Classics Round 8 V Western Suburbs Cavaliers C.C.

At Bland Oval, Riverwood On Sunday 29 January, 2017: Report By Garry Winney

A warm day greeted us at the small ground but with longish grass, this meant fours hard to come by unless well struck and landing near the boundary. C.C.N.S.W. lost the toss but thankfully they decided to bowl (as one of their bowlers needed to leave early). We thought 200 to be a good score.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Prianta Kariawasam opened against a medium pace swing attack. Raga started with a crisp four then a lofted straight 6 as Prianta worked the singles until he lost patience and was bowled for 11 (1-33 off 8). John Mesar came in but we soon lost Raga for 27 caught off a full toss, a leading edge while going for a boundary, 2-42 then John was also caught off a leading edge for 2 (these big bats leading edges carry a long way these days). Now 3-44 and time for recovery needed. Mick McCormick and Bandula Wijesinghe did just that as they slowly got themselves settled in before hitting a few boundaries to have us 3-75 at drinks.

Bandula was stumped shortly after when he played over a leg-spinner which bounced over the keeper’s gloves, hit him in the chest, flew in the air and landed on the bails – unlucky, out for a well compiled 16, 4-89. Mick and Wasantha Hettiarachchi (“Wasa”) accelerated to a run a ball with lots of ones and twos and occasional boundaries until Mick retired at 30* (3×4), a well paced innings that was really needed. Ajoy Roy showed his intentions with a four and a 6. However Wasa was stumped for 19 but it was an impressive style of innings, 5-131.

Peter Hall and Ajoy did plenty of quick (?) singles until Ajoy in the humidity was unwell and retired hurt at 26*. Garry winey joined Peter and again the quick ones re-started. Peter hit a towering straight 6 and two crisp boundaries but was bowled for 22 going for the runs. Now 6-163 off 35 overs. Jay Patel came in; more ones until Garry was bowled hoiking for 7,

Now 7-175, until Paul Georgiadis and Jay added a rapid fire 19 to get a near par score 7-194. Jay scored a quick 25*. Paul was able to block the ball to the bowler, call a single, bowler missed the throw at the bowler’s stumps resulting in an easy single, well played Paul.

With a defendable score, Raga and Paul Georgiadis opened bowling in their usual miserly ways, always a good line and length and stifle the runs. Paul took an early wicket clipping top of off stump, while they could only manage one boundary in the first 10 overs. Raga finally was rewarded bowling batsman No.3, now 2-27 off 11 overs. Paul followed up two overs later taking a sharp c & b wicket, 3-37. John Mesar and Mick McCormick continued the tight line process and by drinks they were 3-55.

John Mesar was unlucky to narrowly miss bowling out their No. 4 but got him next ball that cut back in, 4-68. One of their batsmen also suffered from the humidity and went off retired hurt. Mick then got his reward with the next bat out lbw for 0, 5-89. Now the spinners turn as Wasa and Jay Patel continued. Their tail plundered a few big hits but Peter Hall took a fine nick behind, then a stumping both off Jay. Garry Winney had a captain’s over to finish off as they needed more than 36 off the last over. Peter Hall again did a fine stumping after nearly having his head knocked off by their No. 11 trying some Big Bash shots swinging wildly back through the keeper. Total 9-143

A good all round team effort by both our batsmen and the bowlers with Peter Hall’s keeping a high standard as usual.

The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 27, Prianta Kariawasan 11, John Mesar 2, Mick McCormick 30* ret, not out; Bandula Wijesinghe 16, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 19, Ajoy Roy 26* ret hurt; Peter Hall 22, Garry Winney 7, Jay Patel 25*, Paul Georgiadis 2*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: – 7-194 (M. McCormick 30* ret not out; A. Roy 26* ret hurt) (40 overs)

Defeated

Western Suburbs Cavaliers: – 9-143 (40 overs)

By 49 runs

FoW: – 1- 33 (P. Kariawasam), 2-42 (S. Ragavan), 3-44 (J. Mesar), 4- 89 (B. Wijesinghe), 5-131 (W. Hettiarachchi), 6-163 (P. Hall), 7-175 (G. Winney)

The Bowling was: – S. Ragavan 7-1-19-1, P. Georgiadis 8-1-21-2, J. Mesar 5-0-9-1, M. McCormick 6-0-25-1,W. Hettiarachchi 8-0-33-1, J. Patel 5-0-27-2, G. Winney 1-0-3-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Two to P. Hall (w)
Catches: one to P. Hall
Run outs: Nil

Player points: – Three points to M. McCormick; Two points to W. Hettiarachchi ; One point to P. Hall.

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