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So close to a clean sweep against the Ghosts!

The Stags had a great day, winning four out of five grades and only missing out on the sweep in Second Grade, where Campbelltown passed them NINE DOWN! 

However, it was anything but an easy day at the office. 

Firsts and Fourths won decisively, but the other three games were thrillers, with very little between the teams at the end of the day. There were some strong performances and a new 4th Grade partnership record for Stuart Bromley and Manus Chauhan, who both completed fine centuries. 

1st Grade 

Over week score - Gordon 279 vs C'town 2-25 

Campbelltown made a steady start on day 2, adding 29 runs before Tym Crawford removed the dangerous Philip Wells. Tym struck again immediately and, with Glenn Winsor and Charlie Stobo both taking wickets, the Ghosts were reduced to 6-89. 

A handy partnership followed as Campbelltown fought hard to get back in the game. Then, the vital run out of Jarrod Bourke, and the win was in Gordon’s sights. The nightwatchman was still in and fighting hard but, at his dismissal, with the score at 151, the end was nigh. 

Glenn took that wicket and another and, with Charlie taking the final one, the Stags had completed an excellent win. Glenn’s four wickets and a run out was outstanding but all the team played well and deserved their win. 

Gordon 279 defeated Campbelltown 177 (Glenn Winsor 4-50, Tym Crawford 2-33, Charlie Stobo 2-53) on the first innings 

2nd Grade 

Over week score - Gordon 349 vs C'town 0-69 

Campbelltown continued to bat most belligerently, moving to 115 before Dan Sickland broke the partnership. The run rate did not abate however, and at lunch, the Ghosts sat on a very comfortable 1-198. 

Not long after the break, Ryan Meppem and Matt Wright shared a very good bowling partnership, taking four wickets and putting Gordon right back in the game. Ashwin Premkumar took one and then Matt another and Campbelltown went to tea at 7-299. Dan Stickland took one after the break but the next two batsmen added 35 and the game looked lost. However, a wicket – four to win…could Gordon snatch it? 

Alas, a lusty blow won the game for the Ghosts but a really good fight from the Gordon bowlers. 

Unfortunate, but a great effort. 

Gordon 349 lost to Campbelltown 9-353 (Matt Wright 3-65, Ryan Meppem 3-86, Dan Stickland 2-58) pn the first innings. 

3rd Grade 

Over week score - Gordon 7-207 vs C'town 

After having to bat last week on a moist deck, Gordon batted on. The first two wickets fell quickly but Ollie Sutton added a brisk 35* and Gordon declared at 9-253. 

Ollie struck early and then skipper Pat Effeney took three in a great spell and the Ghosts were 4-53. 

A partnership followed before Pat got another and then Chris DeKretser chimed in and Campbelltown were 6-150. As with a couple of the other games, a lower order partnership kept the Ghosts in the game and they passed the 200 mark before Will Calov struck. And then again. Surely game over. Nope! A 19 run partnership and then another to Will. A few more and then Chris DeKretser took the last one. 

A top effort, as the Thirsties continue to do well. 

Gordon 9 dec 253 defeated Campbelltown 228 (Pat Effeney 4-50, Will Calov 3-37, Chris DeKretser 2-52) on the first innings. 

4th Grade 

Over week score - Gordon 4-65 vs C'town 151 

This looked like a really interesting first half hour - anyone's game. However, no-one told Stuart Bromley and Manus Chauhan that it was on a knife's edge. They batted brilliantly from the start, hitting the loose ball and looking in little trouble. The score moved along smoothly and, well before tea, the game was won with no further loss of wicket! Both Stuart and Manus completed exceptional centuries in their partnership of 219. They comfortably broke the Gordon Fourth Grade 5th wicket record set in 1959-60. Well done! The innings was declared with a lead of 126. 

Danusha Seneviratne and Dylan Hood both bowled beautifully at the start of the Ghosts’ second innings. Three wickets fell quickly and several more could also have come and the outright was a possibility. However, the batsmen played well and Gordon were unable to get into the tail. A big win with Stu and Manus’ partnership a bonus. 

Gordon 5 dec 278 (Stuart Bromley 116, Manus Chauhan 105 no) vs Campbelltown 151 and 5-149 (Danusha Seneviratne 2-15) on the first innings 

5th Grade 

Over week score - Gordon 8-211 vs C'town 

Gordon batted on for a while, leaving Campbelltown 70 overs to chase their 232. Sam Schembri-Green finished on a composed 50no, a top effort. Campbelltown were in trouble early and, after 18 overs, were 3-48. Another wicket fell at 90 but the Ghosts put on another 94 before skipper, Dave Monaghan, made the vital breakthrough. Dave and Prahlad Iyer then shared the next couple of wickets and, at 9-197, it looked over. However, the last two Campbelltown batsmen dug in and slowly the target came into sight. Finally, with 8 runs to win, Prahlad took the vital wicket and the Stags had won a really exciting game. 

Well done to the team, particularly the younger lads having their first experience in grade. 

Gordon 232 defeated Campbelltown 225 (Prahlad Iyer 4-51, Dave Monaghan 3-51) on the first innings.


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