Following on from a good 2015/16, the Stags had another good year in 2016/17. Fielding a Colts side again, performances were stronger across the grades and a number of teams made the finals. There were also a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players.
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 2016/17 season are provided below:
Congratulations to Dan Stickland for making his 1st grade debut, well deserved plenty more matches to come. #577 TBC
After a tough previous weekend where the top graders suffered two losses in two days a big performance was required to get back on track leading into final series.
Ash Doolan had a number of fans back in the sheds during his rescue job. But none as big as his mum on our mobile app.
The weekend’s opponents was a strong Sydney only a couple of points behind the mighty Stags.
Col was spruiking how this is a 12 point game, even after it was explained to him that just because they are close to us on the table doesn’t mean there are more points up for grabs.
50 for Kennedy. And this webmaster remembers an equally important 50 in Colts back in the day. All runs through point and cover.
The facilities at Drummoyne were expertly prepared by the cream of the crop of green options. The pitch was flat, outfield lush and a big two days of hard cricket was ahead for two teams vying to be active in early April.
With the overcast conditions our on field captain wasn’t too keen to make a decision on what to do first and that privilege was quickly taken away and we were asked to bat first.
The first 45 min of our innings didn’t go to plan; with the score at 4-40 a big fightback was needed. Thankfully this was provided by Tym (82) and Ash (99) put together a 118 run partnership to get us back into the game.
Congratulations Stickland! Such a great achievement. Well done.
The lower order continued to pile on the runs with JK (53) making his first 1st grade wifty. Rumour has it he is the first left hand number 10 to score a 50 with a long blade cricket bat for the club. Finishing score of 337 on a slow outfield felt like 400+. Great effort men.
Day two the temp forecast for the day was looking at getting to temperatures only seen in the red centre and with the pitch looking pretty flat it was going to be tough going for the Kings of the North. Unfortunately we lost JK to injury only 4 overs, however the other quicks toiled with no reward on flat track offering no sideways movement.
Mason Crane takes yet another 7.
Surely Paul Stephenson can photoshop an Aussie bag on that Beastwear gear?
The Tigers openers were looking very comfortable at the crease but the energy levels of the Stags never wavered and the pressure was always in the back of their mind. It was only a matter of time until our spinners got hold of the ball and what a combination of bowling these two produced.
Mason (7-53) and Junky (2-17) worked perfectly together and a change of action even saw Junky spin 3 deliveries off a straight bringing the downfall of their two premier batsmen.
Great to see Matt Junk working in partnership with Mason. And a fantastic dismissal of Dan Smith that started the Tigers' fall.
Mason is just getting better and better with shouts of “get him on a plane to India” heard around the ground. I think they could organise the Australian citizenship out for him quite easily.
As one of his supporters noted on Twitter, Sidney is his middle name. It seems his natural home.
From 1-90 at lunch to all out for 146 the second session saw total control from the Stags. Great win!
Allan Border is a great place to play cricket. Although the sheds are tiny and the wicket was slow and low, everything else screams class. The groundsman clearly wanted some overs for himself this weekend.
There was a bit of wildlife around the area having a tan, but nothing of note for a match report of this calibre.
Warm up touch almost played second fiddle to cricket this week. The result hasn’t really changed all season with the Balds fluting the Hairs, even with Richtor having a typical GFD.
This is getting ridiculous... 7 fa for Mason.
The internet says ‘it was a sought after style, to a style that was widely ridiculed and today should be largely avoided'. Yes, I am talking about Charlie’s mullet. Charlie’s salad, shaved symmetrically around the ears is a force to be reckoned with.
This late 80’s early 90’s hair style unfortunately hasn’t been backed up in true form as his father Richard did, wearing a belt to play his cricket in…fast bowlers! In his attempt to bring back the mullet into fashion, he has developed some interesting nick names, especially that of ‘flapper’. You will have to ask Ash Doolan about that one, he has been in some great form off the field recently, not just in the sheds.
Mosman’s home of cricket has been a happy hunting ground for the Stags in the last few years, piling on the runs and taking some exciting wins away from the opposition.
Two seasons ago, Smithy was the match winner, taking the wicket of his now-teammate, with two balls to spare. The 2017 edition wasn’t so close.
Mosman won the toss on a Gordon prepared wicket and chose to bat. Flapper and the Praying Mantis (Kennedy) took the new ball and the later got us started with a couple of wickets before lunch. However, the main destroyer was Mason ‘Willie’ Crane who took 7-93 off 22 overs and you can imagine Tiddles was losing his mind.
Tiddles doesn’t play favourites…unless you’re a leg-spinner. An outstanding spell of bowling saw the Stags batting at tea.
Another fifty for the skip Steve.
We had a few skippers out on the field as Mosman rightly pointed out. At times I wasn’t sure who to ask where to field or if Axel could have a bowl. But we discovered, the more skippers the better, as their former skipper ran down the wicket after being told ‘he had nervous feet’ and had an air swing, only to be stumped by skipper Doolan off the bowling of Willie Mason. That was a highlight.
Some glorious shot-making led by skipper Colley (65) and Richtor (not sure if he was a skipper) ensured we were in a strong position ending day 1 at 3-165 chasing 226. Richtor (57) was dismissed early on day 2, bringing skipper Doolan to the crease. Crawford (61) and Doolan (28) took charge and punted some 6’s to rub salt into the deep wounds of the Whales, passing the score 4 wickets down. The lower order came out batting aggressively looking to move the game forward and Willie (52) did exactly this. 343 was the total and we had 49 overs to bowl.
After not picking up early wickets, the bowlers toiled hard, especially Dan Smith and Matt Junk on wicket not offering much. A great couple of days for the Stags with plenty of emotion and the loudest team song sung to date. 6 points. Up the Staggies!
The Christmas break came in a timely manner, giving players a chance to rest up their bodies, after a somewhat gruelling first half of the season.
The first game of 2017 saw the first graders return to Chatswood, looking to keep their perfect one day record intact, which would ultimately seal a finals birth in the one day comp. However standing in their way was a strong Parramatta side that was also in the hunt for a one day finals spot and only sat 3 points behind the stags on the overall competition ladder.
Usual duties to start off, covers. Its seems Every year we seem to be getting on the ground earlier and earlier to fold away the covers. I don’t know if it’s so the boys can talk more dribble or so it gives us more time to prepare for the much anticipated balds vs hairs footy game but it’s getting ridiculous.
Cam Eccles smokes one behind point.
The footy did not live up to expectation with both teams focusing on defence. It seems the bald’s were running training sessions in the break as their usual leaky defence tightened up. No one could cross the line and it finished 0-0. Having won the previous battle, the hairs get to keep the mantle as the champions due to their last start win. Get in boys!
Steve Colley won the toss and batted. Tym Crawford was out in the first over, before Steve and Axel combined for a 39 run stand before the later was dismissed.
Elliot joined Steve and they put on a 50 run partnership (most of them scored by the skipper), before Els was caught trying to hit over the field. Steve followed Els for a well compiled 60, then a common theme for the year then followed, losing wickets in clumps. We lost 4 wickets for 11 runs and were in dire need of a partnership. Cam Eccles, in his newly found one day spot (no.5), and Mason Crane did just that, putting on 70 runs, before Cam was out for a well-made 42.
Mason continued his good form and moved to his second half century for the season (51) and with the help of state player, Charlie Stobo (16*), the stags managed to post 217. Slightly below par, but from where we were, a good effort.
Charlie Stobo in the form of his life.
Funnily enough the Parramatta players were asking about the bonus point before a ball had been bowled in their innings. Their opener came out trying to attain the win with the bonus point, but was only able to hit a few boundaries before falling to a great catch from Cam Eccles of the bowling of James (I created the stag clap) Kennedy.
Before long Dan Smith had picked up 2 wickets, including the dangerous Bertus, who had scored over 700 runs before Christmas. Mason came on and picked up two wickets in his first few overs.
Matheui Yunk also picked up one courtesy of a great catch in the outfield from James Kennedy. Looked like he was trying to create a new trend, the stag catch, however last minute he realised he wasn’t going to get 2 hands to the ball and ended up taking it in his left mit. With Parramatta at 6 for 91, it looked like the stags were cruising to victory.
Bat and ball, Mason can do it all!
Parramatta got back in the game through their 7th wicket partnership, and it was back on even terms.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Mason picked up another 3 wickets, one being Crittenden (64), to bag another 5 wicket haul. Els then finished proceedings off with a Yorker that bowled the number 11.
A great win for the stags with man of the match honours going to Mason for his 50 and 5 fa. There were handy contributions across the park though and the Staggies finished second after the one day rounds. We will now play Hawkesbury in the QF on January 29.
The side is currently sitting in second on the overall ladder, on the same points as Sydney Uni. Let’s take momentum from this game into the Mosman game and bag another 6 points. GFD’s all round.
Up and Atom
A delayed start unfortunately meant a shortened game of touch footy. There’s still some debate over which team Chad should be on. His position in the Balds looks akin to tattoos at a North Shore club – very out of place.
Nevertheless, full credit to the Balds for finally showing up. It’s almost worth giving them the win so that we don’t have to listen to Ash “Dools” Doolan’s weekly tantrum about the rules.
Reagan Klemt in his 1st Grade debut.
The toss was won and the international cricketers were asked to make first use of the ball for the Stags. Soper hit some Stobo-esque areas and should be very proud of his performances for the top grade in recent weeks.
James Kennedy bowled with poor control, in the way that the sun rises in the west. He was no doubt the standout bowler and will take a lot of confidence out of this match heading into the break.
Mason stuck to his usual plan of bowling jaffas, which is actually a pretty good plan. A few lucky hacks did not do his figures justice. On any other day, he would’ve collected his usual 4-fa not many.
Some poor fielding and too many boundary balls pushed the score up past 200. Nevertheless, the end score of 209 was well under par and we were confident of chasing it down with plenty of wickets in the tank.
Mason Crane in superb form rolling into the new year.
By now the pitch offered the bowlers nothing, but it still offered more than a Tym Crawford snapchat story.
Axel looked good at the crease, and provided a great support role for Tym who was smashing the Sharks bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was particularly pleasing to see Tym dominate the short ball after he forgot to bring his pull shot to Howell Oval.
At Axel’s dismissal, the ten thousand strong Chatswood crowd understandably decided to head home. However, one person (who we’ll call Ruth) stayed to watch until the end.
While all the batsmen did their part to support Tym and edge us closer towards our target, we weren’t able to show enough ruthlessness and kept letting Sutherland back into the game.
Tym guided the Stags home in style.
At 6-149 and still 60 runs behind, the game was edging towards an exciting finish. Fortunately, Dools came to the crease and assessed the situation perfectly. He took the time to get himself in, adjust to the speed of the wicket, and cash in later.
Mason hit the winning runs because, well, it’s Mason.
At last the budgies have got us a win.
If there was ever a grudge match in pre-game touch footy, this was it. With the Balds winning 8 consecutive matches, the Hairs had plenty to prove.
But as the saying goes, “I’d rather be bald, than have beautiful flowing hair”. The Balds were to strong once again for the easy beat Hairs.
Chad Soper performs strongly back in Oz
The game was over very early, after the Balds crossed for 3 tries within the first minute of play.
So much has been made of the mid season transfer of Max”sop” Papworth from Bald to Hair, that the Hairs forgot what was most important, TEAM!
The game was ended halfway through due to the new ”mercy rule” in place.
33-0 BALDS WIN!
As the warm up changed from low standard touch footy to intense “factory” drill, the Stags had a real feel that we could steal the show from the opposition. Just like our big opening bowler Charlie Stobo had nearly done during the week for NSW on debut.
Temperatures were set to rise all day. The Stags knew it was going to be a case of fighting hard and drying the runs to create chances. With a batter friendly wicket first up, the opening bat from Penrith “ filled his boots” for 40 runs.
This was until young Mason "closet bald" Crane came and bamboozled him with a top spinner skied to the ever safe hands of Chad Soper. From here the Stags halted the run scoring and started to gain some momentum from the Panthers.
With Crane knocking over another bat for not many, the next batsmen strutted to the crease and was met with some great encouragement from the Stags. After Mason bowled what seemed to be a certain top edge from the first ball faced, the men were very excited to have another wicket and get a crack at the middle order. But this was not to be.
On Day 1, Crawford looked to support Colley, Cahlin and crew
Once again we learned there are two things we cannot control, the weather and good fortune. From here the Penrith batsmen dug in and controlled the innings to push on to our total. All the bowlers toiled really hard all day, and did an amazing job to push the game as far as it went.
With only 3 wickets falling all day, the general feel was that the opposition batsmen had been kissed on the flute by a fairy. ln fact, we were out played in all facets.
More runs in the first innings and our bowlers would of came out on top. But it was not to be.
The trip down the highway was not all doom and gloom. We played touch footy on an NRL ground, ate some of the best chicken burgers grade cricket has to offer and Elliot had another ”GFD” to his name.
We also knew that next week Sutherland would be a great board to spring into Xmas off and get the gravy train back on the tracks before the break.
Up the stags!
The Ones ventured to Penrith’s Howell oval with an e-Tag full of cash and a tank full of petrol. Pressure was on for the Balds to secure another win in front of a packed crowd at Penrith stadium. As the ref blew his whistle, you always sensed that this game was going to get ugly.
Higher honours await for Axel Cahlin as he again passes 50
The first play saw a bustling run from Papua New Guinea international Chad Soper.
The ball was played, Eccles ran up the field to through a gaping hole in the defence. Only to be stopped by the touch judge, who had called play back for a massive bust up in back play.
Matt (funk) Junk had coat hangered his own player, Mason (closet bald) Crane. Apparently there had been chat during the week that Mason was going to take Matt’s spot in the upcoming Tri-Nations, so Matt had decided he would make the decision easy for the skipper.
Crane was stretched off the stadium, and Matt was given his marching orders. The crowd, 40 thousand strong, than witnessed another massacre by the Balds. The score ended up at 35 to nil. Well done Balds, mission accomplished.
Come match time, everyone was warmed up and ready for the day’s cricket ahead.
Steve won the toss and batting was the mode everyone switched to. Axel and Campbell [sic] opened the innings steadily, until Cam was mysteriously caught down leg side by a poor man’s Cummings.
Colley is watchful in defence
This allowed the skipper to enter the game. Axel once again passed 50 for the season. Another outstanding knock against quality bowler Josh Lalor. Higher honors are just around the corner.
Steve went on to crunch 75 valuable runs, the skipper has definitely struck some form and will no doubt finish the season with 2 or 3 match winning hundreds to his name. The middle order then struggled to make a dentist in the scorers’ books. Elliot, Ash and Max all struggled to score.
As like the previous matches, the tail showed what grit and determination is all about. Mason dug in for a while which allowed the ball to soften and his team mates the opportunity to cash in at the end of the day.
Rich man’s Dan Smith once again showed us he is more than a bowler who bats a bit, smacking 40 runs . Matt Junk chipped in with a well compiled 19 as well. And Chad ‘Ramp’ Soper stuck around to help the score push to 265 at the end of play.
Once again the Stags showed plenty of ticker to stick out the day.
All is prepared and the time to rock and roll the Panthers will soon be upon us.
Sunday’s 20/20 saw the mighty Stags venture north up the M1 to Newcastle for the early match against one of the competition’s newer sides, Newcastle DCA. As part of the 12 team “Sixers pool”, we were looking for a win to set up the following week at home at Chatswood.
Despite some runs from "Patches" Doolan and Cahlin in the middle, it wasn't their day
With new surrounding's greeting the players we decided to change our team selection for the warm up from “Balds” and “Hairs” to “Beach bods” vs “Dad bods”.
Unfortunately with only Junky and Crawford in the Beach bods team we resorted back to the usual which, to nobody's surprise, the Hairs won 8-1 in another dominant display leaving the Balds without a pre game warm up win.
Steve won the toss and without hesitation batted. A good start by "da boys" saw the score reach 32 before a couple of quick wickets fell. No panic from da boys though, as the score hit 2-38 with the leading run scorer for Gordon and all round nice guy El Richtor strutting to the middle.
Unfortunately it wasn't his day, getting trapped plum in front first ball.
A good partnership between “Patches” Doolan and Axel Cahlin pushed the score along, but some good bowling from the Newcastle outfit and a steady fall of wickets left the Stags 9-127 at the end of innings.
Knowing that a good bowling performance and a few tight overs to start would set us in a good way to winning, a blistering start by the Newcastle openers was not ideal. However, a few wickets eventually slowed the run rate and tight overs from Mason Crane and Els brought us right back in the game.
Axel’s constant sledging from deep mid-wicket was clearly rattling the batsmen, as we took it to the final over.
Unfortunately they reached the target with 4 balls to go.
A shattered group of Stags made their way back into the change room, where captain grumpy gave us all a serve which seemed to last an age. Looking for a motivational pick me up we turned to our overseas pro, Mason, who replied "just bat me higher."
A good effort by "da boys" but unlucky not to get the chocolates.
The second week against the alumni had a different feel about it. The tension was there between the Balds and the Hairs, with many Africanis expletives and shoulders thrown in like the current international arena. The Balds were silenced once again this week and I only have Virat Kohli to blame.
Junk and Crane stroll off after a masterclass down the order.
So... is JK getting moved down to #11?
The Stags began to go through their normal warm up routine, taking in the sights and sounds of Chatswood Oval. At times you can be distracted and not for the reasons that Coogee or Manly often deliver. You can sometimes get trapped in the vibe and unfortunately for one of our many pre match entertainers their zen was interrupted.
Erriott (no typo) was going through his normal throw down routine with the random ball machine that is our current author. After my hundredth pitch, and mind wandering towards the dugout, a short and wide delivery was produced. Erriott decided to cut over the boundary. It took an age, like a slow motion scene in the Matrix.
Erriott and I had time to say the clichés “feet” or “watch out” but it felt like there was a collective, why bother. The ball cascaded into the calf of one of our many switched on fans which brought a pause to the session. Max Papsmear was in stitches as the trance was broken and the confusion set in.
The theme of the day was very much about superstition and if anything this probably did not appease the god(s).
Superstition is defined as “excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural” (Wikipedia et al). Yet the alpha Stags have been wondering why we don’t just live up to our Australian nature and just say “Stitious”. Wikipedia et al states that stition is an irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterised by obsessive reverence for omens and charms.
That definition reminds me a little of the drug that we know as cricket, and I probably should start talking about it or the editors will become quite partial to this “match report”.
Cameron ‘I need to go to three a day rig sessions for our budgie shoot’ Eccles has finally worked out why he has been batting so poorly of late. It is not because of the 'stition' that his girlfriend keeps coming to watch him bat, but arrives late just in time to see him walking off the field. He claims, in fact, to have corrected his technique - but only managed to do so after getting out for 2, in hindsight, how convenient.
So the trend of wickets followed and unfortunately for Axel his supernatural lady luck was not on his side. Cutting a short and wide delivery in the air to the right of point caused a bit of “pre workout panic”. Axel had set off for a run but a diving save and a blinded throw at one stump caused him to be sent back. A direct hit and the in-form batsmen was short of his ground.
A new record for the Stags - highest 10th wicket partnership!
The score was taken to 57 before the Malone Magic act was unveiled. I have never seen so many variations of leg spin bowling before, and it brought our top order undone before lunch. A taste of our own medicine one would say, as our season so far has been conducive for spin.
The old saying “takes one to know one” was definitely on display throughout the second session with Crane and Junk handling the fizz. It wasn’t until half an hour away from tea and the score on 200 that the 'stitious' behaviours began.
Wikipedia et al states that being stitious is a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief. The belief being ‘can we win this nine down’ and the act of ‘no one is allowed to move from their seats’ followed. However, the superstitious belief of not saying, “we can win this” was held close to our chests to avoid displeasing the cricket god(s).
'Mulcher' Crane and Matthew 'Funk' Junk were batting brilliantly and made it through to the delayed tea break. Both surpassed their 50 milestones earning them a thumbs up.
Mason top scoring with a well compiled 80 and Junk pulling his way to an entertaining 61 not out batting 11. For two of the newest members of the club they now go down in the record books for the highest Gordon 10th wicket partnership, formerly held by Shayne “my cat and I no longer have balls” Lin and Ben “I don’t know you anymore because you play for North Sydney” Leighton.
Well done boys for your entertaining batting display and no doubt pushing me down to number 11, cheers.
So who broke the stition? Who moved from their spot? It wasn’t Tym although his “tyming” was not great.
I blame Kristy (no typo). Do you remember Cam’s girlfriend who showed up to watch him walk off the field. Not only did she stay after that, but she decided to leave just after tea, when the boys were on 249.
The end result was a loss and overall the blame on Cameron.
James "JK" Kennedy
The day started out like no other. The fierce rivalry and banter between the Hairs and the Balds just continues to grow, unlike the follicles on some said scalps.
However the Stags were once again facing a strong opposition, with many a scalp containing a full head of hair and a NSW contract to boot.
Charlie Stobo, selected during the week for the Futures League clash, leads the bowling attack
In years gone by, before the hairlines started to recede, this may have intimidated the premier Stags but, with a near perfect start to the season, we could take on the Aussie team and give them a run for their advanced hair pocket money.
Balds vs Hairs, Game 10, had a different feel for it. Not only was there a lack of cheating coming from the Balds but there was a sign of respect from the Hairs that has been lacking all season. Is it because the club has seen that this rivalry has gotten out of hand and are now participating in a tele health clinical trial for “non-threatening conditions”.
Time will tell whether any alopecia suffers, small man syndrome suffers or someone just having a bad flute day will take up the challenge.
Cricket, the 6 hours of life contemplation that takes place every Saturday will now be mentioned.
Mason "Mulcher Jr" Crane continues his strong performances on the field and maintains a strong following off the field
The wicket was hard with an occasional ridge. Good all round conditions to chase leather and sniff a good length delivery every now and again. Larkin did manage to avoid the popping ball in the early session but succumbed to probably the worst ball of the morning, cutting (snicking) outside off on a slow last ball of the over. Cheers.
From there we watched 100 runs of Sheffield shield cricket, with the herd of Stags bowling well.
‘Mulcher Jr’ (Mason Crane) trapped the prize wicket of Cowan in front of his stumps after lunch to raise the antlers to the herd for a Stag clap (patent pending). However with two head boys returning to the sheds, the men of Gordon had a tough, dry period leading into tea with the score trickling past 200 for the loss of two wickets.
Kennedy and Junk, opponents in the warm up, pair up to apply pressure to the Students
By that time, the alumni of Gordon Cricket had started to roll in for the afternoon’s play. The annual wine tasting afternoon that is endorsed by club legend Adair Durie had grouped in the Matt Junk stand and started to create an atmosphere not too common at a premier cricket game.
Crane is attacting plenty of attention from film directors of martial arts blockbusters with this "Crane" pose
Threats of flare’s and abuse were thrown over the railing with the question, are they here to support us or to clap all afternoon as Greg Mail brought up another grade cricket milestone; stop it!
With Carters bringing up his well compiled hundred, there were rumours of a large total. However the Stags, aided by drunk hollering got on a roll as the pressure that we had slowly built up throughout the day began to pay dividends.
Three run outs followed as the Students realised that the strike rate was dwindling late in the day.
Pulling themselves together for this photo, the ex-Stags enjoy themselves and Adair's wines
It was a well-executed fielding drill which saw the Stags walking off the field with one over to spare in the day and our heads still high. Although 340 is a good total, it’s Chatswood, so get behind the Stags run chase.
Special mention goes to Axel Cahlin for his unexpected and brilliant one handed catch to get Mail out. That will be remembered for some time to come.
Watch this space, the budgies have arrived. We are coming for you Stag bay.
After last week’s thumping, the Balds were very keen to make amends in this week’s touch rugby warm up. Even though they have to apply that little bit more suncream than the rest of us, the Balds were out early, throwing the ball around like they knew what they were doing.
Charlie Stobo deserved many more than his 2 against St George... the Futures League selectors agree with the author
It was to no avail.
Another drubbing followed.
In the interest of team morale, I wont indulge into the delicacies of the game, but you should just know that it’s getting rather boring to watch a team capitulate so regularly.
This 'Bald' Crawford clearly has better hands during the match than the warm up
Not only do I see it on a weekly basis in the warm ups, but I’m seeing it on the TV when I get home too.
A slow start to the morning’s play sparked into life, when an excellent bottom edged catch up to the stumps from gloveman Ash Doolan, from the bowling of Tym Crawford, sent the Saints skipper on his way.
St George had all three of their big names back for Day 2, and they were the key. Patterson and Henriques joined the party at numbers 4 and 5, and put together a good partnership before Matt Junk had Patterson caught at mid off. Tym Crawford was next to take a big scalp, with an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss Moises Henriques.
This changed the game in Gordon’s favour.
The Stags took the game by the throat and never let go from there.
Mason Crane quickly dismissed Harry Finch and Trent Copeland, before Stobo got in on the act with a well deserved wicket of his own.
Tony Wilson didn't need to wait long to snap four great shots of Mason's wickets
A special mention must go to Charlie for his efforts on Saturday afternoon, he ran in hard all day for the Stags, and deserved much more than the 2 wickets he took. Crane knocked over the Number 10 and soon after ‘Mantos’ Kennedy rattled the stumps of the Number 11, completing a Stags win and making that 5 from 5.
Crane finished with 4 wickets, Stobo and Crawford 2 a piece, and Junk and Kennedy both snared 1. Another great team performance. Gordon march on to Sydney Uni next week.
The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.
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 2015/16 season are provided below:
Unfortunately to whoever reads these match reports this one will actually have to be about cricket due to me being late to the game, apologises to you and to the Julios who I'm certain still got the win without their star player.
Sam Baker steams in
We batted first on what looked to be a flatty at Mark Taylor and another top order collapse left pappy to clean up the crumbs with a brilliant 85. He started off scratching around but a the flick of a switch took the absolute les kiss out of whoever wanted to let the ball go at him, starting with a extremely angered pre pubescent 16 year old, playing both left and right handed and playing one of the knocks of the year to get us to a defendable 169.
Chaddy got us off to a start with 2 caught behinds as the scoreboard ticked to around the 50 mark after 10. Big nuts and Sammy bowled a great partnership of bowling restricting the Rangers and dragging their run rate down to below 3s as the clouds begin to roll in.
Pieces of paper then began flying around through both sets of teams hands in what looked like a playbook of what plays to produce next but what turned out to be the duckworth Lewis totals. As the pressure built the stags lifted the intensity and resulted in a great stumping to the skipper. With continued pressure a cheeky run out gave us some breathing space with the Duckworth Lewis as the Rangers fell behind the required target by over 10 runs.
A couple of lucky shots then the had NDs Back with a shot in the game. With the staggies up by 1 run and Chad at the top of his mark, the biggest and brightest strike of lightning that has ever been recorded flashed behind the ground as the umpires proclaimed they somehow didn't see so play had to continue. A couple of runs off the next 2 balls got NDs ahead of the rate by one run as then the rain and hail flogged down and ended any chance of what would have been a great finish to a game of cricket.
Very unlucky and very unfortunate in what was a great fight by the stags.
After a shaky victory to the Julio’s, some cricket was actually played…
The Stags won the toss and bowled under sultry skies. They started well but a number of dropped catches gave Mosman a massive reprieve.
Chad Soper remained not out at the end of the innings. 1st Grade for this International in Round 11
The score rose steadily as more catches were shelled. Anand Verma finally took a brace, as did Chad Soper, as Mosman finished on 5-246 from their 50 overs.
What could have been! But wasn’t.
Gordon started steadily but then the top order collapsed with only Scott O’Brien of the top five batsmen making any real contribution.
Corbin Edgar and Chad Soper then added some respectability with a good partnership but when Corbin was out for a swashbuckling 73, the end was nigh.
All out for 208 with Chad remaining 27*. A disappointing result but I know the lads have had a good week of training and are ready to take on the Bears with animosity.
Go the Stags.
The Christmas break is always an interesting one for the Stags. A break to reflect on your performances to date, as well as to contemplate how much practice will be executed amongst your two weeks off.
More often than not, your training routine will be dictated by season statistics to date. Admittedly, you arrive at the same outcome. Whether performing well or badly, 90% of us will have 0 throw downs, 0 net sessions, and will arrive at the first game of January with whites still compounding mould and dirt from pre Christmas.
Josh Doyle picks up one of his three wickets.
This training regime is not arrived at purposefully however, at least a collection of us have the best intention to maintain at least some form of training to avoid forgetting how to bat or bowl in the 2 weeks we have off. Some players even initiate backyard cricketing activity as a “bit of fun”, when in actual fact it is most certainly for personal reassurance that at least some form of practice has been done.
This does bode the question of what the other 10% do; admittedly the author is most certainly in this category. The Christmas break training scaffold for this 10% is broken down into 2 categories – Skills and Game Analysis. Skills are obvious, batting bowling and fielding.
Throw downs with Dad every morning at 7am for an hour. Why else would he take off time over Christmas? It certainly isn’t to spend more time around the house.
Bowling happens at 8, utilising hula-hoops, marking cones and a cardboard cut out of either Dan Stickland or Axel Cahlin, rotating every day. Annoyingly, Axel’s cut out still goes at a run a ball and averages 50 odd.
Chad showed some resistance down the order.
After skills, it is time to get home just before the first ball of the test starts. You must ensure your laptop has full charge to ensure you don’t lose power whilst updating your excel spreadsheet analysis of the days play.
Singles, Boundaries, misfields you name it. Every ball is documented and compiled into a knowledge bank, to help you when facing Vikrant first training session back.
Once the test is over, there is an hour in which you can hit yourself high catches before the big bash starts, ensure your laptop is put back on charge. Detailed analysis of the big bash in a similar fashion to your daytime shift has to occur to improve your database; you can never have too much information.
Once the big bash finishes you can then go back to sleep to recover for tomorrow’s training schedule. The ratio of work to rest is 7 days a week, obviously. However on Christmas morning it is slightly altered, where the morning skills sessions are doubled in duration to provide an excuse to miss Christmas lunch.
It is important to recognise that this training regime obviously leads to instant success, which makes the first game in January extremely exciting for us 10%.
Anyway, 2nd grade arrived at Old Kings Oval to see extremely flat wicket, with a slightly damp popping crease. It is fair to say a start on time was hopeful. However this didn’t eventuate.
Dan Stickland was pinpoint as usual.
After about 3 games of warm up soccer where the nerds took the cake 10-0 on aggregate thanks to Anand Verma’s heroics, we finally tossed and decided to bowl. It was unfortunate that AV had exerted all of his energy in the warm up and decided to take a day of leave. Luckily we called the Orchard just in time, and told them to cut Prelly off and chuck him in an Uber to Parramatta, crisis averted.
It is fair to say that everyone bowled well. Chad was unlucky not to get a wicket, however he certainly applied pressure, which enabled J Doyle to burgle 3 wickets opening the bowling. 2 wickets each to Stickland, Baker and Obrien saw Parramatta bowled out for 206. Take out old mates 112, which was an exceptional show of power hitting, and the Stags Bowlers had done a good job.
Unfortunately the batting never hit its straps. Too many starts without any large scores is hopefully an unusual story for the 2s batting line up. It is important to capitalise on our strong table position to ensure a run for finals is made with plenty of momentum.
Writing a match report when we don’t come away with the points isn’t very fun, especially when my training regime didn’t pay dividends. I am still trying to figure out why. If you think my holiday program needs adjusting please let me know. Maybe two hits a day would have made a difference???
With persistent rain during the week it was looking unlikely the stags would be able to play to make amends form last week’s performance. Fortunately a bright and sunny day was forecasted.
It was an emotional morning as Will Phillips was to turn out for the “Julios” for one last momentous moment. As ever he was fired up and put on a stellar performance to continue the run of form against the “nerds” that began last week. However it was to no avail as the result was a boring draw.
Despite the dry pitch and outfield there was one small wet patch on the square, delaying the start of our match by an hour. When play finally began the stags started perfectly with Dom and Scott “Scooty” Obrien running extremely well and putting away the bad balls.
It needs to be noted how quick Dom is running between the wickets turning 1’s into 2’s and 2’s into 3’s it is no wonder he trains twice a day at F45 gym. After what was looking to be a very big partnership Scotty was out bringing Max Papworth to the crease.
Another tidy partnership made a big score start to look likely. Max fell looking to increase the run rate which bough Will “King Julio” Phillips to the crease for his final innings. He started where Max left off rotating the strike and using lap sweeps to good effect against their spinners. With wickets in hand and the score ticking over at a comfortable rate Max Newman saw an opportunity for him to play an aggressive innings that would push the total past the par 270 mark we established before the innings that would bat them out of the game.
When Will departed for a well-made 27, Max was attacking from the word go punishing the spinners by picking the gaps in a very calculated manner.
Dom’s dismissal will go down as one of the more comical we will see all season. Attempting to return from dancing down the wicket Dom looked like he had been shot in the hammy. Fortunately it was just a cramp and with assistance from the opposition players Dom was walking off the pitch having made an excellent 79.
Another quick wicket bought Josh Doyle to the crease feeling as fresh as ever from his 10th game of cricket in two weeks. Max and Josh could not have put a foot wrong both playing aggressively.
A shout out has to be made for Josh’s six over fine leg where he played an incredible scoop shot. Max and josh were there at the end with 75 (52 balls) and 37 (33 balls) respectively giving us the final score of 290.
The Stags with the thought of a Christmas party in the approaching hours were determined to finish the job early. We couldn’t have asked for a better start with Josh and Sticko applying the pressure and picking up wickets.
Doyley was the first to take a wicket then Stickland followed suit straight after. It seemed from here the flood gates were to be open that not even Sutherland's new coach Sparky could prevent.
The spinners in Scott and Anand bowled beautifully both bowling with accuracy. It can be seen how tight they bowled with 4 and 6 maidens by Anand and Scott respectively.
From here the game seemed to put on the breaks as they played very defensively.
William “I have 7 first class wickets” Phillips was given one last chance for a Staggies wicket. It would have been the case if yours truly didn’t drop a dolly. The Sutherland boys continued to play negative cricket seemingly blocking it out for a draw.
This is when Cameron “6 pack in progress” New and Sticks were bought into the attack. Stickland took two very quickly with brilliant attacking the stumps bowling. Cam after a rocky start got into a groove and started to bowl some decent rocks.
Cam picked up the final wicket and fittingly it was Will who took the catch with a screamer in the deep. Sutherland were all out for 126 which shows the absolute dominance Gordon displayed over the opponents.
A much improved team effort from the week before and a lot of positives to be taken into the New Year break.
The second grade heroes arrived at Chatswood under familiar circumstances, in the midst of Sam “Stinky” Baker’s gaseous emissions.
There were several key changes to the team with Corbin Edgar filling in for the absent territory cricketer Josh Doyle, Nick “Big Nuts” Miller and Anand “NaNa” Verma revitalising the bowling attack and bowling all-rounder Shayne Lin coming in for Regean Klemt in Day 2.
Will Phillips sequence seems to be in order.
Of course this meant monumental shifts in power as the “Julios” and “Nerds” infamous football match began to draw large crowds on the Chatswood Hill, thankfully their Tai-Chi Sword celebrations resulted in zero injuries.
The “Nerds” developed some momentum over the course of game as the “Julios” new recruits Corbin and Big Nuts failed to close down the fast movements of Anand on and off the ball. Will “Sweet Chilli Philli” Phillips as usual was rambunctious on the field and was tightly double marked for obvious reasons. The “Nerds” well-rehearsed ‘zonal’ defence strategy along with Scotty O’Brien’s park the bus mentality kept the Julio’s scoreless.
Quick fire counter attack goals to Sambo Baker and Dan Stickers secured a once again vital win for the “Nerds”. Clearly the “Julio’s” flamboyant and debatably ‘loose’ playing style will need serious attention over the coming weeks.
Anand and Stickers happily poured themselves a celebratory cuppa as skip Max Newman won the toss and choose to bat on a flat Chatswood wicket. Like every week the words “it’ll do abit early” were muttered (©The Grade Cricketer) however we were quietly confident with a solid batting performance the previous round.
The day didn’t go to plan and was ominously alluded to by Cam “Mango’s” New who left one on middle in the second over. Regular wickets fell and the Stags couldn’t put together a partnership. That is until Corbin and Anand came together, saving the Stags and pushing them up to 180.
Corbs punished the bowlers in his quick-fire 80, particularly against the spinners. Will Phillips reminded everyone how special he is by refusing to bat without some gum, thankfully old Dom “Spectrum” Thomson was able to supply the goods after a quick jog to Woolies. However there wasn’t much else to smile about.
In the field our bowlers toiled hard on an absolute flatty in the afternoon with little success or luck. A classic day of grade cricket (©Will Phillips) where the batsman cashed in after tea and the runs came easy. Finishing on 2-150 odd.
A highlight was probably some dubious under the lid tactics by Max Newman that gave Dom Thomson a few bruises from close proximity, cheers Anand for that half tracker.
An unfamiliar sight with Shayne Lin being put to good use!
When Day 2 rolled round the batsman dusted off the total and a dead-rubber game became apparent as neither team were going to bowl each other out again.
Shayne Lin was the pick of the bowlers with a couple of dot balls and above average sledging. Sweet Chilli Philli also took a few nice snares in the field that helped lift the team on a long day.
The Stags got another bat however the skippers called the game at tea, a disappointing day for the heroes.
The highlight of the day was clearly the boozy post match soccer game. Pints of Asahi brought up more emotion then usual between the “Julios” and “Nerds” and a 10 minute ‘kick’ had suddenly turned into an hour long cage match. The “Julios” had been struggling recently and were looking for some additional fire power.
This came in the form of a 9 yr old local who had rolled up to Chatswood for the day with a box of Dominoes pizza and a scooter. Clearly an avid supporter of the Stags and more precisely the “Julios”. Whilst we never got his name, we quickly landed on ‘Reg’ and it stuck. We had a game on our hands. The game was abit hazier than usual – dehydration and beers, name a more iconic duo – however it was fiercely locked at 2-2 when “next goal wins” was uttered. The “Nerds” defence was caught napping, yes I know how uncharacteristic, and Big Nuts slotted one home to give the “Julios” victory.
Overall disappointment for the Stags as one session in Day 1 cost us the match however we showed good fight and no need for alarm bells. A better batting performance will be necessary and we’re confident we can roll into Christmas with a big win next week.
Dom "Webmaster" Thomson
On Day 1 the Gordon boys arrived at a flat Sydney University Oval for their round 6 fixture. The match was an important one as the boys unfortunately lost the previous round to a strong St George side. With the boys wanting to make amends for the previous round we knew we would have to execute all three disciplines well coming up against an always strong Sydney University opponent.
The weekly pre match football was very competitive as it always is with the top six taking on the bottom five. The top order bats have been winning most weeks, however, this week the bowlers managed to keep it to a well earned hard fought draw. Good stuff bottom five!
Scotty O'Brien in fine form!
Now to the cricket!
Captain Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a typical flat Sydney Uni wicket with openers Cameron New and Scott O’brien putting on 40 for the first wicket. The boys played the opposition opening bowlers well, leaving many deliveries outside off stump and making the bowlers bowl to them.
The boys had to work hard for their runs as the usual quick outfield wasn’t so quick with balls stopping just short of the fence numerous times, with many 2’s and 3’s being run. Unfortunately Newy was bowled after looking good for his 14. I’m quite sure a big score is right around the corner for Cameron as he has been looking better and better each week I have seen him bat. Josh Doyle came and went for 9 unfortunately getting ‘Burnsed’ caught down the leg side.
Regan Klemt and Scott O’brien then steadied the ship to get the Stags’ to lunch at 2-70. During the first session Scott did a wonderful job negotiating the Uni bowlers and put the bad balls away. He brought up his fifth fifty of the season and gave his customary thumbs up to the boys. Well done Scott!
Mr Dan Smithers playing fluently all over the ground.
Unfortunately early in the second session Scott got a peach of a delivery that bounced steeply on a length which he edged through to the keeper for a well compiled 56. Regan also unfortunately edged a ball to their 1st slip who took a good catch. If only he’d managed to nick it to their second slip who was having a nightmare of a day putting down several chances!
This left the boys in a dangerous position with the score placed at 4-100.
The Stags needed it’s all-rounders to stand up and dig us out of a hole and that’s exactly what Dan Smith and Will Phillips did putting on 75 for the fourth wicket. They both batted patiently for most of the second session as well as both being aggressive towards their young spinner.
Will Phillips scored his highest score of the season so far, unfortunately hitting a full toss straight to the fielder for 40. After tea, Thompson came and went, and the set batsman Smith nicked off to the first slip for a classy 44. Skipper Max Newman and our PNG all- rounder Chad Soper dug us out of another hole and helped us post the respectable total of 270 at the end of the day. They batted for most of the final session putting on 54 with Max producing a stubborn captain’s knock of 39 and Chad making 31 respectively.
Day 2 brought with it newly formed pre match soccer teams changed; ‘the nerds’ vs ‘the julios’ it was always going to be a competitive match. Skipper Max Newman was the leader of ‘the nerds’ and Will Phillips was appointed captain of ‘the julios’ for his overall good looking appearance and his ability to ‘alpha’ the rest of us on the soccer field. However, ‘the nerds’ stuck it to their superiors and won quite comfortably 3-1! Well done nerds!
Chad Soper was well and truly unchained for the Stags.
We had a game plan to bowl good areas and to be patient. Dan Smith (0-23 off 12) and Chad Soper (1-36 off 14) opened up and bowled good channels with both bowlers unfortunately having chances go down in the slips. This has been a problem area for us so far this season and will no doubt be looking to improve it as the season progresses.
Smith and Soper bowled without luck as the students’ batsmen batted very patiently defending and leaving lots of deliveries. They were starting to settle into a nice partnership and their shots were racing along the quicker outfield on day two.
Dan ‘Mr Reliable’ Stickland (2-41 off 17) was brought into the attack and had success again quite quickly as their opener managed to nick one behind to Newman. The students’ experienced batsman Hay and Miller put on 63 for the second wicket before the students had a collapse to go from being 1-21 to 5-107.
This collapse was hugely thanks to Regan ‘Faf’ Klemt, or ‘Faf du Reeg’ who had the important task of working on the ball all day to make sure our bowlers could utilise the important skill of reverse swing. The Stags then were able to apply lots of pressure by bowling in tight areas and minimise the student’s scoring opportunities.
Scott O’Brien (2-38 off 14.1) was able to control an end with his much improved leg-spin, whilst we attacked at the other end with the quicks. This enabled us to get the remaining wickets comfortably and bowl a strong Sydney University side out for 196.
Dan Stickland struggles to put a foot wrong this season, keep it going!
Gordon taking a well earned 6 points from the game gets our season back in the right direction after our loss the previous round, winning 5 out of 6 matches thus far this season.
The boys are really gelling together as a group and want to win games of cricket together but also enjoy each other’s success.
Next round, we take on the always competitive Penrith at home at Chatswood.
If we aim to produce solid performances like we have so far this season I have no doubt we can beat any team in the competition and give it a red hot crack of playing finals cricket.
As we arrived at the pristine Hurstville Oval, nerves and excitement had spread throughout the changeroom. Rumour was that our ferocious skipper had just made the biggest decision in his captaincy career.
He changed the teams in warm up football to The Top 6 vs The Bottom 5.
Here's a photo of Dan Stickland to help you through the 'football chat', which is as trendy as Booth's manbun
The decision was a controversial one, but all players agreed it was made solely on the prospect of possibly the best football combination the world has ever seen, in Phillips and Doyle.
The pair didn’t take long to set the world alight, as straight from the shin-off they were teaming up for consecutive goals before the Bottom 5 had even taken a breath. As word got around the Hurstville locals, the crowd grew in hundreds and were in complete awe of the skills of these two athletes.
They continued to take the mickey as the Top 6’s score progressed into double and then into triple figures, while keeping a remarkable clean sheet over the 10 minute match.
Scott O'Brien takes 5 Saints wickets to set up the first innings chase
Will “Travis Head” Phillips was interviewed at the end of the match, and in his arrogant English accent was quoted in saying that the match was “A simple training run against blokes who have 2 left feet”. The Bottom 5 was left embarrassed and chose not to comment on the drubbing.
In the cricket, “Scooby” O’Brien took an excellent and well deserved 5 wicket haul, “DT” Thomson toughed out a 29* in the first innings while the rest of us were poor.
Sam Baker and Dan Smith combine to provide a formidable 2nd Grade attack
Chad “Sloper” Soper was welcomed back to a first baller and a brilliant spell of bowling all in the morning of Day 2.
We lost, which sucked. Particularly given St George only made 165 first time around.
Our second innings wasn’t much better. However, we have all resolved to take it up to the Students next round.
Remember kids who rules, O’Doyle Rules
‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on’. Einstein’s words echoed around the team huddle on a damp spring morning in Sydney’s leafy North Shore.
If you assumed that by ’team’ I meant the 11 members of second grade, you were incorrect. These were, in fact, the words uttered by the top five ‘legends’ as named by last week’s match reporter, Dan Stickland, one of the few words he didn’t use the synonym tool on. Sorry Dan, but I’m going to rename the top five ‘the galácticos’.
In case you weren’t aware the galácticos (Spanish for galactics or superstars) were expensive, world-famous Real Madrid football players recruited during the "galácticos" policy pursued during Florentino Pérez's presidency at Real Madrid in the early to mid 2000s. I contacted my English mate Banksy to make up what a modern day gálacticos side would look like and you can see below what he came up with. The bottom six have the nickname ‘the jerks’. You can have that one, Dan.
I won’t bore you with the full details of the football match on day one, people are occupied with work, uni or school and don’t need to know about me scoring five over the two weekends.
Galacticos 6 Jerks 4
Galacticos 2 Jerks 1
Player Ratings (football obviously)
Scott O’Brien 9
What was Hayden without Langer? Lennon without McCartney? Richie without Alex? Nothing. What would the gálactico’s defence be like without O’Brien? Work it out.
Cam New 7.5
Not a natural but sport is 90% mental.
Will Phillips 7
Modesty is the best policy when writing a match report.
Reagan Klemt 9
Recovered from getting skinned by Newman in week one to return with an imperious, commanding performance. Brings the ball each week.
Max Papworth 9.5
Covers ground a lot better than he covers the wickets at Killara. Imperious.
Josh Doyle 5
Bases his game on his beloved Central Coast Mariners, who are currently languishing in the lower echelons of the A League.
Max Newman 5.3
MOM in week one, a week in the courts seemed to affect his JUDGEment in week two.
Nick Miller 5.1
One of the most gifted players on the north shore. Great presence on the pitch, but I think that is his jawline, rather than his football, doing the talking.
Jack Skillbeck 5.2
Added enthusiasm to a lethargic Jerks side. Best player I’ve seen in a floppy.
Dan Stickland 5
Could do a job in England’s national team.
Sam Baker 5
Plays football with the coordination of a person who is celebrating their 18th birthday at The World Bar.
Whilst the Galactico's are undeniably clinical they are indeed a sight for sore eyes.
Day 1: Rain
An unprepared pitch meant that play kicked off at 12, leaving both teams a paltry 70 overs to force a result. Skipper Newman won the toss and stuck the Doggies in and they came out with bite. Bulldogs by name, Bulldogs by nature.
However, their promising start was soon neutered with tight bowling from Messrs O’Brien and Miller pulling back the Dog’s leash, 50/2.
Enter Dan Stickland, who’s first ball, a genuine full bunger, was pouched at mid off by Skillbeck.
A fortunate start from Stickland some may say, however, as my father James would say, “it’s better to be a lucky bowler than a good bowler”.
Dan picks up four poles for his trouble.
Not to say that DS is not a good bowler, precisely the opposite in fact. This point was proven in an exceptional spell of attacking bowling, and by the end of his spell, he had four wickets to show for his hard work.
Experienced pro Scott O’Brien also deservedly bagged a couple of wickets with a spell of controlled leg-spin, while Josh Doyle took two at the death.
Doggies 173 all out.
Batting. It didn’t look good for the Stags at 5/86, although the top five looked good, that’s all that matters right? Wrong (Klemt, 2016).
Back to Klemt in a moment.
One of the five wickets to fall was Papworth, fresh off a hundred the week prior. Max was caught by a blinding catch at mid off after which, he was subject to a rather rude sending off from the Bankstown opening bowler.
Their exchange went a little like this:
Bowler: “Oi mate, on your bike”
Max: “Mate, you know my Dad is an ex-Wallaby and is now a TV and Radio personality?”
Bowler: “Bloody oath, sorry mate”
Klemt (59*) and Newman (31) calmed proceedings down somewhat, putting together a crucial, match-defining partnership of 62. Reg played with great control, while Max continued his excellent start to the season with a counter-attacking knock.
Regean carries the Stags home with another great show of controlled yet power hitting.
When Max was out, Miller came to the crease and with Reg, took the Stags home with 7 balls remaining. Four wins out of Four for second grade. Long may it continue.
Allez les Stags.
Sweet Chilli Willy Phillips
Ah 2-day cricket. Proper cricket if you ask me, an absorbing format where the equanimity of the batsmen is delicately juxtaposed against the determination of the bowler.
A format where the game is not won or lost in an over but in a session or multitude thereof. How would the mighty stags fare in such a formidable challenge? Well read on, and I shall regale you of a mighty contest.
Max Papworth punches one down the ground with ease
The setting, Killara Oval. Something of a fortress these last few weeks for the reserve graders.
Whilst visitors have complained of the pitch and outfield, the staggies (much like the parents of a disappointing child) have embraced it and have set about being the best they can possibly be.
Before I delve into the battle between willow and leather I must first report on a more hotly contested clash between the incredulously named “top 5 Legends” and the “bottom 6 Jerks.”
A mid-week transfer window sought to breathe new life into the match, with Max ‘he’ll get a mention or two’ Papworth coming into the Top 5 for Josh ‘UpUp’ Doyle who looked to solidify the bottom 6 midfield.
The bottom 6 were determined from the outset, using a high press system not seen since the days of LVG at Old Trafford. This in-your-face attitude rattled the top 5, who resorted to speculative long balls that were dutifully cleaned up by Sam ‘Flu’ Baker.
Reagan's long levers clubbed the Bee's around Killara
Once in possession the bottom 6 looked to utilise the wings, ignoring the imaginary sideline marked by Reagan ‘might get another mention’ Klemt. Numerous crosses came close to breaking the deadlock, as did a scintillating interchange of passing between Miller and Stickland (think Jack Wilshere’s goal v Norwich 2013, minus the actual goal).
A draw seemed inevitable, then “last play” was called and the top 5 sent all their numbers upfield in a vain attempt to take the game.
A scramble and the ball was cleared out to Sam Baker, clean on goal with no one in front but suffering from an almighty case of the flu. Baker kept his composure and rolled it through for a well-deserved 1-0 victory for the bottom 6 jerks.
Now, to Cricket, the real reason you're here.
Max Newman declared his intention to bat should he win the toss. The wicket had a covering of green grass, however the pitches true nature was underneath. Rock hard, no moisture whatsoever, must bat first.
Well, true to form Newman lost the toss and the bowlers, observing the skippers body language from afar, starting warming up from their full runs. Incredibly the Bumble Bees captain decided to bowl first. An intriguing decision, but the right one? Read on.
2/22 after 10 overs. “Yer probably the right decision” thought the Bumble Bees, “all right watch me” thought young Max Papworth and that is precisely what we did.
For 221 minutes Max "the Smear" Papworth cut, swept and drove his way to a commanding and powerful 132.
An extremely entertaining 132 from Max!
His dismissal will be longed talked about, punching the ball whilst unsuccessfully reversing sweeping for the third time, I suspect the umpire was sick of seeing it and simply sent him on his way to think about what he did.
The carnage however, was only starting as Reagan ‘sausage rolls FTB” Klemt then replicated Papworth’s innings.
Finishing on 121* Reagans innings was chanceless and just reward for his continual hard work. The amassed total of 407/7 was simply sensational and the bumble bees were probably questioning their decision to even play cricket, let alone bowl first on an absolute flatty. Oh and Scott "Scooby" O'Brien got his 3rd successive half century.
A materclass from Reagan late in Day 1, finishing on 121*
As if the day did not belong to the Staggies already, Nick Miller decided to nip one back and leave UNSW 1/20 off 8 at the end of the day.
Day 2 saw one of the most dynamic and enthralling football matches ever seen in a cricket warm up.
The Top 5 Legends were clearly rattled by the Bottom 6 Jerks victory last weekend and this was proven by their over-analysis and pre-match huddle to discuss tactics.
The Bottom 6 Jerks maintained their in-your-face high press defence, forcing the Top 5 Legends to play the long ball, gifting away possession. However, the Bottom 6 Jerks struggled to capitalise on their possession, misfiring in front of goal.
Suddenly out of nowhere Will "Wilbur" Phillips went on a barnstorming run beating multiple Jerks defenders and slotting it home for a 1-0 lead. Wilbur has had a sore back lately and while he’s not sure what it is or what caused I can safely say it’s from carrying the Top 5 Legends.
This goal ignited the Bottom 6 and a swift counter attack from a corner levelled the match at 1-1. The game was on a precipice and the next goal would be vital.
The Jerks once again sent the ball wide, Anand Verma released Stickland down the left wing and in his first contribution of the day Stickland put the ball on a platter for Newman to put the Jerks up 2-1. The game was not over though and time was still on the clock for the Top 5 to pull off the unthinkable.
Scott "Scooby" O'Brien doing what he does best!
The Bottom 6 Jerks went into “Mourihno Mode” and parked the bus, booting the ball long and into the corners in a pessimistic attempt to wind down the clock.
“Last Play” was called and the Top 5 held possession well. Somehow despite a shot being deflected for a corner ‘Last Play’ was continued to allow the Top 5 one last chance.
A long, high and speculative ball found its way to the edge of the box and Will Phillips got a head on it. The ball, seemingly in slow motion, looped over the Jerks defenders and landed squarely in the middle of the goal. 2-2.
Heartbreak for the Bottom 6 Jerks. Elation for the Top 5 Legends. Next week will be a fixture not to be missed.
We also played some cricket and the not out batsmen started well and cashed in as the bowlers looked to be full.
Sam “healthy again” Baker got the ball rolling for the Stags, knocking back middle stump after consistently hitting some good areas.
Dan “Cyclops” Stickland’s introduction into the attack saw one of the most fortunate drag-ons of his career, the batsman gloving the ball into leg stump as he looked to play to fine leg. To be fair though I did move it a little bit so it had some right to take a wicket.
Sticker's smashing the stumps week in week out.
The UNSW batsmen weren’t going anywhere but then their number 4 decided to take Stickland on for a trio of boundaries, Stickers had the last laugh though uprooting middle stump and then letting the entire suburb of Killara know. Will Phillips then chimed in with a wicket of his own and at 5/104 things were looking great for the Stags.
The Staggies then wavered in their conquest, a couple of dropped chances and a partnership developed.
Josh Doyle then rolled out some offies and took a neat caught-and-bowled, clutching it in his arms. “Lucky I’ve been doing them curls” said Josh in the huddle. It seems curls not only get girls but also partnership-breaking wickets (bowlers take note).
Unfortunately, another partnership proved frustrating and the bowlers were perhaps guilty of bowling too inconsistently and wide of the stumps. Fortunately, the introduction of Scooby proved vital and the Stags entered tea only needing 3 more wickets.
A quality tea (it’s gotta be one of the best teas in the entire comp) revitalised the bowlers and it took a measly 16 balls to capture the last 3 wickets. Scooby and Stickland ended with 3 each and the mighty reserve graders rolled on to remain undefeated.
Also big ups to the 4th graders who came down to watch and supplying a case of beers to savour the win.
Gordon 407/7dec (Papworth 132, Klemt 121*, O’Brien 74) def. UNSW 251 (O’Brien 3/25 Stickland 3/44)
In an attempt to build a stronger opening combination, Cameron New and Scott O’Brien have decided to start doing everything together. "We get coffee together, we train together and of course, we write match reports together." Can you tell who wrote what?
A sunny but blustery day greeted the Reserve Graders at Bert Oldfield Oval for their 2nd of six consecutive Saturdays at the venue.
James "JK" Kennedy was thankfully more useful bowling than with his feet in the warm up football match
And it wasn’t long before the action started, with the hotly contested warmup football match between the Top 5 Legends and the Bottom 6 Jerks. The Jerks had some key inclusions with Dom “Spectrum” Thomson providing a much needed injection of pace and skill, and James “Peter Crouch” Kennedy proving to be a tall and lanky distraction for the Legends defenders.
Their tactic of leaving the owner of the most lethal farts in Sydney Grade Cricket, Sammy “Protein Shake” Baker sweeping in defence also proved to be an important move. The Legends attackers really struggled to breathe in the gas cloud that had formed in the attacking half, let alone string any meaningful plays together. As a result the Jerks jumped out to early 2-0 lead. However, with the game reaching a conclusion, the New-O’Brien opening combination started gelling. With telepathic like synchronisation and fluency, chances were starting to fall to the Legends on the back of the pair’s dominant midfield display.
And just at the call of “next goal wins!” the Legends converted pressure into goals with the very spreadable “Sweet Chili Philly” Will Phillips slipping in behind the Jerks' backline and applying the finish under immense pressure from the methane gas cloud that had formed. A 3-2 result under the “next goal wins” rule and 2 wins from 2 for the Legends this season.
Warmup football rivalries would have to be put on ice until next week however, as the Staggies looked to continue to build upon their cricketing form after a strong victory over Blacktown in Round 1.
Max “Carters” Newman failed at his one job once again and the Lions chose to bat first on rock hard Killara wicket. Our fearless leader informed us that he has now lost 12 tosses in a row stretching back to 2014/15 and may be looking for a replacement coin tosser in the coming weeks if his coin flipping exercises and weights program doesn’t pay dividends by next round.
The inclusion of James “Bruce Reid” Kennedy looked to be a big gain early on as he proceeded to send the new ball perilously close to the outside edge on numerous occasions. Bruce was ably supported by Dan “Fingers” Stickland, who bowled with great consistency to keep the scoring rate low.
Bruce was replaced with Reagan “The Zone” Klemt and although The Zone ironically struggled to hit his zones, he was able to draw a false shot for the first wicket. Some excellent bowling from Sam "Protein Shake" Baker and Anand “The Guru” Verma saw many chances created and even though a couple were spurned by the Stags fieldsmen, this tight bowling soon resulted in wickets.
Sticky charging in and reliably hitting his line and length
The Guru finished up with 2 wickets including an LBW that was so plumb it saw the batsman walk before a very dissatisfied umpire even had the chance to send him on his way. Some more good bowling in the middle to late overs from the “part-timers” (Cricinfo reliably informs us that Sweet Chili Philly has a better First Class bowling average than Mason Crane #justsayin kept the scoring rate down and some excellent fielding from Josh “Kenny G” Doyle created a timely run out.
Restricting Fairfield to around 200 was definitely on the cards heading into the last few overs, but unfortunately a little loose bowling and some good batting from the Lions opener who batted through the innings saw the total creep up to 230.
Not the result we were looking for but still an under par score and a very gettable target.
Special mention to Bruce who bowled expertly at the death and even correctly predicted “I’ve got a feeling this guy is going to try and ramp me this over”. Try the batsman did, but the result? Stumps everywhere!
Will Phillips trying to prove that some part-timers do have wheels
After a quick rest and some of Killara East local store’s finest sandwiches, it was on to the task at hand.
“Yeah that first ball was a bit silly. Just threw my hands at it, but man did I guts it.” And so it was - and so it would be for the next 70 runs of Scott O’Brien’s classy innings.
Carrying on from his form in the previous match, "Scooby" notched up “a proper batsman’s knock” of 74 to take the Gordon Stags towards their second win in as many weeks. Some say the deadliest of weapons imbibe the characteristics of their victims, and after polishing off the Warriors and the Lions, one wonders what might lay in store for next weeks clash with UNSW….hopefully nothing bumblebee related.
In any case, as the immortal words of John Donne remind us, “No man is an island”, and this is certainly true for the Gordon batting innings. Scott’s performance was supported brilliantly by a number of batters who were content to let the ebb and flow of the game roll like the very best of a Led Zeppelin album.
Bang! Scott launches a superb straight six onto the tennis courts at Killara
Fresh from his week-long sobriety pledge, Reagan “dark hair, long neck” Klemt (39) gave No Quarter to the Lion’s attack, leaving them a little Dazed and Confused as he showcased his T20 credentials. Reagy punished the bowlers every time they missed their lengths, and worked the singles well until he was finally undone trying to launch a straight one up to the Mothership. A great innings to watch, and good signs for the future.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t always in the Stags favour. "Groundskeeper Willy" Phillips copped one he'll go to his grave claiming was an absolute howler of a decision, strangling one down the leg side off his obliques for a golden (don’t worry, we’ve already alerted the Primary Club and they’re expecting your donation post haste). New man Dom “I’ve never seen a spinner I didn’t charge” Thomson, was fired shaping one beautifully onto his front pad after making an excellent start to his career in the Reserve Grade.
In spite of this, and some naggingly tidy bowling during the middle stages of the innings from the Lions’ medium pacers, Gordon rolled on towards victory thanks to patient batting by Josh Doyle (35) and Max “Ryan Carter’s younger brother” Newman (34*).
Josh holds the innings together while Scott and Reagan go on the attack
It was only fitting that our fearless leader should finish the game off by plundering one over the cow corner boundary, ensuring that the side's fresh faces were able to practice their “Get Fah you Bah’s” in true Gordon style.
Special mentions also to Anand Verma for joining the Kookaburra club and retiring that tired old paling. Runs to come!
Another great result for the 2nd graders, with more room to improve as the season progresses. A good mix of young talent and experience which have meshed well so far.
Well done to all Stags for a fantastic start to the season – 10/12 wins is a hell of a way to enter the 2-day arena with some confidence as well take on UNSW. Let’s push for another big round and more wins to celebrate down at The Orchard.
Up the Stags…and the mighty Team Turpsmen
Gordon 7/233 (48.0) def Fairfield-Liverpool 8/230 (50.0)
Scott O'Brien and Cam New
The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.
Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.
Third Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:
The Stags third graders were keen to kick on from last week’s win and continue the late charge for the finals with a good result against Mosman.
After a game of touch football, with the bottom 6 having another convincing win, we lost the toss and a rather strange decision from the Mosman captain deciding they would bat first.
Jack Skilbeck bowled superb for his three wickets.
With what seemed to be ideal bowling conditions early on, Nick and Jack struck and had Mosman reeling at 3 for 7. After being dominated from the get go you'd think the Mosman batters would grind it out, work the singles and cop all the abuse that would come their way. Instead they would look to keep going over the top and take risks, which would not please our slip cordon.
One batsman in particular was able to get a hold of us and put away some big shots, in which his reply to our constant chat was “appreciate the shot mate”. We weren’t able to appreciate many more of his shots as Jack continued to bowl consistently good lines and he finally chopped on.
Going into drinks taking 4 wickets for not many we all believed that we could bowl them out for cheap runs. We were able to this through our three quicks Jack, Nick and Pat, who all bowled extremely well and took three wickets each. When the quicks weren’t taking wickets by themselves, they were backed up in the field with some good catches from Cubby, Darren and Michael.
Nick Miller in action!
This must’ve been the most clinical we have been all season with our bowling and all credit goes to the three quicks. We happily rolled the whales for a mere 100 runs.
Going into bat the bonus point win was up for grabs and from the get go both Cam and Shane looked in good touch, scoring runs frequently. With Shane looking for some quick runs against the off spinner he was the first to go.
Their off-spinner continued to bowl well and took some key wickets of the top order. The middle order all got starts, and looked in great form however, by going after the runs in boundaries wickets continued to fall. We eventually got to the total 7 down and snared the bonus point.
Wicket for Pat and cuddle for Cubby!
Cam looked really good up top for his 25 playing some really nice shots, and looks to be getting back into form.
Even though we may have only won by 3 wickets it was a comprehensive win for third grade and one that will hopefully build our momentum for a late finals charge.
Chris "Krusty" de Kretser
The Stags third graders were keen to put the poor performances far behind us and kick of the new year with a win on the board and kick start a late season charge.
After a few hours of waiting and no improvement, the captains decided that we would get the game going. Seeing a nice juicy deck bowling first would be a great option.
Superb knock from Cubby (40) in tough conditions.
It was not to be, Cubby flipped the coin incorrectly and we were sent into bat.
Early on, the play and miss count was rising quickly, however so was the frustration of the Parra bowlers and we were able to negotiate the first 10 overs barely laying bat on ball but for the loss of no wickets.
Same ball. Different result. Jayasekera and Lin on show in 3rd Grade
Cam New was the first to go with a direct hit from the boundary resulting in a run out. From there the standard collapse started to happen, losing another two wickets in quick succession.
The highest Cubbage has got off the ground in a fair while
Disaster was looming at 4/30 and the pitch still offering plenty of assistance. However we were able to dig for the next hour slowly building our way into the game.
Balls continued to go past the outside edge but by staying patient we knew we could build up a competitive total. Just before the second drinks break Cubby was dismissed for a hard fought 40.
The value of Cubby's innings should not be underestimated, coming in when we were we were in all sorts of trouble in such difficult conditions was a fantastic captains knock.
In the last 7 overs of the game Nick Miller hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a fantastic 49 off about 30 balls and really set us up for a good total.
We managed 225 which seemed like it was well over par.
The first 14 overs of the Parra innings we spend retrieving the ball from over the fence. With the pitch now nice and hard and some big hitting, they were sitting at about 2/130 at the drinks break with no signs of slowing down.
Nick "Big Nuts" Miller played true to his name with some power hitting.
We went down a bowler with Cubby deciding he had enough of being hit over cow for 6 and decided to end his spell after 5 balls with a groin injury.
We all knew we needed to make the adjustments or it will be another loss.
After the break the game turned. The bowlers bowled well and combined with some great catching we were able to get rid of the two danger batsmen.
With the required run rate now at only 3 an over we had to bowl them out. Consistency was the key, the bowler kept the ball in good areas and the bizarre approach by Parramatta to try and slog every ball worked in our favour.
Beautiful stroke play here by Michael Roberts
In the end we dismissed them 35 runs short of our total. Special mention to all 4 bowlers who all copped some treatment early but all responded brilliantly.
Will Calov and Chris De Kresta stopped the onslaught in the middle overs and Nick Miller and Jack Skilbeck finished off the game with Nick taking 4 and Chris 3.
That was a great win for the 3rd graders and we showed some real fight to get the job done.
Hopefully we can continue this form against a strong Mosman side next week. A few more wins in a row and you never know what could happen!
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
Looking to make amends on the past week, the gentlemen from Gordon arrived at Killara Oval under the new captaincy of Pat Effeney, who impacted the team early with arguably the best warm up of the year.
Losing his first toss however, we were sent in to bat and young Effeney retreated to the sheds for his first of many planned cups of tea.
Unfortunately, before he could finish his cup we were putting the creams on and heading out to have a bowl, Nick Miller smoking a few boundaries for a well made 30 in the final total of 108.
Anand getting thrown the ball earlier then expected on Day 1.
After seeing the tricks in the pitch coupled with the enthusiasm from an earlier warm up, confidence was still at a reasonable level.
And we might just leave Day 1 there…
Day 2 started in a similar way to day 1 with a sharp warm up following a declare from the Students. The innings that followed however was vastly different to the one in the previous week.
Shayne Lin and Steve Bristow started off well and set the theme for the day. Jamie followed Bristow’s lead in developing a base for Shayne who finished with a very well made 61 to put the team at 3 for 122.
Paddy as always toiled hard for the Stags!
Corbin was the rock for the majority of the innings hitting a dominating 72 that well supported by Cubby for a strong 33 that really helped the innings through the middle overs where we have previously lacked in past games.
At the end of innings, the final score was 7 for 274, with all batsmen playing a role in staying at the crease to ensure that there weren’t any collapses which have become all to common within the 3rd grade batting innings. The second innings left the Students heading to the change rooms with a sense of defeat in their second dig at us.
On a lighter side, the performance on the second day has provided a lot of confidence for the side going into the next round against a strong Penrith outfit.
Mick "Sideshow Bob" Roberts
Bankstown away. The 4th away game in a row mighty 3rd Grade side to start the season. We turned up to the news of 2 washouts and a green wicket, however we were confident that we could win the all important toss, which of course we did.
We finally got on, after 4 hours of sitting around.
Not much detail below, but DeKrester took plenty of poles when finally getting on the field
The import, Effeney, taking the new ball, and after 4 balls we walked off, having them 1-0. It was all (just) Gordon from there. We toiled away all day, waiting for that 42 over mark which would mean we didn’t have to arrive for a 9:30 start the next weekend and would finish the day having them 9 down for 190.
Chris DeKrester and Cubbage, as well as Effeney, took the majority of the wickets.
Week 2, again we got on the field for 4 balls, this time in impeccable weather, taking the final wicket again within 4 balls.
Time to bat.
We started strong, chasing a relatively small total, we toiled away for hours, scoring very slowly however losing irregular wickets. Corbin sticked it out for a hard fought 60, but eventually fell to a run out.
At tea we were 4-130 odd still needing 60, Spratt fell straight after tea, leaving it up to Cubbage and the lower order, who gradually chipped away at the runs, until Cubby fell.
It was looking dismal until Effeney decided enough was enough, and dispatched the U17s NSW offspinner for 16 off an over, and brought another “W” home for the touring Stags.
I'm sure there's an adage somewhere hidden within the English lexicon about the space between where disappointment begins and sheer self-directed anger begins.
At least there should be, and it should be written by Gideon Haigh or someone, because that's what all of Third Grade would have been feeling after being unceremoniously and mercilessly pumped by a superior St George team.
There weren't too many opportunities to snap the 3rd Grade batsmen. Michael Roberts got a few, but wasn't comfortable out there.
It hurt. It hurt a lot.
In preparation for writing this report I attempted to dig around for some positives. Was there great banter? Inevitably, with a team involving Chris 'Dust' Spratt, Shayne 'Have you scored a century yet?' Lin and Jono 'Big Ship' New, there will be beers and fantastic banter.
Yet I couldn't recall it. Any of it.
Probably because on two consecutive Saturday early afternoons, I was strapping on the pads with about 15 overs bowled. As we joked about the Australian being bowled out for pitiful totals, we were channelling Joe Burns, Adam Voges and Callum Ferguson ourselves.
Calamitous runouts. Nicking balls onto our pads and being fired. That all happened. So did the terrible shotmaking, the inability to grind, the unwillingness to stick out the tough period and bat on a flat Killara wicket after tea.
And it wasn't reserved for the batting. By no stretch. Bowlers struggled to find their lengths early, and when you're defending 118, you need to hit your stride early.
But enough of the sermon from the mount. What shall we talk about next.
A wrap, you ask? You want a wrap? Ok, this humble scribe shall oblige.
Chris Spratt put on a few more in the 2nd dig, but it wasn't nearly enough
Toss was lost by Jono on what we thought was a flatty at Killara. It turned out to be no such thing. Conditions were suited to the bowlers early, with steepling bounce from one end and skiddy outswing from the other, we knew it would be a graft for the opening portion of the innings.
So it proved. Shayne Lin was the only one to offer resistance in the first session from the Stags. He top scored with 25, with Chris De Kretser chipping in with 21 valuable runs down the order. But Chris wouldn't have expected to be batting with not even half the overs gone before the tea break. The rest was single figures, with Mick Roberts bucking the trend with 14.
As intimated earlier, it was an unwillingness to do the hard work that characterised this performance.
We scratched to 118, and were bowling before tea, where we managed one scalp in those two overs.
After tea was a different story, where even though we secured two earlyish wickets, batsmen scored freely and passed the total all too quicky.
Killara flattened, as expected, and proved to be great to bat on in the afternoon. St George piled on 245, thanks to an excellent 80 from their number 7, who showed how to play. Respect the bowling early in your innings, get used to the pitch, cash in.
They'd more than doubled our total by the end of Day 1.
I might as well write the same thing for the second day as for the first, with the exception that this time Shayne only managed 16 and Spratty fought hard for 31. At 9-88 it was looking like an innings loss, not something I've ever been part of in 9 years of Grade Cricket.
Thankfully Jono, at Number 11, partnered with Effeney, and got together for what was the highest 10th wicket partnership in Third Grade in the living memory of this author, surpassing Effeney's old teammates Adair 'Judge' Durie and Josh 'Ding-A' Ling. The partnership was a handful of runs short of the club's all-time 3rd Grade 10th wicket partnership record.
That added some respectability to the total, but not a heap, setting St George a paltry 41 for victory.
We walked back out onto the field a defeated group, taking two with us on the way, including the talkative gully fieldsman much to the delight of the author, it has to be reported.
From here, it's onwards and upwards. That's the worst it gets in Grade cricket. Sitting on 2 wins, 3 losses is by no means an irrecoverable position for a team this talented, and there's plenty of this season left to play. We're only two games off the top 6. It's congested up there.
So let's play finals this year, boys. What do you say?
We arrived, on time, to David Phillips Oval and were hosted by 11 blokes that Darren reckoned he knew. Thanks to Cubby, we soon found out that we would be bowling on a very small oval, on a cold, windy day.
We started strong, taking a few early wickets courtesy of the quicks and soon saw ourselves well on top heading into the first drinks break.
After drinks, however, UNSW's right handed Mark Cosgrove did not live up to expectations, nurdling the ball for irregular singles, and we were able to tie them down from both ends.
Jack Skillbeck trying to get some purchase out of the M4 the groundsman had prepared on Day 1.
Wickets gradually fell thanks to some tight overs from our spinners, Chris De Krester and Cubby, and heading into the final session, we had them 8-180 odd, seemingly very much on top.
Unfortunately for us, we were unable to clean up their tail thanks to their #9 bat, who dispatched us to all parts of the tiny oval, meaning they finished the day all out for 266.
Chris bowled for most the day, tying down the Bee's.
Week 2 we rocked up confident of knocking over the runs in quick practice.
Opening with Mitch and Corbin, we lost a few early wickets, putting us in immediate trouble, but were able to fight back through Dom Thomson, who batted incredibly on a slow wicket with patience and placement.
The man in the white pants and untucked shirt batted for hours with casualties falling around him all day, mainly to LBW's.
We scraped our way to 5-92 when Cubby made his way to the crease, who batted well with Dom to put us into a much more positive position.
Dom fell for 96, and it looked to be over, with Chris, Keevers and Skilly departing cheaply.
Dom hitting the ball all around the ground in his 96.
Credit to Will Calov for making his way to the crease with 2 dislocated fingers to try and get us home with 50 runs to get, however we fell just short and would have to go back across the bridge as losers.
Unfortunately the batsman overall didn't perform however they know what they need to work on: straight fullies!
With the rest of the club playing out of their skin 3rd Grade has a lot to do to keep up with the rest of the teams.
Chris "The Myth" Spratt
Third grade arrived to Fairfield Park with high hopes after a relatively easy win the previous week against Blacktown. The wicket looked an absolute belter, after winning the toss the Skip elected to put the runs on the board.
From the get go the stags lost wickets consistently after establishing partnerships.
Look at that elbow! Jamie looking good for the camera and warning Axel that he's got some competition
Newcomer, Jamie Bekis was the only batsman to put his hand up in an attempt to steady the ship. With wickets falling around him, he played fantastically for his knock of 39 until he too unfortunately fell.
At 6-110 midway through the innings, Cubbage joined Miller at the crease and the pair went about batting as many overs as possible.
They took the score to 177 in the 41st over ready to explode in the final 10 when Miller gave his wicket away on 44 with a misguided pull shot (surprise surprise?) the third one to give his wicket up in the same way.
Cubby went about batting with the tail to bat out the overs and take the score past 200, however, wickets continued to fall and he was left with a very well-constructed 36*. The stags being bowled out for 194 in the 46th over.
Cubby guiding the team to a competitive total
Coming back from the break, the stags were confident heading into their bowling innings after easily defending a similar score the previous week. The Lions got off to a reasonable start and after a wicket to Lachie, they were sitting at 2 for 64 after 15.
It was a tough toil for the Gordon bowlers on a wicket that wasn’t offering a great deal for spinners or seamers alike. A 2nd wicket to Miller saw the score sitting at 3 for 100 off 22 with the experienced opener still plodding away for the Lions.
A wicket each to Cubby and Chris saw the Lions fall to 5 for 129 off 28 and the stags were on the hunt. Some good bowling prevailed and Chris claimed another leaving them at 6 for 147 after 34, the opener still plying his trade with 50 left to get.
Gordon toiled as hard as they could, however, it wasn’t to be for them as the Lions opener steered them home with a beautifully made 106*.
Nick showed good fight with the ball with 2-29
A fantastic innings was the undoing of the Stags perfect start to 2016, however, with a tweak to the performance I’m confident 3’s will be back to winning ways next round.
Nick "Big Nuts" Miller
It was a beautiful day to start the season at Blacktown on Saturday, the sun was shining and the outfield was lush. Having lost the toss the stags were sent in to bat on what was a green slow wicket wicket that looked like it might do a bit early but behave better later in the day.
Dom Thomson looks to keep one out early in his innings
Batting was tough early with the plenty of swing coming from both of the opening bowlers. A few early wickets had the stags 2 down quite quickly but Liam McElduff and Dom Thomson steadied the ship and put the score past 50.
After Liam departed for 21 another quick wicket fell and Mick Roberts came to the crease to join Dom who continued to impress with his patience and ability to work the ball and run hard between the wickets. Both batted extremely well with Dom making 65 and Mick posting 47 toward a defendable total of 196.
A fantastic performance with the ball followed what was a good batting effort. The quicks got great purchase out of the deck with both Nick Miller and Jack Skillbeck picking up wickets in their first spell. Jack took an exceptional one handed caught and bowled to really lift the team. Nick Miller however was the stand out taking 4 wickets and creating several more chances with his ability to get great bounce out of the pitch.
Wickets fell often for the stags and all the bowlers were able to execute their skills well and bowl economically creating multiple chances. The three quicks did well to manage the work load and the spinners filled in the rest of the overs with tight bowling using the turning conditions to their advantage.
Michael Roberts was all flair and red hair as he pounded the Warriors around the ground
The Warriors were never in the match and at one stage were 8-73. The match then slowed dramatically as the Blacktown lower order played out the remaining 20 overs and crawled to 128.
Chris De Kretser was impressive in his first appearance for the stags taking 2 wickets and showing plenty of potential to have a very successful season.
All in all it was a sound performance from the bowlers to seal a very convincing win and a strong start to the season with very promising signs ahead.
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.
Fourth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:
With 4’s finals hopes on the line, it was important that they come out of this game with a big win too ensure their chances in the finals run. The day started well with skip Stu Bromley winning the toss sending them in to bowl.
Rare as hens' teeth. The Mitch Kleem forward defensive
The weather forecast showed that there was going to be some severe rain in the afternoon but at this point the sun was out and the deck was flat and hard. Mitch Kleem and Tom Hamblin got the ball rolling for the stags smoking the ball to all areas of the outfield before Tom was fired by the ump for not many. This bought to the crease youngster Matt Wright. With his patience and Mitch’s brut force, the pair were able to compile a terrific partnership bringing the Stags to 101 before Matt was dismissed.
In Mitch’s defence, I as well as the rest of the 4th Grade side had never seen him block so many balls in his innings of 65. There was a job to be done and he did it extremely well, hats off to him. Once Matt and Mitch were dismissed, run became hard to come by and the middle order were finding it very difficult to pierce the gaps through the off and on side, so Spratty took it upon himself to take the aerial route to bump up the run rate.
This was short live as he and Tim Ferrero were dismissed within 3 overs of each other. Luckily for the 4th grade side we had depth and strength in our batting line up leave Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino to showcase some powerful hitting to get us to the 200 run mark by 50 overs.
The pitch had flattened out over the lunch break due to the heat and sun, but little to ND’s know there was a big storm brewing, and fast. Sammy Watts and Matt Keever’s were tight in their opening spells bowling continuous line and length, drying the run rate up which would end up costing ND’s in the long run of the game. With the dark clouds moving over our heads, we knew rain was coming, and had to get 25 overs completed to have it be classified a game, so on came the spinners.
Charlies Booth and Matt Wright were excellent in ‘bowling to the field’ and the ND’s batsmen were short on ways to score runs causing their top order to crumble due to the pressure of trying to increase the run rate. The lightning and rain began to set in and when all was said and done, the hail stones the size of our hands and the swimming pool on the edge of the square were still not enough for the umpires to call it.
We waited another 90 minutes before the second batch of rain hit before the two captains agreed no more play was going to happen.
Not the outcome we had quite expected but still 6 points for the Stags none the less keeping their finals hopes alive.
The Stags arrived to the sight of a very green deck at Killara Oval and unanimously decided to bowl. However, Stu Bromley had other ideas.
Upon his return from the middle he declared to the team that he had decided to bat!
Charlie Booth, sponsored by SURA, makes the most of his opportunities out there at Killara Oval... but had to wait after Stu chose to bat
Liam McElduff (30) created a steady platform for the team but the Stags struggled to form partnerships.
Charlie Booth whacks the ball to all areas at Killara!
The Stags looked to be in a bit of trouble at 5/105 until a young and handsome Charles Booth crafted an elegant and mature 77 showing his fitness and strength throughout the innings. His innings helped pull the Stags out of the deep water to a total of 259.
Stu and the rest of us reflected that from 5/105, reaching 259 may have demoralised the Whales a little and we certainly felt this total was out of reach of the Pod in the sheds next door.
The slow scoring Whales gave the Stags extra confidence and a win for the Stags looked imminent.
Resistance late in the innings from Mosman created some tension and brought them back into the game. Pat Rice saved the day and took 5 Whale scalps with tight stump to stump bowling.
Pat Rice developing into a great bowler for the Stags!
The Stags song their song proudly and at the top of their lungs, making sure the Mosman Whales heard every last word.
Match abandoned after rainfall. No play occurred.
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
The round against Penrith brought some new (and not so new) blood to the 4th Grade team with the temporary leadership team of MacElduff and Booth having big shoes to fill in the absence of Captain Bromley, who was on cultural leave in Bali.
MacElduff started well by winning the toss at Killara and choosing to bat. Mitch Kleem showed why he has so many runs against his name and made a verycolourful wagon wheel for his 66, sharing a valuable century stand with Liam McElduff (45).
Mitch Kleem goes long!
Both Hugh Sherwood and Nick "white pants" Andreou assisted the scoreboard along but a few quick wickets made a good score look out of reach, but Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell and Charlie Booth had other intentions. Fortified by an excellent afternoon tea befitting an English village, they put on a lower order partnership to drag the total to over 250 with the Stags eventually out for 294.
The day also saw some celebrity Stags in the crowd with Rowan MacGregor and Barry Eastment watching from the wings.
Liam M gives the team a great start.
At stumps on Day One, Penrith were 0-12 in the five overs remaining.
Day Two and some rain during the week saw a slightly different wicket, yet the outfield still provided a heady mix of bounce, skid and pop. With 294 to defend there was some thought that we were 50 runs short and some very good bowling would be needed. Where there’s a Will there’s a way.
Matt Keevers bowled well and struck twice early but then Calov ripped through the middle order taking 5 consecutive wickets with only 53 runs added to the score. Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell also bowled well to pick up a couple.The Panthers were on their knees and all out for 133..
Should they follow on? Yes they should!
Once again Keevers and Calov struck early. Matt Wright also took two and Charlie Booth snared one, as Penrith slumped to 8-109 with just 48 balls remaining.
Will Calov in action with a bag of wickets!
Perhaps it was the lack of scones and brownie for afternoon tea, as unfortunately the Stags were unable to take the final two wickets with credit going to the two Penrith batsman who hung in there to deny us an outright.
However it was 6 points from a solid first innings win which leaves 4th grade in a fighting third place on the ladder behind Northern Districts and Sydney CC.
Well bowled Will Calov with 8 wickets for the match.
Gordon 294 (Mitch Kleem 66, Nick Prell 48, Liam McElduff 45, Hugh Sherwood 41, Charlie Booth 40, Nick Andreou 27) defeated Penrith 136 (Will Calov 5-33, Nick Prell 2-44, Matt Keevers 2-45) and 8-134 (Will Calov 3-35, Matt Keevers 2-17, Matt Wright 2-20) on the first innings.
Charlie Booth is sponsored by SURA
4th Grade headed out to St Paul’s College at Sydney University, where they were up lining up against a strong University side, posting some 3rd Graders pushed down through the availability of State players.
Warm up was completed, and the Stags were sent in to bat with overcast conditions and a green tinge covering the wicket. McElduff and Hamblin opened, both getting the score to 37, before being dismissed, McElduff via 1st slip, and Hamblin via LBW.
McElduff works one onto the on side
This brought Sherwood and Spratt to the crease, hoping to consolidate the innings, however Sherwood falling shortly after to LBW, for just 2 runs. Spratt batted well, setting up an innings and still playing his shots, however falling to a false shot on 24.
Jayasekera in at Number 5, looked as cruisy as ever at the crease, utilizing the square leg boundary before falling to midwicket for 15.
Author, Tom Hamblin, also looks to the on side for runs
The constant loss of wickets when partnerships looked to form wasn’t what the Stags needed. At the drinks break, we were ‘ok’ at 5/109, however second ball after drinks, Krishna, looking to work one past backward square, was caught behind for 10.
Skipper ‘Stuie’ Bromley, looking very comfortable at the crease again, trying to maintain an above 100 average, fell caught behind for 26 and brought us to 133. The tail providing a bit of resistance through Paddy Rice with 8 and Charlie Booth with 7. Keevers finished not out.
The Stags finished on a particularly sub-par 138 and left Uni roughly 30 over in the day to chase down the total.
Our bowling unit started well with Keevers picking up the first wicket, taken in the gully by Jayasekera, with a cracking reflex catch to leave Uni at 1-0. However Uni consolidated and reached 1-55 before Booth was introduced and took a key wicket to dismiss the opener, taken by a sharp catch to Rahul Krishna at short cover.
Matt Keevers takes one late on Day 1, before applying pressure early on Day 2
The Stags then got on a bit of a roll, with Keevers taking a late LBW just before stumps to keep Gordon in with a chance.
Day 2 saw a cracking batting wicket and a fast outfield, in which Sdney Uni needed a further 70 runs for a first innings victory. With quite a tight first few overs from Pat Rice and Keevers, the Stags looked on top early.
A sharp bit of fielding by Mcelduff at first slip saw the 4th wicket fall to Charlie Booth. At 4- 90 the Stags were right in it, however a partnership of 38 basically saw it over the line for Uni. With them passing the score 5 down.
With the game set to finish at tea, a declaration by the uni skipper saw the Stags sent back into bat. This move nearly paid off for Uni as the Stags lost 6-76 in quick succession.
Charlie Booth looked good with ball, before saving the side in the 2nd dig with the bat
However, we managed to hold on to 7-138, as Booth belted one into the construction site, and the game finished there, with Uni winning on first innings. Not a great outing by the Gordon boys, but a few positives to take into the further games.
A pumped 4th Grade arrived at Harold Fraser Reserve to continue their winning ways. It was the first away game of the season and it was refreshing to see a nice even outfield, probably testament to the “no dogs on field” sign.
Beauchamp and Killara desperately need to get one.
Lachie Stewart - would have been worth plenty in the 2016/17 Fantasy League
As always Stu Bromley won the toss and elected to bat. Once again Gordon were off to a blistering start with both Mitch Kleem and Steve Bristow producing some cracking drives. The former fell for 38 and onto the field walked the man in form, Tom Hamblin, exuberating calmness and patience. With Bristow’s class and Hamblin’s temperament they piled on the runs.
As the scoreboard kept ticking, the chat on the sideline rolled on from Hamlin’s craving for Chinese food during hay fever season, to Charlie Booth’s gazillion tinder matches, to what the hell was going on in 3rd Grade. The overall consensus was that Hazlewood had dropped out of the test match and was now charging in off the long run.
Darren also disclosed some confidential Sydney Thunder information. Apparently they want to steal the whole RCB batting lineup. But personally, I’d much rather have, Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem to open up the innings for me.
The great 116 run partnership eventually came to an end, Bristow finishing with a well compiled 82. Hamblin fell soon after for 67. A bad day in the office for him with his average dropping from 146 to 120. A flurry of wickets followed with Gordon scratching their heads at 5 for 220 after a great start.
As far as our roving photographers go, Lachie Stewart clearly draws the lens!
However Darren Jayasekera and Captain Stu were there to steady the ship. They ran extremely well between the wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary. Darren’s timing was exquisite and Stu played his signature paddle flicks (I don’t what to call them, but one things for sure, they’re very effective).
Darren woke up after the drinks break and the carnage began. He belted 28 runs of an over! Including 3 massive sixes over square leg in a row. He raced to 72 of 58 balls before he was caught in the deep. Soon later Stu declared with an imposing total of 318. Another captains knock of 34no from Stu. He’s averaging an impressive 162 for the season.
Gordon had 7 overs at Saints that afternoon but couldn’t snag a wicket.
Day 2 did not start very well. Firstly, we thought rain during the week would get some moisture in the pitch. But no, it was the same old dry road. Secondly, Bristow forgot his whites and the in-laws had to make the long drive down from Kellyville. Thirdly, the openers just wouldn’t get out. They had a frustrating opening stand of 80, before 3rd Grade import Matt Keevers made the breakthrough.
Then the magic of spin came on and the whole game turned on its head. It all started with the field placement. Charlie Booth told Pat Rice to stand where the fence turns brown, and poor Patty was staring clueless at a pristine white picket fence for ages.
Booth then turned his mind games away from his teammates and towards the batsman.
He bamboozled the 2nd opener with a lovely half-tracker, which was hit straight to Keevers at square leg. Following suit, Rahul Krishna bowled a long hop and Bristow took an excellent sharp catch at short leg.
Rahul’s next over:
Ball 1: The batsman looked to work it to leg side but it dropped and fizzed on him. The leading edge lobbed to Darren at short cover who took a blinding sitter.
Ball 2: The batsman tried to cut, got done by some extra bounce and Pat Rice took a nice diving catch at point.
Ball 3: Rahul it tossed it up and hoped. The batman played a slog sweep (A slog sweep on a hat-trick ball, are you mad?) The team held their breath as Harry Middlebrook swallowed it up on the deep midwicket boundary.
Rahul took another two quick wickets assisted by some excellent glove work by Skipper Stu that left the Saints reeling for 8 for 143 at tea. Rahul with crazy figures of 6-18 after 5 overs.
It seemed like it would be another easy win for 4th grade, but it was not to be.
The match ball had gone for a swim just before tea, so Gordon had to resort to using a soft old ball which had probably done its rounds at training the last few seasons. The bowlers toiled hard in the heat, but received little assistance from the pitch, ball or fielders who some dropped catches.
Credit has to go to the Saints for digging and playing sensibly, as they slowly built a partnership. The game ambled on and before we knew it, things were getting tense. The 8th wicket partnership had piled on 163 runs.
By the time the new ball was taken the game was in the balance, all three results possible. Saints needed 20 runs and Gordon needed two wickets with 7 overs remaining.
Having bowled the seven overs the previous week, Captain Clever had this last trick up his sleeve and the new ball did the trick. Keevers struck immediately and the second fell soon after.
A hard fought win from the boys in a game that ebbed and flowed until the last ball. Looking forward to building on the winning streak.
Day 1 was off to a frustrating start, with the umpire’s refusal to take the covers off within the first hour, despite persistent efforts from skipper Stuart Bromley and local weather expert Nick Prell.
When the game was finally ready to begin, Stuie won the toss and made the interesting decision to bowl first, after spending the first two hours pre-game saying how good it would be to win the toss and bat.
The 'Weatherman' Nick Prell gets the early breakthrough
The gamble paid off however, with Prell striking early, dismissing their left handed opener to a terrific catch taken by keeper Harry Rees. It ended up being 2 wickets in 2 balls for Prell, who bowled the Bankstown captain first ball with a gem of a delivery for the dreaded golden duck.
At 2 down, the Bankstown batsmen were able to stem the flow of wickets, until the final ball before drinks when their in-form batsman tried to take Charlie Booth down town.
This turned out to be a careless decision, as Nick Prell took “the catch of the century!”- Cameron New. The catch involved Nick running in 10 metres before realising the ball was going to land exactly where he had just been standing. Running backwards desperately, he stuck out his left hand in a final hope and somehow the ball stuck in his mitt like glue.
Boothy's brilliant 5 wicket haul gave the Doggies no chance!
After the drinks break, Patty Rice joined the party, taking a wicket caught again by Rees.
Booth then went on a wicket-taking rampage, taking 4 wickets within the space of 50 runs, by first dismissing two new batsman and then getting the all important breakthrough of Malcolm, being dismissed for 72.
That left Bankstown at an underwhelming total of 9/161. The last two wickets were taking quickly within the space of two runs, firstly by Harry Middlebrook and finally by Rahul Krishna, who cleaned up the number 11 for 0. Charlie Booth was the star of the show, taking 5-54 off 19 overs.
This left Gordon a tough 16 overs to bat in difficult conditions. This didn’t bother both openers Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem, who dispatched the Bankstown bowlers to all parts of the ground.
P-Rice also showed class with the ball.
Mitch’s innings was ended abruptly on 19, when he was caught off a jaffa of a ball from the Bankstown opener.
Shayne continued his destructive ways, by blasting the poor Bankstown bowlers everywhere, to none of whom had an answer to his magnificent stroke play.
Gordon made it to stumps at an impressive 1/81 with Shayne on 49* and Hugh Sherwood on 9*.
Day 2 was off to a fast paced start with Shayne bringing up his 50 with the first ball of the day.
It was the same story as the previous week for Shayne who pounced on anything too full and short by the bowlers.
Shayno is in scintillating touch! Back-to-back tons!
Hugh’s innings was cut short however on 29 to a great caught and bowled by the opening bowler.
Lachie Stewart joined Shayne in the middle and showed great discipline and patience to the two spinners. Both batsmen continued to show their maturity as well as superb shot selection to take Gordon past Bankstown’s total.
Bankstown faced another problem, with the amount of balls that they were losing as a result of Gordon’s batting.
It wasn’t long before Shayne brought up his second ton in successive games with a monster 6 off the leg spinner.
Lachie Stewart was finally undone, as he was stumped on 29, leaving Gordon at 3/200.
Rahul made his way to the middle with the intention of scoring runs quickly, and did just that, making a quick fire 12 before being dismissed, which included a big six over square leg.
Shayne’s wonderful innings was finally ended on 134, after single handedly almost scoring as much runs as the whole Bankstown team.
That left Harry Rees and Pat Rice at the wicket, both of which were looking to score runs quickly. Harry hit a monster 6 onto the road over cow corner, while Pat Rice enjoyed two sixers and a four in his innings of 18*.
Skipper Stuart finally ended the carnage, by declaring with Gordon 5/260 after only 44 overs.
Gordon’s intentions after tea were to push for an outright victory and things start well, with Pat snicking off the left handed opener for just 1.
The Bankstown captain was next in and didn’t last long also, after being caught and bowled off Harry Middlebrook.
Harry struck twice in quick succession, dismissing the top scorer from the first innings for just 19 to a sharp catch from Shayne, leaving Bankstown slumped at 3/38.
Harry and the Stags pushed hard for the outright, so close.
Like the first innings, Bankstown were able to stop the loss of wickets until Lachie Stewart got the all important breakthrough.
Lachie then bowled the new batsman with a fantastic delivery, leaving Bankstown at 5/116 at drinks.
Post drinks brought the same story, with Rahul claiming the wicket of the dangerous big hitter to a fantastic catch by Mitch Kleem.
The two new batsmen steadied the ship, and made it to a total of 153, before Rahul took his second wicket caught at mid-off.
With time running out and wickets to get, Gordon pushed hard and once again Rahul proved the difference, by taking his third wicket LBW.
It wasn’t to be for Gordon however, with Bankstown holding on at 8/176 at the end of play.
Still, a very impressive two days for the Stags, with notable performances from both Charlie booth taking 5/54 and Shayne Lin scoring an amazing 134.
4th grade showed up to the battle with the students with some confidence given two strong wins to start the season, however, with a couple of key players unavailable it was to be the first real test for The Stags.
Batting first, the two youngsters, Matt Wright and Hugh Sherwood, started the innings off steadily. Unfortunately Wright was the first to go for 13, and the Stags were 1/26, bringing Rahul Krishna to the crease.
Rahul and Hugh guiding the Stags with class early on.
Hugh and Rahul went about their business, showing maturity and patience and a real knack for capitalising on the bad ball. A 90-run stand between these two got 4s off to a great start, until Hugh was caught for a well made 58.
Rahul was the next to go, running past one from a turning leggie and being stumped for 47. Two well made contributions, and set the platform for the Stags to build on.
There was a slight collapse in the middle order, with Stewart, Prell and Rees all falling within 10 runs. The key for the Stags was 4s captain Stu Bromely still at the crease, and batting beautifully, nudging the ball around, and putting away the bad ball.
A bit of a wag from the tail, and supportive roles from Booth, Rice and Beattie, ensured that Stu would finish unbeaten on a well crafted 74.
The Stags were all out for 258, a target that was defendable, but early inroads would need to be made to put the students on the back foot.
A real captains knock by Stu Bromley lifting Gordon to 258.
The bowling effort from the Stags couldn't have started any better, with Prell claiming his first in the first over of the innings. Confident, and upbeat, The Stags were keen for more wickets, with everyone pumped and buzzing around the field.
Unfortunately, this was the only wicket to finish out the day, with the frustration of several edges through and over the slips teasing the Stags. The students finished the day on 1/89 and the Stags would need to bowl well and make early inroads next week to rattle the Bee's.
The second day, again, couldn't have started any better, with Pat Rice claiming an LBW wicket early on and boosting the Stags confidence.
Pat Rice struck again the next over, hitting the top of off and bowling perfect line and length and very good pace.
Prell claimed his second wicket a few overs later, and with the students losing 3 of their top 4 in the first 10 overs, some momentum was being gained by the Stags.
Pat had a superb day with the ball and in the field.
Pat Rice then claimed his 3rd and the students really had some work to do, at 5/113, with the bottom 5 needing to get 145 runs to claim victory.
Enter Sam Watts. Sam hit the timber 3 times bowling a nice full length. The Stags were well and truly on top at this stage, with the students in real trouble at 8/172.
Booth chipped in with a wicket of his own, after several overs of well flighted and threatening spin bowling, and thoroughly deserved his wicket.
Pat Rice was the man to end the show, with a run out that was given out with a questionable umpiring call, however that's just cricket!
Another solid performance from 4th grade, with contributions made by everyone with either bat, ball or both.
Given the absence of some key players, the depth 4s can produce at the moment is really satisfying to see, and I am sure will result in the good momentum continuing.
The Gordon fourth grade side were greeted with blustery weather conditions at Beauchamp Oval like most other teams across the Sydney Metropolitan region.
The side was keen to string a couple of wins together after a convincing victory against Blacktown the previous week.
Fairfield won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a pretty good wicket for batsman, however the Gordon lads knew the wicket would get better as the day went on.
It was Shayne's day as he muscled the Lions all over the ground
My previous experiences against the Lions has always seen plenty of verbal exchanges and disagreements, although this match wasn’t too bad.
One remembers the many trips to Cabramatta Oval back in the day when the area was the heroin capital of Australia. It’s OK now though because many of the dealers have now moved to Canley Vale (suburb next door).
Our opening bowling partnership of Pat Effeney and Matt Keevers posed plenty of problems for the opposition.
At one point the Lions were 5/58 but unfortunately we let them get to 215. This is certainly one area the side will be looking to improve on, in that when we have a side under the pump, when need to finish them off.
A good job to restrict them to 215, Pat Effeney collected 4/44 and Will Calov 3/38.
Pat has now picked up around 200 wickets for the club and a few more seasons will see him on the board with 300 wickets.
Pat Effeney picking up 200 wickets for the Stags
After this the fourth graders witnessed one of the most entertaining innings ever seen at Beauchamp Oval.
Shayne Lin butchered the Lion’s bowling attack to all parts of the ground . He even managed to use some finesse to nudge a few singles around.
Shayne has found a new level of confidence with his batting in recent times and is no doubt showing a few of his doubters a thing or two. Shayne made a brilliant 120.
Shayne's masterclass at Beauchamp!
Other contributors included Hugh Sherwood with 26, Rahaul Krishna 24, Stuart Bromley 18 not out and Nick Prell 16 not out.
The Stags will face University of NSW in another home game at Beauchamp. The fourth graders know how to win at this ground and should provide plenty of stiff opposition for the bumblebees.
The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13.
All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.
All points for all wins go towards the club championship.
Fifth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:
Coming off the back of some good wins and confidence high, the stags were set to take it to a traditionally strong NDs 5th grade side. Batting first on what was a typically flat Beauchamp track, the sun was shining and it was all set to be a good day of hard cricket.
David Burk was fantastic with the ball, despite the side's disappointing performance
Jack Doolan did his usual thing getting us off to a quick start hitting the ball to all parts over and through the thick outfield. However this was not to last as the Stags lost consistent wickets with no real partnerships to steady the ship. Despite some lusty hitting from several batsmen keeping the run rate above five an over, there was no longevity on display from any member of the team. Gordon we bowled out for 140 in the 26th over.
With a point to prove and an underwhelming total to defend, the Stags needed to come out and bowl in the right areas and put the batsmen under pressure from the outset. Unfortunately some wayward bowling early meant that this initial pressure was not evident.
Dave Burk came on to provide some pressure, displaying excellent control to take four vital wickets at a restrictive run rate. If there was a highlight of this disappointing performance, Dave's performance would certainly be it.
Gordon seemed to drift through the inning never really showing the grit and mongrel necessary despite being in the game on a number of occasions.
5th Grade will look to get back to their dominant winning ways next round against Hawkesbury heading into finals.
Saturday Week 1, I hopped into David's car, the famous "shagon wagon" as he calls it, and squashed myself in between the game ball and 11 bear traps! I realised later on that they wouldn't be needed.
We arrived at the ground questioning if we were in the right sheds, however concluded we were judging by all the white pants, crinkled shirts and packed lunches (kids cricket).
Sam Watts 10 wickets for the match!
Anyway to the game, obviously the gravy train rolls on as the Burk wins another coin toss and utters "we will have a trundle" to the North skipper who replied "on this road no worries!", lol.
Sam extremely pleased with this choice was feeling very towie to get the ball in hand after a girl from the night before left him wanting more on the dance floor.
Soon enough we had the top 5 in our sky rockets easily enough for a staggering 38 runs!
Then a cocky kid came to the crease and offered me some smart remarks, friendship and half of his home made sandwich (on debut). Which I replied I already have a sandwich and 6 points at tea thanks champ!
To sum it all up, it was a great couple of days for the Stags where we bagged 10 points and Sam took home the biscuits with 10 poles for the match.
Will Reg ever get to 10,000 runs?
For an added bonus we shall have Damon Livermore for at at least one more game as he got caught on the fence whilst knowing he had only 2 runs to tick off to achieve the huge milestone of 10,000 runs for the Stags. It almost seems like he doesn't want to leave?
Thanks for your time,
Jack "The Big Cat" Doolan
The 35 bucks in parking was almost worth it. Balmoral Oval. This is a venue for the optical illusion. Fours turn into Fives and Fives turn into Sixes. No 10s to be seen but a couple of sevens spotted.
How about this bloke, Nick Prell, and his efforts on the social side of the club. Surely a shoe-in for MVP!
We reckon we also saw $400 worth of people doing some forward rolls on a massive matt. Wrestling without the use of hands. That was interesting. We could only assume that all was in preparation for a big night out in Mosman. Still, Not a bad venue for an away game.
For some members of the Stags' 5th best 11, it was still a home game.
These 2 boys are tight. They eat together, drink together and sometimes sleep together. Some would say its reminiscent of the Wilson/ Packman duo of the 1970's. Sure, maybe the names have changed, as nobody is called Fran in this day and age, but the same comradeship is there.
I liken it to 2 good golfers on the green, putting at the same time. I'm sure there will be more about this next match report.
Back to the grade scene after leading the Greenies, Nick looks to up the pace of the Stags' innings
Our warm up usually starts on a Friday night with a motivational text from the captain. Some say he isn't capable of composing such a piece. Those same people think Mr Burk has recycled those texts from previous seasons. One thing for sure, those texts inspire us to do great things.
When the man we call Burka starts a religious sect, I'm in, ready to hand over my visa card for a tax deductible donation.
Another item of note, before we discuss the match, glove punching wont be tolerated at the Stags. The last person who tried this was a bloke named Peru. He tried to glove punch Reg back in Round One of the 2012/13 season.
He never played for the stags again after that.
Youngsters be warned. Unless you are West Indian or you have just slapped 36 off an over, your gloves won't be making contact with your batting partners gloves. Peru definitely wasn't from the Caribbean. Nor did he find the boundary. Ever.
Harry Middlebrook tried valiantly with the ball
Cricket. Yes. We won the toss and decided to bat first. We lost Jack early as he was trying to lift the run rate. We had to nurdle the Mosman bowlers around for the next 15 overs. To be fair, the home side bowled quite well. Not offering many short balls to the Gordon batsmen, who usually enjoy the bounce of Beauchamp, hence curbing our usual scoring rate.
Mr Stewart was hitting them to all parts for his 30 but our downfall was we didn't capitalise on starts. We had 3 or 4 guys get to 30 but no one scored a 50. We ended up with 9-191.
Harry Middlebrook, (The second or third best Harry at the club) along with Sammy, hit some lusty blows in the final overs which helped us take some momentum into our bowling stint.
Bowling. We started well with Sammy and Nick Prell getting some early poles. We had the Whales 2 for not many.
But just as we really should have turned the pressure on, We started to feed the Whales batsmen too many four balls. These often being short or wide and we were punished square of the wicket. With 2 mosman batsmen, albeit lucky with a few decisions, going on to score over 50, 191 was not a easy score to defend.
And with the bat, Harry certainly provided some spark at the end
Good energy on the field for the entire 50 overs is crucial. We went a bit flat for the middle 15 overs but we came good for the last 14 overs. If we can stay up for the duration next time, I'm sure we can win a lot more games than we lose.
The Whales had 2 ring ins with vast 1st grade experience, along with a couple of crucial decisions that went their way, all contributing in taking the win away from the Stags.
The loss puts us 3rd on the table. But a big win looms for the Stags and if we do that next round, obviously after a few texts from the skipper on Friday night, we might be coming 1st on the table very soon.
We look forward to hunting down the Bears next round.
Yours in Cricket
The Stags were looking to carry their dominant form into 2017 with win over Parramatta at Beachamp.
An unusually green and soft Beachamp wicket saw Dave Burk win the toss and send Parra in to bat. Despite some at times erratic bowling, Sam Watts was able to make an early breakthrough taking a wicket in the third over of the day.
Sam's disciplined bowling was rewarded again in his next over when he took two wickets off consecutive balls, making Parra 3 down with hardly a score on the board.
Sam Watts got the early breakthroughs.
Further tight bowling from Dave Monaghan and Burky saw Parra fall to 5/30 with both men claiming two wickets by the end of the innings. Parramatta managed to scrape together a few partnerships centered around their number 6 who ended up 50 not out and reached 99 before Steve Bristow ended the inning by bowling full and straight to dismiss the number 11.
Lead by Sammy Watts, all the bowlers contributed to this great performance and showed excellent discipline and skills justifying 5th grades position in the top 3 on the ladder.
(Sam Watts 4-18-9, Dave Monaghan 2-16-7, Dave Burk 2-19-6, Steve Bristow 2-5-3)
With only 100 to get the Stags had their eyes set on a bonus point win.
Despite losing a wicket early, Ryan Tullia and Steve Bristow looked calm and composed at the crease keeping the scoreboard ticking along at the required rate.
Credit has to be given to the Parra bowlers who bowled well using the conditions to their advantage and not bowling too many 4 balls.
Gordon's patience paid off however with Steve putting the foot down after what had been a long period of consolidation, smashing 35 before holding out in pursuit of a bonus point.
This brought Krisna to the crease who immediately looked in rhythm scoring freely and rotating the strike.
Nice hitting from Lachy Stewart secured the bonus point win.
When Tullia fell for 18 trying to up the ante, more aggressive batting from Gordon and some luck in the field saw the Stags get over the line in the 28th over, comfortably securing them the bonus point and a very comprehensive win.
(Bristow 35, Stewart 29 not out, Krishna 15 not out).
All in all a fantastic performance from the Stags that continues their dominance in 5th grade this season and a great way to start the new year.
Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.
The 5th grade side, coming of a good victory against the students, were looking to establish themselves within the top 6 with a strong performance against the first placed Penrith side. The stages welcomed numerous changes from the previous week, namely club legend Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore, who combined with the captain John O’Neill-Fuller have over 20 years grade cricket experience, probably more than the rest of the team combined.
Upon arrival to Rance Oval, Werrington, the combination of Jack Doolan and David Burk were keen to inform the team of their experiences of Rance. The stories began at being outraged that the neighbouring shops hadn’t installed automatic sliding doors, and they were forced to open the door themselves.
However they quickly escalated to highlighting the neighbouring apartments once homed Man Monis and an all-in street brawl in an adjacent street that resulted in the pause in play for security reasons.
JOF meanwhile had attended the toss, and had elected to bat on what looked like a pitch that would do a bit early before flattening out.
Dave "Mona's" Monaghan gets the Stags to a competitive total.
The Penrith attack bowled very well early on, making the most of the early assistance. The stags lost constant early wickets, perhaps the stories of the surroundings left the younger stags doubting their surroundings. With the stags sitting at 7-100 at tea, the bowlers were again unable to make the most of the quality spread put forward by Penrith.
Post tea, the stags were led by David Monaghan as he continued his form with the bat. For the second match in a row, Mona’s has entered with the stags under pressure and has been able to get the stags out of trouble to set a competitive total. The stags innings was concluded with the score on 203, with Mona's finishing on 74, Sam Watts 39 and Vikrant (17*).
With 15 overs left in the day, the stags had the ability to ruin a few of the Penrith batsmen’s second week. The bowling was solid, with chances being created, however there was a lack of consistency that allowed Penrith to finish 2-53.
The stags turned up the second week, knowing what to expect from their surroundings and knowing that early wickets were essential. The bowling from the stags was again solid, with runs hard to come by, however they were unable to take an early wicket. With free entertainment being provided by the Penrith batsmen keeping the spirits high, knowing that one wicket would lead to 3 or 4 and the stags would be back in the game.
Dave Burk picks up a few crucial poles.
The scored reached 3-150 not long before tea and it was looking like an unenjoyable tea for the stags. However, Matt Keane and David Burk took crucial wickets just before tea and the game was looking like being a close finish post tea as Penrith were 6-167. However, Penrith were able to chase the remaining 50 runs quickly after tea and the stags were left rueing the loss of early wickets on day 1 and being unable to take early wickets with the ball.
The 5th grade side now sit in 2nd place on a congested ladder, with another important match next week against Sutherland who are currently in 4th.
The strength of the club this year has provided a level of confidence and belief that even at this point in the season we should see ourselves going deep into the finals. However, as warned by our wise skipper there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness; we should not look too far ahead and concentrate on the match at hand.
We knew coming into this match that the students will provide a test and somewhat of a benchmark for where the season may lead us.
Dave providing a juicy innings (66) and match report
Having won the toss, the temptation to unleash the gravy train of Jack and Mitch was too mouth-watering to resist particularly on a Beauchamp wicket that always plays true.
We were not disappointed. With plenty of gravy to go around and added elbow, Jack led the charge with his accustomed ‘take no prisoners’ attitude towards the opening bowlers, including a crisp, crackling-like, six over the bowler’s head so sweet there was almost no sound off the bat. The score running at a casual 6+ per over, Jack reached a well-deserved 50.
Unfortunately, Jack's meal ended there but a confident start for the team at 1/81.
7 runs later, Mitch (34) was unlucky having smoked a ball to cover whose hands probably felt like he pulled the roast out of the oven without any mits.
Harry, as always, turned up the heat and burnt a few students
From this point, starts were made but unfortunately the next few wickets were like picking meat of the bone but not really satisfying the appetite, and Nick turned JOF back mid-pitch as though he forgot the spoon for the gravy.
I’m sure despite the fact that we’re making a name for our side in putting on a mean spread for tea, there was a feeling of frustration that people missed out on the platter that is the Beauchamp wicket.
Having batted only once before this season and entering at 6/150, there were nerves for there was plenty of work to do but also much to sink my teeth into. Starting out very sketchy like not knowing which fork to use at a formal dining, it was comforting to have three-tone Burk (36) and later Swat (34*) to build both solid partnerships of 52 and 91.
With a few niggling muscle issues and cramps (clearly not enough salt being added to the meal), a call for water came with a message from the skipper if we get above 300 we’ll declare and have a few bites at the students before stumps. A couple overs later I was out for a tasty 66, a declaration at 9/308, and 3 overs to bowl.
Some succulent wickets for Prell got the Stags going
With the two angry fast bowlers of Prell and Harry to fire up the oven, compound this with the fuel of the chirp lead by Jack and Lachy, it was almost inevitable for a student to get burnt and sure enough Prell scorched a pad for LBW. The day ended at 1 for 6 and we had a week to salivate.
We were looking for much the same heat in day 2 and Prell again led the charge with two consecutive wickets, one of which was an absolute jaffa; the batsmen shouldering his arms thinking the ball was well outside off only to watch the ball in dismay tacking middle stump.
At 3/10, the Stags were hungry for more. Unfortunately, we were asked to wait as a 124-run partnership stifled our appetites.
Another good spread for tea did the trick, with Harry taking a well-deserved wicket and breaking the 124-run feast. Hoping wickets would flow like gravy, the Beauchamp wicket played true and to Uni’s credit, they played a measured game proving they’ll be bringing their dessert spoons later in the season.
Lachy Stewart definitely brought the gravy with 5 poles
There may have been some thoughts creep into minds thinking with little overs remaining in the day, we all may go home with empty stomachs. However, fuelled with nothing but top-shelf products, Lachy provided the missing spice and bagged a Michelle in a spell.
All out for 256 and winning by 52 runs, it was a tough and gritty win like a steak without gravy.
Fortunately, we came prepared with our own and in the words of Burk we must bottle this … for the coming games, particularly against ladder leaders Penrith at Rance Oval next week.
The Stags arrived at Beauchamp where the team efficiently removed the covers, with the effort of the Bankstown side still fresh in their minds.
Underneath was a very solid batting deck ripe for runs.
After being quizzed on his HSC, Ryan was asked about how transformers have changed today’s society. Clearly puzzled, JOF reminded him it was a good decision in not taking chemistry.
Day 2 saw Nick Prell in good form, hitting some classy shots
After losing the toss, the Stags hoped that the pitch would transform into a good bowling deck. However, that was not the case. Dave Monaghan struck early via a catch on the fine leg boundary, before taking another quick-fire wicket caught behind. The Saints then started to make the Stags work hard, with their veteran remaining opener standing firm.
In a masterstroke, captain JOF brought himself onto bowl, and jagged a wicket off a full toss. A brilliant piece of captaincy, and an even better delivery!
The score now sat at 3-41, and after a period of tight bowling, Lauchie Stewart got the prize wicket of the Saints captain, caught behind to an attempted cut shot to a short and wide ball. With the score at 4-65, the match was in the balance. The opener kept the score ticking over by nudging the ball into gaps, and smashing the rare bad balls to the boundary. With the score now onto 108, Matt Wright got his first in what would be a very eventful day for him.
An 80 run partnership then ensued, and with a few tough chances going to ground, it looked like it would take something special to get the breakthrough. A rank full toss was the special delivery that claimed their set opener for 69 in the first shot he hit off the ground all day.
With the score now at 186, the floodgates opened, with Matt Wright taking 2 wickets in an over, and then repeating his feat with the score on 193. Matt Wright finished off the Saints innings with his fifth and the score on 201.
Jack Doolan did what Jack Doolan does hitting back to back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. After a solid start, Matt Wright walked to the crease, after Jack toed a ball to mid- off.
The other opener, Ryan Tulia eventually faced his first ball 8 over into the innings. After Matt got out for a well- made 27, night watchmen Sam Watts (9) and Ryan (5) saw out the rest of the day’s play, with the score overnight at 2/64.
The Stags turned up on Saturday ready for play, and hungry for 6 points. A huge thankyou must be given to Tim Cubbage for the terrific work he did on the covers on Wednesday night, without which there would’ve been no play.
The Stags started bright, even after the dismissal of Watts with the score on 69. Ryan and Lachlan took the score to 105 in quick fashion before the former was dismissed for a well-crafted 25.
Ryan batted very well in his patient innings, showing the great maturity that he has displayed throughout the season.
Lachie was well caught for 38. Matt Chamberlain was dismissed after looking comfortable at the crease to leave the score at 6/142.
Nick Prell hit some classy shots, and together with Nick Andreou, scored 11 off the last over before tea.
Gordon looked comfortable after a fantastic spread, and the Stags batsman looked in control, punishing the bad ball to the boundary.
As reported, Andreou notches up red ink at the end of the game
Nick Prell was caught after a mistimed shot for 29, and in came JOF (11 no) to close off the innings with Nick Andreou (28 no) and the Stags took all 6 points. Through the positive cricket displayed through the match, the game finished 10 overs after tea.
A very good win against the toughest opposition faced so far. Hopefully the good form can continue into next week and the match against Sydney Uni.
A.K.A Andrea as per the team app live updates
The 5th Grade side led by John ‘JOF’ O’Neill-Fuller headed south west for their fourth round fixture against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval. It was to be a big test for the boys playing at such a prestigious ground for the first time, in most of their careers.
Once the rain cleared, Sam Watts powered through the crease
However, with rain around the only thing Day 1 had to offer was a couple of hands of Uno in the sheds, as well as a dismal display of ‘covers’ procedure by the Bankstown Team. That was it for Day 1.
Day 2 saw the boy’s eager to bring home the 6 points, with bad weather lingering around, the outset looked bleak. However, the day saw 120 overs played, with the bulldogs winning the toss and sending us in to bat. Jack Doolan started us off well again with his ‘go and fetch that’ attitude sending the first few deliveries back over the bowler’s head.
However, his innings coming to a close for the second game in a row, being given out from a ‘chest high’ no- ball for 14. Next to the Crease was Matt Wright, where he and Hamblin set the tone, both reaching 50’s and putting the Gordon boys well in front. Wrights ‘Michael Clarke- esque’ stroke play saw him reach 62 without giving a chance, however next ball fell to a great catch at first slip.
Hamblin was joined by Jared Clulow, playing his first game for the club en route from Mudgee. Jared came out with positive intent, hitting 4 fours, however fell Leg Before Wicket for 19.
Later in the extended day, Matt Wright plies his trade
Hamblin was next to go, trying to work one against the spin, getting stumped for 97. With the loss of a few quick wickets, handy contributions from Nick Andreou 17, and Jory Cureton 12*, got us up to a total of 241 from 57 overs, before declaration by JOF.
On an inconsistent wicket, the stags were ready to roll them, with 63 overs to play in the day. However, Bankstown came out swinging, with their opening wicket stand taking them to 53.
Matty Keane and Sammy Watts charged in with the new rock but both bowlers unlucky not to pick up an early wicket.
Use of the new rock belonged to Matty Keane
On comes Matt Wright who had immediate impact taking the key wicket of their skipper, with a well flighted delivery. Nonetheless Bankstown charged on, making for a good finish. Dave Burk trapped the other opening batsmen in front, taking a key wicket from a good few overs of pressure, from the Gordon boys.
Matt Wright took the next two (his sponsorship with Beastwear paying off) and we had game on, however Bankstown ‘shutting up shop’ with 150 runs to get from 30 overs didn’t help the cause. ‘JOF’ reluctantly gives the ball to 3rd choice spinner Jack Doolan to ‘toss em up’.
The move paid off with Doolan taking 4 wickets, to the disbelief of roommate Dave Burk.
Aaron Crofts unlucky to pick up a handful of wickets himself charging in with his 14 overs, tying an end up as well as creating numerous chances.
A little out of order, but Matt Wright looked handy when the boys were batting
With five overs to go Gordon still needing 5 wickets, some slick fielding by Crofts and Wright, as well as a couple of ‘half trackers’ from Doolan wickets fell.
Gordon only needing 2 wickets in the last over, the Stags fell just short.
And we are saving the best to last year, with Hamblin all class on his way to 97
All credit goes to the boys after a tough day of cricket, playing a defensive Bankstown side. Special mention to the 3’s boys, Darren, Corbin and Cubby for having a field after Matt Keane copped one to the wrist.
Unlucky not to get the 6 points, but another impressive display with the bat, and some good areas with the ball.
Hopefully Nick Andreau can show a bit more promise on the ironing board in preparation for Saturday at Beauchamp.
As the fifth grade lads rocked up to Dave Phillipson Oval and looking at the what looked to be a quick outfield, flat wicket and a green outfield, which to the boys looked like to be a batting paradise.
With just a typical warm up, JOF won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat. All the lads were keen to get out and post a big total for the Bee's to chase. And make it 3/3 wins.
The opening overs started with a bang with a stunning performance by the one and only Jack Doolan. He smashed 20 within the first 3 overs and the day looked like to be a very long one for UNSW.
Whilst Jack held one end of the crease whilst making the most of poor deliveries and entertaining spectators, at the other end Ryan Tullia played a very crucial and supportive role.
Ryan too good for the Bee's with 122*
Jack raced to his quick fire 50 off 10 overs. With Jack being dismissed for 55, Jack Hamblin soon arrived at the crease to join Ryan Tullia.
Both batsmen looked as if they were making the most of the conditions with the Stags sitting at 1/74 at drinks.
After drinks both Tom and Ryan continued on their demolition of the UNSW bowling attack. With both boys looking very comfortable at the crease, they soon reached their half century.
As Tom and Ryan continued scoring runs, batters such as Nick Andreou, Brady Morrison, and Anshul Baruah were very keen to get out and put runs on the board, but that soon became a dream, as both batters Brady Morrison and Nick Andreou sat and waited for 70 overs.
They were granted with nothing else but the torture of sitting down in the cold and miserable weather with the pads on for 70 overs…… waiting….. waiting.
Tom was just as good with 143*
After tea both Tom and Ryan reached their much awaited 100’s and bringing it up in pure style.
With Jof ending the suspense with the declaration the Stags innings ending at 1/335.
(J Doolan 55, R Tullia 122*, T Hamblin 143*)
After the declaration, JOF seemed fit to have a crack at the UNSW batting line up.
With all the lads having the confidence to knock a few blokes over before stumps in quick succession. That soon became a fantasy as both openers from UNSW came to the crease showing intent, with UNSW finishing up on 0/27 at stumps.
With the Stags arriving for day two, JOF was very keen to take the third win of the season to make it 3/3. As JOF gave his inspirational and yet knowledgeable talk about what he expect from the lads for the day.
As the boys walked out, the energy was high and the lads were keen to take 10 wickets quickly. With the deck still playing true, it posted a difficult day for the bowlers, with the Stags having to be patient and work hard for their wickets.
Aaron Croft steaming in - extreme wheels
With the UNSW opening batters still looking solid from the week before, the much needed breakthrough came from opening bowler Dave "Monners" Monaghan with Nick taking the catch behind the stumps.
With the energy intensifying, another wicket fell, with Aaron "Ronny" Croft's picking up his first of the game and UNSW sitting on 2/83 after 27 overs.
Another wicket quickly fell, with a runout coming from Brady Morrison after sending the ball to Nick Andoru over the stumps. The boys were ecstatic and were keen for more UNSW wickets to fall.
As UNSW continued to grind out more runs another run out came about just a few balls before tea. With UNSW at 4/155 at the break.
And would you believe it or not first over after tea Jack Doolan had contributed with another run out! Sending the dangerous looking opening batsmen on his way.
With the opening batsmen gone and wickets starting to fall, a young man came to the crease and was welcomed with the voice of Dave Burk; “Lads big moment here for Kanga…. No plastic bats today buddy.”
While some of the lads were still catching their breath back after laughing, Dave Burk got his man, sending the top batsmen for Kanga cricket on his way.
Jack Doolan snares a few late poles for the Stags
The tail left the crease as quickly as they arrived as JOF made the tactical decision of ordering Jack Doolan to roll his arm over.
With the stunning performance with the bat, Jack soon then started to shine with the ball, taking two wickets, ending up with 2/25 off 7 overs.
All credit to the bowlers for staying patient and sticking to the game plan and another great win for the Stags, dismissing UNSW for 228 and making it 3/3 wins for the fifth grade side.
Fantastic win stags and massive thank you for all the supporters and parents that helped out!!
(D Monaghan 1/36, D Burk 1/56, M Chanuhan 0/38, A Crofts 2/46, A Baruah 1/21, J Doolan 2/25)
The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.
Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.
Colts match reports for 2016/17 season are provided by the players below:
Cricket is a funny game. You win some and you lose some. It isn’t every year that you play 15 rounds of hard fought cricket to make a final. On this special occasion, the 2016/2017 Gordon Colts led by “Sir” Aaron Crofts featured in the Grand Final.
Aaron "Ronny" Crofts - Premiership captain
In weeks gone by the focus of the team was on the finals. A convincing round 15 win against UNSW confirmed top spot and a clash with Randwick Petersham who won a bare five matches all year in the semi final. The rain card was played in the semi and off to the final colts went.
Killara Park was the venue and the 2nd place Penrith Panthers were the opponents. After a mammoth week of preparing tactics that in fact had been organised at least two months in advance, creating a wicket and reminding the boys on the fundamental rules of cricket… (Yes Brady I am referring to you here) the weekend had arrived and the weather had cleared.
As expected a delayed start welcomed the two sides to the infamous dog park. The sluggish outfield was damp on the surface in patches, the pitch in good condition but all we needed was some heavy sun and it was game time.
Nonetheless, it got to midday and play had not begun.
In retrospect, this gave the boys and Ken another chance to mingle in the change rooms. I must admit, teenagers and a sixty-year-old coach really do not mix. Immaturity on both ends if you ask me.
At 3:00pm play was abandoned for the day. Over the last week, we had spent a total of 24 hours waiting in the change rooms doing nothing… is that a record? The only bright side to the day was putting covers back on the wicket. I like to think as Captain I have taught the alliance of students in my team “how to put covers on and off the ground”.
Let me just set the scene for you. We have about 6 players in the team who love standing within a 1m radius of each other. Therefore, instead of taking 5 minutes to put covers on the ground, it takes at least 15 minutes. I think it is time that each club hands out a mandatory “Guide to Covers” at the start of each season.
Anyway… Day 1 abandoned and back to our girlfriend’s houses for a deep tissue and bubble bath after a strenuous day doing chores.
Play was scheduled for 10:00am on Day 2. The “lads” as Jory Cureton would say arrived 8:30am sharp to once again repeat the daily dose of removing and folding covers. The Dharmsala looking wicket was flat, not a tinge of grass was left. It had been rolled more times than a typical Georges River side in the 2016/2017 season…. Sorry Dayle.
The outfield was still moist but the conditions were perfect. Play was called to begin at 11:00am and a toss at 10:30am.
Captain Aaron Crofts had reminded the boys for the last three months that “all we need to do is to bat for 192 overs and we win the premiership, honestly it is that simple”. Well despite those spiteful tactics, Crofts heroically won the first battle of the match and won the toss and elected to bump Penrith out of the game.
Final words were exchanged in the dressing rooms and the realisation that the first ball of the Grand Final was under way in due course. The scene was set and thanks to the efforts of the groundmen and others involved we got to begin the Grand Final.
Let me take you to the commentary.
WICKET – OUT!!! (1/36) Dellis to Bull – Bull tries to loft one over cover but plays on the up and is caught by Crofts in front of point. A solid start by Penrith but once again Gordon continue to attack and a spirited Nick Dellis gets the breakthrough.
Brady Morrison - One to watch out for in the future
WICKET – OUT!!! (2/37) Hood to Agius – Trapped in front on the full and the young and inexperienced green shield player goes packing for a Duck…. Quack Quack Quack. Hood find his rhythm.
WICKET – OUT!! (3/38) Nehru to Sullivan – BOWLED. Nehru has been causing trouble to Organ at the other end but his extreme sweating disease has brought about a sweaty and shaky shot from Sullivan who chops on for another quacker. Penrith have lost 3 for 2.
WICKET – OUT!! (4/41) Keane to Coyte – Caught Behind. Arguably the easiest wicket in the metro cup this season. The professional “hacker” has literally just hacked and snicked off to Oliver Williams with the gloves. This is cricket and this is pressure from the Gordon Colts.
WICKET – OUT!! (5/43) RUN OUT by R.Krishna. Suicide. Slipped on the second and Organ is run out for a well compiled 34. A gorgeous throw over the stumps from Rahul and Penrith are reeling.
WICKET – OUT!! (6/52) Dellis to Crouch – Back into the attack is Dellis and he strikes again. A healthy edge to Williams who takes his second. Penrith are in all sorts and have now lost 5 for 16.
Manus Chauhan - Unlucky with the ball in the Grand Final, but clearly kept the pressure up to the Penrith bats
WICKET – OUT!! (7/79) Crofts to Lelliott – A healthy partnership was forming but on comes the captain with some tight bowling and Lelliot gets strangled to square leg where Rahul Krishna takes a sitter.
WICKET – OUT!! (8/79) – Crofts to Chowdhury – Crofts is on a hat trick. The battle of the captains is one by the Gordon skipper as crofts charges in and shatters the stumps first ball. In celebration, he runs off down towards his fans.
WICKET – HOWZATTT – OUT - (9/81) – Seneviratne has the last laugh as Smith plays around one and gets struck in front LBW. A pumped up Danusha gets his first.
WICKET – OUT!! - (10/87) – Crofts to Greogory – A massive shout from Gordon and Crofts has his third as Nick Dellis takes a catch at bat pad.
A phenomenal effort to take 10 wickets for 51 runs as Penrith crumbled for 87 all out.
Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison had been cautious in recent weeks with the bat and had the best opportunity to seal the deal for the Colts side in chasing 88 runs to win the game and the Grand Final.
Harvey and Morrison were watchful and played their most elegant innings of the season. Harvey (30) left the ball with ease and punished the short and wide deliveries when he was offered them.
Morrison once again dominated bat and ball. He enjoyed clipping a ball for six over deep backward square that I am sure his Shire ladies will be hearing about during the week. Nice work Brady.
At 0/40, Gordon looked comfortable. Morrison eventually fell for 20 but Harvey was class and anchored the innings right until the score reached 80. Williams, Crofts and Krishan all chipped in a few runs to see us to the end but it was Manus Chauhan (3 not out) and Matt Keane (18 not out) who had the honour of seeing us to a 5 wicket victory and the Metropolitan Cup title.
Andrew Harvey makes a great start to the small target chase
What a season…. What a team. 165 wickets later and over 2,500 thousand runs scored, the Gordon Colts proved that experience does not mean everything and that a strong and relentless bond is what truly counts to any success.
Beers were shared and stories were told but a big thank you must once again to our manager Jenny Williams who has worked tirelessly all year to ensure this team reached its peak.
As captain I would like to thank those who attended the match and supported us this season. Ken Wilcox you are an ideal and your enthusiasm was immense in tutoring these boys on how to sustain pressure on and off the field. Ha!
Finally, congratulations to all of those who were a part of this squad this year. I am proud of you.
Captain and Champion Player out!!
Ahh… Georges River. The second encounter between Gordon and Georges River was once again being held at Beauchamp Park. But before I get into the events of Saturday’s action, I think it is only fair that I give the viewers a glimpse of what happened in Round 4 vs the River.
Crofts leads the charge against the River!
In short, Georges River played two ineligible players, scored 385 in 96 overs and claimed that we… yes Gordon were playing for the draw…. I still don’t understand how they thought we were playing for the draw.
If you are reading this Dayle Carew, please call me and let me know. As a result, the game ended in a draw, Gordon protested and got 6 points and back down the river they went.
With back to back wins against Blacktown and an outright win against Easts, Colts returned to Beauchamp looking to score three straight victories on the trot. Mild, overcast conditions welcomed the two sides to the one day format.
The return of Nick Dellis and departure of Jory Cureton meant Colts did not lose any striking power with the ball. Dylan Hood backing up after his four wicket haul and Prashan Seneviratne eyeing off another performance than Nuwan Kulasakera would be proud of.
Lovely footwork here by the 'keeper to take a catch off the quick
Skipper Aaron Crofts lost the toss and Gordon were asked to add another 10 wickets to the tally of 125 for the season. Despite Gordon hoping to win the toss and bat first, it is always a treat for the opposing team to shape up against the firing quicks the colts side has each fixture. Danusha Seneviratne (1/17 off 6) and Nick Dellis (0/21 off 8) started off the innings satisfactorily.
With periods of economical bowling and tight lines, Georges River managed to tick over some runs to kick of their innings. However, nonetheless, Colombo born Seneviratne was up to the task, adjusted to the conditions and took an early pole to add to wicket #126 for the season. At 1/41 off 10 overs, the River, who for 99.9% of the season barely reached 10 runs without losing at least 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 wickets, were actually in a decent position.
But… yes… they were playing the top side in Gordon and over the next three to six overs the game changed dramatically.
Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6), who idolises his bowling off kiwi international Neil Wagner who possesses that infamous grunt at the end of his delivery stride, once again hit that 50 cent coin for his next 36 deliveries.
For about a month now, Prashan has arguably been the pick of the lower grade bowlers at Gordon. His line and length, seam up deliveries catches the opposing batsmen off guard.
Yep. That'll do it. What a great action shot!
Yet again, the River batsmen could not hit the red kookaburra. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, they both caused a collapse. River lost 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Dylan Hood (3/17 off 6) cartwheeled the stumps down towards 1st and 2nd slips throat. In fact, Hoody was on a hat trick and this is where the drama really kicks in…
Dylan Hood, who at this stage was sweating more than a hot curry after a night out, took the ball and headed to his mark. Little did he know that the most attacking captain at the club had set a 9-0 field for a hat trick ball. Let me just take a moment to set the scene….
1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, 4th Slip, 5th Slip, 6th Slip, 2 gully’s and a silly mid off…
Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison who have not participated in the slips cordon all year had stains running down their whites they were that scared of a potential “catch it” coming their way.
Anyway, here comes the delivery… Let me remind you that we have no one on the on side. Hoody runs into bowl, an in ducker at the chest.
The batsman who tries to evade the deliver ducks into it and gets hit in the ribs. Just like the infamous 1932/1933 bodyline series (a tactic that the Colts side has utilised this season) the batsman crouches to the side of the wicket….the non-striker batsman cries “YES!!!” and as both batsman meet half way down the wicket… keeper Oliver Williams in true keeping style flicks his left glove off and throws the ball from bat pad down towards Dylan Hood at the stumps to eventually flick the bails off for a team hat trick.
Just when you thought attacking fields were not appropriate for this day and age, the Colts boys always prove it wrong.
Quote Ken Wilcox (coach of the Colts side) on the team app; “Absolute Classic – setting 8 slips with no fielder on the leg side – forcing the batsman to hit the ball on the leg side where there wasn’t a single fielder and then running him out” – K.Wilcox 4/2/17.
Manus Chauhan (1/8 off 4) and Aaron Crofts (2/8 off 3) finished proceedings with a couple of clean bowled deliveries to cash in on the fun that was being had at Beauchamp Park. River… all out for an abysmal 80.
Certainly good viewing from mid-off!
FUN FACT #1 Gordon Colts have taken 135 wickets this season in 12 games of cricket.
With lunch called, it was time for the Colts weekly debrief during the interval. Usually this consists of what controversial things Brady Morrison or Matt Keane did during the week away from the cricket fields.
But as captain I think it is only fair that our readers are not exposed to some of the teenage activities that go in this side. However, I will say one thing…. It certainly lifts the teams morale.
Looking for a bit of swing... and well out of the danger zone here!
FUN FACT #2 Manus Chauhan is the leading fielder in the Metropolitan Cup with 7 slips catches.
The chase began at 1:00pm with Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey given the opportunity to score two 40 not outs each. Despite some early blows by Brady and typical leg side wide bowling by river, Brady was caught at short cover for just 6.
Runs were being scored thanks to the wides column and Oliver Williams and Andrew Harvey went about getting the score close to 40. Oliver eventually fell to a short pitch delivery for 5.
At 2/38, Captain Crofts came to the crease with Harvey to see the side to victory.
Gliding it through point for the winning runs
After a cautious start, Crofts eventually punished 6 boundaries and a six to win the game to end on 39 not out. Andrew Harvey who played a tight innings of 18 fell short just prior to the winning runs.
A 7 wicket win to the Stags over the River sees Gordon outright first still on 58 points.
A game that Gordon was expected to win and a game that once again showed that attacking is the only way to win games of cricket. Thanks again to our excellent manager Jenny Williams for taking photos, scoring and delivering the subway.
Lovely shot that! And great work by Jenny with such fantastic photos!
Also, special thanks to Ken for his pre-match chat and for watching us again this week.
On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval.
There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni
Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket.
Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat.
Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling.
That's some lovely placement there by Danusha
A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield.
How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!
After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28.
Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill
Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win.
With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game.
The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals.
As the sun rose on a crisp Sunday morning in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Gordon Colts side led by Aaron Crofts were met by Eastern Suburbs. It was 1st vs 3rd in a vital match for both sides. Skipper Croft lost the first battle and the Colts were in the field, the smell of freshly made cappuccinos and soccer mums walking around in their active wear were abundant.
Jory and Danusha opened the bowling and bowled tight areas, Danusha snicking off a kid who looked like he hadn't passed primary school yet.
Prashan then came on with immediate impact clean bowling their captain and Number 3 in his first few overs.
James Brown coming back from an ego boosting private school game continued where Prashan left off and provided excellent flight and drift. Did Shane Warne just come out of retirement? The only thing missing was a sloppy rig and streaky blonde hair.
James Brown bowling with superb flight and control.
After Oliver Williams nearly killed Jory with a ball ricochet into Jory’s sunglasses leaving an attractive scar under his eye, the Eastern Suburbs outfit were struggling at 6/64. They needed a big partnership to get them out of trouble and fortunately due to good, tight bowling Eastern Suburbs were skittled for a measly 106 with Jory picking up 3 at the end.
Eastern Suburbs 109 (Jory Cureton 3/11 off 9, Prashan Seneviratne 2/9 of 6, Danusha Seneviratne 2/20 of 10, James Brown 2/22 off 10, Aaron Crofts 1/19 off 7)
Colts openers Fraser and Andrew strolled out to the middle looking positive and attacking play guided Fraser, who also came back from a time-wasting school game, to a solid 28.
However wickets were falling at the other end, although Aaron Crofts halted the flow of wickets by providing great strokeplay, including a monster dinger into the stands (can report no crowd catch was taken).
Prashan and Jory batted until stumps with Gordon finishing day 1 at 5/76 chasing 106 for first innings points; a nervous run chase indeed.
Day 2 arrived in approximately 161 hours and Trumper Oval spectators were about to witness one of the most entertaining cricket matches since the first tied test in 1960.
Jory playing his shots at Trumper.
Prashan and Jory were ticking the runs along nicely but within a blink of an eye Jory, Danusha and James were incorrectly given out in one of the worst umpiring displays on a cricket field. Independent umpires do make mistakes but to have 3 going against us within 20 minutes is unheard off.
But such is life and Prashan after given a healthy promotion from 11 to 7 was really proving to the rest of the team he can hold a stick, batting out of his skin with the tail.
Gordon needed 13 runs off the last wicket and the stress was showing, fingernails were getting bitten off, hair loss was real and the posh Eastern Suburbs felt like a chamber of immense pressure.
Dylan Hood playing his first game for the club, definitely a very good rig-based selection, strutted onto the wicket looking calm, definitely provided a boost to get the boys closer to the target. The famous Dylan Hood cut shot, the solid Prashan defence and that Eastern Suburb bowler who bowled legit 8 no balls guided us to first innings points.
Gordon 108 (Fraser 28, Crofts 26, Prashan 11, Dylan 10)
With a lead of only 2, Gordon's bowling unit needed another repeat performance of their first innings and that was initially happening with Jory bowling the kid from kindy...these Poms have no mercy.
A partnership was on the verge of getting away until on the stroke tea, Shane Warne (James Brown) bowled a flighted delivery only for the batsmen to hit to the leaping Fraser Wilson, a spectacular mark, reminiscent of the “Leo Barry you star” 2005 AFL Grand Final iconic moment.
With good vibes heading into the next session, it was Dylan Hood cleaning up the tail with the help of James Brown. They took 7 between them due to some brilliant controlled bowling.
Good catching by Colts, Danusha taking this one in the deep.
Side Note - Afternoon tea was delightful, some roast chicken, herb bread, donuts, lollies, watermelon, all the good stuff, however it was clearly not as good as our afternoon tea.
Eastern Suburbs 126 (Dylan Hood 4/15 off 4.4, James Brown 3/18 off 9, Jory 2/33 off 7)
Now it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting, the wind chill coming across, the equation was ...Gordon need 125 of 17 overs to practically burgle 10 competition points.
All the hours of watching the Big Bash would be coming down to this, it was time for our batsmen to peg back the ears and go downtown.
A change in the batting order promoted Brady to open with Fraser and he got us off to a great start before Fraser chopped on. Next was Jory, coming into the crease with the attitude of “it’s six or it's out”,..... we’ll see how that goes chief.
98 runs later and oh boy what a partnership, it was boundary after boundary, including one 6 that was caught by Mr Oliver Williams in the crowd, congratulations to Oliver $10,000 coming his way. Brady and Jory seemingly destroying the Easts bowlers to all parts of the field and was a wonderful partnership to watch, was this were Marcus Stoinis got his hitting inspiration from?
More importantly the required run rate was at run a ball when Matt Keane came to crease to produce one of the most exciting 2 ball innings ever in cricket. A disrespectful 6 first ball over the sight screen was met with loud cheers from the Gordon faithful before being out next ball.
10 points! What an superb performance!
And well kitted out in Beastwear gear!
It was now Skipper Aaron and Brady (who reached his 55) finishing it off for us, giving us the valuable 10pts to go outright first on the ladder.
What a performance, what a game, what a sport. This is why we play cricket, to shake hands with a defeated, devastated opposition with a massive smile and a "thanks champ".
Gordon 3/127 (Brady 58 Jory 46)
Danusha "Big D" Seneviratne
At a pleasant sunny Beauchamp Oval the Stags turned up looking for redemption from their last round loss. A solid warm up as always from the boys and a quick look at a green grassy pitch which the skipper had hopes to bowl first on.
Great captains knock by Aaron Croft (42).
Unfortunately it wasn’t the ideal start, being put into bat against Blacktown side. But the resilience from Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey saw us on top early and looking solid for the 50 overs to come. The thick outfield really demoralised the batsmen as quick singles and hard hits had us running two’s and ones all day.
Similarly a great throw from the boundary while running a three had given an unfair farewell to Andrew Harvey. While Jury Cureton welcomes what became the hottest cricketing day of our lives and wasn’t keen on any singles today. The pitch played all sorts of havoc on the players, at least for Jory which had one pop up from good length to his throat. While our experienced skipper had plenty of shots up his sleeves and ran hard between the wickets, wickets fell and pressure grew at the other end.
Long awaiting runs came from the ‘Big Dog’ Danusha who played alongside our skipper and both took us past the 30 over mark. Trouble against the spin had both the batsmen in all sorts as we saw the end of a solid top order innings by skipper Crofts.
Danusha helped carry the Stags late in the innings (44).
Vikrant Nehru and Danusha then maintained the runs and kept ticking the strike over, all though every run had us drenched in sweat. The plan was simple, Vikrant wanted the spinners downtown (as I have no respect for them) and Danusha attacking the pacers with ease.
The time came when acceleration was needed and we managed a solid score of 204. Unfortunately with a couple of overs to spare which wasn’t the ideal way of finishing the innings but we took it with our middle order collapse.
Brady and Jory put on a display for the fantastic camerawork by Jen Williams
The heat had the pitch hard and we saw plenty of bounce, the Beauchamp pitch looking and playing out better than Chatswood oval on even its best day in the second innings.
The author, Vikrant Nehru, looks to make an impression with the bat
Matt Keane and Jory Cureton had the time of their lives as both the bowlers bowled smartly attacking the stumps and an odd one sniffing past the nose of the batsmen just so they know who’s on top.
Blacktown having no reply of our solid bowling attack as Jory and Vikrant Nehru took out the top order batsmen with ease.
The retaliation of the Blacktown batsmen was no use as the Stags showed why they are on top of the table. Danusha and Manus Chauhan taking out the middle order nicely in time for a bonus point win.
Prashan cleaned up the tail with excellent figures of 3 for 3 off 3, dismissing Blacktown for a mere 101, great day to be a Stag don’t you reckon?
Prashan wraps up the tail, ensuring a bonus point.
An excellent comeback for the Colts who are now alone at the top of the table, showing we are looking for improvements from each game. Also on another note, the great turnout on training days boys, have seen the whole team practicing together which is awesome.
Credit to the skipper, never misses training day although he might miss leg day quite often.
Vikrant "Vicks VapoRub" Nehru
The Colts team huddle
As we arrived in Penrith and with the knowledge that the covers were not on overnight, we knew that our chances of a good pitch to play on, or even play at all, were very slim. Once we laid eyes on the pitch, our suspicions turned into a grassy, muddy and genuinely unplayable wicket but with some work from the Penrith team and midday sun, the pitch was beginning to dry.
Oli Williams tried to get the boys over the line
Play was delayed from a 10 o’clock start to 12:15 start with only the loss of 10 overs to the revised 45 overs a side. The two hour wait was a quick one though with captain Crofts keeping the team entertained with tales of his new year’s shenanigans and how the events of that night were “not on”.
The young Stags in action out at Rance
Both captains knew that the toss would play a huge role in the outcome of this match and luckily Crofts came out on top, with the decision to bowl.
The Colts bowlers were making the most of the damp deck
With the pitch doing a lot early we knew we would have to pick up wickets quickly and that we did. With Matt Keane (O-7 R-13 M-2 W-1) steaming in from the MP end creating dot ball pressure Jory Cureton (O-6 R-17 W-2) was able to clean up one of the openers cheaply and start the middle order collapse. With quick wickets going to Danusha Seneviratne ( O-6.1 R-16 M-1 W-2) and Prashan Seneviratne (O-5 R-21 W-2) only one of the openers was hanging in and keeping their innings afloat posting 41 before finally being removed by Prashan. Their middle fought hard but with accurate bowling and good catching was only able to score 135 from 42 overs.
The Penrith side work hard to get a game on. Congrats gents!
With a low score to chase and a powerful top order that had scored consistently all year we thought we were in the box seat for a convincing win with only the dodgy pitch in our way.
But no, Oh no, with Brady Morrison being dismissed with the second delivery for 0 and Jory Cureton the very next ball for 0 there was a job to be done especially against their opening bowler Raajdeep Singh (O-7 R-22 W-4) who was bowling the game out of our hands.
Get around me boys - Crofts
Andrew Harvey (9) and Aaron Crofts (8) went about steadying the ship and even delivering a few countering blows with some nicely timed drives. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before Andrew was bowled after looking settled with the score 3/20 after 4 overs.
Within the next three overs Crofts had to depart as well being caught behind off Singh’s consistent bowling. With Sahil Sharma only scoring 2 the middle order had work to do and so Matt Keane (18 from 35) and Oliver Williams (44 from 78) dug in.
With the run rate being completely under control, we knew this game was going to be won with patience out in the middle. However, just as things looked to be getting easier, the opening bowler Singh was brought on to change the game once again and took the wicket of Keane with a well bowled yorker.
Straight play was rewarded in this round
With Danusha going without scoring we were in trouble again at 7/98 after 24 overs. In next Manus Chauhan(19*) who scored quickly and with ease to edge us even closer to the target and just when it seemed like we would pull off our best win of the year, Williams was dismissed with the score at 8/127 and the game was turned again.
The final two wickets only need to pull together 9 runs to win the game and with Nick Dellis scoring 3 of them from his first two balls it looked promising but with him being dismissed early the next over it was in the balance again.
With Prashan being the last wicket and needing 6 to win it was going to be a tough first over for him to get through and just after looking solid in defence on the second last ball of the over one snuck through and took the off stump ending an intense game of cricket that we let slip.
Looking forward to see Penrith in the grand final where I assure you it will not happen again.
Colts went into the game looking to knock of the number two placed Penrith and continue its unbeaten run. With a few of the lads gone up to 5ths and some being a way it was going to be a hard fought and tough game.
This week again the top order showed who were in charge with a quick game of soccer winning 2-3 in the warm ups.
As we discovered the when rolling off the covers it "seemed" to be a completely different wicket that what we had played on over the past few weeks - a green top! Could it be an advantage there was only one way to find out.
Manus knocked around a few quick runs.
Crofty lost only his second toss of the year and Penrith chose to bowl first. Starting off well with the new opening combination of Sahil & Fraser (41). They keep the runs ticking over until Sahil feel to a great ball.
Then in strolls the English import having only ever played one day games and in fine form it was gonna be a long day in the sun for the lad. Jory and Crofts (38) then steadied the ship till tea to set up the lower order to go out and have a swing to get us to around a total of 300.
Jory knocked up a brilliant half century (66) before being adjudged LBW batting well out of his crease and charging - Welcome to umpiring Sahil ;)
Great cameos from Manus (22) and Oliver (35) got us to a total of 9/263 dec. meaning we could have 4 overs at there top order and hopefully grab maybe one or two wickets
Jory and Crofts opened up having two overs each with Jorys Chin music and bowling to the plan we nabbed one wicket before the end of the days play.
Full of spirits for day two the colts were ready to nab these 9 wickets and sit even more comfortably on the top of the table.
Again Jory (4/69) and Aaron (1/71) started up again with some tight bowling and unfortunately nothing going to hand with edges flying everywhere.
Jory in the runs and wickets!
Crofts then brought on the spin of Manus & Brown (1/33) who both bowled great lines and to the field to restrict the batsmen to not many runs this put the pressure on the batsmen seeing a stumping off Brown to break the drought of wickets.
With only a few wickets in the first two session we looked to take it to them in the final session and grab those last three wickets but it just wasn't to be. With some great hitting by Penrith and playing great partnerships they got across the line with 10 overs to play.
Special mention to Jason and Johnny for coming to field for the day.
The high flying Stags arrived at Snape Park, to take on Randwick-Petersham, full of confidence on the back of a comprehensive victory last round.
With the boys awaiting the arrival of skipper Crofts we descended into a quick game of touch as the top order showed the bottom order how it was done with a quick rout 3-1, special mentions to Andrew ‘I love Brady Morrison’ Harvey who consistently cut through the defence like a hot knife through butter! Maybe he's in the wrong sport?
Onto the cricket and the greenest wicket I’ve seen since I have been here, with overcast conditions to boot, it was a very important toss to win. With the skipper busy it was down to our second best tosser Matt ‘MP’ Keane to call correctly which he duly complied. All together lads.
Matt does half the damage with 5/26!
Aaron arrived delighted to the news and got straight into making sure we all had a strong mentality of achieving a very possible maximum points over the two days.
New look opening bowling partnership of myself and MP got straight into the task and were swinging the ball both ways, leaving the Randy Petes batsmen clueless but after a couple early wickets and the score at 2/29, the skipper brought himself on accompanied by Vikrant Nehru.
These carried on building the pressure, Ronnie consistently hitting a length and Nehru bowling fast attacking the stumps, the Randy Petes batsmen had no answers the score was soon at 5/42.
After a quick drinks break the skipper brought back man of the moment MP Keane, and he bowled a fantastic spell of quick aggressive bowling of which was easily too good for the batsmen along with Vikrant these two finished off the lower order for 89, with Matt taking a brilliant 5/26, also Vikrant 3/9 bowled superbly.
With bats in hand Morrison and Harvey went out full of expectation and the other lads were waiting to see the same thing they've seen week in week out from these two, a solid opening partnership. With the score on 1 and Brady deciding to guide one on to his own stumps this wasn't to be and maybe these 89 runs weren't going to be as straight forward as first hoped.
It was too easy for the Stags with Vikrant picking up several poles!
Oli joined Andrew and both batted well but both also got starts and got out, Crofts came and went and I was joined by Sahil ‘Wears what he wants’ Sharma. Not wanting to lose anymore wickets we set about gaining the runs, nudging nurdling and dismissing the bowlers with 3 overs to spare in the day and we were there. Good days work 6 points in the bag, a solid team effort…maximum points in sight.
Day 2 arrived with the wicket not to dissimilar to last week and a strict game plan from Crofts 100 runs 15 overs then get back at them, no worries skip. With myself and Sahil falling after a very handy partnership, and a couple handy cameos from Nehru and Huang. We were all out for a Gung Ho 174.
Leading by 85 and a quick changeover delayed by the what can only be presumed to be the batsmen reluctantly awaiting imminent downfall. We got straight back into it and we didn't have to wait long as we soon had them 5/14. A couple a piece for the new ball buddies and a great run out thanks to Manus ‘wish it wasn't a green wicket’ Chauhan.
Almost forgot to mention the batsmen who could only be named as the angriest man in NSW as we helped him on his 5th and 6th consecutive duck in a row. Oops.
Back came Crofts and Nehru carrying on where they left off on day one taking 1 and 2 respectively. With one of the batsmen retired hurt it was down to Manus to take what happened to be last and only wicket to be taken in front of the stumps and Randy Petes all out for 43 in 30 overs. A dominant display stretching our lead at the top with maximum points and with great banter all the way.
Quick mention to Jennie, Chris and Jodie for their help on the 2 days and good support of the team.
Can we be stopped?
With the Colts lads rocking up to David Phillipson looking for a healthy win after the dissapointing but yet entertaining draw against the bottom on the ladder Georges River.
The wicket was looking as uneven as Aaron Crofts life with the ladies (sorry skip). But as Jorey Cureton said, “we all dig through dirt to reach the sunshine”.
Virkant Nehru in action for the Colts side
Our skipper, who seems not to lose a toss, won, and elected to bat, and Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey were keen to get out and continue with their ongoing form. The pair started of well with exploiting the quick outfield, and some what poor fielding from UNSW.
Brady Morrison was looking good and playing with intent, he was then unfortunately fired by the umpire for 43 of 30 balls. Andrew Harvey then knuckled down looked for more runs to add to the scoreboard, he was joined will Oli Williams, the two went on to put on a entertaining and well composed partnership, Andrew Harvey was then unfortunately dismissed for 63.
Drinks then came around, with the newly addition to the squad (Jorey) was soon looking to contribute to the team by having the ‘perfect cordial ratio’ with himself and Brady Morrison being the test of that, it was obvious the Pom had done a good job, but that was soon then questionable with the opposition asking for more water…
What is this - Ingrates. Honestly.
Anyways, Oli continued his form in the game and soon raced past 50 till he reached his dismissal of 70 odd. This is when the team started to have a small collapse; but hey we aren't first for no reason, with the tail starting to pile up some runs.
Aaron Crofts saw fit for a declaration at 336, and having a crack at the Bees before stumps.
With 'Big D' Seneviratne returning from his HSC and his fully hectic parties, he steamed in to claim the first wicket before stumps, with Manus Chauhan taking an absolute screaming diving to his left to grab the ball. With the runs slowly starting to rise, Aaron saw that Kevin Huang should come on for the tactical change and, oh my, was it a tactical change, with 'Special K' picking up a much needed wicket to finish up for the day!!!
Good work Kev. We love you <3
With Day 2 of the match soon arriving, it was obvious that Colts boys wanted to finish of the day and with a few wanting to watch the almighty Connor McGregor make history.
The day started off wit the normal chat; Aaron' birds he finds over Facebook.
But the more important thing is that we all wanted to get the win. The day started slow, with wickets coming slow and runs coming slow for the Bees, but because we are the almighty Stags, we pushed through, with Vikrant Nehru taking some poles, Jorey taking a few as well.
As the Bees started to fall, Aaron pushed for a outright, with 'Little P' Seneviratne taking the final wicket.
Aaron sent the Bees back in, with most of the lads thinking that there was no way that we could get the outright, but with a few wickets falling in quick succession, the boys were up on their feet and ready to snatch this outright.
Ok. Ok. Look, I think it is without a doubt the highlight of the day was when Aaron was looking for another bowler to roll their arm over, and that man who he thought could make the breakthrough was… the Brady Morrison… Brady was just as surprised as everyone else, but his off spinners can be as deadly as Aaron’s smooth talk with the ladies.
What can you expect from a batter like Brady, who doesn't bowl much? You can say he's good with the ladies; but yeah, not much else really.
The man marked his run up, looked down the wicket, and was trying to memorise the almighty GOATs action, he looked up took one step, then another, charged in got his front arm up, and then let go off the ball…. What happens next well.. Well he took a wicket first ball.
Ken if you are reading this, what did I say - I can bowl.
But what was even better… He followed it up with a tactical no ball… He just didn’t want to take the embarrass the batsmen…
But on a serious note, the Stags were very close to a outright, taking 8 wickets before the end of play…
A massive thank you to JOF who came and supported us, Ryan Tullia who also helped the team out in the field, with subbing Big D due to his hard partying.
Also massive credit to Andrew, Oli and Brady with a very great innings. Vikrant, Ronny, Jorey, Big D, and especially Manus from retutingnin with a Bangs, Ans massive thanks for Jenny who has been running the show lately, much appreciated. Well done lads, great win.
Brady Morrison (with plenty of editing)
Day 1 began with big winds making covers a bit of a nightmare. That was the first battle of the day for Gordon. The toss was won and the decision was to have a bowl, hoping we could take a few early and get straight into the Georges River middle order.
Big thanks to Aaron and Jenny for organising a penguin (umpire) for this round.
Got to love a pommie import!
The Colts went out onto the grade ready for a big game. Dellis and Keane started strong with some attacking bowling, however the River openers had luck on their side. The bowlers toiled hard, creating numerous chances and many shouts.
Many balls were hit in the air but just out of reach from the Gordon fielders, there was to be no celebration just yet. Prashan and the skipper, Crofts, came on to attempt to break this opening partnership. However it was not to be, again numerous chances just not going to hand.
As the batsmen began to tee off, a good field was set that reduced the impact of this hitting. Then on came the new Pommy import, Jory Cureton, and he had almost an immediate impact, snagging the breakthrough the Stags desperately needed.
A new tactic of some short, back of a length bowling was employed and saw Jory snare a second victim. A great cricketer and a real asset to the club.
The lunch break provided a good time to reset for Gordon, with a debrief on the session and what could be improved upon for the next one. It was during the break that the Colts boys discovered the private life of the “Ron” Crofts, needless to say unexpected. If only he could have had some success with the ball in the first session as he does outside of cricket.
A wicket for Jory Cureton was exactly what the skipper "Ron" needed
Gohl and Dellis toiled away further after the break, before Kevin came on and found a breakthrough, exactly what the Stags needed, taking another not long after. However poor fielding let the side down. Intensity and chat through the day will also need to be improved in future weeks.
The team finished strong taking a few wickets including some good footwork from behind the wicket by Oli Williams and some strong individual fielding performances from some of the boys. Still only 8 down for 333, and a big effort was required the next week from the Gordon boys.
Day 2 began with a surprise, but probably smart on their behalf, Georges River were batting on, as the 333 target wouldn’t have been enough to stop the Stags from the win.
However it began to surface that the tactic wasn’t so much smart as it was negative. They were attempting to bat the game into a draw. Some poor catching saw the tail survive for too long and too many runs added. This left Gordon with 381 to chase from 66 overs, a very big target in not a lot of time.
Big thanks to Will for helping out in the field to cover some injuries that were discovered during the week.
The plan for the innings was to go out there and play each others natural games and see where we stand at tea. Playing for Gordon we are always going to play positive cricket and give the win a crack. Brady and Andrew walked out into an absolute barrage of unwarranted sledging that was getting out of hand very quickly.
Personal attacks on the batsmen and ignoring of umpires orders was a disappointing sight for cricket. Enough cannot be said for these two bats who copped it all and yet would not throw away their wicket.
They may be young but have very mature heads on their shoulders. We refused to lose this game to this cricket side and Brady and Andrew will be great assets to the Stags setup over the coming years.
Brady and Andrew got on with it, playing there strokes while taking minimal risks and went to tea with no loss. You can’t ask for a better platform to be laid for the innings and we will be in very good positions in the future if these two continue to play as they have done.
After tea the pair added a few more before Andrew Harvey was out for a good knock of 45 and Oli Williams joined Brady Morrison at the crease. The two had another handy partnership as Brady began to accelerate before being out caught for a well-deserved 69.
This brought the skipper to the crease. The score continued to tick along but the umpire then made the call that the game was going nowhere, with concerns of the over rate and fading light. It was decided that there would be 5 over targets that would get us to the win in a much shorter period of time.
Here is where the Stags decided that they were going to give the win a red-hot crack. The first target was 200, and immediately Oli and Ron were on the attack. Oli found himself out caught, playing well in the game situation. Cureton joined Crofts in the middle and the latter really started getting hold of them.
Fielders were being moved to where the ball had just been hit before he dispatched them to a new gap in the field. A great captain’s knock to get the team on the road to the win, holing out in the deep for 49.
Keane came to the crease for a quick cameo of 22 before being run out, as Jory sent a few sailing over the fence. Sahil came to the crease in the final over to reach the 250 target and the side fell just short off the tough target.
Gordon can hold their heads high from this performance, we proved to ourselves we can score quickly when needed while still constructing an innings, even when the game was against us. Still undefeated, the Colts will continue building into the next round.
Another huge thank you to Jenny and Chris for helping out with drinks, tea and all the other jobs that make the game run smoothly, as well as the support you provide to the team.
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