Sydney 1st grade circles) saw the Hawks total passed on the last ball of the penultimate over. Giving the Stags their 5th win on the trot and entrenching them in the top 6.

With one game left in the One Day competition in January, the Stags must win and hope other results fall in their favour to ensure a spot in the one day final series.

Dylan Connell

1st Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

1st Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

First Grade Report vs Easts

Tremendous result for the Gordon First Grade side.  Traditionally a tough assignment when playing Easts have had the edge of us for the past two seasons narrowly beating us by 1 wicket on each encounter. This time around Gordon was to be triumphant with a smashing win on what was an unusual day of cricket.

(Rod Hokin in action)

The match was delayed on two occasions. Eventually decided that a 25 over would be had. The rain kept us off until the afternoon as did the state of the wicket. But when the sun came through, Matthew again stepped up and won the toss electing to bowl to the home side. Good decision as there was a little in the wicket that could be used by the Gordon attack.

As it turned out the day was weird as was the procession of Easts wickets that followed. They were in a very difficult position being 5 for 12 a run out amongst that and probably the games greatest catch ever by Rocket Hokin.

The Gordon side performed well with the ball and in the field and restricted to Easts to 99 off their 25 overs. After the application of the Andy Falk rule the total increased to 118, and after a re-application of the Duckworth Lewis the total returned to 101 for victory. Tribute to Rocket who thought it was amiss from our President.

(Beau Casson in action)

So then came our batting. Excellent again from Casson. Buzz established an excellent foundation and set the innings up for the side along with excellent contributions from Packman and Hokin. Rocket plundered along with Casson and reeled in he Easts total by the 17 over. Gordon 7, Easts nil points.

So now we take on parramatta. Parra stand just 1 point behind us on the table. It will be a difficult encounter as they all are. Good luck to the Club, keep the good results coming. 

1st Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - L/O Round 4

1st Grade Report vs Sydney Uni - L/O Round 4

Massive win sets up 1st Grade!

The 1st grade side today really put the icing on the cake on a magnificent week-end for Gordon with an excellent win against a strong Syd Uni side in today's limited over game. It was a complete team performance that enabled the club to secure 174 Sat/Sun Club Championship points and move us to 10th overall in a tight competition. 

Brad Rasool thumps Mo Matthews into the stands

Ed Zelma won the toss and as per plan batted on a very good deck that perhaps would wear a little as the match progressed. Casson and Simmons opened against a very useful Uni attack. Casson (31) and Simmons (52) put on a 73 runs for the first wicket to lay the foundation for a good 1 day score. Simmo in particular really punished anything loose and it is pleasing that he is now batting with the authority that we all know he is capable. Packers (27) played some delightful shots to carry on his excellent recent form. A big innings is just around the corner for this very talented bat.

At 1 for 118, it was looking rather promising and then a temporary lapse saw us loose 3 quick wickets (Simmo, Packers and Zeddie). At this stage the true character of this side came to the fore. Rasool made an impressive 33 with some sweet, clean hitting. Rocket (23) and the Dazzler put on 61 runs and when Rod departed at 6 for 195, we still had a lot of work to do. Benny Garrat and BMac then played two delightful cameo knocks of 30no and 36no. They both came to the wicket with the Uni State rep Mark Cameron bowling his 3rd spell. He was lethal and definitely the quickest that this reporter had seen around the traps for quite a few years.
 
Adair "Teddy" Durie steps up to replace the unavailable Nicho
 
Again they both showed tremendous guts and determination to put on 63 to take the score to a defendable 258 for the loss of 6 wickets. To BG having only his 3rd dig in 1st grade, well done under extreme pressure. 258 was defendable (even at Chatswood), however they had to bowl a tight line and length and lift their fielding standards.
 
This they did magnificently.
 
Adair (filling the shoes of Nicho) and Dylan opened the attack and set the goals for all to follow. Dylan (1 for 20 off 5) bowled with much gusto, accuracy and pace. Adair (2 for 29 off 7) was superb and how good was it to see the lift that he achieved on a pretty docile deck. He is a captain's delight and bowled that 1 side of the deck throughout his spell. Welcome back Teddy.
 
Uni were 3 for 18 due to the efforts of these 2 quicks. We knew then that the game would be won or lost with the effort of the spinners. After a very tidy spells from both Simmo (1 for 34 off 8) and Zeddie (0 for 7 off 4), the time had arrived for Beau and BMac. They did not disappoint. Beau (1 for 40 off 8) and Macca (4 for 44 off 9.5) bowled superbly and only Greg Mail (80no)was able to worry the scorer. Beau is looking like the future Aussie spinner that many believe he will be and BMac is now showing us the loop, line and turn that will secure him many 1st grade wickets.
 
"Buzz" Casson sends down a very tidy spell
 
It would be remiss of me if I did not mention the work of Iain Beverly behind the stumps. He is improving with each game and 4 excellent stumpings this weekend, put the seal on a very polished and talented keeping display. Uni were bowled out for 177 off 42 overs.
 
Gents, today was a super team effort. You played a complete game and there were some very proud supporters present at Chatswood. Well done.
 
 
Tids.
 
Extra photos from the reporter/professional photographer
 
 
  
 
Simmons belts one to the point boundary         Brendan McDonald punishes the Uni bowlers
 
 
   
 
BMac performs equally as well with the ball        BG plays one beautifully through midoff
1st Grade Report vs Sutherland - L/O Round 3

1st Grade Report vs Sutherland - L/O Round 3

1st Grade One-Dayer vs Sutherland

Sitting in the captains meeting all parties agreed that it was a super game of cricket, coming from Steve Rixon and Rod Tucker excellent judges. Much to take away from the game. A 29 over match due to the weather made for some exciting cricket. We backed ourselves to chase down a total but unfortunately where not able to reach the 209 instead scoring 206. The stroke play from both sides was exceptional, clean, smart and intelligent hitting would best describe the batting. Our bats all looked in good touch and we were well on our way being always at 6 to 7 per over. However, we lost wickets at the back end which stunted our momentum, some just unlucky some just by freaky fielding.  

MacDonald wearing the new one-day strip

In the wash up we are really needing a win if we are to stay alive in the competition. I have every faith that if we keep persisting like we have these narrow losses will turn into wins. The effort is there, the execution is getting there.

Zeddie

1st Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5 (Day 2)

1st Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5 (Day 2)

1st Grade vs UNSW

We went into the second week with UNSW evenly matched. 223 was going always to be a difficult assignment to defend but having taken 4 for 56 we were right in it. For the Stags to take the ascendency we needed to take early wickets and break the partnership of Creed and Carson. Both very good players and players who had the experience and skill to get their team home. As it turned out the opening bowling of Zelma and Connell was not able to make the break through. It wasn't until Casson was introduced into the attack that Carson fell; bowled playing on.

Beverley gets excited with Rasool joining in

The game was getting further away until a solid bowling partnership between MacDonald and Connell brought about the next wicket. MacDonald continued to perform well under pressure and secured a further 3 wickets. By this stage the students needed a further 23 runs and two wickets to do it. It was however not to be a happy ending and the students passed the Stags score and went on to rattle up a further 60 runs in front. There were definite positive signs, the bowling of MacDonald and Casson where the standouts and well supported by Connell.

A disappointing end at this stage until Simmons went out to bat. Looking to make a positive statement on the game the Big Ship destroyed the students bowling and struck 105 not out off 24 overs. Brutal would be the best way to describe his innings. Packman was the anchor and the two were able to take some confidence away with them leading up to the Sutherland match.

Zeddie Zelma

1st Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5 (Day 1)

1st Grade Report vs UNSW - Round 5 (Day 1)

1st Grade in the Stags favour

Just imagine (or for some, reminisce)' It's the morning of your 1st Grade debut. Your chance to pit your skills with bat and ball against the best that the state's capital has to offer. Visions, hopes, doubts fill your head - Will I be up to the test? What will it be like to share the stage with Blues' heroes? How can I avoid getting the pew next to Dyldo? Some things are just unavoidable! (and the club captain is one of these things).

"Jammer" Packman on his way to 80-odd

The Gordon First XI assembled at the picturesque home of the Bumble Bees for a round 5 clash that would see the sides clash for six valuable points to get their respective seasons back on track.

For a player still getting used to being the third oldest player in the second XI, it was somewhat unfamiliar to look around the sheds to realise that I was now the distant 11th oldest player in the side. (Although between you and I this is certainly the direction I prefer to be moving in, as opposed to that imposed upon the likes of Sherman, Howitt and Kelly!

In the sheds, the theme of the day was commitment and the boys were pumped and raring to get out on the paddock and show their true Stags colours' only for play to be delayed.

Gordon eventually won the toss and would bat, with Craig 'Ship' Simmons (17) and 'The Dazzling' Bradley Rasool (1) to lead off. Despite some resolute batting at the top of the list, the UNSW bowlers took the honours in the first session, with Gordon teetering at 3/49. In need of some substantial partnerships, 'Jammer' Packman (81) and Rod 'Rod' Hokin (17) came together to put on 85 for the 4th wicket and steer the ship in the right direction. This was to be the most fruitful combination of the afternoon and was characterised by crisp play through the V from James, while Rod performed his impersonation of a punching bag, repeatedly taking blows to the shoulder and bicep in the interest of defending his wicket' inspirational stuff!

With the scoreboard strengthened somewhat to 134, Gordon lost their 4th wicket, setting off a mini-collapse which saw the loss of 5 wickets in the space of twenty runs. This included the loss of the skipper, Nicholson, (4) who was run out in the cruellest of fashions at the bowler's end from a dropped caught and bowled chance off the debutant, Garratt, (6).

A very typical shot from Simmons!

Keen to impress after gaining promotion up the order, Ed 'Zedmund' Zelma (37*) combined with 'Spice World' Beverley (17) and the 'D-Train' Connell (16, including 4 'consecutive' boundaries. NB: in this context 'consecutive' refers to scoring shots, not deliveries) to take the Stags to 223 before Dyl attempted to hit his 5th 'consecutive' boundary for the over ' enough said.

With 28 overs to bowl the Stags were after early poles and the bowlers, led by the heart and soul of the side Zelma (1/12 off 5) and 'Buzz' Casson (1/8 off 7), didn't disappoint, reducing the Bumble Bees to 4/56 to set up a very interesting second day's play.

The support and enthusiasm in the field (including a 'no-hands' catch to Ship at first slip) matched the first class quality of the bowling (Connell 1/14 off 5, Nicholson 1/20 off 6), and should the Stags bring this same approach to the game this coming Saturday all should be confident of bringing the six points back to Chatswood.

BG

1st Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

1st Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

1st Grade Report Vs ND'S

The 1st Grade side was eager to make amends to an indifferent start to the season with a good performance against the ND 'Trees'. With Chatswood Oval in pretty good nick and the square recovered from the battering of the 15-a-side game during winter, the Stags were keen to continue with the success tasted here towards the end of last season. A few words were said pre warm-up and the focus on everyone bringing their 'A' game would mean the Stags post match would be sitting on 2 wins from 4.

Brendan "BMac" MacDonald in the new playing strip

As the script went on some changes were written in'. batting first on a decent wicket runs flowed freely from the Simmons blade and a partnership nearing 40 for the first wicket was reached. However just when we were hoping to built a solid platform a wicket fell, Simmo out for 22. This seems to be the commonality within our batting at present (excusing Fairfield) that wickets are being lost where instead a partnership is needed. Brad 'The Dazzler' Rasool and James Packman went about putting a much needed partnership together, however the Daz was out for 17 and the innings continued in the same vane until be stumble our way to 218. Packers made his first score of the season yet like 8 of his team mates finished on a score of between 15 and 50. Unfortunately too many starts without anyone finishing the job meant we finished on a score probably 40-60 runs below par on a flattening pitch.

That being said there was confidence in the sheds that with good disciplined bowling and a top notch fielding effort the 6 points was attainable. We didn't start the second half well and couldn't gain any ascendancy with the ball, as pressure was let off with either bowler or fielder and probably our worst effort to date was recorded in the field. Some dominant batting by ND's, in particular Dominic Thornley, made the chase appear easy. A notable exception in the bowling department was Brendan 'Macca' MacDonald, who returned figures of 3-36 from his 10 over allotment!

It has been testament to the team in the last couple of years at how well we have bounced back from such defeats and next week will be no different against a good looking UNSW outfit. I look forward to seeing the lads training hard during the week and coming out next weekend ready to play for those elusive 6/10 points we need!!

Brad Rasool gets caught up after a good delivery

There is plenty of talent in this Stags team and plenty in the top few grades however we need to be putting that into fruition on the paddock: when we do look out!!  This club has all the potential it needs to be a dominant force in the near future its up to us as players to carry this through on the field.

Don't forget to get behind the Social Committee and enjoy a beer after training on Thursday with your club mates. See you all there and let's get stuck in and take 5 from 5 from the Bumble Bees this round!

Cheers,

Packers

1st Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3

1st Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3

1st Grade bundled out on a wet wicket

After a solid start to the season, the First Grade side failed to make inroads into the competition with a loss to North Sydney. The team will look back and rue some lost opportunities on Day 1 which contributed to the difficult task needed on Day 2. Yes the wicket on Day 2 favoured the bowlers and a reasonable assessment would indicate that the bats were unlucky as opposed to anything else. However, it was the fact we let Norths get to a winnable target in Week 1 that disappointed the side.

Brendan MacDonald at Killara

So we now push aside the poor result and look forward to our next match up against Northern Districts. We have demonstrated in the past that we are capable of a quick rebound from a loss, so I have every faith in the side doing the same tomorrow. We will win it with the top order firing. We certainly have the capability of putting together a score of 250 plus on the Chatswood wicket, and given our batting form from Fairfield I believe we can achieve this. I look forward to our bats showing their class and calibre. The challenge is also to our bowlers who have been solid but who have continued to bowl the boundary delivery on too many occasions. I would like to see our bowl tighter lines. Lastly we need to lift our fielding by 20% to be anywhere near our best. This is where I will be most keen to gauge our progress. Overall we have been firing at 6 /10. Tomorrow I hope to report back on a much higher rating with match winning performances from some of our younger players who are ready to step up.

Ed Zelma

1st Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

1st Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

1st Grade go down in a thriller

Gordon was immediately under pressure on a flat, slow pitch against the proven opening attack of Lambert and Bollinger. Simmons and Packman were ushered back to the pavilion in the first 5 overs and the Stags teetered at 2 - 4. Beau Casson joined Brad Rasool who rode his luck and played some lovely front foot strokes on his way to 29.

Casson sweeps to the Killara boundary

When both Rasool and Bombas departed in successive deliveries both L.B.W. to Lambert, the Stags were again in trouble at 4 - 62. Hokin stroked the hatrick ball to the cover fence and continued to play some fluent drives in establishing an influential union with Casson for the 5th wicket. Both players were patient and played the conditions well, with Casson severe on anything short and clever against the probing spin of former N.S.W. player Anthony Clark.

The best partnership in recent times for Gordon saw no wickets fall in the middle session and Gordon buoyant at tea, 4-200. Hokin (63) was Lambert's 3rd L.B.W victim shortly after tea and Nicholson joined a patient Casson, who was busily showing the Gordon faithful what an accomplished player he was. The two players put on an entertaining 70 during which time Casson brought up his 1st hundred for Gordon.

Hokin in good form early in the season

The introduction of the new ball saw both players dismissed quickly, Casson caught down the leg side and Nicholson caught and bowled by Fairfield's best in Grant Lambert. The hitting power of Zelma and in particular MacDonald was then unleashed on a tiring Lions attack, with one Bollinger over going for 23. The lower order was making the most of the flat conditions and the opportunity afforded to them by the sturdy resistance earlier in the day. In hitting out both Zelma and MacDonald perished to the wiles of John Boulos and when Ian Beverley was last man out, the Stags had amassed a very competitive 350.

Day 2 started with some optimism for the Gordon boys as the openers applied pressure on what was becoming an increasingly good wicket. Lambert, Rohrer and Clark held the keys to Fairfield's response. However, the introduction of Craig Simmons led to the undoing of Lambert with a very fine catch to Beverley standing up to the stumps.

Casson - a great Fantasy League buy

After this early breakthrough and a good first hour, Gordon fell away before lunch, unable to apply pressure from both ends with the ball, the Lions were profiting from too many loose ones and some below par fielding on what was a very bumpy surface. Nicholson had Liddell well held by Packman and Simmons pried loose a streaky Rohrer with his 3rd L.B.W appeal and the Stags were on their way.

After Lunch both MacDonald and Casson struggled to stem the run flow and it was up to Zelma to provide the relief, which he did when he removed two Lions in successive overs, including the vital wicket of Clark, L.B.W.. The pitch was becoming flatter by the minute but the Stags were pushing hard and at 6-207 at tea with the big guns out, Gordon went into the last session favourites. When Boulos holed out to Casson, the Stags were right in the driving seat, however Wilcoxon and Cashman had other ideas and their rear guard action for the eighth wicket became difficult to break. With dwindling bowling resources and a very placid pitch, both players had their fair share of luck and combined some streaky play with some lusty blows to bring the Lions closer.

Casson struck again when he removed Cashman and the game was evenly poised at 8-300 with 11 overs remaining. Bollinger came and went quickly but added a valuable 14 and the last wicket needed 30. Russell Wilcoxon farmed the strike well and the fielding began to drop away. A very good game of cricket that could have gone either way was decided with 2 overs to spare when Wilcoxon late cut for 4 and number 11, Hangyasi steered to cover for the winning run.

Fairfield held their nerve in a tense final hour and it was a shame one team walked away with nothing. Valiant efforts with the ball from an injured Zelma (2/49) as well as Casson (3/122) in trundling through 28 overs, weren't enough for the depleted Stags this time. Some very good cricket was played and if this standard continues, Gordon is in for a healthy haul of wins this summer.

Nicho

1st Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

1st Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

1st Grade off to a great start

Gordon's 1st Grade team made the journey to Penrith full of confidence and expectation. Batting first Craig Simmons looked in excellent touch hitting a number of well timed drives and pull shots to the boundary. His run-out for 44 off 38 balls triggered a mini-collapse and soon the Stags were on the back foot with 4 wickets down and 82 on the board.

The webmaster rivals the North Shore Times for the best photos of Simmons

Beau Casson and Rod Hokin consolidated through the middle period off the innings putting on a crucial partnership of 71 before Casson edged one after a valuable 34. With 10 overs remaining the Stags had a platform to post a score of 240 plus. Unfortunately this was not to be with Hokin dismissed for 55 and the last 5 wickets falling in the space of 4 overs. Gordon bowled out for 208.

The Stags knew that an excellent bowling performance with support from the fielders would be required to claim the 6 points. Captain Ed Zelma struck early with the critical wicket of Burke bowled off an inside edge. Medcalf claimed the other opener and the match was in the balance. The middle period of the innings would see an intriguing battle between the Gordon spinners and the Penrith middle order. Casson (10 overs 1/30) and McDonald (9 overs 0/36) both bowled very well and the pressure was building on the Penrith batsmen.

A great sign for 2007/08 - Captain Zelma pumped up!

With the rate required creeping up to 7 an over the combination of Zelma and Simmons was reintroduced to the attack. As the home team looked to push for quick runs a succession of wickets began to fall. Under pressure the Stags fielding was excellent and a number of critical catches were taken. This combined with a superb direct hit from the circle at cover by McDonald pushed Penrith further onto the backfoot. Zelma's delivered a crucial dead bug punch with a quick inswinging yorker that send the off stumping reeling and the Stags had the upper hand. Captain Zelma has been pumped all pre-season and his 4 wickets played a critical part in the Stags victory. At the other end Simmons (9 overs 3/39) had been building pressure with good control and variation and when the final ball was skied off a top edge newcomer Ian Beverley was there with the gloves on to take the catch. The Stags victorious by 14 runs.

Rod Hokin

 

 

Fourth Grade Match Reports 07/08

Fourth Grade Match Reports 07/08

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

Points for all wins go to the club championship.

For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fourth Grade match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

4th Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham - QF

4th Grade Report vs Randwick-Petersham - QF

4th Grade bundled out of finals

The buzz around the ground was electric. The scoreboard was set up. The scorers were warming up their ballpoints. The backpackers were hungover. All was in readiness for a momentous day's cricket. James 'Hernandez' Campbell and Chad 'Superman' Soper took the new seed, looking to make early inroads into the Randy-Petes' top order. Chad looked to have secured the early breakthrough with his second delivery in the shape of what he thought was an outside edge that 'Captain' Jack Hammond snared in his mitts.

(Shenal at Coogee)

There was a noise, a yell, but no finger. It turned out to be a costly piece of bad fortune, with the batsman in question scoring a mighty 148 to punish the Stags.

For much of the first and second session, play progressed mightily slowly. To illustrate, Randwick-Petersham went to lunch on just over forty after thirty-eight overs, making viewing from the coffee table somewhat dreary. After the opening bowlers had done their dash (both having over restrictions), Shenal came on and bowled with vigour and outswing but no luck. While he made scoring difficult, the Stags were having their own difficulties making their mark in the wickets column.

Iqbal and Cubbage bowled with admirable control, keeping the scoring down but inevitably it was up to Chad 'The Phantom' Soper to do some damage in his second spell. The corn chips and biscuits must have done their job as his second, post-lunch, spell was a lethal combination of pace, bounce and hitting the pads, with two LBW decisions falling his way. This brought not so much a cheer but a sigh of relief from the coffee table, with 12th and 13th man both waking up momentarily from their semi-slumber.

(Adam Cubbage at Coogee)

With the Randwick-Petersham opener and No. 3 back in the hut, momentary momentum was now truly with the Stags - although an opening stand of over 100 ensured that the boys from Coogee were staring down the barrel of a big score.

Wickets from then on fell a little more steadily, with 'Caveman' Cubbage picking up two caught dismissals off somewhat dubious strokes from some over-eager Randy-Petes batsmen. It was a good display of wrist spin from Cubs, but the same cannot be said of Iqbal's second spell. The opposition centurion had decided Iqbal's average needed to be raised, so proceeded to dismiss several of Iqbal's finest longhops to and over the fence. Also of note was the injection of impact player Las 'Jonty Rhodes' Kannangara off the bench, as he pulled off a run out that even Brett 'Marvs' Marvel would have been proud of.

Tea was taken and enjoyed by all, with pikelets with jam and cream being my personal favourite, and probably the highlight of the day. Iqbal continued after tea with Shenal (who had previously had the opposition centurion caught at slip, only to see the umpire doing his lat raises in celebration of the no-ball).

(James Campbell in Swan Lake)

After a tiring eighty-one overs in the field, the new ball was taken on advice from the 13th man, with immediate success. James 'JC' Campbell and Chad both taking wickets in the first overs of their spells. James proceeded to take three more in quick succession finishing with the figures of the day, 4 ' 28. Chad and Cubbage also bowled admirably with three and two respectively. It was a fantastic finish to what was a slow and tough day's cricket.

With two overs to negotiate before stumps, the plan was to have ten wickets intact at the beginning of tomorrow's play. Shenal and Mitch Kleem were given the duties, but with three balls in the day left, Kleem was unfortunate to edge one to slip. Stumps were then taken and Mitch was out of the ground before we found out whether the ball had moved.

Next day started disappointingly with the perennial optimist Jack Hammond being dismissed early (I can't tell you how he was dismissed, as I was suffering from a splitting headache that morning). With two down for not many when I arrived, I was less than optimistic about our chances. But, cricket being the roller-coaster of emotion that it is, this feeling was reversed after a steadying partnership between Siriwardhene and Hicks, and with the score on 2 ' 60 the stags were looking in decent shape.

Cue collapse. Hicks (30) was adjudged out caught behind after a ball clipped the off stump (the bail hanging tenuously, but not removed) rather than the edge. From then on a string of LBW dismissals from a bowler throwing down hooping inswingers had the Stags in trouble, with Turner, Marvel,Selby, Ahmed and Shenal (24) all following in a procession worthy of St Mary's Cathedral.

(Jack Hammond watches on as this one is dug out)

Cubbage and Soper put up some resistance, and JC 'Hernandez' did his admirable best (he was not out - just so you know), but Gordon were eventually skittled by Randwick-Petersham for 120, with the first innings victory belonging to Randy-Petes.

Things then started to turn into something worthy of Marlowe, with the Randwick Petersham captain deciding his lower order batsmen needed some extra practice before next week. In turn, Iqbal decided he needed some work on his keeping. Not only this, but Turner, Selby, Jack 'MC' Hammond, Brett 'Marvellous' Marvel and Mitch Kleem needed practise on their bowling ' for next season.

Once the Randwick-Petersham captain knew things were a little awry, the game was declared finished with Randy-Petes the victors.

Bitterly disappointing to get so far yet go out so early, but it was a top effort from all involved in the season to get us to where we did. Good luck to 1s and I'll see you all down at Chatswood Oval this week.

(If you were curious, Marlowe wrote farces.)

Cheers

Patrick 'Powder Man' Effeney

4th Grade Report vs Manly - Round 15

4th Grade Report vs Manly - Round 15

4th Grade retain Mal Hall Memorial Trophy

After an excellent outright victory against Blacktown last weekend, the 4ths arrived at Killara with the knowledge that victory against Manly would secure a place in the semi-finals. The removal of the covers took up much of the pre-match action and left enough time for a standard run and stretch. After what appeared to be a tactical late arrival by Jack Hammond, Iqbal discovered that he does in fact have a job.

Cubbage finishes off the innings 

Once Effeney's groin powder had been liberally applied, 'Wacko Jacko' realised that it was not a two-day game and a pale Cubbage had come to grips with the fact that it was shaping up to be one of the hottest Saturdays of the season, Gordon took to the field. Iqbal was so surprised by the outcome of the toss that he decided to send Manly in.

The Gordon quicks bowled well early but with little luck. Chad Soper found the only breakthrough with a great ball that clipped off-stump.

"Inzie" Ahmed threw down his leg-breaks on an unusually grassy Killara pitch that wasn't offering much for the spinners, bowling out his 10 overs for a very tight 2-33. Cubby also left his mark (in more ways than one), taking 2 wickets and increasing the moisture content of the Killara outfield on a few occasions.

With Manly lifting the tempo, courtesy of some powerful blows by their captain late in the innings, Jimmy Campbell and Pat Effeney responded with some great stump-to-stump bowling. The last five Manly wickets fell quickly, and the Stags' aim of restricting their run chase to fewer than 200 was accomplished. Jimmy finished with what could only be described as the disappointing figures of 3-21, a far cry of what he is capable of producing. (He is on a hat-trick though)

The loss of two early wickets in the Gordon innings didn't faze Cubby and Guy "Hicksy" Hicks, who punished the loose Manly bowling from the outset with a great display of controlled hitting. Both reached their half centuries in rapid time and combined for a hundred-plus partnership that ensured the Mal Hall Memorial Trophy would proudly remain in Gordon hands for the ninth consecutive year.

A typically dominating Guy Hicks dispatches another to the fence

Consecutive wides ended the game in the 30th over and saw the Stags into the finals. It also brought Manly's total sundries to 27, a figure their captain felt could bring him to an early (or earlier) retirement.

The 4ths take on first place finishers Randwick-Petersham next weekend.

Admission to the ground is free.

Gordon 3-199 (Guy Hicks 76*, Adam Cubbage 62, Harry Turner 21*) defeated Manly 198 (Jimmy Campbell 3-21, Pat Effeney 2-33, Iqbal Ahmed 2-33, Adam Cubbage 2-62, Chad Soper 1-37) with one bonus point

Harry Turner

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

4th Grade gains maximum points

6-0 is not a score line you would ordinarily associate with cricket. 6-0 could mean the perfect set of tennis, a tight state of origin encounter or a whitewash on the soccer pitch, but it has never been witnessed on the cricket field before'..until Saturday.

"JC - All-round clown" taking 6/0

James Campbell, aka JC 'Hernandez', 'Modern Day Christ' and all-round clown woke on Saturday morning dreading the long drive out to Whalan. A long day of toil at the bowling crease lay ahead of him and naturally he was not looking forward to it. If only he had known that 4 hours later he would have the bowling figures of 6-0 he may have graced the day with more enthusiasm.

Yes that's right, 6 wickets for the concession of 0 runs. Such bowling figures have never been seen before on the cricket field (don't quote me on this'I'm looking at you Sam Buno). Granted, JC was bowling from what quickly got labelled the 'good end' by opening partner Pat Ef-Ef-Effeney (a sizeable damp pitch meant the ball wasn't carrying through as one would expect), but his performance with the ball was sill one for the ages and cost this over-eager scribe a case of beer (Toohey's Red'of course).

To cut an already sizeable story shorter, the overnight rain at Whalan meant that play was delayed by 1 hour as Kenner, Selby and Harry 'Hazem El' Turner got down low with the supa-sopper and attempted to absorb the small lake that had formed in the Whalan outfield.

The 'ex'-people's champ and captain of 4th grade Iqbal Ahmed then decided that the best way to get the game started was to bring the boundaries in, so the small lake would no longer be incorporated in the playing field. This meant a lot of wasted effort by the supa-sopper team and one or two less vertebrae's in Kenner's spine. But then again that's why Iqbal is the EX-people's champ.

Thanks to the Blacktown skipper's equally keen attitude to get the game underway, play started at 1.30 and by 1.55 Blacktown were 6-5. Although everyone was focusing on JC's figures of 6-0 it must be noted that Pat Effeney was leaking runs at the other end. Ef-Ef-Effeney was not impressed with the skipper's decision, but luckily Pat had applied his pre-bowling powder and hence was able to bowl with confidence and comfort.

Kleem, cap off, takes a brilliant catch - much to everyone elses suprise

Among all this Mitch Kleem took possibly the greatest catch in the history of cricket. Fielding at mid-on, Mitch was taken off guard as the ball was skied well into the outfield. With the bowler already giving up on the dismissal, Mitch pivoted and took-off. With the ball drifting right, then left then right again, Mitch kept his head and swallowed the catch despite the hysterical laughter from his team-mates and a photographer who I can't mention in this report, due to censorship reasons.

Huge Selby then stole the ball off Jimmy and picked up three wickets of his own after drinks. Once again Charlie 'Duck' Turner was handed the rough end of the stick, but, then again, he probably deserved it.

Effeney finished the innings with a wicket of his own and Blacktown were all out for 63.

The follow-on beckoned, but the Blacktown skipper believed it would be outside the spirit of the game for Gordon to enforce it on such a dodgy deck. Iqbal was caught in a pickle and with the Gordon high commission (Stephenson, Hickman and one who can not be mentioned in this report due to legal reasons'for more info speak to Roger) pushing for the follow on to be enforced, a decision had to be made.

The skipper proceeded to make an agreement with the other captain that he would only bowl spin from the dodgy end. Wait'that meant that Iqbal would have to open the bowling (because Cubbage is not viewed by the captain as a spinning option).

Although a rare sight in 4th Grade, the webmaster travelled out to Whalen on the off chance that Cubbage might get a bowl

Well, this whole situation seemed a little too convenient, but Iqbal struck immediately removing the young opener in his first over. Then another fell and 'Mushie' had 2.

It seemed that the first innings was poised to repeat itself, but some flashy batting earned the Blacktown opener a half century and put the outright victory seemingly out of the equation.

Once again Iqbal was self-introduced into the attack (after a very sort stint from back-up spinner Adam 'The Bear' Cubbage) and he struck with two more poles. The game had turned again and when the 'Terrorist' picked up his 5th wicket the Staggies fielders were pumped.

Ef-Ef-Efenney picked up a cheeky handled-ball dismissal after a half volley managed to strike the batmen in the helmet. And Cubbage chipped in with a couple of classical leg-spinning dismissals, caught at slip and bowled round the legs. (Inzie, you must ask Cubbage how to do this).

With 15min to go till 6.30 and the man who must not be named ranting and raving on the sidelines that we could play on till 8pm, Gordon needed 1 wicket to claim 10 points.

Luckily, the wicket fell abruptly as the Blacktown no. 11 took off for a suicide single and the 'powder man' Effeney swooped at cover to effect the run-out and end the game.

This was undoubtedly a memorable day of cricket, played in the right spirit by both sides and a crucial victory for the 4th grade big red.

Now sitting in outright 6th, 4th grade need to retain the Mal Hall trophy this weekend to qualify for the semi-finals.

Until next week, you stay classy Hernandez.

Sticks

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

4th Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

4th Grade's Big Red Car  

It was a long trip out to Whalan in the skipper's big red car. The trip was made even longer by the fact that the skipper had to make his token Macca's stop and also pick up Brett Marvel. Last time I checked St. Ives was not a shortcut to Blacktown.

One of Harry Turner's smashing cover drives

Anyway, after what can only be described as a fascicle warm-up, the skipper lost another crucial toss and Gordon were sent in to bat on a wicket that had seen several inches of rain over the past week. It was probably a blessing in disguise, as not one catch was taken in the warm up.

It would be the smallest and second smallest men in grade cricket who would open the batting (Kannangara & Kenner'in that order). It was a slowish start by the inter-racial pair, with the ball seaming and holding up off the wicket. The two fought their way to drinks but Las fell soon after for a patient 22.

This brought Cubbage to the wicket and all of a sudden the hairiest batting partnership our great game has ever witnessed was at the crease. Kenner, suffering from post drinks delirium was dropped 7 times in the one over, all by the same fielder. The poor kid was devastated as Kenner was heard to remark, 'you have just dropped the 4th Grade Shield'. Alas, Kenner's prediction did not come to fruition as he followed Cubbage back to the pavilion for an excruciating 21, after attempting a suicidal single. Kenner believes he is as fast as Hussey but in reality he would struggle to beat Avendano in a 60m dash.

Luckily Harry Turner was still in to put the Blacktown bowlers to the sword, and he set about doing this after tea, scoring a crisp 61, punctuated with some luscious cover driving off the spinners.

Marvel batted like Bradman for a well made 13. Mitch Kleem, who earlier stole the show with his toilet humour, then set about stealing the match. Mitch was intent on hitting runs after a quiet season, and after giving his wrist a good work out waiting to bat, he went hard after the bowling. On 36 Mitch was unfortunately tempted into one too many big shots and held out at mid-off.

It was left to Hugh Selby and skipper Iqbal 'Inzie' Ahmed to finish off the innings and reach a defendable score. Hugh started this task by chipping a leg glance between short cover and regulation cover and then setting off for a single once he realised the ball had miraculously landed safely. Unfortunately, Inzie was caught ball watching and with his inability to say 'NO' (Inzie is a 'yes' man) he was left with no choice but to run. He took three steps towards the strikers end and was run-out by 20 yards. Luckily Hugh was right next to him at the time to apologise. Inzie left the field with a smile on his face and a significantly lower batting average.

 To his credit, Hugh took it upon himself to see the innings home and did so in style, making 44 not out. Highlights of the final 10 overs included; James Campbell batting 9, Pat Effeney's lap sweep which ended in disaster and 'Duck' Turner batting. According to 'Duck' he used to bat in the top six, but if you were to watch him now, you would swear he's never batted above 11. Every time he lays bat on ball, the peanut gallery erupts in raucous applause. (His helmet also looks ridiculous)

The "yes" man and big red car owner - Iqbal Ahmed

After all the mayhem and shenanigans, Gordon were bowled out in the 79th over for 235. A very defendable score on a tough batting wicket and a slowish outfield.

Scores 

Gordon 235 (Harry Turner 61, Hugh Selby 44*, Las Kannangara 22, Richie Kenner 15) vs Blacktown. 

Until next week, you stay classy Big Red.

Sticks 

Oh yeah, I almost forgot'Tiddles asked not to be mentioned in this match report

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

4th Grade now in a tough position

The team bus arrived at Royal Beauchamp on a beautiful cloudless morning to find that council had cut the grass and the Mosman team rolling around on their backs throwing clippings into the air. Did they know something we didn't?

Captain Ahmed needs a couple of wins to secure a spot in the top 6

Overpitched or half volley bowling early on (did somebody tell the bowlers he was standing outside his crease?) allowed their behemoth opener some momentum in Mosman's run chase and at 1-60, they were looking very comfortable.

However somebody forgot to tell Pat "Erratic"Effeney who demolished the top order with a firery spell - and with some help of the very safe hands of 1st slip Guy Hicks (must get a lot of practice with the English batsmen back home).

Bowling with good rhythm and control, Pat struck with the 1st ball of his 1st over, the first ball of his 2nd over, the first ball of this 3rd over and just to prove his versatility, the last ball of his 5th over to have Mosman reeling at 5-70 and Gordon back in the game.

A good middle order partnership, some vital dropped catches and missed run out chances cost us dearly and despite the optimistic rantings of the scorer that 'we are still in it' defending 11 runs with 30 overs left and 3 wickets to get, Mosman crawled home with the aforementioned wickets in hand 7/180.

We are now sitting on 7th spot and will need to win the last two games to be assured of a semi final spot. Knowing how proud this team is, I'm sure they will want to make amends and give Blacktown a good belting this week.

Jamie Soper
Scorer

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

4th Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

4th Grade vs the Whales

4th Grade arrived at Royal Beauchamp with high expectations of winning the toss and racking up a huge score against the lowly placed Mosman Whales.

Hammond blazes away against the Whales

No doubt Igbal's reputation with the toss and our ability to win every game batting second had reached the ears of the Mosman club. So when the opposition captain won the toss, he put us in to bat on the same green tinged lethal deck that had previously destroyed many a Greenies' batting average earlier on in the season.

After his last sensational innings with the bat, Mitch Kleem was entitled to be pumped for a big one. Perhaps it was the shock of turning up on Day 1 and having to bat first but his innings finished early for less than 1 run. His early exit meant that for the rest of the afternoon, we had to listen to him (with actions) explaining to anyone and everyone why he really likes hanging around the gym.

Jack Hammond seeing his opening partner dealt a cruel blow, proceeded to demolish the opening bowlers with attacking shots all over the park and batted confidently for a respectable 33 runs. 

After losing Sajdeh cheaply, the Captain decided to promote himself up the order and took to the bowling with gusto until one of the bowlers took his stump with similar gusto and he was out for a disappointing 16.

'Marvellous' Marvell soon followed then Martin, and it was left to 'Huge' Hugh Selby (42) and Adam Cubbage (31) to steady the innings. Selby's blazing 42 would have been a century on any other ground and Cubbage's 31 a 90.

All credit must go to Tim Cubbage who not only hung around to watch Adam bat but also scored for the opposition who neglected to bring somebody with a pen.

The tail didn't wag and we were all out for 175 after 72 overs (320+ on any other ground).

Despite being told we had 6 overs to bowl at the opposition, we managed 9 and have Mosman 1/16 at the turn. Igbal has bragging rights with 1 ' 1 off 3 overs and is looking forward to bowling another 45 overs or so next Saturday.

Anonymous

For Chad (lazy little bugger) Soper

4th Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham - Round 11

4th Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham - Round 11

4th Grade Report V Randy-Petes

Day 1.

Fourth grade ventured out to Kensington Park to play the top of the table Randy-Petes side on what was a beautiful Australia day and were simply keen to actually finish a match let a lone win one. I don't think anyone in the team could think of a better way to enjoy and celebrate Australia day than with a game of cricket, especially if Iqbal Ahmed, Captain Agility, was able to produce a minor miracle and win the toss and we were able to sit back, relax and watch the batsmen make a pile of runs on what looked to be a belter of a wicket.

Mitch Kleem wandering out to open the innings

Apparently there is a first time for everything as Iqbal won the toss and we were batting. Jack Hammond and Mitch wandered out to open the innings and with the help of a few dropped chances were looking like putting together a good partnership. Unfortunately this didn't eventuate as Jack fell to one of the steady Randy-Petes openers and was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Las. This brought to the crease the most important person in the team (just ask him) Jules 'I've played 1st grade' Stephenson. Mitch and Jules put together a decent partnership, however just as they were looking like getting going Mitch was dismissed for 47 after what was a very controlled and patient innings.

Marvell then came and went in the space of a few balls thanks to a direct hit run out, although much of the credit should go to Jules 'Maurice Green' Stephenson at the other end for a slightly suspect call. Next in strode Captain Agility who had promoted himself up the order, apparently in an attempt to consolidate the innings, but I think we all know the real reason (he's captain so he thinks he can do what he likes). Jules and Iqbal then set about building a platform for the innings and were beginning to lift the tempo when Iqbal became the second victim of Jules or the 'speed demon' as he is now known, run-out for 19. When Marto fell soon after and was followed by Jules for a well made 55 the innings was well and truly in tatters with 7 wickets down with only 120 on the board.

As the run-rate slowed and wickets continued to fall at regular intervals the focus of those waiting to bat and already back in the pavilion turned to the result of the Australia Open women's final and more to the point who everyone believed to be a better 'player'. Fortunately or unfortunately the only real result of this conversation was Mitch pulling out his John McEnroe impression 'you cannot be serious' which would have to be one of his best.

As it happens throughout the course of the day, as we collapsed to be all out for 157, we were able to come up with many a better way to enjoy Australia day; sitting round a BBQ, relaxing on the beach or watching the cricket on TV, obviously with copious amounts of alcohol involved in each situation, all of which now seemed like a much better option than playing cricket.

Having said this Randy-Petes bowled very disciplined and consistent lines putting our batsman under pressure all the time and along with the fact there were too many batsman that got starts and didn't go on meant we were probably about 80-100 runs short.

However we had the runs on the board and nine overs at the end of a hot day to try and take one or two wickets to get ourselves back into the game. After Shenal and Pat opened up with no luck the ball was thrown to Chad 'Super' Soper who was able to find a break through, leaving Randy-Petes 1/11 at stumps.

Day 2.

The second day started with a bit of rain around which meant the covers coming on and off more than enough times to make you appreciate the importance of playing away on occasions. However being the nice guy he is Iqbal volunteered himself and other team mates to help out, some of whom were more than happy, while others decided hiding in the dressing room to be a much better option. The delay provided a bit of an opportunity for some team bonding which mainly consisted of Jules informing everyone that he had in fact slept with pop star Holly Valance but somehow woke up in his own bed alone (wonder if that was as quick as his running between the wickets?).

Jules let this lovely Aussie lady get away

After the rain delay Randy-Petes got off to a good start to day two with a few early boundaries and were able to take the score to 1/35 before Iqbal struck. Following the first dismissal of the day we were able to get well on top in the first hour of play with Chad, Iqbal and Duck '105km/h' Turner (1/6 from 8) picking up another wicket each to have the opposition reeling at 5/65. However the second hour before tea saw a few dropped chances which allowed the opposition to build a 50 run partnership, something we could ill afford with only 157 on the board.

Quick wickets were needed when play resumed after the break and Iqbal and Chad were again able to deliver picking up another wicket each, leaving Randy-Petes with 30 runs required with only 3 wickets in hand. However it was not to be after a few half-chances were missed and some good hitting from their lower order saw them across the line to win by three wickets.

It was a top effort from everyone with the ball and in the field as we made the top of the table team work very had for their points even after making a score that was well below par. In particular Chad 'Super' Soper who bowled as well as I have seen this season to finish with 3/32 and of course Captain Agility who finished with 3/64 off his obligatory 40 overs (or at least it seemed like he bowled for 40 overs). If we are able to maintain our bowling and fielding standards and our batsman can lift and produce a few big scores fourth grade are looking in good stead heading into the last few rounds and hopefully the finals.

Marvs

4th Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

4th Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

4th grade report rd 10 v Wests

Week 1

Blick Oval (or the bowler's grave yard) was the setting for the first game of the second half of the season with the Christmas Turkey and the New Years drunken festivities well behind us.

(Iqbal has taken up fast bowling)

4th grade are sitting in a good position, currently 4th on the ladder but still with plenty to do to ensure a spot in the last six when mid March comes around.

So Wests was the first assignment, and with good old Sydney town putting on yet another beautiful day I duly lost the toss and we were sent into the field on what looked like a deck that was hard and flat but might just give a little assistance to the bowlers.

Shenal and Chad (Super Soper or the Chad) and started us off with two wickets in the first 3 overs to have Wests reeling at 2 for 4, but Shenal didn't stop there as he tore through the top order to reduce Wests to 5 for 21 in the 13th over. Shenal ended up with the superb figures of 4 for 31 off 12 overs and was unlucky not to pick up another couple as edges either went wide or fell just short of the slips. Chad ended with 1 for 27 off 12 and was the perfect foil to Shenal.

(Shenal Siriwardhane in action against Wests)

It was at 5 for 21 that I decided to bowl Iqbal (captain's prerogative) to see whether the wicket would take spin, and it did''.a little. Sure his first 2 overs went for 18 relieving a bit of pressure of the Wests bats but then he struck with 2 wickets in his next over.

Wests 7 for 47.

Wests then managed to consolidate and a partnership of 122 saw the game in the balance and starting to swing a little towards Wests, but then some tight bowling between Campbell (0/11 off 7), Cubbage-Wilson (0/21 off 9) and Iqbal (5 for 53 off 14.3) saw Wests bowled out for 175, losing their last 3 wickets to Iqbal for 6 runs.

The target was 176 to win as Mitch and new lad Jack Hammond made their way out to the centre, and yet again we lost early wickets, Mitch out for 9 and then Las out first ball, 2 for 10. Jack soon followed after playing across the line and losing his stumps closely followed by Harry also bowled, 4 for 25.

(Jack Hammond nehind the stumps in his debut for Gordon)

Marvell (10 not out) joined Hicks (24 not out) to push the score up to 58 at the close of play.

Week 2

Well we would have started at 4-58 except for the ground being closed due to''..you guessed it Sydney's inclement whether. So the match was washed out and no result, disappointing but we'll now look to Randwick-Petersham who are on top of the table''stay tuned.

Iqbal

4th Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

4th Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

Fourth Grade report vs St. George

Day 1

Well you wouldn't have read about it, certainly nobody predicted it, but it was sunny and warm. So warm in fact that a few of the players were remarking to me exactly what they where thinking if I lost the toss.

(The game gets underway with our bos read for action)

No two guesses as to what happened next''I lost the toss, for I believe the 6th time this year (out of 8), but as I have been telling the lads so far this year consistency is the key.

The Saints decided that they would have first use of what was a pretty good wicket, however the outfield was a little slower than one is used to at Killara because of the amount of rain that we have had over the past weeks.

We set about our task well by bowling good lines and building pressure but weren't rewarded until the 22 over when their opening batsman missed a full straight one from, lbw, to the tall offie Blake. 1-67.

(Shenal Siriwardhane opens the bowling aginst Saints)

A few overs later and the same result this time from the bowling of Ahmed. 2-80 off 31. Ahmed (3-37 off 19 with 6 maidens) and Blake (3-55 off 17 with 3 maidens) bowled superbly in the middle of the innings, tying the batsman down and occasionally taking the ever crucial wickets. In fact it should be noted that every bowler toiled away superbly in limiting the Saints to 9-263 off 80.3 overs, on what was a good batting track, with a very short boundary on one side, and a very warm day.

It would be remiss of me not to add that Sherman, (2-60 off 18) bowling the 80th and what should have been the last ball of the day, was smashed over the short boundary for a massive six. The ball has then rolled under two locked gates, anyway the umpires decided that there was still time for them to get into position for one more over (even though the ball was not in the field of play). The Saints at this stage were 8-262. So with much confusion from everyone we started the 81st over and Shenal took his first and only wicket of the match (1-55 off 12.3). Now the umpires decided it would be stumps.

Day 2

The Saints captain declared upon getting to the ground as there was rain in the air. So the task was simple and we set about in usual fashion this season losing Mitch for 5 when the score was 10. Las (46) and Sherman (29) then took it upon themselves to resurrect the innings and put us in a good position. We lost Sherman in the 12th over when the score was 69 and then Las in the 17th when the score was 95.

(Anthony Sherman shows the short way to the boundary)

What we needed now was for Marvell and Hicks (the clubs second and not so famous overseas player) to put a partnership together, and they didn't disappoint. They took the score to 177 when Marvell (32) was adjudged lbw. We didn't think it was out as the ball went down to fine leg (which would suggest it was going down leg) and the batsmen were just completing the run.

Anyway Cubbage (0) then came and went, lbw, but no doubt about this he was plumb. 4-182 in the 46th. Blake joined Hicks and was starting to score smoothly until we hit the first rain interruption. 30 odd minutes was lost. The instructions to the batsmen were simple, increase the run rate without anything too stupid.

Well Blake (16) perished as he was cleaned up by the perfect yorker just as it started to rain for the second time. This was funny because we received word from chairman of selectors ( Hickman) that there was plenty of blue sky coming our way.

(Guy Hicks during his 87) 

Another 30 odd minutes later and we resumed with Hicks and Soper at the crease. Hicks soon departed for a well made 87. 7-240 still 23 runs adrift. The skipper Ahmed (11*) then joined Soper (20*) and the runs were knocked off''''.or so we thought. We came off at 6.15pm, sat down, relaxed a little and then sung the song in full voice. We then found out that the scores were in fact tied, so 25 minutes later we were back on the field to score one run. It came after 6 balls with Ahmed, for the second time in the day and the game, hitting the winning run.

A special thank you to the Falk brothers and to Jim Cattlin and Paul Stephenson for helping with tea and covers in what was at times a very frustrating day. Also thanks to the Saints players for help with covers and for not leaving the ground and taking the field after we all thought the game was over.

Iqbal

4th Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

4th Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

Fourth Grade Report v Parramatta

Week 1

Warm, hot, dry, oppressive heat''none of these elemental factors have greeted any cricketer in the greater Sydney district this summer for longer than half a day as the rain teemed down again all week.

The skipper feathers one through to the keeper - "it's in the scorebook champ"

Still the 4th grade team rocked up to what is possibly the quickest drying outfield in Sydney, if not the world (there probably should be some kind of disclaimer here as I haven't actually played on all of the fields in the world).

We heard reports from the North Shore that 1's, 3's and 5's were all washed out and already at the pub. This was at about 2 in the afternoon, just after it had been decided that we would start in roughly 1 hour and yep you guessed it I lost the toss for the 5th time in 7 games (which incidentally is the same number of games we have won). So the Stags were sent into bat on a dry-ish pitch.

Mitchell and Anthony started us off. Unfortunately Mitch wasn't out there for long, he was replaced by Las (35), and with Ant (73), the score was pushed up to 112 after 31 overs. Everything was looking peachy, we had about an hour left to play and thoughts of really attacking the Parra bowlers next week with wickets in hand was prominent in the minds of the onlookers. However, cricket being the funny game that it is saw us lose 6 wickets for 24 runs in 10. Iqbal and Shenal then successfully negotiated the final overs to close out the day at 7-155 of 48 overs.

With the score at 1-112, and the game due to finish an hour late - at 6:30 ' the captain was asked by Millar if he could leave half an hour early ' he was after all batting at a deserved No. 10 ' to attend his sister's 21st birthday party as the boat departed at 6:45 for a harbour cruise. This was agreed to by an understanding skipper. However, as Millar proceeded to get out of his whites and into his black and whites (tux), proper bow tie and all, he quickly found himself back in the changeroom and dressed in his cricket whites as his teammates conspired against him leaving early. Needless-to-say, the captain and Shenal ensured he wasn't needed out in the middle.

Anthony was in the zone against the Eels

Week 2

One ball that's all it takes, as Iqbal (9) found out, given out caught behind (I still maintain I didn't hit it but 'it's in the scorebook champ'- team mates). Shenal and Cubbage (back from his stint in 3rd grade and the lower grades) then took the score to 197 when Shenal (18) tickled one to the keeper. Cubbage (27) was soon out to a full toss, I believe, to have us all out for 202. James Campbell left with red ink and telling anyone that listened that another hundred went begging.

Gordon then took the field with a skip in our stride as we knew 202 with a slow outfield was very defendable.

And it was. By 7 runs and 3 balls of the day to spare.

It was an innings that seesawed with an early wicket to Soper, then a good partnership only to be broken with two wickets falling quickly to Campbell who finished with 3-28. Two of those wickets were especially enjoyed by the Gordon players; one being an old Gordon player, Tim Fragogianas, trapped plumb in front, as well as the last wicket of the match in the final over of the day.

We then managed to take wickets consistently during the innings with Ant picking up a crucial one and Captain Agility picking up a bag (5-43) (Editor's note: Although he is too humble to mention it, Iqbal bowled beautifully - and justified his decision to take the ball in front of Cubbage-Wilson)

It has been said before that catches win matches, and it would be remiss of me not to mention the sensational catches of John Blake and Guy Hicks, without these it may have been a different story. Both behind the wicket and both truly sensational catches.

I should also mention the efforts of Anthony and then Jono Wigham with the gloves as they were filling in for the missing in action Las who was out. A very special thank you also to David Millar, who, when 5th grade was called off, came and fielded for the injured Las ' mainly because the skipper knew he had keeping gear for the other players to use.

Iqbal (Captain Agility)

4th Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

4th Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

Successful outing for 4th Grade  

After the majority of the team had successfully negotiated the polling booths, Mitch and Chad being the exceptions (Chad for obvious reasons, Mitch less so), Fourth Grade arrived at Killara keen to back up their good win from last week. However, we were quickly reminded of the joys of playing at home, the rain playing havoc with the removal of covers and the warm up. The team was somehow not able to fit in both before the start of play an hour late at 11 o'clock. Having said this, most of the team did manage to squeeze in a trip to the shops and the delay also gave Mitch time to go and express his political views.

The hairiest man at the Stags, Adam Cubbage

Just for a change, Iqbal, a.k.a. Captain Agility, won the toss but as usual the Fourths found themselves in the field first. The decision looked to be a good one early as Umayr and JK started well, JK picking up a wicket in the second over. However the constant drizzle meant the new ball didn't last long and with the help of a few dropped chances East's put together a good partnership for the second wicket. James Campbell and Chad Soper toiled hard with a wet ball, but the turning point of the East's innings came with the introduction of the two leggies. Captain Agility and the hairiest man at Gordon, Adam "Cubs" Cubbage (sorry "Sticks" Kenner), both produced brilliant spells, finding both turn and bounce in what were very difficult conditions for wrist spinners. These two were able to peg back the opposition when it looked like the game may have been getting away from the Stags, Iqbal and Cubs taking 1-37 and 1-39 respectively off their 10 overs. Blair Lindsay also picked up a cheeky wicket after figuring out that it is much more effective when the ball hits the pitch before it gets to the batsman (something Marvell would do well to take note of).

JK and Umayr were brought back to finish off the innings, something the Fourths had struggled to do on occasions this season. However these two were able to produce top class death bowling which saw East's bowled out on the last ball of the innings for 234 ' JK finishing with 4-42 and Umayr 2-41. This was a top effort and a great fight back in what were difficult bowling and fielding conditions. We had a target we were confident of overhauling and why wouldn't we be with the support and encouragement of Missy on the sidelines 'Marvell you're rubbish, you're gona get a duck today'.

A top spell by this maturing fast bowler, James Kennedy

The partnership of the Blair-Mitch Project (thanks Missy) again opened the innings for Gordon and was looking good, with some typical Mitch batting mixed with some classy strokes from Blair taking the score to 59 before Mitch was dismissed for 31. Blair Lindsay (70) continued to bat well and provided some stability to the innings as wickets continually fell around him. Las was dismissed cheaply giving the wicketkeeper catching practice and Marvell quickly followed, fulfilling Missy's prophecy. Cam Crawford managed 5 off 397 balls and has consequently been given a few months off to think about his actions. Chad Soper again showed what a beautiful placer of the ball he is by perfectly picking out the man at deep mid-on and, when Iqbal and JK quickly followed the loss of Blair, the Stags were reeling at 8-175 off 43 overs with 60 runs still needed for victory.

Thoughts among the team turned to saving the bonus point, with hope of even achieving that seeming slim at best. However Cubby and Umayr had different things on their minds and what followed was one of the best displays of power hitting mixed with sensible batting I have even seen. With Umayr's enormous power and Cubby's new found ability to hit the ball off the square, they proceeded to smash the East's bowlers to all parts of Killara Oval (and on a few occasions out of it) to easily pick up the 9 runs needed off each over. A very nervous team (particularly James Campbell, the next man in) watched on as 5 runs were needed of the last over. Cubs and Umayr pushed 4 singles off the first 5 balls, scores were tied, one ball left. What would it be, Yorker? Length-ball? The answer is none of the above as the bowler proceeded to deliver a half-tracker slower-ball which Cubs dispatched to the square-leg boundary to complete what was one of, if not the most amazing win I have ever been involved in. Congratulations must go to everyone in the team and especially Cubs (74*) and Umayr (20*) for their great partnership.

** Many thanks must also go to Tim Cubbage for leaving the ground on Saturday thus allowing Adam to score the runs.

Brett Marvell (ghost written by Missy Higgins)

4th Grade Report vs Campbelltown - Camden - Round 6

4th Grade Report vs Campbelltown - Camden - Round 6

4th Grade vs Ghosts

The long trip out to Raby really set the tone for 4th grade in the morning session. Iqbal actually won a toss and decided to send the Ghosts in on what was an overcast morning, looking promising for a bit of early movement. We did get some movement with the ball early but unfortunately it was directed more to the boundary. JK and Chad opened up with the new rock but struggled to find their lines early. Despite this the batsmen looked less than convincing and some tight fielding soon saw the game turn in our favour.

Cubbage with a strong spell - fuelled by a solid Friday night

James Campbell was the pick of the bowlers picking up a very tidy 3-31 from his ten. Bowling with him in the heat was Adam Cubbage who picked up 3-45 from his ten, another fine effort. We regrouped around this bowling partnership and really choked the run scoring options for the opposition who were forced to pick singles in the last 15 overs. Well done to JK for his efforts in the final over's, bowling a tight line much like we see each Tuesday and Thursday. He finished with figures of 1-37 from his ten overs. Campbelltown finished with 229 from their fifty over's, a very achievable chase.

 

The lunch break gave us the chance to cool down in what had become a very hot day in the sun. We took this chance to watch the 2nd grade batsmen grind it out in the face of a pressing Campbelltown opposition. In our own run chase we were privy to a good early start, very good. Mitch Kleem took to the air with some well stuck, lofted on drives that saw the scoreboard tick over at an alarming 9 run per over rate. The fall of Mitch for a well made 41 saw us at 2-85, and called for a consolidation on this good start. Enter Las Kannangara. He batted extremely well in the heat for his 37, stabilising the innings for over an hour. Together with Brett Marvel they saw that a Gordon win was not far off. Brett, after a well constructed start began to let his arms free with some cracking strokes through midwicket. Brett and Chap Soper saw us to the end of our innings finishing on 66* and 25* respectively. The Gordon innings closed with us at 4/231 in 43 overs, a most convincing and well earned win for 4th grade.

 Blair Lindsay

4th Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

4th Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

4th Grade vs ND's

Once upon a time there lived the mighty Gordon 4's
Who ventured to Asquith Oval for a worthy cause
Iqbal Ahmed lost the toss and ND's sent us into bat
Gordon batsman waited and sat.

The author, Kleem, in full flight

Kleem departed cheaply
With runs craved so deeply
James Martin fell to a curse
His mum is apparently former Miss Universe

Crawford and Marvell departed quickly
And the scorecard looked rather sickly
Jono Wigham managed 26
Not enough to impress the chicks.

Chad Soper batted brilliantly for 74
What an excellent innings we all saw.
Iqbal Ahmed got 41
9 short of a half ton.

210 was a the total to defend
a miracle was required; uymar was to send
He took 2/38
The others would have to wait.

Chad Soper took 1/43
But that was all there would be
ND'S passed our score
That's the news in grade four

Thanks,
Mitch Kleem

4th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

4th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

The "Cams" bring 4th Grade home

Day 2 and another flat track at Tunks and not an umpire to be seen as the Bears elected to push towards the physiological mark of 300. The nine overs that the Stags were in the field for were quite comical as it turned out. Within the first 3 overs, there were 5 chances given and only 2 of them taken. Captain Iqbal managed to spill two chances until Charley 'Duck' Turner and Cam Eccals showed him how to catch with one each at mid-on and mid-off. Then a runout was created but who claimed the fantasy points is unknown as the ball passed through 3 sets of hands as both batsmen ended up at one end. With that, the Bears declared 8 for 299, leaving us 300 runs to get in 69 overs.

A maiden grade century for Cam Crawford

The chase didn't begin well and the Stags were in deep trouble at 3 for 49  but Harry Turner and Cam Crawford settled the ship. Harry wasn't able to produce another 100 this time around but made very a classy 32 and set the platform for the two Cameron's to play some aggressive and very stylish cricket. Cam '#1' Crawford continued his form from the day before with a great century which took the wind out of the Bears sails. The partnership of 109 between the Cams (Eccles being the other) edged us closer but, only a few balls after bringing up his ton, Crawford was adjudged LBW for a magnificent 102. This brought Cubbage to the crease who, in partnership with Eccles, was able to add another 49 to the total until he played all round a straight one and was out LBW for 21.

Iqbal came and went, and with the score 7 for 261, Tids was more than a little nervous and unable to hold the camera still enough to take any snaps. He need not have worried as Cam Eccles and Chad Soper finished the run chase off with an over to spare. Cam fought through a knee injury and cramps to produce a fine 86 not out and Chad hit a clean 21 not out.

Eccles in his first grade game, steering the Stags home

Another fantastic run chase for fourth grade. Now all we need to do is win a toss, bat first and see how we go about defending a total.

A big thankyou must go out to two parents, Kev Hepworth (North Sydney) and Tim Cubbage for umpiring and Tids for his never ending generosity in putting $100 on the bar for fourth grade.

Adam Cubbage

4th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

4th Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

4th Grade do well in containing the Bears

Some say that winning the toss is skill and others say it is based on pure luck under the assumption that there is no possibility for strategy. Whichever side you take, we know that the toss can decide whether you're out in the field, bowling in conditions which are perfect for batting, or you have the luxury of sitting in the shade watching your openers set about amassing a large total.

Shenal performs well down at Tunks Park

With that said, 4th Grade has found themselves, for the 3rd consecutive time this season, in the field on good batting tracks. Tunks Park again provided the backdrop for this North Shore match and again another flat track. All the bowlers toiled hard in the heat, but were still looking at a score of 2/130 at the break. Chad Soper (1-27) and Shenal Siriwardhene (1-53) had picked up the first couple of wickets. As the weather changed so did the momentum of the game. The Stags picked up some quick wickets from Charlie Turner (1-37) and Adam Cubbage (1-49) plus a great run out by Brett Marvell saw the Bears 5/270 at the close of play. A great effort to keep them at that, for at one stage it looked as though they would end up with a 350+ score.

With only 270 on the board, the Bears, should look to push on to the magical number of 300. So a tough chase is ahead for the 4ths, but with the depth of the line up 300 should be reeled in next Saturday.

Adam Cubbage

4th Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

4th Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

4th Grade bring home the points

The start of round two saw the 4th grade team at home for the second successive game, only this time we were pushed out of Chatswood oval by second grade who in turn were pushed out of Killara Oval by first grade due to the horse flu affecting the lions first grade home ground. We were greeted with two picture perfect days straight out of the Queensland weather bureau.

Harry Turner during his brilliant display with the willow

Day 1 - After the covers and sightscreens had been taken care off, the skipper managed to keep his perfect percentage (that being 100%) with the toss being lost twice in two weeks.

Fairfield-Liverpool predictably decided to have a bat on what was, as it turned out, a good wicket with quite a bit of grass covering it. It was a good tight battle between bat and ball, where we bowling good tight lines making the batsmen work hard for their runs, and this was reflected at tea with the score at 3/116 after 40 overs. The skipper would have liked a few more wickets but on the whole was pretty happy with what the team produced.

The pick of the bowlers was, for the second game in a row, wheels Kennedy (2/16 off 13), who was well supported by his good mate (and quite possibly a real contender for the hairiest man award, at the club, and maybe even beating the skipper of 5th grade) Cubbage (3/46 off 16) and Knox's young gun Rob Edwards (2/48 off 12).

The next 40 overs was a bit of a mixed bag for the young stags as the heat of the day and wickets in hand for the Lions started to tell. Dropped catches was what hurt us the most as the lions posted 288 for 9 off the allotted 80 overs.

Day 2 ' The skipper of the Lion's team then threw out a sporting declaration giving us the chance to bat the same amount of overs on a day 2 pitch that had some wear and tear around the popping creases. This didn't deter us as Stuart 'Choppy' Slocombe (7) and Las (14) got us underway. Choppy was out trying the old suicide run hitting the ball almost straight back to the bowler and running when the score was on 14. Las then crunched one straight into the Lion's skipper's stomach/armpit and was duly out caught with the score on 41. Cam Crawford after his successful bout in 5th grade last week came and went for 5, the victim of what could've been a telling decision.

Harry Turner was next in after coming off on top in 5th grade the previous week as well, and the youngster didn't disappoint. He and Marvell (who went in at the loss of the first wicket) then put on a valuable partnership (69) before Marvell was stumped after tea for 54. Edwards (3) and Soper (9) came and went and with the score at 6-171 after 62 overs it was starting to look like we had left our run a little late.

Brett Marvell on his way to his half-century

Then enter Cubbage, fresh from reeking havoc with his fizzing fingers (I hear Tiddles was quite impressed), the two then put on a match winning display of fours and cheeky singles to bring the Stags home in a canter. The pair added 118 runs in 16.3 overs. It was exciting and thrilling and all at the ground (about 15 spectators) went home with a smile on their faces after watching a wonderful display of batting from the pair. Turner finished with 133* and Cubbage with 44*.

A great win for the 4th's against tough opposition.

What a day, what a weekend'''go you Sea Eagles (the reporter did actually have the knowledge of the result from the night before, just to rub it in to some club mates).

Congrats to 3rd grade who also got up in a tight fight, and to Higgins who scored his maiden (test?) century for the Stags (if you haven't heard about it give it time and I'm sure he'll tell you all about it).

Iqbal

4th Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

4th Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

4th Grade go down in a close one

With a mixture of excitement and nerves, the 4th grade team began its long journey to the Promised Land in late March. Unfortunately the captain made his first mistake of the day by losing the toss and the team ended up fielding first down old Chatswood way, on what looked like a nice flat even paced wicket.

Brett Marvell strokes one to the fence

The young 4th grade team took the field with gusto and had the panthers in trouble early with two quick wickets to debutant Chad Soper (2/43 off 9). Another two from the skipper (2/26 off 10) saw the Panthers reeling at 4 for 66 in the 24th over. Everything seemed to be going smoothly at this point. Unfortunately just after the second drinks break, the wheels fell off and the panthers took full advantage smashing 109 runs off the last 12 overs to finish at 235 with the loss of only 6 wickets. James 'Wheels' Kennedy was the pick of the bowlers, but with little luck on his side ended his ten overs wicket-less (0/22).

A short boundary on one side and a quick outfield had the older team members quietly confident. We then had a terrible start with Stuart 'Choppy' Slocombe (4) losing his off stump at the end of the first over to the very quick opening bowler for the Panthers. I believe Choppy had fired him up a little with a few choice words about his bowling action! We then had a good partnership between Las (21) and debutant Blair Lindsay (54), but after these two were removed with the score on 82 and then 121 respectively the middle order stumbled with three quick wickets lost for 27 runs.

This put pressure on the lower order and we never really recovered going down by 22 runs to be all out for 213. Special mention should go to the Panther's bowlers who kept us in the game by conceding a whopping 47 sundries, including 28 wides and 11 no balls.

So a disappointing start for a young team, especially as we heard at the end of the day that we were the only Gordon team that lost on the day.

Iqbal

 

Gordon Colts Match Reports 07/08

Gordon Colts Match Reports 07/08

The Gordon Colts team plays in the Metropolitan Cup

For the Colts schedule go to Fixtures

Colts match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

Two Green Shield players named in combined sides

Two Green Shield players named in combined sides

Two Green Shield players named in combined sides

Congratulations to Tom Lamont (1sts)  and Henry Carmichael (2nds) who have been selected in the combined Green Shield teams for their match this Wednesday at Mona Park Auburn.

(Tom Lamont in action)

Tom stated his claim to a spot with a number of good performances up to the last round, however his 212 not out against Sydney University would have certainly put him high on the selectors list. Tom finished with 375 runs at an average of 75.

Henry performed well with both bat and ball and finished with 116 runs at 23 and 10 wickets at 13.10.

Also our manager Mark Carmichael has been appointed as manager of the Second XI team as a thank you for his excellent managerial work with the team.

(Henry Carmichael in action below)

The teams are:

First XI: Justin Younes (StG), Sean Abbott (Captain, Par), Tom Lamont (Gor), Kurtis Patterson (StG), Nick Bertus (Par), Matthew Foster (Blk), Alex Graham (Par), Daniel Brain (wk, Mos), Scott Heaney (Haw), Glen Fairweather (Mos), Pat Cummins (Pen), Harpreet Singh (WS). Mgr Tony Monaghan (Par).

Second XI: Angus Robson (Captain, UNSW), Gabriel Joseph (Par), Dale McKay (Haw), Mark Rice  (Sut), Joshua Clarke (Pen), Damien Carroll (CC), Blake Greening (StG), Henry Carmichael (Gor), Chamath Samarasinghe (WS), Ken Butcher (wk, Ban), Karwin Rogers (FL), Prince Bedi (WS). Mgr Mark Carmichael (Gor).

Reserves: (will be contacted if required): Michael Birch (NS), Gavin Taylor (ND), Max Fraser (Pen), Malaka Jayawickreme (Blk), Luke Dempsey (Par), Scott Warren (CC), Andrew Lambros (UNSW), Nathan Jattan (FL), Matthew Taylor (Mos), Chris Ashby (Par), Ben Royall (WS).

Venue: Mona Park Cnr Mona Street & Chisholm Road, Auburn
Date: Wednesday 23 January 2008.
Time: 8:30am for 9:30am start.

Spirit of Cricket is alive and well at Gordon

Spirit of Cricket is alive and well at Gordon

Spirit of Cricket is alive and well at Gordon

James Ryan gets recognition from umpires

It is not often that under 16 year old cricketers get to play matches with Pura Cup umpires, and that occurred for the Gordon Green Shield team in their match earlier this season against Bankstown when Darren Goodger was one of the umpires at Beauchamp.

(James Ryan pulls off a great stumping against Bankstown)

After the match the umpires spoke with our captain and club officials to congratulate the team on their spirit of cricket during the game.

In their match report submitted to the SCA, the umps made the following comments'

'In the 18th over of the Gordon innings, batsman James Ryan had the opportunity to take overthrow runs. He was called to do so by his partner at the crease, but declined as the ball had touched the toe of his bat after it had been thrown at the bowler's end wicket by a member of the Bankstwon side. James's partner did not realise this had occurred. This was a fine piece of sportsmanship on James's part as the ball only just brushed his bat and there was no obvious deflection. His action epitomised the game's true spirit, ahead of his team's fortunes, as the opportunity was there to take at least two runs as overthrows'

Also numerous members of the Gordon side applauded and congratulated Daniel Sams (Bankstown) on a fine innings immediately after he was dismissed' (end of quote)

Well done James on you fine attitude and we look forward to your involvement next season in both club teams and the Academy.

PS. Gordon won the match by one run...

The webmaster

Tom Lamont scores 212 not out in Green Shield

Tom Lamont scores 212 not out in Green Shield

Tom Lamont scores 212 not out in Green Shield

190 minutes off 152 balls to blast Gordon to 3 for 352

There is one record in the one hundred and three years of Gordon cricket that everyone says will never be broken, however at least Tom Lamont got more than half way there. The record I am referring to is the 320 runs scored by Ken Eastwood in a Green Shield one day match in 1951. The same season Ken scored 137 in another match and a total of 900 runs for that Green Shield season.

(Tom is congratulated as he leaves the field after his 221 not out)

Tom Lamont has definitely posted a modern day record with the second highest score ever for a Gordon Green Shield player of 212 not out at Sydney University Oval on Sunday January 13.

This score now passes a score of 144 by Jason Jarrett in 1988 and 137 by David Edwards, the brother of Rob Edwards, in 2001.

Tom innings was an classic example of controlled hitting in the early stages and then an onslaught towards to the end. Tom's innings came of 152 balls and included 18 fours and 7 sixes. There is no doubt the students peaceful afternoon in the surrounding buildings would have been significantly disturbed while Tom was at the crease.

Tom shared an excellent partnership for the second wicket of over 150 with Alex Shaw who scored 61 after moving into the opening role having spent most of his time in the lower order during the season.

(Alex Shaw avoids a bouncer during his 61)

The Greenies scored 3 for 352 and defeated Sydney University who finished with 9 for 119 when rain stopped play at 4.45pm. 

A report on the match will be forwarded soon by James Ryan.

Congratulations to Tom on a great innings and certainly one that Ken Eastwood would be proud of. Ken is living in Melbourne and at 73 is still involved in cricket as an umpire.

Scores

Gordon 3 for 352 (Tom Lamont 212 not out, Alex Shaw 61, Chad Soper 32, Henry Carmichael 20 not out defeated

Sydney University 9 for 119 (Tom Ledgerwood 2 for 25, Declan Jacrot 2 for 18, Henry Carmichael 1 for 16, Justin Avendano 1 for 20, Dan Lake 1 for 22)

The webmaster

Photos of Tom's innings below

     

Green Shield team gets up by one run

Green Shield team gets up by one run

'A victory for the ages' ' but only if you are under 16 years!

Gordon home by 1 in a thriller!

At 9/195 and chasing Gordons' 9/196 Bankstown were confident! With young Darren Jayaskera steaming in for the first ball of the 60th and final over, the crowd hushed' a full ball' a cover drive' a diving catch'. victory to Gordon, in a pulsating Green Shield match.

(Tom Lamont clears the fence during his 46 - Photo Tony Wilson) 

So ended an excellent game of cricket with the 'Greenies' defeating a strong Bankstown line up by one run! A full match report will follow however the boys are to be congratulated on a great performance. Club legend Michael Falk was heard to utter, 'never in doubt', although not everyone shared his confidence.

A great win which sets the scene for the Green Shield boys who face Blacktown in their next match on January 3.

(Tom Ledgerwood bowls, James Ryan appeals for a stumping, NSW umpire Darren Goodger agrees and the boys celebrate)    

 

        

Since our Poidevin Gray victory against Bankstown on October 28, club supporter Dick Huey has referred to that game as the 'Act of God" match when we went from 5 for 61 to somehow score 295. Well we are not sure what the Bankstown club will call this game. We will leave that to your imagination.

The game ebbed and flowed all day with Gordon starting slowly, accelerating, slowing down again and eventually posting a good score at Beauchamp with the slow outfield. Bankstown followed a similar pattern, however lost three wickets at a time on three occasions with Declan Jakrot collecting 3 wickets in one over.

(Declan Jakrot "in full flight" - photo Tony Wilson) 

Green Shield Scores

Gordon 9 for 196 (60 overs) (Tom Lamont 46, Henry Carmichael 34, Jono Wigham 34, Tom Ledgerwood 29) defeated

Bankstown 195 (59.1 overs) (Declan Jakrot 3 for 23 (9), Chad Soper 2 for 18 (10), Henry Carmichael 1 for 21 (10), Darren Jayasekera 1 for 24 (5.1), Tom Ledgerwood 1 for 43 (10)

 

Green Shield Squad announced

Green Shield Squad announced

Green Shield Squad announced  

Following our final selection trial this week, the Gordon selectors are pleased to announce the 2007-08 A.W.Green Shield Squad.

(Gordon Green Shield Captain Henry Carmichael)  

Our Green Shield team will commence its season on December 16 in a match against St. George at Hurstville Oval. To view the full schedule click here.

In addition to this squad, the selectors will also soon be announcing our Under 16 Academy members for the season and these boys will be presented with Academy shirts and caps on Thursday November 1 at Chatswood Oval from 5pm. A BBQ dinner will also be provided for players and parents. An additional announcement will be made prior to this date.     

The squad is:

Gordon DCC AW Green Shield team 2007-08

  • Henry Carmichael (Captain)
  • Mark Anderson
  • Justin Avendano
  • Chris Hulston
  • Declan Jakrot
  • Darren Jayasekera
  • Dan Lake
  • Tom Lamont
  • Tom Ledgerwood
  • Michael O'Shea
  • James Ryan
  • Alex Shaw
  • Chad Soper
  • Jonathan Wigham              

The first official Green Shield and Under 16 Academy net session will be held on Friday November 2 at Chatswood from 4pm.

Congratulations to all players.

Steve Colley and Rob Edwards selected in combined Green Shield team.

Steve Colley and Rob Edwards selected in combined Green Shield team.

Steve Colley and Rob Edwards selected in combined Green Shield team.

Steve Colley to captain Combined First XI

Gordon Green Shield representatives Steve Colley and Rob Edwards have been selected in the A.W Green Shield combined team to NSW Country on January 24.

Steve whoi also has been made the captain of the side finished the Green Shiled season with 260 runs at an average of 43 and also took 8 wicxkets at 15.75 with his off spin bowling.

(Steve Colley in action)

Rob was dominate with the ball collecting 14 wickets at an average of 12, while also scoring 169 runs at 28.

In addition to Steve and Rob, promising fast bowler Alrex Campbell made the reserves list for the match which is recognition for his strong performances with the ball.

The Green Shield season concluded during the week with the Gordon team just missing out on the semis in a tight loss to Penrith. (report to come).

(Rob Edwards in action)

A W GREEN SHIELD: Representative teams to play NSW Country Coaching Class, Wednesday 24 Jan at Mona Park 1 & 2.

First XI: Jarrod Walter (MW) Sean Abbott (Par) Tim Burns (Ban) Brett Jones (Haw) Ben Betros (Pen) Steve Colley (c) (Gor) Joshua Clinghan (FL) Tim Cummins (wk) (Pen) Nick Charlwood (vc) (RP) Nick Sharman (Sut) Josh Clarke (Pen) Robert Edwards (Gor).

Second XI: Corey Evans (CC) Edward Burgess (MW) Luke Stanton (StG) Dale McKay (Haw) David Paterson (c) (WS) Ben Marciante (Sut) Jacob McCann (wk) (vc) (FL) Anton Panucci (WS) Charith Mayadunne (ND) Adam Gummer (MW) Jamie Cruickshank (Haw) Nathan Brain (CC).

Reserves: James Broadbent (wk) (CC) Nicholas Bertus (Par) Daniel Smyth (Pen) Tom Christensen (MW) Tom Cooper (ND) George Thomakos (StG) Ben Bourke (CC) Alex Campbell (Gor) Alex Graham (Par) Eriq Parsons (UNSW) Stephen King (UTSB).



 

 

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 07/08

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 07/08

The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.

The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday and is generally played over 7 rounds with a final for the top two placed teams.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

Poidevin Gray report vs Sutherland

Poidevin Gray report vs Sutherland

Poidevin Gray report vs Sutherland

The Gordon team arrived at the newly named Glenn McGrath Oval, full of confidence for their last game of the season. Cameron Eccles for an unavailable Slug Ritchie was the only change in a batting line-up that had (on paper) promised so much and yet had been bitterly disappointing throughout the comp.

(Harry Evans in action against Sutherland)

The deck was of some concern, having conceded 19 1st grade wickets on the Saturday and looking a little worse for wear after much rain during the week. The odd shower was falling; Gordon won the toss and batted; obviously predicting that the deck could not improve in the afternoon and could perhaps further deteriorate.

Unfortunately the batsmen again let the side down with some very soft dismissals, albeit on an awkward deck.  2 for 28 soon became

6 for 78 and we were in all sorts of trouble. Sutherland produced a handy attack that saw their quicks bowl a good line and length and their spinners extract some good turn, whilst maintaining great control. The only batsmen that defied the bowlers were Harry Evans (42), Nick Cheadle (38) and a short cameo knock from Rob Edwards (13 off 16 balls). Harry played an excellent solo knock in his 128 minutes at the crease (2 fours) and is really maturing as a bat and pushing for 1st grade honors as a batting keeper. Cheads ably supported Harry, clubbing 3 sixes and 2 fours in his 82 minutes at the crease. Gordon was all out for 141 in the 47th over. Our top order again failed to build on their own innings and thus any worthwhile partnerships. Concentration and application were missing and most importantly lack of mental toughness appears to be the greatest concern.

Was 141 going to be enough on a wicket that was difficult to play shots with a great deal of confidence? One David Murphy the Sutherland 1st grade opening bat had other ideas. With Sutherland at 0 for 62, he had reached his 50 in 29 balls (30min) with 5 sixes and 3 fours. Game over. It was a magnificent display of controlled hitting that neither the captain nor bowler could possibly contain in the early overs of the shortened game.

(Rob Edwards in action against Sutherland)

It was with much relief when Chris Archer was called on and as usual did the required job by clean bowling him for 55. Sutherland cruised to victory in the 28th over losing 2 wickets for 142. Arch claimed the other wicket to fall and was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 27 off his 8. James Kennedy continues his rapid improvement and despite one D Murphy, he bowled his 7 overs only conceded 27 runs in a gutsy display.

As the official 'Ger', perhaps I am allowed some latitude to reflect a little on the season. I would like to preface my remarks by saying that this squad has been one of the best teams that I have been associated with in my time back at Gordon. This then says a lot about Hoppa the coach, Brad the captain, Bob the scorer, all the parents and especially the players. Thank you Hoppa for your support and the effort that you continually put into the coaching role throughout the rather ordinary season. The player of the season was without doubt Chris Archer. He took 12 valuable wickets from beautifully flighted, turning left armers and was always consistent in the field. The confidence is now there and he knows he is ready to fill-in for 1st grade when Beau is absent on Sate duties. Harry Evans had an excellent season behind the stumps; Blair Lindsay has arrived as the opener; James Kennedy is the rapid improver and who could ever forget the win against the much-vaunted Bankstown team, with Cheads blasting 134 after coming in at 5 for 61. Next year augurs well (here we go again), as we only lose Brad and Sweens and gain the Y12's and the likes of Colley and Soper to put pressure on the established players. Bring it on.

One final reflection on the actual structure of the Poidevin Gray.

Questions have been raised about the age limit for the comp and some suggest that it should be moved to U19, instead of U21.  I have always been a great supporter of PG's and still believe it is an integral part of player development in the Sydney grade comp and must remain as such. However I also now believe, that in this day and age, some current 1st and 2nd graders at the age of 19 and 20 have other priorities on a Sunday morning. Lowering the age limit would not affect the vital Greenies comp and would encourage younger lower grade players, plus those at school and those leaving the Greenies to strive to be picked in this prestigious competition.

Tony Wilson (Ger)

Poidevin Gray Report vs Hawkesbury

Poidevin Gray Report vs Hawkesbury

Poidevin Gray Report vs Hawkesbury 

The Gordon PG's team arrived at Chatswood oval on Sunday morning hoping to keep our slim semi-final hopes alive with a win against a strong Hawkesbury side, as well as hoping to contribute valuable club championship points to Gordons' overall tally.

(Rob Edwards makes a fine debut against the Hawks)

After a thorough warm up, we found ourselves in the field where a fiery opening spell performed by James Kennedy (2-27) and new comer Rob Edwards (1-52) had the Hawks in all sorts of bother at 2 for 10. Wickets continued to fall quite regularly, thanks mainly to a sizzling spell of spin bowling from Chris Archer (3-30), and at 6 for 130, the Gordon boys were confident of bundling the Hawks out for a sub-180 total. Unfortunately, a significant partnership then developed for the Hawks 7th wicket, and despite the best efforts of Elliot Richtor (2-51) and Matty Jones (1-54), the short Chatswood boundary continued to cop a hammering and the Hawks ended up with a total of 245, thanks mainly to a fine innings to their captain Scott Henry (142). 

Despite this, the Gordon batsmen were confident of chasing down this total, however, with the consistent loss of wickets, and no significant partnerships being formed, we were bundled out for 107. Debutant Rob Edwards (21 not out) completed an impressive debut through hitting out strongly, while Brad Rasool (20) batted solidly whilst trying to hold the innings together. It was also good to see Nick Cheadle (14) give Henry a bit of his own medicine in the way of hitting a couple of sweetly timed sixes over the short Chatswood boundary.

(James Kennedy...straight out of the Rod Hokin technique manual) 

In the end a disappointing result, however, with one game left against Sutherland, the boys are all very keen to finish the season on a positive note, in order to contribute to the Club Championship race, and also to ensure Tiddles gives the all clear for another PG's night out!!       

Jack Ritchie

Poidevin Gray Report vs Saints

Poidevin Gray Report vs Saints

Poidevin Gray Report vs Saints 

A very strong PG's side was chosen to take on the Saints.

We batted first on what looked to be an good deck but with the exception of Blair 'Mr Consistent' Lindsay, our top order couldn't get going to give us a good start.

(Blair brings up his 50 against saints)

Blair showed a great deal of respect for his wicket and the discipline required with his shot selection to score  50 until an unfortunate run out stopped his progress . We ended up making a very ordinary and disappointing 133 especially with what seems like a tremendously strong batting line up with a lot of depth.   

After a short rain break we set out to defend 133. All bowlers bowled well but really were unable to create any pressure. Saints got the total 2 down and inside 40 overs to claim a bonus point.

Although this was a very disappointing loss I think we will be better for it after having a long team discussion after the game trying to fix the problem. With everyone adding a couple of comments on what is going wrong, we all agreed we have the potential to be great side if we can play with more intensity, discipline and value our wicket.  

We are looking forward to taking on a very strong Wests side on the 5th January.

Steve Colley

 

Second Grade Match Reports 07/08

Second Grade Match Reports 07/08

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

For the Second grade schedule go to Fixtures

Second Grade match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

2nd Grade Report vs Manly - Round 15

2nd Grade Report vs Manly - Round 15

2nd Grade miss out on Finals

The finals for second grade started a week early with the young reserve graders knowing they needed a win to secure a place in the top six. However, at 3-3 with Lindsay, Evans and Garratt back in the pavilion we knew we were in for a tough day. Dowsley and Richtor batted through the tough times with the ball moving around a lot more than expected. After a slow first hour of consolidation, runs began to flow more readily. Richtor took on the bowlers, played some impressive shots and quickly reached 47 off 65 balls before he was caught in the outfield. The score was 4-76. Dowsley was next to fall for 34 off 58 balls with the score at 5-93. He had looked solid and confident all morning, with some memorable shots including a great six, but was disappointed with his soft dismissal when a captain's innings was required.

Richtor taking to the Manly bowlers

After the fall of Dowsley and Richtor we needed others to step up to reach a high total, but unfortunately no one was able to get going. We were all out for a disappointing 119.

A big effort early on with the new ball and early wickets was what was required. Everyone thought Garath Wright had given us the start we needed when he seemingly had their opening batsman out "caught behind" in the 4th over. However the umpire saw it differently and claimed he had not seen a deflection when everyone else at the ground thought otherwise. Who knows what would have happened if this had been given out as that batsman went on to score 57 not out and put the result beyond doubt. Manly passed our total with the loss of one wicket, with Ritchie the sole wicket taker.

There was an anxious wait as results came in from the other matches, but it was not to be and Sydney Uni and Campbeltown's victories ensured we went from 5th to 7th on the table. It was very disappointing to end the season on such a note, especially given we won 3 and drew 1 of our 4 games against the top six. On a positive note, it was a very young squad who all showed a lot of potential and enthusiasm throughout the year and should be congratulated for the positive steps they've all taken. Hopefully the result in this last round will spur everyone on to push for a higher result next season. Good luck to 1st and 4th grade in the finals.

Dowse

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 2)

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown ' Day 2

The reserve graders arrived back at Joe Macleer Oval needing only 10 runs to get first innings points. Due to heavy rain on Friday night, the ground was damp and there was a wet strip down the pitch. This caused an hour and a half delay.

We started at 12 and lost Eccles and Cheadle before getting the target. Ben 'BG' Garratt and Jules Stephenson finished the innings off 10 runs ahead of Blacktown's 136. BG finished 78*.

Benny Garratt leaves the field with an unbeaten 78

The talk was that Blacktown was going to make a game of it so Dowsley decided to declare. Both Blacktown openers came out trying to get quick runs. James 'JK' Kennedy got an early break through bowling a short one, catching the glove of the batsmen and went straight to Cheadle at gully. Jules bowled without luck and the batsmen found him very hard to get away.

The other opener and the no. 3 batted the way Blacktown did in the first innings and it didn't seem like they were going to set a target until they came out hitting after lunch.

We could say that our bowling wasn't at its best, with both senior bowlers battling injuries and JK, being under 19, could only bowl so many over's. This brought on the likes of Nick Dowsley, Jack 'Slug' Ritchie and Elliot 'Emo' Richtor. Nick would have had a wicket if it wasn't for a no ball. The Slug picked up 3-58 and Emo 2-14. A bit of a hoax I think, especially when the openers toil away for 40 overs and get no result and these two come on and get 5 wickets between them in 10 overs.

Blacktown declared at 6-214 leaving us the target of 204 off 34 overs with the required run rate of 6 per over.

The innings couldn't have got off to a worse start losing 4 early wickets for only 30 runs. Nick Dowsley and Jack Ritchie steadied the ship, making sure Blacktown didn't get a sniff. They both finished not out when the game was called off with no team able to get the outright victory.

This was a good win for the reserve graders, but we will have to play tougher cricket if we want to play in the finals. We were perhaps guilty of taking a little too much for granted on day two after our good performance on the 1st day. In the discussion after the game we all agreed that improvement was necessary when we play 12th placed Manly in a must win game next weekend.

Elliot Richtor

 

Scores

Gordon 7/146 dec (Ben Garratt 78 not out) and 4 for 53 (Nick Dowsley 22 not out) defeated

Blacktown 136 (Adair Durie 4 for 24, James Kennedy 2 for 26, Julian Stephenson 2 for 21) and 6/213 dec (Jack Ritchie 3 for 58, Elliot Richtor 2 for14)

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14 (Day 1)

2nd Grade Report vs Blacktown ' Day 1

The reserve graders turned up at Joe Macleer Oval knowing we had to keep winning to keep our finals hopes alive.

Jules is certain that he has picked up an early wicket!

On a slightly soft and damp pitch, Nick Dowsley (Digger) won the toss and chose to have a bowl. Jules and Adair "Judge" Durie started off well, beating the bat numerous times before Jules struck twice before drinks.

Our standard of bowling was top notch as the Blacktown batsmen were constantly playing and missing...

After drinks James "JK" Kennedy came on and quickly learnt that bowling short wasn't his length. After this, he found his line and, like the openers, he beat the bat a lot and showed us why he is becoming a good second grade bowler. The 'Praying Mantis' finished with 2/23 from 13 including 8 maidens.

Digger this season has emphasised to get at least one run out a game. A brilliant piece of fielding with a pick up and direct hit from Blair Lindsay saw Blacktown's best batsmen well short of his ground and this saw the home team struggling at 5-60 at lunch.

After lunch Judgie (4-24) bowled tightly after being frustrated from not getting a wicket in the first session. Along side Judgie was Cheadle (1 wicket) who bowled well and was unlucky not to get more with the lower order batsmen swinging for the hills and getting away with it. At this point in time down came the 'Chevans' (Cheadle and Evans) fan club to get some snap shots of both them in action. Good timing Tony.

The only disappointment was that it took an hour to get the last 2 wickets and the last pair added 30 runs.

A mention has to go to the standard of fielding displayed in the last few games. It has been flawless with all catches being taken, runs being stopped in the ring and we have picked up our goal of a couple of run outs.

A calmer looking Judge after having his efforts rewarded with 4 wickets

After tea Evans and Blair Lindsay came out chasing the score of 136 with 36 overs left till the end of play. The talk was to play normally and let the runs come, and if we got the runs required before the end of play that would be a bonus. Both the openers fell early. However Digger and Ben "BG" Garratt steadied the ship and put us back on track. Digger (16) fell with half an hour to go. Elliot Richtor fell quickly, but Jack Ritchie supported BG well with some classy plonks. Unfortunately he fell with an over to go but Eccles and BG saw the day out.

BG batted superbly, batting the way he normally does by picking the right ball to hit over the top. He has been the stand out 2nd grade bat all year and will continue to add to his runs tally as we look to push for the win and get a lead over Blacktown's 136.

It was a great day for the reserve graders and they will push for the win next week and 10 points could be there for the taking.

Scores 

Gordon 5-127 (Ben Garratt 68*, Nick Dowsley 16) vs Blacktown 136 (Adair Durie 4-24 off 16.2 overs, Julian Stephenson 2-21 off 15 overs, James Kennedy 2-26 off 13 overs).

Elliot Richtor

2nd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

2nd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

Second Grade Report vs Mosman (day 1)  

The 6th place Gordon second grade team arrived at Chatswood Oval on Saturday morning ready to take on the 1st placed Mosman team in a block-buster showdown. With the 2nd grade table quite congested from positions 4 to 10, this game is viewed as crucial in regard to our semi-final prospects.

(Reece Bombas during his century)

Having found ourselves batting on a hard Chatswood pitch, the innings didn't get off to the greatest of starts with the loss of 2 early wickets. However, not all was lost as Ben Garratt (42), after copping a few nasty blows on the body, set about steadying the ship with Elliot Richtor (38), continuing his awesome season with the bat, as his able accomplice. A partnership of immense proportions looked set to follow however, with the loss of 2 quick wickets, we found ourselves at 4 for 80 at lunch, with Garratt and Reece Bombass (109) the not out batsmen.

Batting with focus and patience, Garratt and Bombass set about imposing themselves on the Mosman attack after lunch, with Bombass in particular revealing his full array of strokes. After the unfortunate dismissal of Garratt, Bombass was well supported through fighting knocks from Cam Eccles and Nick Cheadle.

However, it was Reece Bombas' day, as he displayed his water-tight defence, as well as his audacious shot making in making his first century in grade cricket. It really was a text- book innings, and ensured that the team has some runs to work with this coming Saturday.

(Current former skipper Ben Garratt)

The Gordon team went out to field for the final 7 overs of the day, in the hope of picking up a few sneaky wickets and making some in-roads into the Mosman batting line up. Bowling with real fire and pace, opening bowlers Adair Durie and Gareth Wright didn't disappoint, both beating the bat numerous times, with Adair picking up 1 wicket to have Mosman 1 for 37 at the end of the day.

Overall the match is evenly poised, and hopefully with some good bowling and fielding this Saturday, we can come up with the points and further cement our spot in the top six.

Jack Ritchie         

2nd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

2nd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

2nd Grade stays within the top 6

Second Grade maintained their position in the top 6 with an awesome win over the highly thought of and experienced Mosman outfit last weekend. It really was a great team effort, with the wickets shared amongst all the bowlers, and everyone fielding at an extremely high standard.

Although there was no initial breakthrough in the opening few overs, wickets soon started to fall at constant rate, thanks mainly to fine opening spell from Adair Durie (3-62) and Gareth Wright (2-47). Both bowled very aggressively, whilst still being able to build pressure on the batsmen.

James Kennedy (1-14) continued his rise as a dominant 2nd bowler with an extremely hostile spell of bowling. Bowling with real pace, the 'preying mantis' used his height very well to trouble the batsmen, including former 1st class cricketer Marty Haywood, and was unlucky not to end up with more wickets.

Chris 'Cheads' Archer (3-37) again continued his fantastic season, taking 2 quick wickets during his first spell to really put the Whales on the back foot, and then sealing the win with a well disguised arm ball during his second spell. Chris also did well to come back from the battering he took from former Stag Warwick Adlam, who hit him for 3 consecutive sixes over the grandstand; hence the new nick-name, creatively thought of by wicketkeeper Harry Evans.

 

Durie slides one past the batsmen against the backdrop of a 8-1 field

In order to avoid the captain's wrath, I must make special mention of the teams brilliant effort in the field. It really was outstanding, the best all season by far, with all catches taken and all quick singles being terminated by the fieldsman in the ring, with the highlight being JK's great run out. The enthusiasm was maintained right through to the last wicket, and the overall standard augurs well for the rest of the season.

The Gordon top order saw out the day, with openers Harry Evans and Blair 'Witch' Lindsay both scoring 30 odd. It's good to see Harry recovered well from his night out at the cross with Tony Wilson (wonder what Rog thinks of that??) The other batsmen batted well to see out the day and receive some good time in the middle and match practice.

Overall a great team performance, and one that will need to be maintained this weekend against Blacktown at Joe Macleer. 

Jack Ritchie

2nd Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 12

2nd Grade Report vs Sydney - Round 12

2nd Grade get home in a thriller

'The wicket is good' is the message we received Friday evening, and although the wicket was true to Chatswood standards the outfield was somewhat damp. Both teams persevered for about an hour and play was underway. We bowled first and made the most of the overcast conditions, also working on our fitness putting on and taking the covers off half a dozen times. Nevertheless our bowlers worked hard to maintain rhythm through the many breaks, and did so with great effectiveness.

Evans and Bombas see 2nd Grade home

Standouts in our bowling performance came from our three mainstream quicks, Gareth (1-17 from 5), Nick "Medders" Medcalf (0-24 from 7) and James "JK" Kennedy (0-19 from 6). Something to put a smile on Tony's face was the Slug's (Jack Ritchie) cheeky wicket; he finished with 1-15 from 5. In and reduced over's match we restricted Sydney to 129 from 32 over's. A far from unobtainable target on a decent, although now wet Chatswood wicket.

Harry Evans (49*) was the pilot of the Gordon innings, anchoring the innings after losing quick wickets in the top order. He was joined by Elliot Richtor (41) and together they built the innings towards a Gordon victory. Batting was never easy for the duration of their 75 run partnership but the two worked hard for their runs which allowed us to snare 6 points when only one other grade game got on in Sydney. It was a great win for us in the lead up to the finals, catapulting us into 6th place and right in contention for a finals birth. With three rounds to go and the first of those against leaders Mosman, we'll have to be right on our game but we've proved we're well capable of this in our run after the Christmas break.

Blair Lindsay

2nd Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham (Day 2)

2nd Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham (Day 2)

2nd Grade report vs Randwick Petersham  

And so the B-graders returned to Coogee Oval for what many were touting as a season defining day. Having posted a season high 6/ 394 seven days prior, spirits were high among the assembled squadron and to burn off some of the excess energy in the sheds the boys joined the local Roger Ramjet running club for some warm-up drills. Medders in particular excelled over 200m ' and didn't he look a treat in the requisite bike shorts and sans shirt running attire!

(The tagteam Jack Ritchie and Nick Medcalf discussing "something")

While all this was going on the returning skipper declared prior to the commencement of play, in opposition to the majority who thought 500 would look neat on the scoreboard. With clouds overhead and concerns that the full allotment would not be bowled, Gareth 'G-Banger' Wright (1/58 off 20, 5 maidens) got the Stags off to the perfect start, clean bowling the shouldering arms opener, 1/0. At the other end Nick 'Muppet' Medcalf (2/65 off 14, 2 maidens), slowly recovering from his earlier sprints, began to find some line and rhythm and had the other opener caught smartly by Bombas in the gully.

This brought to the crease Randy Petes' most prolific pair who punished the bad balls that were a little too frequently presented and ran well between the wickets to frustrate the Stag's line-up. Enter James 'JK Rowling' Kennedy (1/51 off 15 overs, 4 maidens) who after building up some pace and bounce pinched the third wicket and boosted energy levels amongst the team.

(Gareth Wright at Coogee)

It was around this time the heavens opened for the first time and had both sides manning the covers, removing the covers, bowling two balls, manning the covers and then taking an early lunch. It was also around this time that the 2nds managed to achieve what many agreed had never been achieved before in Sydney Grade Cricket' they locked themselves out of the change rooms. With the sun re-shining and the pitch ready for play after a small delay, the boys sunned themselves in what little gear was not locked away in the sheds and reminisced over evenings passed in the presence of one T. Wilson. As this article lacks a disclaimer I won't go into details, but whatever you've heard, believe me, it's all true.

Upon our saviour's arrival with the magical key, the lads dressed in record time and retook the field - the rain plus the lock-out (and I thought second grade were famous for their lock-INS) had reduced the day to a minimum 88 overs.

(James Kennedy shows his style)

In the first half of the marathon middle session two further wickets fell, including that of the No. 4 who had started to impose upon the Gordon ranks. With half of the wickets claimed and half of the day remaining, the 2nds were well placed and circling their prey closely. What happened next was as unscripted as it was frustrating for the Stags - the RP's No. 6 and 7 combined in a partnership of 198 in over 3 hours to put first innings points out of reach. Throughout this time the Stags threw everything at the combo but to no avail. The No. 7, Otto (124*), was particularly savage on the spinners who tried to tempt false strokes but found themselves picking up the ball from beyond the boundary.

With less than 20 minutes on the clock and a shiny new ball in hand, Chris 'Cha Cha' Archer (2/56 off 22 overs, 11 maidens) bowled some of the best drifting and dipping deliveries of the day to pick up two late wickets to trigger thoughts of what might have been had we been able to crack the partnership 20 minutes earlier' but it was not to be, and at 7/ 320 both teams would be going home empty handed. But what a wicket, delivering 13/ 710 for the match!

Although having secured zero points in the past month from two rain affected draws, the Twos still have their sights set firmly on a semi-final berth but will rely on some improved weather along with consistency and application with bat and ball to return to the winner's circle - we look forward to seeing you there!

Ben Garratt.

(Arch does the full twist)

2nd Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham - Round 11 (Day 1)

2nd Grade Report vs Randwick - Petersham - Round 11 (Day 1)

Second grade report Day 1 vs Randwick Petersham

What better way to celebrate the Nation's 220th Birthday than with a spot of cricket at the picturesque Coogee Oval - 'for she's a jolly good fellow indeed...'

   

(Ben Garratt during his century ...courtesy A.Wilson photographics Inc)

With some changes to the Reserve grade line-up (scorer included), the baton was passed to a new look contingent, and having penned 'U/19' beside six of eleven names, the caretaker captain was sure to rely as heavily on his strategic skills as those developed through his affinity for Babysitter's Club novels.

With blue skies overhead and twenty-two F3 yards underfoot, the skipper won the toss (one from one) and had no hesitation in electing to have first use of the facilities. The task ahead for the Stags was clear: value your wicket, build partnerships throughout the day, and be there with wickets in hand at the end of the day to cash in and post 300+.

   

 (Harry Evans during his innings ...courtesy A.Wilson photographics Inc)

The openers, Blair 'In dire need of a nickname' Lindsay (72 off 135; 7x 4s) and Harry 'H' Evans (70 off 112; 7x 4s), got the ship off to its best start of the season, combining patient shot selection with an excellent understanding between the wickets to post 148 for the first wicket. The pair worked with particular diligence in seeing off some effective new ball bowling and, having set up the day for the remainder of the side, would perhaps regret not having gone on to post what would have been most deserved tons.

   

(Reece Bombas during his innings ...courtesy A.Wilson photographics Inc)

As has plagued the Twos all season, a cluster of wickets followed, with the second falling with no addition to the score and in the space of 15 overs the scoreboard had hiccuped to 4/183. At this point the overdue Reece 'Quality' Bombas (85 off 101; 10x 4s) entered the fray and set about stabilising the innings with a mature head, straight blade and some impeccable timing. At the other end of the wicket the 'Babysitter' Garratt (106* off 166; 9x 4s) assumed the anchor role, delivering the 'captain's knock' that has been sorely missed thus far in 07/08 (cheap shot I know ' sorry Nick). The pair combined to add 160 runs for the 5th wicket in 33 overs (including 89 runs in the hour after tea) before Reece was adjudged LBW just short of what would have been a first rate century.

With Randy-Petes well ahead of the over rate and less than 40 minutes on the clock, the game ground to a near halt (with the exception of a streaker!), but this didn't stop a cameo from Cam 'E-Oh' Eccles (27 off 24; 2x 4s) who rotated the strike well, saw the skipper to three figures and plundered the loose balls in a 49-run partnership that lasted less than 7 overs and saw the scoreboard flow to 6/ 394.

   

(Blair Lindsay during his innings ...courtesy A.Wilson photographics Inc) 

All in all, an extremely satisfying day for individuals and the team alike. Many thanks to Lenny Bombas for his inspirational stint behind the book, and also to budding photographer T. Wilson for his best efforts behind the lens. Particularly pleasing for the caretaker at the helm was the premium placed on each wicket and the responsibility shown by those in the centre to steer the ship in the right direction. The support from the sideline was strong throughout the day, and with the same work ethic and enthusiasm to be applied next week in the field, the B-graders are well positioned to bring an invaluable 6-points home to Chatswood (assuming of course that the returning skipper is not too hasty in declaring the innings closed!).

BG.

(Ben Garratt)

2nd Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

2nd Grade Report vs Western Suburbs - Round 10

2nd Grade Report vs Wests

2nd grade travelled to Pratten Park to face a strong Wests unit, currently sitting a few places below Gordon. With the 2s sitting on 7th place, this game was vital to consolidate our position and force our way into the top 6.

We welcomed back Stephenson, Durie and Garrett from the higher grade and Bombas also returned after succumbing to injury before the Christmas break. After strong performances in 3rd grade and Poidevin Gray, Blair Lindsay was to make his 2nd grade debut.

Harry Evans lines up a hook shot

Gordon boasted a near 1st grade attack ' Durie, Stephenson, Wright and Archer ' but the flat deck convinced captain Dowsley to bat.

The new opening pair of Lindsay (6) and Evans were solid and saw off the new ball. As their innings looked to progress a rising delivery caught Blair's glove, and he was caught by a diving fine leg. Garrett and Evans looked to consolidate, but runs proved difficult to come by due to both the oppressive humidity and the long grass in the outfield. Balls that would normally go for four were hard run 2s or 3s. The first 4 was hit 90 minutes into the Gordon innings.

As is often the case, two batsmen feel together with both Garrett (8) and Evans (26) dismissed leaving the score at 3/44. The shot selection and impatience of the top order had caused their downfall.

The two most consistent runscorers of 2nd grade this year, Dowsley and Richtor, set about rebuilding the innings. Richtor's straight hitting off the spinners and Dowsley's punishment of anything short were highlights of our innings. However Dowsley (41) was caught with the score at 144 and was followed 12 runs later by Richtor, run out. Both looked very comfortable at the crease but again our bats failed to capitalise on our early hard work.

From here wickets fell regularly, Gordon collapsing from 3/144 to all out for 190. On a positive note, Jack Ritchie (31*) settled into his new lower order position of 7 exceptionally, playing his cut shot and straight drives regularly. His partnership with Archer (7) showed how application at the crease allowed runs to still flow freely.

It was clear that the 190 was worth a few runs more and, with the deck becoming increasingly two-paced along with an exceptional Gordon bowling attack, 2nd grade was in with a very good shot.

A tricky 40 minutes of play remained and the opening pair of Stephenson and Durie hit the deck hard and consistently shaped the ball away from the right hander. Two catches behind saw Wests 2/11 and a very tough chance in the outfield could have had them 3 down. The day finished with Wests 2/35 ' the match most definitely in the balance.

As we are becoming accustomed to, rain forced the match to be abandoned early on day 2. We look forward to Randy-Petes next week.

Harry Evans 

2nd Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

2nd Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

Second grade report vs St. George

After weeks of stop-start cricket it was pleasing to arrive at Chatswood with the sun shining on a dry outfield.

(Chris Archer during his 5 wicket haul)

Digger Dowsley lost the toss and the dragons decided to bat on what looked like a pretty flat wicket. The new pill was shared by the big Gazza Wright and fellow string bean James Kennedy who was making his 2nd grade debut. Both bowled with good pace and carry and JK was first to strike, catching the edge of the openers bat resulting in a relatively easy catch to 2nd slip. There was even some talk of hooking up the practice nets out in the middle so that JK could perform his best work. I think it was Ritchie's idea.

The bowlers continued to toil away but were probably guilty of bowling too many 4 balls when line and length was the formula needed on a flat wicket and fast outfield.

Chris Archer was definitely the pick of the bowlers, as he mixed up his flight and pace superbly to really tie down the dragons batsmen and force them into mistakes. He ended up with a well deserved 5/68 off 23 overs but must seriously do something about the mullet. He also has a habit of taking his shirt off whenever he can. It must be a central coast thing, cause Jonesy does it too. I suppose it doesn't really matter as long as Bomber keeps his on. Oh yeah, and Ritchie.

Speaking of  Jack 'slug' Ritchie, apart from providing some amusing efforts in the field, he too bowled with great control to take 2/13 off 6 overs at a very important time in the innings when the score could have got away. Don't know what's going on with his earring though.

(Harry Evans during his 51)

The Dragons were eventually bowled out for 321 and credit must go to their middle order batsmen who played mature and intelligent cricket to get them to that total.

With about 40 minutes till stumps Gordon hoped to see out the day without losing a wicket. Unfortunately Medcalf was dismissed 2nd ball. It was a fair ball too. Ask Ritchie.

Day two began with Ritchie and Evans steadily ticking the scoreboard over. Ritchie went after unluckily spooning a catch to square leg. It was one of those weird ones where it looked like it could have been a bump ball. It wasn't though.

Matt Jones joined Evans at the crease and it was clear to see the confidence he has gained after making his first grade debut last week. The pair batted aggressively with some power hitting down the ground the highlight. It's also great to the see the delight Jonesy's Dad gets from watching his son bat'it keeps the spectators amused anyway.

Obviously still on cloud nine after receiving his HSC results during the week, Harold Evans batted with maturity and great timing to bring up his half century (much to the delight of a proud Rog on the sideline). Unfortunately he was out next ball edging one to slip.

(James Kennedy on debut for 2nds) 

Gordon continued to lose wickets at vital times throughout the innings, halting any momentum we had started to gain. Richtor went for a quickfire 31, and was followed by Jones just before lunch for 42.

One of the highlights of lunch had to be the efforts of big Gazza Wright at Subway. After proudly announcing he hadn't eaten Subway for a couple of years and that he was actually on debut with the Chicken Fillet sub, Medcalf decided to stitch him up. There were bizarre looks from staff and customers when Gaz asked if he could grab the stamps for his subway redemption card. Subway stopped this offer 2 years ago. It provided a good laugh.

Back to the cricket and captain courageous Nick 'Digger' Dowsley found capitalised on some time in the middle to score a gutsy and chanceless 74. Unfortunately the wickets kept falling around him and our innings closed with his dismissal. Gordon all out for 260. It started pouring with rain about 2 minutes after we'd lost. 2 minutes away from a draw. Cricket sux sometimes.

A disappointing loss but one that hopefully the guys learn from. Partnerships are the key in a big run chase and the St.George batsmen showed just how valuable patient batting and time in the middle can be. We lost too many wickets at vital times and shot selection left a bit to be desired.

(Jack Ritchie in action with the bat)

We are still well and truly in the race to play finals cricket this season, and there is definitely the talent in this team to give the competition a real shake.

Merry Christmas and I wish you all have a safe and happy new year,

Nick Medcalf

2nd Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

2nd Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

2nd grade report vs Parramatta

I came here for the sun!!

As the very ordinary weather continued many of the Gordon second team were dreading another washed out weekend to force yet another one day game. However day one, although partly washed out, was a slow but very successful day for the young stags team.

(Matt Jones shows his hooking style against Parramatta)

The toss was won by the home side, Parramatta, and on what looked like a good deck with perfect bowling conditions. I think it was a good toss to lose for the Stags and it proved to be the case. 

Julian Stephenson and Gareth Wright did all the damage on the first day taking five and two wickets respectively. With Parramatta 3 down in the first hour with catches in the slips from Kieran Jones and Elliot Richtor, the scoring rate slowed to what would be the pace for the rest of the innings, about 2.5 runs an over. Unfortunately the rain came down and our momentum was broken with a couple of hours in the sheds.

The clouds cleared and allowed the onslaught to continue in the afternoon one minute before tea. Another wicket fell soon after we re-started play which brought about the longest standing partnership of their innings. Fortunately the batsmen were not adding significantly to the total, and were content to pat the ball back to the bowler.

(Jules Stephenson during his spell against Parra)  

The bowlers Nick Cheadle and Jim Gatting, a very useful spell from Nick Medcalf, good fielding and concentration prevented them from making the most of this middle period while the two quickies were having a blow.

The return of the fast bowlers brought about three wickets in quick succession and the end of day one saw the home side on 7 for 143 after 63 overs

After a week without training, the start of day two was a painful one of waiting till one thirty to begin a very interesting days cricket. The Parramatta innings was wrapped up in 8 overs with two caught & bowleds and a caught behind. Gareth Wright taking a low one which would probably be waist height to most of us and Jules putting out his right paw and catching an absolute flier to end the innings, leaving Jules with 6 and Gareth with 4.

The start of the stags reply was dramatic with Gatting falling first for naught to what can only be called catching practice short mid-wicket and followed by Jack Ritchie lbw and Kieran Jones, caught behind. With the captain coming down with a bout of food poisoning, Eliot Richtor and Matt Jones were promoted up the order.

(A classic Elliot Richtor drive)

A solid start from both batsmen put the pressure on the Eels and with the odd mix up in the running between the wickets, a few lusty blows from Jonesy to some short bowling and stylish leg glances and cuts from Elliot, both reached their fifties in a timely fashion.

Unfortunately for Elliot he was the last wicket of the day to fall for 58, leaving 15 for Harry Evans and Matt Jones to finish off. Harry looked in good touch playing some nice cut shots to the boundary and Matt Jones fittingly placed the ball for a single leaving him on 68 not out.

The song was sung with great passion and pride for a job well done on a day when actions spoke louder than words! 

Jim Gatting

2nd Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

2nd Grade Report vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 7

Second grade beat the rain and Easts  

Report by Nick Dowsley

At 9:30am on Saturday morning ten players were seen watching the rain, which, unsurprisingly, was falling from the drear clouds that had threatened yet not produced rain all week. Most of the ten had risen early, rushed off to a polling booth to reshape the nation's future, and then arrived eager and ready.

(The hero Matt Jones)

The 11th player's story, however, is a different one. Celebrating his birthday on Wednesday (or was it Friday?) night, Reece 'Casanova' Bombas, left a club at 2am (or was it 4?) only to receive a 'king hit' from the guy whose girlfriend Reece had been wooing somewhat successful over recent weeks. The result was a very swollen jaw. Only a little perturbed, Reece arrived late and soon was seen whispering sweet nothings into the ears of Elliot's long term girlfriend.

Despite the rain, both captains were eager to play, so when the rain slowed to a drizzle, the game was given the go ahead, with 49 overs per side.

(Jules Stephenson in the rain at Chatswood) 

Dowsley won his 4th toss in a row and decided to bowl, as he was scarred from his decision to bat first against ND's and hoping that any delay in the game would benefit his side given the run rate system used in the lower grades. As he had hoped for, 7.1 overs were bowled before the rain picked up again and the covers had to be brought back on. The Easts batsman had looked quite comfortable, with the score 0-21.

The rain delay proved to be just the catalyst required for Gordon, as the game was restricted to 33 overs per side and allowed the ball to dry out. After the break, Julian Stephenson (2-27 off 7) struck early, with Waller caught by Dowsley in the slips for the second year running and Nick Medcalf (1-30 off 7) and Adair Durie (1-31 off 7) kept it tight to have Easts 2-52 after 14.

However, with a short boundary to defend, it was always going to be difficult to keep Easts to this sort of run rate and Easts accelerated from here on. Chris Archer (2-30 off 4) and Jack Ritchie (1-22 off 4) both bowled well, taking the pace off the ball quite effectively and after 2 tight overs each by Jules and Adair at the end we restricted Easts to 191.

 (I'm ready, how about you guys, Nick Dowsley)

The most disappointing aspect was the fielding. There were a couple of dropped catches and sometimes we weren't sharp enough in the ring. Overall we've fielded well this season, so hopefully it was a one off.

Just under 6 an over was very gettable on the wicket, especially with the short boundary, and after Jack Ritchie smashed the first two balls for four, things were looking rosy. However, after Jack (9), Jim Gatting (11) and a rusty Nick Dowsley (6) were dismissed, the score was 3-38 after 9.

Elliot Richtor (28) and Reece (21) steadied the ship with a patient partnership, but when we lost three quick wickets we were reeling at 6-86 after 19. With 14 overs left, we still needed 106 runs at 7.6 runs per over and heads were down.

However, this is just the situation that Matt Jones (58* off 48) thrives in. The fightback began with Matt and Nick Medcalf (30 off 30) putting on 79 in a crucial partnership. Easts pushed the field back and allowed them to patiently accumulate singles without risk with both showed great maturity to bring Gordon back into the match. However, when Nick's invaluable innings came to an end, 27 runs were still required off 3 overs and after 3 runs in the next over, 24 runs were required off the last two.

(This one is for you Dad, Jim Gatting in action at Chatswood)

The second last over was phenomenal. Jonesy hit 16 off it, including 3 successive boundaries, leaving only 8 off the last, which they managed with 2 balls to spare, thanks mainly to a classic Julian Stephenson (6*) french cut for 4 off the first ball of the over.

Matt Jones was the hero, as he showed his potential, steering the team home against the odds. Matt's first 13 scoring shots were singles and then some lusty hits accelerated the run rate late in the innings, including one memorable 6 over cow into the grandstand. He was 'pumped' out there and it was a truly memorable innings.

It was a day never to forget for the 2nd graders, who were never really the favourites until there were 5 balls left. It keeps us in touch with the top 6, as we are now 7th, just 3 points behind, and we have now beaten the two teams we've played in the top 6.

(Nick Medcalf during his 30)

This team has a lot of character and youthful passion. Let's not let up, as two more wins before Christmas will have us right in the hunt.

Dowse

2nd Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

2nd Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

Go with your first instinct - 2nd Grade Report vs ND's

My mother told me on numerous occasions when growing up, 'Go with your first instinct'.

To be honest, I have probably done better in life not following this advice, but the next time Captain Dowse sees a wicket like this round's at Waitara, I am certain he will give his first instinct more consideration. The wicket was quite hard but with a considerable amount of green grass left on.

Captain Dowsley in action

It was probably more the underlying moisture that caught our captain by surprise, as well as the favourable swinging conditions created by the overcast morning. To be fair to the groundsman, it was an exceptional two-day wicket, one where the bowlers would be on top in the morning but the batsmen would enjoy the hard work of the top order in the afternoon. Unfortunately this was a one-dayer and fate had us batting first. Maybe he did not realise!

Jim "Gats" Gatting, replacing Pic, and Jack "Lionel" Ritchie opened. These two grittily saw us through the first 10 overs. Although runs were hard to attain, the ND's bowlers were assisting with wides leading the scoreboard at this stage. Not even Lionel's pull shot saw the light of day, something that greatly disappointed this reporter given Lionel's precision in executing this particular shot. Gats' search for more runs was momentarily successful with a bludgeoning, flat bat stroke through covers but his demise occurred via lbw the next over. Lionel was not far behind.

The new or old Ben Garratt?

Although two down, the openers had seen off the majority of the opening bowlers but ND's first change, medium pace-at-best bowler, was the real nail in the coffin as his spell of accurate out-swing bowling asked serious questions of our middle order.

Nonetheless, BG at number three showed the team that it was possible to score runs on this seaming wicket by letting balls through to the keeper, looking for the single and waiting for 'your' ball to punish heavily. Unfortunately a little bit of the Old BG confused the New BG on 37 as BG hit a catch to the cover fielder when BG's current inclination of caressing the ball along the ground to the boundary was the easier and safer option. 

Dowse maintained his Adair-like batting average at Waitara, while Emo and Jonesy started their own.

Missy and Medders looked as if they would add substance to the innings, with Missy scoring 34 and Medders 18 in a promising partnership, but both departed after doing the hard work in ways disappointing to the skill and determination shown by both batsmen. Missy was stumped falling forward to the left-arm orthodox, an over after putting the off-spinner over the pickets, and Medders was out edging the off-spinner to first slip.

Ian Higgins grinds out a valuable 30-odd

Arch, Garth and Adair added little to the score, Garth being the not out batsmen, the score 143, wides 29!

By the time it was ND's innings, the wicket was much harder and drier. There was some typical new ball swing but of a telegraphing nature, while the seam was predictable except for three exceptional deliveries in Gazza's fourth over. Although Gazza and Adair beat the bat a number of times, both gave their captain their worst bowling spells of the year. Medders and Arch fortunately slowed the run-rate, at least taking the humiliation of 2 bonus points off the table, with Medders particularly finding a good rhythm with two chances being put to ground, one quite difficult at gully and the other raising doubts in this reporter's mind that there will ever be a Missy's Mail 17. Short, tidy spells from Jonesy and Gats took ND's score to 145 without loss and with one bonus point.

If shaking the hands of the ND's players whilst walking off the ground was not embarrassing enough, realising that you can't remember losing so convincingly, ever, to a bunch of grown men who want to be 'rangers' and 'live a life of danger' in the heart of upper north shore suburban Sydney is totally degrading to soul and spirit.

The feeling in the sheds after the game reminded me of Lily Bollinger's famous quote about Champagne, which is applicable to wine in general, 'I drink it when I'm happy' and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and I drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it' unless I'm thirsty." This situation certainly fit within the boundaries of that quote and I was sure to apply it in order to forget about the game' but before I did, it would be exceptionally foolish not to learn from this experience as it did present valuable learning opportunities.

In situations like this I prefer the 1996 Grande Annee

Obviously Captain Dowse will not look at a green tinged wicket again without remembering this game. But even the experienced Captain Angry of last season's 3rd Grade renown made a similar and probably worse mistake last year against Penrith at his beloved Chatswood.

Gazza and Adair will need to work on finding their rhythm, quick. No excuses. Adair will sleep in the back room on Friday nights away from zombie 18-month olds thinking it is 6am at 2am!

But probably the most important lesson to be learnt is by the batsmen due to the opportunity given to them by playing on a not-so-perfect wicket. If Gordon 2nd Grade is to be a force in this competition, and the skills shown so far and the team spirit certainly say that it is so, we must learn to grind out a 200-run innings if required.

This comes by taking sober note of the conditions and bowlers, understanding each one's own weaknesses and strengths, and applying our skills with intelligence and patience. Of course this is easier said than done, but as long as each of us considers our innings and our dismissal, maybe the humiliation will be worth it.

Now where did I put that bottle of Shiraz?

Mike Press where are you when I need you?

Adair

2nd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

2nd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 2)

6 points for 2nd Grade

Sitting on 1/82, 2nd Grade looked to continue where they left off the previous week but unfortunately lost the early wicket of Kieran Jones, who had come in to the team to cover for Ritchie. This, however, was only a minor setback; Dowse combined with Ben "BG" Garratt for a solid partnership which got the Stags back on track. Dowse looked the goods and played some beautiful square shots before being caught lbw by the North Sydney leggie for 31.

BG strokes one through the covers

BG was then joined by Elliot Richtor and these two ensured Gordon got over the line without the loss of any further wickets. Both batted well and after seeing off some tight bowling, displayed some awesome shot making. BG in particular was fantastic to watch, uncharacteristically playing several shots of the back foot and many along the ground. He reached his century not long after lunch and fell shortly after for 122. Els soon followed, being caught in the gully for a well-made 85, which included one huge shot onto the expressway.

With the game well and truly over, North Sydney was hoping for an early afternoon. Dowse, however was keen to give the lower order some batting practice (and was also under strict orders from Matt Kelly) so he opted to bat on for an hour after the tea break. Evans, Medcalf and Gatting showed promise and all reached 20 in quick time but wickets fell consistently, the game ending with Gordon all out for 390. This was a relief for Archer who had copped several beamers and been given a death threat. To say it mildly, the North Sydney boys were pretty upset at being stuck in the field all afternoon. That aside, it was a solid win for 2s who need to take that same form and frame of mind into the next round.

Will Sweeney

2nd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

2nd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3 (Day 1)

2nd Grade in a good position

2nd grade arrived at North Sydney Oval #2 looking to regain its winning ways given a sub par performance the week before. Given the fact that North Sydney had chased down over 400 to beat Blacktown the previous week, it was never going to be an easy task. Upon inspection of the pitch, it once again seemed as if the wicket would favour the batsman and for most captains there would be an easy decision to make if the toss was won. Dowsley, however, was caught in two minds given the fact Adair would be up in first grade following week and an extra batsman, Gatts, would replace him. He went with his instincts and elected to bowl, a decision strongly supported by the old head Pic, but only because he had left his batting shoes at home.

Archer sends one down at North Sydney No. 2

Strangely enough, it turned out to the best cricketing decision Nick "Dowse" Dowsley has made in his career, with Adair rewarding his captain with 7 wickets and a run out. He bowled three beautiful spells of swing bowling, getting the ball to go both ways and the North Sydney batsmen just couldn't get bat on ball. Chris "Archie" Archer also bowled well and a controlled spell of spin bowling saw him take the crucial wicket of the opener just as the top order started to look threatening. Nick "Medders" Medcalf chipped in with the final wicket whilst Sweeney and Dowsley toiled hard without reward, all three bowling economically. North Sydney were all out for 246 with 25 overs left in the day.

After an extended break due to lightning, during which we had to put up with plenty of Medders' sick jokes and annoying sarcasm, our batsmen took the field in fairly poor light. Pic went early (obviously something to do with those batting shoes left at home) but Ritchie and Garratt batted extremely well to finish on 38* and 39* respectively. Both showed the patience and maturity that was missing from the batting performance last week. In a strong position at 1/82, it should hopefully be a comfortable run chase, given the depth and strength of the batting line up next week.

Will Sweeney

2nd Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

2nd Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

2nd Grade Report Rd 2 v Fairfield - Liverpool

Day 1

After a promising performance in round 1, the young 2nd Grade Stags (barring a few) were keen to continue their good form into Round 2. Dowsley won the toss and had no hesitation batting first on a very flat wicket at Chatswood. Unfortunately, we failed to capitalise on the great conditions as the batsman were guilty of playing a little recklessly. Whilst some of the dismissals were unfortunate, we need to take a little more care and place more value on our wicket.

Dowsley down Old Chatswood way

Dowsley tried to hold the team together with 36 and Garratt scored 21 but it wasn't our day. The final score of 126 was very disappointing and was helped by some handy runs from Archer and Wright after lunch. The highest partnership for the innings was 25 - the batsman needed to consolidate after a dismissal and show more patience. Each batsman needs to take the responsibility of being the one to score the runs each week.

It was always going to be tough to defend 126, but we certainly gave it a good crack, and at one stage we had Fairfield 5-73. However, a quickfire 36 from their captain got them over the line and they finished at 6-184 at the end of day 1. Wright bowled very impressively and got a lot of life out of a dead wicket to claim 3 of the 6 wickets. Sweeney and Durie also toiled hard and got 2 and 1 wickets respectively.

Day 2

The day started with Dowsley providing the entertainment. With 5 or 6 of the young Stags out helping put the covers away, we had the cover neatly folded into 30 by 1m. Dowsley, unaware that no one else was pulling, promptly attempted to drag the entire cover single handed and fell flat on his face, severely bruising (if not fracturing) one of his toes in the process! Some early morning entertainment for those who helped with the covers!

Back to the cricket, Durie took an early wicket with a sharp yorker, but from then on it was very tough on a wicket that gave little assistance to the bowlers. The two Fairfield batsman showed the patience and control that we lacked and got them to a commanding score of 7-310 when they declared at lunch.

The skipper called for batsman to value their wicket and not give Fairfield any 'cheapies' in the second innings. In the end, we showed a little more composure to finish at 2/129. Sherman (19) and Ritchie (35) both were looking good and hitting the ball very cleanly but would probably be disappointed with how they were dismissed. Garratt (44n.o) and Dowsley (22 n.o) then came together and batted patiently until the end of play.

A watchful Garratt composing his innings

All in all, it was a disappointing performance after last week's great effort, but it is certainly one we can learn from. There is a lot of time to bat in 2 day cricket, so we need to learn to pace our innings and not waste such great opportunities on good batting tracks.

Nevertheless, with a 1 in 2 start to the season there are still many promising signs going into round 3, the batsman have all proven they are clean hitters with the ability to score a lot of runs and the bowling and fielding has overall been very impressive. Nth Sydney next week ' c'mon the Stags.

Dowse

2nd Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

2nd Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

Second Grade report vs Penrith

A report only like Pic can write   

Well the day started with our latest overseas player having a car accident on only his second trip to Killara which gave the boys a bit of a laugh (it must be something about that car  it always seems to be in collisions or maybe poms just cannot drive).

(Ben Garratt in action at Killara)

After losing the toss and being sent in on a moist wicket we lost two early wickets, Sherman caught hooking and Dowsley L.B.W before a good partnership developed between newcomer Jack Richie and Benny Garratt. Jack showing good patience and B.G played in his usual aggressive manner (we actually saw a cover drive along  the ground from B.G) before he chased a wide one as was caught behind for 32.

Jim Gatting, still thinking about his insurance policy with AAMI, fell soon after that and with the departure of Jack for 28, the stags where reduced to 5-90 and in some bother.

Elliot Rictor was joined by (game starts at ten) Harry Evans and together they put on a partnership of 82 with some excellent stroke play and agressive running between the wickets.

While all this was all happening Jim Gatting decided to go and change his tyre which had gone flat while driving it on the rim after his little bump on the highway. Deciding he didn't need his handbreak on while changing tyre provided Serman and Gareth Wright and family some excellent entertainment.

(Great to have Gareth back)

With Harry falling for 39, Elliot for a well made fifty and Chris Archer falling cheaply we needed someone to stay with the impressive Matt Jones and for Adair Durie to get out of his car to pad up.

Fortunately Gareth hung around with Matt with some neat deflections while Matt played some excellent strokes on his way to 39 n.o in a good late order partnership before Gareth fell and then Adair fell quickly with the score at 225.  

The stags entered the field much to the delight of the new President after listening to Sherman telling him how his name should be on the honours board all through lunch.

From ball one you could tell by our body language that the Panthers were in for a tough afternoon and with the new ball pairing of Adair and Gareth bowling great lines as well swinging and seaming the ball around and a great run out by Matt Jones had reduced Penrith to 4-19 after 10 overs.

(Adair Durie in action at Killara)

With the Panthers main bat still there, the captain made it clear not to ease up, however Elliot removed the man that we all wanted and from there some excellent bowling by Matt Jones, Chris Archer and Jack Ritchie saw us home with a bonus point.

A great start to the season and from what I saw on Saturday there is potential for a very good season for the 2's. Congratulation's to the rest of club for their start and lets back it up against Cashy and the lions.

Anthony Sherman

 

Third Grade Match Reports 07/08

Third Grade Match Reports 07/08

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

Points for all wins go to the club championship.

For the third grade schedule go to Fixtures

Third Grade match reports for 2007/08 season are provided below:

3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14

3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown - Round 14

Gordon DCC 3rd Grade v. Blacktown

After another week of work, more necessary covers drills and towards the end of a frustrating season, Gordon's third-graders travelled to Killara enthused by the prospect of an exciting run-chase, an outright victory and the outside chance of a place in the finals. However, misplaced pride and petty-mindedness soon extinguished any such excitement as the second day of this game degenerated into desperate farce with Blacktown patting back full-tosses, batting out the day for nobody's gain and unfortunately cricket's loss. It is a sad day when points and personalities obscure our view and we forget that this is a game, our hobby that we play for our enjoyment.

Dan "Chewy" Mahaffey with hair Dizzy Gillespie would be proud of!

Few noteworthy moments to report then from this second innings (despite the captain's evident desire to tell you all about his run out) when the greatest thrill came towards the end of the day as Dan Mahaffey strived for a 10-wicket haul. With equine mane flowing in the evening sun, Dan strained every sinew, stretched every seam to leave wicket-keeper, Higgins, positively salivating at the thought of a final catch that would give Mahaffey ' and possibly himself ' two handfuls. Alas, it was not to be as restrictions forced the end of the spell and finally the end of the game.

Mahaffey was Gordon's hirsute hero on Day 1 as he destroyed Blacktown's fragile line-up. His accurate in-swing was too much for the visitors to handle and was rewarded with five worthy wickets and can claim a hand in the three that fell to Medcalf, who bowled tidily the other end. On a sporting wicket, Blacktown had been efficiently dismissed for 131.

With 28 overs remaining to secure the first innings win, Gordon's openers set about the task in sparkling fashion. Matthew Kelly launched a brace of maximums on his return before Jack Hammond and Steve Colley took over the reins. Jack's team-mates enjoyed the respite as, for once, it was Hammond's bat that was doing the talking with a number of firmly-struck drives. After a steady start, he exploded into life to make an accomplished half-century on his third grade debut. Colley too found a welcome return to form with an unbeaten 46 that saw his side home, signing off with two sixes from the final two balls of the day.  

All in all, a convincing display by the Stags but unfortunately not quite enough to maintain hopes of a finals berth. The 3rd Grade will travel to Manly, looking forward to a more competitive game, remembering that cricket should be just that: competitive yet still a game.

 Guy Hicks - The man that broke Sydney's drought

Scores

 Gordon 3/158 dec (Jack Hammond 51, Steve Colley 46 no) defeated Blacktown 131 (Dan Mahaffey 5-34, Nick Medcalf 3 for 52, and 9/249 (Dan Mahaffey 4 for 33, Ed Howitt 2 for 30) on first innings

3rd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

3rd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 2)

3rd Grade Report vs the Whales

A strange smell welcomed the 3rd grade players into the Rawson dressing rooms on Saturday. Obviously the evenly poised clash had taken its toll on a nervous and anxious Stag'.. but who was it'.. Ed Howitt soon emerged from the cloud surrounding the cubicle and had thankfully escaped unscathed from whatever massacre had occurred inside. Luckily it was time for our warm-up and the ensuing fight to get out of the room was something to treasure.

Higgins: tidy behind the stumps as usual

Mosman started the day at 1-25 in reply to Gordon's disappointing total of 144. Early wickets were the key as well as disciplined and aggressive fielding. Medcalf and Stephenson bowled steadily, taking the outside edge regularly and worrying the Whales' top order. Stephenson struck first, an out-swinging delivery forcing the opener to play a rare stroke on the offside, with Steve Colley taking a good low catch to his right at point'..some believed it was a screamer.....I didn't.

Ed Howitt, obviously feeling refreshed and a few kilos lighter, bowled an excellent spell of tight and cunning bowling.....notice I didn't say spin. He constantly had the Mosman bats in trouble and was rewarded with a couple of wickets that threatened to turn the game in Gordon's favour.

Nick Cheadle also chimed in with his looping Tony Wilson's to take the important wicket of Pope before he could get going. Every bowler who stepped up to the crease did their job for the captain, and late in the day Dan Lake was rewarded with his first 3rd grade wicket after a crisp leg-side stumping my Higgins.

Ed "Hoppa" Howitt sends one down... on the field of play

Unfortunately our lacklustre total from the previous week came back to haunt us and a couple of steady partnerships in the middle order managed to see the Whales pass our score just after the tea break. It was a boring and frustrating batting display for a team coming first to be honest..... edge for four'.. block'.. leave'.. french cut for 2 or 3'.. block'.. and if anything highlighted the fact that this Gordon 3rd Grade team shouldn't be mid-table.

It was a disappointing end to a match that we most probably would have won if we had applied ourselves more at the crease. It's time for the batsmen to step up in the last few rounds.

All in all it was a solid bowling and fielding effort from the guys and we fought hard all day which was pleasing. A couple of lowlights from the day included several dropped catches and Fitzpatrick throwing jellybeans and ice at Medcalf from the pavilion'.. what an ungrateful guy'.. I give him an honourable mention on the most popular website in Sydney Grade Cricket let alone the world (this being GDCC's) and that's how he thanks me! I reassured him that it was actually Jack Ritchie's idea to put that comment about him up on the website last week..... he understood straight away.

As we walked to our cars pondering what could have been, our attention was drawn to a giggling Howitt as he left the dressing room. Mosman fire brigade, after receiving hundreds of phone calls from evacuated neighbours and noticing the cloud of smoke engulfing half of Sydney, had arrived at the ground. Dressed in raincoats, gumboots and face masks and armed with 40 foot hoses, they wished each other luck as they entered the Gordon dressing room not knowing what to expect.

Nick 'Medders' Medcalf

3rd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

3rd Grade Report vs Mosman - Round 13 (Day 1)

3rd Grade vs the Whales

One of the features of the GDCC website is the ability of different players each week to lodge reports which we very much encourage. Every now and then we need however to remind readers of our disclaimer. 

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3rd Grade turned up to Rawson Oval looking to topple the 1st placed Whales and strive towards a birth in the finals for 2008. Due to the variations in team selections during the week, it was anyone's guess who was going to be sitting next to them in the dressing room. Harry Turner, Dan Lake and Guy "David" Hicks were welcomed in the warm-up and it was then up to our captain Edward Howitt to set the standard for the day and win the toss. He didn't.......and we were batting much to the surprise of the 20,000 strong crowd that had squeezed themselves into the newly renovated Rawson grandstand.

Anthony "Angry Ant" Sherman - Determined with leather in hand

It really is one of those "atmosphere" grounds Rawson......plenty of people walking dogs.........ships tooting their horns (which had an uncanny resemblance to Rod Hokin yelling to one of teammates) and 12 year old girls running around the perimeter much to the delight of Jim Gatting.

Anthony 'Pic' Sherman and Steve Colley opened the batting and got us off to a solid start on a pitch which was carrying well at one end and rolling at the other. After Colley edged one to the cordon it singalled a steady decline for the Stags, losing wickets at a steady pace with no real contribution to the scoreboard. A combination of good bowling and a two-paced pitch meant the batsmen needed to work hard. A valuable lower order stand from Julian Stephenson and Howitt saw the Stags limp to 144 all out.

The sweet smell of tobacco is always something to savour when you are playing with Pic, and I suppose the passive smoking that inevitably comes with it is just part and parcel of the game we all love. Anyway, Skipper Howitt was confident we had a stronger bowling line-up than the Whales and early wickets were the key.

Dan "Chewy" Mahaffey was first to strike, taking the very popular wicket of former Stag Al Fitzpatrick who decided to go away from his natural game of blocking or leaving and tried a bold pick up off his pads which found Lake's willing hands. It's funny watching batsmen try shots for the first time in their lives. I will tell you something though....Fitzy has a cunning resemblance to one of new recruits this season.....Jack Ritchie........funny hairstyles......bling in every place possible.........and loves the "mature" atmosphere of the Observer in the Rocks.

(Jack Ritchie) 

The bowlers toiled hard near the end of play with no result......much to the disgust of Anthony Sherman who lived up to his nick name of the Angry Ant by letting the umpires know in no uncertain terms that he thought he'd been hard done in an LBW shout. The fun came after the game when the Ant had gone home. A couple of us got to sit down with the umpires and pen an accurate account of what happened....this way the judiciary would have no option but to send the Ant on a little holiday.......just kidding Ant.......love your passion out there mate.....more of us should play our cricket like that!

Quick wickets and a strong performance in the field are needed if we are to win. Our season is on the line and it's for this reason that there should be nothing left in the tank when we walk off next week. Let's be as ruthless as the Japanese on these Whales!!!

Nick Medcalf

3rd Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

3rd Grade Report vs St. George - Round 9

Third Grade Report vs St. George  

Having lost just 2 games and finding ourselves sitting closer to the bottom than the top of ladder, this was a must win game for the 3rd grade Stags.

(Dan Mahaffey in action)

We were granted first use of the facilities as Blair Lindsay and new opening partner Sam Pearce saw off the new rock and combined with a 62 run opening stand. Unfortunately both were dismissed within an over and the score slipped to 2/62 and soon became 4/81.

Steve Colley (47) and Ian Higgins (22) steadied the innings, although scoring was slow due to many sweetly timed drives being restricted by the 'Dragon Ring' (which saw almost enough fielders between gully and the bowler to require a new post code) or succumbing to the quick-sand like outfield of Harold Fraser Reserve.

Partnerships between Adam Cubbage, Chad Soper and Ed Howitt eroded valuable time late in the day to ensure our opponents would have a nasty 5 over to face before stumps ' enough time for our pace attack to inflict mental scars on a fragile top order. The skipper instructed the boys that 1 wicket that night would swing the game into our favour, Dan 'Chewie Monster' Mahaffey responded with a devastating display of swing bowling to ensure that St George's top 3 would not be taking any part in the battle for first innings points on day 2, swinging the balance of the game well back toward Chatswood Oval.

(Steve Colley who scored 47 on the first day)

Day 2 commenced with the new ball tossed to James Kennedy (2/19 from 11 overs) who quickly picked up from where Chewie left off the previous week, reducing our opponents to 4/5 and 5/13. James Campbell (1/14 from 12) was rewarded with the sixth wicket, Hoppa (1/14 from 10) the seventh and Harry Turner (1/7 from 5) the eighth but Chewie guaranteed it would be Gordon's day when he collected the final two wickets, to finish with the outstanding figures of 5/13 from 16 (his first 5/ of the season). Under threatening sky, 28 over's remained ' spurring Hoppa to ask the opposing skipper to strap the pads back on and his own team mates to have a crack for 15 over's to 'see what might happen'. When play resumed after a short rain delay, wickets began to tumble and after that critical first 15 overs Gordon had their opponents 5/38 and it appeared Hoppa's decision may have been right on the money!

(James Kennedy in action)

JC was the chief 2nd innings destroyer, leading the way to claim 3/13 from his (age-restriction of) 8 overs.

The skipper then tossed the ball around (to all BUT Lindsay, Pearce and Higgins) to see Jim Gatting (2/14), Harry Turner (1/11), Pup Colley and Le Buff Jones successfully apply their skills with the ball. St George finished their 2nd innings at 7/64 from 28 overs (match figures of 17/141 from 85 overs).

In the context of our season this was a very good win and the song was sung accordingly!

Sam Pearce

3rd Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

3rd Grade Report vs Parramatta - Round 8

3rd grade report vs Parramatta  

The rain all week meant that the chances of play on Saturday were looking slim and full credit must go to both captains and umpires in that respect. The super-sopper saw plenty of mileage, as did Steve Colley, touching up his new found shovel skills through his work experience.

(The grand master in action)

It took everyone present to help but eventually the covers were removed and play started on time. We backed ourselves with the ball early and were lucky enough to win the toss to allow us to have a crack at the Parra batsmen.

We started well, restricting the opposition to just over 2 runs per over for a majority of their innings. James Kennedy opened up well (1-11), bowling a nagging line and length, rarely giving away a loose ball which allowed us to build pressure early on the young top order.

Once the ball dried somewhat it was time for our spinners, Captain Courageous and the NSW Schoolboy himself to lead the way. And lead they did. Ed toiled away (5-75 from 28 over's straight), and after a dropped catch eventually took his 400th wicket for the club.

(Nick Cheadle on Saturday)

Congratulations Ed, looking forward to many more cunning wickets to be taken yet. His bowling partner in crime, Nick Cheadle, bowled with mesmerising control and it's the best this young reporter has seen him bowl to date.

Some dropped catches and lapses in concentration in the field saw the frustration well up in Nick but he bounced back and took a cheeky little hat trick. Well done to Nick who finished with figures of 3-83 from his 20 overs.

We applied ourselves very well in the field for most of the innings but some lapses in concentration as mentioned cost us and could have seen us chasing a lower total. In the end we were set a tricky yet far from unobtainable total of 207 to chase from the remaining 55 overs of play.

Concentration was again the key and some poor shot selection in difficult conditions saw us struggle early. We recovered with a partnership between Sam Pearce (25) and Missy (42), who were made to work hard for their runs due to quite a defensive offside field and appropriate bowling. The dismissal of Sam brought Harry Turner (42) to the crease who worked well with Missy, pumping endless cover drives into the cover fieldsmen, even injuring some manhood in one case.

(Harry Turner on Saturday)

It was a brutal display but someone had to do it. Unfortunately our enforcers were unable on this outing to continue on with their innings, however this only brought captain courageous (36) to the crease for a very tidy and I would say cameo innings but he really did most of the work in the dying stages of our innings.

Our hearts must also go out to poor Umayr who was struck above the knee roll and judged LBW, and to quote a very famous Ancient Greek philosopher 'that's cricket'. All in all we were dismissed for 178, disappointing when looking at the talent among the team. Still, there are plenty of positives to take from the game.

Most notably the wonderful bowling partnership between Ed and Nick, well done to both and best of luck to all for this week's fixtures.

(Missy Higgins during his 42)

3rd Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

3rd Grade Report vs Northern Districts - Round 4

3rd Grade pull up short

Back to Chatswood for First grade on Saturday meant back to Killara for Thirds. We were looking to maintain our undefeated record against another well-placed team in Northern Districts. Captain Hoppa lost the toss and the Stags were going to be in the field first.

The successful Cupcake comeback

James 'JK' Kennedy and Matt 'Cuppy' Michael were to take the new ball, and after a high-scoring first few overs, The Cake broke through, removing the ND's opener with a yorker length ball chopped on. A second for Cuppy came soon after. JK bowled tight line and length for the majority of his spell and finished his eight overs with solid figures of 1/29, having removed the no.4 to a fantastic second slip catch by Sam Pearce. ND's were 3 for 69 at the first drinks break, and Gordon looked well on top.

After a tidy over before drinks, Dan 'Chewy' Mahaffey picked up the opener soon after drinks, with a less-than-peach of a ball, short and wide, cut straight to Steve Colley at point. At 4/70, the Stags were looking the goods but it was at this point that the ND's middle order, led by their captain at no. 6, started creating partnerships. Although the bowling by the likes of Hoppa, Steve and Pic was tight, it was sensible batting in the middle order that got ND's right back into the game. They only lost one wicket in the space of about 18 overs, which brought them back in reach of a decent total.

Wickets started to fall in the last 10-12 overs, with Hoppa picking up a tidy 2-for (including nearly breaking his fingers attempting a catch - only for it to rebound into the hands of Sam Pearce to swallow it) and Colley and Sherman both bowled tidy spells. Cuppy also bowled an over near the end and took a wicket, taking his tally for the match to three; not a bad comeback.

Pic gets out of the blocks quickly

ND's were bowled out for 237 in the last over. Not a bad total, but it should have been well within reach.

Colley and Sherman went out to open and Steve-o got a pearler first ball of the innings and was unluckily caught in the slips. From then, however, Pic and Pearcey went about smashing the ND's openers around, Pic reaching 40* having hit ten boundaries. Pearcey was equally aggressive, hitting a quick fire 35. Both batsmen got out in quick succession, however, which seemed to set the tone for the day.

Blair and Harry both looked the goods until each being unluckily dismissed LBW and Cuppy early on to a great catch.

Cam Eccles was the pick of the batsmen though, being the only one through the middle and lower order to stick around and give the Stags a sniff. Unfortunately no-one stayed at the crease with him long enough, and as wickets fell, the run rate dropped and the equation was a bit much for the tail. Cam was the last batsman dismissed, racking up 68 from 88 deliveries, which included some fantastic-looking boundaries.

Cam looks solid out there at Killara Oval

We were bowled out for 206, 31 runs short of the total, and with 6 overs still to spare.

Overall a disappointing round for 3's, we didn't play too badly but lacked a bit of consistency on the day. But we'll look ahead to next round and a big win against the UNSW boys.

Dan "Chewy" Mahaffey
3rd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3

3rd Grade Report vs North Sydney - Round 3

3rd Grade report vs Nth Sydney
 
After two very impressive wins on the road against the Cats and the Lions, Gordon enjoyed a far more scenic setting of Chatswood Oval for round 3 to take on North Sydney in a battle of upper north shore supremacy.

Keiran Jones during his dominant display

Howitt, having won the previous two tosses had a noticeable bounce in his step as he met Bears captain Keith Lawrence on the square for the toss. Lawrence may have called correctly but it would soon become evident that his decision was an ill-informed one. The game, although a ball had not been bowled, was already over.

Howitt, with a glee on his experienced jaw noted that the lost toss would be beneficial once the Stags had notched up 350 at the end of the day. His words were soon to be enacted underneath a perfect blue sky. Steve 'Border' Collie and Mitch 'Mitch' Kleem were both dismissed early, and the scoreboard had Gordon in slight trouble at 2-8.

Jim Gatting and Kieran Jones settled the ship (the ship being a cunning metaphor for the innings - Cubbage also used this phrase in his 4th Grade report, this material is stale - Ed.) thanks to some good batting and some very friendly fielding.

Cheadle in good form down Ol' Chatswood way

Gatting attempted to launch one into Artarmon and was bowled on 47, which only brought Higgins to the wicket who struck up a fine combination with Jones to take the game further away from Norths. At tea, Gordon were in good nick at 3-180. Jones, who will be the first to admit his good fortune, brought up his 100 with a fine lofted on drive. A deserved hundred for a hard worker. An exceptional player is Jones, who will punish anything loose and occasionally anything who will look for higher honours this season. Higgins reminded Jones of the need to push on past 100. Michael Falk also yelled from the fences to do the same. Next ball Jones skied a full toss to mid on. Better to do it with a hundred next to the name I suppose. Soon after Jones' departure Higgins decided to leave a ball on middle and off on 49 and was somehow adjudged LBW.

Cheadle and Howitt were now at the wicket, however it was irrelevant who was at the other end as it was to be Nick Cheadle's afternoon. He was only given two lives during his less than run a ball hundred both by the keeper. He made the Bears pay as he blasted them to all parts of the ground. Norths didn't know where to bowl to him and I don't blame them. A fine hundred to Nick "CH34DS" Cheadle; one of many I'm sure. Hoppa chipped in again with a 20, and Blair Lindsay fresh from an exam smoked an impressive and timely 30 not out.

A declaration was made at 6-360. Gordon were to bowl 5 overs at North Sydney, however the Bears saw out the day 0-3.

Dan Mahaffey with Chewbacca like hair

Day 2 was unlike Day 1 in many ways. I must be careful as to how I word day two, because in many ways it was one of the most disappointing days of cricket I've been apart of, however I feel it unnecessary to ridicule, mock, or throw cheap shots at the opposition as the Bears were clearly playing for a draw and a draw is what they got. So I suppose they achieved their goal. It does show there is merit to the English system of winning draws and losing draws etc. As Gordon took home as many points as Norths took positives out of Saturday. Gordon were clearly the better team for both days.

It's an achievement in itself to take 7 wickets on an absolute road against a side determined to take any life out of the day's play. The Bears limped to 2-80 after 40 overs on what must be one of the flattest tracks in Sydney. There's a start to explain things. Daniel 'Chewbacca' Mahaffey claimed 4 wickets in another display of controlled swing bowling. Cheadle was unlucky not to claim more than 2. Howitt picked up 1, but it became farcical as he was bowling. It would be no exaggeration to say that Howitt's deliveries were taking 2 or 3 seconds to get down to the other end. No shots were offered. It was an absolute joke.

Dylan bowled 18 overs without success or luck and finished 0-49, however it was good to see him bowl with good pace and relative control. Fielding was patchy as the captain put it. There were a couple of good catches taken, but a couple that perhaps would have been taken 7 or 8 times out of 10. Words became heated after the frustration of a wasted Saturday got to both teams; however it was the Bears Captain's words that summarised the days play when he replied to Howitt's query of why Norths were not chasing the win when he said 'Mate, have you seen my team?'

Or... Chewbacca with Dan Mahaffey like hair?

I sincerely hope this was said in the heat of battle, and I'm out of line for repeating it. I've attempted to be calm in this report, although one could understand my difficulty in doing so. On a brighter note, congratulations to Wigham, Crawford, Eccles, and Garrat for their runs in the other grades. Fantastic effort.

Missy 

 

3rd Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

3rd Grade Report vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2

Higgins helps 3s to a win

After a nice drive out to Cook Park (Penrith) round 1, 3rd grade enjoyed another visit out west to the Lions of Fairfield Liverpool.

Late changes to the side (Pearce and Jones both withdrawing due to suspect hamstrings) meant an inexperienced outfit would take on Fairfield. The captain won the toss again and elected to bat on a slowish, flat wicket. Kleem (23) struggled to find his timing and when he quickly followed the dismissal of Colley (18) the Stags were 2/44. A consolidating partnership between debutant Blair Lindsay and Jim Gatting ended when Lindsay bunted a full toss from the opposing leg spinner straight to point.

Higgins compiles his first (of many) centuries for Gordon

Another quick wicket, that of the jet lagged Cameron Eccles, created a minor problem at 4/76. Gatting (80), however, was looking good and he soon formed a superb partnership with Ian Higgins (116*). The pair put on 110 in very quick time before Gatting, after hitting some very large 'bombs', fell to what could only be described as a part time spinner. Our resident POM batted superbly and threw away a certain hundred. Higgins wouldn't fall into the same trap. Crucial partnerships with Cheadle (15) and Howitt (25) saw our keeper inch closer to his first grade hundred for Gordon. He reached 3 figures with a delicate late cut and managed to remain not out and ensure a very competitive total of 308. With one over to bowl, the captain took the new rock. It has happened before and it will probably happen again!!! A great innings form Missy Higgins and reward for the work he is putting in at training and outside training.

Day 2 saw the home side take the attack to Gordon, with a lack of consistent line and length and good batting culminating in a scorleline of 3/190 at tea. After tea the game changed, with spin from both ends meaning the Lions would have to force the pace and not enjoy the ball coming onto the bat. Gatting (2/37), Howitt (4/51) and Cheadle (1/59) bowled well and remained patient, waiting for the batsmen to make mistakes. And mistakes they did'and were all out 17 runs short.

The opposition batting were guilty of too many 'big' shots and, with good pressure bowling, their fate was sealed. A very important run out by Blair Lindsay was also significant in helping us take the 6 points. Nick Cheadle took 3 very good catches, Steve Colley grabbed 2 good'uns and Lindsay was superb all day in the field.

The skipper, Howitt, bags 4

Another really good effort!! Two tough road trips and two good wins. There are areas we must improve but we have shown a very strong ability to defend a total. We now move to North Sydney and another game. Unfortunately two good wins must remain in the past and our focus fix to Saturday. Whatever our standing on the table after round 2'.means nothing boys!!

Lets keep winning so the boys who didn't know the words (Lindsay/Eccles/Gatting) to the song are able to sing it on Saturday week.

Hoppa

PS Howitt (Snr) did not miss the song this game

3rd Grade Report  vs Penrith - Round 1

3rd Grade Report vs Penrith - Round 1

3rd Grade Report  - Round 1

A nice little away trip to downtown Cook Park meant a ridiculously early start and memories of playing U12's back in the early'.. (you guess there!!).

(Keiran hits one into St. Mary's shops)

Having introduced himself to Sam Pearce, our new WA recruit, the skipper won the toss on a wicket without much grass and elected to bat. The early loss of Kleem and Colley saw Pearce (51) and Jones (73) come together and begin to build a 'crucial' partnership. They were particularly harsh on the Penrith spinners, with Pearce bludgeoning 4 x 6's before falling the ball after raising his bat for 50.

The partnership of 93 was highlighted by the way they both hit the bad balls into and over the boundary. Missy Higgins (23) joined Jones and kept the board ticking over before Jones wasted a century opportunity and was stumped (apparently he only needs one more ton to overtake John Cronin's tally of centuries. But they include backyard cricket, so hardly think a very creditable challenge!!). Nick Cheadle(18) and Ed Howitt (23*) added valuable runs at the end of the innings, but the Stags made the cardinal sin of not batting the overs out and missed out on another 18 available deliveries.

Although the wicket was slow at times, and batting not particularly easy early on, we put ourselves in a good position to score 260+, but constant flow of late wickets prevented this target being reached. A facet we need to learn from for future games.

(Howitt displaying his UK form)  

However, the captain was happy with 238 and this was backed up by a very good opening spell from Umayr Amir (0/23 off 8), ably supported by Josh Ling (1/22 off 6). Both bowled good lines and built up early pressure and this contributed in Dan Mahaffey (4/42 off 10) picking up his 1st wicket in 3rd grade, off only his 2nd delivery. Dan also bowled one side of the wicket and he, with Howitt and Cheadle operating from the other end, helped send Penrith from 2/108 to 5/117 in 5 overs.

Gordon remained in the box seat from that point, and Cheadle (2/46 off 10) and Howitt (3/15 off 10) finished the Panthers off with a bonus point to take back to Chatswood. A good, very good actually, performance first up!! We bowled to our field and bowled very few boundary deliveries. Penrith were made to play well for most of their runs. Colley was excellent in the field and Higgins very tidy behind the stumps (apart from 2 byes conceded when a fizzing off spinner from Howitt beat him and the batsmen all ends up).

A good day, marred only by the skipper forgetting to wait for Howitt Snr to join us for the song. Ling and Amir will be on time next game and am assured those without creams will purchase a pair ASAP. It looks village, as they would say in the UK!!

(Looking good Missy, one for the archives)

Hoppa

 

 

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