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Match Reports 16/17

Match Reports 16/17

Following on from a good 2015/16, the Stags had another good year in 2016/17. Fielding a Colts side again, performances were stronger across the grades and a number of teams made the finals. There were also a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players.

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2016/17

First Grade Match Reports 2016/17

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. 

There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 12 - 2016/17

Congratulations to Dan Stickland for making his 1st grade debut, well deserved plenty more matches to come. #577 TBC

After a tough previous weekend where the top graders suffered two losses in two days a big performance was required to get back on track leading into final series. 

Ash Doolan had a number of fans back in the sheds during his rescue job. But none as big as his mum on our mobile app. 

The weekend’s opponents was a strong Sydney only a couple of points behind the mighty Stags. 

Col was spruiking how this is a 12 point game, even after it was explained to him that just because they are close to us on the table doesn’t mean there are more points up for grabs. 

50 for Kennedy. And this webmaster remembers an equally important 50 in Colts back in the day. All runs through point and cover. 

The facilities at Drummoyne were expertly prepared by the cream of the crop of green options. The pitch was flat, outfield lush and a big two days of hard cricket was ahead for two teams vying to be active in early April. 

With the overcast conditions our on field captain wasn’t too keen to make a decision on what to do first and that privilege was quickly taken away and we were asked to bat first. 

The first 45 min of our innings didn’t go to plan; with the score at 4-40 a big fightback was needed. Thankfully this was provided by Tym (82) and Ash (99) put together a 118 run partnership to get us back into the game. 

Congratulations Stickland! Such a great achievement. Well done. 

The lower order continued to pile on the runs with JK (53) making his first 1st grade wifty. Rumour has it he is the first left hand number 10 to score a 50 with a long blade cricket bat for the club. Finishing score of 337 on a slow outfield felt like 400+. Great effort men. 

Day two the temp forecast for the day was looking at getting to temperatures only seen in the red centre and with the pitch looking pretty flat it was going to be tough going for the Kings of the North. Unfortunately we lost JK to injury only 4 overs, however the other quicks toiled with no reward on flat track offering no sideways movement. 

Mason Crane takes yet another 7.
Surely Paul Stephenson can photoshop an Aussie bag on that Beastwear gear? 

The Tigers openers were looking very comfortable at the crease but the energy levels of the Stags never wavered and the pressure was always in the back of their mind. It was only a matter of time until our spinners got hold of the ball and what a combination of bowling these two produced. 

Mason (7-53) and Junky (2-17) worked perfectly together and a change of action even saw Junky spin 3 deliveries off a straight bringing the downfall of their two premier batsmen. 

Great to see Matt Junk working in partnership with Mason. And a fantastic dismissal of Dan Smith that started the Tigers' fall. 

Mason is just getting better and better with shouts of “get him on a plane to India” heard around the ground. I think they could organise the Australian citizenship out for him quite easily. 

As one of his supporters noted on Twitter, Sidney is his middle name. It seems his natural home.

From 1-90 at lunch to all out for 146 the second session saw total control from the Stags. Great win!

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

Allan Border is a great place to play cricket. Although the sheds are tiny and the wicket was slow and low, everything else screams class. The groundsman clearly wanted some overs for himself this weekend. 

There was a bit of wildlife around the area having a tan, but nothing of note for a match report of this calibre.

Warm up touch almost played second fiddle to cricket this week. The result hasn’t really changed all season with the Balds fluting the Hairs, even with Richtor having a typical GFD. 

This is getting ridiculous... 7 fa for Mason.

The internet says ‘it was a sought after style, to a style that was widely ridiculed and today should be largely avoided'. Yes, I am talking about Charlie’s mullet. Charlie’s salad, shaved symmetrically around the ears is a force to be reckoned with. 

This late 80’s early 90’s hair style unfortunately hasn’t been backed up in true form as his father Richard did, wearing a belt to play his cricket in…fast bowlers! In his attempt to bring back the mullet into fashion, he has developed some interesting nick names, especially that of ‘flapper’. You will have to ask Ash Doolan about that one, he has been in some great form off the field recently, not just in the sheds.

Mosman’s home of cricket has been a happy hunting ground for the Stags in the last few years, piling on the runs and taking some exciting wins away from the opposition. 

Two seasons ago, Smithy was the match winner, taking the wicket of his now-teammate, with two balls to spare. The 2017 edition wasn’t so close. 

Mosman won the toss on a Gordon prepared wicket and chose to bat. Flapper and the Praying Mantis (Kennedy) took the new ball and the later got us started with a couple of wickets before lunch. However, the main destroyer was Mason ‘Willie’ Crane who took 7-93 off 22 overs and you can imagine Tiddles was losing his mind. 

Tiddles doesn’t play favourites…unless you’re a leg-spinner. An outstanding spell of bowling saw the Stags batting at tea.

Another fifty for the skip Steve.

We had a few skippers out on the field as Mosman rightly pointed out. At times I wasn’t sure who to ask where to field or if Axel could have a bowl. But we discovered, the more skippers the better, as their former skipper ran down the wicket after being told ‘he had nervous feet’ and had an air swing, only to be stumped by skipper Doolan off the bowling of Willie Mason. That was a highlight.

Some glorious shot-making led by skipper Colley (65) and Richtor (not sure if he was a skipper) ensured we were in a strong position ending day 1 at 3-165 chasing 226. Richtor (57) was dismissed early on day 2, bringing skipper Doolan to the crease. Crawford (61) and Doolan (28) took charge and punted some 6’s to rub salt into the deep wounds of the Whales, passing the score 4 wickets down. The lower order came out batting aggressively looking to move the game forward and Willie (52) did exactly this. 343 was the total and we had 49 overs to bowl. 

After not picking up early wickets, the bowlers toiled hard, especially Dan Smith and Matt Junk on wicket not offering much. A great couple of days for the Stags with plenty of emotion and the loudest team song sung to date. 6 points. Up the Staggies!

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Christmas break came in a timely manner, giving players a chance to rest up their bodies, after a somewhat gruelling first half of the season. 

The first game of 2017 saw the first graders return to Chatswood, looking to keep their perfect one day record intact, which would ultimately seal a finals birth in the one day comp. However standing in their way was a strong Parramatta side that was also in the hunt for a one day finals spot and only sat 3 points behind the stags on the overall competition ladder.

Usual duties to start off, covers. Its seems Every year we seem to be getting on the ground earlier and earlier to fold away the covers. I don’t know if it’s so the boys can talk more dribble or so it gives us more time to prepare for the much anticipated balds vs hairs footy game but it’s getting ridiculous.

Cam Eccles smokes one behind point.
The footy did not live up to expectation with both teams focusing on defence. It seems the bald’s were running training sessions in the break as their usual leaky defence tightened up. No one could cross the line and it finished 0-0. Having won the previous battle, the hairs get to keep the mantle as the champions due to their last start win. Get in boys!

Steve Colley won the toss and batted. Tym Crawford was out in the first over, before Steve and Axel combined for a 39 run stand before the later was dismissed.

Elliot joined Steve and they put on a 50 run partnership (most of them scored by the skipper), before Els was caught trying to hit over the field. Steve followed Els for a well compiled 60, then a common theme for the year then followed, losing wickets in clumps. We lost 4 wickets for 11 runs and were in dire need of a partnership. Cam Eccles, in his newly found one day spot (no.5), and Mason Crane did just that, putting on 70 runs, before Cam was out for a well-made 42.

Mason continued his good form and moved to his second half century for the season (51) and with the help of state player, Charlie Stobo (16*), the stags managed to post 217. Slightly below par, but from where we were, a good effort.

Charlie Stobo in the form of his life.
Funnily enough the Parramatta players were asking about the bonus point before a ball had been bowled in their innings. Their opener came out trying to attain the win with the bonus point, but was only able to hit a few boundaries before falling to a great catch from Cam Eccles of the bowling of James (I created the stag clap) Kennedy.

Before long Dan Smith had picked up 2 wickets, including the dangerous Bertus, who had scored over 700 runs before Christmas. Mason came on and picked up two wickets in his first few overs. 

Matheui Yunk also picked up one courtesy of a great catch in the outfield from James Kennedy. Looked like he was trying to create a new trend, the stag catch, however last minute he realised he wasn’t going to get 2 hands to the ball and ended up taking it in his left mit. With Parramatta at 6 for 91, it looked like the stags were cruising to victory.
Bat and ball, Mason can do it all!
Parramatta got back in the game through their 7th wicket partnership, and it was back on even terms. 

Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Mason picked up another 3 wickets, one being Crittenden (64), to bag another 5 wicket haul. Els then finished proceedings off with a Yorker that bowled the number 11.

A great win for the stags with man of the match honours going to Mason for his 50 and 5 fa. There were handy contributions across the park though and the Staggies finished second after the one day rounds. We will now play Hawkesbury in the QF on January 29.

The side is currently sitting in second on the overall ladder, on the same points as Sydney Uni. Let’s take momentum from this game into the Mosman game and bag another 6 points. GFD’s all round.

Up and Atom

Elliot Richtor

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

A delayed start unfortunately meant a shortened game of touch footy. There’s still some debate over which team Chad should be on. His position in the Balds looks akin to tattoos at a North Shore club – very out of place.

Nevertheless, full credit to the Balds for finally showing up. It’s almost worth giving them the win so that we don’t have to listen to Ash “Dools” Doolan’s weekly tantrum about the rules.

Reagan Klemt in his 1st Grade debut.

The toss was won and the international cricketers were asked to make first use of the ball for the Stags. Soper hit some Stobo-esque areas and should be very proud of his performances for the top grade in recent weeks. 

James Kennedy bowled with poor control, in the way that the sun rises in the west. He was no doubt the standout bowler and will take a lot of confidence out of this match heading into the break.

Mason stuck to his usual plan of bowling jaffas, which is actually a pretty good plan. A few lucky hacks did not do his figures justice. On any other day, he would’ve collected his usual 4-fa not many.

Some poor fielding and too many boundary balls pushed the score up past 200. Nevertheless, the end score of 209 was well under par and we were confident of chasing it down with plenty of wickets in the tank.

Mason Crane in superb form rolling into the new year.  

By now the pitch offered the bowlers nothing, but it still offered more than a Tym Crawford snapchat story.

Axel looked good at the crease, and provided a great support role for Tym who was smashing the Sharks bowlers to all parts of the ground. It was particularly pleasing to see Tym dominate the short ball after he forgot to bring his pull shot to Howell Oval. 

At Axel’s dismissal, the ten thousand strong Chatswood crowd understandably decided to head home. However, one person (who we’ll call Ruth) stayed to watch until the end. 

While all the batsmen did their part to support Tym and edge us closer towards our target, we weren’t able to show enough ruthlessness and kept letting Sutherland back into the game.

Tym guided the Stags home in style. 

At 6-149 and still 60 runs behind, the game was edging towards an exciting finish. Fortunately, Dools came to the crease and assessed the situation perfectly. He took the time to get himself in, adjust to the speed of the wicket, and cash in later. 

Mason hit the winning runs because, well, it’s Mason. 

At last the budgies have got us a win. 

Dan Smith

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1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 2 - 2016/17

If there was ever a grudge match in pre-game touch footy, this was it. With the Balds winning 8 consecutive matches, the Hairs had plenty to prove. 

But as the saying goes, “I’d rather be bald, than have beautiful flowing hair”. The Balds were to strong once again for the easy beat Hairs. 

Chad Soper performs strongly back in Oz 

The game was over very early, after the Balds crossed for 3 tries within the first minute of play. 

So much has been made of the mid season transfer of Max”sop” Papworth from Bald to Hair, that the Hairs forgot what was most important, TEAM! 

The game was ended halfway through due to the new ”mercy rule” in place. 


As the warm up changed from low standard touch footy to intense “factory” drill, the Stags had a real feel that we could steal the show from the opposition. Just like our big opening bowler Charlie Stobo had nearly done during the week for NSW on debut. 

Temperatures were set to rise all day. The Stags knew it was going to be a case of fighting hard and drying the runs to create chances. With a batter friendly wicket first up, the opening bat from Penrith “ filled his boots” for 40 runs. 

This was until young Mason "closet bald" Crane came and bamboozled him with a top spinner skied to the ever safe hands of Chad Soper. From here the Stags halted the run scoring and started to gain some momentum from the Panthers. 

With Crane knocking over another bat for not many, the next batsmen strutted to the crease and was met with some great encouragement from the Stags. After Mason bowled what seemed to be a certain top edge from the first ball faced, the men were very excited to have another wicket and get a crack at the middle order. But this was not to be. 

On Day 1, Crawford looked to support Colley, Cahlin and crew 

Once again we learned there are two things we cannot control, the weather and good fortune. From here the Penrith batsmen dug in and controlled the innings to push on to our total. All the bowlers toiled really hard all day, and did an amazing job to push the game as far as it went. 

With only 3 wickets falling all day, the general feel was that the opposition batsmen had been kissed on the flute by a fairy. ln fact, we were out played in all facets. 

More runs in the first innings and our bowlers would of came out on top. But it was not to be. 

The trip down the highway was not all doom and gloom. We played touch footy on an NRL ground, ate some of the best chicken burgers grade cricket has to offer and Elliot had another ”GFD” to his name.

We also knew that next week Sutherland would be a great board to spring into Xmas off and get the gravy train back on the tracks before the break. 

Up the stags! 

Ash Doolan

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The Ones ventured to Penrith’s Howell oval with an e-Tag full of cash and a tank full of petrol. Pressure was on for the Balds to secure another win in front of a packed crowd at Penrith stadium. As the ref blew his whistle, you always sensed that this game was going to get ugly. 

Higher honours await for Axel Cahlin as he again passes 50 

The first play saw a bustling run from Papua New Guinea international Chad Soper. 

The ball was played, Eccles ran up the field to through a gaping hole in the defence. Only to be stopped by the touch judge, who had called play back for a massive bust up in back play. 

Matt (funk) Junk had coat hangered his own player, Mason (closet bald) Crane. Apparently there had been chat during the week that Mason was going to take Matt’s spot in the upcoming Tri-Nations, so Matt had decided he would make the decision easy for the skipper. 

Crane was stretched off the stadium, and Matt was given his marching orders. The crowd, 40 thousand strong, than witnessed another massacre by the Balds. The score ended up at 35 to nil. Well done Balds, mission accomplished.

Come match time, everyone was warmed up and ready for the day’s cricket ahead. 

Steve won the toss and batting was the mode everyone switched to. Axel and Campbell [sic] opened the innings steadily, until Cam was mysteriously caught down leg side by a poor man’s Cummings.

Colley is watchful in defence 

This allowed the skipper to enter the game. Axel once again passed 50 for the season. Another outstanding knock against quality bowler Josh Lalor. Higher honors are just around the corner.

Steve went on to crunch 75 valuable runs, the skipper has definitely struck some form and will no doubt finish the season with 2 or 3 match winning hundreds to his name. The middle order then struggled to make a dentist in the scorers’ books. Elliot, Ash and Max all struggled to score. 

As like the previous matches, the tail showed what grit and determination is all about. Mason dug in for a while which allowed the ball to soften and his team mates the opportunity to cash in at the end of the day. 

Rich man’s Dan Smith once again showed us he is more than a bowler who bats a bit, smacking 40 runs . Matt Junk chipped in with a well compiled 19 as well. And Chad ‘Ramp’ Soper stuck around to help the score push to 265 at the end of play.

Once again the Stags showed plenty of ticker to stick out the day. 

All is prepared and the time to rock and roll the Panthers will soon be upon us. 

Ash Doolan

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Twenty20 Cup vs Newcastle - 2016/17

Sunday’s 20/20 saw the mighty Stags venture north up the M1 to Newcastle for the early match against one of the competition’s newer sides, Newcastle DCA. As part of the 12 team “Sixers pool”, we were looking for a win to set up the following week at home at Chatswood.

Despite some runs from "Patches" Doolan and Cahlin in the middle, it wasn't their day 

With new surrounding's greeting the players we decided to change our team selection for the warm up from “Balds” and “Hairs” to “Beach bods” vs “Dad bods”.

Unfortunately with only Junky and Crawford in the Beach bods team we resorted back to the usual which, to nobody's surprise, the Hairs won 8-1 in another dominant display leaving the Balds without a pre game warm up win.

Unlucky boys.

Steve won the toss and without hesitation batted. A good start by "da boys" saw the score reach 32 before a couple of quick wickets fell. No panic from da boys though, as the score hit 2-38 with the leading run scorer for Gordon and all round nice guy El Richtor strutting to the middle.

Unfortunately it wasn't his day, getting trapped plum in front first ball. 

A good partnership between “Patches” Doolan and Axel Cahlin pushed the score along, but some good bowling from the Newcastle outfit and a steady fall of wickets left the Stags 9-127 at the end of innings. 

Knowing that a good bowling performance and a few tight overs to start would set us in a good way to winning, a blistering start by the Newcastle openers was not ideal. However, a few wickets eventually slowed the run rate and tight overs from Mason Crane and Els brought us right back in the game.

Axel’s constant sledging from deep mid-wicket was clearly rattling the batsmen, as we took it to the final over. 

Unfortunately they reached the target with 4 balls to go. 

A shattered group of Stags made their way back into the change room, where captain grumpy gave us all a serve which seemed to last an age. Looking for a motivational pick me up we turned to our overseas pro, Mason, who replied "just bat me higher." 

A good effort by "da boys" but unlucky not to get the chocolates.

Matt Junk

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2016/17

The second week against the alumni had a different feel about it. The tension was there between the Balds and the Hairs, with many Africanis expletives and shoulders thrown in like the current international arena. The Balds were silenced once again this week and I only have Virat Kohli to blame. 

Junk and Crane stroll off after a masterclass down the order. 
So... is JK getting moved down to #11? 

The Stags began to go through their normal warm up routine, taking in the sights and sounds of Chatswood Oval. At times you can be distracted and not for the reasons that Coogee or Manly often deliver. You can sometimes get trapped in the vibe and unfortunately for one of our many pre match entertainers their zen was interrupted. 

Erriott (no typo) was going through his normal throw down routine with the random ball machine that is our current author. After my hundredth pitch, and mind wandering towards the dugout, a short and wide delivery was produced. Erriott decided to cut over the boundary. It took an age, like a slow motion scene in the Matrix. 

Erriott and I had time to say the clichés “feet” or “watch out” but it felt like there was a collective, why bother. The ball cascaded into the calf of one of our many switched on fans which brought a pause to the session. Max Papsmear was in stitches as the trance was broken and the confusion set in. 

The theme of the day was very much about superstition and if anything this probably did not appease the god(s).

Superstition is defined as “excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural” (Wikipedia et al). Yet the alpha Stags have been wondering why we don’t just live up to our Australian nature and just say “Stitious”. Wikipedia et al states that stition is an irrational belief usually founded on ignorance or fear and characterised by obsessive reverence for omens and charms. 

That definition reminds me a little of the drug that we know as cricket, and I probably should start talking about it or the editors will become quite partial to this “match report”.

Cameron ‘I need to go to three a day rig sessions for our budgie shoot’ Eccles has finally worked out why he has been batting so poorly of late. It is not because of the 'stition' that his girlfriend keeps coming to watch him bat, but arrives late just in time to see him walking off the field. He claims, in fact, to have corrected his technique - but only managed to do so after getting out for 2, in hindsight, how convenient. 

So the trend of wickets followed and unfortunately for Axel his supernatural lady luck was not on his side. Cutting a short and wide delivery in the air to the right of point caused a bit of “pre workout panic”. Axel had set off for a run but a diving save and a blinded throw at one stump caused him to be sent back. A direct hit and the in-form batsmen was short of his ground. 

A new record for the Stags - highest 10th wicket partnership!
The score was taken to 57 before the Malone Magic act was unveiled. I have never seen so many variations of leg spin bowling before, and it brought our top order undone before lunch. A taste of our own medicine one would say, as our season so far has been conducive for spin. 

The old saying “takes one to know one” was definitely on display throughout the second session with Crane and Junk handling the fizz. It wasn’t until half an hour away from tea and the score on 200 that the 'stitious' behaviours began. 

Wikipedia et al states that being stitious is a notion, act or ritual that derives from such belief. The belief being ‘can we win this nine down’ and the act of ‘no one is allowed to move from their seats’ followed. However, the superstitious belief of not saying, “we can win this” was held close to our chests to avoid displeasing the cricket god(s). 

'Mulcher' Crane and Matthew 'Funk' Junk were batting brilliantly and made it through to the delayed tea break. Both surpassed their 50 milestones earning them a thumbs up.

Mason top scoring with a well compiled 80 and Junk pulling his way to an entertaining 61 not out batting 11. For two of the newest members of the club they now go down in the record books for the highest Gordon 10th wicket partnership, formerly held by Shayne “my cat and I no longer have balls” Lin and Ben “I don’t know you anymore because you play for North Sydney” Leighton. 

Well done boys for your entertaining batting display and no doubt pushing me down to number 11, cheers. 

So who broke the stition? Who moved from their spot? It wasn’t Tym although his “tyming” was not great. 

I blame Kristy (no typo). Do you remember Cam’s girlfriend who showed up to watch him walk off the field. Not only did she stay after that, but she decided to leave just after tea, when the boys were on 249. 

The end result was a loss and overall the blame on Cameron.

James "JK" Kennedy

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2016/17

The day started out like no other. The fierce rivalry and banter between the Hairs and the Balds just continues to grow, unlike the follicles on some said scalps. 

However the Stags were once again facing a strong opposition, with many a scalp containing a full head of hair and a NSW contract to boot. 

Charlie Stobo, selected during the week for the Futures League clash, leads the bowling attack 

In years gone by, before the hairlines started to recede, this may have intimidated the premier Stags but, with a near perfect start to the season, we could take on the Aussie team and give them a run for their advanced hair pocket money.

Balds vs Hairs, Game 10, had a different feel for it. Not only was there a lack of cheating coming from the Balds but there was a sign of respect from the Hairs that has been lacking all season. Is it because the club has seen that this rivalry has gotten out of hand and are now participating in a tele health clinical trial for “non-threatening conditions”.

Time will tell whether any alopecia suffers, small man syndrome suffers or someone just having a bad flute day will take up the challenge.

Cricket, the 6 hours of life contemplation that takes place every Saturday will now be mentioned.

Mason "Mulcher Jr" Crane continues his strong performances on the field and maintains a strong following off the field 

The wicket was hard with an occasional ridge. Good all round conditions to chase leather and sniff a good length delivery every now and again. Larkin did manage to avoid the popping ball in the early session but succumbed to probably the worst ball of the morning, cutting (snicking) outside off on a slow last ball of the over. Cheers.

From there we watched 100 runs of Sheffield shield cricket, with the herd of Stags bowling well. 

‘Mulcher Jr’ (Mason Crane) trapped the prize wicket of Cowan in front of his stumps after lunch to raise the antlers to the herd for a Stag clap (patent pending). However with two head boys returning to the sheds, the men of Gordon had a tough, dry period leading into tea with the score trickling past 200 for the loss of two wickets.

Kennedy and Junk, opponents in the warm up, pair up to apply pressure to the Students 

By that time, the alumni of Gordon Cricket had started to roll in for the afternoon’s play. The annual wine tasting afternoon that is endorsed by club legend Adair Durie had grouped in the Matt Junk stand and started to create an atmosphere not too common at a premier cricket game.

Crane is attacting plenty of attention from film directors of martial arts blockbusters with this "Crane" pose 

Threats of flare’s and abuse were thrown over the railing with the question, are they here to support us or to clap all afternoon as Greg Mail brought up another grade cricket milestone; stop it! 

With Carters bringing up his well compiled hundred, there were rumours of a large total. However the Stags, aided by drunk hollering got on a roll as the pressure that we had slowly built up throughout the day began to pay dividends. 

Three run outs followed as the Students realised that the strike rate was dwindling late in the day. 

Pulling themselves together for this photo, the ex-Stags enjoy themselves and Adair's wines 

It was a well-executed fielding drill which saw the Stags walking off the field with one over to spare in the day and our heads still high. Although 340 is a good total, it’s Chatswood, so get behind the Stags run chase.

Special mention goes to Axel Cahlin for his unexpected and brilliant one handed catch to get Mail out. That will be remembered for some time to come.

Watch this space, the budgies have arrived. We are coming for you Stag bay.

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

1st Grade vs St George - Round 5 - Day 2 - 2016/17

After last week’s thumping, the Balds were very keen to make amends in this week’s touch rugby warm up. Even though they have to apply that little bit more suncream than the rest of us, the Balds were out early, throwing the ball around like they knew what they were doing.

Charlie Stobo deserved many more than his 2 against St George... the Futures League selectors agree with the author 

It was to no avail. 

Another drubbing followed. 

In the interest of team morale, I wont indulge into the delicacies of the game, but you should just know that it’s getting rather boring to watch a team capitulate so regularly. 

This 'Bald' Crawford clearly has better hands during the match than the warm up

Not only do I see it on a weekly basis in the warm ups, but I’m seeing it on the TV when I get home too.

I digress. 

A slow start to the morning’s play sparked into life, when an excellent bottom edged catch up to the stumps from gloveman Ash Doolan, from the bowling of Tym Crawford, sent the Saints skipper on his way. 

St George had all three of their big names back for Day 2, and they were the key. Patterson and Henriques joined the party at numbers 4 and 5, and put together a good partnership before Matt Junk had Patterson caught at mid off. Tym Crawford was next to take a big scalp, with an excellent caught and bowled to dismiss Moises Henriques.

This changed the game in Gordon’s favour. 

The Stags took the game by the throat and never let go from there. 

Mason Crane quickly dismissed Harry Finch and Trent Copeland, before Stobo got in on the act with a well deserved wicket of his own. 

Tony Wilson didn't need to wait long to snap four great shots of Mason's wickets 

A special mention must go to Charlie for his efforts on Saturday afternoon, he ran in hard all day for the Stags, and deserved much more than the 2 wickets he took. Crane knocked over the Number 10 and soon after ‘Mantos’ Kennedy rattled the stumps of the Number 11, completing a Stags win and making that 5 from 5. 

Crane finished with 4 wickets, Stobo and Crawford 2 a piece, and Junk and Kennedy both snared 1. Another great team performance. Gordon march on to Sydney Uni next week. 

Mason Crane

Second Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Second Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

Unfortunately to whoever reads these match reports this one will actually have to be about cricket due to me being late to the game, apologises to you and to the Julios who I'm certain still got the win without their star player. 

Sam Baker steams in 

We batted first on what looked to be a flatty at Mark Taylor and another top order collapse left pappy to clean up the crumbs with a brilliant 85. He started off scratching around but a the flick of a switch took the absolute les kiss out of whoever wanted to let the ball go at him, starting with a extremely angered pre pubescent 16 year old, playing both left and right handed and playing one of the knocks of the year to get us to a defendable 169. 

Chaddy got us off to a start with 2 caught behinds as the scoreboard ticked to around the 50 mark after 10. Big nuts and Sammy bowled a great partnership of bowling restricting the Rangers and dragging their run rate down to below 3s as the clouds begin to roll in. 

Pieces of paper then began flying around through both sets of teams hands in what looked like a playbook of what plays to produce next but what turned out to be the duckworth Lewis totals. As the pressure built the stags lifted the intensity and resulted in a great stumping to the skipper. With continued pressure a cheeky run out gave us some breathing space with the Duckworth Lewis as the Rangers fell behind the required target by over 10 runs. 

A couple of lucky shots then the had NDs Back with a shot in the game. With the staggies up by 1 run and Chad at the top of his mark, the biggest and brightest strike of lightning that has ever been recorded flashed behind the ground as the umpires proclaimed they somehow didn't see so play had to continue. A couple of runs off the next 2 balls got NDs ahead of the rate by one run as then the rain and hail flogged down and ended any chance of what would have been a great finish to a game of cricket. 

Very unlucky and very unfortunate in what was a great fight by the stags.

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

After a shaky victory to the Julio’s, some cricket was actually played…

The Stags won the toss and bowled under sultry skies. They started well but a number of dropped catches gave Mosman a massive reprieve. 

Chad Soper remained not out at the end of the innings. 1st Grade for this International in Round 11 

The score rose steadily as more catches were shelled. Anand Verma finally took a brace, as did Chad Soper, as Mosman finished on 5-246 from their 50 overs.

What could have been! But wasn’t.

Gordon started steadily but then the top order collapsed with only Scott O’Brien of the top five batsmen making any real contribution.

Corbin Edgar and Chad Soper then added some respectability with a good partnership but when Corbin was out for a swashbuckling 73, the end was nigh.

All out for 208 with Chad remaining 27*. A disappointing result but I know the lads have had a good week of training and are ready to take on the Bears with animosity. 

Go the Stags.

Max Papworth

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Christmas break is always an interesting one for the Stags. A break to reflect on your performances to date, as well as to contemplate how much practice will be executed amongst your two weeks off. 

More often than not, your training routine will be dictated by season statistics to date. Admittedly, you arrive at the same outcome. Whether performing well or badly, 90% of us will have 0 throw downs, 0 net sessions, and will arrive at the first game of January with whites still compounding mould and dirt from pre Christmas. 

Josh Doyle picks up one of his three wickets.

This training regime is not arrived at purposefully however, at least a collection of us have the best intention to maintain at least some form of training to avoid forgetting how to bat or bowl in the 2 weeks we have off. Some players even initiate backyard cricketing activity as a “bit of fun”, when in actual fact it is most certainly for personal reassurance that at least some form of practice has been done.

This does bode the question of what the other 10% do; admittedly the author is most certainly in this category. The Christmas break training scaffold for this 10% is broken down into 2 categories – Skills and Game Analysis. Skills are obvious, batting bowling and fielding. 

Throw downs with Dad every morning at 7am for an hour. Why else would he take off time over Christmas? It certainly isn’t to spend more time around the house. 

Bowling happens at 8, utilising hula-hoops, marking cones and a cardboard cut out of either Dan Stickland or Axel Cahlin, rotating every day. Annoyingly, Axel’s cut out still goes at a run a ball and averages 50 odd. 

Chad showed some resistance down the order.

After skills, it is time to get home just before the first ball of the test starts. You must ensure your laptop has full charge to ensure you don’t lose power whilst updating your excel spreadsheet analysis of the days play. 

Singles, Boundaries, misfields you name it. Every ball is documented and compiled into a knowledge bank, to help you when facing Vikrant first training session back. 

Once the test is over, there is an hour in which you can hit yourself high catches before the big bash starts, ensure your laptop is put back on charge. Detailed analysis of the big bash in a similar fashion to your daytime shift has to occur to improve your database; you can never have too much information. 

Once the big bash finishes you can then go back to sleep to recover for tomorrow’s training schedule. The ratio of work to rest is 7 days a week, obviously. However on Christmas morning it is slightly altered, where the morning skills sessions are doubled in duration to provide an excuse to miss Christmas lunch. 

It is important to recognise that this training regime obviously leads to instant success, which makes the first game in January extremely exciting for us 10%.

Anyway, 2nd grade arrived at Old Kings Oval to see extremely flat wicket, with a slightly damp popping crease. It is fair to say a start on time was hopeful. However this didn’t eventuate. 

Dan Stickland was pinpoint as usual.

After about 3 games of warm up soccer where the nerds took the cake 10-0 on aggregate thanks to Anand Verma’s heroics, we finally tossed and decided to bowl. It was unfortunate that AV had exerted all of his energy in the warm up and decided to take a day of leave. Luckily we called the Orchard just in time, and told them to cut Prelly off and chuck him in an Uber to Parramatta, crisis averted.

It is fair to say that everyone bowled well. Chad was unlucky not to get a wicket, however he certainly applied pressure, which enabled J Doyle to burgle 3 wickets opening the bowling. 2 wickets each to Stickland, Baker and Obrien saw Parramatta bowled out for 206. Take out old mates 112, which was an exceptional show of power hitting, and the Stags Bowlers had done a good job.

Unfortunately the batting never hit its straps. Too many starts without any large scores is hopefully an unusual story for the 2s batting line up. It is important to capitalise on our strong table position to ensure a run for finals is made with plenty of momentum.

Writing a match report when we don’t come away with the points isn’t very fun, especially when my training regime didn’t pay dividends. I am still trying to figure out why. If you think my holiday program needs adjusting please let me know. Maybe two hits a day would have made a difference???

Reagan Klemt

2nd Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

With persistent rain during the week it was looking unlikely the stags would be able to play to make amends form last week’s performance. Fortunately a bright and sunny day was forecasted. 

It was an emotional morning as Will Phillips was to turn out for the “Julios” for one last momentous moment. As ever he was fired up and put on a stellar performance to continue the run of form against the “nerds” that began last week. However it was to no avail as the result was a boring draw.

Despite the dry pitch and outfield there was one small wet patch on the square, delaying the start of our match by an hour. When play finally began the stags started perfectly with Dom and Scott “Scooty” Obrien running extremely well and putting away the bad balls. 

It needs to be noted how quick Dom is running between the wickets turning 1’s into 2’s and 2’s into 3’s it is no wonder he trains twice a day at F45 gym. After what was looking to be a very big partnership Scotty was out bringing Max Papworth to the crease. 

Another tidy partnership made a big score start to look likely. Max fell looking to increase the run rate which bough Will “King Julio” Phillips to the crease for his final innings. He started where Max left off rotating the strike and using lap sweeps to good effect against their spinners. With wickets in hand and the score ticking over at a comfortable rate Max Newman saw an opportunity for him to play an aggressive innings that would push the total past the par 270 mark we established before the innings that would bat them out of the game. 

When Will departed for a well-made 27, Max was attacking from the word go punishing the spinners by picking the gaps in a very calculated manner. 

Dom’s dismissal will go down as one of the more comical we will see all season. Attempting to return from dancing down the wicket Dom looked like he had been shot in the hammy. Fortunately it was just a cramp and with assistance from the opposition players Dom was walking off the pitch having made an excellent 79. 

Another quick wicket bought Josh Doyle to the crease feeling as fresh as ever from his 10th game of cricket in two weeks. Max and Josh could not have put a foot wrong both playing aggressively. 

A shout out has to be made for Josh’s six over fine leg where he played an incredible scoop shot. Max and josh were there at the end with 75 (52 balls) and 37 (33 balls) respectively giving us the final score of 290.
The Stags with the thought of a Christmas party in the approaching hours were determined to finish the job early. We couldn’t have asked for a better start with Josh and Sticko applying the pressure and picking up wickets. 

Doyley was the first to take a wicket then Stickland followed suit straight after. It seemed from here the flood gates were to be open that not even Sutherland's new coach Sparky could prevent. 

The spinners in Scott and Anand bowled beautifully both bowling with accuracy. It can be seen how tight they bowled with 4 and 6 maidens by Anand and Scott respectively. 

From here the game seemed to put on the breaks as they played very defensively. 

William “I have 7 first class wickets” Phillips was given one last chance for a Staggies wicket. It would have been the case if yours truly didn’t drop a dolly. The Sutherland boys continued to play negative cricket seemingly blocking it out for a draw. 

This is when Cameron “6 pack in progress” New and Sticks were bought into the attack. Stickland took two very quickly with brilliant attacking the stumps bowling. Cam after a rocky start got into a groove and started to bowl some decent rocks. 

Cam picked up the final wicket and fittingly it was Will who took the catch with a screamer in the deep. Sutherland were all out for 126 which shows the absolute dominance Gordon displayed over the opponents. 

A much improved team effort from the week before and a lot of positives to be taken into the New Year break.

Corbin Edgar

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

The second grade heroes arrived at Chatswood under familiar circumstances, in the midst of Sam “Stinky” Baker’s gaseous emissions. 

There were several key changes to the team with Corbin Edgar filling in for the absent territory cricketer Josh Doyle, Nick “Big Nuts” Miller and Anand “NaNa” Verma revitalising the bowling attack and bowling all-rounder Shayne Lin coming in for Regean Klemt in Day 2.

Will Phillips sequence seems to be in order.  

Of course this meant monumental shifts in power as the “Julios” and “Nerds” infamous football match began to draw large crowds on the Chatswood Hill, thankfully their Tai-Chi Sword celebrations resulted in zero injuries. 

The “Nerds” developed some momentum over the course of game as the “Julios” new recruits Corbin and Big Nuts failed to close down the fast movements of Anand on and off the ball. Will “Sweet Chilli Philli” Phillips as usual was rambunctious on the field and was tightly double marked for obvious reasons. The “Nerds” well-rehearsed ‘zonal’ defence strategy along with Scotty O’Brien’s park the bus mentality kept the Julio’s scoreless. 

Quick fire counter attack goals to Sambo Baker and Dan Stickers secured a once again vital win for the “Nerds”. Clearly the “Julio’s” flamboyant and debatably ‘loose’ playing style will need serious attention over the coming weeks.

Anand and Stickers happily poured themselves a celebratory cuppa as skip Max Newman won the toss and choose to bat on a flat Chatswood wicket. Like every week the words “it’ll do abit early” were muttered (©The Grade Cricketer) however we were quietly confident with a solid batting performance the previous round. 

The day didn’t go to plan and was ominously alluded to by Cam “Mango’s” New who left one on middle in the second over. Regular wickets fell and the Stags couldn’t put together a partnership. That is until Corbin and Anand came together, saving the Stags and pushing them up to 180. 

Corbs punished the bowlers in his quick-fire 80, particularly against the spinners. Will Phillips reminded everyone how special he is by refusing to bat without some gum, thankfully old Dom “Spectrum” Thomson was able to supply the goods after a quick jog to Woolies. However there wasn’t much else to smile about. 

In the field our bowlers toiled hard on an absolute flatty in the afternoon with little success or luck. A classic day of grade cricket (©Will Phillips) where the batsman cashed in after tea and the runs came easy. Finishing on 2-150 odd. 

A highlight was probably some dubious under the lid tactics by Max Newman that gave Dom Thomson a few bruises from close proximity, cheers Anand for that half tracker.

An unfamiliar sight with Shayne Lin being put to good use! 

When Day 2 rolled round the batsman dusted off the total and a dead-rubber game became apparent as neither team were going to bowl each other out again. 

Shayne Lin was the pick of the bowlers with a couple of dot balls and above average sledging. Sweet Chilli Philli also took a few nice snares in the field that helped lift the team on a long day. 

The Stags got another bat however the skippers called the game at tea, a disappointing day for the heroes. 

The highlight of the day was clearly the boozy post match soccer game. Pints of Asahi brought up more emotion then usual between the “Julios” and “Nerds” and a 10 minute ‘kick’ had suddenly turned into an hour long cage match. The “Julios” had been struggling recently and were looking for some additional fire power. 

This came in the form of a 9 yr old local who had rolled up to Chatswood for the day with a box of Dominoes pizza and a scooter. Clearly an avid supporter of the Stags and more precisely the “Julios”. Whilst we never got his name, we quickly landed on ‘Reg’ and it stuck. We had a game on our hands. The game was abit hazier than usual – dehydration and beers, name a more iconic duo – however it was fiercely locked at 2-2 when “next goal wins” was uttered. The “Nerds” defence was caught napping, yes I know how uncharacteristic, and Big Nuts slotted one home to give the “Julios” victory. 

Overall disappointment for the Stags as one session in Day 1 cost us the match however we showed good fight and no need for alarm bells. A better batting performance will be necessary and we’re confident we can roll into Christmas with a big win next week.

Dom "Webmaster" Thomson

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

On Day 1 the Gordon boys arrived at a flat Sydney University Oval for their round 6 fixture. The match was an important one as the boys unfortunately lost the previous round to a strong St George side. With the boys wanting to make amends for the previous round we knew we would have to execute all three disciplines well coming up against an always strong Sydney University opponent.

The weekly pre match football was very competitive as it always is with the top six taking on the bottom five. The top order bats have been winning most weeks, however, this week the bowlers managed to keep it to a well earned hard fought draw. Good stuff bottom five!

Scotty O'Brien in fine form!

Now to the cricket! 

Captain Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a typical flat Sydney Uni wicket with openers Cameron New and Scott O’brien putting on 40 for the first wicket. The boys played the opposition opening bowlers well, leaving many deliveries outside off stump and making the bowlers bowl to them. 

The boys had to work hard for their runs as the usual quick outfield wasn’t so quick with balls stopping just short of the fence numerous times, with many 2’s and 3’s being run. Unfortunately Newy was bowled after looking good for his 14. I’m quite sure a big score is right around the corner for Cameron as he has been looking better and better each week I have seen him bat. Josh Doyle came and went for 9 unfortunately getting ‘Burnsed’ caught down the leg side. 

Regan Klemt and Scott O’brien then steadied the ship to get the Stags’ to lunch at 2-70. During the first session Scott did a wonderful job negotiating the Uni bowlers and put the bad balls away. He brought up his fifth fifty of the season and gave his customary thumbs up to the boys. Well done Scott! 

Mr Dan Smithers playing fluently all over the ground.

Unfortunately early in the second session Scott got a peach of a delivery that bounced steeply on a length which he edged through to the keeper for a well compiled 56. Regan also unfortunately edged a ball to their 1st slip who took a good catch. If only he’d managed to nick it to their second slip who was having a nightmare of a day putting down several chances! 

This left the boys in a dangerous position with the score placed at 4-100. 

The Stags needed it’s all-rounders to stand up and dig us out of a hole and that’s exactly what Dan Smith and Will Phillips did putting on 75 for the fourth wicket. They both batted patiently for most of the second session as well as both being aggressive towards their young spinner.

Will Phillips scored his highest score of the season so far, unfortunately hitting a full toss straight to the fielder for 40. After tea, Thompson came and went, and the set batsman Smith nicked off to the first slip for a classy 44. Skipper Max Newman and our PNG all- rounder Chad Soper dug us out of another hole and helped us post the respectable total of 270 at the end of the day. They batted for most of the final session putting on 54 with Max producing a stubborn captain’s knock of 39 and Chad making 31 respectively. 

Day 2 brought with it newly formed pre match soccer teams changed; ‘the nerds’ vs ‘the julios’ it was always going to be a competitive match. Skipper Max Newman was the leader of ‘the nerds’ and Will Phillips was appointed captain of ‘the julios’ for his overall good looking appearance and his ability to ‘alpha’ the rest of us on the soccer field. However, ‘the nerds’ stuck it to their superiors and won quite comfortably 3-1! Well done nerds!

Chad Soper was well and truly unchained for the Stags.

We had a game plan to bowl good areas and to be patient. Dan Smith (0-23 off 12) and Chad Soper (1-36 off 14) opened up and bowled good channels with both bowlers unfortunately having chances go down in the slips. This has been a problem area for us so far this season and will no doubt be looking to improve it as the season progresses. 

Smith and Soper bowled without luck as the students’ batsmen batted very patiently defending and leaving lots of deliveries. They were starting to settle into a nice partnership and their shots were racing along the quicker outfield on day two. 

Dan ‘Mr Reliable’ Stickland (2-41 off 17) was brought into the attack and had success again quite quickly as their opener managed to nick one behind to Newman. The students’ experienced batsman Hay and Miller put on 63 for the second wicket before the students had a collapse to go from being 1-21 to 5-107. 

This collapse was hugely thanks to Regan ‘Faf’ Klemt, or ‘Faf du Reeg’ who had the important task of working on the ball all day to make sure our bowlers could utilise the important skill of reverse swing. The Stags then were able to apply lots of pressure by bowling in tight areas and minimise the student’s scoring opportunities. 

Scott O’Brien (2-38 off 14.1) was able to control an end with his much improved leg-spin, whilst we attacked at the other end with the quicks. This enabled us to get the remaining wickets comfortably and bowl a strong Sydney University side out for 196.

Dan Stickland struggles to put a foot wrong this season, keep it going!

Gordon taking a well earned 6 points from the game gets our season back in the right direction after our loss the previous round, winning 5 out of 6 matches thus far this season. 

The boys are really gelling together as a group and want to win games of cricket together but also enjoy each other’s success. 

Next round, we take on the always competitive Penrith at home at Chatswood. 

If we aim to produce solid performances like we have so far this season I have no doubt we can beat any team in the competition and give it a red hot crack of playing finals cricket.

Sam Baker

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

As we arrived at the pristine Hurstville Oval, nerves and excitement had spread throughout the changeroom. Rumour was that our ferocious skipper had just made the biggest decision in his captaincy career.

He changed the teams in warm up football to The Top 6 vs The Bottom 5. 

Here's a photo of Dan Stickland to help you through the 'football chat', which is as trendy as Booth's manbun 

The decision was a controversial one, but all players agreed it was made solely on the prospect of possibly the best football combination the world has ever seen, in Phillips and Doyle.

The pair didn’t take long to set the world alight, as straight from the shin-off they were teaming up for consecutive goals before the Bottom 5 had even taken a breath. As word got around the Hurstville locals, the crowd grew in hundreds and were in complete awe of the skills of these two athletes. 

They continued to take the mickey as the Top 6’s score progressed into double and then into triple figures, while keeping a remarkable clean sheet over the 10 minute match.

Scott O'Brien takes 5 Saints wickets to set up the first innings chase 

Will “Travis Head” Phillips was interviewed at the end of the match, and in his arrogant English accent was quoted in saying that the match was “A simple training run against blokes who have 2 left feet”. The Bottom 5 was left embarrassed and chose not to comment on the drubbing. 

In the cricket, “Scooby” O’Brien took an excellent and well deserved 5 wicket haul, “DT” Thomson toughed out a 29* in the first innings while the rest of us were poor.

Sam Baker and Dan Smith combine to provide a formidable 2nd Grade attack 

Chad “Sloper” Soper was welcomed back to a first baller and a brilliant spell of bowling all in the morning of Day 2.

We lost, which sucked. Particularly given St George only made 165 first time around.

Our second innings wasn’t much better. However, we have all resolved to take it up to the Students next round.

Remember kids who rules, O’Doyle Rules

Josh Doyle

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

‘Creativity is contagious. Pass it on’. Einstein’s words echoed around the team huddle on a damp spring morning in Sydney’s leafy North Shore.

If you assumed that by ’team’ I meant the 11 members of second grade, you were incorrect. These were, in fact, the words uttered by the top five ‘legends’ as named by last week’s match reporter, Dan Stickland, one of the few words he didn’t use the synonym tool on. Sorry Dan, but I’m going to rename the top five ‘the galácticos’.

In case you weren’t aware the galácticos (Spanish for galactics or superstars) were expensive, world-famous Real Madrid football players recruited during the "galácticos" policy pursued during Florentino Pérez's presidency at Real Madrid in the early to mid 2000s. I contacted my English mate Banksy to make up what a modern day gálacticos side would look like and you can see below what he came up with. The bottom six have the nickname ‘the jerks’. You can have that one, Dan.

I won’t bore you with the full details of the football match on day one, people are occupied with work, uni or school and don’t need to know about me scoring five over the two weekends.

Game 1:

Galacticos 6 Jerks 4

Game 2:

Galacticos 2 Jerks 1

Player Ratings (football obviously)


Scott O’Brien 9
What was Hayden without Langer? Lennon without McCartney? Richie without Alex? Nothing. What would the gálactico’s defence be like without O’Brien? Work it out.

Cam New 7.5
Not a natural but sport is 90% mental.

Will Phillips 7
Modesty is the best policy when writing a match report.

Reagan Klemt 9
Recovered from getting skinned by Newman in week one to return with an imperious, commanding performance. Brings the ball each week.

Max Papworth 9.5
Covers ground a lot better than he covers the wickets at Killara. Imperious.


Josh Doyle 5
Bases his game on his beloved Central Coast Mariners, who are currently languishing in the lower echelons of the A League.

Max Newman 5.3
MOM in week one, a week in the courts seemed to affect his JUDGEment in week two.

Nick Miller 5.1
One of the most gifted players on the north shore. Great presence on the pitch, but I think that is his jawline, rather than his football, doing the talking.

Jack Skillbeck 5.2
Added enthusiasm to a lethargic Jerks side. Best player I’ve seen in a floppy.

Dan Stickland 5
Could do a job in England’s national team.

Sam Baker 5
Plays football with the coordination of a person who is celebrating their 18th birthday at The World Bar.

Whilst the Galactico's are undeniably clinical they are indeed a sight for sore eyes.


Day 1: Rain

Day 2:

An unprepared pitch meant that play kicked off at 12, leaving both teams a paltry 70 overs to force a result. Skipper Newman won the toss and stuck the Doggies in and they came out with bite. Bulldogs by name, Bulldogs by nature.

However, their promising start was soon neutered with tight bowling from Messrs O’Brien and Miller pulling back the Dog’s leash, 50/2. 
Enter Dan Stickland, who’s first ball, a genuine full bunger, was pouched at mid off by Skillbeck. 

A fortunate start from Stickland some may say, however, as my father James would say, “it’s better to be a lucky bowler than a good bowler”. 

Dan picks up four poles for his trouble.
Not to say that DS is not a good bowler, precisely the opposite in fact. This point was proven in an exceptional spell of attacking bowling, and by the end of his spell, he had four wickets to show for his hard work. 

Experienced pro Scott O’Brien also deservedly bagged a couple of wickets with a spell of controlled leg-spin, while Josh Doyle took two at the death. 

Doggies 173 all out.

Batting. It didn’t look good for the Stags at 5/86, although the top five looked good, that’s all that matters right? Wrong (Klemt, 2016). 

Back to Klemt in a moment. 

One of the five wickets to fall was Papworth, fresh off a hundred the week prior. Max was caught by a blinding catch at mid off after which, he was subject to a rather rude sending off from the Bankstown opening bowler. 

Their exchange went a little like this:

Bowler: “Oi mate, on your bike”

Max: “Mate, you know my Dad is an ex-Wallaby and is now a TV and Radio personality?”

Bowler: “Bloody oath, sorry mate”

Klemt (59*) and Newman (31) calmed proceedings down somewhat, putting together a crucial, match-defining partnership of 62. Reg played with great control, while Max continued his excellent start to the season with a counter-attacking knock. 

Regean carries the Stags home with another great show of controlled yet power hitting.
When Max was out, Miller came to the crease and with Reg, took the Stags home with 7 balls remaining. Four wins out of Four for second grade. Long may it continue.

Allez les Stags.


Sweet Chilli Willy Phillips

2nd Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

Ah 2-day cricket. Proper cricket if you ask me, an absorbing format where the equanimity of the batsmen is delicately juxtaposed against the determination of the bowler.

A format where the game is not won or lost in an over but in a session or multitude thereof. How would the mighty stags fare in such a formidable challenge? Well read on, and I shall regale you of a mighty contest.

Max Papworth punches one down the ground with ease 

The setting, Killara Oval. Something of a fortress these last few weeks for the reserve graders. 

Whilst visitors have complained of the pitch and outfield, the staggies (much like the parents of a disappointing child) have embraced it and have set about being the best they can possibly be. 

Before I delve into the battle between willow and leather I must first report on a more hotly contested clash between the incredulously named “top 5 Legends” and the “bottom 6 Jerks.”

A mid-week transfer window sought to breathe new life into the match, with Max ‘he’ll get a mention or two’ Papworth coming into the Top 5 for Josh ‘UpUp’ Doyle who looked to solidify the bottom 6 midfield. 

The bottom 6 were determined from the outset, using a high press system not seen since the days of LVG at Old Trafford. This in-your-face attitude rattled the top 5, who resorted to speculative long balls that were dutifully cleaned up by Sam ‘Flu’ Baker. 

Reagan's long levers clubbed the Bee's around Killara 

Once in possession the bottom 6 looked to utilise the wings, ignoring the imaginary sideline marked by Reagan ‘might get another mention’ Klemt. Numerous crosses came close to breaking the deadlock, as did a scintillating interchange of passing between Miller and Stickland (think Jack Wilshere’s goal v Norwich 2013, minus the actual goal). 

A draw seemed inevitable, then “last play” was called and the top 5 sent all their numbers upfield in a vain attempt to take the game. 

A scramble and the ball was cleared out to Sam Baker, clean on goal with no one in front but suffering from an almighty case of the flu. Baker kept his composure and rolled it through for a well-deserved 1-0 victory for the bottom 6 jerks.

Now, to Cricket, the real reason you're here. 

Max Newman declared his intention to bat should he win the toss. The wicket had a covering of green grass, however the pitches true nature was underneath. Rock hard, no moisture whatsoever, must bat first. 

Well, true to form Newman lost the toss and the bowlers, observing the skippers body language from afar, starting warming up from their full runs. Incredibly the Bumble Bees captain decided to bowl first. An intriguing decision, but the right one? Read on. 

2/22 after 10 overs. “Yer probably the right decision” thought the Bumble Bees, “all right watch me” thought young Max Papworth and that is precisely what we did. 

For 221 minutes Max "the Smear" Papworth cut, swept and drove his way to a commanding and powerful 132.

An extremely entertaining 132 from Max!

His dismissal will be longed talked about, punching the ball whilst unsuccessfully reversing sweeping for the third time, I suspect the umpire was sick of seeing it and simply sent him on his way to think about what he did. 

The carnage however, was only starting as Reagan ‘sausage rolls FTB” Klemt then replicated Papworth’s innings. 

Finishing on 121* Reagans innings was chanceless and just reward for his continual hard work. The amassed total of 407/7 was simply sensational and the bumble bees were probably questioning their decision to even play cricket, let alone bowl first on an absolute flatty. Oh and Scott "Scooby" O'Brien got his 3rd successive half century.

A materclass from Reagan late in Day 1, finishing on 121*

As if the day did not belong to the Staggies already, Nick Miller decided to nip one back and leave UNSW 1/20 off 8 at the end of the day.

Day 2 saw one of the most dynamic and enthralling football matches ever seen in a cricket warm up. 

The Top 5 Legends were clearly rattled by the Bottom 6 Jerks victory last weekend and this was proven by their over-analysis and pre-match huddle to discuss tactics. 

The Bottom 6 Jerks maintained their in-your-face high press defence, forcing the Top 5 Legends to play the long ball, gifting away possession. However, the Bottom 6 Jerks struggled to capitalise on their possession, misfiring in front of goal. 

Suddenly out of nowhere Will "Wilbur" Phillips went on a barnstorming run beating multiple Jerks defenders and slotting it home for a 1-0 lead. Wilbur has had a sore back lately and while he’s not sure what it is or what caused I can safely say it’s from carrying the Top 5 Legends. 

This goal ignited the Bottom 6 and a swift counter attack from a corner levelled the match at 1-1. The game was on a precipice and the next goal would be vital. 

The Jerks once again sent the ball wide, Anand Verma released Stickland down the left wing and in his first contribution of the day Stickland put the ball on a platter for Newman to put the Jerks up 2-1. The game was not over though and time was still on the clock for the Top 5 to pull off the unthinkable. 

Scott "Scooby" O'Brien doing what he does best!

The Bottom 6 Jerks went into “Mourihno Mode” and parked the bus, booting the ball long and into the corners in a pessimistic attempt to wind down the clock. 

“Last Play” was called and the Top 5 held possession well. Somehow despite a shot being deflected for a corner ‘Last Play’ was continued to allow the Top 5 one last chance. 

A long, high and speculative ball found its way to the edge of the box and Will Phillips got a head on it. The ball, seemingly in slow motion, looped over the Jerks defenders and landed squarely in the middle of the goal. 2-2. 

Heartbreak for the Bottom 6 Jerks. Elation for the Top 5 Legends. Next week will be a fixture not to be missed.

We also played some cricket and the not out batsmen started well and cashed in as the bowlers looked to be full. 

Sam “healthy again” Baker got the ball rolling for the Stags, knocking back middle stump after consistently hitting some good areas. 

Dan “Cyclops” Stickland’s introduction into the attack saw one of the most fortunate drag-ons of his career, the batsman gloving the ball into leg stump as he looked to play to fine leg. To be fair though I did move it a little bit so it had some right to take a wicket. 

Sticker's smashing the stumps week in week out.

The UNSW batsmen weren’t going anywhere but then their number 4 decided to take Stickland on for a trio of boundaries, Stickers had the last laugh though uprooting middle stump and then letting the entire suburb of Killara know. Will Phillips then chimed in with a wicket of his own and at 5/104 things were looking great for the Stags.

The Staggies then wavered in their conquest, a couple of dropped chances and a partnership developed. 

Josh Doyle then rolled out some offies and took a neat caught-and-bowled, clutching it in his arms. “Lucky I’ve been doing them curls” said Josh in the huddle. It seems curls not only get girls but also partnership-breaking wickets (bowlers take note). 

Unfortunately, another partnership proved frustrating and the bowlers were perhaps guilty of bowling too inconsistently and wide of the stumps. Fortunately, the introduction of Scooby proved vital and the Stags entered tea only needing 3 more wickets. 

A quality tea (it’s gotta be one of the best teas in the entire comp) revitalised the bowlers and it took a measly 16 balls to capture the last 3 wickets. Scooby and Stickland ended with 3 each and the mighty reserve graders rolled on to remain undefeated. 

Also big ups to the 4th graders who came down to watch and supplying a case of beers to savour the win. 

Gordon 407/7dec (Papworth 132, Klemt 121*, O’Brien 74) def. UNSW 251 (O’Brien 3/25 Stickland 3/44)

Dan Stickland

2nd Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

2nd Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

In an attempt to build a stronger opening combination, Cameron New and Scott O’Brien have decided to start doing everything together. "We get coffee together, we train together and of course, we write match reports together." Can you tell who wrote what?

A sunny but blustery day greeted the Reserve Graders at Bert Oldfield Oval for their 2nd of six consecutive Saturdays at the venue. 

James "JK" Kennedy was thankfully more useful bowling than with his feet in the warm up football match

And it wasn’t long before the action started, with the hotly contested warmup football match between the Top 5 Legends and the Bottom 6 Jerks. The Jerks had some key inclusions with Dom “Spectrum” Thomson providing a much needed injection of pace and skill, and James “Peter Crouch” Kennedy proving to be a tall and lanky distraction for the Legends defenders. 

Their tactic of leaving the owner of the most lethal farts in Sydney Grade Cricket, Sammy “Protein Shake” Baker sweeping in defence also proved to be an important move. The Legends attackers really struggled to breathe in the gas cloud that had formed in the attacking half, let alone string any meaningful plays together. As a result the Jerks jumped out to early 2-0 lead. However, with the game reaching a conclusion, the New-O’Brien opening combination started gelling. With telepathic like synchronisation and fluency, chances were starting to fall to the Legends on the back of the pair’s dominant midfield display. 

And just at the call of “next goal wins!” the Legends converted pressure into goals with the very spreadable “Sweet Chili Philly” Will Phillips slipping in behind the Jerks' backline and applying the finish under immense pressure from the methane gas cloud that had formed. A 3-2 result under the “next goal wins” rule and 2 wins from 2 for the Legends this season.

Warmup football rivalries would have to be put on ice until next week however, as the Staggies looked to continue to build upon their cricketing form after a strong victory over Blacktown in Round 1. 

Max “Carters” Newman failed at his one job once again and the Lions chose to bat first on rock hard Killara wicket. Our fearless leader informed us that he has now lost 12 tosses in a row stretching back to 2014/15 and may be looking for a replacement coin tosser in the coming weeks if his coin flipping exercises and weights program doesn’t pay dividends by next round.

The inclusion of James “Bruce Reid” Kennedy looked to be a big gain early on as he proceeded to send the new ball perilously close to the outside edge on numerous occasions. Bruce was ably supported by Dan “Fingers” Stickland, who bowled with great consistency to keep the scoring rate low.

Bruce was replaced with Reagan “The Zone” Klemt and although The Zone ironically struggled to hit his zones, he was able to draw a false shot for the first wicket. Some excellent bowling from Sam "Protein Shake" Baker and Anand “The Guru” Verma saw many chances created and even though a couple were spurned by the Stags fieldsmen, this tight bowling soon resulted in wickets. 

Sticky charging in and reliably hitting his line and length

The Guru finished up with 2 wickets including an LBW that was so plumb it saw the batsman walk before a very dissatisfied umpire even had the chance to send him on his way. Some more good bowling in the middle to late overs from the “part-timers” (Cricinfo reliably informs us that Sweet Chili Philly has a better First Class bowling average than Mason Crane #justsayin kept the scoring rate down and some excellent fielding from Josh “Kenny G” Doyle created a timely run out. 

Restricting Fairfield to around 200 was definitely on the cards heading into the last few overs, but unfortunately a little loose bowling and some good batting from the Lions opener who batted through the innings saw the total creep up to 230. 

Not the result we were looking for but still an under par score and a very gettable target. 

Special mention to Bruce who bowled expertly at the death and even correctly predicted “I’ve got a feeling this guy is going to try and ramp me this over”. Try the batsman did, but the result? Stumps everywhere!

Will Phillips trying to prove that some part-timers do have wheels

After a quick rest and some of Killara East local store’s finest sandwiches, it was on to the task at hand.

“Yeah that first ball was a bit silly. Just threw my hands at it, but man did I guts it.” And so it was - and so it would be for the next 70 runs of Scott O’Brien’s classy innings. 

Carrying on from his form in the previous match, "Scooby" notched up “a proper batsman’s knock” of 74 to take the Gordon Stags towards their second win in as many weeks. Some say the deadliest of weapons imbibe the characteristics of their victims, and after polishing off the Warriors and the Lions, one wonders what might lay in store for next weeks clash with UNSW….hopefully nothing bumblebee related. 

In any case, as the immortal words of John Donne remind us, “No man is an island”, and this is certainly true for the Gordon batting innings. Scott’s performance was supported brilliantly by a number of batters who were content to let the ebb and flow of the game roll like the very best of a Led Zeppelin album. 

Bang! Scott launches a superb straight six onto the tennis courts at Killara

Fresh from his week-long sobriety pledge, Reagan “dark hair, long neck” Klemt (39) gave No Quarter to the Lion’s attack, leaving them a little Dazed and Confused as he showcased his T20 credentials. Reagy punished the bowlers every time they missed their lengths, and worked the singles well until he was finally undone trying to launch a straight one up to the Mothership. A great innings to watch, and good signs for the future. 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t always in the Stags favour. "Groundskeeper Willy" Phillips copped one he'll go to his grave claiming was an absolute howler of a decision,  strangling one down the leg side off his obliques for a golden (don’t worry, we’ve already alerted the Primary Club and they’re expecting your donation post haste). New man Dom “I’ve never seen a spinner I didn’t charge” Thomson, was fired shaping one beautifully onto his front pad after making an excellent start to his career in the Reserve Grade. 

In spite of this, and some naggingly tidy bowling during the middle stages of the innings from the Lions’ medium pacers, Gordon rolled on towards victory thanks to patient batting by Josh Doyle (35) and Max “Ryan Carter’s younger brother” Newman (34*). 

Josh holds the innings together while Scott and Reagan go on the attack

It was only fitting that our fearless leader should finish the game off by plundering one over the cow corner boundary, ensuring that the side's fresh faces were able to practice their “Get Fah you Bah’s” in true Gordon style.

Special mentions also to Anand Verma for joining the Kookaburra club and retiring that tired old paling. Runs to come!

Another great result for the 2nd graders, with more room to improve as the season progresses. A good mix of young talent and experience which have meshed well so far. 

Well done to all Stags for a fantastic start to the season – 10/12 wins is a hell of a way to enter the 2-day arena with some confidence as well take on UNSW. Let’s push for another big round and more wins to celebrate down at The Orchard. 

Up the Stags…and the mighty Team Turpsmen

Gordon 7/233 (48.0) def Fairfield-Liverpool 8/230 (50.0)

Scott O'Brien and Cam New

Third Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Third Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

The Stags third graders were keen to kick on from last week’s win and continue the late charge for the finals with a good result against Mosman.

After a game of touch football, with the bottom 6 having another convincing win, we lost the toss and a rather strange decision from the Mosman captain deciding they would bat first.

Jack Skilbeck bowled superb for his three wickets. 

With what seemed to be ideal bowling conditions early on, Nick and Jack struck and had Mosman reeling at 3 for 7. After being dominated from the get go you'd think the Mosman batters would grind it out, work the singles and cop all the abuse that would come their way. Instead they would look to keep going over the top and take risks, which would not please our slip cordon. 

One batsman in particular was able to get a hold of us and put away some big shots, in which his reply to our constant chat was “appreciate the shot mate”. We weren’t able to appreciate many more of his shots as Jack continued to bowl consistently good lines and he finally chopped on. 

Going into drinks taking 4 wickets for not many we all believed that we could bowl them out for cheap runs. We were able to this through our three quicks Jack, Nick and Pat, who all bowled extremely well and took three wickets each. When the quicks weren’t taking wickets by themselves, they were backed up in the field with some good catches from Cubby, Darren and Michael. 

Nick Miller in action! 

This must’ve been the most clinical we have been all season with our bowling and all credit goes to the three quicks. We happily rolled the whales for a mere 100 runs. 

Going into bat the bonus point win was up for grabs and from the get go both Cam and Shane looked in good touch, scoring runs frequently. With Shane looking for some quick runs against the off spinner he was the first to go. 

Their off-spinner continued to bowl well and took some key wickets of the top order. The middle order all got starts, and looked in great form however, by going after the runs in boundaries wickets continued to fall. We eventually got to the total 7 down and snared the bonus point. 

Wicket for Pat and cuddle for Cubby!

Cam looked really good up top for his 25 playing some really nice shots, and looks to be getting back into form. 

Even though we may have only won by 3 wickets it was a comprehensive win for third grade and one that will hopefully build our momentum for a late finals charge.

Chris "Krusty" de Kretser

3rd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Stags third graders were keen to put the poor performances far behind us and kick of the new year with a win on the board and kick start a late season charge.

After a few hours of waiting and no improvement, the captains decided that we would get the game going. Seeing a nice juicy deck bowling first would be a great option. 

Superb knock from Cubby (40) in tough conditions.

It was not to be, Cubby flipped the coin incorrectly and we were sent into bat.

Early on, the play and miss count was rising quickly, however so was the frustration of the Parra bowlers and we were able to negotiate the first 10 overs barely laying bat on ball but for the loss of no wickets.

Same ball. Different result. Jayasekera and Lin on show in 3rd Grade 

Cam New was the first to go with a direct hit from the boundary resulting in a run out. From there the standard collapse started to happen, losing another two wickets in quick succession. 

The highest Cubbage has got off the ground in a fair while 
Disaster was looming at 4/30 and the pitch still offering plenty of assistance. However we were able to dig for the next hour slowly building our way into the game. 

Balls continued to go past the outside edge but by staying patient we knew we could build up a competitive total. Just before the second drinks break Cubby was dismissed for a hard fought 40. 

The value of Cubby's innings should not be underestimated, coming in when we were we were in all sorts of trouble in such difficult conditions was a fantastic captains knock.
In the last 7 overs of the game Nick Miller hit the ball to all parts of the ground in a fantastic 49 off about 30 balls and really set us up for a good total. 

We managed 225 which seemed like it was well over par.
The first 14 overs of the Parra innings we spend retrieving the ball from over the fence. With the pitch now nice and hard and some big hitting, they were sitting at about 2/130 at the drinks break with no signs of slowing down. 

Nick "Big Nuts" Miller played true to his name with some power hitting. 

We went down a bowler with Cubby deciding he had enough of being hit over cow for 6 and decided to end his spell after 5 balls with a groin injury. 

We all knew we needed to make the adjustments or it will be another loss.
After the break the game turned. The bowlers bowled well and combined with some great catching we were able to get rid of the two danger batsmen. 

With the required run rate now at only 3 an over we had to bowl them out. Consistency was the key, the bowler kept the ball in good areas and the bizarre approach by Parramatta to try and slog every ball worked in our favour. 

Beautiful stroke play here by Michael Roberts 

In the end we dismissed them 35 runs short of our total. Special mention to all 4 bowlers who all copped some treatment early but all responded brilliantly. 

Will Calov and Chris De Kresta stopped the onslaught in the middle overs and Nick Miller and Jack Skilbeck finished off the game with Nick taking 4 and Chris 3.
That was a great win for the 3rd graders and we showed some real fight to get the job done. 

Hopefully we can continue this form against a strong Mosman side next week. A few more wins in a row and you never know what could happen!

Shayne Lin

3rd Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

Looking to make amends on the past week, the gentlemen from Gordon arrived at Killara Oval under the new captaincy of Pat Effeney, who impacted the team early with arguably the best warm up of the year. 

Losing his first toss however, we were sent in to bat and young Effeney retreated to the sheds for his first of many planned cups of tea.

Unfortunately, before he could finish his cup we were putting the creams on and heading out to have a bowl, Nick Miller smoking a few boundaries for a well made 30 in the final total of 108.

Anand getting thrown the ball earlier then expected on Day 1.

After seeing the tricks in the pitch coupled with the enthusiasm from an earlier warm up, confidence was still at a reasonable level.

And we might just leave Day 1 there…

Day 2 started in a similar way to day 1 with a sharp warm up following a declare from the Students. The innings that followed however was vastly different to the one in the previous week. 

Shayne Lin and Steve Bristow started off well and set the theme for the day. Jamie followed Bristow’s lead in developing a base for Shayne who finished with a very well made 61 to put the team at 3 for 122.

Paddy as always toiled hard for the Stags!

Corbin was the rock for the majority of the innings hitting a dominating 72 that well supported by Cubby for a strong 33 that really helped the innings through the middle overs where we have previously lacked in past games. 

At the end of innings, the final score was 7 for 274, with all batsmen playing a role in staying at the crease to ensure that there weren’t any collapses which have become all to common within the 3rd grade batting innings. The second innings left the Students heading to the change rooms with a sense of defeat in their second dig at us.

On a lighter side, the performance on the second day has provided a lot of confidence for the side going into the next round against a strong Penrith outfit.

Mick "Sideshow Bob" Roberts

3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

Bankstown away. The 4th away game in a row mighty 3rd Grade side to start the season. We turned up to the news of 2 washouts and a green wicket, however we were confident that we could win the all important toss, which of course we did. 

We finally got on, after 4 hours of sitting around. 

Not much detail below, but DeKrester took plenty of poles when finally getting on the field 

The import, Effeney, taking the new ball, and after 4 balls we walked off, having them 1-0. It was all (just) Gordon from there. We toiled away all day, waiting for that 42 over mark which would mean we didn’t have to arrive for a 9:30 start the next weekend and would finish the day having them 9 down for 190.

Chris DeKrester and Cubbage, as well as Effeney, took the majority of the wickets. 

Week 2, again we got on the field for 4 balls, this time in impeccable weather, taking the final wicket again within 4 balls. 

Time to bat.

We started strong, chasing a relatively small total, we toiled away for hours, scoring very slowly however losing irregular wickets. Corbin sticked it out for a hard fought 60, but eventually fell to a run out. 

At tea we were 4-130 odd still needing 60, Spratt fell straight after tea, leaving it up to Cubbage and the lower order, who gradually chipped away at the runs, until Cubby fell. 

It was looking dismal until Effeney decided enough was enough, and dispatched the U17s NSW offspinner for 16 off an over, and brought another “W” home for the touring Stags.

Chris Spratt

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

I'm sure there's an adage somewhere hidden within the English lexicon about the space between where disappointment begins and sheer self-directed anger begins.

At least there should be, and it should be written by Gideon Haigh or someone, because that's what all of Third Grade would have been feeling after being unceremoniously and mercilessly pumped by a superior St George team.

There weren't too many opportunities to snap the 3rd Grade batsmen. Michael Roberts got a few, but wasn't comfortable out there. 

It hurt. It hurt a lot.

In preparation for writing this report I attempted to dig around for some positives. Was there great banter? Inevitably, with a team involving Chris 'Dust' Spratt, Shayne 'Have you scored a century yet?' Lin and Jono 'Big Ship' New, there will be beers and fantastic banter. 

Yet I couldn't recall it. Any of it.

Probably because on two consecutive Saturday early afternoons, I was strapping on the pads with about 15 overs bowled. As we joked about the Australian being bowled out for pitiful totals, we were channelling Joe Burns, Adam Voges and Callum Ferguson ourselves.

Calamitous runouts. Nicking balls onto our pads and being fired. That all happened. So did the terrible shotmaking, the inability to grind, the unwillingness to stick out the tough period and bat on a flat Killara wicket after tea. 

And it wasn't reserved for the batting. By no stretch. Bowlers struggled to find their lengths early, and when you're defending 118, you need to hit your stride early. 

But enough of the sermon from the mount. What shall we talk about next.

A wrap, you ask? You want a wrap? Ok, this humble scribe shall oblige.

Chris Spratt put on a few more in the 2nd dig, but it wasn't nearly enough 

Toss was lost by Jono on what we thought was a flatty at Killara. It turned out to be no such thing. Conditions were suited to the bowlers early, with steepling bounce from one end and skiddy outswing from the other, we knew it would be a graft for the opening portion of the innings. 

So it proved. Shayne Lin was the only one to offer resistance in the first session from the Stags. He top scored with 25, with Chris De Kretser chipping in with 21 valuable runs down the order. But Chris wouldn't have expected to be batting with not even half the overs gone before the tea break. The rest was single figures, with Mick Roberts bucking the trend with 14. 

As intimated earlier, it was an unwillingness to do the hard work that characterised this performance.

We scratched to 118, and were bowling before tea, where we managed one scalp in those two overs.

After tea was a different story, where even though we secured two earlyish wickets, batsmen scored freely and passed the total all too quicky.

Killara flattened, as expected, and proved to be great to bat on in the afternoon. St George piled on 245, thanks to an excellent 80 from their number 7, who showed how to play. Respect the bowling early in your innings, get used to the pitch, cash in.

They'd more than doubled our total by the end of Day 1.

I might as well write the same thing for the second day as for the first, with the exception that this time Shayne only managed 16 and Spratty fought hard for 31. At 9-88 it was looking like an innings loss, not something I've ever been part of in 9 years of Grade Cricket. 

Thankfully Jono, at Number 11, partnered with Effeney, and got together for what was the highest 10th wicket partnership in Third Grade in the living memory of this author, surpassing Effeney's old teammates Adair 'Judge' Durie and Josh 'Ding-A' Ling. The partnership was a handful of runs short of the club's all-time 3rd Grade 10th wicket partnership record.

That added some respectability to the total, but not a heap, setting St George a paltry 41 for victory.

We walked back out onto the field a defeated group, taking two with us on the way, including the talkative gully fieldsman much to the delight of the author, it has to be reported.

From here, it's onwards and upwards. That's the worst it gets in Grade cricket. Sitting on 2 wins, 3 losses is by no means an irrecoverable position for a team this talented, and there's plenty of this season left to play. We're only two games off the top 6. It's congested up there.

So let's play finals this year, boys. What do you say?

Pat Effeney 

3rd Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

We arrived, on time, to David Phillips Oval and were hosted by 11 blokes that Darren reckoned he knew. Thanks to Cubby, we soon found out that we would be bowling on a very small oval, on a cold, windy day.

We started strong, taking a few early wickets courtesy of the quicks and soon saw ourselves well on top heading into the first drinks break. 

After drinks, however, UNSW's right handed Mark Cosgrove did not live up to expectations, nurdling the ball for irregular singles, and we were able to tie them down from both ends.

Jack Skillbeck trying to get some purchase out of the M4 the groundsman had prepared on Day 1. 
Wickets gradually fell thanks to some tight overs from our spinners, Chris De Krester and Cubby, and heading into the final session, we had them 8-180 odd, seemingly very much on top. 

Unfortunately for us, we were unable to clean up their tail thanks to their #9 bat, who dispatched us to all parts of the tiny oval, meaning they finished the day all out for 266.

Chris bowled for most the day, tying down the Bee's.
Week 2 we rocked up confident of knocking over the runs in quick practice. 

Opening with Mitch and Corbin, we lost a few early wickets, putting us in immediate trouble, but were able to fight back through Dom Thomson, who batted incredibly on a slow wicket with patience and placement. 

The man in the white pants and untucked shirt batted for hours with casualties falling around him all day, mainly to LBW's.

We scraped our way to 5-92 when Cubby made his way to the crease, who batted well with Dom to put us into a much more positive position. 

Dom fell for 96, and it looked to be over, with Chris, Keevers and Skilly departing cheaply. 

Dom hitting the ball all around the ground in his 96.
Credit to Will Calov for making his way to the crease with 2 dislocated fingers to try and get us home with 50 runs to get, however we fell just short and would have to go back across the bridge as losers.

Unfortunately the batsman overall didn't perform however they know what they need to work on: straight fullies!

With the rest of the club playing out of their skin 3rd Grade has a lot to do to keep up with the rest of the teams.

Chris "The Myth" Spratt

3rd Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

Third grade arrived to Fairfield Park with high hopes after a relatively easy win the previous week against Blacktown. The wicket looked an absolute belter, after winning the toss the Skip elected to put the runs on the board.

From the get go the stags lost wickets consistently after establishing partnerships. 

Look at that elbow! Jamie looking good for the camera and warning Axel that he's got some competition

Newcomer, Jamie Bekis was the only batsman to put his hand up in an attempt to steady the ship. With wickets falling around him, he played fantastically for his knock of 39 until he too unfortunately fell.

At 6-110 midway through the innings, Cubbage joined Miller at the crease and the pair went about batting as many overs as possible.

They took the score to 177 in the 41st over ready to explode in the final 10 when Miller gave his wicket away on 44 with a misguided pull shot (surprise surprise?) the third one to give his wicket up in the same way.

Cubby went about batting with the tail to bat out the overs and take the score past 200, however, wickets continued to fall and he was left with a very well-constructed 36*. The stags being bowled out for 194 in the 46th over.

Cubby guiding the team to a competitive total

Coming back from the break, the stags were confident heading into their bowling innings after easily defending a similar score the previous week. The Lions got off to a reasonable start and after a wicket to Lachie, they were sitting at 2 for 64 after 15. 

It was a tough toil for the Gordon bowlers on a wicket that wasn’t offering a great deal for spinners or seamers alike. A 2nd wicket to Miller saw the score sitting at 3 for 100 off 22 with the experienced opener still plodding away for the Lions.

A wicket each to Cubby and Chris saw the Lions fall to 5 for 129 off 28 and the stags were on the hunt. Some good bowling prevailed and Chris claimed another leaving them at 6 for 147 after 34, the opener still plying his trade with 50 left to get.

Gordon toiled as hard as they could, however, it wasn’t to be for them as the Lions opener steered them home with a beautifully made 106*.

Nick showed good fight with the ball with 2-29

A fantastic innings was the undoing of the Stags perfect start to 2016, however, with a tweak to the performance I’m confident 3’s will be back to winning ways next round.

Nick "Big Nuts" Miller

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 1 - 2016/17

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 1 - 2016/17

It was a beautiful day to start the season at Blacktown on Saturday, the sun was shining and the outfield was lush. Having lost the toss the stags were sent in to bat on what was a green slow wicket wicket that looked like it might do a bit early but behave better later in the day. 

Dom Thomson looks to keep one out early in his innings 

Batting was tough early with the plenty of swing coming from both of the opening bowlers. A few early wickets had the stags 2 down quite quickly  but Liam McElduff and Dom Thomson steadied the ship and put the score past 50.

After Liam departed for 21 another quick wicket fell and Mick Roberts came to the crease to join Dom who continued to impress with his patience and ability to work the ball and run hard between the wickets. Both batted extremely well with Dom making 65 and Mick posting 47 toward a defendable total of 196.

A fantastic performance with the ball followed what was a good batting effort. The quicks got great purchase out of the deck with both Nick Miller and Jack Skillbeck picking up wickets in their first spell. Jack took an exceptional one handed caught and bowled to really lift the team. Nick Miller however was the stand out taking 4 wickets and creating several more chances with his ability to get great bounce out of the pitch.

Wickets fell often for the stags and all the bowlers were able to execute their skills well and bowl economically creating multiple chances. The three quicks did well to manage the work load and the spinners filled in the rest of the overs with tight bowling using the turning conditions to their advantage. 

Michael Roberts was all flair and red hair as he pounded the Warriors around the ground 

The Warriors were never in the match and at one stage were 8-73. The match then slowed dramatically as the Blacktown lower order played out the remaining 20 overs and crawled to 128. 

Chris De Kretser was impressive in his first appearance for the stags taking 2 wickets and showing plenty of potential to have a very successful season.

All in all it was a sound performance from the bowlers to seal a very convincing win and a strong start to the season with very promising signs ahead.

Lachlan Stewart

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

Fourth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

With 4’s finals hopes on the line, it was important that they come out of this game with a big win too ensure their chances in the finals run. The day started well with skip Stu Bromley winning the toss sending them in to bowl. 

Rare as hens' teeth. The Mitch Kleem forward defensive 

The weather forecast showed that there was going to be some severe rain in the afternoon but at this point the sun was out and the deck was flat and hard. Mitch Kleem and Tom Hamblin got the ball rolling for the stags smoking the ball to all areas of the outfield before Tom was fired by the ump for not many. This bought to the crease youngster Matt Wright. With his patience and Mitch’s brut force, the pair were able to compile a terrific partnership bringing the Stags to 101 before Matt was dismissed. 

In Mitch’s defence, I as well as the rest of the 4th Grade side had never seen him block so many balls in his innings of 65. There was a job to be done and he did it extremely well, hats off to him. Once Matt and Mitch were dismissed, run became hard to come by and the middle order were finding it very difficult to pierce the gaps through the off and on side, so Spratty took it upon himself to take the aerial route to bump up the run rate. 

This was short live as he and Tim Ferrero were dismissed within 3 overs of each other. Luckily for the 4th grade side we had depth and strength in our batting line up leave Charlie Booth and Oli Zannino to showcase some powerful hitting to get us to the 200 run mark by 50 overs.
The pitch had flattened out over the lunch break due to the heat and sun, but little to ND’s know there was a big storm brewing, and fast. Sammy Watts and Matt Keever’s were tight in their opening spells bowling continuous line and length, drying the run rate up which would end up costing ND’s in the long run of the game. With the dark clouds moving over our heads, we knew rain was coming, and had to get 25 overs completed to have it be classified a game, so on came the spinners. 

Charlies Booth and Matt Wright were excellent in ‘bowling to the field’ and the ND’s batsmen were short on ways to score runs causing their top order to crumble due to the pressure of trying to increase the run rate. The lightning and rain began to set in and when all was said and done, the hail stones the size of our hands and the swimming pool on the edge of the square were still not enough for the umpires to call it. 

We waited another 90 minutes before the second batch of rain hit before the two captains agreed no more play was going to happen. 

Not the outcome we had quite expected but still 6 points for the Stags none the less keeping their finals hopes alive. 

Carn 'Em.

Tim Ferrero 

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

The Stags arrived to the sight of a very green deck at Killara Oval and unanimously decided to bowl. However, Stu Bromley had other ideas.

Upon his return from the middle he declared to the team that he had decided to bat!

Charlie Booth, sponsored by SURA, makes the most of his opportunities out there at Killara Oval... but had to wait after Stu chose to bat 

Liam McElduff (30) created a steady platform for the team but the Stags struggled to form partnerships. 

Charlie Booth whacks the ball to all areas at Killara!

The Stags looked to be in a bit of trouble at 5/105 until a young and handsome Charles Booth crafted an elegant and mature 77 showing his fitness and strength throughout the innings. His innings helped pull the Stags out of the deep water to a total of 259.

Stu and the rest of us reflected that from 5/105, reaching 259 may have demoralised the Whales a little and we certainly felt this total was out of reach of the Pod in the sheds next door.

The slow scoring Whales gave the Stags extra confidence and a win for the Stags looked imminent.

Resistance late in the innings from Mosman created some tension and brought them back into the game. Pat Rice saved the day and took 5 Whale scalps with tight stump to stump bowling. 

Pat Rice developing into a great bowler for the Stags!

The Stags song their song proudly and at the top of their lungs, making sure the Mosman Whales heard every last word.

Harry Rees

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

Match abandoned after rainfall. No play occurred.

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.

4th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

The round against Penrith brought some new (and not so new) blood to the 4th Grade team with the temporary leadership team of MacElduff and Booth having big shoes to fill in the absence of Captain Bromley, who was on cultural leave in Bali.

MacElduff started well by winning the toss at Killara and choosing to bat. Mitch Kleem showed why he has so many runs against his name and made a verycolourful wagon wheel for his 66, sharing a valuable century stand with Liam McElduff (45).

Mitch Kleem goes long!

Both Hugh Sherwood and Nick "white pants" Andreou assisted the scoreboard along but a few quick wickets made a good score look out of reach, but Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell and Charlie Booth had other intentions. Fortified by an excellent afternoon tea befitting an English village, they put on a lower order partnership to drag the total to over 250 with the Stags eventually out for 294.

The day also saw some celebrity Stags in the crowd with Rowan MacGregor and Barry Eastment watching from the wings.

Liam M gives the team a great start.

At stumps on Day One, Penrith were 0-12 in the five overs remaining.

Day Two and some rain during the week saw a slightly different wicket, yet the outfield still provided a heady mix of bounce, skid and pop. With 294 to defend there was some thought that we were 50 runs short and some very good bowling would be needed. Where there’s a Will there’s a way.

Matt Keevers bowled well and struck twice early but then Calov ripped through the middle order taking 5 consecutive wickets with only 53 runs added to the score. Nick "orchard tonight?" Prell also bowled well to pick up a couple.The Panthers were on their knees and all out for 133..
Should they follow on? Yes they should! 

Once again Keevers and Calov struck early. Matt Wright also took two and Charlie Booth snared one, as Penrith slumped to 8-109 with just 48 balls remaining.

Will Calov in action with a bag of wickets!

Perhaps it was the lack of scones and brownie for afternoon tea, as unfortunately the Stags were unable to take the final two wickets with credit going to the two Penrith batsman who hung in there to deny us an outright.

However it was 6 points from a solid first innings win which leaves 4th grade in a fighting third place on the ladder behind Northern Districts and Sydney CC.

Well bowled Will Calov with 8 wickets for the match.

Gordon 294 (Mitch Kleem 66, Nick Prell 48, Liam McElduff 45, Hugh Sherwood 41, Charlie Booth 40, Nick Andreou 27) defeated Penrith 136 (Will Calov 5-33, Nick Prell 2-44, Matt Keevers 2-45) and 8-134 (Will Calov 3-35, Matt Keevers 2-17, Matt Wright 2-20) on the first innings.

Charlie Booth

Charlie Booth is sponsored by SURA

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

4th Grade headed out to St Paul’s College at Sydney University, where they were up lining up against a strong University side, posting some 3rd Graders pushed down through the availability of State players.

Warm up was completed, and the Stags were sent in to bat with overcast conditions and a green tinge covering the wicket. McElduff and Hamblin opened, both getting the score to 37, before being dismissed, McElduff via 1st slip, and Hamblin via LBW.

McElduff works one onto the on side 

This brought Sherwood and Spratt to the crease, hoping to consolidate the innings, however Sherwood falling shortly after to LBW, for just 2 runs. Spratt batted well, setting up an innings and still playing his shots, however falling to a false shot on 24.

Jayasekera in at Number 5, looked as cruisy as ever at the crease, utilizing the square leg boundary before falling to midwicket for 15. 

Author, Tom Hamblin, also looks to the on side for runs

The constant loss of wickets when partnerships looked to form wasn’t what the Stags needed. At the drinks break, we were ‘ok’ at 5/109, however second ball after drinks, Krishna, looking to work one past backward square, was caught behind for 10.

Skipper ‘Stuie’ Bromley, looking very comfortable at the crease again, trying to maintain an above 100 average, fell caught behind for 26 and brought us to 133. The tail providing a bit of resistance through Paddy Rice with 8 and Charlie Booth with 7. Keevers finished not out.

The Stags finished on a particularly sub-par 138 and left Uni roughly 30 over in the day to chase down the total.

Our bowling unit started well with Keevers picking up the first wicket, taken in the gully by Jayasekera, with a cracking reflex catch to leave Uni at 1-0. However Uni consolidated and reached 1-55 before Booth was introduced and took a key wicket to dismiss the opener, taken by a sharp catch to Rahul Krishna at short cover.

Matt Keevers takes one late on Day 1, before applying pressure early on Day 2

The Stags then got on a bit of a roll, with Keevers taking a late LBW just before stumps to keep Gordon in with a chance. 

Day 2 saw a cracking batting wicket and a fast outfield, in which Sdney Uni needed a further 70 runs for a first innings victory. With quite a tight first few overs from Pat Rice and Keevers, the Stags looked on top early. 

A sharp bit of fielding by Mcelduff at first slip saw the 4th wicket fall to Charlie Booth. At 4- 90 the Stags were right in it, however a partnership of 38 basically saw it over the line for Uni. With them passing the score 5 down.

With the game set to finish at tea, a declaration by the uni skipper saw the Stags sent back into bat. This move nearly paid off for Uni as the Stags lost 6-76 in quick succession.

Charlie Booth looked good with ball, before saving the side in the 2nd dig with the bat 

However, we managed to hold on to 7-138, as Booth belted one into the construction site, and the game finished there, with Uni winning on first innings. Not a great outing by the Gordon boys, but a few positives to take into the further games.

Tom Hambln

4th Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

A pumped 4th Grade arrived at Harold Fraser Reserve to continue their winning ways. It was the first away game of the season and it was refreshing to see a nice even outfield, probably testament to the “no dogs on field” sign.

Beauchamp and Killara desperately need to get one. 

Lachie Stewart - would have been worth plenty in the 2016/17 Fantasy League 

As always Stu Bromley won the toss and elected to bat. Once again Gordon were off to a blistering start with both Mitch Kleem and Steve Bristow producing some cracking drives. The former fell for 38 and onto the field walked the man in form, Tom Hamblin, exuberating calmness and patience. With Bristow’s class and Hamblin’s temperament they piled on the runs.

As the scoreboard kept ticking, the chat on the sideline rolled on from Hamlin’s craving for Chinese food during hay fever season, to Charlie Booth’s gazillion tinder matches, to what the hell was going on in 3rd Grade. The overall consensus was that Hazlewood had dropped out of the test match and was now charging in off the long run. 

Darren also disclosed some confidential Sydney Thunder information. Apparently they want to steal the whole RCB batting lineup. But personally, I’d much rather have, Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem to open up the innings for me.

The great 116 run partnership eventually came to an end, Bristow finishing with a well compiled 82. Hamblin fell soon after for 67. A bad day in the office for him with his average dropping from 146 to 120. A flurry of wickets followed with Gordon scratching their heads at 5 for 220 after a great start.

As far as our roving photographers go, Lachie Stewart clearly draws the lens! 

However Darren Jayasekera and Captain Stu were there to steady the ship. They ran extremely well between the wickets and dispatched the bad ball to the boundary. Darren’s timing was exquisite and Stu played his signature paddle flicks (I don’t what to call them, but one things for sure, they’re very effective). 

Darren woke up after the drinks break and the carnage began. He belted 28 runs of an over! Including 3 massive sixes over square leg in a row. He raced to 72 of 58 balls before he was caught in the deep. Soon later Stu declared with an imposing total of 318. Another captains knock of 34no from Stu. He’s averaging an impressive 162 for the season.

Gordon had 7 overs at Saints that afternoon but couldn’t snag a wicket.

Day 2 did not start very well. Firstly, we thought rain during the week would get some moisture in the pitch. But no, it was the same old dry road. Secondly, Bristow forgot his whites and the in-laws had to make the long drive down from Kellyville. Thirdly, the openers just wouldn’t get out. They had a frustrating opening stand of 80, before 3rd Grade import Matt Keevers made the breakthrough.

Then the magic of spin came on and the whole game turned on its head. It all started with the field placement. Charlie Booth told Pat Rice to stand where the fence turns brown, and poor Patty was staring clueless at a pristine white picket fence for ages. 

Booth then turned his mind games away from his teammates and towards the batsman. 

He bamboozled the 2nd opener with a lovely half-tracker, which was hit straight to Keevers at square leg. Following suit, Rahul Krishna bowled a long hop and Bristow took an excellent sharp catch at short leg.

Rahul’s next over:
Ball 1:
The batsman looked to work it to leg side but it dropped and fizzed on him. The leading edge lobbed to Darren at short cover who took a blinding sitter.
Ball 2: The batsman tried to cut, got done by some extra bounce and Pat Rice took a nice diving catch at point.
Ball 3: Rahul it tossed it up and hoped. The batman played a slog sweep (A slog sweep on a hat-trick ball, are you mad?) The team held their breath as Harry Middlebrook swallowed it up on the deep midwicket boundary.


Rahul took another two quick wickets assisted by some excellent glove work by Skipper Stu that left the Saints reeling for 8 for 143 at tea. Rahul with crazy figures of 6-18 after 5 overs.

It seemed like it would be another easy win for 4th grade, but it was not to be.

The match ball had gone for a swim just before tea, so Gordon had to resort to using a soft old ball which had probably done its rounds at training the last few seasons. The bowlers toiled hard in the heat, but received little assistance from the pitch, ball or fielders who some dropped catches. 

Credit has to go to the Saints for digging and playing sensibly, as they slowly built a partnership. The game ambled on and before we knew it, things were getting tense. The 8th wicket partnership had piled on 163 runs.

By the time the new ball was taken the game was in the balance, all three results possible. Saints needed 20 runs and Gordon needed two wickets with 7 overs remaining.

Having bowled the seven overs the previous week, Captain Clever had this last trick up his sleeve and the new ball did the trick. Keevers struck immediately and the second fell soon after. 

A hard fought win from the boys in a game that ebbed and flowed until the last ball. Looking forward to building on the winning streak.

Rahul Krishna

4th Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

Day 1 was off to a frustrating start, with the umpire’s refusal to take the covers off within the first hour, despite persistent efforts from skipper Stuart Bromley and local weather expert Nick Prell. 

When the game was finally ready to begin, Stuie won the toss and made the interesting decision to bowl first, after spending the first two hours pre-game saying how good it would be to win the toss and bat.

The 'Weatherman' Nick Prell gets the early breakthrough 

The gamble paid off however, with Prell striking early, dismissing their left handed opener to a terrific catch taken by keeper Harry Rees. It ended up being 2 wickets in 2 balls for Prell, who bowled the Bankstown captain first ball with a gem of a delivery for the dreaded golden duck. 

At 2 down, the Bankstown batsmen were able to stem the flow of wickets, until the final ball before drinks when their in-form batsman tried to take Charlie Booth down town. 

This turned out to be a careless decision, as Nick Prell took “the catch of the century!”- Cameron New. The catch involved Nick running in 10 metres before realising the ball was going to land exactly where he had just been standing. Running backwards desperately, he stuck out his left hand in a final hope and somehow the ball stuck in his mitt like glue.


Boothy's brilliant 5 wicket haul gave the Doggies no chance!

After the drinks break, Patty Rice joined the party, taking a wicket caught again by Rees. 

Booth then went on a wicket-taking rampage, taking 4 wickets within the space of 50 runs, by first dismissing two new batsman and then getting the all important breakthrough of Malcolm, being dismissed for 72. 

That left Bankstown at an underwhelming total of 9/161. The last two wickets were taking quickly within the space of two runs, firstly by Harry Middlebrook and finally by Rahul Krishna, who cleaned up the number 11 for 0. Charlie Booth was the star of the show, taking 5-54 off 19 overs. 

This left Gordon a tough 16 overs to bat in difficult conditions. This didn’t bother both openers Shayne Lin and Mitch Kleem, who dispatched the Bankstown bowlers to all parts of the ground.

P-Rice also showed class with the ball. 

Mitch’s innings was ended abruptly on 19, when he was caught off a jaffa of a ball from the Bankstown opener. 

Shayne continued his destructive ways, by blasting the poor Bankstown bowlers everywhere, to none of whom had an answer to his magnificent stroke play. 

Gordon made it to stumps at an impressive 1/81 with Shayne on 49* and Hugh Sherwood on 9*.

Day 2 was off to a fast paced start with Shayne bringing up his 50 with the first ball of the day. 

It was the same story as the previous week for Shayne who pounced on anything too full and short by the bowlers. 

Shayno is in scintillating touch! Back-to-back tons!

Hugh’s innings was cut short however on 29 to a great caught and bowled by the opening bowler. 

Lachie Stewart joined Shayne in the middle and showed great discipline and patience to the two spinners. Both batsmen continued to show their maturity as well as superb shot selection to take Gordon past Bankstown’s total. 

Bankstown faced another problem, with the amount of balls that they were losing as a result of Gordon’s batting. 

It wasn’t long before Shayne brought up his second ton in successive games with a monster 6 off the leg spinner. 

Lachie Stewart was finally undone, as he was stumped on 29, leaving Gordon at 3/200. 

Rahul made his way to the middle with the intention of scoring runs quickly, and did just that, making a quick fire 12 before being dismissed, which included a big six over square leg. 

Shayne’s wonderful innings was finally ended on 134, after single handedly almost scoring as much runs as the whole Bankstown team.  

That left Harry Rees and Pat Rice at the wicket, both of which were looking to score runs quickly. Harry hit a monster 6 onto the road over cow corner, while Pat Rice enjoyed two sixers and a four in his innings of 18*. 

Skipper Stuart finally ended the carnage, by declaring with Gordon 5/260 after only 44 overs.
Gordon’s intentions after tea were to push for an outright victory and things start well, with Pat snicking off the left handed opener for just 1. 

The Bankstown captain was next in and didn’t last long also, after being caught and bowled off Harry Middlebrook. 

Harry struck twice in quick succession, dismissing the top scorer from the first innings for just 19 to a sharp catch from Shayne, leaving Bankstown slumped at 3/38.

Harry and the Stags pushed hard for the outright, so close. 

Like the first innings, Bankstown were able to stop the loss of wickets until Lachie Stewart got the all important breakthrough. 

Lachie then bowled the new batsman with a fantastic delivery, leaving Bankstown at 5/116 at drinks. 

Post drinks brought the same story, with Rahul claiming the wicket of the dangerous big hitter to a fantastic catch by Mitch Kleem. 

The two new batsmen steadied the ship, and made it to a total of 153, before Rahul took his second wicket caught at mid-off. 

With time running out and wickets to get, Gordon pushed hard and once again Rahul proved the difference, by taking his third wicket LBW. 

It wasn’t to be for Gordon however, with Bankstown holding on at 8/176 at the end of play. 

Still, a very impressive two days for the Stags, with notable performances from both Charlie booth taking 5/54 and Shayne Lin scoring an amazing 134.

Hugh Sherwood

4th Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

4th grade showed up to the battle with the students with some confidence given two strong wins to start the season, however, with a couple of key players unavailable it was to be the first real test for The Stags. 

Batting first, the two youngsters, Matt Wright and Hugh Sherwood, started the innings off steadily. Unfortunately Wright was the first to go for 13, and the Stags were 1/26, bringing Rahul Krishna to the crease. 

Rahul and Hugh guiding the Stags with class early on.

Hugh and Rahul went about their business, showing maturity and patience and a real knack for capitalising on the bad ball. A 90-run stand between these two got 4s off to a great start, until Hugh was caught for a well made 58. 

Rahul was the next to go, running past one from a turning leggie and being stumped for 47. Two well made contributions, and set the platform for the Stags to build on. 

There was a slight collapse in the middle order, with Stewart, Prell and Rees all falling within 10 runs. The key for the Stags was 4s captain Stu Bromely still at the crease, and batting beautifully, nudging the ball around, and putting away the bad ball. 

A bit of a wag from the tail, and supportive roles from Booth, Rice and Beattie, ensured that Stu would finish unbeaten on a well crafted 74. 

The Stags were all out for 258, a target that was defendable, but early inroads would need to be made to put the students on the back foot.

A real captains knock by Stu Bromley lifting Gordon to 258.

The bowling effort from the Stags couldn't have started any better, with Prell claiming his first in the first over of the innings. Confident, and upbeat, The Stags were keen for more wickets, with everyone pumped and buzzing around the field.

Unfortunately, this was the only wicket to finish out the day, with the frustration of several edges through and over the slips teasing the Stags. The students finished the day on 1/89 and the Stags would need to bowl well and make early inroads next week to rattle the Bee's. 

The second day, again, couldn't have started any better, with Pat Rice claiming an LBW wicket early on and boosting the Stags confidence.

Pat Rice struck again the next over, hitting the top of off and bowling perfect line and length and very good pace. 

Prell claimed his second wicket a few overs later, and with the students losing 3 of their top 4 in the first 10 overs, some momentum was being gained by the Stags.

Pat had a superb day with the ball and in the field. 

Pat Rice then claimed his 3rd and the students really had some work to do, at 5/113, with the bottom 5 needing to get 145 runs to claim victory. 

Enter Sam Watts. Sam hit the timber 3 times bowling a nice full length. The Stags were well and truly on top at this stage, with the students in real trouble at 8/172. 

Booth chipped in with a wicket of his own, after several overs of well flighted and threatening spin bowling, and thoroughly deserved his wicket. 

Pat Rice was the man to end the show, with a run out that was given out with a questionable umpiring call, however that's just cricket! 

Another solid performance from 4th grade, with contributions made by everyone with either bat, ball or both. 

Given the absence of some key players, the depth 4s can produce at the moment is really satisfying to see, and I am sure will result in the good momentum continuing.

Nick Prell

4th Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

4th Grade vs Fairfield - Liverpool - Round 2 - 2016/17

The Gordon fourth grade side were greeted with blustery weather conditions at Beauchamp Oval like most other teams across the Sydney Metropolitan region.

The side was keen to string a couple of wins together after a convincing victory against Blacktown the previous week.

Fairfield won the toss and elected to bat on what looked a pretty good wicket for batsman, however the Gordon lads knew the wicket would get better as the day went on.

It was Shayne's day as he muscled the Lions all over the ground

My previous experiences against the Lions has always seen plenty of verbal exchanges and disagreements, although this match wasn’t too bad.

One remembers the many trips to Cabramatta Oval back in the day when the area was the heroin capital of Australia. It’s OK now though because many of the dealers have now moved to Canley Vale (suburb next door).

Our opening bowling partnership of Pat Effeney and Matt Keevers posed plenty of problems for the opposition.

At one point the Lions were 5/58 but unfortunately we let them get to 215. This is certainly one area the side will be looking to improve on, in that when we have a side under the pump, when need to finish them off.

A good job to restrict them to 215, Pat Effeney collected 4/44 and Will Calov 3/38.

Pat has now picked up around 200 wickets for the club and a few more seasons will see him on the board with 300 wickets.

Pat Effeney picking up 200 wickets for the Stags

After this the fourth graders witnessed one of the most entertaining innings ever seen at Beauchamp Oval.

Shayne Lin butchered the Lion’s bowling attack to all parts of the ground . He even managed to use some finesse to nudge a few singles around.

Shayne has found a new level of confidence with his batting in recent times and is no doubt showing a few of his doubters a thing or two. Shayne made a brilliant 120.


Shayne's masterclass at Beauchamp!

Other contributors included Hugh Sherwood with 26, Rahaul Krishna 24, Stuart Bromley 18 not out and Nick Prell 16 not out.

The Stags will face University of NSW in another home game at Beauchamp. The fourth graders know how to win at this ground and should provide plenty of stiff opposition for the bumblebees.

Mitchell Kleem

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2016/17

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13. 

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2016/17

Coming off the back of some good wins and confidence high, the stags were set to take it to a traditionally strong NDs 5th grade side. Batting first on what was a typically flat Beauchamp track, the sun was shining and it was all set to be a good day of hard cricket. 

David Burk was fantastic with the ball, despite the side's disappointing performance 

Jack Doolan did his usual thing getting us off to a quick start hitting the ball to all parts over and through the thick outfield. However this was not to last as the Stags lost consistent wickets with no real partnerships to steady the ship. Despite some lusty hitting from several batsmen keeping the run rate above five an over, there was no longevity on display from any member of the team. Gordon we bowled out for 140 in the 26th over. 

With a point to prove and an underwhelming total to defend, the Stags needed to come out and bowl in the right areas and put the batsmen under pressure from the outset. Unfortunately some wayward bowling early meant that this initial pressure was not evident. 

Dave Burk came on to provide some pressure, displaying excellent control to take four vital wickets at a restrictive run rate. If there was a highlight of this disappointing performance, Dave's performance would certainly be it. 

Gordon seemed to drift through the inning never really showing the grit and mongrel necessary despite being in the game on a number of occasions. 

5th Grade will look to get back to their dominant winning ways next round against Hawkesbury heading into finals.

Lachie Stewart

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 11 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 11 - 2016/17

Saturday Week 1, I hopped into David's car, the famous "shagon wagon" as he calls it, and squashed myself in between the game ball and 11 bear traps! I realised later on that they wouldn't be needed.

We arrived at the ground questioning if we were in the right sheds, however concluded we were judging by all the white pants, crinkled shirts and packed lunches (kids cricket).

Sam Watts 10 wickets for the match!

Anyway to the game, obviously the gravy train rolls on as the Burk wins another coin toss and utters "we will have a trundle" to the North skipper who replied "on this road no worries!", lol. 

Sam extremely pleased with this choice was feeling very towie to get the ball in hand after a girl from the night before left him wanting more on the dance floor.

Soon enough we had the top 5 in our sky rockets easily enough for a staggering 38 runs!  

Then a cocky kid came to the crease and offered me some smart remarks, friendship and half of his home made sandwich (on debut). Which I replied I already have a sandwich and 6 points at tea thanks champ!  

To sum it all up, it was a great couple of days for the Stags where we bagged 10 points and Sam took home the biscuits with 10 poles for the match. 

Will Reg ever get to 10,000 runs?

For an added bonus we shall have Damon Livermore for at at least one more game as he got caught on the fence whilst knowing he had only 2 runs to tick off to achieve the huge milestone of 10,000 runs for the Stags. It almost seems like he doesn't want to leave?

Thanks for your time,

Jack "The Big Cat" Doolan 

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 10 - 2016/17

The 35 bucks in parking was almost worth it. Balmoral Oval. This is a venue for the optical illusion. Fours turn into Fives and Fives turn into Sixes. No 10s to be seen but a couple of sevens spotted.

How about this bloke, Nick Prell, and his efforts on the social side of the club. Surely a shoe-in for MVP! 

We reckon we also saw $400 worth of people doing some forward rolls on a massive matt. Wrestling without the use of hands. That was interesting. We could only assume that all was in preparation for a big night out in Mosman. Still, Not a bad venue for an away game. 

For some members of the Stags' 5th best 11, it was still a home game. 

These 2 boys are tight. They eat together, drink together and sometimes sleep together. Some would say its reminiscent of the Wilson/ Packman duo of the 1970's. Sure, maybe the names have changed, as nobody is called Fran in this day and age, but the same comradeship is there.

I liken it to 2 good golfers on the green, putting at the same time. I'm sure there will be more about this next match report.

Back to the grade scene after leading the Greenies, Nick looks to up the pace of the Stags' innings 

Our warm up usually starts on a Friday night with a motivational text from the captain. Some say he isn't capable of composing such a piece. Those same people think Mr Burk has recycled those texts from previous seasons. One thing for sure, those texts inspire us to do great things. 

When the man we call Burka starts a religious sect, I'm in, ready to hand over my visa card for a tax deductible donation.

Another item of note, before we discuss the match,  glove punching wont be tolerated at the Stags. The last person who tried this was a bloke named Peru. He tried to glove punch Reg back in Round One of the 2012/13 season. 

He never played for the stags again after that. 

Youngsters be warned. Unless you are West Indian or you have just slapped 36 off an over, your gloves won't be making contact with your batting partners gloves. Peru definitely wasn't from the Caribbean. Nor did he find the boundary. Ever. 

Harry Middlebrook tried valiantly with the ball 

Cricket. Yes. We won the toss and decided to bat first. We lost Jack early as he was trying to lift the run rate. We had to nurdle the Mosman bowlers around for the next 15 overs. To be fair, the home side bowled quite well. Not offering many short balls to the Gordon batsmen, who usually enjoy the bounce of Beauchamp, hence curbing our usual scoring rate. 

Mr Stewart was hitting them to all parts for his 30 but  our downfall was we didn't capitalise on starts. We had 3 or 4 guys get to 30 but no one scored a 50. We ended up with 9-191.

Harry Middlebrook, (The second or third best Harry at the club) along with Sammy, hit some lusty blows in the final overs which helped us take some momentum into our bowling stint. 

Bowling. We started well with Sammy and Nick Prell getting some early poles. We had the Whales 2 for not many.

But just as we really should have turned the pressure on, We started to feed the Whales batsmen too many four balls. These often being short or wide and we were punished square of the wicket. With 2 mosman batsmen, albeit lucky with a few decisions, going on to score over 50, 191 was not a easy score to defend.

And with the bat, Harry certainly provided some spark at the end 

Good energy on the field for the entire 50 overs is crucial. We went a bit flat for the middle 15 overs but we came good for the last 14 overs. If we can stay up for the duration next time, I'm sure we can win a lot more games than we lose.

The Whales had 2 ring ins with vast 1st grade experience, along with a couple of crucial decisions that went their way, all contributing in taking the win away from the Stags.

The loss puts us 3rd on the table. But a big win looms for the Stags and if we do that next round, obviously after a few texts from the skipper on Friday night, we might be coming 1st on the table very soon.

We look forward to hunting down the Bears next round.

Yours in Cricket


5th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 9 - 2016/17

The Stags were looking to carry their dominant form into 2017 with win over Parramatta at Beachamp. 

An unusually green and soft Beachamp wicket saw Dave Burk win the toss and send Parra in to bat. Despite some at times erratic bowling, Sam Watts was able to make an early breakthrough taking a wicket in the third over of the day. 

Sam's disciplined bowling was rewarded again in his next over when he took two wickets off consecutive balls, making Parra 3 down with hardly a score on the board. 

Sam Watts got the early breakthroughs.

Further tight bowling from Dave Monaghan and Burky saw Parra fall to 5/30 with both men claiming two wickets by the end of the innings. Parramatta managed to scrape together a few partnerships centered around their number 6 who ended up 50 not out and reached 99 before Steve Bristow ended the inning by bowling full and straight to dismiss the number 11. 

Lead by Sammy Watts, all the bowlers contributed to this great performance and showed excellent discipline and skills justifying 5th grades position in the top 3 on the ladder. 

(Sam Watts 4-18-9, Dave Monaghan 2-16-7, Dave Burk 2-19-6, Steve Bristow 2-5-3)

With only 100 to get the Stags had their eyes set on a bonus point win. 

Despite losing a wicket early, Ryan Tullia and Steve Bristow looked calm and composed at the crease keeping the scoreboard ticking along at the required rate. 

Credit has to be given to the Parra bowlers who bowled well using the conditions to their advantage and not bowling too many 4 balls. 

Gordon's patience paid off however with Steve putting the foot down after what had been a long period of consolidation, smashing 35 before holding out in pursuit of a bonus point. 

This brought Krisna to the crease who immediately looked in rhythm scoring freely and rotating the strike. 

Nice hitting from Lachy Stewart secured the bonus point win.

When Tullia fell for 18 trying to up the ante, more aggressive batting from Gordon and some luck in the field saw the Stags get over the line in the 28th over, comfortably securing them the bonus point and a very comprehensive win. 

(Bristow 35, Stewart 29 not out, Krishna 15 not out).

All in all a fantastic performance from the Stags that continues their dominance in 5th grade this season and a great way to start the new year.

Lachy Stewart

5th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 8 - 2016/17

Round 8 was washed out, without a ball being bowled.

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

The 5th grade side, coming of a good victory against the students, were looking to establish themselves within the top 6 with a strong performance against the first placed Penrith side. The stages welcomed numerous changes from the previous week, namely club legend Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore, who combined with the captain John O’Neill-Fuller have over 20 years grade cricket experience, probably more than the rest of the team combined. 

Upon arrival to Rance Oval, Werrington, the combination of Jack Doolan and David Burk were keen to inform the team of their experiences of Rance. The stories began at being outraged that the neighbouring shops hadn’t installed automatic sliding doors, and they were forced to open the door themselves. 

However they quickly escalated to highlighting the neighbouring apartments once homed Man Monis and an all-in street brawl in an adjacent street that resulted in the pause in play for security reasons.
JOF meanwhile had attended the toss, and had elected to bat on what looked like a pitch that would do a bit early before flattening out.

Dave "Mona's" Monaghan gets the Stags to a competitive total.

The Penrith attack bowled very well early on, making the most of the early assistance. The stags lost constant early wickets, perhaps the stories of the surroundings left the younger stags doubting their surroundings. With the stags sitting at 7-100 at tea, the bowlers were again unable to make the most of the quality spread put forward by Penrith.

Post tea, the stags were led by David Monaghan as he continued his form with the bat. For the second match in a row, Mona’s has entered with the stags under pressure and has been able to get the stags out of trouble to set a competitive total. The stags innings was concluded with the score on 203, with Mona's finishing on 74, Sam Watts 39 and Vikrant (17*). 

With 15 overs left in the day, the stags had the ability to ruin a few of the Penrith batsmen’s second week. The bowling was solid, with chances being created, however there was a lack of consistency that allowed Penrith to finish 2-53.

The stags turned up the second week, knowing what to expect from their surroundings and knowing that early wickets were essential. The bowling from the stags was again solid, with runs hard to come by, however they were unable to take an early wicket. With free entertainment being provided by the Penrith batsmen keeping the spirits high, knowing that one wicket would lead to 3 or 4 and the stags would be back in the game. 

Dave Burk picks up a few crucial poles.

The scored reached 3-150 not long before tea and it was looking like an unenjoyable tea for the stags. However, Matt Keane and David Burk took crucial wickets just before tea and the game was looking like being a close finish post tea as Penrith were 6-167. However, Penrith were able to chase the remaining 50 runs quickly after tea and the stags were left rueing the loss of early wickets on day 1 and being unable to take early wickets with the ball. 

The 5th grade side now sit in 2nd place on a congested ladder, with another important match next week against Sutherland who are currently in 4th.

Sammy Watts

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2016/17

The strength of the club this year has provided a level of confidence and belief that even at this point in the season we should see ourselves going deep into the finals. However, as warned by our wise skipper there is a fine line between confidence and cockiness; we should not look too far ahead and concentrate on the match at hand. 

We knew coming into this match that the students will provide a test and somewhat of a benchmark for where the season may lead us.

Dave providing a juicy innings (66) and match report
Having won the toss, the temptation to unleash the gravy train of Jack and Mitch was too mouth-watering to resist particularly on a Beauchamp wicket that always plays true. 

We were not disappointed. With plenty of gravy to go around and added elbow, Jack led the charge with his accustomed ‘take no prisoners’ attitude towards the opening bowlers, including a crisp, crackling-like, six over the bowler’s head so sweet there was almost no sound off the bat. The score running at a casual 6+ per over, Jack reached a well-deserved 50.

Unfortunately, Jack's meal ended there but a confident start for the team at 1/81.

7 runs later, Mitch (34) was unlucky having smoked a ball to cover whose hands probably felt like he pulled the roast out of the oven without any mits.

Harry, as always, turned up the heat and burnt a few students
From this point, starts were made but unfortunately the next few wickets were like picking meat of the bone but not really satisfying the appetite, and Nick turned JOF back mid-pitch as though he forgot the spoon for the gravy. 

I’m sure despite the fact that we’re making a name for our side in putting on a mean spread for tea, there was a feeling of frustration that people missed out on the platter that is the Beauchamp wicket.

Having batted only once before this season and entering at 6/150, there were nerves for there was plenty of work to do but also much to sink my teeth into. Starting out very sketchy like not knowing which fork to use at a formal dining, it was comforting to have three-tone Burk (36) and later Swat (34*) to build both solid partnerships of 52 and 91. 

With a few niggling muscle issues and cramps (clearly not enough salt being added to the meal), a call for water came with a message from the skipper if we get above 300 we’ll declare and have a few bites at the students before stumps. A couple overs later I was out for a tasty 66, a declaration at 9/308, and 3 overs to bowl.

Some succulent wickets for Prell got the Stags going 
With the two angry fast bowlers of Prell and Harry to fire up the oven, compound this with the fuel of the chirp lead by Jack and Lachy, it was almost inevitable for a student to get burnt and sure enough Prell scorched a pad for LBW. The day ended at 1 for 6 and we had a week to salivate.
We were looking for much the same heat in day 2 and Prell again led the charge with two consecutive wickets, one of which was an absolute jaffa; the batsmen shouldering his arms thinking the ball was well outside off only to watch the ball in dismay tacking middle stump.

At 3/10, the Stags were hungry for more. Unfortunately, we were asked to wait as a 124-run partnership stifled our appetites.

Another good spread for tea did the trick, with Harry taking a well-deserved wicket and breaking the 124-run feast. Hoping wickets would flow like gravy, the Beauchamp wicket played true and to Uni’s credit, they played a measured game proving they’ll be bringing their dessert spoons later in the season.
Lachy Stewart definitely brought the gravy with 5 poles 
There may have been some thoughts creep into minds thinking with little overs remaining in the day, we all may go home with empty stomachs. However, fuelled with nothing but top-shelf products, Lachy provided the missing spice and bagged a Michelle in a spell.
All out for 256 and winning by 52 runs, it was a tough and gritty win like a steak without gravy. 

Fortunately, we came prepared with our own and in the words of Burk we must bottle this … for the coming games, particularly against ladder leaders Penrith at Rance Oval next week.

Dave Monaghan 

5th Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs St George - Round 5 - 2016/17

The Stags arrived at Beauchamp where the team efficiently removed the covers, with the effort of the Bankstown side still fresh in their minds.
Underneath was a very solid batting deck ripe for runs. 

After being quizzed on his HSC, Ryan was asked about how transformers have changed today’s society. Clearly puzzled, JOF reminded him it was a good decision in not taking chemistry.

Day 2 saw Nick Prell in good form, hitting some classy shots 

After losing the toss, the Stags hoped that the pitch would transform into a good bowling deck. However, that was not the case. Dave Monaghan struck early via a catch on the fine leg boundary, before taking another quick-fire wicket caught behind. The Saints then started to make the Stags work hard, with their veteran remaining opener standing firm. 

In a masterstroke, captain JOF brought himself onto bowl, and jagged a wicket off a full toss. A brilliant piece of captaincy, and an even better delivery!

The score now sat at 3-41, and after a period of tight bowling, Lauchie Stewart got the prize wicket of the Saints captain, caught behind to an attempted cut shot to a short and wide ball. With the score at 4-65, the match was in the balance. The opener kept the score ticking over by nudging the ball into gaps, and smashing the rare bad balls to the boundary. With the score now onto 108, Matt Wright got his first in what would be a very eventful day for him.

An 80 run partnership then ensued, and with a few tough chances going to ground, it looked like it would take something special to get the breakthrough. A rank full toss was the special delivery that claimed their set opener for 69 in the first shot he hit off the ground all day. 

With the score now at 186, the floodgates opened, with Matt Wright taking 2 wickets in an over, and then repeating his feat with the score on 193. Matt Wright finished off the Saints innings with his fifth and the score on 201. 

Jack Doolan did what Jack Doolan does hitting back to back boundaries off the first two balls of the innings. After a solid start, Matt Wright walked to the crease, after Jack toed a ball to mid- off. 

The other opener, Ryan Tulia eventually faced his first ball 8 over into the innings. After Matt got out for a well- made 27, night watchmen Sam Watts (9) and Ryan (5) saw out the rest of the day’s play, with the score overnight at 2/64.

The Stags turned up on Saturday ready for play, and hungry for 6 points. A huge thankyou must be given to Tim Cubbage for the terrific work he did on the covers on Wednesday night, without which there would’ve been no play.

The Stags started bright, even after the dismissal of Watts with the score on 69. Ryan and Lachlan took the score to 105 in quick fashion before the former was dismissed for a well-crafted 25.

Ryan batted very well in his patient innings, showing the great maturity that he has displayed throughout the season. 

Lachie was well caught for 38. Matt Chamberlain was dismissed after looking comfortable at the crease to leave the score at 6/142.

Nick Prell hit some classy shots, and together with Nick Andreou, scored 11 off the last over before tea.

Gordon looked comfortable after a fantastic spread, and the Stags batsman looked in control, punishing the bad ball to the boundary.

As reported, Andreou notches up red ink at the end of the game 

Nick Prell was caught after a mistimed shot for 29, and in came JOF (11 no) to close off the innings with Nick Andreou (28 no) and the Stags took all 6 points. Through the positive cricket displayed through the match, the game finished 10 overs after tea. 

A very good win against the toughest opposition faced so far. Hopefully the good form can continue into next week and the match against Sydney Uni.

Nick Andreou
A.K.A Andrea as per the team app live updates

5th Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2016/17

The 5th Grade side led by John ‘JOF’ O’Neill-Fuller headed south west for their fourth round fixture against Bankstown at Bankstown Oval. It was to be a big test for the boys playing at such a prestigious ground for the first time, in most of their careers.

Once the rain cleared, Sam Watts powered through the crease 

However, with rain around the only thing Day 1 had to offer was a couple of hands of Uno in the sheds, as well as a dismal display of ‘covers’ procedure by the Bankstown Team. That was it for Day 1.

Day 2 saw the boy’s eager to bring home the 6 points, with bad weather lingering around, the outset looked bleak. However, the day saw 120 overs played, with the bulldogs winning the toss and sending us in to bat. Jack Doolan started us off well again with his ‘go and fetch that’ attitude sending the first few deliveries back over the bowler’s head.

However, his innings coming to a close for the second game in a row, being given out from a ‘chest high’ no- ball for 14. Next to the Crease was Matt Wright, where he and Hamblin set the tone, both reaching 50’s and putting the Gordon boys well in front. Wrights ‘Michael Clarke- esque’ stroke play saw him reach 62 without giving a chance, however next ball fell to a great catch at first slip. 

Hamblin was joined by Jared Clulow, playing his first game for the club en route from Mudgee. Jared came out with positive intent, hitting 4 fours, however fell Leg Before Wicket for 19.

Later in the extended day, Matt Wright plies his trade 

Hamblin was next to go, trying to work one against the spin, getting stumped for 97. With the loss of a few quick wickets, handy contributions from Nick Andreou 17, and Jory Cureton 12*, got us up to a total of 241 from 57 overs, before declaration by JOF.

On an inconsistent wicket, the stags were ready to roll them, with 63 overs to play in the day. However, Bankstown came out swinging, with their opening wicket stand taking them to 53. 

Matty Keane and Sammy Watts charged in with the new rock but both bowlers unlucky not to pick up an early wicket.

Use of the new rock belonged to Matty Keane 

On comes Matt Wright who had immediate impact taking the key wicket of their skipper, with a well flighted delivery. Nonetheless Bankstown charged on, making for a good finish. Dave Burk trapped the other opening batsmen in front, taking a key wicket from a good few overs of pressure, from the Gordon boys. 

Matt Wright took the next two (his sponsorship with Beastwear paying off) and we had game on, however Bankstown ‘shutting up shop’ with 150 runs to get from 30 overs didn’t help the cause. ‘JOF’ reluctantly gives the ball to 3rd choice spinner Jack Doolan to ‘toss em up’. 

The move paid off with Doolan taking 4 wickets, to the disbelief of roommate Dave Burk. 

Aaron Crofts unlucky to pick up a handful of wickets himself charging in with his 14 overs, tying an end up as well as creating numerous chances. 

A little out of order, but Matt Wright looked handy when the boys were batting 

With five overs to go Gordon still needing 5 wickets, some slick fielding by Crofts and Wright, as well as a couple of ‘half trackers’ from Doolan wickets fell. 

Gordon only needing 2 wickets in the last over, the Stags fell just short.

And we are saving the best to last year, with Hamblin all class on his way to 97 

All credit goes to the boys after a tough day of cricket, playing a defensive Bankstown side. Special mention to the 3’s boys, Darren, Corbin and Cubby for having a field after Matt Keane copped one to the wrist. 

Unlucky not to get the 6 points, but another impressive display with the bat, and some good areas with the ball. 

Hopefully Nick Andreau can show a bit more promise on the ironing board in preparation for Saturday at Beauchamp.

Tom Hamblin

5th Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

5th Grade vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2016/17

As the fifth grade lads rocked up to Dave Phillipson Oval and looking at the what looked to be a quick outfield, flat wicket and a green outfield, which to the boys looked like to be a batting paradise. 

With just a typical warm up, JOF won the toss and without hesitation elected to bat. All the lads were keen to get out and post a big total for the Bee's to chase. And make it 3/3 wins.

The opening overs started with a bang with a stunning performance by the one and only Jack Doolan. He smashed 20 within the first 3 overs and the day looked like to be a very long one for UNSW. 

Whilst Jack held one end of the crease whilst making the most of poor deliveries and entertaining spectators, at the other end Ryan Tullia played a very crucial and supportive role. 

Ryan too good for the Bee's with 122*

Jack raced to his quick fire 50 off 10 overs. With Jack being dismissed for 55, Jack Hamblin soon arrived at the crease to join Ryan Tullia. 

Both batsmen looked as if they were making the most of the conditions with the Stags sitting at 1/74 at drinks. 

After drinks both Tom and Ryan continued on their demolition of the UNSW bowling attack. With both boys looking very comfortable at the crease, they soon reached their half century. 

As Tom and Ryan continued scoring runs, batters such as Nick Andreou, Brady Morrison, and Anshul Baruah were very keen to get out and put runs on the board, but that soon became a dream, as both batters Brady Morrison and Nick Andreou sat and waited for 70 overs.

They were granted with nothing else but the torture of sitting down in the cold and miserable weather with the pads on for 70 overs…… waiting….. waiting.

Tom was just as good with 143*

After tea both Tom and Ryan reached their much awaited 100’s and bringing it up in pure style.

With Jof ending the suspense with the declaration the Stags innings ending at 1/335. 

(J Doolan 55, R Tullia 122*, T Hamblin 143*)

After the declaration, JOF seemed fit to have a crack at the UNSW batting line up. 

With all the lads having the confidence to knock a few blokes over before stumps in quick succession. That soon became a fantasy as both openers from UNSW came to the crease showing intent, with UNSW finishing up on 0/27 at stumps. 

With the Stags arriving for day two, JOF was very keen to take the third win of the season to make it 3/3. As JOF gave his inspirational and yet knowledgeable talk about what he expect from the lads for the day. 

As the boys walked out, the energy was high and the lads were keen to take 10 wickets quickly. With the deck still playing true, it posted a difficult day for the bowlers, with the Stags having to be patient and work hard for their wickets. 

Aaron Croft steaming in - extreme wheels 

With the UNSW opening batters still looking solid from the week before, the much needed breakthrough came from opening bowler Dave "Monners" Monaghan with Nick taking the catch behind the stumps. 

With the energy intensifying, another wicket fell, with Aaron "Ronny" Croft's picking up his first of the game and UNSW sitting on 2/83 after 27 overs. 

Another wicket quickly fell, with a runout coming from Brady Morrison after sending the ball to Nick Andoru over the stumps. The boys were ecstatic and were keen for more UNSW wickets to fall. 

As UNSW continued to grind out more runs another run out came about just a few balls before tea. With UNSW at 4/155 at the break. 

And would you believe it or not first over after tea Jack Doolan had contributed with another run out! Sending the dangerous looking opening batsmen on his way. 

With the opening batsmen gone and wickets starting to fall, a young man came to the crease and was welcomed with the voice of Dave Burk; “Lads big moment here for Kanga…. No plastic bats today buddy.” 

While some of the lads were still catching their breath back after laughing, Dave Burk got his man, sending the top batsmen for Kanga cricket on his way.

Jack Doolan snares a few late poles for the Stags

The tail left the crease as quickly as they arrived as JOF made the tactical decision of ordering Jack Doolan to roll his arm over. 

With the stunning performance with the bat, Jack soon then started to shine with the ball, taking two wickets, ending up with 2/25 off 7 overs.

All credit to the bowlers for staying patient and sticking to the game plan and another great win for the Stags, dismissing UNSW for 228 and making it 3/3 wins for the fifth grade side. 

Fantastic win stags and massive thank you for all the supporters and parents that helped out!!

(D Monaghan 1/36, D Burk 1/56, M Chanuhan 0/38, A Crofts 2/46, A Baruah 1/21, J Doolan 2/25)

Brady Morrison

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2016/17

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2016/17

The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.

Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.

Colts match reports for 2016/17 season are provided by the players below:



Colts vs Penrith - Grand Final - 2016/17

Colts vs Penrith - Grand Final - 2016/17

Cricket is a funny game. You win some and you lose some. It isn’t every year that you play 15 rounds of hard fought cricket to make a final. On this special occasion, the 2016/2017 Gordon Colts led by “Sir” Aaron Crofts featured in the Grand Final. 

Aaron "Ronny" Crofts - Premiership captain 

In weeks gone by the focus of the team was on the finals. A convincing round 15 win against UNSW confirmed top spot and a clash with Randwick Petersham who won a bare five matches all year in the semi final. The rain card was played in the semi and off to the final colts went.

Killara Park was the venue and the 2nd place Penrith Panthers were the opponents. After a mammoth week of preparing tactics that in fact had been organised at least two months in advance, creating a wicket and reminding the boys on the fundamental rules of cricket… (Yes Brady I am referring to you here) the weekend had arrived and the weather had cleared.
As expected a delayed start welcomed the two sides to the infamous dog park. The sluggish outfield was damp on the surface in patches, the pitch in good condition but all we needed was some heavy sun and it was game time. 

Nonetheless, it got to midday and play had not begun.

In retrospect, this gave the boys and Ken another chance to mingle in the change rooms. I must admit, teenagers and a sixty-year-old coach really do not mix. Immaturity on both ends if you ask me.

At 3:00pm play was abandoned for the day. Over the last week, we had spent a total of 24 hours waiting in the change rooms doing nothing… is that a record? The only bright side to the day was putting covers back on the wicket. I like to think as Captain I have taught the alliance of students in my team “how to put covers on and off the ground”. 

Let me just set the scene for you. We have about 6 players in the team who love standing within a 1m radius of each other. Therefore, instead of taking 5 minutes to put covers on the ground, it takes at least 15 minutes. I think it is time that each club hands out a mandatory “Guide to Covers” at the start of each season. 

Anyway… Day 1 abandoned and back to our girlfriend’s houses for a deep tissue and bubble bath after a strenuous day doing chores.

Play was scheduled for 10:00am on Day 2. The “lads” as Jory Cureton would say arrived 8:30am sharp to once again repeat the daily dose of removing and folding covers. The Dharmsala looking wicket was flat, not a tinge of grass was left. It had been rolled more times than a typical Georges River side in the 2016/2017 season…. Sorry Dayle.

The outfield was still moist but the conditions were perfect. Play was called to begin at 11:00am and a toss at 10:30am.

Captain Aaron Crofts had reminded the boys for the last three months that “all we need to do is to bat for 192 overs and we win the premiership, honestly it is that simple”. Well despite those spiteful tactics, Crofts heroically won the first battle of the match and won the toss and elected to bump Penrith out of the game.

Final words were exchanged in the dressing rooms and the realisation that the first ball of the Grand Final was under way in due course. The scene was set and thanks to the efforts of the groundmen and others involved we got to begin the Grand Final.

Let me take you to the commentary.

WICKET – OUT!!! (1/36) Dellis to Bull – Bull tries to loft one over cover but plays on the up and is caught by Crofts in front of point. A solid start by Penrith but once again Gordon continue to attack and a spirited Nick Dellis gets the breakthrough.

Brady Morrison - One to watch out for in the future 

WICKET – OUT!!! (2/37) Hood to Agius – Trapped in front on the full and the young and inexperienced green shield player goes packing for a Duck…. Quack Quack Quack. Hood find his rhythm.

WICKET – OUT!! (3/38) Nehru to Sullivan – BOWLED. Nehru has been causing trouble to Organ at the other end but his extreme sweating disease has brought about a sweaty and shaky shot from Sullivan who chops on for another quacker. Penrith have lost 3 for 2.

WICKET – OUT!! (4/41) Keane to Coyte – Caught Behind. Arguably the easiest wicket in the metro cup this season. The professional “hacker” has literally just hacked and snicked off to Oliver Williams with the gloves. This is cricket and this is pressure from the Gordon Colts.

WICKET – OUT!! (5/43) RUN OUT by R.Krishna. Suicide. Slipped on the second and Organ is run out for a well compiled 34. A gorgeous throw over the stumps from Rahul and Penrith are reeling.

WICKET – OUT!! (6/52) Dellis to Crouch – Back into the attack is Dellis and he strikes again. A healthy edge to Williams who takes his second. Penrith are in all sorts and have now lost 5 for 16.

Manus Chauhan - Unlucky with the ball in the Grand Final, but clearly kept the pressure up to the Penrith bats 

WICKET – OUT!! (7/79) Crofts to Lelliott – A healthy partnership was forming but on comes the captain with some tight bowling and Lelliot gets strangled to square leg where Rahul Krishna takes a sitter.

WICKET – OUT!! (8/79) – Crofts to Chowdhury – Crofts is on a hat trick. The battle of the captains is one by the Gordon skipper as crofts charges in and shatters the stumps first ball. In celebration, he runs off down towards his fans.

WICKET – HOWZATTT – OUT - (9/81) – Seneviratne has the last laugh as Smith plays around one and gets struck in front LBW. A pumped up Danusha gets his first.

WICKET – OUT!! - (10/87) – Crofts to Greogory – A massive shout from Gordon and Crofts has his third as Nick Dellis takes a catch at bat pad.

A phenomenal effort to take 10 wickets for 51 runs as Penrith crumbled for 87 all out.

Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison had been cautious in recent weeks with the bat and had the best opportunity to seal the deal for the Colts side in chasing 88 runs to win the game and the Grand Final.

Harvey and Morrison were watchful and played their most elegant innings of the season. Harvey (30) left the ball with ease and punished the short and wide deliveries when he was offered them.

Morrison once again dominated bat and ball. He enjoyed clipping a ball for six over deep backward square that I am sure his Shire ladies will be hearing about during the week. Nice work Brady.

At 0/40, Gordon looked comfortable. Morrison eventually fell for 20 but Harvey was class and anchored the innings right until the score reached 80. Williams, Crofts and Krishan all chipped in a few runs to see us to the end but it was Manus Chauhan (3 not out) and Matt Keane (18 not out) who had the honour of seeing us to a 5 wicket victory and the Metropolitan Cup title.

Andrew Harvey makes a great start to the small target chase 

What a season…. What a team. 165 wickets later and over 2,500 thousand runs scored, the Gordon Colts proved that experience does not mean everything and that a strong and relentless bond is what truly counts to any success.

Beers were shared and stories were told but a big thank you must once again to our manager Jenny Williams who has worked tirelessly all year to ensure this team reached its peak.

As captain I would like to thank those who attended the match and supported us this season. Ken Wilcox you are an ideal and your enthusiasm was immense in tutoring these boys on how to sustain pressure on and off the field. Ha!

Finally, congratulations to all of those who were a part of this squad this year. I am proud of you.

Captain and Champion Player out!!

Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Colts vs Georges River - Round 12 - 2016/17

Ahh… Georges River. The second encounter between Gordon and Georges River was once again being held at Beauchamp Park. But before I get into the events of Saturday’s action, I think it is only fair that I give the viewers a glimpse of what happened in Round 4 vs the River.

Crofts leads the charge against the River! 

In short, Georges River played two ineligible players, scored 385 in 96 overs and claimed that we… yes Gordon were playing for the draw…. I still don’t understand how they thought we were playing for the draw. 

If you are reading this Dayle Carew, please call me and let me know. As a result, the game ended in a draw, Gordon protested and got 6 points and back down the river they went.

With back to back wins against Blacktown and an outright win against Easts, Colts returned to Beauchamp looking to score three straight victories on the trot. Mild, overcast conditions welcomed the two sides to the one day format. 

The return of Nick Dellis and departure of Jory Cureton meant Colts did not lose any striking power with the ball. Dylan Hood backing up after his four wicket haul and Prashan Seneviratne eyeing off another performance than Nuwan Kulasakera would be proud of.

Lovely footwork here by the 'keeper to take a catch off the quick 

Skipper Aaron Crofts lost the toss and Gordon were asked to add another 10 wickets to the tally of 125 for the season. Despite Gordon hoping to win the toss and bat first, it is always a treat for the opposing team to shape up against the firing quicks the colts side has each fixture. Danusha Seneviratne (1/17 off 6) and Nick Dellis (0/21 off 8) started off the innings satisfactorily. 

With periods of economical bowling and tight lines, Georges River managed to tick over some runs to kick of their innings. However, nonetheless, Colombo born Seneviratne was up to the task, adjusted to the conditions and took an early pole to add to wicket #126 for the season. At 1/41 off 10 overs, the River, who for 99.9% of the season barely reached 10 runs without losing at least 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 wickets, were actually in a decent position.

But… yes… they were playing the top side in Gordon and over the next three to six overs the game changed dramatically.

Prashan Seneviratne (1/7 off 6), who idolises his bowling off kiwi international Neil Wagner who possesses that infamous grunt at the end of his delivery stride, once again hit that 50 cent coin for his next 36 deliveries. 

For about a month now, Prashan has arguably been the pick of the lower grade bowlers at Gordon. His line and length, seam up deliveries catches the opposing batsmen off guard. 

Yep. That'll do it. What a great action shot! 

Yet again, the River batsmen could not hit the red kookaburra. In conjunction with Dylan Hood, they both caused a collapse. River lost 5 wickets for just 5 runs. Dylan Hood (3/17 off 6) cartwheeled the stumps down towards 1st and 2nd slips throat. In fact, Hoody was on a hat trick and this is where the drama really kicks in… 

Dylan Hood, who at this stage was sweating more than a hot curry after a night out, took the ball and headed to his mark. Little did he know that the most attacking captain at the club had set a 9-0 field for a hat trick ball. Let me just take a moment to set the scene….

1st Slip, 2nd Slip, 3rd Slip, 4th Slip, 5th Slip, 6th Slip, 2 gully’s and a silly mid off…

Andrew Harvey and Brady Morrison who have not participated in the slips cordon all year had stains running down their whites they were that scared of a potential “catch it” coming their way.

Anyway, here comes the delivery… Let me remind you that we have no one on the on side. Hoody runs into bowl, an in ducker at the chest. 

The batsman who tries to evade the deliver ducks into it and gets hit in the ribs. Just like the infamous 1932/1933 bodyline series (a tactic that the Colts side has utilised this season) the batsman crouches to the side of the wicket….the non-striker batsman cries “YES!!!” and as both batsman meet half way down the wicket… keeper Oliver Williams in true keeping style flicks his left glove off and throws the ball from bat pad down towards Dylan Hood at the stumps to eventually flick the bails off for a team hat trick.

Just when you thought attacking fields were not appropriate for this day and age, the Colts boys always prove it wrong.

Quote Ken Wilcox (coach of the Colts side) on the team app; “Absolute Classic – setting 8 slips with no fielder on the leg side – forcing the batsman to hit the ball on the leg side where there wasn’t a single fielder and then running him out” – K.Wilcox 4/2/17.

Manus Chauhan (1/8 off 4) and Aaron Crofts (2/8 off 3) finished proceedings with a couple of clean bowled deliveries to cash in on the fun that was being had at Beauchamp Park. River… all out for an abysmal 80.

Certainly good viewing from mid-off! 

FUN FACT #1 Gordon Colts have taken 135 wickets this season in 12 games of cricket. 

With lunch called, it was time for the Colts weekly debrief during the interval. Usually this consists of what controversial things Brady Morrison or Matt Keane did during the week away from the cricket fields. 

But as captain I think it is only fair that our readers are not exposed to some of the teenage activities that go in this side. However, I will say one thing…. It certainly lifts the teams morale. 

Looking for a bit of swing... and well out of the danger zone here! 

FUN FACT #2 Manus Chauhan is the leading fielder in the Metropolitan Cup with 7 slips catches.

The chase began at 1:00pm with Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey given the opportunity to score two 40 not outs each. Despite some early blows by Brady and typical leg side wide bowling by river, Brady was caught at short cover for just 6. 

Runs were being scored thanks to the wides column and Oliver Williams and Andrew Harvey went about getting the score close to 40. Oliver eventually fell to a short pitch delivery for 5.

At 2/38, Captain Crofts came to the crease with Harvey to see the side to victory. 

Gliding it through point for the winning runs 

After a cautious start, Crofts eventually punished 6 boundaries and a six to win the game to end on 39 not out. Andrew Harvey who played a tight innings of 18 fell short just prior to the winning runs.

A 7 wicket win to the Stags over the River sees Gordon outright first still on 58 points.

A game that Gordon was expected to win and a game that once again showed that attacking is the only way to win games of cricket. Thanks again to our excellent manager Jenny Williams for taking photos, scoring and delivering the subway.

Lovely shot that! And great work by Jenny with such fantastic photos! 

Also, special thanks to Ken for his pre-match chat and for watching us again this week.

Skip out!! 

Aaron Crofts

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 13 - 2016/17

On Sunday, the leader-leading Gordon Colts came up against a strong 4th placed Sydney Uni outfit. The team was full of confidence considering our position on the ladder arriving at Beauchamp Oval. 

There were good batting conditions out there on Sunday in a big clash against Sydney Uni 

Due to the heavy storm the night before it took a big effort prior to the game to remove the covers with all the water on them, ensuring no water finds its self on the wicket. 

Eventually when it came to the toss, Captain Crofts won the toss and decided to bat. 

Openers Brady and Andrew got us off to a steady start before Brady was dismissed with the score on 21. Some good bowling from the Sydney Uni attack counteracted by some strong bating in the middle overs from Aaron and Oli got the score to 76 before both fell to good bowling. 

That's some lovely placement there by Danusha 

A small collapse followed but resistance from Sahil (27) and Danusha (32) lead to a defendable score of 148, no easy chase against a strong bowling attack on a slow outfield. 

How about these indiviudal displays of brilliance!

After a good lunch Danusha and Aaron took the new ball and two tight opening spells followed which restricted the opening bats from Sydney Uni and their scoring options. Dylan then came on and bowled in a good partnership with Manus who got the breakthrough with the score on 28. 

Plenty of pressure on the Sydney Uni batsmen as the Colts line up for the kill 

Wickets quickly followed with Danusha taking two in successive balls, twice throughout his 10 overs leaving him with 4 for the match and easily the pick of the bowlers. Some missed chances from Gordon gave Sydney Uni a sniff at the win coming down to the last wicket needing only a handful of runs to secure the win. 

With only 4 runs needed to win, the Sydney Uni number 11 came back for a 2nd run but great fielding from the skipper Aaron Crofts saw a direct hit run out from mid on to win the game. 

The close win secures Gordon’s place at the top of the table with a couple of games left before finals. 

James Brown

Colts vs Easts - Round 11 - 2016/17

Colts vs Easts - Round 11 - 2016/17

As the sun rose on a crisp Sunday morning in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, the Gordon Colts side led by Aaron Crofts were met by Eastern Suburbs. It was 1st vs 3rd in a vital match for both sides. Skipper Croft lost the first battle and the Colts were in the field, the smell of freshly made cappuccinos and soccer mums walking around in their active wear were abundant. 

Jory and Danusha opened the bowling and bowled tight areas, Danusha snicking off a kid who looked like he hadn't passed primary school yet. 

Prashan then came on with immediate impact clean bowling their captain and Number 3 in his first few overs. 

James Brown coming back from an ego boosting private school game continued where Prashan left off and provided excellent flight and drift. Did Shane Warne just come out of retirement? The only thing missing was a sloppy rig and streaky blonde hair.

James Brown bowling with superb flight and control. 

After Oliver Williams nearly killed Jory with a ball ricochet into Jory’s sunglasses leaving an attractive scar under his eye, the Eastern Suburbs outfit were struggling at 6/64. They needed a big partnership to get them out of trouble and fortunately due to good, tight bowling Eastern Suburbs were skittled for a measly 106 with Jory picking up 3 at the end.

Eastern Suburbs 109 (Jory Cureton 3/11 off 9, Prashan Seneviratne 2/9 of 6, Danusha Seneviratne 2/20 of 10, James Brown 2/22 off 10, Aaron Crofts 1/19 off 7)

Colts openers Fraser and Andrew strolled out to the middle looking positive and attacking play guided Fraser, who also came back from a time-wasting school game, to a solid 28. 

However wickets were falling at the other end, although Aaron Crofts halted the flow of wickets by providing great strokeplay, including a monster dinger into the stands (can report no crowd catch was taken). 

Prashan and Jory batted until stumps with Gordon finishing day 1 at 5/76 chasing 106 for first innings points; a nervous run chase indeed.

Day 2 arrived in approximately 161 hours and Trumper Oval spectators were about to witness one of the most entertaining cricket matches since the first tied test in 1960.

Jory playing his shots at Trumper.

Prashan and Jory were ticking the runs along nicely but within a blink of an eye Jory, Danusha and James were incorrectly given out in one of the worst umpiring displays on a cricket field. Independent umpires do make mistakes but to have 3 going against us within 20 minutes is unheard off. 

But such is life and Prashan after given a healthy promotion from 11 to 7 was really proving to the rest of the team he can hold a stick, batting out of his skin with the tail. 

Gordon needed 13 runs off the last wicket and the stress was showing, fingernails were getting bitten off, hair loss was real and the posh Eastern Suburbs felt like a chamber of immense pressure. 

Dylan Hood playing his first game for the club, definitely a very good rig-based selection, strutted onto the wicket looking calm, definitely provided a boost to get the boys closer to the target. The famous Dylan Hood cut shot, the solid Prashan defence and that Eastern Suburb bowler who bowled legit 8 no balls guided us to first innings points.

Gordon 108 (Fraser 28, Crofts 26, Prashan 11, Dylan 10)

With a lead of only 2, Gordon's bowling unit needed another repeat performance of their first innings and that was initially happening with Jory bowling the kid from kindy...these Poms have no mercy. 

A partnership was on the verge of getting away until on the stroke tea, Shane Warne (James Brown) bowled a flighted delivery only for the batsmen to hit to the leaping Fraser Wilson, a spectacular mark, reminiscent of the “Leo Barry you star” 2005 AFL Grand Final iconic moment. 

With good vibes heading into the next session, it was Dylan Hood cleaning up the tail with the help of James Brown. They took 7 between them due to some brilliant controlled bowling.

Good catching by Colts, Danusha taking this one in the deep.

Side Note - Afternoon tea was delightful, some roast chicken, herb bread, donuts, lollies, watermelon, all the good stuff, however it was clearly not as good as our afternoon tea.

Eastern Suburbs 126 (Dylan Hood 4/15 off 4.4, James Brown 3/18 off 9, Jory 2/33 off 7)

Now it was getting late in the day, the sun was setting, the wind chill coming across, the equation was ...Gordon need 125 of 17 overs to practically burgle 10 competition points. 

All the hours of watching the Big Bash would be coming down to this, it was time for our batsmen to peg back the ears and go downtown. 

A change in the batting order promoted Brady to open with Fraser and he got us off to a great start before Fraser chopped on. Next was Jory, coming into the crease with the attitude of “it’s six or it's out”,..... we’ll see how that goes chief. 

98 runs later and oh boy what a partnership, it was boundary after boundary, including one 6 that was caught by Mr Oliver Williams in the crowd, congratulations to Oliver $10,000 coming his way. Brady and Jory seemingly destroying the Easts bowlers to all parts of the field and was a wonderful partnership to watch, was this were Marcus Stoinis got his hitting inspiration from?

More importantly the required run rate was at run a ball when Matt Keane came to crease to produce one of the most exciting 2 ball innings ever in cricket. A disrespectful 6 first ball over the sight screen was met with loud cheers from the Gordon faithful before being out next ball. 

10 points! What an superb performance!
And well kitted out in Beastwear gear!

It was now Skipper Aaron and Brady (who reached his 55) finishing it off for us, giving us the valuable 10pts to go outright first on the ladder. 

What a performance, what a game, what a sport. This is why we play cricket, to shake hands with a defeated, devastated opposition with a massive smile and a "thanks champ".

Gordon 3/127 (Brady 58 Jory 46)

Danusha "Big D" Seneviratne

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2016/17

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2016/17

At a pleasant sunny Beauchamp Oval the Stags turned up looking for redemption from their last round loss. A solid warm up as always from the boys and a quick look at a green grassy pitch which the skipper had hopes to bowl first on. 

Great captains knock by Aaron Croft (42).

Unfortunately it wasn’t the ideal start, being put into bat against Blacktown side. But the resilience from Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey saw us on top early and looking solid for the 50 overs to come. The thick outfield really demoralised the batsmen as quick singles and hard hits had us running two’s and ones all day.

Similarly a great throw from the boundary while running a three had given an unfair farewell to Andrew Harvey. While Jury Cureton welcomes what became the hottest cricketing day of our lives and wasn’t keen on any singles today. The pitch played all sorts of havoc on the players, at least for Jory which had one pop up from good length to his throat. While our experienced skipper had plenty of shots up his sleeves and ran hard between the wickets, wickets fell and pressure grew at the other end.

Long awaiting runs came from the ‘Big Dog’ Danusha who played alongside our skipper and both took us past the 30 over mark. Trouble against the spin had both the batsmen in all sorts as we saw the end of a solid top order innings by skipper Crofts. 

Danusha helped carry the Stags late in the innings (44).

Vikrant Nehru and Danusha then maintained the runs and kept ticking the strike over, all though every run had us drenched in sweat. The plan was simple, Vikrant wanted the spinners downtown (as I have no respect for them) and Danusha attacking the pacers with ease.

The time came when acceleration was needed and we managed a solid score of 204. Unfortunately with a couple of overs to spare which wasn’t the ideal way of finishing the innings but we took it with our middle order collapse.

Brady and Jory put on a display for the fantastic camerawork by Jen Williams

The heat had the pitch hard and we saw plenty of bounce, the Beauchamp pitch looking and playing out better than Chatswood oval on even its best day in the second innings. 

The author, Vikrant Nehru, looks to make an impression with the bat 

Matt Keane and Jory Cureton had the time of their lives as both the bowlers bowled smartly attacking the stumps and an odd one sniffing past the nose of the batsmen just so they know who’s on top. 

Blacktown having no reply of our solid bowling attack as Jory and Vikrant Nehru took out the top order batsmen with ease.

The retaliation of the Blacktown batsmen was no use as the Stags showed why they are on top of the table. Danusha and Manus Chauhan taking out the middle order nicely in time for a bonus point win. 

Prashan cleaned up the tail with excellent figures of 3 for 3 off 3, dismissing Blacktown for a mere 101, great day to be a Stag don’t you reckon?

Prashan wraps up the tail, ensuring a bonus point.

An excellent comeback for the Colts who are now alone at the top of the table, showing we are looking for improvements from each game. Also on another note, the great turnout on training days boys, have seen the whole team practicing together which is awesome. 

Credit to the skipper, never misses training day although he might miss leg day quite often.

Vikrant "Vicks VapoRub" Nehru

The Colts team huddle
Colts vs Penrith - Round 9 - 2016/17

Colts vs Penrith - Round 9 - 2016/17

As we arrived in Penrith and with the knowledge that the covers were not on overnight, we knew that our chances of a good pitch to play on, or even play at all, were very slim. Once we laid eyes on the pitch, our suspicions turned into a grassy, muddy and genuinely unplayable wicket but with some work from the Penrith team and midday sun, the pitch was beginning to dry.

Oli Williams tried to get the boys over the line 

Play was delayed from a 10 o’clock start to 12:15 start with only the loss of 10 overs to the revised 45 overs a side. The two hour wait was a quick one though with captain Crofts keeping the team entertained with tales of his new year’s shenanigans and how the events of that night were “not on”.

The young Stags in action out at Rance 

Both captains knew that the toss would play a huge role in the outcome of this match and luckily Crofts came out on top, with the decision to bowl. 

The Colts bowlers were making the most of the damp deck 

With the pitch doing a lot early we knew we would have to pick up wickets quickly and that we did. With Matt Keane (O-7 R-13 M-2 W-1) steaming in from the MP end creating dot ball pressure Jory Cureton (O-6 R-17 W-2) was able to clean up one of the openers cheaply and start the middle order collapse. With quick wickets going to Danusha Seneviratne ( O-6.1 R-16 M-1 W-2) and Prashan Seneviratne (O-5 R-21 W-2) only one of the openers was hanging in and keeping their innings afloat posting 41 before finally being removed by Prashan. Their middle fought hard but with accurate bowling and good catching was only able to score 135 from 42 overs.

The Penrith side work hard to get a game on. Congrats gents! 

With a low score to chase and a powerful top order that had scored consistently all year we thought we were in the box seat for a convincing win with only the dodgy pitch in our way.

But no, Oh no, with Brady Morrison being dismissed with the second delivery for 0 and Jory Cureton the very next ball for 0 there was a job to be done especially against their opening bowler Raajdeep Singh (O-7 R-22 W-4) who was bowling the game out of our hands. 

Get around me boys - Crofts 

Andrew Harvey (9) and Aaron Crofts (8) went about steadying the ship and even delivering a few countering blows with some nicely timed drives. Unfortunately it wasn’t long before Andrew was bowled after looking settled with the score 3/20 after 4 overs. 

Within the next three overs Crofts had to depart as well being caught behind off Singh’s consistent bowling. With Sahil Sharma only scoring 2 the middle order had work to do and so Matt Keane (18 from 35) and Oliver Williams (44 from 78) dug in.

With the run rate being completely under control, we knew this game was going to be won with patience out in the middle. However, just as things looked to be getting easier, the opening bowler Singh was brought on to change the game once again and took the wicket of Keane with a well bowled yorker. 

Straight play was rewarded in this round 

With Danusha going without scoring we were in trouble again at 7/98 after 24 overs. In next Manus Chauhan(19*) who scored quickly and with ease to edge us even closer to the target and just when it seemed like we would pull off our best win of the year, Williams was dismissed with the score at 8/127 and the game was turned again. 

The final two wickets only need to pull together 9 runs to win the game and with Nick Dellis scoring 3 of them from his first two balls it looked promising but with him being dismissed early the next over it was in the balance again. 

With Prashan being the last wicket and needing 6 to win it was going to be a tough first over for him to get through and just after looking solid in defence on the second last ball of the over one snuck through and took the off stump ending an intense game of cricket that we let slip.

Looking forward to see Penrith in the grand final where I assure you it will not happen again. 

Oliver Williams

Colts vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

Colts vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2016/17

Colts went into the game looking to knock of the number two placed Penrith and continue its unbeaten run. With a few of the lads gone up to 5ths and some being a way it was going to be a hard fought and tough game.

This week again the top order showed who were in charge with a quick game of soccer winning 2-3 in the warm ups.
As we discovered the when rolling off the covers it "seemed" to be a completely different wicket that what we had played on over the past few weeks - a green top! Could it be an advantage there was only one way to find out. 

Manus knocked around a few quick runs.
Crofty lost only his second toss of the year and Penrith chose to bowl first. Starting off well with the new opening combination of Sahil & Fraser (41). They keep the runs ticking over until Sahil feel to a great ball.
Then in strolls the English import having only ever played one day games and in fine form it was gonna be a long day in the sun for the lad. Jory and Crofts (38) then steadied the ship till tea to set up the lower order to go out and have a swing to get us to around a total of 300.

Jory knocked up a brilliant half century (66) before being adjudged LBW batting well out of his crease and charging - Welcome to umpiring Sahil ;)

Great cameos from Manus (22) and Oliver (35) got us to a total of 9/263 dec. meaning we could have 4 overs at there top order and hopefully grab maybe one or two wickets

Jory and Crofts opened up having two overs each with Jorys Chin music and bowling to the plan we nabbed one wicket before the end of the days play.

Full of spirits for day two the colts were ready to nab these 9 wickets and sit even more comfortably on the top of the table.

Again Jory (4/69) and Aaron (1/71) started up again with some tight bowling and unfortunately nothing going to hand with edges flying everywhere.
Jory in the runs and wickets!

Crofts then brought on the spin of Manus & Brown (1/33) who both bowled great lines and to the field to restrict the batsmen to not many runs this put the pressure on the batsmen seeing a stumping off Brown to break the drought of wickets. 

With only a few wickets in the first two session we looked to take it to them in the final session and grab those last three wickets but it just wasn't to be. With some great hitting by Penrith and playing great partnerships they got across the line with 10 overs to play.

Special mention to Jason and Johnny for coming to field for the day.

Nick Dellis

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 6 - 2016/17

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 6 - 2016/17

The high flying Stags arrived at Snape Park, to take on Randwick-Petersham, full of confidence on the back of a comprehensive victory last round. 

With the boys awaiting the arrival of skipper Crofts we descended into a quick game of touch as the top order showed the bottom order how it was done with a quick rout 3-1, special mentions to Andrew ‘I love Brady Morrison’ Harvey who consistently cut through the defence like a hot knife through butter! Maybe he's in the wrong sport? 

Onto the cricket and the greenest wicket I’ve seen since I have been here, with overcast conditions to boot, it was a very important toss to win. With the skipper busy it was down to our second best tosser Matt ‘MP’ Keane to call correctly which he duly complied. All together lads.

Matt does half the damage with 5/26!
Aaron arrived delighted to the news and got straight into making sure we all had a strong mentality of achieving a very possible maximum points over the two days. 

New look opening bowling partnership of myself and MP got straight into the task and were swinging the ball both ways, leaving the Randy Petes batsmen clueless but after a couple early wickets and the score at 2/29, the skipper brought himself on accompanied by Vikrant Nehru. 

These carried on building the pressure, Ronnie consistently hitting a length and Nehru bowling fast attacking the stumps, the Randy Petes batsmen had no answers the score was soon at 5/42.

After a quick drinks break the skipper brought back man of the moment MP Keane, and he bowled a fantastic spell of quick aggressive bowling of which was easily too good for the batsmen along with Vikrant these two finished off the lower order for 89, with Matt taking a brilliant 5/26, also Vikrant 3/9 bowled superbly.

With bats in hand Morrison and Harvey went out full of expectation and the other lads were waiting to see the same thing they've seen week in week out from these two, a solid opening partnership. With the score on 1 and Brady deciding to guide one on to his own stumps this wasn't to be and maybe these 89 runs weren't going to be as straight forward as first hoped.
It was too easy for the Stags with Vikrant picking up several poles!
Oli joined Andrew and both batted well but both also got starts and got out, Crofts came and went and I was joined by Sahil ‘Wears what he wants’ Sharma. Not wanting to lose anymore wickets we set about gaining the runs, nudging nurdling and dismissing the bowlers with 3 overs to spare in the day and we were there. Good days work 6 points in the bag, a solid team effort…maximum points in sight.

Day 2 arrived with the wicket not to dissimilar to last week and a strict game plan from Crofts 100 runs 15 overs then get back at them, no worries skip. With myself and Sahil falling after a very handy partnership, and a couple handy cameos from Nehru and Huang. We were all out for a Gung Ho 174.

Leading by 85 and a quick changeover delayed by the what can only be presumed to be the batsmen reluctantly awaiting imminent downfall. We got straight back into it and we didn't have to wait long as we soon had them 5/14. A couple a piece for the new ball buddies and a great run out thanks to Manus ‘wish it wasn't a green wicket’ Chauhan. 

Almost forgot to mention the batsmen who could only be named as the angriest man in NSW as we helped him on his 5th and 6th consecutive duck in a row. Oops.

Back came Crofts and Nehru carrying on where they left off on day one taking 1 and 2 respectively. With one of the batsmen retired hurt it was down to Manus to take what happened to be last and only wicket to be taken in front of the stumps and Randy Petes all out for 43 in 30 overs. A dominant display stretching our lead at the top with maximum points and with great banter all the way.

Quick mention to Jennie, Chris and Jodie for their help on the 2 days and good support of the team.

Can we be stopped?

Jory Cureton

Colts vs UNSW - Round 5 - 2016/17

Colts vs UNSW - Round 5 - 2016/17

With the Colts lads rocking up to David Phillipson looking for a healthy win after the dissapointing but yet entertaining draw against the bottom on the ladder Georges River.

The wicket was looking as uneven as Aaron Crofts life with the ladies (sorry skip). But as Jorey Cureton said, “we all dig through dirt to reach the sunshine”. 

Virkant Nehru in action for the Colts side 

Our skipper, who seems not to lose a toss, won, and elected to bat, and Brady Morrison and Andrew Harvey were keen to get out and continue with their ongoing form. The pair started of well with exploiting the quick outfield, and some what poor fielding from UNSW. 

Brady Morrison was looking good and playing with intent, he was then unfortunately fired by the umpire for 43 of 30 balls. Andrew Harvey then knuckled down looked for more runs to add to the scoreboard, he was joined will Oli Williams, the two went on to put on a entertaining and well composed partnership, Andrew Harvey was then unfortunately dismissed for 63. 

Drinks then came around, with the newly addition to the squad (Jorey) was soon looking to contribute to the team by having the ‘perfect cordial ratio’ with himself and Brady Morrison being the test of that, it was obvious the Pom had done a good job, but that was soon then questionable with the opposition asking for more water…

What is this - Ingrates. Honestly.

Anyways, Oli continued his form in the game and soon raced past 50 till he reached his dismissal of 70 odd. This is when the team started to have a small collapse; but hey we aren't first for no reason, with the tail starting to pile up some runs.

Aaron Crofts saw fit for a declaration at 336, and having a crack at the Bees before stumps.

With 'Big D' Seneviratne returning from his HSC and his fully hectic parties, he steamed in to claim the first wicket before stumps, with Manus Chauhan taking an absolute screaming diving to his left to grab the ball. With the runs slowly starting to rise, Aaron saw that Kevin Huang should come on for the tactical change and, oh my, was it a tactical change, with 'Special K' picking up a much needed wicket to finish up for the day!!!

Good work Kev. We love you <3

With Day 2 of the match soon arriving, it was obvious that Colts boys wanted to finish of the day and with a few wanting to watch the almighty Connor McGregor make history.

The day started off wit the normal chat; Aaron' birds he finds over Facebook.

But the more important thing is that we all wanted to get the win. The day started slow, with wickets coming slow and runs coming slow for the Bees, but because we are the almighty Stags, we pushed through, with Vikrant Nehru taking some poles, Jorey taking a few as well. 

As the Bees started to fall, Aaron pushed for a outright, with 'Little P' Seneviratne taking the final wicket. 

Aaron sent the Bees back in, with most of the lads thinking that there was no way that we could get the outright, but with a few wickets falling in quick succession, the boys were up on their feet and ready to snatch this outright. 

Ok. Ok. Look, I think it is without a doubt the highlight of the day was when Aaron was looking for another bowler to roll their arm over, and that man who he thought could make the breakthrough was… the Brady Morrison… Brady was just as surprised as everyone else, but his off spinners can be as deadly as Aaron’s smooth talk with the ladies.

What can you expect from a batter like Brady, who doesn't bowl much? You can say he's good with the ladies; but yeah, not much else really.

The man marked his run up, looked down the wicket, and was trying to memorise the almighty GOATs action, he looked up took one step, then another, charged in got his front arm up, and then let go off the ball…. What happens next well.. Well he took a wicket first ball. 

Ken if you are reading this, what did I say - I can bowl. 

But what was even better… He followed it up with a tactical no ball… He just didn’t want to take the embarrass the batsmen… 

But on a serious note, the Stags were very close to a outright, taking 8 wickets before the end of play… 

A massive thank you to JOF who came and supported us, Ryan Tullia who also helped the team out in the field, with subbing Big D due to his hard partying.
Also massive credit to Andrew, Oli and Brady with a very great innings. Vikrant, Ronny, Jorey, Big D, and especially Manus from retutingnin with a Bangs, Ans massive thanks for Jenny who has been running the show lately, much appreciated. Well done lads, great win.

Brady Morrison (with plenty of editing)

Colts vs Georges River - Round 4 - 2016/17

Colts vs Georges River - Round 4 - 2016/17

Day 1 began with big winds making covers a bit of a nightmare. That was the first battle of the day for Gordon. The toss was won and the decision was to have a bowl, hoping we could take a few early and get straight into the Georges River middle order. 

Big thanks to Aaron and Jenny for organising a penguin (umpire) for this round.

Got to love a pommie import! 

The Colts went out onto the grade ready for a big game. Dellis and Keane started strong with some attacking bowling, however the River openers had luck on their side. The bowlers toiled hard, creating numerous chances and many shouts. 

Many balls were hit in the air but just out of reach from the Gordon fielders, there was to be no celebration just yet. Prashan and the skipper, Crofts, came on to attempt to break this opening partnership. However it was not to be, again numerous chances just not going to hand. 

As the batsmen began to tee off, a good field was set that reduced the impact of this hitting. Then on came the new Pommy import, Jory Cureton, and he had almost an immediate impact, snagging the breakthrough the Stags desperately needed. 

A new tactic of some short, back of a length bowling was employed and saw Jory snare a second victim. A great cricketer and a real asset to the club. 

The lunch break provided a good time to reset for Gordon, with a debrief on the session and what could be improved upon for the next one. It was during the break that the Colts boys discovered the private life of the “Ron” Crofts, needless to say unexpected. If only he could have had some success with the ball in the first session as he does outside of cricket. 

A wicket for Jory Cureton was exactly what the skipper "Ron" needed

Gohl and Dellis toiled away further after the break, before Kevin came on and found a breakthrough, exactly what the Stags needed, taking another not long after. However poor fielding let the side down. Intensity and chat through the day will also need to be improved in future weeks. 

The team finished strong taking a few wickets including some good footwork from behind the wicket by Oli Williams and some strong individual fielding performances from some of the boys. Still only 8 down for 333, and a big effort was required the next week from the Gordon boys.

Day 2 began with a surprise, but probably smart on their behalf, Georges River were batting on, as the 333 target wouldn’t have been enough to stop the Stags from the win. 

However it began to surface that the tactic wasn’t so much smart as it was negative. They were attempting to bat the game into a draw. Some poor catching saw the tail survive for too long and too many runs added. This left Gordon with 381 to chase from 66 overs, a very big target in not a lot of time. 

Big thanks to Will for helping out in the field to cover some injuries that were discovered during the week.

The plan for the innings was to go out there and play each others natural games and see where we stand at tea. Playing for Gordon we are always going to play positive cricket and give the win a crack. Brady and Andrew walked out into an absolute barrage of unwarranted sledging that was getting out of hand very quickly. 

Personal attacks on the batsmen and ignoring of umpires orders was a disappointing sight for cricket. Enough cannot be said for these two bats who copped it all and yet would not throw away their wicket. 

They may be young but have very mature heads on their shoulders. We refused to lose this game to this cricket side and Brady and Andrew will be great assets to the Stags setup over the coming years.

Brady and Andrew got on with it, playing there strokes while taking minimal risks and went to tea with no loss. You can’t ask for a better platform to be laid for the innings and we will be in very good positions in the future if these two continue to play as they have done. 

After tea the pair added a few more before Andrew Harvey was out for a good knock of 45 and Oli Williams joined Brady Morrison at the crease. The two had another handy partnership as Brady began to accelerate before being out caught for a well-deserved 69. 

This brought the skipper to the crease. The score continued to tick along but the umpire then made the call that the game was going nowhere, with concerns of the over rate and fading light. It was decided that there would be 5 over targets that would get us to the win in a much shorter period of time. 

Here is where the Stags decided that they were going to give the win a red-hot crack. The first target was 200, and immediately Oli and Ron were on the attack. Oli found himself out caught, playing well in the game situation. Cureton joined Crofts in the middle and the latter really started getting hold of them. 

Fielders were being moved to where the ball had just been hit before he dispatched them to a new gap in the field. A great captain’s knock to get the team on the road to the win, holing out in the deep for 49. 

Keane came to the crease for a quick cameo of 22 before being run out, as Jory sent a few sailing over the fence. Sahil came to the crease in the final over to reach the 250 target and the side fell just short off the tough target. 

Gordon can hold their heads high from this performance, we proved to ourselves we can score quickly when needed while still constructing an innings, even when the game was against us. Still undefeated, the Colts will continue building into the next round.

Another huge thank you to Jenny and Chris for helping out with drinks, tea and all the other jobs that make the game run smoothly, as well as the support you provide to the team. 

Matt Keane

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2016/17

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2016/17

The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.

The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday, and consists of 6 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2016/7

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2016/7

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2016/17 season are provided below.



Match Reports 15/16

Match Reports 15/16

After a pretty ordinary 2014/15 season, the Gordon DCC did much better in 2015/16. Fielding a Colts side again, performances were stronger across the grades and a number of teams made the finals. There were also a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players./

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2015/16

First Grade Match Reports 2015/16

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. 

There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

1st Grade returned to Chatswood knowing that a win against the top ranked Bankstown would put us on course for a finals berth. Spirits were high on the back of an undefeated run since Christmas, a successful Coast Night and a vivid memories of Tym Crawford’s direct hit run-out of Josh Poysden the week before. 

It was a strong performance by Cam Eccles at the top of the innings, who must worry why he goes through opening partners so frequently! 

Skipper Steve Colley, as he has become accustomed to throughout this season, walked out to toss without a coin and presented the opposition captain with a free-choice decision to bat or bowl first. He chose to bowl, for beneath them was a slightly tacky and greenish pitch.

Cam Eccles strode out to the middle with his umpteenth opening partner for the season; this time it was Jack Colley who would bravely front the new ball. 

Tym Crawford plays strongly off the back foot, combining well with Cam Eccles after the skipper set a solid foundation 

Both were leaving the ball well before Jack intercepted a delivery with his elbow and deflected it quite skilfully onto the stumps.

That brought brother Steve to the crease who continued on from his form in recent weeks and stroked boundary after boundary all around the ground. 

The bowlers failed to capitalise on the early assistance offered by the pitch, as Steve and Cam were particularly punishing on anything a bit short. 

Steve Colley, 1st Grade's skipper, continues the trend of strong back foot play. Were the Bulldogs bowling too short of a length? 

They rollicked along until lunch and beyond, before Steve was out hooking, caught at fine leg for 56. Their partnership of 109 set the tone for the innings and laid the platform for a substantial score. 

Don't bowl there. Cam Eccles sends the Dogs to all parts of Chatswood.

Three more strong partnerships helped us towards the coveted 400-mark: Cam and Tym added 58 before Cam was out in identical fashion to Steve for 93; Tym and Elliot Richtor put on 75; and Tym and Reece Bombas contributed 77.

Marcus and Dan leave the field a happy pair at the end of Day 1

Elliot and Reece continued on their strong form, but it was Tym who was the standout of the innings, compiling an extremely composed and punishing 128 off 155 balls. The innings finished in the last over of the day at 8/385, slightly lower than our teatime aspirations but certainly enough if we bowled well on Day 2.

The first session of Day 2 was one of the most dramatic sessions that I have been involved in. A delayed start, 21 overs, 6 wickets, 4 dropped catches, a 45 minute rain delay, and over 100 runs were scored.

It was a game of 'Go Fetch' that Crawford had going with the Dogs 

Charlie Stobo celebrated his well-deserved call-up to the NSW 2nd XI team with his best bowling display of the season. 

Charlie Stobo has been in career best form of late 

He took a sensational 6/49 off 15 unchanged overs including a match turning 3 wickets in 4 balls to reduce Bankstown to 3/57 after a rollicking start led by English pro Mark Stoneman. 

After a slight consolidation and short rain delay, the madness continued, with Bankstown losing another 3 wickets for 0 runs to have them 6/109 at lunch, Stobo with 5 wickets and a catch. He was ably supported by Dan Smith and James Kennedy, who both appear to be finding their best form at this critical stage of the season.

The many aspects of Stobo's successful day at the crease. 6 wickets! 

After lunch the runs kept flowing and the wickets kept tumbling. Before too long the competition leaders were bundled out for 198 with more than 50 overs still to play. 

James Kennedy proved a great understudy to Charlie Stobo on this occasion. He's beginning to hit his straps - just at the right time of the season. 

The second innings was a less eventful affair. Despite some spectacular strokeplay from Stoneman, the Bankstown boys plodded along without too much urgency or difficulty. 

It was agreed that Charlie would not bowl in this innings to make it a fairer contest between bat and ball.

This gave a good opportunity for Dan, JK and Chad Soper to get some more overs under their belts. Although they did so without much success (though Dan did pick up three wickets to make up for the four catches dropped off his bowling in the first innings), they bowled tirelessly in difficult conditions and, later, with little to play for. 

It makes a huge difference when your fast bowlers can field well - James Kennedy is one of those! 

Tym, Elliot and last week’s partnership-breaker Reece also rolled their arms over, and even Steve tried out his right-arm hand grenades. Bankstown cruised to 3/203 off 45 overs when stumps was finally called. 

It was an unbefitting end to a dominant weekend performance by the Stags. 

Newman swallows another edge from Stobo as the boys get around him in celebration 

We now sit in 6th position and hope to win the final two games to consolidate our spot in the top 6. From there, who knows!

Max Newman

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 2 - 2015/16

After having a slow week as described by our fearless leader, I was very keen to take the remaining points on offer against the strengthened batting line-up of Sydney Uni after we humbled them on the first day. 

Dan Smith looked forward to the evening where he could "Netflix and Chill" with the recent bachelor 

The groundsman must have found some extra funds in the coffers at Syd Uni and was able to purchase a new mower that could cut down to 1mm compared to the 5mm he left on there on the first week. A reverse on what we saw at Easts.

We got the game underway and the pace of the batting did not get out of 1st gear. The much missed Tjaard Tait was particularly impressed with the ‘Dents’ batting and is contemplating returning the Sydney to play for them if this type of batting behaviour continues. 

Cowen was the only batsmen to get a few shots away much to the dismay of the crowd with shouts of ‘rein it in buddy’ and ‘who do you think you are’ (maybe I imagined these shouts not sure, boring cricket was had all day).

JK who bowled very well for a guy in the brink of a long term relationship and many Messina dates during the week. Rumour has it that he will no longer be participating in any more post game drinks and lunch will comprise of bread sandwiches as he is saving to buy Bae the Range Rover/Country club membership she desperately wants.

Permission granted - James Kennedy was allowed on the field by his Bae and made the most of it 

All the bowlers continued their great lines and length bowling without much luck, always probing and asking questions of the batters. The partnership of Charlie Stobo and Dan Smith is really building and I think buoyed by the fact ‘DS’ doesn’t need to go searching for a girlfriend anymore and can just “Netflix and Chill” with the recent bachelor (too soon??).

Tym also toiled with the ball for no luck always searching for number 3 for the week. 

Tym Crawford continues to provide great support for the opening quicks 

After getting snubbed for a Oscar nomination Wilbur decided not to really participate in the game, rolled his arm over a couple of times but could be heard muttering “it’s not fair” and “it was only a kiss” in between texting his agent at point. Els didn’t take his seat belt off on Saturday. 

So to recap we beat Uni comprehensively on the first day.

After the day’s play JK, after getting the all clear from Bae, and I watched 5s pull off a miraculous victory down the road. What an effort from the boys as they chased down 99 in 15 overs after waiting around all day.

Great effort from new recruit David Spies (can drink aggressively so get around him) and the former Duke for getting his 3rd wicket for the season.

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 1 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - Day 1 - 2015/16

After a couple of days of heavy rain the Stags were greeted at Sydney Uni’s No. 1 ground with lush outfield and a good covering of grass on the wicket that had all the fast bowlers licking their lips.

Charlie Stobo has been in a purple patch of recent times - another 4 wickets in this match 

With the camera crew for “I’m a celebrity get me out of here” looking to start the filming of the new series in the outfield, the Stags began our day with an intense warm up aided by the little pocket rocket Iain “bevans” Beverley.

It’s great to see the club legend looking fit as ever and sharing stories of his ‘Merica exploits. Full twist please. 

Dan Smith, James Kennedy and Tym Crawford assist Stobo with wickets 

We were also buoyed by the fact that Larkin and Cowen were out as the Sixers required them to be fresh for running the drinks later that night. CA could certainly look at sorting this out - professional cricketers not playing cricket. If Pattinson wants to bowl rapid and yell at batsmen then let him. 

Charlie Stobo shows great form in this shot 

Although perhaps I might just be spending too much time with Sparky.

With thigh pad and left leg guard on ready to take down the ‘Dents opening bowling attack, I hear from the messenger that we had actually won the toss and we are bowling. My immediate reaction was to send him back to make sure as there was no possible way our skipper won a toss.

More action shots of Crawford and Stobo. Great seam position! 

To my surprise we were bowling (finally use the double sided coin I’ve been advocating).

What happened next was described as “surreal ” by some pundits (well... one pundit - Steve Colley at 5:45pm). 

Later in the day, author Eccles was equally in great form 

Dan ‘DS’ Smith and Charlie Stobo went straight through their top order; Stobs was particular devastating removing Mail and Max ‘Carters’ Newman by bowling deceptively straight deliveries. 

Unfortunately Charlie was fined 50% of his match fee and possible looming suspension after the match referee deemed his LBW appeals didn’t actually contain any appeal as he just ran down the wicket screaming with one arm aloft “on your bike son, that’s plumb champ” (this may or may not have been a direct quote). 

Head down, WIll Smith makes his mark at the top of the innings 

The rest of the ‘Dents innings is easier to describe with quotes from around the ground.

“Oh was that Carters” (Steve Colley at 10:45am)

“Just 4 more days in Cairns” (Cam Eccles at 9:24am, then every 5-10 mins afterwards)

“I’ve got enough on that” (Tim Ley, moments before Dan Smith swallowed the catch)

“If you didn’t take 4 wickets Charlie, then someone else would have had to take those 4 wickets to bowl them out” (Michael Owen)

Colley has complete faith in the men around him. Yours gents!

Jack Colley receives some attention from Marcus as the boys leave the field 

Crawford gets one to fly - and Richtor does the rest 

Anyway they were bowled out for 69 (dinner for two) in 31.2 overs. Charlie 4, DS 3, Tym Crawford 2 ‘JK’ Kennedy 1.

Plenty of cricket left in the day.

Max Newman takes one above his head 

After a quick lunch break where Charlie told us how he is a “global influence” as he is being followed on Instagram by a friend of an uncle’s cousin that lives in a small igloo in the Sahara desert (we get it mate, you’re taking wickets), we went about putting this game to bed. 

After losing the early wicket of Reece Bombas (don’t tell Lenny I bought a jet ski) to a peach of a delivery, Will and myself went about our business of taking the game away from the Students. 

The partnership consisted of some absolutely glorious shots down the ground for 0 runs as the outfield must have grown even longer over the lunchtime interval.

Great report Eccles. And a handy 76 as well. 

The partnership of 113 really set the tone for the rest of the day and set up the later session for the lower order to swing from the hip and gift Sommerville 6 wickets. 

Stags finished the day 9/216, Eccles 76, Will 'Mike Lowrey 57' Smith, Richtor 34.

Bring on day two.

Cam Eccles

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

2-1. Enough said. The onions dominated again. 

The wicket had a generous covering of grass, but was still hard underneath, so it was difficult to determine just how much assistance the bowlers would get. 

Rare that a week goes past without a comment on Stobo's impressive bowling 

Nevertheless, it was a wicket that we would have preferred to bowl on first, but we lost the toss and were sent in to bat. 

While the odd ball moved off the seam or shot through to the keeper, the pitch actually played a lot better than it looked, and a par score of 250+ was no doubt on the cards. 

Unfortunately, it was not to be, as we lost early wickets to tight bowling. The middle order then went about resurrecting the innings. 

Dan Smith, the hound, tries to run though the Manly innings 

Steve Colley played very positively, particularly straight down the ground, while Jack Colley continued his run of good form with a quick-fire 35 before kicking one. 

Sadly, the tail wasn’t able to wag again and we were eventually bundled out for 142 runs in the 35th over. 

Charlie “JD” Stobo started things up with the wind at his back and straight away settled into a perfect line and length. He maintained the pressure well, but unfortunately received little to no support from the other bowlers. Stobes was eventually rewarded with the wicket of Crosthwaite to a good catch by Steve Colley at second slip. It was a bittersweet feeling seeing the back of Crosthwaite given the mediocrity of his play and chat. 

With the score at 68, Stobo then picked up the wicket of Lenton who played a very good knock for Manly. Or maybe his knock just looked better when compared to his partner up the other end. 

Steve Colley is caught short of his ground

With the exception of getting pulled for six by Sammut, Stobo has been flawless so far this season. He’s always done the job required of him and always finds a way to keep going, possibly because he’s popped more painkillers this season than Digby popped pills at Yass. 

Will Smith then applied his trade from the other end but was unable to get the breakthrough we desperately needed. To that end, Will’s bowling has been excellent so far this season, and while he may not have taken the number of wickets he deserves, his ability to build pressure and bowl to a plan has been invaluable. 

Manly eventually passed our score three wickets down. 

And so we move into the Christmas break. It couldn’t have come at a better time for us. 

From a batting perspective, we need to be more consistent. This means showing a lot more fight when things get tough. There’s no point chasing down 350 against Randy Pete’s, only to get rolled the following week by Easts on a flatty, and then bat out the day against Penrith on a tricky wicket, and then follow it up with a mediocre performance against Manly. 

The fact that Sammut has scored more first-grade centuries than most of our top 6 this season is proof of what you can do if you’re just willing to stick it out during the tough periods.

The reality is that there is no better time to be a first-grade batsman in Sydney than right now. If 350 is a par score on normal sized grounds these days, then our top 6 should all be averaging close to 50. 

The skipper's 60 was the only thing to write home about 

From a bowling perspective, the same thing goes. Too often we’ve started well with the ball, only to let things slip when things get a little tough. You can’t win games without taking ten wickets (or at the very least creating ten opportunities), and we’ve only managed this twice this season (one of which on the last ball of the day). 

We are one of the better bowling attacks going around and we should be confident in our ability to bowl six balls in the right place, and to defend any total. 

In short, our willingness to accept mediocrity must change if we’re going to be any chance of playing finals cricket come March. 

A wise man once told me that if you were able to believe in Santa for eight years, you can believe in yourself for five seconds. It’s time to start believing and show a lot more fight when we regroup next year. We have the team to win the comp this season. 

Texas Forever,

Dan Smith 

1st Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

I’m pretty sure preparation is of paramount importance in any sport, at any level. I used to play with a quite extraordinary character called Phil Mustard, who kept wicket for Durham. 

Upon scoring one of the most ridiculous centuries against Sussex and Mushtaq Ahmed in his prime, the coach at the time – and now championship double-winning Yorkshire director-of-cricket Martyn Moxon – explicitly told him to remember his preparation and repeat it exactly. 

Cam Eccles launches one onto the veladrome 

His night before had involved one of Brighton’s most ‘classy’ nightclubs and a ‘foam party’ until 5am. Phil didn’t need telling twice.

Well, in light of Gordon 1st Grade’s exceptional one-day win over St George, I shall be flying to Cairns (in fact I might already be there as you read this) and attempting to ‘aggressively drink’, contract a throat infection, while it rains incessantly for 3 days. Let me elaborate…

Two of the star performers in the win were undoubtedly Cam Eccles with an in-the-beginning-watchful-but-by-the-end-brutal 135, and James Kennedy with a skilful 3 for 42 in addition to a swooping run-out from the outfield to run out their English pro (they’re no good anyway…)

Crawford nurdles one here... is that a fair description?

Cam and James were part of what will become known as the ‘Cairns massive’ as whatever went on up there on their festive trip, they came back with huge smiles on their faces, ready to hit the ground running in 2016.

The other star performer was Tym Crawford with a tone-setting 79 from just 67 balls, which having been inserted, (win a toss please Steve, how hard?), was just what was needed to knock the St George bowlers off their plans and rhythm. 

He also contributed a disciplined 10 overs, taking 1 for 49, just when the St George batsmen were looking dangerous. Tym spent most of the festive period laid low with aforementioned throat bug.

Smith pulls out the hook shot in search of runs 

And as for the incessant rain, well those of you who were in Sydney last week will know what I mean, and therefore how little appropriate practice was possible.

It was clear when we turned up that everything would be in favour of the team batting second. It seems as if Hurstville Oval is set up for chasing anyhow, given the relative dimensions of some of the boundaries, but the tacky early nature of the wicket served to enhance the crucial nature of the toss.

Steve Colley – pugnacious young talented batsman, great fielder, positive and instinctive but considered captain in the field, all-round nice guy…horrendous tosser.

However, having been inserted, Tym and Cam set about putting together a partnership which turned the game from 30:70 in St George’s favour before a ball was even bowled to just about 50:50 when Tym departed with the score at 1/122 from around 25 overs. 

Crawford and Smith formed fruitful partnerships with Eccles 

From that point onwards, the efforts of everyone gradually ensured that the momentum gained from their opening partnership was not squandered.

I/Will/Jiggy/Wilbur (not sure how to refer to myself in these reports?!) managed to knock the ball around with Cam for around a run-a-ball 55 in a partnership of 132, while Cam received full toss after full toss from their spinners. He duly deposited them over the rope, something which I definitely wouldn’t have done so I shan’t bemoan my luck that he kept receiving full bungers…

At 2/254 with just under 8 overs to go, it was left to Jack Colley to swing himself of his feet a few times for 19 not out, and Steve to ramp his first ball and the penultimate ball of the innings for four. Without doubt this had little to do with Steve, it was Charlie Stobo ordering him to do as such as he left the pavilion. Maybe Stobes should be designated tosser…?

Clearly looking to get that one fine, Will Smith punishes the St George bowlers 

At halfway we were definitely above par on 3/308, but we knew we had to be as conditions were favouring the batsmen more as the day went on. So a good start with the ball was imperative. 

Their captain McCabe is no doubt a dangerous player, but seemingly quite one-dimensional in terms of his scoring areas – cow. That said, he was beginning to look dangerous until Dan Smith enforced a miscue into the safe hands of JK.

Eccles scores freely all around the ground 

With him and his opening partner Cazzulino back in the shed at 2/100, we had taken a definite step towards closing out the game. However, the bowling from all four seamers was exemplary throughout the innings, and kept our foot firmly on the Saints' throats.

Dan Smith secured the key wicket, Stobes bowled as well as ever and went at 3’s (which is fine in the context of the game but he should be ashamed with himself as I’m sure he never goes at more than 2’s.) 

A century in a winning side is always fondly remembered. Cam Eccles will remember this one well.

While JK was full of Cairns Mojo, and his skills with the ball were, I’m sure, a reflection of his off-field skills up in the Northern Territory. 

And Tym, no doubt buoyed by the news that his best mate Adam Crosthwaite had fallen for a golden duck in Manly’s game, shrugged off his ailment and bowled ten very disciplined overs. 

Oh, and I snuck in with two burgled wickets also, could have been three but hey ho….cheers Reece.

All in all, a great way to start 2016. ‘It’s off to Mereweather/Cairns at the finish of play…’

Will Smith 

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Coming off a disappointing loss the week before, Gordon 1s were determined to put in a significantly improved performance against our Penrith opponents. 

At the skipper’s behest, we’d all committed extra efforts at training during the week to ensure that we arrived more prepared on Saturday than we had been the week before.

Will Smith's preparation certainly paid off. Ton up son! 

The bowlers in particular had worked hard and were looking in great shape. They had presumably arrived at the ground the reasonable presumption that Steve would again lose the toss and we’d be in the field first. 

To everyone’s great surprise the skipper flipped successfully, forcing us to change out of our pre-emptively applied whites and offer unreciprocated throwdowns to Reece Bombas.

‘Bomba’ Bombas and Cam Eccles both started strongly, moving the score on to 37 before both fell in consecutive deliveries just before the drinks break. 

Jack Colley, inspired by his brother and Will, makes 73 from 79 

Will Smith and Steve Colley then built a strong partnership to take us to lunch. 

The wicket was not your traditional Chatty Flatty. It offered a bit of movement off the seam and the Station End ridge was exploited to good effect by one of their opening bowlers.

Steve fell not long into the second session and Tym Crawford – duly supported by brother Myke – was adjudged LBW shortly afterwards to leave us in a precarious position at 4/125. 

That brought Jack Colley to the crease for his first bat in 1st Grade this season, fresh off a match-winning hundred in 2nd Grade the week before. He looked composed and solid from the outset, and combined for a brilliant partnership with Will who was gradually accumulating at the other end. 

Jack displays his strength down the ground 

The pair put on 123 together with Jack contributing 73 from 79 balls in easily his highest score in the premier grade. Not long after Jack’s dismissal in the final session, Will moved along to his 100, although he did his best to run Chad Soper out for a diamond duck in doing so. 

Will is now averaging 79 this season and has been an invaluable addition to the team, not just in terms of the runs he has contributed but the quality and experience he has shown provides a point of reference to all Gordon cricketers who are seeking to improve their game.

All around the ground Will found runs. A hard man to pin down when he gets started. 

With the score at 262 when Will holed out, and still 25 over left in the day, the team was hoping to push on to a score of 320-340 by the close of play. However, the tail struggled to get going against some steady bowling and we finished the day at 8/308. 

And wasn't the crowd appreciative... of Adair's wines. Surely these guys could play as a 7th Grade side next year.

Whether we were to bat on the following week remained to be seen, but whatever the score, the team should have taken confidence from the atypical Day 1 pitch in our quest for 10 wickets!

Spoiler alert - we batted on in the search for some extra runs on Day 2, as the pitch seemed flat enough to negate any early morning advantage. 

12 runs were added in 3 overs before the final two wickets fell. Chad Soper finished 31*.

The run chase began in eventful fashion. John DiBartolo lived up to his reputation by blasting a four and a six in the first over, but was also dropped and played and missed twice. 

Another classic Colley pose 

Dan Smith got his man in his next over, Tym Crawford seemingly stopped time itself to hang up in the air for several minutes before claiming the overhead catch at point.

Tym’s effort was the first of three brilliant catches in the first session. First Tym, then Charlie Stobo with his left bucket at 3rd slip and Cam Eccels with his more reasonably sized left hand at gully removed danger men DiBartolo, Kohler-Cadmore and Morrissey respectively. 

We could be excused for believing that we were on to something special today, as tight bowling backed up by excellent fielding and sensational catching had restricted them to 3/53 off 24 overs in the first session.

Dan Smith is really finding a rhythm with his bowling 

But it was not to be. We proceeded to drop five slip catches for the day, including one bloke on three occasions before he reached 20. He would go on to make an unbeaten hundred.

The bowling gradually deteriorated as the day wore on. Smith and Stobo continued their consistent form, bowling tightly and with enough movement to make the batsmen second-guess their strokeplay. 

Charlies' Buckets' Stobo and Chad Soper probe away at the Penrith bats 

The biggest positive of the day was a resurgent James Kennedy, who looks to be inching his way back to his best after a frustrating and interrupted start to the season. His second spell in the middle session was excellent, and was unlucky not to pick up several wickets as there were innumerable plays and misses and a dropped catch.

Newman with a safe pair of hands behind the stumps 

We struggled to bowl consistent lines in the last session, and some good partnerships for the 6th and 7th wicket got Penrith over the line with about 10 overs left in the day.

We can lament the fact that we failed to score enough runs in the last session on Day 1, having been set up to do so by a brilliant partnership from Will Smith and Jack Colley.

Tell your story walking son! Smith has rewarded with a Penrith pole 

But given the game was played on our terms for the majority of day 2, and Penrith needed to double their score in the last session with only half their wickets in hand, we should have won regardless. 

The bowlers created enough chances to take 10 wickets, and the fielders should have given them greater support. Instead they tired in the final session and we let Penrith get away. 

Will Smith and Tym Crawford are given an opportunity with the ball 

We will need a much improved performance to beat an arguably stronger side away at Manly next week.

Max Newman

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2015/16

Again greeted by hordes of Eastern Suburbs Milo Cricketers, the Stags arrived at Waverley Oval only to see a green looking wicket with substantially more grass than the week before. 

Although reassured by the groundsman that the grass was cut to 6mm all over, I think I would have struggled to cut through it with a whipper snipper. 

Will Smith makes a stand in the second dig - but a little too late for the side 

Regardless, while the grass coverage had definitely increased, we were confident and later shown that the wicket was still hard and definitely not the deciding factor in our poor batting performance.

Importantly, the Onions started off well in the warm up football competition, with solid defence and fluent passing across the back 4 – a vast improvement from the week before. Speed on the wings also helped as we snagged 3 easy goals to seal the victory.

Eccles and Bombas arrived at the crease with a full day ahead, and a score of 346 was definitely not out of the question for us to chase. As stated in the change room before play, one big partnership and another smaller one would see us most of the way there. Eccles departed early with the score on 21, and W. Smith began settling in against the Easts pace attack. 

Bombas was stumped for 22, leaving Captain Colley to set about steadying the ship with Smith. W. Smith batted nicely and looked comfortable before he chopped on for 35, and Axel fell a ball later before time was called for lunch. 

A disappointing session, and we would have to work extremely hard from now on in.

The skipper has a stronger showing in the second dig 

Disappointingly, wickets continued to fall as a combination of poor shot selection and good bowling saw Soper, Smith and Newman fall for 1, 4 and 0 respectively. JK managed a solid cameo of 20 – ably supporting Crawford who was in his 40s. JK fell, and Crawford got bowled trying to salvage as many runs as he could for a solid 54. All out for 173. Not good.

Having been sent in again, the Stags were 2-77 before stumps were pulled. W.Smith not out on 34 and Captain Colley at the other end on 26.

In all, a disappointing day considering our previous success in chasing down 350. 

Credit due, Easts bowled tightly and well enough to restrict runs, but I think our lack of grit and dogmatism was the real theme for the day. Although there were some patches of good batting reminiscent of our Randwick chase, wickets were lost in clumps and fell at important times. 

Snapped! Caught... well bowled in fact. Great camerawork to capture this moment Will Smith was removed 

However, our focus now shifts forward to next week, where we aim to exercise our talents in the right fashion. Preparation during the week is key, and we have plenty to work on in order to take on Penrith at Chatswood before getting back to the Orchard for the Xmas Party straight afterwards!

Bombas promises to talk to any lower grader.

Charles Stobo

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2015/16

The Stags were greeted by thousands of Easts Junior Milo cricketers at Waverley Oval on Day 1. Just after 9.15, their parents in Range Rovers had picked up the horde of Eastern suburbs infants and the warm up game of football commenced. 

It seems this week's author features heavily in the photos 

I was supremely confident beforehand that the bowlers (Onions) could string some passes together and echo Barcelona FC’s recent success against Real Madrid. The Onions are a solid team when they apply themselves and play in shape, yet at times we seem too eager to release the ball up the middle, and often panic when pressured by the uneducated and unprofessional babble which is the top 5. 

I guess it makes sense when Charles Stobo takes four Easts wickets

However, a strong first quarter from the Onions had no impact on the result of the game as the top 5 scored 3 ugly goals against the run of play to seal the win. Very disappointing from the Onions but I am confident we will turn the tables next week…

Dan Smith is in a rich vein of form, taking 5 wickets on Day 1 

Now to the second most important match of the day. 

After losing another toss, Steve informed us we would be bowling on a surprisingly green, yet deceptively flat pitch. Early drizzle set in as we started, which aided the efforts of the two best looking opening bowlers in Sydney Grade Cricket – D.Smith and Stobo. 

Smith had the better of the ends; as Stobo had to put on the afterburners just to get to the crease against the howling wind. 

Smith bends his back when claiming two early 

Both bowlers claimed 2 early scalps: Smith had Moran LBW and Stobo even managed to snick off Nic Maddinson with an absolute pearl of a delivery (in reality a very slow short ball that was smashed straight to Tym at mid wicket… Nic who…?). 

Either way, with Easts 4-50 odd, things were looking good for the Stags.

However, as Maddinson and Moran departed, so did the life in the wicket. A solid partnership formed when the score had passed 100, and the Onions struggled to find a breakthrough. W.Smith bowled nicely from one end, while Kennedy managed to keep it tight and even find some bounce out of the deteriorating wicket. 

The slips are ready for Smith to snick off 

Our focus shifted from attacking the stumps to bowling dots, hoping that a mistake would arise. Nevertheless, the two middle order bats put their head down and the score soon passed 280 before D.Smith struck once again. 

The Eastern Suburbs tail managed to smash a few boundaries after Captain Colley took the new ball, and the score blew out to 340ish before there the remaining wickets were taken by D.Smith, including a run out. 

Yes Danny Boy! Another Dolphin is sent back to Bondi Beach 

An unbeaten ton and one substantial partnership are all that stopped the Stags from completing a really successful day in the field and the possibility of batting in the last session. 

Nevertheless, the score of 350 does not do our bowling efforts justice, as each bowler kept their lines tight throughout the day.

Special mention must go to Axel Cahlin, as he is a really good bloke and good player. He plays spin well, and also pace. He is great on the front foot, and also the back foot.

Charles Stobo

Ok - So here is one more of Charles taking a catch. Protect those elbows! 
1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned after Gordon batted first and made 1/37 on Day 2 before the rain came down again. No match report submitted.

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2015/16

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2015/16

Well well well what can I say? If your following on from my report from the first week or if this is your first glance at the game against Randy Petes in the top grade, then I recommend you take a peek at my final words from the first week report. 

Reece Bombas looks dominant out in the centre at Petersham Oval

Actions may speak louder than words but words can create something special and this reporter witnessed this first hand during a remarkable chase by the Stags.

Gordon began with the recently formed partnership of Eccles and Bombas at the top of the order looking comfortable against the new ball before Cam was unfortunately out to a ball that the umpire believed would be skidding onto the stumps with the score on 23.

Enter the man with more nicknames than cricket bats, Will Smith. 

Will "more nicknames than Eccles' instagram photos" Smith makes a big contribution to his side's run chase 

Wilbur joined Reece and together they took the score to 87 at lunch with both looking very calm and collected with Reece in particular showing us his trademark front foot drives. 

After some lunch and a coffee excursion for the younger "Onions"; Stobo, Smith and Soper, the 'Fresh Prince' and Bombas took the score further to 182 with both batsmen beginning to look like finishing the game off by tea time unbeaten. 

Will Smith is hard to contain - scoring freely all around the ground 

Unfortunately before Reece could bring up a well deserved century he decided to use the edge of his bat for the first time of his innings and only managed to guide the ball to the safe hands of the first slip and was out for a very dominant 91. 

This one from Reece was guided down the ground - effortlessly 

Imagine the scores this man could produce if he got to choose where he wants to bat in the order! One can only think that Reece, being the great delegator he is, only thought it fair to delegate a century to his partner in runs, Will "I Am" Smith. 

The skipper Colley joined William "Wallace", who continued to fight hard for our freedom with a 'brave hearted' innings and together they added a further 104 in 88 minutes which inevitable took the game away from the Randwick boys. 

According to the "Bombas Bureau of Meterology, a threat of heavy storms lingered, which obviously fueled Colley's aggression to score with brute force which proved to be a great contribution and foil for Smithers at the other end to work the ball around and edge toward three figures. 

Steve Colley displays his strong frame and technique 

Colley fell for a powerful 62 with the score at 286 with Crawford coming in with 60 runs still required with 11 overs in the day remaining. 

Dan Smith and Charlie Stobo watch the batsmen do their jobs out in the middle.
... while Marcus defects his alligence from one Smith to the other 

The keeper Newman obviously had something to do with the weather patterns and relayed the message to Will "son!" and Crawford that the rain would arrive in 8 overs time. 

Tym Crawford assists Will "Hancock" Smith in the final stages of the chase, making 35* at the end of the day 

Crawford and "Hancock" then proceeded to add 56 runs faster than it took Eccles to decide on an appropriate caption for his latest Instagram photo, with the latter bringing up a gritty and defiant century to demonstrate his maturity and class that we have been blessed to receive for the season. 

Will was dismissed four runs short of the win for a 131 and the game finished moments later, with Tym blasting a sixth boundary in his 35* off 27 balls to bring the top graders to three wins on the trot and another victory song!!

So there it is, you have read about it, the Stags chased down a large total away from home with the top order displaying their potential to bat the day with patience and intent. 

The local Petersham flora - reproduced entirely without Cam Eccles consent! #hashstags 

Bring on next week! A new challenge and an opportunity to be better!

Gordon 5-346 (Will Smith 131, Reece Bombas 91, Steve Colley 62, Tym Crawford 35*) defeated Randwick-Petersham 6 dec 345) on the first innings. 

Chad Soper

Second Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Second Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round13 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Bankstown - Round13 - 2015/16

The Reserve Graders arrived at Bankstown Memorial fresh from an excellent win over the Rangers and keen to press on and pick up another victory in the tail end of the season.

The boys got right into the warm up with a spirited game of touch and the usual team fielding exercises. 

A quick Google search of "Bankstown Memorial Oval" and a photo of Chris Spratt pops up  

The outfield seemed longer and a bit slower than Old Chatswood and with the deck looking a fair bit greener than its 2nd XI counterpart, the Staggies were not too unhappy about being sent into the field. 

Unfortunately, any thoughts of the ball not rolling through the outfield were put to bed as the second ball of the innings was sliced through backward point for a boundary.

The openers toiled hard with the new ball, hitting the deck and getting plenty of movement out of it and making a couple of Bulldogs look very ordinary (not much you can do when the ball seams 6 inches). Their hard work was rewarded as Skilbeck removed the first batsman with a little edge through to Max (1-29). 

Reagan Klemt, [4-25 (8.3)] Captain Cubbage [1-45 (10)] and Charlie Booth [2-27 (10)] combined excellently during the middle part of the innings to apply pressure to the Bulldogs and keep the wickets flowing especially in the face of a few partnerships which were threatening to put us on the back foot.

Axel Cahlin was also in that same PG's match and his photo also makes the Google front page 

Special mentions to the excellent fielding efforts by Chris Spratt for his superb catch running backwards at mid off and to Corbin Edgar who stepped up brilliantly to the 2nd Grade arena and affected a direct hit run out from the third man boundary to remove the Bankstown danger man.

Skilbeck and Stickland returned to the crease to toil again although they finished with figures of 2-43 (10) and 0-31 (9) respectively, the score sheet didn’t reflect properly how well both bowled throughout as each could easily have picked up a few extra poles along the way.

Late innings resistance once again frustrated the 2nd Graders as a potential chase of under 150 was stretched out to 174 before Reagan came back on to burgle 2 more wickets…although just quietly the “stumping” by Max should really have been a run out to the keeper…

Gordon began the chase well, moving to 30 before Cam New fed the keeper a simple catch trying to run one down to the open third man. Axel Cahlin joined Liam McElduff at the crease and after successfully blocking his first 17 deliveries, began the task of compiling a very good 58 off 70-odd deliveries showing that he is good both on the front and the back foot, against both spin and pace.

‘Macca’ continued his job playing the Rock of Gibraltar, compiling a stolid 49 from 104 deliveries, and getting in some much needed time at the crease in the lead up to this rounds fixture against the Ghosts. 

Liam tonned up in that same PG's match... this time falling just short of 50 

Unfortunately he couldn’t complete a deserving 50 as he was fired by the umpire.

The Stags lost 2 more wickets in short order and were sitting at 5-153 in the 44th. Chris Spratt and Corbin Edgar combined again, this time with the bat to lift the boys to a second straight victory with an excellent partnership and the loss of no further wickets.

Two wins in a row for the 2nd Graders, a rarity this season unfortunately but with the opportunity to go 3 from 3 this round against Campbelltown-Camden and a potential 4th consecutive win vs Hawkesbury the following round at Chatswood. 

The reserve graders will be very keen to make the most of this opportunity and take some good momentum into next season and push for a finals berth of their own.

Cam “Mango” New

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

The first round of the New Year saw the Gordon Stags Second Grade facing off against St George at Chatswood Oval in a one day match for what was sure to be a great game of cricket befitting of these two great clubs.

Chris Bateup pushes hard against the Saints 

The Stags day began with the usual inspection of the pitch. At first glance it was clear that this green top was going to be a wicket on which scoring would be difficult early, but once the batsmen got themselves in runs would be able to flow. 

With that said it was the overall opinion that whoever won the toss would opt to bowl first.

After a quick session of covers the Gordon's boys got into their warm up where shortly after commencement they received word from captain Adam Cubbage that he had actually won a toss and had sent St George in for a bat.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, the Stags looked to opening bowlers Chad 'instagram upload' Soper and Jack 'school bag' Skilbeck to get them off to a good start and get St George on the back foot. The innings began well with Chad starting off the Gordon boys with a maiden.

The economic bowling seen in the first over was short lived with the strict enforcement of leg side wides soon showing some impact on the bowlers economy with St George on 20 off 4 overs. 

However it did not take long for the Stags bowlers to strike back with Jack Skilbeck taking the first scalp of the day in the 6th over making the total 1 for 27 off 6.

With a new batsman at the crease the Gordon bowlers began to tighten their grip on the St George run rate. With the help of Reagan Klemt and Chris Bateup Gordon were able to keep St George to 1-48 off 15 going into drinks.

After drinks it was clear that a change of pace was needed in order to get a break through for the Stags, this saw Anand Verma come to the crease. The combinations of Anand, Chris and Reagan saw the stags hold on the St George run rate tighten and eventually this pressure resulted in a wicket for Anand who at this point had bowled 7 overs 1 for 21.

With the total at 2 for 89 and a second drinks fast approaching the Stags knew that a wicket before the break would hold them in a good position going into the final session of the St George innings. 

In order to get the break through the Stags turned to their captain Adam Cubbage to break through for them. Well, the skipper turned to himself actually. But Cubby's impact was felt immediately as he claimed the wicket of the St George captain and saw the visitors go into drinks 3 for 108 after 32.

The final session of the St George innings saw both highs and lows for the Gordon Stags. First over back after drinks saw captain Cubbage strike again for his team and left the total at 4 for 116 after 33. Morals were high in the field for Gordon, and this saw the persistence of Chris Bateup eventually pay off with a wicket to him in the 38th. 

With the total at 5 for 135 after 38, the Stags were looking to keep the pressure on their opponents and hold them to a low score. However patches of loose bowling and some good batting from St George saw the run rate begin to increase. Even with wickets falling as a result of some great bowling from Skilbeck and Soper, St George entered into their change rooms at 8 for 214 after 50.

After a tidy bowling performance, on a wicket that did far less then what was expected of it the Gordon batsmen headed out after lunch. Focused and confident that they would be able chase down the total set by their opponents the Stags set to work building their innings and after a few tidy overs by the St George bowlers, Gordon were 0 for 16 off 10 with Liam McElduff and Cameron New at the crease.

The disciplined bowling from the St George opening bowlers eventually took its toll and this saw the dismissal of Liam, caught in the slips attempting to cut for 8 with the score at 1-16. Liam would shortly be joined in the sheds by 1st drop Axel Cahlin who was unfortunately caught attempting to cover drive just a ball after Liam was dismissed, this left the score at 2 for 16 after 11.

The fall of Axel saw notorious boundary hitter Chris Spratt come to the crease to help steady the ship, however a gem of a ball from one of St Georges' opening bowlers saw Chris dismissed LBW for 1. With the total at 3 for 18 after 12 things were not looking good for Gordon.

Inform batsman and keeper Max Papworth then took to the crease to help build a resistance for Gordon, things began to steady for Gordon as Max took the total from 18 to 34 in 4 overs. 

The resistance was quickly dismantled by the St George bowlers however as we saw the fall of Cameron for 10 in the 16th and then shortly after the fall of Reagan Klemt in the 17th, this left the total at 5 for 39 as we entered into the 18th over.

As Chad Soper came to the crease moral was low in the Gordon change room, however together the combination of Max and Chad gave the Gordon boys something to cheers about as they began to build a partnership. Together from the 18th to the 28th Max and Chad took the total from 39 to 100 setting an example for the rest of the team and showing that if you apply yourself and occupy the crease there were runs to be had. 

However the 29th over and confusion between the two saw the dismissal of Soper, who was run out for 23 leaving the score at 6 for 104.

Unfortunately the dismissal of Chad saw the fall of the Gordon innings, with Chris Bateup falling for 6 and Max following shortly after for a well ground out 45, leaving the total at 8-115. 

Defeat was imminent at this point and both Anand and Cubby fell leaving Jack Skilbeck at the crease and the total for Gordon 10 for 115 after 36.

Overall it is clear that it is the batsmen in 2nd Grade that must step up and support their bowlers if the side is going to succeed in the future.

However moving into the second week at Chatswood again Sydney University the side feels confident that they will be able to chase down the total set.

Liam McElduff

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

Rocking up to another Chatswood flatty, the 2nd Grade side were in search for a win before the Christmas break after an outright loss to Penrith in the previous round.

Captain Cubbage was confident in the side bowling first as 2nd Grade's track record of chasing down totals at Chatswood is outstanding; in saying this we won the toss and sent the Manly side into bat. 

Anand Verma, known for his actions off the field as well. You must read below. 

After a positive warm up in the heat and a few wise words of wisdom from the warmly welcomed Axel Cahlin, the boys were ready to come out firing. 

After a consistent opening spell from Jack Skilbeck and Chris Bateup the Manly batsmen had seemed to set themselves in, well at least one of them. First change bowler Tim Ferrero picked up the wicket of a streaky opening batsmen with a genuine half volley spooned to cover for simple catch. 

When the ‘disease’ of a left hander walked to the crease, Ferrero along with the rest of the side did not want this bloke to hang around so Tim decided hoop one into his pads and dismiss him for 0 after 3 balls, leaving the visitors at 2-63. A collapse was on the cards but close chances didn’t go our way with Reagan Klemt bowling an elegant spell of consistency and patience doing his best to make the break through. 

Jack Skilbeck provides a consistent opening spell, before cleaning up the tail 

As the pitch and players roasted in the heat, pace bowling began to be no good so Cubby bought upon himself and Anand Verma to see how the spin would prove. It proved to be the right call with Anand taking the vital wicket of the Manly opener early in his spell proving that dot balls and high intensity in the field brings wickets. Cubby wasn't far behind snagging the next wicket, with a sharp catch by Anand leaving the visitors at 4-116. 

As another small partnership began to build the spin proved to be the right call with Cubby again taking another wicket. From here the Manly side began to throw their wickets away with poor shot selection as Skilbeck and Bateup easily cleaned up the bottom order for a tidy 185.

In the lunch break the 2nd Grade side were introduced to an interesting character who was known as “Mark’s Brother?” The boys thought nothing of it as he looked more harmed than harmless. 

Ferrero dismissed the left-hander cheaply and continued to apply pressure 

He worked his way to all corners of the change room whether it be the showers or behind the mini fridge, then helping himself to some of Anand’s mothers lovely food that she had whipped up for the boys. 

One corner that he then regretted moving to was the corner that Chris Bateup was sitting in. As he parked up right next to the door, perfect for his getaway, he glanced down into Chris’ bag seeing a nice mobile device sitting right on top of the bag, so he decides to lean down and pick it up. Before old mate had the chance to have a good look at it, Chris gave him a few words… and that was the end of that bloke, until later on in our batting innings of course.

As Cameron New and Steve Bristow walked to the middle in the hottest part of the day, their intent was good as they put on a gritty 35 run opening stand before Cameron was dismissed for his final grade game this season before he leaves to Rome to pursue his dream career.

This bought Axel to the crease. Yes. However, the excitement felt by the boys of having Axel at the crease was short lived when Bristow was bowled to a good length ball. Chris Spratt and Max Papworth were the next 2 batsmen in, both looking to play positively but fell to good Manly bowling.

It's almost not a proper 2nd Grade report without a photo of Axel Cahlin 

At 4-104 Reagan came in looking to steady the ship along side Axel. They both worked the ball incredibly well rotating strike on the good balls and dispatching the bad ones. Axel was dismissed for a hard earned 44 as he did his very best to bring us back towards the end of the innings leaving the Stags at 5-127. 

It was at this time in which Tiddles asked the question that no one would ever refuse, that being if anyone from our top 5 would like to go help out fielding for 5th Grade across at Beauchamp Park. Chris Spratt being Tiddles target, jumped on the offer with great excitement (as you could imagine) and was on his way! Another reason to stay at the crease. Or be a bowler.

Although Axel's dismissal bought stress to the Stags, it also bought our best mate ‘Mark’s brother’ back to the oval but this time he was caught scavenging through the vacant Manly change rooms while they were on the field. 

Bateup and Verma took it into there own hands to kick old mate off the field but some unnecessary backchat from the Manly players on the field sparked the intelligent brain of Mark’s brother, which made him throw a glass bottle into the fence, shattering glass along the boundary line. The 15 minute delay was over as our dear friend left the oval ‘calmly’ in the grasps of Tim Cubbage and we continued our attempt to chase down Manly’s total. 

Manly re-introduced their opening bowler, who had more of a slinging type action to say the least, and was brutal in knocking over our bottom order. By bringing the ball from right behind his back, afternoon sun and deteriorating pitch, the ability to pick up the lengths of the balls was proving difficult as our final 6 wickets fell for just 12 runs, falling 47 runs short of the required total.

A disappointing way to finish 2015 for 2nd Grade but a break may do us the world of good as we will come back fighting in the first round of 2016 more determined for the win we deserve to have.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Tim Ferrero

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

This may well be the shortest match report of all time but, alas, a reporter can only write about what is in front of them. And when what is in front of them is an outright loss before tea on the second day, there is not much good to reflect upon. 

Cam New opens the batting for the 2nd Grade side 

The Gordon 2nd Grade team were pleased to have their fixture against Penrith moved from the geographically impossible Howell Oval to Killara. However, I am sure they would have preferred to pay the $20 in tolls if it meant winning 6 points (or at least not conceding 10).

The skipper, Adam Cubbage, finally won his first toss for the season and elected to bat on a wicket that would prevent some challenges early but would flatten out after tea. 

Batting was tough in the early overs with the wicket providing inconsistent bounce as well as some sideways movement. However, the experienced Penrith bowling attack must be given some praise for putting the ball in the right spot more often than not, allowing for the wicket (and some questionable shots from the GDCC batsman) to do the rest. 

The Gordon innings never really got moving, with wickets falling constantly at both ends. Eventually it slumped to all out for 89 – nowhere near enough runs for this standard of cricket. 

Tim Ferrero whips one off his legs as he partnered Reagan Klemt 

The only batting performance worth mentioning was Reagan Klemt’s hard fought 28*, which could have been more if someone else showed enough application to stick it out with him. 

Penrith immediately set about chasing down the runs before the close of play on Day 1. They came out with an aggressive attitude, knocking off a fair chunk of the total from Gordon’s seamers. They passed Gordon’s total only 2 down and were in strong command of the game. The match slightly changed its course in the evening session, as the Gordon spinners bowled extremely well to both restrict runs and take wickets, restoring some respect to the day’s play. 

Penrith slumped to 8 for 163, giving Gordon a slither of hope for the reverse outright. 

The pick of the bowlers was Anand Verma (5-46 of 19), who’s excellent control frustrated the Penrith batsman. An honourable mention also goes to Adam Cubbage (1-47 for 20) who worked in strong partnership with Verma, keeping it tight whilst also picking up a crucial wicket. 

Penrith immediately declared at the start of play on Day 2, giving them the maximum time to dismiss Gordon for the second time. There is not much to say about Gordon’s second innings that was not previously mentioned in this report about the first innings. 

Another lusty blow from Tim Ferrero 

Some slight nuances were that they were dismissed for 104 instead of 89, and Reagan made 29 instead of 28* (again the only batting performance worth any mention). 

This gave Penrith 31 runs to chase in their second innings for the outright victory. Gordon’s opening bowlers, Jack Skilbeck and Dan Stickland, bowled well to pick up a wicket each. However, they simply did not have enough runs to bowl at and Penrith made the runs comfortably with 8 wickets in hand. 

Overall it was a tough two days of cricket for the young Gordon second grade side. 

The batting was not good enough and needs to drastically improve if they are going to be competitive at this level. Hopefully lessons will be learned, improvements made… and all that jazz.

Jack Skilbeck

2nd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Following a disappointing loss to Blacktown, the Gordon Stags 2nd XI entered Round 6 staring into the abyss of being limited to a ‘mathematical’ chance of finals cricket far too early in the season.

With reasonable batting conditions on offer and nothing less than victory acceptable, Captain Cubbage dutifully lost the toss. 

Textbook Spratt. Fetch that one gents! 

It would prove a masterstroke with the Dolphins electing to bat shortly before persistent rain forced the square to be covered.

Close enough to 45 minutes play was lost before Stickland and Skillbeck went to work with conditions conducive to swing bowling. Both begun well – Stickland picked up 2 early wickets to continue a rich vein of form with the new ball – but in giving the ball a chance to swing the pair were guilty of straying too full.

Cam New is looking solid at the top of the 2nd Grade order 

Bateup and Ferrero were introduced and begun to slow the scoring rate. Some persistent pressure yielded two wickets before a pair of Easts batsman combined for the most productive partnership of the innings. 

Cubbage operated steadily, as is the captain’s prerogative, whilst the rest of bowlers were rotated in an effort to prize out a wicket on a surface that felt increasingly familiar to a weary attack. Verma’s spin broke the 145 run partnership but before long Easts had steadied and sat 5/275 at the midpoint of the last session.

Jack Colley's return from 1st Grade on day 2 was a massive boost for the side 

QC Comms proudly supports Jack Colley

It was here that the Stags exorcised the demons of Round 4 – Cubbage started the rot by removing Ezekiel for a flawlessly complied 182. Some fizzing leg breaks and a touch of reverse swing saw the final 4 batsman all dismissed for nought. All told, Easts were dismissed for 288 and in doing so had slumped to lose 5/13.

About time skip! Papworth and Verma celebrate the skipper's breakthrough 

Gordon were arguably unlucky not to enter day 2 with all ten wickets intact when opener Bristow’s front pad once again fell afoul of the umpires judgement. The men in maroon suffered no further loss, reaching 1/30 at the close of day one.

Day two saw the Top 6 welcome back their spiritual leader in Jack Colley whom returned from 1st XI duties. Jack’s impact was felt immediately with the Top 6 finally able to muster a challenge in pre-game touch football. Some generous extensions of play allowed the Top 6 a scarcely believable return from 3-0, with the 3-3 deadlock to be decided by each group’s contribution to the run chase.

It can only be thought the Bottom 5 was trying to spur on the batsmen. Upstairs for thinking!

Tim Ferrero leans into his work in the reserve grade side 

The Top 6’s campaign began brightly, with New and Spratt sharing a sparkling second wicket partnership of 114. Spratt (49) combined an impressive range of shots with resolute defence before holding out whilst New (61) was particularly harsh on any overpitched deliveries, driving down the ground with great authority.

The lunch break arrived just one over too late for the home side with their pursuit suffering a significant setback when New and Papworth (0) were dismissed on the stroke of 12:30. It seems the boys were following 1st Grade far too closely!

Mortgageport proudly supports Chris Spratt

A number of useful partnerships followed the break, but each time it appeared the chase was under control a wicket was lost. 

The common thread through each of these partnerships was Colley (117*), who produced a gem to anchor the side’s chase. Colley showed great maturity and an impeccable sense of timing – both in his choice and execution of stroke play. 

Chris Bateup provides yet another option for the skipper after Skilbeck and Sitckland's opening spells 

As if to mock the notion of any nerves Colley sprinted through the 90s with a pair of towering 6s to bring up a well-deserved and ultimately unbeaten century.

To express Verma (12) and Stickland’s (4) contribution by their own runs would horribly understate how well each played their supporting role in a number of invaluable partnerships (45 and 34 respectfully). 

Whilst the home side ensured a nervous finish by losing their 9th wicket with just 6 runs left to win, Skilbeck (8*) cooly carved out a well struck boundary through cover to seal a crucial victory for the Stags and the Top 6.

We're keen to know where the photo of Skilbeck is hiding - surely someone caught that 'well struck boundary' on camera 

With renewed belief, the side now confronts a Penrith side flying high in 2nd position at Killara Oval.

Chris Bateup

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

After a week of rain and a multitude of cancellations the reserve graders endured the lonesome journey out to Blacktown, one of Sydney’s greatest cultural centre, unclear of what conditions awaited them. 

The boys were hopeful that the early rise was not wasted for fear of being locked in a change-room listening to the ramblings of Stickland and Reagan’s theories of betting on a sport he hadn’t known about until 3 weeks ago.

Dan Stickland is congratulated after an early wicket in their defence of 145

Fortunately the ground was in exceptional condition, and we were all stoked to see a ball actually roll along the surface. A month at Chatswood has floated the idea that one should field with boxes on for added comfort, security and peace of mind. 

A nervous groundsman informed us that the pitch is a bit soft but will “be sweet” to bat on once it baked out. I was sceptical, seeing as the sky was in fact grey.

The warm-up has been an area needing improvement, so too has the top 6s touch rugby skills. I am pleased to report that the former was outstanding, plenty of energy and enthusiasm as the stags look to improve on recent outings in the field. 

The latter however remains the same: despite a one man advantage the top 6 cannot find a way to get through the bottom 5, who prevailed 3-0 with some fleet-footed running and excellent tactical nous. There were rumblings of discontent from the top 6, claiming we took the game too seriously, but if running into holes and releasing a winger with a significant overlap is too serious, then lock me up and throw away the key. 

Plenty more of this young man to see at the Stags - Michael Roberts 

I think Cubby lost the toss, I'm not actually sure, but he has the last 3 rounds so I’ll just assume he did. We were batting, and looked to apply what worked so well against North Sydney mainly “Play straight, be great.”

Debutant Matt “Dingo” Chamberlain and Cam New looked to do just that, but scoring was tough going with a pitch difficult to drive on and a sluggish outfield. 

Dingo fell pulling and Chris Spratt joined Cam. Full of confidence after making a point of removing his yellow clads (he represented Australia you know!?) and reminding us that he has a Cricinfo page, Spratty knocked it around in typical Spratt fashion. 

Once the bowlers actually put a ball on his stumps he nicked it into his pad and was given LBW (it’s a batsman’s game). 

Reagan, fresh out of the friend zone and fresh into the runs, steadied the ship with our second debutant Nick “Rocher” Ferrero until lunch once New had found his way back into the sheds. At 3/64 it wasn’t an ideal start but if we kept wickets in hand we’d be able to cash in later on…

When this man is fit... what a star. Jack Skilbeck troubles the Warriors 

Alas it wasn’t to be as Ferrero left a straight one second over after lunch, he told us it came in viciously - but I'm writing… so it was going with straight. 

Unfortunately it didn’t get much better as a flurry of quick wickets saw the departure of Reagan, last week’s centurion Chris and Cubby. At 6/84 things weren’t looking great, fortunately Tony Wilson was creating the finest hour of conversation in 2nd grade history. 

Topics ranged from the Melbourne Cup, during which Tiddles surprisingly supported female jockeys, to the standard discussion of player’s mothers. According to Tiddles, a mother-daughter combination at cricket is best, but he would like to see more of Mrs Spratt in attendance.

During this our third debutant Michael “Blue” Roberts was at the crease and looking sublime, let me tell you, the boy can bat. He and “Dogs best friend” Anand Verma put on 35 and Michael in particular looked in great touch for his 46, definitely one to watch. There’s not much else to ride on, a final score of 146 was simply not good enough and a lot of our batsmen would probably regret the shots that got them out. 

Dan Stickland did his best to bundle out the Blacktown boys 

After an extended tea break due to a light shower the stags were out in the field looking to make life difficult for the warriors. Life was indeed difficult for 7 of the 8 batsmen who took the crease, Stickland found some rhythm and movement from the top end removing the top order with 3 wickets, Skilbeck back from injury and back with a vengeance bowled some great areas and was rewarded with his two opening poles for the season. 

Unfortunately one batsman (I don’t know his name, oh wait yes I do! It’s all over the Gordon mobile team app… thanks Tids) took it to the bowling and dominated the innings compiling 81* at the end of the days play. The day ended with Blacktown 6/131, a meagre 15 runs behind.

The many facets of Michael Roberts' game on display here 

Day 2 arrived and so did the rain. Play started at 12 and Blacktown knocked the runs off in 5 overs. Skilbeck delivered a faint glimmer of hope when he snicked off the number 8 in his first over. However, the pitch was significantly flatter and with a wet ball the bowlers were on a hiding to nothing. Blacktown passed the score 7 down and declared with a lead 32. Gordon survived 4 overs before the rain came (again) and the game was called off.

Obviously 146 was never going to be enough, and despite some great bowling from Skilbeck and Stickland (3/44 off 9 and 3/52 off 13) Gordon always had their backs against the wall. You could turn around and say “well Gordon had the worst of the conditions” which is true, however 9 of the 10 dismissals were poor shots and errors of judgement rather than unplayable deliveries. 

It’s such a shame we couldn’t fight that little bit harder on day one, who knows an extra 50 runs could’ve seen us walking off Joe McAleer a lot happier. 

We'll leave you with this one. Great camera work by Tiddles! 

We have the talent and ability to play some seriously good cricket, you just need to look at our chase of 350+ against North Sydney and you can see the potential of this side. Easts represent a great chance for the boys to get back to the playing the kind of cricket we all know we’re capable of. Let’s work hard during the week lads and get around it for Saturday! 

Dan Stickland

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Both teams had stopped warming up and eagerly watched the toss. You could cut the tension with a knife as both bowling units prayed for the signal from the skipper of a high elbowed forward defence that would signify that they could put their feet up and watch the other side toil on what resembled the German Autobahn. 

Chris Bateup finds the photograph after playing a pull towards the Chatswood fence 

Anticipation turned to fear and that fear turned to dread as we heard the elated cries of the opposition. We were disappointed (but not surprised) to find that Cubby had lost the toss and that we were fielding. 

The quicks kept it tight but could not find any penetration on a placid wicket and Randwick-Petersham started solidly and moved to 0-72. When the breakthrough did come, it came through skipper Adam ‘Cabbage Patch’ Cubbage. Adam (22-8-1-80) started fantastically and collected the top of off to remove one of the openers. 

Cam New compiles a gritty half century 

Continued pressure with the ball led to a runout and when Anand ‘Mr V’ Verma (26-2-2-98) struck twice, at 4-185, the door was open to restrict the trotters to something very chaseable. This brings us to tea, the Stags walked off knowing that they were giving the equines a good tussle. 

The scoring rate had not exceeded 3 for most of the day which at Chatswood is an absolute mission. 

This reporter wishes that he could end the transmission here but what happened after tea was diabolical. It was as if we had decided we were in the lower grades and that we would only play for two sessions. And we’re not – Bombas still talks to us.

After tea, the fielding fell away considerably. The batsmen got on top and the Gordon reserve side flat lined. 

Out of ideas and deflated, the Stags stumbled and were put to the sword by a Randy Pete’s side intent on dominating the third session. Randy Pete’s young gun Henry Tornton had looked vulnerable till this point, chipping many balls into a packed offside and being dropped off a sharp chance but he along with the skipper Mclaughlin put a deflated Stags to the sword with a ruthlessness that would make any four star military general proud.

Keevers snags his first 2nd Grade pole 

The bowlers continued to toil but the wickets did not come and as they tired, the scoring rate lifted. Of the chances we had, Thornton, on 70, hit the ball straight down the throat of long off. The catch was misjudged and landed safely. 

After this he did not look like getting out and Thornton went on to finish the day at 185 not out. Of the other blunders, the stags bowled a lot of overs of spin and were so far ahead of the game (in terms of overs, not in terms of being ahead of the opposition) that they bowled an extra 8 overs in the day (which went for about 100). McLaughlin (60) holed out on the last ball of the day to give Keevers (13-2-1-44) his first 2nd grade scalp and with that the day ended with Randy Pete’s 5-422 (dec). 

In the warmup on Day 2, a bottom 5 with the sheer weight of experience (age) beat a sprightly top 6 at touch footy. The fight shown by a resolute bottom 5 would serve as a sign of things to come from the tenacious tail later in the game. 

This man may well be the next all-round start - Chris Bateup! 

Lads, the warm up is a microcosm of your life. The way you do the warm up is the way you do life. One of the old Tai Chi masters that frequents Chatswood Oval told me this at the lunch break and I believe it rings true. 

Nicknamed the ‘Collapso Kings’ last year, 2nd grade was notorious for a cheeky crumble. After chasing down over 350 last game to defeat the Bears, this scribe dared to hope that the ghosts of the past would not be back to haunt the second grade batting lineup. 

With the score at 0-44, we were doing it very easily in the face of some quality quick bowling. Steve ‘Log’ Bristow (14) was the first to go, trapped infront and when Jack (20) ran down the wicket trying to hit the spinner for 8 only to be bowled a collapse was triggered. 

Gordon was now 2 for 76. Not the worst start, and it could be worse. A ball later Gordon was 3 – 76. 

Not ideal, but it could have been 4-76. Two balls later it was 4-76. 

Still it could have been worse, and we did avoid conceding the hattrick. Not long after it was 5-76 and then 6-88. At this stage, we could easily have collapsed, been all out for 100 and then been able to blame the groundskeeper for preparing something unfit for cricket. 

Dan Stickland toiled hard on the German autobahn 

However, just like in the touch footy warm up, the bottom 5 didn’t get the memo. In the face of some fiery pace bowling by Durham quick Barry McCarthy, Gordon started to stand tall. Although it doesn’t take much to get the ball around the nose of Verma, an intense battle ensued with bouncer after bouncer whizzing past the nose. 

Verma negotiated the spell with Zen master like focus while Chris ‘The Man from Parra River’ Bateup, took a different approach. Chris decided to sledge the bowler, and the fielders, and anyone else who was within earshot. He took great delight in reminding the fielders of their failures in the Randy Pete innings (which is impressive considering their total). 

After struggling to face the leg spinner early, Bateup (118no) found an approach that worked and proceeded to plunder the Randy Pete’s attack to all parts. The bowlers tired and the run rate started to increase. Boundaries and singles started to come with ease but the 70 run stand ended when Verma was caught in the deep taking the aerial route to the spinner. 

Chris Bateup showed the fighting resolve that the top order failed to muster 

Dan ‘Fingers’ Stickland (13) came in and supported Chris but fell after adding 50 runs for the ninth wicket. At 9 down and 190 behind the opposition, the match rested on the debutant shoulders of Matt Keevers. As he strode out to the crease, questions were asked in hushed tones about his ability to bat. 

Answers including, ‘he made his first run in round twelve last year’ were given. 

With the dressing room not totally filled with confidence, Matt was quick to dispel any doubt in his ability. Timing the ball well and murdering the ball through cover. He scored quickly to finish on 36 before being undone by a masterful half tracker (by the leggie). 

In total we put on 206 for the last 4 wickets which is a great sign. Sadly, 422 was just too many to chase from 6-99. Another plus from the top order was a fighting 51 from Cameron New. Cameron batted with conviction in the face of a collapse and helped hold the first half of the innings together.

A disappointing result considering that for two sessions on the first day and all but 15 overs on the second day we were right in the game. 

Get fah’ you bah’

Anand Verma

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Let's be honest, with a victory over North Sydney, completing 5 from 5 across the grades, it's a pretty piss-poor effort by Max Papworth not to submit his report for the round 

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Anand VermaA postponed Round 1 saw the Stags eager to get the ball rolling with a win to set up the season. A new kit ignited a previously absent enthusiasm about training gear, with the topic being consistently conversed for most of the day. Props to the committee for a big win, and really this is where the success starts. 

Anand Verma begins the 2015/16 season in good form 

However as only one set has been handed out to each player, high probabilities of theft is most certainly an issue... So keep them locked up or on at all times. Rumours circulated that some were being worn under whites for extra security, an interesting strategy. 

Anyway, newly appointed 2nd Grade captain had a considerably hard job of attempting to get the side to Allan Border on time, especially with 3 returning from uni games the previous evening. Luckily your author was in bed by 9 on most nights during the week and definitely did not circuit, however could the same be said for Spratt "the perfect week" or Miller "the closet fiend"?

Reagan KlemtI certainly thought I was 0 chance of having to actually write this match report, because really Spratt was paying $1.10 to be late, but as he walked in at 8.20, my heart sank and I cancelled all plans for the weekend to reach the Webmaster's strict deadline. 

Reagan Klemt adds to his Fantasy League value - is he in your side? 

Cubby lost the toss and we were sent into the field on a relatively flat deck and quick sandy outfield. Gordon would have to bowl well to keep Mosman to a chase-able total. 

Dan Stickland started very well at the top and his tight lines and lengths were rewarded with his opening pole for the season. Mosman then began a consolidation and batted well for an extended period of the first session without getting away from us. 

Welcome A Verma. With his writing taking a backseat due to a pending lawsuit, he has obviously re-invested his time toward cricket, and it certainly paid dividends. Bowling with exceptional control and really dictating the pace of the game saw the Stags get back on top. Anand then continued to bowl tight throughout the innings returning figures of 3-28 off 10 overs. An exceptional start to the season mate well done. 

No doubt he has booked his spot into various fantasy teams, alongside D Stickland with equally impressive figures of 3-27 off his 10. 

Adam CubbageChris Bateup, the Stags new recruit, also came back well to finish with figures of 2/48 off his 9. Both him and Cubby really restricted late scoring seeing Mosman all out for 216 off their 50 overs. 

We're looking forward to many overs of the Cubbage / Verma partnership with the ball 

A great all round effort in the field for a first hit out with no drop catches and a very commendable team bowling effort. It was now down to the batsmen to get the job done. 

Unfortunately 2/0 was not a good start, and credit to the Mosman bowlers they bowled really well. However other then Darren with the top score of 39, the batsmen really didn't offer much resistance folding for 125. 

Although a disappointing effort, hopefully this performance will make the 2s top order more determined to prove to the selectors and the club why they belong in the higher grades. 

Let's get on the board this week against North Sydney! 

Reagan Klemt

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2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

2nd Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Third Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Third Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Bankstown - Round 13 - 2015/16

The performance of the Gordon Cricket 3rd Grade side was less than acceptable at the weekend. In fact one player after the match was heard saying “I feel like I’ve been interfered with…”

Both sides were greeted with overcast conditions. Our Captain Missy thought the pitch, was a little cold and decided to have a bowl.

Will Calov took the early breakthrough... and left others in particular discomfort 

The opposition had a number of very experienced players, who we are told only started playing since Christmas. That included Darren Etteridge and Chris Gane and a couple of other veterans.

From my eyes this wasn’t reflective of a side coming second last on the table

Will Calov made an early breakthrough and hit a couple of the Bankstown bats in the groin region. On both occasions play was stopped due to the severity of the blows

Paddy Effeney continues to give his lionhearted efforts 

There were a couple of spells of bowling that the skip wasn’t too happy about , but we managed to claw things back to 4/88 and then roll the dogs for about 160. Jono New ended with 3/41 and Scott O’Brien 2/35.

The side was optimistic of chasing the total down and were keen not to leave things for the tail like previous weeks. However this was not to be, with one batsman falling one after the other.

We were dismissed for the paltry score of 60 with only two batsman making it into double figures which is very disappointing.

Jono New and Scott O'Brien make indents in the Bankstown side 

Full credit must go to the Bankstown side who’s bowlers bowled straight lines and made the batsman play.

Our side is currently sitting in 11th on the table, just six points out of the top six with two matches remaining. We will have to win both and a few sides ahead of us lose a game or two.

The boys were in a particularly good mood after their performance with the ball 

Apologies for the shortness of this report, but there really isn’t much to report about on this game. However congratulations must go to the other grades who have found some late form in the season.

Mitchell Kleem

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

As the boys turned up to the ground, the waiting started. Not because of the rain that drenched Sydney during the week, but rather to see whether Boothy would find the ground and Dom’s next excuse for being late.

Dom Thomson continues to contribute to 3rd Grade's victories. A ton around the corner perhaps? 

Boothy did… eventually… and Dom’s lack of creativity was a little disappointing after an entire Christmas break to practice. Therefore, we moved to the warm up and, after a few stretches and a catch and a throw, it was time for the toss. The pitch was a little tacky and lots of grass, so you can only imagine how happy the top order were when Missy won the toss and chose to bowl.

After Dan Stickland's first over it was clear that it was a bowler’s paradise, with balls shooting up at the batsmen from a good length. 

Will Calov teamed up well with Dan Stickland to put pressure on the Students early at St Pauls - home of some of the smallest changerooms 

With some disciplined bowling from Will Calov and Stickers, wickets started to fall with Will taking the first, caught at point, quickly followed by Stickers finding the outside edge and Boothy taking a sharp catch at third slip.

Things got even better next ball when the batsman decided to leave the ball on off stump.

As wickets continued to fall, the main stayer was Jono New, bowling up the hill and into the wind. 

Jono New, keen to impress against his old club, did exactly that! 

Jono was beating batsmen with swing, or drift - hard to tell if it was just the wind pushing it. Playing against his old club, Jono picked up a 4 wicket haul. Gotta love it!!

After a quality bit of bowling from our quicks it left Sydney University all out for 71.

Knowing that it was going to be a difficult run chase the Stags started off well, getting to 20 for no loss, but unfortunately a couple of quick wickets were lost, bringing Dom to the crease, where he scored a vital 29 alongside Lachie Stewart who ended up on 42 not out.

Gordon achieved first innings points on Day One for the loss of 6 wickets.

After rain delays on the second day, the order came from the skip to get as many as we can as quickly as we can, the score was 9/131 when Missy declared.

Will Calov and Dan Stickland form a great opening pair 

After sending the students back in leaving them with a 60 run deficit, intentions were shown early on by the students by attacking our bowlers to knock off the 60 runs, wickets fell but runs also came freely, the students finished up with 5/215. 

Tim Ferrero draws the batsman into a false shot 

During this innings, we were shown why David Warner can hit the ball so hard with a Sydney Uni player batting with a tree trunk called the kaboom, he ended up with a century with some of the cleanest ball striking I've ever seen.

Gordon Stags were set 156 in 24 over's, the plan was to go hard early and see if we could run it down, Steve Bristow started off well by hitting boundaries but wickets fell on a regular bases which changed our approach. 

We found ourselves at 5/34 and Sydney Uni getting a roll on. The forward defence did its job leaving us at 6/48 after the 24 over's.

Not sure if Lachie Stewart's shot is your text book forward defence, but it certainly did its job towards the end of the day 

A satisfying first innings win over the competition leaders.

Matthew "Wendy" Chamberlain

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

A talented bunch of stags rocked up to St George confident of good day of cricket and a strong win. Immediately, the opposition tried to throw us off our game by providing without a doubt one of the grubbiest change rooms in the southern hemisphere. 

Dan Stickland looks to make an impact against the Saints

Fortunately for me my kit did fit in the shower which was surprisingly the cleanest part of the room. After a strong warm up and great captaincy at the coin toss by the world renowned author 'Missy' Higgins, we found ourselves bowling on a lively pitch and pumped for a good days work.

The team started from the get go with Dan Stickland and Lachy Borg bowling great lines, Sticks grabbing the first pole caught behind. Borgy too was rewarded for his hard work, snaring their dangerous number three courtesy of the Grade Cricketer at second slip. 

With the Saints sitting at 2 for 30 odd the Stags turned up the heat and put on a masterclass. Tim Ferrero, accompanied by long-time admirer Tiddles on the side line with his Kodak, bowled beautifully and grabbed back to back wickets and was awfully close to a superb hat trick.

Charlie Booth didn’t want to be left out and as usual tied up the other end, leading to false shots and wickets. Within the next hour, after some stumpings, bowleds and a run out, the Saints were squirming at an incredible 8-53. However from then until the conclusion of the match it was all St George. 

BoothDespite continually bowling well the batsman showed great class and the 9th wicket partnership added 72 and then a further 25 for the 10th wicket. As such, the Saints soared to 151 and it seemed like the pitch had flattened out. Charlie Booth was the pick of our bowlers with 3-23 from his 10 overs. 

Charlie Booth took three poles to give the Stags a chance at victory 

Mick Roberts also had a cracking game behind the stumps with 6 dismissals including 3 stumpings. His improvement over the season with his gloves has been fantastic. 

Special shout out to Scott O’Brien for getting a wicket, a surprisingly uncommon occurrence this year. Surely he’s due for a bag of wickets soon as he continues to bowl solid game after game. 

Gordon’s batting performance isn’t much to talk about. Early and regular wickets didn’t allow any partnerships to form and we never looked like reaching the target. Whilst the Saints bowled well and not much went our way, it appears not many of us fully applied ourselves at the crease.

Ian Higgins tried his best however he had next to no help and eventually departed for 36 as one of the last wickets. Our final score concluded on a disappointing 80 runs. 

Unfortunately, Lachy Borg re-dislocated his left shoulder whilst batting and a long stint in the hospital could mean the end of the season for him. We all wish him the very best in his recovery. 

Whilst there were several positives from our bowling and fielding performance our batting clearly had a shocking day at the office. However, 3rd Grade is still very much in the hunt for the finals and looking to greatly improve from Saturday’s performance.

Dom Thomson

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 1

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 1

The lack of the familiar ‘light beers after midnight gents, and Diet Coke with every 5th bourbon please Newy’ text message from “Missy” Higgins on Friday night could mean only one thing, it was the last round before Xmas and Missy was resigned to the inevitable. 

Jon 'far better game' New provides his view on the trip down to the seaside 

However, the picturesque drive to ‘God’s Country’ and the sweet lyrics of Taylor Swift’s ‘22’ washed away any ill effects, and provided inspiration for a crucial game against last year’s premiers with a young 3rd grade side. I felt 22…..percent.

With searing heat, and a dusty pitch, the toss was going to be crucial. Missy called it right and invited Manly to take the field during the hotter part of the day. First blood to the Stags, and to Missy in the battle of the senior statesmen.

Matt “Wendy” Chamberlain took the field with Corbin Edgar, who was looking to establish himself as a fixture in the somewhat fluid position of 3rd Grade opening batsman. Unfortunately, the umpire had other ideas and quickly fired Corbin the moment he got within a metre of one down the leg side. 

Unlucky for Corbin, but the second half of the season will hold many further opportunities for crucial contributions as this side seeks finals glory.

After Missy fell, Dom ‘Level 5 Laser-Lotus (one for the ‘Community’ fans)’ Thomson and Wendy set about establishing a solid base from which the Stags could attack and set a score of 200+. Each batsman offering a number of majestic cover drives, cut shots, and excellent aggressive running between the wickets.

The boys put all their energy into the fielding drills 

Wendy fell victim to some good, restrictive, left arm orthodox from the pick of the Manly bowlers. A flatter, fuller delivery that spun past his outside edge and trapped him in front was his undoing. There was some conjecture as to whether he’d done enough to be hit outside the line, but Dom helpfully clarified later that it was ‘very bloody out’.

By the time Jon ‘the less aesthetic brother, but with far better game’ New came to the crease, the Manly spinners had found a groove and were applying a stranglehold on the game on a turning pitch. Thomson, New, Stewart and Borg took the score from 56 to 136 during this period of the game. 

Each batsman clearly had no issue with keeping the bowlers out, but fell in efforts to lift the scoring rate above 4 an over.

It doesn't matter which report you read, Dom Thomson's clash of cream and white doesn't get any better 

At 8-141, Manly were threatening to take control of the innings and restrict the Stags to a low total. Michael “VIP” Roberts and Charlie Booth combined to ultimately provide a match-winning partnership. In a match where no other batsmen from either side hit at a strike rate above 70, VIP helped himself to 49 at a run-a-ball, and Charlie took 18 off 15. 

Another great contribution from VIP with the bat this season, which will surely state his case for a move to a higher middle order position. 

The Stags posted a very competitive total of 9-195. 

With the benefit of observing what had been successful for Manly in attempting to restrict our batsmen, the bowlers took to the field confident in their game plans and ability to take the 6 points from the game.

The initial phase of the run chase was very competitive. Borg took the first wicket with a lazy, ‘just-throw-the hands-at-it’ drive from the Manly opener which yielded only a chop-on bowled. The remainder of the Manly top order combined some powerful hitting and drop-and-run tactics very well to have the Stags on the back foot. 

A couple of difficult chances went to hand, but weren’t held on to. A recurring theme for the side, which will need work with Trevor after the Xmas break.

New, Booth and Scotty ‘the best beard in grade cricket’ O’Brien set about taking the pace off the ball and grinding the scoring rate to a minimum in the middle overs. With New somewhat steady at one end, the pressure mounted on the batters to take Booth on. They were only able to get a couple of hits away before Booth took two excellent wickets.

It was great to see Charlie reading the batsmen’s body language, anticipating what shots they were going to go for, and adjusting his pace to be a little flatter and faster to get more turn. The reward was a wicket bowled, as one batter tried to force him off the back foot to a ball that wasn’t short enough, and another that the following batsman ran past.

Jon New gets a good view of "VIP" Roberts' innings

A really good innings by the young Manly keeper and no.3 (78) saw the game build to the crucial moment of the match, with Manly placed well at 4-128 and requiring a Booth-VIP-esque finish to take the win. 

At mid-off, I reflected on how the boys had responded in a similar position a few rounds earlier against Eastern Suburbs – a couple of big shots, the game was presumed over, and the bowlers failed to force Easts to work all the way through the final 50 runs to take their win.

Well, what a difference a few rounds and a few extra wins can make. The presumption in the field was always that we were going to get the job done, and so we did. Manly completely imploded to be all out for 169. 

The final 6 wickets included 3 run outs, and an excellent delivery from Patrick ‘I just love cricket again’ Effeney to remove the ominous figure that waddled to the centre at 9 with nought on his mind but boundaries and a couple of pork cutlets at Manly Wharf Bar later that night.

Well done on a really good win for the boys to finish the first half of the season. A crucial win that sees 3rd Grade placed 6th on the ladder. With the likes of Richtor, the Duffman, Stickland, Barker, Jayasekara, Miller and Keevers looking to return to various grades after Xmas, things look promising for Missy’s side.

However, the post Xmas schedule will be St George (7th), Syd Uni (2nd), UNSW(4th), NDs (5th) and a Bankstown side that was last two rounds ago but is now being led by a couple of returned 1st grade servicemen including Darren Etteridge. 

The scene is set for the side to state a case for Premiership-contenders or to drift back into the pack. Up to you boys. 

In the wise words of Ricky Bobby ‘if you ain’t first, you’re last’.

Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year to all. 

Jon “better writer than his brother” New

For Michael Roberts take on the 3rd Grade match, follow this link 

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 2

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16 - Version 2

The 3rd Grade Stags arrived at Mike Pawley Oval with nothing less than a win on their Christmas lists (and maybe a new stick Dad, if you’re reading this). 

The pitch looked like it was good for runs and on that note Higgins sent us in to bat. Good intent was shown early on in the innings, however Corbin Edgar decided to middle one to the keeper, a definite edge that everyone around the ground heard, not sure why he was upset with the decision? 

Dom Thomson's innings gets two write-ups this week. This one focuses on his cream/white clash. 

This brought the skipper to the crease, who had already done his only job in winning the toss, so any further contribution would be a bonus. A small partnership began to brew between Chamberlain and Higgins which evidently put the pressure on the ‘Tahs’ as reflected by their choice of words towards the skipper. 

With Higgins departure, soon followed Chamberlain who wanted to emulate his cricketing idol in Shane Watson and kick one off the spinner, if you ask me it was plumb, hitting middle and off halfway up, not sure why he was upset either? 

These wickets brought Dom Thomson and Jonathan New to the crease, at first Dom was mistaken for one of the lower grade Warringah shires players stumbling on to the wrong field pairing an odd combination of creams and whites, however he let everyone know he had turned up for the right game by crunching boundaries and building a strong partnership with Jono who had decided the spinner was going deep over cow-corner. 

Jono New works alongside Dom to push Gordon's case forwards 

An aggressive 36 run partnership between the two looked to boost the Gordon total, however with some quick wickets, Charlie Booth and Michael Roberts were left to have a bit of a swing notching up a good 46 run partnership at the bottom end of the innings which helped in boosting the total to a modest 9/195 by the end of the 50, certainly defendable with the slow out field especially when the ball became old.

A quick lunch and some suspicious looking ‘energy shots’…..Corbin. Followed by some inspiring words from the captain “let’s just work hard and get these ‘blokes’ out” was all that was needed for the Stags to get on top of Manly as Lachlan Borg struck in his first over, instantly applying pressure.

Strong efforts and tight lines were allowing the bowlers (particularly the two spinners Booth and Scotty O’Brien who bowled superbly) to limit the runs from the batsmen early on as Manly started to push for runs before the ball got old. 

Michael Roberts, author of this article plays one well out in front of his body 

However with missed opportunities, and a gradual flow of runs Manly looked to be in a commanding seat at 4/150 with 10 overs to be played and the level of intensity had died, except Corbin who was more awake than ever, looking like he needed some chewing gum badly; must have been those ‘energy shots’ at lunch.

The return of New and Effeney for their second spell, with the old ball in hand bowled very well. The batsmen were clearly struggling to score runs, taking risky singles and playing dangerous shots leading to the cleaning up of the majority of the tail by the two bowlers with vital contributions from Borg both with the ball and in the field. 

With 30 to win, 9 down and only an over to go Borg decided he would throw drown the stumps from the boundary and finish the game, selfishly robbing Scotty the chance of taking the last wicket to reward his hard work of applying pressure for others only to claim his scalps.

Effeney limbers up before taking the game away from Manly's grasp with a wicket towards the end 

A pleasing result, leaving us slightly above Manly on the table having had a disadvantaged season due to rain was capped off by a song in the all so spacious change rooms, a great way to end 2015 and a good platform to build on for 2016.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Michael Roberts

To read Jon New's version of events, click here 

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Our excitement levels could not have been higher as we found out we were travelling to Penrith for our “home game”. Nonetheless we embarked on our journey keen on taking six points to stay right in contention for finals. 

On arrival the usual pre match banter was flowing getting everyone into the right frame of mind for another hard day of cricket. Michael “VIP” Roberts looked like a ghost as the battle of schoolies looked to have taken his toll however he insisted he would be ok. 

So the photographers turned up to the home ground... and no-one was there.
So we sourced a photo of "VIP" Roberts in trouble with the Cops at Schoolies 

The pitch looked hard but also green so upon losing the toss we weren’t too disappointed in bowling and what a terrific start we got off to. Lachlan Borg and Patty “Jono’s mate” Effeny taking a wicket on the last ball of each of their first overs. 

From here we really looked to set the tone of the match. Jono New bowled excellently taking three wickets as he battled the heat, dehydration and according to him, the fact he was seeing double. 

Scott O’Brien was again unlucky with the ball but must be pleased by his tight bowling which created pressure and we were able to take wickets the other end rotating the quicks. Scott finished with a wicket eventually after much toiling and missed chances but he was absolutely stoked in doubling his wicket tally. 

Lachie discovered there was a slight hill approaching the crease in his second spell but insisted he was the fittest man in the club so he could bowl for days. Lachie also took three wickets. It looked as though Penrith were going to be bowled out for around 80-90 but a few frustrating partnerships and a few dropped chances enabled the visitors/home side reach 129 on a very slow outfield which probably was equivalent to around 200. 

A special mention to Charlie who finished the tail with some smart bowling.

Before close of play Gordon still had to survive 13 overs. Matt “Wendy” Chamberlain and Muzz “Muzza” McMurray didn’t give any chances despite a very talkative and geed up Penrith. 

Matt "Wendy" Chamberlain in the previous match against Easts 

Arriving day two we were welcomed by a much refreshed Michael Roberts who was still coming to terms that schoolies was over. Matt and Nick continued on their business from the week before but with more fluidity as they worked the quicks very well into gaps and ran very hard. However when the spinners were brought on it made scoring a lot more difficult as it was turning significantly and the pitch was cracking. 

Nonetheless we knew we only needed one or two good partnerships to win the game. 

After two quick wickets both the openers fell. Bringing Darren and Missy to the crease, both were very positive from the outset. Missy took the aerial route and made a significant 21 which further took the game away from them. Upon Missy’s departure another partnership was formed around Darren who made some fine shots hitting a big straight six down the ground. 

On Corbin’s wicket there was a little stutter as we lost another soon after however Darren was too good and got the boys over the line with an excellent 50. 

Darren was out attempting to go big once we had passed the scores. Apparently Penrith have a policy where they have to either finish the overs or bowl the team out so we continued despite knowingly no result would ensue. 

Michael Roberts finished on 22 not out playing some classy shots. 

Unfortunately Penrith’s policy around spirit of cricket didn’t extend off the field, as there was no attempt made to offer beers or have a chat after the game. 

As Muzza pointed out they probably didn’t like our policy of winning. 

Corbin Edgar

3rd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

We arrived to Trumper Park to be graced with a green top on Day 1 of our clash with Easts. Missy lost the toss and we were sent in. It was a promising start for the Stags onlookers when their opening bowler (renowned for his speed) bowled his first ball to second slip, followed by a ball sent half a metre down the leg side.

Charlie Booth looks to attack in the heat of Day 2 

Unfortunately this waywardness didn't continue to that extent. After the departure of McMurray and Higgins, Chamberlain and Edgar want about steadying the ship. The pair took us to the long tea break in gritty fashion. However, immediately after the break Corbin Edgar departed with wickets falling consistently after that. 

After Chambo was dismissed for a well compiled 49 the scoreboard didn't look pretty for the Stags. The score was 7-122 when Miller joined Thompson in the middle. 

Chamberlin (right) and Edgar set about righting the 3rd Grade ship 

The pair went on to add 87 between them before Miller was caught for 40 playing a typically lazy stroke. 

The next two wickets fell shortly after leaving Dom stranded on an expertly made 61 not out. In an innings that mixed elegance with brute force, it was a much needed knock for the struggling Stags. It was a shame he went down to 4th Grade the following week.

The total ended on 218, a par score considering the condition of the wicket. 5 overs were left to be bowled with Effeney hitting the top of off in his first over. That was the only excitement for the Stags and Easts ended the day on 1-10.

Matt Chamberlin continues to impress at the top of the order for 3rd Grade 

The following week the Stags bowling outfit, excited to get a run on a wicket with an abundance of pace and bounce arrived to discover a wicket that resembled a Chatswood deck at 3pm on a 35 degree day.

An early wicket on Day 2 was produced by Nick Miller 

An early wicket to Miller was accepted gracefully by Roberts to start the day, however, the Stags would be left ruing a missed opportunity shortly after. With a partnership ensuing Jono New was introduced to the bowling crease. 

A superb spell followed from New, breaking the partnership and then dismissing the new batsman shortly after. From there on it was a hard toil for the bowlers with good balls mixed in with far too many bad ones, not to mention the many edges falling short of the cordon (which was unheard of the week before). 

We picked up one more wicket before the Dolphins reached their target. They were led by a superb 125 not out by their number 4 batsman which was undeniably impressive.

We'll sneak in another of the author before this report is out 

With the 6 points lost, the Stags were left with nothing but disappointment and despair to drink away. 

Inconsistent bowling and a poor batting display must be improved on next game if Third Grade wish to be finals contenders.

Nick Miller

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Ian Higgins won the toss at the picturesque Coogee Oval and decided to bat on a wicket that had a steady coverage of grass. There was a little bit of moisture underneath but a good batting performance and the instruction from the captain to "bat the whole day" would see the Stags in a good position at the end of Day 1.

Andrew Crosland in full flight at Coogee 

The start couldn't have been much worse when Jonathan New holed out to mid-on without score and the 3rd graders were 1-0. Missy joined Matt Chamberlain and the two set out to negate the dangerous new ball and did so with good effect, adding 53 for the 2nd wicket before Missy was caught behind for 22. 

Tim FerreroWhen Matt was bowled for 31, a semi-collapse looked on the cards as Andrew Crosland was adjudged LBW shortly after and Gordon were 4/69. Tim Diehm was bowled just after tea with the score on 93 and the afternoon was in the balance with 5 wickets already lost. 

Taking matters into his own hands - Tim Ferrero 

Tim Ferrero took matters into his own hands and aggressively compiled a blistering 42 before being given run out and Gordon looked to be in a spot of trouble at 6/131 on a very difficult wicket to score. 

From here, a score of 180-200 would have been taken. However, the lower order and tail had other things in mind, as partnerships of 27, 58 and 40 took the score well past this and somehow over 250. 

Scott O'Brien did the bulk of the damage with a magnificent 62 not out in the circumstances. However, he was ably supported by Lachlan Borg (29), Charlie Booth (26) and Rob Barker (20).

The over rate was particularly slow all afternoon against a very tidy 5 pronged pace attack. 

However, Gordon's persistence would eventually pay off on a wicket that was very difficult to drive on as they finished the afternoon just before 6pm at 9/262. A very satisfying performance with the blade.

It was Scott O'Brien who did the damage at the bottom of the innings, but he isn't that photogenic - so here is a photo of Lachy Borg instead 

Missy declared the 3rd Graders’ innings closed after assessing a reasonably similar looking Coogee Oval wicket from the week before and stressed that early wickets and the new ball would be key to their successes on Day 2.

A run out in the first over got things under way and very much set the tone for what was in truth a disastrous innings from the Randwick side. 

Rob Barker produced an absolute beauty of an inswinging yorker in his first over and the score was 2-0 after two. He picked up the second of his four wickets in the next over, comfortably taken by Tim Diehm and the score was 3-4 after four. 

A rollicking start and one that never looked in danger of being turned around. 

Rob then took his third wicket after a good catch by Scott O’Brien in the gully and R-Ps were 4-16. 

Scott O'Brien was handy behind the wickets. Here is a photo of Lachy Borg bowling instead. 

The score then moved to 37 before the second run out of the innings was affected by Jonathon New who dove to save four before returning a perfect throw to the bowler’s end. Rob took his fourth wicket the next ball and the first innings points were all but sealed with the score at 6-37 after only a handful of overs bowled. 

Rob Barker was running hot and everyone wanted to get a piece of the action. A group of unruly adolescents, stripped to their swimwear, ran onto the field and attempted to touch Rob at backward point, such was his hotness. It was as if it were something out of a Tony Wilson fantasy. This, coupled with the Latin drums banging all afternoon from one of the overlooking apartments, are just some of the sights and sounds one can expect from an afternoon at Coogee. 

Tim Ferrero, while physically present on the field, had his eyes glazed over as his mind was clearly focused on one of his harem of birds and the distraction of a Coogee circuit was all too much to bare. 

Randwick limped to 103 all out with Lachlan Borg bowling an impressive 8 over spell of 3-20 in the middle overs and Charlie Booth picking up the last wicket. 

Rob Barker is cheered off the field. A fantastic spell in both innings 

The second innings wasn’t much better for Randwick as they slumped to 2-20, thanks to another terrific opening spell from Patrick Effeney and Rob Barker. At 3-57, 5-68 and then 6-83, Randwick teased the Stags with the offering of an outright victory. 

However time ran out in the end and Gordon were more than content with 6 points and sang the song loudly and proudly – albeit with a couple of us needing to consult to learn the words to the song. R-P finished at 6-100, still 59 runs behind Gordon's first innings. A terrific result overall and one that will definitely help our quotient; small victories after being washed out in round 1.

Don't worry about leaving your mates hanging.

Only four bowlers were used in the second dig and the 25 overs of spin from O’Brien and Booth went for 2/26. Terrific control was exhibited from both. 16 wickets in 80 overs is a magnificent effort and will hold the 3rd Graders in good stead moving forward. 

Jono New 

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Chalk and cheese. Apples and oranges. Round 2 and Round 3. What a difference a week could make. 

After bowling 18 wides and going at 6s against Mosman in the previous round there was only room for improvement. 

Higgins rocks back and punishes the Bears lose bowling 

A stunning outfield and a sunny day had Jono New sneezing as we left for one of the best warm ups I’ve ever been involved in. As 9 blokes left to roll their arm over I was left with Cam New discussing his aesthetics regime. 

Missy failed his one job and we were sent out into the field for a hard day’s grind on what looked like a beautiful deck for batting. Gordon’s favourite punching bag Matt Keevers started off proceedings with a wicket in his second over, the grab well snared by the captain in the slips. 

From then on the bowling was superb. Tight lines, good fielding and a general lack of impetus from the North Sydney batsman saw the run rate barely get above 2 runs an over in the first session. 

Rob Barker applies the pressure on the Bears' batsmen, in a team effort 

However, it took over an hour until Patrick Effeney struck to have the bears creeping along at 2-63, still going at 2s. After crawling along to 86, Gordon’s coolest player, Tim Ferrero, was handed the ball striking in his first over. It took the remaining 9 players and a stump to pry Missy off tiddles’ new favourite during the celebration.

A partnership was always going to form on this deck but with excellent bowling from Gordon, in particular Nick McMurray who bowled superbly without luck (sorry again….), the run rate always remained less than 3 runs per over. 

At tea North Sydney were 3-115 off 41. After Keevers polished off the tub of hommus and rubbed 2 litres of lubricant onto his groin with uncomfortable eye contact we were back out in the field with the game very much in the balance. 

It was an excellent catch down the legside from Tim Diehm off the bowling of Chris Prell that reduced North Sydney to 4-126 off 48 overs.

Nick McMurray does his job for the team, keeping it tight at one end 

Poles from Rob Barker and Paddy Effeney then had the Bears in trouble at 6-163 in the 63rd over. Keevers then snared two wickets in two balls to have the Bears reeling at 8-198, he then proceeded to waste the hat trick ball down the legside. 

Another partnership built as our fielding dropped away slightly, but still the run rate never touched 3. At this point Effeny had seen enough and decided to purchase a house. The elder statesman of the club was visibly animated as he barked orders down the phone at fineleg. The end result leaving him a little light on for post day 1 beers. Well done Patrick.

It took a sharp caught and bowled from Bobby Barker to claim the 9th wicket of the day at 230. Unfortunately that was as far as we could get on day 1. 9-235 the score at stumps. A fantastic effort.


A celebration of Higgin's demolition of North Sydney's target 

After not being invited to Tim Ferrero’s house party, a few stags went to the local pub to ponder the bigger questions in life and watch on as Jono New inhaled 5 bourbon and cokes, visibly relieved to have avoided batting in the final overs. 

The job was clear on the morning of day 2. Wrap up the last wicket in as little time as possible and chase down the total on what was still a flat deck. 

After Tim Ferrero debriefed us all on his house party and “plenty” of birds, the stags took the field to wrap up the inning. A few streaky shots from the tail added 15 runs before Bobby Barker snared the 10th with a good catch in cover from the ladies man himself. 

The total was set at 251 for victory with 74 overs left in the day. 

The two New brothers opened up the innings and batted superbly, blunting the new ball and laying a great platform for the chase. Jono was brutal on anything over pitched and Cam pulled and cut away anything short. The right and left handed brothers making batting look a breeze. However, just as the 50 partnership was reached, a mistimed pull of the bat of Jono saw his day end after having made a solid 25. 

This brought the captain to the crease with a plan to hit the spinners out of the attack. And he did just that. With comfortable ease Missy began to elevate the scoring rate, cutting anything short and sweeping anything overpitched. At the other end Cam was all class. Finding the middle of the bat without fail he pierced the covers regularly and never gave a chance for his wicket. 

The partnership grew passing 50, then 100, then 150. Missy achieved his 100 with the score on 1-220. An excellent knock with runs coming from all around the ground. Just as we all thought a 9 wicket win was assured, after carrying his bat through the innings, with the score on 247, just a boundary short of the win, Cam pushed a catch to cover to be removed for a superb 88 ending the 197 run partnership. An excellent knock from the opener showing great signs of things to come. 

Missy, with little fuss, hit the winning runs to complete an emphatic 8 wicket win and finish his day on 123 not out. A captain’s knock. 

Led by Pat Effeny, the first song of the season was a cracker. Some of the new boys better learn the words because if we continue to play like this we’ll be belting it out every round for the rest of this season. 

Andrew Crosland

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

Fourth Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 10 - 2015/16

4th Grade this round began with a soggy outfield, but a hard, flat wicket. Thankfully the few days of rain had not made it’s way onto the pitch, and with the excessive heat which had also been around the week before, the deck looked like a cracker.

Mitch Kleem is coming into a rich vein of form at the right time in the season 

The day began with Captain ‘Les’ Leighton losing the toss and being sent in, which was something that the rest of the team was happy to go with, as we all ran around on a soggy outfield with the intense top 6 vs bottom 5 game of fielding soccer.

McMurray and Kleem started the innings off cautiously. Kleem with a flourish of 1’s around the ground, playing himself in. McMurray was not so lucky, with a good grab at first slip with the score at 1/10.

Turki, who struggles to put together one of these match reports himself, made a solid start, as usual, looking comfortable on all lengths. He was given a life early on with a sitter dropped in the slips – McMurray must have been tearing his hair out watching that. 

This was just delaying the inevitable however, as Turki was, again, caught at first slip.

This bought Crosland to the crease and he looked solid with a good partnership forming. Kleem had begun a more aggressive approach against the students, hitting some great straight shots. Crosland went about his business in the standard way, rotating the strike and putting away the bad ball. 

Crosland was unfortunately run out due to a communication error and departed after his good contribution.

Kleem was eventually caught at point for a great and authoritative 71. This was a great innings, giving the Stags grounding and something to build on in the middle and lower order.

The Stags were a little tested in the middle order, with a fight back from the Students in the way of some tight lines and lengths. Nick Prell and Sammy Watts made good contributions down the order, showing grit and resistance with good intent.

The Stags were eventually dismissed for 195 in the second last over of the day, hence concluding the day, given the 2 overs for an innings change over.

The defence for the Stags was unfortunately halted in the second day of the match. This was due to heavy rain towards the end of Thursday and most of Friday, with the council deeming the wicket unsafe for play.

Some good signs for 4th Grade, with a gritty batting performance, and hopefully a win around the corner.

Nick Prell

4th Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs St George - Round 9 - 2015/16

After a disappointing run of loses before Christmas and a week of rain, the stags turned up at Killara keen and confident they could start 2016 with a good performance. The addition of Nick McMurray and Lachie Stewart strengthened our batting line-up and fielding set up to try and topple the 2nd place St George side. 

Andrew Crosland was one of only a couple to contribute with the bat 

Skipper Benny Leighton decided to bowl on an uncharacteristically soft Killara pitch. Sam Watts and Vikrant Nehru opened well, but couldn’t quite get the breakthrough as chances went begging in the field. It was the introduction of Andrew Crosland that snared the wicket with a much-needed LBW.

However, as the now distinguishing wides crept into the Gordon bowling line-up a change of tactic was needed as drinks arrived with St George 1-65. 

Enter Ben Leighton and Lachie Stewart. Our two spinners bowled with exceptional line and consistency as the pressure started to mount on the now settled St George batsmen. By simply bowling to a field the boundaries dried up and kept the run rate below 4 an over. 

'Lez' Leighton was first to strike as they raced through their overs to try and rush St George into their mistakes. The plan worked as Lachie picked up three wickets of his own including a brilliant catch by Oli Zannino behind the stumps to remove their captain. Bowling on a slow pitch Lachie was able to change his pace and build the pressure finishing with 3-32 of his 10 over spell while also bowling himself into PG’s selection the next day. 

After the second drinks break Gordon were working hard to keep the runs down, but with wickets hard to come by and the pitch flattening out, the St George batsmen began to accelerate with ease and they raced to 5-171 off 41. A few tight overs from our fast bowlers restricted the scoring but without a wicket the Batsmen were able to soar in the last three overs grabbing 40 runs propelling their score to 250. It was a disappointing end to an overall good bowling performance. 

With a good in-form batting line-up and a score of 270 in our last run chase, there was confidence around the group during the lunch break. Despite the pitch becoming much flatter in the afternoon, the outfield was still extremely slow as boundaries were hard to come by the whole innings unless risky aerial shots were taken, leading to poor decision-making.

Two early wickets and the costly run out of Mitch Kleem saw Gordon struggling at 3-31 and 250 looking much further adrift. Crosland (23) with some support by Lachie and Nick tried to rebuild but once again the disciplined bowling attack and good fielding and catching by a obviously well drilled St George meant the scoreboard pressure of 8 an over become too much as the wickets started to fall. The last wickets fell with little resistance and determination as we crumbled to all out for 101, 150 runs short of the target.

A disappointing batting performance including 2 run outs and an inconsistent bowling performance including 23 wides showed the fragility of the side and the lessons that need to be taken into the coming rounds. Let’s get out to training and show the potential that we have next week in the 2-dayer against top of table Sydney Uni.

Will Calov 

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

It’s been a tough season to date for our 4th Grade side, with the team experiencing many changes including three Captains, before Round 5.

All three leaders have done their best, considering the circumstances, including Nick McMurray who led the side brilliantly during the washout against Blacktown!

Kleem chases down the imposing Manly target 

We faced a tough prospect though against competition leaders Manly, who had a talented and highly spirited young side. This has been the case against many of the teams we’ve come up against. Anyone who thinks this grade is a walk in the park, needs a reality check.

I’m unsure who won the toss, but Manly batted first and it wasn’t long before Nick Prell made an early breakthrough with his left arm seamers. Nick has so far impressed us all with his no nonsense attitude towards his cricket. 

He grew up on a property between Goulburn and Crookwell and has been exposed to the harsh realities of drought that once gripped the district. He is a great addition to the Gordon Cricket Club.

Nick was well supported by Sam Watts who snagged 4/40

Manly eventually posted a sizable total of 9/293. 

A couple of observations, as a batsman who likes to get on with it, there is nothing worse than facing a bowler on a nagging line and length. That means no half volleys and nothing short where the batsman can free their arms.

It means hitting the top of off stump, where the batsman is unsure whether to come forward or back. The idea is to get him off balance and wait for the mistake.

With the right fields in place, pressure quickly builds and wickets follow. Sometimes though, you can be too attacking at Killara. 

Mitch Kleem opens the shoulders in the shot - and takes aim at a few people in this report 

Many of the lower graders need to hit boundaries. Take this away and their day out in the park, quickly changes to an endless grind. 

To the batting and the new opening partnership of Matt Coffey and Mitchell Kleem started well adding 40 or 50 with the first wicket, before the departure of Matt who made a handy 18.

Kleem followed with 57. Clearly the dominate contributor to the initial partnership.

Saahil Turki who’s been making consistent contributions over the past few weeks, tucked the ball around and scored 40. Pity he can’t contribute off the field by submitting his reports on time. [Editor's note: Or even at all]

Meanwhile Andrew Crosland was back to his best with a very aggressive 67 that featured some hefty blows to the boundary.

We were left with a hundred to get off the last 10 overs, and this proved to be too much and were bowled out for 260 or 270.

In summary I believe our side needs to get to get back to the basics. 

In a stellar weekend, Sam Watts takes 4 against Manly and other 4 against Penrith in PGs 

Preparation for the next game starts on Monday, with Sunday a ‘hangover’ day. That means getting an understanding of where you’re at mentally and physically. 

Ask the question what do I have to do this week, to be in tip top condition for Saturday? That could include weights sessions, going for a few runs, laying off the junk food or being more cricket specific.

Personally I don’t think those 10 minute sessions in the nets are enough, if you’re someone who likes to play their shots, you need to be hitting balls all the time.

Read books about cricketers and learn to visualise yourself performing well.

Speak to our coach Trevor Chappell, his brother Greg is an expert in this side of the game.

To end on a positive note I met a young local bat maker on Tuesday who had one of the standout exhibits at the Bowral Twilight Christmas markets.

Vandal Bats - Mitch Kleem rates the product. You can find out more by following the link below. 

15 year old Billy Barge who plays for the East Bowral Blues has sourced his willow from former Test Cricketer Ian Callen who has a property in the Yarra Valley in Victoria.

People can check out his his products at this link.

Also our local cricket enthusiast Rodney Cavalier is organising a bus tour during the Bradman Festival in January that will take people to all the places around the Highlands that played a special part in the life of "The Don" and his family.

Shephards Station, one of the stops on the tour 

Mr. Cavalier had terrific feedback from a tour he conducted back in January, where he spent time with Directors of the Marylebone Cricket Club and journalists from India.

Yours, as always,

Mitch Kleem

4th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Killara, once again, whether you believe it or not, produced a flat batting wicket for the game against Easts. With quite an overcast day and a thick outfield, Easts won the toss and elected to bowl.

Dom Thomson looks to make a difference in the second dig 

With a prime batting wicket ready for runs to be scored on we were enthusiastic to make the most of it…. or were we.

Wickets began to fall early in our innings and partnership were very hard to come by. Easts gave us as many chances as possible to establish ourselves dropping upward of half a dozen catches, but the Gordon batsman were unable to make the most of their opportunities with only Kleem, Turki and Watts able to make double figures.

After 33.4 overs we were dismissed for a dismal 51.

We knew it was going to take a big bowling effort to at least stay in the game for second innings and James Kidd produced a quality early spell creating a few chances that went begging. After dropping Easts hot head S. Pointer early on he continued with countless opportunities to serve lip to the bowlers and make his way to an unbeaten 74, while the other Easts batsman around him looked to score quickly. 

After these early chances the Easts batsman didn’t give too many more declaring late in the day at 3/176 and sending us back in with 8 overs to negate at the end of the day. Mitch and Stan saw these overs off with some diligent batting and we ended the day at 0/18. On a positive note Nehru’s 9 overs 1/25 was the pick of the bowlers, bowling a consistent line and length passing the edge frequently in his spell. 

The second day was a day for Gordon to redeem its mistakes of the first innings and bat for the day to save itself from conceding an outright victory. Mitch Kleem started positively with the bat cracking a few boundaries early on, making his intentions to the Easts bowlers. 

This positivity was however short lived as what seemed the impossible began to happen all over again. A moment of de ja vu had begun to creep into the Gordon batsmens heads and they began to relive the demons from the 1st innings. With a lack of intent and patience from the Gordon batsmen the possibility of batting out the day slowly began to slip away. 

The only resistance of a fight back came from Lachie Stewart who made an admirable 39 before being caught trying to put one over the top of mid-off.

In the end Gordon fell 3 runs short of having to make Easts bat again. Let’s hope to see a big turn-out of 4’s players at training and turn around a very disappointing two days against Easts to have a big win out at Penrith next round!

Tim Diehm

4th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 4 - 2015/16

Having completed a convincing win against North Sydney the previous round, the 4’s were keen to continue their good form at home this time to Randwick Petersham. 

3 changes were made, with run scorers Lachie Stewart and Saahil Turki coming into the top 6 while Nick Prell strengthened the bowling attack. 

Ben Leighton spins his side back into contention 

More importantly however, the teams for the Top 5 v Bottom 6 soccer warm up were altered. Lachie Stewart showed his enthusiasm for the round ball game by taking a commanding role in midfield on week 1, however the top 5 were unable to control possession and succumbed to the bowlers for the second game in a row. 

I am confident the top 5 will hit back this week with evidence of some exciting partnerships and clinical finishing starting to show in the final third, however it is always going to be a challenge to score goals when Vikrant Nehru decides to park himself between the posts. 

Now on to the cricket, unfortunately the partnerships the top 5 are creating in the round ball warm up did not materialize once being sent in by Randy Petes. Whilst the previous week Killara was paradise for batsman, this round was a very different story. 

Roberts, tidy behind the stumps, watches one roll back onto the wickets 

It should be noted that on Friday morning we received word from Corbin that it was highly unlikely any play would occur on Day 1 due to a drenched field, so to get started on time was a minor miracle and we must give credit to the grounds men at Killara for their work. 

Stan was dismissed early on, bringing Dom and Mitch together, with Mitch continuing on his merry way with consistent run scoring, taking the attack to RP’s as he always does. Dom also looked in great touch despite the ball doing a fair bit through the air. This partnership reached 50 before Mitch was caught out, and from here wickets fell at regular intervals of 20 runs, with the innings never really gaining any momentum. 

Corbin, 28, and Saahil, 24, both contributed to the total in the middle order, as did Nick Prell (26) with some clean hitting down the order. Overall though the absence of a large score from one of the batsman was telling and the innings was closed at 172 after 50 overs. 

With RP’s facing the same conditions as us we were confident we had a shot at defending 172, but a good start at Killara would be vital. 

Whilst a wicket did not come immediately, Nick Prell and Sam Watts gradually built up the pressure and with the score at 23 both struck in consecutive overs. For the rest of the afternoon we were treated to some excellent leg spin bowling from Ben Leighton. 

Nick Prell nails one down the ground with the spin 

‘Lez’, much to the delight of Tids watching on, bowled with fantastic control and swung the day back in our favour, taking 3 wickets for next to no runs. Credit should be given to Vikrant, who bowled very well at the other end to keep the pressure on the batsman that eventually fell to Lez. 

Coming into Day 2, with a much more batsman friendly pitch on offer, we knew another good start was essential if we were to have any shot at a victory. 

Unfortunately it was tough going early on, and the RP captain batted very sensibly around many of his younger teammates and gradually chipped away at the total. 

Benny 'Lez' Leighton and Nick Prell in action at Killara 

Despite a wicket to Lachie Stewart (neat work behind the stumps as well from Roberts), the 7th wicket was not taken until it was too late and RP passed the total prior to tea. Whilst there were a few chances dropped, plain and simply not enough runs were scored by the bats on Day 1. 

If we can get back to how we batted against North Sydney we will give our bowlers much more freedom to attack the batsman and get the team in a better position to win some tough games coming up before Christmas. 

It was good however to see everyone stick around for a drink and a chat afterwards despite the loss, some of us even were treated to the story of Corbin’s love life, but more on that later.

Stan Gaynor 

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3- 2015/16

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3- 2015/16

Mitch KleemWe arrived at Killara for the first home game of the season hoping to rectify our performance from the previous week. From the get-go, the warm-ups were sharp and we looked switched on. 

Despite Mitch’s early blunder, bringing the wrong tea, he started the match off in style, hitting boundaries to all areas of the ground, whilst also being able to manipulate the ball into gaps. 

Mitch Kleem in glorious form, catipulting the Stags innings towards 400 

Stan at the other end was the rock, just ticking the strike over, before falling victim to a short ball. A very solid 23, but we expect more from Stanly. Meanwhile, Mitch was still firing along, reaching his 50 in no time, with Dom Thompson also looking very impressive at number 3. 

Michael RobertsAs Dom continued to impress, Mitch notched up his first century of the season, it was an absolute delight to watch, he got us off to an absolute flyer and really set the tone for the day. He wasn’t done there though, he continued on his way to 115, before being caught, outstanding innings. 

Michael Roberts looks down the ground for his half century 

We lost a couple of quick wickets after this, with Dom being dismissed by a great catch at cover, and the skipper, Corbin Edgar, deciding to leave one…. which unfortunately took his off-stump. I’m sure this won’t happen again.

This brought two new batsmen to the crease, ‘Chambo’ Chamberlin and Lachy Borg. They continued along nicely, both notching up 50’s before both being dismissed, both caught at long on. Lachy in particular seems to be making a habit of this. 

Michael Roberts continued the run scoring, making an effortless 55, looking the pick of the bats for the day, before once again bunting it to long on. 

Next match hopefully we can all put our hands up to go on with the job. 

Next to the crease, Charlie Booth. He came out looking very fine, playing some aggressive strokes and picking the gaps with ease. Vik Nehru, Sam ‘Watto’ Watts and ‘Lez’ Leighton all contributed down the order and brought us to a very formidable total of 9/404.

Vik Nehru plays the team role, tying up an end for Watts to capitalise 

Corbin decided to declare in order to get 10 overs at them before the close of play. With the energy levels through the roof and Lezley’s chat on point, we were ready to have a real crack for a few overs. 

Watto and Vik took the new ball and did a very good job for us. Watto had an immediate impact, taking the first three wickets of the match in no time. He was charging in, moving the ball in the air and really got us going in the field. Vik tied up the other end and helped force the errors of the North Sydney batsmen. 

Almost catchWe started Day 2 with high hopes. With North Sydney already 3-22, needing a further 380 to win, we were in the box seat. However, it was no walk in the park. Watto and Vik started the day off for us again, both working very hard, but the pitch was offering very little in return. It looked to be a great deck to bat. 

Almost... just short in the slips. Even against the Bears! 

With this in mind, and the seamers unable to get a break trough, the skip turned to Boothy. He had an immediate impact taking two wickets in two overs. Well-deserved for Boothy who bowled extremely well in the previous match but was very unlucky. 

From here we again had to toil, with Lez bowling well but unable to get a breakthrough, and Boothy continuing to bowl tight. This brought the skip to the attack. Yet to bowl for the season, he brought himself on at the perfect time, taking a wicket in his first over. He continued in this fashion to claim another wicket for the spell, a great return to the bowling crease. 

I must note the catching in the slip cordon was exceptional all day. Chambo’s catch diving forward to claim Boothy’s first scalp was very impressive, Boothy took a screamer off Corbin’s bowling, and Corbin took an absolute blinder the previous week off Watto’s bowling. We hope this trend continues!

Sam WattsAfter Corbin’s break through Lachy Borg took one wicket, which took us to tea. From here we only needed to claim 2 more wickets to seal victory and with North Sydney only 156, we gave ourselves every chance to have another crack at a second innings win as well. 

Sam Watts, working well in partnership with Nehru, takes the spoils this round, with 3 poles alongside his skipper 

Despite our ambition, the tail certainly wagged, and the last two wickets of the match were not easy to obtain. We had to work hard and dig in, as North Sydney took a very negative approach to there batting. 

Corbin’s captaincy through this period was exceptional, chopping and changing the bowlers, hoping to get that needed break through. In the end, he himself stepped up to claim the ninth wicket. However, this wicket can also be attributed to Ben Leighton’s impressive chat, talking the batman out of it. 

Mitch Kleem

Mitch Kleem is captured here punching multiple holes through the North Sydney field 

Lachy captured the final wicket with only 20 or so overs to go in the day. As much as it was tempting to strap on the pads again, we decided to call it a day and take the 6 points.

It was a great match, with all team members contributing to the win. I think it is safe to say we are enjoying each other’s company thus far, with good banter flowing through out the day. Hopefully we can keep in good form, and push hard all year. 

Go Stags.

Lachy Borg

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

A long drive out to Balmoral Oval saw the Gordon boys take on Mosman. A scorching day, quick outfield and cracking pitch, we planned to bat first. Stan ‘the man’ Gaynor (26) and Mitchy Kleem (30) had a terrific opening stand and got us off to a flyer reaching 60 without loss. 

Corbin Edgar is watchful early 

However, it was a few quick wickets which brought Corbin Edgar (30) and Matt Chamberlain (31) to the crease. Both played brilliantly and were setting us up for a good total. However, consistent with the theme during 2014/15, wickets at the wrong times led to a collapse and a total of 170 - a score way below where we were aiming.

Application. Perhaps? Early season rust. Hopefully. Either way, we need to dig in with the bat if we are to play deep into the season.

So, after smashing down some of the state’s premier fish and chips and the long haired Boothie falling for every girl under the age of 75 who looked at him, we began our first defence of the season.

During the first over I knew something wasn’t right; Sammy Watts had started bowling no balls. Now if you know anything about Sam Watts, it’s that he quite often picks up 2-3 wickets in his first spell and we’re away.

Lachlan Borg looks for runs through the offside 

But after a poor start we were searching for the first wicket.

Lachie Borg was the pick of the bowlers (1/15 from 10), bowling cross seam and keeping it super tight. Charlie Booth bowled some good areas and contributed with a hectic caught and bowled. 

Corbin’s captaincy was on point mixing the bowlers up at the right times but on the whole, we hadn’t scored enough runs. A disappointing first game performance-wise. But this team definitely has the potential to have a terrific season, and some above average chat!

Ben Leighton

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

4th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2015/16

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they won in 2011/12 and 2012/13. 

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants and our 5th Grade side has traditionally been quite strong.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 8 - 2015/16

The loss of the toss on a fair wicket at Beauchamp saw Manly bowling first in what seemed like inhumane conditions as both the temperature and Stags runs seemed to increase throughout the day.

Opening with the bat saw the dynamic duo of Sherman and Livermore racing towards the crease, which in turn saw instantaneous runs being scored. 

After a quiet beginning to his innings, Tristan Cooper cashed in on the Manly bowlers in the later overs 

Although, the dismissal of Sherman was seen early in the innings, the runs kept flowing whether they were from the bat or the umpires signalling wides. 

There were well over 20 in the innings. 

Wickets seemed to fall at regular intervals within the top order as a result of some mistimed cross bat shots, which landed the Stags in some hot water at 4-69.

Partnering with his skipper, Rahul Krishna made a defining 71 which set the Stags on the path to victory 

However, the cool heads shown by Rahul Krishna and skipper Tristan Cooper allowed for the Stags to prosper within the heat of battle as a defining 90 run partnership. 

This set the tone for the rest of the innings as it provided a solid platform leading in to the last ten overs of the innings as the score reached 5-159 within 40 overs. 

Shayne Lin and Damon Livermore look to stamp their influence at the top of the innings 

Cooper was the first to be dismissed on 47 after some entertaining fireworks, which left the men from Manly chasing their tails within the field. 

Anthony Sherman was captured in action by one of our supporters, Prasanna Punja.
We love getting photos sent in - from the boys supporting the batsmen from the sideline (on your iPhone), to action shots.

Some further late order hitting was seen by Monaghan and Krishna. However, the dismissal of Rahul within the latter overs of the innings saw a well made 71 come to an end. His innings once again demonstrated the importance of early patience in order to cash in later in the innings. 

Later order hitting by Monaghan and Pat Rice saw the Stags reach 8-234 within 50 overs. 

Early troubles were seen for the Stags with the new ball as the Manly opening batsman attempted to up the run rate with them scoring 26 runs within the first 3 overs. 

Matt Todd looks to rip through the Manly batting order 

However, some smart bowling from Stickland saw the opening batsman cleaned up. 

Some outstanding fielding was seen through Pat Rice within the outfield, as the batsmen were overly ambitious when challenging Rice from the boundary rope to fall victim to a direct hit. Manly, after some early wickets, set about restoring a partnership to further help their run chase, which accumulated, to 60.

Matt Todd entered to break the shackles of this partnership, and put Gordon back in to the match. 

As a result of this wicket, Stickland was able to apply further pressure on the more experienced batsman in order to conclude his time at the crease with the score reaching 5-102 within 31 overs. 

Tristan Cooper opens the shoulders and hit one back over the head of the Manly bowler 

Stickland and Chauhan made it hard to score for batsman approaching the crease, which saw wickets falling at regular intervals with Stickland and Chauhan picking up wickets each during this stage of the game. 

As a result of some built up pressure, unnecessary risks were seen through another run out by Rahul, which further improved the Stags’ chances of a bonus point victory. 

A re-energised spell from Rice saw him concluding the match as he picked up two wickets with Manly ending their innings all out for 121 of 40 overs with the Stags also receiving a bonus point victory. 

Rahul Krishna firstly performed with the bat, then again with the ball 

Therefore, a very all rounded performance with the bat and ball concluded the Stags last game before Christmas as a comprehensive victory against a team within the top 3 has allowed Gordon to enter the top 6. 

Hopefully the break will allow for greater performances to come within the second half of the season as Gordon continues to risk within the ranks.

Manus Chauhan

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 7 - 2015/16

Coming off a couple of losses and a draw, we really needed to get back into the winners circle. However, we knew the Penrith club were going to be tough after a strong win in their the previous match.

Matt Todd supports the quick bowlers as they took poles 

The coin favoured us in batting first and we made a great start with Ryan and Damon at the helm. Damon was picking off the loose balls and Ryan was again showing great patience. Tragically, Ryan copped a short ball on the thumb, which more or less rules him out for the season after undergoing a procedure inserting a plate with 5 screws. 

At the time we all thought he was soft and should have played through the pain...

To add insult to injury this break in play saw the panthers pounce taking advantage of some poor communication between batsmen with two quick run outs. Having survived the two run outs, Damon was at the mercy of some sledging (as you could imagine) and with wickets continuing to fall around him he remained in control was rewarded with a 50.

Dave Monaghan and Aaron Crofts 'race' for more wickets 

With the score at 6 for 104 (7 including Ryan's retired hurt), a patient but vital partnership between David and Glen added 69 runs to the total and with the 'most improved player from last year' Patty Rice joining David to add another 44 bringing our total up to a competitive level (although we still felt it was below a par score on a pretty flat wicket).

With Toddy and Patty seeing off the final overs of the day and 218 on the board, the team was hopeful of some quick fire runs on day 2 followed by some early wickets.

The man. The legend. Mark Harvey.
What a clubman!
We suspect he's had more hours in the field than almost anyone else this season. And all as a substitute.

Unfortunately, neither of the things we were hopeful of transpired. Patty was adjudged caught behind from the umpire as he padded one through to the keeper and being given out caught behind (although I reckon the balance of decisions probably went in our favour this round at least). I'm sure Penrith feel the same way – all we really hope for is to achieve a fair and an enjoyable competition.

But now back to the game ... Penrith with 218 to get and the Stags hopeful of early wickets.

Early wickets did not come though and with a few indirect deliveries heading to the boundaries, the Panthers appeared to be comfortable and on their merry way.

It was the first ball of David's second spell, which according to Shane changed directions 2 or 3 times, found a gap between bat and pad, bowling the more aggressive opener. This brought about a classic 5th Grade collapse, with Aaron and David in a race for the most wickets (or so it seemed). 

Damon Livermore acknowledges the support on the balcony at Beauchamp after reaching 50 

A partnership of tight bowling saw 5 wickets fall in as many overs and all of a sudden what was a comfortable position for the Panthers became one which they found themselves licking their paws.

Knowing all too well that rolling through the tail of oppositions is not an easy task, we went about it using the same formula of patient line and length bowling. With reward, we bowled them out in the 52nd over for 118.

With 23 overs left in the day, 99 times out of 100 both teams would call it a day and enjoy a cold drink. For some unknown reason and you would have to say not in the spirit of the game, Penrith decided against the cold drink, against an early trip back west, and against any likelihood of changing the result of the game to continue ...

Ryan Tullia was in sparkling form before breaking his thumb 

So what happened next in this 23 overs doesn't actually matter so I won't comment.

In summary, we grabbed 6 points with both hands. Whilst we have some work to do with our batting to ensure we don't lose wickets in clumps the positive with our batting is two games in a row we have seen through 70+ overs, which in previous seasons was almost unheard of. 

More of 'Reg' in glorious form as he set up the Stags' innings 

Our bowling continues to improve, with wickets being shared. I'd say we still have a way to improve if we are to see ourselves in the top 6 by season's end, particularly how we bowl in combinations.

David Monaghan

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 6 - 2015/16

Gordon 5th Grade started round 6 by welcoming Jamal Prasad (John Philipson) back into the fold as well as old club favourite Damon “Reggie” Livermore and young gun Ryan Tullia.

The toss was lost on a flat but dead wicket and the Stags were set for a day in the field.

Matt Coffey makes a strong start at the top of the order 

Starting well, Dave Monaghan took a wicket early on and Easts were 1 for not many. ‘Man Monas’ bowled tightly in partnership with Paddy Rice to restrict the batting side’s progress and maintain pressure.

This resulted in a slow but steady fall of wickets, lead by Matt Todd and Anthony Sherman with 3 wickets each.

Gordon looked on top all day; restricting the run rate and never letting a partnership get out of hand. 

Pic and Toddy combine for an early wicket against the Dolphins 

Nonetheless a couple of decisions going against us and a failure to take wickets in clumps had Easts scraping slowly through to 9/212 at the end of day one - a pretty good day overall for the 5ths.

Arriving back at Snape Park for day two and the pitch looked much the same, a seeming anomaly when playing Easts, Coops exchanged niceties with the team’s favourite trigger finger, Umpire Neil, and we were underway, chasing a solid but highly achievable total.

Ryan Tullia in good form after a million throw downs from his old man 

The Stags started cautiously but steadily, making it to 0/81 before Matt Coffey fell for 49, making sure he re-counted the scorer’s handiwork to try and find another run somewhere.

Ryan Tullia was soon after dismissed for a well made 36, his first grade cricket runs despite two tons in as many weeks for the Colts. 

The Stags looked to be in a good position.

Much like day one, Gordon never really seemed behind in the match, but the wickets kept falling and we failed to solidify partnerships and finish the job. 

Sponsor, and 5th Grade player, Anthony Sherman captured in his 'dressing room' 

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Damon Livermore made a strong 23 in a natural return to cricket for the 15/16 season, capitalising on strong pre-game throwdowns from fellow clubman Glen Tullia.

Shayne ‘Shelton’ Lin looked in good form making a strong 28 and seemingly sailing the team home, but the call of Taylor Swift must have been too much to bear, controversially ‘run out’ for our 8th wicket.

In the end the Stags were bowled out for 186, 26 runs short of a fairly achievable total. Though we played well and always appeared on top, Gordon was let down by a failure to capitalise and finish the job.

Pat Rice opening the bowling for the 5th Grade side  

However the Easts team was strong and in the end deserved the win. A frustrating game for Gordon, but promising signs highlight a sure return to the winner’s circle come round 7.

Matt Coffey

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 5 - 2015/16

Match abandoned due to wet weather. No match report submitted.

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 3 - 2015/16

Saahil TurkiThe toss saw Gordon batting first against Norths on a very good wicket and quick outfield at Beauchamp on Day 1. Sherman got the Stags off to a quick start blazing away in typical 'Pic' style pushing the score to 49 off 8 overs. 

Saahil Turki loosens the shoulders in the search for runs 

Two relatively quick wickets saw the Stags sitting less easily, but those would be the last wickets for the next 20 overs with Gordon adding 156 to their score in this short amount of time. 

The loss of Stewart and Philipson in quick succession partially slowed the run rate but Crofts stayed busy hitting multiple boundaries before losing his wicket, Gordon's 6th. 

StewartSolid contributions from the rest of the order saw the Stags finish at 353 all out off just 63 overs, a tremendous effort. 

Lach Stewart raises his bat. A century for the Stags 

With 17 overs left in the day Gordon bowled tightly with Monohan managing to steal one wicket from the Bears overnight. 

(Turki 123, Stewart 101, Sherman 27, Crofts 27, Rice 27)

Day 2 saw a tight start from Rice and Monaghan taking 3 vital wickets in the first hour. The remainder of the session and part of the way into the next after tea would be hard work as North Sydney batted what one can only describe as conservatively providing few opportunities to take wickets. 

PhilipsonDave MonaghanMatt Todd

The 5th Grade bowling attach, Coffey, Monaghan and Todd run through the Bears 

With Norths 6 down at tea, we were confident we could bag the rest of the wickets for a comfortable win. All the bowlers contributed on a tough day with the ball with Todd, Rice, Monohan and Philipson all taking 2 wickets. 

Gordon ended up bowling the Bears out for 160 off 83 overs. A very convincing second win making it two from two in 5th Grade when we've got on the paddock. 

(Monaghan 2-27 from 13, Todd 2-47 from 22, Philipson 2-17 from 6, Rice 2-17 from 17)

Lach Stewart

ToddyEditor's Note: For a match that had two centuries and the 500th wicket of a Gordon servant, Matt Todd, Lach Stewart could never be accused of over-statement. Saahil Turki partnered with Pic Sherman to set the side up after Coffey was dismissed early, before working through the later part of the first session with the author, and other century-maker, Lach Stewart himself. Congratulations to both of them.

Matt Todd acknowledges the supporters after snagging his 500th! 

Without foreshadowing what is to come, more will be said about Toddy's achievement in the next week or so. Congratulations Matt!

Saahil Turki

Saahil Turki makes a beautiful century, laying the platform for the team's victory 
5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 2 - 2015/16

Round 2. After the delay, it was our first hit out of the year. It saw us up against Mosman – one of our local rivals.

Tristian “Coops” Cooper won the toss, or rather Mosman called incorrectly, and decided to bowl first on a very flat wicket at Beauchamp. 

Matt Coffy makes an impact in his first outing for the Stags 

We were a little inconsistent with the new ball, however Dave Monaghan managed to pick up 2 wickets in 2 balls to get us on a role. However the runs were flowing so it was up to the slow bowlers to bring us back.

‘Pic’ Sherman bowled well for his ten straight over picking up the third wicket. At the drinks break Mosman were 3/100 and in a good position. We decided it was going to be spin for the remainder of the innings.

Timeless classic. Sherman lofts one through the offside 

Our 4 spinners did a great job building pressure which led to a consistent flow of wickets, all shared amongst the spinners. I have to say the fielding was excellent on such a bumpy surface and played a huge part in restricting our opposition.

We managed to bowl Mosman out for 180. Given the outfield was so quick and the pitch so flat we felt very confident going into out batting innings.

We started our innings with a flurry of boundaries from Pic and the score raced to 50 in no time. As it always happened in the lower grades there was a mini collapse and we lost 3 quick wickets.

Dave Monaghan is undoubtedly going to snag 25+ wickets again this season, while Pat Rice will be looking to secure his passage through the grades 

Not to worry Lachie Stewart and Mike Dale belted the Mosman attack all over the place and we got the job done with a bonus point. 

The highlight of the day was Aaron 'Ronny' Crofts taking his first catch for the Stags from his first attempt, after taking about 15 attempts to bag one last season. And what a catch it was! 

Next week we take on arch rivals North Sydney looking to start off our season well. If we play like we did and continue to improve this team will be one to watch come the end of the season.

Of course if anyone needs a gym membership hit me up!

Shayne Lin

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

5th Grade vs Sydney - Round 1 - 2015/16

No play in the 1st Round match against Sydney after rain kept the players off the round and the match was abandoned.

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2015/16

Gordon Colts Match Reports 2015/16

The Gordon Colts team is a side selected after the 5th Grade side and plays in the Metropolitan Cup.

Over the past ten years, the Colts side has been very strong and has won a number of premierships. This strength means our grade sides benefit from the pressure these players put on the 4th and 5th Grade players.

Colts match reports for 2015/16 season are provided by the players below:



Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 13 - 2015/16

Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 13 - 2015/16

The Stags affiliate side arrived at David Phillips to find a hard, grass covered deck and a welcome small perimeter, with decidedly less lushness to the outfield than we had experienced in previous weeks at our beloved, asbestos ridden Beauchamp Park.

A scary sight - Cam McBrien charges in with the wind behind his back 

As always, the green tinge to the playing surface caused some discussion as to whether the best option at the fall of the coin would be to bat or bowl first. The focus then turned to the warm-up, under the guidance of the evergreen Todd Williams. Around 10 minutes into the warmup, Messers Cant, O’Neill-Fuller and Tullia (Senior) were heard to comment about the intensity of said warm up, and were looking to retreat to the comfort of the sheds. 

Conveniently, skipper GT was able to remove himself and attend to the flip of the coin which saw the Stags in the field as the opposing skipper called correctly. 

Rudy Midya backed up Cam McBrien very well 

The new ball bowling was excellent. Cam McBrien bowled with the wind and harassed the opening bats, whilst Rudy Midya matched Cam’s efforts into a strong wind. The combination resulted in an early wicket to Cam, and the skipper’s timely change to bring Aaron Crofts into the attack payed dividends almost immediately to keep the momentum in favour of the lively young Stags bowling outfit.

Aaron took two, and the Bumblebees were precariously placed at 3-for, before an inspirational piece of fielding from some old bloke that resulted in a runout and a comment, somewhat along the lines of “please politely escort yourself from the playing arena after taking on the fielding ability of this has-been, young man’. I’ll let you presume how that may have been paraphrased.

From there, the Gordon outfit largely continued to apply excellent pressure, executing good bowling plans which were well supported with solid fielding. A young star of the future which this club will hear more about is Rahul Krishna. He bowled into the breeze with his leggies artfully, and finished with the figures of 4-17 off 9 overs. 

Michael Cant plays strongly through the legside 

This young kid has not only the ability, but the temperament to become a quality top grade cricketer. The last time I was this impressed by a young leg-spinner that could bat was by a fellow called Sam Robson, who went on to play test cricket for England. 

With those efforts the ‘Bees were bundled out for 120. Time for the combined experience and youth of the Gordon batting line up to stand up and dominate.

Amazing how the man can bat when not fired first ball by his own side 

The evergreen Michael Cant and the effervescent Anshul Baruah strode to the crease to get us underway. 

The Gordon legend, ex-First Grade skipper and all-round nice guy, Canty, missed a full toss on leg to start the innings, but from there, it became a batting masterclass. I remember the first time I ever met Canty. It was playing for my old club, against Gordon, at Killara. Our bowling attack was formidable… one or two internationals, and Canty was the subject of one of the best sledges I’ve ever heard in cricket.

Upon bringing up his hundred, with deft cuts, nudges, and an obvious unprecedented knowledge of the art of batting, amongst the claps was the comment “They misspell your name in the paper every Sunday, you Cant”. 

Tullia and Cant share a laugh about sledges of old 

In this Colts chase, Canty made 83* of the 120, and not only helped the young players that are the future of this club, but showed a promising young player like Anshul how to go about opening the batting.

The Gordon Colts win with a bonus point, and consolidate our position towards the semis. Let's win next week and give GT a stressless week.

John O'Neill-Fuller

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2015/16

Colts vs Blacktown - Round 10 - 2015/16

There aren’t too many days where someone goes out and takes 6 wickets to create every opportunity to take the 6 points from the opposition. This was Dermott Beattie’s game and only the weather was going to spoil it.

6 wickets to Dermott Beattie. Fantastic work by the young Colt!! 

After the torrents of rain during the couple days prior to the first Saturday, we were surprised to see such a dry Beauchamp wicket. Covers were quickly and efficiently taken off to make sure we had the best preparation possible. A young Blacktown side won the toss and sent us into bowl. 

A much wanted good start was replicated in the first over by gaining a wicket after three balls. Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya took sneaky wickets to keep Blacktown to 3-26. 

Dermott Beattie – keep that name in the back of your mind… or better still… in the front of it - came into the attack and was effective immediately by grabbing a well worked wicket. After getting a great start to the game, Blacktown fought back with many of Dermo's balls going the distance all around the ground. 

None other than the man Dermott Beattie was there to take the vital wicket. 

The run rate was slowed down dramatically due to great bowling by Dermott. Derm obviously wasn't finished as he polished off Blacktown's tail, rolling them for 119. 

23 overs were still left to play in the day, Oliver Williams and Anshul Baruah helped us gain a steady start to be 0-24 at stumps. 

Rain continued to flow through towards the end of the week, but thanks to the great help from Paul Beattie, Tim Cubbage and Glenn Tullia, we were able to get on the park to work towards the win. 

After our steady start, we slumped to 4-51. Glenn Tullia and John O'Neill-Fuller's partnership was very much needed as we were able to get out of a rough patch and get closer to the win. 

2 wickets then quickly fell with Gordon still needing 30 to win. Glenn Tullia provided a wonderful captain’s knock to get us over the line and gain the much needed 6 points. 

Well done to Derm for his 6-for, GT and JOF for getting us over the line. 

Ben Parker

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 9 - 2015/16

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 9 - 2015/16

After the deluge that hit Sydney early in the week I don't think too many of us thought we would be playing cricket on Saturday. However, after a couple of fine days later in the week Beauchamp was in pretty good condition, a credit to the groundsman. 

A talent to be watched - Beattie bowls a great spell after making a handy 32 

Captain Tullia (GT) was keen to have a bowl first on a wicket that was understandably a little soft before mentioning to the boys that he wouldn't be disappointed if we had to bat - probably because he bats at 7. Anyway not too disappointed he was, as Hawkesbury sent us in.

We lost a wicket midway through the first over brining John Phillipson to the crease. John was new to the colts team so what happened next was a bit of a surprise. He was out at the end of the fourth over for 27 (2 sixers 1 four) off 18 balls, Colts 2 for 29. Meanwhile I was still on 0 having only faced 2 balls but being thoroughly entertained at the non strikers end. Wickets fell a little too regularly although Brady Morrison was looking good before getting a good one on 21. 

At 5 for 79 as GT walked to the crease I was thinking, I bet he's pretty disappointed we had to bat now. The match was only 17 overs old and with John's early cameo our run rate was a very respectable 4.5 so we just needed a partnership. 

GT and I put on 75 and we were back in the game at 6 for 154, GT out for a fighting 21 and I was out not long after for 60. With 12 overs still to play Dermott Beattie made a smart 32 and Cam McBrien finished the innings with some big hits for 22 not out. Innings closed at 9 for 222. A total that we were very happy with.

John Philipson gives the ball some air 

At the break GT spoke about there still being plenty in the wicket provided we bowl well and we were all confident of defending 222. Our bowling innings couldn't have started better with a run out to GT and early wickets to Cam McBrien (1) and Aaron Crofts (2), Hawkesbury 4 for 33. 

At this point the Hawkesbury captain decided he would relieve our umpire, Ryan Tullia. With his season ending injury and no official umpires for Colts, Ryan is happy to help umpiring so both teams provided an umpire each. 

The problem was Ryan kept giving them out, caught at 1st slip, not using your bat and getting hit on the pads in front of the stumps, not making your ground running between wickets, unusual dismissals like that. After a heated conversation mid pitch between the two captains and with the support of the other umpire, Ryan was rightfully called back.

We took wickets at 73 and 79 both to Dermott Beattie who bowled a great 10 over spell, 2 for 19. 

With Hawkesbury 6 for 79, and the Webmaster Weekend Wrap already calling us out... "things got a little sloppy".

More wickets fell to Rudy Midya and Brady Morrison while Daniel Alleyn, in his first game for Colts, bowled well and finished with 2 for 20 off 8 and Hawkesbury all out for 50.

In the end, a good win keeping us well placed on the ladder in 3rd. 

Andrew Harvey 

Colts vs Sydney - Round 8 - 2015/16

Colts vs Sydney - Round 8 - 2015/16

With a win last week against Mosman, Colts looked to go for back to back wins against a strong Balmain outfit. A hot day at Beauchamp would set the scene for Round 8, with the Colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.

Beattie in the round before against North Sydney 

Balmain were in real trouble from the get go. Fast heat from Ben Parker saw two early wickets fall and Balmain left with a lot of work to do. Balmain managed to form a small partnership, taking the total to 53 before Cam McBrien picked up two quick wickets.

Despite the poor start by Balmain Batsman being 4/64, Balmain stood resilient and advanced to 119 thanks to wide balls racing for four and hard hitting. However with a change up in the bowling attack, Harry Wallace clenched an important wicket sending Balmain into a lower order collapse, with Patrick Rice, Rudy Midya picking up late wickets.

Fielding spurred the bowlers on with all catches being taken 6/10 of the wickets were catches and sharp technical fielding saw the run rate fall leaving Balmain with a small total of 185. 

Colts looked to start a typical innings losing an early wicket as Anshul was run out for cheap. Harry Wallace looked to contribute with the bat by smashing 4 boundaries. The wicket of Aaron crofts fell at 55 and 28 runs later Harry was stumped. 

Olly Zannino and new batsmen Mitchell O’ Donell were left to rebuild the Gordon run chase and they delivered adding a 59 run partnership and poising Gordon for a comfortable victory.

All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected, with one day rules applied the Balmain bowlers were reluctant to bowl down leg side?!?! With 70 (that isn’t a typo) extras tacked on to aid the Colts batsmen.

Skipper Glenn Tulia batted with Mitchell to oversee the final runs for victory as Colts go back-to-back. 

Rudy Midya

Colts vs Mosman - Round 7 - 2015/16

Colts vs Mosman - Round 7 - 2015/16

With a couple of tight losses accumulating under their belt, the young Colts team were eager to get back out on the field and on a winning roll. 

A slightly sticky second day wicket out at Mosman and an equally sticky, hot day would set the scene for Round 7, with the colts losing the toss and taking the field in this Sunday fixture.

John O'Neill-Fuller walks back to the sheds at Balmoral 

The Mosman openers looked very solid, with one youngster particularly catching the eye of the skipper John O’Neil-Fuller, however some tight bowling particularly from young Ben Parker (1/18) aided by the inconsistent wicket saw the first wicket fall quickly. One brought two and two brought three, thanks to some good planned bowling from Aaron Crofts (1-10) and tight fielding from the team. 

Mosman were in real trouble but some slightly impatient bowling from the young and excited Gordon side tied in with some disciplined hitting from a Mosman pair saw the right side of the score board climb. However a good ball from Prashan (1-19) saw the much needed breakthrough and though expensive at times the spinners Krishna (2-52) and Beattie (2-31)were then able to roll through Mosman’s middle-lower order. 

Noticing the likely possibility of being all out before tea, Mosman dug in, frustrating the Gordon bowlers. 

However some proactive captaincy and a bit of luck saw Rudy Midya (1/15) and Anshul Baruah (1/4) both chip in with a wicket to stop the Mosman innings at 163 runs. 

Ben Parker whips one off his legs has he notches up some red ink as the Stags pass Mosman's score 

With an under par score and 15 overs to bat in the day to bat, Gordon were looking to dig in and get through to stumps unscathed but some miscommunication between Baruah and Krishna tied in with some good fielding and a direct hit left the score at 1/20 at stumps. 

Coming into next week the conditions were very similar and it looked to be a good chase for Gordon. However some good and energetic bowling from Mosman saw Krishna fail to add much to his solid start the previous week and prevent Crofts and Wright from settling at the crease. 

With the wickets tumbling Oliver Williams (17) was the next man in and together with Andrew Harvey (31) they rebuilt the Gordon chase.

Skipper John O’Neil-Fuller (22) continued pushing Gordon's case, however it was Dermott Beattie (53*), ably aided by Ben Parker (13*), who stole the spotlight as he busily anchored the tail end of the Colt’s chase, bringing up the runs with three wickets in hand.

Dermott Beattie was really the star of the show. With experience beyond his years, he brought the side home, notching up a half century in the process 

All in all the chase had gotten a lot closer than expected but some great bowling from the young attack and maturity from the middle order batsman, saw the Colts back on their winning horse. 

Gordon 7/166 beat Mosman all out for 163

Anshul Baruah

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2015/16

Colts vs Sydney University - Round 6 - 2015/16

When we left home, there was certainly no hope for a solid game of cricket, but as the clouds parted and the sun came out, we saw hope of a quality game against an opposition of equal ability.

The wicket was a batting paradise but the weather conditions where not of the same calibre.

John "Two Pumps" O'Neill-Fuller imparts his wisdom on his chargers 

Gordon won the toss and bat was the call. The team was unsure about the decision but we prepared for the game, both the openers (Dante Otto and Anshul Baruah) were full of confidence in the pitch and their ability.

The call to bat first came under even more scrutiny when Anshul Baruah was bowled out early in the first over for 2 with fellow opener Dante Otto following for 6 shortly after.

Andrew Harvey (12) and Rahul Krishna (27) revived the innings, digging in against the new ball. Unfortunately they both fell too early into the innings leaving the team with a job still to do. 

Rudy Midya takes 2/38 from 12 overes 

In comes the fill-in skipper, John O’Neill-Fuller, with a huge 52 to save the team from an extremely low total, dispatching balls to the rope with ease.

Even after a powerful captain’s knock he fell through lbw to an inswinger from the opposition captain. From there the tail crumbled with only 33 between the last 6 batsmen to end our innings on 138.

We knew we had to bowl well to restrict them to our minute total and for the latter part of the day we did just that with Rudy Midya (12 overs 2/38) bowling extreme heat up around the batsmen rib cage and Prashan Seneviratne (12 overs 1/30) bowling beautiful line and length.

Coming into the next week the conditions were much the same so we knew we had a chance with the ball. With Cameron Mcbrien bowling good heat with a great line and length for 1/23 we thought we were in with a chance. Hut the wickets weren’t falling quick enough, until Rahul Krishna, 4/47 from25 overs, bowled beautifully to almost take a thrilling 5 wicket haul. 

But even with those outstanding figures the bowling force simply couldn’t restrict them to such a low total with Sydney Uni reaching the total just before the afternoon tea break, to end a difficult game in difficult conditions.

Oliver Williams

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 5 - 2015/16

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Gold - Round 5 - 2015/16

We left home in heavy rain thinking we had no chance of playing cricket. Surprisingly, as we approached Maroubra, the conditions were not too bad. The groundsman was busy preparing the pitch, and it was agreed by both captains that we would start on time. 

Anshul Baruah took three wickets and also struck the ball well 

Gordon won the toss on a very juicy wicket. The Randy-Petes captain apologised to him team mates. We set ourselves the target of bowling them out for under 100. 

The opposition came out blazing, and the running between wickets by their openers was outstanding. After 9 overs, the score was already 79. This is an area of our game we need to improve, as we are giving our opponents an aggressive start in most games played this season. 

Anshul Baruah finally made the breakthrough with an LBW and followed it up with another wicket caught by Manus Chauhan at first slip. 

Rahul Krishna  bowled ten tight overs alongside Manus Chauhan, before knocking out 43 runs 

Again, it was our spin bowlers who reduced the run rate and got us back into the game. Manus Chauhan 1/24 off 10. Rahul Krishna 0/30 off 10. Prashan Seneviratne bowled very tidily once again taking 1/10 off 6. Another wicket to Anshul (3/51) and 2 late wickets for Cameron McBrien (2/51) saw us reduce the score to 7/210 after 50 overs. 

A few showers came through during the break, but this was no excuse. The pitch played fine all day. The seam of the ball was ruined early for both sides negating any swing. 

In reply, we were 2/55 after 23 overs (20 of those runs in extras). We did not show the same intent as our opposition, and the running between wickets needs improvement. 

The skipper, Glenn Tullia, tried to up the run rate towards the end 

Anshul Baruah (24) joined Rahul Krishna (43) at the crease and both batted very well, continuing their good early season form. The run rate was maintained at almost 5 per over for the remainder of the innings. 

Glenn Tullia (20 not out) and Oliver Williams (10 not out) were at the crease when rained finished the game after 45 overs. We were 5/159 and still 51 runs short. 

This was the first loss of the season for the young Colts side, but a lot of lessons were learnt. With majority of games washed out, it appears we maintain 3rd position on the ladder, with a lot of improvement left in us. 

We will bounce back at home next round vs Sydney Uni.

Glenn Tullia 

As the cars behind spin their wheels in the rain, the Gordon skipper carries on 
Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 4 - 2015/16

Colts vs Randwick-Petersham Green - Round 4 - 2015/16

Arriving at the ground to a dry Beauchamp park after the torrent rain during the week, the mighty Colts were up beat and ready to take on the Randy-Petes. 

After losing the toss we were sent out to field. The pitch looked as though it could offer something to our bowlers. We soon found ourselves in a difficult position with only fielding with 10 players, plus an ill Cam McBrien. 

Krishna pairs with Falky to restrict Randy-Petes, at takes 4 along the way 

This reduced down to only 9 during the 1st session as Rudy Midya "strained" a heartstring hamstring. 

A few early chances went begging but the boys began to dig deep. ‘GT’ Tullia took a blinder of a catch to get the ball rolling. Rahul Krishna and Michael Falk both bowled fantastic long spells to quickly dry the runs and produce much need breakthroughs. They both finished the innings with 4 wickets as we were set the chasing total of 278. 

Tullia, Cant and Falk raising the average age of the Colts - by quite a bit! 

The second Saturday quickly came again and all the boys were ready to chase the much needed runs. After having a much needed long preparation we began the innings well with Ryan Tullia and Anshul Baruah both knocking the ball around well. The first wicket fell to Anshul on 21 to an unlucky controversial 'catch'. 

The many shots of Falky bowling darts - on his way to 4 poles for the Colts 

Rahul and Ryan both enabled a solid platform to work from. We were sat in a good position at the end of the 1st session. 

Rahul had his woodwork knocked over from well placed yorker. Next ball some terrible umpiring fired Michael Cant for a golden duck (sorry Canty). 

Lucky the cameraman had their Canon on the ready - Just the one ball for Michael Cant 

With Ryan still looking very solid he was joined by the crease with Brady Morrison. Both running between the wickets brilliantly and placing the bad balls through to the boundary very well. The fantastic form of the great man Ryan Tullia continued as he notched up his 2nd 100 of the season. 

Thanks to the hard work by Ryno and Brady we were able to reach the target comfortably before the rain set. Ryan finished on 161* and Brady 29*.

An innings from Ryan Tullia to remember to maintain a vital win. 

Ben Parker

Ryan Tullia performs well above his years, notching up his second ton for the season 
Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 3 - 2015/16

Colts vs UNSW Gold - Round 3 - 2015/16

Chris RetallickLosing the toss was always going to lead to a long day in the field, with a lightning fast outfield at David Philips, and a pitch resembling the flatter parts of the roads we drove on our way to the game. 

Chris Retallick resurrects the run chase, stabilising the middle order after a start of 3/10 

With no recognised spinner in the line-up, and a stand in wicket keeper, it would have to be a good tight display by everyone to keep the runs down and leave a gettable target on the board.

Cam McBrien and Rudy Midya offered up some good length early on and Rudy got a couple of wickets (including a sublime technical catch by the stand in wicketkeeper Tim van Zuylen) to keep us with a foothold. However a couple of missed run out opportunities and some aerial shots somehow avoiding the catchers they got well on top at 2/161.

However the breakthrough finally came and set things into motion for our bowlers. Anshul Baruah had the ball swinging and was rewarded with a couple of wickets finishing the innings with 2/45. UNSW lost 8/100 in the end and posted a very chasable 261. Pick of the bowlers was Midya with a battling 3/41.

With 4 overs left in the day to survive we were hoping to get through unscathed, however the open the bowling with a spinner trick payed off when Tim thought he was safe to leave one but misread the spin to be trapped LBW.

Rudy Midya1/1 starting the second day got worse when the two Tulia’s fell early to some aggressive bowling leaving us 3/10.

Rebuilding started when ‘Retro’ Retallick and Harvey teamed up in the middle to get the right column of the score rising.

Rudy Midya digs deep on a flat track for his side 

 Some punishing shots from Retallick off the left arm spinner moved us along well passing 50 and taking the score past 120. 

Retro finally fell for 63 trying to continue his assault on the spinners with a slog sweep but ended up giving a friendly top edge.

Harvey continued his steady stroke play and brought up his own 50 just after the tea break. He couldn’t keep it going though and fell for 58 leaving Krishna and Baruah at the crease. At 5/172 it could have gone either way, however they missed their chances (including one by an ex-Stag) and we made them pay. 

Andrew HarveySpecial mention to the backhand tactics from Andrew Harvey serving hot cordial at the drinks break. 

Yes Andrew Harvey. If a contribution with the bat wasn't enough... drinks may well have been 

Krishna brought up his 50 and then pressed on with some aggressive batting to really drop the heads of the fielders. With 24 runs needed off the last 8 overs of the day, UNSW had a very slim chance for victory, but required wickets which were not on offer from the Stags. Could a draw be possible?

Not a chance. The Colts reached the target 5 wickets down for a great win!

Anshul Baruah finished 46 not out and Rahul Krishna 80 not out after some absolutely fabulous batting with the composure of players much more experienced.

Congrats on a great win boys and special mention to the middle order who batted with the pressure on and got us over the line.

Tim van Zuylen

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Colts vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2015/16

Oli ZWith no cricket played in Round 1 the young Colts side were looking to get the season off to a good start, taking on Hawkesbury in the heat on Sunday down at Beauchamp Park. 

Skipper Glenn Tullia won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first with the plan to tire the Hawkes out in the heat while getting runs on the board. Ryan Tullia and Rahul Krishna got off to a solid start in the first few overs before Rahul was dismissed with the score at 29. 

Oli Zanino looks to take advantage of the Hawks bowling attack 

Ryan was joined by Oli Zanino and the two of them quickly went about their business keeping the scoreboard ticking over. Ryan quickly passed his fifty and by the time Oli departed for a well made 44, the score had reach 167. Their partnership of 132 had come up in around 20 overs and was highlighted by some sensible batting coupled with aggressive running between the wickets. 

After Oli had been dismissed Ryan kept pushing on and as a couple of wickets fell around him he pushed through the 90’s, keeping calm and brining up his century in the 36th over. 

Sam Braham looks for some away movement with the new rock 

Unfortunately, he was stumped next ball trying to up the run rate, however his innings showed an immense amount of maturity, being happy to work ones and twos while waiting for the bad balls to cash in. It was a chanceless innings and a great start to the season for Ryan.

With less than 10 overs to go a couple of wickets fell as the boys tried to keep pushing the run rate higher. Quick cameos from Dave Leiboff (20) and Sam Braham (15no) along with some really intelligent batting from Andrew Harvey helped the score creep up to a very competitive 7/266 off our allotted 45 overs. 

Andrew again showed maturity well beyond his age to keep the runs ticking along, whilst the batsmen around him were searching for boundaries he didn’t hit a single ball in the air, again just working ones and two and finishing with a very handy 33no.

Ryan Tullia on his way to a chanceless century, congratulated on his milestone 

Despite having runs on the board, the boys were well aware it was going to be a hard slog on a good batting deck. Cam McBrien and Sam Braham got things started with the new ball and were both unlucky not to pick up early wickets as a number of edges found their way down to the boundary. 

The Hawkes had got off to a bit of a flyer at 0/60 off the first 10. With a bowling change getting Anshul Baruah into the attack, the flow of runs slowed and the Stags were on their way as Anshul picked up a wicket straight after drinks. From there the boys began to squeeze the run rate and start building some pressure. Two more wickets then followed first to Rahul and then Sam returned and got a well deserved caught behind. 

Cam McBrien does the job for his skipper, tying down the batsmen and drying up the runs 

The runs continued to dry up and Cam McBrien came back into the attack, picking up the 4th wicket in his first over back. By this stage it was 4/140 from 33 overs, leaving the Hawkes needing 127 from the final 12 overs.

Unfortunately, some lose bowling combined with aggressive batting saw the runs start flowing quite freely again and the Hawkes were still well in the game. A quick change saw Anshul return to the bowling crease where he took his second wicket, removing the number 4 for 75 which pretty match confirmed the result. From there a run out followed and the Hawkes finished their 45 overs 6/228. Anshul finished with 2/37 from his 9 and Sam with 1/37 from his.

In the end it was a fairly comfortable win for the boys however we did let it get a lot closer than we should have. Plenty of positives to be taken from the game – particularly the top order batsmen setting up the game and some really great fielding. Most importantly 6 points first up and a great start for a very impressive young team. 

Dave Leiboff

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2015/16

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2015/16

The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.

The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday, and consists of 6 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below:

Poidevin Gray vs Penrith - Round 5 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Penrith - Round 5 - 2015/16

Following the respective fixtures against Manly on Saturday, the boys were especially keen for the drive out to the base of the mountains, on what promised to be another stinker of an Aussie Summer Sunday.

Although the weekend didn't contain any wins for Sam Watts, 8 wickets across the two games was a massive personal achievement 

As has become the tradition over past weeks, we kicked off our warm up with some high intensity fielding soccer. A sport not widely known for its physical contact, that didn’t stop Axel Cahlin from asserting his authority early on leaving a dazed Regan Klemt sprawled in a tangled mess with the biggest hit seen since big bad Barry laid that left hook on West Coast’s Brent Staker back in 2008.

Despite this massive blow to the bottom 6’s stocks, they managed to pull off a gritty 3-0 win due in part to some sloppy defense from the top 5. 

There were some jokes about Cam New heading over to the States after Xmas... based on the following paragraph... Crawford will track him down. Where ever he goes.

The post mortem suggested they were probably being weighed down by ageing coach and ‘yarn spinner’ Tym “Crawf” Crawfors, who saw fit to get one last stretch out of his legs while he still has enough hair to comb over his increasingly roomy forehead.

It's hard not to capture Axel Cahin in action. Count the shots in this article alone.

The captains got together, and once Stobes successfully lost the toss, the Staggies were sent once again into the field, eager to open the account early on a pitch which looked brand new despite seeing 100 overs the day before.

The man himself and debutant Will Calov – fresh from a stint over in the UK - got things underway and despite a few loose deliveries early on, found that there was enough on offer for the bowlers if they hit the deck hard and didn’t offer too much width. 

Will Calov, Tim Ferrero and skipper Charlies Stobo apply heat to the Cats 

And so it was with a bit of good fortune that Will kicked the Stags off when a well struck straight drive from opener Cam Weir caught just enough of Will’s finger before crashing into the stumps at the non-strikers for a “tragic” run out. 

Charlie Booth bowls with good control during the middle overs 

Continued effective bowling by “Chuck” Stobo, and the introduction of our next debutant Sammy Watts, saw the second of the Penrith’s under age state representative opener on his way with the score 2-41 off 8 – Max Papworth taking a scintillating grab one-handed to his right despite suffering from what appeared to be a broken toe. 

Wickets fell at steady intervals throughout the middle of the innings as both teams felt the effects of the increasing heat. The only salvation from which proved to be the drinks breaks scheduled every 10 overs and the inspired inclusion of some ice-cold towels supplied by Timmy Ferrero’s mum and which Jack Colley took to like Matt Preston to a delicately crafted silk cravat.

Excellent spells by Tim, Reagan and then Boothy and an all round top effort in the field kept the pressure on the Cats who were suddenly unwilling to take any extra runs on offer. 

Calov returned to the crease for the Stags claiming two more wickets including danger man Sammut who had continued his form against the GDCC, slicing his way to 50 before holding out to Reagan at mid off, leaving the Penrith contingent hanging at 5-122 in the 32nd.

Back in the country, and immediately in all of Tiddles Fantasy League sides, Will Calov makes an impression on his return 

The lower middle order scored slowly as the field was pushed back, singles replacing boundaries in the final overs. Charlie Booth took a hanger at gully to remove the very chirpy Isherwood off the bowling of Stobo making it 6-152 in the 41st. 

The seam cartel, headed by “Chobes” and Timmy (who picked up a run out of his own follow-through) from the rural end and Sammy from the Pavilion end closed up the innings. 

Sam claiming two quick wickets in the final over to take his allotment to 4 wickets on debut and 8 wickets for the weekend. 

Well done Sam, top effort mate!

Tim Ferrero looks like he's modelled his action on Reagan Klemt's 

With the job half done, New and Spratt went about chasing the Cats 9/200. Spratty got off to a flier as usual – catching the eye of Penrith’s local news crew – and plundered the bowlers down the ground with ease. 

With the score on 50, a few wickets fell quickly which brought Axel and Jack together at the crease. The pair batted with great intent, turning the ball into gaps and putting the bad balls to the boundary. 

Jack (34) fell to an LBW shout, 2 in two days!, and was replaced by Papworth, who looked to continue with the intent Jack had shown but was undone by a bit of extra turn as he advanced down the wicket to the offie. 

Before he padded up, Jack Colley went on the attack against the Cats' bowlers

The Stags were left at 4-119 from 33. A little behind the 8-ball. Chuckles “Spotto” Stobo showed great class, steering the ball into gaps and supporting Axel in the chase. 

Here's another.
Cahin is strong off his legs. 

The pair took the total to 169 before Stobes (22) was caught at midwicket. Axel fell the next over, caught on the boundary for a terrific 46 (90 runs for the weekend), which meant the boys now sat at 8-169 still requiring 32 from the remaining 4 overs.

Enter Charles “Boothman” Booth. In what can only be described as one of the major turning points of the match, Charlie controlled the tempo of the game between balls with great maturity and charged the spinners with confidence, ably supported by Will Calov. The boys ran extremely well between the wickets, turning ones into twos and really getting us back in the game. 

And if you didn't think the onside was his scoring zone, here's more of Cahlin 

When a mix-up saw Charlie (16) run out two balls into the 49th over; the task fell to the two debutants. 10 balls, 14 runs, 1 wicket. 

Everything stopped. Stobes and Timmy gave up their game of spotto. Boothy’s old man took a break from his sips of chandy and Tiddles could be seen staring down the barrel of his camera, eager to prove he can take photos of more than just Axel Cahlin or Tim Ferrero.

Skipper "Chuck" Stobo partners with Axel to eat away at the Cats total 

With just one over remaining, they boys had whittled the required runs down to 10, and when the Penrith opener started off with a no-ball, it seemed like the unthinkable was all too possible. A single and a two of the next two deliveries saw us needing only 6 off 4 and when Will heaved the next ball over mid off for a boundary, only 2 runs were needed from 3 balls. No small task.

Tempers were running hot, the field came in and a dot of the next ball made it 2 from 2. A quick single and a fumble brought the scores level with one ball remaining in the match. 

Shock us! Chris Spratt on the hook. And looks strong down the ground too. 

A mammoth effort by Will and Sam at the death, which deserved to be converted into a win. 

Unfortunately, a bit of sharp fielding saw Ryan Hackney throw down the non-strikers end with enough evidence for the umpire to rule Sam short of his ground.

An unbelievable finish to a game that had a bit of everything. A sterling effort by the boys in the field, and a monumental battle with the willow. 

Special mentions to the Spratt man, Axel and Jack the "Guzzler" Colley for setting the innings up; and to Boothy and Stobes who mixed support with attack beautifully. But with 6 wickets (and a run out…not that one) between them, and for nearly getting the boys over the line, this writer was most impressed by the efforts of our two debutants. 

Before Cam New signs off his career at Gordon, here's final shot of Cahlin - but the rarer 'offside shot' kind 

Devastating to end up sharing the points, but a valiant effort to get us there with the ball and the bat! Well done!

So where does this leave PGs? 5 games, 2 wins, 2 losses and 1 tie see us on 15 points and in 9th place. Just one point behind the Cats and two behind Sydney and Bankstown with 1 game left against North Sydney on Jan 10 down ol’ Chatswood way.

From all of us at PGs, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the Christmas turkeys be plump and the backyard cricket decks be flat (or a green demon if you’re into that kind of thing).

Cam “Newy” New

Thanks also to Reagan for his heartfelt well wishes in the post game wrap up.
Appreciate it. Champ.

Poidevin Gray vs Sutherland - Round 4 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Sutherland - Round 4 - 2015/16

Sutherland away. With our team lineup looking great team on paper, I was keen for a top performance from the boys.

Batting first on a good deck, our new additions to the side, Matt Chamberlain and Cam New, went about their business negotiating a swinging ball. Matt fell to a peach which ripped out his off stump, and Jack Colley joined Cam. They both batted extremely confidently, with Jack racing to 18 off 12 balls. 

One of the gents that could hold his head high on the day, Tim Ferrero bowled well in defending their small target 

He was stumped with his head in the clouds, and Axel fell soon after. Cam looked set on 36 after building a good little partnership with Max Papworth and setting us up for a decent score. But 3-94 very quickly turned to 7-95. 

Ferrero and Stobo looked to rebuild, with Tim looking particularly deadly 36 not out off 31 balls. But no one else could hang around, and we were bowled out for 131. Extremely disappointing. 3 run outs, a few loose shots, an innings everyone would like to take back.

From the outset we looked to attack and take wickets. However Sutherland also looked to attack and dominate the bowling scoring quick runs in a search for a bonus point.

An opening stand of 57 was broken by Boothy. From there, we didn’t bow our heads but kept hunting for wickets and applying the pressure in the field. Boothy bowled extremely well taking 4-31 from his 9, and could have easily taken 5 with help from his mate “Papsmear” Papworth. 

Ferrero kept it tight, but ultimately Sutherland passed our score 5 down. It could’ve been a totally different story if we’d scored another 50-60 runs which would have allowed the bowlers to have a good score to bowl too. With all the talk building up the Sutherland bowlers, I think we could have definitely won this game.

But with the team 2 wins from 4, the race to the finals is still on. The potential is 100% there to win this competition.

Ben Leighton

Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Parramatta - Round 3 - 2015/16

Gordon lost the toss and bowled on a flat good batting deck today at Chatswood. 

Parramatta started slowly but surely and despite some excellent early bowling from in particular Charlie Stobo, they patiently moved to 1-60 after 20 overs.

Max Papworth is cheered off by Tim Ferrero and greeted by the Gordon supporters after guiding the side's successful run chase to secure the points against Parramatta 

Unfortunately Matt Keevers could not continue after 5 overs with continuing hip problems. Nick Miller replaced him and bowled a really economical spell of 8 overs for 21 runs. After a good wicket from Lachie Borg, Parra were 1-85 off 26 overs and then Charlie Booth was introduced to the attack with immediate success. 

He took three quick and vital wickets off only 4 overs, to have the visitors 4-131 off 37 overs. From this stage our bowlers were on top. Wickets fell to Miller, Ferrero, Borg and two to Stobo, to have Parra 9-198 after 50 overs.

Charlie Booth shows excellent control and attacking prowess to really turn the game in Gordon's favour - taking 3/22 from his allotment 

All the bowlers shared the spoils - Stobes had 2-37 off his 10; Nick Miller 1-23 of 9 excellent overs; Lachie Borg 2-33 off 10 vital overs; Tim Ferrero 1-29 off 6; Charlie Booth 3 -22 off 4, Reagan 0-27 off 6 and Matt Keevers 0-25 off 5. 

An excellent effort by all on a very flat deck.

Borg and Miller toil away, while team mates mob a successful Booth 

Mortgageport proudly supports Chris Spratt

Our opening bats (New and Spratt) commenced the chase in an aggressive and sensible manner and after only 12 overs we were 0-64. 

Cam New looks more of the 'aggressive' rather than sedate and sensible as he lofts one down the ground for a boundary 

During this time Spratty hit one of the biggest sixers for many years, clearing the stand and the railway line. He was out for a well compiled 46 and I am sure he is very close to the big ton, which will delight all and sundry. 

We lost 2 quick wickets and appeared to somewhat lose our way. One was Cam New after a very compact 24 and the other was Axel Cahlin , the result of an unfortunate run out.

The pressure was on our new No 4 in Max Papworth and Reagan Klemt. 

Zac! No pressure felt here by Chris Spratt. The same can't be said for the Parramatta bowlers or the commuters on the St Leonards to Gordon train trip 

Neither disappointed, with special credit to Pappy for a brilliant 67 not out in his new top order role. He was ably supported by Reagan with a patient and vital 44. Both bats naturally blossomed as the partnership grew.

We had a small hiccup with Reags and Borg out however Tim Ferrero joined Max and they both saw us home with 5 down in the 46th over.

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Ferrero demonstrating his value to the side with bat and ball 

An excellent effort from our boys and this will boost their confidence for the really tough games ahead in Sutherland and Penrith. We are currently sitting equal 5th with 3 others on 12 points however are only 1 point behind the joint leaders on 13 points. Is this our year?

Tony Wilson

What footwork shown by Papworth here against the slower bowlers, before celebrating his half century in the middle of the pitch 
Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 2 - 2015/16

After the rain all week, the PGs boys were keen to get out on the field and stick it to the Fairfield-Liverpool side. A warm up for champions, the starfish eased many minds and many nerves as we took to the field. 

Yes. Played Stobes! A Lions' batsman castled by the quick 

Numerous cries of “Go Keevers!” were heard from the looming Tai Chi bands and it really got us going.

Charlie “Treebeard” Stobo struck in the first over followed by a second in the 7th over. A tight opening spell from Stobo and Matt Keevers bowled excellent in partnership, which left Fairfield 3-33 off 11 (Stobo 3). 

Lachy Borg then struck with an excellent display of bowling, catching ‘Mr. Sandhu’ plum in front leaving him to walk off very disappointed with his performance and his lack of chat. 

The batsman looks on during Frame 1, his fate sealed in Frame 2 and celebrated in Frame 3 

Charles Booth started brilliantly claiming a wicket early in his spell, leaving Fairfield 5-82 off 29. Charlie ended up with excellent figures of 1-34 off his 10; an excellent effort at Chatswood. 

Cahlin looks to the legside for runs. A great shot by the photographer! 

A run out, and wickets to Ferrero and Keevers left Fairfield 8-199 off their 50. A total that seemed not to big a task for the Stags batting order. 

An excellent opening partnership from Spratty and Cam New had us in an excellent position at 0-56 off 8. With Spratt and Cam both being dismissed, at 2-59 it was up to someone to stick in and bring the boys home. 

Unfortunately, wickets continued to fall at a regular pace. 9 wickets fell for only 50 runs, which meant we were bowled out for 109. 

Now Cahlin plays straight while wickets tumble 

A very disappointing result, considering the way we bowled to put ourselves in the game. Hopefully we can go out there this Sunday against Parramatta and prove why we are a big threat in this competition. 


Max ‘Pappy’ Papworth

Poidevin Gray vs Western Suburbs - Round 1 - 2015/16

Poidevin Gray vs Western Suburbs - Round 1 - 2015/16

Axel Cahlin scores a classy 81 not out as he steers the Stags to a comfortable win against Wests at Pratten Park.After the week of rain it was good for the Under 21 Poidevin Gray team to get on the park on Sunday.

After losing the toss Gordon were asked to bowl on a slow and low wicket which made scoring hard for the Wests batsman.

Charlie Stobo collects the opener, caught by Max Papworth

The Gordon bowling was also first class with Charlie Stobo starting proceedings at a great pace and keeping the batsman at bay.  After an unfortunate back injury to Rob Barker meant he couldn’t continue after two overs, Nick Miller supported Stobs with some excellent new ball bowling.  The going was slow for Wests as the run rate was kept to under 4 most of the innings. Max Papworth was also in top form with the gloves taking the first three catches and then executing a fine run out from a Tim Ferrero return.

Another catch to Max, this time off Nick Miller

With Lachie Borg also helping with 2 wickets and Charlie Booth and Reagan Klemt playing their part Wests finished with 8 for 178 off their 50 overs.

Chris Spratt and Cameron New got the Gordon innings underway before Cameron was out first and then Chris for a well-made 24.

Reagan Klemt, Lachie Borg and Tim Ferrero in action at Pratten

Axel Cahlin and Reagan Klemt then got together to put on 74 important runs while the Wests bowling was at its best. Reagan played an excellent support role while Axel played shots all around the ground to end up posting 82 not out. His shot making was both classical and punishing at the same time and the bowlers had no answer. After Reagan departed for 34, Tim Ferrero and then Lachie Borg batted with Axel to see us home after 45 overs with the score at 4 for 179.

Axel during his fine innings of 82 not out



Wests 8 for 178 (Lachie Borg 2 for 22 off 10, Tim Ferrero 2 for 18 off 6, Charlie Stobo 1 for 21 off 9, Nick Miller 1 for 28 off 10, Reagan Klemt 1 for 51 off 6, Charlie Booth 0 for 26 off 7, Rob Barker 0 for 11 off 2 were defeated by Gordon 4 for 179 (Axel Cahlin 82 not out, Reagan Klemt 34, Chris Spratt 24)


A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2015/16

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2015/16

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2015/16 season are provided below.



Green Shield vs Western Suburbs - Round 3 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Western Suburbs - Round 3 - 2015/16

The match against Western Suburbs was washed out.

Green Shield vs Sydney University - Round 2 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Sydney University - Round 2 - 2015/16

The Greenies bounced back from their Round 1 defeat with a convincing victory against a somewhat lacklustre Sydney Uni side in extremely hot conditions at Killara Oval on Sunday.

It was one of the more unusual games the boys have played; this was due to the two rare run outs when the batsman hits the ball back to the bowler, coming off the bowler’s fingertips to run the non striker out... that's right, not once but twice.

Nick Astridge looks to demolish the tiny Sydney University total 

With a former Stag appearing for the opposition, the boys found some extra motivation to win. After both batting teams recorded high scores during the 4th Grade match the previous day, the Killara deck looked like producing two high scores yet again. This was not to be the case for Sydney Uni.

After Gordon lost the toss, the students elected to bat. We had a good start with Liahm Williams bowling a very impressive opening spell with 3/15 off 6 overs. Also an early run out coming off the finger tip of Sam Braham made sure we were on top going into drinks. 

Will Bremner in full flight, taking 2/3 in his spell 

We kept the pressure on and finished off bowling Sydney Uni out for 68, with great contributions from Liahm Williams (3/15), Will Bremner (2/3) and Sam Braham (1/18). 

The batsmen continued the momentum knocking up 1/43 off 17 with a great dig from Andrew Harvey steadying the ship after losing an early wicket. 

Nick Astridge, 17, got the Stags over the line with a valuable bonus point win 

At the end the boys got over the line with ease getting the runs 3 wickets down after 26 overs – a valuable bonus point win. Andrew Harvey (29) and Nick Astridge (17) were the standouts. 

A great win from the boys who simply outclassed the students. Our final match before Christmas is Wests on Tuesday and we are looking to continue our winning ways.

Dermott Beattie

Green Shield vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 1 - 2015/16

Green Shield vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 1 - 2015/16

The 2015/16 Greenies kicked off their campaign against Fairfield-Liverpool at Rosedale. Rosedale Oval is so big it could easily be confused with Warwick Farm racecourse which is right next door. 

Three boundaries all day, and all on the short side, only emphasised that no one in U16 can hit a ball that far. 

The boys take the field to defend their total 

Congratulations to Brady and Dermott; obviously plenty of time in the gym has paid off!

We won the toss and decided to bat on a wicket where you couldn't be confident you made the right decision. Wickets fell regularly and opener, Nick Astridge was the only top order batsman to provide any resistance, still there at 3/39 and 4/69 before falling for 35 with the team in trouble at 5/75. 

The boys reflect on one wicket and form their plans for the next 

A much needed partnership of 35 between Dermott Beattie (23) and Dan Alleyn (29) saw the Stags post 154. A lower total than what we were hoping for, however, we were still confident that we could defend it.

Unfortunately like the batting, our bowling and fielding were not at the level we wanted. We were able to bowl well from one end but rarely both and also put down some catches which proved costly. 

Despite this we were never out of the game and it wasn't until the 49th over before we were beaten. Prashan Seneviratne was easily the pick of the bowers with 3/18 off 10 and was the reason why we were still in contention late in the game with a stunning second spell. 

Rosedale Oval is a big place, and the boys were confident to defend their score 

Sam Braham also bowled well with 1/23 off his 10 and was unlucky not to have taken more.

Although beaten on the day, so was half the competition. 

The boys are still confident of a strong season ahead and are looking forward to our next match against Sydney Uni on Sunday at Killara.

Andrew Harvey

Match Reports 14/15

Match Reports 14/15

The 2014/15 season for the Gordon DCC will not go down in history as the best season on the park. After a number of strong years for the club, none of the teams made the finals across the five grades. Nevertheless, there were a number of milestones achieved by individuals throughout the season, and plenty of fantastic accounts of the matches written by the players./

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2014/15

First Grade Match Reports 2014/15

First Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

Harry EvansAfter a month of 2 day games, it was back into one day mode for the 1st Graders. This would be our last game at Chatswood Oval for the season and the last game before Josh (JP) Poysden headed back to the motherland. 

A glorious late cut by the skipper, Harry Evans 

The football warm up game would see different teams turn out due to the transfer market opening during the week. The top 5 were happy with their purchase of Tym Crawford (Crunchy Nut) whilst the bottom 6 reclaimed Iain Beverley (Bevo).

The dewy conditions would allow the ball to skid on more than usual which would disadvantage the bottom 6 with their style of play, booting the ball up field and hoping for the best, it has however come off for them more often than not this season.

The top 5 showed a lot of skill, determination and control to put one past JP, the goalkeeper. You could really tell the bottom 6 were rattled and in the end were not able to get an equaliser in which they only had 31% of possession. An overdue but well-deserved victory to the top 5.

Cam EcclesNow to the serious stuff. Harry won the toss on what looked to be a good wicket, and chose to bat. Cam Eccles and Steve Colley got us off to a good start, posting 50 for the first stand until Cam was caught behind. Steve soon followed. Harry Evans and Elliot Richtor put on 50 more before Harry was bowled with the score on 115. 

Cam Eccles nails a hook shot early in his innings, before being caught behind the wicket 

As has been our downfall this season, we lost wickets again in clumps and were struggling at 5/118. Bevo and Els Richtor put on 50 before Iain was out LBW. Chad came in and continued his good form from last week putting on another 50 run partnership, before Els was bowled for 84 with 2 overs to go. Chad and JP were able to pick up valuable runs in the last 2 overs to get us to a total of 234. Par score would have been around 260, but if we bowled well we were definitely in with a chance.

Our bowlers didn’t get off to the best start and Penrith’s opening batsmen came out swinging. They were scoring at 8 an over before Dan Smith, as he has done so often this year, got the breakthrough. Penrith’s batsmen continued to score freely until Chad got the dangerous DiBartolo out caught by Reece “trench foot” Bombas.

Steve ColleyFrom there Penrith batsmen accumulated and got closer to the required total. A flurry of wickets at the end wasn’t enough to stop Penrith winning the game by 4 wickets with 2 overs to spare.

Steve Colley looks down the ground for runs against the Panthers 

It was a disappointing day for the Stags. We simply didn’t post enough runs, and our bowling started poorly which allowed the opposition to get a big portion of the runs in the first 15 overs. 

One more game to go against Campbelltown. Hopefully we can forget about this game and put in a big performance to finish the season on a high.

Elliot Richtor

The many facets of Elliot Richtor's game 

We would like to thank JP for coming back to the Stags this season. Everyone has enjoyed playing with him and he has been a great clubman off the field. 

The self-proclaimed “best dj” in the team (let’s see your mixing skills), most (not all) enjoyed the variety of cheese he played in the change rooms. All the best for your upcoming UK season and hopefully see you back here in September.

Elliot “ERIC” Richtor

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

BlaizeMoving into the back end of the season, sitting outside the top six, we knew we had to win the last three games of the season to be playing deep into March. The Onions (minus Reece) couldn’t have got off to a better start scoring an early goal in the warm up, as the top 5 were clearly agitated.

On debut, Blaize receives plenty of encouragement from his teammates 

The loss of one of the greats Onion soccer players, Stobes, did not stop the dominance and he was replaced by our debutant Blaize Irving-Holliday (congratulations on your debut mate), and proved vital in assisting Poysden park the bus at the back.

Numerous balls in from wide areas from Chad and Smithy proved difficult to deal with, especially for Steve as he found himself up the wrong end of the field in his defensive goal box. The top 5 plus coach Howitt skipped flustered and became immediately rattled. 

Chad Soper2-0 up with a couple of minutes left on the clock, the London double decker bus was well and truly parked and not moving. Jose Mourinho would have been happy as the defense could not be broken down and Chad escaped on the counter attack and slotted home another to take the lead out to 3-0. Another famous victory for the Onions. 

Chad Soper. Great value all-rounder for our fantasy sides 

On a green wicket at Chatswood Oval, Gordon was sent into bat on an overcast and rain threatening day. Bev and Cam got off to a solid start and they managed to keep out a strong opening bowling attack before rain interrupted play. On the resumption Sutherland came out firing and had Gordon in trouble, 4 wickets down at lunch. Most players were able to get starts but would be disappointed they couldn’t go on with it and take it deep into the day. 

EcclesHowever, our lower order combined to do this and a brilliant innings by Chad Soper displayed his full potential as a batsmen. Sopes started off slowly and was met at the crease by Josh with the score at 213, below par at Chatswood. 

Cam Eccles provides the side a good start before the rains closed in 

Sensible batting mixed with class and precision saw Chad dominate the partnership placing the ball into gaps on the fast outfield and scoring off many balls whether it be boundaries or quick singles. 

Josh played a great anchor role and ensured his wicket was not taken easily. They put on 89 for the last wicket, which was a club 1st grade record partnership for the final wicket. Congratulations! Chad finished on 78 and Josh 24*, which finished the days play and gave the bowlers something to bowl at on Sunday.

Sunday morning, and the pitch was rock hard and early wickets would be needed to defend the total on the board. 

PoysdenIt didn’t take long before the Onions got into their stride, less than an over and Dan 'Hound' Smith had raced away to an early start thanks to a great diving catch in front of the parrot at first slip. Chad was the other Onion who opened from the North end and it wasn’t long before he added one to his tally as Reece fed himself off Harry’s hands, well done Parrot, staying true to yourself. 

Poysden. I'd frame this pull shot. Classic.

Chad bowls with great consistency, which means the opposition won’t get off to a quick start when he opens the bowling. Not long later Hound had another wicket, through some short pitched bowling. Another brilliant catch by Bev down the leg side this time, sticking out his left hand out and snaring another beauty, tongue out and all. YES! YES! 

CrawfordAt lunch, Sutherland has battled well to not lose another wicket and steady the ship. 

Tym guides one through the gully region 

Although there was some attacking bowling, we were not able to break a partnership that slowly edged their way closer to our total. From here on in, it was a hard slog on a good batting wicket, the bowlers struggled to consistently put the ball where they wanted to develop enough pressure and force a mistake. 

Blaize bowled well in patches and fielded well diving around getting himself dirty. It was a tough debut but you’ll be better for the experience. Back yourself because you got here through consistent performances and there is no reason why you can’t continue that. 

Josh bowled well for no reward in the scorebook and Harold rolled out some off spin picking up a stumping and removing their centurion. Smithy was the pick of the bowlers running in all day and ended with another wicket to his tally, and could have been more. 

ReeceSutherland were the better team and were able to bat for long periods without losing wickets, making batting towards the end of the day a lot easier and past our score 5 wickets down. We should learn from the oppositions’ ability to keep wickets in the shed for later in the day where the batsmen can take the advantage of tiring bowlers. 

Sparky, here is where you stop reading.

Bombas rocks back and makes light work of this one 

Match of the day was on when we challenged the locals to a game of soccer. The Guzzler joined the group to match the numbers of the opposition and the game was on, football boots and all. The Onions, plus the top 5 got off to the ideal start with an early goal to show our intent. Our tactics of hoofing it to Harry and see what happens differed a lot from our counterparts who played the Barcelona like passing game. 

RichtorThe Guzzler thought we were playing Rugby League at some points and ran through a couple of blokes, in similar style to Jason Taumalolo and the football boots became a problem when they met with the unprotected Nike shoe, so fair was fair.

Such a particularly classy player, Elliot Richtor is due for a big score in these final two rounds of the competition 

There was also some friendly fire when Evans’ head met with the Guzzler’s right eye. Evans 1 Guzzler 0. 

The Guzzler was rattled. After being ahead, early on the locals managed to sneak away with victory 7-6. It was a tough day!

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

Bombas"It’s a numbers game.” These are words from the mouth of a Gordon player who may one day compose a novel about the disadvantages of stretching before and after games and how delayed onset of muscle soreness is all a big lie. 

Although these words rang true in many ways for the Gordon 1st Graders against a determined Parramatta outfit set on disrupting any plans of progressing into the finals.

Reece "Facebook legend" Bombas skips down the track 

Our day began with a slight scare, no this was not the victory of the “Onions VI” in the pre-warmup/pre-stretch soccer game because in the eyes of the writer this was “a given” but rather after the toss of the coin and electing to bat, our skipper Evans and our veteran Richtor both succumb to injuries that left some “Onions” feeling a little nervous in our decision to bat first.

BeverleyThe openers Possum and Squirrel (Eccles and Beverley) saw off the new ball with Beverley (38) in particular showing his improved shape and aggressive running between wickets to take our score to 29 before Eccles (13) was unfortunately adjudged LBW. 

Squirrel... we think... Beverley at the very least 

Beverley then formed a sturdy partnership with Bombas (37), the mastermind behind infamous facebook statuses and the quote above, moving our score to 85 and taking the shine off the new turf ball before Beverley was caught trying to find the boundary rope before the lunch (Prego) break. 

With Evans suffering as mentioned above, the batting order was adjusted with Colley joining Bombas, which was only short lived as Reece was dismissed soon after lunch chipping to mid off also in his 30’s. Richtor and Colley both continued their strong season of batting performances sharing an excellent partnership of 99 before Elliott was out for a well-made 59. 

harrySteve also went on to score a dominant 59 reminding us where not to bowl to him with 6 boundaries and one large 6 before being undone by a tough period of pressure from the Parramatta bowlers, who were clearly sensing a chance of a middle order collapse and with Soper following soon after leaving the Stags score reading 6-233 this looked highly likely.

Harry "Thank" Evans! continues to score through mid-wicket 

Unbeknown to the Parramatta supporters and bowlers but Gordon possessed possibly the best No. 8 batsmen in the grade and Thank Evans we did! 

Tym Crawford combined with our captain and together they blasted 102 runs before Bombas figured out what he could take to the moon! 

CrawfordTym was eventually dismissed for 59 (“it’s a numbers game”) and Harry scored a quickfire 63 from only 49 balls and despite a few wickets at the end Gordon finished the day with a total of 347. A competitive score, highlighted by a consistent batting effort but in the eyes of captain hindsight possibly 50 runs short. 

Crawford  punches one through the point region 

Another win to the Onions VI on Day 2 saw plenty of energy amongst the bowling unit in particular a vocal Poysden, who was reportedly heard singing victory songs about driving a bus prior to the first goal that was scored. Onions VI 3 - Top 5 - nil.

The early Gordon bowling was tight and although the score of 1-66 at lunch confirmed this, the Onion VI would have to apply more pressure to ensure wickets continued to fall.
In the second session, the Stags bowlers toiled hard on a flat wicket but failed to make a breakthrough and when the tea break came around the score was 1-183 with the Affleck brothers showcasing contrasting innings to the Stag batsmen the previous week. 

SoperThe final session could’ve resulted in multiple outcomes but despite a few wickets falling the runs continued to flow and were eventually accumulated in the 2nd last over of the days play leaving the Gordon players without 6 vital points and a lot left to be desired. 

Soper charges in on Day 2 to grab the Eels wickets 

A disappointing end to a tough day in the field for the Stag bowlers with captain hindsight speaking volumes about grassed chances and no one going on to score greater than 59 but all in all, the team with the most number of wickets and runs wins the contest. Cricket is a numbers game indeed. 

Chad Soper

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

Poysden celebratesThe Captain of Australia playing at Chatswood Oval aside, 1st Grade had a brilliant win against Wests which now sees us 8th in the ladder, only 2 points behind Randy Ps who are 5th, with four rounds to go.

Poysden celebrates the wicket of Clarke shortly after lunch 

I was awoken on Saturday morning to a message from our illustrious coach Edward Howitt II- check the Daily Telegraph. To my amazement I was greeted by one of the sports pages by a big photo of three of our players. Congratulations to Smith, Stobo & Crawford on their new modelling deals. 

Some tough words were spoken in the paper- ‘No free runs for Clarke’, Crawford bellowed, ‘Take it deep’, Smith followed up with. But the words that will stay with me came from Stobo. ‘Onionati for life’. 

After a piccolo and doing the covers, it was time for the main event, warm up football. In a big transfer window coup, the bottom 6 had managed to acquire the current leader of the Mark Noble Medal, Tym Crawford in a part exchange (+heavy cash) swap for Iain Beverley. It was a close, nerve wrecking game, but in the end the bottom 6 did enough to bring home the bacon.

Dan SmithEvans went out to do the toss with Wests skipper Ridley, and it was decided that Wests would bat first. The wicket looked good considering the rain throughout the start of the week- good on ya Glenny boy. 

Dan "Hound" Smith keeps the seam in perfect position as Clarke finds it difficult to score 

It didn’t take long for us to take the first wicket, Dan ‘Hound’ Smith snicking off the opener. This led to the great man Reece Bombas’ first contribution of the game. In the words of some he ‘just doesn’t drop them’. It was a fair catch considering it was not to his much preferred low and to the right area. He took it ‘just casually’. Not many people would know (until he told all of us), that not only has he taken the most outfield catches in the club, he is third in the whole comp.

Then out walked the person most people were there to see - Michael Clarke. There was a strong crowd at the ground, with lots of Gordon Juniors (great to see), Channel 9 (Tym Crawford was heard to be hanging around the Coogee Pavillion a lot more in the last couple of days), and Fox Sports all there. Even the main man & club president Andrew ‘three’s a crowd’ Falk was on ABC grandstand. 

However there was someone missing- selector Tony ‘salt n pepa’ Wilson was nowhere to be seen. He claims he was watching one of his many horses race (how long until ‘The Mulcher’ wins the Melbourne Cup?), but my sources (tomato & bbq), have told me that he was frequenting one of his favourite spots, The Blackout Café in Lindfield. Are the trumours about this place real Tiddles? If so we can expect a dinner there with H.Evans and H.Angus to be on the cards soon. 

Chad SoperAnyway, back to a bloke who has scored 28 test hundreds batting at Chatswood. “Hound”, Stobo and eventually Chad & Evans bowled well to him, and didn’t bowl many loose balls- as seen by his 51 being scored off 128 balls. Wests got to lunch without losing another wicket- although the run rate was well under control. 

Soper is pushed through the offside by Clarke for a couple 

Clarke had to give some interviews to the press at lunch and was swamped by all at the ground. It was nice to see Clarke signing all the autographs and having genuine conversations with lots of the spectators. In an era where modern sportsman is permanently under the microscope, with the merest whiff of a disturbance used to sell papers, he was a true ambassador for the game and everyone who came to watch would have made some memories for life. 

After lunch, I was introduced into the attack and managed to get us a breakthrough. As Paul Stephenson has said in his wrap, old mate Clarke suggested I move my field to try and get him to hit against the spin. Definitely the first time a batter has told me where to put my fielders. However, Evans decided this wasn’t the way to go and so we kept our two catching mid wickets, which were the result of some serious studenting from the man formerly known as “Mulcher”. 

Charlie StoboClarke tried to go over these mid wickets but managed to pick out Evans (who else), who took a quality diving catch. The standard of this catch cannot be underestimated - it was a great grab. With the Fox & Nine cameras trained on Clarke, it was left to one of the Gordon parents to capture it on their phone. We’re still sourcing the raw file, but it’ll be up on our site soon.

Stobo gets his chance to bowl to the Australian captain 

We then managed to get on a bit of a roll. There were more wickets for myself, Chad had their Pom caught at mid off by “Crunchy Nut” Crawford , and there were also wickets for Evans and Crunchy Nut got in on the act with ball in hand (not for the last time in the weekend). This was a great period for the Stags, and Hound said to me that he could hear one spectator playing the song by Bingo Players- Rattle.

The number 8 was nutmegged by a googly and then my new mystery ball ‘the dobby’ took its first wicket (not counting its hat trick vs “Guzzler” in the nets). Watch this space and when you see the kids I coach cleaning up test cricket with it in ten years’ time, you know where the name came from.

A brief last wicket partnership then came as we also took the new ball- but this was also finished by the man “formerly known as Mulcher”.

Josh Poysden

Wests were bowled out for 260, a performance the bowlers’ onion were happy with considering what kind of scores we have been seeing at Chatswood this year. 

A humble, well-loved Pom, Josh Poysden leaves the field after a strong performance. We're looking forward to the tweets, re-tweets and Facebook likes from his folks back home! 

Everyone chipped in and did their part, and it was good to back up such a strong morning football performance. Unfortunately we lost a few quick wickets to finish the day 2/12, but the consensus was if we batted properly we could still chase the score down.

After a trip to the Orchard Tavern, our local, and top-notch feed in Chatswood, it was an early night for all of us (apart from “just casually Bombas” and his new Mrs). 

Well done to the Socceroos for beating that famous footballing nation South Korea and winning the Asian Cup. A highlight was the opening goal being scored within warm up football rules, taking two touches and using his third to slot it in the corner.

Bombas picked me up in the morning, it was my long awaited debut in the TaTa. I did wonder about how he has already managed to spill yoghurt on the back seat when he has only had it for such a short space of time though. Thanks for the lift!

Shock me! Another win for the bottom 6 in warm up football to really stamp our authority as the renowned champs. 

It was a tough first session for the Stags, despite a brief partnership between Eccles and Evans, with us being 4/65 at one point. Cam got a well-made 30, fresh from his warm weather training camp at the Scone 6s tournament.

This was when Els & Steve ‘brother of the Guzzler’ Colley came together. They really got us back into the game with a nice partnership. Els has been extremely consistent this year and his importance for our team is not to be underestimated. After Els (by the way- congrats on your recent award as third best DJ in first grade – and the second best in your family) was dismissed, “Just Casually” himself came to the crease.

I don’t use this word often in relation to Bombas, but he played a seriously mature innings. He was playing some of his textbook straight drives and was unlucky to keep hitting the fielders. He was patient, and didn’t give anything away.

"Mature" Bombas... surely that's a typo. One thing's for sure, the journalists missed out on some great quotes by not pointing the microphone in his direction 

Steve batted beautifully for his 76, and the only reason he didn’t go on to get a hundred was due to a serious catch at first slip. Again, “Buckets” Colley also didn’t give anything away. A highlight was his trademark pull shots. I’m sure anyone who bowls at him at training knows you just can’t bowl short to him.

Buckets was eventually dismissed with still 70 runs to get. These were nervy times, with some “medium-stitious” people getting a bit edgy. However, there was no need to fear, because due to us using a night watchman we had Crunchy Nut Crawf strolling out at number 8. 

Tym CrawfordHe and Reece weathered a mild storm and then Tymmy ended it in style, with two 4s and a 6. These two both ended on 50odd red, a just reward for playing such an important innings for us. It’s brilliant to see our middle order firing and this will hold us in great stead. 

Tym "Cindy" Crawford... if cricket doesn't work out... it appears "Page 3" in the Telegraph might be a viable alternative 

My favourite part of our performance was the fact we are learning- we have spoken a lot about losing wickets in clusters and this was one thing we just did not do. It’s a sign of a good team to learn from their past mistakes, and this does bode well with an important run-in coming up.

With some Carlton fluid refreshments in hand, and some on some people’s heads, the song was sung loudly safe in the knowledge that we are a serious chance to play some finals cricket if we keep working hard and performing like we know we can.

Up the Staggies, 

“Bendicii” Poysden

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Chad SoperTo be honest, without James Kennedy the “bottom six” looked lost in the AAFC (Anti - look for arguments sake I will let the reader fill in the blanks from here) derby at Coogee Oval. At times predictable and one dimensional, “long ball Kennedy” was missed purely for his ability to control the backfield. 

Chad Soper - 'cool heads, big hearts' 

Steve Colley had his best game for the top 5, managing to score two goals by remarkably dribbling the ball across the goal line twice without having a shot. Most improved this week went to the struggling Reece Bombas who in previous weeks has let panic take control of his game. One of the few sponsored athletes at the Gordon Club, Reece took full advantage of his new “KD” gear and attacked with purpose. 

As always, Captain Harold’s post-match football speech or pre-match cricket speech was measured, calm and direct. Harry outlined the plan for the day which always fills the side with confidence. Ed Howitt offered his insight which was crucial followed by an unusually large number of cliches from the rest of the playing group. 

Chad Soper was quoted as saying “cool heads, big hearts”. Charlie Stobo remarked “it will be a game of two halves” and Bombas followed with “it will be a game of two halves” in a remarkable echo of Stobo’s sentiments. We crossed immediately to Dan Smith for his reaction, the three words stayed with this reporter… “take it deep”.

BevoHow ironic, “take it deep” was the one thing the Gordon batsmen failed to do when chasing RP’s total of 263. 

The author is just itching for a chance 

Dan Smith opened the attack and bowled with good pace and shape. The wicket, whilst flat, was two paced, which required the quicks to hit a full length on their ‘reg’ deliveries. During his first spell, Smithy claimed the Stags first wicket, a good catch by Reece Bombas at first slip. Afterwards Reece announced that’s where he likes to catch them, low and to his right. 

Meanwhile, Stobo was coming to terms with the early swing the white kookaburra offered. It didn't take long for Charlie to settle in and adjust to the conditions. In this reporter’s opinion, it is always a good sign when an athlete can adjust to the conditions whilst in the contest. Charlie proceeded to bowl his 10 overs straight, picking up the valuable wicket of Price, fielding for the remainder of the innings like a gun, all without a migraine.

Harry EvansChad Soper followed Stobo from the ‘Goodger’ end. Harold set an attacking yet restrictive field and Soper delivered with his length and line. The middle overs were a point in the game the playing group identified needed to improve from last week. The bowling and fielding responded to the call, restricting the hosts to around the 110 mark at 30 overs.

What 1st Grade story is complete without a photo of Harry contributing 

Josh Poysden mixed his pace up from the beginning and contributed greatly to restricting RP’s through the middle session. JP’s final figures did not reflect the way he bowled. This season I’ve been in the box seat to watch the “evolution of the mulch”. I feel JP is maturing as a leg spinner; not as a bloke. Certainly last season, our much loved “Dobby” was all about consistent accuracy. At times JP had a tremendous amount of success waiting for batsmen to miss the ball. 

This season, first and foremost JP is turning the ball more. Josh is trying to be more proactive in creating ways to get batsmen out rather than skidding onto the pads. Some might argue that is why JP is not having the same amount of success as last season so far, whereas I believe JP is becoming a better bowler for it. 

Our final 15 overs was not pretty as RP’s finished with 263. Agreed across the group as 40-50 runs over what we expected to chase.

The lunch break offered a genuine half time show. The majority of the bowling unit plus selected “WAGS” opted for a “Melonhead” beach run. Upon our journey, Chad Soper was left feeling white as he passed 80-90 youngsters browner than him. The real action remained at Coogee Oval though. 

Controversy was sparked between Chad’s mates, when one 12 year old girl accused another 13 year old Caucasian girl of posting a photo on instagram #nofilter when clearly Valencia was used. The 13 year old responded by saying I use St Tropez fake tan and half tight lips, what would you know about taking a selfie? 

The argument escalated quickly. 

Josh PoysdenThe crowd gathered thick and fast on the boundary line. All of a sudden, 80-90 of Chad’s mates hurdled the fence and formed a giant fight circle. One guy was seen to be carrying a trident. The chant started from an older, less mature group of adults “feed-your-self, feed-your-self”, but it was no use.

“Fight, fight, fight” swiftly took over and it was on. From all reports the girls got right into it. Hair pulling, spitting, open handed slaps the lot. Law enforcement moved in quickly and the crowd dispersed.

Josh Poysden, his bowling dissected by the author in this report 

Great start by Eccles and Crawford with the stick. Admittedly it took them around 5 over to understand the surface and play shots accordingly. Tym hit some classic shots straight and over cover. He soon opened up the leg side scoring freely through mid-wicket and square leg. Cameron supported him well by ticking the strike over.

The opening platform had been set, we needed the middle order to fire. Steve made a good go if it, although not timing the ball as well as he would have liked, Colley tried his best and as usual his running between the wickets was first class.

Reece and Harry put on a decent partnership and got the chase within sight. Once again, Reece was positive with his footwork to the spinner, bringing back memories of his innings against Mosman in Round 1. The skipper is always up for a challenge and certainly tried his best to get the team in front on the board for the last 10 overs. 

As reported by the webmaster on Sunday, the bottom six batted as well as they played football in the warm up. 

Tym was the pick of the batters and it was absolutely the right decision for him to open the batting. If we were going to be any chance to chase 263 with large square boundaries we needed a solid start. The fact is our chase lost momentum each time we lost a wicket and by the time Reece and Harry were dismissed the lower order wasn't able to put up a fight as they usually do. 

We move on, that’s what cricket is. 

Back to the whites and a ball that “supposedly” doesn't swing, although across the competition the white ball run rate has been significantly slower than the two day. Food for thought. (Editor’s note: Unsure about this logic. Doesn't this prove the red ball isn't swinging, if they score quicker in the two day matches?) 

Special thanks to all the supporters who ventured out to Coogee. A glorious moment to see the young Abigail Howitt at a Gordon match. Marcus Baghdatis our resident “FOB” (Fresh Off the Boat) was again in fine form cheering the lads on. 

Thank you Marcos for being number 1.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Evans GDCCThe game against the Students is always a match that the Stags look to lift for. With some tight contests in the last few seasons, it was yet again going to be a close encounter at Chatswood Oval. With the Big Bash league taking place in town, Ed Cowan was set to make an appearance down old Chatswood way. 

Harry Evans hits out at the top of the innings 

However it was noted that the once capped Aussie had forgotten his playing gear, in particular his batting pads as he was preparing to walk out on to the pitch. Who knew what the in-form batsmen would bring out to the middle.

Well we didn’t have to wait long as the Students won the toss and decided to bat on a hard and flat deck. Daniel “animal” Smith has been bowling well of late and after three years has been granted first use of the downward slope from the Southern end. The animal has been missing of late after an extended absence in Europe. It is only now that he is starting to let loose once again. The animal took an early bite at the students by dismissing Faraday in the third over of the day. 

Poysden GDCCJames “Mantis” Kennedy started well from the northern end having a few close calls before he ended up losing the use of one of his limbs. A frustrating time of late with injuries forced the Mantis from the field, which meant the coach Ed Howitt Jnr to make his return to the field. How many decades of cricket have you participated in Hoppa? 

Poysden looks to use his premier grade experience against the Students 

Unfortunately for the Stags being one bowler short against two first class batsmen was not going to be an ideal situation. Scott Henry decided to place pressure on the bowlers lifting the tempo of his game. Cowan was building a comfortable innings down the other end, trying to intimidate our very own first class player Josh “Bendicii” Poysden. However our Pom got the better of Cowan (33) sneaking a leg spinner between bat and pad. 

This brought out the crafty Greg Mail who, with Scott Henry, formed a solid partnership that was striking at 6 runs an over in the middle period. Both players gave tough chances throughout their innings and with a bit of luck going our way it could have been a different total scored. 

Eventually Henry got his hundred, while Mail was dismissed for 65. Harry “Evans!” Evans and Bendicii bowled well late in the innings. However, a few late strikes over the fence allowed the students to post 285 runs from their 50 overs. A very good score but a total that could be chased down on a good batting wicket. 

The Stags got off to a solid start however found it difficult to hit the boundary early on due to some very tight opening bowling. Unfortunately both Cameron “X” Eccles (20) and Steve “Virat” Colley (7) lost their wickets before the score had reached 50. 

Bombas GDCCNot the best of starts but this soon changed with a promising partnership between Evans! and Elliot “Erriott” Richtor. With a loss of concentration from Evans! (61) and the quick departure of Erriott (28) on the same score of 124, the Stags lost a fair bit of momentum in their run chase. 

Bombas makes a late charge towards the total 

Fortunately Reece “Boom” Bombas and Tym “Roachie” Crawford consolidated the innings by putting on 70 runs between them. Although this was an important partnership for our run chase neither one went on to score a big total. Both Bomber (52) and Roachie (35) lost their wickets consecutively when the score was on 210. 

From here it was a tough ask for our lower order to chase 8 runs an over for 10 overs with minimal wickets in hand. Wickets were lost consistently in the final overs with the required run rate climbing to over 10 an over. 

The Stags made it to 261 when a run out occurred in the final over of the game. 25 runs short and definitely another match that we will look upon as a possible 6 points that should be going against our name and not the oppositions. 

Time will tell whether these tight losses will make a difference come the business end of the competition. 

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Els RichtorWith Christmas around the corner the 1st Graders were keen to finish off the year in style against our rivals up the highway. Charlie Stobo was warmly welcomed for his first grade debut and with his genetic makeup there is no doubt that he will succeed at this level. 

Els Richtor is congratulated by SCA Player of Round 6 - Chad Soper 

Chatswood was looking the goods and the stage was set for an excellent day of cricket. NDs won the toss and politely asked the mighty Stags to don the colour pads and set a score for them to chase. Glenn has done a great job this year with the Chatswood wickets this year with plenty of runs on offer and games usually going down to the wire late in the day, today seemed that it was going to be similar so a score of 260-300 was going to be key. 

Harry EvansStags tactically lost an early wicket to bring the golden arm to the wicket to continue on his merry way of destroying the confidence of all bowlers in Sydney Grade Cricket. 

You'd have to think our skipper is in line for Player of Round 7 

For future reports I have included a template for all to use. Feel free to fill in the blanks and alter as appropriate.

“Harry Evans again showed his prowess with the (ball/bat) taking (enter amount of wickets here) and scoring (enter amount of runs here). The (enter poor opposition name here) had the impossible task of taking Evans wicket. Golden Arm took a particular liking to (enter poor bowlers name that will probably end his career soon, I mean what’s the point sometimes) with figures of (enter bowlers figures aka 0/150 off 4 overs) and continued his onslaught for the rest of the innings. With the form that this young man is in I’m sure that he will be picked for (Sixers / Thunder / Blues / Australia / Hall of Fame / Time Magazine’s Sportsman of the Year Award).”

Steve ColleyYou're welcome future report / biography writers.

We were able to post a very respectful score of 281 with some good contributions from Colley and Bevans with 36 apiece.

Colley did make a handy contribution, looking for runs behind square 

With 281 on the board we were quietly confident that we had enough to win the game as long as we bowled with tight line and length and continually take wickets and that’s exactly what happened. Special mention to Charlie on debut with figures of 1/22 off 10 straight overs he really set the tone for the innings and denied any momentum in the Rangers chase. 

All bowlers chipped in with a wicket and, paired with our fielding, the points were always staying in Chatswood. 

Evans, feeling that he hadn’t quiet done enough for the match, also bowled 10 straight taking 1/44 and Richtor was not going to be ‘out-burgled’ and mopped up the tail taking 4/28 off 7. 

Harry EvansWe bowled them out for 195 from 49.1 overs.

A couple of notable mentions for the day.
• Most amount of squirrel grips in use in a 1st Grade game
• Evans was out burgled
• Someone other than Reece carried the team to victory. Thank god for this I was worried his shoulders were getting a little tired and his posture was not looking well.
• First time 12 people named Gordon were seen playing on one cricket field. Previous record was 11 in a game held in Brisbane.

Only one wicket skipper - But a well-deserved salute with the willow 



Cameron Eccles

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 2 - 2014/15

Coast Committee met again on the Friday night, with some new developments: Kris and Jack were made to finally sort their act out and get the ‘draw’ done. One job. How hard. 

Football took place in the warm up and it was an absolute thriller- a last minute goal from the top 5 equalizing to leave it at one all. Dan

The plan for the day was clear: wrap up the 6 points early doors and crack on to try and present ourselves with an opportunity for an outright. The boys got off to a bang; Smithy taking a pole in the first over. This just set the tone for the whole day, with the Warriors being bowled out for 78, a long way adrift from our first innings 226. ‘JK’ Kennedy and Smithy finished with 4 each, with 1 apiece for Chad and the author. 

Dan Smith captured 4 wickets, as did JK, in Blacktown's first innings of 78

Unsurprisingly, Evans! enforced the follow on and sent them straight back in. The Warriors came out swinging and managed to get to 62 before we got a wicket just before lunch. There was a #gamechanger moment at lunch, with ‘Buckets’ Colley having an inspired moment to put the lashes in the freezer, to help motivate the boys for the remaining two sessions.

After a Subway was enjoyed by most (apart from the batters who just filled their boots with chicken and chips) we were back out. A JK bouncer bought us our second wicket, with 3, 4 and 5 coming in quick succession. Fair to say that the cricket gods were out in full force. These all fell to the little superstar Chadley. 

Two brief partnerships followed- with the boys being patient and knowing that if we dug in we still had a great chance. After a few more wickets, Blacktown found themselves at 8-230, a lead of 80 and around 25 overs left in the day. 

Chad then found a crucial breakthrough. This meant Chad now had a 6fa, a massively deserved reward for one of the hardest working members of our team. His efforts every week do not go unnoticed and is someone who everyone loves it when he does well. Looking forward to him celebrating his haul at the Beery next week with some schooners on his head. 


When the author picked up the final wicket this meant that we were set 117 from 16 overs for a big win.

Chad Soper took 6 wickets in Blacktown second innings

Tym ‘Roachy’ Crawford was put up the order to give it a whack as only he does. He and Eccles got us off to a great start and this just carried on. Between them they scored freely until Cam was removed and Evans! came in. Tymmy continued to whack them as the boys in the shed got more and more giddy as the realisation of what we were about to do hit home. 

Tym finished with a boundary to take us over the line with 2 overs to spare and Tymmy himself finished on 74 off only 50 rocks. It is exciting to think how Tymmy could go in the upcoming one dayers, and in the bigger picture how he can whack them in future years for the Staggies. I haven’t seen anyone else in the comp this year hit them as clean as he does. 

This win was massive for the boys- this took us from 15th to 8th and so now we are in contention for a top 6 spot. The one dayers coming up will be a vital period for us. Our challenge is to prepare ourselves to perform and get a method in one day cricket. It is important we work hard this week to give ourselves the best possible chance to do this.

One of the most pleasing things about this game was the way it was a real team effort; all the bowlers chipped in and, similarly with the batting, Tym and Els led the way. Too much in recent years we have relied on the same bloke, so it was great to see everyone chipping in even when the great man Evans! doesn’t score a big hundred. 

Tym Crawford scored a quickfire 74 to lead Gordon's chase to victory

Tym collage

The win was celebrated properly, the lashes went down like an absolute treat. Various team members went and had dinner and some beers, Evans! went off to Hamish Angus’s wedding (congrats mate) and off course Bombas went and had some cheese and wine on the bonnet of his TaTa.

Special moment also goes to Crosy for his hundred in 3s. He and his family are so kind to put me up and I will always be thankful to them!!

Up the Staggies

Pom  (Josh Poysden)

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - Day 1 - 2014/15

KennedyAfter a productive ‘Coast Committee’ meeting on the Friday night, the 1st Grade Gordons arrived at Chatswood Oval in high spirits. Refreshed after a short break from the great game, there were a number of questions on our mind. Will the wicket be ok after all the rain? Is it going to storm later? What does the day entail? Are you scared?

This was far too good a photo not to lead with - James Kennedy's cover drive

There was a new addition to the warm up this week, after a successful trial the week before at a middle practice, football (yes football, not soccer) was introduced. Top 5 played Bottom 6, and I’m pleased to say that Bottom 6 produced the goods and won. Stand out performers were James ‘Leighton Baines’ Kennedy (more on him later), and Tym ‘Roachy’ Crawford (also more on him later). 

CrawfordEvans! proceeded to lose the toss and we were sent in on a wicket that was slightly soft with a bit of grass on it, but on the whole didn’t look too bad. We agreed this wasn’t the end of the world, and although the new ball may be difficult, once we got through this period we should be ok. It is Chatswood after all. 

Tym Crawford rocks onto the back foot to dispatch the Warriors bowlers 

However, this was not to be the case, with Eccles, Beverley, Colley, Evans!, and Bombas all back in the hutch for only 50 runs as the ball moved around.

Erriot Richtor and Tym came together and produced a partnership just when we needed one. They both made the wicket look a lot easier to bat on as they each helped themselves to a 50. This was just another highlight in Tyms ‘perfect day’. Not only did he perform well in football, scored a 50 and also later fielded well, but it all ‘happened’ later in the night. Some would say he was mad(dy) for it. 

RichtorEls batted particularly well for his 68 and it is great news for our side that he is performing consistently. He really seems to know his game now, and it is very enjoyable to watch him pile them on.

Richtor looked comfortable out there in the middle, despite the lack of support from the top order 

However we lost both of them in very short succession, which was a real shame as losing wickets in clusters is an area that we have highlighted to improve on as a side. A few more quick wickets fell, and the last pair managed to keep Blacktown out in the dirt for an extra hour, which helped to gain us some valuable momentum. This helped us get up to 226. JK batted really nicely again, he is always improving as a batter and anyone who looks at his stats from the last few years would agree with this. 

Elliott and TymJK copped a bit during his innings- and this just stirred him up. A combination of anger and some ‘pent up frustration’ from having a long distance girlfriend meant that the big man was fired up and was about to unleash all over Blacktown- a storm was brewing. 

Richtor acknowledges the crowd as he reaches 50 

A change of ends with ‘The Hound’ Dan Smith meant that JK was running in from the Colley Tower end and with the wind (and the well wined Stag Old Boys) behind him, he found a rhythm. He galloped in as if he was on the home straight at the Melbourne Cup, and after his first 5 overs his figures were 5 overs, 5 maidens, no runs and 4 wickets. This is not something you would expect to read about. He was snicking people off, hitting people on the toes, bowling quick in swingers combined with bouncers that really unsettled the Blacktown top order. 

Josh PoysdenIt felt like there could be a wicket every ball. After not much luck this year, JK really deserved a haul like this- hopefully he can get to a 5fa next week for a beer and chorizo on his head. I’m sure he will also be rewarded with his accessory for coast night. 

We wanted to get a photo of JK bowling... but getting one of Josh batting was much better... next week JK... if you get 5! 

At the other end The Hound also bowled beautifully, himself putting another batter back in the kennel. And just to finish the day off, Chad got us a 6th wicket, sending one of the opposition home. A great opportunity for 6 points next week. Good luck to the rest of the club for day 2, and thanks goes to the old boys for their support. It was nice to have a beer with Jammer after the game, and make the most of seeing his face in the sheds before Tiddles removes his photo.

Josh 'Pom' Poysden 

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - Day 2 - 2014/15

Iain BeverleyThe 1st Graders came back to Chatswood knowing if we batted the 96 overs we could chase the 387 runs required to win. With the Lions declaring before the start of play, openers Cam Eccles and Iain (Bevo) Beverley went out to face the Fairfield attack.

Bevo sets a solid platform along with Cam Eccles 

Bevo and Cam started well, dispatching many deliveries to the boundary. Unfortunately, with 20 minutes until the lunch break Bevo was given out LBW for a well-made 40 in a partnership of 92.

Cam was out shortly after the resumption, caught at fine leg for 65. He was disappointed to get out knowing a big hundred was on the cards. Steve (Buck) Colley followed Cam, chopping on for 10 with the score on 175. Elliot Richtor and Harry (H) Evans were looking to bat until the tea break but unfortunately Elliot was caught and bowled, and Reece (Toucan) Bombas came and went before the tea break. With the score at 5-240, the game was in the balance.

Chad SoperTym (the Pest) Crawford and Harry continued after the break with “H” batting ‘bootifully’, continuing his fine form from the Manly game. It was looking like he would score another first grade hundred, but on 99 he chipped one to short mid-wicket. 

Chad Soper tries to get the side across the line with the rest of the lower order 

He was unfortunate to not to reach ‘three figures’ but it was another good captain’s knock. 

Tym fell the next over with the score on 280 and suddenly Fairfield were on top. Cricket is a funny game, and there can be multiple twists in the tail.

Dan (Greyhound) Smith and Chad (Sop) Soper formed a partnership and were looking like they would get the side home. But with the required run rate at 7 per over, Dan was forced into a false shot and was bowled for 45. James (JK) Kennedy fell the next ball and suddenly the side was 9-347. 

Tym CrawfordBeing 9 wickets down, most would think we would bat for the draw but Chad and Josh (Mulcher) Poysden had other ideas. They were playing aggressive cricket and going for the win.

"The Pest" Crawford punches one down the ground  

They backed themselves to get there but Josh was caught playing one big shot too many, and we were bowled out for 369 with Chad being 37*.

It would have been good sneak home. But the result came down to our poor fielding performance in the third session last week and the fact we lost many wickets in clumps this week. 

If someone got a big hundred it probably would have got us home, but positives can be taken from our batting this season. We have posted over 330 in three of the four games this season. We will be looking to bounce back and bag the points against the Tigers next weekend. 

Elliot Richtor

Second Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Second Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup over 15 rounds of competition matches.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

Jack ColleyThe 2nd Grade team arrived on Day 1 of Round 14 at Howell Oval to taken on Penrith, once again aiming to provide a solid performance that would reassure the selectors of the talent and potential of Gordon’s youth.

Jack Colley looks to make the most of a hard pitch 

The crisp morning atmosphere was bursting with stereotypical ‘Penrif’ themes –numerous V8s on the surrounding roads, a slight blaring of a siren, fast food joints nearby, and – of course – a rock hard pitch that would become our nemesis for the remainder of Day 1.

Having lost the toss (again), the Gordon youth were once again forced to bowl first. With high hopes, the opening attack was seeking early poles and possibly even a bit of movement off the pitch. 

Cubbage battingNewman

Cubbage and Newman on Day 2 take the attack to the Penrith bowlers 

The latter, however, was not to be found. Stickland broke through early, but partnerships formed throughout the day that would prove hard to break. 

SkilbeckThe Penrith line up seemed to have been practicing their French cuts throughout the season, as a number of balls came close to hitting the stumps. Alas, a fine performance from the opposition number 4 (174*) resulted in a mass of runs being compiled throughout the day, with a sprinkle of wickets here and there. Adam “Nathan Cabbage” Cubbage grabbed 3 for the day, and Stickland 2 wickets as well.

Skilbeck looks to contain the Panthers batting line up on a particularly good track 

A Penrith total of 381 seemed daunting having fielded for 96 overs, but with the wicket as good as it was, the total was definitely gettable(!) with the right persistence. 

A note must be made, however, of the poor fielding standards of the Gordon youth, which aided the Penrith side to scoring nearly 10 and over for the last session. A flat wicket, drop catches, missed opportunities, and one extremely good batting performance seems to sum up the day nicely. Bring on Day 2.

Stobo batting

It brings a tear to our eyes to have this caught on film - Charlie Stobo in the pads 

I think it was Charles Dickens who wrote “optimism and positivity is key for chasing big totals,” and 6 points were not out of reach for the “Youth” on Day 2 if they heeded Dickens’ advice. After the bottom order’s annihilation of the top 5 during the warm up game of fielding soccer – including a ridiculously good front flip goal from Skilbeck – the batsmen began the chase. 

Stobo bowlingSkilly and Yours Truly also set about the weekly crossword, but were stuck on damn 20 down not long before lunch. Newly appointed opener Darren J flew under the radar as per usual, but fell for 10 as small partnerships were formed, but were not maintained. Spratt compiled a classy 46, which ended up being the highest score as the “Youth” were bowled out for 182 after 64 overs.

In his natural environment, Stobo keeps that seam bolt upright 

However, as a result Penrith’s need for 10 points to make any chance of finals, their captain decided to forfeit their second innings, leaving us 200 runs to get with 34 overs remaining in the day – a cracking shot at the ol’ reverse outright win. 

So, with nothing to lose, the Youth’s batsmen set about doing their thing. Shakespeare’s ‘positivity’ must have only just hit home with our batsmen, as Spratt and Liam “McElmuscles” McElduff absolutely destroyed the Penrith opening attack. The Youth were sitting on 50 or so runs after only 3 overs, and the carnage continued until Spratt was caught on 29 off 15. 


The aggressive nature of Liam McElduff, capitalising on his chances in the 2nd dig 

Liam continued to bat positively while being supported by Superstar Cahlin (36). He reached 50 but was cruelly run out by a deflection from a Colley straight-drive soon after. Probably the only thing Jack has middled all season. Liam’s well made 62 included powerful stroke-play and the attitude that he should go out and play with every time he bats. Bravo.

SlipsSkipper Newman and Cubbage formed another partnership, and when Max fell for 23 Nick “McSurf” McMuffay cooly arrived at the crease while Cubby hit the winning runs to secure 6 points for the Youth.

Watching, waiting, anticipating - anything yet boys? 

A number of things can be taken from both days of round 14 – one of those being the potential carnage that the young batting line up can produce in the future. A little risky and unnecessary at times, sure, but definitely an attitude that can produce a stable foundation for the bowlers in the future. 

Charlie Stobo 

Newman Cubbage

Cubbage and Newman look for a second 
2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

Blaize Irving-HollidayThe 2nd Grade team arrived to a picturesque Chatswood Oval to take on Parramatta. The batsmen knew it was time to put their hand up and support the bowlers who have been putting in a great deal of effort throughout the season. 

Blaize continues to take poles and make runs in 2nd Grade 

Tai Chi enthusiast Anand Verma was keen to embrace us on the ‘Water’ concept, which involved harnessing the mind to produce ‘fluid-like’ movements. Could this be the key to the batsmen’s success? 

Gordon unfortunately lost the toss and bowled first on a wicket that offered some assistance. Erratic bowling didn’t help the cause as Parramatta got off to a healthy start at 0-84 off 13. Adam Cubbage managed to break the partnership with Dan Stickland taking the catch. A run out by Darren commenced a string of wickets by Jack Skilbeck and Blaize Irving-Holliday.

CarruthersSkilly and Blazie bowled particularly well, beating the bat on several occasions. A steady partnership in the middle brought Parramatta’s score to 7-176. As they have done all season, the bowlers managed to clean up the tail and force Parramatta to a score of 224. 

Tom Carruthers looks back to the crowd of supporters as he reaches 50 

Special mention goes to Chris Spratt who took a blinder of a catch and Blaize for finishing up with figures of 4 – 51. 

With a wicket falling early, Gordon didn’t get off to the best of starts. Axel Cahlin and Tom Carruthers endeavoured to rectify this by keeping patient and waiting on the bad ball. Ax was unlucky to be dismissed off a good ball that brought the score to 2 – 25. This score quickly turned to 4 – 61. 

BlaizeDespite the constant chat and tight bowling from the Parra boys, Darren and Tom managed to see out the day at 4 -99. Tom batted very well and showed a great deal of maturity for his 50. 

Blaize takes the Eels to task with the willow 

He was able to rotate the strike well and preserve his wicket in a solid fashion, a task that hasn’t been achieved by a top order batsman for a while in 2nd Grade. 

On Day 2 (Valentine’s Day), the boys were keen to reach the Parramatta total as soon as possible to maximise the time getting ready and looking fresh for their inevitable dates in the night (Liam McElduff). After their efforts in the previous week, Darren and Tom (54) were dismissed early on and with the score at 6-104 a big partnership was required. 

Max NewmanCaptain Max Newman (37) and Blaize (76) both put their hand up and showed everyone how to do it. A 123 run partnership brought us home in the end with both Max and Blazie dispatching the Parramatta bowling attack. 

Parramatta batted briefly, however the game was called off after 13 overs before tea. 

Max Newman plays second fiddle to Blaize as they mow down the Eels 

Special mention must also go to myself for bringing quality tea and to Tom Carruthers for buying roses for Valentine’s Day and showing them off to all the boys. 

Congrats to the boys for a fine win!

Darren Jayasekera

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

BlaizeIt was a case of another week, another improbable comeback that came ridiculously close to being pulled off for Gordon’s reserve grade. Two weeks running 2nd Grade have bowled themselves into a great position to then have the top order collapse and be well behind the game. 

He might be having a blinder of a season... but we know he's only in it for the Fantasy League points -- Blaize Irving-Holiday 

Both times the opposition has been so far ahead that they were cruising but the belligerent Stags’ lower order has made more than a few hearts palpitate as they have brought Gordon to the edge of victory only to fall agonisingly short. 

Bowl them out cheaply and then get bowled out for less is not a new trend this season and after being spoilt with a batting line-up featuring the likes of the mercurial Packman, the dependable Lewis, the rampaging Rosen and the talented Bombas, this reporter could have been excused for thinking, bowl your heart out, put your feet up then sing the song was what happened in Gordon 2nd Grade. 

This year, that has not been the case. I feel sorry for the skipper, who for his extensive vocabulary, has run out of new ways to say ‘We need to stop being 5 for nothing’.

On to the game.

We arrived at Pratten Park and waited patiently on the cold dewy grass to be given the code to the change rooms. There was an aura of hope in the sheds this day, it was palpable. 6 points and a song, it had been so long now. At least that was the case for this reporter anyway, who needed to think back to Round 3 against Manly to remember his last song.

Max ‘Big Show’ Newman lost the toss and Wests elected to bat on a superb batting track. 

The going was slow early for Wests as the opening combination of Stickland (10-0-1-43) and Blaize ‘Everything I touch turns to gold’ Irving-Holliday (10-3-3-20) started with all the accuracy of a special forces sniper. In fact, Blaize was into his fifth over before a misfield (we won’t name names) let through his first run. 

Skilbeck (10-1-2-49) came into the attack with immediate effect, castling their opener, but Wests built nicely in the face of sustained pressure from the bowlers to be 1-83. Verma (10-0-0-43) bowled well without luck and helped to control the run rate but the game swung open again when Cubbage (10-0-3-41) and Blaize took 4-30 between them to reduce Wests to 5-113. From there, Wests built to 9/202 off their allotted 50.

Another very chaseable score. While there were no demons in the pitch, this reporter was more worried about what demons might be in the heads of the top order after what has been a tough year. As was the norm, Gordon started well. The ball found the middle of the bat and it felt like anything was possible. 

When Tom ‘Do you even lift’ Carruthers was dismissed on 6, the wheels as they so often have, fell off the Gordon innings. Axel struggled to find his usual consistency and was sharply stumped after a good bit of bowling from experienced 1st grade offie, Barber.

Liam McElduff held the innings together with a gritty 25 but hit one back to the bowler to be dismissed caught and bowled. Spratt (22) showed great courage and took a stand for the batsmen, backing his ability and scoring freely but was dismissed in comical fashion taking off for a single when the ball was 2 metres from the keeper. Darren and Max both departed cheaply and before you knew it, Gordon were 6 for less than one hundred*.

Cubbage and Irving-Holliday both strode to the crease but struggled for fluency early. As they built their innings the runs started to come and the rate at which they came started to increase. They batted sensibly and picked up the ones while finding the boundary. Cubbage fell for a well-made 33 but this was the partnership that started to change the game and I would love to tell you how much it was worth**.

In strode Verma and the runs continued to flow. Verma did a good job of finding the one and giving Blaize the strike. Blaize, who had found another gear, was doing everything short of playing the ramp shot and finding the gaps to plunder boundary after boundary. Gordon were doing what it took to make the 12 an over they required for the last five overs and there was definite concern written on the faces of the Wests’ players and supporters and with each over the hope returned to the Gordon dugout. 

After an unfortunate mix up, Verma was runout, leaving Gordon 8 down with work to do but Skilbeck came in and did his job of finding the one perfectly. From out of nowhere, it had come down to 18 off the last 6 balls with Blaize on strike. 

First ball, two down the ground (16 off 5 required). Second ball, single (15 off 4).

Third ball, Skilly caught at mid-on (it’s okay they crossed. 15 off 3 but Blaize on strike). 

Now the fourth ball is where the game opened wide up again. Blaize had already cleared the straight boundary twice in the last over and managed to do so once more now. The bowler came in, Blaize moved back deep into his crease and whack! With all the power of an independent MP in a hung parliament, Blaize cleared the long Pratten mid wicket boundary and then some. 

However 18 off the last over proved too much as only one run could be mustered off the last two balls and for the second week running the Stags finished 8 runs short (9/194) of their allotted 50.

Special mention must go to Blaize Irving-Holliday who ended with an absolutely amazing 74 (72) which included 4 fours and 4 sixes. Add this to his phenomenal figures of 3-20 off his 10 overs and it is plain to see that he is a player with that ‘X’ factor that can win you games with the bat or the ball.

His season stats in 2nd Grade reflect this, where his batting average is just shy of 48 and his bowling average under 20. I’ve also been told that his fan club is growing exponentially and is expected to be on par with Axel Cahlin’s in coming weeks.

In summary, a great bowling display, a dismal top order showing, the lower order almost finds a way. Blaize is a champion. About business as usual for second grade.

*There was no fall of wicket information for the Gordon innings (probably because it was too embarrassing to enter in the system) so this is my best guess. 

**See above

Anand Verma 

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

BlaizeDespite a solid dusting up at the hands of Sydney Uni the previous week, the 2s were nevertheless confident ahead of our game against Randy-Petes. 

We welcomed back Cubby (or ‘Andrew’, as he is known to former-teacher-turned-umpire Gary) from his extended Christmas break and he brought with him tales of African safaris, wine-tasting and street muggings.

Blaize tries to get the boys across the line after earlier bowling well 

The opposition skipper won the toss and elected to bat on a flat-ish looking wicket that had a good covering of grass. We were happy to bowl first; we’ve done so in each of our one-dayers this year and taken 10 wickets on all but one occasion (we took 8 wickets at NDs).

The openers got RPs off to a good start, batting positively despite the early swing. Attention soon turned skywards in search of some relief from the punishing morning heat. ‘Spot-the-cloud’ has become a popular pastime on the field in recent weeks. Anand alleges he found one at Sydney Uni, but the wispy creature must have evaporated before anyone else in the team could spot it. Anyhow, we were playing beneath a solid blue canvas for the third week running – quite remarkable considering how much mid-week rain there has been since Christmas.

Tom CarruthersThe introduction of Jack Skilbeck brought immediate success. His first spell of seven overs changed the game, picking up 3 wickets with some fine outswing bowling. He would later return to claim a 4th scalp. Skilly was ably supported by Anand who bowled a disciplined line and was rewarded with the wicket of their attacking opener. 

Carruthers looks to put a dent in the Randy-Petes total 

Also of note, Liam doubled his season tally of catches within about 20 minutes, taking the first three catches in three different fielding positions!

The Stags were on top for the rest of Randwick’s innings. Catches were held, balls were stopped, good balls were bowled, wides were not. We knocked them over for 170 in the 48th over, clearly a below-par total despite the at times unpredictable nature of the wicket. 

As has been our undoing throughout the season, we struggled with the bat. Some poor shots were played against a disciplined Petersham attack, and a loss was inevitable. 

SkilbeckBlaize, ably supported by Cubby and the Verm, got us remarkably close to the target with his enigmatic yet effective style at the crease. In the end we fell 7 runs short, but the bowlers certainly can’t be blamed for not getting us over the line. 

Skilly changes the game with his first spell, and ends up with 4 

It was the top order’s responsibility to lay a strong platform for this average-sized chase and bring the team a deserved win.

The boys know that application at the crease and understanding the match situation is paramount, and it is something that all the batsmen are working on in their first season of higher-grades cricket. With determination and concentration, we will see an improvement in this department, and we have another chance to do so next weekend against another lower-table side.

Full credit to the bowlers though, they were outstanding on Saturday and did all they could to get us a win.

Max Newman

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Stickland GDCCThe Bears. The true rivalry round! 

My favourite quote of the season so far was during the previous round by Crossland when someone posed the question. "Why is this the rivalry round? There's been no animosity shown between us or [the Rangers]." Take it away Crossy… "because we all can't play North Sydney at once." 

We seemed to be missing a photo of Blaize. So here's one of Dan Stickland instead 

There were legitimate ‘lolz’ being thrown around after that and I thank him for it.

The only animosity I hold for ND's is due to the fact they're the only team I haven't beaten, not due to their on-field behaviour. The same cannot be said for North Sydney Bears, living in Darlinghurst the word "Bear" means something else entirely.

We rocked up to Chatswood Oval eager to try and get post-Christmas season off to a good start and try to use the muggy and humid conditions to work off some of the fat that we (I) had accumulated from too much wine and cake over the break. 

CarruthersDuring the warm up we were treated to a fantastic display of physical strength as we saw a 70 year old Chinese man hold a hand stand (apparently he's called handstand man) for about 5 minutes. This could only be a good luck charm.

Max ‘The Big Show’ Newman , won the toss and decided to bowl on a deck which looked a lot greener than it has done in previous rounds - a good toss to win. 

Keeping his head still, Carruthers punches one over the top of slips 

Blaize and ‘Skillzorz’ Skilbeck opened up the bowling with success early from Skilly and Blaize keeping it tight from his end. The new ball swung and was doing the occasional shenanigan off the wicket to keep everyone interested. 

Although Skilly struck early, from what seemed to be more of a brain hemmorage than a fart from the opening batsman, Stickland was brought on and was given a go with what was still a very new ball. He did not waste his chance either with a very sharp bouncer catching the other opener off guard and gloving it straight back to him with what became a very simple caught and bowled. One of many examples where bowling in partnerships is key to getting wickets. 

Blaize finished his first spell with 0/8 off 5 and Scott "Scoobs" O'Brien was brought on for his debut 2nd grade match. Scott bowled brilliantly, I know a great big pile of nothing when it comes to leg spin but he did well. Bowling tight lines, he didn't give the batsmen any loose balls and picked up two wickets. One being a straightforward catch by Sticky - he'll say it was a hard catch by having to run in from the boundry and dive forwards catching it just before the ball hit the ground – but take it from me though, it was simple. The second being a sharp catch Darren "A.K.A Tax Return A.K.A Doctors Certificate A.K.A Double Deductions" Jayasekera at first slip. Scott finished with figures of 2/25 off 10.

Max Newman GDCCNick Miller was welcomed back into 2nd Grade by picking up a wicket with his first legal delivery. It seems that if there is any life/demons/movement in the pitch, Nicky Miller will find it almost immediately, much to the chagrin of the batsmen and much to the delight of his teammates.

Newman! Talk about coming of age. Or leading from the front. The skipper stands tall. 

It got quite boring rather quickly as North Sydney were struggling to score from tight bowling and good fielding and by good fielding I mean the batsmen were hitting the balls straight to the fieldsmen. When they eventually did find gaps we chased hard and stopped quite a few runs so although some would say we were quiet in the field, we were still focused and willing. I can't remember what happened in too much detail as I'm getting old (second oldest front line seamer in the club now...not happy) but we bowled the fat hairy bears out for 179. Very good bowling from everyone.

Skilly did an excellent job fighting back from a less than ideal start and finished with 2 wickets. Sticky bowled very well finishing with a well-deserved 3 for not many. Nicky Miller finished with a cheeky 2 wickets and Blaize got a runout. although it doesn't come up on the wicket tally it still counts in fantasy league, which is what really matters.

SkilbeckThroughout the course of North Sydney's innings, they seemed fine, no one really said anything untoward, there didn't feel to be any animosity between both teams. Having left North Sydney like a bad break up, I have as much of a reason to harshly dislike this club as anyone, but after their innings I was left feeling like they weren't so bad and maybe people just like giving them a hard time.

Skilbeck makes a difference for his side at the top of the innings 

When we came out to bat though, we were all quickly reminded about their true nature, relentless sledging and inane banter/chat, over appealing and pressure appealing, abusing fieldsmen for making mistakes etc. 

In spite of the happenings around them, McElduff and ‘TC’ Carruthers made a quick start thanks to good stroke play and generous bowling from their openers. Being 0/58 after about 10 or 12 or so things were looking easy breezy beautiful cover girl, but like in all good movies there is no tension without drama and we proceeded to lose 4 quick wickets for not above 85 or thereabouts. 

The Big Show came in and set about steadying the ship which he did very well. After Spratty got out chopping on, Nicky Miller came out and looked set to take the innings home with Maxi. Things were looking good until Nick was bowled a ball that seemed to nip back off the deck. 

O'Brien GDCCBlaize came in at his newly appointed 8 spot and looked to take things home with Max to seal the win, unfortunately he decided to punch one straight to cover on 4. Scott came in at 9 and looked pretty solid, with about 40 runs to get and overs not an issue, he and Max set about patiently chasing the total down. 

Looking [pretty] solid. Blaize reflects on Scott's lower order batting. 

They did this through good running between the wickets, keeping out the good balls and punishing the bad. You couldn't ask for a much better start to your 2nd grade debut without getting greedy. 

With the scores tied, Max decided to give North Sydney one last middle finger and punish a ball over cover for 6 while also bringing up a well deserved 50 and Scott finishing on 21 not out.

A nervy finish chasing a below par score but we got there in the end and thank god we got there against North Sydney.

Up and Stags and if you're that way inclined, up the "Bears".

Blaize Irving-Holiday

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Anand Verma GDCC2nd Grade was greeted at Mark Taylor Oval by a very flat looking pitch, Max lost the toss and we were asked to bowl. Blaize (1/36 off 10) and Skilly (1/36 off 9) stared proceedings exceptionally well bowling tight lines and not letting NDs get any momentum. 

That's a good crop of hair Anand is maintaining. And a nice allotment of wickets as well! 

This continued throughout the innings with Stickland 1/22 off 10, Cubbage 2/46 off 9 and Anand continuing his great form with the ball taking 3/32 off his allotment. After 50 over’s NDs finished 9/185. A fantastic effort by the bowlers, also not conceding one wide down the leg side or a single no ball! Hoppa’s yelling is paying off!

Cahlin GDCCHeading into the batting side we were very confident that we could chase this down and it was very much looking like we would, with Carruthers (20) and Mcelduff (17) getting us off to a solid start. Cahlin (69) then joined Macca and made batting look easy, hitting the NDs attack to all parts of the oval. 

This young man, Cahlin, is currently in a purple patch of form. Keep it up! 

At 1/103 it was looking like we would canter home but then that quickly changed to 5/122 and even quicker 7/135. The NDs bowlers squeezed the life out of our chase on a slowing pitch. Blaize (30*) gave the score some creditability and even gave us an outside chance of winning with 16 off the final over needed.

Alas, we were bowled out for 173. A disappointing loss, after getting ourselves into a position to win the game. Hopefully this break will give the batters time to clear the minds and come back in the new year firing. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to the club and all supporters out there. 


2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

Anand2nd Grade rocked up to Blacktown after the hour’s drive west to get to the ground. It’s undoubtedly the case that some of our younger, more sheltered, team members were surprised to find that people actually live further west than Newtown. 

Not sure if the photographers made it out there this week... so here is Anand earlier 

With the amount of rain that had poured down over the past couple of weeks we were surprised to see a wicket that didn’t look like you needed gum boots to walk on it. What we did see was a solid wicket, decent pace, decent bounce, no real demons, nothing the seamers would have been licking their lips over but certainly wouldn’t have been turning our noses up at it either.

In the words of my favourite cricket commentator, Danny Morrison: The Stags have won the toss…and they’re gonna have a boooowwwl.

Charlie and Jack started off the innings picking up a wicket each in their first spells, Charlie removing the left handed opener slashing outside off and Jack bowling the Cricket Superstar contestant after he tried to hoick him over mid on. With the score at 2/20, we were very much in the driver’s seat and things were looking good. Blaize took two quick wickets to have the score at 4/40 odd. 

CubbageWhat happened next was quite bizarre; Anand took four wickets (that’s not the bizarre bit), Cubby bowled very tightly for his 5 overs and two run outs occurred in short succession to have Blacktown all out for 81 in 34 overs. 

Cubby performed with bat and ball 

Looking at the score you would think that the bowlers bowled the house down, this was not the case. Everyone bowled well without being spectacular just every chance that was given to us we took, every loose shot they played either found an edge which found someone behind the stumps or found their way to a fieldsman.

We went back into the sheds feeling confident as you would expect and thinking that an outright win was all but a formality. I’ve heard the phrase “you wouldn’t read about it” thrown around quite a bit recently but what happened next you really wouldn’t read about, not in a Sydney Grade Cricket scoresheet anyway. 

Barring Darren’s 24 I don’t think anyone else hit double figures; if they did, I certainly don’t think they’d be bragging about it. Like a trauma patient, I can’t quite recall what happened in detail but there was a top, middle and lower order collapse and we were bowled out for 50… chasing 80. 


Big bad Blaize tells it as he sees it 

It was certainly a combination of things, I think we went out over confident, one bowler had the spell of his life and before we knew what to do with ourselves we were 5 down. After the last wicket fell, the umpires called time due to impending thunder storms.

The next week we were to play 120 overs which meant we had to get there at 8:00. The day’s performance is still a bit raw so I’ll keep it short. Charlie picked up Cricket Superstar on the first ball of the day, two injuries occurred to their top order batsmen, the wicket was such that once a few overs had been bowled it was very hard for the seamers to get any solid footing on the front crease which meant the spinners did the bulk of the work which apart from the odd loose ball they bowled very tightly.

Anand picked up 4 wickets to end up with 8 for the match and Cubby picked up 2 but certainly deserved more. After 67 overs and a lot of luck Blacktown left us with 240 to chase in 53 overs. 

Very achievable on that wicket and with our batting line up. 

DarrenT’was not to be as we fell to 3/20, then 5/50 pretty much meant our chances of collecting 6 points were all but gone. We finished the day at 7/150, the two highlights of our innings was Darren’s 20 odd and Cubby’s 49. Both batted well, Darren, I thought, was unlucky to get out LBW and so was Cubby - the Umpire could have at least let him raise his bat first.

Darren has been in good form over the first part of the season 

I will say this, for a team that basically had us dead to rights for most of the game they played in a very unsportsmanlike manner. I’m all for sledging to either release built up tension or if it’s a tight game and you either need to fire yourself up or try and get underneath the oppositions skin, but to sledge the opposition when you’re dominating the game was just not necessary. There is a lot more I’d like to say on this matter but I’ll save it for when we play them next time.

To sum up this match in a word: Frustrating. 

Blaize Irving-Holliday

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Charlie StoboThe young Gordon 2nd Grade team arrived at a sunny Rosedale Oval for Round 4 against Fairfield Liverpool, with high spirits off the back of a great win against Manly the week before. With many of the boys not having played at Rosedale, we were impressed by both the quality of the outfield and its sheer size; any total set on this ground would involve a lot of running between wickets.

The author, Charlie Stobo, continues to make inroads  

Skipper Max Newman won the toss and elected to bat on a flat, glossy wicket that looked to offer consistent pace and bounce. 

King McElduff and newly appointed opener Jack “Fielding Yips” Colley strode out to bat, and I was confident that Colley had worked hard enough on his defence throughout the week not to miss another straight one (touch wood). 

MaxThe pair got off to a solid start, turning the strike over and managing to hit a bit of shine off the new ball. With the score on 40, Jack was caught (I was silently pleased that at least he got bat on ball this time) and the King followed soon after having compiled a steady 25. 

Max Newman keeps his eye on the ball 

Axel Cahlin, who is simply amazing, also managed a start before being trapped in front for 24 – I know Spratty shed a few tears for his fallen idol. 

Darren “Oi don’t you reckon that Anil Kumble flew under the radar as an international cricketer?” Jayesakera did indeed fly well under the radar in his innings of 11 , and two more wickets fell soon after as the Stags collapsed to be 6-89. 

However, some smart and controlled batting from Max Newman (47), aided by Charlie Stobo (18) and ‘4:20’ Blaize Irving-Holiday (11) allowed the Stags to present a reasonable total of 199 in the first innings. 

Credit to the skipper again for exemplifying the patience and control that is needed on a pitch like that one. With the same application from our middle and top order a mountain of runs will follow for the 2nd Grade batting line up in the near future. 

CubbySo, with a total of 199 on the board, the Stags looked to snag a few early poles in the remaining 20 or so overs of play on day 1. After a bit of confusion as to who was taking the first over, I respectfully allowed Blaize to open up down wind, in the hope that the Blaize Irving-Holiday we all love and cherish would rip through the opening pair with a torrent of bitter curse words muttered under his breath, or in some cases, said directly to the batsman’s face. 

Cubbage is making the most of his opportunities 

Charlie Stobo and his moustache managed to grab two cheeky wickets caught by the skipper and Spratty’s favourite player (Cahlin), while 2nd grade debutant Daniel “Skilbeck” Stickland took the 3rd for the afternoon. Thus, at the end of Day 1, Gordon were in a reasonable position with Fairfield standing at 3-79.

I was glad to arrive at Rosedale for the second day with a nice cool breeze and overcast conditions that favoured the bowling side that day. With two fresh batsmen at the crease, we were confident we could take 7 wickets and tie up the victory.

Fun fact: No bowler in history has won India more test matches than Anil Kumble. Darren?

BlaizeThe opposition batsmen started steadily, and formed a handy partnership that could have been dangerous for the Stags. However, the first wicket of the day fell with the score on 129, and then a steady stream of wickets continued into the second session. Blaize, Stobo and Stickland bowled good channels and lengths, and the opposition were finding it hard to score runs freely. 

Big bad Blaize ensures Charlie works up into the wind 

It became apparent that the game would be a close one, as the opposition slumped to 9-190, a tantalising 10 runs short of victory. Adam Cubbage was bowling extremely well (much like Anil Kumble in his 619-wicket test career), and had taken the last 3 wickets and was in search of his 5th for the day, and Blaize was still steaming in from the other end in an attempt to smash through the tail enders and ensure another Gordon win. 

However, the opposition number 11 came in with confidence and obvious experience, and managed to crash a few balls to the boundary and win the game for the Lions.

With the total chased, both captains decided the end the game then and there, with Fairfield taking the 6 points.

Another 20 or so runs in the Gordon innings might have been enough to ensure victory, but on the whole it was a performance that we should be proud of. Defending a total of 199 on a wicket like Rosedale’s was never going to be easy. Our bowlers were consistent throughout the day, and our fielding allowed us to stay in the game right down to the last wicket. Special mention to Max’s 47 and Adam Cubbage’s 4-32 off 16, and Axel Cahlin for, well, just being Axel. God bless him.

Charlie Stobo

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

We turned up to Manly Oval on a nice Saturday for cricket with the sun out, a refreshing sea breeze and some decent sorts walking past the oval on the way to the beach. Although luckily for these Manly girls, Blaize has recently formed a relationship with a female with the kind assistance of the very popular Tinder app. You wouldn’t read about it. I can’t quite remember if we won or lost the toss, I was probably off with the fairies.


Our opening bowlers started strongly with Jack “whipped” Skilbeck swinging the ball for the first time since under 12’s, as he snicked off their opening bat. Believe it or not he generally worked over the other opener as he bowled two out swingers then a gentle inny that left the batter not offering a shot. It didn’t really matter if it was hitting or not, you just can’t do that.

Jack Skilbeck gave the team a great start by removing both the openers

Chucky Stobo bowled like his usual self when he continuously beat the bat. Blaize started his day with a Steve Harmison like wide which surprisingly didn’t set him off too much. His calm attitude must have something to do with that girl friend he publically announced to the team.

Anyway the wicket got slow and low and their number 3 batted within himself but quite ugly as we failed to take the few chances he gave us. Cubby the Cabbage bowled extremely well, with the two blokes that sat on the hill and drank all day calling him Warney. Anand bowled well to set batsmen and despite me being loose all day, I was never called up to the crease. Our last session was extremely good, as we restricted their runs before they declared for 329 with 3 overs for us to bat.


Liam ‘The King” McElduff tested the strength off the cricket gods when he was telling me how well he has been hitting them just before he went out, however he must have been doing some serious sucking up to these gods, or they took an early mark from Manly on that Saturday because in the first over mid wicket absolutely bottled a catch, in what was a real test of the relationship between the king and the Cricket Gods.Anyway Liam and Kris finished the day without a wicket falling and both went home happy humans that night.

Anand Verma bowled well

The next week was a hotter day and we were quite keen to make Manly field for a long period. The day couldn’t have started better for me when Kris combined with me for a lovely short ball as I ran a line like Taumololo to cross over for the first try. Anyway enough NRL for one report. Kris fell mid session which saw Darren and Liam both make it to lunch, which was a pleasant feeling for the team as in previous weeks we would be thinking about how we were going to go out and field again.


Although first over after lunch Darren edged one for 58 which bought myself to the crease. I snicked one to gully for 26 - shock me. The Spratt man came out at his newly appointed position of number 5 and absolutely dominated the attack. Liam fell for 76 odd just before rain and lightening stopped play.

Liam McElduff made a fine 76

After a significant delay Max “the big show” Newman and Spratty put on a solid partnership before Max was given out for a skeptical caught behind. None of this would have been an issue if he just played his infamous switch-hit. Cubby came out and instantly looked good, “squirrelling” the ball to all parts of the ground. Spratty fell shortly after as he belted a ball straight to cover after a excellent quick fire 61.

Anand came out to the crease and as things started to get out off our reach he decides to pull a hammy whilst nearly being stumped, which saw The King come out and run for the Verm (and no Liam its not acceptable to be a runner with your thigh pad on the outside). Cubby soon fell and this caused Charles to come to the crease, as no one panicked because we heard the umpire refer to the Charles, as “a gentlemen and a scholar just like his father”, well-done Stobes keep up your efforts. As the runs dried up, the pressure continued to build and soon Anand was hobbling back in the sheds asking PE students what to do when injured. RICER mate RICER.

chris spratt

The big Blaize staunched his way to the crease and instantly punished the ball to all parts. I don’t want to rap him up to much because after all it is Blaize we are talking about, but they were genuine cricket shots. After Stobes got a ball that jumped we were soon 9 down with the definition of legs 11 walking out to bat. Skilly did well to keep out necessary balls as Blaize belted our way to 6 points off the last over. It was a great win and one that hopefully sets up the rest of the season.

Chris Spratt dominated for an excellent 61

However there was one really unsatisfying part of the day. After a thrilling win like that, and being as nervous as they come, all I felt like was one of the Very Best whilst singing the song. However as we went to purchase these beverages we were told that there’s only enough for Manly Players. You have to be kidding me right? Your bowlo is next door where everyone is; just give us some goddamn beers. SERIOUSLY how hard Manly? You had one job. Anyway that just made the song extra special and extra loud. 

You Wouldn’t Read About It.

Jack Colley

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

2nd Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Match report duties are usually easy to unload in the second grade post-match court session. However, this week the system failed. Not even Spratty was fined. Alas, I am left to write my first match report for the club in over two years. Here goes…

The stags arrived at Chatswood oval looking to get their season rolling after a slow start in round one. The team was confident due to the return of Anand Verma, although he refused to offer any chat during the warm up, simply claiming, “I don’t speak to lower graders”. Good bloke. 

Max won the toss and chose to bat. The wicket was green, but we all know that if you can get through the first session at Chatswood, the runs will come thick and fast later in the day. Sadly, we didn’t quite make it to ‘later in the day’. 

Our innings started horribly, losing a wicket on the first ball. It didn’t get much better as we struggled our way to 4 for 13. Credit must be given to the strong St. George bowling line up who rarely deviated from a good line and length, forcing our top order batsman to play a shot just about every ball. You know a team is bowling well if they can dismiss the superstar Axel Cahlin before he raises the bat.

Sixteen year old Axel Cahlin made his maiden ton for the Stags 

There was a strong fight back from the stags, led by Jack Colley. Jack showed how damaging he could be on his way to a well made 40, but was unlucky not to go on with his innings after missing a straight one (shock me!). 

Again, wickets began to tumble and it looked as though we would be skittled for fewer than 100. Enter Max Newman. Max started his innings cautiously, showing us all how to play on a deck that is doing a bit. He played the ball late, under his eyes, and put away the booming cover drive in order to grind his way though the tough stages. Max also batted brilliantly with the tail by scoring consistent boundaries and taking control of the strike. His 77 was a great captains knock that got our team total to a somewhat respectable 156, a score that seemed unreachable earlier in the morning. 


The Gordon quicks started the bowling innings well, finding their line and lengths much quicker than they did in round one. Two early wickets had St. George 2 for 23 and it looked as though we could make a game of it.

Charlie Stobo was the pick of the bunch, bowling with good pace and accuracy to snag both of the poles. 

However, from then on, the St. George batsman did well to dig in. They refused to play a loose shot and waited for the pitch to flatten out, and that’s’ exactly what happened after tea. Despite the bowlers’ best efforts, St. George slowly chipped away at the total, eventually knocking it off 3 down with a couple of overs left in the day. 

A confident declaration from the St. George captain followed, and the Gordon openers had an ugly 3 overs to see out in fading light. Credit to Kris and Chris, who denied the saints attack and saw out the day out unharmed. 

With first innings points already lost, the goal for day two was to use the second innings as batting practice to get some much needed form under the belt. However, in what has become a bad habit this season, we slumped to 3 for 24 and an outright victory looked on the cards for the saints. 

From then on it was the Axel Cahlin show. What can be said...the kid’s a gun. Axel dispatched the ball all over Chatswood oval and the St. George bowlers quickly realised that there is nowhere you can bowl when Axel is in the mood. He ended up with a cheeky 137 not out (red ink!!), more runs than I have scored in aggregate in my 53 matches for the club. I agree with Spratty, Axel is also my favourite person. Axel was well supported by both Jack Colley and Nick McMurray and the Stags finally proved that they could bat for long periods of time. 

At teatime, Max made a sporting declaration at 6 for 237, leaving the Saints a tantalising chase for 10 points. The Gordon quicks once again set about their business, starting well to keep the run rate down. However, in the middle overs the saints batsman gave the target a red hot crack and looked as though they could get the required 7 or 8 runs an over to win the match. Anand Verma came into the attack and bowled brilliantly to initially keep the runs down, and later take two wickets. His spell was crucial in denying the saints any chance of the outright victory. Eventually the game petered out as the saints ended up 5 for 155. 

Axel Cahlin
The Axel Cahlin masterclass

Overall, it was a positive fight back from the young second grade team, who arguably took day two honours from a strong St. George line up. However, points are not awarded for simply winning days of cricket and we will need to start scoring big totals in the first innings if we are to open the account for the season. 

Jack Skilbeck

Third Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Third Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The third grade team plays for Mitchell Cup over the 15 rounds of competition matches. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and younger higher grade aspirants.

Any points accumulated throughout the season go towards the club championship.

Third Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

O'BrienThe sight of none other than Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore opening the bowling in Third Grade at Killara would have shocked many. Even more shocking was that with a few handy outswingers from around the wicket, Reg was able to set the Penrith opener up to pop one to short cover where Reagan took a comfortable catch.

Papworth whips the bails off in a flash, and Scott O'Brien looks to celebrate a wicket 

Some would call it a ‘soft’ dismissal while others would insist it was a genius tactical ploy which affected the Penrith opener’s mental game. Regardless, they were one down for not many and Sam Bueno was posting feverishly on the mobile app.

Patrick Effeney, the grade cricket veteran, opened up at the other end and seemed to be beating the bat every second ball. Nick Miller soon joined the attack, bowling a good line and length, assisted by two catches at mid-on by Matt Keevers. I may have been described as “Bambi on ice” under the ball, but I caught the ball and that’s what matters.

Australian captain Steven Peter Devereux Smith walked out onto the field and was in a grumpy mood, getting stuck into Tiddles’ favourite youngster Tim “Evans” Ferrero. Smithy adorned all his usual New Balance gear and stepped back and across, but he was unable to dominate the Stags’ attack, as Scott O’Brien delivered a great spell of leg-spin bowling.

MillerHaving said before play that the wicket would offer no turn and instead would only skid straight on, Scott disproved his own theory with his first ball which drifted and gripped, turning sharply past the batsman’s outside edge. This was typical of Scott’s spell which was highlighted by two wickets. 

Nick Miller... might be pushed down the list of Tiddles' favourites in the Fantasy League...

The first one bowled the batsman through the gate, but the second was even better. Quicker and sneaking around the batsman’s legs it then turned and tapped the top of leg stump.

The addition of Tiddles’ favourite has also seen a vast improvement in the Gordon tea. While Reagan’s sausage rolls from the local bakery have been a long-time favourite, the addition of Chookas chicken was well appreciated on both Saturdays.

Post-tea, Scott continued a good spell and almost pulled off a screamer off his own bowling, diving to his right in his follow through. Scott’s control from one end allowed Keevers to pick up a few at the other end, which included a spectacular catch from Tom Carruthers running backwards from point to collect a skied slog-drive.


Following this, two Penrith tail-enders developed a partnership, with the ball continuing to evade the edge of the bat. The occasional bad ball was punished...for one, as the usually quick Killara outfield was replaced by a verdant meadow which held the ball up.

... with Tim Ferrero bursting on to the scene after a fantastic Green Shield season and an impressive finish to the grade competition 

Just as it appeared Penrith’s tail was going to wag and cause issues for the Stags, Effeney came back and pegged back the off-stump with a well bowled inswinger. Next ball a somewhat dubious LBW decision was made against the number 11, once again to an Effeney in-ducker.

Time for a bat.

Tom Carruthers was supposedly dismissed by what Shane Warne would deem a ‘good cherry’, but on this matter I can’t comment as I wasn’t watching. Reg and Kris continued to plod on against a fine and disciplined new ball attack before Kris played a loose drive to slip. Reg then edged a ball angled across him to first slip who took a one-handed blinder low to his right.

Reagan battled intelligently and seemed to be wrestling the momentum back before he played a false stroke and was out caught behind. Andrew Crosland stuck in and was joined by Ferrero who was out with the score on 40. Max Papworth entered the crease to a lot of chat from the Penrith team and was able to see out the day.

O'BrienResuming on day two the batting folded in just over a session. Max was out first with the score on 50, followed by Crossy on 66. Entering at 9/72 I was once again unable to get off the mark, finishing on 0* and perhaps doomed to go the entire season without scoring a run.

Captured at the moment of delivery. Something Scott only hopes to hear on the cricket field. 

Gordon were bowled out for 80, losing on first innings, and likely any hope of making the finals was gone with St George and Sydney Uni both in good positions in their matches.

Paddy Effeney did his best to give the Stags a chance, with an excellent show of aggressive short-pitched bowling. Digging the ball in at the batsmen’s chests, Effeney struck thrice, with the most memorable wicket being courtesy of a ridiculous catch from Scott O’Brien. 

Honing in on the splice of the bat, having rattled the batsman the ball before with a well directed bouncer, Effeney managed to catch a thick edge which flew at pace towards the gully region. Here Scott flung himself to his left, and with a glorious sound of ball hitting palm took a catch while horizontal in the air, reminiscent of some of Steve Smith’s catches this summer.

Bizarrely, having begun at a quick rate, Penrith then shut up shop. Batting until the final drinks break, Penrith made it to 6-91, before stumps was called and a Penrith victory confirmed on first-innings.

Matt Keevers 

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

LivermoreAnother Saturday, another sunny day but not another wicket. As the 3rd grade side rocked up to Killara for another one dayer, we discovered that we were playing on the same wicket for third week in a row. 

Damon Livermore cuts an opposing figure, with gracious thanks to Paul McMurray for these great photos! 

A dry wicket with some patches of grass and the 40 metre short boundary towards the road, had the makings for what might have been a good game of cricket… and that it was.

The usual warm-up followed with some great touches and some great intercepts, gave Jack Colley his second intercept leading to a try in two weeks. These good standards continued as until Reg decided to lose the toss and we were sent in to bat. 

Kris Colley and Max “recently promoted to opener” Papworth got us off to a good start. Kris continued his form of getting off to a great start and Pap was looking to score runs quickly. A good ball and a good catch from the keeper saw Pap out for 11 and Kris was out 2 runs later for another solid start of 20 putting us at 2/40. 

KlemtWith Reg and Nick McMurray now at the crease we were confident in some runs being scored without the fall of a wicket. Another great captain’s knock from Reg, along with some good stable batting from Nick, Jack and Reagan, saw us at 5-129 after 40, now looking to score some quick runs. 

Reagan, did that make it to the pickets? 

Reg continued his great batting partner by Saahil “Gobble Gobble” Turki who continue the flow of runs. Reg was later dismissed for a great 94, despatching the bowlers to all parts and the bottom four chipping in with 20 runs before we were all out on the last ball for 205.

Confident in our bowling and fielding and our overall standard out in the field, we felt we would be able to bowl Wests out, or at the very least defend our total. 

Our bowling effort was once again led by Pat Effeney and Nick Miller who didn’t disappoint with some great bowling preventing Wests from scoring many runs. In the 3rd over, a run out chance was narrowly missed, and another in the next over had the Stags eyes set on an early run out. An unfortunate dropped catch saw some annoyance but we still toiled to get our first breakthrough. 

We gave Wests some good bowing but they returned it with some good batting with some, but not much, luck. Some half chances came and went and even Reagan got a 3 over spell, 2 more than previous weeks, but still that first wicket eluded us. 

Eventually Scotty O’Brien found our first wicket with some great bowling and we were confident that one or two more would lead to a collapse in their batting order. But the other opener for Wests prevented that happening, even with a run a ball needed in the last 9 overs. 

Nick Miller looks to contain the Wests' opening batsmen from the playground end 

Scoring quicker than the required run rate, the opener for Wests got his team over the line with one over left.

At this point I will mention the great wicket that Scott O’Brien got in the final few overs of the game. After a splendid bowling performance, consistently bowling the ball in the right areas, he was rewarded with his second wicket, a great hanging one handed caught and bowled that surprise many and didn’t require a replay as the whole wicket was conducted in what appeared to be slow motion.

Overall, a loss that we can learn a few things from. Yes we bowled well and in the right areas and yes we did bat well as a team but it was the little one percenters that lets us down. Hustling a little more to the ball or being a little more attentive and accurate in our fielding and we could have won the match. 

Don’t be disheartened boys! Let’s nail the one percenters and be ready to smash Parramatta in this upcoming two-dayer. Up the Stags!

Rob “Barks” Barker

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Scott O'BrienWe were very happy to be playing at Petersham Oval for this round; the team feels it’s a much better playing ground then Killara at the moment. Our skipper Reg won the toss and selected to bat on a good wicket.

The author doesn't stop with Killara, but looks to Scott O'Brien's performances as well 

With 4 quick wickets we were looking in trouble, Reg, Colley and more back in the sheds. However, we knew with Tjaard Tait and Nick McMurray the ship would be steadied. Nick played a well-constructed innings giving us a great position at the end to have a real go at the bowlers. Nick and Tjaard both got out playing for the team trying to put on quick runs. With Max being unwell during the week and that morning he did not show it with the bat scoring a quick 31 with a spectacular ramp shot. 

The fat that Nick Miller and Scott O'Brien are coming in down the order really demonstrates the batting strength of our side, as they are both very capable to be batting in the top 4. Scotty, playing shots all over the ground including a cover drive that had us all out of our seats, got to a very quick 25 not out. 

Nick also played some exceptional strokes and with good running between the wickets they managed to put on 45 in the last 27 balls which was a match winning partnership. With 201 to defend we were very confident that our bowlers could get the job done. 

Colley is happy to sit back and watch Scott O'Brien perform with bat and ball 

With a great start from the bowlers and some good fielding the momentum, we built on the pressure that we created at the back end of our innings. We constricted the runs and took 3 quick wickets to have Randwick-Petersham 3/34 after 11 overs. Pat Effeney bowled exceptional like always and showed the rest of the bowlers the standard. Nick Miller also backed Pat up and got himself 2 wickets. 

It was time for spin and Nick McMurray got two crucial wickets with some excellent bowling. 

McMurray earlier in the day, putting on some runs for the Gordon boys 

Scott O'Brien also came on and still unsure why he was playing 3s as he is good enough to be playing 1st Grade. He spun Randwick-Petersham out of the game with beautifully flighted leg spinners. Scotty picked up 3 wickets, although should of had more with a few chances gone their way and a dropped catch in the slips.

Randy-Petes fought hard, however was unable to get on top due to the constant falling of wickets. The last wicket was clearly gloved to first slip and was not given out. However the batsmen, who was looking good in the middle, showed great sportsmanship and walked. 

It was a great game and played in good spirit. 

Kris Colley

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

LivermoreThis Saturday was one for the history books. Whenever you draw a team such as Sydney Uni you always have in the back of your mind that they will be a tough team. In all the years I have played cricket this win is one of the best.

Livermore does what good captains do best, and leads from the front 

Our captain Damon Livermore lost the toss for the first time and was sent in on a wicket, which had a bit, more grass on it than usual. Sydney Uni was at full strength with state players coming back to represent in the club cricket, which means all players would filter down. This however did not concern us at all.

Jack Colley Kris Colley

Jack & Kris Colley both look to press their claims back on 2nd Grade spots 

As a captain you always want to lead from the front and Damon did just this with hitting all bowlers around the park for fun. A great opening stand with our openers set up the game perfectly. All the rest of the bats got small starts but our captain kept on batting ending up on 97 out. We finished up on 257. 

Chris SprattTaking the field everything fell into place. It seemed that the Sydney Uni boys have been sitting too much on the bowling machine and waited for the half volley cover drives all day. All the bowlers took full advantage of this and work each batsman over with a few shorter balls followed up by some great swing bowling. 

Chris Spratt is caught out by the photographer... being castled 

All bowlers chipped in with a few wickets each and the captain stood up again taking a one-handed screamer diving full body length. This was one of those classic catches that you remember for a long time and his catch puts most recent Steve Smiths catch in the shade.

All and all an amazing win from 3rd Grade. Everyone doing their job in a great team effort.

Nick McMurray

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Pat Effeney GDCCConfucius' cricket proverbs are some of his lesser known works. That doesn't make any of them any less impactful on the way humans have lived their lives since his untimely demise, in the late (or early, for as with all things Jedi, it depends on your point of view) 400s BC. 

Pat Effeney opens up the innings... and is responsible for this great read 

One of his most esoteric and little known proverbs went thusly: "Gordon bowled North Sydney out for just over 200, having had them 6 for bugger all. Gordon failed to chase down said total. Gordon should have done better, with bat, and ball."

And that, my friends, is what happened to Gordon 3rd Grade on a misty Saturday at North Sydney 2. We learned a lot about cricket, about each other, and about Confucius that day, including the fact that he didn't mind the odd rhyming couplet.

Like all great cricketing tails (pun intended webmaster, if you leave it out I will come at you! Leave in that threat too!), this one had a beginning, a middle, and an end. 

Let's start in the middle. The best bit was probably the middle, you see, as it featured some of the finest chicken burgers you'll ever purchase from a cricket ground. The catering ladies at North Sydney 1 are doing a bang-up job. No matter what you think about the rest of the club, having piping hot chicken with the finest mayonnaise you can buy with the name Praise on it, the freshest frozen tomatoes and lovely lettuce hit the spot. 

Though you felt like the chicken had gone through one too many mincers, taking on a texture more akin to abalone plucked from the waters of Tasmania, it was still moist and juicy, and clearly the pick of the lunch options.

Kris Colley GDCCUnfortunately, the hearty lunch did not help our eyes, hands or temperament. Such delicious morsels deserved better cricket from those who had consumed it, and chasing 200 on a North Sydney 2 wicket that hadn't misbehaved at all in the first innings should have been much easier than we made it look.

Kris Colley looks to the leg side in search of runs 

But why were we chasing 200 in the first place? This, dear reader, brings us to the start of the cricketing contest, ironically placed in the middle of this chronicle. The flip of the coin was judged correctly by Sir Damon of Livermore, and having said to me before the contest, in his mellow tone: "Paddy, if we win the toss, I think we'll bowl".

They don't call him Sir Damon the True for nothing, and the prophecy was fulfilled half an hour later when this lowly scribe had the new red nut in his hand and was hurling it down at extreme pace at the North Sydney openers. Note that it may or may not have been at extreme pace, and that my first ball was clobbered for four through cover. 

Bob Barker was at the other end, and the big unit looked likely early, banging the ball into the wicket before snicking off the opener to a fine piece of bowling.

Nick McMurray, the envy of every beach-going male in Sydney, was the star of the day with the ball. He bowled two spells of some of the best one day off-spin you're likely to see this side of the Bay of Bengal. Watching him start slow, and get slower and slower, moving his trajectory higher and higher was very impressive. It captured him three wickets in his first spell. The first was sheer persistence outside the off stump, with a mistimed drive the result, the catch gleefully gobbled up at cover. 

His second dismissal could be chalked down to equal parts deception and luck, with a lefty trying to deflect a leg stump full toss behind square, only the leading edge it straight back to the bowler. He'll tell you it was flighted. I'd tell you it was terrible batting.

There was nothing lucky about his third dismissal though, with yet another lefty edging gorgeously into the outstretched buckets of Kris Colley at slip. I was at mid-on for that gem, and watched it turn, right off the edge, straight into the mitts. Lovely stuff. He finished with 3/33, and was the pick of the bowlers.

The innings trudged along, and at 6/70 odd, we thought anything below 150 was par from there. To let them get 200 was disappointing. A couple of good partnerships took the impetus away from the Staggies, but in those situations you have to field tightly, take your chances and not give them an inch. 

We gave them plenty of inches, bordering on giving them feet. A few too many loose balls on the leg side, as well as a couple of bombs over the fence late in the innings saw North Sydney scratch to 204 all out. 

Some statistics, to keep you nerdlingers entertained. Three bowlers finished their 10 overs having conceded 33 runs. We already know McMurray was one. Barker and Effeney, the bozo writing this tripe, were the other. That meant that 1, 2 and 3 bowlers in the scorebook all conceded 33 runs. Coincidence? I think not!

Nick McMurray GDCCSam "Call in the SWAT team" Watts conceded 34 from his 10. That statistic is not nearly as interesting as the one before, but had he conceded a run less, it would have made the above statistic vastly more interesting. So it goes.

Nick McMurray - We don't think this shot does justice to Effeney's comments 

The batting side of things started much like the bowling. Steady, accurate and with little fuss. At 3/100, I thought we could cruise home. Sir Damon had reached 30 before being caught sweeping by the man positioned at 45. Kris Colley had got a ball that kept a little low, that he plumped to square leg. Jack Colley had hit a few well before succumbing, and Nick McMurray and Reagan were at the crease, seemingly getting into their groove. It was time to kick back for a cup of tea to warm the vocal chords up for a victory song.

Alas, if only cricket were a humourless game, not, as Ed Howitt would say, a funny game, that would have come to pass. Reagan played a silly shot. Max Papworth was clearly sick of Nick McMurray being at the wicket, so he ran him out, before falling on his own blade after realising the horrible atrocity he had committed. 

Michael, our new import, who no one quite understands due to his impressive accent, apparently middled one straight to a fielder, and Bob Barker just decided he didn't like batting, so was bowled. I smashed one straight to the cover fielder, who must have gone to hospital after the match, such was the velocity that the ball was travelling (It wasn't really. It was pretty regulation), and by that time we were nine down, I was over it so I don't know what happened after that.

All I knew was I was shaking the guy's hand who had sledged me from first slip, and I was listening to an awful team song for the first time this season. I remembered what losing felt like, and I didn't like it one bit. I'm not confident the lads did either.

So gentlemen, shall we not be as useless as a hat full of arseholes next week, and instead get back to playing the type of cricket that won us all those games before Christmas? It's agreed then. No more terrible cricket. I'll quite look forward to that.

Oh, and I walked past Justin Avendano at the innings break. People tell me he's playing first grade now. What a thing.


Pat Effeney 

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Reg LivermoreThe 3rd Grade boys turned up to Killara Oval and were confronted with a patchy, yet flat looking pitch. Reports came in that, during the week, Green Shield had quite lively wicket to play on. So what to do at the toss? Who knows? It was out of my hands, as the Northern Districts captain called correctly. We were asked to bowl first.

What a fantastic shot of Reg Livermore, reminding us of just how destructive he can be with the willow 

A new look team, with a couple of bats down from 2nd grade & a couple of bowlers up from 4th grade, we were hoping we had the right team to win a game of cricket. 

The Northern Districts batsmen came out hard at us and, even though we took a wicket early, NDs were 2/100 in not many overs. Rob Barker (3/35) & Harry Middlebrook (2/23) bowled admirably in their first 3rd Grade match for the Club, often surprising the batsmen with pace and bounce. The more experienced Nick Miller (1/29) was the spear-head of our youthful attack. 

After clawing our way back, thanks to a tight spell from Scott O'Brien (3/18), and a handy run-out, we were soon taking wickets at regular intervals. Soon we had the visitors 6/129 after 34 overs. 

Regan Klemt looks to stamp his mark on the game and make his way back to 'Reserve Grade' 

Special mention should be made of O'Brien's bowling. He had the difficult task of bowling to many of the NDs left-handed batsmen, with the short side of the field only a mis-timed top edge 6 away.

At 9/156, with O'Brien bowling to the former Stag, Beau Sadler, a dropped catch on the outfield caused us to fear another 30-40 runs would come quickly, but luckily for the Stags, Sadler was out the very next over with no addition to his score. Bad luck, big fella.

McMurrayGordon's run chase started off quite briskly considering the very slow outfield at Killara. 

Nick McMurray punches one to the Killara fence 

With some lovely shots square of the wicket, Chris Spratt (46) & Damon Livermore (37) put on a very handy partnership to take away the game from the Northern Districts, but it was left to Nick McMurray (16no) & Reagan Klemt (28no) to get the Stags over the line with 12 overs to spare.

A very convincing win. Sitting on second place with 30 points is not a bad place to be at the halfway point of the competition.

Spratt GDCCA big thanks to firstly our scorer/manager/best supporter, Ed Howitt Snr, your selection each week has been crucial to the success of our team. 

Chris Spratt assists his skipper to lay the platform for their victory 

Also a big thanks to all the parents of players who have helped out with preparation of drinks & afternoon tea. It is most appreciated.

Yours in cricket

‘Reg’ Livermore

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

Day 1 appeared to get off on the wrong foot for the Stags 3rd XI as Kris ‘Jingle Bells’ Colley and myself failed to open the door to the Killara clubhouse. But after some much needed support from Daniel ‘Harwood’ Stickland, the team was able to gain entry to the sheds.

It turns out you need to push, not pull.

On top of the door issue, frequent thunderstorms throughout the week had left some wet and muddy sections around the Killara Park square. So the start of the day consisted of the boys stamping on old hessian to mop up the moisture, carrying grass clippings from the shed to the square and avoiding the spiders in said grass. Matt ‘House’ Keevers in particular was very lucky to escape unscathed. Nick M

But after some good work from the makeshift ground staff, and contrary to the body language of the umpires, play was allowed to get under way an hour and a half late.

The seamers bowled out Blacktown for 45 - Nick Miller took 3-5

Reg did his one job by winning the toss and the Stags were soon on the attack in helpful conditions with new ball in hand. Pat ‘Lion’ Effeney and House opened up strongly hitting good areas and making it very difficult for the Warriors opening batsmen. Soon enough we had our first victim, as Lion induced a Blacktown opener to smash a low full toss straight to cover.

House appeared to have our second wicket the next over when he got one of the openers to scratch one but unfortunately it went to ground. Luckily for the Stags, it did not cost us anything as 2 balls later the batsman also smashed a ball to cover where Stickers Harwood completed an excellent low catch.

Before the start of play it seemed that Blacktown were not very interested in getting any play in on Day 1 and this mentality was definitely reflected right throughout their innings. Consistent bowling from the Gordon seamers and a lack of application from the Warriors batsmen had the wickets falling at a rapid rate.

House schnicked another one up, which Max ‘The Smear’ Papworth gratefully accepted on this occasion and Lion, bounced out another to have Blacktown in all sorts of trouble. Nick ‘Funky’ Miller was then introduced into the attack and made an impact straight away as another Warriors batsman crashed a ball straight to cover, Reg being the beneficiary this time, catching a hot chance just as it was about to take his head off.

A couple of overs later, Funky had another wicket as another chance was gobbled up by The Smear. The very next ball, The Smear had another victim as the new batsman shouldered arms to a good length delivery only to linger outside the crease a bit too long. Quick as a flash, The Smear threw the stumps down underarm with his gloves on from 10 metres back and the batsman embarrassingly on his way. A stumping off a fast bowler while standing back, you wouldn’t read about it!Cros

As if the Blacktown side hadn’t been through enough misery already, Stickers Harwood was introduced into the attack and swiftly removed the tail to complete the innings. In just under 23 overs, Blacktown were all out for 45, with 3 wickets a piece to House and Funky and 2 wickets each for Lion and Harwood.

Andrew Crosland (Crozzie) made not out 52 to steer Gordon to first innings points on Day 1

The Stags began their run chase as the apocalypse appeared to be forming somewhere off to the west and closing in. Things started well as Jingle Bells crashed a pull shot to the boundary early on, but he was soon jingling all the way back to the sheds as a ball from the Blacktown opening bowler snuck through his defenses.

Reg and ‘Crozzie’ Crosland then got together and were looking the goods until Reg shouldered arms to ball that came back in and just clipped his off pole. Our skipper could take solace in the fact however, that at that stage he was the only batsman in the match to have made it in to double figures, a well compiled 10. Crozzie was then joined by Nick ‘Lemon Juice’ McMurray and the pair steered us safely to tea at 2 for 30-odd.

During the team talk at tea (a tea highlighted once again by the Klemt sausage rolls), it was decided that we were going to declare as soon as we passed their score so we could have another crack at them that evening. However, as Crozzie and Nick got us safely past Blacktown’s total the weather seemed to be closing in faster and it was decided that a few quick runs that evening would be more beneficial to us than losing some overs with the change of inning.

The batsmen then set about the task of chasing some quick runs before the storm hit with Crozzie taking a particular liking to their leg spinner crunching a number of boundaries through the off side. Lemon Juice, Reagan ‘The Zone’ Klemt and Funky all fell before the end of the day’s play in the pursuit of quick runs and the Stags made it to 5 for 91 before some big black clouds turned off the light, with Crozzie a fantastic 52* at Stumps.

Day 2 began with surprise from most players, as we couldn’t believe how good the deck was considering the tremendous amount of rain that had come down during the week. The Killara groundsman must definitely be commended for getting such a good pitch up in those conditions. It was also a great effort from all the lads that helped out getting covers down early in the week and getting them off at various times so we could maximize our chances of getting 10 points.

The plan for Day 2 was to bat for 10 overs or so and try and build a lead over 100. This would then give us a healthy lead and a good number of overs in which to try and bowl Blacktown out again. The start of the day definitely went to plan as after a couple sighters, Crozzie picked up from where he left off the week before. With the field set up, so over the top was the way to go as Crozzie and myself set about building on our lead. Dealing mostly in boundaries, the score was building at a fantastic rate and after launching a huge six into the mini mansion across the road; Crozzie was approaching a well deserved hundred. He brought up his ton by walking across his stumps to the medium pacer and flicking a ball to the vacant fine leg boundary. He was then out the next ball for 101 as he slashed at a wide one and edge it through to the keeper. A fantastic innings Crozzie, well played son, the boys absolutely loved it too. The next over I was run out for 33 attempting a quick single and Reg declared our innings closed at 7 for 171, a lead of 126 with 68 overs left in the day.Crossie2

The Stags got the perfect start in the second innings as House managed to get one of the Blacktown openers to play on to the second ball of the innings. However, things got decidedly more difficult from that point on. House and Funky were bowling good areas but the left-handed opener from Blacktown seemed hell bent on batting the day out and was proving difficult to dislodge.

Crozzie completed a fine century on Day 2

The number three on the other hand was looking for anything to free his arms at and launch over the infield. Luck must have been on his side this time around as a couple of difficult chances went to ground and a very confident LBW shout from Lemon Juice was turned down. The No. 3 managed to swipe and slash his way to 53 before his luck ran out, when he swatted a short ball from Harwood straight to Jingle Bells at mid-on.

After the departure of their first drop, the Warriors batsmen well and truly shut up shop as they tried to bat out the day. Harwood toiled away and was eventually rewarded with another wicket as he got a batsman to guide a wide delivery to myself at gully. The Zone was then introduced into the attack and regarded as the biggest burglar in the team, he did not disappoint as he managed to get their left-handed opener to squeeze a wide and full ball once again to me at gully.

Wickets were beginning to fall steadily but we were running out of overs. The next two wickets were run outs, the first of which a wonderful individual effort from Lion, our super-sub in grey Asics. Moving from mid-on with his weight going away from the target and on a difficult angle, he threw down the stumps at the bowler’s end to find the batsman short of his ground. The second run out was more luck than skill as the striker smashed a cover drive straight to Reg at short cover, and before he could get out of the way, the ball struck his foot and ricocheted off into the bowler’s end stumps to find the non-striker stranded a few steps out of his ground. The Zone then burgled another one, getting a healthy nick through to The Smear, but that would be the last one as Blacktown ended up seeing out the 68 overs on 7 for 128.

We probably created enough chances to bowl Blacktown out for the 2nd time, but unlike the first week, some tough chances went down and a couple close decisions didn’t go our way and that made all the difference.

Not the 10 points we were hoping for at the start of Day 2, but an emphatic 1st innings win nonetheless and 6 points that sees the Stags 3rd XI sitting pretty at 2nd on the ladder.

Great work lads.

Scotty O’Brien
3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 5 - Day 1 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Sydney - Round 5 - Day 1 - 2014/15

Dan SticklandClear blue skies and scorching heat would have swayed any captain’s decision to immediately choose to bat first. Perhaps the opposition captain forgot to check the wicket, failing to notice the many craters forming beneath the grass covering. I’m thankful Damon ‘Reg’ Livermore does not win tosses - batting first may have been a problem. 

Dan Stickland looks hopeful as he seeks confirmation from the umpire 

The first session was vital in setting the tone for the day. The opening bowlers Matt ‘The Cockatoo’ Keevers and Patrick Effeney did just that by putting the top order under pressure. Keevers controlled one end by shaping the ball in all directions, feeding catches to Max ‘Smear’ Papworth behind the stumps. Matt definitely did the job with figures of 4 for 9 off 8 overs.

Whilst Keevers went about business, Effeney bowled with a fierce ambition to deliver the ball as sharp as he could targeting the batsman’s chin. This furious bowling could well be linked to Patty’s recent anger in not being allowed to open the batting the last two rounds. ‘The Eff’ has signed a batting sponsorship deal with an unknown source, entitling him to several bats free of charge. It’s a real shame as Patty really feels he’s the right man for the job. However Effeney’s bowling was unplayable and should have been rewarded with more than 1 pole.

With the momentum truly heading in the Stags direction, Dan Stickland and Nick Miller came to join the party. They both bowled consistent lines and length, showing that if you stay patient on a bowler’s paradise the reward is not far off. ‘Sticko’ managed to grab 4 wickets with Max continuing to show what an easy game it is, finishing with 6 catches. To be fair Papworth could have had 8 catches; however being the modest man that he is, he chose to put the other two down.

Max PapworthA big mention must go out to Ben ‘fresh cut’ Leighton for bringing what was quite possibly the biggest tub of hummus ever to be brought to a cricket match. Although he didn’t get a chance to bowl he knows how to pack a good Eskie.

Long story short the Tigers had little to show for in the batting department with 111 seeming a very approachable target. Perhaps a good toss to lose in the end. 

Papworth tries to get Reg involved in this dismissal 

This seemed to be the case until the 3rd Grade boys found themselves at 3 for not many in the third over. As another wicket fell the left arm opening bowler looked as if he were about to take the game away. The Stags slowly were managing to steady the ship with Reagen Klemt and Tom Carruthers doing their best to fend off some ferocious chin music by the left arm bowler. 

A change in the bowling attack saw a sigh of relief on Gordon’s behalf. The momentum began to change and the Stags managed to bring the score up to 79 before Klemt was dismissed for a much needed 18.

Just over 30 runs to win and 5 wickets in hand seemed a highly possible task. The main obstacle was to counter the spontaneous ball which would roll down the pitch after hitting one of the many depressions in the wicket. This did not pose a problem for Nick ‘Millsy’ Miller who calmly, scored at just under a run a ball and assisted Carruthers in surpassing the total. 

The tail end wagged as much as they could given the conditions, adding a few bonus runs before being all bowled out. Well done lads, we will take 6 points. The Stags stand with a lead of 20 runs at the end of Day 1. 

Everyone will know exactly what to expect from the wicket on Day 2. The Stags have every reason to do it all again next week as an outright victory is up for the taking.

Tom Carruthers 

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Kris ColleyThe morning of November 8th, clear blue skies and a wonderful batting wicket was revealing of a positive and fruitful mindset for the boys. However, this quite quickly changed as Reg lost the toss and we were sent into bowl on an absolute belter.

Kris Colley sets a good platform for the chase 

The early bowling was very tight and the Lions progress was slow. At tea the score was 3-90 and, when Matt “is that a plastic bag or snake” Keevers took his second wicket straight after the break, the Stags were on top. 

Although not indicative in his figures, Scott O’Brien’s spell was nothing short of a masterpiece and he most certainly deserved better figures. A ripper of a delivery to produce a stumping and shortly after a plum LBW meant Fairfield were struggling at 7-142. 

CarruthersA rearguard action slowly built the score and it looked like the Lions would possibly bat out the day. However, Pat “The Paddle-Pop Lion” Effeney took a good wicket and Will Calov took wickets off successive balls to see the innings end at 190. 

Tom Carruthers joins Kris in ensuring a good start in the Stags innings 

An extremely good effort from the boys considering the rock hard and flat condition of the pitch.

Kris Colley and Tom Carruthers saw off the final 4 overs with no loss and that ended Day 1.

November 15th, just as last week had, revealed a great batting wicket and a positive mindset by the boys - until Matt Keevers opened his mouth. The day, however successful, was constantly bust by an attempt at humour or a story in which Matt would describe how “loose” he got or how many “birds” he would smash. Does he run the Grade Cricketer twitter account?

CalovDespite this, the cricket was kicked off by a brilliant opening partnership of 63 from Kris and Tom before Tom was dismissed. Kris and Reg then added another 41 to take the score past 100. The Fairfield bowling was tight and the Stags batsmen were certainly made to work.

Photobomb? Will Calov knuckles down and does his role for the team 

I feel it is necessary to take a paragraph to describe what I would say, the pull shot of the century. Kris Colley looked extremely solid throughout his innings and had played elegantly, looking effortless in his strokes. Mid-way through the day, Kris received a short ball in which he dispatched to the long boundary in what seemed no longer then a second and no more than 5 metres high off the ground, also clearing the fence by a mile. The browsing crowd were astounded and let out gasps, “Oh my”, they said. Kris was then, not long after, dismissed for 59 by an excellent catch by the keeper. 

Matt Chamberlain fought hard and was dismissed just short of the total. However, it was the innings of Reagan Klemt that carried them home. He played several commanding cover drives on his way to 31no and the chase was completed 6 down. Another strong win by the boys.

Keep it up lads. I love winning.

Max Papworth

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

3rd Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

We all arrived at Killara for our first official home game for the season, none of us knew what to make of the pitch, one side covered in grass and the other dry and not much grass.

After we finished the warm up, we started Crossy's fielding drill in a circle,(Crossy no one gets it).

Tjaard Tait

New captain Tjaard Tait was captaining the team for first time this season (and did a good job), but can he follow Cubs toss record.

Yes Taity won the toss making it 3 from 3 for 3rd grade and elected to bat. 

New captain Tjaard Tait won the toss and scored a patient 44

Unfortunately the tone was set from the very first ball Tom Colverd being bowled.

That brought Max Papworth to the crease to join Tom Carruthers, both batsmen smashing anything over pitched, things were looking good but Taity had to jinx it by saying "what a great day for batting” the next ball Max was caught behind for 26.

Tom Carruthers

Tom and Taity batted patiently waiting for the bad ball but when Tommy was out LBW for a well made 51 that sparked a bit of a clasped losing, Reagan, Matthew and Taity within 10 runs.

Tom Carruthers was out for a well made 51

With Scott hitting the boundaries with ease, we were still confident in posting a good score ,but when he was out, we found ourselves all out for 213.

Week two and in the soaring heat, the bowlers toiled away on a good batting wicket, the stand out was Matt Keevers with a 2 wicket haul.

Sticky bowled great line and length and was unlucky not to get a wicket with a catch being dropped from his bowling.

On a pitch that didn't offer the bowlers much, Max thought some banter with the batsmen might help. (Max I don't think many of them have watched Lord of the Rings)

All the bowlers bowled well and were unlucky not to take more wickets.

Long story short we fell about 60 runs short of what we needed to be competitive, but the bowlers kept at it and Manly scored less than 3 runs an over for most of their innings which was a great effort.

Manly chase 213, 4 wickets down.

Matthew Chamberlain

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Fourth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The fourth grade team plays for the Reid Cup. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for the results from the side go towards the club championship.

For the Fourth grade schedule go to Fixtures

Fourth Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Sutherland - Round 13 - 2014/15

CorbinThe 4th Graders made the long trek out to Sutherland with the aim of playing some good cricket and get a win under our belts. 

Another toss lost and Sutherland elected to bat on a typical slow Sutherland wicket. We knew anything under 200 would put us in a good position to chase down.

Corbin provided the boys hope down the order 

The medium pacers got us of to a solid start picking up an early wicket. Spin was on early however the rains came down making it difficult for them to grip the ball. With the score at 3/100 after 28 overs, we were off for rain. 

I must point out that the attitude of the Gordon boys was fantastic during this period with one end of the bowling crease very wet not one complaint was made on our part. 

Whilst the Sutherland batsmen seemed to have something to say after every delivery about the conditions. The attitude from the 11 Stags players was screw it, just a bit of rain let’s play, which is great to see after a tough year.

Once we got back on wicket fell regularly with Sam Watts again being the pick of the bowlers. Fielding let us down as it has so often with a couple of catches going down again. Not even the threat of post round 15 fines could stop a couple of costly chances going down and an attempted defense of he smashed it at me was not well received by the boys. 170 was the total and it was our turn to bat.

After losing Stan early we were going along reasonably well then as it seems to every week disaster struck. Two run outs cost us the game. A word of advice for all young cricketers, when the ball is smashed to short fine leg there is generally not a run! With Corbin still at the crease there was hope but alas it was no to be falling about 40 runs short and another disappointing loss.

So another loss for the 4th graders but we look forward to taking on the Panthers in round 14 and taking the points. To sing the song a couple of times over the next three weeks is what keep this team motivated.


Shayne Lin 

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Parramatta - Round 12 - 2014/15

WattsAfter a disappointing season so far, our side was keen to show the rest of the club, our supporters and our opposition that we still have some fight and pride in our performances.

Shayne won the toss and elected to bowl against a Parramatta outfit that was still in finals contention.

Sam Watts takes wickets when needed for the boys 

It has been discussed within the senior player group that we were losing large clunks of wickets on pitches that were doing a bit early on. 

Some of our best batting performances have been on wickets that were flattening out later in the day as was the case at Killara against Randwick-Petersham. However when you put the opposition in you can't afford to drop two silly catches early on at crucial moments, which was the case on day one.

Parramatta's first wicket came courtesy of a bad mix up between their openers, with both stranded at the non-strikers end. A terrible feeling for any batsman.

In the bowling ranks Matt Keane was developing some good rhythm and chimed in with a wicket to make the score 2/23. Matt has the potential like all of the bowlers, to go up the grades if he can hit the top of off stump each ball. There is nothing more annoying as a batsman than not getting enough half volleys to feast on. 

FerreroOn top of that us batsman are always on the look out for short ball that we can get inside of and pull and balls that we can free our arms and late cut or cut through point. This is part of what Steve Waugh described as '' mental disintegration '' with a few choice words thrown in on top of that. 

Tim Ferrero rocks back and punishes the Eels bowlers 

Back to the match and the Parramatta progressed to 106 when Sam Watts broke through. Sam is a real lion hearted performer and ended with 3/40. At 6/156 the games was ours for the taking, but the Eels managed to take the score to 236 with some lusty blows at the end of day 1.

We all knew that if we batted like we did against Randy Petes the match was winnable, however like any struggling young side doubts linger.

Kleem and Gaynor put on 63 for the first wicket in good style before Kleem was dismissed for 44. He'll be looking to address his inability to convert good starts this season. Saahil Turki who is developing into a fine player was out early. He was philosophical about his dismissal telling me '' hey look it happens ''.

Stan was also dismissed soon after for 37. The man from Moree is working hard on his game including ball where he plays around his front pad, a bit like Shane Watson. Stan is trying to come more down the ground, so balls that he plays to square leg, should be on drives. Some technical advice from Sparky should do the trick and some concentration techniques that can be used when your set.

Kleem also take note.

LeightonEnter Michael Strauss (The Marshes we call him for similar traits possessed by Mitch and Shaun). At the start of the match Straussy asked the side in warm up. “So tell me if we get the runs today, do we win the match?” Hello!! Hello!!

Benny Leighton is looking good for Shayne's side 

Anyway Michael is a very gifted cricketer and is fun to have around. He also wants to be chartered accountant. His insights into the political turmoil facing his homeland are invaluable.

In the game he was dismissed for 19, but watch this space, if he can screw his head on he could be something very special. From there we just crumbled and 6/164 we were hoping for some resolute batting.

One good thing that came out of the game is the emergence of Tim Ferrero who's had some great success in Greenies. For a young bloke Tim showed plenty of aggression and was prepared to back himself. He has a good head on him and will hopefully do well in third grade this weekend.

He was unfortunately dismissed for a well-made 63 and our side ended up being bowled out for 212.

The side will be hoping for a change of fortune when they take on Sutherland at Sutherland this weekend. They are usually very strong and well led around the park.

We will have to be on our game to get the biscuits.

Mitchell Kleem 

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 11 - 2014/15

CroftsAfter a strong performance last week against Randy Petes, 4th Grade were looking to continue and get another win on the board. We rocked up to a relatively small, Blick Oval with a very flat wicket, a strong bowling and fielding performance was going to be needed. 

Crofts. Occupation: Burglar of wickets. Wanted for theft of one Wests wicket 

As has been the trend this season, the toss was lost and we were bowling first. Another trend that has developed has been Watts getting a wicket in his first over and he didn’t disappoint, removing one of the Wests openers. Sam continued to bowl well, taking another before the author also chipped in with one. Aaron ‘The Burglar’ Crofts also thieved another Wests wicket before drinks.

The Stags have found that pushing fast through the middle overs seemed to keep us in a very good position late into the innings, as was seen last week, and Shayne decided that today would be no different. Leighton and Ahmed bowled well, pushing through the overs, keeping it tight. 

Wests continued to build strong partnerships through their innings; with the opener being their foundation and this had them in a good position coming into the last 10 overs. Here, they were looking to launch off. 

A few wickets fell and Gordon were looking as though we could keep them under 200. This included a sensational run-out from Corbin who, from the boundary, swiftly retrieved and released the ball, hitting middle stump from deep mid-wicket. 

KleemThere was some good death bowling and some not too good death bowling and this was not helped by the small boundaries. Wests did well with big hitting late to get their score to 228 before being bowled out in the last over. If we batted as we did last week, this would be an achievable score.

It's a shame all the photographers were competing to get "that" shot of Clarke. When Mitch Kleem is on fire, there is little better in this world 

After some Maccas runs and a relaxed lunch break. Mitch and Stan went out to start our innings. The start was not good due to some great bowling from the ex-first grader for Wests Barry. Stan was out to a great catch at third slip, which was not too dissimilar to our very own Iqbal’s catch from last week. 

Another 2 wickets fell quickly and Gordon stood at 3 for not many. 

This brought Strauss to the crease and with Kleem put on a show. The pair ticked the score board over at seven an over. Kleem seemed to not be able to hit a fieldsman, smashing balls through the field to all parts of the ground, before being dismissed for 43. 

Meanwhile Strauss has absolutely no issue clearing the boundary doing so many times and hitting it a very long way. After an exciting innings, one was mishit and Strauss departed for 45.

The Stags were looking in a shaky position here, being 5 for 100 odd and needed a few more big partnerships. Some resistance was seen from Crofts, Lin and Watts but due to some really good fielding, all were dismissed. Gordon fell around 80 runs short. 

It was a good effort from the boys but Wests fielding really turned the game for them. Had a few more shots been played along the ground and a bit of luck our way, it could have been a different story. 

Lets look to next week and make it a really strong performance to show what this team is capable of.

Keane – 2, Watts – 2, Crofts -2, Ahmed - 2, Strauss 45, Kleem 43

Matt Keane

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

Gaynor GDCCWith a poor start to the new year a big turnaround was dearly needed. It was established early in the morning by the inspirational skipper, Shayne ‘Rin’ Lin, that our attitude was simply not good enough. With that in mind the lads took to the warm up with intensity that looked like a winning outfit. 

Stan Gaynor... this shot was similar to his first for Gordon, down at Balmoral. The webmaster dropped him in his fantasy team immediately 

Due to our dismal batting display on our last hit at Killara, Shayne was a bit unsure whether to bat or bowl on what looked like a good batting deck. Fortunately Shayne didn’t have to make a decision, as is the trend this season he lost the toss and the opposition elected to bat. 

Sam Watts was absolutely terrific with the ball opening up. 2 wickets in three balls gave us more to cheer about than we have since the New Year. This was essential in setting the tone in our fielding effort. Sam was practically unplayable in his first spell and was well supported by Matt. 

KleemThis set a perfect platform for the young Dylan Hood on debut in 4's to execute his skills and continue the pressure created by the opening bowlers. Generally pressure and tightening up runs leads to wickets. This was no exception but not without some magic. Iqbal "magic fingers" Ahmed was the wizard that executed one of the catches of the season. 

Kleem, without the trademark red helmet, but in a good vein of form 

A thick edge raced to the big man, with a slight movement to the left he stuck out his right hand and he never looked like dropping it. This shifted momentum on our side and throughout our entire innings we were exceptional in the field; lead by Lez "pineapple head" Leighton. 

Ben deserves plenty of credit for Gordons energy and talk in the field. Ben and Iqbal bowled very well in patnerships managing to keep the runs down. Randy-Petes were tracking towards a total below 200, however some fine power hitting from one of their youngsters threatened to build a total far greater than that. 

Watts GDCCFortunately Sam Watts couldn't put a foot wrong at the death and managed to pick up more wickets and keep the runs down. Sam ended up with a 5 for and deservedly so.

Gordon were set a total of 212 and with our recent run of things we thought 212 could be a competitive total. However all of us were wrong.

Sam Watts sets his side up for the win 

212 was far too little for the class of Gordons top 3 (as that’s all it took). Mitch Kleem was clearly excited about his recent texts from a new friend he made in the Philippines. She/He would be very proud as he smoked his way to 41 and laid an excellent platform. Unfortunately whilst thinking about the photo “they” sent, Stan took a run that was a bit too risky and he was run out. 

The fall of wicket bought Saahil to the crease. The pair capitalised on the great start and took the game away from the opposition. Both played some excellent shots and made it look far too easy. 

Stan and Saahil batted till the end and scored 75* and 68*. It was a wonderful all round performance. Let’s take this momentum to the next match and see where the season takes us!

Corbin Edgar

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Stan Gaynor GDCCHaving experienced a less than desirable start to 2015 against the Bears, 4th Grade travelled to the prestigious surrounds of St. Paul’s College ‘within the University of Sydney’ looking to regain lost ground on the top half of the table. 

The author, Stan Gaynor, follows up from Mitch's explosive start 

Unfortunately the team was faced an uphill battle before a coin was tossed, with the college oval proving a tricky final destination for some lost stags, leaving many driving or walking within the labyrinth that is the University campus. This proved to be a good thing for those who did allow time for transit, as the side was greeted with possibly the smallest change rooms imaginable. 

Surely some money could have been spared on the brand new Australian Institute of Nanoscience being built next to the ground to allow for more than 7 people to have a seat in the rooms. For those not quick enough to secure seating, floor space next to the urinal and the heating unit would have to suffice. 

It was not all bad news however, with Gordon actually winning the toss (shock me) and getting another chance to bat first. Few if any had played at the ground before, so we set off with nothing but the advice of the accommodating Uni captain; ‘It stays a little low’. Thanks mate. 

Having being bundled out for 100 the week before, you would not be surprised if we started cautiously, however Mitch Kleem had other ideas, and the score began to tick over nicely from numerous wides and several sparkling Kleem cover drives. The Uni captain then introduced himself, and after the score had passed 0/40 he had Mitch adjudged caught behind for 21. 

Saahil and Stan then dug in, looking to keep wickets in hand for later in the innings and not be drawn into any stupid dismissals like the week before. We went to drinks one down with the score past 70. Following drinks Stan departed after being trapped in front. Corbin Edgar then joined Saahil and the two continued to work the ball around nicely.

While not scoring at a high rate we were confident that if we kept wickets in hand we had a strong middle-lower order capable of getting quick runs later on. Unfortunately, wickets fell at regular intervals of around 20-25 runs, and although some clean hitting from Edgar, Strauss, and Lin helped the total keep moving we never really put enough pressure on the Uni bowlers, who were backed up by a solid fielding side. 

CorbinTim Ferrero, on debut, and Sam Watts both batted patiently to ensure that we batted until the 50th over, which allowed those watching to see Michael Strauss have his first run in with Australian wildlife, apparently a spider resembling a tarantula had creeped up on him on the hill. 

Corbin Edgar join Turki to consolidate in the middle 

Ben Leighton, cap on as always, was the standout at the end with a composed 23* which included excellent running between the wickets. Gordon all out 186 in the 50th. It was a telling figure that pretty much every batsman got into double figures but no one carried on past the 20’s. 

Following lunch at Ralph’s café, the Stags trudged back past several more magnificent University buildings, one with a water fountain, only to end up back in the changeroom with seven seats. 

Keane and Watts started the innings with the new rock, with the uni openers starting steadily before Keane bowled the former first grader Crowley. The bowlers continued to work hard but the Uni batsmen were able to find a steady stream of singles and twos around the ground. 

Watts and Ferrero did well to contain the runs with their medium pacers, and it was good to see Tim get a wicket on debut. Our three leg spinners in Iqbal, Ben Leighton and Corbin Edgar also bowled well without much reward and eventually the students passed the total in the 42nd over 5 wickets down, including one of the most suicidal run outs being gifted to Ferrero. 

All up an improvement on last week but as a batting unit we need to continue to apply ourselves better in setting a competitive total. 

Stan Gaynor

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

gaynor gdccAfter a sub-par performance prior to the Christmas break, the 4th Grade side headed into the New Year optimistic of every cricket team’s fortunes….. A WINNING STREAK! 

Sitting mid table, the match against North Sydney beckoned to be a must win! Shayne Lin’s side was once again challenged by a few changes to the starting XI. 

Stan Gaynor's trademark glide through backward point has always been successful 

Corbin Edgar, Michael Roberts, Dave Monaghan playing for the first time in 4ths, whilst the googly Iqbal Ahmed returned from injury. With an in depth batting line up, the team epitomised the match upon their batting strength. 

For the 7th time this season, Captain Lin lost the toss and North Sydney sent Gordon in to bat. Whilst rumours throughout the week led the team to believe that batting was going to be a dying art. Openers Stan Gaynor and Mitch Kleem ridiculed the rumours after posting 50 runs off the first 5 overs, not to mention half of those runs were granted from a 15 ball over!

Kleem GDCCAt a run rate of 10.0 an over , the Killara Pavilion settled into their regular pre-bat rituals. Tjaard Tait in his undies even though he was due to bat at 4 and Captain Lin shirtless as always. You would’ve thought that the Gordon side were cruising early in the innings, however as we all know from a lifetime of cricket, only one ball can change the entirety of a match. 

After this photo of Mitch Kleem, there weren't too many more of the batsmen 

Openers Gaynor and Kleem fell within minutes of each other and with the score at 2 for 60, the Stags were still in command of the match. In an unexpected twist, Gordon lost 7 wickets in a matter of 11 overs. A combination of poor stroke play and inability to adjust to an inconsistent Killara Pitch ultimately led to the downfall in the Gordon innings. 

Michael Roberts and Corbin Edgar looked threatening during their time at the crease, however the Gordon innings tumbled for consecutive innings this season. The top scorers belonged to the innings extras, accumulating half of the Gordon total of 107 all out. 

A quick turn around and the Gordon side hit the humidity of Killara Oval. Matt Keane and Dave Monaghan (2/39) were lively in their opening spells, creating havoc for the opening pair. Shayne Lin and the cordon looked certain to snare a few behind the wicket, as the openers played and missed more than enough times. 

Monaghan (LBW) struck for Gordon’s first wicket with the score on 10, to enlighten the chances of a strong bowling performance. However, with a small target to reach, North Sydney went on the attack and scored with intent and purpose in their attempt to win with a bonus point. 

Iqbal Ahmed claimed two wickets in a spell that produced turn, kick and bounce. A fine effort from the man as he returned to the bowling arena after his time away. North Sydney ended the match 3 for 108 in the 24th over.

Once again, the Gordon side faces an uphill battle in need of multiple wins. Next week’s match against the students could ultimately dictate whether finals will be played for the fourth grade side this season. With plenty of potential, the boys need to soar above the oppositions in rounds to come.

Aaron Crofts

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Saahil Turki GDCCWith most of the boys turning up to Asquith park for the earlier start, a couple of the boys decided that they would follow their GPS and prefer to play a game of under 10s down the road. 

Once the remainder arrived, the toss was completed and for the first time this year Shayne was able to guess correctly and decided to have a bat.

Saahil Turki provides a anchor role in an innings that never really got going 

We did not get off to a good start, losing 3/30, with the majority of these runs coming from wides. This brought Saahil Turki and Matt Chamberlein together who first prevented the fall of another wicket and then began to progress the score with ease.

They were able to combine for a 100+ run partnership before Matt was dismissed for 30. This lead to a steady fall of wickets before we were able to get to 8/174 with Saahil ending up on 66 and total extras of 39.

We thought this was going to be a competitive score but the loss of Tim Fulton 3 balls into the first over the innings was always going to make this a struggle being a bowler down. However we were able to bowl well in the first 20 overs limiting runs but were unable to take all the chances they offered with the score at 2/50.

As the pitch became even flatter the bowlers were unable to break the partnership that was forming. As the two batsmen became more set they became more attacking but still only provided minimal chance. When we finally took the third wicket with them needing only 4 runs with 2.4 overs remaining, there was little mutters of “Ive seen stranger things happen on a cricket field”, but they were soon squashed with the next ball going for 4.

The 3 wickets shared between Tjaard Tait with 2/44 and Crofts 1/21.

Thanks must also go to Mr Crofts who assisted in the field to replace Tim.

The final result was disappointing leading into the Christmas break, but it provides more motivation to get a roll on post Christmas.

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 4 - 2014/15

Shayne LinThe fellas rocked up to Fairfield Park at 11:15, as per Shayne’s request. Nice. There was talk of a green pitch in the change rooms, it looked like we wanted to bowl. After having lost the toss (for a change, Shayne 0 & 4 for the season) we were bowling. 

Shayne 'Rin' Lin whips off the bails t0 give 'Lez' another pole 

The opening spell set the scene for the rest of the innings, Rob Barker appeared to be bowling grenades, the Lions opening bats couldn’t get him away leading to the first wicket, a quality, Knox boy, run out from Ben ‘Lez’ Leighton. Shortly there after with poles to Rob and yours truly the Lions were 3 for not many. The Stags were looking the goods. 

LeightonAs we continued to mount the pressure the wickets continued to tumble. After the opening onslaught followed up with strong support from Sam Watts, Lez bagged a magnificent 6 wickets haul. He bowled every ball in his repertoire, bamboozling the batsmen at will. The Lions were all out shortly after tea for 133. 

The boys congratulate 'Lez' on his wickets 

Mitch and Stan set about taming their attack, a solid partnership was brewing. With the score on 53, the mood in the change rooms was confident. But a mix up lead to a run out and an LBW shortly after had both openers enjoying our company for the rest of the afternoon. 

However, the strong opening partnership had wore the bowling down and set us a strong platform for the remainder of the chase. Nick Fagan and Aaron “Hair clip” or “Chesty” Crofts took us to stumps.

LeightonIn the car on the way to the ground for Day 2, ‘Ronny’ Crofts informed me that “today I will be wearing a hairclip” when he bats. After my complete, understandably, shock, horror and banter, he explained that his hair “was too long”, with embarrassed panic in his voice. 

And here is 'Lez' Leighton in action against the Lions 

Good thing his hair wasn’t in his eyes, because he copped a good nut first ball of the day and was out, caught, with nothing to blame. 

JOF was with us almost as quickly as his off peg cartwheeled half way to the boundary. Was there an all too familiar 4th Grade collapse pending? Sort of. 

We had stumbled to 5/80 as Nick was dismissed after lasting out several early overs. Shayne went out, and well, he smashed them around a bit for 26 before his stumps were rattled. As Adrian, Rob and Sam all accelerated us past the total we soon declared with a lead of 97 (first team red ink for the season). 

Sam WattsAs the Lions stumbled to 5/38 thanks to some great bowling from Rob and Sam, we figured we were in with a shot of an outright. 

Sam Watts accelerates the score towards the end and gives the boys a chance at outright points 

But after a rare Lez full toss, leading to a replacement ball being required, some of the sting went out of our ascendency, the new ball must have been a leftover ball from 1st Grade as it didn’t move the same as the initial ball. 

The Lions batted on reaching 6/117, with the close of play approaching stumps were pulled. 

A well earned win to the Stags, rutting beauty!

Harry Middlebrook

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

With another Saturday comes another game of cricket and the Gordon 4th Grade side travelled to Graham Reserve to do battle against the Waratahs for the Mal Hall Trophy. Some new faces to the team and some returning one, confidence was high, so was the temperature and the slope of the pitch. All hopes were on Shayne winning his first toss of the season and batting. Unfortunately, Shayne shattered our hopes, lost the toss and we were bowling.Harry Middlebrook

Some good bowling from Harry Middlebrook and myself saw a slow start from Manly with few runs being scored from proper cricket shots. With the no wickets falling, Shayne brought Iqbal on to bowl. The reason that most fast bowlers hate spinners is because they seem to get wickets fairly often from crap balls and the first wicket for the Stags came from such an occurrence.

Harry Middlebrook bowled well to keep the runs down early

A short ball from Iqqy saw the batsmen rock back and smash it only to be out to what was described by Stan as “probably the best catch he has ever seen” as yours truly dived spectacularly to his right and snared it with one hand.

After this, another wicket from Iqqy and 2 from Will saw Manly 4 for not many. More good bowling followed for not many wickets as on batsman form Manly slowly made his way to 100. An inspired bowling change by Shayne to bring Aaron “Chesty” Crofts saw a wicket on his second ball as he “bowled one back up the hill”.


Tea was taken and after a good motivational speech from Shayne we went back out to get the last 5 wickets quickly.That unfortunately didn’t happen. The bowling was good but some dropped chances and some occasional slack fielding saw the number 3 for Manly make 100 and for 3 batsmen in the lower order to make 20’s.

Iqbal Qasim (Iqqy) took 3 wickets

After some more good bowling Aaron was able to take 2 more wickets as he continued to send the ball “back up the hill” and I was able to dismiss the number 3 after he had made his hundred. Iqqy took another as he played with the batsman until he got his desired stumping. As the day drew to a close and the batsmen weren’t scoring runs Manly declared 9-260 and sent us in for 2 overs of batting. Mitch and Stan diligently faced those 2 overs without a hitch and we left to hopefully come back and win this game.

As we rocked up for the second week, the pre-game catch up consisted of Ben “Boogie Board” Leighton’s week, Shayne “getting use to this Tinder” Lin’s female meet ups and thanking Shayne for losing the toss as the day was hot. Warm up was good and confidence was high as we started the run chase.


Mitch and Stan continued their good batting and had a 50 run opening stance before Stan was dismissed for 28. Mitch continued to bat well and stayed at the crease as 3 more wickets fell before he was dismissed for 66, which was probably the only positive to come out of our batting performance. Now at 5-121 the storm hit and we were off the field for an hour after some lightning and thunder decided to halt our game.

Mitch Kleem batted well for 66

When we went back out on the field, the hard work that Mitch and Stan had put in at the start of the day became useless as we allowed for 2 spinners to get into a rhythm and with our terrible batting performance we were all out for 145. After a stern talking to from Shayne we left with our heads down and determined to never let that sort game ever occur again. Unfortunately, the Mal Hall Trophy had to go to Manly, the first time have won it since the inclusion of the award.

Let’s work hard boys to win our next game and not stuff it up like we did this round.

Rob Barker

4th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

4th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Harry Middlebrook

The Stags 4th best side arrived at Killara to take on the Saints on the back of a comprehensive victory against the Whales in round 1. The pre-match chat revolved around the chance to get a good indication of exactly where we stand against an undoubtedly strong side in St George, and Shayne’s Friday night Tinder date. The latter was a relatively short conversation. No signature moves.

Harry Middlebrook captured 2 wickets for 86 on a tough day for the bowlers

It was shaping to be a brilliant day for cricket.... if you were batting. A flat, hard Killara track with possibly the world’s smallest boundary on one side, 30+ degrees, an outfield resembling the surface of the moon in parts and a resident film crew which was there undoubtedly to capture all the action. Sure enough the skipper lost the toss and we were fielding. Our illustrious captain is now 0 from 2, and memories of the legendary Ed Howitt’s season of (a mathematically) almost impossible 0 from 13 a few years ago came drifting back. That’s a one in 8192 chance. Let’s hope Shayne doesn’t emulate and starts calling correctly. 

It was a day in the field that had almost everything. At 30+ degrees by the start of play we knew we would need to execute our plans precisely and consistently to avoid a long day and ensure Iqbal wouldn’t require copious amounts of Savlon cream come stumps.

However, our new ball bowling was wayward at best and the scoreboard was ticking over at more than 6 an over. 1-100 off 15. Then there was the smoke rolling in from back-burning in Ku-Ring-Gai National Park. Things were looking ominous. Then the first swarm of bees arrived, punctuated by the voice of the People’s Terrorist “Ah, we have some bees. I think we should get down’. The sight of men falling to the ground in fear of anaphylaxis was a common one through the rest of the afternoon. 

Aaron Crofts

The skipper decided to change things up with the introduction of Harry Middlebrook from the northern end. Charging in through the smoke and the bees, the world’s biggest ATAR candidate drew a half chance from his first delivery, a thickish edge through point for a comfortable 3 to the long boundary. 

Aaron Crofts scored a fine 70 

With the throw safely back to the keeper, skipper Lin, Shayne decided it musn’t have been a comfortable 3 and fired a throw at the bowlers stumps. Well, more like he fired a throw at deep long off, as the ball flew away from the voluminous Middlebrook and the disengaged mid-on and mid-off. They really should have been backing-up. 

A 7 to start the over and an economy rate of 42 from ball 1. Things didn’t improve much in the next Middlebrook over, as 4 overthrows eventuated again, this time to gift a 5. I don’t remember who that was. Probably Shayne. 

A difficult afternoon highlighted only by a post tea spell from Harry Middlebrook (2/86) and the guile of Iqbal Ahmed’s legspin, finishing with 1-30 of 13. Iqqy bowled beautifully, and for the majority of the time at two left-handers who were well and truly set at the crease. Things may have been different if he had a crack at a right-hander or a new batsman, but we simply couldn’t remove the top order. One bloke finished 160 not and Saints had amassed 6-366 by the end of a day. 

Stan Gaynor

Despite some rain around early in the week, day two saw another flat hard track and similar conditions from week 1, only 10 degrees cooler and the notable absence of the bees. A great day for a run-chase. The Stags started cautiously and after 15 overs were 2-45, having disastrously lost a composed looking Tom Carruthers and the run scorer from the previous week, Sahill Turki to rare bad balls down the leg-side. 

Stan Gaynor, along with Tom Carruthers and captain Shayne Lin, batted out the last 27 overs

Run chases are always interesting, not least of all because you get the chance to get to know your team-mates a little. This process can result in life-long friendships over the years. With some new faces to the author in the 4th best side, I started to find out a little about some of the younger teammates.
Take Aaron Crofts for example. I learnt he likes swimming. I learnt he likes taking selfies and sending them to his mates. 

Then there’s young Matt Keevers. A good kid, emerging as a quality quick bowler. Having played with Keevers for the majority of last year, I also learnt he likes to be an informant. 

Exhibit 1 - Aaron Crofts and his swimming / snapchat exploits 

Most noticeably, he likes to keep me informed of the certain individuals going about their day around the various cricket grounds we visit. Particularly if they’re female. Quite coincidentally, he also informed me of something via the great social network this morning, just as I’d made my flat white and began penning this report. This time it involved, once again, the one and only Aaron Crofts. This picture may well be shared only on our Facebook page.

Along with learning of his affiliation for social media, we learnt the kid can bat. Aaron was the only one to provide any resistance in the run chase, compiling a quality and dominating 70 whilst others fell around him. 

To sum up our first attempt at the run chase, I’m going to quote Catts. His simple message from the motivational pre-season launch of ‘Don’t f@#k it up’ was blatantly ignored on this occasion as we slumped to 6-64, losing 3 wickets in an over to the wily medium pace of St George veteran Wark.

Catts, always the inspirational motivator, could still provide some solace in quipping ‘Well, at least we’ll get to bat twice”. Brilliant stuff Catts. 

And he was right. Despite some resistance form that man Ahmed, whose 38 was likened to an innings of Mark Waugh more than once, we capitulated to be all out for a modest 157.

With 27 overs remaining in the day, Saints (possibly justifiably based on recent events) thought there was the chance of an outright and invited us to bat again, the full 27 overs negotiated by Carruthers, Stan Gaynor and a (self) promoted Shayne Lin to see us 1-81 at the close. If only those numbers were involved on the first attempt.

1 win from 2, 6 points and middle of the table. This team is much better than that, if we consistently get things right. The Mal Hall trophy and another 6 points up for grabs against Manly this week. 

I’m off for a swim.

JOF (John O'Neill Fuller)

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

Fifth Grade Match Reports 2014/15

The Fifth Grade team plays for the Dave Sherwood Cup, which they looked to defend during 2013/14 after winning the cup in 2011/12 and 2012/13. All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants.

All points for all wins go towards the club championship.

Fifth Grade match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:



5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Penrith - Round 14 - 2014/15

ThomsonThe 5th Grade team arrived at a moist Beauchuamp Oval on Day 1 for Round 14, ready for a tough game against the consistent Panthers. On the fringe of qualifying and a great win the week before, the Stags were confident they could pull out another victory to help secure a spot in the finals. 

Dom Thomson gets in behind a Panthers delivery and returns it with interest 

However, ominous signs pre-game of the entire Panthers team already warming up upon our arrival were to reflect the days play.

Gordon batted first and looked solid early with Dom Thomson (12) and Pic (18) facing out the opening quicks however in consistent style this year, the fifth grade team lost 5-8. Some poor shots, good bowling, a run-out and some LBW decisions knocked the top order completely over. 

ShermanApart from a tidy innings by Dave Monaghan (15) and a late effort from Tim Fulton, Gordon fell for just 90; a very disappointing effort. Whilst the Panther’s bowled consistent good lines, Gordon batsmen gave their wickets away for the main part; a ‘jaffa’ to Coops first up didn’t help either. 

Always looking to attack, Pic Sherman begins the Gordon innings 

With depleted spirits, the Gordon unit moved out to hopefully roll Panther’s for a similar score however never really got close. Tim Fulton bowled well early on and snared a quick wicket however no-one effectively backed him up. Ricey bowled consistent however was unable to get any breakthroughs we desperately needed. 

Furthermore, our strike bowler Toddy was unable to bowl due to some chest pains. Some sloppy fielding and very positive batting, Penrith passed our score one down. Tristan bowled well in patches however a couple too many full tosses and a wicket off a no-ball proved it was never our day. 

ToddGordon belatedly trudged off the field with Penrith 2-115, the only seemingly excited person being Dom Thomson who had a Future Festival ticket in his back pocket. 

Chest pains maybe... but Matt Todd has a number of useful skills off the field. Despite being proficient, spinning basketballs isn't one of them. 

After a week’s recovery, Gordon returned to a faster drier Beauchamp with low expectations, seemingly a futile unwinnable contest. None-the-less Gordon showed great fight in the field with a positive attitude focussed on enjoying our cricket. Apart from some late hitting by the Panthers and ultimate declaration at 9-242, Gordon were on top that session due to some much needed strike bowling from Toddy. 

Toddy tore through the middle order eventually taking 5/63 and much needed confidence into the change room. Gordon required 152 to avoid an outright loss.


We suspect this ended up being a solid catch. Pic?
Think Matt Keevers' description in the 3rd Grade report. 

Similarly to the week before, Dom Thomson and Anthony Sherman looked positive to start, playing their shots and moving the team to 50 without loss. However, a couple of decisions once again proved pivotal in the match; with Pic being given caught after it had appeared to have bounced.


Monaghan, Thomson, Coleman & Craig display their wares at Beauchamp

Throughout the innings Gordon seemed to build strong bases for good partnerships however consistently lost wickets at key times. Furthermore, some poor running between the wickets didn’t help. 

Todd walks offAfter Andrew Coleman fell for 23, it looked like this could come down to the wire. Whilst still quietly confident the last over of the day began with Gordon 8-150, either needing to score 2 runs or survive 6 balls.

Todd walks off with Cooper and Coleman, the brains trust of the 5th Grade side 

However, the pressure proved too much. With Adrian Craig stranded at the other end, our last two batsmen were both out by the 4th ball and Gordon had been beaten outright by 2 runs. 

Praise must be given to Adrian Craig who batted valiantly near the end with 28* however probably should’ve faced the last over. 

A small BBQ and arrival of past and present players however proved a bitter sweet end to the game as Gordon were convincingly beaten with only a couple of positives to draw from.

Dom Thomson 

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 10 - 2014/15

5th Grade were out to get their season back on track after some disappointing performances since Christmas, and we were doing this by playing a Randwick Petersham team sitting 6 points above us on the ladder.

Cooper pleads with the umpire for an LBW... perhaps it was one of the 10 on the day? 

Playing at Kensington Oval, Randwick won the toss and chose to bat first on a good looking deck. The morning started slowly with missed opportunities and wides costing us, but the breakthrough was never too far off with Pat Rice getting our first wicket soon after he was brought into the attack. 

When Toddy started bowling the runs dried up. The pressure built on the Randwick pair until a rash shot gave Toddy a wicket and saw them two down just before drinks. 

At 2/95 the game was starting to drift away from us before BANG BANG ! Crofts had 2 in 2 balls and was on a hat trick at the start of his next over. With our tails up Tristan joined the party with a wicket of his own. Croftsy didn’t get the hat trick, but got another wicket with his next ball to have 3 in 4 balls! 

With 4 wickets falling in the space of 10 balls Gordon was now well on top with Randwick 6/98. 

Aaron CroftsWith not a lot in the pitch we knew we had to bowl at the stumps. Coops chipped in with one more, before ‘Pic’ Sherman polished off the innings taking 3/9 - all LBW’s. The bowling unit was excellent combining tight overs and wicket taking balls to bowl Randwick out for 135 in 38 overs.

Aaron "Bang Bang" Crofts turns the tables for the Stags 

135 could have been one of those tricky totals to chase down especially with our recent batting form, but openers Pic and Dom Thompson got off to steady start of 0/40 to make Gordon always look in control. 

Dom eventually went LBW for 22 looking to increase the scoring rate. A run out and some rash shots saw wickets start to tumble, with Pic falling on 45, just shy of a half century in his man of the match effort. 

Lucky enough we weren’t chasing a bigger score, and we got there 8 down in the 42 over.

I’m not sure what it says about the wicket, or was it the batting, or maybe the lack of Channel 9’s full blown technological innovations – but, out of the 18 wickets that fell on the day, no less than 10 went LBW.

A much needed result for the Stags - our first win since round 7, getting our season back on track as we push towards the finals.

Adrian Craig

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Sydney University - Round 9 - 2014/15

Aaron Crofts GDCCUnfortunately a second consecutive disappointing loss for 5th Grade. Usually these kind of game days I try to forget, reminisce the good days, build the confidence back up and focus on the next match. 

So apologies in advance of the sketchy account of loss to Sydney Uni below.

Aaron Crofts pleads with the umpire 

Starting with a positive, normally I'm one of the first to rock up to a game but this time I arrived with the covers already peeled back and packed onto the trolley. I thought to myself the boys were keen to hit back after a loss to the Bears. Actually my initial thought was whether day light saving kicked in ...

For a bit of humour, I was greeted with yet another nickname "Man Monners" created by who else but Toddy. On par with "Joel" I reckon... I'll let Toddy explain where these originated.

To the game, winning the toss and bowling first could be seen as more confidence in our bowling over batting and which also bucks the trend or the old adage of having 'runs on the board'. To be blunt, our bowling lacked consistent pressure from both ends, whether it be due to extras or only 4 or 5 good balls in the over. For myself it was both extras and the occasional bad ball which released pressure - much improvement is required.

Tristan Cooper GDCCSaying that we had some great individual performances by crafty Croft and who else but Toddy; Croft bowl great line and length with rewarding figures of 3-27 off 10. Toddy confused batsmen again with the googly scoring figures of 3-31 off 10.

Skipper, and good Fantasy League earner, Cooper looks to reign in the Students' total 

I must mention the skipper keeping his eye on the ball to the point of impact after the ball being thrown back by keeper Roberts whilst returning to his bowling mark. The impact caused Coops to leave the field for a couple of overs. We're obviously nervously awaiting the results of the scans!

I also must mention the fielding efforts of Elton; watching a usual keeper in the outfield, riding the boundaries, demonstrating skills of picking up the ball whilst sliding, being directed each and every way by the skipper, coughing and splattering because of a cold, ... I felt sorry for him but at the same time I was amused. We all were.

With Sydney Uni batting all but the final two balls, posting a total of 201 on a slow Beauchamp outfield, we knew it was a strong total. With 35 extras, including 27 wides it could / should have been lower.

On paper our batting line up appeared worthy of the chase and we started promisingly with some confident stroke play. Unfortunately when the first wicket fell (yours truly) around 40, five more wickets followed with little to no runs being added. A glimmer of hope resided when the skipper looked to boundaries with some success but when he fell with a top score of 28, the match slithered away to an early 2pm finish. All out for 115 in the 32nd over.

Matt Todd GDCCShot of the day went to 'crackers' Rice with a crisp 6 pulled in front of square - Pat finished 10 not out.

Toddy. C'mon. Sir! It's plumb! 

My synopsis for the remainder of the season is;
1. We're only one win and a bonus point outside the top 6
2. The competition is pretty even across the clubs so wins won't come easy
3. With a surprising four more 1-day matches and only two 2-day matches to go, we need to quickly adapt to the 1-day format and fine tune the simple things, e.g. consistent pressure with the ball, maintain energy in the field, and value our wickets more (It would be great to see if the top 4 bats could set a target of being there for at least 30 overs in a 50 over match)

Dave Monaghan

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs North Sydney - Round 8 - 2014/15

Falk & ToddOn a muggy, overcast day at Tunks Park, Tristan Cooper won the toss for GDCC. As the coin was flipped, only 7 other Gordon players were actually there to see it; Coops had no choice but to bat first.

This tone pervaded the subsequent few hours in which it took the game to finish. 

Falk & Todd both very good 1st Grade bowlers, but with quite different styles 

Craig and Sherman opened up, and were immediately faced with aggressive swing bowling. Craig negotiated an uncomfortable 5 deliveries before the 6th found its way through. Gordon were 1-0 after the first over of the day. 

Coleman came to the crease and did well to send a few fielders chasing, putting on 20 with Sherman before the former fell for 8. With Tom Colverd and Nick Kelland having had engine problems on the journey to the ground, 4 and 5 rightly went to O’Neill-Fuller and captain Cooper. 

Having at least survived for his team, Sherman fell 2 runs later, for 7. O’Neill-Fuller and Coops then put on 17 together, but the bowling side looked on top and it’s fair to say that neither batman looked comfortable. O’Neill-Fuller fell for 13, caught, with Gordon 4-39.

We're not sure if anyone has put in a close enough guess as to how many grade games these 4 have played together. 

The task was thus left to the middle order, with Tom Colverd and Kelland the next 2 batsmen. It took North Sydney 4 balls to dismiss both batsmen for 0. Rice came in, supporting Cooper valiantly and the runs began to flow steadily. However with a moving ball there is always a threat and Rice fell for not many, despite being part of the biggest partnership of Gordon’s innings. 

When Cooper fell with the score on 75, the clouds tangibly thickened as Gordon’s hopes dissolved along with Cooper’s average. One more run was added before Gordon fell for 76.

The task was mammoth and with a dropped catch behind the stumps early on, it was only a matter of overs. The North Sydney batsmen never looked fully comfortable, with chipped shots falling just behind fielders and seemingly endless play-and-misses, but North Sydney knocked the runs off none-down and the ironic ‘well-played’ handshakes ended a dismal performance.

Words in the changing room made clear that the attitude towards this game was not acceptable as a unit. Training will be vital before the team’s next game, and well played to those who dug in with grit.

Tom Colverd

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Northern District - Round 7 - 2014/15

Tristan Cooper GDCCIt was the round before Christmas and as per usual Beauchamp Oval looked a picture. Captain surveys the scene - good deck, slowish outfield, a few blokes showing signs of a late night - we’ll have a bat.

The skipper, and author, puts in a good effort with the ball - He's in the webmaster's fantasy... team 

Runs were not a problem early on, with the scoring rate at over 5 for the first 16 mainly thanks to extras and Andrew ‘Elton’ Coleman’s brisk 24 - where another two drops were added to make his season tally in the order of 15 - a figure most wouldn’t dream of over 3 seasons. The problem was that we were losing wickets at an equally quick rate with 6 lost in this period. 

Enter Michael Strauss, our South African import who decided to take to the bowling, upping the scoring rate through a bevy of lofted drives and powerful back foot strokes. From 6/85 we moved to 7/134 with the score then reaching 200 by the 33rd over. 

MonaghanWith the selectors getting word of Straussy’s innings we soon had a crowd, and when he moved to 90 Tiddles quietly voiced his concerns to Hicko that he would miss his fantasy captain and known ultimate Harry Evans’ potential 100 who was also in the 90s. Luckily Tiddles’ best mate Sam Buono was able to talk him into staying however on 91 Straussy holed out to leave the score at 8/205. 

Dave Monaghan, along with Pic Sherman, return to the playing field after having children. Will we see Ed Howitt Jnr back soon? 

It goes without saying that there is a new member in both Tiddles’ fantasy and fantasy team. 

After another quick wicket, Matt ‘Fester’ Todd strode to the crease with one of Straussy’s fresh blades (literally never used) showing the youngsters that sharing is caring. A few whacks later and we were all out for 221 in the 38th over with Dave ‘Joel’ Monaghan the last out for a well made 24. I repeat, the 38th over!

While runs were slow in the early going, wickets were unfortunately not coming and the score was 0/44 after 15. It was not until the 24th over that we bagged a wicket courtesy of the author which Fester described as a bouncing, gripping and beautifully flighted offie. In the next over our import bowled a ball that would have missed by a good foot, however the finger was raised in what can only be described as a ‘square up’, with the prior ball hitting halfway up middle.

Pat RiceWith the incorrect thought that we were about to rissole the opposition, some short balls and full tosses were dispatched and before we knew it the score was 2/135 after 36 with the match very much in the balance. 

Pat Rice provides a close match after being 'bombed' into Chatswood Chase in the penultimate over 

Wickets to Anthony ‘Pickle’ Sherman, Fester and yours truly in succession were very helpful (as was a run out) however just as we were back on top the injury bug struck Fester depriving us of our strike bowler and an extra fielder. 

The score went from 154 to 187 in 3 overs and suddenly the equation got to less than a run a ball with 4 wickets and 8 overs left. Everything was very tense with the opposition seemingly finding every gap and Mick Falk hiding suspiciously in the treeline 'updating the app’. 

2 wickets with the score on 195 including a well deserved pole to young Pat Rice swung momentum our way but still only 18 were needed off the last 2. A tight 5 balls by Ricey and it appeared we were home on a large ground but then I think the young man wanted to make a game of it and got bombed to Chatswood Chase! 

Michael Strauss GDCC

Michael Strauss makes an impression on everyone during his debut.
Most transferred player in the Fantasy League? 

It was now 9 needed off the last over and isn’t it great to have the weathered veteran Joel Monaghan back in the team. The first 5 went for 7 meaning the equation stood at 2 to win and 1 to tie off the last ball (and Mick Falk still lurking in the shadows). Big swing big miss, Elton runs up to the stumps and hits down all three - STAGS WIN. 

A win for the good guys however improvements necessary with the bat and especially in the field. 

Gordon 221 (M Strauss 91, A Coleman 24, D Monaghan 24) def Northern District 9/220 (T Cooper 3/50)

Tristan Cooper 

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Blacktown - Round 6 - 2014/15

CraigAfter the washout on the first day due to the previous night’s downpour, the Stags turned out bright and early for the long day’s cricket ahead, with the hopes of a full day’s play to make a push for the 6 points against the Blacktown Warriors.

Adrian Craig... 6 down the ground and over the sightscreen!

The ground showed two things: that it was a good deck that would offer little for the bowlers, and that the outfield would be extremely slow. 

There was a bit of a delay in the start however with the Blacktown captain wanting to wait in the change rooms for an extra 15 minutes before beginning play. The Warriors captain won the toss and we were batting on wicket that would provide the opportunity for plenty of runs.

The openers Adrian Craig and Andrew Coleman both strode out to the crease looking to get the Stags off to a good start. After a cautious beginning that didn't produce many runs due to a combination of both tight bowling and a slow outfield the shackles were broken and both batsmen were looking in good touch. 

Coleman's half century

Both openers played a number of powerful straight and leg side shots with Adrian striking a lusty blow onto the road over the side screen. They looked sharp and produced a solid platform before Adrian was out caught behind with the score on 69 for a well-played 26. 

Andrew Coleman acknowledges the boys after reaching 50 

Andrew Coleman continued to play in a solid fashion to pass his 50 with the support of Dante Otto and Tristan Cooper who both played some good shots before being dismissed. Looking to push on to a big total, Andrew Coleman was dismissed caught for a well-played 78 (may cost him a few dollars for a new bat.)

With a declaration looking likely, the Stags went after quick runs with Anthony Sherman and John O'Neill-Fuller playing aggressively before being dismissed. Unfortunately in the attempt for quick runs we lost a few wickets before Tristan decided to declare the innings at 8/201, a score that we could defend but could also be achieved with the wicket still looking good and the outfield becoming faster as the day progressed. We needed to bowl well.

Tim Fulton, Tristan Cooper and Harry Middlebrook contribute to their side's success 

We started the bowling effort in good fashion with Tim Fulton bowling some tight lines which saw him snag two early poles. With the introduction of Harry Middlebrook and a sharp catch behind the stumps resulting in another wicket, the Warriors were in trouble at 3/17. The Stags continued to bowl well at the opposition batsmen limiting there scoring options until Matt Todd struck trapping the batsmen right in front, an easy decision for the umpire. 

A small partnership followed with a couple of lusty blows going over the fence until the introduction of Tristan Cooper with a good catch in the deep from Harry Middlebrook broke the partnership getting out there most dangerous player.

Andrew ColemanTristan Cooper persevered with his off spin to collect his second, third and fourth in the space of a couple of overs to put the game beyond doubt and leave himself with the tidy figures of 4-9.With the score at 8-105, Matt Todd was then brought back on making up for dropping what was described by many as an absolute sitter by sneaking through the gap between bat and pad, rattling the pegs. 

The closure of the game. And what a great photo of Andrew Coleman's work! 

The game was finally finished off with a bit of good work from Tim Fulton and a tidy bit of keeping from Andrew Coleman resulting in the last wicket being a runout, crushing Tristan's chances of a five wicket haul. A solid all round performance achieving the 6 points, let's carry the momentum into next week.

Pat Rice

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Manly - Round 3 - 2014/15

Ahh the first home game of the year, how good is it. The young boys in 5th Grade turned up to what was for many of them their first home game for Gordon with great expectations. It was a nice and hot day which many thought would be a great day for batting. But Captain courageous, Tristan Cooper elected to bowl after winning the toss on what seemed to be a deck that would offer many runs. With much enthusiasm the Gordon boys took the field looking to finish off the seasiders early.

Matt Todd

Things weren't looking so great after the first over of the day went for 11. We thought to ourselves at this stage that we should be batting but there was a stark turnaround with the ball and in the field. A great excellent opening spell by Sam Watts grabbing the first two wickets of the opener and the 1st drop. Then all of a sudden we had Manly 3-41 after some crafty bowling by the wiley old veteran, Matt Todd, to claim our 3rd wicket for the day. At drinks we had the seasiders 3-53 after 19 overs Sam with 2 and Matt 1.

Matt Todd captured 2 wickets with some crafty bowling

Immediately following the drinks break Richard Armour joined the party with his 1st and left manly reeling at 4-55. Just as we thought seasiders were developing a partnership, a young 15 year old kid by the name of Ben Parker picked up his first Grade wicket and left Manly at 5-72. After two quick wickets to Nick Fagan and another one to Matty Todd, the Stags were in prime position having the seasiders 8-90 at Tea and everything was going alright. Then straight after tea it wasn't looking so great as a 30 odd partnership started to develop for the tourists which got them to 8-119 but two wickets to Richard Armour dismissed Manly for a modest 136.

Nick Fagan

Gordon were then asked to bat 28 overs to see the rest of the allotted overs out. Losing some early wickets left Gordon in a vulnerable position at 3-33 after the wicket of Nick Fagan but with some glimpses of hope Dante Otto smashed his way to 29 before he was undone and left Gordon in a very bad position at 4-45. But with some smart batting by Andrew Coleman and Tristan Cooper the score moved along to 61 before Andrew 'Elton' Coleman was dismissed with 6 overs left in the day. Pat Rice and Tristan Cooper played out to stumps and the game was very much in the balance at at 5-72. 

Nick Fagan took 2 quick wickets

Anything could have happened this week. Gordon started the day off with some promise but the early dismissal of Pat Rice meant that Gordon were 6-77 and in much need of a partnership and guess what our joy this came true. A great batting display by Sam Watts and Tristan Cooper. Although it wasn't all smooth sailing for Tristan 'Upright' Cooper who took a blow which every man at the ground felt. There is not much that needs to be said after this except he was on the ground for the best part of 10-15 mins and cracked box and all. Luckily For Upright the great Andy Coleman had a spare box and was able to assist a man in dire straits.


After this disruption Upright and Sam got back to business and blasted their way past the score with Sam finishing with a well hit 70no and Tristan playing a true captains knock finished with 55. The Boys put on a great partnership to win the mighty Stags their first home game and after a massive six over deep backward square hit none other then Sam Watts the ball was lost and that was the game with Gordon finishing 7-199 and an early mark.

Tristan Cooper played a captain's knock of 55

Boys have started off well this year in 5s with 2 wins to some of the stronger grade clubs and with a tough challenge against the Lions next week the boys look forward to hopefully notching a win up to continue the form.

Jack Clinton

5th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs St George - Round 2 - 2014/15

Will CalovWe arrived at Cahill and, after looking at the deck, we were very surprised when the St George captain invited us to bat first. After losing an early wicket, Mitch Kleem and Jack Clinton put on a good partnership. Mitch put me to shame as he was batting - I was telling all the young guys how much of a blaster he is, yet Mitch calmly just pushed the ball around the field – so unlike Mitch! 

Will Calov makes his maiden half century for the Stags, and his skipper couldn't have been happier with the timing 

The Kleem and Clinton partnership got us off to a good start with 68 for 1.

Unfortunately for the second game in a row we lost a lot of wickets for not many runs and found ourselves 8/98 within no time and things were not looking so good for us. 

But with such a young team and everyone not knowing each other, sometimes people are batting lower down the order than they really should. 

Ben 'Les' Leighton with his distinctive tweakers 

This became more evident when Will Calov, Matt Keane and young Pat Rice showed all the people above them how to apply themselves on a flat pitch. With two great partnerships (Will & Keano and then Will & Pat) the Stags ended up with 205 which was reasonable with Will compiling a magnificent 67.

Unfortunately Will and Keano, after batting so long, were unable to take the new ball. Reluctantly yours truly took the new ball with no success.


He may have missed out with the bat, but Coleman's glovework is the best in 5th Grade. Comfortably

At the beginning of the second day, the mood was really positive in the warm up and we all knew the roles each of us had to play, even if Coops was still having trouble negotiating the Eastern Distributor as normal.

The day started off really well for the young Stags, with the young bowlers sticking to our plans. Then the man of the moment, Will, struck 3 times in his first spell and bowled with control and pace (probably releasing the stress of the HSC – Free Willy!). With the old timer controlling one end and Keano as well, the run rate came to a complete stop and two more wickets fell. 

Enter the two leg spinners, ‘Les’ Leighton and Adrian Craig, and wickets continued to tumble. Before we knew it, St. George was 8/90 at tea.

Calov bowling
Calov decides for many out there that he is a must have in their Fantasy Teams. Plenty of wickets to add to the runs.

With the captain telling us at the tea break that there was still a lot of work to be done, Will decided to quash all those theories by taking 2 wickets in his first two overs after tea. A first innings victory for the Stags had been achieved.

With the captain forcing the follow on, it was always going to be difficult to force an outright result on a flat deck. However, Will again showed his all-around talents by taking another 2 wickets and capping off his great performance.

The game was called off early. The song was sung, even if half the team had to look at the app for the words as no one really knew the song!

Great win – bring on Manly!!

Pic Sherman 

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

5th Grade vs Mosman - Round 1 - 2014/15

Dante OttoThe opening game of season saw 5th Grade travel away to Balmoral to take on Mosman. There was many new faces to the young team with a few players making their Stags debut. 

The day started well with our skipper Tristan winning the toss and electing to bat, but we soon found ourselves in strife losing 2 quick wickets. 

Dante Otto... you're going to have to talk a few of us through this one 

Michael and Dante were able to steady the innings by ticking the strike over, and with some power hitting from Dante including a standout 6 smashed straight back over the bowler’s head. Michael also showed his class and timing in a good knock of 32. 

After Dante departed and then Michael got an awful ball that kept low and trapped him in front, the experienced hands of Pic and Tristan joined forces for a productive partnership that took the score along to 4/100. Pic played with great positive intent for his 43, hitting plenty of boundaries. We were looking forward to building something of a total… when out of nowhere the game turned in one freakish over. 

Michael RobertsWill CalovTodd

Michael Roberts punches one through the offside, while Wall Calov and Matt Todd try to get through the strong Mosman batting order 

First a hat-trick, then a fourth wicket in five balls saw us lurch from a reasonable position to one where were were deep in trouble. Suddenly batsmen were scrambling to get padded up, and Toddy even ended up putting on young Ryan McElduff’s pads before he took to the crease. 

Tristan watched the carnage from the other end, and tried to get things going again with a 4 in the next over. But things didn’t get any better, with the same bowler polishing off our tail in two balls in his next over. Yes, if one hat-trick wasn’t enough he would be on a second hat-trick when he bowled in our second innings.

Anthony 'Pic' Sherman looks down the ground for runs against the Whales 

We all knew 104 wasn’t enough runs on the board, and we had to really put in and stay positive in the field. Our young bowlers stuck to the task and bowled well early without any luck. 

Again experience came to the fore when Pic and Toddy were bowling in tandem and picked up 3 wickets. Mosman were suddenly 3/62 and looking a little shaky.

Jack Clinton

Then a steady partnership from two Mosman young guns got their team the first innings points with some mature batting, but all the Stags kept putting in as we searched for more wickets. 

Jack Clinton looks to make inroads into the Mosman total 

We stayed as positive as we could and were rewarded late in the day with 4 wickets, including a Matt Keane thunderbolt that sent the middle stump cartwheeling.

The day ended with Mosman on 7/212. If one or two things had gone differently the day could’ve been ours, and while we had a slim chance of coming back to force an outright, we also knew we had a lot of work to ensure we didn’t end up loosing outright ourselves.

Pat RiceOn the second day Mosman batted on. Pat Rice took his maiden grade wicket with an LBW within the opening overs. 

Here is Pat Rice. 5th Grade debutant and wicket taker

A young overnight Mosman batsmen went on to post a century and guide his team to 9-286. Once he was dismissed the Whales declared.So the Stags were behind by 182 needing to bat a minimum of 59 overs. We again lost early wickets before some determined batting from Jack who put on 25 and along the way survived the hat-trick ball from the Mosman bowler who starred in the first innings. 

Pat RiceDante, despite having a fractured knee, scored a brisk 42, including more shots down the ground in the manner of his six in the first innings.

Pat Rice in the action again... with a catch?!? 

When a few quick wickets fell, skipper Tristan again steadied the ship along with great support from Matt and Will. In the final overs Mosman had every man around the bat, every ball a hand-granade. 

Ryan McElduff When we lost Matt Keane with a couple of overs to go, Pat Rice joined Will Calov and the two kept up the resistance to see us safely to stumps at 8/155.

The question remains... was Ryan McElduff wearing Matt Todd's pads? 

Some positives from the game for the young Stags, but clearly we need to get our heads down and place a higher value on our wickets. And if we do that - the the only way is up.

Adrian Craig

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2014/15

Poidevin Gray Shield Match Reports 2014/15

The Poidevin Gray Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 21 years of age.

The Poidevin Gray matches are played on a Sunday, and consists of 3 T20 matches and 4 one-dayers, with the top 6 sides making their way through finals.

For the PG schedule go to Fixtures.

Poidevin Gray match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below:

Poidevin Gray vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Bankstown - Round 4 - 2014/15

Darren jayasekeraThe Gordon boys arrived at a hot and humid Chatswood Oval, our spirits only amplified by the Ger’s efforts in making sure we were looked after and that we prepared well. Up & Go’s, banana bread, fresh fruit and enough sunscreen to lather up Tids’ whole body thirteen times over. Not that he’s ever worn sunscreen.

Darren Jayasekera stands tall while others depart around him 

The toss was lost by Captain Stobo and we were sent into bat. A great opening spell by the Bankstown bowlers saw us loose Liam “Kate” McElduff and Chris “Anyone got a spare pair of spikes?” Spratt early on. At 2/29 Jack Colley and Darren Jayasekera set out to rebuild, but Jack was dismissed and at 3/39 things weren’t looking great. 

Out came Max ‘Pappy’ Papworth and that signaled the intent to put the pressure back onto the bowling side. Taking a liking to the spinners, Max and Darren put on a handy partnership until Max was dismissed for 30 and the score at 4/90. Wickets fell consistently and we found ourselves at 9/156, with Darren finally out for a well deserved 72. 

Our innings ended at 192 in the 50th with Skilbeck and Dan Stickland putting on an awesome final wicket partnership. Skilly’s form with the bat epitomized by 3 blistering boundaries in the same over, two of which were picturesque cover drives. Sequences even Sparky would have admired.

MillerUnfortunately Chatswood Oval copped the full brunt of the big storm and many puddles formed all over the ground, which meant play was not possible. Although ending a draw, I know the boys were positive and believed that we were truly still in the game if we bowled and fielded as well as we know we can.

Nick Miller looks through the offside to pierce the Bulldogs' field 

However, fines/court is a wonderful yet punishing experience and as the match report was unloaded to me, so was the idea that I should create a scenario for our innings in the field and an end result for the match.

The Bankstown openers were petrified at the long legs of the one we call Charles “Tree beard” Stobo. As he steamed in you could see the flourishing moustache after a fresh comb in the sheds. The first over ended with a wicket, a stunning catch by Pappy behind the stumps; well in front of first slip. 

Papworth10 overs gone and Skilly had taken two poles and Stickland 1, removing the dangerous top order. With Bankstown 4/43 things were looking good for the Stags, until a partnership began to build and the pressure began to even out.

Max... what is going on with this tall tale? 

At 4/123 at the start of the 25th over, things were easy going for the Bankstown lads with their No. 6 bringing up his 50. All of a sudden, ‘Millsy’ Miller struck with a screamer of a caught and bowled, dismissing the in form batsmen. Followed by another caught behind for Pappy the very next ball, this giving Millsy the chance to take an unforgettable hatrick. 

What followed next was truly extraordinary. Miller strolling into bowl, catchers crowding the bat in close, 5 slips and two gullies in place, the ball pitching in line with middle, straightening and completing the hatrick by taking off the bail a top the off stump. Congratulations Millsy, well deserved mate.

A huge capitulation saw Bankstown be bowled out for 137, the innings finished off by a leg side stumping by Pappy keeping up to Stobo.

A great win, well fought lads. Its charming to see us, as a team, come together when the going gets tough and when the pressure is at its highest. See you at Campbelltown for another belter and some fine banter. 

Max Papworth 

Poidevin Gray vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs UNSW - Round 3 - 2014/15

papworthA long drive out to Village Green saw the Gordon boys take on UNSW. It almost goes without saying that this was a big week for cricket; reminding us it is just a game. But it’s a game we love playing and really enjoy and to treasure every single moment on and off the field.

Max Papworth looks to get the Gordon chase back on track 

Josh “I forgot the bowlers chat” Poysden led the warm up in his usual fashion, a warm up that I still find bizarre. He reminded us during the “Starfish” exercise to visualise our roles in the game and to play like Hughesy, ‘motivated, driven and hard as nails’. What followed was one of the highest quality warm up’s I'd been involved in.

SticklandA scorching day, quick outfield and cracking pitch, we planned to bat first (we have not batted first in 2 years of PG’s). Predictably, we were sent in to bowl, a sign of things to come and during the first over I knew something wasn’t right, Charlie bowled a wide… something that happens “Once in a Blue Moon”. 

Turns out our Captain was injured. 

A bigger weight was on Dan's shoulders with the captain hurt 

UNSW were off to a flyer on 100 runs and hadn’t lost a wicket as all the bowlers were rotated after struggling to hit their spots. A very disappointing first session, however we were confident of turning things around. 

Spin was introduced very early on and after a few overs it proved the right move as the opener and no.3 were removed. A casual run out from Nick “Kit & Kaboodle” Miller and a wicket from Darren “I can actually bowl” Jayasekera had the score at 4/160.

Ex-stag, Connor “I have long hair and wanna be like Max and Spratty” Jackson, came to the crease and some banter followed. The dangerous partnership was broken by Reagan “I get caught at fine leg” Klemt who really bowled well in the middle overs and deserved a wicket.


Ben Leighton takes the first two wickets, while Nick Miller contributes with the ball and in the field 

Nicky Miller had a fantastic run out, and Dan “Am I the leading wicket taker?” Stickland was the pick of the bowlers deservedly picking up 2 wickets and closing out the innings to leave a run chase of 262. Special mention to Chris “I hate mid on” Spratt who provided excitement with some excellent one hand dives and numerous longgggg chases to the boundary. He was really not happy with these fitness sessions…

papworthSo, we were ready for this chase. The intention was to have a player in the top order to score a big one so that a few partnership could develop and to chase down the runs. 

Spratty and Jack “Pingu the Penguin” Colley played well but fell for solid starts (19 & 21). They knew how important it was to get some big scores. With the loss of Liam and Darren too, we were in trouble at 4-73. Reagan (27) and Nick (25) also looked comfortable until they fell leaving us in dire straits at 6-119. 

Papworth works one to the legside as his skipper watches from the far end 

This left us with Max Papworth and Charlie Stobo who set about rescuing the innings, and Max’s brilliant 61 from 51 balls lifted our hopes as the required run rate was climbing to over 8 an over. Amusingly Maxs’ dad Brett was heard shouting “Keep your shape Max!” but we didn’t care how he picked up runs, as long as he did. 

papworthHowever, losing the wicket of “Pap-Smear” saw the loss of the tail as we didn’t have enough wickets in the shed to combat the rapidly rising run rate. 

We wonder if "Pap-Smear" is too recently a "thing" to have been a nickname for Max's old man, Brett 

A disappointing loss and an ‘off’ day for most of the team, but in the context of the tragedy this week, not an important loss at all. We really look forward to taking on Bankstown this Sunday so that we can showcase our ambition to be the best team in the Poidevin-Gray Competition. 

Ben Leighton

Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Hawkesbury - Round 2 - 2014/15

Chris SprattAn exceptional start last week transitioned momentum gained last season into our current campaign. However, continuing our positive start was of paramount importance if we were to fulfil our goal of bettering last season and taking it a step further. 

Chris Spratt looks aerial. What's new?!? 

Although our new-found statistician Ben “watch out Poysden I’m gunning for your spot” Leighton pointed out a weak start from our opposition the previous week, we were careful not to let this information ensue overconfidence. 

Arguably the best part of PGs is the unique and engaging warm up, ensuring both mental and physical readiness for the day ahead. With the return of the Ger creating excitement amongst the group, we got stuck into the warm up featuring team specialities including the house, starfish and some collar bone massaging thing with a proper name that always escapes me.

Charlie StoboSo after some utilisation of Google’s predictive text, I found this: “Myofascial release is a soft tissue therapy for the treatment of skeletal muscle immobility and pain. This alternative medicine therapy aims to relax contracted muscles, improve blood and lymphatic circulation, and stimulate the stretch reflex in muscles.”

Charlie Stobo applies the pressure early 

So with a combination I'm going to call “myofascial visualisationary preparation”, or in other words our warm up, we were ready for action. Although we had the intent of batting first, we were always going to end up bowling. To this day, not one PGs game in the last two seasons has resulted in Gordon chucking on the pads first. So it was safe to say we were in our element, or where we felt most comfortable at least.

An exceptional start from Charlie and Jack saw early wickets for the Stags, alongside some poor bloke getting hit in the head. Although it was a good delivery, I especially can empathise with the guy. However he was soon sent on his way, and an early domination of Gordon was occurring.

Tight fielding, immaculate bowling and catching saw the score reduced to 5/20. However it was vitally important we were ruthless and continued the onslaught if we were to assert our dominance over the opposition. For some stage, we did this. With Charlie and Jack finishing with figures for 3-27 and 3-39 respectively relatively early in the game, it was important that the change bowlers continued the momentum. 

LiamAnd they certainly did. A welcome return for Nick Miller with 1-8 off 7 over, alongside Dan Stickland with 1-5 off 6, a stranglehold was definitely in place. However good batting from their lower order and a quick Chatswood outfield saw their total increase to all out for 141. 

Liam McElduff cuts a strong figure out in the middle of Chatswood 

Congratulations also goes to Ben Leighton with outstanding figures of 1-31 off his 10, backing up a superb performance the day before and in previous matches. Good things to come for you bud!

With 142 required, a calm run rate of under 3 was required for victory. 

However instructions from coach for everyone to play their natural game saw a steady start followed by an acceleration of boundaries. Credit goes to Liam (39) and Spratty (62) for an excellent start to see us lose our first wicket with most of the damage already done. A true display of potential and talent from these two, and plenty of good things to come in this space for the rest of the season.

Two cameos from Jack Colley and Darren saw us home with each of them finishing on 19 and 20 not out respectively. Gordon had chased the total in 24 overs, securing a bonus point and a continuation of an extremely good start for the boys. Hopefully we can kick on and continue these winning ways into Christmas. 


Reagan Klemt

Poidevin Gray vs Easts - Round 1 - 2014/15

Poidevin Gray vs Easts - Round 1 - 2014/15

The first game of the season brought the Gordon PG’s team to Waverley Oval to take on Easts. Coach Josh Poysden was eager to set the tone from the start by ensuring that all team members arrive early for a solid warm up. I will put my hand up and say that arriving even one minute late is not good enough, as a detailed route to Chatswood Oval will be prepared by myself to ensure all the boys arrive safely and on time for round 2.

Skipper Charlie Stobo won the toss and elected to bowl on a wicket that looked like it could offer some assistance to the bowlers early on. This was definitely the case with the skipper and Jack ‘Don’t follow me home’ Skilbeck bowling tight lines to restrict the Easts’ batsmen from scoring freely early on. Dan ‘gossip girl’ Stickland managed to trap the opening batsman on the pads to obtain the first wicket of the season.


With Reagan ‘friendzone’ Klemt applying pressure on the other end, Ben ‘5 serves of Veges’ Leighton was able to showcase his ability of leg spin bowling. Picking up 4 wickets, Benny bowled a match-winning spell, as he was able to beat several batsmen in flight where Max ‘Big Six’ Papworth finished off with his fine glove work behind the stumps.

Axel scored a quality 55

Not to take any light off Dan Stickland who turned the game around during the middle overs with his persistent bowling as he also picked up 4 wickets. Reagan and Charlie picked up a wicket each towards the end as Easts were all out for 144 in the 44th over. Other moments to note in the 1st innings was Liam ‘The King’ McElduff’s chat throughout the innings and Charlie’s ability to change up the bowling attack effectively and at the right time to ensure the Easts’ batsmen were never comfortable with the same bowler.

With a score that the stags felt they could obtain, it was important not to be complacent to guarantee a first up win. The boys knew the ball was keeping low on a pitch that was deteriorating, as it was imperative to play the ball straight. Openers, McElduff and Chris ‘nail biter’ Spratt were unlucky not to get off to a better start. Their dismissals brought the man in form, 16 year old Axel ‘little master’ Cahlin to the crease.

Jack ‘Is Axel on 50?’ Colley was supposed to prepare a player profile of Ax to present in this match report. Alas, it had not been prepared, as he will soon be issued a fine for his forgetfulness.

The score was 4/58 when Darren got out, as things weren’t looking that promising for the stags. Fortunately, Reagan (35) managed to effectively support Axel, hitting some solid shots and making use of his speed for quick singles. The pair managed to bring the score to 128 with only 17 runs required (with Axel finishing up on a quality 55). Despite a loss of a few wickets towards the tail, the game was won in the 49th over.

Congrats to the boys for a fine win. One game down and six to go; let us hope this good run of form continues.

Up the Stags!

Darren Jayasekera

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2014/15

A.W. Green Shield Match Reports 2014/15

The A.W. Green Shield is an age competition for grade clubs for players under 16 years of age. The Green Shield matches are played either on Sundays or on weekdays during the school holidays. The competition includes semi finals and a final.

A. W. Green Shield match reports for 2014/15 season are provided below.



Green Shield vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 3 - 2014/15

Green Shield vs Eastern Suburbs - Round 3 - 2014/15

Josh HayesRocking up to the carpet-like Waverley Oval in the Eastern Suburbs, the youngest of the Stags teams knew that a win against the Dolphins would put them in good stead for the rest of the competition. 

After warming up sharply (although overshadowed by a soft knee collision between Harry “Wally” Wallace and Conor “Beej” Fahey), skipper Max Magee strode out to the middle in search of a first toss win. Unfortunately, this did not go our way (for the third time) and Easts sent us in to bat on a somewhat green and lively looking deck. 

Later in the innings, Josh Hayes goes past the outside edge of the bat 

The openers Jake “Jakeyboi” O’Donnell and Max Magee walked out in search of a positive start against the new rock. They both started strongly, and quickly realised that boundaries were hard to come by on a slow outfield. Both batsman were dismissed early despite looking good. It was 2-25 after 8 and the Stags were in a bit of trouble.

Andrew “Harvs” Harvey and “Beej” were now out in the middle as they looked to reconstruct the Stags innings. Harvs kept the scoreboard ticking over, while Conor looked to hit the odd loose one while still keeping his head. During Conor’s innings, his eyes lit up on a short one and pulled him over mid wicket for a maximum. Soon after, although looking good, a misjudgement (to say the least) took out his off stump. 

In came Matt “I have two bats – one for astro and one for turf” Wright, who was looking to have a good start to his Green Shield campaign after missing out the first two games with an injury. Harvs also looked good before hitting one straight to short cover, gone for a tidy 14. 

Ferrero GDCCIn came Oliver Zannino at #6, but was back in the sheds for 2 after edging a long hop from a leggie to the keeper. The score was 5 for 53 after 15 and a partnership was needed to resurrect our innings. At this stage, the Dolphins thought they had their noses in front, but weren’t aware of the batting depth to come. 

Ferrero displays his wares with the bat, before later charging in with the ball 

Harry Wallace - one of the best, if not THE best #7 running around in the competition - came to the crease, and intended on adding to his successful start to the season.

Wrighty and Wally steadied the ship and added a valuable partnership of 54. Both used their feet well to both spinners and effectively dispatched the loose one through the infield. It was hard going out there for the Stags, but in true Gordon style, the boys dug in and took their spinners out of the game. 

Matt WrightUnfortunately, Matt fell victim to an LBW shout from a medium pacer and was sent back to the pavilion for a classy 36. This brought about Ryan “Rhino” McElduff to the middle who aimed to work the ball around. Harry started to throw the bat at some wide(ish) deliveries, which payed dividends for both himself and the team. He then snicked off for a well played 37, much to the disappointment of the Gordon supporters. 

Matt Wright gets back into the swing of things after returning from injury 

It was 7-138 off 37 when Tim “Bana” Ferrero came in, who had positive intent early on in his innings. As the 40th over neared, Ryan and Tim looked to up the run rate. Unluckily Ryan got caught at wide mid on for not many. Upon returning to the boys, he said, “I actually middled it, I just didn’t hit enough of it”. All I can say is back in the gym big fella. 

Out in the middle, Tim played a couple of slashing shots that even on the Waverley outfield, raced to the fence. Trying to continue his momentum, he went after a short one only to sky it to square leg for a more than handy 18. With one more wicket in hand, our main objective was to bat out the 50 overs, however we were unsuccessful in doing this, and were bowled out for a sub par 166 in the 44th. Nevertheless, we knew it would be enough if we bowled and fielded to our full potential. 

Large appeal GDCCHeading out onto the field, we were called in by Skipper Magee who fired us up in the huddle. From the first ball we were up and about, buzzing around the bat like a swarm of bees. Charlie Sennitt and Josh Hayes took the new rock and immediately looked convincing, keeping the runs to a minimum and having a couple of close shouts. 

Howzat!?! Sir? Surely that's an edge through to Oli! 

“Bana” Ferrero also had a crack at the openers, however luck wasn’t in our favour at this point in time - it did not seem to be our day. The amount of play and misses was unbelievable – brutal to watch. 

After the 19th over rain started to come down and lightning became present, which called the umpires to take the players off the field; leaving the Dolphins at 0-47. After a long delay – in which time was killed by witnessing Rhino’s electric enthusiasm in the change room – we were back on at 4.30pm. Coach JK gave us some words of wisdom before running out, which lifted the team spirit. 

Wallace GDCCRyan McElduff and Josh Hayes, who continued from where he left off, began building the dots and mounting the pressure on the openers straight after the rain delay, helped by some good fielding in the infield.

Harry Wallace looks square for his runs, labelled by this author as the best No. 7 in Green Shield 

Bowling great areas, we knew a chance would come our way soon. Finally, the opener cut one to Tim Ferrero at 2nd slip, only for Tim to bobble it up and Harry to dive to his right from first slip (with a bung knee) and catch it millimetres off the ground. Outstanding stuff. Skipper Magee called us in and told us that those half chances would be what could win us the game, to stay patient and enforced the importance of bowling tight lines and lengths.

Not long after, one of the batsman hit a cut which neared the fence, and the ambitious non-striker decided to run on Matt Wright’s rocket arm. His flat and accurate throw to Zannino behind the stumps allowed him to take off the bails and have the batsman left short of his ground by about 2.5m. It was now 2-57 and the Dolphins were around the half way mark of their innings.

Hayesy was back in the action again taking the all important scalp of the skipper, thanks to a brilliant catch by Magee at mid on, in which he dove forward and took it just off the ground. Meanwhile, amidst all the chaos, Ryan was looking promising at the other end, getting some vicious turn and some nice shape. Eventually, he got his reward, with another – this time – running back catch to the skipper at mid on. 4-66 off 30 with Easts needing another 101 runs in 20 overs. Ryan finished with a magnificent spell of 1-12 off 10. 

Ferrero GDCCWally and Charlie Sennitt were back on to bowl and kept piling on the pressure. Eventually, the pressure got to much for the Dolphins, and decided to take a quick single at Ryan at short extra cover off Sennitt’s bowling– only for him to dive across to his right, stop a cover drive with his right hand and throw down the bowlers’ end stumps with a direct hit.

Tim Ferrero keeps it tight and applies the pressure to the Dolphins 

I think the boys lost count of the amount of times he said “carn Stags” with a high pitched “yew” when celebrating, but full credit to him for that outstanding individual fielding performance. 

From here the Stags had their noses in front and we could smell a victory as the run rate continued to mount. Easts needed another 88 runs in 13 overs with 5 wickets remaining. 

Sennitt kept bowling in the corridor of apprehension and not long after the run out, he took a great reflex caught and bowled catch – a deserved wicket to the Stag that always gives 110%. 

Wallace GDCCSkipper Magee then put himself on to bowl to “save the best bowlers for the end” and “tie up the runs”. Well, much to the excitement of the boys, especially the ecstatic Harry Wallace, he cleaned up the tail with two wickets in his first over. His sharp turn and bounce surprised the lower order and they did not have a clue as to how to play him. The skipper finished with the outstanding figures 4-6 off 3 and a bit. 

Wallace pairs with McElduff to tie down Easts during the middle overs 

All the Eastern Suburbs wickets had fallen for 104 in the 46th over. The Staggies had won by a convincing margin from the underdog position! In fact, after we resumed play due to the rain, Gordon had taken 10 wickets for only 50 or 60 runs.

As the song was rightfully “belted” out, the Stags realised that we can defend any total if we bowl and field as if our life depended on it. However, in saying this, a stronger batting performance will be needed after the Christmas break to ensure victories. 

Looking good Stags. 3 from 3!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Oliver Zannino

Green Shield vs Parramatta - Round 1 - 2014/15

Green Shield vs Parramatta - Round 1 - 2014/15

The young Stags arrived to an overcast Killara morning to play Parramatta in the opening game of the Green Shield campaign. Once the covers were off it quite obvious that the conditions were bowler friendly. After a standard ‘JK’ coach Kennedy warm up, it was time for the toss, one that you wanted to win…nevertheless the author lost the toss and Gordon were sent into bat.

Oliver Zannino during his 64 on Thursday 

It was evident that it would be hard work early on for the openers. Ryan Tullia and Ryan McElduff set out to lay a solid platform for the team, unfortunately this didn’t happen with Ryan Tullia being dismissed early by some excellent fast bowling by Parramatta. The author joined Ryan McElduff as they attempted to steady the ship; this was achieved by some determined batting by young McElduff. 

Max Magee dismissed for 14 and McElduff unluckily dismissed for 17. At the first drink break the score was 3 for 52 and Gordon were in need of some runs from the middle order and in came very confident Oliver Zannino. Zannino lead from the front with great positive batting, he was supported by Conor Fahey who made a solid 26. Once Conor was dismissed Harry “Tim” Wallace joined Zannino at the crease. 

Conor Fahey on his way to his accompanying 26 

Some aggressive batting saw a terrific partnership being built. Harry and Oliver took the score to 208 before Oliver Zannino was dismissed for a crucial 64 and Harry Wallace followed him to the sheds not long after for an aggressive 53. Some great end of inning hitting by Tim “Bana Boy” Ferrero (27 off not many balls) saw the Stags score end at 7 for 251 off 50 overs. 

A great effort in supposedly bowler friendly conditions. 

Charlie Sennitt takes #2 and #3 to leave Parramatta at 3/60 

After a brief hiatus, Gordon took to the field to defend a healthy total of 251. The Stags’ fielding innings was started in the best way possible with James “Go Barker” Rowse taking a wicket in the first over. The Gordon bowlers toiled hard in search of a few more top order wickets, the calls were answered when Charlie Sennitt changed ends and picked up two more wickets making the score 3-60. 

Parramatta hacked away and got themselves back into the game but were always behind the run rate due to some great economical bowling by Josh Hayes (0-16 off 6) and Dermott Beattie (0-25 off 10). Tim “Bana Boy” Ferrero and James Rowse took Gordon home in their second spells with some terrific end of innings bowling with figures of 3-27 off 9 and 3-23 off 7 respectively. 

James Rowse sets the scene with a wick in his first over 

Parramatta bowled out for 165; great win for Gordon to start the Green Shield season. 

With many things still to improve on for the young Stags (especially the song) it all looks very positive as we continue through the Green Shield campaign.

Max Magee

Match Reports 13/14

Match Reports 13/14

The 2013/14 season for the Gordon DCC saw some brilliant individual performances and the development of a number of players. However, unlike in the previous seasons, we were unable to secure the silverware that had adorned the clubhouse for the past few years.

The match reports for each grade can be found in the sections below.

First Grade Match Reports 2013/14

First Grade Match Reports 2013/14

El RichtorFirst Grade plays for the Belvedere Cup and all grade points go to the Club Championship total, including the one-dayers and Twenty20 matches. There are three separate finals series for First Grade, with the Twenty20 and One-Day competitions having separate finals series to the Belvedere Cup (longer form of the game).

First Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below: 



1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Penrith - Round 15 - 2013/14

The First Graders took the M4 out to Howell Oval to take on a very strong Penrith side that were currently second on the ladder. We knew if we played to our potential we could win the game and finish the season on a high.

In Mark O’Neill’s absence the side was given words of wisdom by Mike Beverley and Jamie Soper. From there stand in skipper Iain (Bevo) Beverly won the toss, and as we have done for the last few years, sent Penrith in. 

Chad Soper gets amongst the wickets for what must go down as one of the most consistent seasons for any bowler 

The bowlers started well and built pressure on the batsmen by putting the ball in great areas. Eventually this pressure got to the bats and Heaney, Kennedy and Soper picked up a wicket each to leave Penrith 3/56.

After lunch the pitch flattened out and a partnership developed. The bowlers were bowling well but were not able to pick up a wicket in the middle session. After tea a storm halted play. This gave us time to listen to Reece (Pinocchio/bonnet/are you scared?) Bombas stories. With heavy rain, no more play would take place for the day. Penrith finished on 3/176. 67 overs had been bowled, 5 shy of the 72 overs required to constitute a full day. 

This meant we would have to come back for a 9:30am start with 120 overs to be bowled. Something we have done on day 2 for the last three rounds. 

Most of the team made their way to the Orchard Tavern, our sponsor’s watering hole, for the end of season night, but had to leave early due to the early start the following day. 

Kennedy helps to clean up the tail at the beginning of the second day 

With most clubs having their end of season parties after the last round it does raise the question, is it right to have a first grade Saturday, Sunday fixture on the last weekend of the regular season?

We came back on Sunday and the bowlers picked up where the left off from the previous day. It was clear Penrith wanted to score quick runs, especially with rain predicted in the afternoon. This meant wickets fell regularly and we eventually bowled Penrith out for 275. Scott Heaney finished with 3 wickets, Kennedy, Soper, Josh Poysden with 2 and JK got a run out. 

A special mention must go to Jack Colley who took an absolute screamer of a catch. At mid-off Jack took three steps to his left launched himself off the ground and at full stretch held on. Jack supposedly took a similar catch in second grade last week in the same position. 

Steve Colley and Cam Eccles went out to open against a very good attack containing test fast bowler Pat Cummins. They both batted with good intent to get the Stags off to a great start. Steve was the dominant one, scoring another 50 with shots all around the ground.

Since regaining a spot in 1st Grade, Heaney has taken plenty of poles 

With the score on 83, Cam was bowled for 22. This triggered a collapse with Reece (0) and Steve (53) falling on the same score.

Elliot Richtor and Tym Crawford set about putting the stags back on track. They put on 75 before Tym was bowled for 25. Jack Colley came in striking the ball well from his first ball hitting a few boundaries.

With the score on 191 and only four wickets down we were in a great position to win the game. However the ball started to reverse swing. With Josh Lalor getting the ball going both ways and the pace of Pat Cummins, life was made difficult for the batsmen. In the end this proved to be the difference in the game as the next six wickets fell for 23. The Stags were bowled out for 214 with Elliot Richtor finishing up on 66 not out.

Richtor GDCCRichtor GDCC

Richtor takes the 1st class attack to town while he holds up the side 

"In writing this report Elliot naturally did not discuss his excellent innings of 66no in only 90 balls with 8 fours. It was probably Els finest knock for Gordon against a rather frightening 1st class attack of Pat Cummins and Josh Lalor on a responsive deck. It was a gutsy aggressive knock that saw him felled mid-way through his innings attempting a hook shot, only to bounce back in the next over to pull him twice to the boundary." Tiddles.

A good effort from the Stags but the two batting collapses really hurt us. Yet another season finished. This season the 1st Grade side has underperformed but we now need to look to next season. We are all good players but need to learn from our mistakes and hopefully the struggles of this season will make us hungry to perform and succeed next season. 

Good luck to all the teams playing in the finals. For everyone not competing in them let’s get behind our club and show our support. 


1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

The clash against Western Suburbs was another interrupted encounter, which caused the 1st Grade side to play 120 overs on the second day of Round 14. Although this format provides more of an opportunity for play during the day; the players themselves tend to struggle to adjust to the early due in the morning and the fading light in the afternoon. 

Crawford looks to make the most of the short boundary on his way to his maiden ton 

Not to mention some strange tactics, that can often result in no one going home happy. However, let’s talk about some fine performances before we delve into the outcome of the match.

With a much better preparation indoors, alongside Elyse Perry in the SCG nets, the 1st Grade boys were in a better mindset than the previous week to take the field. The morning lacked the “cinnamon” of last week but the warm up was a much improved effort considering the soaked outfield and a soapy rock. 

The toss was won by the skip and confidence was shown by electing to bat on what looked to be a deck conducive to runs. Harry “HIV” Evans once again stepped up to open the batting alongside Steve “jockey” Colley. 

Repaying the foresight of the selectors, Tym Crawford notches up his first 100 in the premier side 

Unfortunately for both, they were dismissed behind the wicket by the respective openers and another disappointing start in the first hour of play was on the cards. 

Reece “love guru” Bombas managed to make double figures before also edging a ball to be caught in first slip by the opposition captain. 

Enter James “vintage” Packman. The old boy must have found some confidence when returning to the familiar indoor nets that he once called home. With his signature and picture on the wall, he must have remembered the glory days where he used to score 100s. I admit that before I played my 1st Grade debut, I was buying the latest EA Sports cricket game just so I could play for NSW and score a hundred with Jammer. 

The last time he had scored a first grade hundred was in November 2008. Throughout my five seasons in 1st Grade I have loved watching a classy 30 or a powerful 50 but never have I seen him destroy an attack. It is just a shame that I had to be teased for five years and only now, on what seems to be his nearing retirement witness a James Packman hundred.

James Packman... this is what so many of us love to see.
Let's hope the next few weeks brings more. 

It wouldn’t be a “Vintage” Packman innings without some drama, as he was bowled off a no-ball in the early stages of his innings. This was the turning point in the game, as this chance gave him the opportunity to free his arms and play the powerful strokes down the ground and through the covers like we are used to seeing. He first began his partnership with Elliot “future” Richtor (20), however felt comfortable with the newest member of the team Tym “cockroach” Crawford. 

As the name suggests Tym can be a sly pest, always managing to put up a fight with a sly comment here and there. I am not sure what was exchanged out in the middle, but as the teams were coming off for lunch a few words were shared by the competitions perennial stirrer.

Josh Poysden tries to impose himself on a good batting track 

After lunch these two started where they left off with some glorious shots from James and some powerful hitting by Tym. The partnership of 172 between these two ensured we reached a competitive total that we could defend against any threat that the Western Suburbs could offer. With James reaching his elusive milestone he then pushed to increase the run rate. With one lusty blow too many he left Tym out there searching for his maiden first grade ton.

Iain “team America” Beverley was looking the goods and showed his true potential with the blade wrenching balls to all corners of the ground. It was a shame that he didn’t have more time as he played a good cameo innings while Tym approached his milestone. 

I’m not sure whether it was nerves, or something else, but Tym slowed down his scoring rate as he got closer to the ton which annoyed the opposition. Frustrated by the overs used they turned on Tym saying that we weren’t making a game of it.

James 'Mantis' Kennedy tries to blast through the Western Suburbs line up 

However, with their slow over rate, we were not ready to hand over an advantage to them. Tym in due course passed his 100, which to us was more important than any thing else. We need blokes in 1st Grade knowing they have the ability to score big totals and scoring runs is contagious. Well done on hopefully your first of many hundreds for the club!

With a total of 330 on the board we were confident that the game was there to be won only by us. However the threat of Di Bartolo was known to all who played in the fixture last season. It was only 12 months ago that Di Bartolo hit me for my most demoralising over in Sydney grade cricket - along with Michael Clarke. 

However cricket can be a game that squares up the ledger and luckily for me Di Bartolo was claimed without troubling the scorers. With a few quick wickets after tea the Stags had their opponents at 4/35 due to impressive spells by Scott “take me on” Heaney and Chad “buffalo” Soper. 

Josh “smitten” Poysden was introduced into the attack when the wests players had decided to park the bus. However he struggled to find his length with his better half watching on in the stands. The poor bloke just can’t impress and bowl his best in front of his many female fans. For a period of time the Stags couldn’t make a break through. The love guru Bombas was asked to bowl, for some reason, and to everyone’s surprise he picked up a wicket with his first ball … shock me. 

However with not many overs remaining the Stags struggled on a pitch that was providing no support for the bowlers. The game ended after 55 overs of bowling, with only 6 wickets taken.

Scott Heaney tries to break the lower order of Wests 

Another opportunity missed with some very impressive performances. Another fixture we add to the list where chances were not taken; resulting in competition points not acquired. Many questions need to be asked and answers addressed come the end of season for the 1st Grade side. Ultimately we are judged as a club by the success of this side. 

All the best to everyone seeking points for the finals series and I look forward to celebrating the successes this season will bring to the club over the next month.

James Kennedy

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

The local derby turned into a "one week, long/short" contest. With us were two proud debutants who eventually got a hat on their heads. Anand Verma was rewarded by the selectors for his form in 2nd Grade. Jack Colley also deserved his promotion to the top grade after some terrific innings in 2s and the continued absence of the skipper.

Anand Verma and Jack Colley are congratulated by Kennedy and Packman on their debuts in 1st Grade 

Our coach joined us for his first away fixture of the season, much to the stand-in captain’s delight. Gordon great James Packman was welcomed back into the premiere side.

The Stags were sent in at the toss. A change of order shook up the teams for "10 touches" in the warm up. Steve Colley and Iain Beverley got the Stags off the line in fairly quick fashion. Both lost their wickets in succession with the score at 2/25.

Bombas and Packman needed to rebuild which they did for the majority of the first session. Packman did the majority of the scoring as Bombas kept the partnership intact. Packers played some vintage strokes mixed with some aggressive shots as he rode his luck through the first session. The highlight was his on drive past Harry Conway who didn't stand a chance of picking up the tracer bullet like drive. 

Players from both teams marvelled the shot as he approached 50 in his return match. Richtor joined Packman at the crease before lunch with a spring in his step. From ball one, Els showed intent and found the middle of the bat against the ND spinners. After the lengthy first session we found ourselves 3/130 odd after 35 overs. 

Packman's return to 1st Grade included a half century to restore the innings from an early 2/25

Lunch was served, including in my opinion the best chicken burgers in the grade competition. Our high hopes to bat towards a declaration took a blow first ball after lunch. Packers dismissed for a well-earned 52. Crawford found it tough to get going in his usual up beat rhythm. However Els ticked the score board along. 

It was a pleasure to witness Jack Colley face his first ball as a 19 year old and stoke a magnificent cover drive for three. No doubt a sign of what's to come for this young man with a huge head on his shoulders! Losing Crawford and Colley in succession sparked a collapse with Soper unlucky to be given out first ball. 

The always prepared Kennedy was surprisingly on time to the crease to face a hat-trick ball which he kept out in true pincer pride. JK was unable to continue his fine form at Waitara Oval. Richtor witnessed the entire middle order collapse from the other end and somehow managed to get himself past 50. A great innings by Els who finished with 58 and it was awesome to see him attack the ND bowlers with intent. 

Another cameo by Scott Heaney supported by ‘AV’ Verma got our total to 196.

196 was obviously under par on the Waitara wicket, however the bowling group prepared well in the 10 minute break and the stags came out with good intent. JK stuck early, taking the big wicket of Hughes with a terrific catch by Richtor at second slip. 

Richtor in action with the willow, rather than at second slip. 

Once again Els adds to his highlight reel of spectacular grabs. Not quite as good as Blacktown this season or parramatta last season, however it was up there in the top 10. 

The quicks rotated in the lead up to tea, however it was the debutant Verma that was next to strike. What another wonderful experience for Anand, grabbing his first wicket in the top side with a ball that turned past the outside edge clipping to top of off stump. Verma stuck again before tea leaving the score at 3/56 at the interval.

The boys believed we were a genuine chance and it's great to have the support of your team knowing that the task in front of us was huge. 

Soper toiled away without any breakthrough 

The ND skipper Whealing was patient with the Stag attack. It was great to see Heaney, Soper and JK bowl for long periods. The wicket didn't offer much and it proved difficult to remove the Rangers line up in the afternoon. The highlight being Anand on debut, who finished with outstanding figure of 4/53. Congratulations big man.

Back to training this week boys and let's get ready to upset Wests and Penrith for their finals preparations.

Many thanks to Mr Bev for his managerial roles. It does not go unnoticed and I'm sure all the boys greatly appreciate your services throughout the season. Special mention to Gilly Packman who witnessed her son James face one ball.

On that note thanks to all the mums, dads and supporters who showed up to back the Stags, whichever grade their sons and mates play.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 2 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 2 - 2013/14

BombasOnce again arriving at Reg's favourite ground, things were looking up for the Stags. Needing 272 for victory, the idea was to bat long into the day and everything went in the Stags favour until the first ball was bowled in anger.

Bombas stands tall in the second dig to stave off an outright 

Our first innings didn't start too well with one of our openers nicking off in the first oval of the day. With a small partnership between Steve Colley and Reece Bombas it started to look good, until it was broken with a cross-bat flick through mid-wicket from Colley that ended up at cover. 

Throughout the next hour and a half our, wickets kept falling through some good bowling from the opposition and, to be brutally honest, lack of application from our boys. Good resistance from Tym and Chad soon came to an end, with us all out for 143 in the middle session. Less than ideal.

Colley GDCCA short changeover, and an order reshuffle, and we were out there with Evans to take the first. Harry got us off to a good start hitting the ball to all parts, and followed by Reece and Steve who shut down the Randy-Pete's hopes of an outright. It wasn't a great day for the Stags, but it is one we will learn from.

Steve 'Buck' Colley was solid in both innings. Hopefully he'll ton up like his brother this weekend. 

It would be fantastic to finish the season with 3 wins, a bagful of club championship points and a few days at Chatswood watching 2nd Grade clean up in the post-season.

Scott Heaney

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 1 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - Day 1 - 2013/14

JK GDCCAfter hearing about Petersham Oval, with all its perks, replacing the outstanding Coogee, the day had finally come to step foot on the well talked about ground.

Expecting the wicket to be low and slow, the Stags had put together a few plans in the 5 or so minutes that we had spare early morning. 

The author's opening partner, James "Mantos" Kennedy charges in at Petersham Oval 

Taking the field with James Kennedy (5/47) leading the way with good support from Scott Heaney (2/66) and Chad Soper (1/49), Randy-Petes were under pressure.

With a great catch for Iain Beverley to dismiss the opener we were underway. Knowing that there could be long periods of time without any action, the Stags continued with their plans for the most part. As the wicket got better and the partnerships started to grow, the bowlers stuck to their instructions and wickets kept falling. 

Evans GDCCOriginal predictions of not many catches for the slips was a little astray as they just kept coming.

"They followed him" - One of 6 catches Evans took 

It seemed like they followed the captain, Harry Evans, grabbing 6 catches for the day. “Mantos” Kennedy on fire all day long and Josh Poysden (1-82) tying up and end, the bowling group kept to the plans well throughout the day, with great help from the wicket keeper Beverley, we were chasing 272 when the final wicket fell. Possibly an over too soon, as our boys had to pad up for one over.

With this one over to go, Steve and Reg were sure to 'look to score' as the Stags finished up on 0-0 with a day to go.

Until then.

Scott Heaney

Bevo Catch GDCC

  None of the slips are even the slightest bit interested in Beverley's antics 
1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Sydney - Round 11 - 2013/14

Soper GDCCWe arrived at Chatswood for the second week running, taking the covers off to what looked like a fairly true wicket with moist conditions during the week. There was one change this week, with big Scott Heaney back in the team. Once again, the opposition won the toss and sent us in to bat.

Chad Soper makes sure the side posts a competative total after a sluggish start 

On what was thought to be a decent batting wicket, it was still felt a score of 250 plus was needed as the wicket was on the western side of the square with the train line beckoning. 

Gordon were off to a solid start, however soon lost both openers and Bombas cheaply to leave the side struggling at 3-47. After punishing a free-hit over cow corner with an educated slog, Harry was then dismissed for a hard fought 30. However, Elliot was still there, toiling away, working hard to rotate the strike and occasionally lofting one over the infield for a boundary. Tym unfortunately was dismissed in his 20’s with another one making a start but not going on with it. 

Richtor GDCCWickets were falling too regularly for partnerships to develop which is vital in any form of cricket. Richter was later dismissed for a well constructed 50 with 6 boundaries to his name. This left Chad and ‘The big fella’ Heaney, who has been found after a no-show up the coast, to finish off the innings. 

Els Richtor continues in his rich vein of form. Now to reapply it to the 2 day matches 

Scott strolled out to the wicket with no fear and dispatched 23 quick runs to provide the Stags with some momentum going into the lunch interval. Batting at 10 with striking like that, he could soon find himself at 9 with Mantos back into double digits next week. 

We finished at 9-211 and batted out the 50 overs for the first time this season.

MulcherThe bowling innings started convincingly with both Mr Kennedy and ‘Tall Tower’ Heans taking a wicket each leaving Sydney 2 wickets down early on. ‘The Mulcher’ Poysden was introduced into the attack bowling up into the breeze allowing Heans to follow JK at the Southern end down wind. 

He had a crowd of 3, over from England, to support him, one wearing a shirt displaying his support for the Pom. Chad then followed Josh from the northern end and did well bowling the majority of his overs one after the other.

Josh 'The Mulcher' Poysden's support gear. Not an expense spared. 

Like the Gordon innings, the batsmen found it hard to play controlled stokes throughout their innings and, therefore, continued to slowly lose wickets. 

Heaney GDCCBatting was also made difficult by improved fielding from previous weeks. Steve threw down the stumps numerous times and Harry decided he could go one better when first, he hit the non-strikers stumps, then regained the ball and to hit at the strikers end.

A great start back in the premier grade by Heaney, with ball and bat 

However, all that occurred was Sydney scoring another run.

The bowlers stood up today and it showed in their statistics with Scott 3/21, Harry 1/42, James 3/30, Josh 1/31 and Chad 1/51. Dot balls are the key to building pressure and ultimately taking wickets. At one stage Sydney were 8-128, however a brief partnership took the Sydney score to 165 before the 9th wicket fell and then the 10th at 178.

This kind of whole-hearted team performance in the field is what is needed to take the team forward in the following games and end the season mid-table.

Tym Crawford

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Parramatta - Round 10 - 2013/14

Chad Soper GDCCWe arrived at Chatswood on a very warm day, the wicket was looking good and it was great to see our leader back… Whatever the reason was for why he was one the sideline it no longer matter to us. He was back in Stags colours.

Chad Soper adds some handy runs at the end of the innings 

We lost the toss and were sent in. The boys were confident of a big score but unfortunately it did not exactly work out as planned. We lost a couple of wickets early but put on a partnership to be 3/88. Steve Colley was playing shots all around the ground, a real pleasure to watch, until he was run out.

Then another partnership began to form between Elliot and Tim and this put us right back in the game. 

Poysden GDCC

Tim was playing well and is showing a lot of maturity as a new-comer to the side. But once again we had a runout; this time Tim departed.

James, Chad and Josh got us to a score of 230, but we committed the cardinal sin of not batting out our overs; bowled out in the 46th over.

Josh Poysden twirls his magic in an attempt to get the boys back in the match 

The boys knew we had to bowl well to defend the target. But our bowlers have been performing. We were in with a chance.

Dan Smith picked up an early wicket and it was exactly what we needed. After that, however, we continued to bowl too many 4 balls. To make matters worse our fielding was poor.

Dan Smith and team GDCC

Dan Smith takes the first wicket and sets the boys on the right trajectory 

The one upside was that Chad was continuing to bowl excellently, getting the wickets he deserved and tying down the runs. 

KennedyHad we scored another 30 runs we would have won the game.

A glorious view. James "Mantis" Kennedy is known for playing hard and straight down the ground 

After the game finished and we went to the dressing room our coach gave us a spray and we deserved it.

It has been a lot of lost opportunities throughout the season Batting and Bowling.

But with a lot of hard work, WE WILL IMPROVE.

Reece Bombas

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Manly - Round 9 - 2013/14

JKFirst Grade turned up to take on a strong Manly side with out skipper Harry Evans who was struck down by a mysterious illness preventing him from playing. This left VC Iain Beverley to step up and hold the fort while Harry got over the sniffles. 

James "JK" Kennedy looks for bigger returns in the 2nd half of the year 

Undecided what to with toss, Iain decided to follow Sparky’s “Theory of Bowling First” on what turned out to be a lively wicket. The bowlers started well with Manly struggling to score and balls flying pass the outside of the bat. After weathering the early storm Manly capitalised on some loose bowling and increased the run rate. 

The bowlers started to claw us back into the game with some wickets to stem the flow of runs and at the 35 over mark optimistic Captain Bevo challenged the team to keep them under 220. At this stage of the game this was realistic target but required some serious death bowling. Some excellent hitting and bowlers were a fraction off meant that Manly raced to a massive total of 269. 

The bowlers put in through out the innings but failed to execute their skill under pressure of the dominant Manly batsmen.

JoshThe lunch break Bevo provided clear instructions to the batsmen to be positive from the outset and attack the new ball. Similar to the bowlers the Gordon bats could not apply any pressure on Manly and allowed them to dictate terms. Reece Bombas showed his class and looked to take the attack apart by good positive cricket strokes, only to be bowled by an excellent delivery from Stephen O’Keefe.

Poysden will play a big part if the Stags are to go deep into the finals this year 

The run rate slowly climbed and we were chasing our tails the whole innings. It was a disappointing display by the bats to be bowled out 183.

Steve ‘Buck’ Colley

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Sydney University - Round 8 - 2013/14

Chad Soper GDCCEven after last season’s vessel-bursting rant, the parking situation at Sydney University remained unchanged. Consequently the "Players Court" or "Bombas Retirement Fund" benefitted heavily from the "lateness" clause. Not a good start against a side that is leading the competition.

Chad Soper and his "7 minute abs" took two wickets 

The Stags fielded first... shock me! It was first grade’s debut 50 over match this season. The two new white balls from both ends had Dan Smith rejoicing. I even heard him say "you beauty! James keep your pincers off my ball". James Kennedy pushed into the breeze, producing a chance in his first over! The shoulders remained upright (surprisingly) as JK bowled a consistent 1st spell which significantly restricted the scoring rate of the students. 

The Number 1 wicket was tough to read, the pace was slow making it difficult to play conventional cricket shots down the ground. Our skipper and Chad Soper took the reins and had the students 1/65 after 25 overs. The bowlers certainly stepped up. Soper and his 7 minute abs ended up with 2/51.

Elliot RichtorThe pro, the one and only Josh Poysden mulched his way to 2/39 snaring the big wicket of Mail. Again pushing his claim to be England's spinner in the Sydney Test Match. 

Elliot Richtor continues his good form, also taking two in the match 

Let’s face it, the only reason we weren't chasing 250+ was because of this wicket. JP has been fine form recently, ripping them out of the mulch, bagging a few of his own countrymen along the way and even getting some wickets! 

Els was called upon where he varied his pace nicely and consistently found the outside edge of the bat. The gunner finished with 2/41. At the final drinks break, Harry set the challenge of restricting the score under 200 a very achievable goal.

Our fielding in the final 10 overs was poor. We really gifted the students 20-30 runs they didn't deserve through some substandard fielding efforts and the target was set 230 to win.

Harry Evans GDCCThe chase never gained the momentum we required to mow down the target. Harry Evans again was the standout batsmen for the Stags.

Evans dances down the track against the slower bowlers 

The highlight for me was witnessing Harold take down the opening bowler as he proceeded to bowl head height, with two back to the biggest boundary on the field. Not only did our H take the fieldsmen on, he made an absolute mockery out of the plan when he sent the ball to the boundary multiple times. 

Chad and Dan fought hard towards the end of the innings but again the chase lacked momentum. On a side note, it was great to see Poysden with the pads on again. A sneaky not out last Saturday may see an elevation in the line up after the break. 

Special mention must go to Greg Mail and Mark Faraday for the post match beers. Well done lads especially Mark for supplying the lashes. Also to ‘Karl Wentzel’ for another outstanding contribution to the "Reece Bombas Retirement Fund" in court afterwards.

Iain Beverley

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

1st Grade vs Fairfield-Liverpool - Round 7 - 2013/14

Elliot Richtor GDCCAs seen in previous reports, arriving early and on time for games is paramount for the 1st Graders - as is the standard coffee run of a home game at Chatswood Oval. For this “Coastie” (which Urban Dictionary defines as ‘the better-looking folk that reside in the most central strip of the NSW coast’) this means allowing an extra 20 minutes to your one hour trip down from home AND providing adequate transport for the club’s import, so he can arrive early, sip on a Piccolo and then churn out another five wicket haul. Why change a winning formula?

Congratulations Els. What a fantastic start to the season. 

Our day of dominance began with Tym Crawford being welcomed into the dressing room for his debut in 1st Grade and immediately stamping his impact on the team by sitting in the captain’s seat. 

With the skipper playing favourites and allowing this monstrosity to go away unpunished the team proceeded onto the field for the covers only to see a green square with lines marked resembling something of a football field with “Buckets” Colley already crying foul at the groundsmen to trim and roll the deck yet again. 

Maybe this was what the opposition were expecting as their warm up began with a game of football. Rookie error, this no doubt was where the game was won.

With warm up complete, “fro’ downs”, catching and mitting and the toss lost, the Stags were bowling.

Tym GDCCThe play started with Kennedy and Smith opening up and bowling attacking lines and utilising the short ball well but with the Lions batsmen looking to score positively, the score quickly raced to 59 for no loss. Soper followed Smith from the Westfield End and despite a grassed chance, produced two quick wickets in consecutive balls thanks to the catching of Beverley and Evans.

Equally so for Tym Crawford, getting his 1st Grade cap from the coach 

Despite the efforts of the bowlers and the top standard of fielding, The Lions recovered to be 2 for 121 after lunch before the bowling partnership of Poysden and Evans took over proceedings. Firstly Josh, who was no doubt utilising his energy from his Piccolo, got in the action with the wickets of the two set batsmen at the wicket including the prize wicket of Seymour for 71 to have the Lions 4 for 122. Harry then began to prophecy to yours truly at mid-off, speaking out what was going to happen with the following short ball that he was going to bowl and executed two well-directed heavy bouncers that had two bats caught trying to hook. 

Is there anything he can’t do? 

At the other end Josh was going through the defence of the Lions batsmen, like he goes through his teammates’ girlfriends’ Instagrams, snaring three more wickets to collect another five wicket haul (5 for 51 off 17 overs) and have the Lions losing 7 wickets for just 34 runs. There was some resistance by the tail but Harold sensed another opportunity to burgle another wicket and brought himself on and completed what was a successfully bowling performance to finish with 3 for 16 off his 9 overs and leave the Lions all out for 201.

Poysden GDCCWith 41overs to bat for the afternoon the Gordon bowlers decided this was a good opportunity to indulge into the amazing afternoon tea spread by the Gordon family, a big thank you to whoever it was that must have read my mind and provided pancakes!

Poysden, like a kid with ADHD, exudes energy as he bolts down the deck after clinching a wicket 

Although in saying this, Lions must enjoy them as much as I do as well as they came out roaring with the ball after tea taking the big wickets of Damon Livermore and Cam Eccles with sharp catching to have the Stags 2 for 11. Not long after this after some consolidation they struck again taking the valuable wickets of Steve Colley and debutant Tym Crawford to leave us 4 for 63 and us bowlers feeling uneasy inside. 

Game in the balance.

Enter Harold Evans and Elliot Richtor. The former continued his Bradman-esque form, with flourishing straight drives, cuts, sweep shots, quick singles and pulls over the boundary rope to bring up his 3rd century on home soil showing both teams how to play on Chatswood. He was well supported by the latter, Elliot Richtor, who batted with intent and cut, glanced, flicked and drove extremely well with intelligent running to see the score reach 4 for 191 at stumps on the first day.

Harry on 110 not out off 109 balls and Elliot on 48 not out and an unbroken partnership of 128.


Chad continues to take crucial wickets for his skipper, as the slips cordon joins in the celebrations 

Although the first day belonged to Harry, the start of the second day was all Elliot Richtor who took over after Harry was dismissed for 120 and played exceptionally well to reach his maiden first grade century before being dismissed on 102 after taking us well and beyond the target score.

GDCC  Els Richtor

Special mention to Elliot who has progressed in leaps and bounds this season and is always a joy to watch when he is at full flight under the lid with bat in hand. He is such a stylish player and works so hard on his game and it was an amazing feeling to be there to witness his innings in front of the home crowd and his family! Congratulations Ells!

Richtor’s dismissal was the signal for Harry to declare our innings in the hope of us continuing our form in bowling out Fairfield in the second dig. 

Just a small snapshot into the way Elliot went about accumulating his runs 

The boys toiled hard to make this happen but with only 4 wickets taken for 182 runs on what was becoming as some may define as a “flatty” which for those not in the know means - a good batting surface, the game was ended after the second last session of the day and the eleven Gordons continued on their merry way singing the song once again with Marcus, who made an appearance despite his busy schedule and even began naming his players 1-11 before being abruptly sent from the dressing room after Evans was named number 1.

But who would disagree? I know the Fairfield Lions wouldn’t. 

Fairfield 201 (Josh Poysden 5/51, Harry Evans 3/16, Chad Soper 2/20) and 4/182 (Chad Soper 2/50, James Kennedy 1/30, Harry Evans 1/12) were defeated by Gordon 6/283 dec. (Harry Evans 120, Elliot Richtor 102, Dan Smith 22*)

Chad Soper

Second Grade Match Reports 2013/14

Second Grade Match Reports 2013/14

RosenThe Second Grade team plays for The Albert Cup.

All of the lower grades generally contain a number of experienced players and young higher grade aspirants. Points for all wins go to the club championship.

Second Grade match reports for 2013/14 season are provided below:

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Semi Final - 2013/14

There was some talk about playing on a wicket which ‘might be a bit juicy’ to say the least after torrential rain hit the harbour city during the week. Storms had been frequent although most of the activity had happened early in the week. 

The weather forced us indoors for training, which now takes place half way to the central coast. That said both sides were faced with the same events and it would be a battle of who would turn up most prepared to play.

Dan Smith provides good counter attack, but it was all a bit late 

The side had been a little interrupted to say the least, players had been shifted around to fill vacancies created by work commitments, mystery illness, injuries and player form. The continuity somewhat suffered; however it can’t be said that the side on paper wasn’t one of strength across the paddock.

Back to the game. When arriving on Saturday and players are entering the change room with just bag for clothes and Tupperware containers, it is a bit of a giveaway that they believe the game may start late (if at all).

Jack Colley looks to the straight boundries at Mark Taylor Oval 

This certainly was the case at Waitara, which is historically prone to wet weather washouts due to the ground dynamics. There were inspections after inspection, ‘run throughs’ and finally a decision that play should get underway at 2pm in fairness to both teams. 

After losing the toss we were asked to make first use of the wicket with the bat. This proved difficult as there was moisture and a stickiness about the way the ball was carrying through. It was going to take a good amount of patience and hard work to get through to the more fruitful hours of the day for batting, after tea. We did not start well, we didn’t continue well and we didn’t finish well. 

All out for 96 on a wicket which was more like 200-220+. One highlight was Daniel Smith’s counter attack which yielded numerous boundaries (20 runs off one over) and some respectability to the team’s total in what was a rather disappointing effort for a team who was fighting to make a grand final.

Jack Skilbeck gives the side some hope at the end of the 1st day 

Whilst runs on the board are always important and it can put pressure on the opposition, when you don’t register 3 figures it is hard to continue to apply pressure. We finished the day with 2 wickets under the belt, we needed something like 8 for 50 on the second morning to have any real chance of progressing. 

Without early wickets the writing was on the wall and ND’s nullified any threats we had and passed us without losing a wicket. 

Bretty Rosen is pretty sure about this one 

There were a few notables during the match;
- As mentioned Dan Smith’s cameo (more please and for longer next year Smithy)

- Cam Eccles enthusiasm in the field (second to none other than Chris Spratt)

- Cam Eccles deliberate attempt to devise a run out…. by dropping one of the easiest catches ever witnessed on the cricket pitch, only then to claim that the ball (travelling less than 3km/h) split his webbing and required hospitalisation. Comedy of errors, good from Cam!

- Greg Lewis’s comments that the guy batting had a ‘Shrig’ and challenged him to a ‘chest-off’.

- NDs bowled 15 overs in an hour and a half, meaning we were still on the field near 7pm, as the sun disappeared behind the unit blocks owned by the Beverley’s.

- Gordon may struggle to field a 2nd Grade team next year after so many players are moving (tongue in cheek) and Damon Livermore is setting up a breakaway/rebel league.

Campbell continues to get the prodigious swing that troubles the batsmen 

Well that’s it for me. I certainly won’t be writing more reports, nor donning the whites, as it has come time to hang up the boots officially. Kit has already been dispersed and there were some happy recipients. Smithy, that bat will need to be used at Chatswood only!

I must say it has been a real honour playing for such a great club, the good times and the more challenging ones too. I have certainly played with some fantastic cricketers, great people and made lifelong friends. 

The support from the club has been superb and to have the President there scoring the last game for us will be remembered for a long time to come – Cheers Falky. 

"That" cover drive will be missed Packers 

From back in the old days of games at Killara and getting to the cricket (often late) because the Manager was running behind, thanks Dad, right up to the last game a week ago I have thoroughly enjoyed my career at the Stags and am proud to have played for the one club for so many years.

All the best for the future and I will be cheering from the pickets next season

Get Far you Bah.. 

James “Jammer” Packman

2nd Grade vs St George - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs St George - Qualifying Final - 2013/14

Livermore GDCCAfter a couple of poor performances, our 2nd Grade side was out to prove we have what it takes to play finals cricket. It was a good day for cricket; sunny, warm and the pitch was looking good for batting.

So to bat first was on the captain’s mind and when St. George won the toss they decided to send us in to have a bat. 

Damon Livermore picks one up outside off and looks to the legside for a boundary 

Our openers got us off to a good solid start with Kris Colley a bit unlucky to be given out LBW for 12 with the score on 41. I came to the crease next and with Cam Eccles out LBW not long after for 25, James Packman arrived to join me.

Lewis GDCC

So from a good start we were suddenly 2/44. Not what we wanted.

The St George bowlers were quite disciplined, bowling good line and length and, with the ball coming on to the bat a little slower than usual, we had to concentrate a bit more. 

Greg Lewis holds the side together as they search to post a total against St George 

James was out soon after, which bought Damon (Reg) Livermore to the crease. We continued to score with Reg playing some nice shots for his 29. We lost a few wickets quickly which put us on the back foot with our run scoring.

James Campbell came to middle to join me with the score at 182 which was not going to be enough. James held up his end admirably and we managed to bat on to make the score 218, which was well below the score we wanted. But better than where we could have ended up at a couple of different points throughout the day.

Now the tough part; keeping St George to under 218, which was not going to be easy. However, we reminded ourselves that with a good performance in the field and the match being a final, it was doable. Anything was possible here.

Skilbeck GDCCWith 22 overs left in the day’s play, St George went out to bat, Dan Smith took an early wicket but the St George batsmen started to look comfortable until in the 2nd last over, Jack Skilbeck struck twice and the score was 3/42 at stumps. So, we were in with a fighting chance!

Jack Skilbeck strikes twice late on the first day to get the Stags back in the game 

On Sunday, Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck did not waste anytime in getting stuck into the St George middle order, dismissing them for a mere 52 runs. Suddenly our opposition were 8/94 and looking very uneasy. However their No 8 batsman, Howes, and the No. 11 Batsman, Green, did their best to stop any plans the Stags had of any early finish to the St. George innings and an early mark for us. 

They dug in, and for the next 58 overs crept closer to our score of 218. Our captain tried a variety of bowlers to try and break the partnership, with some close calls going the way of the batsmen.

Dan Smith GDCCThe word “frustrating” came to mind. After the tea break, the runs were ticking over slowly but steadily until they came to within 25 runs of our total. When, at last, Dan Smith bowled a beauty to remove the bails of the St George No 11, a sigh a relief was heard all around Chatswood Oval! 

Kris Colley is on the move as Dan Smith charges in for one final time 

Dan Smith and Jack Skilbeck were the best of the bowlers with 4/68 and 4/34 respectively.

It was a tight and exciting game; it wasn’t our best performance but I believe the Stags worked really hard for this win. We will need to look at a couple of areas of our game at training this week and then onto Waitara to continue our finals campaign against Northern District next week.

To finish I would like to thank the “mums” for the great afternoon teas provided over the weekend.

Greg Lewis

Dan Smith and team GDCC

Great shape away for Smith as the skipper and slips await an edge 
2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Western Suburbs - Round 14 - 2013/14

Anand GDCCHave you ever known weeks and weeks in advance that you would play finals cricket? This team has. “Fantastic!” you say. “How good!” you ask, rhetorically. I would have agreed with you four weeks ago. 

Having now been in this situation for the first time ever, I can say it is a great and satisfying feeling. At first. 

Anand Verma... we were hoping to get a photo with the willow after a gutsy effort 

With the benefit of hindsight my experience has shown that it can also sap motivation and induce complacency, even a wish for regular cricket to hurry up and end so that we can get into the big business. Playing consecutive 120 over games, early starts and long days hasn’t helped matters either. “Excuses” you say. “You bet” I say. “Weak excuses” you say. “They most definitely are” I say. 

For the last two games now we have warmed up poorly and we have started out fielding sessions lazily. Not the trademarks of a successful team. As always our bowling was good enough to give us a shot at chasing in the second innings. 

This was again the case on Saturday. For the first hour Smithy and JC bowled far better than the opposition batsmen would have liked beating the bat consistently. A couple of half chances went wide or high of slips and gully. It seems to me that this happens more frequently when everyone is just going through the motions as they say. A bit of a shot at the team by the skipper at the first drinks break seemed to wake everyone a little and soon after Skilly was on a hat-trick and we had them 2 for 40 odd. 

A great catch by Jack Colley off Anand took the score to 3 for 70 when their skipper came in and made batting look comfortable again. It must be said that Skilly still beat him regularly but just couldn’t quite draw the edge. We applied ourselves pretty well until about the 60th over, when the end was within sight. Despite only taking 7 wickets, the feeling that Wests must soon declare seemed to cause another wave of complacency at which point wests upped the scoring rate to set us 214 off the 54 overs remaining. Once again our bowlers held up their end of the bargain. 

Skilbeck GDCCI still believe as I have all season that it can’t be long until we bowl a team out for next to nothing. Our fielding skill set held up despite being lacklustre and then it was up to the batsmen.

Skilbeck was on the road to a hat-trick with an inspired first spell 

We started well. 4 an over ish for the first 4. Then… HAT-TRICK. Reg, Lewy, Eccs (Livermore, Lewis, Eccles). Goooone. 

We lost Kris soon after. 

Numbers 5 and 6 set about righting the ship. They settled things. For about an over or three. Then both fell to the kind of shots that are especially heartbreaking when staring down the barrel of 6 for 30 odd. 

Thankfully it was ‘Super Smith’ and ‘Super Smith’ (a.k.a verma) to the rescue. It may not have led to a win but they definitely rescued a little respectability when viewing the scores in isolation. Smithy batted the way the six guys ahead of him would have intended when they walked out to the middle. The truth is Smithy was dismissed in a similar way to number 5 and 6. He just waited until he was 63 before doing it. 

I don’t want to say that it cost us the game but I’d definitely go so far as to say that it prevented the rest of the team from witnessing something more amazing than the opposition hatrick. A near certain James Campbell 50. 

Fortunately for the rest of us Jimmy was not abandoned before we had the opportunity to witness his highest ever score (previous best 16) brought up with a towering six lifted over wide mid-on (I’m pretty confident that’s his first six ever as well). Most other batsmen in this team haven’t received such an ovation for bringing up their hundred. 

Occasionally things happen in cricket that are slightly beyond our control. Losing our top three to a hat-trick is one and James Campbell passing 20 is another. What a game.

So at least there was a highlight or two for us to enjoy. Those are the things worth dwelling on. The other thing to consider is how we go about improving our enthusiasm and general attitude for the upcoming games. It’s time to remember why we love playing this game. Jimmy might have just reminded us.

Brett Rosen

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Northern District - Round 13 - 2013/14

The 2nd Graders found themselves with a number of changes in their side due to injuries, work and leisure. We welcomed Taity, Spratty, ‘Reg’ Livermore, ‘McElpuff’ McElduff, and our overseas import ‘JP’ Poysden. 

Brett Rosen looks to hit out in the run chase 

When all was said and done, it was telling that our main highlight for the two weeks was being rained off and going to the Merrenburn Lakes to partake in some golf, darts and poker. 

Come Day 2, with a monster 120 overs, to play the mood was relaxed, maybe a little too relaxed. Bretty won the toss and elected to bowl again on a very flat looking Chatswood deck. With the expert shining from Reg, the boys knew they would get the ball swinging and so they did. ‘DS’ Smith was particularly lethal, and at times too much so, with the top 3 playing and missing numerous times and by at least 10cm. 

At drinks someone commented that maybe Reg should cease with the shining and maybe Dan will get the edge. In the end we bowled them out in the 58th over for around 250. 

Damon 'Reg' Livermore plays an elegant hook shot 

Very, very, very gettable at Chatswood with the small boundary. In hindsight 250 was probably 50 too many with a number of dropped catches going down. 

It looks like Skilly will have some friends to join him in catching 200 balls on Thursday. 

Our run chase was set up by Reg and ‘McEldrive’ after losing Spratty early. The pair consolidated however found scoring tough. ‘McElfifty’ went on to bring up his half century in his maiden 2nd Grade game. However, the wickets kept falling and we were left with the tail to salvage a draw. 

With 1.5 overs to go and everyone around the bat the last two succumb to the pressure and we lost. It must be noted that Taity did hit the best on-drive the NDs keeper had ever seen but then thought he was better than he is and chopped on 2 balls later. 

Liam McElduff has a successful 2nd Grade debut 

It was a hard defeat but maybe a defeat we needed as NDs played hard cricket unlike we had seen in the previous weeks. We now know what is required for finals cricket. 

Cam Eccles

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

2nd Grade vs Randwick-Petersham - Round 12 - 2013/14

Dan Smith GDCCI turned up late to Chatswood Oval to see the boys already folding up the covers, this was quite poor as it is exactly a 1km drive to the oval. However, the jurors in the court are easily bribed when 3 jugs of beer were bought later on that night, in order to free my name from fines.

Dan Smith teams up with James Campbell to lead the 2nd Grade attack to good success 

Anyway I’m not too sure if we won or lost the toss, but we bowled first like usual.

The day started well with Dan Smith snicking off their dangerous opening bat in the first over. ‘JC’ Campbell also picked up an early wicket and built pressure as Smithy hooped the ball consistently past the outside edge.

Campbell GDCCRandwick consolidated and the grind began. After lunch the Randy-Petes got on top and were looking at a high score when reaching 3/160 after drinks in mid-afternoon. An inspired couple of overs from Anand Verma, with two well-