C.C.N.S.W. MATCH REPORT No 3: YARALLA AND MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY: SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019
C&S ROUND 1 v YARALLA AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD ON SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER, 2019
Game cancelled because of rain.
MASTERS ROUND 1 v MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY AT ROSS GWILLIAM FIELD ON SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER, 2019: REPORT BY MICHAEL WEAVER
A Wet Patch Wicket for some Test Match Cricket
The NSW Cricketers Club Masters missed a fabulous opportunity to start the season with a win against the Macquarie Uni Lecturers at Ross Gwilliam field.
Water had supposedly somehow seeped through the double covers and hessian matting to leave a significantly damp patch on the strip, approximately two metres long and short of short of a length, at the Southern end. The rest of the track was completely dry and the outfield well grassed.
C.C.N.S.W. had assembled at the ground early and organised, well before the opposition and so ‘Half Glass Full’ captain Mike Weaver was not looking for any excuses regarding the conditions. After some deliberation, it was determined by the significant persons that play would start at 1:30pm, with overs reduced to 35 per side.
Winning the toss and batting, C.C.N.S.W. lost Tom Robertson first delivery of the day, making it two golden ducks on the trot for the great man. Undeterred by the horror start, new Masters chum – opener Ian ‘Allways’ Allmey – did what he ‘always’ does best, tearing into the bowling with ferocious off and straight driving. This was mixed with the occasional flick to leg when the bowling strayed, plus the odd dab through point for one run, occasionally two and never, ever three. Ian fell just short of retirement for a well made 37.
Numbers 3, 4, and 5 in the order – Scott Wells, Michael Weaver and Brett Favell respectively – were all looking reasonably solid after each smacking an early boundary, then each succumbing for single figures, caught from mistimed shots. All dismissals were to pretty ‘rank’ balls, to be brutally honest, which each man would admit to if pressed. Fortunately for them, the C.C.N.S.W. standard ‘Interrogation After Poor Batting’ (IAPB) procedures were not instigated on the day. Even with President Greg Brooks in attendance, militant questioning of the trio was graciously spared.
Andrew Spedding at no. 6 looked very solid and focused only to be genuinely undone by a ball that hit the dreaded wet patch. The delivery slowed right up after pitching, causing him to be very unluckily bowled playing early. Sincere apologies, Mr Spedding.
Greg Brooks, ‘Jono’ Shaw and Mick Tarrant all applied themselves very well in the circumstances they found themselves in. With the Macquarie Uni bowlers buoyant after being handed the initiative, several very accurate deliveries were kept out, with nothing much to hit easily on offer.
A couple of solid blows from other new chums, Ben Stanic and Andrew Dadswell, added a little bit more to the meagre first up total. Andrew was possibly a little unlucky to be adjudged caught, to finish the innings but we must accept it was the umpire’s call.
Just 97 runs, a small total to defend and the talk after the break was all positive, with the team determined to put a good solid effort in the field
Greg Brooks led the way in taking the new ball, bowling accurately to and past ‘The Patch’, being extremely unlucky not to remove opener Sutton. Jono Shaw struck an early blow, clean bowling the other Macquarie opener for a duck and then in his second over unfortunately strained a muscle.
Ben Stanic eventually replaced him from the northern end and put in a very encouraging debut spell for the club, getting some considerable in-swing at a very nice pace.
The Macquarie batsmen dug in though and worked hard, defending well and putting away the loose ball. Ultimately this second wicket partnership was what decided the match. But off spinner Andrew Dadswell and seamer Mick Tarrant gave their all, each man eventually picking up a deserved wicket, at the same time preventing any Uni batter from retiring
David Craig had replaced President Brooks in the field after drinks and nearly had a stumping twice, while preventing the opposition from gaining a batting bonus point. This very quietly pleased the Skipper, who was full of praise for his team’s effort and feeling very positive afterwards despite the loss.
A solid effort in the field by all except maybe one team member, who is suffering from sciatica. Special mention to Scott Wells and Tom Robertson for superb ground fielding. David Craig took a very well judged catch at mid off to a skier. Wicketkeeper Brett Favell was excellent standing up to the stumps.
Macquarie took until the 27th over to pass the score and this is a testament to the spirit within the team. (Thank you very much guys for never throwing in the towel, just a few extra runs to our total would have made the game very close)
Next game is versus Auburn at Camperdown, October 27. C.C.N.S.W. will be grateful to be back at home and will be hoping fine weather and a good wicket is their just reward.
The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 0, Ian Allmey 37, Scott Wells 10, Mike Weaver (c) 6, Brett Favell (w) 6, Andrew Spedding 2, Greg Brooks 12, Jono Shaw 6, Mike Tarrant 2*, Ben Stanic 2, Andrew Dadswell 6, David Craig (dnb)
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-97 (I. Allmey 37) (33.2 overs)
Macquarie University: 3-102 (26.2 overs)
By 7 wickets
FoW: – 1–0 (T. Robertson); 2-44 (S. Wells); 3-57 (I. Allmey); 4-63 (M. Weaver); 5-66 (B. Favell); 6-67 (A. Spedding); 7-74 (G. Brooks); 8-88 (J. Shaw), 9-91 (B. Stanic); 10-97 (A. Dadswell)
The Bowling was: G. Brooks 6-3-18-0; J Shaw 4-0-22-1; B. Stanic 3-0-20-0; M. Tarrant 8-2-14-1; A Dadswell 5-1-9-1; D Craig 2-0-9-0; A. Spedding 0.2-0-6-0
The Fielding was: –
Catches: one to D. Craig
Run outs: Nil
Player Points: – 3 to I. Allmey; 2 to M. Tarrant; 1 to A. Dadswell