WEEK TWELVE: WEDNESDAY 29 – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 5                          v O’SULLIVAN ROADMEN  AT MP 5, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Cancelled by rain

C&S JACK PACE  ROUND 4: CCNSW vs KNOX OLD BOYS AT  GILLESPIE FIELD, WARRAWEE     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY LUKE HOLMAN

Arriving at Knox’s ground in the leafy suburbia of Wahroonga felt strangely like heading back to private school. A glorious sundrenched Sunday, parents with lattes in hand, watching their pride and joy play under 16s on a luxe oval nestled amongst a boundary of mega homes. The deck was flat, hard, green in the center with two bone dry ends, and angled on a slope that would aid seamers and provide turn for spinners. A1 marks to the groundskeepers and curator for ground presentation. And our opposition Old Knoxonians really should consider a rebrand, with only one of their squad seeming age-appropriate.         

The man, the myth, the urban legend, and CCNSW skipper for the day, Tom Robertson won the toss and correctly decided to have a bat first. 

Mike Pinter and Tom opened with intent, reaching 20 in the fourth over with only one single, in part due to some precise bowling by the Old Knox opening pair Campbell Wilson bowling down the slope and J. Stocks uphill. “Punter’ (5) was first to head back to the sheds, getting a devious inswinger that seamed into middle peg from well outside off from Wilson (2-20). Rhys Longbottom (1) strode out and strode straight back in again after a mid-wicket communication glitch with Tom left him stranded in the middle, run out. Last game centurion Sam Millar (1) treated the opening spell with due respect and dots, until his mood changed and tried to place one over mid-on and was caught off the bowling of Stocks (1-14). Luke Holman (6) made a center square pact with Tom to steady the innings, refrain from head rushes and punch out singles and twos. He too then headed back to the sheds after watching his off peg bent back by the precision of Wilson, cleaned up by an identical inswinging seamer that had also nailed ‘Punter’. The very next over Tom Robertson (28) said farewell to the center, caught attempting to bash one over the infield from Tim Lazarus (1-37). 

CCNSW were now in a decent amount of strife at 5-45 and 14 overs gone. That said, this CCNSW side can bat deep all the way to XI. Soren Hughes and Mick McGrath applied some maturity, released the pressure, played each delivery on its merits, then shifted gears to apply some old fashioned scoreboard transformation. A fighting 70 partnership ensured from both ends of turning spin, before Mick (21) was caught mistiming a drive over the infield. CCNSW now 6-115 from 25 overs with 10 overs to go. Sherville Hall (1) intended to slay anything slow, using his deft footwork around the crease, but he danced the wrong beat once too often and was stumped. Meanwhile Soren (64*) casually picked up the scoring pace, passed 50, then 60, in a counter attack move with some brutal stroke play. Adam Khamis (1) didn’t hang around wondering ‘what happens next’, being bowled through the gate by a Quigly straight one. Henry Davis (3) had plans to send everything into orbit, and was also stumped off Michael Loong (taking 3-18, with 2 stumpings). Ming Heng (10) played a sweet cameo with Soren at the tail, including a heavy maximum, eventually caught in the final over, providing Hamish Quigly with  figures of 2-25. CCNSW XI concluded its innings at 10-157 after 34.2 overs. Not enough to defend, but certainly enough to attack.

It was overheard that Old Knoxonians were going to unleash their own brand of ‘bazball’ on this game. This youthful attitude provided some hope, with a few cheap wickets early anything could happen, right? Mick McGrath and Rhys Longbottom  opened the attack, Mick (0-30) taking the downhill option and Rhys (1-29) opting for up the slope with his 5-step fastballs. When J. Stocks (7) snicked off to Rhys in the 2nd over, the hunt was on. Then H. Denning and his partner Frazer Wilson put CCNSW to the sword with some elegant stroke play, destroying anything short of a length and mercilessly driving at will through the infield. When Henry Davis had Wilson (32) caught by Adam Khamis at short fine leg the score was still a respectable 2-72 from 15 overs, and there was still confidence things could turn if wickets could be taken. Ming Heng (0-16) was somewhat unsuccessful, and the spin twins Henry (1-51) and Adam (1-19) landed too few good length balls to attack the blade. Soren Hughes (0-11) bowled economically down the slope, but the damage had already been done. 

The fielding highlight was a spectacular Travis Head-esk diving outfield catch by Rhys Longbottom at long on to send Denning (74) on his way. M. Kelynack (38*) the home team’s elder statesman played some well timed shots, and his batting performance really summed up the day for CCNSW. The real difference was Old Knoxonians were able to puncture the infield at will, and they utilized their home ground advantage to reach the 158 target in the 24th over, winning the match by 7 wickets.  

The Team was: –  Tom Robertson (c) 28 , Mike Pinter (w) 5, Rhys Longbottom 1, Sam Millar 1, Luke Holman 6, Soren Hughes 64*, Mick McGrath 21, Sherville Hall 21, Adam Khamis 1, Henry Davis 3, Ming Heng 10 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-157 (34.2 Overs) (S. Hughes 64*)

Lost to 

Old Knoxonians: – 3-159 (24.5 Overs)

By 7 wickets

FoWs: – 1-21 (M. Pinter), 2-22 (R. Longbottom), 3-28 (S. Millar), 4-43 (L. Holman), 5-45 (T. Robertson), 6-115 (M. McGrath), 7- 119 (S. Hall), 8-126 (A. Khamis) 9-141 (H. Davis), 10-159 (M. Heng)

The Bowling was: – M. McGrath 5-0-30-0; R. Longbottom 7-0-29-1; H. Davis 5-0-51-1; M. Heng 2-0-16-0; A. Khamis 2.5-0-19-1; S. Hughes 2-0-11-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M. Pinter (w) and one to each of Adam Khamis and one to Rhys Longbottom

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Hughes; 2 points to M. McGrath; one point to R. Longbottom

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/7cc0ad2e

MASTERS ROUND 5: CCNSW vs WARRINGAH CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023 

CCNSW win by forfeit

VINTAGE ROUND 5: CCNSW vs SRI LANKA LIONS AT TURNBULL OVAL, NORTH RICHMOND     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY JOHN FINUCANE 

With passports at the ready and sandwiches packed the boys made the long trek to the mighty Hawkesbury River to tackle the joint competition leaders, and serious challengers to our title, the Sri Lankan Lions at North Richmond. Thankfully, the Bureau of Meteorology got it wrong again and the forecast thunderstorms stayed away to ensure that a cliffhanger of “Stallone” like proportions was played out.  

Peter Rolls and Frank Baliotis had decided earlier in the week that they couldn’t afford the fuel bill to get there so some changes to last week’s victorious team were necessitated and Dan Pellen joined the XI. Skipper, Stuart Ridge won the toss and after inspecting the wicket, then listening to Garry James suggest we play on the outfield instead, he decided we’d have a bat. What demons would be exposed we’d soon see.

John Finucane and Joe Scarcella came and went quickly and at 2-4 things were looking a little shaky. Thankfully Gerry O’Shea and Dan Pellen  then settled down to the grind and forged a good partnership to steer us to 45 before both fell in quick succession. A dubious lbw, well it looked dodgy from the sheds at square leg, for Dan (19) then saw Gerry (21) smash a full toss straight to the fielder.  4-46 after 18 overs and it was tough going.

Mick McCormick came and went after drinks for a handful before what was possibly the match winning partnerships of 30 between ‘the Prez’, Greg Brooks, (31* (again)) and David Glen (28) and then Dave and Garry James (14) who put on another 35. A spirited tail blasted a further 36 in  the dying overs to get us to 8-147, the total helped by some Keystone Cops fielding by the Lions.

Very competitive we thought, well hoped, given a long outfield and a pitch to ponder what it would do as the afternoon wore on.

As we took the field we hadn’t planned on our own fielding being reminiscent of a Pakistani test team. Our worst effort in several years was going to make life difficult.   Early inroads looked good, 2-7 thanks to one each for the Prez and Stuart Ridge. The wheels then wobbled though as the Lions piled on the runs and we dropped chances to hit drinks at 2-83 with two batsmen recycled. They moved past 100 with 3 down and 14 overs left, we needed someone to step up.

Sittampalam Ragavan was our man (3-23); ably supported by the skipper (3-28), we finally took some catches and worked our way through their tail. In the 37th over with 9 wickets down and with both recyclers back at the crease and 10 runs to win, who would crack?

Thankfully not Dan Pellen nor the Prez. An attempted quick single by the Lions was scooped up by Dan who got it in quickly. The umpire’s finger shot up. They were short by millimeters and 11 grey haired rotund old men danced like Michael Jackson at a kids’ birthday party.

VICTORY WAS OURS BY 6 RUNS.         

As we move towards the Christmas break we now sit one win and 32 points ahead of the chasing second and third placed teams. Two tough New Year’s games will probably decide the season for us.

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 21, John Finucane (w) 1, Joe Scarcella 1, Daniel Pellen 19, Mick McCormick 6, Greg Brooks 31*, David Glen 28, Garry James 14, Sittampalam Ragavan 8, Stuart Ridge 12*, Paul Georgiadis 3*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-147 (40 Overs) (G. Brooks 31*)

Defeated

Sri Lanka Lions: – 10-141 (37.5 Overs) (S. Ragavan 3-23; S. Ridge 3-28)

By 6 runs

FoWs: – 1-3 (J. Finucane); 2-4 (J. Scarcella); 3-45 (D. Pellen); 4-46 (G. O’Shea); 5-76 (M. McCormick); 6-111 (G. James); 7-121 (S. Ragavan); 8-133 (D. Glen).

The Bowling was: – G. Brooks 5.5-0-23-1; P. Georgiadis 1-0-5-1; G. James 7-0-27-0; M. McCormick 5-0-11-1; S. Ragavan 6-0-23-3; S. Ridge 6-0-28-3; J. Scarcella  7-3-21-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

Catches: – One to each of G. Brooks, G. James, D. Pellen, S. Ragavan and S. Ridge

Run outs: – One to D. Pellen

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to D. Glen; one point to S. Ragavan

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/b735e668

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