Old rivalry renewed in a tense round
A mixed round for Gordon, with three wins, two losses and a draw. Thirds, Fifths and Colts all had good wins, while Seconds and Fourths were beaten. First Grade had a hard fought draw, with Axel Cahlin scoring a century and Harry Evans and Steve Colley also playing very well.
North Sydney decided that their 378 the previous week wasn’t enough, so they batted on for a further 7 overs and gave Gordon a target of 408 from 87 overs.
After losing an early wicket, Axel Cahlin and Harry Evans put on an excellent partnership of 172. Both batted exceptionally well and Axel completed his second century of the season before falling. Another couple of wickets went down before Steve Colley and Elliot Richtor got things back in order. Steve scored a most aggressive 75 but as further wickets fell, it was left to Max Newman and Alex Patterson to make sure that a loss was avoided. A pretty good chase by the Stags – unfortunate they were given 16 fewer overs than their opposition to score the runs.
Gordon 8-369 (Axel Cahlin 104, Steve Colley 75, Harry Evans 74, Tym Crawford 33) drew with North Sydney 8dec 408.
Gordon’s 188 was always going to be tough to defend and although Norths lost an early wicket, they passed the Stags total four down. They then batted on until around tea when they were finally dismissed for 350.
Gordon batted for a second time and when the game was called they had progressed to 0-86, with Lachlan Barnsley and Dom Thomson both getting good practice.
A disappointing result and the message continues to be for the batsmen to value their wicket much more (the exception was Lachlan Barnsley who completed a very good double).
Gordon 188 and 0-86 (Dom Thomson 43*, Lachlan Barnsley 42*) were defeated by Nth Sydney 350 (Ashwin Premkumar 3-57, Dan Stickland 3-61, matt Wright 2-54, Ryan Meppem 2-104) on the first innings
Gordon declared at their ‘over the week’ 9-319. Ollie Sutton took two early wickets before a good partnership took the score to 89 before a wicket to Joe Hart. Chris De Kretser took another and Gordon were on top. However, there was one batsman who was dominating and he continued to pose a threat. A strong century partnership followed and there were plenty of overs left. There was always the feeling that a wicket would change the game completely and eventually Chris De Kretser got the breakthrough.
Chris De Kretser bowling an absolute gem
With still no problem with the run rate, Norths continued on their way but then… Charlie Booth struck! Three wickets in only a couple of overs, all to Charlie, saw Norths 8-253
with 13 overs left and there could only be one winner. Six overs passed before Paddy Effeney clean bowled one of the batsmen. 9-265. Then, with only 4 overs to go, Max Papworth took a brilliant catch off the bowling of Sam Baker to see the innings end at 271. A really good fighting effort with most of the bowlers having their moments.
Gordon 9dec 319 defeated North Sydney 273 (Charlie Booth 3-65, Chris De Kretser 2-60, Ollie Sutton 2-25) on the first innings.
Gordon needed early wickets but although there were a number of half chances, they never quite got their noses in front. At 4-72 it was game on, but a good partnership followed which took Gordon out of the game. Despite working hard, they were unable to shift the batsmen on a very good wicket and the target was reached 5 wickets down.
Another 30-40 runs for the Stags would have made a big difference.
Gordon 160 lost to Nth Sydney 7-186 (Manus Chauhan 2-35, Raman Phoonie 2-40) on the first innings.
Fifth grade celebrate a well-earned wicket
It was hard work at Castlecove. Twenty tight overs from Matt Keane and Matt Keevers saw Norths 2-50. Lachie Burrows took a third and then Dave Monaghan took a fourth. A patient partnership followed and the score moved to 121 before Prahlad Iyer broke through. He took another and the Stags were well on top. Nothing much happened then until Jaiden Gray made a complete mess of the Norths tail. He took the last four wickets to see the innings end at 168 and a convincing win for Gordon. Well done and a great effort by the bowlers, particularly Aiden and Prahlad.
Gordon 8dec 286 defeated North Sydney 168 (Jayden Gray 4-29, Prahlad Iyer 2-35 off 18 overs).
With Randwick-Petersham on 4-75 chasing Gordon’s 168, it was so important that Gordon broke the excellent partnership early. This happened and further wickets ensued. Two became three as Randy-Petes slumped to 8-115. Asmall partnership took them to 130 before the ninth wicket fell and it was only a matter of time. Unfortunately, no-one mentioned this to the last two batsmen who hung in and fought very hard to get to within sight of victory.
With only 5 to win, Callum Bladen finally broke the partnership and the Stags had won by 4 runs. A really good fighting victory.
Gordon 168 defeated Randwick-Petersham Gold 164 (Callum Bladen 3-28, Nathan Sequiera 2-12) on the first innings.