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Stags and Whales battle it out with matches going either way

Dillon is back. After taking apart Colts opposition bowlers as well as picking up many wickets with his medium fast deliveries, Dillon had to return to Singapore the week after the Christmas break and missed 3 rounds. Randwick Petersham wished he had stayed away as he scored 131 on Saturday to take his total to 591 from 9 matches. He also has 23 wickets with the Randwick innings to come.

Dillon Amjad in the new Gordon head gear

Dillon was joined by the very unlucky Oliver Williams who scored 98 very well made runs to help the Colts finish with 4 for 300.

The grade teams had a mixed day with Mosman scoring 6 for 358 in firsts, seconds made 232 and have the whales 2 for 65. Thirds were able to put together 189 for 9 which they will try and defend next week. Fourths had the best day of the grade side bowling out Mosman for 115 and finishing 0 for 33 at stumps. Uncharacteristically fifths only scored 140 and Mosman are 2 for 54 in reply.

The other best performers were Nick Andreou with 55 not out in thirds, Aaron Crofts with 55 in fifths and Michael Roberts who scored 51 in seconds.

Definitely some work to do in all grades.   

First Grade

Gordon won the toss at Chatswood and Steve Colley sent in the Mosman side as the wicket seemed to have a bit more grass than usual. 

Alex Patterson who fought hard all day

Two early wickets showed this looked like the right decision, however as the wicket settled down so did the Mosman bats with Scott Rodgie giving a master class in power hitting.  A partnership of 180 ensued between Scott and Patrick Pisel and the day became a battle to keep the runs down as much as possible.

The bowlers didn’t shirk their duties and the field was positive all day. In the end Alex Patterson finished with the best figures with two wickets. The spinners bowled in tandem for long periods but were unable to get the breakthroughs needed. They created several opportunities but the ball seemed to always evade the fielders. Some chasing to do next week. 

   
It was hard going at Chatswood

First Grade Scores

Mosman 6 for 358 (Alex Patterson 2 for 85, Reagan Klemt 1 for 27, Elliot Richtor 1 for 27, Matt Parkinson 1 for 106)

Second Grade

You can blame me for the collapse in seconds. I arrived at the ground to take some photos as a large appeal saw the end of Oli Zannino. As I took my seat Michael Roberts was caught behind. The start of the next over with my camera still by my side Ryan Meppem was caught at mid-wicket. All of this happened with the score on 162. This meant Chris Searle and Dan Stickland were at the crease. As I was planning to go to Rawson, I asked the question of the skipper. Has Chris scored any runs this season? Not yet was the answer. A very polite response from Max. 

   
Chris Searle with ball and bat

So, it was off to Rawson to catch some of the bowlers who were taking wickets in fourths. Of course, Chris Searle and Dan put on 40 and then Chris and Sam put on another 30, with Chris finishing on 41 not out. Well Max he has scored runs now!

Gordon 2nds travelled to Allan Border Oval to face the second placed Mosman team. The confident whales won the toss and sent in the stags. They were quickly rewarded with wicket of Dom Thomson, however Scott O'Brien and Jamie Bekis then consolidated to get us to 50. 

Soon both bats were dismissed and while some runs were scored by the new bats wickets kept falling and at 5 for 111, things were grim. A partnership between Oli Zannino and Michael Roberts got us up to 162, when the webmaster arrived as per above.

From then Chris Searle played an excellent rear guard innings with Dan Stickland and then with Sam Baker to get us up to 232 and certainly give us a shot at a win.

An early wicket and then a late one saw the whales 2 for 65 in reply. Some early inroads next week and we will give it a shot.

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)

Third Grade

Gordon won the toss and elected to bat. The wicket was good, but the outfield was very slow, making scoring hard work for most batsmen. Chris Spratt and Tom Hamblin opened the batting. Tom, who had been fortunate not to be given out caught down the leg side, was then seemed unlucky to be given out caught behind off his thigh for 9.

Nick Andreou in action at Beauchamp

Matt Wright joined Chris at the crease. Chris batted aggressively, playing some lovely shots on his way to scoring 30. Max Papworth came to the crease and built a steady partnership with Matt Wright. Wright was out LBW for 17. Papworth followed for 20 without adding to the score.

Nick Andreou came to the crease in his 3rd grade debut with the team struggling at 4-77. Darren Jayasekera chose the wrong ball to leave and was out LBW with the score still stuck on 77. Charlie Booth entered the fray and whacked the ball around a bit until he was caught for 11, going for one too many.

Paddy Effeney joined Nick at the crease, the two steadied the ship. Paddy played some aggressive strokes, until he was caught for 18. Chris de Kretser came to the crease and took over where Paddy had left off, hitting some powerful strokes on his way to a score of 22. Nick worked the ball around well as Paddy and Chris searched for boundaries.

Matt Keevers was dismissed for 2. Nick picked up his scoring rate, finding the boundary on a number of occasions, bringing up his half-century late in the day. 

Chris Spratt during his 30

He finished unbeaten on 55 alongside Danusha Seneviratne. The score of 9-189 is not imposing, but Mosman will likely have difficulty ticking the scoreboard over as they chase down the total next week.

Third Grade Scores

Gordon 9 for 189 (Nick Andreou 55 * Chris Spratt 30) vs Mosman

Fourth Grade

At 1 for 60 it wasn't looking like the best decision to win the toss and bowl, but having dropped 3 catches in the first 15 overs, chances were still presenting themselves.

Things really started coming together in the second session where we pulled things back to have Mosman 4 for 80.  Their key batsmen were removed cheaply and the spinners tightened the screws on a team which was focused on survival rather than playing shots along the way. 

Manus Chauhan at Rawson

While the quicks worked hard, there really wasn't a whole heap in it for them so it was definitely a day for spinners, with Jordan Hayes (2 for 22), Naba Haider (2 for 3) and Manus Chauhan with 3/42 off a whopping 27 overs. Wickets continued to fall for Mosman without much damage, leaving them all out for 115 in the 64th over. 

In reply, a very relaxed pair of Cam New and Mitch Kleem quickly took us to 0 for 33 and put the stags in a great position for next week! 

   
Jordan Hayes and Will Calov at Rawson

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) vs Gordon 0 for 33 (Mitch Kleem 22 no)

Fifth Grade

5th grade won the toss and elected to bat at Killara. However, it was not the batting display Gordon were after. The loss of two early wickets to good deliveries put Gordon on the back foot. As wickets fell regularly it was only Aaron Crofts 55 that tried to steady proceedings. Sam Watts contributed with a patient 20 and Dylan Hood and Shiv Rana battled hard but Gordon were all out for 139.

Aaron Crofts during his 55.

Mosman then quickly fell to 2 for 2 with an LBW to Hood and a run out to Wilson but Mosman were able to consolidate and finished on 2 for 58. The boys will need to bounce back quickly next week.

Fifth Grade Scores

Gordon 139 (Aaron Crofts 55) vs Mosman 2 for 54 

 
Our Fifth grade No.1 suppoprters, Kate, Melanie and Michael 

Colts

Randwick won the toss and elected to bowl on a slightly green deck and very slow outfield. We started well with the bat with Andrew Harvey falling shortly after the 50 partnership. Riley and Oliver added another 60 to the total before Riley was run out in a mix up. That brought Dillon too the crease who scored his second hundred for the season and added another 150-run partnership to our total. We then declared for 322 with 18 overs left to bowl in the day picking up 4 wickets, with 4 bowlers sharing the wickets and ending the day with Randwick 4 for40 and in a strong position to maybe get full points next week.  

Dillon scores his 131 all over the ground

The performances of the day were undoubtedly Oli Williams and Dillon Amjad who completely dominated the attack. Dillon was particularly vicious with his hitting while Oli showed a lot of skill giving the strike to Dillon as well as contributing with some elegant strokes.

Unfortunately, Oli was out for 98 just when his maiden century for Gordon was about to be posted.

The colts are back with some good form coming into the semi-finals. 

 
Oli Williams batted very well for 98

Colts scores

Gordon 4 dec 322 (Dillon Amjad 131, Oli Williams 98) vs Randwick Petersham 4 for 40

Paul Stephenson including contributions from all grades

 

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