Pleasing weekend for the Stags against Manly
It was another good weekend for the Stags against Manly with convincing wins in Firsts and Fifths, while Fourths won a nail-biter. Thirds lost and Seconds and Colts couldn’t get on rain-affected wickets.
Matt Junk who took 2 for 26 off 26 overs
The bowling in the top grade was excellent, strangling the Manly batsmen and ultimately going through them. In other grades, again the bowling was good but there’s still a need for batsmen to take on the responsibility of batting deep into an innings to ensure a win.
All grades except Firsts played a one day game on Saturday.
1st Grade at Manly (two day game)
Manly won the toss and batted first. It was very slow going, with the Gordon fast bowlers keeping very good lines. It was little more than a run an over as, first Charlie Stobo and then Tym Crawford had success. Tym took three wickets quickly to, at one stage, have the figures of 3-9 from 5 overs. The score moved to 95 before Glenn Winsor and Matt Junk each struck. Charlie took another and then Matt and Scott O’Brien finished off the innings at 123.
The Gordon bowling was excellent in restricting Manly to this score in 75.3 overs. Tym finished with 3-22, while Charlie (2-11 off 13 overs), Matt (2-26 off 26 overs) and Scott (2-12) were all outstanding.
Gordon started positively but both openers were dismissed early. Harry Evans and Steve Colley then came together and showed their class to take the score to 2-65 at stumps on Saturday.
The slips are ready at Manly Oval
Harry and Steve continued to build a strong partnership. They were both dismissed just shy of the Manly total having added 81. Gordon declared once they passed the Manly total and were immediately in the quest for early wickets. After Alex Patterson took one, it became hard going. As in the first innings they were thwarted by Ahillen Beadle who went on to score a hard-hitting century.
The bowlers tried hard but couldn’t get the vital breakthroughs. Scott O’Brien took four wickets but the Stags had to content themselves with a dominant first innings win.
Gordon 4 dec 125 (Harry Evans 50, Steve Colley 46) defeated Manly 123 (Tym Crawford 3-22, Scott O’Brien 2-12, Matt Junk 2-26, Glenn Winsor 1-24) and 6-196 (Scott O’Brien 4-77) on the first innings.
2nd Grade at Chatswood
3rd Grade at Graham Reserve
Manly won the toss and batted on a good, hard deck. It was tense cricket with runs hard to come by while the bowling was tight. While wickets were infrequent, the run rate was not excessive and the 50 overs finished with Manly on 4-214.
Pat Effeney is excited
Gordon started steadily, with Jamie Bekis and Liam McElduff putting together a solid partnership. They added 72 in 24 overs before Jamie was out for 41. Unfortunately, from there, the run rate was too much of a problem for the Stags. It moved to over 7 per over and the Gordon middle order could not keep it up. They finished all out for 159.
Much work to do to get back on the track for the semis.
Gordon 159 (Jamie Bekis 41, Liam McElduff 30) lost to Manly 4-214.
4th Grade at Killara
It was a late start at Killara but only two overs were lost. Manly got off to a reasonable start, only losing one wicket in the first hour. Wickets then started to fall a little more regularly with Manus Chauhan the most successful bowler. At the end of the 48 overs, Manly finished on 8-174, a reasonable tally. Manus’ 4-23 from his ten overs was another good performance.
Darren Jayasekera in action at Killara
Mitch Kleem and Darren Jayasekera got the Stags off to a great start with an opening partnership of 63 from only 9 overs. Fraser Wilson and Tom Hamblin then made useful contributions but just when it appeared that the win was going to be comfortable, the middle order fell in a heap and Gordon were left with 8 to win and only one wicket remaining. Fortunately, the victory was secured with a Dylan Hood stroke through the covers. It should have been easier but a top win against a strong side.
Gordon 9-175 (Darren Jayasekera 32, Mitch Kleem 28, Tom Hamblin 28, Fraser Wilson 27) defeated Manly 8-174 (Manus Chauhan 4-23, Ramon Phoonie 2-37)
5th Grade at Mick Pawley
Gordon won the toss and bowled. Wickets fell early, with Matt Keane and Simon Read both taking two. Dave Monaghan and Prashan Seneviratne then got into the act and Manly were out in no time for 75. Matt and Prashan took three each and Dave and Simon two each in a good performance.
Batting wasn’t easy and Gordon lost two early wickets. Riley Behlevanas held things together as another two wickets fell. However, Matt Keane came in and was at his aggressive best as the last 35 runs were scored quickly, thus gaining the bonus point.
Well done and a good come back after their narrow loss last week.
Gordon 4-77 (Riley Behlevanas 31*, Matt Keane 21*) defeated Manly 75 (Prashan Seneviratne 3-22, Matt Keane 3-23, Dave Monaghan 2-11, Simon Read 2-17) with a bonus point.
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