Blues Finish in the Pink
The last round of the regular season - Pink Stumps Day - saw the U16/17 Blues playing against North Sydney at Willoughby Park. A dress rehearsal for the semi final, both teams were keen to get a win on the board. Mitch O'Donnell and Cam Hinton were solid openers for Gordon. The bowling was tight and runs were a bit hard to get but the Blues still had all their wickets in tact at drinks.
With 14 players on the park all keen for a bat, the coach retired the openers. Having survived the top six bowlers, in stepped North Sydney's Gibson who took a wicket in each of his four overs, rattling the Blues' middle order.
Charlie Wallace steadied the ship on his way to 19; Liam Sanby upped the anti with a quick fire 13; and Will Coyle chipped in in impressive style with an equally quick 15, including a lovely 6!
With 104 on the board after their 32 overs, the Blues knew they needed to take early wickets with the ball.
Having collected money for Pink Stumps Day from team members, parents and passers by alike, the Blues took to the field, complete with pink zinc and a Pink Stumps cap for the keeper. In the spirit of Glenn McGrath, Will Coyle and Jason Manoharan kept it tight but unfortunately couldn't dislodge the openers.
However, first change bowler, Charlie Wallace, was on fire at his favourite Willoughby Park pitch! Inspired by spectacular catches from Alex Carmichael and Tom McGowan, the Blues had their tails up!
James Tai ensured Gibson would not make the same impact with the bat as he had with the ball, ably assisted by a lovely catch from keeper Brad Ford.
At 4 for 23 after 10 overs, the North Sydney batsmen were rattled. It was great to see every member of the Gordon squad given an opportunity with the ball, however wickets dried up and the batsmen picked off the loose balls. North Sydney's Isherwood kept his head and his wicket, scoring an uneaten 58 as North Sydney reached the target in the 29th over.
Man of the Match, Charlie Wallace, was the shining star scoring 19 runs and taking 3 for 3 from his 3 overs.As the semi-final was abandoned due to a very slippery pitch, this ended up being the last game for the Blues in the 2013/14 season.