2009/10 was another successful season for the Gordon club with many teams outperforming expectations.
If you would like to read through any of the past match reports from each grade, these can be found below.
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.
A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2009/10 season are provided below:
Green Shield Report
Gordon vs Nth Sydney (14/1/10)
The Gordon and North Sydney teams arrived at Killara Park and were disappointed to hear that play would be delayed until after 12:00 due to light rain. The match would also be played as a 38 over-a- side game. The covers came off at about 12:00 and Gordon elected to bowl after winning the toss.
(Jack Skilbeck gets the edge and Tom Carruthers takes the catch)
North Sydney lost 3 early wickets with Jack Skilbeck taking 2-32. North Sydney's Stephen Birch and Callum Fursman put on a 150 run partnership after the lst wicket, with Birch getting into the 80's and Fursman in the 60's.
This partnership brought a slight loss of enthusiasum to the Gordon field. After the end of the innings at 38 overs North Sydney were 3-179.
(Taylor Francis and Tom Carruthers whose partnership almost won the game for the Stags)
Gordon went into bat with high hopes, but also knowing they had a tough job ahead of them. Unfortunately, Gordon lost 2 quick wickets, making Gordon 2 for less than 20, but Taylor Francis batted aggressively with Tom Carruthers to make a 98 run partnership; Taylor getting 66 and Tom getting 53.
After that, a few more wickets fell and Michael Clareborough came in and got a quick 21. This gave Gordon hope, but the North Sydney bowling and fielding proved too much and Gordon fell 9 runs short at the end of 38 overs.
(Skipper Darren with the new ball against Norths)
To have any chance of making the finals, Gordon will have to beat Sydney Uni on Sunday.
Green Shield Report vs Manly-Warringah
The Gordon Green Shield team lost in a close match to Manly on Tuesday 12th January. The total of 144 runs posted by Gordon was always going to be difficult to defend.
Chris Spratt leads the boys off at the top of the innings
The Stags arrived at Manly Oval to take on Manly-Warringah for the fifth round of the Green Shield competition. The pitch looked as if there would be plenty of turn for spin bowling. There were some clouds about during the morning session although they soon cleared, and it was going to be a hot day's cricket with the temperature rising. Darren Jayasekera won the toss for the first time in this competition and elected to bat first.
Taylor Francis and Chris Spratt opened the batting for a confident Gordon side, who had won three out of their four previous games. Taylor and Chris got Gordon off to a solid start pushing the runs around with the occasional boundary. Taylor was timing the ball well, until caught at mid-wicket trying to pull a short ball. This brought Dom Thompson to the crease. Dom and Chris went on with their business slowly building a partnership. Dom was unluckily caught at point. Two wickets down then Tom Carruthers joined Chris to build their innings. Wickets fell steadily with all batsmen contributing some runs, top scorers were Corbin Edgar with (26) and Chris Spratt with (22).
Darren, Jack and Tom send down some tight deliveries to contain the Waratahs
Jack Skillbeck asked for an inspirational talk at the lunch interval and was definitely stunned by what Jim, one of the Gordon club executives, had to say.
The tight Manly bowling managed to frustrate the Gordon batsmen, which meant even when players were in, no one managed to go on and get a big score. Charlie Stobo, Michael Clarebrough, Bhavya Nanda and Jack Skillbeck all hit some vital runs to get the total to 9-144 at the close of innings, which at one point would have been unrealistic.
After a team discussion in between innings on how Gordon were going to defend their total, the team took to the field. The fielding through out the innings was of a good standard, as was the bowling. Although the Manly batsmen got away with some quick early runs, once the first wicket fell, there was always an outside chance that Gordon could restrict Manly and get all the batsmen out.
The opening bowlers were Jack Skillbeck and Darren Jayasekera who bowled with their usual speed and accuracy, managing not to be distracted by the unusual sight of an umpire wearing a batting helmet to officiate. Jack got the first breakthrough thanks to an excellent catch from Taylor Francis diving to his left at mid-on. With the first bowling change came the second wicket, Lachlan Stewart continuing his form taking a safe catch off Tom Carruthers bowling. Tight bowling from Charlie Stobo beating the bat troubled the Manly batsmen.
Shaun Chandiramani's spin bowling was producing good turn, as well as bowling at a good length. Michael Clarebrough took a vital wicket in his first over testing the batsmen with a short ball. This was followed up by a superb fielding effort by Darren for a run out which allowed the team to be on a hatrick. Despite all these regular wickets falling and the team being on a team hatrick, Manly limped to the total with a score of 7-147 after 47.5 overs.
Results for Tom Carruthers as he picks up a pole
A big thank you from all of the players to the parents and helpers who continue to take time off work to make these matches possible.
It was a good effort by the boys unfortunately could not get the win. The Stags go into their next game with some excellent form behind them and with a clear opportunity to make it through to the semi-finals.
Harry has a chat to the boys after the match
Green Shield Match Report vs Northern Districts
The Gordon team travelled away in the 4th round fixture, as we headed up to Waitara oval to take on Northern Districts. The conditions were stunning with not a cloud in sight and the stage was set for another battle between the two historic clubs.
(Tom Carruthers after his 5 for 17)
Our day started slowly with Darren Jayasekera continuing his unfortunate losing of the toss. This didn't bother the stags as they set about their mission of dismissing the talked about Northern Districts line up. Hugh Buddin and Darren Jayasekera steamed in from both ends to get the attack under way and to almost immediate success Darren had picked up his first scalp picking up one of the N.D's openers caught behind thanks to some handy glove work by Lachlan Stewart, who picked up four catches in the innings. The highlight of the innings was Tom Carruthers brilliant spell picking up 4-12 and very quickly taking the game away from the Northern Districts team.
Chandiramani again got amongst the wickets clean bowling his way to his tenth wicket of the season. This put Northern Districts in deep trouble and this only got worse as some quick thinking by Taylor Francis directly hitting the stumps from the boundary and picking up a rather bizarre run out. Gordon went to lunch in a commanding position having Northern Districts on the ropes with 7-65.
(Chris Spratt, Ben Leighton and Darren Jayasekera in action at Waitara)
Gordon came back from lunch and immediately the spinners looked dangerous from both ends with Ben Leighton and Shaun Chandiramani both bowling very tidy spells. It was time for the onslaught to continue with the pacemen coming back on to finish up the tail. Carruthers and Jayasekra finished off the tail with Darren finishing with 2-30 and Tom Carruthers finishing with an impressive 5-17.This only consolidated Gordon's position and all but ended the chances of N.D's posting a formidable score ending up all out for 101.
Gordon's Batting Innings got well underway with Chris Spratt and Shaun Chandiramani opening up the batting. Unfortunately Shaun was given out Caught behind to a quick short ball, which sent out in form batsmen Dom Thomson. As he did in round three Dom was sending the bowlers all over the oval, with Spratt playing the supporting role at the other end. With the fifty partnership up the two looked to be in cruise control until Chris was caught behind for 25. This brought Corbin Edgar to the crease and was only in their for a short stint before it was time for tea. Gordon went to the tea break 2-71 and well on top.
(Winners are grinners)
On the return from the break Corbin Edgar went after a wide one and was caught at point for a disappointing 2. It was left for Dom Thomson and Tom Carruthers to bring Gordon home but after only putting on nine more runs Thomson was caught at short cover for a hard fought 34. The Skipper was next to the crease and as in the past the run rate was boosted with his arrival. Tom and Darren brought Gordon's score level with that of Northern Districts and it looked like they would hit the winning runs until Darren Was given out Lbw on 14 with the score at 5-101. The fall of his wicket brought Michael Clarebrough to the crease and was at the non strikers when fittingly Tom Carruthers hit the winning runs with a beautiful shot down the ground.
Thanks to the Northern Districts cricket club for the wonderful afternoon tea that was put on i know the boys thoroughly enjoyed it, the callipo's were a hit. Thanks to the scorers and the umpires for helping to make it an all round good day.
Green Shield Report Round 3 vs UNSW
We arrived at Killara for our round 3 clash with UNSW to find that the pitch was very damp and soft under foot, which meant that play was delayed until 10am. Overhead conditions however were excellent and we knew that things could only improve. During this period the squad was treated to more bantering from the Kings and Riverview boys carrying on from Round 2 on school rivalries in the GPS.
(Dominic Thomson during his 57)
Darren Jayasekera unfortunately lost the toss and we were sent in to bat on a bowler friendly wicket. Despite losing the early wicket of Chris Spratt caught behind to a ball that sprung up off a good length, the Stags looked comfortable at the crease and it appeared as though Uni were not fully utilising the conditions.
Dom Thomson and Shaun Chandiramani were combining well until Shaun was adjudged LBW for 12. Tom Carruthers fell soon after and we were in trouble at 3-27. A few good partnerships then developed as Dom was joined by Corbin Edgar (23) followed by the skipper Darren (22) who all played prominent roles in our innings. Each of them ran well between wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary.
With the loss of Dom for a well-compiled 57 we were 6-144 and there was still some work to be done by the lower order if we were to post an imposing total. The wicket was beginning to flatten out and batting was becoming easier as the day progressed. With that in mind Bhavya Nanda and Michael Clarebrough looked to increase the run rate.
(Charlie Stobo at Killara)
They made 11 and 12 respectively before being dismissed and with contributions from Charlie Stobo (16) and Hugh Buddin (25), we managed to reach 207 from 59.5 overs. Evidently we were pleased with this given the state of the wicket at the start of play. However Uni's strength lay in their batting and a solid bowling and fielding effort was required.
The openers Jack Skilbeck and Hugh Buddin bowled well with Hugh picking up a couple of wickets while Jack bowled accurately from the other end. Darren then brought himself into the attack and had early success trapping the number four in front. At tea we were well on top with UNSW 3-32 off 16.
A problem however was potentially going to be rain and when play resumed, spinner Shaun Chandiramani was introduced into the attack to get through the overs quickly. Darren changed his bowlers from the other end swiftly with Tom, Charlie and Michael all bowling tight lines, Uni began to feel the pressure and when Charlie took a great catch at slip off Michael the game was all but over.
Shaun picked up more wickets for the competition one of which was a sharp stumping to keeper Lachlan Stewart. Shaun is now the leading wicket taker in Green Shield with 9 after 3 games. The lower order for Uni hung around for a while but was not particularly threatening.
(Excellent stumping from Lachlan Stewart)
A superb runout from Corbin and a Jack Skilbeck short ball finished off the tail, UNSW all out for 116 and a 91 run win for us. The ominous rain clouds from tea thankfully never played a part and we recorded our 2nd win from 3 matches.
Our next game is against NDs in the local derby at Waitara on Thursday. This game appears to be pivotal for both sides as we are 7th and they are 9th.
Thank you to all the parents for the afternoon tea and also to those that scored.
(Some of the action with Hugh Buddin, Jack Skilbeck and Shaun Chandiramani)
Round 2 of the A.W Green Shield competition saw Gordon arriving at Campbelltown's home ground Raby 1, eager to replicate their riveting win 2 days ago against Penrith. Captain, Darren Jayasekera lost his 2nd
toss in 2 games and this resulted in Gordon fielding 1st
on what looked to be a flat wicket. After a solid warm up, the enthusiastic Stags prepared to put Campbelltown on the back foot from ball 1.
(Tom Carruthers at Raby)
Jack Skilbeck and Hugh Buddin opened the bowling for Gordon. They bowled economically considering the immense heat, keeping the boys from Campbelltown to a run rate of 2 an over. Struggling to find early wickets, Gordon was feeling the pressure as the opening batsmen from Campbelltown were hanging in there.
Darren Jayasekera soon replaced Jack who was looking tired due to the heat. In Darren's 2nd over, he managed to clean bowl the opening batsman, making the score 1/30. However while celebrating his wicket; Darren somehow managed to roll his ankle resulting in him having to leave the field for the rest of the innings. It was now up to replacing Captain Hugh Buddin and the rest of the boys to clean up the Campbelltown line up.
Tom Carruthers and Taylor Francis were soon given the ball, expected to apply pressure and bowl the right line and length. They did what was asked for as Tom was rewarded with a wicket, getting the left handed opening batsman out LBW. Off Spinner Shaun Chandiramani was next to bowl, very eager to repeat his recent efforts of 4 wickets in the previous game.
Shaun portrayed his dominance taking 2 quick wickets with great work behind the stumps by Lachlan Stewart and a great catch by Tom Carruthers at slip. Leg Spinner Ben Leighton also got into the action bowling great lines to pick up a handy 2 wickets, both Caught and Bowled.
(Hugh Buddin opens the bowling)
With the score at 6/100 at lunch, Gordon was prepared to take the 4 wickets as soon as possible with minimum runs given away. Shaun and Ben finished off their spells with great figures; Shaun ' 2/16 off 12 and Ben ' 2/31 off 12. Hugh Buddin and Tom Carruthers came onto bowl, hoping to clean up the Campbelltown tail. The tail unfortunately started wagging, as the score increasingly grew. At 6/149, Gordon became slightly worried however were still on top. Hugh Buddin soon relieved the pressure, clean bowling the opposition's number 3 batsmen who scored a classy 64. Hugh struck again soon after with a great catch by Shaun Chandiramani.
The weather soon played a part in the match, stopping play for ' an hour reducing the game to 58 overs. With 1 over left to bowl, Jack Skilbeck was handed the ball and he got a wicket with a catch by Taylor Francis. Gordon was set a total of 170 runs which was definitely within their reach.
(Corbin Edgar, Tom Carruthers and Ben Leighton in action at Campbelltown)
Opening Batsmen Chris Spratt and Dom Thomson strode onto the pristine ground with great confidence, keen to set a solid platform for Gordon. However, Dom was soon out LBW, and Tom Carruthers came into the crease and put a solid 33 run partnership with Chris (15) who showed his class only just turning 14 years old.
Tom maintained his accumulating of runs with number 4 Corbin Edgar. The two formed a 2 run partnership and were looking good until Corbin got out caught and bowled for 26. At 3/85, Darren Jayasekera came into the crease with runner Dom Thomson due to his rolled ankle. However his stay at the crease didn't last long getting run out for a diamond duck. After Taylor was dismissed cheaply, an anxious Gordon closely watched Tom Carruthers bat with Bhavya Nanda (6) and Jack Skilbeck.
(Jack Skilbeck in action)
Tom batted superbly to make a solid 61, unfortunately getting out trying to make quick runs. At 7/128, Shaun Chandiramani and Jack Skilbeck forced runs making use of every opportunity they were given. Shaun (12) got out trying to run one down to third man as this brought the score to 8/149. Hugh unfortunately got out cheaply keeping the score at 9/149. With 21 runs and only 1 wicket in hand, everyone was on the edge of their seats.
The sky was dark as signs of rain were promising. With Gordon being in front of the required run rate, slight hope was gained. However, when Jack received a ball that kept low, Gordon's hopes sank as he was bowled for 8. Even though there was a complaint made for bad light, nothing could be done as Gordon was all out for 152; 18 runs short.
It was a very disappointing result, however there has only been 2 games played. Being placed 9th on the table, there is still a great chance to get into the top 6 for the final rounds. I would like to thank Harry Evans (Coach), the scorers and the parents for taking us all the way to Campbelltown.
I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a happy New Year.
(Shaun Chandiramani who took 2 wickets)
Campbelltown ' 6/169 (S.Chandiramani 2/16, H.Buddin 2/18, B.Leighton 2/31) defeated Gordon ' 10/152 ( T.Carruthers 61, C.Edgar 26)
Green Shield Report Round 1 vs Penrith
A fine looking Stags line up commenced the A. W. Green Shield competition on a dull and cloudy day at our home ground, Killara. This solid line up was lead by Darren Jayasekera, who unfortunately lost the toss, which didn't really worry them as they bowled on an uneven green surface which seemed to bother Penrith early on.
(Skipper Darren Jayasekera during his 45)
The Stags knew that this game was vital, and that leading to Christmas it would be essential to win; if they wanted to be in the running to win the competition. The opening bowlers Jack Skilbeck and superstar Hugh Buddin bowled tightly; keeping Penrith fewer than 3 runs an over. Skilly nearly got off to the perfect start, but was unfortunate not to pick up the 1st wicket second ball of the game with a very difficult catch for Taylor Francis, fielding at point.
After this chance, the Stags remained alert in the field, however it wasn't until the 19th over that 'man moment', Charlie Stobo took the first wicket of the match, dismissing the Penrith skipper who was caught by the Gordon skipper, Darren Jayasekera at point. Tom Carruthers came into the attack troubling the Penrith batsmen from lots of pressure from ball one, hitting the a great line and taking the prize wicket of Richard Potter in his 3rd over. Not long after that Ben Leighton got into the act, making a tremendous run out to definitely turn the game our way.
(Jack Skilbeck and Charlie Stobo in action at Killara)
Soon after, Shaun Chandiramani came onto bowl his offies and started consistently, not giving Penrith too many runs which lead to wickets tumbling. Shaun managed to secure a wicket before and straight after lunch, which boosted the Stags confidence in the field. In Chanda's 7th over, he was on a hat-trick, but unfortunately missed out. He ended up with figures of 4-12 of 8 overs. The Gordon Stags had made a tremendous comeback, demolishing the Penrith Panthers for only 143, on what had turned into a very good wicket. Credit also goes to the Stags exceptional fielding efforts.
(Shaun Chandiramani leads off the Stags while Hugh Buddin does the honours at the end)
The Stags resumed play full of confidence, with Shaun Chandiramani and Dom Thomson opening the batting, These boys job was to see out the opening bowlers. The pair looked promising and patient as Dom was working the singles around the ground. In the 3rd over of the game, Chanda looked to boost the Stags confidence by belting the ball to square leg for four, which nearly hit the fence on the full for a six. Unfortunately the very next over, he was trapped LBW.
Soon after wickets started to fall like dominoes. Before the team knew it, the Gordon Stags at one stage were 5-34 after 13 overs. Penrith looked unstoppable as they were bowling hand grenades. But this didn't stop the Gordon skipper Darren Jayasekera and Taylor Francis from putting on a quick fire 28 partnership, with a couple of sublime shots from Darren and Taylor which sailed over the boundary for six. This looked to be a promising partnership until Taylor tried to hit over wide mid on and was caught.
Charlie Stobo joined Darren at the crease playing his natural strokes from the start and supporting Darren. Unfortunately Darren's fine innings of 45 came to an end when he tried to pull one too many. The vice captain Hugh Buddin strolled onto the field with a big job to help the team to a first up victory needing 82 runs to win, but still a lot of overs left. The Stags had not given up as yet, however Junior Stobo was extremely unlucky to get to a superb catch. The total at the point in time was 8-106. So it It was up to Hugh Buddin and Jack Skilbeck to do the job and Skilly to do the job. They both occupied the crease very well and played each ball on its merit.
(Hugh Buddin and Ben Leighton)
This left the Stags 8-115 at tea and lots of encouragement and chatter from the boys in the Pavilion gave superstar Hugh and Skilly lots of confidence. Needing just 10 runs to win, Skillbeck edged one to the Penrith keeper and the pavilion became silent. The best number 11 batsman in the world, big Benny Leighton knew what was expected of him. Cries from Ben's Mum "give Hugh the strike" didn't seem to be the case as he faced most of the balls.
After an agonisingly long period with both batsman holding out well, it came down to only two runs to win, and the nerves in the pavilion were starting to show. The skipper was biting his collar and was looking as nervous as ever. This wasn't the case for long as there was a misfield from the opposition which levelled the scores. A couple of balls after, Penrith tried to aim for a direct hit which missed the stumps and went straight past the fielders for 4 overthrows which gave the stags their first win and an excellent start to the season.
(The post match review with coach Harry Evans)
On behalf of the boys, I would like to thank the parents for the great afternoon tea with many more to come.
Hopefully we can rip through the Campbelltown boys and make it two in quick succession.
Go the Gordon Stags!
Gordon 9 for 147 (Darren Jayasekera 45, Hugh Buddin 20 no, Charlie Stobo 17, Taylor Francis 13) defeated Penrith 143 (Shaun Chandiramani 4 for 12, Hugh Buddin 1 for 18, Charlie Stobo 1 for 10, Tom Carruthers 1 for 6, Michael Clareborough 1 for 17, Ben Leighton 1 for 0,
Chanda Panda (the big guy)
To view the complete score sheet click on the link below:
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 2009/10 season are provided below:
5th Grade come unstuck against the Whales
Due to no play on the first day we had a bright and early start at 9:30 with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Despite losing the toss, we were happy to learn we would be bowling first and Deva got us off to good start with a great opening spell during which he was really unlucky not to pick up any wickets, despite plenty of edges and plays and misses.
Tommy Bangs picks up wickets reliably for his skipper
Pretty quickly Moth turned to Tommy Bangs who picked up a wicket in his first over and continued to keep things tight bowling 10 overs straight and finishing with 1/20. Toddy came on to replace Deva and he too picked up a wicket straight away.
The run rate was very slow and helped us to maintain the pressure along with some really good bowling from Matt Todd and Tim "Moth" Packman. Chapman then stepped up to bowl his first over for Gordon and did well to find the edge during his first over which unfortunately landed wide of 1st slip. His spell lasted only that one over as the long awaited bowling debut from Tom 'Shaft' Cockburn was to take place as the last over before lunch. It was a great start for the Shaft who showed off all his variations in that first over, including the doosra, making sure he would get an extended spell after the break.
With 5 minutes to go before play started again Andy 'Elton' Coleman and Sunny were nowhere to be seen and with Tommy having just began his career as an off-spinner he wasn't going to give up the chance to bowl and Chapman was left to put on the gloves as we took the field just as Andy and Sunny arrived back. Chapman had become somewhat of a one over specialist after his one over bowling and then his one over keeping spell, however he did a fine job that over touching the ball only once, apparently the slip cordon was a much quieter place for that single over, which was greatly appreciated by Moth at 1st slip.
Matt "Fester" Todd gets one early against the Whales
After Andy re-entered the field we got back on the job and began to steadily pick up wickets as the Mosman boys tried to pick up the pace. The Shaft continued his spell and managed to pick up his first Gordon grade wickets bowling 9 overs 2/17. Moth and Deva returned at the end to pick up a couple of well deserved wickets each with Deva finishing on 2/45 from 16 overs and Moth 4/23 in 10. Toddy had finished with 1/36 as we bowled out Mosman for 155 in the 60th.
Unfortunately our innings didn't get off to the start we had hoped for and we quickly found ourselves in a bit of trouble at 4/40 before Paul Deitz joined Chapman at the crease. They combined for a really gritty and well controlled partnership off 64 before Deitzy departed. From that moment the game changed and in the next over, after bringing up his well deserved 50, Chapman was given run out. Things then went from bad to worse as 2 overs later Moth was given out caught behind down the leg side.
There was still some chance if we could just hang around as we only required 35 runs from nearly 20 overs but wickets continued to fall and when Deva was trapped lbw, we were all out for 126, a pretty disappointing effort after doing so well earlier on.
Andrew "Chappo" Chapman provides a solid platform for the run chase
The guys were really disappointed and after a long chat and a few beers we felt maybe this was the loss we might have needed to have leading into the Semis. With two tough games coming up in the last 2 rounds against 1st and 6th this is our chance to bounce back and make sure we finish well and march into the finals.
Fifth Grade report vs Parramatta
This round against Parramatta saw the even stronger 5th grade team playing at Beauchamp. Coming into the round we were placed 3rd, and a win would see us move into 2nd place.
(Toddy takes two wickets in his first over)
After the usual warm-up, the Skipper won the toss and we found ourselves having a bowl on what was a good deck that would promise some early movement. Beau Saddler, on his way back to 3rd grade from injury was handed the new rock, and did not disappoint with two quick wickets. Moth (1-5) pitched in as well, picking up a wicket. As the deck started to flatten out a little, a little partnership ensued, until the ball was thrown to Matt Todd, who immediately made his impact on the game. In his first over he took 2 wickets, and was on a hat trick. At 5 for not many Parramatta were looking to be in lots of trouble.
The bowlers had bowled tightly all day, with no one being hit for many runs. To the delight of the supports on the hill, Toddy picked up another 3 wickets, with the final figures of 5-11 off his 8 overs. The final two wickets went to Deva (1-7) and Beau (3-6), with Parramatta bowled out for 49 in the 37th over of play.
The superb bowling gave our bats a great chance to chase the total and set a total on the first day of play, with the chance of the 5ths first outright win.Andy Coleman looked to get off to his usual fast paced start, however after smashing a six was on his way back to the pavilion. Rob Edwards made his way out for his 5th grade debut. Rob started picking off the bowlers, and played some effortless straight drives in his 46, until he was given out to a difficult caught and bowled decision. We passed the Parra scored 1 wicket down with a 2nd wicket partnership of 82 runs.
Tom Cockburn continued batting like the shaft of old, with Andrew Chapman until he was run out on 36. Chapo continued in his recent dominating form, and blazed a 20 red whilst loosing partners around him. Gordon decided a declaration was needed with our bowlers on fire, with the score at 6-139, giving the Parra bats 5 overs to face. Beau picked up a wicket, giving him 4 for the day, and at stumps Parra were 1 for only a few runs.After the rain all week, getting on for the second days play didn't look likely, and on Friday afternoon the game was called.
(Tom Cockburn in action at Beauchamp)
A win on first innings points moved the mighty 5ths into 2nd place. The boys, especially the supporters of the famed Double Whisky, enjoyed a rare Friday night out. Next week we must play well against Mosman as we are facing two top 6 sides in our final two matches, and time is running out before the final series starts.
Fifth Grade report vs UNSW
The inspirational Moth arrived at Beauchamp oval with one thing on his mind. An early finish. I wasn't sure about his state of well being. He was very guarded & not giving much away. To say he looked hung over would be harsh, let's just say he wasn't his normal vibrant self.
(Andrew Chapman during his innings)
It was a scorcher on Saturday so Moth decided no warm up was required from the stags 5ths. He also informed the lads he would send the opposition in. 'We should roll these blokes for around 50' he declared, 'We will chase this down, secure the 2 bonus points & get to the beach'. Everyone liked the idea of this.
The toss was taken & we were bowling first.
The Gordon openers, Tom Bangs and Deva Nirthanakumaran took early wickets on a reasonable flat Beauchamp wicket and UNSW were quickly 3-11. Good ground fielding and catching ensured a constant flow of wickets, in so doing we reduced the Bees to 7-75 & a score of fewer than 100 looked on the cards. We got a bit over confident however & as always seems the case in this wonderful game a couple of handy partnerships, including 26 for the last wicket, ensued, & we finally nailed the Bees for 141, not too bad a result. Best of the bowlers was Tom Bangs, while skipper Tim Packman, Deva Nirthanakumaran also bowled well.
The 45 minute lunch break was a pretty quiet affair. It was hot & no one had much energy. Lethargy had set in and a senior player confided in Moth that he was somewhat concerned about the state of the top 4 or 5 bats. It was time for a chat from the skipper, and the Inspiration delivered in spades. 'It's time to fire up you blokes!, why on earth are you blokes tired, you haven't done anything yet! Fire up!' It seemed to do the trick. Sunny & Elton Coleman got kitted up & were ready for battle.
(Deva shows just where he is going to bowl)
Elton was particularly pumped up. He'd just picked up a new GM from Kingsgrove (he assured me it was the same model as Shane Watson's), a nice piece of willow indeed. Elton is a fine keeper-bat, perhaps the best in the 5th grade comp. He was once named in the Mosman first grade side only to have the fixture washed out. He was subsequently dropped the next week to 5's at the Whales. Cricket can be a cruel game like that. I should know I had been just dropped from 2's to 5's!
After losing Sunny early, Elton and Ben Cannon took command of the game. They both played some crisp shots against both pace & spin. Their partnership took UNSW out of the game and, despite losing a couple of wickets, Gordon was in control. Big Andrew Chapman came in and dominated the innings, scoring an excellent 48* and ensuring the Stags' win with a bonus point.
He played a pretty mature knock did big Chappo, look out for this guy in the future. Not the 2 bonus points the skipper demanded but a pretty good result on a scorcher of a day.
(Uncle Fester looking good in the field)
The song was sung, a few beers were had, & it was time to head home. A good day all-round I reckon.
Special thanks to our support crew of Pooley & Jenny& Cats, Dietzy's lovely girlfriend Ash, Stevo & the various parents who attended the fixture.
The win for fifths jumps them to third spot on the ladder with four rounds to play.
Fifth Grade Scores
Gordon 5-142 (Andrew Chapman 48*, Andrew Coleman 40, Ben Cannon 19) defeated UNSW 141 (Tom Bangs 4-25, Tim Packman 3-22, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-32, Matt Todd 1-17) with one bonus point.
Emphatic win over the Hawks
Saturday, 17 January. Alarm goes off and my day begins. Bensons Lane is my location and a date with the Hawks. Being a Bensons Lane virgin, I took off early and, along with the rest of the 5th grade team, turned up on time as usual, to be told that we were on the 3rd grade field ' like I said, Bensons Lane virgin. So we swapped it up and found out we liked the new one better because we'd be playing right next to the legendary 1st Grade side.
The skipper, when he got his chance to bat, smokes one through the infield
We got off to a great start, with skipper Tim Packman losing the toss and being sent in to have a bat. We wanted to have a bowl too. But that didn't matter, because our openers Tom Cockburn and Ben 'Cannon' Cannon got us off to a great start of 0/31 off the first six, before Ben was dismissed after an aggressive 20 which had some sweet pull strokes. This brought Andy 'Elton' Coleman to the crease, who finally got around to converting starts into something of meaning in a well constructed 48. Tom was looking pretty good, but ended up getting bowled after a bit, for 18 with the score at 101. Adam 'Pinky' Cubbage came in and hit a good 27 before deciding to run himself out half way down the pitch. Our last three batsmen really put the foot down with Paul Campbell (29), Tim Packman (32*) and Gordon debutant Paul Dietz (30*) scoring a good 100 off the last 15 and hitting some sweet bombs in the process. 21 was hit off the last over, going 6, dot, 1, no ball, 4, 2 and 6. We also knew that when we bowled, we needed to reduce the number of sundries that were conceded by the Hawks - 36 in total.
So we headed off to have a bowl, looking to defend a pretty solid 266 off our 50 overs, knowing that if we limited the previously mentioned sundries, held our catches and were tidy in the field overall, it would be a tough ask on a slightly slow pitch with a very slow outfield. The bowling didn't start off well with Deva 'Lucky I'm writing this as otherwise I'm only ever referred to as 'Diva'' Nirthanakumaran chucking 'em all over the place, but at the other end, Dave Leiboff bowled the spell of his Gordon career with great line, length and swing in opening spell of 8 straight overs of 3/18. His first wicket was a screamer taken by former wicketkeeper Ben Cannon in the deep, diving forward and to his left.
Skipper Tim Packman brought himself on for a couple of tidy overs and to beat the bat on several occasions, even if he eluded the scorers. Paul Dietz was brought on to bowl his pace and bowled very tightly, striking in his first over before going on to finish with a tidy 2-27 off his 9. From the other end, Cubbage bowled well, grabbing 2-46 off his 8 overs of beautifully flighted leg spin. One wicket was a plain ridiculous take by Paul Dietz at second slip and the other was a flighted delivery that beat the bat of an older player who had come down the track.
After performing with the bat, debutant Dietz performs with the ball
Michael Manners (1-21 off 8) and Deva Nirthanakumaran (2-26 off 7) then came on to clean up the tail. They ended up on 142, giving us a bonus point.
Overall, it was a good and comprehensive win, dominating with bat, ball, fielding and sundries (we had 28). Another win for the fifth grade team who are on a roll, and will be looking toward the post-season with great hope and expectations.
A Christmas present comes nicely wrapped for the departing writer
For this round's match against Wests the Fifth grade side travelled out to Blick Oval.
Deva 'Just Deva' Nirthanakumaran charges in on his way to 4 wickets
The day couldn't have started any better with Tim Packman winning the toss and batting without hesitation. Sunny Sajdeh and 'Pup' Mark Fonseka set about the task of building a big total. After a promising start Sunny was unable to go on and get a score after being trapped in front.
With Pup continuing on and starting to score freely another wicket fell at the other end which brought Paul Campbell to the crease, although once again after another promising start Paul failed to go on with it.
When Mark was finally dismissed for a fantastic 76, the score was only on 111 and with a couple of quick wickets we were in a vulnerable position. This brought the skipper Packman (61) to the crease and with Michael Gribble (43) began rebuilding the innings. Gribble handed Gordon back the momentum as he was dealing mostly in boundaries (9). This allowed Packman to play a more reserved role at the other end.
After Gribble departed for a well made 43, Dave Leiboff (30) joined his captain to form another solid partnership with Packman, which would see us finishing the first day with a respectable 9-251.
Upon arriving at the ground at the start of the second week it looked as though the pitched had been livened a bit by the previous rain. While both Dave Millar and Deva Nirthanakumaran were able to extract early movement the initial breakthrough came from a brilliant piece of fielding from Sunny with a direct hit which left the batsmen stranded.
Deva was able to pick up two wickets in an excellent opening spelled marred only by multiple no-balls and Dave chimed in with a wicket to leave Wests reeling at 4-40. Tom Bangs followed in Deva's lead and also picked up 2 wickets of his own.
From here Wests started to build a good partnership but this was soon halted with the return of Millar just before tea, clean bowling the set batsman. This allowed us to relax a bit and go in and enjoy the tea that was provided.
Tom Bangs picks up two crucial wickets in the first session
With Packman looking to wrap the game up he turned to his strike bowler in Deva and after each inspirational talk from the captain picked up wickets to take his tally to four for the day. With 1 wicket left and Deva looking for his 5 wicket haul, he charged in and promptly cleaned up the batsmen's stumps only to turn around and see the umpire standing with his arm out signalling yet another no-ball. Next over, the same thing happened but with the batsman trapped plumb in front. Some lusty hitting followed but was never going to be enough as Wests fell well short after being bowled out for 185.
This was my last match for Gordon as I have moved back to my hometown of Lismore and was good to go out with a win. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Gordon and wish the club and all the players the best of luck for the rest of the season.
Fifth Grade Report vs Fairfield
Momentum built as the 5ths achieved another close victory
With the Beauchamp oval unavailable last week for play, the mighty Gordon 5ths turned out with a fairly new team on Saturday and Sunday last weekend, keen to put another victory next to the Gordon name. After losing a good toss to lose, Packman's men were sent into the blistering heat for a bowl.
(Nick Dowsley in action against Fairfield)
Pressure applied in the field as Fairfield struggle to get upper hand
Dave Leiboff and Mike 'M'' Manners opened the bowling on a flat deck, facing strong opposition from the Fairfield batsmen. Packman's choice of 9 bowlers allowed for good rotation of the 8 pacemen in the heat. They all maintained good lines and lengths containing the Fairfield batsmen to roughly 2.5 runs an over throughout the day. The possibility of a big run chase was evident with the score at 2-109 mid way through the day but the pressure in the field and the tight areas with the ball brought about wicket after wicket ending the day's play with Fairfield all out for 203 at stumps.
Nick Dowsley's 2-22 and Tim Packman's 2-26 were the highlights for the pacemen, with most of the team's bowlers chipping in for a wicket or two. Josh Poysden's 2- 57 off 26 overs with 9 maidens was effective in tying down one end and keeping the Fairfield batsmen guessing with his spin. Disappointments included Andy Coleman's 1 bye he let through as keeper (although apparently it was off the bat). He was devastated to end his 3-game clean sheet as keeper.. But we'll let it slide this time!
(Josh Poysden during his spell)
Nick Dowsley saved the day, as Fairfield couldn't keep him at bay
Spirit was high on Sunday morning in the change rooms as the team was confident they had the line-up of batsmen to get the job done. We were happy with yesterday's efforts and were hopeful the top and middle order could chase the required 204. Despite Tom Cockburn's 26, early wickets and a growing trend of a middle order collapse the Stags were in a dangerous position at 5 for 87. The class of Nick Dowsley's 94 not out held together the hopes of the 5ths showing the determination and patience required to pull Gordon through. Josh Poysden's 24 not out meant that Dowsley could maintain his flow of runs without running out of partners. This crucial partnership helped Gordon get the 6 points in another close 'down to the wire' victory ending play at 6 for 204. The 5ths hope to work on not losing wickets in clumps in the middle order and focus on building partnerships. All in all good victory for the Stags!
Next week we head back to Beauchamp oval to take on Randwick Petersham.
Moth clocks up his first win as it goes down to the wire
For the last two weekends the mighty Gordon fifth's side traveled to Ryde to take on the Sydney Tigers. The boys were looking forward to playing on a cricket oval, rather than the baseball field experienced at Tonkin Park. After winning the toss on a deck that resembled the Pacific Highway, 'Moth' Packman elected to bat first.
A stoked Packman led from the front with the ball in hand
The foundations of a big innings were laid by the two openers, with Mark Fonseka showing his form early on. Tom Cockburn ran himself out on 14, and the score was 1/48 just before the first drinks break. The next 6 wickets fell in quick succession, and we were faced with the probability of having to bowl that afternoon with the score at 7/90. Enter Mitch Wilson. The often quiet Mitch proved his worth in the middle, and became the rock of our innings and constructed a beautiful half-century. In partnership with Paul 'Pauly' Campbell, they formed the vital partnership that was needed to resurrect our innings, and took the score to 180, when Wilson was dismissed for 53.
The batting exhibition was enjoyed by all, just as much as Gribble's theories on his phone about our female friends, with both batters showing the value in playing straight. With Dan 'Lakey' Lake, Pauly continued to smash around the Sydney attack, and took the score to 230 before he was dismissed for 'marvelous' 75. Lake then stepped up, and hit himself to an unbeaten 31 before the day's play was over. At training during the week, we heard all sorts of claims about Dan's first half century.
Day 2 saw Gordon resume their innings on a virtually identical deck at 9 for 257. A minute later, Gordon had concluded their innings in the 81st over all out for 257, with Tom Bangs out bowled first ball of the day. No chance for Dan to further his batting.
Mitch Wilson puts together his first sizeable innings for the club
Although posting a reasonable total on a batting deck with an average outfield, it has to be noted that too many times the middle order has failed to perform and that it is vital we work on not losing wickets in clumps and building an innings.
Our bowling line up went on the attack early, with Lakey bowling 'sexually'' fast and in good areas - and Tommy Bangs bowling a battle of attrition ' consistent areas aimed at frustrating the batsmen. Both were rewarded, as was the captain when he came on, and Sydney was struggling at 3 for 30 odd at the first drinks break. The next 40 overs were tough. The Sydney batsmen dug in, and had 2 batters make half centuries. Tight bowling from Aaron 'have you got any food?' Johnston, Josh 'Pommy' Posyden and Moth helped stagnate the Sydney attack, however ground fielding was not at its best, with many fours being scored that should have been one, two or even no runs at all. Having said that, no catches were dropped and all throwing was much improved.
At 7 for 160 the match was up for grabs. With 12 overs left of play, Moth took the vital wicket of the in-form batsmen, much to the delight of the support that had arrived from 2nd and 3rd grade. Inspirational words from the Pommy helped the Staggies get back on track, yet there was still a lot of work to do.
With 6 overs left Gordon needed two wickets while Sydney needed 35 runs. In the 2nd last over, Josh who had bowled superbly in his 2nd spell took the second last wicket, giving Gordon the glimpse of victory needed.
Time and time again, Lake come to the party with a much needed wicket
It came down to the last over. One wicket to take, or 10 runs for a Sydney victory. The problem for Sydney was that Dan Lake had decided cricket was more important than his HSC and was thrown the rock for the last over. He only needed the one ball, and took the 10th wicket with ease, the batsmen not knowing what had happened till he heard that death rattle from behind. Wickets went to Moth who not only captained brilliantly (maybe he'll give me a bowl next week) but also took 4/51 from his 16 overs, Lakey who took 3 for 42 off 19, Josh took 2/104 off 22 and off his 11 overs Tommy Bangs picked up 1 for 20.
The joy of winning a game likened to the Australia test vs. India at the SCG in 2008 was made greater knowing that the mighty 5ths had just made it 5 from 5 for the club.
Although we walked away with a win and proved we could fight back on more than one occasion, that may be the last 'get out of jail free' card we get, and we have to make sure we value our wickets when we bat, and to never relax but keep applying the pressure when we are in the field.
Next week we travel to Snape Park to take on East's.
Get fah you bah!
A poor performance hands over 8 points to the Sharks
After a long trip south of the bridge, the Stagies arrived at Sutherland's Tonkin Park. For anyone who hasn't been there before, it is right next to the water and if you bowl from that end you face being hit into the sea! It also features a full on baseball mound and various bases where it is literally just dirt. You could say it makes Turramurra look like Lords!
Fonseka makes a positive start at the top of the order
The start was delayed for a while so a game of touch footy commenced with team trackies dominating thanks to some outstanding play from Mark 'Fonzy Fonzy Moi Moi' Fonseka. Anyway, skipper and legend Tim 'Moth' Packman lost the toss and the Stagies got put in on a wicket that was quite wet and with overcast conditions. The ball could do a bit early on. And it did.
In the first over Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn was dismissed, given out caught behind. Aaron Johnstone was the next to fall, run out, with what was a questionable single in the first place! Andy 'AC/DC' Coleman, who has already got the tag of talking too much (unlike a wicketkeeper!!), was the next to go; caught behind. Things were proving tricky with the Sutherland bowlers bowling quite consistently and in good areas.
However, new found opener Mark Fonseca and Michael Gribble then shared a partnership of 46 with Gribble particularly playing a number of good shots and looking good for his 24 before he was caught in the covers. Fonz joined him in the changing rooms soon after, with a solid innings of 29.
This sparked a collapse for the third week running, and the last seven wickets were lost for just 17 runs. Millar, Packman, Campbell, Lake and Bangs were all dismissed without making any significant contributions. Poysden was the undismissed batsmen on 2, and the Stags finishing on a very disappointing score of just 84, all out off 37.2 overs.
Lunch was interesting, which incorporated Poysden's first ever trip into the 'shire', Cronulla. Surprisingly there was a lot of young female talent around, and Dan Lake looked in his element.
Lake's excitement was carried forward onto the pitch where he nicked a batter off in his first over to give us a glimmer of hope. Bangs and Packman also bowled early on, with the Moth having to take himself off after one just one over due to an old man's hip injury. However, this was not of great concern to our great skipper as it set him up for a 'massage' later on in the day. Paul Campbell also bowled a decent spell where he showed a lot of aggression.
The next wicket did not fall until the 'Sharks' were on 52. Josh Poysden bowled their number 3 batter. Then, the heavens opened! The Stagies were quietly pleased with this as Sutherland required only 33 to win with 8 wickets left. We were off the pitch for nearly 2 hours. Highlights of this break included some epic games of iPhone Hangman and some group discussion on whom and what Moth should text next!
However, with the ground still very wet and light drizzle in the air the Stagies came back onto the field. However, when we looked at the wicket we discovered there was a massive puddle/mud patch/swamp on a good length just on the bowlers follow through at one end. After a bit of discussion we decided to carry on and see how it played. It would be cruel to deny the Sharks a chance at victory considering they had bowled so well earlier in the day.
With the batters obviously trying to get on with it, Poysden took another wicket in his next over, caught by the Moth. Dave Millar then struck in the next over, getting his wicket caught by a good catch at mid-off from Paul Campbell. With Dave bowling well and the batters aggressing, anything could have happened and we still thought the game was in the balance.
Things turned fairly farcical when the conditions got even worse and we remained on the pitch. There was literally squelching as even the slow bowlers were running up and the swamp on a length was causing serious safety concerns for the quicker bowlers run ups.
Despite these safety concerns and the resulting ineffectual bowling, the Sharks got the score just 4 down. A result they deserved, but one couldn't help but feel the match was simply gifted to them on
Although, we should not have stayed on the pitch, we must take responsibility for this defeat. We all need to take a look at ourselves and think what we can do to improve our performance next week. Batters need to avoid getting bogged down, but not throw their wicket away when they are well set. It's the big scores that win you games not a bunch of low scores.
We travel to ELS Hall Park next week and if we perform to how we know we can, we should get a result.
Up the Stagies.
5th Grade under new ownership. Results expected.
The poor weather conditions on Saturday for Day 1 against Bankstown didn't curb the murmur around the ground as word spread that a new leader had emerged to take the Gordon 5th grade side to great heights. After throwing the footy around, 'Mega' Millar doing his darndest on the supersoper, frantically working his way back and forward along the rain soaked covers, both skippers decided that with very wet playing area and more rain on the way it would be a fair decision to commence the game on Monday with 120 overs to be bowled in the day. Besides, the sweat Mega was returning to the covers from all his hard work was comparable to the water he was collecting so the gesture was proving rather futile.
Fonseka proves himself worthy at the top of the list
Day 2 ' The game
A grey Monday morning saw a return of the mighty stags to Turrumurra oval. A few players entered the arena blurry eyed but bushy tailed, with one of our younger players boasting of snagging a 'cougar' that night. This kind of behaviour, one would find, quite normal due to Rugby League Grand final fever, whereby excitement levels and endorphins are running high. Need less to say Dan 'the man' Lake slept through most of our innings but he did 'perform', again, later in the day with the ball.
Similar to the anticipation of the Eels pulling off the fairytale win, the Stags turned up to demolish the Bankstown Bulldogs. Conditions were damp with run ups a little muddy, but the pitch was pretty good. The boys rallied together and after some inspirational words from their skipper and were ready for battle. The Doggies won the toss and sent us in.
On a slow and turning wicket Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn and Mark 'the Fonz' Fonseka toiled away beautifully. Batting conditions weren't easy and they both grafted away for an opening partnership of just under 90 runs setting up the game for a total of 220. Some well timed but short lived shots from Johnston and Coleman added modestly to the total however the middle order failed to capitalise on the good platform provided by the openers. It took a nice little partnership between Mega and Paul Campbell to steer the ship to a respectable total of 209 from 68 overs.
Trailblazer, Cockburn, nails a short one
The skipper was pretty pleased with the fight back from the boys and the fact we didn't crumble. Something which I want us to replicate during the season.
So, the Dogs needed just over 4 runs an over from 51 overs to reach our total but they found it hard to score from the opening combination of 'Lakester' and Tim 'the Moth' Packman with Dan claiming the first scalp. Bankstown were 1 for not many.
With a turning wicket the tactical option was to bring on our Pommie leggie and the plan worked with Josh bamboozling the batsmen with an 'Embryo special' (a full toss) and picking up another wicket. As well as being a top young bloke, the highlight of having Josh in the team is his 'wicked' London cockney accent. You feel like you are watching 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.' The moth picked up 1 shortly after from the other end. The batsman was caught at cover, however the team was a little puzzled as to why Moth shot down the other end to pat the keeper on the bum as if caught behind' everyone later realized Moth was confused and thought Missy was keeping.
So, after some very positive signs by Gordon with the ball the Dogs were reeling on 3 legs and their saving grace was the square leg umpire who, by SCA law, had to call us off due to lightning. He assured me he counted 3 seconds between lightning and thunder intervals which meant the storm was 30km away (10km per sec) and by the book that meant 'danger' [Editor's note: Tim was not nominated for the Noble Prize for Physics with his knowledge of the speed of sound, but his maths is squeaky clean.]
Poysden punches one through the offside
After much analysis of weather conditions, I think Mega even put a quick call in to the bureau, it was to no avail; the storm continued and rain started to fall and heavily. Spotty (the veteran Dogs' skipper) and I shook hands and went to the sheds for an early beer. Enjoyable, but disappointing as we had the ascendancy and were the dominant team.
After the match the team shared a few moments and a laugh in the sheds and my perception is that this team promises to be a very successful and also a very socially rewarding one.
Looking forward to taking on Sutherland next week.
5th Grade kickstarts season with a bonus point
Gordon 5th Grade took on a capable Blacktown outfit at Turramurra Oval on Saturday. Like most of the sides this year, the Stags had a few new names included and all were keen to impress and stake a claim for higher honours.
Danny Lake does the damage with the ball
The new partnership of young Cockburn and Kleem began at a brisk pace, dispatching numerous balls to cow corner and beyond. Kleem was the first dismissed, bowled for 56 attempting to reach a hundred by the 1st drinks break. It was not to be, and young Cockburn, 'Deepheat' as he is affectionately known, was joined by Aaron Johnston.
Aaron is currently a student at Macquarie, having come down from the North Coast town of Taree. He is a quiet unassuming young man and will grow in confidence as the season progresses. 'Deepheat' was dismissed for a sound 50.
Andy 'AC(DC)' Coleman a young recruit from the Mosman Club made a solid 36. He has impressed everyone with his 'can do' attitude and his ability to get on with the task at hand.
Coleman is a St. Ives boy and has come back to his local roots to better his cricket and enjoy a more stable and successful environment.
Lakey keeps the pressure on the Warriors
Iqbal Ahmed joined AC(DC) after a middle order collapse saw the Stags lose 5/27 and chipped in with a handy 26, but the star of the show was Captain Dave Millar who bludgeoned his way to a brutal 76 in double quick time, which would put the Stags in a commanding position at 297 all out.
The usual trip to that chicken shop a couple hundred metres down the road pursued and Kleem enjoyed a selection of roast pork, broccoli, carrots and roasted potatoes.
Millar had his usual 10 hamburgers and 5 chips with sauce.
The young Blacktown outfit had a couple of mature blokes leading the way but for the most part, Dan Lake took advantage of a young and inexperienced batting line up and had one of the openers trapped in front LBW. From the other end Bangs collected another wicket caught behind. 'He bangs, he bangs, oh baby he moves, he moves.'
Tom Bangs makes his debut for Gordon with an early swing bowler's wicket
Blacktown for a short bit did consolidate but were no match for the guile and nous of Iqbal Ahmed collecting 2/39 and Josh ''Poseidon'' Poysdon 2/36. Josh is England's #1 Oasis fan and is devastated by the recent split of the Gallagher brothers.
Captain Millar was the pick of the bowlers claiming 3 for 54. All in all a solid performance, but there needs to be plenty of work done on fielding. At times it was lacklustre on a difficult outfield, but no excuses can be made. More work has to be done.
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 2009/10 season are provided below:
1st Grade's all-round performance disposes of the students
And so another season comes to a close, and before I get to telling the tale of a wonderful day out at the Sydney University grounds I thought I would take the opportunity to look back on what has been, on and off the field.
Harry Evans in great form on his way to 93
Firstly we've seen a number of young players making their debut in the top grade with a large percentage of the team currently or recently featuring in the club's Poidevin Gray side. This is a tribute to the hard work put in by Michael Falk, Paul Stephenson, Tony Wilson, Mark Carmichael and Ed Howitt through their ongoing work with the Gordon Academy.
Brendan 'Mayor of Crows Nest' McDonald was selected in the NSW 2nd XI during the season and is a testament to his hard work at training and application on game day.
Similarly, Steve 'The Buck' Colley has had a massive six months, not only was he selected in the NSW U19 team, and a NSW academy side to play in a national T20 tournament, the young gentlemen celebrated his recent engagement during the season with a quiet night out.
We also had a birth within the team with Reece and Dyl, the original odd couple, welcoming little Zoe Connell into the world. Congratulations to everyone on their achievements during the season, whether it be with the bat, ball, in the field or what we took from game each and every weekend.
Now, onto the weekend's activities ... Needless to say with the Uni boys chasing a win to secure a finals birth there was plenty for the Gordon boys to play for against a top 6 side. We knew we would have to execute all aspects of our game well and although this wasn't always the case we had individuals step up to ultimately shift the momentum in the game at crucial moments. James won the toss and took the initiative in the decision to bowl first. Under Mark O'Neill we've learnt that we need to earn our right to bat first and set a target by proving we can bat well under match conditions and pressure. But more on the batting later...
A batting masterclass care of Harry Evans caught on camera for all to enjoy
Our quicks did the job with the ball in hand, tying down the Uni openers who travelled at under 2 runs per over for the first ten over's. Of particular note was Dylan's incredible ability beat the bat early, but as we all know bowling in partnerships is important to building pressure. With the wiley James 'Hernandez' Campbell operating with precision at the other end it was him who made the first break through, getting his PG's bunny Henry out in a similar high catch yet again. A useful and controlled partnership ensued from the uni batsmen Moran and Hay and fielding became the key.
Unfortunately we let ourselves down here, with many singles turned into two's and quick singles taken but, with the bowlers picking away, we stuck at the job and Elliot made the break through, bowling Hay with a great yorker and nearly sending Bevo off for some dental work! At the end of the 50 overs, the Uni boys finished five down for 251 after some clever, if not frustrating shot making from Mail who took a leaf out of Brendan McCullum's book. As mentioned the quicks did the job, with Dyl and Elliot each picking up a wicket each and more importantly only going for 4 runs per over. Jimmy Campbell picked up two and kept his run rate under 5 runs per over with some great swing bowling on what became a good batting pitch. With half the job done and the last of the fielding done for the season it was time to look forward to one last crack with the willow.
Things here didn't get off to the greatest of starts; I played a horribly loose shot to be dismissed in the 3rd over, shortly followed by Steve Colley who on a positive note did manage to score 2 valuable runs and avoid his 3rd duck on the trot. Let's hope the young man can carry the momentum through to his time in England! A string of small partnerships ensued between 'Jammer' Packman (15) and 'Bomber' Bombas (29), all of this time at the crease was crucial in setting up some sort of platform to launch from in the latter stages of the innings.
Not to be outdone, anything Harry can do, Richtor can do as well.
Brendan 'BMac' McDonald chipped in with another 14, taking it to the bowlers with some attacking shots over the point and cover regions. With his dismissal we were still in trouble, 5 down and still over 150 runs still left on the board to chase down with two new batsmen at the crease in Harry Evans and Elliot Richtor. They went about their work in exactly the manner we needed, worked the singles well early and jumped all over the loose balls to capitalise and swing the momentum back in favour of the Stags. Harry took the dominate role scoring a fantastic 93 at a strike rate of over 100!
It was at exactly this point in recent games that we have stumbled, not taking it upon ourselves to turn things around and well done to these two in changing this mould. With next season now in mind this was a valuable lesson to learn and take with us to what promises to be an exciting year with many good prospects all knocking at the door to play in the top grade. But I digress...We still needed roughly 8-9 runs per over and the momentum again shifted with the loss of Harry and Elliot in quick succession in the power play, enter Bevo and James 'Mantos' Kennedy to steer the ship.
We needed a couple of those trademark Bev sweeps and being the genuine and good bloke that he is didn't disappoint, dispatching the red ball over the boundary on two occasions and later in the last over crashing into it for victory! It was a great display late in the innings and special mention must go to JK for doing the job, getting bat on ball and chipping in with a valuable 12 runs. Then there are Dylan's efforts, late cutting his first ball for a start and then running 3, who would have thought it!?
Richtor entertains the crowd as the Uni fielders helplessly watch on
Well down to the middle and lower order to get us over the line in what was a great win for the Gordon boys against a top six side. Special thanks for the 3rd grade boys for sticking around after their great win and helping with their support, also to Mark O'Neill in his role as coach which has been spot on and really taken on board by all. Looking forward to next year, stay safe and good luck to all travelling overseas during our off season!
Up the Stags!
Right on the spot, the film crew catches the momement one slips through the guard
First Grade Report vs Saints
The 1st graders turned up to Hurstville on a warm Saturday morning expecting a tough game against strong opposition who have won back to back premierships. This was definitely going to be a test for this young side. First on the agenda was to welcome Hamish Angus into the side and he was presented with his cap by Mark O'Neill.
(James Packman at Hurstville)
The wicket looked a little green and when St George won the toss they had no hesitation in sending us in especially with the likes of Hazlewood, Copeland and Henriques.
Out went one of the most inexperienced 1st grade opening combinations of Hamish Angus and Blair 'Bear' Lindsey against a very strong attack. We didn't get off to a great start by losing 4 wickets before the first drinks break. Two more wickets fell in the next hour and at lunch we were 6 ' 70, however Packman and McDonald was still there.
After lunch Packman and Bmac went about building a partnership and just as they started to get going Bmac fell and so did the rest of the tail. We were all out for a mere 98. Packman was left stranded on 32 not out. He batted very well and showed us all that to be successful on that wicket you had to be patient. Another mention must go to the St George bowlers as they bowled in good areas and every wicket was either caught behind or lbw. It was a good lesson for our bowlers too.
We went out to bowl and knew that we had to bowl very well and take all our chances to have a chance of reducing saints to under our score. JK got the first wicket with the score on 13 and then Dylan bowled an excellent over, picking up two wickets including that of Henriques who has seemed to dominate Gordon attacks in recent years. At 3-23 we were still in the game. However a few dropped catches seemed to be costly. St George strolled past 98 four wickets down. They continued to bat for the rest of the day and finished on 6-188. Dyl ended up taking 2 wickets, JK 3 and Macca 1.
(Brendan McDonald at Hurstville)
We turned up on day 2 knowing that Saints were without their 'big 3' but had some handy replacements. There was concern the run up at one end of the wicket was a little wet from the rain overnight but no time was lost. Saints declared overnight and decided to put us under the pump again.
Our second innings didn't start well with 2 early wickets falling with the score on 2. Blair Lindsey and James Packman batted well to get the score to 47, but then they both fell just before lunch.
After lunch it was up to the lower order to show some fight and bat for extended periods. Beverly and Richtor were going along nicely before Richtor was run out. Beverly then decided to go on the attack playing his famous 'wrench' and bombing Zammit for 3 sixes. However this was also his downfall as he went for one too many and skied an easy catch for square leg. He was out for 32.
JK joined macca and this proved to be our best partnership for the game. They batted together for well over an hour. This was a good partnership and showed the other batsmen how they should have batted on this wicket. Both batsmen played with positive intent and played some quality shots. When Macca fell on 29, JK (36) soon followed and then Campbell decided to walk down to Zammit and was stumped. We were bowled out for 175. Saints needed 86 for outright victory in 22 overs. The target proved to be no problem for them. They achieved it 1 down in the 20th over.
(Dylan Connell at Hurstville)
Overall this was a poor performance from the stags and more consistency is needed at this level. In terms of the batting we need to be putting more value on our wicket and need go on and make a big score once we get to 20. It was however a good experience for the young guys to come up against such quality opposition. One game to go against another strong team Sydney University, and hopefully we can finish the season strongly and take momentum into next year.
First Grade hunt down the Whales
With torrential rain washing out the previous week's play, we came into this one feeling fresh, with high spirits and the right attitude. We weren't perturbed by the early 9.30a.m. start due to 120 overs needing to be bowled in the day.
James "Mantis" Kennedy looking to out-leap the author
Secretly we wanted to bowl, and therefore weren't displeased when James 'Packers' Packman lost the toss and there we were out on the field bowling on what had appeared to be Chatswood's best wicket to date, with a nice tanned finish it looked a belter. We bowled well, with the discipline we had talked about earlier. Wickets fell at a regular rate, with 'DK mode', Dylan Connell, picking up 4 for the innings, really putting in a huge effort for the team. However of these four wickets none came close to matching his superb runout! And this was a crucial one coming right after the break. A ball turned off the batsman's hip for what some might think an easy single. But beware, for despite Dyl's resemblance to a three toed sloth and his high centre of gravity, there is no single there. It was poetry, as with one motion he picked up the ball and threw it in right above the stumps. It also was fortuitous that this was Mosman's top scorer, and he was run out by a bat length.
Mac (B McDonald), K-Time (J Kennedy) and the Buck (Steve Colley) all picked up wickets. The Whales then made a sporting declaration on 248, with 9 wickets down. A few runs more than they should have, with their 9th batter getting a quick 47 runs off 35. This was later overshadowed, by Iain 'Bevo' Beverley.
Dylan "Father of one" Connell one his way to four Whales' wickets
Gordon's innings started well with an early 100 run partnership between Packers (47) and the Buck (66). These types of partnerships set up good innings, and will always feature in a good run chase. After these two got out it was up to someone else to put their hand up and get the runs on the board. When you're so close to the score, one person is all it takes and it was Bev's innings which this report will try to focus on.
This writer, J.C.( the one recovering from surgery today after the brutal extraction of all 4 wisdom teeth,) came to the crease at 212-8. Bevo was up the other end on 4. There had been 53.2 overs and we needed 36 off 34.
I was thinking that I was lucky I'd done a few extra workouts during the week because my strength training could really pull off here. Managing to nudge the first one for a quick single I was happy to get up the other end and watch the onslaught. We didn't need 34 balls to do it. We did it in 21 balls. Bevo faced 16 and scored 56 off these 16 balls. He hit 6 6's and 4 4's on his way to getting 60 off 37. Funny that. When it looked like we could settle on a draw Bevo put his hand up, stuck his chest out and got us home.
It was clinical hitting; just plain pure bullying. Where do you bowl it when someone is hitting it this well? Well obviously you don't. Try underarm it's hard to get that away.
Iain "Big Bash" Beverley. Going from strength to strength
What made this finish all the more memorable for me was when Bevo went up to the bowler he had just hit for successive 6's. 'Well bowled mate', he said, being the nice guy he is. The bowler replied with something less friendly.
It was great sleeping with another win under our belts. Up the Stags.
First Grade Report vs Parramatta
Chatswood was the venue for the round 12 clash against a Parramatta line up who are pushing for a finals spot. With previous incidents occurring between the two sides in the past both teams were looking forward to a tough game. Like many games this season the team was welcoming a debutant to the side and with previous strong performances in second grade Blair 'Bear' Lindsay had deserved his chance in the top grade.
(Blair Lindsay gets his cap from Mark O'Neill)
Since the arrival of Mark O'Neill as coach of first grade he has instilled an attitude of being mentally tough, something of which is lacking for the less experienced first graders. He has noted that more experienced sides believe in their ability to dominate and intimidate their opposition. With this in mind we were pointed out to the fact that the Parramatta boys had taken over our warm up area. The goal was set to reclaim the area by proceeding with our warm up regardless if they were still present. After stating our intentions the warm up was completed and unfortunately another toss was lost forcing us to bat on a Chatswood wicket that had a healthy covering of grass.
Obviously the aim was to establish our innings and adjust to the extra bounce and movement off the deck. However with the Parramatta opening bowlers bowling a tight line that continued to make the batsmen play, we were quickly 3 for 17. Cameron 'X' Eccles was the only top order batsman that showed some determination to get through the tough early conditions until he was adjudged LBW for 32.
Reece 'Bomber' Bombas and Brendan 'Stiff' McDonald battled hard to rebuild the innings but after Eccles dismissal the Stags lost 6 wickets for only 27 runs and ending the innings on 92.
(Brendan McDonald encounters some of the bounce apparent at Chatswood)
Our last two batting displays cannot just be blamed on losing the toss and batting on difficult conditions. To make a challenging total for the opposition it will require more from the top order to fight for their wicket and for the team not to lose two or three wickets at a time. Batting displays like this are always disappointing but for everyone it is a great opportunity to learn and adjust for similar conditions in the future.
There was still a lot of time to be played out in this game and with the wicket still asking questions of the batsmen we were confident of putting early pressure on the Parramatta top order. This was achieved with early wickets to Dylan 'Dees' Connell and James 'Mantis' Kennedy.
Special mention must go to Iain 'Barometer' Beverley for his glove work during this innings taking three catches and a stumping. The author of this report has never seen a better catch behind the stumps off his bowling; with Beverley having to change direction, dive and catch the ball one handed just before the ground after hitting the inside edge.
At 4 for 61 at tea the team was reminded that we were still in the game regardless if Parramatta had passed the total. Unfortunately for Gordon the next partnership developed and they passed our total not long after tea. It was not until Elliot 'Emo' Richtor bowled the Parramatta opener that our luck began to change. Connell came back on with immediate success claiming three wickets along with McDonald's two wickets. Parramatta lost their last five wickets for 58 runs ending their innings on 235.
(Dylan Connell in action at Chatswood)
At the end of the day Gordon was to face another challenge with the bat; facing 9 overs until stumps. Our aim was to be positive with the bat and embrace the situation. Unfortunately Eccles was dismissed early for 4; however Steven 'Jiggy' Colley and Blair Lindsay survived the remaining overs taking the score to 1-27. With 21 wickets falling, the bowlers used the conditions well with only one substantial partnership taking place. At the end of the days play both sides were still in a position to push for points.
With the rain falling throughout the week, the players arrived to a very damp Chatswood outfield on the second day. The covers were removed and unfortunately a few dangerous spots around and on the wicket had established. It was unlikely that any play would have been completed with the constant rain occurring throughout the day making it difficult for the wicket to dry. The game was abandoned with first innings points going to Parramatta. Looking towards the next round against Mosman at the same venue, it will be interesting to see if we apply ourselves in a different manner and really push towards a win.
Stags undone in T20 Semi Final
The Gordon 1st grade side arrived at the Blacktown Complex (host of the 20/20 semi finals) knowing that if they produced another performance against Sydney University like the one against Bankstown they would be very competitive.
It seems to be a theme in 20/20 cricket that the pitches are somewhat batsmen friendly, though this was certainly not the case, and it was soon evident that the toss was going to be very crucial in the outcome of the game. Unfortunately for the Stags the Uni captain won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bowl first.
Steve Colley whips one off his legs
The 1st 10 overs saw the Stags finding runs hard to come by, and at the 10 over mark the Stags were in trouble at 4-30. Steve Colley was batted very well at the top of the order for 17, but was not able to find a partner to stick around with. It was left to Brendan McDonald and Ben Garratt to try and get to a defendable score and both batted well for 16 n.o and 18 respectively and moved the score along to 80 at the end of 20 overs.
Although not a huge score, the Stags knew that if they bowled and fielded like they did against Bankstown in the previous game, that they were in with a chance. At 2-18 there was a belief that a couple of quick wickets and we were back in the game, though a good partnership from the Uni number 3 and 4 batsmen ensured that they would get home passing the total 4 down in the 14th over. All the bowlers bowled well with Dylan and JK picking up 1 wicket each and Elliot Richtor picking up 2.
Hopefully the confidence gained from these games, can be transferred into the longer form of the game and the team can finish the season off strongly and take confidence into next season.
A win for the ages in Twenty 20
Dylan Connell reports from Bankstown Oval
Eighteen years is a long time any way you look at it. When it refers to the period of time it has taken to win a cricket match against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval in 1st grade, it appears even longer. Half a dozen of the Stags players in 1st grade today would have been infants or not in existence the last time Gordon won a 1st grade game at Bankstown oval.
(The victorious team is congratulated by team mascot Marcus Faulkner)
Well times have changed, a win, in a quarter final, under immense pressure, defending a small total and against a side that boasted a formidable line up. In fact the author believes that perhaps only three of the Bankstown players in today's match have not played at a higher level.
(Steve Colley, James Packman and James Kennedy in action at Bankstown)
20/20 cricket. Bash, smash, big hits, boundaries galore, a game for the spectators, a batsman's game. Well not always.
The Stags had the opportunity to post a total, on a slow wicket. What total would be enough, 120 '150, time would tell?
Packman and Beverley opened the batting. Packman was the aggressor, smashing 22 off 20 balls, before being bowled by a delivery that must have 'nipped back a bit', 1 for 27 in the 5th over. Wickets then began falling steadily, with Colley being the only batsmen to come to terms with the wicket. When Evans fell in the 9th over the Stags were in trouble at 5 for 42.
(Henry Carmichael on debut in First Grade collects his first wicket and hits out near the end of the Stags innings)
Through some sensible batting from Garratt, Colley, Carmichael (on debut) and Kennedy, the score began to rise, and when Kennedy was dismissed on the 2nd last ball of the innings, the Stags had scrambled to 105. The highest partnership for the Stags was 29 for the 9th wicket.
The consensus among the Gordon players was they were probably a little short of par, but something to defend. They would have to bowl and field well.
(A brilliant run out from Brendan McDonald who hit the stumps from side on)
Connell removed the dangerous Burke for 0 on the 2nd ball of the Bankstown innings. A partnership of 33 followed before Richtor and Carmichael were brought into the attack, taking some pace off the ball. The two young, medium pacers did a superb job, bowling with control and patience beyond their years. The pressure began to build on the Bankstown batsmen and wickets began to fall. Big shots, great fielding, a run out, catches and 12 overs later the Stags were right in the hunt with Bankstown slumping to 5 for 53, needing just over a run a ball from the remaining 8 overs.
Enter Steve Stiffler or should I say the Great Man, or perhaps just McDonald will do.
BMAC bowled with control and great variations in pace and was ably supported by Garratt at the other end. The required run rate began to rise, whilst wickets still fell. More catches, another run out and suddenly Gordon were the favourites. Bankstown needing more than 10 runs an over from the last two. It was beyond reach, the Dogs finishing 9 for 94.
The team celebrates a great catch from James Kennedy on the boundary)
A win, in a quarter final at Bankstown Oval, a superb effort from everybody in the team. The enthusiasm and commitment in the field and with the ball were exemplary.
So much for 20/20 cricket being bash and barge. Across both innings only six 4's and one 6 were hit. 19 wickets fell for 199 runs.
A young side has begun to come of age. Another chance for the next generation of Stags players presents itself on Tuesday, where a semi-final and potentially a final beckon against more quality opponents. The opportunity to become Stags legends is there to be grasped with both hands.
Get Fah you bah!
First Grade Report - Day 1 vs Randwick Petersham
From the beginning of the season, it appeared, at least on paper, that the Randwick-Petersham Cricket Club was going to be a formidable opponent. Irregardless of the four missing state or national contracted players, the Stags entered into the Round 7 home fixture with an introverted approach, keen for improvement upon earlier performances.
(Reece Bombas acknowledges his maiden first grade century)
A number of forced changes to the side saw youngsters Harry Evans, James Campbell and Rob Edwards (author, who hasn't played an away game since Round 2 against Bankstown) back into the side.
Given the recent streak of high scoring matches played out at Chatswood, as well as the sweltering morning, the bowling contingent were keen for Captain Casson to win the toss and leave the work to the batsmen in temperatures which saw the mercury pushing 36 degrees.
Fortunately this was the case, leaving openers Cam Eccles and Ian Beverley to enjoy the early onslaught of Randwick, intimidating enough without Burt Cockley in the side. The opening bowlers employed a WACA-esq approach, mixing controlled aggression with short-ptiched bowling, perhaps somewhat deterred by the extra bounce offered by the Chatswood wicket, leaving opener Scott Coyte to comment 'you don't get this kind of carry out at Coogee.'
(Cam Eccles hits Scott Coyte for 4 through mid wicket)
Openers Eccles and Beverley did a fantastic job to survive the initial phase, taking the shine off the ball whilst simultaneously scoring runs at a reasonable 3 runs an over rate. The openers, along with number 3 Packman, were all dismissed in their 20's, all showing early promise to establish long stays at the crease.
Casson and Ben Garratt played important innings on what appeared to be a flattening Chatswood wicket post-lunch. The match was in the balance at this point in time, but the strong back-foot play of Casson and the silky-smooth drives of Garratt saw them post 53 and 45 respectively.
But the day belonged to Reece 'Trent' Bombas. Approaching the wicket with the score at 3 for 83, Reece applied himself appropriately to the task at hand, and the Gordon innings was moulded around an exceptional and chanceless 112 not out off 201 balls. Trent celebrated his maiden First-Grade century to the applause of his entire team, who all knew his first, of undoubtedly many, was a long time coming.
(The "silky-smooth" Ben Garratt)
Of his own self-admission, Reece has been guilty of offering chances once he passes his half century, however on this day, he was not to be denied. He blasted 16 elegant boundaries all around the ground, rotated the strike expertly and held the middle and lower order of the Stags together.
McDonald (29 runs, probably about his age these days too???) was not short on providing entertainment value during his cameo innings, enjoying many slog-sweeps, deft late-cuts and innumerable moments of banter with opposition players. Quote Casson: 'He just knows someone from every team, doesn't he?'
The day ended with the Stags 9 for 354. The runs have been posted'Now the enjoyable task of bowling at Chatswood oval which has seen mixed weather during the week.
Congratulations Reece.Rob Edwards
First Grade report vs Fairfield
Lambert. Lambert. Lambert. 5/56 off 25. 205 not out off 286 balls.
There are very few blokes in the history of grade cricket whose stats compete with this mans', especially considering the top achievements tend to date back to the days of uncovered wickets and the like. This game only added to his remarkable career.
(Beau goes over the grandstand)
Day 1 saw our fragile top order fail again. A gutsy 96min stay at the crease from Benny 'BowlABit' Garratt was the first signs of heart from our blokes at the crease for some time. McDonald played a watchful role as Beau 'my next Test I'll be batting at 4' Casson continued his rich vein of form with the willow to dispatch anything short and dig in to the tight stuff. The pair put on 90 when McDonald fell just before tea, to follow the 74 from the previous partnership.
The most pleasing thing here was not the runs scored but the attitude and application of blokes to put in for their mates and club ' something that is unfortunately too intermittent at the crease these days. Two wickets fell in the four hours following the initial 4 in the first 10 mins.
Post tea saw some of the most pleasurable batting I have witnessed. Beau was in another league, and Iain 'I do the covers for PG's' Beverley was murdering them down the ground and punishing anything short.
It was most pleasing to see Bevo get just rewards for his continual hard work and his attitude towards our side and the game, a case in point to some of the younger blokes in the club that respect and your place in a batting order or team is something you earn, and are NOT GIVEN!!!! If only this bloke could convince himself that he can bully attacks, he could be anything!!! Well done mate.
(Bevo jams one out against Fairfield)
This brings me back to Beau. This bloke has been carrying our batting all year, but this was different gravy. 181 in 346 mins at the crease. He deposited 7 over the stand on the railway (think about what I just said'.) The best part about this innings was the 25 fast and tight overs he negotiated off Lambert in the meantime. It was an innings of finesse and determination. This man's character is phenomenal, and is becoming more apparent the harder people try to break him. We are blessed to have him.
Gordon 8/402 dec.
You know the rest. A massive shout on Lambert first ball of the innings could have made the innings a lot different. A drop off Dylan with the other opener under 20 didn't help either. When the opening partnership fell just over 200 runs later, the game certainly was a different one.
If we continue to field like muppets, we will continue to let each other and the club down. I put it to you that every year the bottom five teams on the table are the worst fielding sides. We are deservedly in the cellar.
James 'Mantos' Kennedy continues to try hard and learn. Dylan put in as always and will be better for the run next week (coming back from injury). Beau also got a lot out of his 22 overs with some great rhythm and confidence coming with it.
Next week is another game and another challenge. 3 games till the break, 2 wins will give us hope. Intent over the past few weeks has been improving, but do we play the game to have good intent????
First Grade Report T20 vs Campbelltown
The First grade boys gained their first twenty20 victory on the weekend against a strong Campbelltown side at Chatswood.
(Iain Beverley hits one into Orchard Road at T20)
Arriving in sweltering conditions to the site of the PG boys continuing their winning streak, the boys in the top grade talked positive and cleared out excess rubbish (PG player bags) in the changerooms with Jammer (Packman) and B.G (Garrett) exchanging ideas on where they would rather be on a 42 degree day. (Cheeeeatsoood oval playing cricket ofcourse).
With the presentation of the hat to debutant James Campbell, the tradtional warm-up was underway. With the toss lost, The Staggy boys were sent out to bowl first on a wicket that Im sure left some scars from the previous day where G.Lambert scored more runs himself than the entire career runs a certain leggie that left us last season.
Nonetheless, the boys stayed positive and within 4 balls the return of big Dylan Connell brought the Gordon boys their first scalp. Clean bowling the Ghosts opener through the gate.
Was good to see the big man running in at Chatswood again with the new ball, showing us how it is done with 2-23 off his 4.
With the loss of Midnight (Stephenson) early with a niggling injury, all bowlers stuck to their plans with the spinners B-Mac (McDonald) and Buzzard (Casson) in particular bowling very well and making life hard for the westerners. McDonald (3 for 21 off his four) despite having the batsmen coming hard at him, used good flight and guile in the middle overs and with Soper (1-32 off 4) and Casson (1 for 23 off 4) slowed down the Ghosts run rate.
(Beau Casson hits out on Sunday)
Buzz bowled very well with confidence and kept the younger Ghost bats in check.The Stags fielded very well in the tough hot conditions with no dropped catches and a very good runout to B-Mac. Special mention to Brendan, always keen to help the younger/newer members of the team, when he swapped with the debutant J.C from cover to long off to 'take the pressure off' him. Mac, known for his cricketing brain and his know-how on anticipating in the field obviously knew what was to come.
The next ball went up in the air and landed safetly in the hands of the now not so under'pressure' James Campbell. God Bless Brendan MacDonald, he is such a charismatic player.
The Stags restricted the Ghosts to 9-154 off their 20 overs.
With the job not over the boys, rehydrated and reassessed. After his 83 last week and for owning the largest cannons in the club since M.Jones, Iain Beverley was sent to open the batting with Steve Colley and from the beginning overs the two little men, went on the attack. Steve showed us why he has been picked for higher honors by punishing anything loose through the covers and Bevo showed us his cannons by dispatching anything short, hitting high and long over the top for numerous boundaries.
At 0-82 after 8 we lost a few wickets with Bevo (48 off 32 balls), Steve (30 off 21 balls) and Packers out trying to keep the pace going.
Beau took the leading role in a partnership with Reece. With Reece running quick singles and Beau opting to sweep anything flighted over the boundary. Both played 'cricket' shots and soon the target score was reached in the 17th over. With Buzz finishing 41 off 23 balls and Reece (18 off 16) both looking in good touch.
(JC on debut at Chatswood)
A commanding first win in the twenty 20 competition for the Stags with lots of positives to take out of the match.
Congratulations to J.C on his debut in the top grade, very well deserved and hopefully more games and wickets to come for him. Well done boys, now lets get some momentum going our way for these next few weeks before Christmas and continue on improving our own games. Best wishes to J.K and Jules, hopefully see you back on the paddock ASAP.
First Grade report vs Easts at Waverley
After gaining our first victory of the season, the 1st XI was eager to continue playing good cricket against the more formidable opponents in the Eastern Suburbs Dolphins. After chasing 290 the week before, we confident we could keep scoring runs, so when the coin fell in our favor, Buzz decided to bat on a flat, hard wicket.
(Chad Soper on day 1 at Waverley)
Buzz and Coll started confidently and were able to see off the Dolphins openers with about 30 on the board. Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise on this start and proceeded to lose 7 for 30. Poor shot selection and tight bowling was the main contributors to this downfall. The top order can only learn from these mistakes and we are all very positive this will happen.
After lunch Gun Sculls (Bevo) and Midnight continued to bat with patience, slowly ticking the scoreboard over and trying to put together a partnership. They did this for a while until Bev was adjudged LBW. Young Chad Soper joined Midnight with the plan to bat as long as possible. Old mate Zelma had other ideas, clean bowling Stephenson not long after.
Enter The Praying Mantis, Pro Mantis, The Mantos, Mantos Bagdatos. The last pair for the Stags and the two youngest blokes in the team showed experience beyond their age in putting together a 60 run partnership, trading lusty blows with daft singles, which gave us something to bowl at. Chad ended up 50no and Mantos 30. With 25 overs left in the day, we needed early wickets to give ourselves a chance. This was not the case with the Dolphins ending the day 0-92.
(Beau Casson in action on day 2)
The plans for day 2 were simple. Enjoy yourselves, enjoy playing with your mates and anything might happen. Even though at the end of the day we were well beaten, I feel as though we achieved a lot as a team. We bowled well on a flat wicket, with our two spinners bowling the majority of the overs. Our fielding was better than other weeks and we all seemed to enjoy each others company.
As a batting unit we can learn a lot from Pete Neville's innings of 149no. He showed a great deal of patience by keeping the good balls out and putting the bad one's away.
Good luck to everyone next week against the Lion's and lets get another win on the board.
Called off due to wet weather.
1st Grade notch up their maiden 09/10 victory against Sydney
The team was eager to put together a solid performance after a mixed start to the season. On occasions we had performed credibly in one discipline whilst letting ourselves down in another. So this match was about getting it mostly right with bat and ball.
'Jammer' Packam grafts out an innings against the Tigers
With the toss lost we were asked to bowl first, our new ball attack was a blend of inexperience; Chad Soper (17y.o), James Kennedy (19y.o) and the veteran Julian Stephenson (approx. 45 y.o). The Stags also boasted two of Sydney's premier spinners in Beau Casson (test no. 401) and Brendan McDonald (test no. *).
The bowlers toiled well on a flat wicket which was at times variable in bounce, however hard work was required to get through the 10 wickets. The youngsters bowled particularly well with Kennedy taking 3-42 with good control, swing and pace whilst Soper took 2 wickets with his skiddy swingers. The spin twins also bowled some good overs for us in the middle part of the day and were rewarded with 2 to Beau and 1 to Brandan. Only one of the Sydney batsmen was able to go on with their innings and compiled a well struck 128 before being run out by some exceptional work from Stephenson.
The Sydneysiders finished with a healthy 292 all out and had it not been for a spirited effort throughout the afternoon we could well have been chasing substantially more. On the flipside had we taken our first 10 chances dare I say the target would have been considerably less.
The end of Day 1 saw us 0-53 after 13 - a very positive end to the day, Casson showing his muscle with some impressive back foot play and Eccles showing good fight against some shorter stuff.
Brendan McDonald rewarded for his toils on Day 1
Day 2 and there was a clear message delivered by the skipper, "bat all day", partnerships being the key and lets get our first win under the belt. The boys must have listened and went about executing their plans well with a dominant display of patients and aggression. Casson and Eccles continued on where they left of with Casson providing the aggression and Eccles the patience (even testing out the strength of his new helmet against the new ball). The 1st wicket partnership yielded 97 which laid some very solid foundations for the middle order who delivered on what was said at the morning briefing. Patients and partnerships developed and the 3rd wicket stand between Packman and Bombas put the game almost out of reach of the opposition taking the score to 2-238 before Packman was adjudged LBW for 79.
Bombas and Garratt then continued the grind and evetnually the winning runs were struck with the debutant Richtor's blade and Gordon had their first win. Bombas played some excellent strokes for his 67, however will be dissapointed to fall the way he did so close to getting us over the line.
Elliot Richtor presented with his 1st Grade cap, before stroking the winning runs
An encouraging performance for the boys and will look to build on this for a big game coming up against what is likely to be a strong Easts side.
James 'Jammer' Packman
A wet day makes the Sharks feel at home
Lets begin with the lunch break. I know it's an unusual place to start but I like to be different. The highlights during the lunch break involved the usual 20 questions from "Marcos" including "Do you think Mr. Jacques will sign my autograph book? Other "Marcos" statements included "Holden will win Bathurst" (unusual given that "Ford" were the favourites) and Daniel "I only eat Planktin" Flynn is my favourite Gordon player of all time. The other personal highlight was the Mars Bar I aquired from the canteen which disolved the taste of the roll I also aquired from the canteen.
James 'JK' Kennedy sends one down against the Sharks openers
We bowled first.
Jules "I now bowl heaps quicker than Big head Connell" Stevo did a great job for us. A classic example of figures not reflecting his on field performance. Stevo showed terrfic rhythm and was not rewarded for his bowling efforts. For me, other than "flashy spikes Garrat", Jules was the pick of the bowlers. His pace was the best I've seen all year and he created numerous chances. Again James "Mantus" Kennedy showed terrific consistency and improvement from last week. Yes, "JK" got hit around a bit but the effort and determination to do better was apparent. "Jakes" finished with 1 and showed great fight to consolidate in his 3rd spell.
Chad "twitter is so 2008" Soper should take away confidance and momentum from his performance last weekend. Sure, there were some up and downs during his 10, however the courage he showed to finish with figures of 3 for 62 says it all. What impressed me most about Chad's efforts was the fight he showed in a difficult circumstance. Chad persisted into the wind and showed determination at a dfifficult stage of the match to be bowling. A great experience for him and one he should take a whole heap of confidence from. No doubt this tough little nut will be will be stronger for the experience he enjoyed.
Brendan's 10 was "outstanding!". He bowled with pure confidance which is why Brendan "the great man" McDonald is destined for greater things this season. He demonstrated a fealess and competative attitude against the Sutho lads, including Jacques who was reverse sweeping. Eventually B-Mac desposed of Phillip which he deserved - and more.
Quite literally, Ben "Fancy spikes" Garrat was supurb. Finishing with 3 for 36, "BG" bowled up hill, into the wind with a wet ball to an established partnership. "BG" was unbreakable and his efforts were tireless. Not only with the ball, his energy and finess in the field lifted us. With the bat, "Beeg" again was stubborn and refused to get out even though the game had passed us. Thankyou for the motivation big man.
Once we dissolved the main partnership, our skip, Beau "gun skull" Casson got us together with 10 overs to go and we as a group decided to really push Sutherland and try to run through them. Things clicked for us as a unit and with Buzz cleverly rotating the bowlers, new batsman came and went. All of a sudden, we were playing to our potential and playing the exciting, fast paced brand of cricket that this side is capable of. We kept our composure and ended up bowling out Sutherland for 290 in the 49th. A pretty good effort considering.
With a big task in front of our batters, the top order showed good intent at the opening stages of the match. Unfortunately we lost "X" Eccles early which brought Daniel "Larry" Flynn to the crease. "Buzzy" and "Larry" for the second time this season gave Sutherland a lesson on how to run singles. These guys looked devastating together. Hard hitting by Flynn and touch by Casson. We lost Buzz which brought James "Styris" Packman to the crease. What a pair, brothers in arms, best mates, Flynn and Packman, this partnership had potential. Unfortunately again, the Stags lost wickets in pairs and too quickly and with a bit of rain about, 290 seemed to be getting away from us.
We finished with 6 for 97 in reply and the rain got us.
Sure, there is some room for improvement, however there always is. Win, loose or draw. As our Captain keeps reminding us, we need to focus on "what we did well" and build on that. There multiple positives that we can draw momentum from.
Therefore, we must keep moving forward as a unit. Learn from last Saturday. Take away from the match what we need to and hit the training paddock. We proved it to ourselves that in actual fact, we are NOT far away. Both with the bat and ball, there were glimpses of brilliance and with a bit of concentration, consistent pressure, focus and attitude our first win is not far away. In the year we made the final, 07/08, we dropped the first 5 matches and turned things around out of sight.
Finally, a special mention must be made. Daniel "Smithy" Flynn has been an absolute pleasure to play and train with. It is never an easy situation to travel overseas, set up camp in a different part of the world, walk into 1st grade and start performing. Apart from his first ball against Blacktown, Daniel was brilliant for the Stags. He conducted himself like the true professional he is and has all the hallmarks of being a great player. Never arrogant or above any situation, every opportunity Danny Boy had to get to know us better he took. Gordon is his Aussie home and always will be. There is so much ahead of him and we all look forward to following his career. As our new manager so rightly put it (Bevo Senior), "we'll see you on the TV". Wherever the game takes you Dan, I know success will not be far behind.
Thankyou for your efforts "Bud". I'd have loved a roll this Sunday at Chatswood Bowls.
A tough day ends in a heavy loss at the hands of the Dogs
The easy option may be to seek solace in clich's when you've suffered an eight-wicket loss doled out within 52 overs, but this was no clich' Stags' performance. And nor shall it become one. (Although I do concede that despite my best efforts this report shall still be laden with clich's ' hell, there's one and a half in the last sentence alone).
Another victim on the day - Connell goes lame with hamstring injury
Electing to bat first on what proved a tricky Chatswood track, the Stags failed to adapt to conditions with the requisite urgency, and consequently the collective innings failed to register anything more than a muffled whimper. With the exception of the import Flynn (26) we lacked the patience and grit to combat a disciplined and probing Bulldog's attack, with only three double figure scores posted (four if your include sundries) and the only 20+ partnership for the innings being registered by the final pair. Not a pleasant looking scorecard, especially after the promising returns of the previous week.
Defending 109 was never going to be easy, but with ill discipline again rearing its ugly head in the form of numerous grassed chances and some wayward leather offerings, we certainly didn't put our best foot forward. Adding injury to 16-over insult, Dylan 'I think my head grew during the off-season' Connell pulled up lame with a hamstring complaint in the latter overs and may be in doubt for the weekend.
Amid all the doom and gloom, perhaps the best news to come from the weekend was Marcus out punting seasoned veterans McDonald, Packman and Wilson on Saturday afternoon to the tune of $17.55. At least he was smiling. (Or perhaps that was the NZ cricket shirt he'd received from his new favourite Stag.)
Marcus' favourite Stag, Flynn, puts in a determined effort in the second dig.
Needless to say - much improvement is necessary on the field. Of prime importance is the rediscovery of the side's famed out enthuse mentality, disturbingly AWOL at key times during the first two outings. Couple this with the required application and selfishness ' as demonstrated by Skipper Casson (39*) and 'Errol' Flynn (30*) in warding off any hint of an outright result ' and the Stags will be well on the way to ending the season's duck.
BG (Final clich' count = 10- 12)
1st Grade go down fighting in the last over
Well another season starting at the home of cricket, Chatswood, and the same dramas with the covers and everyone putting their 2 cents worth in but nothing getting done. Fortunately it was done in time for our bright and early warm up at 8:30am, which I am pretty sure none of the lads have seen since last season.
Casson and Eccles start the season in style
The wicket was in amazing condition and the outfield a little bumpy, with the rugby union chewing it up from their season, but didn't really matter when playing on the wicket closest to the railway line. I thought it was always going to be a tough side to defend when it came to our time to bowl, so when we won the toss we took the opportunity to have a bat.
Looking at the conditions we thought no less than 250 would be acceptable but 300 was definitely possible, especially with the flying start Cam Eccles(36) got off to. The boys were all excited to see our new recruit from NZ, Daniel Flynn, get the opportunity to stroke a few around. Unfortunately it wasn't the case for Daniel. Cricket gods can be very harsh sometimes, but I am sure another couple of games for us and his class will rise to the top. James Packman came out and kept the score board ticking over with a number cover drives to the boundary.
Chad Soper comes on in leaps and bounds
The Stags were starting to mount a big score with three good partnerships (Editor's note ' the author made solid contributions to all three of these with 90 odd runs) and then Reece Bombas(49no) looked like he has been playing cricket all year round, with not one ball missing the middle of the bat. Not bad for a guy that said he isn't happy with the way he's hitting them on Thursday night training' must have been taking the mickey.
All the boys that had a bat on the showed great signs particularly the urgency showed between the wickets. Ben Garratt was exceptional in this area which helped the stags reach 295.
At the start of our bowling, we were aware that we need to bowl very well, especially with a small boundary one side which was going to make it difficult to defend. Our openers Julian and Dylan bowled well and got us off to a reasonable start in the first 10 overs. Then came the introduction of our youngest player and exciting prospect Chad Soper, who got the initial breakthrough for us.
And even more extraordinary was the dismissal. Caught at third man to a flying Dylan Connell. Yes, that wasn't a typo. A flying Dylan Connell. And as he dusted himself up off the deck, he got up with no nonsense and looked at the boys as if to say what do you expect. Not that Dyl! Not from you mate!
Can we believe that this has been caught on film? Garratt bowling?
Blacktown had a couple of big wickets which we knew were crucial to us, but they continued to mount good partnerships and did not lose multiple wickets at a time. With Paul Maraziotis and their own new NZ recruit, Tim McIntosh, playing well, we struggled to defend our total. There were some good signs, with Chad testing himself against good players and will learn heaps from game. Brendan McDonald I felt also bowled well without the results he deserved. But both our fast men Julian Stephenson (1/43) and Dylan Connell were brilliant with both bowling exceptionally in the power plays. They are something as a side we will have to keep trying to improve on. But the big feller Dylan (3/36) led from the front and did a fantastic job.
Back at home again this week against Bankstown, in two day cricket, and we are extremely keen to turn the result around and get that 1st win on board to kickstart our campaign.
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 2009/10 season are provided below:
Gordon lines up the Whales
Gordon 4th Grade proved too strong for Mosman in the round 13 clash at Rawson Oval.
Pat Effeney takes 7 wickets in the second dig
Captain Shayne Lin won the toss and elected to bowl in overcast conditions on Day 1. People often question the role these conditions play, and for some reason the general consensus is low cloud activity means moisture in the air causing the ball to swing.
In a nutshell Mosman began unsteadily, with little confidence in their batting. They were rolled over for the paltry score of 82, however small scores are never easy to chase.
Star of the show was Tim Fulton claiming 6/26 in a brilliant display of swing bowling. The score could have even been less, except for the 6 dropped catches that were littered throughout the innings.
Kleem and this year's new recruit Hugo Anderson opened the batting. Kleem was aggressive early on dispatching deliveries to all parts of the ground but was dismissed for 29 with Tait also being dismissed on the same score after looking very solid. A big one is due for Kleem shortly ' this author is convinced!
Hugo noodled his way to a handy 39 given the context of the game, and it was common knowledge that we would have to ram home the advantage and put the Whales out of the game. At the end of Day 1 the Stags were 4/105 and were satisfied with the day's effort.
The start of Day 2 was a relaxing affair for those who batted and bowled the previous week, with the assumption that greater things would have to take place later in the day. Anthony Sherman made a well compiled 41 bringing the Stags' innings of 8/202 declared to a conclusion.
Mosman proved a little more stubborn in their 2nd innings, on a much better day for batting, posting a total of 248. Pat Effeney continued his impressive year with the Stags collecting 7/49 which was a marvellous effort.
Unfortunately the Stags had just 8 overs to chase down 120 runs. The innings started swiftly with Kleem taking 18 off the 1st over but the mission proved too difficult with fielders scattered all along the boundary.
It is now that the Stags must take care of the Saints if we are to play a part in this season's finals. Stay tuned!
4th Grade retain the Mal Hall trophy
With the Mall Hall trophy up for grabs it was all to play for as Gordon met Manly on a hot day at Killara. The deck was hard with a tinge of green, a perfect day for batting. The day could have started a lot better with Tim Fulton rolling his ankle during the warm up. Shayne lost the toss and we were sent into the field. Throughout the day the bowlers did their job, their lines were good and the fielding was tight. We knew that today was all about patience, if we didn't crack the wickets would fall.
Skipper Shayne Lin pounds one over the fence
Josh 'Pom' Poysden provided the first two scalps and found himself on a hatrick, Manly were 2-60. The Manly batsman had to work hard for their runs for the remainder of the day as the bowlers kept them in check. A star studded bowling line up of James 'Billy the' Kidd, Tim 'one ankle' Fulton, Nick Medcalf, Pom, Iqbal Ahmed and Tjaard Tait kept the beach boys at bay and only allowed them to score 251. Special mention goes to Tim for bowling with a completely screwed up ankle. He was rewarded for his efforts with 2 scalps. The story of the day however goes to the Pom, picking up his first '5fa' for the season, and a great way to start the New Year.
Unfortunately for myself and Tom 'Cockburner' Cockburn, Josh's final wicket in the 77th over meant that we would have to go out to face the music for an over. The over was faced out with ease and the Stags found themselves 0/1 chasing 252 at the end of the days play. A good effort by the lads to keep Manly to 251 on such a good deck, the only disappointing factor of the day was the spread provided by our boys, which consisted solely of chips and lollies.
Day 2 saw early wickets fall and the Stags at 3-70 at the second drinks break. A steady partnership was needed to rectify the situation. Medcalf joined the list soon and the skipper Lin was joined by Tait at the crease. The steadily growing partnership was ended as Shayne (24) departed. Enter Clem 'We'll call you Brom, because Clem is an old man's name' Bromwich. Brom joined Taity needing 5-6 runs an over for victory. Brom's luck came early, having bunted one straight back to the bowler, the opposition didn't appeal, this allowed the young feller to cut loose and he compiled a quick fire 80* while bombing 6 sixes.
Tait plays yet another 'supporting' role to get the Stags across the line
Taity supported him well at the other end and accumulated 64*. This 120 run partnership saw us through to the end, 5 wickets down with two overs to spare.
The Mal Hall Trophy safely in our possession, having proudly never left, we headed down to the Chelsea Bar to reflect on the game and our former clubman.
A top start to 2010 and something we will definitely be looking to continue. Quick learners, the boys noted the mistakes of day one's spread and the standard was lifted. This is a trend that should continue in the coming games. Bring on the Hawks!
Bowling combination Tim Fulton and James 'Billy' Kidd doing some damage
4th Grade doesn't get the gift they wanted
4th Grade entered the round against Western Suburbs at Beauchamp with high hopes of cementing a place in the top 6, and entering the Christmas break in a strong position. However, two Saturdays of poor application and concentration meant that 4th Grade lost to a side which we should really have beaten.
James 'Billy' Kidd celebrates taking a bag full of wickets against Wests
The game didn't start well with Lin losing the toss on a belter. However, it was not long before Wests were in trouble at 5-27 after great bowling from the openers James Kidd (4 wickets) and Dan Lake (2 wickets), who were then backed up by the Pom Josh Poysden (3 wickets). However some poor fielding and a loss of intensity meant that Wests were able to fight back. They reached 6-170 before Kidd swiftly finished off the tail to see Wests bowled out for 194. Though we would have taken this result on such a flat wicket at the beginning of the day, in reality we should have bowled them out for much less.
The Gordon bats were left with 16 over to face out, however with 2-37 the game was left very much in the balance for the second week. With the resumption of play on the second day 4th Grade were almost immediately on the back foot with the loss of 4 wickets within the first ten overs. For those new to Beauchamp, there is generally some life in the deck for the first hour, before it turns into a batsman's paradise. It is here we needed the application.
The batsmen continued to fight hard and it was the lower order who showed those further up the order how it is done. Iqbal Ahmed batted with much maturity despite only celebrating his 21st birthday on Saturday. He played aggressively and was well supported by Hugh Smith (18) and Dan Lake. Dan Lake (20 not out) and James Kidd (21) then backed up their heroics with the ball to push us closer to the Wests target. However after a last stand of 40 we were bowled out for 170. This was really a poor effort on such a good batting wicket, and the job of reaching the total should not have been left to the last 4 batsmen. There is no excuse and if we want to feature in finals cricket our batting needs to improve and back up the efforts of the bowlers.
Fourth grade match report vs Easts
Shayne Lin proceeded to have a toss and again found himself losing it on what looked like a great pitch to bat on. This assessment proved correct as the East's bats got off to a good start with some flashing of the blade and handy assistance from Tim Fulton.
(An Iqbal Ahmed special shot during his 70)
Fourths were again the team Dylan Connell was placed in to aide his hamstring recovery and this time we were more than happy to see him use his hands for more than penning scores in the scoresheet. He managed to pick up one wicket in his short opening spell. Congratulations on your 1st 4th grade wicket Dylan.
The sessions before tea were an even affair with some of Easts bats putting some reasonable scores on the board. However Dave Millar, Bangers (Charlie Bangs) and ul haq (Iqbal Ahmed) all bowled well to keep East to the modest and evenly poised score of 5-200. Sir Inzi and yours truly were in fine form in the catching department.
After eating some little boys thanks to Iqbal and hearing another captain's predictable speech about the importance of lifting our standards, having more energy in the field, bowling dot balls and fielding better etc. we entered the field. This time it seemed that Shayne's speech had more people listening as we put Easts away with roughly 30 more added to their score. Ul haq was bowling tremendously landing his bombs and making Adam Cubbage proud on the sidelines. Inzi managed to dismiss 4 batsmen and was the pick of the bowlers but not the fielders. The other bowlers picked up a few wickets here and there and we entered the sheds with a total of 233 to chase.
Mitch Kleem got the innings off to a real flyer, going hard and hitting most balls in the middle of the bat. Michael Dalrymple departed early once again playing and missing what would have been a glorious straight drive and watched as Hugo played well looking confident before getting out cheapish. He was then followed by Tjaard Tait who seemed more interested with the pommy girl on the sidelines.
(Tim Fulton in action against Easts)
The day finished with the score on 4-120 odd with Mitch Wilson and Shayne 'the magnificent' Lin in the middle topping off a good day for Gordon.
Mitch and Shayne seemed comfortable out in the middle facing the East's bowlers with relative ease. However both skied the ball to give East's easy catches and a look in with the game at 6 for 141. Shayne had made a good 47 and tried to make that 51 with some poor scoresheet work. Enter Inzamam and Dave 'the ZZZZZZ' Millar. Ahmed was seeing the ball like watermelons and playing wonderful drives to score boundary after boundary. The amount of times he ran between wickets could be counted on one hand. Dave was battling along, having micro sleeps between balls but playing an absolutely vital role sticking around to support Ahmed.
Eventually Insi was dismissed for 70 leaving the score at 7-220 with big Dylan entering the field. Connell tried his best to get out however East's were keen to see him hit a clean 6 before deciding they should dismiss him. By this stage the Stags had passed the total of 233 and with some good hitting from Bangers and Mash and attempted hitting from Tim Fulton were able to push to 260 odd.
East's were sent back out to bat with Dylan coming in off full run up. Unfortunately he could only grab one wicket and spilt no blood. Consequently after 20 overs the match was finished with Gordon winning on first innings. The song was sang with much gusto and a big well done goes to Ul haq, Kleemy and the fearless captain Shayno.
4th Grade perform well on docile new deck
Was it worth it?
I can tell you that "yes it was".
And no I am not talking about Mitchell Kleem's 2nd publication in the Inside Cricket magazine. (This plug for Mitchell Kleem was not, I repeat not assisted by Mitchell Kleem or any Mitchell Kleem affiliates).
I am in fact talking about the 2nd weekend against the Sydney Tigers.
Let me lay the scene for you from the first week.
Timmy Fulton picks up 5-for - after running a half-marathon!
The Tigers ended the day at 7-279 off 83 overs. What the score doesn't tell you is that Adam Cubbage broke the pinky finger on his right hand (His bowling hand, amongst other things, returning the ball to the bowler!!) and that we were carrying an injured 1st grade bowler in Dylan Connell, so for 20 odd overs we had the evergreen James Catlin running around in the field, after borrowing Anthony Sherman's spare whites. Anthony was more than accomodating and happy to lend the set to Catts without hesitation.
Anyway back to the Saturday just passed. We arrived promptly at the ground to find that Cats had been replaced (probably by the selectors) by David Millar's father Tom. So we had our 11 and took the field keen to take the last 3 Tiger wickets quickly.
As it turned out we bowled 6 overs and took 2 wickets for 30 runs and thus the Tigers declared at 9-304, a gettable target, especially at Killara.
The highlight so far was the 2 wickets, which fell, both Tim Fulton. Tim had 3 from the previous week, thus giving him his first 5 wicket haul for the club, not a bad effort considering he started with the Stags at the start of last season.
Anyway now it was our chance with the willow in hand. Mitchell Kleem fresh from a week off and with the 2nd interview under his belt as well as the unwavering support that he had received from Anthony Sherman from the previous weekend set about destroying the Sydney attack.
In short Mitchell Kleem (86) was the 4th wicket to fall right on tea to leave us teetering at 4-149 off 26.4 overs.
Sherman does what he does best - destroys the opposition bowlers
Then after tea Anthony Sherman, deciding that his good mate Mitch was not to get all of the glory, took the game by the scruff of the neck (no pun intended) and with Tjaard Tait demolished the attack. Anthony was out for 90 with 40 runs needed off about 25 overs. This was managed easily by David Millar and Tait (49).
A big thank you to James Catlin, Tom Millar and Dylan Connell. All 3 were somewhat instrumental in helping out 4th grade get there second win of the summer.
Congratulations to Harry Evans and Steve Colley in 2's for a magnificent partnership and to the rest of the club for getting up in all 5 grades.
I look forward to playing with the all the young boys again next weekend (Note: this comment could possibly be taken out of context, and now probably will be.)
The people's champion -Inzi.
Fourth Grade fight back, but an unfortunate loss
After our almighty captain Shayne Lin continued his amazing form with the toss, which I might add he has never ever loss! The Stags decided to have a bat first on what looked like a very good Killara wicket.
Mr Hugo 'Weaving' Anderson and Michael "Miccy D's" Dalrymple cross for one
After witnessing the worst possible start, which saw us losing our two experience openers before you can blink your eyes, the team pulled together to score a modest 182-9. With Tjaard Tait(21), Hugo Anderson(33) and Michael Dalrymple(26) all getting starts but were dismissed as soon as they got themselves in which saw the Stags struggled to 119-8. Thanks to a very brave effort from the tail, especially by newcomer Hugh Smith. Hugh batted very sensibly and was supported well by the two quick's.
Timmy Fulton (the newly promoted number 10) supported Hugh well by rotating the strike until he got out playing a premeditated sweep shot which saw him lose all 3 of his stumps. Pat Effeney, the last man in, did his best to give Hugh as much strike as possible in the last few overs, in fact Pat did such a good job that he made sure he gets that number 10 position back, especially after Timmy 'Fools' terrible sweep shot. Hugh Smith played well for his average with a 41 not out to get us to 182-9 at the end of the 50th over. This seemed like a defendable score if the bowling and fielding was good.
The bowlers however, did not come to the party until after the first drinks break. The early Sutherland batsmen were given too many scoring opportunities and, at 152-2, with the opening batsman on the way to a century, the game was going to finish embarrassingly quickly. However, the Stags from last year are renowned for their fighting qualities and those last 30 runs proved to be very difficult to chase.
All thanks to Shayne's mum showing up for some moral support giving Taity and the rest of the team a good luck wave after one of Shayne's big captaincy speeches at the drinks break. The team then started the fight back, led by a determined spell from Pat Effeney and some tight bowling from the no sightscreen end by Anthony Sherman (1-16), the Sutherland innings faltered, and runs became very hard to score.
Hugh Smith crafts an innings with the tail
At 178-8 it was anyone's game! With Pat just finishing a good spell, with figures of 31-4, Patty knocked over the Sutherland batsman with some good accurate bowling. The team continued the fight back with good fielding and tight bowling in the last few overs. Hugh(23-1) and Tim(45-1) bowled well in the end but unfortunately, the Sharks prevailed and Gordon was left to ponder what might have happened if there had been another 20-30 runs on the board.
The Stags are back at Killara next week with sightscreens on both sides against the Sydney Tigers. Now that we know what we capable of, we can take that fighting spirit into the next game and start playing to our full potential.
4th Grade gets washed out
After using up a get out of jail free card last week, 4th Grade arrived at Jenson Oval (well most of us) looking to improve on last week's performances - especially with the bat.
Shane 'I never lose a toss' Lin won the toss and put Bankstown in on what looked a very good wicket.
Tom Bangs just a week earlier in better cricket conditions
The Ef-mister ' Pat Effeney (0/30 off 8) and Tom 'She Bangs, She Bangs' Bangs (0/18 off 8) opened up with some tight lines and were both unlucky not to pick up a couple each and with 3rd slip putting down a dolly. From there the fast men toiled hard but were leaking runs due to some very average fielding.
Once Tait (0/21 off 7.4) was given the ball the runs dried up and chances started to come about. Hugh Smith (1/27 off 7) came on and bowled straight and was rewarded with a wicket. With the rain just around the corner, and tea fast approaching, the skipper injected Cubbage (1/6 off 4) into the game, and with success, picking up the opener he dropped earlier. An over later saw the umpires deem that the square was getting to wet from the consistent drizzle and called an early tea.
From then the drizzle did not stop and play was abandoned for the day with Bankstown 2/96 off 34.4 overs, which meant that Monday would be an early start and a long day.
After the come down from the NRL Grand Final, a 24 hour bender and a festival, 4's arrived to find that water had seeped under the covers from the Saturday night downpour. At 9.30, after all the stories of the weekend had been told the umpires and captains decided that we could have our day off to enjoy. Match Drawn.
Even with a tame ending to the long weekend match we are able to get some thing out of the game. One major thing was our fielding had to pick up 200% if we are going to go one further from last year. Which, that being said, we will move on to next week which will see 4's return to Killara, for which I know for certain Pic is excited about.
Bowlers come through for 4th Grade
Gordon travelled out to Blacktown to start of the season looking to go one better than last year. We welcomed to the side a few fresh faces as well as some old ones coming back form last season. The pitch at Blacktown was flat as we won the toss and decided to have a bat with an idea that it would be a great day for batting and scoring plenty of runs. The only difficulty that we should encounter was the wind which was causing a lot of problems when trying to remain still at the crease.
Taity gets his castle re-arranged
We got off to a flyer with the first 2 over going for 30 with Pic(17) blasting boundaries and a little help from wides. However the early loss of Hugo for the first wicket sparked a major collapse losing the majority of the top order before the 1st drinks break as we were 5 for 70. Tom 'Ledge Jnr' Ledgerwood came in at number 7 and immediately went after the bowling and started the rescue mission. After a well made 59 he was dismissed and the Stags were all out for 166.
After the poor display with the bat we still knew that 166 runs on the board will be enough if we bowl well and hold our catches. Fulton and Effany took the new ball and applied the pressure which led to the first wicket via a run out to Hugo. Tim rolled through the top order taking 3 wickets in his first spell with a couple of dropped chances. Pat offered great support at the other end only going for 15 in his first 7 with an edge falling just short of the keeper. Ledge Jnr came on to bowl and did a good job keeping the wickets coming taking three himself.
Cubbage bowled very accurately all day in the difficult windy condition and only went for a very economical 29 off his 10 overs. With the score 7 for 79 we were completely outplaying Blacktown and wanted to finish of the game well. However a loss of concentration in the field led to a couple of dropped catches and a 50 run partnership that put the game in doubt. Hugh Smith came on and managed to break the partnership and take two wickets doing a great job when the game was in the balance. Tait, who claimed the last wicket and added to his 1 run for the day, may not have made a wise choice in naming himself the captain of his fantasy team.
'Pic' Sherman gets his side off to a flyer
The game didn't go as smoothly as we would have liked, but a win is a win with the batsmen clearly showing their rust and offering poor shot selection. The bowlers did a great job today bowling a good line and being patient. There is plenty of work to be done, but the 4th grade side is one that will go from strength to strength each week and play some exciting cricket this year. Well done to the club in taking 4 wins which is a great start to the year. Good luck to everyone next week and let's knock Bankstown off.
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 consists of 3 T20 matches and 4 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.
For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.
Poidevin Gray match reports for 2009/10 season are provided below:
Wet weather cancelled the match before play had begun.
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 2009/10 season are provided below:
2nd Grade go down... but not without a fight
Cheaaatswood Oval was the venue for second grades last game of the season, against the Students. As Harry Evans had moved up to first grade, Hamish 'Torah' Angus dropped back down after his close encounter with Josh Hazlewood. Matt Kelly went back into retirement, so the other change was Reg coming back into the side after a run in the threes due to work commitments. Ben 'Parratt' Garratt was the stand in skipper and after winning the toss he elected to bat on a sunny day.
Hamish Angus rocks back and cuts through point
Justin 'Salad' Avendano was the first wicket to fall, possibly distracted by a women walking round the ground which would have been the 'first girl he's seen in three weeks!' Reg joined Torah at the crease and they both looked good as they added a partnership of 73 before Reg got caught for 41 off a rank ball off the Students leg spinner, which was not the last time it happened that day!
Parratt, 'Missy' Higgins and Henry 'Perez' Carmichael all departed quickly and were also soon joined in the sheds by Torah and Sweeney to leave the Reserve Grade at 135-7 (note I listed the score the proper way, how it should be)! Torah batted well for his 61, and it was the solid innings we needed at the top of the order. Archer came in and played some good looking shots including a big six over to the home changing rooms before he was dismissed. Rob 'Deano' Edwards was the next man out after a handy 29. Poysden and Sadler managed to swat a few runs before Sadler was cleaned up and the Stags were all out for 190, a score that we thought was defendable as long as we were disciplined, and fielded with lots of energy.
Reg Livermore works the Uni bowlers around Chatswood Oval
The students came out firing and dispatched first Sweeney, then Beau, then the spinners, Archer and Poysden, until the score was 113-2 off 14 overs as they went for a double bonus points. 'Salad' Avendano was awarded the chat captaincy for the first five overs of their innings and was a bit quiet until the gauntlet was passed to Poysden and he kept it going for the next 33 overs, making sure he made the most of his last game in Australia.
The game then changed dramatically with the spinners taking five wickets for one run, with Archie taking one, and Poysden getting 4 wickets in ten balls. The Students were 114-5 and seemed a long way from home. This livened everyone up and was one of the most enjoyable passages of play the author had played in since his arrival. Two Sydney Uni batters then put together a solid partnership to see the game home. It was a disappointing end to the season which at times promised more but we have learnt lessons and will be back stronger next year.
I just want to take this chance to thank everyone from the club, Tids and Catts for helping me get here, the rest of the committee, Hoppa for his advice at training, and of course all the players for making this such a quality 7 months for me. I will be having leaving drinks at Chelsea on the 3rd April and would love people to come so I can get a good chance to say goodbye. We are a talented club and next year should perform a lot better! I can promise I will be back soon, maybe even as soon as next season depending on how my cricket goes at home.
Proud to be a Stag!
Hamish Angus shows off his ability to the captive media contingent
2nd Grade gets picked off by the Hawks
Better late than never. It's taken over a week and a good win at UNSW to get to the point of being able to bear a recount of our worst loss of the season to the Hawks in the round 10 one-dayer.
Will Sweeney toils hard at the start of the innings
We never should have lost this game after being in strong positions throughout each innings. 'Reg' Livermore decided to bowl first with the wicket looking a little sticky and it looked a good decision as we had them 3-40 early on. However, we couldn't capitalise on our good start as we bowled too many loose balls and conceded too many sundries. The extras count of 32 proved to be close to the winning margin at the end of the day.
Bad balls and fielding mistakes happen, but it is important that when they do the whole side rallies and shows the energy and spirit to lift the standard. This is something we can do better in 2nd grade but certainly took steps in the right direction at UNSW on Saturday.
Henry Carmichael was probably the pick of the bowlers despite not taking a wicket. He had 0-13 off 6 overs and in hindsight it perhaps would have been helpful if he had got his full 10. Bowling restrictions on the younger quicks must be a headache for the captains.
As we know, wickets in hand are a great asset toward the end of an innings at Chatswood. We allowed Hawks this luxury and paid the price with 63 runs coming from the final 6 overs of their dig, taking their total to 8-264 from 50 overs.
Our top order started the chase nicely with Reg scoring 38 and Harry at number three scoring 32. Blair Lindsay was also in top form with 80 until he was run out from a direct hit taking a tight single. He was the third wicket down with the score at 180 with 14 overs still remaining. This meant a run a ball chase for the remaining batsmen which we backed ourselves to achieve at Chatswood with 7 wickets in hand. We struggled to keep the board ticking over though, and as the run rate lifted so did the intensity and spirit of the fielding side who showed good fight to stay in the game after being in such a poor position.
The pressure told with 5 of the last 7 batsmen dismissed in single figures to leave us all out 229 and ending any chance of keeping our finals destiny in our own hands. Even after our win in at UNSW in Round 11 we still need to win our last 4 games and hope results go our way but it's a funny old game and we'll be doing our best to give ourselves every chance. Fingers crossed.
2nd Grade lose the battle of the bats
A new look 2nd Grade side traveled away to confront Randy-Petes in Round 7. Coogee Oval was the scene of a beachside festivity and drunken hilarity, but also a very docile wicket which would almost certainly favour the batting side. As it turned out, the carnival like atmosphere would do nothing to overshadow the intriguing nature of the run-an-over cricket on display over the two days.
Hamish Angus taps one down to mid-off
Hopes were high on the first morning as skipper 'Reg' Livermore won the toss and elected to bat. Whilst Blair fell LBW in the first hour to a handy delivery, Hamish joined the skip at the crease, and the two proceeded to build the foundations for a solid total. The cricket was tedious at times during the first couple of sessions with the batsmen unfazed and score progressing extremely slowly. A disillusioned 'Fester' Todd commented, 'Oh'I have never seen two batsmen look more solid at the crease than these guys.' I swear I didn't detect any sarcasm in this statement at the time. In light of this sentiment, and also underestimating the ability of both batsmen to 'block the sh!t' out of the ball for extended periods, 'Missy' Higgins promised to wear his full batting kit out that evening if he was not at the crease by tea.
If my calculations are correct, he remained in his pads and whites for approximately 17 hours last Saturday, not appearing at the wicket until close to 4.30. Despite the wait, he knocked up a useful 41 in as many balls to get the score moving along. To be fair the wicket was slightly slow and the opposition attacked bowled accurately all day. Reg and Hamish both batted extremely well to reach chanceless centuries in the final session, giving Gordon the upper hand in the game. Useful contributions from Dowsley and Carmichael saw the final total reach 333.
Taking the field mid-way through the first hour on day 2, the Gordon attack were solid, but largely ineffective on a wicket which offered very little. Forgetting we had 6 other medium pace bowlers in the team, Reg opened up with Archer at the Civic Video end. Whilst he didn't get a wicket, Archie consistently worried the batsmen, bowling a long and economical spell. Fester was equally as good, turning the ball sharply at times and unlucky not to pick up several wickets in his spell. At lunch, the scoring graph was taking a painfully familiar shape, with Randy Petes 0-45 at lunch.
It was not until Effeney came on after an hour and a half that the first breakthrough was achieved. Bowling some very heavy deliveries on debut, he collected 2 big wickets to give the Stags some momentum and get them back in the game. Unfortunately, the attack tired in the afternoon, and Randy-Petes cruised home scoring 160 runs in the final session, a good demonstration of what a side can do with wickets in hand. Whilst there were some positives to take out of the game, there is some work to do for 2nd Grade to get their season back on track.Will Sweeney 'Todd'
Second Grade Report vs Fairfield
The second XI continued their good start to the season with a complete performance against Fairfield Liverpool at Rosedale. With Chad Soper returning to Second grade the bowling stocks were strengthened and the team looked threatening with both bat and ball.
(Reg Livermore in action)
The pre-match warm up went to plan besides the most critical. The toss was lost and the stags were in the field on a hot day and a pitched that looked more like the Hume Hwy. Super Soper and JC took the new ball and bowled with great control. Chad picked up a wicket in the 3rd over with a regulation catch to Elliot Richtor at gully. This was the first of many for El, at least he caught this one with a hint of technique. JC was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his opening spell but produced many deliveries that troubled the batsman and had numerous appealed turned down.
Chris 'Patty' Archer took the ball and bowled unchanged for the rest of the day with an enduring 26 over spell of class. Patty showed why he is involved in the Sea FM cricket clinics picking up 6 wickets and turning the game to the stags. Archie is a perfect example someone who puts in 110% and how with hard work come the rewards. Well done Patty! Arch was well supported by Henry 'H C Bomb' Carmichael who bowled tight to build pressure. JC returned to pick up a wicket as did Sweeney. Super Soper also took a second wicket to finish with 2.
The bowling effort was well supported in the field, particularly considering the trying conditions. The standard of catching in the reserve grade has set the standard for the club and is making life easier for the bowlers. Although we still need to address our energy levels over the whole day as we have periods of high energy and some with low. Some would say a little like a night out with Ricky. Speaking of Ricky, he self proclaimed himself Man of the Match honors with a great set of ALF marks in the field finishing with 4 catches (Harry Evans couldn't believe this considering his display in PG's against ND's last year) and 5 not out. Well done Els.
(Chris Archer in action)
With half the job done, the message from the captain was to get to stumps without loss and reassess for the following Saturday. Reg and Bear Grills took to the field and came off an hour later with the stags in a commanding position. Reg was unnaturally the enforcer and played attacking cricket whilst taking minimal risk. Bear '1 of 2 in the whole world with this name' Grills played a mature innings and played himself in. Bear played within himself and the boys got us to stumps on day 1 at 0-67 (Damon Livermore 48*, Blair Lindsay 14*).
The next Saturday rolled around and it was even hotter with JC nursing a rather large head ache and sleep deprivation the stags new the job at hand and the bowlers were enjoying their well deserved break. The roles reversed in the morning session with Blair taking the attacking roll and Reg the supporting. The boys took the score to 97 before Blair was caught at gully for a well complied 34. I am sure a big score is just around the corner. Harry Evans took off from Blair and continued his good run of form with some beautiful stroke play which would have made Roger proud. Harry is on the move and hopefully will soon be out of 2nd grade so that others can get some runs. Harry 'as normal' rode his luck but played a very attacking and aggressive innings that was fully of majestic boundaries and dangerous running. Harry was out for a well made 68.
Meanwhile Reg was doing everything required of himself in trying conditions whilst grinding the opposition into the ground. Ian Higgins strolled to the crease with the umpire asking why he had blood shot eyes; Missy was quick to point out that he was a champion at Play Station 3 and offered free tutoring. These two took us passed the required total with Damon Livermore bringing up his 9th century for the club. His knock was one that showed the younger guys in the team just how to apply them selves when they bat and wait for the balls in their areas.
(Harry Evans in action)
A great knock from Reg and a well deserved hundred. Ian was unfortunately out to a full toss which he didn't pick up and was adjudged LBW for 17, the author was then out next ball LBW and might have well, just not have picked it up. Man of the match Eliot Richtor took us tea with a majestic 5 not out.
A fantastic effort for the whole team with a comprehensive win and a good platform to build on for next week. Well done to Archie's 6 wickets and Reg's 116* for putting us in such a strong position. Still areas of improvement but we showed that we have the potential to match it with all teams in this competition. A complete performance'Up the stags!
Stay out of trouble..
Campbell takes 7, before batsmen falter at the close
Round 5 of the Sydney grade cricket competition pitted two posh rivals against each other. Eastern Suburbs with its trendy bars, architectural sights and harbour views against Gordon's leafy surroundings and suburban living, at Chatswood Oval - the epicentre of multiculturalism this side of the bridge. And Chatswood was its usual hive of activity with a procession of bottles smashing, sirens singing to the sound of emergencies and tires screeching in perfect harmony with honking horns. This, coupled with misled youths experimenting with all forms of life, makes Chatswood oval a wonderful place to play cricket.
The only man to stand up, James 'JC' Campbell takes seven
Mother nature played her part too, treating both sides to a fine Sydney summers day in September. Easts' captain Kirk won the toss and elected to have first use of what looked to be a green Chatswood wicket. His decision proved a poor one for himself personally as he was dismissed by a rank half tracker that seamed significantly back at him from Sweeney and only managed to play on. Sweeney himself having attempted to tackle a fence the over before was heard to say "oh no!" as he released the ball. The first wicket epitomised how the mornings session was to play out, as Gordon continued to pick up easy wickets thanks to some hapless batting from the dolphins top order.
James Campbell was his ever steady self from the Trumper Pavillion end. His consistent display of left-arm-finger-spin-off-the-long-run was rewarded by some poor shot selection and exceptional fielding. His first wicket of Schutz was brilliantly taken down the leg side by Evans standing up to the stumps. The best, or more accurately, fortuitous moment of catching saw the dismissal of the ever dangerous Warner whose run scoring prowess is well respected amongst grade cricketers across the city.
After a out witting the talented opener Robson leg before, Warner came to the wicket in his ever confident stride. Campbell pitched a half volley on leg stump which Warner happily clipped of his legs for what would have been a certain boundary had it not been for Higgins standing at bat-pad who managed to stop the ball mid flight with a combination of groin, forearm and a prayer. His arrogant celebration of a shrug of the shoulders and a flick to square leg either suggested that this occurrence was a regularity or that he had no idea what had happened. I'm rather inclined to lean towards the latter. A better bloke would have apologised to Steve, but having copped the rath of some more than accurate sledging in the past, perhaps this was a square up.
When Rob Edwards claimed an athletic caught and bowled on the stroke of the subway interval, Gordon stood at a false position of having Easts at 5-70. Edwards claimed to have injured his abdominal region, however upon further inspection, Missy could only see the workings of a perfectly formed abdomen that Jay Cutler would be proud of. There's no way Edwards could ever be injured, it would be like Jesus crying - it just wouldn't happen.
After the lunch break, Easts' Dai Williams looked to grab back the ascendancy with a succession of dominant front foot play. Williams was brilliant. Technically sound, although never properly tested on the back foot, his prowess through predominately cover, point and square leg both reflected a man in good form and plenty of ability with shots around the wagon wheel and some wayward bowling which was deservedly punished. Gordon did give him a life however when on 80 off the bowling of Campbell. Evans, again standing up to the stumps, shelled a difficult chance as Williams looked to push off the back foot through cover. His hundred came up a few overs later as he superbly stroked Archer through cover for his 16th four of a near flawless innings.
Williams bonded fruitful partnerships with wicket keeper Mitchell - who batted for more than hour for his 20 -and David Richards who made an aggressive 60 batting at 9, notably hitting two large sixes over long-on off Archer who unfortunately never got into his rhythm.
Henry Carmichael pushes through the slippery conditions
Richards should have been run out just after tea, but Gordon's inability to seize key moments again cost them and the partnership between he and Williams continued to flourish on its way to 129 before Campbell returned to the fray and claimed the wicket of the hard hitting Richards. Captain Livermore was hard pressed to find a bowler to support Campbell, whose 25.2 overs not only yielded 7 deserved wickets, but only conceded 69 runs. The four other bowlers used were rotated, but neither could find a consistent rhythm and regularly bowlers slipped at the crease at the moment of delivery. Sweeney at one point asking for sawdust to lay in the crease.
The last 3 wickets fell in the space of 10 minutes, leaving Gordon a tricky last hour to negotiate before the close of day 1. Lindsey was the first to fall for 2, unluckily given out caught behind. Gordon 1-13. Night watchman Archer could only survive 12 minutes and 6 balls before a clever bit of bowling from Bernhard Ballin saw him caught at bat pad, his first of 3 evening wickets. Gordon 2-18. Eccles looked in decent touch, driving well down the ground and swiftly avoiding short balls before he was adjudicated leg before from that man David Richards. Eccles appeared displeased with the decision, but he had to go and Gordon teetered at 3-19.
When Livermore was caught between leaving a ball and playing, he could only manage to chop onto his stumps and Gordon crashed to a woeful 4-21. Evans played out the last over with 3 confident boundaries, whilst Higgins happily watched at the non-strikers end on 0*. Gordon 4-33.
Eastern Suburbs stand in a more than dominant position and will be entertaining thoughts of an outright victory during the working week, whilst Gordon will look to consolidate and try to get into a position where they can once more win the game. A tense first session is set to ensue at Chatswood on day 2.
Three brilliant performances give Twos number one spot
What a great little ground Chatswood Oval is, just ask Steve [Colley] and Harry [Evans]. If I had to describe our efforts over the last fortnight I think that 'a superb team effort, punctuated by individual brilliance' sums it up nicely. Although we didn't always have things our own way, as the final scoreboards may have suggested ... The flip of the coin didn't land our way and it's definitely an area we can improve in, I'm looking at you 'Reg' Livermore. We were obviously sent to the field to bowl on what some had described as one of the flattest wickets they'd ever seen. But that's cricket and it was a cracking day to be out in the sun.
James Campbell leads the boys from the ground after taking 5-for on the first day
There were some concerns early in the day as to who would actually be bowling all of our overs with so many of our team placed under bowling restrictions. Chris Archer was quickly nominated to step up and bowl long spells from one end, which he did, taking 3-59 from his 21 over's. Talking to Chris after the game he felt he was improving each week, and taking 3 wickets in the conditions we faced is a great platform for improvement. A great performance from such a consistent cricketer and team man.
But the talk of the first weekend was all about James 'Supremely fit' Campbell who bowled 30.3 over's in what was a mammoth effort from the left arm speedster. He took 5-68 and showed that patience with the ball will be rewarded, it was an important lesson to learn and one we must carry forward right through the season. Well done Jim, many more to come I'm sure.
Another great sign of things to come was the bowling of HSC student Henry Carmichael. He took 1-48 from 16 over's that included 5 maidens and delivered exactly what captain Reg wanted, that is, full and straight bowling to a well set field. From memory we only dropped one chance which if taken would have been very close to the best catch I'd ever seen.
Steve 'What HSC?' Colley gets some revision in whilst Sydney searchs for balls at Chatswood Bowls club
Not only was the bowling of the highest standard so too was the fielding with our energy and discipline being outstanding pretty well the whole day. It was one of the best fielding performances that I've been a part of for quite some time. Sydney all out for 298 and plenty of work left to do next week.
Well the work that was left to do was taken squarely on the shoulders by yet another HSC student Steve 'Col Doctor' Colley and Harry Evans whose record breaking 284 run partnership took us to within inches of victory, well before tea. Both never really looked like getting out, until Steve dragged his foot and was stumped down the leg side and Harry run out after a tap on from the bowler's foot after a Reg straight drive. Where to start with their innings? Harry's innings could have been over with a dropped chance at 2nd slip with him still on 0 proving a costly mistake. After that early chance, Harry batted with a fierce determination and scored in a positive manner with quick singles and some punishing pull shots that cleared the boundary.
Steve on the other hand was more aggressive, especially in the period between reaching his hundred and getting out. Singles weren't so much of a worry for Steve and he managed to capitalise, scoring consecutive boundaries on many an occasion to make up the difference. It was a pleasure to watch but did come with mixed emotions as one [unnamed player] of the top 3 did miss out big time on the weekend. Well done also to Reg and Missy who both picked up some time in the middle scoring 25 a piece to see us through to tea and the end of the match.
If you're sick of seeing his photo, spare a thought for the opposition! - Harry Evans scores a ton
Well done lads and bring on Easts!
Blair 'Bear' Lindsay
2nd Grade Match Report vs Sutherland
Another disappointing round overall for the Stags, however second grade can certainly hold their heads high after a close defeat at the hands of a strong Sutherland outfit. Only a few crucial moments and a powerful batting display from a first class opponent prevented us from taking this one out.
Archer is congratulated after a sharp catch off James Campbell
10 of our 11 were present to remove the covers form a surprisingly dry Chatswood Oval, but unfortunately for Rob Edwards, he is now $20 lighter as a result of Reg's new rule that a fine will be incurred if a player arrives more than 20 minutes late. Fortunately for the rest of the team this money will be going straight into the beer fund.
A bad toss to lose saw us sent in on a deck doing plenty early on. Steve Colley fell victim to it in just the first over, edging behind for 0. Steve has had an unlucky start to the season, copping some good deliveries early in his digs, but looks too good in his technique not to post some big scores as the season goes on. Blair Lindsay also went within the first 10 overs after not quite getting on to a short ball and was caught at mid wicket.
After this slow start the ship was steadied by Reg, who didn't score many but batted for more than 10 overs to see off their quicks who were doing the early damage, and Harry Evans, who batted beautifully for 97. It was a very mature innings from Harry who got himself in on a tough wicket with determined defending and smart running between wickets. He then accelerated the scoring by taking advantage of the short Chatswood boundary and some loose bowling from their spinners to hit three sixes and numerous fours.
Ian Higgins and Elliot Richtor have both returned from England in fantastic form to play great supporting roles for Harry with 43 for Missy and 48 not out for Emo. Some excellent striking from both players, in particular Emo late in the innings, along with some helpful dropped catches, saw us reach 8/242 at the end of our 50. A good total considering the early batting conditions, we ground it out well after a poor start and our running between the wickets was key in reaching our score, as it was against Blacktown in Round One. We must continue this good cricket.
Higgins back from England and in form with the willow
Reg has spoken to us about the importance of momentum, particularly in one-day cricket, and we certainly took the momentum from the back end of our batting innings into our bowling after lunch. James Campbell and Will Sweeney were tidy in the opening overs, with JC the pick of our bowlers overall. His 5th over was taken for 16 runs by one of their openers but credit to Reg who had faith in him and to JC for coming back next over to get his man. Another wicket in the same over and two more in his 10th saw JC finish with 4/39. Some sharp catches from Archer, Edwards and Reg had us in the box seat with Sutherland stumbing to 5/73 from 21 overs. Rob was the other wicket taker with his second scalp for the season.
A magnificent partnership from their 6 and 7 then took the game away from us. Their number 6, who apparently has played plenty of first-class games across the ditch (or is that dutch?), scored a match-winning 82 including five sixes, two of which made Reg very unpopular with CityRail staff - in particular one train driver - when he went to fetch the ball off the tracks. It took a great catch from Henry Carmichael off the bowling of Emo to finally get rid of him. He was also well supported by the number 7 who ended up with 69 not out. Our bowling and fielding was still quite good throughout the partnership of 138 and we never put our heads down. Perhaps maintaining a fuller length for longer periods would have helped the bowlers create more pressure but all in all it was good cricket that won Sutherland the game, we certainly didn't hand it to them. I'm sure the bowling group will continue to improve and learn to better build pressure through consecutive tight overs and bowling in partnerships, and this will make us very tough to beat as the season progresses.
The mood in the sheds after the game was as positive as can be after a loss. We knew that we were close to taking down a good side that consisted of 10 players with first grade experience. Only a crucial toss and an excellent partnership prevented us from doing so and we all know where we can improve to make sure we are back on the winners list next week.
Also good to see plenty of the boys stay back for a beer and get across to Chelsea for dinner as well. Let's make sure that continues lads.
Harry Evans on display: Smash, Bash, Crash, Punch, Flick, Closure.
No report submitted
Rain washed out most of the first day and all of the second.
Please see match results for individual player's statistics.
2nd Grade notch up a victory against Blacktown
A quick trip down the M2 / M7 link on the way to Blacktown's home ground seems a pretty simple yet expensive journey. For some, the $9.57 to get to the game on time, without a GPS, is a small price to pay. For others who like the scenic route, albeit via Penrith, $37 in tolls seems quite a hefty dent to the austudy allowance.
The saying 'Tales never fails in New south Wales' has never rung truer.
Hamish Angus returns to a happy hunting ground
The new poster boy for the SCA fixtures program and Inaugural Inside Cricket Magazine 'club player of the month', Damon 'Reg' Livermore, won the toss and decided that the Stags Second Best XI would bat first on a hard yet grassy wicket.
On the windiest of windy days, batting was going to be difficult.
Stags openers of Colley (14) and Lindsay (19) got us off to a good start at 4 runs per over. Letting the ball go on a seaming wicket was crucial. These guys showed great respect for the good balls whilst cashing in on anything short. Both were unlucky to be out to sharp chances. Harry Evans (74) steadied the ship with a fantastic partnership with Hamish Angus (25). Both batted extremely well on a deck that had brought them premiership glory back in the Dave "Tweety" Gray era. The singles, which these guys 'stole', were unbelievable and no doubt were the difference between us winning and losing the match.
Angus who was unlucky to be caught off a waist high full toss, showed great temperament throughout his innings, hopefully a big innings is around the corner. His dismissal brought Elliot Richtor (25) to the crease. Els hasn't lost any of his touch whilst in England and the combination with Evans was wonderful to watch. Crisp stroke play so early in the season had to be admired. As the push for runs in the latter part of the innings brought the downfall of Evans, next man in Robert 'GPS' Edwards (25) showed his class as a finisher, knocking the ball to all parts. Will Sweeney (25) was the quiet achiever in the late flurry, knocking the ball around and rotating the strike. Sweens cover drive was in action and the bowlers had no hesitation in feeding him fodder to dispatch through the off side.
Harry Evans pumps one over the top
Chris Archer made a welcomed return to Sydney grade cricket with a run a ball 20. A total of 268 '8 was a pretty decent in those conditions. The running between wickets was sensational and to be fair about half of our dismissals were to very sharp catches. So on any other day, all those scores of 25 might turn into 50's. All the Stags batsmen performed extremely well for this initial bout for the 09/10 season, hopefully this will be a sign for things to come.
As the wind continued to be annoyingly gale force, the Stags set out to make inroads against The Blacktown batting line up. The 'J 'connection of James Campbell (1-28) and James Kennedy (1-39) performed well. Left armer opening bowlers are never easy to face and these guys are no exception. Both struck early, leaving the 'Warriors' reeling at 2 wickets down for just 5 runs. Stags were definitely on top now. The next partnership was a blur. Honestly. The next 120 runs came at 7 runs per over. We didn't bowl as badly as the score indicated. The batsmen chanced their arm on anything that was slightly wide. Balls in the air often missed awaiting hands by only centremetres and often ended up at the boundary.
Sometimes its hard to set fields in these times as no one, not even the batsmen expect balls to be flying in those unorthodox directions. Chris Archer (0-49) was unlucky not to grab a couple of wickets. Shots just clearing the fielders and an edge to slip was grassed. Archie showed great variation with his deliveries beating the bat on numerous occasions. The drinks break was a welcomed relief. We knew that if we hung in there and just got a single wicket, we could again grab the game by the scruff of the neck. The old sugar hit did work wonders. Steve Colley (3-42) getting the vital wicket. The dismissal of their consistent left-hander came almost instantly, soon to be followed by another wicket. Add another twist, with their number 5 blazing a rapid 25 in 4 overs, a definite roller coaster was in action.
Will Sweeney performing with bat and ball
Will Sweeney (4-36) started the roll we desperately needed. Three wickets in quick succession, definitely took the wind out of the Warriors sail.
Unfortunately for us, the wind was also out of our sails. Having the opposition 8-185, a good side would have knocked over the tail without fuss. We, on the other hand, took the foot off the throat, lost all our intensity and decided to drag the finish out for another 12 overs. Eventually bowling them out for 219. Which still looks good on paper against our 268-8 but after the many twists and turns of the game, a sub 200 score would have been a much more satisfying result.
A bit of an anti-climax really. That may sound quite harsh but in reality, bonus points don't come along too often and the opportunity to grab one or two extra points definitely presented itself.
The victory was still one to be proud of. A great start to the new season and many positive signs. We have a great bunch of young men in the team with talent to burn. If we can turn that potential into runs and wickets on a Saturday, second grade will be pleasant place to be.
That's what im talking about!
Yours in Cricket
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 2009/10 season are provided below:
3rd Grade teach the Students a lesson
After last round's epic battle with St George, we turned up to Sydney Uni No. 2 ready to do battle with a team who would have to win to have any chance of making the finals. For the Stags, out of finals contention, our job was to enjoy our cricket and ensure the students would join us in playing their last game of the season.
Leon Galaptis rocks back and puts one away
We warmed up with 10 men as Alex Campbell was having difficulty getting from Redfern station to Sydney Uni and arrived after the toss. With just one player less, the warm up, in terms of enthusiasm and volume was definitely won by the students. They play the same warm up game each year, and each year it is played with the same passion and tenacity.
Unfortunately, after losing the toss and being sent in by the Gordon skipper, the enthusiasm and tenacity was seemingly used up in the warm up as they capitulated for 82 inside half their allocated overs. Some of their shot selection gifted the visitors wickets and it was hard to believe this was a side who were playing for a semi final spot (results would ensure they would not have made it even if they had won). But, the Gordon bowlers bowled good areas for the 2nd week in a row and reaped the rewards.
Adair Durie led from the front with 3 wickets, and he had good support from James Kidd (2 wickets), Charlie Bangs (2) and Nick Dowsley (3). 4 bowlers used and a simple run chase hopefully.
Mick Dalrymple (34) and the energetic and effervescent Leon Gulaptis (31*) ensured the target was reached with ease, inside 16 overs, 2 bonus points and an afternoon off to support 1st and 5th grade. A brilliant last couple of games, with two completely different victories. One a hard grind, the other a complete annihilation. Both showed what is need to win games. We need to turn up each week with the same intensity and stick to the cricket basics.
Leon and Nick Dowsley complete the innings and take the 8 points back to Chatswood
Thanks to Ed Snr for scoring throughout the season and to the parents who dropped by and helped out with teas, drinks etc.
Ed Howitt Jnr
Third Grade report vs Saints
A really good win against a disciplined team sitting 2nd in the competition. Gordon 3rd grade's third visit in a row to Harold Fraser and 3rd win on the trot against the Dragons. All 3 games we have batted first and defended scores less than 200.Very satisfying!!
(Ed Howitt celebrates another bowled victim)
After the disaster the previous round, the thirsty 3rds were looking to atone for the disappointing batting performance and were asked to bat first on a flat, slow wicket. Saints theory, I suspect, was to use their best bowlers before they went up to 2nds the following week. Livermore (73) and Dalrymple (36) made a perfect start, albeit with Dalrymple offering a couple of simple chances which were not grasped.
Runs were difficult to come by against a patient attack, slow outfield and very defensive field. The plan was to bat the day and we succeeded in achieving this aim. Twenty's from Dowsley and Rosen, saw the total at the end of the day reach 4/197 (off 80). Hardly exhilarating cricket but cricket which would allow us to control the game and a relief after our dismal batting performance against Mosman. Reg batted extremely well and held the innings together. He occupied the crease for 70 overs and thwarted Saints plan to capitalise on our errors through unwavering concentration and patient shot selection. A batting lesson!!
After day 1, I read on the St George website that given the score we must have been playing for a 'respectable draw'. I am not sure of the scribe of these words, but their comments were duly noted by most at the club. The decision to declare overnight and win the game in the last over was most satisfying after reading the above comments. Oh'..and you don't get any points for a draw. You do get 6 for a win though!!!
Day 2 we turned up with the intention to bat for 5/6 overs and set Saints 220-230. Unfortunately the rain during the week (which Reg had forecast the previous Saturday) changed those plans. One end of the wicket was very wet, but to St George's credit they were very keen to play and produced 3 blowers to dry the pitch.
These, together with a nice breeze and clear sky, saw the game commence 2.5 hours late, with 8 overs lost. The wicket was still a little soft, but would only make scoring difficult if we bowled well. The brains trust (Rosen/Dowsley/Livermore/Durie) were split as to whether to bat on or declare. The captain decided to declare and allow St George a very gettable total and nearly equal time. Saints batted slowly for the first half innings, losing 4 wickets in the process.
(Part of the brains trust Adair Durie in action at Harold Fraser)
However, the opposition looked on top at 4/110 and it was at this time we saw the departure of selectors Wilson and Hickman. Faith gentleman!! We fought back through good bowling and pressure on new batsmen to play outstanding cricket shots to score 8 an over for the last 8 overs. The game ended in the last over with a run out and the Stags victors by just 3 runs. A good game of cricket and full credit to determined batting and excellent, straight bowling. Adair Durie, Alex Campbell, James Kidd and Charlie Bangs all bowled superbly and the victory is greatly attributed to their ability to bowl at the stumps, bowl to the field set and be patient.
I would be quite happy to travel to Harold Fraser again next year. It is a good stomping ground for the Stags!!
The hunter becomes the hunted as 3rd Grade get demolished
With a heavy downpour on Friday evening the pitch was looking very favourable for the bowlers. After Gordon had won the toss and sent Mosman in to bat, it was clear that the pitch worked favourably for the opening pair. With the ball swinging and moving off the seem it wasn't easy for Mosman's batsmen, and with an early wicket from Charles 'Banger' Bangs, things were looking good for Gordon, another 2 wickets from James 'Billy' Kidd helped by a very sharp catch from Mick Dalrymple.
"Billy" Kidd takes two early poles
At 6/40 the Stags were in the box seat after some very tight and aggressive bowling from Alex 'Junior' Campbell picking up a well deserved 2/9 and proving that he has a little more pace than his older brother, who was seen watching from the sideline. Adam Fleming (1/9) and Nick Dowsley (1/15) kept things tight and were unlucky not to have a few more wickets with some dropped catches. With the captain being a rose amongst the thorns, or in this case a spinner amongst the pace-men, it was time for Edward Howitt to have a trundle, giving the ball plenty of flight to try to tempt the batsmen into some shots. He proved successful picking up a very handy 2/20.
At 9/50 the end of the Mosman batsman was near, however a handy last wicket partnership and multiple dropped catches meant the visitors last wicket partnership proved to be costly for the Stags with the last wicket coming in the 2nd over after tea, with the Mosman finishing at a final score of 98. Overall a sound performance in the field from the Stags with an always high standard of fielding and bowling we walked off the field with our heads held high, and Mosman with their tails between their legs.
With each batsman only needing 10 runs each and the pitch beginning to flatten out a first innings win for the Stags was on the cards and we were quietly confident with our approach to the run chase' however we must have been reading the wrong cards, as Mosman's opening bowlers tore through the Gordon top, middle and lower order like a hot curry to roll us for a mere 30 runs in 11 overs with only Damon 'can I please have some chewing gum' Livermore and Charlie 'Cow corner' Bangs making double figures, with Charlie showing some initiative to go big with a two consecutive boundaries including a large 6. Full credit should be given to the Mosman bowling attack' well one bowler in particular that scalped 8 of our batsman and showed us what were the right areas to bowl.
Before we knew it we were back in the field with little left to play for but to try to maintain some honour. The new ball proved useful once again, however the Mosman batsmen had a little more spring in their step this time around and proved slightly more difficult to dismiss. 2 wickets fell before the end of play on Day 1 leaving the score at 2/40.
Day 2 sees 'Digger' Dowsely perform well with the ball
Day 2 of the game saw a new pitch and a new game, the grass from the previous week had gone and the pitch looked flat and batsman friendly. Leading by 68 runs at the start of play the Mosman side came out to play from the start for what for them was a very possible outright win, a good start saw several boundaries come from the opening over's of the day. However the 'Banger' struck after tempting an aggressive left hander into a ambitious cover drive.
With Adam 'Flem ball' Fleming suffering a dancing injury to his ankle on Friday night it was then up to Alex Campbell to take the reins with the older ball, bowling extremely well, with some excellent pace took the second wicket of the day, which lead to a dry up of some runs for Mosman. Campbell managed to pick up 5 for 32 for the day. Campbell was well supported by Nick 'Digga' Dowsley, bowling some excellent lines and lengths consistently, a modest 3 for 21 return. With time running out for a run chase to be possible the Mosman captain continued to bat after tea already being over 200 hundred runs in front. Not long after tea the remainder of the Mosman players were dismissed and we were set a run chase of 239 from a mere 33 overs.
With a Gordon victory not looking likely it was time for the Gordon batsmen to regain some confidence and to find some form. 'Reg' Livermore showed some class with bat , scoring an unbeaten 65 and Dowsley putting a modest 23 on the board. A partnership between two of the more experienced players in the side little Brett Rosen and Livers, brought some entertainment to the crowd with an array of shots proved that the side was more than what the score sheet from the previous week read.
At the end of the day cricket was the winner, and the result was no change from day one. However the learning experience is what we play cricket for and the side can take away some valuable things from the match.
James 'Billy' Kidd
Third Grade Report vs UNSW
Being sent into the field on a stinker of a day it is easy to sit back and make excuses. We're not going to do that.
(Adam Fleming in action against UNSW)
I think last week typified the miss part of our hit and miss season. There were patches of some good tough cricket in the field however a lack of intensity, concentration and possibly even enthusiasm once again prevented us going for the kill when we had opportunities to take control of the innings.
Unfortunately the same can be said for our batting. Once again off to a good start until a lack of something between the ears meant that one of the loosest spells of bowling I can remember seeing was rewarded with some big wickets and we managed to throw away a perfectly good opportunity to capitalise on a par run chase on a great pitch and outfield for batting on.
Uni made 249 for I don't know how many wickets and Gordon managed (not sure but we gave away a bonus point) to lose their last 7 for under 20 runs. Full credit to the Uni boys for taking advantage of our shortcomings. That spell by the way was probably deserving of about 1-100.
It must also be said that that Dan 'the skipper will get upset if I use my favourite nickname for this kid' Lake put in a good showing for his first game in third grade. Well played to Josh Poysden also picking up several important wickets and James Kidd (during his first spell) for the second week in a row showed why blokes hate facing him in the nets .
(The skipper in action in the heat on Saturday)
Then there's Digger, ever reliable Nick 'Digger' Dowsely again did the business with the bat longer than anyone else. I'll have bat with you for more than fifteen minutes this week mate.
So to this weekend lets take the chance to show one of the top teams that despite our inconstancy we can match it with the best of them. Time for us to take the points that Parra probably expect to win and you never know how the top six can shape up during the silly part of the season. Lets do it right.Brett Rosen
3rd Grade Reportvs Manly
After finishing 2009 with a win against West's, the third grade team knew a strong performance was needed if they were to start 2010 well and remain in the hunt for the finals. Things started well with skipper Howitt winning the toss and electing to bat and what seemed a fairly good pitch to bat on.
Beau Saddler on debut for the Stags
The loss of 3 early wickets put the Stags on the backfoot, with the score at 3-30 just before drinks. A near 100 run partnership between Dowsley and Carmichael got the team back on track and at 3-124 going into the last over before tea the game looked to have shifted back into Gordon's favour, that was until Carmichael shouldered arms to the last ball of the over and had his off stump rattled to leave the score at 4-123 heading into tea.
After tea wickets again fell in clusters with Dowsley playing on for a well made 63 and Sherman being taken by a good return catch from the bowler. As in the previous game, Skipper Howitt set about trying to reach a defendable score and along with James Ryan moved the score up towards 200, though again wickets fell in clusters and Gordon were bowled out for 216. Ed's 55 batting at 8 was vital in ensuring the team had something to defend, but stressed that he should not have to make runs each week to ensure the team has a chance to defend a score and that it is up to the top 6 to get the majority of the runs.
Arriving on Sunday with Manly at 1-70 in reply the bowlers knew that early wickets were vital if they were to have any chance of winning the game. The first session of play went the way of the Stags bowling good areas and with some excellent fielding had Manly at 5-140 at tea. After tea the bowlers again bowled good areas and the fielding continued to enforce the pressure onto Manly. At 8 down and still needing around 20, a ball was hit to mid off where Nick Dowsley dived forward and immediately claimed the catch, though the batsmen has not walked claiming that he believed it bounced. The umpires deliberated and, to both the batsmens and the Stags credit, once the not-out decision was made by the umpires all moved on and continued the game.
Young Henry Carmichael takes 3 wickets against the 'Tahs
Unfortunately for the Stags, Manly passed the total 8 down. All the bowlers toiled hard with wickets being shared Carmichael 3, Effeney 2, Avendano 2, and Durie 1.
It is clear that our bowling and fielding is keeping us in games and if we are to start winning games and move into contention for finals the batsmen must stand up and start scoring runs, to allow the bowlers solid totals to bowl at, starting against Hawkesbury next week.
Old man Ed 'Hoppa' Howitt and young James Ryan put on a display out in the middle
3rd Grade Report v Western Suburbs
This was an odd game ' built all upside down. The foundations were on the roof and the attic was in the basement.
(Adair Durie at Punchbowl)
Eddie won the toss and elected to bat on what looked to be reasonably good wicket. Mitchell Kleem played a typically aggressive and cheery innings, as fiery as a final Nathan Rees press conference, and which included six well-struck boundaries. He ensured that he got the team off to a good start before being caught low down in the slips and there was no doubting his disappointment at not being able to go on with it.
Thereafter, the top order failed to fire sufficiently well. A couple of promising starts but nothing of real substance.
Credit must be given to the Western Suburbs fielding and bowling, of course, which was consistently impressive. The attack was steady and controlled and forced batsmen to place a premium on their wicket.
Furthermore, and importantly, it was backed up in the field.
In particular, the cover region was patrolled well. From the pavilion it was clear that the fieldsman in that region relished his task and his anticipation was impressive.
On the whole, runs were to be hard earned.
James Ledgerwood looked good and appeared to be headed for greater things before he decided, a little recklessly perhaps, to run down the wicket to a new spinner and paid the price.
(Skipper Ed Howitt)
Henry Carmichael was the pick of the first half of the order, with a well-made 36 that included some coruscating stroke play. However, he too was dismissed just when he looked well set, cutting at a ball and touching it through to the keeper.
Brett Rosen was another to show that he is a batsman of real class but unfortunately the promise of things to come was not realised.
Things looked grim at 6-104 and even worse at 7-128. But the captain was at the crease and was determined to do what he could to make a defendable total.
That withstanding, there were few indications at that point of what was to come.
But happily for the skipper, the tail did what it could to stick with him, but even still the final act of the innings was remarkable.
He added 40 something with Stobo, all through gritted teeth. It was the reincarnation of Allan Border in the mid-1980s.
Importantly, for all of those youngsters reading, the partnership lasted for well over an hour and included not a single glove punch. See. It can be done.
With Adair Durie, Eddie's score moved from about 40 to 90. It was terrific to watch, with calculated hitting, particularly over mid-on. It was experienced batting of high calibre and the Western Suburbs attack, which had toiled manfully, was increasingly frustrated.
(Charlie Bangs at Punchbowl)
During that same period, Adair moved from 0 to 9.
This meant that Charlie Bangs was under not just a little pressure to help his captain through to his 100, which he duly did in most a remarkable manner.
The most extraordinary over began with Ed watching helplessly from the non-striker's end, perched on 99. Charlie had a number of options but most of them involved being circumspect and watchful.
Watchful he was, but circumspect he probably was not, as he crashed three of the deliveries, including the last one, to the leg side fence. Not only did he ensure that Ed had his chance at an extremely well-deserved ton, but the score was advanced in healthy and entertaining fashion in the process.
Ed's 100 was brought up with a scrurried single. There was not doubt that he was counting his runs. Both arms held aloft, he savoured what was a terrific and satisfying moment.
Truly a captain's innings, if ever there was one. However, having had the pleasure of playing alongside Eddie a few years ago in 2nd Grade, I can't say that I was altogether surprised.
Ed's devotion to the Club over the years is only matched by a handful of very special people, in my experience, and when you boil it all down it is they that make the Club what it is.
Good people come and go, as one would expect, but to have individuals such as the Ed Howitts (both Jnr and Snr) around for the long haul is to give the Club a soul and a heart beat.
They understand the nuance and the essence.
That is why I was so thrilled to see Ed run that single. It meant that Gordon could take to the field with 262 to defend, nearly twice what might have been expected a few hours earlier.
(Justin Avendano in action)
With 19 overs to bowl before stumps, Adair Durie got things off to a perfect start with a wicket in his first over, and another fell in the second. Just goes to prove that batsmen still miss straight deliveries.
Western Suburbs were teetering but found themselves in deeper trouble when a batsman padded up and was given out LBW. Then the skipper's day got even brighter when he completely befuddled a left-hander in his one and only over, resulting in a good catch by Rosen, Jnr.
Stumps were drawn with Western Suburbs on the edge of the precipice at 4-42 and Gordon in the box seat going into Day 2. However, little twists and turns still lay ahead.
On arriving at the ground on the second Saturday, after a day of rain on Friday, it was frustrating to see a wicket that looked like a damp turnip patch. Things look bleak on what was a very sunny day.
However, there is a rule in the book which says that, if both captains and the umpires agree, the game can be moved to another wicket on the same square, which is what happened. The pitch had been used during the week and some preparation by the groundsman meant that cricket was to be played after all.
It was a wonderful testament to the club of Bardsley, Davidson and Simpson.
It meant for an entertaining and worthwhile day, in which runs were scored and wickets taken. Both teams had a chance to win, two batsmen scored half centuries and a bowler took four wickets, which suggests that there was a little bit for everybody.
And it was in stark contrast to the alternative of going home, frustrated.
Stobo ensured that he hosts' good sportsmanship was well received by getting it all wrong from the outset, bowling too straight and he ended up on the receiving end of some pretty impressive hitting.
Indeed, it was the beginning of a sorry and embarrassing day for him. A six in his first over gave a clue and dropping a catch in the gully soon after made things even clearer.
The final three sixes in subsequent overs pretty well confirmed things.
Of course, I could harp on about his second dropped catch later in the day ' a ball that spun viciously and deceptively as it snaked its way cunningly to backward point ' but I don't think there's really much point. There are plenty of others to tell that sorry tale.
And the derision from all and sundry, which was fully expected, was well and truly received.
Indeed it had begun well before the tea break. A committeeman's phone call meant that it had travelled around the suburbs of Sydney within minutes and, of course, it was in print on the website soon thereafter.
It's hard to keep typing with tears in your eyes.
Happily, the other bowlers and fielders did well. 'Hoppa's Game' continued to unfold as he toiled away manfully and constrained the scoring. Importantly, he received excellent support from Justin Avadano's, whose leg twirlers were well flighted and his two wickets well earned.
Nevertheless, at tea Western Suburbs needed only another sixty with wickets in hand. Gordon was rather flat and the game was in the balance.
But it was Charlie Bangs' spell after the break that settled things. A wicket in his first over ' a sharp catch at slip by Nick Dowsley ' and then a second a little while later (the last of the recognised batsmen, who had worked very hard and well for 60 odd) meant that the pendulum was back where it should be, with Gordon.
It was impressive bowling, with good pace and bounce and one always felt a wicket was just around the corner.
As long, of course, as that chance wasn't hit in the direction of Stobo.
The Big Red One, Adair, made sure of the result by snaffling the final two scalps and his four wickets were just reward for yet another terrific effort, driving up into the breeze. If there's a more whole-hearted player in the game I haven't yet met him; any team is a better one if Adair is in the line-up.
(Adair leads the team off at Punchbowl)
Therefore, Eddie got what he certainly deserved: a victory, built largely on the back of his magnificent innings.
There it is. A 3rd Grade victory going into Christmas and placed in the top half of the table but with a long way still to go. Howitt got a century for his stocking, which should keep him happy for a bit at least.
And a whole of extra grist to the mill for Wilson, Falk (x2), Grumpy (Snr), O'Neill, etc., at Stobo's expense, so at least the pensioners are happy.
In summary, it was a win but not a particularly convincing performance by the Gordon lads. Certainly some encouraging aspects but, on the whole, rather patchy.
There's no question that there is quality in the team and a good mix of youth and experience. A number of very capable bowlers and batsmen who are positive and aggressive, all very well led by a Premiership-winning captain. However, potential never won anything, let alone the Mitchell Cup.
It was, therefore, an enjoyable couple of days. However, my main criticism is reserved for the fact that, at the end of it all, two apparently good spirited teams went through a well-fought match over two Saturdays, yet didn't spend any time in each other's company, or that of the umpires, at the end.
It would have been great to share a drink and some talk about the game, and whatever else.
A pity, as I firmly believe that the game is all the richer for the effort spent in breaking down barriers and building up the relationships between teams. The cricket should only be a vehicle, not an end in itself.
Cheers and Merry Christmas. Hope Santa brings plenty runs and wickets to all.
Remember ' Christmas is the time of the reindeers (or is it stags?)
Third Grade Report vs Easts
Two new faces greeted the third graders on Saturday morning - Andrew Coleman and Anthony Sherman up for their first games in 3rd grade for the club (or maybe Pic has played once or twice before). A much shorter warm up lap (due to Brett Rosen's absence) was followed by a toss that was a formality - Gordon was batting whichever way the coin landed.
(Nick Dowsley during his 87)
After the loss of an early wicket, Justin Avendano and Nick Dowsley set about building a foundation and moved the score along to 41 before Avendano was dismissed. Harry Turner joined Dowsley at the crease and played a great dogged supporting role for Dowsley who continued his good form. The wicket was a little two paced, which made it difficult to drive, but Dowsley and Turner took the score to about 125 at tea. After tea, fresh from some very effective Ledgerwood stretching of his 'officed' hamstrings, Dowsley was feeling great and probably got a little carried away in his search for a 100 and was dismissed for 87, with the stags in a solid position at 3-145.
What then followed was another disappointing collapse, Turner fell for a well compiled 31 and soon Sherman and skipper Howitt followed and suddenly to score was 6-160. Dan Richtor (29) and Andrew Coleman (21) then combined effectively to add 38 for the seventh wicket but it wasn't until the final overs of the day that Gordon was back in a good position. Matt Todd, shocked at his demotion to number 11, proved his skipper wrong with some remarkable shots on his way to 44 not out off not many balls. The highlights were the numerous sixes over cover off the quicks. Todd's brilliant cameo took the score to a good 9/271 at the end of play.
(Only one player could play a shot like this. Toddy)
Despite the rain overnight, the wicket looked in good shape when we arrived at Trumper Park on day 2, with less grass than day 1. Nevertheless, that was no excuse for what happened in the first hour of play. Easts' openers simply came out and punished our bowlers from ball one. Anything slightly wide, full or short was sent to the boundary and we were in deep trouble with the score 0-100 after about 18 overs. Dowsley (2-28) was brought on and claimed both openers with fullish deliveries that were hit straight to fielders. Soon Todd (1-55) took a third wicket and Gordon were right back into the match. However, runs kept flowing at a steady rate until the tea break, putting Easts in a dominant position.
With Avendano (2-34) and Pat Effeney (1-37) claiming quick wickets after tea, Gordon's hopes were rekindled again. However, the vital final wickets proved hard to come by and it took a great run out by Effeney to get the 7th wicket when there were only 10 runs left to defend, which, unfortunately, was too few.
(The skipper trying to break through on day 2)
Nevertheless, there was much to learn from this result. We need to develop more consistency in our bowling, and remove that '4' ball that reared its head far too often on Saturday and, as the skipper emphasised after the game, be more anticipatory in the field to gain that extra split second that would have got us quite a few run-outs.
Middle order collapse not enough to deny 3rd Grade a victory
The Gordon 3rd Grade Stags arrived at ELS Hall ready and willing to keep their winning streak rolling, and also keen to keep the Sydney Tigers waiting another week for win #1.
Nick 'Digger' Dowsley with his bowling boots laced up for the first time this season
Unfortunately the toss was lost by the experienced coin flipper Ed 'Hoppa' Howitt Jnr, with the Tigers deciding to bat on a fairly benign wicket. Sydney got off to a decent start, however the Gordon bowling maintained good lines and lengths ensuring that, even though wicketless, Sydney's run rate was kept at bay. Pat Effeney (3-19 off 10) had the ball swinging early on, yet the determined Tigers edged along nicely. Enter Nick Dowsley. 'The Lawyer' had the bowl nipping both ways, resulting in a sharp caught and bowled to dismiss one of the openers. Soon after, 'Dowser' had his second and finished with great figures of 2-42 off 10.
However this was to be the end of the Sydney wickets falling for a substantial period of time, as the Sydney batsmen took the attack up to the Stag bowlers. At 3-157, things were looking ominous for the Staggies, as the ball started finding the boundary more often than we would have liked. At tea, Sydney were in a commanding position, however Hoppa made sure heads didn't drop, and instantly after tea Justin 'JA' Avendano knocked over the crucial Sydney batsman. JA later told me it was the 'ball of the century' a huge ripper that surprised the Sydney batsman by scooting through rather than turning. Justin bowled terrifically, finishing with figures of 4-59 off 17.
Once the wickets began falling, the momentum shifted to the Stags, and we knocked over the Sydney side for a very-gettable 234 off 75 overs. Also of note in the bowling efforts was Howitt's cheeky 1-26 off 13, but more noteworthy were his verbal efforts directed at the Sydney batsmen, which had youths like JA taking notes. Effeney also had the old ball hooping Irish, dangerous signs for the batsmen in coming weeks!
Avendano pounces on anything short on his way to 61
The Stags then had around 8 overs to face before the close of play, with both openers determined not to let the Sydney side regain momentum for the following week. Thankfully both openers batted aggressively, and no wickets fell in the afternoon session, ensuring Day 1 of the match firmly belonged to Gordon.
Day 2 began for the Stags just as they had left off the previous week, with the openers dictating play. Of substantial note was Justin's 61, which had the side at 0-106. Unfortunately wickets began falling, with Ledgerwood falling for 50 and Rosen coming then going for 11. Both wickets were fairly soft, something which the Stags must eradicate from their game against stronger sides. One can understand Brett's mode of dismissal, caught on the boundary whilst trying to put the Sydney leg spinner's full toss into what was named 'Cheadle Memorial Baseball Field'. Unfortunately he was unsuccessful.
Nick Dowsley came to the crease and continued his fine form contributing 53 to the Stags total. JA fell on a well-made 61, however really should have gone on to score a big one after batting so well for a long period of time. One cannot be too harsh on JA, as he put the middle order in a great position to knock off the remaining runs.
Harry 'D.J Turn-tables' Turner joined 'The Lawyer' at the crease and together the two put on a firm partnership that had Gordon seemingly walking their way to victory at 3-212. However we let our foot off the pedal, with Turner, Richtor, Smith, Dowsley and Howitt all falling within 8 runs. Suddenly there was a massive chance that the Stags could lose, a position that the batsmen should NEVER have allowed happen. Thankfully the old man of the team, Matty Todd combined with Pat Effeney to see the Stags home, but Gordon's lower order was put under immense pressure that should never have occurred. The top order needs to have a good hard look at themselves- 50s are not good enough to win cricket matches, with all batsmen capable of scoring 80s-100s. We need to learn how to grind an innings out rather than just smash a quick 30 and then get out. However as Ed said post match, a win is a win, and hopefully we have all learnt not to give away our wickets so easily.
Special mention must go to JA and 'The Lawyer' who both contributed with bat and ball, ensuring the G[ordon]-train kept rolling along!
This week we face a far tougher opponent in Easts, who will not give us so many scoring opportunities and will capitalise on a collapse like we saw on the weekend, which will be a great test for our play makers up the top of the order. Carn the mighty 3rd Grade Stags!
Yours in cricket,
A lucky escape as the Sharks circled in for the kill
Round 3 saw the 3rds make the journey to the Shire for what would be a tough game against a fairly quality opposition. Matt Todd came back into the line up after sustaining a side injury while trying to make his ground in Round 1.
Ledgerwood (Senior) makes a typically strong start at the top of the innings
Howitt won the toss and elected to bowl on what was an interesting deck, which looked to have felt some effects of the rain in the days preceding. The Sutherland opening pair started cautiously and this coupled with some good ground fielding early on from the Stags, mounted pressure on the scoreboard. At the first drinks break Sutherland were 2/50, which was not a bad spot to be in, all things considered, and we knew we had some wickets to take to ensure a gettable total.
The introduction of spin from both ends caused havoc for the batsmen with Toddy (3 for 29) and Justin (2 for 24) bowling very well and providing ample opportunities for the fieldsman. However it wasn't our day on the catching front. A total of 9 catches went down throughout the innings and inevitably let Sutherland make a fairly respectable total. Ground fielding was good, however there is plenty to work on at training throughout the week to ensure that we don't drop as many catches in future rounds. Sutherland's innings was finished off by James Kidd (3 for 19) with good death bowling, restricting the total to 140.
We felt confident about chasing the total down, knowing that one or two good partnerships would more than likely steer us home. Jordy Liddle and Ledgerwood (J), opened up the innings both keen for runs, however Jordy got another peach of a delivery and Brett followed him back to the sheds the very next ball and we found ourselves 2 down with only a few on the board. The ever reliable Dowsley and Ledge (35) set about steadying the ship and both batted very well to reach a total of 2 for 70. From then on we lost wickets in clumps as the Shire's spinners bowled very consistently.
The rain then started to come down the score was 7/100 and we found ourselves behind the run-rate, but eager to get back on to chase the total. Eventually the square was covered and the track protected from the elements. We were still in with a chance if the weather spared us for just a while.
Turner surrounded by Ledgerwoods as the (now less) nervous author comes off with the victory
As the rain eased Harry Turner and James 'Billy' Kidd resumed the innings and looked very solid and moved the total to 125 until Billy was run out and the game was in the balance. The score kept ticking over until Toddy was castled and with 12 to get an extremely nervous number 11 went in... Harry (33 not out) remained extremely solid and ultimately guided the Stags home in the final over of the day.
In a game where neither side was really on top at any stage, we were extremely happy to come away with the 6 points and content knowing that we didn't travel all the way to the Shire for nothing. Hopefully some solid practice during the week should lead to a good performance against Sydney in Round 4.
Bankstown escape as the thunder rolls in
After a comprehensive victory in Round 1, the thirsty 3rds knew they would face much stiffer opposition from the boys from Bankstown. An injury to mercurial leg spinner Matt Todd, saw Tom Ledgerwood(not a like-for-like replacement) promoted and we welcomed the return of Ian Higgins to the fold.
Rosen takes his usual route to runs
Day 1 was unfortunately washed out after a number of attempts to start the game. This was not such a bad thing, as the younger brigade received a crash course in covers management. Next step in their covers degree is to be proactive and undertake this chore without constant supervision. Covers, funnily do not move unless the person who picks them up actually moves. Just a hint!!
The covers did a wonderful job to ensure a game on Day 2 and Howitt succeeded in losing the toss and being sent in. On a wicket which offered the bowlers enough assistance, we lost Jordy (to a peach according to their captain) and Ledgerwood (senior) relatively early in proceedings. Brett Rosen (50) batted superbly and forged a partnership with the reliable Nick Dowsley.
Rosen batted well under difficult circumstances and it was not the wicket which he was fighting. Unfortunately he was struck in the groin area and couldn't shake the injury for his entire innings. He hobbled around and refused the application of ice at drinks. He is a tough little fella our wicket keeper.
Justin and Missy compare notes for the next edition of The Mail
Rosen fought through the pain and was only undone by a wonderful full toss which he duly hit to mid off. Brett has asked the coach if it possible to practice facing full tosses at training during the week. Good luck to the person who gets roped in to throwdowns at training!! Justin Avendano (44*) and Ian Higgins (49) formed a wonderful alliance and ensured we reached 201 after 60 overs. Both players batted intelligently and ensured we had a more than competitive total to defend.
Bankstown started well but at tea the Stags had reduced the opposition to 4/54. A magnificent direct run out from Avendano was the highlight of a session where our bowlers were a little inconsistent, but were assisted by some poor shot selection from the Dogs. Quick wickets after the break from Tom Ledgerwood (2/20) and James Kidd (3/45) saw the opposition on the ropes at 9/120. However, the threat of a storm became reality as the thunder began rolling in and our desperate attempts to take the last wicket were thwarted. The rain stayed long enough for the game to be called off and the Bankstown boys were very lucky to receive the same amount of points as Gordon'.zero.
A very annoying and frustrating end to a game where we really dominated, especially in the field. Rosen, Higgins and Avendano batted superbly and showed the importance of building partnerships and ensuring a competitive total batting first.
Avendano leaves his mark on 3rd Grade early in the season
However, both games thus far we have been 5 for not enough. James Kidd and Thomas Ledgerwood were the pick of the bowlers, but overall we were guilty of bowling either too full or short and lacked consistency. Something to work on.
A tough away trip to the shire this week and hopefully the 6 points we missed out on over the long weekend will be in the bank after this round.
Ed Howitt Jnr
3rd Grade Report vs Blacktown
A new season, new personnel, old personnel and back home at Killara Oval. On a windy day the boys were treated to a covers lesson from the skipper and others who learnt last season the art of such a draining chore. We managed to defeat the 3 covers, albeit in a shoddy manner, and organise a decent warm up before Howitt won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch which the groundsman described as a 'virgin wicket' and one which he had no idea how it would play. Unsurprising, given it was a completely new square.
Matt Todd returns to Gordon grade cricket with a catch by Jordy Liddle
Jordy Liddle and James Ledgerwood started our season off somewhat cautiously, before Jordy played on in the 7th over. Rosen (49) entered the fray and played a vast array of shots (surprise ,surprise!!) and looked in complete control. Unfortunately, his wicket was the start of a mini collapse as we slipped to 5/120 off 25 overs. Nick Dowsely (84*) remained solid and played a very controlled innings. He found allies in Henry Carmichael (57) and Ed Howitt (43), who both played their natural games and allowed Dowsley to be the rock at the other end. Some poor ground fielding by our opponents and positive batting saw the Stags reach 9/303 off their allocated 50 overs. A brilliant result given we were 5 down half way through the innings.
James Kidd and Charlie Bangs formed a new opening attack for 3rd grade and both bowled good lines in ensuring Blacktown did not get off to a flyer. Both deservedly picket up a wicket, and their efforts were soon supported by Henry Carmichael who also picked up a wicket early in his short spell. The introduction of out two leg spinners, Avendano and Todd, again saw wickets continue to fall and Blacktown were never in the hunt. It was now down to whether we could get the double bonus points, and fortunately two run outs and some straight breaks from the skipper saw 8 points in the bag with 5 runs to spare. On a very bumpy outfield, the ground fielding was excellent, with Ledgerwood taking one in the mouth for the cause and Jordy taking a great catch in swirling conditions to give Toddy his comeback wicket.
A good result first up and now we look forward to hosting Bankstown. They have a good mixture of youth and experience and they will provide a much stiffer challenge. Now for a 2 day game and the top order has the opportunity to build an innings and not be in such a hurry, as it seemed some were this game. Killara is a ground we must learn to play on. We talked about it after the game and we know how to go about it. Less talk more action is the key!!Ed Howitt