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Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2015/16

The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.

The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday, and consists of 6 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



Poidevin Gray vs Penrith - Round 5 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Penrith - Round 5 - 2015/16

Following the respective fixtures against Manly on Saturday, the boys were especially keen for the drive out to the base of the mountains, on what promised to be another stinker of an Aussie Summer Sunday.

Although the weekend didn't contain any wins for Sam Watts, 8 wickets across the two games was a massive personal achievement 

As has become the tradition over past weeks, we kicked off our warm up with some high intensity fielding soccer. A sport not widely known for its physical contact, that didn’t stop Axel Cahlin from asserting his authority early on leaving a dazed Regan Klemt sprawled in a tangled mess with the biggest hit seen since big bad Barry laid that left hook on West Coast’s Brent Staker back in 2008.

Despite this massive blow to the bottom 6’s stocks, they managed to pull off a gritty 3-0 win due in part to some sloppy defense from the top 5. 

There were some jokes about Cam New heading over to the States after Xmas... based on the following paragraph... Crawford will track him down. Where ever he goes.

The post mortem suggested they were probably being weighed down by ageing coach and ‘yarn spinner’ Tym “Crawf” Crawfors, who saw fit to get one last stretch out of his legs while he still has enough hair to comb over his increasingly roomy forehead.

It's hard not to capture Axel Cahin in action. Count the shots in this article alone.

The captains got together, and once Stobes successfully lost the toss, the Staggies were sent once again into the field, eager to open the account early on a pitch which looked brand new despite seeing 100 overs the day before.

The man himself and debutant Will Calov – fresh from a stint over in the UK - got things underway and despite a few loose deliveries early on, found that there was enough on offer for the bowlers if they hit the deck hard and didn’t offer too much width. 

Will Calov, Tim Ferrero and skipper Charlies Stobo apply heat to the Cats 

And so it was with a bit of good fortune that Will kicked the Stags off when a well struck straight drive from opener Cam Weir caught just enough of Will’s finger before crashing into the stumps at the non-strikers for a “tragic” run out. 

Charlie Booth bowls with good control during the middle overs 

Continued effective bowling by “Chuck” Stobo, and the introduction of our next debutant Sammy Watts, saw the second of the Penrith’s under age state representative opener on his way with the score 2-41 off 8 – Max Papworth taking a scintillating grab one-handed to his right despite suffering from what appeared to be a broken toe. 

Wickets fell at steady intervals throughout the middle of the innings as both teams felt the effects of the increasing heat. The only salvation from which proved to be the drinks breaks scheduled every 10 overs and the inspired inclusion of some ice-cold towels supplied by Timmy Ferrero’s mum and which Jack Colley took to like Matt Preston to a delicately crafted silk cravat.

Excellent spells by Tim, Reagan and then Boothy and an all round top effort in the field kept the pressure on the Cats who were suddenly unwilling to take any extra runs on offer. 

Calov returned to the crease for the Stags claiming two more wickets including danger man Sammut who had continued his form against the GDCC, slicing his way to 50 before holding out to Reagan at mid off, leaving the Penrith contingent hanging at 5-122 in the 32nd.

Back in the country, and immediately in all of Tiddles Fantasy League sides, Will Calov makes an impression on his return 

The lower middle order scored slowly as the field was pushed back, singles replacing boundaries in the final overs. Charlie Booth took a hanger at gully to remove the very chirpy Isherwood off the bowling of Stobo making it 6-152 in the 41st. 

The seam cartel, headed by “Chobes” and Timmy (who picked up a run out of his own follow-through) from the rural end and Sammy from the Pavilion end closed up the innings. 

Sam claiming two quick wickets in the final over to take his allotment to 4 wickets on debut and 8 wickets for the weekend. 

Well done Sam, top effort mate!

Tim Ferrero looks like he's modelled his action on Reagan Klemt's 

With the job half done, New and Spratt went about chasing the Cats 9/200. Spratty got off to a flier as usual – catching the eye of Penrith’s local news crew – and plundered the bowlers down the ground with ease. 

With the score on 50, a few wickets fell quickly which brought Axel and Jack together at the crease. The pair batted with great intent, turning the ball into gaps and putting the bad balls to the boundary. 

Jack (34) fell to an LBW shout, 2 in two days!, and was replaced by Papworth, who looked to continue with the intent Jack had shown but was undone by a bit of extra turn as he advanced down the wicket to the offie. 

Before he padded up, Jack Colley went on the attack against the Cats' bowlers

The Stags were left at 4-119 from 33. A little behind the 8-ball. Chuckles “Spotto” Stobo showed great class, steering the ball into gaps and supporting Axel in the chase. 

Here's another.
Cahin is strong off his legs. 

The pair took the total to 169 before Stobes (22) was caught at midwicket. Axel fell the next over, caught on the boundary for a terrific 46 (90 runs for the weekend), which meant the boys now sat at 8-169 still requiring 32 from the remaining 4 overs.

Enter Charles “Boothman” Booth. In what can only be described as one of the major turning points of the match, Charlie controlled the tempo of the game between balls with great maturity and charged the spinners with confidence, ably supported by Will Calov. The boys ran extremely well between the wickets, turning ones into twos and really getting us back in the game. 

And if you didn't think the onside was his scoring zone, here's more of Cahlin 

When a mix-up saw Charlie (16) run out two balls into the 49th over; the task fell to the two debutants. 10 balls, 14 runs, 1 wicket. 

Everything stopped. Stobes and Timmy gave up their game of spotto. Boothy’s old man took a break from his sips of chandy and Tiddles could be seen staring down the barrel of his camera, eager to prove he can take photos of more than just Axel Cahlin or Tim Ferrero.

Skipper "Chuck" Stobo partners with Axel to eat away at the Cats total 

With just one over remaining, they boys had whittled the required runs down to 10, and when the Penrith opener started off with a no-ball, it seemed like the unthinkable was all too possible. A single and a two of the next two deliveries saw us needing only 6 off 4 and when Will heaved the next ball over mid off for a boundary, only 2 runs were needed from 3 balls. No small task.

Tempers were running hot, the field came in and a dot of the next ball made it 2 from 2. A quick single and a fumble brought the scores level with one ball remaining in the match. 

Shock us! Chris Spratt on the hook. And looks strong down the ground too. 

A mammoth effort by Will and Sam at the death, which deserved to be converted into a win. 

Unfortunately, a bit of sharp fielding saw Ryan Hackney throw down the non-strikers end with enough evidence for the umpire to rule Sam short of his ground.

An unbelievable finish to a game that had a bit of everything. A sterling effort by the boys in the field, and a monumental battle with the willow. 

Special mentions to the Spratt man, Axel and Jack the "Guzzler" Colley for setting the innings up; and to Boothy and Stobes who mixed support with attack beautifully. But with 6 wickets (and a run out…not that one) between them, and for nearly getting the boys over the line, this writer was most impressed by the efforts of our two debutants. 

Before Cam New signs off his career at Gordon, here's final shot of Cahlin - but the rarer 'offside shot' kind 

Devastating to end up sharing the points, but a valiant effort to get us there with the ball and the bat! Well done!

So where does this leave PGs? 5 games, 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie see us on 15 points and in 9th place. Just one point behind the Cats and two behind Sydney and Bankstown with 1 game left against North Sydney on Jan 10 down ol’ Chatswood way.

From all of us at PGs, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the Christmas turkeys be plump and the backyard cricket decks be flat (or a green demon if you’re into that kind of thing).

Cam “Newy” New

Thanks also to Reagan for his heartfelt well wishes in the post game wrap up.
Appreciate it. Champ.

Poidevin Gray vs Sutherland - Round 4 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Sutherland - Round 4 - 2015/16

Sutherland away. With our team lineup looking great team on paper, I was keen for a top performance from the boys.

Batting first on a good deck, our new additions to the side, Matt Chamberlain and Cam New, went about their business negotiating a swinging ball. Matt fell to a peach which ripped out his off stump, and Jack Colley joined Cam. They both batted extremely confidently, with Jack racing to 18 off 12 balls. 

One of the gents that could hold his head high on the day, Tim Ferrero bowled well in defending their small target 

He was stumped with his head in the clouds, and Axel fell soon after. Cam looked set on 36 after building a good little partnership with Max Papworth and setting us up for a decent score. But 3-94 very quickly turned to 7-95. 

Ferrero and Stobo looked to rebuild, with Tim looking particularly deadly 36 not out off 31 balls. But no one else could hang around, and we were bowled out for 131. Extremely disappointing. 3 run outs, a few loose shots, an innings everyone would like to take back.

From the outset we looked to attack and take wickets. However Sutherland also looked to attack and dominate the bowling scoring quick runs in a search for a bonus point.

An opening stand of 57 was broken by Boothy. From there, we didn’t bow our heads but kept hunting for wickets and applying the pressure in the field. Boothy bowled extremely well taking 4-31 from his 9, and could have easily taken 5 with help from his mate “Papsmear” Papworth. 

Ferrero kept it tight, but ultimately Sutherland passed our score 5 down. It could’ve been a totally different story if we’d scored another 50-60 runs which would have allowed the bowlers to have a good score to bowl too. With all the talk building up the Sutherland bowlers, I think we could have definitely won this game.

But with the team 2 wins from 4, the race to the finals is still on. The potential is 100% there to win this competition.

Ben Leighton

Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Gordon lost the toss and bowled on a flat good batting deck today at Chatswood. 

Parramatta started slowly but surely and despite some excellent early bowling from in particular Charlie Stobo, they patiently moved to 1-60 after 20 overs.

Max Papworth is cheered off by Tim Ferrero and greeted by the Gordon supporters after guiding the side's successful run chase to secure the points against Parramatta 

Unfortunately Matt Keevers could not continue after 5 overs with continuing hip problems. Nick Miller replaced him and bowled a really economical spell of 8 overs for 21 runs. After a good wicket from Lachie Borg, Parra were 1-85 off 26 overs and then Charlie Booth was introduced to the attack with immediate success. 

He took three quick and vital wickets off only 4 overs, to have the visitors 4-131 off 37 overs. From this stage our bowlers were on top. Wickets fell to Miller, Ferrero, Borg and two to Stobo, to have Parra 9-198 after 50 overs.

Charlie Booth shows excellent control and attacking prowess to really turn the game in Gordon's favour - taking 3/22 from his allotment 

All the bowlers shared the spoils - Stobes had 2-37 off his 10; Nick Miller 1-23 of 9 excellent overs; Lachie Borg 2-33 off 10 vital overs; Tim Ferrero 1-29 off 6; Charlie Booth 3 -22 off 4, Reagan 0-27 off 6 and Matt Keevers 0-25 off 5. 

An excellent effort by all on a very flat deck.

Borg and Miller toil away, while team mates mob a successful Booth 

Mortgageport proudly supports Chris Spratt

Our opening bats (New and Spratt) commenced the chase in an aggressive and sensible manner and after only 12 overs we were 0-64. 

Cam New looks more of the 'aggressive' rather than sedate and sensible as he lofts one down the ground for a boundary 

During this time Spratty hit one of the biggest sixers for many years, clearing the stand and the railway line. He was out for a well compiled 46 and I am sure he is very close to the big ton, which will delight all and sundry. 

We lost 2 quick wickets and appeared to somewhat lose our way. One was Cam New after a very compact 24 and the other was Axel Cahlin , the result of an unfortunate run out.

The pressure was on our new No 4 in Max Papworth and Reagan Klemt. 

Zac! No pressure felt here by Chris Spratt. The same can't be said for the Parramatta bowlers or the commuters on the St Leonards to Gordon train trip 

Neither disappointed, with special credit to Pappy for a brilliant 67 not out in his new top order role. He was ably supported by Reagan with a patient and vital 44. Both bats naturally blossomed as the partnership grew.

We had a small hiccup with Reags and Borg out however Tim Ferrero joined Max and they both saw us home with 5 down in the 46th over.

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Ferrero demonstrating his value to the side with bat and ball 

An excellent effort from our boys and this will boost their confidence for the really tough games ahead in Sutherland and Penrith. We are currently sitting equal 5th with 3 others on 12 points however are only 1 point behind the joint leaders on 13 points. Is this our year?

Tony Wilson

What footwork shown by Papworth here against the slower bowlers, before celebrating his half century in the middle of the pitch 
Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

After the rain all week, the PGs boys were keen to get out on the field and stick it to the Fairfield-Liverpool side. A warm up for champions, the starfish eased many minds and many nerves as we took to the field. 

Yes. Played Stobes! A Lions' batsman castled by the quick 

Numerous cries of “Go Keevers!” were heard from the looming Tai Chi bands and it really got us going.

Charlie “Treebeard” Stobo struck in the first over followed by a second in the 7th over. A tight opening spell from Stobo and Matt Keevers bowled excellent in partnership, which left Fairfield 3-33 off 11 (Stobo 3). 

Lachy Borg then struck with an excellent display of bowling, catching ‘Mr. Sandhu’ plum in front leaving him to walk off very disappointed with his performance and his lack of chat. 

The batsman looks on during Frame 1, his fate sealed in Frame 2 and celebrated in Frame 3 

Charles Booth started brilliantly claiming a wicket early in his spell, leaving Fairfield 5-82 off 29. Charlie ended up with excellent figures of 1-34 off his 10; an excellent effort at Chatswood. 

Cahlin looks to the legside for runs. A great shot by the photographer! 

A run out, and wickets to Ferrero and Keevers left Fairfield 8-199 off their 50. A total that seemed not to big a task for the Stags batting order. 

An excellent opening partnership from Spratty and Cam New had us in an excellent position at 0-56 off 8. With Spratt and Cam both being dismissed, at 2-59 it was up to someone to stick in and bring the boys home. 

Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall at a regular pace. 9 wickets fell for only 50 runs, which meant we were bowled out for 109. 

Now Cahlin plays straight while wickets tumble 

A very disappointing result, considering the way we bowled to put ourselves in the game. Hopefully we can go out there this Sunday against Parramatta and prove why we are a big threat in this competition. 

Adios, 

Max ‘Pappy’ Papworth

Poidevin Gray vs Western Suburbs - Round 1 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Western Suburbs - Round 1 - 2015/16

Axel Cahlin scores a classy 81 not out as he steers the Stags to a comfortable win against Wests at Pratten Park.After the week of rain it was good for the Under 21 Poidevin Gray team to get on the park on Sunday.

After losing the toss Gordon were asked to bowl on a slow and low wicket which made scoring hard for the Wests batsman.

Charlie Stobo collects the opener, caught by Max Papworth

The Gordon bowling was also first class with Charlie Stobo starting proceedings at a great pace and keeping the batsman at bay.  After an unfortunate back injury to Rob Barker meant he couldn’t continue after two overs, Nick Miller supported Stobs with some excellent new ball bowling.  The going was slow for Wests as the run rate was kept to under 4 most of the innings. Max Papworth was also in top form with the gloves taking the first three catches and then executing a fine run out from a Tim Ferrero return.

     
Another catch to Max, this time off Nick Miller

With Lachie Borg also helping with 2 wickets and Charlie Booth and Reagan Klemt playing their part Wests finished with 8 for 178 off their 50 overs.

Chris Spratt and Cameron New got the Gordon innings underway before Cameron was out first and then Chris for a well-made 24.

     
Reagan Klemt, Lachie Borg and Tim Ferrero in action at Pratten

Axel Cahlin and Reagan Klemt then got together to put on 74 important runs while the Wests bowling was at its best. Reagan played an excellent support role while Axel played shots all around the ground to end up posting 82 not out. His shot making was both classical and punishing at the same time and the bowlers had no answer. After Reagan departed for 34, Tim Ferrero and then Lachie Borg batted with Axel to see us home after 45 overs with the score at 4 for 179.

Axel during his fine innings of 82 not out

 

Scores

Wests 8 for 178 (Lachie Borg 2 for 22 off 10, Tim Ferrero 2 for 18 off 6, Charlie Stobo 1 for 21 off 9, Nick Miller 1 for 28 off 10, Reagan Klemt 1 for 51 off 6, Charlie Booth 0 for 26 off 7, Rob Barker 0 for 11 off 2 were defeated by Gordon 4 for 179 (Axel Cahlin 82 not out, Reagan Klemt 34, Chris Spratt 24)

 

 

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