C.C.N.S.W. MATCH REPORT NO 6: LMS V ‘DE’KOKS’ AND RANGERS AND BEAVERS AND OLD IGNATIANS AND KU-RING-GAI : WEDNESDAY 25 – SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2020

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 3  ROUND 5 v ‘DE’KOKS’ AT MP8, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2020: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY 

CCNSW won the toss and batted. Unfortunately we lost early wickets but a big response from the middle order from new wicket keeper Oscar 52 off 31 balls and Jonno Seifman 54 off 25 balls got us back in the game with a respectable 156 after 20 overs. CCNSW bowlers held most of the De’Koks batsman to an inferior run rate bar their No3 who after retiring on 50, came back in the 18th over to overtake our score. Best of the bowlers were Ben Gorham 1/17 off 3 overs and ‘Jonno’ Seifman 2/20 off 3 overs. Now 3 and 2 for the season.

The Team was: – James Bonkowski 4. Ben Gorham 8. James Murtha 15, Jonathan Seifman 54*, Josh Johnston 4, Oscar (w) 52*, Craig Fordham 5, Jim Hadley (c) 13

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5 – 156 (20 overs) (J Seifman 54*; M. Tarrant 52*)

Lost to

De’Kops: –   6-157 (18.2 overs)

By 2 wickets

The Bowling was: – J. Hadley 3.2-0-24-0; C. Fordham 3-0-25-1; J. Johnston 3-0-39-1, J. Seifman 3-0-20-2, J. Murtha 3-0-32-1, B. Gorham  3-0-17-1

Fielding

     Stumpings: – Nil

     Catches: – One to each of J. Johnston, M. Tarrant and J. Seifman

     Run outs: – Nil

Player Points (awarded by captain): 3 points to J. Seifman; 2 points  to Oscar; one point to B. Gorham

CITY & SUBURBAN ROUND 3 v RANGERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2020: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES

Following our rather (dis)graceful loss last week and almost certain  exit from  the New Year JPS finals, the memory turned to an equally shocking loss to Balmain Rangers in the JPS Quarter Finals in the 2019/20 season after being  undefeated in the preliminary rounds. The BOM forecast was for a mild 40 degree day with occasional winds. Perfect cricket conditions really, other than the discomfort of sunburn and advancing dehydration.

Having lost the toss, Soren opened the bowling with Scott Williams – the latter more economical but both unable to capitalise much on edgy batsmen on a good deck. While Jim Hadley thought 4 overs each might not be enough, it was pretty hot and both opening bowlers were more interested in a drinks break. Ed Robertson took over with Ian Robertson, both bowling fast and taking wickets. Ed was worn out after 3 overs and Jim took us in to the drinks break. In hindsight, perhaps a drinks break every 10 overs may have been preferable as the writer struggles to recall what happened next, other than a mirage of water seen afar on the horizon and the scoreboard endlessly showing 15 overs to go. By the time Tom Robertson’s 15 ball over ended, Ed Robertson had resolved to get us off the field quickly by taking wickets. Hitting the stumps with ease, he removed batsman after batsman and showed us how it should be done with a solid 5 for 22 from 5 overs. Despite Rangers getting a good start, we had contained them with some excellent fielding (Ezekiel Hughes as substitute, especially so with a stunning catch) to 210, all out.

In our distant memory was the Tom Robertson of old who scored runs every weekend, batted well under pressure and hit 4s and 6s at will. The old Tom we all remember joined us this week at long last and much to the amazement of his teammates. While the older players  knew there was something on the go when he hit one off his hips for four without the trademark squeal, the others exclaimed “I didn’t know he could hit the ball!”, “My god, does he usually hit sixes over point?” and “I didn’t realise he was a batsman!” – Tom passed 50 and soon enough 100, with some trademark Robertson hitting and a well crafted partnership with Mike Pinter who batted flawlessly in a celebration of cricket and heat. 

Yes the opposition too had tired somewhat in the heat and while they only had 10 players, then 9 players, Jim Hadley fielded for nearly 70 overs in 40 degree heat and made sure they had 11 fielders throughout. Spirit of cricket award to Jim Hadley right there. With Tom retiring, out for 112 to the pavilion, in came newcomer Harry Bridge who looked handy with the bat, peeling off 25* with some lusty on drives and delivering the win off just 28 overs.

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 112, Gerry O’Shea 13, Mike Pinter 34*, Harry Bridge 25*, Scott Williams dnb, Len Volkov dnb, Declan Thomas (w) dnb; Jim Hadley (c) dnb, Soren Hughes dnb, Edward Robertson dnb, Ian Robertson dnb and George Arnold dnb

The Result was: –

Rangers CC: –  all out 210 (Edward Robertson 5-22) (34 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 2-212 (Tom Robertson 112) (28 overs)

By 8 wickets

FoW: – 1- 110 (G. O’Shea); 2- 169 (T. Robertson)

The Bowling was: – S Hughes 7-1-46-0; S. Williams 5-0-25-1; Ian Robertson 7-0-30-2; Edward Robertson 5-0-22-5; J. Hadley 7-0-44-1; G. Arnold 3-0-26-0; Tom Robertson 1-0-10-0

 The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches:  One to Edward Robertson and S. Williams and one to sub (Ezekiel Hughes)

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Tom Robertson 3; Edward Robertson 2; Ian Robertson  1

C&S ROUND 3 v BEAVERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2020: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER

In response to the Sydney Masters Cricket Association’s cancellation of the regular round in accordance with their heatwave safety policy, the CCNSW Masters team and C and S team Beavers mutually and hastily agreed to this experimental reduced overs match, in the very hot conditions last Sunday. 

The match went ahead as a C and S fixture, both captains agreeing to the following special conditions:

  • 30 overs per side.
  • Compulsory 10 minute drinks breaks every 10 overs.
  • Maximum of six overs per bowler 
  • At least six bowlers used
  • Compulsory ‘not out’ retirement ( recycle at end of innings ) for batters reaching individual score of 30 runs 
  • Unlimited interchange of players with a 12th player (although there were only 11 players per side in this fixture) 

It was also agreed that group leaders would assess conditions during the match and if temperature was to reach 42 degrees, the game could still be called off. 

CCNSW Captain Ian Allmey won the toss and had no hesitation in sending the opposition into the field in the oppressive heat. CCNSW reached 1 – 208 off their 30 sets faced, with a hot breeze making life even more difficult for the Beavers in terms of their catching and directional control of bowling. Five CCNSW batsmen reached the individual retirement goal and 8 batsmen were utilised in all. 

In reply, the Beavers kept up with the run rate very well and were on track to record a very meritorious win, although the loss of their 8th wicket with 23 still needed effectively deemed them all out, as two of their players had succumbed to muscle injury while fielding and could not bat.

CCNSW deserved the win though, as they had a better understanding tactically of the importance of having players ‘in the bank’ who could return afterwards to continue if necessary. 

All the CCNSW bowlers acquitted themselves very well to continually take wickets. The temperature did drop considerably later in the afternoon, which was possibly more to the fielding team’s advantage. 

Many thanks to both sides for agreeing to play the match at short notice. Since several players noticeably had muscle cramps and niggling injuries during the game, the lesson to be learnt is that much water should be consumed by players before and during play, possibly more than they may think is necessary, on a very hot day (Editor’s note: The Beavers captain had instructed his players to bring a minimum of 3 litres of water each) 

The Team was:- Ian Allmey (c) 33* retired not out; Mike Weaver 32* retired not out; Scott Wells (w) 30* retired not out; Jon Shaw 32* retired not out; Dan Turner 32* retired not out; Jose Poothokaren 5; Lee Witherden 19*; Tim Croft 17*; Mike Tarrant dnb; Ben Stanic dnb; Luke Holman dnb and  sundries 8 (8 wides) 

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 1-208 (30 overs)

Defeated

Beavers C.C.:  – All out 186 (8 wickets down but 2 unable to bat)

By 22 Runs.

F.O.W: – 1 –155 (J. Poothokaren)

The Bowling was: – T. Croft 5.1-0 26-1; B. Stanic 5-1-38-2; M. Tarrant 5-0-32-2; L. Witherden 4-0-27-0; L. Holman 3-0-21-1; J. Poothokaren 2-0-13-0; D. Turner 2-0-19-1;

The Fielding was: –

Run outs: – One toJ. Poothokaren

Catches: – One to L. Witherden and one to S. Wells (w)

Stumpings: – Nil

Player Points (awarded by captain): 3 points to; 2 points  to; one point to

MASTERS ROUND 3 v OLD IGNATIANS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2020  

Cancelled by Masters Committee on Friday because of predicted heat – predicted temperature on Friday was 39C for some of Sunday

VINTAGE ROUND 3 v KU-RING-GAI AT TURRAMURRA OVAL, TURRAMURRA ON SUNDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2020

Cancelled by Vintage Committee on Friday because of predicted heat – predicted temperature on Friday was 39C for some of Sunday

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