SOCIAL GAME v MOLONGLO CC AT KIPPAX OVAL No 2, CANBERRA ON SUNDAY 18 OCTOBER, 2020: REPORT BY JED WESLEY-SMITH
The first game of the season is usually approached with great enthusiasm but after last season ended early due to the Cocid-19 pandemic – which has severely curtailed society over winter – the CCNSW Canberra touring party were especially excited. If the Saturday night motivation session was anything to go by, this was a team with a mission. Persistent drizzle helped cement the obvious game plan: –
“put ’em in” !
Saturday night’s exuberance neglected the obvious flaw; you have to win the toss. Tom Robertson, for some reason captain, didn’t. Morning conditions were spicy, but the extreme slowness of a lovely looking outfield was most surprising, even to the groundsman. The Molonglo team were a completely different team to previous seasons, and their bowlers exploited the conditions well. Openers Mike Weaver and Ken Yardy (in Canberra for other reasons and called up at very short notice, without kit-see above photo) survived a few close calls but wickets fell with unfortunate regularity. Almost everybody got a start, but eventually fell to the pressure. The final total of 110 told tales no one wanted to hear.
For all that, the first five overs offered hope. Jonathon Shaw (‘Jono’) and new member Jose Poothokaren gave us 29 glorious dot balls! The talk was up, and the faint hope that we’d be able to press the dwindling conditions as they had before the wicket dried out. The 30th ball, off ‘Jono’ was a single, goddamit! Then Jono fell over and injured his knee. We held on for a little, until an ‘old bloke’ came in and tapped us round the park, kindly finishing us off quickly. The drive home was quiet.
The Team was in batting order: – Mike Weaver 8, Ken Yardy 16, Simon James 10, Mike Dahl (w) 14, Richard Clark 5 , Soren Hughes 15, Jose Poothokaren 15, Tom Robertson 16, Jonathon Shaw 0, Jed Wesley Smith (w)1, Luke Holman 1*
NB (w) Keeper’s duties shared between M. Dahl and J. Wesley-Smith
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.:10-110 ( overs)
Molonglo C.C.: 2-111 (23 overs)
By 8 wickets.
FoW: – 1-21 (M. Weaver); 2-36 (K. Yardy); 3-42 (S. James); 4-48 (R. Clark); 5-64 (S. Hughes); 6-89 (J. Poothokaren); 7-107 (M. Dahl); 8-108 (T. Robertson); 9-109 (J. Wesley-Smith); 10-110 (J. Shaw)
The Bowling was: – J. Shaw 4.2-3-3-0; J Poothokaren 7-2-10-2; M. Dahl 0.4-0-3-0; L. Holman 4-0-32-0; S. Hughes 3-0-21-0; T. Robertson 2-0-23-0, S. James 2-0-7-0; J. Wesley-Smith 1-0-6-0
The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: – Nil
Catches: – Nil
Run outs: Nil
C&S JACK PACE ROUND 1 v SYDNEY UNIVERSITY CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2020:
Match abandoned because of rain
VINTAGE OVER 60s ROUND 1 v CENTRAL COAST AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 25 OCTOBER 2020:
Match cancelled because of rain