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Match Reports 16/17

Match Reports 16/17

Following on from a good 2015/16, the Stags had another good year in 2016/17. Fielding a Colts side again, performances were stronger across the grades and a number of teams made the finals. There were also a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players.

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2016/17

First Grade Match Reports 2016/17

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. 

There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

Congratulations to Dan Stickland for making his 1st grade debut, well deserved plenty more matches to come. #577 TBC

After a tough previous weekend where the top graders suffered two losses in two days a big performance was required to get back on track leading into final series. 

Ash Doolan had a number of fans back in the sheds during his rescue job. But none as big as his mum on our mobile app. 

The weekend’s opponents was a strong Sydney only a couple of points behind the mighty Stags. 

Col was spruiking how this is a 12 point game, even after it was explained to him that just because they are close to us on the table doesn’t mean there are more points up for grabs. 

50 for Kennedy. And this webmaster remembers an equally important 50 in Colts back in the day. All runs through point and cover. 

The facilities at Drummoyne were expertly prepared by the cream of the crop of green options. The pitch was flat, outfield lush and a big two days of hard cricket was ahead for two teams vying to be active in early April. 

With the overcast conditions our on field captain wasn’t too keen to make a decision on what to do first and that privilege was quickly taken away and we were asked to bat first. 

The first 45 min of our innings didn’t go to plan; with the score at 4-40 a big fightback was needed. Thankfully this was provided by Tym (82) and Ash (99) put together a 118 run partnership to get us back into the game. 

Congratulations Stickland! Such a great achievement. Well done. 

The lower order continued to pile on the runs with JK (53) making his first 1st grade wifty. Rumour has it he is the first left hand number 10 to score a 50 with a long blade cricket bat for the club. Finishing score of 337 on a slow outfield felt like 400+. Great effort men. 

Day two the temp forecast for the day was looking at getting to temperatures only seen in the red centre and with the pitch looking pretty flat it was going to be tough going for the Kings of the North. Unfortunately we lost JK to injury only 4 overs, however the other quicks toiled with no reward on flat track offering no sideways movement. 

Mason Crane takes yet another 7.
Surely Paul Stephenson can photoshop an Aussie bag on that Beastwear gear? 

The Tigers openers were looking very comfortable at the crease but the energy levels of the Stags never wavered and the pressure was always in the back of their mind. It was only a matter of time until our spinners got hold of the ball and what a combination of bowling these two produced. 

Mason (7-53) and Junky (2-17) worked perfectly together and a change of action even saw Junky spin 3 deliveries off a straight bringing the downfall of their two premier batsmen. 

Great to see Matt Junk working in partnership with Mason. And a fantastic dismissal of Dan Smith that started the Tigers' fall. 

Mason is just getting better and better with shouts of “get him on a plane to India” heard around the ground. I think they could organise the Australian citizenship out for him quite easily. 

As one of his supporters noted on Twitter, Sidney is his middle name. It seems his natural home.

From 1-90 at lunch to all out for 146 the second session saw total control from the Stags. Great win!

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

Allan Border is a great place to play cricket. Although the sheds are tiny and the wicket was slow and low, everything else screams class. The groundsman clearly wanted some overs for himself this weekend. 

There was a bit of wildlife around the area having a tan, but nothing of note for a match report of this calibre.

Warm up touch almost played second fiddle to cricket this week. The result hasn’t really changed all season with the Balds fluting the Hairs, even with Richtor having a typical GFD. 

This is getting ridiculous... 7 fa for Mason.

The internet says ‘it was a sought after style, to a style that was widely ridiculed and today should be largely avoided'. Yes, I am talking about Charlie’s mullet. Charlie’s salad, shaved symmetrically around the ears is a force to be reckoned with. 

This late 80’s early 90’s hair style unfortunately hasn’t been backed up in true form as his father Richard did, wearing a belt to play his cricket in…fast bowlers! In his attempt to bring back the mullet into fashion, he has developed some interesting nick names, especially that of ‘flapper’. You will have to ask Ash Doolan about that one, he has been in some great form off the field recently, not just in the sheds.

Mosman’s home of cricket has been a happy hunting ground for the Stags in the last few years, piling on the runs and taking some exciting wins away from the opposition. 

Two seasons ago, Smithy was the match winner, taking the wicket of his now-teammate, with two balls to spare. The 2017 edition wasn’t so close. 

Mosman won the toss on a Gordon prepared wicket and chose to bat. Flapper and the Praying Mantis (Kennedy) took the new ball and the later got us started with a couple of wickets before lunch. However, the main destroyer was Mason ‘Willie’ Crane who took 7-93 off 22 overs and you can imagine Tiddles was losing his mind. 

Tiddles doesn’t play favourites…unless you’re a leg-spinner. An outstanding spell of bowling saw the Stags batting at tea.

Another fifty for the skip Steve.

We had a few skippers out on the field as Mosman rightly pointed out. At times I wasn’t sure who to ask where to field or if Axel could have a bowl. But we discovered, the more skippers the better, as their former skipper ran down the wicket after being told ‘he had nervous feet’ and had an air swing, only to be stumped by skipper Doolan off the bowling of Willie Mason. That was a highlight.

Some glorious shot-making led by skipper Colley (65) and Richtor (not sure if he was a skipper) ensured we were in a strong position ending day 1 at 3-165 chasing 226. Richtor (57) was dismissed early on day 2, bringing skipper Doolan to the crease. Crawford (61) and Doolan (28) took charge and punted some 6’s to rub salt into the deep wounds of the Whales, passing the score 4 wickets down. The lower order came out batting aggressively looking to move the game forward and Willie (52) did exactly this. 343 was the total and we had 49 overs to bowl. 

After not picking up early wickets, the bowlers toiled hard, especially Dan Smith and Matt Junk on wicket not offering much. A great couple of days for the Stags with plenty of emotion and the loudest team song sung to date. 6 points. Up the Staggies!

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Christmas break came in a timely manner, giving players a chance to rest up their bodies, after a somewhat gruelling first half of the season. 

The first game of 2017 saw the first graders return to Chatswood, looking to keep their perfect one day record intact, which would ultimately seal a finals birth in the one day comp. However standing in their way was a strong Parramatta side that was also in the hunt for a one day finals spot and only sat 3 points behind the stags on the overall competition ladder.

Usual duties to start off, covers. Its seems Every year we seem to be getting on the ground earlier and earlier to fold away the covers. I don’t know if it’s so the boys can talk more dribble or so it gives us more time to prepare for the much anticipated balds vs hairs footy game but it’s getting ridiculous.

Cam Eccles smokes one behind point.
The footy did not live up to expectation with both teams focusing on defence. It seems the bald’s were running training sessions in the break as their usual leaky defence tightened up. No one could cross the line and it finished 0-0. Having won the previous battle, the hairs get to keep the mantle as the champions due to their last start win. Get in boys!

Steve Colley won the toss and batted. Tym Crawford was out in the first over, before Steve and Axel combined for a 39 run stand before the later was dismissed.

Elliot joined Steve and they put on a 50 run partnership (most of them scored by the skipper), before Els was caught trying to hit over the field. Steve followed Els for a well compiled 60, then a common theme for the year then followed, losing wickets in clumps. We lost 4 wickets for 11 runs and were in dire need of a partnership. Cam Eccles, in his newly found one day spot (no.5), and Mason Crane did just that, putting on 70 runs, before Cam was out for a well-made 42.

Mason continued his good form and moved to his second half century for the season (51) and with the help of state player, Charlie Stobo (16*), the stags managed to post 217. Slightly below par, but from where we were, a good effort.

Charlie Stobo in the form of his life.
Funnily enough the Parramatta players were asking about the bonus point before a ball had been bowled in their innings. Their opener came out trying to attain the win with the bonus point, but was only able to hit a few boundaries before falling to a great catch from Cam Eccles of the bowling of James (I created the stag clap) Kennedy.

Before long Dan Smith had picked up 2 wickets, including the dangerous Bertus, who had scored over 700 runs before Christmas. Mason came on and picked up two wickets in his first few overs. 

Matheui Yunk also picked up one courtesy of a great catch in the outfield from James Kennedy. Looked like he was trying to create a new trend, the stag catch, however last minute he realised he wasn’t going to get 2 hands to the ball and ended up taking it in his left mit. With Parramatta at 6 for 91, it looked like the stags were cruising to victory.
Bat and ball, Mason can do it all!
Parramatta got back in the game through their 7th wicket partnership, and it was back on even terms. 

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Mason picked up another 3 wickets, one being Crittenden (64), to bag another 5 wicket haul. Els then finished proceedings off with a Yorker that bowled the number 11.

A great win for the stags with man of the match honours going to Mason for his 50 and 5 fa. There were handy contributions across the park though and the Staggies finished second after the one day rounds. We will now play Hawkesbury in the QF on January 29.

The side is currently sitting in second on the overall ladder, on the same points as Sydney Uni. Let’s take momentum from this game into the Mosman game and bag another 6 points. GFD’s all round.

Up and Atom

Elliot Richtor

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

A delayed start unfortunately meant a shortened game of touch footy. There’s still some debate over which team Chad should be on. His position in the Balds looks akin to tattoos at a North Shore club – very out of place.

Nevertheless, full credit to the Balds for finally showing up. It’s almost worth giving them the win so that we don’t have to listen to Ash “Dools” Doolan’s weekly tantrum about the rules.

Reagan Klemt in his 1st Grade debut.

The toss was won and the international cricketers were asked to make first use of the ball for the Stags. Soper hit some Stobo-esque areas and should be very proud of his performances for the top grade in recent weeks. 

James Kennedy bowled with poor control, in the way that the sun rises in the west. He was no doubt the standout bowler and will take a lot of confidence out of this match heading into the break.

Mason stuck to his usual plan of bowling jaffas, which is actually a pretty good plan. A few lucky hacks did not do his figures justice. On any other day, he would’ve collected his usual 4-fa not many.

Some poor fielding and too many boundary balls pushed the score up past 200. Nevertheless, the end score of 209 was well under par and we were confident of chasing it down with plenty of wickets in the tank.

Mason Crane in superb form rolling into the new year.  

By now the pitch offered the bowlers nothing, but it still offered more than a Tym Crawford snapchat story.

Axel looked good at the crease, and provided a great support role for Tym who was smashing the Sharks bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was particularly pleasing to see Tym dominate the short ball after he forgot to bring his pull shot to Howell Oval. 

At Axel’s dismissal, the ten thousand strong Chatswood crowd understandably decided to head home. However, one person (who we’ll call Ruth) stayed to watch until the end. 

While all the batsmen did their part to support Tym and edge us closer towards our target, we weren’t able to show enough ruthlessness and kept letting Sutherland back into the game.

Tym guided the Stags home in style. 

At 6-149 and still 60 runs behind, the game was edging towards an exciting finish. Fortunately, Dools came to the crease and assessed the situation perfectly. He took the time to get himself in, adjust to the speed of the wicket, and cash in later. 

Mason hit the winning runs because, well, it’s Mason. 

At last the budgies have got us a win. 

Dan Smith

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1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

If there was ever a grudge match in pre-game touch footy, this was it. With the Balds winning 8 consecutive matches, the Hairs had plenty to prove. 

But as the saying goes, “I’d rather be bald, than have beautiful flowing hair”. The Balds were to strong once again for the easy beat Hairs. 

Chad Soper performs strongly back in Oz 

The game was over very early, after the Balds crossed for 3 tries within the first minute of play. 

So much has been made of the mid season transfer of Max”sop” Papworth from Bald to Hair, that the Hairs forgot what was most important, TEAM! 

The game was ended halfway through due to the new ”mercy rule” in place. 


As the warm up changed from low standard touch footy to intense “factory” drill, the Stags had a real feel that we could steal the show from the opposition. Just like our big opening bowler Charlie Stobo had nearly done during the week for NSW on debut. 

Temperatures were set to rise all day. The Stags knew it was going to be a case of fighting hard and drying the runs to create chances. With a batter friendly wicket first up, the opening bat from Penrith “ filled his boots” for 40 runs. 

This was until young Mason "closet bald" Crane came and bamboozled him with a top spinner skied to the ever safe hands of Chad Soper. From here the Stags halted the run scoring and started to gain some momentum from the Panthers. 

With Crane knocking over another bat for not many, the next batsmen strutted to the crease and was met with some great encouragement from the Stags. After Mason bowled what seemed to be a certain top edge from the first ball faced, the men were very excited to have another wicket and get a crack at the middle order. But this was not to be. 

On Day 1, Crawford looked to support Colley, Cahlin and crew 

Once again we learned there are two things we cannot control, the weather and good fortune. From here the Penrith batsmen dug in and controlled the innings to push on to our total. All the bowlers toiled really hard all day, and did an amazing job to push the game as far as it went. 

With only 3 wickets falling all day, the general feel was that the opposition batsmen had been kissed on the flute by a fairy. ln fact, we were out played in all facets. 

More runs in the first innings and our bowlers would of came out on top. But it was not to be. 

The trip down the highway was not all doom and gloom. We played touch footy on an NRL ground, ate some of the best chicken burgers grade cricket has to offer and Elliot had another ”GFD” to his name.

We also knew that next week Sutherland would be a great board to spring into Xmas off and get the gravy train back on the tracks before the break. 

Up the stags! 

Ash Doolan

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The Ones ventured to Penrith’s Howell oval with an e-Tag full of cash and a tank full of petrol. Pressure was on for the Balds to secure another win in front of a packed crowd at Penrith stadium. As the ref blew his whistle, you always sensed that this game was going to get ugly. 

Higher honours await for Axel Cahlin as he again passes 50 

The first play saw a bustling run from Papua New Guinea international Chad Soper. 

The ball was played, Eccles ran up the field to through a gaping hole in the defence. Only to be stopped by the touch judge, who had called play back for a massive bust up in back play. 

Matt (funk) Junk had coat hangered his own player, Mason (closet bald) Crane. Apparently there had been chat during the week that Mason was going to take Matt’s spot in the upcoming Tri-Nations, so Matt had decided he would make the decision easy for the skipper. 

Crane was stretched off the stadium, and Matt was given his marching orders. The crowd, 40 thousand strong, than witnessed another massacre by the Balds. The score ended up at 35 to nil. Well done Balds, mission accomplished.

Come match time, everyone was warmed up and ready for the day’s cricket ahead. 

Steve won the toss and batting was the mode everyone switched to. Axel and Campbell [sic] opened the innings steadily, until Cam was mysteriously caught down leg side by a poor man’s Cummings.

Colley is watchful in defence 

This allowed the skipper to enter the game. Axel once again passed 50 for the season. Another outstanding knock against quality bowler Josh Lalor. Higher honors are just around the corner.

Steve went on to crunch 75 valuable runs, the skipper has definitely struck some form and will no doubt finish the season with 2 or 3 match winning hundreds to his name. The middle order then struggled to make a dentist in the scorers’ books. Elliot, Ash and Max all struggled to score. 

As like the previous matches, the tail showed what grit and determination is all about. Mason dug in for a while which allowed the ball to soften and his team mates the opportunity to cash in at the end of the day. 

Rich man’s Dan Smith once again showed us he is more than a bowler who bats a bit, smacking 40 runs . Matt Junk chipped in with a well compiled 19 as well. And Chad ‘Ramp’ Soper stuck around to help the score push to 265 at the end of play.

Once again the Stags showed plenty of ticker to stick out the day. 

All is prepared and the time to rock and roll the Panthers will soon be upon us. 

Ash Doolan

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Sunday’s 20/20 saw the mighty Stags venture north up the M1 to Newcastle for the early match against one of the competition’s newer sides, Newcastle DCA. As part of the 12 team “Sixers pool”, we were looking for a win to set up the following week at home at Chatswood.

Despite some runs from "Patches" Doolan and Cahlin in the middle, it wasn't their day 

With new surrounding's greeting the players we decided to change our team selection for the warm up from “Balds” and “Hairs” to “Beach bods” vs “Dad bods”.

Unfortunately with only Junky and Crawford in the Beach bods team we resorted back to the usual which, to nobody's surprise, the Hairs won 8-1 in another dominant display leaving the Balds without a pre game warm up win.

Unlucky boys.

Steve won the toss and without hesitation batted. A good start by "da boys" saw the score reach 32 before a couple of quick wickets fell. No panic from da boys though, as the score hit 2-38 with the leading run scorer for Gordon and all round nice guy El Richtor strutting to the middle.

Unfortunately it wasn't his day, getting trapped plum in front first ball. 

A good partnership between “Patches” Doolan and Axel Cahlin pushed the score along, but some good bowling from the Newcastle outfit and a steady fall of wickets left the Stags 9-127 at the end of innings. 

Knowing that a good bowling performance and a few tight overs to start would set us in a good way to winning, a blistering start by the Newcastle openers was not ideal. However, a few wickets eventually slowed the run rate and tight overs from Mason Crane and Els brought us right back in the game.

Axel’s constant sledging from deep mid-wicket was clearly rattling the batsmen, as we took it to the final over. 

Unfortunately they reached the target with 4 balls to go. 

A shattered group of Stags made their way back into the change room, where captain grumpy gave us all a serve which seemed to last an age. Looking for a motivational pick me up we turned to our overseas pro, Mason, who replied "just bat me higher." 

A good effort by "da boys" but unlucky not to get the chocolates.

Matt Junk

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

The second week against the alumni had a different feel about it. The tension was there between the Balds and the Hairs, with many Africanis expletives and shoulders thrown in like the current international arena. The Balds were silenced once again this week and I only have Virat Kohli to blame. 

Junk and Crane stroll off after a masterclass down the order. 
So... is JK getting moved down to #11? 

The Stags began to go through their normal warm up routine, taking in the sights and sounds of Chatswood Oval. At times you can be distracted and not for the reasons that Coogee or Manly often deliver. You can sometimes get trapped in the vibe and unfortunately for one of our many pre match entertainers their zen was interrupted. 

Erriott (no typo) was going through his normal throw down routine with the random ball machine that is our current author. After my hundredth pitch, and mind wandering towards the dugout, a short and wide delivery was produced. Erriott decided to cut over the boundary. It took an age, like a slow motion scene in the Matrix. 

Erriott and I had time to say the clichés “feet” or “watch out” but it felt like there was a collective, why bother. The ball cascaded into the calf of one of our many switched on fans which brought a pause to the session. Max Papsmear was in stitches as the trance was broken and the confusion set in. 

The theme of the day was very much about superstition and if anything this probably did not appease the god(s).

Superstition is defined as “excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural” (Wikipedia et al). Yet the alpha Stags have been wondering why we don’t just live up to our Australian nature and just say “Stitious”. Wikipedia et al states that stition is an irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterised by obsessive reverence for omens and charms. 

That definition reminds me a little of the drug that we know as cricket, and I probably should start talking about it or the editors will become quite partial to this “match report”.

Cameron ‘I need to go to three a day rig sessions for our budgie shoot’ Eccles has finally worked out why he has been batting so poorly of late. It is not because of the 'stition' that his girlfriend keeps coming to watch him bat, but arrives late just in time to see him walking off the field. He claims, in fact, to have corrected his technique - but only managed to do so after getting out for 2, in hindsight, how convenient. 

So the trend of wickets followed and unfortunately for Axel his supernatural lady luck was not on his side. Cutting a short and wide delivery in the air to the right of point caused a bit of “pre workout panic”. Axel had set off for a run but a diving save and a blinded throw at one stump caused him to be sent back. A direct hit and the in-form batsmen was short of his ground. 

A new record for the Stags - highest 10th wicket partnership!
The score was taken to 57 before the Malone Magic act was unveiled. I have never seen so many variations of leg spin bowling before, and it brought our top order undone before lunch. A taste of our own medicine one would say, as our season so far has been conducive for spin. 

The old saying “takes one to know one” was definitely on display throughout the second session with Crane and Junk handling the fizz. It wasn’t until half an hour away from tea and the score on 200 that the 'stitious' behaviours began. 

Wikipedia et al states that being stitious is a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief. The belief being ‘can we win this nine down’ and the act of ‘no one is allowed to move from their seats’ followed. However, the superstitious belief of not saying, “we can win this” was held close to our chests to avoid displeasing the cricket god(s). 

'Mulcher' Crane and Matthew 'Funk' Junk were batting brilliantly and made it through to the delayed tea break. Both surpassed their 50 milestones earning them a thumbs up.

Mason top scoring with a well compiled 80 and Junk pulling his way to an entertaining 61 not out batting 11. For two of the newest members of the club they now go down in the record books for the highest Gordon 10th wicket partnership, formerly held by Shayne “my cat and I no longer have balls” Lin and Ben “I don’t know you anymore because you play for North Sydney” Leighton. 

Well done boys for your entertaining batting display and no doubt pushing me down to number 11, cheers. 

So who broke the stition? Who moved from their spot? It wasn’t Tym although his “tyming” was not great. 

I blame Kristy (no typo). Do you remember Cam’s girlfriend who showed up to watch him walk off the field. Not only did she stay after that, but she decided to leave just after tea, when the boys were on 249. 

The end result was a loss and overall the blame on Cameron.

James "JK" Kennedy

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The day started out like no other. The fierce rivalry and banter between the Hairs and the Balds just continues to grow, unlike the follicles on some said scalps. 

However the Stags were once again facing a strong opposition, with many a scalp containing a full head of hair and a NSW contract to boot. 

Charlie Stobo, selected during the week for the Futures League clash, leads the bowling attack 

In years gone by, before the hairlines started to recede, this may have intimidated the premier Stags but, with a near perfect start to the season, we could take on the Aussie team and give them a run for their advanced hair pocket money.

Balds vs Hairs, Game 10, had a different feel for it. Not only was there a lack of cheating coming from the Balds but there was a sign of respect from the Hairs that has been lacking all season. Is it because the club has seen that this rivalry has gotten out of hand and are now participating in a tele health clinical trial for “non-threatening conditions”.

Time will tell whether any alopecia suffers, small man syndrome suffers or someone just having a bad flute day will take up the challenge.

Cricket, the 6 hours of life contemplation that takes place every Saturday will now be mentioned.

Mason "Mulcher Jr" Crane continues his strong performances on the field and maintains a strong following off the field 

The wicket was hard with an occasional ridge. Good all round conditions to chase leather and sniff a good length delivery every now and again. Larkin did manage to avoid the popping ball in the early session but succumbed to probably the worst ball of the morning, cutting (snicking) outside off on a slow last ball of the over. Cheers.

From there we watched 100 runs of Sheffield shield cricket, with the herd of Stags bowling well. 

‘Mulcher Jr’ (Mason Crane) trapped the prize wicket of Cowan in front of his stumps after lunch to raise the antlers to the herd for a Stag clap (patent pending). However with two head boys returning to the sheds, the men of Gordon had a tough, dry period leading into tea with the score trickling past 200 for the loss of two wickets.

Kennedy and Junk, opponents in the warm up, pair up to apply pressure to the Students 

By that time, the alumni of Gordon Cricket had started to roll in for the afternoon’s play. The annual wine tasting afternoon that is endorsed by club legend Adair Durie had grouped in the Matt Junk stand and started to create an atmosphere not too common at a premier cricket game.

Crane is attacting plenty of attention from film directors of martial arts blockbusters with this "Crane" pose 

Threats of flare’s and abuse were thrown over the railing with the question, are they here to support us or to clap all afternoon as Greg Mail brought up another grade cricket milestone; stop it! 

With Carters bringing up his well compiled hundred, there were rumours of a large total. However the Stags, aided by drunk hollering got on a roll as the pressure that we had slowly built up throughout the day began to pay dividends. 

Three run outs followed as the Students realised that the strike rate was dwindling late in the day. 

Pulling themselves together for this photo, the ex-Stags enjoy themselves and Adair's wines 

It was a well-executed fielding drill which saw the Stags walking off the field with one over to spare in the day and our heads still high. Although 340 is a good total, it’s Chatswood, so get behind the Stags run chase.

Special mention goes to Axel Cahlin for his unexpected and brilliant one handed catch to get Mail out. That will be remembered for some time to come.

Watch this space, the budgies have arrived. We are coming for you Stag bay.

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

After last week’s thumping, the Balds were very keen to make amends in this week’s touch rugby warm up. Even though they have to apply that little bit more suncream than the rest of us, the Balds were out early, throwing the ball around like they knew what they were doing.

Charlie Stobo deserved many more than his 2 against St George... the Futures League selectors agree with the author 

It was to no avail. 

Another drubbing followed. 

In the interest of team morale, I wont indulge into the delicacies of the game, but you should just know that it’s getting rather boring to watch a team capitulate so regularly. 

This 'Bald' Crawford clearly has better hands during the match than the warm up

Not only do I see it on a weekly basis in the warm ups, but I’m seeing it on the TV when I get home too.

I digress. 

A slow start to the morning’s play sparked into life, when an excellent bottom edged catch up to the stumps from gloveman Ash Doolan, from the bowling of Tym Crawford, sent the Saints skipper on his way. 

St George had all three of their big names back for Day 2, and they were the key. Patterson and Henriques joined the party at numbers 4 and 5, and put together a good partnership before Matt Junk had Patterson caught at mid off. Tym Crawford was next to take a big scalp, with an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss Moises Henriques.

This changed the game in Gordon’s favour. 

The Stags took the game by the throat and never let go from there. 

Mason Crane quickly dismissed Harry Finch and Trent Copeland, before Stobo got in on the act with a well deserved wicket of his own. 

Tony Wilson didn't need to wait long to snap four great shots of Mason's wickets 

A special mention must go to Charlie for his efforts on Saturday afternoon, he ran in hard all day for the Stags, and deserved much more than the 2 wickets he took. Crane knocked over the Number 10 and soon after ‘Mantos’ Kennedy rattled the stumps of the Number 11, completing a Stags win and making that 5 from 5. 

Crane finished with 4 wickets, Stobo and Crawford 2 a piece, and Junk and Kennedy both snared 1. Another great team performance. Gordon march on to Sydney Uni next week. 

Mason Crane

Second Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Second Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

Third Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Third Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



Fourth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

Fourth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



Fifth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13. 

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



Gordon Colts Match Reports 2016/17

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2016/17

The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.

Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.

Colts match reports for 2016/17 season are provided by the players below:



Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2016/17

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2016/17

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:

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2016/7

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2016/7

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below.



Match Reports 15/16

Match Reports 15/16

After a pretty ordinary 2014/15 season, the Gordon DCC did much better in 2015/16. Fielding a Colts side again, performances were stronger across the grades and a number of teams made the finals. There were also a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players./

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2015/16

First Grade Match Reports 2015/16

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. 

There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

1st Grade returned to Chatswood knowing that a win against the top ranked Bankstown would put us on course for a finals berth. Spirits were high on the back of an undefeated run since Christmas, a successful Coast Night and a vivid memories of Tym Crawford’s direct hit run-out of Josh Poysden the week before. 

It was a strong performance by Cam Eccles at the top of the innings, who must worry why he goes through opening partners so frequently! 

Skipper Steve Colley, as he has become accustomed to throughout this season, walked out to toss without a coin and presented the opposition captain with a free-choice decision to bat or bowl first. He chose to bowl, for beneath them was a slightly tacky and greenish pitch.

Cam Eccles strode out to the middle with his umpteenth opening partner for the season; this time it was Jack Colley who would bravely front the new ball. 

Tym Crawford plays strongly off the back foot, combining well with Cam Eccles after the skipper set a solid foundation 

Both were leaving the ball well before Jack intercepted a delivery with his elbow and deflected it quite skilfully onto the stumps.

That brought brother Steve to the crease who continued on from his form in recent weeks and stroked boundary after boundary all around the ground. 

The bowlers failed to capitalise on the early assistance offered by the pitch, as Steve and Cam were particularly punishing on anything a bit short. 

Steve Colley, 1st Grade's skipper, continues the trend of strong back foot play. Were the Bulldogs bowling too short of a length? 

They rollicked along until lunch and beyond, before Steve was out hooking, caught at fine leg for 56. Their partnership of 109 set the tone for the innings and laid the platform for a substantial score. 

Don't bowl there. Cam Eccles sends the Dogs to all parts of Chatswood.

Three more strong partnerships helped us towards the coveted 400-mark: Cam and Tym added 58 before Cam was out in identical fashion to Steve for 93; Tym and Elliot Richtor put on 75; and Tym and Reece Bombas contributed 77.

Marcus and Dan leave the field a happy pair at the end of Day 1

Elliot and Reece continued on their strong form, but it was Tym who was the standout of the innings, compiling an extremely composed and punishing 128 off 155 balls. The innings finished in the last over of the day at 8/385, slightly lower than our teatime aspirations but certainly enough if we bowled well on Day 2.

The first session of Day 2 was one of the most dramatic sessions that I have been involved in. A delayed start, 21 overs, 6 wickets, 4 dropped catches, a 45 minute rain delay, and over 100 runs were scored.

It was a game of 'Go Fetch' that Crawford had going with the Dogs 

Charlie Stobo celebrated his well-deserved call-up to the NSW 2nd XI team with his best bowling display of the season. 

Charlie Stobo has been in career best form of late 

He took a sensational 6/49 off 15 unchanged overs including a match turning 3 wickets in 4 balls to reduce Bankstown to 3/57 after a rollicking start led by English pro Mark Stoneman. 

After a slight consolidation and short rain delay, the madness continued, with Bankstown losing another 3 wickets for 0 runs to have them 6/109 at lunch, Stobo with 5 wickets and a catch. He was ably supported by Dan Smith and James Kennedy, who both appear to be finding their best form at this critical stage of the season.

The many aspects of Stobo's successful day at the crease. 6 wickets! 

After lunch the runs kept flowing and the wickets kept tumbling. Before too long the competition leaders were bundled out for 198 with more than 50 overs still to play. 

James Kennedy proved a great understudy to Charlie Stobo on this occasion. He's beginning to hit his straps - just at the right time of the season. 

The second innings was a less eventful affair. Despite some spectacular strokeplay from Stoneman, the Bankstown boys plodded along without too much urgency or difficulty. 

It was agreed that Charlie would not bowl in this innings to make it a fairer contest between bat and ball.

This gave a good opportunity for Dan, JK and Chad Soper to get some more overs under their belts. Although they did so without much success (though Dan did pick up three wickets to make up for the four catches dropped off his bowling in the first innings), they bowled tirelessly in difficult conditions and, later, with little to play for. 

It makes a huge difference when your fast bowlers can field well - James Kennedy is one of those! 

Tym, Elliot and last week’s partnership-breaker Reece also rolled their arms over, and even Steve tried out his right-arm hand grenades. Bankstown cruised to 3/203 off 45 overs when stumps was finally called. 

It was an unbefitting end to a dominant weekend performance by the Stags. 

Newman swallows another edge from Stobo as the boys get around him in celebration 

We now sit in 6th position and hope to win the final two games to consolidate our spot in the top 6. From there, who knows!

Max Newman

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 2 - 2015/16

After having a slow week as described by our fearless leader, I was very keen to take the remaining points on offer against the strengthened batting line-up of Sydney Uni after we humbled them on the first day. 

Dan Smith looked forward to the evening where he could "Netflix and Chill" with the recent bachelor 

The groundsman must have found some extra funds in the coffers at Syd Uni and was able to purchase a new mower that could cut down to 1mm compared to the 5mm he left on there on the first week. A reverse on what we saw at Easts.

We got the game underway and the pace of the batting did not get out of 1st gear. The much missed Tjaard Tait was particularly impressed with the ‘Dents’ batting and is contemplating returning the Sydney to play for them if this type of batting behaviour continues. 

Cowen was the only batsmen to get a few shots away much to the dismay of the crowd with shouts of ‘rein it in buddy’ and ‘who do you think you are’ (maybe I imagined these shouts not sure, boring cricket was had all day).

JK who bowled very well for a guy in the brink of a long term relationship and many Messina dates during the week. Rumour has it that he will no longer be participating in any more post game drinks and lunch will comprise of bread sandwiches as he is saving to buy Bae the Range Rover/Country club membership she desperately wants.

Permission granted - James Kennedy was allowed on the field by his Bae and made the most of it 

All the bowlers continued their great lines and length bowling without much luck, always probing and asking questions of the batters. The partnership of Charlie Stobo and Dan Smith is really building and I think buoyed by the fact ‘DS’ doesn’t need to go searching for a girlfriend anymore and can just “Netflix and Chill” with the recent bachelor (too soon??).

Tym also toiled with the ball for no luck always searching for number 3 for the week. 

Tym Crawford continues to provide great support for the opening quicks 

After getting snubbed for a Oscar nomination Wilbur decided not to really participate in the game, rolled his arm over a couple of times but could be heard muttering “it’s not fair” and “it was only a kiss” in between texting his agent at point. Els didn’t take his seat belt off on Saturday. 

So to recap we beat Uni comprehensively on the first day.

After the day’s play JK, after getting the all clear from Bae, and I watched 5s pull off a miraculous victory down the road. What an effort from the boys as they chased down 99 in 15 overs after waiting around all day.

Great effort from new recruit David Spies (can drink aggressively so get around him) and the former Duke for getting his 3rd wicket for the season.

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 1 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 1 - 2015/16

After a couple of days of heavy rain the Stags were greeted at Sydney Uni’s No. 1 ground with lush outfield and a good covering of grass on the wicket that had all the fast bowlers licking their lips.

Charlie Stobo has been in a purple patch of recent times - another 4 wickets in this match 

With the camera crew for “I’m a celebrity get me out of here” looking to start the filming of the new series in the outfield, the Stags began our day with an intense warm up aided by the little pocket rocket Iain “bevans” Beverley.

It’s great to see the club legend looking fit as ever and sharing stories of his ‘Merica exploits. Full twist please. 

Dan Smith, James Kennedy and Tym Crawford assist Stobo with wickets 

We were also buoyed by the fact that Larkin and Cowen were out as the Sixers required them to be fresh for running the drinks later that night. CA could certainly look at sorting this out - professional cricketers not playing cricket. If Pattinson wants to bowl rapid and yell at batsmen then let him. 

Charlie Stobo shows great form in this shot 

Although perhaps I might just be spending too much time with Sparky.

With thigh pad and left leg guard on ready to take down the ‘Dents opening bowling attack, I hear from the messenger that we had actually won the toss and we are bowling. My immediate reaction was to send him back to make sure as there was no possible way our skipper won a toss.

More action shots of Crawford and Stobo. Great seam position! 

To my surprise we were bowling (finally use the double sided coin I’ve been advocating).

What happened next was described as “surreal ” by some pundits (well... one pundit - Steve Colley at 5:45pm). 

Later in the day, author Eccles was equally in great form 

Dan ‘DS’ Smith and Charlie Stobo went straight through their top order; Stobs was particular devastating removing Mail and Max ‘Carters’ Newman by bowling deceptively straight deliveries. 

Unfortunately Charlie was fined 50% of his match fee and possible looming suspension after the match referee deemed his LBW appeals didn’t actually contain any appeal as he just ran down the wicket screaming with one arm aloft “on your bike son, that’s plumb champ” (this may or may not have been a direct quote). 

Head down, WIll Smith makes his mark at the top of the innings 

The rest of the ‘Dents innings is easier to describe with quotes from around the ground.

“Oh was that Carters” (Steve Colley at 10:45am)

“Just 4 more days in Cairns” (Cam Eccles at 9:24am, then every 5-10 mins afterwards)

“I’ve got enough on that” (Tim Ley, moments before Dan Smith swallowed the catch)

“If you didn’t take 4 wickets Charlie, then someone else would have had to take those 4 wickets to bowl them out” (Michael Owen)

Colley has complete faith in the men around him. Yours gents!

Jack Colley receives some attention from Marcus as the boys leave the field 

Crawford gets one to fly - and Richtor does the rest 

Anyway they were bowled out for 69 (dinner for two) in 31.2 overs. Charlie 4, DS 3, Tym Crawford 2 ‘JK’ Kennedy 1.

Plenty of cricket left in the day.

Max Newman takes one above his head 

After a quick lunch break where Charlie told us how he is a “global influence” as he is being followed on Instagram by a friend of an uncle’s cousin that lives in a small igloo in the Sahara desert (we get it mate, you’re taking wickets), we went about putting this game to bed. 

After losing the early wicket of Reece Bombas (don’t tell Lenny I bought a jet ski) to a peach of a delivery, Will and myself went about our business of taking the game away from the Students. 

The partnership consisted of some absolutely glorious shots down the ground for 0 runs as the outfield must have grown even longer over the lunchtime interval.

Great report Eccles. And a handy 76 as well. 

The partnership of 113 really set the tone for the rest of the day and set up the later session for the lower order to swing from the hip and gift Sommerville 6 wickets. 

Stags finished the day 9/216, Eccles 76, Will 'Mike Lowrey 57' Smith, Richtor 34.

Bring on day two.

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

2-1. Enough said. The onions dominated again. 

The wicket had a generous covering of grass, but was still hard underneath, so it was difficult to determine just how much assistance the bowlers would get. 

Rare that a week goes past without a comment on Stobo's impressive bowling 

Nevertheless, it was a wicket that we would have preferred to bowl on first, but we lost the toss and were sent in to bat. 

While the odd ball moved off the seam or shot through to the keeper, the pitch actually played a lot better than it looked, and a par score of 250+ was no doubt on the cards. 

Unfortunately, it was not to be, as we lost early wickets to tight bowling. The middle order then went about resurrecting the innings. 

Dan Smith, the hound, tries to run though the Manly innings 

Steve Colley played very positively, particularly straight down the ground, while Jack Colley continued his run of good form with a quick-fire 35 before kicking one. 

Sadly, the tail wasn’t able to wag again and we were eventually bundled out for 142 runs in the 35th over. 

Charlie “JD” Stobo started things up with the wind at his back and straight away settled into a perfect line and length. He maintained the pressure well, but unfortunately received little to no support from the other bowlers. Stobes was eventually rewarded with the wicket of Crosthwaite to a good catch by Steve Colley at second slip. It was a bittersweet feeling seeing the back of Crosthwaite given the mediocrity of his play and chat. 

With the score at 68, Stobo then picked up the wicket of Lenton who played a very good knock for Manly. Or maybe his knock just looked better when compared to his partner up the other end. 

Steve Colley is caught short of his ground

With the exception of getting pulled for six by Sammut, Stobo has been flawless so far this season. He’s always done the job required of him and always finds a way to keep going, possibly because he’s popped more painkillers this season than Digby popped pills at Yass. 

Will Smith then applied his trade from the other end but was unable to get the breakthrough we desperately needed. To that end, Will’s bowling has been excellent so far this season, and while he may not have taken the number of wickets he deserves, his ability to build pressure and bowl to a plan has been invaluable. 

Manly eventually passed our score three wickets down. 

And so we move into the Christmas break. It couldn’t have come at a better time for us. 

From a batting perspective, we need to be more consistent. This means showing a lot more fight when things get tough. There’s no point chasing down 350 against Randy Pete’s, only to get rolled the following week by Easts on a flatty, and then bat out the day against Penrith on a tricky wicket, and then follow it up with a mediocre performance against Manly. 

The fact that Sammut has scored more first-grade centuries than most of our top 6 this season is proof of what you can do if you’re just willing to stick it out during the tough periods.

The reality is that there is no better time to be a first-grade batsman in Sydney than right now. If 350 is a par score on normal sized grounds these days, then our top 6 should all be averaging close to 50. 

The skipper's 60 was the only thing to write home about 

From a bowling perspective, the same thing goes. Too often we’ve started well with the ball, only to let things slip when things get a little tough. You can’t win games without taking ten wickets (or at the very least creating ten opportunities), and we’ve only managed this twice this season (one of which on the last ball of the day). 

We are one of the better bowling attacks going around and we should be confident in our ability to bowl six balls in the right place, and to defend any total. 

In short, our willingness to accept mediocrity must change if we’re going to be any chance of playing finals cricket come March. 

A wise man once told me that if you were able to believe in Santa for eight years, you can believe in yourself for five seconds. It’s time to start believing and show a lot more fight when we regroup next year. We have the team to win the comp this season. 

Texas Forever,

Dan Smith 

1st Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

I’m pretty sure preparation is of paramount importance in any sport, at any level. I used to play with a quite extraordinary character called Phil Mustard, who kept wicket for Durham. 

Upon scoring one of the most ridiculous centuries against Sussex and Mushtaq Ahmed in his prime, the coach at the time – and now championship double-winning Yorkshire director-of-cricket Martyn Moxon – explicitly told him to remember his preparation and repeat it exactly. 

Cam Eccles launches one onto the veladrome 

His night before had involved one of Brighton’s most ‘classy’ nightclubs and a ‘foam party’ until 5am. Phil didn’t need telling twice.

Well, in light of Gordon 1st Grade’s exceptional one-day win over St George, I shall be flying to Cairns (in fact I might already be there as you read this) and attempting to ‘aggressively drink’, contract a throat infection, while it rains incessantly for 3 days. Let me elaborate…

Two of the star performers in the win were undoubtedly Cam Eccles with an in-the-beginning-watchful-but-by-the-end-brutal 135, and James Kennedy with a skilful 3 for 42 in addition to a swooping run-out from the outfield to run out their English pro (they’re no good anyway…)

Crawford nurdles one here... is that a fair description?

Cam and James were part of what will become known as the ‘Cairns massive’ as whatever went on up there on their festive trip, they came back with huge smiles on their faces, ready to hit the ground running in 2016.

The other star performer was Tym Crawford with a tone-setting 79 from just 67 balls, which having been inserted, (win a toss please Steve, how hard?), was just what was needed to knock the St George bowlers off their plans and rhythm. 

He also contributed a disciplined 10 overs, taking 1 for 49, just when the St George batsmen were looking dangerous. Tym spent most of the festive period laid low with aforementioned throat bug.

Smith pulls out the hook shot in search of runs 

And as for the incessant rain, well those of you who were in Sydney last week will know what I mean, and therefore how little appropriate practice was possible.

It was clear when we turned up that everything would be in favour of the team batting second. It seems as if Hurstville Oval is set up for chasing anyhow, given the relative dimensions of some of the boundaries, but the tacky early nature of the wicket served to enhance the crucial nature of the toss.

Steve Colley – pugnacious young talented batsman, great fielder, positive and instinctive but considered captain in the field, all-round nice guy…horrendous tosser.

However, having been inserted, Tym and Cam set about putting together a partnership which turned the game from 30:70 in St George’s favour before a ball was even bowled to just about 50:50 when Tym departed with the score at 1/122 from around 25 overs. 

Crawford and Smith formed fruitful partnerships with Eccles 

From that point onwards, the efforts of everyone gradually ensured that the momentum gained from their opening partnership was not squandered.

I/Will/Jiggy/Wilbur (not sure how to refer to myself in these reports?!) managed to knock the ball around with Cam for around a run-a-ball 55 in a partnership of 132, while Cam received full toss after full toss from their spinners. He duly deposited them over the rope, something which I definitely wouldn’t have done so I shan’t bemoan my luck that he kept receiving full bungers…

At 2/254 with just under 8 overs to go, it was left to Jack Colley to swing himself of his feet a few times for 19 not out, and Steve to ramp his first ball and the penultimate ball of the innings for four. Without doubt this had little to do with Steve, it was Charlie Stobo ordering him to do as such as he left the pavilion. Maybe Stobes should be designated tosser…?

Clearly looking to get that one fine, Will Smith punishes the St George bowlers 

At halfway we were definitely above par on 3/308, but we knew we had to be as conditions were favouring the batsmen more as the day went on. So a good start with the ball was imperative. 

Their captain McCabe is no doubt a dangerous player, but seemingly quite one-dimensional in terms of his scoring areas – cow. That said, he was beginning to look dangerous until Dan Smith enforced a miscue into the safe hands of JK.

Eccles scores freely all around the ground 

With him and his opening partner Cazzulino back in the shed at 2/100, we had taken a definite step towards closing out the game. However, the bowling from all four seamers was exemplary throughout the innings, and kept our foot firmly on the Saints' throats.

Dan Smith secured the key wicket, Stobes bowled as well as ever and went at 3’s (which is fine in the context of the game but he should be ashamed with himself as I’m sure he never goes at more than 2’s.) 

A century in a winning side is always fondly remembered. Cam Eccles will remember this one well.

While JK was full of Cairns Mojo, and his skills with the ball were, I’m sure, a reflection of his off-field skills up in the Northern Territory. 

And Tym, no doubt buoyed by the news that his best mate Adam Crosthwaite had fallen for a golden duck in Manly’s game, shrugged off his ailment and bowled ten very disciplined overs. 

Oh, and I snuck in with two burgled wickets also, could have been three but hey ho….cheers Reece.

All in all, a great way to start 2016. ‘It’s off to Mereweather/Cairns at the finish of play…’

Will Smith 

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Coming off a disappointing loss the week before, Gordon 1s were determined to put in a significantly improved performance against our Penrith opponents. 

At the skipper’s behest, we’d all committed extra efforts at training during the week to ensure that we arrived more prepared on Saturday than we had been the week before.

Will Smith's preparation certainly paid off. Ton up son! 

The bowlers in particular had worked hard and were looking in great shape. They had presumably arrived at the ground the reasonable presumption that Steve would again lose the toss and we’d be in the field first. 

To everyone’s great surprise the skipper flipped successfully, forcing us to change out of our pre-emptively applied whites and offer unreciprocated throwdowns to Reece Bombas.

‘Bomba’ Bombas and Cam Eccles both started strongly, moving the score on to 37 before both fell in consecutive deliveries just before the drinks break. 

Jack Colley, inspired by his brother and Will, makes 73 from 79 

Will Smith and Steve Colley then built a strong partnership to take us to lunch. 

The wicket was not your traditional Chatty Flatty. It offered a bit of movement off the seam and the Station End ridge was exploited to good effect by one of their opening bowlers.

Steve fell not long into the second session and Tym Crawford – duly supported by brother Myke – was adjudged LBW shortly afterwards to leave us in a precarious position at 4/125. 

That brought Jack Colley to the crease for his first bat in 1st Grade this season, fresh off a match-winning hundred in 2nd Grade the week before. He looked composed and solid from the outset, and combined for a brilliant partnership with Will who was gradually accumulating at the other end. 

Jack displays his strength down the ground 

The pair put on 123 together with Jack contributing 73 from 79 balls in easily his highest score in the premier grade. Not long after Jack’s dismissal in the final session, Will moved along to his 100, although he did his best to run Chad Soper out for a diamond duck in doing so. 

Will is now averaging 79 this season and has been an invaluable addition to the team, not just in terms of the runs he has contributed but the quality and experience he has shown provides a point of reference to all Gordon cricketers who are seeking to improve their game.

All around the ground Will found runs. A hard man to pin down when he gets started. 

With the score at 262 when Will holed out, and still 25 over left in the day, the team was hoping to push on to a score of 320-340 by the close of play. However, the tail struggled to get going against some steady bowling and we finished the day at 8/308. 

And wasn't the crowd appreciative... of Adair's wines. Surely these guys could play as a 7th Grade side next year.

Whether we were to bat on the following week remained to be seen, but whatever the score, the team should have taken confidence from the atypical Day 1 pitch in our quest for 10 wickets!

Spoiler alert - we batted on in the search for some extra runs on Day 2, as the pitch seemed flat enough to negate any early morning advantage. 

12 runs were added in 3 overs before the final two wickets fell. Chad Soper finished 31*.

The run chase began in eventful fashion. John DiBartolo lived up to his reputation by blasting a four and a six in the first over, but was also dropped and played and missed twice. 

Another classic Colley pose 

Dan Smith got his man in his next over, Tym Crawford seemingly stopped time itself to hang up in the air for several minutes before claiming the overhead catch at point.

Tym’s effort was the first of three brilliant catches in the first session. First Tym, then Charlie Stobo with his left bucket at 3rd slip and Cam Eccels with his more reasonably sized left hand at gully removed danger men DiBartolo, Kohler-Cadmore and Morrissey respectively. 

We could be excused for believing that we were on to something special today, as tight bowling backed up by excellent fielding and sensational catching had restricted them to 3/53 off 24 overs in the first session.

Dan Smith is really finding a rhythm with his bowling 

But it was not to be. We proceeded to drop five slip catches for the day, including one bloke on three occasions before he reached 20. He would go on to make an unbeaten hundred.

The bowling gradually deteriorated as the day wore on. Smith and Stobo continued their consistent form, bowling tightly and with enough movement to make the batsmen second-guess their strokeplay. 

Charlies' Buckets' Stobo and Chad Soper probe away at the Penrith bats 

The biggest positive of the day was a resurgent James Kennedy, who looks to be inching his way back to his best after a frustrating and interrupted start to the season. His second spell in the middle session was excellent, and was unlucky not to pick up several wickets as there were innumerable plays and misses and a dropped catch.

Newman with a safe pair of hands behind the stumps 

We struggled to bowl consistent lines in the last session, and some good partnerships for the 6th and 7th wicket got Penrith over the line with about 10 overs left in the day.

We can lament the fact that we failed to score enough runs in the last session on Day 1, having been set up to do so by a brilliant partnership from Will Smith and Jack Colley.

Tell your story walking son! Smith has rewarded with a Penrith pole 

But given the game was played on our terms for the majority of day 2, and Penrith needed to double their score in the last session with only half their wickets in hand, we should have won regardless. 

The bowlers created enough chances to take 10 wickets, and the fielders should have given them greater support. Instead they tired in the final session and we let Penrith get away. 

Will Smith and Tym Crawford are given an opportunity with the ball 

We will need a much improved performance to beat an arguably stronger side away at Manly next week.

Max Newman

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2015/16

Again greeted by hordes of Eastern Suburbs Milo Cricketers, the Stags arrived at Waverley Oval only to see a green looking wicket with substantially more grass than the week before. 

Although reassured by the groundsman that the grass was cut to 6mm all over, I think I would have struggled to cut through it with a whipper snipper. 

Will Smith makes a stand in the second dig - but a little too late for the side 

Regardless, while the grass coverage had definitely increased, we were confident and later shown that the wicket was still hard and definitely not the deciding factor in our poor batting performance.

Importantly, the Onions started off well in the warm up football competition, with solid defence and fluent passing across the back 4 – a vast improvement from the week before. Speed on the wings also helped as we snagged 3 easy goals to seal the victory.

Eccles and Bombas arrived at the crease with a full day ahead, and a score of 346 was definitely not out of the question for us to chase. As stated in the change room before play, one big partnership and another smaller one would see us most of the way there. Eccles departed early with the score on 21, and W. Smith began settling in against the Easts pace attack. 

Bombas was stumped for 22, leaving Captain Colley to set about steadying the ship with Smith. W. Smith batted nicely and looked comfortable before he chopped on for 35, and Axel fell a ball later before time was called for lunch. 

A disappointing session, and we would have to work extremely hard from now on in.

The skipper has a stronger showing in the second dig 

Disappointingly, wickets continued to fall as a combination of poor shot selection and good bowling saw Soper, Smith and Newman fall for 1, 4 and 0 respectively. JK managed a solid cameo of 20 – ably supporting Crawford who was in his 40s. JK fell, and Crawford got bowled trying to salvage as many runs as he could for a solid 54. All out for 173. Not good.

Having been sent in again, the Stags were 2-77 before stumps were pulled. W.Smith not out on 34 and Captain Colley at the other end on 26.

In all, a disappointing day considering our previous success in chasing down 350. 

Credit due, Easts bowled tightly and well enough to restrict runs, but I think our lack of grit and dogmatism was the real theme for the day. Although there were some patches of good batting reminiscent of our Randwick chase, wickets were lost in clumps and fell at important times. 

Snapped! Caught... well bowled in fact. Great camerawork to capture this moment Will Smith was removed 

However, our focus now shifts forward to next week, where we aim to exercise our talents in the right fashion. Preparation during the week is key, and we have plenty to work on in order to take on Penrith at Chatswood before getting back to the Orchard for the Xmas Party straight afterwards!

Bombas promises to talk to any lower grader.

Charles Stobo

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

The Stags were greeted by thousands of Easts Junior Milo cricketers at Waverley Oval on Day 1. Just after 9.15, their parents in Range Rovers had picked up the horde of Eastern suburbs infants and the warm up game of football commenced. 

It seems this week's author features heavily in the photos 

I was supremely confident beforehand that the bowlers (Onions) could string some passes together and echo Barcelona FC’s recent success against Real Madrid. The Onions are a solid team when they apply themselves and play in shape, yet at times we seem too eager to release the ball up the middle, and often panic when pressured by the uneducated and unprofessional babble which is the top 5. 

I guess it makes sense when Charles Stobo takes four Easts wickets

However, a strong first quarter from the Onions had no impact on the result of the game as the top 5 scored 3 ugly goals against the run of play to seal the win. Very disappointing from the Onions but I am confident we will turn the tables next week…

Dan Smith is in a rich vein of form, taking 5 wickets on Day 1 

Now to the second most important match of the day. 

After losing another toss, Steve informed us we would be bowling on a surprisingly green, yet deceptively flat pitch. Early drizzle set in as we started, which aided the efforts of the two best looking opening bowlers in Sydney Grade Cricket – D.Smith and Stobo. 

Smith had the better of the ends; as Stobo had to put on the afterburners just to get to the crease against the howling wind. 

Smith bends his back when claiming two early 

Both bowlers claimed 2 early scalps: Smith had Moran LBW and Stobo even managed to snick off Nic Maddinson with an absolute pearl of a delivery (in reality a very slow short ball that was smashed straight to Tym at mid wicket… Nic who…?). 

Either way, with Easts 4-50 odd, things were looking good for the Stags.

However, as Maddinson and Moran departed, so did the life in the wicket. A solid partnership formed when the score had passed 100, and the Onions struggled to find a breakthrough. W.Smith bowled nicely from one end, while Kennedy managed to keep it tight and even find some bounce out of the deteriorating wicket. 

The slips are ready for Smith to snick off 

Our focus shifted from attacking the stumps to bowling dots, hoping that a mistake would arise. Nevertheless, the two middle order bats put their head down and the score soon passed 280 before D.Smith struck once again. 

The Eastern Suburbs tail managed to smash a few boundaries after Captain Colley took the new ball, and the score blew out to 340ish before there the remaining wickets were taken by D.Smith, including a run out. 

Yes Danny Boy! Another Dolphin is sent back to Bondi Beach 

An unbeaten ton and one substantial partnership are all that stopped the Stags from completing a really successful day in the field and the possibility of batting in the last session. 

Nevertheless, the score of 350 does not do our bowling efforts justice, as each bowler kept their lines tight throughout the day.

Special mention must go to Axel Cahlin, as he is a really good bloke and good player. He plays spin well, and also pace. He is great on the front foot, and also the back foot.

Charles Stobo

Ok - So here is one more of Charles taking a catch. Protect those elbows! 
1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned after Gordon batted first and made 1/37 on Day 2 before the rain came down again. No match report submitted.

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2015/16

Well well well what can I say? If your following on from my report from the first week or if this is your first glance at the game against Randy Petes in the top grade, then I recommend you take a peek at my final words from the first week report. 

Reece Bombas looks dominant out in the centre at Petersham Oval

Actions may speak louder than words but words can create something special and this reporter witnessed this first hand during a remarkable chase by the Stags.

Gordon began with the recently formed partnership of Eccles and Bombas at the top of the order looking comfortable against the new ball before Cam was unfortunately out to a ball that the umpire believed would be skidding onto the stumps with the score on 23.

Enter the man with more nicknames than cricket bats, Will Smith. 

Will "more nicknames than Eccles' instagram photos" Smith makes a big contribution to his side's run chase 

Wilbur joined Reece and together they took the score to 87 at lunch with both looking very calm and collected with Reece in particular showing us his trademark front foot drives. 

After some lunch and a coffee excursion for the younger "Onions"; Stobo, Smith and Soper, the 'Fresh Prince' and Bombas took the score further to 182 with both batsmen beginning to look like finishing the game off by tea time unbeaten. 

Will Smith is hard to contain - scoring freely all around the ground 

Unfortunately before Reece could bring up a well deserved century he decided to use the edge of his bat for the first time of his innings and only managed to guide the ball to the safe hands of the first slip and was out for a very dominant 91. 

This one from Reece was guided down the ground - effortlessly 

Imagine the scores this man could produce if he got to choose where he wants to bat in the order! One can only think that Reece, being the great delegator he is, only thought it fair to delegate a century to his partner in runs, Will "I Am" Smith. 

The skipper Colley joined William "Wallace", who continued to fight hard for our freedom with a 'brave hearted' innings and together they added a further 104 in 88 minutes which inevitable took the game away from the Randwick boys. 

According to the "Bombas Bureau of Meterology, a threat of heavy storms lingered, which obviously fueled Colley's aggression to score with brute force which proved to be a great contribution and foil for Smithers at the other end to work the ball around and edge toward three figures. 

Steve Colley displays his strong frame and technique 

Colley fell for a powerful 62 with the score at 286 with Crawford coming in with 60 runs still required with 11 overs in the day remaining. 

Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo watch the batsmen do their jobs out in the middle.
... while Marcus defects his alligence from one Smith to the other 

The keeper Newman obviously had something to do with the weather patterns and relayed the message to Will "son!" and Crawford that the rain would arrive in 8 overs time. 

Tym Crawford assists Will "Hancock" Smith in the final stages of the chase, making 35* at the end of the day 

Crawford and "Hancock" then proceeded to add 56 runs faster than it took Eccles to decide on an appropriate caption for his latest Instagram photo, with the latter bringing up a gritty and defiant century to demonstrate his maturity and class that we have been blessed to receive for the season. 

Will was dismissed four runs short of the win for a 131 and the game finished moments later, with Tym blasting a sixth boundary in his 35* off 27 balls to bring the top graders to three wins on the trot and another victory song!!

So there it is, you have read about it, the Stags chased down a large total away from home with the top order displaying their potential to bat the day with patience and intent. 

The local Petersham flora - reproduced entirely without Cam Eccles consent! #hashstags 

Bring on next week! A new challenge and an opportunity to be better!

Gordon 5-346 (Will Smith 131, Reece Bombas 91, Steve Colley 62, Tym Crawford 35*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 6 dec 345) on the first innings. 

Chad Soper

Second Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Second Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round13 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round13 - 2015/16

The Reserve Graders arrived at Bankstown Memorial fresh from an excellent win over the Rangers and keen to press on and pick up another victory in the tail end of the season.

The boys got right into the warm up with a spirited game of touch and the usual team fielding exercises. 

A quick Google search of "Bankstown Memorial Oval" and a photo of Chris Spratt pops up  

The outfield seemed longer and a bit slower than Old Chatswood and with the deck looking a fair bit greener than its 2nd XI counterpart, the Staggies were not too unhappy about being sent into the field. 

Unfortunately, any thoughts of the ball not rolling through the outfield were put to bed as the second ball of the innings was sliced through backward point for a boundary.

The openers toiled hard with the new ball, hitting the deck and getting plenty of movement out of it and making a couple of Bulldogs look very ordinary (not much you can do when the ball seams 6 inches). Their hard work was rewarded as Skilbeck removed the first batsman with a little edge through to Max (1-29). 

Reagan Klemt, [4-25 (8.3)] Captain Cubbage [1-45 (10)] and Charlie Booth [2-27 (10)] combined excellently during the middle part of the innings to apply pressure to the Bulldogs and keep the wickets flowing especially in the face of a few partnerships which were threatening to put us on the back foot.

Axel Cahlin was also in that same PG's match and his photo also makes the Google front page 

Special mentions to the excellent fielding efforts by Chris Spratt for his superb catch running backwards at mid off and to Corbin Edgar who stepped up brilliantly to the 2nd Grade arena and affected a direct hit run out from the third man boundary to remove the Bankstown danger man.

Skilbeck and Stickland returned to the crease to toil again although they finished with figures of 2-43 (10) and 0-31 (9) respectively, the score sheet didn’t reflect properly how well both bowled throughout as each could easily have picked up a few extra poles along the way.

Late innings resistance once again frustrated the 2nd Graders as a potential chase of under 150 was stretched out to 174 before Reagan came back on to burgle 2 more wickets…although just quietly the “stumping” by Max should really have been a run out to the keeper…

Gordon began the chase well, moving to 30 before Cam New fed the keeper a simple catch trying to run one down to the open third man. Axel Cahlin joined Liam McElduff at the crease and after successfully blocking his first 17 deliveries, began the task of compiling a very good 58 off 70-odd deliveries showing that he is good both on the front and the back foot, against both spin and pace.

‘Macca’ continued his job playing the Rock of Gibraltar, compiling a stolid 49 from 104 deliveries, and getting in some much needed time at the crease in the lead up to this rounds fixture against the Ghosts. 

Liam tonned up in that same PG's match... this time falling just short of 50 

Unfortunately he couldn’t complete a deserving 50 as he was fired by the umpire.

The Stags lost 2 more wickets in short order and were sitting at 5-153 in the 44th. Chris Spratt and Corbin Edgar combined again, this time with the bat to lift the boys to a second straight victory with an excellent partnership and the loss of no further wickets.

Two wins in a row for the 2nd Graders, a rarity this season unfortunately but with the opportunity to go 3 from 3 this round against Campbelltown-Camden and a potential 4th consecutive win vs Hawkesbury the following round at Chatswood. 

The reserve graders will be very keen to make the most of this opportunity and take some good momentum into next season and push for a finals berth of their own.

Cam “Mango” New

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

The first round of the New Year saw the Gordon Stags Second Grade facing off against St George at Chatswood Oval in a one day match for what was sure to be a great game of cricket befitting of these two great clubs.

Chris Bateup pushes hard against the Saints 

The Stags day began with the usual inspection of the pitch. At first glance it was clear that this green top was going to be a wicket on which scoring would be difficult early, but once the batsmen got themselves in runs would be able to flow. 

With that said it was the overall opinion that whoever won the toss would opt to bowl first.

After a quick session of covers the Gordon's boys got into their warm up where shortly after commencement they received word from captain Adam Cubbage that he had actually won a toss and had sent St George in for a bat.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the Stags looked to opening bowlers Chad 'instagram upload' Soper and Jack 'school bag' Skilbeck to get them off to a good start and get St George on the back foot. The innings began well with Chad starting off the Gordon boys with a maiden.

The economic bowling seen in the first over was short lived with the strict enforcement of leg side wides soon showing some impact on the bowlers economy with St George on 20 off 4 overs. 

However it did not take long for the Stags bowlers to strike back with Jack Skilbeck taking the first scalp of the day in the 6th over making the total 1 for 27 off 6.

With a new batsman at the crease the Gordon bowlers began to tighten their grip on the St George run rate. With the help of Reagan Klemt and Chris Bateup Gordon were able to keep St George to 1-48 off 15 going into drinks.

After drinks it was clear that a change of pace was needed in order to get a break through for the Stags, this saw Anand Verma come to the crease. The combinations of Anand, Chris and Reagan saw the stags hold on the St George run rate tighten and eventually this pressure resulted in a wicket for Anand who at this point had bowled 7 overs 1 for 21.

With the total at 2 for 89 and a second drinks fast approaching the Stags knew that a wicket before the break would hold them in a good position going into the final session of the St George innings. 

In order to get the break through the Stags turned to their captain Adam Cubbage to break through for them. Well, the skipper turned to himself actually. But Cubby's impact was felt immediately as he claimed the wicket of the St George captain and saw the visitors go into drinks 3 for 108 after 32.

The final session of the St George innings saw both highs and lows for the Gordon Stags. First over back after drinks saw captain Cubbage strike again for his team and left the total at 4 for 116 after 33. Morals were high in the field for Gordon, and this saw the persistence of Chris Bateup eventually pay off with a wicket to him in the 38th. 

With the total at 5 for 135 after 38, the Stags were looking to keep the pressure on their opponents and hold them to a low score. However patches of loose bowling and some good batting from St George saw the run rate begin to increase. Even with wickets falling as a result of some great bowling from Skilbeck and Soper, St George entered into their change rooms at 8 for 214 after 50.

After a tidy bowling performance, on a wicket that did far less then what was expected of it the Gordon batsmen headed out after lunch. Focused and confident that they would be able chase down the total set by their opponents the Stags set to work building their innings and after a few tidy overs by the St George bowlers, Gordon were 0 for 16 off 10 with Liam McElduff and Cameron New at the crease.

The disciplined bowling from the St George opening bowlers eventually took its toll and this saw the dismissal of Liam, caught in the slips attempting to cut for 8 with the score at 1-16. Liam would shortly be joined in the sheds by 1st drop Axel Cahlin who was unfortunately caught attempting to cover drive just a ball after Liam was dismissed, this left the score at 2 for 16 after 11.

The fall of Axel saw notorious boundary hitter Chris Spratt come to the crease to help steady the ship, however a gem of a ball from one of St Georges' opening bowlers saw Chris dismissed LBW for 1. With the total at 3 for 18 after 12 things were not looking good for Gordon.

Inform batsman and keeper Max Papworth then took to the crease to help build a resistance for Gordon, things began to steady for Gordon as Max took the total from 18 to 34 in 4 overs. 

The resistance was quickly dismantled by the St George bowlers however as we saw the fall of Cameron for 10 in the 16th and then shortly after the fall of Reagan Klemt in the 17th, this left the total at 5 for 39 as we entered into the 18th over.

As Chad Soper came to the crease moral was low in the Gordon change room, however together the combination of Max and Chad gave the Gordon boys something to cheers about as they began to build a partnership. Together from the 18th to the 28th Max and Chad took the total from 39 to 100 setting an example for the rest of the team and showing that if you apply yourself and occupy the crease there were runs to be had. 

However the 29th over and confusion between the two saw the dismissal of Soper, who was run out for 23 leaving the score at 6 for 104.

Unfortunately the dismissal of Chad saw the fall of the Gordon innings, with Chris Bateup falling for 6 and Max following shortly after for a well ground out 45, leaving the total at 8-115. 

Defeat was imminent at this point and both Anand and Cubby fell leaving Jack Skilbeck at the crease and the total for Gordon 10 for 115 after 36.

Overall it is clear that it is the batsmen in 2nd Grade that must step up and support their bowlers if the side is going to succeed in the future.

However moving into the second week at Chatswood again Sydney University the side feels confident that they will be able to chase down the total set.

Liam McElduff

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

Rocking up to another Chatswood flatty, the 2nd Grade side were in search for a win before the Christmas break after an outright loss to Penrith in the previous round.

Captain Cubbage was confident in the side bowling first as 2nd Grade's track record of chasing down totals at Chatswood is outstanding; in saying this we won the toss and sent the Manly side into bat. 

Anand Verma, known for his actions off the field as well. You must read below. 

After a positive warm up in the heat and a few wise words of wisdom from the warmly welcomed Axel Cahlin, the boys were ready to come out firing. 

After a consistent opening spell from Jack Skilbeck and Chris Bateup the Manly batsmen had seemed to set themselves in, well at least one of them. First change bowler Tim Ferrero picked up the wicket of a streaky opening batsmen with a genuine half volley spooned to cover for simple catch. 

When the ‘disease’ of a left hander walked to the crease, Ferrero along with the rest of the side did not want this bloke to hang around so Tim decided hoop one into his pads and dismiss him for 0 after 3 balls, leaving the visitors at 2-63. A collapse was on the cards but close chances didn’t go our way with Reagan Klemt bowling an elegant spell of consistency and patience doing his best to make the break through. 

Jack Skilbeck provides a consistent opening spell, before cleaning up the tail 

As the pitch and players roasted in the heat, pace bowling began to be no good so Cubby bought upon himself and Anand Verma to see how the spin would prove. It proved to be the right call with Anand taking the vital wicket of the Manly opener early in his spell proving that dot balls and high intensity in the field brings wickets. Cubby wasn't far behind snagging the next wicket, with a sharp catch by Anand leaving the visitors at 4-116. 

As another small partnership began to build the spin proved to be the right call with Cubby again taking another wicket. From here the Manly side began to throw their wickets away with poor shot selection as Skilbeck and Bateup easily cleaned up the bottom order for a tidy 185.

In the lunch break the 2nd Grade side were introduced to an interesting character who was known as “Mark’s Brother?” The boys thought nothing of it as he looked more harmed than harmless. 

Ferrero dismissed the left-hander cheaply and continued to apply pressure 

He worked his way to all corners of the change room whether it be the showers or behind the mini fridge, then helping himself to some of Anand’s mothers lovely food that she had whipped up for the boys. 

One corner that he then regretted moving to was the corner that Chris Bateup was sitting in. As he parked up right next to the door, perfect for his getaway, he glanced down into Chris’ bag seeing a nice mobile device sitting right on top of the bag, so he decides to lean down and pick it up. Before old mate had the chance to have a good look at it, Chris gave him a few words… and that was the end of that bloke, until later on in our batting innings of course.

As Cameron New and Steve Bristow walked to the middle in the hottest part of the day, their intent was good as they put on a gritty 35 run opening stand before Cameron was dismissed for his final grade game this season before he leaves to Rome to pursue his dream career.

This bought Axel to the crease. Yes. However, the excitement felt by the boys of having Axel at the crease was short lived when Bristow was bowled to a good length ball. Chris Spratt and Max Papworth were the next 2 batsmen in, both looking to play positively but fell to good Manly bowling.

It's almost not a proper 2nd Grade report without a photo of Axel Cahlin 

At 4-104 Reagan came in looking to steady the ship along side Axel. They both worked the ball incredibly well rotating strike on the good balls and dispatching the bad ones. Axel was dismissed for a hard earned 44 as he did his very best to bring us back towards the end of the innings leaving the Stags at 5-127. 

It was at this time in which Tiddles asked the question that no one would ever refuse, that being if anyone from our top 5 would like to go help out fielding for 5th Grade across at Beauchamp Park. Chris Spratt being Tiddles target, jumped on the offer with great excitement (as you could imagine) and was on his way! Another reason to stay at the crease. Or be a bowler.

Although Axel's dismissal bought stress to the Stags, it also bought our best mate ‘Mark’s brother’ back to the oval but this time he was caught scavenging through the vacant Manly change rooms while they were on the field. 

Bateup and Verma took it into there own hands to kick old mate off the field but some unnecessary backchat from the Manly players on the field sparked the intelligent brain of Mark’s brother, which made him throw a glass bottle into the fence, shattering glass along the boundary line. The 15 minute delay was over as our dear friend left the oval ‘calmly’ in the grasps of Tim Cubbage and we continued our attempt to chase down Manly’s total. 

Manly re-introduced their opening bowler, who had more of a slinging type action to say the least, and was brutal in knocking over our bottom order. By bringing the ball from right behind his back, afternoon sun and deteriorating pitch, the ability to pick up the lengths of the balls was proving difficult as our final 6 wickets fell for just 12 runs, falling 47 runs short of the required total.

A disappointing way to finish 2015 for 2nd Grade but a break may do us the world of good as we will come back fighting in the first round of 2016 more determined for the win we deserve to have.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Tim Ferrero

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

This may well be the shortest match report of all time but, alas, a reporter can only write about what is in front of them. And when what is in front of them is an outright loss before tea on the second day, there is not much good to reflect upon. 

Cam New opens the batting for the 2nd Grade side 

The Gordon 2nd Grade team were pleased to have their fixture against Penrith moved from the geographically impossible Howell Oval to Killara. However, I am sure they would have preferred to pay the $20 in tolls if it meant winning 6 points (or at least not conceding 10).

The skipper, Adam Cubbage, finally won his first toss for the season and elected to bat on a wicket that would prevent some challenges early but would flatten out after tea. 

Batting was tough in the early overs with the wicket providing inconsistent bounce as well as some sideways movement. However, the experienced Penrith bowling attack must be given some praise for putting the ball in the right spot more often than not, allowing for the wicket (and some questionable shots from the GDCC batsman) to do the rest. 

The Gordon innings never really got moving, with wickets falling constantly at both ends. Eventually it slumped to all out for 89 – nowhere near enough runs for this standard of cricket. 

Tim Ferrero whips one off his legs as he partnered Reagan Klemt 

The only batting performance worth mentioning was Reagan Klemt’s hard fought 28*, which could have been more if someone else showed enough application to stick it out with him. 

Penrith immediately set about chasing down the runs before the close of play on Day 1. They came out with an aggressive attitude, knocking off a fair chunk of the total from Gordon’s seamers. They passed Gordon’s total only 2 down and were in strong command of the game. The match slightly changed its course in the evening session, as the Gordon spinners bowled extremely well to both restrict runs and take wickets, restoring some respect to the day’s play. 

Penrith slumped to 8 for 163, giving Gordon a slither of hope for the reverse outright. 

The pick of the bowlers was Anand Verma (5-46 of 19), who’s excellent control frustrated the Penrith batsman. An honourable mention also goes to Adam Cubbage (1-47 for 20) who worked in strong partnership with Verma, keeping it tight whilst also picking up a crucial wicket. 

Penrith immediately declared at the start of play on Day 2, giving them the maximum time to dismiss Gordon for the second time. There is not much to say about Gordon’s second innings that was not previously mentioned in this report about the first innings. 

Another lusty blow from Tim Ferrero 

Some slight nuances were that they were dismissed for 104 instead of 89, and Reagan made 29 instead of 28* (again the only batting performance worth any mention). 

This gave Penrith 31 runs to chase in their second innings for the outright victory. Gordon’s opening bowlers, Jack Skilbeck and Dan Stickland, bowled well to pick up a wicket each. However, they simply did not have enough runs to bowl at and Penrith made the runs comfortably with 8 wickets in hand. 

Overall it was a tough two days of cricket for the young Gordon second grade side. 

The batting was not good enough and needs to drastically improve if they are going to be competitive at this level. Hopefully lessons will be learned, improvements made… and all that jazz.

Jack Skilbeck

2nd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Following a disappointing loss to Blacktown, the Gordon Stags 2nd XI entered Round 6 staring into the abyss of being limited to a ‘mathematical’ chance of finals cricket far too early in the season.

With reasonable batting conditions on offer and nothing less than victory acceptable, Captain Cubbage dutifully lost the toss. 

Textbook Spratt. Fetch that one gents! 

It would prove a masterstroke with the Dolphins electing to bat shortly before persistent rain forced the square to be covered.

Close enough to 45 minutes play was lost before Stickland and Skillbeck went to work with conditions conducive to swing bowling. Both begun well – Stickland picked up 2 early wickets to continue a rich vein of form with the new ball – but in giving the ball a chance to swing the pair were guilty of straying too full.

Cam New is looking solid at the top of the 2nd Grade order 

Bateup and Ferrero were introduced and begun to slow the scoring rate. Some persistent pressure yielded two wickets before a pair of Easts batsman combined for the most productive partnership of the innings. 

Cubbage operated steadily, as is the captain’s prerogative, whilst the rest of bowlers were rotated in an effort to prize out a wicket on a surface that felt increasingly familiar to a weary attack. Verma’s spin broke the 145 run partnership but before long Easts had steadied and sat 5/275 at the midpoint of the last session.

Jack Colley's return from 1st Grade on day 2 was a massive boost for the side 

QC Comms proudly supports Jack Colley

It was here that the Stags exorcised the demons of Round 4 – Cubbage started the rot by removing Ezekiel for a flawlessly complied 182. Some fizzing leg breaks and a touch of reverse swing saw the final 4 batsman all dismissed for nought. All told, Easts were dismissed for 288 and in doing so had slumped to lose 5/13.

About time skip! Papworth and Verma celebrate the skipper's breakthrough 

Gordon were arguably unlucky not to enter day 2 with all ten wickets intact when opener Bristow’s front pad once again fell afoul of the umpires judgement. The men in maroon suffered no further loss, reaching 1/30 at the close of day one.

Day two saw the Top 6 welcome back their spiritual leader in Jack Colley whom returned from 1st XI duties. Jack’s impact was felt immediately with the Top 6 finally able to muster a challenge in pre-game touch football. Some generous extensions of play allowed the Top 6 a scarcely believable return from 3-0, with the 3-3 deadlock to be decided by each group’s contribution to the run chase.

It can only be thought the Bottom 5 was trying to spur on the batsmen. Upstairs for thinking!

Tim Ferrero leans into his work in the reserve grade side 

The Top 6’s campaign began brightly, with New and Spratt sharing a sparkling second wicket partnership of 114. Spratt (49) combined an impressive range of shots with resolute defence before holding out whilst New (61) was particularly harsh on any overpitched deliveries, driving down the ground with great authority.

The lunch break arrived just one over too late for the home side with their pursuit suffering a significant setback when New and Papworth (0) were dismissed on the stroke of 12:30. It seems the boys were following 1st Grade far too closely!

Mortgageport proudly supports Chris Spratt

A number of useful partnerships followed the break, but each time it appeared the chase was under control a wicket was lost. 

The common thread through each of these partnerships was Colley (117*), who produced a gem to anchor the side’s chase. Colley showed great maturity and an impeccable sense of timing – both in his choice and execution of stroke play. 

Chris Bateup provides yet another option for the skipper after Skilbeck and Sitckland's opening spells 

As if to mock the notion of any nerves Colley sprinted through the 90s with a pair of towering 6s to bring up a well-deserved and ultimately unbeaten century.

To express Verma (12) and Stickland’s (4) contribution by their own runs would horribly understate how well each played their supporting role in a number of invaluable partnerships (45 and 34 respectfully). 

Whilst the home side ensured a nervous finish by losing their 9th wicket with just 6 runs left to win, Skilbeck (8*) cooly carved out a well struck boundary through cover to seal a crucial victory for the Stags and the Top 6.

We're keen to know where the photo of Skilbeck is hiding - surely someone caught that 'well struck boundary' on camera 

With renewed belief, the side now confronts a Penrith side flying high in 2nd position at Killara Oval.

Chris Bateup

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

After a week of rain and a multitude of cancellations the reserve graders endured the lonesome journey out to Blacktown, one of Sydney’s greatest cultural centre, unclear of what conditions awaited them. 

The boys were hopeful that the early rise was not wasted for fear of being locked in a change-room listening to the ramblings of Stickland and Reagan’s theories of betting on a sport he hadn’t known about until 3 weeks ago.

Dan Stickland is congratulated after an early wicket in their defence of 145

Fortunately the ground was in exceptional condition, and we were all stoked to see a ball actually roll along the surface. A month at Chatswood has floated the idea that one should field with boxes on for added comfort, security and peace of mind. 

A nervous groundsman informed us that the pitch is a bit soft but will “be sweet” to bat on once it baked out. I was sceptical, seeing as the sky was in fact grey.

The warm-up has been an area needing improvement, so too has the top 6s touch rugby skills. I am pleased to report that the former was outstanding, plenty of energy and enthusiasm as the stags look to improve on recent outings in the field. 

The latter however remains the same: despite a one man advantage the top 6 cannot find a way to get through the bottom 5, who prevailed 3-0 with some fleet-footed running and excellent tactical nous. There were rumblings of discontent from the top 6, claiming we took the game too seriously, but if running into holes and releasing a winger with a significant overlap is too serious, then lock me up and throw away the key. 

Plenty more of this young man to see at the Stags - Michael Roberts 

I think Cubby lost the toss, I'm not actually sure, but he has the last 3 rounds so I’ll just assume he did. We were batting, and looked to apply what worked so well against North Sydney mainly “Play straight, be great.”

Debutant Matt “Dingo” Chamberlain and Cam New looked to do just that, but scoring was tough going with a pitch difficult to drive on and a sluggish outfield. 

Dingo fell pulling and Chris Spratt joined Cam. Full of confidence after making a point of removing his yellow clads (he represented Australia you know!?) and reminding us that he has a Cricinfo page, Spratty knocked it around in typical Spratt fashion. 

Once the bowlers actually put a ball on his stumps he nicked it into his pad and was given LBW (it’s a batsman’s game). 

Reagan, fresh out of the friend zone and fresh into the runs, steadied the ship with our second debutant Nick “Rocher” Ferrero until lunch once New had found his way back into the sheds. At 3/64 it wasn’t an ideal start but if we kept wickets in hand we’d be able to cash in later on…

When this man is fit... what a star. Jack Skilbeck troubles the Warriors 

Alas it wasn’t to be as Ferrero left a straight one second over after lunch, he told us it came in viciously - but I'm writing… so it was going with straight. 

Unfortunately it didn’t get much better as a flurry of quick wickets saw the departure of Reagan, last week’s centurion Chris and Cubby. At 6/84 things weren’t looking great, fortunately Tony Wilson was creating the finest hour of conversation in 2nd grade history. 

Topics ranged from the Melbourne Cup, during which Tiddles surprisingly supported female jockeys, to the standard discussion of player’s mothers. According to Tiddles, a mother-daughter combination at cricket is best, but he would like to see more of Mrs Spratt in attendance.

During this our third debutant Michael “Blue” Roberts was at the crease and looking sublime, let me tell you, the boy can bat. He and “Dogs best friend” Anand Verma put on 35 and Michael in particular looked in great touch for his 46, definitely one to watch. There’s not much else to ride on, a final score of 146 was simply not good enough and a lot of our batsmen would probably regret the shots that got them out. 

Dan Stickland did his best to bundle out the Blacktown boys 

After an extended tea break due to a light shower the stags were out in the field looking to make life difficult for the warriors. Life was indeed difficult for 7 of the 8 batsmen who took the crease, Stickland found some rhythm and movement from the top end removing the top order with 3 wickets, Skilbeck back from injury and back with a vengeance bowled some great areas and was rewarded with his two opening poles for the season. 

Unfortunately one batsman (I don’t know his name, oh wait yes I do! It’s all over the Gordon mobile team app… thanks Tids) took it to the bowling and dominated the innings compiling 81* at the end of the days play. The day ended with Blacktown 6/131, a meagre 15 runs behind.

The many facets of Michael Roberts' game on display here 

Day 2 arrived and so did the rain. Play started at 12 and Blacktown knocked the runs off in 5 overs. Skilbeck delivered a faint glimmer of hope when he snicked off the number 8 in his first over. However, the pitch was significantly flatter and with a wet ball the bowlers were on a hiding to nothing. Blacktown passed the score 7 down and declared with a lead 32. Gordon survived 4 overs before the rain came (again) and the game was called off.

Obviously 146 was never going to be enough, and despite some great bowling from Skilbeck and Stickland (3/44 off 9 and 3/52 off 13) Gordon always had their backs against the wall. You could turn around and say “well Gordon had the worst of the conditions” which is true, however 9 of the 10 dismissals were poor shots and errors of judgement rather than unplayable deliveries. 

It’s such a shame we couldn’t fight that little bit harder on day one, who knows an extra 50 runs could’ve seen us walking off Joe McAleer a lot happier. 

We'll leave you with this one. Great camera work by Tiddles! 

We have the talent and ability to play some seriously good cricket, you just need to look at our chase of 350+ against North Sydney and you can see the potential of this side. Easts represent a great chance for the boys to get back to the playing the kind of cricket we all know we’re capable of. Let’s work hard during the week lads and get around it for Saturday! 

Dan Stickland

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Both teams had stopped warming up and eagerly watched the toss. You could cut the tension with a knife as both bowling units prayed for the signal from the skipper of a high elbowed forward defence that would signify that they could put their feet up and watch the other side toil on what resembled the German Autobahn. 

Chris Bateup finds the photograph after playing a pull towards the Chatswood fence 

Anticipation turned to fear and that fear turned to dread as we heard the elated cries of the opposition. We were disappointed (but not surprised) to find that Cubby had lost the toss and that we were fielding. 

The quicks kept it tight but could not find any penetration on a placid wicket and Randwick-Petersham started solidly and moved to 0-72. When the breakthrough did come, it came through skipper Adam ‘Cabbage Patch’ Cubbage. Adam (22-8-1-80) started fantastically and collected the top of off to remove one of the openers. 

Cam New compiles a gritty half century 

Continued pressure with the ball led to a runout and when Anand ‘Mr V’ Verma (26-2-2-98) struck twice, at 4-185, the door was open to restrict the trotters to something very chaseable. This brings us to tea, the Stags walked off knowing that they were giving the equines a good tussle. 

The scoring rate had not exceeded 3 for most of the day which at Chatswood is an absolute mission. 

This reporter wishes that he could end the transmission here but what happened after tea was diabolical. It was as if we had decided we were in the lower grades and that we would only play for two sessions. And we’re not – Bombas still talks to us.

After tea, the fielding fell away considerably. The batsmen got on top and the Gordon reserve side flat lined. 

Out of ideas and deflated, the Stags stumbled and were put to the sword by a Randy Pete’s side intent on dominating the third session. Randy Pete’s young gun Henry Tornton had looked vulnerable till this point, chipping many balls into a packed offside and being dropped off a sharp chance but he along with the skipper Mclaughlin put a deflated Stags to the sword with a ruthlessness that would make any four star military general proud.

Keevers snags his first 2nd Grade pole 

The bowlers continued to toil but the wickets did not come and as they tired, the scoring rate lifted. Of the chances we had, Thornton, on 70, hit the ball straight down the throat of long off. The catch was misjudged and landed safely. 

After this he did not look like getting out and Thornton went on to finish the day at 185 not out. Of the other blunders, the stags bowled a lot of overs of spin and were so far ahead of the game (in terms of overs, not in terms of being ahead of the opposition) that they bowled an extra 8 overs in the day (which went for about 100). McLaughlin (60) holed out on the last ball of the day to give Keevers (13-2-1-44) his first 2nd grade scalp and with that the day ended with Randy Pete’s 5-422 (dec). 

In the warmup on Day 2, a bottom 5 with the sheer weight of experience (age) beat a sprightly top 6 at touch footy. The fight shown by a resolute bottom 5 would serve as a sign of things to come from the tenacious tail later in the game. 

This man may well be the next all-round start - Chris Bateup! 

Lads, the warm up is a microcosm of your life. The way you do the warm up is the way you do life. One of the old Tai Chi masters that frequents Chatswood Oval told me this at the lunch break and I believe it rings true. 

Nicknamed the ‘Collapso Kings’ last year, 2nd grade was notorious for a cheeky crumble. After chasing down over 350 last game to defeat the Bears, this scribe dared to hope that the ghosts of the past would not be back to haunt the second grade batting lineup. 

With the score at 0-44, we were doing it very easily in the face of some quality quick bowling. Steve ‘Log’ Bristow (14) was the first to go, trapped infront and when Jack (20) ran down the wicket trying to hit the spinner for 8 only to be bowled a collapse was triggered. 

Gordon was now 2 for 76. Not the worst start, and it could be worse. A ball later Gordon was 3 – 76. 

Not ideal, but it could have been 4-76. Two balls later it was 4-76. 

Still it could have been worse, and we did avoid conceding the hattrick. Not long after it was 5-76 and then 6-88. At this stage, we could easily have collapsed, been all out for 100 and then been able to blame the groundskeeper for preparing something unfit for cricket. 

Dan Stickland toiled hard on the German autobahn 

However, just like in the touch footy warm up, the bottom 5 didn’t get the memo. In the face of some fiery pace bowling by Durham quick Barry McCarthy, Gordon started to stand tall. Although it doesn’t take much to get the ball around the nose of Verma, an intense battle ensued with bouncer after bouncer whizzing past the nose. 

Verma negotiated the spell with Zen master like focus while Chris ‘The Man from Parra River’ Bateup, took a different approach. Chris decided to sledge the bowler, and the fielders, and anyone else who was within earshot. He took great delight in reminding the fielders of their failures in the Randy Pete innings (which is impressive considering their total). 

After struggling to face the leg spinner early, Bateup (118no) found an approach that worked and proceeded to plunder the Randy Pete’s attack to all parts. The bowlers tired and the run rate started to increase. Boundaries and singles started to come with ease but the 70 run stand ended when Verma was caught in the deep taking the aerial route to the spinner. 

Chris Bateup showed the fighting resolve that the top order failed to muster 

Dan ‘Fingers’ Stickland (13) came in and supported Chris but fell after adding 50 runs for the ninth wicket. At 9 down and 190 behind the opposition, the match rested on the debutant shoulders of Matt Keevers. As he strode out to the crease, questions were asked in hushed tones about his ability to bat. 

Answers including, ‘he made his first run in round twelve last year’ were given. 

With the dressing room not totally filled with confidence, Matt was quick to dispel any doubt in his ability. Timing the ball well and murdering the ball through cover. He scored quickly to finish on 36 before being undone by a masterful half tracker (by the leggie). 

In total we put on 206 for the last 4 wickets which is a great sign. Sadly, 422 was just too many to chase from 6-99. Another plus from the top order was a fighting 51 from Cameron New. Cameron batted with conviction in the face of a collapse and helped hold the first half of the innings together.

A disappointing result considering that for two sessions on the first day and all but 15 overs on the second day we were right in the game. 

Get fah’ you bah’

Anand Verma

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Let's be honest, with a victory over North Sydney, completing 5 from 5 across the grades, it's a pretty piss-poor effort by Max Papworth not to submit his report for the round 

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Anand VermaA postponed Round 1 saw the Stags eager to get the ball rolling with a win to set up the season. A new kit ignited a previously absent enthusiasm about training gear, with the topic being consistently conversed for most of the day. Props to the committee for a big win, and really this is where the success starts. 

Anand Verma begins the 2015/16 season in good form 

However as only one set has been handed out to each player, high probabilities of theft is most certainly an issue... So keep them locked up or on at all times. Rumours circulated that some were being worn under whites for extra security, an interesting strategy. 

Anyway, newly appointed 2nd Grade captain had a considerably hard job of attempting to get the side to Allan Border on time, especially with 3 returning from uni games the previous evening. Luckily your author was in bed by 9 on most nights during the week and definitely did not circuit, however could the same be said for Spratt "the perfect week" or Miller "the closet fiend"?

Reagan KlemtI certainly thought I was 0 chance of having to actually write this match report, because really Spratt was paying $1.10 to be late, but as he walked in at 8.20, my heart sank and I cancelled all plans for the weekend to reach the Webmaster's strict deadline. 

Reagan Klemt adds to his Fantasy League value - is he in your side? 

Cubby lost the toss and we were sent into the field on a relatively flat deck and quick sandy outfield. Gordon would have to bowl well to keep Mosman to a chase-able total. 

Dan Stickland started very well at the top and his tight lines and lengths were rewarded with his opening pole for the season. Mosman then began a consolidation and batted well for an extended period of the first session without getting away from us. 

Welcome A Verma. With his writing taking a backseat due to a pending lawsuit, he has obviously re-invested his time toward cricket, and it certainly paid dividends. Bowling with exceptional control and really dictating the pace of the game saw the Stags get back on top. Anand then continued to bowl tight throughout the innings returning figures of 3-28 off 10 overs. An exceptional start to the season mate well done. 

No doubt he has booked his spot into various fantasy teams, alongside D Stickland with equally impressive figures of 3-27 off his 10. 

Adam CubbageChris Bateup, the Stags new recruit, also came back well to finish with figures of 2/48 off his 9. Both him and Cubby really restricted late scoring seeing Mosman all out for 216 off their 50 overs. 

We're looking forward to many overs of the Cubbage / Verma partnership with the ball 

A great all round effort in the field for a first hit out with no drop catches and a very commendable team bowling effort. It was now down to the batsmen to get the job done. 

Unfortunately 2/0 was not a good start, and credit to the Mosman bowlers they bowled really well. However other then Darren with the top score of 39, the batsmen really didn't offer much resistance folding for 125. 

Although a disappointing effort, hopefully this performance will make the 2s top order more determined to prove to the selectors and the club why they belong in the higher grades. 

Let's get on the board this week against North Sydney! 

Reagan Klemt

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2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Third Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Third Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

The performance of the Gordon Cricket 3rd Grade side was less than acceptable at the weekend. In fact one player after the match was heard saying “I feel like I’ve been interfered with…”

Both sides were greeted with overcast conditions. Our Captain Missy thought the pitch, was a little cold and decided to have a bowl.

Will Calov took the early breakthrough... and left others in particular discomfort 

The opposition had a number of very experienced players, who we are told only started playing since Christmas. That included Darren Etteridge and Chris Gane and a couple of other veterans.

From my eyes this wasn’t reflective of a side coming second last on the table

Will Calov made an early breakthrough and hit a couple of the Bankstown bats in the groin region. On both occasions play was stopped due to the severity of the blows

Paddy Effeney continues to give his lionhearted efforts 

There were a couple of spells of bowling that the skip wasn’t too happy about , but we managed to claw things back to 4/88 and then roll the dogs for about 160. Jono New ended with 3/41 and Scott O’Brien 2/35.

The side was optimistic of chasing the total down and were keen not to leave things for the tail like previous weeks. However this was not to be, with one batsman falling one after the other.

We were dismissed for the paltry score of 60 with only two batsman making it into double figures which is very disappointing.

Jono New and Scott O'Brien make indents in the Bankstown side 

Full credit must go to the Bankstown side who’s bowlers bowled straight lines and made the batsman play.

Our side is currently sitting in 11th on the table, just six points out of the top six with two matches remaining. We will have to win both and a few sides ahead of us lose a game or two.

The boys were in a particularly good mood after their performance with the ball 

Apologies for the shortness of this report, but there really isn’t much to report about on this game. However congratulations must go to the other grades who have found some late form in the season.

Mitchell Kleem

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

As the boys turned up to the ground, the waiting started. Not because of the rain that drenched Sydney during the week, but rather to see whether Boothy would find the ground and Dom’s next excuse for being late.

Dom Thomson continues to contribute to 3rd Grade's victories. A ton around the corner perhaps? 

Boothy did… eventually… and Dom’s lack of creativity was a little disappointing after an entire Christmas break to practice. Therefore, we moved to the warm up and, after a few stretches and a catch and a throw, it was time for the toss. The pitch was a little tacky and lots of grass, so you can only imagine how happy the top order were when Missy won the toss and chose to bowl.

After Dan Stickland's first over it was clear that it was a bowler’s paradise, with balls shooting up at the batsmen from a good length. 

Will Calov teamed up well with Dan Stickland to put pressure on the Students early at St Pauls - home of some of the smallest changerooms 

With some disciplined bowling from Will Calov and Stickers, wickets started to fall with Will taking the first, caught at point, quickly followed by Stickers finding the outside edge and Boothy taking a sharp catch at third slip.

Things got even better next ball when the batsman decided to leave the ball on off stump.

As wickets continued to fall, the main stayer was Jono New, bowling up the hill and into the wind. 

Jono New, keen to impress against his old club, did exactly that! 

Jono was beating batsmen with swing, or drift - hard to tell if it was just the wind pushing it. Playing against his old club, Jono picked up a 4 wicket haul. Gotta love it!!

After a quality bit of bowling from our quicks it left Sydney University all out for 71.

Knowing that it was going to be a difficult run chase the Stags started off well, getting to 20 for no loss, but unfortunately a couple of quick wickets were lost, bringing Dom to the crease, where he scored a vital 29 alongside Lachie Stewart who ended up on 42 not out.

Gordon achieved first innings points on Day One for the loss of 6 wickets.

After rain delays on the second day, the order came from the skip to get as many as we can as quickly as we can, the score was 9/131 when Missy declared.

Will Calov and Dan Stickland form a great opening pair 

After sending the students back in leaving them with a 60 run deficit, intentions were shown early on by the students by attacking our bowlers to knock off the 60 runs, wickets fell but runs also came freely, the students finished up with 5/215. 

Tim Ferrero draws the batsman into a false shot 

During this innings, we were shown why David Warner can hit the ball so hard with a Sydney Uni player batting with a tree trunk called the kaboom, he ended up with a century with some of the cleanest ball striking I've ever seen.

Gordon Stags were set 156 in 24 over's, the plan was to go hard early and see if we could run it down, Steve Bristow started off well by hitting boundaries but wickets fell on a regular bases which changed our approach. 

We found ourselves at 5/34 and Sydney Uni getting a roll on. The forward defence did its job leaving us at 6/48 after the 24 over's.

Not sure if Lachie Stewart's shot is your text book forward defence, but it certainly did its job towards the end of the day 

A satisfying first innings win over the competition leaders.

Matthew "Wendy" Chamberlain

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

A talented bunch of stags rocked up to St George confident of good day of cricket and a strong win. Immediately, the opposition tried to throw us off our game by providing without a doubt one of the grubbiest change rooms in the southern hemisphere. 

Dan Stickland looks to make an impact against the Saints

Fortunately for me my kit did fit in the shower which was surprisingly the cleanest part of the room. After a strong warm up and great captaincy at the coin toss by the world renowned author 'Missy' Higgins, we found ourselves bowling on a lively pitch and pumped for a good days work.

The team started from the get go with Dan Stickland and Lachy Borg bowling great lines, Sticks grabbing the first pole caught behind. Borgy too was rewarded for his hard work, snaring their dangerous number three courtesy of the Grade Cricketer at second slip. 

With the Saints sitting at 2 for 30 odd the Stags turned up the heat and put on a masterclass. Tim Ferrero, accompanied by long-time admirer Tiddles on the side line with his Kodak, bowled beautifully and grabbed back to back wickets and was awfully close to a superb hat trick.

Charlie Booth didn’t want to be left out and as usual tied up the other end, leading to false shots and wickets. Within the next hour, after some stumpings, bowleds and a run out, the Saints were squirming at an incredible 8-53. However from then until the conclusion of the match it was all St George. 

BoothDespite continually bowling well the batsman showed great class and the 9th wicket partnership added 72 and then a further 25 for the 10th wicket. As such, the Saints soared to 151 and it seemed like the pitch had flattened out. Charlie Booth was the pick of our bowlers with 3-23 from his 10 overs. 

Charlie Booth took three poles to give the Stags a chance at victory 

Mick Roberts also had a cracking game behind the stumps with 6 dismissals including 3 stumpings. His improvement over the season with his gloves has been fantastic. 

Special shout out to Scott O’Brien for getting a wicket, a surprisingly uncommon occurrence this year. Surely he’s due for a bag of wickets soon as he continues to bowl solid game after game. 

Gordon’s batting performance isn’t much to talk about. Early and regular wickets didn’t allow any partnerships to form and we never looked like reaching the target. Whilst the Saints bowled well and not much went our way, it appears not many of us fully applied ourselves at the crease.

Ian Higgins tried his best however he had next to no help and eventually departed for 36 as one of the last wickets. Our final score concluded on a disappointing 80 runs. 

Unfortunately, Lachy Borg re-dislocated his left shoulder whilst batting and a long stint in the hospital could mean the end of the season for him. We all wish him the very best in his recovery. 

Whilst there were several positives from our bowling and fielding performance our batting clearly had a shocking day at the office. However, 3rd Grade is still very much in the hunt for the finals and looking to greatly improve from Saturday’s performance.

Dom Thomson

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 1

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 1

The lack of the familiar ‘light beers after midnight gents, and Diet Coke with every 5th bourbon please Newy’ text message from “Missy” Higgins on Friday night could mean only one thing, it was the last round before Xmas and Missy was resigned to the inevitable. 

Jon 'far better game' New provides his view on the trip down to the seaside 

However, the picturesque drive to ‘God’s Country’ and the sweet lyrics of Taylor Swift’s ‘22’ washed away any ill effects, and provided inspiration for a crucial game against last year’s premiers with a young 3rd grade side. I felt 22…..percent.

With searing heat, and a dusty pitch, the toss was going to be crucial. Missy called it right and invited Manly to take the field during the hotter part of the day. First blood to the Stags, and to Missy in the battle of the senior statesmen.

Matt “Wendy” Chamberlain took the field with Corbin Edgar, who was looking to establish himself as a fixture in the somewhat fluid position of 3rd Grade opening batsman. Unfortunately, the umpire had other ideas and quickly fired Corbin the moment he got within a metre of one down the leg side. 

Unlucky for Corbin, but the second half of the season will hold many further opportunities for crucial contributions as this side seeks finals glory.

After Missy fell, Dom ‘Level 5 Laser-Lotus (one for the ‘Community’ fans)’ Thomson and Wendy set about establishing a solid base from which the Stags could attack and set a score of 200+. Each batsman offering a number of majestic cover drives, cut shots, and excellent aggressive running between the wickets.

The boys put all their energy into the fielding drills 

Wendy fell victim to some good, restrictive, left arm orthodox from the pick of the Manly bowlers. A flatter, fuller delivery that spun past his outside edge and trapped him in front was his undoing. There was some conjecture as to whether he’d done enough to be hit outside the line, but Dom helpfully clarified later that it was ‘very bloody out’.

By the time Jon ‘the less aesthetic brother, but with far better game’ New came to the crease, the Manly spinners had found a groove and were applying a stranglehold on the game on a turning pitch. Thomson, New, Stewart and Borg took the score from 56 to 136 during this period of the game. 

Each batsman clearly had no issue with keeping the bowlers out, but fell in efforts to lift the scoring rate above 4 an over.

It doesn't matter which report you read, Dom Thomson's clash of cream and white doesn't get any better 

At 8-141, Manly were threatening to take control of the innings and restrict the Stags to a low total. Michael “VIP” Roberts and Charlie Booth combined to ultimately provide a match-winning partnership. In a match where no other batsmen from either side hit at a strike rate above 70, VIP helped himself to 49 at a run-a-ball, and Charlie took 18 off 15. 

Another great contribution from VIP with the bat this season, which will surely state his case for a move to a higher middle order position. 

The Stags posted a very competitive total of 9-195. 

With the benefit of observing what had been successful for Manly in attempting to restrict our batsmen, the bowlers took to the field confident in their game plans and ability to take the 6 points from the game.

The initial phase of the run chase was very competitive. Borg took the first wicket with a lazy, ‘just-throw-the hands-at-it’ drive from the Manly opener which yielded only a chop-on bowled. The remainder of the Manly top order combined some powerful hitting and drop-and-run tactics very well to have the Stags on the back foot. 

A couple of difficult chances went to hand, but weren’t held on to. A recurring theme for the side, which will need work with Trevor after the Xmas break.

New, Booth and Scotty ‘the best beard in grade cricket’ O’Brien set about taking the pace off the ball and grinding the scoring rate to a minimum in the middle overs. With New somewhat steady at one end, the pressure mounted on the batters to take Booth on. They were only able to get a couple of hits away before Booth took two excellent wickets.

It was great to see Charlie reading the batsmen’s body language, anticipating what shots they were going to go for, and adjusting his pace to be a little flatter and faster to get more turn. The reward was a wicket bowled, as one batter tried to force him off the back foot to a ball that wasn’t short enough, and another that the following batsman ran past.

Jon New gets a good view of "VIP" Roberts' innings

A really good innings by the young Manly keeper and no.3 (78) saw the game build to the crucial moment of the match, with Manly placed well at 4-128 and requiring a Booth-VIP-esque finish to take the win. 

At mid-off, I reflected on how the boys had responded in a similar position a few rounds earlier against Eastern Suburbs – a couple of big shots, the game was presumed over, and the bowlers failed to force Easts to work all the way through the final 50 runs to take their win.

Well, what a difference a few rounds and a few extra wins can make. The presumption in the field was always that we were going to get the job done, and so we did. Manly completely imploded to be all out for 169. 

The final 6 wickets included 3 run outs, and an excellent delivery from Patrick ‘I just love cricket again’ Effeney to remove the ominous figure that waddled to the centre at 9 with nought on his mind but boundaries and a couple of pork cutlets at Manly Wharf Bar later that night.

Well done on a really good win for the boys to finish the first half of the season. A crucial win that sees 3rd Grade placed 6th on the ladder. With the likes of Richtor, the Duffman, Stickland, Barker, Jayasekara, Miller and Keevers looking to return to various grades after Xmas, things look promising for Missy’s side.

However, the post Xmas schedule will be St George (7th), Syd Uni (2nd), UNSW(4th), NDs (5th) and a Bankstown side that was last two rounds ago but is now being led by a couple of returned 1st grade servicemen including Darren Etteridge. 

The scene is set for the side to state a case for Premiership-contenders or to drift back into the pack. Up to you boys. 

In the wise words of Ricky Bobby ‘if you ain’t first, you’re last’.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all. 

Jon “better writer than his brother” New

For Michael Roberts take on the 3rd Grade match, follow this link 

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 2

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 2

The 3rd Grade Stags arrived at Mike Pawley Oval with nothing less than a win on their Christmas lists (and maybe a new stick Dad, if you’re reading this). 

The pitch looked like it was good for runs and on that note Higgins sent us in to bat. Good intent was shown early on in the innings, however Corbin Edgar decided to middle one to the keeper, a definite edge that everyone around the ground heard, not sure why he was upset with the decision? 

Dom Thomson's innings gets two write-ups this week. This one focuses on his cream/white clash. 

This brought the skipper to the crease, who had already done his only job in winning the toss, so any further contribution would be a bonus. A small partnership began to brew between Chamberlain and Higgins which evidently put the pressure on the ‘Tahs’ as reflected by their choice of words towards the skipper. 

With Higgins departure, soon followed Chamberlain who wanted to emulate his cricketing idol in Shane Watson and kick one off the spinner, if you ask me it was plumb, hitting middle and off halfway up, not sure why he was upset either? 

These wickets brought Dom Thomson and Jonathan New to the crease, at first Dom was mistaken for one of the lower grade Warringah shires players stumbling on to the wrong field pairing an odd combination of creams and whites, however he let everyone know he had turned up for the right game by crunching boundaries and building a strong partnership with Jono who had decided the spinner was going deep over cow-corner. 

Jono New works alongside Dom to push Gordon's case forwards 

An aggressive 36 run partnership between the two looked to boost the Gordon total, however with some quick wickets, Charlie Booth and Michael Roberts were left to have a bit of a swing notching up a good 46 run partnership at the bottom end of the innings which helped in boosting the total to a modest 9/195 by the end of the 50, certainly defendable with the slow out field especially when the ball became old.

A quick lunch and some suspicious looking ‘energy shots’…..Corbin. Followed by some inspiring words from the captain “let’s just work hard and get these ‘blokes’ out” was all that was needed for the Stags to get on top of Manly as Lachlan Borg struck in his first over, instantly applying pressure.

Strong efforts and tight lines were allowing the bowlers (particularly the two spinners Booth and Scotty O’Brien who bowled superbly) to limit the runs from the batsmen early on as Manly started to push for runs before the ball got old. 

Michael Roberts, author of this article plays one well out in front of his body 

However with missed opportunities, and a gradual flow of runs Manly looked to be in a commanding seat at 4/150 with 10 overs to be played and the level of intensity had died, except Corbin who was more awake than ever, looking like he needed some chewing gum badly; must have been those ‘energy shots’ at lunch.

The return of New and Effeney for their second spell, with the old ball in hand bowled very well. The batsmen were clearly struggling to score runs, taking risky singles and playing dangerous shots leading to the cleaning up of the majority of the tail by the two bowlers with vital contributions from Borg both with the ball and in the field. 

With 30 to win, 9 down and only an over to go Borg decided he would throw drown the stumps from the boundary and finish the game, selfishly robbing Scotty the chance of taking the last wicket to reward his hard work of applying pressure for others only to claim his scalps.

Effeney limbers up before taking the game away from Manly's grasp with a wicket towards the end 

A pleasing result, leaving us slightly above Manly on the table having had a disadvantaged season due to rain was capped off by a song in the all so spacious change rooms, a great way to end 2015 and a good platform to build on for 2016.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michael Roberts

To read Jon New's version of events, click here 

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Our excitement levels could not have been higher as we found out we were travelling to Penrith for our “home game”. Nonetheless we embarked on our journey keen on taking six points to stay right in contention for finals. 

On arrival the usual pre match banter was flowing getting everyone into the right frame of mind for another hard day of cricket. Michael “VIP” Roberts looked like a ghost as the battle of schoolies looked to have taken his toll however he insisted he would be ok. 

So the photographers turned up to the home ground... and no-one was there.
So we sourced a photo of "VIP" Roberts in trouble with the Cops at Schoolies 

The pitch looked hard but also green so upon losing the toss we weren’t too disappointed in bowling and what a terrific start we got off to. Lachlan Borg and Patty “Jono’s mate” Effeny taking a wicket on the last ball of each of their first overs. 

From here we really looked to set the tone of the match. Jono New bowled excellently taking three wickets as he battled the heat, dehydration and according to him, the fact he was seeing double. 

Scott O’Brien was again unlucky with the ball but must be pleased by his tight bowling which created pressure and we were able to take wickets the other end rotating the quicks. Scott finished with a wicket eventually after much toiling and missed chances but he was absolutely stoked in doubling his wicket tally. 

Lachie discovered there was a slight hill approaching the crease in his second spell but insisted he was the fittest man in the club so he could bowl for days. Lachie also took three wickets. It looked as though Penrith were going to be bowled out for around 80-90 but a few frustrating partnerships and a few dropped chances enabled the visitors/home side reach 129 on a very slow outfield which probably was equivalent to around 200. 

A special mention to Charlie who finished the tail with some smart bowling.

Before close of play Gordon still had to survive 13 overs. Matt “Wendy” Chamberlain and Muzz “Muzza” McMurray didn’t give any chances despite a very talkative and geed up Penrith. 

Matt "Wendy" Chamberlain in the previous match against Easts 

Arriving day two we were welcomed by a much refreshed Michael Roberts who was still coming to terms that schoolies was over. Matt and Nick continued on their business from the week before but with more fluidity as they worked the quicks very well into gaps and ran very hard. However when the spinners were brought on it made scoring a lot more difficult as it was turning significantly and the pitch was cracking. 

Nonetheless we knew we only needed one or two good partnerships to win the game. 

After two quick wickets both the openers fell. Bringing Darren and Missy to the crease, both were very positive from the outset. Missy took the aerial route and made a significant 21 which further took the game away from them. Upon Missy’s departure another partnership was formed around Darren who made some fine shots hitting a big straight six down the ground. 

On Corbin’s wicket there was a little stutter as we lost another soon after however Darren was too good and got the boys over the line with an excellent 50. 

Darren was out attempting to go big once we had passed the scores. Apparently Penrith have a policy where they have to either finish the overs or bowl the team out so we continued despite knowingly no result would ensue. 

Michael Roberts finished on 22 not out playing some classy shots. 

Unfortunately Penrith’s policy around spirit of cricket didn’t extend off the field, as there was no attempt made to offer beers or have a chat after the game. 

As Muzza pointed out they probably didn’t like our policy of winning. 

Corbin Edgar

3rd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

We arrived to Trumper Park to be graced with a green top on Day 1 of our clash with Easts. Missy lost the toss and we were sent in. It was a promising start for the Stags onlookers when their opening bowler (renowned for his speed) bowled his first ball to second slip, followed by a ball sent half a metre down the leg side.

Charlie Booth looks to attack in the heat of Day 2 

Unfortunately this waywardness didn't continue to that extent. After the departure of McMurray and Higgins, Chamberlain and Edgar want about steadying the ship. The pair took us to the long tea break in gritty fashion. However, immediately after the break Corbin Edgar departed with wickets falling consistently after that. 

After Chambo was dismissed for a well compiled 49 the scoreboard didn't look pretty for the Stags. The score was 7-122 when Miller joined Thompson in the middle. 

Chamberlin (right) and Edgar set about righting the 3rd Grade ship 

The pair went on to add 87 between them before Miller was caught for 40 playing a typically lazy stroke. 

The next two wickets fell shortly after leaving Dom stranded on an expertly made 61 not out. In an innings that mixed elegance with brute force, it was a much needed knock for the struggling Stags. It was a shame he went down to 4th Grade the following week.

The total ended on 218, a par score considering the condition of the wicket. 5 overs were left to be bowled with Effeney hitting the top of off in his first over. That was the only excitement for the Stags and Easts ended the day on 1-10.

Matt Chamberlin continues to impress at the top of the order for 3rd Grade 

The following week the Stags bowling outfit, excited to get a run on a wicket with an abundance of pace and bounce arrived to discover a wicket that resembled a Chatswood deck at 3pm on a 35 degree day.

An early wicket on Day 2 was produced by Nick Miller 

An early wicket to Miller was accepted gracefully by Roberts to start the day, however, the Stags would be left ruing a missed opportunity shortly after. With a partnership ensuing Jono New was introduced to the bowling crease. 

A superb spell followed from New, breaking the partnership and then dismissing the new batsman shortly after. From there on it was a hard toil for the bowlers with good balls mixed in with far too many bad ones, not to mention the many edges falling short of the cordon (which was unheard of the week before). 

We picked up one more wicket before the Dolphins reached their target. They were led by a superb 125 not out by their number 4 batsman which was undeniably impressive.

We'll sneak in another of the author before this report is out 

With the 6 points lost, the Stags were left with nothing but disappointment and despair to drink away. 

Inconsistent bowling and a poor batting display must be improved on next game if Third Grade wish to be finals contenders.

Nick Miller

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Ian Higgins won the toss at the picturesque Coogee Oval and decided to bat on a wicket that had a steady coverage of grass. There was a little bit of moisture underneath but a good batting performance and the instruction from the captain to "bat the whole day" would see the Stags in a good position at the end of Day 1.

Andrew Crosland in full flight at Coogee 

The start couldn't have been much worse when Jonathan New holed out to mid-on without score and the 3rd graders were 1-0. Missy joined Matt Chamberlain and the two set out to negate the dangerous new ball and did so with good effect, adding 53 for the 2nd wicket before Missy was caught behind for 22. 

Tim FerreroWhen Matt was bowled for 31, a semi-collapse looked on the cards as Andrew Crosland was adjudged LBW shortly after and Gordon were 4/69. Tim Diehm was bowled just after tea with the score on 93 and the afternoon was in the balance with 5 wickets already lost. 

Taking matters into his own hands - Tim Ferrero 

Tim Ferrero took matters into his own hands and aggressively compiled a blistering 42 before being given run out and Gordon looked to be in a spot of trouble at 6/131 on a very difficult wicket to score. 

From here, a score of 180-200 would have been taken. However, the lower order and tail had other things in mind, as partnerships of 27, 58 and 40 took the score well past this and somehow over 250. 

Scott O'Brien did the bulk of the damage with a magnificent 62 not out in the circumstances. However, he was ably supported by Lachlan Borg (29), Charlie Booth (26) and Rob Barker (20).

The over rate was particularly slow all afternoon against a very tidy 5 pronged pace attack. 

However, Gordon's persistence would eventually pay off on a wicket that was very difficult to drive on as they finished the afternoon just before 6pm at 9/262. A very satisfying performance with the blade.

It was Scott O'Brien who did the damage at the bottom of the innings, but he isn't that photogenic - so here is a photo of Lachy Borg instead 

Missy declared the 3rd Graders’ innings closed after assessing a reasonably similar looking Coogee Oval wicket from the week before and stressed that early wickets and the new ball would be key to their successes on Day 2.

A run out in the first over got things under way and very much set the tone for what was in truth a disastrous innings from the Randwick side. 

Rob Barker produced an absolute beauty of an inswinging yorker in his first over and the score was 2-0 after two. He picked up the second of his four wickets in the next over, comfortably taken by Tim Diehm and the score was 3-4 after four. 

A rollicking start and one that never looked in danger of being turned around. 

Rob then took his third wicket after a good catch by Scott O’Brien in the gully and R-Ps were 4-16. 

Scott O'Brien was handy behind the wickets. Here is a photo of Lachy Borg bowling instead. 

The score then moved to 37 before the second run out of the innings was affected by Jonathon New who dove to save four before returning a perfect throw to the bowler’s end. Rob took his fourth wicket the next ball and the first innings points were all but sealed with the score at 6-37 after only a handful of overs bowled. 

Rob Barker was running hot and everyone wanted to get a piece of the action. A group of unruly adolescents, stripped to their swimwear, ran onto the field and attempted to touch Rob at backward point, such was his hotness. It was as if it were something out of a Tony Wilson fantasy. This, coupled with the Latin drums banging all afternoon from one of the overlooking apartments, are just some of the sights and sounds one can expect from an afternoon at Coogee. 

Tim Ferrero, while physically present on the field, had his eyes glazed over as his mind was clearly focused on one of his harem of birds and the distraction of a Coogee circuit was all too much to bare. 

Randwick limped to 103 all out with Lachlan Borg bowling an impressive 8 over spell of 3-20 in the middle overs and Charlie Booth picking up the last wicket. 

Rob Barker is cheered off the field. A fantastic spell in both innings 

The second innings wasn’t much better for Randwick as they slumped to 2-20, thanks to another terrific opening spell from Patrick Effeney and Rob Barker. At 3-57, 5-68 and then 6-83, Randwick teased the Stags with the offering of an outright victory. 

However time ran out in the end and Gordon were more than content with 6 points and sang the song loudly and proudly – albeit with a couple of us needing to consult to learn the words to the song. R-P finished at 6-100, still 59 runs behind Gordon's first innings. A terrific result overall and one that will definitely help our quotient; small victories after being washed out in round 1.

Don't worry about leaving your mates hanging.

Only four bowlers were used in the second dig and the 25 overs of spin from O’Brien and Booth went for 2/26. Terrific control was exhibited from both. 16 wickets in 80 overs is a magnificent effort and will hold the 3rd Graders in good stead moving forward. 

Jono New 

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Chalk and cheese. Apples and oranges. Round 2 and Round 3. What a difference a week could make. 

After bowling 18 wides and going at 6s against Mosman in the previous round there was only room for improvement. 

Higgins rocks back and punishes the Bears lose bowling 

A stunning outfield and a sunny day had Jono New sneezing as we left for one of the best warm ups I’ve ever been involved in. As 9 blokes left to roll their arm over I was left with Cam New discussing his aesthetics regime. 

Missy failed his one job and we were sent out into the field for a hard day’s grind on what looked like a beautiful deck for batting. Gordon’s favourite punching bag Matt Keevers started off proceedings with a wicket in his second over, the grab well snared by the captain in the slips. 

From then on the bowling was superb. Tight lines, good fielding and a general lack of impetus from the North Sydney batsman saw the run rate barely get above 2 runs an over in the first session. 

Rob Barker applies the pressure on the Bears' batsmen, in a team effort 

However, it took over an hour until Patrick Effeney struck to have the bears creeping along at 2-63, still going at 2s. After crawling along to 86, Gordon’s coolest player, Tim Ferrero, was handed the ball striking in his first over. It took the remaining 9 players and a stump to pry Missy off tiddles’ new favourite during the celebration.

A partnership was always going to form on this deck but with excellent bowling from Gordon, in particular Nick McMurray who bowled superbly without luck (sorry again….), the run rate always remained less than 3 runs per over. 

At tea North Sydney were 3-115 off 41. After Keevers polished off the tub of hommus and rubbed 2 litres of lubricant onto his groin with uncomfortable eye contact we were back out in the field with the game very much in the balance. 

It was an excellent catch down the legside from Tim Diehm off the bowling of Chris Prell that reduced North Sydney to 4-126 off 48 overs.

Nick McMurray does his job for the team, keeping it tight at one end 

Poles from Rob Barker and Paddy Effeney then had the Bears in trouble at 6-163 in the 63rd over. Keevers then snared two wickets in two balls to have the Bears reeling at 8-198, he then proceeded to waste the hat trick ball down the legside. 

Another partnership built as our fielding dropped away slightly, but still the run rate never touched 3. At this point Effeny had seen enough and decided to purchase a house. The elder statesman of the club was visibly animated as he barked orders down the phone at fineleg. The end result leaving him a little light on for post day 1 beers. Well done Patrick.

It took a sharp caught and bowled from Bobby Barker to claim the 9th wicket of the day at 230. Unfortunately that was as far as we could get on day 1. 9-235 the score at stumps. A fantastic effort.


A celebration of Higgin's demolition of North Sydney's target 

After not being invited to Tim Ferrero’s house party, a few stags went to the local pub to ponder the bigger questions in life and watch on as Jono New inhaled 5 bourbon and cokes, visibly relieved to have avoided batting in the final overs. 

The job was clear on the morning of day 2. Wrap up the last wicket in as little time as possible and chase down the total on what was still a flat deck. 

After Tim Ferrero debriefed us all on his house party and “plenty” of birds, the stags took the field to wrap up the inning. A few streaky shots from the tail added 15 runs before Bobby Barker snared the 10th with a good catch in cover from the ladies man himself. 

The total was set at 251 for victory with 74 overs left in the day. 

The two New brothers opened up the innings and batted superbly, blunting the new ball and laying a great platform for the chase. Jono was brutal on anything over pitched and Cam pulled and cut away anything short. The right and left handed brothers making batting look a breeze. However, just as the 50 partnership was reached, a mistimed pull of the bat of Jono saw his day end after having made a solid 25. 

This brought the captain to the crease with a plan to hit the spinners out of the attack. And he did just that. With comfortable ease Missy began to elevate the scoring rate, cutting anything short and sweeping anything overpitched. At the other end Cam was all class. Finding the middle of the bat without fail he pierced the covers regularly and never gave a chance for his wicket. 

The partnership grew passing 50, then 100, then 150. Missy achieved his 100 with the score on 1-220. An excellent knock with runs coming from all around the ground. Just as we all thought a 9 wicket win was assured, after carrying his bat through the innings, with the score on 247, just a boundary short of the win, Cam pushed a catch to cover to be removed for a superb 88 ending the 197 run partnership. An excellent knock from the opener showing great signs of things to come. 

Missy, with little fuss, hit the winning runs to complete an emphatic 8 wicket win and finish his day on 123 not out. A captain’s knock. 

Led by Pat Effeny, the first song of the season was a cracker. Some of the new boys better learn the words because if we continue to play like this we’ll be belting it out every round for the rest of this season. 

Andrew Crosland

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

Fourth Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

4th Grade this round began with a soggy outfield, but a hard, flat wicket. Thankfully the few days of rain had not made it’s way onto the pitch, and with the excessive heat which had also been around the week before, the deck looked like a cracker.

Mitch Kleem is coming into a rich vein of form at the right time in the season 

The day began with Captain ‘Les’ Leighton losing the toss and being sent in, which was something that the rest of the team was happy to go with, as we all ran around on a soggy outfield with the intense top 6 vs bottom 5 game of fielding soccer.

McMurray and Kleem started the innings off cautiously. Kleem with a flourish of 1’s around the ground, playing himself in. McMurray was not so lucky, with a good grab at first slip with the score at 1/10.

Turki, who struggles to put together one of these match reports himself, made a solid start, as usual, looking comfortable on all lengths. He was given a life early on with a sitter dropped in the slips – McMurray must have been tearing his hair out watching that. 

This was just delaying the inevitable however, as Turki was, again, caught at first slip.

This bought Crosland to the crease and he looked solid with a good partnership forming. Kleem had begun a more aggressive approach against the students, hitting some great straight shots. Crosland went about his business in the standard way, rotating the strike and putting away the bad ball. 

Crosland was unfortunately run out due to a communication error and departed after his good contribution.

Kleem was eventually caught at point for a great and authoritative 71. This was a great innings, giving the Stags grounding and something to build on in the middle and lower order.

The Stags were a little tested in the middle order, with a fight back from the Students in the way of some tight lines and lengths. Nick Prell and Sammy Watts made good contributions down the order, showing grit and resistance with good intent.

The Stags were eventually dismissed for 195 in the second last over of the day, hence concluding the day, given the 2 overs for an innings change over.

The defence for the Stags was unfortunately halted in the second day of the match. This was due to heavy rain towards the end of Thursday and most of Friday, with the council deeming the wicket unsafe for play.

Some good signs for 4th Grade, with a gritty batting performance, and hopefully a win around the corner.

Nick Prell

4th Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

After a disappointing run of loses before Christmas and a week of rain, the stags turned up at Killara keen and confident they could start 2016 with a good performance. The addition of Nick McMurray and Lachie Stewart strengthened our batting line-up and fielding set up to try and topple the 2nd place St George side. 

Andrew Crosland was one of only a couple to contribute with the bat 

Skipper Benny Leighton decided to bowl on an uncharacteristically soft Killara pitch. Sam Watts and Vikrant Nehru opened well, but couldn’t quite get the breakthrough as chances went begging in the field. It was the introduction of Andrew Crosland that snared the wicket with a much-needed LBW.

However, as the now distinguishing wides crept into the Gordon bowling line-up a change of tactic was needed as drinks arrived with St George 1-65. 

Enter Ben Leighton and Lachie Stewart. Our two spinners bowled with exceptional line and consistency as the pressure started to mount on the now settled St George batsmen. By simply bowling to a field the boundaries dried up and kept the run rate below 4 an over. 

'Lez' Leighton was first to strike as they raced through their overs to try and rush St George into their mistakes. The plan worked as Lachie picked up three wickets of his own including a brilliant catch by Oli Zannino behind the stumps to remove their captain. Bowling on a slow pitch Lachie was able to change his pace and build the pressure finishing with 3-32 of his 10 over spell while also bowling himself into PG’s selection the next day. 

After the second drinks break Gordon were working hard to keep the runs down, but with wickets hard to come by and the pitch flattening out, the St George batsmen began to accelerate with ease and they raced to 5-171 off 41. A few tight overs from our fast bowlers restricted the scoring but without a wicket the Batsmen were able to soar in the last three overs grabbing 40 runs propelling their score to 250. It was a disappointing end to an overall good bowling performance. 

With a good in-form batting line-up and a score of 270 in our last run chase, there was confidence around the group during the lunch break. Despite the pitch becoming much flatter in the afternoon, the outfield was still extremely slow as boundaries were hard to come by the whole innings unless risky aerial shots were taken, leading to poor decision-making.

Two early wickets and the costly run out of Mitch Kleem saw Gordon struggling at 3-31 and 250 looking much further adrift. Crosland (23) with some support by Lachie and Nick tried to rebuild but once again the disciplined bowling attack and good fielding and catching by a obviously well drilled St George meant the scoreboard pressure of 8 an over become too much as the wickets started to fall. The last wickets fell with little resistance and determination as we crumbled to all out for 101, 150 runs short of the target.

A disappointing batting performance including 2 run outs and an inconsistent bowling performance including 23 wides showed the fragility of the side and the lessons that need to be taken into the coming rounds. Let’s get out to training and show the potential that we have next week in the 2-dayer against top of table Sydney Uni.

Will Calov 

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

It’s been a tough season to date for our 4th Grade side, with the team experiencing many changes including three Captains, before Round 5.

All three leaders have done their best, considering the circumstances, including Nick McMurray who led the side brilliantly during the washout against Blacktown!

Kleem chases down the imposing Manly target 

We faced a tough prospect though against competition leaders Manly, who had a talented and highly spirited young side. This has been the case against many of the teams we’ve come up against. Anyone who thinks this grade is a walk in the park, needs a reality check.

I’m unsure who won the toss, but Manly batted first and it wasn’t long before Nick Prell made an early breakthrough with his left arm seamers. Nick has so far impressed us all with his no nonsense attitude towards his cricket. 

He grew up on a property between Goulburn and Crookwell and has been exposed to the harsh realities of drought that once gripped the district. He is a great addition to the Gordon Cricket Club.

Nick was well supported by Sam Watts who snagged 4/40

Manly eventually posted a sizable total of 9/293. 

A couple of observations, as a batsman who likes to get on with it, there is nothing worse than facing a bowler on a nagging line and length. That means no half volleys and nothing short where the batsman can free their arms.

It means hitting the top of off stump, where the batsman is unsure whether to come forward or back. The idea is to get him off balance and wait for the mistake.

With the right fields in place, pressure quickly builds and wickets follow. Sometimes though, you can be too attacking at Killara. 

Mitch Kleem opens the shoulders in the shot - and takes aim at a few people in this report 

Many of the lower graders need to hit boundaries. Take this away and their day out in the park, quickly changes to an endless grind. 

To the batting and the new opening partnership of Matt Coffey and Mitchell Kleem started well adding 40 or 50 with the first wicket, before the departure of Matt who made a handy 18.

Kleem followed with 57. Clearly the dominate contributor to the initial partnership.

Saahil Turki who’s been making consistent contributions over the past few weeks, tucked the ball around and scored 40. Pity he can’t contribute off the field by submitting his reports on time. [Editor's note: Or even at all]

Meanwhile Andrew Crosland was back to his best with a very aggressive 67 that featured some hefty blows to the boundary.

We were left with a hundred to get off the last 10 overs, and this proved to be too much and were bowled out for 260 or 270.

In summary I believe our side needs to get to get back to the basics. 

In a stellar weekend, Sam Watts takes 4 against Manly and other 4 against Penrith in PGs 

Preparation for the next game starts on Monday, with Sunday a ‘hangover’ day. That means getting an understanding of where you’re at mentally and physically. 

Ask the question what do I have to do this week, to be in tip top condition for Saturday? That could include weights sessions, going for a few runs, laying off the junk food or being more cricket specific.

Personally I don’t think those 10 minute sessions in the nets are enough, if you’re someone who likes to play their shots, you need to be hitting balls all the time.

Read books about cricketers and learn to visualise yourself performing well.

Speak to our coach Trevor Chappell, his brother Greg is an expert in this side of the game.

To end on a positive note I met a young local bat maker on Tuesday who had one of the standout exhibits at the Bowral Twilight Christmas markets.

Vandal Bats - Mitch Kleem rates the product. You can find out more by following the link below. 

15 year old Billy Barge who plays for the East Bowral Blues has sourced his willow from former Test Cricketer Ian Callen who has a property in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

People can check out his his products at this link.

Also our local cricket enthusiast Rodney Cavalier is organising a bus tour during the Bradman Festival in January that will take people to all the places around the Highlands that played a special part in the life of "The Don" and his family.

Shephards Station, one of the stops on the tour 

Mr. Cavalier had terrific feedback from a tour he conducted back in January, where he spent time with Directors of the Marylebone Cricket Club and journalists from India.

Yours, as always,

Mitch Kleem

4th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Killara, once again, whether you believe it or not, produced a flat batting wicket for the game against Easts. With quite an overcast day and a thick outfield, Easts won the toss and elected to bowl.

Dom Thomson looks to make a difference in the second dig 

With a prime batting wicket ready for runs to be scored on we were enthusiastic to make the most of it…. or were we.

Wickets began to fall early in our innings and partnership were very hard to come by. Easts gave us as many chances as possible to establish ourselves dropping upward of half a dozen catches, but the Gordon batsman were unable to make the most of their opportunities with only Kleem, Turki and Watts able to make double figures.

After 33.4 overs we were dismissed for a dismal 51.

We knew it was going to take a big bowling effort to at least stay in the game for second innings and James Kidd produced a quality early spell creating a few chances that went begging. After dropping Easts hot head S. Pointer early on he continued with countless opportunities to serve lip to the bowlers and make his way to an unbeaten 74, while the other Easts batsman around him looked to score quickly. 

After these early chances the Easts batsman didn’t give too many more declaring late in the day at 3/176 and sending us back in with 8 overs to negate at the end of the day. Mitch and Stan saw these overs off with some diligent batting and we ended the day at 0/18. On a positive note Nehru’s 9 overs 1/25 was the pick of the bowlers, bowling a consistent line and length passing the edge frequently in his spell. 

The second day was a day for Gordon to redeem its mistakes of the first innings and bat for the day to save itself from conceding an outright victory. Mitch Kleem started positively with the bat cracking a few boundaries early on, making his intentions to the Easts bowlers. 

This positivity was however short lived as what seemed the impossible began to happen all over again. A moment of de ja vu had begun to creep into the Gordon batsmens heads and they began to relive the demons from the 1st innings. With a lack of intent and patience from the Gordon batsmen the possibility of batting out the day slowly began to slip away. 

The only resistance of a fight back came from Lachie Stewart who made an admirable 39 before being caught trying to put one over the top of mid-off.

In the end Gordon fell 3 runs short of having to make Easts bat again. Let’s hope to see a big turn-out of 4’s players at training and turn around a very disappointing two days against Easts to have a big win out at Penrith next round!

Tim Diehm

4th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Having completed a convincing win against North Sydney the previous round, the 4’s were keen to continue their good form at home this time to Randwick Petersham. 

3 changes were made, with run scorers Lachie Stewart and Saahil Turki coming into the top 6 while Nick Prell strengthened the bowling attack. 

Ben Leighton spins his side back into contention 

More importantly however, the teams for the Top 5 v Bottom 6 soccer warm up were altered. Lachie Stewart showed his enthusiasm for the round ball game by taking a commanding role in midfield on week 1, however the top 5 were unable to control possession and succumbed to the bowlers for the second game in a row. 

I am confident the top 5 will hit back this week with evidence of some exciting partnerships and clinical finishing starting to show in the final third, however it is always going to be a challenge to score goals when Vikrant Nehru decides to park himself between the posts. 

Now on to the cricket, unfortunately the partnerships the top 5 are creating in the round ball warm up did not materialize once being sent in by Randy Petes. Whilst the previous week Killara was paradise for batsman, this round was a very different story. 

Roberts, tidy behind the stumps, watches one roll back onto the wickets 

It should be noted that on Friday morning we received word from Corbin that it was highly unlikely any play would occur on Day 1 due to a drenched field, so to get started on time was a minor miracle and we must give credit to the grounds men at Killara for their work. 

Stan was dismissed early on, bringing Dom and Mitch together, with Mitch continuing on his merry way with consistent run scoring, taking the attack to RP’s as he always does. Dom also looked in great touch despite the ball doing a fair bit through the air. This partnership reached 50 before Mitch was caught out, and from here wickets fell at regular intervals of 20 runs, with the innings never really gaining any momentum. 

Corbin, 28, and Saahil, 24, both contributed to the total in the middle order, as did Nick Prell (26) with some clean hitting down the order. Overall though the absence of a large score from one of the batsman was telling and the innings was closed at 172 after 50 overs. 

With RP’s facing the same conditions as us we were confident we had a shot at defending 172, but a good start at Killara would be vital. 

Whilst a wicket did not come immediately, Nick Prell and Sam Watts gradually built up the pressure and with the score at 23 both struck in consecutive overs. For the rest of the afternoon we were treated to some excellent leg spin bowling from Ben Leighton. 

Nick Prell nails one down the ground with the spin 

‘Lez’, much to the delight of Tids watching on, bowled with fantastic control and swung the day back in our favour, taking 3 wickets for next to no runs. Credit should be given to Vikrant, who bowled very well at the other end to keep the pressure on the batsman that eventually fell to Lez. 

Coming into Day 2, with a much more batsman friendly pitch on offer, we knew another good start was essential if we were to have any shot at a victory. 

Unfortunately it was tough going early on, and the RP captain batted very sensibly around many of his younger teammates and gradually chipped away at the total. 

Benny 'Lez' Leighton and Nick Prell in action at Killara 

Despite a wicket to Lachie Stewart (neat work behind the stumps as well from Roberts), the 7th wicket was not taken until it was too late and RP passed the total prior to tea. Whilst there were a few chances dropped, plain and simply not enough runs were scored by the bats on Day 1. 

If we can get back to how we batted against North Sydney we will give our bowlers much more freedom to attack the batsman and get the team in a better position to win some tough games coming up before Christmas. 

It was good however to see everyone stick around for a drink and a chat afterwards despite the loss, some of us even were treated to the story of Corbin’s love life, but more on that later.

Stan Gaynor 

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3- 2015/16

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3- 2015/16

Mitch KleemWe arrived at Killara for the first home game of the season hoping to rectify our performance from the previous week. From the get-go, the warm-ups were sharp and we looked switched on. 

Despite Mitch’s early blunder, bringing the wrong tea, he started the match off in style, hitting boundaries to all areas of the ground, whilst also being able to manipulate the ball into gaps. 

Mitch Kleem in glorious form, catipulting the Stags innings towards 400 

Stan at the other end was the rock, just ticking the strike over, before falling victim to a short ball. A very solid 23, but we expect more from Stanly. Meanwhile, Mitch was still firing along, reaching his 50 in no time, with Dom Thompson also looking very impressive at number 3. 

Michael RobertsAs Dom continued to impress, Mitch notched up his first century of the season, it was an absolute delight to watch, he got us off to an absolute flyer and really set the tone for the day. He wasn’t done there though, he continued on his way to 115, before being caught, outstanding innings. 

Michael Roberts looks down the ground for his half century 

We lost a couple of quick wickets after this, with Dom being dismissed by a great catch at cover, and the skipper, Corbin Edgar, deciding to leave one…. which unfortunately took his off-stump. I’m sure this won’t happen again.

This brought two new batsmen to the crease, ‘Chambo’ Chamberlin and Lachy Borg. They continued along nicely, both notching up 50’s before both being dismissed, both caught at long on. Lachy in particular seems to be making a habit of this. 

Michael Roberts continued the run scoring, making an effortless 55, looking the pick of the bats for the day, before once again bunting it to long on. 

Next match hopefully we can all put our hands up to go on with the job. 

Next to the crease, Charlie Booth. He came out looking very fine, playing some aggressive strokes and picking the gaps with ease. Vik Nehru, Sam ‘Watto’ Watts and ‘Lez’ Leighton all contributed down the order and brought us to a very formidable total of 9/404.

Vik Nehru plays the team role, tying up an end for Watts to capitalise 

Corbin decided to declare in order to get 10 overs at them before the close of play. With the energy levels through the roof and Lezley’s chat on point, we were ready to have a real crack for a few overs. 

Watto and Vik took the new ball and did a very good job for us. Watto had an immediate impact, taking the first three wickets of the match in no time. He was charging in, moving the ball in the air and really got us going in the field. Vik tied up the other end and helped force the errors of the North Sydney batsmen. 

Almost catchWe started Day 2 with high hopes. With North Sydney already 3-22, needing a further 380 to win, we were in the box seat. However, it was no walk in the park. Watto and Vik started the day off for us again, both working very hard, but the pitch was offering very little in return. It looked to be a great deck to bat. 

Almost... just short in the slips. Even against the Bears! 

With this in mind, and the seamers unable to get a break trough, the skip turned to Boothy. He had an immediate impact taking two wickets in two overs. Well-deserved for Boothy who bowled extremely well in the previous match but was very unlucky. 

From here we again had to toil, with Lez bowling well but unable to get a breakthrough, and Boothy continuing to bowl tight. This brought the skip to the attack. Yet to bowl for the season, he brought himself on at the perfect time, taking a wicket in his first over. He continued in this fashion to claim another wicket for the spell, a great return to the bowling crease. 

I must note the catching in the slip cordon was exceptional all day. Chambo’s catch diving forward to claim Boothy’s first scalp was very impressive, Boothy took a screamer off Corbin’s bowling, and Corbin took an absolute blinder the previous week off Watto’s bowling. We hope this trend continues!

Sam WattsAfter Corbin’s break through Lachy Borg took one wicket, which took us to tea. From here we only needed to claim 2 more wickets to seal victory and with North Sydney only 156, we gave ourselves every chance to have another crack at a second innings win as well. 

Sam Watts, working well in partnership with Nehru, takes the spoils this round, with 3 poles alongside his skipper 

Despite our ambition, the tail certainly wagged, and the last two wickets of the match were not easy to obtain. We had to work hard and dig in, as North Sydney took a very negative approach to there batting. 

Corbin’s captaincy through this period was exceptional, chopping and changing the bowlers, hoping to get that needed break through. In the end, he himself stepped up to claim the ninth wicket. However, this wicket can also be attributed to Ben Leighton’s impressive chat, talking the batman out of it. 

Mitch Kleem

Mitch Kleem is captured here punching multiple holes through the North Sydney field 

Lachy captured the final wicket with only 20 or so overs to go in the day. As much as it was tempting to strap on the pads again, we decided to call it a day and take the 6 points.

It was a great match, with all team members contributing to the win. I think it is safe to say we are enjoying each other’s company thus far, with good banter flowing through out the day. Hopefully we can keep in good form, and push hard all year. 

Go Stags.

Lachy Borg

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

A long drive out to Balmoral Oval saw the Gordon boys take on Mosman. A scorching day, quick outfield and cracking pitch, we planned to bat first. Stan ‘the man’ Gaynor (26) and Mitchy Kleem (30) had a terrific opening stand and got us off to a flyer reaching 60 without loss. 

Corbin Edgar is watchful early 

However, it was a few quick wickets which brought Corbin Edgar (30) and Matt Chamberlain (31) to the crease. Both played brilliantly and were setting us up for a good total. However, consistent with the theme during 2014/15, wickets at the wrong times led to a collapse and a total of 170 - a score way below where we were aiming.

Application. Perhaps? Early season rust. Hopefully. Either way, we need to dig in with the bat if we are to play deep into the season.

So, after smashing down some of the state’s premier fish and chips and the long haired Boothie falling for every girl under the age of 75 who looked at him, we began our first defence of the season.

During the first over I knew something wasn’t right; Sammy Watts had started bowling no balls. Now if you know anything about Sam Watts, it’s that he quite often picks up 2-3 wickets in his first spell and we’re away.

Lachlan Borg looks for runs through the offside 

But after a poor start we were searching for the first wicket.

Lachie Borg was the pick of the bowlers (1/15 from 10), bowling cross seam and keeping it super tight. Charlie Booth bowled some good areas and contributed with a hectic caught and bowled. 

Corbin’s captaincy was on point mixing the bowlers up at the right times but on the whole, we hadn’t scored enough runs. A disappointing first game performance-wise. But this team definitely has the potential to have a terrific season, and some above average chat!

Ben Leighton

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13. 

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

The loss of the toss on a fair wicket at Beauchamp saw Manly bowling first in what seemed like inhumane conditions as both the temperature and Stags runs seemed to increase throughout the day.

Opening with the bat saw the dynamic duo of Sherman and Livermore racing towards the crease, which in turn saw instantaneous runs being scored. 

After a quiet beginning to his innings, Tristan Cooper cashed in on the Manly bowlers in the later overs 

Although, the dismissal of Sherman was seen early in the innings, the runs kept flowing whether they were from the bat or the umpires signalling wides. 

There were well over 20 in the innings. 

Wickets seemed to fall at regular intervals within the top order as a result of some mistimed cross bat shots, which landed the Stags in some hot water at 4-69.

Partnering with his skipper, Rahul Krishna made a defining 71 which set the Stags on the path to victory 

However, the cool heads shown by Rahul Krishna and skipper Tristan Cooper allowed for the Stags to prosper within the heat of battle as a defining 90 run partnership. 

This set the tone for the rest of the innings as it provided a solid platform leading in to the last ten overs of the innings as the score reached 5-159 within 40 overs. 

Shayne Lin and Damon Livermore look to stamp their influence at the top of the innings 

Cooper was the first to be dismissed on 47 after some entertaining fireworks, which left the men from Manly chasing their tails within the field. 

Anthony Sherman was captured in action by one of our supporters, Prasanna Punja.
We love getting photos sent in - from the boys supporting the batsmen from the sideline (on your iPhone), to action shots.

Some further late order hitting was seen by Monaghan and Krishna. However, the dismissal of Rahul within the latter overs of the innings saw a well made 71 come to an end. His innings once again demonstrated the importance of early patience in order to cash in later in the innings. 

Later order hitting by Monaghan and Pat Rice saw the Stags reach 8-234 within 50 overs. 

Early troubles were seen for the Stags with the new ball as the Manly opening batsman attempted to up the run rate with them scoring 26 runs within the first 3 overs. 

Matt Todd looks to rip through the Manly batting order 

However, some smart bowling from Stickland saw the opening batsman cleaned up. 

Some outstanding fielding was seen through Pat Rice within the outfield, as the batsmen were overly ambitious when challenging Rice from the boundary rope to fall victim to a direct hit. Manly, after some early wickets, set about restoring a partnership to further help their run chase, which accumulated, to 60.

Matt Todd entered to break the shackles of this partnership, and put Gordon back in to the match. 

As a result of this wicket, Stickland was able to apply further pressure on the more experienced batsman in order to conclude his time at the crease with the score reaching 5-102 within 31 overs. 

Tristan Cooper opens the shoulders and hit one back over the head of the Manly bowler 

Stickland and Chauhan made it hard to score for batsman approaching the crease, which saw wickets falling at regular intervals with Stickland and Chauhan picking up wickets each during this stage of the game. 

As a result of some built up pressure, unnecessary risks were seen through another run out by Rahul, which further improved the Stags’ chances of a bonus point victory. 

A re-energised spell from Rice saw him concluding the match as he picked up two wickets with Manly ending their innings all out for 121 of 40 overs with the Stags also receiving a bonus point victory. 

Rahul Krishna firstly performed with the bat, then again with the ball 

Therefore, a very all rounded performance with the bat and ball concluded the Stags last game before Christmas as a comprehensive victory against a team within the top 3 has allowed Gordon to enter the top 6. 

Hopefully the break will allow for greater performances to come within the second half of the season as Gordon continues to risk within the ranks.

Manus Chauhan

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Coming off a couple of losses and a draw, we really needed to get back into the winners circle. However, we knew the Penrith club were going to be tough after a strong win in their the previous match.

Matt Todd supports the quick bowlers as they took poles 

The coin favoured us in batting first and we made a great start with Ryan and Damon at the helm. Damon was picking off the loose balls and Ryan was again showing great patience. Tragically, Ryan copped a short ball on the thumb, which more or less rules him out for the season after undergoing a procedure inserting a plate with 5 screws. 

At the time we all thought he was soft and should have played through the pain...

To add insult to injury this break in play saw the panthers pounce taking advantage of some poor communication between batsmen with two quick run outs. Having survived the two run outs, Damon was at the mercy of some sledging (as you could imagine) and with wickets continuing to fall around him he remained in control was rewarded with a 50.

Dave Monaghan and Aaron Crofts 'race' for more wickets 

With the score at 6 for 104 (7 including Ryan's retired hurt), a patient but vital partnership between David and Glen added 69 runs to the total and with the 'most improved player from last year' Patty Rice joining David to add another 44 bringing our total up to a competitive level (although we still felt it was below a par score on a pretty flat wicket).

With Toddy and Patty seeing off the final overs of the day and 218 on the board, the team was hopeful of some quick fire runs on day 2 followed by some early wickets.

The man. The legend. Mark Harvey.
What a clubman!
We suspect he's had more hours in the field than almost anyone else this season. And all as a substitute.

Unfortunately, neither of the things we were hopeful of transpired. Patty was adjudged caught behind from the umpire as he padded one through to the keeper and being given out caught behind (although I reckon the balance of decisions probably went in our favour this round at least). I'm sure Penrith feel the same way – all we really hope for is to achieve a fair and an enjoyable competition.

But now back to the game ... Penrith with 218 to get and the Stags hopeful of early wickets.

Early wickets did not come though and with a few indirect deliveries heading to the boundaries, the Panthers appeared to be comfortable and on their merry way.

It was the first ball of David's second spell, which according to Shane changed directions 2 or 3 times, found a gap between bat and pad, bowling the more aggressive opener. This brought about a classic 5th Grade collapse, with Aaron and David in a race for the most wickets (or so it seemed). 

Damon Livermore acknowledges the support on the balcony at Beauchamp after reaching 50 

A partnership of tight bowling saw 5 wickets fall in as many overs and all of a sudden what was a comfortable position for the Panthers became one which they found themselves licking their paws.

Knowing all too well that rolling through the tail of oppositions is not an easy task, we went about it using the same formula of patient line and length bowling. With reward, we bowled them out in the 52nd over for 118.

With 23 overs left in the day, 99 times out of 100 both teams would call it a day and enjoy a cold drink. For some unknown reason and you would have to say not in the spirit of the game, Penrith decided against the cold drink, against an early trip back west, and against any likelihood of changing the result of the game to continue ...

Ryan Tullia was in sparkling form before breaking his thumb 

So what happened next in this 23 overs doesn't actually matter so I won't comment.

In summary, we grabbed 6 points with both hands. Whilst we have some work to do with our batting to ensure we don't lose wickets in clumps the positive with our batting is two games in a row we have seen through 70+ overs, which in previous seasons was almost unheard of. 

More of 'Reg' in glorious form as he set up the Stags' innings 

Our bowling continues to improve, with wickets being shared. I'd say we still have a way to improve if we are to see ourselves in the top 6 by season's end, particularly how we bowl in combinations.

David Monaghan

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Gordon 5th Grade started round 6 by welcoming Jamal Prasad (John Philipson) back into the fold as well as old club favourite Damon “Reggie” Livermore and young gun Ryan Tullia.

The toss was lost on a flat but dead wicket and the Stags were set for a day in the field.

Matt Coffey makes a strong start at the top of the order 

Starting well, Dave Monaghan took a wicket early on and Easts were 1 for not many. ‘Man Monas’ bowled tightly in partnership with Paddy Rice to restrict the batting side’s progress and maintain pressure.

This resulted in a slow but steady fall of wickets, lead by Matt Todd and Anthony Sherman with 3 wickets each.

Gordon looked on top all day; restricting the run rate and never letting a partnership get out of hand. 

Pic and Toddy combine for an early wicket against the Dolphins 

Nonetheless a couple of decisions going against us and a failure to take wickets in clumps had Easts scraping slowly through to 9/212 at the end of day one - a pretty good day overall for the 5ths.

Arriving back at Snape Park for day two and the pitch looked much the same, a seeming anomaly when playing Easts, Coops exchanged niceties with the team’s favourite trigger finger, Umpire Neil, and we were underway, chasing a solid but highly achievable total.

Ryan Tullia in good form after a million throw downs from his old man 

The Stags started cautiously but steadily, making it to 0/81 before Matt Coffey fell for 49, making sure he re-counted the scorer’s handiwork to try and find another run somewhere.

Ryan Tullia was soon after dismissed for a well made 36, his first grade cricket runs despite two tons in as many weeks for the Colts. 

The Stags looked to be in a good position.

Much like day one, Gordon never really seemed behind in the match, but the wickets kept falling and we failed to solidify partnerships and finish the job. 

Sponsor, and 5th Grade player, Anthony Sherman captured in his 'dressing room' 

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Damon Livermore made a strong 23 in a natural return to cricket for the 15/16 season, capitalising on strong pre-game throwdowns from fellow clubman Glen Tullia.

Shayne ‘Shelton’ Lin looked in good form making a strong 28 and seemingly sailing the team home, but the call of Taylor Swift must have been too much to bear, controversially ‘run out’ for our 8th wicket.

In the end the Stags were bowled out for 186, 26 runs short of a fairly achievable total. Though we played well and always appeared on top, Gordon was let down by a failure to capitalise and finish the job.

Pat Rice opening the bowling for the 5th Grade side  

However the Easts team was strong and in the end deserved the win. A frustrating game for Gordon, but promising signs highlight a sure return to the winner’s circle come round 7.

Matt Coffey

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Saahil TurkiThe toss saw Gordon batting first against Norths on a very good wicket and quick outfield at Beauchamp on Day 1. Sherman got the Stags off to a quick start blazing away in typical 'Pic' style pushing the score to 49 off 8 overs. 

Saahil Turki loosens the shoulders in the search for runs 

Two relatively quick wickets saw the Stags sitting less easily, but those would be the last wickets for the next 20 overs with Gordon adding 156 to their score in this short amount of time. 

The loss of Stewart and Philipson in quick succession partially slowed the run rate but Crofts stayed busy hitting multiple boundaries before losing his wicket, Gordon's 6th. 

StewartSolid contributions from the rest of the order saw the Stags finish at 353 all out off just 63 overs, a tremendous effort. 

Lach Stewart raises his bat. A century for the Stags 

With 17 overs left in the day Gordon bowled tightly with Monohan managing to steal one wicket from the Bears overnight. 

(Turki 123, Stewart 101, Sherman 27, Crofts 27, Rice 27)

Day 2 saw a tight start from Rice and Monaghan taking 3 vital wickets in the first hour. The remainder of the session and part of the way into the next after tea would be hard work as North Sydney batted what one can only describe as conservatively providing few opportunities to take wickets. 

PhilipsonDave MonaghanMatt Todd

The 5th Grade bowling attach, Coffey, Monaghan and Todd run through the Bears 

With Norths 6 down at tea, we were confident we could bag the rest of the wickets for a comfortable win. All the bowlers contributed on a tough day with the ball with Todd, Rice, Monohan and Philipson all taking 2 wickets. 

Gordon ended up bowling the Bears out for 160 off 83 overs. A very convincing second win making it two from two in 5th Grade when we've got on the paddock. 

(Monaghan 2-27 from 13, Todd 2-47 from 22, Philipson 2-17 from 6, Rice 2-17 from 17)

Lach Stewart

ToddyEditor's Note: For a match that had two centuries and the 500th wicket of a Gordon servant, Matt Todd, Lach Stewart could never be accused of over-statement. Saahil Turki partnered with Pic Sherman to set the side up after Coffey was dismissed early, before working through the later part of the first session with the author, and other century-maker, Lach Stewart himself. Congratulations to both of them.

Matt Todd acknowledges the supporters after snagging his 500th! 

Without foreshadowing what is to come, more will be said about Toddy's achievement in the next week or so. Congratulations Matt!

Saahil Turki

Saahil Turki makes a beautiful century, laying the platform for the team's victory 
5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Round 2. After the delay, it was our first hit out of the year. It saw us up against Mosman – one of our local rivals.

Tristian “Coops” Cooper won the toss, or rather Mosman called incorrectly, and decided to bowl first on a very flat wicket at Beauchamp. 

Matt Coffy makes an impact in his first outing for the Stags 

We were a little inconsistent with the new ball, however Dave Monaghan managed to pick up 2 wickets in 2 balls to get us on a role. However the runs were flowing so it was up to the slow bowlers to bring us back.

‘Pic’ Sherman bowled well for his ten straight over picking up the third wicket. At the drinks break Mosman were 3/100 and in a good position. We decided it was going to be spin for the remainder of the innings.

Timeless classic. Sherman lofts one through the offside 

Our 4 spinners did a great job building pressure which led to a consistent flow of wickets, all shared amongst the spinners. I have to say the fielding was excellent on such a bumpy surface and played a huge part in restricting our opposition.

We managed to bowl Mosman out for 180. Given the outfield was so quick and the pitch so flat we felt very confident going into out batting innings.

We started our innings with a flurry of boundaries from Pic and the score raced to 50 in no time. As it always happened in the lower grades there was a mini collapse and we lost 3 quick wickets.

Dave Monaghan is undoubtedly going to snag 25+ wickets again this season, while Pat Rice will be looking to secure his passage through the grades 

Not to worry Lachie Stewart and Mike Dale belted the Mosman attack all over the place and we got the job done with a bonus point. 

The highlight of the day was Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts taking his first catch for the Stags from his first attempt, after taking about 15 attempts to bag one last season. And what a catch it was! 

Next week we take on arch rivals North Sydney looking to start off our season well. If we play like we did and continue to improve this team will be one to watch come the end of the season.

Of course if anyone needs a gym membership hit me up!

Shayne Lin

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2015/16

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2015/16

The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.

Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.

Colts match reports for 2015/16 season are provided by the players below:



Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 13 - 2015/16

Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 13 - 2015/16

The Stags affiliate side arrived at David Phillips to find a hard, grass covered deck and a welcome small perimeter, with decidedly less lushness to the outfield than we had experienced in previous weeks at our beloved, asbestos ridden Beauchamp Park.

A scary sight - Cam McBrien charges in with the wind behind his back 

As always, the green tinge to the playing surface caused some discussion as to whether the best option at the fall of the coin would be to bat or bowl first. The focus then turned to the warm-up, under the guidance of the evergreen Todd Williams. Around 10 minutes into the warmup, Messers Cant, O’Neill-Fuller and Tullia (Senior) were heard to comment about the intensity of said warm up, and were looking to retreat to the comfort of the sheds. 

Conveniently, skipper GT was able to remove himself and attend to the flip of the coin which saw the Stags in the field as the opposing skipper called correctly. 

Rudy Midya backed up Cam McBrien very well 

The new ball bowling was excellent. Cam McBrien bowled with the wind and harassed the opening bats, whilst Rudy Midya matched Cam’s efforts into a strong wind. The combination resulted in an early wicket to Cam, and the skipper’s timely change to bring Aaron Crofts into the attack payed dividends almost immediately to keep the momentum in favour of the lively young Stags bowling outfit.

Aaron took two, and the Bumblebees were precariously placed at 3-for, before an inspirational piece of fielding from some old bloke that resulted in a runout and a comment, somewhat along the lines of “please politely escort yourself from the playing arena after taking on the fielding ability of this has-been, young man’. I’ll let you presume how that may have been paraphrased.

From there, the Gordon outfit largely continued to apply excellent pressure, executing good bowling plans which were well supported with solid fielding. A young star of the future which this club will hear more about is Rahul Krishna. He bowled into the breeze with his leggies artfully, and finished with the figures of 4-17 off 9 overs. 

Michael Cant plays strongly through the legside 

This young kid has not only the ability, but the temperament to become a quality top grade cricketer. The last time I was this impressed by a young leg-spinner that could bat was by a fellow called Sam Robson, who went on to play test cricket for England. 

With those efforts the ‘Bees were bundled out for 120. Time for the combined experience and youth of the Gordon batting line up to stand up and dominate.

Amazing how the man can bat when not fired first ball by his own side 

The evergreen Michael Cant and the effervescent Anshul Baruah strode to the crease to get us underway. 

The Gordon legend, ex-First Grade skipper and all-round nice guy, Canty, missed a full toss on leg to start the innings, but from there, it became a batting masterclass. I remember the first time I ever met Canty. It was playing for my old club, against Gordon, at Killara. Our bowling attack was formidable… one or two internationals, and Canty was the subject of one of the best sledges I’ve ever heard in cricket.

Upon bringing up his hundred, with deft cuts, nudges, and an obvious unprecedented knowledge of the art of batting, amongst the claps was the comment “They misspell your name in the paper every Sunday, you Cant”. 

Tullia and Cant share a laugh about sledges of old 

In this Colts chase, Canty made 83* of the 120, and not only helped the young players that are the future of this club, but showed a promising young player like Anshul how to go about opening the batting.

The Gordon Colts win with a bonus point, and consolidate our position towards the semis. Let's win next week and give GT a stressless week.

John O'Neill-Fuller

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2015/16

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2015/16

There aren’t too many days where someone goes out and takes 6 wickets to create every opportunity to take the 6 points from the opposition. This was Dermott Beattie’s game and only the weather was going to spoil it.

6 wickets to Dermott Beattie. Fantastic work by the young Colt!! 

After the torrents of rain during the couple days prior to the first Saturday, we were surprised to see such a dry Beauchamp wicket. Covers were quickly and efficiently taken off to make sure we had the best preparation possible. A young Blacktown side won the toss and sent us into bowl. 

A much wanted good start was replicated in the first over by gaining a wicket after three balls. Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya took sneaky wickets to keep Blacktown to 3-26. 

Dermott Beattie – keep that name in the back of your mind… or better still… in the front of it - came into the attack and was effective immediately by grabbing a well worked wicket. After getting a great start to the game, Blacktown fought back with many of Dermo's balls going the distance all around the ground. 

None other than the man Dermott Beattie was there to take the vital wicket. 

The run rate was slowed down dramatically due to great bowling by Dermott. Derm obviously wasn't finished as he polished off Blacktown's tail, rolling them for 119. 

23 overs were still left to play in the day, Oliver Williams and Anshul Baruah helped us gain a steady start to be 0-24 at stumps. 

Rain continued to flow through towards the end of the week, but thanks to the great help from Paul Beattie, Tim Cubbage and Glenn Tullia, we were able to get on the park to work towards the win. 

After our steady start, we slumped to 4-51. Glenn Tullia and John O'Neill-Fuller's partnership was very much needed as we were able to get out of a rough patch and get closer to the win. 

2 wickets then quickly fell with Gordon still needing 30 to win. Glenn Tullia provided a wonderful captain’s knock to get us over the line and gain the much needed 6 points. 

Well done to Derm for his 6-for, GT and JOF for getting us over the line. 

Ben Parker

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 9 - 2015/16

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 9 - 2015/16

After the deluge that hit Sydney early in the week I don't think too many of us thought we would be playing cricket on Saturday. However, after a couple of fine days later in the week Beauchamp was in pretty good condition, a credit to the groundsman. 

A talent to be watched - Beattie bowls a great spell after making a handy 32 

Captain Tullia (GT) was keen to have a bowl first on a wicket that was understandably a little soft before mentioning to the boys that he wouldn't be disappointed if we had to bat - probably because he bats at 7. Anyway not too disappointed he was, as Hawkesbury sent us in.

We lost a wicket midway through the first over brining John Phillipson to the crease. John was new to the colts team so what happened next was a bit of a surprise. He was out at the end of the fourth over for 27 (2 sixers 1 four) off 18 balls, Colts 2 for 29. Meanwhile I was still on 0 having only faced 2 balls but being thoroughly entertained at the non strikers end. Wickets fell a little too regularly although Brady Morrison was looking good before getting a good one on 21. 

At 5 for 79 as GT walked to the crease I was thinking, I bet he's pretty disappointed we had to bat now. The match was only 17 overs old and with John's early cameo our run rate was a very respectable 4.5 so we just needed a partnership. 

GT and I put on 75 and we were back in the game at 6 for 154, GT out for a fighting 21 and I was out not long after for 60. With 12 overs still to play Dermott Beattie made a smart 32 and Cam McBrien finished the innings with some big hits for 22 not out. Innings closed at 9 for 222. A total that we were very happy with.

John Philipson gives the ball some air 

At the break GT spoke about there still being plenty in the wicket provided we bowl well and we were all confident of defending 222. Our bowling innings couldn't have started better with a run out to GT and early wickets to Cam McBrien (1) and Aaron Crofts (2), Hawkesbury 4 for 33. 

At this point the Hawkesbury captain decided he would relieve our umpire, Ryan Tullia. With his season ending injury and no official umpires for Colts, Ryan is happy to help umpiring so both teams provided an umpire each. 

The problem was Ryan kept giving them out, caught at 1st slip, not using your bat and getting hit on the pads in front of the stumps, not making your ground running between wickets, unusual dismissals like that. After a heated conversation mid pitch between the two captains and with the support of the other umpire, Ryan was rightfully called back.

We took wickets at 73 and 79 both to Dermott Beattie who bowled a great 10 over spell, 2 for 19. 

With Hawkesbury 6 for 79, and the Webmaster Weekend Wrap already calling us out... "things got a little sloppy".

More wickets fell to Rudy Midya and Brady Morrison while Daniel Alleyn, in his first game for Colts, bowled well and finished with 2 for 20 off 8 and Hawkesbury all out for 50.

In the end, a good win keeping us well placed on the ladder in 3rd. 

Andrew Harvey 

Colts vs Sydney - Round 8 - 2015/16

Colts vs Sydney - Round 8 - 2015/16

With a win last week against Mosman, Colts looked to go for back to back wins against a strong Balmain outfit. A hot day at Beauchamp would set the scene for Round 8, with the Colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.

Beattie in the round before against North Sydney 

Balmain were in real trouble from the get go. Fast heat from Ben Parker saw two early wickets fall and Balmain left with a lot of work to do. Balmain managed to form a small partnership, taking the total to 53 before Cam McBrien picked up two quick wickets.

Despite the poor start by Balmain Batsman being 4/64, Balmain stood resilient and advanced to 119 thanks to wide balls racing for four and hard hitting. However with a change up in the bowling attack, Harry Wallace clenched an important wicket sending Balmain into a lower order collapse, with Patrick Rice, Rudy Midya picking up late wickets.

Fielding spurred the bowlers on with all catches being taken 6/10 of the wickets were catches and sharp technical fielding saw the run rate fall leaving Balmain with a small total of 185. 

Colts looked to start a typical innings losing an early wicket as Anshul was run out for cheap. Harry Wallace looked to contribute with the bat by smashing 4 boundaries. The wicket of Aaron crofts fell at 55 and 28 runs later Harry was stumped. 

Olly Zannino and new batsmen Mitchell O’ Donell were left to rebuild the Gordon run chase and they delivered adding a 59 run partnership and poising Gordon for a comfortable victory.

All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected, with one day rules applied the Balmain bowlers were reluctant to bowl down leg side?!?! With 70 (that isn’t a typo) extras tacked on to aid the Colts batsmen.

Skipper Glenn Tulia batted with Mitchell to oversee the final runs for victory as Colts go back-to-back. 

Rudy Midya

Colts vs Mosman - Round 7 - 2015/16

Colts vs Mosman - Round 7 - 2015/16

With a couple of tight losses accumulating under their belt, the young Colts team were eager to get back out on the field and on a winning roll. 

A slightly sticky second day wicket out at Mosman and an equally sticky, hot day would set the scene for Round 7, with the colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.

John O'Neill-Fuller walks back to the sheds at Balmoral 

The Mosman openers looked very solid, with one youngster particularly catching the eye of the skipper John O’Neil-Fuller, however some tight bowling particularly from young Ben Parker (1/18) aided by the inconsistent wicket saw the first wicket fall quickly. One brought two and two brought three, thanks to some good planned bowling from Aaron Crofts (1-10) and tight fielding from the team. 

Mosman were in real trouble but some slightly impatient bowling from the young and excited Gordon side tied in with some disciplined hitting from a Mosman pair saw the right side of the score board climb. However a good ball from Prashan (1-19) saw the much needed breakthrough and though expensive at times the spinners Krishna (2-52) and Beattie (2-31)were then able to roll through Mosman’s middle-lower order. 

Noticing the likely possibility of being all out before tea, Mosman dug in, frustrating the Gordon bowlers. 

However some proactive captaincy and a bit of luck saw Rudy Midya (1/15) and Anshul Baruah (1/4) both chip in with a wicket to stop the Mosman innings at 163 runs. 

Ben Parker whips one off his legs has he notches up some red ink as the Stags pass Mosman's score 

With an under par score and 15 overs to bat in the day to bat, Gordon were looking to dig in and get through to stumps unscathed but some miscommunication between Baruah and Krishna tied in with some good fielding and a direct hit left the score at 1/20 at stumps. 

Coming into next week the conditions were very similar and it looked to be a good chase for Gordon. However some good and energetic bowling from Mosman saw Krishna fail to add much to his solid start the previous week and prevent Crofts and Wright from settling at the crease. 

With the wickets tumbling Oliver Williams (17) was the next man in and together with Andrew Harvey (31) they rebuilt the Gordon chase.

Skipper John O’Neil-Fuller (22) continued pushing Gordon's case, however it was Dermott Beattie (53*), ably aided by Ben Parker (13*), who stole the spotlight as he busily anchored the tail end of the Colt’s chase, bringing up the runs with three wickets in hand.

Dermott Beattie was really the star of the show. With experience beyond his years, he brought the side home, notching up a half century in the process 

All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected but some great bowling from the young attack and maturity from the middle order batsman, saw the Colts back on their winning horse. 

Gordon 7/166 beat Mosman all out for 163

Anshul Baruah

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2015/16

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2015/16

When we left home, there was certainly no hope for a solid game of cricket, but as the clouds parted and the sun came out, we saw hope of a quality game against an opposition of equal ability.

The wicket was a batting paradise but the weather conditions where not of the same calibre.

John "Two Pumps" O'Neill-Fuller imparts his wisdom on his chargers 

Gordon won the toss and bat was the call. The team was unsure about the decision but we prepared for the game, both the openers (Dante Otto and Anshul Baruah) were full of confidence in the pitch and their ability.

The call to bat first came under even more scrutiny when Anshul Baruah was bowled out early in the first over for 2 with fellow opener Dante Otto following for 6 shortly after.

Andrew Harvey (12) and Rahul Krishna (27) revived the innings, digging in against the new ball. Unfortunately they both fell too early into the innings leaving the team with a job still to do. 

Rudy Midya takes 2/38 from 12 overes 

In comes the fill-in skipper, John O’Neill-Fuller, with a huge 52 to save the team from an extremely low total, dispatching balls to the rope with ease.

Even after a powerful captain’s knock he fell through lbw to an inswinger from the opposition captain. From there the tail crumbled with only 33 between the last 6 batsmen to end our innings on 138.

We knew we had to bowl well to restrict them to our minute total and for the latter part of the day we did just that with Rudy Midya (12 overs 2/38) bowling extreme heat up around the batsmen rib cage and Prashan Seneviratne (12 overs 1/30) bowling beautiful line and length.

Coming into the next week the conditions were much the same so we knew we had a chance with the ball. With Cameron Mcbrien bowling good heat with a great line and length for 1/23 we thought we were in with a chance. Hut the wickets weren’t falling quick enough, until Rahul Krishna, 4/47 from25 overs, bowled beautifully to almost take a thrilling 5 wicket haul. 

But even with those outstanding figures the bowling force simply couldn’t restrict them to such a low total with Sydney Uni reaching the total just before the afternoon tea break, to end a difficult game in difficult conditions.

Oliver Williams

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 5 - 2015/16

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 5 - 2015/16

We left home in heavy rain thinking we had no chance of playing cricket. Surprisingly, as we approached Maroubra, the conditions were not too bad. The groundsman was busy preparing the pitch, and it was agreed by both captains that we would start on time. 

Anshul Baruah took three wickets and also struck the ball well 

Gordon won the toss on a very juicy wicket. The Randy-Petes captain apologised to him team mates. We set ourselves the target of bowling them out for under 100. 

The opposition came out blazing, and the running between wickets by their openers was outstanding. After 9 overs, the score was already 79. This is an area of our game we need to improve, as we are giving our opponents an aggressive start in most games played this season. 

Anshul Baruah finally made the breakthrough with an LBW and followed it up with another wicket caught by Manus Chauhan at first slip. 

Rahul Krishna  bowled ten tight overs alongside Manus Chauhan, before knocking out 43 runs 

Again, it was our spin bowlers who reduced the run rate and got us back into the game. Manus Chauhan 1/24 off 10. Rahul Krishna 0/30 off 10. Prashan Seneviratne bowled very tidily once again taking 1/10 off 6. Another wicket to Anshul (3/51) and 2 late wickets for Cameron McBrien (2/51) saw us reduce the score to 7/210 after 50 overs. 

A few showers came through during the break, but this was no excuse. The pitch played fine all day. The seam of the ball was ruined early for both sides negating any swing. 

In reply, we were 2/55 after 23 overs (20 of those runs in extras). We did not show the same intent as our opposition, and the running between wickets needs improvement. 

The skipper, Glenn Tullia, tried to up the run rate towards the end 

Anshul Baruah (24) joined Rahul Krishna (43) at the crease and both batted very well, continuing their good early season form. The run rate was maintained at almost 5 per over for the remainder of the innings. 

Glenn Tullia (20 not out) and Oliver Williams (10 not out) were at the crease when rained finished the game after 45 overs. We were 5/159 and still 51 runs short. 

This was the first loss of the season for the young Colts side, but a lot of lessons were learnt. With majority of games washed out, it appears we maintain 3rd position on the ladder, with a lot of improvement left in us. 

We will bounce back at home next round vs Sydney Uni.

Glenn Tullia 

As the cars behind spin their wheels in the rain, the Gordon skipper carries on 
Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 4 - 2015/16

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 4 - 2015/16

Arriving at the ground to a dry Beauchamp park after the torrent rain during the week, the mighty Colts were up beat and ready to take on the Randy-Petes. 

After losing the toss we were sent out to field. The pitch looked as though it could offer something to our bowlers. We soon found ourselves in a difficult position with only fielding with 10 players, plus an ill Cam McBrien. 

Krishna pairs with Falky to restrict Randy-Petes, at takes 4 along the way 

This reduced down to only 9 during the 1st session as Rudy Midya "strained" a heartstring hamstring. 

A few early chances went begging but the boys began to dig deep. ‘GT’ Tullia took a blinder of a catch to get the ball rolling. Rahul Krishna and Michael Falk both bowled fantastic long spells to quickly dry the runs and produce much need breakthroughs. They both finished the innings with 4 wickets as we were set the chasing total of 278. 

Tullia, Cant and Falk raising the average age of the Colts - by quite a bit! 

The second Saturday quickly came again and all the boys were ready to chase the much needed runs. After having a much needed long preparation we began the innings well with Ryan Tullia and Anshul Baruah both knocking the ball around well. The first wicket fell to Anshul on 21 to an unlucky controversial 'catch'. 

The many shots of Falky bowling darts - on his way to 4 poles for the Colts 

Rahul and Ryan both enabled a solid platform to work from. We were sat in a good position at the end of the 1st session. 

Rahul had his woodwork knocked over from well placed yorker. Next ball some terrible umpiring fired Michael Cant for a golden duck (sorry Canty). 

Lucky the cameraman had their Canon on the ready - Just the one ball for Michael Cant 

With Ryan still looking very solid he was joined by the crease with Brady Morrison. Both running between the wickets brilliantly and placing the bad balls through to the boundary very well. The fantastic form of the great man Ryan Tullia continued as he notched up his 2nd 100 of the season. 

Thanks to the hard work by Ryno and Brady we were able to reach the target comfortably before the rain set. Ryan finished on 161* and Brady 29*.

An innings from Ryan Tullia to remember to maintain a vital win. 

Ben Parker

Ryan Tullia performs well above his years, notching up his second ton for the season 
Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 3 - 2015/16

Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 3 - 2015/16

Chris RetallickLosing the toss was always going to lead to a long day in the field, with a lightning fast outfield at David Philips, and a pitch resembling the flatter parts of the roads we drove on our way to the game. 

Chris Retallick resurrects the run chase, stabilising the middle order after a start of 3/10 

With no recognised spinner in the line-up, and a stand in wicket keeper, it would have to be a good tight display by everyone to keep the runs down and leave a gettable target on the board.

Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya offered up some good length early on and Rudy got a couple of wickets (including a sublime technical catch by the stand in wicketkeeper Tim van Zuylen) to keep us with a foothold. However a couple of missed run out opportunities and some aerial shots somehow avoiding the catchers they got well on top at 2/161.

However the breakthrough finally came and set things into motion for our bowlers. Anshul Baruah had the ball swinging and was rewarded with a couple of wickets finishing the innings with 2/45. UNSW lost 8/100 in the end and posted a very chasable 261. Pick of the bowlers was Midya with a battling 3/41.

With 4 overs left in the day to survive we were hoping to get through unscathed, however the open the bowling with a spinner trick payed off when Tim thought he was safe to leave one but misread the spin to be trapped LBW.

Rudy Midya1/1 starting the second day got worse when the two Tulia’s fell early to some aggressive bowling leaving us 3/10.

Rebuilding started when ‘Retro’ Retallick and Harvey teamed up in the middle to get the right column of the score rising.

Rudy Midya digs deep on a flat track for his side 

 Some punishing shots from Retallick off the left arm spinner moved us along well passing 50 and taking the score past 120. 

Retro finally fell for 63 trying to continue his assault on the spinners with a slog sweep but ended up giving a friendly top edge.

Harvey continued his steady stroke play and brought up his own 50 just after the tea break. He couldn’t keep it going though and fell for 58 leaving Krishna and Baruah at the crease. At 5/172 it could have gone either way, however they missed their chances (including one by an ex-Stag) and we made them pay. 

Andrew HarveySpecial mention to the backhand tactics from Andrew Harvey serving hot cordial at the drinks break. 

Yes Andrew Harvey. If a contribution with the bat wasn't enough... drinks may well have been 

Krishna brought up his 50 and then pressed on with some aggressive batting to really drop the heads of the fielders. With 24 runs needed off the last 8 overs of the day, UNSW had a very slim chance for victory, but required wickets which were not on offer from the Stags. Could a draw be possible?

Not a chance. The Colts reached the target 5 wickets down for a great win!

Anshul Baruah finished 46 not out and Rahul Krishna 80 not out after some absolutely fabulous batting with the composure of players much more experienced.

Congrats on a great win boys and special mention to the middle order who batted with the pressure on and got us over the line.

Tim van Zuylen

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Oli ZWith no cricket played in Round 1 the young Colts side were looking to get the season off to a good start, taking on Hawkesbury in the heat on Sunday down at Beauchamp Park. 

Skipper Glenn Tullia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the plan to tire the Hawkes out in the heat while getting runs on the board. Ryan Tullia and Rahul Krishna got off to a solid start in the first few overs before Rahul was dismissed with the score at 29. 

Oli Zanino looks to take advantage of the Hawks bowling attack 

Ryan was joined by Oli Zanino and the two of them quickly went about their business keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ryan quickly passed his fifty and by the time Oli departed for a well made 44, the score had reach 167. Their partnership of 132 had come up in around 20 overs and was highlighted by some sensible batting coupled with aggressive running between the wickets. 

After Oli had been dismissed Ryan kept pushing on and as a couple of wickets fell around him he pushed through the 90’s, keeping calm and brining up his century in the 36th over. 

Sam Braham looks for some away movement with the new rock 

Unfortunately, he was stumped next ball trying to up the run rate, however his innings showed an immense amount of maturity, being happy to work ones and twos while waiting for the bad balls to cash in. It was a chanceless innings and a great start to the season for Ryan.

With less than 10 overs to go a couple of wickets fell as the boys tried to keep pushing the run rate higher. Quick cameos from Dave Leiboff (20) and Sam Braham (15no) along with some really intelligent batting from Andrew Harvey helped the score creep up to a very competitive 7/266 off our allotted 45 overs. 

Andrew again showed maturity well beyond his age to keep the runs ticking along, whilst the batsmen around him were searching for boundaries he didn’t hit a single ball in the air, again just working ones and two and finishing with a very handy 33no.

Ryan Tullia on his way to a chanceless century, congratulated on his milestone 

Despite having runs on the board, the boys were well aware it was going to be a hard slog on a good batting deck. Cam McBrien and Sam Braham got things started with the new ball and were both unlucky not to pick up early wickets as a number of edges found their way down to the boundary. 

The Hawkes had got off to a bit of a flyer at 0/60 off the first 10. With a bowling change getting Anshul Baruah into the attack, the flow of runs slowed and the Stags were on their way as Anshul picked up a wicket straight after drinks. From there the boys began to squeeze the run rate and start building some pressure. Two more wickets then followed first to Rahul and then Sam returned and got a well deserved caught behind. 

Cam McBrien does the job for his skipper, tying down the batsmen and drying up the runs 

The runs continued to dry up and Cam McBrien came back into the attack, picking up the 4th wicket in his first over back. By this stage it was 4/140 from 33 overs, leaving the Hawkes needing 127 from the final 12 overs.

Unfortunately, some lose bowling combined with aggressive batting saw the runs start flowing quite freely again and the Hawkes were still well in the game. A quick change saw Anshul return to the bowling crease where he took his second wicket, removing the number 4 for 75 which pretty match confirmed the result. From there a run out followed and the Hawkes finished their 45 overs 6/228. Anshul finished with 2/37 from his 9 and Sam with 1/37 from his.

In the end it was a fairly comfortable win for the boys however we did let it get a lot closer than we should have. Plenty of positives to be taken from the game – particularly the top order batsmen setting up the game and some really great fielding. Most importantly 6 points first up and a great start for a very impressive young team. 

Dave Leiboff

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2015/16

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. 


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



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)


A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2015/16

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2015/16

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below.



Green Shield vs Western Suburbs - Round 3 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Western Suburbs - Round 3 - 2015/16

The match against Western Suburbs was washed out.

Green Shield vs Sydney University - Round 2 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Sydney University - Round 2 - 2015/16

The Greenies bounced back from their Round 1 defeat with a convincing victory against a somewhat lacklustre Sydney Uni side in extremely hot conditions at Killara Oval on Sunday.

It was one of the more unusual games the boys have played; this was due to the two rare run outs when the batsman hits the ball back to the bowler, coming off the bowler’s fingertips to run the non striker out... that's right, not once but twice.

Nick Astridge looks to demolish the tiny Sydney University total 

With a former Stag appearing for the opposition, the boys found some extra motivation to win. After both batting teams recorded high scores during the 4th Grade match the previous day, the Killara deck looked like producing two high scores yet again. This was not to be the case for Sydney Uni.

After Gordon lost the toss, the students elected to bat. We had a good start with Liahm Williams bowling a very impressive opening spell with 3/15 off 6 overs. Also an early run out coming off the finger tip of Sam Braham made sure we were on top going into drinks. 

Will Bremner in full flight, taking 2/3 in his spell 

We kept the pressure on and finished off bowling Sydney Uni out for 68, with great contributions from Liahm Williams (3/15), Will Bremner (2/3) and Sam Braham (1/18). 

The batsmen continued the momentum knocking up 1/43 off 17 with a great dig from Andrew Harvey steadying the ship after losing an early wicket. 

Nick Astridge, 17, got the Stags over the line with a valuable bonus point win 

At the end the boys got over the line with ease getting the runs 3 wickets down after 26 overs – a valuable bonus point win. Andrew Harvey (29) and Nick Astridge (17) were the standouts. 

A great win from the boys who simply outclassed the students. Our final match before Christmas is Wests on Tuesday and we are looking to continue our winning ways.

Dermott Beattie

Green Shield vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 1 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 1 - 2015/16

The 2015/16 Greenies kicked off their campaign against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale. Rosedale Oval is so big it could easily be confused with Warwick Farm racecourse which is right next door. 

Three boundaries all day, and all on the short side, only emphasised that no one in U16 can hit a ball that far. 

The boys take the field to defend their total 

Congratulations to Brady and Dermott; obviously plenty of time in the gym has paid off!

We won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket where you couldn't be confident you made the right decision. Wickets fell regularly and opener, Nick Astridge was the only top order batsman to provide any resistance, still there at 3/39 and 4/69 before falling for 35 with the team in trouble at 5/75. 

The boys reflect on one wicket and form their plans for the next 

A much needed partnership of 35 between Dermott Beattie (23) and Dan Alleyn (29) saw the Stags post 154. A lower total than what we were hoping for, however, we were still confident that we could defend it.

Unfortunately like the batting, our bowling and fielding were not at the level we wanted. We were able to bowl well from one end but rarely both and also put down some catches which proved costly. 

Despite this we were never out of the game and it wasn't until the 49th over before we were beaten. Prashan Seneviratne was easily the pick of the bowers with 3/18 off 10 and was the reason why we were still in contention late in the game with a stunning second spell. 

Rosedale Oval is a big place, and the boys were confident to defend their score 

Sam Braham also bowled well with 1/23 off his 10 and was unlucky not to have taken more.

Although beaten on the day, so was half the competition. 

The boys are still confident of a strong season ahead and are looking forward to our next match against Sydney Uni on Sunday at Killara.

Andrew Harvey

Match Reports 14/15

Match Reports 14/15

The 2014/15 season for the Gordon DCC will not go down in history as the best season on the park. After a number of strong years for the club, none of the teams made the finals across the five grades. Nevertheless, there were a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players./

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2014/15

First Grade Match Reports 2014/15

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

Harry EvansAfter a month of 2 day games, it was back into one day mode for the 1st Graders. This would be our last game at Chatswood Oval for the season and the last game before Josh (JP) Poysden headed back to the motherland. 

A glorious late cut by the skipper, Harry Evans 

The football warm up game would see different teams turn out due to the transfer market opening during the week. The top 5 were happy with their purchase of Tym Crawford (Crunchy Nut) whilst the bottom 6 reclaimed Iain Beverley (Bevo).

The dewy conditions would allow the ball to skid on more than usual which would disadvantage the bottom 6 with their style of play, booting the ball up field and hoping for the best, it has however come off for them more often than not this season.

The top 5 showed a lot of skill, determination and control to put one past JP, the goalkeeper. You could really tell the bottom 6 were rattled and in the end were not able to get an equaliser in which they only had 31% of possession. An overdue but well-deserved victory to the top 5.

Cam EcclesNow to the serious stuff. Harry won the toss on what looked to be a good wicket, and chose to bat. Cam Eccles and Steve Colley got us off to a good start, posting 50 for the first stand until Cam was caught behind. Steve soon followed. Harry Evans and Elliot Richtor put on 50 more before Harry was bowled with the score on 115. 

Cam Eccles nails a hook shot early in his innings, before being caught behind the wicket 

As has been our downfall this season, we lost wickets again in clumps and were struggling at 5/118. Bevo and Els Richtor put on 50 before Iain was out LBW. Chad came in and continued his good form from last week putting on another 50 run partnership, before Els was bowled for 84 with 2 overs to go. Chad and JP were able to pick up valuable runs in the last 2 overs to get us to a total of 234. Par score would have been around 260, but if we bowled well we were definitely in with a chance.

Our bowlers didn’t get off to the best start and Penrith’s opening batsmen came out swinging. They were scoring at 8 an over before Dan Smith, as he has done so often this year, got the breakthrough. Penrith’s batsmen continued to score freely until Chad got the dangerous DiBartolo out caught by Reece “trench foot” Bombas.

Steve ColleyFrom there Penrith batsmen accumulated and got closer to the required total. A flurry of wickets at the end wasn’t enough to stop Penrith winning the game by 4 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Steve Colley looks down the ground for runs against the Panthers 

It was a disappointing day for the Stags. We simply didn’t post enough runs, and our bowling started poorly which allowed the opposition to get a big portion of the runs in the first 15 overs. 

One more game to go against Campbelltown. Hopefully we can forget about this game and put in a big performance to finish the season on a high.

Elliot Richtor

The many facets of Elliot Richtor's game 

We would like to thank JP for coming back to the Stags this season. Everyone has enjoyed playing with him and he has been a great clubman off the field. 

The self-proclaimed “best dj” in the team (let’s see your mixing skills), most (not all) enjoyed the variety of cheese he played in the change rooms. All the best for your upcoming UK season and hopefully see you back here in September.

Elliot “ERIC” Richtor

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

BlaizeMoving into the back end of the season, sitting outside the top six, we knew we had to win the last three games of the season to be playing deep into March. The Onions (minus Reece) couldn’t have got off to a better start scoring an early goal in the warm up, as the top 5 were clearly agitated.

On debut, Blaize receives plenty of encouragement from his teammates 

The loss of one of the greats Onion soccer players, Stobes, did not stop the dominance and he was replaced by our debutant Blaize Irving-Holliday (congratulations on your debut mate), and proved vital in assisting Poysden park the bus at the back.

Numerous balls in from wide areas from Chad and Smithy proved difficult to deal with, especially for Steve as he found himself up the wrong end of the field in his defensive goal box. The top 5 plus coach Howitt skipped flustered and became immediately rattled. 

Chad Soper2-0 up with a couple of minutes left on the clock, the London double decker bus was well and truly parked and not moving. Jose Mourinho would have been happy as the defense could not be broken down and Chad escaped on the counter attack and slotted home another to take the lead out to 3-0. Another famous victory for the Onions. 

Chad Soper. Great value all-rounder for our fantasy sides 

On a green wicket at Chatswood Oval, Gordon was sent into bat on an overcast and rain threatening day. Bev and Cam got off to a solid start and they managed to keep out a strong opening bowling attack before rain interrupted play. On the resumption Sutherland came out firing and had Gordon in trouble, 4 wickets down at lunch. Most players were able to get starts but would be disappointed they couldn’t go on with it and take it deep into the day. 

EcclesHowever, our lower order combined to do this and a brilliant innings by Chad Soper displayed his full potential as a batsmen. Sopes started off slowly and was met at the crease by Josh with the score at 213, below par at Chatswood. 

Cam Eccles provides the side a good start before the rains closed in 

Sensible batting mixed with class and precision saw Chad dominate the partnership placing the ball into gaps on the fast outfield and scoring off many balls whether it be boundaries or quick singles. 

Josh played a great anchor role and ensured his wicket was not taken easily. They put on 89 for the last wicket, which was a club 1st grade record partnership for the final wicket. Congratulations! Chad finished on 78 and Josh 24*, which finished the days play and gave the bowlers something to bowl at on Sunday.

Sunday morning, and the pitch was rock hard and early wickets would be needed to defend the total on the board. 

PoysdenIt didn’t take long before the Onions got into their stride, less than an over and Dan 'Hound' Smith had raced away to an early start thanks to a great diving catch in front of the parrot at first slip. Chad was the other Onion who opened from the North end and it wasn’t long before he added one to his tally as Reece fed himself off Harry’s hands, well done Parrot, staying true to yourself. 

Poysden. I'd frame this pull shot. Classic.

Chad bowls with great consistency, which means the opposition won’t get off to a quick start when he opens the bowling. Not long later Hound had another wicket, through some short pitched bowling. Another brilliant catch by Bev down the leg side this time, sticking out his left hand out and snaring another beauty, tongue out and all. YES! YES! 

CrawfordAt lunch, Sutherland has battled well to not lose another wicket and steady the ship. 

Tym guides one through the gully region 

Although there was some attacking bowling, we were not able to break a partnership that slowly edged their way closer to our total. From here on in, it was a hard slog on a good batting wicket, the bowlers struggled to consistently put the ball where they wanted to develop enough pressure and force a mistake. 

Blaize bowled well in patches and fielded well diving around getting himself dirty. It was a tough debut but you’ll be better for the experience. Back yourself because you got here through consistent performances and there is no reason why you can’t continue that. 

Josh bowled well for no reward in the scorebook and Harold rolled out some off spin picking up a stumping and removing their centurion. Smithy was the pick of the bowlers running in all day and ended with another wicket to his tally, and could have been more. 

ReeceSutherland were the better team and were able to bat for long periods without losing wickets, making batting towards the end of the day a lot easier and past our score 5 wickets down. We should learn from the oppositions’ ability to keep wickets in the shed for later in the day where the batsmen can take the advantage of tiring bowlers. 

Sparky, here is where you stop reading.

Bombas rocks back and makes light work of this one 

Match of the day was on when we challenged the locals to a game of soccer. The Guzzler joined the group to match the numbers of the opposition and the game was on, football boots and all. The Onions, plus the top 5 got off to the ideal start with an early goal to show our intent. Our tactics of hoofing it to Harry and see what happens differed a lot from our counterparts who played the Barcelona like passing game. 

RichtorThe Guzzler thought we were playing Rugby League at some points and ran through a couple of blokes, in similar style to Jason Taumalolo and the football boots became a problem when they met with the unprotected Nike shoe, so fair was fair.

Such a particularly classy player, Elliot Richtor is due for a big score in these final two rounds of the competition 

There was also some friendly fire when Evans’ head met with the Guzzler’s right eye. Evans 1 Guzzler 0. 

The Guzzler was rattled. After being ahead, early on the locals managed to sneak away with victory 7-6. It was a tough day!

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

Bombas"It’s a numbers game.” These are words from the mouth of a Gordon player who may one day compose a novel about the disadvantages of stretching before and after games and how delayed onset of muscle soreness is all a big lie. 

Although these words rang true in many ways for the Gordon 1st Graders against a determined Parramatta outfit set on disrupting any plans of progressing into the finals.

Reece "Facebook legend" Bombas skips down the track 

Our day began with a slight scare, no this was not the victory of the “Onions VI” in the pre-warmup/pre-stretch soccer game because in the eyes of the writer this was “a given” but rather after the toss of the coin and electing to bat, our skipper Evans and our veteran Richtor both succumb to injuries that left some “Onions” feeling a little nervous in our decision to bat first.

BeverleyThe openers Possum and Squirrel (Eccles and Beverley) saw off the new ball with Beverley (38) in particular showing his improved shape and aggressive running between wickets to take our score to 29 before Eccles (13) was unfortunately adjudged LBW. 

Squirrel... we think... Beverley at the very least 

Beverley then formed a sturdy partnership with Bombas (37), the mastermind behind infamous facebook statuses and the quote above, moving our score to 85 and taking the shine off the new turf ball before Beverley was caught trying to find the boundary rope before the lunch (Prego) break. 

With Evans suffering as mentioned above, the batting order was adjusted with Colley joining Bombas, which was only short lived as Reece was dismissed soon after lunch chipping to mid off also in his 30’s. Richtor and Colley both continued their strong season of batting performances sharing an excellent partnership of 99 before Elliott was out for a well-made 59. 

harrySteve also went on to score a dominant 59 reminding us where not to bowl to him with 6 boundaries and one large 6 before being undone by a tough period of pressure from the Parramatta bowlers, who were clearly sensing a chance of a middle order collapse and with Soper following soon after leaving the Stags score reading 6-233 this looked highly likely.

Harry "Thank" Evans! continues to score through mid-wicket 

Unbeknown to the Parramatta supporters and bowlers but Gordon possessed possibly the best No. 8 batsmen in the grade and Thank Evans we did! 

Tym Crawford combined with our captain and together they blasted 102 runs before Bombas figured out what he could take to the moon! 

CrawfordTym was eventually dismissed for 59 (“it’s a numbers game”) and Harry scored a quickfire 63 from only 49 balls and despite a few wickets at the end Gordon finished the day with a total of 347. A competitive score, highlighted by a consistent batting effort but in the eyes of captain hindsight possibly 50 runs short. 

Crawford  punches one through the point region 

Another win to the Onions VI on Day 2 saw plenty of energy amongst the bowling unit in particular a vocal Poysden, who was reportedly heard singing victory songs about driving a bus prior to the first goal that was scored. Onions VI 3 - Top 5 - nil.

The early Gordon bowling was tight and although the score of 1-66 at lunch confirmed this, the Onion VI would have to apply more pressure to ensure wickets continued to fall.
In the second session, the Stags bowlers toiled hard on a flat wicket but failed to make a breakthrough and when the tea break came around the score was 1-183 with the Affleck brothers showcasing contrasting innings to the Stag batsmen the previous week. 

SoperThe final session could’ve resulted in multiple outcomes but despite a few wickets falling the runs continued to flow and were eventually accumulated in the 2nd last over of the days play leaving the Gordon players without 6 vital points and a lot left to be desired. 

Soper charges in on Day 2 to grab the Eels wickets 

A disappointing end to a tough day in the field for the Stag bowlers with captain hindsight speaking volumes about grassed chances and no one going on to score greater than 59 but all in all, the team with the most number of wickets and runs wins the contest. Cricket is a numbers game indeed. 

Chad Soper

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

Poysden celebratesThe Captain of Australia playing at Chatswood Oval aside, 1st Grade had a brilliant win against Wests which now sees us 8th in the ladder, only 2 points behind Randy Ps who are 5th, with four rounds to go.

Poysden celebrates the wicket of Clarke shortly after lunch 

I was awoken on Saturday morning to a message from our illustrious coach Edward Howitt II- check the Daily Telegraph. To my amazement I was greeted by one of the sports pages by a big photo of three of our players. Congratulations to Smith, Stobo & Crawford on their new modelling deals. 

Some tough words were spoken in the paper- ‘No free runs for Clarke’, Crawford bellowed, ‘Take it deep’, Smith followed up with. But the words that will stay with me came from Stobo. ‘Onionati for life’. 

After a piccolo and doing the covers, it was time for the main event, warm up football. In a big transfer window coup, the bottom 6 had managed to acquire the current leader of the Mark Noble Medal, Tym Crawford in a part exchange (+heavy cash) swap for Iain Beverley. It was a close, nerve wrecking game, but in the end the bottom 6 did enough to bring home the bacon.

Dan SmithEvans went out to do the toss with Wests skipper Ridley, and it was decided that Wests would bat first. The wicket looked good considering the rain throughout the start of the week- good on ya Glenny boy. 

Dan "Hound" Smith keeps the seam in perfect position as Clarke finds it difficult to score 

It didn’t take long for us to take the first wicket, Dan ‘Hound’ Smith snicking off the opener. This led to the great man Reece Bombas’ first contribution of the game. In the words of some he ‘just doesn’t drop them’. It was a fair catch considering it was not to his much preferred low and to the right area. He took it ‘just casually’. Not many people would know (until he told all of us), that not only has he taken the most outfield catches in the club, he is third in the whole comp.

Then out walked the person most people were there to see - Michael Clarke. There was a strong crowd at the ground, with lots of Gordon Juniors (great to see), Channel 9 (Tym Crawford was heard to be hanging around the Coogee Pavillion a lot more in the last couple of days), and Fox Sports all there. Even the main man & club president Andrew ‘three’s a crowd’ Falk was on ABC grandstand. 

However there was someone missing- selector Tony ‘salt n pepa’ Wilson was nowhere to be seen. He claims he was watching one of his many horses race (how long until ‘The Mulcher’ wins the Melbourne Cup?), but my sources (tomato & bbq), have told me that he was frequenting one of his favourite spots, The Blackout Café in Lindfield. Are the trumours about this place real Tiddles? If so we can expect a dinner there with H.Evans and H.Angus to be on the cards soon. 

Chad SoperAnyway, back to a bloke who has scored 28 test hundreds batting at Chatswood. “Hound”, Stobo and eventually Chad & Evans bowled well to him, and didn’t bowl many loose balls- as seen by his 51 being scored off 128 balls. Wests got to lunch without losing another wicket- although the run rate was well under control. 

Soper is pushed through the offside by Clarke for a couple 

Clarke had to give some interviews to the press at lunch and was swamped by all at the ground. It was nice to see Clarke signing all the autographs and having genuine conversations with lots of the spectators. In an era where modern sportsman is permanently under the microscope, with the merest whiff of a disturbance used to sell papers, he was a true ambassador for the game and everyone who came to watch would have made some memories for life. 

After lunch, I was introduced into the attack and managed to get us a breakthrough. As Paul Stephenson has said in his wrap, old mate Clarke suggested I move my field to try and get him to hit against the spin. Definitely the first time a batter has told me where to put my fielders. However, Evans decided this wasn’t the way to go and so we kept our two catching mid wickets, which were the result of some serious studenting from the man formerly known as “Mulcher”. 

Charlie StoboClarke tried to go over these mid wickets but managed to pick out Evans (who else), who took a quality diving catch. The standard of this catch cannot be underestimated - it was a great grab. With the Fox & Nine cameras trained on Clarke, it was left to one of the Gordon parents to capture it on their phone. We’re still sourcing the raw file, but it’ll be up on our site soon.

Stobo gets his chance to bowl to the Australian captain 

We then managed to get on a bit of a roll. There were more wickets for myself, Chad had their Pom caught at mid off by “Crunchy Nut” Crawford , and there were also wickets for Evans and Crunchy Nut got in on the act with ball in hand (not for the last time in the weekend). This was a great period for the Stags, and Hound said to me that he could hear one spectator playing the song by Bingo Players- Rattle.

The number 8 was nutmegged by a googly and then my new mystery ball ‘the dobby’ took its first wicket (not counting its hat trick vs “Guzzler” in the nets). Watch this space and when you see the kids I coach cleaning up test cricket with it in ten years’ time, you know where the name came from.

A brief last wicket partnership then came as we also took the new ball- but this was also finished by the man “formerly known as Mulcher”.

Josh Poysden

Wests were bowled out for 260, a performance the bowlers’ onion were happy with considering what kind of scores we have been seeing at Chatswood this year. 

A humble, well-loved Pom, Josh Poysden leaves the field after a strong performance. We're looking forward to the tweets, re-tweets and Facebook likes from his folks back home! 

Everyone chipped in and did their part, and it was good to back up such a strong morning football performance. Unfortunately we lost a few quick wickets to finish the day 2/12, but the consensus was if we batted properly we could still chase the score down.

After a trip to the Orchard Tavern, our local, and top-notch feed in Chatswood, it was an early night for all of us (apart from “just casually Bombas” and his new Mrs). 

Well done to the Socceroos for beating that famous footballing nation South Korea and winning the Asian Cup. A highlight was the opening goal being scored within warm up football rules, taking two touches and using his third to slot it in the corner.

Bombas picked me up in the morning, it was my long awaited debut in the TaTa. I did wonder about how he has already managed to spill yoghurt on the back seat when he has only had it for such a short space of time though. Thanks for the lift!

Shock me! Another win for the bottom 6 in warm up football to really stamp our authority as the renowned champs. 

It was a tough first session for the Stags, despite a brief partnership between Eccles and Evans, with us being 4/65 at one point. Cam got a well-made 30, fresh from his warm weather training camp at the Scone 6s tournament.

This was when Els & Steve ‘brother of the Guzzler’ Colley came together. They really got us back into the game with a nice partnership. Els has been extremely consistent this year and his importance for our team is not to be underestimated. After Els (by the way- congrats on your recent award as third best DJ in first grade – and the second best in your family) was dismissed, “Just Casually” himself came to the crease.

I don’t use this word often in relation to Bombas, but he played a seriously mature innings. He was playing some of his textbook straight drives and was unlucky to keep hitting the fielders. He was patient, and didn’t give anything away.

"Mature" Bombas... surely that's a typo. One thing's for sure, the journalists missed out on some great quotes by not pointing the microphone in his direction 

Steve batted beautifully for his 76, and the only reason he didn’t go on to get a hundred was due to a serious catch at first slip. Again, “Buckets” Colley also didn’t give anything away. A highlight was his trademark pull shots. I’m sure anyone who bowls at him at training knows you just can’t bowl short to him.

Buckets was eventually dismissed with still 70 runs to get. These were nervy times, with some “medium-stitious” people getting a bit edgy. However, there was no need to fear, because due to us using a night watchman we had Crunchy Nut Crawf strolling out at number 8. 

Tym CrawfordHe and Reece weathered a mild storm and then Tymmy ended it in style, with two 4s and a 6. These two both ended on 50odd red, a just reward for playing such an important innings for us. It’s brilliant to see our middle order firing and this will hold us in great stead. 

Tym "Cindy" Crawford... if cricket doesn't work out... it appears "Page 3" in the Telegraph might be a viable alternative 

My favourite part of our performance was the fact we are learning- we have spoken a lot about losing wickets in clusters and this was one thing we just did not do. It’s a sign of a good team to learn from their past mistakes, and this does bode well with an important run-in coming up.

With some Carlton fluid refreshments in hand, and some on some people’s heads, the song was sung loudly safe in the knowledge that we are a serious chance to play some finals cricket if we keep working hard and performing like we know we can.

Up the Staggies, 

“Bendicii” Poysden

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Chad SoperTo be honest, without James Kennedy the “bottom six” looked lost in the AAFC (Anti - look for arguments sake I will let the reader fill in the blanks from here) derby at Coogee Oval. At times predictable and one dimensional, “long ball Kennedy” was missed purely for his ability to control the backfield. 

Chad Soper - 'cool heads, big hearts' 

Steve Colley had his best game for the top 5, managing to score two goals by remarkably dribbling the ball across the goal line twice without having a shot. Most improved this week went to the struggling Reece Bombas who in previous weeks has let panic take control of his game. One of the few sponsored athletes at the Gordon Club, Reece took full advantage of his new “KD” gear and attacked with purpose. 

As always, Captain Harold’s post-match football speech or pre-match cricket speech was measured, calm and direct. Harry outlined the plan for the day which always fills the side with confidence. Ed Howitt offered his insight which was crucial followed by an unusually large number of cliches from the rest of the playing group. 

Chad Soper was quoted as saying “cool heads, big hearts”. Charlie Stobo remarked “it will be a game of two halves” and Bombas followed with “it will be a game of two halves” in a remarkable echo of Stobo’s sentiments. We crossed immediately to Dan Smith for his reaction, the three words stayed with this reporter… “take it deep”.

BevoHow ironic, “take it deep” was the one thing the Gordon batsmen failed to do when chasing RP’s total of 263. 

The author is just itching for a chance 

Dan Smith opened the attack and bowled with good pace and shape. The wicket, whilst flat, was two paced, which required the quicks to hit a full length on their ‘reg’ deliveries. During his first spell, Smithy claimed the Stags first wicket, a good catch by Reece Bombas at first slip. Afterwards Reece announced that’s where he likes to catch them, low and to his right. 

Meanwhile, Stobo was coming to terms with the early swing the white kookaburra offered. It didn't take long for Charlie to settle in and adjust to the conditions. In this reporter’s opinion, it is always a good sign when an athlete can adjust to the conditions whilst in the contest. Charlie proceeded to bowl his 10 overs straight, picking up the valuable wicket of Price, fielding for the remainder of the innings like a gun, all without a migraine.

Harry EvansChad Soper followed Stobo from the ‘Goodger’ end. Harold set an attacking yet restrictive field and Soper delivered with his length and line. The middle overs were a point in the game the playing group identified needed to improve from last week. The bowling and fielding responded to the call, restricting the hosts to around the 110 mark at 30 overs.

What 1st Grade story is complete without a photo of Harry contributing 

Josh Poysden mixed his pace up from the beginning and contributed greatly to restricting RP’s through the middle session. JP’s final figures did not reflect the way he bowled. This season I’ve been in the box seat to watch the “evolution of the mulch”. I feel JP is maturing as a leg spinner; not as a bloke. Certainly last season, our much loved “Dobby” was all about consistent accuracy. At times JP had a tremendous amount of success waiting for batsmen to miss the ball. 

This season, first and foremost JP is turning the ball more. Josh is trying to be more proactive in creating ways to get batsmen out rather than skidding onto the pads. Some might argue that is why JP is not having the same amount of success as last season so far, whereas I believe JP is becoming a better bowler for it. 

Our final 15 overs was not pretty as RP’s finished with 263. Agreed across the group as 40-50 runs over what we expected to chase.

The lunch break offered a genuine half time show. The majority of the bowling unit plus selected “WAGS” opted for a “Melonhead” beach run. Upon our journey, Chad Soper was left feeling white as he passed 80-90 youngsters browner than him. The real action remained at Coogee Oval though. 

Controversy was sparked between Chad’s mates, when one 12 year old girl accused another 13 year old Caucasian girl of posting a photo on instagram #nofilter when clearly Valencia was used. The 13 year old responded by saying I use St Tropez fake tan and half tight lips, what would you know about taking a selfie? 

The argument escalated quickly. 

Josh PoysdenThe crowd gathered thick and fast on the boundary line. All of a sudden, 80-90 of Chad’s mates hurdled the fence and formed a giant fight circle. One guy was seen to be carrying a trident. The chant started from an older, less mature group of adults “feed-your-self, feed-your-self”, but it was no use.

“Fight, fight, fight” swiftly took over and it was on. From all reports the girls got right into it. Hair pulling, spitting, open handed slaps the lot. Law enforcement moved in quickly and the crowd dispersed.

Josh Poysden, his bowling dissected by the author in this report 

Great start by Eccles and Crawford with the stick. Admittedly it took them around 5 over to understand the surface and play shots accordingly. Tym hit some classic shots straight and over cover. He soon opened up the leg side scoring freely through mid-wicket and square leg. Cameron supported him well by ticking the strike over.

The opening platform had been set, we needed the middle order to fire. Steve made a good go if it, although not timing the ball as well as he would have liked, Colley tried his best and as usual his running between the wickets was first class.

Reece and Harry put on a decent partnership and got the chase within sight. Once again, Reece was positive with his footwork to the spinner, bringing back memories of his innings against Mosman in Round 1. The skipper is always up for a challenge and certainly tried his best to get the team in front on the board for the last 10 overs. 

As reported by the webmaster on Sunday, the bottom six batted as well as they played football in the warm up. 

Tym was the pick of the batters and it was absolutely the right decision for him to open the batting. If we were going to be any chance to chase 263 with large square boundaries we needed a solid start. The fact is our chase lost momentum each time we lost a wicket and by the time Reece and Harry were dismissed the lower order wasn't able to put up a fight as they usually do. 

We move on, that’s what cricket is. 

Back to the whites and a ball that “supposedly” doesn't swing, although across the competition the white ball run rate has been significantly slower than the two day. Food for thought. (Editor’s note: Unsure about this logic. Doesn't this prove the red ball isn't swinging, if they score quicker in the two day matches?) 

Special thanks to all the supporters who ventured out to Coogee. A glorious moment to see the young Abigail Howitt at a Gordon match. Marcus Baghdatis our resident “FOB” (Fresh Off the Boat) was again in fine form cheering the lads on. 

Thank you Marcos for being number 1.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Evans GDCCThe game against the Students is always a match that the Stags look to lift for. With some tight contests in the last few seasons, it was yet again going to be a close encounter at Chatswood Oval. With the Big Bash league taking place in town, Ed Cowan was set to make an appearance down old Chatswood way. 

Harry Evans hits out at the top of the innings 

However it was noted that the once capped Aussie had forgotten his playing gear, in particular his batting pads as he was preparing to walk out on to the pitch. Who knew what the in-form batsmen would bring out to the middle.

Well we didn’t have to wait long as the Students won the toss and decided to bat on a hard and flat deck. Daniel “animal” Smith has been bowling well of late and after three years has been granted first use of the downward slope from the Southern end. The animal has been missing of late after an extended absence in Europe. It is only now that he is starting to let loose once again. The animal took an early bite at the students by dismissing Faraday in the third over of the day. 

Poysden GDCCJames “Mantis” Kennedy started well from the northern end having a few close calls before he ended up losing the use of one of his limbs. A frustrating time of late with injuries forced the Mantis from the field, which meant the coach Ed Howitt Jnr to make his return to the field. How many decades of cricket have you participated in Hoppa? 

Poysden looks to use his premier grade experience against the Students 

Unfortunately for the Stags being one bowler short against two first class batsmen was not going to be an ideal situation. Scott Henry decided to place pressure on the bowlers lifting the tempo of his game. Cowan was building a comfortable innings down the other end, trying to intimidate our very own first class player Josh “Bendicii” Poysden. However our Pom got the better of Cowan (33) sneaking a leg spinner between bat and pad. 

This brought out the crafty Greg Mail who, with Scott Henry, formed a solid partnership that was striking at 6 runs an over in the middle period. Both players gave tough chances throughout their innings and with a bit of luck going our way it could have been a different total scored. 

Eventually Henry got his hundred, while Mail was dismissed for 65. Harry “Evans!” Evans and Bendicii bowled well late in the innings. However, a few late strikes over the fence allowed the students to post 285 runs from their 50 overs. A very good score but a total that could be chased down on a good batting wicket. 

The Stags got off to a solid start however found it difficult to hit the boundary early on due to some very tight opening bowling. Unfortunately both Cameron “X” Eccles (20) and Steve “Virat” Colley (7) lost their wickets before the score had reached 50. 

Bombas GDCCNot the best of starts but this soon changed with a promising partnership between Evans! and Elliot “Erriott” Richtor. With a loss of concentration from Evans! (61) and the quick departure of Erriott (28) on the same score of 124, the Stags lost a fair bit of momentum in their run chase. 

Bombas makes a late charge towards the total 

Fortunately Reece “Boom” Bombas and Tym “Roachie” Crawford consolidated the innings by putting on 70 runs between them. Although this was an important partnership for our run chase neither one went on to score a big total. Both Bomber (52) and Roachie (35) lost their wickets consecutively when the score was on 210. 

From here it was a tough ask for our lower order to chase 8 runs an over for 10 overs with minimal wickets in hand. Wickets were lost consistently in the final overs with the required run rate climbing to over 10 an over. 

The Stags made it to 261 when a run out occurred in the final over of the game. 25 runs short and definitely another match that we will look upon as a possible 6 points that should be going against our name and not the oppositions. 

Time will tell whether these tight losses will make a difference come the business end of the competition. 

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Els RichtorWith Christmas around the corner the 1st Graders were keen to finish off the year in style against our rivals up the highway. Charlie Stobo was warmly welcomed for his first grade debut and with his genetic makeup there is no doubt that he will succeed at this level. 

Els Richtor is congratulated by SCA Player of Round 6 - Chad Soper 

Chatswood was looking the goods and the stage was set for an excellent day of cricket. NDs won the toss and politely asked the mighty Stags to don the colour pads and set a score for them to chase. Glenn has done a great job this year with the Chatswood wickets this year with plenty of runs on offer and games usually going down to the wire late in the day, today seemed that it was going to be similar so a score of 260-300 was going to be key. 

Harry EvansStags tactically lost an early wicket to bring the golden arm to the wicket to continue on his merry way of destroying the confidence of all bowlers in Sydney Grade Cricket. 

You'd have to think our skipper is in line for Player of Round 7 

For future reports I have included a template for all to use. Feel free to fill in the blanks and alter as appropriate.

“Harry Evans again showed his prowess with the (ball/bat) taking (enter amount of wickets here) and scoring (enter amount of runs here). The (enter poor opposition name here) had the impossible task of taking Evans wicket. Golden Arm took a particular liking to (enter poor bowlers name that will probably end his career soon, I mean what’s the point sometimes) with figures of (enter bowlers figures aka 0/150 off 4 overs) and continued his onslaught for the rest of the innings. With the form that this young man is in I’m sure that he will be picked for (Sixers / Thunder / Blues / Australia / Hall of Fame / Time Magazine’s Sportsman of the Year Award).”

Steve ColleyYou're welcome future report / biography writers.

We were able to post a very respectful score of 281 with some good contributions from Colley and Bevans with 36 apiece.

Colley did make a handy contribution, looking for runs behind square 

With 281 on the board we were quietly confident that we had enough to win the game as long as we bowled with tight line and length and continually take wickets and that’s exactly what happened. Special mention to Charlie on debut with figures of 1/22 off 10 straight overs he really set the tone for the innings and denied any momentum in the Rangers chase. 

All bowlers chipped in with a wicket and, paired with our fielding, the points were always staying in Chatswood. 

Evans, feeling that he hadn’t quiet done enough for the match, also bowled 10 straight taking 1/44 and Richtor was not going to be ‘out-burgled’ and mopped up the tail taking 4/28 off 7. 

Harry EvansWe bowled them out for 195 from 49.1 overs.

A couple of notable mentions for the day.
• Most amount of squirrel grips in use in a 1st Grade game
• Evans was out burgled
• Someone other than Reece carried the team to victory. Thank god for this I was worried his shoulders were getting a little tired and his posture was not looking well.
• First time 12 people named Gordon were seen playing on one cricket field. Previous record was 11 in a game held in Brisbane.

Only one wicket skipper - But a well-deserved salute with the willow 



Cameron Eccles

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2014/15

Coast Committee met again on the Friday night, with some new developments: Kris and Jack were made to finally sort their act out and get the ‘draw’ done. One job. How hard. 

Football took place in the warm up and it was an absolute thriller- a last minute goal from the top 5 equalizing to leave it at one all. Dan

The plan for the day was clear: wrap up the 6 points early doors and crack on to try and present ourselves with an opportunity for an outright. The boys got off to a bang; Smithy taking a pole in the first over. This just set the tone for the whole day, with the Warriors being bowled out for 78, a long way adrift from our first innings 226. ‘JK’ Kennedy and Smithy finished with 4 each, with 1 apiece for Chad and the author. 

Dan Smith captured 4 wickets, as did JK, in Blacktown's first innings of 78

Unsurprisingly, Evans! enforced the follow on and sent them straight back in. The Warriors came out swinging and managed to get to 62 before we got a wicket just before lunch. There was a #gamechanger moment at lunch, with ‘Buckets’ Colley having an inspired moment to put the lashes in the freezer, to help motivate the boys for the remaining two sessions.

After a Subway was enjoyed by most (apart from the batters who just filled their boots with chicken and chips) we were back out. A JK bouncer bought us our second wicket, with 3, 4 and 5 coming in quick succession. Fair to say that the cricket gods were out in full force. These all fell to the little superstar Chadley. 

Two brief partnerships followed- with the boys being patient and knowing that if we dug in we still had a great chance. After a few more wickets, Blacktown found themselves at 8-230, a lead of 80 and around 25 overs left in the day. 

Chad then found a crucial breakthrough. This meant Chad now had a 6fa, a massively deserved reward for one of the hardest working members of our team. His efforts every week do not go unnoticed and is someone who everyone loves it when he does well. Looking forward to him celebrating his haul at the Beery next week with some schooners on his head. 


When the author picked up the final wicket this meant that we were set 117 from 16 overs for a big win.

Chad Soper took 6 wickets in Blacktown second innings

Tym ‘Roachy’ Crawford was put up the order to give it a whack as only he does. He and Eccles got us off to a great start and this just carried on. Between them they scored freely until Cam was removed and Evans! came in. Tymmy continued to whack them as the boys in the shed got more and more giddy as the realisation of what we were about to do hit home. 

Tym finished with a boundary to take us over the line with 2 overs to spare and Tymmy himself finished on 74 off only 50 rocks. It is exciting to think how Tymmy could go in the upcoming one dayers, and in the bigger picture how he can whack them in future years for the Staggies. I haven’t seen anyone else in the comp this year hit them as clean as he does. 

This win was massive for the boys- this took us from 15th to 8th and so now we are in contention for a top 6 spot. The one dayers coming up will be a vital period for us. Our challenge is to prepare ourselves to perform and get a method in one day cricket. It is important we work hard this week to give ourselves the best possible chance to do this.

One of the most pleasing things about this game was the way it was a real team effort; all the bowlers chipped in and, similarly with the batting, Tym and Els led the way. Too much in recent years we have relied on the same bloke, so it was great to see everyone chipping in even when the great man Evans! doesn’t score a big hundred. 

Tym Crawford scored a quickfire 74 to lead Gordon's chase to victory

Tym collage

The win was celebrated properly, the lashes went down like an absolute treat. Various team members went and had dinner and some beers, Evans! went off to Hamish Angus’s wedding (congrats mate) and off course Bombas went and had some cheese and wine on the bonnet of his TaTa.

Special moment also goes to Crosy for his hundred in 3s. He and his family are so kind to put me up and I will always be thankful to them!!

Up the Staggies

Pom  (Josh Poysden)

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2014/15

KennedyAfter a productive ‘Coast Committee’ meeting on the Friday night, the 1st Grade Gordons arrived at Chatswood Oval in high spirits. Refreshed after a short break from the great game, there were a number of questions on our mind. Will the wicket be ok after all the rain? Is it going to storm later? What does the day entail? Are you scared?

This was far too good a photo not to lead with - James Kennedy's cover drive

There was a new addition to the warm up this week, after a successful trial the week before at a middle practice, football (yes football, not soccer) was introduced. Top 5 played Bottom 6, and I’m pleased to say that Bottom 6 produced the goods and won. Stand out performers were James ‘Leighton Baines’ Kennedy (more on him later), and Tym ‘Roachy’ Crawford (also more on him later). 

CrawfordEvans! proceeded to lose the toss and we were sent in on a wicket that was slightly soft with a bit of grass on it, but on the whole didn’t look too bad. We agreed this wasn’t the end of the world, and although the new ball may be difficult, once we got through this period we should be ok. It is Chatswood after all. 

Tym Crawford rocks onto the back foot to dispatch the Warriors bowlers 

However, this was not to be the case, with Eccles, Beverley, Colley, Evans!, and Bombas all back in the hutch for only 50 runs as the ball moved around.

Erriot Richtor and Tym came together and produced a partnership just when we needed one. They both made the wicket look a lot easier to bat on as they each helped themselves to a 50. This was just another highlight in Tyms ‘perfect day’. Not only did he perform well in football, scored a 50 and also later fielded well, but it all ‘happened’ later in the night. Some would say he was mad(dy) for it. 

RichtorEls batted particularly well for his 68 and it is great news for our side that he is performing consistently. He really seems to know his game now, and it is very enjoyable to watch him pile them on.

Richtor looked comfortable out there in the middle, despite the lack of support from the top order 

However we lost both of them in very short succession, which was a real shame as losing wickets in clusters is an area that we have highlighted to improve on as a side. A few more quick wickets fell, and the last pair managed to keep Blacktown out in the dirt for an extra hour, which helped to gain us some valuable momentum. This helped us get up to 226. JK batted really nicely again, he is always improving as a batter and anyone who looks at his stats from the last few years would agree with this. 

Elliott and TymJK copped a bit during his innings- and this just stirred him up. A combination of anger and some ‘pent up frustration’ from having a long distance girlfriend meant that the big man was fired up and was about to unleash all over Blacktown- a storm was brewing. 

Richtor acknowledges the crowd as he reaches 50 

A change of ends with ‘The Hound’ Dan Smith meant that JK was running in from the Colley Tower end and with the wind (and the well wined Stag Old Boys) behind him, he found a rhythm. He galloped in as if he was on the home straight at the Melbourne Cup, and after his first 5 overs his figures were 5 overs, 5 maidens, no runs and 4 wickets. This is not something you would expect to read about. He was snicking people off, hitting people on the toes, bowling quick in swingers combined with bouncers that really unsettled the Blacktown top order. 

Josh PoysdenIt felt like there could be a wicket every ball. After not much luck this year, JK really deserved a haul like this- hopefully he can get to a 5fa next week for a beer and chorizo on his head. I’m sure he will also be rewarded with his accessory for coast night. 

We wanted to get a photo of JK bowling... but getting one of Josh batting was much better... next week JK... if you get 5! 

At the other end The Hound also bowled beautifully, himself putting another batter back in the kennel. And just to finish the day off, Chad got us a 6th wicket, sending one of the opposition home. A great opportunity for 6 points next week. Good luck to the rest of the club for day 2, and thanks goes to the old boys for their support. It was nice to have a beer with Jammer after the game, and make the most of seeing his face in the sheds before Tiddles removes his photo.

Josh 'Pom' Poysden 

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

Iain BeverleyThe 1st Graders came back to Chatswood knowing if we batted the 96 overs we could chase the 387 runs required to win. With the Lions declaring before the start of play, openers Cam Eccles and Iain (Bevo) Beverley went out to face the Fairfield attack.

Bevo sets a solid platform along with Cam Eccles 

Bevo and Cam started well, dispatching many deliveries to the boundary. Unfortunately, with 20 minutes until the lunch break Bevo was given out LBW for a well-made 40 in a partnership of 92.

Cam was out shortly after the resumption, caught at fine leg for 65. He was disappointed to get out knowing a big hundred was on the cards. Steve (Buck) Colley followed Cam, chopping on for 10 with the score on 175. Elliot Richtor and Harry (H) Evans were looking to bat until the tea break but unfortunately Elliot was caught and bowled, and Reece (Toucan) Bombas came and went before the tea break. With the score at 5-240, the game was in the balance.

Chad SoperTym (the Pest) Crawford and Harry continued after the break with “H” batting ‘bootifully’, continuing his fine form from the Manly game. It was looking like he would score another first grade hundred, but on 99 he chipped one to short mid-wicket. 

Chad Soper tries to get the side across the line with the rest of the lower order 

He was unfortunate to not to reach ‘three figures’ but it was another good captain’s knock. 

Tym fell the next over with the score on 280 and suddenly Fairfield were on top. Cricket is a funny game, and there can be multiple twists in the tail.

Dan (Greyhound) Smith and Chad (Sop) Soper formed a partnership and were looking like they would get the side home. But with the required run rate at 7 per over, Dan was forced into a false shot and was bowled for 45. James (JK) Kennedy fell the next ball and suddenly the side was 9-347. 

Tym CrawfordBeing 9 wickets down, most would think we would bat for the draw but Chad and Josh (Mulcher) Poysden had other ideas. They were playing aggressive cricket and going for the win.

"The Pest" Crawford punches one down the ground  

They backed themselves to get there but Josh was caught playing one big shot too many, and we were bowled out for 369 with Chad being 37*.

It would have been good sneak home. But the result came down to our poor fielding performance in the third session last week and the fact we lost many wickets in clumps this week. 

If someone got a big hundred it probably would have got us home, but positives can be taken from our batting this season. We have posted over 330 in three of the four games this season. We will be looking to bounce back and bag the points against the Tigers next weekend. 

Elliot Richtor

Second Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Second Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

Jack ColleyThe 2nd Grade team arrived on Day 1 of Round 14 at Howell Oval to taken on Penrith, once again aiming to provide a solid performance that would reassure the selectors of the talent and potential of Gordon’s youth.

Jack Colley looks to make the most of a hard pitch 

The crisp morning atmosphere was bursting with stereotypical ‘Penrif’ themes –numerous V8s on the surrounding roads, a slight blaring of a siren, fast food joints nearby, and – of course – a rock hard pitch that would become our nemesis for the remainder of Day 1.

Having lost the toss (again), the Gordon youth were once again forced to bowl first. With high hopes, the opening attack was seeking early poles and possibly even a bit of movement off the pitch. 

Cubbage battingNewman

Cubbage and Newman on Day 2 take the attack to the Penrith bowlers 

The latter, however, was not to be found. Stickland broke through early, but partnerships formed throughout the day that would prove hard to break. 

SkilbeckThe Penrith line up seemed to have been practicing their French cuts throughout the season, as a number of balls came close to hitting the stumps. Alas, a fine performance from the opposition number 4 (174*) resulted in a mass of runs being compiled throughout the day, with a sprinkle of wickets here and there. Adam “Nathan Cabbage” Cubbage grabbed 3 for the day, and Stickland 2 wickets as well.

Skilbeck looks to contain the Panthers batting line up on a particularly good track 

A Penrith total of 381 seemed daunting having fielded for 96 overs, but with the wicket as good as it was, the total was definitely gettable(!) with the right persistence. 

A note must be made, however, of the poor fielding standards of the Gordon youth, which aided the Penrith side to scoring nearly 10 and over for the last session. A flat wicket, drop catches, missed opportunities, and one extremely good batting performance seems to sum up the day nicely. Bring on Day 2.

Stobo batting

It brings a tear to our eyes to have this caught on film - Charlie Stobo in the pads 

I think it was Charles Dickens who wrote “optimism and positivity is key for chasing big totals,” and 6 points were not out of reach for the “Youth” on Day 2 if they heeded Dickens’ advice. After the bottom order’s annihilation of the top 5 during the warm up game of fielding soccer – including a ridiculously good front flip goal from Skilbeck – the batsmen began the chase. 

Stobo bowlingSkilly and Yours Truly also set about the weekly crossword, but were stuck on damn 20 down not long before lunch. Newly appointed opener Darren J flew under the radar as per usual, but fell for 10 as small partnerships were formed, but were not maintained. Spratt compiled a classy 46, which ended up being the highest score as the “Youth” were bowled out for 182 after 64 overs.

In his natural environment, Stobo keeps that seam bolt upright 

However, as a result Penrith’s need for 10 points to make any chance of finals, their captain decided to forfeit their second innings, leaving us 200 runs to get with 34 overs remaining in the day – a cracking shot at the ol’ reverse outright win. 

So, with nothing to lose, the Youth’s batsmen set about doing their thing. Shakespeare’s ‘positivity’ must have only just hit home with our batsmen, as Spratt and Liam “McElmuscles” McElduff absolutely destroyed the Penrith opening attack. The Youth were sitting on 50 or so runs after only 3 overs, and the carnage continued until Spratt was caught on 29 off 15. 


The aggressive nature of Liam McElduff, capitalising on his chances in the 2nd dig 

Liam continued to bat positively while being supported by Superstar Cahlin (36). He reached 50 but was cruelly run out by a deflection from a Colley straight-drive soon after. Probably the only thing Jack has middled all season. Liam’s well made 62 included powerful stroke-play and the attitude that he should go out and play with every time he bats. Bravo.

SlipsSkipper Newman and Cubbage formed another partnership, and when Max fell for 23 Nick “McSurf” McMuffay cooly arrived at the crease while Cubby hit the winning runs to secure 6 points for the Youth.

Watching, waiting, anticipating - anything yet boys? 

A number of things can be taken from both days of round 14 – one of those being the potential carnage that the young batting line up can produce in the future. A little risky and unnecessary at times, sure, but definitely an attitude that can produce a stable foundation for the bowlers in the future. 

Charlie Stobo 

Newman Cubbage

Cubbage and Newman look for a second 
2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

Blaize Irving-HollidayThe 2nd Grade team arrived to a picturesque Chatswood Oval to take on Parramatta. The batsmen knew it was time to put their hand up and support the bowlers who have been putting in a great deal of effort throughout the season. 

Blaize continues to take poles and make runs in 2nd Grade 

Tai Chi enthusiast Anand Verma was keen to embrace us on the ‘Water’ concept, which involved harnessing the mind to produce ‘fluid-like’ movements. Could this be the key to the batsmen’s success? 

Gordon unfortunately lost the toss and bowled first on a wicket that offered some assistance. Erratic bowling didn’t help the cause as Parramatta got off to a healthy start at 0-84 off 13. Adam Cubbage managed to break the partnership with Dan Stickland taking the catch. A run out by Darren commenced a string of wickets by Jack Skilbeck and Blaize Irving-Holliday.

CarruthersSkilly and Blazie bowled particularly well, beating the bat on several occasions. A steady partnership in the middle brought Parramatta’s score to 7-176. As they have done all season, the bowlers managed to clean up the tail and force Parramatta to a score of 224. 

Tom Carruthers looks back to the crowd of supporters as he reaches 50 

Special mention goes to Chris Spratt who took a blinder of a catch and Blaize for finishing up with figures of 4 – 51. 

With a wicket falling early, Gordon didn’t get off to the best of starts. Axel Cahlin and Tom Carruthers endeavoured to rectify this by keeping patient and waiting on the bad ball. Ax was unlucky to be dismissed off a good ball that brought the score to 2 – 25. This score quickly turned to 4 – 61. 

BlaizeDespite the constant chat and tight bowling from the Parra boys, Darren and Tom managed to see out the day at 4 -99. Tom batted very well and showed a great deal of maturity for his 50. 

Blaize takes the Eels to task with the willow 

He was able to rotate the strike well and preserve his wicket in a solid fashion, a task that hasn’t been achieved by a top order batsman for a while in 2nd Grade. 

On Day 2 (Valentine’s Day), the boys were keen to reach the Parramatta total as soon as possible to maximise the time getting ready and looking fresh for their inevitable dates in the night (Liam McElduff). After their efforts in the previous week, Darren and Tom (54) were dismissed early on and with the score at 6-104 a big partnership was required. 

Max NewmanCaptain Max Newman (37) and Blaize (76) both put their hand up and showed everyone how to do it. A 123 run partnership brought us home in the end with both Max and Blazie dispatching the Parramatta bowling attack. 

Parramatta batted briefly, however the game was called off after 13 overs before tea. 

Max Newman plays second fiddle to Blaize as they mow down the Eels 

Special mention must also go to myself for bringing quality tea and to Tom Carruthers for buying roses for Valentine’s Day and showing them off to all the boys. 

Congrats to the boys for a fine win!

Darren Jayasekera

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

BlaizeIt was a case of another week, another improbable comeback that came ridiculously close to being pulled off for Gordon’s reserve grade. Two weeks running 2nd Grade have bowled themselves into a great position to then have the top order collapse and be well behind the game. 

He might be having a blinder of a season... but we know he's only in it for the Fantasy League points -- Blaize Irving-Holiday 

Both times the opposition has been so far ahead that they were cruising but the belligerent Stags’ lower order has made more than a few hearts palpitate as they have brought Gordon to the edge of victory only to fall agonisingly short. 

Bowl them out cheaply and then get bowled out for less is not a new trend this season and after being spoilt with a batting line-up featuring the likes of the mercurial Packman, the dependable Lewis, the rampaging Rosen and the talented Bombas, this reporter could have been excused for thinking, bowl your heart out, put your feet up then sing the song was what happened in Gordon 2nd Grade. 

This year, that has not been the case. I feel sorry for the skipper, who for his extensive vocabulary, has run out of new ways to say ‘We need to stop being 5 for nothing’.

On to the game.

We arrived at Pratten Park and waited patiently on the cold dewy grass to be given the code to the change rooms. There was an aura of hope in the sheds this day, it was palpable. 6 points and a song, it had been so long now. At least that was the case for this reporter anyway, who needed to think back to Round 3 against Manly to remember his last song.

Max ‘Big Show’ Newman lost the toss and Wests elected to bat on a superb batting track. 

The going was slow early for Wests as the opening combination of Stickland (10-0-1-43) and Blaize ‘Everything I touch turns to gold’ Irving-Holliday (10-3-3-20) started with all the accuracy of a special forces sniper. In fact, Blaize was into his fifth over before a misfield (we won’t name names) let through his first run. 

Skilbeck (10-1-2-49) came into the attack with immediate effect, castling their opener, but Wests built nicely in the face of sustained pressure from the bowlers to be 1-83. Verma (10-0-0-43) bowled well without luck and helped to control the run rate but the game swung open again when Cubbage (10-0-3-41) and Blaize took 4-30 between them to reduce Wests to 5-113. From there, Wests built to 9/202 off their allotted 50.

Another very chaseable score. While there were no demons in the pitch, this reporter was more worried about what demons might be in the heads of the top order after what has been a tough year. As was the norm, Gordon started well. The ball found the middle of the bat and it felt like anything was possible. 

When Tom ‘Do you even lift’ Carruthers was dismissed on 6, the wheels as they so often have, fell off the Gordon innings. Axel struggled to find his usual consistency and was sharply stumped after a good bit of bowling from experienced 1st grade offie, Barber.

Liam McElduff held the innings together with a gritty 25 but hit one back to the bowler to be dismissed caught and bowled. Spratt (22) showed great courage and took a stand for the batsmen, backing his ability and scoring freely but was dismissed in comical fashion taking off for a single when the ball was 2 metres from the keeper. Darren and Max both departed cheaply and before you knew it, Gordon were 6 for less than one hundred*.

Cubbage and Irving-Holliday both strode to the crease but struggled for fluency early. As they built their innings the runs started to come and the rate at which they came started to increase. They batted sensibly and picked up the ones while finding the boundary. Cubbage fell for a well-made 33 but this was the partnership that started to change the game and I would love to tell you how much it was worth**.

In strode Verma and the runs continued to flow. Verma did a good job of finding the one and giving Blaize the strike. Blaize, who had found another gear, was doing everything short of playing the ramp shot and finding the gaps to plunder boundary after boundary. Gordon were doing what it took to make the 12 an over they required for the last five overs and there was definite concern written on the faces of the Wests’ players and supporters and with each over the hope returned to the Gordon dugout. 

After an unfortunate mix up, Verma was runout, leaving Gordon 8 down with work to do but Skilbeck came in and did his job of finding the one perfectly. From out of nowhere, it had come down to 18 off the last 6 balls with Blaize on strike. 

First ball, two down the ground (16 off 5 required). Second ball, single (15 off 4).

Third ball, Skilly caught at mid-on (it’s okay they crossed. 15 off 3 but Blaize on strike). 

Now the fourth ball is where the game opened wide up again. Blaize had already cleared the straight boundary twice in the last over and managed to do so once more now. The bowler came in, Blaize moved back deep into his crease and whack! With all the power of an independent MP in a hung parliament, Blaize cleared the long Pratten mid wicket boundary and then some. 

However 18 off the last over proved too much as only one run could be mustered off the last two balls and for the second week running the Stags finished 8 runs short (9/194) of their allotted 50.

Special mention must go to Blaize Irving-Holliday who ended with an absolutely amazing 74 (72) which included 4 fours and 4 sixes. Add this to his phenomenal figures of 3-20 off his 10 overs and it is plain to see that he is a player with that ‘X’ factor that can win you games with the bat or the ball.

His season stats in 2nd Grade reflect this, where his batting average is just shy of 48 and his bowling average under 20. I’ve also been told that his fan club is growing exponentially and is expected to be on par with Axel Cahlin’s in coming weeks.

In summary, a great bowling display, a dismal top order showing, the lower order almost finds a way. Blaize is a champion. About business as usual for second grade.

*There was no fall of wicket information for the Gordon innings (probably because it was too embarrassing to enter in the system) so this is my best guess. 

**See above

Anand Verma 

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

BlaizeDespite a solid dusting up at the hands of Sydney Uni the previous week, the 2s were nevertheless confident ahead of our game against Randy-Petes. 

We welcomed back Cubby (or ‘Andrew’, as he is known to former-teacher-turned-umpire Gary) from his extended Christmas break and he brought with him tales of African safaris, wine-tasting and street muggings.

Blaize tries to get the boys across the line after earlier bowling well 

The opposition skipper won the toss and elected to bat on a flat-ish looking wicket that had a good covering of grass. We were happy to bowl first; we’ve done so in each of our one-dayers this year and taken 10 wickets on all but one occasion (we took 8 wickets at NDs).

The openers got RPs off to a good start, batting positively despite the early swing. Attention soon turned skywards in search of some relief from the punishing morning heat. ‘Spot-the-cloud’ has become a popular pastime on the field in recent weeks. Anand alleges he found one at Sydney Uni, but the wispy creature must have evaporated before anyone else in the team could spot it. Anyhow, we were playing beneath a solid blue canvas for the third week running – quite remarkable considering how much mid-week rain there has been since Christmas.

Tom CarruthersThe introduction of Jack Skilbeck brought immediate success. His first spell of seven overs changed the game, picking up 3 wickets with some fine outswing bowling. He would later return to claim a 4th scalp. Skilly was ably supported by Anand who bowled a disciplined line and was rewarded with the wicket of their attacking opener. 

Carruthers looks to put a dent in the Randy-Petes total 

Also of note, Liam doubled his season tally of catches within about 20 minutes, taking the first three catches in three different fielding positions!

The Stags were on top for the rest of Randwick’s innings. Catches were held, balls were stopped, good balls were bowled, wides were not. We knocked them over for 170 in the 48th over, clearly a below-par total despite the at times unpredictable nature of the wicket. 

As has been our undoing throughout the season, we struggled with the bat. Some poor shots were played against a disciplined Petersham attack, and a loss was inevitable. 

SkilbeckBlaize, ably supported by Cubby and the Verm, got us remarkably close to the target with his enigmatic yet effective style at the crease. In the end we fell 7 runs short, but the bowlers certainly can’t be blamed for not getting us over the line. 

Skilly changes the game with his first spell, and ends up with 4 

It was the top order’s responsibility to lay a strong platform for this average-sized chase and bring the team a deserved win.

The boys know that application at the crease and understanding the match situation is paramount, and it is something that all the batsmen are working on in their first season of higher-grades cricket. With determination and concentration, we will see an improvement in this department, and we have another chance to do so next weekend against another lower-table side.

Full credit to the bowlers though, they were outstanding on Saturday and did all they could to get us a win.

Max Newman

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Stickland GDCCThe Bears. The true rivalry round! 

My favourite quote of the season so far was during the previous round by Crossland when someone posed the question. "Why is this the rivalry round? There's been no animosity shown between us or [the Rangers]." Take it away Crossy… "because we all can't play North Sydney at once." 

We seemed to be missing a photo of Blaize. So here's one of Dan Stickland instead 

There were legitimate ‘lolz’ being thrown around after that and I thank him for it.

The only animosity I hold for ND's is due to the fact they're the only team I haven't beaten, not due to their on-field behaviour. The same cannot be said for North Sydney Bears, living in Darlinghurst the word "Bear" means something else entirely.

We rocked up to Chatswood Oval eager to try and get post-Christmas season off to a good start and try to use the muggy and humid conditions to work off some of the fat that we (I) had accumulated from too much wine and cake over the break. 

CarruthersDuring the warm up we were treated to a fantastic display of physical strength as we saw a 70 year old Chinese man hold a hand stand (apparently he's called handstand man) for about 5 minutes. This could only be a good luck charm.

Max ‘The Big Show’ Newman , won the toss and decided to bowl on a deck which looked a lot greener than it has done in previous rounds - a good toss to win. 

Keeping his head still, Carruthers punches one over the top of slips 

Blaize and ‘Skillzorz’ Skilbeck opened up the bowling with success early from Skilly and Blaize keeping it tight from his end. The new ball swung and was doing the occasional shenanigan off the wicket to keep everyone interested. 

Although Skilly struck early, from what seemed to be more of a brain hemmorage than a fart from the opening batsman, Stickland was brought on and was given a go with what was still a very new ball. He did not waste his chance either with a very sharp bouncer catching the other opener off guard and gloving it straight back to him with what became a very simple caught and bowled. One of many examples where bowling in partnerships is key to getting wickets. 

Blaize finished his first spell with 0/8 off 5 and Scott "Scoobs" O'Brien was brought on for his debut 2nd grade match. Scott bowled brilliantly, I know a great big pile of nothing when it comes to leg spin but he did well. Bowling tight lines, he didn't give the batsmen any loose balls and picked up two wickets. One being a straightforward catch by Sticky - he'll say it was a hard catch by having to run in from the boundry and dive forwards catching it just before the ball hit the ground – but take it from me though, it was simple. The second being a sharp catch Darren "A.K.A Tax Return A.K.A Doctors Certificate A.K.A Double Deductions" Jayasekera at first slip. Scott finished with figures of 2/25 off 10.

Max Newman GDCCNick Miller was welcomed back into 2nd Grade by picking up a wicket with his first legal delivery. It seems that if there is any life/demons/movement in the pitch, Nicky Miller will find it almost immediately, much to the chagrin of the batsmen and much to the delight of his teammates.

Newman! Talk about coming of age. Or leading from the front. The skipper stands tall. 

It got quite boring rather quickly as North Sydney were struggling to score from tight bowling and good fielding and by good fielding I mean the batsmen were hitting the balls straight to the fieldsmen. When they eventually did find gaps we chased hard and stopped quite a few runs so although some would say we were quiet in the field, we were still focused and willing. I can't remember what happened in too much detail as I'm getting old (second oldest front line seamer in the club now...not happy) but we bowled the fat hairy bears out for 179. Very good bowling from everyone.

Skilly did an excellent job fighting back from a less than ideal start and finished with 2 wickets. Sticky bowled very well finishing with a well-deserved 3 for not many. Nicky Miller finished with a cheeky 2 wickets and Blaize got a runout. although it doesn't come up on the wicket tally it still counts in fantasy league, which is what really matters.

SkilbeckThroughout the course of North Sydney's innings, they seemed fine, no one really said anything untoward, there didn't feel to be any animosity between both teams. Having left North Sydney like a bad break up, I have as much of a reason to harshly dislike this club as anyone, but after their innings I was left feeling like they weren't so bad and maybe people just like giving them a hard time.

Skilbeck makes a difference for his side at the top of the innings 

When we came out to bat though, we were all quickly reminded about their true nature, relentless sledging and inane banter/chat, over appealing and pressure appealing, abusing fieldsmen for making mistakes etc. 

In spite of the happenings around them, McElduff and ‘TC’ Carruthers made a quick start thanks to good stroke play and generous bowling from their openers. Being 0/58 after about 10 or 12 or so things were looking easy breezy beautiful cover girl, but like in all good movies there is no tension without drama and we proceeded to lose 4 quick wickets for not above 85 or thereabouts. 

The Big Show came in and set about steadying the ship which he did very well. After Spratty got out chopping on, Nicky Miller came out and looked set to take the innings home with Maxi. Things were looking good until Nick was bowled a ball that seemed to nip back off the deck. 

O'Brien GDCCBlaize came in at his newly appointed 8 spot and looked to take things home with Max to seal the win, unfortunately he decided to punch one straight to cover on 4. Scott came in at 9 and looked pretty solid, with about 40 runs to get and overs not an issue, he and Max set about patiently chasing the total down. 

Looking [pretty] solid. Blaize reflects on Scott's lower order batting. 

They did this through good running between the wickets, keeping out the good balls and punishing the bad. You couldn't ask for a much better start to your 2nd grade debut without getting greedy. 

With the scores tied, Max decided to give North Sydney one last middle finger and punish a ball over cover for 6 while also bringing up a well deserved 50 and Scott finishing on 21 not out.

A nervy finish chasing a below par score but we got there in the end and thank god we got there against North Sydney.

Up and Stags and if you're that way inclined, up the "Bears".

Blaize Irving-Holiday

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Anand Verma GDCC2nd Grade was greeted at Mark Taylor Oval by a very flat looking pitch, Max lost the toss and we were asked to bowl. Blaize (1/36 off 10) and Skilly (1/36 off 9) stared proceedings exceptionally well bowling tight lines and not letting NDs get any momentum. 

That's a good crop of hair Anand is maintaining. And a nice allotment of wickets as well! 

This continued throughout the innings with Stickland 1/22 off 10, Cubbage 2/46 off 9 and Anand continuing his great form with the ball taking 3/32 off his allotment. After 50 over’s NDs finished 9/185. A fantastic effort by the bowlers, also not conceding one wide down the leg side or a single no ball! Hoppa’s yelling is paying off!

Cahlin GDCCHeading into the batting side we were very confident that we could chase this down and it was very much looking like we would, with Carruthers (20) and Mcelduff (17) getting us off to a solid start. Cahlin (69) then joined Macca and made batting look easy, hitting the NDs attack to all parts of the oval. 

This young man, Cahlin, is currently in a purple patch of form. Keep it up! 

At 1/103 it was looking like we would canter home but then that quickly changed to 5/122 and even quicker 7/135. The NDs bowlers squeezed the life out of our chase on a slowing pitch. Blaize (30*) gave the score some creditability and even gave us an outside chance of winning with 16 off the final over needed.

Alas, we were bowled out for 173. A disappointing loss, after getting ourselves into a position to win the game. Hopefully this break will give the batters time to clear the minds and come back in the new year firing. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the club and all supporters out there. 


2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

Anand2nd Grade rocked up to Blacktown after the hour’s drive west to get to the ground. It’s undoubtedly the case that some of our younger, more sheltered, team members were surprised to find that people actually live further west than Newtown. 

Not sure if the photographers made it out there this week... so here is Anand earlier 

With the amount of rain that had poured down over the past couple of weeks we were surprised to see a wicket that didn’t look like you needed gum boots to walk on it. What we did see was a solid wicket, decent pace, decent bounce, no real demons, nothing the seamers would have been licking their lips over but certainly wouldn’t have been turning our noses up at it either.

In the words of my favourite cricket commentator, Danny Morrison: The Stags have won the toss…and they’re gonna have a boooowwwl.

Charlie and Jack started off the innings picking up a wicket each in their first spells, Charlie removing the left handed opener slashing outside off and Jack bowling the Cricket Superstar contestant after he tried to hoick him over mid on. With the score at 2/20, we were very much in the driver’s seat and things were looking good. Blaize took two quick wickets to have the score at 4/40 odd. 

CubbageWhat happened next was quite bizarre; Anand took four wickets (that’s not the bizarre bit), Cubby bowled very tightly for his 5 overs and two run outs occurred in short succession to have Blacktown all out for 81 in 34 overs. 

Cubby performed with bat and ball 

Looking at the score you would think that the bowlers bowled the house down, this was not the case. Everyone bowled well without being spectacular just every chance that was given to us we took, every loose shot they played either found an edge which found someone behind the stumps or found their way to a fieldsman.

We went back into the sheds feeling confident as you would expect and thinking that an outright win was all but a formality. I’ve heard the phrase “you wouldn’t read about it” thrown around quite a bit recently but what happened next you really wouldn’t read about, not in a Sydney Grade Cricket scoresheet anyway. 

Barring Darren’s 24 I don’t think anyone else hit double figures; if they did, I certainly don’t think they’d be bragging about it. Like a trauma patient, I can’t quite recall what happened in detail but there was a top, middle and lower order collapse and we were bowled out for 50… chasing 80. 


Big bad Blaize tells it as he sees it 

It was certainly a combination of things, I think we went out over confident, one bowler had the spell of his life and before we knew what to do with ourselves we were 5 down. After the last wicket fell, the umpires called time due to impending thunder storms.

The next week we were to play 120 overs which meant we had to get there at 8:00. The day’s performance is still a bit raw so I’ll keep it short. Charlie picked up Cricket Superstar on the first ball of the day, two injuries occurred to their top order batsmen, the wicket was such that once a few overs had been bowled it was very hard for the seamers to get any solid footing on the front crease which meant the spinners did the bulk of the work which apart from the odd loose ball they bowled very tightly.

Anand picked up 4 wickets to end up with 8 for the match and Cubby picked up 2 but certainly deserved more. After 67 overs and a lot of luck Blacktown left us with 240 to chase in 53 overs. 

Very achievable on that wicket and with our batting line up. 

DarrenT’was not to be as we fell to 3/20, then 5/50 pretty much meant our chances of collecting 6 points were all but gone. We finished the day at 7/150, the two highlights of our innings was Darren’s 20 odd and Cubby’s 49. Both batted well, Darren, I thought, was unlucky to get out LBW and so was Cubby - the Umpire could have at least let him raise his bat first.

Darren has been in good form over the first part of the season 

I will say this, for a team that basically had us dead to rights for most of the game they played in a very unsportsmanlike manner. I’m all for sledging to either release built up tension or if it’s a tight game and you either need to fire yourself up or try and get underneath the oppositions skin, but to sledge the opposition when you’re dominating the game was just not necessary. There is a lot more I’d like to say on this matter but I’ll save it for when we play them next time.

To sum up this match in a word: Frustrating. 

Blaize Irving-Holliday

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Charlie StoboThe young Gordon 2nd Grade team arrived at a sunny Rosedale Oval for Round 4 against Fairfield Liverpool, with high spirits off the back of a great win against Manly the week before. With many of the boys not having played at Rosedale, we were impressed by both the quality of the outfield and its sheer size; any total set on this ground would involve a lot of running between wickets.

The author, Charlie Stobo, continues to make inroads  

Skipper Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a flat, glossy wicket that looked to offer consistent pace and bounce. 

King McElduff and newly appointed opener Jack “Fielding Yips” Colley strode out to bat, and I was confident that Colley had worked hard enough on his defence throughout the week not to miss another straight one (touch wood). 

MaxThe pair got off to a solid start, turning the strike over and managing to hit a bit of shine off the new ball. With the score on 40, Jack was caught (I was silently pleased that at least he got bat on ball this time) and the King followed soon after having compiled a steady 25. 

Max Newman keeps his eye on the ball 

Axel Cahlin, who is simply amazing, also managed a start before being trapped in front for 24 – I know Spratty shed a few tears for his fallen idol. 

Darren “Oi don’t you reckon that Anil Kumble flew under the radar as an international cricketer?” Jayesakera did indeed fly well under the radar in his innings of 11 , and two more wickets fell soon after as the Stags collapsed to be 6-89. 

However, some smart and controlled batting from Max Newman (47), aided by Charlie Stobo (18) and ‘4:20’ Blaize Irving-Holiday (11) allowed the Stags to present a reasonable total of 199 in the first innings. 

Credit to the skipper again for exemplifying the patience and control that is needed on a pitch like that one. With the same application from our middle and top order a mountain of runs will follow for the 2nd Grade batting line up in the near future. 

CubbySo, with a total of 199 on the board, the Stags looked to snag a few early poles in the remaining 20 or so overs of play on day 1. After a bit of confusion as to who was taking the first over, I respectfully allowed Blaize to open up down wind, in the hope that the Blaize Irving-Holiday we all love and cherish would rip through the opening pair with a torrent of bitter curse words muttered under his breath, or in some cases, said directly to the batsman’s face. 

Cubbage is making the most of his opportunities 

Charlie Stobo and his moustache managed to grab two cheeky wickets caught by the skipper and Spratty’s favourite player (Cahlin), while 2nd grade debutant Daniel “Skilbeck” Stickland took the 3rd for the afternoon. Thus, at the end of Day 1, Gordon were in a reasonable position with Fairfield standing at 3-79.

I was glad to arrive at Rosedale for the second day with a nice cool breeze and overcast conditions that favoured the bowling side that day. With two fresh batsmen at the crease, we were confident we could take 7 wickets and tie up the victory.

Fun fact: No bowler in history has won India more test matches than Anil Kumble. Darren?

BlaizeThe opposition batsmen started steadily, and formed a handy partnership that could have been dangerous for the Stags. However, the first wicket of the day fell with the score on 129, and then a steady stream of wickets continued into the second session. Blaize, Stobo and Stickland bowled good channels and lengths, and the opposition were finding it hard to score runs freely. 

Big bad Blaize ensures Charlie works up into the wind 

It became apparent that the game would be a close one, as the opposition slumped to 9-190, a tantalising 10 runs short of victory. Adam Cubbage was bowling extremely well (much like Anil Kumble in his 619-wicket test career), and had taken the last 3 wickets and was in search of his 5th for the day, and Blaize was still steaming in from the other end in an attempt to smash through the tail enders and ensure another Gordon win. 

However, the opposition number 11 came in with confidence and obvious experience, and managed to crash a few balls to the boundary and win the game for the Lions.

With the total chased, both captains decided the end the game then and there, with Fairfield taking the 6 points.

Another 20 or so runs in the Gordon innings might have been enough to ensure victory, but on the whole it was a performance that we should be proud of. Defending a total of 199 on a wicket like Rosedale’s was never going to be easy. Our bowlers were consistent throughout the day, and our fielding allowed us to stay in the game right down to the last wicket. Special mention to Max’s 47 and Adam Cubbage’s 4-32 off 16, and Axel Cahlin for, well, just being Axel. God bless him.

Charlie Stobo

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

We turned up to Manly Oval on a nice Saturday for cricket with the sun out, a refreshing sea breeze and some decent sorts walking past the oval on the way to the beach. Although luckily for these Manly girls, Blaize has recently formed a relationship with a female with the kind assistance of the very popular Tinder app. You wouldn’t read about it. I can’t quite remember if we won or lost the toss, I was probably off with the fairies.


Our opening bowlers started strongly with Jack “whipped” Skilbeck swinging the ball for the first time since under 12’s, as he snicked off their opening bat. Believe it or not he generally worked over the other opener as he bowled two out swingers then a gentle inny that left the batter not offering a shot. It didn’t really matter if it was hitting or not, you just can’t do that.

Jack Skilbeck gave the team a great start by removing both the openers

Chucky Stobo bowled like his usual self when he continuously beat the bat. Blaize started his day with a Steve Harmison like wide which surprisingly didn’t set him off too much. His calm attitude must have something to do with that girl friend he publically announced to the team.

Anyway the wicket got slow and low and their number 3 batted within himself but quite ugly as we failed to take the few chances he gave us. Cubby the Cabbage bowled extremely well, with the two blokes that sat on the hill and drank all day calling him Warney. Anand bowled well to set batsmen and despite me being loose all day, I was never called up to the crease. Our last session was extremely good, as we restricted their runs before they declared for 329 with 3 overs for us to bat.


Liam ‘The King” McElduff tested the strength off the cricket gods when he was telling me how well he has been hitting them just before he went out, however he must have been doing some serious sucking up to these gods, or they took an early mark from Manly on that Saturday because in the first over mid wicket absolutely bottled a catch, in what was a real test of the relationship between the king and the Cricket Gods.Anyway Liam and Kris finished the day without a wicket falling and both went home happy humans that night.

Anand Verma bowled well

The next week was a hotter day and we were quite keen to make Manly field for a long period. The day couldn’t have started better for me when Kris combined with me for a lovely short ball as I ran a line like Taumololo to cross over for the first try. Anyway enough NRL for one report. Kris fell mid session which saw Darren and Liam both make it to lunch, which was a pleasant feeling for the team as in previous weeks we would be thinking about how we were going to go out and field again.


Although first over after lunch Darren edged one for 58 which bought myself to the crease. I snicked one to gully for 26 - shock me. The Spratt man came out at his newly appointed position of number 5 and absolutely dominated the attack. Liam fell for 76 odd just before rain and lightening stopped play.

Liam McElduff made a fine 76

After a significant delay Max “the big show” Newman and Spratty put on a solid partnership before Max was given out for a skeptical caught behind. None of this would have been an issue if he just played his infamous switch-hit. Cubby came out and instantly looked good, “squirrelling” the ball to all parts of the ground. Spratty fell shortly after as he belted a ball straight to cover after a excellent quick fire 61.

Anand came out to the crease and as things started to get out off our reach he decides to pull a hammy whilst nearly being stumped, which saw The King come out and run for the Verm (and no Liam its not acceptable to be a runner with your thigh pad on the outside). Cubby soon fell and this caused Charles to come to the crease, as no one panicked because we heard the umpire refer to the Charles, as “a gentlemen and a scholar just like his father”, well-done Stobes keep up your efforts. As the runs dried up, the pressure continued to build and soon Anand was hobbling back in the sheds asking PE students what to do when injured. RICER mate RICER.

chris spratt

The big Blaize staunched his way to the crease and instantly punished the ball to all parts. I don’t want to rap him up to much because after all it is Blaize we are talking about, but they were genuine cricket shots. After Stobes got a ball that jumped we were soon 9 down with the definition of legs 11 walking out to bat. Skilly did well to keep out necessary balls as Blaize belted our way to 6 points off the last over. It was a great win and one that hopefully sets up the rest of the season.

Chris Spratt dominated for an excellent 61

However there was one really unsatisfying part of the day. After a thrilling win like that, and being as nervous as they come, all I felt like was one of the Very Best whilst singing the song. However as we went to purchase these beverages we were told that there’s only enough for Manly Players. You have to be kidding me right? Your bowlo is next door where everyone is; just give us some goddamn beers. SERIOUSLY how hard Manly? You had one job. Anyway that just made the song extra special and extra loud. 

You Wouldn’t Read About It.

Jack Colley

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Match report duties are usually easy to unload in the second grade post-match court session. However, this week the system failed. Not even Spratty was fined. Alas, I am left to write my first match report for the club in over two years. Here goes…

The stags arrived at Chatswood oval looking to get their season rolling after a slow start in round one. The team was confident due to the return of Anand Verma, although he refused to offer any chat during the warm up, simply claiming, “I don’t speak to lower graders”. Good bloke. 

Max won the toss and chose to bat. The wicket was green, but we all know that if you can get through the first session at Chatswood, the runs will come thick and fast later in the day. Sadly, we didn’t quite make it to ‘later in the day’. 

Our innings started horribly, losing a wicket on the first ball. It didn’t get much better as we struggled our way to 4 for 13. Credit must be given to the strong St. George bowling line up who rarely deviated from a good line and length, forcing our top order batsman to play a shot just about every ball. You know a team is bowling well if they can dismiss the superstar Axel Cahlin before he raises the bat.

Sixteen year old Axel Cahlin made his maiden ton for the Stags 

There was a strong fight back from the stags, led by Jack Colley. Jack showed how damaging he could be on his way to a well made 40, but was unlucky not to go on with his innings after missing a straight one (shock me!). 

Again, wickets began to tumble and it looked as though we would be skittled for fewer than 100. Enter Max Newman. Max started his innings cautiously, showing us all how to play on a deck that is doing a bit. He played the ball late, under his eyes, and put away the booming cover drive in order to grind his way though the tough stages. Max also batted brilliantly with the tail by scoring consistent boundaries and taking control of the strike. His 77 was a great captains knock that got our team total to a somewhat respectable 156, a score that seemed unreachable earlier in the morning. 


The Gordon quicks started the bowling innings well, finding their line and lengths much quicker than they did in round one. Two early wickets had St. George 2 for 23 and it looked as though we could make a game of it.

Charlie Stobo was the pick of the bunch, bowling with good pace and accuracy to snag both of the poles. 

However, from then on, the St. George batsman did well to dig in. They refused to play a loose shot and waited for the pitch to flatten out, and that’s’ exactly what happened after tea. Despite the bowlers’ best efforts, St. George slowly chipped away at the total, eventually knocking it off 3 down with a couple of overs left in the day. 

A confident declaration from the St. George captain followed, and the Gordon openers had an ugly 3 overs to see out in fading light. Credit to Kris and Chris, who denied the saints attack and saw out the day out unharmed. 

With first innings points already lost, the goal for day two was to use the second innings as batting practice to get some much needed form under the belt. However, in what has become a bad habit this season, we slumped to 3 for 24 and an outright victory looked on the cards for the saints. 

From then on it was the Axel Cahlin show. What can be said...the kid’s a gun. Axel dispatched the ball all over Chatswood oval and the St. George bowlers quickly realised that there is nowhere you can bowl when Axel is in the mood. He ended up with a cheeky 137 not out (red ink!!), more runs than I have scored in aggregate in my 53 matches for the club. I agree with Spratty, Axel is also my favourite person. Axel was well supported by both Jack Colley and Nick McMurray and the Stags finally proved that they could bat for long periods of time. 

At teatime, Max made a sporting declaration at 6 for 237, leaving the Saints a tantalising chase for 10 points. The Gordon quicks once again set about their business, starting well to keep the run rate down. However, in the middle overs the saints batsman gave the target a red hot crack and looked as though they could get the required 7 or 8 runs an over to win the match. Anand Verma came into the attack and bowled brilliantly to initially keep the runs down, and later take two wickets. His spell was crucial in denying the saints any chance of the outright victory. Eventually the game petered out as the saints ended up 5 for 155. 

Axel Cahlin
The Axel Cahlin masterclass

Overall, it was a positive fight back from the young second grade team, who arguably took day two honours from a strong St. George line up. However, points are not awarded for simply winning days of cricket and we will need to start scoring big totals in the first innings if we are to open the account for the season. 

Jack Skilbeck

Third Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Third Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

O'BrienThe sight of none other than Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore opening the bowling in Third Grade at Killara would have shocked many. Even more shocking was that with a few handy outswingers from around the wicket, Reg was able to set the Penrith opener up to pop one to short cover where Reagan took a comfortable catch.

Papworth whips the bails off in a flash, and Scott O'Brien looks to celebrate a wicket 

Some would call it a ‘soft’ dismissal while others would insist it was a genius tactical ploy which affected the Penrith opener’s mental game. Regardless, they were one down for not many and Sam Bueno was posting feverishly on the mobile app.

Patrick Effeney, the grade cricket veteran, opened up at the other end and seemed to be beating the bat every second ball. Nick Miller soon joined the attack, bowling a good line and length, assisted by two catches at mid-on by Matt Keevers. I may have been described as “Bambi on ice” under the ball, but I caught the ball and that’s what matters.

Australian captain Steven Peter Devereux Smith walked out onto the field and was in a grumpy mood, getting stuck into Tiddles’ favourite youngster Tim “Evans” Ferrero. Smithy adorned all his usual New Balance gear and stepped back and across, but he was unable to dominate the Stags’ attack, as Scott O’Brien delivered a great spell of leg-spin bowling.

MillerHaving said before play that the wicket would offer no turn and instead would only skid straight on, Scott disproved his own theory with his first ball which drifted and gripped, turning sharply past the batsman’s outside edge. This was typical of Scott’s spell which was highlighted by two wickets. 

Nick Miller... might be pushed down the list of Tiddles' favourites in the Fantasy League...

The first one bowled the batsman through the gate, but the second was even better. Quicker and sneaking around the batsman’s legs it then turned and tapped the top of leg stump.

The addition of Tiddles’ favourite has also seen a vast improvement in the Gordon tea. While Reagan’s sausage rolls from the local bakery have been a long-time favourite, the addition of Chookas chicken was well appreciated on both Saturdays.

Post-tea, Scott continued a good spell and almost pulled off a screamer off his own bowling, diving to his right in his follow through. Scott’s control from one end allowed Keevers to pick up a few at the other end, which included a spectacular catch from Tom Carruthers running backwards from point to collect a skied slog-drive.


Following this, two Penrith tail-enders developed a partnership, with the ball continuing to evade the edge of the bat. The occasional bad ball was punished...for one, as the usually quick Killara outfield was replaced by a verdant meadow which held the ball up.

... with Tim Ferrero bursting on to the scene after a fantastic Green Shield season and an impressive finish to the grade competition 

Just as it appeared Penrith’s tail was going to wag and cause issues for the Stags, Effeney came back and pegged back the off-stump with a well bowled inswinger. Next ball a somewhat dubious LBW decision was made against the number 11, once again to an Effeney in-ducker.

Time for a bat.

Tom Carruthers was supposedly dismissed by what Shane Warne would deem a ‘good cherry’, but on this matter I can’t comment as I wasn’t watching. Reg and Kris continued to plod on against a fine and disciplined new ball attack before Kris played a loose drive to slip. Reg then edged a ball angled across him to first slip who took a one-handed blinder low to his right.

Reagan battled intelligently and seemed to be wrestling the momentum back before he played a false stroke and was out caught behind. Andrew Crosland stuck in and was joined by Ferrero who was out with the score on 40. Max Papworth entered the crease to a lot of chat from the Penrith team and was able to see out the day.

O'BrienResuming on day two the batting folded in just over a session. Max was out first with the score on 50, followed by Crossy on 66. Entering at 9/72 I was once again unable to get off the mark, finishing on 0* and perhaps doomed to go the entire season without scoring a run.

Captured at the moment of delivery. Something Scott only hopes to hear on the cricket field. 

Gordon were bowled out for 80, losing on first innings, and likely any hope of making the finals was gone with St George and Sydney Uni both in good positions in their matches.

Paddy Effeney did his best to give the Stags a chance, with an excellent show of aggressive short-pitched bowling. Digging the ball in at the batsmen’s chests, Effeney struck thrice, with the most memorable wicket being courtesy of a ridiculous catch from Scott O’Brien. 

Honing in on the splice of the bat, having rattled the batsman the ball before with a well directed bouncer, Effeney managed to catch a thick edge which flew at pace towards the gully region. Here Scott flung himself to his left, and with a glorious sound of ball hitting palm took a catch while horizontal in the air, reminiscent of some of Steve Smith’s catches this summer.

Bizarrely, having begun at a quick rate, Penrith then shut up shop. Batting until the final drinks break, Penrith made it to 6-91, before stumps was called and a Penrith victory confirmed on first-innings.

Matt Keevers 

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

LivermoreAnother Saturday, another sunny day but not another wicket. As the 3rd grade side rocked up to Killara for another one dayer, we discovered that we were playing on the same wicket for third week in a row. 

Damon Livermore cuts an opposing figure, with gracious thanks to Paul McMurray for these great photos! 

A dry wicket with some patches of grass and the 40 metre short boundary towards the road, had the makings for what might have been a good game of cricket… and that it was.

The usual warm-up followed with some great touches and some great intercepts, gave Jack Colley his second intercept leading to a try in two weeks. These good standards continued as until Reg decided to lose the toss and we were sent in to bat. 

Kris Colley and Max “recently promoted to opener” Papworth got us off to a good start. Kris continued his form of getting off to a great start and Pap was looking to score runs quickly. A good ball and a good catch from the keeper saw Pap out for 11 and Kris was out 2 runs later for another solid start of 20 putting us at 2/40. 

KlemtWith Reg and Nick McMurray now at the crease we were confident in some runs being scored without the fall of a wicket. Another great captain’s knock from Reg, along with some good stable batting from Nick, Jack and Reagan, saw us at 5-129 after 40, now looking to score some quick runs. 

Reagan, did that make it to the pickets? 

Reg continued his great batting partner by Saahil “Gobble Gobble” Turki who continue the flow of runs. Reg was later dismissed for a great 94, despatching the bowlers to all parts and the bottom four chipping in with 20 runs before we were all out on the last ball for 205.

Confident in our bowling and fielding and our overall standard out in the field, we felt we would be able to bowl Wests out, or at the very least defend our total. 

Our bowling effort was once again led by Pat Effeney and Nick Miller who didn’t disappoint with some great bowling preventing Wests from scoring many runs. In the 3rd over, a run out chance was narrowly missed, and another in the next over had the Stags eyes set on an early run out. An unfortunate dropped catch saw some annoyance but we still toiled to get our first breakthrough. 

We gave Wests some good bowing but they returned it with some good batting with some, but not much, luck. Some half chances came and went and even Reagan got a 3 over spell, 2 more than previous weeks, but still that first wicket eluded us. 

Eventually Scotty O’Brien found our first wicket with some great bowling and we were confident that one or two more would lead to a collapse in their batting order. But the other opener for Wests prevented that happening, even with a run a ball needed in the last 9 overs. 

Nick Miller looks to contain the Wests' opening batsmen from the playground end 

Scoring quicker than the required run rate, the opener for Wests got his team over the line with one over left.

At this point I will mention the great wicket that Scott O’Brien got in the final few overs of the game. After a splendid bowling performance, consistently bowling the ball in the right areas, he was rewarded with his second wicket, a great hanging one handed caught and bowled that surprise many and didn’t require a replay as the whole wicket was conducted in what appeared to be slow motion.

Overall, a loss that we can learn a few things from. Yes we bowled well and in the right areas and yes we did bat well as a team but it was the little one percenters that lets us down. Hustling a little more to the ball or being a little more attentive and accurate in our fielding and we could have won the match. 

Don’t be disheartened boys! Let’s nail the one percenters and be ready to smash Parramatta in this upcoming two-dayer. Up the Stags!

Rob “Barks” Barker

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Scott O'BrienWe were very happy to be playing at Petersham Oval for this round; the team feels it’s a much better playing ground then Killara at the moment. Our skipper Reg won the toss and selected to bat on a good wicket.

The author doesn't stop with Killara, but looks to Scott O'Brien's performances as well 

With 4 quick wickets we were looking in trouble, Reg, Colley and more back in the sheds. However, we knew with Tjaard Tait and Nick McMurray the ship would be steadied. Nick played a well-constructed innings giving us a great position at the end to have a real go at the bowlers. Nick and Tjaard both got out playing for the team trying to put on quick runs. With Max being unwell during the week and that morning he did not show it with the bat scoring a quick 31 with a spectacular ramp shot. 

The fat that Nick Miller and Scott O'Brien are coming in down the order really demonstrates the batting strength of our side, as they are both very capable to be batting in the top 4. Scotty, playing shots all over the ground including a cover drive that had us all out of our seats, got to a very quick 25 not out. 

Nick also played some exceptional strokes and with good running between the wickets they managed to put on 45 in the last 27 balls which was a match winning partnership. With 201 to defend we were very confident that our bowlers could get the job done. 

Colley is happy to sit back and watch Scott O'Brien perform with bat and ball 

With a great start from the bowlers and some good fielding the momentum, we built on the pressure that we created at the back end of our innings. We constricted the runs and took 3 quick wickets to have Randwick-Petersham 3/34 after 11 overs. Pat Effeney bowled exceptional like always and showed the rest of the bowlers the standard. Nick Miller also backed Pat up and got himself 2 wickets. 

It was time for spin and Nick McMurray got two crucial wickets with some excellent bowling. 

McMurray earlier in the day, putting on some runs for the Gordon boys 

Scott O'Brien also came on and still unsure why he was playing 3s as he is good enough to be playing 1st Grade. He spun Randwick-Petersham out of the game with beautifully flighted leg spinners. Scotty picked up 3 wickets, although should of had more with a few chances gone their way and a dropped catch in the slips.

Randy-Petes fought hard, however was unable to get on top due to the constant falling of wickets. The last wicket was clearly gloved to first slip and was not given out. However the batsmen, who was looking good in the middle, showed great sportsmanship and walked. 

It was a great game and played in good spirit. 

Kris Colley

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

LivermoreThis Saturday was one for the history books. Whenever you draw a team such as Sydney Uni you always have in the back of your mind that they will be a tough team. In all the years I have played cricket this win is one of the best.

Livermore does what good captains do best, and leads from the front 

Our captain Damon Livermore lost the toss for the first time and was sent in on a wicket, which had a bit, more grass on it than usual. Sydney Uni was at full strength with state players coming back to represent in the club cricket, which means all players would filter down. This however did not concern us at all.

Jack Colley Kris Colley

Jack & Kris Colley both look to press their claims back on 2nd Grade spots 

As a captain you always want to lead from the front and Damon did just this with hitting all bowlers around the park for fun. A great opening stand with our openers set up the game perfectly. All the rest of the bats got small starts but our captain kept on batting ending up on 97 out. We finished up on 257. 

Chris SprattTaking the field everything fell into place. It seemed that the Sydney Uni boys have been sitting too much on the bowling machine and waited for the half volley cover drives all day. All the bowlers took full advantage of this and work each batsman over with a few shorter balls followed up by some great swing bowling. 

Chris Spratt is caught out by the photographer... being castled 

All bowlers chipped in with a few wickets each and the captain stood up again taking a one-handed screamer diving full body length. This was one of those classic catches that you remember for a long time and his catch puts most recent Steve Smiths catch in the shade.

All and all an amazing win from 3rd Grade. Everyone doing their job in a great team effort.

Nick McMurray

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Pat Effeney GDCCConfucius' cricket proverbs are some of his lesser known works. That doesn't make any of them any less impactful on the way humans have lived their lives since his untimely demise, in the late (or early, for as with all things Jedi, it depends on your point of view) 400s BC. 

Pat Effeney opens up the innings... and is responsible for this great read 

One of his most esoteric and little known proverbs went thusly: "Gordon bowled North Sydney out for just over 200, having had them 6 for bugger all. Gordon failed to chase down said total. Gordon should have done better, with bat, and ball."

And that, my friends, is what happened to Gordon 3rd Grade on a misty Saturday at North Sydney 2. We learned a lot about cricket, about each other, and about Confucius that day, including the fact that he didn't mind the odd rhyming couplet.

Like all great cricketing tails (pun intended webmaster, if you leave it out I will come at you! Leave in that threat too!), this one had a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

Let's start in the middle. The best bit was probably the middle, you see, as it featured some of the finest chicken burgers you'll ever purchase from a cricket ground. The catering ladies at North Sydney 1 are doing a bang-up job. No matter what you think about the rest of the club, having piping hot chicken with the finest mayonnaise you can buy with the name Praise on it, the freshest frozen tomatoes and lovely lettuce hit the spot. 

Though you felt like the chicken had gone through one too many mincers, taking on a texture more akin to abalone plucked from the waters of Tasmania, it was still moist and juicy, and clearly the pick of the lunch options.

Kris Colley GDCCUnfortunately, the hearty lunch did not help our eyes, hands or temperament. Such delicious morsels deserved better cricket from those who had consumed it, and chasing 200 on a North Sydney 2 wicket that hadn't misbehaved at all in the first innings should have been much easier than we made it look.

Kris Colley looks to the leg side in search of runs 

But why were we chasing 200 in the first place? This, dear reader, brings us to the start of the cricketing contest, ironically placed in the middle of this chronicle. The flip of the coin was judged correctly by Sir Damon of Livermore, and having said to me before the contest, in his mellow tone: "Paddy, if we win the toss, I think we'll bowl".

They don't call him Sir Damon the True for nothing, and the prophecy was fulfilled half an hour later when this lowly scribe had the new red nut in his hand and was hurling it down at extreme pace at the North Sydney openers. Note that it may or may not have been at extreme pace, and that my first ball was clobbered for four through cover. 

Bob Barker was at the other end, and the big unit looked likely early, banging the ball into the wicket before snicking off the opener to a fine piece of bowling.

Nick McMurray, the envy of every beach-going male in Sydney, was the star of the day with the ball. He bowled two spells of some of the best one day off-spin you're likely to see this side of the Bay of Bengal. Watching him start slow, and get slower and slower, moving his trajectory higher and higher was very impressive. It captured him three wickets in his first spell. The first was sheer persistence outside the off stump, with a mistimed drive the result, the catch gleefully gobbled up at cover. 

His second dismissal could be chalked down to equal parts deception and luck, with a lefty trying to deflect a leg stump full toss behind square, only the leading edge it straight back to the bowler. He'll tell you it was flighted. I'd tell you it was terrible batting.

There was nothing lucky about his third dismissal though, with yet another lefty edging gorgeously into the outstretched buckets of Kris Colley at slip. I was at mid-on for that gem, and watched it turn, right off the edge, straight into the mitts. Lovely stuff. He finished with 3/33, and was the pick of the bowlers.

The innings trudged along, and at 6/70 odd, we thought anything below 150 was par from there. To let them get 200 was disappointing. A couple of good partnerships took the impetus away from the Staggies, but in those situations you have to field tightly, take your chances and not give them an inch. 

We gave them plenty of inches, bordering on giving them feet. A few too many loose balls on the leg side, as well as a couple of bombs over the fence late in the innings saw North Sydney scratch to 204 all out. 

Some statistics, to keep you nerdlingers entertained. Three bowlers finished their 10 overs having conceded 33 runs. We already know McMurray was one. Barker and Effeney, the bozo writing this tripe, were the other. That meant that 1, 2 and 3 bowlers in the scorebook all conceded 33 runs. Coincidence? I think not!

Nick McMurray GDCCSam "Call in the SWAT team" Watts conceded 34 from his 10. That statistic is not nearly as interesting as the one before, but had he conceded a run less, it would have made the above statistic vastly more interesting. So it goes.

Nick McMurray - We don't think this shot does justice to Effeney's comments 

The batting side of things started much like the bowling. Steady, accurate and with little fuss. At 3/100, I thought we could cruise home. Sir Damon had reached 30 before being caught sweeping by the man positioned at 45. Kris Colley had got a ball that kept a little low, that he plumped to square leg. Jack Colley had hit a few well before succumbing, and Nick McMurray and Reagan were at the crease, seemingly getting into their groove. It was time to kick back for a cup of tea to warm the vocal chords up for a victory song.

Alas, if only cricket were a humourless game, not, as Ed Howitt would say, a funny game, that would have come to pass. Reagan played a silly shot. Max Papworth was clearly sick of Nick McMurray being at the wicket, so he ran him out, before falling on his own blade after realising the horrible atrocity he had committed. 

Michael, our new import, who no one quite understands due to his impressive accent, apparently middled one straight to a fielder, and Bob Barker just decided he didn't like batting, so was bowled. I smashed one straight to the cover fielder, who must have gone to hospital after the match, such was the velocity that the ball was travelling (It wasn't really. It was pretty regulation), and by that time we were nine down, I was over it so I don't know what happened after that.

All I knew was I was shaking the guy's hand who had sledged me from first slip, and I was listening to an awful team song for the first time this season. I remembered what losing felt like, and I didn't like it one bit. I'm not confident the lads did either.

So gentlemen, shall we not be as useless as a hat full of arseholes next week, and instead get back to playing the type of cricket that won us all those games before Christmas? It's agreed then. No more terrible cricket. I'll quite look forward to that.

Oh, and I walked past Justin Avendano at the innings break. People tell me he's playing first grade now. What a thing.


Pat Effeney 

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Reg LivermoreThe 3rd Grade boys turned up to Killara Oval and were confronted with a patchy, yet flat looking pitch. Reports came in that, during the week, Green Shield had quite lively wicket to play on. So what to do at the toss? Who knows? It was out of my hands, as the Northern Districts captain called correctly. We were asked to bowl first.

What a fantastic shot of Reg Livermore, reminding us of just how destructive he can be with the willow 

A new look team, with a couple of bats down from 2nd grade & a couple of bowlers up from 4th grade, we were hoping we had the right team to win a game of cricket. 

The Northern Districts batsmen came out hard at us and, even though we took a wicket early, NDs were 2/100 in not many overs. Rob Barker (3/35) & Harry Middlebrook (2/23) bowled admirably in their first 3rd Grade match for the Club, often surprising the batsmen with pace and bounce. The more experienced Nick Miller (1/29) was the spear-head of our youthful attack. 

After clawing our way back, thanks to a tight spell from Scott O'Brien (3/18), and a handy run-out, we were soon taking wickets at regular intervals. Soon we had the visitors 6/129 after 34 overs. 

Regan Klemt looks to stamp his mark on the game and make his way back to 'Reserve Grade' 

Special mention should be made of O'Brien's bowling. He had the difficult task of bowling to many of the NDs left-handed batsmen, with the short side of the field only a mis-timed top edge 6 away.

At 9/156, with O'Brien bowling to the former Stag, Beau Sadler, a dropped catch on the outfield caused us to fear another 30-40 runs would come quickly, but luckily for the Stags, Sadler was out the very next over with no addition to his score. Bad luck, big fella.

McMurrayGordon's run chase started off quite briskly considering the very slow outfield at Killara. 

Nick McMurray punches one to the Killara fence 

With some lovely shots square of the wicket, Chris Spratt (46) & Damon Livermore (37) put on a very handy partnership to take away the game from the Northern Districts, but it was left to Nick McMurray (16no) & Reagan Klemt (28no) to get the Stags over the line with 12 overs to spare.

A very convincing win. Sitting on second place with 30 points is not a bad place to be at the halfway point of the competition.

Spratt GDCCA big thanks to firstly our scorer/manager/best supporter, Ed Howitt Snr, your selection each week has been crucial to the success of our team. 

Chris Spratt assists his skipper to lay the platform for their victory 

Also a big thanks to all the parents of players who have helped out with preparation of drinks & afternoon tea. It is most appreciated.

Yours in cricket

‘Reg’ Livermore

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

Day 1 appeared to get off on the wrong foot for the Stags 3rd XI as Kris ‘Jingle Bells’ Colley and myself failed to open the door to the Killara clubhouse. But after some much needed support from Daniel ‘Harwood’ Stickland, the team was able to gain entry to the sheds.

It turns out you need to push, not pull.

On top of the door issue, frequent thunderstorms throughout the week had left some wet and muddy sections around the Killara Park square. So the start of the day consisted of the boys stamping on old hessian to mop up the moisture, carrying grass clippings from the shed to the square and avoiding the spiders in said grass. Matt ‘House’ Keevers in particular was very lucky to escape unscathed. Nick M

But after some good work from the makeshift ground staff, and contrary to the body language of the umpires, play was allowed to get under way an hour and a half late.

The seamers bowled out Blacktown for 45 - Nick Miller took 3-5

Reg did his one job by winning the toss and the Stags were soon on the attack in helpful conditions with new ball in hand. Pat ‘Lion’ Effeney and House opened up strongly hitting good areas and making it very difficult for the Warriors opening batsmen. Soon enough we had our first victim, as Lion induced a Blacktown opener to smash a low full toss straight to cover.

House appeared to have our second wicket the next over when he got one of the openers to scratch one but unfortunately it went to ground. Luckily for the Stags, it did not cost us anything as 2 balls later the batsman also smashed a ball to cover where Stickers Harwood completed an excellent low catch.

Before the start of play it seemed that Blacktown were not very interested in getting any play in on Day 1 and this mentality was definitely reflected right throughout their innings. Consistent bowling from the Gordon seamers and a lack of application from the Warriors batsmen had the wickets falling at a rapid rate.

House schnicked another one up, which Max ‘The Smear’ Papworth gratefully accepted on this occasion and Lion, bounced out another to have Blacktown in all sorts of trouble. Nick ‘Funky’ Miller was then introduced into the attack and made an impact straight away as another Warriors batsman crashed a ball straight to cover, Reg being the beneficiary this time, catching a hot chance just as it was about to take his head off.

A couple of overs later, Funky had another wicket as another chance was gobbled up by The Smear. The very next ball, The Smear had another victim as the new batsman shouldered arms to a good length delivery only to linger outside the crease a bit too long. Quick as a flash, The Smear threw the stumps down underarm with his gloves on from 10 metres back and the batsman embarrassingly on his way. A stumping off a fast bowler while standing back, you wouldn’t read about it!Cros

As if the Blacktown side hadn’t been through enough misery already, Stickers Harwood was introduced into the attack and swiftly removed the tail to complete the innings. In just under 23 overs, Blacktown were all out for 45, with 3 wickets a piece to House and Funky and 2 wickets each for Lion and Harwood.

Andrew Crosland (Crozzie) made not out 52 to steer Gordon to first innings points on Day 1

The Stags began their run chase as the apocalypse appeared to be forming somewhere off to the west and closing in. Things started well as Jingle Bells crashed a pull shot to the boundary early on, but he was soon jingling all the way back to the sheds as a ball from the Blacktown opening bowler snuck through his defenses.

Reg and ‘Crozzie’ Crosland then got together and were looking the goods until Reg shouldered arms to ball that came back in and just clipped his off pole. Our skipper could take solace in the fact however, that at that stage he was the only batsman in the match to have made it in to double figures, a well compiled 10. Crozzie was then joined by Nick ‘Lemon Juice’ McMurray and the pair steered us safely to tea at 2 for 30-odd.

During the team talk at tea (a tea highlighted once again by the Klemt sausage rolls), it was decided that we were going to declare as soon as we passed their score so we could have another crack at them that evening. However, as Crozzie and Nick got us safely past Blacktown’s total the weather seemed to be closing in faster and it was decided that a few quick runs that evening would be more beneficial to us than losing some overs with the change of inning.

The batsmen then set about the task of chasing some quick runs before the storm hit with Crozzie taking a particular liking to their leg spinner crunching a number of boundaries through the off side. Lemon Juice, Reagan ‘The Zone’ Klemt and Funky all fell before the end of the day’s play in the pursuit of quick runs and the Stags made it to 5 for 91 before some big black clouds turned off the light, with Crozzie a fantastic 52* at Stumps.

Day 2 began with surprise from most players, as we couldn’t believe how good the deck was considering the tremendous amount of rain that had come down during the week. The Killara groundsman must definitely be commended for getting such a good pitch up in those conditions. It was also a great effort from all the lads that helped out getting covers down early in the week and getting them off at various times so we could maximize our chances of getting 10 points.

The plan for Day 2 was to bat for 10 overs or so and try and build a lead over 100. This would then give us a healthy lead and a good number of overs in which to try and bowl Blacktown out again. The start of the day definitely went to plan as after a couple sighters, Crozzie picked up from where he left off the week before. With the field set up, so over the top was the way to go as Crozzie and myself set about building on our lead. Dealing mostly in boundaries, the score was building at a fantastic rate and after launching a huge six into the mini mansion across the road; Crozzie was approaching a well deserved hundred. He brought up his ton by walking across his stumps to the medium pacer and flicking a ball to the vacant fine leg boundary. He was then out the next ball for 101 as he slashed at a wide one and edge it through to the keeper. A fantastic innings Crozzie, well played son, the boys absolutely loved it too. The next over I was run out for 33 attempting a quick single and Reg declared our innings closed at 7 for 171, a lead of 126 with 68 overs left in the day.Crossie2

The Stags got the perfect start in the second innings as House managed to get one of the Blacktown openers to play on to the second ball of the innings. However, things got decidedly more difficult from that point on. House and Funky were bowling good areas but the left-handed opener from Blacktown seemed hell bent on batting the day out and was proving difficult to dislodge.

Crozzie completed a fine century on Day 2

The number three on the other hand was looking for anything to free his arms at and launch over the infield. Luck must have been on his side this time around as a couple of difficult chances went to ground and a very confident LBW shout from Lemon Juice was turned down. The No. 3 managed to swipe and slash his way to 53 before his luck ran out, when he swatted a short ball from Harwood straight to Jingle Bells at mid-on.

After the departure of their first drop, the Warriors batsmen well and truly shut up shop as they tried to bat out the day. Harwood toiled away and was eventually rewarded with another wicket as he got a batsman to guide a wide delivery to myself at gully. The Zone was then introduced into the attack and regarded as the biggest burglar in the team, he did not disappoint as he managed to get their left-handed opener to squeeze a wide and full ball once again to me at gully.

Wickets were beginning to fall steadily but we were running out of overs. The next two wickets were run outs, the first of which a wonderful individual effort from Lion, our super-sub in grey Asics. Moving from mid-on with his weight going away from the target and on a difficult angle, he threw down the stumps at the bowler’s end to find the batsman short of his ground. The second run out was more luck than skill as the striker smashed a cover drive straight to Reg at short cover, and before he could get out of the way, the ball struck his foot and ricocheted off into the bowler’s end stumps to find the non-striker stranded a few steps out of his ground. The Zone then burgled another one, getting a healthy nick through to The Smear, but that would be the last one as Blacktown ended up seeing out the 68 overs on 7 for 128.

We probably created enough chances to bowl Blacktown out for the 2nd time, but unlike the first week, some tough chances went down and a couple close decisions didn’t go our way and that made all the difference.

Not the 10 points we were hoping for at the start of Day 2, but an emphatic 1st innings win nonetheless and 6 points that sees the Stags 3rd XI sitting pretty at 2nd on the ladder.

Great work lads.

Scotty O’Brien
3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 5 - Day 1 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 5 - Day 1 - 2014/15

Dan SticklandClear blue skies and scorching heat would have swayed any captain’s decision to immediately choose to bat first. Perhaps the opposition captain forgot to check the wicket, failing to notice the many craters forming beneath the grass covering. I’m thankful Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore does not win tosses - batting first may have been a problem. 

Dan Stickland looks hopeful as he seeks confirmation from the umpire 

The first session was vital in setting the tone for the day. The opening bowlers Matt ‘The Cockatoo’ Keevers and Patrick Effeney did just that by putting the top order under pressure. Keevers controlled one end by shaping the ball in all directions, feeding catches to Max ‘Smear’ Papworth behind the stumps. Matt definitely did the job with figures of 4 for 9 off 8 overs.

Whilst Keevers went about business, Effeney bowled with a fierce ambition to deliver the ball as sharp as he could targeting the batsman’s chin. This furious bowling could well be linked to Patty’s recent anger in not being allowed to open the batting the last two rounds. ‘The Eff’ has signed a batting sponsorship deal with an unknown source, entitling him to several bats free of charge. It’s a real shame as Patty really feels he’s the right man for the job. However Effeney’s bowling was unplayable and should have been rewarded with more than 1 pole.

With the momentum truly heading in the Stags direction, Dan Stickland and Nick Miller came to join the party. They both bowled consistent lines and length, showing that if you stay patient on a bowler’s paradise the reward is not far off. ‘Sticko’ managed to grab 4 wickets with Max continuing to show what an easy game it is, finishing with 6 catches. To be fair Papworth could have had 8 catches; however being the modest man that he is, he chose to put the other two down.

Max PapworthA big mention must go out to Ben ‘fresh cut’ Leighton for bringing what was quite possibly the biggest tub of hummus ever to be brought to a cricket match. Although he didn’t get a chance to bowl he knows how to pack a good Eskie.

Long story short the Tigers had little to show for in the batting department with 111 seeming a very approachable target. Perhaps a good toss to lose in the end. 

Papworth tries to get Reg involved in this dismissal 

This seemed to be the case until the 3rd Grade boys found themselves at 3 for not many in the third over. As another wicket fell the left arm opening bowler looked as if he were about to take the game away. The Stags slowly were managing to steady the ship with Reagen Klemt and Tom Carruthers doing their best to fend off some ferocious chin music by the left arm bowler. 

A change in the bowling attack saw a sigh of relief on Gordon’s behalf. The momentum began to change and the Stags managed to bring the score up to 79 before Klemt was dismissed for a much needed 18.

Just over 30 runs to win and 5 wickets in hand seemed a highly possible task. The main obstacle was to counter the spontaneous ball which would roll down the pitch after hitting one of the many depressions in the wicket. This did not pose a problem for Nick ‘Millsy’ Miller who calmly, scored at just under a run a ball and assisted Carruthers in surpassing the total. 

The tail end wagged as much as they could given the conditions, adding a few bonus runs before being all bowled out. Well done lads, we will take 6 points. The Stags stand with a lead of 20 runs at the end of Day 1. 

Everyone will know exactly what to expect from the wicket on Day 2. The Stags have every reason to do it all again next week as an outright victory is up for the taking.

Tom Carruthers 

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Kris ColleyThe morning of November 8th, clear blue skies and a wonderful batting wicket was revealing of a positive and fruitful mindset for the boys. However, this quite quickly changed as Reg lost the toss and we were sent into bowl on an absolute belter.

Kris Colley sets a good platform for the chase 

The early bowling was very tight and the Lions progress was slow. At tea the score was 3-90 and, when Matt “is that a plastic bag or snake” Keevers took his second wicket straight after the break, the Stags were on top. 

Although not indicative in his figures, Scott O’Brien’s spell was nothing short of a masterpiece and he most certainly deserved better figures. A ripper of a delivery to produce a stumping and shortly after a plum LBW meant Fairfield were struggling at 7-142. 

CarruthersA rearguard action slowly built the score and it looked like the Lions would possibly bat out the day. However, Pat “The Paddle-Pop Lion” Effeney took a good wicket and Will Calov took wickets off successive balls to see the innings end at 190. 

Tom Carruthers joins Kris in ensuring a good start in the Stags innings 

An extremely good effort from the boys considering the rock hard and flat condition of the pitch.

Kris Colley and Tom Carruthers saw off the final 4 overs with no loss and that ended Day 1.

November 15th, just as last week had, revealed a great batting wicket and a positive mindset by the boys - until Matt Keevers opened his mouth. The day, however successful, was constantly bust by an attempt at humour or a story in which Matt would describe how “loose” he got or how many “birds” he would smash. Does he run the Grade Cricketer twitter account?

CalovDespite this, the cricket was kicked off by a brilliant opening partnership of 63 from Kris and Tom before Tom was dismissed. Kris and Reg then added another 41 to take the score past 100. The Fairfield bowling was tight and the Stags batsmen were certainly made to work.

Photobomb? Will Calov knuckles down and does his role for the team 

I feel it is necessary to take a paragraph to describe what I would say, the pull shot of the century. Kris Colley looked extremely solid throughout his innings and had played elegantly, looking effortless in his strokes. Mid-way through the day, Kris received a short ball in which he dispatched to the long boundary in what seemed no longer then a second and no more than 5 metres high off the ground, also clearing the fence by a mile. The browsing crowd were astounded and let out gasps, “Oh my”, they said. Kris was then, not long after, dismissed for 59 by an excellent catch by the keeper. 

Matt Chamberlain fought hard and was dismissed just short of the total. However, it was the innings of Reagan Klemt that carried them home. He played several commanding cover drives on his way to 31no and the chase was completed 6 down. Another strong win by the boys.

Keep it up lads. I love winning.

Max Papworth

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

We all arrived at Killara for our first official home game for the season, none of us knew what to make of the pitch, one side covered in grass and the other dry and not much grass.

After we finished the warm up, we started Crossy's fielding drill in a circle,(Crossy no one gets it).

Tjaard Tait

New captain Tjaard Tait was captaining the team for first time this season (and did a good job), but can he follow Cubs toss record.

Yes Taity won the toss making it 3 from 3 for 3rd grade and elected to bat. 

New captain Tjaard Tait won the toss and scored a patient 44

Unfortunately the tone was set from the very first ball Tom Colverd being bowled.

That brought Max Papworth to the crease to join Tom Carruthers, both batsmen smashing anything over pitched, things were looking good but Taity had to jinx it by saying "what a great day for batting” the next ball Max was caught behind for 26.

Tom Carruthers

Tom and Taity batted patiently waiting for the bad ball but when Tommy was out LBW for a well made 51 that sparked a bit of a clasped losing, Reagan, Matthew and Taity within 10 runs.

Tom Carruthers was out for a well made 51

With Scott hitting the boundaries with ease, we were still confident in posting a good score ,but when he was out, we found ourselves all out for 213.

Week two and in the soaring heat, the bowlers toiled away on a good batting wicket, the stand out was Matt Keevers with a 2 wicket haul.

Sticky bowled great line and length and was unlucky not to get a wicket with a catch being dropped from his bowling.

On a pitch that didn't offer the bowlers much, Max thought some banter with the batsmen might help. (Max I don't think many of them have watched Lord of the Rings)

All the bowlers bowled well and were unlucky not to take more wickets.

Long story short we fell about 60 runs short of what we needed to be competitive, but the bowlers kept at it and Manly scored less than 3 runs an over for most of their innings which was a great effort.

Manly chase 213, 4 wickets down.

Matthew Chamberlain

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fourth Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

CorbinThe 4th Graders made the long trek out to Sutherland with the aim of playing some good cricket and get a win under our belts. 

Another toss lost and Sutherland elected to bat on a typical slow Sutherland wicket. We knew anything under 200 would put us in a good position to chase down.

Corbin provided the boys hope down the order 

The medium pacers got us of to a solid start picking up an early wicket. Spin was on early however the rains came down making it difficult for them to grip the ball. With the score at 3/100 after 28 overs, we were off for rain. 

I must point out that the attitude of the Gordon boys was fantastic during this period with one end of the bowling crease very wet not one complaint was made on our part. 

Whilst the Sutherland batsmen seemed to have something to say after every delivery about the conditions. The attitude from the 11 Stags players was screw it, just a bit of rain let’s play, which is great to see after a tough year.

Once we got back on wicket fell regularly with Sam Watts again being the pick of the bowlers. Fielding let us down as it has so often with a couple of catches going down again. Not even the threat of post round 15 fines could stop a couple of costly chances going down and an attempted defense of he smashed it at me was not well received by the boys. 170 was the total and it was our turn to bat.

After losing Stan early we were going along reasonably well then as it seems to every week disaster struck. Two run outs cost us the game. A word of advice for all young cricketers, when the ball is smashed to short fine leg there is generally not a run! With Corbin still at the crease there was hope but alas it was no to be falling about 40 runs short and another disappointing loss.

So another loss for the 4th graders but we look forward to taking on the Panthers in round 14 and taking the points. To sing the song a couple of times over the next three weeks is what keep this team motivated.


Shayne Lin 

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

WattsAfter a disappointing season so far, our side was keen to show the rest of the club, our supporters and our opposition that we still have some fight and pride in our performances.

Shayne won the toss and elected to bowl against a Parramatta outfit that was still in finals contention.

Sam Watts takes wickets when needed for the boys 

It has been discussed within the senior player group that we were losing large clunks of wickets on pitches that were doing a bit early on. 

Some of our best batting performances have been on wickets that were flattening out later in the day as was the case at Killara against Randwick-Petersham. However when you put the opposition in you can't afford to drop two silly catches early on at crucial moments, which was the case on day one.

Parramatta's first wicket came courtesy of a bad mix up between their openers, with both stranded at the non-strikers end. A terrible feeling for any batsman.

In the bowling ranks Matt Keane was developing some good rhythm and chimed in with a wicket to make the score 2/23. Matt has the potential like all of the bowlers, to go up the grades if he can hit the top of off stump each ball. There is nothing more annoying as a batsman than not getting enough half volleys to feast on. 

FerreroOn top of that us batsman are always on the look out for short ball that we can get inside of and pull and balls that we can free our arms and late cut or cut through point. This is part of what Steve Waugh described as '' mental disintegration '' with a few choice words thrown in on top of that. 

Tim Ferrero rocks back and punishes the Eels bowlers 

Back to the match and the Parramatta progressed to 106 when Sam Watts broke through. Sam is a real lion hearted performer and ended with 3/40. At 6/156 the games was ours for the taking, but the Eels managed to take the score to 236 with some lusty blows at the end of day 1.

We all knew that if we batted like we did against Randy Petes the match was winnable, however like any struggling young side doubts linger.

Kleem and Gaynor put on 63 for the first wicket in good style before Kleem was dismissed for 44. He'll be looking to address his inability to convert good starts this season. Saahil Turki who is developing into a fine player was out early. He was philosophical about his dismissal telling me '' hey look it happens ''.

Stan was also dismissed soon after for 37. The man from Moree is working hard on his game including ball where he plays around his front pad, a bit like Shane Watson. Stan is trying to come more down the ground, so balls that he plays to square leg, should be on drives. Some technical advice from Sparky should do the trick and some concentration techniques that can be used when your set.

Kleem also take note.

LeightonEnter Michael Strauss (The Marshes we call him for similar traits possessed by Mitch and Shaun). At the start of the match Straussy asked the side in warm up. “So tell me if we get the runs today, do we win the match?” Hello!! Hello!!

Benny Leighton is looking good for Shayne's side 

Anyway Michael is a very gifted cricketer and is fun to have around. He also wants to be chartered accountant. His insights into the political turmoil facing his homeland are invaluable.

In the game he was dismissed for 19, but watch this space, if he can screw his head on he could be something very special. From there we just crumbled and 6/164 we were hoping for some resolute batting.

One good thing that came out of the game is the emergence of Tim Ferrero who's had some great success in Greenies. For a young bloke Tim showed plenty of aggression and was prepared to back himself. He has a good head on him and will hopefully do well in third grade this weekend.

He was unfortunately dismissed for a well-made 63 and our side ended up being bowled out for 212.

The side will be hoping for a change of fortune when they take on Sutherland at Sutherland this weekend. They are usually very strong and well led around the park.

We will have to be on our game to get the biscuits.

Mitchell Kleem 

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

CroftsAfter a strong performance last week against Randy Petes, 4th Grade were looking to continue and get another win on the board. We rocked up to a relatively small, Blick Oval with a very flat wicket, a strong bowling and fielding performance was going to be needed. 

Crofts. Occupation: Burglar of wickets. Wanted for theft of one Wests wicket 

As has been the trend this season, the toss was lost and we were bowling first. Another trend that has developed has been Watts getting a wicket in his first over and he didn’t disappoint, removing one of the Wests openers. Sam continued to bowl well, taking another before the author also chipped in with one. Aaron ‘The Burglar’ Crofts also thieved another Wests wicket before drinks.

The Stags have found that pushing fast through the middle overs seemed to keep us in a very good position late into the innings, as was seen last week, and Shayne decided that today would be no different. Leighton and Ahmed bowled well, pushing through the overs, keeping it tight. 

Wests continued to build strong partnerships through their innings; with the opener being their foundation and this had them in a good position coming into the last 10 overs. Here, they were looking to launch off. 

A few wickets fell and Gordon were looking as though we could keep them under 200. This included a sensational run-out from Corbin who, from the boundary, swiftly retrieved and released the ball, hitting middle stump from deep mid-wicket. 

KleemThere was some good death bowling and some not too good death bowling and this was not helped by the small boundaries. Wests did well with big hitting late to get their score to 228 before being bowled out in the last over. If we batted as we did last week, this would be an achievable score.

It's a shame all the photographers were competing to get "that" shot of Clarke. When Mitch Kleem is on fire, there is little better in this world 

After some Maccas runs and a relaxed lunch break. Mitch and Stan went out to start our innings. The start was not good due to some great bowling from the ex-first grader for Wests Barry. Stan was out to a great catch at third slip, which was not too dissimilar to our very own Iqbal’s catch from last week. 

Another 2 wickets fell quickly and Gordon stood at 3 for not many. 

This brought Strauss to the crease and with Kleem put on a show. The pair ticked the score board over at seven an over. Kleem seemed to not be able to hit a fieldsman, smashing balls through the field to all parts of the ground, before being dismissed for 43. 

Meanwhile Strauss has absolutely no issue clearing the boundary doing so many times and hitting it a very long way. After an exciting innings, one was mishit and Strauss departed for 45.

The Stags were looking in a shaky position here, being 5 for 100 odd and needed a few more big partnerships. Some resistance was seen from Crofts, Lin and Watts but due to some really good fielding, all were dismissed. Gordon fell around 80 runs short. 

It was a good effort from the boys but Wests fielding really turned the game for them. Had a few more shots been played along the ground and a bit of luck our way, it could have been a different story. 

Lets look to next week and make it a really strong performance to show what this team is capable of.

Keane – 2, Watts – 2, Crofts -2, Ahmed - 2, Strauss 45, Kleem 43

Matt Keane

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Gaynor GDCCWith a poor start to the new year a big turnaround was dearly needed. It was established early in the morning by the inspirational skipper, Shayne ‘Rin’ Lin, that our attitude was simply not good enough. With that in mind the lads took to the warm up with intensity that looked like a winning outfit. 

Stan Gaynor... this shot was similar to his first for Gordon, down at Balmoral. The webmaster dropped him in his fantasy team immediately 

Due to our dismal batting display on our last hit at Killara, Shayne was a bit unsure whether to bat or bowl on what looked like a good batting deck. Fortunately Shayne didn’t have to make a decision, as is the trend this season he lost the toss and the opposition elected to bat. 

Sam Watts was absolutely terrific with the ball opening up. 2 wickets in three balls gave us more to cheer about than we have since the New Year. This was essential in setting the tone in our fielding effort. Sam was practically unplayable in his first spell and was well supported by Matt. 

KleemThis set a perfect platform for the young Dylan Hood on debut in 4's to execute his skills and continue the pressure created by the opening bowlers. Generally pressure and tightening up runs leads to wickets. This was no exception but not without some magic. Iqbal "magic fingers" Ahmed was the wizard that executed one of the catches of the season. 

Kleem, without the trademark red helmet, but in a good vein of form 

A thick edge raced to the big man, with a slight movement to the left he stuck out his right hand and he never looked like dropping it. This shifted momentum on our side and throughout our entire innings we were exceptional in the field; lead by Lez "pineapple head" Leighton. 

Ben deserves plenty of credit for Gordons energy and talk in the field. Ben and Iqbal bowled very well in patnerships managing to keep the runs down. Randy-Petes were tracking towards a total below 200, however some fine power hitting from one of their youngsters threatened to build a total far greater than that. 

Watts GDCCFortunately Sam Watts couldn't put a foot wrong at the death and managed to pick up more wickets and keep the runs down. Sam ended up with a 5 for and deservedly so.

Gordon were set a total of 212 and with our recent run of things we thought 212 could be a competitive total. However all of us were wrong.

Sam Watts sets his side up for the win 

212 was far too little for the class of Gordons top 3 (as that’s all it took). Mitch Kleem was clearly excited about his recent texts from a new friend he made in the Philippines. She/He would be very proud as he smoked his way to 41 and laid an excellent platform. Unfortunately whilst thinking about the photo “they” sent, Stan took a run that was a bit too risky and he was run out. 

The fall of wicket bought Saahil to the crease. The pair capitalised on the great start and took the game away from the opposition. Both played some excellent shots and made it look far too easy. 

Stan and Saahil batted till the end and scored 75* and 68*. It was a wonderful all round performance. Let’s take this momentum to the next match and see where the season takes us!

Corbin Edgar

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Stan Gaynor GDCCHaving experienced a less than desirable start to 2015 against the Bears, 4th Grade travelled to the prestigious surrounds of St. Paul’s College ‘within the University of Sydney’ looking to regain lost ground on the top half of the table. 

The author, Stan Gaynor, follows up from Mitch's explosive start 

Unfortunately the team was faced an uphill battle before a coin was tossed, with the college oval proving a tricky final destination for some lost stags, leaving many driving or walking within the labyrinth that is the University campus. This proved to be a good thing for those who did allow time for transit, as the side was greeted with possibly the smallest change rooms imaginable. 

Surely some money could have been spared on the brand new Australian Institute of Nanoscience being built next to the ground to allow for more than 7 people to have a seat in the rooms. For those not quick enough to secure seating, floor space next to the urinal and the heating unit would have to suffice. 

It was not all bad news however, with Gordon actually winning the toss (shock me) and getting another chance to bat first. Few if any had played at the ground before, so we set off with nothing but the advice of the accommodating Uni captain; ‘It stays a little low’. Thanks mate. 

Having being bundled out for 100 the week before, you would not be surprised if we started cautiously, however Mitch Kleem had other ideas, and the score began to tick over nicely from numerous wides and several sparkling Kleem cover drives. The Uni captain then introduced himself, and after the score had passed 0/40 he had Mitch adjudged caught behind for 21. 

Saahil and Stan then dug in, looking to keep wickets in hand for later in the innings and not be drawn into any stupid dismissals like the week before. We went to drinks one down with the score past 70. Following drinks Stan departed after being trapped in front. Corbin Edgar then joined Saahil and the two continued to work the ball around nicely.

While not scoring at a high rate we were confident that if we kept wickets in hand we had a strong middle-lower order capable of getting quick runs later on. Unfortunately, wickets fell at regular intervals of around 20-25 runs, and although some clean hitting from Edgar, Strauss, and Lin helped the total keep moving we never really put enough pressure on the Uni bowlers, who were backed up by a solid fielding side. 

CorbinTim Ferrero, on debut, and Sam Watts both batted patiently to ensure that we batted until the 50th over, which allowed those watching to see Michael Strauss have his first run in with Australian wildlife, apparently a spider resembling a tarantula had creeped up on him on the hill. 

Corbin Edgar join Turki to consolidate in the middle 

Ben Leighton, cap on as always, was the standout at the end with a composed 23* which included excellent running between the wickets. Gordon all out 186 in the 50th. It was a telling figure that pretty much every batsman got into double figures but no one carried on past the 20’s. 

Following lunch at Ralph’s café, the Stags trudged back past several more magnificent University buildings, one with a water fountain, only to end up back in the changeroom with seven seats. 

Keane and Watts started the innings with the new rock, with the uni openers starting steadily before Keane bowled the former first grader Crowley. The bowlers continued to work hard but the Uni batsmen were able to find a steady stream of singles and twos around the ground. 

Watts and Ferrero did well to contain the runs with their medium pacers, and it was good to see Tim get a wicket on debut. Our three leg spinners in Iqbal, Ben Leighton and Corbin Edgar also bowled well without much reward and eventually the students passed the total in the 42nd over 5 wickets down, including one of the most suicidal run outs being gifted to Ferrero. 

All up an improvement on last week but as a batting unit we need to continue to apply ourselves better in setting a competitive total. 

Stan Gaynor

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

gaynor gdccAfter a sub-par performance prior to the Christmas break, the 4th Grade side headed into the New Year optimistic of every cricket team’s fortunes….. A WINNING STREAK! 

Sitting mid table, the match against North Sydney beckoned to be a must win! Shayne Lin’s side was once again challenged by a few changes to the starting XI. 

Stan Gaynor's trademark glide through backward point has always been successful 

Corbin Edgar, Michael Roberts, Dave Monaghan playing for the first time in 4ths, whilst the googly Iqbal Ahmed returned from injury. With an in depth batting line up, the team epitomised the match upon their batting strength. 

For the 7th time this season, Captain Lin lost the toss and North Sydney sent Gordon in to bat. Whilst rumours throughout the week led the team to believe that batting was going to be a dying art. Openers Stan Gaynor and Mitch Kleem ridiculed the rumours after posting 50 runs off the first 5 overs, not to mention half of those runs were granted from a 15 ball over!

Kleem GDCCAt a run rate of 10.0 an over , the Killara Pavilion settled into their regular pre-bat rituals. Tjaard Tait in his undies even though he was due to bat at 4 and Captain Lin shirtless as always. You would’ve thought that the Gordon side were cruising early in the innings, however as we all know from a lifetime of cricket, only one ball can change the entirety of a match. 

After this photo of Mitch Kleem, there weren't too many more of the batsmen 

Openers Gaynor and Kleem fell within minutes of each other and with the score at 2 for 60, the Stags were still in command of the match. In an unexpected twist, Gordon lost 7 wickets in a matter of 11 overs. A combination of poor stroke play and inability to adjust to an inconsistent Killara Pitch ultimately led to the downfall in the Gordon innings. 

Michael Roberts and Corbin Edgar looked threatening during their time at the crease, however the Gordon innings tumbled for consecutive innings this season. The top scorers belonged to the innings extras, accumulating half of the Gordon total of 107 all out. 

A quick turn around and the Gordon side hit the humidity of Killara Oval. Matt Keane and Dave Monaghan (2/39) were lively in their opening spells, creating havoc for the opening pair. Shayne Lin and the cordon looked certain to snare a few behind the wicket, as the openers played and missed more than enough times. 

Monaghan (LBW) struck for Gordon’s first wicket with the score on 10, to enlighten the chances of a strong bowling performance. However, with a small target to reach, North Sydney went on the attack and scored with intent and purpose in their attempt to win with a bonus point. 

Iqbal Ahmed claimed two wickets in a spell that produced turn, kick and bounce. A fine effort from the man as he returned to the bowling arena after his time away. North Sydney ended the match 3 for 108 in the 24th over.

Once again, the Gordon side faces an uphill battle in need of multiple wins. Next week’s match against the students could ultimately dictate whether finals will be played for the fourth grade side this season. With plenty of potential, the boys need to soar above the oppositions in rounds to come.

Aaron Crofts

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Saahil Turki GDCCWith most of the boys turning up to Asquith park for the earlier start, a couple of the boys decided that they would follow their GPS and prefer to play a game of under 10s down the road. 

Once the remainder arrived, the toss was completed and for the first time this year Shayne was able to guess correctly and decided to have a bat.

Saahil Turki provides a anchor role in an innings that never really got going 

We did not get off to a good start, losing 3/30, with the majority of these runs coming from wides. This brought Saahil Turki and Matt Chamberlein together who first prevented the fall of another wicket and then began to progress the score with ease.

They were able to combine for a 100+ run partnership before Matt was dismissed for 30. This lead to a steady fall of wickets before we were able to get to 8/174 with Saahil ending up on 66 and total extras of 39.

We thought this was going to be a competitive score but the loss of Tim Fulton 3 balls into the first over the innings was always going to make this a struggle being a bowler down. However we were able to bowl well in the first 20 overs limiting runs but were unable to take all the chances they offered with the score at 2/50.

As the pitch became even flatter the bowlers were unable to break the partnership that was forming. As the two batsmen became more set they became more attacking but still only provided minimal chance. When we finally took the third wicket with them needing only 4 runs with 2.4 overs remaining, there was little mutters of “Ive seen stranger things happen on a cricket field”, but they were soon squashed with the next ball going for 4.

The 3 wickets shared between Tjaard Tait with 2/44 and Crofts 1/21.

Thanks must also go to Mr Crofts who assisted in the field to replace Tim.

The final result was disappointing leading into the Christmas break, but it provides more motivation to get a roll on post Christmas.

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Shayne LinThe fellas rocked up to Fairfield Park at 11:15, as per Shayne’s request. Nice. There was talk of a green pitch in the change rooms, it looked like we wanted to bowl. After having lost the toss (for a change, Shayne 0 & 4 for the season) we were bowling. 

Shayne 'Rin' Lin whips off the bails t0 give 'Lez' another pole 

The opening spell set the scene for the rest of the innings, Rob Barker appeared to be bowling grenades, the Lions opening bats couldn’t get him away leading to the first wicket, a quality, Knox boy, run out from Ben ‘Lez’ Leighton. Shortly there after with poles to Rob and yours truly the Lions were 3 for not many. The Stags were looking the goods. 

LeightonAs we continued to mount the pressure the wickets continued to tumble. After the opening onslaught followed up with strong support from Sam Watts, Lez bagged a magnificent 6 wickets haul. He bowled every ball in his repertoire, bamboozling the batsmen at will. The Lions were all out shortly after tea for 133. 

The boys congratulate 'Lez' on his wickets 

Mitch and Stan set about taming their attack, a solid partnership was brewing. With the score on 53, the mood in the change rooms was confident. But a mix up lead to a run out and an LBW shortly after had both openers enjoying our company for the rest of the afternoon. 

However, the strong opening partnership had wore the bowling down and set us a strong platform for the remainder of the chase. Nick Fagan and Aaron “Hair clip” or “Chesty” Crofts took us to stumps.

LeightonIn the car on the way to the ground for Day 2, ‘Ronny’ Crofts informed me that “today I will be wearing a hairclip” when he bats. After my complete, understandably, shock, horror and banter, he explained that his hair “was too long”, with embarrassed panic in his voice. 

And here is 'Lez' Leighton in action against the Lions 

Good thing his hair wasn’t in his eyes, because he copped a good nut first ball of the day and was out, caught, with nothing to blame. 

JOF was with us almost as quickly as his off peg cartwheeled half way to the boundary. Was there an all too familiar 4th Grade collapse pending? Sort of. 

We had stumbled to 5/80 as Nick was dismissed after lasting out several early overs. Shayne went out, and well, he smashed them around a bit for 26 before his stumps were rattled. As Adrian, Rob and Sam all accelerated us past the total we soon declared with a lead of 97 (first team red ink for the season). 

Sam WattsAs the Lions stumbled to 5/38 thanks to some great bowling from Rob and Sam, we figured we were in with a shot of an outright. 

Sam Watts accelerates the score towards the end and gives the boys a chance at outright points 

But after a rare Lez full toss, leading to a replacement ball being required, some of the sting went out of our ascendency, the new ball must have been a leftover ball from 1st Grade as it didn’t move the same as the initial ball. 

The Lions batted on reaching 6/117, with the close of play approaching stumps were pulled. 

A well earned win to the Stags, rutting beauty!

Harry Middlebrook

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

With another Saturday comes another game of cricket and the Gordon 4th Grade side travelled to Graham Reserve to do battle against the Waratahs for the Mal Hall Trophy. Some new faces to the team and some returning one, confidence was high, so was the temperature and the slope of the pitch. All hopes were on Shayne winning his first toss of the season and batting. Unfortunately, Shayne shattered our hopes, lost the toss and we were bowling.Harry Middlebrook

Some good bowling from Harry Middlebrook and myself saw a slow start from Manly with few runs being scored from proper cricket shots. With the no wickets falling, Shayne brought Iqbal on to bowl. The reason that most fast bowlers hate spinners is because they seem to get wickets fairly often from crap balls and the first wicket for the Stags came from such an occurrence.

Harry Middlebrook bowled well to keep the runs down early

A short ball from Iqqy saw the batsmen rock back and smash it only to be out to what was described by Stan as “probably the best catch he has ever seen” as yours truly dived spectacularly to his right and snared it with one hand.

After this, another wicket from Iqqy and 2 from Will saw Manly 4 for not many. More good bowling followed for not many wickets as on batsman form Manly slowly made his way to 100. An inspired bowling change by Shayne to bring Aaron “Chesty” Crofts saw a wicket on his second ball as he “bowled one back up the hill”.


Tea was taken and after a good motivational speech from Shayne we went back out to get the last 5 wickets quickly.That unfortunately didn’t happen. The bowling was good but some dropped chances and some occasional slack fielding saw the number 3 for Manly make 100 and for 3 batsmen in the lower order to make 20’s.

Iqbal Qasim (Iqqy) took 3 wickets

After some more good bowling Aaron was able to take 2 more wickets as he continued to send the ball “back up the hill” and I was able to dismiss the number 3 after he had made his hundred. Iqqy took another as he played with the batsman until he got his desired stumping. As the day drew to a close and the batsmen weren’t scoring runs Manly declared 9-260 and sent us in for 2 overs of batting. Mitch and Stan diligently faced those 2 overs without a hitch and we left to hopefully come back and win this game.

As we rocked up for the second week, the pre-game catch up consisted of Ben “Boogie Board” Leighton’s week, Shayne “getting use to this Tinder” Lin’s female meet ups and thanking Shayne for losing the toss as the day was hot. Warm up was good and confidence was high as we started the run chase.


Mitch and Stan continued their good batting and had a 50 run opening stance before Stan was dismissed for 28. Mitch continued to bat well and stayed at the crease as 3 more wickets fell before he was dismissed for 66, which was probably the only positive to come out of our batting performance. Now at 5-121 the storm hit and we were off the field for an hour after some lightning and thunder decided to halt our game.

Mitch Kleem batted well for 66

When we went back out on the field, the hard work that Mitch and Stan had put in at the start of the day became useless as we allowed for 2 spinners to get into a rhythm and with our terrible batting performance we were all out for 145. After a stern talking to from Shayne we left with our heads down and determined to never let that sort game ever occur again. Unfortunately, the Mal Hall Trophy had to go to Manly, the first time have won it since the inclusion of the award.

Let’s work hard boys to win our next game and not stuff it up like we did this round.

Rob Barker

4th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Harry Middlebrook

The Stags 4th best side arrived at Killara to take on the Saints on the back of a comprehensive victory against the Whales in round 1. The pre-match chat revolved around the chance to get a good indication of exactly where we stand against an undoubtedly strong side in St George, and Shayne’s Friday night Tinder date. The latter was a relatively short conversation. No signature moves.

Harry Middlebrook captured 2 wickets for 86 on a tough day for the bowlers

It was shaping to be a brilliant day for cricket.... if you were batting. A flat, hard Killara track with possibly the world’s smallest boundary on one side, 30+ degrees, an outfield resembling the surface of the moon in parts and a resident film crew which was there undoubtedly to capture all the action. Sure enough the skipper lost the toss and we were fielding. Our illustrious captain is now 0 from 2, and memories of the legendary Ed Howitt’s season of (a mathematically) almost impossible 0 from 13 a few years ago came drifting back. That’s a one in 8192 chance. Let’s hope Shayne doesn’t emulate and starts calling correctly. 

It was a day in the field that had almost everything. At 30+ degrees by the start of play we knew we would need to execute our plans precisely and consistently to avoid a long day and ensure Iqbal wouldn’t require copious amounts of Savlon cream come stumps.

However, our new ball bowling was wayward at best and the scoreboard was ticking over at more than 6 an over. 1-100 off 15. Then there was the smoke rolling in from back-burning in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. Things were looking ominous. Then the first swarm of bees arrived, punctuated by the voice of the People’s Terrorist “Ah, we have some bees. I think we should get down’. The sight of men falling to the ground in fear of anaphylaxis was a common one through the rest of the afternoon. 

Aaron Crofts

The skipper decided to change things up with the introduction of Harry Middlebrook from the northern end. Charging in through the smoke and the bees, the world’s biggest ATAR candidate drew a half chance from his first delivery, a thickish edge through point for a comfortable 3 to the long boundary. 

Aaron Crofts scored a fine 70 

With the throw safely back to the keeper, skipper Lin, Shayne decided it musn’t have been a comfortable 3 and fired a throw at the bowlers stumps. Well, more like he fired a throw at deep long off, as the ball flew away from the voluminous Middlebrook and the disengaged mid-on and mid-off. They really should have been backing-up. 

A 7 to start the over and an economy rate of 42 from ball 1. Things didn’t improve much in the next Middlebrook over, as 4 overthrows eventuated again, this time to gift a 5. I don’t remember who that was. Probably Shayne. 

A difficult afternoon highlighted only by a post tea spell from Harry Middlebrook (2/86) and the guile of Iqbal Ahmed’s legspin, finishing with 1-30 of 13. Iqqy bowled beautifully, and for the majority of the time at two left-handers who were well and truly set at the crease. Things may have been different if he had a crack at a right-hander or a new batsman, but we simply couldn’t remove the top order. One bloke finished 160 not and Saints had amassed 6-366 by the end of a day. 

Stan Gaynor

Despite some rain around early in the week, day two saw another flat hard track and similar conditions from week 1, only 10 degrees cooler and the notable absence of the bees. A great day for a run-chase. The Stags started cautiously and after 15 overs were 2-45, having disastrously lost a composed looking Tom Carruthers and the run scorer from the previous week, Sahill Turki to rare bad balls down the leg-side. 

Stan Gaynor, along with Tom Carruthers and captain Shayne Lin, batted out the last 27 overs

Run chases are always interesting, not least of all because you get the chance to get to know your team-mates a little. This process can result in life-long friendships over the years. With some new faces to the author in the 4th best side, I started to find out a little about some of the younger teammates.
Take Aaron Crofts for example. I learnt he likes swimming. I learnt he likes taking selfies and sending them to his mates. 

Then there’s young Matt Keevers. A good kid, emerging as a quality quick bowler. Having played with Keevers for the majority of last year, I also learnt he likes to be an informant. 

Exhibit 1 - Aaron Crofts and his swimming / snapchat exploits 

Most noticeably, he likes to keep me informed of the certain individuals going about their day around the various cricket grounds we visit. Particularly if they’re female. Quite coincidentally, he also informed me of something via the great social network this morning, just as I’d made my flat white and began penning this report. This time it involved, once again, the one and only Aaron Crofts. This picture may well be shared only on our Facebook page.

Along with learning of his affiliation for social media, we learnt the kid can bat. Aaron was the only one to provide any resistance in the run chase, compiling a quality and dominating 70 whilst others fell around him. 

To sum up our first attempt at the run chase, I’m going to quote Catts. His simple message from the motivational pre-season launch of ‘Don’t f@#k it up’ was blatantly ignored on this occasion as we slumped to 6-64, losing 3 wickets in an over to the wily medium pace of St George veteran Wark.

Catts, always the inspirational motivator, could still provide some solace in quipping ‘Well, at least we’ll get to bat twice”. Brilliant stuff Catts. 

And he was right. Despite some resistance form that man Ahmed, whose 38 was likened to an innings of Mark Waugh more than once, we capitulated to be all out for a modest 157.

With 27 overs remaining in the day, Saints (possibly justifiably based on recent events) thought there was the chance of an outright and invited us to bat again, the full 27 overs negotiated by Carruthers, Stan Gaynor and a (self) promoted Shayne Lin to see us 1-81 at the close. If only those numbers were involved on the first attempt.

1 win from 2, 6 points and middle of the table. This team is much better than that, if we consistently get things right. The Mal Hall trophy and another 6 points up for grabs against Manly this week. 

I’m off for a swim.

JOF (John O'Neill Fuller)

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they looked to defend during 2013/14 after winning the cup in 2011/12 and 2012/13. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

ThomsonThe 5th Grade team arrived at a moist Beauchuamp Oval on Day 1 for Round 14, ready for a tough game against the consistent Panthers. On the fringe of qualifying and a great win the week before, the Stags were confident they could pull out another victory to help secure a spot in the finals. 

Dom Thomson gets in behind a Panthers delivery and returns it with interest 

However, ominous signs pre-game of the entire Panthers team already warming up upon our arrival were to reflect the days play.

Gordon batted first and looked solid early with Dom Thomson (12) and Pic (18) facing out the opening quicks however in consistent style this year, the fifth grade team lost 5-8. Some poor shots, good bowling, a run-out and some LBW decisions knocked the top order completely over. 

ShermanApart from a tidy innings by Dave Monaghan (15) and a late effort from Tim Fulton, Gordon fell for just 90; a very disappointing effort. Whilst the Panther’s bowled consistent good lines, Gordon batsmen gave their wickets away for the main part; a ‘jaffa’ to Coops first up didn’t help either. 

Always looking to attack, Pic Sherman begins the Gordon innings 

With depleted spirits, the Gordon unit moved out to hopefully roll Panther’s for a similar score however never really got close. Tim Fulton bowled well early on and snared a quick wicket however no-one effectively backed him up. Ricey bowled consistent however was unable to get any breakthroughs we desperately needed. 

Furthermore, our strike bowler Toddy was unable to bowl due to some chest pains. Some sloppy fielding and very positive batting, Penrith passed our score one down. Tristan bowled well in patches however a couple too many full tosses and a wicket off a no-ball proved it was never our day. 

ToddGordon belatedly trudged off the field with Penrith 2-115, the only seemingly excited person being Dom Thomson who had a Future Festival ticket in his back pocket. 

Chest pains maybe... but Matt Todd has a number of useful skills off the field. Despite being proficient, spinning basketballs isn't one of them. 

After a week’s recovery, Gordon returned to a faster drier Beauchamp with low expectations, seemingly a futile unwinnable contest. None-the-less Gordon showed great fight in the field with a positive attitude focussed on enjoying our cricket. Apart from some late hitting by the Panthers and ultimate declaration at 9-242, Gordon were on top that session due to some much needed strike bowling from Toddy. 

Toddy tore through the middle order eventually taking 5/63 and much needed confidence into the change room. Gordon required 152 to avoid an outright loss.


We suspect this ended up being a solid catch. Pic?
Think Matt Keevers' description in the 3rd Grade report. 

Similarly to the week before, Dom Thomson and Anthony Sherman looked positive to start, playing their shots and moving the team to 50 without loss. However, a couple of decisions once again proved pivotal in the match; with Pic being given caught after it had appeared to have bounced.


Monaghan, Thomson, Coleman & Craig display their wares at Beauchamp

Throughout the innings Gordon seemed to build strong bases for good partnerships however consistently lost wickets at key times. Furthermore, some poor running between the wickets didn’t help. 

Todd walks offAfter Andrew Coleman fell for 23, it looked like this could come down to the wire. Whilst still quietly confident the last over of the day began with Gordon 8-150, either needing to score 2 runs or survive 6 balls.

Todd walks off with Cooper and Coleman, the brains trust of the 5th Grade side 

However, the pressure proved too much. With Adrian Craig stranded at the other end, our last two batsmen were both out by the 4th ball and Gordon had been beaten outright by 2 runs. 

Praise must be given to Adrian Craig who batted valiantly near the end with 28* however probably should’ve faced the last over. 

A small BBQ and arrival of past and present players however proved a bitter sweet end to the game as Gordon were convincingly beaten with only a couple of positives to draw from.

Dom Thomson 

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade were out to get their season back on track after some disappointing performances since Christmas, and we were doing this by playing a Randwick Petersham team sitting 6 points above us on the ladder.

Cooper pleads with the umpire for an LBW... perhaps it was one of the 10 on the day? 

Playing at Kensington Oval, Randwick won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking deck. The morning started slowly with missed opportunities and wides costing us, but the breakthrough was never too far off with Pat Rice getting our first wicket soon after he was brought into the attack. 

When Toddy started bowling the runs dried up. The pressure built on the Randwick pair until a rash shot gave Toddy a wicket and saw them two down just before drinks. 

At 2/95 the game was starting to drift away from us before BANG BANG ! Crofts had 2 in 2 balls and was on a hat trick at the start of his next over. With our tails up Tristan joined the party with a wicket of his own. Croftsy didn’t get the hat trick, but got another wicket with his next ball to have 3 in 4 balls! 

With 4 wickets falling in the space of 10 balls Gordon was now well on top with Randwick 6/98. 

Aaron CroftsWith not a lot in the pitch we knew we had to bowl at the stumps. Coops chipped in with one more, before ‘Pic’ Sherman polished off the innings taking 3/9 - all LBW’s. The bowling unit was excellent combining tight overs and wicket taking balls to bowl Randwick out for 135 in 38 overs.

Aaron "Bang Bang" Crofts turns the tables for the Stags 

135 could have been one of those tricky totals to chase down especially with our recent batting form, but openers Pic and Dom Thompson got off to steady start of 0/40 to make Gordon always look in control. 

Dom eventually went LBW for 22 looking to increase the scoring rate. A run out and some rash shots saw wickets start to tumble, with Pic falling on 45, just shy of a half century in his man of the match effort. 

Lucky enough we weren’t chasing a bigger score, and we got there 8 down in the 42 over.

I’m not sure what it says about the wicket, or was it the batting, or maybe the lack of Channel 9’s full blown technological innovations – but, out of the 18 wickets that fell on the day, no less than 10 went LBW.

A much needed result for the Stags - our first win since round 7, getting our season back on track as we push towards the finals.

Adrian Craig

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Aaron Crofts GDCCUnfortunately a second consecutive disappointing loss for 5th Grade. Usually these kind of game days I try to forget, reminisce the good days, build the confidence back up and focus on the next match. 

So apologies in advance of the sketchy account of loss to Sydney Uni below.

Aaron Crofts pleads with the umpire 

Starting with a positive, normally I'm one of the first to rock up to a game but this time I arrived with the covers already peeled back and packed onto the trolley. I thought to myself the boys were keen to hit back after a loss to the Bears. Actually my initial thought was whether day light saving kicked in ...

For a bit of humour, I was greeted with yet another nickname "Man Monners" created by who else but Toddy. On par with "Joel" I reckon... I'll let Toddy explain where these originated.

To the game, winning the toss and bowling first could be seen as more confidence in our bowling over batting and which also bucks the trend or the old adage of having 'runs on the board'. To be blunt, our bowling lacked consistent pressure from both ends, whether it be due to extras or only 4 or 5 good balls in the over. For myself it was both extras and the occasional bad ball which released pressure - much improvement is required.

Tristan Cooper GDCCSaying that we had some great individual performances by crafty Croft and who else but Toddy; Croft bowl great line and length with rewarding figures of 3-27 off 10. Toddy confused batsmen again with the googly scoring figures of 3-31 off 10.

Skipper, and good Fantasy League earner, Cooper looks to reign in the Students' total 

I must mention the skipper keeping his eye on the ball to the point of impact after the ball being thrown back by keeper Roberts whilst returning to his bowling mark. The impact caused Coops to leave the field for a couple of overs. We're obviously nervously awaiting the results of the scans!

I also must mention the fielding efforts of Elton; watching a usual keeper in the outfield, riding the boundaries, demonstrating skills of picking up the ball whilst sliding, being directed each and every way by the skipper, coughing and splattering because of a cold, ... I felt sorry for him but at the same time I was amused. We all were.

With Sydney Uni batting all but the final two balls, posting a total of 201 on a slow Beauchamp outfield, we knew it was a strong total. With 35 extras, including 27 wides it could / should have been lower.

On paper our batting line up appeared worthy of the chase and we started promisingly with some confident stroke play. Unfortunately when the first wicket fell (yours truly) around 40, five more wickets followed with little to no runs being added. A glimmer of hope resided when the skipper looked to boundaries with some success but when he fell with a top score of 28, the match slithered away to an early 2pm finish. All out for 115 in the 32nd over.

Matt Todd GDCCShot of the day went to 'crackers' Rice with a crisp 6 pulled in front of square - Pat finished 10 not out.

Toddy. C'mon. Sir! It's plumb! 

My synopsis for the remainder of the season is;
1. We're only one win and a bonus point outside the top 6
2. The competition is pretty even across the clubs so wins won't come easy
3. With a surprising four more 1-day matches and only two 2-day matches to go, we need to quickly adapt to the 1-day format and fine tune the simple things, e.g. consistent pressure with the ball, maintain energy in the field, and value our wickets more (It would be great to see if the top 4 bats could set a target of being there for at least 30 overs in a 50 over match)

Dave Monaghan

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Falk & ToddOn a muggy, overcast day at Tunks Park, Tristan Cooper won the toss for GDCC. As the coin was flipped, only 7 other Gordon players were actually there to see it; Coops had no choice but to bat first.

This tone pervaded the subsequent few hours in which it took the game to finish. 

Falk & Todd both very good 1st Grade bowlers, but with quite different styles 

Craig and Sherman opened up, and were immediately faced with aggressive swing bowling. Craig negotiated an uncomfortable 5 deliveries before the 6th found its way through. Gordon were 1-0 after the first over of the day. 

Coleman came to the crease and did well to send a few fielders chasing, putting on 20 with Sherman before the former fell for 8. With Tom Colverd and Nick Kelland having had engine problems on the journey to the ground, 4 and 5 rightly went to O’Neill-Fuller and captain Cooper. 

Having at least survived for his team, Sherman fell 2 runs later, for 7. O’Neill-Fuller and Coops then put on 17 together, but the bowling side looked on top and it’s fair to say that neither batman looked comfortable. O’Neill-Fuller fell for 13, caught, with Gordon 4-39.

We're not sure if anyone has put in a close enough guess as to how many grade games these 4 have played together. 

The task was thus left to the middle order, with Tom Colverd and Kelland the next 2 batsmen. It took North Sydney 4 balls to dismiss both batsmen for 0. Rice came in, supporting Cooper valiantly and the runs began to flow steadily. However with a moving ball there is always a threat and Rice fell for not many, despite being part of the biggest partnership of Gordon’s innings. 

When Cooper fell with the score on 75, the clouds tangibly thickened as Gordon’s hopes dissolved along with Cooper’s average. One more run was added before Gordon fell for 76.

The task was mammoth and with a dropped catch behind the stumps early on, it was only a matter of overs. The North Sydney batsmen never looked fully comfortable, with chipped shots falling just behind fielders and seemingly endless play-and-misses, but North Sydney knocked the runs off none-down and the ironic ‘well-played’ handshakes ended a dismal performance.

Words in the changing room made clear that the attitude towards this game was not acceptable as a unit. Training will be vital before the team’s next game, and well played to those who dug in with grit.

Tom Colverd

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Tristan Cooper GDCCIt was the round before Christmas and as per usual Beauchamp Oval looked a picture. Captain surveys the scene - good deck, slowish outfield, a few blokes showing signs of a late night - we’ll have a bat.

The skipper, and author, puts in a good effort with the ball - He's in the webmaster's fantasy... team 

Runs were not a problem early on, with the scoring rate at over 5 for the first 16 mainly thanks to extras and Andrew ‘Elton’ Coleman’s brisk 24 - where another two drops were added to make his season tally in the order of 15 - a figure most wouldn’t dream of over 3 seasons. The problem was that we were losing wickets at an equally quick rate with 6 lost in this period. 

Enter Michael Strauss, our South African import who decided to take to the bowling, upping the scoring rate through a bevy of lofted drives and powerful back foot strokes. From 6/85 we moved to 7/134 with the score then reaching 200 by the 33rd over. 

MonaghanWith the selectors getting word of Straussy’s innings we soon had a crowd, and when he moved to 90 Tiddles quietly voiced his concerns to Hicko that he would miss his fantasy captain and known ultimate Harry Evans’ potential 100 who was also in the 90s. Luckily Tiddles’ best mate Sam Buono was able to talk him into staying however on 91 Straussy holed out to leave the score at 8/205. 

Dave Monaghan, along with Pic Sherman, return to the playing field after having children. Will we see Ed Howitt Jnr back soon? 

It goes without saying that there is a new member in both Tiddles’ fantasy and fantasy team. 

After another quick wicket, Matt ‘Fester’ Todd strode to the crease with one of Straussy’s fresh blades (literally never used) showing the youngsters that sharing is caring. A few whacks later and we were all out for 221 in the 38th over with Dave ‘Joel’ Monaghan the last out for a well made 24. I repeat, the 38th over!

While runs were slow in the early going, wickets were unfortunately not coming and the score was 0/44 after 15. It was not until the 24th over that we bagged a wicket courtesy of the author which Fester described as a bouncing, gripping and beautifully flighted offie. In the next over our import bowled a ball that would have missed by a good foot, however the finger was raised in what can only be described as a ‘square up’, with the prior ball hitting halfway up middle.

Pat RiceWith the incorrect thought that we were about to rissole the opposition, some short balls and full tosses were dispatched and before we knew it the score was 2/135 after 36 with the match very much in the balance. 

Pat Rice provides a close match after being 'bombed' into Chatswood Chase in the penultimate over 

Wickets to Anthony ‘Pickle’ Sherman, Fester and yours truly in succession were very helpful (as was a run out) however just as we were back on top the injury bug struck Fester depriving us of our strike bowler and an extra fielder. 

The score went from 154 to 187 in 3 overs and suddenly the equation got to less than a run a ball with 4 wickets and 8 overs left. Everything was very tense with the opposition seemingly finding every gap and Mick Falk hiding suspiciously in the treeline 'updating the app’. 

2 wickets with the score on 195 including a well deserved pole to young Pat Rice swung momentum our way but still only 18 were needed off the last 2. A tight 5 balls by Ricey and it appeared we were home on a large ground but then I think the young man wanted to make a game of it and got bombed to Chatswood Chase! 

Michael Strauss GDCC

Michael Strauss makes an impression on everyone during his debut.
Most transferred player in the Fantasy League? 

It was now 9 needed off the last over and isn’t it great to have the weathered veteran Joel Monaghan back in the team. The first 5 went for 7 meaning the equation stood at 2 to win and 1 to tie off the last ball (and Mick Falk still lurking in the shadows). Big swing big miss, Elton runs up to the stumps and hits down all three - STAGS WIN. 

A win for the good guys however improvements necessary with the bat and especially in the field. 

Gordon 221 (M Strauss 91, A Coleman 24, D Monaghan 24) def Northern District 9/220 (T Cooper 3/50)

Tristan Cooper 

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

CraigAfter the washout on the first day due to the previous night’s downpour, the Stags turned out bright and early for the long day’s cricket ahead, with the hopes of a full day’s play to make a push for the 6 points against the Blacktown Warriors.

Adrian Craig... 6 down the ground and over the sightscreen!

The ground showed two things: that it was a good deck that would offer little for the bowlers, and that the outfield would be extremely slow. 

There was a bit of a delay in the start however with the Blacktown captain wanting to wait in the change rooms for an extra 15 minutes before beginning play. The Warriors captain won the toss and we were batting on wicket that would provide the opportunity for plenty of runs.

The openers Adrian Craig and Andrew Coleman both strode out to the crease looking to get the Stags off to a good start. After a cautious beginning that didn't produce many runs due to a combination of both tight bowling and a slow outfield the shackles were broken and both batsmen were looking in good touch. 

Coleman's half century

Both openers played a number of powerful straight and leg side shots with Adrian striking a lusty blow onto the road over the side screen. They looked sharp and produced a solid platform before Adrian was out caught behind with the score on 69 for a well-played 26. 

Andrew Coleman acknowledges the boys after reaching 50 

Andrew Coleman continued to play in a solid fashion to pass his 50 with the support of Dante Otto and Tristan Cooper who both played some good shots before being dismissed. Looking to push on to a big total, Andrew Coleman was dismissed caught for a well-played 78 (may cost him a few dollars for a new bat.)

With a declaration looking likely, the Stags went after quick runs with Anthony Sherman and John O'Neill-Fuller playing aggressively before being dismissed. Unfortunately in the attempt for quick runs we lost a few wickets before Tristan decided to declare the innings at 8/201, a score that we could defend but could also be achieved with the wicket still looking good and the outfield becoming faster as the day progressed. We needed to bowl well.

Tim Fulton, Tristan Cooper and Harry Middlebrook contribute to their side's success 

We started the bowling effort in good fashion with Tim Fulton bowling some tight lines which saw him snag two early poles. With the introduction of Harry Middlebrook and a sharp catch behind the stumps resulting in another wicket, the Warriors were in trouble at 3/17. The Stags continued to bowl well at the opposition batsmen limiting there scoring options until Matt Todd struck trapping the batsmen right in front, an easy decision for the umpire. 

A small partnership followed with a couple of lusty blows going over the fence until the introduction of Tristan Cooper with a good catch in the deep from Harry Middlebrook broke the partnership getting out there most dangerous player.

Andrew ColemanTristan Cooper persevered with his off spin to collect his second, third and fourth in the space of a couple of overs to put the game beyond doubt and leave himself with the tidy figures of 4-9.With the score at 8-105, Matt Todd was then brought back on making up for dropping what was described by many as an absolute sitter by sneaking through the gap between bat and pad, rattling the pegs. 

The closure of the game. And what a great photo of Andrew Coleman's work! 

The game was finally finished off with a bit of good work from Tim Fulton and a tidy bit of keeping from Andrew Coleman resulting in the last wicket being a runout, crushing Tristan's chances of a five wicket haul. A solid all round performance achieving the 6 points, let's carry the momentum into next week.

Pat Rice

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

Ahh the first home game of the year, how good is it. The young boys in 5th Grade turned up to what was for many of them their first home game for Gordon with great expectations. It was a nice and hot day which many thought would be a great day for batting. But Captain courageous, Tristan Cooper elected to bowl after winning the toss on what seemed to be a deck that would offer many runs. With much enthusiasm the Gordon boys took the field looking to finish off the seasiders early.

Matt Todd

Things weren't looking so great after the first over of the day went for 11. We thought to ourselves at this stage that we should be batting but there was a stark turnaround with the ball and in the field. A great excellent opening spell by Sam Watts grabbing the first two wickets of the opener and the 1st drop. Then all of a sudden we had Manly 3-41 after some crafty bowling by the wiley old veteran, Matt Todd, to claim our 3rd wicket for the day. At drinks we had the seasiders 3-53 after 19 overs Sam with 2 and Matt 1.

Matt Todd captured 2 wickets with some crafty bowling

Immediately following the drinks break Richard Armour joined the party with his 1st and left manly reeling at 4-55. Just as we thought seasiders were developing a partnership, a young 15 year old kid by the name of Ben Parker picked up his first Grade wicket and left Manly at 5-72. After two quick wickets to Nick Fagan and another one to Matty Todd, the Stags were in prime position having the seasiders 8-90 at Tea and everything was going alright. Then straight after tea it wasn't looking so great as a 30 odd partnership started to develop for the tourists which got them to 8-119 but two wickets to Richard Armour dismissed Manly for a modest 136.

Nick Fagan

Gordon were then asked to bat 28 overs to see the rest of the allotted overs out. Losing some early wickets left Gordon in a vulnerable position at 3-33 after the wicket of Nick Fagan but with some glimpses of hope Dante Otto smashed his way to 29 before he was undone and left Gordon in a very bad position at 4-45. But with some smart batting by Andrew Coleman and Tristan Cooper the score moved along to 61 before Andrew 'Elton' Coleman was dismissed with 6 overs left in the day. Pat Rice and Tristan Cooper played out to stumps and the game was very much in the balance at at 5-72. 

Nick Fagan took 2 quick wickets

Anything could have happened this week. Gordon started the day off with some promise but the early dismissal of Pat Rice meant that Gordon were 6-77 and in much need of a partnership and guess what our joy this came true. A great batting display by Sam Watts and Tristan Cooper. Although it wasn't all smooth sailing for Tristan 'Upright' Cooper who took a blow which every man at the ground felt. There is not much that needs to be said after this except he was on the ground for the best part of 10-15 mins and cracked box and all. Luckily For Upright the great Andy Coleman had a spare box and was able to assist a man in dire straits.


After this disruption Upright and Sam got back to business and blasted their way past the score with Sam finishing with a well hit 70no and Tristan playing a true captains knock finished with 55. The Boys put on a great partnership to win the mighty Stags their first home game and after a massive six over deep backward square hit none other then Sam Watts the ball was lost and that was the game with Gordon finishing 7-199 and an early mark.

Tristan Cooper played a captain's knock of 55

Boys have started off well this year in 5s with 2 wins to some of the stronger grade clubs and with a tough challenge against the Lions next week the boys look forward to hopefully notching a win up to continue the form.

Jack Clinton

5th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Will CalovWe arrived at Cahill and, after looking at the deck, we were very surprised when the St George captain invited us to bat first. After losing an early wicket, Mitch Kleem and Jack Clinton put on a good partnership. Mitch put me to shame as he was batting - I was telling all the young guys how much of a blaster he is, yet Mitch calmly just pushed the ball around the field – so unlike Mitch! 

Will Calov makes his maiden half century for the Stags, and his skipper couldn't have been happier with the timing 

The Kleem and Clinton partnership got us off to a good start with 68 for 1.

Unfortunately for the second game in a row we lost a lot of wickets for not many runs and found ourselves 8/98 within no time and things were not looking so good for us. 

But with such a young team and everyone not knowing each other, sometimes people are batting lower down the order than they really should. 

Ben 'Les' Leighton with his distinctive tweakers 

This became more evident when Will Calov, Matt Keane and young Pat Rice showed all the people above them how to apply themselves on a flat pitch. With two great partnerships (Will & Keano and then Will & Pat) the Stags ended up with 205 which was reasonable with Will compiling a magnificent 67.

Unfortunately Will and Keano, after batting so long, were unable to take the new ball. Reluctantly yours truly took the new ball with no success.


He may have missed out with the bat, but Coleman's glovework is the best in 5th Grade. Comfortably

At the beginning of the second day, the mood was really positive in the warm up and we all knew the roles each of us had to play, even if Coops was still having trouble negotiating the Eastern Distributor as normal.

The day started off really well for the young Stags, with the young bowlers sticking to our plans. Then the man of the moment, Will, struck 3 times in his first spell and bowled with control and pace (probably releasing the stress of the HSC – Free Willy!). With the old timer controlling one end and Keano as well, the run rate came to a complete stop and two more wickets fell. 

Enter the two leg spinners, ‘Les’ Leighton and Adrian Craig, and wickets continued to tumble. Before we knew it, St. George was 8/90 at tea.

Calov bowling
Calov decides for many out there that he is a must have in their Fantasy Teams. Plenty of wickets to add to the runs.

With the captain telling us at the tea break that there was still a lot of work to be done, Will decided to quash all those theories by taking 2 wickets in his first two overs after tea. A first innings victory for the Stags had been achieved.

With the captain forcing the follow on, it was always going to be difficult to force an outright result on a flat deck. However, Will again showed his all-around talents by taking another 2 wickets and capping off his great performance.

The game was called off early. The song was sung, even if half the team had to look at the app for the words as no one really knew the song!

Great win – bring on Manly!!

Pic Sherman 

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

Dante OttoThe opening game of season saw 5th Grade travel away to Balmoral to take on Mosman. There was many new faces to the young team with a few players making their Stags debut. 

The day started well with our skipper Tristan winning the toss and electing to bat, but we soon found ourselves in strife losing 2 quick wickets. 

Dante Otto... you're going to have to talk a few of us through this one 

Michael and Dante were able to steady the innings by ticking the strike over, and with some power hitting from Dante including a standout 6 smashed straight back over the bowler’s head. Michael also showed his class and timing in a good knock of 32. 

After Dante departed and then Michael got an awful ball that kept low and trapped him in front, the experienced hands of Pic and Tristan joined forces for a productive partnership that took the score along to 4/100. Pic played with great positive intent for his 43, hitting plenty of boundaries. We were looking forward to building something of a total… when out of nowhere the game turned in one freakish over. 

Michael RobertsWill CalovTodd

Michael Roberts punches one through the offside, while Wall Calov and Matt Todd try to get through the strong Mosman batting order 

First a hat-trick, then a fourth wicket in five balls saw us lurch from a reasonable position to one where were were deep in trouble. Suddenly batsmen were scrambling to get padded up, and Toddy even ended up putting on young Ryan McElduff’s pads before he took to the crease. 

Tristan watched the carnage from the other end, and tried to get things going again with a 4 in the next over. But things didn’t get any better, with the same bowler polishing off our tail in two balls in his next over. Yes, if one hat-trick wasn’t enough he would be on a second hat-trick when he bowled in our second innings.

Anthony 'Pic' Sherman looks down the ground for runs against the Whales 

We all knew 104 wasn’t enough runs on the board, and we had to really put in and stay positive in the field. Our young bowlers stuck to the task and bowled well early without any luck. 

Again experience came to the fore when Pic and Toddy were bowling in tandem and picked up 3 wickets. Mosman were suddenly 3/62 and looking a little shaky.

Jack Clinton

Then a steady partnership from two Mosman young guns got their team the first innings points with some mature batting, but all the Stags kept putting in as we searched for more wickets. 

Jack Clinton looks to make inroads into the Mosman total 

We stayed as positive as we could and were rewarded late in the day with 4 wickets, including a Matt Keane thunderbolt that sent the middle stump cartwheeling.

The day ended with Mosman on 7/212. If one or two things had gone differently the day could’ve been ours, and while we had a slim chance of coming back to force an outright, we also knew we had a lot of work to ensure we didn’t end up loosing outright ourselves.

Pat RiceOn the second day Mosman batted on. Pat Rice took his maiden grade wicket with an LBW within the opening overs. 

Here is Pat Rice. 5th Grade debutant and wicket taker

A young overnight Mosman batsmen went on to post a century and guide his team to 9-286. Once he was dismissed the Whales declared.So the Stags were behind by 182 needing to bat a minimum of 59 overs. We again lost early wickets before some determined batting from Jack who put on 25 and along the way survived the hat-trick ball from the Mosman bowler who starred in the first innings. 

Pat RiceDante, despite having a fractured knee, scored a brisk 42, including more shots down the ground in the manner of his six in the first innings.

Pat Rice in the action again... with a catch?!? 

When a few quick wickets fell, skipper Tristan again steadied the ship along with great support from Matt and Will. In the final overs Mosman had every man around the bat, every ball a hand-granade. 

Ryan McElduff When we lost Matt Keane with a couple of overs to go, Pat Rice joined Will Calov and the two kept up the resistance to see us safely to stumps at 8/155.

The question remains... was Ryan McElduff wearing Matt Todd's pads? 

Some positives from the game for the young Stags, but clearly we need to get our heads down and place a higher value on our wickets. And if we do that - the the only way is up.

Adrian Craig

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2014/15

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2014/15

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 3 T20 matches and 4 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:

Poidevin Gray vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2014/15

Darren jayasekeraThe Gordon boys arrived at a hot and humid Chatswood Oval, our spirits only amplified by the Ger’s efforts in making sure we were looked after and that we prepared well. Up & Go’s, banana bread, fresh fruit and enough sunscreen to lather up Tids’ whole body thirteen times over. Not that he’s ever worn sunscreen.

Darren Jayasekera stands tall while others depart around him 

The toss was lost by Captain Stobo and we were sent into bat. A great opening spell by the Bankstown bowlers saw us loose Liam “Kate” McElduff and Chris “Anyone got a spare pair of spikes?” Spratt early on. At 2/29 Jack Colley and Darren Jayasekera set out to rebuild, but Jack was dismissed and at 3/39 things weren’t looking great. 

Out came Max ‘Pappy’ Papworth and that signaled the intent to put the pressure back onto the bowling side. Taking a liking to the spinners, Max and Darren put on a handy partnership until Max was dismissed for 30 and the score at 4/90. Wickets fell consistently and we found ourselves at 9/156, with Darren finally out for a well deserved 72. 

Our innings ended at 192 in the 50th with Skilbeck and Dan Stickland putting on an awesome final wicket partnership. Skilly’s form with the bat epitomized by 3 blistering boundaries in the same over, two of which were picturesque cover drives. Sequences even Sparky would have admired.

MillerUnfortunately Chatswood Oval copped the full brunt of the big storm and many puddles formed all over the ground, which meant play was not possible. Although ending a draw, I know the boys were positive and believed that we were truly still in the game if we bowled and fielded as well as we know we can.

Nick Miller looks through the offside to pierce the Bulldogs' field 

However, fines/court is a wonderful yet punishing experience and as the match report was unloaded to me, so was the idea that I should create a scenario for our innings in the field and an end result for the match.

The Bankstown openers were petrified at the long legs of the one we call Charles “Tree beard” Stobo. As he steamed in you could see the flourishing moustache after a fresh comb in the sheds. The first over ended with a wicket, a stunning catch by Pappy behind the stumps; well in front of first slip. 

Papworth10 overs gone and Skilly had taken two poles and Stickland 1, removing the dangerous top order. With Bankstown 4/43 things were looking good for the Stags, until a partnership began to build and the pressure began to even out.

Max... what is going on with this tall tale? 

At 4/123 at the start of the 25th over, things were easy going for the Bankstown lads with their No. 6 bringing up his 50. All of a sudden, ‘Millsy’ Miller struck with a screamer of a caught and bowled, dismissing the in form batsmen. Followed by another caught behind for Pappy the very next ball, this giving Millsy the chance to take an unforgettable hatrick. 

What followed next was truly extraordinary. Miller strolling into bowl, catchers crowding the bat in close, 5 slips and two gullies in place, the ball pitching in line with middle, straightening and completing the hatrick by taking off the bail a top the off stump. Congratulations Millsy, well deserved mate.

A huge capitulation saw Bankstown be bowled out for 137, the innings finished off by a leg side stumping by Pappy keeping up to Stobo.

A great win, well fought lads. Its charming to see us, as a team, come together when the going gets tough and when the pressure is at its highest. See you at Campbelltown for another belter and some fine banter. 

Max Papworth 

Poidevin Gray vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2014/15

papworthA long drive out to Village Green saw the Gordon boys take on UNSW. It almost goes without saying that this was a big week for cricket; reminding us it is just a game. But it’s a game we love playing and really enjoy and to treasure every single moment on and off the field.

Max Papworth looks to get the Gordon chase back on track 

Josh “I forgot the bowlers chat” Poysden led the warm up in his usual fashion, a warm up that I still find bizarre. He reminded us during the “Starfish” exercise to visualise our roles in the game and to play like Hughesy, ‘motivated, driven and hard as nails’. What followed was one of the highest quality warm up’s I'd been involved in.

SticklandA scorching day, quick outfield and cracking pitch, we planned to bat first (we have not batted first in 2 years of PG’s). Predictably, we were sent in to bowl, a sign of things to come and during the first over I knew something wasn’t right, Charlie bowled a wide… something that happens “Once in a Blue Moon”. 

Turns out our Captain was injured. 

A bigger weight was on Dan's shoulders with the captain hurt 

UNSW were off to a flyer on 100 runs and hadn’t lost a wicket as all the bowlers were rotated after struggling to hit their spots. A very disappointing first session, however we were confident of turning things around. 

Spin was introduced very early on and after a few overs it proved the right move as the opener and no.3 were removed. A casual run out from Nick “Kit & Kaboodle” Miller and a wicket from Darren “I can actually bowl” Jayasekera had the score at 4/160.

Ex-stag, Connor “I have long hair and wanna be like Max and Spratty” Jackson, came to the crease and some banter followed. The dangerous partnership was broken by Reagan “I get caught at fine leg” Klemt who really bowled well in the middle overs and deserved a wicket.


Ben Leighton takes the first two wickets, while Nick Miller contributes with the ball and in the field 

Nicky Miller had a fantastic run out, and Dan “Am I the leading wicket taker?” Stickland was the pick of the bowlers deservedly picking up 2 wickets and closing out the innings to leave a run chase of 262. Special mention to Chris “I hate mid on” Spratt who provided excitement with some excellent one hand dives and numerous longgggg chases to the boundary. He was really not happy with these fitness sessions…

papworthSo, we were ready for this chase. The intention was to have a player in the top order to score a big one so that a few partnership could develop and to chase down the runs. 

Spratty and Jack “Pingu the Penguin” Colley played well but fell for solid starts (19 & 21). They knew how important it was to get some big scores. With the loss of Liam and Darren too, we were in trouble at 4-73. Reagan (27) and Nick (25) also looked comfortable until they fell leaving us in dire straits at 6-119. 

Papworth works one to the legside as his skipper watches from the far end 

This left us with Max Papworth and Charlie Stobo who set about rescuing the innings, and Max’s brilliant 61 from 51 balls lifted our hopes as the required run rate was climbing to over 8 an over. Amusingly Maxs’ dad Brett was heard shouting “Keep your shape Max!” but we didn’t care how he picked up runs, as long as he did. 

papworthHowever, losing the wicket of “Pap-Smear” saw the loss of the tail as we didn’t have enough wickets in the shed to combat the rapidly rising run rate. 

We wonder if "Pap-Smear" is too recently a "thing" to have been a nickname for Max's old man, Brett 

A disappointing loss and an ‘off’ day for most of the team, but in the context of the tragedy this week, not an important loss at all. We really look forward to taking on Bankstown this Sunday so that we can showcase our ambition to be the best team in the Poidevin-Gray Competition. 

Ben Leighton

Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Chris SprattAn exceptional start last week transitioned momentum gained last season into our current campaign. However, continuing our positive start was of paramount importance if we were to fulfil our goal of bettering last season and taking it a step further. 

Chris Spratt looks aerial. What's new?!? 

Although our new-found statistician Ben “watch out Poysden I’m gunning for your spot” Leighton pointed out a weak start from our opposition the previous week, we were careful not to let this information ensue overconfidence. 

Arguably the best part of PGs is the unique and engaging warm up, ensuring both mental and physical readiness for the day ahead. With the return of the Ger creating excitement amongst the group, we got stuck into the warm up featuring team specialities including the house, starfish and some collar bone massaging thing with a proper name that always escapes me.

Charlie StoboSo after some utilisation of Google’s predictive text, I found this: “Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.”

Charlie Stobo applies the pressure early 

So with a combination I'm going to call “myofascial visualisationary preparation”, or in other words our warm up, we were ready for action. Although we had the intent of batting first, we were always going to end up bowling. To this day, not one PGs game in the last two seasons has resulted in Gordon chucking on the pads first. So it was safe to say we were in our element, or where we felt most comfortable at least.

An exceptional start from Charlie and Jack saw early wickets for the Stags, alongside some poor bloke getting hit in the head. Although it was a good delivery, I especially can empathise with the guy. However he was soon sent on his way, and an early domination of Gordon was occurring.

Tight fielding, immaculate bowling and catching saw the score reduced to 5/20. However it was vitally important we were ruthless and continued the onslaught if we were to assert our dominance over the opposition. For some stage, we did this. With Charlie and Jack finishing with figures for 3-27 and 3-39 respectively relatively early in the game, it was important that the change bowlers continued the momentum. 

LiamAnd they certainly did. A welcome return for Nick Miller with 1-8 off 7 over, alongside Dan Stickland with 1-5 off 6, a stranglehold was definitely in place. However good batting from their lower order and a quick Chatswood outfield saw their total increase to all out for 141. 

Liam McElduff cuts a strong figure out in the middle of Chatswood 

Congratulations also goes to Ben Leighton with outstanding figures of 1-31 off his 10, backing up a superb performance the day before and in previous matches. Good things to come for you bud!

With 142 required, a calm run rate of under 3 was required for victory. 

However instructions from coach for everyone to play their natural game saw a steady start followed by an acceleration of boundaries. Credit goes to Liam (39) and Spratty (62) for an excellent start to see us lose our first wicket with most of the damage already done. A true display of potential and talent from these two, and plenty of good things to come in this space for the rest of the season.

Two cameos from Jack Colley and Darren saw us home with each of them finishing on 19 and 20 not out respectively. Gordon had chased the total in 24 overs, securing a bonus point and a continuation of an extremely good start for the boys. Hopefully we can kick on and continue these winning ways into Christmas. 


Reagan Klemt

Poidevin Gray vs Easts - Round 1 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Easts - Round 1 - 2014/15

The first game of the season brought the Gordon PG’s team to Waverley Oval to take on Easts. Coach Josh Poysden was eager to set the tone from the start by ensuring that all team members arrive early for a solid warm up. I will put my hand up and say that arriving even one minute late is not good enough, as a detailed route to Chatswood Oval will be prepared by myself to ensure all the boys arrive safely and on time for round 2.

Skipper Charlie Stobo won the toss and elected to bowl on a wicket that looked like it could offer some assistance to the bowlers early on. This was definitely the case with the skipper and Jack ‘Don’t follow me home’ Skilbeck bowling tight lines to restrict the Easts’ batsmen from scoring freely early on. Dan ‘gossip girl’ Stickland managed to trap the opening batsman on the pads to obtain the first wicket of the season.


With Reagan ‘friendzone’ Klemt applying pressure on the other end, Ben ‘5 serves of Veges’ Leighton was able to showcase his ability of leg spin bowling. Picking up 4 wickets, Benny bowled a match-winning spell, as he was able to beat several batsmen in flight where Max ‘Big Six’ Papworth finished off with his fine glove work behind the stumps.

Axel scored a quality 55

Not to take any light off Dan Stickland who turned the game around during the middle overs with his persistent bowling as he also picked up 4 wickets. Reagan and Charlie picked up a wicket each towards the end as Easts were all out for 144 in the 44th over. Other moments to note in the 1st innings was Liam ‘The King’ McElduff’s chat throughout the innings and Charlie’s ability to change up the bowling attack effectively and at the right time to ensure the Easts’ batsmen were never comfortable with the same bowler.

With a score that the stags felt they could obtain, it was important not to be complacent to guarantee a first up win. The boys knew the ball was keeping low on a pitch that was deteriorating, as it was imperative to play the ball straight. Openers, McElduff and Chris ‘nail biter’ Spratt were unlucky not to get off to a better start. Their dismissals brought the man in form, 16 year old Axel ‘little master’ Cahlin to the crease.

Jack ‘Is Axel on 50?’ Colley was supposed to prepare a player profile of Ax to present in this match report. Alas, it had not been prepared, as he will soon be issued a fine for his forgetfulness.

The score was 4/58 when Darren got out, as things weren’t looking that promising for the stags. Fortunately, Reagan (35) managed to effectively support Axel, hitting some solid shots and making use of his speed for quick singles. The pair managed to bring the score to 128 with only 17 runs required (with Axel finishing up on a quality 55). Despite a loss of a few wickets towards the tail, the game was won in the 49th over.

Congrats to the boys for a fine win. One game down and six to go; let us hope this good run of form continues.

Up the Stags!

Darren Jayasekera

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2014/15

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2014/15

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below.



Green Shield vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 3 - 2014/15

Green Shield vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 3 - 2014/15

Josh HayesRocking up to the carpet-like Waverley Oval in the Eastern Suburbs, the youngest of the Stags teams knew that a win against the Dolphins would put them in good stead for the rest of the competition. 

After warming up sharply (although overshadowed by a soft knee collision between Harry “Wally” Wallace and Conor “Beej” Fahey), skipper Max Magee strode out to the middle in search of a first toss win. Unfortunately, this did not go our way (for the third time) and Easts sent us in to bat on a somewhat green and lively looking deck. 

Later in the innings, Josh Hayes goes past the outside edge of the bat 

The openers Jake “Jakeyboi” O’Donnell and Max Magee walked out in search of a positive start against the new rock. They both started strongly, and quickly realised that boundaries were hard to come by on a slow outfield. Both batsman were dismissed early despite looking good. It was 2-25 after 8 and the Stags were in a bit of trouble.

Andrew “Harvs” Harvey and “Beej” were now out in the middle as they looked to reconstruct the Stags innings. Harvs kept the scoreboard ticking over, while Conor looked to hit the odd loose one while still keeping his head. During Conor’s innings, his eyes lit up on a short one and pulled him over mid wicket for a maximum. Soon after, although looking good, a misjudgement (to say the least) took out his off stump. 

In came Matt “I have two bats – one for astro and one for turf” Wright, who was looking to have a good start to his Green Shield campaign after missing out the first two games with an injury. Harvs also looked good before hitting one straight to short cover, gone for a tidy 14. 

Ferrero GDCCIn came Oliver Zannino at #6, but was back in the sheds for 2 after edging a long hop from a leggie to the keeper. The score was 5 for 53 after 15 and a partnership was needed to resurrect our innings. At this stage, the Dolphins thought they had their noses in front, but weren’t aware of the batting depth to come. 

Ferrero displays his wares with the bat, before later charging in with the ball 

Harry Wallace - one of the best, if not THE best #7 running around in the competition - came to the crease, and intended on adding to his successful start to the season.

Wrighty and Wally steadied the ship and added a valuable partnership of 54. Both used their feet well to both spinners and effectively dispatched the loose one through the infield. It was hard going out there for the Stags, but in true Gordon style, the boys dug in and took their spinners out of the game. 

Matt WrightUnfortunately, Matt fell victim to an LBW shout from a medium pacer and was sent back to the pavilion for a classy 36. This brought about Ryan “Rhino” McElduff to the middle who aimed to work the ball around. Harry started to throw the bat at some wide(ish) deliveries, which payed dividends for both himself and the team. He then snicked off for a well played 37, much to the disappointment of the Gordon supporters. 

Matt Wright gets back into the swing of things after returning from injury 

It was 7-138 off 37 when Tim “Bana” Ferrero came in, who had positive intent early on in his innings. As the 40th over neared, Ryan and Tim looked to up the run rate. Unluckily Ryan got caught at wide mid on for not many. Upon returning to the boys, he said, “I actually middled it, I just didn’t hit enough of it”. All I can say is back in the gym big fella. 

Out in the middle, Tim played a couple of slashing shots that even on the Waverley outfield, raced to the fence. Trying to continue his momentum, he went after a short one only to sky it to square leg for a more than handy 18. With one more wicket in hand, our main objective was to bat out the 50 overs, however we were unsuccessful in doing this, and were bowled out for a sub par 166 in the 44th. Nevertheless, we knew it would be enough if we bowled and fielded to our full potential. 

Large appeal GDCCHeading out onto the field, we were called in by Skipper Magee who fired us up in the huddle. From the first ball we were up and about, buzzing around the bat like a swarm of bees. Charlie Sennitt and Josh Hayes took the new rock and immediately looked convincing, keeping the runs to a minimum and having a couple of close shouts. 

Howzat!?! Sir? Surely that's an edge through to Oli! 

“Bana” Ferrero also had a crack at the openers, however luck wasn’t in our favour at this point in time - it did not seem to be our day. The amount of play and misses was unbelievable – brutal to watch. 

After the 19th over rain started to come down and lightning became present, which called the umpires to take the players off the field; leaving the Dolphins at 0-47. After a long delay – in which time was killed by witnessing Rhino’s electric enthusiasm in the change room – we were back on at 4.30pm. Coach JK gave us some words of wisdom before running out, which lifted the team spirit. 

Wallace GDCCRyan McElduff and Josh Hayes, who continued from where he left off, began building the dots and mounting the pressure on the openers straight after the rain delay, helped by some good fielding in the infield.

Harry Wallace looks square for his runs, labelled by this author as the best No. 7 in Green Shield 

Bowling great areas, we knew a chance would come our way soon. Finally, the opener cut one to Tim Ferrero at 2nd slip, only for Tim to bobble it up and Harry to dive to his right from first slip (with a bung knee) and catch it millimetres off the ground. Outstanding stuff. Skipper Magee called us in and told us that those half chances would be what could win us the game, to stay patient and enforced the importance of bowling tight lines and lengths.

Not long after, one of the batsman hit a cut which neared the fence, and the ambitious non-striker decided to run on Matt Wright’s rocket arm. His flat and accurate throw to Zannino behind the stumps allowed him to take off the bails and have the batsman left short of his ground by about 2.5m. It was now 2-57 and the Dolphins were around the half way mark of their innings.

Hayesy was back in the action again taking the all important scalp of the skipper, thanks to a brilliant catch by Magee at mid on, in which he dove forward and took it just off the ground. Meanwhile, amidst all the chaos, Ryan was looking promising at the other end, getting some vicious turn and some nice shape. Eventually, he got his reward, with another – this time – running back catch to the skipper at mid on. 4-66 off 30 with Easts needing another 101 runs in 20 overs. Ryan finished with a magnificent spell of 1-12 off 10. 

Ferrero GDCCWally and Charlie Sennitt were back on to bowl and kept piling on the pressure. Eventually, the pressure got to much for the Dolphins, and decided to take a quick single at Ryan at short extra cover off Sennitt’s bowling– only for him to dive across to his right, stop a cover drive with his right hand and throw down the bowlers’ end stumps with a direct hit.

Tim Ferrero keeps it tight and applies the pressure to the Dolphins 

I think the boys lost count of the amount of times he said “carn Stags” with a high pitched “yew” when celebrating, but full credit to him for that outstanding individual fielding performance. 

From here the Stags had their noses in front and we could smell a victory as the run rate continued to mount. Easts needed another 88 runs in 13 overs with 5 wickets remaining. 

Sennitt kept bowling in the corridor of apprehension and not long after the run out, he took a great reflex caught and bowled catch – a deserved wicket to the Stag that always gives 110%. 

Wallace GDCCSkipper Magee then put himself on to bowl to “save the best bowlers for the end” and “tie up the runs”. Well, much to the excitement of the boys, especially the ecstatic Harry Wallace, he cleaned up the tail with two wickets in his first over. His sharp turn and bounce surprised the lower order and they did not have a clue as to how to play him. The skipper finished with the outstanding figures 4-6 off 3 and a bit. 

Wallace pairs with McElduff to tie down Easts during the middle overs 

All the Eastern Suburbs wickets had fallen for 104 in the 46th over. The Staggies had won by a convincing margin from the underdog position! In fact, after we resumed play due to the rain, Gordon had taken 10 wickets for only 50 or 60 runs.

As the song was rightfully “belted” out, the Stags realised that we can defend any total if we bowl and field as if our life depended on it. However, in saying this, a stronger batting performance will be needed after the Christmas break to ensure victories. 

Looking good Stags. 3 from 3!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Oliver Zannino

Green Shield vs Parramatta - Round 1 - 2014/15

Green Shield vs Parramatta - Round 1 - 2014/15

The young Stags arrived to an overcast Killara morning to play Parramatta in the opening game of the Green Shield campaign. Once the covers were off it quite obvious that the conditions were bowler friendly. After a standard ‘JK’ coach Kennedy warm up, it was time for the toss, one that you wanted to win…nevertheless the author lost the toss and Gordon were sent into bat.

Oliver Zannino during his 64 on Thursday 

It was evident that it would be hard work early on for the openers. Ryan Tullia and Ryan McElduff set out to lay a solid platform for the team, unfortunately this didn’t happen with Ryan Tullia being dismissed early by some excellent fast bowling by Parramatta. The author joined Ryan McElduff as they attempted to steady the ship; this was achieved by some determined batting by young McElduff. 

Max Magee dismissed for 14 and McElduff unluckily dismissed for 17. At the first drink break the score was 3 for 52 and Gordon were in need of some runs from the middle order and in came very confident Oliver Zannino. Zannino lead from the front with great positive batting, he was supported by Conor Fahey who made a solid 26. Once Conor was dismissed Harry “Tim” Wallace joined Zannino at the crease. 

Conor Fahey on his way to his accompanying 26 

Some aggressive batting saw a terrific partnership being built. Harry and Oliver took the score to 208 before Oliver Zannino was dismissed for a crucial 64 and Harry Wallace followed him to the sheds not long after for an aggressive 53. Some great end of inning hitting by Tim “Bana Boy” Ferrero (27 off not many balls) saw the Stags score end at 7 for 251 off 50 overs. 

A great effort in supposedly bowler friendly conditions. 

Charlie Sennitt takes #2 and #3 to leave Parramatta at 3/60 

After a brief hiatus, Gordon took to the field to defend a healthy total of 251. The Stags’ fielding innings was started in the best way possible with James “Go Barker” Rowse taking a wicket in the first over. The Gordon bowlers toiled hard in search of a few more top order wickets, the calls were answered when Charlie Sennitt changed ends and picked up two more wickets making the score 3-60. 

Parramatta hacked away and got themselves back into the game but were always behind the run rate due to some great economical bowling by Josh Hayes (0-16 off 6) and Dermott Beattie (0-25 off 10). Tim “Bana Boy” Ferrero and James Rowse took Gordon home in their second spells with some terrific end of innings bowling with figures of 3-27 off 9 and 3-23 off 7 respectively. 

James Rowse sets the scene with a wick in his first over 

Parramatta bowled out for 165; great win for Gordon to start the Green Shield season. 

With many things still to improve on for the young Stags (especially the song) it all looks very positive as we continue through the Green Shield campaign.

Max Magee

Match Reports 13/14

Match Reports 13/14

The 2013/14 season for the Gordon DCC saw some brilliant individual performances and the development of a number of players. However, unlike in the previous seasons, we were unable to secure the silverware that had adorned the clubhouse for the past few years.

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2013/14

First Grade Match Reports 2013/14

El RichtorFirst Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

The First Graders took the M4 out to Howell Oval to take on a very strong Penrith side that were currently second on the ladder. We knew if we played to our potential we could win the game and finish the season on a high.

In Mark O’Neill’s absence the side was given words of wisdom by Mike Beverley and Jamie Soper. From there stand in skipper Iain (Bevo) Beverly won the toss, and as we have done for the last few years, sent Penrith in. 

Chad Soper gets amongst the wickets for what must go down as one of the most consistent seasons for any bowler 

The bowlers started well and built pressure on the batsmen by putting the ball in great areas. Eventually this pressure got to the bats and Heaney, Kennedy and Soper picked up a wicket each to leave Penrith 3/56.

After lunch the pitch flattened out and a partnership developed. The bowlers were bowling well but were not able to pick up a wicket in the middle session. After tea a storm halted play. This gave us time to listen to Reece (Pinocchio/bonnet/are you scared?) Bombas stories. With heavy rain, no more play would take place for the day. Penrith finished on 3/176. 67 overs had been bowled, 5 shy of the 72 overs required to constitute a full day. 

This meant we would have to come back for a 9:30am start with 120 overs to be bowled. Something we have done on day 2 for the last three rounds. 

Most of the team made their way to the Orchard Tavern, our sponsor’s watering hole, for the end of season night, but had to leave early due to the early start the following day. 

Kennedy helps to clean up the tail at the beginning of the second day 

With most clubs having their end of season parties after the last round it does raise the question, is it right to have a first grade Saturday, Sunday fixture on the last weekend of the regular season?

We came back on Sunday and the bowlers picked up where the left off from the previous day. It was clear Penrith wanted to score quick runs, especially with rain predicted in the afternoon. This meant wickets fell regularly and we eventually bowled Penrith out for 275. Scott Heaney finished with 3 wickets, Kennedy, Soper, Josh Poysden with 2 and JK got a run out. 

A special mention must go to Jack Colley who took an absolute screamer of a catch. At mid-off Jack took three steps to his left launched himself off the ground and at full stretch held on. Jack supposedly took a similar catch in second grade last week in the same position. 

Steve Colley and Cam Eccles went out to open against a very good attack containing test fast bowler Pat Cummins. They both batted with good intent to get the Stags off to a great start. Steve was the dominant one, scoring another 50 with shots all around the ground.

Since regaining a spot in 1st Grade, Heaney has taken plenty of poles 

With the score on 83, Cam was bowled for 22. This triggered a collapse with Reece (0) and Steve (53) falling on the same score.

Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford set about putting the stags back on track. They put on 75 before Tym was bowled for 25. Jack Colley came in striking the ball well from his first ball hitting a few boundaries.

With the score on 191 and only four wickets down we were in a great position to win the game. However the ball started to reverse swing. With Josh Lalor getting the ball going both ways and the pace of Pat Cummins, life was made difficult for the batsmen. In the end this proved to be the difference in the game as the next six wickets fell for 23. The Stags were bowled out for 214 with Elliot Richtor finishing up on 66 not out.

Richtor GDCCRichtor GDCC

Richtor takes the 1st class attack to town while he holds up the side 

"In writing this report Elliot naturally did not discuss his excellent innings of 66no in only 90 balls with 8 fours. It was probably Els finest knock for Gordon against a rather frightening 1st class attack of Pat Cummins and Josh Lalor on a responsive deck. It was a gutsy aggressive knock that saw him felled mid-way through his innings attempting a hook shot, only to bounce back in the next over to pull him twice to the boundary." Tiddles.

A good effort from the Stags but the two batting collapses really hurt us. Yet another season finished. This season the 1st Grade side has underperformed but we now need to look to next season. We are all good players but need to learn from our mistakes and hopefully the struggles of this season will make us hungry to perform and succeed next season. 

Good luck to all the teams playing in the finals. For everyone not competing in them let’s get behind our club and show our support. 


1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

The clash against Western Suburbs was another interrupted encounter, which caused the 1st Grade side to play 120 overs on the second day of Round 14. Although this format provides more of an opportunity for play during the day; the players themselves tend to struggle to adjust to the early due in the morning and the fading light in the afternoon. 

Crawford looks to make the most of the short boundary on his way to his maiden ton 

Not to mention some strange tactics, that can often result in no one going home happy. However, let’s talk about some fine performances before we delve into the outcome of the match.

With a much better preparation indoors, alongside Elyse Perry in the SCG nets, the 1st Grade boys were in a better mindset than the previous week to take the field. The morning lacked the “cinnamon” of last week but the warm up was a much improved effort considering the soaked outfield and a soapy rock. 

The toss was won by the skip and confidence was shown by electing to bat on what looked to be a deck conducive to runs. Harry “HIV” Evans once again stepped up to open the batting alongside Steve “jockey” Colley. 

Repaying the foresight of the selectors, Tym Crawford notches up his first 100 in the premier side 

Unfortunately for both, they were dismissed behind the wicket by the respective openers and another disappointing start in the first hour of play was on the cards. 

Reece “love guru” Bombas managed to make double figures before also edging a ball to be caught in first slip by the opposition captain. 

Enter James “vintage” Packman. The old boy must have found some confidence when returning to the familiar indoor nets that he once called home. With his signature and picture on the wall, he must have remembered the glory days where he used to score 100s. I admit that before I played my 1st Grade debut, I was buying the latest EA Sports cricket game just so I could play for NSW and score a hundred with Jammer. 

The last time he had scored a first grade hundred was in November 2008. Throughout my five seasons in 1st Grade I have loved watching a classy 30 or a powerful 50 but never have I seen him destroy an attack. It is just a shame that I had to be teased for five years and only now, on what seems to be his nearing retirement witness a James Packman hundred.

James Packman... this is what so many of us love to see.
Let's hope the next few weeks brings more. 

It wouldn’t be a “Vintage” Packman innings without some drama, as he was bowled off a no-ball in the early stages of his innings. This was the turning point in the game, as this chance gave him the opportunity to free his arms and play the powerful strokes down the ground and through the covers like we are used to seeing. He first began his partnership with Elliot “future” Richtor (20), however felt comfortable with the newest member of the team Tym “cockroach” Crawford. 

As the name suggests Tym can be a sly pest, always managing to put up a fight with a sly comment here and there. I am not sure what was exchanged out in the middle, but as the teams were coming off for lunch a few words were shared by the competitions perennial stirrer.

Josh Poysden tries to impose himself on a good batting track 

After lunch these two started where they left off with some glorious shots from James and some powerful hitting by Tym. The partnership of 172 between these two ensured we reached a competitive total that we could defend against any threat that the Western Suburbs could offer. With James reaching his elusive milestone he then pushed to increase the run rate. With one lusty blow too many he left Tym out there searching for his maiden first grade ton.

Iain “team America” Beverley was looking the goods and showed his true potential with the blade wrenching balls to all corners of the ground. It was a shame that he didn’t have more time as he played a good cameo innings while Tym approached his milestone. 

I’m not sure whether it was nerves, or something else, but Tym slowed down his scoring rate as he got closer to the ton which annoyed the opposition. Frustrated by the overs used they turned on Tym saying that we weren’t making a game of it.

James 'Mantis' Kennedy tries to blast through the Western Suburbs line up 

However, with their slow over rate, we were not ready to hand over an advantage to them. Tym in due course passed his 100, which to us was more important than any thing else. We need blokes in 1st Grade knowing they have the ability to score big totals and scoring runs is contagious. Well done on hopefully your first of many hundreds for the club!

With a total of 330 on the board we were confident that the game was there to be won only by us. However the threat of Di Bartolo was known to all who played in the fixture last season. It was only 12 months ago that Di Bartolo hit me for my most demoralising over in Sydney grade cricket - along with Michael Clarke. 

However cricket can be a game that squares up the ledger and luckily for me Di Bartolo was claimed without troubling the scorers. With a few quick wickets after tea the Stags had their opponents at 4/35 due to impressive spells by Scott “take me on” Heaney and Chad “buffalo” Soper. 

Josh “smitten” Poysden was introduced into the attack when the wests players had decided to park the bus. However he struggled to find his length with his better half watching on in the stands. The poor bloke just can’t impress and bowl his best in front of his many female fans. For a period of time the Stags couldn’t make a break through. The love guru Bombas was asked to bowl, for some reason, and to everyone’s surprise he picked up a wicket with his first ball … shock me. 

However with not many overs remaining the Stags struggled on a pitch that was providing no support for the bowlers. The game ended after 55 overs of bowling, with only 6 wickets taken.

Scott Heaney tries to break the lower order of Wests 

Another opportunity missed with some very impressive performances. Another fixture we add to the list where chances were not taken; resulting in competition points not acquired. Many questions need to be asked and answers addressed come the end of season for the 1st Grade side. Ultimately we are judged as a club by the success of this side. 

All the best to everyone seeking points for the finals series and I look forward to celebrating the successes this season will bring to the club over the next month.

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

The local derby turned into a "one week, long/short" contest. With us were two proud debutants who eventually got a hat on their heads. Anand Verma was rewarded by the selectors for his form in 2nd Grade. Jack Colley also deserved his promotion to the top grade after some terrific innings in 2s and the continued absence of the skipper.

Anand Verma and Jack Colley are congratulated by Kennedy and Packman on their debuts in 1st Grade 

Our coach joined us for his first away fixture of the season, much to the stand-in captain’s delight. Gordon great James Packman was welcomed back into the premiere side.

The Stags were sent in at the toss. A change of order shook up the teams for "10 touches" in the warm up. Steve Colley and Iain Beverley got the Stags off the line in fairly quick fashion. Both lost their wickets in succession with the score at 2/25.

Bombas and Packman needed to rebuild which they did for the majority of the first session. Packman did the majority of the scoring as Bombas kept the partnership intact. Packers played some vintage strokes mixed with some aggressive shots as he rode his luck through the first session. The highlight was his on drive past Harry Conway who didn't stand a chance of picking up the tracer bullet like drive. 

Players from both teams marvelled the shot as he approached 50 in his return match. Richtor joined Packman at the crease before lunch with a spring in his step. From ball one, Els showed intent and found the middle of the bat against the ND spinners. After the lengthy first session we found ourselves 3/130 odd after 35 overs. 

Packman's return to 1st Grade included a half century to restore the innings from an early 2/25

Lunch was served, including in my opinion the best chicken burgers in the grade competition. Our high hopes to bat towards a declaration took a blow first ball after lunch. Packers dismissed for a well-earned 52. Crawford found it tough to get going in his usual up beat rhythm. However Els ticked the score board along. 

It was a pleasure to witness Jack Colley face his first ball as a 19 year old and stoke a magnificent cover drive for three. No doubt a sign of what's to come for this young man with a huge head on his shoulders! Losing Crawford and Colley in succession sparked a collapse with Soper unlucky to be given out first ball. 

The always prepared Kennedy was surprisingly on time to the crease to face a hat-trick ball which he kept out in true pincer pride. JK was unable to continue his fine form at Waitara Oval. Richtor witnessed the entire middle order collapse from the other end and somehow managed to get himself past 50. A great innings by Els who finished with 58 and it was awesome to see him attack the ND bowlers with intent. 

Another cameo by Scott Heaney supported by ‘AV’ Verma got our total to 196.

196 was obviously under par on the Waitara wicket, however the bowling group prepared well in the 10 minute break and the stags came out with good intent. JK stuck early, taking the big wicket of Hughes with a terrific catch by Richtor at second slip. 

Richtor in action with the willow, rather than at second slip. 

Once again Els adds to his highlight reel of spectacular grabs. Not quite as good as Blacktown this season or parramatta last season, however it was up there in the top 10. 

The quicks rotated in the lead up to tea, however it was the debutant Verma that was next to strike. What another wonderful experience for Anand, grabbing his first wicket in the top side with a ball that turned past the outside edge clipping to top of off stump. Verma stuck again before tea leaving the score at 3/56 at the interval.

The boys believed we were a genuine chance and it's great to have the support of your team knowing that the task in front of us was huge. 

Soper toiled away without any breakthrough 

The ND skipper Whealing was patient with the Stag attack. It was great to see Heaney, Soper and JK bowl for long periods. The wicket didn't offer much and it proved difficult to remove the Rangers line up in the afternoon. The highlight being Anand on debut, who finished with outstanding figure of 4/53. Congratulations big man.

Back to training this week boys and let's get ready to upset Wests and Penrith for their finals preparations.

Many thanks to Mr Bev for his managerial roles. It does not go unnoticed and I'm sure all the boys greatly appreciate your services throughout the season. Special mention to Gilly Packman who witnessed her son James face one ball.

On that note thanks to all the mums, dads and supporters who showed up to back the Stags, whichever grade their sons and mates play.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 2 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 2 - 2013/14

BombasOnce again arriving at Reg's favourite ground, things were looking up for the Stags. Needing 272 for victory, the idea was to bat long into the day and everything went in the Stags favour until the first ball was bowled in anger.

Bombas stands tall in the second dig to stave off an outright 

Our first innings didn't start too well with one of our openers nicking off in the first oval of the day. With a small partnership between Steve Colley and Reece Bombas it started to look good, until it was broken with a cross-bat flick through mid-wicket from Colley that ended up at cover. 

Throughout the next hour and a half our, wickets kept falling through some good bowling from the opposition and, to be brutally honest, lack of application from our boys. Good resistance from Tym and Chad soon came to an end, with us all out for 143 in the middle session. Less than ideal.

Colley GDCCA short changeover, and an order reshuffle, and we were out there with Evans to take the first. Harry got us off to a good start hitting the ball to all parts, and followed by Reece and Steve who shut down the Randy-Pete's hopes of an outright. It wasn't a great day for the Stags, but it is one we will learn from.

Steve 'Buck' Colley was solid in both innings. Hopefully he'll ton up like his brother this weekend. 

It would be fantastic to finish the season with 3 wins, a bagful of club championship points and a few days at Chatswood watching 2nd Grade clean up in the post-season.

Scott Heaney

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 1 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 1 - 2013/14

JK GDCCAfter hearing about Petersham Oval, with all its perks, replacing the outstanding Coogee, the day had finally come to step foot on the well talked about ground.

Expecting the wicket to be low and slow, the Stags had put together a few plans in the 5 or so minutes that we had spare early morning. 

The author's opening partner, James "Mantos" Kennedy charges in at Petersham Oval 

Taking the field with James Kennedy (5/47) leading the way with good support from Scott Heaney (2/66) and Chad Soper (1/49), Randy-Petes were under pressure.

With a great catch for Iain Beverley to dismiss the opener we were underway. Knowing that there could be long periods of time without any action, the Stags continued with their plans for the most part. As the wicket got better and the partnerships started to grow, the bowlers stuck to their instructions and wickets kept falling. 

Evans GDCCOriginal predictions of not many catches for the slips was a little astray as they just kept coming.

"They followed him" - One of 6 catches Evans took 

It seemed like they followed the captain, Harry Evans, grabbing 6 catches for the day. “Mantos” Kennedy on fire all day long and Josh Poysden (1-82) tying up and end, the bowling group kept to the plans well throughout the day, with great help from the wicket keeper Beverley, we were chasing 272 when the final wicket fell. Possibly an over too soon, as our boys had to pad up for one over.

With this one over to go, Steve and Reg were sure to 'look to score' as the Stags finished up on 0-0 with a day to go.

Until then.

Scott Heaney

Bevo Catch GDCC

  None of the slips are even the slightest bit interested in Beverley's antics 
1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

Soper GDCCWe arrived at Chatswood for the second week running, taking the covers off to what looked like a fairly true wicket with moist conditions during the week. There was one change this week, with big Scott Heaney back in the team. Once again, the opposition won the toss and sent us in to bat.

Chad Soper makes sure the side posts a competative total after a sluggish start 

On what was thought to be a decent batting wicket, it was still felt a score of 250 plus was needed as the wicket was on the western side of the square with the train line beckoning. 

Gordon were off to a solid start, however soon lost both openers and Bombas cheaply to leave the side struggling at 3-47. After punishing a free-hit over cow corner with an educated slog, Harry was then dismissed for a hard fought 30. However, Elliot was still there, toiling away, working hard to rotate the strike and occasionally lofting one over the infield for a boundary. Tym unfortunately was dismissed in his 20’s with another one making a start but not going on with it. 

Richtor GDCCWickets were falling too regularly for partnerships to develop which is vital in any form of cricket. Richter was later dismissed for a well constructed 50 with 6 boundaries to his name. This left Chad and ‘The big fella’ Heaney, who has been found after a no-show up the coast, to finish off the innings. 

Els Richtor continues in his rich vein of form. Now to reapply it to the 2 day matches 

Scott strolled out to the wicket with no fear and dispatched 23 quick runs to provide the Stags with some momentum going into the lunch interval. Batting at 10 with striking like that, he could soon find himself at 9 with Mantos back into double digits next week. 

We finished at 9-211 and batted out the 50 overs for the first time this season.

MulcherThe bowling innings started convincingly with both Mr Kennedy and ‘Tall Tower’ Heans taking a wicket each leaving Sydney 2 wickets down early on. ‘The Mulcher’ Poysden was introduced into the attack bowling up into the breeze allowing Heans to follow JK at the Southern end down wind. 

He had a crowd of 3, over from England, to support him, one wearing a shirt displaying his support for the Pom. Chad then followed Josh from the northern end and did well bowling the majority of his overs one after the other.

Josh 'The Mulcher' Poysden's support gear. Not an expense spared. 

Like the Gordon innings, the batsmen found it hard to play controlled stokes throughout their innings and, therefore, continued to slowly lose wickets. 

Heaney GDCCBatting was also made difficult by improved fielding from previous weeks. Steve threw down the stumps numerous times and Harry decided he could go one better when first, he hit the non-strikers stumps, then regained the ball and to hit at the strikers end.

A great start back in the premier grade by Heaney, with ball and bat 

However, all that occurred was Sydney scoring another run.

The bowlers stood up today and it showed in their statistics with Scott 3/21, Harry 1/42, James 3/30, Josh 1/31 and Chad 1/51. Dot balls are the key to building pressure and ultimately taking wickets. At one stage Sydney were 8-128, however a brief partnership took the Sydney score to 165 before the 9th wicket fell and then the 10th at 178.

This kind of whole-hearted team performance in the field is what is needed to take the team forward in the following games and end the season mid-table.

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

Chad Soper GDCCWe arrived at Chatswood on a very warm day, the wicket was looking good and it was great to see our leader back… Whatever the reason was for why he was one the sideline it no longer matter to us. He was back in Stags colours.

Chad Soper adds some handy runs at the end of the innings 

We lost the toss and were sent in. The boys were confident of a big score but unfortunately it did not exactly work out as planned. We lost a couple of wickets early but put on a partnership to be 3/88. Steve Colley was playing shots all around the ground, a real pleasure to watch, until he was run out.

Then another partnership began to form between Elliot and Tim and this put us right back in the game. 

Poysden GDCC

Tim was playing well and is showing a lot of maturity as a new-comer to the side. But once again we had a runout; this time Tim departed.

James, Chad and Josh got us to a score of 230, but we committed the cardinal sin of not batting out our overs; bowled out in the 46th over.

Josh Poysden twirls his magic in an attempt to get the boys back in the match 

The boys knew we had to bowl well to defend the target. But our bowlers have been performing. We were in with a chance.

Dan Smith picked up an early wicket and it was exactly what we needed. After that, however, we continued to bowl too many 4 balls. To make matters worse our fielding was poor.

Dan Smith and team GDCC

Dan Smith takes the first wicket and sets the boys on the right trajectory 

The one upside was that Chad was continuing to bowl excellently, getting the wickets he deserved and tying down the runs. 

KennedyHad we scored another 30 runs we would have won the game.

A glorious view. James "Mantis" Kennedy is known for playing hard and straight down the ground 

After the game finished and we went to the dressing room our coach gave us a spray and we deserved it.

It has been a lot of lost opportunities throughout the season Batting and Bowling.

But with a lot of hard work, WE WILL IMPROVE.

Reece Bombas

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

JKFirst Grade turned up to take on a strong Manly side with out skipper Harry Evans who was struck down by a mysterious illness preventing him from playing. This left VC Iain Beverley to step up and hold the fort while Harry got over the sniffles. 

James "JK" Kennedy looks for bigger returns in the 2nd half of the year 

Undecided what to with toss, Iain decided to follow Sparky’s “Theory of Bowling First” on what turned out to be a lively wicket. The bowlers started well with Manly struggling to score and balls flying pass the outside of the bat. After weathering the early storm Manly capitalised on some loose bowling and increased the run rate. 

The bowlers started to claw us back into the game with some wickets to stem the flow of runs and at the 35 over mark optimistic Captain Bevo challenged the team to keep them under 220. At this stage of the game this was realistic target but required some serious death bowling. Some excellent hitting and bowlers were a fraction off meant that Manly raced to a massive total of 269. 

The bowlers put in through out the innings but failed to execute their skill under pressure of the dominant Manly batsmen.

JoshThe lunch break Bevo provided clear instructions to the batsmen to be positive from the outset and attack the new ball. Similar to the bowlers the Gordon bats could not apply any pressure on Manly and allowed them to dictate terms. Reece Bombas showed his class and looked to take the attack apart by good positive cricket strokes, only to be bowled by an excellent delivery from Stephen O’Keefe.

Poysden will play a big part if the Stags are to go deep into the finals this year 

The run rate slowly climbed and we were chasing our tails the whole innings. It was a disappointing display by the bats to be bowled out 183.

Steve ‘Buck’ Colley

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

Chad Soper GDCCEven after last season’s vessel-bursting rant, the parking situation at Sydney University remained unchanged. Consequently the "Players Court" or "Bombas Retirement Fund" benefitted heavily from the "lateness" clause. Not a good start against a side that is leading the competition.

Chad Soper and his "7 minute abs" took two wickets 

The Stags fielded first... shock me! It was first grade’s debut 50 over match this season. The two new white balls from both ends had Dan Smith rejoicing. I even heard him say "you beauty! James keep your pincers off my ball". James Kennedy pushed into the breeze, producing a chance in his first over! The shoulders remained upright (surprisingly) as JK bowled a consistent 1st spell which significantly restricted the scoring rate of the students. 

The Number 1 wicket was tough to read, the pace was slow making it difficult to play conventional cricket shots down the ground. Our skipper and Chad Soper took the reins and had the students 1/65 after 25 overs. The bowlers certainly stepped up. Soper and his 7 minute abs ended up with 2/51.

Elliot RichtorThe pro, the one and only Josh Poysden mulched his way to 2/39 snaring the big wicket of Mail. Again pushing his claim to be England's spinner in the Sydney Test Match. 

Elliot Richtor continues his good form, also taking two in the match 

Let’s face it, the only reason we weren't chasing 250+ was because of this wicket. JP has been fine form recently, ripping them out of the mulch, bagging a few of his own countrymen along the way and even getting some wickets! 

Els was called upon where he varied his pace nicely and consistently found the outside edge of the bat. The gunner finished with 2/41. At the final drinks break, Harry set the challenge of restricting the score under 200 a very achievable goal.

Our fielding in the final 10 overs was poor. We really gifted the students 20-30 runs they didn't deserve through some substandard fielding efforts and the target was set 230 to win.

Harry Evans GDCCThe chase never gained the momentum we required to mow down the target. Harry Evans again was the standout batsmen for the Stags.

Evans dances down the track against the slower bowlers 

The highlight for me was witnessing Harold take down the opening bowler as he proceeded to bowl head height, with two back to the biggest boundary on the field. Not only did our H take the fieldsmen on, he made an absolute mockery out of the plan when he sent the ball to the boundary multiple times. 

Chad and Dan fought hard towards the end of the innings but again the chase lacked momentum. On a side note, it was great to see Poysden with the pads on again. A sneaky not out last Saturday may see an elevation in the line up after the break. 

Special mention must go to Greg Mail and Mark Faraday for the post match beers. Well done lads especially Mark for supplying the lashes. Also to ‘Karl Wentzel’ for another outstanding contribution to the "Reece Bombas Retirement Fund" in court afterwards.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Elliot Richtor GDCCAs seen in previous reports, arriving early and on time for games is paramount for the 1st Graders - as is the standard coffee run of a home game at Chatswood Oval. For this “Coastie” (which Urban Dictionary defines as ‘the better-looking folk that reside in the most central strip of the NSW coast’) this means allowing an extra 20 minutes to your one hour trip down from home AND providing adequate transport for the club’s import, so he can arrive early, sip on a Piccolo and then churn out another five wicket haul. Why change a winning formula?

Congratulations Els. What a fantastic start to the season. 

Our day of dominance began with Tym Crawford being welcomed into the dressing room for his debut in 1st Grade and immediately stamping his impact on the team by sitting in the captain’s seat. 

With the skipper playing favourites and allowing this monstrosity to go away unpunished the team proceeded onto the field for the covers only to see a green square with lines marked resembling something of a football field with “Buckets” Colley already crying foul at the groundsmen to trim and roll the deck yet again. 

Maybe this was what the opposition were expecting as their warm up began with a game of football. Rookie error, this no doubt was where the game was won.

With warm up complete, “fro’ downs”, catching and mitting and the toss lost, the Stags were bowling.

Tym GDCCThe play started with Kennedy and Smith opening up and bowling attacking lines and utilising the short ball well but with the Lions batsmen looking to score positively, the score quickly raced to 59 for no loss. Soper followed Smith from the Westfield End and despite a grassed chance, produced two quick wickets in consecutive balls thanks to the catching of Beverley and Evans.

Equally so for Tym Crawford, getting his 1st Grade cap from the coach 

Despite the efforts of the bowlers and the top standard of fielding, The Lions recovered to be 2 for 121 after lunch before the bowling partnership of Poysden and Evans took over proceedings. Firstly Josh, who was no doubt utilising his energy from his Piccolo, got in the action with the wickets of the two set batsmen at the wicket including the prize wicket of Seymour for 71 to have the Lions 4 for 122. Harry then began to prophecy to yours truly at mid-off, speaking out what was going to happen with the following short ball that he was going to bowl and executed two well-directed heavy bouncers that had two bats caught trying to hook. 

Is there anything he can’t do? 

At the other end Josh was going through the defence of the Lions batsmen, like he goes through his teammates’ girlfriends’ Instagrams, snaring three more wickets to collect another five wicket haul (5 for 51 off 17 overs) and have the Lions losing 7 wickets for just 34 runs. There was some resistance by the tail but Harold sensed another opportunity to burgle another wicket and brought himself on and completed what was a successfully bowling performance to finish with 3 for 16 off his 9 overs and leave the Lions all out for 201.

Poysden GDCCWith 41overs to bat for the afternoon the Gordon bowlers decided this was a good opportunity to indulge into the amazing afternoon tea spread by the Gordon family, a big thank you to whoever it was that must have read my mind and provided pancakes!

Poysden, like a kid with ADHD, exudes energy as he bolts down the deck after clinching a wicket 

Although in saying this, Lions must enjoy them as much as I do as well as they came out roaring with the ball after tea taking the big wickets of Damon Livermore and Cam Eccles with sharp catching to have the Stags 2 for 11. Not long after this after some consolidation they struck again taking the valuable wickets of Steve Colley and debutant Tym Crawford to leave us 4 for 63 and us bowlers feeling uneasy inside. 

Game in the balance.

Enter Harold Evans and Elliot Richtor. The former continued his Bradman-esque form, with flourishing straight drives, cuts, sweep shots, quick singles and pulls over the boundary rope to bring up his 3rd century on home soil showing both teams how to play on Chatswood. He was well supported by the latter, Elliot Richtor, who batted with intent and cut, glanced, flicked and drove extremely well with intelligent running to see the score reach 4 for 191 at stumps on the first day.

Harry on 110 not out off 109 balls and Elliot on 48 not out and an unbroken partnership of 128.


Chad continues to take crucial wickets for his skipper, as the slips cordon joins in the celebrations 

Although the first day belonged to Harry, the start of the second day was all Elliot Richtor who took over after Harry was dismissed for 120 and played exceptionally well to reach his maiden first grade century before being dismissed on 102 after taking us well and beyond the target score.

GDCC  Els Richtor

Special mention to Elliot who has progressed in leaps and bounds this season and is always a joy to watch when he is at full flight under the lid with bat in hand. He is such a stylish player and works so hard on his game and it was an amazing feeling to be there to witness his innings in front of the home crowd and his family! Congratulations Ells!

Richtor’s dismissal was the signal for Harry to declare our innings in the hope of us continuing our form in bowling out Fairfield in the second dig. 

Just a small snapshot into the way Elliot went about accumulating his runs 

The boys toiled hard to make this happen but with only 4 wickets taken for 182 runs on what was becoming as some may define as a “flatty” which for those not in the know means - a good batting surface, the game was ended after the second last session of the day and the eleven Gordons continued on their merry way singing the song once again with Marcus, who made an appearance despite his busy schedule and even began naming his players 1-11 before being abruptly sent from the dressing room after Evans was named number 1.

But who would disagree? I know the Fairfield Lions wouldn’t. 

Fairfield 201 (Josh Poysden 5/51, Harry Evans 3/16, Chad Soper 2/20) and 4/182 (Chad Soper 2/50, James Kennedy 1/30, Harry Evans 1/12) were defeated by Gordon 6/283 dec. (Harry Evans 120, Elliot Richtor 102, Dan Smith 22*)

Chad Soper

Second Grade Match Reports 2013/14

Second Grade Match Reports 2013/14

RosenThe Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

There was some talk about playing on a wicket which ‘might be a bit juicy’ to say the least after torrential rain hit the harbour city during the week. Storms had been frequent although most of the activity had happened early in the week. 

The weather forced us indoors for training, which now takes place half way to the central coast. That said both sides were faced with the same events and it would be a battle of who would turn up most prepared to play.

Dan Smith provides good counter attack, but it was all a bit late 

The side had been a little interrupted to say the least, players had been shifted around to fill vacancies created by work commitments, mystery illness, injuries and player form. The continuity somewhat suffered; however it can’t be said that the side on paper wasn’t one of strength across the paddock.

Back to the game. When arriving on Saturday and players are entering the change room with just bag for clothes and Tupperware containers, it is a bit of a giveaway that they believe the game may start late (if at all).

Jack Colley looks to the straight boundries at Mark Taylor Oval 

This certainly was the case at Waitara, which is historically prone to wet weather washouts due to the ground dynamics. There were inspections after inspection, ‘run throughs’ and finally a decision that play should get underway at 2pm in fairness to both teams. 

After losing the toss we were asked to make first use of the wicket with the bat. This proved difficult as there was moisture and a stickiness about the way the ball was carrying through. It was going to take a good amount of patience and hard work to get through to the more fruitful hours of the day for batting, after tea. We did not start well, we didn’t continue well and we didn’t finish well. 

All out for 96 on a wicket which was more like 200-220+. One highlight was Daniel Smith’s counter attack which yielded numerous boundaries (20 runs off one over) and some respectability to the team’s total in what was a rather disappointing effort for a team who was fighting to make a grand final.

Jack Skilbeck gives the side some hope at the end of the 1st day 

Whilst runs on the board are always important and it can put pressure on the opposition, when you don’t register 3 figures it is hard to continue to apply pressure. We finished the day with 2 wickets under the belt, we needed something like 8 for 50 on the second morning to have any real chance of progressing. 

Without early wickets the writing was on the wall and ND’s nullified any threats we had and passed us without losing a wicket. 

Bretty Rosen is pretty sure about this one 

There were a few notables during the match;
- As mentioned Dan Smith’s cameo (more please and for longer next year Smithy)

- Cam Eccles enthusiasm in the field (second to none other than Chris Spratt)

- Cam Eccles deliberate attempt to devise a run out…. by dropping one of the easiest catches ever witnessed on the cricket pitch, only then to claim that the ball (travelling less than 3km/h) split his webbing and required hospitalisation. Comedy of errors, good from Cam!

- Greg Lewis’s comments that the guy batting had a ‘Shrig’ and challenged him to a ‘chest-off’.

- NDs bowled 15 overs in an hour and a half, meaning we were still on the field near 7pm, as the sun disappeared behind the unit blocks owned by the Beverley’s.

- Gordon may struggle to field a 2nd Grade team next year after so many players are moving (tongue in cheek) and Damon Livermore is setting up a breakaway/rebel league.

Campbell continues to get the prodigious swing that troubles the batsmen 

Well that’s it for me. I certainly won’t be writing more reports, nor donning the whites, as it has come time to hang up the boots officially. Kit has already been dispersed and there were some happy recipients. Smithy, that bat will need to be used at Chatswood only!

I must say it has been a real honour playing for such a great club, the good times and the more challenging ones too. I have certainly played with some fantastic cricketers, great people and made lifelong friends. 

The support from the club has been superb and to have the President there scoring the last game for us will be remembered for a long time to come – Cheers Falky. 

"That" cover drive will be missed Packers 

From back in the old days of games at Killara and getting to the cricket (often late) because the Manager was running behind, thanks Dad, right up to the last game a week ago I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at the Stags and am proud to have played for the one club for so many years.

All the best for the future and I will be cheering from the pickets next season

Get Far you Bah.. 

James “Jammer” Packman

2nd Grade vs St George - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs St George - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

Livermore GDCCAfter a couple of poor performances, our 2nd Grade side was out to prove we have what it takes to play finals cricket. It was a good day for cricket; sunny, warm and the pitch was looking good for batting.

So to bat first was on the captain’s mind and when St. George won the toss they decided to send us in to have a bat. 

Damon Livermore picks one up outside off and looks to the legside for a boundary 

Our openers got us off to a good solid start with Kris Colley a bit unlucky to be given out LBW for 12 with the score on 41. I came to the crease next and with Cam Eccles out LBW not long after for 25, James Packman arrived to join me.

Lewis GDCC

So from a good start we were suddenly 2/44. Not what we wanted.

The St George bowlers were quite disciplined, bowling good line and length and, with the ball coming on to the bat a little slower than usual, we had to concentrate a bit more. 

Greg Lewis holds the side together as they search to post a total against St George 

James was out soon after, which bought Damon (Reg) Livermore to the crease. We continued to score with Reg playing some nice shots for his 29. We lost a few wickets quickly which put us on the back foot with our run scoring.

James Campbell came to middle to join me with the score at 182 which was not going to be enough. James held up his end admirably and we managed to bat on to make the score 218, which was well below the score we wanted. But better than where we could have ended up at a couple of different points throughout the day.

Now the tough part; keeping St George to under 218, which was not going to be easy. However, we reminded ourselves that with a good performance in the field and the match being a final, it was doable. Anything was possible here.

Skilbeck GDCCWith 22 overs left in the day’s play, St George went out to bat, Dan Smith took an early wicket but the St George batsmen started to look comfortable until in the 2nd last over, Jack Skilbeck struck twice and the score was 3/42 at stumps. So, we were in with a fighting chance!

Jack Skilbeck strikes twice late on the first day to get the Stags back in the game 

On Sunday, Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck did not waste anytime in getting stuck into the St George middle order, dismissing them for a mere 52 runs. Suddenly our opposition were 8/94 and looking very uneasy. However their No 8 batsman, Howes, and the No. 11 Batsman, Green, did their best to stop any plans the Stags had of any early finish to the St. George innings and an early mark for us. 

They dug in, and for the next 58 overs crept closer to our score of 218. Our captain tried a variety of bowlers to try and break the partnership, with some close calls going the way of the batsmen.

Dan Smith GDCCThe word “frustrating” came to mind. After the tea break, the runs were ticking over slowly but steadily until they came to within 25 runs of our total. When, at last, Dan Smith bowled a beauty to remove the bails of the St George No 11, a sigh a relief was heard all around Chatswood Oval! 

Kris Colley is on the move as Dan Smith charges in for one final time 

Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck were the best of the bowlers with 4/68 and 4/34 respectively.

It was a tight and exciting game; it wasn’t our best performance but I believe the Stags worked really hard for this win. We will need to look at a couple of areas of our game at training this week and then onto Waitara to continue our finals campaign against Northern District next week.

To finish I would like to thank the “mums” for the great afternoon teas provided over the weekend.

Greg Lewis

Dan Smith and team GDCC

Great shape away for Smith as the skipper and slips await an edge 
2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

Anand GDCCHave you ever known weeks and weeks in advance that you would play finals cricket? This team has. “Fantastic!” you say. “How good!” you ask, rhetorically. I would have agreed with you four weeks ago. 

Having now been in this situation for the first time ever, I can say it is a great and satisfying feeling. At first. 

Anand Verma... we were hoping to get a photo with the willow after a gutsy effort 

With the benefit of hindsight my experience has shown that it can also sap motivation and induce complacency, even a wish for regular cricket to hurry up and end so that we can get into the big business. Playing consecutive 120 over games, early starts and long days hasn’t helped matters either. “Excuses” you say. “You bet” I say. “Weak excuses” you say. “They most definitely are” I say. 

For the last two games now we have warmed up poorly and we have started out fielding sessions lazily. Not the trademarks of a successful team. As always our bowling was good enough to give us a shot at chasing in the second innings. 

This was again the case on Saturday. For the first hour Smithy and JC bowled far better than the opposition batsmen would have liked beating the bat consistently. A couple of half chances went wide or high of slips and gully. It seems to me that this happens more frequently when everyone is just going through the motions as they say. A bit of a shot at the team by the skipper at the first drinks break seemed to wake everyone a little and soon after Skilly was on a hat-trick and we had them 2 for 40 odd. 

A great catch by Jack Colley off Anand took the score to 3 for 70 when their skipper came in and made batting look comfortable again. It must be said that Skilly still beat him regularly but just couldn’t quite draw the edge. We applied ourselves pretty well until about the 60th over, when the end was within sight. Despite only taking 7 wickets, the feeling that Wests must soon declare seemed to cause another wave of complacency at which point wests upped the scoring rate to set us 214 off the 54 overs remaining. Once again our bowlers held up their end of the bargain. 

Skilbeck GDCCI still believe as I have all season that it can’t be long until we bowl a team out for next to nothing. Our fielding skill set held up despite being lacklustre and then it was up to the batsmen.

Skilbeck was on the road to a hat-trick with an inspired first spell 

We started well. 4 an over ish for the first 4. Then… HAT-TRICK. Reg, Lewy, Eccs (Livermore, Lewis, Eccles). Goooone. 

We lost Kris soon after. 

Numbers 5 and 6 set about righting the ship. They settled things. For about an over or three. Then both fell to the kind of shots that are especially heartbreaking when staring down the barrel of 6 for 30 odd. 

Thankfully it was ‘Super Smith’ and ‘Super Smith’ (a.k.a verma) to the rescue. It may not have led to a win but they definitely rescued a little respectability when viewing the scores in isolation. Smithy batted the way the six guys ahead of him would have intended when they walked out to the middle. The truth is Smithy was dismissed in a similar way to number 5 and 6. He just waited until he was 63 before doing it. 

I don’t want to say that it cost us the game but I’d definitely go so far as to say that it prevented the rest of the team from witnessing something more amazing than the opposition hatrick. A near certain James Campbell 50. 

Fortunately for the rest of us Jimmy was not abandoned before we had the opportunity to witness his highest ever score (previous best 16) brought up with a towering six lifted over wide mid-on (I’m pretty confident that’s his first six ever as well). Most other batsmen in this team haven’t received such an ovation for bringing up their hundred. 

Occasionally things happen in cricket that are slightly beyond our control. Losing our top three to a hat-trick is one and James Campbell passing 20 is another. What a game.

So at least there was a highlight or two for us to enjoy. Those are the things worth dwelling on. The other thing to consider is how we go about improving our enthusiasm and general attitude for the upcoming games. It’s time to remember why we love playing this game. Jimmy might have just reminded us.

Brett Rosen

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

The 2nd Graders found themselves with a number of changes in their side due to injuries, work and leisure. We welcomed Taity, Spratty, ‘Reg’ Livermore, ‘McElpuff’ McElduff, and our overseas import ‘JP’ Poysden. 

Brett Rosen looks to hit out in the run chase 

When all was said and done, it was telling that our main highlight for the two weeks was being rained off and going to the Merrenburn Lakes to partake in some golf, darts and poker. 

Come Day 2, with a monster 120 overs, to play the mood was relaxed, maybe a little too relaxed. Bretty won the toss and elected to bowl again on a very flat looking Chatswood deck. With the expert shining from Reg, the boys knew they would get the ball swinging and so they did. ‘DS’ Smith was particularly lethal, and at times too much so, with the top 3 playing and missing numerous times and by at least 10cm. 

At drinks someone commented that maybe Reg should cease with the shining and maybe Dan will get the edge. In the end we bowled them out in the 58th over for around 250. 

Damon 'Reg' Livermore plays an elegant hook shot 

Very, very, very gettable at Chatswood with the small boundary. In hindsight 250 was probably 50 too many with a number of dropped catches going down. 

It looks like Skilly will have some friends to join him in catching 200 balls on Thursday. 

Our run chase was set up by Reg and ‘McEldrive’ after losing Spratty early. The pair consolidated however found scoring tough. ‘McElfifty’ went on to bring up his half century in his maiden 2nd Grade game. However, the wickets kept falling and we were left with the tail to salvage a draw. 

With 1.5 overs to go and everyone around the bat the last two succumb to the pressure and we lost. It must be noted that Taity did hit the best on-drive the NDs keeper had ever seen but then thought he was better than he is and chopped on 2 balls later. 

Liam McElduff has a successful 2nd Grade debut 

It was a hard defeat but maybe a defeat we needed as NDs played hard cricket unlike we had seen in the previous weeks. We now know what is required for finals cricket. 

Cam Eccles

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

Dan Smith GDCCI turned up late to Chatswood Oval to see the boys already folding up the covers, this was quite poor as it is exactly a 1km drive to the oval. However, the jurors in the court are easily bribed when 3 jugs of beer were bought later on that night, in order to free my name from fines.

Dan Smith teams up with James Campbell to lead the 2nd Grade attack to good success 

Anyway I’m not too sure if we won or lost the toss, but we bowled first like usual.

The day started well with Dan Smith snicking off their dangerous opening bat in the first over. ‘JC’ Campbell also picked up an early wicket and built pressure as Smithy hooped the ball consistently past the outside edge.

Campbell GDCCRandwick consolidated and the grind began. After lunch the Randy-Petes got on top and were looking at a high score when reaching 3/160 after drinks in mid-afternoon. An inspired couple of overs from Anand Verma, with two well- disguised slower balls resulting in catches in the covers, got the Stags back on top.

James Campbell builds the pressure at the other end, taking an early scalp 

A couple more partnerships got their score to 244 with Dan Smith also bowling very well in his 19 overs taking 3/48. We ended up keeping Randwick to 244 which was a good fight back.

Loosing Cam Eccles early in the first week was not an ideal start to the innings, however Lewis and Kris Colley consolidated well. The second week saw early wickets as Kris and Packman fell for not many, while ‘Lewi’ batted superbly for his 49.

Jack Colley GDCCThis bought Jack Colley to the crease along with Bretty Rosen, who partnered up well and combined to see the side across the line.

Jack Colley looked at ease from the start on his way to his maiden Gordon DCC century 

Bretty Rosen entertained the locals, smashing it to all parts of greater Willoughby.

Editor’s note: After over a week of promises, Jack Colley finally submitted a report. Unfortunately for the readers, it was lacking in any description of his century. So let me return to the commentary provided in the Weekend Wrap: “Yesterday Jack came in at 4/101 chasing 244 and with his captain struggling with a hip injury at the other end it was time to really produce… Jack played the first over confidently, then strode down the wicket to a floated leg spinning delivery and drove the ball delightfully along the ground through cover for four. From then it was … it was a chanceless innings of power when needed, in particular his straight drives and guile with some soft hands to keep the scoring moving at all times.”

Rosen GDCCAfter passing their score and deciding to bat on, Randwick were far from pleased. This was evident in their non-attendance at the tea break, which the Wrapmaster reported.

Brett Rosen combined with Jack Colley to threaten the "Packman/Howitt" 5th wicket stand 

Packman convinced Rosen to stay in the sheds after tea, keeping intact his record 5th wicket partnership with Ed Howitt (256 in 2001). Instead, Smithy came out and belted them around to further kill the self-esteem of Randwick and the game was shortly canned.

Good win.

Jack Colley

2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

GDCC VermaThis scribe has learnt two valuable lessons this week. Don’t show that you can write a good match report; don’t leave the fines session (with permission, to get beers for the team) or you will be given the match report for any trivial thing.

Verma goes into combat against his old club... to great success 

In communist doctrine, individuals contribute according to their ability. However, we do not live in communist China and therefore back-to-back match reports are a cruel and unreasonable punishment (see article 5 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for clarification). A quick call to my lawyer confirmed my suspicion that I have no grounds for recourse, so on we go with the report.

As many of you know, this scribe played for the Tigers last season, but ventured up the Pacific Highway seeking opportunities to play cricket in the higher grades. As many of you also know, he who laughs last, laughs the hardest. So it is with split sides and sore abdominals that I get to report that the mighty Stags bested the Tigers in all 5 grades on Saturday. You should all already know that, but it just feels good to write.

Smith GDCCHere it is again, “the mighty Stags bested the Tigers in all 5 grades on Saturday.” Verma, 2014.

And then Colts followed it up against the same club on Sunday. Happy Australia Day!

Dan Smith showed 'a great deal of maturity and professionalism' 

Each reporter has their own style, and with too many more paragraphs not pertaining to the actual match itself, this amateur journalist might be stepping on the stylistic toes of another in 2nd Grade. So without further ado.

It is always great playing at Drummoyne Oval. Even if the track is usually a little slow, the scenery and pillow-like outfield make for a nice day out. The ten-storey high, international standard lighting towers are a nice touch and serve to make you feel like you are playing on the big stage. The locals and their (formerly) million dollar views love them too!

Sauntering out to the middle, this time without a complimentary coffee in hand, we were greeted with a deck that looked like it would play pretty well but was a little bit soft on top. Bowling first would exploit this, but the pitch being located on the far Western side of the square created a very short square boundary. It was the batsmen who were salivating.

As always, Bretty won the toss and at 10am, when the first ball was to be bowled, it would be Gordon’s Dan Smith to bowl it. There can be no doubting that the pain of being dropped from the premier grade (to the premier side!) would have been hard on Dan. He showed a great deal of maturity and professionalism in the way he handled it and should have had Sydney’s gun batsman Ash Squires caught for naught in the first over. But that’s another story.

Both Dan (9-2-0-32) and James ‘I’d like to have a beer with Duncan’ Campbell bowled with great control and the going was slow early for the Tigers. Dan and JC were ably assisted by Jack Skillbeck (7-0-0-33), who hit the deck hard and bowled consistently without reward. 

Campbell GDCCHowever, the breakthrough did not come and both of the Sydney openers started to play their shots. The signs were ominous for the Stags with Sydney well poised at 0/118 but the breakthrough came when Squires (61) was caught on the (short) boundary trying one too many times to put Verma onto the roof of the stands (to be fair, he did achieve this once).

... while on the other hand, JC, the other opening bowler... well, the less said the better 

What came next was a miraculous turn around from which Sydney would not recover. Greg Lewis (10-0-1-45) forced a false shot from the Sydney No. 3 and, when the other established opener picked out mid on off the bowling of Verma (10-2-2-30), the Tigers (at 4/139) were rueing wasting their fantastic start. Unfortunately for the Tigers, the rot had set in and the innings was about to get a lot worse. After a monumental mix-up that resulted in the skipper being run-out (it’s nice when it happens to the other team isn’t it Reagan?), Sydney young gun, Ryan Felsch, found himself run-out by Verma (that is two in two games for Verma, if anyone is counting).

The middle of the Tigers’ innings will be remembered mostly for the lack of intent to score runs. It is the opinion of this reporter that this is where the game really swung into the Stags favour.

JC (10-1-2-43) struck twice in the 48th over to reduce Sydney to a paltry 7/195, but elementary fielding errors allowed the Tiger’s to finish on 7/214. The Stags knew that a combination of good bowling and poor batting had neutralised Sydney’s advantage and 214 was very attainable if we batted well.

Klemt GDCCAfter lunch, Kris and Cam opened the innings. They started fantastically, putting pressure on the bowlers with excellent shot selection and by taking quick singles. When Cam was caught at slip trying to hit one to cow-corner, Kris was joined by Greg Lewis. Greggy looked back to his best, scoring boundaries regularly off the spinners and taking the singles with ease. The pair combined well for 54 runs before an absolute peach, that decked in to take his stumps, bowled Kris.

We're still not sure what was going on here Reagan? Care to share your thoughts? 

Enter the Packman. ‘Jammers’ continued his mercurial form with the bat, hitting the ball to all parts and combined with Greggy in a 108 run partnership which levelled the scores before Lewy was run-out looking for the winning run. As if karma itself was rewarding Bretty for a $49 captain’s shout at Parramatta last week, he strode to the crease and pulled his second ball for four to win the match. 

While batting, at no stage did the game look out of the visitors’ reach. The batting group showed off their experience and cool heads by simply doing what needed to be done, running brilliantly and putting the bad ball away.

For the second week running, this reporter has had to complain about the post match beer situation. Although a $7 beer at Old Kings is highway robbery, $7 beers are still beers. When it came time for the captain’s shout (5 minutes after the teams shook hands), the canteen was locked tight and no beers were on offer. Special thanks to Brett’s father, Marshall, who drove to the local bottle shop to acquire a case of the amber ale. Gordon puts on cheap beers and has a communal case for teams to share after the game; Sydney has no beers on offer. Gordon wins all grades.

At the risk of helping out an opposition club, I sense a causal relationship.

The result, a comfortable victory, reasonably priced (BYO) beers and another song.

Get fah you bah!

Anand Verma

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

James Packman GDCCThe lattes were flowing at Old Kings as Packers and JC arrived just before the stroke of 9:01am with coffees for the entire team. While this reporter enjoyed his soy flat white with none, eleven blokes taking a diuretic on a stinking hot day in the poorly ventilated Old Kings sheds was about as enjoyable as having to fork out $7 for a beer after the game (credit to skipper, Brett Rosen for shouting the boys).

James Packman in full flight against 'throwdowns' 

With cups of the warm brown delight in hand, Gordon’s flagship side ventured out to inspect the deck. They were greeted with scenes reminiscent of a fifth day WACA track with well-formed cracks dominating the landscape of the rolled surface. Unlike the WACA, the outfield was well manicured and even. Fielding on a carpet-like outfield was appreciated by this reporter, especially after taking a bad -bouncing ball to the eye at the Killara Park for the recreation of canines back in Round 1.

Brett called correctly at the toss and with the thought that it would be harder to score runs later in the day, chose to bat first. A few might have thought the success of Brett’s side when chasing was reason enough to bowl first, but this reporter believed that when the inevitable post caffeine lull came, it was best to be in the stands. 

Brett Rosen GDCCThe Parramatta bowling unit bowled with great discipline, meaning that the going was slow early on. After watching Spratty bat last week, Cam ‘X’ Eccles came out with a similar mindset and blasted two glorious drives over the infield before overthinking the situation and bunting one to cover. Don’t overthink batting Cam, Spratty doesn’t.

The skipper provides some useful support to Packman 

When Kris departed shortly after, leaving the Stags at 2-26 off 12, Greg strode to the crease. Determined to prove the selectors wrong, Greg failed to find any fluency on a slowish deck and when he was bowled by the opposition skipper, Gordon had slumped to 3-49. Again, full credit has to be given to the Parramatta bowling unit, who offered up very few scoring opportunities early on. 

The thirty-five degree sun and the lack of a breeze had a part to play in this tale. Parramatta’s bowlers tired and the game opened up for the Gordon batsmen. James ‘make 2nd Grade quicks look like throwdowns’ Packman took full advantage. With a perfect mix of single taking, running twos on big grounds and lusty boundary hitting, Jammer (87) provided the foundation for a Gordon acceleration that saw them go well above a run a ball after the 30 over mark.

Packman GDCCHe shared a 48 run partnership with Brett, but when Brett was caught for 20 it was in form young gun Jack Colley’s turn to dazzle. Jack smashed the ball to all parts scoring 49 off 46 balls before unselfishly holing out in the deep seeking quick(er) runs. The platform had been set and at 5/194 off 44, the potential was there to take the game out of Parramatta’s reach with a score around 250. After an unfortunate run-out (I feel for you Regan, I’ve been there myself), Gordon rookie Anand Verma strode to the crease. 

Packman rocks back this time, playing each and every shot in the book during his innings 

He did his job well, giving Packman the strike till Packman was bowled giving up all three stumps and missing. Scott Heaney then came in and plundered the Eel’s attack taking 25 off 12 balls before also being bowled. Verma (14no) and JC (2no) finished the innings well, taking calculated risks to get the total to 8/252 off their allotted 50. 

After lunch the Stags took the ascendency straight away with Verma executing a sharp run-out to leave their skipper stranded with the score on four. After that point it was one-way traffic. The Stags bowling group settled into their lines and were very hard to get away. Heaney bowled brilliantly (9-3-0-23), but without luck and early breakthroughs to Reagan ‘Mocha with two’ Klemt (4-0-2-17) and James Campbell (6-2-1-10) left Parramatta reeling at 4-38. 

Skilbeck (7-2-1-18) bowled with great control and after getting taken for 16 off his first 2 overs, Verma (10-1-2-38) came back well to help control the middle session. Not all credit can go to the bowlers though. The Stags were phenomenal in the field. Starting with Verma’s run-out, featuring fantastic catches like Packman’s full stretch, one handed, diving catch at slip and Cameron’s diving effort at cover to dismiss the dangerous Castle (who was 33 off 26) and punctuated by clean hands in the field all day, this was the best fielding performance I’ve seen in my (short) time in 2nd Grade. 

In all, eight bowlers were used. Greg Lewis (5-1-1-18), Cameron Eccles (8-0-1-35) and Brett Rosen (yes, this is not a typo; 1-0-0-2) all also did their job. Although, with four of the five specialist bowlers in the side having overs up their sleeve, one or two eyebrows were raised when Brett Rosen took the pads off and bowled the last over at the number eleven. A thought for next year’s fantasy league is that captains should not be allowed to pick themselves, so as to avoid a conflict of interest. 

The end result was an emphatic win to the Stags, followed by a passionate song and a cold ($7) beer. 

Get fah you bah!

Anand ‘Smith’ Verma

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

James Campbell GDCCWith a hot run into Christmas paying dividends at the Stags Xmas Party at the Orchard Tavern, 2nd Grade were determined to continue to prey on the opposition and test the president’s generosity. 

James Campbell returns to the sheds with figures of 4/15 

Rumours surrounding another team shout if results go our way in the not too distant future have been circulating but have yet to be confirmed. Going into Christmas at the top of the table, responsibility was placed on these 11 Chatswood representatives to capitalise on the fantastic first half of the season. 

With the return of fines master Cameron Eccles, and an illness to the 1st Grade skipper seeing the return of Chris Spratt, confidence abounded in the change room. The covers took slightly longer than usual with a few absent members of the Chatswood side deciding coffee and parking were more important than helping with easily the most tedious task of the day. However, an ambitious hairstyle (to say the least) provided humour and fuelled dressing room banter until the start of play. 

These days it doesn’t seem to matter whether we win or lose the toss, as we end up bowling regardless. Except… instead of a grassless ‘flatty’, a new pitch with an even covering of grass provided hope for our frontline quicks, hoping to extract movement in the early stages.

Heaney GDCCA tight start from Heaney and Campbell saw Manly put on the back foot and our boys wrestling early momentum. Poles for both Campbell (4/15) and Heaney (2/45) had the Waratahs wilt to 8/77.

Heaney supports "JC" with another couple of early poles 

However, a valiant fight back from the number 8 and 10 saw over 100 runs being piled on against the Stags. Although bowling as a whole was relatively tight, too many four balls which were suitably punished assisted in losing momentum during the middle overs and towards the end.

Bowling without luck, Skilbeck finished with 1/40, passing the outside and inside edges of the bat several times before finally grabbing a well-deserved wicket on the last ball of the innings. Anand also kept things tight, with figures of 1/43, slowing the scoring rate when the game could have got away in the late stages. 

Although in a fantastic position in the early stages, it was overshadowed by an end total of 216 to chase down for the points. Although this score was below par at Chatswood, it turned a potential bonus point victory into a challenge. It provided a good opportunity for the top order to stamp their name in the selectors’ books.

SkilbeckIn a sentence written more than one this season, “a flying start saw Spratt dispatching the ball to all parts of the ground”, scoring an extremely explosive and impressive 46. His fall of wicket, at 1/48 with Kris Colley on 2*, brought “X” Eccles to the crease. 

Skilbeck was unlucky not to take more wickets, but steamed in all day for his skipper 

Looking in elegant touch, Cam punished anything short or full with ease, before falling for 29. This all occurred while Kris was playing a very mature innings at the other end; waiting for balls in his zone and the capitalising, yet also turning good balls into scoring options and rotating the strike.

The “Pac man” Packman strode to the crease, kindly accepting wide half volleys in his first two balls, piercing the offside field on both occasions and truly displaying his skill and class. However, the story of the day was that wickets kept falling after promising starts. Kris departed for a well made 44 and Packman with 26. Brett Rosen and Jack Colley reduced the total required with rapidity, with a mix between shape and power hitting destroying the hope of the Manly side. 

However, with 12 runs required, a loss of 4/2 saw Gordon 8 down with 7 runs to win. Letting Manly back in the game, 2nd Grade almost lost from a situation you genuinely can’t fathom. Two welcome boundaries saw us pass the score, which saw another win for the mighty ‘Chatswood’ 2nd Grade. 

As perfectly summed up by “JC” Hernandez, who sat back with pads strapped around his bean poles as he waited his turn in the middle, “We live for the rush”

Up the Stags

Reagan Klemt

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

Anand HeaneyHaving had some very hot weather during the week, we arrived at the ground to see that the pitch was looking good for batting and everyone was on time this week (except ‘JC’ Campbell… again) and ready to face the second top team.

Brett lost the toss and we were asked to bowl.

The long and the short of it; Heaney and Anad celebrate after a great diving catch 

Sydney Uni lost a couple of early wickets to some good bowling, however their “in form” batsman Larkin scored 94 valuable runs along with Theobald scoring 32. Their No. 4 batsman, Hobson, was bowled for 29 shouldering arms, which is affectionately known as “A Lewy” by some Gordon players who will remain nameless.

Our fielding was patchy in parts, dropping a couple of catches which by our normal standards would have been made. That being said, there were a couple of highlights in the field. A run of about 20 metres to his right, a diving Scott Heaney, took a brilliant catch on the boundary to take the 8th wicket and was followed shortly after by a very good run out by Reece Bombas.

Anand GDCCSoon after that Sydney Uni were all out in the 48th over for 221 giving us a great chance to win. Our bowlers battled hard all day, Verma contributed with 3 for 27, Jack Skilbeck finished with 2 for 53, Scott Heaney with 2 for 36, James Campbell and Reagan Klemt both with 1 wicket each. 

Anand in full flight against the Students 

So after the lunch break, we went into bat with Kris Colley and Chris Spratt getting us off to a great start with the score at 47 when Spratty was given out LBW for 16. I then came to the crease and Kris continued his fine display of controlled batting with me holding up the other end. We took the score to 128 when I was caught for 25.

Colley n Bombas GDCCEnter Reece Bombas to partner Kris and they batted well with Kris reaching his first ton with a magnificent batting display. He finished the day on an unbeaten 126 off 133 balls which was well backed up by Reece’s 47 not out. The pair reached our target of 222 comfortably with 9 overs to spare. 

If Lewis had written a longer report, you could have seen more of Kris and Reece in action 

Even though our captain didn’t bat – he paced many metres between the dressing room and the scorer in the latter stages of the game checking on the score!

A great win against a strong side to bring in the Christmas break and hopefully gives us the incentive to carry on the winning streak in 2014.

Greg Lewis

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Bombas GDCCThe boys arrived early at Rosedale (except one) keen to continue what has been an exceptional [and I’m sure unexpected by many] start to the season. Given that the fine for being late is not worth the extra five minutes in bed I’m tipping everyone to be on time next week. 

The ground was as smooth as a billiard table and the pitch was hard and flat. One of the major challenges was always going to be how well the boys adjusted to putting extra pressure on the fielders when running between wickets and saving extra runs in the field. 

Reece Bombas responds to the challenge laid down by the selectors, putting together an assured innings against the Lions 

Having lost the toss we also had another challenge. Only our second occasion batting first would show if we learnt anything from the first time and whether we could control ourselves and the game from this position.

Kris Colley and second grade debutant Chris Spratt opened up. Unfortunately Spratty was run out in the second over trying to push for the extra run. Enter Greg Lewis knowing full well he had to steady the ship and set us up for the full 50 overs. Lewy and Col did just that. They were composed, they were solid in their belief in what they were trying to achieve. The pitch was surprisingly two paced and with the huge outfield scoring was never easy. 

At three an over after about 25 overs Col started to try to lift the scoring rate but soon fell trying to do so. By this stage he’d gone a long way to setting up the innings for the late charge. Reece Bombas came in to join Lewy and showed how good he is hitting cleanly, turning the strike over and really showing the bowlers that they didn’t stand much of a chance against him. 

The two put on another 108 whilst they lifted the scoring rate and with our focus on 7 an over for the last 10 to 12 Bomber and Lewy played their hands well. Both fell in quick succession with a couple of overs to go. Unfortunately Lewy fell 10 short of a well-deserved ton. 

Great effort from you mate. 

Bomber’s controlled 53 from 66 was followed by a couple of good hits from Jack Colley and in our minds our total of 215 was a score that was well and truly defendable on a slightly tricky deck and huge outfield. I’m certain it was worth over 300 at Chatswood.

Greg Lewis GDCC

Greg Lewis combines with Reece Bombas to put the Stags in a defensible position

Our innings in the field started ideally with only about 10 runs coming from the first five overs and James Campbell snicking off one of the openers for a duck in this period. Scott Heany showed how well he’s bowling in the early overs making life super awkward the Fairfield top three. Their number 3 who’s been scoring a lot of runs this year started to settle and started to up the scoring and before we knew it they were up around the 4 an over mark they required to the end. 

Reagan Klemt (2/19 off 6) came into the attack in the 14th and had the other opener out caught by Heans at mid off and followed it up soon after by bowling their number three and their most dangerous batsman. 

Their captain came and presented us two straight forward chances to put us in pole position. Unfortunately they both went down. You can bet there’ll be a lot of pressure on the team to do their required catching at training during the week. 

Jack Skilbeck was into the action and continued to trouble the batsmen with his consistency and ball movement. He removed another one very quickly, caught by Spratty. As the reprieved captain started to up the scoring rate Skilly kept beating the outside edge and ensuring we felt the need to keep the two slips. The same problem we continue to have. We’re consistently bowling too well for opposition batsmen so we continue to attack but they continue to score. One thing if their nicking balls into gaps but another thing when we’re mixing bad balls with great ones. More consistency is needed from the bowlers. 

At this point the Lions put a potentially match winning partnership together. Their skipper and number six began to score a little too freely. Anand Verma came on for his first overs in second grade. He bowled consistently to a very simple game plan and made sure the batsmen had to milk their singles as they struggled to get the big shots away. They added another 50 to take the score to about 130 before Lewy got the break through with an excellent caught and bowled to finally remove their skipper. A lot of relief for the two offenders and their skipper. 

This was identified as the opening of our window of opportunity. Another partnership of 50 began at a time when our fielding and maybe our concentration was letting us down, but a crucial direct hit run out to remove the batsman on 64, and bag our sixth wicket, threw the window wide open. 

Fairfield needed 18 to win from about 4 overs with 4 wickets in hand and we felt we were right back in it. 

The boys were told in no uncertain terms that the team that panicked would be the team that lost. 

JC was back into the attack and bowled the left hander that was one half of the previous partnership with an excellent “quicker” yorker and we knew it was ours to win. 

Skilly had the last over from one end. He bowled full and straight and the one that was slightly shorter the batsman dutifully slogged high to Reags at deep mid wicket. He bagged a top catch under pressure and the boys could feel the excitement growing. 

One ball to go in the second last over and ten to get. Skilly slid one down leg and they got it away for three. 

Pressure on JC bowling the last and while he’s all smiles and jokes you could almost see him twitching with nerves from the other end of the wicket. One dot. 

JC pitches up and a big slicing slog goes up wide of Spratty at long off. He comes in, he goes back, he goes sideway and above his head falling backwards he holds the catch of the day. 

We didn’t panic, we kept our nerve and we stepped up when it counted. The sign of a team that’s learnt to win. We know how we need to prepare and we know we can step it up another level for the students next week. Good on you boys. 

Ordinarily I’d never have this much to say, but this win deserved a summary far greater than you’d get from the usual JC post match ramble about his heritage.

The captain – Brett Rosen

Third Grade Match Reports 2013/14

Third Grade Match Reports 2013/14

BlaizeThe third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

For the third grade schedule go to Fixtures

Third Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

Semi finals cricket!!! This is what we play for!!! (Insert Sparta meme here)… At least that’s what I was telling myself while stuck in traffic on the Pacific Highway, yelling at other drivers for not doing what I wanted them to do (namely get out of my way!!!). 

Axel Cahlin, one of the young'uns that Blaize reckons will flourish in 2014/15

Gordon came ready to play Saturday morning but it seemed we were the only ones. ND’s looked about as busy as council workers on night duty. Getting paid by the hour.

At what seemed like almost nap time, the toss was conducted and Missy kept his run of form by losing the toss and we were sent in to bat with 13 overs to see out. ‘Big Mac’ McElduff and Bigger Spratty went out in the middle and went about their usual thing. ND’s stuck to their usual routine of low brow sledging and managed to grab Spratty’s wicket courtesy of an LBW decision. Fortunately we only lost Spratty that night and were to start next morning 1/36.

atko cubs

Atkinson and Cubbage, two of the shortest men in grade cricket 

We actually managed to start 30 minutes after regular scheduled play on Sunday morning which was a welcome gift as we would need all 104 overs to win the match. After a fairly decent warm up and good speeches from Atko and the lyrical wordsmith Missy we were ready to go. The plan was to bat to around 45 overs so we had 70 overs to bowl at a frail ND’s batting line up. 

As stated above at 1/36 we were in a fairly solid position to build a good platform at the start and try and blast our way at the back end to a good score. If Lemony Snicket was to write a cricketing version of A Series of Unfortunate Events, it would have gone something like this match. Wickets at fairly regular intervals from guys bowling dibbly dobblys, and a run out that didn’t help our cause, meant we scraped our way to 135ish, the only saving grace being Atko scoring an unbeaten 43.

papworthWe went out to field knowing that to win we would have to be perfect with the ball and in the field and to be fair, I don’t think we could have done much better than we did. We had 12 overs to bowl at them before lunch and ended up 2-not much walking back into the sheds.

Max Papworth looks to clear the front foot... and the fence 

Play resumed and the carnage followed close behind with the home team having no answer to our bowling falling to 4-20, we knew it wouldn’t be easy to win this match but at 4-20 I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think we were very much in the driver’s seat. The next 15-20 overs resulted in about as many runs with ND’s looking like they had decided to shut up shop, a foolish move with still 55 overs left to bowl at them. 

With tight bowling and even tighter fielding we finally managed to get a breakthrough care of Taity bowling his patented nudes, the batsmen making the mistake of playing for turn the ball almost in slow motion hit the pad and Gordon went up in unison. For a ball that pitched in line and was hitting middle/leg not even half way up, the umpire took enough time for me to need a second lung full of air to appeal. Thankfully we were rewarded and ND’s were 5-35; one more wicket and we were into the tail.

fleming miller bih

And now to the bowlers, Fleming, Miller and Irving-Holliday, trying to defend a sub-par total 

That one more wicket proved to be a tricky endeavour as the two elder statesmen of the side decided that they didn’t want to get out; the bowling and fielding I believe didn’t slump at all throughout the day. More a testament to the batsmen’s grit, determination, patience and a pinch of luck to help their cause. I’m not one to dwell (I am) but, in my humble opinion, this pair hard the rub of the green… with Cubbage being due some luck next season.

That pair added 91 before Fleming got the breakthrough at 6-125 but the damage had been done and ND’s only needed 8 runs to win. 

At this point, most teams would have given up, 4 wickets in hand and 8 runs to get with a loss surely to come. Not Gordon! 

Tjaard Tait. Now with actual permission to be in the country! 

In a big middle finger to ND’s and every ND’s supporter watching, Missy decided to throw one last ‘hail mary’ roll of the dice and put Blaize and Flem on both ends to finish the game one way or another and Holy Batman Jesus did it almost worked. We took 3 wickets for 2 runs to put a cork screw in what was already a rollercoaster of a game.

We managed to hold the excitement for another 5 overs but it was not to be, as we could not get the 2 wickets needed to secure an unlikely finals birth. 9 and 10 scrambled through for the winning runs, followed by a loud cheer from the supporters bringing to an end what was ultimately a close and competitive game; the downside being we weren’t singing the team song.

On a more positive note. For what is a young team with half of our players being under the age of 20 with next to no Grade Cricket experience, what we managed to accomplish this season and to get as far as we did I think is an amazing effort. 

As Missy said, it’s hard to get into finals cricket, it’s even harder to win it.

Keep an eye out for Nick Miller. Plenty of big things to come for Missy's new mate 

I hope that we can take this experience and use it as fuel for next season, there isn’t a grade in Gordon that doesn’t have the talent and capabilities to make it to Finals cricket and I for one cannot wait for next season. As disappointed as I am we lost on the weekend, I couldn’t be prouder of our efforts, especially the young’uns. 

See y’all next season and UP THE STAGGIES!

The Angriest Man In Grade Cricket – Blaize Irving-Holliday

3rd Grade vs Sydney - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Sydney - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

Reagan GDCCAn exciting race to the finals resulted in Gordon taking 66 points off this summer's 3rd Grade opposition, somehow managing to finish 6th, a mere 4 points away from minor premiership winners, Sydney.

The picturesque Drummoyne Oval was the venue for this qualifying final and that description remained apt as Drummoyne Oval was indeed a picture as the sun glistened off the light towers, its verdant pastures neatly clipped and the benevolent crystal blues of the skies and water surrounding the City of Canada Bay set the scene to what was an excellent game of 3rd Grade cricket. 

Reagan Klemt continues to back up the strike bowlers, keeping it tight for his skipper 

Higgins lost the toss and Sydney decided to bowl first on what looked an excellent batting wicket. Chris Spratt and Liam McElduff were offered first use of the facilities and set about negating a strong new ball partnership that boasted first grade bowler Tom Ortiz who has been returning from injury. 

With the score on 17, Spratt was Ortiz's first victim as he chipped to mid-off which remained a relative constant in the display of the Gordon batsmen. Axel Cahlin was caught behind off an inside edge from Rashleigh who the week before had taken 7 wickets and Gordon were 2/35 after the first hour of play. 

The captain, Ian Higgins, joined McElduff and the two ticked the score over to 53 before the left handed opener cut a ball perhaps too close to his body and too full and was caught at the wicket for 24. Gordon 3/53. Tjaard Tait then joined his captain and the two combined for the only 50 run partnership of the match against what was some very good spin bowling. 

Missy ticked the score over with some late cuts and delicate flicks to the on-side while Taity was more punishing on the handful of loose balls on offer. 

Just as Gordon looked to be in front in the match, Tait was well caught down the leg side from the off-spin of Manenti for 25. From 3/103, Gordon slumped to 7/122 as poor shot selection and a lack of patience saw the demise of Cubbage, Papworth and Klemt which brought Nick Miller to the crease. 

Higgins continued about his work, despite being as upset about his partners' dismissals as Liam McElduff is over Josh Poysden's departure back home. He reached what was a most excellent half century in trying conditions. Miller and Higgins added 33 for the 8th wicket before Nick was leg before for 17. Just after tea, Higgins was somewhat calamitously run-out for 64 with the score on 170 and Gordon were bowled out shortly after for 179 from 82 overs, leaving a further 24 to be bowled that night. 

Tjaard Tait GDCCThe new ball partnership of Nick Miller and Blaize Irving-Holliday looked ever the threat but were unable to get the first break through that could potentially cause some dismay in the home dressing room. Higgins brought on Tait in the 9th over and to immediate effect as he trapped Mosca leg before with his first delivery. 

Taity strikes immediately for his skipper, after putting in a solid display with the willow 

Adam Cubbage looked to be in fine form again with ball in hand, and was oh so close to picking up Gordon's second wicket before the captain threw the ball to Adam Fleming who terrorised Sydney's bastmen throughout the match. He induced an edge off the flashing blade of Cross who was magnificently held by Cubbage at first slip and Gordon for the first time truly believed they could win the match. At the close of play, Sydney were 2/46 and the game was wonderfully poised.

The first hour of play on Sunday morning could hardly have gone any better for Gordon as they raced out of the blocks in what was the best execution of bowling, fielding and intensity so far this season. Fleming gave Max Papworth his second of four catches in the second over of the morning to put Sydney 3/47. Not to be outdone, Blaize was charging in from the scoreboard end with astonishing precision and pace and once again Papworth did the rest. Sydney 4/50. 

Shortly after, and with all the momentum going Gordon's way, a run out of cataclysmic proportions all but sunk Sydney's ship and Gordon were beyond buoyant at 5/56.

Tait was reintroduced into the attack and always looked a threat. He dropped a sharp caught and bowled chance from the dangerous Sydney bat, Miller, before trapping Ivelja leg before. Sydney 6/78. 

Reagan Klemt was introduced for a short spell and should have dismissed Miller again, who was dropped badly at mid-off and a glimmer of hope was still there for the hosts. Tait put those chances to rest with an excellent caught and bowled, Miller gone for 29 and Sydney 7/98.

Nick MillerGordon were unable to make any further breakthroughs before lunch and while the players ingested their sausages, cans of tuna, Big Macs and power bars, Sydney needed 60 to win and Gordon needed 3 wickets. 

Nick Miller sticks around the the skipper whilst batting and then takes the final wicket 

The game remained on a knife-edge. Blaize, fresh from a line of pre-workout, struck immediately after lunch to have Sydney 8/122. A dangerous looking partnership of 16 ensued and took Sydney to within 42 of the target before Adam Fleming took another well deserved wicket aided by a very good catch by Nick Miller. Sydney 9/138.

From here, it may well look to be a procession. 42 runs in the context of a low scoring game is a significant margin and bowling at batsmen 10 and 11, one should feel confident, but finals cricket seems to throw up these crazy situations every year. Every dot ball becomes paramount, sweaty palms can be felt all around the ground and in the field. Boundaries become like gold dust and half chances feel like life and death moments of despair. 

Fortunately for Gordon, 17 year old Nick Miller was the coolest man in the ground. 

Tjaard Tait is supported by Papworth in a successful appeal - Great camera work Tiddles!

Sydney's captain, Pryde, decided that if they were going to win he was going to score quickly and hope the number 11, Ortiz, could hang in there for him. The pair had already added 16 very quickly, 26 to win, before Pryde smashed Tait over long off for four on the fifth ball of the over. Now there's a tactical dilemma. Do you keep the field up and try to squeeze a dot and risk losing 4? Or do you set the field back defend the boundaries. Higgins and Tait decided for the former and Tait expertly bowled a faster, fuller ball that nearly yielded another caught and bowled. It landed mere millimetres short but the result was a dot ball and Nick Miller would have 6 balls at Ortiz. 

Millsy only need two balls to induce the edge of the bat and Papworth completed a fine game behind the stumps taking a very low catch. Que pandemonium.

This game encapsulated finals cricket and everything it's about. It will hold us in good stead going into this weekend against Northen Districts at Asquith Oval and hopefully we can get two results against ND's to have 2 grade grand final teams. 

With their performance on the weekend, perhaps they should just give us the Colts trophy now.

Axel Cahlin

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

With no play on day one, (except an interesting covers session that took place), the 3rd Grade side were to play a 50 over match at Killara against Wests. Wests won the toss and elected to bat on what was a grassy, yet reasonable wicket, considering the tempest it endured throughout the week. 

Furious... wild... unpredictable. Has anyone used these words to describe Blaize? To his face? 

The stakes were high with Gordon needing a win to help them advance to the finals. Some wise words in the sheds from Missy, the skip, in combination with the fire of Blaize “the scooper” and Sticky had got the young Stags side off to a flyer. 

Blaize and Sticky worked in Tandem as they ripped the heart out of the Wests top order. Blaize bowled as he normally does… ferociously… taking a wicket in the first over of the game and beating the bat on several occasions. Sticky also joined in the action taking two wickets himself but unfortunately for his sake he was denied an opportunity at a hatrick as an LBW was overlooked.

He took two wickets in three balls and Wests found themselves in a “sticky” situation at 4/12. Dan finished an outstanding spell, maintaining sharp and accurate lines for 10 overs straight, finishing with figures of 2/28. At the other end Blaize added another to his tally before he was replaced by the rig himself, Adam Fleming. The Stags were applying the pressure to the Wests batsmen in a fashion that was not too dissimilar to that described in the “how to brake” section of the Learner Driver handbook that I’m currently reading.

The Stags always looked a chance of taking a wicket however the Wests were able to revive their innings. 

Adam Fleming cleans up the tail 

Their opening batsmen and number six ran hard and showed patience on a slow Killara outfield which saw them put on an adequate partnership which was worth a Kings ransom for them. As the rig toiled from one end, Tjaard “how do you day that?” Tait was brought on at the cessation of Sticky’s spell. 

As the score board ticked over the rig showed a bit of fire and dug one in short to their number six. He flat batted it to Liam “Macca” McElduff at mid-wicket who juggled the ball before securing it as he hit the ground. Gordon thought they had their fifth wicket however the umpire saw differently. The rig bowled well for no reward until Adam “Cubby” Cubbage was brought into the attack. 

The spin twins Taity and Cubby flighted the ball well and showed great control, taunting the Wests middle order with consistent lines and lengths. Cubby looked very dangerous with successive dot balls. He was rewarded wicket. Wests were now five down and the Stags were looking to make inroads. With the sun out and conditions becoming better for batting, the Stags had to work hard. 

Cubby was the right hand man for Missy as he took a second wicket, which he thoroughly deserved. Cubby was taken out of the attack and he finished with figures of 2/31 off his 10 which included 4 maidens. It was a great spell by Cubby which was invaluable for his team. 

Stickland keeps going from strength to strength

The Wests number six had achieved his half century and his intentions were clear as he lofted the ball over the infield. 

The paceman were reintroduced into the attack with great success. Blaize added a third to his tally after he pleaded to the umpire and “Reags” Klemt snared one at the death. The rig cleaned up the last two wickets in two balls and Wests’ innings came to close at 163 after 47.3 overs. It was an excellent effort from the bowlers. 

“Macca” McElduff and Chris “Spratty” made it to the crease in the nick of time and got us off to a reasonable start. The in-form Macca looked the goods as he played with patience and hit the odd bad ball. Up the other end Spratty asked for a change of bats as he played his usual game, hitting the ball hard and with confidence. 

Cubbage plays a key role with both ball and bat to get the 3rd Grade side across the line against Wests 

Spratty looked in good touch but unfortunately he fell for 23 with the score on 46. The author joined Macca and the pair got the Stags to drinks. In a good position at only one down, the Stags were looking to reset and maintain this strong position.

Macca continued to dominate but he fell shortly after drinks for 29 to their leg spinner. The skip came to the crease however the next wicket fell quickly with author out for 10. Looking to rebuild the innings Max “Pappy” (6) looked solid until he unfortunately was given out to what he thought was a bump ball. This week, the close ones went against the Stags.

The momentum had shifted to Wests and their leg spinner was bowling well. Taity came to the crease with the score at 4/97 and with the skip he looked to keep the score ticking. The 5th wicket fell when Missy was caught on 10 and Reags fell soon after to a great catch down the ground. 

After a great bowling performance, Cubby was at the crease to save the Stags with Taity while the score was 6/116. Tjaard kept the score moving at a rapid rate as he looked to stay positive. He put the spinner off his length and showed his class and strength as he hit boundaries at will. 

Didn't quite get a photo of Taity batting, but this shot of Liam punishing one through the covers certainly makes up for it 

Hitting a HUUUUGGGE six over mid-on, he had his teammates worrying about their cars behind the club house. Cubby supported him very from the other with solid stroke play and hard running.

As the boys sat down and enjoyed the strokplay of Taity and Cubby, a huge bang resonated through the pavilion. Looking around flummoxed, we found Spratty had fallen through the wooden floorboards. They had given way to the leg of his chair and a small hole was left. Spratty used the torch on his phone to investigate the depths of the Killara pavilion. The only conclusion that could be drawn from this is that the money missing from a number of our wallets wasn’t there.

Anyway, as our score approached the target of 164, Taity continued to blast the opposition attack. His run a ball half century was wall deserved and it oozed class. Well done mate! The pair saw us over line for a solid victory and the Stags kept their unbeaten streak at Killara for this Season.

Good luck to all teams against Penrith. 

Until next time 

The ‘Ax’

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

We lost the toss and were sent into bat on a damp, seaming wicket under overcast skies – suffice to say condition were good for bowling! Alex Cahlin, a player who will go onto big things in the game, led the way making 20 on a bowler-friendly wicket. Adam Fleming (20) and Alex Wright (26) also batted well to take us to 7-110 when play was abandoned mid-afternoon due to bad light.

Mark 'Atko' Atkinson applauds his bowler as Max Papworth keeps wicket under his watchful eye 

The tail had a small wag first thing in the morning to take us to a total of 129. This would have been a very competitive score if the Day 1 conditions prevailed, however they did not. 

Both the pitch and the weather conditions had improved significantly on Day 2.

Grade veteran and wine expert Adair Durie once again led the way bowling brilliantly to capture 4-29 from 11 overs, which put as right in the hunt for 1st innings points as ND’s stumbled to 5-62. 

The last 'action' photo of Adair before he announced his retirement 

Adam, Blaize and others supported Adair’s efforts with the ball however the Northern District batsmen were too good and capitalized with an excellent partnership on a good batting to reach our total 5 down.

Mark Atkinson

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

Adair GDCCThere is nothing better than having some of Adair’s finest wine, while sitting on the picturesque ground of Coogee Oval, after beating a team that rivals our nearest neighbours for on field antics.

Missy lost the toss on what looked like an absolute belter. 

Adair Durie, the Judge, led this 'wolf pack' with figures of 4/17 

All the bowlers were ropeable with him as were many of the fielders as a long day in the heat beckoned.

54 overs later and he was back in the good books. The deck had a bit more moisture under the surface and with an on shore breeze all day the ball talked. All the quicks were exceptional and it was the most relentless and consistent bowling performance I have seen. A real pleasure to watch from first slip. 

Blaize GDCCRandy Petes were rolled for 110, with Adair leading the pack with brilliant figures of 4/17 off 13.2 overs, Blaze 3/30 off 14, Reegan 2/25 off 7 and Fleming 1/26 off 16. 

Blazie Irving-Holliday, this time with a straighter arm, bowls well in tandem with Adair 

To cap off a great day, McElduff batted really well against a still swinging and seaming ball to take the score to 2/48 at stumps.

Day two brought a team breakfast by the beach and then later it delivered 6 points to the green and maroon side. 


McElduff kept his form from the week before and go us to within a whisker of the six points before he was dismissed for a well made 46. Missy, who was the other batsmen not out overnight, supported McElduff extremely well to end 43 not out. 

McElduff shows that form that led him towards his half ton 

Another good captain’s knock by Missy, who seems to be taking to the captaincy like a duck in water. 

Our innings was brought to a close at 3/111, straight after passing the target, and we had another crack to see if we could get 10 points. 


It was not to be with the pitch flattening out and RPs ended 3/191. A mention must go to Blaize who bowled with venom and was very unlucky not to have 3 early wickets to get us going. It was up to Fleming to just bump them out and he ended up with 3 poles. 

Higgins made an impression with the bat, but garnered little support when he promised to roll his arm over 

Another good win for the Thirds, who move up to second on the tightly packed table.

Also we need Taity to show us the ‘squirter’ ball that his fans kept asking him to bowl. Hopefully he can shed some light on the matter.

Good luck next week gents.


3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

Cubbage GDCCMissy put a few too many revolutions on the 20c piece and it landed “Tails” in favour of the Sydney captain, who sent us in to bat on a soft and damp Killara pitch.

Max Papworth was to step up to the task of opening the batting for the first time with fellow Greenwood member Spratty. The pair started off well with the ball moving around early and coming on to the bat slowly. 

Cubbage shows Spratt how to play straight 

Spratty didn’t get as many short balls as he would’ve liked so he had to play straight and was dismissed hitting one to mid on for 18.

In ran Atko - with a shirt 4 sizes too large and looking very similar to a young Stewie Griffin after a dose of steroids. He and Max consolidated well and Mark tried to get the score ticking over at a rate more suited to his liking and put on 47 between them. Atko, in rare fashion, snicked off for 28 and Max soon followed. After this there was a little bit of a collapse; with Missy only making 7 from 22 and getting stumped whilst trying to force the score rate upward. Axel made a quick 11 before he was well caught and bowled.

The ever reliable Tjaard “Tinder” Tait came to the crease to do what he does best and scored some very aesthetically pleasing runs and was well supported by his house mate Cubby (although I’m still convinced he lives in a hole underground at Bag-end in the Shire). The two put on a good 31 run partnership but Cubby had to go as he also managed to hit one back to the bowler for 11. 

Spratt demonstrates his versatility with a couple of offside scoring shots. Bring back the hook and pull. 

It was then up to Taity and ‘Millie Vanillie’ Miller to put on a courageous 46 run partnership with some very good big hitting from them both to take the score past 176. Nick was dismissed for 22 and with a well fought out 43 which brought us to a very competitive 182 to defend with the ball, with the pitch not looking like drying out much throughout the afternoon we backed our bowlers to get the task done. 

After lunch we started very well with the ball. Adair and Nick bowled good lines and lengths not giving the Sydney opening pair much opportunity to score for the first 7 overs. One of the Sydney openers decided he’d had enough of ‘Milsie’ and came down the wicket to hit it straight and hard back to Nick who picked it up quickly and within the same motion threw the stumps down and, before the diving Sydney batsmen knew what had happened, he was caught well short of the crease and the first run-out was complete. 

TaitThe very next over Adair claimed his first man with a leading edge to mid off, with the game now starting to look good for the Stags at 2/12. A whole 2 overs later the was another poor choice of running between the wickets and a magnificent direct hit throw from Tinder Tait at backward point making it 3/19. 

Down at the non-striker's end, Tjaard Tait checks Tinder. 

Blaize and Kiddy came on and kept it pretty tight again and before Blaize snicked off their number 5 and shortly after knocked over another at 5/45 after 16 overs. 

We knew that Sydney had obviously not got to the number 2 position from blind luck, and there was a good 50 run partnership from their middle order, and they crept closer to the total putting a bit of doubt back into the Stags. A good wicket from Cubby and another run out shortly after got us right back in the hunt for the match at 7/114. Cubby managed to sneak another wicket in before the last 2 wickets came as a gift from the Sydney side in the form of a comical run out where the two batsmen collided mid pitch, Max dropped then fumbled the ball and still managed to take the bails off before a the batsman got there.

The final was a slightly more straight forward one. Run outs being the leading wicket taker with a 5-for. 

In summary, Gordon batted very well on a difficult pitch and out bowled and fielded the Sydney side on the day. Got to love a win at Killara.

James Kidd

3rd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

Higgins GDCCRound 10 at Killara was between the 6th placed Gordon and the 10th placed Parramatta, the game crucial to both teams.

The pitch presented dry, prominently light brown with a consistent cover of dead grass, with the odd dust patch. No exactly what seam bowlers appreciate at 9am on a Saturday morning.

Ian Higgins plays a captains knock, steering the side home 

As seems to be standard practice in this team, Missy won the toss and decided to bowl. I had heard that Missy was good at tossing. It is true.

The bowling performance of the 4 seamers was one of the better 3rd Grade bowling displays I have witnessed. One of the most age-disparate opening pairs in the grade cricket, ‘Ted’ Durie and ‘Keith’ Miller (36 and 17), bowled very accurately, economically and with controlled movement for the first 40 minutes, with Keith making the initial and only breakthrough in the opening spell.

Higgins GDCCThen the bigger, badder and faster first-changers added aggression to the mix without losing accuracy, whilst having their own inter-team battle as to who was the faster bowler and who had the bigger muscle. 

Higgins punishes a fuller ball, whipping it through the legside for a handful of runs 

Today the taller, ‘Shelly’ Irving-Holliday (2-34 off 9) generated more pace than the more Adonis-ratio compliant ‘Bowlologist’ Fleming (0-37 off 9), with both controlling their extra pace by keeping the ball pitched up and just short of a length, and their short balls executed thoughtfully rather than in anger.

Despite the quality of the bowling, it took Taity’s off-spin (1-33 off 6) during the middle overs, ably supported by Cubby’s leggies (0-28 off 7) at the other end, to take the most crucial top order wicket as the run-rate started to pick up. 

It was then Keith’s reintroduction with two wickets in his comeback over that swayed the 1st innings and the game to Gordon’s side. The consistency with which Keith makes the batsman play his always moving deliveries makes him an exciting prospect in years to come, as well as a harmonious foil to this team’s other seamers.

We were definitely pleased with walking off at the half-way mark restricting Parramatta to 8-180, a reflection on the care taken with the ball during the innings.

However, no report could truly reflect the bowling innings without commenting on the fielding. Whilst the ground fielding displayed commitment and passion, deserving a strong credit mark, the catching wouldn’t bother taking the time to plead for a “fail”. Senior counted 6 missed chances, with only two able to be classified as “difficult”, while one missed chance was described by the captain as an “Under 9’s error”. 

Higgins GDCCThis is rather amusing because it has been 27 years since the author, who made the non-calling error, played in that grade! 

The webmaster was only provided with photos of the skipper... so this is what you get. Higgins.

The cost of that particular chance was 10 runs in the next 4 balls, and the Bowlologist remaining with no wickets (sorry!). Conservatively reasoning, the taking of all chances would have led to Parramatta being restricted to around 130.

As in most cricket games, some of the more memorable moments occurred in the change rooms, and watching Liam explain to Blaize that temperatures in the upper areas of the troposphere where planes fly are around minus 40 degree Celsius, despite being closer to the sun, rate up there.

The batting innings started poorly with the new-ball movement removing Corbin and Liam, both caught behind. This happened whilst the “Spratt Showing” started to warm up. It would have been great being Missy at the non-striker’s end, watching the ten 4s (and three 2s) in Spratty’s 46 off 28 balls. As long as Spratty learns from his dismissals, particularly which balls he should dispatch, which balls to defend or leave, and why he sometimes fails to upload these guidelines, we will be watching him in 1st Grade shortly. 

Higgins GDCCAfter Spratty’s attempted to drag the a full outside off stump to over the mid-wicket boundary but only to sky it straight up when the score was on 59, Missy and the newly arrived Max Papworth set about winning the game. 

Another photo of Higgins. Looking for a sponsor? Can Atko help you out? 

Their placement and fast running between the wickets intermingled with the odd aggressive dispatching of bad balls was cruising until Papworth was out rather anticlimactically and even more disappointingly caught and bowled to a seamer on 11 with the score on 85.

Taity joined Missy to create another useful partnership but again disappointing it finished too quickly, with Missy in particular increasing his aggression throughout. Taity was out caught on 11 in the slips fending away a searing bouncer with the score on 117. Yes, 11 is the number of the day.

Cubby joined Missy with great form from last week. Unlike his offensive mind-set last week, Cubby played his role to anchor his captain admirably for 23 not out, whilst still punishing the infrequent bad ball. Missy continued to find quick singles and boundaries whilst never dominating the bowlers, apart from once he had worked out the off-spinner’s measure, sweeping him for six to take him out of the attack and then welcoming him back into the attack with a two-step forward caress over mid-wicket for six.

Cubbage GDCCIn classical cricket speak, Missy valued his wicket in the knowledge of the seemingly commonly overlooked truism that you can only score runs when you are at the crease. 

We did receive one of a leg spinner... batting. Cubbage sticks with the skipper to see them home.

It was a satisfying captain’s knock of 80 not out that took us to 183 with the loss of 5 wickets in 42.5 overs. This should take us a little more comfortably in the Top 6 and will boost the team’s confidence to remain there. 

And finally, some wisdom from the brain trust, never look at the mantle while stroking the fire.

Adair Durie

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

AdairThe Thirsty Thirds found themselves at ‘Atmosphere Park’ this round, against Manly. Faced with a pitch that had a healthy covering of grass, Higgins had no problems with having a bowl first after winning the toss. With winning his 7th toss this season, he must be close to Hoppers tally for 3 seasons!

Adair Durie back in action for the Stags 

After a bit of a lacklustre warm up and a rev up from Higgins, Adair (2/47 off 9) and Miller (1/6 off 6) opened up and kept things tight bowling full and using the movement on offer. Blaze (0/40 off 10) and Fleming (0/50 off 10) followed up well, bowling without much luck but keeping it tight yet again. With Manly 3/150 just past the half way mark, it was very much in the balance but all the bowlers stuck to the task at hand to restrict Manly to 7/228, with Tait bowling well to take 4/51 off his 10 fresh off the plane from him home town of Cape Town. 

It was great to see the bowlers who had played in the game against Sydney Uni learn from the mistakes that were made in the last twenty overs of that game. We were confident that we as a batting unit would be able to chase what was a competitive total down.

CubbsWhat happened next really doesn’t need to be talked about too much more. From 0/4 off 0.0 overs to 6/28 (that includes 12 wides) it was looking like a very early finish. This reporter found a good ally in Miller (34) and set about just batting time. 

Cubbs wasn't jumping as high as he watched the top order trudge back 

Nick batted very maturely against some good bowling and was able to block out the chat that was going on out in the middle, he has a bright future as a quality all rounder. 

Unfortunately once he was out the tail didn’t quite wag, but I believe Adair will be giving a master class on how to keep your pull shots down as Manly tried to use Australia’s tactics against him. Cubbage (60) was last man out and we were 91 short but more importantly 1 short of saving the bonus point.

The loss drops us down to 6th and in need of a few more wins against top 8 clubs to keep the season on track. 

Good luck all against Para


3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

Cubbage GDCCThe streak ends. Today's loss marks the end of a 17 game winning streak for the writer of the match report. I had forgotten what losing felt like but after today's sobering experience it's a feeling I would rather keep on forgetting.

To the game.

If Cubbage gets more of a bowl in 3rd Grade... he might be a great Fantasy League trade option

In typical fashion we bowled first, reducing the coin toss to a mere formality. The bowlers started well with the new ball but with a strong wind and a sharp rise before the jump on both ends it made finding rhythm fairly tricky. Nicky Miller opened up his account caught at first slip after a difficult but very gettable dropped catch the over before. Fleming came in '1st drop' with some sharp bowling and collected 1 with Kiddy having success with a cheeky slower ball just before drinks leaving them 3 for 30 odd.

Some tight bowling from Cubby, Kiddy and Flem accompanied by some suffocating fielding kept the score to 5/96 after 30. This is where the wheels fell off. I don't know whether it came down to the maturity/experience of the side being a relatively young team, or something else I can't put my finger on but the fielding started to slip, from my point of view it seemed with the exception of a few that we weren't attacking the ball like we were previously. Not to put all the blame on the fielders, (as much as I'd like to) there were too many balls bowled in the slot allowing the lower order batsmen to get the 1 wood out allowing them to post a formidable but very gettable 273. 

Miller GDCCBUT! I believe if we fielded for the last 20 like we did the first 30 the score and potentially the result of the game could have been different. Oh, quite a few difficult but very gettable chances went down and a few run out chances that we didn't capitalize on also meant that they were able to the score they got to.

Miller continues to ask questions of the opposition batsmen 

As a side note, I would like to be able to say I've moved on from the chances that were dropped off me but I'm far to petty for that as it directly affects my fantasy league stock and rankings. Very selfish I know.

Our innings.

To say Shayne Lin likes to get off to a quick start is an overwhelming understatement, I was told that their bowling attack had a NSW U19's bowler in their ranks so I was curious to see the thunderbolts that were going to rain down on 'Rin' and 'Big Mac' McElduff. What we saw was Shayne Lin take to this bowler like an Asian to rice and pump him for 30 off his opening 2 overs. After 11 balls Shayne was caught behind foolishly trying to bat responsibley, bringing in El Capitan. 

Missy did his usual thing, making the game of cricket look remarkably easy and Liam was there as well, Liam's innings comparatively started slowly but in his defense, Shayne's inning would make a Warner inning look like a Boycott inning. I assume Liam was doing things but I have the attention span of a gold fish so I got bored rather quickly and spaced out. In my defence though, I blame Shayne... Missy and Liam had the score board ticking over comfortably not taking too many risks as there was no need, we knew that wickets in hand would be vital if we were to have a chance in this game.

At drinks we were there and there abouts with the run rate. After getting a start Missy was caught behind, with the winds blowing the other way I didn't hear the knick so my reaction went something like "get f... oh he's walking". 

Adam Fleming GDCCWith the introduction of the spinner, the trumpets must have sounded in Liam's head because after another well constructed start he was bowled charging down the wicket. I can only imagine Beethoven's Ode to Joy must have been singing in his ears because he charged down the wicket like he was going to war. 

Just photos of the bowlers in this story... Fleming muscles his way to the crease 

Atko and Axel/Axl/Axal (for some reason my phone auto-corrected to anal) were in and it was good to see Axel and his bulbous shapes bat give us a taste of what he is capable of. Atko did what Atko does which was quick singles and hit the bad ball, confusion between them resulted in Axel being run out; if that was a taste of Axel's batting I am very much looking forward to the main course. 

Cubby came in and all I can say is 'thank god Cubby decided to wear the short sleeve' because seeing them out in the middle was very humorous.

Cubby once again showed that he is more than a handy batsman picking off singles and twos. Singles and twos however were not getting us to the required run rate and with Atko kicking it in front we were getting a bit concerned. 

After being presented with the TFC (thanks for coming) award last week, Crosland was happy to be contributing and certainly showed he can hit a long ball and is a more than handy No7. Crossy and Cubby steadied the ship matching the run rate for a couple of overs but the total was to be too much after Cubby, Crossy and Nicky Miller all fell relatively quickly. As much as I would like to say the 9, 10 and 11 came in to save the day, at the end of the day we're 9, 10 and 11 for a reason and with 12 an over to get from 7 overs it was a task too big.

Have a good Christmas/Hunnukah and to everyone I say 'Get far you bar.'

'Shelly/Dexter/Ivan' Irving-Holliday

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Fleming GDCCThe 3rd Grade men preformed excellently, reinforcing once again our dominance in the competition. Ian Higgins lost the toss but still achieved his desired result; we were to bowl first at Killara Oval.

Irving-Holliday and Miller bowled well from the start, with Irving-Holliday snagging an early scalp second ball of the day providing an ideal start. 

Adam 'self-proclaimed' Fleming bowls some "serious heat" 

A healthy follow through was being registered for both bowlers with the occasional rock skidding through at shin height. After the opening 10 overs, Fairfield were 1/30, solid opening bowling partnership. Next Fleming and Kidd combined for a tidy bowling partnership that went unrewarded, but kept the run rate down and the pressure on the batsman to produce big shots. 

Shayne Lin had a particularly difficult day behind the stumps, dealing with a lot of half volleys. He was also heard making complaints of sore hands after gloving some of Adam “The Heat” Fleming’s effort balls. 

Cubbage was up next, he picked up a wicket in his fourth over. This wicket was a good example of how great fielding can build pressure, with some spectacular boundary saves from Liam McElduff helping Cubbage stay on top and build pressure. Good to see Liam’s extra fielding practices paying off, something for the younger players to note. 

Blaize GDCCMiller came back finishing with figures of 2-27. An impressive and consistent performance again from Nick. 

A fine run out from Ian Higgins is worth mentioning, a direct hit from side on showed the others the standard that was expected. Well-done Ian. 

Blaize combines with Kidd, Miller and Fleming to batter the Lions' batsmen 

Kiddy, Blaize and Flem dealt with the final session well each picking up a few wickets for their troubles.

Altogether a solid effort by the 3rd grade bowlers, improvements will be seen in higher percentage of stock balls being fuller, enticing drives rather than bowling too short (a recurring theme most weeks).

One thing that we won’t see on James Kidd’s Christmas list will be a new cricket batt. Yet to have a hit this season, Saturday was not to be the first.

Liam McElduff and Shayne ‘Rin’ Lin were sent out chasing 208 to win. Shayne set out with intent hitting 25 off his first 9 balls he faced including a flurry of cover drives and “the maximums” over mid-on. Shayne was unfortunately dismissed for 41 from his 33 balls faced, however gave his team an ideal start. 

Nick Miller GDCCIt was then Liam and Ian who showed skill and concentration as they added 143 for their 2nd wicket partnership to put Gordon into a position of dominance. Liam’s 88* was excellent, showing his competence and ability to get the big scores and play through the innings in this grade. Cheers Liam.

Nick Miller continues to grow in stature with every game for the club 

Ian’s 61 was also a great spectacle showing us the class he is capable of especially in his punishment given to the spinners Atko came in at the end giving his average a much needed boost with a 2* to finish off the game.

A special mention to Axel and Crossy. Their priceless contributions did not go unnoticed, moving up the grades always brings with it extra pressure to perform and they can rest easy knowing they played their roles in contributing to this victory.

Beers and a song to finish the day after another convincing victory for the Stags. Form is high heading into a tough match against Sydney playing for the number 1 spot on the ladder. 


Adam 'Effort Ball' Fleming

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2013/14

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2013/14

DevaThe fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fourth Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

Well what a season. Yes, another one done and dusted for those of us unfortunate not to have made the post season. A year of “what ifs” and “if onlys”. A year of missed opportunities, especially from our skipper who could have changed the game by questioning the umpire’s decision half an over after the appeal was rejected! Nor not.

A year of swings and roundabouts. Speaking of swings, the young lady of the Killara swing park graced us with her presence again. And she had her usual two doses of swinging, one in the afternoon and one in the evening. You would think she would be getting sick of swinging… literally… but, like most of us, I am sure she will be back next season.

Now where do I start. I was great to see some old faces and one new one. I introduced myself to this bloke before the match started, said his name was Retallick or Ret-a-lack or something. Anyway I felt I made a new friend!

As it turns out this "new"bloke to the club top scored in what was an innings to remember to forget. Yes you read it correctly.

(Please insert a picture of Ret-a-lack here)

Retalick GDCC

The author was particularly fussy about the photos used in this article. Retalick is castled earlier in the season 

I could go through the highlights of our innings but there are just too many. Like Mitch getting caught; Crosland missing a straight one that hit him low on the front pad; Shayne (just celebrated "New Year") Lin being given out caught down the leg side; Corbin getting off the mark.

But the highlight for me was a bloke that you just wouldn't read about, probably because no one actually knows he's around; especially at night! This young lad is not only gifted (and by this I mean he doesn't manage to break an ankle every time he bowls a delivery), he is polite and intelligent, the latter is probably the reason why he decided to bat without a helmet. Oh, and he is a genuine number 11. 

Yes that's right I am talking about me bruvva; Derva Nerva Therka Merka Merian* (and I am pretty sure that is how he spells his name!). Derva batted with grace and style in search of his first ever 6. He did have a couple of decent attempts and managed a boundary but alas, he will have to wait till next season to have another try.

Deva GDCCDeva GDCC batting

I'm not sure what Iqbal is talking about. *Deva Nirthanakumaran is looking rock solid with the bat, resplendent with helmet as well!

So we were bowled out for 123. A target worthy of defending with early wickets, something Derva managed but his partner, the lion hearted paddle pop lion named Effeney, just bowled too well. Whatever he tried was outstanding but alas nothing to show for it in the column that matters the most; the wicket column. Plenty of fours and sixes though. But that is cricket, a funny game!

The lads from the base of the mountains or "Penriff", managed to knock off the runs in quick time so they could get back to watch the Panthers get flogged in the afternoon. But not until they lost their fifth wicket. Here is the scene 4 down, 20 to get, plenty of overs in the bank. Enter Shayne (New Year) Lin. This is how his over went. Wide, wide, wide, wide, dot, dot, four, wide, 2, wicket…….whaaaattt.

I know. 

I have now seen two things on the cricket field that will haunt me forever, Ian (doesn't talk to lower graders) Higgins and Shayne (New Year) Lin both taking wickets when the game was over. 

If only they had bowled when our team really had something to lose!!!!

I have to say it is always enjoyable playing the lads from the ‘riff’, they play hard but fair and a decent bunch of lads of the field. Losing is never enjoyable but it isn't too bad when you know you have been beaten by a better team, and I am sure we will have our day against them next year.

This is what cricket is all about. Playing hard on the field and enjoying the moments off it. Photo c/o Josh "Betty" Betros 

So for the most part the season was enjoyable, I mean this was the first time I've broken a toe (refund for half the season?). To all that I played with and against it was emotional. 

To lads who are now playing in the coming weekends all the best, I am sure to be at a ground or two and I encourage all to come and join me. Not to watch the cricket, but to soak up some sun and a couple of some fine ales. We will start with passion pop and move onto west coast coolers before the hard stuff!

As a final note I would like to congratulate Adair Durie on a fine career. It is not often that I can safely say that one bloke is the man of the match in big match occasions and nearly every big match this man delivered. A true champion. I look forward to playing with you next season. Also likes a wine I heard.

This picture has had a workout recently... but Iqbal insisted it was placed in the article 

Have a great off season everyone and I am sure that I will see you sometime just before the first game next year.

The Peoples Champion

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

After a week of putting the feet up as the rain belted down, 4th Grade managed to trudge to Blick (or according to our esteemed captain, Block) Oval to take on the Magpies.

120 overs was to be the beat to which we played. It's something that I've not had to do all that often in my grade career. 

Unfortunately not too many photos of 4th Grade were sent through this week. Effeney, the author, however, was very impressed with Wright's performance with a soapy ball 

And for those who are fond of playing the rain card, the least pleasant cricketing memories often spring from such fixtures. I still, for the life of me, have no idea how Randwick Petersham snuck in 54 overs in the maelstrom the weekend previous, but so it is.

A leisurely warm-up followed by a leisurely toss, and we were thrown the cherry to field on a rather damp outfield. Yours truly opened up, and the first ball was great. Hooped into the right-handed opener; moved abruptly off the seam; the stout willow-wielder was obviously troubled by this delivery. Unfortunately, boots were also finding difficulty gripping the moist surface, leading to a rather dismal spell from Deva and the author.

Despite the poor opening showing from the seamers, the run-rate was still under 3 per-over after the 20th, and Alex Wright and Iqbal Ahmed took up the attack. A couple of times, the game looked like getting away from the Staggies. But just as a player would start dancing down the wicket and plundering runs, Alex would dismiss him. 3/ 47 with a wet ball on a middling track was a great result for 'The Wright Stuff.' He and Icky (one wicket) managed to get through their overs very quickly too, which was a real bonus after the Wests skipper had determined he would declare after 60.

There was some late hitting that saw the lower middle order plunder around 50 runs from six overs, but the Staggies thought chasing 227 was manageable in 60 overs.

It becomes even more manageable when you have Mitch Kleem and Shayne Lin in your team. After Nick Coleman copped an LBW decision he felt aggrieved about (don’t all players!), these two went about their work with all the subtlety of a Steven Seagal flick. Six, six, six. 

I might as well just keep repeating it, because that's what kept happening.

Shayne departed after a well struck 23, and Mitch soon followed, hitting a spinner to mid-off on 66.

But it was never in doubt, with Andrew Crosland and Darren Jayasekera following through on their tremendous recent form. Crossy battled hard and got through the tough period. He almost guided us home, but never quite saw the reward, hitting a full toss to cover on 35.

Darren, on the other hand, had the chance to capitalise on his start and finished the game off in style. With 50 runs to get at 10 to 5, I thought we were in for a late finish. At 10 past 5 we were shaking hands, victorious. A flurry of sixes off a hereto impressive spinner, finished an impressive win for Fours; sealing our first back-to-back victory of the year.

Now to spoil Penrith’s party and get some more club championship points. 

Pat Effeney

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

The keen nature of the Rangers captain and his quality work on the super-soaker meant that play would only be briefly delayed and not postponed like the other 21 players thought. Perry’s win of the toss meant the Rangers would field first in their all-important ‘must win game’.

Pat "Paddlepop" Effeney teams up with Stickland to rattle the Rangers 

Mitchell Kleem set the tone for the Gordon innings with a ‘casual’ 18 runs of the first over, which included 2 sixes! The slow and damp pitch made scoring harder for Gordon as the Rangers picked up two quick wickets in succession. Both wickets were unlucky with Mitch (21) being caught down the leg slide and Corbin falling to a great catch in the slips. 

The aggressive Shayne Lin came to the crease and showed Northern Districts the benefits of owning his own gym, muscling multiple drives out of the ground with one hitting the top of the trees on the up. Shayne and Nick Coleman put on an important partnership of 93, with Shayne falling for 59. At the tea break the Stags were 4-151.

After tea the Stags continued their solid batting effort with Captain Perry striking the ball with lots of power, hitting bags of sixes and fours which meant he had to do minimum running. Perry departed on 42 and soon the Stags were 8/252 with James Robertson being caught for 32 and Nick Coleman leaving one to be dismissed for 51. 

The author, Nick Coleman combines with Lin to lay the foundations of the innings 

Ikky was out to impress a particular individual swinging on the swings and he did just that with a strong 21* with strokes all around the ground. I’m sure she will be back at our next home game. 

This also meant that the Stags ended up all out for 274, a strong total on a difficult batting pitch. 

The disappointing call of ‘bad light’ meant that Gordon missed out of bowling 8 vital overs to the young Northern Districts top order on the first day of play. We all displayed our disappointment in the decision as we walked off the field to a hard earned beverage in the sheds.

Lifting off the covers to see a flat and dry pitch on Day 2 meant that the Stags had to bowl excellent lines in order to bowl NDs out. Dan Stickland and Pat Effeney both bowled full and straight, resulting in them picking up a wicket each. These two wickets were both caught by Darren Jayasekera in the slips, which made up for his ‘Danish’ salami efforts. 

Stickland takes 5 wickets, including running through the tail 

The sound of a new Tinder match from the sheds fired James Kidd up as he picked up his pace and got a vital wicket to put the Stags on the front foot with NDs 3/61. 

Our bowlers continued to bowl full and straight against two experienced NDs players who added a 56 run partnership. However the sheer determination of Dan Stickland to impress his grandstand of supporters from the side line made him bowl a brilliant in swinger to clean up the NDs captain just before tea. NDs were anxious walking into the sheds at 4/120.

Thanks to Corbin’s bananas at tea, the Stags were more energised and focused to pick up the next 6 wickets. Stickland impressed his brother and his girlfriend with a fantastic run-out from point, striking down the stumps, he was so thrilled his celebration looked like he just won the Football World Cup! Pat Efferny (2/35) picked up another wicket, leaving NDs 6/178. 

Shayne Lin continues his aggressive approach on a difficult deck 

The NDs tail fell fast, with Stickland picking up another 3 wickets to end up with the figures 5/44 and captain Perry taking the last wicket bowling out NDs for 182.

Micheal Perry was so happy with the boys’ efforts over the two weekends, he sang the team song so loud that he ended up having a super high-pitched lady’s voice for the rest of the afternoon. 

A hilarious moment for the rest of the team.

Nick Coleman

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

Kidd - half century - GDCCWe turned up to a hot Killara Oval and the team were in high spirits looking for our first back to back victories of the season. We won the toss and batted on a decent looking deck. The openers got off to a good start with Mitch Kleem and Shayne Lin doing what they do well in scoring 60 runs off 6 overs with some impressive strokes. 

James Kidd gets some support from the rest of the tail, notching up the highest score of their innings with 69* 

Shayne and Mitch were dismissed close to each other. From there we lost wickets at regular intervals with a cameo from Darren Jayasereka of 32, and at 7 for 153 soon after tea we were not looking good. 

Alex Wright and James Kidd had different ideas however and started to dominate the bowling playing sensibly and hitting the bad balls away to the shorter boundary. They put on 50 runs before the Pom was out for 35. James went on to score his maiden half century in great style, ending up on 69 not out and help us get to 270 all out. James played very well and showed his earlier bats how to score runs at Killara. 

Stickland GDCCOur bowling started poorly with Randy Petes 0/30 after 4 overs before Pat Effeney picked up two wickets in 2 balls to swing the momentum back to centre. The score of 2/48 made for an interesting Day 2 at Killara.

Dan Stickland toiled hard but without much luck over the two days 

Day 2 started again at a hot Killara oval with the wicket looking flat and good for batting. With the score at 2/48 we were still hopeful of a good day to take the points.

We got off to a quick start before the best player for the game James Kidd came on and bowled with pace to remove 3 quick wickets including an amazing caught and bowled taking the score to 5/160 at tea and certainly in the hunt. With Edgar not playing and a replacement match reporter required, this author was nominated for the report due to his lack of tea provisions.

James Kidd - Bowling GDCCAfter tea nothing went right for the Stags as the ball got old and the bats started to dominate even more. Endless edges ran to the 3rd man region as boundaries kept coming, with it being hard work trying to grab a wicket. 

James Kidd fires up for his Fantasy League backers, adding 3 poles to his earlier runs 

A stand out innings from the Randy Pete's opener of 116 saw them over the line winning by 4 wickets. 

All in all it was a tough day for the Gordon bowlers with luck not going their way.

Alex Wright

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

Crosland GDCCPicturesque sights surrounded Birchgrove Oval, creating an atmosphere for a game that could of quite easily gone either way. Based on last week’s performance, the benchmark needed to be lifted for a tough fixture against the Tigers. 

No photos of 4th Grade this week due to the inability of the photographer to get to Birchgrove. We 'burgled' Crosland's facebook wall instead 

Many say this week’s round was saved by a burglary. On the other hand, one bowler will say he should be playing 1st Grade. Debatable. All in all, I must admit it was nowhere near as convincing as the recent ashes whitewash.

It must be mentioned that the pre-match warm up should only be left to those who know what they are doing. Darren "I'm actually Portuguese" Jayasekera has been banned from any future involvement in the warm up, as no one could understand his alternative approach.

Showing how true captains win the toss, Michael "Chilli" Perry continued his form with the toss and was ready to set the tone for the day. Shayne "" Lin and Nick Coleman set about business with a positive attitude. Shayne played his usual aggressive style dispatching the opposition to various parts of the ground including a lost ball in Sydney Harbour. 

However, looking to score quick runs Shayne was caught out in the deep. Perhaps an extra gym session or two may have helped him. Nick batted patiently, ticking the scoreboard along, later to be caught by what Crosland quotes to be “the best 4th Grade bowler I have ever faced”.

Constructing a solid start quickly turned into a steady collapse of dismissals losing three of the top six batsmen for not many. Those batsmen know who they are and have promised to make runs next week. Despite consistent and clever bowling by the opposition, ‘Chilli’ and Andrew "Game changer" Crosland built a partnership that may well have changed the path of the game dramatically. Crosland looked in fine form continuing to mount his total to a highly needed and respectable 56.

All looked in control until a call of "yes!", "no!", "wait…oh no" brought Crosy's innings to a close. 

Chilli was later joined by Dan “don’t ask me what she looked like” Stickland, a man in which he showed no faith refusing to take the easy single to the deep fieldsmen.

This partnership came to an end as Chilli (63) was caught out attempting to get a move on. To be fair it was a great catch, as confirmed by the umpire who applauded the catch with seemingly scant disregard of paying attention to the potential no-ball. 

Crosland GDCCThe tail end managed to force the total over to a psychological 200 runs, perhaps a few short of a par score. 

Following what was quite possibly the shortest lunch break in Grade Cricket, the Stags were back out in the field hoping that they had made enough.

"Burglar" Crosland and "The Mulcher" Poysden 

Dan "I don’t even remember her name" Stickland (3 for) and Pat Effeney (2 for) started the boys off to a solid start through patient, consistent lines. Dan managed to take three early poles by consistently making the batsmen play, building pressure proving to be a highly effective spell.

Throughout the middle overs Alex "She is also from Tinder" Wright and Rob Barker kept the run rate down, capitalising on a strong start. Balmain/UTS/Sydney… the Tigers… were struggling to support their one opening batsmen with wickets falling around him. With pressure and dismissals accumulating, it seemed as if the Stags had the game in the bag. However it wasn't until a late cameo from the opposing number 8 batsman where things started to get interesting.

Our total began to look like an easy target until the man of the moment Crosland came on, creating suspense for his well thought game plan. Dismissing their opening bat, it left the game wide open. The opposition needed 3 runs with two wickets in hand. Never feeling like he was under any kind of pressure, Crosland managed to burgle an unbelievable two wickets to save the Stags with a run to spare.

Webmaster’s Note: Thank you to John Barker who kept everyone up to date with ball-by-ball coverage on the mobile app. Cricinfo-esque.


Handy not only with updating scores, John was also on hand to capture the boys' victory 

A game that goes down as the closest game in 4th Grade history, leaving Crosland on a hat trick.

Potentially for the rest of his career. 

The question lies in when will Chilli bowl him again? This season hasn't always gone to plan, however this win proved to be a huge confidence booster for the remainder of the season and a contributing factor to a 5 Grade clean sweep over the Tigers, followed up the next day by a Colts victory over the same club. 

Up the Stags. Glorious.

Tom Carruthers

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

Kidd GDCCI have been thinking long and hard on the best way to report this match to the many avid readers and followers of the weekly match reports, however it is tough to do so after yet another loss for the 4th Grade side. 

Nick Coleman asked me in the sheds during the changeover if this report would “be funny,” sorry Nick, but I don’t think it will be. I think a fair and honest assessment is the best way to turn things around and kick us out of the slump we unfortunately find ourselves in…

There are plenty of Fantasy League teams who have pinned their hopes on a relatively cheap James Kidd 

The last line of Falky’s weekend wrap of 4th Grade sums it up perfectly for the 4th Grade stags – not good enough…

Looking at a wicket that looked as if it would nip around and offer plenty of assistance to the bowlers, Michael Perry decided to continue his method of bowling-then-chasing when the coin fell in his favour. What happened next was, in this author’s opinion, an abysmal fielding display characterised by poor catching and lack of energy.

I don’t think the bowling cartel would mind (considering I'm in it) if I said that the bowlers struggled to find consistent line and length particularly early on and failed to adapt to the fuller length required to be successful on the slow Merrylands wicket. The skipper did, however, show us how its done and his figures of 2/23 off 10 would make one think he was playing a different game when compared with the figures of the other bowlers. 

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Michael "Chilli" Perry is the only one the show the rest how the bowling is done 

At the end of Parramatta’s 50 overs we were left with a victory target of 255, a total that looks tough yet the pitch was improving and had showed us there were considerably less demons than previously expected.

The Gordon run chase, however, showed us that the 4th Grade unit is not playing the kind of cricket that reflects where we are on the table… we are actually playing better than most would think. We are just letting it slip at crucial moments, and when you do that (whether it be at test level or junior cricket) you are forever chasing the game and you are unlikely to be successful. 

Parramatta kept wickets in hand and despite a promising opening stand of 42 between Shayne Lin and Nick Coleman, and strong displays from the superbly in-form Axel Cahlin (46) and the skipper (37) we lost wickets at regular intervals and crucial times which kept us solidly on the back foot, just when it looked like we were clawing our way back. Despite an unexpectedly entertaining cameo from Pat Effeney (which included a delightful ramp shot) we fell 24 runs short.

A game of two halves, where some strong batting nearly made up for a poor and luck-lustre fielding display. With finals now out of the picture, the boys must now look to salvage some pride, collect some club championship points and, most importantly, start to try and enjoy their cricket. We need to find a reason to want to play cricket, it has felt at times that we simply do not want to be there, we don’t appear up for it and some of our collective performances have shown that…but we’re not far off it.

Looking at the team sheet there’s no reason why we can’t play some superb cricket and in all fairness we have at times (just look at our demolition of Manly to retain the Mal Hall Trophy, or our superb run chase against Hawkesbury) we just need to believe in ourselves and each other, go out with clear minds, relish the challenge and enjoy the contest.

Looking forward to Saturday lads…up Gordon!

Dan Stickland

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

Pat EffeneyAlthough a great win by the team in the end, the day didn’t start great for the captain Michael ‘Chilli’ Perry as he was the last member of the team to arrive at the ground.

His excuse, “I was just practicing my tossing”, not helping the situation.

Pat Effeney and his golden mane getting the job done 

However, the team recovered and began a electrifying warm up which readied us for the start of play. Andrew ‘Crosly’ Crosland was once again mesmerising in his bowling strides during the warm up, really showing the others how to find a line and length from the get-go. 

The first over included the ball of the season from Pat Effeney, which was very Ryan Harris-esque, to a very shaky left-handed bat. Pat then took the next wicket caught behind followed very shortly by Dan ‘why are my fingers so sticky’ Stickland. The two bowled in partnership to produce a great opening spell having Manly 3/27 after 9. 

Alex WrightJames Kidd then got in on the action taking two wickets and Alex ‘Swanny’ Wright managed to take 1 although clearly not in the game mind set, thinking that we were playing a two-dayer. 

A great weekend for Wrighty, with performances in both 4th Grade and PGs

Manly’s innings ended, all out for 127. A great bowling effort by the boys, really showing the potential we have as a team pushing towards the end of the season. 

The Staggies innings started with Connor being dismissed early on. Darren and Nick soon established a small partnership until Darren was dismissed for a solid 35. Nick soon fell, and Axel ‘Rose’ Cahlin was joined by the voluptuous looking Andrew Crosland trying to recover the rig that once was. 

From there the two batted beautifully playing traditional and fluid cricket shots and getting the team home only 3 down. Although it was only a small run chase, it is these that are sometimes the most difficult and it was great to see the top order finish it off well. 

Great win boys and let’s carry this momentum into this Saturday’s game against Parramatta.

Max Papworth

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

Dan Stickland GDCCWell then, it’s New Years Eve and if you have come here to read about a 4th Grade loss to Sydney Uni 2 weekends ago, you have been misled; almost as much as I have been trying to mislead the infamous Dave Millar and Mike Perry on the whereabouts of this match report!

Dan Stickland charges in... at least something has to be cricket related in this article 

I can’t actually remember a vast amount of information from the game. I can tell you the 4th Grade juggernaut, as we have never been referred to, lost. Pic almost got a run out in his rumoured last game for the club and Connor Jackson was hit in the head by the opposition captain and opening bat with a vicious uppercut into the exposed flesh. Such an act brought a moment of reflection on a late Alex ‘Wacko’ Jackson, and of the night at Greenwood when young love led him astray.

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Connor Jackson sports the result of his 'attack'; Older brother Alex 'Wacko' Jackson displays some 2012 'Christmas spirit', sporting the affects of his run in at Greenwood

Nick Coleman was also lucky to avoid a bat thrown at his head after some misdirected ‘banter’ (also known as verbal abuse) sent him cowering in a ball under a cold shower in the Killara Pavilion. Iqbal was also in full support down at Killara. It was great to see the old boy down there cheering the boys on in the heat after a full toss sent down at snails pace hit him on the full the week before leading to a broken toe. If that doesn’t scream OPSM, then I don’t know what will.

Max Papworth was also notable in his absence. The family holiday calling, he has been very active on Facebook, liking a number of bikini clad women conveniently popping up on my news feed. If others at the club have not had the pleasure of being ‘accepted’ as a friend of the young fox, might I suggest an alarm clock, some Velcro wicket keeping gloves and a session with Ian Healy as potential friend making gifts. This will lead to a treasure trove of news feed pictures as well as a few more wickets for the hard working bowlers of 4th Grade.

In other news:

  • Andrew Crosland has lost his rig and his forehand
  • Tristan Cooper continues to occupy Beauchamp sheds in the early hours of Sunday morning
  • Tom Beverly still goes to Greenwood
  • Tom Fulton continues to punch
  • Harry Evans is the most successful man on Tinder
  • Adam Fleming continues to defy Nick Coleman’s Christmas wish
  • Pat Effeney remains in Bronze League
  • Jack Colley’s body has stubbornly refused to grow into its head
  • Happy New Years.


May the cricketing gods shine down on us all.

Chris Retallick

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Tim Fulton GDCCRound 7 saw the 4th Grade Stags match up against the Lions at Fairfield Oval. It was always anticipated to be a close game with the Lions ranking 3rd on the table and the Stags coming off a comprehensive win against the Saints. 

The timeless tradition of inspecting the wicket before the game raised a few question marks as to the condition of the deck. It was quite possibly the greenest pitch the boys had ever seen with several jokes made about their keenness to bat first. Good banter. With Michael Perry going off on his cute romantic cruise with his missus for the day; ‘Hoppa’ Howitt stepped in to lead the Fours. 

The crowds pay good money to see this kind of entertainment... Tim Fulton takes the long handle to the Lions 

Alas, the toss went in favour of the Lions and the Stags were sent in to bat first. However, the ever experienced ‘Pic’ Sherman and Hoppa were quick to bring some of the naïve boys back to reality claiming that the deck was hard enough for it to provide some assistance for the batsman. 

The goal that was set at the start of the day was to bat the whole 50 overs as it was imperative considering the condition of the wicket and outfield. Connor ‘stereo trend setter and/or trade-off’ Jackson (15) and Stan Gaynor (15) got the Stags off to a sound position, seeing off the new ball well and ensuring that the pitch wasn’t playing up as much as we had previously thought. 

Connor’s and Stan’s demise brought Darren Jayasekera (46) and Max Papworth (22) to the crease, with intentions of pressing forward and building towards a competitive score. Max showed us why he’s one to watch in his ability to score quick runs, pushing singles and hitting the bad ball for four. Alas, his dismissal called for an important partnership between Darren and new batsman in Chris ‘retro’ Retallick (33). 

After a few cheeky singles, Retro found his feet and began to dispatch several balls bowled at him by the Lions. At 4/127 off 37 overs, the platform was there to produce a more than defendable total. Unfortunately, wickets were falling at regular intervals that clearly didn’t help pressing towards the goal of batting the full 50.

Prior to going into bat, Tim ‘tom’ Fulton managed to convince us of his incapability to hold a bat. This was most definitely not the case as he and Pat ‘kind of reminds me of Ian Harvey’ Effeney showed the top order batsman how it’s done. As a result of their brilliant cameo, the final score was at a more than respectable 9/184. 

The bowlers were keen and ready to make a dent in the Lions batting order. Pat and Dan Stickland opened the attack and bowled consistent lines to restrict the Fairfield batsman to score quick runs. Solid bowling by Rob Barker and Tim Fulton soon followed, as they were both unlucky to grab a few wickets early on. 

At 3/110, the game was in the balance as disciplined bowling and fielding was imperative. Hoppa and Pic bowled stump to stump, however poor fielding resulted in the game slipping away from the Stags. Too many singles, drop catches and missed run out chances definitely put the game in the Lions’ favour. 

Dan Stickland got handed the ball and delivered, pumping the boys up with two quick wickets. Dan definitely deserved these wickets, always asking questions of the batsman with his tight bowling. Two more wickets soon fell to see the Lions at 7/162. With 20 runs required off 4 overs, the game could have gone either way. 

Alas, the Lions’ tail managed to secure a win in the second last over in the game.

The game was definitely for the taking for the Stags. Poor fielding was a major factor that made the difference between winning and losing. We need to learn from this game and ensure it won’t happen again, relying too much on the ‘experienced’ players to do the hard work. 

With Sydney Uni next week it is essential a win is secured and I’m sure with some hard work during the week this will most definitely be the case! 

Darren Jayasekera

4th Grade vs St George - Round 6 - 2013/14

4th Grade vs St George - Round 6 - 2013/14

Michael PerryA sunny day dawned and fours arrived promptly at Harold Fraser for what they anticipated was going to be a traditionally hard-fought day against the Saints.

Upon glancing on a road, Michael ‘Chilli’ Perry decided that should the coin fall in his favour the Stags would be in the field. My spies also tell me that the Saints skipper would have batted, making the formality in the middle seem all rather pointless.

Michael 'Chilli' Perry is rewarded for good work by Stickland 

If you wanted to know which way the coin fell… well, you’ll have to read the whole report. I’ll slide it in there somewhere, to satiate your information cravings.

As it was anointed, the Stags bowled, with brand spanking new ball pairing Adam Fleming and yours truly given the honour.

After serving up some initial tripe, the author and Fleming began to get into their stride and had that cherry moving around some. 'Flemdawg' had worked up a good level of rage pre-match, so had good stoke for relentlessly bouncing the opening bats, softening one of them up just enough for the author to snag him in front early on. Thanks Adam.

Axel CahlinA requested hooking after five overs saw me banished to mid on, the perfect vantage point from which to witness one of the finest bowling partnerships you’re likely to see in fourth grade one day cricket at Harold Fraser. While the sample size might be small, the effort was large, magnanimous, awe inspiring. 

That'll play. Axel Cahlin rescues the top order and completes the win over the Saints with 79* 

For so it was that Chilli and his worthy accomplice Daniel ‘Just outside off, back of a length’ Stickland managed to halt the slow but steady progress of the Saints’ bats to the merest of trickles.

Perry captured three wickets in this time, but importantly both he and Stickland allowed two fifths of a tenth of diddly squat runs in their 10 and seven-over spells respectively. And don’t worry Sticky, as I must have told you 13 times on the day, you were a crucial part of those wickets. In a way, they’re also your wickets.

But in a much more real and tangible way, they’re not yours, they’re Chilli’s. So hands off!

Take nothing away from Sticky’s work soaking up the runs though. The pressure gage was exploding, so much so that the batsmen sought relief in the form of a quick single to Pic at midoff. Anyone who’s played with Pic knows that’s a shocking idea, for the wily one knows when to fox and when to box. The gauntlet thrown down to the father of two, Pic gladly accepted. His bullet throw over the top of the bails allowed my newest mate Max Papworth, who apparently can play a bit, to whip them off and send another Saint packing.

More pressure was incoming, for after the master partnership from the men with the golden arms had ceased 'Flemdawg' picked up the attack from Sticky’s end.

'Flemdawg' asks plenty of questions of the Saints batsmen 

As he commonly does, Fleming uttered to me in his husky, masculine tones that he was desperate for a wicket. I nodded and gave some trite encouragement, while considering how much fun a three-way interview with Adam, Darren Lockyer and Geoff Toovey would be.

As it turned out, the former occurred, and two wickets in two balls saw the Saints seven down for just 80. With two more experienced campaigners still at the crease, the Staggies took the foot off the throat somewhat, and combined with some good batting in the final overs St George managed to scramble to 170, with Chilli enjoying the cool figures of 3/35.

The toss-winning captain certainly would have taken that at the start of the day, and it was up to the willow wielders to show their mettle and track down the runs not too many wickets down.

Well, as with all things 4th Grade in my more years than I care to remember at the club, brilliance often goes hand in hand with spectacular failure. This often comes in the form of a batting collapse, and I was tempted to pull the creams on early when a slew of early poles saw us at 4/23.

'Retro' Retallick out in the first over, Coleman and Papworth following him, Jayasekera with a flurry of boundaries then getting trapped in front. I was an unhappy bowler who was full of Red Rooster. 

But 4th Grade are specialists at brilliance, as I mentioned, and a steadying partnership between Andrew ‘Crosly’ Crosland and Axel ‘His name is like that bit of a car’ Cahlin steadied the ship, that at an hour ago might as well have been jettisoning vomiting passengers and praying for Poseidon’s mercy.

Unfortunately Crossy hit one of his finest shots of his 14 straight to mid wicket, and a good catch left him with no choice but to trudge back to the sheds, introducing one A. Sherman to the wicket.

I’ve seen Pic bowled early in his innings more than my fair share of times. I’ve also seen him play some of the best counter-attacking cricket in my grade career. Fortunately, this was one of those times.

Taking to the spinners like a pregnant woman to pancake mix, Pic showed the young buck down the other end how to bat your team out of a sticky situation. Cahlin, the young buck, probably didn’t need too much instruction though, for he was playing a very handy dig down the other end. 

The Saints best bowlers out of overs, and the lesser lights (and that’s being generous) on with an aging ball, Cahlin dispersed the seed to all parts of the oval. He made an undefeated 79, which included at least four towering sixes, three of them over the very long boundary on the far side. It was the first time this author had seen him bat in the middle, and he looked the goods. Quality work Axe.

With Pic also playing a gem down the other end, the momentum was heimlicked out of the Saints, who lost their bubbling enthusiasm faster than a kid unwrapping a pair of socks at Christmas time.

41 not out to the run out master and Cahlin saw the Stags over the line with 6.1 overs to spare and five wickets in hand. In the smallest dressing room in grade cricket the song was sung with much passion and some quizzical looks from those who thought winning was something unique to Charlie Sheen. Maybe some word sheets might be good for next week.

Well, that will do for this spinning of tall tales. Until next week, or next year, you take it easy Gordon.

Patrick Effeney

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2013/14

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2013/14

KeeversThe Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they looked to defend during 2013/14 after winning the cup in 2011/12 and 2012/13. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

The 5th grade side rocked up to the scenic Western Suburbs for a final round of the regular season brimming with confidence after picking up 27 points from our previous 3 rounds. We were hopeful of another compelling victory but were very wary of the Penrith team who lead the competition by a country mile.

Benny Leighton has played a crucial part in the run up to the finals 

The pitch was a bit green but hard and Coops tossed. Don’t know who won but we ended up bowling first. There was dog shit everywhere and the game kept getting held up while Connor tried to clean up the mess but ended up spreading it across his hands and shared it with some of the boys. 

Anyway we bowled ‘not terribly’ but not well enough to take some early scalps. However, the scoring wasn’t getting away from us. It wasn’t until Captain Coops brought himself on to bowl in the middle of the innings that we were able to get our first break through which was quickly followed by a second. 

But, with wickets in the shed the Penrith team started to chance their arms a bit and despite riding their luck at times were able to up the scoring rate. The change of pace was obviously the way to go and the Prince of Persia, Benny Leighton, was able to pick up a few cheeky poles. After that it was all about the batsman who started swing for the fences and gave only one real chance but unfortunately the chance was not only put down but split the webbing of Coops’ hand. 

It’s alright. It’s not his tossing hand and we’re hopeful he’ll be right for the finals. 

After the dust settled and the 50 overs were up we were chasing 250 odd.

It was a big total to chase but we were still confident having coming close to chasing bigger totals before. Unfortunately we were never really able to get a big partnership going and wickets fell fairly regularly. The bowlers were able to tie us down and when looked to take on the bowling invariably we came off 2nd best.

Nonetheless there were brief patches of resistance with the Prince of Persia showing us how its done as a makeshift opening batsman. Pic was probably the only other bat that I can remember that was able to place some pressure back on the bowlers hitting some Pic of old shots. 

Lightening, Thunder and Rain brought the game to an abrupt end but the game was long gone by then. 

All in all, probably the wake up call we needed before we hit the finals. We all know that if we are going to win a 3rd successive 5th grade premiership we are going to need to step up all facets of our play. All of us need to take it upon ourselves to take the wickets and score the runs for our team particularly those with the new ball and in the top order.

Tim Fulton

5th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

ShermanDay 1 was a washout, but we weren’t given the morning off as the covers still had to be put away. You beauty! Thankfully the core group of the fitness revolution was there to lend a hand. 

Although Jim Cattlin’s rain jacket wasn’t of the KooGa or Asics variety, we were very grateful for his help in the rain. Surprisingly, none of us were dusty, as there wasn’t a better time to play that wonderful card.

It's been reported that this photo gets old man Jordan Holmes quite excited - Sherman delivers for his skipper 

No other 5s teams managed to fit in any play, which meant it was a regulation one day match across the David Sherwood Cup.

A few cobwebs to start the game. It’s becoming a bit of a recent trend that we start like Tom C’s 1998 Commodore. We missed Matt Keevers taking control of the new ball, and it took us a while to find our groove, but just like the V6 Commodore, watch out when it gets up and running. 

CarruthersA leisurely first hour took us through to the break, and after the customary comment about the ‘mix’ it was straight back to business for Sherman and Borg. I always enjoy it when Pic has the ball. A ridiculously stacked offside field always forces a risk, and normally results in Pic down on one knee with both hands up in the air. 

Carruthers ensures the boys get a great start to chase down the small total 

The commentary whilst this all unfolds is even better, with classics such as “that’s plumb” and “that’s plumb again.” Although he was unable to convert his hat-trick opportunity, he certainly swung the momentum of the match back into our favour after taking 4-29 from his 10.

There was no let up from the other end either as Borg was at his damaging best. The Stags made a concerted effort to get around Lachie and make the most of some clinical bowling. The energy in the field paid dividends for Borg as he yet again came up with the goods, leaving Wests in trouble at 6-73. A vintage Slazenger V600, used by the likes of Alec Stewart and Jacques Kallis did also briefly appear during the carnage. 

StoboA small partnership followed (as it always does), and it was pleasing to see the team stay at task for the last few wickets. Birthday boy Stobo got the long awaited nod for his first bowl in a game situation for some time. The 7th choice bowler set a new record for play and misses, and although Charlie would have seen this all too often, we were amazed. 

'It was great to see Stobes bowling again' - We all agree 

I suppose the novelty wears off very quickly when the only ball the batsman can hit is the one on the stumps. I would have been scratching my head too if I was a random onlooker. It was great to see Stobes bowling again, without any injury concerns from the hit out. 

Borg picked up the last 2 wickets with help from ‘Lez’ Leighton as he burgled up a catch as if it were a cucumber doused in hommus. All out for 136, and I don’t think Coops could have lasted any longer. Our skipper currently has a case of ‘shingles.’ No Dr Deva in the side meant our best medical definition came from Connor, who said it’s like the adult version of chicken pox. A big effort from Coops and hopefully this doesn’t impact on his availability over the crucial coming weeks as he provides priceless stability.

BeverleyLow targets can cause a few hiccups, however the chase went smoothly.

Tom Beverley runs one through the lush Beauchamp outfield 

Carruthers, a key participant of the fitness revolution, was thanking the sprint session during the week as it paid off with a number of fast 1s and 2s. It’s scary to think about what Tom is capable of, now he has access to four gyms. TC’s intent to keep hitting the ball back at the bowler kept the scoreboard ticking. 

With a bonus point in reach, and an early getaway to Future, the Stags ran home with a comfortable victory in the 28th over. 

Tom Beverley

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

Thomson GDCCWith the weather looking gloomy and the chance of play looking slim, a slightly changed 5th Grade side from the one that beat Randy Petes outright rocked up to Storey Park for an important match that could dictate our run to and in the finals.

Dom Thomson looks assured at the top of the order 

With rain still falling as the covers came off, we all were surprised at the condition of the pitch. Fairly hard with a nice grass covering; it looked like a good wicket. The umpires said it was good to play and we went our way with the warm up. We all knew that this was a toss that Coops had to win, but we were surprised that when NDs won the toss, they choose to bat. Much to our bowlers delight and the NDs batsmen’s dislike, play got underway.

Some good bowling from Mr Matthew Keevers and Rob Barker saw the Rangers off to a slow start. In the 10th over, the first wicket fell to Rob with a good yorker. ‘Pic’ Sherman and Lachlan Borg then joined the fun with some good bowling with Pic getting 2 and Borgy getting 3. With the middle order gone, Rob and Keevers came back into the attack with some great quick bowling, much to the distain of the batsmen. 

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Lachlan Borg and Rob Barker are hitting good areas for their skipper

Keevers bowled great areas and was rewarded with 2 wickets, the first of which caused the batsmen to have a go at him after he sent him on his way. With tension still in the air, the final 2 wickets were picked up by Rob after the captain of NDs copped one on the hand that now sees him out for the rest of the season with a broken finger. With NDs being rolled for 75, the Stags openers set out to chase down the total. 

A shocking batting display from the team as a whole saw us all out for 112. Some good batting from Dom Thomson, a.k.a The Ribbed, Glow in the Dark, and Pic got us over the line, but we will want to improve if we want to do well in the finals. Play was called due to rain with NDs 0/7 in their second innings.

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Anthony 'Pic' Sherman has received big wraps from his teammates this year 

We showed up week 2 with a large huntsman spider in the change room, which showed how masculine some of these guys are. Once the huntsman was dealt with, we took the field with the smell of victory in the air. Nothing was in NDs favour; even the captain wasn’t showing because of his broken finger and 2 of their young players in the team weren’t showing up till 3. NDs started off well with a flurry of runs coming from one particular batsman before he was caught in front by Rob.

Cooper GDCCCoops then bowled well, still trying to pick up his first wicket in 3 games, which then caused a run out by Benny Leighton. Borgy bowled well again, picking up 2 wickets with some spectacular catches from Beverley and Keevers. Keevers then came back into the attack and picked up 2 wickets putting NDs in a very bad position with their 2 young players still not there. 

The 7th and final wicket saw some great fielding from Connor Jackson with a direct hit from the deep that saw the batsman short of his ground. NDs were all out for 101, with the Stags needing 65 to win.

Cooper, wicketless for a while, bowls in tandem with Keevers, Leighton and the others 

A stern talking to from Pic, to all the batsmen in the team, saw some good patient batting come from our 2 openers as they made their way to this small total. Unfortunately, Bev got out for 16. Tom Carruthers and Dom Thomson then continued the patience till we reach our total with TC finishing on 31* and Dom on 11*.


Another convincing win by this great 5th Grade side. Keep working hard boys, no letting up now. 

Matt Keevers has definitely hit a purple patch. Will Howitt have to move him to an allrounder in 2014/15? 

A special thanks to Tym, JK, Bev and Josh who came and watch us on the first day and to Mel, Mick and Kate who follow us all over Sydney and keep their dog, Beau, under control and off the field. 

Much appreciated guys.

Rob Barker

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

Keevers GDCCThe boys knew this was a must-win game, and a chance to make a statement to a team in 3rd place. Similar to the last few weeks, everyone was particularly switched on which is always a sign of good things to come.

Early batting wasn't great... but Keevers helped his team out by striking early and often  

The toss was one you don’t mind to lose, with a softish pitch and ample grass cover that you knew would favour the new ball but flatten out as the day went on. Heads was called and heads it was, so we opted to bat.

A few quick hits got us out of the blocks but unfortunately we soon lost our openers, the junior Beverley and Tom Carruthers, who must have used up his quota of balls with half an hour of throwdowns pre match. Similar to TC, it was a case of miss one and you’re out for Charlie Stobo, bowled by a hooping innie. 3/20 – not ideal.

Borg & Beverley GDCCConnor Jackson and ‘Joffrey’ O’Neill Fuller then worked in tandem, with CJ taking the dominant role by punching cover drives past the cones. Hit after hit he looked great, while Joffrey showed his experience with singles in the oppressive heat. 

Lachie Borg celebrates with Tom Beverley, while the '7,000' man watches on 

Unfortunately while they started together, they also ended together, with JOF lofting a catch and CJ trying to smoke one too many. 5/-63 – also not ideal.

Lachie Borg didn’t mind striding past Joffrey on his way to the crease, as this meant his chances of getting run out for the 3rd time in 4 matches was dramatically reduced. He was joined in a vital partnership by Anthony Sherman who ended with 41, but this is not the reason we will remember the day for.

Team -GDCC

Matty Keevers is escorted off the field after a great performance.

Having not played with Pic I was unsure how he would fit into the 5s, however he has been a delight to play with, making sure everyone is always on the ball and giving advice to youngsters and veterans alike. As many of you will know, Pic hit his 7,000th run for the club, with a shot Matt Keevers described on the Gordon mobile app as a ‘slog sweep for 6’.

While it’s true that it was a full bunger, dispatched with a somewhat horizontal swipe while on one knee, it deserved everything it got as it went flying over the deep square leg’s head. Well done Pic and may there be many more runs, a great feat.

Skipper Cooper GDCCThe two pressed on for a partnership that took us to 130 when Pic tried to get out once and instead dislocated a player’s finger, before hitting one down square leg’s throat. Only 29 overs in on a pitch that was flattening out, it was necessary to make sure we used as many overs as possible before having a crack later. 

The skipper, Copper, makes his mark with the ball, while Pic continues to photo-bomb 

Tristan Cooper joined Borgy in steadying the ship, working to stay with him while he decided to take on the bowlers. Borgy got a well-deserved 50 before he tried to hit one onto the road and got stumped. A few runs and wickets later, young Matt Keevers strode to the crease looking very serious, almost as if he wanted that promotion he’s been begging for. The last partnership started swinging and kicked on for 8 overs to take the score to 218, with Keevers hitting 16 and Coops finishing on 23*.

Cooper BattingHaving 22 overs to bowl, we talked about the opportunity to win the game right there. Keevers clearly listened, taking a pole on his first ball and another in his second over, before Tim Fulton joined the party to have the score at 3-2. 

Tristan Cooper sticks in with the tail. Perhaps he should bat higher?

Keevers was not satisfied with this, grabbing another in his 4th and 5th. With Keevers’ ‘forced substitution’ through age restrictions, another 16 year old in Rob Barker came in and struck straight away, before another to Fults left Randy Petes 7-48 at close.

Not in the mood to waste time the next week, Keevers and Fults finished off the innings inside 8 overs, to finish with 6 and 3 respectively. The final score of 60 made the decision to enforce the follow on easy, and it reaped immediate rewards with Keevers grabbing one 4th ball.

Getting very sick of writing his name, thankfully that was his last. He’s not in my Fantasy Team anyhow.

Pic GDCCAfter a lot of defensive shots, leaves, and near misses, Fults finally struck on the slow moving scoreboard to have Randy Petes 2/17 off 11. Still on a 7,000 run high, something Connor is very jealous of, Pic wobbled two out with ‘jaffas’ and ‘masterplans’ to have the Stags on 4 wickets at tea. Connor decided to celebrate a great high catch with a strange afternoon ritual of tea in his car ‘charging his phone’.

Finally a photo of Pic on his own... proof that his 7,000th came from a one-knee zac 

With pressure building but wickets not eventuating, Borgy took the best bat out with a sharp catch by Fults, before he grabbed one himself to have the score at 6-80. Another to Borgy and Fults, before Barker came in to bowl with aggression and a well deserved 2 wickets clean bowled, and the 5s were home with 10 points in the bag and a few celebratory ‘New’s in hand. 

A great victory but the next one is just as important.

Gordon 218 (Borg 60, Sherman 41, Jackson 32, Cooper 23*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 60 (Keevers 6/22, Fulton 3/25, Barker 1/4) & 99 (Fulton 3/23, Borg 2/14, Barker 2/11, Sherman 2/18, Keevers 1/16) outright.

Tristan Cooper

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

GDCC StoboWe turned up to Beauchamp Oval to be greeted by lovely weather despite the rain over the week and quickly got into the Beauchamp warm up of covers and sight screens, which, when completed, effectively leaves you in a heavy sweat and takes you all the way to the toss.

Charlie Stobo steps up at No.3 for the side, taking on the new ball 

The wicket was a touch green, but characteristically nice and hard and having the lost the toss we found ourselves having a bowl.

Balmain were 8th on the table, and we were 7th, so you can imagine that both teams were taking things very seriously with six crucial points up for grabs. We came out energised and ready to roll, but some wayward bowling kept the scoreboard rolling with wides playing a blistering knock. Having said that, the deliveries we did land on the strip were either beating defensive strokes or taking wickets.

Timothy ‘Peter’ Fulton was mixing up his wides and unplayable deliveries to perfection and before long we had them at 5 for 29. The change bowlers continued running through the middle order and the score rolled along to 8 for 62.

Special mention to Pic who picked up the pick of the wickets with a self- and often-proclaimed ‘jaffa’ to comprehensively clean up the batsman and take his Gordon wicket tally to one hundred. Pic also asked me later in the innings if I had been ball tampering. I’m not really sure why he singled me out.

Deva GDCCThe second last pair put on a bit of a partnership and started smoking anything full down the ground. This was strangely reminiscent of other matches with the short straight boundaries being targeted, balls being hit hard, and Coops being put up onto the hill.

Usually accused of a strange action, the author gets accused by Pic for other reasons 

We decided to shorten up the length and found that they struggled to hit any, and following one of my bouncers the batsman told me to ‘just wait til I faced one of his bouncers’. The joke was on him though because I bat eleven, and before long the last two wickets fell and we were looking at 150 to win. Easily a score we would’ve taken at the start of the day on that deck.

Lunch was non eventful, and the batting chase was undertaken by Mitchell Kleem and Thomas “Gilly” Beverley. Mitchell copped one straight in the family jewels, which he would later recount postgame cracked his box and trapped a small portion of his anatomy for the rest of his batting innings.

Editor’s note: Being educated at James Ruse, we assume Deva was purposely being vague as to what exactly was small.

Pic GDCCHe was soon dismissed and a partnership soon formed between all 6’5’’ of our new number three in Charlie Stobo and Gilly. They went along nicely before Tom was given out LBW flicking a ball to square leg and Charlie decided to follow soon after. John O’Neill-Fuller then came in and started scoring quickly because he had to catch a plane later.

Congratulations Pic. 100 Grade wickets.

Lachie Borg looked solid as usual until ‘JoF’ decided that he’d had enough and ran him out. By now there were a few nerves creeping in, but after ‘JoF’ was pinned in front of the stumps, Pic and our skipper guided us home with relative ease.

Quite a satisfying game with pretty much everyone chipping in.

At this point in time, we sit just outside the six, but with most of the remaining games against top sides, we have a great opportunity to not only make the finals but book some home games.

It’s a pretty easy scenario from here on in, knowing that if we play good cricket, we have the team to win it all. There’s a good spirit amongst the team and I think we all know what roles, and we all have one eye on the prize at the end of the road. 

Deva Nirthankumaran

5th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

Harry GDCCWe arrived at Beauchamp, bright and early, perfect weather for a day at the cricket. The topic of the change room was the difficulty of the reverse park at the rather cramped Beauchamp car park. 

Anyway. The warm was short and sharp and, with Cooper winning the toss, we were going in to bat.

The "Big Red" Middlebrook. Harry makes an impact with the ball.

Mitch and young Tom ‘Bevo’ Beverley started nicely early looking very solid; unfortunately Mitch copped a nice ball and was dismissed soon after. This brought Anthony Sherman to the crease, after being on the receiving end last week, the luck wasn’t on his side, being dismissed for a woody LBW. 

Connor Jackson strode to the crease, with Bevo continuing on very nicely despite the fall of wickets, hitting boundaries and working the ball to great effect. Connor continued in his rich vein of form punishing the Parramatta attack. Bevo reached 50 but unable to raise his bat, as his fellow teammates were unable to count to this figure. We said ‘next single we will clap the 50’. There was no next single. A great innings and he got us out of the blocks in great fashion.

Pic GDCCJacko was powering along with his trade mark Joe Root looks. Unfortunately ‘Retro’ Retallick was dismissed early. Connor reached 59 and was soon dismissed after; a fantastic innings showing his class and maturity. 

A crafty old man. Pic shows his wares with 4 wickets.

Lachy Borg notched up 50 whilst Charlie Stobo and Rob Barker were casualties. Tristan Cooper brought himself to the crease, working the ball well looking to build the total to the 230 mark. A couple of late wickets fell before a flurry of bombs were hit by Harry ‘big red’ Middlebrook. The total finished up at 227 off 44 overs. A solid effort but still a lot of work needed to be done.

Deva ‘The D-Train’ Nirthanakumaran started the bowling efforts in a very impressive manner, taking two early poles whilst Rob Barker kept it very tight from the other end allowing for Deva to make the most of his opportunities. At two down, Harry Middlebrook was brought into the attack. He bowled with great back and line taking a very deserving wicket with a fantastic catch from Charles Stobo. 

Anthony Sherman bowled in tandem with big Harold and took four of his own poles. A great display of quick bowling. At 8-65, a large figure walked to the crease. Although initially not looking too impressive, he managed to dispatch the bowling to all parts. Harry Middlebrook didn’t seem to think they were as large as his early strokes, but none the less the batsman continued on his way. Finally Parramatta were all dismissed for 141, with Cooper also chipping in for two wickets, bowling tight and consistent lines.

Thanks to all that came down to the match. Congratulations for the first win after Christmas. Hopefully we can continue in this vein of form.

Gordon 227 (Connor Jackson 59, Lachie Borg 55, Tom Beverley 50) defeated Parramatta 141 (Anthony Sherman 4-38, Harry Middlebrook 2-17, Tristan Cooper 2-27, Deva Nirthanakumaran 2-30).

Lachlan Borg

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

Borg GDCCA new look Stags 5th Grade side arrived to take on 2nd placed Manly, keen to make amends for a disappointing loss against the Sydney students in the final round before Christmas, which saw us drop out of the top 6 for the first time. 

Lachlan Borg takes the long handle to the Manly bowlers 

The main issues in the Uni game were inconsistent bowling, particularly in the final overs, and some below par fielding. Unfortunately, these issues carried over into the first round of 2014, and the Waratahs walked away with the points.

Bowling first on a pretty good wicket, the Manly openers rode their luck and posted an opening partnership of 98 at 5 an over. Two dropped catches at crucial times meant there was little to no pressure on the Manly top order at any time and with 10 overs to go, the Stags were facing a potentially mammoth run chase with Manly 1 for 236. The fact that the umpire officiating in this round had seen the demolition of the St George batting line up by a similar Stags attack a few rounds ago commented that we seemed down on pace and energy summed up the situation. 

CarruthersIt's always difficult bowling first in a one-dayer the first round after Christmas, however the effects of Christmas pudding and an Ashes whitewash celebration should have been out of the system. 36 wides, effectively bowling an extra 6 overs, certainly doesn't help. 

Tom Carruthers makes a strong start in the run chase 

One of the Stags elder statesmen must have been practising his soccer skills over the break, with an amazing effort in the field that resulted in a gentle push for one resulting in a comfortable 3 with a drop kick that would have made David Beckham proud in his efforts to effect a run out.

On a positive note, the final 10 or so overs provided some momentum going into the run chase. Fulton, Keevers and Rob Barker chimed in with wickets that saw Manly finish at 9/299, when 350 + was a possibility. 

Special mention must go to Rob Barker for an amazing hat trick in the final over... unfortunately it’s the only 3 balls Johnny Barker hasn't recorded on video all season. The fact that the 8 wickets these quicks took late in the innings all came from full straight deliveries at the stumps shows that we're starting to be able to deliver a bowling plan, an improvement from Sydney Uni. The next step will be to deliver for a full 50 overs, supported by more consistent fielding.

Tim Fulton GDCCMitch Kleem and Tommy Carruthers started the chase well and the now very flat wicket and quick outfield, combined with the soaring temperatures, meant the Stags were in the mix with the run chase from the start. 

Tim Fulton wasn't backed up by his fielders early on 

It must have been hot... the worlds most tanned retiree outside of Miami, Tony Wilson, was sweating up a storm. When Mitch departed for a composed 38, solid contributions from most of the middle order at more than a run a ball saw the Stags in with a big show at 4-140 off 21. 

Carruthers had batted particularly well and it’s great to see this classy young bat taking on the responsibility at the top of the order. His departure for 74 after misjudging a slower one was a turning point in the run chase. Despite Lachy Borg and Tom Beverly keeping on top of the run rate for a short time, the pressure of a run a ball chase took its toll with a run out and the demise of the lower order relatively quickly. Whilst a valiant effort to make 273, Manly were always on top and deserved the 6 points.

It was a great game of cricket, but the fact remains we need to continue the improvement to be competitive and push for a finals berth. Now is the time.

Special thanks to Mel, Kate and Michael (and Beau) who travel all over Sydney to watch us do our thing each Saturday, no matter the venue nor weather. Your support is appreciated.


5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

JOF GDCCOften controversial announcements or reports are released around the Christmas period. It’s an old trick Local, State and Federal Politicians use… along with the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. I should know; I work as a journalist.

5th Grade travelled to St. Pauls at Sydney University with the aim of consolidating on our top four position. This is one of the few grounds that gives you that real English village feel.

John O'Neill-Fuller tries to rescue the boys from a sluggish start 

Although the Students were placed well below us on the table, we knew it would be a tough game, given their club is leading the Club Championship. Historically they also have a number of talented players who are committed to their studies and don’t have time to train.

Often the students can be heard during a lighter part of the game joking about whom got the highest HSC mark. Such sledges as “get another degree mate” usually work.

Captain Tristan Cooper elected to bowl on a very hard but green pitch. The Stags managed to pick up a wicket when the score was on 36 with newcomer Harry Middlebrook hitting the stumps. It’s good to see a red head at the club.

Matt Keevers broke through with the score on 114 then Tristan Cooper got an LBW. The scoring from the Students was relatively slow and we were hopeful of containing them to under 200. However that was not to be and we were left with 230 to chase.

Stu Bromley continues to accumulate runs 

Matt Keevers took 2/31, Tristan Cooper 1/22, Harry Middlebrook 1/34, Deva Nirthanakumaran 1/42, Matt “Rainman” Page 1/38 and Liam Windel 1/49.

In reply, the Stags lost three quick wickets. John O’Neill Fuller started to hit his straps and made an excellent 80. There were other handy contributions from Tom Carruthers 26 and Stuart Bromley 25.

Apart from this we simply weren’t good enough to chase down the runs.

The Stags 5th Grade side will now look forward to a well earned break over the festive period and re-group for another tilt at the crown next year.

Mitchell Klemt (Kleem?)

5th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Deva GDCCDespite four changes in the team from the previous round against St. George, the status quo of 5th Grade traditions had not changed, with the youngest members still required to gain experience in the painful art of erecting the sightscreens at both ends of Beauchamp Park.

This was followed by as an as-ever casual warm up, with a few throws and catches all that was required for the team to feel comfortable.

Deva leads the 5th Grade attack for skipper Cooper

Welcome to Gordon, Georgie.

With Captain Cooper losing the toss for only the second time this season, the ball was thrown to Deva and Keevers to start things off. Both took an early wicket to have the Lions two for not many, though with only the former bowling a good ball to get the pole (free fantasy points!).

“What’s your name, son?”
“Shouldn’t you be at the South Pole?”
“Isn’t that where Prince Harry is right now?”

Greeted by some friendly chat from the umpire which left him clueless, holiday fill-in Harry Middlebrook came on first change and delivered 10 overs of incisive fast bowling, extracting bounce, zip and carry from a fairly benign surface, whilst Matt Page toiled hard at the other end to restrict the scoring. Harry finished with 4-22 from 10 overs, reaping the rewards of hurrying the ball onto the batsmen with some good pace through the air and off the pitch.

Cooper GDCC

Tom Carruthers came on to bowl, claiming a generous LBW decision - which would later have the opposition captain claiming it was “one all” when he was given out caught off a bump ball. 

Tristan Cooper continues to apply the pressure to the Lions 

Tom continued to apply the pressure from one end to allow Coops to take the team’s first caught and bowled chance for the day, having had three earlier opportunities, particularly from the opposition’s “KP”, who fancied himself driving at a catchable height straight down the wicket.

The Lions went to drinks seven wickets down for less than 100, with Joffrey stressing the importance of “putting the foot on the throat” and “taking advantage of the corrugations of the pitch”, making sure “we take all our chances”.

From here, the Gordon bowlers really turned the screws, slowing the already meandering run rate to an absolute crawl as the Lions prodded their way to a final total of 121.

Harry MiddlebrookThe lunch break saw a number of the Gordon boys make their way to the Chase for some fried Portuguese chicken. This was to be the venue of one of the more controversial moments of the day, with Stu Bromley making it known that one of the front-counter girls at Oporto was “a bit of alright”. 

Harry Middlebrook probes the outside edge of the Lions' bats...

This suggestion was promptly shot down by the other Stags in attendance and Stu tried to redeem himself with the bat later on, with a swashbuckling innings highlighted by “West-Indian style” wristy flicks over midwicket before being adjudged LBW for 22.

Mitchell Kleem and Tom Carruthers opened the innings, with both playing some good shots early on to get the Stags off to a good start, pushing the run rate up above five runs per over early on. Both batsmen made starts and got in, but were unable to go on and make solid contributions, falling victim to catches in the deep and gully respectively.

Dom Thomson came to the crease and stayed quiet early on, before working into the task at hand to signal a return to form with 40*, cracking a half tracker for a one bounce four over midwicket before accelerating to push the game towards an early finish with a few boundaries being hit off the spinner having advanced down the track.

Dom ThomsonJOF strode to the middle with a few nerves; Georgie was notably absent for the day so far.

None of this was shown however, as he cut his first ball smoothly behind point for four, all the way along the carpet. Along with a few more sundries, JOF cantered the Stags towards a bonus point win, with an anti-climactic five wides delivering the bonus point for a win in 24.1 overs to boost the team into the top 4.

Dom Thomson leads the run chase, looking straight back down the ground in search of runs 

The two bonus points picked up in the last two rounds may prove crucial at the end of the season, and it’s important that we keep playing aggressive, hard cricket to capitalise upon the good form of many of our players. 

Fairfield-Liverpool 121 (Middlebrook 4/22 off 10, Keevers 2/8 off 8, Nirthanakumaran 2/16 off 8, Cooper 1/20 off 10, Carruthers 1/28 off 4, Page 0/23 off 5) defeated by Gordon 3/123 (Thomson 40*, Bromley 22, Kleem 21, Carruthers 12, O’Neill-Fuller 4*)

Matt Keevers

5th Grade vs St George - Round 6 - 2013/14

5th Grade vs St George - Round 6 - 2013/14

Tim Fulton GDCCAfter a big loss to UNSW last week, the 5ths were looking to bounce back in a big way against the Saints in the first one-day fixture. We got off to the perfect start with ‘Coops’ Cooper winning the toss and batting on a belter Beauchamp wicket on a belter Sydney day. 

Tim Fulton hurries up the Saints batsmen

Carruthers and Kleem opened the innings, with Tom hitting a beautiful boundary over square leg before being dismissed to a great overhead catch. Kleem and Gaynor then came together and settled things until the score reached 60 with Mitch falling for 15. 

Connor Jackson then arrived to the crease to begin what would become a magnificent one-day innings. Connor and Stan added a further 72 runs, with an emphasis being placed on staying patient and working the gaps present in the field, while being helped out by the extras column, which finished on 35. 

Stan was dismissed for 47 with the score at 132, bringing ‘JOF’ O’Neil-Fuller into the game. Connor soon passed 50 and, after having a good look at the spin attack from both ends, began to score quickly and move towards 100. This all happened while the middle order batsman Beverley, Barker and Cooper batted around him and contributed more runs to the rapidly building total. 

Connor Jackson GDCCThe loudest cheer of the day definitely coming from Tristan’s first run for a few weeks, which was replied to with a cheeky raise of the bat. 

Connor eventually brought up his century, following some scoring confusions in the pavilion, and with plenty of time to spare really started to take apart the bowling, with numerous sixes ending up in the carpark, on the hill and in the pavilion, one straight six of the opening bowler was a particular highlight. 

Connor Jackson makes the St George fielders earn their stripes on the way to an unbeaten century

He ended the innings unbeaten on a prolific 133 not out, setting up the game perfectly for Gordon. 

The opening bowlers Fulton and Keevers began with promise, with Fulton having most of his first over snicked into and through the slip region for no reward. Clearly his pace and accuracy surprised the St. George bats. 

Matt Keevers picked up the first wicket in his first over, and following consecutive wickets to Fulton in the following over, including a great catch by Carruthers at slip, St. George were 3/12. 

After being urged to “do it for Lez” in reference to his new boyfriend, Keevers picked up 2 more wickets in his 2 final overs to finish with 3/17 off his 5. 

Deva and Rob Barker came on and continued to pressure the Saints bats, giving few scoring opportunities, while Tristan reaped the rewards of this pressure, picking up 2 wickets in his first over. After some late runs, Fulton finished off the innings with 2 wickets to finish with figures of 4-62 off his 10. 

Tim will also be on a hat trick with his first delivery next week. The saints finishing all out for 111. 

Overall, it was a convincing bonus point win and an early song and beer for the Stags, who will be looking to replicate this sort of performance next week. 

Stan Gaynor

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2013/14

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2013/14

The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.

For the Colts schedule go to Fixtures.

Colts match reports for 2013/14 season are provided by the players below:



Colts vs Sydney University - Semi Final - 2013/14

Colts vs Sydney University - Semi Final - 2013/14

A home semi-final against Sydney University sadly proved the end of the season for the Gordon Colts. After finishing 11 points clear as minor premiers (and having beaten the Students twice during the round matches) the young Colts team was unable to secure the win in trying conditions at Beauchamp Oval.

Stu Bromley looks to get the side off to a strong start in the run chase 

After significant rain during the week day one started after lunch with Gordon winning the toss on a wicket that was still damp at one end.

After a delayed start, Matt Keane (1/29), Richard Armour (2/41) and Matt Page (2/31) bowled well on the tricky surface and had Sydney reeling at 4/45. The boys were on a high and looking like they were going to cruise to the win when two of the older Sydney batsman decided to tough things out. Scoring incredibly slowly the two passed the hundred mark after well over 60 overs – aided by some sloppy fielding.

PageFinals cricket is always a different game and the inability of the Colts to take their chances proved costly as the team was unable to take a wicket between the first drinks after lunch and the final hour.

Matt Page tries to get through the Sydney Uni defence 

Thankfully some silly running late in the day saw the Colts grab two run outs in the final overs and end the day with Sydney University at 6/134 after 74 tight overs.

The match was therefore very much in the balance on the morning of day two – with Sydney needing to pick up the run rate if they wanted any chance of setting the Gordon boys a target with enough overs to bowl them out: a draw seeing the top ranked Stags progress.

Some risky batting saw the total move along quickly before the Chamberlain brothers (Dan 2/28 and Matt 1/0) cleaned up the tail to have Uni all out for 178. This presented the Gordon team with a strong proposition – 85 overs to bat meaning the total was easily achievable with the protection of being able to shut up shop if required to limp through with a draw.

GaynorA quick break saw the plan set – don’t focus on runs until tea but ensure we don’t lose wickets and build a solid platform: the same strategy used in the Qualifying Final when we posted 347 on the same wicket.

Tim van Zuylen was unable to replicate the previous week's efforts during the run chase 

However this week it wasn’t to be as a combination of loose shots and pressure cricket saw the Colts lose 3/20 in the hour before lunch.

With the experienced Stan Gaynor and Stuart Bromley at the crease the boys were not unduly nervous – knowing that a decent partnership would see us through. Apparently Sydney University had heard the plan and set about with a wicket straight after lunch – Gordon now in serious trouble at 4/37.

With the captain joining Stan things looked dire, but cricket is a simple game and finals cricket often favours the team with greater composure as the two batted sensibly on the slow outfield – turning the strike over with a combination of quick singles and punished loose deliveries. 

With the score at 4/80 the Stags were right back in it – the Uni captain getting desperate and the level of chat seriously diminishing.

In games like this it is often the five minute periods that can decide the outcome – and it really wasn’t the Stags day.

With part-timer’s being tried and Andy and Stan in complete control the momentum had swung back in our favour. Or had at least until a misjudged square drive saw Stan set off, only to watch the point fieldsman take one step and rifle the ball in over the stumps.

Run Out 31 and Gordon 5/80. Back to even.

Bromley slips catch

Stu Bromley takes a good slips catch while the skipper looks on 

A very determined Andrew was joined by young Matt Chamberlain. The instructions were clear – let the skipper do the scoring but make sure we don’t lose another wicket. Matt obliged – blunting the attack while Andy punished anything short. 5/110 at Tea. Momentum back to the Stags.

It was a dejected Sydney Uni that shared a good spread that afternoon. With Andrew and Matt scoring freely and not even looking like giving a chance the Uni skipper knew something was needed – and quickly.

With play resuming both Andrew and Matt knew that surviving the first 20 minutes would be game, set and match to Gordon. The fielders’ heads were down and the frustration was rising.

All credit here has to go to the Uni skipper who threw everything at the pair, having three men crowd the bat (possibly out of desperation as neither had popped a ball all day). Matt saw off the first over securely and then it was the skippers turn. Five solid defensive shots and right back where we left off – Gordon on top.

And then disaster.

Coleman GDCCA regulation off spinner defended on the front foot by Andrew catching his pad on the way to ground and taken nicely by the man at short leg. 6/110 and back in the balance. All season the youngsters in our lower middle order have performed well and so while very disappointed I still had lots of confidence. However today wasn’t the day. 

Coleman looks aerial to overcome the long grass 

Rash shots combined with nerves saw 3 more wickets for 10 runs. 9/120 with 100 minutes left in the day. Uni were already celebrating.

Cricket can be a fickle mistress though as Dan and Richard clearly hadn’t gotten the memo. 30 exhausting minutes later and it was drinks. Still no breakthrough. As skipper it falls to me to somehow think of something to say to rally the troops so off I strode to have a quick chat to the batsman. I wasn’t needed. First thing I hear from the number 11 is “Tell the boys to make some noise.” “Sorry?” “Come on Andy, Dan and I have got this.” And they almost did.

With a proud feeling (tinged with puzzlement) I left the field. First two balls – defended nicely to cheers from the stands. Third ball Dan plays a textbook leg glance – imperiously taking a single. Maybe we did have it?

16 overs later and you could cut the tension with a knife. Tempers were fraying and the stands were on edge. 30 minutes of play left and the new ball taken. 

At this point it’s worth saying that the Uni side had tried just about everything – from spin to meds, yorkers to full tosses – anything to buy a wicket.

Richard Armour GDCCAs all of us who have been around fast bowlers know, giving a quick a new ball after 16 overs of patient batting from the last wicket was always going to be fiery.

This day was no different. The first four balls with the new rock were short and aimed at Richard. No shot offered. Ball five around the wicket and right at the throat. 

Richard Armour fills the side with confidence as he defends the Uni attack 

As a fellow fast bowler it would have been interesting to see what went through Rich’s mind as he just stood there and dropped the arms. Looking straight back at the bowler he let it hit him right on the shoulder. Not a sound.

Silence from the crowd. Silence from the ground. And then the batsman pipes up “Do you want to stop bowling spin already? It’s a waste of the new ball”. Needless to say that fired the boys up.

Unfortunately though, the fairy tale wasn’t to be. With less than 15 minutes left in the day, a faint edge ended the season for the Colts, but not before Dan and Richard had reminded all of us why we love this club.

It has been my privilege to captain the boys this year and there is some real talent amongst the team. It won’t be long before we see many of them in higher grades.

I have been very proud of how the team has banded together this year and it shows in the results – while we may not have lifted the Metropolitan Cup, a minor premiership and Semi Final result from such a young team (with the exception of Stuart Bromley, I have been playing cricket longer than every other player has been alive… and I only just turned 26!) is a great result. 

Hopefully we have all learnt from this season to be a bit more like Dan and Richard – never giving up, never flinching and standing tall no matter the situation as part of the Gordon CC.

Andrew Coleman

Colts vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

Colts vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

Keane GDCCHaving finished the regular season in first place, the Colts were keen to make a statement on day 1 of the finals series at Beauchamp. Having already beaten Fairfield-Liverpool twice after Christmas, we were confident that a good showing early on Day 1 would set us on track for a win by Sunday evening.

Matt Keane added the cherry on the top with the willow, before picking up 4 with the ball

Coleman won the toss and had absolutely no issues in opting to bat on what was, and probably still is, a fantastic batting strip. Adrian and Stan got things underway watchfully, seeing off the juicy first hour and some consistent opening bowling to set a good platform for the rest of the day. Stan fell down leg side after drinks with the score at 35, bringing Tim van Zuylen in at 3.

VuvuThis author was, as the only dismissed bat, then transferred to Curl Curl to field for the 5th grade side, and unfortunately missed most of the action of a dominant late-morning and afternoon session for Gordon, with the middle order churning out the runs to the tune of three 50s to van Zuylen (66), Bromley (66) and Coleman (54), along with 36 to Craig.

van Zuylen belts one back down the ground as he sets up the side's innings 

Apparently van Zuylen’s 66 in particular was an innings of immense composure and patience, however I wouldn’t be able to confirm this, as while Tim was supposedly putting on a clinic at Beauchamp, I was woofing down the remains of my hour-old subway after finishing a fielding stint at Mike Pawley. 

It’s not often that Tim’s batting gets tagged with composure and patience. It’s often accompanied by a description more along the lines of “destructive and brutal”, if often too short for his and our liking. More of it in the final two weeks ‘VuVu’.

Having resisted the urge to take a quick dip in the surf, I returned to Beauchamp mid-afternoon to catch the back half of the Bromley-Coleman master class on a wicket that surprisingly still was offering something for the persisant Lions side.

Rare to find a photo of Bromley not punishing one through backward point. Does love a cut shot! 

With these two ‘elders’ removed, Gordon had moved past 250, and Fairfield might have thought they had removed the batting half of the Gordon side. However the lower order had other plans; with a trio of Matts (Chamberlain, Page & Keane) piling on the runs, Keane reaching 40 before anyone could blink with some superb aerial hitting.

Having reached stumps at 8/334, Keane, Dan Chamberlain and Richard Armour played well on Sunday morning to eventually be all out for a useful 347.

Coleman GDCCWith 95 overs left in the day we were keen to get things moving with the early wickets that the Colts always seem to find. 

Great to see the skipper 'Elton' Coleman make a sizeable contribution with the bat 

Sunday was no different, as Richard ‘Ebenezer Scrooge’ Armour picked up 2 and Matt Page 1 to leave Fairfield at 3-24 at lunch. An Oporto-charged Colts then trudged into the afternoon with a lot of work to do as the Lions shut up shop completely to play for the draw, which could have seen them through to next weekend.

In an uneventful middle session, the bowlers worked long and hard for next to no reward; Fairfield 5 down at tea.

In the final session things were again slow, until Matt Chamberlain’s juicy off spin finally tempted a mistake, which got things back on track. The new ball was soon taken and Matt Keane steamed in at pace to knock over the 

Neat glove work by 'Elton' Coleman. Even better camerawork by the author's old man - John Craig 
Gaynor GDCC

Fairfield middle order rock, and collected a few grills and gloves in an excellent spell which picked up 3 wickets. 

Little was spoken about this catch in the match report... but the mobile app was alight as Stan Gaynor plucks a brilliant catch out of the air 

Matt Page also used the new ball well to pick up the 8th from the other end. Keane eventually ended the game late afternoon; an excellent win full of patience from a young side; the experience of playing two long days will prepare the side well for the semi-final against the Students at Beauchamp this weekend.

Stan Gaynor

The webmaster wishes to thank John Craig for all his photos this season. It's been great to get such good coverage of these up and coming players 
Colts vs Western Suburbs - Round 15 - 2013/14

Colts vs Western Suburbs - Round 15 - 2013/14

Robertson GDCcHave you ever lost a game by 1 run? It can be heart-breaking. How about 0.08 runs. That’s how close the Colts came to winning their final game of the season. Not even a tenth of a run. The closest of margins you or I are likely to see in our lifetimes. If the rain came one ball earlier… we would have had 6 points.

Come on 'Robbo', we would love to see 100 from you during the finals

For our last game of the regular season the Colts were up against a determined Western Suburbs outfit, keen to get the points as they wanted to cement their place in the finals. Beauchamp was hosting our final fixture of the season. Captain ‘Elton’ Coleman won the toss and bowled on a good wicket.

Wests got off to a slow but steady start to their innings, with some tough wide calls leading their scoring in the early overs. That was until Richard Armour was introduced into the attack. With Wests on 29 in the 12th over Richard grabbed the first wicket. 

With great support from Matt Keane at the other end tying down the batsmen, Richard was able to keep the pressure on and by hitting that great line and length as he always does he picked up 2 more wickets in short succession. Dan Chamberlain then joined the party with a wicket caught behind to have Wests 4/38 after 19 and looking in some trouble. 

Richard bowled out his 10 overs in one spell, and finished with the tremendous figures of 3/18.

Ryan McElduffBut the Wests batsmen then knuckled down and put on a good partnership of 61 before young Ryan McElduff bowling a very good spell, knocked over their danger batsmen.

The words "Ryan McElduff", "good spell", "impressing opposition" are being often heard around the grounds. Big things in line for this young man 

From there the team was able to snare regular wickets, with young Ryan picking up another and Dan Chamberlain also finishing with 3. It is fair to say the team’s catching was much improved from the previous week and when we had polished off Wests in the 49th over for 144 we thought we were in a pretty good position even allowing for the slow outfield.

A wicket in the first over set us back a little, but ‘Robbo’ Robertson came in and looked solid as ever, and when he and Tim had taken the score to 1/23 after only 7 overs we looked like we were cruising. The 8th over changed everything and we found ourselves on the back foot after losing both Tim and Andrew Coleman and Wests had their tails up.

Matt Chamberlain joined Robbo and they set about the task, but some good bowling from the opposition never let the pressure off. Robbo fell with the score on 48 after a well made 26. Another 20 to 30 for Robbo.

Dan appeals

Dan Chamberlin is supported by his skipper after one sneaks through the batsman's guard and cannons into the pads

When Matt also fell a few runs later, I joined Ryan in the middle. At 5/55 the plan was to consolidate until drinks and then push for the runs. Young Ryan batted with great maturity for his age and his efforts impressed all including the opposition. 


With rain on the horizon we needed to get our run rate up fast in case of an early finish, but wickets fell in the quest for quick runs. Matt Page came to the crease looking determined to smash the winning runs, and with clean hitting and hard running instantly boosted the run rate and sent a small wave of panic through the opposition. But a couple of spectacular catches set us back, and when lightening stopped play at about 5.05pm we were 9 down for 118 – still 27 runs short with 9 overs left. 

Matt Page does right by the side and tries to lift the run rate before the rain came tumbling down 

The game was still set for tight finish - but that’s when the thunderstorm hit and the match was over. So close - in the end run rate decided the outcome and we were 0.08 runs short. As I said at the top, that’s how close the Colts came to winning their final game of the season. Not even a tenth of a run. If the rain came one ball earlier… we would have had 6 points.

We reluctantly conceded that Wests had been the better team and deserved the win.

Craig takes a catch GDCC

A few more of these types of performances in the field should set the Colts on the right trajectory - the author, Adrian Craig, takes a good catch behind the wicket

A huge thanks to Ryan McElduff and Matt Chamberlain for playing and showing they are more than capable if called upon in the finals. 

It was a disappointing way for the Colts to finish the season but congrats to all our boys for winning the Minor Premiership. Now we all need to pull our socks up and play our best cricket from here as we look to win the big one. The batsmen in particular need to apply themselves when out in the middle. It isn’t ‘someone else’s’ job. It’s yours.

See you at training… and all the supporters at Beauchamp this weekend.

Adrian Craig

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 14 - 2013/14