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Bring on the qualifying finals as four of six teams make the grade

Bring on the qualifying finals as four of six teams make the grade

First grade have won their last 5 games, including a bonus point win against Blacktown on Saturday, to finish in 5th spot on the ladder and face a qualifying final next weekend against Parramatta at Old Kings. 

Steve Colley is happy with his team

Fifth Grade had a mighty win with just one wicket left to finish as minor premiers, fourth grade had a strong win to finish in 4th spot while Colts also won well beating the one team ahead of them on the table to finish in second spot. 

Our top batsman were Chris Spratt with 77 in thirds, Dave Monaghan with 66 not out in fifths, Michael Roberts who scored 63 in seconds and Riley Behlevanas with 52 in Colts. In the bowling, Charlie Stobo finished with 4 for 38 in firsts, Vikrant Nehru and had a fine double taking 4 for 24 while scoring 42 not out in 4ths. Sam Watts also matched Vikrant in fifths taking 4 for 58 and scoring 43.

A special mention also to Adam Cubbage who filled in today in second grade and took 2 for 38 off his 10 overs taking him to 200 wickets for the club. Well done Cubby. 

The club finished in a credible 6th spot in the Club Championship with 1226 points. It is not hard to do the math on how to win a club championship. You need your top 2 sides near the top and the balance all performing well. We achieved the task set from last year of our age competitions (Green and Poidevin Gray) doing better, however the low position of seconds meant we couldnt get closer to the top spot. (next season!)

Chris Spratt who top scored in thirds

Congratulations to the Manly Warringah District Cricket Club for winning the club championship. All of their teams were in the top 7 of their competitions with several of them leading.

First Grade

One just had that feeling that 7 points were going to be needed in first grade to secure a finals spot, but the number 1 rule in this situation is to not play for that extra point as it can put you off your game plan. The best approach is to play your best cricket and see how the cards fall.

Gordon lost the toss and were asked to bowl on what turned out to be one of the better “cricket” wickets at Chatswood with the ball coming onto the bat with pace and bounce.'

Charlie Stobo at Chatswood

Charlie Stobo was soon in the action taking 2 wickets while Alex Patterson was frugal with 7 runs off his 5 overs. Elliot Richtor then made an early appearance with the ball to pick up the dangerous Jake Fawcett. With the score on 3 for 33, Steve Colley decided to use Scott O’Brien as his first spinning choice and he repaid him in spades with 3 wickets in his first 4 overs to move the score to 6 for 40 and put the team well on top.

A recovery was made by the Warriors but a good call to bring back Charlie paid dividends with Charlie collecting two more wickets as Blacktown edged toward 100. Matt Junk then played his part by dismissing the final two bats and the target was 115 within 30 overs to get the bonus point we needed. 

While the bowling was excellent, the fielding was exceptional with some good catches and very clean ground fielding that combined to put significant pressure on the Blacktown bats. Ash Doolan was at his acrobatic best behind the stumps continually demanding the best from our fielders. 

Ash Doolan against the Warriors

An example of the commitment to our fielding was a high ball hit over gully that carried all the way to deep point. Axel Cahlin who was at least 25 metres away had to turn and run toward the boundary with the ball way above his head. With the boundary only a few metres away Axel dived full length to somehow get the ball in his hands but the force of landing jolted the ball out of his grasp. The easy approach would have been simply to let it go to the fence, but not this team. 

Tym Crawford, Scott O'Brien and Steve Colley in form against the Warriors

Axel Cahlin and Tym Crawford started well with the aggressive Tym pushing us to 40 off the first 5 overs until Axel was unfortunately dismissed by a rearing delivery. Harry Evans only had a short visit to the crease on this occasion steering a ball to the slips, however Tym and Steve Colley continued to play aggressively.

Tym fell to a mistimed high shot on 41, however Steve continued with the assistance of Elliot Richtor to see us home in 17 overs at a rate of nearly 7 per over. This was an impressive win by a team in form having now won five in a row. At the end of round 10 we were on 21 points and no chance of a finals spot. We finished on 52 which in the end was only 6 points from top spot.

Axel Cahlin's amazing attempt at a catch

While form is important, the start of a final series always has to be treated almost as a new season with the big guns in the side often lifting their games. But if form is anything to go by we are certainly the best placed and we enter the finals having secured 31 points in our last 5 games. The six finalists come into the series with the following points gained since Round 11:

  • Gordon 31
  • Parramatta 18
  • Sydney Uni 14
  • Campbelltown 14
  • Sutherland 12
  • Sydney 12

First Grade Scores

Gordon 3 for 117 (Tym Crawford 41, Steve Colley 33 not out) def Blacktown 114 (Charlie Stobo 4 for 38, Scott O’Brien 3 for 37, Matt Junk 2 for 26)

Second Grade

Dan Stickland in action

After bowling first on a green wicket we started solidly but struggled to make many early inroads. Some excellent bowling through the middle overs from Dan Stickland (3 for 41 off 9.4) and first-gamer Adam Cubbage (2 for 38 off 10) reduced the opposition from 1 for 80 to 6 for 110 in a matter of overs. Blacktown then counter attacked well to put on 100 for the seventh wicket before Dan Smith scored a brilliant direct hit run out at the non-strikers end from backward point. This allowed us to wrap up the innings at 222.

Unfortunately, things did not start well in the chase with 3 wickets falling to Tony Clark in his first four overs. From there it was always going to be difficult on a wicket that offered plenty for the bowlers. Michael Roberts played extremely well for his 63 but wickets fell consistently and we were bowled out for 141.

An appropriate end to a season of underperforming for the second graders where we couldn’t get quite enough players firing at the same time. Still, lots of young players with lots to look forward to in the coming seasons.

Second Grade Scores

Blacktown 222 ( Dan Stickland 3 for 41, Adam Cubbage 2 for 38, Sam Baker 2 for 38) defeated Gordon 141 (Michael Roberts 63)

Third Grade

Matt Keevers in action against Blacktown

Gordon had a brisk opening partnership between Ryan Tullia, returning from a broken finger, and Cameron New. Ryan hit a couple of boundaries before trying to pull a ball that wasn’t quite short enough. Chris Spratt came to the wicket and batted confidently and aggressively from the start. Tom Hamblin provided steady support for Chris in an important partnership. Chris finished with a very polished 77 while Tom scored 36.

After they departed Charlie Booth scored a quick-fire 31 to help get the team to a competitive total with Gordon finishing on 9 for 222.

The Gordon bowlers got on top early and stayed on top for the whole innings. Effeney and Keevers bowled well with the new ball, taking a wicket each in their opening spell. Seniviratne and Wright came on and bowled tightly, picking up a wicket each. Charlie Booth joined the attack and picked up a couple of quick wickets. Effeney and Keevers returned to clean up the tail. Gordon bowled so well that Chris de Kretser only got a chance to bowl 2 overs.

Chris Spratt during his 77 at Beauchamp

A bonus point win left Gordon in seventh position at the end of the regular season, narrowly missing out on a semi-final berth. Having had more washouts than any other team in 3rd grade, they will consider themselves a little unlucky.

Third Grade scores

Gordon 222 (Chris Spratt 77, Tom Hamblin 36, Charlie Booth 31 def Blacktown 119 Matt Keevers 3 for 16, Charlie Booth 2 for 19, Pat Effeney 2 for 26)

Fourth Grade

Vikrant Nehru in action

After winning the toss and batting, 4th grade did as they often do and found themselves flailing at 7 for 57 with Ratnam 21, the only from the top 5 making over 20. 

As always, someone in the middle order picked up the slack and thanks to Nehru 42 and Andreou 38 the Stags were guided to a very defendable 166.

While 166 doesn't sound too impressive, it was a long boundary and after the terrible start, 150 was the score the skipper Stuart Bromley was confident of being able to defend with the red-hot bowling attack his side possesses. 

It was definitely a battle for the first couple of wickets with Blacktown snicking their way to 3 for 79, but the Sstags knew if they stayed patient and dried up the runs, they'd eventually see success. After the first three wickets, the bowling was just too tight and Blacktown fell away quickly. Nikrant Nehru continued his great day taking 4 for 24 and Jordan Hayes cleaned up the last few wickets taking 3 for 7.

It was a win for the stags but in no way was it comfortable or dominant as it should be against a team towards the bottom of the ladder. Hopefully it was a wakeup call we needed to step up, especially with the bat in the finals.

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 166,( Vikrant Nehru 42 not out, Nick Andreou 38) def Blacktown 125 (Vikrant Nehru 4 for 24, Jordan Hayes 3 for 7, Liam Windel 2 for 26)

Fifth Grade

Gordon lost the toss at Killara Park and were asked to field on a damp ground with a light drizzle falling. The game plan for Dylan Hood and Darren Jayasekera was to bowl full and straight and take advantage of any early swing. However, some powerful hitting from the Warriors bats put them off their lines and plan B was introduced with our spinners getting an early go.

Dave Monaghan is happy about his 66 not out

A great spell of 1 for 20 off 10 by Shiv Rana helped slow the Blacktown innings, however they regathered and while we secured wickets their run rate kept progressing. Sam Watts bowled very well to take 4 wickets while Dave Monaghan, Rahul Krishna and Aaron Crofts got into the action to dismiss Blacktown for a very competitive total of 227.

After some undisciplined batting against Sutherland last week, Gordon looked to make amends and Michael Fletcher’s 30 looked promising for Gordon to build a platform to get the runs needed. However, while our bats got starts they couldn’t stay in and at 7 for 137 we were in a lot of trouble.

Sam Watts on Saturday

So what do you do when you need a miracle in fifths? Simple answer – you call on Dave Monaghan to lead the team to victory.  Dave is affectionately known as the world’s greatest fifth grader, christened by chairman of selectors Mark Carmichael. He loves playing for this team and enjoys the mix of both experienced and inexperienced players with him. Dave has been playing with Gordon since 2010 with one season off with a new baby and in those 7 seasons to date has scored 1,952 runs and taken 158 wickets. Dave literally can bat anywhere in the order and will bowl whenever he is called upon. It doesn’t worry him what position that is as he simply plays to be part of the club and enjoy his cricket. You are a champion Dave.

Dave set about rebuilding the score with Sam Watts in tow and before long we were in sight of victory. An unfortunate run out to Watts with 14 runs to go meant some nervous times as Dylan Hood joined Dave. Dylan was then dropped before he had scored and the pressure was on. A few pushed singles enabled us to regain our composure and with 8 runs needed Dave hit a huge six way out of Killara Park. Dave couldn’t get to the other end however and Dylan was faced with the prospect of getting the runs. Never in doubt as they say. A classic cover drive to the fence by Dylan and Gordon were minor premiers. This concluded a terrific regular season with just two losses and a well-deserved case of beers at the end of the game.

Ironically, with our win putting us on top we will now face Sutherland who defeated us last next weekend in the first qualifying final. At least we know our opposition. The game will be at Chatswood Oval as fifth grade are our highest placed team with a home qualifying final match.

Catches win matches

Fifth Grade scores

Gordon 9 for 228 (Aaron Crofts 38) def Blacktown 227 (Sam Watts 4 for 58, Dave Monaghan 2 for 38, Shiv Rana 1 for 20, Rahul Krishna 1 for 21)


The Colts travelled to Rance Oval at Werrington to play the competition leaders in a possible warm up for the final. Gordon won the toss and elected to bowl.

Dillon Amjad against Penrith

The going was slow for Penrith and at 17 overs they were 3 for 55. Two quick wickets had them in trouble at 5 for 75 and we were on a roll. For the remainder of the innings we seemed to have things in control and Penrith were bowled out for 138. All of the bowlers played their part with Prashan Seneviratne taking 3 for 32 while Dillon Amjad and Steve Bristow each picked up 2. Ben Duce also did well taking 1 for 21 off his 10 overs to keep the Penrith bats in check.

After losing Oli Williams early, Mitch O’Donnell and Riley Behlevanas settled in well to take the score to 58 before Mitch was out. Riley was joined by Dillon Amjad who did what he always does and scored 43 off 32 balls to bring us to within 10 runs of a win. We lost a few wickets at the end but passed the Penrith score 6 wickets down and look forward to the final series.

Colts scores

Gordon 6 for 141 (Riley Behlevanas 52, Dillon Amjad 43) def Penrith 138 Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 32, Steve Bristow 2 for 17, Dillon Amjad 2 for 35) 

Paul Stephenson

With assistance from the grade captains

Poidevin Gray team go down fighting against Penrith

Poidevin Gray team go down fighting against Penrith

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

Matt Wright gets successful appeal

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

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

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

Chris Searle, Ryan Meppem and Lian Windel in final

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

Game Scores: 

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

Tony Wilson

Poidevin Gray final this Sunday - Go the stags

Poidevin Gray final this Sunday - Go the stags

The Poidevin Gray Shield commenced in 1926. Les Poidevin was a renowned Sydney University and NSW cricketer who also became a NSW selector. Fred Gray was the President of the Waverley Club from 1922 to 1930.

Captain Axel Cahlin

Gordon has participated in this competition every year since then other than when it wasn’t played during the war years and has won it only three times, in 1935-36, 1956-57 and in 1974-75. One of the stars of the 74-75 team was the vice-captain Michael Falk who took 21 wickets at the frugal average of 9.66. 

Michael is in fact 8th in wickets taken for Gordon in Poidevin Gray matches with 49 wickets in his 6 seasons from 1969 to 1975. Above him in fifth place is Richard Stobo with 59 wickets in 5 seasons. The most wickets were taken by Barry Eastment who collected 82 wickets in his 5 seasons.

On the batting side, the highest runs scorer was Jack Potter who played from 1933 to 1940 and scored 1,430 runs at an average of 59. Second on the list is none other than Reece Bombas who scored 1,020 runs in five seasons at an average of 42.50. The highest individual score was made by Matt Michael who scored 167 not out in a match against Wests at Pratten park in 2002. On that day Gordon scored 5 for 361 off their 50 overs.  

So it can be said that Gordon is due for a win in the PG’s, however I am sure Penrith will have their reasons as well.

Reece Bombas in action

This season the team has been a talented group lead well by Axel Cahlin with a solid core of Chris Searle, Oli Zannino, Jamie Bekis, Ryan Meppem, Matt Wright, Michael Roberts and Matt Parkinson. Unfortunately the team has been decimated at different stages by injury including Nick Miller, Austyn Nugent, Dan Chillingworth, Glen Winsor, Tim Ferraro as well as representative selection for Axel in the Cricket Australia Futures League and Matt Parkinson in the England Lions, meaning that we didn’t have what may be regarded as our top side on the park at any one time.  

That created opportunities for others and they have all contributed very well including Matt Keevers, Liam Windel, Ryan Tullia, Vikrant Nehru, Nick Andreou and Manus Chauhan which is why we find ourselves in the final with 18 available players who have played their part when the opportunity was presented and definitely helped us beat teams that may have been more highly regarded. 

The 1974-75 Premiership team

Last time I checked however we can’t play 18 in the final and therefore the selection of the team was difficult. Everyone will agree however that no matter who plays everyone will support them to the hilt.

For the final we welcome back Nick Miller who is playing his last game of PG’s after representing Gordon for 5 years in the competition.

So to Howell we go on Sunday – unheralded, no fanfare, just good honest players who have worked hard for each other, supported each other and represented Gordon with pride and distinction. 

A premiership awaits! 

The team for Sunday is: 

PG’s Limited 50 overs Team for Sunday 11th March

Final v Penrith - 10am at Howell Oval.

1)Axel Cahlin ©

2) Jamie Bekis

3) Michael Roberts

4) Oli Zannino w/k

5) Nick Miller

6) Liam Windel

7) Matt Wright

8) Ryan Meppem

9) Daniel Chillingworth

10) Chris Searle

11) Matt Keevers

12th man) Vikrant Nehru

13) Ryan Tullia

14) Nick Andreou

Paul Stephenson
Team of the week for Round 14

Team of the week for Round 14

Sole selector Ed Howitt has selected his team of the week for Round 14 below. With his magnificent 200 not out Dom Thomson has been named captain for the round. He was closely followed by First Grade opening batsman Axel Cahlin who scored 123 at Glen McGrath Oval. 

Congratulations to all players selected in the team. A team will be selected each week culminating in a team of the year

We are coming home with a wet sail

We are coming home with a wet sail

In a weekend of excellent cricket and favourable results, the club now has 5 of its 6 teams either in the preliminary finals or vying for a spot with one round to go against Blacktown. After losses in Rounds 9 and 10 on either side of Christmas the first-grade side was languishing in 13th position with 3 wins from its 10 matches. Mind you that had also included 3 draws on in particular when we had 423 runs on the board and were washed out the second round. The side, however, had far more talent than we were showing on the field. 

Scott O'Brien in action at Glen McGrath

Since Round 10 first grade has won its four matches, more than any other of the teams in contention, to now squeeze into 6th place with one round to go. Squeeze is right with Gordon on 45 points and a slightly better quotient than Bankstown (1.1015 to .9222) and a total of 6 teams below them within 2 points on the table. 

You might say the final round will be a down to the wire spectacle with the possibility of bonus points in the one-day games having a telling effect on the final make up of the top 6 teams. I guess you could say we would rather be in 6th that 12th!

In addition to firsts, the fourth grade side played excellent cricket to defeat Sutherland outright and now move into the 4th position on the table, having been outside the top 6 all season. 

Dom scored his 200

Thirds also had a stirring win to be in 8th position and within 5 points of 6th place. Their chances however are less likely with the two sides above them Randwick Petersham and Sydney needing to lose as well as Gordon win.

Fifths and Colts are well positioned in the final 6 with both hopefully having home games in the preliminary finals.

With seconds also getting back into the winners circle we moved into 5th spot on the Club Championship table and looking to hold that spot at the close of the season.

There were some fine performances in all grades with Dom Thomson continuing from his 188 not out last week and finishing with 200 not out when we declared. Dom unfortunately injured his leg in taking his final run, however the pain was soon forgotten, (until the next day). Ryan Meppem also continued his fine form in seconds taking 5 for 102 to help Gordon bowl out Sutherland for 257 in reply to the Gordon score of 5 declared for 375.

In first grade Scott O’Brien not only took his maiden first grade wicket but continued to take 4 for 58 off 18 overs including 6 maidens to inspire his team to victory. Scott’s first grade stats make interesting reading having previously played 9 first grade games including 3 T20’s and only bowling in the first two games. You might say he would have been nervous when called on to bowl at a critical time in the match. 

Max Papworth was in fine form at Sutherland

Scott bowled a wicket maiden and the rest of his spells during the match followed that pattern with only some late hitting changing his figures, which in the circumstances of the match was a good result for our team as Sutherland pushed for an unlikely victory.

In addition, Max Papworth batted very well for 76 in thirds along with some fine bowling from Matt Wright taking 4 for 56.

In fourths Vikrant Nehru took 4 for 15 and Liam Windel 4 for 33, help their side to their outright victory while Fraser Wilson score 61 not out in fifths in their late second innings chase. 

First Grade

With Charlie Stobo not selected for the shield game in Victoria, however picked for the Futures League game starting Monday in Sydney, he was not permitted to play for the Stags and sat out the day watching his team play. 

Matt Junk at Glenn McGrath

To his credit and displaying a great team spirit he was there till the finish and ran out the water during the day. For Gordon trying to make the semifinals, it was disappointing to see our main strike bowler watching from the dressing rooms. 

After not getting our full overs in last week, Steve Colley decided to bat for a few overs and with a few quick dismissals we declared at 9 for 361. Alex Patterson and Reagan Klemt (who came in for Charlie) opened the bowling on a wicket that had flattened out and while bowling very tightly and Ragan picking up a wicket, soon found that the spinners were going to get most of the work.  

Scott O'Brien at Caringbah

Matt Junk and Tym Crawford continued keeping the scoring in check while also picking up another wicket. Alex Patterson returned to pick up a third wicket, but the turning point in the match was the introduction of Scott O’Brien. 

As mentioned earlier Scott would have no doubt been nervous but definitely didn’t show it, getting immediately onto a good line and length and totally stifling the scoring. With a good delivery Scott was able to pick up the wicket of Jamie Brown who has scored 3 centuries so far this season. 

Alex Patterson who was consistent all day on a flat wicket

Matt With the score at 4 for 92, Sutherland appeared to temporarily at least decide the runs were beyond them and the scoring slowed even more.

Scott continued to bowl well while his spin partner Matt Junk also bowled well picking up the important wickets of Austin Waugh (with his dad Steve watching) and Tom Boyle. 

For a short while the Sutherland bats increased the scoring rate but Scott O’Brien then picked up three consecutive wickets and the match was over with Sutherland bowled out for 261. 

This was an excellent performance from the team with some very tight bowling and some excellent fielding. 

First Grade Scores

Gordon 9 dec for 361 (Axel Cahlin 123, Tym Crawford 69 Elliot Richtor 38, Steve Colley 37, Harry Evans 32) def Sutherland 261 (Scott O’Brien 4 for 58, Matt Junk 3 for 74, Alex Patterson 2 for 55)

Second Grade

Batting on after a terrific day 1, Dom Thomson brought up his brilliant 200 not out in the 5th over. The first double ton for a Gordon player since Brad Rasool in the 2006/07 season (*note below); a truly special performance. Dom scored his runs off 300 balls and included 22 fours and 4 sixes. 

Dom gets his double century

After declaring at 5 for 375 we struggled to make early inroads until Ryan Meppem removed one of the openers. With the quicks toiling away at the other end, Ryan bowled tirelessly throughout most of the day and picked up wickets at regular intervals to finish with 5 for 102 off 35 overs, his maiden five wicket haul for the club. 

He was well supported by Sam Baker (2 for 56 off 17) and Dan Stickland (2 for 54 off 12), while Dan Smith (1 for 24 off 7.3) capped off the victory with the second new ball. All out for 257, a comprehensive victory and a fantastic all-around performance from the team.

*For the trivia buffs, Brad Rasool not only scored in century in the 2006/07 season, he scored two.  His first was a score of 201 not out against Hawkesbury on October 14, 2006 at Killara when he shared a partnership of 244 with Sam Hinton (103). Brad faced 213 balls and hit 24 fours and 7 sixes.  

Ryan Meppem takes five wickets

The selectors weren’t convinced to promote Brad so on November 18 he scored 236 not out against Parramatta also at Killara and this time partnered Damon Livermore for 227 runs in an opening partnership with Reg scoring 84 runs. For interest when the partnership was broken after 218 minutes, Matt Michael having had the pads on since the start of play was out for a duck third ball. Brad was promoted to firsts.  

Some of the action in seconds courtesy of Damon Lesnie

Second Grade Scores

Gordon 5 dec for 375 (Dom Thomson 200 not out, Michael Roberts 59, Reagan Klemt 27) def Sutherland 257 (Ryan Meppem 5 for 102, Dan Stickland 2 for 54, Sam Baker 2 for 56)

Third Grade

Gordon returned to the field hoping to finish off the Sutherland innings quickly. They bowled well, but a couple of missed chances helped Sutherland chew up 13 overs on their way to a score of 9-255. 


Max Papworth at Sutherland

Tom Hamblin and Chris Spratt went out to bat with only 65 overs left in the match. Tom, who made 23, dispatched the first ball of the innings to the boundary to get us off on the right foot. Chris scored a polished 37, featuring some powerful strokes. Matt Wright scored a well-made 27, hitting the spinners over the top of the infield to keep the scoreboard ticking over. 

Matt Wright in action at Sutherland

Darren Jayasekera played some lovely shots on his way to a quick-fire 19. Max Papworth had strolled to the wicked at the fall of Hamblin’s wicket and batted with assurance for his best knock of the season. He hit boundaries all around the ground and was rarely troubled by any bowler. He fell for 76, leaving a bit of work to be done by Paddy Effeney (26 not out) and Chris de Kretser (6 not out), who both batted well to knock off the total. 

A win next week and as mentioned a couple of other results going their way will see third grade sneak into the preliminary finals. Their record against the top sides this season suggests they could do very well if they finish the regular season in the top 6.

Third Grade scores

Gordon 7-256 (Max Papworth 76, Chris Spratt 37, Matt Wright 27, Effeney 26*) def Sutherland 9-255 (Wright 4-56, de Kretser 2-70, Keevers 1-20, Seneviratne 1-20)

Fourth Grade

It only took the stags 8 overs to topple the remainder of the sharks’ batsman, having them all out for 49 chasing 165, meaning we were able to enforce the follow on. 

While we got off to a great start, getting to 5 for53, but it was the 6th and 7th wicket partnership which caused us some real trouble. 

Liam Windel who took 4 wickets

Everybody and everything was tried to crack the partnership, which we finally did thanks to an amazing catch on the boundary by Nehru. From there Liam Windell dominated and took the remaining wickets without much resistance, finishing with figures of 4 for 33. We weren't able to dismiss them before they passed our total however and were left with the target of 30 runs off 8 overs for outright victory. 

The run chase didn't get off to the best start with Mitch Kleem out to a contentious decision. Luckily that remained the only wicket lost for the innings as Cam New 8 and Dash Ratnam 22 guiding us to victory. 

A vital outright win which has taken 4th grade from 8th to 4th, with a win next week being all that we need to lock in a finals position. 

Matt Keane, Vikrant Nehru and Dash Rattnam at Beauchamp 

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 164, Stu Bromley 35, Dash Ratnam 28, Naba Haider 26) and 1 for 33 def Sutherland 49 (Matt Vikrant Nehru 4 for 15, Matt Keane 3 for 14, Manus Chauhan 2 for 9) and 144 (Liam Windel 4 for 33, Manus Chauhan 2 for 14) outright.

Fifth Grade

Gordon resumed on day 2 in the field as Sutherland started their second innings with a lead of 33. The wicket was much flatter and less variable than week 1 and hence and a lot easier for the batsmen to negotiate. However, Dillon Amjad took three wickets to get the ball rolling whilst Sam Watts and Prashan Seneviratne toiled away hard to get a wicket each. However, it didn’t appear Sutherland were interested in pursuing an outright victory as they batted patiently during the afternoon.  

Michael Fletcher and Fraser Wilson in the runs at Tonkin

It was, however and opportunity for Shiv Rana, Dave Monaghan and Rahul Krishna to get some valuable time with ball in hand. Sutherland eventually declared at 8/165 with a lead of 198 with 20 overs to go. Fraser Wilson 61 not out and Michael Fletcher 41 made early inroads and despatched the ball into all parts of the ground. However, 198 in 20 overs was all too hard and the game ended in just a first innings loss to Gordon in what was a below par performance that has now seen us slip to 2nd for the first time in 2 months. Maybe it was the loss they had to have as they prepare for the final series.

Fifth Grade scores

Sutherland 107 (Dillon Amjad 4 for 19, Shiv Rana 2 for 34, Dave Monaghan 1 for 12, Aaron Crofts 1 for 6) and 8 dec for 165 (Dillon Amjad 3 for 7, Shiv Rana 2 for 18) defeated Gordon 74 (Aaron Crofts 38) and 7 for 139 (Fraser Wilson 61* Michael Fletcher 42)


The Colts arrived at Killara Park for Day 2 defending 183 against Blacktown’s 3 for 117. They started brilliantly with a wicket to Mitch O’Donnell, in his first over caught by Callum Bladen.  Tight bowling from Sam Braham and Mohib Sheikh for the next 12 overs kept the run rate down to only 1.5 and Sam picked up a wicket along the way.   

Riley Behlevanas and Oli Williams at Killara

Mitch O’Donnell and Caleb Paisley came on next and managed to keep Blacktown under control. The runs were clicking over and we knew wickets were what we needed. Sam came back and collected a brilliant caught and bowled. At 6 for 178 Blacktown only needed 7 runs to win and they did so in the 54th over, then chose to continue batting. With renewed confidence their run rate increased and although our bowling was still good with 2 more wickets; caught behind to Sam Schembri-Green and clean bowled to Tom Armstrong, Blacktown motored along to declare 8/260 off 74 overs.

With 35 overs still to play for the day, Gordon was sent back in. Openers Oliver Williams and Riley Behlevanas walked out determined to recoup some dignity and not repeat Day 1. Boundaries flew from the beginning and with 1 six, 10 fours, and 7 threes between them they returned to the pavilion happy at 0 for 91 after 63 minutes.

This loss to Blacktown puts the colts back in 2nd place. Last match for the season is against current leaders (after a forfeit gave them full points) Penrith at Rance Oval, a repeat of last season’s Grand Final. Win that one and Colts will they become minor premiers. 

Many thanks to the parents who help with scoring, setting up and packing away. Also thank you to Glen Tullia who joined the team this round, much appreciated. 

Colts scores

Gordon 183 (Callum Bladen 64, Sam Braham 31, Tom Armstrong 30, Glen Tullia 22) and 0 for 91 (Oli Williams 41 *, Riley Behlevanas 41*) were defeated by Blacktown 8 for 260 dec (Sam Braham 2 for 56, Mohib Sheikh 2 for 62)

Paul Stephenson

Brad Rasool in 2006
Poidevin Gray draw match against Sydney to progress to final

Poidevin Gray draw match against Sydney to progress to final

The Poidevin Gray Under 21 team has progressed to the final to be played at Howell Oval against Penrith in two weeks’ time. This is a great result for our premier aged team and comes after some excellent cricket during the season.

Axel Cahlin during his 63 on Sunday

The game against Sydney was unfortunately abandoned on Sunday afternoon after Gordon had batted first and score 8 for 200 against a formable attack including two first grade spinners.

After his 123 on Saturday, Axel Cahlin continued his excellent form with a score of 63 in the Gordon innings. Axel was supported by Michael Roberts (44) and Oli Zannino (31), although the middle order found it tough against the Sydney spinners.

After lunch the rain started to fall and didn’t let up all afternoon causing the game to be called off late in the day. 

With their higher position on the table Gordon progress to the final. 

Also a recent rule change means that if there is a draw through wash out in the final, the two clubs become joint premiers. 

Oli, what happened to your bat while Chris Searle shows his technique with the bat
Someone had to take the covers off in the rain

Paul Stephenson  

Team of the week Round 13

Team of the week Round 13

Sole selector Ed Howitt has selected his team of the week for Round 13 below. With his fine 131 off 81 balls Dillon Amjad has been named captain for the round. He was closely followed by his Colts captain Oli Williams who scored 98 and took 3 catches behind the wicket. 

Congratulations to all players selected in the team. A team will be selected each week culminating in a team of the year. 

A chase for the ages as First Grade are back in the race for semis

A chase for the ages as First Grade are back in the race for semis

The Gordon first grade side showed their class with an excellent team effort to score 379 and defeat Mosman on day 2 at Chatswood. Mosman had continued batting at the start of play to post 7 for 378 leaving 88 overs for Gordon to get the runs. Four of the batsman scored over 50 with Cam Eccles top scoring with 78 and Elliot Richtor steering home the team with 77 not out. Harry Evans (70) and Axel Cahlin (60) also batted very well to keep the run chase on target. With the win we now move into 9th place but only 5 points from 6th with two matches to play. 

Elliot Richtor held the middle order together

In all we had 5 wins from the 6 teams with only seconds just missing out on a hard-fought victory as Mosman went past our 232 with 8 wickets down. 

Thirds, fourths, fifths and Colts all had good wins, with Colts securing an outright victory.

Other than he first grade bats, the best performers were Scott O’Brien taking 5 for 75 and Ryan Meppem 4 for 79 in seconds. Nick Andreou also did well with 68 not out in thirds and Dylan Hood with 4 for 20 in fifths.

First Grade

The decision of Mosman captain Scott Rodgie to bat on was an interesting decision given the Mosman score was the highest posted of all the matches of the Premier League that round. The thought was Mosman would be better off having all 96 overs at their disposal with an imposing 358 already on the board. Maybe Scott knew something about the prowess of the Gordon bats.  

Axel and Cam in action at Chatswood

Another 6 overs were bowled to Mosman with 20 runs added leaving 379 to win off a reduced 88 overs at 4.30 per over. It is easy to say only 4.30 but 379 is a lot of runs to keep going at that pace.

The innings started well with Axel Cahlin and Cam Eccles looking very comfortable. They got the score to 110 with two overs to go before lunch. First there was a mix up with Axel Cahlin losing sight of the ball in the field and taking what ended up being a suicidal run. Then as Steve Colley reached his position at the wicket, the clock was at 12.29 and about to click over to lunch as the umpires took up their positions. There was time for 1 more over and it was to be bowled by Elijah Eales, the son of John Eales and on first grader debut for Mosman. Facing his fifth ball Steve was caught behind and instead of 0 for 110 at lunch we were 2 for 111.  

Harry plays a delicate sweep while Elliot pushes for a single to mid wicket

After lunch Harry Evans and Cam Eccles settled in well and at 2 for 221, it was looking comfortable. Scott Rodgie however came on to bowl after his 126 runs in the Mosman innings and started to get the first movement of the match with the ball moving away from the right-handed batsmen. Cam was deceived by the outswing as he played an expansive drive and was caught behind for 78. Not long after Harry also got an excellent delivery and was also caught behind.  Now 4 for 221 and not as comfortable. 

Then another run out with Tym Crawford misjudging a run and at 5 for 236, Mosman were getting very chirpy in the field as they could sense the ascendancy.  

Another century partnership to Axel and Cam and Alex and Els leave the field as winners

Ash Doolan however stayed with Elliot Richtor as Els started to dominate the attack. However, with the score on 291, Ash fell to another outswinger from Rodgie who was bowling well and it was game back on for Mosman. 

Reagan Klemt arrived and played some excellent shots to get to 19 with 4 boundaries, but (yes you guessed it) another away swinger from Rodgie and he was caught in the gully with the score on 319. Matt Parkinson in his last innings before returning to England and then on a Lions tour of the West Indies looked positive but he was caught off the leg spinner and at 8 for 332, it was looking like - what might have been. 

Skipper Steve COlley is happy

Elliot was still there however and our very capable specialist night watchman Alex Patterson would give it his best shot and that’s what he did. 

With 47 runs still needed and about 9 overs remaining, Alex decided it was his turn to play the hero. With some excellent cover drives and pull shots, Alex hit 6 boundaries for his 24 not out to see us home with Elliot continuing with his excellent batting. 

So with 5 overs still remaining, they reached 8 for 379 and a very sweet victory. As I said Matt Day obviously knew something. 

Second grade had returned to Chatswood to join the firsts in the Gordon song

First Grade Scores

Mosman 6 for 378 Dec (Alex Patterson 2 for 85, Reagan Klemt 1 for 27, Elliot Richtor 1 for 27, Matt Parkinson 2 for 111) were defeated by Gordon 8 for 379 (Cam Eccles 78, Elliot Richtor 77 not out, Harry Evans 70, Axel Cahlin 60, Alex Patterson 24 not out)

Second Grade

Mosman resumed at 2 for 70 chasing our 232. With Chris Searle out injured and the wicket even flatter and harder than last week it was always going to be a challenging task. Still, the bowlers performed extremely well throughout the day. We built up a lot of pressure and forced wickets to fall. Scott O'Brien (5 for 75 off 25) and Ryan Meppem (4 for 70 off 19) were outstanding and almost got us over the line. 

Scott O'Brien in action

At 7 for 189 we were in with a terrific chance at victory but their numbers 8 and 9 had a bit of a slog and got a few away to bring the target within reach. We took another wicket before they passed our score 8 down. The extra ‘hit and giggle’ runs Mosman scored at the end belied how close the contest was. 

Although more runs would have been handy on day 1, it was a really good effort from 2nd grade against one of the top placed sides. 

Second Grade Scores

Gordon 232 Michael Roberts 51, Chris Searle 41*, Scott O’Brien 38, Oli Zannino 28 vs Mosman 2 for 65 (Scott O’Brien 1 for 7, Chris Searle 1 for 15) were defeated by Mosman 287 (Scott O’Brien 5 for 75, Ryan Meppem 4 for 70)

Third Grade 

Gordon elected to bat on. Andreou and Seneviratne added a quick-fire 40 odd, with Danusha being particularly severe on the unsuspecting bowlers. Gordon declared at 9-227 (Andreou 68*, Spratt 30, Seneviratne 29*)

Still reeling from the Gordon onslaught with the bat, Mosman were rocked by 4 wickets in the first 5 overs. 

Matt Keevers in action at Beauchamp

Matt Keevers and Paddy Effeney bowled beautifully and the ball just couldn’t miss the edge of the bat. Mosman staggered to 5-28, but eventually settled and put on a 95-run partnership featuring increasingly aggressive batting. At 5-123 they were getting back into the match when Matt Wright got the breakthrough. He deceived the oncoming batsman in flight and Max Papworth was happy to oblige with a snappy removal of the bails. Charlie Booth bowled the other set batsman and Tom Hamblin got a direct hit run out with about 1 1/2 stumps to aim at, both wickets falling without addition to the score. To Mosman’s credit they didn’t dig in to fight for a pointless draw, but batted adventurously in pursuit of an unlikely victory. Matt Keevers trapped former Gordon player Dermott Beattie in front to finish off the game and collect his third wicket. Mosman 141 (Keevers 3-25, Effeney 3-33, Wright 1-16, de Kretser 1-17, Booth 1-43) 

Pat Effeney enjoys bowling as well as a run out

Third Grade Scores

Gordon 9 for 227 (Nick Andreou 68* Chris Spratt 30 Danusha Seneviratne 29* defeated Mosman 141 (Matt Keevers 3 for 25, Pat Effeney 3 for 33)

Fourth Grade

After being 0 for 33 at the end of last week, plans were always to do everything possible to get the outright. Kleem, on his birthday, quickly raced into the 30s, but when his wicket fell, the possibility of an outright became a tougher prospect. Having said that, once Bromley and Chauhen passed the total, it was a licence to thrill for 25 minutes before tea with 5 wickets in hand. 

With 9 down at tea, and a lead of 40, we decided to declare and give ourselves 40 overs to take the wickets.  

Mitch Kleem and Dash Ratnam in 4's

It was a brilliant start by Calov and Keane who destroyed the top 4, having Mosman 4 for 13. Nehru, Haider, Hayes and Chauhan also did well to get us to a point where we had them 6 down when scores were level. With around 10 overs left, we went with short spells and got them to 8 down, but a combination of big hitting and dead batting put the task just out of reach. 

Still a solid win for the stags and hopefully similar chances at extra points will present themselves over the coming weeks. 

Fourth Grade Scores

Mosman 115 (Manus Chauhan 3 for 42, Naba Haider 2 for 3, Jordan Hayes 2 for 22, Will Calov 1 for 13) and 8 for 79 Vikrant Nehru 2 for 6, Matt Keane 2 for 9, Will Calov 2 for 17) were defeated by Gordon 9 dec for 154 Mitch Kleem 32, Dash Ratnam 27, Cameron New 27) 

Fifth Grade

The call was for tight, accurate and patient bowling on arrival at Killara for day 2. Skipper Crofts opened up with Dylan Hood with the first 6 overs only conceding one run. Crofts dismissed one of the inform batsmen after he spooned one to point where Sherwood took his first easy catch. Dylan Hood then struck with a plumb LBW to have Mosman 4 for 60 after resuming at 2 for 57.

Crofts and Hood bowled extremely tightly with Dylan hood finishing with unbelievable figures of 4 for 20 off 18 including 12 maidens.  

Dylan Hood and Aaron Crofts in fifths

After Hugh Sherwood took an absolute screamer at wide mid-on, Sam Watts and Shiv Rana looked to wrap things up at 6 for 81 but despite a wicket to Shiv, Mosman continued to puch toward victory. However, some quick thinking by Rahul Krishna to snag a run out at square leg gave Gordon the upperhand again. 

It was only fitting that Crofts and Hood finished what they started and closed out a tight game for Gordon. Some excellent catching by Dave and Hugh and some patient bowling were the keys for Gordon. Mosman all out 122 and only scoring 65 runs in 34 overs on Day 2.

Fifth Grade Scores

Gordon 139 (Aaron Crofts 55) defeated Mosman 122 (Dylan Hood 4 for 20, Aaron Croft 3 for 24) 


Colts returned to Kensington Oval for day two and continued to take wickets at a steady pace, until Randwick Petersham were all out for 83 off 48 overs.

Sharing the spoils were Sam Braham with a clean bowl, Prashan’s caught behind, a brilliant caught and bowled to Dan and the final two unassisted wickets in consecutive wicket maiden overs for Andrew. 

Dan West, Sam Braham and Prashan Seneviratne at Kensington

After an early tea break Gordon sent RP back in again to try for an outright and ten points. A great effort from all bowlers on a flat pitch with continual dot balls meant RP found it impossible to score runs. Tight fielding also hampered their efforts. The umpire was willing to keep the match going until 6pm if it looked like a result was likely. At 5.35pm we had them on 9 for 72 and with only a few overs to go tried everything to capture the last wicket. After an unplanned overthrow suddenly the tide turned, batsmen became confused whether to run again or not, Dillon returned the ball to the keeper’s end and Oliver took off the bails. A great sense of relief and the match was won. 

Congratulations to the entire team and many thanks to our dedicated scorers/parents!

PS, Of the 77 overs bowled today, 30 of them were maidens including 6 wicket maidens. Well done.

Colts scores

Gordon 4 dec 322 (Dillon Amjad 131, Oli Williams 98) defeated Randwick Petersham 82 (Daniel West 3 for 2, Andrew Harvey 3 for 6) and 74 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 18, Sam Braham 2 for 24) 

Paul Stephenson plus many contributors

Many thanks to the photgraphers for their fine shots

Auction items for Golf day dinner on Thursday

Auction items for Golf day dinner on Thursday

The list below are the auction items we have put together for the dinner next Thursday night. We have an excellent package to the Hong Kong Sevens in April provided by Keith Prowse Travel. The package includes airfares for two, tickets to three days including opening and closing ceremonies, plus accommodation and an official cocktail party.

Hong Kong Sevens - a great package

The Sevens is one of the best events of the year and a few days in Hong Kong is just what you need for a break.

We were also able to get 4 tickets from Cricket Australia for 2 days for the Boxing Day Test this year against India and have added some great accommodation and airfares.

Adam Gilchrist has signed a bat for us and Adair Durie has again provided an excellent case of wines from his cellar. 

Thanks to the generosity of Bendon Lengerie we have been provided with 10 individual vouchers worth $500 which will enable you to choose from their full range of products for both women and men up to the value of the voucher. This is a gift opportunity not to be missed.

There are lots of items available again this year and we have especially looked for well-priced items so more people can go home with a great item.

Here is the full short form list and each item is described in more detail in the official booklet.

If you are interested in an item and can’t make the night send an email to and we will help you to make a bid. 


Poidevin Gray team wins Quarter final to earn home semi-final

Poidevin Gray team wins Quarter final to earn home semi-final

Gordon won the toss and had no hesitation in sending the Hawks in on a deck that did have some dark spots from sweating. This was after a delayed start and due to covering the wrong deck. All our bowlers then performed brilliantly with excellent line and length on a deck that really did not cause much trouble to the bats.

Axel Cahlin at Owen Earle

They were rotated beautifully by Axel Cahlin, in stifling heat of around 36 degrees. Chris Searle (3-26) got the early break through  and was quickly followed by Matt Keevers (2-21) and Vikrant Nehru (1-20). Matt Parkinson (1-17) in his last game for PG’s came on with the other spinners Ryan Meppem (1-36) and Matt Wright (2-19). They kept probing away and every bowler deserved their excellent bowling figures. This was one of the best and exceptional team bowling performance this season. Credit must also be given to an outstanding keeping performance by Oli Zannino, in really trying conditions. The overall fielding was also top class, with perhaps only Ryan Meppem suffering from two hard dropped chances. 

Jamie Bekis, Matt Keevers and Ryan Meppem

Gordon started their batting in very confident fashion with an opening stand of 66 between Axel Cahlin (43) and Jamie Bekis(26). Axel’s knock was again sheer class and brilliance and he stood out as the supreme bat from both sides. Jamie gave his skipper tremendous support and will greatly benefit in building and innings with Axel. When they both went, our bats somewhat lost their way and were tied down by 3 spinners and the Hawks excellent opening bowler. To their credit they all stuck to the task and eventually Ryan and Nick got us home in the 2nd last over. We took a while however a win is a win and that now puts us into the semi-final against Sydney, in a home Chatswood game on Sunday week 25th Feb.

I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Matt Parkinson for his magnificent contribution to the 1st grade side, plus the PG’s and thus the Gordon Club. He leaves on Mon week to tour with the England sides to the West Indies.  

Chris Searle, Matt Wright and Oli Zannino

This season he has taken 47 wickets at 22, which includes 30 first grade wickets and 17 PG’s wickets at the remarkable average of only 6.2 (this after missing the opening 2 games). He will have his last day next Sat at Chatswood and to you Parky, we thank you so much for your contribution both on and off the field. We also wish you all the best in your goal of achieving England honours and on what you have showed us here, you are a big chance. Of course great news about your engagement. Thank you Parky.

Match Scores:

Hawkesbury all out for 140 in 41.2 overs – Chris Searle 3-26 off 7 overs; Matt Keevers 2-21 off 9; Matt Parkinson 1-17 off 7.2; Vikrant Nehru 1-20 off 4; Ryan Meppem 1-36 off 10; Matt Wright 2-19 off 6.

Defeated by Gordon 6 for 143 in 48.5 overs – Axel Cahlin 43; Jamie Bekis 26; Michael Roberts 29; Oli Zannino 13;

Matt Wright 3; Matt Parkinson 1; Nick Andreou 9nol Ryan Meppem 13no.

Matt Parkinson at Hawkesbury

Tony Wilson


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