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Poidevin Gray team go down fighting against Penrith

Gordon unfortunately were soundly beaten by a strong Penrith PG’s side today at Howell Oval. Penrith scored 7-229 in their 50 overs, despite some really excellent, tight 20 overs of spin bowling from Matt Wright 
(3-32) and Ryan Meppem (0-27). 

Matt Wright gets successful appeal

To keep a mainly 1st/2nd grade top 6 batting order to only 59 runs off their 20 overs, was a brilliant effort from these two really promising spinners. It was a crying shame that we lost our Newcastle leggie (Dan Chillingworth) on the morning of the match from a finger injury he sustained in the field on Saturday. 

The quicks toiled hard however Penrith scored a challenging 229 after their 50 overs. I must mention the exceptional keeping of Oli Zannino with one brilliant stumping and no byes. He is hungry to keep in grade again and perhaps that will happen next season, under the continued guidance/coaching from our 1st grade keeper Ash Doolan.

We started our batting in positive fashion from Axel Cahlin and Jamie Bekis, with an opening partnership of 19. Once we lost these two aggressive openers, we were never really in the race. Credit must go to this Penrith attack of principally 1st graders and a couple from 2’s, who really dominated our middle order. Matt Wright was our Man of the Match with a solid 30no, receiving some support from Liam Windel 25, Oli Zannino 19, Michael Roberts 16, Vikrant Nehru 15 and Axel 13.  

Chris Searle, Ryan Meppem and Lian Windel in final

The team deserves much praise for moving through the season into the Final, despite an horrific injury toll. The Club acknowledge your efforts and despite losing the big one, we thank you for an excellent season. To move into the Finals for both the PG’s and Greenies, really augurs well for the future and we are proud of your efforts. The Club must also thank our two PG’s coaches in Charlie Stobo and Tym Crawford, as well as Fraser Wilson for accepting an early morning call to act as 12th man.

Game Scores: 

Penrith 7-229 off 50 overs - Matt Wright 3-22 off 10 overs; Ryan Meppem 0-27 off 10; 
Chris Searle 1-47 off 9; Matt Keevers 1-54 off 10; Liam Windel 1-44 off 8; Vikrant Nehru 0-28 off 3 
defeated Gordon all out for 145 in 43.2 overs – Matt Wright 30no (with 2 sixers); Liam Windel 25; Oli Zannino 19;
Michael Roberts 16; Vikrant Nehru 15; Axel Cahlin 13.

Tony Wilson


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