A good weekend for the Stags as Seconds to Colts all have strong wins, including two outrights. First Grade couldn’t quite make the vital breakthroughs in their game, but the lower grades performed very well. Second Grade and Fifth Grade both completed outright victories on the back of good bowling and excellent run chases by the opening batsmen. Matt Wright took 5 wickets in Seconds to set up their big win. Third and Fourth Grade had top wins with Simon Read’s 5 wickets in Fourths a feature.
Day 2 vs Campbelltown-Camden
1st Grade (over the week – Gordon 246 vs CC 4-117)
The day started with tight bowling as Gordon strived for early wickets. Tym Crawford and Scott O’Brien then took one each and when Scott took another, the Stags had a definite sniff. Unfortunately, after a few overs of very tight bowling, it all became a bit anti-climactic. For the second game in a row, the Stags had got themselves into a winning position but struggled to take the eighth wicket. Campbelltown won with no further loss. The bowlers worked hard but couldn’t make the winning breakthrough.
Disappointing, and essential to get back into the winners’ circle next week.
Gordon 246 lost to Campbelltown-Camden 7-246 (Scott O’Brien 3-45, Tym Crawford 2-79) on the first innings.
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2nd Grade (over the week – Gordon 5-182 vs CC 121)
Seconds declared at this over the week score – a lead of 61 on the first innings. Matt Keevers took an early wicket and then Ashwin Premkumar took one before a good partnership took the score to 98. Matt Wright then took two quickly to get the outright back into the picture. A good partnership had Campbelltown looking safe but Matt continued his success taking three more and seeing the innings end at 212. Ryan Meppem also bowled well. Gordon were left with 151 to get for the outright.
35 overs were remaining, but it was essential that the batsmen didn’t go mad and try to win it in 15. And get out.
They didn’t. Dom Thomson and Ryan Tullia shared a wonderful partnership. Dom dominated (sorry!) while Ryan played very solidly, ensuring Dom got plenty of strike. The tally mounted at a good rate and they achieved the outright, with no loss and plenty of overs to spare.
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Gordon 5dec 182 and 0-155 (Dom Thomson 96*, Ryan Tullia 55*) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 121 and 212 (Matt Wright 5-44, Ryan Meppem 2-58) outright by 10 wickets.
3rd Grade (over the week – Gordon 5-88 vs CC 135)
It was a careful start to day 2. Gordon lost an early wicket but Dan Chillingworth and Sam Schembri-Green took the score to 124 before the former was out. Sam and Austyn Nugent then took the Stags through to the win with no further loss, declaring straight after the win.
Campbelltown’s batting in the second innings was much more solid and the game was called a little early with the Stags having recorded their fourth successive win.
8dec 141 (Liam McElduff 49, Dan Chillingworth 33, Sam Schembri-Green 21*) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 135 and 2-125 on the first innings.
4th Grade (over the week – Gordon 9dec 331 vs CC 3-24)
Already in a great position, Simon Read took no time at all getting the Stags into a BETTER position. He took two wickets immediately and then kept going, taking five in a row – a great effort! In no time at all the last two wickets were taken and CC were all out for 57.
The Ghosts were asked to bat again and, despite a few nervous moments, they managed to hold out and avoid the outright loss.
Gordon 9dec 331 defeated Campbelltown-Camden 57 (Simon Read 5 wkts, Kartik Khetarpaul 3 wkts) and 7-154 on the first innings.
5th Grade (over the week – Gordon 3dec 210 vs CC 80 & 1-43)
A good run out by Prashan Seneviratne started things well for the Stags. He then took two wickets and CC were 4-59 – still 71 runs behind. Shiv Rana then took a fifth at 87, but the next two batsmen really dug in and shared a very good partnership.
Finally, after adding 117, the partnership was broken by Hayden Robertson and the last few wickets fell reasonably quickly although at times it appeared that the game would peter out. Dave Monaghan’s two wickets in an over finished the innings and the Stags were left with 108 to win outright from 19 overs.
Skipper Monaghan and Nick Astridge opened with a reasonable target in front of them IF they batted sensibly. They did. No slogging, just sensible hitting, and the runs mounted at a very good rate. Both batsmen reached their half centuries as the outright win was achieved in only 11.1 overs!! A fantastic way to finish the game.
Gordon 3dec 210 and 0-108 (Nick Astridge 53*, Dave Monaghan 52*) defeated Campbelltown-Camden 80 and 237 (Dave Monaghan 2-28, Shiv Rana 2-35, Karan Tiwari 2-48, Prashan Seneviratne 2-64) outright by 10 wickets.
Sunday Stop Press
Colts vs Eastern Suburbs (over the week – Gordon vs ES 8-129)
Gordon 6-161 defeated Eastern Suburbs 160. Well done!
1st Grade lost T20 game against UNSW.