A beautiful sunny winters afternoon with 20°C and no wind.

‘Bowlers Name’ won the toss and elected to bowl. Peter Rolls and James Murtha opened with Peter taking the first ball and the singles commenced straight away with both batsmen stealing runs at a good rate. A six from each lifted the rate as well as a few fours. Peter was out caught off the gloves trying to hook a bouncer with score on 55 after 7 overs. Richard Clark was caught on the boundary going for a 6 early. Jamie and Matt Leong continued the quick running with Jamie blazing fours to quickly get to retirement at 51*. David Craig got a dodgy LBW off a left hand bowler above the knee roll and we thought his mum (watching) was going to race onto the field (in her wheelchair) and slap the umpire! Mick Tarrant was also caught behind with a thin edge. Luke Holman and Matt Leong rallied for some handy boundaries until Luke was run out with two balls to go. New recruit Patrick Sleeman faced only one ball and it was the last ball that sizzled past his blade from their quick bowler. Our score of 4-139 looked under par as we were hoping to get to 160.

Mick Tarrant opened the bowling and struck with his first ball skittling the stumps. He struck again in his second over with a ball that struck the batsman on the front foot for LBW. Peter normally rotates the bowlers after two (of four max) overs but when he overheard the next batsman asking his square leg team umpire mate if Mick had finished his spell, Peter decided to give Mick one more over to put the wind up their nervousness to his superb display of out-swing bowling. Matt Leong was economical and bowled some sharp seeds and helped by some good fielding by new player Patrick Sleeman on the long on boundary. Luke Holman helped the cause with a wicket in his first over with the batsman trying to stand back to cut which bowled him just before his bat also smashed the stumps with the attempted cut shot. David Craig did an athletic job first shift behind the stumps. He saved a few boundaries from leg glances and wides down the leg side with full dives. Richard Clark was tight with the ball until his third over when the batsman found his range for over the midwicket boundary. Richard then took over the gloves with good effect. David took the ball when the two hitters had their eye in and to his credit kept the ball in the zone. Patrick Sleeman  also took some stick until their opener retired and then he bowled 3 dot balls to the new batsman to keep us in it. Jamie Murtha came on and kept his first over tight. Five (five ball) overs to go and they needed 40 so things were getting tense for CCNSW. Jamie in his third over bowled their big hitter who had taken to Richard. Pressure now back on Bowlers Name. Mick Tarrant bowled his fourth and last over for the 19th over with only four runs off it. Jamie had the 20th over and they needed 17 to win. First ball 6 over long on by their stylish left hander, 2nd ball called wide (dubious) – 1 run, 3rd ball wide (dubious) – 1 run, 4th ball 2 runs, 5th ball 1 run. 6 needed to win off two balls. 6th ball swing and a miss, 7th and final ball hit hard but straight back to Jamie (along the ground) – no run and an ecstatic CCNSW took a thrilling win!

The Team was: – Peter Rolls (c) 23, Jamie Murtha 51*, Richard Clark 1(w/2), Matt Leong 20, David Craig 2 (wk/1), Mick Tarrant 3, Luke Holman 32, and Patrick Sleeman 0*.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: 4-139 (J. Murtha 51*) (20 Overs)


Bowler’s Name: 4-134 (20 Overs)

By 5 runs

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 4-0-7-2; M. Leong 2-0-13-0; L. Holman 2-0-17-1: R. Clark 3-0-24-0; D. Craig 2-0-23-0; P. Sleeman 2-0-21-0; J. Murtha 4-0-28-1.

The Fielding was: –

            Run outs: – Nil

            Catches: – Nil

            Stumpings: – Nil.

Player Points (awarded by captain):  3 points to J. Murtha ; 2 points to M. Tarrant; One point to L. Holman.

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