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Not the results we were looking for against ND’s

Not the results we were looking for against ND’s

With an outright win in fifths, draws in firsts and thirds and losses in seconds and fourths, the matches didn’t finish with the promise they showed at the end of last weekend. There were some excellent performances however with Aaron Crofts taking 6 for 35 in fifths, Steve Colley scoring 90 in firsts, Reagan Klemt 93 and Dom Thomson 82 not out in seconds, the world’s best fifth grader 72 not out and Michael Fletcher 59 in fifths.

Aaron Crofts with his six wicket ball  

First Grade 

*Please note there is a dispute in regard to the number of runs scored by Northern Districts in their innings and until this is resolved there is no comment to make on the relevant circumstances. 

After a delay of 2 hours due to a wet pitch, play commenced with only 5 overs lost, however it was the 21 overs lost last week that had the biggest impact. 

Gordon accelerated with some delightful drives from Harry Evans who finished up with 68 and Steve Colley was caught for 90, missing a well-deserved century.  

Steve Colley during his 90 against ND's 

Steve Colley made a sensible declaration with the score at 5 for 329, with 78 overs for 10 wickets to be taken or Northern Districts to score the runs (or neither of those). 

Gordon started well and 2 wickets to Charlie Stobo had the home team on the back foot. The bowlers all bowled good lines early and kept the run rate under the required rate. However, a partnership developed and despite two quick wickets from our new English leggie Matt Parkinson, one a great caught down leg by Ash Doolan,  

Matt Parkinson made a solid debut for Gordon

ND’s slowly increased their run rate to the required rate. Another good partnership between Henry Hunt and Daniel Anderson took the game away from us. Despite a late flurry of wickets to Parky and Matt Junk, ND’s appeared to win the game with 1 ball remaining. It was a brilliant innings by Henry Hunt and in the end he steered his team across the line. 

Charlie Stobo took two early wickets

Gordon fought hard all day, but a good batting wicket and the inability to accelerate last week made it difficult for us to secure the win. 

The final published score however is that Northern Districts finished on 7 for 327 which is two runs short of the target. The result based on this score is a draw. 

First Grade Scores 

Gordon 5 dec for 329 (Steve Colley 90, Axel Cahlin 86, Harry Evans 68, Cam Eccles 51) drew with Northern Districts 7 for 327 (Matt Parkinson 3 for 115, Matt Junk 2 for 60, Charlie Stobo 2 for 78) 

Second Grade 

After a dominant first day, NDs asked us to bat again with a lead of 65 and 120 overs ahead. Scott and Dom started cautiously on a wicket that offered a bit of early movement. When Scott (31) was run out with the score past 50, Max Papworth combined with Dom who was looking really solid.  

Dom Thomson was in the runs at Chatswood

They put on another 50+ partnership before Max was out for 40. Reagan then joined Dom and continued on his great early season form. The pair were together at lunch then batted through almost the entire middle session. Dom was eventually out to a brilliant catch for an important, match-saving 82. 

Shortly afterwards Reagan was out for 93 having played another excellent innings. Reagan now has an imposing 320 runs from three rounds at an average of 80. At tea we were 4/250 and with no prospect of a further result for either side the teams decided to end the day there.

 A fantastic, gritty effort from the batters who have restored a lot of confidence and respectability after a disappointing Day 1.  

Another fine innings by Reagan Klemt

Second Grade Scores 

Gordon 96 (Nick Miller 42 not out) and 4 for 251 (Reagan Klemt 93, Dom Thomspm 82, Max Papworth 40, Scott O’Brien 31) lost to Northern District 4 dec for 161 

Third Grade 

It’s fair to say that thirds deserved a win, but in some ways we didn’t quite execute well enough to get it. After piling on 300 in the first week, there were more than enough runs on the board. 

A promising start with the ball saw Matt Keevers knock over the opener in his first over, but some solid batting meant we had to wait for the change bowlers before more wickets.  

Chris De Kretser, Chris Searle and Matt Wright in action for thirds

Things were tight with runs hard to come by. Everyone bowled straight, but a little bit of inconsistency in length hurt us. Pat Effeney snagged two wickets, and Chris de Kretser one, before a partnership of 150 threatened to take the game away from the Stags. The two batsman showed good resolve, but restricting the scoring meant they had to accelerate at some point.

Matt Keevers took an early wicket 

When they tried, Chris Searle broke the partnership, and wickets tumbled. We had 6 overs to take the final one in the end, but couldn’t quite get enough balls in the right area to convert into a win. 

 A game we dominated from start to finish, but only managed a draw.  

Third Grade Scores 

Gordon 305 Oli Zannino 97, Jamie Bekis 81, Ryan Tullia 39) drew with Northern Districts 9 for 262 (Chris De Kretser 3 for 49, Pat Effeney 2 for 43, Chris Searle 2 for 53, Matt Keevers 1 for 34, Matt Wright 1 for 68)

Fourth Grade 

The Fourth graders were confident of chasing down a total of 192 but the loss of four early wickets didn't help the cause. 

Stand in skipper Mitch Kleem

There was some hope with a good partnership building between Nick Andreou and Liam Windel 28 but when this was broken, things slipped away again. 

Some good fighting efforts by Matt Keane 30 and will Calov (27 not out) at the end, however we fell about 40 runs short. 

The side has played some good teams so far and now understand that the effort is going to have to be better if we are going to be a force at end of season.  

Fourth Grade Score 

Northern Districts 192 (Matt Keane 4 for 54, Danusha Seneviratne 3 for 38) defeated Gordon 151 Matt Keane 30, Liam Windel 28, Will Calov 27 no) 

Tom Hamblin at Killara

Fifth Grade 

5th grade won outright in a tense last session to claim 10 points. Declaring at 8 for 256 after the worlds best fifth grader made a fine 72 not out and ‘Michael Fletcher and excellent 59. With a short cameo from of 21 from David Burk the declaration was made. 

From there a very resilient ND’s team made a fight of it and at 1 for 60 they looked set to reach the target and force the day to end early. 

However, Aaron Crofts with 6 for 35 and Dylan Hood with 2 for 37, making inroads into the ND’s batting, the momentum changed putting us in a strong position to get the 10 points. Dylan also took two fine catches to go with his support bowling and complimented Aaron who bowled excellent lengths and direction to finish with six wickets. 

The final wicket fell with 4 overs left to play after a tense final session and fifths secured a well-deserved outright win. 

Fifth Grade Scores 

Northern Districts 97 (Vikrant Nehru 6 for 8 of 7 overs,) and 149 (Aaron Crofts 6 for 35, Dave Monaghan 2 for 6, Dylan Hood 2 for 37) were defeated outright by Gordon 8 for 256 (Dave Monaghan 72 not out, Michael Fletcher 59) 


The Colts continued batting from their overnight score of 4 for 318 and decided to declare at 8 for 398 from 76 overs, leaving 68 to bowl. James and Lachlan started the bowling off well but failed to make an impact with a wicket. 

Dillon was the best of the pace bowlers coming on at first change and picking up two quick wickets. Shiv and Naba both bowled well but couldn’t get the wickets rolling. Matt Todd eventually got the breakthrough but we couldn’t get the last two wickets. 

Dillon Amjad, James Reynolds and Oli Williams in action for Colts

The bowlers tried hard but didn’t have the sting of previous matches, while the fielding wasn’t the greatest with a few over throws and dropped catches. Colts scores Gordon 8 for 398 off 76 overs (Dillon Amjad 131, Naba Haider 72, Ayush Joshi 55, Lachlan Burrows 31 Oliver Williams 28) drew with Warringah 8 for 232

Paul Stephenson

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Remembrance Day commemoration on Saturday November 11 at Chatswood Oval

Remembrance Day commemoration on Saturday November 11 at Chatswood Oval

The Gordon District Cricket Club would like to invite any club supporters of either the Gordon or Manly Warringah First Grade cricket teams to attend a 10-15 minute commemoration at Chatswood Oval on Saturday November 11 of the cricketers who died serving in wars for Australia.

The schedule of events for anyone joining us at the Oval would be as follows:

  • Arrival between 10am to 10.30am: Morning tea
  • Commemorative ceremony: 10.45am to 11am including a one minute silence at 11am. This will include the players, who will come from the field for the short ceremony. Extra time will be added to the day.
  • Continuing of Morning tea in Pavilion and option to continue watching the cricket as our guests

For catering purposes if you would like to come please advise Paul Stephenson via email at

Paul Stephenson

1st Grade vs Wests - Round 2 - 2017/18

1st Grade vs Wests - Round 2 - 2017/18

The Stags welcomed the Magpies to the mighty Chatswood Oval and Glenn really turned it on with a pitch worthy of a futures game and an outfield worthy of an Indian Turps league match. Anyway it was always going to be a tough slog for the poor old bowlers but finally some reprieve for the batsmen in a bowler dominated game.

I think we lost the toss as we received the signal from the captain that we would all be donning the dark cream tops and standard cream trousers. West’s star studded opening partnership that included the star of ‘30 Rock’ and the mind behind ‘The Elements of Thought’ coupled with some trash bowling got off to a commanding start with no wicket in the first session and 134 runs being hit to all areas of the ground. 

Going into lunch the feeling was that a long day was ahead of us and a usually calm and collected skipper got stuck in. The verbal barrage seemed to do the trick (as well as a reversing ball) after lunch and Chuck got into his work.

Charlie 'Chuck' Stobo takes 6 -74 

First wicket was as brilliant catch from Dools and the very next ball was a late inswinger that brushed the top of off. Sohan was visibly upset with having a reversing ball and decided to bowl a hip height full toss that was dispatched over the stand. 

Even a search party that included 15 sniffer dogs, 25 police officers, 11 cricketers and 1 Apache helicopter couldn’t find the location of the valuable reverse swinging ball. Quote from batsmen ‘I’ve never seen so many people search for a ball’. 

The loss of ball didn’t affect the outcome of the day as we quickly had the new ball reversing as well as some terrible cricket shots that resemble the colour contrast between the Magpies shirts and trousers and the innings was done after 66 overs and 241 runs. 6 wickets to Chuck really showing how good that lad is. Well below par at Chatswood.

Axe and I had 28 overs to get through for the rest of the day. A tall ask and this brought out some village shouts from the young Wests side. ‘Big Friday for them next week’, ‘Can leave his kit in the car next Saturday’ really got our knees shaking and you could tell by the scorecard with easily getting to 58 before I didn’t pick the wrong un. 

Harry 'Harold' Evans is back where he left off, scoring 100s!

Unfortunately Axe also fell just before the end of the day and Patto, the best night watchman this side of Military Road, was called apon. Col and Patto saw out the remaining couple of overs and set up the Stags for Day Two.

The team really turned up next week and you could see how quickly we wanted to get the runs. I needed some brownie points at home and needed to get to Kirsts brother’s wedding and Harry needed to get to a bucks party. 

After Patto fell early in the morning after hitting some glorious strokes and brought the man of the day to the crease, Harold. As a wise man once said ‘he only scores runs at Chatswood….. and in Tasmania….. and wherever really, he’s pretty good’. 

Harold tried hard to get to his bucks party on time by kicking a straight one but the umpire hadn’t travelled from Parramatta to watch the rest of us battlers bat so he decided to let him keep playing, and playing he did do. Col also raised the thumb with a well compiled 55 before trying to hit one into Westfields and missing it. Tym (74) scored runs too but I didn’t see it as I left to collect my brownie points so not sure if that actually happened. Also I didn’t see H actually get to his 100 so I would like to see video evidence of this. 

Song was sung (I believe) well done Mens.

Cam Eccles

Milo in2cricket starts in October

Milo in2cricket starts in October

The Gordon Cricket Club is excited to announce that the Gordon Cricket Academy will continue to run the Club’s Milo in2Cricket program in season 2017/18 season. The dates will be from October 14, 2017 to March 3, 2018 with a break from 23rd December to 27th January. There will be 15 sessions in all. And registrations are now open.  

The Milo in2Cricket program is a fun and exciting way for younger children to get their first taste of cricket. The program is open to boys and girls aged 5 to 8 years and is an important first step to introduce new players and parents to cricket and set them on the right pathway for a lifelong love of cricket. The main aims of the program are:

  • to provide a safe, non-competitive environment where young and new players can develop their cricket skills and have fun
  • to link young cricketers to the Gordon Cricket Club and prepare them for their pathway from in2Cricket to Gordon Juniors and beyond
  • to encourage more parents to become actively involved in the administration, coaching and support of the game

With the program commencing in October, the time is right to register your child for the coming season. Registrations are now open. If you have any questions please contact Ash Doolan at The link to the registration is at the bottom of the article.

The key details regarding the program are as follows:

  • Location: Beauchamp Oval - Nicholson St, Chatswood  -->  MAP
  • Dates: the program runs on Saturday mornings from 14th October to 16th December and recommences after the holidays from 3rd February to 3rd March 2018
  • Registration: Program registration is $180 per child; this covers the 15 session program and Milo in2Cricket participant pack containing a bag, cricket bat, hat, shirt, ball and other giveaways. This season in2Cricket program registrations/ payments will only be accepted through the Play Cricket website, with the link found at the bottom of the page.
  • Session duration: each session runs from 8:00am- 9:30am
  • Session format: Players are divided into teams based on age where they’ll practice cricket skills for the first half of the session and then play a modified game during the second half of the session. The session concludes with the announcement of players of the week and a hearty rendition of the Junior Club song
  • What to bring: All cricket equipment is provided – please bring a drink bottle
  • Clothing/ footwear: All children must wear a hat, sunscreen, regular sports shoes and their Milo in2Cricket shirt (received in the participant pack as part of registration). Participants are also welcome to purchase Gordon Cricket Club clothing through our online store.
  • Wet Weather: sessions will proceed unless the oval is closed by the council – please ring the Willoughby Council Wet Weather Line on (02) 9777 7631 or check online at:

The Milo in2Cricket program is designed to identify and develop not just future players but also future administrators, coaches and support staff. To achieve this - and to keep registration costs down - parents are vital to the success of the program. We strongly encourage parents to stay and assist with their child during each session – no experience is necessary and we’re confident that you will enjoy yourself and learn a thing or two along the way. There is space on the registration form to nominate for coaching and other roles in the Gordon in2Cricket program.

To enrol your child in the 2017/18 program please complete the registration form, otherwise please reach out to the team at

For all the latest news on the in2Cricket program, registration forms and much more, see the articles below.

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A new Gordon supporter arrives

A new Gordon supporter arrives

Congratulations to Sarah and David Millar on the arrival of their first baby Charlotte Annabelle Millar. Charlotte was born on Tuesday at 11am and both Sarah and Charlotte are doing well after a fast delivery. 

Dave is both a former player for the club and our long serving webmaster who retired only this season from his role.

Don't worry Dave about registering Charlotte for the Gordon Women's team. We have done an online registration for 2033. Jessica will probably still be president!

Paul Stephenson

Ryan Meppem selected for ACT/NSW Country U 19 team for National Championships

Ryan Meppem selected for ACT/NSW Country U 19 team for National Championships

Gordon second grade off spinner and middle order batsman Ryan Meppem has been selected in the ACT/NSW Country Under 19 team for the Australian Championships to be held later this year in Tasmania.

Ryan from Narrabri, joined Gordon this season after playing First Grade for South Tamworth in the Tamworth District Cricket Association Competition last season and was their player of the year.

Ryan will be representing the NSW Central North Zone.

Ryan played his first match for Gordon last round scoring an important 37 not out to help guide Gordon to victory against Wests in partnership with Nick Miller.

The club wishes Ryan every success in the upcoming championships.

Paul Stephenson     


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