Sometimes the rain helps and sometimes it doesn’t
Saturday wasn’t a complete wash out, but it may as well have been with First Grade escaping with a draw, thirds and fifths unlucky not to get the full day and seconds, fourths and colts losing on the first innings.
Parramatta are not the mid-table club they used to be, and this is shown by them leading the club championship.
Jamie Bekis scores 50 in his second grade debut
They have some excellent cricketers and they play to win in all grades. They certainly showed this in all grades and if we are to lift ourselves back into the running we need to take some guidance from their strong performances. We have the players.
I didn’t get out to watch the teams play and take photos this weekend as I had to re-arrange my sock draw in time for the new working week so we don’t have all grades covered with photos.
Peekaboo - How did you get under there? Seconds give a lesson on covers management
Very importantly though we won the unavailability contest with a clear 20 to Parramatta’s 8. Not sure how many club championship points you get for that but they should create a new category. We would be clear leaders.
So the rain came in time to save firsts from a loss, while seconds had unfortunately already succumbed to the Parra attack by lunch. The thirds had Parramatta 4 for 160 chasing 330, while the fourths incredibly had Parra 7 for 47 chasing their 183 and lost with Parra winning 9 down. The fifths were 14 runs short and 5 wickets in hand when rain washed out their day and the Colts were not able to stop UNSW getting the runs for a win.
Therefore, what was looking like at least wins in thirds, fourths and fifths ended up with no wins in any grade.
The best performers were Dillon Amjad with 5 for 50, Naba Haider with 63 not out in fifths and Jamie Bekis with a fine 55 on debut in seconds.
The first grade bowlers faced an onerous task to bowling out Parramatta for under 254 with 59 runs already on the board from last week. They had the prospect also of Nick Bertus returning from injury sustained in a Futures League game and having scored 549 runs this season including a score of 206 in his last grade game.
Matt Parkinson gave us some hope when he bowled the opener with the first ball of his spell and then Charlie Stobo removed Bertus for only 19 with the score on 147. The team app remained silent from then until soon after tea when a notice came through that rain had stopped play at 3 for 202.
Managed chaos as seconds gets the covers down on the T20 Sunday wicket with the help of the Parra boys
Our bowlers had a target of bowling the best lines they could on a very flat wicket to try and least get us a draw as the heavy cloud were starting to appear on the radar and approaching Parramatta. It seemed that Parra thought it would be a passing storm and would be able to get on later in the day as our bowlers kept them in check to under 3 runs per over.
Charlie Stobo was particularly frugal taking 1 for 42 off 23 overs, but neither he nor the other bowlers could make inroads in the Parra batting.
The rain duly came and even when it appeared totally fruitless to hang around, the Parra team were convinced they would get back on. This didn’t happen as another front came along as darkness approached.
First Grade ScoresGordon 254 (Cam Eccles 58, Steve Colley 55, James Kennedy 38no, Charlie Stobo 29, Reagan Klemt 26) drew with Parramatta 3 for 202 (James Kennedy 1 for 27, Charlie Stobo 1 for 42, Matt Parkinson 1 for 92)
Oli doesnt want to have a look around after letting this one go
Oli Zannino was dismissed early after resuming our innings at 3 for 75 chasing 245 alongside Jamie Bekis. Jamie was looking solid and partnered with Nick Miller who played some glorious shots before he was dismissed for 20. Jamie and Max Newman then put on about 50 as Jamie reached his half century in his debut match in 2nd grade. After Max was dismissed the wheels really fell off the run chase as the final five wickets fell for less than 10 runs. All out 175, a disappointing end to what could have been a successful chase.
With two sessions to go in the day Gordon attacked hard with the ball. Chris Searle removed an opener with a peach before Ryan Meppem came on and bowled beautifully. He picked up three wickets while Scott O'Brien took one at the other end.
The seconds are happy about this Ryam Meppem dismissal
The rain arrived with Parramatta at 5 for 90 in their second innings. Although there was probably no realistic chance of a second innings result the 2nd graders put up an impressive effort after a difficult morning.
Second Grade Scores
Parramatta 246 (Matt Junk 5 for 64, Ryan Meppem 2 for 32,) and 5 for 96 (Ryan Meppem 3 for 29) defeated Gordon 176 (Jamie Bekis 55, Max Newman 26)
Another week, another draw for third grade. That winning feeling has eluded us, either by bad luck, bad conditions or a lack of execution. This week it as a bit of all three, having the top ranked side Parramatta in a heap of trouble early, before failing to take our catches and the rain setting in, costing us what would have been a well-deserved victory.
After setting Parramatta an imposing 332 for victory, Austyn Nugent took it upon himself to ruin the day of Parra’s bats on a good batting surface. While runs flowed, Austyn captured three quick wickets through pace and bounce to have the opposition three down in quick time. Dan Stickland toiled away with no luck at the other end, and while Patrick Effeney captured a wicket when he came on, we dropped six catches. Realistically that cost us any chance as the rain set in at tea and didn’t stop. The game was called at 4:30 with no respite in sight on the radar. Another game slips past with no result, and with just one win to their name the threes cricket isn’t being reflected in their ladder position.
Next week is another chance!
Third Grade scores
Gordon 332, Chris Spratt 150, Michael Roberts 79, Ryan Tullia 30, Tim Ferrero 25) drew with Parramatta 4 for 160 (Austyn Nugent 3 for 30)
Matt Keevers is pleased with this one
At 4 for 41 at the end of last week fourth grade were confident of getting the chocolates. At 7 for 48 after three overs of play even more so. However, an eight wicket partnership of 107 threw a spanner in the works until Hugh Sherwood managed to break the partnership.
Danusha asks the question
There was a rain interruption during the tea break and covers were put down, however both captains agreed to get back on as soon as there was a slight break in the rain. This came late in the afternoon and we needed two wickets, they needed 14 runs. Darren Jayasekara managed to get the ninth wicket, but we couldn't get the last with Parramatta passing our total of 182.
Back to the drawing board for fourth grade.
Fourth Grade Scores
Gordon 183 (Mitch Kleem 44, Jordan Hayes 41, Matt Keane 36, Michael Fletcher 30) def by Parramatta 9 for 188 (Prashan Seneviratne 3 for 31, Matt Keevers 3 for 48, Vikrant Nehru 1 for 31, Darren Jayasekera 1 for 17)
Returning at 1 for 55, Gordon 5’s looked to complete a victory by accumulating the remaining 135 runs. Despite the loss of O’Donnell for 17, Naba Haider with an elegant 63 not out and Adam Cubbage with 26 got us to tea at 5 for 176 just 14 runs short. With the beers about to be popped the every second Saturday rain came again. We waited and waited and even got to 5 minutes from a re-start but the rain came back and we were left with a point for a draw.
Fifth Grade Scores
Parramatta 189 (Will Calov 3 for 36, Shivraj Rana 2 for 16, Nick Prell, 2 for 34, Sam Watts 2 for 40) drew with Gordon 5 for 176 (Naba Haider 63 no, Adam Cubbage 26, Andrew Harvey 25)
With UNSW starting the day needing only 76 runs to win we needed a quick breakthrough. Dillon Amjad gave us the chance taking 3 wickets during 2 maiden overs. This was Dillon at his best after taking 2 wickets last week and giving him another 5 wicket haul. Ayush then picked up two and we were still in the match. Unfortunately some poor fielding allowed the UNSW lower order to reach the target after 51 overs.
Everyone gave it their best and we really appreciated the younger guys playing for Gordon Colts this round.
Dillon Amjad gets an early wicket at Beauchamp
Gordon 165 (Dillon Amjad 82, Oliver Williams 20,) defeated by UNSW 213 (Dillon Amjad 5 for 50, Ayush Josi 2 for 25 Cormac Levy 1 for 0, Caleb Paisley 1 for 14)
Congratulations to the best sports photographers in Sydney with the pick up of five wickets including three bowled. I will leave my camera at home in future.