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The Stags and Warriors share the honours on Day 1 of Round 2

TThe first day of our Round 2 matches against Blacktown saw some enthralling cricket with both the ball and bat dominating across the grades. After an excellent exhibition of fast bowling by Charlie Stobo to collect 6 for 55 off 26 overs with 7 maidens and some fine keeping by Max Newman with 3 catches and two stumpings, first grade are in a strong position at Joe McAleer. 

The cameras are still on the great man. Welcome to the crease TC

Seconds chased the leather all over Chatswood to be facing a total of 434 runs next week, while both thirds and fourths can win their matches with a good showing next week. Fifths will have to dig deep to score the 66 runs needed with only three wickets left. Our Colts led by Trevor Chappell went down in a one-day match at Castle Cove.

It is always our policy to congratulate good performances from our opponents and particularly when it is also a former Gordon player. Bilal Qureshi who played for Gordon from 2001 to 2004 scored an amazing 208 not out in second grade at Chatswood to put Blacktown in a strong position at 6 for 434. 

Other fine performances for Gordon were from Tom Hamblin who was unluckily dismissed for 96 in fourths while Arvin Niranjan (54), Nick Andreou (49*) and Liam McElduff (48) helped Tom to score 6 for 303. 

 
A great shot from Damon Lesnie as first grade celebrate an early wicket

Ollie Sutton with 4 for 46 and Dylan Hood with 4 for 32 also did well in thirds and fifths at Whalan Reserve.

First Grade

Our firsts, led by Harry Evans with Steve Colley unavailable this round, decided to send in Blacktown to take advantage of some expected movement in the morning session. His expectations were right with Charlie Stobo taking two early wickets to have the warriors 2 for 13 after a very attacking 9 overs from Charlie and Alex Patterson.  

Charlie during his 6 wicket haul

A partnership developed, which while slow, started to bring Blacktown back into the game.A quick discussion with our roving boundary rider Alex Patterson when the score passed 100 with still two wickets down confirmed however that we hadn’t done a lot wrong and as long as we maintained pressure wickets would come. “If we had bowled this well last week we would have won” was his wise summation. 

Alex was right as wickets to Tym Crawford and Ryan Meppem with his maiden first grade wicket and then a string to Charlie on his return to the crease saw Blacktown reach 9 for 187 before some last wicket hitting got them to 221 all out.

Charlie bowled with excellent pace and good line to be the pick of our bowlers on a good wicket that settled down after some early movement.

 
Max Newman with three catches and 2 stumpings against Blacktown

All of the bowlers worked hard with Matt Junk finishing with 2 for 40. Alex Patterson, Glenn Winsor Tym Crawford and Ryan Meppem all bowled to the captain’s instructions.

With 8 overs to bat, debutant Dom Thomson (10*) and Axel Cahlin (25*) saw the team reach stumps at none for 35. 

First Grade scores

Blacktown 218 (Charlie Stobo 6/55 Matt Junk 2/40 Tym Crawford 1/9 Ryan Meppem 1/44 vs Gordon 0 for 35 (A Cahlin 25*)  

Second Grade

   
Ashwin Premkumar and Matt Wright toiled hard at Chatswood

The seconds lost the toss and were invited by the Blacktown captain to be in the field for the day. The stags took advantage of the new ball to have the Warriors at 3/30. However, that was where the joy ended for the lads as some very good batting offered minimal chances to Gordon. All the bowlers toiled extremely well throughout the day for little or no reward. Ashwin was once again the pick of the bowlers taking 3 wickets as the Warriors ended the day at 6-434. A tough day but the match is not out of reach on an incredibly lifeless Chatswood wicket.

Second Grade scores

Blacktown 6/434 (Ashwin Premkumar 3/79 Dan Stickland 1/76 Matt Wright 1/59 vs Gordon

Third Grade

The thirds lost the toss and were asked to bowl on a firm wicket at Whalan that had some early movement. With the quicks bowling good lines early we were able to consistently take wickets and have the warriors 5 for 39 with Ollie Sutton and Will Rogers collecting two each while medium pacer Raman Phoonie picked up one wicket.

Ollie Sutton at Whalan

It was great to see Will return to the field for Gordon after succumbing to a back injury while playing in our Green Shield side and helping out with our first-grade team under the guidance of team manager Tim Cubbage at the end of last season. He looked like he had grown about a half a metre from last season.   

A fifty-run partnership then got the warriors back on track however two quick wickets to Nehru Vikrant had them in trouble again at 7 for 101.

The team then went very quiet as wickets dried up and a partnership of 110 enabled Blacktown to post a good score. Ollie Sutton got back in the action in the end with two more wickets and Blacktown were bowled out for 221. All of the bowlers tried hard, however the Blacktown No. 6 Waqas Tareen played well for his 111. 

     
Will Rogers makes his debut for Gordon in grade

The pick of the bowlers was Ollie Sutton with 4 from his left arm quicks, Will Rogers with 2 in his debut for grade and Vikrant Nehru with 2 also. Raman and Chris De Kretser collected the other 2 to fall.

With 19 overs left in the day, it was important to not lose too many wickets while keeping the scoreboard tricking over. Unfortunately, Chris Spratt was out for 10, however Mitch Kleem (25*) and Max Papworth (19*) saw us through to stumps at 1 for 60.

Third Grade scores

Blacktown 221 (Ollie Sutton 4/46 Vikrant Nehru 2/31 Will Rogers 2/45 vs Gordon1 for 60 (Mitch Kleem 25*) 

Fourth Grade

Finally, a great day with the bat for 4s. After winning the toss and deciding the deck looked ok, McElduff 48 and Fletcher 17 set the perfect base for the Stags. Hamblin then cruised to a solid 96 which saw him at the crease from the 12th to the 71st over. 

 
Tom Hamblin with a fine 96

Unfortunately, Niranjan was run out for a second week in a row but it was a quality batting display in his knock of 54. Andreou then pitched in with a rapid 49 not out which left the Stags at 6/303 after day 1.

After many matches where 4th grade's bowlers have had to either add runs to a poor total, or be forced to bowl a team out for 150, it is great to see out batsmen stand up this week. Blacktown do have one win under their belt already this season, so we'll need to bowl well to notch up our first win. 

Arvin Niranjan at Killara

Fourth Grade scores

Gordon 6/303 (Tom Hamblin 96, Arvin Niranjan 54, Nick Andreou 49 not out, Liam McElduff 48)

Fifth Grade

A solid performance again from our bowlers with the pick being Dylan Hood with 4/32 off 17 overs. One batter, Don Nash, the 40-year-old former NSW fast bowler with 37 first class games and 99 wickets got away from us with a quickfire 59 runs. Regardless he came out with aggression and intent and we struggled to react. Restricting the opposition to 133 however was a good effort.  (Matt Nicholson, where are you?)

Dylan Hood against Blacktown

With 27 overs left in the day the message was measured intent. Unfortunately, things didn't go to plan with a constant flow of wickets and no real partnership forming. Finishing up on 7 for 57, 5 of the wickets were caught behind the stumps it would appear our bats need to learn how to leave a good ball, with a lot of the bats too eager to get bat on ball. Another way to look at it maybe… we were good though to find the edge...? To Blacktown's credit they bowled with great precision and patience. 

Still very much in the game with Shiv always-looking-for-a-promotion Rana and Lachie the-wombat Burrows at the crease.

Fifth Grade scores

Blacktown 133 Dylan Hood 4/32 Shiv Rana 3/24 Kartik Khetarpaul 2/30 vs Gordon 7 for 57   

Colts

The Colts team had the privilege of playing with a former Australian Test and ODI player in Trevor Chappell which hopefully was an experience they won’t forget. 

 
Trevor Chappell running the show at Castle Cove

Batting first the Colts got off to a solid start on a slowish wicket, however none after them was able to stay in for long enough to build a decent score. Tommy Gohl top scored with 29 while Nathan Sequeira (27), Simon Read (20) and Adam Greenwood (19) contributed to get us to 167.

Adam Greenwood opening the batting for the Colts

The bowling wasn’t up to our normal Colts standard for some reason with far too many balls down leg side which were despatches often for 4. When a ball was put on line the batsmen were kept in check but not for long enough. Prahlad Iyer was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 22, while Rohan Watson and Sam Schembri-Green also picked up wickets. Blacktown turned out to be the much more disciplined side and passed our score 4 wickets down. 

Trevor tired desperately to not have a bat but eventually had to go in and got an edge first ball. The bowler at least can claim he got a Test player out.  

Colts scores 

Gordon 167 (Tommy Gohl 29, Nathan Sequeira 27, Simon Read 20, Adam Greenwood 19) were defeated by Blacktown 4 for 168 (Prahlad Iyer 2 for 22, Rohan Watson 1 for 32, Sam Schembri-Green 1 for 53)

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