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One hundred years since the death of Gother Clarke. He died as he lived...saving others

One hundred years since the death of Gother Clarke. He died as he lived...saving others

Gother Robert Carlisle Clarke was born on 27 April 1875 in North Sydney. He was educated at the “Shore” school where he was one of the first students at the College, being number 9 on the school roll. He was a Senior Prefect, captained the 1st XI and the First XI and was editor of the school magazine.

An early photo of Gother

Gother matriculated to the University of Sydney to study medicine in 1895. While at the University he started his grade and representative cricket career playing for the University initially in second grade and then in first grade where he developed his very accurate leg spin bowling and middle order batting. He made his first class debut in December 1899 and in the 1901-02 season played for NSW against MacLaren’s touring English team, taking 4 for 98 and 6 for 133 (from 51 overs) to help NSW to a decisive victory by 54 runs. 

In 1902, Gother was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine, followed by a Master of Surgery and soon after moved into a property over two blocks of land in Wahroonga called “Terranova”. The property was situated virtually opposite the original Abbotsleigh School on Lane Cove Road (now Pacific Highway) very close also to the Wahroonga station. The suburb of Gordon was actually called Lane Cove during that time. 

 
Lane Cove Road in 1916. Abbotsleigh College is the building with the parapet on the left of the street.

Gother set up his practice within his house and it is reported the wallabies would venture into the sprawling lawns of the Estate and feast on the abundant grass. The property also housed stables where the horses and carriages were kept to transport the doctor either to patients unable to attend his surgery or to hospital for surgical procedures.

It was at this time that Gother joined the newly formed Gordon District Cricket Club and played in the very first match on September 30 and October 2, 1905 against Waverley at Chatswood Oval. Gother didn’t contribute greatly in the match which was lost, however, took 3 for 43 against North Sydney in Round 4 which was the first ever victory for Gordon. 

Gother during his early cricketing years

With his busy medical career and his representative cricket behind him Gother only played intermittently for Gordon over 4 seasons and retired in 1910. 

It is against this background of a privileged upbringing, a dedicated medical career and living in an established home in the outer suburbs of Sydney that in 1916 at the age of 40 he enlisted to join the 34th Battalion of the AIF. He was then shipped off to the Western Front in May that year to act as a doctor in the field of war. The battalion was only newly formed after the losses at Gallipoli and Gother was the first Regimental Medical Officer within the battalion.

It wasn’t as if Gother was a young soldier eager to have the adventure of a lifetime, he was a mature doctor who was fully aware of the horrors of Gallipoli and the known difficulties the AIF would face on the Western Front. Why did he enlist? Was it simply that he was a doctor and his job was to save lives and he felt the Western Front was the best place he could do that?  

Gother saw all of the action of the battalion, which was part of the 3rd Division under General Monash and included Armentieres, Messines and Ypres. According to unit diary notes, as a soldier, he gave a fine example of bravery and devotion to duty and as a doctor, he was gentle, popular and well esteemed.

At Messines, in June 1917, the 34th Battalion had the job of consolidating the Australian position after the planned mammoth mine explosions and to move forward through the German line, passing the many thousands of poor German soldiers who lay dead or dying in their trenches. 

Major Gother Clarke

Gother would certainly have done his best to help the German casualties along the way, as his own battalion was virtually unharmed. For a man devoted to saving lives, he would have been distressed by what he saw that morning in June 1917.  Gother kept a diary during his time on the Western Front and his description of that day was possibly the most poignant of all:

…at 3.10am, the mines were blown which sounded like the end of the world. 

It is reported the explosion at Messines was felt as far away as London. 

Later in October 1917, now one hundred years ago, the 34th Battalion was stationed in Passchendaele in what would become one of the most controversial events of the war, with the rain pouring down and the English command insisting on an advance of the Australian contingent against a well-protected enemy.

As Gother had been promoted to Major in June 1916, he would have been aware of the discussions prior to the start of the battle but at no point did his support for his General waiver and he was ready to provide as much medical assistance as possible for his fellow troops.

On 12 October 1917, in the middle of the Battle of Passendaele, with the massive number of casualties in the mud and rain on the battlefield, Gother was trying to perform emergency treatment in appalling conditions. The medical concrete “pill boxes” were not able to cope and the overflow of wounded men were treated without cover. Although the area was clearly marked with a red cross, there was no guarantee of safety. While treating a wounded soldier near the pill box, Gother was hit by a shell and killed instantly. He was found lying in a trench instantaneously in the act of dressing a wounded man, and still had the dressing in his hand.  He was not shattered or disfigured.  

Gother received a “mention in dispatches” following his death which read:

Major: Gother Robert Carlyle CLARKE, R.M.O. 34th Battalion. For Conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. Battle of YPRES (phase 5) 12th October 1917. This Officer established his Regimental Aid Post about 300 yards behind the jumping off line, a position which unfortunately came in for very heavy shelling in the counter barrage. He and his personnel worked throughout this and absolutely disregarding all danger he attended to the wounded out in the open exposed as he was to this bombardment. His personnel soon became reduced and with the utmost disregard of danger he continued to treat the increasing number of cases brought to the Regimental Aid Post. He continued with this gallant work until he himself at about 9:00am was killed outright by a high explosive shell.

There were 3,000 Australian deaths at the Battle of Passchendaele, putting it on par with Fromelles as one of the worst days in Australian military history. It was also a battle which should never have proceeded. A line from a famous poem by an English soldier, Siegfried Sassoon, who was there on that day, describes it best: 

I died in Hell, (They called it Passchendaele).

The last entry into his diary made by Gother was on October 10 when he wrote. “Raining, move off at 1pm for Ypres”. His diary was returned to his family soon after the war where an entry was made by his mother on October 12 which is shown below: 

 
My dear boy, GRC KILLED Passchendaele 1917.

Gother is the great Uncle of Gilly Packman, the wife of former player and former Club Treasurer, Ian Packman, and mother of long term players, James and Tim. No doubt the Packman family are very proud of their relative Gother Clarke and after 100 years he is commemorated as a Gordon and Sydney University cricketer who will be remembered as a wonderful man, always working in the service of others.

Captain VH Collins of the 34th Battalion wrote the following after the battle: ‘His death is greatly mourned by all of us who knew him…a brave comrade, one who had always manifested his willingness to lay down his life for his fellow soldiers.’

He died as he lived, saving others.

Paul Stephenson

References
“A Cricket Club at War” - Paul Stephenson, The Cricket Publishing Company 2015“ 

Remembering Gother Clarke” – James Rodgers 2016 (From a series of commemorative accounts of Sydney University cricketers who died in the First World War.)


Overall, considering the weather, and a Second Grade hiccup, we are on top against ND’s

Overall, considering the weather, and a Second Grade hiccup, we are on top against ND’s

Two excellent performances, a swashbuckling 131 from Dillon Amjad in Colts, and 6 for 8 of 7 overs by Vikrant Nehru in fifths, set the tone for some good cricket on the first Saturday of the matches against Northern Districts in grade and Warringah in Colts.

Dillon Amjad doffs his cap after scoring his century

There is a lot of cricket still to be played of course and our neighbours ND’s will fight to the end, but other than second grade we are in strong positions to push on for victories.

The persistent drizzling rain made things difficult for both the bowling and batting teams but we managed to stay on the field for most of the day. In addition to Dillon and Vikrant, Oli Zannino was desperately unlucky to score 97 (out LBW) after his 91 last week against Wests, while good scores was compiled by Axel Cahlin (86) in First Grade and Jamie Bekis (81) in Thirds. Matt Keane was the best of the bowlers with 4 for 54 in fourths.

 
Vikrant Nehru bowls another victim (Great photo by Tony Wilson)

First Grade

Gordon won the toss in first grade at Mark Taylor Oval and elected to bat on an overcast day. Not long after the start of play the light drizzle started to fall and generally you could say stayed with us until the end of play. The umpires showed great spirit of cricket qualities to continue the play until after 75 overs, the ground became a little to slippery under foot. The openers Cam Eccles and Axel Cahlin started very well playing cautiously while dispatching the loose ball when available.

With a slowish overrate of 12 overs in the first hour, the score progressed slowly, however just before lunch both Axel and Cam took matters into their own hands and were none for 93 at lunch with Axel on 55 and Cam on 38. They both keep the score rate improving after lunch before Cam was out for a well made 51. Axel was now really starting to flourish playing some excellent shots to all parts of the ground, being particularly strong with his leg side play, hitting the square leg boundary on several occasions. A skied pull shot that was almost taken on the boundary seemed to unsettle his concentration and he was out next ball LBW for 86 runs. This was a fine innings in difficult conditions.

 
An excellent 86 from Axel Cahlin

Steve Colley had started well after Cam’s departure and he was now ready to settle into a long partnership with his old sparring partner Harry Evans and together they pushed the score to 2 for 202 at tea. With still 19 overs to play, the umpires decided the ground had become too slippery and Gordon finished the day at 2 for 246 with Steve Colley on 62 and Harry Evans 43no.

In the end, it was a pity the match didn’t stop 3 overs earlier as the 72 over mark is the limit for being able to play 120 overs next week.

     
Steve Colley, Cam Eccles and Harry Evans were in the runs

With the scheduled 96 overs available next week, Gordon will look to score quick runs to give them the time to bowl out ND’s, while ND’s will be keen to show how well they can bat on their home track.

First Grade Scores

Gordon 2 for 246 of 75 overs (Axel Cahlin 86, Steve Colley 62 no, Cam Eccles 51, Harry Evans 43 no) vs Northern Districts

Second Grade

We got off to a poor start against the swinging ball on what looked like a classic Chatswood wicket. Three wickets fell (all caught behind) within the first 10 overs before steady rain forced the players off for over an hour. Upon the resumption it became clear that the pitch had turned into a green seamer. Wickets fell steadily to some really good bowling with only Scott (20) holding the innings together.

A brilliant counter-attacking effort from Nick Miller (42*) gave the score some respectability, all out 96.

It wasn't to be with the ball as the bowlers really struggled to hit good lengths and allow the pitch to talk. The batsmen played aggressively which paid off in spades. They finished at 4/160 to cap off a day to forget for the Gordon 2s boys who have a mountain to climb next week.

Second Grade Scores

Gordon 96 (Nick Miller 42 not out) vs Northern District 4 for 161

Third Grade

Third grade put on a lesson in how to rack up 300 against a very different Northern Districts side to the one that won the premiership last season.

 
Jamie Bekis batted well for his 81

While Chris Spratt and Cam New can count themselves a little unlucky to miss out, Jamie Bekis came to the crease and started to flay the ball to all parts. Matt Wright came and went, but when Oli Zanino came to the crease and began to work it around it was good signs for the Stags.

The pair took the score to 140 before Jamie was dismissed for a dominant 81. Oli then took over as the one dispatching the bowling, having played himself in. Good partnerships with Michael Roberts then Ryan Tullia got the Stags to well over 250 before Oli was dismissed for 97. He deserves a hundred, but with the pitch getting slower it was becoming harder to score.

The final four wickets managed to nudge the score just over 300, with Matt Keevers the final player out with the score on 304. A very defendable total after a good day with the bat.

 
A fantastic innings from Oli Zannino fell only 3 runs short of century

Third Grade Scores

Gordon 305 Oli Zannino 97, Jamie Bekis 81, Ryan Tullia 39) vs Northern Districts

Fourth Grade

Fourth grade were greeted with a softish wicket and overcast conditions and despite losing the toss welcomed the oppositions decision to bat. ND's were scoring at four an over but we managed to take wickets at the same time. Highlights being Matt Keane 4/54 and Danusha Seneviratne with 3/38. Tim Ferrero and Manus Chahan also chipped in with one each. ND's were bowled out for 192 off 44 overs. Gordon faced a short stint at the wicket before the umpires called stumps due to bad light and a slippery wicket. Gordon was 1 for30 with plenty of batting application needed next weekend.
   
Matt Keane and Danusha bowled good lengths in the conditions

Fourth Grade Scores

Northern Districts 192 (Matt Keane 4 for 54, Danusha Seneviratne 3 for 38) vs Gordon 1 for 30

Fifth Grade

The fifths won the toss on a damp Storey Park wicket that had bounce and seam movement and we bowled first. ND’s despite being 2 for 72 were bowled out for 97 with Vikrant Nehru taking 6 for 8 off 7 over. A fine spell of great length bowling with 5 batsman clean bowled. Dylan Hood, Sam Watts and Dave Monaghan (The world’s best fifth grader – according to Mark Carmichael) all chipped in with one each.

 
Vikrant Nehru in action

In reply Gordon are 5 for 172 with Michael Fletcher leading the way with 47 not out and partnered by the world’s best fifth grader on 31 not out.

Everyone has chipped in to keep the game moving as rain is forecast for next weekend and Gordon looking for 10 points. First innings points secured and 10 looking ominous.

Fifth Grade Scores

Northern Districts 97 (Vikrant Nehru 6 for 8 of 7 overs,) vs Gordon 5 for 171 (Michael Fletcher 47 no, David Monaghan 31 no)

Colts

The Colts arrived at a dark and gloomy atmosphere at Beauchamp. Rain delayed the start to the match but eventually we were away at 1pm. We lost the toss and were sent it to bat with the first wicket falling early with Shiv being run out for 4. Oli Williams and Naba Haider then consolidated well on a wet outfield, respecting the good balls and punishing the bad ones to leave us at 1 for 63 at drinks. Oli fell soon after the drinks break for 28 and led the way for a magnificent innings by the new batsman Dillon Amjad and what an innings it was. From his first 4 balls he had already hit a 4 and a 6. From then on, Naba and Dillon flourished, smashing boundary after boundary and rotating the singles when necessary.

 
Dillon Amjad scorched Beauchamp with his 131

They made it to tea at 2 for 171 with both batsman passing their fifties. After tea the runs continued to be piled on but with the score at 191, Naba got out for a well made 72 ending a 126 run partnership. The wicket didn’t stop Dillon who continued on his merry way dispatching all the bowlers which ultimately led to his century. Dillon wasn’t done there and with more than capable Ayush at the other end, the runs kept coming.

     
Mitch O'Donnell, Ayush Joshi and Oli Williams in action at Beauchamp

Dillon was eventually dismissed for an excellent 131 leaving the score at 4 for 283. Mitch and Ayush played out the rest of the overs comfortably with Ayush passing his own fifty in a brisk manner. Rain brought a premature end to the day but all in all a great day out for the Colts.

Colts scores

Gordon 4 for 318 off 65 overs (Dillon Amjad 131, Naba Haider 72, Ayush Joshi 51*, Oliver Williams 28)

Paul Stephenson

Photos supplied by Tony Wilson and Catriona Coote
Colts team now complete for Round 4 vs Warringah

Colts team now complete for Round 4 vs Warringah

We now have 11 for Colts and a very  handy side it is.The Club welcomes back a genuine legend in Matt Todd, who has agreed to help out – thank you Toddy. He has drawn his former skipper back as well and many thanks to you Coops.

The legend himself... Maybe a few more photos for the archives...Toddy.

Mitch O’Donnell will also play after his Uni exam on Day 1 and will arrive by 2pm.

The team for the two day match 14th October and 23rd October at Beauchamp is as follows:


Colts v Warringah

Beauchamp

12.15pm

Oliver Williams © w/k

Dillon Amjad

Riley Behlevanas

Lachlan Burrows

Naba Haider

Ayush Joshi

Shiv Rana

Vedant Virmani

Mitch O’Donnell

Matt Todd

Tristan Cooper

Teams for Round 3 vs Northern Districts announced

Teams for Round 3 vs Northern Districts announced

The unavailable list at the bottom of this announcement probably tells the story of the difficulty to pick teams on a week by week basis in a grade club. 24 unavailable players. I have never heard that before. It is however HSC time and we very much respect this priority. But if you throw in as well representative selection, visa approvals, weddings and injury that might just cover it.

Matt Parkinson

Firstly congratulations to Charlie Stobo who has been selected in the Cricket Australia IX for the remainder of the JTL One day Cup. His availability for either day of the round against ND’s will depend both on his match day selection and the completion of the tournament. He has been left out until there is any confirmation of availability.

We are also welcoming our two English imports who have arrived down under and will be playing in this round. As previously advised Matt Parkinson is joining us from Lancashire where he has played 9 first class matches and 9 T20’s. Matt has been selected in the first grade team.

We also welcome Chris Searle who has played for the Hampshire 2nd XI and is a fast bowler of note. Chris has been selected in the third grade team.

Chris Searle

Also in First Grade we welcome back James Kennedy and Matt Junk who were both delayed in starting the season and they replace Alex Patterson who will play seconds and Sohan Boraleesa who is back in Darwin awaiting Visa clearance. 

In second grade Alex Patterson replaces Austyn Nugent who is unavailable due to his HSC. With Charlie Stobo going into the CAXI last Saturday and missing the second week of the match against Wests, Dan Stickland filled in for him for the Saturday. Dan now returns to seconds, Matt Keevers to thirds, Will Calov to fourths and Sam Watts to fifths.

As far as the rest of the changes in Fifths and Colts who would need a Masters in People Movement to work out the changes and shortages (at the moment) due to availability. I will leave that to you to decipher.

So here are the teams: 

GDCC R3 TEAM SELECTIONS – 2017/18 – Round 2

R3 Grade .v.

Northern Districts – 2 day matches.

R4 Colts .v.

Warringah – 2 day match.

Dates:

Grade Saturday 14th Oct. and Sat 21st Oct.

Colts R4 Saturday 14th Oct and Sat 21st Oct.

  

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Mark Taylor

Chatswood

Asquith

10.30am

10.30am

12.15pm

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Tym Crawford

Corbin Edgar

Chris De Kretser

4) Ash Doolan w/k

Reagan Klemt

Matt Keevers

5) Cameron Eccles

Ryan Meppem

Cameron New

6) Harry Evans

Nick Miller

Dash Ratnam w/k

7) Matt Junk

Scott O’Brien

Michael Roberts

8) James Kennedy

Max Papworth

Chris Searle

9) Matt Parkinson

Alex Patterson

Chris Spratt

10) Elliot Richtor

Dan Stickland

Matt Wright

11) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Oli Zanino

 

 

 

M/R = Elliot Richtor

M/R = Dan Stickland

M/R = Matt Keevers

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts v Warringah

Killara

Storey

Beauchamp

12.15pm

12.15pm

12.15pm

1) Mitch Kleem ©

Aaron Crofts ©

Oliver Williams © w/k

2) Nick Andreou w/k

David Burk

Dillon Amjad

3) Will Calov

Michael Fletcher

Riley Behlevanas

4) Manus Chauhan

Andrew Harvey

Lachlan Burrows

5) Tim Ferrero

Jordan Hayes

Naba Haider

6) Tom Hamblin

Dylan Hood

Ayush Joshi

7) Matt Keane

David Monaghan

Shiv Rana

8) Danusha Seneviratne

Brady Morrison w/k

Vedant Virmani

9) Hugh Sherwood

Vikrant Nehru

TBA

10) Ryan Tullia

Arvin Niranjan

TBA

11) Liam Windel

Sam Watts

TBA

12)

 

 

 

 

 

M/R = Manus Chauhan

M/R = Andrew Harvey

M/R = Riley Behlevanas

Unavailable: 1) Jared Clulow (ok R6 on) 2) Nick Prell (ok 4) 3) Charlie Booth (back R5) 4) Shayne Lin 5) Fraser Wilson (back R4) 6) Tommy Gohl (injured) 7) Austyn Nugent (back R4) 8) Stuart Bromley (back R4) 9) Rahul Krishna (back R5) 10) Mitch O’Donnell (back R4) 11) Prashan Seneviratne (back R5) 12) James Brown 13) Will Rogers 14) Harry Vale 15) Marcus Miller 16) Jack Davis-Rice 17) Jay Naganayagam 18) Lachlan Donaldson 19) Charlie Stobo 20) Sohan Boralessa 21) Ethan Clout (back R4) 22) Callum Bladen (Injured) 23) Pat Rice (injured) 24) Darren Jayasekera (in R4)

Paul Stephenson


Gordon squeeses out five from six with some excellent performances.

Gordon squeeses out five from six with some excellent performances.

Wins in five of six matches, three from well behind, a last wicket draw, a century, two nineties, an 87 and 83, eleven batsman scoring over 50 and a record partnership, just another day at the office for the stags.

Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser contemplate their task ahead

It was a welcome back to Chatswood Oval for Harry Evans as he scored his 10th century in first grade and his 10th at Chatswood. I think he likes batting there!

The batsman were in good form in all grades with 95 to Rahul Krishna, 91 to Reagan Klemt, 87 to Michael Roberts, 83 to Mitch O'Donnell, 74 to Tym Crawford, 73 to Andrew Harvey, 67 to Dillon Amjad, 65 to Scott O’Brien, 59 to Jamie Bekis, 55 to Steve Colley, and 54 not out to Nick Miller.

The big story though was the 126 run 9th wicket partnership in third grade between Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser that took the side from 8 for 109 to only 4 runs short of the 238 target and an eventual win 9 wickets down. More on this later.

First Grade

In first grade, Gordon started at 2 for 71 with night watchman Alex Paterson doing a good job to blunt the early Wests attack before Harry Evans joined Steve Colley to start the job of reaching the wests target of 240. Steve Colley accelerated well to hit several boundaries, however just when he looked like completely dominating the attacking he was bowled on 55. 

Harry Evans back at Chatswood for century number 10.

In the meantime Harry Evans was batting like he had never left Chatswood with some great drives and precise placement around the field. Harry and Elliot Richtor got the score to 220 before Elliot was out for 31.

An excellent partnership then followed between Harry and Tym Crawford putting the result beyond doubt. Tym was at his aggressive best and belted 71 runs before he was dismissed for 74 with the score now at 338. Harry continued on to reach 113 not out. With one session left and a very flat wicket, the captains decided to stop the game at tea. 

Tym Crawford and Steve Colley were in the runs against Wests  

First Grade Scores

Gordon 8 for 377 (Harry Evans 113 no, Tym Crawford 74, Steve Colley 55, Axel Cahlin 34, Elliot Richtor 31, Cam Eccles 25) defeated Wests 241 (Charlie Stobo 6 for 74, Elliot Richtor 3 for 24) vs Gordon 2 for 71 (Axel Cahlin 34, Cam Eccles 23)

Second Grade

Wests resumed on day 2 at 7 for 279 looking to grow their target for the Stags. Nick Miller and second week draftee Sam Baker mopped up the tail in 10 overs leaving a chase of 307 in 85 overs. 

Reagan in fine form at Pratten Park

Dom Thomson and Scott O'Brien got off to a solid start before two quick wickets fell around the 50 mark shortly before lunch. This brought Round 1 centurion Reagan Klemt to the crease. Reagan and Scott continued their fine early season form before Scott fell for 65. Another wicket saw Corbin Edgar put on a handy 60-odd with Reagan. At 4 for 200 at tea things were looking good for the Stags.

Scott O'Brien hits another score over 50

However when Corbin fell for 25 and Reagan surprised everyone by actually missing one and was out for a brilliant 91, the boys were in a bit of trouble at 6 for 215. Debutant Ryan Meppem and Nick Miller steadily accumulated runs at the start of their partnership and inched us closer to the target.

As the scores narrowed they unleashed a flurry of boundaries and the victory came quickly, 6 for 309 with 12 overs to spare. Nick (54*) was the dominant scorer hitting several boundaries over cover while Ryan (37*) made an invaluable contribution and showed great concentration and poise, an impressive effort for a 17 year old in his first game in Sydney Premier Cricket.

A ninety run partnership between Nick Miller (Maroon helmet) and Ryan Meppem (Blue helmet) got us home at Pratten.

A clinical run-chase and the 2nd graders are on the board in season 2017/18.

Second Grade Scores

Gordon 6 for 309 (Reagan Klemt 91, Scott O’Brien 65, Nick Miller 54 no, Ryan Meppem 37 no defeated Wests 306 (Nick Miller 3 for 63, A Nugent 2 for 37, Scott O’Brien 2 for 73) 

Third Grade

What do you say... what a win!

At 8 for 109 we were all packing up our kits and ready to go home.

Jamie Bekis was in the runs early in the day.

No one told Chris de Kretser and Michael Roberts. Chasing 238 it was dead and buried, except that Wests switched off and the two in the middle showed everyone how to score runs on a flat Killara wicket. Play straight. Respect the bowling. Put away bad balls.

And they did, for 126 runs, the record partnership in third grade for the 9th wicket in 70 years.

That came after a promising start from Jamie Bekis (59) and Matt Wright (35). But we lost 5 for 14 to have us struggling 130 short.

Then the partnership started. Chris batted respectfully and patiently while Robbo hit them clean from the start. They got us to within four of a win then Michael was bowled. Will Calov survived a couple of testing balls before handing it over to Chris, who walloped one over cover to deliver a win no one, particularly the opposition, could have expected.  

 
A record partnership with some excellent batting from Michael Roberts and Chris De Kretser

Funny game, cricket.

It is always important to look back in history when a new record is set to find out how the record was originally achieved. The prior record partnership for the 9th wicket in 3rd grade was held by Harold Butters (74) and Keith Sheahan (44 not out) who scored 95 together in the 1940-41 season. In a good omen for our third grade side the team went on to win the 3rd grade premiership that season. Overall Harold played for the club from 1931 to 1942 scoring 2,385 runs and taking 114 wickets. Interrupted by the war years Keith Sheahan only played intermittently between 1940 and 1945 scoring 385 runs. 

After losing its first match, the team had 11 wins and 1 draw in the remaining games.  It was certainly a team effort as no-one scored 400 runs or took 40 wickets in the season but six batsmen had averages over 25 and seven bowlers had averages under 15. You now have a target thirds!! 

Below is a photo of the 1940-41 premiership team with both Harold and Keith in the photo. The photo also contains Ron Lockrey who was tragically killed in 1943 during World War II. Ron was an air gunner who took off on a bombing raid in a Lancaster on the night of June 22 1943 and didn't return. The aircraft was later found near Mulheim in Germany and Ron is buried in the local cemetery. Ron was 19. Ron was a promising batsman who scored 664 runs in his two seasons having started as a 16 year old. We are constantly reminded of the sacrifice of our members who went off to both World Wars. 

The 1940/41 Premiership team including Keith Sheahan and Harold Butters

Third Grade Scores

Gordon 9 for 239 (Michael Roberts 87, Jamie Bekis 59, Matt Wright 35, Chris De Kretser 28 no) defeated Wests 238 (Charlie Booth 3 for 37, Matt Wright 3 for 67, Chris De Kretser 2 for 36) vs Gordon 3 for 8

Fourth Grade

 

Pat Rice and Danusha Seneviratne in action at Blick Oval

Fourths started the day in probably the best position of all teams, however the challenge was to take 10 wickets on an excellent Blick Oval wicket. Would the great batting display from last week help or hinder their chances of victory.

They started a bit slowly but lifted their tempo to have Wests 5 for 100 at the half way mark of 40 overs, a long way from their 330 run target. Tim Ferrero had bowled a great spell to take 2 for 24, supported with wickets from Pat Rice, Danusha Seneviratne & Manus Chauhan. Another wicket to Manus shortly after tea to have Wests 6 for 114 surely meant Gordon was poised for victory.

From that point the game slowly slipped away as a very good innings from Wests veteran and past 1st grade player Michael Swan commenced. Captain Stu Bromley tried every bowling option available, constantly rotating his bowlers and brought on a surprised Tom Hamblin who took a wicket in his 1st over and another to have Wests 8 down with 16 overs to go.

However, a good 9th wicket partnership developed and although the ninth wicket fell with 8 balls to go, after the no 11 survived 2 balls Swan blocked out the last over for a draw. One that got away with Wests never looking likely to achieve the run target.

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 5 for 330 (Mitch Kleem 94, Oli Zannino 92, Tom Hamblin 71 not out, Ryan Tullia 62) drew with Wests 9 for 247 (Manus Chauhan 3 for 61, Tim Ferrero 2 for 24, Tom Hamblin 2 for 36)

Fifth Grade

The fifths had a win at Beauchamp in what turned out to be a great game of cricket. Declaring at 9 for 253, with Burrows picking up the only wicket of the morning and Gordon were left 68 overs to chase it down.

Andrew Harvey 73 and Rahul Krishna 93 played phenomenal innings to see Gordon in a great position. They both batted time, with plenty of patience and ran perfectly between wickets. 

 

Rahul Krishna during his 93 at Beauchamp

When Andrew departed, Aaron Crofts made 36 in an attempt to finish the game only two wickets down and with Rahul they put on 65 in no time. However, the loss of Rahul, Aaron, Riley and Nick gave Wests a sniff but level headed batting by Jordan Hayes 27 not out and Michael Fletcher 17 not out saw the side home by 4 wickets with 2.3 overs remaining.

A great two day game win with plenty of solid performances

Fifth Grade Scores

Gordon 6 for 254 (Rahul Krishna 93, Andrew Harvey 73, Aaron Crofts 36, Jordan Hayes 27no) defeated Wests 8 for 223 (Jordan Hayes 2 for 19, Aaron Crofts 2 for 42, Vikrant Nehru 2 for 44).

All in all a good days cricket against Wests. Both clubs played in great spirit and I am sure Wests cant believe they didn't pick up any club championship points on the day. They played hard right to the end of every game and they showed some great skills with some exciting young players. Their turn will come.

Mitch O'Donnell against UNSW

Colts

The Colts played their match on Sunday against UNSW Gold at David Phillips and came away with a resounding win. The batting once again started off nicely with Fraser Wilson and Mitch O'Donnell making early runs to set up the innings. Mitch finished with a well made 83 after his 78 last week. The innings accelerated further toward the end when Dillon Amjad and Nick Andreau battered the bowling.

The bowling was then spot on to restrict UNSW to 177. Shiv Rana and Naba Haider shared the bowling honours with three wickets each with each bowling consistently creating chances and keeping the runs down. The bowling was finished off magnificently by Mitch and Michael. Another successful match by a talented young team.

     
Dillon Amjad, Shiv Rana and Nick Andreau in action against UNSW

Colts Scores

Gordon 8 for 294 (Mitch O’Donnell 83, Dillon Amjad 68, Nicholas Andreou 45) defeated UNSW Gold 177 (Naba Haider 3/32 off 10 Shiv Rana 3/25 off 10)

Paul Stephenson

Poised to go either way in round against Wests

Poised to go either way in round against Wests

All of the sides can win and they all can lose. A very even Saturday against Wests with some excellent performances on what can only be described as very flat wickets across all grades. The Colts who are playing a one day match this week and next, were in great form with a dominant win against Randwick Petersham Gold.

Charlie Stobo shows how to reverse through the gap at Chatswood

Charlie Stobo was the pick of the bowlers taking an excellent 6 for 74 on one of the flatest wickets at Chatswood seen in years. No other Gordon bowler in any grade took more than 3 wickets on the day. In the batting some fine performances in fourth grade with both Mitch Kleem (94) and Oli Zannino (92) going every so close to centuries while Tom Hamblin (71) and Ryan Tullia (62) helped to make the fourth grade side probably the best placed.

Mitch O’Donnell (78), Arvin Niranjan (62), Jayllen Naganayagam (61) and Marcus Miller (53) also batted well in Colts in their excellent win.

First Grade

After losing the toss in Firsts we found ourselves on the back foot early with Wests making plenty of runs and quickly. By lunch they were no wicket for 127 and we were looking down the barrel of a big chase. Those peptide sandwiches seemed to do the trick however as Charlie Stobo got into the grove after lunch and with Elliot Richtor also chipping in suddenly Wests were 5 for 159 and struggling against some excellent bowling.

 
Charlie Stobo in action during his 6 wickets at Chatswood

Charlie was getting the ball to reverse with the hard surface taking its toll on the ball. At one point after Charlie had taken 4 wickets, the Wests bat hit a six off the bowler at the other end over the western grandstand into the bushes near the railroad. Charlie wasn’t going to lose the ball that had taken so long to prepare and spent many minutes combing the cans and sandwich wrappers in the bushes for his ball. He didn’t find it, however after a replacement was introduced it started to reverse just like the lost one. 

     
Ash Doolan, Axel Cahlin and Elliot Richtor against Wests

Wests seem to settle back in again on the very good wicket and it took a new spell from Charlie to take the 6th wicket for 215 and with Elliot finish out the innings for 240. Sohan Boralessa bowled with good control during the middle session conceding 52 runs

off his 19 overs, but was unable to take a wicket with several close calls.

With 90 minutes left in the day, we finished with 2 for 71, with Axel Cahlin unfortunately getting out with two overs to go for 34 after Cam Eccles went for 23 earlier. Night watchman Alex Paterson and Steve Colley will continue next week.

First Grade Scores

Wests 241 (Charlie Stobo 6 for 74, Elliot Richtor 3 for 24) vs Gordon 2 for 71 (Axel Cahlin 34, Cam Eccles 23)

Sohan Boralessa at Chatswood

Second Grade

Seconds lost the toss and bowled on an another incredibly flat wicket. The openers Stickland and Miller toiled hard but with no pace, bounce or seam in the wicket it soon became apparent that it would be a long day in the field. Austyn Nugent got the breakthrough with a brilliant caught and bowled before bowling the other opener. Matt Keevers also bowled well in his return to 2nd grade. 2/73 at lunch after an even session.

The middle session was all about the spinners O'Brien and Meppem who bowled in tandem throughout most. The highlight was Ryan taking his first grade wicket caught and bowled. But chances were hard to come by and limiting run scoring was the priority. Scott took a wicket just before the break to take us in at 4/160.

All bowlers bowled tightly in the last session too to restrict Wests to 7/279 at stumps. A good performance on what is surely a 350+ wicket. 2 wickets to Scott (who bowled 32 overs), Austyn, 1 to Nick and Ryan and a runout to Dom.

Second Grade Scores

Wests 7 for 279 (A Nugent 2 for 37, Scott O’Brien 2 for 73) 

Third Grade

It was a good fightback today from threes after clast week, but they were let down by some poor batting and bad luck at the end of the day. After we allowed Wests to get off to a blistering start, change bowlers Pat Effeney and Matt Wright stemmed the flow and captured a couple of key wickets.

Charlie Booth in action at Killara

Charlie Booth continued the momentum and from there it was a spinners day, with Matt, Charlie and Chris de Kretser taking 3, 3 and 2 respectively. Patience led us from 0-55 to Wests all out 238 on a flat deck and fast outfield.

The less said about the last six overs the better! 3 wickets down, thankfully one of them the night watchman on the final ball of the day and plenty of work to do next week.

     
Kris De Kretser, Pat Effeney and Matt Wright at Killara

Third Grade Scores

Wests 238 (Charlie Booth 3 for 37, Matt Wright 3 for 67, Chris De Kretser 2 for 36) vs Gordon 3 for 8

Fourth Grade

Fourths lost the toss and were surprisingly sent in. 

Ryan Tullia in action against Wests

They got off to a very good start with an opening partnership of 156 before Ryan Tullia was unfortunately run out at the non-strikers end for 62, and Mitch was soon run out for 94. This then allowed both Tom Hamblin (71*) and Olly Zannino (92) to take control of the game and lead Gordon to a formidable total of 5-330 at the close of play. 

The batting from everyone was first class and we look to the bowlers to play their part next week.

   
Mitch Kleem and Oli Zannino leave the field so close to their centuries

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 5 for 330 (Mitch Kleem 94, Oli Zannino 92, Tom Hamblin 71 not out, Ryan Tullia 62)

Fifth Grade

Gordon lost the toss and were sent into the field.

With a very dry wicket at Beauchamp, Aaron Crofts and Vikrant Nehru opened the bowling and created a lot of pressure to have wests at 2/20 off 11.

The Beauchamp outfield was also quick but Wests never really got away. Spinners Rahul Krishna 1/32 off 15 and Jordan Hayes 2/19 off 8 were economical with the ball on a low and slow wicket. While the score wasn’t mounting, wickets were hard to come by and eventually had Wests 8 for 223 at stumps.

   
Vikrant Nehru and Aaron Crofts at Beauchamp

A few missed chances and drop catches let Gordon down at times with plenty of fielding to work on but overall Gordon won the day with plenty of runs left out on the field by Wests. Some very good keeping by Nick Andreau should be mentioned on a low and slow deck.

Fifth Grade Scores

Wests 8 for 223 (Jordan Hayes 2 for 19, Aaron Crofts 2 for 42, Vikrant Nehru 2 for 44)

Colts

A convincing win for the new look Colts team against a mostly young team of only 10 Randwick Petersham Gold. Gordon 6/327 after 45 def RP Gold 9/76 after 31.
 
Clockwise from top left Arvin Niranjan, Mitch O'Donnell, Jay Naganayagam, Marcus Miller, James Brown and Prashan Seneviratne
Gordon won the toss and Oliver elected to bat. All the batsmen enjoyed themselves with outstanding performances by openers Mitch O’Donnell 78 and Marcus Miller 53, then Arvin Niranjan 62 and Jay Naganayagam 61. Including six sixes and 35 fours and one lost ball over an adjacent fence. The bowlers made quick work of the RP wickets with Prashan taking 3/9 off 6 and James 2/19 off 8 and new comer Vedant Virmani 2/5 off 2. All in all an enjoyable day showcasing the future talents of our club.
 
Our young stars of the future

Colts Scores

Gordon 6 for 327 ( Mitch O’Donnell 78, Arvin Niranjan 62, Jayllen Naganayagam 61, Marcus Miller 53, Nada Allah Syed Haider 32) defeated Randwick Petersham Gold 76 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 9, James Brown 2 for 19, Vedant Virmani 2 for 5)
Photos Courtesy of Jennifer William, Catriona Coote, Jim Wright and Tony Wilson

Paul Stephenson 

5% of the England public get it right- they picked Mason for the Ashes tour

5% of the England public get it right- they picked Mason for the Ashes tour

I opened up the lead story on the BBC website on Wednesday night just after our club president Geoff Hickman sent out a Team App message announcing Mason Crane had been picked in the England Ashes squad for their tour of Australia starting early November.

Mason receives his Gordon cap from Tony Wilson

The story was mainly about how Ben Stokes, James Vince and Gary Ballance could have been picked in the squad with Stokes under a cloud for "an incident" and the others simply not having scored enough runs.

The by-line for the story in bold print was that Jonathan Agnew had announced on BBC Radio that it was one of the weakest squads he had ever seen. Sounds like the excuses have started, you watch, it will be the selectors fault.

It was not until the 11th paragraph before there was mention that our boy, Mason Crane, had been selected in the touring team and that was simply in the team list. It was another 8 paragraphs talking about how poor the batting was before the journalist said "and Mason Crane is a gamble". "A young wrist spinner as back up, really?" That was about 800 words before he even got a mention.

What great support for a tremendous young talent like Mason Crane. No wonder leggies never get a go in England!

Well, maybe just for once the England selectors have decided to send a bowler who knows how to bowl on Australian wickets. This is not a country where you get a seaming track like we did on that infamous overcast day in Nottingham in August 2015. This is Australia, the land of Shane Warne and Stuart MacGill.

The article then provided a link to another story where the results of the selection polling from the public was announced. The BBC had run a competition for the public to pick their teams. Ok, you could understand Joe Root, Alistair Cook and James Anderson averaging 97% of votes to be in the team, but as you went down the list and got to the 60%, 40% and 30% for some players you had to ask the question: "Where is Mason? There, at the bottom of the list at a voting percentage of 5% was Mason Crane.

No wonder the pommies never win in Australia. Surely more than 5% of the English public would understand the type of bowlers you need to bowl here. It appears not.

Congratulations, therefore, to the England selectors for showing some strength of character and picking "our Mason" in their team.

Some people might think that NSW Premier cricket is second class, but after more than 40 years of watching cricket in Sydney, I can say that there are some very good cricketers in our Grade teams and Mason had to work hard for his wickets against some class batsman.

Now, this doesn't mean that we have to barrack for England, (my English son-in-law, Simon wont let me and I wont get back the replica urn he is currently holding and due to return to me) but we will be very happy if Mason gets a shot at our bats and takes a bundle of wickets, but not enough for them to win. Mason is a tremendous young man who is a credit to his family and was a great ambassador for his country during his stay at Gordon last season. He embraced playing for our club, always played as part of the team and we very much enjoyed having him here.

What a great achievement and one we are sure will enable him to show the ninety five percent of pub selectors in England that they are wrong. You watch when he takes five wickets in his Test debut, they will all say: "I was one of those five percent" ...of course you were!!

Mason with the Stag salute

In the 113 year history of the Gordon District Cricket Club we have had 19 players represent their country in Test cricket either before, during or after playing with Gordon, starting with the legendary Charlie Macartney and with Beau Casson as our 19th. It is one of our goals to assist our players to take that next step and play representative cricket and then Test cricket and we certainly hope Mason can make it our 20th. Sounds like a good round number.

Well done Mason and we look forward to some cross arm stag salutes as you take plenty of Australian wickets...but maybe not another 51 like last season. We will be cheering for you. See you down under in your England blazer.

What a legend?

Paul Stephenson

PS, I am coming to Melbourne for Boxing day. I am in Bay 52, Row X, Seat 4. I will be the one in a Gordon cap and with his hands crossed above his head, sitting next to Simon with his England shirt on (If they let him in). See you there.

Teams announced for Round 2 vs Wests

Teams announced for Round 2 vs Wests

The GDCC selectors have announced the teams for Round 2 vs Wests with First Grade at Chatswood and the Colts playing Randwick Petersham. The first grade team remains the same, however as mentioned with the team announcement for Round 1, there are some additional players available for Round 2.

In seconds Ryan Meppem , an 18 year old top order bat and off spinner from Narrabri who was the Tamworth District Cricket Association player of the year last season, gets an opportunity after impressive pre-season form. In thirds, captain Pat Effeney will play his first game after being away as well as Cam New who missed Round 1.

Congratulations to  Danusha Sereviratne (pictured here) who gets a promotion to fourths after his fine performance against Sydney University last Saturday. 

The details and teams are as follows:
Please note lower grade grounds. 

Grade .v.

Wests – 2 day matches.

Colts .v.

Randy-Petes Gold – 1 day match Sat – 45 overs.

Dates:

Grade Saturday 30th Sept and Sat 7th Sept

Colts Saturday 30th Sept.


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Chatswood

Pratten

KILLARA

30th-9.30am 7th-10.30am

30th-9.30am 7th-10.30am

30th-11.15am.  7th-12.15pm

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Paddy Effeney ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Sohan Boralessa

Corbin Edgar

Charlie Booth

4) Tym Crawford

Reagan Klemt

Will Calov

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Ryan Meppem

Chris De Kretser

6) Cameron Eccles

Nick Miller

Matt Keevers

7) Harry Evans

Austyn Nugent

Cameron New

8) Alex Patterson

Scott O’Brien

Dash Ratnam w/k

9) Elliott Richtor

Max Papworth

Michael Roberts

10) Daniel Smith

Dan Stickland

Chris Spratt

11) Charlie Stobo

Dom Thomson

Matt Wright

 

 

 

M/R = Cameron Eccles

M/R = Corbin Edgar

M/R = Michael Roberts

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts v R-P Gold

BLICK

BEAUCHAMP

MARRICKVILLE

30th-11.15am 7th-12.15pm

30th-11.15am 7th-12.15pm

9.30am

1) Stuart Bromley ©

Aaron Crofts ©

Oliver Williams © w/k

2) Manus Chauhan

Nick Andreou w/k

Dillon Amjad

3) Tim Ferrero

Lachlan Burrows

Riley Behlevanas

4) Matt Keane

Ethan Clout

James Brown

5) Mitch Kleem

Michael Fletcher

Naba Haider

6) Patrick Rice

Tom Hamblin

Ayush Joshi

7) Danusha Seneviratne

Andrew Harvey

Arvin Niranjan

8) Hugh Sherwood

Jordan Hayes

Shiv Rana

9) Ryan Tullia

Rahul Krishna

Will Rogers

10) Sam Watts

Brady Morrison

Prashan Seneviratne

11) Oli Zannino w/k

Vikrant Nehru

Harry Vale

 

 

One to be added

 

 

Playing 12 ok

M/R = Matt Keane

M/R = Brady Morrison

M/R = James Brown


Unavailable:  1) Matt Parkinson (ok R3) 2) Matt Junk (ok R3) 3) James Kennedy (ok R3) 4) Chris Searle (ok R3) 5) Darren Jayasekera (R3?) 6) Jared Clulow (ok R6 on) 7) Nick Prell (ok R4) 8) Shayne Lin 9) Callum Bladen (ok R3) 10) Mitch O’Donnell (back R4) 11) Fraser Wilson (back R4) 12) Tommy Gohl (injured) 13) Dylan Hood (back R3) 14) Liam Windel (back R3)

Tough start is a wake up that it is a new season

Tough start is a wake up that it is a new season

With good wins in fifth grade and Colts and three losses within 10 runs, you could say it was a good start to the season but to be a consistent top 5 club and winning a club championship we have to win these matches more than we lose them.

James Packman presents first grade caps to Alex Paterson and Sohan Boralessa.

Sydney University got home in the tight games and showed why they have won a thousand club championships; put simply they played with maturity when it was needed and found a way to win. When Gordon got into a position to win they couldn’t get the result. Now, it is early days and a lot of cricket to be played, but we have to be ruthless if we are going to exceed our good season last year and not think this was good enough.

There were however some great performances on the day with Reagan Klemt scoring an excellent 135 and Danusha Seneviratne taking a career best 8 for 18 in fifth grade. It is great to see some of our young colts players from last year making their way into grade and this is a great start for Danusha. Matt Keane also picked up a five wicket haul in fourth grade, James Brown took 5 for 50 in Colts, while Oli Zannino scored 69 in fourths and Scott O'Brien 73 in seconds. 

 
An excellent century for Reagan

First Grade

In first grade, Uni always seemed on top, except when Charlie Stobo was bowling, and while the rest of the bowlers tried their hardest on a flat wicket, the Uni batsman seemed to always be in control and posted a very strong total of 297 for 5. Our international import Sohan Boralessa showed his class with some tight bowling including a good caught and bowled while Elliot Richtor picked up a couple of wickets near the end, to keep the score from passing the 300.

The Gordon innings started promisingly with Steve Colley in good form, however his dismissal, followed two balls later with Harry Evans departing, put us on the back foot. A good partnership between Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford got us back on track, but to compare with the Uni innings where two of their top 4 scored 100 and 80 respectively, for us to win these two needed to stay together. 

     
Charlie Stobo, Elliot Richtor and Alex Paterson in action at Uni

Unfortunately they were dismissed and when the score reached 9 for 229, it was time to pack up and go home. After his excellent bowling, Charlie Stobo decided he wasn’t ready to leave just yet and with some “outrageous” hitting somehow got us to within 10 of their score. Charlie’s 71 not out was good to watch, but you just thought, either overs would run out or a wicket would fall. In the end, while we were 10 short, I think we were well beaten on the day by a good side, who like usual will be near the top at the end of the season. We now can set our sights on being there with them.

First Grade scores

Sydney Uni 5 for 297 (Elliot Richor 2 for 49, Charlie Stobo 1 for 40, Sohan Boralessa 1 for 51, Dan Smith 1 for 74) defeated Gordon 290 (Charlie Stobo 71 no, Tym Crawford 55, Elliot Richtor 43, Steve Colley 23, Dan Smith 24)

Second Grade

In seconds after a shaky start, Reagan Klemt and Scott O’Brien played some excellent cricket to score freely to every part of the ground and push our score along at a good rate. Reagan has come along in leaps and bounds since his fighting runs in last year’s semi as well as a very fruitful season in England and his batting was exceptional reaching a final score of 135.

Sam Baker in action for seconds

Against a strong Uni attack he pierced the field at will and looked in fine form. Scott continued from where he left off last season and after both he and Reagan's dismissal the chance was there to post a very high score. Unfortunately we lost middle order wickets to aggressive shots, just when it was time to move the ball around the field and go hard at the death. While 270 was definitely a good score, we were playing a side who have won more second grade premierships than I have had hot dinners and on a good wicket, they were going to be hard to contain.

The bowlers, however really stuck to their guns in consistently taking wickets, just when it looked like Uni would run away with it, and the game ebbed and flowed like a Luna Park roller coaster. Our 17 year old new player Austyn Nugent, showed some great promise taking 1 for 33 off his 8 overs and bowling very well against a good batting side. The innings pushed along with a wicket seeming to fall every 50 runs or so but one just felt the batting side had the upper hand. Sam Baker and Nick Miller certainly weren’t going to lie down and with some straight and full bowling, they kept us well in the wicket chase and the chance for an excellent first up win.

     
Nick Miller and Austyn Nugent 

The match got down to Uni only needing a few runs with three wickets in hand when the final over started, but Nick Miller certainly put a cat amongst the pigeons bowling both the No. 8 and No. 9 in the final over to have Uni tied on 270 and 9 down with two balls remaining. The run was scored however and a very close match lost at the finish. A great game of cricket with both sides playing well, but maybe you just thought a few more runs were needed. Next week!

Second Grade scores

Gordon 7 for 270 (Reagan Klemt 135, Scott O’Brien 73, Max Newman 27 not out) defeated by Sydney Uni 9 for 271 (Sam Baker 4 for 52, Nick Miller 3 for 44, Austyn Nugent 1 for 33, Scott O’Brien 1 for 48).

Third Grade

In thirds we were unable to make headway against the Uni batting and they scored 5 for 256 on a fast Camperdown Oval. The Uni bats got on top of our bowling and in the end keeping them to 256 was a good effort. It was up to the bats to show their pre-season form would give them the edge, however wickets kept falling at a consistent rate and while Dash Ratnam (50) and Michael Roberts (32) looked the part, the Uni bowlers kept us in check. Some work to do for Pat Effeney to lift his side on his return. 

   
Dash Ratnam and Michael Roberts at Camperdown.

Third Grade scores

Sydney Uni 5 for 256 (Chris De Kretser 1 for 43, Liam Windel 1 for 34, Charlie Booth 2 for 50) defeated Gordon 226 (Dash Ratnam 50, Michael Roberts 32)

Fourth Grade

In fourths Matt Keane started the season well with an excellent 5 wickets on a good Killara Oval wicket. The bowling was generally very tight keeping Uni to a score of 8 for 204 on a fast Killara Oval. A good start was needed to set the pace, but with two wickets lost early with both Mitch Kleem and Stu Bromley out we were on the back foot.

Matt Keane celebrates his 5 wickets

A recovery however was set up by Oli Zannio and Ryan Tullia who got the score to 107 before Ryan was out for 29. Oli continued batting very well and the team was looking good for a victory, however when Oli went for 69 the pressure was back on the lower order batsman. Manus Chauhan (42) and Pat Rice (21) were able to get us close, but again the Uni bowlers had enough in the tank to keep us at bay. Some excellent batting from Oli, Manus and Ryan, but not enough to get us over the line. I am sure Stu will fire the boys up.

Fourth Grade Scores

Sydney Uni 8 for 204 ( Matt Keane 5 for 56, Sam Watts 1 for 33,Pat Rice 1 for 17, Vikrant Nehru 1 wkt) defeated Gordon 194 (Oli Zannio 69, Manus Chauhan 42, Ryan Tullia 29, Pat Rice 21)

Oli Zannio in action during his 69 at Killara

Fifth Grade

It about time we reported a win in this wrap and fifths didn’t disappoint. For a change we were the better side against Uni and with some good mature batting from Nick Andreou (53) and (40) we were able to post a score of 9 for 215 at St. Paul’s Oval.

The problem, however, was that there was construction going on at the oval and the eastern boundary was only about 40 metres and we weren’t sure whether 215 was enough. We didn’t need to worry however when Danusha Seneviratne literally destroyed the Uni batting taking 8 for 18 off 9 overs. What a great debut for Danusha in grade cricket after playing 10 matches for our Colts last season for 19 wickets. 

 
Danusha celebrtaes his 8 wickets with team mates at Uni.

A quick check of the records however shows Danusha took 4 for 27 for the Colts against Sydney Uni last season to help win that match by 2 runs. So, Uni didn’t really have a chance, with Danusha knowing just what he had to do to win the match. To take 8 wickets is a great achievement and congratulations to Danusha!

Fifth Grade scores

Gordon 9 for 215 (Nick Andreau 53, Tom Hamblin 40) defeated Sydney Uni 109 (Danusha Sereviratne 8 for 18)

Colts

Speaking of Colts this very young side got off to a winning start to their premiership defence with a good win over Blacktown.

James Brown in action

Gordon batted well at Beauchamp to score 8 for 247 off their 45 overs with our Green shield batsman Arvin Niranjan scoring 48 no, while Fraser Wilson (46) and Naba Haider (38) were the others with the most runs.

The bowlers seemed to have the Blacktown in check but it wasn’t until schoolboy James Brown took three wickets with his right arm leg spinners to put the result beyond doubt. James finished with 5 for 50 in a great start to teh season. Being still at school we will only see James during his holidays but with that performance we will be looking to get as much cricket as possible for Gordon from James. This was also Oliver Williams first game as captain of Colts after playing under Aaron Crofts last season. Well done Oli, keep up the good work.

Colts scores

Gordon 8 for 247 (Arvin Niranjan 48 no, Fraser Wilson 46, Naba Haider 38) defeated Blacktown 224 (James Brown 5 for 50)

Paul Stephenson

 

 

Teams annnounced for Round 1 vs Sydney University

Teams annnounced for Round 1 vs Sydney University

The GDCC selectors have made their initial choices after a number of months of practice, trials and more trials for the first round of matches against Sydney University. As seems to be the case every year, the ‘unavailables’ influence on our team selections for R1 has been dramatic.

Harry Evans in action

We have 11 unavailable and of these approx. 8 would be 3rd grade or stronger. By Round 3 approx. 8 players will be back, to add even more depth to all grades. It also puts much pressure on the current players to show their true ability in these next 2 rounds. This adds to a strong depth throughout the Club and the selectors are quietly confident that all sides will be very competitive this season.

1st Grade:

This is now a very strong side that boasts a really formidable top 7,  which is greatly boosted by the return of Harry Evans in the top 4. Harry has had  2 years in Tassie where last year he scored 1090 runs at 68. Please also remember he has scored 3667 1st grade runs for Gordon at the excellent average of 40.

Sohan Boralessa

We also welcome Alex Patterson, the Ex Bankstown 1st grade quick who has taken 45 1st grade wickets and Sohan Boralessa, the Sri Lankan left arm spinner with 357 First class wickets. With Matt Parkinson available from R3 it will make this side even stronger.

2nd Grade:

The Max Newman led side will also be very satisfied with their depth in both batting and bowling. Reagan Klemt and Dom Thomson have had a stellar off season in the UK , where they accumulated over 1700 runs between them. We have added two promising youngsters in 17 year old Matt Wright, the batting all-rounder, and the exciting 17 year old quick Austyn Nugent. Austyn is 2m tall and has already played rep cricket for NSW Country, the ACT and the NSW Indigenous team. This side should continue last season’s excellent form.

3rd Grade:

With Paddy Effeney missing the first round, Cameron New will skipper for R1. This is a young side that oozes talent and all these promising players will greatly benefit from the experience they gained last season. The highly contentious keepers spot has been given to the ex-Mosman 17 year old Dash Ratnam. There were 3 really talented keeper/bats that were fighting  for this one spot, with Oli Zanino moving to 4’s and Michael Roberts playing  as a bat only in 3’s – an extremely close and tough call for the selectors to make. Great to see Tim Ferrero back and 100% fit. This is a side that can perform.

4th Grade:

The Club is so lucky to have the experienced Stuart Bromley skippering this highly talented side. Oli Zanino will bat in the top order and use his keeping ability to keep all on their toes. We welcome 19 year old all-rounder Jay Withers from the mid-North Coast to the Club and believe that we will have one of the best 4th Grade quick attack in the comp. Nehru, Rice, Keane and Watts will sort most sides out and with the ever-green Mitch Kleem a certainty to score another 500 plus season runs, this side could easily again be the surprise package.

5th Grade:

Tom Hamblin has agreed to start the season off as skipper before handing over to Jared Clulow, our country run scoring machine. The side is dominated by the successful Colts players from last season and they are ready to show everyone, that they will take their brilliant form into this season. We also welcome Ethan Clout and our own exciting still young Greenie in Jordan Hayes. Jordan in his first year in Greenies, was a pleasure to watch his flighted turning offies and this year we believe  we will see a top young bat, when given the chance. Watch this side.

Colts:

Oliver Williams has agreed to skipper this really young side that is full of really promising School leavers and some members of this years Green Shield side. They also have our OS visitor in Dillon Amjed, who could create havoc with both bat and ball.

Thus the selectors are very excited about the season ahead and will be looking for a top 4 Club Championship finishing position. We should  be stronger from R3 onwards and yet these early rounds are still very promising.

Tony W – on behalf of the GDCC selectors.

The teams are as follows:

1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

Syd Uni No 1

Chatswood

Camperdown

9.30am

9.30am

9.30am

1) Steve Colley ©

Max Newman w/k ©

Cam New ©

2) Axel Cahlin

Sam Baker

Jamie Bekis

3) Sohan Boralessa

Corbin Edgar

Charlie Booth

4) Tym Crawford

Reagan Klemt

Will Calov

5) Ash Doolan w/k

Nick Miller

Chris De Kretser

6) Cameron Eccles

Austyn Nugent

Tim Ferrero

7) Harry Evans

Scott O’Brien

Matt Keevers

8) Alex Patterson

Max Papworth

Dash Ratnam w/k

9) Elliott Richtor

Dan Stickland

Michael Roberts

10) Daniel Smith

Dom Thomson

Hugh Sherwood

11) Charlie Stobo

Matt Wright

Chris Spratt

 

 

 

M/R = Daniel Smith

M/R = Max Papworth

M/R = Will Calov

4th Grade

5th Grade

Colts

Killara

St Pauls

Beauchamp

9.30am

9.30am

9.30am

1) Stuart Bromley ©

Tom Hamblin ©

Oliver Williams © w/k

2) Manus Chauhan

Nick Andreou w/k

Dillon Amjed

3) Matt Keane

Lachlan Burrows

Riley Behlenevas

4) Mitch Kleem

Ethan Clout

Michael Fletcher

5) Vikrant Nehru

Aaron Crofts

Naba Haider

6) Pat Rice

Andrew Harvey

Ayush Joshi

7) Ryan Tullia

Jordan Hayes

Arvin Niranjan

8) Sam Watts

Dylan Hood

Mitch O’Donnell

9) Liam Windel

Rahul Krishna

Shiv Rana

10) Jay Withers

Brady Morrison

Prashan Seneviratne

11) Oli Zanino w/k

Danusha Seneviratne

Fraser Wilson

 

 

12th) Ashley Sharma

 

 

13th) James Brown

 

 

 

M/R = Mitch Kleem

M/R = Aaron Crofts

M/R = Oliver Williams

Unavailable: 1) Matt Parkinson (from R3) 2) Matt Junk (from R3) 3) James Kennedy (from R3) 4) Chris Searle (from R3) 5) Ryan Meppem (from R2) 6) Darren Jayasekera (R3) 7) Paddy Effeney (R2) 8) Jared Clulow (R6 on) 9) Nick Prell (R4) 10) Shayne Lin 11) Callum Bladen (R3)


 

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