C.C.N.S.W. MATCH REPORT No 17: LMS ‘NRL’ AND REG BARTLEY XI AND BALMAIN-SOUTH SYDNEY AND HUNTER DISTRICT : MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY – SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2021

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 3  ROUND 14 v ‘NRLCC’ AT MP3 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK WEST ON MONDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2021: REPORT BY SCOTT WILLIAMS

After losing the toss and being sent in to bowl on an overcast and windy afternoon, CCNSW got off to a flyer. With the gale force winds at our back, the ball was bending around corners. We kept NRLCC  down to  0-20 off the first six overs, but as the ball stopped swinging and our fielding became more suspect, the runs started to pile on. Whilst there were a lot of extras bowled, we can not take anything away from a very good NRL batting line-up that only lost oe wicket and would eventually set us 185 for the win.

The total was always going to be a tough ask but the innings got off to a great start with both openers scoring well- Asfand Uppal 51* ret and George Arnold 22. The game changed course as the ten over mark was reached. We were forced to bat the next ten overs hitting into a massive head wind. Some big hitting in the middle order from Gaurav Runwal (50*) pushed the score to 110 at fifteen overs. Needing 75 runs off 25 balls was always going to be a formidable task and so it proved with the guys falling 26 runs short. It was an admirable effort considering we needed to find 4 fill in players on the day of the game.

The Team was: – Asfand Uppal 51*, George Arnold 22, Andrew Aarons 1, Gaurav Runwal 50*, Scott Williams (c) & (w) 10, Josh Johnston 11*, Tim Treleaven (w) 12*, Krithikan Kaneendran dnb

The Result was:-

‘NRLCC’: – 1-184 (20 overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 3-158 (A. Uppal 51*; G. Runwal 50*) (20 overs)

By 26 runs

The Bowling was: – K. Kaneendran 4-0-34-0; G. Arnold 4-0-29-1; S. Williams 4-0-25-0; T. Treleaven 3-0-37-0; J. Johnston 3-0-28-0; A. Aarons 2-0-26-0

Fielding

     Stumpings: – Nil

     Catches: – Nil

     Run outs: – Nil

Player Points (awarded by captain): 3 points to G. Runwal; 2 points to A. Uppal; One point to S. Williams

CITY & SUBURBAN ROUND 15 v REG BARTLEY XI  AT REG BARTLEY OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS BAY ON SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2021

Whether the weather would have allowed this game to proceed will remain academic but it was cancelled not by weather but by confusion as to whether it was to be played on the Saturday or Sunday and at which ground which led to neither Camperdown nor Rushcutters Bay being available.

Tom Robertson in consultation with Ian Allmey is seeing if it may be possible to raise a side for a late March date.

MASTERS ROUND 8 v BALMAIN RANGERS-SOUTH SYDNEY AT JUBILEE OVAl, GLEBE  ON SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2021

Cancelled as the weather in the week preceding the game had been too wet for the City Council to prepare a wicket.

VINTAGE ROUND 8 v HUNTER DISTRICT AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2021: REPORT BY PETER ROLLS

Fourth game of the season and a decisive outcome.

Round 8 and a crystal clear day (after rain the day before) with 25°C and a gentle south west wind. The groundsman John Lee did a top job to prepare us a decent pitch Sunday morning after the Saturday game pitch was a bit worse for wear with them playing in the drizzle.

The Hunter lads made the 2.5 hour trip after many phone calls the day before, not wanting to make the trip if the ground was going to be unplayable. To their delight we got a game on a decent pitch with a bit of grass and some bounce for the quicker bowlers. David Wright also made the trip down from Newcastle where he was planning a relaxing weekend at his mother’s place trying to rest his injured knee before our SOS went out when we could not get a replacement keeper. Such is the strength of this team man to help his comrades out and did an amazing job on one leg…and with no byes! A highlight of the season.

CCNSW won the toss and elected to bowl.

Hunter innings:

Joe Scarcella opened the bowling and their big hitting Spruce teed off and got away with it for 12 aerial runs in the first over. A shock for Joe as he has been hard to get away in previous games. Joe’s next over went for 2 runs, Third was a maiden and fourth he got a wicket to resume his ascendancy this season. (Spruce soon retired for 32*).

Paul Georgiadis opened from the other end and by contrast started with a maiden. Once again he bamboozled them with flight with 5 overs for 15 then rested and brought back in the final over and got his wicket of the captain David Head who lifted his head flashing at a floater!.

Stuart Ridge replaced Joe and was tighter than Joe and Jungle in a shared budget motel room with a maiden in his fourth over and a maiden/wicket in his fifth and final over. Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was spot on target from the first ball and in his first over got their dangerous Budden for 13 to an excellent catch at cow corner by a perfectly placed cool, calm collected grab by Paul Georgiadis.

Garry James replaced Stuart for his first bowl in Vintage and impressed the Hunters with a mention in the after game speeches. He was unlucky not to have taken a wicket with lofted shots in between fielders to Garry’s not so silent sighs. He put the brakes on their middle order.

Mick McCormick followed on after Raga with his best performance of the season. His accurate spell forced a few desperate quick runs with one too many as Frank Baliotis effected a wonderful run out of Williams on 24 from behind square leg with a direct hit at the striker’s end. Mick’s spell included two maidens and a wicket in his seventh and final over which was more deserved that a carrot to a stallion after an insemination mission.

Jim Robson’s three over cameo flashed before our eyes like a magician’s card trick. His split second between balls only suspended when he bowled their number 7 who was hypnotised by “Jungles” urgency.

Hunters 7 for 108 off 40 overs would mean early beers and an early trip home.

CCNSW innings:

Raga and Ajoy Roy opened and wasted no time in piling on the runs. Ajoy departed after 10 overs with the score on 44 then Peter Rolls chipped in for quick runs and after sixteen overs we were 2 for 60. Raga soon retired and Jim Robson, Mick McCormick and Greg Brooks took over the onslaught to have us gain some bonus points with us passing their total in 24 overs.

An early finish but we had more time to enjoy each other’s company with a few drinks. Enjoyable banter the norm in this competition.

The Team was (playing 12): – Sittampalam Ragavan 33* ret, Ajoy Roy 21, Peter Rolls (c) 12, John Robson 17, Mick McCormick 11*, Greg Brooks 13, Frank Baliotis 0*, Stuart Ridge dnb, Joe Scarcella dnb, Garry James dnb, Paul Georgiadis dnb, David Wright (w) dnb

The Result was:-

Hunter District CC: – 7-108 (40 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-109 (S. Ragavan 33* ret) (23.2 overs)

By 6 wickets

FOWs: – 1- 43 (A. Roy); 2-60 (P. Rolls); 3-91 (J. Robson); 4-106 (G. Brooks).

The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 7-1-27-1; P. Georgiadis 6-1-18-1; S. Ridge 5-2-9-1; S. Ragavan 4-0-15-1; G. James 7-1-14-0; G. Brooks 7-2-13-1, M. McCormick 3-0-6-1

The Fielding was: –

     Stumpings: – Nil

     Catches: – One to P. Georgiadis

     Run outs: – One to F. Baliotis

Player Points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to S. Ridge; 2 points to M. McCormick ; One point to S. Ragavan

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