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Gold Win Tight Grand Final
Gordon Gold were into their first ever grand final after winning a very tight semi-final against the minor premiers the previous week by five runs on the same ground.They were therefore fairly confident they could hold their own in the U16/17 grand final. Lindfield won the toss and put Gordon into bat on a moist pitch and a damp outfield at the Gillespie field.
Tight bowling from Lindfield and a slow outfield meant that Tom Mooney
and Alex Gan
got off to a slow but fair start. Gan was run out on 9 but had put on a partnership of 33 for the first wicket, and it turned out to be the biggest partnership of the innings. By the halfway mark Gordon was 2 for 47 and in a good position to compile a decent score. Mooney was eventually dismissed for 60 off 70 balls, an excellent score in the conditions and what turned out to be the innings of the match. After Geordie Bremner
fell for a quick fire 14 with Gordon on 90, the other wickets fell quickly as Gordon sought quick runs and were out in the 31st over for 104.
Gordon’s opening bowlers Tom Slack
and Sean Conlon
, then Jack Gohl
and Mooney, started accurately and tightly giving no easy runs, which contributed to the fall of wickets to Mooney, Alex Watson
and Aidan Casey
to have Lindfield 3 for 31 halfway through their innings.
Excellent bowling by Bremner and Zhiran Zhou
after the break, and great fielding including a well executed run out by Justin Green
and Bremner put the pressure right on the Lindfield side.
A late cameo by Cameron Scanlon
from Lindfield threatened to push the match their way but he was out to an excellent catch to Tom Richards
(his third for the match) off Slack.
Lindfield fought to the end but Conlon picked up the final two wickets and Gordon had won by 19 runs.
Champions: Premiers Gordon Gold and runners up Lindfield Langer after the U16/17 grand final
It was a great contest between two highly competitive sides. But the difference between the sides was the match-winning innings of Mooney, and more critically, the ability of the Gordon side in the field to defend a modest total by never letting the opposition get easy runs or develop partnerships.
Gordon Gold Defeat Minor Premiers in Semi Final Thriller
After overnight rain, a damp ground delayed the start of the game which was then reduced to 30 overs a side.Lindfield Lee won the toss and put Gordon in on a moist pitch with variable bounce at the Gillespie Field.
Gordon Gold’s openers decked out in pink for Pink Stumps day
Gordon’s openers batted cautiously until Alexander Gan
got out for 14, with the score at 1-20 in the 13th over. Batting remained difficult but a quick 24 off as many balls by Tom Mooney
, then 10 off 22 balls by Tom Richards
helped move the score along. Gordon reached a score of 5-89 in their 30 overs, a total anchored around a patient and intelligent innings by opener Alex Watson
who remained undefeated on 34. The difficulty in batting was exemplified by the fact that Gordon only managed six boundaries on a small ground.
The opening bowlers Thomas Slack
and Sean Conlon
kept tight lines not giving away any runs in the first five overs.
This put pressure on the Lindfield batsmen and led to the 1st wicket falling to a run out. Conlon, Slack and Mooney each picked up a wicket and by the 16th over Lindfield were struggling at 3 for 23.
Two wickets fell to outfield catches by Slack (who ended the match with four catches) off the bowling of Geordie Bremner
as Lindfield tried to accelerate the scoring rate.
The game swung back Lindfield’s way when Petrie of Lindfield hit two lusty sixes off Will Bremner
but Will had the last word when Petrie was caught in the outfield going for another boundary.
A direct hit run out by Watson swung the game back Gordon’s way, and it came down to the last over with Lindfield needing 12 run. The first two balls of Conlon’s final over went for five runs but he kept his cool and his last three balls picked up the final two wickets - both bowled. Gordon had won a great semi final by five runs.
The win was a tribute to Gordon’s ability to bowl tightly, field brilliantly to support their bowlers, and keep their cool during tense situations. Everyone played their part, bowling economically (Aiden Casey
whose 2 overs went for 1 run, Jack Gohl’s
3 overs for 6 runs), Justin Green
, Zhiran Zhou
and Gan keeping a tight inner field that didn’t give away singles and Richards keeping on a difficult pitch with variable pace and bounce.
Reds Stumble in Top of Table Clash
After a long Christmas break the boys started the new year with a tough game against St Ives Warner. This promised to be a good guide to see how the Reds are placed for the finals.The Reds batted first. Rory Chitty and Lachie Pin opened. St Ives bowled well claiming an early wicket, sending Charlie Cadwallader in. The boundaries started to be scored from some great batting from Rory. Charlie went cheaply bowled middle stump. The boys needed to bat well if they were to get a winning score to defend. Jack Irving was next and partnered well with Rory - both boys hitting a number of boundaries. Rory's batting earned himself the Personal Best award, retiring to bring in Jarrod McCabe. Jarrod batted well hitting some nice shots.
Take That: Rory Chitty dispatches another delivery to the boundary
Suddenly there was some confusion in the calling and Jarrod was run out! This brought in Ned Harrop and Archie Bibb to the crease. There was some good running between wickets. The St Ives boys were on target today, running out Ned and catching Archie out in the field. Tail-end Charlie Toepfer and Rowan Betts finished the last three overs pushing the run total over the 100 mark.
Good Sport: Rowan Betts with his Good Sportsmanship Award
After a drinks’ break, it was time for the boys to defend the 102 runs they scored. The boys bowled well. Lachie Pin bowled well taking two wickets for only five runs. Early in the game there was good support from the boys in the field. Jack Conoplia
trying his best with an injured hand and Finn Mason
firing in some accurate throws to Tom Wright
who was showing off his keeping skills. Rowan Betts
, leading the cheer squad, earning himself the Sportmanship Award for the game. Unfortunately, the verbal support was not matched by physical urgency in stopping runs. There were a number of overthrows, allowing the batsmen easy runs. These easy runs allowed the St Ives team to reach the winning target with eight balls remaining.
Coach Irving praised the good bowling however was disappointed with a sub standard fielding effort. Some room to improve before the finals.
Mine: Charlie Cadwallader snares a sharp catch
Well Done: Charlie Toepfer and Rowan Betts get advice from an obscured Jarrod McCabe
Reds' Spirit is Name of Game
It was the first day of summer and the boys wanted to enjoy their cricket. I did the toss and I put my team in the field to bowl. We did miraculous bowling – very full, with some full tosses. I took the first wicket for the day as I changed from spin to pace. Oscar Stanton (“Boggo”) pulled off a great catch from his own bowling. Aryan (“Azza”) had a direct hit and a run out from the hardest of angles you can possibly get.
Our captain Charlie swings it like Wasim
Then along came Tom Brayshaw
(“Tommo”) for his two overs … and he did phenomenal bowling as he took two wickets.
I then came back on and got a great wicket finishing with figures of 3 wickets for only 5 runs.
Ben Martin (“Benjine the Engine”) had a soaring ball coming to him and, as usual, he caught it. The bad news was that one of our good bowlers, Henry Smith (“Henny Penny”), was at home sick.
Mangesh gets his reward from the team for a great performance
Then it was our turn to bat. Our openers played straight and careful. We did do well at the start – very steady. Unfortunately, once I got out for a duck (quack, quack) they were on a hat trick! But with solid defence we avoided that.Once our retired opener, Zac Pead
, came back in we were well behind the required run rate. Soon, Zac was out and that was the game! Only 22 overs for us and we got only 64 all out chasing their total of 6/124.
Thanks coach Mike for the all your help. We hope for better luck next time with no illnesses.
From captain Charlie Crawshaw
Story of Brave Will And More Match Reports
Stand-in Will Hampson stood tall to defy some brutal bowling to help the Gordon U13 Blues post a monster score on Saturday. The diminutive Hampson – helping the U13s who were short a player - was struck a painful blow in the shoulder from a fast full toss while batting at the end of the Blues innings.
In a great deal of pain, the rising star from the U11s refused the offer to retire hurt and instead bravely picked himself up to bat on after a short break. It was a moment of great heroics from the young man as he then faced the music once again. Hampson’s courage inspired Raymond Su who showed wonderful maturity to shield his young partner by hitting boundaries and taking singles at the end of overs.
Standing Tall: Will Hampson, middle, helped Raymond Su and Andrew Earlam to their top scores
Hampson’s gutsy effort came towards the end of a very good day for the Blues who were dismissed for an impressive 287 in the 47th over at the start of their two-day match.
The highlights of the innings were two extraordinary knocks – one from Su and the other from Andrew Earlam
. Su ended on 86 not out. His innings included 15 4s and one 6. Earlam mixed aggression with patience as he raced to 80. His very impressive knock included three 4s and an incredible eight 6s. But it could have all been very different.
and Angus Chitty
opened proceedings and looked at ease against the bowling. Dow was very unlucky – the first of three tough decisions - to be given run out.
Next up was Jake O’Donnell
who was also at ease hitting the first ball he faced for 4 before pushing the bowling around the ground at will.
When Angus Chitty
was caught for a well-made 24, in came Su who struck the second ball he faced for 6.
When O’Donnell fell, Reeve Cocks
joined Su who quickly reached 35 and was forced to retire not out. Cocks and Daniel Hall
kept the runs ticking over as the Blues scored quickly. But the desire for quick runs was costing wickets as the Blues struggled to make their dominance count in the scorebook. They were paying the price for impatience.
Eventually Earlam came to the crease and signalled his intentions by hitting two sweet 6s in the first 10 ball he faced.
was also a victim of a very unlucky decision when he was given out LBW to a bouncing delivery. Charlie Bibb
looked good in his partnership with Earlam with trade-mark quick running until he lost his stumps to a swinging ball.
Blues Brothers: The Gordon U13s are all smiles during their big innings
The third stroke of bad luck came when Tom Hampson – Will’s older brother - was given out caught down the leg side.
At this stage the Blues were 8 for 151 with a possible 25 overs still left in the day. A truly big score seemed unlikely despite the apparent dominance of bat over ball.
But then little Will Hampson came to the crease for his innings of great fortitude and the game suddenly shifted. Cheered from the sideline by his appreciative teammates, Hampson looked the hit the loose balls and gallantly defend the straight ones. Despite getting struck in the back and seeing other wild bowling sail over his head, young Hampson hung in for a partnership of 56 with Su.
When Hampson was eventually out he was cheered from the field and given a guard of honour by his older team mates. It was terrific stuff.
Earlam then joined Su and the two batsmen took the flagging Lane Cove bowling apart. The pair put on 80 runs with a mixture of brute power, exquisite timing and quick singles.
When Earlam was finally dismissed, the Blues had 287 etched into scorer Clare’s book.
There was time for four overs by the Gordon bowlers to end the day’s play. Lane Cove finished 0 for 4.
The game is set up nicely for day two this Saturday.
The U13 Blues would like to thank scorer Clare and umpires Craig and Lyndon.
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Stunning Effort by Blues
In the second two-day game of the season, the mighty Blues made their way down to a drizzly Howson Oval. Having played so well in the season, the Gordon Blues were quite anxious knowing how good West Pymble are.
West Pymble won the toss and chose to bat first on day one, making a cold, and a little wet, Gordon team field first.
Gordon started well with an early wicket from a great piece of bowling by Tom McGowan and a good catch by Jake Dovgan. After a good start everything started to go downhill, with some great batting from the other team. Finally after what seemed like an age Mitch O’Donnell took a wicket with a good piece of pace bowling.
Caption: Tom Hampson had his bat broken when he kept out a fast yorker
After that needed breakthough Gordon started to get a grip on things with wickets falling really quickly. Gordon ended the day with their heads held high after falling behind in the first part of the game - bowling West Pymble all out for 239 runs. A special mention to Josh Rizk
with 3 wickets for 12 runs off 7 overs, an amazing effort. I would also like to thank our amazing manager and coach for making the effort to train us and watch our games.
At 8:30am, Charlie Cox
and Dan Latham
strode out to the crease for a mighty clash and a big run chase against arch enemies West Pymble. The start was solid and after five overs Dan was bowled by a good delivery. Charlie C
and Alex Carmichael
then steadily grew the run rate and after 16 overs were in a very respectable position that had the opposition’s coach stressing.
But when Charlie got out, the wickets started to fall steadily and throw downs were needed quickly. It was going to be a close finish and as the heat grew so did the stress. Wides and no bowls gifted the Gordon side well but with a very big run rate we just wanted the draw. As the overs passed, any chance of an outright win was denied to West Pymble, but it was going to be close finish.
It all came down to the last two batsmen. Charlie Wallace
had batted for most of the day and was joined by Tom Hampson
, who was kindly filling in from the U13s! Over after over they held their nerve. With only five overs to go in the match, West Pymble had to pull something out of the hat … and they did. But they had to break young Tom’s bat to get past his solid defence!!
Well done to the Blues on a fine, spirited team effort!!
By Tom Hampson
and Charlie Cox
Reds Big Bash Fun
As my team was practicing in the nets, I did the toss for our T20 match. West Pymble won it and asked us to bowl, which was not what our coach had wanted.Our opener Henry Smith
, back from his illness, bowled full and accurately. At the other end, Mangesh Dashputre
bowled a few bouncers and, wouldn’t you know it, he got a caught and bowled.
As Henry and Mangesh came off, Thomas Brayshaw came into bowl. He was bowling full and nice like his captain said and then he got a wicket - which took him to the top of the bowling charts - bowled off stump. Amazing!
Captain Charlie Crawshaw, middle, addresses the troops after a big bash win for 12 Reds.
Moving on to me, solid on the first over but it was my second over that I hit off stump and actually did make the stump fall out of the ground. Here comes Aryan Bhatia
with his bowling. And he’s bowled someone already … our bowling was fantastic and was surely winning us the game.
Next, “spin maestro” Pranav had a fantastic over until drinks especially with the catch of the season by the captain Charlie Crawshaw
! Leading by example!
Back after drinks: Next up, “Dr. Will” - William Barton
. Unfortunately he was bowling to “the slogger”. He smashed one deep but then coach Mike told me to stay deep and the very next ball was a screamer – the new ‘catch of the season’ by Charlie Crawshaw
Benjin the Engine was next in to bowl - Ben Martin
- and he seems to bowl right at the bails and hit them! Making a new record of 10 metres. Well that ends the first innings.
Now our turn to bat. Our openers Jay Newman and I were in. Jay was facing then got a single then I slogged my first ball for a big 4. On the second ball, I unfortunately got bowled. Short but sweet. This proved to be our only wicket lost as we comfortably got the 45 runs required to win.
Great bowling and spectacular catching won the day.
Man of the Match was Charlie Crawshaw
and Most Improved, Tom Brayshaw
Well that wraps up the cricket for 2012. We’ve done well.
I would like to thank Steve and Andrew for umpiring Mike for being the coach, the team for being so supportive and our parents for having to wake up at 7:30 am and taking your child to cricket.
Merry Christmas everyone and a Happy New Year. Please stay safe and healthy because we need you to play for us next year
- Captain for the day
Blues Go Down Fighting
On Sunday, Gordon Blue met at Northbridge Oval to play Lane Cove Healy in their first T20 of the season. After losing to this team earlier in the year, Gordon were fired up and rearing to go.
Gordon won the toss and elected to bat. We were a little unlucky with a few early wickets. However as they fell, we still managed to keep scoring a lot of runs. At 10 overs Gordon had a reasonable total but were determined to bat out the entire 20 overs. Although losing a couple more wickets we managed to bat until the end, reaching a final total of 8 for 97. A couple of stand outs were Josh Rizk
scoring a solid 16 and Alex Carmichael
not out with 17 runs. 97 was not as much as we were hoping for, however it was very defendable.
As dark clouds started to make their way across the oval both teams had a quick change over, and went back onto the field to start the second innings.
Needing 98 to win, Lane Cove started strongly with a few boundaries, however we remained to bowl tightly and were rewarded with Callum Tkachenko
getting a great wicket. With 10 overs to go Lane Cove only needed 32 runs to win. Gordon did well to remain calm and keep the run rate down, while also claiming wickets. Will Coyle
assisted, getting a wicket and a run out. Although narrowly losing the match Gordon were able to keep the game going with 2 overs remaining, until Lane Cove scored the winning runs with a final total of 5/98.
Although losing the match, Gordon Blue played very well, and should be proud of their efforts in the game.
- Alex Partridge
Strong performance by the Blues
Gordon Blue headed out to Mimosa to play Lindfield in a unique two day game. We lost the toss and Lindfield sent us in to bat. Unfortunately, we didn’t get off to a great start and Lindfield were taking consistent early wickets.Some solid batting performances by Josh Rizk, 80 not out, Tom McGowan, 36, Dan Latham, 24 not out, and also James Tai getting his first runs saw us reach a total of 9 for 233 after 46 overs. We then declared.
We had six overs left in the first day but were unsuccessful in taking any wickets. Lindfield finished the day 0 for 25. The next week we came back to Mimosa knowing a good bowling and fielding performance was required.
The day started off well when Charlie Wallace
got an LBW early in the day. We kept finding ways to take wickets and a good bowling performance by the whole team but particularly Wallace and Latham saw us bowl out Lindfield for 173 giving us a resounding 60 run victory.
Some highlights were:
80 not out.
ripping one handed catch.
getting his first ever runs in cricket.
Reds Enjoy Cricket Christmas Cracker
Heavy skies greeted the fun-loving Gordon U10 Reds as they ventured to Primrose Park for the final game before the Christmas break. The high humidity was a portent for rain. But the players weren’t the only ones under the weather as a strangely subdued umpire slid onto the scene. Put it down to pre-match nerves.
Flying High: Ned and Jarrod were rewarded for their efforts in a top team performance
As scorer Kelini settled in with her freshly sharpened HB, the swashbuckling duo of Jarrod McCabe
and Rory Chitty
strode to the crease. The instructions from coach Huss were ingeniously clear and simple – score heaps of runs as quickly as you can. Inspired, Jarrod and Rory took off like rockets sending the Kookaburra flying to the short boundaries with ease. Jarrod retired on 20 not out.
The first wicket to fall was Rory when a ripper slipped through his usually immaculate technique for a very well made 13. Following orders, Lachlan Pin and Finn Mason looked to push on before Tom Wright and Charlie Cadwallader tore apart the North Sydney bowling. The words of the coach were not forgotten. Charlie going square, Tom going straight, much to the relief of his dad. Both retired on 20 not out. The score was well over 100 by the time the hard-hitting lower order was unleashed. Jack Irving, Archie Bibb, Ned Harrop, Rowan Betts and Jack Conoplia all piled on the runs. In the end, the Reds finished with an impressive 6 for 134 from 24 overs. The Huss erupted in a smile.
Snakes Alive: The Reds line up for the traditional post match celebration
The Reds took to the field with eager Archie promoting himself to glove duty. Charlie and Jack Conoplia shared the new ball. It was devastating stuff. The first wicket fell without a run on the board when the ball rolled back onto the stumps. With 20 runs etched into Kelini’s scorebook, Ned Harrop
struck for the second wicket. Like a viper, he pounced and threw down the stumps. The run out was the first of five by the Reds who were lighting up the field. Ned then took one of the catches of the season. Is there West Indian blood in this Harrop family? Not to be left out, gloveman Archie reacted quickly to find another batsman short of his crease.
At the drinks break, North Sydney sat awkwardly at 5 for 49. Jack Conoplia
took over the gloves and the Reds went back out looking to finish the game. But North Sydney weren’t prepared to lie down. They bravely fought back. It would take further sharp fielding and tight bowling if the Reds were to close out the match.
– lurking at backstop - pounced twice for run outs while that man Ned channelled Viv Richards to chalk up his second run out. That made it five run outs in the innings. It was as if Graeme Wood was handing out lessons on how to run between wickets.
Ned’s claim to catch of the season was short lived when flying Finn Mason latched onto a screamer from the bowling of Archie. Wickets also fell to Jarrod, that man Ned and Rory, who finished with 2 for 8.
Handy: The coach lifted the Reds with his inspirational words.
Jarrod was rewarded for his batting and bowling with the personal best award while Ned picked up the coveted good sportsmanship award.Well done to all the Reds for a fun morning of cricket capped off by the scramble for glucose at the end of the match.
The Reds would like to thank North Sydney for the game and wish them all the best for the second half of the season.
They would also like to thank coach Jamie, manager Andrew, scorer Kelini and umpires Scott and Tony.
It’s the Christmas break! It’s been a fun first half of the season and all the boys should be very proud of their efforts. See you all next year.
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Champion Blacks win Grand Final Thanks to Strong Team Effort
Winners: Max Purcell, Matt Dainton, Mitch O'Donnell, Harry Wallace, Harry Purcell, Jake Veale, Max Thomas, James Suttor, Dylan Santone, Tom Leaver, Nick Taylor, Dan Clarke, (Tim Webber missing)
After electing to bat the Gordon Blacks lost an early wicket and were then pinned down by some excellent swing bowling by Lindfield. At the 16 over break, we had only managed 2 for 39 despite our best efforts to get the score moving. Lindfield continued to keep the pressure on as Harry Purcell and Tim Webber worked very hard trying to pick up the rate. Tim then fell for a well compiled 33 with the score on 71.
Lindfield basically had all the momentum for the first 23 overs but a dropped catch and the arrival of Tom Leaver was to change all that. Harry ended up retiring with a run a ball 52 while Tom finished unbeaten on 45 from 26 balls.
Tom’s innings included three 6s - the most memorable right out of Northbridge Oval onto the nearby first green - for a tap in. The last eight overs basically doubled our score and the Blacks finished with a very competitive total of 4 for 148 at the end of 32 overs.
Having chosen to play 13 it was going to be important for all 12 bowlers to perform. In a replay of the first innings, after wickets to Harry Wallace and Dylan Santone, they along with Leaver, Purcell, Clarke and Max Thomas, were miserly and kept Lindfield to 2 for 33 at the drinks break.
It was now all for Lindfield to do with their two leading run scorers at the crease. The early pressure and some sharp fielding from Matt Dainton was to see one of them run out straight after the break. With the runs starting to flow Nick Taylor then magnificently threw the stumps down from the boundary to remove the other.
Nevertheless, Lindfield had managed to add over 50 runs in six overs. They were within 60 runs with 10 overs remaining and five wickets in hand. Our bowling and fielding held firm and after James Suttor (2 for 9) removed the batsmen doing the damage for 40, some accurate off spin and wickets to Taylor (2 for 4) and O’Donnell then ensured the run chase petered out quickly.
The grand final win was like it was all season - very much a team effort and the depth of our batting, bowling and fielding ensured someone stepped up to make the crucial plays when needed.
Amazing Season as Reds Go Close
The boys played Mosman at Balmoral for their last game - clear blue skies and a perfect location for the last game.
It's been an amazing season for the U9 Reds and family. Bring on next season!
Everyone brought their swimmers as it was again going to be a hot one. Steve Bibb was our celebrity coach for the game. However, he was not the only celebrity. The Mosman team's coach was Stuart MacGill (former Aussie Test spin bowler and recent Sydney Sixer). This was going to be one of our tougher matches.
Lachlan Pin lines up a run out after a throw from Tom Wright
The Reds batted first. All the boys did well and defended their wicket against some quality bowling. Highlights of the innings were the big hitting from Lachie Pin, whacking a 6 and a 4 in quick succession. Charlie Cadwallader also found the boundary as did Rory Chitty and Tom Wright, who flayed one ball delightfully to the cover boundary.
And he's out! Great teamwork by the Reds in the field sees the wicket fall
The running between the wicket, backing up and sliding the bat was outstanding by all Red players. In the end, the Mosman team only took three wickets. The Reds made a credible 128 runs.
Next it was time for the Mosman team to bat. Rory Chitty opened the bowling, launching some rockets at the batsmen. This was followed by “long range” Tom Wright. His strategy was to run from the boundary to build up some pace! It looked a treat. Jarrod McCabe tormented the batsman with some nice deliveries, with everyone commenting on his style! Next was Lachie Pin. The batsman got hold of a shirt ball sending it Tom Wright's way. Tom gathered quickly and fired it back to the bowler’s end. Lachie then directed the ball to the wicket - OUT! Great team work from the Reds. By this time the score was 1 for 31.
Charlie Cadwallader was next and, after refining his accuracy, delivered a ball that crashed into middle stump. The Reds were now 2 for 45.
Charlie Toepfer and Jack Irving then followed with two tidy overs. A highlight of the game was the ball landing on Kate Cadwallader's lap, like a present from heaven. All the mothers tried to recollect what actually happened claiming they almost caught the ball! The Mosman boys started scoring more runs.
There was some more good bowling from Finn Mason, Oscar Platt, Archie Bibb, Jack Conoplia and Rowan Betts. The fielding from all players was excellent.
It then came down to the last over. We needed a wicket or we needed to restrict the scoring to a maiden last over. There was a lot of pressure and the cheering both on and off the field intensified. Unfortunately for the Reds, we didn't get that elusive wicket and instead the home team hit six runs.
Final score, Reds 3 for 128, Mosman 3 for 132.
It was a great and exciting game – a fitting way to finish the season. The Reds finished with 10 wins and only 2 losses. Well done, boys.
Thank you to our supporters and especially coaches, the "triple Ks" Kate, Kaz, Kelini and also a special thank you to our manager Dawn Chitty for her fantastic organisation.
To check out the season video click here
(thank you Adrian Pin for its production).
For the photos from the last game click here
(thank you to James & Sal for being the official team photographers for the season).
See you all next season.
U9 Reds official correspondent
Blues in Big Showdown
Wow, what a day! The sun was finally shining and the water was crystal clear down at Primrose Park. This game was the game of a lifetime. We had to win this to be in the semi-rinals in the top four. As you know, Mosman were coming fourth and we were coming fifth! There was no room for mistakes.
Andrew, our captain, fortunately won the toss and elected to bat. Our openers, Ali and Sam went out and batted tremendously well, both scoring highly to contribute to the teams tally.
Sadly, Ali stayed out there for a short time but managed a fabulous 12 runs! Our next batter, K-man absolutely smashed the ball around the ground. He was on fire! He retired on 30 runs and got one of the highest scores of our team!
On the other hand, Sam Holmes put in a great effort but sadly got run out on 15! When Andy came in, he tonked the ball everywhere! He was a man on a mission! He got the highest score, 33 not out! Andy and K-man had an amazing partnership together. Next to bat was Dougie. Unfortunately, he got out LBW and only scored two. Number six to bat was Hunter. He kept the run-rate up very high. With that, Reeve came in and helped Hunter pick up the run-rate! Hunter got a sensational score of 28 not out! Reeve got 16 not out! The other batsmen, Jordan, Oscar, Matt, Joey and Harry, were very unlucky not to bat but I know they would have been exemplary. Well, that was our batting innings. We scored a defendable total of 149 in 32 overs, only losing four wickets. We were looking good.
Our opening bowlers, Reeve and Oscar got off to a good start. Oscar got us an early wicket, which helped to take the pressure off. Our fielding was tight and we were very loud in the field. Some stand out performances were Dougie, with the only maiden and a great catch, Andy with his direct hit run-out, Joey with a great wicket and K-Man also with a good wicket.
Jordan was very tight in the field. Our keepers, Sam and Hunter did a great job keeping and didn’t let us down. Matt had a great game and his bowling was very economical. Ali also took a wicket and was very encouraging on the field. Reeve bowled very well and was unlucky not to get a wicket.
This may sound like we had the game of our lives but unfortunately this was not the case. Mosman Silver had a ripper of a game, including some very tight fielding and outstanding batting. They were a tough opposition and played a great game. They got our score in the last over and played tremendously well. They got 150 in 31 overs and deserved to win.
We are now in the Plate Semi-Finals and hope to do very well. Credit must go to our great coach, Mark, for preparing us well and always encouraging us to do our best. Thank you also to the scorers, umpires and spectators.
Harry Duczmal – U12 Blue player
Team: Oscar Burgess-Tate, Reeve Cocks, Kieran Dean, Harry Duczmal, Andrew Earlam (Captain), Matt Garrett, Hunter Graham (keeper), Sam Holmes (keeper), Jordan Hunt, Dougie Oxenham, Ali Siokos and Joey Siokos.
Blues Dominate with 14 Wickets
Under an almost perfect Saturday morning at Bales Park, the Blues turned up determined to finish the season on a high against the North Sydney Reds and without three of our top performing players.
U9 Blues celebrate with the team song and feasted on lolly snakes kindly handed out by team coach Owen Davies
Captain for the day, Bevan Nanayakarra, elected to bat first and the team put on a modest 7 for 77 with decent contribution from all players.
Some impressive leg-sides shots for 4s by Zac Fielding, Tyler and Bevan brought applause even by the opposition.
Come the Blues Bowling innings, Alec Peterson started with a tight over finishing with a caught behind wicket.
What followed was impressive bowling and catches by Rajeev, Tyler, wicket keeper catches by Chris, Lewin and Angus, a few clean bowled efforts by Bevan and Aidan and an all round impressive fielding performance by Rohan with the Blues eventually taking 14 wickets for 73 runs.
Impressive bowling and fielding performance and one of the best for the season by the Blues team – 14 wickets worth watching!
Reds on High for Semis
It was a cool morning with dew on the ground when Gordon Reds captain, Marcus Possi
, did the toss. Marcus
to bat first. Gordon Reds’ batting started with a great partnership between Billy Flick and Ned Fryer
was caught out, followed by a close run out call for Billy.
Captain Marcus Possi steaming in to bowl a rocket
Pranav Muralindhar and Henry Smith spent their partnership running like rabbits between the wickets. Pranav had a big hit that almost reached the boundary, and would have if the grass hadn’t been so wet! Running for two almost cost him since he was almost run out. Phew! Pranav continued with solid batting and retired after five overs not out with the top score of 12.
Oscar Stanton celebrates with the trophy and a well deserved drink
Henry Smith also had a great five over stint. Tom Brayshaw was unfortunate to be bowled out. Fate played a hand on keeping Oscar Stanton and Nic Tressos going after a running mix up. Marcus Possi came in after Nic retired. Marcus' bat twisting couldn't save him from a straight ball on the wicket.
Oscar also succumbed to a wicket when the ball struck his hand and went on to upset the bails. Harrison Layton hit a high ball which was caught. Jay Newman was unlucky to be out by a direct hit that came like a bullet from the outfield. In a deja vu moment seemingly minutes later Matthew Barrett was also run out by another startlingly straight hit to the wicket. This finished Gordon Reds batting efforts with a total of 86.
Gordon Reds fielding was a roller coaster of highs and lows. Early on, Tom almost caught a high ball. Following that, even confident appealing did not sway the umpire when the Ned caught the ball as wicket keeper. Oscar's valiant effort to catch a high ball was not successful but the team spirit rose with spontaneous applause.
The crowd held its breath as Tom's spectacular catch was dropped. Jay's straight bowling led to the first wicket of the day for the Reds. West Pymble’s batter stood on his stumps to give the Reds the next wicket. After some good fielding Harrison Layton captured another wicket with a great ball. This was swiftly followed by a Red bullet from the field and another wicket fell.
In a heart stopping moment, Billy's throw to Ned enabled the bails to fall, but not before the batter had crossed the line. Nic used his long run up to get the momentum that he not only took the wicket, he broke one of the bails!
A great straight ball from Henry took the next wicket. In the last over of the day a good bowl from Marcus led to a clean hit and an excellent catch from Pranav. Even down to the last ball of the day, a throw in from the out field by Pranav sealed the final wicket and brought great applause from the crowd!
It didn’t feel like West Pymble Gold won the match - there were so many high points for the Gordon Reds! But we’ll now go into the finals with added vigour to strike victory in our next game.
Player of the week went to Oscar Stanton for an outstanding game.
Marcus Possi – Captain
Green Machine Big Grinners
The after match celebrations saw smiles on their faces as wide as that of the proverbial Cheshire cat after the Greens sealed only their second win of the season. In was achieved in a dramatic finish and with heroes aplenty on the day.
All smiles for the Greens after a wonderful last round win on Saturday
Again in his pre-match talk, coach Josh asked the team to stay focussed and have a belief in themselves that would give them the win they so clearly deserved.
Ollie Clarke bowed tightly and hit a classy 46 runs not out
The game started positively when we won the toss at Tunks Park. We let them bat and trusted that our form bowlers would quickly cut into the Lane Cove bowling line up. James Dow and Nick Moore opened the attack. With heat-seeking accuracy, Nick drilled into the Lane Cove openers, picking up two wickets in his first over and then going on to a stunning four wickets for four runs in three overs performance. Just the start we’d hoped for.
Laser precision saw Nick Moore pick up 4 wickets for only 4 runs in his stunning bowling spell
Patchy fielding threatened to derail our attack but there were a few glimpses of light such as Raymond Su’s great catch just centimetres off the grass. Raymond and Aston Brown each took two wickets and Ollie Clarke and Daniel Hall again bowled very tightly but the Lane Cove total had blown out to 173 in the 32nd over when we finally claimed their last wicket. From a dream start, we had now given ourselves a big challenge to get our win.
More encouragement from Josh and then we set about our batting task. We lost our first opener quickly and then Nick Moore was run out on 11 runs. The next batter fell for none and then star batsman, Raymond Su, succumbed to a catch on just 11. When Raymond does not go on to a good total someone else has to ‘stand-up’ or there is a huge hole in our scoresheet.
Another quick LBW and things were not looking great. Then, out of the ranks came “Mr Consistency”, Ollie Clarke, and “Handyman”, James Dow. Both clocked up their 30 runs and retired. Our tailenders only managed to add another 20 runs including a very solid 14 run knock from Max O’Loughlin. This then brought Ollie and James back to the crease to complete their “unfinished business”. On his way to a very fine 46 not out, Ollie notched up a six and seven 4s. James stood up even taller and went on to an undefeated 62 runs, including three 6s and nine 4s. If a job needs doing in the field, or, with the bat, just call “Handyman”!
With all the drama of a great match, the result came down to the last over. We were tracking at a run a ball rate for the last few overs and needed 4 runs off the last over to clinch victory. With a cool head and an “angry” bat, James chose the ball to hit and sealed the win with a huge 6.
Our memories can just recall our only other win back in Round Six and there were times when team morale was very low but the smiles bloomed again on Saturday when we got another win in a dramatic finish and on the back of some wonderful performances.
Well done the Greens! Well done coach! And, thanks mums and dads for sticking with us!
U12 Green – Manager
Reds Courageous in Fight Back
The Gordon Reds and Lindfield faced off for a second week in a row in the final round of the regular season.
Last Saturday it was a comfortable win for Gordon. So the question was: could the Reds do it again – or could Lindfield lift?
James Miller was at his personal best while Lachlan Irving was this week's good sport
Batting first, the Reds got off to a wobbly start to be 3 for 15 at one stage. But opener Tom Hampson steadied the ship with a wonderful 34 retired not out. Tom Brown also did well chipping in with 18. In the middle order, James Miller upped his run rate this week for a good 12 while Nat Calman was terrific at the end for a solid 18.
The Reds set Lindfield 126 to win. The early overs from Hampson and Miller were accurate but the breakthrough they wanted didn’t come. For Lindfield, Saskia Horley was in fine touch as the rep player displayed a good technique to keep the runs going.
The 12 Reds never gave up and came close to victory
Just before the drinks break Lindfield were in a strong position at 0 for 77. But then Tom Brown stuck taking two wickets in one over. The Red express was now on the move!
After the break, Angus Chitty hit the top of the stumps to remove a batsman and Finn Mclay took a wicket Lindfield had now lost 4 for 2!
Then the game ebbed in favour of Lindfield as their batsmen put on runs to reach 118.
Needing just eight runs to win, suddenly the Lindfield wickets starting tumbling again. Angus Chitty took two more, Tom Brown his third and James Miller a wicket as Lindfield again lost 4 for 2.
Those eight wickets had fallen for a total of four runs!
It was now a simple equation. The Reds needed two wickets to win and Lindfield six runs.
Unfortunately, the Reds couldn’t claim the final two wickets and Lindfield got home for a deserved victory.
The Reds showed great character as they fought back to almost snatch victory.
Lachlan Irving won the Good Sportsmanship Award for his leadership on the field. James Miller picked up the personal best award for his excellent running between the wickets and aggressive batting.
The boys should feel proud of their fielding, catching and walking in with the bowler. Along with their sportsmanship, they are off the highest standard – as they have been all season.
But the key messages from this game are to not bowl short and to never give up. Anything is possible in cricket.
Next week the Reds play a semi. Keep an eye out for the opponent and venue. It’s been a great season so far and the boys are keen to finish in style.
Go the mighty Reds.
Excited Greens Keen for More
This week Gordon Greens were defeated by St Ives Ponting at Thompson Reserve.
Man of the match was Luc Jefriess.
Man of the Match Luc Jefriess on the ball in the field
A great batting partnership between Damon Crowley and Liam Dow saw the run rate increase.
The boys enjoyed their first season of cricket and were disappointment this was their last game.
We all look forward to the next season!
James Francis fires down a thunderbolt
Damon Crowley crashes a ball to the boundary
Game of Two Teams for Reds
It was a beautiful cloudless day and the last round of the season before the finals. Playing a North Sydney team down on players but not on confidence. Billy Flick volunteered to play for North Sydney and Gordon were swapping players on and off to assist North Sydney fielding.
Andrew Nash, no hat, receiving his player of the week from captain Thomas Brayshaw, white hat, and vice captain, Marcus Possi, maroon cap
North Sydney won the toss and Gordon were sent in to bat. The pressure was on - it was going to be a ripper!
Gordon's Pranav Muralidhar bowling for North Sydney against Gordon's Ned Fryar (not in photo) and Oliver Riddle, the non-striker
The game started with Pranav and Oscar opening the batting. Oscar survived an early caught behind chance and Pranav showed excellent defence blocking some fast bowling. Oscar tried a cut shot but was caught by Andrew.
Tom came to the crease with the team under early pressure. Pranav and Tom set about to build a partnership but undone by Tom getting run out from a deadeye throw from Ned. With Jay now in, Pranav and Jay started to score quickly before Jay fell to a caught behind. Pranav retired after some great batting.
Harrison survived a catch on his first ball and Henry started getting runs faster than you could count. After Harrison departed, Mangesh and Henry started to build a match-winning partnership showing great running between the wickets.
Mangesh finally fell to an outstanding caught and bowled and Henry was out next ball. Andrew retired with a great score and Marcus was desperately unlucky to get out to a fantastic piece of fielding by Billy. Ned hit a boundary and piled on the runs in the last couple of overs to take Gordon to 74.
Henry, Ned, Mangesh, and Harrison tied the North Sydney batsmen down early and Harrison made an early breakthrough. Oliver was very busy behind the wicket. Andrew made an impact on the game taking a wicket with his first ball of the day.
Gordon were busy in the field and took some great catches. Oscar combined with Henry who took a rib-shaking catch. Pranav took a great catch off Andrews’ bowling. Tom almost pulled off a screamer of a catch but saved a certain boundary.
Billy was run out shortly after a great return from Henry. Matthew was bowling at great pace making the North Sydney batsmen very nervous.
Thanks to Billy for filling in for North Sydney.
Man of the match went to Andrew for his awesome bowling and great work in the field.
After the game everyone celebrated Andrew and Tom’s birthdays with cupcakes.
Star Turn for Whites
The Gordon U9 Whites arrived on game day primed and ready to perform against the Mosman Greens.
Little did they know the Mosman side was coached by former Australian Test player, and recent Big Bash Sydney Sixer, Stuart MacGill.
Undaunted, the Whites took to the field and contained the Mosman team with some accurate bowling and enthusiastic fielding.
At the end of the Mosman innings there was a feeling of confidence among the Gordon team.
Not surprisingly, bowling proved to be the Mosman team’s forte, pinning down the Gordon batsmen and, in the end, running away with the match.
Stuart MacGill was generous in his praise for the Gordon team and stayed around long enough at the end of the match to accommodate the many requests for autographs from the Gordon players.
Gordon White manager
Match reports from a nominated member/parent/supporter of each team will be provided on a weekly basis. The reports will be a balanced view of the match, including special performances and where possible photos of the players. This section contains all of the reports submitted prior to the 2011/12 season.
U11 Reds vs St Ives Warne
19 February 2011
Hassell Park, St Ives
Another fine effort with the bat by James Mulder wasn't enough to help an under strength Gordon Reds to victory on Saturday.
Charlie Crawshaw was rewarded for his display of good sportsmanship and honesty
Captain Charlie Bibb won the toss and elected to bat in the early morning heat. The Reds were without Brae Mason and Angus Chitty for this game.
Openers Mulder and Bibb again got the Reds off to a flying start. The pair mixed aggressive hitting with quick singles and after 10 overs the run rate was at 5 an over.
With the openers retired, Tom Hampson continued to push the scoring along as did Charlie Crawshaw. Finn Mclay chipped in with a solid 9 not out.
But the innings suddenly stalled as the batsmen failed to score quickly and make the most of the good start. Tellingly, the Reds scored just 14 runs from their last 10 overs ' a statistic that would end up costing them the match.
Defending 104, the Reds struck early when Mclay took a very good catch from the bowling of Hampson.
It should have been the start of a march to victory but instead the Reds switched off in the field and started to bowl far too short and wide, which allowed the batsmen to get on top.
Further wayward bowling cost the Reds dearly with the exception of the aggressive efforts of Crawshaw ,who took 1 for 5 from his three overs, Mulder and the leg spin of Bibb. Hampson fielded very well with a direct hit run out.
Charlie Bibb wins the man of the match awards
The boys know they can play much better than this and they will be fired up to redeem themselves at next Saturday's match.
Bibb picked up Player of the Match for his efforts with bat and ball while Crawshaw displayed fine sportsmanship when he informed the umpire he had snicked a ball when originally given not out.
Next Saturday is the final game of the season with the Reds looking to end on a high with a win over the Roseville Rickys.
The final practice is on Friday at Artarmon where line and length bowling will be the order of the day!
Good luck on Saturday boys.
The under strength Reds were in good spirits after the match
U11 Reds vs Lane Cove Marsh
12 February 2011
Pottery Green, Lane Cove
Opening bowler Tom Hampson took four wickets as he helped set up victory for the U11 Reds on Saturday. An impressive Hampson claimed a wicket in his first over before a run out saw Lane Cove Marsh reeling at 2 for 0 after two overs.
Mulder and Bibb perform with the willow
James Mulder was then thrown the ball and he also struck in his first over to have the home team in trouble at 3 for 12. But a determined Lane Cove team fought back and were on 47 when James Miller picked up his first wicket hitting the stumps with a perfectly pitched delivery.
Hampson came back into the attack and showed his teammates how to do it by bowling straight and at the stumps. At one stage, Hampson was on a hat-trick but the third delivery was well kept out by the batsmen.
Wickets then fell at regular intervals but the Reds couldn't bowl out Lane Cove who finished on 9 for 80 after 30 overs. Hampson finished with the impressive figures of 4 for 6 from his four overs while Tim Perry picked up 2 for 5.
Of the other bowlers:
- Brae Mason also kept a very good line and length for the tidy figures of 0 for 2 from three overs
- Mulder finished with 1 for 7
- Angus Chitty 0 for 5 from three tight overs
- Ned Vandermark returned 0 for 4.
In the field, Miller took two very good catches and Crawshaw one catch.
Reds watch on as the boys perform with the bat
However, the Reds bowling was far too loose in general. The team gave away 37 unnecessary runs in wides and no balls and must work hard during the week to bring that number right down.
Set 81 to win, Mulder and Charlie Bibb opened the batting and their partnership set up the run chase. The pair ran beautifully between the wickets with Mulder clobbering the bowling and Bibb providing excellent support.
Mulder retired having whacked six 4s on his way to a quick-fire 28. Bibb and Chitty kept the runs ticking over before Bibb skied a ball and was very well caught. Chitty put his head down for a solid innings of seven (retired) as the rest of the batsmen set about easing the Reds over the line in the 18th over.
Hampson picked up the Player of the Match for his four wickets. Miller was rewarded for his effort in the field with the Good Sportsmanship Award from the umpires. Well done boys on a good performance against a spirited Lane Cove side.
However, the bowling will need to improve next week when the Reds face St Ives Warne. Get out there and practice, practice, practice bowling straight at the stumps!
U11 Reds vs Lane Cove Katich
5 February 2011
Allan Small Field, East Killara
The U11 Reds ran into an inferno and a very good Lane Cove team on Saturday before the game was abandoned due to extreme heat.
Reds discuss tactics - in the shade!
With the mercury well into the mid 30s at 8.15am, the Reds won the toss and elected to bowl against top of the table Lane Cove Katich. The Reds were down a man and took to the field with 10 players.
At first it was slow going as the bowlers and fielders kept a lid on the batsmen. After 10 overs, there were 53 runs on the board. But then the soaring heat ' and some good batting ' took their toll. Catches were put down while misfields and no balls cost the Reds dearly. In the end, a lack of concentration in the field due to the heat exhaustion saw the Lane Cove side score 207.
For the Reds, Brae Mason was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 13 from his four overs while Tom Hampson chipped in with 1 for 13 from his three. There were two run outs from Charlie Bibb and Tim Perry.
Facing a large total, the Reds opened the batting with James Mulder and Sam Duckworth. Mulder got the team off to a flyer smashing a stunning 28 including five 4s and a 6. At the other end, a defiant Duckworth put on a superb display of technically correct batting with a perfectly straight bat.
Angus Chitty padded up ready to go!
After nine overs, the Reds were ahead of the run rate and on track to haul in the huge total.
When Mulder was forced to retire, Hampson came in and kept the runs ticking over on his way to a measured 12 before getting out.
Next in was Angus Chitty who stylishly went about his shots and produced a quality sweep on his way to 16 not out.
At 3 for 80 and with Chitty and Bibb at the crease, the Reds were only just behind the required run rate. However, the heat had become unbearable and the temperature had hit 38.4 degrees in the shade. The game was stopped.
We will never know if the Reds could have reeled in the total but the boys were well placed to go close.
Mulder picked up the Player of the Match and has now passed 200 runs for the season. Well done, James.
Practice is on again this Friday where fielding drills could be the order of the day.
Next Saturday the Reds take on Lane Cover Marsh at Pottery Green in Lane Cove.
Good luck boys and keep enjoying the game!
U11 Reds vs U11 Green
Round 12 - 29 January 2011
Darnley Oval, East Gordon
Reds Home in Tense Match
The U11 Reds turned in a fighting batting performance to claim a narrow last wicket victory over a fellow Gordon team on Saturday.
Reds relax in the shade
Leading run scorer James Mulder ' who rattled up 39 not out ' whacked a mighty six to win a tense game with just three balls left in the match. But it was an excellent all round batting performance that got the team home over a good Gordon Green side.
Earlier, captain Felix Walsh won the toss and sent the Greens into bat on the reliably poor Darnley Oval. Opening bowlers Brae Mason and Walsh shared the new ball with Walsh striking early to remove one of the Green openers. The dismissal brought the Greens top run scorer, Raymond Su, to the crease. Mulder and Ned Vandermark picked up two wickets each with Charlie Crawshaw and Angus Chitty claiming a wicket apiece with tight and accurate bowling. Some quick fielding saw Tim Perry and Harrison Layton run out two batsmen.
However, the Reds bowling overall showed signs of rust after the long school holiday break with far too many no balls and wides helping the Greens to a healthy total of 152 at the end of 30 overs. Su finished on 32 and Oliver Clarke on 25.
Chasing 153 to win, the Reds got off to an unfortunate start by losing opener Chitty to a run out. But that dismissal brought Mulder to the crease and the runs quickly started to flow. With the score on 22 after just three overs, Perry popped up a simple catch to short mid off and he was out. Mason was next in and he quickly set about the bowling with a splendid pull shot for four to open his account. Mulder raced to 25 not out and was forced to retire. But his absence sparked a mini batting collapse with the Reds losing 3 for 16.
The ship was steadied when Charlie Bibb and Sam Duckworth came together for a match defining partnership of 48 runs. The middle order hitters settled the nerves and then set about piling on the runs. Duckworth was eventually dismissed for a heart-stopping 15 while Bibb crunched two 4s on his way to an impressive 16.
Felix and James make a formidable pair
Two more wickets fell before Mulder returned to join Vandermark at the crease for the critical ' and very tense - last wicket stance. Vandermark showed true grit as held up one end before Mulder before produced his six to win the match.
It was a great batting effort by all the boys with notable contribitions from:
Mulder 39 not out.
The match also sadly marked the last appearance by Walsh for the Reds who will now add his talent to the cricketing ranks at Knox. He will be missed ' as will his ever-helpful father, Phil, who is one of our scorers.
Finally, practice is on again this Friday but can all boys please get some extra bowling work in this week as the next game is against the very good Lane Cove Katich.
"BETWEEN THE WICKETS"
What happens on the field gets reported!
Gordon Gold 5/145 v Lindfield Chappell 8/104
Golds on Song in T20 at Fortress Allan Small.
In training leading up to the much awaited T20 game the team focused on a couple of important points these included
- All balls can be scored from
- Backing up and calling are critical
- Challenging the fielder is fun
- When fielding every player is in the game every ball
- Good catching and throwing will change the game
So it was with much excitement that the Golds met Lindfield Chappell at Allan Small Oval scene of the Golds under 10 grand final victory and a ground where the Golds have never been beaten in 8 matches'a veritable fortress!!!
Chappell won the toss and sent us in and it was clear from the get go that the Golds meant business. Both Campbell (5ret) and Jo (21 ret) set us on the way with smart running and clever placement. Coxy (20 ret) including a massive six attacked at every opportunity, building on the great start. Jack (2) was unlucky falling trying to push the score along as were Callum (3) and Rory. Charlie W (20 ret) was a mini version of David Hookes plundering boundaries at will. Alex (17 ret) cut and drove beautifully through the offside and the Golds were on the march! Tay (11 ret) and Gen (11 ret) combined in a dashing display of shot making and running which brought roars from the large Lord's Tavererner's Day crowd. Henry (9) backed up last weeks great form and only fell pushing for a second run ' great work Henry team before self! Mitch (2) brought a huge cheer with his perfectly executed reverse sweep, before also being run out.
The aggressive selfless play of the whole team meant that both Jo and Campbell got back to the wicket for the final over and both maintained the pressure seeing us through to a massive 5/145 off our 20 overs.
The Golds took the field in their special 'baggies for a day' however the Chappell's were not intimidated and set off at a rapid rate racing to 45 off 5 overs. However the introduction of Alex (3 for 5 off 2) did the trick bowling their opener and then deceiving the next batsmen for Callum to hold a beautiful catch at mid off. This was the signal for the fired up Jack (3 for 6 off 2) to castle the next batsmen and then hold onto a brilliant caught and bowled reducing the Chappells to 4/67 at the half way mark swinging the game back in the Golds favour. Catching was once again proving the difference.
After drinks the fielding was fantastic. Both Rory and Taylor made chances out of shots that I doubt any other teams would have got to and the throwing was first class. Henry (1 for 12 off 2) struck the first blow with a wicket straight after the break, and a fabulous piece of keeping saw Gen achieve a stumping after Alex lured the batsmen down the pitch! Campbell (1 for 5 off 2) was in his pomp steaming in from the northern end, and was rewarded with a wicket. This left their strongest batsmen to return to the crease to face the ever reliable Jack. A ball full of length, was met with a lovely lofted straight drive down the ground, looking for the six needed to keep the game alive. As the crowd watched the ball sail down the ground, Alex calmly moved to his right. This was a vital moment in the game, would all of our catching practice be rewarded? As the ball began its arc back to earth Callum sensibly pulled back, leaving Alex to casually pouch an excellent outfield catch! With 3 overs remaining and over 50 runs needed the task was too great for the brave men of Lindfield and they finished at 8/104.
A great game, with the depth of the Golds on show as 6 batsmen reached double figures and no bowler bowled more than 2 overs, sharing the load right across the team. A great team effort.
- Excellent batting throughout the order
- Aggressive running between the wickets by all batsmen
- Batsmen playing for the team
- Fantastic catching , that is what wins games
- Enthusiastic fielding
This brings to close a wonderful first half of the season where the Golds have been successful in all of their matches. Importantly the team continues to improve, which makes it a delight to be involved.
Our first game back is Saturday January 29 so everyone should be available for that game.
Thanks to Tim and James for umpiring and Steve for scoring. After the excitement of last week it was great to see the return of the good old orange.
Wishing everyone a safe and happy Christmas/New Year, and hopefully the Australians will bounce back and claim the Ashes!
U11 Reds vs St Ives Ponting
11 December 2010
Darnley Oval, East Gordon
The U11 Reds got their first taste of Twenty20 magic in an exciting and excellent victory on Saturday.
Player of the Match Tim Perry with his award
Match captain Finn Mclay won the toss and put St Ives Ponting into bat on a sunny day at a poor Darnley Oval. Tom Hampson opened the bowling and struck in his second over to have the St Ives team reeling at 1 for 3.
The batsmen then fought back until James Mulder was thrown the ball. He also struck in his second over hitting the pads and trapping a batsmen 'plumb' in front. Tight fielding restricted the scoring with Hampson picking up a second wicket to finish with the impressive figures of 2 for 9 from three overs. Mulder chipped in with 1 for 6 from three tight overs.
Chasing 116 to win from 20 overs, the Reds opened the batting with Hampson and the in-form Tim Perry. Hampson fell cheaply but Perry played very straight and with great power to retire 14 not out under the special laws for the day.
A couple of quick wickets fell when leading run scorer Mulder was bowled and Sam Duckworth run out. Angus Chitty played straight but was forced to retire having used up his five overs.
With the innings in danger of stalling, in came Brae Mason and Charlie Crawshaw. They quickly combined to clobber the bowling and turn the match around. Crawshaw was particularly savage whacking two 6s and two 4s on his way to 29. Mason was also on fire hitting three 4s in his innings of 18.
The U11Reds celebrate in the shade after defeating St Ives Ponting
Both players were forced to retire ' leaving the remaining batsmen to bring home the victory.
Charlie Bibb played superbly smashing two fours ' the second an elegant on-drive ' for his eight runs. Mclay, 7 not out, and Harrison Layton saw home the Reds reaching 116 with three overs to spare.
It was a great team effort by the boys who richly deserved their victory. It was a reward for hard work off the field.
It's now time for a summer hiatus. The next game is 29 January where the Reds take on their colleagues, the Gordon Greens.
Charlie Bibb crunches a pull shot to the boundary
Finally, I would like to thank all the parents for their help. Each week the mums and dads turn out to support the boys in greater numbers than the other teams. However, a special thanks goes to:
- Coach Andrew Chitty
- Kitman Steve Perry
- Umpires Craig Hampson, Scott Mason and Matt Vandermark
- Scorers John Mclay, Dean Duckworth and Phil Walsh
- Motivators Martin Mulder, Bruce Crawshaw and Will Layton
And I cannot forget the all important mums and siblings who make it all so much fun.
"BETWEEN THE WICKETS"
What happens on the field gets reported!
Gordon Gold 2/110 v Gordon White 0/0
Rain Dampens Golds Return to Allan Small.
Having been invited to bat under murky skies it was always a chance that the weather would intervene. However not to be put off Henry and Mitch set off in fine style. With a mixture of lovely drives and pulls Henry (22) put together an innings of style and belligerence. Not to be out done Mitch (6 retired) provided a perfect foil looking to turn the strike over at every opportunity. This bright start meant that at 8 overs both openers had provided a great platform, although the skies were threatening!
pulled and drove his way to a brisk 30 retired in 4 overs while Gen 11 retired (6 overs) provided wonderful support . A feature of the pair was their running between the wickets which kept pressure on the field. Charlie W 22 not out in 3 overs and Alex (2) both risked their wickets in playing for the team as the rain moved in. Campbell 1 not out was at the wicket when the heavens opened. Despite the best efforts of the team to cover the pitch with a 'human shield' the rain poured in. Both teams waited some 25 mins but with no break in sight sadly the game was abandoned with the Golds in a good position at 2/110 off 16 overs.
Disappointing considering the fine start however that is cricket!
- Excellent opening stand by Mitch and Henry
- Bright running between the wickets by all batsmen
- Batsmen playing for the team ' great team spirit
- Offside shots becoming common place ' that is what we want, that's cricket!!!
Thanks to Tim for umpiring and Steve for scoring under unusually difficult circumstances and Ralph, who concerned with the prevalence of scurvy in the team was looking to introduce the children to the delights of the humble grapefruit! Maybe next time Ralph.
Round 11: v Lindfield Chappell @ Allan Small Oval be there by 7.50am for a 8.15am start it is a T20 game this week which should be fun after our Kookaburra Cup experience
This Week : Training - followed by BBQ at 6.00pm
Player Availability ' if anyone is unavailable for this week please let Judy know.
"BETWEEN THE WICKETS"
What happens on the field gets reported!
Gordon Gold 9/150 v Mosman Blue all out 62
Wickets tumble as Golds run into a determined Mosman
For the first time this season the Gordon batting was made to look vulnerable against a determined Mosman outfit. After losing the toss and being sent in our start was slow as both Charlie W (7) and Taylor (11 not out) were forced to defend against some tight bowling. Both Rory (4) and Jack (4) were hitting the ball well until dismissed. Jonas (15) was in good touch working the ball into the gaps as was Mitch (10) who hit the ball cleanly on the rather slow outfield.
Still, for the first time this season we kept losing wickets, which placed huge pressure on the lower order. Henry (6) was looking great until an excellent throw found him short of his ground and when Callum (3) was dismissed things looked a little grim. Alex (9)played three lovely off drives before he too was run out, leaving Charlie C (17 not out) and Gen (13) to combine in a strong partnership to rescue our innings. 9/150 off 32 overs, a good score but full marks to Mosman who showed how good fielding and bowling can put pressure on the batsmen.
Mosman's batting was not as strong as their bowling and wickets quickly began to tumble. Callum (2/1) began the rot, and was well supported by Jonas (2/4) A stumping by Charlie Cox and a wicket when he bowled was an excellent reward for this enthusiastic player' well done! Jack (1/6) was rewarded for his persistence, while Gen snapped up two very good catches to assist Taylor to match figures of 3/7 - concluding great day out for both of our Met North representatives!!! Our overall bowling and fielding was very good and Mosman was all out for 62 in 21 overs.
- 5 wicket takers means everyone is bowling well
- Catching was excellent'again!
- Another run out ' always a bonus
- 11 drives on the offside ' we are starting to open up our scoring areas- great to see
Thanks to Tim and Mathilda for umpiring and Steve and Judy for scoring. We are indeed an equal opportunity employer!
Round 10: v Gordon White @ Allan Small Oval be there by 7.50am for a 8.15am start
This Week : No Training - enjoy the break
Player Availability ' if anyone is unavailable for this week please let Judy know.
"BETWEEN THE WICKETS"
What happens on the field gets reported!
Gordon Gold 1/ 73 v Mosman Green all out 72
Golds reap rewards for excellent training attitude.
The Golds arrived at the beautiful Balmoral Oval looking forwad to the game against the very friendly Mosman Green team. It is always nice to remember that we are only playing a game of cricket and Mosman do play in a very good spirit.
Our plans to bat first were thwarted when the coin fell Mosman's way, however Charlie W was quickly into the action with a clean bowled. The next Mosman batsmen whose name I don't have then proceeded to bat with great maturity and power and quickly raced to 30 retired ' well done it was a pleasure to watch his innings.
Following his retirement Henry (who is bowling very well) took 2/13 quickly and got the Golds back into the game ' both were bowled!! At 3/40 Mosman were well positioned, however Campbell changed the game dramatically. A beautiful pick up and throw (a drill done at training during the week) resulted in a direct hit run out ' a turning point in the game.
After an eventful over from Alex which nearly resulted in a hot caught and bowled, nearly resulted in a spectacular catch by Gen and nearly resulted in a super stumping by Charlie C., Callum 2/1 was introduced. His accurate spinners brought immediate results when Jonas held a neat catch and Callum followed up with a clean bowled. From a position of strength Mosman had collapsed to 6/52. Jonas 1/11 inflicted more pain when he hit the stumps and Mosman were in big trouble.
With Mitch taking the gloves and doing quite a good job Charlie C 1/4 took the ball and broke through immediately with the help of Harry who took a good catch at cover. Rory whose enthusiasm for the game is fantastic then positioned himself nicely to hold a catch off Charlie W to give him his second wicket, and leave Mosman at 9/72 with 9 overs remaining. This was a danger period as the Mosman lad who had retired returned to the crease intent on building on his 30retired. We knew he was dangerous so a breakthrough was essential. The skipper threw the ball to Charlie W who steamed in from the northern end and sent down a beautifully pitched yorker which was too good for the batsmen, hitting his middle stump and giving Charlie match figures of 3/2/3/1' all out 72 and a potentially big chase was averted.
Alex who worked the ball nicely on the leg side (12 retired) and Callum batting with great patience(6 retired) faced and handled some hostile bowling in a very good opening partnership of 30 which saw them subdue Mosmans best bowlers. Gen (9) batted very well hitting two lovely drives and with Charlie C (20 retired) who hit the ball crisply to all parts, took the score to 60 in quick time. Henry (8 not out) used his time wisely playing the good ball and working the loose one for runs. He was well supported by Harry (3 not out) and together the target was reached in 16 overs.
Mosman then invited us to keep batting so all the players got to the middle and with a 'license to thrill' Mitch, Rory, Charlie W (what a six) Campbell and Jonas all had some time in the middle. A good game played in a great spirit.
- 6 maiden overs bowled in 24 - builds pressure
- 6 batsmen clean bowled - accuracy gets results
- Direct hit run out ' good reward for good training
- Excellent opening partnership set the platform for our innings
- Strong throws to keeper on the full - keeps the ball in order
Thanks to Tim, James and Lyndon for umpiring and Steve for his attention to the book
Round 9: v Mosman Blue @ William Cowan Oval St Ives be there by 7.50am for a 8.15am start
This Week : Training on Thursday at 5.00pm ' 6.15pm Willoughby Park
Player Availability ' if anyone is unavailable please let Judy know.
U11 Reds v St Ives Warne
U11 Reds fight to the end
Three wickets from U11 Red opening bowler Felix Walsh and a top score of 25 not out by James Mulder were the highlights of a nail biting game on Saturday.
Charlie Crawshaw proudly shows off his Good Sportsmanship Award
St Ives Warne batted first and it was slow going thanks to some very tight bowling from the Reds and an outfield in desperate need of a good mow.
After five overs, St Ives were 3 for 15 with Walsh dismissing both openers. It was a fine display of line and length bowling from Walsh who is back to the excellent form he showed last season. Angus Chitty ' whose bowling improves each game - claimed the other wicket to have the Reds well on top.
St Ives then fought back before some excellent team work saw Chitty, now standing in as wicketkeeper, complete a run out.
The runs then dried up as the U11 Red bowlers and fielders turned the screws and eventually Brae Mason took the fifth wicket - clean bowling a middle order batsman.
Walsh then returned to the attack picking up his third wicket to have St Ives at 6 for 98.
Tom Hampson, Brae Mason and Player of the Match, Felix Walsh, on the boundary during Saturday's run chase
The Reds conceded just three runs from their last four overs as Mason, Walsh, Tom Hampson and James Mulder bowled tightly and the fielders pounced on every ball.
Set 104 to win, the Reds started solidly with Mulder and Charlie Crawshaw opening the batting. Both played well but found it hard to get the ball to the boundary with the long grass preventing them getting full value from their aggressive shots. A number of loose balls were also missed down the leg side.
Crawshaw retired five not out which brought the left hander Chitty to the crease who began by playing very straight and looking good off the back foot as he eased runs past the close in fielders.
Mulder retired on 25 not out ' a score that takes him to the number two spot on the batting table. Charlie Bibb was next in and he and Chitty were tied down by some very good bowling and they also missed opportunities to put the loose ball away. Bibb was bowled trying to smash the ball to the boundary.
Next in was Hampson who immediately set about lifting the scoring with some quick running and two good blows. Unfortunately, he was bowled for four looking to keep the scorers busy. Mason was next in and he also took to the bowling and struck the only boundary of the entire match. His quick fire innings ended on six and the Reds were now in need of big hits and quick runs. Finn Mclay looked good and hit one sweet pull shot for two ' a shot that would have been four had the grass been a little shorter. When Mclay fell, Sam Duckworth came in but got a good delivery while trying to push for runs.
With plenty of wickets left, Ned Vandermark and Tim Perry took to the bowling trying to guide the Reds home. The pair needed 12 runs from the final two overs ' a run a ball. Unfortunately, they fell short of the target with the Reds finishing on 6 for 94 at the end of 30 overs.
Charlie Bibb, Tom Hampson, Player of the Match Felix Walsh, and Brae Mason all waiting to bat during Saturday's run chase
While all the boys tried very hard, the big lesson for the Reds' batsmen from this game is to make sure to punish the loose ball. Many short deliveries slipped by down the leg side begging to be hit for four.
The positive was the overall excellent attitude and enthusiasm on display by the Reds ' especially in the field. The boys put in a very special effort of which they should be proud. Felix Walsh was named Player of the Match.
The sportsmanship was again wonderful to see as the Reds continue to show every other team how to play cricket in the right spirit at all times. Charlie Crawshaw picked up the Good Sportsmanship Award.
Practice is on again this Friday as usual. Next game sees the Reds take on the Roseville Rickys at the Allan Small Oval at East Killara.