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C.C.N.S.W. MATCH REPORT No 3: YARALLA AND MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY: SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019

C.C.N.S.W. MATCH  REPORT No 3: YARALLA AND MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY: SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER – SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER 2019

C&S ROUND 1 v YARALLA AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD ON SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER, 2019

Game cancelled because of rain.

MASTERS ROUND 1 v MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY AT ROSS GWILLIAM FIELD ON SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER, 2019: REPORT BY MICHAEL WEAVER

                                 A Wet Patch Wicket for some Test Match Cricket 

The NSW Cricketers Club Masters missed a fabulous opportunity to start the season with a win against the Macquarie Uni Lecturers at Ross Gwilliam field.

Water had supposedly somehow seeped through the double covers and hessian matting to leave a significantly damp patch on the strip, approximately two metres long and short of short of a length, at the Southern end. The rest of the track was completely dry and the outfield well grassed.

C.C.N.S.W. had assembled at the ground early and organised, well before the opposition and so ‘Half Glass Full’ captain Mike Weaver was not looking for any excuses regarding the conditions. After some deliberation, it was determined by the significant persons that play would start at 1:30pm, with overs reduced to 35 per side. 

Winning the toss and batting, C.C.N.S.W. lost Tom Robertson first delivery of the day, making it two golden ducks on the trot for the great man. Undeterred by the horror start, new Masters chum – opener Ian ‘Allways’ Allmey – did what he ‘always’ does best, tearing into the bowling with ferocious off and straight driving. This was mixed with the occasional flick to leg when the bowling strayed, plus the odd dab through point for one run, occasionally two and never, ever three. Ian fell just short of retirement for a well made 37.

Numbers 3, 4, and 5 in the order – Scott Wells, Michael Weaver and Brett Favell respectively – were all looking reasonably solid after each smacking an early boundary, then each succumbing for single figures, caught from mistimed shots. All dismissals were to pretty ‘rank’ balls, to be brutally honest, which each man would admit to if pressed. Fortunately for them, the C.C.N.S.W. standard ‘Interrogation After Poor Batting’ (IAPB) procedures were not instigated on the day. Even with President Greg Brooks in attendance, militant questioning of the trio was graciously spared. 

Andrew Spedding at no. 6 looked very solid and focused only to be genuinely undone by a ball that hit the dreaded wet patch. The delivery slowed right up after pitching, causing him to be very unluckily bowled playing  early. Sincere apologies, Mr Spedding. 

Greg Brooks, ‘Jono’ Shaw and Mick Tarrant all applied themselves very well in the circumstances they found themselves in. With the Macquarie Uni bowlers buoyant after being handed the initiative, several very accurate deliveries were kept out, with nothing much to hit easily on offer. 

A couple of solid blows from other new chums, Ben Stanic and Andrew Dadswell, added a little bit more to the meagre first up total. Andrew was possibly a little unlucky to be adjudged caught, to finish the innings but we must accept it was the umpire’s call. 

Just 97 runs, a small total to defend and the talk after the break was all positive, with the team determined to put a good solid effort in the field 

Greg Brooks led the way in taking the new ball, bowling accurately to and past ‘The Patch’, being extremely unlucky not to remove opener Sutton. Jono Shaw struck an early blow, clean bowling the other Macquarie opener for a duck and then in his second over unfortunately strained a muscle. 

Ben Stanic eventually replaced him from the northern  end and put in a very encouraging debut spell for the club, getting some considerable in-swing at a very nice pace. 

The Macquarie batsmen dug in though and worked hard, defending well and putting away the loose ball. Ultimately this second wicket partnership was what decided the match. But off spinner Andrew Dadswell and seamer Mick Tarrant gave their all, each man eventually picking up a deserved wicket, at the same time preventing any Uni batter from retiring

David Craig had replaced President Brooks in the field after drinks and nearly had a stumping twice, while preventing the opposition from gaining a batting bonus point. This very quietly pleased the Skipper, who was full of praise for his team’s effort and feeling very positive afterwards despite the loss. 

A solid effort in the field by all except maybe one team member, who is suffering from sciatica. Special mention to Scott Wells and Tom Robertson for superb ground fielding. David Craig took a very well judged catch at mid off to a skier. Wicketkeeper Brett Favell was excellent standing up to the stumps. 

Macquarie took until the 27th over to pass the score and this is a testament to the spirit within the team. (Thank you very much guys for never throwing in the towel,  just a few extra runs to our total would have made the game very close) 

Next game is versus Auburn at Camperdown, October 27. C.C.N.S.W. will be grateful to be back at home and will be hoping fine weather and a good wicket is their just reward. 

The Team was (playing 12): –  Tom Robertson  0, Ian Allmey 37, Scott Wells 10, Mike Weaver (c)  6, Brett Favell (w)  6, Andrew Spedding  2, Greg Brooks  12, Jono Shaw 6, Mike Tarrant  2*, Ben Stanic  2, Andrew Dadswell  6, David Craig (dnb)

The Result was:- 

C.C.N.S.W.: 10-97 (I. Allmey 37) (33.2 overs)

Lost to

Macquarie University: 3-102      (26.2 overs)

By 7 wickets

FoW: – 10 (T. Robertson); 2-44 (S. Wells); 3-57 (I. Allmey); 4-63 (M. Weaver); 5-66 (B. Favell); 6-67 (A. Spedding); 7-74 (G. Brooks); 8-88 (J. Shaw), 9-91 (B. Stanic); 10-97 (A. Dadswell)

The Bowling was: G. Brooks 6-3-18-0; J Shaw 4-0-22-1; B. Stanic 3-0-20-0; M. Tarrant 8-2-14-1; A Dadswell 5-1-9-1; D Craig 2-0-9-0; A. Spedding 0.2-0-6-0

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: one to D. Craig

Run outs:  Nil

Player Points: – 3 to I. Allmey; 2 to M. Tarrant; 1 to A. Dadswell

Vale John Russell (JR)

MEMORIES OF JOHN RUSSELL IN MEMORIAM
1929-2018

Greg Brooks (current President C.C.N.S.W.): I first met John in 1994 when I began my first season with the C.C.N.S.W. John was a senior member of the Club and part of the management committee. I soon learned how involved he was in the Club and as the then President John McGruther’s words testify elsewhere he was a true club man.
Every Saturday JR would turn up to Camperdown and elsewhere to score the match and ensure the C.C.N.S.W. badge was well represented. A cup of black tea and some afternoon tea kept him going all day!
After the match we would all adjourn to the Camperdown Bowling Club for a drink and a few laughs with the opposition around the day’s events, good and bad. We won more than we lost, and JR was very proud of the team…indeed he was thought of as one of the team. After a whiskey and a soft drink JR would load up his white Subaru and be on his way home.
JR regularly joined us on tour, both to the country venues like Mudgee, Bowral and Camden, the interstate fixtures to Melbourne and Brisbane and of course overseas. He was present whenever we were privileged to play on the SCG and I know he was very pleased to receive his memento from the Governor of NSW, Marie Bashir when the Club was asked to play a match against the Army to celebrate 150 years of cricket at the SCG.
One of the highlights of our time together was the 2007 tour to South Africa, a trip made possible for John thanks to generous contributions from club members, particularly Steve Taylor who made a significant contribution. JR had a fantastic time, highlighted by several train journeys, one of which between Mosel Bay and George was almost missed but saved by the tour group to ensure JR’s bucket list was met! The trip to the Zulu village and the subsequent greeting ceremony was also remembered by John as a highlight…for entirely different reasons!
Even as age and illness caught up with JR and he could no longer attend our matches I would receive a phone call on Saturday or Sunday night to check the results of his beloved C&S team. All the details were required, and it was often a long call!
John was made a “Legend of the C&S” in 2010 and was a life member of the C.C.N.S.W.
There are many stories that could be told, and I do not have enough space here to re tell them all. Suffice to say that JR contributed to every aspect of our small Clubs’ activities and he will always be remembered as a great club man, a true gentleman and a wonderful friend.

Brian Fallon: John was one of nature’s true-gentlemen, one whose attitudes to life and practised-values, inspired you to do better.

Adrian Hawkes: John would have been 60 when I first met him in1989 with his playing days behind him. An initial gruff exterior hid a gentle man who was passionate about cricket and steam trains; loved to score with his “special” system and produce averages and quotients. He started the practice of writing weekly match reports on our C&S games which he scored and managed. His reports could be passionate; I remember his once writing that the opposition were “cowboys” but fortunately this was pre internet days. In his later years he liked to ring up for a chat and usually this lasted longer than an hour. I will miss him.

Joff Johnson: It is with a very heavy heart that I respond to the sad news about our beloved mate, JR. JR was highly respected and admired by all the C.C.N.S.W. family who came in contact with him. He was a permanent fixture at most of the games I played with the C.C.N.S.W. and we loved him being with us. I will remember him as a gentle caring man who could not do enough for the players and supporters – he will be sorely missed.

John McGruther: I recount some brief thoughts below by way of some Memoir contribution:
There are only a select few who, in life..whether in or outside of sports affairs…meet
the Biblical test of impeccable Stewardship. That is, of the true and faithful servant.
John Russell is the epitome of the ethic.
I should know. I worked with John, .affectionately “JR” to most…for periods on a daily basis, for over 12 years during my term as President, and a co- Director with him, of the Cricketers’ Club of NSW. That was only part of our affinity. From 1985 to now is 33 years for all of which I have held JR in the closest and affectionate regard.
Words cannot do justice to some Testimonies, this being one. This attempt thus can only be humble.
But JR’s Club Stewardship is potentially impassable. He organised Cricket Matches, he attended to Score them, he wrote Newsletters to Members about them whether whimsical, serious, or chastising, usually all three). He was a delegate of the Club at City & Suburban Association level, as well as being a C&S officer himself.
At the “old” Barrack Street Club, he collected the Pokie money from the machines, occasionally calling me from some losing Court case to help him carry the multitudinous coin- bags up the Club stairs. The penultimate finite Treasurer!
He helped organise Club Tours, a legacy for which CCNSW is still famous. Often, he arranged, or unsuccessfully tried to influence the design of, Club clothing, but usually
got right Players’ sizes right, even allowing for inconsiderate Player off- Season gorging.
All this, and more, despite, it might be added, intermittent health challenges occasionally challenging him.
Indeed, were there a Turnstile at the old Club entrance, it surely would have registered
daily, out of hours, and week-end entry. Such was also JR’s Club function attendance record.
The Testimony of JR is the very definition of Stewardship.
“Thanks JR” in one sense may not be enough…but in another, perhaps says it all.

John Anderson (Melbourne Cricket Club): Fond memories of JR. Man of integrity. Was never tempted to slip an extra run in the scorebook for CC of NSW in some of those close finishes we had at the SCG.

Missed Games

CITY AND SUBURBAN ROUND 4 v COLLEAGUES C.C. AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 2016
Forfeit by Colleagues on the Saturday morning

C&S ROUND 5 v REG BARTLEY XI AT ST ANDREWS OVAL, SYDNEY UNIVERSITY ON SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 2016
Forfeited by Reg Bartley XI

CLASSICS ROUND 6 v LANE COVE CAVALIERS AT KINGSFORD SMITH OVAL, LONGUEVILLE ON SUNDAY 18 DECEMBER, 2016
Game cancelled by rain

SOCIAL GAME v THE TRUNDLERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON THURSDAY 5 JANUARY, 2017.
Rained off for second year running

C&S ROUND 7 v BARKER OLD BOYS AT ROSEWOOD OVAL, HORNSBY ON SATURDAY 7 JANUARY, 2016.
Rained off

MASTERS ROUND 8 v GEORGES RIVER C.C. AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 22 JANUARY, 2017
Match forfeited by Georges River

MASTERS ROUND 9 v LINDFIELD LEGENDS AT ACRON OVAL, ST IVES ON SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY 2017
The game – and indeed all games in the round – was called off- on the direction of the Committee of the Association on the grounds that temperatures in Sydney would exceed 400.
The round will not be rescheduled at a later date.
The problem is that the ABC weather forecast for Sydney (stipulated by the Competition Rules to be used) – only predicted 380 and the local predictions in some areas near the coast where some games were to be played were only c. 350 which led a number of teams to complain.

C&S ROUND 11 v OLD CRANBROOKIANS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN, ON SATURDAY 11 FEBRUARY, 2017.
Cancelled by heat.

SOCIAL GAME v THE QUEENSLAND CRICKETERS’ CLUB AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON MONDAY 13 FEBRUARY, 2017. FOR THE JACK CHEGWYN CUP
Editor’s note: The late Jack Chegwyn was a former First Grade player with Randwick in Sydney for a period of 30 years as a free scoring batsman. He was one of only ten players to score over 10,000 runs in Sydney First Grade cricket (10,455 at 30.75 from the years 1926-1956) His first Class career was brief but productive with a highest score of 103 against South Australia in the 1940-41 season. He played 5 matches for NSW scoring 375 runs with a highest score of 103 and an average of 36.75 (including one century and two fifties).

The reason he is famous in our context was the regular country tours he organized in the 1940s and 50s out of the Cricketers’ Club to play country teams with a mixture of NSW State/Grade and occasionally Test players.

The game had been arranged for this day at the request of the QCC so that their players could go to the SCG over the weekend to watch the Shield game between NSW and Queensland. However a week out the QCC cancelled as they could only raise five players to come to Sydney.

C.C.N.S.W. thus retain the Chegwyn Cup for the third successive season even though the Cup is now on permanent display at the Gabba