Match Reports - Season 2014/15

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Weekly match reports from each team, provided by nominated parents or supporters during the 2014/15 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.


U11 Blue - Round 13 vs St Ives Lee

U11 Blue - Round 13 vs St Ives Lee

Blue Boys Go Close 

What a nail biting ending as the boys were determined to win but lost by a nick.

The game started with slow scoring due the wet outfield. 

The runs began to come off the bat quickly as the temperature and tension began to rise. 

Noah again was magnificent with the bat, supported by Nick Green. Harvey came back from an injury in the nets and scored runs as well.  
Bowling was superb with Matthew taking two successive wickets to bring the boys back into the game.  

Fielding was exceptional as Angelo took two diving catches.

The Player of the Week was Angelo with an excellent all round performance with the bat, ball and in the field.

Well done boys! 

Guards of Honours all round for the Blues Batsmen

   Player of the Week Angelo was outstanding

U11 Blue - Round 11 vs West Pymble

U11 Blue - Round 11 vs West Pymble

Blue Boys Learn Lessons 

Saturday was a day when cricket seemed to be the winner - we were down a player through illness but the boys nonetheless tried hard and played the game in the right spirit.

There was a noticeable improvement in the running between the wickets but we were ultimately outplayed by opponents who were well drilled and stuck to their game plan.

Many lessons were learned at Lofberg Oval and the team are looking forward to lifting this week when we meet St Ives.

U11 Gold - Round 11 vs Roseville Raptors

U11 Gold - Round 11 vs Roseville Raptors

Gold Turn It On In The Field 

On Saturday, we played the Roseville Raptors at Alan Small park. We started off batting and after just four balls our first batsman was out caught.

After 15 overs we only had 35 runs but thanks to our three top scoring batsmen A Kishore, 15, H Ridley, 9, and A Bibb, 8, we left the crease with 9 for 101.

M Hyslop opened the bowling brilliantly with two wickets. The following over O Menck got another wicket for the team. Our bowling was exceptional for the rest of the game, bowling them all out for 85.

Dan Newman, right, picked up the Man of the Match Award for his outstanding bowling claiming the figures of 2 for 1

All of our bowlers did very well including brilliant figures such as myself with 2 for 1, S Hegney 1 for 3, H Ridley 1 for 12, A Kishore 1 for 4, N Matthews 1 for 4, E Barton 1 for 11.

We fielded well defending a very small total and due to our excellent performance on the field we ended up coming home with a win. Well done Gordon Gold!

Special thanks to our parents, the umpires, scorers and the coach.                        

By D Newman

Mitch Hyslop, right, took two wickets, was great in the field and was awarded the Good Sportsmanship Award  

U11 Gold - Round 10 vs North Sydney Red

U11 Gold - Round 10 vs North Sydney Red

Gold Show Great Courage 

We chose to bowl first because the ball did not travel fast on the grass due to the dew on it. I hoped later on in the day, the grass will dry up so the field will become quicker.

At the end of their innings North Sydney Red were 6 for 143. I would like to acknowledge Seb and Harry for getting one wicket and Will and Olly for getting two wickets. Both of our keepers did an amazing job, both taking one catch and Josh did an amazing diving catch.

We could of improved by bowling less extras. In the batting we struggled a bit, losing our 1st wicket at two runs and our second wicket at three runs.

Armaan and Harry (right) with the match awards

I would like to acknowledge Nelson who scored 9, Harry who scored 23, Mitch who scored 15 in just five balls. I scored 16. We all did our very best but we could only score 7 for 115.

I think everyone should be proud of themselves because North Sydney Red normally get teams out in around 80 runs, but we played our best and scored 115.

Finally, a special thanks to Paul, Lara, Steve and all in the parent group for your encouragement, support and in allowing us have fun.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New year – see you all next year.

By Armaan Kishore

U11 Blue – Round 10 vs Lindfield Tavener

U11 Blue – Round 10 vs Lindfield Tavener

Blues Hit Top Gear 

With the boys batting first they all had a dig, with great efforts from Harvey, Noah, Aston, Lachie and Xavier, to amass a total of 171.

They then backed it up with accurate bowling and enthusiastic fielding that included run outs, clean bowled, caught and a stumping by Dhruv, who was brilliant behind the stumps.  

Lindfield were bowled out and we got an early mark, a great way to finish the year! Let’s bring that form back for 2015. 

Well done to Lachie for a great all-round game in getting man of the match. 

Also a big thank you to Finlay for helping out today. Enjoy the break and we’ll see you all next year!

U14/15 Red - Round 9 vs Lindfield Waugh

U14/15 Red - Round 9 vs Lindfield Waugh

Resilient Reds Show Great Character 

Enthusiasm for a common interest, working as a unit and placing team ahead of self interest are essential in a cricket team – and good lessons for life. These attributes are embraced by the Gordon Reds and were on display in a cracking game of junior cricket on Sunday.

It started on an humid and overcast  morning on the artificial savannah of Northbridge Oval. This was the final round before the school holiday break. The Reds were taking on the second placed Lindfield team.

On the boundary, the recalcitrant gazebo eventually popped up. The parental support staff settled in the shade keeping the heads down to avoid the barrage of golf balls that would come from the hackers ruining the course behind.

To the cricket action and captain Ben Greaves won the toss and decided to bat.

This week’s opening act was Saskia Horley and Thomas Pitts. With the fielders setting up shop in the deep, it was hard going for the Gordon openers. Boundaries were difficult to find.

Looking to set the scoreboard alight, positive Pitts went on the drive only to find a fielder. Seven runs later, Horley was just short of her crease looking for a second run. Both openers did a good job wearing down the bowling.

Daniel Williams and Ben Greaves were now in residence. Williams got an early Christmas gift - a low full toss on his pads, which he promptly dispatched to the boundary for 4 to get off the mark. At the other end, Greaves was his usual inventive and effective self with the bat. The pair took to the tiring bowling and found the boundaries. The partnership was producing the runs – 70 to be precise. It was a fine display.

When Greaves departed for an excellent 33 and Daniel Williams for 47, the Reds were 123 in the Xth over. The concern was this was a little below par for Northbridge Oval.

If the Reds were to post a competitive score, a late flourish was needed. Charlie Bibb was now in the middle and produced several fine shots that raced to the boundary. Tom Hampson and Jake O’Donnell joined in as they pushed the runs. Both sacrificed their wickets for the team as they looked for runs.

In the end, Gordon posted a competitive total of 147. Bibb was 19 not out.  

The Reds then turned in a superb team performance in the field that would see them chase, dive and scramble to great effect. From the first ball, the Reds were switched on knowing they needed to keep it tight.

The opening bowling from Daniel Williams and Flynn Mahoney was outstanding. Bang on a good length. They were supported by enthusiastic fielding which strangled the scoring. Barely a run was sited. First change bowlers Saskia Horley and Tom Hampson kept the pressure on. Horley beat the bat numerous times with her off breaks. She was unlucky not to pick up the first wicket. That honour fell to Hampson and his second delivery. The pressure from the Reds saw a shot land in the ever-safe hands of Mahoney who was stationed at point.

Hampson struck again in his third over thanks to an amazing reflex catch at slip by Charlie Bibb. When the ball found the edge, the ball flew fast and high until Bibb threw out his right hand.

Thomas Pitts then got into the wicket taking act with a caught and bowled.

The fielding was desperate. Viruna Tennakoon led the way with a series of stunning stops prowling around square leg that prevented runs.

Angus Levy tore into the bowling unleashing a thunderbolt that knocked over the stumps to claim the 4th wicket.

Bibb took his second catch – this time at square leg – from the bowling of Greaves.

Marcus Kelly came on and kept it full and tight to dry up the runs and frustrate the batsmen. 

From then it became the Liam Gorman show with the left arm seamer wreaking havoc in the Lindfield batting. Gorman kocked over three batsmen in a devastating spell. The first was a great diving catch by wicket keeper Jake O’Donnell, who had a great day behind the stumps.

Gorman hit the woodwork for the second wicket. The third was courtesy of a sharp catch by Levy who flew high to snaffle the ball. Adam Goodes would have been proud with that one. 

Suddenly Lindfield were 8 for 111. The game was still in the balance with 27 runs needed to win from four overs. Could Lindfield get home?

With the pressure rising, the Red held firm. The fielding continued to be outstanding. Viruna Tennakoon then produced one of many outstanding moments in the field when he threw himself to his right and almost pulled off the catch of the season. While the ball fell out his hand, Tennakoon stopped a certain boundary. It was great stuff.

The total proved too much and the Reds held firm to win by 12 runs. It was an outstanding performance by all players – a real team effort uniting for the greater good. Great character and resilience are the hallmarks of this team.

And so it’s time for a break. It’s been a great first part of the season for the Reds. Thanks must go to all the parents for supporting a great bunch of young people having fun together on a Sunday morning. 

The next game is February 1 against Lane Cove Covies.

Merry Christmas to all the Gordon Red families.

U11 Gold - Round 9 vs Gordon Blue

U11 Gold - Round 9 vs Gordon Blue

Mates Go Head to Head in Gordon Derby

When Gordon Gold won the toss, we elected to field, and Seb opened the bowling with probing deliveries.

The Gordon Blue openers were equal to the challenge, however, batting with assurance till they were eventually retired.

It fell to Archie to bowl the first Blue batsman, which was followed by a sharp run-out, the result of a direct hit from Will.
After drinks, the Blue run rate slowed, with Zac's wicket keeping noticeably effective. It was not long before the next wicket fell, when Haz scooped up the ball and dashed to the wicket for an excellent run-out. The Gordon Blue innings was promising nevertheless, with 74 runs on the board for the loss of only two wickets, and with 10 overs to go.

It was not to be, however, because the Blue innings stalled when Gold were able to deny the batsmen easy runs. Newman claimed the next wicket with an outstanding catch.

Then, in one eventful over by Armaan, a looping catch was dropped but the spilled ball was scooped up thrown at the stumps for a sharp run out to be completed. Blue were unable to regain any convincing momentum. Gordon Gold provided a more measured batting performance. Openers Harry and Olly both batted steadily to retirement without losing their wicket.

A consistent run rate was maintained by Olly, Seb, Josh and Nelson, pushed along with a few handy fours. Gordon Gold reached the required 110-run target in 25 overs with 8 wickets in hand. It was a convincing win for the Golds!

The Goldies would like to thank coach Paul, manager Lara, umpires Mal and Steve, scorer Pete and all our parents for making it possible for us to have fun playing cricket.

U11 Gold – Round 8 versus Mosman Gold

U11 Gold – Round 8 versus Mosman Gold

Goldies Rememer Spirit of Phil Hughes 

It was sad day for cricket on Sunday because we were remembering the life of Phillip Hughes.

As captain, I had to read out a speech about Phillip Hughes before the game to my team, the opposition and all the parents. It was sad but proud because it made feel good that Phillip Hughes spirit will live on. We then had a minute’s silence before the game started.

It was also kind of surprising and awesome that a Channel Ten cameraman and reporter were at our game. They interviewed our Gordon team and filmed us playing. We were on the news that night.

I won the toss and decided to bat. Zac and Seb opened the innings. Seb got one 4 before getting out. Ed, Daniel, Mitch, DK, Olly, Nelson and Will tried their best with the bat which was fantastic. Top scores were Josh, Armaan and Haz who all got into double figures. Well done, boys. In the end, we scored 166 which is a good total. But it was a small ground and I was worried the total might not be enough.

Mosman’s openers smashed some 6s at the start of the innings and got off to flyer. Armaan was unlucky to get hit as he was bowling well. I was lucky enough to take four wickets with my bowling. There was a great run out by Haz. The batsman hit it to fine leg and Haz ran to it and hit the stumps on the full. It was a good throw and we got a wicket. Seb also did a run out which was amazing. Zac also took a wicket when he knocked over the stumps to bowl.

It was a really close game but in the end we unfortunately lost with just one over to go.

Josh was Man of the Match. I felt privilged to get the Sportsmanship award.

Thank you my team mates and Mosman for attending this game. Thank you for the umpires and scorers and to our coach Paul.Thank you to all the parents for supporting our team. It makes us feel good.

It was a great honour to remember Phillip Hughes as a great Australian cricketer on this day.

- By Captain Archie Bibb

The Mosman captain started by reading a speech

 It was then the turn of Gordon Gold captain Archie Bibb to read the speech


Armaan was interviewed by Channel Ten and the whole team was on the news 


U14/15 Red - Round 7 vs Lane Cove Rogers

U14/15 Red - Round 7 vs Lane Cove Rogers

Thrilling Game A Tribute to Hughesy

It was always going to be an emotional start to the game on Sunday. The tragic death of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes was on everyone’s mind.
Before the game, both teams gathered around the pitch and coach Josh found the right words for all the boys. Sixty three seconds of silence allowed a moment for reflection. Then it was three cheers for Hughesy and game on. Having fun playing cricket is a fitting way to honour the memory of the dashing batsman. Scoring loads of runs is another. On a day tinged with a little sadness, it was somehow appropriate that bat would go on to dominate ball. In the end, 346 runs would be scored. The Reds would snatch a dramatic victory. An absorbing game would come down the final over. But first…
Captain Callum O’Brien won the toss, thought about batting but decided to bowl first.
Flynn Mahoney and Angus Levy were in action straight away sharing the new ball. On a hot morning with no cloud cover to make the ball swing, it was tough going in the field. First change bowlers, Tom Hampson and O’Brien, ramped up the pressure and the runs started to dry. Travelling at three an over, the pressure was starting to tell on Lane Cove batsmen.
Then, in the 9th over, a wicket. O’Brien chased the ball down towards the fine leg boundary, picked it up and sent it flying over the top of the bails for wicketkeeper Ben Greaves to complete a very smart run out. Lane Cove 1 for 36.
Despite the wicket, the Reds continued to find it hard going in the field. By the drinks break, the score was 1 for 69.

Tom Pitts and Callum O'Brien, far right, contributed 94 runs

Lane Cove now upped the run rate, taking quick singles and looking for the boundary. But then up stepped Marcus Kelly who made a stunning impact when he struck with the first ball of his second over. Mahoney took a neat catch and Lane Cove were 2 for 112 in the 21st over.
But Kelly wasn’t finished. In his next two overs he claimed two more wickets to have Lane Cove 4 for 131 in the 28th over. Kelly finished with the terrific figures of 3 for 22 from five overs. It was a fine reward for bowling full and straight.
In the end, Lane Cove managed a respectable 4 for 172 after 32 overs. It was tough in the field and the rising heat meant it was going to get even tougher.
Chasing 173 to win, the Reds lost early wickets and at 4 for 72 were looking a little shaky.
After drinks, Gordon started to fall behind the run rate as Lane Cove bowled well. The ground fielding was also tight but a few drop catches helped the Red cause.
Callum O’Brien joined Daniel Alleyn in the middle. The hard hitting was underway. To counter, Lane Cove placed five fielders on the boundary. It worked when Alleyn found one fielder who took a good catch standing next to a cone at deep mid wicket.
O’Brien now put his head down and mixed his natural aggression with some disciplined batting. The Reds needed a big innings – and the captain delivered with top knock. O’Brien eventually retired on 52 not out.
With O’Brien relaxing in the shade, the run rate slowed and the game was in the balance until a nice cameo from Angus Levy revived the innings. Levy smacked two 4s and the Gordon self-belief was back.
At six wickets down, the game turned on a partnership between the incoming Ben Greaves and Tom Pitts – who was settled at the crease and holding the innings together. The former played in his usual style while the latter – after a slow start – suddenly found another gear. A top gear.
The Gordon batsmen batted aggressively and very well. The runs were flowing again. The pressure was now on the bowling team. Pitts and Greaves plundered 34 runs from four very productive overs to leave the Red needing just one from the final over. And in a strange end to the game, it came with a wide. A thrilling run chase came down to the last over and ended in victory for Gordon Red with five balls to spare.
Pitts finished on 42 not out. Greaves finished on 15 not out.
The Reds would like to than coach Josh, umpires Michael and Martin and Tracey for scoring.
Next week the Reds take on the Roseville Rattlesnakes.

 Thriller: The U14/15 Reds worked well as a team to get home with just five balls to spare


U11 Gold - Round 5 vs West Pymble

U11 Gold - Round 5 vs West Pymble

Lessons To Learn for Goldies

We were greeted by a lovely sunny day. A little bit cooler than the previous week.
Unfortunately we lost the toss again and batted first.

Seb and Zac started really well, confidently running between the wickets. But the fielding team was very enthusiastic with both their chatter and their fielding. The slow damp outfield did not help our run scoring.
With the retirement of Seb and loss of Zac's wicket, the run rate slowed. We continued to lose wickets and were unsure of our running.

Mitch played a good inning, hitting three fours in one over, but had to retire hurt after being hit on the wrist.
Unfortunately the fielding team continued to field well, and we were bowled out for a very disappointing 103.
It was going to be hard to defend, and we did a good job. In the end they were too good.

Nelson took a couple of good catches and DK got some wickets.
We all tried hard but we did not have enough runs.

Hazza was always positive and always talkative, and received the Sportsmanship award.

Seb played a good innings, bowled well, and fielded even better on the fine leg boundary. He stuck to the game plan and always tried hard. He was a deserved MOM.
For next week we need to bowl more accurately and reduce our extras. They are killing us!