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Update on our UK tourists

Update on our UK tourists

The following is an update on our UK tourists following the weekend of May 26/27. Everyone is starting to hit their straps with the weather improving. Our intrepid reporter Tony Wilson has been stalking the internet for news.

Nick Miller (21yo) at Holmesdale CC in the Kent Div. One League:

Nick bowled his side to a good win taking 3-38 off his 8.1 overs and bowling the opposition out for 169 in reply to Holmesdale 214. Nick also scored 23. He now has bowled 30.1 overs taking 8w @ 15.

Ryan Meppem (19yo this month) at North Petherton CC in the Somerset West England League:

A good win for his side taking 3-28 off 9.3 overs to help dismiss the opposition them for 107 after their 9-150 off 50 overs. No luck with the bat however still has 216 runs @ 36 and now has bowled 39.3 overs for 7w @ 33.

Cameron New (23yo) at Worthing CC in the Sussex League:

Cam continues to score runs opening up in a losing side. He scored 42 runs (4 fours and the only 6 they hit) in a total of 147 after he put on partnerships of 73 before departing. Cam now has 205 runs @ 51 av, which is a superb effort in a team that has lost their four games to date.

Daniel Chillingworth (18yo) at Stokesley CC in the North Yorkshire/South Durham Central League:

Wow, what can I say about this exciting young Leggie. Yesterday he took 5-36 off 15 overs with 6 maidens in a brilliant effort to dismiss the opposition for 147 and for Stokesley to pass them 8 down. Dan scored 33 runs coming in at No 6, with 5 fours and a six, to further his all-rounder status. He has bowled a total of 85-1 overs already and taken 20 wickets at the remarkable av of only 12, plus 127 runs @ 18.  Any leggie would die for those stats and especially those left arm nothings.

Fraser Wilson (18yo) at Rowledge CC in the Hampshire Southern Premier League:

Stats not up as yet however Fraser must be frustrated as he will have had only one bat after his 50 in the only other dig.

Will continue to update their progress every week or so,

Cheers Tiddles


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The club pays tribute to Dick Guy

The club pays tribute to Dick Guy

The Club is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Gordon District Cricket Club legend Dick (Roley) Guy last week.   Dick’s contribution to the Club and, indeed, to cricket in general, for so many years, both on and off the field, was amazing.  He was a great leader, a fierce competitor, strongly opinionated at times, a terrific bowler and a top guy to have a beer with after a game.  His knowledge and understanding of the game was immense and he was always willing to share his views about cricket.

Dick watching a Gordon match against Northern Districts in 2017 

Dick was a right arm leg spin bowler who came in off a slightly longer run up than most spinners.  He had uncanny accuracy, a good top spinner and the ability to bowl long, probing spells.  Dick began his career at Gordon in Fourth Grade in the 1953-54 season at the age of 16, where he took 31 wickets.  

The following season, again in Fourth Grade, he finished with 60 wickets – a brilliant performance!  John Morrison, a team mate at the time, noted that the then Fourth Grade captain, Harry Crow, was pretty good at keeping young up and coming players in the side for the year in the hope of snaring a Premiership, which may account for why Dick remained in that Grade despite taking five wickets in an innings seven times and ten in a match once! Dick continued to do well but there was a very successful leg spin bowler in First Grade, Reg Giddey, who kept him out of the top side for a while.  

He finally played a few games in First Grade in 1957-58 but didn’t secure a permanent place in the side until the 1959-60 season.  And there he remained for sixteen seasons, taking 786 wickets at an average of 16.45 – the most by any Gordon bowler and more than 200 wickets ahead of the next on the list, the great Charlie Macartney!  Without going into too much detail about his success, it is worth noting that he took five wickets or more in an innings 61 times in First Grade ( and another 15 times in lower grades) – an astonishing performance!  He took more than 50 wickets in a season seven times and was the leading wicket taker in Sydney five times.  

In 1967-68 he took an incredible 91 wickets (in that season he was the Daily Telegraph First Grade Player of the Year).  In all for the Club he took 999 wickets (when asked whether he regretted not having taken 1000 he replied that no, it was more likely that people would remember 999!).

With stats like these, one would imagine he should have played a great deal of first class cricket.  However, the NSW team of the 60s was very strong and tough to break into.  In his first game for a NSW team, in the 1960-61 season, there were seven Test players!  There were also another four wrist spinners who represented NSW that season (including Richie Benaud and Peter Philpott) which made it very competitive.  In all, he played eight first class games for NSW between 1960 and 1969 (many would say not nearly enough!) - seven Sheffield Shield games and one game against a touring West Indies team – and took 25 wickets at 27.88. 

Dick’s career coincided with that of another Club legend – Brian Taber – with whom he shared many a good time. 

Brian Taber with Dick at Chatswood (with marshal Rosen in background)

In one of Dick’s appearances for NSW where he took six wickets for the game, Brian contributed to five of them (two catches and three stumpings) which must have given both men immense satisfaction.

Dick began his First Grade career under another great Gordon man, Sid Carroll, before taking over the captaincy for his last nine seasons.  He had the knack of being able to demand the very best of his players on the field while being conscious of the fact that cricket is a game which everyone should enjoy both on and off the field.  Dick’s teams were always a very close-knit group who did a lot of socialising together. As a result, many of his team mates have remained lifelong friends.  The end of play on a Saturday did not mean the end of the game.  Players remained in the dressing shed after six o’clock having a relaxing beverage.  Usually, after a little while, most of the opposition would also come over the Gordon shed and long-term friendships were developed between people who, not long before, had been trying to knock each other’s heads off.  Dick saw this as a really important part of the game, something that, alas, has been lost today.  He was also at the forefront of many social events that the Club used to organise through the season.  Tuesday and Thursday nights at the conclusion of training also meant a trip across the road to the Gordon Rugby Club for a quiet beer before the drive home (you can’t do that now!).  In the Toga Parties, Hawaiian and Western Nights and other social events across under the grandstand, Dick was usually a shining light.

The 12.30 Club lunches, which started with just Roley, Ken Niblett and a handful of First Graders, and developed into most festive occasions involving a number of Gordon figures as well as outstanding sports characters from all around the place, became legendary (see Tony Wilson’s tribute following).  He loved the Club song that Gerry Elkan had written in the late 60s (at Dick’s suggestion) and could find any excuse to sing it with the greatest gusto.  Any Gordon function usually concluded with a rendition.  Few will forget his leading the song at the Club Centenary celebrations in 2005.  

In 2012, a group of ‘oldies’ had a get-together at a 1st Grade T20 day at Chatswood Oval and, following a very exciting win by Gordon, they were all invited into the dressing room to sing the song.  Dick was asked to lead the song, and the players, none of whom would have seen him play (some may not have ever heard of him!), were amazed and impressed by the energy he exuded.   It was also wonderful to see Dick meeting Gordon’s English import (and now English Test player!) Mason Crane at a game at Chatswood two years ago.  A very interesting conversation ensued concerning the nuances of leg spin bowling and I think it was a real thrill for both men.

Dick’s involvement in and contribution to cricket extended well past his playing career.  At Gordon, he was a member of the General Committee for 20 years, the last five as President (he was elected as a Life Member of the Club in 1969).  He had, of course been a Club selector for many years as First Grade skipper.  Graham King (also a selector for a long time) said that they had many ‘forthright’ discussions at meetings.  But they always agreed at the end – and Dick got his way.  
He was a delegate to the NSW Cricket Association for 20 years, serving on a number of committees in that time.  He was a NSW selector for sixteen years (the chairman for nine of those years), on the NSW Cricket Board for seven years and the Australian Cricket Board for six years and an Australian selector for two years (see one of his ‘highlights’ in Norm Tasker’s tribute following).  He also managed the NSW 2nd XI and Colts teams for seven years, as well as taking a NSW team to Zimbabwe in 1989.  He was elected a Life Member of the NSW Cricket Association in 1981 for “… a truly noteworthy career in cricket administration”. 

These few words don’t do justice to Dick Guy’s contribution to the Club and to NSW Cricket.  He only played for one Club.  His influence on the culture of the GDCC was immeasurable and all who played with him and under him will remember the determination and passion he had for the Club’s success.  He had his own ideas and beliefs about things and was never afraid to voice those beliefs.  However, they were always in the interests of the GDCC. 

He was so much more than just a terrific bowler.  If Sid Carroll was ‘Uncle’, Dick certainly became the spiritual ‘Godfather’ of Gordon. 

In the Gordon song, the chorus goes “…There’s Roley and Hedley, Brother L and PJ…” . So sad that we’ve lost one of our greats!

To Michelle and the family, the Gordon District Cricket Club sends its most sincere condolences.

 

 

Michael Falk on behalf of the GDCC



Our UK tourists off to good starts

Our UK tourists off to good starts

Every year a group of Gordon players travel to the UK to play in the various premier league competitions throughout the countryside. We have a long history of players making this trip and coming back with great stories of travel throughout Europe, quaint English grounds, very hospitable hosts and at times some good cricket.

Nick Miller

This season is similar to previous ones and we have a group of 5 players keeping very active during our Australian winter and enjoying their time in the old dart.

The players this year are Ryan Meppem, Nick Miller, Cameron new, Daniel Chillingworth and Fraser Wilson.

Our number one OS cricket follower Tony Wilson has found the website score links for the players and below is a summary of their form so far.

Nick Miller at Holmesdale CC in the Kent Division One League:

In the first game of the season Nick opened the bowling taking  2-18 off 8.2 overs. He came in at No 7 and scored 8 runs in 15 balls. A very encouraging start for Nick with a good win and it appears he is over those injury worries.

Ryan Meppem at North Petherton CC in the Somerset West England League:

Despite the team losing the two Sunday T20 games, he scored 21  in a total of 66 in game 1, batting at No 4 and took 1-34 off his 4 overs. In game 2 he top scored at No 4, with 38 (3 fours and 1 six) and took 0-24 in his 4 overs of tight offies. The Team had a good win in the Sat League 1st X1, rolling the opposition for 137 and passing them with 9 down. Ryan scored top scored with 58 runs and took 2-36 off 8 overs.
To read what Ryan thought of his first season at Gordon, please click on below for a Narrabri article prior to leaving:

http://www.thecourier.net.au/sport/ill-definitely-be-going-back/

Cameron New at Worthing CC in the Sussex League:

Cam is off to a scintillating start to his UK sojourn. In R1 of the Sat League he scored 50 runs in 66 balls with 7 fours.

He also played 2 warm-up games, scoring a 76 in a Friendly and 12 in a Cup game, taking his overall total to 138 runs @ 69. Unfortunately the leggies may be having a few early teething problems with 0-55 off 7 overs. 

   
Ryan Meppem and Cam New

Daniel Chillingworth at Stokesley CC in the North Yorkshire/South Durham Central League: 

This exciting young leggie has played in two League 1st X1 games taking 1-26 off his 10 and 1-32 off 10 for a total of 2-58 off 20 overs – an excellent start for Dan. In their two easy wins he has had only one bat for 7, going in at No 6. 

Fraser Wilson at Rowledge CC in the Hampshire Southern Premier League: 

His 1st X1 match was cancelled last Saturday unfortunately due to a wet out field that did not dry from early midweek rain. To read what the Rowledge Club put on their website about Fraser, click on below:

https://www.rowledgecricketclub.com/rcc-welcomes-new-overseas-player-fraser-wilson/
   
Daniel Chillingworth and Fraser Wilson

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