SOCIAL GAME v VICTORIA BARRACKS XI FOR THE BARRACKERS’ CUP AT VICTORIA
BARRACKS, OXFORD STREET ON THURSDAY 5 MARCH 2020:
Game cancelled by rain
(Editor’s note) It was
the Victoria Barracks player who in the 1850s, originally developed what became
the SCG; they also claim that their soldier spectators who came from the
Barracks and supported them are the originators of the term “to barrack” as
used in Australia. (This is disputed by
etymologists who ascribe the term either to Melbourne or Ireland)
C.C.N.S.W. was invited
by Cricket NSW to represent the civilian population of NSW v the Army at the
SCG to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the
SCG. Arising from that game C.C.N.S.W. and the Army jointly bought “The
Barrackers’ Cup” which is kept in the Army Museum at Victoria Barracks and
occasionally at the request of the C.C.N.S.W. Match Manager brought out on the
The ball with which
C.C.N.S.W. bowled in the150th anniversary game can be seen in the SCG Museum.
To quote from the Army
“Victoria Barracks is
one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The
Regency-style Victoria Barracks were designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George
Barney, who also built Fort Denison and reconstructed Circular Quay. Most of
barracks was constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and
1849. The barracks were occupied by British troops up until 1870 and then taken
over by the New South Wales colonial forces. After the Federation in 1901,
Victoria Barracks housed the various headquarters responsible for administering
and co-ordinating the military. Between 1931 and 1936 the barracks was home to
the Royal Military College of Australia and from July 1938 to July 1940 it also
housed the Command and Staff School. Today, Victoria Barracks is home to the
Headquarters of Forces Command. The Barracks are widely considered to be one of
the best examples of a military barracks in the world”
C&S ROUND 14 v BEAVERS AT
CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON
SUNDAY 8 MARCH 2020: REPORT BY MARK
Who put the
covers on the pitch? (Editor’s Note: Sydney University 5th
Grade) Two overlapping covers had both drained onto the pitch,
leaving one end unusable. The Beavers skipper was adamant that play could only
take place from the Mallet Street end, and an extra 30 minutes was given to
allow some “drying” to take place on a humid afternoon.
won the toss, and inserted the Beavers to bat. There were a couple of Beavers
that swung hard and send the ball out of the park, but for the most part, the
quicker bowlers kept on top. Notable was Mick Tarrant’s spell of 2-10.
continued the good work, all amongst the wickets, and the result was that
C.C.N.S.W. were chasing 117 for the win. The team was confident at the break,
although the afternoon tea had descended into a mere shadow of the glory days
earlier in the season.
Well… Good batsmen don’t get bowled. Not like the top 4. 4-19. Not the best
start, and it only got worse until at 8-35, Jim Hadley joined Soren Hughes at
the crease. Gloom descended.
single here, a leg bye there… a partnership developed. Hadley’s consecutive 6s
off the spinner broke the atmosphere of doom. From then on C.C.N.S.W. believed
they were in the game. C.C.N.S.W. were well on top with an over to play when
Hadley’s third 6 threatened the life of some unsuspecting spectators.
was an unthinkable win, a great escape, by 2 wickets with 1 delivery to spare.
The perfect way (as it turned out later with our final game v Primary club called off)
to finish the season for the C&S side, followed by a few icy beverages on
The Team was: – Richard Clark 0, Tom Robertson 5, Scott Williams 8,Mitch Hetherington
(w) 4, Brett Favell 1, Martin Speiser 4, Sam Skoulis 2, Soren Hughes 34*, Mick
Tarrant 0. Jim Hadley 44* (c) and Mark Henwood dnb
C&S ROUND 13 v REG BARTLEY XI
AT REG BARTLEY OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS
BAY ON SUNDAY 1 MARCH 2020:REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES
The early arrivers
spent the midday looking at the history of Reg Bartley Oval at Rushcutters Bay,
neatly posted on the walls of the upper tier of the grandstand. The oval has
been picketed since around 1908 and at one stage had two grandstands before
being burnt down and rebuilt twice, the most recent and subsisting built in the
Reg Bartley didn’t see
the tides on their way in from Bondi, unlike our fearless captain Jim Hadley,
who declared we were to bowl first and take advantage of the then outgoing
tide. Rumour has it that it makes a difference but others say “pitch with no covers difficult”
and that has been the truth.
We opened with Soren
Hughes and Max Jeffrey. Max clearly younger, fitter, faster and inspired by the
picturesque surrounds. Soren missed out on a couple of good lbw shouts before
getting one to jag bat finding a batsman not playing a shot and getting fired
lbw. Max was unlucky not to get a wicket but went for almost nothing. Mitch
Sturt and Craig Fletcher bowled tidily and by drinks they were two for about
35. Mitch clearly feeling athletic with an amazing caught and bowled. ‘Jono’ Shaw continued the tidy spell and
picked up two wickets with Jim Hadley copping a bit of stick for once at the
other end although he did put in a submission for best caught and bowled of the
day. Judges are still deliberating. With ‘Fletch’ back for more and nothing
doing on a crumbly pitch, Jim thought a charity few overs of leg spin from
Ezekiel Hughes would be interesting. The young bloke, 13 years old, delivered 3
bowled and a stumped from 3 overs before Max Jeffry cleaned up the last wicket.
Reg Bartley were all out for 117. Tea was memorable and Reg Bartley put out a
The batting started
positively although Mike Beergah missed out early. Tom Robertson and Max Jeffry
were seeing the ball well, although Tom found a reason to hit the showers at
20. Brett Favell took up where Tom left off and Max missed out on a bigger
score. Declan Thomas was our stayer and stayed around while a flakey middle
order rolled in and out like models at a fashion parade. Maybe the pitch was
getting worse, but we turned to Jim Hadley to get us home.
Jim dug in and smacked
a couple of boundaries with ‘Fletch’
standing by after Declan Thomas was
caught short on a second run. In what was a very close and low scoring game, we
came out ahead with two balls and two wickets spare. Excellent result for us
and a lovely day out with the season drawing to a close.
The Team was: – Mike Beergah 2, Tom Robertson 19, Max Jeffrey 15, Brett Favell 20, Declan
Thomas 23 (w), Mitch Sturt 0, Jonathon Shaw 1, Soren Hughes 1, Jim Hadley (c) 12*, Craig
Fletcher 0*, Ezekiel Hughes dnb
FoW: – 1– 7 (M. Beergah); 2-38 (T. Robertson); 3-38
(M. Jeffrey); 4-79 (B. Favell); 5-80 (M. Sturt); 6-84 (J. Shaw); 7-85 (S.
Hughes); 8-101 (D. Thomas).
The Bowling was: – Soren Hughes 5-0-17-1; M. Jeffrey 5.5-3-4-1;
M. Sturt 3-0-6-1; C. Fletcher 5-0-17-0; J. Shaw 6-0-25-2; J. Hadley 5-0-30-1;
Ezekiel Hughes 3-0-16-4
The Fielding was: –
– One to D. Thomas
– 2 to M. Sturt; one to J. Hadley
Player Points: – 3 points to D. Thomas; 2 points to M. Jeffrey; One point to J. Shaw.
CLASSICS ROUND 10 v LANE COVE AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 1
MARCH 2020: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE
We removed the covers on a humid day at Camperdown to discover a well
grassed wicket with a little moisture on the surface. C.C.N.S.W. won the toss
and after a short deliberation, the temptation was too much for the skipper Stuart Ridge. who decided to make first use of
The opening attack of Ridge and Mick Tarrant each took an over to find
their radar before, with only 2 runs on the board, the decision was more than
vindicated as 3 wickets in 4 balls left Lane Cove reeling. Stuart picked up 2
assisted by a sharp catch in the gully from David Benson and a one handed
screamer from Glenn Mortell behind the stumps, then Scott Wells took another
smart catch in the gully off Mick’s first ball of the next over.
Lane Cove were now in survival mode. The ball was jagging around from
both ends with Mick Tarrant beating the
outside edge as well as being unlucky with a couple of close LBW shouts. Just
as they looked like seeing out the opening spells, their number 4 shouldered
arms to a big in-swinger from Stuart to lose his off stump and leave them at
4-7 in the 9th over.
Benson and Andrew Spedding then took up the attack and after a couple of
looseners, also started hitting awkward lengths. A couple of boundaries looked
to have eased the pressure before a double wicket maiden from ‘Speds’, including two more tidy catches
behind to Glenn Mortell. There was no let up in his next over and another
great finger tip catch from Peter Nielsen at slip rounded out the first session
with Lane Cove at 7-34.
Mike Weaver and Garry James resumed after drinks as Lane Cove staged a
minor recovery putting on 27 for the 8th wicket. Garry finally broke
the partnership nipping one back through the gate, Stuart returned to hit the
top of middle stump for his fourthand the innings was wrapped
up at 71 all out with a simple return catch to Wells off Garry.
Mike Pinter and Nielsen began the C.C.N.S.W. reply watchfully but the
Lane Cove experiment of opening with leg spin provided too many wayward balls
and after 6 overs we had already reached 32. Pinter raced to 24 putting
away the loose stuff and confidently punching twos off the back foot off the
seamer. He looked well set for a 30 then in keeping with many of the earlier
dismissals got an awkward lifter, nicking one to first slip. Scott Wells got
off the mark with a well struck boundary before another slip catch sent him
back early, Peter Nielsen fell lbw and new player Marcus Van Vugt was bowled to
leave us at 4-45 after 10 overs. A larger target may have caused a few more
jitters but Weaver (19*) and Benson (10*) played solidly to knock off the
remaining runs for a comfortable win in the 17th over.
A good bowling performance in helpful conditions was backed up by the
best display of catching anyone could remember from a C.C.N.S.W. Classics team,
with six sharp chances behind the wicket and in the cordon all taken, including
three to wicketkeeper Glenn Mortell. There was still some assistance in
the wicket for the Lane Cove bowlers but quick early runs and a solid closing
partnership meant that even a minor collapse caused little drama.
The Team was: – PeterNielsen 8, Mike Pinter
24, Scott Wells 5, Mike Weaver 19*, Marcus Van Vugt 4, David Benson 10*, Glenn
Mortell (w) dnb, Andrew Spedding dnb, Mike Tarrant dnb, Garry James dnb,
Stuart Ridge (c) dnb
The Result was:-
Lane Cove: – 10-71 (S. Ridge 4-8; A. Spedding 3-11) (28.1 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-74 (M. Pinter 24) (17 overs)
By 6 wickets
FoW: – 1– 32 (M. Pinter); 2-37 (S. Wells); 3-45 (P.
Nielsen); 4-45 (M. Van Vugt)
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-4-8-4; M. Tarrant 6-0-10-1; A.
Spedding 4-2-11-3; D. Benson 5-0-12-0; G. James 3.1-0-12-2; M. Weaver 3-0-14-0.
The Fielding was: –
– 3 to G. Mortell (w); 2 to S. Wells;
one to both D. Benson and P. Nielsen
– Nil Player Points: – 3 points to S. Ridge; 2 points to A. Spedding; One
point to G. Mortell
C&S ROUND 12 v HUNTERS HILL AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2020:
Hunters Hill forfeited on the Friday with only 6 players
MASTERS ROUND 9 v BURWOOD AT
GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD ON SUNDAY
23 FEBRUARY 2020: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
C.C.N.S.W. Masters have unfortunately lost their first game in 2020, against
Burwood at Goddard Park, Concord. C.C.N.S.W. won the toss, batted first and
were dismissed for just 73 runs on a slow pitch. Tom Robertson and Ian Allmey
shared a useful partnership and ‘Jono’ Shaw made a determined 17*. Otherwise,
no one else got going in what was a rusty display with the willow.
field, the team turned up to make Burwood work very hard for the runs. Five
wickets were taken and Burwood were made to bat for 31 overs. A typically
determined display with the new ball by Lee Witherden led the bowling brigade
to give C.C.N.S.W. hope. He was well supported by Andrew Dadswell, both men
bowling a full complement of nine overs each. Further special mention to Tim
Croft who showed great bowling skill in his first match for the club and Jono
Shaw who also tried hard with ball in hand.
The Team was: – Mike Weaver (c) lbw 1; Tom Robertson c 20; Ian Allmey c 15;
Luke Holman b 0; Lee. Witherden c 2; Tim. Croft c 1; Micheal Dahl b 1; Jonathon
Shaw 17*; Ben Stanic r.o. 5 ; Andrew Dadswell lbw 5; Craig Fletcher c 0.
The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 9-2-21-1; T.
Croft 5-1-8-0; A. Dadswell 9-3-10-2; J. Shaw 5-0-1-16-1; B. Stanic 2-0-8-0; L.
The Fielding was: –
– One to each of C. Fletcher, T. Robertson
and B. Stanic
– 2: One each to M. Dahl and L.
Player Points: – 3 points to A. Dadswell; 2 points to J. Shaw; One point to L. Witherden.
VINTAGE ROUND 12 v SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 23 FEBRUARY 2020: REPORT BY PETER ROLLS
Lesson: Try to avoid letting good players get
Firstly, let me
officially apologise to Ajoy Roy for my misunderstanding of his intentions
which caused embarrassment to him and the team. Lucky we are all friends and
the game finished in good spirit. To elaborate, Ajoy noticed one of the
Highlands opening bats leaving the non-strikers crease before Paul released the
ball when bowling. A rule brought in a couple of years ago that you cannot
leave the crease until the ball is released. A rule most of us were probably
unaware but Ajoy was aware. Ajoy asked me during Paul’s spell if we should try
to run him out. I mistook this for a fielder to try and run him out and said
yes. Ajoy meant the bowler. Ie. Better known as a “Mankad”. Paul finished his
spell and I asked Ajoy to bowl the next over from the same end. First ball Ajoy
took off the bails at non-strikers end with the batsman out of his crease and
the umpire gave him out. As Captain, I called back the batsman and gave him a
warning. To Ajoy’s credit, another batsman did the same thing a few overs later
of leaving his crease and Ajoy gave him a warning. It appears many batsmen do
not know the new rule. A lesson for
batsman in our club to remember.
Well done to Garry for
getting the team on the park.
A 26°C overcast/sunny
day. Southern Highlands won the toss and
decided to bat on what looked like a wicket with a bit in it after a brief
shower on it mid-morning after the covers were taken off in the early
morning. Turned out to be a true deck.
Southern Highlands innings:
Joe Scarcella and Paul
Georgiadis bowled a very good channel which restricted them in the first 6
overs to only 15 runs. Paul’s strategy of bowling outside off stump worked with
a skyed drive to Peter Rolls at mid off for our first wicket in the tenth over
with the score on 38. Joe and Paul bowled their 7 overs each with score on 49.
Joe deserved a wicket for his efforts.
John Mesar and Ajoy Roy
took over and Ajoy bowled their number 3 with a “jaffa”. 2 for 49. Both bowled
5 overs of disciplined medium pace and after 20 overs Highlands were 2 for 62.
John Mesar was also to came back on at the end to bowl 2 overs when needed by
his skipper. No easy feat after cooling down.
Garry Winney came on
with their Australian Over 60 rep and NSW Over 60 rep in full swing but still
bowled two respectable overs. They soon retired at 30*. Jay Patel also came on
and was respected and rewarded with our third wicket in the thirtieth over with
the score on 110. We had restricted them
Jim Robson (‘Jungles’) came on and caused carnage for
both teams. With help by good catches by Jay Patel, David Wright (w) and Peter
Rolls, he got four wickets in four overs
including just missing on a hat trick to have them 8 for 136 in the thirty
fifth over but also allowed their stars to get recycled with five overs to
go. BIG mistake. Peter Jensen
(Australian rep) punishing us to all parts of the boundary to score 82* and
force their total to 8-189 off 40 overs.
A very big task of 4.75 runs an over required to get
190. Garry Winney and John Mesar opened and saw us through six very tight overs
by the Highlanders. At 2 for 22 after ten overs it was always going to be a
Greg Brooks and ‘Jungles’
gave us some hope with a combination of power hitting, finesse late cuts and
smart singles. Both retiring at 30* after lifting the run rate, to be 3 for 87
off twenty eight overs. Peter Rolls was out to a freakish reflex one handed
catch at fly slip. Ross Dalgleish followed soon after out lbw.
Joe Scarcella was out caught behind and Ajoy Roy
played an entertaining cameo using Garry Winney as a runner (as Ajoy was
cramped up after bowling). Ajoy was almost stumped when the keeper took the
bails off and instinctively turned to square leg for the appeal. The umpire was
at point and so Garry (the runner) made the reply from square leg that he was
not out! However, a couple of overs later Garry was run out. Amazing how this
game creates fun stories!
Jay Patel and Paul Georgiadis struck a boundary each
before departing. Greg Brooks recycled with David Wright at the non-striker end but he did not get to
face a ball with Greg holding out on the boundary for last wicket. ‘Jungles’ retired out as he had to leave
at 5.30pm to see his son Sam before he departed to England for County cricket.
Would make no difference to the outcome of the game as with 34.5 overs gone, we
had almost used 35 overs.
Lesson learned to make sure recycled opposition
batsmen don’t get too many overs at the end. We all enjoyed each others company
and shared new stories.
The Team was: – GarryWinney 4, John Mesar 3,
Greg Brooks 32, Jim Robson 31*, Peter Rolls (c) 12, Ross Dalgleish 2, Joe Scarcella
6, Ajoy Roy 9, Jay Patel 4, Paul Georgiadis 6, David Wright (w) 0*
The Result was:-
Southern Highlands: – 8-189 (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-114 (G. Brooks 32; J. Robson 31*) (34.5 overs)
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 11 v “THE SHORT COVERS” AT MP3, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK WEST ON WEDNESDAY 12 FEBRUARY 2020:
The Team was (in
batting order): – Luke Eustace 26, Rob Stevenson
(w) 6, Scott Williams 70*, Vidur Tuli 17, Patrick Scott 0, Josh Johnston 5,
Craig Fordham 6 and Jim Hadley (c) 3
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.: – 6 – 142 (S.
Williams 70*) (20 overs)
The Short Covers: 0-143
By 8 wickets
The Bowling was: – S. Williams 3-0-22-0, Vidur Tuli
3-0-25-0, P. Scott 2-0-37-0, J. Johnston 2-0-21-0, C Fordham 2-0-19-0 and Jim Hadley 2-0-18-0
The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: – Nil
Catches: – Nil
Run outs: – Nil
MoM: – P. Scott
C&S ROUND 11 v PADDINGTON AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 15 FEBRUARY 2020: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON
Not making the Jack
Pace Shield Semi had us playing Paddington. Simon James won the toss and sent
us into bat on a greenish wicket. No. 1 Robertson, Edward opened with a
reticent Ian Allmey. Ian seemed to block a few and had the crowd confused. Good
straight bowling had us off to a slow start. Ian was caught and bowled and the
newly escalated Jim Hadley was startled by the shine on the ball (having come
in after 30 overs usually) went second ball. Edward politely guided one
straight to first slip and things were getting a little out of hand. Simon
James and Declan Thomas knuckled down and saw us to drinks. Declan has that
wild left handed waft that all left handers have. Sadly he missed almost all.
He was however still at the crease and safely
guided us to drinks with captain Simon solid at the other end.
Only 55 at drinks so
acceleration was required. Declan was bowled for a well made 24. Tom Robertson
came out and was soon run out by Simon who had bigger goals in his sights (I
jest). The bowling changed to slow and a bit loose. This what we needed to get
us to a competitive total. Mick McCormick went for a duck lbw with Jim Hadley
umpiring and getting real pleasure raising the finger. Soren Hughes was
controversially given run out. Still wouldn’t kill ‘Sooz’ to be able to turn
that ship around quicker.
Mike Beergah and Simon
accelerated at over 10 an over with Simon struggling with the humidity. It was
a truly gritty effort from the soft Pom. Shows they do have some fighting
spirit. They even ran a four near the end. ‘Mikey’ pushed Simon to his hundred.
A fantastic effort. Something I hope he enjoys in reflection as much as we do.
afternoon tea and we’re out there in the field. A slow start had them on the
back foot early. Good bowling from Mick Tarrant and Edward Robertson. Edward
took a few wickets and their Nos.3 and 4 started swinging. They enjoyed the
pace on. All changed when Jim Hadley came on and competent looking batsman looked all at sea. Jimmy removed the
dangerous No. 4 LBW. This may have been recompense for an incident that occurred
earlier. That is left on the field!
Craig Fletcher came on
and dried up the runs. Wow, this is not the ‘Fletch’ I saw in Sri Lanka! Great
line and length from Fletch who removed the No.3. 5 overs for 9 runs. Great
spell of bowling, Fletch. From then it was a constant stream of wickets till a
rear guard action saw Paddington crack 100. Mick McCormick bowled some nice
in-swing and Mike Beergah bowled out some cobwebs.
Good win by the boys
and a few beers with Paddington after is just what C&S is all about.
As a side note, can we
fill a side with just Micks?
The Team was: – Edward Robertson 13, Ian Allmey 1, Jim Hadley 0,
Simon James (c) 113*, Declan Thomas (w) 24, Tom Robertson 15, Mick
McCormick 0, Soren Hughes 5, Michael Beergah 11*, Craig Fletcher dnb, and
Mike Tarrant dnb
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 9 vs ‘THE SADDLE CLUB’ AT MP8, ROBERTSON ROAD MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 30 JANUARY 2019
The Team was (in
batting order): – Luke Eustace 34*, Ian
Allmey 8. Samuel Lang (w) 50*, Scott Williams 27*, Steven Sheakey 3, Craig
Fordham dnb, Patrick Scott dnb and Jim Hadley (c) dnb
The Result was: –
The Saddle Club: – 7-122-
C.C.N.S.W.: – 2-123 – (S.
Lang 50*; L. Eustace 34*) (12.3 overs)
By 6 wickets
The Bowling was: – S. Williams 4-1-23-1, S. Sheakey 3-0-20-0, C. Fordham 4-0-15-2, P. Scott
4-0-38-1; L. Eustace 3.2-0-18-1 and J. Hadley 1-0-4-2
The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: – One to S. Lang
Catches: – 2 to S Lang (w) and one to J. Hadley
MoM: – S. Lang
C&S JACK PACE QUARTER FINAL v BALMAIN-SOUTH SYDNEY RANGERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2020: REPORT BYSIMON JAMES
Balmain South Sydney Rangers in the Jack Pace Shield quarter final on a
viciously hot day at Camperdown Oval. Having easily defeated the opposition
earlier in the season, C.C.N.S.W. entered the match as firm favourites.
As ever, the wicket at
Camperdown was placid and the outfield quick, so it was no surprise CCNSW
elected to bat first and escape the blistering heat of the early afternoon.
C.C.N.S.W.’s day was neatly summed up in the loss of their first wicket. One Curtis Murray, a fine striker of a cricket ball, managed to cloth a very gentle full toss to mid-wicket in the second over of the day without troubling the scorers.
The home team contrived to regularly lose wickets, with set batsman getting themselves out on a good batting wicket. Simon James, Tom Robertson, Paul Nash and Jim Hadley all made double digit scores but failed to make a meaningful contribution, and probably gave the opposition bowlers too much respect. Soren Hughes made a quick fire 26* to provide some respectability to the score, but 7-162 was below par.
In response, Balmain got off to a rapid start through some inconsistent bowling. However, with a change of ends for Edward Robertson; and the subsequent introduction of Nash and Hadley, C.C.N.S.W. were able to claw back some of the momentum.
Hadley in particular produced an excellent spell of bowling, finishing with figures of 3 for 19 from his seven overs. The fielding was courageous if a little lacking in execution at times, no doubt due to the intense heat and humidity. Balmain to their credit, and one batman in particular who carried his bat for a well-made, undefeated half century, were able to reach their target with an over to spare and 4 wickets in hand.
It was an afternoon to forget for C.C.N.S.W. and congratulate Balmain for producing a better performance on the day. Onwards and upwards comrades!
The Team was: – Curtis Murray (w) 0. Scott Wells 3, Simon
James (c) 28 ,Tom Robertson 36, Paul
Nash 11, Mike Pinter 4, Jim Hadley 35, Soren Hughes 26*, Edward Robertson 14*,
Ian Robertson dnb, Jed Wesley-Smith dnb
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-162 (T. Robertson 36; J. Hadley 35) (35 overs)
Balmain South Sydney Rangers.: 6-163 (J. Hadley 3-19) (34 overs)
By 4 wickets
FoW: – 1-1 (C. Murray); 2-22 (S. Wells); 3-47 (S. James); 4-75 (T. Robertson); 5-84 (P. Nash); 6- 85 (M. Pinter); 7-134 (J. Hadley)
The Bowling was: – Edward Robertson 6-0-27-1; Ian Robertson
6-2-20-0; P. Nash 7-0-31-1; J. Hadley 7-2-19-3; S. Hughes 5-0-27-1; S. James
2-0-18-0; J, Wesley-Smith 1-0-14-0
The Fielding was: –
– One to J. Hadley
Player Points: – 3 points to J. Hadley; 2 points to S. Hughes; One point to Edward Robertson
CLASSICS ROUND 8 v MOSMAN AT RAWSON
OVAL, MOSMAN ON SUNDAY 2
FEBRUARY 2020: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE
C.C.N.S.W. won the toss
and batted first on a sticky day at Rawson Oval.
Some green tinges in
the wicket gave some encouragement to the Mosman opening attack. While scoring
was difficult, Mick Weaver and Mike Pinter built a solid opening stand of 48
with Pinter retiring for a well made 32* in the 14th over.
Peter Nielsen then fell
quickly for a duck and ‘Weaves’ (13) was unable to build on his start leaving
us 2 down for 64 at drinks.
Mick McCormick and
Peter Rolls chipped in with 21 and 18 and a couple of nicely struck boundaries
each. However we struggled to find the necessary acceleration against the
change bowlers only bringing up our 100 in the 31st over.
lower order picked up the pace in the last 10 overs with a couple of mighty
hits from Greg Brooks to the long Rawson boundaries getting us to a more
respectable 8-159 at tea.
Missing some key bowlers, the experimental opening partnership of the medium fast Stuart Ridge and the slow off spin of Garry James took the new ball. Stuart found some life in the wicket but not the required early breakthrough. The Mosman openers were quick to put pressure back on to the bowling and fielding until a smart run out by David Benson and catch behind by Weaver off James left them 2-38 off 10.
Their strong middle
order then took the game away from us scoring 70 off the next 10 punishing
anything loose and taking advantage of some ragged fielding.
With the gloom
closing in after drinks, the main drama was whether we would complete the game
before the approaching storm. Andrew Spedding, McCormick and Benson each picked
up a wicket but Mosman comfortably closed out the win with over 12 overs to
Outplayed in all
departments against a very strong team, it doesn’t get any easier next round
against defending champions, Sri Lanka Lions.
The Team was (playing 11): – Michael Weaver (w)
13, Mike Pinter 32*, Peter Nielsen 0, Mick McCormick 18, Peter Rolls 21, Martin
Speiser 3, David Benson 13, Andrew Spedding 15, Garry James 9, Greg Brooks 18*
and Stuart Ridge (c) 1*
C.C.N.S.W. enjoyed a short 3 match tour of Perth over the Australia Day long weekend. This was the club’s first tour to the west and provided everyone with the opportunity of playing good cricket and enjoying all that Perth has to offer.
The majority of the
group stayed in Scarborough at the Seashells apartments which are located
directly opposite the beach and within walking distance of a range of pubs,
restaurants and cafes. The rooms were terrific and can be highly recommended
should you require family rooms.
Our first game on the
Sunday of the Australia Day long weekend took us to Willeton, in the south east of the city. We were up
against the WA veterans representative side who proved too strong defending
their total of 190 by dismissing us for 130. We played well taking all 10
wickets but could not quite build the
partnerships needed to chase down the target. After the usual presentation the
boys kept their fluids up and vowed to come back strongly next game.
Game two saw us at Floreat Park, the no.1 ground of the Subiaco Floreat Grade Club, home to Kim Hughes and Marcus Stoinis, amongst others. We successfully chased the 152 target with 9 wickets down and 5 balls to spare! A fantastic win in very hot conditions. Our long standing club member Clinton Palmer did a great job in arranging the day and it was great to catch up with him and his family.
Tuesday was a much
needed rest day spent on the beach and by the pool. Scarborough is a very easy
place to pass the time and enjoy the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
On Tuesday evening we
gathered for the tour dinner, graciously hosted by Steve and Kate Williams at
their home in Karrinyup (friends of Greg & Bron Brooks). A great night at a
lovely home and our thanks to Kate and Steve!
Following the departure
of three players for various reasons we found ourselves up against it for game
3 against the WA veterans (Black Swans) at North Fremantle. Posting a modest
120 from 33 overs, the WA vets passed our score comfortably with overs to
spare. However it was good to see young Ezekiel and Roman Hughes contribute to
the team and enjoy the experience.
The week was a lot of
fun for all players, partners and Soren’s four
Thanks to the WA
players for ensuring such a memorable tour and for providing such great grounds
to play on. A special thank you to our club member Andrew Spedding for his
fantastic efforts to arrange the first and third matches of the tour, well done
The C.C.N.S.W. team was a delight to play for and manage. Thank you to all of you for your contributions to a very enjoyable tour.
PERTH TOUR MATCH 1 v WESTERN
AUSTRALIAN BLACK SWANS AT WILLETON OVAL, PERTH
ON SUNDAY 26 JANUARY 2020: REPORT BY GREG BROOKS
The club’s three match tour of Perth began on a warm and dry day so typical of a Perth summer. Our opponents were selected from the WA Veterans Cricket Association and included several of the state players from the recent over 50s Australian titles which were also held in Perth.
Willeton is about a 30 minute drive south east of Scarborough, the
beachside suburb where we were staying.
Batting first on a hard well grassed wicket with good bounce the WA Vets
were soon in to stride putting on 37 for the first wicket before a Joe
Scarcella double strike put them on the back foot a little. The arrival of
their gun batsman Joe Santostefano saw
the run rate accelerate and he duly retired for a well made 40*.
We kept chipping away with length bowling backed by some good fielding
and the wickets fell regularly. Soren Hughes (3-9) and Andrew Spedding (2-12)
in particular kept the middle order in check. Some late hitting from Noel
Raymond (44) saw WA all out for 189 in the 35th over. This was a pretty good
effort against a good side taking all 10 wickets.
We needed a good start but unfortunately three wickets fell early with
Mike Beergah, Greg Brooks and Tom Robertson back in the shed with only 27 on
the board. Scott Wells, Andrew Spedding and Soren Hughes all got starts but we
continued to lose wickets. Our skipper Stuart Ridge batted well for 29* but ran
out of partners. We finished up all out for 129 and never seriously threatened
to run down the WA total.
While we were on the wrong side of the result it was a great day out in
the Perth sunshine against a good side. We shared a few beers and stories
following the match presentations and finally adjourned back to Scarborough for
a poolside BBQ.
Starting each day with a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean,
literally 100 meters from our apartment is a pretty good way to ready yourself
for the next match!
The Team was: – Michael Beergah
0, Tom Robertson 10, Greg Brooks 16, Scott Wells (w) 17, Soren Hughes 10,
Andrew Spedding 13, Mick Tarrant 5, Stuart Ridge (c) 29*, David Craig 12, Mark
Henwood 5, Joe Scarcella 1. Jed Wesley-Smith dnb (12th man ).
The Result was: –
W.A. Black Swans: – 10-189 (34.5 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-129 (33 overs)
By 60 runs.
FOWs: 1-0 (M. Beergah); 2-19 (G. Brooks); 3-27 (T. Robertson); 4-49 (S. Wells);
5-68 (A. Spedding); 6-69 (S. Hughes); 7-78 (M, Tarrant); 8-97 (D. Craig); 9-122
(M. Henwood);10-129 (J. Scarcella);
The Bowling was: S. Ridge
4-0-17-0; M. Tarrant 5-0-19-0; G. Brooks 6.5-0-41-2; J. Scarcella 4-0-24-2; S.
Hughes 6-1-29-3; D. Craig 5-0-30-0; A. Spedding 3-0-12-2; M. Henwood 1-0-13-0.
The Fielding was: –
Run outs: – 1
Stumpings: – Nil
Catches: – 2 to
S. Ridge and one each to T.
Robertson; M. Tarrant and J. Wesley Smith;
PERTH TOUR MATCH 2 v SUBIACO-FLOREAT AT FLOREAT OVAL ON MONDAY 27 JANUARY
2020: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON
Another Perth stinker greeted us at the beautiful Floreat Oval. There
was some respite as the change rooms
were air conditioned!
Stuart Ridge went and lost the toss and we were in the field. A great
opening spell between Stu and Mike Tarrant had the home team off to a sluggish start on a
wicket that seemed a batting delight. The big boundaries had us relay throwing
almost 3 times on the way in. Luckily this didn’t happen too often as the
bowling was good. David Craig again was outstanding in the field putting
everything behind it and sometimes a little more than he had (a few injuries,
hope you’re on the mend David).
C.C.N.S.W. stuck at the job and we kept the locals to a very achievable 9-151.
Wickets were evenly spread throughout the bowlers with economy the key.
Standouts were Tarrant and Andrew Spedding with wickets and a great economy
rate. However, the prize wicket of C.C.N.S.W. member Clinton Palmer could not
be taken as he toiled away for a well made 30*.
Afternoon tea was enjoyed and spirits were high believing 151 should be
mowed down, no trouble.
Mike Beergah and Scott Wells got us underway. Mike continued his
struggles at this longitude. And Soren Hughes lobed one straight to point
without troubling the scorers. Wickets were the concern as we were cruising at
over 5 per over. Tom Robertson and ’The
Pres’, Greg Brooks promised to both
get 40 and they delivered. A patient innings from Brooks and a different one
from Tom. A steady but slow middle order and a steady loss of wickets had
everyone on edge. It was a bit much for some but we won’t
go into that here.
Poor Jed Wesley-Smith was horribly run out by Tom Robertson after he
returned from retirement. I’m sure he’s sorry Jed! That bought ‘the Prez’ back out and he had the most
steely resolve I have ever seen. One focused Prez ! Runs came slowly as C.C.N.S.W. wanted to enjoy every over on
this lovely first grade ground. Brooks made sure he wasn’t getting out and Tom
kept getting singles to the deep. Last over and we need 4 to win. Wait!.. 6!
Looks like the scorers missed a 2 in the 2nd last over. We had only
scored 6 runs in the last 4 overs so 6 seemed an ask! Tom is on strike and the
field takes what feels like an eternity to be set. As gracious hosts the spinner
bowls a slow waist high full toss and C.C.N.S.W are victorious. We all draw
heavy sighs of relief.
Great to catch up with the Palmers (Rob and Clinton). An awesome day and
fantastic hospitality. As a Club we are blessed to play at such great grounds.
The Team was: – Michael Beergah
2, Scott Wells (w) 13, Tom Robertson 62*, Soren Hughes 0, Greg Brooks 42*,
Andrew Spedding 11, Mick Tarrant 0, Jed Wesley-Smith 17, Stuart Ridge (c) 0,
Joe Scarcella 1, David Craig 0.
FOWs: 1- 6 (M. Beergah); 2- 43 (S. Wells); 3-44 (S. Hughes); 4-105 (A.
Spedding); 5-107 (M. Tarrant); 6-107 (S. Ridge); 7-125 (J. Scarcella); 8-126
(D. Craig); 9-141 (J. Wesley-Smith)
The Result was: –
Subiaco Floreat: –
C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-152
(T. Robertson 62*; G. Brooks 42*) (39.1 overs)
By one wicket
The Bowling was: S. Ridge 7-2-20-1;
M. Tarrant 5-1-8-2; J. Scarcella 5-1-20-0; J. Wesley-Smith 3-0-16-1; D. Craig
5-0-26-0; S. Hughes 4-0-14-1; G. Brooks 4-0-16-1; A. Spedding 4-1-6-2; T.
The Fielding was: –
Catches: – 1
to each of D. Craig, M. Tarrant, A. Spedding; S. Wells (w);
and 1 to Sub (Ezekiel Hughes).
Run outs: One
PERTH TOUR MATCH 3 v FREEMANTLE/MOSMAN PARK AT GIL FRASER OVAL, NORTH FREEMANTLE ON WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY 2020: REPORT BY JOE
For our last game of the tour we were privileged to play at the lovely
Gil Fraser Oval, situated on the banks of the Swan River. Prior to the game the
tour party gathered at the Left Bank Hotel for brunch, just opposite the ground
on the other side of the river.
Our opposition team was composed of some members of the WA over 50s
State team we had played in game 1, together with some other local club players
– all in all, a strong team. A few of our tour party had left the tour, leaving
us short in numbers; but thankfully Andrew Spedding had found us one
replacement player (and importantly, a wicketkeeper) Tim Knowles, and two of
Soren Hughes’ sons (Ezekiel and Roman) were available to play. So, we were able
to field a full team of 11 players, albeit a somewhat weakened one.
Skipper for the day Joe Scarcella “won” the “toss” (thank you Noel) and batted first.
Openers Mick Beergah and Tim Knowles were confronted with a tight opening bowling spell, with some nice shape from both ends. Mick was bowled cheaply, bringing Tom Robertson to the crease. After a promising start with some typically aggressive shots, Tommy was struck on the pads in front hitting across the line of a straight one. Greg Brooks came in and went soon after, nicely stumped. Soren, who followed Brooks also looked good for the short time he was at the crease until he nicked one behind. Spedding then came in and proceeded to bat beautifully, anchoring the batting, and batting with a good mixture of resolve and aggression. He and Ezekiel Hughes, who also showed good skills beyond his tender years and played a lovely knock, put on a 40-run partnership for the 6th wicket – not a huge partnership by any means, but it was significant in the context of a low batting total. After Speds retired on 45*, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, but a rearguard effort by Mark Henwood saw us reach a total of 120 from our allotted 33 overs (yes 33, I know …don’t ask… local limited over rules, apparently).
Defending a small total was always going to be difficult. And so it proved, with our opponents passing our total only 1 wicket down after 28 overs. Mick Tarrant and Greg Brooks took the new ball and bowled well but without success. The only bowler to take a wicket was Soren Hughes, clean bowling one of the established openers for our solitary wicket for the day. When it was obvious victory was not going to be ours today, the skipper tried to give everyone a bowl. Special mention should be made of the bowling efforts of the 2 younger Hughes’. Ezekiel bowled a very nice few overs of leg spin, managing to land some lovely deliveries and causing some watchful defence from the batsmen. And his younger brother Roman, although only bowling the one over, managed to rip a couple of big off-breaks, nearly clean bowling the surprised batsman… Well done boys.
The Team was: – Michael Beergah
1, Tim Knowles (w) 5, Tom Robertson 14, Greg Brooks 4, Soren Hughes 14, Andrew
Spedding 45no (retired), Ezekiel Hughes 17, Mick Tarrant 5, Mark Henwood 8* n,
Roman Hughes 1*, Joe Scarcella (c) dnb
FOWs: -: 1- 4 (M. Beergah); 2- 18 (T. Knowles)); 3-24 (T. Robertson); 4- 26
(G. Brooks)); 5-50 (S. Hughes); 6-90 (E. Hughes)); 7- 101 (M Tarrant);
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-120
(A. Spedding 45*) (33 overs)
Fremantle/Mosman Park: 1-124 (28
By 9 wickets
The Bowling was: M. Tarrant 5-0-15-0;
G. Brooks 4-0-11-0; J. Scarcella 3-013-0; S. Hughes 4-0-24-1; A. Spedding
3-0-16-0; E. Hughes 4-1-12-0-, M. Henwood 2-0-14-0; M. Beergah 2-1-4-0; R. Hughes 1-0-8-0
C&S ROUND 8 v I ZINGARI (AUSTRALIA) AT CAMPERDOWN
OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 18
Editor’s note: “I Zingari (from the Italian for “the gypsies”) Australia is amongst the oldest Cricket Clubs in Australia. Formed in 1888, 43 years after IZ was founded in England, IZA took the field for the first time on Saturday 29 September, 1888, defeating Newington Past and Present by 37 runs. Three years later it was recognised by the famous English Club and was given permission to wear the English Club’s black, red and gold colours (out of darkness, through fire and into light).” Extract from IZA web site.
Cancelled by rain.
MASTERS ROUND 7 v PENNANT HILLS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN
ON SUNDAY 19 JANUARY 2020: