The 2013/14 season for the Gordon DCC saw some brilliant individual performances and the development of a number of players. However, unlike in the previous seasons, we were unable to secure the silverware that had adorned the clubhouse for the past few years.
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. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).
First Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:
The First Graders took the M4 out to Howell Oval to take on a very strong Penrith side that were currently second on the ladder. We knew if we played to our potential we could win the game and finish the season on a high.
In Mark O’Neill’s absence the side was given words of wisdom by Mike Beverley and Jamie Soper. From there stand in skipper Iain (Bevo) Beverly won the toss, and as we have done for the last few years, sent Penrith in.
Chad Soper gets amongst the wickets for what must go down as one of the most consistent seasons for any bowler
The bowlers started well and built pressure on the batsmen by putting the ball in great areas. Eventually this pressure got to the bats and Heaney, Kennedy and Soper picked up a wicket each to leave Penrith 3/56.
After lunch the pitch flattened out and a partnership developed. The bowlers were bowling well but were not able to pick up a wicket in the middle session. After tea a storm halted play. This gave us time to listen to Reece (Pinocchio/bonnet/are you scared?) Bombas stories. With heavy rain, no more play would take place for the day. Penrith finished on 3/176. 67 overs had been bowled, 5 shy of the 72 overs required to constitute a full day.
This meant we would have to come back for a 9:30am start with 120 overs to be bowled. Something we have done on day 2 for the last three rounds.
Most of the team made their way to the Orchard Tavern, our sponsor’s watering hole, for the end of season night, but had to leave early due to the early start the following day.
Kennedy helps to clean up the tail at the beginning of the second day
With most clubs having their end of season parties after the last round it does raise the question, is it right to have a first grade Saturday, Sunday fixture on the last weekend of the regular season?
We came back on Sunday and the bowlers picked up where the left off from the previous day. It was clear Penrith wanted to score quick runs, especially with rain predicted in the afternoon. This meant wickets fell regularly and we eventually bowled Penrith out for 275. Scott Heaney finished with 3 wickets, Kennedy, Soper, Josh Poysden with 2 and JK got a run out.
A special mention must go to Jack Colley who took an absolute screamer of a catch. At mid-off Jack took three steps to his left launched himself off the ground and at full stretch held on. Jack supposedly took a similar catch in second grade last week in the same position.
Steve Colley and Cam Eccles went out to open against a very good attack containing test fast bowler Pat Cummins. They both batted with good intent to get the Stags off to a great start. Steve was the dominant one, scoring another 50 with shots all around the ground.
Since regaining a spot in 1st Grade, Heaney has taken plenty of poles
With the score on 83, Cam was bowled for 22. This triggered a collapse with Reece (0) and Steve (53) falling on the same score.
Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford set about putting the stags back on track. They put on 75 before Tym was bowled for 25. Jack Colley came in striking the ball well from his first ball hitting a few boundaries.
With the score on 191 and only four wickets down we were in a great position to win the game. However the ball started to reverse swing. With Josh Lalor getting the ball going both ways and the pace of Pat Cummins, life was made difficult for the batsmen. In the end this proved to be the difference in the game as the next six wickets fell for 23. The Stags were bowled out for 214 with Elliot Richtor finishing up on 66 not out.
Richtor takes the 1st class attack to town while he holds up the side
"In writing this report Elliot naturally did not discuss his excellent innings of 66no in only 90 balls with 8 fours. It was probably Els finest knock for Gordon against a rather frightening 1st class attack of Pat Cummins and Josh Lalor on a responsive deck. It was a gutsy aggressive knock that saw him felled mid-way through his innings attempting a hook shot, only to bounce back in the next over to pull him twice to the boundary." Tiddles.
A good effort from the Stags but the two batting collapses really hurt us. Yet another season finished. This season the 1st Grade side has underperformed but we now need to look to next season. We are all good players but need to learn from our mistakes and hopefully the struggles of this season will make us hungry to perform and succeed next season.
Good luck to all the teams playing in the finals. For everyone not competing in them let’s get behind our club and show our support.
The clash against Western Suburbs was another interrupted encounter, which caused the 1st Grade side to play 120 overs on the second day of Round 14. Although this format provides more of an opportunity for play during the day; the players themselves tend to struggle to adjust to the early due in the morning and the fading light in the afternoon.
Crawford looks to make the most of the short boundary on his way to his maiden ton
Not to mention some strange tactics, that can often result in no one going home happy. However, let’s talk about some fine performances before we delve into the outcome of the match.
With a much better preparation indoors, alongside Elyse Perry in the SCG nets, the 1st Grade boys were in a better mindset than the previous week to take the field. The morning lacked the “cinnamon” of last week but the warm up was a much improved effort considering the soaked outfield and a soapy rock.
The toss was won by the skip and confidence was shown by electing to bat on what looked to be a deck conducive to runs. Harry “HIV” Evans once again stepped up to open the batting alongside Steve “jockey” Colley.
Repaying the foresight of the selectors, Tym Crawford notches up his first 100 in the premier side
Unfortunately for both, they were dismissed behind the wicket by the respective openers and another disappointing start in the first hour of play was on the cards.
Reece “love guru” Bombas managed to make double figures before also edging a ball to be caught in first slip by the opposition captain.
Enter James “vintage” Packman. The old boy must have found some confidence when returning to the familiar indoor nets that he once called home. With his signature and picture on the wall, he must have remembered the glory days where he used to score 100s. I admit that before I played my 1st Grade debut, I was buying the latest EA Sports cricket game just so I could play for NSW and score a hundred with Jammer.
The last time he had scored a first grade hundred was in November 2008. Throughout my five seasons in 1st Grade I have loved watching a classy 30 or a powerful 50 but never have I seen him destroy an attack. It is just a shame that I had to be teased for five years and only now, on what seems to be his nearing retirement witness a James Packman hundred.
James Packman... this is what so many of us love to see.
Let's hope the next few weeks brings more.
It wouldn’t be a “Vintage” Packman innings without some drama, as he was bowled off a no-ball in the early stages of his innings. This was the turning point in the game, as this chance gave him the opportunity to free his arms and play the powerful strokes down the ground and through the covers like we are used to seeing. He first began his partnership with Elliot “future” Richtor (20), however felt comfortable with the newest member of the team Tym “cockroach” Crawford.
As the name suggests Tym can be a sly pest, always managing to put up a fight with a sly comment here and there. I am not sure what was exchanged out in the middle, but as the teams were coming off for lunch a few words were shared by the competitions perennial stirrer.
Josh Poysden tries to impose himself on a good batting track
After lunch these two started where they left off with some glorious shots from James and some powerful hitting by Tym. The partnership of 172 between these two ensured we reached a competitive total that we could defend against any threat that the Western Suburbs could offer. With James reaching his elusive milestone he then pushed to increase the run rate. With one lusty blow too many he left Tym out there searching for his maiden first grade ton.
Iain “team America” Beverley was looking the goods and showed his true potential with the blade wrenching balls to all corners of the ground. It was a shame that he didn’t have more time as he played a good cameo innings while Tym approached his milestone.
I’m not sure whether it was nerves, or something else, but Tym slowed down his scoring rate as he got closer to the ton which annoyed the opposition. Frustrated by the overs used they turned on Tym saying that we weren’t making a game of it.
James 'Mantis' Kennedy tries to blast through the Western Suburbs line up
However, with their slow over rate, we were not ready to hand over an advantage to them. Tym in due course passed his 100, which to us was more important than any thing else. We need blokes in 1st Grade knowing they have the ability to score big totals and scoring runs is contagious. Well done on hopefully your first of many hundreds for the club!
With a total of 330 on the board we were confident that the game was there to be won only by us. However the threat of Di Bartolo was known to all who played in the fixture last season. It was only 12 months ago that Di Bartolo hit me for my most demoralising over in Sydney grade cricket - along with Michael Clarke.
However cricket can be a game that squares up the ledger and luckily for me Di Bartolo was claimed without troubling the scorers. With a few quick wickets after tea the Stags had their opponents at 4/35 due to impressive spells by Scott “take me on” Heaney and Chad “buffalo” Soper.
Josh “smitten” Poysden was introduced into the attack when the wests players had decided to park the bus. However he struggled to find his length with his better half watching on in the stands. The poor bloke just can’t impress and bowl his best in front of his many female fans. For a period of time the Stags couldn’t make a break through. The love guru Bombas was asked to bowl, for some reason, and to everyone’s surprise he picked up a wicket with his first ball … shock me.
However with not many overs remaining the Stags struggled on a pitch that was providing no support for the bowlers. The game ended after 55 overs of bowling, with only 6 wickets taken.
Scott Heaney tries to break the lower order of Wests
Another opportunity missed with some very impressive performances. Another fixture we add to the list where chances were not taken; resulting in competition points not acquired. Many questions need to be asked and answers addressed come the end of season for the 1st Grade side. Ultimately we are judged as a club by the success of this side.
All the best to everyone seeking points for the finals series and I look forward to celebrating the successes this season will bring to the club over the next month.
The local derby turned into a "one week, long/short" contest. With us were two proud debutants who eventually got a hat on their heads. Anand Verma was rewarded by the selectors for his form in 2nd Grade. Jack Colley also deserved his promotion to the top grade after some terrific innings in 2s and the continued absence of the skipper.
Anand Verma and Jack Colley are congratulated by Kennedy and Packman on their debuts in 1st Grade
Our coach joined us for his first away fixture of the season, much to the stand-in captain’s delight. Gordon great James Packman was welcomed back into the premiere side.
The Stags were sent in at the toss. A change of order shook up the teams for "10 touches" in the warm up. Steve Colley and Iain Beverley got the Stags off the line in fairly quick fashion. Both lost their wickets in succession with the score at 2/25.
Bombas and Packman needed to rebuild which they did for the majority of the first session. Packman did the majority of the scoring as Bombas kept the partnership intact. Packers played some vintage strokes mixed with some aggressive shots as he rode his luck through the first session. The highlight was his on drive past Harry Conway who didn't stand a chance of picking up the tracer bullet like drive.
Players from both teams marvelled the shot as he approached 50 in his return match. Richtor joined Packman at the crease before lunch with a spring in his step. From ball one, Els showed intent and found the middle of the bat against the ND spinners. After the lengthy first session we found ourselves 3/130 odd after 35 overs.
Packman's return to 1st Grade included a half century to restore the innings from an early 2/25
Lunch was served, including in my opinion the best chicken burgers in the grade competition. Our high hopes to bat towards a declaration took a blow first ball after lunch. Packers dismissed for a well-earned 52. Crawford found it tough to get going in his usual up beat rhythm. However Els ticked the score board along.
It was a pleasure to witness Jack Colley face his first ball as a 19 year old and stoke a magnificent cover drive for three. No doubt a sign of what's to come for this young man with a huge head on his shoulders! Losing Crawford and Colley in succession sparked a collapse with Soper unlucky to be given out first ball.
The always prepared Kennedy was surprisingly on time to the crease to face a hat-trick ball which he kept out in true pincer pride. JK was unable to continue his fine form at Waitara Oval. Richtor witnessed the entire middle order collapse from the other end and somehow managed to get himself past 50. A great innings by Els who finished with 58 and it was awesome to see him attack the ND bowlers with intent.
Another cameo by Scott Heaney supported by ‘AV’ Verma got our total to 196.
196 was obviously under par on the Waitara wicket, however the bowling group prepared well in the 10 minute break and the stags came out with good intent. JK stuck early, taking the big wicket of Hughes with a terrific catch by Richtor at second slip.
Richtor in action with the willow, rather than at second slip.
Once again Els adds to his highlight reel of spectacular grabs. Not quite as good as Blacktown this season or parramatta last season, however it was up there in the top 10.
The quicks rotated in the lead up to tea, however it was the debutant Verma that was next to strike. What another wonderful experience for Anand, grabbing his first wicket in the top side with a ball that turned past the outside edge clipping to top of off stump. Verma stuck again before tea leaving the score at 3/56 at the interval.
The boys believed we were a genuine chance and it's great to have the support of your team knowing that the task in front of us was huge.
Soper toiled away without any breakthrough
The ND skipper Whealing was patient with the Stag attack. It was great to see Heaney, Soper and JK bowl for long periods. The wicket didn't offer much and it proved difficult to remove the Rangers line up in the afternoon. The highlight being Anand on debut, who finished with outstanding figure of 4/53. Congratulations big man.
Back to training this week boys and let's get ready to upset Wests and Penrith for their finals preparations.
Many thanks to Mr Bev for his managerial roles. It does not go unnoticed and I'm sure all the boys greatly appreciate your services throughout the season. Special mention to Gilly Packman who witnessed her son James face one ball.
On that note thanks to all the mums, dads and supporters who showed up to back the Stags, whichever grade their sons and mates play.
Once again arriving at Reg's favourite ground, things were looking up for the Stags. Needing 272 for victory, the idea was to bat long into the day and everything went in the Stags favour until the first ball was bowled in anger.
Bombas stands tall in the second dig to stave off an outright
Our first innings didn't start too well with one of our openers nicking off in the first oval of the day. With a small partnership between Steve Colley and Reece Bombas it started to look good, until it was broken with a cross-bat flick through mid-wicket from Colley that ended up at cover.
Throughout the next hour and a half our, wickets kept falling through some good bowling from the opposition and, to be brutally honest, lack of application from our boys. Good resistance from Tym and Chad soon came to an end, with us all out for 143 in the middle session. Less than ideal.
A short changeover, and an order reshuffle, and we were out there with Evans to take the first. Harry got us off to a good start hitting the ball to all parts, and followed by Reece and Steve who shut down the Randy-Pete's hopes of an outright. It wasn't a great day for the Stags, but it is one we will learn from.
Steve 'Buck' Colley was solid in both innings. Hopefully he'll ton up like his brother this weekend.
It would be fantastic to finish the season with 3 wins, a bagful of club championship points and a few days at Chatswood watching 2nd Grade clean up in the post-season.
After hearing about Petersham Oval, with all its perks, replacing the outstanding Coogee, the day had finally come to step foot on the well talked about ground.
Expecting the wicket to be low and slow, the Stags had put together a few plans in the 5 or so minutes that we had spare early morning.
The author's opening partner, James "Mantos" Kennedy charges in at Petersham Oval
Taking the field with James Kennedy (5/47) leading the way with good support from Scott Heaney (2/66) and Chad Soper (1/49), Randy-Petes were under pressure.
With a great catch for Iain Beverley to dismiss the opener we were underway. Knowing that there could be long periods of time without any action, the Stags continued with their plans for the most part. As the wicket got better and the partnerships started to grow, the bowlers stuck to their instructions and wickets kept falling.
Original predictions of not many catches for the slips was a little astray as they just kept coming.
"They followed him" - One of 6 catches Evans took
It seemed like they followed the captain, Harry Evans, grabbing 6 catches for the day. “Mantos” Kennedy on fire all day long and Josh Poysden (1-82) tying up and end, the bowling group kept to the plans well throughout the day, with great help from the wicket keeper Beverley, we were chasing 272 when the final wicket fell. Possibly an over too soon, as our boys had to pad up for one over.
With this one over to go, Steve and Reg were sure to 'look to score' as the Stags finished up on 0-0 with a day to go.
None of the slips are even the slightest bit interested in Beverley's antics
We arrived at Chatswood for the second week running, taking the covers off to what looked like a fairly true wicket with moist conditions during the week. There was one change this week, with big Scott Heaney back in the team. Once again, the opposition won the toss and sent us in to bat.
Chad Soper makes sure the side posts a competative total after a sluggish start
On what was thought to be a decent batting wicket, it was still felt a score of 250 plus was needed as the wicket was on the western side of the square with the train line beckoning.
Gordon were off to a solid start, however soon lost both openers and Bombas cheaply to leave the side struggling at 3-47. After punishing a free-hit over cow corner with an educated slog, Harry was then dismissed for a hard fought 30. However, Elliot was still there, toiling away, working hard to rotate the strike and occasionally lofting one over the infield for a boundary. Tym unfortunately was dismissed in his 20’s with another one making a start but not going on with it.
Wickets were falling too regularly for partnerships to develop which is vital in any form of cricket. Richter was later dismissed for a well constructed 50 with 6 boundaries to his name. This left Chad and ‘The big fella’ Heaney, who has been found after a no-show up the coast, to finish off the innings.
Els Richtor continues in his rich vein of form. Now to reapply it to the 2 day matches
Scott strolled out to the wicket with no fear and dispatched 23 quick runs to provide the Stags with some momentum going into the lunch interval. Batting at 10 with striking like that, he could soon find himself at 9 with Mantos back into double digits next week.
We finished at 9-211 and batted out the 50 overs for the first time this season.
The bowling innings started convincingly with both Mr Kennedy and ‘Tall Tower’ Heans taking a wicket each leaving Sydney 2 wickets down early on. ‘The Mulcher’ Poysden was introduced into the attack bowling up into the breeze allowing Heans to follow JK at the Southern end down wind.
He had a crowd of 3, over from England, to support him, one wearing a shirt displaying his support for the Pom. Chad then followed Josh from the northern end and did well bowling the majority of his overs one after the other.
Josh 'The Mulcher' Poysden's support gear. Not an expense spared.
Like the Gordon innings, the batsmen found it hard to play controlled stokes throughout their innings and, therefore, continued to slowly lose wickets.
Batting was also made difficult by improved fielding from previous weeks. Steve threw down the stumps numerous times and Harry decided he could go one better when first, he hit the non-strikers stumps, then regained the ball and to hit at the strikers end.
A great start back in the premier grade by Heaney, with ball and bat
However, all that occurred was Sydney scoring another run.
The bowlers stood up today and it showed in their statistics with Scott 3/21, Harry 1/42, James 3/30, Josh 1/31 and Chad 1/51. Dot balls are the key to building pressure and ultimately taking wickets. At one stage Sydney were 8-128, however a brief partnership took the Sydney score to 165 before the 9th wicket fell and then the 10th at 178.
This kind of whole-hearted team performance in the field is what is needed to take the team forward in the following games and end the season mid-table.
We arrived at Chatswood on a very warm day, the wicket was looking good and it was great to see our leader back… Whatever the reason was for why he was one the sideline it no longer matter to us. He was back in Stags colours.
Chad Soper adds some handy runs at the end of the innings
We lost the toss and were sent in. The boys were confident of a big score but unfortunately it did not exactly work out as planned. We lost a couple of wickets early but put on a partnership to be 3/88. Steve Colley was playing shots all around the ground, a real pleasure to watch, until he was run out.
Then another partnership began to form between Elliot and Tim and this put us right back in the game.
Tim was playing well and is showing a lot of maturity as a new-comer to the side. But once again we had a runout; this time Tim departed.
James, Chad and Josh got us to a score of 230, but we committed the cardinal sin of not batting out our overs; bowled out in the 46th over.
Josh Poysden twirls his magic in an attempt to get the boys back in the match
The boys knew we had to bowl well to defend the target. But our bowlers have been performing. We were in with a chance.
Dan Smith picked up an early wicket and it was exactly what we needed. After that, however, we continued to bowl too many 4 balls. To make matters worse our fielding was poor.
Dan Smith takes the first wicket and sets the boys on the right trajectory
The one upside was that Chad was continuing to bowl excellently, getting the wickets he deserved and tying down the runs.
Had we scored another 30 runs we would have won the game.
A glorious view. James "Mantis" Kennedy is known for playing hard and straight down the ground
After the game finished and we went to the dressing room our coach gave us a spray and we deserved it.
It has been a lot of lost opportunities throughout the season Batting and Bowling.
But with a lot of hard work, WE WILL IMPROVE.
First Grade turned up to take on a strong Manly side with out skipper Harry Evans who was struck down by a mysterious illness preventing him from playing. This left VC Iain Beverley to step up and hold the fort while Harry got over the sniffles.
James "JK" Kennedy looks for bigger returns in the 2nd half of the year
Undecided what to with toss, Iain decided to follow Sparky’s “Theory of Bowling First” on what turned out to be a lively wicket. The bowlers started well with Manly struggling to score and balls flying pass the outside of the bat. After weathering the early storm Manly capitalised on some loose bowling and increased the run rate.
The bowlers started to claw us back into the game with some wickets to stem the flow of runs and at the 35 over mark optimistic Captain Bevo challenged the team to keep them under 220. At this stage of the game this was realistic target but required some serious death bowling. Some excellent hitting and bowlers were a fraction off meant that Manly raced to a massive total of 269.
The bowlers put in through out the innings but failed to execute their skill under pressure of the dominant Manly batsmen.
The lunch break Bevo provided clear instructions to the batsmen to be positive from the outset and attack the new ball. Similar to the bowlers the Gordon bats could not apply any pressure on Manly and allowed them to dictate terms. Reece Bombas showed his class and looked to take the attack apart by good positive cricket strokes, only to be bowled by an excellent delivery from Stephen O’Keefe.
Poysden will play a big part if the Stags are to go deep into the finals this year
The run rate slowly climbed and we were chasing our tails the whole innings. It was a disappointing display by the bats to be bowled out 183.
Steve ‘Buck’ Colley
Even after last season’s vessel-bursting rant, the parking situation at Sydney University remained unchanged. Consequently the "Players Court" or "Bombas Retirement Fund" benefitted heavily from the "lateness" clause. Not a good start against a side that is leading the competition.
Chad Soper and his "7 minute abs" took two wickets
The Stags fielded first... shock me! It was first grade’s debut 50 over match this season. The two new white balls from both ends had Dan Smith rejoicing. I even heard him say "you beauty! James keep your pincers off my ball". James Kennedy pushed into the breeze, producing a chance in his first over! The shoulders remained upright (surprisingly) as JK bowled a consistent 1st spell which significantly restricted the scoring rate of the students.
The Number 1 wicket was tough to read, the pace was slow making it difficult to play conventional cricket shots down the ground. Our skipper and Chad Soper took the reins and had the students 1/65 after 25 overs. The bowlers certainly stepped up. Soper and his 7 minute abs ended up with 2/51.
The pro, the one and only Josh Poysden mulched his way to 2/39 snaring the big wicket of Mail. Again pushing his claim to be England's spinner in the Sydney Test Match.
Elliot Richtor continues his good form, also taking two in the match
Let’s face it, the only reason we weren't chasing 250+ was because of this wicket. JP has been fine form recently, ripping them out of the mulch, bagging a few of his own countrymen along the way and even getting some wickets!
Els was called upon where he varied his pace nicely and consistently found the outside edge of the bat. The gunner finished with 2/41. At the final drinks break, Harry set the challenge of restricting the score under 200 a very achievable goal.
Our fielding in the final 10 overs was poor. We really gifted the students 20-30 runs they didn't deserve through some substandard fielding efforts and the target was set 230 to win.
The chase never gained the momentum we required to mow down the target. Harry Evans again was the standout batsmen for the Stags.
Evans dances down the track against the slower bowlers
The highlight for me was witnessing Harold take down the opening bowler as he proceeded to bowl head height, with two back to the biggest boundary on the field. Not only did our H take the fieldsmen on, he made an absolute mockery out of the plan when he sent the ball to the boundary multiple times.
Chad and Dan fought hard towards the end of the innings but again the chase lacked momentum. On a side note, it was great to see Poysden with the pads on again. A sneaky not out last Saturday may see an elevation in the line up after the break.
Special mention must go to Greg Mail and Mark Faraday for the post match beers. Well done lads especially Mark for supplying the lashes. Also to ‘Karl Wentzel’ for another outstanding contribution to the "Reece Bombas Retirement Fund" in court afterwards.
As seen in previous reports, arriving early and on time for games is paramount for the 1st Graders - as is the standard coffee run of a home game at Chatswood Oval. For this “Coastie” (which Urban Dictionary defines as ‘the better-looking folk that reside in the most central strip of the NSW coast’) this means allowing an extra 20 minutes to your one hour trip down from home AND providing adequate transport for the club’s import, so he can arrive early, sip on a Piccolo and then churn out another five wicket haul. Why change a winning formula?
Congratulations Els. What a fantastic start to the season.
Our day of dominance began with Tym Crawford being welcomed into the dressing room for his debut in 1st Grade and immediately stamping his impact on the team by sitting in the captain’s seat.
With the skipper playing favourites and allowing this monstrosity to go away unpunished the team proceeded onto the field for the covers only to see a green square with lines marked resembling something of a football field with “Buckets” Colley already crying foul at the groundsmen to trim and roll the deck yet again.
Maybe this was what the opposition were expecting as their warm up began with a game of football. Rookie error, this no doubt was where the game was won.
With warm up complete, “fro’ downs”, catching and mitting and the toss lost, the Stags were bowling.
The play started with Kennedy and Smith opening up and bowling attacking lines and utilising the short ball well but with the Lions batsmen looking to score positively, the score quickly raced to 59 for no loss. Soper followed Smith from the Westfield End and despite a grassed chance, produced two quick wickets in consecutive balls thanks to the catching of Beverley and Evans.
Equally so for Tym Crawford, getting his 1st Grade cap from the coach
Despite the efforts of the bowlers and the top standard of fielding, The Lions recovered to be 2 for 121 after lunch before the bowling partnership of Poysden and Evans took over proceedings. Firstly Josh, who was no doubt utilising his energy from his Piccolo, got in the action with the wickets of the two set batsmen at the wicket including the prize wicket of Seymour for 71 to have the Lions 4 for 122. Harry then began to prophecy to yours truly at mid-off, speaking out what was going to happen with the following short ball that he was going to bowl and executed two well-directed heavy bouncers that had two bats caught trying to hook.
Is there anything he can’t do?
At the other end Josh was going through the defence of the Lions batsmen, like he goes through his teammates’ girlfriends’ Instagrams, snaring three more wickets to collect another five wicket haul (5 for 51 off 17 overs) and have the Lions losing 7 wickets for just 34 runs. There was some resistance by the tail but Harold sensed another opportunity to burgle another wicket and brought himself on and completed what was a successfully bowling performance to finish with 3 for 16 off his 9 overs and leave the Lions all out for 201.
With 41overs to bat for the afternoon the Gordon bowlers decided this was a good opportunity to indulge into the amazing afternoon tea spread by the Gordon family, a big thank you to whoever it was that must have read my mind and provided pancakes!
Poysden, like a kid with ADHD, exudes energy as he bolts down the deck after clinching a wicket
Although in saying this, Lions must enjoy them as much as I do as well as they came out roaring with the ball after tea taking the big wickets of Damon Livermore and Cam Eccles with sharp catching to have the Stags 2 for 11. Not long after this after some consolidation they struck again taking the valuable wickets of Steve Colley and debutant Tym Crawford to leave us 4 for 63 and us bowlers feeling uneasy inside.
Game in the balance.
Enter Harold Evans and Elliot Richtor. The former continued his Bradman-esque form, with flourishing straight drives, cuts, sweep shots, quick singles and pulls over the boundary rope to bring up his 3rd century on home soil showing both teams how to play on Chatswood. He was well supported by the latter, Elliot Richtor, who batted with intent and cut, glanced, flicked and drove extremely well with intelligent running to see the score reach 4 for 191 at stumps on the first day.
Harry on 110 not out off 109 balls and Elliot on 48 not out and an unbroken partnership of 128.
Chad continues to take crucial wickets for his skipper, as the slips cordon joins in the celebrations
Although the first day belonged to Harry, the start of the second day was all Elliot Richtor who took over after Harry was dismissed for 120 and played exceptionally well to reach his maiden first grade century before being dismissed on 102 after taking us well and beyond the target score.
Special mention to Elliot who has progressed in leaps and bounds this season and is always a joy to watch when he is at full flight under the lid with bat in hand. He is such a stylish player and works so hard on his game and it was an amazing feeling to be there to witness his innings in front of the home crowd and his family! Congratulations Ells!
Richtor’s dismissal was the signal for Harry to declare our innings in the hope of us continuing our form in bowling out Fairfield in the second dig.
Just a small snapshot into the way Elliot went about accumulating his runs
The boys toiled hard to make this happen but with only 4 wickets taken for 182 runs on what was becoming as some may define as a “flatty” which for those not in the know means - a good batting surface, the game was ended after the second last session of the day and the eleven Gordons continued on their merry way singing the song once again with Marcus, who made an appearance despite his busy schedule and even began naming his players 1-11 before being abruptly sent from the dressing room after Evans was named number 1.
But who would disagree? I know the Fairfield Lions wouldn’t.
Fairfield 201 (Josh Poysden 5/51, Harry Evans 3/16, Chad Soper 2/20) and 4/182 (Chad Soper 2/50, James Kennedy 1/30, Harry Evans 1/12) were defeated by Gordon 6/283 dec. (Harry Evans 120, Elliot Richtor 102, Dan Smith 22*)
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 2013/14 season are provided below:
There was some talk about playing on a wicket which ‘might be a bit juicy’ to say the least after torrential rain hit the harbour city during the week. Storms had been frequent although most of the activity had happened early in the week.
The weather forced us indoors for training, which now takes place half way to the central coast. That said both sides were faced with the same events and it would be a battle of who would turn up most prepared to play.
Dan Smith provides good counter attack, but it was all a bit late
The side had been a little interrupted to say the least, players had been shifted around to fill vacancies created by work commitments, mystery illness, injuries and player form. The continuity somewhat suffered; however it can’t be said that the side on paper wasn’t one of strength across the paddock.
Back to the game. When arriving on Saturday and players are entering the change room with just bag for clothes and Tupperware containers, it is a bit of a giveaway that they believe the game may start late (if at all).
Jack Colley looks to the straight boundries at Mark Taylor Oval
This certainly was the case at Waitara, which is historically prone to wet weather washouts due to the ground dynamics. There were inspections after inspection, ‘run throughs’ and finally a decision that play should get underway at 2pm in fairness to both teams.
After losing the toss we were asked to make first use of the wicket with the bat. This proved difficult as there was moisture and a stickiness about the way the ball was carrying through. It was going to take a good amount of patience and hard work to get through to the more fruitful hours of the day for batting, after tea. We did not start well, we didn’t continue well and we didn’t finish well.
All out for 96 on a wicket which was more like 200-220+. One highlight was Daniel Smith’s counter attack which yielded numerous boundaries (20 runs off one over) and some respectability to the team’s total in what was a rather disappointing effort for a team who was fighting to make a grand final.
Jack Skilbeck gives the side some hope at the end of the 1st day
Whilst runs on the board are always important and it can put pressure on the opposition, when you don’t register 3 figures it is hard to continue to apply pressure. We finished the day with 2 wickets under the belt, we needed something like 8 for 50 on the second morning to have any real chance of progressing.
Without early wickets the writing was on the wall and ND’s nullified any threats we had and passed us without losing a wicket.
Bretty Rosen is pretty sure about this one
There were a few notables during the match;
- As mentioned Dan Smith’s cameo (more please and for longer next year Smithy)
- Cam Eccles enthusiasm in the field (second to none other than Chris Spratt)
- Cam Eccles deliberate attempt to devise a run out…. by dropping one of the easiest catches ever witnessed on the cricket pitch, only then to claim that the ball (travelling less than 3km/h) split his webbing and required hospitalisation. Comedy of errors, good from Cam!
- Greg Lewis’s comments that the guy batting had a ‘Shrig’ and challenged him to a ‘chest-off’.
- NDs bowled 15 overs in an hour and a half, meaning we were still on the field near 7pm, as the sun disappeared behind the unit blocks owned by the Beverley’s.
- Gordon may struggle to field a 2nd Grade team next year after so many players are moving (tongue in cheek) and Damon Livermore is setting up a breakaway/rebel league.
Campbell continues to get the prodigious swing that troubles the batsmen
Well that’s it for me. I certainly won’t be writing more reports, nor donning the whites, as it has come time to hang up the boots officially. Kit has already been dispersed and there were some happy recipients. Smithy, that bat will need to be used at Chatswood only!
I must say it has been a real honour playing for such a great club, the good times and the more challenging ones too. I have certainly played with some fantastic cricketers, great people and made lifelong friends.
The support from the club has been superb and to have the President there scoring the last game for us will be remembered for a long time to come – Cheers Falky.
"That" cover drive will be missed Packers
From back in the old days of games at Killara and getting to the cricket (often late) because the Manager was running behind, thanks Dad, right up to the last game a week ago I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at the Stags and am proud to have played for the one club for so many years.
All the best for the future and I will be cheering from the pickets next season
Get Far you Bah..
James “Jammer” Packman
After a couple of poor performances, our 2nd Grade side was out to prove we have what it takes to play finals cricket. It was a good day for cricket; sunny, warm and the pitch was looking good for batting.
So to bat first was on the captain’s mind and when St. George won the toss they decided to send us in to have a bat.
Damon Livermore picks one up outside off and looks to the legside for a boundary
Our openers got us off to a good solid start with Kris Colley a bit unlucky to be given out LBW for 12 with the score on 41. I came to the crease next and with Cam Eccles out LBW not long after for 25, James Packman arrived to join me.
So from a good start we were suddenly 2/44. Not what we wanted.
The St George bowlers were quite disciplined, bowling good line and length and, with the ball coming on to the bat a little slower than usual, we had to concentrate a bit more.
Greg Lewis holds the side together as they search to post a total against St George
James was out soon after, which bought Damon (Reg) Livermore to the crease. We continued to score with Reg playing some nice shots for his 29. We lost a few wickets quickly which put us on the back foot with our run scoring.
James Campbell came to middle to join me with the score at 182 which was not going to be enough. James held up his end admirably and we managed to bat on to make the score 218, which was well below the score we wanted. But better than where we could have ended up at a couple of different points throughout the day.
Now the tough part; keeping St George to under 218, which was not going to be easy. However, we reminded ourselves that with a good performance in the field and the match being a final, it was doable. Anything was possible here.
With 22 overs left in the day’s play, St George went out to bat, Dan Smith took an early wicket but the St George batsmen started to look comfortable until in the 2nd last over, Jack Skilbeck struck twice and the score was 3/42 at stumps. So, we were in with a fighting chance!
Jack Skilbeck strikes twice late on the first day to get the Stags back in the game
On Sunday, Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck did not waste anytime in getting stuck into the St George middle order, dismissing them for a mere 52 runs. Suddenly our opposition were 8/94 and looking very uneasy. However their No 8 batsman, Howes, and the No. 11 Batsman, Green, did their best to stop any plans the Stags had of any early finish to the St. George innings and an early mark for us.
They dug in, and for the next 58 overs crept closer to our score of 218. Our captain tried a variety of bowlers to try and break the partnership, with some close calls going the way of the batsmen.
The word “frustrating” came to mind. After the tea break, the runs were ticking over slowly but steadily until they came to within 25 runs of our total. When, at last, Dan Smith bowled a beauty to remove the bails of the St George No 11, a sigh a relief was heard all around Chatswood Oval!
Kris Colley is on the move as Dan Smith charges in for one final time
Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck were the best of the bowlers with 4/68 and 4/34 respectively.
It was a tight and exciting game; it wasn’t our best performance but I believe the Stags worked really hard for this win. We will need to look at a couple of areas of our game at training this week and then onto Waitara to continue our finals campaign against Northern District next week.
To finish I would like to thank the “mums” for the great afternoon teas provided over the weekend.
Great shape away for Smith as the skipper and slips await an edge
Have you ever known weeks and weeks in advance that you would play finals cricket? This team has. “Fantastic!” you say. “How good!” you ask, rhetorically. I would have agreed with you four weeks ago.
Having now been in this situation for the first time ever, I can say it is a great and satisfying feeling. At first.
Anand Verma... we were hoping to get a photo with the willow after a gutsy effort
With the benefit of hindsight my experience has shown that it can also sap motivation and induce complacency, even a wish for regular cricket to hurry up and end so that we can get into the big business. Playing consecutive 120 over games, early starts and long days hasn’t helped matters either. “Excuses” you say. “You bet” I say. “Weak excuses” you say. “They most definitely are” I say.
For the last two games now we have warmed up poorly and we have started out fielding sessions lazily. Not the trademarks of a successful team. As always our bowling was good enough to give us a shot at chasing in the second innings.
This was again the case on Saturday. For the first hour Smithy and JC bowled far better than the opposition batsmen would have liked beating the bat consistently. A couple of half chances went wide or high of slips and gully. It seems to me that this happens more frequently when everyone is just going through the motions as they say. A bit of a shot at the team by the skipper at the first drinks break seemed to wake everyone a little and soon after Skilly was on a hat-trick and we had them 2 for 40 odd.
A great catch by Jack Colley off Anand took the score to 3 for 70 when their skipper came in and made batting look comfortable again. It must be said that Skilly still beat him regularly but just couldn’t quite draw the edge. We applied ourselves pretty well until about the 60th over, when the end was within sight. Despite only taking 7 wickets, the feeling that Wests must soon declare seemed to cause another wave of complacency at which point wests upped the scoring rate to set us 214 off the 54 overs remaining. Once again our bowlers held up their end of the bargain.
I still believe as I have all season that it can’t be long until we bowl a team out for next to nothing. Our fielding skill set held up despite being lacklustre and then it was up to the batsmen.
Skilbeck was on the road to a hat-trick with an inspired first spell
We started well. 4 an over ish for the first 4. Then… HAT-TRICK. Reg, Lewy, Eccs (Livermore, Lewis, Eccles). Goooone.
We lost Kris soon after.
Numbers 5 and 6 set about righting the ship. They settled things. For about an over or three. Then both fell to the kind of shots that are especially heartbreaking when staring down the barrel of 6 for 30 odd.
Thankfully it was ‘Super Smith’ and ‘Super Smith’ (a.k.a verma) to the rescue. It may not have led to a win but they definitely rescued a little respectability when viewing the scores in isolation. Smithy batted the way the six guys ahead of him would have intended when they walked out to the middle. The truth is Smithy was dismissed in a similar way to number 5 and 6. He just waited until he was 63 before doing it.
I don’t want to say that it cost us the game but I’d definitely go so far as to say that it prevented the rest of the team from witnessing something more amazing than the opposition hatrick. A near certain James Campbell 50.
Fortunately for the rest of us Jimmy was not abandoned before we had the opportunity to witness his highest ever score (previous best 16) brought up with a towering six lifted over wide mid-on (I’m pretty confident that’s his first six ever as well). Most other batsmen in this team haven’t received such an ovation for bringing up their hundred.
Occasionally things happen in cricket that are slightly beyond our control. Losing our top three to a hat-trick is one and James Campbell passing 20 is another. What a game.
So at least there was a highlight or two for us to enjoy. Those are the things worth dwelling on. The other thing to consider is how we go about improving our enthusiasm and general attitude for the upcoming games. It’s time to remember why we love playing this game. Jimmy might have just reminded us.
The 2nd Graders found themselves with a number of changes in their side due to injuries, work and leisure. We welcomed Taity, Spratty, ‘Reg’ Livermore, ‘McElpuff’ McElduff, and our overseas import ‘JP’ Poysden.
Brett Rosen looks to hit out in the run chase
When all was said and done, it was telling that our main highlight for the two weeks was being rained off and going to the Merrenburn Lakes to partake in some golf, darts and poker.
Come Day 2, with a monster 120 overs, to play the mood was relaxed, maybe a little too relaxed. Bretty won the toss and elected to bowl again on a very flat looking Chatswood deck. With the expert shining from Reg, the boys knew they would get the ball swinging and so they did. ‘DS’ Smith was particularly lethal, and at times too much so, with the top 3 playing and missing numerous times and by at least 10cm.
At drinks someone commented that maybe Reg should cease with the shining and maybe Dan will get the edge. In the end we bowled them out in the 58th over for around 250.
Damon 'Reg' Livermore plays an elegant hook shot
Very, very, very gettable at Chatswood with the small boundary. In hindsight 250 was probably 50 too many with a number of dropped catches going down.
It looks like Skilly will have some friends to join him in catching 200 balls on Thursday.
Our run chase was set up by Reg and ‘McEldrive’ after losing Spratty early. The pair consolidated however found scoring tough. ‘McElfifty’ went on to bring up his half century in his maiden 2nd Grade game. However, the wickets kept falling and we were left with the tail to salvage a draw.
With 1.5 overs to go and everyone around the bat the last two succumb to the pressure and we lost. It must be noted that Taity did hit the best on-drive the NDs keeper had ever seen but then thought he was better than he is and chopped on 2 balls later.
Liam McElduff has a successful 2nd Grade debut
It was a hard defeat but maybe a defeat we needed as NDs played hard cricket unlike we had seen in the previous weeks. We now know what is required for finals cricket.
I turned up late to Chatswood Oval to see the boys already folding up the covers, this was quite poor as it is exactly a 1km drive to the oval. However, the jurors in the court are easily bribed when 3 jugs of beer were bought later on that night, in order to free my name from fines.
Dan Smith teams up with James Campbell to lead the 2nd Grade attack to good success
Anyway I’m not too sure if we won or lost the toss, but we bowled first like usual.
The day started well with Dan Smith snicking off their dangerous opening bat in the first over. ‘JC’ Campbell also picked up an early wicket and built pressure as Smithy hooped the ball consistently past the outside edge.
Randwick consolidated and the grind began. After lunch the Randy-Petes got on top and were looking at a high score when reaching 3/160 after drinks in mid-afternoon. An inspired couple of overs from Anand Verma, with two well- disguised slower balls resulting in catches in the covers, got the Stags back on top.
James Campbell builds the pressure at the other end, taking an early scalp
A couple more partnerships got their score to 244 with Dan Smith also bowling very well in his 19 overs taking 3/48. We ended up keeping Randwick to 244 which was a good fight back.
Loosing Cam Eccles early in the first week was not an ideal start to the innings, however Lewis and Kris Colley consolidated well. The second week saw early wickets as Kris and Packman fell for not many, while ‘Lewi’ batted superbly for his 49.
This bought Jack Colley to the crease along with Bretty Rosen, who partnered up well and combined to see the side across the line.
Jack Colley looked at ease from the start on his way to his maiden Gordon DCC century
Bretty Rosen entertained the locals, smashing it to all parts of greater Willoughby.
Editor’s note: After over a week of promises, Jack Colley finally submitted a report. Unfortunately for the readers, it was lacking in any description of his century. So let me return to the commentary provided in the Weekend Wrap: “Yesterday Jack came in at 4/101 chasing 244 and with his captain struggling with a hip injury at the other end it was time to really produce… Jack played the first over confidently, then strode down the wicket to a floated leg spinning delivery and drove the ball delightfully along the ground through cover for four. From then it was … it was a chanceless innings of power when needed, in particular his straight drives and guile with some soft hands to keep the scoring moving at all times.”
After passing their score and deciding to bat on, Randwick were far from pleased. This was evident in their non-attendance at the tea break, which the Wrapmaster reported.
Brett Rosen combined with Jack Colley to threaten the "Packman/Howitt" 5th wicket stand
Packman convinced Rosen to stay in the sheds after tea, keeping intact his record 5th wicket partnership with Ed Howitt (256 in 2001). Instead, Smithy came out and belted them around to further kill the self-esteem of Randwick and the game was shortly canned.
This scribe has learnt two valuable lessons this week. Don’t show that you can write a good match report; don’t leave the fines session (with permission, to get beers for the team) or you will be given the match report for any trivial thing.
Verma goes into combat against his old club... to great success
In communist doctrine, individuals contribute according to their ability. However, we do not live in communist China and therefore back-to-back match reports are a cruel and unreasonable punishment (see article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for clarification). A quick call to my lawyer confirmed my suspicion that I have no grounds for recourse, so on we go with the report.
As many of you know, this scribe played for the Tigers last season, but ventured up the Pacific Highway seeking opportunities to play cricket in the higher grades. As many of you also know, he who laughs last, laughs the hardest. So it is with split sides and sore abdominals that I get to report that the mighty Stags bested the Tigers in all 5 grades on Saturday. You should all already know that, but it just feels good to write.
Here it is again, “the mighty Stags bested the Tigers in all 5 grades on Saturday.” Verma, 2014.
And then Colts followed it up against the same club on Sunday. Happy Australia Day!
Dan Smith showed 'a great deal of maturity and professionalism'
Each reporter has their own style, and with too many more paragraphs not pertaining to the actual match itself, this amateur journalist might be stepping on the stylistic toes of another in 2nd Grade. So without further ado.
It is always great playing at Drummoyne Oval. Even if the track is usually a little slow, the scenery and pillow-like outfield make for a nice day out. The ten-storey high, international standard lighting towers are a nice touch and serve to make you feel like you are playing on the big stage. The locals and their (formerly) million dollar views love them too!
Sauntering out to the middle, this time without a complimentary coffee in hand, we were greeted with a deck that looked like it would play pretty well but was a little bit soft on top. Bowling first would exploit this, but the pitch being located on the far Western side of the square created a very short square boundary. It was the batsmen who were salivating.
As always, Bretty won the toss and at 10am, when the first ball was to be bowled, it would be Gordon’s Dan Smith to bowl it. There can be no doubting that the pain of being dropped from the premier grade (to the premier side!) would have been hard on Dan. He showed a great deal of maturity and professionalism in the way he handled it and should have had Sydney’s gun batsman Ash Squires caught for naught in the first over. But that’s another story.
Both Dan (9-2-0-32) and James ‘I’d like to have a beer with Duncan’ Campbell bowled with great control and the going was slow early for the Tigers. Dan and JC were ably assisted by Jack Skillbeck (7-0-0-33), who hit the deck hard and bowled consistently without reward.
However, the breakthrough did not come and both of the Sydney openers started to play their shots. The signs were ominous for the Stags with Sydney well poised at 0/118 but the breakthrough came when Squires (61) was caught on the (short) boundary trying one too many times to put Verma onto the roof of the stands (to be fair, he did achieve this once).
... while on the other hand, JC, the other opening bowler... well, the less said the better
What came next was a miraculous turn around from which Sydney would not recover. Greg Lewis (10-0-1-45) forced a false shot from the Sydney No. 3 and, when the other established opener picked out mid on off the bowling of Verma (10-2-2-30), the Tigers (at 4/139) were rueing wasting their fantastic start. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the rot had set in and the innings was about to get a lot worse. After a monumental mix-up that resulted in the skipper being run-out (it’s nice when it happens to the other team isn’t it Reagan?), Sydney young gun, Ryan Felsch, found himself run-out by Verma (that is two in two games for Verma, if anyone is counting).
The middle of the Tigers’ innings will be remembered mostly for the lack of intent to score runs. It is the opinion of this reporter that this is where the game really swung into the Stags favour.
JC (10-1-2-43) struck twice in the 48th over to reduce Sydney to a paltry 7/195, but elementary fielding errors allowed the Tiger’s to finish on 7/214. The Stags knew that a combination of good bowling and poor batting had neutralised Sydney’s advantage and 214 was very attainable if we batted well.
After lunch, Kris and Cam opened the innings. They started fantastically, putting pressure on the bowlers with excellent shot selection and by taking quick singles. When Cam was caught at slip trying to hit one to cow-corner, Kris was joined by Greg Lewis. Greggy looked back to his best, scoring boundaries regularly off the spinners and taking the singles with ease. The pair combined well for 54 runs before an absolute peach, that decked in to take his stumps, bowled Kris.
We're still not sure what was going on here Reagan? Care to share your thoughts?
Enter the Packman. ‘Jammers’ continued his mercurial form with the bat, hitting the ball to all parts and combined with Greggy in a 108 run partnership which levelled the scores before Lewy was run-out looking for the winning run. As if karma itself was rewarding Bretty for a $49 captain’s shout at Parramatta last week, he strode to the crease and pulled his second ball for four to win the match.
While batting, at no stage did the game look out of the visitors’ reach. The batting group showed off their experience and cool heads by simply doing what needed to be done, running brilliantly and putting the bad ball away.
For the second week running, this reporter has had to complain about the post match beer situation. Although a $7 beer at Old Kings is highway robbery, $7 beers are still beers. When it came time for the captain’s shout (5 minutes after the teams shook hands), the canteen was locked tight and no beers were on offer. Special thanks to Brett’s father, Marshall, who drove to the local bottle shop to acquire a case of the amber ale. Gordon puts on cheap beers and has a communal case for teams to share after the game; Sydney has no beers on offer. Gordon wins all grades.
At the risk of helping out an opposition club, I sense a causal relationship.
The result, a comfortable victory, reasonably priced (BYO) beers and another song.
Get fah you bah!
The lattes were flowing at Old Kings as Packers and JC arrived just before the stroke of 9:01am with coffees for the entire team. While this reporter enjoyed his soy flat white with none, eleven blokes taking a diuretic on a stinking hot day in the poorly ventilated Old Kings sheds was about as enjoyable as having to fork out $7 for a beer after the game (credit to skipper, Brett Rosen for shouting the boys).
James Packman in full flight against 'throwdowns'
With cups of the warm brown delight in hand, Gordon’s flagship side ventured out to inspect the deck. They were greeted with scenes reminiscent of a fifth day WACA track with well-formed cracks dominating the landscape of the rolled surface. Unlike the WACA, the outfield was well manicured and even. Fielding on a carpet-like outfield was appreciated by this reporter, especially after taking a bad -bouncing ball to the eye at the Killara Park for the recreation of canines back in Round 1.
Brett called correctly at the toss and with the thought that it would be harder to score runs later in the day, chose to bat first. A few might have thought the success of Brett’s side when chasing was reason enough to bowl first, but this reporter believed that when the inevitable post caffeine lull came, it was best to be in the stands.
The Parramatta bowling unit bowled with great discipline, meaning that the going was slow early on. After watching Spratty bat last week, Cam ‘X’ Eccles came out with a similar mindset and blasted two glorious drives over the infield before overthinking the situation and bunting one to cover. Don’t overthink batting Cam, Spratty doesn’t.
The skipper provides some useful support to Packman
When Kris departed shortly after, leaving the Stags at 2-26 off 12, Greg strode to the crease. Determined to prove the selectors wrong, Greg failed to find any fluency on a slowish deck and when he was bowled by the opposition skipper, Gordon had slumped to 3-49. Again, full credit has to be given to the Parramatta bowling unit, who offered up very few scoring opportunities early on.
The thirty-five degree sun and the lack of a breeze had a part to play in this tale. Parramatta’s bowlers tired and the game opened up for the Gordon batsmen. James ‘make 2nd Grade quicks look like throwdowns’ Packman took full advantage. With a perfect mix of single taking, running twos on big grounds and lusty boundary hitting, Jammer (87) provided the foundation for a Gordon acceleration that saw them go well above a run a ball after the 30 over mark.
He shared a 48 run partnership with Brett, but when Brett was caught for 20 it was in form young gun Jack Colley’s turn to dazzle. Jack smashed the ball to all parts scoring 49 off 46 balls before unselfishly holing out in the deep seeking quick(er) runs. The platform had been set and at 5/194 off 44, the potential was there to take the game out of Parramatta’s reach with a score around 250. After an unfortunate run-out (I feel for you Regan, I’ve been there myself), Gordon rookie Anand Verma strode to the crease.
Packman rocks back this time, playing each and every shot in the book during his innings
He did his job well, giving Packman the strike till Packman was bowled giving up all three stumps and missing. Scott Heaney then came in and plundered the Eel’s attack taking 25 off 12 balls before also being bowled. Verma (14no) and JC (2no) finished the innings well, taking calculated risks to get the total to 8/252 off their allotted 50.
After lunch the Stags took the ascendency straight away with Verma executing a sharp run-out to leave their skipper stranded with the score on four. After that point it was one-way traffic. The Stags bowling group settled into their lines and were very hard to get away. Heaney bowled brilliantly (9-3-0-23), but without luck and early breakthroughs to Reagan ‘Mocha with two’ Klemt (4-0-2-17) and James Campbell (6-2-1-10) left Parramatta reeling at 4-38.
Skilbeck (7-2-1-18) bowled with great control and after getting taken for 16 off his first 2 overs, Verma (10-1-2-38) came back well to help control the middle session. Not all credit can go to the bowlers though. The Stags were phenomenal in the field. Starting with Verma’s run-out, featuring fantastic catches like Packman’s full stretch, one handed, diving catch at slip and Cameron’s diving effort at cover to dismiss the dangerous Castle (who was 33 off 26) and punctuated by clean hands in the field all day, this was the best fielding performance I’ve seen in my (short) time in 2nd Grade.
In all, eight bowlers were used. Greg Lewis (5-1-1-18), Cameron Eccles (8-0-1-35) and Brett Rosen (yes, this is not a typo; 1-0-0-2) all also did their job. Although, with four of the five specialist bowlers in the side having overs up their sleeve, one or two eyebrows were raised when Brett Rosen took the pads off and bowled the last over at the number eleven. A thought for next year’s fantasy league is that captains should not be allowed to pick themselves, so as to avoid a conflict of interest.
The end result was an emphatic win to the Stags, followed by a passionate song and a cold ($7) beer.
Get fah you bah!
Anand ‘Smith’ Verma
With a hot run into Christmas paying dividends at the Stags Xmas Party at the Orchard Tavern, 2nd Grade were determined to continue to prey on the opposition and test the president’s generosity.
James Campbell returns to the sheds with figures of 4/15
Rumours surrounding another team shout if results go our way in the not too distant future have been circulating but have yet to be confirmed. Going into Christmas at the top of the table, responsibility was placed on these 11 Chatswood representatives to capitalise on the fantastic first half of the season.
With the return of fines master Cameron Eccles, and an illness to the 1st Grade skipper seeing the return of Chris Spratt, confidence abounded in the change room. The covers took slightly longer than usual with a few absent members of the Chatswood side deciding coffee and parking were more important than helping with easily the most tedious task of the day. However, an ambitious hairstyle (to say the least) provided humour and fuelled dressing room banter until the start of play.
These days it doesn’t seem to matter whether we win or lose the toss, as we end up bowling regardless. Except… instead of a grassless ‘flatty’, a new pitch with an even covering of grass provided hope for our frontline quicks, hoping to extract movement in the early stages.
A tight start from Heaney and Campbell saw Manly put on the back foot and our boys wrestling early momentum. Poles for both Campbell (4/15) and Heaney (2/45) had the Waratahs wilt to 8/77.
Heaney supports "JC" with another couple of early poles
However, a valiant fight back from the number 8 and 10 saw over 100 runs being piled on against the Stags. Although bowling as a whole was relatively tight, too many four balls which were suitably punished assisted in losing momentum during the middle overs and towards the end.
Bowling without luck, Skilbeck finished with 1/40, passing the outside and inside edges of the bat several times before finally grabbing a well-deserved wicket on the last ball of the innings. Anand also kept things tight, with figures of 1/43, slowing the scoring rate when the game could have got away in the late stages.
Although in a fantastic position in the early stages, it was overshadowed by an end total of 216 to chase down for the points. Although this score was below par at Chatswood, it turned a potential bonus point victory into a challenge. It provided a good opportunity for the top order to stamp their name in the selectors’ books.
In a sentence written more than one this season, “a flying start saw Spratt dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground”, scoring an extremely explosive and impressive 46. His fall of wicket, at 1/48 with Kris Colley on 2*, brought “X” Eccles to the crease.
Skilbeck was unlucky not to take more wickets, but steamed in all day for his skipper
Looking in elegant touch, Cam punished anything short or full with ease, before falling for 29. This all occurred while Kris was playing a very mature innings at the other end; waiting for balls in his zone and the capitalising, yet also turning good balls into scoring options and rotating the strike.
The “Pac man” Packman strode to the crease, kindly accepting wide half volleys in his first two balls, piercing the offside field on both occasions and truly displaying his skill and class. However, the story of the day was that wickets kept falling after promising starts. Kris departed for a well made 44 and Packman with 26. Brett Rosen and Jack Colley reduced the total required with rapidity, with a mix between shape and power hitting destroying the hope of the Manly side.
However, with 12 runs required, a loss of 4/2 saw Gordon 8 down with 7 runs to win. Letting Manly back in the game, 2nd Grade almost lost from a situation you genuinely can’t fathom. Two welcome boundaries saw us pass the score, which saw another win for the mighty ‘Chatswood’ 2nd Grade.
As perfectly summed up by “JC” Hernandez, who sat back with pads strapped around his bean poles as he waited his turn in the middle, “We live for the rush”
Up the Stags
Having had some very hot weather during the week, we arrived at the ground to see that the pitch was looking good for batting and everyone was on time this week (except ‘JC’ Campbell… again) and ready to face the second top team.
Brett lost the toss and we were asked to bowl.
The long and the short of it; Heaney and Anad celebrate after a great diving catch
Sydney Uni lost a couple of early wickets to some good bowling, however their “in form” batsman Larkin scored 94 valuable runs along with Theobald scoring 32. Their No. 4 batsman, Hobson, was bowled for 29 shouldering arms, which is affectionately known as “A Lewy” by some Gordon players who will remain nameless.
Our fielding was patchy in parts, dropping a couple of catches which by our normal standards would have been made. That being said, there were a couple of highlights in the field. A run of about 20 metres to his right, a diving Scott Heaney, took a brilliant catch on the boundary to take the 8th wicket and was followed shortly after by a very good run out by Reece Bombas.
Soon after that Sydney Uni were all out in the 48th over for 221 giving us a great chance to win. Our bowlers battled hard all day, Verma contributed with 3 for 27, Jack Skilbeck finished with 2 for 53, Scott Heaney with 2 for 36, James Campbell and Reagan Klemt both with 1 wicket each.
Anand in full flight against the Students
So after the lunch break, we went into bat with Kris Colley and Chris Spratt getting us off to a great start with the score at 47 when Spratty was given out LBW for 16. I then came to the crease and Kris continued his fine display of controlled batting with me holding up the other end. We took the score to 128 when I was caught for 25.
Enter Reece Bombas to partner Kris and they batted well with Kris reaching his first ton with a magnificent batting display. He finished the day on an unbeaten 126 off 133 balls which was well backed up by Reece’s 47 not out. The pair reached our target of 222 comfortably with 9 overs to spare.
If Lewis had written a longer report, you could have seen more of Kris and Reece in action
Even though our captain didn’t bat – he paced many metres between the dressing room and the scorer in the latter stages of the game checking on the score!
A great win against a strong side to bring in the Christmas break and hopefully gives us the incentive to carry on the winning streak in 2014.
The boys arrived early at Rosedale (except one) keen to continue what has been an exceptional [and I’m sure unexpected by many] start to the season. Given that the fine for being late is not worth the extra five minutes in bed I’m tipping everyone to be on time next week.
The ground was as smooth as a billiard table and the pitch was hard and flat. One of the major challenges was always going to be how well the boys adjusted to putting extra pressure on the fielders when running between wickets and saving extra runs in the field.
Reece Bombas responds to the challenge laid down by the selectors, putting together an assured innings against the Lions
Having lost the toss we also had another challenge. Only our second occasion batting first would show if we learnt anything from the first time and whether we could control ourselves and the game from this position.
Kris Colley and second grade debutant Chris Spratt opened up. Unfortunately Spratty was run out in the second over trying to push for the extra run. Enter Greg Lewis knowing full well he had to steady the ship and set us up for the full 50 overs. Lewy and Col did just that. They were composed, they were solid in their belief in what they were trying to achieve. The pitch was surprisingly two paced and with the huge outfield scoring was never easy.
At three an over after about 25 overs Col started to try to lift the scoring rate but soon fell trying to do so. By this stage he’d gone a long way to setting up the innings for the late charge. Reece Bombas came in to join Lewy and showed how good he is hitting cleanly, turning the strike over and really showing the bowlers that they didn’t stand much of a chance against him.
The two put on another 108 whilst they lifted the scoring rate and with our focus on 7 an over for the last 10 to 12 Bomber and Lewy played their hands well. Both fell in quick succession with a couple of overs to go. Unfortunately Lewy fell 10 short of a well-deserved ton.
Great effort from you mate.
Bomber’s controlled 53 from 66 was followed by a couple of good hits from Jack Colley and in our minds our total of 215 was a score that was well and truly defendable on a slightly tricky deck and huge outfield. I’m certain it was worth over 300 at Chatswood.
Greg Lewis combines with Reece Bombas to put the Stags in a defensible position
Our innings in the field started ideally with only about 10 runs coming from the first five overs and James Campbell snicking off one of the openers for a duck in this period. Scott Heany showed how well he’s bowling in the early overs making life super awkward the Fairfield top three. Their number 3 who’s been scoring a lot of runs this year started to settle and started to up the scoring and before we knew it they were up around the 4 an over mark they required to the end.
Reagan Klemt (2/19 off 6) came into the attack in the 14th and had the other opener out caught by Heans at mid off and followed it up soon after by bowling their number three and their most dangerous batsman.
Their captain came and presented us two straight forward chances to put us in pole position. Unfortunately they both went down. You can bet there’ll be a lot of pressure on the team to do their required catching at training during the week.
Jack Skilbeck was into the action and continued to trouble the batsmen with his consistency and ball movement. He removed another one very quickly, caught by Spratty. As the reprieved captain started to up the scoring rate Skilly kept beating the outside edge and ensuring we felt the need to keep the two slips. The same problem we continue to have. We’re consistently bowling too well for opposition batsmen so we continue to attack but they continue to score. One thing if their nicking balls into gaps but another thing when we’re mixing bad balls with great ones. More consistency is needed from the bowlers.
At this point the Lions put a potentially match winning partnership together. Their skipper and number six began to score a little too freely. Anand Verma came on for his first overs in second grade. He bowled consistently to a very simple game plan and made sure the batsmen had to milk their singles as they struggled to get the big shots away. They added another 50 to take the score to about 130 before Lewy got the break through with an excellent caught and bowled to finally remove their skipper. A lot of relief for the two offenders and their skipper.
This was identified as the opening of our window of opportunity. Another partnership of 50 began at a time when our fielding and maybe our concentration was letting us down, but a crucial direct hit run out to remove the batsman on 64, and bag our sixth wicket, threw the window wide open.
Fairfield needed 18 to win from about 4 overs with 4 wickets in hand and we felt we were right back in it.
The boys were told in no uncertain terms that the team that panicked would be the team that lost.
JC was back into the attack and bowled the left hander that was one half of the previous partnership with an excellent “quicker” yorker and we knew it was ours to win.
Skilly had the last over from one end. He bowled full and straight and the one that was slightly shorter the batsman dutifully slogged high to Reags at deep mid wicket. He bagged a top catch under pressure and the boys could feel the excitement growing.
One ball to go in the second last over and ten to get. Skilly slid one down leg and they got it away for three.
Pressure on JC bowling the last and while he’s all smiles and jokes you could almost see him twitching with nerves from the other end of the wicket. One dot.
JC pitches up and a big slicing slog goes up wide of Spratty at long off. He comes in, he goes back, he goes sideway and above his head falling backwards he holds the catch of the day.
We didn’t panic, we kept our nerve and we stepped up when it counted. The sign of a team that’s learnt to win. We know how we need to prepare and we know we can step it up another level for the students next week. Good on you boys.
Ordinarily I’d never have this much to say, but this win deserved a summary far greater than you’d get from the usual JC post match ramble about his heritage.
The captain – Brett Rosen
The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.
Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.
For the third grade schedule go to Fixtures
Third Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:
Semi finals cricket!!! This is what we play for!!! (Insert Sparta meme here)… At least that’s what I was telling myself while stuck in traffic on the Pacific Highway, yelling at other drivers for not doing what I wanted them to do (namely get out of my way!!!).
Axel Cahlin, one of the young'uns that Blaize reckons will flourish in 2014/15
Gordon came ready to play Saturday morning but it seemed we were the only ones. ND’s looked about as busy as council workers on night duty. Getting paid by the hour.
At what seemed like almost nap time, the toss was conducted and Missy kept his run of form by losing the toss and we were sent in to bat with 13 overs to see out. ‘Big Mac’ McElduff and Bigger Spratty went out in the middle and went about their usual thing. ND’s stuck to their usual routine of low brow sledging and managed to grab Spratty’s wicket courtesy of an LBW decision. Fortunately we only lost Spratty that night and were to start next morning 1/36.
Atkinson and Cubbage, two of the shortest men in grade cricket
We actually managed to start 30 minutes after regular scheduled play on Sunday morning which was a welcome gift as we would need all 104 overs to win the match. After a fairly decent warm up and good speeches from Atko and the lyrical wordsmith Missy we were ready to go. The plan was to bat to around 45 overs so we had 70 overs to bowl at a frail ND’s batting line up.
As stated above at 1/36 we were in a fairly solid position to build a good platform at the start and try and blast our way at the back end to a good score. If Lemony Snicket was to write a cricketing version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it would have gone something like this match. Wickets at fairly regular intervals from guys bowling dibbly dobblys, and a run out that didn’t help our cause, meant we scraped our way to 135ish, the only saving grace being Atko scoring an unbeaten 43.
We went out to field knowing that to win we would have to be perfect with the ball and in the field and to be fair, I don’t think we could have done much better than we did. We had 12 overs to bowl at them before lunch and ended up 2-not much walking back into the sheds.
Max Papworth looks to clear the front foot... and the fence
Play resumed and the carnage followed close behind with the home team having no answer to our bowling falling to 4-20, we knew it wouldn’t be easy to win this match but at 4-20 I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think we were very much in the driver’s seat. The next 15-20 overs resulted in about as many runs with ND’s looking like they had decided to shut up shop, a foolish move with still 55 overs left to bowl at them.
With tight bowling and even tighter fielding we finally managed to get a breakthrough care of Taity bowling his patented nudes, the batsmen making the mistake of playing for turn the ball almost in slow motion hit the pad and Gordon went up in unison. For a ball that pitched in line and was hitting middle/leg not even half way up, the umpire took enough time for me to need a second lung full of air to appeal. Thankfully we were rewarded and ND’s were 5-35; one more wicket and we were into the tail.
And now to the bowlers, Fleming, Miller and Irving-Holliday, trying to defend a sub-par total
That one more wicket proved to be a tricky endeavour as the two elder statesmen of the side decided that they didn’t want to get out; the bowling and fielding I believe didn’t slump at all throughout the day. More a testament to the batsmen’s grit, determination, patience and a pinch of luck to help their cause. I’m not one to dwell (I am) but, in my humble opinion, this pair hard the rub of the green… with Cubbage being due some luck next season.
That pair added 91 before Fleming got the breakthrough at 6-125 but the damage had been done and ND’s only needed 8 runs to win.
At this point, most teams would have given up, 4 wickets in hand and 8 runs to get with a loss surely to come. Not Gordon!
Tjaard Tait. Now with actual permission to be in the country!
In a big middle finger to ND’s and every ND’s supporter watching, Missy decided to throw one last ‘hail mary’ roll of the dice and put Blaize and Flem on both ends to finish the game one way or another and Holy Batman Jesus did it almost worked. We took 3 wickets for 2 runs to put a cork screw in what was already a rollercoaster of a game.
We managed to hold the excitement for another 5 overs but it was not to be, as we could not get the 2 wickets needed to secure an unlikely finals birth. 9 and 10 scrambled through for the winning runs, followed by a loud cheer from the supporters bringing to an end what was ultimately a close and competitive game; the downside being we weren’t singing the team song.
On a more positive note. For what is a young team with half of our players being under the age of 20 with next to no Grade Cricket experience, what we managed to accomplish this season and to get as far as we did I think is an amazing effort.
As Missy said, it’s hard to get into finals cricket, it’s even harder to win it.
Keep an eye out for Nick Miller. Plenty of big things to come for Missy's new mate
I hope that we can take this experience and use it as fuel for next season, there isn’t a grade in Gordon that doesn’t have the talent and capabilities to make it to Finals cricket and I for one cannot wait for next season. As disappointed as I am we lost on the weekend, I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts, especially the young’uns.
See y’all next season and UP THE STAGGIES!
The Angriest Man In Grade Cricket – Blaize Irving-Holliday
An exciting race to the finals resulted in Gordon taking 66 points off this summer's 3rd Grade opposition, somehow managing to finish 6th, a mere 4 points away from minor premiership winners, Sydney.
The picturesque Drummoyne Oval was the venue for this qualifying final and that description remained apt as Drummoyne Oval was indeed a picture as the sun glistened off the light towers, its verdant pastures neatly clipped and the benevolent crystal blues of the skies and water surrounding the City of Canada Bay set the scene to what was an excellent game of 3rd Grade cricket.
Reagan Klemt continues to back up the strike bowlers, keeping it tight for his skipper
Higgins lost the toss and Sydney decided to bowl first on what looked an excellent batting wicket. Chris Spratt and Liam McElduff were offered first use of the facilities and set about negating a strong new ball partnership that boasted first grade bowler Tom Ortiz who has been returning from injury.
With the score on 17, Spratt was Ortiz's first victim as he chipped to mid-off which remained a relative constant in the display of the Gordon batsmen. Axel Cahlin was caught behind off an inside edge from Rashleigh who the week before had taken 7 wickets and Gordon were 2/35 after the first hour of play.
The captain, Ian Higgins, joined McElduff and the two ticked the score over to 53 before the left handed opener cut a ball perhaps too close to his body and too full and was caught at the wicket for 24. Gordon 3/53. Tjaard Tait then joined his captain and the two combined for the only 50 run partnership of the match against what was some very good spin bowling.
Missy ticked the score over with some late cuts and delicate flicks to the on-side while Taity was more punishing on the handful of loose balls on offer.
Just as Gordon looked to be in front in the match, Tait was well caught down the leg side from the off-spin of Manenti for 25. From 3/103, Gordon slumped to 7/122 as poor shot selection and a lack of patience saw the demise of Cubbage, Papworth and Klemt which brought Nick Miller to the crease.
Higgins continued about his work, despite being as upset about his partners' dismissals as Liam McElduff is over Josh Poysden's departure back home. He reached what was a most excellent half century in trying conditions. Miller and Higgins added 33 for the 8th wicket before Nick was leg before for 17. Just after tea, Higgins was somewhat calamitously run-out for 64 with the score on 170 and Gordon were bowled out shortly after for 179 from 82 overs, leaving a further 24 to be bowled that night.
The new ball partnership of Nick Miller and Blaize Irving-Holliday looked ever the threat but were unable to get the first break through that could potentially cause some dismay in the home dressing room. Higgins brought on Tait in the 9th over and to immediate effect as he trapped Mosca leg before with his first delivery.
Taity strikes immediately for his skipper, after putting in a solid display with the willow
Adam Cubbage looked to be in fine form again with ball in hand, and was oh so close to picking up Gordon's second wicket before the captain threw the ball to Adam Fleming who terrorised Sydney's bastmen throughout the match. He induced an edge off the flashing blade of Cross who was magnificently held by Cubbage at first slip and Gordon for the first time truly believed they could win the match. At the close of play, Sydney were 2/46 and the game was wonderfully poised.
The first hour of play on Sunday morning could hardly have gone any better for Gordon as they raced out of the blocks in what was the best execution of bowling, fielding and intensity so far this season. Fleming gave Max Papworth his second of four catches in the second over of the morning to put Sydney 3/47. Not to be outdone, Blaize was charging in from the scoreboard end with astonishing precision and pace and once again Papworth did the rest. Sydney 4/50.
Shortly after, and with all the momentum going Gordon's way, a run out of cataclysmic proportions all but sunk Sydney's ship and Gordon were beyond buoyant at 5/56.
Tait was reintroduced into the attack and always looked a threat. He dropped a sharp caught and bowled chance from the dangerous Sydney bat, Miller, before trapping Ivelja leg before. Sydney 6/78.
Reagan Klemt was introduced for a short spell and should have dismissed Miller again, who was dropped badly at mid-off and a glimmer of hope was still there for the hosts. Tait put those chances to rest with an excellent caught and bowled, Miller gone for 29 and Sydney 7/98.
Gordon were unable to make any further breakthroughs before lunch and while the players ingested their sausages, cans of tuna, Big Macs and power bars, Sydney needed 60 to win and Gordon needed 3 wickets.
Nick Miller sticks around the the skipper whilst batting and then takes the final wicket
The game remained on a knife-edge. Blaize, fresh from a line of pre-workout, struck immediately after lunch to have Sydney 8/122. A dangerous looking partnership of 16 ensued and took Sydney to within 42 of the target before Adam Fleming took another well deserved wicket aided by a very good catch by Nick Miller. Sydney 9/138.
From here, it may well look to be a procession. 42 runs in the context of a low scoring game is a significant margin and bowling at batsmen 10 and 11, one should feel confident, but finals cricket seems to throw up these crazy situations every year. Every dot ball becomes paramount, sweaty palms can be felt all around the ground and in the field. Boundaries become like gold dust and half chances feel like life and death moments of despair.
Fortunately for Gordon, 17 year old Nick Miller was the coolest man in the ground.
Tjaard Tait is supported by Papworth in a successful appeal - Great camera work Tiddles!
Sydney's captain, Pryde, decided that if they were going to win he was going to score quickly and hope the number 11, Ortiz, could hang in there for him. The pair had already added 16 very quickly, 26 to win, before Pryde smashed Tait over long off for four on the fifth ball of the over. Now there's a tactical dilemma. Do you keep the field up and try to squeeze a dot and risk losing 4? Or do you set the field back defend the boundaries. Higgins and Tait decided for the former and Tait expertly bowled a faster, fuller ball that nearly yielded another caught and bowled. It landed mere millimetres short but the result was a dot ball and Nick Miller would have 6 balls at Ortiz.
Millsy only need two balls to induce the edge of the bat and Papworth completed a fine game behind the stumps taking a very low catch. Que pandemonium.
This game encapsulated finals cricket and everything it's about. It will hold us in good stead going into this weekend against Northen Districts at Asquith Oval and hopefully we can get two results against ND's to have 2 grade grand final teams.
With their performance on the weekend, perhaps they should just give us the Colts trophy now.
With no play on day one, (except an interesting covers session that took place), the 3rd Grade side were to play a 50 over match at Killara against Wests. Wests won the toss and elected to bat on what was a grassy, yet reasonable wicket, considering the tempest it endured throughout the week.
Furious... wild... unpredictable. Has anyone used these words to describe Blaize? To his face?
The stakes were high with Gordon needing a win to help them advance to the finals. Some wise words in the sheds from Missy, the skip, in combination with the fire of Blaize “the scooper” and Sticky had got the young Stags side off to a flyer.
Blaize and Sticky worked in Tandem as they ripped the heart out of the Wests top order. Blaize bowled as he normally does… ferociously… taking a wicket in the first over of the game and beating the bat on several occasions. Sticky also joined in the action taking two wickets himself but unfortunately for his sake he was denied an opportunity at a hatrick as an LBW was overlooked.
He took two wickets in three balls and Wests found themselves in a “sticky” situation at 4/12. Dan finished an outstanding spell, maintaining sharp and accurate lines for 10 overs straight, finishing with figures of 2/28. At the other end Blaize added another to his tally before he was replaced by the rig himself, Adam Fleming. The Stags were applying the pressure to the Wests batsmen in a fashion that was not too dissimilar to that described in the “how to brake” section of the Learner Driver handbook that I’m currently reading.
The Stags always looked a chance of taking a wicket however the Wests were able to revive their innings.
Adam Fleming cleans up the tail
Their opening batsmen and number six ran hard and showed patience on a slow Killara outfield which saw them put on an adequate partnership which was worth a Kings ransom for them. As the rig toiled from one end, Tjaard “how do you day that?” Tait was brought on at the cessation of Sticky’s spell.
As the score board ticked over the rig showed a bit of fire and dug one in short to their number six. He flat batted it to Liam “Macca” McElduff at mid-wicket who juggled the ball before securing it as he hit the ground. Gordon thought they had their fifth wicket however the umpire saw differently. The rig bowled well for no reward until Adam “Cubby” Cubbage was brought into the attack.
The spin twins Taity and Cubby flighted the ball well and showed great control, taunting the Wests middle order with consistent lines and lengths. Cubby looked very dangerous with successive dot balls. He was rewarded wicket. Wests were now five down and the Stags were looking to make inroads. With the sun out and conditions becoming better for batting, the Stags had to work hard.
Cubby was the right hand man for Missy as he took a second wicket, which he thoroughly deserved. Cubby was taken out of the attack and he finished with figures of 2/31 off his 10 which included 4 maidens. It was a great spell by Cubby which was invaluable for his team.
Stickland keeps going from strength to strength
The Wests number six had achieved his half century and his intentions were clear as he lofted the ball over the infield.
The paceman were reintroduced into the attack with great success. Blaize added a third to his tally after he pleaded to the umpire and “Reags” Klemt snared one at the death. The rig cleaned up the last two wickets in two balls and Wests’ innings came to close at 163 after 47.3 overs. It was an excellent effort from the bowlers.
“Macca” McElduff and Chris “Spratty” made it to the crease in the nick of time and got us off to a reasonable start. The in-form Macca looked the goods as he played with patience and hit the odd bad ball. Up the other end Spratty asked for a change of bats as he played his usual game, hitting the ball hard and with confidence.
Cubbage plays a key role with both ball and bat to get the 3rd Grade side across the line against Wests
Spratty looked in good touch but unfortunately he fell for 23 with the score on 46. The author joined Macca and the pair got the Stags to drinks. In a good position at only one down, the Stags were looking to reset and maintain this strong position.
Macca continued to dominate but he fell shortly after drinks for 29 to their leg spinner. The skip came to the crease however the next wicket fell quickly with author out for 10. Looking to rebuild the innings Max “Pappy” (6) looked solid until he unfortunately was given out to what he thought was a bump ball. This week, the close ones went against the Stags.
The momentum had shifted to Wests and their leg spinner was bowling well. Taity came to the crease with the score at 4/97 and with the skip he looked to keep the score ticking. The 5th wicket fell when Missy was caught on 10 and Reags fell soon after to a great catch down the ground.
After a great bowling performance, Cubby was at the crease to save the Stags with Taity while the score was 6/116. Tjaard kept the score moving at a rapid rate as he looked to stay positive. He put the spinner off his length and showed his class and strength as he hit boundaries at will.
Didn't quite get a photo of Taity batting, but this shot of Liam punishing one through the covers certainly makes up for it
Hitting a HUUUUGGGE six over mid-on, he had his teammates worrying about their cars behind the club house. Cubby supported him very from the other with solid stroke play and hard running.
As the boys sat down and enjoyed the strokplay of Taity and Cubby, a huge bang resonated through the pavilion. Looking around flummoxed, we found Spratty had fallen through the wooden floorboards. They had given way to the leg of his chair and a small hole was left. Spratty used the torch on his phone to investigate the depths of the Killara pavilion. The only conclusion that could be drawn from this is that the money missing from a number of our wallets wasn’t there.
Anyway, as our score approached the target of 164, Taity continued to blast the opposition attack. His run a ball half century was wall deserved and it oozed class. Well done mate! The pair saw us over line for a solid victory and the Stags kept their unbeaten streak at Killara for this Season.
Good luck to all teams against Penrith.
Until next time
We lost the toss and were sent into bat on a damp, seaming wicket under overcast skies – suffice to say condition were good for bowling! Alex Cahlin, a player who will go onto big things in the game, led the way making 20 on a bowler-friendly wicket. Adam Fleming (20) and Alex Wright (26) also batted well to take us to 7-110 when play was abandoned mid-afternoon due to bad light.
Mark 'Atko' Atkinson applauds his bowler as Max Papworth keeps wicket under his watchful eye
The tail had a small wag first thing in the morning to take us to a total of 129. This would have been a very competitive score if the Day 1 conditions prevailed, however they did not.
Both the pitch and the weather conditions had improved significantly on Day 2.
Grade veteran and wine expert Adair Durie once again led the way bowling brilliantly to capture 4-29 from 11 overs, which put as right in the hunt for 1st innings points as ND’s stumbled to 5-62.
The last 'action' photo of Adair before he announced his retirement
Adam, Blaize and others supported Adair’s efforts with the ball however the Northern District batsmen were too good and capitalized with an excellent partnership on a good batting to reach our total 5 down.
There is nothing better than having some of Adair’s finest wine, while sitting on the picturesque ground of Coogee Oval, after beating a team that rivals our nearest neighbours for on field antics.
Missy lost the toss on what looked like an absolute belter.
Adair Durie, the Judge, led this 'wolf pack' with figures of 4/17
All the bowlers were ropeable with him as were many of the fielders as a long day in the heat beckoned.
54 overs later and he was back in the good books. The deck had a bit more moisture under the surface and with an on shore breeze all day the ball talked. All the quicks were exceptional and it was the most relentless and consistent bowling performance I have seen. A real pleasure to watch from first slip.
Randy Petes were rolled for 110, with Adair leading the pack with brilliant figures of 4/17 off 13.2 overs, Blaze 3/30 off 14, Reegan 2/25 off 7 and Fleming 1/26 off 16.
Blazie Irving-Holliday, this time with a straighter arm, bowls well in tandem with Adair
To cap off a great day, McElduff batted really well against a still swinging and seaming ball to take the score to 2/48 at stumps.
Day two brought a team breakfast by the beach and then later it delivered 6 points to the green and maroon side.
McElduff kept his form from the week before and go us to within a whisker of the six points before he was dismissed for a well made 46. Missy, who was the other batsmen not out overnight, supported McElduff extremely well to end 43 not out.
McElduff shows that form that led him towards his half ton
Another good captain’s knock by Missy, who seems to be taking to the captaincy like a duck in water.
Our innings was brought to a close at 3/111, straight after passing the target, and we had another crack to see if we could get 10 points.
It was not to be with the pitch flattening out and RPs ended 3/191. A mention must go to Blaize who bowled with venom and was very unlucky not to have 3 early wickets to get us going. It was up to Fleming to just bump them out and he ended up with 3 poles.
Higgins made an impression with the bat, but garnered little support when he promised to roll his arm over
Another good win for the Thirds, who move up to second on the tightly packed table.
Also we need Taity to show us the ‘squirter’ ball that his fans kept asking him to bowl. Hopefully he can shed some light on the matter.
Good luck next week gents.
Missy put a few too many revolutions on the 20c piece and it landed “Tails” in favour of the Sydney captain, who sent us in to bat on a soft and damp Killara pitch.
Max Papworth was to step up to the task of opening the batting for the first time with fellow Greenwood member Spratty. The pair started off well with the ball moving around early and coming on to the bat slowly.
Cubbage shows Spratt how to play straight
Spratty didn’t get as many short balls as he would’ve liked so he had to play straight and was dismissed hitting one to mid on for 18.
In ran Atko - with a shirt 4 sizes too large and looking very similar to a young Stewie Griffin after a dose of steroids. He and Max consolidated well and Mark tried to get the score ticking over at a rate more suited to his liking and put on 47 between them. Atko, in rare fashion, snicked off for 28 and Max soon followed. After this there was a little bit of a collapse; with Missy only making 7 from 22 and getting stumped whilst trying to force the score rate upward. Axel made a quick 11 before he was well caught and bowled.
The ever reliable Tjaard “Tinder” Tait came to the crease to do what he does best and scored some very aesthetically pleasing runs and was well supported by his house mate Cubby (although I’m still convinced he lives in a hole underground at Bag-end in the Shire). The two put on a good 31 run partnership but Cubby had to go as he also managed to hit one back to the bowler for 11.
Spratt demonstrates his versatility with a couple of offside scoring shots. Bring back the hook and pull.
It was then up to Taity and ‘Millie Vanillie’ Miller to put on a courageous 46 run partnership with some very good big hitting from them both to take the score past 176. Nick was dismissed for 22 and with a well fought out 43 which brought us to a very competitive 182 to defend with the ball, with the pitch not looking like drying out much throughout the afternoon we backed our bowlers to get the task done.
After lunch we started very well with the ball. Adair and Nick bowled good lines and lengths not giving the Sydney opening pair much opportunity to score for the first 7 overs. One of the Sydney openers decided he’d had enough of ‘Milsie’ and came down the wicket to hit it straight and hard back to Nick who picked it up quickly and within the same motion threw the stumps down and, before the diving Sydney batsmen knew what had happened, he was caught well short of the crease and the first run-out was complete.
The very next over Adair claimed his first man with a leading edge to mid off, with the game now starting to look good for the Stags at 2/12. A whole 2 overs later the was another poor choice of running between the wickets and a magnificent direct hit throw from Tinder Tait at backward point making it 3/19.
Down at the non-striker's end, Tjaard Tait checks Tinder.
Blaize and Kiddy came on and kept it pretty tight again and before Blaize snicked off their number 5 and shortly after knocked over another at 5/45 after 16 overs.
We knew that Sydney had obviously not got to the number 2 position from blind luck, and there was a good 50 run partnership from their middle order, and they crept closer to the total putting a bit of doubt back into the Stags. A good wicket from Cubby and another run out shortly after got us right back in the hunt for the match at 7/114. Cubby managed to sneak another wicket in before the last 2 wickets came as a gift from the Sydney side in the form of a comical run out where the two batsmen collided mid pitch, Max dropped then fumbled the ball and still managed to take the bails off before a the batsman got there.
The final was a slightly more straight forward one. Run outs being the leading wicket taker with a 5-for.
In summary, Gordon batted very well on a difficult pitch and out bowled and fielded the Sydney side on the day. Got to love a win at Killara.
Round 10 at Killara was between the 6th placed Gordon and the 10th placed Parramatta, the game crucial to both teams.
The pitch presented dry, prominently light brown with a consistent cover of dead grass, with the odd dust patch. No exactly what seam bowlers appreciate at 9am on a Saturday morning.
Ian Higgins plays a captains knock, steering the side home
As seems to be standard practice in this team, Missy won the toss and decided to bowl. I had heard that Missy was good at tossing. It is true.
The bowling performance of the 4 seamers was one of the better 3rd Grade bowling displays I have witnessed. One of the most age-disparate opening pairs in the grade cricket, ‘Ted’ Durie and ‘Keith’ Miller (36 and 17), bowled very accurately, economically and with controlled movement for the first 40 minutes, with Keith making the initial and only breakthrough in the opening spell.
Then the bigger, badder and faster first-changers added aggression to the mix without losing accuracy, whilst having their own inter-team battle as to who was the faster bowler and who had the bigger muscle.
Higgins punishes a fuller ball, whipping it through the legside for a handful of runs
Today the taller, ‘Shelly’ Irving-Holliday (2-34 off 9) generated more pace than the more Adonis-ratio compliant ‘Bowlologist’ Fleming (0-37 off 9), with both controlling their extra pace by keeping the ball pitched up and just short of a length, and their short balls executed thoughtfully rather than in anger.
Despite the quality of the bowling, it took Taity’s off-spin (1-33 off 6) during the middle overs, ably supported by Cubby’s leggies (0-28 off 7) at the other end, to take the most crucial top order wicket as the run-rate started to pick up.
It was then Keith’s reintroduction with two wickets in his comeback over that swayed the 1st innings and the game to Gordon’s side. The consistency with which Keith makes the batsman play his always moving deliveries makes him an exciting prospect in years to come, as well as a harmonious foil to this team’s other seamers.
We were definitely pleased with walking off at the half-way mark restricting Parramatta to 8-180, a reflection on the care taken with the ball during the innings.
However, no report could truly reflect the bowling innings without commenting on the fielding. Whilst the ground fielding displayed commitment and passion, deserving a strong credit mark, the catching wouldn’t bother taking the time to plead for a “fail”. Senior counted 6 missed chances, with only two able to be classified as “difficult”, while one missed chance was described by the captain as an “Under 9’s error”.
This is rather amusing because it has been 27 years since the author, who made the non-calling error, played in that grade!
The webmaster was only provided with photos of the skipper... so this is what you get. Higgins.
The cost of that particular chance was 10 runs in the next 4 balls, and the Bowlologist remaining with no wickets (sorry!). Conservatively reasoning, the taking of all chances would have led to Parramatta being restricted to around 130.
As in most cricket games, some of the more memorable moments occurred in the change rooms, and watching Liam explain to Blaize that temperatures in the upper areas of the troposphere where planes fly are around minus 40 degree Celsius, despite being closer to the sun, rate up there.
The batting innings started poorly with the new-ball movement removing Corbin and Liam, both caught behind. This happened whilst the “Spratt Showing” started to warm up. It would have been great being Missy at the non-striker’s end, watching the ten 4s (and three 2s) in Spratty’s 46 off 28 balls. As long as Spratty learns from his dismissals, particularly which balls he should dispatch, which balls to defend or leave, and why he sometimes fails to upload these guidelines, we will be watching him in 1st Grade shortly.
After Spratty’s attempted to drag the a full outside off stump to over the mid-wicket boundary but only to sky it straight up when the score was on 59, Missy and the newly arrived Max Papworth set about winning the game.
Another photo of Higgins. Looking for a sponsor? Can Atko help you out?
Their placement and fast running between the wickets intermingled with the odd aggressive dispatching of bad balls was cruising until Papworth was out rather anticlimactically and even more disappointingly caught and bowled to a seamer on 11 with the score on 85.
Taity joined Missy to create another useful partnership but again disappointing it finished too quickly, with Missy in particular increasing his aggression throughout. Taity was out caught on 11 in the slips fending away a searing bouncer with the score on 117. Yes, 11 is the number of the day.
Cubby joined Missy with great form from last week. Unlike his offensive mind-set last week, Cubby played his role to anchor his captain admirably for 23 not out, whilst still punishing the infrequent bad ball. Missy continued to find quick singles and boundaries whilst never dominating the bowlers, apart from once he had worked out the off-spinner’s measure, sweeping him for six to take him out of the attack and then welcoming him back into the attack with a two-step forward caress over mid-wicket for six.
In classical cricket speak, Missy valued his wicket in the knowledge of the seemingly commonly overlooked truism that you can only score runs when you are at the crease.
We did receive one of a leg spinner... batting. Cubbage sticks with the skipper to see them home.
It was a satisfying captain’s knock of 80 not out that took us to 183 with the loss of 5 wickets in 42.5 overs. This should take us a little more comfortably in the Top 6 and will boost the team’s confidence to remain there.
And finally, some wisdom from the brain trust, never look at the mantle while stroking the fire.
The Thirsty Thirds found themselves at ‘Atmosphere Park’ this round, against Manly. Faced with a pitch that had a healthy covering of grass, Higgins had no problems with having a bowl first after winning the toss. With winning his 7th toss this season, he must be close to Hoppers tally for 3 seasons!
Adair Durie back in action for the Stags
After a bit of a lacklustre warm up and a rev up from Higgins, Adair (2/47 off 9) and Miller (1/6 off 6) opened up and kept things tight bowling full and using the movement on offer. Blaze (0/40 off 10) and Fleming (0/50 off 10) followed up well, bowling without much luck but keeping it tight yet again. With Manly 3/150 just past the half way mark, it was very much in the balance but all the bowlers stuck to the task at hand to restrict Manly to 7/228, with Tait bowling well to take 4/51 off his 10 fresh off the plane from him home town of Cape Town.
It was great to see the bowlers who had played in the game against Sydney Uni learn from the mistakes that were made in the last twenty overs of that game. We were confident that we as a batting unit would be able to chase what was a competitive total down.
What happened next really doesn’t need to be talked about too much more. From 0/4 off 0.0 overs to 6/28 (that includes 12 wides) it was looking like a very early finish. This reporter found a good ally in Miller (34) and set about just batting time.
Cubbs wasn't jumping as high as he watched the top order trudge back
Nick batted very maturely against some good bowling and was able to block out the chat that was going on out in the middle, he has a bright future as a quality all rounder.
Unfortunately once he was out the tail didn’t quite wag, but I believe Adair will be giving a master class on how to keep your pull shots down as Manly tried to use Australia’s tactics against him. Cubbage (60) was last man out and we were 91 short but more importantly 1 short of saving the bonus point.
The loss drops us down to 6th and in need of a few more wins against top 8 clubs to keep the season on track.
Good luck all against Para
The streak ends. Today's loss marks the end of a 17 game winning streak for the writer of the match report. I had forgotten what losing felt like but after today's sobering experience it's a feeling I would rather keep on forgetting.
To the game.
If Cubbage gets more of a bowl in 3rd Grade... he might be a great Fantasy League trade option
In typical fashion we bowled first, reducing the coin toss to a mere formality. The bowlers started well with the new ball but with a strong wind and a sharp rise before the jump on both ends it made finding rhythm fairly tricky. Nicky Miller opened up his account caught at first slip after a difficult but very gettable dropped catch the over before. Fleming came in '1st drop' with some sharp bowling and collected 1 with Kiddy having success with a cheeky slower ball just before drinks leaving them 3 for 30 odd.
Some tight bowling from Cubby, Kiddy and Flem accompanied by some suffocating fielding kept the score to 5/96 after 30. This is where the wheels fell off. I don't know whether it came down to the maturity/experience of the side being a relatively young team, or something else I can't put my finger on but the fielding started to slip, from my point of view it seemed with the exception of a few that we weren't attacking the ball like we were previously. Not to put all the blame on the fielders, (as much as I'd like to) there were too many balls bowled in the slot allowing the lower order batsmen to get the 1 wood out allowing them to post a formidable but very gettable 273.
BUT! I believe if we fielded for the last 20 like we did the first 30 the score and potentially the result of the game could have been different. Oh, quite a few difficult but very gettable chances went down and a few run out chances that we didn't capitalize on also meant that they were able to the score they got to.
Miller continues to ask questions of the opposition batsmen
As a side note, I would like to be able to say I've moved on from the chances that were dropped off me but I'm far to petty for that as it directly affects my fantasy league stock and rankings. Very selfish I know.
To say Shayne Lin likes to get off to a quick start is an overwhelming understatement, I was told that their bowling attack had a NSW U19's bowler in their ranks so I was curious to see the thunderbolts that were going to rain down on 'Rin' and 'Big Mac' McElduff. What we saw was Shayne Lin take to this bowler like an Asian to rice and pump him for 30 off his opening 2 overs. After 11 balls Shayne was caught behind foolishly trying to bat responsibley, bringing in El Capitan.
Missy did his usual thing, making the game of cricket look remarkably easy and Liam was there as well, Liam's innings comparatively started slowly but in his defense, Shayne's inning would make a Warner inning look like a Boycott inning. I assume Liam was doing things but I have the attention span of a gold fish so I got bored rather quickly and spaced out. In my defence though, I blame Shayne... Missy and Liam had the score board ticking over comfortably not taking too many risks as there was no need, we knew that wickets in hand would be vital if we were to have a chance in this game.
At drinks we were there and there abouts with the run rate. After getting a start Missy was caught behind, with the winds blowing the other way I didn't hear the knick so my reaction went something like "get f... oh he's walking".
With the introduction of the spinner, the trumpets must have sounded in Liam's head because after another well constructed start he was bowled charging down the wicket. I can only imagine Beethoven's Ode to Joy must have been singing in his ears because he charged down the wicket like he was going to war.
Just photos of the bowlers in this story... Fleming muscles his way to the crease
Atko and Axel/Axl/Axal (for some reason my phone auto-corrected to anal) were in and it was good to see Axel and his bulbous shapes bat give us a taste of what he is capable of. Atko did what Atko does which was quick singles and hit the bad ball, confusion between them resulted in Axel being run out; if that was a taste of Axel's batting I am very much looking forward to the main course.
Cubby came in and all I can say is 'thank god Cubby decided to wear the short sleeve' because seeing them out in the middle was very humorous.
Cubby once again showed that he is more than a handy batsman picking off singles and twos. Singles and twos however were not getting us to the required run rate and with Atko kicking it in front we were getting a bit concerned.
After being presented with the TFC (thanks for coming) award last week, Crosland was happy to be contributing and certainly showed he can hit a long ball and is a more than handy No7. Crossy and Cubby steadied the ship matching the run rate for a couple of overs but the total was to be too much after Cubby, Crossy and Nicky Miller all fell relatively quickly. As much as I would like to say the 9, 10 and 11 came in to save the day, at the end of the day we're 9, 10 and 11 for a reason and with 12 an over to get from 7 overs it was a task too big.
Have a good Christmas/Hunnukah and to everyone I say 'Get far you bar.'
The 3rd Grade men preformed excellently, reinforcing once again our dominance in the competition. Ian Higgins lost the toss but still achieved his desired result; we were to bowl first at Killara Oval.
Irving-Holliday and Miller bowled well from the start, with Irving-Holliday snagging an early scalp second ball of the day providing an ideal start.
Adam 'self-proclaimed' Fleming bowls some "serious heat"
A healthy follow through was being registered for both bowlers with the occasional rock skidding through at shin height. After the opening 10 overs, Fairfield were 1/30, solid opening bowling partnership. Next Fleming and Kidd combined for a tidy bowling partnership that went unrewarded, but kept the run rate down and the pressure on the batsman to produce big shots.
Shayne Lin had a particularly difficult day behind the stumps, dealing with a lot of half volleys. He was also heard making complaints of sore hands after gloving some of Adam “The Heat” Fleming’s effort balls.
Cubbage was up next, he picked up a wicket in his fourth over. This wicket was a good example of how great fielding can build pressure, with some spectacular boundary saves from Liam McElduff helping Cubbage stay on top and build pressure. Good to see Liam’s extra fielding practices paying off, something for the younger players to note.
Miller came back finishing with figures of 2-27. An impressive and consistent performance again from Nick.
A fine run out from Ian Higgins is worth mentioning, a direct hit from side on showed the others the standard that was expected. Well-done Ian.
Blaize combines with Kidd, Miller and Fleming to batter the Lions' batsmen
Kiddy, Blaize and Flem dealt with the final session well each picking up a few wickets for their troubles.
Altogether a solid effort by the 3rd grade bowlers, improvements will be seen in higher percentage of stock balls being fuller, enticing drives rather than bowling too short (a recurring theme most weeks).
One thing that we won’t see on James Kidd’s Christmas list will be a new cricket batt. Yet to have a hit this season, Saturday was not to be the first.
Liam McElduff and Shayne ‘Rin’ Lin were sent out chasing 208 to win. Shayne set out with intent hitting 25 off his first 9 balls he faced including a flurry of cover drives and “the maximums” over mid-on. Shayne was unfortunately dismissed for 41 from his 33 balls faced, however gave his team an ideal start.
It was then Liam and Ian who showed skill and concentration as they added 143 for their 2nd wicket partnership to put Gordon into a position of dominance. Liam’s 88* was excellent, showing his competence and ability to get the big scores and play through the innings in this grade. Cheers Liam.
Nick Miller continues to grow in stature with every game for the club
Ian’s 61 was also a great spectacle showing us the class he is capable of especially in his punishment given to the spinners Atko came in at the end giving his average a much needed boost with a 2* to finish off the game.
A special mention to Axel and Crossy. Their priceless contributions did not go unnoticed, moving up the grades always brings with it extra pressure to perform and they can rest easy knowing they played their roles in contributing to this victory.
Beers and a song to finish the day after another convincing victory for the Stags. Form is high heading into a tough match against Sydney playing for the number 1 spot on the ladder.
Adam 'Effort Ball' Fleming
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.
All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.
For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures
Fourth Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:
Well what a season. Yes, another one done and dusted for those of us unfortunate not to have made the post season. A year of “what ifs” and “if onlys”. A year of missed opportunities, especially from our skipper who could have changed the game by questioning the umpire’s decision half an over after the appeal was rejected! Nor not.
A year of swings and roundabouts. Speaking of swings, the young lady of the Killara swing park graced us with her presence again. And she had her usual two doses of swinging, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You would think she would be getting sick of swinging… literally… but, like most of us, I am sure she will be back next season.
Now where do I start. I was great to see some old faces and one new one. I introduced myself to this bloke before the match started, said his name was Retallick or Ret-a-lack or something. Anyway I felt I made a new friend!
As it turns out this "new"bloke to the club top scored in what was an innings to remember to forget. Yes you read it correctly.
(Please insert a picture of Ret-a-lack here)
The author was particularly fussy about the photos used in this article. Retalick is castled earlier in the season
I could go through the highlights of our innings but there are just too many. Like Mitch getting caught; Crosland missing a straight one that hit him low on the front pad; Shayne (just celebrated "New Year") Lin being given out caught down the leg side; Corbin getting off the mark.
But the highlight for me was a bloke that you just wouldn't read about, probably because no one actually knows he's around; especially at night! This young lad is not only gifted (and by this I mean he doesn't manage to break an ankle every time he bowls a delivery), he is polite and intelligent, the latter is probably the reason why he decided to bat without a helmet. Oh, and he is a genuine number 11.
Yes that's right I am talking about me bruvva; Derva Nerva Therka Merka Merian* (and I am pretty sure that is how he spells his name!). Derva batted with grace and style in search of his first ever 6. He did have a couple of decent attempts and managed a boundary but alas, he will have to wait till next season to have another try.
I'm not sure what Iqbal is talking about. *Deva Nirthanakumaran is looking rock solid with the bat, resplendent with helmet as well!
So we were bowled out for 123. A target worthy of defending with early wickets, something Derva managed but his partner, the lion hearted paddle pop lion named Effeney, just bowled too well. Whatever he tried was outstanding but alas nothing to show for it in the column that matters the most; the wicket column. Plenty of fours and sixes though. But that is cricket, a funny game!
The lads from the base of the mountains or "Penriff", managed to knock off the runs in quick time so they could get back to watch the Panthers get flogged in the afternoon. But not until they lost their fifth wicket. Here is the scene 4 down, 20 to get, plenty of overs in the bank. Enter Shayne (New Year) Lin. This is how his over went. Wide, wide, wide, wide, dot, dot, four, wide, 2, wicket…….whaaaattt.
I have now seen two things on the cricket field that will haunt me forever, Ian (doesn't talk to lower graders) Higgins and Shayne (New Year) Lin both taking wickets when the game was over.
If only they had bowled when our team really had something to lose!!!!
I have to say it is always enjoyable playing the lads from the ‘riff’, they play hard but fair and a decent bunch of lads of the field. Losing is never enjoyable but it isn't too bad when you know you have been beaten by a better team, and I am sure we will have our day against them next year.
This is what cricket is all about. Playing hard on the field and enjoying the moments off it. Photo c/o Josh "Betty" Betros
So for the most part the season was enjoyable, I mean this was the first time I've broken a toe (refund for half the season?). To all that I played with and against it was emotional.
To lads who are now playing in the coming weekends all the best, I am sure to be at a ground or two and I encourage all to come and join me. Not to watch the cricket, but to soak up some sun and a couple of some fine ales. We will start with passion pop and move onto west coast coolers before the hard stuff!
As a final note I would like to congratulate Adair Durie on a fine career. It is not often that I can safely say that one bloke is the man of the match in big match occasions and nearly every big match this man delivered. A true champion. I look forward to playing with you next season. Also likes a wine I heard.
This picture has had a workout recently... but Iqbal insisted it was placed in the article
Have a great off season everyone and I am sure that I will see you sometime just before the first game next year.
The Peoples Champion
After a week of putting the feet up as the rain belted down, 4th Grade managed to trudge to Blick (or according to our esteemed captain, Block) Oval to take on the Magpies.
120 overs was to be the beat to which we played. It's something that I've not had to do all that often in my grade career.
Unfortunately not too many photos of 4th Grade were sent through this week. Effeney, the author, however, was very impressed with Wright's performance with a soapy ball
And for those who are fond of playing the rain card, the least pleasant cricketing memories often spring from such fixtures. I still, for the life of me, have no idea how Randwick Petersham snuck in 54 overs in the maelstrom the weekend previous, but so it is.
A leisurely warm-up followed by a leisurely toss, and we were thrown the cherry to field on a rather damp outfield. Yours truly opened up, and the first ball was great. Hooped into the right-handed opener; moved abruptly off the seam; the stout willow-wielder was obviously troubled by this delivery. Unfortunately, boots were also finding difficulty gripping the moist surface, leading to a rather dismal spell from Deva and the author.
Despite the poor opening showing from the seamers, the run-rate was still under 3 per-over after the 20th, and Alex Wright and Iqbal Ahmed took up the attack. A couple of times, the game looked like getting away from the Staggies. But just as a player would start dancing down the wicket and plundering runs, Alex would dismiss him. 3/ 47 with a wet ball on a middling track was a great result for 'The Wright Stuff.' He and Icky (one wicket) managed to get through their overs very quickly too, which was a real bonus after the Wests skipper had determined he would declare after 60.
There was some late hitting that saw the lower middle order plunder around 50 runs from six overs, but the Staggies thought chasing 227 was manageable in 60 overs.
It becomes even more manageable when you have Mitch Kleem and Shayne Lin in your team. After Nick Coleman copped an LBW decision he felt aggrieved about (don’t all players!), these two went about their work with all the subtlety of a Steven Seagal flick. Six, six, six.
I might as well just keep repeating it, because that's what kept happening.
Shayne departed after a well struck 23, and Mitch soon followed, hitting a spinner to mid-off on 66.
But it was never in doubt, with Andrew Crosland and Darren Jayasekera following through on their tremendous recent form. Crossy battled hard and got through the tough period. He almost guided us home, but never quite saw the reward, hitting a full toss to cover on 35.
Darren, on the other hand, had the chance to capitalise on his start and finished the game off in style. With 50 runs to get at 10 to 5, I thought we were in for a late finish. At 10 past 5 we were shaking hands, victorious. A flurry of sixes off a hereto impressive spinner, finished an impressive win for Fours; sealing our first back-to-back victory of the year.
Now to spoil Penrith’s party and get some more club championship points.
The keen nature of the Rangers captain and his quality work on the super-soaker meant that play would only be briefly delayed and not postponed like the other 21 players thought. Perry’s win of the toss meant the Rangers would field first in their all-important ‘must win game’.
Pat "Paddlepop" Effeney teams up with Stickland to rattle the Rangers
Mitchell Kleem set the tone for the Gordon innings with a ‘casual’ 18 runs of the first over, which included 2 sixes! The slow and damp pitch made scoring harder for Gordon as the Rangers picked up two quick wickets in succession. Both wickets were unlucky with Mitch (21) being caught down the leg slide and Corbin falling to a great catch in the slips.
The aggressive Shayne Lin came to the crease and showed Northern Districts the benefits of owning his own gym, muscling multiple drives out of the ground with one hitting the top of the trees on the up. Shayne and Nick Coleman put on an important partnership of 93, with Shayne falling for 59. At the tea break the Stags were 4-151.
After tea the Stags continued their solid batting effort with Captain Perry striking the ball with lots of power, hitting bags of sixes and fours which meant he had to do minimum running. Perry departed on 42 and soon the Stags were 8/252 with James Robertson being caught for 32 and Nick Coleman leaving one to be dismissed for 51.
The author, Nick Coleman combines with Lin to lay the foundations of the innings
Ikky was out to impress a particular individual swinging on the swings and he did just that with a strong 21* with strokes all around the ground. I’m sure she will be back at our next home game.
This also meant that the Stags ended up all out for 274, a strong total on a difficult batting pitch.
The disappointing call of ‘bad light’ meant that Gordon missed out of bowling 8 vital overs to the young Northern Districts top order on the first day of play. We all displayed our disappointment in the decision as we walked off the field to a hard earned beverage in the sheds.
Lifting off the covers to see a flat and dry pitch on Day 2 meant that the Stags had to bowl excellent lines in order to bowl NDs out. Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney both bowled full and straight, resulting in them picking up a wicket each. These two wickets were both caught by Darren Jayasekera in the slips, which made up for his ‘Danish’ salami efforts.
Stickland takes 5 wickets, including running through the tail
The sound of a new Tinder match from the sheds fired James Kidd up as he picked up his pace and got a vital wicket to put the Stags on the front foot with NDs 3/61.
Our bowlers continued to bowl full and straight against two experienced NDs players who added a 56 run partnership. However the sheer determination of Dan Stickland to impress his grandstand of supporters from the side line made him bowl a brilliant in swinger to clean up the NDs captain just before tea. NDs were anxious walking into the sheds at 4/120.
Thanks to Corbin’s bananas at tea, the Stags were more energised and focused to pick up the next 6 wickets. Stickland impressed his brother and his girlfriend with a fantastic run-out from point, striking down the stumps, he was so thrilled his celebration looked like he just won the Football World Cup! Pat Efferny (2/35) picked up another wicket, leaving NDs 6/178.
Shayne Lin continues his aggressive approach on a difficult deck
The NDs tail fell fast, with Stickland picking up another 3 wickets to end up with the figures 5/44 and captain Perry taking the last wicket bowling out NDs for 182.
Micheal Perry was so happy with the boys’ efforts over the two weekends, he sang the team song so loud that he ended up having a super high-pitched lady’s voice for the rest of the afternoon.
A hilarious moment for the rest of the team.
We turned up to a hot Killara Oval and the team were in high spirits looking for our first back to back victories of the season. We won the toss and batted on a decent looking deck. The openers got off to a good start with Mitch Kleem and Shayne Lin doing what they do well in scoring 60 runs off 6 overs with some impressive strokes.
James Kidd gets some support from the rest of the tail, notching up the highest score of their innings with 69*
Shayne and Mitch were dismissed close to each other. From there we lost wickets at regular intervals with a cameo from Darren Jayasereka of 32, and at 7 for 153 soon after tea we were not looking good.
Alex Wright and James Kidd had different ideas however and started to dominate the bowling playing sensibly and hitting the bad balls away to the shorter boundary. They put on 50 runs before the Pom was out for 35. James went on to score his maiden half century in great style, ending up on 69 not out and help us get to 270 all out. James played very well and showed his earlier bats how to score runs at Killara.
Our bowling started poorly with Randy Petes 0/30 after 4 overs before Pat Effeney picked up two wickets in 2 balls to swing the momentum back to centre. The score of 2/48 made for an interesting Day 2 at Killara.
Dan Stickland toiled hard but without much luck over the two days
Day 2 started again at a hot Killara oval with the wicket looking flat and good for batting. With the score at 2/48 we were still hopeful of a good day to take the points.
We got off to a quick start before the best player for the game James Kidd came on and bowled with pace to remove 3 quick wickets including an amazing caught and bowled taking the score to 5/160 at tea and certainly in the hunt. With Edgar not playing and a replacement match reporter required, this author was nominated for the report due to his lack of tea provisions.
After tea nothing went right for the Stags as the ball got old and the bats started to dominate even more. Endless edges ran to the 3rd man region as boundaries kept coming, with it being hard work trying to grab a wicket.
James Kidd fires up for his Fantasy League backers, adding 3 poles to his earlier runs
A stand out innings from the Randy Pete's opener of 116 saw them over the line winning by 4 wickets.
All in all it was a tough day for the Gordon bowlers with luck not going their way.
Picturesque sights surrounded Birchgrove Oval, creating an atmosphere for a game that could of quite easily gone either way. Based on last week’s performance, the benchmark needed to be lifted for a tough fixture against the Tigers.
No photos of 4th Grade this week due to the inability of the photographer to get to Birchgrove. We 'burgled' Crosland's facebook wall instead
Many say this week’s round was saved by a burglary. On the other hand, one bowler will say he should be playing 1st Grade. Debatable. All in all, I must admit it was nowhere near as convincing as the recent ashes whitewash.
It must be mentioned that the pre-match warm up should only be left to those who know what they are doing. Darren "I'm actually Portuguese" Jayasekera has been banned from any future involvement in the warm up, as no one could understand his alternative approach.
Showing how true captains win the toss, Michael "Chilli" Perry continued his form with the toss and was ready to set the tone for the day. Shayne "plusfitness.com" Lin and Nick Coleman set about business with a positive attitude. Shayne played his usual aggressive style dispatching the opposition to various parts of the ground including a lost ball in Sydney Harbour.
However, looking to score quick runs Shayne was caught out in the deep. Perhaps an extra gym session or two may have helped him. Nick batted patiently, ticking the scoreboard along, later to be caught by what Crosland quotes to be “the best 4th Grade bowler I have ever faced”.
Constructing a solid start quickly turned into a steady collapse of dismissals losing three of the top six batsmen for not many. Those batsmen know who they are and have promised to make runs next week. Despite consistent and clever bowling by the opposition, ‘Chilli’ and Andrew "Game changer" Crosland built a partnership that may well have changed the path of the game dramatically. Crosland looked in fine form continuing to mount his total to a highly needed and respectable 56.
All looked in control until a call of "yes!", "no!", "wait…oh no" brought Crosy's innings to a close.
Chilli was later joined by Dan “don’t ask me what she looked like” Stickland, a man in which he showed no faith refusing to take the easy single to the deep fieldsmen.
This partnership came to an end as Chilli (63) was caught out attempting to get a move on. To be fair it was a great catch, as confirmed by the umpire who applauded the catch with seemingly scant disregard of paying attention to the potential no-ball.
The tail end managed to force the total over to a psychological 200 runs, perhaps a few short of a par score.
Following what was quite possibly the shortest lunch break in Grade Cricket, the Stags were back out in the field hoping that they had made enough.
"Burglar" Crosland and "The Mulcher" Poysden
Dan "I don’t even remember her name" Stickland (3 for) and Pat Effeney (2 for) started the boys off to a solid start through patient, consistent lines. Dan managed to take three early poles by consistently making the batsmen play, building pressure proving to be a highly effective spell.
Throughout the middle overs Alex "She is also from Tinder" Wright and Rob Barker kept the run rate down, capitalising on a strong start. Balmain/UTS/Sydney… the Tigers… were struggling to support their one opening batsmen with wickets falling around him. With pressure and dismissals accumulating, it seemed as if the Stags had the game in the bag. However it wasn't until a late cameo from the opposing number 8 batsman where things started to get interesting.
Our total began to look like an easy target until the man of the moment Crosland came on, creating suspense for his well thought game plan. Dismissing their opening bat, it left the game wide open. The opposition needed 3 runs with two wickets in hand. Never feeling like he was under any kind of pressure, Crosland managed to burgle an unbelievable two wickets to save the Stags with a run to spare.
Webmaster’s Note: Thank you to John Barker who kept everyone up to date with ball-by-ball coverage on the mobile app. Cricinfo-esque.
Handy not only with updating scores, John was also on hand to capture the boys' victory
A game that goes down as the closest game in 4th Grade history, leaving Crosland on a hat trick.
Potentially for the rest of his career.
The question lies in when will Chilli bowl him again? This season hasn't always gone to plan, however this win proved to be a huge confidence booster for the remainder of the season and a contributing factor to a 5 Grade clean sweep over the Tigers, followed up the next day by a Colts victory over the same club.
Up the Stags. Glorious.
I have been thinking long and hard on the best way to report this match to the many avid readers and followers of the weekly match reports, however it is tough to do so after yet another loss for the 4th Grade side.
Nick Coleman asked me in the sheds during the changeover if this report would “be funny,” sorry Nick, but I don’t think it will be. I think a fair and honest assessment is the best way to turn things around and kick us out of the slump we unfortunately find ourselves in…
There are plenty of Fantasy League teams who have pinned their hopes on a relatively cheap James Kidd
The last line of Falky’s weekend wrap of 4th Grade sums it up perfectly for the 4th Grade stags – not good enough…
Looking at a wicket that looked as if it would nip around and offer plenty of assistance to the bowlers, Michael Perry decided to continue his method of bowling-then-chasing when the coin fell in his favour. What happened next was, in this author’s opinion, an abysmal fielding display characterised by poor catching and lack of energy.
I don’t think the bowling cartel would mind (considering I'm in it) if I said that the bowlers struggled to find consistent line and length particularly early on and failed to adapt to the fuller length required to be successful on the slow Merrylands wicket. The skipper did, however, show us how its done and his figures of 2/23 off 10 would make one think he was playing a different game when compared with the figures of the other bowlers.
Michael "Chilli" Perry is the only one the show the rest how the bowling is done
At the end of Parramatta’s 50 overs we were left with a victory target of 255, a total that looks tough yet the pitch was improving and had showed us there were considerably less demons than previously expected.
The Gordon run chase, however, showed us that the 4th Grade unit is not playing the kind of cricket that reflects where we are on the table… we are actually playing better than most would think. We are just letting it slip at crucial moments, and when you do that (whether it be at test level or junior cricket) you are forever chasing the game and you are unlikely to be successful.
Parramatta kept wickets in hand and despite a promising opening stand of 42 between Shayne Lin and Nick Coleman, and strong displays from the superbly in-form Axel Cahlin (46) and the skipper (37) we lost wickets at regular intervals and crucial times which kept us solidly on the back foot, just when it looked like we were clawing our way back. Despite an unexpectedly entertaining cameo from Pat Effeney (which included a delightful ramp shot) we fell 24 runs short.
A game of two halves, where some strong batting nearly made up for a poor and luck-lustre fielding display. With finals now out of the picture, the boys must now look to salvage some pride, collect some club championship points and, most importantly, start to try and enjoy their cricket. We need to find a reason to want to play cricket, it has felt at times that we simply do not want to be there, we don’t appear up for it and some of our collective performances have shown that…but we’re not far off it.
Looking at the team sheet there’s no reason why we can’t play some superb cricket and in all fairness we have at times (just look at our demolition of Manly to retain the Mal Hall Trophy, or our superb run chase against Hawkesbury) we just need to believe in ourselves and each other, go out with clear minds, relish the challenge and enjoy the contest.
Looking forward to Saturday lads…up Gordon!
Although a great win by the team in the end, the day didn’t start great for the captain Michael ‘Chilli’ Perry as he was the last member of the team to arrive at the ground.
His excuse, “I was just practicing my tossing”, not helping the situation.
Pat Effeney and his golden mane getting the job done
However, the team recovered and began a electrifying warm up which readied us for the start of play. Andrew ‘Crosly’ Crosland was once again mesmerising in his bowling strides during the warm up, really showing the others how to find a line and length from the get-go.
The first over included the ball of the season from Pat Effeney, which was very Ryan Harris-esque, to a very shaky left-handed bat. Pat then took the next wicket caught behind followed very shortly by Dan ‘why are my fingers so sticky’ Stickland. The two bowled in partnership to produce a great opening spell having Manly 3/27 after 9.
James Kidd then got in on the action taking two wickets and Alex ‘Swanny’ Wright managed to take 1 although clearly not in the game mind set, thinking that we were playing a two-dayer.
A great weekend for Wrighty, with performances in both 4th Grade and PGs
Manly’s innings ended, all out for 127. A great bowling effort by the boys, really showing the potential we have as a team pushing towards the end of the season.
The Staggies innings started with Connor being dismissed early on. Darren and Nick soon established a small partnership until Darren was dismissed for a solid 35. Nick soon fell, and Axel ‘Rose’ Cahlin was joined by the voluptuous looking Andrew Crosland trying to recover the rig that once was.
From there the two batted beautifully playing traditional and fluid cricket shots and getting the team home only 3 down. Although it was only a small run chase, it is these that are sometimes the most difficult and it was great to see the top order finish it off well.
Great win boys and let’s carry this momentum into this Saturday’s game against Parramatta.
Well then, it’s New Years Eve and if you have come here to read about a 4th Grade loss to Sydney Uni 2 weekends ago, you have been misled; almost as much as I have been trying to mislead the infamous Dave Millar and Mike Perry on the whereabouts of this match report!
Dan Stickland charges in... at least something has to be cricket related in this article
I can’t actually remember a vast amount of information from the game. I can tell you the 4th Grade juggernaut, as we have never been referred to, lost. Pic almost got a run out in his rumoured last game for the club and Connor Jackson was hit in the head by the opposition captain and opening bat with a vicious uppercut into the exposed flesh. Such an act brought a moment of reflection on a late Alex ‘Wacko’ Jackson, and of the night at Greenwood when young love led him astray.
Connor Jackson sports the result of his 'attack'; Older brother Alex 'Wacko' Jackson displays some 2012 'Christmas spirit', sporting the affects of his run in at Greenwood
Nick Coleman was also lucky to avoid a bat thrown at his head after some misdirected ‘banter’ (also known as verbal abuse) sent him cowering in a ball under a cold shower in the Killara Pavilion. Iqbal was also in full support down at Killara. It was great to see the old boy down there cheering the boys on in the heat after a full toss sent down at snails pace hit him on the full the week before leading to a broken toe. If that doesn’t scream OPSM, then I don’t know what will.
Max Papworth was also notable in his absence. The family holiday calling, he has been very active on Facebook, liking a number of bikini clad women conveniently popping up on my news feed. If others at the club have not had the pleasure of being ‘accepted’ as a friend of the young fox, might I suggest an alarm clock, some Velcro wicket keeping gloves and a session with Ian Healy as potential friend making gifts. This will lead to a treasure trove of news feed pictures as well as a few more wickets for the hard working bowlers of 4th Grade.
In other news:
- Andrew Crosland has lost his rig and his forehand
- Tristan Cooper continues to occupy Beauchamp sheds in the early hours of Sunday morning
- Tom Beverly still goes to Greenwood
- Tom Fulton continues to punch
- Harry Evans is the most successful man on Tinder
- Adam Fleming continues to defy Nick Coleman’s Christmas wish
- Pat Effeney remains in Bronze League
- Jack Colley’s body has stubbornly refused to grow into its head
- Happy New Years.
May the cricketing gods shine down on us all.
Round 7 saw the 4th Grade Stags match up against the Lions at Fairfield Oval. It was always anticipated to be a close game with the Lions ranking 3rd on the table and the Stags coming off a comprehensive win against the Saints.
The timeless tradition of inspecting the wicket before the game raised a few question marks as to the condition of the deck. It was quite possibly the greenest pitch the boys had ever seen with several jokes made about their keenness to bat first. Good banter. With Michael Perry going off on his cute romantic cruise with his missus for the day; ‘Hoppa’ Howitt stepped in to lead the Fours.
The crowds pay good money to see this kind of entertainment... Tim Fulton takes the long handle to the Lions
Alas, the toss went in favour of the Lions and the Stags were sent in to bat first. However, the ever experienced ‘Pic’ Sherman and Hoppa were quick to bring some of the naïve boys back to reality claiming that the deck was hard enough for it to provide some assistance for the batsman.
The goal that was set at the start of the day was to bat the whole 50 overs as it was imperative considering the condition of the wicket and outfield. Connor ‘stereo trend setter and/or trade-off’ Jackson (15) and Stan Gaynor (15) got the Stags off to a sound position, seeing off the new ball well and ensuring that the pitch wasn’t playing up as much as we had previously thought.
Connor’s and Stan’s demise brought Darren Jayasekera (46) and Max Papworth (22) to the crease, with intentions of pressing forward and building towards a competitive score. Max showed us why he’s one to watch in his ability to score quick runs, pushing singles and hitting the bad ball for four. Alas, his dismissal called for an important partnership between Darren and new batsman in Chris ‘retro’ Retallick (33).
After a few cheeky singles, Retro found his feet and began to dispatch several balls bowled at him by the Lions. At 4/127 off 37 overs, the platform was there to produce a more than defendable total. Unfortunately, wickets were falling at regular intervals that clearly didn’t help pressing towards the goal of batting the full 50.
Prior to going into bat, Tim ‘tom’ Fulton managed to convince us of his incapability to hold a bat. This was most definitely not the case as he and Pat ‘kind of reminds me of Ian Harvey’ Effeney showed the top order batsman how it’s done. As a result of their brilliant cameo, the final score was at a more than respectable 9/184.
The bowlers were keen and ready to make a dent in the Lions batting order. Pat and Dan Stickland opened the attack and bowled consistent lines to restrict the Fairfield batsman to score quick runs. Solid bowling by Rob Barker and Tim Fulton soon followed, as they were both unlucky to grab a few wickets early on.
At 3/110, the game was in the balance as disciplined bowling and fielding was imperative. Hoppa and Pic bowled stump to stump, however poor fielding resulted in the game slipping away from the Stags. Too many singles, drop catches and missed run out chances definitely put the game in the Lions’ favour.
Dan Stickland got handed the ball and delivered, pumping the boys up with two quick wickets. Dan definitely deserved these wickets, always asking questions of the batsman with his tight bowling. Two more wickets soon fell to see the Lions at 7/162. With 20 runs required off 4 overs, the game could have gone either way.
Alas, the Lions’ tail managed to secure a win in the second last over in the game.
The game was definitely for the taking for the Stags. Poor fielding was a major factor that made the difference between winning and losing. We need to learn from this game and ensure it won’t happen again, relying too much on the ‘experienced’ players to do the hard work.
With Sydney Uni next week it is essential a win is secured and I’m sure with some hard work during the week this will most definitely be the case!
A sunny day dawned and fours arrived promptly at Harold Fraser for what they anticipated was going to be a traditionally hard-fought day against the Saints.
Upon glancing on a road, Michael ‘Chilli’ Perry decided that should the coin fall in his favour the Stags would be in the field. My spies also tell me that the Saints skipper would have batted, making the formality in the middle seem all rather pointless.
Michael 'Chilli' Perry is rewarded for good work by Stickland
If you wanted to know which way the coin fell… well, you’ll have to read the whole report. I’ll slide it in there somewhere, to satiate your information cravings.
As it was anointed, the Stags bowled, with brand spanking new ball pairing Adam Fleming and yours truly given the honour.
After serving up some initial tripe, the author and Fleming began to get into their stride and had that cherry moving around some. 'Flemdawg' had worked up a good level of rage pre-match, so had good stoke for relentlessly bouncing the opening bats, softening one of them up just enough for the author to snag him in front early on. Thanks Adam.
A requested hooking after five overs saw me banished to mid on, the perfect vantage point from which to witness one of the finest bowling partnerships you’re likely to see in fourth grade one day cricket at Harold Fraser. While the sample size might be small, the effort was large, magnanimous, awe inspiring.
That'll play. Axel Cahlin rescues the top order and completes the win over the Saints with 79*
For so it was that Chilli and his worthy accomplice Daniel ‘Just outside off, back of a length’ Stickland managed to halt the slow but steady progress of the Saints’ bats to the merest of trickles.
Perry captured three wickets in this time, but importantly both he and Stickland allowed two fifths of a tenth of diddly squat runs in their 10 and seven-over spells respectively. And don’t worry Sticky, as I must have told you 13 times on the day, you were a crucial part of those wickets. In a way, they’re also your wickets.
But in a much more real and tangible way, they’re not yours, they’re Chilli’s. So hands off!
Take nothing away from Sticky’s work soaking up the runs though. The pressure gage was exploding, so much so that the batsmen sought relief in the form of a quick single to Pic at midoff. Anyone who’s played with Pic knows that’s a shocking idea, for the wily one knows when to fox and when to box. The gauntlet thrown down to the father of two, Pic gladly accepted. His bullet throw over the top of the bails allowed my newest mate Max Papworth, who apparently can play a bit, to whip them off and send another Saint packing.
More pressure was incoming, for after the master partnership from the men with the golden arms had ceased 'Flemdawg' picked up the attack from Sticky’s end.
'Flemdawg' asks plenty of questions of the Saints batsmen
As he commonly does, Fleming uttered to me in his husky, masculine tones that he was desperate for a wicket. I nodded and gave some trite encouragement, while considering how much fun a three-way interview with Adam, Darren Lockyer and Geoff Toovey would be.
As it turned out, the former occurred, and two wickets in two balls saw the Saints seven down for just 80. With two more experienced campaigners still at the crease, the Staggies took the foot off the throat somewhat, and combined with some good batting in the final overs St George managed to scramble to 170, with Chilli enjoying the cool figures of 3/35.
The toss-winning captain certainly would have taken that at the start of the day, and it was up to the willow wielders to show their mettle and track down the runs not too many wickets down.
Well, as with all things 4th Grade in my more years than I care to remember at the club, brilliance often goes hand in hand with spectacular failure. This often comes in the form of a batting collapse, and I was tempted to pull the creams on early when a slew of early poles saw us at 4/23.
'Retro' Retallick out in the first over, Coleman and Papworth following him, Jayasekera with a flurry of boundaries then getting trapped in front. I was an unhappy bowler who was full of Red Rooster.
But 4th Grade are specialists at brilliance, as I mentioned, and a steadying partnership between Andrew ‘Crosly’ Crosland and Axel ‘His name is like that bit of a car’ Cahlin steadied the ship, that at an hour ago might as well have been jettisoning vomiting passengers and praying for Poseidon’s mercy.
Unfortunately Crossy hit one of his finest shots of his 14 straight to mid wicket, and a good catch left him with no choice but to trudge back to the sheds, introducing one A. Sherman to the wicket.
I’ve seen Pic bowled early in his innings more than my fair share of times. I’ve also seen him play some of the best counter-attacking cricket in my grade career. Fortunately, this was one of those times.
Taking to the spinners like a pregnant woman to pancake mix, Pic showed the young buck down the other end how to bat your team out of a sticky situation. Cahlin, the young buck, probably didn’t need too much instruction though, for he was playing a very handy dig down the other end.
The Saints best bowlers out of overs, and the lesser lights (and that’s being generous) on with an aging ball, Cahlin dispersed the seed to all parts of the oval. He made an undefeated 79, which included at least four towering sixes, three of them over the very long boundary on the far side. It was the first time this author had seen him bat in the middle, and he looked the goods. Quality work Axe.
With Pic also playing a gem down the other end, the momentum was heimlicked out of the Saints, who lost their bubbling enthusiasm faster than a kid unwrapping a pair of socks at Christmas time.
41 not out to the run out master and Cahlin saw the Stags over the line with 6.1 overs to spare and five wickets in hand. In the smallest dressing room in grade cricket the song was sung with much passion and some quizzical looks from those who thought winning was something unique to Charlie Sheen. Maybe some word sheets might be good for next week.
Well, that will do for this spinning of tall tales. Until next week, or next year, you take it easy Gordon.
The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they looked to defend during 2013/14 after winning the cup in 2011/12 and 2012/13. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.
All points for all wins go towards the club championship.
Fifth Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:
The 5th grade side rocked up to the scenic Western Suburbs for a final round of the regular season brimming with confidence after picking up 27 points from our previous 3 rounds. We were hopeful of another compelling victory but were very wary of the Penrith team who lead the competition by a country mile.
Benny Leighton has played a crucial part in the run up to the finals
The pitch was a bit green but hard and Coops tossed. Don’t know who won but we ended up bowling first. There was dog shit everywhere and the game kept getting held up while Connor tried to clean up the mess but ended up spreading it across his hands and shared it with some of the boys.
Anyway we bowled ‘not terribly’ but not well enough to take some early scalps. However, the scoring wasn’t getting away from us. It wasn’t until Captain Coops brought himself on to bowl in the middle of the innings that we were able to get our first break through which was quickly followed by a second.
But, with wickets in the shed the Penrith team started to chance their arms a bit and despite riding their luck at times were able to up the scoring rate. The change of pace was obviously the way to go and the Prince of Persia, Benny Leighton, was able to pick up a few cheeky poles. After that it was all about the batsman who started swing for the fences and gave only one real chance but unfortunately the chance was not only put down but split the webbing of Coops’ hand.
It’s alright. It’s not his tossing hand and we’re hopeful he’ll be right for the finals.
After the dust settled and the 50 overs were up we were chasing 250 odd.
It was a big total to chase but we were still confident having coming close to chasing bigger totals before. Unfortunately we were never really able to get a big partnership going and wickets fell fairly regularly. The bowlers were able to tie us down and when looked to take on the bowling invariably we came off 2nd best.
Nonetheless there were brief patches of resistance with the Prince of Persia showing us how its done as a makeshift opening batsman. Pic was probably the only other bat that I can remember that was able to place some pressure back on the bowlers hitting some Pic of old shots.
Lightening, Thunder and Rain brought the game to an abrupt end but the game was long gone by then.
All in all, probably the wake up call we needed before we hit the finals. We all know that if we are going to win a 3rd successive 5th grade premiership we are going to need to step up all facets of our play. All of us need to take it upon ourselves to take the wickets and score the runs for our team particularly those with the new ball and in the top order.
Day 1 was a washout, but we weren’t given the morning off as the covers still had to be put away. You beauty! Thankfully the core group of the fitness revolution was there to lend a hand.
Although Jim Cattlin’s rain jacket wasn’t of the KooGa or Asics variety, we were very grateful for his help in the rain. Surprisingly, none of us were dusty, as there wasn’t a better time to play that wonderful card.
It's been reported that this photo gets old man Jordan Holmes quite excited - Sherman delivers for his skipper
No other 5s teams managed to fit in any play, which meant it was a regulation one day match across the David Sherwood Cup.
A few cobwebs to start the game. It’s becoming a bit of a recent trend that we start like Tom C’s 1998 Commodore. We missed Matt Keevers taking control of the new ball, and it took us a while to find our groove, but just like the V6 Commodore, watch out when it gets up and running.
A leisurely first hour took us through to the break, and after the customary comment about the ‘mix’ it was straight back to business for Sherman and Borg. I always enjoy it when Pic has the ball. A ridiculously stacked offside field always forces a risk, and normally results in Pic down on one knee with both hands up in the air.
Carruthers ensures the boys get a great start to chase down the small total
The commentary whilst this all unfolds is even better, with classics such as “that’s plumb” and “that’s plumb again.” Although he was unable to convert his hat-trick opportunity, he certainly swung the momentum of the match back into our favour after taking 4-29 from his 10.
There was no let up from the other end either as Borg was at his damaging best. The Stags made a concerted effort to get around Lachie and make the most of some clinical bowling. The energy in the field paid dividends for Borg as he yet again came up with the goods, leaving Wests in trouble at 6-73. A vintage Slazenger V600, used by the likes of Alec Stewart and Jacques Kallis did also briefly appear during the carnage.
A small partnership followed (as it always does), and it was pleasing to see the team stay at task for the last few wickets. Birthday boy Stobo got the long awaited nod for his first bowl in a game situation for some time. The 7th choice bowler set a new record for play and misses, and although Charlie would have seen this all too often, we were amazed.
'It was great to see Stobes bowling again' - We all agree
I suppose the novelty wears off very quickly when the only ball the batsman can hit is the one on the stumps. I would have been scratching my head too if I was a random onlooker. It was great to see Stobes bowling again, without any injury concerns from the hit out.
Borg picked up the last 2 wickets with help from ‘Lez’ Leighton as he burgled up a catch as if it were a cucumber doused in hommus. All out for 136, and I don’t think Coops could have lasted any longer. Our skipper currently has a case of ‘shingles.’ No Dr Deva in the side meant our best medical definition came from Connor, who said it’s like the adult version of chicken pox. A big effort from Coops and hopefully this doesn’t impact on his availability over the crucial coming weeks as he provides priceless stability.
Low targets can cause a few hiccups, however the chase went smoothly.
Tom Beverley runs one through the lush Beauchamp outfield
Carruthers, a key participant of the fitness revolution, was thanking the sprint session during the week as it paid off with a number of fast 1s and 2s. It’s scary to think about what Tom is capable of, now he has access to four gyms. TC’s intent to keep hitting the ball back at the bowler kept the scoreboard ticking.
With a bonus point in reach, and an early getaway to Future, the Stags ran home with a comfortable victory in the 28th over.
With the weather looking gloomy and the chance of play looking slim, a slightly changed 5th Grade side from the one that beat Randy Petes outright rocked up to Storey Park for an important match that could dictate our run to and in the finals.
Dom Thomson looks assured at the top of the order
With rain still falling as the covers came off, we all were surprised at the condition of the pitch. Fairly hard with a nice grass covering; it looked like a good wicket. The umpires said it was good to play and we went our way with the warm up. We all knew that this was a toss that Coops had to win, but we were surprised that when NDs won the toss, they choose to bat. Much to our bowlers delight and the NDs batsmen’s dislike, play got underway.
Some good bowling from Mr Matthew Keevers and Rob Barker saw the Rangers off to a slow start. In the 10th over, the first wicket fell to Rob with a good yorker. ‘Pic’ Sherman and Lachlan Borg then joined the fun with some good bowling with Pic getting 2 and Borgy getting 3. With the middle order gone, Rob and Keevers came back into the attack with some great quick bowling, much to the distain of the batsmen.
Lachlan Borg and Rob Barker are hitting good areas for their skipper
Keevers bowled great areas and was rewarded with 2 wickets, the first of which caused the batsmen to have a go at him after he sent him on his way. With tension still in the air, the final 2 wickets were picked up by Rob after the captain of NDs copped one on the hand that now sees him out for the rest of the season with a broken finger. With NDs being rolled for 75, the Stags openers set out to chase down the total.
A shocking batting display from the team as a whole saw us all out for 112. Some good batting from Dom Thomson, a.k.a The Ribbed, Glow in the Dark, and Pic got us over the line, but we will want to improve if we want to do well in the finals. Play was called due to rain with NDs 0/7 in their second innings.
Anthony 'Pic' Sherman has received big wraps from his teammates this year
We showed up week 2 with a large huntsman spider in the change room, which showed how masculine some of these guys are. Once the huntsman was dealt with, we took the field with the smell of victory in the air. Nothing was in NDs favour; even the captain wasn’t showing because of his broken finger and 2 of their young players in the team weren’t showing up till 3. NDs started off well with a flurry of runs coming from one particular batsman before he was caught in front by Rob.
Coops then bowled well, still trying to pick up his first wicket in 3 games, which then caused a run out by Benny Leighton. Borgy bowled well again, picking up 2 wickets with some spectacular catches from Beverley and Keevers. Keevers then came back into the attack and picked up 2 wickets putting NDs in a very bad position with their 2 young players still not there.
The 7th and final wicket saw some great fielding from Connor Jackson with a direct hit from the deep that saw the batsman short of his ground. NDs were all out for 101, with the Stags needing 65 to win.
Cooper, wicketless for a while, bowls in tandem with Keevers, Leighton and the others
A stern talking to from Pic, to all the batsmen in the team, saw some good patient batting come from our 2 openers as they made their way to this small total. Unfortunately, Bev got out for 16. Tom Carruthers and Dom Thomson then continued the patience till we reach our total with TC finishing on 31* and Dom on 11*.
Another convincing win by this great 5th Grade side. Keep working hard boys, no letting up now.
Matt Keevers has definitely hit a purple patch. Will Howitt have to move him to an allrounder in 2014/15?
A special thanks to Tym, JK, Bev and Josh who came and watch us on the first day and to Mel, Mick and Kate who follow us all over Sydney and keep their dog, Beau, under control and off the field.
Much appreciated guys.
The boys knew this was a must-win game, and a chance to make a statement to a team in 3rd place. Similar to the last few weeks, everyone was particularly switched on which is always a sign of good things to come.
Early batting wasn't great... but Keevers helped his team out by striking early and often
The toss was one you don’t mind to lose, with a softish pitch and ample grass cover that you knew would favour the new ball but flatten out as the day went on. Heads was called and heads it was, so we opted to bat.
A few quick hits got us out of the blocks but unfortunately we soon lost our openers, the junior Beverley and Tom Carruthers, who must have used up his quota of balls with half an hour of throwdowns pre match. Similar to TC, it was a case of miss one and you’re out for Charlie Stobo, bowled by a hooping innie. 3/20 – not ideal.
Connor Jackson and ‘Joffrey’ O’Neill Fuller then worked in tandem, with CJ taking the dominant role by punching cover drives past the cones. Hit after hit he looked great, while Joffrey showed his experience with singles in the oppressive heat.
Lachie Borg celebrates with Tom Beverley, while the '7,000' man watches on
Unfortunately while they started together, they also ended together, with JOF lofting a catch and CJ trying to smoke one too many. 5/-63 – also not ideal.
Lachie Borg didn’t mind striding past Joffrey on his way to the crease, as this meant his chances of getting run out for the 3rd time in 4 matches was dramatically reduced. He was joined in a vital partnership by Anthony Sherman who ended with 41, but this is not the reason we will remember the day for.
Matty Keevers is escorted off the field after a great performance.
Having not played with Pic I was unsure how he would fit into the 5s, however he has been a delight to play with, making sure everyone is always on the ball and giving advice to youngsters and veterans alike. As many of you will know, Pic hit his 7,000th run for the club, with a shot Matt Keevers described on the Gordon mobile app as a ‘slog sweep for 6’.
While it’s true that it was a full bunger, dispatched with a somewhat horizontal swipe while on one knee, it deserved everything it got as it went flying over the deep square leg’s head. Well done Pic and may there be many more runs, a great feat.
The two pressed on for a partnership that took us to 130 when Pic tried to get out once and instead dislocated a player’s finger, before hitting one down square leg’s throat. Only 29 overs in on a pitch that was flattening out, it was necessary to make sure we used as many overs as possible before having a crack later.
The skipper, Copper, makes his mark with the ball, while Pic continues to photo-bomb
Tristan Cooper joined Borgy in steadying the ship, working to stay with him while he decided to take on the bowlers. Borgy got a well-deserved 50 before he tried to hit one onto the road and got stumped. A few runs and wickets later, young Matt Keevers strode to the crease looking very serious, almost as if he wanted that promotion he’s been begging for. The last partnership started swinging and kicked on for 8 overs to take the score to 218, with Keevers hitting 16 and Coops finishing on 23*.
Having 22 overs to bowl, we talked about the opportunity to win the game right there. Keevers clearly listened, taking a pole on his first ball and another in his second over, before Tim Fulton joined the party to have the score at 3-2.
Tristan Cooper sticks in with the tail. Perhaps he should bat higher?
Keevers was not satisfied with this, grabbing another in his 4th and 5th. With Keevers’ ‘forced substitution’ through age restrictions, another 16 year old in Rob Barker came in and struck straight away, before another to Fults left Randy Petes 7-48 at close.
Not in the mood to waste time the next week, Keevers and Fults finished off the innings inside 8 overs, to finish with 6 and 3 respectively. The final score of 60 made the decision to enforce the follow on easy, and it reaped immediate rewards with Keevers grabbing one 4th ball.
Getting very sick of writing his name, thankfully that was his last. He’s not in my Fantasy Team anyhow.
After a lot of defensive shots, leaves, and near misses, Fults finally struck on the slow moving scoreboard to have Randy Petes 2/17 off 11. Still on a 7,000 run high, something Connor is very jealous of, Pic wobbled two out with ‘jaffas’ and ‘masterplans’ to have the Stags on 4 wickets at tea. Connor decided to celebrate a great high catch with a strange afternoon ritual of tea in his car ‘charging his phone’.
Finally a photo of Pic on his own... proof that his 7,000th came from a one-knee zac
With pressure building but wickets not eventuating, Borgy took the best bat out with a sharp catch by Fults, before he grabbed one himself to have the score at 6-80. Another to Borgy and Fults, before Barker came in to bowl with aggression and a well deserved 2 wickets clean bowled, and the 5s were home with 10 points in the bag and a few celebratory ‘New’s in hand.
A great victory but the next one is just as important.
Gordon 218 (Borg 60, Sherman 41, Jackson 32, Cooper 23*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 60 (Keevers 6/22, Fulton 3/25, Barker 1/4) & 99 (Fulton 3/23, Borg 2/14, Barker 2/11, Sherman 2/18, Keevers 1/16) outright.
We turned up to Beauchamp Oval to be greeted by lovely weather despite the rain over the week and quickly got into the Beauchamp warm up of covers and sight screens, which, when completed, effectively leaves you in a heavy sweat and takes you all the way to the toss.
Charlie Stobo steps up at No.3 for the side, taking on the new ball
The wicket was a touch green, but characteristically nice and hard and having the lost the toss we found ourselves having a bowl.
Balmain were 8th on the table, and we were 7th, so you can imagine that both teams were taking things very seriously with six crucial points up for grabs. We came out energised and ready to roll, but some wayward bowling kept the scoreboard rolling with wides playing a blistering knock. Having said that, the deliveries we did land on the strip were either beating defensive strokes or taking wickets.
Timothy ‘Peter’ Fulton was mixing up his wides and unplayable deliveries to perfection and before long we had them at 5 for 29. The change bowlers continued running through the middle order and the score rolled along to 8 for 62.
Special mention to Pic who picked up the pick of the wickets with a self- and often-proclaimed ‘jaffa’ to comprehensively clean up the batsman and take his Gordon wicket tally to one hundred. Pic also asked me later in the innings if I had been ball tampering. I’m not really sure why he singled me out.
The second last pair put on a bit of a partnership and started smoking anything full down the ground. This was strangely reminiscent of other matches with the short straight boundaries being targeted, balls being hit hard, and Coops being put up onto the hill.
Usually accused of a strange action, the author gets accused by Pic for other reasons
We decided to shorten up the length and found that they struggled to hit any, and following one of my bouncers the batsman told me to ‘just wait til I faced one of his bouncers’. The joke was on him though because I bat eleven, and before long the last two wickets fell and we were looking at 150 to win. Easily a score we would’ve taken at the start of the day on that deck.
Lunch was non eventful, and the batting chase was undertaken by Mitchell Kleem and Thomas “Gilly” Beverley. Mitchell copped one straight in the family jewels, which he would later recount postgame cracked his box and trapped a small portion of his anatomy for the rest of his batting innings.
Editor’s note: Being educated at James Ruse, we assume Deva was purposely being vague as to what exactly was small.
He was soon dismissed and a partnership soon formed between all 6’5’’ of our new number three in Charlie Stobo and Gilly. They went along nicely before Tom was given out LBW flicking a ball to square leg and Charlie decided to follow soon after. John O’Neill-Fuller then came in and started scoring quickly because he had to catch a plane later.
Congratulations Pic. 100 Grade wickets.
Lachie Borg looked solid as usual until ‘JoF’ decided that he’d had enough and ran him out. By now there were a few nerves creeping in, but after ‘JoF’ was pinned in front of the stumps, Pic and our skipper guided us home with relative ease.
Quite a satisfying game with pretty much everyone chipping in.
At this point in time, we sit just outside the six, but with most of the remaining games against top sides, we have a great opportunity to not only make the finals but book some home games.
It’s a pretty easy scenario from here on in, knowing that if we play good cricket, we have the team to win it all. There’s a good spirit amongst the team and I think we all know what roles, and we all have one eye on the prize at the end of the road.
We arrived at Beauchamp, bright and early, perfect weather for a day at the cricket. The topic of the change room was the difficulty of the reverse park at the rather cramped Beauchamp car park.
Anyway. The warm was short and sharp and, with Cooper winning the toss, we were going in to bat.
The "Big Red" Middlebrook. Harry makes an impact with the ball.
Mitch and young Tom ‘Bevo’ Beverley started nicely early looking very solid; unfortunately Mitch copped a nice ball and was dismissed soon after. This brought Anthony Sherman to the crease, after being on the receiving end last week, the luck wasn’t on his side, being dismissed for a woody LBW.
Connor Jackson strode to the crease, with Bevo continuing on very nicely despite the fall of wickets, hitting boundaries and working the ball to great effect. Connor continued in his rich vein of form punishing the Parramatta attack. Bevo reached 50 but unable to raise his bat, as his fellow teammates were unable to count to this figure. We said ‘next single we will clap the 50’. There was no next single. A great innings and he got us out of the blocks in great fashion.
Jacko was powering along with his trade mark Joe Root looks. Unfortunately ‘Retro’ Retallick was dismissed early. Connor reached 59 and was soon dismissed after; a fantastic innings showing his class and maturity.
A crafty old man. Pic shows his wares with 4 wickets.
Lachy Borg notched up 50 whilst Charlie Stobo and Rob Barker were casualties. Tristan Cooper brought himself to the crease, working the ball well looking to build the total to the 230 mark. A couple of late wickets fell before a flurry of bombs were hit by Harry ‘big red’ Middlebrook. The total finished up at 227 off 44 overs. A solid effort but still a lot of work needed to be done.
Deva ‘The D-Train’ Nirthanakumaran started the bowling efforts in a very impressive manner, taking two early poles whilst Rob Barker kept it very tight from the other end allowing for Deva to make the most of his opportunities. At two down, Harry Middlebrook was brought into the attack. He bowled with great back and line taking a very deserving wicket with a fantastic catch from Charles Stobo.
Anthony Sherman bowled in tandem with big Harold and took four of his own poles. A great display of quick bowling. At 8-65, a large figure walked to the crease. Although initially not looking too impressive, he managed to dispatch the bowling to all parts. Harry Middlebrook didn’t seem to think they were as large as his early strokes, but none the less the batsman continued on his way. Finally Parramatta were all dismissed for 141, with Cooper also chipping in for two wickets, bowling tight and consistent lines.
Thanks to all that came down to the match. Congratulations for the first win after Christmas. Hopefully we can continue in this vein of form.
Gordon 227 (Connor Jackson 59, Lachie Borg 55, Tom Beverley 50) defeated Parramatta 141 (Anthony Sherman 4-38, Harry Middlebrook 2-17, Tristan Cooper 2-27, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-30).
A new look Stags 5th Grade side arrived to take on 2nd placed Manly, keen to make amends for a disappointing loss against the Sydney students in the final round before Christmas, which saw us drop out of the top 6 for the first time.
Lachlan Borg takes the long handle to the Manly bowlers
The main issues in the Uni game were inconsistent bowling, particularly in the final overs, and some below par fielding. Unfortunately, these issues carried over into the first round of 2014, and the Waratahs walked away with the points.
Bowling first on a pretty good wicket, the Manly openers rode their luck and posted an opening partnership of 98 at 5 an over. Two dropped catches at crucial times meant there was little to no pressure on the Manly top order at any time and with 10 overs to go, the Stags were facing a potentially mammoth run chase with Manly 1 for 236. The fact that the umpire officiating in this round had seen the demolition of the St George batting line up by a similar Stags attack a few rounds ago commented that we seemed down on pace and energy summed up the situation.
It's always difficult bowling first in a one-dayer the first round after Christmas, however the effects of Christmas pudding and an Ashes whitewash celebration should have been out of the system. 36 wides, effectively bowling an extra 6 overs, certainly doesn't help.
Tom Carruthers makes a strong start in the run chase
One of the Stags elder statesmen must have been practising his soccer skills over the break, with an amazing effort in the field that resulted in a gentle push for one resulting in a comfortable 3 with a drop kick that would have made David Beckham proud in his efforts to effect a run out.
On a positive note, the final 10 or so overs provided some momentum going into the run chase. Fulton, Keevers and Rob Barker chimed in with wickets that saw Manly finish at 9/299, when 350 + was a possibility.
Special mention must go to Rob Barker for an amazing hat trick in the final over... unfortunately it’s the only 3 balls Johnny Barker hasn't recorded on video all season. The fact that the 8 wickets these quicks took late in the innings all came from full straight deliveries at the stumps shows that we're starting to be able to deliver a bowling plan, an improvement from Sydney Uni. The next step will be to deliver for a full 50 overs, supported by more consistent fielding.
Mitch Kleem and Tommy Carruthers started the chase well and the now very flat wicket and quick outfield, combined with the soaring temperatures, meant the Stags were in the mix with the run chase from the start.
Tim Fulton wasn't backed up by his fielders early on
It must have been hot... the worlds most tanned retiree outside of Miami, Tony Wilson, was sweating up a storm. When Mitch departed for a composed 38, solid contributions from most of the middle order at more than a run a ball saw the Stags in with a big show at 4-140 off 21.
Carruthers had batted particularly well and it’s great to see this classy young bat taking on the responsibility at the top of the order. His departure for 74 after misjudging a slower one was a turning point in the run chase. Despite Lachy Borg and Tom Beverly keeping on top of the run rate for a short time, the pressure of a run a ball chase took its toll with a run out and the demise of the lower order relatively quickly. Whilst a valiant effort to make 273, Manly were always on top and deserved the 6 points.
It was a great game of cricket, but the fact remains we need to continue the improvement to be competitive and push for a finals berth. Now is the time.
Special thanks to Mel, Kate and Michael (and Beau) who travel all over Sydney to watch us do our thing each Saturday, no matter the venue nor weather. Your support is appreciated.
Often controversial announcements or reports are released around the Christmas period. It’s an old trick Local, State and Federal Politicians use… along with the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. I should know; I work as a journalist.
5th Grade travelled to St. Pauls at Sydney University with the aim of consolidating on our top four position. This is one of the few grounds that gives you that real English village feel.
John O'Neill-Fuller tries to rescue the boys from a sluggish start
Although the Students were placed well below us on the table, we knew it would be a tough game, given their club is leading the Club Championship. Historically they also have a number of talented players who are committed to their studies and don’t have time to train.
Often the students can be heard during a lighter part of the game joking about whom got the highest HSC mark. Such sledges as “get another degree mate” usually work.
Captain Tristan Cooper elected to bowl on a very hard but green pitch. The Stags managed to pick up a wicket when the score was on 36 with newcomer Harry Middlebrook hitting the stumps. It’s good to see a red head at the club.
Matt Keevers broke through with the score on 114 then Tristan Cooper got an LBW. The scoring from the Students was relatively slow and we were hopeful of containing them to under 200. However that was not to be and we were left with 230 to chase.
Stu Bromley continues to accumulate runs
Matt Keevers took 2/31, Tristan Cooper 1/22, Harry Middlebrook 1/34, Deva Nirthanakumaran 1/42, Matt “Rainman” Page 1/38 and Liam Windel 1/49.
In reply, the Stags lost three quick wickets. John O’Neill Fuller started to hit his straps and made an excellent 80. There were other handy contributions from Tom Carruthers 26 and Stuart Bromley 25.
Apart from this we simply weren’t good enough to chase down the runs.
The Stags 5th Grade side will now look forward to a well earned break over the festive period and re-group for another tilt at the crown next year.
Mitchell Klemt (Kleem?)
Despite four changes in the team from the previous round against St. George, the status quo of 5th Grade traditions had not changed, with the youngest members still required to gain experience in the painful art of erecting the sightscreens at both ends of Beauchamp Park.
This was followed by as an as-ever casual warm up, with a few throws and catches all that was required for the team to feel comfortable.
Deva leads the 5th Grade attack for skipper Cooper
Welcome to Gordon, Georgie.
With Captain Cooper losing the toss for only the second time this season, the ball was thrown to Deva and Keevers to start things off. Both took an early wicket to have the Lions two for not many, though with only the former bowling a good ball to get the pole (free fantasy points!).
“What’s your name, son?”
“Shouldn’t you be at the South Pole?”
“Isn’t that where Prince Harry is right now?”
Greeted by some friendly chat from the umpire which left him clueless, holiday fill-in Harry Middlebrook came on first change and delivered 10 overs of incisive fast bowling, extracting bounce, zip and carry from a fairly benign surface, whilst Matt Page toiled hard at the other end to restrict the scoring. Harry finished with 4-22 from 10 overs, reaping the rewards of hurrying the ball onto the batsmen with some good pace through the air and off the pitch.
Tom Carruthers came on to bowl, claiming a generous LBW decision - which would later have the opposition captain claiming it was “one all” when he was given out caught off a bump ball.
Tristan Cooper continues to apply the pressure to the Lions
Tom continued to apply the pressure from one end to allow Coops to take the team’s first caught and bowled chance for the day, having had three earlier opportunities, particularly from the opposition’s “KP”, who fancied himself driving at a catchable height straight down the wicket.
The Lions went to drinks seven wickets down for less than 100, with Joffrey stressing the importance of “putting the foot on the throat” and “taking advantage of the corrugations of the pitch”, making sure “we take all our chances”.
From here, the Gordon bowlers really turned the screws, slowing the already meandering run rate to an absolute crawl as the Lions prodded their way to a final total of 121.
The lunch break saw a number of the Gordon boys make their way to the Chase for some fried Portuguese chicken. This was to be the venue of one of the more controversial moments of the day, with Stu Bromley making it known that one of the front-counter girls at Oporto was “a bit of alright”.
Harry Middlebrook probes the outside edge of the Lions' bats...
This suggestion was promptly shot down by the other Stags in attendance and Stu tried to redeem himself with the bat later on, with a swashbuckling innings highlighted by “West-Indian style” wristy flicks over midwicket before being adjudged LBW for 22.
Mitchell Kleem and Tom Carruthers opened the innings, with both playing some good shots early on to get the Stags off to a good start, pushing the run rate up above five runs per over early on. Both batsmen made starts and got in, but were unable to go on and make solid contributions, falling victim to catches in the deep and gully respectively.
Dom Thomson came to the crease and stayed quiet early on, before working into the task at hand to signal a return to form with 40*, cracking a half tracker for a one bounce four over midwicket before accelerating to push the game towards an early finish with a few boundaries being hit off the spinner having advanced down the track.
JOF strode to the middle with a few nerves; Georgie was notably absent for the day so far.
None of this was shown however, as he cut his first ball smoothly behind point for four, all the way along the carpet. Along with a few more sundries, JOF cantered the Stags towards a bonus point win, with an anti-climactic five wides delivering the bonus point for a win in 24.1 overs to boost the team into the top 4.
Dom Thomson leads the run chase, looking straight back down the ground in search of runs
The two bonus points picked up in the last two rounds may prove crucial at the end of the season, and it’s important that we keep playing aggressive, hard cricket to capitalise upon the good form of many of our players.
Fairfield-Liverpool 121 (Middlebrook 4/22 off 10, Keevers 2/8 off 8, Nirthanakumaran 2/16 off 8, Cooper 1/20 off 10, Carruthers 1/28 off 4, Page 0/23 off 5) defeated by Gordon 3/123 (Thomson 40*, Bromley 22, Kleem 21, Carruthers 12, O’Neill-Fuller 4*)
After a big loss to UNSW last week, the 5ths were looking to bounce back in a big way against the Saints in the first one-day fixture. We got off to the perfect start with ‘Coops’ Cooper winning the toss and batting on a belter Beauchamp wicket on a belter Sydney day.
Tim Fulton hurries up the Saints batsmen
Carruthers and Kleem opened the innings, with Tom hitting a beautiful boundary over square leg before being dismissed to a great overhead catch. Kleem and Gaynor then came together and settled things until the score reached 60 with Mitch falling for 15.
Connor Jackson then arrived to the crease to begin what would become a magnificent one-day innings. Connor and Stan added a further 72 runs, with an emphasis being placed on staying patient and working the gaps present in the field, while being helped out by the extras column, which finished on 35.
Stan was dismissed for 47 with the score at 132, bringing ‘JOF’ O’Neil-Fuller into the game. Connor soon passed 50 and, after having a good look at the spin attack from both ends, began to score quickly and move towards 100. This all happened while the middle order batsman Beverley, Barker and Cooper batted around him and contributed more runs to the rapidly building total.
The loudest cheer of the day definitely coming from Tristan’s first run for a few weeks, which was replied to with a cheeky raise of the bat.
Connor eventually brought up his century, following some scoring confusions in the pavilion, and with plenty of time to spare really started to take apart the bowling, with numerous sixes ending up in the carpark, on the hill and in the pavilion, one straight six of the opening bowler was a particular highlight.
Connor Jackson makes the St George fielders earn their stripes on the way to an unbeaten century
He ended the innings unbeaten on a prolific 133 not out, setting up the game perfectly for Gordon.
The opening bowlers Fulton and Keevers began with promise, with Fulton having most of his first over snicked into and through the slip region for no reward. Clearly his pace and accuracy surprised the St. George bats.
Matt Keevers picked up the first wicket in his first over, and following consecutive wickets to Fulton in the following over, including a great catch by Carruthers at slip, St. George were 3/12.
After being urged to “do it for Lez” in reference to his new boyfriend, Keevers picked up 2 more wickets in his 2 final overs to finish with 3/17 off his 5.
Deva and Rob Barker came on and continued to pressure the Saints bats, giving few scoring opportunities, while Tristan reaped the rewards of this pressure, picking up 2 wickets in his first over. After some late runs, Fulton finished off the innings with 2 wickets to finish with figures of 4-62 off his 10.
Tim will also be on a hat trick with his first delivery next week. The saints finishing all out for 111.
Overall, it was a convincing bonus point win and an early song and beer for the Stags, who will be looking to replicate this sort of performance next week.
The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.
For the Colts schedule go to Fixtures.
Colts match reports for 2013/14 season are provided by the players below:
A home semi-final against Sydney University sadly proved the end of the season for the Gordon Colts. After finishing 11 points clear as minor premiers (and having beaten the Students twice during the round matches) the young Colts team was unable to secure the win in trying conditions at Beauchamp Oval.
Stu Bromley looks to get the side off to a strong start in the run chase
After significant rain during the week day one started after lunch with Gordon winning the toss on a wicket that was still damp at one end.
After a delayed start, Matt Keane (1/29), Richard Armour (2/41) and Matt Page (2/31) bowled well on the tricky surface and had Sydney reeling at 4/45. The boys were on a high and looking like they were going to cruise to the win when two of the older Sydney batsman decided to tough things out. Scoring incredibly slowly the two passed the hundred mark after well over 60 overs – aided by some sloppy fielding.
Finals cricket is always a different game and the inability of the Colts to take their chances proved costly as the team was unable to take a wicket between the first drinks after lunch and the final hour.
Matt Page tries to get through the Sydney Uni defence
Thankfully some silly running late in the day saw the Colts grab two run outs in the final overs and end the day with Sydney University at 6/134 after 74 tight overs.
The match was therefore very much in the balance on the morning of day two – with Sydney needing to pick up the run rate if they wanted any chance of setting the Gordon boys a target with enough overs to bowl them out: a draw seeing the top ranked Stags progress.
Some risky batting saw the total move along quickly before the Chamberlain brothers (Dan 2/28 and Matt 1/0) cleaned up the tail to have Uni all out for 178. This presented the Gordon team with a strong proposition – 85 overs to bat meaning the total was easily achievable with the protection of being able to shut up shop if required to limp through with a draw.
A quick break saw the plan set – don’t focus on runs until tea but ensure we don’t lose wickets and build a solid platform: the same strategy used in the Qualifying Final when we posted 347 on the same wicket.
Tim van Zuylen was unable to replicate the previous week's efforts during the run chase
However this week it wasn’t to be as a combination of loose shots and pressure cricket saw the Colts lose 3/20 in the hour before lunch.
With the experienced Stan Gaynor and Stuart Bromley at the crease the boys were not unduly nervous – knowing that a decent partnership would see us through. Apparently Sydney University had heard the plan and set about with a wicket straight after lunch – Gordon now in serious trouble at 4/37.
With the captain joining Stan things looked dire, but cricket is a simple game and finals cricket often favours the team with greater composure as the two batted sensibly on the slow outfield – turning the strike over with a combination of quick singles and punished loose deliveries.
With the score at 4/80 the Stags were right back in it – the Uni captain getting desperate and the level of chat seriously diminishing.
In games like this it is often the five minute periods that can decide the outcome – and it really wasn’t the Stags day.
With part-timer’s being tried and Andy and Stan in complete control the momentum had swung back in our favour. Or had at least until a misjudged square drive saw Stan set off, only to watch the point fieldsman take one step and rifle the ball in over the stumps.
Run Out 31 and Gordon 5/80. Back to even.
Stu Bromley takes a good slips catch while the skipper looks on
A very determined Andrew was joined by young Matt Chamberlain. The instructions were clear – let the skipper do the scoring but make sure we don’t lose another wicket. Matt obliged – blunting the attack while Andy punished anything short. 5/110 at Tea. Momentum back to the Stags.
It was a dejected Sydney Uni that shared a good spread that afternoon. With Andrew and Matt scoring freely and not even looking like giving a chance the Uni skipper knew something was needed – and quickly.
With play resuming both Andrew and Matt knew that surviving the first 20 minutes would be game, set and match to Gordon. The fielders’ heads were down and the frustration was rising.
All credit here has to go to the Uni skipper who threw everything at the pair, having three men crowd the bat (possibly out of desperation as neither had popped a ball all day). Matt saw off the first over securely and then it was the skippers turn. Five solid defensive shots and right back where we left off – Gordon on top.
And then disaster.
A regulation off spinner defended on the front foot by Andrew catching his pad on the way to ground and taken nicely by the man at short leg. 6/110 and back in the balance. All season the youngsters in our lower middle order have performed well and so while very disappointed I still had lots of confidence. However today wasn’t the day.
Coleman looks aerial to overcome the long grass
Rash shots combined with nerves saw 3 more wickets for 10 runs. 9/120 with 100 minutes left in the day. Uni were already celebrating.
Cricket can be a fickle mistress though as Dan and Richard clearly hadn’t gotten the memo. 30 exhausting minutes later and it was drinks. Still no breakthrough. As skipper it falls to me to somehow think of something to say to rally the troops so off I strode to have a quick chat to the batsman. I wasn’t needed. First thing I hear from the number 11 is “Tell the boys to make some noise.” “Sorry?” “Come on Andy, Dan and I have got this.” And they almost did.
With a proud feeling (tinged with puzzlement) I left the field. First two balls – defended nicely to cheers from the stands. Third ball Dan plays a textbook leg glance – imperiously taking a single. Maybe we did have it?
16 overs later and you could cut the tension with a knife. Tempers were fraying and the stands were on edge. 30 minutes of play left and the new ball taken.
At this point it’s worth saying that the Uni side had tried just about everything – from spin to meds, yorkers to full tosses – anything to buy a wicket.
As all of us who have been around fast bowlers know, giving a quick a new ball after 16 overs of patient batting from the last wicket was always going to be fiery.
This day was no different. The first four balls with the new rock were short and aimed at Richard. No shot offered. Ball five around the wicket and right at the throat.
Richard Armour fills the side with confidence as he defends the Uni attack
As a fellow fast bowler it would have been interesting to see what went through Rich’s mind as he just stood there and dropped the arms. Looking straight back at the bowler he let it hit him right on the shoulder. Not a sound.
Silence from the crowd. Silence from the ground. And then the batsman pipes up “Do you want to stop bowling spin already? It’s a waste of the new ball”. Needless to say that fired the boys up.
Unfortunately though, the fairy tale wasn’t to be. With less than 15 minutes left in the day, a faint edge ended the season for the Colts, but not before Dan and Richard had reminded all of us why we love this club.
It has been my privilege to captain the boys this year and there is some real talent amongst the team. It won’t be long before we see many of them in higher grades.
I have been very proud of how the team has banded together this year and it shows in the results – while we may not have lifted the Metropolitan Cup, a minor premiership and Semi Final result from such a young team (with the exception of Stuart Bromley, I have been playing cricket longer than every other player has been alive… and I only just turned 26!) is a great result.
Hopefully we have all learnt from this season to be a bit more like Dan and Richard – never giving up, never flinching and standing tall no matter the situation as part of the Gordon CC.
Having finished the regular season in first place, the Colts were keen to make a statement on day 1 of the finals series at Beauchamp. Having already beaten Fairfield-Liverpool twice after Christmas, we were confident that a good showing early on Day 1 would set us on track for a win by Sunday evening.
Matt Keane added the cherry on the top with the willow, before picking up 4 with the ball
Coleman won the toss and had absolutely no issues in opting to bat on what was, and probably still is, a fantastic batting strip. Adrian and Stan got things underway watchfully, seeing off the juicy first hour and some consistent opening bowling to set a good platform for the rest of the day. Stan fell down leg side after drinks with the score at 35, bringing Tim van Zuylen in at 3.
This author was, as the only dismissed bat, then transferred to Curl Curl to field for the 5th grade side, and unfortunately missed most of the action of a dominant late-morning and afternoon session for Gordon, with the middle order churning out the runs to the tune of three 50s to van Zuylen (66), Bromley (66) and Coleman (54), along with 36 to Craig.
van Zuylen belts one back down the ground as he sets up the side's innings
Apparently van Zuylen’s 66 in particular was an innings of immense composure and patience, however I wouldn’t be able to confirm this, as while Tim was supposedly putting on a clinic at Beauchamp, I was woofing down the remains of my hour-old subway after finishing a fielding stint at Mike Pawley.
It’s not often that Tim’s batting gets tagged with composure and patience. It’s often accompanied by a description more along the lines of “destructive and brutal”, if often too short for his and our liking. More of it in the final two weeks ‘VuVu’.
Having resisted the urge to take a quick dip in the surf, I returned to Beauchamp mid-afternoon to catch the back half of the Bromley-Coleman master class on a wicket that surprisingly still was offering something for the persisant Lions side.
Rare to find a photo of Bromley not punishing one through backward point. Does love a cut shot!
With these two ‘elders’ removed, Gordon had moved past 250, and Fairfield might have thought they had removed the batting half of the Gordon side. However the lower order had other plans; with a trio of Matts (Chamberlain, Page & Keane) piling on the runs, Keane reaching 40 before anyone could blink with some superb aerial hitting.
Having reached stumps at 8/334, Keane, Dan Chamberlain and Richard Armour played well on Sunday morning to eventually be all out for a useful 347.
With 95 overs left in the day we were keen to get things moving with the early wickets that the Colts always seem to find.
Great to see the skipper 'Elton' Coleman make a sizeable contribution with the bat
Sunday was no different, as Richard ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ Armour picked up 2 and Matt Page 1 to leave Fairfield at 3-24 at lunch. An Oporto-charged Colts then trudged into the afternoon with a lot of work to do as the Lions shut up shop completely to play for the draw, which could have seen them through to next weekend.
In an uneventful middle session, the bowlers worked long and hard for next to no reward; Fairfield 5 down at tea.
In the final session things were again slow, until Matt Chamberlain’s juicy off spin finally tempted a mistake, which got things back on track. The new ball was soon taken and Matt Keane steamed in at pace to knock over the
Neat glove work by 'Elton' Coleman. Even better camerawork by the author's old man - John Craig
Fairfield middle order rock, and collected a few grills and gloves in an excellent spell which picked up 3 wickets.
Little was spoken about this catch in the match report... but the mobile app was alight as Stan Gaynor plucks a brilliant catch out of the air
Matt Page also used the new ball well to pick up the 8th from the other end. Keane eventually ended the game late afternoon; an excellent win full of patience from a young side; the experience of playing two long days will prepare the side well for the semi-final against the Students at Beauchamp this weekend.
The webmaster wishes to thank John Craig for all his photos this season. It's been great to get such good coverage of these up and coming players
Have you ever lost a game by 1 run? It can be heart-breaking. How about 0.08 runs. That’s how close the Colts came to winning their final game of the season. Not even a tenth of a run. The closest of margins you or I are likely to see in our lifetimes. If the rain came one ball earlier… we would have had 6 points.
Come on 'Robbo', we would love to see 100 from you during the finals
For our last game of the regular season the Colts were up against a determined Western Suburbs outfit, keen to get the points as they wanted to cement their place in the finals. Beauchamp was hosting our final fixture of the season. Captain ‘Elton’ Coleman won the toss and bowled on a good wicket.
Wests got off to a slow but steady start to their innings, with some tough wide calls leading their scoring in the early overs. That was until Richard Armour was introduced into the attack. With Wests on 29 in the 12th over Richard grabbed the first wicket.
With great support from Matt Keane at the other end tying down the batsmen, Richard was able to keep the pressure on and by hitting that great line and length as he always does he picked up 2 more wickets in short succession. Dan Chamberlain then joined the party with a wicket caught behind to have Wests 4/38 after 19 and looking in some trouble.
Richard bowled out his 10 overs in one spell, and finished with the tremendous figures of 3/18.
But the Wests batsmen then knuckled down and put on a good partnership of 61 before young Ryan McElduff bowling a very good spell, knocked over their danger batsmen.
The words "Ryan McElduff", "good spell", "impressing opposition" are being often heard around the grounds. Big things in line for this young man
From there the team was able to snare regular wickets, with young Ryan picking up another and Dan Chamberlain also finishing with 3. It is fair to say the team’s catching was much improved from the previous week and when we had polished off Wests in the 49th over for 144 we thought we were in a pretty good position even allowing for the slow outfield.
A wicket in the first over set us back a little, but ‘Robbo’ Robertson came in and looked solid as ever, and when he and Tim had taken the score to 1/23 after only 7 overs we looked like we were cruising. The 8th over changed everything and we found ourselves on the back foot after losing both Tim and Andrew Coleman and Wests had their tails up.
Matt Chamberlain joined Robbo and they set about the task, but some good bowling from the opposition never let the pressure off. Robbo fell with the score on 48 after a well made 26. Another 20 to 30 for Robbo.
Dan Chamberlin is supported by his skipper after one sneaks through the batsman's guard and cannons into the pads
When Matt also fell a few runs later, I joined Ryan in the middle. At 5/55 the plan was to consolidate until drinks and then push for the runs. Young Ryan batted with great maturity for his age and his efforts impressed all including the opposition.
With rain on the horizon we needed to get our run rate up fast in case of an early finish, but wickets fell in the quest for quick runs. Matt Page came to the crease looking determined to smash the winning runs, and with clean hitting and hard running instantly boosted the run rate and sent a small wave of panic through the opposition. But a couple of spectacular catches set us back, and when lightening stopped play at about 5.05pm we were 9 down for 118 – still 27 runs short with 9 overs left.
Matt Page does right by the side and tries to lift the run rate before the rain came tumbling down
The game was still set for tight finish - but that’s when the thunderstorm hit and the match was over. So close - in the end run rate decided the outcome and we were 0.08 runs short. As I said at the top, that’s how close the Colts came to winning their final game of the season. Not even a tenth of a run. If the rain came one ball earlier… we would have had 6 points.
We reluctantly conceded that Wests had been the better team and deserved the win.
A few more of these types of performances in the field should set the Colts on the right trajectory - the author, Adrian Craig, takes a good catch behind the wicket
A huge thanks to Ryan McElduff and Matt Chamberlain for playing and showing they are more than capable if called upon in the finals.
It was a disappointing way for the Colts to finish the season but congrats to all our boys for winning the Minor Premiership. Now we all need to pull our socks up and play our best cricket from here as we look to win the big one. The batsmen in particular need to apply themselves when out in the middle. It isn’t ‘someone else’s’ job. It’s yours.
See you at training… and all the supporters at Beauchamp this weekend.
Most of the team rocked up to Marickville Park for 8:30am expecting to play a 120 over match, however this was not the case. The toss was won and Andy elected to bowl due to the green top on the pitch. The one day game commenced at 10:05 as requested by the other team’s captain. No play occurred in the last round.
Adrian Craig punishes a loose ball
Matt Kean and George Read opened the bowling and despite a few harsh wide calls, bowled good lines, with Matt claiming the first wicket when the batsmen tripped over himself and ended up on the ground much like his leg stump. George picked up a well-deserved wicket as well.
Matt Page came on to replace the other Matt, and he bowled well and was unlucky to not get a wicket. The pick of the bowlers would have to be Richard Armour who took seven wickets… well that’s what I would like to say, but unfortunately due to seven drop catches off his bowling, he was left with no wickets and only one hand one bounce wickets, which much to Armour’s disappointment didn’t count.
Adrian Craig came on to bowl and as always bowled consistent lines creating pressure and was able to pick up two very useful wickets in the middle overs. Dan Chamberlain and Matt Kean came on to bowl out the rest of the overs with both picking up wickets Dan (3/27) and Matt (3/13). The only catches in the match went to Page and Armour who was not impressed with the rest of the team.
Robertson built a useful partnership with Craig, but the team wants more during the finals
Our Colts team managed to bowl out Randwick out for 129.
It was time for our boys to bat. Stan Gaynor and Adrian Craig opened the batting, but due to losing a quick wicket we were put on the back foot. James Robertson came to the crease and started building a very useful partnership with Adrian of 67 runs before Craig was trapped LBW for 26 just before dinks.
Retallick came to the crease but wasn’t there long. ‘Robbo’ tried to keep the score ticking over but due to a fantastic diving catch at short mid-wicket he was removed for 34 runs. Another dismissal in the 30s for this young gun. We’re looking for more from him as we reach the finals. It’d be fantastic to see him raise his bat and salute the crowd with 100 against his name.
George Read soon followed and all of a sudden we were 5-97 and looking in a bit of trouble. The experienced Andy Coleman and Stuart Bromley were at the crease trying to get the team over the line.
Richard Armour shoulders the load... both on the field and carrying George Read off it!
The extremely slow outfield meant that we weren’t getting much value for our shots, but some good batting meant that we didn’t lose another wicket and we reached the target with plenty of overs to spare.
Overall apart from the fielding, it was a great effort by everyone.
P.S. On behalf of everyone in Colts and the Gordon club, I’d like to thank and congratulate George Read on a fantastic season and the best of luck to him as he moves back to England. You will be missed.
Penrith won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a typical Beauchamp wicket. They began well, playing some expansive shots against the new ball. Gordon struck back quickly however, and from there it all went downhill quickly for the Penrith batsmen.
Author and form bowler, Richard Armour in against against the Penrith side
Wickets began to fall quickly and runs dried up through the middle overs with all bowlers contributing. Everything did not go smoothly for Gordon though, as the returning Alex Campbell, Tom Lamont and myself became entangled during a skied catch, which culminated in Alex spear-tackling Tom to the ground and the ball rolling harmlessly away.
The exceptional timing by John Craig to capture this on film.
A little bit of calling next time gents!
Maintaining the rage, Alex came on to bowl a fast and furious over claiming a wicket for no runs and striking fear into the batsmen and slip fielders' hearts. Dan Chamberlain and Adrian Craig came on to clean up a Penrith tail that hung around much longer than they should have; a trend in Colts play that has to be corrected before finals time.
The chase started fairly well with Adrian and Tim laying a solid foundation first up. The Penrith bowlers quickly learnt that short bowling will be punished at Beauchamp and proceeded to bowl full - and take wickets.
Tim van Zuylen continues his aggressive stance when at the crease
Adrian and Saahil fell in quick succession before Andrew and Tim put together a solid partnership to take Colts seemingly past their shaky start. Tim then fell for, in his words, a "less emotionally charged" (responsible..) 20-odd to the worst ball he faced.
Tom came in and played some powerful shots before smashing one into the waiting hands of cover and we went to stumps 4/60, still requiring 65 to win.
Matt Keane looks legside, Dan Chamberlin plays off the back foot & Matt celebrates 50
Day 2 started in a similar manner to the end of the first, with George Read and Andrew meeting mid pitch as George was run out. Andrew was tactically given out LBW by his team to bring Matt Keane and Dan Chamberlain together. At this point the Stags still needed 56 to win and things looked bad when Matt padded up to his first ball. Next ball was absolutely belted back over the bowlers head for 4 and the pair never looked back.
No bowlers were safe from Matt's destructive hitting or Dan's excellent working of gaps and soon enough Matt was clubbing a huge 6 to take the Stags past the Penrith total. Dan unfortunately fell before reaching what would have been a well-deserved half century, with Alex walking to the wicket straight from the car in pads many sizes too small.
Matt Page provides plenty of support for his skipper in the bowling unit
Matt deserved a hundred but the curse of 87 struck, leaving Andy to preserve Alex and my averages with a declaration at tea, 88 runs ahead.
Penrith needed some sort of points from this game and as such decided to try and win on second innings in the 40 overs remaining in the day. When the opening batsmen gave the first bowlers a bit of a touch up it didn't seem out of the question that Penrith could set us a decent total to chase down. However, the aggressive batting was always going to provide chances and wherever Dan went the ball followed, picking up a few catches to go with more wickets and compound a top game.
With Penrith struggling to post a competitive total, one of the young batsmen decided to take matters into his own hands and clubbed Andy in the face (by accident... no one would hit Elton on purpose).
Mixed emotions. George Read gets a bowl once his skipper is carted off to the hospital
Blood stained the Beauchamp wicket as Andy was rushed off to hospital for some stitches and an x-ray, although not before attempting to assure everyone he would return to take part in the run chase if required.
Tim attempted to convince everyone that as acting co-captain he was able to bring himself on to bowl AND wicket keep at the same time but thankfully common sense prevailed and George was finally able to bowl after about a month waiting for a chance. He promptly took 2 wickets in an over to squash any hopes of Penrith achieving valuable points.
To the amazement of everyone, spectators and players alike, the Penrith captain made a Nasser-Hussain-like call in declaring their innings closed just 37 runs ahead, with 20 overs remaining in the day.
Frankly there isn't much to write about in the second innings as George and Tom made short work of the total, taking the Penrith bowlers to all parts to complete the outright victory in 4.3 overs.
Before injury struck, Coleman looked to advance his side's fortunes against the Penrith side
Still riding high on all sorts of adrenaline the Colts players belted out what was easily the best rendition of the club song I have heard, with the noise placing the Beauchamp sheds at serious risk of collapsing on top of us.
Hopefully we will be singing with just as much gusto at least 5 times more this season.
Attached is a little time lapse of the injury that Andy himself put together!
Gordon showed up to Beauchamp to face the 2nd Blacktown team on a cold, overcast day with a bright green pitch (seriously though, it took a while to pick it out from the surrounding grass) and high hopes of a quick win on day one and potential for an outright.
Ben Leighton, poised for action against the Warriors
(Do you reckon that bloke is backing up?)
After winning the toss, Gordon elected to bowl and everything was looking good for Gordon on the first ball when the opening batsman edged one to Retallick at gully, where the catch was put down. “H”.
Despite this, Gordon preceded to take three early wickets to leave Blacktown 3/20 off 8 with Matt Keane and Deva Nirthanakumaran doing the damage. It was not Gordon’s day in the field, however, with Blacktown racing to 7/108 at tea and Richard Armour dropping two catches. “O”. “R”.
This author, Matthew Page, bungled an absolute sitter off Ben Leighton. “S”.
After tea, Gordon strove for an hour to put an end to the Blacktown batting order, dismissing them for 139. Not, however, before Retallick managed to put down another difficult catch. “E”.
Ben Leighton on Day 1, spinning the Colts into a fantastic position
So Colts lost that game and also managed to accidently score a direct hit on the Blacktown captain from a throw in, resulting in a potentially fractured thumb.
Key performances by Nirthanakumaran (2/36), Keane (2/28), Armour (1/15) and lastly, but certainly not least by any measure, Ben Leighton with a stunning, and crucial, 5/37 to set us up for a nice first innings win. Despite all those dropped catches, however, almost all dismissals were catches with Dom Thompson bagging two. Gordon ended up 1/76 at the end of Day 1.
So much happened on Day 2 for Gordon, I’m going to have to jump right into it without further ado. For those who are interested in a quick version, Colts witnessed a Gordon hat-trick; a Gordon five-for involving a hat-trick; a Gordon four-for involving the first 4 wickets of the innings to fall; a Gordon century and a Gordon 10-for for the match.
Thomson doesn't mess around, putting the side well in front and setting up a crack at an outright victory
To start, Thompson and Stan Gaynor put up a valiant display early on Day 2, with Gaynor achieving a superb 52 before being caught in gully by Blacktown. Retallick scored a solid 20 and Gordon declared at 6/223 when Thompson achieved a classy 100no.
Back in the bowling attack, Keane struck early and often, earning himself the first four wickets of the Blacktown 2nd innings, three on first balls of overs. At this point, Tim van Zuylen entered into the attack and despite bowling an extreme wide first ball, he ended up bowling a tight 0/3 off 1.
Wickets seemed to dry up at this point, until Ben Leighton came back in to bowl and snared a well timed hat-trick (bowled, caught [Page], LBW) to leave Blacktown stumbling at 7 down for not many. A 4th wicket came quickly for Leighton, followed closely by his 5th for the innings and 10th for the match, a couple of overs later.
Matt Keane took the first 4 wickets in the second dig
However, despite his injury, the Blacktown captain put up a valiant display for an hour against the bowling attacks of Leighton and Nirthanakumaran as well as Page and Armour before being replaced by Keane and Robertson. Robbo did what he always does when he bowls, taking wickets for no runs, 1/0 off 1.2 overs, to give the Colts a superb 2nd innings win and another outright under their belts.
If his recent solid batting results weren’t quite enough to ensure Robbo’s place in the team, the efforts of his parents a second week in a row have surely sealed his position. After supplying the shade and Gatorade last weekend for our hottest game of the season at Fairfield, the Robertsons continued their good form, this week bringing a tasty cake, a BBQ and sausages for the Colts to enjoy Australia Day the only way it should be… with a sausage sanga (and a beer after the match for the +18s)!
Matt and Richie go up for this one... Surely out?
If Robbo was to either get promoted or fall into a deep slump and not be playing for Colts, he would definitely be missed… but his parents would be sorely missed.
On a drizzly Sunday we were provided with a pitch which was certainly going to call on all of our backyard cricket experience. See the picture taken courtesy of Matt Keane before the start of play, yes, that is the pitch and not the outfield.
Harry Middlebrook and Matt Keane, almost identical, except for the red hair!
Unfortunately the skipper (Andy Coleman) lost the toss and we were sent in to do our best on the greenest top I’ve ever experienced. With the addition of some steady light right rain, the pitch was two paced, some staying low and skidding through, others holding up. This caused the loss of a few big wickets early (Gaynor, Van Zuylen, Robertson and Coleman) and with the score at 4/34 it wasn’t looking like being a great day for the Colts.
Together with Adrian Craig (4), and then Aaron Crofts, Bromley went on the offensive which seemed the only way to go on this wicket which was proving a tough place to play conventional cricket shots. He finished with 59, while Aaron Crofts added a much needed and measured 17, before George Read unleashed with some big boundaries to finish with a powerful and important 16.
Coleman snaffles one... and Bromley and Armour are up to celebrate
Yours truly (Bromley) could obviously smell the sausages were ready while umpiring and went on to spear 3 LBWs which wrapped up the Colts Innings. From 4/34 to finish on 141 was a solid effort by the late batsman who showed they can help when needed.
With our stomachs full of some perfectly cooked sausage sandwiches (again thanks to Chef Robertson), we were looking for a quick finish. The pitch seemed to have dried out and unfortunately there wasn’t nearly as much in it as there had been earlier. After some big hitting early and being at 0/28, the Colts stuck to the skipper’s plan of bowling tight and forcing the tigers to hit out... The plan worked.
Armour, doing this Fantasy League player a favour, sharks one in front of Bromley
From there, our quicks tore through the Tigers. After starting with 0/18 off 2 overs, Middlebrook was obviously still thinking about how tasty the sausage sizzle was and Coleman gave him a quick rest. On his return, he became the destroyer, going on to take 4/19 off his 8 remaining overs, finishing with 4/37 off 10. As well as taking a screamer in the field, Matt Keane took the scalps of 3 of the top 4 batsman and finished with a tidy 3/34 off 6.
Aaron Crofts continued his dominance from last week with another tight display 2/0 off 1.2 and closed out the match. Tigers all out for 91.
Special mention to Richard Armour who was the most unlucky man of the day… Firstly, he may have got a snick onto the ball he was given out LBW, then, as people were diving everywhere taking classic catches for the other bowlers, poor Rich had 3 dropped chances off his bowling which would have given him the figures he deserved. He did take one wicket from his 10 overs of extremely tight bowling and finished with 1/13 off 10 which shouldn’t hurt the average, but could have been so much better. He also took possibly the catch of the year in slips showing his fielders what they should have done for him – going horizontal from 2nd slip and stealing a sitter from the opposite side of first.
Any danger of a front foot defensive shot? Even the webmaster's archives only have back foot punches by Bromley.
Another dominant performance by the Colts who, led by Coleman (who took two catches including one full length diving catch himself), did a great job defending a reasonably small total.
The Colts this weekend went straight back for a second course against Fairfield Liverpool in the return fixture. Turning up to a scorching hot field deep in the western reaches of Sydney was a little out of the comfort zone for some of the boys but some eskis, camp chairs and some tunes from the party boy Ben Leighton made it seem like home.
Stan Gaynor leads the charge with the willow
The captain and new keeper, Stu Bromley, led the boys out into the field first to try and avoid the hotter weather later in the day. Not a bad decision either as Matt "zucchini" Keane bowled some rippers that exploded off a length and was unplayable. At the other end Prince George was his usual miserly self, keeping things tight. As such, the scoreboard was crawling along.
The first wicket came in unusual circumstances. The ball was knocked to mid on for a quick single which was never really on.
James Robertson follows Livermore & Rosen with the Stags' lightweight headwear
Matt, the fielder, was ‘Keane’ for the run out and covered quick ground to the ball where a simple pick up and flick to the bowler would of had it sorted but that was much too simple for him. Instead he chose this moment to get the fumbles. Struggling to pick up the ball, he gave the batsman some false hope of making it before he picked up the ball and with one stump to aim out smashed them down.
Some more fantastic wickets followed with Richard Armour holding a spectacular catch hit flat, hard and high above his head. Fortunate for us the batter picked out the tallest fielder. Then contender for ball of the season bowled by Ben Leighton when he got one to drift, dip, grip, and then spin past the edge of the bat leaving the batsman stranded out of his crease and Stu obliged by taking a smart catch and whisking off the bails.
Richard Armour takes a great catch to continue pushing the match in the Colts' favour
Their batsman never really got on top of the Colts bowlers and the final score showed as they crept to 9/171of the 50 on what was turning into an absolute road to bat on. The pick of the bowlers was Aaron Crofts who ended with magnificent figures of 3/14.
In response it never looked in doubt with Stan putting on a master class of left hand opening batting whipping anything moderately straight through the leg side. Adrian later some good shots before falling on 19 but that was only a minor hiccup as young "Robbo" Robertson came in and carried on from last week with some majestic stroke play that proved his undoubted batting skill (but can he bowl?) until he fell to a cherry on 34.
Waiting around in the heat was not in the script for Dom who came to the crease and pumped the roasted bowlers around for plenty of boundaries, but the cameo couldn't be sustained as he was out for 33 only a few runs short of the target.
Aaron Crofts bowling and pleading his case to the umpire
50 was brought up by Stan and the score was reached by a sublime pull shot for four by Tim much to the relief of the guys on the hill who could crack open the beers in celebration. (Special mention to Richard’s umpiring!)
Overall a good victory by the Colts who are looking to keep the run going all into the new year.
Tim van Zuylen
The “youthful” Stags arrived refreshed after the Christmas/New Year break to a well groomed Beauchamp pitch. Andy ‘Elton’ Coleman won the toss and put the Fairfield team into bowl - which was not surprising as he always does that!
James Robertson is congratulated by Adrian Craig on his half century
As the heat of the day started to rain down on the Chatswood “Dog Park” it was not just the aroma of the “dog poo” from the bins at the front of the pavilion that was tickling the opposition’s noses. Stan Gaynor and Adrian Craig were doing something similar out in the middle and it was clear to all that these two Stags were not going to be easy prey. The Lions (Fairfield-Liverpool) were clearly feeling uneasy - this was to be no stroll through the African savannah for them!
The score raced away to 47, with Stan scoring some early fours until he was caught off a ball destined for the boundary. James Robertson (Robbo) arrived at the crease and he and Adrian continued the momentum, rolling the strike for some tight singles and putting away the bad balls. The outfield was slow and the boys had to work hard with plenty of ones and twos. With no cooling breeze it was hard work and drinks were to be plenty.
Adrian Craig whips one off his legs on his way to a big score
By the next drinks break Robbo had reached 50 and the partnership was approaching 116. Robbo holed out in the deep on 57 and Adrian was joined at the crease by Andrew Coleman and quickly followed by Stu Bromley. Andy claimed “jet lag” and not sure about Stu after their quick demises. The Lions had got a “smell of blood” and for a moment they looked to rally as their quick’s returned to the contest.
This momentum was soon lost as Adrian with confidence started to hit out reaching the boundary with some great shots and well supported by Ben Leighton who scored a rapid 19. With the score at 233 and after a great knock Adrian was caught on 81.
Daniel Chamberlin puts the squeeze on the Lions
It was left to Ben, Harry, Dan and Deva to finish off. The tail continued to score and added another 27 runs to finish the innings on 257 with Deva actually getting off the mark!
After an interesting lunch of gossip, where everyone feasted on Subway, the young Stags got down to business again with Deva starting the account with a first ball, full toss LBW. Fairfield held on until the 10th over when Harry Middlebrook made the break through, clean bowling the other opener.
The No.3 followed suit with a nice catch by Andy. For the next period of the game the Lions started to build a partnership and wickets were hard to find. Finally with the opposition at 75, Richie found the spot and dismissed the No.4 batsman with a “crocodile catch” well taken by Stan. Ben Leighton joined the action with 2 wickets and Daniel Chamberlain executing a nice run out.
The wickets started to tumble and Daniel finished off the day with some great bowling and the impressive figures of 3/9 off 6 overs. Fairfield-Liverpool were all out in the 44th for 136.
Harry "Prince" Middlebrook getting it done for the Stags
The Stags left the ground feeling good about their early 2014 form and ready for next week’s re-match against, yes, the Lions again!
Gordon 6-257 (Adrian Craig 81, James Robertson 57, Stan Gaynor 20, Ben Leighton 19) defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 136 (Daniel Chamberlain 3-9, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-38, Ben Leighton 2-46, Harry Middlebrook 1-11, Richard Armour 1-15).
The skipper makes no mistake as he whips the bails off, finding the Lions' batsman short
Arriving at Beauchamp on a Saturday morning backing up from a Friday night was always goning to be a struggle for any lad. Yet the composition of our team was mainly youngsters who luckily weren’t as dusty as the ‘senior’ players.
James Robertson looks to the short legside boundary for runs
A new captain in ‘Voo Voo’ van Zuylen produced a typical Colts warmup; consisting of a walk around the oval and plenty of banter to welcome the new fellas.
The confidence in winning the toss and batting was well appreciated amongst the ranks as the nerves were tingling after many sleepless nights looking forward to their first Colts senior game. Little Ryan ‘Duffman’ McElduff and the ‘Sage’ Adrian Craig opened up for the Stags.
Not before long however the skipper joined Ryan out in the middle and set about pounding the Tigers to all parts of the ground. To look up at the score and see Timmy smashing the bowlers everwhere was a sight to watch yet Duffman’s innings of 9 should be applauded, one of the best I’ve seen of a young lad for taking the sting out of the Sydney attack.
James Robertson (31) joined Van Zuylen and together they took the score to 122. Plenty of boundaries and aggressive strokeplay was a highlight of this partnership and both played particularly well to set up the Stags for a huge score. However a part time leggie was introduced with head high deliveries and triple bounced ones exciting the batsmen waiting in the sheds.
Michael Roberts hits some much needed runs with the tail
Something extraordinary happened however… this ‘bowler’ took the score from 2/122 to 8/151 in one of the most horrific bowling/batting performances ever witnessed.
Tim fell for a wonderful 69, Robertson for another promising innings of 31, and the middle order offered little resistance hitting ball after ball to the men on the fence. An absolutely fantastic innings of Michael Roberts (48) took us to 188 before being bowled out for a below par performance after such a bright start.
Amusingly, Mr Robertson and his fellow gardening trustees set about curating the pitch into a paradise for the Sydney batsmen. This was something which, although surprising, impressed me, creating an even contest to play the remainder of the match.
After a break where some members of the team sank a few, and others piled on too many meat pies, the boys were refreshed and ready to rip through a team of lads who appeared more comfortable sitting in an online gaming room firing spells of wizadry at each other than hitting a leather ball.
New skipper, van Zuylen, leads from the front against the Sydney side
Keane and Calov set about bowling a quick spell of bowling to snare a few wickets after a surprisingly good start from the Balmain batsmen. After the first two bats were dismissed the runs dried up and Daniel Chamberlain bowled a terrific spell of stump to stump bowling picking up four vital wickets in the process.
The fielding performance was outstanding with James Robertson producing a number of one-handed stops at point to heap the pressure back on the batting side. Timmy Van Zuylen must be praised for rotating the bowlers in short spells to dry up runs and taking wickets at regular intervals.
A ballsy decision was to remove Dan from the attack before reaching his ‘five-for’ and introducing Benny Leighton who picked up 3 wickets and Aaron Crofts who bowled a tight spell to pick up 1.
A fantastic effort to bowl Sydney Balmain for 111 and pick up a bonus point in the process with all team members providing vital contributions.
Huge Christmas and New Year celebrations were discussed and the boys will be ready and refreshed for 2014.
The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.
The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday, and consists of 3 T20 matches and 4 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.
For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.
Poidevin Gray match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:
We arrived at Chatswood bright and early for an 8.38am (yes 8.38am exactly) meet. Clouds were starting to clear and the mood in the changing rooms and throughout the squad was a positive one as usual.
The author applies his trade against the Randwick side
After another memorable warm up held by Coach '2 roots' Poysden. I’m not sure of the nickname, but others assure me it has to do with his love for Australian natives. In the horticultural sense of course.
Tym 'One Beer' Crawford won the toss and sent Randwick in to bat on what seemed a good deck which had little signs of use from Saturday’s fixture.
Skilbeck and Stickland opened up and built early pressure out in the middle. Stickland produced one of the best spells of the season to end with an opening spell of 6 overs for just 4 runs.
Jack Colley joins the party, taking the long handle to the Randwick bowlers
Wickets soon fell and the score was 2/37. A good line and length, backed up with some good fielding carried on building pressure and frustrating the Randwick batsmen. A few hard chances went down in the middle overs but the team kept the spirits high and worked hard through the middle overs.
The key breakthrough came when Skilbeck produced a slower ball which was lofted to long on to dismiss Scicluna for 73. Some good plans were enforced by our death bowlers with Skilbeck and skipper 'Roach' Crawford both picking up 3 wickets each at the death.
Randwick finshed on 9/206 off their 50 overs.
Chris Spratt continues to make an impact at the top of the innings
Another flying start from Spratt & Colley saw the score rocket to 54 from just 7 overs, with Spratt being the main enforcer once again scoring 37 from 16 balls. Spratt soon departed which brought Liam to the crease. At 1/88, the Stags seemed very comfortable and set to knock off the remaining 120 runs with ease.
However 3 quick wickets fell and the Stags needed to rebuild and form another partnership. Jack Colley and Max Papworth seemed unfazed by the pressure and soon the Randwick fielders were quiet once again. Some superb shots all around the wicket saw Colley soon reach his half century, with the Stags cantering towards the target of 206 for victory.
Papworth carried on in his mature fashion, dispatching any width which was offered.
Dan Stickland during his best spell of the season
After a short delay to find the ball on the train tracks, Colley was dismissed for 62, being trapped in front. Nick Miller came in at 7 and struck some glorious boundaries along with Papworth to reach the target with 6 overs to spare.
It’s still a couple of weeks away, but bring on the boys from Parramatta. We’re ready for this competition.
Carrying momentum through from an outstanding chase against Bankstown, the PG’s side brought an underlying confidence to their clash with Easts. An exceptionally fun warm up adequately prepared the side, with several unique and original relaxation exercises proving effective once again.
Alex Wright bowls a crucial spell to keep the Stags in the game
Another toss resulting in bowling first spread a feeling of familiarity amongst the side. A dangerously warm sun accentuated the need to model sun safe behaviour, led by Liam “The King” McElduff’s determination to avoid sunburn.
A solid start from Skilbeck and Stickland saw the first 6 overs proceed at a run rate of just over 3, before the batsmen became comfortable and cashed in on a relatively flat batting wicket. A slight stray from regular plans saw the run rate fluctuate as high as 6 until a breakthrough from Alex “Tinder specialist” Wright saw the removal of his English counterpart. The initial wicket sparked an inspiring spell from our overseas player, clawing back momentum in Gordon’s favour.
Tight bowling in the middle session saw 5 wickets with just under 50 runs added. One of the best bowling displays all year by the boys demonstrated patience and consistency, as well as some important run outs. The middle overs fight back, led by Wrighty, was ably supported by Tym “Baldy” Crawford and Skilbeck.
The coach’s philosophy of clarity was exemplified at the death, with straight fields and full bowling restricting Easts scoring opportunities. Skilbeck and Stickland were unlucky to not pick up any poles, but still built pressure and assisted the overall team. Wickets to Tym and Wrighty, brought on by their tight line and length, saw just rewards for their patient bowling.
Jack Colley looks to the air as the Easts bowlers stray too short
Easts ended up on a score of 199 and the Stags were set a below par 200 to win.
A flying start saw Kris Colley and Chris Spratt dispatch balls to all parts, punishing any slight misses of line and length. After Chris’ dismissal, a consolidation saw “The King” and Kris lay a solid foundation, reducing any change room nervousness.
Without being overly aggressive, these two displayed the perfect mentality, playing positively not just with stroke play, but with manipulation in defence to ensure the scoreboard continued to tick over.
After Kris departed, and a quick fire 20 from the skipper, an in-form Jack Colley went to the crease to accompany Liam in the best partnership of the innings. An aggressive mind-set saw Jack and Liam rapidly reduce the runs required whilst also showing why our batting lineup has to potential to out-bat any team. After Jack departed, Liam and Max finished it off, punishing some poor bowling.
Liam "The King" McElduff provides a steadying influence on the middle order
A mention must go out to Liam, with a very impressive and mature innings to once again guide us home. Hopefully our top order can continue these impressive performances to ensure we make the most of our position in the competition.
An extremely unlucky dismissal to Chris Spratt saw the removal of one of the most entertaining, powerful, flamboyant and talented batsmen at the club. All I can say was the other team tried all avenues to remove this man, a testament to the fear other teams have when Prof. Spratt is at the crease. A very selfless act of getting out gave the rest of our batting lineup a hit, whilst maintaining one of the best aggregates in the PGs competition this season. All I can say is keep this young prodigy bookmarked because he is one to watch for the future.
Up the Stags.
A confident Gordon PGs outfit arrived to a stunning Bankstown Memorial Oval in what was expected to be temperatures just under 40 degrees. With the disappointment of the rain diminishing the chances of getting the points against St George the previous round, the Stags set out to make a statement to the competition.
The skipper continues to lead his chargers from the front, keeping the game within the reach of the Stags
With the side not having played a game in over a month, we came up against the undefeated front runners in Bankstown. The young Gordon side knew that they would need to produce their best cricket to date to overcome the immensely strong Bankstown unit (the fact that several of them looked to be in their mid 30's was unsettling).
After a quick chat about the game and what was expected of us from Coach Poysden we set about our warm up. The warm up was carried out with great intensity (despite the lack of equipment provided by the coach) and anyone could see that the Stags side was up for the challenge.
As the coin hit the hard Bankstown surface, and the skipper's (Tym Crawford) miscalculated call, we were put into the field to see what we could do with the minimal moisture trapped underneath the surface.
To open proceedings Jack Skilbeck took the new ball, accompanied by Dan Stickland. The breakthrough we were looking for was achieved in the second over when Dan took the edge through to Nick Coleman on debut as the opening bat attempted to dispatch him over the grandstand. Both openers bowled superbly, beating the edge on countless occasions. Bowling sublime areas with the ball moving around slightly, Jack got his reward, bowling an absolute ‘jaffa’ to the left handed opener which nipped back to take the top of off stump.
Bankstown's number 3 was then joined by their skipper, the two first graders set out to destroy the hopes of victory for the Stags, hitting to all parts of the ground in a superb display of batting by the pair. The partnership of 144 was ended by Tym with a short, wide ball being smoked down to the safe hands of Reagan at deep point. Who ever said rubbish doesn't get wickets?!
If there's ever a run chase, there's always a photo of Chris Spratt hitting out!
It was at that point that Tym gave us an option, we could either roll over and let them get 350+ or we could produce a bit of resilience and try to keep them under 300. From then on the boundaries stopped flowing and the bowlers could find their rhythm, when their number 3 was dismissed for a fantastic 104, the boundaries stopped all together with the exception of the odd one or two.
The Bankstown middle order struggled to build any substantial partnerships as the Gordon bowlers toiled hard in the intense heat, which was rewarded with wickets falling at regular intervals. All of the bowlers played their part with Crawford, Stickland and Miller finishing with 2 each. Skilbeck was unlucky as he was the pick of the bowlers it ended with just the 1 wicket, this accompanied by a run out left the hosts at 8‐288 off their 50.
This difficult run chase would test the character and the skills of the young Stags side.
After the innings break Chris Spratt and Kris Colley went about chasing the mammoth total that Bankstown set. They got off to a flyer smashing balls to the boundary wherever they pleased. Both the openers were dismissed though within short time of each other which left the stags at 2‐54 with plenty of work to do.
That brought Liam and Tym to the crease, from ball one these two looked at home and went about their business as they usually do. With Tym smashing anything either side of a good length and Liam taking a more patient approach supporting the skipper. These two batted superbly and built a 121 run stand in which they never dropped the run rate under 6. This was all the more impressive as the temperature would have been upwards of 38 degrees, the heat was getting to Tym and it showed as the skipper ejected his lunch at the drinks break just backward of point.
But as class athletes do, he composed himself and kept fighting on.
Just as Liam was really turning up the heat on the Bankstown bowlers he was run out for a fine knock of 53 due to some miscommunication between the two and some very good fielding. Tym was then joined by Jack Colley and the two kept the runs flowing effortlessly (or so it seemed from the sideline). Nudging the ball for singles and demolishing the bad ball until Tym was dismissed for 85 off 69, ending what was one of the best innings I've witnessed in 50 over cricket.
Miller and Klemt came and went in quick succession and Bankstown thought they had a sniff at a collapse, the level head and maturity of Jack smashed the ball to all parts in his way to an unbeaten 53, and was well accompanied by Darren Jayasekera on debut who finished with an unbeaten 18.
Nick Miller is continuing to grow from strength to strength... perhaps a Fantasy League trade option over Xmas
This capped off a brilliant and emphatic win by the Stags in the intense heat to chase down 288 with 5 overs remaining. Credit must go to all players, as everyone put their hand up when the team needed it. But as much as the players do it on the field, as much credit is owed to the coach Josh Poysden who puts in more effort than anyone behind the scenes.
Also Rob Carruthers for all the effort that he puts in to look after us on game day, Ed Howitt (who may or may not have played a part in the scoreboard malfunction) for scoring each week and lastly to all the club supporters and families of the boys who spend their Sundays watching the PG's games. Last but not least, Marcus, whom without his words of wisdom and guidance we wouldn't have produced such an amazing victory!
All in all though, a colossal victory for the Stags which was well led by Tym. The win highlights the class and prowess of the PG's squad in the 2013/14 season, we now move within 4 points of top spot and the win puts us into a fantastic position to conjure up a finals spot.
Todays PG's game between Gordon and St George finally succumbed to the weather with Gordon 0-31 off 3.5 overs chasing Saints 3-134 off their 25 overs. To actually play the game through those conditions was purely due to the umpires - Darren Goodger and Glen Stubbings, plus the many Saints officials and players.
What a difference a day makes and what a contrast to Saturday in every respect.
Chris Spratt in action at Hurstville
Saints are a magnificent Club and their main desire is to play and promote cricket in the right spirit. All their officials and players from both sides (as well as the umps) all worked tirelessly all day long, to ensure some play would eventuate. Thank you Saints - you are a Club that all of us should salute.
Also well done to the players of both sides who played the game throughout in the right spirit and what a delight to watch. To Darren and Glen you are a credit to the umpiring ranks and sincere thanks go to you both.
Despite the great work from all, the game ended in a hard fought draw.
In Saints innings of a reduced 25 overs, our seamers stood tall with all bowling an excellent line and length to a classy batting line-up.
Jack Skilbeck, Charlie Stobo in action and Tym Crawford and Jack celebrate a wicket
Jack Skilbeck took 1-20 off his 5; Charlie Stobo 1-24 off his 4; Tym Crawford 2-27 off 5 and how good is it to see him back
at the bowling crease to supplement his excellent batting. The same can be said about Jack Colley with 2-32 off 5. Nick Miller bowled well and took 0-25 off his 5, with Dan Stickland the 1 over for 5 runs. Kris Colley and Chris Spratt were 0-31 off 3.5 overs when the heavens opened up.
Spratty was in glorious touch with a spanking 21 off only 17 balls and was well supported by Kris with 3no. Well done to all involved and Cricket was the overall winner.
The fact of the matter is, if your five minutes early, it’s not good enough. You’re late. I can safely say’ “lesson learnt”. The punishment may vary, from collecting the team equipment to facing the dreaded ice box for three minutes minimum.
It must also be mentioned that there is a pending task for Max “One day I will work for the CIA” Papworth to post on the PG’s Facebook page, the reply of the collaborative team text message sent in Round 1.
Tym Crawford leads from the front
Leading by example, Josh “The Coach” Poysden and Rob “The Gaffer” Carruthers set upon preparing the boys for an eventful day ahead. Thirteen minutes, was the amount of time taken to discuss the team’s plan for the first T20 game of the season. Although this version of the game is much shorter, it is evident there is plenty to think about, from the moment that first ball has been delivered.
Bowling first on a flat wicket, required the Stags to work hard, sticking to the bowling plans discussed prior to the game. Daniel Stickland was the pick of the bowlers with 1 for 21 off 4 overs. He restricted the batsmen by bowling to the plan, building up pressure as the Sutherland batsmen struggled to play his deceptive slower ball.
An unfortunate injury from one of the Club’s newest imports this season, resulted in some minor changes for this round. Alex “Have you heard of tinder?” Wright had to miss this round, bringing to the team Ben “Surely that’s a Fake Tan” Leighton to pull off a brilliant job in sticking to his areas in the middle overs, frustrating the batsmen from one end.
“Plenty of energy” were the wise words given by Marcos at the beginning of play. The boys showed high intensity in the field for the full twenty overs. Bulk buying the product “Up & Go” has proven to lift the energy levels of the team, enhancing overall alertness in the field.
A late cameo by Sutherland, dispatching the ball to various parts of Chatswood resulted in the Stags chasing 179 to win.
With a big chase on our hands, the boys set upon business as usual, getting off to a flying start. Chris “what’s pressure?” Spratt, kicked off the innings top scoring with 57.
Calling this kid 'Miller lite' is just cruel... he's far better than that!
Jack “I can bowl off spin” Colley, continued the chase with the Skipper Tym Crawford, building an innings for the later overs. Reagen “cool box” Klemt showed the selectors he was just as capable of targeting the road, letting off a few bombs in the middle overs.
With 30 runs required off the last 4 overs, it could have gone either way. The Stags looked in good shape, however some tight bowling from the opposition resulted in 12 to win off the last over.
With Sutherland boasting an array of superstars, the opposition were always going to put up a hard fought battle. This was the case in an exciting, close game at Chatswood Oval. Proving to be just as good against the top side in the competition, the mighty Stags fell by a deficit of 4 runs.
Reviewing the day’s play, there is no reason why we can’t compete with the top teams. A grand effort by the lads. With the competition in our hands, we can stay positive for our next cultural experience at Blacktown away.
New season, new coach and 7 players on debut. With bets on Chris “Spratty” Spratt being late to the game, he surprised the team and strolled in 1 minute early. “Skilly” Skilbeck thought he would try and outsmart the cover system by going to the toilet, and leaving the rest of the team to do the job, although he was found guilty and sentenced to severe fines in court after the game.
Nick Miller and the skipper, Tym Crawford, walk off triumphant
Now to the cricket!
We lost the toss and the Whales were out to set us a target. With some excellent fielding and well thought out bowling, we managed to constrict the Whales to 238!
Then we went out to bat. We got a good start until Kris decided to walk past one and get stumped. Spratty batted well for a solid 39. Tym Crawford and Nick Miller batted beautifully with some big sixes and quick running.
It was a great win for this young side and we look very promising for this season! More importantly we are very happy to see Rob back as manager and look forward to the BBQ this weekend after the game. Up the Stags!
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 2014/15 season are provided below.
And so it began, the seventh and final chapter of the Stags 2013/14 AW Green Shield campaign. Despite the young Stags not being able to reach the quarter finals, this match was still an important fixture in which Gordon tried to attain some pride and more importantly finish the season on a “high note”.
Axel is cheered off the field after making 148*
However, it was never going to be easy facing a strong Blacktown outfit that were looking to book a home quarter final.
With the groundsmen keen to commence their preparations on the pitch, the Stags got their hands dirty (especially Robbo) on taking care of the covers. The deck had a slight layer of grass, however it wasn’t as moist as the two previous fixtures at Killara.
Axel “the Ax” Cahlin lost the toss and Blacktown sent the Stags into bat; a toss Gordon didn’t mind losing.
As the cloud cover faded and the temperature slowly rose into the mid-thirties, the stage was set for an impressive batting performance. James “Sponsored” Robertson and Christian “married man” King saw off the new rock well. A heavy blow to Christian’s thumb brought about his downfall and the first wicket fell at 1-23.
In stepped Axel “the Ax” Cahlin, who along with James, punished the bowling of Blacktown until James was dismissed for a well-made 30. The score was 2-99.
Robertson on his way to 30
In came Max “Greasy Hair” Magee who also developed a small partnership with Axel until Max was dismissed when the score was 3-142. A couple of quick wickets fell as Ryan “Elf” McElduff and Harry “Triple-Twenty” Wallace fell cheaply. With the score at 5-158, there was pressure on the middle to lower order.
Axel continued punishing the bowlers and sent the ball to all areas of the ground. With just one boundary away from a maiden Gordon century, Axel received a ball pitched half-way down the wicket and smoked it through backward-square. The team, dead silent, had their hearts in their mouth as the obstructed view from the Blacktown tent made it hard to tell whether the ball went for four or straight down the fielder’s throat.
Axel raised his bat and his helmet to an elated round of applause from his team and spectators. It was safe and the run rate was on the up.
Axel (148*) and Matt “Mt Colah” Chamberlain (40*) finished the innings well to provide Gordon with the scrumptious total of 253.
Kapil “Dev” Chhatbar and Lachlan “Hairy” Burrows struck with early wickets having the men from out west shaking at 2-13. Axel and Tim “Poor Chat” Webber bowled first change to no avail in snaring a wicket. With the visitors slowly gaining momentum, Harry “Triple-Twenty” Wallace came on to bowl some of his darts which saw a lightning-quick stumping from Michael “Great Chat“ Roberts to dismiss Blacktown’s opening batsman.
However, Blacktown’s captain, as well as their No 5, swung the momentum back into Blacktown’s favour as they were cruising at 3-147. With Blacktown’s skipper increasingly struggling against Harry’s darts, the pressure to chase the runs built. This eventually led to Harry bowling him to make the score 4-147.
Webber flicks one off his hips
Suddenly there was a rejuvenated spirit within the side and when Harry dismissed the other batsman later in the over, the Stags were over the moon with Blacktown 5-148.
With the men from the west struggling, Alex “Superstar” Sidhu came on to bowl and immediately snared a wicket courtesy of a very sharp catch from Kapil. The very next ball the batsman received a juicy waist-high full-toss which he sent straight down the throat of Dylan “Robin” Hood. The score, 7-159.
The drama, the atmosphere, the tension, the buzz, it was all happening here at Killara as Max’s misfield led to a run-out which caused more chaos within the Blacktown ranks. James “Mantis” Kennedy and Manus “the Menace” Chauhan elatedly watched this spectacle unfold as Alex then finished the Blacktown tail with another smart catch and another slick stumping from Michael. The last wicket fell and the Stags gathered and celebrated in the middle of the pitch bewildered by the fact that Blacktown had lost 7-30 at the end.
Alex finished with the excellent figures of 4-39 as well as Harry finishing with a fantastic 3-24.
The lads shook hands and raced into the change room eager to sing the Gordon team song and smash their bats on the furniture. The song was sung in full voice for all of the North Shore to hear. After the team song, the young Stags had a court session in which Judge Kennedy was in charge.
Axel looks to the leg side for his runs
The Gordon Green Shield side finished 10th and defeated 3 sides that were in the top 8. An excellent season in which every player contributed with the bat, ball or in the field. Despite not making the finals, the lads should be very proud of their efforts. The team is very grateful to the astute, enthusiastic and encouraging coaching of James Kennedy who gave generously of his time, his experience and his expertise in the team’s cause.
Up the Stags
Dylan “Robin” Hood
Here we go! Round 6 against Sutherland. A tough side, not giving anything to their opposition. The young Stags arrived at the beautiful Glenn McGrath oval. After a heck of a game against Easts, the Stags had to win two from two to play finals. The pitch looked to be an even deck and with a fast outfield the stags wanted to bat first.
Roberts watches one carefully, before dispatching it through the offside
Skipper Axel won the toss and elected to bat looking to post a score around 250.
Max unfortunately got out on the first ball of the game – a primary. Not the start we were after. James Robertson joined Tim Webber at the crease looking for a good partnership. Tim hitting the sweet spot several times brought about 10 quick runs however fell going after one too many.
Skipper Axel Cahlin joined James at the crease. ‘Axe’ got off to a flying start with James at the other end playing his natural game.
Matt Chamberlin saves his best innings until late in the season
Both the Stags ticked the score over nicely. James finally received the loose ball that he was searching for however he unluckily picked out the fielder on the boundary for a well fought 24. Leaving the Stags at 3/60. Soon after Axel followed James, getting a poor delivery that unfortunately seemed to roll and was bowled for 23.
The Stags were in need of a stable partnership, as two new bats came together in the middle. This did not come about with Michael getting caught and bowled early in his innings and Kapil Chhatbar, soon following Michael in the sheds. Gordon being 6/73 at this point.
After playing some nice shots Manus unfortunately was caught on the boundary for 12. Soon Dasith Dangalle followed out for 4. While Matt watched all the wickets occur he was finally supported by Dylan Hood.
Webber tries to make inroads with the ball
‘Chambo’ played some extraordinary shots to all parts of the ground and made a well compiled half century. A much needed partnership for the Stags was completed with Dylan trying to attack the Sutherland bowlers in the final overs.
He was caught at mid-off for a much needed 23. Young Stag Harry Wallace joined Matt at the crease looking very positive. Some really good running between the wickets and attacking shots allowed Gordon to gather a total of 9/197. ‘Wally’ ended with 8*, but it was Matt Chamberlain who gave the Stags something to bowl to, with an exceptional 86*.
Well done Matt!
The Stags were looking very positive after a good total achieved and Kapil Chhatbar and Dylan Hood looked to reinforce this as they opened the bowling.
Robertson, usually snapped with bat, is tried with the ball in an effort to affect a breakthrough
Sutherland played aggressively to begin with and after a few boundaries Dylan got his reward for good bowling with the score at 1/52. At tea Sutherland was 1/97 after 22 overs and we had plenty of work to do to reign back in the Sharks.
After having a nice spread, the Stags were up and going. Lachlan Burrows and Manus Chauhan came on and bowled tightly. Manus was continuing to twirl his magic, however once again was unfortunate not to pick up wickets.
‘Wally’ and Dasith trying hard to get the Sutherland batsman into trouble, but it was not working. Skipper Axel and James Robertson tried to restrict Sutherland, however the Sharks pulled off an easy win with 9 wickets and 20 overs to spare.
Manus' magic didn't fool the Sharks' batsmen
The Stags worked hard in the field but failed to get any rewards. Let’s finish the season with the win.
The boys arrived bright and early at Killara keen to make amends after an embarrassing defeat at the hands of Mosman. Axel lost the toss and the young Stags were sent in to bat by the young men of the Eastern Suburbs on a pitch that looked to offer a bit of movement with the new ball.
Matt Chamberlin plys his trade with the willow
Two early LBWs saw Maxwell “fine leg” Magee and Christian “married man” King heading back to the sheds early, after receiving balls that nipped back, leaving the Stags struggling at 2/12. The middle order consisted of many small partnerships and many strong starts but none were able to capitalise and go on to make a big score.
Like the last game, the Stags were in hot water. This time at 7/88.
One highlight was a bomb hit by Axel “the ax/ top edge” Cahlin which according to James (advanced hair? Yeah yeah) Kennedy was “landing in the water at Dee Why”.
When all was looking glum Kapil “Dev” Chhatbar and Dasith “Dollar Dollar Bills” Dangalle stood up and put together a mesmerising partnership that included elegent shots to all parts of the ground which took the total to a more respectable 8/135.
Dasith Dangalle tries to resurrect the Greenies innings
After Dasith departed, Ryan McElduff stuck around with Kapil to bump the total up to 149. A total that could be defended.
After a quick turn around the eager Stags headed out to try take some early poles and apply pressure to the young Dolphins. After a lot of plays and misses, Dylan finally got the break through after a lot of pressure from both ends, making it 1/23. Lachlan Burrows continued the pressure supplied by Kapil and Dylan and was rewarded for his efforts cleaning up the stumps of the Dolphins’ opener and then their captain to a sharp catch from Kapil at point.
After this the young bucks looked to be on top, with Easts’ top three gone for 32 runs.
Kapil Chhatbar and Ryan McElduff add many handy runs at the end of the innings
The skipper decided to bring his reliable off spinner in, Manus “the menace” Chauhan. Manus came on and had the batsmen playing ‘dirty hacks’ straight away. This caused the opposition keeper to top edge one straight up to Michael Roberts behind the stumps. The intensity was suddenly lifted to get through the overs before tea and, from this, Manus got one to stay straight causing a sharp edge to slam into the gloves of Michael. This sent the young stags into tea feeling confident having the opposition at 5/82 and well into the opposition tail.
After a lovely spread supplied by the parents and some inspiring words from coach ‘JK’ the bucks hustled out on to the ground ready to take it to the opposition.
Dylan Hood charges in for his skipper
Dasith was brought into the attack and straight away had the opposition struggling to put bat on ball with many spinning back and just missing the stumps. This Killara deck rewarded Dasith with one kicking up, catching the edge, hitting Michael’s gloves and popping up for Maxwell at slip. This had the opposition at 6/113 and looked to be anyone’s game.
Dasith then bowled a juicy length ball tempting the batsmen to leave his crease and dispatch it into the bushes but the batsmen showed patience just fending it off. After a bit of reminding from behind the stumps about the pressure he had on him and how he should be hitting that for six, he attacked the next ball and miss hit it, providing a catch for Manus at mid-on. Another wicket to Dasith allowed Gordon to be in a commanding position having them 7/113 and the danger man back in the sheds.
The Dolphins’ tail wagged a bit, lifting them to 142 before Manus struck again with one of his trade mark straight balls cleaning up the stumps of the young left hander. 8/142.
New batsman in, Axel slips one down leg and the batsman flicks hard and straight at Matt Chamberlain at square leg. 9/142.
Axel Cahlin, Kapil Chhatbar and Lachlan Burrows make up part of the front-line attack
New batsman in, edges too wide for the keeper and runs away for 4. 9/146.
Batsman flicks down leg and comes back for a sharp 2. 9/148.
Last over Kapil comes on to bowl. Dot. 1. Scores are tied 9/149. Dot. Dot.
The next ball hits the pad, everyone goes up and the umpire slowly raises his finger. The game has finished in a tie with the Dolphins’ last batsman being given out LBW on the second last ball of the innings. Kapil showed nerves of steel by bowling the last over and it paid off.
Manus Chauhan continues to hit the right areas with his spin
The young Stags walked off, shook hands and headed into the sheds not knowing whether or not to be happy or sad with the result. Unfortunately with the position we are in, we will need to win the next two games to progress any further in the competition.
The team watches the lower order bat, with the coach James "Mantis" Kennedy towering over 'next in' Ryan McElduff
A very confident Gordon team arrived at Killara Oval coming off a great win against Randy Petes. The Round 4 assignment was a winless Mosman side. Both sides were greeted by a very green Killara deck that looked like a bowler’s paradise.
Max McGee whips one off his legs early in the innings
For the first time in this year’s campaign, the skipper, Axel Cahlin, lost the toss and to our surprise Mosman elected to bat first.
The young Stags took the field and didn’t have to wait long for a wicket with Tim Webber getting the prized wicket of the opposition captain, followed by another break through by Dylan ‘Robin’ Hood not long after. These early wickets saw the Stags take the upper hand in the game, with the score at 2/15. Gordon was taking advantage of the good bowling conditions.
Perhaps a little defensive; James Robertson and Manus Chauhan - while Tim Webber charges in
After the opening spells ended, captain Axel and Lachlan Burrows built a great bowling partnership with maiden after maiden. This tight and disciplined bowling mounted pressure on the Mosman batsmen, resulting in a great run out. This took the score to 3/26 and the Stags looked to be taking hold of the game.
As a light drizzle set in over Killara Oval the young Stags tired, allowing Mosman to build a partnership and get themselves back into the game. It was a long time between wickets. However, Gordon’s bowlers toiled hard and eventually, through some great spin bowling from Manus ‘The Menace’ Chauhan and Harry ‘Triple Twenty’ Wallace, it lead to two crucial wickets taking the score to 5/87.
In the later part of Mosman’s innings, they had wickets in hand which allowed them to hack away, and with the help of some poor fielding the Whales reached 172 off their 60 overs.
Most of our cameramen will be happy with a shot like this... not the skipper,Axel Cahlin
Good bowling by Tim Webber saw him pick up impressive figures of 3 for 36 off 10. (Tim could have had more if ‘someone’ didn’t drop a sitter).
After a short break Gordon’s opening pair of Michael Roberts and Max Magee set out to chase down the Whales total. Things didn’t go to plan, with Michael being run out for 5 and Max being cleaned up shortly after for 15. Not a great start for the Stags with the score at 2/20.
After this disappointing start, the Stags were under the pump. Axel Cahlin and James ‘Mg2’ Robertson tried to stabilise the innings but unfortunately the skipper was dismissed by some good bowling from one of the Mosman bowlers. James Robertson and Tim Webber formed a small partnership taking Gordon through to tea three wickets down.
Strong with the ball, the skipper leads from the front
After tea the Stags struggled, with Tim Webber being dismissed and not long after that James Robertson was run out for a fighting 26. This saw the Gordon team slump to 5/53. Gordon’s middle order struggled to get going due to good bowling and great fielding by the Mosman side. Gordon lost 3/8 in the middle overs, putting them a long way behind in the game.
With the Stags in a tough position Ryan McElduff and Manus ‘The Menace’ Chauhan applied themselves at the crease, sticking around for a long time and building a nice little partnership. Unfortunately another run out saw the end of Ryan for a well batted 9 runs. Not long after that Lachlan Burrows was dismissed and the run chase was all over, seeing the Stags bowled out for a disappointing 96. Manus was 17 not out at the finish of play.
This disappointing loss for the young Stags means the round 5 clash against Easts is a must win to keep finals hopes alive.
The young Stags arrived at Coogee Oval ready to bounce back in the New Year after suffering a big loss to Bankstown. After a passing shower had delayed the warm up, the boys hit the field with enthusiasm and were ready to go.
Skipper Cahlin leads from the front with 74 from the willow
After the skipper had won the toss (making it three from three this season), Axel sent the Randwick boys into bat on what looked to be a bowlers wicket. Openers Kapil Chhatbar and Dylan Hood provided early pressure with the ball passing the bat on numerous occasions. After a missed chance early in the cordon, Harry Wallace snuck under the radar to run out the Randwick opener during an LBW appeal.
After the openers’ efforts, first change bowlers Lachlan Burrows and Tim Webber sustained the pressure by restricting runs and creating chances. Early in Lachlan’s spell he found gaps in the opposition defence to clean bowl the Randwick number 3. Due to the pressure developed by the meds and tidy spells from spinners Harry Wallace and Manus Chauhan, a couple more wickets fell.
Heading into the lunch break, the scorecard read 4-97.
Harry Wallace, Lachlan Burrows and Manus Chauhan on display against Randy-Petes
After the lunch break the boys hit the field determined to restrict Randwick to under 200 to set up an acceptable run chase for the batsman. Wickets were hard to come by as the pitch seemed to improve and an opposition partnership developed. Kapil Chhatbar came on for a second spell and provided the breakthrough needed which began a slight collapse in the Randwick line up.
In Randwick’s attempt to pick up the run rate and develop a total in the last few overs, crucial spells from Kapil and Dylan Hood restricted the runs as they bowled to the field settings.
After a good effort in the field, Randwick finished their 60 overs at 9/180. Kapil, the pick of the bowlers claimed three wickets, with Dylan Hood, Lachlan Burrows, Axel Cahlin and Harry Wallace all finishing with one wicket each. To add to the bowlers’ efforts, a couple of run outs were achieved; ensuring the Stags had an impressive morning in the field.
Matt Chamberlin bowls a tight spell
Opening batters Matt Chamberlain and Tim Webber set out to face the Randwick attack with the goal of keeping wickets in hand heading towards the tea break. After facing some good early bowling Matt decided to take on the bowlers on the back foot, smashing pull shots over the infield and into the fence. When Matt was unluckily dismissed, James Robertson took to the crease and started with intent after receiving a full toss from the opposition spinner.
Only with one wicket down at the tea break, the boys seemed to be in a commanding position. Back on the field, James continued where he left off taking on the Randwick spinner by hitting over mid on and to the boundary. When he was trapped in front of the stumps with a ball that kept low, the wicket showed signs of some inconsistent bounce. Tim Webber followed James to be dismissed soon after.
James Robertson, Matt Chamberlin and Tim Webber take on the Randy-Petes bowlers
Axel Cahlin and Michael Roberts took to the crease and looked positive from the start. After some good bowling Michael was soon on his way, which gave Max Magee an opportunity to impress as he joined Axel to develop a partnership. Unluckily, Max was on his way after a gem found an edge on the way through to first slip.
Manus Chauhan then made his way to the crease with the chance to end the game with Axel. Through the middle to end overs of the innings Axel and Manus looked solid and Axel passed the half century with some amazing stroke play, destroying the ball down the ground and square of the wicket.
However, Manus could not stick around with Axel to the end. Dylan Hood, in an attempt to give Axel a partner, tried to hit one too many and was also dismissed.
The game started to become very interesting as the score read 7-174 and only needing 7 runs to win.
In a desperate attempt to end the game Axel was caught on the fence for an impressive 74; a true captain’s knock.
Harry Wallace joined with Christian King and both did well to put bat on ball and win the game with 2 wickets and three overs to spare. Well done boys!
In celebration, the boys headed to the beach for a much needed cool off and a ‘Macca’s run’ to end a brilliant day for the Stags.
We all arrived at Graham Thomas oval, very enthusiastic to take on Bankstown after a great win against St George in the first round. The boys put in a solid warm up which had everyone excited and ready to go.
Harry Wallace looks to make inroads against the Bulldogs batting lineup
Axel correctly called heads, which now makes the toss 2 from 2 and Axel decided to have bat on what was a batting paradise. Our innings did not start according to plan however as Matt Chamberlain was bowled and then Tim Webber run out not long after that; with the score at 2 for 18.
After the two early wickets, Michael Roberts and Axel Cahlin went on to do what they do best and rebuilt our innings with an excellent partnership of 87. Axel and Michael were really aggressive against the Bankstown spinners. If you ask Axel about his knock, he will say how he hit a huge six that disappeared so far into the distance that Bankstown were unable to find it and for which a substitute ball had to be called.
Cahlin, Roberts and Robertson all look to get forwards against the strong Bankstown attack
Meanwhile at the other end Michael was playing text book drives which saw him go past fifty. We all had visions of getting 240, but then at 2 for 105 it all started to unravel. Axel was caught for 36 and 3 runs later Michael was caught for a superb 64.
After Michael departed we lost a further wicket and slumped to be 5 for 120. It then became a game of cat and mouse.
Bankstown were trying to push through as many overs as they could before the lunch break, while Gordon were trying to minimise the overs to enable us to regroup at lunch.
Dylan Hood puts in for his skipper with the new rock
Unfortunately after lunch the batting collapse continued with wickets falling at regular intervals and Gordon were bowled out for 172 off 58.1 overs.
Although we felt our score was under par we had the runs on the board and a couple of early wickets would put Bankstown under some pressure.
Kapil Chhatbar and Dylan Hood took the new ball, looking to take early wickets but were unable to make a breakthrough. For the rest of Bankstown's innings the bowlers plugged away with no success until late in the innings when Ryan McElduff grabbed a wicket.
Bankstown finished 1 down for 173.
Despite being beaten easily in the end, the boys never gave up and will come out in the New Year determined to do well in our next game against Randwick Petersham.
Kapil Chhatbar paired up with Hood to try to make inroads into the Bulldogs top order
This will be our third straight away game and then three of our last four games are being played on our home turf.
Arriving to the picturesque Hurstville Oval the young Stags were keen to start their season off with a bang. Excited about the morning off from covers, the boys had a solid warm up which saw our ground fielding confidence sky rocket. The author called heads and was victorious to make it one from one (I doubt this form will last… but as long as the winning ledger remains that way… no-one cares how many ‘heads’ you call correctly).
"Dev" Chhatbar makes good use of the new rock, restricting the Saints to just a run an over
The Stags made first use of the ball on a wicket that offered no distinct advantage to any side.
After some words with the coach and team photos, the young Stags buzzed onto the field looking to take some early scalps through the likes of Dylan "Robin" Hood and Kapil "Dev" Chhatbar. Dev took the first over bowling tight lines and nipping the ball about on his way to a maiden.
Robin bowled in tandem with Dev showing his ability to hoop the ball. They restricted the Saints to only one an over for the first ten while taking a wicket each. This provided the young bucks with an opportunity to take control of the match early.
Michael Roberts has a tidy game behind the stumps. He'll look to contribute with the stick in future games.
Lachlan Burrows continued on from Dev bowling consistent areas to maintain the pressure. At the other end Tim Webber had a shaky start to his first over with the umpire administering an official warning to the skipper for an above the waist full toss. I think the creaks in his shoulder were heard in the food court at the adjacent Westfields. He managed to recover bowling very consistent areas in his later overs.
The author came on for a short burst and was followed by the spin attack of Manus Chahaun and Alex Sidhu. With a left and right hand partnership present it was difficult for the spinners to keep the runs to a minimum. Manus showed great consistency however bowling his 12 overs straight for just 32 runs.
With the Saints building a partnership above fifty the game was in the balance. Harry "Triple Twenty" Wallace came on and quickly dismissed their number three to have the score at 3/100. Manus finished his outstanding spell and Robin was back into the attack.
Sidhu gets a lesson in the need for consistency as he looks to become a match winner
With wickets in hand and overs diminishing the Saints were looking to accelerate the scoring. Smart bowling from “Triple Twenty” and Robin combined with good fielding (which is probably standard on the carpet of Hurtsville) had the Saints batsmen frustrated. Wickets fell at regular intervals but a century to their number four allowed the Saints to manage 207. Triple twenty was the pick of the bowlers also completing a twelve over spell. He took 4/33 and was essential in reducing the Saints' score. Robin also added a couple more wickets to his tally in his final spell to end with figures of 3/35 off 12.
After a brief hiatus, Maxwell "Fine leg" Magee and Matt Chamberlain went out to lay the platform for a victory. Playing straight and hitting the odd bad ball, both looked comfortable at the crease.
Harry Wallace delivers for his skipper, 'the Ax', on his way to a bagful of poles
Just as a partnership was beginning to build, Max was dismissed with the score on 39. Tim joined Matt and it was clear they were determined to build the innings.
Finding the gaps, both batsmen kept the score ticking and their partnership exceeded 50. Matt was eventually dismissed for 34 which brought the Skipper to the crease with the score at 2/93. With the required run rate creeping out to roughly a run a ball the Stags needed to accelerate their innings.
Tim continued to find the gaps and took to the opposition spinner; lofting the ball over his head on several occasions. The skipper copied Tim but was dismissed for 36; trying to hit one too many. James Robertson then joined Tim but was run out early on in his innings. The next two bats were also run out and the young Stags were feeling the pressure.
Tim Webber punches one down the ground. Picking gaps in the field will reap him further rewards.
Looking to end the game quickly, Tim was dismissed for an outstanding 84 where, at times, he smashed the ball to all parts of the ground. Well done Tim!
With the score at 8/193, the opening bowlers, Robin and Kapil were in the middle looking to see us home. A run a ball was still required; it was nervous times for Gordon. I think it's safe to say that everyone had lost their fingernails.
With one eye on the million dollar scoreboard and the other on the cricket everyone witnessed a brisk 15 from Robin, a leave from Kapil which was then followed by a cover drive which went to the fence like a tracer bullet to win the game.
The young Stags made it a clean sweep against the Saints and the Song was sung for all of the club to hear as they trained. On a side note, I would just like to mention that James Robertson was fined for terrible fashion sense as well as unacceptable colloquialism which I will not mention.
Axel “the Ax” Cahlin
The Green Shield side, lead by Axel Cahlin, coached by James Kennedy and managed by Trevor Robertson
The Gordon AW Green Shield team started the season with a practice match against rivals Northern District. The boys arrived early to do the covers and they were finally finished after three attempts. The pitch looked grassier than normal. Axel Cahlin won the toss and sent NDs into bat. The clouds circled the ground making it an even better time to bowl with some early swing from the damp air.
James Robertson will be a key player for the side this year
Kapil Chhatbar and Dylan Hood bowled ruthlessly with the new ball getting it to jag off the freshly cut pitch. Dylan “snicked off” the ND opener for 2 followed up by another from Kapil; sending middle stump flying. A drought settled in with the visitors putting on 44 until Alex Sidhu and James Robertson foxed the pair to run; creating our 3rd wicket of the day.
The 4th fell to Alex, claiming a stumping off an excellent delivery; drawing the batsman forward. The visitors then fell for two more quick wickets to Dasith Dangalle and Harry Wallace. ND’s put on 152 until Lachlan Burrows invited the batsman to play a lofted cover drive. Dylan stuck his left hand up and grasped the ball out of the air at full stretch for a spectacular catch. The last wicket fell to Dylan with a nice catch by Axel in the deep. ND’s finished 8/181 off the 60 overs.
ND’s started off with a fast attack. Max Magee and Matthew Chamberlain both fell to the ND’s opening bowler who was getting some good bounce out of the wicket. Christian King was left with James to rebuild the innings. They pushed the score along to 33 when Christian was dismissed for 8 just before drinks. A quick wicket fell after drinks with ND’s getting on top. Dasith and James had other ideas however and accelerated the score to 82.
Unfortunately after just bringing up his 50, James provided a return catch to the bowler. Michael Roberts came in for the final overs for a “dirty hack”. He put on a classy 46 runs but ran out of partners when trying to lift the run rate.
Gordon finished with 147 runs after 56 overs. The boys completed the 60 overs in order to allow the squad to spend some more time out in the centre. There were some good lessons learnt from this game with three run outs occurring during our innings. With some work required in most aspects of our game the team is looking forward to the next practice session. We have a great group of talented boys that will see a successful Green Shield campaign.