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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.



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




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


At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown, on Subday 24 September, 2017: Report by Terry Pontikos

Blues come out all guns blazing in home season opener

In a sizzling spring season opener, the Cricketers Club of New South Wales’ Masters outfit swept all before it in a comprehensive domination of Old Ignatians Cricket Club at Camperdown Oval.

Records tumbled for the Blues – reversing a feeble losing result against the same side in last season’s fixture – as  five batsmen retired and a C.C.N.S.W. Masters-best ever 261 runs were blazed.

Mike Pinter, John Munden, Mick McCormick, Brett Favell as well as new chum Frank ‘The Tank’ Chawhan all enjoyed the batter-friendly pitch conditions to plunder an under-strength Ignatians attack to all parts after John Munden plumped for the plank from his toss win.

The Camperdown deck was flat and dry and after learning of Friday’s Hume Highway closure, bowlers were on the lookout for diverted traffic.

It didn’t take long for the Blues to assert themselves with Mick Weaver (19) flat-batting an audacious six over mid-wicket in the fifth over from Rowles. At the other end Mike Pinter (41*) busied himself by building an impressive innings that featured fleet footwork and crisp stroke play.

‘Weaves’ was looking strong and settled but a rush of blood saw the stumps skittled as he played on to Rowles, who exacted sweet revenge. It was to be Old Ignations’ last taste of success for another 194 runs as the Blues top order took total charge.

Skipper John Munden’s (51) trip to the middle saw him instantly pick up the cudgel, putting a lean 2016-17 season behind him in one fell swoop. He rattled the pickets with frequency on his way to retirement, striking six boundaries and a massive major in an authoritative display.
Mick McCormick (40*), was the recipient of some tantalisingly slow change bowling that saw the Blues’ next-at-bats salivating over the veritable smorgasbord of fruit tingles on offer.

The evergreen right-hander expertly played what was in front of him in a typically professional turn where bad balls were dispatched and the good ones denied entry through his guard.

Mike ‘Punts’ Pinter chalked up his first Blues Masters league retirement in fine style with five luscious fours punctuating a momentum-building dig that helped set his side on course to victory.

It was a run-festivus for the rest of us as the Blues bats were watched-on to drinks having already brought up three figures, 1-123 at the cool clip of six an over. The Blues players revelled in the carnival atmosphere, enjoying the newly-minted dressing room and kitchenette facilities, once Bletchley Park’s finest cryptanalysts had been summonsed by ‘El Presidente’ himself – Greg Brooks, to crack Council’s time-lock code to get them open.

It was a rare treat to have some C.C.N.S.W. club-mates in attendance as they arrived after the net-session at Sydney University. Brooks regaled the group with campfire stories fit for any occasion and Crooks appeared to have found an impossible gear of laid-back as he necked a cold stubby.

By this time an unassuming newbie, Frank Chawhan (40*) was pouncing on anything short or tasty in firm fashion. The pugnacious and powerful Chawhan also struck the fence five times in what was now a procession of boundaries for the Blues as the Old Ignatians bowlers could not take a trick on the lifeless straw-like Camperdown tarmac.

Brett Favell (45*) became the fifth Blue to turn on the style and he did that with trademark aplomb – brutish bashes interspersed by a less-often-seen pragmatic shot selection. Favell panelled five fours and plundered a lusty six when on 39 to go into retirement.

‘Favs’ turned up an hour late, his body clock already attuned to daylight savings time a fortnight early yet there are signs that he is a ‘new and improved’ model this season, powered along by a watermelon-flavoured vaping apparatus he used to send smoke signals to his partner in another suburb.

At 2-218 after 34 overs, it was a case of how many for C.C.N.S.W. Dave Benson (1), Terry Pontikos (2), Mark Delaney (0) all gave the scorers arthritic respite in missing out on the bonanza.

And it was left to the skipper Munden to close out the innings with debutant Craig Fletcher (3*). The retiree returned to reach a fabulous 50 with a deuce of frenetic twos before being well caught at midwicket on the last ball of the innings in the search for one last picket. 5-261- was the kind of total the Blues seldom reach and they weren’t about to allow anything to sour the cavalcade of carnage they visited upon Old Ignatians.

The visitors’ innings started in similar fashion with a steady flow of boundaries. It became apparent quite quickly that the warm conditions in concert with a listless deck were playing the most pivotal role in the match. But such was the ocean-liner luxury of scoreboard pressure the Blues could apply, this game was already as good as over.

Thomas had dashed a pair of early boundaries for Ignatians but dragged on a wide ball from Craig Fletcher (9-1-36-2) who was bowling nice early hoopers in to the right handers. The stocky left-arm Queenslander put aside the hurt of the Broncos’ finals performance and showed the type of grit his footy team couldn’t do and went close several times before enticing Tyson to nibble one that was pouched behind by everybody’s favourite Trombonist, Brett Favell.

Lee Witherden (9-2-41-1) was wheeled around to the juicier end and bowled tight lines. Ignatians veteran opener, McKay, was chipping them around in the heat and frustrating any thoughts the Blues had for an early finish/beverage. He was joined by Frawley who started sluggishly but got going soon after and the pair climbed into a big partnership for the third wicket. By drinks, Ignatians were at full speed but already off the cracking pace they required, at 86-1.

It was now the Blues’ turn to chase leather as Frawley smashed six boundaries in consecutive scoring shots on his way to a quick-fire red inker. Munden rolled out the changes to no avail as Dave Benson (7-0-33-1) – in his first spell, Mark Delaney (4-0-18-1), Mick McCormick (2-0-9-1), and Terry Pontikos (5-0-27-0) all toiled manfully but failed to deliver a breakthrough.

Capping one of the great fill-in cameos seen in recent years, Frank Chawhan (4-0-17-1) was the partnership breaker, sneaking one through the gate to remove McKay, whose neck hanky held more moisture than the last three months of average Sydney rainfall.

Easy came in, got going and made life the exact opposite for the Blues as he reached retirement. And Garling was well on the way when he popped a sprocket with some comically over-zealous swinging to retire hurt on 26*. His premature demise signalled the end of the Old Ignatians’ resistance and they would fall well short of the hefty target set them by the rampant Blues bats.

An enormous amount of rust-abatement and cobweb cleansing was on show from both teams but while C.C.N.S.W. phoned it in at times in the field, Benson and Witherden chipped in with late wickets and behind left-armer Fletcher, who shone on debut, were the pick of the Blues’ bowlers.

A pleasing first home encounter with the points banked gets the Blues of to an ideal start in what will undoubtedly prove to be a challenging campaign in the top division of the competition. Another advantage is the knowledge that 200+ will be a par score on Camperdown this season, unless the wicket gets a little TLC from the heavens above.


The Team was: – Mick Weaver 19, Mike Pinter 41*. (ret. not out), Mick McCormick 40* (ret. not out), John Munden (c) 51, Frank Chawhan 40* (ret. not out), Brett Favell (w) 45* (ret not out), David Benson 1, Terry Pontikos 2, Mark Delaney 0, Lee Witherden 2, Craig Fletcher 3*.


The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6-261 (J. Munden 51; B. Favell 45*; M. Pinter 41*.; M. McCormick 40*.; F. Chawhan 40*) (40 overs)


Old Ignatians C.C.: – 5-181 (C. Fletcher 2-36) (40 overs)

By 80 runs.

FoW: – 1-24 (M. Weaver); 2-218 (D. Benson); 3-229 (T. Pontikos); 4-230 (M. Delaney); 5-237 (L. Witherden); 6-259 (J. Munden).

The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 9-2-41-1; C. Fletcher 9-1-36-2; D. Benson 7-0-33-1; M. Delaney 4-0-18-0; M. McCormick 2-0-9-0; T. Pontikos 5-0-27-0 and F. Chawhan 4-0-17-1 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil
Catches: – One to B. Favell (w)
Run-outs: – Nil

Player points: – 3 points to J. Munden; 2 points to B. Favell; 1 point to M. McCormick


Masters Round 10 V Pennant Hills

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the game, here’s what they said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

Pennant Hills: – 9-182 (40 overs)

Lost to

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

By 3 wickets

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

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

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

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

Masters Round 6 V Macquarie University

Masters At Ross Gwilliam Field, Macquarie University Sports Ground On Sunday 11 December, 2016: Report By Terry Pontikos

Scrooged: A Cricketer’s Club Christmas Carol

The Blues Masters side has ended its year on a successful note with a thrilling victory over the previously unbeaten Macquarie University.

It was the turn of the C.C.N.S.W. Masters men to play ‘Grinch’, restricting the University side to a gettable 155, and then reaching the score late in the day. In a highly disciplined batting display that invited a tense last hour of play, the Blues used a miserly run rate to arrive at the target with restraint being a continuous theme.

As a contrast to the recent collapse to Warringah, the top and middle order were all about the value of their wickets and it was refreshing to see. Macquarie University was full of confidence on their home deck, boasting the Comp’s two leading wicket-takers, slow bowlers at that and also a handful of the top ten batters.

The wicket was generously grass-covered in areas but dead all over in terms of sustained support for pace and seam. The bounce was low but steady on a small outfield that made scoring tricky when fields were set deep.

Richard Bryant extracted spitting bounce early, bowling at a blistering clip. A lone uncaught fine edge between keeper and first slip to show for his troubles.

On a day which saw Mike ‘The Treasurer’ Weaver not only come back from a long lay-off but also take the helm with the brackets ‘c’, the Cricketers’ Club seemed steeled for a long-haul effort in warm conditions.

Naturally Weaves lost the toss and was itching to get out there. He’d been living and breathing every nudge for one and cut for four for months. Training sessions, tours, you name it. He’s been the most active injured player in the history of league cricket.

It was the big test finally for his ‘gammy’ knee, the wretched cartilage betraying a man who just can’t seem to get enough cricket into his system and certainly not from want of trying.

Macquarie University came out to bat with stride and purpose, with openers Rose and Sutton teeing off early with a mixture of commanding and daring shots, racing to 70 runs from 12 overs. The scorching start included six finely struck boundaries that left the Blues shell-shocked.

Cricketer’s Club, as far as energy in the field was concerned, was phoning it in for the first ten but almost to a man became revitalised when Lee Witherden (9-1-40-1) broke through Rose’s concentration to rock his off peg. The wicket followed a series of saved boundaries. The breakthrough sparked a team-wide lift in attitude that caused a four-wicket crash for 13 runs before drinks to see Macquarie University stagger to the break at 4-83..

Sutton retired after a brilliant and breezy match-high score of 52* but not before being troubled by Richard Bryant’s (8-0-43-0) pace and later Witherden’s length and movement through the air. The Blues were exerting great pressure from the field now and would be rewarded with two later order run outs through the trusty arm of Jim Hadley, both at stages when the Blues wanted to strike to keep their momentum.

David Benson (6-3-18-3), a man with the Midas touch with the pill this season, again set the tone with a great spell of wobbling darts at first change. He knocked over Macquarie’s number 3 and 5 bats with castle cutters and together with Graham Buck (9-2-20-2), ensured a game-winning 5 wicket combined haul for only 38 runs in 15 overs. ‘Bucky’ bowled a beautifully controlled spell that proved he has the ability to contain as well as claim key wickets. University couldn’t buy a run at one stage, the sluggish wicket and deeper set fields proving a challenge for incoming batsmen.

While Macquarie’s tail wagged somewhat, universal opinion was that this was one of the C.C.N.S.W. Masters’ finest efforts in the field and with cherry. All the bowlers applied tight lines and discipline with runs at a real premium. Catches were held and players backed each other up in the field in a pleasing display of teamwork.

Benson (‘Beno’,) Witherden (‘Lee-Roy’) and Hadley (‘Hadds’) covered plenty of ground, using their still-lively arms to good effect from the boundary. Weaver (’Weaves’) and Craig Somers were omnipresent in close, applying pressure and saving runs being added to the ask.

Macquarie went into a spiraling funk they never really emerged from. Mick McCormick (3-0-8-1) chimed in with the wicket of the stubborn Edgerton. Mark Delaney took a ‘special’ skied catch at mid-off from ‘Beno’s 3rd set of rocks, holding his nerve and the nut as the ball swirled down upon re-entry to the stratosphere.

Jim ‘Wizz’ Hadley (5-0-18-1) trapped University’s number 10 plumb in front after the batsman attempted a reverse park of his feet in front of the poles to a ball that was hitting all three halfway up.

‘Mr Favellous’, Brett Favell kept a clean and tidy wicket in a great day out, having a hand in the two run outs and stopping an avalanche of runs down leg, conceding only 2 byes for the innings.

If the Blues had turned ‘Scrooge’ in the field then it was quite clear they would encounter similar starch from the undefeated University. A total of 155 seemed simple but mid-range chases like these in cricket rarely are for most teams.

A bounty of a lunch spread awaited both sets of combatants. The cold chopped fruit plates and sandwiches would have done Jamie’s school dinners proud for the presence of healthy choices and kept on loving parched players throughout the afternoon. Full marks to the Macquarie boys. This scribe rated it the best spread of the season to date.

Mike Weaver (33) and Craig Somers (10) started the Masters’ climb deliberately and cautiously, using ten overs to knock off the first 30 runs. Both men were in good nick but University gave very few cheap runs. Instead of regular boundaries, bunting singles around seemed the smart play.

Somers was the first to depart, unable to extend his superior run of form when he feathered an edge to the keeper from the bowling of Payne. Jim Hadley (41* ret) took to the centre as the Blues team sat back, expecting fireworks as per Big League program.

But ‘Hadds’ was having none of it. He studiously applied himself to grinding a start until the faint run rate saw him glitch back into ‘Axe man of the Apocalypse’ mode. He skied an attempted straight slog so vertically that by the time it came down, the entire University slips cordon were under it and playing rock, paper, scissors to decide who’d pouch it.

The indecision proved costly. The ‘keeper called off other catchers in better positions and promptly made a hash of it, over-reading the position of the ball and grassing it back over his shoulder.

‘Hadds’ sought to re-apply himself and make the opposition pay. His next lash out would be more substantial and saw a collective gulp from the Macquarie team as Jim swatted one expertly long over mid on, one bounce.

At the other end, ‘Weaves’ was putting theory into execution, turning the strike and showing inventiveness of his own such as his cheeky cross-line fetch to a vacant mid-wicket boundary that helped break the shackles. Their partnership added 37 for the second wicket.

‘Weaves’ finally lost concentration after facing a series of full pitched balls from Coey and then battered the next wide half-tracker straight down the gullet of gully. However he’d more than done his job in a fine return from the Masters’ Administrator and Chief Financial Officer.

Mark Delaney (15), the swashbuckling leftie looked to force the pace early. He too benefitted from an early life after clubbing a high dolly to mid on which was spilt by the Englishman with the mad ‘fro, Sutton – who’s mane was a manic mix of Barry Richards and Ronald McDonald.

Mark cut and drove well, looking to milk the slow straight-breakers of Folkard for boundaries but with a stacked off-side field more often than not the ball found University men rather than open ground. Patience was the order of the day as the pair compiled a further 27 runs in 10 overs, ticking the Blues towards the target.

Hadley was resolute, standing in defiant defence like an ancient Druid at a Stonehenge gala day. University was already ruing lost chances and heads began to drop. There would be another couple of chances as Blues batsmen were given lives through further poor catching. Another way to look at it was the scoreboard pressure applied to the fielding team through their modest tally. But scoreboard pressure runs both ways.

Jim retired with the self-confessed ‘slowest 40’ of his career but, for the balance of the batting line-up, his retirement simply made the game ‘safe’. At 100-odd for 3 in 30 overs with 55 more runs to rub off and the bulk of the batting intact, we could not possibly lose it from here. Could we?!

The runs dried up after Jim left and Mark was stumped off the wily bowling of Folkard. New batsmen Mick McCormick (14) and Brett Favell (8) attempted to lift the rate but found the going tricky. After the platform had been successfully laid, it seemed smart enough for the duo to continue with circumspection in their shot selection which runs contrary to the natural instincts of both players.

Both belted early boundaries before bogging down to the ultra-slow bowling of Folkard and Edgerton. With a pair of spinners barely pushing it through and a field set on containment, the run rate dipped back down to under three an over. Even with seven wickets in the bank it looked like a touch and go affair with over 5 runs per over now required from the last ten.

Just as ‘Favs’ started to find some rhythm he missed a straight one from Edgerton to go leg before. Pontikos (7) came to the crease intent on turning the strike and exploiting tiring fielders with quick singles. A boundary and consecutive threes from the pair dialed the pressure down.

The batsmen discussed a hit and run mentality with so many wickets still in hand and overs disappearing. Pontikos was immediately run out by the bowler after a suicide attempt at a single. This brought David Benson (3*) to the square with the Blues now only 16 runs adrift with three overs remaining. Run a ball stuff.

Mick became Edgerton’s second scalp, also falling leg before to a straight ball. The task of reaching the victory target would be left to a pair of bowling heroes, ‘Beno’ and Richard Bryant (12*). ‘Richo’ made short work of the cleanup, smashing a four then a booming straight six to claim the winning runs in certain style.

The Team was: – Craig Somers 10; Mike Weaver (c) 33, Jim Hadley 41* ret Mark Delaney 15, Brett Favell (w) 8, Mick McCormick 14, Terry Pontikos 7, Richard Bryant 12, David Benson 3*, Lee Witherden dnb and Graham Buck dnb

The Result was: –

Macquarie University C.C.: 10-153 (D. Benson 3-18) (39.5 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: 6-156 (J. Hadley 41* ret; M. Weaver 33) (38.4 overs)

By 4 wickets.

FoW: – 1-30 (C. Somers) 2-62 (M. Weaver) 3-94 (M. Delaney) 3-105 (J. Hadley 41 *retired) 4-123 (B. Favell) 5-140 (T. Pontikos) 6-147 (M. McCormick)

The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 9-1-40-1; R. Bryant 8-0-43-0; D. Benson 6-3-18-3; G. Buck 8.5-2-20-2; J. Hadley 5-0-18-1; and M. McCormick 3-0-8-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil

Catches: one each to M. Delaney, J. Hadley and M. Weaver

Run-outs: – two to J. Hadley

Player Points: – 3 points to J. Hadley; 2 points to D. Benson; 1 point to G. Buck

Masters Round 5 Vs Burwood CC



Back to much improved home conditions at Camperdown, the C.C.N.S.W. Masters have rebounded from the previous disappointing away loss, to Warringah, at Curl Curl. Despite losing Captain John Munden with illness during the lead up days, the lads were able to post a creditable winning performance against the very well respected Burwood Briars.

The win demonstrated the strength and experience of the squad, as Mark Delaney, Steve Beck and Rick Bryant were welcomed in for this match. Graham Buck was also able to be included for John and made excellent use of his opportunity.

Recognition that we have a squad, from which every member will contribute to the Match Day XI or XII, at different stages, is important to maintain season winning momentum and team spirit. Everyone is to be recognised and utilised. Note that proven performers Mick McCormick, Jonathon Seifman and Terry Pontikas were also unavailable for this match. And with Stuart Ridge a very viable bowling option if called upon, the depth is apparent and should not be taken for granted.

V.C., Weaver, is poised to return from injury…

Scores: C.C.N.S.W. 6-230 (cc 40 overs, batting first) defeated Burwood 9-180 (all out)

The team that played is stated below (batting order), with some notation about each player:

Craig Somers: 50*. Craig lead the way again and is the best batsman so far this season. A feature was his superb leg side play. The coveted No. 3 looks his spot, in the coming weeks. Good effort in the field, missing a tough chance a backward point that he did well to get a hand on.

Mike Pinter: 40* ret. Fantastic for ‘Punter’ to reach the batting retirement mark for the first time for the club. It was a very patient knock and set us up for a great start, with both openers retiring. Usual effervescent ground fielding display.

Steve Beck: 12 runs and 5-0-24-1. Looked in fantastic form smashing a superb six and a four. Unfortunately a misunderstanding with Brett Favell, as to who was actually going to run, resulted in an unfortunate end to Steve’s innings. Some great off spin bowling followed though, for him to nab the prize wicket of Burwood’s Greg Matchett.

Jim Hadley: 0 runs and 1 catch. Smashed the first ball he received to cover to record a rare ‘duck’. Excellent as stand in skipper, under the circumstances, as Garry James was unable to field. Rang the bowling and fielding changes very well, although forgot to actually bowl himself! Jim’s steadying influence is immense to this squad and his unselfish nature is always apparent. Demonstrated a very safe pair of hands to catch a skier.

Brett Favell: 5 runs, one stumping, 2 catches. Fav’s did a good job behind the stumps as we have come to expect and is an excellent gloveman. Missed out with the bat again. Everyone knows his capabilties though and a good score is just around the corner. The best wicketkeeper batsman in this comp, when ‘on song’.

Mark Delany: 40* ret. And 5-0-25-2. Breezy 40* retired from this very fit and disciplined cricketer. Hit a massive six past the sheds which took some time for the opposition to retrieve the pill. Mark backed his innings up with two handy wickets at the bowling crease and his fielding was sound.

Richard Bryant: 40* ret. And 6-0-36-2. 1 catch. Very nice 40* retired from Rich with an ounce of good fortune, with one fielder scared to catch it. That is what this bloke does though – strikes fear in the opposition, with both bat and ball. Two wickets at a ripping pace on good hard off side lines, while occasionally attacking the stumps, helped ensure the win.

David Benson: 2 runs and 6-0-29-1. ‘Benno’ missed out with the bat this match, going after the spinner a little early and coming undone. Picked up a handy wicket and fielded well. His mobility in the field and superb throwing arm give the side a comparative advantage. Dave is an excellent team man and on his day handy in every facet of the game: batting, bowling, fielding and… organising the beers…cheers!

Lee Witherden: 4 runs and 7-1-25-0. Lee contributed a handy boundary in the run acceleration with G. James and bowled very well in this match without getting a wicket. He was very accurate, delivering at nice lines to compliment his outswingers. 0-25 off 7 overs, 1 maiden. Is bowling with good rhythm and determination. A very good fielder as well.

Garry James: 20*. Garry had returned to the team in great spirits, having come off involvement in his much loved interstate police team tournament. He made a dashing 20* to boost the team score at innings end. Unfortunately treading on a ball while running and twanging a thigh muscle, he was unable to take the field. A probable result of playing a bit too many cricket games, his fifth or sixth in ten days or so, means Mr James can relax and rest up from now on until the after the Christmas break. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Gaz, see ya next year…

Graham Buck: 2 runs and 8.1-1-31-3. Graham was very happy to be included in the eleven at the death and was unfortunately run out after James trod on the ball, leaving the Burwood keeper with not much to do to effect his dismissal. His mixture of slower and quicker balls was very well executed. He bowled the right lines in this match, to a more protective field, which enabled him to snare 3 very important scalps. It was an excellent contribution from a player that always wants to give his all for the team.

Next match is against Macquarie Uni away and the last before Xmas. (We want to do well again, so please arrive early, gents).

The Team was (playing 12): – Craig Somers 50*, Mike Pinter 40* ret, Steve Beck 12, Brett Favell (w) 5, Mark Delaney 40* ret, Jim Hadley 0, Dave Benson 2, Richard Bryant 40* ret, Luke Witherden 4, Garry James 20*, Graham Buck 2 and Mike Weaver (dnb)

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6 – 232 (C. Somers 50*, M. Pinter 40* ret, M. Delaney 40* ret, R. Bryant 40* ret) (40 Overs)


Burwood C.C.: – 10 – 180 (37.1 overs)

By 52 runs.

FoW: – 1-89 (R. Beck); 2-99 (J. Hadley); 3-103 (B. Favell); 4-120 (D. Benson); 5-156 (L. Witherden); 6- 202 (G. Buck)

The Bowling was: – L. Witherden 7-1-25-0; G. Buck 8.1-1-31-3; R. Bryant 6-0-36-2; D. Benson 6-0-29-1; S. Beck 5-0-24-1 and M. Delaney 5-0-25-2

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: – One to B. Favell

Catches: – Two to B. Favell; one to each of R. Bryant and J. Hadley

Run-outs: – Nil

Player Points: – 3 points to R. Bryant; 2 points to M. Delaney; 1 point to C. Somers .

Masters Round 4 Vs Warringah CC


Seifman shines but Blues humbled in the heat by Warringah.

It began in some weirdness. Five burly men with a variety of plump cricket bags in a bench-lined dressing room that was cosier than a Donald Trump slumber party and hotter than his spa at the same soiree. Needless to say the quick kitting-up which would do any Marvel superhero proud wasn’t followed by a pre-match pep-talk.

It was 30 degrees in the shade but a cooling sea breeze soon turned into a ferocious westerly gale – inciting some crazed play – unfortunately mostly from within C.C.N.S.W. ranks.

It was more than the collective Sat-Nav fail and night before ground-swap that saw the Blues enter the fray like Brown’s cows and play like lost sheep. Complacency reared its ugly head for the first time this season after a couple of good wins had lulled the Masters squad into a false economy of their own worth.

This was a scrap for third position on the ladder, a great opportunity for the Blues to gauge their progress against a more-fancied opponent away from home. In a major setback, Warringah taught the Blues the valuable lesson that winning cricket begins with robust preparation. If not physically then at least mentally.

The nightmare started early and there was no letup. After winning the toss and batting, John Munden (7) drove and punctuated the field three times before becoming the first casualty, a spooned a catch from Muldoon with the score on 12. Without any addition Mike Pinter (1) tickled one through to the keeper to give Wyatt his first pole.

With Craig Somers (6) and Jim Hadley (18) at the crease, calm was restored but it didn’t last too long. ‘Hads’ freed the shackles with four booming boundaries in another of his now customary brisk starts. But Somers never got going and Wyatt struck again. 3-37.

The Cricketers’ Club were in disarray but worse was to follow. Somers’ dismissal triggered a middle order meltdown in what appeared to be an audition for places on the national team. With Craig’s wicket it’s fair to say the team went into panic mode at the prospect of finding a new mainstay to glue the innings together.

The Blues lost Mick McCormick (0) to a feather behind from a perfect leg-cutter from Wyatt. Hadley became the first of three scalps claimed by the leg-spin of Adams, followed by Dave Benson (0) who was trapped leg before first ball by the tweaker. Terry Pontikos (22) negotiated the hat-trick ball with the Blues innings now on life support at 6-37.

Brett Favell (6) thumped a straight boundary from Newman before the bowler refurnished his castle two balls later. Lee Witherden (0) didn’t deal with an Isaac Newton-like fruit drop, losing his middle stump to the flighty spinner who was being made to look more like a Murali than a ‘Funky’ Miller type.

For all intents and purposes at 8-52, the match was effectively over. C.C.N.S.W. had lost 8-40 in one of the most chaotic and self-destructive sessions of batting seen since every Australian Test Match this calendar year. The stage was now set for a tail wag. Jonathan Seifman (43*) did not disappoint.

The ‘Tonker from Honkers’ kept it simple as is his usual modus operandi, backing his defence to repel the sugar whilst nourishing the Blues card by sweetly punishing the bad pieces of fruit.

Like many of the Masters’ side who enjoy the feeling of plank on pill, Jonno loves nothing more than to give it some serious tap. But on Sunday he showed brains and brawn – digging himself in with good discipline whilst facing 19 balls for his first six runs – before ultimately cutting loose in a wild blaze of boundaries.

A scything square cut was the shot of the day right out of the screws. There was more wood on it than in Ian Allmey’s back deck. Jonno was finding the bushes as easily as a Nimbin nudist, striking more fours than the entire Warringah side.

There were eight pickets in his whirlwind knock, as he dragged some respectability from a rampant Warringah side whose bowling was made to look a lot more potent than it really was.

Seifman’s retirement came after a flurry of delightful fours within 29 more runs which sizzled from his blade from a further 14 deliveries. Jonno had found his natural rhythm. His innings pepped up a downcast side and at least gave the Blues bowlers a token number to bowl at.

A 61-run partnership for the eighth wicket saved blushes of humiliation but when Pontikos and then Stuart Ridge (1) both fell to Newman before Jonno could re-start his mincer, C.C.N.S.W. had been dispatched for 126 after 32.5 overs. Not even close to enough runs on what would prove a reasonably batsman-friendly track.

Warringah never looked like missing the modest target set for them. Everything had to go right for the Blues but nothing did. Stuart Ridge (7-1-25-2) and Lee Witherden (7-2-18-0) toiled gamely with the new ball. Ridge struck in the fifth over, removing Dolby for 5, Warringah 1-12.

Graham Buck (7-0-30-1) made it stereophonic breakthroughs with the wicket of Day, caught Hadley for 20. Warringah survived a potential two-wicket turning point when David Benson grassed a sharp chance at short cover from Witherden which was followed soon after by a missed stumping chance from Jim Hadley’s bowling.

The moment had passed for an undeserving Blues side who had to suffer the steady process of Warringah’s bats reeling in the total with only two further wickets lost, with David Benson (2.2-1-4-1) chiming in with a late pole.

The pick of the bowlers was Stuart Ridge who consistently hit the doily outside off and pressured the batsmen early. All of the other Blue canon-folk bowled well and without much luck but this was a tale about the batsmen failing to produce a total the bowlers could realistically defend.

The Team was (playing 12/batting 11): – John Munden (c) 7, Mike Pinter 1, Craig Somers 6, Jim Hadley18, Mick McCormick 0, Brett Favell (w) 6, David Benson 0, Terry Pontikos 22, Lee Witherden 0, Jonathan Seifman 44*, Stuart Ridge 1 and Graham Buck dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-126 (J. Seifman 44*) (32.5 overs)

Lost to

Warringah C.C.: – 4-127 (31.2 overs)

By 6 wickets.

FoW: – 1-12 (M. Pinter) 2-12 (J. Munden) 3-37 (M. McCormick) 4-37 (C. Somers) 5-37 (J. Hadley) 6-37 (D. Benson) 7-51 (B. Favell) 8-52 (L. Witherden) 9-116 (T. Pontikos) 10-126 (S. Ridge)
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-1-25-2. L. Witherden 7-2-18-0, G. Buck 7-0-30-1, J. Seifman 2-0-12-0, J Hadley 5-0-25-0, M. McCormick 1-0-10-0 and D. Benson 2.2-1-4-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil

Catches: One catch to each of G. Buck; J. Hadley, J. Munden and L. Witherden

Run-outs: – Nil

Player Points: – 3 points to Jonathan Seifman; 2 points to Terry Pontikos; 1 point to Stuart Ridge