SOCIAL GAME v THE QUEENSLAND TRUNDLERS AT KENSINGTON OVAL, KENSINGTON ON THURSDAY 2 JANUARY 2020: REPORT BY PETER ROLLS
Social cricket at its best!
A close game played in great spirit with good banter and beers afterwards.
The Trundlers have been making the pilgrimage to NSW for over a decade. Games were played in Sydney, Southern Highlands and Canberra. Unfortunately their game in Canberra was called off due to the bushfires. Their average age was 60 and C.C.N.S.W. obliged by fielding a similar aged side made up of Vintage players and three from Classics.
We were lucky to get a game as Camperdown was unavailable due to the groundsman injuring his foot only a couple of weeks prior to the game. I called on a favour from my mates at Randwick Petersham who responded to get us a quality ground in Kensington Oval.
A sunny/smoky 27°C and the Trundlers arrived safely from their flight in the morning from Brisbane. They won the toss and decided to bowl on a hard wicket with a bit of grass and a slow outfield.
John Jackson and Ross Dalgleish opened and encountered very tight bowling. It was hard to penetrate the ring with thick kikuyu that was let grow due to the drought. Runs were precious at 1 for 19 off 10 overs and 1 for 40 off 20 overs.
John Mesar and David Wright attempted to raise the rate but fell in quick succession. Mick McCormick and Peter Rolls lifted the tempo going aerial and at 4 for 89 off 30 overs gave us some hope of a competitive score. David Benson was decisive with a lot of quick running between wickets ably assisted by Joe Scarcella and David Craig to get us a respectable total to bowl at.
A very tight start with Joe Scarcella and Paul Georgiadis only conceding 10 runs in our first 10 overs. Joe with his first three overs being maidens and a wicket (lbw) in his fourth while Paul took a sensational caught and bowl hit flat and hard back to him in his second over. John Mesar also miserly and rewarded with a wicket in his third over with a brilliant stumping by David Wright – sharp as ever!
Game even after 20 overs with them at 41 runs for 3 wickets.
Dave Benson took some early stick but faith by the captain saw him continue and get their aggressive bat out clean bowled in his fifth over. Then a second wicket in the same over after two fours in a row from an equally hard hitting new batsman who was caught on the boundary by a running catch by the captain just pulling up before the fence. Mick McCormick also came under fire in his first two overs but struck a decisive blow in his third with two wickets both bowled and a maiden to boot. The tension became immense with still 48 to get with ten overs to go and 7 wickets down.
Batting second proved an advantage as they played sensible cricket picking up the ones and twos. Their youngest player at 50 y.o. retired at 30* and after 35 overs only needed 23 runs from 5 overs. We needed a miracle on what was now an easy wicket. David Craig bowled without luck with a tough outfield catch put down, Garry Winney tried hard and John Jackson had one exciting over where Peter Rolls scored a direct hit to run out their captain going for another quick single.
Benson and McCormick were given the task for the final two overs but their number 9 and 11 were equal to the task to get the required 8 runs with smart singles to get them over the line with 3 balls to spare. Game over and bring on the beers!!
An exciting finish with everyone contributing and how a social game should be remembered. Chris Sullivan representing Randwick Petersham came down and the end of the game to see how we went and we were grateful for his clubs assistance. The Trundlers also entertained us with their customary tour awards to their players and everyone had a laugh. Their bus arrived and took them down to Bowral in a jovial mood with “travellers” while a few of us kicked on to the Doncaster and were kicked out at midnight. A BIG day!
The Team was (playing 11): – John Jackson 11, Ross Dalgleish 22 , John Mesar 9, , David Wright (w) 5, Mick McCormick 26, Peter Rolls (c) 30* ret, David Benson 23*, Joe Scarcella 4, David Craig 2*, Paul Georgiadis dnb, Garry Winney dnb.
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 6-146 (P. Rolls 30* ret; M. McCormick 26) (40 overs)
The Trundlers: – 8-147 (39.3 overs)
By 2 wickets
FoW: – 1- 16 (J. Jackson); 2-40 (J. Mesar); 3-56 (D. Wright); 4-60 (R. Dalgleish); 5-107 (M. McCormick); 6-141 (J. Scarcella)
The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 7-3-11-1; P. Georgiadis 7-2-8-1; J. Mesar 4-0-9-1; D. Benson 7-0-45-2; M. McCormick 5.3-1-19-2; D. Craig 4-0-23-0; G. Winney 4-0-21-0. J. Jackson 1-0-8-0
The Fielding was:
Stumpings: One to D. Wright
Catches: One to P Georgiadis and one to Peter rolls
Run outs: One to Peter Rolls
Umpire: Willy (Trundlers)
LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) ROUND 7 v NRLCC AT CP5, CENTENNIAL PARK PARADE GROUND, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY 2020:
The Team was: – Luke Eustace 18; Vinay Kumar 13; Jarrod McKie 13; Wade Butler 2, Patrick Scott 8 Jayantha Perera 28, Jim Hadley (c) 44 and Will Jacobs 13
The Result was:-
C.C.N.S.W.: 6-144 () (20 overs)
NRLCC: 2-145 (19.3 overs)
By 6 wickets
The Bowling was: – Luke Eustace 4-0-28-0; Vinay Kumar 4-0-23-0; Jarrod McKie 2-0-15-0; Wade Butler 3.3-0-21-1, Patrick Scott 2-0-16-0; Jayantha Perera 1-0-13-0, Jim Hadley (c) 3-0-18-0
Fielding: 1 catch to J. Hadley and 1 to W. Jacobs (w)