Match Reports - Season 2016/17

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Weekly match reports from each team, provided by nominated parents or supporters during the 2016/17 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. If you want your team's match reports published on the website, please email them, and any photos, into


U13/14 Gold - Round 9 vs St Ives Hazelwood

U13/14 Gold - Round 9 vs St Ives Hazelwood

Runs Flow in Gold Rush to Victory

Batting first, proceedings didn't begin too brightly for Gold with a wicket falling to the second ball of the day.

Cautious play from opener Charlie McCoubrey and No.3 Cameron Stocks (pictured left) enabled Gordon to steady the ship and see off the better bowlers. Accordingly both batsmen reached  the retirement score of 40 runs, with boundaries flowing freely as their confidence grew.

The great work from these two was built on by Hunter Thompson (below right) who also reached the magic 40 mark with ease, sending the ball to the boundary with great elegance and frightening regularity.

Isaac Altham, coming in at number 7, played a high tempo innings characterised by great running between the wickets and some crunching off drives.

With the innings coming to a close and a big score in the offing, the situation demanded the introduction of big hitting Marcus Lal, (below left) fresh from his maiden 50 the previous week. After taking a few balls to get his eye in, Lal flogged the tiring, bedraggled St Ives bowlers to all parts of the ground, including one massive six to cow corner.

Lal was force to retire on the penultimate ball of the innings, having reached his 40 in only 20 balls. Oliver Gilhooly came in for the last ball and charged down the wicket with demonic teenage intent and duly dispatched the ball to the square leg boundary for a final 4. Gordon finished on 234 for 3, the teams' highest ever 32 over score (by some margin).

With such a large total it may have been understandable that Gordon were not at their sharpest in the field or with ball in hand.

As a result, St Ives reached a respectable score but never threatened to overhaul what was a terrific total from Gold and a thumping victory.




U13/14 Thunder – Round 8 vs Lane Cove Marsh

U13/14 Thunder – Round 8 vs Lane Cove Marsh

Thunder Strikes In Two Dayer  

We were playing a two-day game against older boys in our competition. We were all excited to play a two-day game for the first time although 60 overs in a day sounded like a lot.

On day one, Lane Cove won the toss and they decided to put us into bat. Harper did well opening but the star of our innings by far was Josh. He batted really well and he held our innings together all morning. He took a while to get going (good concentrating) but in last few overs he started smashing 4s and ended up on 81 not out. The whole team was really excited for Josh. I organised a guard of honour and I carried Josh through it (See photo).

At the end of the 60 overs, we finished on 9 for 241 which was a pretty good score. Our coach Paul was really pleased we batted all the way through 60 overs.  

The next Sunday it was out turn to bowl. Our aim was to bowl them out or stop from scoring 242. 

Our bowling and fielding was really good – possibly the best team effort all season. Olly bowled really well taking two early wickets. Roy, Josh and Declan also bowled well. As did the whole team. Sammy took a good catch in the deep looking into the sun.

One player in their team batted really well until Josh got him out. That wicket changed the whole game. We ended up bowling them out for 195 and winning on first innings.

Then we went into bat again for six overs to complete the 60 overs for the day. We just T20’d it with Aadit and Jed opening and hitting 4s. It was fun.

It was a good two-day game match. Credit to Josh for 81 runs and Roy for 3 wickets. Also to Harper for being wicket keeper for about 30 overs.

I think this was a really good team effort by every player against boys who were older and bigger.

By Archie Bibb - captain for the game


U13/14 Thunder - Round 3 vs Mosman McCabe

U13/14 Thunder - Round 3 vs Mosman McCabe

Thunder Show Great Spirit 

On the weekend we (Gordon Thunder) versed Mosman McCabe, a very strong opponent whom we had a really tough game with. We ended up losing by a fair amount, but everyone tried their best and I'm pretty sure everyone would be happy with our team's performance.

We lost the toss calling tails but we ended up getting exactly what we wanted; to field. The opening bowler Jed Walsh powered through with an explosive over, only conceding a few runs to get us off to a good start. As Mosman's innings went on, the batters just got better and better. Two of Mosman's batters got a brilliant 40, but we are here about GORDON!

We dropped a few crucial catches in the field, but even when we were all trying our very best we only managed to keep them down to 4/206.

Special mentions to Josh, Archie & Ragav for some brilliant wickets and bowling. Although these three bowled exceptionally well, everyone else bowled to the best of their ability.

Daniel Newman and Seb Hegney

Our two opening batters - Josh Brayshaw & Ragav Roy went out into the field to face the bowlers of Mosman. They batted extremely well together & the partnership was only broken when Ragav got stumped on 18 runs going for a big shot. After this Daniel Newman (me) went in and unfortunately that same over Josh got run out. Zac Menck (the new batter) & I then batted for a while and this partnership ended when I retired on 35. Shortly afterwards Zac retired on 13 & our team put on an outstanding batting performance. The top scorers were Ragav (18), Zac (13) & I (35). We finished on a total of 5/126.

In all, I think we were outplayed in the end, but against a lot of other teams our performance would have resulted in a win.

By Daniel Newman


The team that dabs together stays together
U13/14 Thunder - Round 4 vs St Pius Red

U13/14 Thunder - Round 4 vs St Pius Red

Mighty Thunder See Red

We arrived at a beautiful ground at Oxford falls on Saturday arvo. We lost the toss and St Pius chose to field.

They had fast bowlers with loads of swing. Harper got a solid 23 runs but in the end he got caught out. Seb had a long innings and batted very well getting 10 runs and after retired. In the end they got us all out for 106 runs in the 29th over with Dan Newman getting caught on 12 runs on the last ball of our innings.

Josh had a great day bowling and got 1/5 from 2 overs. Declan bowled a beautiful ball hitting middle stump. He also took a great catch from Olly's bowling. Harper also had one awesome maiden.

But in the end St Pius caught up to us with 14 overs left in their innings.

After a tiring arvo at Oxford fall, we all had a fun and exhausting Saturday against St Pius. We all played extremely well but were up against a tough opponent.

I hope we have more luck for the rest of the cricket season.

By Daniel Kovac

U13/14 Thunder - Round 2 vs St Ives Hazlewood

U13/14 Thunder - Round 2 vs St Ives Hazlewood

Thunder Home in Last Ball Thriller

What a game. To win by one run hit by Josh on the last ball of the game was really exciting.

I lost the toss and they batted first.  Which was actually a win for us as coach Paul and I wanted to bowl first as we chase well. We were a bit asleep though in the field in the first 16 overs.  We collected ourselves in the second half and restricted St Ives to 137 which I think is a good result.

Declan bowled very well and took 3 wickets. In fact, everyone bowled well.  
We started batting really well. Their opening bowler looked like he could have driven himself to the game. Wow, he was big!

Roy batted beautifully for 30 and Declan just as well. Loved his advancing down the wicket for 20.
We took our cheeky singles and ran well between the wickets.

The last over was really tense, but with Josh at the crease I knew we had it in the bag. Last ball required 2 to win. Josh drove a lofted drive over the infield for 2.  We were home.

Awesome game.

By captain Seb Hegney




Gordon Thunder and mascots after the win.
Adit picked up the Sportsman Awards and Declan the Player of the Match

U13/14 Thunder - Round 1 vs Gordon Green

U13/14 Thunder - Round 1 vs Gordon Green

Thunder Strikes Early in Gordon Derby

We arrived earlier than the other team because I wanted to check the pitch and decide whether we bat or bowl first. It had been raining all night.

We wanted to bowl first and our friends in Gordon Green won the toss and chose to bat first.
We then got our bowlers warmed up.

Our first 16 overs were in the field and bowling was exceptional and we strangled the Green for runs. In the second half of the innings we lost a little bit of concentration and they got the score away from us. In the end they got 146 runs for 7 wickets.

We were very confident that we could chase down this total but didn't want to get too complacent because they could have bowled really well.

We got off to a good start with Zac and Roy pushing the gaps and getting the odd boundary. Declan was very unlucky to get run out from good effort in the field.

Harper came in next to steady the ship. I came in next and batted really well with Harper. Next Archie came in and he and I batted superbly together, with Archie smacking the balls around the park and me getting the quick singles. Next came Olly at the end getting a couple of runs.

The game ended on the 28th over and we won. yayy! We would like to thank Gordon Green for the game and we wish them all the best for the rest of the season.

By Josh Brayshaw


Coach Paul debriefs after a great game against our friends in Gordon Green


 Thunder boys celebrate after our first game of the season