Tym Crawford sets Howell Oval alight on day 1 of Penrith matches
The rain made a mess of several matches but some outstanding performances put the Stags in good positions in other games. Tym Crawford’s brilliant 169 in 1st Grade helped them recover from a sticky situation, while Austyn Nugent ripped through the Penrith 3rd Grade side to finish with the fine figures of 5-22. Mitch Kleem continued to pile on the runs with a strong 87 in 4ths and there were a number of fighting knocks in several grades which helped build acceptable scores.
Tym Crawford at Howell Oval on Saturday
2nds didn’t get on in their game and will be playing 120 overs next week, while the Colts’ one day game against Sydney University was also washed out.
Gordon won the toss at Howell Oval and decided to bat. After a steady start, wickets began to fall and the side was in trouble. At 5-90, something special was needed. And it arrived! Tym Crawford and Charlie Stobo came together and the game changed complexion. With Charlie playing the sheet anchor role, Tym played an absolute blinder. He sent the ball to all parts as he raced to a brilliant century. But he wasn’t finished there. After adding 129 with Charlie, he and Glen Winsor added a further 73. Tym was eventually out for a magnificent 169 at better than a run a ball with 21 fours and a six. Max Newman then made a very handy contribution as he and Nathan Doyle shared an invaluable partnership.
At the end, Gordon reached 9-361 after 88 overs. A great recovery and a wonderful dig from Tym. A good day but a good batting deck, so a big effort needed next week.
Gordon 9-361 (Tym Crawford 169, Max Newman 41*, Glenn Winsor 39, Charlie Stobo 32, Axel Cahlin 32) vs Penrith.
For the record, Tym’s innings is the 15th highest in first grade. Here are the others above him and one who is below him by one run. Sorry Marshall
Chatswood was too wet and no play was possible. An early start next week.
Gordon bowled first at Bill Ball. All the bowlers were good and wickets fell while the scoring rate wasn’t excessive. Luke Powell struck twice and Austyn Nugent and Vikrant took one each as Penrith struggled to 4-76 at tea. Straight after the break, Austyn went on a tear and all of a sudden, Penrith were 9-89 and he had five! Prahlad Iyer also took two and Penrith were all out for 101. A top effort by the bowlers.
Michael Fletcher and Liam McElduff started confidently and shared an excellent opening partnership. They added 77 in good time before Liam was out for a really good 44. Another wicket fell but the runs continued before bad light took them off the field at 2-97. Michael remained on 43* - well done – and an interesting day in store next week.
Gordon 2-97 (Liam McElduff 44, Michael Fletcher 43*) vs Penrith 101 (Austyn Nugent 5-22, Luke Powell 2-10, Prahlad Iyer 2-23).
Gordon won the toss at Killara and decided to bat. Mitch Kleem and Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo batted through some good bowling on a deck that was doing a little. After a while, it got a bit easier and their partnership flourished. They added 121 before Nomaan was out in the last over before tea for a well made 39.
After the break, the innings took a severe turn for the worst with three wickets falling immediately. Mitch was out for an excellent 87 and the side was looking like it hadn’t capitalized on such a good start. However, some really good rearguard action saw the Stags regain the ascendancy. Jayden Gray and Sam Schembri-Green both played excellent innings while Lachie Burrows also fought hard. When stumps were drawn, Gordon had reached 9-261. Certainly something for the bowlers to bowl at next week.
Gordon 9-261 (Mitch Kleem 87, Nomaan Sadiq-Budroo 39, Sam Schembri-Green 36, Jayden Gray 31) vs Penrith .
Gordon batted first at Rance Oval. After losing an early wicket, Riley Behlevanas and Adam Greenwood shared an important partnership before the latter was out for 16. A clatter of wickets then fell before Riley and Dave Monaghan (cometh the hour, cometh the Monners) came together, taking the score to 99 before Riley was out for a terrific half century. Dave also reached his 50 but Gordon lost more wickets and, at 9-153, things looked bleak. An invaluable unbroken last wicket partnership between Will Rogers and Rohan Watson was however, not what Penrith had ordered. They put on 32 with promise of more to come next week, as Gordon finished on 9-185. A good fight by the middle/lower order will make it a good game on day 2.
Gordon 9-185 (Dave Monaghan 58, Riley Behlevanas 51, Will Rogers 31*) vs Penrith.
The Colts were playing Sydney University in a one day game. Unfortunately, the rain was too much and no play was possible. Another one day game, this time against Penrith, next Saturday, again at Beauchamp in a replay of last year’s final.
The GDCC Communications team