C&S vs SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS, AT CAMPERDOWN PARK, 12 JANUARY 2020
Match was abandoned due to intermittent rain and hazardous levels of bushfire smoke, so the team adjourned to the Camperdown Hotel for a JPS strategy meeting.
CLASSICS vs GEORGES RIVER, AT BLAND OVAL, 12 JANUARY 2020: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE
“A bad toss to win”
Cricketers Club won the toss and risked
batting first on a cool hazy afternoon after a brief shower before start of play.
At 2 down in the second over the
skipper was quickly regretting that decision but Mike Pinter and Mick McCormick
looked to be steering us out of trouble taking the score to 37 in the 10th
over without further loss. Sadly, that was as good as things got, with the loss
of 4 wickets for 5 runs ripping out the middle order to leave us reeling at
6-42. Glenn Mortell and Andrew Spedding briefly stopped the rot but, with runs
hard to come by, the hoped for lower order cameo didn’t materialise as we
succumbed for 59 all out after only 22 overs. Up against a strong attack in
difficult conditions, a couple of harsh lbw decisions confirmed it was not our
Stuart took wickets with his first ball
to each of the openers and Greg Brooks, into the attack early, also picked up a
quick wicket to give us some hope we could at least make them work for the win.
However, a counter attacking knock from the Georges River number 5, taking
advantage of the short straight boundaries, quickly snuffed out any thoughts of
a miraculous comeback and they passed our total at 3 down in the 15th.
A sobering loss to bring our winning
streak to a halt with two more tough games against top teams to come in
The Team was: Weaver (0), Pinter (17), Benson (1), McCormick (12), Rolls (0), Mortell (wk) (7), Brooks (0), Spedding (3), James (2), Ridge (c) (5), Craig (0*), Knox (dnb)
The Result was:
C.C.N.S.W.: 10 – 59 in 22.1 overs
Georges River: 3 – 60 in 15.3 overs
By 7 wickets.
The Bowling was: S. Ridge 5-1-9-2; M. Knox 3-0-12-0; G.J. Brooks 4.3-0-20-1; G. James 3-1-17-0
The Fielding was:
Catches: Pinter 1, Ridge 1
Player Points: Ridge 3, Pinter 2, McCormick 1
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 7 v THE DUM
BUSHIES AT BRAZILIAN FIELDS CP4, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 15 JANUARY 2020:
The Team was (7
players): – Vinay Kumar 12, Luke Eustace 11,
Nick Woon 27,Craig Fordham19,
Patrick Scott 4, Jarrod Mckie 4, Nicholas Tartarchuk 1
The Result was: –
The Dum Bushies 2-198
C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-80
By 118 runs
The Bowling was: – V. Kumar 4-0-30-1, L. Eustace 2-0-28-0, N. Woon 2-0-26-0,C. Fordham 2-0-24-0, P. Scott
2-0-24-0, J. Mckie 4-0-34-0, N. Tartarchuk 4-0-32-1
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 6 v BLOOD SWEAT AND BEERS AT MP7,
ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 18 DECEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Luke
Eustace 50, Peter Buruma 32, Patrick Scott 12, Jarrod McKie 12, Vinay Kumar 34,
Craig Fordham 16 *, Jayantha Perera 14 and Jim Hadley (c) 9
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 7-179 (L Eustace 50) (20 overs)
Blood Sweat and Beers: 6-184 (18.4 overs)
By 2 wickets
The Bowling was: – L. Eustace 2-0-22-1, P. Buruma 2-0-15-0, P.
Scott 1-0-10-0, J. McKie 3-0-16-2, V. Kumar 2-0-20-0, C. Fordham 3-0-39-0, J.
Perera 3-0-32-0 and J. Hadley 2.4-0-30-2
Fielding: – One catch to each of J McKie and C. Fordham
CLASSICS ROUND 6 v PENNANT HILLS
AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER 2019:
No report has been received
The Team was: – Mike Weaver 30* ret; Mike Pinter 14; David
Benson 12, Glenn Mortell (w) 1, Mick McCormick 23*, Garry James 33* ret. Stuart Ridge (c) 0, Michael Downey 2, Joe Scarcella 0, David
Craig 4*, Mick Knox dnb
The Result was:-
Pennant Hills: – 10-122
C.C.N.S.W.: 6-126 () (32.1 overs)
By 4 wickets
FoW: – 1- 25 (M. Pinter); 2-59 (D. Benson); 3-70 (G. Mortell); 4-107
(S. Ridge); 5-111 (J. Scarcella); 6-111 (M. Downey)
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 5-0-18-1; M. Knox 6-0-28-0; J.
Scarcella 7-0-33-2; G. James 8-0-19-3; D. Craig 3.2-0-8-3; M. Weaver 1-0-11-1
The Fielding was: –
to D. Craig; one to each of J. Scarcella and M. Weaver
Player Points: – Three points to G. James;
Two points to M. Weaver; One point to J. Scarcella.
C&S JACK PACE ROUND 5 v
SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER
2019: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES
For us, it was a chance to stroll through the
ordinary Jack Pace Shield rounds undefeated. For them, it was a must win, do or
die contest against their old foe and sworn enemy, Cricketers’ Club of NSW.
Sydney University Cricket was proud to
announce the introduction of the Sydney Uni Lions to its pride for the 2017-18
season, a rebranding of the Sydney University Veterans. The Lions would closen
ties to its Grade club and maybe even give those Metro Cup kids a second game
against some old blokes like Peter Buruma (how’s the hammy mate?) and an
unnamed pensioner who taps on with a gold card on his way to the game these
The Lions were however to be a ‘social’ team competing in the City &
Suburban competition for 2017-18 and provide students with a fun and flexible
cricket experience, whilst connecting with a vast network of its Alumni who
play for C.C.N.S.W. and enjoy afteroons spent spanking balls around Camperdown
as a new forms of “pure maths”, “cricket laws” or “advocacy by sledging”.
We won the toss and batted. Curtis Murray
looked the part with a solid on-drive but chipped one to mid-off. 1 for 5.
Simon James joined Tom Robertson and made sure of every opportunity to run Tom
out by reply. At one point, the keeper fumbled one at the stumps with Tom
halfway down and the partnership grew with a number of well struck boundaries
to 2 for 91 at drinks. Tom (on 30) edged one to the keeper and Mr Paul Nash
(18) was a suitable replacement until a fielder on the fence saved a six on the
fence off Paul Moorhouse.
Simon eventually missed a straight one on 51,
leaving Sam Millar to do some damage. 6, dot or 4 was the order of business and
a quick 42 from 23 balls was ended by yet another catch on the boundary. The
new Robertson (Ed), looked to be building a good innings however a mishit on 17
led to his demise, caught, and left Soren Hughes and Jim Hadley to scrap it out
over the last three overs. It was a victory for Jim on a count back, having
connected more often. 6 for 225 meant time for the best (and only) tea in City
The Lions were well fed at tea so as not to
take issue with the same bowler opening from both ends. He must been tired
after 10 overs straight but we’re all still wondering if it was Ed or Ian Robertson.
Edwian? Well bowled either way, with figures of 2 for 46 from 10.
Not much has happening with the bat for the
Lions who were 3-75 at the interval thanks to a wicket from Mr Nash. He and Jim
Hadley tied them in knots for a while before Tim Croft decided the Lions’ JPS
existence could still be recovered and so he started to hit the boundary.
Taking singles on nearly every ball, we put Edwian back in the game with a
couple of run outs in succession. Edwian’s father hit the stumps in the
field at the expense of Paul Moorhouse and Mark Henwood also picked up a couple
of wickets. With Mr Croft gone and not too much hitting left in the bag,
the Lions crawled along to the end until we finished their JPS dreams with a
last ball wicket.
So it’s a Merry Christmas and a Happy New
Year to you all and let’s hope we all get through bushfire season without
incident. Enjoy the break lads. Solid start to the season.
The Team was: Curtis Murray (w) 4, Tom Robertson 30, S. James
(c) 51, Paul Nash 18, Sam Millar 42, Ed Robertson 17, S. Hughes 19*, Jim Hadley
20*, Jed Wesley-Smith dnb, M. Henwood dnb, Ian Robertson dnb.
The Result was:-
CCNSW: 6-225 (S. James 51, S. Millar 42) (35
Sydney University Lions: 10-205 (35 overs)
By 20 runs.
FoWs: – 1-5 (Murray);
2-77 (T. Robertson); 3-108 (Nash); 4-139 (James); 5-184 (Millar); 6-195 (E.
The Bowling was: – I.
Robertson 7-0-40-3; E. Robertson 7-1-37-0; P. Nash 7-1-23-1; J. Hadley
6-0-29-1; J. Wesley-Smith 2-0-17-0; S. James 2-0-13-1; S. Hughes 2-0-16-0; M.
The Fielding was: –
Robertson 2, I. Robertson 1
Murray (w) 2, S. James 1, J. Hadley 1
Stumping: C. Murray 1
Player Points: – 3 to Ian Robertson; 2 to S. Millar; One to Edward Robertson
SOCIAL vs XXIX, AT BRADMAN OVAL, 15 DECEMBER 2019: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES
Bradman Oval is the proverbial jewel in the crown for Bowral, a high point of tourism and cricket anthropology. According to the colony, the land formed part of Governor Thomas Brisbane’s original land grant of 2,400 acres in June 1823 to John Oxley, Surveyor. His son gave it to The United Church of England and Ireland, who promptly renamed it ‘Glebe Park’ and cricket commenced in 1891.
Lord Sheffield brought an English team captained by Dr W.G. Grace whom soundly defeated the Twenty Four of Boural, all out for 46. The locals invented Don Bradman to return the lashing and eventually some statues of him and the museum et al, and in 1947 that the ground was formally marked as Bradman Oval.
The pitch is international standard is one of
the most sought after playing grounds in Australia. For the club, it was an
opportunity to take some 4 by 2 planks to the MCG “Mexicans” and make
good a couple of close losses in recent memory.
Losing the toss and being sent in to bowl, the
XXIX team had erred in realising this was actually to Tom’s liking and probably
a disadvantage to them given the haze of bushfires nearby impairing general
visibility. The pitch was also dry and reminiscent of the now usual Camperdown
Stu Ridge and Mr Knox opened for us, with some quality ball polishing locking in a good dose of swing bowling, Stu impeccable with 0 for 10 from 5 overs and Mr Knox impossible to get away with 8 overs 1 for 19. Brett James replaced Stu at one end, starting with a first ball bowled and another wicket fourth ball. A strong bowling partnership between Brett and President Brooks lasted until after drinks with only the occasional strike getting away from the fielders and Brooks picking up another batsman via a diving catch. 3 for 68 at drinks was a clear win in the contest for us and became a significant advantage.
The Melbournians had lay quiet in consolidating
their way back into the game from 3 for 28. The next session would require more
ambition. We too had tired a little and relaxed our fielding standards
somewhat. While it was hot and the smoke had also cleared a little, there was
still no explanation for Soren’s shirt shrinking 3 sizes after drinks. He
looked a little like the Marshmallow Man in his 13 year old son’s playing shirt
but alas, we digress.
XXIX ambition soon arrived in the form of Curtain and initially Brown (bowled by Brooks) then Stein who took a liking to Henshaw (aka Henwood) and Hughes (whose wardrobe stylist made his plump stomach seen upon each delivery) and scored 9 per over. Stu came back on for a bit, returned with interest, and they had set 207, Curtain with 104* to take back over the border.
From here it seemed smooth sailing. We rated it
a 250 par score on a plush outfield, low and slow pitch and beautiful batting
conditions on an international ICC accredited ground. Brando and Curtis opened
up. Curtis was solid, evident from his first on-drive which seemed enough for
the XXIX’s to move “Lightning Man” to straight on and save about 30
runs. Brandon was seeming them well but for some reason was hitting them
directly at each of the fielders in succession. We had made a sliwish but
positive start but lost Brando and Curtis shortly before drinks at 2/73.
From here Simon and Tom were called to appear
and the rest of us would be invited to watch a somewhat chanceless partnership
that took us over the line with some ease. Both batsmen looked comfortable and
assured of an imminent victory and the ball was hit to all parts of the ground.
Some highlights were Simon nearly enacting revenge on Tom for running him out
the week prior, Tom’s confidence on legside, Brett James and Soren (now
struggling to breathe in his ever shrinking shirt) sitting on the sideline next
in hoping Simon and Tom would run each other out and the elation and pure
happiness on Mr Brooks’ face when we drew level with about 5 overs to spare.
We spent the next 40 mins enjoying the sunlight and some cold beverages in the Bradman Library discussing whether the XXIX’s would host us at the MCG next year, how difficult it would be for them to beat us again and how well we played. Mr Brooks and some of the lads then continued the conversation late into the night at the Imperial Hotel and we were all better off for the experience. Well done lads, a good victory.
The Team was: P. Brandon 9, C. Murray 44, T. Robertson 71*, S. James 54*, B. James, S. Hughes, G. Brooks, G. Mortell, M. Henwood, S. Ridge, M. Knox.
The Result was:-
XXIX: 5-207 in 40 overs (M. Curtain 104*, M. Stein 44*)
CCNSW: 2-208 in 35 overs (T. Robertson 71*, S. James 54*)
By 8 wickets.
FoWs: – 1-42 (Brandon); 2-61 (Murray).
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 8-1-40-0; M. Knox 8-3-19-1; B. James 8-0-39-2; G. Brooks 8-0-33-2; S. Hughes 5-0-49-0; M. Henwood 3-0-26-0.
The Fielding was: –
Catches: S. Hughes 1, M. Henwood 1
Player Points:- T.B.A.
MASTERS ROUND 6 v GEORGES
RIVER AT BLAND OVAL, RIVERWOOD ON SUNDAY
15 DECEMBER 2019: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
A decimated C.C.N.S.W. Masters side suffered their second humiliating defeat of
the season, this time on their travels to Riverwood to meet Georges River.
Coupled with the late overnight withdrawal of
Andrew Dadswell due to family matters, C.C.N.S.W. could only manage to field 9
players. This thanks to some last minute recruiting work by David Craig to
obtain Sam Skoulis, formerly of Cronulla Seagulls and rushed to the ground via
Unable to summon any other reinforcements,
which was largely due to the club having 3 fixtures scheduled on the same day,
captain Mike Weaver exacerbated the situation by calling incorrectly at the
coin flip. Georges River duly elected to bat first.
Responding somewhat to the Skipper’s pre-game
talk that ‘this will be the greatest win
in the Club’s history’, Ben ‘Buzz’
Stanic and Lee ‘ Leeroy’ Witherden
opened the bowling with zest and with Georges River donating a sub fielder. Ben
picked up the GR opener early, well caught at 1st slip by new chum Mike
One for 8, things looking positive for C.C.N.S.W..
Thereafter, things went to steady, then to bad and then to worse.
In a period where Georges River had 5 successive
retirees until the 2nd wicket fell with their score at 261, there were at least
4 easy catches put down and several mishit shots lobbed into the air ,falling
in between fielders. Wicketkeeper Brett Favell struggled in the very hot, low
air quality conditions. Unable to stop the several balls down leg side, and
distressed when instructed to wear a helmet by the umpire when
standing up to the stumps, he was uncomfortable wearing it. Also ‘Favs’
went off the field at another point to rest a sore neck he had carried into the
game. So C.C.N.S.W. had even less troops to use, to plug gaps in the field.
Mike Dahl did a good job taking the gloves for a few overs until Brett
returned, in a debut game for the club he may long remember.
Lee Witherden and David Craig sent down some
good deliveries without much luck. Mike Dahl acquitted himself well considering
the small ground and the time he was introduced into the attack. He will have
success in future games bowling his off spin when the wicket is more suitable
and he is afforded more protection on a smaller ground. Craig Fletcher bowled
with a good plan and unfortunately suffered as well, as C.C.N.S.W. simply
didn’t have enough fielders on the day. Good effort from Craig Fletcher (‘Fletch’) in his return match,
considering the circumstances.
Mike Weaver was the sixth mandatory bowler
used and the seventh, Emerson Wilshier, could only bowl one over before his
shoulder gave way. Weaver, after being punished for two overs, switched himself
to the other end later, to produce some reasonably effective death
David Craig came back well also to ‘jag’ two
late wickets, which were well deserved.
But by far and away the best bowler on the
day for C.C.N.S.W. was Ben Stanic. For the first time for the club, he
completed the individual maximum of 9 overs and there was only one wayward set
amongst this. In his return spell, at ‘the death’, he picked up a very good
wicket with a yorker and kept the runs down. Georges River were 4-316 at the
close of their 40 overs and it could have been worse if not for the ‘never give
up’ attitude of Ben. He is a player of immense promise in Masters and will
continue to improve with regular nets training.
Facing a monumental task with only nine
batsmen and with ‘keeper Favell requesting to be number 9 due to
fatigue/stress/sore eyes, Mike Weaver and Emerson Wilshier opened up with a
resolve to be positive and keep up with the required run rate of 8 runs per
over. Emerson struck a couple of nice shots before skying a catch to deep
mid-on after attempting to smash the ball up onto the outside
motorway. Mike Dahl, in at number 3, received a long hop early which he
unfortunately hit straight to square leg to be well caught for no score.
Lee Witherden and Weaver then looked good to
put on a nice partnership only for ‘Weaves’ to mistime a pull shot to be caught
for 17. Lee top scored with 21 and Ben Stanic played a useful innings of 17
runs. Both players cracked three 4s each in a fighting effort. In between their
occupation of the crease, Craig Fletcher was unfortunately bowled off his pads
for a duck and David Craig run out with just one run to his name. At the end it
was a stodgy performance by Sam Skoulis who was the final wicket to fall. Sam
displayed great determination in his first cricket match for 10 years. Brett
Favell remained nought not out, facing just one over.
The final score of just 75 runs was a
reflection of the terrible conditions that had prevailed. It was a very bad
toss to lose under the sweltering, ‘ fire
smoko’ conditions and C.C.N.S.W. simply did not have the energy to mount
any realistic challenge batting second, with such a large target runs required
and with two players down.
With more players available to select from,
the new year of 2020, for C.C.N.S.W, promises plenty.
The Team was (9 players): Mike Weaver (c) 17, Emerson Wilshier 5, Mike
Dahl 0, Lee Witherden 21, Craig Fletcher 0, David Craig 1, Ben Stanic 17, Sam
Skoulis 6, Brett Favell 0*.
The Result was:-
Georges River: 4-316 (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: all out 8-75 (26.2 overs)
By 231 runs.
FoWs: – 1-22 (E. Wilshier); 2-23 (M. Dahl); 3-28 (M. Weaver),
4-28 (C. Fletcher); 5-34 (D. Craig); 6-56 (L, Witherden); 7-74 (B. Stanic);
8-75 (S. Skoulis).
The Bowling was: L. Witherden 9-0-53-0; B. Stanic 9-1-48-2; C.
Fletcher 6-0-49-0; D. Craig 6-0-52-2; M. Dahl 4-0-53-0; M. Weaver 5-0-41-0; E.
The Fielding was:
Player Points: – Three points to B. Stanic; Two points to D.Craig; One point to L.
VINTAGE ROUND 3 v LINDFIELD AT
CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER 2019:REPORT BY PETER ROLLS
Crashing back to earth in the third round with
our first loss!
Well done Garry Winney
for getting the team on the park with thanks for help from John Parker, an
import from Georges River. A 27°C sunny/cloudy day with smoke around from the
bush fires. Lindfield won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a
grassy but true wicket. But turned out to be a bit slow and a bit of seam.
The cricket gods failed
to smile on us this day.Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was unlucky to
be caught down the leg side off the third ball of the day. Credit to Billy the
wicket keeper who did brilliantly for a mid sixty year old to take a diving
catch. Ross Dalgleish was LBW to a ball that was angling down the leg side. Jim
Robson had a freakish slower ball from
Paul Adams that pitched a foot outside off stump and came back to take the top
of off. Peter Rolls was caught at first slip by an overhead fully outstretched
one handed catch by Michael Collins.
Accurate bowling by
Lindfield saw John Mesar bowled and Joe Scarcella caught trying to force the pace.
Garry Winney was looking good until stumped. John Parker was run out by a mix
up with Jay Patel . Paul Georgiadis was LBW after a flurry and Jay Patel top
scoring with quick running andwas the last man out with a couple of overs to go.Our only hope was to
get early wickets and bowl them out.
A very exciting start with John Mesar hitting middle
stump with his very first ball and finishing the over with a wicket-maiden. Paul Georgiadis followed John’s great start with
bowling the other opener with his 3rd ball. 2 for 4.
Then on comes Raga and strikes with his first ball
bowling their number 3 but by then their total was 37 and less than 50 to
get.Jim Robson tried to weave his spinning magic but Ron Ness was up to the
task and retires at 30 and they look home and hosed
Jay Patel bowled tight and got the fourth wicket
after John Parker asked Ian Iveson to “Have
a go”! which he did next ball but missed it and was clean bowled.
John Parker had one economical over before the next
over by Jay and theythey made the required runs. Lindfield won with 19 overs to
spare so at least we had enough time after the game to have a leisurely drink
and a good sporting chat. The reason we play the game at this age in the first
Team was (playing 11): – Sittampalam
Ragavan 0, Ross Dalgleish 2 , Peter Rolls 11(c), Jim Robson 6, Joe
Scarcella 8, John Mesar 10, Garry Winney 12, Jay Patel 18, John Parker 7, Paul
Georgiadis 8, David Wright 1*.
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 5 v ORANGES AT HALF TIME AT MP4,
ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Steven
Sheakey 2, Luke Eustace 50, Vinay Kumar 2, Patrick Scott 50, Tim Treleaven (w) 43, Jayantha Perera 16;
Craig Fordham 0 and Nicholas Tatarchuk 8
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 4-174 (L. Eustace 50; P. Scott 50; T. Treleaven
Oranges at Half Time: 6-176(V. Kumar 3-22) (18.4 overs)
By 2 wickets
The Bowling was: – S. Sheakey 4-0-27-0, L. Eustace 1-0-13-0 , V.
Kumar 4-0-22-3 , P. Scott 1-0-11-0, J. Perera 3-0-48-0; C. Fordham 4-0-28-1 and
N. Tatarchuk 1.4-0-22-0
Fielding: – One catch to C. Fordham and one to T.
C&S ROUND 5 v KNOX OLD BOYS
AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER 2019:
No report has been received
The Team was: – Mike Beergah 0. Craig Murray (w) 17, Simon
James (c) 10,Tom Robertson 52, Ed
Robertson 6, Soren Hughes 2, Jed Wesley-Smith 1, Greg Brooks 0, Mark Henwood 5,
David Craig 21, Ian Robertson 21*
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-132 (T.
Robertson 52) (33
Knox Old Boys: 7-136
By 3 wickets
FoW: – 1- 0 (M. Beergah); 2-25 (C. Murray); 3-41 (S. James); 4-55
(E. Robertson); 5-68 (S. Hughes); 6-73 (G. Brooks); 7-73 (J. Wesley-Smith); 8-96
(T. Robertson); 9-98 (M. Henwood); 10-134 (D. Craig)
The Bowling was: – Ian Robertson 7-0-26-1; Ed Robertson
7-1-26-1, G. Brooks 7-1-22-2, S. James 7-0-22-2, J. Wesley-Smith 3-0-10-0, S.
The Fielding was: –
each to C. Murray (w), Ian Robertson and T. Robertson
outs: One to D. Craig
Player Points: 3 points to G Brooks; Two points to Edward Robertson; One point to
CLASSICS ROUND 5 v WARRINGAH AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 8
DECEMBER 2019: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE
Cricketers’ Club won the toss and elected to
bat against an unbeaten Warringah.
Scoring wasn’t easy against an accurate
opening attack and we lost Mike Pinter early. Pete Nielsen and Glenn Mortell
consolidated but the steady Warringah pair both completed tight 9 over spells.
Just as we were looking to build, Glenn was bowled trying to force the pace and
Peter had to retire with a calf tear. After the double bowling change, Mick
McCormick also fell cheaply to leave us effectively 4 down for 62 at drinks.
Fortunately, our trio of lefties were able to
pick things up against the change bowlers with Martin Spieser just falling
short of retirement for a well made 27, President Brooks threatening another
explosive knock before being robbed of a third six by a fingertip catch on the
boundary, and Andrew Spedding getting to his 30* with the last ball of the
innings to take us to a more competitive 175 at tea.
Stuart Ridge and Mick Knox both picked up a
valuable early wicket to set back the Warringah run chase which then proceeded
to 32 without further loss in the first 10 overs. Greg Brooks replaced the
skipper, slotting into a great spell of stump to stump bowling. He joined Knox
to strangle the Warringah innings, picking up a couple of wickets each with a
succession of batsmen bowled or trapped in front and only 15 more runs added
through to the drinks break,
Any hope of a Warringah recovery was smashed
when a fired up Brooksie got another one through the defences of the Warringah
skipper first ball after drinks in a perfect response to the send-off he had
received in our innings.
A cameo from the Warringah number 9 delayed
the victory push before the President completed a well deserved 5 wicket haul
and David Craig finished things off with a neat caught and bowled to round out
a clinical performance from the bowling unit.
Not quite the same excitement as the nail
biters against Georges River and Mosman last year but a great all round effort
against one of the top sides.
The Team was (playing 12): Mike Pinter (5), Peter Nielsen (24* ret
hurt), Glenn Mortell (w) (15), David Benson (8), Mick McCormick (5), Martin
Speiser (27), Greg Brooks (23), Andrew Spedding (31), Garry James
(12), Stuart Ridge (c) (6), David Craig (4*), Mick Knox (dnb)
The Result was:
C.C.N.S.W.: 8–175 (A. Spedding
Warringah: 10-81 (G. Brooks 5-21)(27.3 overs)
By 94 runs.
FoWs: –1- 6 (S. Ridge); 2-9 (M.
Pinter); 3-47 (G. Mortell); 4-62 (M. McCormick); 5-73 (D. Benson); 6-117 (G.
Brooks); 7-127 (M. Speiser); 8-53 (G. James)
The Bowling was: S. Ridge 5-1-12-1; M. Knox 9-3-20-3; G.
Brooks 9-3-21-5; G. James 4-1-16-0; D. Craig 0.3-0-4-1
The Fielding was: –
Catches: D. Craig 2; M. Pinter 1, M. McCormick 1,
Player points: G. Brooks 3, A. Spedding 2, M. Knox 1
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 4 v THE DUM BUSHIES AT MP5, ROBERTSON ROAD,
MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Jim
Hadley 87*; Mark Richardson 5; Wade Butler 0; Craig Fordham 12; Ben Bloore 14;
Jayantha Perera 4; Andrew Percy 9 and Patrick Scott 3
The Result was:-
The Dum Bushies: 1-207 (20 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: 7-144 (J Hadley 87*) (20
By 63 runs
The Bowling was: – J. Hadley 3-0-27-0; W. Butler 3-0-25-0; C.
Fordham 3-0-45-0; B. Bloore 4-0-45-0; J. Perera 4-0-35-0 and P. Scott 3-0-27-0
Fielding: One catch to J. Perera
C&S vs RANGERS, AT BIRCHGROVE OVAL, 1 DECEMBER 2019: REPORT BY MARK HENWOOD
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
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*)
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.
MASTERS ROUND 5 v WARRINGAH AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 1
DECEMBER 2019: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
The C.C.N.S.W. Masters side has surprisingly
suffered another loss at home last Sunday 1 December 2019, this time to a very
well organised Warringah side.
A reshuffled C.C.N.S.W. team took the field
at Camperdown after the late withdrawal of Ian Allmey, while Mick Tarrant was
also a delayed attendee on the day. And the ‘Queensland Connection’ – Jono Shaw and Craig Fletcher – had
earlier in the week succumbed to influenza and could not be available.
Fortunately C.C.N.S.W. were able to call on
the services of UK tourist, Dallas McDermott, and over 50s specialist Mike
Pinter to make up the full line up. Both players gave their all in what was an
honest performance by the team. For various parts of the game C.C.N.S.W. gained
ascendancy but were thwarted by a very determined and talented
Captain Michael Weaver took a gamble by
inserting the opposition to bat first on a particularly green wicket. The
decision looked to be correct as a fresh Brett James commenced bowling with
excellent rhythm, moving the ball considerably both ways and with decent carry
to ‘keeper Favell.
A few plays and misses with the ball being
too good for the bat and a dropped catch saw Brett finish an excellent 9 over
spell with just the one wicket. He did effect the first wicket of the match
though, with an excellent throw on the run from fine leg. It saw the unfortunate
Warringah opener O’Connor stranded after being sent back by his partner who has
initially called for two runs. After this early breakthrough, Captain Mick
Weaver probably erred by not setting a more attacking field – short cover to go
with the two slips ,etc. Although this goes the benefit of hindsight.
The Warringah batsmen worked hard and despite
two wickets from Lee Witherden, one a splendid caught and bowled, and some
initial accurate bowling by Dallas McDermott, persevered
to get themselves into a reasonable position at 3-90 off 20
For the final 20 overs, despite taking
regular wickets, C.C.N.S.W. were not able to stem the flow of runs. Ben Stanic,
Luke Holman, Mick Tarrant and Stuart Ridge all had their moments but at other
times were thrashed around the park. Luke received the appropriate accolades
for dismissing the Warringah captain for a second ball duck and Mick Tarrant
picked up a wicket in his 2nd and 5th overs before a final onslaught against
him. Stu did well to collect a wicket at the death in his return spell after an
accurate wicket-less stint at the start of the innings.
Emerson Wilshire’s shoulder gave way in his
only over and the set was effectively completed by his skipper. A fielding
highlight for C.C.N.S.W. was Benn Stanic’s direct hit run out from mid
The final 5 overs yielded 58 runs though C.C.N.S.W. were not able to close the innings
off after the 8th wicket fell. Only 4 boundary riders were set during this
period. There are no restrictions on field settings in the Sydney Masters
Competition, and perhaps this could be looked at in the future by the
organising administration. As I believe no more than 4 or 5 is a fair amount.
Despite the early loss of opener Weaver, who
continues his lean trot, C.C.N.S.W. were given a strong start in the run chase
by Emerson Wilshier and Scott Wells. Unfortunately Scott was dismissed lbw just
1 short of the 40 retirement mark in the 19th over. So instead of being only
wicket down at the drinks
break, CCNSW were 2-95 after 20, a similar position to their opponents at the
Emerson Wilshier performed admirably in
playing the pace bowlers confidently, producing several strong drives and pulls
in his 42* retired. Mike Pinter gene the innings together to prevent the fall of further wickets with a well made
27 runs. Brett Favell was looking like it was his day after smiting the
Warringah finger spinner over the far cover boundary, before he was
unfortunately caught at mid-on off the same bowler, succumbing to a
change of pace. C.C.N.S.W. were still looking a chance when Brett
James was joined by Lee Witherden. However an unfortunate mix up saw Lee run out
at the bowler’s end before he could inflict any damage.
This was probably the telling wicket. From
there on it was all Warringah as they tightened the screws with defensive
fields, using more boundary riders than C.C.N.S.W. had implemented in the first
stanza of play. Brett made a solid 35 runs before bowled trying to address the
ever increasing required run rate dilemma that had developed. Luke Holman was
run out and Ben Stanic bowled, both cheaply, trying to do the same.
With C.C.N.S.W. 8 wickets down, 22 an over
required and Warringah urging themselves to get full bonus points for taking
all ten wickets, Dallas McDermott and Mick Tarrant combined to spoil that for
the visitors, shutting up shop to prevent any further dismissals. Both players
look to be well suited to test cricket, displaying sound defence and smart
Well done to Warringah and for C.C.N.S.W., it
was back to the drawing board and the search to find a winning combination of
players and an improvised selection situation, in so far as player availability
The Team was: Mike Weaver (c) 1, Emerson Wilshier 42* ret.,
Scott Wells 39, Mike Pinter 27, Brett Favell (w) 12, Brett James 35, Lee Witherden
1, Luke Holman 1, Ben Stanic 5, Dallas McDermott 8*, M.ike Tarrant 5*.
The Result was:
Warringah: 9-262 (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: 8-182 (E. Wilshier
42*; S. Wells 39) (40 overs)
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 9-1-41-1; B. James 9-1-44-1; L.
Witherden 5-0-44-2; D. McDermott 4-1-22-0; B. Stanic 2-0-14-0; L. Holman
4-0-30-1; M. Tarrant 5-0-50-2; E. Wilshier 0.3-0-10-0.M. Weaver 0.3- 0-0-0
The Fielding was: –
One catch to both L Holman and L. Witherden
Run outs: B. James/B.
Favell 1, B. Stanic 1
Player Points: – Three points to B. James; Two points to E. Wilshier; One point to
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 3 v
THE SADDLE CLUB AT CP5, CENTENNIAL PARK PARADE, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY
20 NOVEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Peter Buruma 74; Patrick Scott 0; Craig
Fordham 3, Jim Hadley (c) 1; William Jacobs 79* and Nicholas Tatarchuk 9
The Result was:-
The Saddle Club:
4-174 (20 overs)
(W. Jacobs 79*) (20
By 8 runs
The Bowling was: – P. Buruma 4-0-33-0; P. Scott 4-0-42-1; C.
Fordham 4-0-18-0, J. Hadley (c) 4-0-39-2;and N. Tatarchuk 4-0-38-1
MoM: – Will Jacobs
SOCIAL GAME v OLD OXLEYANS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 24
Game cancelled as Old Oxleyans could not raise a side.
CLASSICS ROUND 4 v ROSEVILLE
LORDS AT ROSEVILLE PARK, ROSEVILLE ON
SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE
Roseville won the toss and elected to bat on
an overcast day at Roseville Park.
There was plenty of encouragement for the new
ball bowlers but it looked like a frustrating day was on the cards, with the
ball evading the field and runs ticking over until Stuart Ridge removed both
openers in the 9th over. President Greg Brooks picked up
another wicket in his first over but he along with Mick Knox and Garry James
had no further luck despite beating the bat and drawing frequent false shots,
with nothing going to hand. Despite losing another wicket to a smart run out, Roseville
must have been eyeing 200 plus at 4-132 in the 29th. However, a
great death spell from Andrew Spedding with 3 wickets, supported by tight
bowling from Garry James and the returning skipper restricted Roseville to
8-172 at tea.
Mike Weaver started with positive intent but
unfortunately lofted his first ball straight to mid-off for an early setback.
Classics debutant Peter Nielsen and Mike Pinter steadied things as we slowly
consolidated and it was good to reach drinks with two in the bank and no further
loss. We were confident with nine wickets in hand requiring 5 an over off the
last 20 but after chipping away another 20 we lost a couple of quick wickets.
Any jitters were quickly dispatched by some sweet hitting to the short
boundaries from the President with an explosive 30* off just 12 balls. This
took the pressure off, leaving Martin Speiser (23), a quick cameo from the
skipper (15) and a returning Punter to finish things off in the 36th
Another good all round effort takes us to
three wins on the trot and fourth on the ladder with a tough game against
unbeaten Warringah next.
The Team was: Mike Weaver (0), Mike Pinter (w) (38*), Peter Nielsen
(33*), Mick McCormick (2), Andrew Spedding (11), Martin Speiser (23), Greg Brooks
(30*), Mike Downey (1), Garry James (1), Stuart Ridge (c) (15), Mick Knox (4*)
The Result was:-
Roseville: 8-172 (A. Spedding 3-17; S. Ridge
C.C.N.S.W.: 7- 173 (M. Pinter 38*; P.
Nielsen 33*; G. Brooks 30*) (36.2 overs)
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 ROUND 2 v
THE SHORT COVERS AT CP5, CENTENNIAL PARK PARADE, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY
13 NOVEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Jim Hadley (c) 0, Peter Buruma 28; Tim Treleaven 22; Wade
Butler 54 Patrick Scott 1; Vinay Kumar 50; William Jacobs 5 and Nicholas
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 3-161 (W.
Butler 54; V. Kumar 50) (19 overs)
The Short Covers:
8-134 (16 overs)
By 27 runs
The Bowling was: – J. Hadley 2-0-8-3; P. Buruma 3-0-33-0; W.
Butler 2-0-16-2; P. Scott 3-0-19-2; V. Kimar 3-0-28-0, and N. Tatarchuk
Fielding: 1 catch to W. Butler and 1 to T. Treleaven
MoM: – Wade Butler
C&S JACK PACE ROUND 3 v YARALLA
AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY
On a very pleasant day at Camperdown C.C.N.S.W.
won the toss and elected to bat. The C.C.N.S.W. XI was 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 Tom Robertson and Mitch Hetherington 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 Soren Hughes (22 of 16)
meant C.C.N.S.W. was able to set a very respectable 5-236 from their allotted
In response, Yaralla was 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 C.C.N.S.W. 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 dnb, Simon Muggeridge dnb, Mark Henwood dnb, and
Declan Thomas (w) dnb
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-236 (S. James 84; P. Nash 64)
Yaralla: – 10 – 112 (C. Kitson 4-5) (28.2 overs)
By 124 runs.
FoW: – 1- 19 (T Robertson);2- 26 (M Hetherington); 3-145 (P Nash);
4-205 (S Hughes); 5-225 (S James)
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
Player Points: – Three points to C. Kitson; Two points to P. Nash; One point to J.
MASTERS ROUND 4 v BALMAIN-SOUTH
SYDNEY AT JUBILEE OVAL, GLEBE ON SUNDAY
17 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY MICHAEL
The C.C.N.S.W. 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 C.C.N.S.W. a reasonable start, although
Tom never really ‘fired’, pardon the pun. Ian smashed several boundaries as
usual in a quick fire 26. After being 0-36 though, C.C.N.S.W. 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 C.C.N.S.W. 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 C.C.N.S.W.
were unable to use every available delivery in being dismissed after exactly 34
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 C.C.N.S.W. 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 bamboozling 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 run out opportunity very well.
A comfortable win in the end for C.C.N.S.W.
gaining all bonus points for dismissing the opposition. Congratulations to
stand in Captain Brett Favell and also
Ian Allmey for his leadership support. C.C.N.S.W. were to look forward to their
next challenge against the well credentialed Warringah C.C., on 1 December,
back at home.
The Team was : – Ian Allmey 27, Tom Robertson 8, Brett Favell
(w) and (c) 2, Jonathon Shaw 1, Brett James 47, Emerson Wilshire 11, Andrew
Dadswell 10, Mike Tarrant 18, Luke Holman 10, Ben Stanic 8, David Craig 2*.
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: –
Catches: Brett Favell (w) and B. Stanic
Run outs: A. Dadswell
Player Points: – Three points to B. James; Two points to I. Allmey; One point to A.
VINTAGE ROUND 2 v NORTHERN STARS
AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY PETER
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.
1 for 34 after 13 overs with a cautious start
by Ajoy Roy and Ross Dalgleish due to some very tight bowling on a pitch that
had them second guessing with some balls that kept low. Stirling Hamman 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 Rolls 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, Ragavan Sittampalam (“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 Brooks a superb knock soon retired at 30* after smashing a
couple of balls into Australia Street!
4 for 134 after 29 overs. John Mesar ran well
with 11 singles with Jim Robson 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 Scarcella 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 Patel a nice
boundary then bowled by Humphries trying for quick runs.
7 for 164 after 35 overs. Garry Winney also
some good running but bowled by the wily Kavanagh.
8 for 165 after 36 overs. David Wright
playing for the team caught going for it.
9 for 178 after 38 overs. Greg Brooks resumed
with more big hitting but out with lofty top edge to keeper.
10 for 193 after 39.4 overs. Ajoy Roy and Jim
robson 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 Georgiadisfor 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
Northern Stars innings:
1 for 2 after 2 overs. Paul Georgiadis
strikes in his first over, a great catch behind by David Wright our wicket
keeper to get out one of their danger men.
2 and 3 for 27 after 9 overs. John Mesar
bowls a good line and length to restrict them then Joe Scarcella 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 hat rick. 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 Scarcella ,
Raga and Greg Brooks put the brakes on the Stars and at 9 an over was out of
their grasp. Inspirationally assisted by David Wright 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 Robson
demoralises them with his flight and bowling from two metres behind the bowling
crease. Peter Rolls 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
Resuming Kavanagh comes in with competitive
Stirling who blocks out Garry Winney and Jay Patel to ensure no additional
bowling bonus points for C.C.N.S.W.. Final eight overs go slowly for their
total of 124. A good win by staying focused to the last ball.
Thanks again for Paul entering the scores in
Stirling as usual held court after the match
with entertaining commentary on how both teams performed. Peter Rolls chipping in when Stirling took a breath.
Comment of the day (that brought great
laughter) was from Umpire Dennis Oppenheimer 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 (w) 1, Paul Georgiadis dnb (12th
The Result was: –
C.C.N.S.W: 10-193 (A. Roy 41, J. Robson
40*, G. Brooks 37, S. Ragavan 22) (39.4 overs)
Northern Stars:7-124(J. Robson 4-11) (40 overs)
By 69 runs
FoW: – 1-34 (R. Dalgleish), 2-51 (P. Rolls), 3-96 (S.
Ragavan), 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; S. Ragavan. 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: –
Catches: D. Wright 1, P.
Rolls 1, and G. Brooks 1.
Run outs: Nil.
Player points: – Three points to J. Robson; Two points to A. Roy; One point to G. Brooks
SOCIAL MATCH v SCC XI AT BIRCHGROVE OVAL ON WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY SOREN
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
On the day, Mitch Sturt had kindly recruited
from Lindfield Shires Club a number of young gentlemen, one of whom was a
worthy opening bowler who pinched 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 Wesley-Smith at keeper and the second an outside edge
to Greg Brooks who kept us all amused with his juggling abilities.David Benson supported Ben by moving them in from
the other end and was unlucky not to pick up their English opener at cover
Taking the pace off altogether, Brad Small
and Mitch Sturt were our first change, with Mitch going for a few and leaving
the door open for Craig Kitson 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
Hughes and his Dad, Soren 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 Wesley Smith (29) and Richard Clark (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 the umpore, 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 Sturt (45) had Mr Brooks short of his crease. Brad Small (10)
looked solid and Ezekiel Hufges (9) banged a couple of 4s. Greg Cook (0) kept
Mitch company and Benno (10) hit some balls. 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 Glaecken 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:-
SCG XI: 9-222 (G. Brooks 3-31) (35
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-198 (M. Sturt 45)(32.3 overs)
By 24 runs
FoW: – 1-13 (R. Clark); 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: –
Catches: 3 to J. Wesley-Smith, 1 each to G. Brooks, B. Small, B. Bhabra,
and R. Clark.
Run outs: Nil
LMS EAST SYDNEY EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2 T20 (8-a-SIDE) ROUND 1 v NRL CC AT
MP5, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2019:
The Team was: – Ken
Yardy 26; Patrick Scott; 22 Jarrod Mackie 5; Tim Treleaven 1, Ben Bloore 7,
William Jacobs 10; Craig Fordham 8 and
Jim Hadley (c) 18
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 8-97 (K. Yardy 26) (17.3 overs)
NRL CC: 0-99 () (10 overs)
By 8 wickets
The Bowling was: – K. Yardy 1-0-9-0; P. Scott 1-0-7-0; J Mackie
2-0-31-0; B. Bloore 2-0-16-0; W. Jacobs 2-0-20-0; C. Fordham
CLASSICS ROUND 3 v KU-RING-GAI AT
CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY GREG BROOKS
A perfect day for cricket with a green hard
wicket and a dry lightening fast outfield at Camperdown for the Classics
encounter with the northerners from Ku-ring gai.
Our opponents elected to bat first and soon found
the line and length of Mick Knox and Stuart Ridge difficult to score from.
Early success for Mick with a caught behind and a clean bowled soon had
Kuringai 2-24 and quickly 4-26 following the introduction of the Pres Greg
Brooks, who bowled 9 overs unchanged to lock up an end.
The introduction of David Craig for the last
over before drinks saw the damaging Budden undone by a terrific delivery and Ku-ring
gai lurched to 5-56 after 20 overs.
The resumption saw an improvement in the run
rate but regular breakthroughs saw Ku-ring gai all out for 139 with Martin
Speiser, Mick McCormick and the returning Stu Ridge all taking wickets. Dave
Benson tweaked his hamstring which was a pity as he was fielding superbly and
we hope he is ok.
A superb afternoon tea well put together by
Mick Weaver was consumed by all and the C.C.N.S.W. boys then began the chase. Mick
Beergah (17) and Mick Pinter (30* ret.) opened up and ran really well between
wickets to keep the scoreboard ticking over.
Mick McCormick sporting a new Maroon colour
helmet (???) … We are the Blues, Mick!) seemed determined to bat out the match,
his glacial pace cooling us all down on a hot afternoon! Some discussion
centered around what the Australian selectors would make of Mick’s cautious
batting should he adopt the same approach at the Nationals in Perth next week!
In all seriousness we wish him, Mick Weaver and Mike Pinter all the best in the
tournament. We did lose a couple of wickets quickly while still in control on
the scoreboard so a partnership was needed with Martin Spieser. Batting around
this was Glenn Mortell (31* ret.) who made it look easy and ensured we remained
on top. A cluster of wickets with victory in sight saw us finish 7 down with 10
overs to spare and a bonus point in the bank.
A solid display from all team members, well
led by skipper Stuart Ridge and played in the right spirit by both sides.
Well played gents and we move on to the next
match in two weeks.
The Team was (playing 12): Mike Pinter (30* ret), Mike Beergah (17), Russell
Biddle (0), Mick McCormick (21), Greg Brooks (9), Dale Richards (0), Glenn Mortell
(w) (31* ret), Martin Speiser (12), David Craig (0), Stuart Ridge (c) (0), Mick
Knox 1*, David Benson dnb.
The Result was:-
Ku-ring-gai all out 139 (40 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: – 7- 140 (G. Mortell 31*; M.
Pinter 30*) (29.5 overs)
By 3 wickets.
FoW: – 1- 45 (M. Beergah); 2-53 (R. Biddle); 3-72 (D. Richards);
4-72 (G. Brooks); 5-134 (M. McCormick); 6-134 (S. Ridge); 7-134 (D. Craig);
The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-3-11-1; M. Knox
9-2-22-2; G. Brooks 9-1-34-2; D. Craig 5-0-27-2; M. Speiser 5-0-12-1; M
The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: – Nil;
Catches: – One each to G. Mortell (w)
and D. Richards
Run outs: – Nil
Player Points: – S. Ridge 3; M. Knox 2; M. Pinter 1
SOCIAL MATCH v MOLONGLO C.C. IN CANBERRA ON SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER, 2019
The game was cancelled as C.C.N.S.W. could only raise 7 players.
SOCIAL GAME v VICTORIA BARRACKS XI FOR THE BARRACKERS’ CUP AT VICTORIA
BARRACKS, OXFORD STREET ON THURSDAY 25 OCTOBER 2018: REPORT BY PAUL MOORHOUSE
(Editor’s note) It was
the Victoria Barracks player who in the 1850s, originally developed what became
the SCG; they also claim that their soldier spectators who came from the
Barracks and supported them are the originators of the term “to barrack” as
used in Australia. (This is disputed by
etymologists who ascribe the term either to Melbourne or Ireland)
C.C.N.S.W. was invited
by Cricket NSW to represent the civilian population of NSW v the Army at the
SCG to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the
SCG. Arising from that game C.C.N.S.W. and the Army jointly bought “The
Barrackers’ Cup” which is kept in the Army Museum at Victoria Barracks and
occasionally at the request of the C.C.N.S.W. Match Manager brought out on the
The ball with which
C.C.N.S.W. bowled in the150th anniversary game can be seen in the SCG Museum.
To quote from the Army
“Victoria Barracks is
one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The
Regency-style Victoria Barracks were designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George
Barney, who also built Fort Denison and reconstructed Circular Quay. Most of
barracks was constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and
1849. The barracks were occupied by British troops up until 1870 and then taken
over by the New South Wales colonial forces. After the Federation in 1901,
Victoria Barracks housed the various headquarters responsible for administering
and co-ordinating the military. Between 1931 and 1936 the barracks was home to
the Royal Military College of Australia and from July 1938 to July 1940 it also
housed the Command and Staff School. Today, Victoria Barracks is home to the
Headquarters of Forces Command. The Barracks are widely considered to be one of
the best examples of a military barracks in the world”
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
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
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
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: –
two to W. Joseph
CITY & SUBURBAN JACK PACE ROUND
2 v BARKER OLD BOYS AT BARKER COLLEGE
HORNSVY ON SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2019:
No report has been received
The Team was: – Curtis Murray (w) 19, Tom Robertson 0, Ian Allmey
11, Mike Pinter 16, Mitch Hetherington 3, Simon James (c) 9, Paul Nash 16* Soren
Hughes 36, Mick McCormick 9*, Greg Brooks dnb and Maxwell Jeffrey dnb
The Result was:-
Barker Old Boys: 10-129 (29.5 overs)
C.C.N.S.W.: 7-132 (S. Hughes 36)(29 overs)
By 3 wickets
FoW: – 1- 5 (T. Robertson); 2-26 (I. Allmey); 3- 35 (C. Murray);
4-44 (M. Hetherington); 5-59 (S. James); 6-69 (M. Pinter); 7-122 (S. Hughes)
The Bowling was: – M. Jeffrey 7-2-24-2; P. Nash 7-1-19-1; S.
James 3-1-12-1; G. Brooks 4-1-26-1; S. Hughes 5-0-32-1 M McCormick 3.5-0-8-2
The Fielding was: –
to C. Murray (w); One to each of S.
Hughes, M. Jeffrey and M. Pinter
Player Points: – Three points to S/ Highes;
Two points to G. Brooks ; One point to M. Jeffrys
MASTERS ROUND 3 v MOSMAN/COLLAROY PLATEAU AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL,
CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER 2019: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
The C.C.N.S.W. Masters have suffered a
heartbreaking loss of points in their
game v Mosman- Collaroy at Camperdown Park last Sunday, the first Sunday in
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 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
Captain, Mike Weaver, and Russell Biddle gave
C.C.N.S.W. a reasonable start. Russell recorded his first runs for the club
with a 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
slip to make it 2-34, no runs having been added for the second
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 Breakspear. It began a trend of dismissal that grew to a total of
five lbws for the C.C.N.S.W. 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 disdaining sixes were testament to Scott’s return to top form. He will
play a bit part in future games, if C.C.N.S.W. is to revive its current
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 all rounder somewhat
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 C.C.N.S.W.: use your bat as your best form of defence.
Garry James boosted the total to a handy 186
with a very quick cameo 25* that featured a couple of booming drives.
C.C.N.S.W. 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, C.C.N.S.W.
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 C.C.N.S.W., Mick Tarrant excelled with
the new ball and was always menacing. He was well supported by Stuart Ridge,
Lee Witherden and Michael Thomson. Garry James used all his experience, guile
and endless passion to almost bowl C.C.N.S.W. 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, C.C.N.S.W. 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: – Michael Weaver (c) 13, Russell
Biddle 7, Scott Wells 35, Craig Fletcher 0, Brett Favell 19, Luke Holman 5,
Michael Thomson 4, Lee Witherden 35, Mike Tarrant 13, Ben Stanic 0, and Garry
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-184 (S. Wells 35, L. Witherden 35)(36
SOCIAL MATCH: T20 v THE PRIMARY CLUB AT REG BARTLEY OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS
BAY ON THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER, 2019: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY
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 C.C.N.S.W. 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, Rupert Piggin and Patrick Scott, coming back with two ducks and
wondering if we were supposed to be out hunting. Ken 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
Richard Clark (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 Craig Fordham
a courageous 3, Soren Hughes (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
With the new Dukes swinging like a rusty gate
in a thunderstorm, Peter 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 Jay Perera and Craig 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
The Team was: – Rupert Piggin 0, Patrick Scott
0, Ken Yardy 5, Tom Robertson 16, Richard Clark 9, Jayantha 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)
The Primary Club: 4-135 (J. Hadley 2-16) (16.5
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.
The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: One to M. McCormick
Catches: One to P Buruma
Run outs: Nil
CITY & SUBURBAN ROUND 2 v OLD CRANBROOKIANS AT DANGAR
OVAL, ROSE BAY ON SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019: REPORT BY RICHARD CLARK
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”
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 and 2 wickets from Mark Hetherington, 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
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
C.C.N.S.W.: 10-202 (T. Robertson 84; S. Hughes 32; R. Clark
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: –
One to M. Hetherington
Catches: one to both J. Hadley and M. Henwood
Run outs: Nil
Player Points: – Three points to T. Robertson; Two points to M. Hetherington ; One
point to J. Wesley-Smith
MASTERS ROUND 2 v AUBURN AT
CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 7-1-37-0; B. Stanic 3-0-27-0;C.
Fletcher 1-0-12-0; D. Benson
4-0-28-0; M. Speiser 2-0-20-1-; M. Weaver 0.2-0-6-0
The Fielding was: –
Player Points: – Three points to M. Tarrant;
Two points to I Allmey; One point to L. Holman
VINTAGE ROUND 1 v SRI LANKA LIONS
AT WATERLOO OVAL, WATERLOO ON SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER 2019: REPORT BY PETER ROLLS
A great start to the Vintage official
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
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
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.
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: –
Two to D. Wright
One to each of S. Ragavan and G. Winney
Points: – Three
points to G. Brooks; Two points J. Robson; One point to J. Patel