WEEK FIFTEEN: SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024

C&S ROUND 8: CCNSW vs SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD      ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

Editor’s Note: This game is for the ‘Brooks-Manning-Moorhouse shield currently held by CCNSW: see https://ccnsw.com/index.php/brooks-manning-moorhouse-shield/ which contains a history of the matches between the two clubs over the past 40 years and brief biographies of the three players after whom it is named

Our first game of the calendar year was played on a beautiful sunny day at Goddard Park against Sydney University Lions. Our last encounter against the opposition back in December went down to the wire, so this promised to be a tight match. The pitch looked hard on the surface but in the end turned out to be on the softer side and two paced. The grass was longer than usual which provided a lot of assistance to the fielding sides.

Jamie Murtha won the toss and elected to bat. The slow wicket proved difficult to get in on, as most batters took their time and made starts. The first three batters all fell for 9 and we found ourselves in a lot of trouble at 4-36. Ezekiel (“Zeke “) Hughes and debutant Aaditya Datkhile put the pressure back on the opposition with very good running between the wickets, which caused some misfields. The pair looked good but unfortunately both fell in consecutive overs after drinks.

Wickets continued to fall regularly as the middle order all once again made starts but were unable to captalise. At one point it looked as if we would be bundled out for under 100; however crucial partnerships between Kieran Purnell (27*) first with  Adam Khamis and then Roman Hughes saw us add 41 runs to the total to boost our score to 9- 132 after 40 overs.  A brilliant effort from the lower order.

During the break we talked about how 132 would not be an easy target for our opposition due to the nature of the pitch and outfield. If we held out catches and created pressure we were in with a chance. In the second over that’s exactly what happened. Soren Hughes produced a great outswinger that hit the leading edge and flew to Jamie  Murthaat Mid-off who took a comfortable catch.

Soren and Roman at the other end created a lot of pressure with over twenty five dot balls in a row before a brilliant one handed caught and bowled by Roman removed the Lions number 3 batter. In the following over Soren removed the remaining opener lbw hitting him on the full right in front to take our opposition to 3-11 after 10 overs.

At this point in the game we felt right on top and turned to our resident leggies, Henry Davis and Adam Khamis who were both very economical and produced a lot of turn which gripped in the softness of the pitch.

Adam produced a delicious ‘wrong’un’ that turned from outside off and removed leg stump in the 15th ove and Henry picked up two wickets in consecutive overs removing both batters for ducks. One a leg break that pitched on middle and took the top of off and the second was a questionable lbw.

The Lions were left reeling at 6-30. The batters at the crease showed a little resistance until Zeke Hughes was brought into the attack and struck in his first over bending back the off-stump.

Things kept going our way as the set batter threw away his wicket by calling for a run that was never there. Henry Davis threw the ball into Ryan Lynch’s safe gloves and the bails were off before you could say ‘barbecue’.

Jamie  Murtha chimed in with a wicket of his own largely due to the safe hands of Roman Hughes at deep mid-wicket who tracked a swirling one and after a little resistance from the 10th wicket pair, Soren was brought back into the attack and promptly wrapped up the innings courtesy of a pretty catch at point by Gerry O’Shea.

While our batting total was probably a a little below par, everyone did enough to make sure we had a total we could defend, but on the day it was our bowling and fielding that was outstanding and won us the match and ensured that we retain the well hidden Brooks Manning Moorhouse shield for another year.

Well done to the guys and let’s make it four on the trot next week!

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 9, Ryan Lynch 9. James Murtha (c) 9, Harry Bridge, 2 Ezekiel Hughes 21, Aaditya Datkhile 8, Soren Hughes 10, Henry Davis 8, Kieren Purnell 27*, Adam Khamis 5, Roman Hughes 11* 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-132 (40 Overs) 

Defeated

Sydney University Lions: – 10-81 (31.2 Overs) (S. Hughes 3-7)

By 51 runs

FoWs: – 1-13 (R. Lynch), 2-31; (G. O’Shea); 3-33 (J. Murtha); 4-36 (H. Bridge); 5-68 (Ezekiel Hughes); 6-68 (A. Dhatkile); 7-80 (Soren Hughes); 8-89 (H. Davis ) 9-107 (A. Khamis)

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 5-2-7-1; Soren Hughes 6.2-3-7-3; H. Davis 8-2-18-2; A. Khamis 5-0-17-1; J. Murtha 3-1-10-1; Ezekiel Hughes 4-1-16-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 catches to Roman Hughes and one each to J. Murtha and G. O’Shea

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to; 2 points to; one point to

Scorecard:

CLASSICS ROUND 7: CCNSW vs WARRINGAH  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY ANDREW BACHELARD

Back row: Mike Weaver, Stuart Ridge, Greg Brooks, Andrew Bachelard, David Craig, Brett James
Front Row: Paul Nash, Sherville Hall, Andrew Davis, Scott Wells (c) and (w), Mike Pinter, Mike Tarrant.

On a beautiful summer Sunday the Classics arrived at Camperdown Oval to play Warringah with revenge on our minds and plum pudding and mince pies in our legs. After a thoroughly dispiriting and feeble capitulation in the last game of 2022-2023 and the lure of finishing in the top 4 despite a generally disappointing season this year, there was all to play for.

Skipper Scott Wells lost the toss and Warringah elected to bat on a central Camperdown wicket with plenty of grass. After an inspiring pre match speech (I can’t remember who delivered the immortal line – “Let’s win this one”) we took the field.

After a watchful opening over from Stuart Ridge, Mike Tarrant channeled his inner Mitch Starc and struck with his first ball – plumb lbw leaving Warringah reeling at 1-4 after 2 overs. Unfortunately we were not able to capitalise on that early success. We were unable to exert pressure with either our bowling or fielding. The next 3 batters all reached 30* and the next wicket did not fall until the 19th over when the ever reliable David Craig held on to a simple chance at mid off from the bowling of Andrew Bachelard. At this stage the score was 2-124 after 19 with 3 in the sheds and it was looking like a tough day at the office. 

As we walked off for a cup of tea, skipper Wells was heard to mutter that it was as though we were all on valium. Others thought that the extensive sandy stretches on the Camperdown outfield had led to some confusion and people thought they were still down the coast at the beach. Maybe we had all just become too accustomed to our summer afternoon snoozes and the ham and turkey was catching up with us, but at 2-126 at drinks there was plenty of work to do.

We managed to pull it back a little. Bachelard continued for a couple of overs after tea with his cunning mixture of long hops and half volleys before being replaced by ‘The Prez’. Greg Brooks. Sherville Hall and Craig toiled away until Tarrant returned. At this point some of the Cricketers’ team seemed to rouse themselves from their naps and some better fielding ensued. There was an outstanding direct hit run out from Craig, throwing them down from the edge of the circle at backward point. Tarrant had wickets in consecutive overs with a good overhead Aussie rules mark to Andrew Davis and a confident caught and bowled. Brooks rounded out the innings picking up the last 3 wickets to fall. The first bowled, the second an absolute screamer from Hall running in from deep mid wicket (the ball after Bachelard had dropped a sitter at point to continue his forgettable day) and the last lbw. 

After 40 overs Warringah had scored 8-253, but the pitch was good, the outfield fast and the batting line up strong. We were still in this.

Mike Weaver and Mike Pinter opened the batting. Weaver’s first ball was a knee high full toss that was duly dispatched behind square for 4! We were away. Unfortunately his 3rd ball was a ‘jaffa’ that knocked back off stump. After some detailed analysis of what had happened and the discussion of a number of competing theories, ‘Weaves’ concluded that he had missed a straight one. Who would have thought?

Pinter was joined by Paul Nash and together they proceeded to make batting look very easy. Nash retired in the 10th over and Pinter in the 16th, at which point we were 1-88 and within touching distance of the required run rate. At this point we needed just under 7 an over with 2 in the shed and Brett James, Wells, Davis and the ‘sloggers’ to come. So far so good.

Unfortunately at this point Warringah’s Giles Park commenced his outstanding spell of 7-1-16-3. He removed Davis (0), James (26) and Tarrant (11). He was ably supported by Simon Waddington keeping the pressure on at the other end. When Wells (15) fell in the 29th over we were 5-138. The equation was simple. 11 overs remaining, 116 to get at 10.5 an over. Brooks, Bachelard, Hall and Craig to come with Nash and Pinter in the sheds. The change bowlers had just come on – autumn leaves from one end and straight slow-stop from the other. We were definitely in with a chance.

Brooks (12) fell shortly afterwards and then began one of the most inexplicable passages of cricket since Herschelle Gibbs dropped the World Cup. The biggest brain fade since Jonny Bairstow wandered out of his crease to attend to his gardening. Bachelard, occupying a parallel universe where the Classics play 50 over games, catastrophically miscalculated the required run rate. Thinking that we needed a leisurely 6 on over, Bachelard and Hall shared a productive, but desperately inadequately paced partnership of 36 in 5 overs. Apparently at one stage on the sideline Brooks suggested running a message out to tell the batters to get a move on. Wells, incorrectly assuming that his charges understood the situation, demurred. Should always listen to ‘The Prez’,  skip. 

Bachelard was dismissed for 29 with the score on 179 and Hall fell for 10 in the next over. The run rate at this stage was 15 and proved too much even for the returning Nash (52) who hit 20 off 7 balls before holing out on the deep mid wicket fence and Pinter who didn’t trouble the scorers on his return to the crease. Craig was left stranded on 7*. Simon Lyon, bowling autumn leaves, ended up with figures of 5.2-0-42-5. Not a little embarrassing.

In sum, another dispiriting and feeble capitulation to Warringah, best filed under “first game back from the Christmas break” and never spoken of again. The highlight of the day, apart from Nash’s sparkling 52 from 36 balls, was definitely Punter’s new cover removal technique.

The Team was (playing 12): – Michael  Weaver 4, Mike Pinter 30, Paul Nash 52, Brett James 26, Andrew Davis 0, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 15, Mick Tarrant 11, Greg Brooks 12, Andrew Bachelard 29, Sherville  Hall 10, David Craig 7* and Stuart Ridge dnb

The Result was: –

Warringah CC: – 8-253 (40 overs) (M. Tarrant 3-53, G. Brooks 3-53)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-207 (39.2 overs)

By 46 runs

FoW: – 1-4 (M. Weaver); 2- 90 (A. Davis); 3-99 (B. James); 4-123 (M. Tarrant); 5-138 (S. Wells); 6-143 (G. Brooks); 7-179 (A. Bachelard); 8-183 (S. Hall); 9-207 (P. Nash); 10-207 (M. Pinter).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 6-0-40-0; M. Tarrant 9-1-53-3; W. Hall 7-0-48-0; A. Bachelard 6-0-33-1; D. Craig 4-0-22-0; G. Brooks 8-0-53-3

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of D. Craig, A. Davis, S. Hall, and M. Tarrant,

Run outs: – one by D. Craig (direct hit)

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to P. Nash; 2 points to M. Pinter; 1 point to M. TarrantScorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/404d961e

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