At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Saturday 28 January, 2017: Report By Ian Allmey
(Editor’s Note: About 5 of our regular C&S player were in New Zealand on the very enjoyable and successful tour to Nelson but this was balanced by the fact that I Zingari (Australia) were at the same time on a tour to Christchurch with a party of 38 including 16 players, many in their regular C&S side)
Captain Ian Allmey won the toss and elected to bat.
On an outfield that was much slower than usual, C.C.N.S.W. began steadily enough against a bowling attack of good quality. With Craig Kitson playing the anchor role, Ian Allmey made a quick-fire score of 21 before being dismissed. From there the wickets fell at regular intervals. Most of the batsmen managed to get a start but couldn’t capitalise to go on and make big scores. Paul Nash was top scorer with 26 runs.
At 8-104 and with the team looking at a total barely over 100, Luke Witherden joined the other Luke (Duggan) at the crease. Duggan was dismissed after a 10-run partnership, bringing No. 11 Joe Scarcella to the crease. Witherden was batting confidently and aggressively and Scarcella was steady and resolute in a supporting role. Together for the last wicket they put on an equal top score partnership of 31 runs, adding some respectability to the final score.
The C.C.N.S.W. innings of 145 was probably not good enough, it seemed, but at least we thought it gave the bowlers a reasonable total to defend in the conditions. Opening bowlers Witherden and Scarcella started well, bowling good lines and keeping it tight. Scarcella struck first, clean bowling one of the openers. Witherden also took an important wicket early on, giving C.C.N.S.W. some hope. Luke Duggan and Favid Byrnes came on as change bowlers, maintaining the pressure on the batsmen with good consistent bowling. Byrnes finished with 2 wickets from his 10 excellent overs.
However, the I Zingari (Australia) captain and No. 3, Geoff Lovell, an accomplished former first grader and a very experienced batsman, (Ed Note; Now aged over 50 and eligible for Classics; former Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, Oxford Blue with first class batting average of 32; and former Board member of C.C.N.S.W.) kept the bowlers at bay and batted beautifully, making 72 runs. During this period only 31 runs were added at the other end. Undoubtedly, he was the difference between the sides. When he was finally dismissed, the third wicket to fall at 3-112, IZAs were closing in on reaching the target with plenty of wickets in the shed. This allowed the incoming batsman to take risks and bat with great aggression. They finally reached the target with 2 overs to spare.
The Team was:- Ian Allmey (c) 21 , Craig Kitson 10, Paul Nash 26, Regan Smith 2, David Byrnes 12, Alton Van Straalen 1, Matt Rennick 3 , Luke Duggan 15, Matt Gale (w) 8, Luke Witherden 14* and Joe Scarcella 8
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W: 10 -145 (34.1 overs)
I Zingari (Australia): – 4- 146 (33) (overs)
By 6 wickets
FoW: – 1-31 (I. Allmey); 2-40 (C. Kitson); 3-51 (R. Smith); 4-82 (P. Nash ); 5-82 (D. Byrnes); 6-89 ( M. Rennick); 7-89 (A. Van Straalen); 8-104 ( M. Gale); 9- 114 (L. Duggan); 10-145 (J. Scarcella)
The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 6-1-21-1; J. Scarcella 5-0-24-1; L. Duggan 5-0-22-0; D. Byrnes 10-0-37-2; C. Kitson 4-0-29-0; P, Nash 2-0-10-0
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: One to M. Gale (w); one to Matt Rennick
Run outs: Nil
“John Russell” player points: – No details given