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Poidevin Gray vs Penrith - Round 4 - 2012/13

Kris ColleyGordon Under 21’s arrived at Chatswood Oval on Sunday morning, keen to push on from last week’s victory against Sydney Uni, with a win against Penrith. The team were greeted by a fantastic spread from Rob, the gaffer. From last week’s side, three changes were made, with the now eligible Charlie Stobo and all-rounder Alex Ieroianni (a tester on the spelling) coming into the victorious side.

Kris Colley comes into form as the hard work at practice pays dividends 

Unfortunately Gordon legend, Marcos, was absent on a cruise to New Zealand, hope you’re having a good trip Marcos. 

On what looked like a good Chatswood pitch, skip Daniel Smith won the toss and put Penrith in to bat against a strong Stags seam attack.

Smith and Scott Heaney took the new ball and despite some close calls, Penrith got off to a good start, putting on 41 for the first wicket. The junior Stags were perhaps a little bit guilty of going through the motions early on, however they were sparked into life when “the Greyhound” Smith found the edge of the Penrith opener’s bat. 

Keeper, Max Newman, then banished the demons of yesterday’s dropped catch (the first in 2 years apparently), by leaping like a salmon in front of first slip, taking a one handed beauty, this really set the standards for the next 5 overs where Heaney and Smith pegged the opposition back, with Charlie Stobo bowling some good areas after being introduced into the attack. 

Henry CarmichaelPenrith were scoring at a good rate, despite losing two of their better batsman to some careful and well thought out half trackers from Ieroianni and Phillips respectively. At this point their innings could have gone either way, but Henry Carmichael (1-37), who is fast getting a reputation for bowling long spells, hit some great areas, with many of runs conceded being off the edge of the bat.

Henry Carmichael acknowledges the crowd and his team mates as he reaches his ton in quick time 

The opposition were still going along nicely, running some quick singles despite inform fielder Jack Colley being in the covers. The Stags bowled well for the last 15, with birthday boy and instagram legend Chad Soper (1-50) bowling especially well in his second spell, despite perhaps recovering from a “musical hangover” after seeing Coldplay the previous night. Mentions must go to Smith (3-29) and Heaney (1-50), who also finished strongly as well as Kris Colley and Charlie Stobo for good catching.

Penrith finished on 249/8, which was considered by the Gordon lads as being a par score on a lightening outfield and a flattening pitch

After indulging in a platter of pies, subway rolls, banana bread and Up’ N’ Go it was time for the junior Stags to bat, with Kris and Jack Colley taking to the crease for the second successive game. Colley Jnr, clearly being affected by the absence of good pal Alex Jackson, was out on 8, bringing inform Smith to the crease on the back of last week’s match winning 97. However, last week’s heroics couldn’t be repeated and quick wickets meant the Stags were in dire straits at 38/4 (or 4/38 depending on which hemisphere you are from). At this point of the game you could say that Gordon were not favourites, the boys needed someone to step up to the plate and score a match winning knock, as coach Harry Evans had stated before the innings.

Dan SmithThese quick wickets turned out to be a blessing in disguise, bringing Carmichael to the crease, along with Colley Snr, who looked as if he was settling in for a big score, despite suffering from “pink eye”. They started cautiously, however soon got after the newly introduced spinner, hitting him hard and straight. This unleashed the two batsman, with Colley playing the anchor role, with a few massive sixes dotted around. 

The skipper, Dan "Greyhound" Smith, leads from the front with the ball in hand 

Carmichael was seeing the ball well, playing some outrageous shots, including a Sehwag-esque cut shot onto the railway line. These two carted the Penrith attack, to all corners of Chatswood Oval, putting on a mammoth 169 for the 5th wicket. Kris departed for 92, with 40 still to get. However, Carmichael remained out there, moving to 98 with a huge six into the grandstand, hitting his own mother’s foot in the process. 

There is no confirmation of how Mrs Carmichael’s foot is, however, it has been confirmed that Henry did not get dinner that night. 

Henry reached three figures in style and polished off the rest of the score with some clean hitting, 4,6,4,4 to win the game in style for the Staggies!

Special mention to Kris Colley (92) who applied himself very well after wickets fell around him, anyone who is at training can see how hard Kris works on his game, so well done mate you deserve it. Also to Henry Carmichael (121*) who batted carefully when he needed to, and hit the ball hard pretty much the rest of the time. Special thanks also to team manager Rob for always laying out a fantastic spread and helping the team prepare. 

The second win in a row for the PG’s side, on to the next one!

Will Phillips


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