At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 5 February 2017: Report By Tom Robertson
A real stinker (c 380) greeted us for our Jack Pace Quarter Final. Our last encounter against Nondescripts took a freakish 9th wicket partnership between Ed and Pete Crooks to save us. Hopefully this time round would not require such theatre.
Ed lost the toss and Nondos batted. Damien Langley and Soren Hughes started up, Damien with his relentless line and Soren with his swing and wobble. It was a steady start by both teams with our intensity not quite up to finals standard. Euan Robertson kept his catching standard going with an unbroken 17 catches in all forms of cricket he has played (except for when he kept 1 time but that’s not counted!) to dismiss their opener at gully. David Byrnes bowled beautifully without luck. One lbw appeal does come to mind which may have changed the outcome of the game.
Numbers 3 to 5 looked good and put on 40 odd each until falling when preparing to launch. Soren finished fantastically with a flurry of 4 wickets which gave him 5-32 for the game. Soren’s death bowling is quite outstanding.
Apart from that it was a non-eventful 35 overs. C.C.N.S.W. really didn’t apply finals pressure to Nondos and we had our work cut out to chase a very competitive 8-187.
A very average afternoon tea followed with only one player providing savoury and the rest of the players only shop bought rubbish (Ed note: censored! Tom used a more pithy expletive). Sorry had to get that off my chest.
We opened with two Robertsons, Tom and Euan and after 3 balls there was one. If we really put thought into this game we would have made an effort to see off the openers and smash the very average other bowlers. A few lbws later and we were in a real pickle. Sam Millar (65) was playing fantastically with his highly illegal bat. With Sam at the crease there was real hope we could chase this down. Ed Smith (36) played another great innings showing his worth even without being able to bowl.
A steady flow of wickets ensured we’d fall short and we did.
The real take away from this game is that we need to want it. There was little pressure applied to other team when they were batting. Batting was poorly thought out (I led the way here). Next year we need to lift that intensity or we won’t make the finals.
The Team was:- Tom Robertson 0, Euan Robertson 8, Paul Nash 5, Damien Langley 10, Sam Millar 65, David Byrnes 2, Ed Smith (c) 36, Soren Hughes 17*, Luke Duggan 1, Peter Crooks 11, Matt Rennick (w) 0
The Result was: –
Nondescripts C.C.: – 8-187 (S. Hughes 5-32) (35 overs)
C.C.N.S.W: 10 – 165 (S. Millar 65) (33 overs)
FoW: – 1- 0 (T. Robertson) 2-9 (P. Nash) 3-22 (D. Langley) 4-39 (Euan Robertson) 5-42 (D. Byrnes) 6-130 (S. Millar) 7-136 (E. Smith) 8-141 (L. Duggan) 9-165 (P. Crooks) 10-166 (M. Rennick)
The Bowling was: – D. Langley 7-2-23-0, S. Hughes 7-0-32-5, D. Byrnes 7-0-14-0, L. Duggan 5-0-29-2, P. Crooks 3-0-16-0, S. Millar 5-0-52-1, P. Nash 2-0-16-0
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: 2 to Tom Robertson; One to each of P. Crooks and Euan Robertson
Run outs: None