C.C.N.S.W. MATCH REPORT No 3: LMS ‘SHEAKEY BLINDERS’ AND YARALLA AND OLD IGNATIANS AND ROSEVILLE : WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER – SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2  ROUND 2 v ‘SHEAKEY BLINDERS’ AT MP7 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2021. 

Cancelled by rain

CITY & SUBURBAN JACK PACE ROUND 3 v YARALLA CC  AT  GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD ON SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021

Cancelled by rain

MASTERS OVER 40s ROUND 2  v OLD IGNATIANS  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021 : REPORT BY DAN TURNER

                                                     The One that got away

CCNSW hosted Old Ignatians at Camperdown on Sunday in Round.2 of the Masters.

Captain Ian Allmey won the toss and sent Old Ignatians into bat. With a reputation of a powerful batting line up, we knew we had to be on the mark from the outset, and that’s exactly how it played out with Mick Tarrant claiming the opening wicket in the fifth over, caught behind by Scott Wells.

Over the next 10-15 overs, Old Ignatians flexed their batting muscles with both the opener and their No.3 bat retiring before drinks. To be fair, they played some quality shots. At the break we were urged on by the skipper with a great remark, ‘The amount we chase depends on how hard we work in the next 20 overs’.

Old Ignatians were 1-123 after 22 overs, two batters in the bank and the score looking dangerous. But what we saw from CCNSW was disciplined bowling, backed up with great catching (seven in total). Jose Poothokaren bowled nine very solid overs, tightening the run rate, Andrew Dadswell was mixing it up with his offies including a wily flighter which Wells jumped on to stump their dangerous captain and second drop before retirement, out on 35. David Craig picked up a wicket and Ben Stanic fought hard in his second spell to keep it tight. Mick Tarrant had the best figures of 2-22 (say it like Richie: ‘toooo for twenty toooo’).

After 40 overs, Old Ignatians finished at 8-219, a very gettable score on Camperdown, so we were quite happy to restrict them to that.

Our innings started with a bang as Tom Robertson launched into the attack, hitting cover drives for 6 through the trees over near the park. The fourth over brought 20 runs as Tom was having fun. He then went for one too many though and in the fifth over was caught for 25 (1-32), but he had provided a great launching pad. With the introduction of spin early, this initially brought boundaries from the skipper Allmey, before 3 wickets fell in the spinner’s first 2 overs as Allmey and Dan Turner offered return catches, and then Ed Cross was trapped lbw on his Masters debut.

After that, we seemed to be batting as if we were racing against time, unnecessarily I would say as we were afforded a great start by our openers. There were a lot of boundaries followed by some less than optimal shot selection – that is the politest way I can describe it. There was some resistance with Lee Witherden (18) and Mick Tarrant (31), but we were bowled out for 124 in only 23 overs. The Old Ignatians spinner took 7-33 off 9 overs, so credit to him.

Overall, it was a feeling of letting one slip against one of the stronger sides in the comp. It was there for the taking but we couldn’t quite do it with the bat. BUT, I feel there is a big positive to come out of this game in that we should take confidence in the knowledge we weren’t actually too far off this team.

Onwards and upwards, bring on the next game.

The Team was:- Tom Robertson 25, Ian Allmey (c) 14, Dan Turner 0, Scott Wells (w) 6, Ed Cross 0, Lee Witherden 18, Jose Poothokaren 9, Mick Tarrant 31, David Craig 5, Andrew Dadswell 1, Ben Stanic 8*

The Result was:-

Old Ignatians: – 8-219 (M. Tarrant 2-22, A. Dadswell 2-42) (40 overs)

Defeated

CCNSW: – 10- 124 (M. Tarrant 31, T. Robertson 25) (23.4 overs)

By 95 runs

FoW: – 1-32 (T. Robertson); 2-40 (I. Allmey); 3-45 (D. Turner); 4-45 (E. Cross); 5-50 (S. Wells); 6-71 (J. Poothokaren); 7-81 (L. Witherden); 8-108 (M. Tarrant); 9-113 (D. Craig); 10-124 (A. Dadswell)

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 6-1-22-2; A. Dadswell 9-1-42-2; B. Stanic 8-1-55-1; L. Witherden 3-0-21-0; J. Poothokaren 9-0-40-1; D. Craig 5-0-32-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: 1 to S. Wells

Catches: – 2 to M. Tarrant; 1 to S. Wells (w); 1 to A. Dadswell; 1 to D. Turner; 1 to T. Robertson; 1 to L. Witherden

Run outs: Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to ; 2 points to  ; one point to

VINTAGE OVER 60s ROUND 2 v ROSEVILLE AT MARRICKVILLE   OVAL, MARRICKVILLE ON SUNDAY 14 NOVEMBER 2021: REPORT BY MICK McCORMICK

Blustery conditions greeted the players as they dawdled into the Marrickville oval precinct flummoxed from their equally traffic dawdling experience through Newtown, Enmore and St Peters.

Roseville was in fact the home team in this clash, but a Bridget McKenzie  like grant rendered their usual home oval on the North Shore a subject of extensive council curation. 

This relocation of the home ground however was a bit like a penguin venturing to Cairns…clearly out of the comfort zone. But getting a game anywhere was preferable to lockdown…and the blowy conditions provided ventilation on Viagra. Earnest efforts to extricate the sightboards bogged in mud and grass could have easily resulted in spinal fusions for the participants. Fortunately, the activity complimented the highly effective CCNSW stretching regime.

CCNSW won the toss and batted on a slow pitch and an outfield thicker than Matt Canavan.

Sittampalam Ragavan (‘Raga’) and Ajoy Roy opened the batting and faced some accurate bowling from Zahari. At the other end the left-hand bowler was getting considerable drift in the strong cross wind but offered some early Christmas presents down the leg side. However, despite the vastness of the leg side field the swift ground coverage of the opposition fieldsmen circumvented wholesale carnage on the scoreboard.

After six overs Ajoy tried to increase the tempo, but as would become a theme on the slow pitch, the ball off the bat flaccidly followed a lame trajectory into the hands of the fieldsman. Mick McCormick  joined Raga and they got some good partnership runs including an all run four to the vast expanses on the leg side boundary. Raga unfortunately chopped one on for a well-constructed 19.

Jim Robson then joined Mick. They faced some accurate bowling from Norris Khan .but Jim, like Brad Cooper in American Sniper, surreptitiously picked off every available opportunity for a run to keep the total climbing. Jim was unluckily adjudged lbw to Chuck Norris in a well compiled 23. Mick after seeing some spectators falling asleep, attempted to revive their interest but a lofted cover drive failed to launch.

Greg Brooks entered the fray dispatching a full toss to the boundary almost immediately, promising to enliven the three spectators who had just awoken…alas the excitement was short lived when a well-timed leg clip was swallowed whole by the leg gully fieldsman. Some of the earlier inning’s sweetness had now soured. It was up to Stuart Ridge to spice it back up again, but he was losing partners quicker than Elizabeth Taylor as Garry James, Joe Scarcella and Graham McDonald could do no more than leave the scorebook emblazoned with the emergency number.

McDonald’s demise was a Shakespearean tragedy – (Ed note or perhaps farce?) …first game for the Club…first bat…but no first ball…a ‘diamonte’ …run out without facing a ball… “Yes! …”No” …a slip, a stumble, a half recovery … then a fall…  halfway down the pitch, a frantic scramble on the knees as the ball limped back to the bowler… bails removed! We’ve all been there….no crueller execution!

David Wright looked assured and a short but constructive partnership ensured with Stuart Ridge before David went lbw. Paul Georgiadis came in at number 11 with seven overs still to play. Could he hold on and support Stuart Ridge? More runs were still needed despite the slow pitch and field.

It seems that delivery is Paul’s middle name…Uber eats would love him…he proceeded to play a superb role with Stuart in accumulating a 30-run partnership in difficult circumstances. It was a memorable 10th wicket partnership.  Stuart’s innings of 37* being invaluable. All out for 138 in the 40th over.

The protagonists of the 10th wicket partnership were then called upon for further service. It is envisaged that within a short period of time Paul will be receiving offers from Menu log and Deliveroo. In his second over he picked up the valuable wicket of the opening bat, who mistimed a drive into the waiting arms of Jor Scarcella. Followed up by a mistimed drive to Mick who took an overhead catch with all the dexterity of a tumbling Sadam Hussein statue. Then in the next over, another mistimed drive to Joe… followed by an excellent caught and bowled by Paul. Four wickets, Paul had delivered yet again.

Meanwhile Stuart Ridge cleaned up C. Norris with a peach.  Then Greg Brooks perfectly partnered with the cross breeze like Clark Gable and Vivien Lee. It resulted in the Roseville middle order also starring in “Gone with the Wind” as Brooksie picked up 3 wickets for 2 runs. Joe Scarcella could not be hit and bowled well despite less movement than usual. Garry James bowled a beaut jagged little pill to pick up his one wicket

It was up to Graham McDonald to avenge his flat soled runners when he came on to bowl. With his first ball, he got a wicket… well caught at square leg, by guess who? Of course…the delivery guy. Roseville was all out for 39. A satisfying 99 run victory.

Adrian Hawkes cannot recall a lower total for any CCNSW Veterans opposition. No doubt the archives will be fully explored.

Thanks to Graeme McDonald for playing at very short notice. 

The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 19, Ajoy Roy 7,  Mick McCormick (c) 13, Jim Robson 23, Greg Brooks 14, Stuart Ridge 37*, Garry James 0, Joe Scarcella 0, David Wright (w) 2, Graham McDonald 0,  Paul Georgiadis 7

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 10-138 (39.1 overs) (S. Ridge 37*)

Defeated

Roseville CC: – 10-39 (23.1 overs) (P. Georgiadis 4-15)

By 99 runs

FoWs: – 1-13 (A. Roy); 2-31 (S. Ragavan); 3-65 (J. Robson); 4-66 (M. McCormick); 5-90 (G. Brooks); 6-95 (G. James); 7- 95 (J. Scarcella); 8-108 (D. Wright); 9-109 (G. McDonald); 10-138 (P. Georgiadis);

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 4-0-9-1; P. Georgiadis 7-0-15-4; J. Scarcella 5-3-5-0; G. Brooks 4-2-2-3, G. James 3-0-7-1, G. McDonald 0.1-0-0-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 catches to P. Georgiadis and 2 to J. Scarcella; one to M. McCormick

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to S. Ridge; 2 points to P. Georgiadis; one point to G. Brooks

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