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Weekly match reports from each team, provided by nominated parents or supporters during the 2012/13 season can be found here. These reports will be a balanced view of the match, including special performances and where possible photos of the players.
Champion Blues Over The Moon
And that was that. Hugs, high fives and beaming smiles shone as brightly as a Sydney summer afternoon as a group of young men soaked in a fitting reward for a season of hard work.The final ball of a grand final had just been bowled. The Gordon Blues victorious over a valiant opponent. As three cheers rang out, a season of promise that started last September was now over. And what a season it was.
The game in a moment but first the boys must be congratulated for the dedication they’ve shown all season and, importantly, the spirit in which they played. This was a season of maturing and maturity, of growing and growth. Respect for both the opposition and for the game of cricket itself were the hallmarks of every player in this team. Such good sportsmanship in an uncertain era deserves recognition.
To the grand final. After 13 rounds and a semi final, it was appropriate the teams finishing first and second should meet in the grand final.
As both teams started to warm up, the toss was won by Kieran Dean who elected to bat on a field in desperate need of a good mow. The Blues openers James Dow and Dougie Oxenham strode out the the middle. The contest between two very good teams was underway.
The pair calmly got the innings off to solid start, nullifying the threat of the new ball, frustrating the bowlers and keeping the runs ticking over.
The score had reached an excellent 69 before the first wicket fell. Oxenham was run out for 21. It was a job well done. He was replaced by a very focused captain Dean.
At the other end Dow decided it was time to shift into overdrive, hitting a 6 and several 4s as he accelerated the second half of his innings for a fine 36 not out.
As Dow went out, in came Raymond Su who moved quickly through the gears in his inimitable style. But on 22, Su managed to find a fielder and was caught for a well-made 22. The team score was 2 for 104.
By now the Blues batsmen were scoring strongly. Thirty runs later Dean picked out a different lone fielder and was caught for 28. The score was 3 for 134 and a solid total was already in the book.
From there, Andrew Earlam, Charlie Bibb, Reeve Cocks and Daniel Hall all had a go as the Blues finished with a very good 5 for 143 from their maximum 32 overs.
The equation was now simple. Stop Ryde Hunters Hill scoring 144 and win the title.
From the first ball, the Blues bowlers were right on song and the fielders right on their toes. The bowling was bang on a good length and at the stumps. The fielding as tight as a drum. So accurate, the RHH opening batsmen struggled to get a shot away in anger. The positive encouragement from the fielders was inspiring. As the pressure from a lack of runs built, RHH lost their first wicket with the score on just eight. Tom Hampson bowled, Oliver Cameron
caught. It was reward for good bowling and enthusiastic fielding. Then it was Cameron's turn to claim a wicket dismissing the other opener with the score on 14. The Blues had their tails up. The batsmen were struggling. Nic Moore was in form and would end with the figures of 0 for 5 from three overs.
At the halfway drinks break, RHH had just 34 runs in the book from 16 overs. At the same mark, the Blues were 0 for 56. However, coach Mark warned the batsmen would come out with all guns blazing after the break. It meant runs would come - and the chance of wickets - in a rapid run chase.
And the prophecy came true.
With the score on 62, a delivery from Hall struck the middle stump and took the third wicket. The RHH batsmen were trying to swing out of trouble but the run rate was always a problem. They could barely land a glove on Oliver Clarke, who would end with 0 for 7 from four overs. Those figures included two maidens in a grand final.
The scorebook pressure then told on 86. In attempt to push the scoring, a quick single ended in disaster for RHH when Oxenham pounced. A run out. It was now 4 for 86 and the overs were running out.
Four runs later, Bibb struck with his leg breaks convincing the batsman to lob a catch to Su at deep square leg.
Wickets then fell on 105 to Cameron and another run out on 115.
In the final over, RHH needed an improbable 32 to win. It was not to be. Hampson claimed the 8th wicket when a good length ball found the edge and landed in the safe hands of wicketkeeper, Earlam.
Then it was over. The Blues victorious. Three cheers for the opposition and time to celebrate.
The Blues would like to thank Ryde Hunters Hill for a great game and wish them all the best next season.
Coach Mark described the performance in the field as perfection - and it was. It was a great team performance as it has been all season.
The U13 Blues, in alphabetical order: are:
Charlie Bibb, Oliver Cameron, Angus Chitty, Oliver Clarke, Reeve Cocks, Kieran Dean, James Dow, Andrew Earlam, Daniel Hall, Tom Hampson, Nathan James, Nic Moore, Doug Oxenham and Raymond Su
The Blues wold like to acknowledge the players who helped out this season: Jake O'Donnell, Charlie Wallace, Will Hampson
and Ben Pollack.
The team would also like to thank coach Mark Oxenham
and manager Bryan Dean
. The season wouldn't happen without the umpires Craig, John, Tim, Bryan, Jamie, Brian
or the scorers Clare, Neil, Di
And very importantly, thanks to every mum and dad, sibling, grandparent and other relative who made it to a game during the season to support the boys. Cricket teams are micro communities and this one was a ripper.
It's been a heap of fun. See you all next season.
V For Victory: The U13 Blues and chief mascot Clifford celebrate at the Gordon Juniors’ Presentation Day
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.
Blues Rain Supreme and More Match Reports
The spirited U13 Blues charged into the Championship final after a pulsating game in the rain on Saturday. A soggy pitch and outfield greeted the Gordon Juniors for the sem-final against third-placed Lane Cove.
Despite some heavy showers, play got underway just after the scheduled start of 2pm with unflappable James Dow
and smilin’ Doug Oxenham
opening the innings for the Gordon boys.
With the ball skidding along the damp pitch, concerted concentration was required if the Blues were to post a competitive total. Runs in the book
were always going to be an advantage in the trying conditions.
Lane Cove struck early dismissing Oxenham and the Kieran Dean – the K-Man unfortunately picking out a lone fielder at short fine leg.
All Smiles: The U13 Blues and furry friend Clifford celebrate after booking a place in the Championship final on Saturday
In strode rampaging Raymond Su
for an innings that would eventually take him past 300 runs for the season. Su quickly settled in to his innings, which was needed as the Blues lost Dow with the score on 16 and then elegant Angus Chitty on 21.
Reliable Reeve Cocks
joined Su and the good ship was steadied. The ship then really took off when slammin’ Andrew Earlam
replaced the retired Cocks. Earlam and Su cracked the damp ball across and occasionally over the soaked outfield.
When Su retired on 36 not out, the rest of the Blues batsmen all chipped in despite the occasional showers. Oliver Clarke, Charlie Bibb, Daniel Hall, Oliver Cameron
and Tom Hampson
should all be congratulated for doing their bit for the team.
In the end, the Blues were dismissed for 129. While it was a competitive score in the conditions, it was now time for Gordon to perform in the wet and wild fun park.
Fired up by inspirational words from the supercoach, the Blues struck early. The first wicket fell to a Su and Earlam combination run out while the second and third wickets were both clean bowled by Cameron. The Lane Cove side was reeling at 3 for 6.
But Lane Cove fought back with solid batting in the middle order to tighten the game and raise the tension on the boundary. Oxenham then struck to claim the fourth wicket – caught and bowled - with the score on 43. But still the Lane Cove batsmen continued to build their innings.
Then with the score on 84, the game suddenly changed. Chitty charged in to claim the 5th wicket with a sweet delivery that struck middle stump. With the score still on 84, Daniel Hall also hit the woodwork. Lane Cove now 6 for 84.
But the game’s big turning point came when James Dow
pounced in the field to claim a run out and the 7th wicket with the score on 100. From then, Lane Cove were bundled out losing their final four wickets for just 10 runs.
In the end, the Blues won by 19 runs.
Victory propels the Gordon U13 Blues into the final – reward for a fine season of teamwork, application and good attitude from every single player doing their bit for the team. Regardless of Saturday’s result, this has been a remarkable season for an outstanding group of young men who have become good mates and have proudly represented the club.
As always, the players would like to thank supercoah Mark, manager to the stars Bryan, umpires Craig and Tim and scorers Neil and Clare.
See you on Saturday.
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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