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Swings and roundabouts against Randy Petes in Week 1

Gordon had a real ‘up and down’ day against Randwick-Petersham. Seconds, Fourths and Fifths are all in strong positions at the end of Day 1 while the batting in Firsts and Thirds fell away badly after solid starts. 

The highlight of the day was Mitch Kleem’s century in Fourth Grade – his fifth for the club – which moves him into 11th spot in the list of all time run scorers for Gordon. A terrific effort. 

Ryan Tullia is on 70* with much more to do after the Seconds bowlers did a great job and the Fifths batting was strong, led by 63 from Fraser Wilson and a couple of powerful half centuries from Steve Bristow and Shayne Lin (a tear came to eyes of a few of the more senior spectators as they saw Shayne play a couple of those ‘old’ shots people marvelled at a few years ago. He wasn’t aiming at the boundary – he was aiming well over it!). 

1st Grade 

Gordon batted first on a very hard Chatswood wicket with a greenish tinge. After losing an early wicket, things proceeded nicely and, at 2-92, with Cam Eccles and Tym Crawford going well, Gordon was sitting quite comfortably. However, once another wicket fell, they continued to fall. Apart from Scott O’Brien, the remaining batsmen contributed little and the innings concluded at a very disappointing 154. 

Randwick-Petersham lost a couple of early wickets but a partnership between David Warner and English County player Daniel Bell-Drummond saw the batting side take complete control. They moved past the Gordon total and at stumps sat 95 runs ahead with a couple of wickets left. 

Much work to be done by the batsmen next week! 

Gordon 154 (Tym Crawford 55, Cam Eccles 34, Scott O’Brien 24) vs Randwick-Petersham 7-249 (Scott O’Brien 2-56, Alex Patterson 2-59) 

2nd Grade 

Gordon bowled first on a Petersham wicket offering a little assistance. The bowling was good and Dan Stickland struck early. Jack Plom and Dan took further wickets to have the score 3-41 after an hour. The score moved along before Ollie Sutton took a couple and then Jack took another, along with one from Matt Wright. Ryan Meppem was bowling well and he took another two as the Randy-Petes struggled to mount an adequate score. A run out finished the innings at 175 with Gordon having 43 overs left for the day. 

An early wicket was disappointing but then Lachlan Barnsley and Ryan Tullia came together and they showed great maturity as they put on 90 before Lachlan was out for 38, another excellent contribution. Ryan and Glenn Winsor then safely saw the day out adding another 42. Ryan finished on a terrific 70* while Glenn contributed a very pleasant 20*. 

An excellent day’s work by the team with a lot of game to be played next week. 

Gordon 2-137 (Ryan Tullia 70*, Lachlan Barnsley 38, Glenn Winsor 20*) vs Randwick-Petersham 175 (Ollie Sutton 2-20, Ryan Meppem 2-29, Jack Plom 2-32, Dan Stickland 2-41). 

3rd Grade 

Liam McElduff and Tom Hamblin got the Stags off to a great start, taking the score to 77 before the first wicket fell. Unfortunately, the innings collapsed completely after that. Wickets fell regularly as the hole got deeper and deeper. Chris DeKretser made a valiant attempt to improve the situation but it was all over at 142 – a disaster after such a great opening partnership. 

No photos of third grade this week, so here's a photo of Jack Plom instead. 

Randwick-Petersham started well, adding 33 before Pat Effeney struck. Charlie Booth and Chris DeKretser both took wickets and then another for Pat in the final over saw Randy-Petes 5-99 at stumps. A couple of quick ones next week certainly might make it interesting. 

Gordon 142 (Tom Hamblin 46, Chris DeKretser 34, Liam McElduff 29) vs Randwick-Petersham 5-99 (Pat Effeney 2-21, Charlie 2-28) 

4th Grade 

The Fourths were sent in to bat at Coogee and got off to an excellent start with Chris Spratt and Mitch Kleem adding 67 before the former was out. Darren Jayasekera then joined Mitch and they continued to bat well, taking the score to 140. Mitch was playing a gem and, when the score reached 175 he brought up his ton – his fifth for the club. He was finally out for 119 – a great effort! Manus Chauhan and Stuart Bromley made valuable contributions as the innings finished at 275. In the couple of overs before stumps, Vikrant Nehra picked up a wicket to see Gordon in a sound position with runs on the board. 

Gordon 275 (Mitch Kleem 119, Chris Spratt 31, Manus Chauhan 26, Stuart Bromley 25) vs Randwick-Petersham 1-8. 

5th Grade 

Gordon batted first on another excellent Killara wicket. After a good opening stand of 46 between Fraser Wilson and Shiv Rana, Fraser and Naba Haider pushed the score along steadily.

 Fraser was dismissed for a stylish 63 and at tea the score was 3-130. Things slowed a little after the break but following a couple of wickets, Steve Bristow and Shayne Lin came together and added 77 in good time. Both batted very aggressively and steered the game in the Stags’ direction. Both scored excellent half centuries and, with a couple of cameos from Dave Monaghan and Matt Keane, Gordon was able to declare at 8-300 and leave Randwick-Petersham an uncomfortable 5 overs to see the day out. Danusha Seneviratne snared one and the Stags finished the day in a strong position. 

Gordon 8dec 300 (Fraser Wilson 63, Steve Bristow 54, Shayne Lin 52, Naba Haider 38, Shiv Rana 31, Dave Monaghan 23, Matt Keane 19*) vs Randwick-Petersham 1-8.


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