WEEK TWENTY FOUR: THURSDAY 7 -SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2024

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs NSW POLICE T20 – MORNING GAME AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES 

The Team was (playing 10): – Soren Hughes (c) 20, Joshua Heldarskard (aka Genner) 26, Edward Robertson 24, Tom Robertson 0,  Emmanuel Mouglalis 1, Mitch Sturt 13, Joe Scarcella 7* ,David Craig 6, Tom Reaney 1*, Tim Jones dnb [Absent: Alex Cumming and Sherville Hall]

The Result was: –

NSW Police XI: – 7-168 (20 Overs)

Defeated 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-114 (20 Overs)

By 54 runs

FoWs: – No details given

The Bowling was: – Edward Robertson 4-0-34-0; T. Reaney 2-0-13-0; S. Hughes 2-9-17-0; J. Heldarskard 3-0-28-1, M. Sturt 3-0-33-2; D. Craig 4-0-34-1; T. Jones 2-0-15-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of S. Hughes, Ed Robertson and M. Sturt; one to sub

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs NSW POLICE T20- AFTERNOON  GAME AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES 

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 33, Jhie Cushan  (w) 33, George Bentley 26, Joshua Heldarskard (aka Genner) 41* ret not out, Soren Hughes (c) 10, Tim Jones 5, Tom Reaney 1, Mitch Sturt 1, Ed Robertson 12*, Joe Scarcella 2*, Emmanuel Mouglalis dnb and David Craig dnb,  

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-184 (20 Overs) (J. Heldarskard 41* ret not out)

Lost to

NSW Police XI: – 5-185 (19.1 Overs)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – No details recorded

The Bowling was: – J. Scarcella 1-0-13-0; G. Bentley 4-0-34-0; T. Reaney 1-0-21-0; M. Sturt 2-0-26-0; Ed Robertson 2.1-0-17-0; D. Craig 2-0-18-0; S. Hughes 4-0-25-2; T. Jones 2-0-21-2; J. Heldarskard 1-0-6-1

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – one to J. Cushan

Catches: – One to Ed Robertson and one to M. Sturt

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

C&S  ROUND 17 : CCNSW vs SACHIN TENDULKAR XI AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SATURDAY 9 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA  

Our third to last match of the season was played against the Sachin Tendulkar XI, who are new to the City and Suburban Association. Our earlier game this season v them had been rained off. The pitch was reasonably hard, with a covering of dry dark grass and it looked like it had potential to crumble up and take spin as the day went on. 

CCNSW lost the toss and were required to field. The bowlers, particularly Roman Hughes started very well, but were unlucky to have a few dropped catches off their bowling in the early overs.

We had a few fill-in players who showed promise, but the opposition rode their luck and managed to get away some streaky boundaries, which applied considerable scoreboard pressure before drinks.

Adam Khamis continued his good run of form with the ball picking up a few wickets until a sickening collision with debutant Tynan O’Shea-Nobin occurred, with both fielders going for a catch, but neither one calling for it. Thankfully Adam was able to return to the field later in the innings and pick up another wicket, but ultimately a very close call.

Jamie Murtha extracted some turn from the pitch and picked up a few wickets of his own. we bowled and fielded considerably better after drinks and restricted our opposition to 199 from their 35 overs.

In response, Tom Robertson and Gerry O’Shea once again found themselves at the crease together and once again put on a hundred-plus run partnership. The pair were both solid against some decently accurate bowling and found ways to keep us around the required run rate. 

After drinks both openers fell in quick succession which caused quite the collapse on a difficult wicket to start on, some costly mistakes saw us go from a winning position at 0-117 after 23 overs to all out for 171 in the 32nd over In the end it was a good game, however, will no doubt go down as one that got away!

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 71, Gerard O’Shea 39. Karthick Subramanian (w) 4. Luke Holman 1, Roman Hughes (w) 0, Jamie Murtha (c) 19, Soren Hughes (v/c) 6, Dinesh Valdhya 17, Aleksandr Yap 0, Tynan O’Shea-Nobin 1, Adam Khamis 9*, Tim Mansini dnb

The Result was: –

Sachin Tendulkar XI: – 9-199 (35 overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-171 (31.3 Overs) (T. Robertson 71; G. O’Shea 39)

By 28 runs

FoWs: – 1-119 (G. O’Shea); 2-123 (T. Robertson); 3-127 (K. Subramanian ); 4-128 (L. Holman); 5-128 (Roman Hughes); 6-134 (Soren Hughes); 7-146 (J. Murtha); 8-146 (A. Yap); 9-161 (T. O’Shea-Nobin); 10-171 (D. Valdhya)

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 6-1-26-0; T. O’Shea-Nobin 4-0-22-0; A. Khamis 5-0-26-3; Soren Hughes 6-0-39-1; D. Valdhya 3-0-10-1; T. Mansini 3-0-17-1; A. Yap 3-0-18-0; J. Murtha 5-0-27-3 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Two to Roman Hughes

Catches: – One to each of G. O’Shea and T. Robertson

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to T. Robertson; 2 points to G. O’Shea; one point to A. Khamis

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/25e017de

CLASSICS ROUND 11: CCNSW vs OLD IGNATIANS AT RYDE  OVAL, RYDE ON SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY ANDREW BACHELARD 

On a glorious late summer / early autumn day, when the azure sky and the beaming sun looked down on Sydney with a benevolent and loving aspect, the CCNSW Classics travelled to Ryde Oval for our final game of the season. Albert Camus said that “life is a sum of all your choices”. Anyone who wasn’t preparing to play cricket on Sunday afternoon should really look at the choices they have made, because their life was missing something genuinely magnificent.

After we had all celebrated the joy of being alive for a while, skipper Scott Wells called incorrectly and we were asked to field first. 

The Old Ignatians (Iggies) team was dangerous, with some serious power in their batting and a top 6 who on their day put passing traffic at risk. Michael Tarrant and Andrew “Bach” Bachelard opened the bowling and after a steady but not spectacular opening spell Iggies were 1-62 from 14 (caught by keeper Andrew “Dawso” Dawson off Bachelard).

Sherville “Wes” Hall replaced Tarrant at the pavilion end and immediately lived up to his nickname, removing the off stump of the dangerous Schwager for 22 in his first over. Bachelard went for 12 in his next over, superbly laying the platform for Wes to pick up his second with a very well judged catch at backward point to skipper Wells. In his next over Wes was back for his third wicket, the very dangerous McLeod superbly caught at long on by Tom Robertson. The ball had sufficient elevation that Robertson, who had completely failed to see it off the bat, had time to notice that everyone was looking at him, scan the skies, locate the ball, run in, realise his mistake, amble back and settle in to (eventually) take it comfortably. Wes Hall had 3 in 3 overs to have 3-6 and Iggies were reeling at 4-80 from 19. 

At this point David Craig replaced Bachelard at the far end and reaped immediate reward. His first ball was a traditional leg spinners loosener, a hip high full toss on leg stump, which was not so traditionally clubbed straight down the throat of Tom Robertson at deep backward square. Thus was removed the extremely dangerous Garling and the much vaunted Iggies middle order had crumbled from 1-62 after 14 to 5-81 when an early tea was taken after 19.1 overs.

The collapse continued after tea with Craig completing his first over with another wicket. The Iggies batsman inexplicably charged down the pitch and then missed his defensive prod to be stranded metres out of his ground as Dawson completed a simple stumping. Iggies 6-82 after 20.

Wes missed out in his next over but on the first ball of his second over Craig clean bowled Fahey to have figures of 1.1 overs, 3-1. When Wes Hall removed Lucas Parsons (the golfer) in his next over LBW Iggies were in utter disarray at 8-83. Not long after Craig had Forde comfortably caught by Wells and Iggies were 9-92, with Hall 7-2-8-4 and Craig 4-0-9-4.

At this point the retired Glasson, batting at 3, returned and joined the number 11, Callaway. Together they put on an outstanding 10th wicket partnership that involved some really smart batting combined with brutal late hitting. Despite continued good bowling from Hall and Craig, useful overs from Craig Kitson and Andrew Davis who chipped in with 2 overs each, including an outstanding final over from Davis and the returning Tarrant, the final score was 9-157.

At the break we felt that 157 was 40 odd under par on a beautiful wicket. However there were some nerves as Classics have struggled to put scores on the board at times this year.

We opened with two club legends, Michael “Punter” Pinter and Robertson. Robertson in particular has been in a rich vein of form in various formats recently and was expected to wipe away significant chunks of the deficit and any nerves in quick time. Things did not immediately go according to plan however. Punter was dropped in the first over – nicking his first ball to gully, where the fielder had time to read a book, have a cup of tea and a little lie down before eventually putting it down. Robertson was out in the next over, inexplicably spooning a catch. Michael “Weaves” Weaver joined Punter at the crease and for a while neither batsman was able to get into their innings. 

Eventually Weaves, who had managed a couple of nicely timed nudges and nurdles, missed a straight one, lbw for 5, leaving CCNSW with work to do at 2-22 after 8 overs. 

At this point Paul Nash strode to the crease and immediately changed the dynamic of the game. He showed the power and timing that he has displayed all year and that would this week see him achieve equal lead run scorer for the Classics comp (level with Daniel Moss of Mosman). His trademark thumping drives, pulls and hoiks also inspired Punter who started to time the ball much more sweetly, picking up a couple of lovely fours through the on side. CCNSW looked much more comfortable at drinks at 2-76.

Shortly thereafter Nash brought up his 31* retired not out (36 balls) with a massive pulled six, which brought Dawson to the crease. Dawson routinely looks imperious at the crease, but somewhat inexplicable has failed to reach 30* for the Classics. He and Punter shared a very comfortable partnership until Punter’s retirement (31*ret  not out, 58 balls), bringing Scott Wells to the crease. 

Wells and ‘Dawso’ punished the bowling until Wells had trouble deciding whether to pummel a nude ball for 6 over mid wicket or straight over the bowler’s head. In the end he opted to spoon it straight back to the bowler and was out for 16. This brought Craig Kitson to the crease, who prior to this game had batted three times for the Classics, for three not out retirements. (Ed note: he was out once on his return to the crease) By this stage we were 3-104 after 25 overs and feeling confident.

Our confidence was well placed as Dawso continued in his casual yet purposeful style whilst Kitson immediately looked completely at ease. In the last game of the season Dawso finally managed to reach his milestone and retired 30* not out from 42 balls.

Andrew Davis strode to the crease with a handful of runs left and made no mistakes helping Kitson ease us to a comfortable victory, 3-158.

A great way to finish an up and down season for the Classics. We ended up in 5th spot on the ladder, overall a disappointing position given that we had high hopes for a premiership at the start of the season. We have looked very good in patches and have disappointed in others. We dispatched teams below us on the ladder but found ways to lose, often from good positions, against all four of the teams above us. Particularly disappointing was throwing away an excellent position against the table topping undefeated Sri Lanka Lions and an inexcusable brain fade from your correspondent against Warringah.

Despite this it has been a thoroughly enjoyable season with a fantastic group of men. To spend every second Sunday of the summer with you all has been a profound pleasure and a privilege. On behalf of everyone who has played Classics this year I would also like to thank Scott Wells for his outstanding organizational skills, leadership and cat herding skills. Hopefully we can regroup next year, give a better account of ourselves against the top teams and give the title a proper nudge. Can’t wait.

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 0, Mike Pinter 31* ret not out, Mike Weaver 5, Paul Nash 31* ret not out, Andrew Dawson 31* ret not out, Scott Wells 16, Craig Kitson 27*, Andrew Davis 2*, Michael Tarrant dnb, Andrew Bachelard dnb, David Craig dnb, Sherville Hall dnb,

The Result was: –

Epping: – 9-157 (40 Overs) (S. Hall 4-15; D. Craig 4-27)

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 3-158 (37.3 Overs) (A. Dawson 31* ret not out; P. Nash 31* ret not out; M. Pinter 31* ret not out)

By 7 wickets

FoWs: – 1-2 (T Robertson); 2-18 (M Weaver); 3-104 (S Wells).

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 9-1-50-0; A. Bachelard 9-1-41-1; S. Hall 9-2-15-4; D. Craig 9-1-27-4; A. Davis 2-1-8-0; C. Kitson 2-0-9-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to A. Dawson

Catches: – One to A. Dawson (w); two to T. Robertson and two to S. Wells

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to S. Hall; 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/f39cb0ac

VINTAGE  ROUND 11 : CCNSW vs DE LA SALLE OLD BOYS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY MICK McCORMICK

Sunny blue skies accompanied the verdure of Camperdown oval to set the scene for the final chapter in the pursuit of back-to-back championship glory for the Vintage swashbucklers. A miserly seven points ahead of 2nd placed Southern Highlands who were playing the most talent challenged side in the league meant the fat lady hadn’t even loosened her vocal chords.

To win the toss took on the gravity of obtaining Taylor Swift tickets for 14-year-old twin daughters. Captain Stuart Ridge fresh from World cup glory never flinched from the task, finessing the coin rotations perfectly to achieve the desired outcome…..BAT !!.

The opening pair of John Finucane and Gerry O’Shea donned their cream and off white protective regalia, shunned a warm up and strode confidently to the wicket to commence the quest for run accumulation. Gerry looked in fine touch and was waving his bat with orchestral precision keeping the run rate flowing… Finucane got a bit of a peach of a ball to be out for 3.

Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) the second member of the team to have bathed in world cup success commenced his innings in his usual no nonsense style until he miscued one to mid-off on 10. 

Dan Pellen who displays more promise than a Meriton sales agent got the Steve Smith treatment …wrapped on the pads and fired. Unlucky again …sure to be a big part of the trifecta next season.

Gerard O’Shea remained unaffected at the other end quietly accumulating runs like a bower bird at a Christmas  fête  He conveyed his sage like wisdom to the incoming batter….all to no avail, as a conga line of head hangers exited the scene.

Mick McCormick joined O’Shea and was feeling more comfortable than a Jason recliner with a few well-timed shots until a zephyr of inswing disassembled the furniture.

Peter Rolls entered the fray with Gerry retiring not out on an epic 31*. Rolls contributed a valuable 20; then Greg Brooks fired up like a Port Kembla furnace facing Mr Wobblegong, bowling from the cafe end. 

The statisticians are still working out whether the toll of that over was a claimable rebate from the State government, it was so substantial. 5 fours …the first nearly decapitating a forlorn fielder being hit with Schwarzenegger like force. For the first time in a Vintage game there was a thought of a mercy rule.

Needless to say Peter Roll’s birthday guests saw more than just cake.

It was over quickly. However Brooks’ 32* ret not out in the bank gave the team the comfort of a childhood blanket.

Joe Scarcella unfortunately went for a ‘dance and deliver’ shot against the ‘flim flam’ floaty bowling and was halfway to the pavilion before the wicketkeeper impatiently took the ball from in front of the stumps.

Mick McCormick who was square leg at the time and is no Daryl Hare or Steve Bucknor, failed to observe the wicket-keeper’s indiscretion. This was persistently, emphatically, and mercilessly pointed out for several hours following his umpiring stint.

Garry James probably played his best innings of the season. Impressive strike rate and effortlessly hobbling the speed of Dave Glen in the running between wickets! Garry and Dave put on a valuable partnership of 34 runs.

Stuart Ridge also was aggressive and batted  together with Paul Georgiadis who had the paddle working like he was in a Penrith whitewater event. They continued the momentum towards 200 runs. Paul went lbw quickly followed by run out, endeavouring to extract every run from every ball.

We got to the final over and in what some would describe as a brave move whereas others would consider it devoid of any cognitive process, the ‘flim flam floaty’ bowler returned to bowl against Greg Brooks,  the toll master himself.

The spectators lips were drying out from all their licking, Rolls’ guests disbanded their cake, the dogs stopped lifting their legs as the anticipation of the carnage that was about to unfold pervaded the whole ground.

Sorry folks…anticlimax. Only to be described as a cluster fade, on the first ball of the over, the toll master dispatched the ball towards the midwicket boundary, it was fielded  and a second run seemed secure.

Stop start …yes ..no …wait …no go ..don’t yes maybe ..shit ! The wise sage was drained of wisdom…the President meanwhile looked as lost and confused as Hansel and Gretel looking for the route home in the forest, as the pair were stranded mid pitch, like boats stuck in the mud after the tide had retreated and Gerry was run out.

Never has a run out encaptured so much pathos, so much waste. Final score 204.

The De La Salle openers were defiant, resilient even.  A few skied shots failed to find a withered hand …skidders along the deck avoided the stumps and grubbed past John Finucane behind in a thankless task.

Paul Georgiadis managed to find the edge of the opening left hander’s bat, well taken behind by John Finucane but both the umpire and Paul were oblivious to the wooden sound…a trip to Cochlear in the off season is recommended for both.

In the ensuing conversation some testing of the suitability of helmets for contact sport took place leaving John Finucane prostrate on the ground. Who says veterans cricket lacks intensity?

The incident however frustrated the CCNSW players as it was the first time all season a wicket had not been taken in the first half dozen overs. The wicket drought continued until Garry James enticed the number 3 to hit him straight to Stuart Ridge who snaffled a bullet like shot. 

Calculations burned through the CCNSW players’ craniums as to how many wickets would be sufficient to claim the title ….at least six being the conclusion…however the overs ticked by with scant inroads into the opposition.

A number of run out opportunities arose but retirement-home throwing, scarpered those chances. A great bit of up to the stumps keeping to Raga saw the helmet tester stumped just shy of his 30….karma!!!

Garry James picked up another wicket again caught by Ridge.

Greg Brooks then just took enough varnish off the off stump to sufficiently shake the bail from its groove.

The adornment of cheap medals placed over the players necks was in sight. But there were no laurels for resting just yet. Mick McCormick bowled late bringing an element of baseball to the proceedings with four hip height full tosses in a row. Unsurprisingly he was unceremoniously roasted and removed from the attack.

Paul Georgiadis then picked up another wicket with a ball that seemed to take forever to hit the stumps and even then the kookaburra was so lacking in energy that it seemed to require some form of vitamin supplements to actually impact the stumps sufficiently.

Stu Ridge had more than the usual overs up his sleeve and enticed the batter to smash one out to the extra cover boundary where Paul Georgiadis took one of the best outfield catches of the season.   

This then opened the floodgates with Stu zeroing in on the stumps and finally benefitting from the pitches lower bounce first with an lbw  and then comprehensively bowling the last two batters in the penultimate over.

So, all 10 wickets taken in the end. Frantic phone calls to the Southern Highlands game confirmed that more than enough had been done by CCNSW to claim the title again. (Ed Note: CCNSW ended up 8.50points ahead of Southern Highlands – equivalent to 8.5 wickets/ 170 runs)

Is a treble, a trifecta, a hat trick of Vintage premierships possible? …To dream is to live. Time will tell but time is telling. 

Bask in the moment. Well done you old bastards.

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerald  O’Shea 31, John Finucane 3, Sittampalam Ragavan 10, Daniel Pellen 5, Mick McCormick 8, Greg Brooks 32*, Peter Rolls 20, Joe Scarcella 0, David Glen 14, Garry James 31* ret not out, Stuart Ridge 18, Paul Georgiadis 8

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-202 (39 Overs) (G Brooks 32*; G. James 31* ret not out; G. O’Shea 31)

Defeated

De La Salle Old Boys: – 10-161 (39 Overs) (S. Ridge 4-15)

By 41 runs

FoWs: – 1-13 (J. Finucane); 2-31 (S. Ragavan); 3-41 (D. Pellen); 4-53 (M. McCormick); 5-125 (P. Rolls); 6-125 (J. Scarcella); 7-159 (D. Glen); 8-199 (P. Georgiadis); 9-203 (S. Ridge); 10-204 (G. O’Shea).

The Bowling was: – S. Ragavan 6-0-33-1; G. Brooks 6-0-26-3; J. Scarcella 7-1-25-0; M. McCormick 1-0-8-0; P. Georgiadis 5-0-20-1; S. Ridge 7-1-15-4

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

Catches: – 2 to S. Ridge; one to P. Georgiadis

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. O’Shea; 2 points to G. James; one point to G. Brooks

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/fb5e105d

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