CLASSICS ROUND 4 v MOSMAN C.C. AT RAWSON OVAL, MOSMAN ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY GARRY WINNEY
Nice cricketing weather at a lovely setting overlooking the harbour greeted us. Bandula Wijesinghe’s’ friend Prianta Kariawasam helped fill in today and showed a lot of promise.
We lost the toss and bowled. Well, we nearly bowled. Stuart Ridge after a good warm up pulled a leg muscle as he pushed off for the first delivery. Twang, severe damage to our bowling plans already. John Mesar bowled a tight line against the two openers taking on the field. Paul Georgiadis got the breakthrough first delivery, a missed drive and out plumb lbw 1-0. Mick McCormick made two full length diving saves at point and the mood felt ‘well we are switched on in the field today’. Mosman’s No 3, Davis came in and played very conservatively to start with. 10 overs 1-26 crept up to over 50 before Nation their opener retired. Wasanta (“Wasan”) Hettiarachchi (Editor’s note the final “chi” is silent) soon took a powerfully hit caught and bowled to make it 2-66, then 2-74 at drinks.
They slowly upped the run rate while Ajoy Roy had a slick stumping from Peter Hall, with Mick McCormick getting a clean bowled, 4-121 at the 30 over mark. From there they launched their attack, and smashed us all over the park, Ross Greenwood in a mini cameo 23* in no time. Paul Georgiadis had two very neat stumpings by Peter in the last over – 8-193, probably 30 more than we would have preferred.
Again Ross Greenwood halted our progress, this time bowling 7 overs 1-14.He bowled Ajoy for 1 on one that cut back in. Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Andy Koch steadied the ship as they took to their first change bowler 10 overs 1-45. Now Davis and Clarke came on for Mosman and dried up the runs with only 19 runs off the next 10 overs. Raga had retired for a well made 30*. Neither bowler wavered in line or length. Drinks 1-64 but they had a big last 10 overs, whereas as hard as we tried, we couldn’t accelerate like they did.
Andy retired at 31 in a solid innings. Prianta Kariawasam hit a beautiful straight four, but then was brilliantly caught low down at point. John Mesar got a leading edge, Mick McCormick hit three powerful fours before out lbw. At the 30 over mark, we were only 9 runs behind them. Wasan batted well for his 26 trying to force the pace, Peter Hall was bowled for 2 and we were 6-130 off 33 needing nearly ten an over. We could only manage 29 off the last 7 overs as good bowling and fielding tied us down with our lack of power hitters. We finished up 7-159. A good solid display but outplayed by a good team on the day, played in good spirits.
We have now played 3 of the top 4 teams, each of them having good quality hard hitting lower order bats that we haven’t been able to contain, nor have the ability to match them when we bat. Just a sign of how much stronger the top teams are becoming in the Classics with Grade players filtering through the competition now.
Still we have been competitive in our two losses to date, 1 tie and 1 win. Missing Peter Rolls’ batting, with his being out injured for the season.
The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 30 * ret, Ajoy Roy 1, Andy Koch 31* ret, Mick McCormick 18, Prianta Kariawasam 4, John Mesar 8, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 26, Peter Hall (w) 2, Garry Winney (c) 18*, Peter Georgiadis 5, Stu Ridge 4*
The Result was: –
Mosman C.C.: – 6-193
C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-159
By 34 runs.
FoW: – 1-13 (A. Roy) 2-87 (P. Kariawasam) 3-91 (M. McCormick) 4-111 (J. Mesar) 6-130 (P. Hall) 7-130 (W. Hettiarachchi) 8-154 (P. Georgiadis)
The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 9-2-32-1; P. Georgiadis 5-0-32-3; M. McCormick 9-1-30-1; S. Ragavan 6-0-40-1; W. Hettiarachchi 4-0-25-1; G. Winney 4-0-13-0; and A. Roy 3-0-20-1
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: 3 to P. Hall
Catches: 1 catch to each of W. Hettiarachchi and M McCormick
Run-outs: – Nil
Player Points: – 3 points to S. Ragavan 2 points to P. Georgiadis ; 1 point to A. Koch