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Classics Round 9 V Sri Lanka Lions

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown, On Sunday 12 February, 2017: Report By Garry Winney

After two blistering hot days, a 30 degree day felt comfortable. We still have a few injured players out and it was good to see Ajoy Roy up and about after his stent operation last weekend. We won the toss and batted on the same wicket that had played so well a month ago. Little did we realise what was about to happen today.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Bandula Wijesinghe opened against two wily bowlers in Kevin Periera and Cuthbert Berenger. They summed up the conditions immediately. The ball kept low on anything short of a length which is where they bowled. Runs were a struggle, as the field grass was a bit longer as well. Bandula hit a ball wide of point but it stopped quickly, unfortunately quicker than Bandula expected and he was run out going for 2.

Raga next over was caught at cover, now 2-6. Wasanta Hettiarachchi and Mick McCormick now had to ready the ship. Wasa, batting no. three, was off the mark clipping a rare bad delivery for 4 (one of only 2 boundaries in the first 20 overs). Runs crept along until Mick was bowled for 4, 3-20 off 10 overs. John Mesar got another questionable lbw decision, 3-22. Keith Elloy and Wasa worked the ones to take us to drinks 4-38 and 100 was looking a long way off unless their lower bowlers were poor – it wasn’t to be, they were all very capable bowlers.

We needed some acceleration of runs but they had other plans. Wasa was bowled for a well compiled 20, Keith also went bowled for a tidy 13, 6-46. Could we bat out the forty overs? Garry Winney and Prianta Kariawasam were able to stem the wickets flowing and both hit good boundaries off poor deliveries until Garry’s leading edge to mid-on for 11, 7-67.

Worse was to come. Prianta was bowled for 9, next ball and Graham Buck caught behind off a faint edge cutting, now 9-68 off 33 overs. Jay Patel and Paul Georgiadis had a marvellous undefeated tenth wicket partnership based on sound defence and deft placement to get us to 9-88. Not a great score but it could have been much worse. Now we needed early wickets.

Most of out bats lost patience being tied down for much of their innings when they felt we needed quicker runs (which we did) but against a very good bowling line up, we managed to get ourselves out. All they needed was a good start and the game would be over.

Well, they underestimated how getting our two opening bowlers out cheaply would make Buck and John Mesar more determined to bowl the exact same way back to them. Bucky was moving the ball about and cleaned up their opener 1-7 after 2 overs. He repeated the dose next over, this time an lbw 2-8. John was slapped for two fours but bowled him for 8, 3-16 and we were on a roll. Bucky again bowled the next bat to have 3-2 off 3 overs.Now 4-16.

The next two bats played very cautious cricket and inched the score along until the twelfth over when Wasa took a sharp gully catch off John 5-34. Bucky joined in and removed the dangerous Kevin Pereira lbw 0, 6-35. We then had a two over period of inexplicable cricket. In the space of 10 balls we managed to drop 4 catches. None of them sitters but they all went to hand then ground, thankfully these lapses didn’t cost us too much. Buck and Mesar were nearing the end of their spells but John was able to take a wicket in his last over, another lbw, 7-39.

Both bowled 9 overs straight, Buck 4-10, Mesar 3-25 only 3 fours in that period. They sure got us back into the game. Sri Lanka still had their best bat Cuthbert to come in. Raga and Mick McCormick took over. Mick was a bit all over the shop, whereas Raga’s first ball a short ball outside off was crunched straight to the safe hands of Mick at cover 8-53.

Wasanta Hettiarachchi came on to hopefully remove their tall left hander who looked like he could smash balls a mile. Well he got him out but not how we expected; he smashed a ball out to near Mick McCormick then took on his arm – wrong person, Mick’s throw from the boundary one bounce next to the stumps – out run out. 9-55. They now had their captain and their number 11 in – he was a tail end bat but had an excellent defence along with a lot of wild swings. He hit as many boundaries as our whole team. He had some near stumpings and catches but hit a quick fire 27*, Cuthbert batted sensibly giving him the strike while he was never troubled. They passed us 9 down off 28.5 overs.

I was always fearful that it would only take one bat to get going to win them the game and they do have 11 batsmen who could all play that sort of innings. It was just frustrating to only need that last wicket to make it an amazing escape of a win. But it was not to be. The better team won on the day.

A day where the ball absolutely dominated the bat. Special mention to Graham Buck and John Mesar who both bowled magnificently; they really stood tall when we needed them. As they say ‘the one that got away’. Still our only losses have been to teams above us in the table. Thanks to Keith Elloy who filled in for Peter Hall as keeper, he did the best he could. Wasa’s innings was one of composure and stood out as our best bat on the day.

The Team was:- Sittampalam Ragavan 4; Bandula Wijesinghe 1, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 20; Mick McCormick 4; John Mesar 0; Keith Elloy (w) 13, Prianta Kariawasam 9; Garry Winney (c) 11; Jay Patel 11*; Graham Buck 0; and Paul Georgiadis 8*.
The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 9-88 (W. Hettiarachchi 20) (40 overs)
Lost to
Sri Lanka Lions: – 9-91 (G. Buck 4-10) (28 overs)
By one wicket

FoW (C.C.N.S.W.): – 1- 5 (B. Wijesinghe); 2-6 (S. Ragavan); 3-20 (M. McCormick); 4-22 (J. Mesar); 5-46 (K. Elloy); 6-46 (W. Hettiarachchi); 7-67 (G. Winney); 8-68 (G, Buck); 9-68 (P. Kariawasam).

FoW (Sri Lanka Lions): – 1-7 (R. Wijesinghe); 2- 8 (G. Mallawaratchy); 3-16 (C. Perera); 4-16 (T. George); 5-34 (U. Gunasena); 6-35 (K. Pereira); 7-39 (B. Parsons); 8-53 (D.A. De Silva); 9-55 (T. Bartholomeusz).

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 9-2-25-3; G. Buck 9-4-10-4; S. Ragavan 3-1-7-1; M/ McCormick 2-0-18-0; W. Hettiarachchi 1-0-8-0; J. Patel 3-0-10-0; and P. Georgiadis 1-0-2-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: one each to M. McCormick and W. Hettiarachchi
Run outs: one to M. McCormick
Player Points: three points to G. Buck; two points to J. Mesar; one point to W. Hettiarachchi

Masters Round 10 V Pennant Hills

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

THE BLUES’ LOSE ‘THE BLUES’, REGAIN WINNING WAYS, IN FINAL HOME GAME AT CAMPERDOWN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

After the game, here’s what they said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

Pennant Hills: – 9-182 (40 overs)

Lost to

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

By 3 wickets

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

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

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

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

City And Suburban Round 13 V Scots Old Boys

At Scots College, Bellevue Hill On Sunday 19 February 2017: Report By Soren Hughes

Despite an apparent forecast of thunderstorms and some pretty serious hailstorms the day prior, the Scots College grounds were lush; the sun was shining and our bowlers began discussing who would benefit most from the gentle breeze which made for some very comfortable conditions.

Bowling first, we contained their openers quite well early, Nick Saady led the charge and contained the openers to just two scoring shots in his first four overs and was unlucky not to pick up a wicket. After we removed the less apt opening batsmen, a left handed batsman, recruited by Scots and who had played a few games for Queensland, walked out with esteem.

Although we fielded well, and especially well when referring to anything fielded by Jonty Hall, the boundary was found numerous times by the former Queenslander. It seemed that whenever we could get him off strike, we would take a wicket. Tom Robertson started the collapse with some nasty short bowling, soon followed by Paul Nash and Leroy Maurer who picked up a wicket each. Not to be outdone, Mick McCormick removed the Queenslander and we looked like picking Scots up cheaply at 5-76 after 20 overs.

Through sustained pressure, we continued to take wickets. Leroy bagged another, Nick Saady returned with a wicket maiden and Ian Allmey palmed one to Ed Smith in slips to railroad Scots to 8-117 after 31 overs. With Tom sinking another one with the last ball of his seven over spell (yes, he bowled seven in a row with nil extras), we were considering whether to give some runs away to make a game of it. Apparently the last three batsmen was listening, and put on 43 from the last four overs and we were chasing 161.

Curtis Murray and Ed Smith opened, Ed got a good one early which he touched and walked off early in the name of good captaincy. Curtis dug in, first finding the boundary after his 29th ball. Paul Nash kept the book ticking over but succumbed to the first ball of the change bowler on 11. Leroy Maurer picked up the run rate with a quick fire 19 but found a fielder and Curtis Murray soon fell for 8. We were 4-52 at drinks with some work to be done.

Jonty Hall hit a couple well before departing for 8. Mick McCormick (22) then rose to the occasion. He let his bat do the talking and made his mark on the Scots College building, almost smashing a window and leaving a nice red cherry on its polished exterior. This inspired Alton Van Straalen to an innings to remember, bludgeoning four sixes and five boundaries in quick time. Alton’s repertoire included a six which hit the roof of the four storey library building and rolled onto Cranbrook Road.

With Mick McCormick making a move for the change rooms, Ian Allmey casually plundered 22 and was probably looking for more when he found the cover fieldsman standing 15 metres deeper than usual. Alton edged one on 49 and it was 11 to get from four overs at 8-150. Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes took care of it, leaving Nick Saady without a bat and keen to come back and play a few games for us next season.

Well done gents, another win from an enjoyable day’s play. Where was Weaves with the flag?

The Team was:- Curtis Murray (w) 8, Ed Smith (c) 0, Paul Nash 11, Leroy Maurer 19, Mick McCormick 22, Jonty Hall 8, Alton Van Straalen 49, Ian Allmey 22, Tom Robertson 5*, Soren Hughes 5*, Nick Saady (dnb).

The Result was: –

Scots Old Boys: – 9-160 (G. Moncrieff 48*; L. Kahler 45) (35 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-162 (A. Van Straalen 49; M. McCormick 22, I. Allmey 22) (32.1 overs)

By two wickets

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-0-50-2, N Saady 7-3-12-1, P. Nash 7-0-37-1, T. Robertson 7-0-35-2, L. Maurer 4-2-10-2, M. McCormick 2-1-9-1, E. Smith 1-0-4-0.

FoW: – 1-0 (E. Smith) 2-21 (P. Nash), 3-44 (L. Maurer), 4-51 (C. Murray), 5-65 (J. Hall), 6-112 (M. McCormick), 7-150 (I. Allmey), 8-150 (A. Van Straalen)
The Fielding was: – Stumpings: none

Catches: 2 to C. Murray (w), 1 to E. Smith, L. Maurer and M. McCormick

Run outs: None

Social Game V The XXIX Club At The Albert Ground, Melbourne

At The Albert Ground, Melbourne On Thursday 8 February 2017: Report By Tom Robertson

Clear blue skies greeted us at the magnificent Albert Ground. The outfield is pure carpet and the square is impeccable. Five of us had flown down but the side was mostly filled with the C.C.N.S.W. Victorian contingent. A fine bunch of people they are as well. (Ed note: David Byrnes who was to captain, had to pull out at the last minute because of the health of his father who was to die on the Friday; Tom Robertson took over as Captain and Steven Mihelakos kindly guested for us)

As captain, I wanted to field first as we have historically batted first and have never posted a decent total. XXIXers skipper Mark was unsure of my proposal thinking I was somehow scheming. Little did he know of the depth of his counterpart. We eventually tossed and I won sending the now confused and dazed captain back to the sheds to pad up. A good start.

Joe Scarcella and Will Blair (Jnr) opened up and were bowling well with mostly dot balls except for the odd slash over the infield. Will struck first with a classic top of off ball. Will looks like he could have some real wheels in a few years. Joe bowled well until the wind changed and Peter Sherman came on to bowl spin. He was immediately effective with some nice drift and spin. Things were going our way and wickets were falling from tight accurate bowling.

Will hit the stumps again and things felt in control, yet I had a feeling that the XXIXers had something up their sleeve. Scarcella swung round to the city end and Sherman bowled out his seven getting three wickets with a nice catch behind by Steve Kish.

Spinners were operating from the hotel end with mixed success and Billy Blair (Snr) was bowling an impeccable line from the city end. Straight after drinks Lachlan Stonehouse took a screamer at first slip off Billy Blair (Snr): – pure class from a seasoned pro.

Numbers 8 and 9 proved hard to budge and a decent total was now looming. With a few lbws we were lucky to stop the end of innings launch and trimmed the score down to 155. Something I thought we could run down.

A quick changeover ensued and we were underway with Euan Robertson and Steve Mihelakos. Mihelakos played some classic opening batsman’s shots quickly getting to 18 before succumbing to the short one and being caught at fine leg. Looks like another talented Victorian that should be playing for C.C.N.S.W. whenever he can. Steve Kish and William Stonehouse (Jnr) both went for ducks and an air of panic struck the mentally fragile visiting captain.

Lachlan Stonehouse strode out with an air of confidence (not sure what he bases that on). Euan Robertson (11) then fell but had done some good work in seeing off the openers. Stuart Stockdale came in and swung hard with what looked like revenge on a club that didn’t pick him for this fixture. He tried his luck once too many times and was bowled for a handy 10.

That bought Bill Blair (Snr) out to bat with Lachlan Stonehouse and I had quietly put a lot on this partnership. Stonehouse played beautifully off his legs and swung hard (and mostly missed) outside off. An area that definitely needs work there Lachlan, cheers mate.

He then let one go that careered straight into off stump. Whoops! It was however a well crafted 42. Tom Robertson then joined Bill Blair (Snr) and got off the mark with a well timed cover drive and felt like chasing the total down by himself. A few lusty blows later and he was on his way (15) leaving Billy and the tail hopefully to get 38 more.

Ken Yardy (9) batted well with Billy getting us 17 closer. William Blair (Jnr) came out and joined Dad for only a few balls smashing one straight to mid off. 20 to get with one wicket left and six overs left. Nerve racking!

Joe Scarcella played smart cricket defending when he needed to and ran well. It all came down to the last over with Billy Blair (Snr) on strike and 4 to get (or so we thought at the time, turned out we only needed 2). Billy hit a single and the pressure was on Joe Scarcella. He drew upon his wealth of experience and he manoeuvred a bye. Go Joey!!

We have been without a win for some time against the XXIXers so this was a sweet victory. A great day was had with a great bunch of guys and absolutely fantastic hospitality. I know that I’ll always be first to put my hand up for this fixture and I definitely won’t be flying back on the same day as it cuts short spending time with our wonderful hosts.

Now we just need someone to bring the C.C.N.S.W. flag back (Ed note Joe Scarcella capped a triumphant day by recovering the flag)

The Team was (playing 12):- Euan Robertson 11, Steven Mihelakos 18, Steve Kish (w) 0, William Stonehouse 0, Lachlan Stonehouse 42, Stuart Stockdale 10, Billy Blair (Snr) 33*, Tom Robertson (c) 15, Ken Yardy 9, William Blair (Jnr) 0, and Joe Scarcella 3*; Peter Sherman (dnb)

The Result was: –

XXIX Club: – 10-155 (P. Sherman 3-28, W. Blair (Snr) 3-27) (33.1 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: 9 – 156 (L. Stonehouse 42; W. Blair (Snr) 33*) (34.2 overs)

By one wicket

FoW: – 1-28 (S. Mihelakos) 2-29 (S. Kish),3-29 (W. Stonehouse), 4-43 (Euan Robertson), 5-63 (S. Stockdale), 6-85 (L. Stonehouse), 7-118 (T. Robertson), 8-135 (K. Yardy), 9-138 (W. Blair (Jnr ))

The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 7-0-23-1, W, Blair (Jnr) 7-1-33-2, P. Sherman 7-1-28-3, W. Stonehouse 2-0-7-0, W. Blair (Snr) 7-1-27-3, Euan Robertson 2-0-16-0, L. Stonehouse 1-0-13-0, S. Mihelakos 1-0-1-0, T. Robertson 0.1-0-0-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: none

Catches: 2 to S. Kish; One each to T. Robertson and L. Stonehouse.

Run outs: None

C&S Jack Pace Quarter Final V Nondescripts C.C.

At Camperdown Oval, Camperdown On Sunday 5 February 2017: Report By Tom Robertson

A real stinker (c 380) greeted us for our Jack Pace Quarter Final. Our last encounter against Nondescripts took a freakish 9th wicket partnership between Ed and Pete Crooks to save us. Hopefully this time round would not require such theatre.

Ed lost the toss and Nondos batted. Damien Langley and Soren Hughes started up, Damien with his relentless line and Soren with his swing and wobble. It was a steady start by both teams with our intensity not quite up to finals standard. Euan Robertson kept his catching standard going with an unbroken 17 catches in all forms of cricket he has played (except for when he kept 1 time but that’s not counted!) to dismiss their opener at gully. David Byrnes bowled beautifully without luck. One lbw appeal does come to mind which may have changed the outcome of the game.

Numbers 3 to 5 looked good and put on 40 odd each until falling when preparing to launch. Soren finished fantastically with a flurry of 4 wickets which gave him 5-32 for the game. Soren’s death bowling is quite outstanding.

Apart from that it was a non-eventful 35 overs. C.C.N.S.W. really didn’t apply finals pressure to Nondos and we had our work cut out to chase a very competitive 8-187.

A very average afternoon tea followed with only one player providing savoury and the rest of the players only shop bought rubbish (Ed note: censored! Tom used a more pithy expletive). Sorry had to get that off my chest.

We opened with two Robertsons, Tom and Euan and after 3 balls there was one. If we really put thought into this game we would have made an effort to see off the openers and smash the very average other bowlers. A few lbws later and we were in a real pickle. Sam Millar (65) was playing fantastically with his highly illegal bat. With Sam at the crease there was real hope we could chase this down. Ed Smith (36) played another great innings showing his worth even without being able to bowl.

A steady flow of wickets ensured we’d fall short and we did.

The real take away from this game is that we need to want it. There was little pressure applied to other team when they were batting. Batting was poorly thought out (I led the way here). Next year we need to lift that intensity or we won’t make the finals.

The Team was:- Tom Robertson 0, Euan Robertson 8, Paul Nash 5, Damien Langley 10, Sam Millar 65, David Byrnes 2, Ed Smith (c) 36, Soren Hughes 17*, Luke Duggan 1, Peter Crooks 11, Matt Rennick (w) 0

The Result was: –

Nondescripts C.C.: – 8-187 (S. Hughes 5-32) (35 overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W: 10 – 165 (S. Millar 65) (33 overs)

FoW: – 1- 0 (T. Robertson) 2-9 (P. Nash) 3-22 (D. Langley) 4-39 (Euan Robertson) 5-42 (D. Byrnes) 6-130 (S. Millar) 7-136 (E. Smith) 8-141 (L. Duggan) 9-165 (P. Crooks) 10-166 (M. Rennick)

The Bowling was: – D. Langley 7-2-23-0, S. Hughes 7-0-32-5, D. Byrnes 7-0-14-0, L. Duggan 5-0-29-2, P. Crooks 3-0-16-0, S. Millar 5-0-52-1, P. Nash 2-0-16-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: 2 to Tom Robertson; One to each of P. Crooks and Euan Robertson
Run outs: None

Social Game V Ramblers C.C, Nelson, New Zealand

At Saxton Oval, Nelson On Monday 30 January: Report By Euan Robertson

Back row: Mike Pinter; Rob Bevilacqua; Dave Benson ; Mike Weaver; Stuart Ridge; Soren Hughes
Front Row: Rodger Robertson (Tour Manager); John Wise; Greg Brooks; Tom Robertson (c); Steve Kish (w); Euan Robertson ;James Morrison

The C.C.N.S.W. New Zealand tourists pulled off their third win of the tour and neither the cricketers nor bar staff of Nelson will forget us in a hurry.

The game was played against the Ramblers at Saxton Oval, Nelson’s international ground which has hosted a number of One Day Internationals. We played on a third day wicket which was fractionally slow but true. The boundaries were long but the outfield was like carpet and it was a privilege to play there.

We were invited to bat (clearly word had spread about our chasing ability) and Euan Robertson and Mike Pinter opened. Both openers looked comfortable but both were run out for 9 and 13 respectively. I can’t remember Greenidge and Haynes both running themselves out in the one innings but that probably reflects a lack of ambition on their part.

Rob Bevilaqua mistimed one to mid-on and we were in a fraction of trouble at 3 for 44.

Tom Robertson and Soren Hughes steadied the ship, each reaching the mandatory retirement score of 40. Tommy in particular scored quickly, slashing with his usual panache.

From there, everyone made a contribution. Dave Benson made 26 before being bowled. Jimmy Morrison, finally playing for us rather than against us, made 38 and Mick Weaver made 22 despite suffering from a sore back. Jim and Mick hit only one boundary each but ran themselves into the ground with a series of singles, twos and threes.

Skipper for the day Greg Brooks hit some familiar chunky drives for 17 while Steve Kish and Stuart Ridge both swung hard in the last over to both be left 4*. A score of 231 looked a good one on a very large ground.

We opened with Stuart Ridge and Soren Hughes. Ridge’s bowling was a master class, using in-swing and a good length to keep the batsmen under pressure. His first wicket was caught by Tom Robertson at cover, the second a brilliant catch to Steve Kish standing up behind the stumps.

Soren Hughes chipped in with an lbw and when we shuffled our bowlers after 10 overs, the Ramblers were just 3 for 24.

John Wise (1 for 27) and Dave Benson (2 for 24) kept things tight and took important wickets. When Tommy Robertson strangled a batsman down the leg side for another Kish catch, Ramblers were 7 for 83 after 26 overs and the game was effectively over.

In a twist, Ramblers had held back two of their stronger batsmen, Cam McLean and Graham De Feu who both hit some big shots, including the only sixes of the match. Both retired on forty and they had taken the Ramblers to within striking distance.

However quality death bowling from Soren (1 for 43) and Ridge (2 for 21) saw us home comfortably by 31 runs.

We then spent an entertaining half hour with both teams watching the final overs of Australia v New Zealand in the dressing room as Marcus Stoinis took the Australians to the brink of victory. Kiwi faces around the room looked dark before Trans Tasman relations were saved by a late run out and a New Zealand win.

The Team was (playing 12):- Euan Robertson 9, Mike Pinter 13, Rob Bevilaqua 5, Tom Robertson 41 (retired), Soren Hughes 40 (retired), Dave Benson 26, Jim Morrison 38, Mick Weaver 22, Greg Brooks (c) 17, Stuart Ridge 4*, Steve Kish (w) 4*, John Wise dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 7-231 (T. Robertson 41* ret not out, Soren Hughes 40* ret not out, Jim Morrison 38) (40 overs)

Defeated

Ramblers 7-200 (S. Ridge 2 for 21, D. Benson 2 for 24) (40 overs)

By 31 runs

FoW: – 1-16 (E. Robertson); 2-25 (R. Bevilaqua); 3-44 (M. Pinter); 4-136 (D. Benson); 5-189 (M. Weaver); 6-213 (J. Morrison); 7-216 (G. Brooks)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 8-2-21-2; S. Hughes 8-2-43-1; J. Wise 8-1-27-1; Dave Benson 7-1-24-2; Euan Robertson 3-0-28-0, Tom Robertson 3-0-16-1; J. Morrison 2-0-14-0; R. Bevilaqua 1-0-16-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: Two to S. Kish, one each to T. Robertson and M. Pinter

Classics Round 8 V Western Suburbs Cavaliers C.C.

At Bland Oval, Riverwood On Sunday 29 January, 2017: Report By Garry Winney

A warm day greeted us at the small ground but with longish grass, this meant fours hard to come by unless well struck and landing near the boundary. C.C.N.S.W. lost the toss but thankfully they decided to bowl (as one of their bowlers needed to leave early). We thought 200 to be a good score.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) and Prianta Kariawasam opened against a medium pace swing attack. Raga started with a crisp four then a lofted straight 6 as Prianta worked the singles until he lost patience and was bowled for 11 (1-33 off 8). John Mesar came in but we soon lost Raga for 27 caught off a full toss, a leading edge while going for a boundary, 2-42 then John was also caught off a leading edge for 2 (these big bats leading edges carry a long way these days). Now 3-44 and time for recovery needed. Mick McCormick and Bandula Wijesinghe did just that as they slowly got themselves settled in before hitting a few boundaries to have us 3-75 at drinks.

Bandula was stumped shortly after when he played over a leg-spinner which bounced over the keeper’s gloves, hit him in the chest, flew in the air and landed on the bails – unlucky, out for a well compiled 16, 4-89. Mick and Wasantha Hettiarachchi (“Wasa”) accelerated to a run a ball with lots of ones and twos and occasional boundaries until Mick retired at 30* (3×4), a well paced innings that was really needed. Ajoy Roy showed his intentions with a four and a 6. However Wasa was stumped for 19 but it was an impressive style of innings, 5-131.

Peter Hall and Ajoy did plenty of quick (?) singles until Ajoy in the humidity was unwell and retired hurt at 26*. Garry winey joined Peter and again the quick ones re-started. Peter hit a towering straight 6 and two crisp boundaries but was bowled for 22 going for the runs. Now 6-163 off 35 overs. Jay Patel came in; more ones until Garry was bowled hoiking for 7,

Now 7-175, until Paul Georgiadis and Jay added a rapid fire 19 to get a near par score 7-194. Jay scored a quick 25*. Paul was able to block the ball to the bowler, call a single, bowler missed the throw at the bowler’s stumps resulting in an easy single, well played Paul.

With a defendable score, Raga and Paul Georgiadis opened bowling in their usual miserly ways, always a good line and length and stifle the runs. Paul took an early wicket clipping top of off stump, while they could only manage one boundary in the first 10 overs. Raga finally was rewarded bowling batsman No.3, now 2-27 off 11 overs. Paul followed up two overs later taking a sharp c & b wicket, 3-37. John Mesar and Mick McCormick continued the tight line process and by drinks they were 3-55.

John Mesar was unlucky to narrowly miss bowling out their No. 4 but got him next ball that cut back in, 4-68. One of their batsmen also suffered from the humidity and went off retired hurt. Mick then got his reward with the next bat out lbw for 0, 5-89. Now the spinners turn as Wasa and Jay Patel continued. Their tail plundered a few big hits but Peter Hall took a fine nick behind, then a stumping both off Jay. Garry Winney had a captain’s over to finish off as they needed more than 36 off the last over. Peter Hall again did a fine stumping after nearly having his head knocked off by their No. 11 trying some Big Bash shots swinging wildly back through the keeper. Total 9-143

A good all round team effort by both our batsmen and the bowlers with Peter Hall’s keeping a high standard as usual.

The Team was: – Sittampalam Ragavan 27, Prianta Kariawasan 11, John Mesar 2, Mick McCormick 30* ret, not out; Bandula Wijesinghe 16, Wasanta Hettiarachchi 19, Ajoy Roy 26* ret hurt; Peter Hall 22, Garry Winney 7, Jay Patel 25*, Paul Georgiadis 2*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: – 7-194 (M. McCormick 30* ret not out; A. Roy 26* ret hurt) (40 overs)

Defeated

Western Suburbs Cavaliers: – 9-143 (40 overs)

By 49 runs

FoW: – 1- 33 (P. Kariawasam), 2-42 (S. Ragavan), 3-44 (J. Mesar), 4- 89 (B. Wijesinghe), 5-131 (W. Hettiarachchi), 6-163 (P. Hall), 7-175 (G. Winney)

The Bowling was: – S. Ragavan 7-1-19-1, P. Georgiadis 8-1-21-2, J. Mesar 5-0-9-1, M. McCormick 6-0-25-1,W. Hettiarachchi 8-0-33-1, J. Patel 5-0-27-2, G. Winney 1-0-3-1

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Two to P. Hall (w)
Catches: one to P. Hall
Run outs: Nil

Player points: – Three points to M. McCormick; Two points to W. Hettiarachchi ; One point to P. Hall.

Tour Game Vs Titoki C.C Nelson New Zealand

At Conway Oval, Nelson On Sunday 29 January: Report By Euan Robertson

Electrifying C.C.N.S.W. Powered To Shock Win By John Wise Spark 🙂

Back Row: Keith Elloy; Rodger Robertson (Manager); Ross Dalgleish; Soren Hughes; Greg Brooks; Euan Robertson ; Bruce Pendlebury
Front Row: Mike Pinter; John Wise; Tom Robertson (c); Steve Kish; Peter Harrison

A brilliant day was had by all at Conway Oval in Nelson as the C.C.N.S.W. tourists again pulled off a victory in the last over. Conway is a beautiful ground on private property surrounded by farmland and overlooked by mountains. We played Titoki C.C., a social team who counted among their number our very own Jim Morrison.

Two local rules were to shape the game: no lbws and if a batsman retires on 30* the player who returns at the end is the person who got out for the lowest score.

The pitch was low and slow meaning there were in all likelihood at least eight to ten lbws that would have been given throughout the day.

Tom Robertson won the toss at the third time of asking and sent Titoki in. Soren Hughes bowled beautifully, taking two wickets in his first spell and conceding just four runs off five overs. Off spinner John Wise found it more difficult with pads frequently coming between him and the wicket.

Rodger Robertson bowled first change and was in his second over when his calf decided that his “effort ball” was too much to take. He hobbled off. Mick Pinter took the rest of Rodger’s over. The first ball was in Mick’s half of the pitch. The second sailed over the batsman’s head and was still rising as it passed wicketkeeper Steve Kish.

Euan Robertson (none for 25 off 8) and Peter Harrison (none for 32 off 8) kept things tight. At drinks the score was just 71 on a very small ground. The scoring accelerated but wickets fell too. Tom Robertson (2 for 26) bowled Jim Morrison and celebrated in uncouth fashion.

Bruce Pendlebury chipped in with three wickets, one well caught by Mick Pinter off a ball that bounced twice. Soren Hughes returned and took another wicket to finish with 3 for 6 off 7.

The last over was chaos. Bruce Pendlebury picked up the number 11 caught by John Wise for 1. The opener who made a duck returned and was run out by Euan Robertson for 1. Then the number 11 returned as the next lowest scorer. He was also run out off the last ball to be dismissed twice in the same over.

Unquestionably the memorable moment of our fielding was President Greg Brooks retrieving a ball from adjacent farmland over an electrified fence. The presidential nuts were well roasted climbing both over and back. It is understood anyone who sniggered is docked 10 John McDonald points immediately.

At the end of the innings Titoki had made 10-187 which seemed chaseable.

Greg Brooks and Steve Kish opened and gave us a perfect platform. The newly neutered Brooks smashed a six over long on and hit some chunky fours to retire on a valuable and rapid 32* retired. Kish was more circumspect making 21 before being run out. Peter Harrison made a typically classy 30* retired – he has so far made 98 runs on tour without being dismissed.

There were solid and important contributions down the order. Soren Hughes blundered a quick 24. Ross Dalgleish smashed two straight fours in his 13 and Keith Elloy made 20.

Euan Robertson was caught at the long on boundary for a single and Tom Robertson hit his first ball for six and was bowled by his second. These two were to be our wickets “in hand” at the end of the game.

With three overs to go we needed 17 with John Wise and Bruce Pendlebury at the crease. Bruce was solid and calm, compiling 11*. But Wise (148) was the hero. In the second last over he relieved the pressure smashing a six into the pavilion fence. Then off the first ball of the last he elegantly cut a boundary to bring us home. Legend.

The post match hospitality was as good as anyone could remember. More beers were offered than even we could get through in a session. A terrific barbecue was provided and table and chairs were pulled out onto the outfield.

Warm speeches thanked our generous hosts at this fabulous venue while even the President cracked a smile at the endless jokes about his electrification.

The Team was (playing 12):- Steve Kish (w) 21, Greg Brooks 32 * ret. not out, Peter Harrison 30* ret not out, Ross Dalgleish 13 , Keith Elloy 20, Mike Pinter 10, Euan Robertson 1, Bruce Pendlebury 11*, Tom Robertson (c) 6, Soren Hughes 24, John Wise 14* and Rodger Robertson (dnb)

The Result was: –

Titoki C.C.: – 10-187 (S. Hughes 3-6) (40 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W: 7-188 (G. Brooks 32* ret not out; P. Harrison 30* ret not out) (39.1 overs)

FoW: – 1-53 (S. Kish); 2-90 (R. Dalgleish); 3-123 (M. Pinter); 4-124 (Euan Robertson); 5-134 (K. Elloy ); 6-140 (Tom Robertson); 7-169 (S. Hughes)

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 7-3-5-3; J. Wise 8-1-47-0; Rodger Robertson 1.4-0-7-0; Euan Robertson 8-0-25-0, M. Pinter 0.2-0-12-0, P. Harrison 8-1-32-0; Tom Robertson 4-0-26-2; B. Pendlebury 3-0-21-3

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: None
Catches: One catch to each of P. Harrison, M. Pinter and J. Wise
Run outs: 2 to S. Kish

C&S Round 10 V I Zingari (Australia)

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

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

Captain Ian Allmey won the toss and elected to bat.

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

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

By 6 wickets

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

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

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

Tour Game Vs Wakatu CC Nelson New Zealand

At Victory Square, Nelson On Friday 27 January: Report By Euan Robertson

The Cricketers’ Club tour of Nelson got off to an exciting and winning start, beating Wakatu Cricket Club with two balls remaining at the Victory Oval.

Captain Tom Robertson won the toss against Wakatu captain and C.C.N.S.W. member Jim Morrison, who had put a huge amount of effort into making this tour go ahead.

Wakatu were sent into bat. Stuart Ridge took a wicket with his fifth ball, some seam movement taking the edge and gobbled up by Bruce ‘Buckets’ Pendlebury at second slip. Things quickly turned bleak and after 11 overs Wakatu were 1 for 91. Opener Nathan DuFeu hit some chunky drives and Dusty Emms-Healey attacked everything, including a straight six over the pavilion roof.

John Wise (1 for 44) was introduced and changed everything with the wicket of Emms-Healey, lbw for a well made 51. With Rob Bevilaqua (0 for 41) keeping it tight from the other end (including the only maiden of the game) we fought our way back into it. Tom Robertson executed a run out to substitute keeper Euan Robertson and Dave Benson (3 for 48) began to chip away, removing opener Du Feu for 70.

A number of the Wakatu batsmen made good contributions, although the run rate fell with the return of Stuart Ridge (2 for 36) and Soren Hughes’ second spell was tight, while Pendlebury took another good catch in the outfield. Wakatu ended their 40 overs on 7-256, Jim Morrison coming in late and falling for 9 while going for quick runs.

The Cricketers’ Club opened with Stuart Ridge and Peter Harrison. Stuart fell for 16 which led to a match shaping partnership between Harrison (68* retired not out) and Bevilaqua (64). This pair cruised with some quality cricket shots and brought up the 100 in just the 14th over. Bevilaqua hit a six into the bushy pine tree at mid wicket resulting in a lost ball, before being bowled by a yorker from first team player Hooper. Soren Hughes was sent in to keep the run rate high and compiled a well made and aggressive 38.

Keith Elloy fell for 1, Ross Dalgleish made 4 and Pendlebury a duck as our run rate slowed and the match became close. With six overs to go we needed 41 to win. Euan Robertson kept the run rate up making 20 off 19 balls. John Wise slashed a crucial four through gully.

With the last over to be bowled by Jim Morrison we needed five to win and had mentally fragile skipper Tom Robertson and Dave Benson at the crease. Robertson took a single; Benson played and missed, then took a single. Then Robertson (27*) slogged the ball from leg stump over the fine leg boundary for a memorable win.

A fine barbecue and beers were held at the ground after the game. Tom Robertson gave a wide ranging speech in which he confessed to never previously hitting the winning runs in a close one before. All C.C.N.S.W. members are therefore warned he may find a way of bringing it up on a daily basis for the next ten to fifteen years.

The Team was (playing 12):- Stuart Ridge 16, Peter Harrison 68, Rob Bevilacqua 64, Soren Hughes 38, Keith Elloy 1, Rob Dalgleish 4, Euan Robertson 20, Tom Robertson (c) 27*, Bruce Pendlebury 0, John Wise 5, David Benson 1* and Steve Kish (w) dnb

The Result was: –

Wakatu C.C.: – 7- 256 (D. Benson 3-48) (40 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W: 8 – 258 (P. Harrison 68* ret not out; R. Bevilacqua 64) (39.4 overs)

FoW: – 1- 35 (S. Ridge); 2-131 (R. Bevilacqua); 3-187; (K. Elloy); 4-185 (S. Hughes); 5-215 (R. Dalgleish); 6-226 (Euan Robertson); 7-238 (B. Pendlebury); 8-252 (J. Wise)

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 8-0-47-1; S. Ridge 6-0-36-2; J. Wise 7-0-44-1; R. Bevilacqua 6-1-41-0; D. Benson 8-0-48-3; Tom Robertson 2-0-8-0; B Pendlebury 3-0-28-0

The Fielding was: – Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 2 to B. Pendlebury
Run outs: One to Euan Robertson