WEEK THIRTEEN:  SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023

C&S  ROUND 6: CCNSW vs SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY JAME MURTHA 

Our fixture against Sydney University Lions was a close thriller. It was a difficult wicket to get in on that only got more challenging as the day went on. After winning the toss and electing to bat we made a great start in this 40 over game with Mike Weaver and Gerry O’Shea putting on 33 runs before Mike fell lbw.

The skipper Jamie Murtha came to the crease at number 3, still recovering from a broken finger. Gerry defended brilliantly against the opposition quick, Kieren, a bowler who can easily take a bagful. The pair put on a 40 runs stand. before Gerry was hit on the pads and also given lbw, bringing the young Ezekiel (“Zeke”) Hughes to the crease. We made it to drinks with a solid 2-82 on the board. 

After drinks, Zeke and Jamie who had been looking steady fell in consecutive overs. The opposition found some confidence and made use of the difficult conditions but Luke Holman and Sam Millar kept the scoreboard ticking over at around 3 runs per over.

We lost a few wickets in bulk towards the end of the innings and finished up with 8-158 from our 40 overs, it felt a few short of a winning score, but still competitive if we bowled well!

Sydney University Lions got off to a reasonable start despite Soren Hughes knocking over their opener in the third over; after 8 overs they were 1-47 before Soren struck again.

Our opposition were on the run rate at drinks at 2-81 and looking to take the game away from us. Adam Khamis was brought into the attack and bowled an exceptional spell of tight leg spin bowling that brought us right back into the game Then Declan Thomas took a sharp catch (one of four on the day) behind the stumps to remove a  Lions batter who had looked threatening.

Jamie Murtha soon followed and bowled in good areas, giving nothing away. After a few miserly overs,  he removed the set opener for 51, keeping the game delicately in the balance.

At 5-131 with 7 overs remaining the opposition required just 26 runs to win but Soren and sixteen year old Roman Hughes kept their cool and bowled excellent deliveries to take wickets. Soren took one while Roman bowled exceptionally at the other end to take two wickets, and with the help of his brother Zeke at mid-on Roman completed a run out to secure victory by 4 runs with still 4 balls remaining!

The Team was: –  Mike Weaver 13, Gerard O’Shea 38, James Murtha (c) 23, Ezekiel Hughes 7, Sam Miller 37, Soren Hughes 1, Luke Holman 12, Declan Thomas (w) 5, Roman Hughes 2, Adam Khamis 1Pramod Vaddiparthy dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-158 (40 Overs)

Defeated

Sydney University Lions: – 10-152 (39.2 Overs)

By 6 runs

FoWs: – 1-33 (M. Weaver); 2-72 (G O’Shea); 3-92 (Ezekiel Hughes); 4-95 (J. Murtha); 5-98 (Soren Hughes); 6-135 (L. Holman), 7-144 (D. Thomas); 8-155 (R. Hughes).

The Bowling was: – Soren Hughes 7-2-28-3; Roman Hughes 6.2-0-36-2; P. Vaddiparthy 3-0-15-0; A. Khamis 8-0-19-1; J. Murtha 8-1-22-1; L. Holman 2-0-7-0; S. Millar 3-0-16-1; Ezekiel Hughes 2-0-8-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 4 to D. Thomas (w) and one to M. Weaver

Run outs: – Two: one to D. Thomas and one to Ezekiel Hughes

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to Roman Hughes; 2 points to G. O’Shea; one point to S. Hughes

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/aa7d261e

CLASSICS ROUND 6: CCNSW vs NEPEAN DCA AT DUKES OVAL, EMU PLAINS     ON SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON 

It was off to “The Plains” for our Classics round 6 clash with Nepean. The word had spread they put on the best spread in the comp and it didn’t disappoint. Aged cheddar and prosciutto at drinks with eskies full of water and sports drinks. Then came the fruit. Watermelon cut to the perfect width and size. I was starting to think I might change clubs. Only thing that was holding me back was all those sad CCNSW faces if I did. Especially that Pinter bloke. He would need years of counselling.

And also we played cricket. Nepean won the toss and batted. Their openers looked good but were contained by Stuart Ridge and Andrew Bachelard . Sherville (‘Wes’) Hall  arrived late and struck straight away. Sleeping in sure does make for a fresher bowler. 

David Craig set the standard in the field like he does week in and week out with a few catches and a good run out. How he does that with the rack that he is supporting I don’t know.

Lots of tight bowling ensued. Boundaries were tough on a big ground with long grass. I was told post game it is as big as the SCG.

With Nepean 8-125 after 40 overs, off we went at half time to get stuck into Subways and a charcuterie board of goodies. 

Scott Wells sent in Ed Cross  and Tom Robertson  to get us underway. Poor Ed got a cracking inswinger and was bowled for 2. Paul Nash and Tom then put Nepean to the sword and both retired on 30*. Andrew Dawson then went out there and scratched around like a chook for 2. Wells then left a ball on off stump. Trevor Whittall went big on his third ball and skied it mid off. Lucky the steady hand of Bachelard came out and limped his way to 31* ret. Andrew Davis (13*) was at the other end the whole time steadying the ship. Wells noted that his wagon wheel is a spoke that goes through gully.

With victory in sight Bachelard retired with31* with the scores level. The trusty scorer called him in but no one moved as they saw who was scoring. After verification David Craig walked out, intending to bring about victory with a reverse sweep, the stroke that he and Maxy both play with aplomb.  But Dave was then caught at slip for a duck and it was up to Sherville Hall to finish. 11 dot balls later and we sealed victory just before the end of the 32nd over to get bonus points.

Great venue and great opposition made the journey well worth it. Beers and well cooked onions and snags were served with some high quality banter.

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 30* ret not out, Ed Cross 2, Paul Nash 30* ret not out, Andrew  Dawson 2, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 6, Andrew Davis 13*, Trevor Whittall 0, Andrew Bachelard 31* ret not out, David Craig 0, Sherville Hall 1*, Stuart Ridge dnb

The Result was: –

Nepean DCA: – 8-125 (40 Overs)

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-126   (31.5 Overs) (A. Bachelard 31* ret not out; P. Nash 30* ret not out, T. Robertson 30* ret not out)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-14 (E. Cross), 2-78 (S. Wells); 3-81 (A. Dawson); 4-81(T. Whittall); 5-125 (D. Craig)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-1-11-0; A. Bachelard 9-0-44-1 S. Hall 8-0-28-2; A. Davis 5-0-12-1; D. Craig 8-1-21-2; T. Whittall 3-0-9-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to D. Craig; One to each of T. Robertson and T. Whittall

Run outs: – One to D. Craig

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to P. Nash; 2 points to T. Robertson; one point to A. Bachelard

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/a624795d

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