We won the toss and chose to bat on a green deck. Conditions were difficult for batters with the ball popping at pace off a length. We were in trouble, losing wickets regularly and were reduced to 6/60 at one point.

Harry Bridge produced a strong counterattack, and found the gaps regularly. Roman Hughes continued his good form with the bat, and cleared the boundary with the only 6 of the day. However, Avi Bhandari stole the show at the end, hitting some sweet shots to the boundary, the 10th wicket partnership of 32 with Adam Khamis made a huge difference to the score.

During our bowling innings, Avi once again did the damage up front, he peppered the batters stumps and pads. The other bowlers chipped in and excellent fielding on the day created too much pressure for our opposition to handle as they crumbled for 81. Adam taking the final 3 wickets and finishing off a great day for him.

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 8, Ryan Lynch (w) 1, James Murtha (c) 14, Harry Bridge 44, Sam Millar 0, Rhys Longbottom 2, Soren Hughes 12, Roman Hughes (w) 20, Avinash Bhandari 31*, Ming Heng 1, Adam Khamis 0

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-144   (38 Overs) (H. Bridge 44)


Reg Bartley XI: – 10-81 (36 Overs) 

By 63 runs

FoWs: – 1- 2 (R. Lynch); 2- 20 (G. O’Shea); 3- 28 (J. Murtha); 4- 33 (S. Millar); 5-40 (R. Longbottom); 6-60 (Soren Hughes); 7-106 (H. Bridge); 8-111 (Roman Hughes); 9-112 (M. Heng); 10- 144 (A. Khamis).

The Bowling was: – A. Bhandari 8-4-8-3; M. Heng 4-0-14-0; Roman Hughes 6-3-10-1; R. Longbottom 7-3-7-1;  A. Khamis 4-0-15-3; Soren Hughes 4-2-4-1; J. Murtha 1-0-7-0; R. Lynch 2-0-14-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to Roman Hughes;

Catches: – One to Roman Hughes (w) and one to Adam Khamis

Run outs: –  One to Gerry O’Shea

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to A. Bhandari; 2 points to H. Bridge; one point to Roman 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/73d6ed58 


Fine weather and an excellent Camperdown deck greeted us on this late summer day for the eagerly awaited* middle of the table clash between CCNSW Classics and Castle Hill. Every time we play these guys my mind drifts back to that eventful clash at Kenthurst four years back, a match that had everything: nudity, fiery clashes, dropped bats, dropped catches, F-bombs and a get-out-of-jail last over win for CCNSW. Would we see a repeat of these levels of excitement today#?

(* not really, and # spoiler alert, no)

CCNSW skipper Scott Wells tossed correctly and elected to bat first, happy days. Mike Pinter and Michael Weaver were sent out to blunt the new-ball attack, but the left-arm in-swing of Tom Reaney accounted for Weaves in just the second over. Paul Nash and ‘Punter’ then put on a solid partnership that ended when Pinter pushed one wide of the bowler (Paul James), who moved quickly to his left and effected a no-look backhand-flick direct hit; Pinter unhappily adjudged to be short of his ground. The aggressive duo of Tom Robertson and Nash lifted the tempo, and both reached retirement at 30*, bracketing a brief cameo from Andrew Dawson that was ended by a neat stumping. At the 20 over break we were 3-89 with two in the shed and a score well in excess of 200 beckoned.

In the first five overs after the break Wells and Craig Kitson put on 25, looking completely untroubled by the bowlers. With wickets in hand, enterprising stroke play was the order of the day, but as I well know, there is a fine line between enterprise and stupidity, and a steady flow of wickets prevented us from really putting the hammer down. Although Kitson cruised to retirement to give us a 3rd batter in the hut, it was left to Andrew Davis and the returning batters to negotiate the death overs. In the end, wickets in successive balls left Robertson stranded on 36* with an over to go, CCNSW all out for a decent but disappointing 186.

At this point a terrific spread was laid on, well done CCNSW: frankly a spirited debate about the merits of celery in sliders is really what a day at the cricket should be all about. But there was a job to be done, and with Castle Hill known to possess a dangerous top order, we needed to be on our toes. Wistfully looking back at the uneaten sandwiches, we began to warm up for a spell in the field.

Mick Tarrant and Andrew Davis took the new ball against the Castle Hill opening duo of James and Hungerford. After a sedate maiden from Tarrant, a flurry of boundaries pushed the score to 0-25 after just 3 overs and 186 was looking about a hundred short. But little moments change a game, and when Sherville (“Wes”) Hall took up the attack, James pushed one to Davis’ left and called Hungerford through. Little did he know he had picked out the one left-handed thrower in the team, and a neat pick up and throw to the keeper Andrew Dawson  saw Hungerford run out, victim to a brace of ‘Andy Ds’. When Mick Tarrant trapped James lbw soon afterwards, we had regained the ascendancy.

New batters Austin and van Wyk were not in a mood to let us settle though, and an aggressive partnership took the score along to 2-65 after 12 overs. David Craig’s leg-spin replaced ‘Wes’ Hall, and the introduction of Andrew Bachelard at the other end paid immediate dividends with van Wyk bowled for 15. In the next over Austin wound up to hit the spinner into Stanmore, but the ball dipped and spun past the edge of the flailing blade leaving Dawson to effect a vital stumping,
4-65. A good spell for CCNSW continued as Bachelard and Craig rattled the timbers 3 more times in the next few overs to put us in a commanding position. So commanding in fact that Wells felt safe to throw the ball to Tom Robertson, and the “wild thing” rewarded this show of blind faith by eliciting a nick to the keeper, 8-97. 

Tom Reaney batted with determination for quite a while before an absolute pie from Wes Hall brought him undone, caught down the leg side by ‘keeper Dawson (his fourth dismissal of the innings, sorry Wells, the job’s no longer open). At the other end Robertson returned to form by bowling a delivery to the fine leg fence for 5 wides, and was immediately hooked to our considerable relief. Andrew Davis restored some sanity to proceedings and bowled the last man to complete a comprehensive CCNSW victory. Long may we reign as Kings of Camperdown!

The Team was (playing 12): – Michael Weaver 0, Mike Pinter 13, Paul Nash 36, Tom Robertson 36*, Andrew Dawson (w) 6, Scott Wells (c) 19, Craig Kitson 33, Michael Tarrant 10, Andrew Bachelard 1, Andrew Davis 17, Sherville Hall 1, David Craig dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-186 (39 Overs) (T. Robertson 36*; P. Nash 36; C. Kitson 33)


Castle Hill: – 10-117 (30.3 Overs) 

By 69 runs

FoWs: – 1-3 (M. Weaver); 2-43 (M. Pinter); 3-74 (A. Dawson); 4-114 (S. Wells); 5-135 (M. Tarrant); 6-147 (A. Bachelard); 7-169 (S. Hall); 8-178 (P. Nash); 9-186 (A. Davis); 10-186 (C. Kitson).

The Bowling was: – M.  Tarrant 6-2-19-1; A. Davis 2.3-1-13-1; S. Hall 5-1-24-1; D. Craig 9-2-31-3; A. Bachelard 5-0-14-2; T. Robertson 2-0-13-1 (inc. 5 wides)

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to A. Dawson

Catches: – Two to A. Dawson (w)

Run outs: – one to A. Davis assist to A Dawson)

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to C. Kitson; 2 points to D. Craig; one point to P. Nash

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/fcd4d0dd 

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