Ryan Meppem’s first game of 2018 for Gordon Cricket Club was one to remember.
The 18-year-old Narrabri product lined up for the club’s second grade side, away from home against Fairfield-Liverpool, in round nine of the NSW Premier Cricket competition.
Gordon batted first and made 5-242 from its 50 overs.
Meppem was not required to bat.
Fairfield Liverpool then entered the final over on 9-240, requiring three for victory from the final over.
Meppem’s teammate Nick Miller bowled that over.
The first ball went for a leg bye, the second was a dot which almost resulted in a run out, then with the third ball Miller bowled Zach Johns (102) which saw Gordon claim a one-run victory.
Fairfield-Liverpool was all out for 241.
While Miller’s heroics at the end will be long remembered, Meppem was Gordon’s best with the ball, taking 3-38 from 10 overs.
The win was the side’s fourth of the competition from nine games - its third in a row after starting the season with just one win from six attempts.
Meppem has played six games with the second grade side, playing a part in three of its wins.
The following day Meppem took the field for Gordon in the club’s round eight match of the Poidevin-Gray Shield.
The Poidevin-Gray Shield is an under-21 competition in which Gordon is currently sitting seventh out of 20 teams.
Gordon thrashed Eastern Suburbs in that contest.
The side bowled Eastern Suburbs out for 56 in 30.4 overs, before chasing that down in less than 10 overs for the loss of just three wickets.
Meppem took 1-9 from six overs which included three maidens.
The two victories, and more specifically Meppem’s contribution to them both, saw the youngster continue his great form in his debut year in the Sydney-based competition.
He has now played 16 matches for Gordon - one first grade game, a T20 Cup game, six second grade games and six Poidevin-Gray Shield games.
He has bowled 101.2 overs, taking 18 wickets at the expense of 386 runs at an average of 21.44 and a strike rate of 33.78. Of those 101.2 overs an impressive 21 were maidens.
Meppem has batted 10 times, scoring a total of 96 runs at an average of 13.71, with a top score of 37 not out.
Meppem said that he was enjoying playing his cricket in Sydney, especially with the mix that the two competitions offered.