WEEK TWENTY: SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs MOLONGLO  AT BRAD HADDIN OVAL, QUEANBEYAN   ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON

A beautiful day awaited CCNSW at Queanbeyan’s premier ground right in the heart of the city. A reasonably big ground and an interesting pitch that had a small slope from right to left from the pavilion end.

All the troops arrived and the captain Tom Robertson won the toss and batted. Pitch looked a little scary so Tom sent in others to open the batting. Mike Weaver and Roman Hughes opened. Roman went second ball to a good catch by Les  Jordan (Molonglo captain) at first slip.

That bought in a fresh Harry Bridge who is reserving himself for these big social games. ‘Weaves’ then tried to run out Harry but instead ran a two  by himself after their keeper missed a massive chance (22m chance). 

After that misunderstanding the lads went about business and scored at 5 an over, Harry hitting some clean balls. The captain of the day forgot to inform scorers of the retirement at 40 rule. When he did, Harry went off on 49* to the dismay of Harry!

The pitch was a bit tricky and it was a bit hard to get set. Sam Millar’s mate David Sirr came out and looked promising until mistiming one. Club stalwart Paul Brandon came out and rotated the strike to Sam Millar who was slapping the ball around and scoring at a run a ball. The boundaries were super slow and  boundary fours needed to be hit aerially. Sam retired on 40*. Then Josh  Genner came out but looked like he was more used to synthetic wickets and not the low bounce of  turf at Queanbeyan (he got bowled). Soren Hughes came out and he hit a few until Tom Robertson joined him and farmed the strike. Tom couldn’t get going and was a real eyesore to watch. He ended up absorbing almost the last 3 overs and was lucky to get redemption by hitting 16 off the last over to take CCNSW to 4-192 o ther 40 overs. ‘Sooz‘ however was not happy  at spectating the last 4 overs. Best not to be on the wrong side of the big guy…

A cracking ‘arvo’ tea provided by Molonglo and we were out in the field.

CCNSW opened the bowling with Ming Heng  and Roman Hughes. Both bowled well. Ming bowled a few unplayable balls but could not break through but Roman struck and got both openers. That lifted the side and the wickets tumbled. Tim Jones bowled his wobbly slow mediums and was cleaning up with the help of Josh Genner at square leg. Great to see blokes as enthusiastic as Tim. Loves the game and really enjoyed bowling. Josh bowled spin in tandem with Tim and got the crucial wicket of the opposing captain, well caught by a diving Mike Weaver. Brandon was sharp behind the stumps getting two stumpings. Soren Hughes and David Sirr came on and bowled well to some late resistance but the game was in the bag with Molonglo all out for 126.

Good win by CCNSW. Great to get 11 for this great Canberra trip away and I’m sure all enjoyed the cracking hospitality by Molonglo. A few beers and speeches followed what was a great day.

Thanks to Wal Hall for organising the day. Long may it continue!

The Team was: – Mike Weaver 21, Roman Hughes 0. Harry Bridge 49* ret not out, Paul Brandon (w) 22* ret not out, David Sirr 8, Sam Millar 40* ret not out, Joshua Genner 4, Soren Hughes 16*, Tom Robertson (c) 25*, Ming Heng dnb, Tim Jones dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-192 (40 Overs) (H. Bridge 49 *ret not out; S. Millar 40* ret not out)

Defeated

Molonglo CC: – 10-126 (33 Overs) (T. Jones 4-29)

By 66 runs

FoWs: – 1-0 (Roman Hughes); 2-73 (M. Weaver); 3-157 (D. Sirr); 4-189 (J. Genner).

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 5-1-19-2; M. Heng 6-1-18-0; T. Jones 7-0-29-4; J. Genner 5-0-26-2; Soren Hughes 4-1-6-1; D. Sirr 5-0-22-1; M. Weaver 1-1-0-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – 2 to P. Brandon

Catches: – 2 to J. Genner; one each to S. Millar and M. Weaver

Run outs: – Nil

CLASSICS ROUND 9: CCNSW vs HAWKESBURY  AT ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

A veritable Dad’s Army XI of CCNSW turned up at Richmond for this eagerly awaited clash of the Sydney Classics Division 1 middleweights: both Hawkesbury and CCNSW were at 3 wins, 4 losses for the season and keen to square up the ledger. Captain Scott Wells had “Barnaby Joyced” a set of stairs the night before, and fielded in a batting glove to protect a skinned hand, leaving the keeping duties to Andrew Dawson. Ed Cross with multiple tears to every part of his right arm was reduced to sub fielder duties, unable to bat or bowl, and David Craig fielded in a helmet to protect his eye after recent cataract surgery, so we were an odd looking lot that took the field after Hawkesbury won the toss and batted.

Mick Tarrant opened the bowling as per usual, but uncharacteristically rolled out the pie cart to commence proceedings with a short one pulled for two and an above-the-waist full toss belted for 4, 0-7 off one legal delivery, was this going to be a long hot day in the field? Spoiler alert: NO. After the all-too-brief initial flurry it was an absolute no-run-fest for the rest of the innings, with our bowlers delivering an astonishing 170 dot balls in 33 overs.

The first wicket fell in the fourth over to a smart overhead slips catch by Paul Nash off Andrew Bachelard. Their number 3 looked solid and the score moved along to 28 without incident, when the introduction of Nash sparked a flurry of activity. Firstly, the remaining opener smashed a pull shot in the vicinity of club debutant Philip (“Pip”) Wilcox aka “Dawso’s mate” aka “panther”, who got down low and claimed a fine catch. Opinion on the field was divided however, as to whether the ball carried, and the umpire reasonably gave the benefit of the doubt to the batter. It turned out to have minimal impact as a few balls later the same batter pushed one to Ed Cross at mid-off and took him on. Bad decision; Ed swooped on the ball and threw down the stumps. Pretty fair effort for a bloke whose throwing elbow was already hanging by a thread! Next over a lifter from Andrew Bachelard nicked the flashing blade and Dawson took a fine catch behind the sticks: 3-36 at the 14 over drinks break in the humid conditions.

After drinks Paul Nash induced a drive that skewed off the top edge and swirled its way into the safe hands of Mike Pinter at cover, and Jose Poothokaren got one through that disturbed the castle; Hawkesbury in big trouble at 5-48. Andrew Davis and Craig Kitson took over the attack as Hawkesbury took up the defence. More blocks than a Lego factory here lads! More dots than a Dalmatian! Over the course of 15 overs the pair took a combined 5 wickets for just 8 runs. Their best batter essayed an ill-advised sweep shot and lost his off peg to Kitson. The number 8 drove one hard but uppish to Wells at mid-wicket, who stylishly knocked it up in the air before snaring the rebound in a manoeuvre that was scored an 8.5 by the panel of judges. Next ball missed the bat but not the stumps, and an enthusiastic but wildly optimistic lbw shout was denied on the hat-trick ball. The last two fell to Andrew Davis’ left-arm in-duckers, one bowled and the final wicket lbw. There was a considerable delay before the bowler appealed for this last one (presumably he had to carefully analyse the trigonometry of the delivery first), but he made up for it with a full-throated insistence that ultimately was rewarded. Needless to say the batter was not happy, but sometimes the ball swings back in line and it matters not that your front pad was well forward when the ball is on a straight line from middle to middle!

Throughout the innings the Hawkesbury batters seemed unable to attack on either the front or back foot on a wicket that seemed pretty standard, a bit slow but no great demons there. 56 all out was probably 140 short on the day. Just one of those days for the home side where nothing goes right, I guess.

Mike Pinter and Andrew Davis set about the task of knocking off the small total with intent and got us well past halfway before Davis was stumped by some lightning fast glove work. Nash looked like he wanted to get home early, belting a boundary before spooning one to cover, then Dawson and Pinter knocked off the remaining runs before the drinks-waiter was required. A comfortable win away from home, well done to us all. Played in good spirit, and an enjoyable afternoon was had. Although it was perhaps symptomatic of the day Hawkesbury had when their barbecue ran out of gas before the snags were cooked!

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Pinter 21*, Andrew Davis 18, Paul Nash 6, Andrew Dawson 10*, Craig  Kitson dnb, Andrew Bachelard dnb, Scott Wells (c) & (w) dnb, Philip Wilcox dnb, Jose Poothokaren dnb, Mike Tarrant dnb, David Craig dnb Ed Cross dnb,

The Result was: –

Hawkesbury 10- 56: – (33 Overs) (C. Kitson 3-2)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 2-57 (17 overs)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-37 (A. Davis); 2-47 (P. Nash)

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 5-1-16-0; A. Bachelard 6-1-13-2; C. Kitson 7-5-2-3; P. Nash 4-0-8-1, A. Davis 8-4-6-2, J. Poothokaren 3-1-9-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to each of A. Davis, P. Nash, M. Pinter and S. Wells (w)

Run outs: – One to E. Cross

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to M. Pinter; 2 points to A. Davis; one point to C. Kitson

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/e76a4979

VINTAGE ROUND 9: CCNSW vs ROSEVILLE ROGUES AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DANIEL PELLEN

What began as a summer of promise for our Vintage team, top and undefeated after the first seven rounds, had come crashing down to earth with successive defeats and the team was smarting. We’d dropped from top spot, and the skipper (Stuart Ridge) demanded more in round nine. The old boys responded emphatically.

 In a not unfamiliar start, we batted first for the ninth consecutive game. The Rogues were not expected to spring any surprises, but after the last two games we were taking nothing for granted.

 John Finucane and Gerry O’Shea (after his Waltersesque “warm-up” with a rolly see https://www.facebook.com/reel/352005761088070 ) slowly built a solid platform. A little slow for some, with 6 runs off the first four overs, but Gerry’s glances and nudges, John’s more aggressive strokes, and generally good running saw the partnership blossom and the score was 0039 after ten overs. The skipper stopped pacing around the oval and relaxed a little.

We all forgot to tell John he was approaching 30 and he was duly dismissed for a fine 28. Sri Lankan Over 60s rep Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) generally stays for a good time not a long time, and so it was on Sunday. Driving and thrashing his way to a quick-fire 14, he was out before Gerry could say hello, but the four overs he was there yielded 24 runs.

 This brought Greg Brooks (“the Pres”) to the crease and after a couple of lusty blows which failed to connect it became the familiar story of the opposition returning balls from over the boundary. By drinks at 20 overs, O’Shea had retired after a typically well-constructed 30* and the Pres had been joined by Peter Rolls. 2-102 and the boys were eyeing off a 200+ score.

 The Pres didn’t need much longer, bring up his 30* with a maximum just after the break, and our token regional member Mick McCormick successfully negotiated the entrance gate this time and kept the runs ticking along with Rolls.

 In his typically understated manner, Rolls was already closing in on his 30*. The runs were clicking along at 5+ an over and we’d passed the 150 mark by the time our third batter was in the bank.

McCormick stayed firm while we lost Dan Pellen (5) and Garry James (4) cheaply, in pursuit of runs. This bought the youngest member of the group, David Glen, to the crease. Soon to be known as BP (the Quiet Achiever), his solid technique and placement was on display again, and there was another in the bank. Though not before McCormick had beaten him to it. Five in the bank! But no time to cash in. A final quick flurry from a spluttering and wheezing Joe Scarcella (15*), contented Ridge (2) and Paul “Big Show” Georgiadis (3* – shot of the day ramp from ball one).

 Final score 5-237 – thought by many old-timers to be the highest CCNSW Vintage score.

The less said about the Rogues innings the better. The opening words of Ball Park Music’s “Nice To Be Alive” come to mind. We bowled and fielded well, but after 9 overs the Rogues were 2-9, the RRR was 7.7 and the chase was over. The Rogues seemed determined simply to deny us wickets, and therefore points.

Garry James (1-20) was the most expensive bowler, and his economy rate was 2.86! Scarcella coughed his way to 6-4-3-0. He deserved at least one wicket. Paul Georgiadis had the best figures, with 7-1-16-2, closely followed by Raga with 2-19. Ridge and Brooks picked up one each. At 3-50 after 20 overs, the Rogues were frustrating us. They couldn’t score, but we couldn’t get them out. Captain Whittaker from the Rogues took until about the 35th over to get his 30. O’Shea, Pellen and Glen were a wall on the off-side and Whittaker was requesting field changes. But the pressure paid dividends. Good catches were taken by Pellen, Rolls and Ridge and we got another four wickets and valuable bonus points. 7-86 after 40 overs, a thumping by 154 runs.

 It’s a tight end to the season, with only 16 points separating the top 3 teams with CCNSW in second spot and with two games to go. With the skipper and Raga on International duties in India next Sunday and a trip to the Hunter in the offing, the back-to-back championship is on the line.

The Team was (playing and batting 12): – Gerard O’Shea 30, John Finucane (w) 28; Sittampalam Ragavan 14, Greg Brooks 31* ret not out, Peter Rolls 30* ret not out, Mick McCormick 30* ret not out, Daniel Pellen 5, Garry James 4, David Glen 31* ret not out, Joe Scarcella 15*, Stuart Ridge (c) 2, Paul Georgiadis 3*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-240 (40 Overs) (G. Brooks 31* ret not out; D. Glen 31* ret not out; M. McCormick 30* ret not out; P. Rolls 30* ret not out)

Defeated

Roseville 7-86: – (40 Overs)

By 154 runs

FoWs: – 1-54 (J. Finucane); 2-75 (S. Ragavan); 3-174 (D. Pellen); 4-189 (G. James); 5-231 (S. Ridge).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-4-10-1; P. Georgiadis 7-1-16-2; G. James 7-2-20-1; J. Scarcella 6-4-3-0; S. Ragavan 7-0-19-2; G. Brooks 6-0-15-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to D. Pellen and one each to S. Ridge and P. Rolls

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to P. Rolls; one point to S. RagavanScorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/3b99eca1

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