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Vale John Russell (JR)


Greg Brooks (current President C.C.N.S.W.): I first met John in 1994 when I began my first season with the C.C.N.S.W. John was a senior member of the Club and part of the management committee. I soon learned how involved he was in the Club and as the then President John McGruther’s words testify elsewhere he was a true club man.
Every Saturday JR would turn up to Camperdown and elsewhere to score the match and ensure the C.C.N.S.W. badge was well represented. A cup of black tea and some afternoon tea kept him going all day!
After the match we would all adjourn to the Camperdown Bowling Club for a drink and a few laughs with the opposition around the day’s events, good and bad. We won more than we lost, and JR was very proud of the team…indeed he was thought of as one of the team. After a whiskey and a soft drink JR would load up his white Subaru and be on his way home.
JR regularly joined us on tour, both to the country venues like Mudgee, Bowral and Camden, the interstate fixtures to Melbourne and Brisbane and of course overseas. He was present whenever we were privileged to play on the SCG and I know he was very pleased to receive his memento from the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir when the Club was asked to play a match against the Army to celebrate 150 years of cricket at the SCG.
One of the highlights of our time together was the 2007 tour to South Africa, a trip made possible for John thanks to generous contributions from club members, particularly Steve Taylor who made a significant contribution. JR had a fantastic time, highlighted by several train journeys, one of which between Mosel Bay and George was almost missed but saved by the tour group to ensure JR’s bucket list was met! The trip to the Zulu village and the subsequent greeting ceremony was also remembered by John as a highlight…for entirely different reasons!
Even as age and illness caught up with JR and he could no longer attend our matches I would receive a phone call on Saturday or Sunday night to check the results of his beloved C&S team. All the details were required, and it was often a long call!
John was made a “Legend of the C&S” in 2010 and was a life member of the C.C.N.S.W.
There are many stories that could be told, and I do not have enough space here to re tell them all. Suffice to say that JR contributed to every aspect of our small Clubs’ activities and he will always be remembered as a great club man, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend.

Brian Fallon: John was one of nature’s true-gentlemen, one whose attitudes to life and practised-values, inspired you to do better.

Adrian Hawkes: John would have been 60 when I first met him in1989 with his playing days behind him. An initial gruff exterior hid a gentle man who was passionate about cricket and steam trains; loved to score with his “special” system and produce averages and quotients. He started the practice of writing weekly match reports on our C&S games which he scored and managed. His reports could be passionate; I remember his once writing that the opposition were “cowboys” but fortunately this was pre internet days. In his later years he liked to ring up for a chat and usually this lasted longer than an hour. I will miss him.

Joff Johnson: It is with a very heavy heart that I respond to the sad news about our beloved mate, JR. JR was highly respected and admired by all the C.C.N.S.W. family who came in contact with him. He was a permanent fixture at most of the games I played with the C.C.N.S.W. and we loved him being with us. I will remember him as a gentle caring man who could not do enough for the players and supporters – he will be sorely missed.

John McGruther: I recount some brief thoughts below by way of some Memoir contribution:
There are only a select few who, in life..whether in or outside of sports affairs…meet
the Biblical test of impeccable Stewardship. That is, of the true and faithful servant.
John Russell is the epitome of the ethic.
I should know. I worked with John, .affectionately “JR” to most…for periods on a daily basis, for over 12 years during my term as President, and a co- Director with him, of the Cricketers’ Club of NSW. That was only part of our affinity. From 1985 to now is 33 years for all of which I have held JR in the closest and affectionate regard.
Words cannot do justice to some Testimonies, this being one. This attempt thus can only be humble.
But JR’s Club Stewardship is potentially impassable. He organised Cricket Matches, he attended to Score them, he wrote Newsletters to Members about them whether whimsical, serious, or chastising, usually all three). He was a delegate of the Club at City & Suburban Association level, as well as being a C&S officer himself.
At the “old” Barrack Street Club, he collected the Pokie money from the machines, occasionally calling me from some losing Court case to help him carry the multitudinous coin- bags up the Club stairs. The penultimate finite Treasurer!
He helped organise Club Tours, a legacy for which CCNSW is still famous. Often, he arranged, or unsuccessfully tried to influence the design of, Club clothing, but usually
got right Players’ sizes right, even allowing for inconsiderate Player off- Season gorging.
All this, and more, despite, it might be added, intermittent health challenges occasionally challenging him.
Indeed, were there a Turnstile at the old Club entrance, it surely would have registered
daily, out of hours, and week-end entry. Such was also JR’s Club function attendance record.
The Testimony of JR is the very definition of Stewardship.
“Thanks JR” in one sense may not be enough…but in another, perhaps says it all.

John Anderson (Melbourne Cricket Club): Fond memories of JR. Man of integrity. Was never tempted to slip an extra run in the scorebook for CC of NSW in some of those close finishes we had at the SCG.

Tour of Christchurch Australia day 2018


“The Valley of Hope”

On this tour, we drifted slowly into the earthquake devastated Christchurch, which after ten (10) years, is still rebuilding. The tour team was bolstered by a number of younger players from the Penshurst West Club (where Tommy Robertson and Soren Hughes used to play) as well as the usual collection of misfits and ne’er do wells from C.C.N.S.W. Prior to the first game we were (as Hogan’s Heroes) lucky to win the trivia contest at the BOG Irish Bar before we doubled up to a stint at the Casino, which was followed up the next day by some Bungee Jumping, White Water rafting, the u/19 World Cricket Cup and a Beer Festival which made a full day for the tourists.

Tom Robertson was a target from day one as he tried to pay his game fees in old NZ currency from the 1980s that his dad gave him, which nobody would change. Most of the kids in the café serving us didn’t even recognise it as New Zealand money.

Our first game was at the Valley of Peace, which was built in 1933 and is a picturesque postage stamp size field built to avoid the old ‘Sunday Observance” laws where no sport could be played on Sundays. This ground was private and outside the city area and could be used on God’s day.

The oval has a number of trees on it and the rules are that boundaries are worth 2 and over the boundary on the full is worth 4. Their clubhouse was a tapestry of cricket memorabilia and old photos of Tests over the years.
However, as luck would have it, our minibus was not returned by the previous hirer until midday and we had to go to the airport to pick it up, so some of the players drove out. The game started with only five players. Our tactical decision to be late meant we batted first.

Whilst the cavalry was getting organised at Thrifty hire counter, a stoic Ross Dalgleish (4) and a cavalier Soren Hughes (7) opened to wait for the bus to arrive. Soren hit some twos and was bowled by a late inswinger that he claimed was the best ball of the day (technically it was right at the time as it was only the eighth ball). The pitch was causing the ball to come in low and the bowlers were slow enough to take advantage of it.

Jim Morrison (20) and Peter Harrison (10) came in and stayed the control to put on some runs whilst waiting for the bus to arrive. Tony Watson (34* after coming back in later) held the innings together gracefully playing the low balls well.

The bus finally turned up and Pat Hogan (3) was bowled as were the first five batsmen. The bus driver Ken Yardy went out at 5-45 under Tom Robertson’s instructions to hold up one end and defend. Ken (0) accordingly smashed a ball to mid-wicket and a shocked fielder found it had stuck in his hand.

Sam Barrington-Smith (aka “Two Dads”) (6) was held to be LBW and John Wise (9) was stumped as he couldn’t move his feet as usual. Tom Robertson put together a classic 34 (retired) as he hit the trees, cows and the creek in the next paddock with the help of his son Ed (11*). Michael Watson (0) was bowled and got the duck vest as we slowly lurched to 9-146.

A lovely lunch was served and we soaked up the serenity of the post card scenery. We were quite lucky as the other side was happy for us to interchange players. As it was our first game of the tour everybody wanted to play. We batted twelve and four of the batting side dropped out in the field to let another four come in, so 16 players actually played!

We went out to bowl with Raj Anand and Ed Robertson (aka ‘Jub Jub’) opening. Raj kept the ball where it had to be and they couldn’t hit him off the square. Ed at the other end grabbed two wicket maidens in his first spell. They were at 2-15 off eight overs and things were looking contained. Jim Morrison came on to through some darts, picked up a wicket with only 17 runs off 7 overs.

At the sixteen over mark they had only scored 39 runs, with Mick Watson bowling one maiden, then they hit 10 runs off one over and the batsman were now getting comfortable. At the twenty over mark they had progressed to 3-54 runs, so the maths was still against them. They were starting to increase the run rate and their number 4 bat retired, and the wickets started to fall. Sam Barrington-Smith, Simon Muggeridge and Tom Robertson (yes, he had a loose over, but he got their big hitter bowled as he thought he could hit Tommy for another 2) all picked up wickets and they were 6-77 off twenty six overs.

Our tactic was then to keep their Nos. 8 and 9 batsmen in as they were scoring slowly and did not seem to want to bash the ball. The No 9 retired hurt with a muscle issue and the No 8 was run out, they were now 7-125 after 35 overs
They need 20 runs off four overs, but they were only averaging 3.5 runs per over at this stage with Nos.10 and 11 in. Peter Harrison knew he had to try to keep them in to prevent the retired batter coming back. But of course, Peter whilst bowling tight, managed to bowl the No.10. 8-127 off thirty six.

With the retired batsman back, he hit a 4 (i.e. a six) with his first ball. It was 8-138 (with their No 9 having earlier retired hurt) with two overs to go, but he holed out to a great ball off Raj thanks to Beau Yardy catching at mid-wicket with the score at 9-139 with two balls to go and the injured batsmen returning to the crease; they made 2 singles and we has won by 5 runs.

After the great win by 5 runs, we had a great drink at their clubhouse, whose bar was manned by a former All-Black and we won the raffle for a bottle of gin, that was then donated to the in flight beverage service of Yardy Airlines ground service on the bus.

The Team was (playing 14):- Soren Hughes (c) 7, Ross Dalgleish 4, Jim Morrison 20, Peter Harrison 10, Pat Hogan (w) 3, Anthony Watson 34* ret, Ken Yardy 0, Sam Barrington-Smith 6, John Wise 9, Tom Robertson 34* , Edward Robertson 11*, Michael Watson 0. Raj Anand (dnb), Beau Yardy (dnb)

The Result was:

C.C.N.S.W: 9-146 (A. Watson 34* ret, T. Robertson 34* ret) (40 overs)


Valley of Peace C.C.: – 9-141 (40 overs)

By 5 runs

FoW: – 1-7 (S. Hughes); 2-20 (R. Dalgleish); 3-37 ; (P Harrison); 4-43 (J. Morrison); 5-45 (P Hogan); 6-45 (K. Yardy); 7-61 (S. Barrington-Smith); 8- 58 (J. Wise); 9-135 (M. Watson)

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 7-1-15-1; Edward Robertson 6-2-14-2; J. Morrison 7-1-17-1 ; M Watson 4-0-19-0, S. Muggeridge 4-0-10-1, S. Barrington-Smith 2-0-9-1; B Yardy1-0-8-0 , P Harrison 4-0-18-1 , J Wise 1-0-7-0, S Hughes 1-0-7-0 Tom Robertson 3-0-10-1

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 2 to Beau Yardy and one to J. Morrison
Run outs: one to C Fletcher


Superb Morrison knock and all round bowling conquered Heathcote.

Back (left to right):
Soren Hughes (c), Edward Robertson, Michael Watson, Patrick Hogan, Tony Watson, Sam Barrington Smith, Craig Fletcher.

Front Row (left to right):
Ken Yardy (Mgr), Simon Muggeridge, Tom Robertson, John Wise, Jim Morrison, Beau Yardy, John Jackson.

Many of those arriving on Yardy Airlines still having head wounds from the previous night’s merriment after the first win, and remember driving to Heathcote C.C. from Christchurch vividly. With the Club nestled at the foot of steep volcanic crags and hills on three sides, it is a simply magnificent location for cricket.

Soren Hughes, today’s captain, won the toss and elected to bat first on a patchy, crumbly pitch unlikely to improve for batting after another 35 overs on this fifth day wicket. Our openers, Jim Morrison and Sam Barrington-Smith, had a slow start and after eight overs we were none for 26 – a testament to their opening bowlers’ accurate bowling. Heathcote’s opening bowler, KC, bowled to the tune of ‘Give it Up’ and Morrison’s reply was with ‘Keep it Coming Love’. In the ninth over Barrington-Smith was trapped LBW and John Jackson was run out soon after with a solid 5. By the time Edward Robertson arrived at the crease, Morrison was on 28 with four strong boundaries. Morrison continued this trend to retire not out at 51, thrilling the spectators with a patient and technically sound innings. Proper cricket.

Peter Harrison was in next and unfortunately was run out for a duck. Michael Watson also came and went quickly, easily making 6 before popped one to mid-on. Craig Fletcher reinforced the trend, making a solid duck and earning the duck vest. At 6-102 with nine overs left, the spectators had begun twitching uncontrollably and began turning on each other like little boys stranded on a desert island very much like a parody of the Lord of the Flies.

We very much needed Soren Hughes’s ability to find the boundary. After edging each ball in an extremely shaky start on a pitch showing signs of variable bounce, variable pace and sideways movement, Healthcote decided to make a game of it and put on some pie chuckers. This was the source of a partnership between Hughes and Edward Robertson. Ed eventually fell for 24 and Soren was on 25. Pat Hogan stepped in where Ed left off and brought us into the final overs, both becoming members of KC’s sunshine band. Simon Muggeridge and Raj Anand batted well in adding 6 more with Beau Yardy left waiting in the wings for his debut innings for C.C.N.S.W. We had set Heathcote 160 to win.

Raj Anand and Soren Hughes opened the bowling. Soren, taking some advice from John Wise, took himself off after an over, having set the standard with a first ball wide. The disgraceful fourth ball (it nearly bounced twice) however had picked up the danger batsman at cover, thanks to a strong offside field. The outgoing batsman could not believe he had fallen for the double cover and rubbish outside off stump play and Soren’s spell finished with 1-2 and cravings for some more Voltaren.

Raj bowled beautifully at the other end, in a consistent line and length which had him finish at 1-12 after 5 overs. Simon Muggeridge took over from Soren and delivered 5 overs for 0-14. In fact the miraculous bowling standard continued with Michael Watson 0-6, Craig Fletcher 2-12 who removed batsmen like they were small insects on a cheesecake and John Jackson who bowled three overs for 1-12. Heathcote had been restrained to 6-47 at drinks.

Sam Barrington Smith led the charge after drinks and dismissed two batsmen in three overs for 2-11. Michael Watson came back on as a spinner, his first ball straight out of a Shane Warne master class, spinning at right angles and hitting the top of middle. Bails and stumps flew up in the air with screams of jubilation from the C.C.N.S.W. peanut gallery. It was a beauty!

It was time to bowl Ed Robertson- dot ball, six, four and four. Noting Tom’s screams of encouragement from the gallery, Ed bowled a slower ball and the batsman smashed it straight at point where Barrington Smith was keenly waiting for the catch. A fired up Robertson, feeling the adrenaline and the imminent praise of his father, gave the batsman a triple send off that only a passionate fast bowler could ever understand.

With Tony Watson bowling a cameo over (0-7) and Jim Morrison scalping their last batsman with 1-2 from four balls, it was time for congratulations and merriment on Yardy Airlines. A special mention on the result was owed to the young fielders in the team – Sam (Barrington-Smith), Michael (Watson), Edward (Robertson) and Beau (Yardy) – who were able to cut off anything on the offside with agile fielding. Three catches to Edward, and one each to both Sam and Beau.

The hospitality bestowed on us by Heathcote was second to none. Morrison picking up Man of the Match as awarded by the Heathcote team and this was well deserved.

The Team was (playing 12):- James Morrison 51* ret, Sam Barrington-Smith 5, John Jackson 5, Edward Robertson 24, Peter Harrison 0, Michael Watson 6, Craig Fletcher 0, Pat Hogan 11, Soren Hughes (c) 39. Raj Anand 0*, Simon Muggeridge 2* and Beau Yardy dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 8-159 (J. Morrison 51*. S, Hughes 39) (40 overs)


Heathcote C.C.: – 11-115 (S. Barrington-Smith 2-11; C. Fletcher 2-12) (32.4 overs)

By 44 runs

FoW: – 1-29 (S. Barrington-Smith); 2-39 (J. Jackson); 3-69; (Ed Robertson); 4-84 (P, Harrison); 5-84 (C. Fletcher); 6-102 (M. Watson); 7-149 (P. Hogan); 8-149 (S. Hughes).

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 5-1-12-1; S. Hughes 1-0-2-1; S Muggeridge 5-1-14-0; M. Watson 4-1-15-1; C Fletcher 4-0-12-2; J. Jackson 3-0-12-1; S. Barrington-Smith 3-1-11-2; A Watson 1-0-7-0; P. Harrison 3-0-8-0; Edward Robertson 3-0-18-1; J. Morrison 0.4-0-2-1

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 3 to Edward Robertson;
one each to R. Anand, S. Barrington-Smith, J. Morrison and Beau Yardy
Run outs: one to C. Fletcher


Akaroa from the hills


Akaroa is the original French settlement in New Zealand that sits in a beautiful bay about 75 km from Christchurch. We managed to load about 16 people onto the 12-seater bus and drove off on the scenic route over the ridge line from Christchurch to experience the views in the area. The town itself is still French influenced and another one with postcard scenery.

We had a little time to walk around the town before the game and there were strict instructions as to when players to be back in the sheds ready to go. But Tom and Ed Robertson decided to order crepes at the local restaurant and were 15 minutes late. By that time John Wise had started a coup, Tom was deposed as Captain for the day by popular choice because of his tardiness.

The Crazy Goatherders are a bunch of farmers from the area who play social cricket and tour occasionally. They all look a bit weather-beaten, but they aren’t as old as they look.

Today was a synthetic pitch so we knew there would be runs available, even though it was supposed to be the hottest day of the year. We agreed to play 20 overs on, then 20 overs off to allow for the heat and used a two-piece ball.

Raj Anand and Simon Muggeridge opened the bowling and were immediately tonked by their openers, winging their bats like axes. These were hitting balls into the sea, across the road, hitting cars, dislocating Ken Yardy’s finger, hitting Beau Yardy in the head and scoring 10 an over. Simon Muggeridge’s first over (the second of the day) went 6,4,0,4,1,!. They got to 51 before the first wicket fell after the retirement of one of the openers when the new batsman was bowled by Ed Robertson. The other opened retired and until Tom Robertson took two wickets near the end of the initial 20 overs, things were looking grim, as they cruised to 5-130.

We then batted with both the Robertsons opening, returning the tonking favour and then retiring. We were 0-125 at the change of ends after twenty overs, and it looked like we were in a great position, only five runs behind and five wickets in hand.

Unfortunately, the break between innings was better for them than for us. Craig Fletcher and Peter Harrison bowled tightly without reward (for a while) and their lower order appeared to be quite good batsmen. Nos. 9 and 10 had a century partnership and then the two openers came back in to get their score up to 10-290 off 40 overs.

Chasing a further 165 off the next 20 overs was a bit daunting and we did not fail to make life difficult for ourselves. Just after the break we lost the first wicket and then 9 (yes nine) wickets for 29 runs as a conga line of bad shots saw seven players bowled. Tommy (42) ended up getting caught and Raj Anand was left undefeated with 45*. One of their bowlers got 6-9 which were remarkable figures from bowling that all his victims said was unremarkable. Go figure? We then had to shut down the innings just to get to 209. We lost by 81 runs.

After that shocking loss, we were then treated to a large number of beers and then dinner in a waterside restaurant which was excellent. We all managed to get home in the dark, in the bus, just so those in the party leaving on the early morning flights could have two hours sleep before leaving for the airport to catch the plane home

The Team was (playing 12):- Tom Robertson (c) 42, Edward Robertson 59, Raj Anand 45*, Peter Harrison 13, Anthony Watson 2, Michael Watson (w) 2, Sam Barrington-Smith 6, John Jackson 7, Simon Muggeridge 2, Craig Fletcher 0 John Wise 0 , Ross Dalgleish 7

The Result was: –

Akaroa C.C.: – 10-290 (Tom Robertson 3-30) (39.3 overs)


C.C.N.S.W: 11-209 (Ed Robertson 59; R Anand 45*, Tom Robertson 42) (38 overs)

By 81 runs

FoW: – 1- 130; 2- 135; 3- 135; 4-143; 5-150; 6-150; 7-150; 8-150; 9- 157; 10- 177;11-209

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 6-1-45-2, S. Muggeridge 6-0-54-0, Edward Robertson 6-0-37-2, J. Jackson 3-0-17-0, T. Robertson 4.2-0-30-3, C. Fletcher 4-0-33-0; S. Barrington –Smith 1-0-13-0; J. Wise 3-0-23-1 and P. Harrison 6-0-32-0

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 3 to M. Watson (w)
Run outs: one to Tony Watson and one to Michael Watson

Tour party after Akaroa Game

Back row (l to r): Michael Watson, Sam Barrington-Smith,Raj Anand, John Wise, Anthony Watson
Middle row: Ken Yardy (Mgr).Jim Morrison, Beau Yardy, Pat Hogan, John Jackson
Front row: Peter Harrison, Simon Muggeridge, Ross Dalgleish, Edward Robertson, Soren Hughes
Seated: Tom Robertson (c) Craig Fletcher

Following on from the previous three Australia Day weekend trips to Wellington, Queenstown and Nelson, this tour was great fun: – a number of old faces and a number of new faces who quickly became chums. Getting to see and play on a number of idyllic ovals with good sports and a bus full of gin for the return trips meant there were smiles all round.
Thanks to Jim Morrison for his advice re Christchurch and to Adrian Hawkes for organising the games and assisting in making sure that Tom did what he was supposed to do on the tour and for seeking constant updates via text.

Next year: Auckland
Most of the tourists are keen to tour again next year. Next year we hope to go to the North Island in the Auckland area and preliminary enquiries are already advanced re possible hotels and opposition. Mark the dates in your diary now

Missed Games

Forfeit by Colleagues on the Saturday morning

Forfeited by Reg Bartley XI

Game cancelled by rain

Rained off for second year running

Rained off

Match forfeited by Georges River

The game – and indeed all games in the round – was called off- on the direction of the Committee of the Association on the grounds that temperatures in Sydney would exceed 400.
The round will not be rescheduled at a later date.
The problem is that the ABC weather forecast for Sydney (stipulated by the Competition Rules to be used) – only predicted 380 and the local predictions in some areas near the coast where some games were to be played were only c. 350 which led a number of teams to complain.

Cancelled by heat.

Editor’s note: The late Jack Chegwyn was a former First Grade player with Randwick in Sydney for a period of 30 years as a free scoring batsman. He was one of only ten players to score over 10,000 runs in Sydney First Grade cricket (10,455 at 30.75 from the years 1926-1956) His first Class career was brief but productive with a highest score of 103 against South Australia in the 1940-41 season. He played 5 matches for NSW scoring 375 runs with a highest score of 103 and an average of 36.75 (including one century and two fifties).

The reason he is famous in our context was the regular country tours he organized in the 1940s and 50s out of the Cricketers’ Club to play country teams with a mixture of NSW State/Grade and occasionally Test players.

The game had been arranged for this day at the request of the QCC so that their players could go to the SCG over the weekend to watch the Shield game between NSW and Queensland. However a week out the QCC cancelled as they could only raise five players to come to Sydney.

C.C.N.S.W. thus retain the Chegwyn Cup for the third successive season even though the Cup is now on permanent display at the Gabba

Classics Round 9 V Sri Lanka Lions

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown, On Sunday 12 February, 2017: Report By Garry Winney

After two blistering hot days, a 30 degree day felt comfortable. We still have a few injured players out and it was good to see Ajoy Roy up and about after his stent operation last weekend. We won the toss and batted on the same wicket that had played so well a month ago. Little did we realise what was about to happen today.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Bandula Wijesinghe opened against two wily bowlers in Kevin Periera and Cuthbert Berenger. They summed up the conditions immediately. The ball kept low on anything short of a length which is where they bowled. Runs were a struggle, as the field grass was a bit longer as well. Bandula hit a ball wide of point but it stopped quickly, unfortunately quicker than Bandula expected and he was run out going for 2.

Raga next over was caught at cover, now 2-6. Wasanta Hettiarachchi and Mick McCormick now had to ready the ship. Wasa, batting no. three, was off the mark clipping a rare bad delivery for 4 (one of only 2 boundaries in the first 20 overs). Runs crept along until Mick was bowled for 4, 3-20 off 10 overs. John Mesar got another questionable lbw decision, 3-22. Keith Elloy and Wasa worked the ones to take us to drinks 4-38 and 100 was looking a long way off unless their lower bowlers were poor – it wasn’t to be, they were all very capable bowlers.

We needed some acceleration of runs but they had other plans. Wasa was bowled for a well compiled 20, Keith also went bowled for a tidy 13, 6-46. Could we bat out the forty overs? Garry Winney and Prianta Kariawasam were able to stem the wickets flowing and both hit good boundaries off poor deliveries until Garry’s leading edge to mid-on for 11, 7-67.

Worse was to come. Prianta was bowled for 9, next ball and Graham Buck caught behind off a faint edge cutting, now 9-68 off 33 overs. Jay Patel and Paul Georgiadis had a marvellous undefeated tenth wicket partnership based on sound defence and deft placement to get us to 9-88. Not a great score but it could have been much worse. Now we needed early wickets.

Most of out bats lost patience being tied down for much of their innings when they felt we needed quicker runs (which we did) but against a very good bowling line up, we managed to get ourselves out. All they needed was a good start and the game would be over.

Well, they underestimated how getting our two opening bowlers out cheaply would make Buck and John Mesar more determined to bowl the exact same way back to them. Bucky was moving the ball about and cleaned up their opener 1-7 after 2 overs. He repeated the dose next over, this time an lbw 2-8. John was slapped for two fours but bowled him for 8, 3-16 and we were on a roll. Bucky again bowled the next bat to have 3-2 off 3 overs.Now 4-16.

The next two bats played very cautious cricket and inched the score along until the twelfth over when Wasa took a sharp gully catch off John 5-34. Bucky joined in and removed the dangerous Kevin Pereira lbw 0, 6-35. We then had a two over period of inexplicable cricket. In the space of 10 balls we managed to drop 4 catches. None of them sitters but they all went to hand then ground, thankfully these lapses didn’t cost us too much. Buck and Mesar were nearing the end of their spells but John was able to take a wicket in his last over, another lbw, 7-39.

Both bowled 9 overs straight, Buck 4-10, Mesar 3-25 only 3 fours in that period. They sure got us back into the game. Sri Lanka still had their best bat Cuthbert to come in. Raga and Mick McCormick took over. Mick was a bit all over the shop, whereas Raga’s first ball a short ball outside off was crunched straight to the safe hands of Mick at cover 8-53.

Wasanta Hettiarachchi came on to hopefully remove their tall left hander who looked like he could smash balls a mile. Well he got him out but not how we expected; he smashed a ball out to near Mick McCormick then took on his arm – wrong person, Mick’s throw from the boundary one bounce next to the stumps – out run out. 9-55. They now had their captain and their number 11 in – he was a tail end bat but had an excellent defence along with a lot of wild swings. He hit as many boundaries as our whole team. He had some near stumpings and catches but hit a quick fire 27*, Cuthbert batted sensibly giving him the strike while he was never troubled. They passed us 9 down off 28.5 overs.

I was always fearful that it would only take one bat to get going to win them the game and they do have 11 batsmen who could all play that sort of innings. It was just frustrating to only need that last wicket to make it an amazing escape of a win. But it was not to be. The better team won on the day.

A day where the ball absolutely dominated the bat. Special mention to Graham Buck and John Mesar who both bowled magnificently; they really stood tall when we needed them. As they say ‘the one that got away’. Still our only losses have been to teams above us in the table. Thanks to Keith Elloy who filled in for Peter Hall as keeper, he did the best he could. Wasa’s innings was one of composure and stood out as our best bat on the day.

The Team was:- Sittampalam Ragavan 4; Bandula Wijesinghe 1, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 20; Mick McCormick 4; John Mesar 0; Keith Elloy (w) 13, Prianta Kariawasam 9; Garry Winney (c) 11; Jay Patel 11*; Graham Buck 0; and Paul Georgiadis 8*.
The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 9-88 (W. Hettiarachchi 20) (40 overs)
Lost to
Sri Lanka Lions: – 9-91 (G. Buck 4-10) (28 overs)
By one wicket

FoW (C.C.N.S.W.): – 1- 5 (B. Wijesinghe); 2-6 (S. Ragavan); 3-20 (M. McCormick); 4-22 (J. Mesar); 5-46 (K. Elloy); 6-46 (W. Hettiarachchi); 7-67 (G. Winney); 8-68 (G, Buck); 9-68 (P. Kariawasam).

FoW (Sri Lanka Lions): – 1-7 (R. Wijesinghe); 2- 8 (G. Mallawaratchy); 3-16 (C. Perera); 4-16 (T. George); 5-34 (U. Gunasena); 6-35 (K. Pereira); 7-39 (B. Parsons); 8-53 (D.A. De Silva); 9-55 (T. Bartholomeusz).

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 9-2-25-3; G. Buck 9-4-10-4; S. Ragavan 3-1-7-1; M/ McCormick 2-0-18-0; W. Hettiarachchi 1-0-8-0; J. Patel 3-0-10-0; and P. Georgiadis 1-0-2-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: one each to M. McCormick and W. Hettiarachchi
Run outs: one to M. McCormick
Player Points: three points to G. Buck; two points to J. Mesar; one point to W. Hettiarachchi

Masters Round 10 V Pennant Hills

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown, On Sunday 19 February, 2017. Report By Mike Weaver


C.C.N.S.W. Masters have chased down Pennant Hills respectable 8-182 off 40 overs, in just 32.5 overs and with 3 wickets to spare. Cricketers’ Club was without regular skipper John Munden, who succumbed late to a calf strain. Experienced players Mick McCormick and Jim Hadley could not be included in the eleven. This made the win, against very good opponents, more meritorious. Star opening batsman Craig Somers, after a communication problem during the week, was still able to assume his place in the final lineup.

The win looks relatively easy, however Pennant Hills fought hard and if some opportunities had been taken by them, may well have come out on top.

Stand in Skipper Mike Weaver won the toss. It had taken a large consortium of team advisers to persuade him not to bat upon winning, due to the green tinge and softness of the wicket. A deal was done, if C.C.N.S.W. were to bowl first, with the captain wanting personal guarantees that there would not be any ‘choke’ batting second.

This same consortium of advisers continued to voice their views and suggestions constantly to their on-field leader throughout the match Craig Somers, Steve Beck, Brett Favell, Lee Witherden, Graham Buck, and Garry James, thank you for your regular stream of information, suggestions and general assistance).

Involvement and input by all is an important part of ‘The Blues” team culture.

Lee Witherden and Graham Buck opened the bowling, with Lee bowling up the hill. Lee was able to extract a wicket with his second ball, a low out swinging full toss, squeezed to gully and snapped up expertly by Somers, to get the unfortunate P.H. opener for a duck. Graham began a little nervously and his loose deliveries were very well dispatched by the Pennant Hills No. 3 and eventual retiree Paris, who took full advantage of the very short leg side boundary.

Crack all rounder and successful Nelson New Zealand tourist David Benson, was called upon to relieve Graham, who was to be saved for his more familiar ‘death bowling’ role. In tandem with Lee, the free flow of runs subsided due to determined persevering bowling by these two. Lee removed the other opener after a top edge catch, from a ball that sat up, was comfortably held by ‘keeper Favell.

Thereafter it was decided to operate with off spin at one end, protected by a large leg side boundary and a variety of medium pace from the other.

The popping wicket suited Blues champion off spinner Garry James to a tee. He was the pick of the C.C.N.S.W. bowlers, bowling nine overs straight of well flighted and varied ‘right to left’ turners, delivered in characteristic, passionate fashion, and in accordance to the fields that he wanted set.

The result was only 29 runs conceded and trapping the Pennant Hills No. 4 and No. 5 bats each lbw, just as they had looked ready to accelerate. Steve Beck carried on after Garry, following suit in restricting the run rate over, for another five overs. He grabbed a good wicket, enticing a catch to mid on to the safe hands of his good buddy Richard Bryant, to remove the stubborn Mitch Sturt (Ed note C.C.N.S.W. member).

From the other end, Richard Bryant and Mark Delaney both bowled handy, short spells, each taking a wicket and keeping runs down. Mark’s wicket of P.H.’s John Mesar (Ed note C.C.N.S.W. member), an edge to first slip, was superbly taken by Steve Beck, diving to his left and behind the keeper, for a juggled snare. Although struggling for pace and rhythm after a six weeks layoff, Rich managed two successive maidens and got rid of the dangerous Craig Mackenzie (Ed note C.C.N.S.W. member). in his final over, Benson taking a good catch at deep point, off a well struck shot.

Graham Buck took up the challenge of a second ‘death bowling’ spell, in place of Delaney. Backing his skills after the earlier hammering received, he induced two important wickets in his two final overs at innings end – a straight forward catch to Mike Weaver at mid-off and a nice stumping by Favell.

The regular wickets that were taken at different stages were very important in effectively halting the opposition’s momentum. 9-182 was a satisfactory result after offering them first bat, albeit with a slow outfield.

The run chase started badly with the in-form Somers surprisingly dismissed LBW to a good swinging delivery in the first over. Weaver went in at number three, intent to lead from the front. He survived a confident appeal after having scored just 4 runs, the umpire correctly not making his decision based on any suspicion. A little off put after this, he scrambled some hasty singles and mistimed pull shots to the vacant areas, that at least tested out his gammy knee, if not much else. Nevertheless, a quick mini partnership of 29 with Mike Pinter, who was solid and ran between wickets very well, enabled some innings momentum. Unfortunately ‘Punter ‘ succumbed lbw to an ‘in-ducker’ from Sturt which kept low, without addition to the score of 31. This was immediately after Weaver was nicely caught, skying a ball to deep midwicket.

Any feelings of nervousness that may have then been felt by the team, were then dissipated in a superb partnership, made under pressure, between Steve Beck and Brett Favell. Both players mixed watchful defence with a slaughtering of any deliveries dropped short by the Pennant Hills bowlers. Steve ‘Haydos’ Beck crashed every bad ball he received to the gaps, managing four sixes and two fours in his 42* retired not out. And some balls he punished weren’t so bad. Brett stroked two sixes and two fours, and generally placed the ball very well. It was a timely display by both players, who have each been promising much all season. Brett unfortunately was undone by a delivery that stopped on him, skying a catch when retirement at 40 himself looked imminent. The partnership made was 50 runs, in less than 8 overs.

With the game set up for the taking there was still work to do by C.C.N.S.W., with more than half the runs still to get. Mindful that there are plenty of overs remaining, after Steve retired, Dave Benson and Mark Delaney batted sensibly until drinks and for a period afterwards, when the opposition bowlers, lead by Mesar, lifted notably. Mark batted carefully to ensure there was not a collapse, especially after drinks, when only seventy more runs were required. After surviving hitting a catch straight to mid off, he then fell to the persistent Mesar. His innings included two fours, one a very nice back cut.

Richard Bryant then came and went quickly, again caught off Mesar and the match was once more in the balance.

Having dealt with an alarming muscle spasm just minutes earlier, Garry James came to the wicket and slapped a quick 18 runs, including 3 nice boundaries through covers, with Benson remaining the anchor. This cameo finally took the game out of Pennant Hills’ reach. Later, Benson was dropped at deep mid off. It was a difficult chance that was more a prevention of four runs, rather than being a genuine chance, with the fielder doing well to get a hand to the ball.

After James fell, it was left to Benson and Witherden to ‘seal the deal’ for C.C.N.S.W., with Benson releasing the shackles to smack a six and Witherden crashing a four. It was a mature, measured display by Benson, continuing on from his good form displayed against the Kiwis on the recent Nelson tour.

After the game, here’s what they said.

Garry James: “It was important when we batted to take advantage of the shorter boundary, which we did. Pennant Hills are a good side”

Graham Buck: “I wasn’t the one to open the bowling today. My role in the team is more as a death bowler”

Mike Weaver: “Ian Chappell says if you walk, you are disrespecting the umpire”

“I thought Rich Bryant did very well to come up with his two successive maiden overs, it was just what the doctor ordered at that stage of the game.”

Craig Somers: I’ve adopted some aspects of Steve Smith’s batting technique this season”
Next game and final Competition game for C.C.N.S.W. is against third placed Auburn on 5 March, away. Nets will be available at 8pm on the Wednesday prior.

Many thanks to John Munden for his assistance on the day and arranging removal of the covers etc. Congratulations all round to the C.C.N.S.W. squad members participating in this game.
The Team was: – Craig Somers 1, Mike Pinter 9, Mike Weaver (c) 16, Steve Beck 42* ret not out, Brett Favell (w) 35, Mark Delaney 16, David Benson 23*, Richard Bryant 3, Garry James 18, Lee Witherden 8* and Graham Buck dnb

The Result was: –

Pennant Hills: – 9-182 (40 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W: – 7-183 (S. Beck 42* ret; B. Favell 35) (32.5 overs)

By 3 wickets

FoW : – 1- 2 (C. Somers) 2-31 (M. Weaver) 3-31 (M. Pinter) 4-81 (B. Favell) 5-113 (S. Beck) 6-132 (M. Delaney) 7-144 (R. Bryant) 8-175 (G. James)

The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 6-0-27-2; G. Buck 6-0-45-2; D. Benson 6-1-23-0, G. James 9-1-29-2; R. Bryant 5-2-19-1, M. Delaney 3-1-16-1 and S. Beck 5-0-20-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: One to B. Favell
Catches: one each to B Favell (w), S. Beck, D. Benson, R. Bryant, C. Somers and M. Weaver
Run outs: Nil

Player Points: – three points to S. Beck; two points to B. Favell; one point to G. James

City And Suburban Round 13 V Scots Old Boys

At Scots College, Bellevue Hill On Sunday 19 February 2017: Report By Soren Hughes

Despite an apparent forecast of thunderstorms and some pretty serious hailstorms the day prior, the Scots College grounds were lush; the sun was shining and our bowlers began discussing who would benefit most from the gentle breeze which made for some very comfortable conditions.

Bowling first, we contained their openers quite well early, Nick Saady led the charge and contained the openers to just two scoring shots in his first four overs and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. After we removed the less apt opening batsmen, a left handed batsman, recruited by Scots and who had played a few games for Queensland, walked out with esteem.

Although we fielded well, and especially well when referring to anything fielded by Jonty Hall, the boundary was found numerous times by the former Queenslander. It seemed that whenever we could get him off strike, we would take a wicket. Tom Robertson started the collapse with some nasty short bowling, soon followed by Paul Nash and Leroy Maurer who picked up a wicket each. Not to be outdone, Mick McCormick removed the Queenslander and we looked like picking Scots up cheaply at 5-76 after 20 overs.

Through sustained pressure, we continued to take wickets. Leroy bagged another, Nick Saady returned with a wicket maiden and Ian Allmey palmed one to Ed Smith in slips to railroad Scots to 8-117 after 31 overs. With Tom sinking another one with the last ball of his seven over spell (yes, he bowled seven in a row with nil extras), we were considering whether to give some runs away to make a game of it. Apparently the last three batsmen was listening, and put on 43 from the last four overs and we were chasing 161.

Curtis Murray and Ed Smith opened, Ed got a good one early which he touched and walked off early in the name of good captaincy. Curtis dug in, first finding the boundary after his 29th ball. Paul Nash kept the book ticking over but succumbed to the first ball of the change bowler on 11. Leroy Maurer picked up the run rate with a quick fire 19 but found a fielder and Curtis Murray soon fell for 8. We were 4-52 at drinks with some work to be done.

Jonty Hall hit a couple well before departing for 8. Mick McCormick (22) then rose to the occasion. He let his bat do the talking and made his mark on the Scots College building, almost smashing a window and leaving a nice red cherry on its polished exterior. This inspired Alton Van Straalen to an innings to remember, bludgeoning four sixes and five boundaries in quick time. Alton’s repertoire included a six which hit the roof of the four storey library building and rolled onto Cranbrook Road.

With Mick McCormick making a move for the change rooms, Ian Allmey casually plundered 22 and was probably looking for more when he found the cover fieldsman standing 15 metres deeper than usual. Alton edged one on 49 and it was 11 to get from four overs at 8-150. Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes took care of it, leaving Nick Saady without a bat and keen to come back and play a few games for us next season.

Well done gents, another win from an enjoyable day’s play. Where was Weaves with the flag?

The Team was:- Curtis Murray (w) 8, Ed Smith (c) 0, Paul Nash 11, Leroy Maurer 19, Mick McCormick 22, Jonty Hall 8, Alton Van Straalen 49, Ian Allmey 22, Tom Robertson 5*, Soren Hughes 5*, Nick Saady (dnb).

The Result was: –

Scots Old Boys: – 9-160 (G. Moncrieff 48*; L. Kahler 45) (35 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-162 (A. Van Straalen 49; M. McCormick 22, I. Allmey 22) (32.1 overs)

By two wickets

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-0-50-2, N Saady 7-3-12-1, P. Nash 7-0-37-1, T. Robertson 7-0-35-2, L. Maurer 4-2-10-2, M. McCormick 2-1-9-1, E. Smith 1-0-4-0.

FoW: – 1-0 (E. Smith) 2-21 (P. Nash), 3-44 (L. Maurer), 4-51 (C. Murray), 5-65 (J. Hall), 6-112 (M. McCormick), 7-150 (I. Allmey), 8-150 (A. Van Straalen)
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: none

Catches: 2 to C. Murray (w), 1 to E. Smith, L. Maurer and M. McCormick

Run outs: None

Social Game V The XXIX Club At The Albert Ground, Melbourne

At The Albert Ground, Melbourne On Thursday 8 February 2017: Report By Tom Robertson

Clear blue skies greeted us at the magnificent Albert Ground. The outfield is pure carpet and the square is impeccable. Five of us had flown down but the side was mostly filled with the C.C.N.S.W. Victorian contingent. A fine bunch of people they are as well. (Ed note: David Byrnes who was to captain, had to pull out at the last minute because of the health of his father who was to die on the Friday; Tom Robertson took over as Captain and Steven Mihelakos kindly guested for us)

As captain, I wanted to field first as we have historically batted first and have never posted a decent total. XXIXers skipper Mark was unsure of my proposal thinking I was somehow scheming. Little did he know of the depth of his counterpart. We eventually tossed and I won sending the now confused and dazed captain back to the sheds to pad up. A good start.

Joe Scarcella and Will Blair (Jnr) opened up and were bowling well with mostly dot balls except for the odd slash over the infield. Will struck first with a classic top of off ball. Will looks like he could have some real wheels in a few years. Joe bowled well until the wind changed and Peter Sherman came on to bowl spin. He was immediately effective with some nice drift and spin. Things were going our way and wickets were falling from tight accurate bowling.

Will hit the stumps again and things felt in control, yet I had a feeling that the XXIXers had something up their sleeve. Scarcella swung round to the city end and Sherman bowled out his seven getting three wickets with a nice catch behind by Steve Kish.

Spinners were operating from the hotel end with mixed success and Billy Blair (Snr) was bowling an impeccable line from the city end. Straight after drinks Lachlan Stonehouse took a screamer at first slip off Billy Blair (Snr): – pure class from a seasoned pro.

Numbers 8 and 9 proved hard to budge and a decent total was now looming. With a few lbws we were lucky to stop the end of innings launch and trimmed the score down to 155. Something I thought we could run down.

A quick changeover ensued and we were underway with Euan Robertson and Steve Mihelakos. Mihelakos played some classic opening batsman’s shots quickly getting to 18 before succumbing to the short one and being caught at fine leg. Looks like another talented Victorian that should be playing for C.C.N.S.W. whenever he can. Steve Kish and William Stonehouse (Jnr) both went for ducks and an air of panic struck the mentally fragile visiting captain.

Lachlan Stonehouse strode out with an air of confidence (not sure what he bases that on). Euan Robertson (11) then fell but had done some good work in seeing off the openers. Stuart Stockdale came in and swung hard with what looked like revenge on a club that didn’t pick him for this fixture. He tried his luck once too many times and was bowled for a handy 10.

That bought Bill Blair (Snr) out to bat with Lachlan Stonehouse and I had quietly put a lot on this partnership. Stonehouse played beautifully off his legs and swung hard (and mostly missed) outside off. An area that definitely needs work there Lachlan, cheers mate.

He then let one go that careered straight into off stump. Whoops! It was however a well crafted 42. Tom Robertson then joined Bill Blair (Snr) and got off the mark with a well timed cover drive and felt like chasing the total down by himself. A few lusty blows later and he was on his way (15) leaving Billy and the tail hopefully to get 38 more.

Ken Yardy (9) batted well with Billy getting us 17 closer. William Blair (Jnr) came out and joined Dad for only a few balls smashing one straight to mid off. 20 to get with one wicket left and six overs left. Nerve racking!

Joe Scarcella played smart cricket defending when he needed to and ran well. It all came down to the last over with Billy Blair (Snr) on strike and 4 to get (or so we thought at the time, turned out we only needed 2). Billy hit a single and the pressure was on Joe Scarcella. He drew upon his wealth of experience and he manoeuvred a bye. Go Joey!!

We have been without a win for some time against the XXIXers so this was a sweet victory. A great day was had with a great bunch of guys and absolutely fantastic hospitality. I know that I’ll always be first to put my hand up for this fixture and I definitely won’t be flying back on the same day as it cuts short spending time with our wonderful hosts.

Now we just need someone to bring the C.C.N.S.W. flag back (Ed note Joe Scarcella capped a triumphant day by recovering the flag)

The Team was (playing 12):- Euan Robertson 11, Steven Mihelakos 18, Steve Kish (w) 0, William Stonehouse 0, Lachlan Stonehouse 42, Stuart Stockdale 10, Billy Blair (Snr) 33*, Tom Robertson (c) 15, Ken Yardy 9, William Blair (Jnr) 0, and Joe Scarcella 3*; Peter Sherman (dnb)

The Result was: –

XXIX Club: – 10-155 (P. Sherman 3-28, W. Blair (Snr) 3-27) (33.1 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: 9 – 156 (L. Stonehouse 42; W. Blair (Snr) 33*) (34.2 overs)

By one wicket

FoW: – 1-28 (S. Mihelakos) 2-29 (S. Kish),3-29 (W. Stonehouse), 4-43 (Euan Robertson), 5-63 (S. Stockdale), 6-85 (L. Stonehouse), 7-118 (T. Robertson), 8-135 (K. Yardy), 9-138 (W. Blair (Jnr ))

The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 7-0-23-1, W, Blair (Jnr) 7-1-33-2, P. Sherman 7-1-28-3, W. Stonehouse 2-0-7-0, W. Blair (Snr) 7-1-27-3, Euan Robertson 2-0-16-0, L. Stonehouse 1-0-13-0, S. Mihelakos 1-0-1-0, T. Robertson 0.1-0-0-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: none

Catches: 2 to S. Kish; One each to T. Robertson and L. Stonehouse.

Run outs: None

C&S Jack Pace Quarter Final V Nondescripts C.C.

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 5 February 2017: Report By Tom Robertson

A real stinker (c 380) greeted us for our Jack Pace Quarter Final. Our last encounter against Nondescripts took a freakish 9th wicket partnership between Ed and Pete Crooks to save us. Hopefully this time round would not require such theatre.

Ed lost the toss and Nondos batted. Damien Langley and Soren Hughes started up, Damien with his relentless line and Soren with his swing and wobble. It was a steady start by both teams with our intensity not quite up to finals standard. Euan Robertson kept his catching standard going with an unbroken 17 catches in all forms of cricket he has played (except for when he kept 1 time but that’s not counted!) to dismiss their opener at gully. David Byrnes bowled beautifully without luck. One lbw appeal does come to mind which may have changed the outcome of the game.

Numbers 3 to 5 looked good and put on 40 odd each until falling when preparing to launch. Soren finished fantastically with a flurry of 4 wickets which gave him 5-32 for the game. Soren’s death bowling is quite outstanding.

Apart from that it was a non-eventful 35 overs. C.C.N.S.W. really didn’t apply finals pressure to Nondos and we had our work cut out to chase a very competitive 8-187.

A very average afternoon tea followed with only one player providing savoury and the rest of the players only shop bought rubbish (Ed note: censored! Tom used a more pithy expletive). Sorry had to get that off my chest.

We opened with two Robertsons, Tom and Euan and after 3 balls there was one. If we really put thought into this game we would have made an effort to see off the openers and smash the very average other bowlers. A few lbws later and we were in a real pickle. Sam Millar (65) was playing fantastically with his highly illegal bat. With Sam at the crease there was real hope we could chase this down. Ed Smith (36) played another great innings showing his worth even without being able to bowl.

A steady flow of wickets ensured we’d fall short and we did.

The real take away from this game is that we need to want it. There was little pressure applied to other team when they were batting. Batting was poorly thought out (I led the way here). Next year we need to lift that intensity or we won’t make the finals.

The Team was:- Tom Robertson 0, Euan Robertson 8, Paul Nash 5, Damien Langley 10, Sam Millar 65, David Byrnes 2, Ed Smith (c) 36, Soren Hughes 17*, Luke Duggan 1, Peter Crooks 11, Matt Rennick (w) 0

The Result was: –

Nondescripts C.C.: – 8-187 (S. Hughes 5-32) (35 overs)


C.C.N.S.W: 10 – 165 (S. Millar 65) (33 overs)

FoW: – 1- 0 (T. Robertson) 2-9 (P. Nash) 3-22 (D. Langley) 4-39 (Euan Robertson) 5-42 (D. Byrnes) 6-130 (S. Millar) 7-136 (E. Smith) 8-141 (L. Duggan) 9-165 (P. Crooks) 10-166 (M. Rennick)

The Bowling was: – D. Langley 7-2-23-0, S. Hughes 7-0-32-5, D. Byrnes 7-0-14-0, L. Duggan 5-0-29-2, P. Crooks 3-0-16-0, S. Millar 5-0-52-1, P. Nash 2-0-16-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: 2 to Tom Robertson; One to each of P. Crooks and Euan Robertson
Run outs: None

Social Game V Ramblers C.C, Nelson, New Zealand

At Saxton Oval, Nelson On Monday 30 January: Report By Euan Robertson

Back row: Mike Pinter; Rob Bevilacqua; Dave Benson ; Mike Weaver; Stuart Ridge; Soren Hughes
Front Row: Rodger Robertson (Tour Manager); John Wise; Greg Brooks; Tom Robertson (c); Steve Kish (w); Euan Robertson ;James Morrison

The C.C.N.S.W. New Zealand tourists pulled off their third win of the tour and neither the cricketers nor bar staff of Nelson will forget us in a hurry.

The game was played against the Ramblers at Saxton Oval, Nelson’s international ground which has hosted a number of One Day Internationals. We played on a third day wicket which was fractionally slow but true. The boundaries were long but the outfield was like carpet and it was a privilege to play there.

We were invited to bat (clearly word had spread about our chasing ability) and Euan Robertson and Mike Pinter opened. Both openers looked comfortable but both were run out for 9 and 13 respectively. I can’t remember Greenidge and Haynes both running themselves out in the one innings but that probably reflects a lack of ambition on their part.

Rob Bevilaqua mistimed one to mid-on and we were in a fraction of trouble at 3 for 44.

Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes steadied the ship, each reaching the mandatory retirement score of 40. Tommy in particular scored quickly, slashing with his usual panache.

From there, everyone made a contribution. Dave Benson made 26 before being bowled. Jimmy Morrison, finally playing for us rather than against us, made 38 and Mick Weaver made 22 despite suffering from a sore back. Jim and Mick hit only one boundary each but ran themselves into the ground with a series of singles, twos and threes.

Skipper for the day Greg Brooks hit some familiar chunky drives for 17 while Steve Kish and Stuart Ridge both swung hard in the last over to both be left 4*. A score of 231 looked a good one on a very large ground.

We opened with Stuart Ridge and Soren Hughes. Ridge’s bowling was a master class, using in-swing and a good length to keep the batsmen under pressure. His first wicket was caught by Tom Robertson at cover, the second a brilliant catch to Steve Kish standing up behind the stumps.

Soren Hughes chipped in with an lbw and when we shuffled our bowlers after 10 overs, the Ramblers were just 3 for 24.

John Wise (1 for 27) and Dave Benson (2 for 24) kept things tight and took important wickets. When Tommy Robertson strangled a batsman down the leg side for another Kish catch, Ramblers were 7 for 83 after 26 overs and the game was effectively over.

In a twist, Ramblers had held back two of their stronger batsmen, Cam McLean and Graham De Feu who both hit some big shots, including the only sixes of the match. Both retired on forty and they had taken the Ramblers to within striking distance.

However quality death bowling from Soren (1 for 43) and Ridge (2 for 21) saw us home comfortably by 31 runs.

We then spent an entertaining half hour with both teams watching the final overs of Australia v New Zealand in the dressing room as Marcus Stoinis took the Australians to the brink of victory. Kiwi faces around the room looked dark before Trans Tasman relations were saved by a late run out and a New Zealand win.

The Team was (playing 12):- Euan Robertson 9, Mike Pinter 13, Rob Bevilaqua 5, Tom Robertson 41 (retired), Soren Hughes 40 (retired), Dave Benson 26, Jim Morrison 38, Mick Weaver 22, Greg Brooks (c) 17, Stuart Ridge 4*, Steve Kish (w) 4*, John Wise dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 7-231 (T. Robertson 41* ret not out, Soren Hughes 40* ret not out, Jim Morrison 38) (40 overs)


Ramblers 7-200 (S. Ridge 2 for 21, D. Benson 2 for 24) (40 overs)

By 31 runs

FoW: – 1-16 (E. Robertson); 2-25 (R. Bevilaqua); 3-44 (M. Pinter); 4-136 (D. Benson); 5-189 (M. Weaver); 6-213 (J. Morrison); 7-216 (G. Brooks)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 8-2-21-2; S. Hughes 8-2-43-1; J. Wise 8-1-27-1; Dave Benson 7-1-24-2; Euan Robertson 3-0-28-0, Tom Robertson 3-0-16-1; J. Morrison 2-0-14-0; R. Bevilaqua 1-0-16-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: Two to S. Kish, one each to T. Robertson and M. Pinter

Classics Round 8 V Western Suburbs Cavaliers C.C.

At Bland Oval, Riverwood On Sunday 29 January, 2017: Report By Garry Winney

A warm day greeted us at the small ground but with longish grass, this meant fours hard to come by unless well struck and landing near the boundary. C.C.N.S.W. lost the toss but thankfully they decided to bowl (as one of their bowlers needed to leave early). We thought 200 to be a good score.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Prianta Kariawasam opened against a medium pace swing attack. Raga started with a crisp four then a lofted straight 6 as Prianta worked the singles until he lost patience and was bowled for 11 (1-33 off 8). John Mesar came in but we soon lost Raga for 27 caught off a full toss, a leading edge while going for a boundary, 2-42 then John was also caught off a leading edge for 2 (these big bats leading edges carry a long way these days). Now 3-44 and time for recovery needed. Mick McCormick and Bandula Wijesinghe did just that as they slowly got themselves settled in before hitting a few boundaries to have us 3-75 at drinks.

Bandula was stumped shortly after when he played over a leg-spinner which bounced over the keeper’s gloves, hit him in the chest, flew in the air and landed on the bails – unlucky, out for a well compiled 16, 4-89. Mick and Wasantha Hettiarachchi (“Wasa”) accelerated to a run a ball with lots of ones and twos and occasional boundaries until Mick retired at 30* (3×4), a well paced innings that was really needed. Ajoy Roy showed his intentions with a four and a 6. However Wasa was stumped for 19 but it was an impressive style of innings, 5-131.

Peter Hall and Ajoy did plenty of quick (?) singles until Ajoy in the humidity was unwell and retired hurt at 26*. Garry winey joined Peter and again the quick ones re-started. Peter hit a towering straight 6 and two crisp boundaries but was bowled for 22 going for the runs. Now 6-163 off 35 overs. Jay Patel came in; more ones until Garry was bowled hoiking for 7,

Now 7-175, until Paul Georgiadis and Jay added a rapid fire 19 to get a near par score 7-194. Jay scored a quick 25*. Paul was able to block the ball to the bowler, call a single, bowler missed the throw at the bowler’s stumps resulting in an easy single, well played Paul.

With a defendable score, Raga and Paul Georgiadis opened bowling in their usual miserly ways, always a good line and length and stifle the runs. Paul took an early wicket clipping top of off stump, while they could only manage one boundary in the first 10 overs. Raga finally was rewarded bowling batsman No.3, now 2-27 off 11 overs. Paul followed up two overs later taking a sharp c & b wicket, 3-37. John Mesar and Mick McCormick continued the tight line process and by drinks they were 3-55.

John Mesar was unlucky to narrowly miss bowling out their No. 4 but got him next ball that cut back in, 4-68. One of their batsmen also suffered from the humidity and went off retired hurt. Mick then got his reward with the next bat out lbw for 0, 5-89. Now the spinners turn as Wasa and Jay Patel continued. Their tail plundered a few big hits but Peter Hall took a fine nick behind, then a stumping both off Jay. Garry Winney had a captain’s over to finish off as they needed more than 36 off the last over. Peter Hall again did a fine stumping after nearly having his head knocked off by their No. 11 trying some Big Bash shots swinging wildly back through the keeper. Total 9-143

A good all round team effort by both our batsmen and the bowlers with Peter Hall’s keeping a high standard as usual.

The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 27, Prianta Kariawasan 11, John Mesar 2, Mick McCormick 30* ret, not out; Bandula Wijesinghe 16, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 19, Ajoy Roy 26* ret hurt; Peter Hall 22, Garry Winney 7, Jay Patel 25*, Paul Georgiadis 2*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: – 7-194 (M. McCormick 30* ret not out; A. Roy 26* ret hurt) (40 overs)


Western Suburbs Cavaliers: – 9-143 (40 overs)

By 49 runs

FoW: – 1- 33 (P. Kariawasam), 2-42 (S. Ragavan), 3-44 (J. Mesar), 4- 89 (B. Wijesinghe), 5-131 (W. Hettiarachchi), 6-163 (P. Hall), 7-175 (G. Winney)

The Bowling was: – S. Ragavan 7-1-19-1, P. Georgiadis 8-1-21-2, J. Mesar 5-0-9-1, M. McCormick 6-0-25-1,W. Hettiarachchi 8-0-33-1, J. Patel 5-0-27-2, G. Winney 1-0-3-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Two to P. Hall (w)
Catches: one to P. Hall
Run outs: Nil

Player points: – Three points to M. McCormick; Two points to W. Hettiarachchi ; One point to P. Hall.