WEEK SIXTEEN: THURSDAY 11-SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 8                          v CLEVELAND SEAMERS   AT MP 5 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

CCNSW bowled and fielded really well against a good team and held its own. We had a full side but with  four debutants in Tracey Cook, Mike Evans, Paul Marchesi and Marcus Pellegrini. While all contributed, the standout was Paul Marchesi with a complete tour de force with most runs (39), most wickets with 4 and also filling in as keeper with a stumping!  (Ed note: while on debut for CCNSW, Paul Marchesi is a very experienced  (465 game) LMS all rounder with over 14,000 runs at an average of over 70 at a strike rate just under 200 and  with 264 wickets; also 141 catches and 122 stumpings; hopefully he can be persuaded to play for us again!)

 However our batting overall was again disappointing as the Cleveland  Seamers’ total of 7-161 was a very gettable score but we ended up 53 runs short .

 Still 4 games to go and hopefully a win is not too far off if we continue to get a full side. 

The Team was: – Steven Sheakey 11, Rod Stone 6, Marcus Pellegrini 24*, Paul Marchesi (w) 39, Nicholas Kochanowicz 13, Mike Evans 14*, Tracy Cook dnb and Will Jacobs (c) and (w) dnb 

The Result was: –

Cleveland Seamers: – 7-161 (20 Overs) (P. Marchesi 4-19)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-108 (20 overs) (P. Marchesi 39)

By 53 runs

The Bowling was: – M. Pellegrini 3-0-22-1; N. Kochanowicz 3-0-28-1; R. Shone 2-0-17-0; P. Marchesi 4-0-19-4; T. Cook 3-0-31-0; M. Evans 2-0-21-1; S. Sheakey 3-0-14-0.

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to W. Jacobs and one to P. Marchesi

Catches: – One to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to P. Marchesi; 2 points to W. Jacobs; one point to N. Kochanowicz.

Scorecard:  https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/1st-innings?fixtureid=407385

C&S ROUND 9: CCNSW vs I ZINGARI (AUSTRALIA) AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

Our annual fixture against I Zingari (Australia) was played under beautiful blue skies on a warm day. We won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking batting surface. With a large number of our more regular C&S players unavailable, we relied heavily on the assistance of  four occasional players without whom we would have struggled to raise a full side (Ed Note: Their contribution is not so much recorded in runs and wickets but rather their willingness to help the Club out at short notice)

One of our more elderly opening CCNSW pairs in the C&S, 62 yr old Gerry O’Shea and 61 yr old Emmanuel  Mouglalis  made a good start seeing off a solid pair of opening bowlers, before Gerry hobbled off, ret hurt with a foot injury. Emmanuel fell soon after adjudged lbw. Henry Davis copped a good ball that spun into him quite sharply which found us in a tough position at 2-38 (effectively 3-38).

Scott Wells and Jamie Murtha tried to lay a platform for some aggressive batting towards the tail end of the innings. In their 90+ run partnership the pair worked hard against tight bowling and cashed in on the rare loose ball. Jamie was dismissed caught and bowled trying to lift the tempo, but Scott who was supported at the end by Declan Thomas and Luke Holman, played a brilliant innings. He seemed all but certain to score his second ever  century for the club (Ed Note: his first and so far only century for CCNSW was 109* vs XL Club, 2009-10), but with just 4 balls remaining in the final over, hit the ball down deep-midwicket’s throat,  a couple of meters in from the boundary. Still, his performance was worthy of generous applause from the team. After 40 overs we were 6-199

Aiming to defend our 199, we did not get off to the start we had hoped for. Strike bowler Shane Peterson pulled up with a groin injury fielding a ball down at find leg in the second over and was unable to continue bowling. On debut in the C&S, Mike Evans replaced Peterson but had a somewhat tough  initiation with 6 no-balls in a nervous first over and after three overs the opposition found themselves on 0-48!

Ming Heng found his rhythm and picked up a crucial first wicket to give us a sniff. Henry Davis and Adam Khamis operated from either end with their leggies. Adam bowled a beauty to pick up a wicket and Henry continued his wicket taking ways despite the attacking nature of our opposition. A sharp stumping from Declan Thomas was a real highlight in the field.

Unfortunately with injuries and many key players unavailable for this game, IZA was able to make light work of the total chasing it down with 9 overs to spare. Hopefully we can put in a strong performance against Nondescripts next week and get back to our winning ways! (Ed Note: 5 of our leading C&S players (In terms of C&S games played,) will be in Adelaide next week and again we will need to rely heavily on the assistance of occasional players whose help is always greatly appreciated!)

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerard O’Shea 16* ret hurt; Emanuel Mouglalis 13, Scott Wells 97, Henry Davis 0, James Murtha (c) 35, Nic Waterdam 0, Declan Thomas (w) 23, Luke Holman 11*, Ming Heng 1*, Adam Khamis dnb, Shane Peterson dnb, Mike Evans dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6 -199   (40 Overs) (S. Wells 97)

Lost to

I Zingari (Australia): – 5-201 (31 Overs) (H. Davis 3-50)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-35 (E. Mouglalis); 2-36 (H. Davis); 3-123 (J. Murtha); 4-133 (N. Waterdam); 5-176 (D. Thomas); 6-195 (S. Wells)

The Bowling was: – S. Peterson 1-0-4-0; M. Heng 7-0-34-1; M. Evans 1-0-28-0; A. Khamis 8-0-36-1; H. Davis 8-0-50-3; J. Murtha 6-0-39-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas

Catches: – One to E. Mouglalis

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Wells; 2 points to H. Davis; one point to D. Thomas

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/21b97389

MASTERS ROUND 7: CCNSW vs AUBURN   AT GREENWAY  PARK, WEST HOXTON    ON SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG 

Always a challenge taking on the Sri Lankan national side aka Auburn Masters away from home at a place called “West Hoxton” – remember to ‘stop, revive, survive’ every two hours please. Doubly difficult in weather conditions that were alternately hot and humid, cool and breezy, and raining. The deck looked pretty hard and flat at the start of the day, and skipper Dan Turner elected to bat first (fair enough I say).

We sent out a couple off hard hitting lefties to start proceedings, Jason Kenn joined by late inclusion Tom Robertson, fresh off the plane from Japan (must be nice to have a bit ‘o bunce eh Tom?). While Tom survived a couple of early lbw shouts from the sole Auburn seamer (clearly missing leg from our vantage point 500 metres away at cow corner), Jason was not so fortunate against the offie, triggered third ball for a duck with no relief from DRS. Paul Nash and Tom batted sensibly, lifting the total to 59 in the 15th before Nash (25) missed a straight one. Dan Turner strode out to the wicket (no mean feat given the distance involved) to take on the all-finger-spin attack with Tom, and then Soren Hughes after Tom retired 40*.

A rain delay after the drinks break produced the comical sight of Matt Johnston, in batting pads, running the quarter mile with the hessian on his back while shouting “put the hessian on”. By then the canvas was down, and nobody was interested in Matt’s input despite his considerable efforts. 

The rain eventually stopped (more or less) and play resumed, with both the ball and the pitch quickly getting moister than an under-cooked mud cake (thought I was going with a different analogy there, didn’t you?!). Turner top edged a catch bringing Scott Wells to the crease with Soren (38), and another productive partnership pushed the score along to 130-odd when Wells twinged a quad and retired hurt. The “Auburn squeeze” had restricted the run rate to around 4 rpo throughout the innings, and with the spinners darting it in full and at the stumps, the bottom half of the order struggled to accelerate the scoring (or survive more than a few balls to be honest). A clatter of wickets ensued from 3-138 to 9-163 (from memory all 6 wickets could be described as “swung wildly across the line to the spinner and was bowled/lbw/stumped’). Tom Robertson (46*) and Scott Wells (25*) returned (with Soren running for Scott, what could possibly go wrong?) to lift us up to a respectable 9-169. 

There was another minor controversy when Auburn requested a dry replacement ball, but egged on by a few of us, Dan was having none of it (balls don’t get changed just for being wet do they?). A little later I think the umpire deemed the soggy pill “unplayable” and they got a replacement. I’m not saying there were any parallels to the last Ashes Test at the Oval, but 6 wickets fell pretty quickly after that, just saying.

Auburn commenced their innings under ominous grey skies, and sure enough it started to rain in the 4th over. “Bad time to get out now” chirped Jason in the slips as the rain got heavier, and sure enough the next ball from Mick Tarrant was lofted to Tom at mid-on, 1-15 and off we went as it bucketed down. More play was looking unlikely and a few of us were in shorts and about to drive home when a break in the rain and an overly enthusiastic home team convinced the umpire to play on. (It was pretty funny watching them all drag the covers with the odd metric ton of water on them to the outfield!). A reduced target of 145 in 34 overs was set.

We were always going to be up against it with a strong opposition batting line-up and the old-fashioned “run rate” method favouring the side batting second, but Jason Kenn struck first ball, knocking back off stump to make it 2-23 and game on. Tragically, the reserve keeper spilled a catch later in the same over (who was that ham-fisted old bloke with the gloves?) and they started to get on top of the run-rate after that. (On a side note, do Councils have access to surveyors or architects or generally competent tradies? Why build a sight-screen that is wide enough to cover 20 pitches, but only tall enough to be useful if the bowler is under 120cm tall? (Ed Note for us oldies: 120 cm is approx 4 feet 10 inches)

Soren Hughes relieved Tarrant and after almost immediately being struck for 6 with an audacious scoop-pull, got revenge by knocking over the pegs next ball (3-61 in the 14th). They managed to preserve wickets and keep the scoreboard ticking and were well on top at 3-99 when drinks were taken. 

The wily leg-spin of David Craig produced a catch soon after the break, but although Dan ‘wrung’ (wrang? wrought?) the bowling changes, they progressed inexorably to victory, 4 down and with 28 balls to spare. 

One interesting feature of the day was the contrast in bowling attacks – Auburn bowled 5 finger-spinners and one seamer, we bowled 8 seamers and one wrist spinner! There were sandwiches and beers and some pretty decent banter, and we got a game in in challenging conditions so (*cough* I hate losing!) all in all not a bad day.

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 46*, Jason Kenn 0, Paul Nash 25, Dan Turner (c) 13, Soren Hughes 38, Scott Wells (w) 25*, Jose Poothokaren, 1 Matthew Johnston 2, Michael Tarrant 4, David Craig 1, David Abreu 0, Ben Stanic dnb 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-169 (40 Overs) (T. Robertson 46*)

Lost to 

Auburn: – 4-145 (29.2 Overs) (rain)

On run rate (CCNSW 4.198 rpo vs Auburn 4.944 rpo)

FoWs: – 1-4 (J. Kenn); 2-59 (P. Nash); 3-93 (D. Turner); 4-138 (J. Poothokaren); 5-148 (M. Johnston); 6-152 (M. Tarrant); 7-158 (D. Craig); 8-161 (S. Hughes); 9-163 (D. Abreu).

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 3-0-16-0; M. Tarrant 6.2-1-23-1; J. Kenn 4-0-19-1; S. Hughes 3-0-23-1; J. Poothokaren 1-0-9-0, M. Johnston 5-0-19-0, D. Turner 1-0-3-0, D. Craig 4-0-18-1, D. Abreu  2-0-13-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to T. Robertson and one to D. Turner

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to T. Robertson; 2 points to J. Kenn; one point to S. Hughes

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/337942ca

VINTAGE ROUND 7: CCNSW vs SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE

Plenty to weigh up on a cloudy day at Camperdown against a strong Southern Highlands side – recent high scoring games at Camperdown and a strong track record of 5 games won defending totals, but a green looking new wicket and potential for rain delays in the weather forecast. The skipper won the toss and, giving more weight to the former, decided to bat.

Peter Rolls and John Finucane started watchfully against a tight attack picking off the odd boundary to reach 20 without loss after 8 overs with little indication of the drama to come. Peter was then smartly stumped down the leg side to trigger a monumental collapse of 6-7 in the next 4 overs including 5 wickets in 9 balls, 4 bowled.  Good bowling in favourable conditions but probably fair to say some poor defensive application on our part.

Further immediate embarrassment was then prevented by the early arrival of a heavy shower. It was touch and go whether we would get back on but the outfield drained well and a big effort from President Greg Brooks with the super-sopper meant we could resume with another 21 overs to try and repair the damage – much appreciated and acknowledged by the opposition as I think at that stage most of us would have been happy to pack up and go home.

After surviving the unfolding wreckage at the other end, John resumed with new partner Garry James who, just to add to the day’s misfortunes, was struggling with a broken toe. After adding another 18 without taking too many risks both fell trying to up the run rate and then in keeping with the tragic-comic nature of the day, Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was run out by half the length of the pitch for our fifth duck.

But we weren’t finished – trying to eke out a few more runs for the last wicket, to add further insult to injury, we were penalised 5 runs for a batsman running on the wicket which, including losing the 3 runs from the scoring shot, was a significant chunk of our meager total. 

It was all over when skipper Stuart Ridge top edged a pull to be caught leaving us 55 all out in 29 overs.

Barring a miraculous effort, the only remaining question was if the weather would hold. The bowlers were unable to apply the same pressure or get the needed early breakthroughs as Southern Highlands eased to the win in the 11th over with the only highlight being Paul ‘golden arm’ Georgiadis’ first ball wicket.

A humbling experience after five straight wins, but still plenty to play for as we hang on to top spot by six points. 

The Team was (playing 12): – Peter Rolls 6; John Finucane 23, Daniel Pellen 0, Frank Baliotis 0, Greg Brooks 5, Mick McCormick 0, Joe Scarcella 0, Garry James 12, David Glen 6*, Sittampalam Ragavan 0, Stuart Ridge 1, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-55 (29.1 Overs) (J. Finucane 23)

Lost to

Southern Highlands: – 1-59 (10.2 Overs)

By 9 wickets

FoWs: – 1-6 (P. Rolls); 2-23 (D. Pellen); 3-23 (F. Baliotis); 4-27 (G. Brooks); 5-27 (M. McCormick); 6-27 (J. Scarcella); 7-45 (G. James); 8-47 (J. Finucane); 9-47 (S. Ragavan); 10-55 (S. Ridge).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 3-0-15-0; G. Brooks 3-0-20-0; S. Ragavan 3-0-8-0; P. Georgiadis 2.2-0-10-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to D. Pellen

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to J. Finucane; 2 points to G. James; one point to D. Glen

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/c8024b65

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