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Stags on fire against the Lions with only First Grade slipping.

The club had a good day against the Fairfield Liverpool Lions on Saturday, but there is always that feeling of what might have been when First Grade lose. The beers just don't taste the same. I don’t know if we have club records of the biggest winning margins in a one day game and highest score, however I think Fifth Grade will come close after scoring 6 for 380 and dismissing the Lions for 90. 

Stu Bromley celebrates his 146.

The seconds also had an exhilarating win with Nick Miller bowling the Lions batsman on 102 with three balls left in the innings and only one run ahead. Now that is pressure.

The fifths and seconds joined the thirds, fourths and Colts in winning their matches, while first lost by 9 runs after being on top for most of the Lions innings, but leaking over 100 rus in the last 10 overs. Congratulations to Fairfield on some big hitting, but it seems we can’t put in a consistent performance after continuing to play well only in patches. The firsts will have to lift and show their skills if we are to catch the top 6 over the final six rounds.

There were some excellent performances in the grades with centuries from Stuart Bromley (146) and Aaron Crofts (109) while Jay Naganayagam with 84 continued his Green Shield form and Liam Windel returned to the club with an excellent 73 in the mammoth fifths score. Jordan Hayes and Jack Davis-Rice also kept up their Green Shield form with Jordan taking 5 for 37 and Jack scoring 51. Ryan Tullia scored an excellent 54 to bring home the thirds.  

The team congratulate Jordan Hayes on his 5 wickets

First Grade

Steve Colley in action against the Lions

Fairfield won the toss and elected to bat. The Lions got off to a solid start on a wicket that wasn’t offering much pace or bounce for the quicks. Alex Patterson broke through in the 8th over and from there Gordon begun to gain control slowly the run rate down through the middle period with Matt Parkinson and Matt Junk restricting the runs well. However, a fight back from the lower order lifted the score to a healthy 276, around 40 more runs that we should have allowed. 

This was probably now a par score on the fast Chatswood and some sensible batting would still get us home. Again, we started well with Axel Cahlin and Tym Crawford hitting 55 runs off the first 7 overs with some excellent shots and some very quick singles. Unfortunately, they took one single too many and Tym was run out for 26 with a direct hit. While Steve Colley compiled a well-made 63 at a run a ball, we weren’t able to develop any sustained partnerships and the continual loss of wickets left too much to do for the lower order and we fell 10 runs short, bowled out in the final over for 267.

One could say poor batting was responsible for our demise, however it was not a surprise that Anthony Clark had taken the wickets of Evans, Richtor, Klemt and Doolan. Certainly not the first time he has destroyed a middle order. 

First Grade Scores

Fairfield Liverpool 8 for 276 (Alex Patterson 2 for 42, Matt Junk 2 for 54) defeated Gordon 267 (Steve Colley 63, Axel Cahlin 37, Tym Crawford 26, Matt Parkinson 25) 

Second Grade

Scott O'Brien (32) and Dom Thomson (20) got the boys off to a good start after the Christmas break, putting on about 50 before both were dismissed in quick succession. The young boys Jamie Bekis and Oli Zannino then put together a pivotal 100-run partnership, batting sensibly in the heat on a very slow wicket that favoured their slow bowlers. After Oli fell for his best score in his short stint in 2nd grade (47) Dan Smith came in and looked to up the run rate. The score was 4/160 off 40 when Jamie was dismissed for 45. Nick Miller played aggressively for a few overs before Max Newman joined Dan and they put on about 70 in the last 7 overs to take the score to 5/242. Dan finished on 46* and Max on 33*. 

The bowlers started tightly but without much success, the slow wicket not really suiting our much quicker bowlers like Chris Searle, Dan and Sam Baker.

What a finish. Nick Miller saves the day

 Nevertheless, as the required run rate rose some false shots were forced and the Lions stuttered their way to 5/120 off 30 overs. Their bats then then put together a couple of useful partnerships in quick time to really bring them back into contention. With the number 3 batting solidly and the lower order playing some useful hands we suddenly looked like we would end up on the losing side. The going was incredibly tough in the field due to the heat, especially for the bowlers. Ryan Meppem did a fantastic job through the middle overs and finished with 3/38 off his 10 overs. Scott was a handful at times as well. The quicks also tried valiantly in unfavourable conditions.

The Lions needed 50 runs in the last 10 with 4 wickets in hand. A wicket fell to Ryan, then another to Sam with 20 runs to get. They inched closer to our score with Nick Miller and Sam bowling in tandem. Nick removed the number 10 before a number of close calls the following over to Sam including the number 3 French-cutting a ball next to the stumps to bring up his 100. Nick bowled the last over with 3 runs to win and the number 11 on strike. First ball: LBW shout turned down, one leg bye resulted. Second ball: driven back at Nick who tipped the ball onto the stumps at the non-striker's end as the batsman dove back into his crease. Not out. Third ball: clean bowled the number 3 for the win. Nick finished with 3/43 off 9.3 overs.

A fantastic result in oppressive conditions. 3 wins in a row for the 2nd graders!

Second Grade scores

Gordon 242 (Oli Zannino 47, Dan Smith 46 no, Jamie Bekis 45, Max Newman 33 no, Scott O’Brien 32) defeated Fairfield Liverpool 241 (Ryan Meppem 3 for 38, Nick Miller 3 for 43)

Third Grade

In thirds Fairfield won the toss and elected to bat on a lush Killara outfield. The Gordon bowlers put in an impeccable bowling performance with the Lions only managing 120. There were no weaknesses with the attack with Matt Keevers and Dan Stickland starting well and then the spinners Matt Wright, Charlie Booth and Chris DeKretser finishing off well. 

Ryan Tullia scored an excellent 54

Our top order finished off the runs convincingly chasing it 2 down. Ryan Tullia put in a polished display with the bat scoring 54 and was well supported by Tom Hamblin and Max Papworth.

Third Grade scores

Gordon 2 for 122 (Ryan Tullia 54 no, Tom Hamblin 36, Max Papworth 25 no) defeated Fairfield Liverpool 120 (Matt Wright 3 for 15, Charlie Booth 3 for 34, Dan Stickland 2 for 11) 

Matt Keevers, Matt Wright and Max Papworth in thirds

Fourth Grade

Jordan Hayes takes 5 wickets

Gordon lost the toss and were sent in. In a must win match against a team coming 2nd last, it was a terrible start, with the Stags losing 4 wickets for 20. Luckily after being dropped early, Stu Bromley steadied the ship with a much needed 146, helped along the way by Arvin Niranjan 17, Jordan Hayes 23, and the always reliable Manus Chauhan 46. After being only 100 after 30 overs, Stags finished with a solid 285.

On a hot afternoon which made it tough for the quicks, it was a day for the Spinners. Fairfield started strong, taking 16 overs to lose their first wicket with the score at 80. From there however, strong fielding and tight bowling took the match out of reach. Standouts with the ball were Manus Chauhan 2/32 off 10, Naba Haider 2/17 off 5 and Jordan Hayes bowled very well to take 5 wickets for 37 off his 8.1 overs. A great effort with the ball by some of our young stags. 

With Fairfield all out for 164, it was a valuable bonus point as 4ths make a charge for a finals position.

Fourth Grade Scores

Gordon 9 for 285 (Stu Bromley 146, Manus Chauhan 46) defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 164 (Jordan Hayes 5 for 37, Naba Haider 2 for 17, Manus Chauhan 2 for 32)

Fifth Grade

Well done Aaron

After finishing the year on the top of the table, it was important to start well in 2018 and cement our spot.  Captain Crofts won the toss and elected to bat on a firm Beauchamp wicket. Greenies big hitter Jay Naganayagam thought about giving the side the chance to declare early during a one-day game by smashing 84 in no time. Sam Watts and Brady Morrison were thinking “haven’t we just started” with the score at 1 for 79 after 9. I think they have been watching too much BBL. Fraser Wilson and Hugh Sherwood contributed to the tally by scoring freely before unfortunately being run out and caught respectively.

It was then Liam Windel’s 73 and Aaron Crofts 109 not out that truly blew away the lions. The two had an excellent partnership of 130 that was full of boundaries and hard running. For a while the fifths had their eye on scoring 400, with the run rate at times escalating above 9. However, after a powerful knock, Liam was caught in the deep and Morrison and then Monaghan 20 not out, joined Crofts to see out the innings and get Gordon to a record 380 in 50 overs. We will have to check the record books for this innings.

Dylan Hood in action

After lunch, Dylan Hood really put the heat onto the Lions bats taking 4 for 13 and not allowing them to get the start they needed to chase our big score.  Unfortunately, he couldn’t claim 5, but the bowling of Samuel Watts with arguably his best spell of the season including the claiming of the Fairfield’s captain, put the issue beyond doubt. Shiv Rana also worked well with Sam to take four wickets. The bowlers were well supported in the field with Fraser Wilson and Dylan Hood fielding very well.

Fifth Grade Scores

Gordon 6 for 380 (Aaron Crofts 109, Jay Naganayagam 84, Liam Windel 73) defeated Fairfield-Liverpool 90 (Dylan Hood 4 for 15, Shiv Rana 4 for 22, Sam Watts 1 for 14, Dave Monaghan 1 for 24)


James Brown at Colts

Our bowling took a while to tighten up, however once Prashan Seneviratne and Lachlan Burrows got into their stride they provided the best bowling session for the entire game, beating the bat on multiple occasions. However it was Nathan Sequeira who got the breakthrough wicket and then James Brown took three very important wickets. The rest were shared between Jack Davis-Rice, Harry Vale and Lachlan Burrows. Keeper, Oliver Williams worked hard all match brilliantly taking 3 stumpings and 2 caught behind. The heat was starting to take its toll on fielders and we were very glad to be inside for lunch. 

Marcus Miller and Lachlan Donaldson started the batting off well looking solid and going at the required rate. Jack Davis-Rice however was the only batsman to add to his start and scored 51 runs off 76 balls and win us the game through the middle overs. 

Jack Davis Rice during his 51

He was solid in defence and ran between the wickets extremely well. With a handy cameo from Nathan (22) that increase the run rate when we needed it, we were able to get home in 44.3 overs.

Colts Scores

UNSW 9 for 167 (Nathan Sequeira 2 for 31, James Brown 3 for 29 were defeated by Gordon 6 for 168 (Jack Davis-Rice 51) 


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