Six from six gives the Stags five out of six
Confusing title? Be confused no longer - five out of the six teams fielded by the Gordon Cricket Club for the 2016/17 season have reached the finals. I've only been at the club for nine seasons, but that's just about the best result I can remember in that time.
Firsts finished as joint minor premiers with Sydney Uni on 67 points.
Elliot Richtor had a fine match
Seconds nabbed sixth spot with a bonus-point win over Wests this weekend to pip Sydney Uni into that crucial spot. Third grade managed to get to eighth, having sat close to last at Christmas. Fourth grade closed out in third spot, with a massive opportunity to go places in the finals. Fifth grade are minor premiers, because of course they are, as are Colts.
How good. Is that.
Somehow, after all that, we're fourth in the club championship, but I'll leave that one to the mathematicians to work out for me.
For now, I'll just move onto the wrap of a six from six round against Wests. Thanks for the Jagerbombs, Hicko.
Batting first, and with the openers departing early, it would be the skipper Steve Colley and Elliott Richtor who would be the steadying hands for the Gordon innings. Once Steve left the crease, Tym Crawford picked up where he left off, hitting the ball to all parts on his way to a well-compiled 67.
Matt Junk bowled well again
Elliott made another great 50 before he was run out, and though the lower order knocked it around, no quick late runs came and the firsts finished up on 221. A competitive score all things considered on a good Pratten wicket.
With plenty of Stags fans in the stands, James Kennedy gave them something to cheer about, striking in the first over.
From there a partnership would ensue for Wests, but as he has been all season, Matt Junk proved a crucial player bowling a very economical and effective spell. His three wickets, along with a cheeky four to Elliott Richtor, slowed Wests down and put the Stags in charge.
By the time Kennedy came back to finish the innings off, providing a neat bookend, Wests had only managed 146. An emphatic win to finish the season for the Stags, who finished the season on equal first with Sydney Uni.
Good luck in the finals
Gordon 221 (Tym Crawford 67, Elliott Richtor 56, Steve Volley 39) def Western Suburbs 146 (Elliott Richtor 4/42, Matt Junk 3/29, James Kennedy 2/21)
A standout performance was required from Max Newman's men to get into the finals after what had been a terrific season, and that's exactly what they delivered.
Max Newman led his team well
Max elected to bowl first on a good wicket, and both Chad Soper and Dan Stickland started really well but bowled without luck. Nick Miller proved to be immediately effective, however, coming on and taking a wicket with his first ball.
Bowling with Sam Baker, these two changed the game for the Stags. All quicks were great throughout the entire innings, with Chad (1/28 off 10), Dan (1/12 off 7), Nick (3/26 off 8), Sam (2/23 off 9.1) bowling quickly and accurately.
Not to be forgotten about, Anand Verma also bowled brilliantly through the middle overs to take 3/28 off 10.
In a stifling, grinding performance, Wests were all out for 117.
Dom Thomson (35) started strongly for Gorgon taking 16 off the first over, and when he came together with Max Papworth (52) the chase really got going.
Sam Baker and Anand Verma snared wickets while Reagan Klemt took a great catch at second slip
It was never in doubt. A couple of wickets fell as the target neared but the seconds got the win as well as a crucial bonus point 4 wickets down inside 23 overs.
Having snuck into the six on quotient, the twos will believe they can do plenty of damage to the rest of the top six.
Gordon 4/118 (Max Papworth 52, Dom Thomson 35) def Wests 117 (Anand Verma 3/28, Nick Miller 3/26, Sam Baker 2/23)
Well... what do you say about a game like this. Welcoming a few new faces, including Jared Clulow driving down from Mudgee that morning, thirds faced a finals-bound Wests team.
Jack Skilbeck took another three wickets
When Darren Jayasekera went down to an allergic reaction early after the skipper elected to bowl, it wasn't looking great for the Stags.
But a wicket in the second over, and two in the third (including a genuine bat pad to Jack Skilbeck) had the Stags rolling.
Wickets kept tumbling. One more to Skilly, then two to Effeney. Liam Windell, one of the new faces, came on and snagged three with his brisk pace, then Jared finished it off.
The runs were chased down within the hour (Shayne Lin belting a huge six over cover off his first ball), with Jared Clulow getting 19, and the 10-man Stags had beaten finals-bound Wests with a bonus point. Just shows what could have been.
Gordon 4/48 (Jared Clulow 19*) def Wests 44 (Liam Windell 3/3, Patrick Effeney 3/15, Jack Skillbeck 3/18)
Captain Bromley made a little bit of a risky call early in the day to have a bat at Killara, even though the deck was a bit sticky. But the great man must have had something in his Wheaties because it all turned out okay, with the Stags grinding and toughing it out to make a solid 200 against a good Wests bowing attack on a slow lush outfield.
Stu Bromley took on the Wests attack
All the batsman chipped in, but the standout performance was Matt Wright with 54. He really is developing into a terrific cricketer with both bat and ball. Other notable scores came from Mitch Kleem with 28, Liam McElduff with an 30, and Hugh Sherwood making an important 28.
With Wests sitting primed at 0/67 and the deck flattening out, the fours began to get a little worried. As has been the spirit of this team all year, the bowlers and fielders picked up the intensity and Wests were all out for 150 in the 40th over. An astonishing turnaround, with Matt Wright again the key protagonist with the ball, taking 3/35 off 10. Bustling Steve Bristow finally got a bowl this year and rewarded the captain with 3/34 off 5.3, and Pat Rice managed a very miserly 2/11 off 6 overs.
Matt Wright had a fine match with bat and ball
A fantastic way to finish the year, with yet another fighting showing.
It all points to great signs for the finals!
Fifths batted first at Punchbowl and got off to a great start thanks for a couple of great partnerships between Jack Doolan and Ryan Tullia, then Ryan and Damon Livermore.
Tom Hamblin in action
But have you seen the bowling line-up fifth grade have at their disposal?
All the bowlers then just did as the fifth grade bowling line-up does and completely tear apart the opposition innings, with David Burk and Nick Prell the main destroyers with three wickets each.
Lachie Stewart bowled well for two wickets, with contributions from Vikrant and Tim Ferrero.
Wests all out for 84, meaning Gordon get the bonus point and the minor premiership.
What a season it's been so far for the mighty fifths - let's keep it going into the finals boys!
Gordon 196 (Damon Livermore 35, Tom Hamblin 32, Ryan Tullia 38) def Wests 83 (Nick Prell 3/12, David Burk 3/23, Lachie Stewart 2/19)
Gordon Colts have claimed the minor premiership (I've lost count of how many that is since I've joined the club) after a thumping win over UNSW by 153 runs at Beauchamp.
Winning the toss and batting on another slow outfield, Gordon started steadily without making any major progress. Andrew Harvey was steady and saw the new ball off, which saw Gorgon get to 40 with the loss of only two wickets.
Minor Premiers - Colts take another photo opportunity
The platform laid, it was the stand of 144 runs between Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna that won the game. Crofts (76) and Krishna (72) batted for 35 overs to ensure Gordon made a mammoth 253 in those conditions. Both batsmen were cheeky between the wickets and punished the bad ball. It was a fantastic partnership that flourished from the moment both came to the crease.
Matt Keane (20 not out) and Manus Chauhan (17 not out) played cameos to ensure the score surpassed 250.
Nick Dellis (2/16 off 6) had two wickets in his first over - an ideal start for the Stags. A short ball nabbed a caught behind and a clean bowled set the tone for the rest of the innings innings. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, who took 2/20 off 7, had University in all sorts of trouble.
Aaron Crofts and Rahul Krishna in fine form at BeauchampSome excellent catching and a run out by Oliver Williams saw them struggling at 6/30.
Kevin Huang then had his best bowling performance of the year, taking 2/8 off 5, assisted with some great catching by Manus.
Some great fielding from the lads topped off a great day to see UNSW all out for 100.
An emphatic win. A minor premiership. A great team.
Bring on the finals.
Gordon 5/253 (Aaron Crofts 76, Rahul Krishna 72) def UNSW 100 (Kevin Huang 2/8, Nick Dellis 2/16, Dylan Hood 2/20)
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