MASTERS ROUND 5 v BURWOOD C.C. AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
MASTERS STRIKE BACK TO POST SOLID HOME WIN
Back to much improved home conditions at Camperdown, the C.C.N.S.W. Masters have rebounded from the previous disappointing away loss, to Warringah, at Curl Curl. Despite losing Captain John Munden with illness during the lead up days, the lads were able to post a creditable winning performance against the very well respected Burwood Briars.
The win demonstrated the strength and experience of the squad, as Mark Delaney, Steve Beck and Rick Bryant were welcomed in for this match. Graham Buck was also able to be included for John and made excellent use of his opportunity.
Recognition that we have a squad, from which every member will contribute to the Match Day XI or XII, at different stages, is important to maintain season winning momentum and team spirit. Everyone is to be recognised and utilised. Note that proven performers Mick McCormick, Jonathon Seifman and Terry Pontikas were also unavailable for this match. And with Stuart Ridge a very viable bowling option if called upon, the depth is apparent and should not be taken for granted.
V.C., Weaver, is poised to return from injury…
Scores: C.C.N.S.W. 6-230 (cc 40 overs, batting first) defeated Burwood 9-180 (all out)
The team that played is stated below (batting order), with some notation about each player:
Craig Somers: 50*. Craig lead the way again and is the best batsman so far this season. A feature was his superb leg side play. The coveted No. 3 looks his spot, in the coming weeks. Good effort in the field, missing a tough chance a backward point that he did well to get a hand on.
Mike Pinter: 40* ret. Fantastic for ‘Punter’ to reach the batting retirement mark for the first time for the club. It was a very patient knock and set us up for a great start, with both openers retiring. Usual effervescent ground fielding display.
Steve Beck: 12 runs and 5-0-24-1. Looked in fantastic form smashing a superb six and a four. Unfortunately a misunderstanding with Brett Favell, as to who was actually going to run, resulted in an unfortunate end to Steve’s innings. Some great off spin bowling followed though, for him to nab the prize wicket of Burwood’s Greg Matchett.
Jim Hadley: 0 runs and 1 catch. Smashed the first ball he received to cover to record a rare ‘duck’. Excellent as stand in skipper, under the circumstances, as Garry James was unable to field. Rang the bowling and fielding changes very well, although forgot to actually bowl himself! Jim’s steadying influence is immense to this squad and his unselfish nature is always apparent. Demonstrated a very safe pair of hands to catch a skier.
Brett Favell: 5 runs, one stumping, 2 catches. Fav’s did a good job behind the stumps as we have come to expect and is an excellent gloveman. Missed out with the bat again. Everyone knows his capabilties though and a good score is just around the corner. The best wicketkeeper batsman in this comp, when ‘on song’.
Mark Delany: 40* ret. And 5-0-25-2. Breezy 40* retired from this very fit and disciplined cricketer. Hit a massive six past the sheds which took some time for the opposition to retrieve the pill. Mark backed his innings up with two handy wickets at the bowling crease and his fielding was sound.
Richard Bryant: 40* ret. And 6-0-36-2. 1 catch. Very nice 40* retired from Rich with an ounce of good fortune, with one fielder scared to catch it. That is what this bloke does though – strikes fear in the opposition, with both bat and ball. Two wickets at a ripping pace on good hard off side lines, while occasionally attacking the stumps, helped ensure the win.
David Benson: 2 runs and 6-0-29-1. ‘Benno’ missed out with the bat this match, going after the spinner a little early and coming undone. Picked up a handy wicket and fielded well. His mobility in the field and superb throwing arm give the side a comparative advantage. Dave is an excellent team man and on his day handy in every facet of the game: batting, bowling, fielding and… organising the beers…cheers!
Lee Witherden: 4 runs and 7-1-25-0. Lee contributed a handy boundary in the run acceleration with G. James and bowled very well in this match without getting a wicket. He was very accurate, delivering at nice lines to compliment his outswingers. 0-25 off 7 overs, 1 maiden. Is bowling with good rhythm and determination. A very good fielder as well.
Garry James: 20*. Garry had returned to the team in great spirits, having come off involvement in his much loved interstate police team tournament. He made a dashing 20* to boost the team score at innings end. Unfortunately treading on a ball while running and twanging a thigh muscle, he was unable to take the field. A probable result of playing a bit too many cricket games, his fifth or sixth in ten days or so, means Mr James can relax and rest up from now on until the after the Christmas break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Gaz, see ya next year…
Graham Buck: 2 runs and 8.1-1-31-3. Graham was very happy to be included in the eleven at the death and was unfortunately run out after James trod on the ball, leaving the Burwood keeper with not much to do to effect his dismissal. His mixture of slower and quicker balls was very well executed. He bowled the right lines in this match, to a more protective field, which enabled him to snare 3 very important scalps. It was an excellent contribution from a player that always wants to give his all for the team.
Next match is against Macquarie Uni away and the last before Xmas. (We want to do well again, so please arrive early, gents).
The Team was (playing 12): – Craig Somers 50*, Mike Pinter 40* ret, Steve Beck 12, Brett Favell (w) 5, Mark Delaney 40* ret, Jim Hadley 0, Dave Benson 2, Richard Bryant 40* ret, Luke Witherden 4, Garry James 20*, Graham Buck 2 and Mike Weaver (dnb)
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.: – 6 – 232 (C. Somers 50*, M. Pinter 40* ret, M. Delaney 40* ret, R. Bryant 40* ret) (40 Overs)
Burwood C.C.: – 10 – 180 (37.1 overs)
By 52 runs.
FoW: – 1-89 (R. Beck); 2-99 (J. Hadley); 3-103 (B. Favell); 4-120 (D. Benson); 5-156 (L. Witherden); 6- 202 (G. Buck)
The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 7-1-25-0; G. Buck 8.1-1-31-3; R. Bryant 6-0-36-2; D. Benson 6-0-29-1; S. Beck 5-0-24-1 and M. Delaney 5-0-25-2
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: – One to B. Favell
Catches: – Two to B. Favell; one to each of R. Bryant and J. Hadley
Run-outs: – Nil
Player Points: – 3 points to R. Bryant; 2 points to M. Delaney; 1 point to C. Somers .