C&S At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 11 December, 2016: Report By Tom Robertson
After a bit of rain Camperdown was looking high grade standard. The pitch too was something that Camperdown is renowned for. Ed Smith won the toss and we decided to bat. We opened with the Robertsons (Tom and Euan) to cause confusion amongst Sydney University Veterans and the scorers. Only their mothers can tell them apart.
Paul Moorhouse opened the bowling and bowled with loop and guile. Tom hit a few and then departed. Paul Nash joined Euan and hit some classic cover drives. Euan was about to explode until he was caught and bowled by Paul. Moorhouse.
Damien Langley headed to the middle and started in his usual cautious way (maybe this is how a batsman should approach an innings?). Nasho was fired lbw and that bought the ‘big ogre’ into bat, David Byrnes, who looked in control and started with his tried and true cut to the short broccoli side.
It was then the ‘Damo and Byrnes’ show until Byrnes was adjudged lbw playing back. The crease then welcomed Sam Millar after quite a hiatus from the Blues. Sam started with a four and was quickly right at home. Damien and Sam accelerated and a big total looked ominous. Sam was retired by Ed at 51* to give the lower order a go with Damo flagged as a chance of a hundred. Sadly as soon as this was decided, Damo departed for 80. A late flurry by Craig Kitson (32*) saw us post a super fat total of 8-288. That’s 2 multiples of 2 fat ladies. Fat!!
An average afternoon tea was consumed, most providing sweet buns of some kind. Savoury!! We need more savoury!!
It was now our turn to bowl with Soren Hughes opening and Matt Gale umpiring for the other team. Both were soon in the action with Gale firing their opener lbw in the first over. Man of the match stuff Galsey!!
Damien Langley was to open at the other end but after a few balls had strained his side. All that stretching and preparation doesn’t pay. Sam Millar took over from Damo but it was Soren who was doing the damage. A nice caught behind had Sydney University Veterans right behind the eight-ball. Sam started with some mixed fruit but was rewarded with a wicket after Euan Robertson took the catch of the season, beating his catch at Yaralla. If you were to follow C.C.N.S.W. on twitter a fair comparison was tweeted by the ogre Dave Byrnes.
We then bought spin on and a great line and length was bowled. It was very hard to get anything past the ring and wickets fell steadily. Kitson was the standout with 4 wickets and barely a bad ball. When victory was nigh the Robertsons were bought on which kept the game going a bit. It was left to Craig Kitson and David Byrnes to finish it off.
Fantastic end to 2016 which left us undefeated. Let’s take that into 2017!
The Team was: – Tom Robertson 25, Euan Robertson 9, Paul Nash 24, Damien Langley 80, David Byrnes 55, Sam Millar 51* ret, Alton Van Straalen 1, Craig Kitson 32*, Matt Rennick (w) 3, Soren Hughes 0 and Ed Smith (c) 0*
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-288 (D. Langley 80; D. Byrnes 55; S. Millar 51* ret,) (35 overs)
Sydney University Veterans: – 10-119 (31.1 overs)
By 169 runs.
FoW: – 1- 29 (T. Robertson) 2-51 (E. Robertson) 3-61 (P. Nash) 4-150 (D. Byrnes) 5-248 (D Langley) 5-248 (S Miller 51*ret) 6-250 (A van Straalen) 7-276 (S Hughes) 8-276 (M Rennick)
The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-1-35-3; D. Langley 1-0-4-0; S. Millar 5-3-16-1; C. Kitson 6.1-0-22-4; D. Byrnes 6-0-11-2; T. Robertson 4-0-16-0; E. Robertson 1-0-6-0 and P. Nash 2-1-4-0
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: one to each of P. Nash, M Rennick (w), E. Robertson and A.van Straalen
Run-outs: – Nil