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Soren Hughes bowling at Willeton Oval

The club’s three match tour of Perth began on a warm and dry day so typical of a Perth summer. Our opponents were selected from the WA Veterans Cricket Association and included several of the state players from the recent over 50s Australian titles which were also held in Perth.

Willeton is about a 30 minute drive south east of Scarborough, the beachside suburb where we were staying.

Batting first on a hard well grassed wicket with good bounce the WA Vets were soon in to stride putting on 37 for the first wicket before a Joe Scarcella double strike put them on the back foot a little. The arrival of their gun batsman Joe  Santostefano saw the run rate accelerate and he duly retired for a well made 40*.

We kept chipping away with length bowling backed by some good fielding and the wickets fell regularly. Soren Hughes (3-9) and Andrew Spedding (2-12) in particular kept the middle order in check. Some late hitting from Noel Raymond (44) saw WA all out for 189 in the 35th over. This was a pretty good effort against a good side taking all 10 wickets.

We needed a good start but unfortunately three wickets fell early with Mike Beergah, Greg Brooks and Tom Robertson back in the shed with only 27 on the board. Scott Wells, Andrew Spedding and Soren Hughes all got starts but we continued to lose wickets. Our skipper Stuart Ridge batted well for 29* but ran out of partners. We finished up all out for 129 and never seriously threatened to run down the WA total.

While we were on the wrong side of the result it was a great day out in the Perth sunshine against a good side. We shared a few beers and stories following the match presentations and finally adjourned back to Scarborough for a poolside BBQ.

Starting each day with a swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, literally 100 meters from our apartment is a pretty good way to ready yourself for the next match!

The Team was: –  Michael Beergah 0, Tom Robertson 10, Greg Brooks 16, Scott Wells (w) 17, Soren Hughes 10, Andrew Spedding 13, Mick Tarrant 5, Stuart Ridge (c) 29*, David Craig 12, Mark Henwood 5, Joe Scarcella 1. Jed Wesley-Smith dnb (12th man ).

The Result was: –

W.A. Black Swans: – 10-189 (34.5 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-129 (33 overs)

By 60 runs.

FOWs: 1-0 (M. Beergah); 2-19 (G. Brooks); 3-27 (T. Robertson); 4-49 (S. Wells); 5-68 (A. Spedding); 6-69 (S. Hughes); 7-78 (M, Tarrant); 8-97 (D. Craig); 9-122 (M. Henwood);10-129 (J. Scarcella);

The Bowling was: S. Ridge 4-0-17-0; M. Tarrant 5-0-19-0; G. Brooks 6.5-0-41-2; J. Scarcella 4-0-24-2; S. Hughes 6-1-29-3; D. Craig 5-0-30-0; A. Spedding 3-0-12-2; M. Henwood 1-0-13-0.

The Fielding was: –

Run outs: – 1

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: –  2 to S. Ridge and  one each to T. Robertson; M. Tarrant and J. Wesley Smith; 


Another Perth stinker greeted us at the beautiful Floreat Oval. There was some respite as the change rooms  were air conditioned!

Stuart Ridge went and lost the toss and we were in the field. A great opening spell between Stu and Mike Tarrant  had the home team off to a sluggish start on a wicket that seemed a batting delight. The big boundaries had us relay throwing almost 3 times on the way in. Luckily this didn’t happen too often as the bowling was good. David Craig again was outstanding in the field putting everything behind it and sometimes a little more than he had (a few injuries, hope you’re on the mend David).

C.C.N.S.W. stuck at the job and we kept the locals to a very achievable 9-151. Wickets were evenly spread throughout the bowlers with economy the key. Standouts were Tarrant and Andrew Spedding with wickets and a great economy rate. However, the prize wicket of C.C.N.S.W. member Clinton Palmer could not be taken as he toiled away for a well made 30*.

Afternoon tea was enjoyed and spirits were high believing 151 should be mowed down, no trouble.

Mike Beergah and Scott Wells got us underway. Mike continued his struggles at this longitude. And Soren Hughes lobed one straight to point without troubling the scorers. Wickets were the concern as we were cruising at over 5 per over. Tom Robertson and ’The Pres’, Greg Brooks  promised to both get 40 and they delivered. A patient innings from Brooks and a different one from Tom. A steady but slow middle order and a steady loss of wickets had everyone on edge. It was a bit much for some but we won’t go into that here.

Poor Jed Wesley-Smith was horribly run out by Tom Robertson after he returned from retirement. I’m sure he’s sorry Jed! That bought ‘the Prez’ back out and he had the most steely resolve I have ever seen. One focused Prez ! Runs came slowly as C.C.N.S.W. wanted to enjoy every over on this lovely first grade ground. Brooks made sure he wasn’t getting out and Tom kept getting singles to the deep. Last over and we need 4 to win. Wait!.. 6! Looks like the scorers missed a 2 in the 2nd last over. We had only scored 6 runs in the last 4 overs so 6 seemed an ask! Tom is on strike and the field takes what feels like an eternity to be set. As gracious hosts the spinner bowls a slow waist high full toss and C.C.N.S.W are victorious. We all draw heavy sighs of relief.

Great to catch up with the Palmers (Rob and Clinton). An awesome day and fantastic hospitality. As a Club we are blessed to play at such great grounds.

The Team was: –  Michael Beergah 2, Scott Wells (w) 13, Tom Robertson 62*, Soren Hughes 0, Greg Brooks 42*, Andrew Spedding 11, Mick Tarrant 0, Jed Wesley-Smith 17, Stuart Ridge (c) 0, Joe Scarcella 1, David Craig 0.

FOWs: 1- 6 (M. Beergah); 2- 43 (S. Wells); 3-44 (S. Hughes); 4-105 (A. Spedding); 5-107 (M. Tarrant); 6-107 (S. Ridge); 7-125 (J. Scarcella); 8-126 (D. Craig); 9-141 (J. Wesley-Smith)

The Result was: –

Subiaco Floreat: – 9-151 (40 overs)

Lost To

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-152 (T. Robertson 62*; G. Brooks 42*) (39.1 overs)

By one wicket

The Bowling was: S. Ridge 7-2-20-1; M. Tarrant 5-1-8-2; J. Scarcella 5-1-20-0; J. Wesley-Smith 3-0-16-1; D. Craig 5-0-26-0; S. Hughes 4-0-14-1; G. Brooks 4-0-16-1; A. Spedding 4-1-6-2; T. Robertson 3-0-17-0-.

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: – 1 to each of D. Craig, M. Tarrant, A. Spedding; S. Wells (w); and 1 to Sub (Ezekiel Hughes).

Run outs: One


Andrew Spedding batting at the Gilbert Fraser Reserve

For our last game of the tour we were privileged to play at the lovely Gil Fraser Oval, situated on the banks of the Swan River. Prior to the game the tour party gathered at the Left Bank Hotel for brunch, just opposite the ground on the other side of the river.

Our opposition team was composed of some members of the WA over 50s State team we had played in game 1, together with some other local club players – all in all, a strong team. A few of our tour party had left the tour, leaving us short in numbers; but thankfully Andrew Spedding had found us one replacement player (and importantly, a wicketkeeper) Tim Knowles, and two of Soren Hughes’ sons (Ezekiel and Roman) were available to play. So, we were able to field a full team of 11 players, albeit a somewhat weakened one.

Skipper for the day Joe Scarcella “won” the “toss” (thank you  Noel) and batted first.

Openers Mick Beergah and Tim Knowles were confronted with a tight opening bowling spell, with some nice shape from both ends. Mick was bowled cheaply, bringing Tom Robertson to the crease. After a promising start with some typically aggressive shots, Tommy was struck on the pads in front hitting across the line of a straight one. Greg Brooks came in and went soon after, nicely stumped. Soren, who followed Brooks also looked good for the short time he was at the crease until he nicked one behind. Spedding then came in and proceeded to bat beautifully, anchoring the batting, and batting with a good mixture of resolve and aggression. He and Ezekiel Hughes, who also showed good skills beyond his tender years and played a lovely knock, put on a 40-run partnership for the 6th wicket – not a huge partnership by any means, but it was significant in the context of a low batting total. After Speds retired on 45*, wickets continued to fall at regular intervals, but a rearguard effort by Mark Henwood saw us reach a total of 120 from our allotted 33 overs (yes 33, I know …don’t ask… local limited over rules, apparently).

Defending a small total was always going to be difficult. And so it proved, with our opponents passing our total only 1 wicket down after 28 overs. Mick Tarrant and Greg Brooks took the new ball and bowled well but without success. The only bowler to take a wicket was Soren Hughes, clean bowling one of the established openers for our solitary wicket for the day. When it was obvious victory was not going to be ours today, the skipper tried to give everyone a bowl. Special mention should be made of the bowling efforts of the 2 younger Hughes’. Ezekiel bowled a very nice few overs of leg spin, managing to land some lovely deliveries and causing some watchful defence from the batsmen. And his younger brother Roman, although only bowling the one over, managed to rip a couple of big off-breaks, nearly clean bowling the surprised batsman… Well done boys.

The Team was: – Michael Beergah 1, Tim Knowles (w) 5, Tom Robertson 14, Greg Brooks 4, Soren Hughes 14, Andrew Spedding 45no (retired), Ezekiel Hughes 17, Mick Tarrant 5, Mark Henwood 8* n, Roman Hughes 1*, Joe Scarcella (c) dnb

FOWs: -: 1- 4 (M. Beergah); 2- 18 (T. Knowles)); 3-24 (T. Robertson); 4- 26 (G. Brooks)); 5-50 (S. Hughes); 6-90 (E. Hughes)); 7- 101 (M Tarrant);

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-120 (A. Spedding 45*) (33 overs)

Lost to

Fremantle/Mosman Park: 1-124 (28 overs)

By 9 wickets

The Bowling was:  M. Tarrant 5-0-15-0; G. Brooks 4-0-11-0; J. Scarcella 3-013-0; S. Hughes 4-0-24-1; A. Spedding 3-0-16-0; E. Hughes 4-1-12-0-, M. Henwood 2-0-14-0;  M. Beergah 2-1-4-0; R. Hughes 1-0-8-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: Nil

Run outs:Nil



For us, it was a chance to stroll through the ordinary Jack Pace Shield rounds undefeated. For them, it was a must win, do or die contest against their old foe and sworn enemy, Cricketers’ Club of NSW.

Sydney University Cricket was proud to announce the introduction of the Sydney Uni Lions to its pride for the 2017-18 season, a rebranding of the Sydney University Veterans. The Lions would closen ties to its Grade club and maybe even give those Metro Cup kids a second game against some old blokes like Peter Buruma (how’s the hammy mate?) and an unnamed pensioner who taps on with a gold card on his way to the game these days.

The Lions were however to be a ‘social’ team competing in the City & Suburban competition for 2017-18 and provide students with a fun and flexible cricket experience, whilst connecting with a vast network of its Alumni who play for C.C.N.S.W. and enjoy afteroons spent spanking balls around Camperdown as a new forms of “pure maths”,cricket laws” or “advocacy by sledging”.

We won the toss and batted. Curtis Murray looked the part with a solid on-drive but chipped one to mid-off. 1 for 5. Simon James joined Tom Robertson and made sure of every opportunity to run Tom out by reply. At one point, the keeper fumbled one at the stumps with Tom halfway down and the partnership grew with a number of well struck boundaries to 2 for 91 at drinks. Tom (on 30) edged one to the keeper and Mr Paul Nash (18) was a suitable replacement until a fielder on the fence saved a six on the fence off Paul Moorhouse. 

Simon eventually missed a straight one on 51, leaving Sam Millar to do some damage. 6, dot or 4 was the order of business and a quick 42 from 23 balls was ended by yet another catch on the boundary. The new Robertson (Ed), looked to be building a good innings however a mishit on 17 led to his demise, caught, and left Soren Hughes and Jim Hadley to scrap it out over the last three overs. It was a victory for Jim on a count back, having connected more often. 6 for 225 meant time for the best (and only) tea in City and Suburban.

The Lions were well fed at tea so as not to take issue with the same bowler opening from both ends. He must been tired after 10 overs straight but we’re all still wondering if it was Ed or Ian Robertson. Edwian? Well bowled either way, with figures of 2 for 46 from 10.

Not much has happening with the bat for the Lions who were 3-75 at the interval thanks to a wicket from Mr Nash. He and Jim Hadley tied them in knots for a while before Tim Croft decided the Lions’ JPS existence could still be recovered and so he started to hit the boundary. Taking singles on nearly every ball, we put Edwian back in the game with a couple of run outs in succession.  Edwian’s father hit the stumps in the field at the expense of Paul Moorhouse and Mark Henwood also picked up a couple of wickets. With Mr Croft gone and not too much hitting left in the bag, the Lions crawled along to the end until we finished their JPS dreams with a last ball wicket.

So it’s a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all and let’s hope we all get through bushfire season without incident. Enjoy the break lads. Solid start to the season. 

The Team was: Curtis Murray (w) 4, Tom Robertson 30, S. James (c) 51, Paul Nash 18, Sam Millar 42, Ed Robertson 17, S. Hughes 19*, Jim Hadley 20*, Jed Wesley-Smith dnb, M. Henwood dnb, Ian Robertson dnb.

The Result was:-

CCNSW: 6-225 (S. James 51, S. Millar 42)  (35 overs)


Sydney University Lions: 10-205 (35 overs)

By 20 runs.

FoWs: – 1-5 (Murray); 2-77 (T. Robertson); 3-108 (Nash); 4-139 (James); 5-184 (Millar); 6-195 (E. Robertson).

The Bowling was: – I. Robertson 7-0-40-3; E. Robertson 7-1-37-0; P. Nash 7-1-23-1; J. Hadley 6-0-29-1; J. Wesley-Smith 2-0-17-0; S. James 2-0-13-1; S. Hughes 2-0-16-0; M. Henwood 2-0-24-2.

The Fielding was: –

Run-outs: T. Robertson 2, I. Robertson 1

Catches: C. Murray (w) 2, S. James 1, J. Hadley 1

Stumping: C. Murray 1

Player Points: – 3 to Ian Robertson; 2 to S. Millar; One to Edward Robertson


CCNSW and XXIX teams in front of the pavilion at the Bradman Oval, 15 December 2019.
CCNSW Team: Back Row (Left to Right): P. Brandon, S. Ridge, G. Brooks, M. Knox, G. Mortell, C. Murray; Front Row (Left to Right): S. Hughes, B. James, T. Robertson, P. Knox (Scoreboard Official), S. James, M. Henwood.

Bradman Oval is the proverbial jewel in the crown for Bowral, a high point of tourism and cricket anthropology. According to the colony, the land formed part of Governor Thomas Brisbane’s original land grant of 2,400 acres in June 1823 to John Oxley, Surveyor. His son gave it to The United Church of England and Ireland, who promptly renamed it ‘Glebe Park’ and cricket commenced in 1891.

Lord Sheffield brought an English team captained by Dr W.G. Grace whom soundly defeated the  Twenty Four of Boural, all out for 46. The locals invented Don Bradman to return the lashing and eventually some statues of him and the museum et al, and in 1947 that the ground was formally marked as Bradman Oval.

The pitch is international standard is one of the most sought after playing grounds in Australia. For the club, it was an opportunity to take some 4 by 2 planks to the MCG “Mexicans” and make good a couple of close losses in recent memory. 

Losing the toss and being sent in to bowl, the XXIX team had erred in realising this was actually to Tom’s liking and probably a disadvantage to them given the haze of bushfires nearby impairing general visibility. The pitch was also dry and reminiscent of the now usual Camperdown wicket. 

Stu Ridge and Mr Knox opened for us, with some quality ball polishing locking in a good dose of swing bowling, Stu impeccable with 0 for 10 from 5 overs and Mr Knox impossible to get away with 8 overs 1 for 19. Brett James replaced Stu at one end, starting with a first ball bowled and another wicket fourth ball. A strong bowling partnership between Brett and President Brooks lasted until after drinks with only the occasional strike getting away from the fielders and Brooks picking up another batsman via a diving catch. 3 for 68 at drinks was a clear win in the contest for us and became a significant advantage.

The Melbournians had lay quiet in consolidating their way back into the game from 3 for 28. The next session would require more ambition. We too had tired a little and relaxed our fielding standards somewhat. While it was hot and the smoke had also cleared a little, there was still no explanation for Soren’s shirt shrinking 3 sizes after drinks. He looked a little like the Marshmallow Man in his 13 year old son’s playing shirt but alas, we digress.

XXIX ambition soon arrived in the form of Curtain and initially Brown (bowled by Brooks) then Stein who took a liking to Henshaw (aka Henwood) and Hughes (whose wardrobe stylist made his plump stomach seen upon each delivery) and scored 9 per over. Stu came back on for a bit, returned with interest, and they had set 207, Curtain with 104* to take back over the border.

From here it seemed smooth sailing. We rated it a 250 par score on a plush outfield, low and slow pitch and beautiful batting conditions on an international ICC accredited ground. Brando and Curtis opened up. Curtis was solid, evident from his first on-drive which seemed enough for the XXIX’s to move “Lightning Man” to straight on and save about 30 runs. Brandon was seeming them well but for some reason was hitting them directly at each of the fielders in succession. We had made a sliwish but positive start but lost Brando and Curtis shortly before drinks at 2/73. 

From here Simon and Tom were called to appear and the rest of us would be invited to watch a somewhat chanceless partnership that took us over the line with some ease. Both batsmen looked comfortable and assured of an imminent victory and the ball was hit to all parts of the ground. Some highlights were Simon nearly enacting revenge on Tom for running him out the week prior, Tom’s confidence on legside, Brett James and Soren (now struggling to breathe in his ever shrinking shirt) sitting on the sideline next in hoping Simon and Tom would run each other out and the elation and pure happiness on Mr Brooks’ face when we drew level with about 5 overs to spare.

Tom Robertson in action, all sleeves and aggression.
Simon James playing on the posh side of the field.

We spent the next 40 mins enjoying the sunlight and some cold beverages in the Bradman Library discussing whether the XXIX’s would host us at the MCG next year, how difficult it would be for them to beat us again and how well we played. Mr Brooks and some of the lads then continued the conversation late into the night at the Imperial Hotel and we were all better off for the experience. Well done lads, a good victory.

The Team was: P. Brandon 9, C. Murray 44, T. Robertson 71*, S. James 54*, B. James, S. Hughes, G. Brooks, G. Mortell, M. Henwood, S. Ridge, M. Knox.

The Result was:-

XXIX: 5-207 in 40 overs (M. Curtain 104*, M. Stein 44*)

Lost to

CCNSW: 2-208 in 35 overs (T. Robertson 71*, S. James 54*)

By 8 wickets.

FoWs: – 1-42 (Brandon); 2-61 (Murray).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 8-1-40-0; M. Knox 8-3-19-1; B. James 8-0-39-2; G. Brooks 8-0-33-2; S. Hughes 5-0-49-0; M. Henwood 3-0-26-0.

The Fielding was: –

Catches: S. Hughes 1, M. Henwood 1

Player Points:- T.B.A.


A decimated C.C.N.S.W. Masters side  suffered their second humiliating defeat of the season, this time on their travels to Riverwood to meet Georges River.

Coupled with the late overnight withdrawal of Andrew Dadswell due to family matters, C.C.N.S.W. could only manage to field 9 players. This thanks to some last minute recruiting work by David Craig to obtain Sam Skoulis, formerly of Cronulla Seagulls and rushed to the ground via ‘Uber’ transportation. 

Unable to summon any other reinforcements, which was largely due to the club having 3 fixtures scheduled on the same day, captain Mike Weaver exacerbated the situation by calling incorrectly at the coin flip. Georges River duly elected to bat first.

Responding somewhat to the Skipper’s pre-game talk that ‘this will be the greatest win in the Club’s history’, Ben ‘Buzz’ Stanic and Lee ‘ Leeroy’ Witherden opened the bowling with zest and with Georges River donating a sub fielder. Ben picked up the GR opener early, well caught at 1st slip by new chum Mike Dahl. 

One for 8, things looking positive for C.C.N.S.W.. Thereafter, things went to steady, then to bad and then to worse. 

In a period where Georges River had 5 successive retirees until the 2nd wicket fell with their score at 261, there were at least 4 easy catches put down and several mishit shots lobbed into the air ,falling in between fielders. Wicketkeeper Brett Favell struggled in the very hot, low air quality conditions. Unable to stop the several balls down leg side, and distressed when instructed to wear a helmet by the umpire  when standing up to the stumps, he was uncomfortable wearing it. Also ‘Favs’ went off the field at another point to rest a sore neck he had carried into the game. So C.C.N.S.W. had even less troops to use, to plug gaps in the field. Mike Dahl did a good job taking the gloves for a few overs until Brett returned, in a debut game for the club he may long remember. 

Lee Witherden and David Craig sent down some good deliveries without much luck. Mike Dahl acquitted himself well considering the small ground and the time he was introduced into the attack. He will have success in future games bowling his off spin when the wicket is more suitable and he is afforded more protection on a smaller ground. Craig Fletcher bowled with a good plan and unfortunately suffered as well, as C.C.N.S.W. simply didn’t have enough fielders on the day. Good effort from Craig Fletcher (‘Fletch’) in his return match, considering the circumstances. 

Mike Weaver was the sixth mandatory bowler used and the seventh, Emerson Wilshier, could only bowl one over before his shoulder gave way. Weaver, after being punished for two overs, switched himself to the other end later, to produce some reasonably effective death bowling. 

David Craig came back well also to ‘jag’ two late wickets, which were well deserved. 

But by far and away the best bowler on the day for C.C.N.S.W. was Ben Stanic. For the first time for the club, he completed the individual maximum of 9 overs and there was only one wayward set amongst this. In his return spell, at ‘the death’, he picked up a very good wicket with a yorker and kept the runs down. Georges River were 4-316 at the close of their 40 overs and it could have been worse if not for the ‘never give up’ attitude of Ben. He is a player of immense promise in Masters and will continue to improve with regular nets training. 

Facing a monumental task with only nine batsmen and with ‘keeper Favell requesting to be number 9 due to fatigue/stress/sore eyes, Mike Weaver and Emerson Wilshier opened up with a resolve to be positive and keep up with the required run rate of 8 runs per over. Emerson struck a couple of nice shots before skying a catch to deep mid-on after attempting to smash the ball up onto the outside motorway. Mike Dahl, in at number 3, received a long hop early which he unfortunately hit straight to square leg to be well caught for no score. 

Lee Witherden and Weaver then looked good to put on a nice partnership only for ‘Weaves’ to mistime a pull shot to be caught for 17. Lee top scored with 21 and Ben Stanic played a useful innings of 17 runs. Both players cracked three 4s each in a fighting effort. In between their occupation of the crease, Craig Fletcher was unfortunately bowled off his pads for a duck and David Craig run out with just one run to his name. At the end it was a stodgy performance by Sam Skoulis who was the final wicket to fall. Sam displayed great determination in his first cricket match for 10 years. Brett Favell remained nought not out, facing just one over.

The final score of just 75 runs was a reflection of the terrible conditions that had prevailed. It was a very bad toss to lose under the sweltering, ‘ fire smoko’ conditions and C.C.N.S.W. simply did not have the energy to mount any realistic challenge batting second, with such a large target runs required and with two players down. 

With more players available to select from, the new year of 2020, for C.C.N.S.W, promises plenty.

The Team was (9 players): Mike Weaver (c) 17, Emerson Wilshier 5, Mike Dahl 0, Lee Witherden 21, Craig Fletcher 0, David Craig 1, Ben Stanic 17, Sam Skoulis 6, Brett  Favell 0*.

The Result was:-

Georges River: 4-316 (40 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.: all out 8-75 (26.2 overs)

By 231 runs.

FoWs: – 1-22 (E. Wilshier); 2-23 (M. Dahl); 3-28 (M. Weaver), 4-28 (C. Fletcher); 5-34 (D. Craig); 6-56 (L, Witherden); 7-74 (B. Stanic); 8-75 (S. Skoulis).

The Bowling was: L. Witherden 9-0-53-0; B. Stanic 9-1-48-2; C. Fletcher 6-0-49-0; D. Craig 6-0-52-2; M. Dahl 4-0-53-0; M. Weaver 5-0-41-0; E. Wilshier 1-0-13-0.

The Fielding was:

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: Nil

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to B. Stanic; Two points to D.Craig; One point to L. Witherden


Crashing back to earth in the third round with our first loss!

Well done Garry Winney for getting the team on the park with thanks for help from John Parker, an import from Georges River. A 27°C sunny/cloudy day with smoke around from the bush fires. Lindfield won the toss and decided to bowl on what looked like a grassy but true wicket. But turned out to be a bit slow and a bit of seam.

C.C.N.S.W. innings:

The cricket gods failed to smile on us this day.Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was unlucky to be caught down the leg side off the third ball of the day. Credit to Billy the wicket keeper who did brilliantly for a mid sixty year old to take a diving catch. Ross Dalgleish was LBW to a ball that was angling down the leg side. Jim  Robson had a freakish slower ball from Paul Adams that pitched a foot outside off stump and came back to take the top of off. Peter Rolls was caught at first slip by an overhead fully outstretched one handed catch by Michael Collins.

Accurate bowling by Lindfield saw John Mesar bowled and Joe  Scarcella caught trying to force the pace. Garry Winney was looking good until stumped. John Parker was run out by a mix up with Jay Patel . Paul Georgiadis was LBW after a flurry and Jay Patel top scoring with quick running andwas the  last man out with a couple of overs to go. Our only hope was to get early wickets and bowl them out.

Lindfield innings:

A very exciting start with John Mesar hitting middle stump with his very first ball and finishing the over with a wicket-maiden.  Paul  Georgiadis followed John’s great start with bowling the other opener with his 3rd ball. 2 for 4.

Then on comes Raga and strikes with his first ball bowling their number 3 but by then their total was 37 and less than 50 to get.Jim Robson tried to weave his spinning magic but Ron Ness was up to the task and retires at 30 and they look home and hosed

Jay Patel bowled tight and got the fourth wicket after John Parker asked Ian Iveson to “Have a go”! which he did next ball but missed it and was clean bowled.

John Parker had one economical over before the next over by Jay and theythey made the required runs. Lindfield won with 19 overs to spare so at least we had enough time after the game to have a leisurely drink and a good sporting chat. The reason we play the game at this age in the first place.

The Team was (playing 11): –  Sittampalam Ragavan 0, Ross Dalgleish 2 , Peter Rolls 11(c),  Jim Robson 6, Joe Scarcella 8, John Mesar 10, Garry Winney 12, Jay Patel 18, John Parker 7, Paul Georgiadis 8, David Wright 1*.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W:  10-84 (Patel 18) (37.4 overs)

Lost to

Lindfield:  4-85 (21.1 overs)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1- 0 (S. Ragavan); 2-11 (R. Dalgleish); 3-19 (J. Robson); 4-25 (P. Rolls); 5-38 (J. Mesar); 6-38 (J. Scarcella); 7-58 (G. Winney); 8-73 (J. Parker); 9-83 (P. Georgiadis); 10-84 (J. Patel).

The Bowling was: -J.  Mesar 4-1-20-1; P. Georgiadis 4-0-14-1; J. Scarcella 3-0-11-0, S. Ragavan 3-0-8-1, J. Robson 3-0-12-0, J. Patel 3.1-1-14-1; J. Parker 1-0-2-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches:  Nil

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to J. Patel; Two points to G. Winney; One point to J. Mesar

Umpire: Juris Turmanis



The Team was: –  Jim Hadley 87*; Mark Richardson 5; Wade Butler 0; Craig Fordham 12; Ben Bloore 14; Jayantha Perera 4; Andrew Percy 9 and Patrick Scott 3

The Result was:-

The Dum Bushies: 1-207 (20 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.:  7-144 (J Hadley 87*) (20 overs)

By 63  runs

The Bowling was: – J. Hadley 3-0-27-0; W. Butler 3-0-25-0; C. Fordham 3-0-45-0; B. Bloore 4-0-45-0; J. Perera 4-0-35-0 and P. Scott 3-0-27-0

Fielding: One catch to J. Perera


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the style of Ernest Hemingway, Ian Henshaw.

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

The Result was:-

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


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

By  32 runs.

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Catches: Crooks 1, Murray 1, Hughes 1

Stumpings: Murray 1

Player Points:- T.B.A.


The C.C.N.S.W. Masters side has surprisingly suffered another loss at home last Sunday 1 December 2019, this time to a very well organised Warringah side.

A reshuffled C.C.N.S.W. team took the field at Camperdown after the late withdrawal of Ian Allmey, while Mick Tarrant was also a delayed attendee on the day.  And the ‘Queensland Connection’ – Jono Shaw and Craig Fletcher – had earlier in the week succumbed to influenza and could not be available.

Fortunately C.C.N.S.W. were able to call on the services of UK tourist, Dallas McDermott, and over 50s specialist Mike Pinter to make up the full line up. Both players gave their all in what was an honest performance by the team. For various parts of the game C.C.N.S.W. gained ascendancy but were thwarted by a very determined and talented opposition. 

Captain Michael Weaver took a gamble by inserting the opposition to bat first on a particularly green wicket. The decision looked to be correct as a fresh Brett James commenced bowling with excellent rhythm, moving the ball considerably both ways and with decent carry to ‘keeper Favell. 

A few plays and misses with the ball being too good for the bat and a dropped catch saw Brett finish an excellent 9 over spell with just the one wicket. He did effect the first wicket of the match though, with an excellent throw on the run  from fine leg. It saw the unfortunate Warringah opener O’Connor stranded after being sent back by his partner who has initially called for two runs. After this early breakthrough, Captain Mick Weaver probably erred by not setting a more attacking field – short cover to go with the two slips ,etc. Although this goes the benefit of hindsight. 

The Warringah batsmen worked hard and despite two wickets from Lee Witherden, one a splendid caught and bowled, and some initial accurate bowling by Dallas McDermott,  persevered to  get themselves into a reasonable position at 3-90 off 20 overs. 

For the final 20 overs, despite taking regular wickets, C.C.N.S.W. were not able to stem the flow of runs. Ben Stanic, Luke Holman, Mick Tarrant and Stuart Ridge all had their moments but at other times were thrashed around the park. Luke received the appropriate accolades for dismissing the Warringah captain for a second ball duck and Mick Tarrant picked up a wicket in his 2nd and 5th overs before a final onslaught against him. Stu did well to collect a wicket at the death in his return spell after an accurate wicket-less stint at the start of the innings. 

Emerson Wilshire’s shoulder gave way in his only over and the set was effectively completed by his skipper. A fielding highlight for C.C.N.S.W. was Benn Stanic’s direct hit run out from mid wicket. 

The final 5 overs yielded 58 runs though  C.C.N.S.W. were not able to close the innings off after the 8th wicket fell. Only 4 boundary riders were set during this period. There are no restrictions on field settings in the Sydney Masters Competition, and perhaps this could be looked at in the future by the organising administration. As I believe no more than 4 or 5 is a fair amount. 

Despite the early loss of opener Weaver, who continues his lean trot, C.C.N.S.W. were given a strong start in the run chase by Emerson Wilshier and Scott Wells. Unfortunately Scott was dismissed lbw just 1 short of the 40 retirement mark in the 19th over. So instead of being only one wicket down at the drinks break, CCNSW were 2-95 after 20, a similar position to their opponents at the same stage. 

Emerson Wilshier performed admirably in playing the pace bowlers confidently, producing several strong drives and pulls in his 42* retired. Mike Pinter gene the innings together to prevent  the fall of further wickets with a well made 27 runs. Brett Favell was looking like it was his day after smiting the Warringah finger spinner over the far cover boundary, before he was unfortunately caught at mid-on off the same  bowler, succumbing to a change of pace. C.C.N.S.W. were still looking  a chance when Brett James was joined by Lee Witherden. However an unfortunate mix up saw Lee run out at the bowler’s end before he could inflict any damage. 

This was probably the telling wicket. From there on it was all Warringah as they tightened the screws with defensive fields, using more boundary riders than C.C.N.S.W. had implemented in the first stanza of play. Brett made a solid 35 runs before bowled trying to address the ever increasing required run rate dilemma that had developed. Luke Holman was run out and Ben Stanic bowled, both cheaply, trying to do the same. 

With C.C.N.S.W. 8 wickets down, 22 an over required and Warringah urging themselves to get full bonus points for taking all ten wickets, Dallas McDermott and Mick Tarrant combined to spoil that for the visitors, shutting up shop to prevent any further dismissals. Both players look to be well suited to test cricket, displaying sound defence and smart ‘leaves’.

Well done to Warringah and for C.C.N.S.W., it was back to the drawing board and the search to find a winning combination of players and an improvised selection situation, in so far as player availability is concerned.

The Team was: Mike Weaver (c) 1, Emerson Wilshier 42* ret., Scott Wells 39, Mike Pinter 27, Brett Favell (w) 12, Brett James 35, Lee Witherden 1, Luke Holman 1, Ben Stanic 5, Dallas McDermott 8*, M.ike Tarrant 5*.

The Result was:

Warringah: 9-262 (40 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.:  8-182 (E. Wilshier 42*; S. Wells 39) (40 overs)

By 80 runs.

FoWs: – 1-1 (M. Weaver); 2-92 (S. Wells); 3-109 (B. Favell); 4-144 (M. Pinter); 5-147 (L. Witherden), 6-149 (L. Holman), 7-167 (B. James), 8-169 (B. Stanic).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 9-1-41-1; B. James 9-1-44-1; L. Witherden 5-0-44-2; D. McDermott 4-1-22-0; B. Stanic 2-0-14-0; L. Holman 4-0-30-1; M. Tarrant 5-0-50-2; E. Wilshier 0.3-0-10-0.M. Weaver 0.3- 0-0-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: One catch to both L Holman and L. Witherden

Run outs: B. James/B. Favell 1, B. Stanic 1

Player Points: – Three points to B. James; Two points to E. Wilshier; One point to S. Wells



The Team was: – Jim Hadley (c) 0,  Peter Buruma 28; Tim Treleaven 22; Wade Butler 54 Patrick Scott 1; Vinay Kumar 50; William Jacobs 5 and Nicholas Tatarchuk 1

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.:  3-161 (W. Butler 54; V. Kumar 50) (19 overs)


The Short Covers:  8-134 (16 overs)

By 27 runs

The Bowling was: – J. Hadley 2-0-8-3; P. Buruma 3-0-33-0; W. Butler 2-0-16-2; P. Scott 3-0-19-2; V. Kimar 3-0-28-0, and N. Tatarchuk 3-0-27-0

Fielding: 1 catch to W. Butler and 1 to T. Treleaven

MoM: – Wade Butler


On a very pleasant day at Camperdown C.C.N.S.W. won the toss and elected to bat. The C.C.N.S.W. XI was sporting a young debutant in wicket-keeper Declan Thomas.

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

The two Englishmen, employing correct techniques and no shortage of stiff upper lip, set about rebuilding the innings. Nash was the early aggressor, unleashing a number of lofted drives as the pair put on more than 120 for the third wicket stand. Nash was out for 64 off 71 balls; James 84 from 71 balls. A late charge by Soren Hughes (22 of 16) meant C.C.N.S.W. was able to set a very respectable 5-236 from their allotted overs.

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-236 (S. James 84; P. Nash 64) (35 overs)


Yaralla: – 10 – 112   (C. Kitson 4-5) (28.2 overs)

By 124 runs.

FoW: – 1- 19 (T Robertson);2- 26 (M Hetherington); 3-145 (P Nash); 4-205 (S Hughes); 5-225 (S James)

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil

Player Points: – Three points to C. Kitson; Two points to P. Nash; One point to J. Hadley


The C.C.N.S.W. Masters have recorded their first win of the season with an empathic performance, accounting for Balmain-South Sydney at Jubilee Park last Sunday. Stand in Skippers Brett ‘Favellous’ Favell and Ian ‘Allways get runs’ Allmey, working together, were successful in winning the toss somehow and elected to take first use with the bat

Ian and Tommy ‘Trigger’ Robertson gave C.C.N.S.W. a reasonable start, although Tom never really ‘fired’, pardon the pun. Ian smashed several boundaries as usual in a quick fire 26. After being 0-36 though, C.C.N.S.W. lost 4 quick wickets in succession after Tom was dismissed for just 8. Ian was bowled through the gate and was quickly followed by Jono ‘ Queenslander’ Shaw and Skipper Favell, both of whom nicked off to the ‘keeper early 

A revival partnership of 40 between Brett ‘ The Force’‘ James and new chum Emerson Wilshire got C.C.N.S.W. back on track to obtaining what would prove a satisfactory total, on the traditionally sometimes tricky Glebe wicket. Emerson was looking very good, having cracked a towering six before trying one shot too many to be caught for 18. Thereafter some handy runs from the tail, working with retiree James boosted the runs total to respectability, albeit C.C.N.S.W. were unable to use every available delivery in being dismissed after exactly 34 overs. 

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

With C.C.N.S.W. taking the field very determined to make a good fist of things, Balmain Souths were never in the hunt against some persistent medium pace bowling. This was backed up by some excellent spin of both right hand varieties. The standouts were Mick Tarrant and Ben Stanic with two wickets each. Plus Dave Craig bamboozling the tail to ‘jag’ 3 wickets. ‘Jono’ Shaw grabbed a handy scalp with his sliders and Andrew Dadswell provided reliable off spin to tie the late order batters down, taking a wicket himself in the process. Andrew also converted a run out opportunity very well.  

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

The Team was : –  Ian Allmey 27, Tom Robertson 8, Brett Favell (w) and (c) 2, Jonathon Shaw 1, Brett James 47, Emerson Wilshire 11, Andrew Dadswell 10, Mike Tarrant 18, Luke Holman 10, Ben Stanic 8, David Craig 2*.

The Result was: –

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


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

By 73 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: Brett Favell (w) and B. Stanic

Run outs: A. Dadswell            

Player Points: – Three points to B. James; Two points to I. Allmey; One point to A. Dadswell


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

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

C.C.N.S.W. innings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A very competitive total after a difficult start.

Northern Stars innings:

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

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

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

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

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

Resuming Kavanagh comes in with competitive Stirling who blocks out Garry Winney and Jay Patel to ensure no additional bowling bonus points for C.C.N.S.W.. Final eight overs go slowly for their total of 124. A good win by staying focused to the last ball.

Thanks again for Paul entering the scores in MyCricket.

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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


Northern Stars:  7-124 (J. Robson 4-11) (40 overs)

By 69 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: 

Stumpings: nil

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

Run outs: Nil.

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



(Editor’s note) It was the Victoria Barracks player who in the 1850s, originally developed what became the SCG; they also claim that their soldier spectators who came from the Barracks and supported them are the originators of the term “to barrack” as used in Australia.  (This is disputed by etymologists who ascribe the term either to Melbourne or Ireland)

C.C.N.S.W. was invited by Cricket NSW to represent the civilian population of NSW v the Army at the SCG to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the SCG. Arising from that game C.C.N.S.W. and the Army jointly bought “The Barrackers’ Cup” which is kept in the Army Museum at Victoria Barracks and occasionally at the request of the C.C.N.S.W. Match Manager brought out on the day

The ball with which C.C.N.S.W. bowled in the150th anniversary game can be seen in the SCG Museum.

To quote from the Army web site

“Victoria Barracks is one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style Victoria Barracks were designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney, who also built Fort Denison and reconstructed Circular Quay. Most of barracks was constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and 1849. The barracks were occupied by British troops up until 1870 and then taken over by the New South Wales colonial forces. After the Federation in 1901, Victoria Barracks housed the various headquarters responsible for administering and co-ordinating the military. Between 1931 and 1936 the barracks was home to the Royal Military College of Australia and from July 1938 to July 1940 it also housed the Command and Staff School. Today, Victoria Barracks is home to the Headquarters of Forces Command. The Barracks are widely considered to be one of the best examples of a military barracks in the world”

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

Army XI: 9-180 (25 overs)


C.C.N.S.W.: – all out 91 (22.4 overs)

By 89 runs

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

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: two to W. Joseph


Run outs:  Nil


No report has been received

The Team was: –   Curtis Murray (w) 19, Tom Robertson 0, Ian Allmey 11, Mike Pinter 16, Mitch Hetherington 3, Simon James (c) 9, Paul Nash 16* Soren Hughes 36, Mick McCormick 9*, Greg Brooks dnb and Maxwell Jeffrey dnb

The Result was:-

Barker Old Boys: 10-129 (29.5 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: 7-132 (S. Hughes 36)(29 overs)

By 3 wickets

FoW: – 1- 5 (T. Robertson); 2-26 (I. Allmey); 3- 35 (C. Murray); 4-44 (M. Hetherington); 5-59 (S. James); 6-69 (M. Pinter); 7-122 (S. Hughes)

The Bowling was: – M. Jeffrey 7-2-24-2; P. Nash 7-1-19-1; S. James 3-1-12-1; G. Brooks 4-1-26-1; S. Hughes 5-0-32-1 M McCormick 3.5-0-8-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: 2 to C. Murray (w); One to each of S.  Hughes, M. Jeffrey and M. Pinter

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to S/ Highes;  Two points to G. Brooks ; One point to M. Jeffrys


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Team was: –  Michael Weaver (c) 13, Russell Biddle 7, Scott Wells 35, Craig Fletcher 0, Brett Favell 19, Luke Holman 5, Michael Thomson 4, Lee Witherden 35, Mike Tarrant 13, Ben Stanic 0, and Garry James 25*.

The Result was:- 

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

Lost to

Mosman-Collaroy Plateau: 8-179 (J. Hadley 2-16) (32.4 overs)

By Run-rate Calculations (C.C.N.S.W. 4.5 versus Mosman- Collaroy Plateau 5.5)

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: One to B. Favell (w)

Catches: 2 to B Favell (w) and one to L. Witherden

Run outs:  Nil

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:- 

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

Lost to

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

By 6 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: One to M. McCormick

Catches: One to P Buruma

Run outs:  Nil


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

Losing the toss, Captain Simon James was happy as Cranbrook went into bat on a greenish deck. An early wicket in the second over to Peter Buruma with a chop on was a great start. But a couple of missed caught and bowled opportunities and some flighty shot selection seeing the ball regularly and tantalisingly just fly over the circle saw Cranbrook reach 54 before 14-year-old Oliver bowled their number 3 who was staring skyward. Cranbrook was in control at 2-118 at drinks and continued after the break with their opener and number 4 reaching 65 and 75 respectively. Jim Hadley and Simon james tightened things up a little through the middle overs and Jed took a wicket with his first ball dismissing the opener with a great outfield catch by Mark Henwood at Long Off. More drop catches with balls now falling agonisingly short of outfield players were finally righted with a flurry of wickets at the end with some good keeping by Mitch and 2 wickets from Mark Hetherington, finished off by another bowled by Oliver Sissian-Turnbull. But Cranbrook Old Boys (Young Boys?) looked in control at the changeover with a healthy score of 6-231 from their 35 overs. Best of the bowlers were Mark Henwood with 2-18 off two overs at the death, Oliver with 2-60 (7 overs) and  Peter Buruma 1-18 off four overs before he realised he’d tugged his hamstring in the warm up kicking the AFL ball.

After a slow start with no runs off the first 18 balls  and Michael Beergah getting adjudged LBW, Tom Robertson  and Richard Clarke slowly ticked over the scoreboard and saw off the Cranbrook openers. Tommy hit a couple of sixes off his legs and the bowling team were heard to say “he’s only got one shot”! How little did they know about Tom’s love of the ‘Great Offside’. Their change bowlers came on and were hit to all corners of the ground and were promptly removed from the attack – one bowler hit Tom 3 times with (slow/medium) beamers and was almost asked to wind up his spell by the ever knowledgeable and restrained Jed Wesley-Smith With the score on 95 after 13 overs, Richard Clarke went for one too many poorly middled swipes and was caught for 31 (18). This didn’t stop Tom’s plundering and with Mitch Hetherington out there in support, the score raced to 2-132 by drinks with the Cranbrook Young Boys losing a little of their voice. With Tom (a heroic 84 from 69) falling shortly after drinks and Mitch (15 from 19) soon after, both to skied catches, C.C.N.S.W. still had some quality bats in the shed but looked a little less assured at 4-155. The new batsmen saw the run rate slow and a steady loss of wickets. Soren Hughes’s solid 32 (24) kept us in the fight but with the fall of his wicket, the end came quickly with C.C.N.S.W. finishing bowled out for 202 from 32 overs.

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

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

Better luck next week boys.

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

The Result was:-

Old Cranbrookians: 6-231   (35 overs)


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

By 29 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: One to M. Hetherington

Catches:  one to both J. Hadley and M. Henwood

Run outs:  Nil

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.:  9-130  (40 overs)

Lost to

Auburn: 1-134 (17.2 overs)

By 9 wickets

FoW: – 1-18 (); 2-38 ();3-38 ();4-46 ();5-46 (); 6-47 ();7-62 (); 8-71 ();9-92 () 

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches:  Nil

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – Three points to M. Tarrant;  Two points to I Allmey; One point to L. Holman


A great start to the Vintage official competition!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

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


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

By 65 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Two to D. Wright

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

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



Long Weekend Sunday Super Smash T25: “cricket was the winner”.

The block at Camperdown Park was looking fresh and green after the light rain on Saturday. Some good work by Michael Weaver after the rain to remove the covers had allowed it to dry out in the pleasant morning sunshine. Nineteen keen C.C.N.S.W. members, including a few new to the club this season, eased out of the off-season to play the C.C.N.S.W. warm-up match for a whole season of bragging rights.

Tom Robertson won the toss for the President’s IX and immediately put Mike Weaver’s Chairman’s X into the field. New committee member, Craig Fletcher, turned up with a BBQ and supplies for afternoon tea, and play got underway. Jed Wesley-Smith, following the official MCC rule book, pinged ‘Jono’ Shaw for multiple wides in an extended first over. The President’s IX eased into the innings, slowly building up the run rate, with some good contributions from Craig Kitson (33), Paul Nash (41), and Ian Allmey (22). However, debutant Simon Muggeridge (3-0-18-4) caused a mid-innings stutter with some challenging mediums, including removing Robertson (0) for a golden duck. 

The score had flatlined to 5-112 in the 21st over, when Wesley-Smith (4) was bowled by the younger Muggeridge (1.1-0-11-1) while playing his shot a full 2-3 seconds after the ball clattered into the stumps.  It was left to the President, Greg Brooks (43*), to finish the innings with some impressive hitting, and force the total to 6-159 off the allocated 25 overs. Special note should be made of the way David Craig fielded with a disregard for personal safety, particularly off his own bowling, diving this way and that, Fletcher’s efforts on the BBQ and in the kitchen had to be seen, and tasted, to be believed – many thanks from all present!

Weaver (2) and David Benson (28) then walked out to bat for the Chairman’s X (reduced to IX during the previous innings as young Muggeridge had twisted his ankle bowling). Immediately, Kitson (2-0-6-2) struck with a brace of wickets. Benson and Shaw (27) then formed a lengthy partnership that kept the scoreboard ticking over. However, three quick wickets from Wesley-Smith (3-26) in an extended spell of bowling that far exceeded the usual limits of 4 overs, tore the momentum back to the President’s IX. That bought out Craig (20*) and the second effort of another debutant Brett James (0 & 33*) to face what all in the field thought was the final over from Brooks (5-0-39-1). 

James unleashed on the President in a fury of boundaries that was completely unexpected to take the score to 8-155. Further discussions on the field led to an additional over, and so it was that in the 26th over of a 25 over match, Craig dispatched Nash (4.2-0-35-0) for a boundary to “win” the game for the Chairman’s X. Fortunately, Ed Smith wasn’t present to dissect the scorebook, and so much had all enjoyed the days play, that it was easy to declare “cricket to be the winner”. A few frosty beverages followed, before a select group headed to the Lady Hampshire to see the Roosters win the NRL grand final for another year. 

Thanks to those organizing, particularly Weaver and Fletcher, as well as all who took part in the match and played with great sportsmanship throughout. It was the perfect start to the 80th season of the Cricketers’ Club of NSW.

The Teams were:

President’s X: Mike Beergah 1, Craig Kitson 33, Paul Nash 41, Ian Allmey 20, Mike  Sturt 3, Mark Henwood 4, Jed Wesley Smith 4 , Greg Brooks 43*, Tom  Robertson (c) 0 and James Muggeridge (dnb)

Chairman’s X:  Mike Weaver (c) 2, Dave Benson 28, Scott Wells 5, Brett James 0, Jono Shaw 27, Mike Tarrant 5, Dale Richards 14, Simon Muggeridge 5 , David Craig 20*, Brett  James 33* 

The Result was

The President’s X: 8-159 (25 overs)

Defeated/lost to

The Chairman’s X:  8-163 (25.2 overs)


President’s IX: – 1-13 (M. Beergah); 2-89 (M. Sturt);3-95 (C. Kitson);4-101 (I. Allmey); 5-112 (J. Wesley Smith);6-122 (M. Henwood);7-122 (T. Robertson ););8- 122 (P. Nash);

Chairman’s X: – 1-2 (M. Weaver); 2-11 (S. Wells); 3-59 (D. Benson);4-59 (B. James);5-69 (J. Shaw);6-87 (S. Muggeridge);7-95 (M. Tarrant );8-117 (D. Richards).

The Bowling was:

Chairman’s X: J, Shaw 4-0-16-0; B James 5-0-31-1, M. Tarrant 5-1-31-1; D. Richards 2-0-19-0; D. Benson 2-0-11-0, D. Craig 2.5-0-22-0, S. Muggeridge 3-0-18-4 and J. Muggeridge 1.1-0-11-1

President’s IX:  C. Kitson 2-0-6-2; M. Sturt 3-0-13-0; P. Nash 4.2-0-35-0; G Brooks 5-0-39-1; M. Beergah 4-0-14-2; J. Wesley-Smith 4-0-26-3; and M. Henwood 3-0-20-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings:  Chairman’s X – One to Scott Wells

Catches: President’s IX: P. Nash 2, One each to G Brooks and T. Robertson.

Note: All other catches and run out anonymous – no details in scorebook


Sri Lanka tour party team photograph at Galle
Left to right: Craig Fletcher, Soren Hughes, Steve Kish, Paul Brandon, Ken Yardy (Mgr), Ezekiel Hughes (kneeling), Paul Moorhouse, John Wise, Rob Bevilacqua, Bruce Pendlebury, Trevor Worland, Scott Wells(kneeling), Tom Robertson (c), Greg Ballarino, Ian Wright (scorer) and Tony Wood.

(Absent) John Fish


Late form reversal pumps up the crew

Cricket is always the winner

Great Hotels, Fun times and Humidity

The Sri Lankan tour was beset with several issues that don’t normally confront us: terrorist bombings at the beginning, ongoing security precautions, social media blocking, curfews as well as the odd monsoonal downpour, but the team pulled together as usual and ensured that the tour continued from its shaky beginnings.

The tour was a three week, ten (10) game tour of the most scenic and interesting areas of Sri Lanka, with the funniest safari day at Yala (where the leopards were chased by boars, which were chased by elephants) with sixteen adult and one  twelve-year-old cricketer plus a qualified scorer in Ian Wright whose assistance in keeping immaculate and accurate scoresheets was invaluable.  With partners and children, there was a total touring party of 34 persons.

Despite its average elderly age, the team was generally competitive on the field, with 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses. Having lost 3 of the first four games, the team was thereafter undefeated.

Cricketing Highlights

Great cricket was played over the three weeks, starting with tough opposition that were regional champions vying for first class status. We learnt how to gauge the weather to force a draw when the going got tough. But after a few days all the stomachs got better; we performed better with some impressive batting efforts.  We were probably short two bowlers, which would appear to be a constant problem for older sides.

Paul Moorhouse took 10 wickers @ 20.2, with Tony Wood 9 @ 17.3, Soren Hughes 9 @ 25.2 and twelve  year old Ezekiel Hughes 8 @ 21.0. In some games, our bowlers bowled probably one too many overs as the opposition got used to their bowling.

Good batting saw Tom Robertson score 280 runs (avge. 93.3; Hs 74*), Scott Wells 209 (avge.104.5; Hs 42*)  Soren Hughes 176 (avge. 58.7; Hs 58*) Rob Bevilacqua 135 (avge.27; Hs 41*). The opposition were not able to get the team all out at any time on tour.

Not playing at Galle Stadium was disappointing. Some of the important cricket venues such as Rangiri International Cricket Stadium, at Dambulla,  Welagedara Stadium in  Kurunegala and  Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy,were closed because of security concerns but we managed two games at the historic P Sara Oval in Colombo .which had hosted Sri Lanka’s first Test Match

Several times we were playing games two days in a row, which affected us early in the tour when players were sick and/or injured. Where possible with an elderly side, games should always have a rest day in between as with less than 22 players, some have to play both days 

Organizational Issues

The land based content for the tour was conducted through AS Travel in Sydney, who had organised the previous tour in 2003 and the hotels were excellent.

Most people had organized their own flights, most arriving and departing at separate times, AS provided transfers to and from the airport for some but not all depending on their dates of arrival and departure. This created several issues and soaked up considerable time by all parties.  Consideration should be given to ensure that the tours start at a Hotel, so people can independently arrange their transfers to suit their individual requirements and  reduce the workload on the Club.

Using ‘Whatsapp’as a communication tool rather than Facebookproduced dividends with quicker, concise and better notifications between players.

Security Issues

Despite the issues of the bombings and their proximity, the tour party elected to continue with only one person, John Fish having to leave the tour because of a demand from  his travel insurer. 

Most of the players did not have a great understanding of the terms and conditions of their travel insurance. About half of the insurance policies looked at did not cover travel after an adverse ‘Smart Traveller’warning for the country being visited. There should be some consideration to identifying a travel insurer that covers sporting tours like cricket and provides clear cancellation protocols.

Trevor Worland did a great job liaising with the High Commission in Colombo for regular updates as to Australia’s position on its people in the country.  This gave us a trusted information source when things were not very clear.

Looking Ahead

Sri Lanka is a great place to tour. A number of Australian and New Zealand touring teams such as the Occidentals and the Armidale o50s have also toured recently.

Several of our members on our C.C.N.S.W. tour had been previously approached by another proposed tour  to Sri Lanka, which could have seriously damaged our  tour if they  had ‘defected’.  Our players’ loyalty to the Club is to be commended.  I   have concerns that C.C.N.S.W. should recognise that competing proposed tours by other clubs may have a significant impact on  availability for C.C.N.S.W. future tours.

A significant amount of the workload of the tour was delegated to both John Wise and Steve Kish from Melbourne.  They  have  previously assisted  in organizing the C.C.N.S.W.  2015 tour to the East coast of USA and Canada and have offered to assist in a proposed 2020 tour to Cyprus/ Greece (I.e. Corfu) and maybe Croatia.  A formal proposal with be submitted to the Club Committee shortly.

Consideration should be given to creating  nominated future tour contacts in each of our regular C.C.N.S.W. sides to encourage more of the Sydney  based members to come on future tour.

 Ken Yardy 10.05.2019





This Easter the club set off for the tour of Sri Lanka, to replicate the last time we visited in 2003. During that time, the civil war was still in progress and during that time we saw several Police and Army checkpoints, but at no stage were we concerned. Sri Lanka had ended its civil war (Tamil v Singhalese) and the lovely green island because again, one of the great places in the world to visit, with its history, natural features and happy, welcoming people.

This trip, the hotel at which we were staying  in Negombo was the Heritance which is a large, modern resort just about 1 km. from  St Sebastian’s Church, which was destroyed in the bombings.  On Good Friday, when we arrived, we passed the church and like the other churches there, they were doing the “Stations of the Cross”Ceremony.  It is the largest church in the majority Roman Catholic area, and its Easter Sunday service is seen as the highlight of the year.

A number of cricketers (Soren Hughes and Craig Fletcher) wanted to attend the Easter Sunday ceremony at St Sebastian’s; however it ran from 7.00 am to 8.00 am and our bus departed from the Hotel at 8.00 am for the game at the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium Oval (generallyknown as the  P Sara Oval) in Colombo, so they went to the smaller, closer church so they could get on the bus on time. (Editor’s Note: this game was only switched from the nearby local  Negombo ground to Colombo very recently; had the fixture remained at the  original ground, we would have left the hotel later and players and their families would have been able to attend the service the subject of the bomb blast)

The Heritance Hotel in Negombo was also lucky that it was not targeted like the  three other luxury hotels in Colombo, as many of those not playing/on the bus may have been in the breakfast restaurant at the time of the blasts (8.45 am).

Some of those travelling to the game heard the blasts but did not know what it was about.  The game started, but the local side (An Aitken Spence Travel  Co. XI) had better local knowledge and quickly let us know what had happened.  From that moment on, it was decided that it was safer to stay in the stadium (continuing the game) and for the others to remain in the hotel.  We also liaised with the hotel staff as they attended to room and card inspections and the removal of cars parked outside the hotel.  The streets then suddenly became empty and the “Special Task Force”, an anti-terrorist police unit, was seen riding around in groups of 8 on trail bikes and AK-47 machine guns past the hotel.

Realising that a major incident had occurred, Trevor Worland contacted the Australian High Commission to seek advice and give them our details and contacts.  We had a team meeting where all the team were asked to consider their travel plans, contact their loved ones and make an informed decision whether to continue the tour, as we were leaving Negombo the next morning to go up country to Dambullah. Restrictions on data and Facebook made contacting others difficult.

John Fish had to leave the tour because his insurer (key-man insurer for his business) demanded his return to Brisbane, so he was on the first flight out.  The rest of the team the next morning decided to keep travelling as the level of risk would be substantially reduced by going to the country.

When we left Negombo on Easter Monday, there were police to be seen everywhere and check points at major intersections.  We drove past several hospitals where crowds were milling, no doubt to check on the injured.

Our second game the next day on Tuesday 23 April saw the observance of a two-minute silence and the wearing of black arm bands by the players.

We have since been thanked by many of the Sri Lankans that we have met for coming to their country.  We hope that the tour will be memorable in the end for the good things that happen in life and the pleasure of playing cricket.

Ken Yardy Tour Manager


Address: P Sara Oval, Borella, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Easter Sunday 21 April 2019 will be etched in the memories of every tourist to Sri Lanka. It was the day when Sri Lanka, its people and visitors became the victims of the atrocious bombings where over 250 people lost their lives on Easter Sunday. Fortunately for the tour party we were all safe. Set in this context the game had a very sombre feel about it as clearly everyone was worried out the personal safety of everybody in Sri Lanka along with themselves.

We left our Hotel in Negombo at 8.00am to ensure we were at our venue,the Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu Stadium Oval (usually called  the ‘P Sara’ Oval in Colombo in good time for a 10.00am start. This ground has hosted many International fixtures since 1945 so it was a massive privilege for all the C.C.N.S.W. players to make their “International” debut. 

The toss was won by C.C.N.S.W. who had no hesitation in batting first. Rob Bevilacqua and Steve Kish were keen to stamp their authority on the game and a solid start  with early runs on the board were vital to give us confidence in our first game on tour. Bevilacqua hit the first four of the tour and Kish the first 5 of the tour! A solid start ensued as singles and twos were taken in the sweltering and sticky heat to bring the score up to 41 before Kish was out bowled by Mahela for 17 in a partnership of 41. 

John Fish joined Bevilacqua and made a solid connection with his first ball but went back to the second and it spat and turned trapping Fish in front LBW for 0. In came the dependable Scott Wells who with Bevilacqua pushed the scoring on at a good rate of runs per balls faced. It was proving difficult to score boundaries so what better to do in the heat of 90 Degrees Fahrenheit (Celsius 320) than run singles and twos. 

Information about the bombings taking place in Colombo were starting to filter through at various times from 11.30am onwards so the game was stopped a couple of times to allow our hosts to catch up on what was happening with their work, relatives and for everyone to consider their position as to whether the match should continue. Our hosts were keen to continue and advice coming through was for us to stay at the ground since it was considered safer to do so.

Upon the game’s resumption and agreement to reduce the match to 30 overs it was shortly afterwards that Bevilacqua was out for 32 off 56 balls and 73 minutes at the crease. The partnership brought the score up to 81 for the third wicket with Wells still going strong at this point on 27.

Wells was joined by Greg Ballarino before he departed caught at deep mid off for 7 off 11 balls and then shortly afterwards Dave Stewart with 1. Paul Moorhouse and Wells set about building the base again and did so with some well judged singles before Moorhouse was out for 7. Wells then had to retire at 42* with a well crafted innings off 50 balls spending 114 minutes at the crease over the two breaks.

From here on it was all a question of how many runs could we get in the remaining number of overs left. Soren Hughes attacked and made 11 off 8 balls, Craig Fletcher also kept pace with Hughes and made a tidy 8 before both were out in the 29thover. This brought to the wicket Bruce Pendlebury and Tony Wood respectively at 10 and 11 in the batting order. Some “courageous” running and a final lusty blow from Wood off the last ball allowed us to reach 151 for 8 off our allotted 30 overs.

In the circumstances and as our first game on tour in searing heat it was not a bad start.

Our hosts were clearly intent on not remaining too long at the ground and started off with a flurry mauling our bowlers. Mahela leading the charge with 42 off 20 balls and Paul 40 off 28 balls.  Both batsmen retired with the pace of their run scoring devastating. None of the C.C.N.S.W. bowlers made any impression and with the score on 0-102  off 9 overs, play was stopped as another bomb went off close to our ground. Both teams were advised to leave the ground and travel back before the curfew at 6pm.

The Team was (playing 11):- Rob Bevilacqua 32, Steve Kish (w) 17, John Fish 0, Scott Wells 42*, Greg Ballarino 7, Dave Stewart 1, Paul Moorhouse 7, Soren Hughes 11, Craig Fletcher 8, Bruce Pendlebury 1* and Tony Wood 6*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-151 (S. Wells 42*) (30 overs)

Drew with

An Aitken Spence XI: – 0-102(9 overs)

FoW: – 1-41 (S. Kish); 2-41 (J. Fish); 3-81 (R. Bevilacqua); 4-100 (G. Ballarino); 5-103 (D. Stewart); 6-125 (P. Moorhouse); 7-140 (C .Fletcher); 8-145 (S. Hughes);

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 3-0-31-0; C. Fletcher 2-0-37-0; G. Ballarino 2-0-22-0, A. Wood 2-0-10-0; 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: –Nil

Run outs: –Nil


The touring party assembled for the long journey for Game 2 (4 hours return from the idyllic Kandalama Resort) under the leadership of Steve Kish against a very formidable opponent which was made up of some talented younger players from the district. The conditions for the day which greeted us werevery hot and humid with a fast outfield that showed no mercy to poor bowling or bad fielding.

We won the toss and after discussion by umpires, captains andscorers regarding the conditions and rules of the day Robert Bevilacqua and Tom Robertson strode out to the middle to commence what would be a solid opening stand of 48 before Robert Bevilacqua was dismissed for 9. Paul Brandon joined Tom at the crease but soon after we were 2-50 when Tom Robertson was dismissed after compiling a very well made 34. The platform had been set to build a big total, but unfortunately we lost another wicket shortly after when Paul Brandon was dismissed for 1 seeing us now at 3-53.

A small partnership developed with Tony Wood andDave Stewart taking the score to 74 before Tony was dismissed for 9 and Soren Hughes soon followed suit after only managing 2 runs.Wehadthen moved to 5-74 and were in need of some experienced heads to steady the ship whichis exactly what Dave Stewart andKen Yardy did.

Needing to ensure we used our full allowance of overs,the style and grace of Stewart and the swashbuckling and slapping of Yardy saw our score build slowly but surely before Dave Stewart retired on 40*not out. As he made his way back to the rooms we could all see he was physically drained but his innings was one we were all proud of and the applause acknowledged a great innings. Paul Moorhouse strode to the crease confident he would continue to build our total but alas he was dismissed for 2 where upon his return he advised us that he thought he had a sweep shot in his bag of tricks but then realised why he had never played it before as it brought about his downfall!

Trevor Worland had a short stay at the crease only managing 3 runs which brought  the skipper for the day,Steve Kish to the middle where he and Ken Yardy saw us reach a total of 7-144 after our 40 overs. Ken compiled a very well made 19*not out and Kish 3*not out.

It was now ourturn to take to the field. With such a small total we knew we had to be on song with our bowling otherwise our younger opponents would devour any bad ball presented to them. Soren Hughes opened the attack and bowled well taking 1-17 with  John Wise opening from the other end and going wicketless with the figures of 0-26. Tony Wood took 1-23, Paul Moorhouse 0-19, Trevor Worland 0-36 but the pick of the bowlerswas Robert Bevilacqua who varied his pace and flight finishing with 2-24 but the majority of our deliveries didn’t hit the mark and the Anuradhapura batsmen had a field day and chased down the target after 19.3 overs and running out comfortable 6 wicket winners finishing 4-146.

Once againC.C.N.S.W.conducted itself in the highest manner. We have shown a great deal of sympathy and compassion to our opposition and the local community. We have shared in their pain and suffering after thesenseless Colombo attacks. Our support has been greatly appreciated and acknowledged which is something of which this tour group should be very proud. 

The Team was (playing 11):- Rob Bevilacqua 9, Tom Robertson 34, Tony Wood 9, Paul Brandon 1, Dave Stewart 40* ret not out, Soren  Hughes 2, Ken Yardy 19*, Paul  Moorhouse 2, Trevor Worland 3, Steve Kish (c) and (w) 3* and John Wise dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-144 (D. Stewart 40*) (40 overs)

Lost  to

Anuradhapura District XI: – 4-146 (19.3 overs)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1-48 (R. Bevilacqua); 2-50 (T. Robertson); 3-53 (.P Brandon); 4-71 (A. Wood); 5- 74 (S. Hughes); 6-131 (P. Moorhouse); 7- 135 (T. Worland); 

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 3-0-17-1; J. Wise 3-0-26-0; A. Wood 3-0-23-1, P. Moorhouse 4-0-19-0; R. Bevilacqua 4-1-24-2, T. Worland 2.3-0-36-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – One to S. Kish

Catches: – One to substitute (Ezekiel Hughes)

Run outs: – Nil


SWELTERING HEAT, HUMIDITY AND TWO INJURIES  (From l to r):Ian Wright (Scorer), Ken Yardy, Dave Stewart, Trevor Worland, Paul Moorhouse, Antony Wood, Paul Brandon (w), Bruce Pendlebury, Craig Fletcher, Tom Robertson (c), Ezekiel Hughes and Soren Hughes (v/c).

Deep in the lush thick dense forest of Kandalama lies our luxurious hotel. Our second night there and another peaceful sleep, waking up to the sounds of nature and monkeys on the trees outside our balcony. Another hot and humid day dawns and only 11 tourists braving this second hour and a half bus ride to the same battle ground at Anuradhapura.   

We arrived at 9.30 am for a 10.00 am start and the temperature was well over 30 degrees; with the added humidity we were in a sauna. Our captain won the toss and elected to bat. Tom Robertson having smashed the fast bowlers of the previous team for a quick 30 odd was sent in with Soren Hughes. 

Little did we know, word had gone around the district that “David Warner” (‘Tommy’) was in town –  his nemesis ‘spin’. The local team opened with spinners from both ends. Eight minutes in Soren was caught playing a piss weak drive to mid-on having only made 5 runs. In came Tony Wood, two fours later Tommy was out, detoured by some superb spin bowling. Loud cheers could be heard from the opposition as the ‘danger man’ was out for next to nothing. 

In came Ezekiel Hughes who was eaten alive by humidity after only eight minutes, not before two beautiful cut shots that went for four which that meant the spinner was soon replaced by a fast bowler that took  the top of the  off bail.

Craig Fletcher walked to the crease and quickly walked back with a fifth ball (wooden) duck. The fast bowler Pasindu struck again by hitting middle. In the tenth over at 4-42, we were in trouble.

Wood was on 13 when Paul Brandon walked out to the crease. Both batsmen saw Pasindu off and their other fast bowler Heratu. ‘Woody’ hit three successive fours to see off Heratu. A patient innings of singles, twos and three 4s quickly brought up 30 plus runs for Woody. He exhibited a master class on the fourth and fifth bowler before they brought on another crafty off spinner, Yapa. A short ball had Woody charging down the pitch, which he missed and was stumped. A great innings from the English man who was out there for more than an hour in the sweltering heat.

Brando on the other hand started off with three quick singles before hitting seven fours. His loud calls of ‘yes’ and ‘no’ could be heard miles away. He kept his cool in the searing heat, playing mind games with the bowlers. His superb on drives and a few cut shots saw him scoring 41* retired not out.

Dave Stewart came in after Woody fell, and was quick off the mark with a quick single down leg. A four and running three – yes three in the heat and twisting his ankle running for the third! He was out caught and bowled in the next ball, making only 9 runs. Very unlucky as he was just starting to see the ball. Paul Moorhouse was in next.

Moorhouse came in just after 11am with the weather at its hottest and with ten overs to go. We looked to be trouble with not batting through our overs. But a superb innings by Moorhouse saw him casually score the quickest 41*, which was attained in well under an hour. Moorhouse hooked, cut and cover drove and hit puncturing pull shots. Five 4s and seven 2s with a few singles made up his 41* runs. His ability to bat on the hottest part of the day was an incredible feat. 

After retiring the next batter, Bruce Pendlebury was next. Two quick singles but then a loft shot to mid-on went straight to a fielder’s safe hands. Out he goes, at least not a duck!

Trevor Worland  and Ken Yardy were the last two batsmen. By this time we only had two overs to go. Trevor hitting three 4s to quickly make 14 runs and ‘Kensta’ was off the mark with a run. 

We were 7-190 our highest score so far in the three games we have played.

Lunch was a piece of three times cooked (fried, fried, fried) chicken, three vegies, potato salad, yogurt all washed down with sweet milk. The hosts were generous and thankful for our attendance in the first capital of Sri Lanka and promised new toilets, air conditioning and a better spanking next visit.

By the end of lunch we were informed that the young team had almost won the second district and  were using the match as a trial for their must-win match later in the week. If they won that game, the team  would be promoted to first (state level) district.

Pressure was on everyone to field well; however the combination of heat and a new team of trialling Sri Lanka state cricketers was potentially an issue.

Opening the bowling for the team was Soren Hughes and Paul Moorhouse. Soren’s first ball was outside off to the left hander and swung in late, and in the words of Tommy Robertson, ‘boogaloo’-bails went flying – they were 1-0. The opening batsman was out for a platinum duck (subcontinent expression) and England royal duck. In came the third batsman who looked quite solid with his defensive shots. Moorhouse also bowled tightly in his first over which only went for one. Soren struck again in his second over, hitting middle stump. The other opener was out for a duck, looking uncertain to Soren’s new round arm Malinga style massive overtop out-swinger. Yeah!

Soren’s third over commenced with a torn hamstring (initially a cramp). ‘KenstaYardstick’ putting his hand up to finish Soren’s over and thinking he only had to bowl one or two balls. The five balls he was to bowl went for 17 runs while Soren received a massage, retaking the field before the agony ended. Paul Moorhouse bowled his third over and his finger was almost broken on attempting a return catch. 

Tom was tasked with finishing one ball of Paul’s over which took three balls, technically going for two but probably seven while Paul put ice on his injured finger which was quickly turning purple and bleeding.

Their third batsman making quick work of the limited number of fielders, scored 42* in less than half an hour. Our players. feeling the heat, and a bit dejected with a few players short on the field, tried their best to contain the batsmen.

But the opposition was here to trial out their team and their players brought their ‘A’ game trying to impress the selectors. 

Trevor  Worland bowled 2.2 overs which went for 26 runs.  Bruce Pendlebury was given an over to bowl which went for 15 runs. In came Tony Wood who got a wicket in his first over, the batsman hitting the ball straight to Moorhouse who was at deep mid-on. His figures after three overs was 1-13 – another great spell from the Englishman.

The opposition on the other hand were retiring their players, each player was given 20 mins each to go out and score quick runs. None was retired at the agreed 40 runs but within the 20 mins they did a lot of damage. Averaging 25 runs in 20 mins.

In came Craig Fletcher to bowl after Worland and Woods, and he bowled three overs which went for thirty runs – Fletch unfortunately still found his mojo. Our leggie Ezekiel Hughes bowled three overs which went for 26 runs. 

Running out of bowlers the captain brought on the injured Dave Stewart who bowled two overs finishing off with 1-12. The opposition at this stage needing less than 10 runs to win the game. Soren and Ken Yardy quickly did a rock, paper, scissors and whoever won, was next in to bowl. Soren having won, bowled spin coming off three steps. His last over went for 10. 

The agonising game finished in less than 22 overs – our players relieved. C.C.N.S.W lost by 6 wickets.

The Team was (playing 11):- TomRobertson (c) 8, Soren Hughes 5, Tony Wood 36, Ezekiel Hughes 8, Craig Fletcher 0, Paul Brandon (w) 41* ret not out, Dave Stewart 9, Paul Moorhouse 41* ret not out, Bruce Pendlebury 2, Trevor Worland 14 and Ken Yardy 1

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-190 (P. Brandon 41*; P. Moorhouse 41*) (40 overs)

Lost to

Rajarata C.C.: – 4-193 (21.2 overs)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1-13 (S. Hughes); 2-17 (T. Robertson); 3-32 (E. Hughes); 4-32 (C. Fletcher); 5-81 (A. Wood); 6-104 (D. Stewart); 7- 137(B. Pendlebury); 

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 3.1-0-29-2; P. Moorhouse 2.5-0-19-0; T. Robertson 0.1-0-2-0; T. Worland  2.2-0-26-0; K. Yardy 0.5-0-17-0, B. Pendlebury 1-0-15-0, A. Wood 3-0-13-1, C. Fletcher 3-0-26-0, E. Hughes 3-0-30-0 , D. Stewart 2-0-12-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: –Nil

Catches: – one to S. Hughes and one to P. Moorhouse

Run outs: – Nil


C.C.N.S.W. batting at Peradeniya University Grounds

With all the dramas of the Negombo/Colombo area and the shellacking that we got from a u/21 representative side during our stay in Dambulla, it was good to go to the old throne city of Kandy.  This place celebrates its high position in Buddhist philosophy because it houses the “Tooth Relic”which is apparently the tooth of Buddha, and the museum is more like a fun park.  But I suppose that is what Buddhism is all about.  We were still under curfew at night and a number of terrorist threats were being bandied about so we stayed a few miles out of the old city in a very nice hotel where we were basically the only patrons.  It is nice to have to  have the pool to one’s self, even if it is in the midst of civil decay.

Our first opponent in Kandy was the Peradeniya University side at the University ground on an overcast day.  Tom Robertson won the toss and we were batting.  Of course Tom opened with his holiday grandfather Steve Kish and they put together a terrific opening 50 partnership when Tom retired at 40, but later came back to be 59 NO.  Scott Wells looked  in fine form, but he quacked like a duck for zero.  Kishy (13) got us to 85 with Paul Brandon (35), who bats better without all the kids hanging off him.  Craig Fletcher belted a few good balls for 12, as did Trevor (Axeman) Worland for 13.  After 35 overs were 9-186… The locals could still not get us all out, and they never did on tour.

The University side were quite good batsmen and they started well, Craig Fletcher got the yips and was smashed for 33 runs off two overs.  All the other bowlers were taken to as the ball didn’t move and the pitch had no life in it.  Again, we were trying to bowl too hard and not smart enough.  Our fielding was a bit lack lustre. Our only catches were taken by those who made easy ones look difficult (Yardy and Worland).  But we were watching the clouds and after 20 overs they were 4-172 when the heavens opened. We thought we had a draw, but on the ‘Parabola Method’, we were adjudged by our international scorer Ian Wright to have lost by 48 runs, which was probably far enough.

The Team was (playing 12):- Tom Robertson (c) 59*, Steve Kish (w) 13, Scott Wells 0, Paul Brandon 35,  Greg Ballarino 7, Dave Stewart 11*, Craig Fletcher 12, Ezekiel Hughes 0, Bruce Pendlebury 0, Ken Yardy 3,  Trevor Worland 13 and Paul Moorhouse dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-186 (T. Robertson 59*; P Brandon 35) (35 overs)

Lost to

Peradeniya University C.C.: – 4-172 (20 overs) rain stopped play

By 48 runs (calculated under the Parabola Method see Footnote below)

FoW: – 1-58 (S. Wells); 2- 85 (S. Kish); 3-113 (G. Ballarino); 4-133 (C. Fletcher); 5-133 (P. Brandon); 6-134 (E. Hughes); 7-139 (B. Pendlebury); 8-140 (K. Yardy); 9-164 (T. Worland);

(NB 1st  wicket partnership of 58 comprises  56 between Robertson and Kish, and 2 between Wells and Kish; 3rd wicket partnership of 28 comprises16 between Ballarino and Brandon and 12 between Stewart and Brandon).

The Bowling was: – C.Fletcher 2-0-33-1; P. Moorhouse 5-0-50-1, T. Worland 4-0-21-1, S. Wells 5-0-34-0, G. Ballarino 2-0-20-0 and E. Hughes 2-0-11-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to T. Worland and one to Ken Yardy

Run outs: – Nil

Footnote 1: Parabola (PARAB). This method, by a young South African (do Rego8), calculates a table of `norms’ y, for overs of an innings, x, using the parabola y. 7:46 x ÿ 0:059 x 2 to model, rather inappropriately since it has a turning point (at about 63 overs, the `diminishing returns’ nature of the relationship between average total runs scored and total number of overs available. The method is an improvement upon Average Run Rate but takes no account of the stage of the innings at which the overs are lost or of the number of wickets that have fallenFrom “A fair method for resetting the target in interrupted one-day cricket matches“ by FC Duckworth and AJ Lewis (pub 1997)

For a more detailed explanation the reader is referred to the full paper which may be found at


“Cricket has No Boundaries and No Borders”

The 2019 C.C.N.S.W. Tour of Sri Lanka for me has been one that has proven without doubt that the game of cricket has no borders nor boundaries in the way it draws people together in times of need and in times of devastation.

Our opponents in Game 5, the Akurana Cricket Club, exemplified exactly that when as they arrived at the ground, they were so humble and apologetic for being late. As we were to find out much later in the day they had no need to apologise. It was we who should be grateful for the lengths they went to in order to simply arrive at the ground.

We were advised that their Captain Razan travelled from India just to take part in this match and every other player had to sneak out of their Muslim village to get to the game as it was frowned upon that they would be out playing and enjoying a game of cricket after the events that had occurred in Colombo.

Basically all the opposition had to tell their families that they were going shopping and dressed in sarongs to exit the area and then got changed into their whites.  Cricket trumps all!

As Captain for the day I won the toss and elected to bat in a 30 over match as the umpires had concerns that thunderstorms may prevent the full game being played.

Rob Bevilacqua and Greg Ballarino opened our innings and produced an opening stand of 13 before Greg was adjudged to be LBW for 3 with the score at 1-13. Scott Wells joined Bevilacqua at the crease to build a great second wicket partnership of 57 runs before Rob Bevilacqua was bowled for a well compiled 27 runs.

Soon after Scott Wells retired not out on 42* after playing some magnificent shots to all areas of the ground. The foundation had been set for a big target to be made with the score moving along to 2-80. Tony Wood and Paul Brandon were both a little scratchy before Tony Wood lost his wicket being LBW for 17 and the score moving along to 3-105 as Brandon was joined at the crease by in form batsman Tom Robertson who put on a small partnership of 18 before Paul Brandon was bowled for 9 and the score sitting at 4-123.

Our hotel manager and cricketer Ruwan Dharmapala played in this game as we had a few players who were sore and carrying niggling injuries which prevented us from being able to field 11 tourists in the game. Dharmapala joined Tommy at the crease and they would only manage to put on 13 of which Ruwan managed to contribute only 1 but his contribution would be felt later in the game.

At 5-136 that brought the two big guns together at the crease Soren Hughes and Tom Robertson who took the score to 166 before Tommy became our second retirement not out for a great knock of 40* taking the score to 5-166 and he was greeted by applause by the crowd upon his return and he quickly advised us that he had hit 7 sixes at the ground.

A few things that a player needs to check he has in his kitbag to play this great game are a bat, pads, protector, cap, gloves and most importantly your whites. Alas Ken Yardy didn’t seem to tick off the whites part of the gear but fortunately Tony Wood had a spare pair for Ken as he strode to the crease like a bride in something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Ken joined Soren and the partnership grew to 36 with Soren absolutely dominating the bowlers and dispatching them to all parts of the ground and becoming the third retired not out player making 40* Ken Yardy was not out again for 4* and Crag Fletcher not out 3* taking us to our highest total on tour after our allotted overs to be 5-208.

As we took to the field, the message was simple: bowl line and length and hold your catches and we will win the game. I opened the bowling with our import Ruwan whose first couple of deliveries ventured down leg side but once he found his line and length we knew the breakthrough would come and so it did in his second over and he finished with 5-0-15-2. 

I opened the bowling from the other end and finished with the figures of 4-0-22-2. We had our hosts 4-23 after 7 overs before their skipper Razan began to form a handy partnership with the second highest run scorer, Rishkan who made 36 to take the score to 5-81. Then we saw a steady procession of wickets to have them 8-123 before a late rally from their tailenders as we finally dismissed them for 163 and recorded our first victory of the tour.

Robert Bevilacqua bowled brilliantly as the batsmen struggled to play him finishing with 6-0-31-1, Scott Wells 3-0-26-0, Tony Wood toiled hard 3-0-13-1, Greg Ballarino 2-0-15-0. The pick of the bowlers was young Ezekiel Hughes who bowled solid leg spin and finished with the good figure of 4.4-0-35-3 which finished off a solid performance by the bowlers.

One notable highlight where we all would’ve liked to be a fly on the wall in the Hughes’ accommodation  is when Soren spilt what can only be described as a soda of a catch off his son Ezekiel, only to incur the wrath of his wife Gwen who made a loud but polite enquiry to her husband about said catch.

Finally, we are very grateful for the opportunity to have played and be hosted by an amazing group of men and their club under such extreme circumstances and we will be forever in their debt

The Team was (playing 12):- RobBevilacqua 27, Greg Ballarino 3, Scott Wells 42* ret not out, Tony Wood 17, Paul Brandon (w) 9, Tom Robertson  40* ret not out, Ruwan. Dhamapala 1, Soren Hughes 40* ret not out, Ken Yardy 4*, Craig Fletcher 3*, John Wise (c) dnb and Ezekiel Hughes dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-208 (S. Wells 42*; T. Robertson 40*; S. Hughes 40*) (30 overs)


Akaruna Cricket Board: – 10 – 163 (E. Hughes 3-35) (27.4 overs)

By 45 runs

FoW: – 1-13 (G. Ballarino); 2-70 (R. Bevilacqua); 3-105 (A. Wood); 4-123 (P. Brandon); 5-136 (R. Dhamapala)

The Bowling was: – R. Dhamapala 5-0-15-2 ; J. Wise 4-0-22-2; R. Bevilacqua 6-0-31-1, S. Wells 3-0-26-0, A. Wood 3-0-13-1, E. Hughes 4.4-0-35-3 ; G. Ballarino 2-0-18-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 3 to S. Wells; one to P. Brandon

Run outs: – One to E. Hughes


After our first win on tour in game 5, and then two days off from cricket, the tour party was refreshed and upbeat as the bus rolled out from ‘little England’, Nuwara Eliya. Even more so after we had checked in the night before to the magnificent Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya, which was reminiscent of an English manor house, with magnificent gardens including the best topiary this correspondent has ever seen.  Nuwara Eliya sits at about 4000 feet above sea level, in the ‘up country’, and it was in light rain that the bus rolled up and down the green hills covered in tea plants.  Queries about the weather were second to where there might be a flat patch of ground big enough to fit a cricket field.  After about 45 minutes the bus stopped on the road, by a sign pointed to the Dimbula Athletic and Cricket Club.  After a short walk along a concrete path through the Radella Tea Estate we emerged at the pretty but little ground, which was largely surrounded by tea growing up the side of the surrounding hills, and was complete with a small club house.  The keen eyes of Ezekiel Hughes soon noticed the 2003 C.C.N.S.W. Sri Lanka tour plaque on the clubhouse wall, along with plaques from other touring sides that had played at the ground.

Cricket has been played at the Radella ground since at least 1892, when Lord Hawkes XI played an up country XI.  The only first class game at the ground was in 1984, when New Zealand played the SL President’s XI.  Sir Richard Hadlee reported that the altitude and overcast conditions meant that the ground was good for swing bowling.  In 2000, four U19 world youth cup games were played at the ground, although the facilities are now probably below what is expected for such games.  The ground is also well known for rugby, which has been played here since 1880 (there were rugby posts on the ground while we played).  

Skipper for the day, Tom Robertson, went out to toss in C.C.N.S.W. blazer, shorts and hotel thongs, but not even that sartorial splendour could save him from losing the toss.  C.C.N.S.W. was asked to field first for the first time on tour.  Fortunately, the cooler climate in Nuwara Eliya meant that was not nearly as daunting as it would have been in the earlier games.  A 30 over match was agreed.

Paul Moorhouse and Soren Hughes opened the bowling, with Hughes starting with a cheap over, and Moorhouse then getting an LBW shout upheld on the first ball of the second over.  Hughes then took wickets in his 2nd and 3rd overs, to have the Planters 3-10 by the fifth over.  Our best start to a bowling performance on tour.  Hughes was replaced after 4 overs by Trevor Worland, who proceeded to put in a few good overs.  The ‘warlord’kept the ball full and straight, and wobbled it around a bit in the overcast conditions, and was rewarded with wickets in his 1st, 3rd and 4th overs, including two clean bowled.  The Planters batsmen were coming hard at the bowling, as Sri Lankan batsmen tend to do, but by the 15th over we had reduced them to 6-60.   Unfortunately from that point things went downhill a bit, as first Fletcher, then Worland and Ezekiel Hughes lost their radars and were given some tap by the Plantation batsman.  Rain intervened after 18 overs, by which time the opposition had reached 6-104.  Upon resumption skipper Robertson spread the field in order to regain control, and Ezekiel Hughes got an LBW.  Then we saw Plantation CC batsmen 8 and 9 build a solid score, with Mr Gamage getting to 36 before he was caught of the bowling of Dave Stewart, and Mr Fernando retiring at 40*, after initially not wanting to leave (although apparently this was because no-one had told him that the playing conditions included retiring at 40*).  A couple of good overs from S. Hughes to finish at one end kept the opposition below 200.  Plantation C.C. ended their 30 overs at 8-197, which was gettable on the small ground, but a bit disappointing after we had them 6-60.

Bruce Pendlebury and Rob Bevilacqua were sent out to open for C.C.N.S.W. under overcast skies.  ‘Pendles’was a controversial choice to open (at least in his mind), and he was back in the clubhouse a few balls later having been bowled by one that skidded on.  But once Scott Wells joined Bevilacqua C.C.N.S.W. took control, with ‘Beva’striking some boundaries down the ground and Wells showing his class by clubbing some short balls to the point boundary.  Beva was bowled for a well made 16 off 17 balls, and Greg Ballerino joined Wells for a few balls before the rain came and the covers were called out again.  C.C.N.S.W. were 2-41 from 6 overs, and the game was evenly poised.  The rain continued to fall and about 30 minutes later the umpires called the game off.  As a minimum of 20 overs had not been bowled, the result was a draw.  Another game played in excellent spirit.  Presentations and a drink with a few of the Plantation CC players followed, and again we were told how appreciative the locals were that we had continued our tour notwithstanding the troubles.

The Team was (playing 12):- RobBevilacqua 16, Bruce Pendlebury 0, Scott Wells 16*, Greg Ballarino 5*, Tom Robertson (c) dnb. Soren Hughes dnb, Paul  Moorhouse dnb, Craig Fletcher dnb , Ezekiel Hughes dnb, Dave Stewart dnb, Trevor Worland dnb  and Steve Kish (w) dnb

The Result was: –

Plantation C.C.: – 8-197 (30 overs)

Drew with 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 2-41 (6 overs) – rain

FoW: – 1-1 (B. Pendlebury); 2-35 (R. Bevilacqua); 

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 6-1-18-2, P. Moorhouse 6-0-31-1, T. Worland 5-0-33-3, C. Fletcher 6-0-56-0, E. Hughes  3-0-30-1, D. Stewart 3-0-18-1, R. Bevilacqua  1-0-6-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to S. Hughes and one to T. Robertson

Run outs: – Nil


HEAT AND 92% HUMIDITY – ‘Steamed Cricketers’

L-R:  Ian Wright (Scorer) Tony Wood, Trevor Worland, Tom Robertson (c), Soren Hughes, Craig Fletcher, Ezekiel Hughes (vc), Steve Kish (w), Paul Moorhouse, Bruce Pendlebury and Scott Wells. Still in the dressing room – Paul Brandon.

After relaxing over night at the Jetwing Yala Hotel and waking up at 5.00am the next morning for our safari tour, many were exhausted. However, the thought of seeing leopards and elephants in their natural habitat, saw all the eager visitors up and bright early that morning. There were six of us in a jeep and our lunch packs were provided by the hotel consisting of fruit, pastries, sandwiches, water and orange juice. This ensured there were many happy tourists. 

Brunch was near the beach where remnants of a restaurant once stood reminding us of the devastation caused by the tsunami on 26 December 2004. All that remained was a plaque commemorating those that had died and sculptures of the devastating waves.

A quick dip in the pool and off we were on the long bus drive to Galle. After the early morning start in Yala and an hour walking around the Galle Fort, the cricketers who were playing the first match the next day in Hikkaduwa were eager to rest.

Lightning and thunder, and a bit of rain greeted us the next day, on match day. The thought of being in a bus for another 45 minutes to get to the venue for the possibility of a cancelled game did not excite our players. However as the morning wore on, it was apparent that the sun was going to show itself.

We arrived early at the Sri Sumangala MCC Lords Cricket ground  in Hikkaduwa an hour before the game was due to start. The players were in awe of the three, two metre scrolls of overseas cricket clubs, schools, work places and universities that have played at this ground:- Australians, English, Thai and South Africans to name a few. 

The players went out to inspect the pitch and for the first time in this tour there was consensus amongst the group that if we won the toss we would consider bowling first. The pitch was soft and our wicket keeper Steve Kish called it ‘an old fashion sticky wicket’. The ground is surrounded by lush forest about 20 metres high. With no breeze and with the overnight rain and sweltering sun, we were in for a long day. Within twenty minutes, we could feel the heat; you have heard of ‘dust bowl’well this was ‘steam bowl’– apparently there was 92% humidity on the day! Glasses fogged up, sweat ran down our masculine bodies, sunscreen was a waste as nothing would stick! The ladies were keener than ever to watch the game.

Soren Hughes and Paul Moorhouse opened the bowling again. Each bowler was allowed to bowl a maximum of six overs. Not a great first over from Soren who opened with three wides and finished off being hit for six. He bowled all his overs in one spell. The more he bowled, the better he became, varying the pace of the ball and some cutting back in late. He kept the openers guessing and, excluding the first over, they did not score many runs off him. He was rewarded in his last over, the big man running in and bowling one of the best balls he has bowled so far in this tour – the ball landing on the deck on the batsman’s off side and then cutting back, hitting the batsman low on his pads in front of middle stumps. ‘Howz that!!!’could be heard around the steam bowl, which turned into jubilation as the umpire slowly lifted his finger – giving the batsmen his marching order. A well-deserved wicket for Soren as he bowled so well finishing with 1-36 off six overs but wetter than a fish in water.

Moorhouse on the other hand was very economical in his first two overs, averaging 2 runs. Both openers initially struggled against him. His fifth ball of his second over rewarded him with a wicket. Another textbook dismissal, his accurate bowling deceived the opening batsman with changes in the pace of the ball and hit middle – both bails flying in the air. A beautiful sight. The other opener had his eye in, Moorhouse’s third over going for 20 runs. In came Trevor Worland to replace Moorhouse.

Trevor bowled line and length in his first two overs. The batsmen saw little variation and his third over went for 20 runs. Another 12 runs in his fourth over, Trevor was getting frustrated as he was bowling well, the batsmen however  were timing the ball well and scoring easy boundaries. His finished his five overs 0-58. Scott Wells replaced Trevor.

Craig Fletcher replaced Soren. Struggling with his bowling all tour – he started with a wide, four runs and another wide before he struck gold – his first wicket on tour! The ball bouncing just around the waist for the batsmen to hit the ball with a pull shot and straight into  Moorhouse’s safe hands at deep square. He finished off with 1-15 off one over.

Captain Tom Robertson brought  on Bruce Pendlebury to replace Fletcher. Bowling – one wide, two no balls, a four, a six and many more runs later, he was relieved to finish his one over spanking, which went for 20 runs. Their third batsman retired at 40*. 

We needed fire power so in came our left arm spinner, Pom Tony Wood replacing Pendlebury. A wicket in his first over, luring the batsmen down the pitch only to missing the ball by a Sri Lankan mile. The ball sailing straight to Paul Brandon for a stumping. Averaging four runs an over, Wood was bowling magnificently. A bit of Groundhog Day in his fifth over, their sixth batsman chasing a short ball down the pitch but edging straight to Brandon. Bowling his last sixth over and getting a wicket on the first ball was a crème de la crème for Wood. He had been varying the pace and length of his bowling all day. His first ball was a ‘floaty’ one which hit the deck fast and skidded into middle stump, bails flying in the air and the tourists were back in the game. His figures were an impressive 3-28 off six overs.

Ezekiel Hughes replaced Wells. His first two balls went for six and four respectively. His first over went for 13 runs.

Moorhouse came back for his second spell, replacing Wood. His second last over went for only four runs and got two wickets. The eighth batsman fished for a wide ball and hit it straight to Fletcher at deep mid-on. The new batsman at the crease lofted the next ball short of Soren Hughes at cover point. Soren running forward as the ball was in the air, both feet skidded; he lost his balance and did the splits as the ball hit his hands. Sounds of groans from the players and his wife’s sledge from the side line could be heard around the ground. Deserved recipient of the ‘Glove Award’for the dropped catch.

Moorhouse not feeling dejected, bowled the new batsman with his next ball, the batsman, out for a duck. Moorhouse’s  figures were  3-33 off five overs.

Ezekiel Hughes had a bad first over and not wanting to take home the ‘tennis ball award’for worst bowler in the game, came back in his second over. His second ball was a bit short and the batsman hit the ball straight to Wood at long-on. 

Their third batsman came back and having hit the bigger boys for sixes and fours, he tried to resume belting the ball over mid-on. Fortunately for us, he was less able after his earlier retirement. His fourth ball he swept for four. Ezekiel  then pitched the ball up and excited the batsman who tried to cover drive but the ball went straight up in the air  to Soren who was at cover point and took an easy catch for the father son combination. Ezekiel finished with 2-19 after 2.5 overs to end the home team’s innings all out for 260.

Lunch was delicious fried rice, chicken, boiled egg, three vegies and yoghurt. We ate in a little room with fans and tables set up for us. A treat for us after fielding in the humidity.

We started again at 1.00pm, by this time we were racing against the black clouds looming in the background. It was dark as if it were 5.00pm back home. 

Captain (Major) Tom Robertson  and Steve Kish opened our batting. FOG bowled 1.1 overs before it bucketed down and every one ran for the covers. This was followed by lightning and thunder. 

After more than an hour the rain stopped and back we went. By this time we had four cows on the field – literally at cow corner! Play resumed with four bovines at deep fly slip. Tom, perhaps more concerned with the possibility of BBQ, resumed the game on strike and had forgotten that Kish was on strike before the rain. This earned him a fine – well spotted by our illustrious scorer, Mr Wright who also pointed out that there were only five balls in that over.

The batsmen  faced the final four balls without incident although the last ball in the darkness was a beamer that hit Kish in the ribs. The game was called off as no one could see the ball and the onset of monsoonal storms was imminent.

Another draw for Tom as Captain.

A quick presentation and we were invited to visit the Foundation of Goodness academy at Hikadduwa the next day. We were also going to play a T20 match as there was a possibility of rain after lunch the following day with a cyclone hanging around just north of Sri Lanka.

The Team was (playing 11):-  Tom Robertson (c) 3*, Steve Kish 2*, Scott Wells dnb, Paul Brandon (w) dnb, Soren Hughes dnb, Tony Wood dnb, Paul Moorhouse dnb, Craig Fletcher dnb, Trevor Worland dnb, Ezekiel Hughes dnb and  Bruce Pendlebury dnb.

The Result was: –

Foundation of Goodness XI: – 10-260 (29.5 overs)

Drew with

C.C.N.S.W.: – 0-12 (2.1 overs) rain

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 6-0-36-1, P. Moorhouse 5-0-33-3, C. Fletcher 1-0-15-1, T. Worland 5-0-59-0, B. Pendlebury 1-0-20-0, A. Wood 6-0-28-3, S. Wells 3-0-37-0, E. Hughes 2.5-0-19-2

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – One to P. Brandon

Catches: – One to each of P. Brandon (w), C. Fletcher, S. Hughes, P. Moorhouse and  A. Wood 

Run outs: – Nil



The day had come for “Rumble in the Jungle II“ at Hikkaduwa.

In a rather sombre yet inspiring start to the day, we first visited the local Foundation of Goodness centre which is funded in part by the MCC Centre of Excellence. “Committed to improve the lives of people in the rural community” is their mantra. There is a plaque at the entry listing those locals who lost their lives during the 2004 tsunami which devastated the town. A rather large plaque. 

The recorded water mark is high on the wall. Inside they have children’s elocution classes, memorabilia displays and other educational facilities along with information on the tsunami. The tour was conducted by their director, Anura De Silva. The F.O.G. has a strong cricket connection with the likes of Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene as its trustees. Well worth a google to see the great work they do. 

Onto the ground where the previous day we had  lost 5 balls and chased leather (not very far) for 30 overs in extreme heat and humidity. The team had to pick themselves up, dry off and prepare for what was expected to be another tough day.

The cows had manicured the smallish outfield in the wee hours of the morning, just finishing off as we arrived. The monkeys, goannas, squirrels and plovers again surrounded in anticipation of another local pasting. With expected rain in the afternoon it was agreed to hold a 20/20 and if weather permitted, a 10/10 afterwards Not too many disagreeing that was a good idea. 

C.C.N.S.W. under its EEO policy again appointed a foreign (Editor’s note: In this case meaning living outside NSW)skipper to do the tossing. Who better than John (Daniel) Wise. He strode to the centre square confident and animated with arms and moustache in motion. The call was successful and he quite rightly chose to bat first in already sweltering conditions. As a note, to describe the humidity in this place would be similar to playing in drizzling rain. 

The pitch today was glass like without yesterday’s stickiness. Rolled mud and well prepared. 

Rob Bevilaqua and Greg Ballarino (B1/B2) opened up for the first time. looking to create a solid start. B2 was the first to go after being clean bowled by a Malinga like slinging bowler, bringing Scott Wells to the crease. Soon after B1 provided a simple catch to point after scoring 10 in even time. This bought one Tom Robertson to the crease. 

In a setting and conditions not dissimilar to their native land of Borneo, the two ‘rangas’ looked to provide a platform for a decent score. That they did after getting used to the pitch – dispatching the bowlers to all parts with R1 stroking the ball along the ground and R2 preferring the aerial route. 

At drinks (10 overs) the score had progressed to 2-93. R1 and R2 were sweating as if they had just had a bath so it was agreed to limit the running and increase the boundaries. First ball after drinks R2 smashed one to backward point and called through for a single. R1 run out for 37 (23) and the score now 3-93. In strode Soren Hughes. 

In what was a cunning move by the skipper, there was no retirement limits set today. Even after begging to come off after each over, Tommy was told to remain at the crease. It was only after Soren started to get on top of the bowling as well that mercy was granted with Tommy retiring on 74*(44). Another solid partnership with 200 in our sights. 

Soren continued smashing the ball to all parts with one memorable over bringing up 28 runs (4×6 and a 4). He eventually was also granted mercy retired on 58* of 24 balls. 

Tony Wood, Ken Yardy, Paul Moorhouse and Ezekiel Hughes finished off the innings in style bringing the total to 5 for 212. A formidable total but not to rest on our laurels  based on what happened the previous day. 

After the break, S. Hughes and Moorhouse opened the bowling. The F.O.G. opening batsmen S. Mohan and T. Wasantha wasted no time in setting off, with  both  being  19* not out  when the rain began after 20 minutes batting. This left the home side on 0 for 41 off 5 overs. With 5 overs being the minimum amount for a result, our scorer Ian Wright had every mathematical theory and invention at his disposal to calculate the final winner. After posting 200 plus we were feeling pretty confident but with maths and statistics at play who was to know. 

C.C.N.S.W. was declared the winner by two runs under the ‘Parabola’ (Editor’s note: See Footnote 1to Match 4 above ), and also the ‘Duckworth Lewis’, net run rate: – abacus, Pythagorean, Rock Paper Scissors method. 

A formal presentation and pleasantries were made at the ground. Tiger and lion drips were administered on the bus followed by what was one of the best nights of the tour with a beach party with superb food and drinks until the early hours.

The Team was (playing 11):-Rob Bevilacqua 10, Greg Ballarino 0, Scott Wells 37, Tom Robertson 74* ret not out, Soren Hughes 58* ret not out, Tony Wood 4, Paul Moorhouse 6*, Ken Yardy 3, Ezekiel Hughes 1*, Paul Brandon (w) dnb and John Wise (c)dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-211 (T. Robertson 74*, S. Hughes 58*) (20 overs)


The Foundation of Goodness XI: – 0-41 (5 overs)

On run rate/Duckworth Lewis

FoW: – 1-11 (G. Ballarino); 2-15 (R. Bevilacqua); 3- 93 (S. Wells); 4-185 (A. Wood); 5- 211 (K. Yardy).

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 2-0-14-0; P. Moorhouse 2-0-22-0; R. Bevilacqua 1-0-5-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: –Nil

Catches: –Nil

Run outs: – Nil


Sri Lanka, in particular Colombo, turned on yet another beautiful, yet stifling, day. Somewhere around 35 degrees and 150% humidity. Sweating was the order of the day. 

We were captained by an Englishman, Tony Wood and as all good first time captains do, he promptly lost the toss and we were sent in to field. 

The opposition appeared to be well matched to our team with their average age somewhere in the fifties. We were feeling confident.

Before a ball was bowled Trevor Worland was dive bombed by a rather cranky plover, with the mistaken belief he was there to pinch its eggs. Having already had his breakfast, this thought was misplaced and Trevor used his extensive diplomatic skills to smooth over the misunderstanding.

The bowling was opened by Soren Hughes, who had been on a run of good form picking up consistent wickets throughout the tour and we were expecting a strong start. That strong start, however, came from the opening batsman. He took a liking to Soren’s bowling and dispatched him for ten in the first two deliveries. This did not bode well. Soren responded by throwing a couple wide of off stump and the Umpire duly called him for wides. Soren questioned this as they were well within the tram tracks and was told he needed to bowl where the batsman could hit him!?!? First over went for 20 and we were worried we would be chasing 300 in 30 overs.

Having had a poor tour with ball so far, Craig Fletcher was graciously given yet another chance to redeem himself and somewhat surprisingly finally found his length and started well with only a handful of runs coming from his first over.

From there things improved quickly for C.C.N.S.W. Robert Bevilacqua took a very sharp chance in gully off Soren’s next over and then ‘Fletch’bowled the hard hitting opening batsman. Across the next 7 overs the runs dried up and Soren picked up another 2 wickets, with the skipper, Tony Wood. taking a good outfield catch and ‘Beva’cleanly snaffling a low, fast flying cut shot, again in gully.

It was now time for the spinners to shine and shine they did. Paul Moorhouse bowled with flight and guile, reading the mood of the pitch and the batsmen well to slow up his deliveries and was rewarded with 3 wickets, including a very well judged catch from our youngest touring player (Ezekiel Hughes) deep in the outfield.

At the end of 30 oversthe opposition were 9- 160, after their numbers 9 and 10 consolidated well to eke out 30 runs in the last 7 overs with some clever and patient batting.

After a much needed rest in the shade and a quick lunch, C.C.N.S.W. opened with Rob Bevilacqua and Tom Robertson. ‘Beva’started very strongly, taking a liking to their opening bowling and quickly moved to 20 odd runs. At the other end, however, Tommy struggled scratching around and finding it difficult to hit the middle of his bat. Beva powered on and before we knew it he was retiring on 41* with the score at 71.

Steve Kish entered the fray and Tommy, despite his struggles, continued to doggedly defy the opposition bowlers (and their fielders), mishitting his way to 40* retired having been dropped three times and perhaps very fortunately surviving a strong LBW appeal.

C.C.N.S.W. were looking good with two batsmen in the shed and around 100 on the board. ‘Kishy‘ was now joined at the crease by Scot Wells. The two of them continued the flow of runs with Kish striking one particularly glorious straight drive before being bowled a ball that kept low. 1 for  113 with 2 in the bank.

Wells, who has been in great form all tour, kept ticking over the runs, but unfortunately Greg Ballarino went back to another ball that skidded through and kept low and was out LBW. Bruce Pendlebury came and went for 4, batting soundly before being caught looking to drive down the ground. From there, Wells and Soren Hughes quickly racked the remaining 40 odd runs with a mix of big hitting and good running.

Another win for the touring C.C.N.S.W. team and I believe the first one under a foreign residentcaptain  (Editor’s note: from memory since 1989,C.C.N.S.W.  touring teams have won under the captaincy of non Australians before such as Craig Kitson, Adrian Hawkes, John Rothnie-Jones and  Stuart Ridge but at the time they were all resident in N.S.W.. Australia)

The post-match wind down was graciously held at the Nondescripts Cricket Club just down the road. It was a great honour to be able to attend their ground, the home of illustrious players such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. They weren’t there of course, but it was still a thrill to be there. 

After an hour or so, we wrapped up our day and returned to the hotel with memories of another fantastic tour day in Sri Lanka etched in our memories. 

The Team was (playing 12):- Rob Bevilacqua 41* ret not out, Tom Robertson (c) 40* ret not out, Steve Kish (w) 16, Scott Wells 32*, Greg Ballarino 1, Bruce Pendlebury 4, Soren Hughes 19*, Tony Wood dnb, Craig Fletcher dnb, Trevor Worland dnb, Paul Moorhouse dnb and Ezekiel Hughes dnb

The Result was: –

Colombo Masters XI: 9-160 (30 overs)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 3-163 (R Bevilacqua 41*; T. Robertson 40*; S. Wells 32*) (26.4 overs)

By 7 wickets

FoW: – 1-113 (S. Kish); 2-115 (G. Ballarino); 3-121 (B. Pendlebury);

The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 6-0-35-3; C. Fletcher 4-0-22-1; P. Moorhouse 6-1-20-3; T. Worland 2-0-28-0; A. Wood 6-0-21-1; R. Bevilacqua 2-0-7-0: E. Hughes 3-0-13-1 and S. Wells 1-0-9-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – one to S. Kish

Catches: – 2 to R. Bevilacqua; one to each of E. Hughes, T. Robertson and A. Wood

Run outs: – Nil


P Sara Oval: The only Asian ground where Don Bradman played

The Cricketers’ Club of N.S.W. had the honour and privilege to play the final match of our 2019 tour of Sri Lanka on the historic P. Sara oval in the nation’s capital. P Sara is an oval rich in Sri Lankan cricketing history. Sri Lanka’s first ever Test Match was played on this oval against England in 1982. The oval also hosted the Australian 1948 Invincibles team as they took on the All Ceylon XI. A great photograph, hanging in the bar and copied below, illustrates Don Bradman striding out to bat, dressed splendidly in a pith helmet. (Editor’s note: There is an article on Bradman’s 1948 innings in Ceylon in the Tour Brochure)

C.C.N.S.W. was greeted with a typical steamy Colombo morning, a flat deck and fast outfield. Losing the toss, C.C.N.S.W. had first use of the ball. Soren Hughes (0-47) and Craig Fletcher (2-25) started very tightly. This was ‘Fletch’s’best performance with the ball for the tour, which set the tone for the session. Ezekiel Hughes (0/-30), Trevor Worland (0-25) and Paul Moorhouse (2-8) guided us through the middle overs. This match was probably Paul’s strongest performance with the ball on tour too and he bowled with great guile. John ‘Sparkles’Wise (2-11) and Tony Wood (2-38) bowled strongly and guided the innings to a close. The key today was that our opponents, never obtained dominance with the bat, nor did the run rate get ‘out of control’- despite 1 retirement (Dharnushka 40*). Stallions posted a competitive 8-193 from 30 overs.

In reply, C.C.N.S.W. started solidly. Tom Robertson made 22 and had a strong tour with both the bat and the ‘Old Arrack’. Greg Ballarino struck form when it counted and retired with a solid 41*. Scott Wells continued his strong tour with a chanceless 40*. Probably the proudest moment of the day was having father/ son Soren and Ezekiel Hughes bat together on a Test venue in a 51 run stand before Zeke was run out for 17. Soren retired with 41* from 19 balls, an innings that created great impetus. Putting the team first, Craig Fletcher (4) was run out in the final over as the game came down to the wire. Paul Brandon (13*) and Tony Wood (0*) saw C.C.N.S.W. chase down the runs with 4 balls to spare. C.C.N.S.W. 3-196 in 29.2 overs.A pleasant post game ceremony was held with the Stallions C.C. The Stallions’ players were a lovely bunch of guys who played cricket as it should be played. An enjoyable win, a great win on a fantastic venue.

The win allowed C.C.N.S.W. to claim a ‘double header’, the ‘Colombo Crusade’with victories in games 9 and 10, meaning that the Club had more wins than losses on tour- an unlikely possibility after Game 4. More importantly, the tour proved a social success with experiences gained and friendships built. Despite the tragic events of Easter Sunday, our tour group showed unity, resilience and great solidarity for local businesses and their communities. Our tour group and the Club are stronger for it.

The Team was (playing 11):- GregBallarino 41* ret not out, Tom Robertson 22, Scott Wells 40* ret not out, Soren Hughes 41* ret not out, Ezekiel Hughes 17, Craig Fletcher 4, Paul Brandon (w) 13*, Tony Wood (c) 0*, Paul Moorhouse dnb, Trevor Worland dnb and John Wise dnb

The Result was: –

Stallions C.C.: – 8-193 (30 overs)

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 3-196 (29.2 overs)

By 7 wickets

FoW: – 1- 31 (T. Robertson); 2-167 (E. Hughes); 3-192 (C. Fletcher);

 The Bowling was: – S. Hughes 5-0-47-0, C. Fletcher 6-0-25-2, E. Hughes 4-0-30-0, P. Moorhouse 4-0-8-2, T. Worland 3-0-25-0 , J. Wise 3-0-11-2 and A. Wood 5-0-38-2

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – One to P. Brandon

Catches: – Nil

Run outs: – Nil

Don Bradman, Australia vs Ceylon, 27 March

Sidarth Monga, courtesy of, 23 July 2010

 P Sara Oval, the venue for the third Test of this series, is the only ground in Asia where Don Bradman played.  He did so on a 20-yard pitch. In Brightly Fades the Don, Jack Fingleton writes: “It is possible one of her male assistants (the round had a lady curator) measured the pitch and not she. The Australian batsmen found the going rather tough in the morning. It was hard to get the ball away, and it was Ian Johnson who discovered largely why. “He had his doubts about the pitch, measured it and found it was only twenty yards. From that point onwards the Australians bowled from two yards behind the crease and everybody was happy.”

An 18-year-old who saw the match live from a crowd of 20,000 which, according to The Janashakthi Book of Sri Lanka Cricket, occupied every inch of space right up to boundary line, has a slightly different account. That 18-year-old was Chandra Schaffter, of the Tamil Union Club, who played three first-class matches in the fifties and also hockey for Ceylon. “Bradman, I think with all his experience, realised it was short, and he was the one who pointed it out,” says Schaffter. “He mentioned it to the umpires, they measured it again, and then rectified it.” Take your own pick, Fingleton’s realism, or Schaffter’s romanticism.

Regardless of what happened and how it happened, the match – a “whistle-stop tour”– was a huge event in Sri Lanka. “It was like Michael Jackson coming,”says Schaffter. Bradman had passed the country on three previous tours without playing, but this time he was supposed to play, making March 31, 1948 a landmark day in Ceylonese cricket. Sri Lanka had an advantage, vis-à-vis India, in that teams had to pass through the country when going back home from long tours. The ship would stop here for a day, and the cricket board would entertain the sea-locked cricketers with a day of cricket.

When the Invincibles were on their way back from England, the Ceylon team put behind them the huge controversy surrounding the captaincy, between F.C. de Saramand Mahadevan Sathasivam. “There wasn’t a hint of tension or dissension in the Ceylon ranks,” writes SS Perera in the Janashakthi Book“It was a chance for Sri Lanka to see the foreign players, and for our players to play against those cricketers,”recalls Schaffter. “We didn’t have any other international cricketers playing here. We had a Gopalan Trophy, the odd Holkar side coming, but no international team at all. So this was full house, all tickets were sold.”

The visiting team was of course allowed to bat.They came to watch Bradman bat, not Ceylon. Of the match itself Schaffter remembers this:“Bradman didn’t score very much. Neil Harvey didn’t play. Sid Barnes played, but he started vomiting after too much of beer the last night. Arthur Morris also played. Keith Miller also played. “Something happened, somewhere maybe in so much of excitement, maybe they measured it [the pitch] two yards too short. Unlike nowadays, those days the umpires never measured the pitch. Genuine mistake. You don’t prepare a 20-yard pitch to face Keith Miller.”

The excitement that Bradman’s visit brought, Schaffter says, is rivalled only by the West Indians’ trip in 1967, when Garry Sobers, Clive Lloyd and Basil Butcher scored centuries. “I don’t think anybody today will draw that kind of crowds,” says Schaffter. “Maybe people nowadays have other priorities.”

The Don and Satha at the toss.

Sathi Coomaraswamy beats Bradman.

SP Foenander gifts Bradman a replica of the Dalada Maligava — now in the collection of memorabilia in the Mortlock Library, Adelaide

Tour of Christchurch Australia day 2018


“The Valley of Hope”

On this tour, we drifted slowly into the earthquake devastated Christchurch, which after ten (10) years, is still rebuilding. The tour team was bolstered by a number of younger players from the Penshurst West Club (where Tommy Robertson and Soren Hughes used to play) as well as the usual collection of misfits and ne’er do wells from C.C.N.S.W. Prior to the first game we were (as Hogan’s Heroes) lucky to win the trivia contest at the BOG Irish Bar before we doubled up to a stint at the Casino, which was followed up the next day by some Bungee Jumping, White Water rafting, the u/19 World Cricket Cup and a Beer Festival which made a full day for the tourists.

Tom Robertson was a target from day one as he tried to pay his game fees in old NZ currency from the 1980s that his dad gave him, which nobody would change. Most of the kids in the café serving us didn’t even recognise it as New Zealand money.

Our first game was at the Valley of Peace, which was built in 1933 and is a picturesque postage stamp size field built to avoid the old ‘Sunday Observance” laws where no sport could be played on Sundays. This ground was private and outside the city area and could be used on God’s day.

The oval has a number of trees on it and the rules are that boundaries are worth 2 and over the boundary on the full is worth 4. Their clubhouse was a tapestry of cricket memorabilia and old photos of Tests over the years.
However, as luck would have it, our minibus was not returned by the previous hirer until midday and we had to go to the airport to pick it up, so some of the players drove out. The game started with only five players. Our tactical decision to be late meant we batted first.

Whilst the cavalry was getting organised at Thrifty hire counter, a stoic Ross Dalgleish (4) and a cavalier Soren Hughes (7) opened to wait for the bus to arrive. Soren hit some twos and was bowled by a late inswinger that he claimed was the best ball of the day (technically it was right at the time as it was only the eighth ball). The pitch was causing the ball to come in low and the bowlers were slow enough to take advantage of it.

Jim Morrison (20) and Peter Harrison (10) came in and stayed the control to put on some runs whilst waiting for the bus to arrive. Tony Watson (34* after coming back in later) held the innings together gracefully playing the low balls well.

The bus finally turned up and Pat Hogan (3) was bowled as were the first five batsmen. The bus driver Ken Yardy went out at 5-45 under Tom Robertson’s instructions to hold up one end and defend. Ken (0) accordingly smashed a ball to mid-wicket and a shocked fielder found it had stuck in his hand.

Sam Barrington-Smith (aka “Two Dads”) (6) was held to be LBW and John Wise (9) was stumped as he couldn’t move his feet as usual. Tom Robertson put together a classic 34 (retired) as he hit the trees, cows and the creek in the next paddock with the help of his son Ed (11*). Michael Watson (0) was bowled and got the duck vest as we slowly lurched to 9-146.

A lovely lunch was served and we soaked up the serenity of the post card scenery. We were quite lucky as the other side was happy for us to interchange players. As it was our first game of the tour everybody wanted to play. We batted twelve and four of the batting side dropped out in the field to let another four come in, so 16 players actually played!

We went out to bowl with Raj Anand and Ed Robertson (aka ‘Jub Jub’) opening. Raj kept the ball where it had to be and they couldn’t hit him off the square. Ed at the other end grabbed two wicket maidens in his first spell. They were at 2-15 off eight overs and things were looking contained. Jim Morrison came on to through some darts, picked up a wicket with only 17 runs off 7 overs.

At the sixteen over mark they had only scored 39 runs, with Mick Watson bowling one maiden, then they hit 10 runs off one over and the batsman were now getting comfortable. At the twenty over mark they had progressed to 3-54 runs, so the maths was still against them. They were starting to increase the run rate and their number 4 bat retired, and the wickets started to fall. Sam Barrington-Smith, Simon Muggeridge and Tom Robertson (yes, he had a loose over, but he got their big hitter bowled as he thought he could hit Tommy for another 2) all picked up wickets and they were 6-77 off twenty six overs.

Our tactic was then to keep their Nos. 8 and 9 batsmen in as they were scoring slowly and did not seem to want to bash the ball. The No 9 retired hurt with a muscle issue and the No 8 was run out, they were now 7-125 after 35 overs
They need 20 runs off four overs, but they were only averaging 3.5 runs per over at this stage with Nos.10 and 11 in. Peter Harrison knew he had to try to keep them in to prevent the retired batter coming back. But of course, Peter whilst bowling tight, managed to bowl the No.10. 8-127 off thirty six.

With the retired batsman back, he hit a 4 (i.e. a six) with his first ball. It was 8-138 (with their No 9 having earlier retired hurt) with two overs to go, but he holed out to a great ball off Raj thanks to Beau Yardy catching at mid-wicket with the score at 9-139 with two balls to go and the injured batsmen returning to the crease; they made 2 singles and we has won by 5 runs.

After the great win by 5 runs, we had a great drink at their clubhouse, whose bar was manned by a former All-Black and we won the raffle for a bottle of gin, that was then donated to the in flight beverage service of Yardy Airlines ground service on the bus.

The Team was (playing 14):- Soren Hughes (c) 7, Ross Dalgleish 4, Jim Morrison 20, Peter Harrison 10, Pat Hogan (w) 3, Anthony Watson 34* ret, Ken Yardy 0, Sam Barrington-Smith 6, John Wise 9, Tom Robertson 34* , Edward Robertson 11*, Michael Watson 0. Raj Anand (dnb), Beau Yardy (dnb)

The Result was:

C.C.N.S.W: 9-146 (A. Watson 34* ret, T. Robertson 34* ret) (40 overs)


Valley of Peace C.C.: – 9-141 (40 overs)

By 5 runs

FoW: – 1-7 (S. Hughes); 2-20 (R. Dalgleish); 3-37 ; (P Harrison); 4-43 (J. Morrison); 5-45 (P Hogan); 6-45 (K. Yardy); 7-61 (S. Barrington-Smith); 8- 58 (J. Wise); 9-135 (M. Watson)

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 7-1-15-1; Edward Robertson 6-2-14-2; J. Morrison 7-1-17-1 ; M Watson 4-0-19-0, S. Muggeridge 4-0-10-1, S. Barrington-Smith 2-0-9-1; B Yardy1-0-8-0 , P Harrison 4-0-18-1 , J Wise 1-0-7-0, S Hughes 1-0-7-0 Tom Robertson 3-0-10-1

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 2 to Beau Yardy and one to J. Morrison
Run outs: one to C Fletcher


Superb Morrison knock and all round bowling conquered Heathcote.

Back (left to right):
Soren Hughes (c), Edward Robertson, Michael Watson, Patrick Hogan, Tony Watson, Sam Barrington Smith, Craig Fletcher.

Front Row (left to right):
Ken Yardy (Mgr), Simon Muggeridge, Tom Robertson, John Wise, Jim Morrison, Beau Yardy, John Jackson.

Many of those arriving on Yardy Airlines still having head wounds from the previous night’s merriment after the first win, and remember driving to Heathcote C.C. from Christchurch vividly. With the Club nestled at the foot of steep volcanic crags and hills on three sides, it is a simply magnificent location for cricket.

Soren Hughes, today’s captain, won the toss and elected to bat first on a patchy, crumbly pitch unlikely to improve for batting after another 35 overs on this fifth day wicket. Our openers, Jim Morrison and Sam Barrington-Smith, had a slow start and after eight overs we were none for 26 – a testament to their opening bowlers’ accurate bowling. Heathcote’s opening bowler, KC, bowled to the tune of ‘Give it Up’ and Morrison’s reply was with ‘Keep it Coming Love’. In the ninth over Barrington-Smith was trapped LBW and John Jackson was run out soon after with a solid 5. By the time Edward Robertson arrived at the crease, Morrison was on 28 with four strong boundaries. Morrison continued this trend to retire not out at 51, thrilling the spectators with a patient and technically sound innings. Proper cricket.

Peter Harrison was in next and unfortunately was run out for a duck. Michael Watson also came and went quickly, easily making 6 before popped one to mid-on. Craig Fletcher reinforced the trend, making a solid duck and earning the duck vest. At 6-102 with nine overs left, the spectators had begun twitching uncontrollably and began turning on each other like little boys stranded on a desert island very much like a parody of the Lord of the Flies.

We very much needed Soren Hughes’s ability to find the boundary. After edging each ball in an extremely shaky start on a pitch showing signs of variable bounce, variable pace and sideways movement, Healthcote decided to make a game of it and put on some pie chuckers. This was the source of a partnership between Hughes and Edward Robertson. Ed eventually fell for 24 and Soren was on 25. Pat Hogan stepped in where Ed left off and brought us into the final overs, both becoming members of KC’s sunshine band. Simon Muggeridge and Raj Anand batted well in adding 6 more with Beau Yardy left waiting in the wings for his debut innings for C.C.N.S.W. We had set Heathcote 160 to win.

Raj Anand and Soren Hughes opened the bowling. Soren, taking some advice from John Wise, took himself off after an over, having set the standard with a first ball wide. The disgraceful fourth ball (it nearly bounced twice) however had picked up the danger batsman at cover, thanks to a strong offside field. The outgoing batsman could not believe he had fallen for the double cover and rubbish outside off stump play and Soren’s spell finished with 1-2 and cravings for some more Voltaren.

Raj bowled beautifully at the other end, in a consistent line and length which had him finish at 1-12 after 5 overs. Simon Muggeridge took over from Soren and delivered 5 overs for 0-14. In fact the miraculous bowling standard continued with Michael Watson 0-6, Craig Fletcher 2-12 who removed batsmen like they were small insects on a cheesecake and John Jackson who bowled three overs for 1-12. Heathcote had been restrained to 6-47 at drinks.

Sam Barrington Smith led the charge after drinks and dismissed two batsmen in three overs for 2-11. Michael Watson came back on as a spinner, his first ball straight out of a Shane Warne master class, spinning at right angles and hitting the top of middle. Bails and stumps flew up in the air with screams of jubilation from the C.C.N.S.W. peanut gallery. It was a beauty!

It was time to bowl Ed Robertson- dot ball, six, four and four. Noting Tom’s screams of encouragement from the gallery, Ed bowled a slower ball and the batsman smashed it straight at point where Barrington Smith was keenly waiting for the catch. A fired up Robertson, feeling the adrenaline and the imminent praise of his father, gave the batsman a triple send off that only a passionate fast bowler could ever understand.

With Tony Watson bowling a cameo over (0-7) and Jim Morrison scalping their last batsman with 1-2 from four balls, it was time for congratulations and merriment on Yardy Airlines. A special mention on the result was owed to the young fielders in the team – Sam (Barrington-Smith), Michael (Watson), Edward (Robertson) and Beau (Yardy) – who were able to cut off anything on the offside with agile fielding. Three catches to Edward, and one each to both Sam and Beau.

The hospitality bestowed on us by Heathcote was second to none. Morrison picking up Man of the Match as awarded by the Heathcote team and this was well deserved.

The Team was (playing 12):- James Morrison 51* ret, Sam Barrington-Smith 5, John Jackson 5, Edward Robertson 24, Peter Harrison 0, Michael Watson 6, Craig Fletcher 0, Pat Hogan 11, Soren Hughes (c) 39. Raj Anand 0*, Simon Muggeridge 2* and Beau Yardy dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W: 8-159 (J. Morrison 51*. S, Hughes 39) (40 overs)


Heathcote C.C.: – 11-115 (S. Barrington-Smith 2-11; C. Fletcher 2-12) (32.4 overs)

By 44 runs

FoW: – 1-29 (S. Barrington-Smith); 2-39 (J. Jackson); 3-69; (Ed Robertson); 4-84 (P, Harrison); 5-84 (C. Fletcher); 6-102 (M. Watson); 7-149 (P. Hogan); 8-149 (S. Hughes).

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 5-1-12-1; S. Hughes 1-0-2-1; S Muggeridge 5-1-14-0; M. Watson 4-1-15-1; C Fletcher 4-0-12-2; J. Jackson 3-0-12-1; S. Barrington-Smith 3-1-11-2; A Watson 1-0-7-0; P. Harrison 3-0-8-0; Edward Robertson 3-0-18-1; J. Morrison 0.4-0-2-1

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 3 to Edward Robertson;
one each to R. Anand, S. Barrington-Smith, J. Morrison and Beau Yardy
Run outs: one to C. Fletcher


Akaroa from the hills


Akaroa is the original French settlement in New Zealand that sits in a beautiful bay about 75 km from Christchurch. We managed to load about 16 people onto the 12-seater bus and drove off on the scenic route over the ridge line from Christchurch to experience the views in the area. The town itself is still French influenced and another one with postcard scenery.

We had a little time to walk around the town before the game and there were strict instructions as to when players to be back in the sheds ready to go. But Tom and Ed Robertson decided to order crepes at the local restaurant and were 15 minutes late. By that time John Wise had started a coup, Tom was deposed as Captain for the day by popular choice because of his tardiness.

The Crazy Goatherders are a bunch of farmers from the area who play social cricket and tour occasionally. They all look a bit weather-beaten, but they aren’t as old as they look.

Today was a synthetic pitch so we knew there would be runs available, even though it was supposed to be the hottest day of the year. We agreed to play 20 overs on, then 20 overs off to allow for the heat and used a two-piece ball.

Raj Anand and Simon Muggeridge opened the bowling and were immediately tonked by their openers, winging their bats like axes. These were hitting balls into the sea, across the road, hitting cars, dislocating Ken Yardy’s finger, hitting Beau Yardy in the head and scoring 10 an over. Simon Muggeridge’s first over (the second of the day) went 6,4,0,4,1,!. They got to 51 before the first wicket fell after the retirement of one of the openers when the new batsman was bowled by Ed Robertson. The other opened retired and until Tom Robertson took two wickets near the end of the initial 20 overs, things were looking grim, as they cruised to 5-130.

We then batted with both the Robertsons opening, returning the tonking favour and then retiring. We were 0-125 at the change of ends after twenty overs, and it looked like we were in a great position, only five runs behind and five wickets in hand.

Unfortunately, the break between innings was better for them than for us. Craig Fletcher and Peter Harrison bowled tightly without reward (for a while) and their lower order appeared to be quite good batsmen. Nos. 9 and 10 had a century partnership and then the two openers came back in to get their score up to 10-290 off 40 overs.

Chasing a further 165 off the next 20 overs was a bit daunting and we did not fail to make life difficult for ourselves. Just after the break we lost the first wicket and then 9 (yes nine) wickets for 29 runs as a conga line of bad shots saw seven players bowled. Tommy (42) ended up getting caught and Raj Anand was left undefeated with 45*. One of their bowlers got 6-9 which were remarkable figures from bowling that all his victims said was unremarkable. Go figure? We then had to shut down the innings just to get to 209. We lost by 81 runs.

After that shocking loss, we were then treated to a large number of beers and then dinner in a waterside restaurant which was excellent. We all managed to get home in the dark, in the bus, just so those in the party leaving on the early morning flights could have two hours sleep before leaving for the airport to catch the plane home

The Team was (playing 12):- Tom Robertson (c) 42, Edward Robertson 59, Raj Anand 45*, Peter Harrison 13, Anthony Watson 2, Michael Watson (w) 2, Sam Barrington-Smith 6, John Jackson 7, Simon Muggeridge 2, Craig Fletcher 0 John Wise 0 , Ross Dalgleish 7

The Result was: –

Akaroa C.C.: – 10-290 (Tom Robertson 3-30) (39.3 overs)


C.C.N.S.W: 11-209 (Ed Robertson 59; R Anand 45*, Tom Robertson 42) (38 overs)

By 81 runs

FoW: – 1- 130; 2- 135; 3- 135; 4-143; 5-150; 6-150; 7-150; 8-150; 9- 157; 10- 177;11-209

The Bowling was: – R. Anand 6-1-45-2, S. Muggeridge 6-0-54-0, Edward Robertson 6-0-37-2, J. Jackson 3-0-17-0, T. Robertson 4.2-0-30-3, C. Fletcher 4-0-33-0; S. Barrington –Smith 1-0-13-0; J. Wise 3-0-23-1 and P. Harrison 6-0-32-0

The Fielding was: –
Stumpings: Nil
Catches: 3 to M. Watson (w)
Run outs: one to Tony Watson and one to Michael Watson

Tour party after Akaroa Game

Back row (l to r): Michael Watson, Sam Barrington-Smith,Raj Anand, John Wise, Anthony Watson
Middle row: Ken Yardy (Mgr).Jim Morrison, Beau Yardy, Pat Hogan, John Jackson
Front row: Peter Harrison, Simon Muggeridge, Ross Dalgleish, Edward Robertson, Soren Hughes
Seated: Tom Robertson (c) Craig Fletcher

Following on from the previous three Australia Day weekend trips to Wellington, Queenstown and Nelson, this tour was great fun: – a number of old faces and a number of new faces who quickly became chums. Getting to see and play on a number of idyllic ovals with good sports and a bus full of gin for the return trips meant there were smiles all round.
Thanks to Jim Morrison for his advice re Christchurch and to Adrian Hawkes for organising the games and assisting in making sure that Tom did what he was supposed to do on the tour and for seeking constant updates via text.

Next year: Auckland
Most of the tourists are keen to tour again next year. Next year we hope to go to the North Island in the Auckland area and preliminary enquiries are already advanced re possible hotels and opposition. Mark the dates in your diary now


At Marrickville Oval, Marrickville, on Friday September 15, 2017:

No report has been received to date

The Team was: – Wasanta Hettiarachchi 21, Paul Kumar 1 , John Fish 58, John Mesar 0, Mick McCormick (c) 6, Charles Deguera 28, Paul Moorhouse 14, Peter Hall (w) 1, Jay Patel 9* and Graham Buck 0 (11th man absent)

The Result was: –

Roseville CC: – 6-181 (40.0 overs) (W. Hettiarachchi 2-16)


C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-149 (33.2 overs) (J. Fish 58)

By 32 runs

FoW: – 1- 11 (P. Kumar) ; 2- 26 (W. Hettiarachchi) ; 3- 26 (J. Mesar) ;  4-39 (M. McCormick) ; 5-101 (C. Deguera) ; 6- 103 (P. Hall) ; 7- 113 (P. Moorhouse) ; 8-117 (G. Buck) ; 9-149 (J. Fish) ; 10- 149  (absent).

The Bowling was: – J. Mesar 4-0-16-0, G. Buck 6-0-33-0, P. Moorhouse 6-0-21-0, C. Deguera 6-0-26-2, J. Patel 5-0-22-0, M. McCormick 5-0-29-0, P. Kumar 4-0-13-1, W. Hettiarachchi 5-0-16-

The Fielding was: P. Hall (w) 1 catch and 1 stumping

1 catch anonymous