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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

C&S JPS Round 5 V Sydney University Veterans

C&S At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 11 December, 2016: Report By Tom Robertson

After a bit of rain Camperdown was looking high grade standard. The pitch too was something that Camperdown is renowned for. Ed Smith won the toss and we decided to bat. We opened with the Robertsons (Tom and Euan) to cause confusion amongst Sydney University Veterans and the scorers. Only their mothers can tell them apart.

Paul Moorhouse opened the bowling and bowled with loop and guile. Tom hit a few and then departed. Paul Nash joined Euan and hit some classic cover drives. Euan was about to explode until he was caught and bowled by Paul. Moorhouse.

Damien Langley headed to the middle and started in his usual cautious way (maybe this is how a batsman should approach an innings?). Nasho was fired lbw and that bought the ‘big ogre’ into bat, David Byrnes, who looked in control and started with his tried and true cut to the short broccoli side.

It was then the ‘Damo and Byrnes’ show until Byrnes was adjudged lbw playing back. The crease then welcomed Sam Millar after quite a hiatus from the Blues. Sam started with a four and was quickly right at home. Damien and Sam accelerated and a big total looked ominous. Sam was retired by Ed at 51* to give the lower order a go with Damo flagged as a chance of a hundred. Sadly as soon as this was decided, Damo departed for 80. A late flurry by Craig Kitson (32*) saw us post a super fat total of 8-288. That’s 2 multiples of 2 fat ladies. Fat!!

An average afternoon tea was consumed, most providing sweet buns of some kind. Savoury!! We need more savoury!!

It was now our turn to bowl with Soren Hughes opening and Matt Gale umpiring for the other team. Both were soon in the action with Gale firing their opener lbw in the first over. Man of the match stuff Galsey!!

Damien Langley was to open at the other end but after a few balls had strained his side. All that stretching and preparation doesn’t pay. Sam Millar took over from Damo but it was Soren who was doing the damage. A nice caught behind had Sydney University Veterans right behind the eight-ball. Sam started with some mixed fruit but was rewarded with a wicket after Euan Robertson took the catch of the season, beating his catch at Yaralla. If you were to follow C.C.N.S.W. on twitter a fair comparison was tweeted by the ogre Dave Byrnes.

We then bought spin on and a great line and length was bowled. It was very hard to get anything past the ring and wickets fell steadily. Kitson was the standout with 4 wickets and barely a bad ball. When victory was nigh the Robertsons were bought on which kept the game going a bit. It was left to Craig Kitson and David Byrnes to finish it off.

Fantastic end to 2016 which left us undefeated. Let’s take that into 2017!

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 25, Euan Robertson 9, Paul Nash 24, Damien Langley 80, David Byrnes 55, Sam Millar 51* ret, Alton Van Straalen 1, Craig Kitson 32*, Matt Rennick (w) 3, Soren Hughes 0 and Ed Smith (c) 0*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-288 (D. Langley 80; D. Byrnes 55; S. Millar 51* ret,) (35 overs)

Defeated

Sydney University Veterans: – 10-119 (31.1 overs)

By 169 runs.

FoW: – 1- 29 (T. Robertson) 2-51 (E. Robertson) 3-61 (P. Nash) 4-150 (D. Byrnes) 5-248 (D Langley) 5-248 (S Miller 51*ret) 6-250 (A van Straalen) 7-276 (S Hughes) 8-276 (M Rennick)
The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-1-35-3; D. Langley 1-0-4-0; S. Millar 5-3-16-1; C. Kitson 6.1-0-22-4; D. Byrnes 6-0-11-2; T. Robertson 4-0-16-0; E. Robertson 1-0-6-0 and P. Nash 2-1-4-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil

Catches: one to each of P. Nash, M Rennick (w), E. Robertson and A.van Straalen

Run-outs: – Nil

Classics Round 5 Vs Roseville CC

At Kingsford Smith Oval, Longueville On Sunday 4 December, 2016: Report By Garry Winney

Beautiful weather and a good batting track today. We struggled to get a side together. Thankfully Greg Brooks could play, as did Jay Patel, and we had two fill-ins, friends of Sittampalam Ragavan’s (“Raga”), Umasaran (“Saran”) and Doraisamy Sripathmasri (“Pat”). We also had a few sore bodies with Mick McCormick, John Mesar, Wasanta Hettiarachchi (:Wasan”), Raga, and Peter Hall all playing midweek Over 50s games for NSW – our club was certainly well represented in this inaugural tournament.

As usual, C.C.N.S.W. lost the toss and fielded. Raga and Paul Georgiadis opened the attack, however once their openers settled in the runs started flowing as we were slow in the field. First opener retired at 31* (0-45). Their good bat Minnet came in and started with some booming drives. Paul was unlucky not to take his wicket; he advanced down the pitch and would have been stumped except for a little bottom edge to go below Peter’s gloves. The other opener also retired; now 0-74 off 16 overs.

Greg Brook’s introduction to the crease halted their onslaught. He soon had the new bat caught behind by Peter Hall (1-85), then lbw for 0 the next bat – at 20 overs – 2-96.

After drinks, Greg then bowled the next bat 3-97 and two overs later Saran took a good catch from Greg’s bowling to have them 4-120. Jay Patel came on and immediately bowled their No 9, 5-127, with 31 added in 10 overs as Greg finished his spell 9ov 4-21 a brilliant display of line and length bowling giving them nothing to hit.

With the change of bowling Mick McCormick came on to do a four over spell – quite mixed, two quick wickets then smashed all over the ground, as was Raga. Garry Winney finished up bowling Minnet for 56 – an aggressive powerful bat who made the difference. They reached 9-214 – 30 more than we had hoped. Paul Georgiadis nearly took a screamer in the outfield, running 20 metres and thrusting out both arms full stretch to have the ball rebound out, he did so well to even reach it.

A big task, Ajoy Roy’s early six showed our intent, but Raga’s inside edged of a ball onto his pads and was given out for 1; that really hurt our chances. Wasan and Ajoy took the score to 36 (8 overs) before Wasan was caught for 14; he batted well. John Mesar came in. Ajoy hit a lofted four but was then judged lbw for 25 well compiled runs, now 3-41. John smashed a ball to midwicket, a metre either side was 4, but he was caught for 2, 4-43. Mick McCormick and Pat consolidated, and by drinks we were 4-72. Pat worked the ones and Mick hit 4x4s in his 30*ret.

Enter Greg Brooks determined to get us back in the game – well 5×4’s and a mighty 6certainly helped. His big booming drives were unstoppable as he retired for 34*. Saran
was soon caught for 1, Peter Hall was run out for 2 from a poor call. Pat too was run out for 17 as we strived for quick runs 7-135. Garry Winney was out for 9 but we had 2 in the bank. Mick McCormick returned and smashed a few fours before being bowled for 43, with Jay Patel hitting a few crisp fours 9-171, Greg came out needing over 40 in 2 overs but was soon out.

All out 177 38 short of the target

Cricket is a game of inches. Minnet’s bottom edge saved him, whilst Raga’s inside edge didn’t save his innings. Roseville played the better cricket in an enjoyable game, but had those two incidents been reversed, it would be a whole new ball game. That’s cricket, and why we love the good with the bad in the game. What if …..is always the losers mindset.

The Team was (playing 12): – Sittampalam Ragavan 1, Ajoy Roy 25, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 14, John Mesar 3, Mick McCormick 43, Doraisamy Sripathmasri (Pat) 17, Greg Brooks 35, Umasaran (Saran) 1, Peter Hall (w) 2, Garry Winney (c) 9, Jay Patel 21* (Georgiadis 12th dnb)

The Result was: –

Roseville C.C.: – 9-214 (40 overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – all out 177 (38.5 overs)

By 37 runs.

FoW: – 1- 14 (S. Ragavan),2-36 (W. Hettiarachchi),3-41 (A. Roy),4-43 (J. Mesar),5-126 (Umasaran) ,6-127 (D. Sripathmasri),7-135 (G. Winney) 8-142 (P. Hall),9-171 (M. McCormick,10- 177 (G. Brooks)

The Bowling was: – S. Ragavan 7-0-49-1, P. Georgiadis 7-1-26-0, M. McCormick 9-0-61-2, G. Brooks 9-2-21-4, G. Winney 6-0-44-1, J. Patel 2-0-8-1

(Wasan injured his bowling finger & didn’t bowl).
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: one to P. Hall
Catches: One catch to P. Hall (w) and one catch to both Mick McCormick and Umasaran
Run-outs: – Nil
Player Points: – 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to M. McCormick; 1 point to J. Patel

Social Game Vs Army Irregulars XI

Barrackers’ Cup at Victoria Barracks, Oxford St on Thursday 1 December 2016: 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 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”.

PAUL MOORHOUSE REPORT

This fixture was washed out in the 2015-16 season, despite 3 attempts, and our first attempt this year had also been washed out. So it was with some relief that I learned on the morning of the game that, despite a little overnight rain, the pitch was good for play.

A number of C.C.N.S.W. members took advantage of the offer of a tour of the Barracks museum. Reports were that this was very enjoyable, with the museum curator so talkative that the tour was only up to the early 1900s by the allotted finishing time. For any members who would like to do the museum tour, it is available every Thursday at the Barracks, and I am told that another tour for C.C.N.S.W. members will be organised when we play the return fixture at the Barracks in March.

Up on the parade field, the Barrackers’ Cup had been found and was overseeing the proceedings. A 30 over match was agreed. The Army won the toss and put us in to bat on a green wicket with a few cracks. Tom Robertson opened up and played a typical innings – short and sweet – until he was out for 25 at the end of the second over. Opening partner Ross Dalgleish (8) played one pretty cut shot before he and Ian Neil (0) fell in quick succession. That brought Mitch Sturt to the wicket, who proved the backbone of our innings. After Alton van Straalen (14) fell, Mitch and guest player and rocker Josh Shipton (12) steadied the innings with a 55 run partnership. Unfortunately after Mitch fell we lost some quick wickets and, notwithstanding a few good hits to leg by Pat Hogan (13), were all out in the twenty ninth over for 132. Probably 20 short of a par score.

The Army presented with two decent opening batsmen, and lost their first wicket at 40 in the ninth over. At that point the Army were ahead on points. However, the introduction of Mitch Sturt from one end, and Al Yap from the other, saw the runs slow and some wickets fall. Mitch had 1 for 2 from his first 3 over spell, while Al bowled 5 overs on the trot for 3 for 12. At drinks after eighteen overs the Army was 5 for 59 and we were in front for the first time in day. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals. Some late hitting from the Army’s no. 9 and 10 batsmen got them to within 22 runs with two overs to bowl. But fittingly our MoM Mitch Sturt took the final wicket to finish with 4 for 6 and a great all round performance, with the final wicket falling to a sharp one-handed catch to Ian Neil.

After the game the Barrackers Cup was presented to C.C.N.S.W. and the players retired to the Officers Mess.

The Team was: – Tom Robertson (25), Ross Dalgleish (8), Alton van Straalen (14), Ian Neil (0), Mitch Sturt (44), Josh Shipton (w) (12), Lachlan Neil (1), Sam Barrington-Smith (7), Pat Hogan (13), Paul Moorhouse (c) (2*), and Al Yap (0)
The Result was:

C.C.N.S.W: – 10-132 (M. Sturt 44) (28.3 overs)

Defeated

Army Irregulars XI: – 10- 112 (M. Sturt 4-6; A. Yap 3-9) (28.3 overs)

By 20 runs

FoW: – 1-26 (T. Robertson); 2-39 (R. Dalgleish); 3-39 (I. Neil); 4-53 (A. van Straalen); 5-108 (M. Sturt); 6-109 (L. Neil); 7-109 (J. Shipton); 8-126 (S. Barrington-Smith); 9-131 (P. Hogan); 10-132 (A. Yap).

The Bowling was: – S. Barrington-Smith 5-0-14-1; P. Hogan 4-0-39-0; M. Sturt 6-2-6-4; A. Yap 5-1-9-3; T. Robertson: 4-2-6-1; P. Moorhouse: 4-1-18-1; L. Neil 1-0-12-0.

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil

Catches: two catches to Alton van Straalen; one to each of J. Shipton (w), P. Hogan, P. Moorhouse, I. Neil, and T. Robertson.

Run-outs: – Nil

 

Masters Round 5 Vs Burwood CC

MASTERS ROUND 5 v BURWOOD C.C. AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 27 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER

MASTERS STRIKE BACK TO POST SOLID HOME WIN

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)

Defeated

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 .

C&S JPS Round 4 Vs Yaralla

JACK PACE ROUND 4 v YARALLA AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD ON SATURDAY 26 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON

Another game at Goddard Oval and another golden for Ian Allmey. First ball of the game!

At 5 – 32 we were in a real pickle. Enter knights in shining armour, Leroy Maurer (15 years old) with 46 and Ed Smith with 46* in a cracking well timed partnership of 75. We finished strongly with what we thought was still a below par 8-147.

We started with Yaralla on the attack and things seemed dire. Luke Duggan (4-37) came on first change and couldn’t find his line until he decided to let nature do its work; he lofted up some gentle away swingers which no-one could resist. Caught Alton van Straalen at second slip. bowled Luke 2 balls in a row. Things were looking up!

Ian (Robertson) bowled straight and kept the scoring rate well down. It was now time for batting hero Ed Smith to continue his most remarkable season. Seems blowing his Achilles is the best move he’s done in 20 years. Ed (3-27) came on and removed tail-enders and most importantly their No.1 bat which took the game away from them.

Great bowling display and sensational win!

The Team was: – Ian Allmey (c) 0; Tom Robertson 6, Curtis Murray 17, Paul Nash 4, Leroy Maurer 46, Alton Von Straalen 0, Ed Smith 46*, Luke Duggan 10, Matt Gale (w) 8, Ian Robertson 0* and Shane Peterson dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-147 (E. Smith 46*; L. Maurer 46) (35 overs)

Defeated

Yaralla C.C.: – 10-130 (L. Duggan 4- 37) (32 overs)

By 17 runs.

FoW: – 1- 0 (I. Allmey) 2-17 (T. Robertson) 3-28 (C. Murray) 4-32 (P. Nash) 5-32 (A. van Straalen) 6-107 (L. Maurer) 7-124 (L. Duggan) 8-143 (M Gale)

The Bowling was: – S. Peterson 4-0-21-1; P. Nash 5-0-17-0, L. Duggan 6-0-37-4; I. Robertson 6-2-14-1; E. Smith 7-1-27-3; and T. Robertson 4-1-10-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil

Catches: two to A. Van Straalen; one catch to each of L. Duggan, C. Murray and T. Robertson

Run-outs: – Nil

Social game v Old Oxleyans

SOCIAL GAME v OLD OXLEYANS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY MATT ABEYSEKERA

It was one of those weekends where it seemed almost impossible to get a team together. Tom Robertson was struggling to get numbers for Saturday’s game and I was also struggling to get numbers for Sunday.

Before I get in to the details of the game, a massive thank you to Tommy and Graham Buck who helped muster up a few extra folks to get a team together. Also a special thank you to Charith Amarasinghe, Shehantha Dias, and Daniel Louw for helping out at short notice.

There was a bit of a drizzle on Saturday evening and we were hoping the ground would be good for a game as the covers hadn’t gone on. Upon arriving at Camperdown it was great to see the ground in fantastic shape…flat, dry, and lush. Sunday in Sydney was putting on a good show.

C.C.N.S.W. won the toss and put O.O.C.C. in on a green and somewhat furry wicket hoping to get a few early wickets. Whilst the opening bowlers (Tom Robertson and Graham Buck) started off well, we were unable to get an early breakthrough as the O.O.C.C. openers batted well and aggressively.

Charith Amarasinghe took over from Tom at one end and bowled economically to keep one end tight. Greg Briggs was introduced in the tenth over and immediately got their danger man J. Goring (39) out to a well-judged catch at deep square leg by Charith (1-60). O.O.C.C. sent in a pinch-hitter at number 3 to keep the momentum going. It worked as Hunter went on to score 50* after we dropped a chance at mid off. Greg’s fantastic control and clever variations were a treat to watch and he was the pick of the bowlers on the day.

Matt Abeysekera shuffled the bowlers around looking for wickets and also trying to get some of the new faces involved in the game. Before the drinks break, Tom Payne and Shehantha Dias shared the bowling duties on one end for four overs whilst Briggs was troubling the batsmen from the other. Briggs was rewarded for his efforts again in the sevententh over when he clean bowled their other opener S. Goodfellow for 40. (2-102). This was the last wicket C.C.N.S.W. would get for another 100 runs.

After the drinks break Matt brought himself on with Andrew Dadswell replacing Briggs at the other end but neither bowler had any success with the wickets and the O.O.C.C. batsmen managed to keep the runs flowing with Hunter and Lewis managing to get 50* and 53* respectively before retiring. Matt then took the gloves to give Leeroy Maurer a bowl and he struck in his second over to dismiss R. Jones for 3 (3-202) in the thirty second over.

Buck and Briggs were brought back on for the final six overs and they did a good job of limiting the boundaries. Tom Payne fielded well throughout the day but the highlight was his diving stop and direct hit at the bowlers end, fielding at mid-off to have N. Reinhardt run out for 21 when the striker Britton had called for a single. 4-229 in the thirty fifth over. O.O.C.C. ended on 4-267 off their 40 overs.

After a hearty arvo tea, we opened the batting with Ian Allmey and Matt Abeysekera. We were keen to get a good start but things didn’t quite work out when Ian fended an edge to the keeper in the second over after getting to 13 with 3 scoring shots (1-14 in the second over).

School kid Leeroy Maurer (making his debut for C.C.N.S.W.) joined Matt and impressed everyone with his very elegant left handed batting – Tommy take note 😉 Matt and Leeroy kept the scoreboard ticking over nicely with a constant serving of boundaries and quick ones and twos.

O.O.C.C. slowed things down by introducing the spin of Goring to the attack in the ninth over, who dismissed Leeroy in his first over – bowled after misreading the line of a straight one (2-65). This was a big blow as a good partnership of 51 runs at almost 7 an over was ended.

Charith Amaradinghe was next in and played intelligently – rotating the strike well. Matt and Charith added a further 38 quite comfortably. When Matt gifted his wicket (bowled on 49 by Goring) attempting an ugly shot to get the maximum before having to retire on 50, the stage was set for Tommy to take over the aggressor’s role (3-98 in the fourteenth over).

Tommy immediately took charge and got in to his grove dismissing the second ball he faced for a six. Charith again fed Tommy the strike but fell for 12 (caught at mid off), after a 21 run stand (3-119 in the thirteenth over) to give Goring his third wicket.

Charith was replaced by Shehantha Dias (another debutant for the club). Shehantha ensured that he held an end up and got Tommy on strike – who was hitting everything in his zone to the fence by this time. This pair was batting really well for a 38 run stand until Tommy ended up at the wrong end of a surprising l.b.w. decision when on 47 (5-157 in the twenty first over). Captain Phillipson was the beneficiary. The O.O.C.C. keeper admitted after the game that he thought the ball would have missed leg stump by a mile. This turned out to be a crucial blow as it knocked the wind out of the C.C.N.S.W. sails and triggered a mini collapse.

Shortly after Tommy’s wicket Shehantha misjudged a straight one and was given out lbw for 7 (6-168 in the twenty third over), Goring again making a contribution to the wickets tally. Daniel Louw (the third debutant for C.C.N.S.W.) contributed a four through square-leg before missing a slow full-toss which would have crashed in to his middle stump and was given l.b.w. in the very next over (7-174 in the twenty fourth over) . Captain Phillipson taking his second wicket.

Our ‘insurance’ in the lower order and bowling hero of the day Greg Briggs joined Andrew Dadswell (who’d been batting very calmly and nicely at one end during the rush of wickets). A lot would depend on this pair to get us close.

Unfortunately, after a short but attractive stand of 18 runs, Briggs also fell after miscuing a shot to be caught at mid-wicket and gave Phillipson his third wicket. At 8-192 in the twenty eighth over, C.C.N.S.W.’s chances of making it close seemed all but lost.

Enter Tom Payne. Tom was the fourth debutant for the day and had earlier claimed that he hadn’t played for a very long time. Third ball he faced was dispatched for a clean six followed by a well-timed 4 the very next ball and suddenly C.C.N.S.W. were starting to have some hope. Andrew took on the solid anchor role – rotating strike and dispatching the bad ones to the fence without taking any undue risk whilst Tom Payne settled in after his initial scoring shots. With only Bucky to come, these two had to get us close…and they did just that. Tom found the fence frequently with muscle and power whilst Andrew (cool as a cucumber), batted beautifully to keep the score ticking along nicely. The situation was turning in C.C.N.S.W.’s favour and the atmosphere was quite intense.

To add further drama to the situation, Phillipson miscalculated the number of overs his opening bowler Hunter had bowled and brought him on to bowl a ninth over. Despite the scorers shouting out for the game to stop to rectify the situation, O.O.C.C. ignored them and Hunter continued to bowl and ended up getting Tom out (who skied a catch to mid-wicket). There was a bit of controversy as Phillipson refused to admit he had miscalculated and ignored the scorers. After both scorebooks were shown and Phillipson was questioned as to which other bowler had contributed to the 37 overs that were bowled, he admitted that the scorers were correct and Tom was re-instated. The over had to be re-bowled and finished without further drama.

We were on 249 with 3 overs left to get 19 runs. It was looking good…until Andrew got bowled against the run of play. Britton got his first and possibly the most important wicket in the circumstances with the first ball of the thirty eighth over (9-249). Tom and Andrew had put together an invaluable 57 (highest partnership for C.C.N.S.W. on the day) in just under 10 overs. We still needed 19.

Tom Payne took on most of the strike for the next three overs and did his best to get us over the line with Bucky contributing 5 in 5 as well. The last over consisted of several balls bowled outside the leg stump line (which weren’t wide) and we were left with 3 to get off the last ball for a win. Tom managed to hit it to the deep…but it was fielded well and he was run-out (a great knock of 38) trying to attempt the second run. We were all out for 266 at the close of 40 overs. A very tight and tense finish indeed.

C.C.N.S.W. were a bit unlucky on the day, but in hindsight O.O.C.C. probably deserved to win as they put up a solid batting display and managed to field well with only ten on the field.

After the match both captains made short speeches thanking their teams and the opposition on a well fought game of cricket. C.C.N.S.W. awarded a CCNSW navy polo shirt to J. Goring for his 39 runs and figures of 8 overs, 1 maiden, and 4 wickets for 60.

There were plenty of beers and food to enjoy after the presentations and the O.O.C.C. boys took a fair bit of time to mingle with us and enjoy the refreshments.

Note to the team (and Club) from Matt:

Guys – I’ve really enjoyed the last five seasons with you all and look forward to a few more games in the future at some point (either in Sri Lanka or here in Sydney)!

I wish you all the best for the rest of the season and know that you guys would be lifting a few more trophies over the coming years. Till next time…

Cheers!
The Team was: – Ian Allmey 10, Matt Abeysekera (c) 49, Leeroy Maurer (w) 22, Charith Amarasinghe 12, Tom Robertson 47, Shehantha Dias 7, Andrew Dadswell 43, Daniel Louw 4, Gregg Briggs 10, Tom Payne 38, Graham Buck 5

The Result was: –

Old Oxleyans: – 267 for 4 (40 overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 266 all out (40 overs)

By 1 runs:

FoW: – 1- 14 (I. Allmey) 2-65 (L. Maurer) 3-98 (M. Abeysekera) 4-119 (C. Amarasinghe) 5-157 (T. Robertson) 6-168 (S. Dias) 7-174 (D. Louw) 8-192 (G. Briggs) 9-249 (A. Dadswell) 10-266 (G. Buck)

The Bowling was: – T. Robertson 2-0-11-0, G. Buck 8-0-46-0, C. Amarasinghe 7-0-38-0, G. Briggs 8-0-36-2, T. Payne 2-0-24-0, S. Dias 2-0-18-0, M. Abeysekera 4-0-31-0, A. Dadswell 4-0-38-0, and L. Maurer 3-0-20-1

The Fielding was: Catches – C. Amarasinghe 1, G. Briggs 1

Run-out: – Tom Payne

Classics Round 4 v Mosman

CLASSICS ROUND 4 v MOSMAN C.C. AT RAWSON OVAL, MOSMAN ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER, 2016: REPORT BY GARRY WINNEY

Nice cricketing weather at a lovely setting overlooking the harbour greeted us. Bandula Wijesinghe’s’ friend Prianta Kariawasam helped fill in today and showed a lot of promise.

We lost the toss and bowled. Well, we nearly bowled. Stuart Ridge after a good warm up pulled a leg muscle as he pushed off for the first delivery. Twang, severe damage to our bowling plans already. John Mesar bowled a tight line against the two openers taking on the field. Paul Georgiadis got the breakthrough first delivery, a missed drive and out plumb lbw 1-0. Mick McCormick made two full length diving saves at point and the mood felt ‘well we are switched on in the field today’. Mosman’s No 3, Davis came in and played very conservatively to start with. 10 overs 1-26 crept up to over 50 before Nation their opener retired. Wasanta (“Wasan”) Hettiarachchi (Editor’s note the final “chi” is silent) soon took a powerfully hit caught and bowled to make it 2-66, then 2-74 at drinks.

They slowly upped the run rate while Ajoy Roy had a slick stumping from Peter Hall, with Mick McCormick getting a clean bowled, 4-121 at the 30 over mark. From there they launched their attack, and smashed us all over the park, Ross Greenwood in a mini cameo 23* in no time. Paul Georgiadis had two very neat stumpings by Peter in the last over – 8-193, probably 30 more than we would have preferred.

Again Ross Greenwood halted our progress, this time bowling 7 overs 1-14.He bowled Ajoy for 1 on one that cut back in. Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Andy Koch steadied the ship as they took to their first change bowler 10 overs 1-45. Now Davis and Clarke came on for Mosman and dried up the runs with only 19 runs off the next 10 overs. Raga had retired for a well made 30*. Neither bowler wavered in line or length. Drinks 1-64 but they had a big last 10 overs, whereas as hard as we tried, we couldn’t accelerate like they did.

Andy retired at 31 in a solid innings. Prianta Kariawasam hit a beautiful straight four, but then was brilliantly caught low down at point. John Mesar got a leading edge, Mick McCormick hit three powerful fours before out lbw. At the 30 over mark, we were only 9 runs behind them. Wasan batted well for his 26 trying to force the pace, Peter Hall was bowled for 2 and we were 6-130 off 33 needing nearly ten an over. We could only manage 29 off the last 7 overs as good bowling and fielding tied us down with our lack of power hitters. We finished up 7-159. A good solid display but outplayed by a good team on the day, played in good spirits.

We have now played 3 of the top 4 teams, each of them having good quality hard hitting lower order bats that we haven’t been able to contain, nor have the ability to match them when we bat. Just a sign of how much stronger the top teams are becoming in the Classics with Grade players filtering through the competition now.

Still we have been competitive in our two losses to date, 1 tie and 1 win. Missing Peter Rolls’ batting, with his being out injured for the season.

The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 30 * ret, Ajoy Roy 1, Andy Koch 31* ret, Mick McCormick 18, Prianta Kariawasam 4, John Mesar 8, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 26, Peter Hall (w) 2, Garry Winney (c) 18*, Peter Georgiadis 5, Stu Ridge 4*

The Result was: –

Mosman C.C.: – 6-193

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-159

By 34 runs.

FoW: – 1-13 (A. Roy) 2-87 (P. Kariawasam) 3-91 (M. McCormick) 4-111 (J. Mesar) 6-130 (P. Hall) 7-130 (W. Hettiarachchi) 8-154 (P. Georgiadis)

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 9-2-32-1; P. Georgiadis 5-0-32-3; M. McCormick 9-1-30-1; S. Ragavan 6-0-40-1; W. Hettiarachchi 4-0-25-1; G. Winney 4-0-13-0; and A. Roy 3-0-20-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: 3 to P. Hall

Catches: 1 catch to each of W. Hettiarachchi and M McCormick

Run-outs: – Nil

Player Points: – 3 points to S. Ragavan 2 points to P. Georgiadis ; 1 point to A. Koch

Masters Round 4 Vs Warringah CC

MASTERS ROUND 4 v WARRINGAH C.C. AT FRANK GRAY OVAL, CURL CURL ON SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER , 2016: REPORT BY TERRY PONTIKOS

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

C&S JPS Round 3 v Rangers C.C

JACK PACE ROUND 3 v RANGERS C.C. AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER, 2016 REPORT BY GREG BROOKS

C.C.N.S.W. were sent in to bat on a dry and flat wicket that had seen at least 360 overs in the past 7 days! Nonetheless it played okay which allowed us to accumulate a total of 199 all out.
Unfortunately we are losing wickets regularly and need to reset our goals to build big partnerships by occupying the crease as the runs will come if we do.

Ian Allmey (46 off 29 balls) got us off to a flyer and despite losing wickets regularly we scored at 6 an over. Soren Hughes 38 and Greg Brooks 23 put together an eight wicket partnership of 51 and we closed all out for 199 from 32.4 overs.

After tea Rangers begun the chase and were soon in trouble. Joe Scarcella (2-9) made the early breakthrough and was well supported by Shane Peterson and Soren(2-21).With the introduction of Angus Cusack who generated serious pace the task looked beyond them. Bowling straight and quickly Angus took 3-10 from 6 overs allowing Dave Byrnes (1-20) and Greg Brooks (2-9) to clean up the tail, all out 91 in 24 overs.

While all wins are crucial in the Jack Pace Shield qualifying rounds and we picked up a bonus point, our batting needs to improve if we are to progress further in the knockout stages.

The Team was: – Richard Clark 8, Ian Allmey (c)46, Curtis Murray (w) 8; Paul Nash 8, David Byrnes 19, Angus Cusack 15, Ed Smith 4, Soren Hughes 38, Greg Brooks 23. Shane Peterson 9 and Joe Scarcella 1*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-199 (R. Clark 46; S. Hughes 38) (32 overs)

Defeated

Rangers C.C.: – 10-91 (A. Cusack 3-10) (24 overs)

By 108 runs

FOW: – 1- 35 (R. Clark) 2-62 (I. Allmey) 3-66 (C. Murray) 4-92 (P. Nash) 5-111 (D. Byrnes) 6-116 (E. Smith) 7-128 (A. Cusack) 8-179 (G. Brooks) 9-187 (S. Hughes) 10-199 (S. Peterson)

The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 4-1-9-2; S. Peterson 3-0-17-0; A. Cusack 6-2-10-3; S. Hughes 6-0-21-2; D. Byrnes 3-0-20-1; G. Brooks 2-0-9-2

The Fielding was: – Catches: One catch to C. Murray (w) and one catch to R. Clark