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There are only three sports: mountain climbing, bull fighting, and motor racing. All the rest are merely games, except cricket which is art. Cricketers are all apprentices in an art where no one ever becomes a master.

Birchgrove Oval itself is art. The first cricket field here was reclaimed from the harbour in 1885, and was home to the Sydney Cricket Club from 1897-1942. The field sits over ancient mudflats, where shellfish grew to feed the Eora nation for some 10,000 years, before colonialism and smallpox. Weathered stone seawalls poke through the soil, faintly marking the buried outline of Snail’s Bay, grown old in their easy retirement.

Walk past the old caretaker’s house and changing shed, to the path just below the old site of Birchgrove house, for a view of the harbour bridge past the wharves and sailboats. There was no bridge when Lieutenant John Birch named his home Birchgrove. The humble stone dwelling sat on the hill for 150 years before it was pulled down in 1967 and replaced by a dozen soulless moderns fighting for his view.

The day was overcast with gusty winds blowing off the harbour. It was one of those days that was pleasant enough when the sun shone, but when clouds hid the sun the wind was cool. Simon James, skipper, won the toss and decided to bat. It wasn’t a long deliberation; everyone could see it was a road. Tapping the pitch made a sound like knocking the hardwood top of a well-polished bar and the sunburnt shoots of grass grazed your knuckles.

Hearing this news, Pete Buruma laid out on the grass, rolling on his balls, the kind you put under your back to massage yourself with. He complained about working Saturdays, and in a little while he fell asleep with his cap over his eyes. Jed Wesley-Smith’s new bat was passed around: the grain, the weight, the feel, all drew nods and knowing comments. Eventually, Curtis Murray tied up the long laces of his shiny new boots into long loops, and the game began.

Tom Robertson was dropped by the keep on the first delivery. It shook him a little, and he played test for the next few overs. Meanwhile, Murray was playing straight, and striking some elegant fours down the ground. You could see those new boots glistening in the sunlight as he batted. Art.

An appeal broke over the rustle of the wind through the trees. Wesley-Smith raised the finger, Robertson out caught in gully. To everyone round about it looked a bump-ball. Tragedy. That’s cricket though, anyone of us is only one ball away from a rough call. Use it next week Tom against Knox. 1-28 in the 5th.

James joined Murray at the crease for a quality partnership of 58 runs from 10. Both worked the ball around the field. The outfield was lightning fast so anything past the fielder raced away. Drinks was coming along nicely. Murray struck a particularly fine 4 off the leggie, tried again, and was caught at long-on. A crow cawed moodily, turning his head to survey the field below him, from the roof of the changing shed. 2-86 in the 15th.

Paul Nash joined James at the crease. He was in a boundary striking mood. 4,4,4,4,6, out! Caught in the deep off the leggie too. Jim Hadley followed suit off a full toss by the part-timer not long after. It sounded sweet and crisp off the bat though. 4-126 in the 24th.

Soren Hughes walked out in his new helmet, safety first, swinging his weighty old blade. His first ball was struck sweetly for a 4. It was a sign of what was to come. Together with James the scoring rate lifted, and boundaries were flying all around the ground. Suddenly Hughes was bowled. The opposition skipper had been yelling instructions and trying to set his field, so called him back and the umpire signalled dead ball. Sportsmanship.

James edged a tired shot outside off behind with a couple of overs to go. So Buruma joined Hughes for a brief cameo of well-run 2s and 3s. Hughes then unleashed on the final over in a powerful display of hitting. One 6 landed up near the tennis courts and set off a kookaburra laughing. We all sat on the hill near the changing shed grinning as the over went for 18. That made 98 runs off the final 10. Wesley-Smith will have to wait to test his new bat. 5-233 after 35.

No tea was provided by the hosts, so little camaraderie took place between the sides at the break. Instead, both teams rested in the gloomy coolness of the changing rooms. The skip said we probably left 20 odd runs on the field. It’s his style; all stick and no carrot.

Nash and Buruma opened the bowling. The first few overs went by in a chanceless fury of boundaries. Heads went down, though if we could win from here, we could win from anywhere. Buruma pulled up lame. The world breaks everyone sometime. James finished his over. Short and wide, cut to Crooks at point. 1-32 in the 8th.

Greg Brooks came on to replace Nash. Cricketers don’t grow wise, they grow careful. Brooks was careful. After picking up a leg side caught behind, and noticing how easily the batsmen were flicking 4s through fine leg, he bowled outside off to much better effect. (President Brooks wants to make it clear that this was an off side caught behind, but that runs against the narrative). Wesley-Smith bowled tidily from the tennis court end. Dot balls came more frequently, the required run rate started to go up again, and pressure built on the Rangers. Despite a couple of missed chances, the match was turning. Drinks, 2-78 after 18.

The pressure told; Wesley-Smith drew a slog that top-edged to mid-on. The spinners came on. Hadley picked up an LBW. At the other end, Mark Henwood was struggling to find his length. Scores were shouted out, “80 needed off 5”. The batsman decided to go for it and ran down the pitch and missed a wide one. Murray flicked the bails off with a full arm stretch. It’s good to be lucky, but it’s better to be disciplined, then you’re ready when luck comes. The match was all but over, drifting towards a CCNSW win. Up on the hill a red setter bayed and howled in anguish. 5-151 in the 30th.

Hadley had a good LBW shout turned down. It looked plumb from mid-on. Cricket. The opener bought up his 100 by hitting Henwood out of the attack. We all take a beating every day, you know, one way or another. The openers had been a selfish and relentless innings, punctuated by some quality off-drives and flicks to backward square. Next over James, now bowling spin, beat a dirty slog to cow. Bowled. Hadley calmly finished off the match, defending the total. 6-201 after 35. CCNSW win by 32 runs.

Balmain has more pubs than people, everyone knows that, so it was strange there were no beverages on hand. Instead of celebrating the win, Skipper James gave a speech. The fielding had been sluggish and there were too many pastries on offer from the bowlers. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. There will be tougher matches coming up this season, we will need to improve.

With that the players drifted into the late Sunday afternoon. This is a hell of a dull match report… How about some champagne?

In the style of Ernest Hemingway, Ian Henshaw.

The Team was: Tom Robertson 12, Curtis Murray 41, Simon James 61, Paul Nash 22, Jim Hadley 8, Soren Hughes 68*, Pete Buruma 2*, Greg Brooks, Jed Wesley-Smith, Mark Henwood, Peter Crooks.

The Result was:-

CCNSW: 5-233 in 35 overs (Simon James 61, Soren Hughes 68*)


Rangers:  6-201 in 35 overs (Flaherty 116*)

By  32 runs.

FoWs: – 1-28 (Robertson); 2-86 (Murray); 3-116 (Nash); 4-126 (Hadley); 5-200 (James).

The Bowling was: – Paul Nash 4-0-23-0; Pete Buruma 2.1-0-12-0; Simon James 4.5-0-23-2; Greg Brooks 7-1-19-1; Jed Wesley-Smith 6-1-30-1; Peter Crooks 2-0-17-0; Mark Henwood 4-0-41-1; Jim Hadley 5-0-35-1.

The Fielding was: –

Catches: Crooks 1, Murray 1, Hughes 1

Stumpings: Murray 1

Player Points:- T.B.A.



Match was forfeited by Old Oxleyans.


Roseville won the toss and elected to bat on an overcast day at Roseville Park.

There was plenty of encouragement for the new ball bowlers but it looked like a frustrating day was on the cards, with the ball evading the field and runs ticking over until Stuart removed both openers in the 9th over.  President Brooks picked up another wicket in his first over but he along with Mick Knox and Garry James had no further luck despite beating the bat and drawing frequent false shots, with nothing going to hand. Despite losing another wicket to a smart run out, Roseville must have been eyeing 200 plus at 4-132 in the 29th. However, a great death spell from Andrew Spedding with 3 wickets, supported by tight bowling from Garry and the returning skipper restricted Roseville to 8-172 at tea.

Mike Weaver started with positive intent but unfortunately lofted his first ball straight to mid-off for an early setback. Classics debutant Peter Nielsen and Mike Pinter steadied things as we slowly consolidated and it was good to reach drinks with two in the bank and no further loss. We were confident with 9 wickets in hand requiring 5 an over off the last 20 but after chipping away another 20 we lost a couple of quick wickets. Any jitters were quickly dispatched by some sweet hitting to the short boundaries from the President with an explosive 30 off just 12 balls. This took the pressure off, leaving Martin Speiser (23), a quick cameo from the skipper (15) and a returning Punter to finish things off in the 36th over.

Another good all round effort takes us to three wins on the trot and fourth on the ladder with a tough game against unbeaten Warringah next.

The Team was: Weaver (0), Pinter w/k (38*), Nielsen (33*), McCormick (2), Spedding (11), Speiser (23), Brooks (30*), Downey (1), James (1),   Ridge (c) (15), Knox (4*)

The Result was:-

Roseville: 8-172 in 40 overs

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.:  7- 173  in 36.2 overs

By  3 wickets.

The Bowling was: – S.Ridge 8-1-19-3; M.Knox  8-0-34-0; GJ Brooks 8-1-34-1; G.James 9-1-34-0; M. Speiser 1-0-7-0; A Spedding 6-1-17-3

The Fielding was: –

Catches: –   Ridge 1, Weaver 1, Downey 1

Run outs: Ridge/Pinter 1

Points: Ridge 3, Spedding 2, Brooks 1



On a very pleasant day at Camperdown CCNSW won the toss and elected to bat. The CCNSW XI were sporting a young debutant in wicket-keeper Declan Thomas.

Yaralla, made a strong start, making effective use of the short ball on a wicket that offered some pace and at times, irregular bounce. Both openers were removed inside the first ten overs, bringing to the wicket captain Simon James and Paul Nash.

The two Englishmen, employing correct techniques and no shortage of stiff upper lip, set about rebuilding the innings. Nash was the early aggressor, unleashing a number of lofted drives as the pair put on more than 120 for the third wicket stand. Nash was out for 64 off 71 balls; James 84 from 71 balls. A late charge by Hughes (22 of 16) meant CCNSW were able to set a very respectable 236 from their allotted overs.

In response, Yaralla were undone by accurate bowling and by recent standards, a sublime fielding effort. Again, the Englishmen Nash and James led the charge, opening the bowling and restricting the opposition in the ever important initial overs.

It was then the turn of the spin trio of Jim Hadley, Craig Kitson and Mark Henwood to come to the fore, taking nine wickets between them in a fine display of bowling. The spin triplets were well supported by a very solid fielding display  with Jed Wesley-Smith, and Tom Robinson both holding good catches, and some very tidy work behind the stumps by debutant Thomas.

In the end, 236 was always out of reach of Yaralla and the CCNSW XI romped to a comfortable bonus point victory.

The Team was: Tom Robertson (4), Mitch Hetherington (10), Simon James c (84), Paul Nash (64), Soren Hughes (22), Craig Kitson (8*), Jim Hadley (1*), Jed Wesley-Smith, Simon Muggeridge, Mark Henwood, and Declan Thomas w/k

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: 5-236 in 35 overs


Yaralla: – 10 – 112  in 28.2 overs

By 124 runs.

The Bowling was: – P. Nash 5-0-22-0; S. James 4-2-11-0; S. Muggeridge 4-0-23-1; J. Hadley 5-0-14-3; J. Wesley-Smith 4-0-24-0; C. Kitson 5-4-5-4; M. Henwood 2.2-0-10-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: –  Nil

Catches: – T. Robertson 2, P. Nash 1, D. Thomas 1, M. Henwood 1, M. Hetherington 1, J. Hadley 1, and J. Wesley-Smith 1

Run outs: –  Nil


The CCNSW Masters have recorded their first win of the season with an empathic performance, accounting for Balmain-South Sydney at Jubilee Park last Sunday

Stand in Skippers Brett ‘Favellous’ Favell and Ian ‘Allways get runs’ Allmey, working together, were successful in winning the toss somehow and elected to take first use with the bat

Ian and Tommy ‘Trigger’ Robertson gave CCNSW a reasonable start, although Tom never really ‘fired’, pardon the pun. Ian smashed several boundarys as usual in a quick fire 26. After being 0-36 though, CCNSW lost 4 quick wickets in succession after Tom was dismissed for just 8. 

Ian was bowled through the gate and was quickly followed by Jono ‘ Queenslander’ Shaw and Skipper Favell, both of whom nicked off to the ‘keeper early 

A revival partnership of 40 between Brett ‘ The Force’‘ James and new chum Emerson Wilshire got CCNSW back on track to obtaining what would prove a satisfactory total, on the traditionally sometimes tricky Glebe wicket. Emerson was looking very good, having cracked a towering six before trying one shot too many to be caught for 18.

Thereafter some handy runs from the tail, working with retiree James boosted the runs total to respectability, albeit CCNSW were unable to use every available delivery in being dismissed after exactly 34 overs. 

Andrew  ‘Junior’ Dadswell, ‘Mick ‘Tarantula’ Tarrant, Luke ‘ The Hoff’ Holman and ‘Buzz’ Ben Stanic all contributed handy runs although David ‘Dutchy’ Craig was left stranded not out when Brett was eventually dismissed, caught for a very well made 47 runs. 

With CCNSW taking the field very determined to make a good fist of things, Balmain Souths were never in the hunt against some persistent medium pace bowling. This was backed up by some excellent spin of both right hand varieties. 

The standouts were Mick Tarrant and Ben Stanic with two wickets each. Plus Dave Craig bamboozaling the tail to ‘jag’ 3 wickets. Jono Shaw grabbed a handy scalp with his sliders and Andrew Dadswell provided reliable off spin to tie the late order batters down, taking a wicket himself in the process. Andrew also converted a runout opportunity very well.  

A comfortable win in the end for CCNSW gaining all bonus points for dismissing the opposition. Congratulations to stand in Captain Brett and also Ian for his leadership support. CCNSW were to look forward to their next challenge against the well credentialed Warringah CC, on 1 December, back at home. 


The Team was : –  I. Allmey 27, T. Robertson 8, B. Favell 2, J. Shaw 1, B. James 47, E. Wilshire 11, A. Dadswell 10, M. Tarrant 18, L. Holman 10, B. Stanic 8, D Craig 2*.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W:  10-159 (B. James 47) (34 overs)


Balmain-South Sydney:  10-86 (33.2 overs)

By 73 runs

FoW: – 1-36 (T. Robertson), 2-37 (I. Allmey), 3-42 (J. Shaw), 4-46 (B. Favell), 5-86 (E. Wilshire), 6-111 (A. Dadswell), 7-142 (L. Holman), 8-150 (M. Tarrant), 9-152 (B. Stanic), 10-159 (B. James).

The Bowling was: – B. James 5-1-18-0; M. Tarrant 6-0-14-2; B. Stanic  6-2-15-2; A. Dadswell 7-3-10-1; J. Shaw 2-0-10-1; D. Craig 2-2-9-3; L. Holman 3-1-5-1.

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: nil

Catches: Nil.

Run outs: Nil.              

Player points: – T.B.A.


A great follow up win for our second round of Vintage cricket!

Again well done Garry Winney for mustering a champion group of men.

A cool 22°C sunny/cloudy day with a bit of a breeze. We lost the toss but Stirling Hamman decided to bowl as the pitch had a bit of grass on it and he was not sure how his conglomeration of players from all over Sydney would go batting.

CCNSW innings:

1 for 34 after 13 overs with a cautious start by Ajoy and Ross due to some very tight bowling on a pitch that had them second guessing with some balls that kept low. Stirling opened the bowling and after 4 overs only conceded 9 runs which is amazing for a man in his early seventies. Khan up the other end also tighter than a Scotsman wallet had 4 overs for 8 runs. Ross caught at mid-on trying to lift the run rate but an admirable innings taking the shin off the new ball.

2 for 51 after 15 overs with Ajoy retiring at 30 with a well composed innings of respect to good balls and gay abandon to bad balls. Enter Peter who had a nice walk to the middle only to top edge a first ball full toss to the keeper that should have been despatched over the pavilion. A slow philosophical walk back to the pavilion, that’s cricket!

3 for 96 after 20 overs. After an enterprising innings, Raga was bowled (trying to sweep) first ball after drinks to a lolly-pop ball from a new bowler that could have brought rain.  Greg a superb knock soon retired at 30 after smashing a couple of balls into Australia Street!

4 for 134 after 29 overs. John ran well with 11 singles with Jim but out LBW to Kavanagh with one that kept a bit low. Jim running like a Goulburn Rabbit from a shotgun lifted our run rate and soon retired for 30 for an important knock at the right time.

5 for 150 after 32 overs. Joe short innings highlighted with a classic cover drive for four that soon ended caught trying to speed the run rate.

6 for 162 after 34 overs. Jay a nice boundary then bowled by Humphries trying for quick runs.

7 for 164 after 35 overs. Garry also some good running but bowled by the wily Kavanagh.

8 for 165 after 36 overs. David playing for the team caught going for it.

9 for 178 after 38 overs. Greg resumed with more big hitting but out with lofty top edge to keeper.

10 for 193 after 39.4 overs. Ajoy and Jim resume and running well until Ajoy run out going for 3. We thought the new defibrillator may be needed. The last time Ajoy ran 3 was after a hotter than normal Beef Vindaloo.

Thank you Paul for being our nominated 12th batter. Much appreciated. Will be shared around if we have 12 in future games this season. Came in handy having 12 as we had a few players needing a break during fielding.

A very competitive total after a difficult start.

Northern Stars innings:

1 for 2 after 2 overs. Paul strikes in his first over, a great catch behind by David our wicket keeper to get out one of their danger men.

2 and 3 for 27 after 9 overs. John bowls a good line and length to restrict them then Joe comes on to instant effect with his extra pace. Helped by John and Paul’s early overs pressure, Joe gets 2 plumb successive LBW’s and is on a hatrick. His next delivery narrowly outside off stump for almost a third LBW!

4 for 87 after 23 overs. Stars consolidate with Kavanagh retiring at 30 and get back on target. Then on comes Raga and also strikes in his first over bowling danger man Humphries.

5 for 101 after 30 overs. Joe, Raga and Greg put the brakes on the Stars and at 9 an over was out of their grasp. Inspirationally assisted by David with fine keeping skills for the odd delivery down leg side that he saved many runs. Sponsored by Voltarin for the amount of bending required on the low bounce wicket. Ross also asking for sponsorship as the ball followed him all afternoon with lots of bending over. Just as well he was not in Oxford Street!

6 and 7 for 107 after 32 overs.  Jim demoralises them with his flight and bowling from two metres behind the bowling crease. Peter takes a catch at mid-on and Greg a fine catch from behind square leg moving forward like a two door refrigerator on wheels down a drive way.

Resuming Kavanagh comes in with competitive Stirling who blocks out Garry and Jay to ensure no additional bowling bonus points for CCNSW. Final 8 overs go slowly for their total of 124. A good win by staying focussed to the last ball.

Thanks again for Paul entering the scores in MyCricket.

Stirling as usual held court after the match with entertaining commentary on how both teams performed. Peter chipping in when Stirling took a breath.

Comment of the day (that brought great laughter) was from Umpire Dennis Openheimer after Peter reminded Joe that he was warned by Dennis for swearing after delivering a number of balls that were hit into the air by cavalier Shaker that did not go to hand. Dennis said he would have reported Joe if not for the fact that Joe is also an Umpire!!! (For GPS school cricket).

The Team was (playing 12): –  Ajoy Roy 41, Ross Dalgleish 10, Sittampalam Ragavan 22, Peter Rolls 0 (c),  Greg Brooks 37, , Jim Robson 40*, John Mesar 15, Joe Scarcella 7, Garry Winney 6, Jay Patel 6, David Wright 1, Paul Georgiadis dnb (12th player).

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W:  10-193 (Roy 41, Robson 40*, Brooks 37, Ragavan 22) (39.4 overs)


Northern Stars:  7-124 (40 overs)

By 69 runs

FoW: – 1-34 (R. Dalgleish), 2-51 (P. Rolls), 3-96 (Sittampalam R.), 4-134 (J. Mesar), 5-150 (J. Scarcella), 6-162 (J.Patel), 7-164 (G.Winney), 8-165 (D.Wright), 9-178 (G.Brooks), 10-193 (A.Roy).

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 4-0-11-0; P. Georgiadis 7-1-24-1; J. Scarcella 7-0-35-2; G. Brooks 7-0-16-0; Sittampalam R. 7-1-16-1; J. Robson 4-0-11-4; G. Winney 2-1-4-0; J. Patel 2-1-2-0.

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: nil

Catches: D. Wright 1, P. Rolls 1, and G. Brooks 1.

Run outs: Nil.              

Player points: – Three points to J.Robson; Two points A.Roy; One point to G.Brooks



The CCNSW Masters have suffered a heartbreaking loss of the points in their game v Mosman- Collaroy at Camperdown Park last Sunday, the first Sunday in November. 

CCNSW won the toss and with the newer strip prepared on the dressing room side, elected to take first use to set a total. The the lightening quick outfield had remained from the previous Sunday. The newer pitch seemed a plumb track to bat on, yet was a little deceptive throughout proceedings with the odd ball still doing a bit off a length. The wicket also changed a little, as light rain fell at different times throughout the afternoon and covers were utilised twice. 

Captain, Mike Weaver, and Russell Biddle gave CCNSW a reasonable start. Russell recorded his first runs for the club with nice leg side glance for two runs. It was third time lucky for Russell in getting off the mark and there will be many more runs from this classy bat. The now Sydney lawyer has come back to the game after many years and was a Gold Coast representative player in his youth. 

Weaver was first to go – after clipping three boundaries, he attempted a fourth with a swat to a short slower ball and could only succeed in hitting it straight back to the bowler, who took a good catch low down. Shortly after, Russell edged to to slip to make it 2-34, no runs having been added for the second wicket. 

With the initiative lost somewhat, Craig Fletcher, elevated to no. 4 as a pinch hitter, unfortunately nicked off early before he could get set, to a good ball that deviated off the seam. 3-35

Scott Wells and Brett Favell set about their rebuilding task very well with solid and positive batting, hitting the loose ball hard and picking up easy singles. ‘Favs’ was looking unstoppable, having hit too very powerful maximums, before the left hander was adjudged lbw by umpire Brian Breakspeare. It began a trend of dismissal that grew to a total of five lbws for the CCNSW innings.

Scott Wells had carried on regardless though and was looking a certainty to reach retirement score, until succumbing to a slower flighted ball from spinner Stepto, beaten and plumb lbw. Two fours and three destaining sixes were testament to Scott’s return to top form. He will play a bit part in future games, if CCNSW are to revive their current fortunes. 

Michael Thomson was a further victim of the deceptive wicket and of the umpire’s raised finger, sent on his way, lbw, by a decision which left the former North Sydney grade allrounder somewhat bemused. 

In his first appearance for the Blues this season, Lee Witherden answered his team’s  call with a well measured 35 runs that featured several fine cuts and drives, albeit being lucky to be given a life when only on five runs, when a regulation mid on chance was missed by the opponents. 

A solid knock from Mick Tarrant was cut short by the umpire’s raised finger for lbw, in tandem with Luke Holman, who was the one other of the ‘Big 5’ to be dismissed this way. The lesson for  CCNSW: use your bat as your best form of defence. 

Garry James boosted the total to a handy 186 with a very quick cameo 25 n.o. that featured a couple of booming drives. And CCNSW wound up their innings four overs short, all out, as Benny Stanic, after a fine effort with the bat the previous game, was unfortunately caught for a duck. 

With a reasonable total to defend, CNSW weathered an early onslaught by the opposition captain and opening bat, Varasdi, to fight back hard and give Mosman ‘the jitters’ for most of their innings. Rain, which had already interrupted play earlier was to eventually foil all attempts to complete a very tense contest. It was a match that was going really going down to the wire until then. Two dropped catches in the gloomy darkening conditions did not assist the Blues’ cause. 

For CCNSW, Mick Tarrant excelled with the new ball and was always menacing. He was well supported by Stu Ridge, Lee Witherden and Michael Thomson. Garry James used all his experience, guile and endless passion to almost bowl CCNSW to victory, before being forced off the field with a muscle strain, mid over, near the death. Ben Stanic bowled a good single over under the pressure, when summoned.

But try as they might, CCNSW were not able to effect the win that they seemed to deserve, as when the rain came again it did not abate, Mosman winning by superior run rate, eight wickets down with still six runs to win. It was a loss that afterwards the team could be very, very proud of, as each man had left nothing remaining in the tank, physically and/or mentally, in their efforts. 

The Team was: –  M. Weaver 13, R. Biddle 7, S. Wells 35, C. Fletcher 0, B. Favell 19, L. Holman 5, M. Thomson 4, L. Witherden 35, M. Tarrant 13, B. Stanic 0, and G. James 25*.

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 10-184 (S. Wells 35, L. Witherden 35) (36 overs)

Lost to

MOSMAN-COLLAROY: 8-179 (J. Hadley 2-16)    (32.4 overs)

By Run-rate Calculations

FoW: – 1-34 (M. Weaver); 2-34 (R. Biddle); 3-35 (C. Fletcher);4-70 (B. Favell);5-95 (L. Holman); 6-96 (S. Wells);7-111 (M. Thomson); 8-142 (M. Tarrant);9-173 (L. Witherden); 10-184 (B. Stanic).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-1-45-2; M. Tarrant 9-0-59-3; L. Witherden 6.2-2-31-1; G. James 6.4-1-31-2; M. Thomson 2-0-3-0; B. Stanic 1-0-4-0.

Player Points: L. Witherden – 3, S. Wells – 2, M. Tarrant – 1


For all and sundry involved, it was a beautiful day for cricket at SCG XI’s home ground in Balmain. While not quite as elegant nor immaculate as Drummoyne Oval, the last time i had seen a pitch so well prepared and cared for was the SCG itself. Perhaps only the state of the outfield was the difference, with the stadium and members areas replaced by greenery and a perfect view of the Sydney Harbour Bridge seen from long off or fine leg.

On the day, Mitch Sturt had kindly recruited from Lidfield Shires club a number of young gentlemen, one of whom was a worthy opening bowler who pitched and moved the ball away nicely for a number of overs. With four slips and a tight infield, Ben Bhabra nabbed two wickets – the first a nick to Jed at keeper and the second an outside edge to Mr Brooks who kept us all amused with his juggling abilities. Benno supported Ben by moving them in from the other end and was unlucky not to pick up the English opener at cover early. 

Taking the pace off altogether, Brad Small and Mitch were our first change, with Mitch going for a few and leaving the door open for Kitso to tie up the other end. Tight bowling from Brad saw him bowl seven straight, while Kitso kept the wickets falling and destroyed a settled partnership. 3/94 at drinks was a good result which allowed Mr Brooks (a.k.a. “the wicket machine”) to put some pressure on the new batsmen, almost taking a hat trick with 2 overs 3 for 3. Greg Cook bowled well and Ezekiel and his Dad each got a wicket. We were thinking 3 overs to go at 9/174 would be an easy task. Out walks game organiser Nick Govers who left us with an impression of what it takes to be a wicketkeeper batsman in the 1st grade T20 comp for Sydney Cricket Club. It went like this: 6,6,4,2,1,6,6,4,1,6,1 and he was 62 off 27 balls and we needed 223 to win.

We opened with Jed (29) and Richard (7) who made a solid start, especially Jed with his first dig at opening for the club. Ben Bhabra (37) was soon timing them sweetly over the fence before being the first victim of Bill Glaecken. For those who don’t know Bill, you don’t want to get hit on the pads late in the day as his umpiring is rather famous. 

Kitso (4) made a brief appearance before chipping one back to the bowler. Mr Brooks (17) was looking sharp with the bat before a mix up with Mitch (45) had Mr Brooks short of his crease. Brad (10) looked solid and Ezekiel (9) banged a couple of 4’s. Greg (0) kept Mitch company and Benno (10) hit some ball. We were 9/179 with 4 overs to hit 44. Soren (18*) hit 16 off the next over and 28 from 18 balls didn’t look so impossible with Mitch smashing them all over the park at the other end. Of course Bill was asked the question when Mitch attempted to flick one off his legs and passers by could hear Bill saying “that one sure wasn’t missing”. Up the other end, although the non-striker could see daylight between batsman and his leg stump however the umpire is always right and the game had ended competitive and close so all were pleased with the outcome and the day. 

Man of the match was Nick Govers for organising the game and winning it with some clean and memorable lofted drives. It’s nice to see some of that, even if you’re the bowler copping the stick.

The Team was: –  Jed Wesley-Smith 29, Richard Clarke 7, Ben Bhabra 37, Craig Kitson 4, Greg Brooks 17, Brad Small 10, Mitch Sturt 45, Ezekiel Hughes 9, Greg Cook 0, David Benson 10, and Soren Hughes 18*.

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 10-198 (Mitch Sturt 45) (32.3 overs)

Lost to

SCG XI: 9-222 (J. Hadley 2-16)    (16.5 overs)

By 24 runs

FoW: – 1-13 (R. Clarke); 2-78 (B. Bhabra); 3-80 (J. Wesley-Smith);4-84 (C. Kitson);5-109 (B. Small); 6-115 (G. Brooks);7-141 (E. Hughes); 8-158 (G. Cook);9-179 (D. Benson); 10-198 (M. Sturt).

The Bowling was: – B.  Bhabra 6-0-37-2; D. Benson 3-0-22-0; B. Small 7-0-28-0; M. Sturt 3-0-27-0; C. Kitson 6-0-30-2; G. Brooks 4-0-21-3; E. Hughes 1-0-13-1; G. Cook 2-0-8-0; S. Hughes 3-0-31-1.

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: 3 to J. Wesley-Smith, 1 each to G. Brooks, B. Small, B. Bhabra, and R. Clark.

Run outs:  Nil



No report has been received.

The lure of a chance to get out of the office early and hit some balls by the Harbour at Rushcutters Bay on a sunny Wednesday arvo was just too good to pass up. That and the building rivalry between the two clubs over recent years. It used to be all CCNSW but nowadays the Primary Club seem to be getting it over us now and again. Well in fact the last two games straight so was a chance to turn the tables.

Jim Hadley was our proud captain on the day. The fittest of all of us too. He won the toss and sent us in to bat, the first two lads, Plugin and Scott, coming back with two ducks and wondering if we were supposed to be out hunting. Yardy (5) put in some resistance, hitting a couple of square drives through slips and ticking the run rate along well. Enter Tom Robertson (16) coming in off a double golden duck. Dropped early, he commenced spanking balls over the park like a man begrudging of all that is the Primary Club but soon caught on the boundary hitting them well.

Richard Clarke (9) and Jay Perera (29) also chipped in with some nice strokes around the ground before falling all too soon. With Peter Buruma and Mick McCormick also returning with ducks and Fordham a courageous 3, Soren (45*) put up a little resistance including a nice free hit for six over square leg into the childcare centre. With Soren running himself around in circles, Jim Hadley (21*) put his foot down and hit the last three balls for six, powerful hitting and a sound example for the rest of us.

We had set a total of 9/134 from our 20 overs.

With the new Dukes swinging like a rusty gate in a thunderstorm, Buruma had it going both ways at his home game and picked up two early wickets. Soren enjoyed the sideways movement and was economical for a change. With Perera and Fordham taken a liking to by Steve Sheakey (a potential new recruit for later in the season and a solid Navy rep cricketer), we were looking a few beers short of a good time and needed to do something more to change to game. Jim Hadley stepped up and took 2 for 16 from 3, however the damage appeared to be done. A bit of bowling practice for the weekend later and Primary Club had cruised home on the day with three overs spare.

The Team was: –  Rupert Piggin 0, Patrick Scott 0, Ken Yardy 5, Tom Robertson 16, Richard Clarke 9, J. Perera 21, Peter Buruma 0, Soren Hughes 45*, Mick McCormick (w) 0 , Craig Fordham 3 and Jim Hadley (c) 21*

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 9-134 (S. Hughes 45*) (20 overs)

Lost to

The Primary Club: 4-135 (J. Hadley 2-16)    (16.5 overs)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1-0 (R. Piggin); 2-6 (K. Yardy); 3-13 (P. Scott);4-32 (R. Clarke);5-36 (T. Robertson); 6-38 (P. Buruma);7-40 (J. Perera); 8-90 (M. McCormick);9-102 (G. Fordham)

The Bowling was: -P.  Buruma 3.5-0-20-2; S. Hughes 4-0-11-0; J. Perera 2-0-26-0; C. Fordham 2-0-32-0; J. Hadley 3-0-16-2; R. Clarke 2-0-19-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: One to M. McCormick

Catches: One to P Buruma

Run outs:  Nil


(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 day.

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 web site

“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”

Another beautiful day for cricket at the Barracks.  It is certainly a lovely place to be on a sunny spring afternoon.  A 25 over game was agreed, as the Army boys wanted an earlier finish.

But on this occasion the less said about the cricket the better, at least from the C.C.N.S.W. perspective. The Army batted first, and had some strong hitters.  In my view this was the best Army side we had faced in this fixture for quite a few years.  And we were short of front-line bowlers.  Although the pitch was not an easy one to bat on, lots of bad balls (and some good ones also) were planted over the short boundaries.  Although we took some late wickets, the Army finished with the daunting total of 9-180 from their 25 overs.  Two stumpings by Will Jacobs behind the wickets perhaps the highlight for C.C.N.S.W.

When C.C.N.S.W. came into bat, the Army bowlers were better able to take advantage of the unpredictable wicket.  Although Richard Clark, Ken Yardy and Will Jacobs got C.C.N.S.W. to 1-45 after 8 overs, it was all downhill from there.  C.N.N.S.W. finished on 91 in the 23rd over.

But it’s not all about the result.  Both sides repaired to the Sergeants’ Mess (rather than the usual Officers’ Mess), and friendships were made or renewed.

The Result was: –

Army XI: 9-180 (25 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.: – all out 91 (22.4 overs)

By 89 runs

The Team (in batting order, with batting) was: – Richard Clark (18), Ken Yardy (11), Will Jacobs (w) (21), Patrick Scott (5), Tom Robertson (4), Paul Moorhouse (c) (13), Joe Scarcella (4), Al Yap (3), Nick Tartachuk (4), Jaya  Perera Dandeniya (dnb – injured), Chris Boyle (dnb – sub provided by Army for fielding innings only)

Fall of wickets: – 1-23 (R. Clark); 2-46 (W. Jacobs); 3-48 (K. Yardy); 4-52 (T. Robertson); 5-71 (P. Scott); 6-82 (J. Scarcella); 7-86 (P. Moorhouse); 8-91 (A. Yap); 9-91 (N. Tartarchuk – last man stood, as C.C.N.S.W. was short of batsmen).

The Bowling was: J.Scarcella 5-0-15-2; P. Dandeniya 3-1-16-0; P. Moorhouse: 5-0-46-2; R. Clark 2-0-21-0; N. Tatarchuck 2-0-19-0; A. Yap 5-0-34-3-35; C. Boyle: 2-0-14-2; P. Scott 1-0-10-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: two to W. Joseph


Run outs:  Nil


It was a lovely mild October day in Rose Bay when C.C.N.S.W. faced Cranbrook Old Boys at Danger Oval. In truth, we were playing a group of quite opinionated and very “young” boys. 

Losing the toss, Captain Simon James was happy as Cranbrook went into bat on a greenish deck. An early wicket in the second over to Peter Buruma with a chop on was a great start. But a couple of missed caught and bowled opportunities and some flighty shot selection seeing the ball regularly and tantalisingly just fly over the circle saw Cranbrook reach 54 before 14-year-old Oliver bowled their number 3 who was staring skyward. Cranbrook was in control at 2-118 at drinks and continued after the break with their opener and number 4 reaching 65 and 75 respectively.

Jim Hadley and Simon james tightened things up a little through the middle overs and Jed took a wicket with his first ball dismissing the opener with a great outfield catch by Mark Henwood at Long Off. More drop catches with balls now falling agonisingly short of outfield players were finally righted with a flurry of wickets at the end with some good keeping by Mitch Hetherington and 2 wickets from Mark Henwood, and was finished off by another bowled by Oliver Sissian-Turnbull. But Cranbrook Old Boys (Young Boys?) looked in control at the changeover with a healthy score of 6-231 from their 35 overs. Best of the bowlers were Mark Henwood with 2-18 off two overs at the death, Oliver with 2-60 (7 overs) and Peter Buruma 1-18 off four overs before he realised he’d tugged his hamstring in the warm up kicking the AFL ball. 

After a slow start with no runs off the first 18 balls  and Michael Beergah getting adjudged LBW, Tom Robertson  and Richard Clarke slowly ticked over the scoreboard and saw off the Cranbrook openers. Tommy hit a couple of sixes off his legs and the bowling team were heard to say “he’s only got one shot”! How little did they know about Tom’s love of the ‘Great Offside’. Their change bowlers came on and were hit to all corners of the ground and were promptly removed from the attack – one bowler hit Tom 3 times with (slow/medium) beamers and was almost asked to wind up his spell by the ever knowledgeable and restrained Jed Wesley-Smith.

With the score on 95 after 13 overs, Richard Clarke went for one too many poorly middled swipes and was caught for 31 (18). This didn’t stop Tom’s plundering and with Mitch Hetherington out there in support, the score raced to 2-132 by drinks with the Cranbrook Young Boys losing a little of their voice. With Tom (a heroic 84 from 69) falling shortly after drinks and Mitch (15 from 19) soon after, both to skied catches, C.C.N.S.W. still had some quality bats in the shed but looked a little less assured at 4-155. The new batsmen saw the run rate slow and a steady loss of wickets. Soren Hughes’s solid 32 (24) kept us in the fight but with the fall of his wicket, the end came quickly with C.C.N.S.W. finishing bowled out for 202 from 32 overs. 

History, and our Captain Simon James, would put the loss down to some undisciplined bowling, too many dropped (albeit tough) catches, our top order getting starts but not going on with it and the tail not wagging. A very even sharing of the responsibility. 

But Tom walked away with the VBs and was the C.C.N.S.W. player of the match with his measured and striking 84 off 69. 

Better luck next week boys. 

The Team was: – Mike Beergah 0, Tom Robertson 84, Richard Clark 31, Mitch Hetherington (w) 15, Jim Hadley 8, Oliver Sissian-Turnbull 2, Simon James (c) 9, Soren  Hughes 32, Peter Buruma 0, Jed Wesley-Smith (w) 2*, Mark Henwood 0

The Result was:- 

Old Cranbrookians: 6-231   (35 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.: 10-202 (T. Robertson 84; S. Hughes 32; R. Clark 31) (32.4 overs)

By 29 runs

FoW: – 1-0 (M. Beergah); 2-95 (R. Clark); 3-144 (T. Robertson); 4-155 (M. Hetherington); 5-163 (J. Hadley); 6-167 (O. Sissian-Turnbull); 7-198 (P. Buruma); 8-198 (S. James); 9-202 (S. Hughes); 10-202 (M. Henwood).

The Bowling was: -S.  Hughes 3-0-25-0; P. Buruma 4-1-18-1; O. Sissian-Turnbull 7-0-60-2; J. Hadley 7-0-44-0, S. James 7-0-27-0, J. Wesley-Smith 5-0-34-1 and M. Henwood 2-0-18-2

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: One to M. Hetherington

Catches:  one to both J. Wesley-Smith and M. Henwood

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to T. Robertson;  Two points to M. Hetherington ; One point to J. Wesley-Smith


The C.C.N.S.W. Masters have suffered a humiliating home ground defeat at the hands of current league leaders Auburn at Camperdown Park last Sunday 

Brett Favell, in place of the late arriving Mike Weaver, won the toss and due to the uncertainty of eventual team numbers, elected to put Auburn into the field. With a few exceptions, it was an insipid display of batting that followed, despite reasonable batting conditions when considering the lightening quick outfield. 

With special mention to Ben Stanic, new chum Luke Holman and Mick Tarrant, who applied themselves very well, the rest would consider to a man that they did not perform to their potential with the blade in hand. The Auburn bowling attack could be considered nagging, but not highly threatening so it was a disappointed team that took the field to defend a total of just 9-130 off the full 40 overs

With so few runs to play with, captain Mike Weaver rang the changes and it was too no avail against the powerful Auburn batting list. Mick Tarrant again acquitted himself well with the new ball however and he is the rock on which the bowling group must rely. He is a real act to follow in coming games. 

Congratulations to Martin Speiser, who avoided complete embarrassment for the club by taking the only Auburn wicket to fall, that of Labrooy, with a looping left arm spinner. Otherwise the Auburn batters thrashed the C.C.N.S.W. attack to all parts of the ground reaching the sub-standard target in just the 18th over. Two dropped catches didn’t help the C.C.N.S.W. cause, meaning that no real pressure was ever able to be applied, in what was a dark day in the annals of the C.C.N.S.W. Masters team.

A splendid afternoon tea and after match inter team relations was a highlight of the day though. I applaud everyone for their after match conduct, it’s this that still makes me very proud to be part of this Club

Next game is again at Camperdown. C.C.N.S.W. will take on Mosman-Collaroy on November 3 and will be looking to atone. All supporters welcome !

The Team was (playing 12): –  Ian Allmey b 28, Mike  Pinter r.o. 7, Scott Wells lbw 2, David Benson lbw 0, Brett Favell (w) c 0, Russell Biddle c 0, Martin Speiser c 0, Ben Stanic c 24, Mike Weaver (c)  b 3, Luke Holman  20*, Mike Tarrant 19* , Craig  Fletcher dnb, Sundries 9

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.:  9-130  (40 overs)

Lost to

Auburn: 1-134  (17.2 overs)

By 9 wickets

FoW: – 1- (); 2- ();3- ();4- ();5- (); 6- ();7- (); 8- ();9- ();10- ();

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant  7-1-37-0B. Stanic 3-0-27-0; C. Fletcher 1-0-12-0D. Benson  4-0-28-0M. Speiser 2-0-20-1-M. Weaver 0.2-0-6-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches:  Nil

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to ;  Two points to ; One point to


A great start to the Vintage official competition!

A BIG thanks to Garry Winney for assembling a very capable group of gentlemen and all the lead up/background work to get us on the park. I use the word park very loosely as Waterloo Oval resembled more like a beach! (See team photo below).

A perfect 24°C sunny day and a perfect start by winning the toss and electing to bat on what  looked like a patchwork quilt. Tufts of green grass on a solid dry pitch.

1 for 46 after 12 overs for a superb start by Ajoy Roy and Ross Dalgleish.  Ajoy as swashbuckling as ever with a boundary off the first ball. With more net sessions than a Vietnamese fisherman, he made a quick fire 30* retired, so the nets paid off! Apparently, he also likes fishnet stockings!! Ross was stumped down the leg side by a sharp Lions keeper off a leggie.

2 for 89 after 16 overs with Greg Brooks and Peter rolls combining for some power hitting with a flurry of sixes. Peter was  caught by the keeper diving forward after playing a pull shot more prematurely than a teen on heat with the ball hitting toe of bat and spooning up. 

3 for 106 after 20 overs. Greg retired at 30* in quick time. Sittampalam Ragavan (‘Raga’) was run out after colliding with the bowler and thinking he would not run him out as he was a fellow net practicer…wrong for the second time in the day. First was wrong way to get to the oval as he went to Waterloo Oval in North Ryde. He covered more territory than Bourke and Wills! 

4 for 153 after 28 overs. Garry Winney caught hooking. Hope his wife doesn’t find out!

5 for 177 after 32 overs. with Jay Patel bowled looking for quick runs. Jay gave more calls than 000 but John  Mesar was not falling for any suicide runs and stayed rock steady to keep the paramedics away.

6 for 179 after 33 overs. David  Wright played for the team going for quick runs and was caught at cover.

7 for 205 after 37 overs. John Mesar retired after compiling a very composed and cool 33*. Enter back first retiree Ajoy Roy. But thinking of fishnet stockings during his break had his head in the clouds as he thought to lift one into cow corners atmosphere and was skittled like a jilted lover.

8 for 206 after 38 overs. Paul Georgiadis hit one of the most unusual hook shots you will ever see for 4 that wenr straight past the keeper with his bat lucky not to send the keeper to the boundary as well. Then run out on a very close call. Enter next retirees Greg Brooks and Jim Robson who blast the last 3 overs for 22 to get us a very impressive total.

We knew we had to bowl and field well with a strong Lions batting line up (with many ex C.C.N.S.W. players), a short boundary on one side and a fast outfield with half of it slick desert.

1 for 15 after 2 overs. Off Paul Georgiadis’ first over, a brilliant catch by Garry Winney at mid off, hit very hard by Prianta Kariawasam (ex C.C.N.S.W.) that left part of the red of the ball on his hand. 

2 for 61 after 15 overs. Tight bowling by John Mesar and Paul Georgiadis. John succumbing to his sore back after 4 gutsy overs with more true grit than the outfield! 

3 for 72 after 17 overs. Raga and Greg Brooks held more firm than a Double D bra to keep them well behind the run rate and picking up 3 wickets between them. Wasantha Hettiarachchi (‘Wasa’) (ex C,C,N,S,W,) retired for a well played 30.* 

4 for 112 after 25 overs. Lions pick up the rate with Stanley smashing a few boundaries to also retire at 30 putting them back in contention. Ajoy Roy missed a chance to dismiss Stanley off Raga’s bowling at short mid off. He had to lunge forward for a catch but looked more like a falling brick pit chimney crashing to the ground! 

5 for 114 after 25 overs.  Jay Patel’s reliable offies rips into their middle order like him tucking into a chicken tikka! Harry Solomons as sub for injured John takes an amazing catch diving forward low to the ground like a 20 year old to Jay’s delight. Very honourable man Harry!

6 for 114 after 25 overs. Jay strikes again with fine skills by David Wright to stump a dangerous Janaka for a duck (to the delight of Raga as Janaka was the one that ran him out).

7 for 127 after 29 overs. A fine outfield catch by Raga to give Jay Patel a smile that cool cats wear. 

8 for 151 after 33 overs. Jay Patel bowls number 10 and at a run rate of 11 an over, the game is ours.

9 for 151 after 34 overs. Wasa comes back in but the fat lady is in full voice. Garry Winney gets him stumped by David Wright trying to put the ball into orbit. Mission accomplished. Well done lads.

An exciting game of cricket played in good spirit. Thanks again to Paul Georgiadis for entering the scores in My Cricket.

The Team was: – Ajoy  Roy 34, Ross Dalgleish 8, Peter Rolls (c) 23, Greg Brooks 43*, John  Mesar 33*, Sittampalam Ragavan 7, Jim Robson 41*, Garry Winney 6 , Jay Patel 13, David Wight (w) 1 and Paul Georgiadis 14

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 8-228 (G. Brooks 42*; J. Robson 41*; A. Roy 34; J. Mesar 33*) (40 overs)


Sri Lanka Lions: 10-163   (J. Patel 4-22)    (35.4 overs)

By 65 runs

FoW: – 1-46 (R. Dalgleish); 2-89 (P. Rolls); 3-106 (S. Ragavan); 4-153 (G. Winney); 5-177 (J. Patel); 6-179 (D. Wright); 7-205 (A. Roy); 8-206 (P. Georgiadis).

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 4-0-19-0; P. Georgiadis 7-0-33-1; S. Ragavan 7-0-33-2; G. Brooks 7-0-26-1; J. Patel 6-0-22-4; P. Rolls 1-0-16-0; G. Winney 2.4-0-5-2; J. Robson 1-0-9-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Two to D. Wright

Catches: One to each of S. Ragavan and G. Winney

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to G. Brooks; Two points J. Robson; One point to J. Patel



What a magnificent one-day strip prepared at Camperdown for the first JPS game of the 2019/20 season, it was a real credit to John Lee and his staff of groundsman in setting a new record for variable bounce and unexpected worm rooters in true Camperdown style. Simon James took one look at look at the pitch and the opposition and decided to bat with instructions to score no less than 400.

Sadly, St George Veterans couldn’t get more than 7 players together nor could they produce 7 men aged less than 50. We kindly offered three of our blokes to field for them and sent Tom  Robertson (as twelfth man) to the shops to make sure he couldn’t lock in a hat trick of golden ducks. The simmering dry heat at this point was reminiscent of an oven ready to bake some meat pies on a Monday night. 

Ian Allmey (49) and Mick Beergah (73) opened  for us, two blokes as big as the grand canyon and they made real damage to some of the bowlers early. It didn’t take long for Ian to get the fence posts singing like a xylophone in a kindergarten. The picnics soon began to disperse as Mick’s marathon of quick singles motored on. Shortly after Ian had sent the ball over to the cafe for coffee and croissants, he missed a straight one (and a fifty). This brought Simon James (28) in for, by his standards, a quick cameo against the veteran bowling attack in briefly building a partnership with Mick. 

Curtis Murray (16) was next in, hitting with lusty blows and solid striking, supported well by Mick turning the strike over and adding runs. While we wouldn’t make 400, 250 was looking good. Brett James (42) took over from Curtis and contributed more quality hitting. Our only nemesis appeared to be the slightly damp and crumbly surface, which had quickly deteriorated after the first over play and was turning bouncers into yorkers. Variable bounce removed Brett James, Paul Nash  and Mick Beergah (closing an innings of solid effort)  in quick succession. Ed Robertson and Soren Hughes added 44 in the last four overs by committing to the front foot and we closed with 6-278 – Craig Kitson, Jim Hadley, Peter Buruma in the bag and Tom sitting on the bench. A good start to the year and potential for consistent results for the season ahead.

Peter Buruma  opened the bowling with Soren Hughes, ‘Brooms’ leading the charge with 1 for 20 from 5 straight. Soren’s first ball was a full toss to gully but he recovered to create some infield catching opportunities and some good bounce from the otherwise dead pitch. Wherever Simon James looked, there were bowlers with their hand up ready to go. Brett James challenged the batsman briefly and Jim Hadley’s first over presented a missed stumping, a dropped catch and then another catch. He followed up with a second wicket next over and was the clear pick of the bowlers with 4 for 25 from seven overs. Craig Kitson bowled well at the other end, finishing with two wickets however was probably rushing through his overs due to the onset of rain. 

Mr Nash and Ed Robertson closed out the Vets, Ed unlucky to miss out on a wicket more than once and unleashed figures of 0 for 3 from four overs. Mr Nash sealed the deal in the 32nd over at a total of 138, the Vets never really threatening the bonus point win for C.C.N.S.W. 

Well played – and good performances from Mike Beergah, Ian Allmey, Jim Hadley, Edward Robertson and Craig Kitson.

The Team was: –  Ian Allmey 49,Mike  Beergah 73, Simon James 28 (c), Curtis Murray (w) 16, Brett James 42, Paul Nash 0, Edward Robertson 21*,  Soren Hughes 22*, Jim Hadley dnb, Craig Kitson dnb, Peter Buruma dnb

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: -6-278 (M. Beergah 74; I. Allmey 49; B. James 42) (35 overs)


St George Veterans: – all out 138 (J. Hadley 4-25)    (31.4 overs)

By 140 runs

FoW: – 1-64 (I. Allmey); 2-140 (S. James); 3-173 (C. Murray); 4-228 (P. Nash); 5-228 (B. James); 6-245 (M. Beergah).

The Bowling was: – P. Buruma 5-1-20-1; S. Hughes 4-0-18-0; Brett James 2-0-17-0;  J. Hadley 7-2-25-4; C. Kitson 6-0-42-2; P. Nash4-0-12-1; Ed Robertson  4-2-3-0.

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: One to C. Murray

Catches:  One each to J. Hadley, S. Hughes and C. Murray (w) 

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to M. Beergah;  Two points to I. Allmey; One point to J. Hadley.


Back to Camperdown on a worn and weary wicket furthest from the stand. Captain Stuart Ridge won the toss and chose to bat. Mike Pinter and Mick Weaver opened the batting. (The team has more Micks than a St Patricks day lunch). In the second over Mick Weaver in attempting a run was impeded in the straight when the bowler dived in front of him, slowing him down to ensure an easy run out for Lindfield.

Peter Rolls was batting well (17) then slammed a fully blooded forehand back to the bowler and was miraculously caught in a reflex grab at the ball. Mick McCormick patted a few back and then clipped a well time drive off his pads some eight inches off the ground to be plucked up very well at backward square.  Two good catches had ensured the pressure quickly mounted on CCNSW. Undaunted, Mike Pinter, like a good accountant kept compiling the numbers. However when John Munden went LBW at 4-55 the captain was a little concerned.

Mike Pinter then consolidated with Glen Mortell forming a much needed partnership, both retiring on 30. Martin Speiser (32) in his first game for the club put a very useful 30 together. Garry James and Mike Downey attempted to up the scoring rate as the overs diminished but succumbed. David Craig hit some good shots for a quick fire 7.  Mike Pinter returned (44no) and patiently added to his score.   Glen Mortell (43 no) hit three consecutive fours off the last three balls, a perfect final over finish resulting in CCNSW posting a reasonable target of 169. Providing the bowlers could take wickets and keep the pressure on Lindfield (who had a reasonably strong top order) the target was defendable.

Following the lunch break, full courtesies were shown to the umpire. The opening attack of Stuart Ridge and Joe Scarcella both settled into good lines.

Stuart got an early breakthrough bowling the opener.

Mick McCormick bowled like a junior school band, not a lot of rhythm but the occasional in tune high note that produced some wickets. The pitch was definitely keeping lower. Garry James bowled consistently and lacked a little luck in not rapping up the tail earlier. David Craig bowled some biting leg breaks and got a good wicket with a nice zooter.Stuart Ridge came back into the attack and had immediate results taking the remaining wickets in concert with the spinners.   

A good result rolling Lindfield for 116.

The Team was (playing 12): –  Mike Weaver 3, Mike Pinter 44*, Peter Rolls 17, Mick McCormick 0, John Munden 5, Glenn Mortell (w) 43* ret, Martin Speiser 32, Mike Downey 6, Garry James 0, Joe Scarcella 2, David Craig 7 and Stuart  Ridge (c) dnb

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 9-169 (M. Pinter 44*; G. Mortell 43* ret) (40 overs)


Lindfield Larrikins: 10-116 (M. McCormick 4-21; S. Ridge 3-15)    (31.1 overs)

By 53 runs

FoW: – 1-10 (M Weaver); 2-37 (P. Rolls); 3-50 (M. McCormick); 4-55 (J. Munden); 5-114 (M. Downey); 6-126 (G. James); 7-140 (D. Craig); 8-147 (J Scarcella); 9-157 (M. Speiser) 

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-1-15-3; J. Scarcella 6-1-28-0; M. McCormick 4-0-21-4; G. James 9-1-26-2; M. Weaver 4-1-11-0; D. Craig 1,1-0-6-1

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: One each to G. James, M. McCormick and M. Pinter

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to ;  Two points to ; One point to




Game cancelled because of rain.


                                 A Wet Patch Wicket for some Test Match Cricket 

The NSW Cricketers Club Masters missed a fabulous opportunity to start the season with a win against the Macquarie Uni Lecturers at Ross Gwilliam field.

Water had supposedly somehow seeped through the double covers and hessian matting to leave a significantly damp patch on the strip, approximately two metres long and short of short of a length, at the Southern end. The rest of the track was completely dry and the outfield well grassed.

C.C.N.S.W. had assembled at the ground early and organised, well before the opposition and so ‘Half Glass Full’ captain Mike Weaver was not looking for any excuses regarding the conditions. After some deliberation, it was determined by the significant persons that play would start at 1:30pm, with overs reduced to 35 per side. 

Winning the toss and batting, C.C.N.S.W. lost Tom Robertson first delivery of the day, making it two golden ducks on the trot for the great man. Undeterred by the horror start, new Masters chum – opener Ian ‘Allways’ Allmey – did what he ‘always’ does best, tearing into the bowling with ferocious off and straight driving. This was mixed with the occasional flick to leg when the bowling strayed, plus the odd dab through point for one run, occasionally two and never, ever three. Ian fell just short of retirement for a well made 37.

Numbers 3, 4, and 5 in the order – Scott Wells, Michael Weaver and Brett Favell respectively – were all looking reasonably solid after each smacking an early boundary, then each succumbing for single figures, caught from mistimed shots. All dismissals were to pretty ‘rank’ balls, to be brutally honest, which each man would admit to if pressed. Fortunately for them, the C.C.N.S.W. standard ‘Interrogation After Poor Batting’ (IAPB) procedures were not instigated on the day. Even with President Greg Brooks in attendance, militant questioning of the trio was graciously spared. 

Andrew Spedding at no. 6 looked very solid and focused only to be genuinely undone by a ball that hit the dreaded wet patch. The delivery slowed right up after pitching, causing him to be very unluckily bowled playing  early. Sincere apologies, Mr Spedding. 

Greg Brooks, ‘Jono’ Shaw and Mick Tarrant all applied themselves very well in the circumstances they found themselves in. With the Macquarie Uni bowlers buoyant after being handed the initiative, several very accurate deliveries were kept out, with nothing much to hit easily on offer. 

A couple of solid blows from other new chums, Ben Stanic and Andrew Dadswell, added a little bit more to the meagre first up total. Andrew was possibly a little unlucky to be adjudged caught, to finish the innings but we must accept it was the umpire’s call. 

Just 97 runs, a small total to defend and the talk after the break was all positive, with the team determined to put a good solid effort in the field 

Greg Brooks led the way in taking the new ball, bowling accurately to and past ‘The Patch’, being extremely unlucky not to remove opener Sutton. Jono Shaw struck an early blow, clean bowling the other Macquarie opener for a duck and then in his second over unfortunately strained a muscle. 

Ben Stanic eventually replaced him from the northern  end and put in a very encouraging debut spell for the club, getting some considerable in-swing at a very nice pace. 

The Macquarie batsmen dug in though and worked hard, defending well and putting away the loose ball. Ultimately this second wicket partnership was what decided the match. But off spinner Andrew Dadswell and seamer Mick Tarrant gave their all, each man eventually picking up a deserved wicket, at the same time preventing any Uni batter from retiring

David Craig had replaced President Brooks in the field after drinks and nearly had a stumping twice, while preventing the opposition from gaining a batting bonus point. This very quietly pleased the Skipper, who was full of praise for his team’s effort and feeling very positive afterwards despite the loss. 

A solid effort in the field by all except maybe one team member, who is suffering from sciatica. Special mention to Scott Wells and Tom Robertson for superb ground fielding. David Craig took a very well judged catch at mid off to a skier. Wicketkeeper Brett Favell was excellent standing up to the stumps. 

Macquarie took until the 27th over to pass the score and this is a testament to the spirit within the team. (Thank you very much guys for never throwing in the towel,  just a few extra runs to our total would have made the game very close) 

Next game is versus Auburn at Camperdown, October 27. C.C.N.S.W. will be grateful to be back at home and will be hoping fine weather and a good wicket is their just reward. 

The Team was (playing 12): –  Tom Robertson  0, Ian Allmey 37, Scott Wells 10, Mike Weaver (c)  6, Brett Favell (w)  6, Andrew Spedding  2, Greg Brooks  12, Jono Shaw 6, Mike Tarrant  2*, Ben Stanic  2, Andrew Dadswell  6, David Craig (dnb)

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 10-97 (I. Allmey 37) (33.2 overs)

Lost to

Macquarie University: 3-102      (26.2 overs)

By 7 wickets

FoW: – 10 (T. Robertson); 2-44 (S. Wells); 3-57 (I. Allmey); 4-63 (M. Weaver); 5-66 (B. Favell); 6-67 (A. Spedding); 7-74 (G. Brooks); 8-88 (J. Shaw), 9-91 (B. Stanic); 10-97 (A. Dadswell)

The Bowling was: G. Brooks 6-3-18-0; J Shaw 4-0-22-1; B. Stanic 3-0-20-0; M. Tarrant 8-2-14-1; A Dadswell 5-1-9-1; D Craig 2-0-9-0; A. Spedding 0.2-0-6-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: one to D. Craig

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – 3 to I. Allmey; 2 to M. Tarrant; 1 to A. Dadswell

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

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

C&S Round 10 V I Zingari (Australia)

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Saturday 28 January, 2017: Report By Ian Allmey

(Editor’s Note: About 5 of our regular C&S player were in New Zealand on the very enjoyable and successful tour to Nelson but this was balanced by the fact that I Zingari (Australia) were at the same time on a tour to Christchurch with a party of 38 including 16 players, many in their regular C&S side)

Captain Ian Allmey won the toss and elected to bat.

On an outfield that was much slower than usual, C.C.N.S.W. began steadily enough against a bowling attack of good quality. With Craig Kitson playing the anchor role, Ian Allmey made a quick-fire score of 21 before being dismissed. From there the wickets fell at regular intervals. Most of the batsmen managed to get a start but couldn’t capitalise to go on and make big scores. Paul Nash was top scorer with 26 runs.

At 8-104 and with the team looking at a total barely over 100, Luke Witherden joined the other Luke (Duggan) at the crease. Duggan was dismissed after a 10-run partnership, bringing No. 11 Joe Scarcella to the crease. Witherden was batting confidently and aggressively and Scarcella was steady and resolute in a supporting role. Together for the last wicket they put on an equal top score partnership of 31 runs, adding some respectability to the final score.

The C.C.N.S.W. innings of 145 was probably not good enough, it seemed, but at least we thought it gave the bowlers a reasonable total to defend in the conditions. Opening bowlers Witherden and Scarcella started well, bowling good lines and keeping it tight. Scarcella struck first, clean bowling one of the openers. Witherden also took an important wicket early on, giving C.C.N.S.W. some hope. Luke Duggan and Favid Byrnes came on as change bowlers, maintaining the pressure on the batsmen with good consistent bowling. Byrnes finished with 2 wickets from his 10 excellent overs.

However, the I Zingari (Australia) captain and No. 3, Geoff Lovell, an accomplished former first grader and a very experienced batsman, (Ed Note; Now aged over 50 and eligible for Classics; former Bradman Young Cricketer of the Year, Oxford Blue with first class batting average of 32; and former Board member of C.C.N.S.W.) kept the bowlers at bay and batted beautifully, making 72 runs. During this period only 31 runs were added at the other end. Undoubtedly, he was the difference between the sides. When he was finally dismissed, the third wicket to fall at 3-112, IZAs were closing in on reaching the target with plenty of wickets in the shed. This allowed the incoming batsman to take risks and bat with great aggression. They finally reached the target with 2 overs to spare.

The Team was:- Ian Allmey (c) 21 , Craig Kitson 10, Paul Nash 26, Regan Smith 2, David Byrnes 12, Alton Van Straalen 1, Matt Rennick 3 , Luke Duggan 15, Matt Gale (w) 8, Luke Witherden 14* and Joe Scarcella 8

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 10 -145 (34.1 overs)

Lost to

I Zingari (Australia): – 4- 146 (33) (overs)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1-31 (I. Allmey); 2-40 (C. Kitson); 3-51 (R. Smith); 4-82 (P. Nash ); 5-82 (D. Byrnes); 6-89 ( M. Rennick); 7-89 (A. Van Straalen); 8-104 ( M. Gale); 9- 114 (L. Duggan); 10-145 (J. Scarcella)

The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 6-1-21-1; J. Scarcella 5-0-24-1; L. Duggan 5-0-22-0; D. Byrnes 10-0-37-2; C. Kitson 4-0-29-0; P, Nash 2-0-10-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: One to M. Gale (w); one to Matt Rennick
Run outs: Nil
“John Russell” player points: – No details given