At Scots College, Bellevue Hill On Sunday 19 February 2017: Report By Soren Hughes
Despite an apparent forecast of thunderstorms and some pretty serious hailstorms the day prior, the Scots College grounds were lush; the sun was shining and our bowlers began discussing who would benefit most from the gentle breeze which made for some very comfortable conditions.
Bowling first, we contained their openers quite well early, Nick Saady led the charge and contained the openers to just two scoring shots in his first four overs and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. After we removed the less apt opening batsmen, a left handed batsman, recruited by Scots and who had played a few games for Queensland, walked out with esteem.
Although we fielded well, and especially well when referring to anything fielded by Jonty Hall, the boundary was found numerous times by the former Queenslander. It seemed that whenever we could get him off strike, we would take a wicket. Tom Robertson started the collapse with some nasty short bowling, soon followed by Paul Nash and Leroy Maurer who picked up a wicket each. Not to be outdone, Mick McCormick removed the Queenslander and we looked like picking Scots up cheaply at 5-76 after 20 overs.
Through sustained pressure, we continued to take wickets. Leroy bagged another, Nick Saady returned with a wicket maiden and Ian Allmey palmed one to Ed Smith in slips to railroad Scots to 8-117 after 31 overs. With Tom sinking another one with the last ball of his seven over spell (yes, he bowled seven in a row with nil extras), we were considering whether to give some runs away to make a game of it. Apparently the last three batsmen was listening, and put on 43 from the last four overs and we were chasing 161.
Curtis Murray and Ed Smith opened, Ed got a good one early which he touched and walked off early in the name of good captaincy. Curtis dug in, first finding the boundary after his 29th ball. Paul Nash kept the book ticking over but succumbed to the first ball of the change bowler on 11. Leroy Maurer picked up the run rate with a quick fire 19 but found a fielder and Curtis Murray soon fell for 8. We were 4-52 at drinks with some work to be done.
Jonty Hall hit a couple well before departing for 8. Mick McCormick (22) then rose to the occasion. He let his bat do the talking and made his mark on the Scots College building, almost smashing a window and leaving a nice red cherry on its polished exterior. This inspired Alton Van Straalen to an innings to remember, bludgeoning four sixes and five boundaries in quick time. Alton’s repertoire included a six which hit the roof of the four storey library building and rolled onto Cranbrook Road.
With Mick McCormick making a move for the change rooms, Ian Allmey casually plundered 22 and was probably looking for more when he found the cover fieldsman standing 15 metres deeper than usual. Alton edged one on 49 and it was 11 to get from four overs at 8-150. Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes took care of it, leaving Nick Saady without a bat and keen to come back and play a few games for us next season.
Well done gents, another win from an enjoyable day’s play. Where was Weaves with the flag?
The Team was:- Curtis Murray (w) 8, Ed Smith (c) 0, Paul Nash 11, Leroy Maurer 19, Mick McCormick 22, Jonty Hall 8, Alton Van Straalen 49, Ian Allmey 22, Tom Robertson 5*, Soren Hughes 5*, Nick Saady (dnb).
The Result was: –
Scots Old Boys: – 9-160 (G. Moncrieff 48*; L. Kahler 45) (35 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-162 (A. Van Straalen 49; M. McCormick 22, I. Allmey 22) (32.1 overs)
By two wickets
The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-0-50-2, N Saady 7-3-12-1, P. Nash 7-0-37-1, T. Robertson 7-0-35-2, L. Maurer 4-2-10-2, M. McCormick 2-1-9-1, E. Smith 1-0-4-0.
FoW: – 1-0 (E. Smith) 2-21 (P. Nash), 3-44 (L. Maurer), 4-51 (C. Murray), 5-65 (J. Hall), 6-112 (M. McCormick), 7-150 (I. Allmey), 8-150 (A. Van Straalen)
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: none
Catches: 2 to C. Murray (w), 1 to E. Smith, L. Maurer and M. McCormick
Run outs: None