At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 15 January, 2017: Report By Garry Winney
A nice day’s weather to play today after overnight rain. Thanks for the covers. We used a new wicket which had plenty of green tinges throughout. Burwood won the toss and batted. We had Keith Elloy and Mick McCormick back from their overseas jaunts (not paid by the taxpayers). Bandula Wijesinghe was also back from an injury earlier in the season.
The wicket seamed around all match, causing the bowlers on both teams to have huge smiles. Burwood batted first and Graham Buck and John Mesar opened the C.C.N.S.W. bowling,, both continually beating the bat but not getting the nick we needed. Their openers batted really well dispatching any short or overpitched deliveries. Mick McCormick and Stuart ridge came on with the same result, good line and length but no wickets. Bandula Wijesinghe copped a fierce pull shot at leg gully that smashed into his chest. The last thing he needed after a rib injury, but he was ok.
By drinks they were 0-66, with opener Deguard retired. Mark Ridge retired shortly after drinks.
Stuart Ridge then picked up our first wicket. Number 4 shouldered arms to an inswinger – out LBW 0.
Next over Mick mcCormick picked up their No. 3 to a sharp one handed slips catch by Keith Elloy (who looked like he was calling out to the barman for another beer.) 2-73 with spin from Wasantha Hettiarachchi (“Wasa”) and Jay Patel now introduced. Suddenly the whole game changed. Within four overs Wasa took 4-11 all bowled.
They had collapsed to 6-94 with only Jeff Matchett (30* ret) holding their innings together. Peter Hall made a good stumping off Jay and they were now 7-109. Wasa took his fifth wicket from an outfield catch, making him only the second C.C.N.S.W. Classics player to take 5 wickets in a match.
Their openers recycled and again we couldn’t get them out –They ended at 8-138 total. Good bowling and we put a few hard chances down, but overall we fielded well. Prianta Kariawasam stopped a few hard hit cover drives and Stuart Ridge’s ‘goal keeper’ dive saved a sure boundary.
We opened up with Bandula Wijesinghe and Prianta Kariawasam. As expected the new ball seamed around. Bandula copped one that came back and just touched the bail; out for 0. Keith Elloy hit a lovely boundary but was out for 5 by a similar delivery. John Mesar got a rough lbw decision playing well forward to a swinging ball for 0, now 3-19. Prianta meanwhile had a brick wall defence and put away the poor deliveries. He and Mick McCormick got us back into the game until Mick managed to run himself out for 12, now 4-60 with Wasa next in. Drinks 4-65 & Prianta soon retiring for a well made 30*
Wasa and Peter Hall took to their next change bowlers with well placed ones and twos. Peter made a classic cover drive and a pull shots for consecutive boundaries. Wasa played in the arc with quick run twos before he retired at 30*. Now 4-102 with Garry Winney coming in. Peter Hall was soon out mistiming a pull shot for 24. Stuart Ridge came in. We had some luck when Garry had a leading edge pop up near Stu. The bowler swivelled to catch it but was blocked by Stu’s body, and after avoiding him ,couldn’t reach the catch. Both settled in to work the one’s (Garry 10 in a row) before Garry opened out with 10 off an over and it was left to Stu’s thunderous cover drive to win us the match: – 5-140 off 36 overs.
They bowled well and we struggled at times but our batting depth got us home. Both teams shared a few good ales after the match. A good team effort highlighted by Wasa’s all round brilliant game 5/26 and 30 * retired – a great double.
The Team was: – Bandula Wijesinghe 0, Prianta Kariawasam 30* ret, Keith Elloy 5, John Mesar 0, Mick McCormick 12, Wasantha Hettiarachchi 30* ret, Peter Hall (w) 24, Garry Winney (c) 23* Stuart Ridge 13*, Graham Buck dnb and Jay Patel dnb
The Result was: –
Burwood C.C.: 8-138 (W. Hettiarachchi 5-26) (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: 5-140 (P. Kariawasam 30* ret; W. Hettiarachchi 30* ret,) (36 overs)
By five wickets.
FoW: – 1- 0 (B. Wijesinghe); 2-13 (K. Elloy); 3-19 (J. Mesar) 4-60 (M. McCormick) 5-106 (P. Hall)
The Bowling was: – G. Buck 6-0-23-0; J. Mesar 8-0-40-0; M. McCormick 7-2-17-1; S. Ridge 7-1-12-1; W. Hettiarachchi 7-0-26-5 and J. Patel 5-1-15-1.
The fielding was: – Stumpings: One to P. Hall
Catches: – One to each of G. Buck and K. Elloy
Run-outs: – Nil
Player points: – 3 points to W. Hettiarachchi; 2 points to P. Kariawasam; 1 point to P. Hall