CITY & SUBURBAN ROUND 16 v PADDINGTON AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 13 MARCH 2021: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON
This week the true hero was Michael Weaver. (Editors note: not playing in this game) Without his efforts this game would not have gone ahead. ‘Weaves’ jumped in his car on Thursday night and drove to Camperdown from Gosford to help get the covers on in the nick of time. Legend.
The covers did their job and Paddington kindly allowed us to bat. We opened with Curtis Murray and Edward Robertson. Off to a steady start on what looked like a wicket where it was hard to get going. Curtis fell first being fired LBW by Tom Robertson who is renowned as a trigger finger when you are not a blood relative.
Scott Williams came and went but kept his strike rate intact (200). Edward and Paul Nash then built a partnership but the run rate was not to the crowd’s liking. Edward just could not put the foot to the accelerator. Nash departed which brought Soren Hughes to the crease. He is ‘Mr Accelerator’ so we knew the right man was on the job. ‘Sooz’ hit some flat sixes giving us a total to defend (an innings that would prove the difference between the two teams).
Morley Goodchild and Ian Robertson took the new ball. Both challenged the unorthodox openers. Morley struck first and it felt like the game was in control but with no wickets falling. Scott Williams came on and bowled with heat. They couldn’t get him away until his last over. Peter Constantinou came on and bowled a great line and length. He was very hard to get away and there were many chances that lobbed in between fielders. With only four wickets down, it seemed Paddington still played with the idea that they could not win. Their fifth and sixth batsmen were however somewhat better and got them within 10 runs in the end.
We really need to finish these games better and only getting 4 wickets is something we need to do better next year.
A good day had by all except for one player in the opposition who was angry from the first ball . He even ensured his players (though he was not captain btw) would not touch the sight screens when our batsmen asked if they could move them. Very strange! When I asked why he thought this necessary, he replied, “It’s not for us to do”. I said it was social cricket and every other fielding team did this for the opposition. He replied “Oh, you must think we are assholes”. He then continued to cuss at every one of our players who batted or umpired.
The Team was: – Curtis Murray (w) 18, Edward Robertson 64, Scott Williams 8, Paul Nash 30, Soren Hughes 48*, Peter Constantinou 0*, Harry Bridge dnb, Jim Hadley (c) dnb, Morley Goodchild dnb, Ian Robertson dnb, Tom Robertson dnb
The Result was:-
CCNSW: – 4-179 (Edward Robertson 64) (35 overs)
Paddington CC: – 4-169 (35 overs)
By 10 runs
FoW: – 1- 42 (C. Murray); 2-52 (S. Williams); 3-101 (P. Nash); 4-163 (E. Robertson).
The Bowling was: – M. Goodchild 7-0-22-1; Ian Robertson 8-0-35-0, P. Constantinou 4-0-8-0; S. Williams 5-2-15-1; H. Bridge 4-0-19-0; S. Hughes 3-0-13-1; J. Hadley 2-0-13-1; Edward Robertson 2-0-19-0; Tom Robertson 1-0-8-0
The Fielding was: –
Catches: One to H. Bridge and one to S. Williams
Run outs: Nil
Player Points (awarded by captain): – Three points to Edward Robertson; Two points to P. Nash; One point to S. Hughes.
MASTERS ROUND 9 v ST. CLAIR UNITED AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 14 MARCH 2021
Cancelled by rain as were all the games in the round save one (Strathfield vs Roseville) which was ultimately abandoned as a draw but the bonus batting/bowling points achieved by Strathfield allowed them to edge ahead of CCNSW into second place.
VINTAGE ROUND 9 v ROSEVILLE AT ROSEVILLE PARK, EAST ROSEVILLE ON SUNDAY 14 MARCH 2021:
Game cancelled by rain. CCNSW finish second in league.