Match Reports - Season 2015/16

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Weekly match reports from each team, provided by nominated parents or supporters during the 2015/16 season can be found here. 

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U10 Black - Round 6 vs Lindfield Smith

U10 Black - Round 6 vs Lindfield Smith

Teamwork in the Rain 

Gordon Black bowled first. Lindfield scored 6 for 56. Gordon Black scored 2 for 57 in the 22nd over. Gordon Black won.  

Not many runs scored by everyone because it was a bumpy pitch and it was wet and heavy ground.

All of our wickets were bowled. Tom Gilhooly took 2 wickets which takes his total to 7, he is 3rd on the Gordon leaderboard for bowling. Max, Henry, Rex and Liam Gil took the other wickets.

Rex was unlucky to be run out. Blake and Luke batted really well especially running between the wickets to take us to victory.

Josh, Rory and Liam Green also batted very well not getting out. 

- Max Yeoland

U10 Black - Round 5 vs Lane Cove

U10 Black - Round 5 vs Lane Cove

Gordon Black Shine as a Team 

Under the morning sun at Pottery Green, Lane Cove won the toss and elected to bat first.  

They soon wished they hadn’t as young Tom Gilhooly bowled his first over. He took two wickets, both sweetly hitting the stumps. Our bowlers continued their attack with Liam Green bowling a maiden over.  

Lane Cove recovered. Then on Rory’s last ball of the last over, they were run-out with help of a wicket-taking throw by Rex Hirst. Gordon Black was left with 104 runs to chase.  

Zac Dean and Angus Ryan bravely opened the batting.  They were followed by the almost match winning bat of Liam Gilhooly.  He top scored for the team with 22 runs off 16 balls. Zac Dean was man of the match for his keeping skills. 

Yet again it was a team effort that almost gave us the win. We ended up with 84 runs.

By Liam Green and Liam Gilhooly

U10 Silver - Round 6 vs Lane Cove

U10 Silver - Round 6 vs Lane Cove

Quick Silver Turn on the Style 

Gordon Silver won the toss and chose to field. We bowled and fielded extremely well. Hadley took a great catch at slips and also fielding really well. 

At the end of the innings Lane Cove was all out for just 50. We needed 51 to win and got that very quickly. 

Toby batted extremely well and retired at 20 runs. At the end of the match Gordon Silver got 55 runs with six wickets lost.

I really enjoyed our match and both sides played well. Thanks to Lane Cove for a great game and thanks also to our great coach Derek.

- Joshua Constantian

          What a great jump by Charlie R

U12 Blue - Round 3 vs Mosman

U12 Blue - Round 3 vs Mosman

Good Day Out For Blues 

After a shaky start against Mosman U12 Bradman, Gordon Blue Under 12’s batting first, dug in with the help of Rory Madderom and Lachie Fraser.

Rory punished anything that was slightly wide of the stumps, with numerous fours and a magnificent six hook shot.

Building on his 27 from the previous week, Rory went on to score 32 (retired not our).

After a good start, Ayush was caught in the deep trying to reach the boundary, in what was otherwise a beautiful shot.

Matt (from Gordon White Under 12s, who graciously filled in for the day) had a great innings, scoring eight runs before surrendering his wicket.

Late in the innings, Lachie returned to the crease to join Noah and build on his earlier score of 11 (retired not out) to hit a strong 22. Noah finished the innings on 38 not out and Gordon Blue managed to score a very impressive 159 runs.

With the shadows drawing longer, Gordon Blue took to the field to commence their bowling attack.

First scalp went to Ayush in only the second or third over while Dhruv picked up a wicket in his first over as well. Dhruv was unlucky not to snag a second wicket when a screamer just clipped Matt’s fingers.

Nicholas took a beautiful catch in the midfield to have Mosman three down in the fifth over. 

Rory Madderom took a great stumping off a wide delivery, to have Mosman four down.

Dhruv then picked up his second wicket and the fifth for the innings with a beautiful straight ball on the stumps.  Lachie did a great run out in the second half of the innings as wicketkeeper to have Mosman six down with only about 50 on the board.  

Late in the innings, Sammy clean bowled the Mosman batsman to have them 7 for 87. Rory missed a screamer just on 6pm but two balls later managed to hang onto an almost identical shot to have Mosman 8 for 107.  Next ball Declan (who has an incredible strong arm to boot) bowled the last remaining Mosman Batsman to have them all out for 107.

All in all, it was a great day on the green at George’s Heights for Gordon Blue Under 12s, well and truly making up for last week’s disappointing loss.  
Well done Gordon Blue!

U16/17 Red - Round 5 vs Roseville Rattlesnakes

U16/17 Red - Round 5 vs Roseville Rattlesnakes

Reds Home in Stunning Last Ball Thriller 

Teamwork, determination and courage displayed by each Gordon Red player insured the thrilling victory in the last over of play on a warm Sunday morning.

Playing with nine players was never going to be easy, yet as we arrived to the ground the atmosphere was full of enthusiasm and determination. Lacing up our spikes, slapping on sunscreen and inspecting the pitch, we were eager to take advantage of the green wicket which made the coin toss crucial.

Captain Ben Greaves took to the centre of the ground where he nervously called heads as the coin was tossed. As the coin landed, Greaves instantaneously chose to bowl after his successful call. It was time to shine.

Nathan James was up first hoping to receive an early wicket with his lightning pace and reliable line and length. Angus Levy continued the quick pace at the other end and was the first to strike the Roseville batting lineup. Levy’s line and lengthen was too good for the Roseville opener when he attempted to flick the ball to the leg side, however an edge was found as it safely landed into the hands of Tom Pitts behind the wicket.

Luke Carah was first change along with Callum O’Brien whose left arm outswing almost claimed a wicket. With the two Roseville batsmen creating a decent partnership, Matthew Pereira’s exceptional throw from fine leg into Tom Pitts was too quick for the other Roseville opener.

With the square leg umpire putting his finger up, the Reds were in a good position. A few overs had past and the Roseville batsmen were on a roll.

Captain Greaves was up next with his slow and deadly off spin claiming a wicket in the first ball of his spell. A brilliant catch by Luke next to his ankles sent the batsman to the shed off of captain’s bowling. At the other end Matthew Pereira claimed his first wicket in Gordon colours after a badly timed shot was played into the safe hands of Greaves.

Moments later, Greaves struck again after the ball went sky high into the hands of Levy. 

With the Roseville batsmen creating a good, solid partnership, it was time for fill in Jacob Digby to shine. His line and length was exceptional and left the Roseville batsmen clueless. Into his second over, Digby’s line and length was frustrating the batsmen which resulted in an attempted lofted drive. However, the ball landed into Digby’s hands as he claimed his first wicket of the day. 

With Ben’s back in pain, the captain called for Angus Levy to lead with his mysterious left arm spin. Immediately, Levy struck Roseville’s batting lineup within an over. A beautiful spin ball had pierced through the batsmen knocking over middle stump. 

Next ball was even better, Levy put some of his lightning quick pace onto the ball which sent the bailes flying to claim his third wicket of the day. 

But he wasn’t done there, Levy like before placed the ball right onto the toes of the batsmen to claim a brilliant LBW. With the finger going up, Angus now had claimed his 4th wicket, Gordon needed one more to finish off Roseville. Levy running in on his 8th over, tempted the batsmen into playing a lofted drive. However, Jacob Digby was waiting at the other end of the ball with safe, relaxed hands. Roseville bowled out for 142, Angus claiming 5 wickets and keeping the match ball.

With the temperature rising, Ben Greaves and Nathan James began the run chase. However, a sore upper back injury which occurred while fielding took its toll on captain Greaves as he was unfortunately bowled out within the first over. 

Pitts was up next hoping to face off the opening bowlers by playing slow and steady along with Nathan. 

Hoping to increase the run rate, Pitts was eager to cut a short ball through the covers, unfortunately Pitts had found point putting the Reds at 2 for 36.

Stepping forward to the crease next was Callum O'Brien who batted with discipline and style. His late cuts and aggressive play along with Nathan’s smart shot selection created hope for the Reds.
Having survived drinks, O’Brien again tried to continue his dominant play, yet waiting for him was a Roseville fielder in between gully and point who ended his innings. O’Brien with a well deserved 19. 

With Matt Pereira stepping up to the crease, it was time for Nathan James to move into top gear. Nathan's explosive play silenced the field, yet electrified the crowd as he smashed numerous fours and a massive six above his Gordon teammates. James was looking good. 

Matt P was also playing with confidence and composure after hitting an exceptional four which put the Reds into a great position. However, Matty P was unfortunately bowled out putting the reds at 4 for 105. 

Levy was next up hoping to have as much success with the bat as he did with the ball. Nathan was playing with excellence and aggression throughout the Gordon innings which brought up his well deserved half century, yet the job was not done. 

After two fours Angus was unfortunately bowled and two wickets shortly fell within a matter of overs. 

Nathan James ended his innings on a well deserved high score of 61, his best batting performance to date. Luke Carah and Matt Balkus were the Red’s last chance. The pair needed to score a combination of 20 runs within three overs in order to win the game. Luke was working the singles well while Matt had no choice but to block out the good balls. 

With the game slipping out of reach, Matt mesmerised the crowd, his teammates and the opposition after walking across his stumps (exposing all three of them) and smashing the ball into the grandstands. We were back on track. 

A four and a few singles took both batsmen to the last ball of the innings. Reds needing a single to win the game. Nerves showed around the ground, yet Matt was calm and relaxed as he skillfully middled a beautiful shot to the boundary winning the game for the mighty reds. Balkus finished on an exceptional 20 not out. 

Special thanks to Roseville Rattlesnakes for such a superb game, Jacob Digby who filled in for us, Steve Bibb for spending his own time helping us out, Alison for scoring, Lyndon for umpiring and Marg for managing.

Next week the Reds will be taking on North Sydney at Tunks.  

U10 Silver - Round 5 vs Mosman Thunder

U10 Silver - Round 5 vs Mosman Thunder

Silver Go Very Close 

Our team played really well. Our bowling was very good. There were not too many wides or no balls. 

Milan D’Chuna, Riley Meale, Joshua Constantian and Lachlan Loder did some amazing bowling getting wickets and a phenomenal caught and bowled by Hadley.

Our batting was very good. We had a great start chasing 81 runs. The first two batters got us off to a great start, which were Hadley and Riley, but when they came off our batting order started to crumble. At the drinks break we were only on 33 runs.

We were very lucky that our final two batsmen, which were Joshua and Toby Ogg, got us really close.

In the end we lost by 6 runs but I think the team played really well.

U14 Gold - Round 4 vs Lindfield McGrath

U14 Gold - Round 4 vs Lindfield McGrath

Improving Gold Go Down Fighting 

The old cricketing cliche that catches win matches was never truer than in this match. Gold dropped three sitters and had a great Charlie McCoubrey take on the boundary nullifed due to a marginal no ball call.

All these chances who have led to the demise of the star Lindfield batsman, who retired on 40 not out - the margin of victory as it turned out. We hope he bought a lottery ticket at the weekend as he is one lucky boy!

Lindfield's innings started smoothly with both batsmen untroubled by the Gordon opening bowlers. Max Russell changed things up with some accurate medium pace that yielded very few runs and the wicket of a set batsman. Tyler Arndt (1 for 10), Finn Mason (1 for 13) and Cameron Stocks (2 for 15) kept the pressure up and all bagged wickets in the same manner. Gordons' bowling, as a team, was the best it has been all season, with all bowlers creating pressure, keeping it tight and as a result wickets fell at regular intervals.

If not for those missed catches and some hit and giggle in the closing overs from Lindfield, Gold would have had them out for less than 100 runs. As it was, Lindfield closed on 136/8.

Special mention for Jack Galloway, excellent behind the stumps again, taking an admirable 4 catches for the match; plus Tim Bacon, maintaining his one catch per game average whilst also claiming a smart run out.

The reply did not begin well for Gold, with 3 wickets falling in the first three overs, cross bat shots to straight balls being the main cause again. Tim Bacon and Isaac Altham batted sensibly to add 35 runs, Golds best partnership of the year to date. Upon the departure of Altham, Cameron Stocks gave good support to Bacon as did Angus Monahan, whose batting continues to improve.

Alas for Gordon, just not enough partnerships to make a dent in the total and they finished  short of tht total on 9 for 95. Close to the magical 100, and batting the full 32 overs is a good sign for the team.

Plenty of positives in this match, not the least of which is the batting of Tim Bacon, showing great touch, concentration and intelligence to bat the full innings and end with a hard fought 32 not out.

Tim bags the Nilgiri Man of the match this week. The team performance is trending strongly upwards, which is a good reward for the hard work of the boys and the guidance of Steven and Harry on the coaching front.

U10 Black - Round 3 vs Lane Cove

U10 Black - Round 3 vs Lane Cove

Gordon Black Batsmen Do the Job 

Gordon Black bowled first. It took a long time to get wickets because Lane Coves’ batsmen were really good.

Then Blake Dellit eventually got a wicket off a runout. Then other wickets followed from Tom Gilhooly, Liam Green and Blake AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lane Cove made 89 runs which was really good.

Lane Cove's bowlers were good but not fast enough. All our batsmen did really well and we only lost one wicket.

Liam Gilhooly and Max Yeoland made loads of runs – so many I lost count.

Gordon got all the runs in 18 overs, which is our best score this year.

- Tom Gilhooly 
The big salute from Max Yeoland and Liam Gilhooly after a strong performance

The Gordon U10 Black team in a buoyant mood after a great day of cricket

U14 Gold - Round 3 vs West Pymble

U14 Gold - Round 3 vs West Pymble

Much Improved Batting From Gold But Still Falling Short 

Put into bat by the opposition, Gordon Gold began by carrying on the dubious tradition, initiated during the previous game, of giving away cheap wickets to straight fast balls.

The first 3 wickets went in less than 3 overs (all to the same bowler), and, at 3 for 7 a repeat of the aforementioned batting performance seemed a strong possibility. Respectability was restored with a gritty innings from Tyler Arndt, who batted for over an hour and scored 29 runs. Whilst this was not a flashy knock, facing 58 balls and with runs mainly coming in singles, Tyler set a great example to his teammates of the value of protecting your wicket and occupying the crease.

Good support from Isaac Altham, Charlie McCoubrey and Angus Monahan allowed Gordon to get close to a defendable target. Although these three didn't score many runs, they faced plenty of bowling which will build  confidence for future games and took the pressure of Arndt, allowing him to score for the team.

Following the departure of Arndt the innings ended rapidly, with a score of 76 was posted, in 26 overs. It has to be said the West Pymble fielding was a very positive contributor to this score, with a number of dropped catches and misfields. Chasing a small total proved no great challenge for the opposition, whose keenness to win the game saw them opening with their strongest batsmen. Despite an economical start from Monahan and Arndt, the all important early breakthrough eluded Gold and once the batsmen were settled in they started to run down the total with ease.

Although Gordon will not be too unhappy with the way that they bowled, there was still at least one loose delivery per over, which was typically dispatched to the boundary by the openers.

Strong fielding performances from Jack Galloway behind the stumps with Cameron Stocks and Tim Bacon in the outfield (who was a standout), was  a positive for Gordon. The latter taking the only wicket to fall, in an innings of very few chances. Overall, a good bounce back from the previous week, especially with the bat. Gold need more batsmen to stand up in future games; failing to bat out all 32 overs and not scoring in excess of 100 runs is not a recipe for success in this comp. Well done to Tyler Arndt, an easy choice for the Nilgiri man of the match with a great knock,  backed up with some solid bowling. Well done sir, now roll on the next game!
U12 Gold - Round 3 vs Gordon White

U12 Gold - Round 3 vs Gordon White

Gold in Local Derby Thriller 

We won the toss and decided to bowl against our friends at Gordon White. Runs flowed freely from the start by the opposition. 

An inspired bowling change saw Ed Barton take three wickets in two overs narrowly missing out on a hat-trick. Stubborn resistance from the middle order saw the opposition go to the drinks break 5 for 100.

After refreshment the team returned to the field with renewed vigour. Finally the resistance was broken by Will Fitch

Apart from a late flurry of runs from their lower order, our team did well to restrict them to 156 runs. For our team Seb Hegney  Olly Menck and Ed were the pick of the bowlers. In reply our run chase started slowly, but importantly we went to the drinks break with only the loss of one wicket. Me sadly! 

The run chase continued to purr along, ably led by Josh Brayshaw and Zac Menck, who topped scored with his personal high score. With rain looking like it would spoil the party, to the crease came Archie Bibb and Ed who blazed away with the winning runs scored on four overthrows with two balls to go. 

Man of the Match - well deserved all round performance with batting and keeping - was Zac who was well and truly over his jet lag. Sportsman Award - Ed who led from the front with an outstanding bowling, batting and fielding display. 

- Mitch Hyslop, captain round three

Zac and Ed - plus a friend - with their trophies