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LMS GRADING MATCH: SUNDAY 14TH APRIL 2023 CCCNSW VS STUMPED!REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

The weird and wonderful world of LMS has returned for another winter season, and CCNSW fielded a fresh line-up full of new talent, with youngsters Mitch Sturt, Andrew Davis and Tim Jones all playing for CCNSW in this format for the first time (probably).

Delegated skipper David Craig won the toss and batted, sending out Weaves (Mike Weaver) and Dee (Andrew Davis) to build a platform. Sadly Weaves was run out before the foundations were poured, and Declan Thomas joined Dee in a steady partnership before Dee was stumped. The most noteworthy dismissal was of top-scorer Declan: faced with a loopy leggie bowling well wide of off stump, Declan took off in the direction of point and creamed a full blooded pull shot in the direction of backward square. Unfortunately, the middle stump was now in a direct line between point of impact and the intended boundary, out bowled. Not so much a chop-on as a full-blooded slog-on! I for one applaud the innovation, if not the elevation involved. In the latter overs Mitch Sturt, Nic Kochanowicz and Luke Holman all hit out, lifting the run rate somewhat, and we posted 5/125.

While our score seemed to be ~30 under par, we gave it a red-hot go defending. Tim Jones and Mitch Sturt took the new rock, and bowled well with Mitch picking up a wicket as the batter pulled weakly to mid-wicket, an easy catch to Dutchy (David Craig). Nic K relieved Tim and almost immediately induced a skied ball which appeared to be perfectly placed between long-on and mid-wicket until Tim Jones, running at full tilt, threw out the right mitt and the ball stuck. Unfortunately, it was a free hit, making this the Greatest Catch that Never Was. Luckily the batter creamed one to Dutchy at deep mid-wicket and was gone soon after. Weaves came into the attack and immediately struck a good line and length with his fastish offies, frustrating the new batter until he advanced, swung wildly and was neatly stumped by Declan. The oppo mounted a decent partnership that looked to be taking them to a comfortable victory, although Weaves, Dee and Luke Holman kept the run rate in check through the middle overs. Eventually the partnership was broken when a lofted drive off Luke was caught by a diving Dutchy at long-off, who then, still on his back, threw to the bowler for the double play (weird LMS rules, look ‘em up). Their opening bat had retired for a classy 50*, and with 5 down now we were able to keep numbers 7 and 8 quiet for a while, bowling wide of off stump to avoid taking a wicket. Their tailender foiled this plan by stepping back and destroying his stumps with an attempted cut-shot, bringing their gun bat back to finish the job. It was left to Weaves to bowl a dramatic last over, and in the end, they needed three off the last ball to win. It was creamed to long-on but burst through the fingertips and over the boundary for a home run last ball victory to Stumped! We put that guy down 4 times in total, and he finished 78* so doing the math – carry one, add 12 – catches do indeed win matches!

Player points could have gone to anyone, as all contributed with bat or ball and in the field.

3 points to Declan Thomas, top score with 36 and a stumping.

2 points to Mitch Sturt, 28 off 22 and a wicket in a tight opening spell

1 point to Andrew Davis for a miserly spell 4-0-17-0 that kept us in the game right to the end.

Shoutouts to Weaves for an excellent bowling spell, Luke and Nic who both hit lustily and picked up a wicket. Tim bowled well with the new rock, and Dutchy was involved in 5/6 dismissals with three catches, a runout and a wicket. Plenty of entertainment for $20, get on board!


The Team was – Michael Weaver 4, Andrew Davis 19, Declan Thomas 36, Mitch Sturt 28, Nicholas Kochanowicz 13, Luke Holman 15, Tim Jones 5, David Craig (c) dnb.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-125 (20 Overs)

Defeated by

Stumped!: – 6-135 (20 Overs)

By 2 wickets

The Bowling was: – T. Jones 2-0-16-0; A. Davis 4-0-17-0; M. Weaver 4-0-25-1; D. Craig 2-0-18-1; M. Sturt 3-0-12-1; N. Kochanowicz 2-0-21-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas

Catches: – Two to D Craig

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to D. Thomas; 2 points to M. Sturt; one point to A. Davis

Scorecard: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/stats?fixtureid=420850

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

WEEK TWENTY TWO : SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024

C&S  ROUND 15 : CCNSW vs  REG BARTLEY XI AT REG BARTLEY OVAL,  RUSHCUTTERS BAY ON SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMES MURTHA 

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)

Defeated

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 

CLASSICS ROUND 10: CCNSW vs CASTLE HILL AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG 

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)

Defeated

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 

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

CCNSW “Stuart Mathlin” Golf day for Sunday April

Mike Weaver has fixed the date for the  CCNSW “Stuart Mathlin” Golf day for Sunday April 7 ( the Sunday after Easter) at the Coast Golf Club

·         Coast Golf Club web site :  see https://www.coastgolf.com.au/cms/  

·         Address I Coast Hospital Road, Little Bay, N.S.W. 2036

·         Tee off from 12 noon 

·         Green fees $90 

·         Handicap Stableford event 

·         Individual winner on day will hold Stuart Mathlin Cup: full details and history on club web site at https://ccnsw.com/index.php/golf/

·         There will be prizes for best pairing highest combined Stableford points 

·         Bradman award 

·         Nearest the pin and longest drive awards 

Booked for 16 only – 4 groups . Contact MICHAEL WEAVER:  0402 083 786 (Mob); golf@ccnsw.com

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

WEEK NINE: WEDNESDAY 8 – SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2023

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs SYDNEY CC  XI  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ,   ON WEDNESDAY 8 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY EDWARD ROBERTSON

With the previous match rained out, we all looked forward to this mid week match at the home of CCNSW at Camperdown. To his joy, dad (Ed note: aka ‘Tom Robertson’) had bumped into Bill (umpire) on the walk from the bus stop, further lifting up his excitement for another midweek cricket match. Match manager on the day, Soren Hughes exercised his outstanding skills with the coin. SCC called incorrectly and we chose to bat first. Two guest debutants Sean Avers and Mike Norris were brought along by long time stalwart Mitch Sturt.

And Tyson McCallum reprised his guest appearance of last season. All were ready to compete at any moment; their enthusiasm was saved to the middle order. CCNSW members Ed Robertson, Len Volkov, Michael Carman and Richard Clark and Tyson McCallum got us off to a gentle start with the run-rate slowly ticking over at around 4.5 for 3-74 runs off the first 17 overs to the drinks’ break. This was then backed up with the fire-power of Sean Avers (50* ret), Mike Norris (51* ret) and Mitch Sturt (19*) who scored 152 off the final 18 overs to take the CCNSW total to 4-227 after 35 overs with five notably large sixes by Mike Norris  at the pavilion roof, on the roof and over the roof. To the team’s dismay, dad saving himself till later in the order, did not score a boundary.

The Sydney CC XI started strongly with the bat, but then four key wickets by Sean Avers destroyed their top order left them all with three main run scorers, two batters (52* and 33) and sundries (30 inc 19 wides and 9 no balls !!). Tyson McCallum put on an incredible fielding display, saving runs with his speed and his gun arm from the boundary. With 68 needed off the last 10 overs, two wickets fell quickly to Mario Giarratano playing for CCNSW for the first time in 2 years, all but signaling the impending end of the SCC innings. Richard Clark ‘s competitive intensity further strangled their efforts, and he was rewarded by finishing the game off.

Pizza and drinks were shared at the end, with Soren graciously gifting the SCC XI a token of appreciation. A welcomed win, and in dads words, ‘this feels different’.

The Team was: – Len Volkov 2, Edward Robertson 50* ret not out, Michael Carman 13, Richard Clark 14, Tyson McCallum 7, Sean Aver 50* ret not out , Mike Norris (w) 51* ret not out, Mitch Sturt 19*, Tom Robertson 7*, Soren Hughes (c) dnb and Mario Giarratano dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-227 (35 Overs) (M. Norris 51*; S. Aver 50*; E. Robertson 50*)

Defeated

SCC XI: – 10-171 (29.2 Overs) (S. Aver 4-52)

By 56 runs

FoWs: – 1-8 (L. Volkov), 2-28 (), 3-74 (M. Carman), 4- 87 (T. McCallum),

The Bowling was: – M. Giarratano 4-0-22-2; E. Robertson 5-2-8-1; S. Aver 7-0-52-4; S. Hughes 4-0-23-2;   T. McCallum 4-0-37-1; R. Clark 5.2-0-27-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – two to R. Clark; one to each of T. McCallum, Ed Robertson and Tom Robertson

Run outs: – Nil


LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 2  v CLEVELAND SEAMERS AT MP 3, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Cancelled by rain

C&S ROUND  4: CCNSW vs YARALLA AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD    ON SATURDAY 11 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

“Who the f*** IS that guy?”

On a warm humid afternoon, the skipper Jamie Murtha did us proud by calling correctly and electing to bat (a sound choice that avoided a possible lynching in the dressing room). In the absence of the Robertson half of the ‘Tom & Gerry’ Show, “Dutchy” David Craig volunteered to open the batting with the wily, wiry Irishman, Gerry O’Shea and after a Remembrance Day ceremony play commenced.

Under instructions to get us to 0-40 after 10, O’Shea and Craig delivered the goods plus 10% interest, 0-44 after 11. O’Shea demonstrated a clinical technique, straight bat, scoring in the V, with Craig alternately stodgy and flashy, scoring in the inverted V between third man and fine leg. It would be remiss of me not to mention the perfectly executed reverse scoop for 4 in the 9th over; Joe Root would have been pleased with that one, and much merriment and mirth ensued. (The bowler’s name? S. Minns).

Craig perished trying to sweep a loopy yorker from the erratic Yaralla leggie, lbw (with no complaints, a rare event!) to bring the real batters to the crease. Exhilarated by the wicket, Yaralla’s erratic leggie greeted Jamie Murtha with a head high full toss that he despatched for 4 to set the tone for a fine captain’s knock. The platform was laid and we went to drinks at 1-77 off 17 (Murtha 19*, O’Shea 29*). After a few more overs accumulating, the skipper pronounced it was “go time”, and O’Shea hobbled off retired hurt 42* (slightly hurt indeed, with a minor groin niggle and some academy award winning acting) to bring in the hard hitting middle order.

Murtha and newcomer Mick Norris pushed the score along with intent. Norris was just finding his groove when one jagged away and rattled the pegs, 2-145 in the 28th. Murtha upped the ante by hitting one into the keeper’s helmet and another over the fence, before announcing to the umpire he was going to hit another six and getting bowled playing an agricultural swipe. “That’s nay how ya premeditate, Jamie”. Returning CCNSW member Sam Millar was joined by the Taswegian “Berryman” Richard Clark, and smote the erratic Yaralla leggie for three mighty boundaries in four balls. A fourth looked odds on as the next ball sailed high and straight, when to everyone’s surprise some bloke with too-short pants and black sneakers threw out a left paw and snagged a most improbable catch. Unlucky Sam, and a lifelong memory for that bloke I’m sure.

Henry Davis joined Clark at the crease, and before he had time to settle he was not exactly barbecued, but at least lightly grilled by a “Yes, I’m coming regardless of what you reckon” call from the other end. ‘Berryman’ made up for this misdemeanour by swiping a couple of (very ugly) deliveries over the fence, with Matt Leong at the other end hitting some powerful drives to bring us up to a very respectable 5-210 at the end of the allotted 35.

You would think, dear reader, that we had laid the table for a probable win, with runs on the board and a tired batting unit after a hot day in the field. Instead, we were greeted by an onslaught that left me stroking my chin and asking, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, “Who ARE those guys?” as they just kept coming. Yaralla had promoted their regular number 7 to open, to give him a bit of a hit. (That man’s name? S. Minns. Maybe I should not have ramped him, IDK). Well, the statistics of that “bit of a hit” are as follows: 100 runs off 52 balls, 16 fours and 3 sixes. (He slowed up a bit at the end, exhausted from swinging the bat so hard). Yaralla were 0-106 after 10, Minns 79 (34), and 0-132 after 14.2 overs when he retired out (very out indeed, after Murtha pressed the point HARD! Undeterred, the Yaralla scorers recorded this as retired hurt, can you believe it?!))

Anyhoo, for CCNSW it was Sam Millar and Ming Heng who were entrusted with the new ball, and they did well to restrict our opponents to just 12 runs an over for the first 6 overs. Matt Leong came on at the 7th over and bowled a fine spell with a lot of off-speed cutters, while at the other end Asam Khamis was unable to arrest the onslaught from Minns. Henry Davis relieved Khamis and, bowling a tidy line and length, produced a rare moment of satisfaction for CCNSW by picking up the wicket of Yaralla’s star batter, Alex Mayes first ball, nicely caught by Millar at mid-off as he arrogantly went the tonk. (Ed Note: with his brother Dorny Mayes he put on a partnership of 308 for the second wicket v St George Vets last March in a 35 over game) His day comprised two dropped catches at slip and a first ball duck, so there was some solace in that. If you can’t revel in your own success, enjoy the failures of your opponents, I say.

It was leg-spin from both ends after the drinks break, as David Craig and Henry Davis gave the dodgy Yaralla leggie a lesson in how to bowl good areas consistently. After they were bowled out, Ming Heng returned and improved his economy rate (admittedly from a low base, but still, well done Ming). At the other end Khamis came on for a second spell and took a wicket with just one run required, so that was fun. Rich Clark was given the honour of conceding the winning run, as (curiously) the in-form skipper remained unbowed and unbowled. Still, credit to Jamie Murtha for protecting his bowling average under difficult circumstances, well done. Go Go Youse Kiwis, I say (a terrific song by Greg Champion, look it up). A special shout out to the Yaralla scorers for starting the innings with “W” for wide and “X” for wicket, and then reversing it later, that made the scorebook a pleasure to interpret, thanks champs., so I had little alternative but to fume at a couple of blokes that annoyed me. All in all a day that started well enough but soured like a jug of fresh milk left out in the sun on a hot afternoon.

With respectful apologies to Alex  Mayes and  Shezon Saleem (aka “the erratic Yaralla leggie”).

The Team was: – Gerry O’Shea 42* ret hurt, David Craig 11, James Murtha (c) 68, Mick Norris (w) 13, Sam Millar 17, Richard Clark 19*,  Henry Davis 1, Matt Leong 15*, Ming Heng dnb. Len Volkov dnb, Adam Khamis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-210   (35 Overs) (J. Murtha 68; G. O’Shea 42* ret hurt)

Lost to

Yaralla CC: – 2-212 (31.3 Overs)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-44 (D. Craig), 2-145 (M. Norris), 3- 161 (J. Murtha), 4-173 (S. Millar), 5-176 (H. Davis),

The Bowling was: – S. Millar 3-0-34-0, M. Heng 5-0-51-0; M. Leong 5-0-33-0; A. Khamis 4-0-34-1; H. Davis 7-0-38-1; D. Craig 7-1-21-0;  R. Clark 0.3-0-2-0;

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to S. Millar

Run outs: – Nil

Player points : 3 points to G. O’Shea; 2 points to J. Murtha; one point to D. Craig

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/0b4cccda


CLASSICS  ROUND 4: CCNSW vs  MACARTHUR CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN,   ON SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER  

Tom Robertson was a key player for this fixture at Camperdown. As he turned up with the key which led to to accessing the change rooms at 12:07pm (start time is 12:15pm)

The weather was cloudy and humid and the pitch was patchy with several unrolled green spots. MacArthur sent us in to bat, bowled accurately and recorded a comfortable win against an underperforming CCNSW 

Personally, I’m smarting from the loss

We started reasonably well. Opening stand was looking sound between ‘The Two Mikes’, Pinter and Weaver. I think maybe the flick I tried was a little ambitious, in the six over, to have me adjudged lbw. The ball was full and straightened up in the air, from leg to off. Following me into the sheds was Paul Nash with a first ball duck. A ball that just took off from a length, was edged off the splice to gully. From a pretty confident start, we are 2-21.

Then there was quite a good partnership between ‘Punter’ and Andrew Dawson. Punter had already slashed a nice boundary over point and was picking up his ones and twos. Andrew was stroking the ball around with ease and sending the rare loose ball to the fence.

‘’Very disappointed is an understatement, at a loss to how this keeps happening’’ – Michael Tarrant – WhatsApp chat post from the CCNSW opening bowler and allrounder, afterwards.

Now, to answer Mick. A reason could have been that CCNSW just didn’t battle through the tough overs and take the time to set a platform. That’s what the team plan used to be. Get to 30 overs with two in the shed. Then smash it for the last 10 overs, with wickets in hand. It was the old fashioned style and it normally always meant we scored 180-200 minimum. The top order simply left too much for the lower order to do, and did not seize the day. 

I’m guilty as anyone. I hit a full toss straight to the field as well for no run, and needed to hit gaps better, missed a couple on my pads down leg side. Andy Davis batted very well, in contrast to this. Two nice cuts for four and knocking it around nicely. Was done over by the pitch, caught behind

Not putting the loose ball away with authority, leading to dismissal, was a theme. Scott Wells, the skipper, probably looked the best of all. But he, Pinter and Dawson and later Mick Tarrant, all got out caught to a full ball or full toss. To be fair, Scott was caught on the fence, which isn’t the worst way to be dismissed. The others each bunted back a catch to the bowler. David Kent, in at 8, was showing the team the way with Andy Davis (in at 7). This pair had got us to drinks and afterwards. Then an lbw decision sent Dave back. It seemed the ball must have been sliding across off stump and/or pitched off the stumps. Left arm over, spinning away from him and Dave was well forward, sweeping. The ball had 2-3 metres to travel after striking him. Admittedly, height was probably not an issue. And the umpire had no doubt and he’s in the best position to see.

Dave Craig said: ‘The top order all looked great at the crease. Until …’

Earlier, Tom Robertson, in at 5,  was looking very good with the bat in hand, dealing in two boundaries as part of his brief stay, one a crunching square cut, textbook style. Then he was out lbw, a front stool stride well down the pitch.

Nobody got going enough and we were all-out for 141, when Sherville (“Wes”) Hall was bowled. Both he and Mick Tarrant had each cracked a straight drive to the fence and tried hard. And with the score posted, CCNSW held some hope of being able to defend it. A decent afternoon tea was consumed at the break. CCNSW have lifted in this area, this season. 

The CCNSW bowling effort started off well and Mick Tarrant and ‘Wes’ Hall did a decent job with the new ball, mostly attacking the stumps. But because MacArthur had a small target to chase, they were able to start carefully. CCNSW had a couple of big shouts for caught behind, off Tarrant. He very nearly had one of the openers bowled. We needed an early wicket, and MacArthur did well and survived. The spinners we tried, David Craig and Luke Holman, didn’t bowl as well as what they are capable of  because there was too much pressure on them. There were simply not enough runs on the board for their attacking loopy style. 

Paul Nash did a good job to pick up a wicket late and Tarrant came back on from the Rotunda end to get his deserved wicket, when it was all over. Dave Kent bowled some good areas at a decent clip, coming on second change from the cafe end. He trapped the number 3, lbw, to get us on the wicket tally board finally, after both the openers had retired. He dropped short only 2-3 times and the MacArthur bats didn’t miss out, each time the ball was spanked to the fence. Dave continued to bowl very well, even when it seemed a lost cause. 

We dropped a couple of chances that didn’t help team spirits. The ground fielding kept up well, the one exception being ‘Weaves’ refusing to get down to one. And we were never really in it after the openers retired and they had attacked our spinners with freedom.

So, CCNSW play Sri Lanka next game and have to be more determined. I suggest let’s get to the nets. 

‘Wellsy’ went home It seems the Skipper  wasn’t particularly impressed. We will all have to think about our games and rally as a team, as a response.

’Nuff said ‘’ was skipper Scott Well’s only after match Whatsapp group chat post.

Mike Weaver to Dave Kent, WhatsApp chat, post match: “ I see, well it seemed a decent shot (his sweep, that led to dismissal) to attempt. Where did the ball pitch do you reckon, Kenty?

Dave Kent: “4th stump”

For CCNSW, it was one of those days when a few guys looked very likely to go right on and were thwarted by things out of their control. Conversely, others looked very likely and succumbed to things they were unlucky not to have controlled better. That’s cricket in general I guess and it bit very hard in this match. 

A few of the CCNSW were quite crestfallen today after getting out. Overall It just didn’t seem normal, especially playing at Camperdown. It was a crestfallen performance.

To re-state, one guy had no luck at all. I’m referring to Nashy’s first ball dismissal. Paul is normally very reliable and is often the team’s top performer. 

So looking back on it, CCNSW can’t let this performance affect their overall confidence. There was a bit of bad luck that conspired somehow stopped getting our battling retirements as normal. And all credit to MacArthur. 

It’s not likely to happen again. 

‘Don’t be thinking you might get out when you bat’ (to quote Ricky Ponting) 

We just have to be a bit more determined, individually. I think we should all go for a hit and a bowl and a field in the week before the Sri Lanka game 

We must come together in this time of adversity

The Team was: – Mike Weaver 14, Mike Pinter 13, Paul Nash 0, Andrew Dawson 25, Tom Robertson 9, Scott Wells 12, Andrew Davis 25, David Kent 10, Mike Tarrant 11, Sherville Hall, 9 David Craig 2* and Luke Holman dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-141 (37.2 Overs)

Lost to

MacArthur CC: -3-142 (23.5 Overs)

By 7 wickets

FoWs: – 1-21 (M. Weaver); 2-21 (P. Nash); 3-40 (M. Pinter) 4-57 (T. Robertson); 5-82 (A Dawson); 6-82 (S. Wells); 7-113 (D. Kent) 8-118 (A Davis); 9-130 (M. Tarrant); 10-141 (S. Hall)

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 6.5-0-37-1; S. Hall 4-0-19-0; D. Craig; 2-0-18-0 D. Kent 7-0-31-1; L. Holman 1-0-17-0; P. Nash 3-0-17-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/1c0e66fd

WEEK SIX: SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2023

CLASSICS ROUND 3: CCNSW vs STRATHFIELD  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ,   ON SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2023: REPORT BY ED CROSS

Camperdown Park was a sight to behold as we turned up for the second Classics match of the year after a disappointing loss in the first game. Due to the recent good weather, the outfield was green with a good grass covering, and we were pleased to see a new wicket had been prepared that was hard with a nice covering of grass ensuring a more consistent bounce. The team was aware that a much-improved performance in all areas was required to see us home against a Strathfield side also coming off a close loss after scoring in excess of 200 runs in the first game.

Skipper Scott Wells duly won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first. Mike (Punter) Pinter and Ed Cross were given the task to get us off to a good start and Mike took full advantage with a cover drive to the boundary first ball of the day. The scene was set for a bright batting performance. Mike and Ed continued to bat well, but watchfully, and the score ticked over at just under 4 an over early on.

By the 12th over the score had moved on to 57 without loss when Ed suffered a calf tear and was forced to retire on 28*. This brought Paul Nash to the crease, who looked determined to play well. He and Punter kept the scoreboard moving along with Punter soon retiring on 30* after some lovely cover drives. Andrew Dawson replaced Punter and the scoreboard continued to tick over as both batters played some beautiful shots. At the twenty over break, CCNSW were 0 for 101 and looking good.

Unfortunately Andrew Dawspn  was adjudged lbw when on 20 and CCNSW lost its first wicket with the score on 111 in the 23rd over. A big score was still on the cards when Scott Wells joined Paul and the boundaries started to flow. Both Paul and Scott played some glorious strokes and soon both retired after reaching 30* runs in quick time. 4 retirees by the 27th over.

Craig Kitson and Andrew Davis were the next pair to bat, and both looked good trying to lift the scoring rate further. Unfortunately Andrew Davis departed for a well-made 15 trying to accelerate. He was replaced by Andrew Bachelard, who despite a big hitting innings last game, soon departed trying to hit a straight ball to the boundary. Craig Kitson  continued to look good with a flurry of boundaries that saw him retire on 30* in the 35th over. The last 3 batters, Mick Tarrant, Sherville (‘Wes’) Hall and David Craig continued the run accumulation in style, hitting numerous boundaries before the retirees returned to finish off the innings. CCNSW compiled 7 for 258 in 40 overs. Our first task – to improve our batting performance – had been achieved.

Our second task for the day was to serve a much-improved afternoon tea, as prompted by Punter midweek. While celery was nowhere to be seen, the spread prepared was a big improvement on previous efforts and was enjoyed by all. The home-made marinated chicken wings were a big hit.

We knew the next step for us was to bowl and field well. Stuart Ridge got us away and was rewarded with a wicket in the first over with Strathfield’s opener having his castle disturbed without troubling the scorers. ‘You beaut’ – 1 for 0. Mick Tarrant started strongly with the new ball from the southern end without the same immediate success. Strathfield’s batters obviously thought the best form of defence was attack and during the subsequent overs started to hit the boundary and get the score moving.

Persistent good lines and lengths led to success for Mick Tarrant when he bowled Strathfield’s number 3 in the 8th over leaving the score 2 for 45. The fightback in the field had commenced and the ground fielding was excellent, further restricting the Strathfield batters. Success again for Stuart Ridge in his 5th over saw Strathfield in a bit of trouble at 3 for 51, still more than 200 runs short. However, their opener, Stanley Sebastien, was still travelling well and retired on 31*  which included 7 fours.

A double bowling change by skipper Wells saw Andrew Bachelard and ‘Wes’ Hall into the attack. Both bowled strongly and were rewarded with a wicket each just before drinks. David Craig was brought into the attack for some leg spin in the last over before the break and removed the dangerous Bob Egerton who had scored 23 solid runs. 6 for 87 at the break, with batters 8 and 9 at the crease.

After the break, Wes and David continued the attack. David, in particular, was landing them well and got a further reward with a wicket in the 25th over. Andy Davis was brought into the attack to replace Wes and picked up a wicket in his first over with Strathfield now 8 for 112. However, Strathfield’s number 8, Greg John, was batting well with little support and retired after reaching 30*  allowing Stanley to return to the crease. He wasn’t there long, becoming David’s third wicket with the score at 9 for 116. Greg returned to the crease and continued his fine batting until he became David’s fourth victim when on 46. Strathfield all out 136.

A comprehensive win by CCNSW with a much-improved overall performance. Paul Nash and Scott Wells were the pick of the batters, with David Craig the pick of the bowlers returning the figures of 7.4–0–26. All that was left to do was to crack a few “winners” ales and finish off the chicken wings and cheese and crackers. All agreed we had achieved our goal of improving in the 4 aspects of the game – batting, bowling, fielding and catering.

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Pinter 34, Ed Cross 28* (ret hurt), Paul Nash 37* , Andrew Dawson 20, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 37*, Craig Kitson 30*, Andrew Davis 15, Andrew  Bachelard 0, Mike Tarrant 13, Sherville Hall 12, David Craig 15, and Stuart Ridge dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: 7 – 258 (40 Overs) (P. Nash 37*; S. Wells 37*; C. Kitson 30*)

Defeated

Strathfield CC: – 10-136 (33 Overs) (D. Craig 4-26)

By 122 runs

FoWs: – 1-111 (A. Dawson); 2-196 (A. Davis); 3-196 (A. Bachelard); 4-218 (M. Tarrant); 5-232 (S. Hall); 6-249 (M. Pinter): 7-253 (D. Craig).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-0-35-2; M. Tarrant 7-0-26-1; A. Bachelard 2-0-16-1; S. Hall 5-1-19-1; D. Craig 8-0-26-4; A. Davis 4-0-12-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to each of A. Davis and M. Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/b9fb3aff

WEEK SIX: SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2023

CITY AND SUBURBAN  JACK PACE ROUND 1: CCNSW vs REG BARTLEY XI AT REG BARTLEY OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS BAY   ON SUNDAY 22 OCTOBER 2023: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

CCNSW C&S TEAM vs REG BARTLEY XI 22 OCTOBER 2023

Back row: Adam Khamis, Soren Hughes, Alex Cumming, Henry Davis, Matthew Leong, Jim Hadley, Gerry O’Shea

Front row: Mick McGrath, Declan Thomas (w), Jamie Murtha (c), Tom Robertson, Toby Forbes

It was yet another stunning spring day and there are not many better places in Sydney to play cricket than at Reg Bartley Oval; our team faced off against a fresh looking Reg Bartley XI in the opening round of the City & Suburban Jack Pace Shield.

The pitch was quite hard with a tiny bit of moisture on the surface and a good coating of light fluffy grass.We wanted to bat, but unfortunately lost the toss and were sent into field. We had high hopes that we could restrict our opposition to 130 off the back of some good bowling performances in previous rounds, but we know that a consistently good performance is required to have any chance of chasing down a target at this ground.

Mick McGrath shared the new ball with Matthew Leong. Mick bowled from the harbour end and struck in his second over with a beautiful in-swinger that got through the batter and struck middle firmly.

Matt was unlucky not to pick up an early wicket at first slip, the number 3 got an early life, thick edge to Soren Hughes at first slip where it was juggled half a dozen times before going down.

Soren ended up replacing Matt at the City end, it was the tight spell we needed and he was rewarded with a wicket, possibly off his worst ball, a low full toss cracked to Henry Davis’ right at mid-wicket.

Leg spin bowlers Henry and Jim Hadley had the batters in trouble at times but had no luck go their way, with the ball going just to the left or right of fielders, still they took us to drinks without too much damage on the board around 2-70.

After drinks RBXI showed their intent and started to accumulate steady runs & threatened to make an unchaseable total. 

Jamie Murtha brought himself on to bowl his loopy leg-cutters and for the second time this season took a wicket with his first ball, it was a criminal full toss on middle stump and the batter played all around it. Jamie struck again later in the over to remove RBXI’s Captain, Tom Greenway who scored a stylish 62.

Jamie found his rhythm from the second over and continued to take wickets on a pitch that provided moderate assistance. Toby comfortably took a high one at mid-off, Declan Thomas took a sharp catch behind the wicket & Henry received a reverse sweeping gift at leg gully & Jamie collected the remaining two wickets bowled. Ending with tidy figures of 6-24 from 6 overs.

Matthew Leong showed his skill with the old ball in the final overs once again, offering vital support harbour end and also picking up 2 crucial wickets by himself. It was an excellent come back from the team to restrict RBXI to a total of 10-152 in the final over.

In pursuit of 153 runs for victory, we faced a stiff challenge, as usually the pitch gets worse to bat on, but the team had belief it could be done! The ‘Tom and Gerry’ show was back by popular demand, Tom Robertson looking in fine form scoring 10 runs off the first over, but wasn’t able to kick on with it, eventually nicking a wide one to first slip.

Gerry O’Shea and Toby Forbes steadily accumulated runs nicely before drinks. Boundaries proved difficult to come across – but the pair looked like having a great day together until Gerry was run out in an unlucky fashion at the non striker’s end. Toby nailed a straight drive and the bowler managed to get a fingertip on it before it hit the stumps with Gerry caught backing up too far.

Toby looked to be positive but couldn’t get it over the man at deep mid on, from there we lost our next 7 wickets for 46 runs. New batters found it difficult to get going with slow bowlers operating during the middle overs, the scorers were kept busy!

An inspired knock from Declan Thomas at 11 where he fundamentally didn’t deserve to be, the traditional sweep shot was demonstrated and several occasions and he remained unbeaten with an entertaining 16* at the end.

Eventually we were dismissed for 105 and Reg Bartley XI successfully defended their target, winning the match by 47 runs. 

We fought hard to get ourselves back in the game and certainly had our chance to win this one, but in the end the pressure proved to be too much for our batters who were once again unable to chase  the target.

We look to train hard during the week and give the strong Old Aloysians side a challenge next week on a ground that is typically enjoyable for batters!

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 13, Gerry O’Shea 23, Toby Forbes 20, Alex Cumming 3, Soren Hughes 5, Jim Hadley 6, Mick McGrath 3, James Murtha (c) 7, Henry  Davis 2, Matt Leong 1, Declan Thomas (w) 16*

The Result was: –

Reg Bartley XI.: – 10-152 (35 Overs) (J. Murtha 6-24)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-105 (32 Overs)

By 47 runs

FoWs: – 1-26 (T. Robertson); 2-59 (G. O’Shea); 3-63 (T. Forbes); 4-66 (A. Cumming); 5-71 (S. Hughes); 6-76 (M. McGrath); 7-80 (J. Hadley); 8-87 (J. Murtha); 9-87 (H. Davis); 10-105 (M. Leong).

The Bowling was: – M. McGrath 7-2-25-1; M. Leong 5.1-0-18-2; S. Hughes 5-1-15-1; J. Hadley 4-0-31-0; H. Davis 4-1-21-0; A. Khamis 3-0-17-0; J. Murtha  6-1-24-6

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 to H. Davis and one each to T. Forbes and D. Thomas (w)

Run outs: – Nil

Player points: 3 points to J. Murtha; 2 points to M. Leong; one point to T. Forbes

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/7fc8ea98

WEEK FOUR: SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER 2023

CITY AND SUBURBAN  ROUND 1: CCNSW vs YARALLA  AT GODDARD  OVAL, CONCORD  ON SATURDAY 7 OCTOBER 2023: REPORT BY JAMES MURTHA

Our round one social game took place on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Goddard, which now features a stunning new pavilion and change rooms. We lost the toss and were made to field on a flat and hard looking wicket. Before the game the teams observed a minute silence to pay respect to Yaralla’s long time scorer who recently passed away.

Yaralla got off to a strong start attacking the bowling of Matt Leong and Ming Heng who shared the new ball. It was clear that the pitch would offer little assistance for the bowlers. Wrist spinner Henry Davis bowled first change from the pavilion end and drew the opening batter into a false shot early; the ball was skied and taken comfortably by wicket keeper Alex Cumming, officially getting us in the books.

The next two batters built a healthy partnership but did not get away from us due to lack of pace from resident spinners Adam Khamis (leg spin) and Mark Henwood (off spin).  Yaralla went to drinks at 1-107.

After drinks, the batters continued steadily though Soren Hughes and Brett James kept the scoring rate relatively tight without any luck. Henry came back into the attack and struck again immediately to remove the set batter for 99 (!), Tom Robertson making sure of a difficult catch on the boundary. From the other end Jamie Murtha needed one over to make the numbers and bought a wicket, removing the other set opener with a gentle lob first ball.

Soren Hughes and Matt Leong closed out the innings with very tight bowling to the new batters, Matt snared himself two excellent wickets and together the pair made sure the total to chase was not insurmountable.

The teams retired to the pavilion for soft drinks and sandwiches graciously hosted by Yaralla before going about the run chase on a warm afternoon. Our batters didn’t get off to the desired start. Tom Robertson Alex Cumming  and Jamie Murtha were all removed without troubling the scorers. Harry Bridge scored a good looking four before being dismissed.

Both Brett James and Soren Hughes offered some resistance but ultimately met similar fates to the other batters.

Gerry O’Shea was the star of the batting line up; he could do nothing but remain stoic as carnage unfolded from the other end. When Gerry was on strike, he was rock solid in defence, ran hard between the wickets and made use of excellent batting conditions with well timed shots to the boundary. The 62 year old received  generous applause as he brought up his maiden half century for the Club.

Gerry eventually was dismissed for 55, but ultimately provided some confidence that there are better batting days to come.

Matthew Leong also had an inspired innings of 25, during which he made his partner run four, not once but three times! Matt and Ming Heng got us to a respectable score of 150 before Matt was dismissed to end the innings.

The result was less than desirable and started by losing an important toss, but the bowlers and fielders worked hard to keep us in the game and a few batters stood up and gave us something to cheer about. I have no doubt that there are better days ahead.

Off to Camperdown next Sunday where we will look to get our season back on track with a win against Colleagues CC.

The Team was (playing 12): –   Tom Robertson 0, Gerard O’Shea 55, Harry Bridge 4, Alexander Cumming (w) 0,  Brett James 15,  Jamie Murtha  (c) 0, Soren Hughes 20,  Henry Davis 1,   Adam Khamis 2,  Matthew Leong 25, Ming Heng 11* and Mark Henwood (dnb)

The Result was: –

Yaralla CC.: – 5- 239 (35 Overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-150   (31 Overs) (G. O’Shea 55)

By 89 runs

FoWs: – 1-3 T. Robertson; 2-30 H .Bridge, 3-31 A. Cumming, 4-59 B. James, 5-59 J. Murtha, 6-93 S. Hughes, 7-103 H. Davis, 8-107 G. O’Shea, 9-118 A. Khamis, 10-151 M. Leong

The Bowling was: – H. Davis 5-0-45-2; M. Heng 3-0-20-0; M. Henwood 3-0-25-0; S. Hughes 7-0-37-0; B. James 6-1-36-0; A. Khamis 3-0-19-0; M. Leong 7-0-38-2; J. Murtha 1-0-11-1; G. O’Shea 1-0-8-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 3 to A. Cumming (w) and one each to G. O’Shea and T. Robertson

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to G. O’Shea; 2 points to M. Leong; one point to S. 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/90a39274