The success of the 2012/13 season for the Gordon DCC was built on the back of previous successes, culminating in the winning of the 3rd Grade premiership and the retention of the 5th Grade premiership trophy.
The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.
First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches.
First Grade match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
Highlight of the match? Covers. Just walk it on the tray. Simple as that.
Packman won the toss and the Stags would make first use of the ball. Shock me. Things started steadily for both teams, until the introduction of Julian “Karl Pilkington” Stephenson brought the first two wickets, the first from the best catch you’ll ever see by Elliot Richtor.
"Karl Pilkington" takes a couple of early wickets against the Two Blues
At 2/22, the rain came and we were forced into an early lunch. The umpires decided that they would have another look at 1.30pm. BMac wasn’t happy with that, and after a few words this soon changed to a 1.30pm start.
Jules picked up where he left off by dotting up one end. Meanwhile, ‘JK’ Kennedy picked up his first wicket by beating the bat of Michael Wood. To the umpire’s credit, Marcus gave it out as well. Moments later, JK picked up his second in similar style.
Jules was rewarded for his consistent pressure by picking up another 3 wickets; his fifth wicket coming from an excellent catch by Beverley.
We have been a bit guilty of letting opposition tails off the hook this season, however the bowlers maintained their discipline and the Eels were eventually dismissed for just 89 runs.
Plan A was to chase the runs 1 wicket down. At 3/17, it was time for Plan B. Packman and Evans set about resurrecting the innings. The two started nervously, with Parkinson and Jackson beating the bat on the odd occasion. The spinners were eventually brought into the attack, and both batsmen set about stamping their authority by dispatching them to all parts of the ground.
After taking a magnificent catch, Richtor ends up 39* when the skipper declared
Packman was eventually dismissed in vintage Packman style for 45, and Evans departed soon after for 43. Elliot Richtor smashed 39* off just 31 balls to allow the skipper to declare 81 runs ahead.
Unfortunately, the bowlers weren’t able to pick up 10 wickets in the remaining 5 overs to secure an outright victory. Nevertheless, it was a dominant display of cricket by the Stags, and hopefully we can raise the bar again this Saturday against first placed UNSW.
As for Day 2… ‘JK’ didn’t bring his kit into the changing room, so there was certainly no chance of play.
After a disappointing wash out on Saturday, we were fresh to take on the local rivals in North Sydney. A grudge match against a side that has somehow got the better of us over a number of years. Unfortunately this match was no different, albeit a close and entertaining one.
Harold Evans continues to put runs on the board and get his name in front of the state selectors
A reasonable crowd was in attendance, the 'golden oldies' and some not-so-golden oldies of Gordon's cricketing past were congregating at the northern end of the ground, to tell stories of yesteryear and provide support to the current playing group.
There were also a 'rafter' of turkeys congregating at the southern end of the ground, essentially they were supporting the opposition and when the opportunity knocked they weren't backward in coming forward with advice. Solid banter and on occasions quite amusing, news came through at a later date that the 'gang' provided a guard of honour to the author's wife and baby upon leaving the ground.
We were requested to take first use of the pitch, which had been under the covers since lunchtime on Friday, the first period was expected to be a little tricky and negotiating the new ball was critical to setting up the innings. Packman and Colley entered the ground however the opening partnership was short, and as has occurred too often this season the upper order failed to get going. The main contributor was Harold Evans, who is putting together a sound resume with his contributions each week with both bat and ball.
A run a ball 60 was well needed as those batting around Harry were finding the scoring more difficult. Ideally what you want to achieve in these circumstances is to rotate the strike and find a way to get the inform player facing more deliveries.
Bowling allrounder, Juli-han Stephenson, makes his return to 1st Grade
Unfortunately after not seeing much of it for approximately 5 overs, Harry struck a ball to mid wicket and was caught putting an end to what was going to be a big hundred. Food for thought to those batting in these crucial partnerships; to alleviate the pressure on the guy who is in to do all the scoring - tick over the singles and things will undoubtedly get easier for you as well.
The tail didn't really fire either, disappointing for a team which has such great batting depth. Bevo carried us through to the last wicket and provided a valuable contribution of 16*.
How many more would it have been had he had some partners in the dying overs. We don't know.
What we do know is Bevo is hitting the ball cleanly and needs more opportunity! Jules contribution was entertaining, however he was disappointed when dismissed as he was starting to find his rhythm with the willow.
191 runs were defendable and as has been the case many times this year the bowling attack had the win in their sights. We started indifferently and didn't size up the opponents strengths quickly enough, nor execute the lengths we wanted, and found ourselves behind on run rate and wickets taken. After not many, possibly 8 overs, the score read 0-46 and something needed to happen quickly.
Big "Mantis" Kennedy takes the useful wicket of Hughes
Kennedy picked up the useful wicket of Hughes as he was doing a majority of the damage. The pick of the line and lengths and a good lesson on bowling 'one side of the wicket' was Julian (a great return to the top grade). Impressive figures to match with 1-24 and should have had at least another wicket to his name. Chad also bowled well, but let himself down with no-balls and the resulting runs scored off free hits.
Big weekend ahead and at a time when the competition starts heating up for positions in the top 6.
Early start to get into the weekend and a good chance to put up your hand and be a match winner.
This will probably be one of the shortest Day 2 reports ever (outside of those not submitted by Bombas). Unfortunately not much in the way of good news to talk about. We had high hopes of making the needed runs to secure a 1st innings victory over the Lions but it was not to be.
Harry Evans continues his good form with the ball, this time against the Lions
The Lions opening bowler Sandhu continued his great bowling form from the previous week with James Packman being given out LBW early in the day for 7. He was soon followed by Dan Smith, Ian Beverley and myself.
The only Gordon batsman to be able to stand his ground was Chad Soper with a very solid 34 not out coming in at No. 9. Sandhu finished with the outstanding bowling figures of 7/40.
The captains decided prior to the tea break to call it a day.
Overall not a great day for the Stags, leaving us with a long drive home from Rosedale Oval and some work to do at practice this week, looking at the areas of our game we need to improve.
One area I think the batsmen could address is shot selection.
I have no doubt that we will bounce back and be ready to take on the very strong Sutherland side next week at Chatswood.
Driving out to Rosedale Oval with plenty of clouds around didn’t give me great hope for the cricket ahead but arrived at the ground to find Rosedale looking quite good although with a grassy looking pitch.
So after “the skip” won his second toss in a row, giving him an interesting decision to make after looking at the Lions team list, but believing in our bowling attack, he sent the Lions into bat.
Harry Evans cleans up a couple of crucial wickets... then the tail. More O'Reily points one assumes...
Our opening bowlers got off to a brilliant start, taking 3 wickets for 6 runs. James Kennedy continued his great spell by taking Ben Rohrer who was bowled not offering a shot (something I know a little about). Suddenly the Lions were 4 -21. Dan Smith and James Kennedy both had with 2 wickets.
The afternoon saw us let the Lions off the hook a bit with their middle order scoring some runs, we also had a rain delay for about an hour and half, but after returning to the field, Harry Evans and Chad Soper took the last wickets quickly and the Lions finished up all out for 161 with Mitchell Williams top scoring with 94.
I believe the bowling honours were shared with Harry Evans taking 4/23 and James Kennedy 3/31, with Dan Smith helping with a valuable 2/37.
With the target set, our batsmen were faced with an hour or so of play, the light fading and a rather dangerous bowling attack to contend with - so it was not going to be easy. The Lions opening bowlers (Bollinger and Sandhu) were very quick as expected and unfortunately Brendan McDonald was out in the 1st over, lbw to Bollinger.
James "Mantis" Kennedy makes inroads into the top order of the Lions defenses
I was in next, ready to face the music, with Steve Colley. The fading light made batting difficult and we lost Steve for 12, Reece for 2 and Harry for 0.
Packers came to the crease and not long after that the Umpires deemed the light was not good enough to continue and stopped play. We finished Day 1 at 4/42 with some work to do next Saturday.
On what looked to be a warm week and hot day, we turned up to Chatswood expecting a good batting wicket.
We thought otherwise when it turned out to be green with a 'fair' covering of grass! So we won the toss and bowled! We started well with James Kennedy (3/25) taking a wicket in the first over and the Stags were away!
Dan Smith continues to display his fantastic allround form, making 50 runs and taking a bagfull of wickets
The first new ball turned out to be no good, after some classic crowd catches and a ball landing on the roof! The second 'newy' started to swing and Dan smith (5 for 39) and jk took full advantage taking wickets consistently.
Harry Evans (2/8) and Chad Soper (0/26) continued to build pressure and wickets kept falling. Smithy came back to pick up the well deserved “5fa” and we were batting before tea.
Brendan McDonald (24) and Steve Colley (10) got off to a good start, before our middle order struggled on a seaming wicket. Dan Smith (53) and James Kennedy (33) combined at the back end of the day to put on a handy partnership which turned out to be cruical.
Hoping to continue where they left off at the end of Day 1, only a few were added the following morning, and we were back bowling again before too long.
It was Kennedy to start and Smith to follow, we were looking for early wickets. The bowlers bowled well again and continued to take wickets, James Kennedy (1/35) Dan Smith (3/16) Chad Soper (3/20) Scott Heaney (3/23) Harry Evans (0/8).
With the wickets coming from both ends, theWarriors ended up falling, setting us only 21 runs to grab the 10 points.
The two openers were set to knock them off and a slight rain delay saw a few Stags running onto the field premature. Luckily the rain held off. The few runs needed were achieved with the loss of one wicket, topping off a good weekend!
Until next time!
Hurstville Oval is a beautiful cricket ground. It is also very familiar for first grade having played at Hurstville 5 times in the past 6 years. Away from the topic of familiar, Harold turned up to the match early and our coach was in full "green frog" uniform.
James Kennedy on his way to 4/14 from his ten overs straight
James Packman "snaked" his way in from the boundary to toss the coin. Lost and bowling. Perfect.
The following report will give you a brief description of how each player performed in order of appearance and also their performance in court afterwards. At risk of turning the attention to myself next adjournment, "Kangaroo Court" has become a feature event for the first grade side and each players recent form will be remarked upon.
James Kennedy was outstanding. Picking up a wicket on his third ball, James made the Ray Lindwall end his own from the outset. The Hurstville wicket was hard but did offer some carry for the bowlers with a fair coverage of grass.
Dan Smith backs up James Kennedy with the ball... but what about in court
JK got every ounce of assistance out of the wicket by standing the seam up and consistently hitting an area of uncertainty.
As his spell continued "Keno" built momentum. Consistently beating the bat, JK bowled with true rhythm. Too good to take off, Packers made the decision to bowl JK ten straight and it paid off. "Keno" finished with 4/14 from 10 overs.
Can he bowl? In court, to be fair, JK is a "battler". Without being too harsh, his accusations are probably fair, however his fines are rubbish. They lack creativity, substance and fail to align themselves with the crime. Lift you game Kennedy.
Daniel Smith supported JK well just like "the animal" he is becoming. Not waiting to be served, Smithy decided to help himself to an early wicket as well. Dismissing the "great man", Dan was on the board and we had the Saints 2-7.
Chad Soper, a couple of weeks before his great spell against St George. Honesty and integrity are his traits in the court
Smithy finished with 1-10 from his opening spell and was not required to bowl again. Dan also featured late in the match by blasting the winning runs from his first ball.
What can I say about this young, budding barman. It's like watching Tom Cruise flare in the movie Cocktail. Watch out for Smith in court, he will sneak a fine on you just before "recess". Like multiple youngsters these days, he can't remember anything without putting it in his phone. When Dan swipes his phone, look out you are next. Daniel is always entertaining and his fines are solid.
Chad Soper replaced Smithy and soon found his own rhythm by hitting the wicket. Sops bowled with decent pace and looked to be enjoying the extra carry on offer. 1-21 for Sops who again asked some questions of the St George top order.
Court performance for Chad was steady, he came up with an accusation, so bravo Chad for "piping" up and telling the court how you feel. Unfortunately his accusation was shut down immediately by the jury. Keep up the good work.
Harry Evans followed Chad, whilst JK was churning them out at the other end. Apart from turning up on time, Harold's highlight was dismissing Pillay with a brilliant reaction caught and bowled. This catch turned the match well and truly in our favour.
Harry Evans looks for runs down the ground. He is performing with bat and ball
From there Harold picked up 2 other tail end wickets to finish with 3-13.
Not bad for someone that bowls "little doorknobs".
With the bat Harry looked in control until he got a handy delivery that swung back from Green to trap him LBW. Serial offender and usually cops a lot of nominations for his actions and disrespect. On the flip side, Harold has a pretty good memory and usually pulls up members of the court for crimes. What impresses me most about Harold is his voting method. Harold is just and fair and will never follow the crowd when put under pressure. Keep up the good work.
Scott Heaney finally replaced "Keno" at the Lindwall end. Having witnessed the carnage "Keno" caused, Heans was licking his lips from the outset. A little over anxious at the start, Heans initially found it tough to find a consistent line.
Scott Heaney, the tall timber, plays his role on and off the field
With 3 overs under his belt, Scotty made a good comeback and bowled some unplayable deliveries.
Emphasising just how valuable the asset of height is when bowling fast, Heans finished with 1-21. Silent but deadly. If you awake the sleeping giant one week, be prepared to be taken down the following. Scott takes his court very seriously and has been spotted roaming the streets of Crows Nest on Friday nights waiting for a certain person to put a foot wrong. Put it this way, when Heans speaks, the court listens.
29 overs had past and we had successfully bowled St George out for 86.
Brendan McDonald tried to take the first one down with intent and unfortunately failed. Having single handedly won the match against Mosman, as promised, BMac will be back next week with the same intent and I'm certain with a different outcome.
Brendan "BMac" McDonald... court jester? Or chief prosecutor?
Outstanding and great value. The court and jury has Brendan to thank for the innovative fines he creates and punishes players. Brendan holds power within the walls of court. His enthusiasm is key and can sometimes sneak a spontaneous punishment on the pettiest of crimes.
James Packman showed everyone how to play on the Hurstville wicket. Packers steadied the chase of a low total, we all know how difficult it is chasing low totals. Positive from the outset, James wanted to score runs as opposed to surviving the new ball. His innings changed the game and most importantly took the pressure away from the new batsmen at the other end.
A captain’s knock, Packers finished with 36 and was unlucky not to be there at the end. The judge, need I say no more. Just like on the field, Packers is in control and holds the power. James' opinion matters and carries serious weight.
Is there room for two judges in the club? Packman reigns supreme in 1st Grade... but does Durie reigns supreme?
Sometimes manipulative, Packers will always have a fine in mind for a crime. Every action is well planned out. Like a steel trap, Packers is one to remember a previous fine so watch out if you forget.
When Reece Bombas came to the crease he also looked to score. Reece knocked the ball into the gaps early on and got up the other end. Packers and Reece looked promising to steer the ship home until Bomba edged one behind and we lost some momentum in the chase.
Bombas, resplendent in white, will have a solid job topping this report in the next round
Reece is without a doubt the best value in court and takes the approach "you win some you lose some".
If we have had 8 rounds so far, Bomba is 0 from 8. So really just "lose them all".
As stated earlier, Reece is hilarious and will always see a fine through. A man of his word and will never let justice get in the way of doing something to embarrass himself.
Court would not be the same without Reece. Often good for an outstanding fine that comes out of nowhere, literally I don't know where some of these fleeting genius moments come from. Bomba can be swayed into voting a certain way, however I think this serves as revenge from the cruel punishments he has copped over the past 2 years.
Colley keeps calm through the middle, ensuring the side got over the line
I would like to see more preparation from Reece when accusing other members of the court and I feel next week Reece may notch up a win! Go Bomba you are the best and don't ever change.
Steve Colley played an underrated innings last weekend. Similar to Reece he was proactive about seeking out quick singles and "shaping" the ball into the gaps. Buckets admits freely he is seeing the ball really well but is lacking a fraction of concentration as he is trying to establish his innings.
Stevo showed again some promising signs that a big score is not far away. Probably one of the more angry members of court, if the court atmosphere ever seems to turn "unfair", Coll will jump all over it. Steve is big on precedent and will often fight a charge even though he knows Harry is the only one believing in his case.
Lewis stands tall and dispatches one through the offside, bringing home the Stags to victory
Greg Lewis aka "the finisher" has found a new role in the one dayers. Lewy again was there at the end.
Solidarity was needed when Lewis walked sideways through the Hurstville gate. Gregs energy from point also provided pressure when we bowled and proves he can contribute in more than one way.
Greg is another man of his word. He always sees a fine to the completion, even at the risk of smooth abdominals. Greg needs to be careful of his actions and dress throughout the week. Constantly under surveillance, the court is ruthless with Greg and do not like it if he steps out of line.
Maybe a "DNB", but Beverley made a contribution with the gloves
Greg also loves revenge. The court is wary of pushing Greg to the point of rage. Lewy relies on motivation for revenge and will always dish out an apt fine for a crime. Lewis is good value.
Upon arriving at Rawson Oval, we were greeted with fine weather conditions for 100 overs against the Whales. The ground conditions had been visually affected by the rugby season as had the cricket square and we were competing on a dry lifeless pitch which didn't allow a lot of stroke play.
Brendan McDonald is true to his word, first performing with the ball...
It was fair to say that both sides found it tough going with the bat, difficult to find any fluency. What hadn't changed was the location of the ground, positioned in the same part of Mosman over many decades. Its location did prove difficult for some with Colley checking out the ground facilities at Allan Border oval prior to making his way to Rawson on time.
Evans on the other hand simply left insufficient time to get to the ground ready for warm up, let alone get lost and turn up 10 minutes later than usual (A trend I’m sure he will be paying attention to after his teammates dealt him a harsh penalty).
With another toss lost, we were asked to bowl first on a wicket which looked like it might get slower and lower as the day progressed. Our quicks performed well early and some fortuitous field positions claimed a couple of early wickets. A patient innings by Doolan allowed the opposition to bad around him and formulate a total. Pick of the figures was Kennedy, who found something in the wicket early whilst using his bag of tricks, 'cutters', 'slower balls' and 'seam' to prize out 4 wickets.
Also bowling with good control were Scott "the weapon" Heaney, Daniel "the animal" Smith and solid contributions from McDonald, Soper and Evans restricted Mosman to a gettable 190 all out.
... then performing for his side with the bat... after bemoaning his performances against Easts
A revamped order allowed McDonald to play with freedom and 'express himself as a cricketer'! He certainly did that and at the same time enjoyed some friendly banter in the middle during his stay of 68. BMac found the going easy in comparison, timing the ball beautifully to all parts of the ground. He was particularly dominant against the quicker bowlers getting us off to a run a ball and set the foundation for the remaining bats to go about knocking off the remaining runs required.
A handy partnership with the skipper brought 91 for the first wicket before Macca was adjudged LBW. There were a number of contributions from the top order, Harry again doing the business with a clinical 46* in the middle order steering the team to victory.
"Palms" Lewis also posted 26* and is in danger of being pigeonholed as a lower order finisher in the shorter format.
Greg Lewis knocks one through the off-side, combining with Evans to get the side home
A great comeback by all sides after a disappointing week prior, and we now look forward to a tussle with the Dragons at Hurstville Oval, I think I might even give them a hand with covers this week. Oh when the saints...
We arrived to see a wicket that hadn’t been prepared to a standard required for a fair contest. We lost an important toss and were obviously sent in by the Eastern Suburbs captain.
The top order failed to get going on what was a horrendous wicket to bat on early.
Dan Smith continues to accumulate points as an all-rounder for the many Fantasy League team owners
There was a plan to attack and, whilst wickets were falling, we were scoring at around 5 an over, with the boys at least having plans and intent. Harry again was the back bone of the innings and he made a fine 44 which set the tone for Colley’s sweetly timed 36 and Lewis’s big hitting 28.
The star of the show was the ever improving Dan Smith, as he hit the ball to all parts in an entertaining 47. Unfortunately we were all out in the 45th for 242, which wasn’t a bad result considering it was the least prepared wicket I had seen in my 9 years of 1st Grade cricket.
After a wayward start, we started to make inroads before a large partnership began between their two English players. Harry again featured in the bowling, claiming 2/40. Kennedy came back with good second and third spells to finish with 1 for 35, but it was again Smith who turned the game with an excellent second spell, finishing with 2 for 31.
James "Mantis" Kennedy continues to press his claim for higher honours with another good outing with the ball
He continues to have impacts on matches, a player that I really enjoy watching execute his skills.
Unfortunately the author had his worst bowling performance in his 9 year first grade career and put his side under a lot of pressure and ultimately lost the game for his side.
East got home with three balls to spare, despite a brave effort from Bombas who really stepped up with a solid bowling effort under pressure, a position he never should have been in. Bevo was ever reliable behind the stumps, full of support for his mates as always.
To be honest with ourselves, it was a great effort from our younger blokes, with the senior players under performing. I have taken sole ownership for the loss and look forward to beating Mosman by myself this week to right some wrongs. Just a small blip for a side that is really enjoying each others company and giving Bombas grief!!!!!
Brendan "The Hulk" McDonald
The team knew that at 4/100 at stumps last week we had a fight on our hands to reach the target of 230 runs, especially with NSW Captain Stephen O’Keefe returning to the Manly side after representative duties.
Unfortunately it did not start well with the nightwatchman, James Kennedy, given out LBW from the second ball of the day.
Harry Evans, the current O'Reily medal tally leader backs up his 4 wickets with 79 runs
This brought the injured Reece Bombas to the crease. Having been chosen to be his runner, I also went out to the crease.
Harry continued from Day 1 playing some excellent cricket and whilst Reece was a little restricted, he supported Harry very well. These two batsmen continued to play some solid cricket and looked like they could go all the way until Harry played at a wide delivery and was caught behind for 79 well earned runs with the score on 177.
The new batsman, Dan Smith joined Reece and they added another 24 runs before Reece was out for a gutsy 47. Having not personally done much with the bat, I was happy to have contributed as his runner. In the context of the game Reece played a patient and important innings.
Reece Bombas showed his teammates what he was made of, grinding out a gutsy 47
Dan Smith continued from his form of the previous game and showcased a controlled batting display in a very tight situation along with his partner at the other end, Brendan McDonald who assisted Dan very well. Dan and Brendon reached our target of 230 with great determination giving Gordon the victory with 3 wickets in hand.
The game produced some excellent cricket with Harry Evans 4/58 and 79 runs and Dan Smith 2/56 and 29 runs not out being highlights and not forgetting Reece Bombas’ batting in difficult circumstances for a crucial 47 runs.
The team has fought hard in some tight games, so let’s continue to work at training and improve each week.
Having had a bit of rain on Friday morning we arrived at the ground to see that the ground was in pretty good condition. James lost the toss and we were ordered to bowl against a strong Manly side.
Steve Colley is surrounded by his teammates after a great low-down catch
Manly lost a couple of early wickets to some good bowling by both James Kennedy and Daniel Smith however their “in form” batsman Tim Cruickshank scored 70 valuable runs along with Watkins and Cleary both scoring 38. Our bowlers battled hard all day, Harry Evans contributed again with 4 for 58, James finished with 3 for 44, Dan Smith 2 for 56 and Scott Heaney 1 for 40.
We also saw some great catching, in particular, a brilliant low to ground first slip catch by James Packman and some energetic fielding by Steve Colley and Cam Eccles saw Manly all out for 230 at tea.
Steve Colley takes a low-down catch and is mobbed by his teammates in the shot above
Unfortunately during our time on the field Reece Bombas had to come from the field with a hamstring injury which saw our very capable GER come on as the 12th man and a better display of fielding at fine leg has never been seen.
Brendan McDonald snaps one up off James Kennedy
So again, we went into bat towards the end of the first day, and for me it was a very short time spent at the crease, being given out LBW for 1 early in the innings. Cameron Eccles and Steve Colley batted well until Cam was out for 12. Harry Evans came to the crease and he and Steve batted well until Steve was out for a very solid 28.James Packman and Harry took the innings to 3 for 94 until James so slightly nicked one to the keeper which brought our nightwatchman, James Kennedy, to join Harry for the last 2 overs of play.
James Packman is the third player caught on camera taking a solid catch
We finished the day with Harry batting well on an unbeaten 43 and with the score at 4 for 100.
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.
Second Grade match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
The penultimate game of the season for Gordon reserve grade brought us to the “Village Green”, home of UNSW CC. The boys shaped up well and it seemed the “rain card” was not played as much as it may have been; maybe this was down to the infamous drainage system of the ground.
The side was lead for the first time by Captain Cubbage, who handed the baggy maroon to debutant Clem Bromwich. There was also a return for keeper Tom Beverely. Let’s hope he can replicate the dance moves of older sibling Ian/JBieber.
Harry Turner is in sparkling form with the willow
His reign started with losing the toss on a very English looking wicket (Green Pudding).
The first of many rain showers started after an entertaining first 3 balls, with Colley smashing one through point for 4. Play resumed after lunch and soon after Colley missed a straight one with a “devilish” shot. Turner and Phillips then rebuilt taking the score to 50, when Phillips was dismissed by a freak catch at short leg.
This brought Clem “Lemmy” Bromwich to the crease, looking confident from ball one, hitting well straight and dispatching the bad ball, including a very Clem-esque bunt over mid-on for 6. Harry and Clem combined well until Harry was dismissed, unluckily, for a very good 32.
By now rain breaks were becoming more frequent and with this, the pitch juiced up somewhat. Clem was dismissed for an excellent 37 and with this brought a collapse from the Gordon lower order, losing 5/11, with the opposition’s opening bowler-come-left arm spinner taking 6 wickets with a combination of “jaffas” and long hops.
Chad Soper continues to make his mark as a very handy all-rounder
Whilst this was happening, there was yet another impressive innings from Chad Soper (39) who made batting look easy in tough conditions.
I must also make mention of the skipper who battled hard down the other end (looking fluent after his 28th delivery, where he got off the mark).
The last wicket fell with Roughley, who had promised the pavilion that he would hit through the line all day, smashing one back at the bowler who promptly ran out JC, denying him an excellent and destructive hundred.
It was a fairly good effort on a tough deck and to UNSW’s credit, they bowled and fielded well. If we were to match them in those departments on the second Saturday it should been a very competitive game.
A change in conditions greeted the Stags after a long hard slog in poor batting conditions last Saturday. The sun was shining and the pitch was very, very flat; ideal conditions for batting and Gordon’s bowling attack knew they would have to work very hard for their wickets.
To be honest, we actually bowled pretty well, with Chad and James beating the bat on several occasions with the new ball. Heaney also bowled well and Edington picked up the first wicket of the day with the score on 70.
Clem Bromwich is looking for other university opportunities after vandalising the UNSW Engineering building
However, by this point their captain was in full flow and smashed a good hundred to be fair, hitting the ball cleanly through the line, and they passed their total 2 wickets down, the other wicket falling to captain Cubbage. Excuses shouldn’t really be made but we definitely had the far worse of the conditions over the 2 days, but perhaps we should have scored a few more runs on day 1 and perhaps bowled with not so much width on day 2…but it was a road.
Their captain declared at lunch with UNSW 10 runs ahead, hoping to rip through the Stags and force an outright victory.
However, we batted positively through contributions from Turner (71*), Bromwich (51), Phillips (31) and Soper (20*) and got to 3/186 by the time the game was called.
Just like in the first dig, Harry Turner continued his great efforts with the bat
Harry batted excellently for the second time in the game and Clem produced some awesome hitting, including one which went 5 storeys up in the Uni’s new engineering building.
Thanks to Falky as ever for scoring and also to Soper and Bromwich snr, who both supported the boys on both days.
Day 1 saw the reserve graders head down to Sutherland armed with the knowledge that most of the other grades had already been called off mainly due to some friendly reminders of what a select few were doing during their morning in bed.
Brad "The Dazzler" Rasool is having his nickname bandied around very freely...
When the covers were peeled back, they revealed a perfectly dry pitch with just a tinge of grass. Two hours later we were on our way back north and to this day, the author doesn’t know why it was called off but it did mean an early start to Vino Night.
Consequently, week two meant a much earlier start and 120 overs in total. As a team, we had talked about being more positive in everything we did and more importantly, just enjoying the last few games of the season. Although second grade hasn’t had the most successful season on record, moral has remained high throughout. Today we welcomed back club legend ‘the Dazzler’ for this round and Heaney who drove through the night to make it on time.
New skipper Rosen continued from where El’s left off with the coin toss and we were sent in on what looked like a good deck.
Kris Colley departed early on but Cam “Roughly is my new hero” Eccels and Harry “I bench more than Roughly” Turner put on 60 until Eccels nicked one.
Jules Stephenson continues to impress... leading to a birth in 1st Grade against Parramatta in the longer form of the game
This brought out Brad ‘What about the Dazzler’ Rasool.
After facing his first ball for the club in many a year, he turned to the dressing room signalling to bring something out. After a few attempts at deciphering sign language, we worked out that he had forgotten his crown jewels protector. Safe to say there weren’t too many out swingers.
Turner and Rasool took us to lunch 2/146.
Within the first 10 overs after lunch, we had managed to lose 4/11 and even with Carmichael heading in with a plan thanks to the ‘Grade Cricketer’ twitter account, we sat were in a very precarious position at 6/157. Somewhere during the middle of the carnage, Turner was out for a very classy 80 having played shots all round the park.
Some rebuilding was needed and Adam “I do what with a bench?” Cubbage and the tail hung around long enough to get the score to 9/265 off 69 overs, leaving the sharks 51 overs to chase down our total.
So far this season, we have prided ourselves on our bowling which had kept us in many games when our batting had let us down and today was no different however, this time, we actually had some runs to play with. Although you couldn’t say it was our best effort in the field, we hung in there. It’s a huge boost to have Jules ‘Karl Pilkington’ Stephenson leading the attack showing us exactly how to bowl an immaculate line and length backed up with a never say die attitude.
Harry Turner plays shots to all parts of the ground for a lovely looking 80 runs
With the remainder of the bowlers just a little under par, the Sharks got closer and closer to our total. Jules tied up one end while Cubbage finally worked out that if he landed the ball, it would help stop the scoring as well.
It came down to the last two overs with the Sharks needing 16 runs and the Stags needing two wickets.
The opposition captain, for reasons known only to himself, clearly decided that we weren’t playing the game in the spirit of cricket in the Shire (i.e. not handing them the game on a platter) so they weren’t going to play properly either and shut up shop when a win was on the cards.
It was a strange decision, seeing as the points wouldn’t have any bearing on our season but, as the number one side, you would have thought they would have had a crack at securing any points on offer to stay in the number 1 spot.
So, at the end of 11 hours spent in the Shire and 120 overs later, the game was called a draw. GDCC 9/265 dec. vs SDCC 8/253.
Good luck to all the teams in the run into the finals
It was the first game back at Chatswood in the New Year for the 2nd graders. The ground looked lush, Marcus was bouncing around, and the Cedric Pike Stand still hasn't lost its charm for those summer romances.
Cubbage whirls his magic against the Lions
The pitch was the only concern for the players, and with its colour mirroring that of the outfield. it wasn't a surprise that we were sent in by the opposition skipper. We lost Eccles early. Colley fought hard before succumbing to the Lions' usual first grade opening bowler. Richtor and Turner then combined to put on 80-odd runs and leave us 3/104 at lunch, a good platform for the rest of the day.
Fairfield's off-spinner ruined any chance of a big Gordon total, varying his pace well after the break and ripping through our middle order. Els compiled a hard fought 66 but unfortunately couldn't find a partner to bat through the day.
The Stags took to the field with 40 overs of play remaining. It was clear from Jules' opening over, in which he bowled Fairfield's opener with a corker, that our 186 run total wasn't going to be easy to chase.
Eddington was hitting his areas at the other end, producing a caught and bowled to leave Fairfield struggling at 2/4.
Will we ever get bored of writing "Stephenson takes a wicket in his first over"... I doubt it.
Rain never comes at a convenient time, nevermore so than when it started to fall after around 10 overs. Given how well Jules and Eddo were bowling, the Lions could have found themselves in a lot more trouble if the heavens hadn't intervened.
Unfortunately we couldn't pick up from where we finished on Day 1. The combination of a batsman-friendly wicket, looser bowling and aggressive stroke play meant the Lions were reeling in Gordon's total at a quick rate.
Some tight bowling by Els, who finished with 4 wickets, and the spin twins Cubbage and Roughly gave us some hope, but we just didn't have enough runs to play with by that stage. Fairfield took first innings points, and were bowled out shortly after with a 25-run lead.
Gordon's second dig panned out similarly to the first. While Henry and Max timed the ball well and made good starts, our innings was again punctuated by wickets being lost in clumps, a problem identified in previous rounds which we have not yet rectified. Eddo and Jules were able to take some gloss off the Lions victory with plenty of lovely shots at the end, quashing Fairfield's attempt at an outright.
The skipper stands tall amongst his teammates, as they gave up a good position on Day 1
So while this was another disappointing result for the 2nd graders, hopefully we can continue to learn from our losses and upset a few of the higher ranked sides in the remaining rounds.
Harry “Hooch” Turner
P.S. Kurt - do you even lift bro?
The first round after the Christmas break took the Stags to sunny Joe McAleer Oval in the heart of Blacktown, with temperatures predicted to exceed the 40°C mark.
Anthony Edington, Alex Ieroianni and Kurt Roughley rejoined the squad for this fixture, the latter two of which had previously played for the opposition.
An early pole for Jules Stephenson. Standard. Just like the sun rising tomorrow. You can bank on it.
Looking to notch up a much-needed victory, the theme of the day was to play good, hard cricket.
After losing the toss, we were invited to have a bowl on a deck that looked to be very dry. Upon entering the field to begin play, no further than halfway to the wicket, a rogue bolt of lightning appeared and we were forced off the field in no doubt the most odd beginning to a game of cricket that I have been involved in.
For the next 45 minutes we waited for our chance to take to the field, a break in which was utilized to visit the local 7eleven in Roughley’s sweet ride to acquire Slurpees. With cola, sour apple and virgin margarita’s all round, and a mango zilch (<1% sugar) for the resident shredder Eccles, we were able to keep cool until the start of play.
When we finally took to the field, the bowling was tight, with openers Eddo and Jules bowling tight lines and restricting the scoring, and Jules picking up an early wicket.
After a lengthy partnership, Eddo then picked up a wicket of his own, before wickets fell steadily.
Anthony Edington goes past the outside edge of the Warriors' batsman
By the innings end, Henry had picked up a crucial wicket of a batsman that was looking quite comfortable at the crease, the skipper bowling tightly and grabbing 2 for himself, Jules picking up a second, and Eddo finishing with 4. Tight bowling from the twin wrist spinners Roughley and Cubbage also contributed with some tight overs.
With the opposition notching up a slow but steady 189 all out on a pitch that looked to be quite slow, some gutsy determined batting was going to be required to enjoy the 6 points at the game’s end.
Unfortunately our batting was well short of this mark. With several of the dismissals appearing quite soft, especially those caught in front of the wicket, it was clear the pitch was quite slow, and we didn’t adjust our games well enough. Going from 2/60, and losing 6 wickets for 6 runs isn’t good enough to compete at this level, especially in the middle order. A good start from Harry “vodka sodas” Turner, and some late resistance from Eddo and Jules got us through to 128 all out, of just 38 overs.
With a tough run home, we will need a lot more mental strength and resilience to go with the immense talent this team has. If we are able to achieve this, there is no doubt that we will be able to compete with the top teams in this competition, as has been shown in earlier rounds.
After back to back victories against higher placed sides, the reserve graders came into the clash against Randy-Petes with some confidence after playing some solid cricket over the previous two rounds. We knew we couldn’t afford to be complacent, and another good all-round performance would be crucial in picking up the 6 points on offer.
Charlie Stobo continues to excel in the top grades for the club
After losing the toss we were asked to bowl first on a flat and hard Killara wicket. Our bowling performances over the season has been our strong point, but we were unable to bowl consistent line and length in this match and this showed with RP’s posting 250 odd. We missed a few chances in the field and should have had at least 5 run outs, but were unable to execute our skills to the level they should be.
With the wicket still flat, we knew we had to put together some solid partnerships if we were to chase down the runs required. Unlike our opposition we were unable to do this and we lost consistent wickets throughout the innings. What we lacked was the ability to apply ourselves and build an innings. A lot can be taken from the way the RP’s first drop batted, his first 50 came off 89 balls and second 50 off 32 balls. It just shows that once you get yourself in, there are plenty of runs to be made. Wickets in hand towards the end of an innings is paramount in being able to set or chase down a big score.
The 2nd grade side is a young side and are still learning about the game. Everyone needs to work as hard as possible to improve their own game and once this is done then the results should start to show. We should all be looking forward to the challenges ahead and be excited for the second half of the season.
Another Saturday, another game of cricket, and the opportunity to play on Killara again came as a welcome change to yours truly. After playing several games of late on a tricky and at times juicy Chatswood Oval wicket, I was looking forward to a comparatively easier stint at the crease on good ol' Bert Oldfield.
Edington bends his back for his new skipper on his way to a few crucial poles
Coming off a big win last week against top 6 side Mosman, and having done well against the other top teams in the comp, the seconds were confident of putting in a good performance against the Saints.
The first thing I noticed was that the pitch was not going to be the placid front footer that I had hoped for. Nonetheless, Eccles and young Colley provided a decent start against a good opening bowling attack. Kris in particular showed his improvement by seeing us through the toughest of conditions and keeping the scoring moving at the same time.
A couple of quick wickets put us in a disappointingly familiar position. From here Turner also impressed in his return to seconds with some typically nice drives. A couple of middle order partnerships followed by a late Edington onslaught got us to 194. The slightly tacky wicket had stayed much the same way throughout the innings so we knew that hitting the seam with a hard new cherry we could break the game open with some early wickets. So that's what we did.
As usual, Jules started with an early one. Then, after yet another Edington 'would-be' dismissal from a no ball, he picked up two more quick ones both clean bowled. As the Saints first real partnership began to take shape Charlie Stobo was tossed the ball in his second game for us. I couldn't tell you how many times he swung the ball past the outside edge of the bat. The Saints part time first grade bat later said that he'd pretty well accepted the fact that Charlie was going to continue to beat him and was content to play and miss until the bad ball came.
It never did.
Charlie finished with 8 overs 0-13. Well done mate. Without the pressure you built, that game could easily have gone the other way. I only hope the great 'RM' lifted his gaze from his newspaper long enough to see some of it.
Young Charlie "RM" Stobo shows his team the value of 8 tight overs
Cubbage chimed in with a typical leg spinners wicket (you decide for yourself what that must look like) and Will "POM" Phillips got through a few tidy ones as well. Elliot was also being typically miserly so we were able to force the Saints to chase 6 an over for the last 10 with only a few wickets in hand. Throughout the day skipper Els rotated his bowlers to perfection.
Knowing that in the field we only had to stay more composed than their last few bats, our boys kept the foot on the throat. We continued to bowl well and knocked over the last couple of bats with 30 runs in the bank.
We played confidently in the field, we were composed when it matter and as a group we hung tough. Let's play the same way next week and we'll be in the top six when it matters.
Get far ya ba
The reserve graders arrived at Chatswood Oval with a different looking side to the one that took on Eastern Suburbs the week before. Charlie Stobo and Will Phillips were making their second grade debut and Cam Eccles came down from 1st grade and we welcomed back Henry Carmichael after he missed the last game.
Anthony Edington comes in a the end of the innings, combining with Cubbage to push the game out of Mosman's reach
We had only picked up 4 points in the four rounds prior to this game and sat in 18th spot, so a win was vital to get us back in the hunt for a finals spot.
The pitch was quite green but was hard and had a few ridges that could cause some damage if anyone could hit them. The outfield was also not in the best shape with plenty of rough patches that could make ground fielding quite difficult. Despite the pitch, we would choose to bat if Richtor won the toss. However, like most tosses this year, Richtor lost, but we were sent into bat anyways.
Our innings didn’t start well, losing Jordy Liddle in the third over for 2. Cam joined Kris ‘JA’ Colley, where they made batting look very easy for the next 15 overs.
Proving a point - Cam Eccles muscles a ball through the onside on his way to top scoring for the reserve graders
Both of them finding the gaps in the field with ease. But with the score on 82 Cam skied a full toss to mid on. Kris saw that it was above the waist and would be a called a no ball, and ran, Cam thought he was out so did not leave his crease. A no ball was called late and this resulted in Kris being run out in bizarre fashion for a well-made 36.
Kris looked in great touch and hopefully can continue this form and go on and make a big score in the next few weeks. If the no ball had been called earlier and louder, perhaps this could have been prevented. Kris’ wicket saw Brett Rosen come and go within the space of two balls and suddenly momentum had shifted Mosman’s way.
The skipper, Richtor, joined Cam and they took the score to 112 before Cam was caught behind for 61. Cam played well, but really missed out on a big score, something that the reserve graders have not been able to do this season. Debutant, Will Phillips joined Richtor and the bowlers made it difficult to score freely. Richtor was then trapped LBW for 21, with Phillips and Carmichael falling shortly after leaving us 7-151 with 13 overs remaining.
Suddenly we were looking at a total of under 200.
Adam ‘Cubby’ Cubbage and Anthony ‘Edo’ Edington, like they have done several times at Chatswood this year dominated the bowlers and hit them to all parts of the ground. They put on an unbeaten 96 run stand to finish the innings off and give us plenty of momentum. Cubbage finished 54* and Edo 38*, with a total of 247. We felt the total was competitive, especially we were 7-151 and looking at a score of under 200.
Cam's partner in crime, Kris "JA" Colley, punishes anything with some width outside off
Out came the Stags to field and before we knew it, we had Mosman 2-0 in the first over. Julian ‘Jjules’ Stephenson bowled an outstanding over hitting those ridges and taking 2 edges with Brett Rosen making no mistake behind the stumps.
After being 2-0 Mosman consolidated for a period whilst been put under plenty of pressure from Jules and Edo. Charlie Stobo replaced Jules and started well getting a bit of shape away from the batsmen. It took him three overs before he had his first 2nd grade pole beating the batsmen for pace with a short pitched delivery and the batsmen could only spoon the ball to cover. An over later Stobo had his second also caught at cover.
At 4/60 the Stags were well and truly on top. With the run rate increasing the Mosman skipper decided to hit out and was successful for a short period of time until Adam Cubbage came on and had him caught behind. Cubby bowled extremely well, making the batsmen take risks which resulted in him picking up a few more wickets caught on the boundary. Cubby finished with 4/44 off his 10.
At 8/124, we knew if we could reduce them to 147 or under, we would pick up a bonus point. However the Mosman tail decided to have a swing, hitting a few fours and sixes. Suddenly the bonus point had disappeared. With the game nearing the end Will Phillips came on and picked up the last two wickets. Mosman were all out for 192.
Always effective, if not graceful, Cubbage works his way to an unbeaten half century before taking 4 wickets against the Whales
The bowlers all bowled well, with Jules picking up 2, Stobo 2, Cubby 4, and Will 2. Jules gave us great momentum picking up 2 in the first over and then the bowlers worked well together to finish the job off.
A vital 6 points for the Stags and hopefully this can turn our season around. This was the reserve graders best performance of the season so far. We played well as a team and there seemed to more intent to succeed. The challenge is to be playing like this more consistently. Two more games till the Christmas break, if we can win these games we will be right back in the hunt for a top 6 spot.
The Stags arrived to an overcast morning with persistent drizzle, it appeared Tim Bailey and his predictions of 36 degrees in the city were wrong! Despite the cooler conditions Easts won the toss and elected to bat…
Adam Cubbage bowled tightly, deep into the innings, but without any wickets to his name
Jules and Chad ripped in with the new ball and the Stags didn’t have to wait long before Chad found the edge with a classic outswinger, the catch was well taken by Brett and Easts were 1/17. Edington also had them edging, making the most of the movement available by keeping the seam up; again Brett took an excellent catch.
Edington took 3 wickets (exactly the amount he said he’d like in the warm up). If only he said 5!
This left Easts reeling at 5/120. Then the shifty hands of luck turned on us! We had a run out appeal turned down when Watts had just come to the crease, which was followed by a second unsuccessful appeal shortly afterwards. Like the classy batsman he is, Watts capitalised on these reprieves and made 79 off 123 balls, bumping the total out to 211 after 50 overs.
Kurt and Cubby bowled very tightly at the death and the gamble of continuing the spinners paid off.
A great effort in the field and wickets to Edo 3/44, Jules 2/55, Kurt 2/40, Chad 1/23. A special mention to Cubby and Els who bowled well without luck Adams economy rate was just a little bit over 3 and Els economy was less than 2 off his 6 overs, so well done boys.
Little Bretty Rosen continues to provide the backbone to the 2nd Grade batting order
211 was a similar total to the Manly game, one that was very gettable given some good partnerships but as the day grew hotter and hotter Eastern Suburbs turned up the heat on Kris and Jordan, who both went early making it 2 for 21. Wickets continued to fall at consistent intervals and no big partnerships were formed.
When Harry went; we were in trouble at 3 for 47. Brett Rosen (23) offered some resistance and Elliot followed it up playing a great captains knock of 49. Alex went adjudged LBW and the target of 211 looked far away at 6/129.
Chad Soper brought the chicks back with his thick Papuan moustache and his ballistic hitting, belting a near run a ball 23 unfortunately the wickets continued to tumble around him leaving us all out for 148 with only 4 players reaching double figures.
Anthony Edington continues to make a substantial contribution during his return to the club
A tough loss. We haven’t managed to chase two very gettable scores in a row. From the bowling perspective, the team is going very well but when batting we played some average shots and couldn’t rotate the strike enough. Wickets fell at regular intervals and though not for lack of trying we were again bowled out for under 200.
Plenty to work on in the batting department, if we do manage to fire with the batting we’ll take some stopping. Let’s turn it around boys.
The Gordon reserve graders arrived at the picturesque Manly oval confident of victory and keen to erase last year’s memories. For those of you for whom it isn’t as vivid as it is for me, despite a first innings win, we ended up recording a narrow outright loss during the finals’ campaign to last year’s premiers.
Alex Ieroianni makes his debut for the Stags in style
Upon inspection of the pitch everyone agreed it was an interesting looking pitch which was difficult to predict how it was going to play. After winning the toss Els elected to bowl.
Jules and Chad headed the Stags attack, Jules making the obvious choice to bowl from the end which Stephenson senior was so successful from for many years. It was a strong bowling performance throughout; this attack is improving every week. After his heroic efforts with the ball last week Jules played a more supporting role to Chad and Richtor, who were the stars with the ball both taking 4 each.
Alex Ieroianni, on debut for the Stags, looked much more comfortable in his second spell, and, as usual, the spin twins Cubbage and Roughly bowled well. However, they bowled without any luck.
Henry Carmichael slays one through the covers
These bowling efforts were backed up with a strong fielding effort, despite a couple of dropped chances. The offender will not be named (because it was me). Also worth a mention was an absolute ‘hanger’ from Alex on debut, and I don’t use that term lightly.
After dismissing Manly for 207, the Stags top order was required to negotiate around two hours before the end of play, we did this with the loss of three wickets which still left us very confident heading into Day Two.
The message on Day Two was clear, we had 96 overs to score roughly 150 runs. Bretty Rosen gave us a pep talk describing how easy this chase will be even if we just did it in singles. Within the first 5 overs Brett began to dispatch the bowlers through and over cover for 4 on a regular basis, just showing the team his ’do as I say, not as I do’ attitude.
Elliot Richtor lead from the front with the ball, taking 4 wickets
Brett was the first to be dismissed for a well-made 64 once again showing his class.
Cubbage played out a defiant 11 from 70 balls before being dismissed, which brought together the best partnership of the innings between Henry and Alex. Both batsmen played extremely well Henry showing off his big hitting into the fishos. However the steady fall of wickets ensued and before we knew it we were 9 down with 19 runs to win.
Despite the tail’s best efforts, the Stags were bowled out for 193.
It was a very disappointing loss after being in control for the majority of the game. However, over the last two rounds we have shown we can mix it with last year’s premiers and runners up and with only a small increase in performance will hopefully begin a strong winning streak heading into Christmas and the New Year.
It was a new look 2nd Grade team this round with Hamish Angus and Ian Higgins replacing the injured Kurt Roughly and Harry Turner. It was also a new look pitch at Chatswood, which was an inviting prospect for the bowlers, with a nice covering of grass. With both teams looking to make first use of the facilities with ball, we lost the toss and were sent in to bat.
Chad Soper partners with Jules Stephenson to restrict the Students in the first innings
Jordon Liddle was the first to be dismissed and Brett Rosen followed shortly after and we found ourselves 2/31 off 10 overs. Kris Colley and Elliot Richtor temporarily steadied the ship to get the score to 55 at drinks. Kris Colley played some great drives through the covers in his innings of 29, but when he was caught behind the score was 3/63.
Both Hamish Angus and Ian Higgins were out quickly before lunch and at the break we were struggling at 5/80. After lunch Henry Carmichael and Elliot put together a great partnership which ended on 57 when Elliot was unfortunately given out lbw for 39 even though he got a tickle on it. Henry continued on and top scored with 44 which included 10 boundaries. His stroke-play through the offside was punishing and great to watch.
When Henry was dismissed we lost another quick wicket and were 9/152. It was then Julian Stephenson and Adam Cubbage put together a potential match winning partnership of 59 to get us to a very respectable total of 211. It was a great fight-back for the last wicket and both guys batted very sensibly and put away the bad balls when they came. There was still plenty of cricket to be played on day one and both quicks were on the money from the start.
Julian continued his fantastic form with the ball this season and picked up the first 3 wickets. He was backed up by Chad Soper at the other end who also bowled a fantastic spell with no luck. Our fielding was exceptional and we caught well behind the stumps; Brett Rosen, Adam Cubbage and Elliot Richtor each taking a catch. At the end of Day 1 the game was in the balance with Uni at 3/58 off 31 overs.
Jules Stephenson takes a bagfull of wickets at Chatswood Oval
Day 2 turned out to be full of action. Jules continued where he left off and grabbed another 2 wickets to get the students 5/82. Chad Soper also bowled with great control and was troubling the batsmen with some excellent away swing bowling and deservedly picked up a wicket. His spell included 6 maidens on the trot.
Jules and Chad showed their endurance and bowled through the whole first session with Jules picking up another 3 wickets things were looking great at lunch with the students 9/113. It only took 2 balls after lunch for the Uni innings to be completed. It was fitting that it was finished with a run-out for Hamish Angus as our fielding had been great for the entire innings. Looking back now I wonder if it took us a bit longer to take the last wicket the game may have had a different ending.
In hindsight it worked out in the students favour. Jules finished the first innings with the incredible figures of 8/50 off 28 overs which included 12 maidens. Chad finished with figures of 1/44 off 27 overs with 14 maidens.
When we went out to bat for our 2nd innings there was a spring in the step of the Uni bowlers especially with Ben Joy returning from 1st grade. They bowled their guts out and gave it to us. Jordan Liddle provided much needed stability at the top of the order and was the only batsman to look comfortable against the bowling.
Adam Cubbage covers his stumps as he and Jules put on 59 for the last wicket
Jordie played some great shots but unfortunately got a good rock and was out for 31. Joy ripped through the top order in which 4 batsman were removed without scoring. At 8/56 Hamish (15) and Anthony Edington (18) were the only other batsman to reach double figures in a disappointing total of 85.
The equation for Uni was 184 to win off 26 overs - a total that the students were always going to have a crack at.
Once again Chad bowled superbly and was rewarded with two early wickets and with the score 2/21 things were looking good. Jules also bowled well at the start of the innings to restrict the scoring. However, the next partnership for the students was the game changer – the two Uni batsman attacked the bowling and plundered the next 100 in quick time to all parts of the ground. I don’t want to publish my figures here but I am sure that you can look them up on a website somewhere – I nearly died when I saw the book after the game! Sorry lads...
It was only after the introduction of Adam Cubbage and with Jules back into the attack that slowed the scoring and gave us hope to hold onto the 6 points. Adam broke the partnership and took 3/31 off his 5 overs. He was also given the responsibility of bowling the last over in which the students needed 7 to win. He bowled great under pressure and the students got a bit of luck on the second last ball when they picked up 3 byes to level the scores.
The skipper looks to the onside for runs, before being dismissed LBW
With an edge over gully on the last ball Uni celebrated a deserved 6 points for a fantastic fightback. There is a reason that they are on top of the table with 3 second innings wins already this season.
After the match we were all devastated but I think it will make the team stronger heading into the next few rounds. It cheered me up on Sunday to hear that the PGs team got up in a close match at Chatswood – in particular for the guys who were playing in 2nd grade on Saturday.
Good luck against Manly lads!
The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup, which they secured under the captaincy of Edward Howitt in 2012/13. 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.
Third Grade match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
To be honest I don’t really remember anything from this game, I’m just replaying the live stream recording of the match to relive the experience. If you don’t feel like reading through my match report, jump on the Sydney University CC website and flick to ‘live streaming from the grandstand’. Alternatively, read on. It’s a long report – but a Grand Final deserves one – and it’s worth reading to the end; we win.
Adair Durie puts in a stunning performance with the ball, taking 8 Student wickets
And... given my overseas jaunt last year, where I missed the victorious 5th Grade Grand Final, I’m taking my sweet time to embrace this one.
Ahead of the weekend forecast rain, might have prompted some to contemplate playing a Friday night rain card. But this was the Grand Final, only Missy had the confidence to play it.
With grey clouds hovering ominously above Sydney on Saturday morning, pre warm-up banter was dominated by discussion of meteorological etymology. “Atko” Atkinson, using his experience to preoccupy the boys from their game-day nerves, was considering whether ‘isolated showers’ would bring more or less rain than those that are ‘scattered’. Hmm. While Gordon’s 3rd grade Little Master was left to ponder this thought, the rest of the boys headed out on to the ground to watch Sydney Uni play ‘Nashball’.
Nashball, played with a rugby league ball, can best be described as a cross between rugby, league, football, AFL, netball and European Handball. It is undoubtedly the most famous and equally controversial creation from Sydney Uni CC since Greg Mathews. One can’t help but think that if the Students had put as much energy into their on-field cricket performances as they did into their warm-up/warm-down/favourite sport, they might have had fared better during the Final.
Hoppa won the toss.
That’s such a remarkable occurrence it deserves its own sentence, nay a paragraph, to emphasise its rarity and significance. The wicket had a green tinge, a little surface moisture, and the overhead conditions made bowling first a relatively obvious choice.
Newman commits 100% to ensuring every run is stopped
Adair opened the bowling and never stopped. He literally never stopped. Teddy’s first over was just about as good as we could have hoped for in the Grand Final. An edge fourth ball and a neat catch to Atko at 2nd left the ‘visitors’ one for two after the first set (as there is video of this game, you will find this catch on Atko’s facebook wall in a couple of weeks time with the #lowcentreofgravity).
Sydney Uni’s best bats guided them to a jittery 1/21 off 12 before the first rain delay. Removing the covers 45 minutes later the pitch had transformed from a ‘green tinge’ to something closer to a solid ‘grass covering’. With some added assistance, Adair was able to produce his two best deliveries of the match in succession, the second of which trapped the competition’s in-form batsman, Hobson (two tons in the past two games), in front for 10.
The next period of rain forced us from the field for the best part of four hours. This gave 12th man Ben Garratt enough time to finish assembling Adair’s new exercise bike and Adair enough time to declare that it wasn’t to his satisfaction and that he would be returning it. Well done BG.
The restart at 5pm gave us another 17.3 overs to try to knock over a few more Students before stumps. James “Billy the” Kidd managed to snick off Adair’s self-proclaimed ‘nemesis’, the left-handed Logan, for 22, before Teddy went right through the number 5 as Uni stuttered to stumps 4/73.
We returned to the ground at the start of Day 2 feeling satisfied with our first day performance but fully aware that a lot of cricket was still to be played. A good start was needed and with metronomic efficiency Adair delivered an early poll, caught at first slip by “Reg” Livermore. Gordon evictee, Rob Edwards, then combined with the number 7, Clark, for their best partnership of the innings.
The boys congratulate Durie, and console him about the pain his knees and back will endure for the next few weeks
Frustration began to creep into our bowling, eloquently evidenced by Blaize who produced the loudest expletive to be live streamed to South Africa. The pair added 49 and steered their side to the first drinks break of the match.
It was here that the game turned completely in Gordon’s favour. Almost unsurprisingly Adair stepped up to draw a thin edge behind from Edwards, before providing catching practise to first slip two balls later. Reg accepted gleefully… on the third attempt. The next over Hoppa tied down the other set batsman with five darts before floating one up, enticing a reckless sweep shot straight to Adair who had to interrupt his conversation with Billy Hendricks at square leg to make the catch.
A small partnership ensued but produced nothing that would seriously trouble the scorers. Another scratch behind and a neat clean bowled from Adair finished the Students’ innings at 147. Teddy finished with the figures of 8/56 in what was undoubtedly the best 35-over spell of his career thus far.
This left the Stags with a tricky 15-minute session before lunch in what proved to be another pivotal moment in the game. While most off the field had their minds affixed firmly on survival, ‘Cyclops’ Spratt had other ideas. A streaky boundary over the slips to start proceedings, followed by a neat punch through the covers for a brace and an imperious pull shot over square leg catapulted the 3rds to 0/14 off the first over, and well on the way to a successful chase.
Spratt makes an aggressive start to the run chase
Reg also started positively, hitting a couple of boundaries from the other end to propel us to 25 without loss in the four overs before lunch. A change of ball at the interval, after Spratt had knocked the first out of shape, produced more movement in the air and off the pitch for the Students. However, a slightly more watchful approach nullified these added challenges as the openers achieved their first 50-run partnership in their third innings together.
Chris became overly excited when they brought their captain/spinner on, skying a slog sweep to square leg to give the Students their first wicket with the score on 61. Missy then ensured that we didn’t lose another quick wicket, combining for a patient 39 run partnership with Reg.
Immediately after we reached the 100-mark Higgins had his off-stump uprooted by a vicious yorker (from a leg-spinner) and the bowling side had a glimmer of hope. It would be foolish to think that at this time some spectators hadn’t cast their mind to the news filtering in of St George’s epic capitulation in 5th Grade, to the bowling of Matt Selby, and were wondering if the same strange turn of events could be repeated here. Reg’s composure and experience guided us through this difficult period, dispatching anything short while prodding singles around the square.
Little did the spectators know, Damon "Reg" Livermore, played with a busted thumb
“West Brom” Bromwich started quietly at the other end before smashing 20 runs in the space of 9 balls to get us to within an elevated boundary of the victory target and a Premiership win. Within moments Hoppa transitioned from anxiously fretting about the state of the game to excitedly pacing in front of our supporters in nervous anticipation. The realisation that we were about to win the Grand Final before it had actually happened was a special and somewhat surreal experience.
It was at this moment that the live stream stopped. It remains unclear as to whether this was the fault of Dave Millar, who may or may not have pulled out an important cable searching for a place to charge one of his many gadgets, or whether it was a form of quasi-censorship for the Sydney Uni fans who shied away from the closing moments of defeat.
Although I have no video proof to support these next moments, from memory, I seem to recall that Clem perished looking to seal the win with a zak.
This fittingly saw Atko stride – nay, sprint – to the crease to guide us home. A lofted boundary over cover left Reg with one run to finish the innings, and the season, to which he duly obliged. He finished 63*, a performance that underscored his quality and the value he has provided at the top of the order this year.
So there it was, a Grand Final victory. The last 50 runs seemed to pass so quickly there wasn’t much time to mentally prepare for the winning celebrations. Taity wanted to know if we should run on to the field when we passed their total. I think most people wanted to, but no one did. Within moments the presentation had concluded, the (longest) Gordon song had been sung, and the Mitchell Cup filled with beer. Gordon DCC, the best side in 3rd Grade.
As this concludes the season, a few extra comments are in order. A special mention must first go to Adair Durie, who produced one of the greatest Grand Final bowling performances in Sydney Grade Cricket history. While many people will argue that finals cricket is principally a bowler’s game (Parramatta 2s might contest that), the work with the ball still needs to be done and Adair’s experience and quality shone through on the day where it counted most.
Congrats Adair. What an outstanding performance with the ball.
Skipper Ed Howitt also deserves a comment, as he captained the side brilliantly throughout the year. 3rd grade only lost one game under his tuition this season (ironically against Sydney Uni), which is a testament to both his experience as leader and contributions with both bat and ball. Whether or not he decides to retire after this year, I’m glad that he can feel proud of his and the team’s success this season.
Congratulations to Atko for topping the competition runs this season, with 702 at an average of 70.2. Similarly, Adair was a clear winner in the wickets tally with 46 at 16.1.
There were far too many other player contributions throughout the year to mention, but I feel it’s appropriate to give Tjaard Tait a little airtime for his performances in the finals series. Although he didn’t bat or bowl in the Grand Final, and he only fielded nine balls at backward point (I’ve counted each from the live stream), it’s important for those thinking back on this season that Taity’s scores of 59 and 52 in the QF and SF –where he soaked up 394 balls of pressure to lead us in successful run chases on both occasions – were just as instrumental in leading us to this Premiership as any other performance.
On behalf of the team I would like to thank all the support staff that have assisted 3rd Grade and the rest of the Club throughout the year. Particularly Senior Howitt who attended all games this season irrespective of whether his son was playing.
Ed Howitt takes the first of many sips from the cup
Thank you to all players from other grades that came down to support us during the finals series, especially those who turned up on the Saturday and Sunday of the Final.
Hopefully witnessing a victory such as this one motivates players towards more Club success in forthcoming seasons. Only 4 clubs (St George, Sutherland, Sydney Uni and Gordon) have won titles in the past 2 seasons, and with 3 of these 10 Grade Premierships (and a Colts premiership as well), Gordon deserves its title as a powerhouse club in Sydney Grade Cricket.
Winning a premiership is an unbelievable feeling, I can only imagine what winning the Club Championship would be like.
Gordon DCC, 3rd Grade Premiers 2012/13.
Gordon hosted the Bankstown Cricket Club over the Easter long weekend at a Chatswood Oval in the midst of Shute Shield preparations. A kinesthesia of tense anticipation lay ever present beneath blue skies and a crisp breeze on Saturday morning, as Howitt won the toss and gave the visitors first use of the facilities.
Adair Durie will drag the exercise bike around for one more week
Having bowled Hawkesbury out for 65 seven days prior, the Gordon bowlers and fieldsmen were hopeful of a similar outcome, yet realistic in their expectations of the day's cessation against a tremendously strong Bankstown batting side that had won the minor premiership by seven points in front of Gordon.
While Gordon may well have anticipated to field for 87 overs, to bowl Bankstown out for 133 was beyond even their greatest wishes. Yet the performance of all and sundry deserved nothing less.
Bankstown, who had evidently been playing on flat wickets all summer, were adamant on getting on the front foot and bludgeoning drives back down the ground. But with Chatswood Oval’s outfield - and infield for that matter - needing to grow long for Round 1 of the rugby season, the batsmen’s crisp blows were rarely rewarded with the runs they perhaps deserved, if at all, as they near hypnotically hit fielders with unerring consistency.
An amazing performance by Irving-Holliday kept a strong Bankstown side to a very gettable total
Durie, Irving-Holliday and then Kidd battered the Bankstown top order with patient regularity. While the batsmen incessantly sought boundaries, the three Gordon quicks ascended the tension, pressure and burden on the incoming batsmen, as they gave near nothing away.
Bankstown’s opening pair had trudged their way to 27 before Irving-Holliday found the edge and a scrumptious diving catch was completed by Newman, celebrating his 21st birthday, in front of Livermore. Kidd picked up the second edge and wicket of the match, neatly snuffled by Atkinson at second slip and Irving Holliday made it three in two overs for the hosts, as Newman claimed his second. Bankstown, 3-31.
In a session of the match where Bankstown would have looked to establish a good score, it was Gordon who wrestled the ascendancy and stamped their authority on not only the match, but this finals series with ruthless and unyielding accuracy with the ball. Irving-Holliday was, quite simply, unbelievable.
Bankstown continued to ignore singles and strike rotation, persistently opting for the boundary instead - with rare effect. With the assistance of Durie and Kidd, Blaize near-on single handedly demolished any hope of Bankstown amassing a large total as they slumped to 7-75 and then 8-96.
James Kidd provides the 3rd prong to the pace attack that will take on Sydney Uni this weekend
When a tiring Irving-Holliday eventually did offer a bad ball, it was brilliantly caught by Tait at point and the German-like efficiency of the Stags rolled on to the tea break. Livermore, a keen observer of German culture - and a Mercedes driver - was particularly pleased.
With the three quicks being bowled into the ground, Howitt and Tait chipped in with a combined 21 overs of relief, but Gordon - whose efforts had nearly sent themselves into fatigue - were off the field after the second new ball, when the innings closed at 133.
Irving-Holliday finished with the astounding figure of 23 overs, 15 maidens, 5 for 10. Just let that sink in for a while. Remarkable figures that are surely likely to never be repeated, let alone in a semi-final.
A hazardous, precarious and unpredictable 15 overs lay ahead of the Gordon batsmen on the end of day one. Livermore was out leg before in the 5th over, introducing Higgins to the wicket to join Spratt. Things seemed to be going just fine until Spratt was violently struck on the eye by a quick short ball, much to the delight of a number of Bulldogs players. He was forced to retire hurt as his eye rapidly began to swell, again to the pleasure of more than one visiting player, and this proved to be the catalyst to a disastrous final half an hour for Gordon.
Retallick was out leg before for no score, as was Atkinson and Gordon were 3-23 with Spratt uncertain of making a return. Tait joined Higgins and the two reached stumps unscathed and managed to take the runs required to under 100 with the final ball of the day.
The birthday boy, Newman, plays an innings that mirrors his increasing maturity
Day two couldn’t have started much more worryingly for the hosts, as Higgins was out leg before on the last ball of the first over. From here, however, Newman and Tait - under a barrage of verbal assault that reeked of tasteless, tactless desperation - rarely looked in trouble at the crease as the two combined for a match winning 92 run partnership, on the back of a 51 run stand the weekend before.
Rarely were two contrasting styles of play more apparent between the eventual winners and losers in this encounter. While Bankstown frustratingly threw their hands and blades to every direction of the boundary in search of 4’s and 6’s, Gordon - and in particular Newman and Tait - dropped, caressed and guided singles and two’s around the edges of the square, manipulating the field settings and driving the bowlers insane in the process.
The score was 5/130 when Tait was dismissed for 52. He has now amassed 400 balls faced and 419 minutes at the crease in two weeks. Love is a beautiful thing.
A gutsy effort by Spratt to make it back to the crease was not rewarded, as he was out two balls later and a few nerves began to creep in at 6/130.
Tjaard Tait provides a stone wall which we will be looking for this weekend
The ever reliable Howitt laid those fears to rest as he clubbed his fourth ball down the ground for a rare boundary and the tie was won.
The game continued on, albeit aimlessly for a further fifteen overs, and handshakes were eventually made with the score on 6/176 from 74 overs. Newman finished unbeaten on 46 from 154 and Howitt with a breezy 31. It appears that the captain hasn't got any softer in his old age, denying the birthday boy a chance at an unbeaten half-century.
And so here we are. The grand final beckons. The 3rd Graders will play against one of the only two teams to have beaten them in the regular season, in Sydney University. To add a twist to the tale, they will play on Uni’s Number 1 Oval, despite being the higher ranked side. Sydney University will be another tremendously tough encounter as they’ve struck highly impressive form since finishing 6th at the end of round 15.
Win or lose, grand finals are a wonderful thing to be a part of, but I can’t decide if I’m more nervous about the team photo beforehand or the actual match itself. Better lock myself in for a Saturday morning Tony & Guy appointment.
Congratulations to 5th Grade too. Back-to-back finals are one thing, but to do it this year with nine different players from last, is a testament to a lot of people. Good luck to the Stags.
Take Monday off work.
The Gordon third graders had shown good enough form throughout the season to cement themselves in second position, warranting their home ground advantage, but were up against a very seasoned and accomplished Hawkesbury team that had won their final one day match of the season with a bonus point.
The man of the moment, Adair Durie, back at Chatswood Oval taking poles
It was Hawkesbury’s captain, Laing, who called correctly at the coin toss and elected to bat first on a flat looking Chatswood pitch, centered around a slow outfield in the midst of Shute Shield preparations.
Opening bats, Inman and Simons, exploded out of the blocks with cut and pull shots which eradicated the slow outfield as they dished out some early punishment to some of the worst bowling Gordon had offered so far this year. Thankfully for the home side, the wayward line and length only lasted 4 overs before Durie and Kidd - replacing Irving-Holliday - began to rewrite the course of the match with an acutely disciplined display of fast bowling, ably backed up by some fine catching and ground fielding.
0/30 soon became 2/34 as Livermore held onto a sharp low catch at first slip from a wayward Simons cut stroke and Inman tried to demolish a full ball on leg stump, both from the bowling of Durie.
Kidd had the wicket keeper, Carroll, smartly caught by a tumbling Atkinson at second slip in the next over and a few balls later, Durie bowled Goeke at the other end to have the Hawks sitting precariously at 4/39. Lang and Cruikshank added seven runs to the total before Kidd had the captain trapped in front for six and then Cruikshank managed to cut a ball onto his helmet and onto off stump for five.
Chris Spratt takes up the charge against the Hawks
Hawkesbury’s season was slipping away at 6/51. Durie 3, Kidd 3.
As if thing’s could get any worse for the visitors, a disastrous run out of Bayldon first ball made the score 7/52 and the game was essentially all but gone.
Durie wrapped the innings up with the last three wickets of Walker, Kershler and McGregor for minimal fuss, with Newman claiming two edges into the gauntlets and Howitt taking a good catch moving forward from a Kershler on-drive.
Durie took the accolades with 6/45 from 13 straight overs, but was ably supported by an impressive James Kidd who took 3/7 from 10. Blaize was only required for 3 overs after having some early problems with his footing at the crease, but bigger and better days lie ahead for this energetic young man.
Gordon had bowled the Hawks out in 26 overs and such was their efficiency, they would find themselves batting for four overs before the lunch interval on the first day. These four overs could prove pivotal in the run chase, if the visitors were to claim two wickets in this tricky little demi-session, they would wrestle back the momentum going into the second session and could make life extremely difficult on a slow outfield.
Ed Howitt, the skipper, follows his opening batsman's lead and pushes the Hawks out of the match
However debutant Chris Spratt proverbially lol’d at any notion of nerves as he glanced the first ball for two, then cut the second for four with the kind of youthful confidence that bestows such an upbringing. The lunch break did nothing to slow he or Livermore - who punished Hawkesbury’s initial length issues after the break - with a flurry of boundaries, highlighted by a couple of towering sixes square of the wicket. The pair made an invaluable opening stand of 48 before Livermore was out leg before, bringing Higgins to the crease.
Spratt and Higgins took the score past Hawkesbury’s total on the way to a further stand of 30 before a collapse of 3/4 and ultimately 4/14, temporarily ceased Gordon’s strangle hold on the tie.
Spratt played one pull shot too many and was caught at mid on for a brisk 36, before Higgins and the evergreen Atkinson were both run out in firstly avoidable and then somewhat unfortunate circumstances. Bromwich was then bowled without offering a stroke and Gordon had gone from 1/78 to 5/92 - perhaps highlighting the fragility of finals cricket and how ruthlessly mistakes are punished.
Tjaard Tait plays a strong defensive game to keep the Hawks out
Tait and Newman then combined for the partnership of the match. Spanning the best part of 40 overs, the pair took an important chunk of time out of the match as well as adding a comparatively hefty 51 runs to the lead. Newman on another day may have had 50 or more as he often found his graceful punches were halved from 4’s to 2’s, but his 30 was a much needed return to form at a difficult and pressurized time to bat in the match.
Tait and the captain, Howitt, came together to further extend the first innings lead, but they were twice interrupted by torrential rain as the home side battened down the hatches. When play did resume, it was Tait who was doing his own version of battening down said hatches by dead batting the Hawkesbury attack. Predominately facing the Hawks‘ leading wicket taker and former NSW representative, Kershler, Tait looked ill at ease as he continued to go about his business and rarely found himself in trouble.
At the end of day 1, Tait had faced more than 150 balls for his 22.
Day 2 was as much about merely batting time to eliminate any notion of Hawkesbury getting back into the match as it was about necessarily amassing runs and or setting a total. And Howitt and Tait continued where they had left off with an important stand of 40 before Howitt was caught at the wicket, cutting against the new ball.
Kidd takes 5 wickets for the match, including 3 crucial wickets in the first dig
Irving-Holliday, Kidd and Durie only managed single figure scores, but Tait was climbing up through the gears and went past his half century in perhaps the best innings he’s played. A chance-less 59 from an astonishing 233 balls ended as he was caught behind, a dismissal which also closed the innings.
Gordon finished on 232, a lead of 167.
With 70 overs left in the day, Hawkesbury’s only chance of saving its season was to score at better than a run a ball and giving themselves somewhere in the vicinity of 30 overs to bowl Gordon out. It was unrealistic, but there are no other options in finals time.
Although the execution was far better than in the first innings, Hawkesbury continued to lose wickets thanks to another 4 wickets from James Kidd and 2 to that man Tjaard Tait, backed again with some excellent catching.
Gordon completed a thorough and deservedly winning performance when Blaize plucked a ball from somewhere near the bubbler on the hill at the southern end, off the bowling of Tait and stumps were called with the Hawks stumbling to 6/101 - still 66 runs behind Gordon on first innings.
A very pleasing win in so many different aspects, not least of all because neither Atkinson or Howitt played an influential role in the win. If Adair’s wickets were the nails in the Hawkesbury coffin, it was Tjaard’s runs and balls faced that were the hammer. James Kidd’s 7 wickets throughout the match were just as valuable too.
Max Newman stands tall with bat and gloves. Hopefully he will get a chance to appear in the final this year
I don’t know why Missy had his name sung three times in the song though.
It was wonderful to see so many supportive faces at Chatswood Oval throughout the two days, and with next weeks opposition, Bankstown, losing on the weekend and Gordon becoming the new highest ranked side, this Easter long weekend promises to be an exciting one.
Bring a hot cross bun and say hello.
I had never played at Birchgrove Oval. It is a seriously beautiful place to play and watch cricket. A seaside leafy amphitheatre with parks, playgrounds, wide open lawns and views of Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
I swiftly advised my wife and kids to pop down.
Mark Atkinson, possibly the right size for a nuggety front-rower, bashes one down the ground
I also did not know about its rugby league history. Plagiarising Wikipedia, the New South Wales Rugby Football League's "Foundation Day" on 20 April 1908 (Easter Monday) consisted of two double headers. At Wentworth Park (Glebe), Easts beat Newtown before Glebe triumphed over Newcastle, while at Birchgrove Oval in Balmain, South Sydney beat North Sydney and Balmain beat Wests. Birchgrove Oval was also used to host the official launch of the 2008 NRL season, the centenary, I presume because Wentworth Park is now a dog track. Birchgrove Oval was also the home ground of the Balmain Tigers from 1908 to 1933, and also in 1942. I am loving history more the older I get!
Last Saturday the oval was used for our game against the Sydney Tigers. The Tigers needed to beat us with a bonus point to have any chance to make the finals. Unlikely at best! Today the wicket was damp and sticky, displaying an obvious advantage to bowl first. Atko called heads and tails it was. We were batting.
Before many balls were bowled, I repeated the words of the Tigers' scorer with intrigue and intonation to enter into further discussion, "This wicket always has moisture in the morning and dries variably throughout the day". Being relatively surprised with his rebound, "Are you going to audit every word I say, smartarse", I concluded that he didn't know I had previously been an auditor but that he simply had character deficiencies, which we all have in some degree although usually not as obvious, and that he really meant to say, "Sucked in for losing the toss as we now have a chance of beating you". He was right.
Our experiment with Max at opener with Livers lasted only a few overs, although there was doubt about his caught behind departure after only a handful of overs. Missy (22) and Livers (23) toughed out the very difficult conditions to take the score from 13 to 50 against some very lively and frequently talkative seam bowling, Missy disappointed that the verbal deliveries had the imagination and intelligence of a North Sydney slip cordon.
Tait clears the infield, before taking to the Tigers with the ball in the absence of the skipper
From a run scoring viewpoint, the pressure was let off by the Tiger's three left-arm orthodox spinners, but the wickets started to fall. After hitting a few deliveries over the infield for boundaries, Clem decided that deliveries off the pitch were "popping" too much to hit in the air for fear of skiing the ball. He concluded it better to hit powerful drives along the ground. This decision was made a week after his season high 53 in second grade that included five 6s off similar bowling.
The common-sense of Grammar students, despite their exam scores, was once again put into question. Clem was out driving powerfully to cover!
As has happened numerous times during the season, the bulk of the innings was built around Atko. His 58 consisted of intelligent occasional lofted drives, well placed ground-strokes and trademark running between the wickets. Today his major ally was Taity (27), who looked especially comfortable at 6, although our final score of 7/185 off 50 overs would have been significantly greater had Taity not used Bromesque logic in the 42nd over by attempting to hit a second 6 to one of the longest protected boundaries, unsurprisingly not hitting the ball as long as the previous delivery.
Blaize's 6 off 13 balls was wonderfully entertaining, especially his attempts to hit each of his last 5 deliveries from the left-arm orthodox bowler into the neighbouring postcode, the only contact any of these ball having with any form of wood being that of the stumps on the 5th ball.
Dom Thomson (16* off 13) and Skillbeck (5* off 5) completed the innings with pleasing momentum, DT ability to guide boundaries both sides of 1st slip particularly amusing.
Stand-in skipper, Atkinson, makes room to the leg-side and places one back over the bowler's head
Atko standing in as captain for Hoppa's Cowra wedding commitments rotated the 3 big quicks, Blaize (1/14 off 7), Kiddy (2/22 off 7) and Adair (1/12 off 6) with good run rate reducing effect. Although the three needed to exert significant effort to extract life from the wicket, each played a powerful part in the taming the Tigers.
In his first game in 3rds, Skilly (1/40 off 8) showed that he could now make significant contributions in this grade and would progress to higher grades in time, but in the short-term needed to place more confidence in his talents and in the strike-power of his out-swing as he faces higher and higher quality batsmen.
But the bowling honours belonged to Taity. His first two overs were slightly off-target, understandable given his last spell of any significant length was before Christmas. However, these runs gave the Tigers the thought that they might be able to smash the next 8 overs at 12 runs/over in order to win with the desired bonus point. However, Taity's next 7 overs were probing and very accurate, characterised by significant speed, drift and dip variations. His 4/40 off 9 effectively ended the game.
So we ended the preliminary season second on the table, fulfilling the "first" captain's ambition made clear to the team back in January, so that we could play the maximum possible games at the glorious Chatswood Oval. I have no doubt that if all 11 players put in their best fighting efforts on the field, we will see and enjoy the next 4 days of cricket at Chatswood Oval.
Gordon secured a dramatic final over victory against a resilient University of New South Wales side on Saturday afternoon at Killara Oval in front of a spattering of eager dog walkers, tattooed tennis players and Ben Garratt.
Adair Durie, patched together with various tapes, creams and an exercise bike, continues to take poles for his skipper and side
With so much of the post Christmas season being lost to rain - not to mention the first week of this encounter - and a jam packed top 9 in the 3rd grade table, it became increasingly imperative for Gordon to produce the kind of cricket, on cue, that had led to them sitting precariously in third position leading into the penultimate fixture of the regular season. A win could promote the Killara Bingle’s to second on the table, and a loss could see them sink to as low as 9th leading into the final round of this summers campaign.
And it was Gordon who were offered first use of the facilities on a wicket looking not entirely dissimilar to those seen in India recently and an outfield that was probably the thickest and subsequently slowest of the season.
Gordon boasted the opening partnership of the returning Eccles, after being at a wedding the week before, and Livermore who needed just ten runs to become Gordon’s 3rd greatest ever run getter in a career spanning 18 years and amassing more than 8,300 runs - approximately the same number of beers Tjaard Tait accrued during his tenure in Asia’s south east.
But alas, the opening stand could only muster 16 before Eccles was comprehensively bowled for a breezy 11 which introduced Higgins to the crease. While in no capacity was a resurrection in order, it did take the two batsmen significant time to correctly negotiate and navigate the lack of pace in the wicket and often when they did the outfield offered as much value as Jack Richardson’s dating advice.
Damon Livermore takes the long view, searching beyond the fence for quick runs
Livermore decided to take to the skies in an effort to advance the run rate with a couple of lusty 38 metre blows to the short leg side boundary in consecutive deliveries, but once he had passed 50 - and with Higgins had added 80 - it was one hoik too many and he was smartly caught at a straight, square leg position.
Higgins was hot on his heels en route back to the pavilion for 36 after getting a leading edge to the leg spin of Campbell who would go on to take a further 4 wickets in between some comparatively expensive overs. The evergreen Mark Atkinson added a valuable 37 to the total with an extensive wagon wheel of scoring shots but he and Perry’s 17 were the only other batsmen to make it to double figures in a some what disappointing semi-capitulation as Gordon looked to inch toward the 200 mark but falling well short for an ultimately competitive 176 in 53 overs. The last 6 wickets only adding 36.
UNSW started brightly in their innings of a maximum 67 overs against the new ball pairing of Durie and Kidd, as the two opening batsmen slashed and clipped the ball to all parts of Killara Oval, now baking in the afternoon sun. The wicket, as it had done all day, offered a little less than nothing to the bowlers and to take 10 wickets on such an afternoon would require as much ambition from the batting team as it would good bowling and catching from the fielding side.
Michael Perry... sorry... Ian Higgins grinds one out through the offside
Unfortunately for the home side, the execution of both bowling and catching was well below the impetus, intensity and ruthless exploitation shown by the Bumblebees in the opening passages of the second innings. Gordon looked to be up against the wall, but on an outfield which was consistently slow all afternoon and a bowling attack that boasted variety and persistence, there were still enough runs to right the wrongs of the initial few overs.
Of course, one can not write about a lion-hearted resurgence in reserve, reserve grade without talking about the lion-hearted captain, Ed Howitt. And it was his 25 over spell of endurance and steadfast doggedness that slowly etched the game back towards Gordon’s favour.
However, as much as it can become a one man game when a leader grabs the game by the scruff of the neck ala Shane Warne or Steven Gerrard, important contributions need to be made by young men willing to show their desire and burning passion to compete and to win. Blaize Irving-Holliday was just the man needed for the rest of the team to jump on the back of.
He’s got an undeniable X-Factor about him, does Blaize. He induces just as much fear in his team mates as he does opposing batsmen and clearly models his bowling action on the successful Aaron Bird.
There have been rumblings of unnerving sightings of stray limbs, foul odors and dripping blood secreting from Irving-Holliday’s kitbag which have been written off as “Sacrificial offerings to the Gods for the strength that lies beneath”... or something.
Congratulations Damon, your contribution to the club will be remembered by all involved
“ ‘Dexter’ is loosely based on my life” was another soundbite that made teammates weary of wronging the big bad fast bowler.
Off-field misdemeanors aside, it was a fine running catch from Irving-Holliday from the bowling of Howitt that sparked life into the fielding side, as he charged in from long-on and took a really smart low sliding catch to dismiss another UNSW batsmen.
By now, runs had dried and the balance tip-toed back to Gordon who looked to be winning the battle of attrition through good bowling partnerships and a lack of invention shown by the batting side. It can be so hard to go back up through the gears with bat in hand once that momentum deteriorates like grains of quicksand in an hour glass. The floor won’t collapse from underneath you, but once it starts it’s near on impossible to stop.
And with Howitt, Durie and Irving-Holliday, Gordon seemed to find the knack of picking up wickets exactly when they needed to do so and hold onto the catches that the occasion warranted.
Basil Sheidow, considerably more handsome than Reg, but now relegated into 4th place on the leading run scorers list for the Stags
And so with 10 overs remaining in the day, Gordon needed 3 wickets and UNSW needed 27 runs. By now, Gordon were the walking wounded with Howitt’s back barely allowing him to bowl, Livermore’s bruised hip seizing his range of motion, Higgins’ achilles tendonitis and Durie’s inevitably fading legs going into his 13th, 14th and 15th overs. The over rate crawled as slowly as the setting sun behind the full trees soon to sparse as winters kiss ever encroaches.
The Gordon season lay on tenterhooks, a dropped catch here, a bad over there and Gordon could well find themselves out of the top 6 and relying on other teams in the final round. Every ball was on a knife edge. Each delivery was greeted with ooh’s and ah’s and claps and hands on heads.
Durie made a key breakthrough with 8 overs to go and Gordon needed 2 more to secure a precious 6 points. Howitt collected his 5th and finished with 5/46 from 25. A sterling effort not to be understated.
A final rearguard from the UNSW wicket keeper and the number 11 saw the visitors get to within touching distance and when Durie completed his afternoons work with the second last over, UNSW needed 6 to win with 1 wicket in hand.
It would be Irving-Holliday to bowl the final over - as if the script had been written in advance. The first ball was heaved toward the short leg side boundary for 2 where Tait, now looking directly into the afternoon sun, did just about enough to keep it away from the fence. The second ball was a dot ball thanks to some smart glove-work from Newman behind the stumps. The third ball was a length delivery on middle and leg. It was right in the arc of the young keeper batsman who must have seen his name up in lights as he flung his blade as hard as he could in the hope of ending it all in one clean punch.
But he only managed to connect with the top edge and the ball hurtled toward the clear blue skies ensconcing what had been a wonderful afternoons cricket. Livermore, Gordon‘s 3rd greatest ever run maker, was at a short, mid-wicket position and called his name loud and clear before turning 180 degrees and running back toward the short boundary.
James "Billy" Kidd leads the attack with Adair and Blaize
With raised hands and soft palms the ball cushioned into the veterans grasp and Gordon would be drinking Adair’s Cabernet Sauvignon with a ‘W‘ next to their names. A collection of jubilant cries echoed through the surrounding streets of Bert Oldfield Oval, not least of all the Captain Howitt who had so tirelessly strained and laboured and sweated every ounce of energy he could for the 66.3 overs in the field.
The win lifts Gordon into second position with a round to play and all but guarantees them some finals action for the 2012-13 season. But round 15 comes with it’s own challenges against a Sydney team who have completed 7 wins out of their last 9 matches.
A heatwave is reportedly on the way and the cricket is only going to get hotter from here to Mad Monday.
The 3rd Grade side arrived at Killara, with all members on time and ready to go. (This is a rare occurrence and does not happen too many times in a season). Not surprisingly, the toss was lost by Hoppa and we were asked to bowl first on a wicket that had a striking resemblance to the Pacific Highway.
Adair Durie gives thanks to his new shoes after a wicket on the first ball of the day
Adair and his shiny new shoes got the day off to a perfect start and cleaned up the Sutherland opener with the first ball of the match. Not long after, Kidd picked up a couple of wickets at the other end and Gordon was well on top, having Sutherland 4-14. There was potential for a shorter time in the field than expected. Bromwich was ecstatic.
However, after the first drinks break, the wicket flattened out, Gordon failed to take their chances and over 100 was added for the 5th wicket.
It was evident that Adair had not gotten to know his new shoes well enough, needing to do some quick surgery on his big toe with a Stanley knife at the lunch interval.
After lunch, Gordon lacked the penetration that was seen in the opening hour and Sutherland steadily built a solid total. Their number 6 batted well and reached a well made 100.
James Kidd aptly supports Adair Durie, taking 2 quick wickets in his opening spell
However, things could have been very different if we took our chances.
At last, Sutherland declared 7 down with the score on 240 after 72 overs, leaving Gordon just 48 overs to reach the target. We thought this was achievable if we started well, with the boundary closest to the road measuring about the length of a cricket pitch, and the outfield looking like a minefield.
Things did not start well, with Gordon losing a wicket in the first over. From then, Reg and Higgins batted with great maturity and shared an 107 run partnership.
‘Missy’ Higgins was looking the goods (impressing his love interest for the week, who was watching intently. I’m not sure of her name, but we’ll call her ‘a hundred and something’ for now.) until he fell trying to lift the run rate.
At this stage it was game on. The required run rate sat at around 7 per over, and the tension grew inside the pavilion.
As the rest of the team watched the game intently, Adair and his Stanley knife had made a second appearance. He was now using it to scrape the graphite off his illegal kookaburra bat. Balls were flying in every direction from the bat of Atkinson in the middle, and graphite was flying in every direction from the bat of Durie in the pavilion.
Higgins looks to the onside to keep the score ticking over
After the dismissal of Missy, our run chase was hindered by the loss of a few quick wickets. Max Newman showed some resistance, hitting a quick fire 21 with some classy looking shots, but the required run rate grew to over 10 an over and the run chase was called off in the second last over. Gordon finished at 8/212 with Atkinson amongst the runs yet again, with an unbeaten 46.
Despite playing nearly 9 hours of cricket for no result, there is a lot we can take out of the game and improve on against Parramatta next week.
The Killara Bingles arrived at Fairfield Oval doing their utmost to dispel any notion of the thought that January 26 would be spent away from beach towels, UDL’s and Triple J’s alleged ‘Hottest’ 100.
Adair Durie opened his account with a couple of early wickets
But FM105.7’s listenership selection of “Thrift Shop” as their number one song of the year 2012 wasn’t the only disappointing and confusing three and a half minutes of the weekend(s) in what was a twisting, winding, momentum shifting two weeks of fiercely competitive third grade cricket that saw an agonising, gut-wrenching and ultimately relieving victory for the away side.
The Lions won the toss and elected to bat on a green, juicy wicket centred around an inexcusably long outfield. “A good toss to lose” said captain Howitt - not the first time I’ve ever heard him say that. And it was Adair who found immediate success with the shiny Kookaburra in hand, clean bowling a visibly shaken opening batsman with abundant ease as he attempted what can only be described as an aimless hoik over cow.
Adair made it two in the space of 3 balls as he found the outside edge of the right handed number three with an exquisite out-swinger and Higgins, filling in for Newman - filling in for Rosen, completed a terrific diving one-handed catch in front of Livermore at first.
Stickland was only used for 6 overs in the first innings of the match, but supplied fastidious support for Durie with the new ball. The prize dismissal of the Lions number 4 batsman, who was castled after offering no stroke, was no more than he deserved with his spell of steady guile and nagging, irritating persistence.
Imitating a flightless bird, Howitt continues to add to his wicket tally
He was lucky to dismiss Sandhu - who looks a most promising young cricketer - by strangling him down the leg side, but at this point in the match it became so apparent that the wicket was so conducive to bowling and the outfield offering such little value for shots that Cargo Lounge at 3am would rival, bowlers were rarely punished for wayward deliveries. Durie was rested from the Yankee Stadium end of the ground and Bangs‘ introduction into the game sparked confrontational life into the match with his invariable moniker of being the nicest bloke you’ve ever met off the field and then turning into a maniac on it. Commonly referred to as Louis Suarez Syndrome.
As ever, at the opposite end of the pitch, Ed Howitt quietly went about his business the way Jack The Ripper went about his work like a thief in the night. Quickly, swiftly and succinctly gutting the middle and lower order with a procession of caught behinds and a stumping that Higgins somehow, albeit clumsily, managed to gather on the first, second, or third attempts.
His hypnotic and enticing drift away from the right handed batsmen drew false defensive strokes as the ball skidded onto the outside edges of prodded blades. It was as masterful as it was poetic. Mixed with characteristic verbals and sly grins as the ball dropped as if it were on a length of string, one can appreciate a true champion at work.
Newman... sorry... Higgins keeps wicket to the skipper
The Lions were bowled out for 78 after 40.2 overs right on the stroke of tea. Howitt’s 5/17 from 14 was a testament to the bowler. The catching and the ground fielding equally so of a top side going about its business.
It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the game plan was to quickly erode the 79 required runs and have another crack at a fragile Fairfield batting attack by the end of week 1. A rain delay of half an hour or so ensued and as so often is the case when chasing a small total, things can go awry quickly - particularly after a rain delay. And go awry they did.
Tait was caught down the leg side from the third ball of the innings and the Lions were cock-a-hoop. Higgins joined Livermore and the pair battled and grafted for an hour with nervy singles behind the wicket and trickles down to fine leg from inside edges. 15 overs passed with numerous plays and misses and optimistic LBW appeals with little impact on the scoreboard from either side.
The score reach 17 when Higgins skied a pull shot to mid-on and The Lions once more pounced and grew belief that their runs on the board would be good enough to secure 6 points.
Charlie Bangs, calm man off the field, lets Higgins know exactly what would have happened if he grassed that edge
Phillips edged a loose drive to the keeper for no score and when Atkinson was adjudged leg before, Gordon were 4/26. Livermore played all around a full ball and was bowled for a fighting 14 after 95 minutes at the crease, perhaps epitomising the difficulty of the conditions at foot.
It was 5/33 when Lachlan Borg joined Clem Bromwich at the wicket and it may easily have been 6/33 when Clem was poorly dropped in the gully while still on zero. It was a significant turning point in the afternoon as the two youngest players in the eleven batted with maturity beyond their years and with perhaps the youthful naivety that is exactly what was required in the situation - not to mention a private school education - to edge The Gordon’s closer to the win.
79 looked like 400 after some deliveries. It was painful to watch.
Borg attacked the leg spinner with a couple of horizontal bat strokes while Bromwich was more circumspect in his approach, gliding balls behind the wicket on the off side.
The two made it through to the final ball of the first day when Bromwich was punished for playing a drive for what looked for all money like a play and miss and a hopeful appeal. But The Lions were rewarded for their tireless efforts of appealing and vocal energy throughout their innings, and Bromwich was adjudged caught behind on the final ball of the afternoon and Gordon were 6/68.
Some things are so obvious in sport and in life that they don’t need to be said. For instance; if you have 4 wickets in hand in a game of cricket and you need 11 runs to win, the last thing you want is to lose one or two wickets in the first few overs of the day.
Young buck, Lachie Borg, steers the middle order towards the small Fairfield total
You don’t need me to tell you that that’s exactly what happened. Lachie edged a ball to the keeper on the second ball of the day and Howitt cut the first ball of the second over straight to point.
Gordon had effectively lost three for none with the finish line in sight. Now it was up to Durie and Stickland to eek out the last of the required runs. 2 wickets in hand. Bangs cut a lonely figure on the sidelines, going through each delivery in his mind while attempting to pass a brick through his bowel. I didn’t envy him.
Durie predominately played and missed over the course of his 15 balls faced but largely talked Stickland through his innings and the two added a further 5 before Adair was out LBW and Gordon had slumped to 9/75 - still needing a further 4 runs for victory when Charlie Bangs came to the crease and 3 balls remaining in the over. The more memorable games are always the low scoring ones.
Bangs played and missed his first ball - a wide full toss that swung back to narrowly miss off stump - and left his second. In a game where 4 runs felt like 20, many of the away side had resigned themselves to a bitterly disappointing defeat. The stunned silence intermittently broken with murmurings of “C’mon Charlie” and “Hang in there, lads” whispered under tense, baited breaths. No one knew where the runs were coming from, a bye here, a leg bye there - they would all add up, but surely the Gordon innings was merely a time bomb waiting to expire. Time was against numbers 10 and 11.
The Lions bowler ran in again, almost assured that the match would be over with full, straight delivery. And he so produced. With an unbelievable swing mirroring Phil Mickleson’s power off the tee, Bangs launched the ball over mid-off with unquestionably the shot of the match and as it sailed, it was as if the visitors had just seen a ghost. The 9 other dismissed Stags as well as Hickman and Howitt Snr. rode that ball all the way as it floated beyond reach of any fielder and embarked gloriously on its boundary laden journey. One bounce.. two bounce.. FOUR!
Well played Charlie. A fantastic win for the boys
A win for The Stags.
I for one have actually seen Bangs do this before, at Parramatta a year or so ago where he bombed a “120” meter six over long-on, twice in one over. But this was different. This was euphoric. This was coolness under pressure. This was epic.
Somehow Gordon ended up with a lead of 20 before Stickland offered a sharp caught and bowled chance and the innings was closed with the score at 99.
Somewhat surprisingly, no wickets were taken in the 3rd innings of the match and both captains (and sanity) agreed to call it a day at tea.
So there we sat, in the unglamorous away team dressing rooms drinking some of Adair’s sparkling wines on a warm Saturday afternoon at Fairfield Oval on Australia Day. We checked our respective social medias and heard of Pic’s 157 in 4s and we all took turns regaling stories of the weird, stupid, loose and downright funny things that Pic had down on a cricket field and in his life.
And that’s what mates do.
When one of your mates does something brilliant, you all take turns and remind each other of how much of a rubbish bloke said mate is. That’s Australia. That’s mateship. That’s cricket. And much like Sherman, it was an incongruous performance from The Killara Bingles, but once again it was just enough to get us over the line.
1st placed Sutherland will pose a very different threat and challenge at Killara this round, but I for one will be deriving a game plan and thinking about my scoring zones at Cargo Lounge, circa 2.30am, because it’s absolutely pissing down and I haven’t played a rain card since Christmas.
"Tjaard Tait"... reporting from Cargo Lounge
1st game back after Xmas and the forecast was for a stinker! Not ideal. It could have been worse I suppose. We could have been playing away.
Anyway….it was not as hot as was forecast. The day started well on the sight of the covers being used to protect the wicket overnight laid out in a less orthodox manner than we are used to (well done 5th grade).
This lowly website editor learned a great deal from Adair this day... far too much to put in just one caption.
This process is always a chore, but it was a good lesson for some players who had endured this task under the Lin/Sherman regime on how best to manage these monstrosities.
The wicket looked good, which can be explained by the fact it was prepared for Tuesday but not used and, as a consequence, we had the most prepared wicket at Killara in years.
The same cannot be said about the outfield. It is pretty average and resembled the oval’s primary use as a dog exercise area. Unfortunately, due to the heat, there were numerous dog droppings around the ground which would normally be picked up by our diligent manager. No surprise Missy and Taity didn’t dive too much on this given day.
Gordon won the toss and, on the advice/request of our most experienced quick Durie, we decided to bowl in humid and overcast conditions. Not so sure another experienced player in Livermore was too pleased about this, but Adair proved again his opinion at times needs to be ignored as he proceeded to take none for off 60 odd rocks.
However, we did manage to bowl and field well in the initial overs, which can be attributed to good straight bowling from Durie and Stickland.
With the pressure building, wickets started to fall and at 7/140 it looked like we could be chasing no more than 170. Unfortunately, an ex Gordon player had other ideas and ensured the Warriors reached a very competitive 219 after their allocated overs.
Atkinson, who after the match was reported to say "the only reason I made runs today was 'cos that bloke kept bringing out my towel... even when I didn't want it"
Gordon did not start well, losing Livermore and Tait in the first 5 overs. A good partnership between Higgins and Atkinson saw the chase back on track. However, as was the case with most of the innings when a good partnership was building, we lost a wicket and our pursuit was further made difficult by some good bowling. The difference ended up being Mark Atkinson.
Atko held the innings together whilst others fell around him. He kept the score ticking over and late cameos from Howitt & Perry allowed the target to be reached inside the 2nd last over. The winning runs were struck by Durie which was a nice touch given the family had arrived at Killara to ensure he got home safely after it was known he had brought 15 bottles of wine to the game to taste test.
The win sees 3rd grade remain in 3rd place with every game important from here on in. We bowled and fielded well, but our batting is not up to the standard it should be. Too many players were bowled and there were too many small starts which made life difficult in our run chase.
Well done to Senior who had to score with Taity for most of our innings. At one stage I heard Taity say he had missed 4 balls in that over.
Thank you to Adair for his astute management of drinks and to the band of parents who kept the other grades scores posted and our scoreboard updated in the closing overs.
Yes, Dan Stickland, a solid performance from this young lad in the higher grades
And finally, the following items of interest arose from just one day at Killara Oval:
- Will Phillips is much better with the opposite gender than Jack Richardson. It has been suggested Richo chat with BMac to learn, quite simply, how to chat to ladies whilst on the circuit. Furthermore, Will has moved into the Smith residence and I have been advised he has yet to clean the Merc or house!
- Tjaard Tait had a good time in Bali. What goes on tour stays on tour!
- Atko thinks he is some kind of champagne connoisseur and showed admiration for Reg's likeness to Mike Jagger.
- Atko, I think, may have finally learnt the words to the song!
- Dan Stickland has an English accent.
- Ed Howitt (Snr) does not pick up dog poo if over 30 degrees and would prefer not to score with Taity.
- Ed Howitt (Snr) brings his own special drink to the game because the cordial is not good enough for him.
- 4th grade have no idea how to put covers on a trolley.
- Adair's family love him very much and seemed proud that he broke his record for total number of wine bottles produced for the after match experience.
- Adair coming to cricket is not day care for GDCC 3rd grade.
- If enough work goes into a wicket, it can be very good!! If enough dogs control a park, they can ruin it!
- Matt Kelly’s 3rd grade run scoring record is in serious jeopardy.
- Tiddles has dinner with the president frequently and at the same place. I suspect diners, who are none the wiser, may think they are an item, especially if Tiddles wears his peach T-shirt (Tids…payback for your picture of me being cleaned up).
It's only fair the previous comment and this photo go along side each other
- Tiddles never wears a hat.
- Reg took a catch!
- Borgy pulled up a chair right in front of the shower, out of the view of the captain and too close to Reg. This will not happen again!! The captain must see everyone.
- Max Newman does not sit where all keepers should sit in the dressing room (in the corner).
- Taity had no room on his couch. Mick Perry decided it was a two seater.
- Howitt can still wrench balls from outside off to behind square. Atko advised him, mid pitch, these shots were not in the MCC coaching manual.
- Missy is a very good fielder and will bowl an over before the season ends ( after Max Newman).
- Borgy needs to pitch the ball up in the last over of a one dayer.
- Mick Perry enlightened our younger players on how ping pong balls could be used in Asian countries. One particular player was quite surprised and googled this phenomenon. Riverview may not be the same.
Adair Durie, looking more at home with the ball in hand than the bat in the previous snap
- Vaughan Richtor is happy Els has moved out as his dogs can now have his bed and use the pool without distraction!
- The “NO mobile phones during play” rule will be re-inforced. Adair…..did you hear that?
- Killara Oval was once a venue for bare knuckle fighting, known as “Binghams Ring”.(refer plaque in north western side of ground)
- And…ex GDCC player Stuart Slocombe makes Perry and Howitt look like greyhounds! He did however score double the amount of runs that Perry and Howitt accumulated together.
A 3rd Grade side comfortably placed 2nd on the ladder hoped to further push for a qualifying finals spot against lowly Randy-Petes, unfortunately this was not to be! A changed side saw Stickland, Perry and Edgar join the ranks, a third grade bow for each.
Higgins, who after contributing enough coin, managed to avoid the dreaded 'wicket' shot being put here instead
Upon winning the toss we elected the bat with the message to bat positively and last our 50 overs. We were to lose Corbin 4th ball of the day and throughout boundary hitting and scoring appeared a struggle. A combination of a slow outfield and a regular fall of wickets with Reg, Clem and vowels (Alex) all fought hard making starts and only Atkinson and ‘Missy’ Higgins making contributions of note we grinded our way to 8/170 from our 50. A score believed to be highly competitive at Petersham Oval.
From the onset, the afternoon struggle appeared a struggle. Despite some very economical bowling from Sticky, and ‘Chilli’ Perry, both of which going for a priceless 2 runs an over, wickets and chances were hard to come by. Alex struck first with the score on 57, followed by a deserved wicket for Dan 50 runs later. A strong batting performance, improving wicket and quickening outfield led to a comfortable chase for Randy-Petes.
2 late wickets made the scorecards look more similar than they deserved. Gordon thoroughly beaten with 20 balls to spare I’m sure shall look forward to the New Year with optimism and be stronger from the defeat. Best of luck against Blacktown guys!
Oh and apologies for the lateness. I blame getting sorted and spitting chicks in Melbourne, then getting lost in the joyous world of ‘whipper snipping.’
Happy New Year to all!
A match against the St George club has always been a hard fought battle. We have had the wood on them over the past few years down at Harold Fraser but never easily won. Mark Atkinson, in the absence of Ed Howitt, won the toss and elected bat at Harold Fraser on a wicket that looked flat.
Lachlan Borg impresses the author with his bowling a bit more than his throwdowns!
However, with the overcast skies helping the ball to swing, it was going to be hard work for the batsmen.The St George bowlers mixed wide deliveries with some absolute jaffas early on. Several of the early Stags did have difficulties and Gordon were 3-23.
"Reg" Livermore (51) and Atko (69) combined to put on a decent partnership and got us back into the game. Atko once again teaching both sides how to run singles in a common tip and run affair, especially against the spinners.
Max Newman (49) looked in excellent touch and was unlucky to be dismissed just short of his half century.
We did see a well struck cameo innings from Lachie Borg (17). Lachie really impressed me with his confident hitting. Lofting the bowler back over his head a couple of times in one over was outstanding. That said, in the warm up, I had him in all-sorts with my throw-downs and I thought that maybe batting him at 8 was about 3 spots too high. Sorry mate.
The Stags finished off with 229. We thought is was about 20 short of what we would have liked but we knew if we bowled and fielded well, we could defend it.
Adair Durie. Yes. That's not a typo. Looking to the gaps on the legside. The ball is nestled comfortably in the keeper's gloves.
It was always going to be important for Gordon to take early wickets. Adair Durie had read the script! He ripped through the early order and, assisted by Jack Richardson, the Saints innings was in trouble at 5-23 off 9 overs, with Adair’s figures 4-10 off 5.
It was good to see all of Gordon's bowlers having decent spells ably backed up with quality fielding.
To be honest, overs 20 to 50 were pretty much a blur for me. But we ended up keeping St George to 9-192. The score doesn't truly reflect the status of the game as we definitely had control the whole time with the ball. Having Adair (5-38) in your side is always a blessing and he was well backed up with tight bowling from Alex Ieroianni (0-20), Jack Richardson (1-36), Tjaard Tait (1-32), Kurt Roughley (1-37) and Lachie Borg (0-17)
For those of us who hung round after the game, we had a good time comparing notes with Craig "Thorny" Thornborough and the Saints boys. Its funny, we all spoke about the same thing - how the selectors got it wrong, how we hate playing against the same clubs and how some of us gave up a Friday night on the piss only to score a duck.
Talking about ducks... Max Newman looking a little like Ian "Missy" Higgins (the latter who didn't contribute to the Stags' score this weekend)
Cricketers are pretty much all the same except we play in different colours. We, well Adair, did get the Saints boys onto a few nice reds, so I'm sure they will enjoying playing against the Stags second reserve grade side again in the future.
The post match autopsy went well into the afternoon. This is what cricket is all about. Having a chat after the game with a bit of banter whilst sampling some of Adair's passion. Alcohol.
Most of us select "Plan A" on the way home from cricket matches but without Adair in our team next round, it will most likely be a sober drive home.
This win puts us in 2nd place on the ladder.
As we look forward to next weeks match against Randy Pete's I especially look forward to seeing Missy once again don the cymbals as stand in keeper for Max. Hopefully we have slips in place for more than an over so Missy can truly enjoy my company.
Yours In Cricket,
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.
Fourth Grade match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
Ah, finals cricket. There’s nothing like it. The elder statesmen of the Stags 4th XI were keen to have the younger members of the team appreciate the significance of a finals berth and stressed the importance of cool heads, prolonged pressure and executing plans.
Charlie Bangs leads the attack against the Bulldogs
I think it’s fair to say that the intensity of the pressure was almost palpable at Graeme Thomas over this weekend against The Dogs.
A victory in the final round would have seen the Stags finish as Minor Premiers in the competition for the Reid Cup, however a loss saw us relegated to 4th. The effect of this was certainly felt during the 2 days at Graeme Thomas, as Skipper Lin won the toss on a flat deck and inserted the Dogs to have a bat. As we know, finishing 4th meant we had to take 10 Bankstown wickets and attempt to chase down a total. Things didn’t quite go to plan.
Bankstown’s intentions were clear from the outset. Play straight, no false strokes and value your wicket - a pretty good approach for any batsman. And they executed their plans extremely well.
The first session gave the Stags a great deal of encouragement with the new ball doing a bit and the pace quartet of Bangs, Skilbeck, Perry and Stickland settling into their work. With the score at 4-100 just after lunch things were evenly poised.
This is where things got tough for the Stags with possibly the best batting conditions this veteran has ever seen.
Jack Skillbeck, resplendent in Gordon colours, puts in a massive effort for his skipper
With some close decisions not going our way, including a heartbreaking runout decision in the final over, Gordon had toiled admirably for 110 or so overs and could be pleased with the score of 6-240 at stumps.
The skipper should be commended on his innovation and attempts to create a chance throughout the afternoon, including stripping off the keeping pads and having a roll himself. The expletives from Buono on the sideline were probably audible at Chatswood.
Sunday morning saw many stiff bodies but a positive and enthusiastic group reassemble. The importance of the first hour was highlighted and the amount of cricket left to play reiterated. This 4th grade side knows its capabilities and how to score quickly, so a run chase that most would find daunting would be exciting to the batsmen.
This notion was summarised perfectly by Shayne Lin to the slips cordon part way through the day when he said, and I quote “When God put me on this Earth, he said I’ve made you to do big run chases”.
Perhaps Shayne was getting into the Easter spirit a little early. Perhaps he thinks he’s Jesus. Perhaps the effects of heatstroke were starting to settle in.
"Terry" Ahmed tries to weave his magic
Some more consistent and quality bowling, particularly from young Jack Skilbeck, meant the Bakstown side had grafted to 9-350 with around 80 overs remaining in the day. The Stags were confident. Alas, a defining moment for the match with a very confident caught behind appeal being turned down broke the back of the tiring Stags, and the rest is history. Banstown declared at 9-510, with the number 9 scoring a quality hundred and number eleven 60 not out.
The efforts of all the bowlers must be acknowledged... they charged or strode in relentlessly and did a sterling job for the skipper in trying conditions. The best was Skilbeck, with a more than promising 4/103 (37).
The Stags decided to go about the rest of the day in the only way they know how... full throttle and to enjoy it. With some lusty hitting and great strokeplay, the Stags finished their season by scoring an entertaining 187 before succumbing to the heat, exhaustion and mammoth total before them. The best was Chris Retallick with a classy 50, which earns him a promotion to the 3rd Grade juggernaut this weekend in the semi-finals. Good Luck Retro.
Finally, on behalf of the 4th Grade team, I’d like to thank Buono, Hicko, Paul Stephenson, Harry Evans and Tom Bangs for their support at picturesque Bankstown over the weekend.
We thought we'd get a second photo of young Skillbeck, who is sure to feature strongly for the Stags
Also, very big thank you to the committee and the volunteers that work tirelessly behind the scenes to allow us to walk onto the cricket field each Saturday. Your efforts do not go unnoticed and we thoroughly appreciate them.
Please, come and join us at Chatswood on Saturday from 2pm and we’ll buy you a beer as we cheer on Howitt’s 3rd Graders.
The mighty fours had the final game of the season at Killara in a One vs Two showdown for the minor premiership against our neighbours Sydney.
Finally a week of sunshine and expecting a great deck for the decider the two sides were greeted with mud. An almighty debacle resulted in a ruined square.
A patient Nick Coleman puts on 31, but it wasn't enough to build a total to defend
At approximately 2pm the two captains were bored of waiting around and decided to give it go with hessian covering the mud patches on the wicket square.
The situation was 36 overs per side. Gordon lost the toss and were sent into bat. Not to much can be said about the batting which never fired due to some poor shot selections, some poor running and some good slow bowling by the opposition. A score of 110 was always going to be a tough ask to defend. The pick of the bats was Nick Coleman who managed to bat the majority of the innings for 31.
With the pitch doing a little bit and a slow outfield we knew we were in with a chance if we picked up some early wickets. That we did. Charlie Bangs bowled brilliantly and was well supported by Richardson and Stickland as we had Sydney in all sort at 4/24 of 14 overs. Unfortunately 12 of those runs were in wides!
Confidence was high at the drinks break but the game turned quickly with 3 poor overs and the game was out of reach.
In the end it was a disappointing result which leaves us in 4th place and without a home final. As the fourth graders do we will bounce back this weekend against the Bulldogs.
After the first week washout, Gordon was pumped and ready to gain 6 points against UNSW at the lush David Phillips North. Winning would not only guarantee Gordon a top 6 finish but also create great momentum coming into the semi-final season.
The days play looked encouraging due to both Captain Shayne Lin’s strategic warm-up and a great win of the toss (heads) allowing us the red cherry first.
Mitch Kleem celebrates his hundred and 5,000 runs for the club
Both the humid conditions and the slightly green pitch made it a great win by the captain.
The Stags started strongly from the very first ball, with Jack Skilbeck and Pat Effeney tying down the batsman at each end. Jack’s constant line and length gave three early wickets and gave the Stags the advantage going into the first drinks break.
Thanks to JOF’s ‘friendly’ communication to the batsman in the slips the Stags had their fourth wicket for the morning, thanks to Iqbal setting up the batsman for a stunning caught and bowled. Luckily Iqbal was perfecting his reflexes at training during the previous week.
At this stage UNSW were 4 wickets down for 54 runs and looking nervous in the sheds. Pat made the home side even more nervous with his extremely loud appeals and celebrations. Onlookers were saying it was louder than the 747 planes passing overhead.
Shayne Lin follows on with Mitch's agression
With Pat swinging the bowl both ways the UNSW batman had no hope, Pat ended up with a great 5-wicket hall and finishing up with stats of 5 for 50 off 19 overs.
Dan Stickland also bowled extremely well and was very unlucky not to pick up a few wickets thanks to some dropped catches in the outfield ##. Sorry Dan. He finished up with stats of 0 for 32 of 12 overs. UNSW ended up all out for 172
It was really thanks to Mitch Kleem who set up the victory for the Stags. His thrilling innings included 8 sixes and 8 fours including a sweep that went for six to bring up his triple figures. As you all know Mitch also achieved a great milestone reaching 5000 runs for Gordon over his career.
Thanks to Mitch’s amazing innings and a solid supporting role by Nick Coleman (26) the Stags were 0-135. When Mitch departed for 109 the Stags lost 4 wickets for 3 runs and we were starting to get nervous in the change room, even know the team only needed 40 runs. Thanks to Shayne’s big hitting making 18 off 5 balls the certain semi-final qualification was in sight. Anthony Sherman was next in and hit 5 classic shots for 4 and the game was over. The stags chased UNSW total down with 5 wickets to spare. A great win to put us in second place coming into the final round.
After a deluge of rain the previous week the Gordon fourth graders set their sights on victory in a 50 over match against Sutherland away. The side knew the Sharks would make tough opposition and after last year’s debacle on the same ground, we were keen to make amends.
Anthony Sherman returns to bowling duties for the side
Kleem made the 50 metre journey from 90 Milson Road Cremorne Point down to 56 to collect John O’Neil-Fuller, where he stayed the night at some Mediterranean bird’s place.
With solid navigation skills by yours truly we were able to arrive at Sutherland Oval 10 minutes early.
In the old days, in second grade, late offenders were usually fined 20 notes with all funds raised going to the JOFF benefit fund. Perennial late comers such as Blaize Irving Holiday wouldn’t have fared well. Skipper Shayne Lin (otherwise known as chicken legs) takes a particular disliking to the offence, however Blaize makes up for it other areas.
Proceedings started well with Dan Stickland striking early. Blaze at the other end tried valiantly at the other end but was not quite on target in his first spell. Iqbal Ahmed back bigger and better than ever was a new inclusion to the side after Jackeon started to lose it due to a recent bashing.
Iccky bowled some nice varieties of fruit early with some delicious waist high full tosses that the batsmen dispatched into the nearby Crematorium. The Sutherland Captain batted patiently for a well made hundred but our side knew a total of 5/244 to chase was very gettable.
Dan Stickland takes a couple of crucial wickets for the Stags
The other wicket takers were Blaize with 3/37 and Dan Stickland 2/29.
Our run chase didn’t start
well with Kleem out for one however Chris Retalick and Will Phillips steadied the ship with Will making 45 and Chris 29.
Kleem was given the privilege of acting square leg Umpire for several overs to relieve one of the umpires who happened to be passing stones. I remember this happened to Kramer in Seinfeld once which also was at a sporting facility too.
Whilst I umpired, four wickets fell and Jack Colley smashed a ball in my direction forcing me to dive out of the way. That was the highlight of my day.
Fortunately an excellent partnership from Shayne Lin and Anthony Sherman consolidated the innings with both hitting some lusty blows. Shayne managed 65 and Anthony 46.
Shayne was strangely given out for obstruction after he dug out a yorker and accidentally kicked the ball back to the bowler which, according to the officials, prevented a run out.
Pic Sherman is a far more familiar role, dispatching balls rather than delivering them
That is one to tell your grandchildren Shayne.
Mick Perry and Blaize were now at the crease with Mick hitting a magnificent four to finish off the game in the last over.
Well done to the stags and now bring on the Eels.
The Stags 4th Grade side arrived at a green Killara Oval for the 2 day fixture against the Lions in 6th place on the table and looking to consolidate that position with finals only a few weeks away.
Blaize Irving-Holliday backs up his sledging (perhaps of himself) with a wicket on the first ball of the match
Immediately the technique of folding the covers was a hot topic of debate given Ed Howard’s scathing criticism of the ‘Lin and Sherman regime” of previous weeks. Fortunately, the two culprits spent most of their energy showing their discontent at such criticism, and the covers were neatly and efficiently put away.
The pre-match talk from the skipper revolved around consolidating our position on the table with an emphasis on probing the finer aspects of our game (appropriate from an Asian skipper given Tim Mathieson’s recent comments). The importance of batting in partnerships to post big totals and bowling to plans was reiterated. To be fair, it’s something this 4th Grade side has done inconsistently this season.
Given an interesting looking deck which most thought would dry out as the day went on, the skipper’s plans were to bowl first and surely enough they came to fruition. Even though he lost the toss. A few eyebrows were raised. However, reassurance came in the sheds from the self-confidence of the man with the best name in grade cricket, Blaize Irving-Holiday.
Following in 'Reg' Livermore's steps, JOF plays it up for the cameras... who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks
Blaize is possibly the only fast bowler I’ve ever seen who prefers to sledge himself, rather than a batsman. He also assures us he only shows psychotic tendencies on the cricket field and is a happy drunk.
Maybe Taity can test his theory at Cargo one night. I don’t think many of the 4th Grade team would be willing.
He promised a bag full. He also promised to come up with better excuses for being half an hour late in the future. Flat tyres were out of fashion in round 2, 1986. Blaize did show potential to come through with the goods, with a wicket off the first ball of the match... the Stags were on top.
A constant fall of wickets saw the Lions stagger to 6-51 and then 9-114. The author is hesitant to mention the efforts of ‘Chilli’ Perry, who took 5 for, given his blatant disregard of the Australian flag proudly on display on Australia day. Please also note, Chilli, that if anyone in the 4th Grade side hears you mention ‘I definitely should be batting in front of Shayne’ again, we’ll lock you in the changerooms with Blaize and Mitch with beers for an hour and let you do your best to survive.
Mick "Chilli" Perry takes 5 wickets... but really just wants to bat ahead of Shayne Lin
Most bowled well, with the other figures of note a 3 for to James Kidd.
The tail wagged a little for the Lions to see them reach 151. A very gettable total given the road that Killara became in the afternoon. Another example of the skipper’s brilliant insight.
With news that the Stags were about to embark on a run-chase, and Mitch’s imminent 5000 run milestone, the Club’s hierarchy began to arrive in force. Then we realised 2nd Grade was washed out at Chatswood.
Mitch made small inroards towards his 5000th run, with a couple of defensive shots amongst big heaves to the leg side,and despite a little support from Jack Colley, the Stags found themselves in familiar dangerous territory at 4-101at stumps.
The post-match conversation is always interesting in this 4th Grade side. Following the first week it largely revolved around our courageous skipper’s heritage, and why there is not an abundance of Peking Duck available for tea. Or at least some fried rice. The skipper was also heard to say, upon explaining his background, that his grandfather is a very powerful man in China.
Mitch was heard to reply: “I’ve always wanted to go to Tokyo”. Wrong country Mitch. One does Peking duck, one does panties out of vending machines.
Perhaps that explains Mitch’s confusion and enthusiasm.
The focus of the second week was to be disciplined in the run chase to gain first innings points, then evaluate our position and hope to push for the chance of an outright. Chiris Retallick, recently promoted in the order, and Anthony Sherman at the crease.
The lofted late cut over the top of gully... make famous by Pic and now part and parcel of the T20 scene
I remember the first time I met Pic.... playing for another club against Gordon in 2nd Grade, at Killara, about 12 years ago. Piccy dispatched us to all parts for about 210 in what was a masterclass in batting on the Killara Oval ground, with salient back foot drives and fluent leg side play, often over the fence. We had no answers.
On the 26th January 2013, quite appropriately one of Piccy’s favourite days of the year, he turned back the clock and stroked, caressed and bludgeoned 157 not out to not only guide us home to 6 points but post 300 of only 40-odd overs. It was nice to be on the other side of the fence this time around. I haven’t seen a spring in his step like that since the last time I was with him at T-2.
Shayne's mum admires her handywork
Piccy was ably supported by Retro, with a mature 70-odd, and the Stags had a lead of 150 with plenty of play left in the day.
With the best of intentions, we were unable to push for that killer blow that really dominant sides would in this position. Inconsistent bowling and a dropped catch saw only 2 wickets fall for the addition of a comfortable 100 runs for the Lions, and stumps were called. A solid win, with lots of positives. But, the awareness that we need to keep improving each week to be serious contenders.
Some peking duck would surely help.
The first game back after the Christmas break. For some of us it was ground hog day. Blacktown away. Stinking hot and the base of the toilet in the changeroom still rocks like my two baby boys.
Clayton's toss. Shanye lost it again and Gordon were sent in on a good wicket.
Pic Sherman will be right alongside Mitch Kleem when he gets to 5,000 grade runs for Gordon
We lost Spratty early to a short wide one. The team has unanimously declared his mum has now taken the mantle from Stickland’s mum. So Spratt’s reward for getting a duck was to field for Colts, after a Colts player was picked even though he was 5000 miles away in another country.
Mitch and Clem developed a good partnership with Mitch showing very good discipline letting balls go through the keeper. The pair both succeeded to score fifties each before the heat got the better of them.
With twenties from Chris "I'm never buying new pads" Retallick, Shano "I can't hear because of my Bali exploits" Lin and myself, and an excellent sixty not out from Jack Colley, Gordon reached 6/257 off our fifty overs with a top dressed outfield that was more like 290, just what the captain was looking for from our top seven.
The boys enjoyed a beautiful scenic picnic at Blacktown. Then it was our turn to bowl.
With the ball we started quite well, we got a nick quite early, but because the keeper couldn’t hear, he didn’t go up and it was given not out.
Jack "Man-mountain" Colley looked "Mark Waugh-like" on his way to 60-odd
Three early wickets were taken by Blaize "how crazy am I" Irving-Holliday, Jack "which grade am I in this week" Richardson and Charlie “Bangers & Mash” Bangs returning after a brief holiday stint. But with rain around, skipper Shano "I'm getting more desperate every night, and the chicks are getting older, as long as I get a free shower" Lin brought Alex "take me back to the Greenwood" Jackson took the fourth wicket and had the Warriors on the back foot.
Then Lin introduced Jack "how big am I going to be at twenty-one" Colley to get to the twenty-five over mark to constitute a game.
The rain subsided quickly. A long partnership developed and at 4/147 it looked like the Warriors were going to give us a game. Then Shano re-introduced Blaize "I've left my whites at home, can I go back to Darlinghurst?" Irving-Holliday who turned the game on its head with four wickets in two overs, and a bizarre run-out by our flat-footed skipper who managed to run the entirelength of the wicket to run the batsman out.
All of a sudden we were looking at a bonus point at 9/151. But we had to settle for the six points.
Shayne "Let's settle on one nickname" Lin cuts one behind point for a couple
I would just like to take this opportunity to say that this team was copping a lot of stick after three rounds this year and I think we have proven to everyone at the club that we are a good team and we are developing into a better team every week. We will be a hard team to beat from now on.
I would also like to add that a team mate of mine is nearing a very special landmark of 5000 runs for the club, and his name is Mitchell Kleem, and I think he only needs roughly sixty runs this week to achieve this goal. I for one will be there to congratulate him, and I hope that fellow players and club members will do the same to celebrate this very fine achievement (welcome to the club Mitch).
If it was meant to be the end of the world last week, the top and middle order batsmen sure batted like it, acting like they had somewhere else to be. One can only make the assumption that they would have rather been batting off than batting on in their final moments (or maybe that's just me).
Author and wildman Blaize Irving-Holliday keeps one end very tight against Randy-Petes
Gordon won the toss and elected to bat, having played all my games for Gordon at Beauchamp I can tell you that this wicket can be a cruel mistress early on but if the top order can survive the first hour or so it becomes dead as a door nail.
However, equal measures of good bowling and brain spasms led to falling wickets and a fair amount of runs in short succession leaving the lower middle order and below to try to scrape something together; Master Spratt being the only top order batsman to make it into double figures. Shayne Lin, Matt Selby, Blaize Irving-Holliday and well known all rounder S. Undries all made it to double figures.
At 11:30 after 21 overs were bowled, we were out for 91 with a loss seeming to be a mere formality and everyone seemed keen to get on with the beating.
The umpires however thought they had worked hard and felt they deserved a rest, so lunch was called. Once lunch was done and after everyone stopped playing coulda, woulda, shoulda and the name blame game it was time to head out there with clear, focused and aggressive minds and with a few choice words from El Capitan and other senior players we went out there knowing if we could snag a few early wickets with the new ball, we were in with a chance.
The opening bowlers kept a tight line with the batsmen playing very cautiously trying their best not to play at anything unnecessary. The persistence paid off when their opener mistimed a cover drive and was caught at short cover.
Shayne is supported by the slips as they appeal for the last wicket
What came next was a world ending capitulation on the grandest of scales as Randy-Pete's crumbled like old fetta cheese going from 1-19 to 8-57 in the space of 15 overs. Not all the credit went to the batsmen however, as the bowlers and fielders did an excellent job at keeping the pressure on both batsmen and making them work for every run.
8-57 onwards though seemed like an absolute eternity as their No. 6 batsmen couldn't hit, or nick for that matter, a cricket ball to save himself and the runs came to an almost grinding halt. I think his first run came after 10 overs being in the middle from an inside edge that squeezed past square leg.
After 20 overs of their No. 6 batsmen missing almost every ball bowled at him (I'm not exaggerating) and the runs dribbling along they got to 83 before his wicket fell to an absolute pie outside off stump caught safely by Master Spratt.
With the game very much in the balance and everyone on edge, it would take the cool, calm Ozzie Dowler to clinch the deal with a plumb LBW leaving us with a 3 run win, 6 points and a good story to tell.
Enjoy your New Year's everyone.
Fourth Grade arrived at Beauchamp knowing a win would have them well and truly in the top 6 leading into Christmas, whereas a loss would place them back amongst the pack in a dogfight for finals positions.
Anthony Sherman rocks back an puts one through point... we're waiting for this statesman to notch up a big score
This point has been the theme constantly reiterated by the captain, Shayne Lin, for the pre-Christmas limited overs fixtures. However, everyone was already aware of the stern test that manifested itself in the form of St George. What eventuated was neither the win we desperately wanted, nor the loss we dreaded, however an overwhelmingly exciting tie that had Michael “Chilli” Perry fist pumping the air, presumably believing his efforts of the last ball had in fact won the game.
The wicket, with a solid coverage of grass and hard underneath, provided encouragement for both batsman and bowlers, and thus after winning the toss (finally) Shayne decided to bowl in order to make use of the overcast conditions. One undisclosed opening bowler was feeling a bit under the weather due to a work Christmas party the night before, although, after a barocca and cheeky vomit on the sidelines, he was ready to go.
Needless to say it was a mediocre medium pace spell yielding no returns. Dan “are they real?” Stickland bowled well from the other end, keeping the run rate down with his good line and length. However, the St George batsman showed good patience, losing no wickets and the first hour belonged to the visitors.
Chris Spratt looks down the ground in the effort to get quick runs
The introduction of Blaize Irving-Holliday into the attack, who bowled with good pace and accuracy, resulted in immediate success as he beat the bat on various occasions and eventually took a well deserved wicket, snicking off the St George opening batsman thanks to a good catch from Shayne. This week Alex “Greenwood” Jackson remembered the value of actually landing the ball on the wicket, picking up two early wickets that brought Gordon back into the match.
The middle overs were evenly balanced as Perry toiled hard, picking up his standard 2 poles. Unfortunately, in the last 10-15 overs St George accelerated their scoring and seemingly took the game away from us, ending with 270 from their 50 overs.
(Perry 2-61, Jackson 2-63, Irving-Holliday 1-50, Stickland 1-46)
The already daunting run chase seemed overwhelming as Mitchell Kleem snicked off early to some good new ball bowling. However, Chris Spratt and Jack “Bubble Head” Colley showed maturity beyond their age in adding 60 for the second wicket partnership. Colley looked solid for his 30, scoring more runs in one shot than he had in his previous 4 innings, and it was a welcome return to form.
Michael "Chilli" Perry takes control of the last 10 overs
Spratt completely dominated the St George attack from the outset, dispatching the opening bowler over the sightscreen on numerous occasions. This aggressive mindset and brilliant shot selection lead to a classy innings which unfortunately ended on 99 as he fell to a half tracker hit down the throat of short fine leg.
Chris “Retro” Retallick and Anthony Sherman looked good for their 14 and 31 respectively, both falling victim to tough leg before decisions.
The match was in the balance with Shayne and Perry at the wicket, however we fell slightly behind the 8 ball when Shayne was given out caught behind.
With 10 overs to go, the equation was approximately a run a ball. Perry and Jackson formed an invaluable partnership, keeping up with the demanding run rate required. By the last over the equation was simple, 9 runs to win. Jackson was run out for a well-made 21, selflessly giving up his wicket for the team effort.
Spratt continues to hit out on his way to 99
Perry hit a much-needed boundary in the final balls to leave 3 needed for victory of the final ball. After some cheeky shenanigans from the St Geroge bowler, in attempting to mankad Blaize at the non-strikers end, the final ball was eventually bowled. Perry was able to squeeze it into the outfield, and they were able to scramble two runs in order to achieve some points out of the game.
(Spratt 99, Perry 33*, Sherman 31, Colley 30, Jackson 21)
All in all, this was a brilliant batting display to match the intimidating total set. It was encouraging to see the top order stand up, score the bulk of the runs and set up the chase. However, it must be said that a substandard bowling effort allowed them to score too many runs in the first place. Sharing the points seemed a fair result on the day, however one must feel that this win went begging, a rarity over such a strong opposition.
The 4th grade boys rocked up at to Killara Oval knowing that a win was needed against the Whales to get us back on track after last week's loss and secure a good position heading into the Christmas break.
Clem Bromwich looks to the space on the leg-side
Upon arrival at the ground, we noticed that a singlet-wearing member of the Mosman team had upstaged Shayne Lin. Not only did he have larger biceps but also, as someone mentioned, he didn’t have Shayne’s chicken legs! We also noticed that the Killara wicket looked flat yet, but with a good covering of grass which would offer some assistance to the bowlers before flattening out later in the day.
Shayne then tossed the coin and we assume he lost it (this happens quite often) and we were ordered to take to the field. A new opening bowling combination in Jack “give me a better name than Skilly” Skilbeck and Lachy “Borgy” Borg worked wonders as both bowled in probing areas and at good pace. “Skilly” was rewarded with 2 wickets in 2 balls as a bouncer rattled the opener’s cage before sending his middle stump out of the ground.
He then followed this up with a full in-swinger that had the lefty number three plumb LBW. Unfortunately his hat-trick ball was unsuccessful but, with the notoriously slow-scoring Mosman side 2-down for not-many, the pressure was well and truly on!
Not to be out-done, Lachy Borg then went about placing further pressure on the opener at the other end and luring him into an adventurous cover drive which picked out Chris “wake-y wake-y” Retallick at cover. The plan was to accumulate dots and the openers continued to do this and create further pressure. As a result, Lachy Borg induced an edge from “Shayne’s superior” and Shayne was able to break his concentration on my mother long enough to take a well-executed diving catch.
After the openers had finished their spells (Skilly 2/8 off 5 and Borgy 2/10 off 6) the author then began one of the most frustrating spells of his Gordon career to date. With encouraging calls such as “one for your mum here” ringing out from the slips, I regularly found the edge, only for it to fly through a vacant 3rd and 4th slip for 4.
Lachlan Borg takes early wickets against the Mosman side... We wonder how Shayne motivates this young bowler...
This continued for a few overs before the number 5 edged to “Chilli” Perry at first slip. A wicket in the next ball had Mosman 6 down and a bowler with a hat-trick opportunity for the second time…but no luck.
Meanwhile, at the other end, Alex “Jacko” Jackson was bowling possibly the most deceptive full tosses ever, as the batsman continued to bunt them back to Jacko to place further pressure on the away team. Jacko was eventually rewarded with 3 top-class deliveries that had the batsman in all-sorts. The first 2 were quick straight-breaks that induced some very dodgy shots before a tossed-up a wider delivery turned and beat the advancing batsman leaving Shayne Lin to whip the bails off to perform a very neat stumping.
Chris Spratt and Clem Bromwich leave the field after a very successful run chase
Another wicket to myself and a run-out to Chris “I was awake” Retallick had the Mosman side 9 down and the Gordon boys were keen to chase down a total of under a hundred. Unfortunately, as it almost always happens with a good bowling display, the last wicket proved difficult to obtain. Some good stroke play by the number 11 put Mosman past the 100 mark and also earned him the title as “best batsman in the team”…though that was not a great achievement for this particular day anyway.
A good catch at 1st slip by Jack “Quasimodo” Colley off Borgy ended the Mosman innings at 111 and the Staggies were confident that 6 points were in the bag.
We wanted to be clinical in our run chase and Mitch Kleem and debutant Chris Spratt executed this desire in brilliant fashion. Mitch was, as always, punishing and hit the unfortunate opener to all parts with anything loose. Mitch is a great opener for us, he has a great eye and if he gets away runs are always flowing and the momentum is hard to wrestle back.
Mitch fell for 36, which he was disappointed with, but the damage was done and the two new additions in Clem Bromwich and Chris Spratt saw us home with some great stroke-play both along the carpet and over the top.
All in all, a thumping 9-wicket victory to the Staggies yet we mustn’t be complacent. St George will be a difficult task next week and we must go into the match with the same intensity in the field, consistent bowling and clinical batting we displayed on Saturday. We have the blokes in the changeroom to do it and the desire…
Up Gordon, Get Fah You Bah!
The old 4th grade batting collapse was alive and well at Snape on Saturday. For the first five rounds, the games had been played with a lack of exhilaration which customarily follows the loss of early wickets. The team, formerly the domain of ‘fence clearers’ had been moulded into a bunch of ‘nurdlers’ seemingly capable of prizing their wickets and crunching out victories, including a fine outright effort against Sydney Uni only 2 rounds prior.
Iqbal Ahmed - flying in the face of the 'fence clearers' and 'nurdlers' in this shot
Alas, the start of the one day season brought with it this exhilaration so lacking this season.
The anticipated return of Alex “Jack of all Trades” Jackson by Jack ‘BubbleHead’ Colley, was felt early, as banter began to flow following Wacko’s re-emergence from the basement of Greenwood. His return, following a night unable to control his liquor, suggests only that there are not enough club functions to improve his form in this department.
Special mention must also go to the removal of 2/3 of England from the team. It was a delight, and I thank the selectors.
Captain Shayne “Rin” Lin lost a crucial toss and the Stags were forced onto a green deck offering assistance to the bowlers. An early flourish from the evergreen Mitch Kleem, was unable to be built on by the middle order as poor shot execution and patience crippled the top order, while the middle order capitulated in the space of 4 balls, with the wickets of Axel, Shayne and Jackson falling in a flash.
Witnessing this from the other end was Michael “Chilli Bin” Perry. Unusually for a New Zealander, he did not succumb in this difficult period, but dug in in these difficult circumstances to defy the Eastern Suburbs attack, bringing the score from a perilous 7-55 to a final score of 150.
Mick Perry combines with "The Columbian Assassin" to give the bowlers a target to bowl at after the break
During this time he was well supported by Iqbal ‘The Columbian Assassin “ Ahmed as well as Jack “Skilly” Skillbeck who showed his nous early as a nurdler, before developing his own array of shots, including a six over cover. Chilli was however the star of a meagre batting effort, dispatching the later change bowlers to all parts, including taking their leg spinner for 17 in one over. He showed how disappointing it was not to have wickets in hand to take further advantage of the bowling. He was the last wicket out, with a very well made 57 in trying circumstances.
With only 150 on the board, and a lacklustre servo sandwich for lunch, we knew we needed to get off to a good start, and that eventuated with some tight dot ball bowling by the new ball pair of Stickland and Skilly, culminating in 2 wickets to Jack. Some fine fielding kept us in the game with Pic Sherman moving nicely to take a sharp catch in slips, and Colley able to keep his head in an upright position long enough to take another good catch at second slip. It was a much improved fielding performance, keeping the pressure on to a point where they needed 5 an over for the last 10.
However, a few loose deliveries, and fielders on the backfoot saw Easts scramble a win with 2 balls remaining.
A disappointing finish to a long day.
We bowled incredibly well, with Perry, Skilbeck and Stickland bowling tight, but unfortunately as is the case when you lose 3 wickets in an over, we were never in front and were chasing the entire game.
A much improved batting effort is needed next week.
The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they retained under the captaincy of Dave Monaghan in 2012/13 after winning it in 2011/12. 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.
Fifth Grade match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
Saturday started with another early wake up, a few nerves and ominously dark skies. Throughout the season (and for the last few), we have always been a rather laid back team down in 5’s, but you could tell how important this game was - almost everyone was warming up in the morning!
Makeshift opener, and victorious skipper, Monaghan led his side into battle from the front line
A slightly damp outfield, but no sign of rain was as good as we could hope for and the toss was won by the St George captain who conservatively chose to bowl on a slightly patchy wicket. We hit the sheds where Dave tried to convince everyone it was just another game, the other captains had a word and I think heard the phrase ‘runs on the board’ about thirteen times.
Batting didn’t start too well with Dom failing to break his Grand Final curse and snicked off early before Dave was joined by one of our two Greenies in Axel.
Things were going well as the score crept beyond fifty and Dave started to really get moving, driving well up and over the infield but a slow outfield meant that he was often left unrewarded, whilst Axel supported him well from the other end looking solid in defense.
Nick Miller, a player of the club's future, combined to steady the ship
But the St George boys were keeping it quite tight and as so often happens we lost three wickets with the score on 67, 69 and 71 and we were back to being in a spot of trouble.
Our other greenie Nick batted well with Darren, in conditions that were not easy to start in. Things were looking set before a run out sent Nick back and Darren glided the spinner to the keeper and we again had two new batsmen in with the score at 6/103.
Not much resistance from the lower order this time bar a quick-fire 18 from Oz which helped the score creep to 139. We knew were a little under par, but with the slow outfield and a bowling attack which had been our strength all season we went back out in search of quick wickets. We had been given a good reminder of the value of pressure as we couldn’t move the score along, particularly with their spinner who took 3/30 off 28 overs.
Our openers started well and kept the scoring down and we got to see another re-run of Oz beating the bat over and over again before Jack finally found the edge to Dave at second slip to end the opening batsmen’s long vigil of 4 off 39.
Darren Jayasekera nudges one through the Saints' infield
Their number 3 came in with good intent and started to lift the ball around a little and got the score moving before Dave knocked off the other opener and, in what would be the last ball of play, Jack pinned their number 3 for 38 and the score was precariously sitting at 3/66.
It was anyone’s game.
We turned up on Sunday morning greeted with blue skies with the knowledge that a few quick wickets would get us in with a chance. But things didn’t go as planned and the score crept ever so slowly past a hundred without a wicket falling.
When David brought me on and I managed to sneak one past one of the batsmen, what would happen next was probably the most outrageous pieces of cricket I’ve ever witnessed.
Matthew Selby with his right arm rapids would turn the game on its head.
Beginning the collapse, Deva sneaks one through the gate
In his first over he took 3, the last being the most important as he took out the skipper to a stinger of a catch to Nick Miller at short midwicket.
The next few overs were much of the same and wickets fell left, right and centre. A screamer of a catch to Darren and one more caught behind and we were almost home. The art of dibbly-dobbling will never be the same.
7 overs, 1 maiden, 5/15, thanks for coming.
Straight after the lunch break, Jack took the last wicket, going straight through the number eleven and the comeback was complete as we took 7/18.
Matt Selby leads the team from the ground after a match changing display of bowling
The job wasn’t done yet and a fired up St George came out with one last swing at the title. A few wickets made everyone a touch more nervous than we would have hoped, but the pairing of Dave Monaghan with 62 (no surprises there) and a very impressively mature knock from our 16 year old Nick Miller of 39 that included some exquisite on drives ended any chance of another twist in the game.
A big thank you must be said to the Wests Cricket Club who hosted a great grand final over two days. Also, a big thank you to the friends and family who turned up to watch and support us. It was great to have some familiar faces around.
The skipper shows off the silverware!
It’s been a great season, and though we said throughout that the goal was to go for back to back Sherwoods, to achieve that with only two players from team from last year has been a great achievement and shows how strong the club is. A quick look at the engravings on the Sherwood shows that back to back Sherwoods has actually been done quite a few times, but no-one’s gone the three-peat.
I guess 2014 is a good time to change that.
The Stags hosted Parramatta at Beauchamp Park in the 5th Grade Semis. Arriving on Saturday morning, the covers were lifted to reveal a green but flat wicket. Winning the toss, ‘Fantasy Points’ Monaghan elected to bat. With our regular opener ruled out, Dom Thompson took on the role.
Axel "Axe" Cahlin in his maiden Grade semi final making a solid contribution with the bat
Together, Dom and Dave set out to knock the shine off the ball and provide a good platform for the stags, and boy did they. Both batsmen showed great confidence and patience, playing each ball on its merit, grinding down the opposition. As the day progressed, the conditions favoured the batsmen and the two openers capitalised on this. However Dom and Dave were not rewarded for their text book stroke play from a rather slow outfield.
The score continued to tick over and the boys were on top of Parramatta’s bowling attack, adding more than a 100 for the first wicket. Hitting the ball to all parts of the ground ‘Fantasy Points’ reached his 50 but was unfortunately dismissed soon after.
With the score 1-110, Axel joined Dom in the middle. Together, the two continued on and Dom reached a well-deserved 50, showing great style and maturity, although he was also dismissed soon after. With two new batsmen at the crease, the Stags needed to rebuild, but the dismissal of ‘Elton’ Coleman for 1 run gave momentum to the opposition. The score was now 3-138 and Nick ‘Funky’ Miller joined ‘Axe’ at the crease and the youngsters were determined to give momentum back to the Stags.
With batting conditions getting better, ‘Axe’ played a fairly aggressive innings, hitting the ball hard and managing a few boundaries. Also, Funky joined in, piercing the gaps while keeping the score moving. Momentum was starting to shift back to the stags however Axe didn’t take advantage of a good start and he was dismissed for a solid 35.
Monaghan continues to add points to the Webmaster's fantasy team
Darren ‘DJ’ Jayasekera looked in good form out in the middle. He struck the ball cleanly and scored several boundaries. Funky and Darren were beginning to build a decent partnership but Parramatta had the opportunity of a new ball. This did not stop the pair. Funky scored a few more runs before being caught for a well-made, patient 33.
The score was now 5-228 and Parramatta were tired. The new rock flew off the bat and Darren scored a quick-fire 34, smashing the ball all over park before being caught. Jack ‘Richo’ Richardson and Matt ‘the Teacher’ Selby were the two new batsmen at the crease. With Richo coming of a half century, he was keen to make it a repeat, although this was not to be as he was out for 2.
‘Oz’ Dowler was now out in the middle using Elton’s bat. He was quite worried at this, expecting his blade to fall apart at any minute, just like his other one. Matt Selby chose his old punter, and this seemed a good choice. He struck the crisply and kept the runs ticking with Oz. Both Oz and the Teacher knocked the ball around but were dismissed for 13 and 14 respectively.
The score was 9-258 and Deva ‘Alphabet’ ‘Second grader’ Nirthanakumaran combined with the legend himself, ‘Mr Matt Todd’. Unfortunately to everybody’s disappointed Parramatta bowled Gordon out for 261.
We thought the day was over but we were ordered to bowl one last over. Mr Todd was called upon and with a rather aggressive field he bowled a hilarious, yet inspirational over and the day finished with Parramatta 0/0
On the Easter Sunday, the Stags arrived at Beauchamp with some cloud over head. After taking the covers off we had a very sloppy warm up (maybe a few too many Easter eggs in the morning), but we were determined to turn this around.
Cahlin, in another first, is rumoured to have enjoyed a beverage after their win over the Two Blues
Oz and Richo kicked us off, bowling excellent lines and lengths, being rewarded with an early wicket each. They were 2/10 and the stags were building pressure early. The pair continued to beat the bat on many occasions but were unrewarded. Toddy joined the attack and was amongst the wickets, snaring the third.
Fantasy points also took wickets applying more pressure on Parramatta.
With the score at 5/28, Parramatta was in need of a good partnership. Two of their batsmen applied themselves and with a bit of luck they smashed some boundaries and got the score to 107 before the next wicket. The Stags were creeping into the tail and the play-off for the Sherwood was in our sights. With Richo applying some excellent shine on the ball throughout the day, he and Oz were brought back into the attack. Oz added another wicket to his tally and the score was now 7/124.
The Stags were clearly on top and had the opportunity to close out the match quickly. However, the opposition were able to muster a tail order fight back. To their credit, they knuckled down and hit the ball in the gaps adding just fewer than fifty for the 8th wicket.
The score was now 8/171 and the Stags were confident. Wasting no time, the “second grader” cleaned up the tail and the Stags were one step closer to the Sherwood. I would also like to thank Dan Stickland, Iqbal Ahmed and Dan Richtor and all the other s(unfortunately I do not know all of them) for coming to support over the Easter weekend. It means a great deal and hopefully we will see a few more in the future (although not all did appreciate a hooligan commenting on the match).
To top it all off, the song was sung with style and Toddy shared a few beers with ALL (if you know what I mean).
Axel ‘First beer’ Cahlin
Arriving at a newly reopened Ryde Oval for the last match of the season the Gordon boys were very relaxed. Sitting in a guaranteed second place the pressure was off – and this showed in the arrival times of a few of the Gordon contingent.
However, Dave ‘Fantasy Points’ Monaghan is not one to be easily phased, and so in laconic fashion he welcomed the tardy with a good wack to the ankles in throw downs.
Young Nick Miller stamps his authority on the game in his first grade appearance
According to unnamed sources, Matthew ‘Teach’ Selby and Mick ‘Energizer’ Falk have been investigating the possibility of employing similar techniques over the upcoming school term.
After having examined at least a good twenty metres of the field during the warm-up (a new PB for 5’s), the two skippers met in the middle. Dave promptly won the toss and elected to bat on a rather tricky wicket.
Being the first game on the new surface, the track proved rather unpredictable: more than one variable delivery claiming a scalp (including the Skipper’s). Amil ‘Heskey’ Premawardhana showed some talent at the top of the order with a gritty 28, ably supported by young Nick ‘Funky” Miller (25) and the ever present skipper (24).
In the end the Stags were bowled out in the penultimate over of the innings for 159, a score the boys considered at least par given then state of the conditions. In what must have been a rare occurrence for grade cricket, extra’s top scored for the Stags with 29 – highlighting the treacherous nature of the pitch and (in light of the Sydney innings) proving once again that line and length is telling on all surfaces.
Lunch brought a nice change of scenery for many of the team (author included) who managed to mix a leisurely car ride to the shops with a hasty sprint to the middle prior to the start of play. Luckily all eleven were accounted for in the nick of time, leaving the two umpires more than happy to make a few jokes while starting play at the stroke of two.
With the usual opening combination of Richardson and Dowler absent, the new ball fell to Funky Miller (in his first bowl in grade cricket) and David ‘Captain’s Prerogative’ Monaghan.
Funky bowled great lines, forcing the Sydney batsmen to play at everything and taking full advantage of the treacherous wicket. At the end of his spell he was duly rewarded with the outstanding figures of 6 overs, 5 maidens, 2 for 5.
Dave "Fantasy Points" Monaghan wheels away at the opposite end
While Funky was doing the damage from the park end, Dave Monaghan was his usual self – hooping the ball nicely and finishing up with 2 for 24, leaving the Sydney top order reeling.
An inspired bowling change (perhaps forced by age restrictions) saw the two Matthew’s replace the quicks at this point. ‘Bottle’ Todd (3/ 17) and ‘I think he is really in charge’ Selby (3/4) maintained the pressure and the rest of the Sydney team collapsed to be all out for 51.
The control of both bowler’s was a delight and, if this author may be so bold, clear grounds for a well-deserved Colts call up.
It is always great to have a convincing win going into the finals and it was particularly pleasing to see both old and new players finding form at the pointy end of the season.
Onward to the Sherwood.
The match against last placed UNSW saw Gordon chancing maximum points, but after playing only 8 overs in 2 hours the previous week, Gordon chances to capitalise on this looked unlikely. With the students running low on numbers, Gordon needed only take 7 more wickets after snagging one on the first day.
Jack Richardson grabs one for his side in the brief amount of play on the first day
Orion started with his usual aggression and took the top off off-stump on two occasions with straight full balls which left the batsmen bemused as to how they missed the ball. From the other end, Jack Richardson had come to some previous arrangement to allow Dave Monaghan to score as many club champions points as possible. This saw Jack angling the ball across the batsman looking for edges to second slip, and so began Dave’s run of 8 catches for the match.
After their spells, they were replaced with Matt Todd who claimed a couple of wickets and Deva (Raja) Nirthanakumaran who picked up the last one. All in all a good show from the bowling group which resulted in the students being dismissed for 80.
The great leveling shot. After the scribe boost's the skipper's ego, the roving photographer captures his demise
To pick up more points, Dave promoted himself to open the batting. Combining with Tom Carruthers, the two showed that the deck was a little better than UNSW had shown.
After they both lost their wickets, it was left up to Andrew ‘Elton’ Coleman to show everyone how to bat. Ably supported by Nick Miller (41) and Jack Richardson (48*), Elton battled his was through to 84. He was eventually dismissed chancing his ton, after Dave had informed him that he was going to declare on him. Gordon eventually declared 6 down for 243 on a now very flat Beauchamp wicket.
This allowed the bowler second go at the batsman, and another opportunity for Dave to pick up some more points. The stars of the second innings were Dave Monaghan picking up another four catches which included a spectacular one-handed diving chance at short fine leg.
Regardless of where Dave positioned himself in a field, the students had decided that he was a good person to give catching practice. The other star of the second innings was Matt Todd who had claimed, in the sheds, that we could rely on him to pick up the wickets. True to his word, Matt picked up 5 wickets which included the last two in quick succession when the outright points seemed to be slipping from out grip.
Tom Carruthers flicks one to the legside in the search for quick runs
Whilst we picked up the 10 points, we remain in second place, but the momentum is building towards the finals series.
With all games washed out in the first week, the second week was played under one day rules. Arriving at Beauchamp to a well grassed wicket, Gordon lost the toss and were sent in to bat. David Monaghan and Nick Coleman walked to the middle determine to get the Stags off to a good start and boy did they.
Jack Skilbeck charges in for his skipper
Both batsmen looked very comfortable from ball one, hitting the ball to all parts of the ground with great power. The score ticked over and we were on top of Sutherland. David was scoring at a rapid rate smashing boundaries on many occasions while Nick played very well supporting David and rotating the strike. David reached a well-deserved 50 and from here the run rate climbed. Dave was hitting very big and Nick continued to play his shots. The Stags past the 100 mark and were in an excellent position to post a good total.
Nick unfortunately fell for a solid 46 to leave the Stags 1/128.
This brought Dom to the crease and he looked in good touch, timing the ball sweetly. However, Dave suffered from cramps and was dismissed for a captain’s knock of 81. A better training regime is needed for the skipper. Perhaps with a baby on the way, all the lifting and carrying will get him fit!
Darren came to the middle but was soon out for 3. Axel joined Dom and the two added a quick 38 in less than 4 overs, hitting the ball strongly and running very hard (I think Dom will agree about the running).
Axel was dismissed for 25 and the score was at 210. With a few overs left and several wickets in hand 250 was gettable. Tom ‘TC’ Carruthers joined and the pair pushed the run rate. Dominating the attack, Dom scored a quick fire 70 and ‘TC’ made a handy 11 to close the innings at 6/259
The wicket was flattening and it was going to be tough but the boys were up to it. ‘Afro Jack Richardson’ and ‘Jack Skrillex’ Skilbeck lead from the front. Bowling tight lines, they both restricted the runs but were hardly rewarded with only 1 wicket which went to ‘Skrillex’. ‘Toddy’ and ‘Oz’ Dowler continued and bowled very well together. Oz got good lift and the bat on many occasions and Toddy was unplayable taking 3/18 off his ten. Well bowled to you both!
Matt Todd continues his good form for the 5th Graders
Wickets fell at regular and the boys fielded very well taking the chances given while keeping the runs to a minimum. Alex ‘Jacko’ Jackson contributed with a great spell of bowling. He had good flight and landed the ball in good areas taking two good wickets. Gordon continued to apply pressure but Sutherland were able to hang in. David backed up his efforts with the bat by snatching a wicket from his five overs.
All of the bowlers were rewarded for their efforts, snaring at least a wicket each. Sutherland were 9/94 and everyone was looking forward to a possible early finish. But credit to Sutherland who put on a good fight. One of the tail order batsmen slashed their way to 50 and his partner did just enough to hold his wicket. Their batsmen played almost every shot in the book including a few sneaky reverse sweeps and it was clear we were getting frustrated (although some were in a state of uncontrollable laughter, laughing at anything, as described by Oz).
We did not take the final wicket and after 50 overs, Sutherland were 9/147.
After a long day, including some very interesting off field conversations about DJ’s and what not, Gordon came away with the points. Once again the team song was not sung, therefore I think we 5th graders need to attend a meeting at training again.
The 5th Grade side arrived at Don Dawson Oval, or Cabramatta Sports Ground, [no-one is still overly sure, especially Dom Thompson], with a couple of key players such as Matt Todd and Nick Coleman suffering injuries throughout the week.
Carruthers knocks one through the off-side... a much better photo than the other taken that afternoon
However, the side was still confident with the return of the in-form Reagan Klemt to help bolster the batting lineup and Jack Skilbeck to open the bowling.
Up against an 8th placed Fairfield-Liverpool side, who needed a win, we were well aware that it would be a tough fixture on or hands. They won the toss and elected to bat on a hard and sure wicket.
We started well with both Jack "don't walk down the islander staircase" Skilbeck and Jack "laaard" Richardson picking an early wicket up each to have Fairfield in a bit of trouble at 2/30. However, they mounted a strong fight back and despite good measured bowling from Jack Skilbeck 19 overs, 2/44, and Iqbal "I don't like Dirtybird" Ahmed 19 overs 2,56, they were 3,140 at the rain delay.
Tom "she's the opposition’s sister" Carruthers, was said to have enjoyed the delay talking Cash_Bash.
After the rain halted and we returned to the field, Fairfield continued the strong batting and at the close of play we unfortunately found them at 4-214, knowing that we would have a tough task on the second week of play.
We returned to Fairfield for the second week of play hoping to pick up some quick wickets and them over fairly cheaply.
Unfortunately with a few dropped catches early on and some big shots coming off they were able to declare at 6/275 from 88 overs.
We knew that with the batting lineup we had, and on a flat pitch, that if we picked up the singles and dispatched the bad balls, we would easily be able to keep to the 4.5 runs an over needed.
Reagan lofts one through the onside
Liam and Tom were the new opening pair this week and unfortunately Liam fell early, which brought Dom to the crease to attempt to establish a partnership. Dom "I love TITF" Thompson, rotated the strike efficiently picking up sharp singles in the ring and Tom showed an elegant flourish of stroke play which included cover drives, cuts and even a flick off the pads for six. This has been widely accredited to Skilly's bat because the old GM's supposedly have a lovely middle…
After building an 80 run partnership Tom fell for a well made 61, this brought myself to the crease.
Dom also fell just two balls later, perhaps not wanting to be associated with me, leaving us in a lot of trouble at 3-82
Then I played a “Pomersbach” and was caught to make it worse and we were 4 109 and in a serious amount of strife. Matt "the adventures of" Selby and Reagan combined to give us a glimmer of hope. However, Matt was caught out after playing some big shots and Reagan fell shortly after.
Reagan showed great composure for a well made 73 which is his second good knock in two games. Some poor middle order batting left us underdone. Hopefully the team can bounce back after the loss, with some new players coming back to replace Liam, Reagan and myself who are returning to school cricket.
Saturday brought with it the return of a veteran. A veteran with a passion for the game of cricket and consistent quoting from the summer advertisement by AAMI car insurance. “Like a sunrise” has never been heard quite so much in a cricket match before. Welcome back Matt Todd.
Speaking of Abdul, Iqbal “The people's champion” Ahmed has taken up volleyball throughout the week, spiking the ball down as it reached him in the slip cordon. As most of you know Iqbal is a very competent leg spinner, he has promised to leave volleyball to those who know it best. Brazilians.
The opposition being Blacktown left Orion “Bob Marley” Dowler pondering, that somewhere in this world there must be a Whitetown. It could only be fair. After a long period of discussion there is. Arkansas near Mississippi, USA. Thank you Google.
A thrilling game of cricket was played on Saturday, won by a promising 5th Grade side. A mixture of young talent to the knowledge and experience of Matt Todd and Iqbal Ahmed. Blacktown acknowledged the pitch conditions and chose to bowl on what seemed to be a wicket for the fast. To commence the innings, Nick “I pull worldie's” Coleman and Liam “I went to Riverview” McElduff were dealing with the longest over ever set in the history of cricket.
A steady start was exactly what the captain ordered. with runs on the board and no wickets down in the first few overs. Messer Wide and NoBall were looking for a well deserved hundred. However, this was not the case. They scored 40 between them. With the bowling lifted to a proper standard after a shaky start from Blacktown, Liam was dismissed after seeing off the new ball.
The Stags lost another one after the drinks break, which only left Dominic “That's not my girlfriend” Thomson to release a bombshell at Beauchamp Park. Dom was allegedly aiming for the clubhouse as the timber roof made his square leg bombs sound better. Taking apart the attack was made easy as Connor “Pup” Jackson, joined allies with Dom in despatching the cricket ball. My coach once taught me to keep your eyes on the ball, I did so, especially in this case. Thank you 'Gaffer'.
Both batsman were successful in respecting the bowler, remaining patient until the bad ball was delivered, and these were managed with ease.
71 runs later. Dom Thomson is dismissed, bringing the arrival of Tom “That is what it's about” Carruthers knocking it around, to aid Connor in continuing his flow of scoring. Unfortunately Tom was dismissed just as 'The Gaffer' arrived to the ground. As Connor continued to show what he was capable of, he decided the only way we were going to reach 264 was if he also targeted the clubhouse, playing some brilliant strokes.
Axel “accchhhwell” Cahlin performed with few overs to spare. He had a point to prove losing the ball once or twice, rotating the strike nicely. Axel agrees Gordon is far more glorious than the cricket played in Dural. Well batted.
Proceeding with a passion, the interchange mainly involved Toddy sharing several more quotes from Rhonda and Katut. Iqbal “Born in England” Ahmed found a breach in the advertisement which may have to be referred to at training.
As Dave “Joel” Monaghan swung them both ways the Stags were off to a good start. Orion “Oz” Dowler showed his flare whistling the ball past the batsmen; even managing to stay fast and consistent later on to pick up some much needed poles. The Stags fluctuated with their bowling throughout the innings with periods of sharp consistent bowling to periods of letting extras do the work.
Not on some of us learnt.
Matt “I park in the hybrid car section at Hornsby” Selby bowled with a purpose, shutting down Blacktown with his consistent bowling. Consistency then leading to wickets. The pick of the bunch of course, bowling in a leg-spinning partnership of knowledge from different parts of the globe, Matt Todd and Iqbal Ahmed.
As a local cricketer once told me, before the game, retired now, Katzy they call him, “You can learn a lot from an experienced cricketer, they are full of knowledge”. Went on to prove why these two will not be replaced as leg-spinners. Through patience and getting the batsmen out it is an easy game. Well bowled.
A conclusive 50 run win to the Stags. There will be a team meeting for all 5th Graders in relation to why the song was not chanted. There is no excuse as there is a large laminated cut out with the words.
That is all.
Blacktown deserved it. Simply glorious.
Patience is a virtue; this is what the 5th grade side discovered during their game at Kensington Oval. Skipper Dave Monaghan lost the toss and we were sent into bowl on a seemingly dead wicket. Initially the opening bowlers, Deva ‘the Big Fella’ and Dave, had no luck. However, Icky continued his great run of form, bowling great lines and lengths and snatching the first wicket.
Darren "DJ Dazza" Jayasekera assists Reagan in the run chase
This is when the Big Red machine (Harry Middlebrook) and Iqbal teamed up, bowling awesome corridors, areas and spots repeatedly. Their patient efforts slowed the run rate and Harry eventually snared the key wicket of the other opening batsmen. DJ Dazza (Darren Jayasekera) bowled a respectable spell of tactical full tossers and an unlucky Tom ‘Playboy’ Curruther’s bowled a great spell, finding the edge several times.
Reagan ‘Cheat Superstar’ Klemt similarly bowled very well, utilising his short run up to suspiciously surprise and trap a batsmen in front of the stumps.
Reagan turns one on the on-side before accelerating his scoring later in the innings
After a slow start, the Stags did well to peg Randwick back to only 8/198 after 50 overs. However, the boys bowled 24 wides in total; extras making a large addition to the oppositions score. As such, in order to be more successful, our bowlers should be more patient and attempt to repeatedly bowl outside off stump. In doing so, the boys will avoid bowling too straight and slipping down the leg side.
With the pitch staying lower and lower as the day wore on, the batsmen knew it would be a challenge scoring 200. The openers Amil ’get-a-proper-shirt’ Premawrdhana and Nick Coleman both fought valiantly however were both dismissed for less than 10 each. The opening bowlers were getting good movement into the right hander; Dom ‘The People’s Captain’ Thomson and Reagan both playing the ball late and successfully.
After Dom was found LBW for 28, the Reagan show began. He sought to destroy all the bowlers, clipping spin and pace to all parts of the ground. He raced to his 50 and even quicker towards his 100, playing some particularly spectacular lofted drives. Darren welcomed back some form with the bat as well, assisting Reagan with a promising 21. Axel Cahlin also looked good with the bat before an unfortunate run out, most definitely being Reagan’s fault.
"Big Red" Middlebrook does the damage at the top of the order
Fittingly, Reagan brought up the run chase with an awesome straight six, finishing on 111*after a mere 30 odd overs bowled.
Well done to all the boys on a great win, especially Reagan with a great effort with the bat and ball. Enjoy the Christmas break and a happy New Year!
The boys drove out to Cahill Park for an inevitably exciting game that was set to unfold against the Saints. Gordon welcomed back Tom Carruthers who enlightened us with several stories of his journey around Europe… and Africa (not sure how he ended up there).
Dave Monaghan continues to sure up the middle order for 5th Grade
Skipper David Monaghan won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a good deck. Our openers Nick ‘14yrs old’ Coleman and Connor Jackson were coming off sound performances prior to walking onto the field and were determined to set a solid platform for the team. Alas, Connor decided that he was Usain Bolt hitting one straight to mid off and running, only to be sent back and run out halfway down the wicket.
Dom Thompson (32) and Amil ‘sober since 93’ Premawardhana (32) steadied the ship as they brought the score past 50, accumulating runs at ease. Amil’s dismissal lead to a quick collapse which brought Dom and David ‘Joel’ Monaghan (46) to resurrect the innings. Their stay at the crease brought about an array of boundaries and cheeky singles which brought the score to a respectable total.
Orion ‘Ozzie’ Dowler, Iqbal Ahmed and Matt Selby made contributions that brought the overall score to 9/168 from the 50 overs.
There were high hopes amongst the dressing room, as 168 seemed very defendable. Ozzie Dowler bowled solid lines, keeping the batsmen on the backfoot and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket in his first spell. With St George’s openers looking like they were taking the game away from us, up stepped the good bloke himself Iqbal Ahmed. Iqbal’s perfect execution of flight and spin allowed him to claim his first scalp.
This however did not result in a chain reaction of wickets, as the St George batsman continued to play their strokes and edge closer to our total. Deva ‘alphabet’ Nirthanakumaran (3 wickets) and Matt Selby (2 wickets) took the game into their own hands as their tight, deceptive bowling resulted in well-deserved wickets.
Welcome back Tom Carruthers. Your all-round contributions will be valued highly by the side
With Deva and Matt leading from the front, David Monaghan and Ozzie Dowler backed them up well which brought the equation to 2 runs needed off 2 overs with 2 wickets in hand.
Special mention must go to Matt Selby, bowling a crucial maiden over. You could say his bowling was better than his ability to pick up girls (should have approached her mate). Deva put his hand up to bowl the last over as his wicket on the first ball gave us that glimmer of hope. Unfortunately, St George managed to get over the line getting the 2 runs to win the game.
Well done to the Stags for not giving up throughout the game, unfortunately things didn’t go our way. Despite the loss, 5th Grade still remains in 2nd place. With our last game before Christmas next week, lets go out with a win!
P.S. Just like to thank Connor Jackson for getting me lost on the way home. Looks like you have similar 'car troubles' as your brother. Cheers.
P.P.S. Ozzie I shall be collecting my $20 from you as soon as possible for this report
Our skipper Dave Monaghan won the toss and quickly decided for Gordon to bat first on a flat and dry Beauchamp wicket. The Mosman opening bowlers bowled tight and made it difficult for the young openers Liam McElduff and Nick Coleman to score.
Blaize Irving-Holliday looks to get behind the line and defend the Whales' bowler... for six
Both openers were determined not to lose their wickets and established a strong platform for the middle order. Unfortunately Liam got cramped on a full toss and was caught at mid off for 41 - another classy effort from Liam - and Nick ended up with 42 when finally succumbing to the Mosman bowlers.
Corbin Edgar was next into bat and batted brilliantly even know he had little sleep the night before! Corbin ended up with 92 and was very unlucky not to reach three figures due to a great throw over the stumps from the outfield. The middle order hit some great shots and looked in great touch but were cut short due to some great catching on the boundary by the Whales.
Dom Thompson ended up with 14, Reagan Klemt with 18 and Blaze with 27 through some huge sixes hit out of the ground. The tail- end did a good job including some strong running from Iqbal – something that probably hasn’t been reported on this website before - resulting in the Stags reaching a total of 266 from 49 overs.
5th Grade is experiencing some strong support from the parents of the boys, none more so than Reagan Klemt’s folks. Just like when your girlfriend ‘over-shares’ and embarrasses you in front of your mates, Reagan’s mum was particularly good at cutting him down to size.
Corbin Edgar makes light work of the bowlers on his way to 92
Leaving the field at the first drinks break, Mrs Klemt yells out to her son that “You manage to carry drinks out onto the ground for a bunch of your teammates, but you barely lift a finger around the house.” Another on-looker asked whether Reagan was equally helpful when at his girlfriend’s place. Without pausing, Mrs Klemt replied “A girlfriend? Reagan doesn’t have a girlfriend. He has a cricket bat.”
Take from that what you will.
Then we took the field and, from the first ball, Gordon bowled with control and enjoyed the fresh afternoon breeze. Both Ozzie Dowler and Blaze Irving-Holliday looked threatening in the field and kept the pressure on the steady openers.
Blaze took the first wicket of the afternoon through his sheer intimidation. He certainly celebrated his wicket and made sure the Whales captain knew was out! Dave bowled nice and tightly and ended up with one wicket for 10 runs off 7 overs.
Liam McElduff turns one onto the legside during his opening stand with Nick Coleman
Iqbal shrugged off the pain of the previous night’s partying and ripped through the middle order ending up with 4 wickets from 9 overs.
The rest of the Gordon bowlers chipped in with Reagan, Blaize and Deva all getting one wicket each. Thanks to Reagan’s long limbs he was able to take the last wicket through a neat caught and bowled which meant Mosman was bowled out for 86 after 36 overs.
The Stags also claimed a bonus point through a great day’s performance!!
The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup. After a defending their premiership in 2011/12, the 2012/13 side made it through to the semi-finals in another successful season.
Colts match reports for 2012/13 season are provided by the players below:
As the number 1 side in the semi finals, we were to play against the best placed loser from the qualifying finals. As it happened, this was the second placed side, North Sydney, from the regular season. A side that had beaten us on their home patch earlier in the season.
David Leiboff plays a captain's knock in the Colts first innings, making 65 in trying conditions
As Killara Oval was out of action due to the soccer players taking over for the winter season, the semi final was to be played at the Bears’ home ground - the beautiful Tunks Park. A great batting deck in the afternoon, it always has a bit of juice in it early.
One way or another, we were told that we would be batting first, led into battle by the skipper, David Leiboff.
Tim van Zuylen and Matt Page got off too a good start, but not long after Matt departed on 5. Connor Jackson was given out LBW on 3 and quickly followed Matt back to the pavilion.
James Robertson and Tim were at the crease and, after playing some really good shots, James was unlucky to get out on 7 after an amazing catch by the fielder.
Rob Barker was at the crease looking to score some runs and, after also playing some really good shots, was caught after making 19. While Tim was playing his natural game and playing some marvelous shots, he too was caught out for a healthy 52.
The skipper, featuring heavily in this photoshoot, plasters one through the legside
At the crease the Leiboff brothers were building a good partnership, which was needed. Soon after lunch, Jason leiboff was departed on 13. Then Kapil Chhatbar (6) and Michael Roberts (0) followed.
David Leiboff playing some really classy shots departed on much needed 63. Followed all too quickly by Sean Chandiramani (6) and Taylor Carter-Sutton (1).
The Gordon total of 178 was going to be tough to defend on a good wicket. However, finals pressure is a funny thing.
The Stags started off really well in the field. Matt Page picked up three early wickets, followed by Dave picking up another at the other end. It was fair to say that North Sydney were in all sorts being 4/20.
Good support by Rob Barker, Taylor Carter-Sutton and Sean Chandiramani followed but, after some chances were dropped, the Bears built a partnership, which was really costly for the Stags.
At stumps, North Sydney 5/147.
A chilly Sunday morning greeted the boys, but with only 30 runs to play with, the Gordon side did not lose hope.
Rob Barker was bowling beautifully, picking up 2 important wickets but it wasn’t enough, with Taylor Carter-Sutton picking up the remaining 3 wickets only after North Sydney passed our total. We bowled them out for 231.
Opener, van Zuylen takes the long handle to the Bears' bowling, but is unable to drag the team over the line
Gordon went into bat again, unfortunately loosing wickets really fast. With Tim Van Zuylen making a steady 31 and Jason leiboff making a fast 45. Unfortunately Gordon getting all out with the total of 100, giving the lead of 47 runs.
North Sydney easily making the runs with 10 wickets in hand.
Whilst it was a disappointing end to the season, with the season’s themes of the top order and ground fielding failing us at crucial times, it was overall a successful season.
A team that has become accustomed to success, the Colts finished with the Minor Premiership and blooded a number of younger players – the true reason for the Colts side.
With so many 1st and 2nd Graders having played Colts, from this year’s Bill O’Reily medalist Harry Evans to James Kennedy, Harry Turner, Adam Cubbage and others, a strong Colts side means the future is bright for the club.
The qualifying final against the Tigers was played at Killara Oval. We have never played there before, so it was a change of venue for the team. We won the toss and decided to bowl.
The match got off to a fiery start. We were not sure whether the Tigers knew it was a 2 day match losing 5 quick wickets for 50 runs.
Jason Leiboff creates carnage in the Tigers batting pen
We had them backed into a corner. Balmain had a solid partnership for the sixth wicket before it came to an end at 6/126, 3 more wickets fell for not many runs and then a 10th wicket partnership held to get them to 184 before Angus struck with his 2nd ball, ending their innings.
It was a good team bowling effort with everyone getting amongst the wickets with Jason Leiboff taking 3/44 being the pick of the bowlers.
We had a score to chase, and we knew what we had to bat out the remaining time. Tim and Matt got off to a good start, with the pitch flattening out and turning in our favour. They progressed us to 26 before Matt was dismissed for 14.
Shortly after Tim was run out.
Enter Connor Jackson, who had probably two things in mind; don’t get out; score as fast as possible. Between him and Kapil Chhatbar, they moved the score from 30 to149 in very little time, before Connor was dismissed for 83. It was a great batting display.
Kapil and Rob Barker went on to finish the day, passing the Tigers total of 184, and setting us up for a second day of batting on Sunday.
Unfortunately, Day 2 was not the best of starts for us. We lost Rob fairly quickly and then Jason not long after, then Kapil followed them back to the sheds, having made a well fought 57.
Michael Roberts then put his head down with Richard Armour and the two went on and demoralised the Tigers’ bowlers taking us to the total to 363 runs with a 131 run partnership.
At lunch the Tigers conceded that the fight was hopeless. The game was then ended, leaving us with the job well done and progressing into the semi-finals.
On a slightly overcast day, the Gordon Stags took on the well-placed Penrith outfit in for what was to be a very close contest. On Day 1, with conditions appearing to favour the bowlers, Gordon was happy to start off in the field as Penrith made the brave decision to bat first on a greenish pitch.
David Leiboff continues to lead from the front with his line and length bowling
And the Stags made use of this as opening bowler Patrick Effeney started his firing spell (which included a beamer ) claiming a wicket in just his second over after the batsman scooped a catch to point.
His partner in crime David Leiboff also bowled a great displaying great control in line and length and really tied the Penrith batsman down. He was finally rewarded for his accuracy with a wicket in his 7th over.
With Richard Armour taking the ball at first change, his pace and swing troubled the Penrith batsman and he managed to take 2 quick wickets. At 4/55 the match appeared to be all in Gordon’s favour, with the bowlers bowling consistent lines and lengths coupled with the Penrith batsmen’s lack of urgency.
However despite the almost non-existent flow of runs, the Stags really let themselves down in the field, especially in the catching department. And these catches would haunt Gordon later on as Penrith managed to claw their way back into the game; the match at the 70 over mark reading 7/156.
Pat Effeney bowls to the Penrith skipper in his return for the club... as John Williams watches on from behind the stumps
During the middle period of the game, hardworking spells were bowled by Jason Leiboff, Taylor Carter-Sutton, Matt Page and Rob barker. At the end of the day’s play Penrith were still batting on 8/163.
The next week, proved to be a much more pleasant day with no cloud cover and a quicker outfield. With this change, the Penrith lower batsman looked for quick runs and managed to get a few boundaries away before Patty cleaned bowled the No 10, and Richard Armour took a smart catch off David Leiboff, who ended up with solid figures of 3/42.
After a quick change over it was Gordon’s turn to bat and needing only 184 to win on a hard flat surface. The Gordon boys were quietly confident.
However this was only short lasted as opener Nathan Kinny and No 3 Amil Premawardhana were both dismissed early without troubling the scorers.
After those two quick wickets, Andy Coleman came in at 2/6 and showed no signs of nerves of the situation, as he caressed and placed the ball beautifully with hard hitting opener Tim Van Zuylen. These two’s positive approach was looking to get the Stags back into the game, until Tim was bowled for a quick fire 18.
Andrew Coleman goes long and strong down the ground
This brought the last match centurion, Jason Leiboff to the crease. He continued his good form, attacking the spinner s and working the singles with Andrew Coleman who continued his positive mindset.
Unfortunately after a 71 run stand and a break for tea, Jason was cleaned bowled for 27 and only shortly after Andy was LBW for a very stylish 47.
The score read 5/104 and, with 80 runs to get, Gordon still were in with a chance. But due to a combination of tight bowling and extremely good fielding by the Penrith side, it triggered a huge collapse, with none of the remaining batman reaching double figures. Gordon were eventually bundled out for 136 and lost the match by 58 runs.
Jason Leiboff is bowled through the gate a short time after the tea break
It was a bitterly disappointing end to a match we should have won. We have to be more disciplined with our batting.
Week in, week out we are finding ourselves at 4/30 or worse. If we are going to go deep into the finals, we can’t afford to keep relying on our middle order.
We've two tough matches in the final three rounds against sides that will be wanting to get into the top 4. We need to lift our game.
It’s never pleasant to hear to opposition sign their team song, especially at home. One supporter commented that it was the first time in 10 years he’d heard the Penrith song.
Let’s ensure it is at least another 10 until we hear it again.
The boys of Colts arrived at Beauchamp, eager to continue their great run of success in the competition. Jason Leiboff was delighted to be given the honour of captaining the side for the first time. He successfully won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like to be a good batting deck.
Ozzy Dowler bends his back and picks up three Tigers for his troubles
Nathan Kinny and Arnesh ‘Garnish’ Srivastava (18) opened the batting and looked confident out in the middle before Nathan was dismissed. His departure brought about a quick fall of wickets of Amil Premawardhana and Axel Cahlin.
Maybe if Amil had remembered to bring his bat out to the middle, things may have been different.
At 4/ 43, our plans of batting the day weren’t looking too good and we were copping some stick from the Balmain boys. Luckily, a 153 run partnership in the middle brought the Stags to an impressive total. Jason Leiboff (115) batted brilliantly, with an array of shots all across the ground. At the end of the first day he was 67* comprising of 8 fours.
The next week brought a handy 59 run partnership with Jason and Andrew Sierakowski. Jason hit some magnificent boundaries to bring up his debut hundred for the club. Other handy contributions were made by Oz Dowler and Shaun Chandiramani as Gordon declared at 7/265.
There were high hopes amongst the dressing room, as 265 seemed very defendable. Ozzie Dowler and Deva Nirthanakumaran bowled solid lines, keeping the Balmain batsmen on the backfoot. Their patience, speed and accuracy resulted in a collapse of the Balmain batsmen. They were each rewarded a deserved 3 wickets.
In typical Deva style, he continues to create trouble for the Balmain bats
Balmain’s middle/tail put up a bit of a fight at 6 wickets down. They managed to frustrate the Stags with their equally high levels of patience, and with the deck flattening out, making the next wicket to fall look far away. However, handy spells by Darren Jayasekera, Shaun Chandiramani and Angus Kennelly managed to clean up the Balmain batsmen with minimal damage to the runs count.
Well done to the Stags for another great win yet again. Let’s maintain this good run of form with another win in our next outing.
The Colts boys all arrived at Punchbowl early on Saturday morning hoping to keep the momentum going with another win against a West Side that we beat comfortably (in the end) earlier in the year. With Skipper Andy Coleman losing the toss the Stags were sent into bat on what was quite a difficult deck to bat on with the ball hardly coming on.
No run... Leiboff carefully leaves one
The early loss of Arnesh, saw the returning Tim “the Vuvu” Van Zuylen joined by youngster James Robertson. Tim continued his fine form against Wests (following his 100 in the qualifying final last year) and together with James they built a solid 71 run partnership until James was bowled on 44 just after drinks. It must be said that over the past 3 games James has shown amazing confidence, composure and technique for a 13 year old and there is no doubt he is someone to keep an eye out for in the future.
The loss of James bought the skipper in, who quickly blasted a couple of fours before getting stumped. This wicket saw Dave Leiboff join Tim at the crease and the two set about consolidating the innings.
The curse of the drinks break stuck again as Tim was out for a very patient 69 (by his standards) in the first over after drinks leaving the Stags 4/150 odd with around 14 overs to go. This brought Jason Leiboff out to the middle to join his brother for the last few overs. A partnership off around 40 developed before Jason was bowled shouldering arms for 15. After marking centre just before the first ball, he then watched the ball straight onto middle stump.
James Robertson makes an impression around the club. Great to have you onboard.
Soon after Dave was out caught for a rather lucky 48 after being dropped a couple of times and it was left up to Shaun and Matt to finish off the innings. They put on around 30 vital runs in the last 5 overs which saw the Stags get up to 6/227 off their 50 overs, with Matt 17* and Shaun 11*.
On a slow pitch we always felt that we had enough runs but bowling tight lines and building pressure was still going to be key.
van Zuylen continues his great run against Western Suburbs
Unfortunately the bowling didn’t get off to the greatest start with Tom Stobo picking up an injury in his first over. Dave Leiboff got the ball rolling with a caught behind through to Coleman and in his next over 2 more wickets fells as Tom Stobo hit the one stump he had to aim at finding the Wests bat a long way short, before the new batsmen hit a full toss straight to mid on.
The boys were well on top at 3/31 but a partnership began to develop. A wicket each to Ben Leighton and Angus Kennelly then took the score to 5/98 and, after the medium pacers couldn’t get the job done, the skipper turned back to Ben who came back to clean up the rest of the wickets with his well-controlled leggies.
Ben ran through the Wests lower order as they only added 20 runs for the last 5 wickets, to finish with 5/7 in his 6th over.
Useful contributions from all the bowlers, particularly Matt Page and Jason Leiboff who bowled well without any luck, however on the whole I think all of the bowlers will know we need to be a lot tighter with our lines and reduce the number of wides going forward (myself included!)
In the end it turned out to be another easy win for the Colts who will look to finish off with another win before the break.
On a bright warm sunny morning at Marrickville Oval, the Gordon boys arrived are the very picturesque ground with very little idea of what the Randwick-Petersham Green side was going to throw at them throughout the day. A traditionally strong grade club, Randwick-Petersham usually put strong Metro Cup sides on the park.
Young James Robertson provides some stability to the top order. We're looking forward to many runs from this dynamo!
With the planes flying low over the ground, the skipper Andrew Coleman won the toss on a good surface with a supreme tinge of green grass and sent the Randwick side into bat. Little did we know that we were going to start the game with only 9 men on the field.
However, right from the get go, the opening pair of Tom Stobo (1-13) and Dave Leiboff bowled with pace and aggression. With the early pressure from the Stags, the run rate was going at a healthy rate of 1 run per over. As the runs were minimal, the wickets started to tumble.
The entire Randwick innings never really got going and this was caused through immense pressure in the field with some great catching by Taylor Carter-Sutton and from the lines and lengths of all bowlers. Dave Leiboff bowled early on with little reward but in his later half of his spell bowled with success claiming 1 for 26 off his 10 overs.
Connor Jackson, despite turning up late, makes a meaningful contribution with the bat
Midway through the innings, the wickets constantly fell, with Aaron Crofts picking up 2 for 12 and Richard “Papa” Stobo claiming a successful 1-10, bowling with heat and exceptional lengths. However, the pick of the bowlers throughout the innings was Jason “I just took 5 wickets” Leiboff. Bowling towards the mid-tail end of the Randwick line up, he bowled in the right areas and was rewarded with a 5 wicket haul to once again have bragging rights over his brother Dave.
The Stags were left with a very minimal job of chasing 73 runs to win the match.
The batting innings never looked in doubt with James Robertson and Connor Jackson easing their way to the match winning target playing some glorious strokes through the on and the off side and off pace and spin bowling.
Unfortunately Matthew Page fell for a duck second ball of the innings but this never worried the innings of both James and Connor who finished the game in style. The Stags got up with a 9 wicket win chasing down the score in 15 overs - with 35 overs remaining.
Connor Jackson 38* and James Robertson 28* safely brought the Stags home.
Jason Leiboff leads the Colts side (include father and son Stobos) after taken 5 for 9 against Randwick-Petersham
The Colts ventured out west to Cabramatta to play Fairfield-Liverpool at Don Dawson Oval. At the start of the day the Colts were looking to win the toss and bowl first due to the heat and the green sticky wicket which looked unpredictable. But they lost the toss and got sent in to bat.
Robertson sees off the new ball
The Colts batsmen went in with the positive mind set not worry about the wicket and heat, just to play their natural game. This mind set worked. Even though they lost an early wicket, they recovered and started to build partnerships. Young opening batsmen James Robertson saw off the new ball beautifully, scoring a solid 19 runs on debut, making the job easier for the following batsmen. Sam Mart and James Robertson shared a crucial partnership, which really got the Colts innings going.
Sam scored a respectable 27 runs, running lots of twos and threes in various partnerships. The next important partnership was between captain David Leiboff and debutant Aaron Crofts. They shared 59 crucial runs really taking the game out of reach for the hosts. In the stifling heat they were forced to run for a majority of their runs due to the slow out field and large boundaries, making it hard to reach the fence. Aaron Crofts batted intelligently and showed a lot of patience for a young batsman, scoring a well earned 26.
The skipper Dave Leiboff came in and had a great "captains knock" scoring a sublime 45; coming in at a crucial time and not letting the heat or pitch phase him playing his natural game really assisting the Colts to achieve a strong total. A late innings by Jason Leiboff solidified the total and in the middle of the day both Leiboff brothers batted brilliantly together and made the most of every running opportunity.
The Colts posted a competitive total of 187 which was always going to be hard for Liverpool-Fairfield to chase down in the 41 degree heat and the slow outfield.
The Colts went out to the field confidently, planning to keep a high level of intensity, anticipating their opposition to fold to the heat and more than a competitive total set by the batsmen. The start was perfect with Tommy Stobbo taking a wicket in the first over off a wonderful catch by the skipper.
For the next 9 over the bowlers bowled tighty, not allowing the batsmen much to work with and, on the last over before drinks, all that hard work finally payed off when David Leiboff took the next wicket. After drinks the Colts came back on planning to keep the runs to a minimum, knowing wickets will fall; it worked with Jason Leiboff taking another wicket, bowling a spectacular spell of 10 overs straight in the heat (2/31).
Ben Leighton and Aaron Crofts bowled well together accumulating lots of pressure seeing it to drinks. After drinks Taylor Carter-Sutton came on and bowled a brilliant spell taking the chances of victory away from the hosts (3-22). Aaron Crofts (2-6) and Ben Leighton (1-24) came back on and bowled well for Gordon taking late wickets and securing the game for the Colts.
The Colts played well in the heat posting a strong total which was supported by our bowling fielding, an all-round good performance.
Big thanks to Justin Lipman who filled in as keeper and did an excellent job taking a catch and a sharp stumping.
Coming off the back of multiple victories, the Gordon Colts team faced up against a North Sydney team with high expectations. Winning the toss, skipper Andrew Coleman elected to bat, trusting in his opening batsmen and top order to score runs on the first day.
Dave Leiboff leads the attack on the raised deck down at Tunks Park
There is a point of contention within the team as to the last time the Colts upper order succeeded, with some siding with round 1, and others round 2. However, this round was no different to the recent rounds.
With the first wicket of Page falling in the second over, the collapse began. Kinny and Srivastava top scored among the top four batsmen with 5 each, and Coleman was caught behind on 2. At 4/12, the innings looked dire and the North Sydney team moved in.
Leiboff came to the crease and put on an inspiring 30 to help stabilise the crumbling Gordon innings, before a hat-trick claimed Leighton, Chhatbar and Carter-Sutton.
However, not ones to give up their wickets easily, Stobo and Campbell scored 13 and 28* respectively and Kennelly made 8 to bring the Gordon total over 100.
Despite this damaging innings, Coleman kept the teams spirit alive, reminding the team that they’d bowled out almost every team for under 100 runs before, and that they could certainly do it again.
Andrew Coleman looks to go straight down the ground in a rear-guard action in the Colts second innings
With some flashes of brilliance in the field, scattered among periods of desperate fumbling and dropped catches, Gordon attempted to bring North Sydney to its knees on the first day. It was not to be, however, with North Sydney passing the required total for a first innings win with the loss of 7 wickets.
Stobo claimed an excellent run out from the outfield after challenging the batsmen to chance his arm. The throw came low and flat and right over the bails for Coleman behind the stumps to complete the wicket. The damage was dealt by the North Sydney’s opening batsman Irving, who achieved a total of 81 runs before being bowled out.
Gordon had their chances with Irving early on, but failed to capitalise, costing them the first innings. Finishing day 1 with 20 runs ahead, Gordon still had hope for a 2nd innings win to claim 6 points.
Day 2 was not Gordon’s day with the ball, however, with North Sydney finishing 88 runs ahead of Gordon’s initial total.
Dave Leiboff shows his value as an all-rounder, skipping down the track to dispatch the spinner back over his head
Once again, Gordon Colts openers Kinny and Page donned their pads and strode out to face the North Sydney bowling attack. In the opening over, Kinny was given not out to a strong appeal for caught behind. However, whilst the umpire was unconvinced of the wicket, Kinny decided that fair was fair, and walked, conceding his wicket to the same bowler who claimed his wicket in the first innings.
A second upper order collapse looked in the making with Srivastava being bowled Ponting style, sprawled on the ground after a yorker. However, skipper Coleman took his place at the crease determined to stay there. With some spectacular batting from Coleman, he and Page put on a moderate partnership before Page was trapped before the stumps LBW.
This brought Leiboff to the crease, who immediately set to destroying the North Sydney bowlers’ confidence. Coleman was claimed by the North Sydney team on 58, and Leighton was caught in slips by a terrific catch on 6.
A Campbell followed his first innings success, finishing the day on 19* with Leiboff refusing to bow to the North Sydney team, ending on an unbeaten 79*. Whilst this strong batting was great to see from the Colts batsmen, it resulted in a draw in the second innings leaving the team on 0 points for the game after walking into it as the No. 1 team.
It was a very exciting start for day 1 for the spectators and Wests. Wickets were dropping like flies seeing us at a fast pace of 1 per over. With our top order having a combined total of 9 and the score being 6/17 things were looking fairly grim.
Jason Leiboff, combining with his brother, rescues the Colts from a dire situation
However the Leiboff boys had not yet taken the crease. With Dave and Jason out in the middle, they kept their heads down and battled though a confident Wests bowling attack. After seeing out the new ball, the boys started to show their true style, putting on a partnership of 45. Dave was dismissed for 21.
After the dismissal of his brother, Jason knuckled down and prepared for a tough innings with Irving-Holliday playing his natural style. They continued on to put on well-fought 85 before Jason was dismissed for a great and much deserved innings of 62.
Irving-Holliday continued on with Tom Stobo to increase the score by 77 with Tom scoring a quick-fire 20 before being dismissed, shortly after Irving-Holliday was caught for a total of 89, ending our innings at the remarkable score of 226, which we were very confident of defending.
We walked out determined to get into this West line up with 30 overs to bowl we needed to make a statement. Ending the day at 4/57 from the 30 overs, we left the field with some positives from the day’s play, with Dave picking up 2 wickets, Tom and Jason picking up one each.
Going into the second day we knew we had to put in that extra effort if we wanted to give ourselves the best chance of going for an outright win later in the day. The day started off well for the Stags, only giving away 3 runs in the first 12 overs of the day.
Blaize and Dave put on a clinic for the spectators and fellow team mates on how to bowl consistently. Wests weren’t scoring runs but they were hanging in there! We needed a breakthrough. Continuing on with persistent lines and length Blaize struck with a mean delivery striking the Wests’ batsman in the head and rolling onto the stumps. It was a well deserved breakthrough.
After getting that wicket we saw that first innings win in our sights, having the Magpies 6/60 at the first drinks. The batsman were outing in a good effort but we knew we had them in strife when we broke through with the next couple of wickets coming from poor communication from Wests after 2 catches going down, but 2 run outs being the verdict.
David Leiboff, the older brother, plays the supporting role in his partnership with Jason to rescue the Stags
The win for the Stags was getting closer and closer, having them 8 down. The next 2 wickets fell quickly securing the first innings points for the Stags.
With 51 overs left in the day we had a tough battle on our hands, early wickets and tight bowling was key if we were going to get the full 10 points and gain our 3rd outright win for the season. Wickets came slow at 5 down: a notable 6th wicket partnership from the Magpies’ batsmen nudged the outright win from our grasp.
Another terrific performance from the Stags continued our undefeated streak.
Notable mentions must go to the Leiboff boys digging us out of trouble with the bat on day 1. Then backing up with the ball, Dave picking up 2 wickets and a run out. Jason also picking up 2 wickets, as well as a well deserved and hard fought 62. Tom Stobo also gave a solid performance with 20 runs at the end of an interesting batting performance and 2 wickets for the match.
But the debutant, Blaize Irving-Holliday’s performance will not be forgotten, showing us how to punish the opposition bowling, scoring a terrific 89, and backing it up with opening the bowling taking 6 wickets for the match.
Facing an under strength Mosman team, the Colts side, led by Andrew Coleman, shrugged off some early nerves, that saw them fall to 4/30 early on, to recover to 7/323 dec. thanks largely to Sam Mart's chanceless 147*. This innings, with runs all around the ground, was supported well by strong showings from Nathan Kinny, Ozzie Dowler and Kapil Chhatabar.
After 65 hot overs in the field, the Whales collapsed under relentless pressure from Dave Leiboff, looking to outdo his brother Jason, who grabbed 6 first innings wickets, placing himself on a hat trick twice in the one innings.
Asked to follow-on, Ozzie continued to strike fear into the hearts of the batsmen at the other end, finishing with a well deserved bag of wickets for the game.
Angus Kennelly, Taylor Carter-Sutton and Kapil all provided excellent spells of bowling to prove the Colts reputation as a team with depth.
A second outright victory for the Colts places them well ahead of the competition, to go with an improved showing of the club song as the team establishes itself.
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.
Poidevin Gray match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below:
The same team that trounced the Rangers last week graced the shores of Raby Oval on Sunday. However, the euphoria that followed our defeat of ND’s was replaced by feelings of emptiness after 100 overs. Indeed, only three words could really sum up our thoughts at the end of the game; take me home.
Kris Colley... before missing a straight one...
Our efforts with the ball did not start well. We struggled to find a consistent line and length, and allowed the Ghosts openers to add nearly 60 runs for the first wicket.
Stobo finally brought the Stags in to a huddle, before snicking off the number 3 batsman the very next ball. He was well supported by Soper at the other end, who bowled good areas and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket.
Stobes and Sopes continued to mount the pressure throughout their spells, with most of the batsmen’s runs coming from behind the wicket. “Ronny” Ieroianni also did a good job with the ball in hand, and Heaney came back strong in his second spell. Wickets were hard to come by on the flat Raby wicket, and at the end of their 50 overs the Ghosts had 268 runs on the board, with Stobes collecting 3 wickets.
Once again, Kris “Virat” Colley and Corbin Edgar started things off with the willow, but their stand did not last long after Kris missed a straight one.
This was the first time that Kris failed to make a start for the junior stags. Perhaps his mind was elsewhere on Sunday, as we soon realized that Kris’ future wife is now living under the same roof (albeit 7 floors below). Don’t be surprised if you see Kris shopping at Coles Westfield this week! Merry “Kris”mas mate!
1/14 quickly became 2/14 after Will “I don’t miss straight ones anymore” Phillips also missed a straight one.
A partnership was desperately needed to get the Stags back in the match. Edgar and Smith did their best to steady the ship against some disciplined bowling. Loose (Pomersbach) balls were few and far between, but when they came they were dealt with accordingly. Just as Corbin was beginning to hit his strides, he was unfortunately given out LBW for a gritty 38 runs.
Clem “borderline” Bromwich and Smith added 30 odd for the fourth wicket, before Smith skied one trying to hit out in an innings that was simply unpleasant. At 5/104, most teams would have simply folded under the pressure and the heat. However, the middle and lower order showed great resolve in the trying conditions. Bromwich was timing the ball beautifully, sometimes in to the gaps, while Ieroianni supported him well at the other end, before he was unfortunately given out LBW.
Max and Chad both showed their class as they tried desperately to chase down the runs. Max’s running between the wickets was a highlight, while Soper was ruthless on any width offered. Max and Sopes have played a number of crucial knocks for us this season, a testament to the hard work they put in at training.
Stobes also back up his efforts with the ball with a handy 29 not out off just 22 balls. Together with “Vernon” Soper, the two brought us to within 8 runs of victory. Although we weren’t able to get over the line, it was fitting that these two remained not out at the end of our innings.
Obviously, it was not the result we were after. However, there are a number of things that we can take out of Sunday’s performance. Firstly, no matter what situation we are in, our bowlers have the skills to take control of the game. Secondly, we should be confident in chasing down (or setting) any total with the depth that we have in our batting line up.
We currently sit 10th on the competition ladder and need a win against a strong North Sydney team and a couple of results to go our way if we are to sneak into the top 8. With Corbin, Max and Charlie unavailable for this crucial clash, we welcome Chris Spratt, Lachy Borg and my best friend Nick Coleman into the team. If we stick to the game plan with the ball, and show the same resolve that we did with the bat, I am confident that we will pick up the 6 points.
In hindsight, I probably wouldn’t have thrown those 4 overthrows. My bad.
Firstly, apologies for the lateness of this report. Not many of you can understand the tribulations of unemployment. Much of my days are spent liking Facebook statuses and photos from 2007, and the occasional “who’s this?” comment on Clem Bromwich’s wall, and consequently it is difficult to find time to do a match report.
Scott Heaney leading the PG's attack against the Rangers
However, as we say in first grade, it’s ok to make a mistake, just don’t make the same mistake twice. So for the selectors who have appointed me back-to-back match reports (cheers…), I assure you that the report for this Sunday’s fixture against Campbelltown will be in nice and early (subject to a Sunday night circuit).
Now onto more pressing matters… The enclave rocked up to Stag Park eager to continue with their winning ways and raise the metaphorical performance bar. The covers were done in record time and the top 6 once again dominated “10 Touches”, despite a number of questionable tactics from “Soper’s Swindlers”, who are at $1 to come last in the Spirit of Cricket award.
The toss was lost and the Stags were ordered to make first use of the ball. As the bowlers finished rolling the arm over and headed towards the sheds, our coach finally showed up. For a moment, I thought he was simply employing a “that government is best which governs least” approach to coaching. However, it soon became clear that he was merely fresh off the circuit. Looking forward to Saturday’s court session!
The game plan with the ball was simple; bowl 6 balls on a good line and length, dry up the runs, and watch the Rangers batsmen throw it away. With the advent of Twenty 20 cricket and the recent “leaking” of Cricket Australia’s dossier on the Proteas, such a simple game plan can bemuse the minds of the modern cricketer. But it works…
Corbin Edger, fresh from 92 the day before, knocks the Rangers' side all around the park
Line and length bowling from Smith and Heaney immediately had the Rangers on the back foot at 2/5. However, a number of 5 ball overs let the pressure off, with ND’s Mitch Farag cashing in on any width and, with Green, pushed the total to 80 runs off not many overs.
The introduction of Alex Ieroianni proved to be the turning point of the match. Running into the Fremantle Doctor, Alex was ruthless, producing his best spell for the Stags yet. After stringing together a couple of tight overs, he eventually forced a Loose Pomersbach from Farag, which was well taken by Heaney at mid-off (good captaincy).
The next over, he snicked off Hayward, and the Stags were on a roll. From here, wickets began to fall periodically, and it was simply a case of the Rangers trying to grind out as many runs as they could, eventually reaching 166.
Overall, despite a number of 5 ball overs, this was a very clinical display of bowling, superseded only by the first-class display of fielding. Long story short, we fielded the house down. In fact, there is no house there anymore.
Much of the lunchtime discussion focused on “Stags” and “Highlanders”. This is where Henry’s input into the day was imperative, as he explained that a Highlander is not actually some distant brother to the Stag, but something to do with Scotland or something (I dunno… Yahoo it… said no one ever). So where did Gordon Rugby’s Stag come from? Those are tales for other times.
Alex "too many vowels" Ieroianni turns the match in the favour of the Stags
Kris “Colbut” Colley and Corbin Edgar opened up our innings. Despite missing a straight one off a no-ball, Colley looked assured at the crease, as he has done all season. Corbin started nervously, but soon found his groove when the Rangers bowlers offered him a couple of half trackers that were dispatched of accordingly.
After making a start, Col departed for a well-fought 22 runs. A couple of overs later, Smith was robbed of a century when he padded one down the leg side into the keeper’s gloves. At 2/60, a rising chorus of doubt swept over the enclave, but the partnership between Corbin and Will quickly quashed any uncertainties.
Corbin was now on borrowed time, and began dishing out tickets to the Rangers. With each ball his confidence grew. He produced a number of textbook cover drives, and continued to murder anything short.
Will “I have 6 notifications” Phillips provided good support at the other end. Will looked Confident, Lively, Assured, Reliable, Illustrious, Solid, Sublime and Awe-inspiring. He continued to knock the ball around to take the Stags pass the 100 mark, when he was adjudged to be caught behind… by the square leg umpire. I’m not sure what was said on the field, but I think it went something like this:
Square-leg umpire: Billy! 100%. I’m 100% sure he nicked that. Clear as.
Northern Districts Player: Just walk mate! Just leave!
Will Phillips: I do walk mate! Alright… just chill!
When questioned whether he hit the ball or not, Will replied, “I might have”. In the end, the right decision was made (although Will still sought clarification from the umpires after the game).
The PG's side celebrates the wicket of a Rangers' batsman by Scott Heaney
Corbin and Clem continued to work hard at the crease. Clem was particularly dominant against the spinners, hitting the ball to all parts of the square for no run. That said, he also provided good support to Corbin, who continued to dispatch the loose balls. It was at this point that his game clicked into another gear, and he began to punch the good balls into the gaps for 1 or 2 runs – a sign of a player with a promising future ahead.
Corbin brought up his run a ball century with a glorious on drive for four, but was unfortunately dismissed trying to end the game with a bang. Max Newman finished things off with a textbook straight drive through point in the 39th over.
Special mention to Henry Carmichael who got 2 wickets for 1 run off 0 overs. Work that one out…
Overall, the most pleasing thing from a captain’s perspective is that we executed exactly what we talked about. We were ruthless with the ball, ruthless in the field, and for the most part, ruthless with the willow. It was not the performances of one or two individuals that secured victory for us, but the collective efforts of each and every Stag.
This Sunday, we leave the unassuming mien of the North Shore and travel to the psychologically alien and sensorily austere lands of Campbelltown. Though we head in to this fixture as underdogs, we should take a lot of confidence out of our performance against the Rangers and strive to raise the metaphorical performance bar once more.
Kris Colley contributes at the top of the order
Before I go, I would like to thank Jamie Soper for carrying out the scorers duties over the past 3 games, as well as Rob Carruthers for his exceptional efforts as manager. Lastly, I would also like to thank Harry Evans for his honesty in deducting 1 hour from Sunday’s remuneration.
(P.S. Apologies if any of these usernames abused you on Sportal between 2008-2010)
Gordon Under 21’s arrived at Chatswood Oval on Sunday morning, keen to push on from last week’s victory against Sydney Uni, with a win against Penrith. The team were greeted by a fantastic spread from Rob, the gaffer. From last week’s side, three changes were made, with the now eligible Charlie Stobo and all-rounder Alex Ieroianni (a tester on the spelling) coming into the victorious side.
Kris Colley comes into form as the hard work at practice pays dividends
Unfortunately Gordon legend, Marcos, was absent on a cruise to New Zealand, hope you’re having a good trip Marcos.
On what looked like a good Chatswood pitch, skip Daniel Smith won the toss and put Penrith in to bat against a strong Stags seam attack.
Smith and Scott Heaney took the new ball and despite some close calls, Penrith got off to a good start, putting on 41 for the first wicket. The junior Stags were perhaps a little bit guilty of going through the motions early on, however they were sparked into life when “the Greyhound” Smith found the edge of the Penrith opener’s bat.
Keeper, Max Newman, then banished the demons of yesterday’s dropped catch (the first in 2 years apparently), by leaping like a salmon in front of first slip, taking a one handed beauty, this really set the standards for the next 5 overs where Heaney and Smith pegged the opposition back, with Charlie Stobo bowling some good areas after being introduced into the attack.
Penrith were scoring at a good rate, despite losing two of their better batsman to some careful and well thought out half trackers from Ieroianni and Phillips respectively. At this point their innings could have gone either way, but Henry Carmichael (1-37), who is fast getting a reputation for bowling long spells, hit some great areas, with many of runs conceded being off the edge of the bat.
Henry Carmichael acknowledges the crowd and his team mates as he reaches his ton in quick time
The opposition were still going along nicely, running some quick singles despite inform fielder Jack Colley being in the covers. The Stags bowled well for the last 15, with birthday boy and instagram legend Chad Soper (1-50) bowling especially well in his second spell, despite perhaps recovering from a “musical hangover” after seeing Coldplay the previous night. Mentions must go to Smith (3-29) and Heaney (1-50), who also finished strongly as well as Kris Colley and Charlie Stobo for good catching.
Penrith finished on 249/8, which was considered by the Gordon lads as being a par score on a lightening outfield and a flattening pitch
After indulging in a platter of pies, subway rolls, banana bread and Up’ N’ Go it was time for the junior Stags to bat, with Kris and Jack Colley taking to the crease for the second successive game. Colley Jnr, clearly being affected by the absence of good pal Alex Jackson, was out on 8, bringing inform Smith to the crease on the back of last week’s match winning 97. However, last week’s heroics couldn’t be repeated and quick wickets meant the Stags were in dire straits at 38/4 (or 4/38 depending on which hemisphere you are from). At this point of the game you could say that Gordon were not favourites, the boys needed someone to step up to the plate and score a match winning knock, as coach Harry Evans had stated before the innings.
These quick wickets turned out to be a blessing in disguise, bringing Carmichael to the crease, along with Colley Snr, who looked as if he was settling in for a big score, despite suffering from “pink eye”. They started cautiously, however soon got after the newly introduced spinner, hitting him hard and straight. This unleashed the two batsman, with Colley playing the anchor role, with a few massive sixes dotted around.
The skipper, Dan "Greyhound" Smith, leads from the front with the ball in hand
Carmichael was seeing the ball well, playing some outrageous shots, including a Sehwag-esque cut shot onto the railway line. These two carted the Penrith attack, to all corners of Chatswood Oval, putting on a mammoth 169 for the 5th wicket. Kris departed for 92, with 40 still to get. However, Carmichael remained out there, moving to 98 with a huge six into the grandstand, hitting his own mother’s foot in the process.
There is no confirmation of how Mrs Carmichael’s foot is, however, it has been confirmed that Henry did not get dinner that night.
Henry reached three figures in style and polished off the rest of the score with some clean hitting, 4,6,4,4 to win the game in style for the Staggies!
Special mention to Kris Colley (92) who applied himself very well after wickets fell around him, anyone who is at training can see how hard Kris works on his game, so well done mate you deserve it. Also to Henry Carmichael (121*) who batted carefully when he needed to, and hit the ball hard pretty much the rest of the time. Special thanks also to team manager Rob for always laying out a fantastic spread and helping the team prepare.
The second win in a row for the PG’s side, on to the next one!
The Gordon Poidevan Gray boys eagerly met on Sunday morning for two reasons. One for the love of the game of CRICKET!! and the other to discuss the details of why their left arm finger spinner was unavailable for this game, with that story to be left for another time...
Chad Soper, with a big pre-season under his belt, works well for his skipper and his side
After a marvelous covers display led by Kris Colley, who obviously was keen to achieve some browny points with his team mates after receiving a nickname the previous day that would shatter the entire universe of even the hardest of cricket players, the Gordon adolescents went about preparing to take down a strong Sydney Uni outfit on a green but hard deck.
Captain Smith decided to flip the coin in favour of the students and the boys were sent out in the field.
The boys began strongly with Big Scotty Heaney (2/40 off 10 overs with 2 maidens) and Skip Dan Smith (0/57 off 10 overs and 1 maiden) leading the way with some tight bowling early, bowling in the right channels with the new ball. A change was made with the new 2nd slip Soper (2/28 off 7 overs) being given the opportunity to bowl from the "wickets end" where 14 wickets fell the previous day and continued to prove this by removing both openers with sharp catches to the debutant Coleman and keeper Newman.
With the score at 2/34 after the first session and the Gordon teens on top, a partnership was then formed by the Students with the two experienced Uni batsmen working to rebuild the innings. The skipper decided it was time to introduce spinner Phillips (1/50 off 10 overs) and Carmichael (1/28 off 8 overs) into the attack. These two combined well with tight bowling and were able to bring about the wicket of the danger man Larkin and remove another quick wicket in succession before the final 10 overs.
The innings was then in the balance with Sydney Uni looking to set a big total with wickets in hand. Here the Gordon youth showed great composure bowling full and straight and fielding well and thus restricting Sydney Uni to 237.
Special mentions to Scotty for his dangerous first spell of 0/5 off 6 overs and for his burgling skills in the final 10 overs picking up 2 big wickets and the man-child Jack Colley leading the way in the field with 3 run outs and a solid catch on the boundary.
Change of innings.
The underaged Gordon's were confident in chasing down the target especially after being fueled constantly with banana bread and Up'n'Go by manager Carruthers.
Despite losing both of the Colley boys early, the target was always within reach thanks to a number of small partnerships and a memorable innings by Captain Smith.
Daniel showed great character and maturity in the way he batted, playing straight and running hard between the wickets and showing what a true all rounder he is. He was unlucky not to reach 3 figures and see the boys home getting dismissed for a well made 97 off 91 balls.
Dan Smith plays an incredible captain's knock and leads the side with maturity
Keeper Max also showed his class in carrying on the responsibility after the captain was dismissed and was unfortunately run out for a patient 45 off 69 balls, by that 2nd slip bloke who continues to scream out loud "WAIT.. NO" in his sleep since..
With quick wickets falling due to some attacking bowling by the students the game began to swing in the students favor, but like the big swing in momentum, a big swing by opening bowler Scotty ended the game in the 48th over and gave the Poidevan Gray Gordon's their first victory of 2012.
From the eyes of the writer well played boys, a great fight back and excellent win , we still have lots to work on at training with our execution but all in all this side is on the right track and I'm looking forward to seeing us improve and dominate this competition.
After a disappointing start to the season the PGs boys were looking to turn in an improved performance in round two against the Hawks. Upon arriving at Bensons Lane we were greeted by the familiar pervasive stench and accompanying flies that have made Richmond Flats the infamous cricket location that it is.
Kris "Middle" Colley looks for runs at the top of the order
According to one of the Hawkesbury boys, Sunday was the first day of the season where these conditions have been apparent. They suggested that the local farmers had put together their combination of pesticides and blood’n’bone just that morning. Good timing Gordon!
The Stags won the toss and chose to bat, seeking to build on the solid performance with the bat against Wests. Unfortunately the innings did not start well with Jordie ‘lights on, lights off’ Liddle and Clem ‘West’ Brom[ich] cleaned up by the opening bowlers.
Middle Colley (19) again looked solid and confident at the top of the order, demonstrating that he is a much improved batsman this year with great potential for the season. Kris, in true Colley style, even dispatched a short ball well forward of square for six in the fourth over, proving that Steve’s incessant dinner-table coaching has not been futile. Sadly this was arguably the sole highlight of our batting performance, as we kept losing wickets which meant that a partnership rarely formed and any momentum gained was always lost through poor decision-making.
Henry (22) endeavoured to keep things together and after he was dismissed Charlie Stobo (15*) and debutant Dan Stickland batted sensibly to (almost) add some respectability to our score. All out 93 off 16.1 overs on a good wicket. While their openers certainly bowled well and were ably supported by the spinners, we gifted most of our wickets away and allowed an offie to pick up 5/16 without doing much. A simply inexcusable batting performance that highlighted the consequences of giving away cheap wickets in T20s.
To the boys’ credit, we performed far better with the ball this match. Charlie bowled exceptionally well with the new ball and was unlucky to only find the edge once to pick up 1/19 off his 4, including the only maiden of the day. He was ably supported by Stickland (0/10 off 2) and later Jack ‘no-real-justification-for-supporting-ManU’ Richardson (0/21 off 4) as the seamers stuck to their plans of bowling straight far more consistently than in the previous match.
Henry Carmichael provided some stability in the middle order
This is a testament to their development over the past few weeks and improved temperament in the T20 format, and it certainly made it far easier to set fields!
Will ‘fair-enough-for-supporting-the-Saints’ Phillips (2/17 off 3) was also handy with his straight-breaks and deservedly picked up two wickets to very good outfield catches. He was also unlucky not to be credited with a run-out that appeared to be fairly close. Alex Jackson (0/20 off 3.2) also bowled well and was unlucky not to have a wicket. However the Hawks chased down our meagre total with 16 balls remaining. With a few more runs on the board and had a couple of catches not gone down, the match could have been very different.
Nonetheless it was a far better performance in the field this game, the enthusiasm was there and the boys did well to turn the game from 0/37 to 3/39.
Despite another loss the team agreed that we put up a greater fight this time around. The morale remains high heading into the one-dayers and the much-awaited return of the first graders. The team is slowly improving their ‘English (UK)’ vernacular thanks to the tripartite contingency of JR, Will and Dan, while Jacko – ‘an interesting character’ – and Missy’s ‘4th favourite Colley’ Jack have taken initial steps in mending their tense working relationship.
A far more usual photograph of Kris Colley, looking to pull the ball well in front of square
Glancing quickly at the table only six teams managed to pick up wins from both their matches so with four points for a T20 win the Stags can easily threaten the top ranks with a couple of solid wins against Sydney Uni and Penrith over the next two Sundays at Chatswood.
If you could make it down for an hour or so to show your support it would be greatly appreciated. We only have three home games this summer and a vocal home crowd really makes a difference when mobilised.
It was a slow start to the day with a few late arrivals to Wests' home ground. However, Alex Jackson was on time. Jacko was, for once, at the ground early after previous poor excuses such as “car problems” and an “RBT”.
Kris Colley stands tall against the Wests' bowlers
He looked a little dusty after his standard Saturday night being a DJ at the Cross. The team moved past this as Max won the toss and elected to bat on what was a good batting track. It wasn’t the ideal start to the game with Henry snicking of early for yet another 3. Kris Colley was trying to go a little hard early but however him and Jordan Little started to hit the ball crisply and rotate the strike.
Jordy soon fell with a nice innings of 17.
That bought Jack Colley out to the crease, who joined his brother and hit the ball ok. Kris and Jack put on a little partnership until Kris was caught at cover for 52. Jack didn’t last long after that when he was clean bowled in the 18th over for 25.
Chris Spratt, Max Newman, Darren and Lachy Borg all put in their efforts to end the innings with a total of 121.
There isn’t much to say about our bowling and fielding effort, as there was no pressure built, and our game plan was far from executed.
Wests soon raced to 121 without losing a wicket reaching our total comfortably in which was a demoralizing loss.
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 Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.
A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2012/13 season are provided below.
An unfortunate loss - Coming off a great win against Campbelltown, the Gordon Stags showed up to Killara with prospects of a great game of cricket ahead. The pitch was a belter and the ground in top nick, ND’s won the toss and batted.
Nick Miller during his 52 against Northern Districts.
On a fine batting deck, the Gordon opening bowlers, Sean Campbell and Nick Miller, out bowled themselves to create great pressure, which brought the first wicket of the game. Following this wicket a partnership of 50 was scored putting ND’s in a better position. With a bowling change Rob Barker found the edge and ND’s were 2 down with a 3 wicket to follow shortly afterwards from the bowling of Lachie Mactier. With two new batsmen at the crease, the pressure mounted, and the runs ceased, with another wicket to fall putting ND’s 4/94 at lunch. Some big hitting followed after lunch and few wickets were taken. With some great bowling from Nick Miller, he found the much needed breakthrough. Some great fielding followed to create 2 run outs and ND’s posted 7/228 after 60 overs.
Chasing 229 to win, the opening batsmen Axel “Axe” Cahlin and Liam Windel step out into the middle with runs on their mind. A good start led the Stags to 0/24 but a mix up caused Liam to find himself short of his crease.
James Robertson, Andrew Sierakowski and Michael Roberts in action against ND's
Axel, was hitting the ball beautifully and with the help of some delicate shots from Andrew “Siera” Siewrakowski brought the Stags to 1/51 at tea. After tea, Axels’ wicket fell bringing Aaron “Ronny” Crofts to the crease, dismissed with a beauty Aaron found his bails flying and Nick “I’m in the form of my life” Miller found himself at the crease. Andrew’s wicket fell soon after with Stags now at 4/63. Michael Roberts came in for his first bat of the season and comfortable at the crease.
A partnership of 85 between Nick and Michael followed with both batsmen hitting the ball to all parts of the ground. But these boys had no limits, hitting the ball out of the ground for some HUGE sixes. Nick made his way to his third 50 for the season but he found himself caught and bowled, bringing Seany “I’m a batsmen too” Campbell to the crease. Michael then found himself stumped after making 29. Some great batting and some big hitting form Sean, brought the within the Stags grasp but with the fall of Seany, the game was slowly slipping away from them. With some great effort from the last 3 batsmen the Stags stumbled to 215 before the last wicket fell giving ND’s a 13 run win.
Rob Barker, Sean Campbell and Aaron Crofts against ND's
An unfortunate loss for the Gordon boys but let’s puts this loss behind us and be well rested for the must win game against Sydney Uni on Sunday.
Northern Districts 7 for 229 (Nick Miller 3 for 55, Rob Barker 1 for 22, Lachie Machtier 1 for 34) defeated Gordon 215 (Nick Miller 52, Sean Campbell 30, Axel Cahlin 29, Michael Roberts 25)
No arrests were made after the robbery at Tunks Park. The boys were keen to make amends for the draw against the Bears with a solid win over the Ghosts. This was looking shaky early on with some players lost on their way to Raby (oops, sorry). Gordon lost the toss and were sent in to bat on an reasonable wicket. Liam and Axel opened and didn’t achieve the start they were hoping for being dismissed for 10 and 5 respectively. Everybody else chipped in with runs upward of 20 with Sean Campbell top scoring on 38 showing some strong hitting. It was a solid team effort to reach a final total of 171.
Axel Cahlin, Calvin Breytenbach and Sean Campbell in action against Campbelltown
The Ghosts were off to an average start losing an early wicket. They turned this around and were cruising at 3 for 109 and looked in control of the match. Gordon never gave up and continued to apply pressure on the run chase. Excellent fielding by the team culminated in Calvin running out a top order bat and breaking a valuable partnership for the Ghosts.
From here, the Gordon Fight kicked in, limiting the opportunities to score. Brilliant bowling from Matt Keevers (the other late comer, lucky he made it, HA!) taking a 4 wicket haul and captain Lachie ‘Macca’ Mactier taking 3 wickets.
Matt Keevers in action at Raby
Kapil helped bagging a wicket with his tricky outswingers and Seany Campbell bowling 4 maidens and taking a wicket also.
The wickets fell 4/109, 5/109, 6/121, 7/121. Right here we knew we could win this game. Every player on the park lifted. Then 8/124 9/141 and 10/145. The mighty Gordon Stags had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. It was a fantastic fielding and bowling effort by the boys. Nearly every chance on offer was taken and the we all can be very proud of this win.
Gordon 171 (Sean Campbell 38, Nick Miller 28, Aaron Crofts 20 Andrew Sierakowski 20 defeated Campbelltown 145 (Matt Keevers 4 for 19, Lachie Mactier 3 for 44, Sean Campbell 1 for 25, Kapil Chhatbar 1 for 23)
The Gordon Stags were coming off a magnificent win at the foot of the mountains against Penrith and were looking to stamp their authority again against North Sydney at Tunks Park. The strength so far had been the bowling attack of the Stags with the likes of Sean Campbell and Nick Miller up front, they were looking to destruct the Nth Sydney attack again.
Who said it was raining?
However Sean was unavailable for this match and required a few more of the front line bowlers to step up. Without any hesitation for the 2nd time in the competition, skipper Lachie Mactier won the toss on a greenish but hard deck and sent the Bears into bat. Whilst at the toss Lachie warned their skipper to “watch out for the determination and strength of his sides bowling attack”.
After a good solid warm up and briefing from coach Edgar, the boys were eager to get out onto the park and fire away at the Bears line up. Nick “I bowl stump to stump” Miller and Big Rob Barker opened the attack and produced 3 maidens to start the innings. With little reward early on the openers were finally dismissed through some immense pressure in the field through all players. This led to the 1st wicket with a runout from Matthew “dork” Keevers who whipped in a monster of an arm from the square leg boundary to claim an early breakthrough. From here on in it was the pressure and intense nature of the stags that produced dots and wickets.
Kapil and Matt Keevers came on 1st change and continued the success of the opening bowlers, bowling line and length material.
Kapil Chhatbar in action at Tunks
The channels were exceptional and both bowlers picked up two handy wickets each claiming some key wickets in the Bears line up. Matt Keevers 2 for 9 off his 6 overs and Kapil Chhatbar 2 for 13 off his 5.3 overs really set the standard of the efforts in the bowling innings of the stags. Skipper Lachie Mactier brought himself on mid way through the innings and bowled the best 8 overs spell of the tournament to date. Macca’s ability to toss the ball up with good flight led to him picking up a wicket but to keep the Bears run rate at a very low rate. Calvin Breytenbach and Aaron Crofts also chipped in with a few overs to dry up the run rate. To finish the innings Nick Miller came back on and continued his form with the ball to finish with figures of 2 for 17 off 11. The stags finally finished the Bears innings in the 44th over with the run chase target to be 92 runs for victory.
A quick change of innings saw Liam Windel and Axel Cahlin stride out to the crease looking to chase down the Bears target with early efficiency at the crease. Some good running between wickets and positive stroke play saw the Stags reach 24 in the nick of time. However Axel feel for a well-made 10 and this left Aaron Crofts and Liam Windel to ensure the continuous flow of runs being scored for the 2 wicket partnership. Liam Windel looked sharp again in his innings and Aaron Crofts (16*) was supporting him well to take the Stags to 44. Liam Windel shortly fell for a well-made 27 and the stags looked comfortable.
Lian Windel, Axel Cahlin and Aaron Crofts show their style at Tunks Park
Tim Webber joined Aaron at the crease and some patient batting and appropriate stroke play saw the score reach 69 off 24 overs. It looked just about home and hosed for the stags until a gem of a catch was taken off the edge of Tim Webber’s bat and he fell for a well-made 13.
Big Hitting Nick Miller (4*) with a strike rate of just 100.0 this season was next in and after a rib tickler 1st ball he was away quickly. The score was now 3 for 72 and all was need was some 20 runs to win the game off about 200 balls for the stags. And just when you thought it was all but over……. THE RAIN CAME!! An early tea was called and a light shower was sure to just pass over Tunks Park. However 3 hours and 15 minutes later play had not resumed and with only 3 overs needed to be bowled to have a game the stags were left in absolute agony with play abandoned and no points were awarded for the match. A win that was not to be for the stags after another magnificent performance.. With Finals hopes still very much in reach, its time for the boys to step up and show the Green Shield Competition how strong this side really is!
The boys down old Chatswood way came home with a win in their game against Penrith on January 10. The conditions looked to favour the bowlers and all the boys agreed. It was clear. The pitch was unpredictable and with the win of the toss we decided to bowl.
Matt Keevers in action
The conditions proved to favour the bowlers early with big Nicky Miller picking up two very quick wickets including a wicket on his first ball. Don't mind it Nick, top stuff. After the two quick and fiery openers, Sean Campbell and Nick Miller, had completed their spells Penrith were 4 down with all renowned batsmen dismissed from the crease.
It was now up to the meds to clean up the middle order. The meds did their job with Mathew Keevers performing with the ball to pick up 3 handy wickets.
Tight lines and good lengths led to many catches behind the wicket. Well thought out bowling and good change ups supported the attack. Wickets also went to; Kapil (1), big Rob (2) and Seany (1).
Good effort by this stage from the Staggies. Tight fielding and top quality bowling led them to bowl Penrith out for 67. You beauty! It was now time to bat. We were all secretly nervous with the uncontrollable pitch. Robby Barker and Liam Windell opened up for the Stags and looked as comfortable as you could be on this pitch. A few early runs, while looking good, until the dismissal of Liam with a freakish ball.
Nick MIller and Sean Campbell in action
Rob went on a little further finding the middle of the bat nicely getting him there slowly but surely. The dismissal brought none other than Aaron "Ron, Ronny, Croftsy, Rhonda, Katut" Crofts to the crease. Looking good the boys went on to make a few more runs. However, they were not the ones to get us over the line due to the dismissal of both batsmen. Andrew "Siera" Sierakowski and James "Robbo" Robertson were the strike team to push us there.
Classy batting from the final two with hard hitting and good turning of the strike.
They were on top of the bowlers right from the start of their innings'. We ended up 3 for 71. Cheering boys!
A good win off the back of a loss and rescheduled game to push us forward in the competition leaving us with 2 wins and a loss. Looking good fellas, keep up the good form!
After a hard to swallow loss at the hands of Northern Districts, that Stags were back in action at their favourite hunting ground, Killara Oval, against a Sydney Uni side who were sitting high upon the Greenies table. A strong warm up showed that the boys were ready for this do or die match.
Liam Windel during his 77
In typical fashion skipper Lachie Mactier lost the toss and the Stags were sent into the field, although this was apparently irrelevant as it was the toss result we were looking for! The opening bowlers Nick 'I'm just a bowler' Miller and Seany 'I bowl heat' Campbell starting off the Gordon innings well by bowling some tight lines and gaining an early breakthrough as well as keeping Uni's scoring rate to around 3 an over, a solid start for the boys.
Big Rob Barker and Matt Keevers continued this early pressure with Matt picking up a couple of prized Uni scalps. This good start from the Stags was helped greatly by a massive improvement in the fielding by all players from past matches.
At the first break Uni were 3 for 50 with the Stags having a slight upper hand but there was still work to be done. An outstanding spell of spin bowling from the skipper saw him take a four wicket haul and tighten the screws on our opposition. Some tight pace bowling from Calvin Breytenbach and Nick Miller coupled with a screamer of a catch from keeper Michael Roberts and consistently solid fielding left Uni reeling at 8 for 100 heading into the lunch break, the Stags being firmly in the box seat.
Michael Roberts appeals, Sean Campbell lets one go and Axel Cahlin hits a six into the Killara Pre-School
The plan after lunch was to take the remaining 2 wickets for as few runs as possible, however, a defiant partnership for the 8th wicket kept the Stags in the field for a bit longer than we would have liked but, to their credit, all of the bowlers remained patient and in the final overs the remaining wickets fell to leave Sydney Uni all out for 154 just inside 60 overs.
With a slower than usual Killara outfield and a renowned spin based Uni attack, the Gordon openers Liam Windel and Axel Cahlin knew that this match was far from over. The pair set about asserting their dominance over the Uni opening bowlers and they did so in great style with some textbook shots, resulting in cries of shooooooot! resonating from the pavilion in a Bill Lawry like manner, providing Gordon with the best start possible for the run chase with what can only be described as 'the best tea spread in greenies!' just around the corner.
Skipper Lachie Mactier during his 4 for 13 at Killara
A solid 50 run stand was eventually broken when Axe had to depart after tea. The arrival of Matt Chamberlain to the crease saw Gordon head steadily towards the target with Liam continuing to punish any loose bowling from the Uni attack.
The retirement of Matt with a foot injury was unfortunate, however it didn't deter the Stags who had their eyes on the win (hope the foot is feeling better Matt!). Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts came to the crease with Liam, who had already compiled a well-made 50, and they continued to tick off the runs required for victory. After an awesome innings of 77 from Liam he was dismissed by the Uni spinner who he had previously taken a liking to.
Michael Roberts came to the crease and the Gordon innings continued to flow with solid running between wickets being a feature of the whole innings as well as some magnificent stroke play. Mike was dismissed with the target in sight, chipping in some valuable runs in the chase.
Matt Keevers during his 3 wicket spell at Killara
Nick Miller entered and set about smashing Gordon to victory with some fluent strokes resulting in a win for the Stags in 45 overs.
A well-deserved win for the Stags who belted out the club song with pride in true Gordon style. The win has also lifted the Stags into 7th spot after the 7 round matches giving us a quarter finals spot against Sutherland at Glenn McGrath Oval next Tuesday. Until then...Up The Stags!!!
Sydney Uni 154 (Lachlan Mactier 4 for 13, Matt Keevers 3 for 35, Sean Campbell 1 for 29, Nick Miller 1 for 36) were defeated by Gordon 3 for 155 (Liam Windel 77, Axel Cahlin 31)
*Please note Lachie didn't mention himself in his report, so we added a bit about his performance.
P.S. Unfortunately Matt Chamberlain broke his toe while batting in Gordon's innings. Matt jammed his bat down on his foot, keeping out a yorker and will be out for quite a while. To his credit he kept batting and tried to run for a few overs, but couldn't continue. The Gordon DCC wishes Matt a quick recovery and we hope to see him in Gordon colours again soon.
After two bad defeats in their trial games, the Gordon Greenies boys headed to Killara Park with a positive attitude instilled by Bruce through a few hard training sessions. A sloppy start to the warm-up was made up for by a good finish and all the boys went into the sheds to chuck on their silvers after captain Lachie lost the toss and Wests chose to bat.
A wicket to Nick Miller
A loosener of a first over saw Wests 0-8 with Sean Campbell conceding two boundaries through backward point on a very quick Killara outfield. It seemed as though like always, it was either 1 or 4 on this ground. Nick Miller delivered a good first over from the other end, however also conceded a boundary through point to leave them 0-12 from 2. After this some tight bowling slowed the scoring and Wests were 0-61 after 23 overs when drinks were called.
Naturally, following such a start the Gordon boys were keen to find a few wickets soon after drinks, and this happened when in the second over following the break Matt Keevers delivered a ball that seamed back in to have their opening bat bowled for 29. This began a flow of wickets every 20 runs thanks to some very tight 4th stump bowling lines, particularly from Rob Barker and Nick Miller. A spectacular slips catch from Axel Cahlin saw another Wests wicket fall to Nick and the pressure was well and truly on them to score runs. Both spinners – Lachie Mactier and Aaron Crofts – lead by example and delivered some good spells throughout the middle overs to keep the runs down. However, some good late hitting by Wests saw them finish with 194, which wasn’t far off the 190 Bruce had set us to restrict them to following the luncheon break.
Nick Miller with new ball, Axel Cahlin clears square leg for six while skipper Lachie Mactier shows his flight.
Following a quick change of innings and some throwdowns, the opening pair of Andrew Sierakowski and Liam Windel strode to the middle and took guard. Some great early shots saw Gordon off to a confident start, cruising at 5 runs per over for the first 9 overs until Andrew skied a low full toss trying to glance it through midwicket.
This brought Axel to the crease who, on his way to 13, hit a massive six over backward square leg. Liam fell LBW with the score on 78 and Axel followed 2 runs later and this left Gordon needing a good partnership following the two quick wickets. Vice-captain Aaron Crofts stepped up to the job and delivered well, with an excellently crafted 62 from 92 balls with 10 fours, which included some masterful strokeplay through the covers.
Matt Chamberlain joined him before departing to an absolute jaffer from a Wests bowler who angled the ball in towards leg stump before having it jag back to take the top of off stump.
The Matt Chamberlain dismissal with a jaffa
Another Gordon wicket had been lost with less than 100 needed and the in-form Nick “I’m a number 11” Miller came to the crease, on the back of a century in a rep semi-final. Nick played with good power and aggression to pummel the Wests bowlers all around the ground and brought up his 50 by striking the winning runs to finish at better than run-a-ball pace.
A post match celebration ensued, with the team singing their first team song, which Falky described as “rubbish”.
Following the disappointment, the boys went onto the field to stretch and discuss the match. We had achieved what we had set out to do – bowling and batting in partnerships, creating pressure, being sharp and energetic in the field and restricting them to a sub-par score on a good wicket.
And to top it off Liam got delivered a No.1 by a dog.
Western Suburbs 7-195 (N Miller 2-30, R Barker 1-32, L Mactier – 1-40, M Keevers 1-9, K Chhatbar 1-21) defeated by Gordon 4-198 (L Windel 41, A Crofts 62*, N Miller 50*)