WEEK TWENTY ONE : SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024

C&S  ROUND 14 : CCNSW vs  RANGERS   ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024

Match cancelled as Rangers could not obtain a ground

MASTERS ROUND 9: CCNSW vs ST. CLAIR UNITED   AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAN TURNER

CCNSW hosted St Clair United in this Round.9 Masters clash, and we soon found ourselves bowling first after the visitors won the toss and batted. We were in a little bit of flux, as two of our players, the 140-averaging Mike Weaver, and the return of our goldilocks keeper Rob Lawther were both delayed by train problems on the Central Coast. Their estimate was to be an hour late, leaving us with 10 players. Luckily for us we had a super-sub in Ed Cross available who volunteered to field while both were absent.

We started strongly as Ben Stanic bowled with good pace and control and was rewarded immediately, trapping their opener lbw in the first over, 1-0. Mick Tarrant up the other end was swinging the ball and in the 6th over, forced a mistimed drive which Ed Cross – lucky to have him – took a neat chest mark that any Sydney Swans midfielder would have been proud of at mid-on, score 2-19.

From there, the bowling was still good but in the next few overs and into the next spell, there was to be a few charges of catch avoidance laid down. The batters started to ride their luck during this period and then started playing a few nice shots, gaining confidence.

Andrew Dadswell (‘Tex’) had come on with his off spinners along with Shane Peterson with his fast mediums, and both were soon on the money. In each of their second overs, they secured a wicket, Tex getting a return catch, and Shane trapping the dangerous number 4 lbw. At this stage the score was 4-61 after 15 overs. Both bowlers kept it tight, with Tex later picking up a second wicket.

Jason Kenn replaced ‘Big Shane’ and as is his custom, bowled a yorker first ball and spread the stumps. Jose Poothokaren was at the end bowling nice and tight. We were getting through the St Clair lineup but the middle order No.5 bat was providing solid resistance, displaying a nice style, and helping St Clair mount a reasonable score. Around him, there was chaos as we picked off two run outs, one with Ben Stanic getting a direct hit from mid-off, the other with Shane Peterson neatly fielding from point back to the keeper. Mick Tarrant (3-23) came back on in the 38th over and immediately took the last two wickets required to bowl out St Clair for 150.

Great to see Rob Lawther back playing for us again (a season regular last year), keeping for the second 20 overs after the train delays, and Arfan Haider debuting, keeping for the first 20 overs in Rob’s absence.

Our innings started pretty solidly with Mike Weaver and Paul Nash facing up to, what has to be said, one of the most lively opening bowlers we have come up against in Masters, bowling left arm around the wicket from the outset. The lefty took the wickets of both ‘Weaves’ and Nash and we were 2-13 in the 5th over.

Dan Turner and Arfan Haider were together and started to put together a small partnership, with Arfan playing some nice cover drives to the boundary. In the 11th over, a little in swinger got though Dan’s defenses and he was bowled for 13, score 3-47. Jason Kenn (‘Jaydos’ as he is affectionately known) came in at 5 and was playing some dominating shots. Another small partnership was forming until ‘Jaydos’ tried to go big again and was caught at a deeper mid-on for 16.

With the score on 4-76 in 18th over, we were still going well and with plenty of batting to come. Arfan was playing a lovely (and important) innings on debut and was soon joined by Soren Hughes. Before long Arfan got to his 40* to retire with a big 6 over square leg, which left Soren there batting very positively with some lovely lofted shots hitting and clearing the boundary. Soren copped a lovely little off cutter to disturb his off stump at 22, and the score was on 5-115 after 24 overs.

Rob Lawther (14*) and Andrew Dadswell (26*) were in the middle now and with the finish line in sight took just five overs to knock off the remaining 36 runs required for victory. Both found the boundary regularly with some very nice shot making, capping off a good win for CCNSW.

The Team was (playing 12): –  Mike  Weaver 6, Paul Nash 6, Dan Turner (c) 13, Arfan Haider (w) 45*, Jason Kenn 16, Soren Hughes 22, Rob Lawther (w) 14*, Andrew Dadswell 26*, Mike Tarrant dnb, Jose Poothokaren dnb, Shane Peterson dnb, Benjamin Stanic dnb and Ed Cross (sub)

The Result was: –

St Clair United: – 10-150 (37.3 Overs)

Lost to

CCNSW: -5-151 (29.3 overs) (A. Haider 45*)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-12 (M. Weaver); 2-13 (P. Nash); 3-47 (D. Turner); 4-76 (J. Kenn); 5-115 (S. Hughes)

The Bowling was: –  B. Stanic 6-2-25-1; M. Tarrant 5.3-1-23-3; A. Dadswell 8-2-30-2; S. Peterson 6-1.13-1; J. Kenn 5-1-27-1; J. Poothokaren 5-0-14-0; S. Hughes 2-0-10-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to R. Lawther (w); one to Ed  Cross (sub),  A Dadswell and B. Stanic

Run outs: – One to each of B. Stanic and S. Peterson

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to A. Haider; 2 points to M. Tarrant; one point to A. Dadswell

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/25a20adb

VINTAGE ROUND 10: CCNSW vs HUNTER TAVERNERS  AT WATERBOARD OVAL TORONTO  ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY GREG BROOKS

As we drove up the Pacific Highway bound for Toronto and Waterboard Oval there was, it is fair to say, some apprehension and nerves as we contemplated life without our skipper Stuart Ridge and one of our key seam bowlers in Ragavan Sittampalam. These two fine players were representing Australia and Sri Lanka respectively at the over 60s World Cup in Chennai, India. We will be following their progress over the next two weeks with great interest.

Our opposition the Hunter Taverners are a tough side to play especially at their home ground with its furry pitch, slow outfield and baseball mounds inside the playing area.

We assembled on time and duly lost the toss, my first act as the stand in skipper. Oh well we were going to bowl first anyway!

In humid conditions both Joe Scarcella  and Paul Georgiadis delivered outstanding 7 over spells to rid us of any pre match nerves. Backed up by some fine team fielding and great catching the hosts were reeling at 5-20 after the first 14 overs. Paul finished with the remarkable figures of 4-12 and Joe deserved better than 1-8. Paul is quite remarkable in his simple approach, varying his pace and making the batter play every ball. For Joe, the one wicket he picked up was the best bat in their side so that was good!

Garry James came on and does what he does every match, bowl proper attacking off spin backed by good field settings and no shortage of “Ooohs” and “Arhhs”! He removed their top scorer with a very neat catch behind by John Finucane…persistence pays at all levels of cricket. Garry was well supported by Mick McCormick who worked as hard as Barnaby Joyce after a parliamentary session but remained upright. Mick delivered the ball of the day to remove the dangerous and chatty James Price who loves rolling commentary on both his batting and your bowling…good value!

Your writer and the always reliable Gerry O’Shea cleaned up the tail in pretty quick time to close out the innings in 35 overs for a total of 66.

The hosts provided a terrific afternoon tea and we sent Gerry O’Shea and John Finucane to face the new ball. The opposition made it tough going with some tight bowling and a ring field so a platform of 0-24 from the first 12 overs was an ideal start. Gerry went lbw for a well made 19 to a jag back which saw Peter Rolls (25*) in at number 3. He didn’t muck around, hitting 2 fours and a six as we accelerated towards our target. Getting the runs inside 20 overs maximises bonus points so with this in mind John (14) hit out and got out, having done his job. Dan Pellen joined Peter and immediately looked for runs with sweet timing and good running. He finished 14* and brought up the winning runs with a fine 6 over square leg. Peter never looked like getting out so well done to all four batters. We completed the chase in 20.3 overs to pick up valuable bonus points.

This was a great win with contributions from all in the team. Those that didn’t bat or bowl fielded superbly and I want to thank everyone for their team first approach. The league title will come down to the final round. The result is in our hands and our continued team first approach will serve us well with any challenge ahead.

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerard O’Shea 19, John Finucane (w) 11, Peter Rolls 25*, Dan Pellen 14*, Mick McCormick dnb, Greg Brooks (c) dnb, Frank Baliotis dnb, Garry James dnb, Tim Jones dnb, Joe Scarcella dnb, Emanuel Mouglalis dnb, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

St. Clair Utd: – 10-66 (35 overs) (P. Georgiadis 4-12)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 2-67 (20.3 Overs)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-24 (G. O’Shea) 2- 44 (J. Finucane)

The Bowling was: –  J. Scarcella 7-2-8-1; P. Georgiadis 7-2-12-4; G. Brooks 5-2-4-2; G. James 7-2-18-1; M. McCormick 6-0-17-1; G. O’Shea 3-1-7-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to J. Finucane (w); 2 to G. Brooks and one each to F. Baliotis, T. Jones and D. Pellen

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to P. Georgiadis; 2 points to P. Rolls; one point to J. Finucane

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/4ca48127

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