WEEK TWENTY TWO : SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024

C&S  ROUND 16 : CCNSW vs BEAVERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 3 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

The C&S team returned to Camperdown Oval for the start of our seasons home stretch. The Captains agreed on the outcome of the toss with Beavers wanting to bowl first, and CCNSW wanting to bat first. The pitch was in a good state despite wet weather in the days leading up to the game. There was a bit of moisture on the surface, but ultimately seemed good for batting and bowling.

Karthick Submaranian and Lenny Volkov provided a solid platform with a 50 run opening stand before a clump of a wickets fell following drinks. However, from 4/66 after 20 overs Sam Millar and Jamie Murtha built a great partnership of 113, Jamie kept rotating the strike to Sam who cleared the boundary with ease on multiple occasions, the pair seeing us to a very competitive 179 from our 35 overs.

Our defence started perfectly with Wes Hall picking up a wicket with his first (legal) delivery, nicked and safely caught by wicket keeper Declan Thomas. Alecsandr (Smokey) Yap picked up two wickets in his first two overs which left Beavers reeling at 3/14.

The next pair threatened to build a big partnership before Adam Khamis removed both batters with support from some brilliant fielding, Henry Davis taking a genuine screamer at point.

Middle order wickets continued to fall with Jamie and debutant George Garnett both picking up one each, but the Beavers tail wagged and looked dangerous until yet another brilliant piece of fielding, this time by Adam at square leg saw Smokey get his third wicket for the match. Sam ended the match the following over with an excellent direct hit runout off his own bowling.

In the end the match was probably tighter than it should have been, well done to our opposition who played well and fought until the end, however we held our nerve and performed well with bat and ball to secure victory! We are back at Camperdown next Saturday where we can hopefully make it three wins on the bounce.

The Team was: – Karthick Submaranian 35, Lenny Volkov 21, Harry Bridge 2, Sam Millar 81*, George Garnett 0, Jamie Murtha (c) 31*, Henry Davis dnb, Declan Thomas (w) dnb, Adam Khamis dnb, Wes Hall dnb, Smokey Yap dnb.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-179   (35 Overs) (S. Millar 81*)

Defeated

Beavers CC: – 10-166 (33.4 Overs) (A. Khamis 3-25)

By 13 runs

FoWs: – 1- 50 (K. Submaranian); 2- 61 (H. Bridge); 3- 66 (L. Volkov); 4- 66 (G. Garnett)

The Bowling was: – W.Hall 7-1-24-1; S. Yap 7-0-35-3; A. Khamis 7-2-25-3; J. Murtha 6-1-38-1; G. Garnett 6-0-36-1; S. Millar 0.4-0-2-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to Henry Davis, Two to Jamie Murtha and one to Adam Khamis

Run outs: –  One to Sam Millar

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Millar; 2 points to A. Khamis; one point to W. Hall

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/city-and-suburban-summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/5d4afc7c

MASTERS ROUND 10: CCNSW vs EPPING AT EPPING  OVAL, EPPING ON SUNDAY 3 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY DANIEL TURNER

Arriving at Epping Oval, there was an air of the unknown as only half our team had played Epping on their patch and that was four seasons ago. The ground had a lovely covering of soft grass (which we would later rue) and the wicket looked a good one, hard and ready to bat first on. But, after losing the toss the Skipper’s initial feeling of disappointment was soon one of surprise when the Epping captain decided to bowl first. With the sun coming out, a hard deck and forecast of 31, Dan was appreciative.

But the Epping skipper – apparently on form on this ground on his last start – started well, opening the bowling with a very disciplined, tight line, getting an early breakthrough trapping Tom Robertson in front  for a duck, 1-9. The bowling discipline carried through to the opening bowling partnership, and through to the first change bowlers. With the tight bowling start, batting was not the easiest and it required a very diligent approach from Weaver and Nash in particular to see out the early dangers, with a lot of good deliveries being held out. On top of that, a loose ball was still not the easiest to get to the fence with the boundary tough to reach with the soft lush grass covering. Nashy (16) was caught by the skipper with a very good catch overhead in a shortish cover (2-38), and Weaves was run out for 17 (3-55). Soon after Arfan Haider (18) was looking good hitting a six over square leg (pull shot) down a side street, rolling down the hill and taking about 5 minutes to retrieve. But Arfan skied a ball to mid off soon after, again after consistent line and length bowling.

We were 4-62 after 18 overs at this stage and Dan Turner and Soren Hughes were at the wicket. Both managed to tick the strike over with regular singles while still being watchful early on. The day was getting warmer, and there were more opportunities presenting themselves with a lot of 2s and 3s on offer. As the ball wasn’t reaching the boundary too easily, the outfielders also had a hard time having to chase almost every ball and it started to take its toll on the fielding side. Sensing that, Soren started to lift the aggression  and was particularly punishing, hitting 3 fours and a towering straight six to reach his 40* retirement. Dan followed a couple of overs later hitting a straight drive for 4 to make it two in the bank.

The batting kept the momentum going though. Scott Wells (4) was out caught and bowled by the crafty left arm spinner who ended up with 4 wickets (5-158), but then Andrew Dadswell (Tex) and Mick Tarrant (15) really started ramping up the run rate, putting on 28 runs until Mick copped a tough call LBW (off the bat??) and we were 6-186 off 35 overs. Tex (41*) was not in the mood to slow down and in conjunction with Dave Craig (3) and Ben Stanic (3), got to his retirement with some imperious shot making with four 4s and a lot of 2s. At 8-223 with 5 balls remaining, Dan (46*) and Soren (59*) were reunited, with Soren blasting us to 8-240 and reaching his half century in the process.

Epping started their innings trying to play shots as they needed 6 an over to reach the target. There were a few loose shots they got away before Mick Tarrant started to rein in proceedings with a nice swinging delivery, displacing the stumps (1-29). Ben Stanic was charging in (uphill?) and was on the money and soon got in on the action trapping the skipper and best player LBW for a duck (2-38). Both bowled well and Mick enticed a lovely edge from the other opener for Wellsy to take the catch (3-42). Tex and Shane Peterson came on in a double change and both were able to maintain the pressure on the Epping batters by bowling a tight line. Tex was getting good turn and bounce, and Big Shane was bowling downhill with a decent clip and bounce also. And the rewards started to come with Shane ripping the middle order apart, claiming the next 4 wickets, with a good variation in dismissal. Shane got an LBW with a ball which had a bit too much pace, then took a lovely caught and bowled for his 2nd, hitting the bat high on the splice and the ball ballooned back to him. Next up he got through the defences and rattled the stumps, and for his 4th, Big Shane came up with an extraordinary slower wider delivery which the stubborn no.4 bat hit to gully for Benny to take a nice diving catch (some might say it was a low wide rank full toss but I prefer the former description).

Epping were 7-71, but Tex claimed a wicket in his last over before Dave Craig and Soren came on to wrap it up. There was a runout for the 9th wicket with Dan and Scott combining, before Soren got one rattled the timber of the number 10 – who incidentally looked an accomplished hitter and probably should be looking for an elevation next game.

Epping was bowled out for 90 and CCNSW took a big win by 150 runs, producing a great all round team performance in the process.

The Team was: – Michael Weaver 17, Tom Robertson 0, Paul Nash 16, Arfan Haider 18, Daniel Turner (c) 46*, Soren Hughes 59*, Scott Wells 4, Andrew Dadswell 41*, Mick Tarrant 15, David Craig 3, Ben Stanic 3, Shane Peterson dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-240  (40 Overs) (S. Hughes 59*)

Defeated

Epping Bulls: – 10-90 (28 Overs) (S. Peterson 4-14)

By 150 runs

FoWs: – 1-9 (Tom Robertson), 2-38 (Paul Nash), 3-55 (Michael Weaver), 4-62 (Arfan Haider), 5-158 (Scott Wells), 6-166 (Mick Tarrant), 7-209 (David Craig), 8-223 (Benjamin Stanic)

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 6-2-15-1; M. Tarrant 6-0-30-2; A. Dadswell 7-0-16-1; S. Peterson 7-5-14-4; D. Craig 1-0-4-0; S. Hughes 1-0-4-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to Scott Wells, Ben Stanic and Shane Peterson

Run outs: –  One to Daniel Turner

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Hughes; 2 points to D. Turner ; one point to A. Dadswell

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/79660724

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