Poidevin Gray Report vs Penrith
Penrith 7-249 (Amir 3-45, Richtor 2-16) 'defeated' Gordon 4-169 (Bombas 60, Richtor 60*) on run rate.
(Reece Bombas in action)
A Gordon U21 side dripping with talent had high expectations as the boys fastened their e-tags and got ready to kick off the PG campaign at Howell Oval on Sunday. Everyone was well prepared to hit the ground running as we lined up for Rd 1 against Penrith, although in hindsight some training on how to get onto the M2 and where to find the elusive M7 might have been worthwhile!
Skipper Matt Makepeace inspected the deck and decided that it would be a good toss to lose. Fortunately or unfortunately, he managed to call correctly and allowed Penrith to bat. Josh Ling was fantastic and finished his 10 over opening stint with 0-18, with Nick Medcalf, Elliot Richtor and Umayr Amir all contributing to contain the top order to 2-40 off 21 overs.
A slight drop in intensity during the middle section, however, cost Gordon dearly as Penrith set about building a platform from which to launch. Despite solid bowling and fielding in the latter stages, it was always going to be difficult to contain the boys from the West as they took full advantage of wickets in hand to smash 96 off the last 10 and compile 7-249 from their 50 overs. Amir finished with 3-45 off 9 and Richtor 2-16 off 8.
(Elliot Richtor in action)
During the lunch break, as Gordon reflected on the importance of staying switched on for the full 50 overs, skipper Peace (along with the coach!) would have been wise to reflect on the importance of understanding the bowling restrictions on our U19 contingent. Let's hope Richtor will be allowed to finish his 10 next time and Reece Bombas will never ever be called upon for a 2-over spell again (a decision with which selector Wilson apparently was not entirely comfortable')
The chase started badly for Gordon and, at 2-4 after the first over, a slight dent in the Stags' confidence might have been understandable. But Bombas (60) and Richtor (60*) were outstanding as they raced along at 5 an over and laid the foundations for a victory. It was sensible batting with an unmistakable degree of urgency that allowed Gordon to make its way into a commanding position (4-169 off 35 overs) when the rain came.
If the fairest system of deciding rain affected games had been used, Gordon would be sitting pretty on 6 points after Rd1. Unfortunately, due to the technical difficuluties of running the stats needed for the Duckworth Lewis system, the SCA still uses run rate in PGs' and the Stags were caught 6 runs behind where we needed to be.
There was no doubt that the signs are seriously promising for the rest of the season, with both selector Wilson and the coach agreeing that a platinum performance is surely just around the corner'