Social Game V Penshurst West C.C. At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Saturday 14 January, 2017: Report By Euan Robertson
A slow pitch, a hot and humid day, a close contest and a cracking finish left all Cricketers’ Club members very happy^ after beating Penshurst West by six runs at Camperdown Oval.
A mix of the C&S team with some members of the Masters and some members of Tommy Robertson’s family took on friendly rivals Penshurst West for whom Soren Hughes plays regularly and Tom Roberson fills in. On this occasion Tommy turned out for his beloved Blues while Soren made the more questionable decision to turn out for Penshurst. All will be forgiven once Soren has done a couple of months of twelfth man duties.
The Cricketers’ Club batted first and, after losing Mike Pinter (1) early to a straight one, Euan Robertson and Paul Nash consolidated, with both retiring on 40*. Nash in particular looked in fine touch, carving one into the trees at midwicket and hitting some booming ‘Nashesque’ cover drives.
At 1-106, C.C.N.S.W. were set to go big. However 1 for 106 was soon 5 for 106 as President Greg Brooks (10) was caught on the boundary smashing a full toss, Ed Robertson (7) was caught off Soren Hughes , Matt Gale (0) was caught and bowled off Soren and Joe Scarcella (0) was bowled (also by Soren) first ball.
Tommy Robertson got things back on track, retiring on a typically rapid 43*, having good support from Brett Favell (13) and Dave Benson (6). Ian Robertson fell to an absolute screamer for 2 (there is some chance the ball would still be bouncing down Parramatta Road if the fielder had not got in the way).
The three retirees returned, Nash advancing his score to 70 before chopping a wide one onto his stumps then Tommy (43) came and went quickly without adding to his score. Euan Robertson was left on 50*. While 211 was a respectable score, we had failed to bat out the overs. Soren Hughes was clearly the pick of their bowlers with 4 for not many!
Penshurst lost wickets early, with Joe Scarcella picking up two, both caught by Euan Robertson in the gully (one of them quite good if I do say so myself) and Ian Robertson grabbing another, expertly caught by Nash to his right at second slip. A rapid fourth wicket partnership saw both batsmen retire on 40* while all C.C.N.S.W. fielders missed the reassuring bowling of President Brooks in the middle overs.
The game was firmly in the balance at drinks.
Skipper Tommy Robertson juggled his artillery, Dave Benson bowled six good overs and took a wicket caught by Brett Favell off a skier. The mystery spin of Matt Gale made a rare appearance for two overs (batsmen and fielders still scratching their heads on Monday morning).
Ultimately it was probably our fielding which made the difference, with four (possibly three?) run outs, one created by Dave Benson’s rocket arm and two direct hits by Tom Robertson (you read that right!).
Paul Nash bowled some tight overs to close out from one end while Ian and Ed Robertson controlled things from the other. Penshurst left themselves with fractionally too much to do as the retirees returned and swung at everything but fell six runs short. A few beers followed as both teams tried to claim Soren as one of their own and denied any ownership or association with Tommy.
A thoroughly enjoyable match – hopefully this becomes a regular fixture.
The Team was: – Euan Robertson 50*, Mike Pinter 1, Paul Nash 70, Ed Robertson 7, Greg Brooks 10, Brett Favell (w) 13 , Matt Gale (w) 0, Joe Scarcella 0, Tom Robertson (c) 43, Dave Benson 6 and Ian Robertson 2
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-211 (33 overs)
Penshurst West C.C.: 9- 205 (40 overs)
By 6 runs.
FoW: – 1 – 7 (M. Pinter); 2 – 106 (G. Brooks); 3 – 106 (Ed Robertson); 4- 106 (M. Gale); 5 – 106 (J. Scarcella); 6 – 124 (B. Favell); 7 – 173 (I. Robertson); 8 – 184 (D. Benson); 9 – 210 (P. Nash); 10 – 211 (T. Robertson).
The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 8-0-37-2; I. Robertson 8-0-41-3; Ed Robertson 8-1-36-0; D. Benson 6-0-24-1; M. Gale 2-0-15-0, P. Nash 8-0-35-0
The Fielding was: – Stumpings:- None
Catches: – 2 to Euan Robertson; One to each of B. Favell , P. Nash and I. Robertson
Run-outs: – 2 to Tom Robertson; 1 to D. Benson