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WEEK NINE: WEDNESDAY 16-SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 2  ROUND 3 v ‘NRL CC’ AT MP 4 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 16 NOVEMBER 2022:REPORT BY BEN GORHAM

A late ground change and a game starting early (who would have thought?) led  to the writer  to turn up 12 overs late! By the looks of the scorecard the NRL CC got off to a very fast start. We were able to reign the scoring in, in the final 8 overs and take our only wicket with CCNSW debutante, Ben Digan getting one past the slogging batsman. 187 the total to get but with plenty of LMS experience in the top order and a short boundary it looked possible. 

Our batting got off to a solid start with Ben Gorham and Charlie Sharpe starting well but it came crashing down quickly when Ben G held out trying to slog,  with the NRL spinner quickly picking up 3 wickets. Runs became very hard to come by with good cricket shots not getting full value. Unfortunately we fell a long way short of the target reaching only 5-125 at the end of the allocated overs. 

The Team was: – Charles Sharpe 22, Ben Gorham (c) 45, Joel Uddstrom (w) 5, Peter Buruma 33*, Rod Shone 10, Ben Digan 2*, Aditya Hingorani 5, Niall Digan 0

The Result was:- 

NRL CC: – 1-186 (20 overs)

Defeated

CCNSW: – 5-125 (20 overs) ()

By 61 runs

The Bowling was: – Ben Gorham 4-0-17-0; Ben Digan 4-0-38-1; Charles Sharpe 4-0-31-0; Niall Digan 4-0-38-0; Peter Buruma 2-0-24-0; Rod Shone 2-0-27-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: –  Nil

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to B. Gorham; 2 points to C. Sharpe; 1 point to P. Buruma 

CITY AND SUBURBAN  ROUND 4 v COLLEAGUES AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022

CCNSW win by forfeit

MASTERS ROUND 4 v AUBURN CC AT GEORGE PARRY OVAL, MONA PARK, AUBURN ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022: REPORT BY ANDREW DADSWELL

After two wins to start the season the Masters were keen to take on Auburn at George Parry Oval. With a number of our top order batters representing NSW in the over 50s Nationals, Peter Constantinou and Kunal Patel made their Masters debuts. Welcome aboard.

Auburn won the toss and batted first, wasting no time as they went after the bowling early. Ben Stanic bowled very well with the new ball and got the first breakthrough. However the runs continued to flow as we dropped 3 tough chances in the first 10 overs that would ultimately prove costly.Auburn proceeded to 3 for 113 off their first 20 overs with Dave Abreu using the conditions nicely in a spell that saw him hit the stumps and draw false shots with clever changes of pace.

After drinks the runs didn’t flow as easily for Auburn as Dave Abreu continued to bowl well and was supported by Paul Nash, Jose Poothokaren and Soren Hughes. ‘Sooz’s’ first ball grabbed an lbw decision despite what the umpire considered the worst appeal he had ever seen. Jose bowled a great line and length and removed the dangerous Ebert.

Auburn made 8 for 218 which was always going to be a challenge on their home track.

The CCNSW innings started steadily. Ed Cross looked set as he flicked a leg side six only to get out the next over. Paul “elbow guard” Anumodu worked the ball around in partnership with Paul Nash until the dreaded run out ended their partnership.

Our middle order of Soren Hughes, Peter Constantinou and Kunal Patel  all came and went just as they started to get going. Auburn’s consistency proved a challenge throughout the innings.

Nash was the one CCNSW batter who found his groove and he retired just after drinks, giving us a chance to play some shots and try to get close to the total. Nash’s bat might need inspection by the rules committee because it literally made no sound whenever he middled the ball, causing much speculation.

A late partnership between Ben Stanic and Andrew Dadswell got us past the 100 mark but it was never enough 

A solid defeat at the hands of quality opposition. Still, a good day was had by all.

Kunal Patel’s great diving catch on club debut was a highlight and he would be a handy inclusion in any side for his keeping alone. Peter Constantinou proved good value around the sheds and we hope to see him get amongst it soon.

The Team was: – Ed Cross 10 (off 23, Paul Anumodu 10 (off 37), Paul Nash 40 (off 62) , Soren Hughes 3 (off 5, Pete Constantinou 8 (off 19), Kunal Patel (w) 7 (off 10), Jose Poothokaren 5 (off 10), Mick Tarrant 0 (off 5, Andrew Dadswell (c) 24 (off 21) , Ben Stanic 3 (off 9), Dave Abreu 5* (off 7)

The Result was: – 

Auburn CC:  8-218 (40 overs) (D. Abreu 3-42)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-127 – (36.3 overs) (P. Nash 40)

By 91 runs

FoW: – 1-14 (E. Cross); 2-43 (P. Anumodu); 3-50 (S. Hughes); 4-76 (P. Constantinou); 5-86 (K. Patel); 6-86 (M. Tarrant) ; 7-93 (J. Poothokaren); 8-117 (B. Stanic); 9-122 (A. Dadswell); 10-122 (P. Nash) 

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 7-0-35-2, M. Tarrant 7-0-45-0, D. Abreu 9-0-42-3, A. Dadswell 6-0-32-0, P. Nash 4-0-23-0, J. Poothokaren 4-0-20-1, S. Hughes 3-0-15-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – None

Catches: – two to E. Cross 2 catches, K Patel one (w)

Run outs: – None

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to P. Nash; 2 points to D. Abreu; 1 point to B. Stanic

https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202223/masters/game-centre/11423a8f

VINTAGE ROUND 4 v SRI LANKA LIONS CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2022: REPORT BY JOHN FINUCANE

Hot and blustery conditions greeted the players at Camperdown for our round four match against the Sri Lanka lions. Both teams were evenly placed on the ladder going into the game and a win was needed to keep pace with the top team.

Peter Rolls lost  he toss and Sri Lanka batted first, no doubt with an eye on a wearing and drying pitch that could suit their predominantly spin attack later in the afternoon. Stuart Ridge and Paul Georgiadis opened the bowling , and Paul in particular shone with accurate bowling that netted him 2-18 off his 7 overs. Probably his best spell this season and deserved figures. Paul’s early inroads, back up by Stuart grabbing one as well, saw their best batsmen struggle to 3-28 and then 5-69. 

After drinks their middle order consolidated although the bowlers did well to hold back the run rate. What could have been 180-200 or more, on what seemed a reasonable pitch, was held to just 163. Game on!

Sittampalam Ragavan (‘Raga’) turned in a great spell in the latter overs picking up 3-21, and with Gerry O’Shea getting an economical 2-14 off 6, both did the business when really needed. Some great fielding and catching backed up good line and length bowling for a solid all around effort in the field on what could have been a tough afternoon if this strong batting line-up had got away on us. Mick McCormick was a stand out in the field – swan dives, rolls, spectacular action down on the fence impressing (NOT!) the young ladies in the stands. 

Our run chase began with a healthy run rate of just over 4 per over needed for a win. A solid start from openers, debutante Neville Emerson (30*) and John Finucane (31*) saw both retire with the score at 0-60 in the sixteenth over. Dan Pellen (28) and Peter Rolls (17) continued the good progress through to the first wicket falling in the 25th over at 1-92 and the run rate tight, but on track.

Sri Lanka then turned the screws and progress was challenging for a period and the game was going to go down to the wire. Greg Brooks (28) came to the crease and gave the run rate a well needed boost with his usual quick fire batting before being caught behind and stumped same ball.   That was the impetus needed to get the match in hand despite a few finger nails being chewed in the last 5 overs.  Gerry O’Shea and Raga steered the ship home in the 39th over at 4-167 for a good win against a solid team.

We are now sitting in third place with only Lindfield and the Cyclones above us.  A push for points will be important before we play both Southern Highlands and Cyclones in key matches in the home run in February. 

The Team was: – John Finucane 31* ret no, Neville Emerson 30* ret no, Daniel Pellen 28, Peter Rolls 17, Mick McCormick 3, Greg Brooks 28, Gerard O’Shea 6*, Sittampalam Ragavan 14*, Paul Georgiadis dnb, Stuart Ridge dnb, Mel Lucas dnb

The Result was: –

Sri Lanka Lions: – 8-163 (40 overs) (S. Ragavan 3-21)

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-167 (38.3 overs) (J. Finucane 31*; N Emerson 30*)

By 6 wickets

FoW: – 1-91 (P. Rolls); 2-101 (M.  McCormick); 3-140 (D. Pellen); 4-146 (G. Brooks)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-0-44-1; P. Georgiadis 7-2-18-2; G. Brooks 7-0-32-0; S. Ragavan 7-0-21-3; M. McCormick 5-0-24-0; G. O’Shea 6-0-14-2. N. Emerson 1-0-9-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 to G. Brooks; one to each of P. Georgiadis, M. McCormick, G. O’Shea and S. Ridge 

Run outs: –  Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to S. Ragavan; 2 points to J. Finucane; one point to G. Brooks

https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202223/vintage/game-centre/7ccd6f41

WEEK EIGHT: WEDNESDAY 9- SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 3  ROUND 3 v ‘’ AT ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2022: 

Report to come.

SOCIAL GAME v SCG XI AT DRUMMOYNE OVAL, DRUMMOYNE, ON WEDNESDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2022:

Report to come.

C&S JACK PACE  ROUND 3 v YARALLA AT GODDARD  OVAL CONCORD ON SATURDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2022:

Report to come.

CLASSICS ROUND 4 v MOSMAN CC AT CAMPERDOWN PARK, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2022: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

How good is cricket?! At the appointed starting time of 12.15pm there were 20-odd blokes standing around watching a light drizzle fall on the covered wicket, all wondering when the game would be called off and the pub beckoned. Half an hour later the crucial North-West passage above the grandstand started to lighten, and then turn blue, the sun came out and a game was deemed possible, albeit with a slight reduction to 38 overs per side. (Some of us had bothered to read the competition rules and had an inkling that this meant maximum 8 overs per bowler instead of the usual 9. The opposing captain M. Hall was not amongst this rare group of cognoscenti, a fact which would prove important later…)

CCNSW skipper Scott Wells won the toss and batted on a mostly dry deck – fortunately the wet patch was right in the middle of the bed and had no real effect on the players. Ed Cross (2) was the unlucky recipient of one that “did a bit early” & disturbed the castle. Paul Nash joined Mike Pinter and they consolidated as the Mosman opening bowlers (Greenwood and Turner) bowled an extended spell in mostly good areas, although the odd short one was whacked away contemptuously by the in-form Nash. After 12 overs (1-36), Mosman made the double change with Varasdi and Hall coming on. Although we were under a bit of run-rate pressure, their best bowlers had only 2 overs each for the death, a factor which would prove costly later. Pinter and Nash continued to build a steady partnership with Nashy’s selective aggression netting a couple of boundaries before Punter (22) nicked off to Varasdi, leaving us 2-59 off 18 overs, and an early drinks break was taken.

With a decent platform, acceleration in the back half was the name of the game, and new batter Scott Wells immediately greeted new bowler Frost with a couple of hard hit boundaries. After Nashy cruised to retirement (31*), Mick Weaver joined the skipper, taking on a new role as a bustling & busy middle order bat with relish & aplomb. Unfortunately, when Hall switched ends the first delivery of his second spell was a loopy in-dipper that deceived Wells, LBW for 10. In the next over, Weaves was caught off Frost trying to force the pace: at 4-95 in the 25th and 2 new batters at the crease, it was advantage Mosman.

Time for a Classic(s) CCNSW Fightback! Andrew Davis and Michael Tarrant got busy, running a rare 3 off the first ball of the partnership. Davis clubbed Frost to the boundary, and Tarrant answered by lofting Bulluss out of the ground next ball. After adding 26 in 3 overs, Micky T (18 off 13) coughed up a catch off Frost. Paul Devaney, in his last opportunity for Classics this season, was promoted to number 8 and set about clubbing Frost out of the attack with a succession of boundaries. At the other end Davis was turning over the strike and stroking the odd boundary of his own as the partnership climbed to 42 off 30 balls (CCNSW 6-165 with 5 overs remaining). Mosman brought back the opening bowlers in a mostly unsuccessful attempt to stem the flow of runs. Turner’s 8th over brought Devaney (26 off 19) undone a slog short of retirement, bringing the newly re-hipped el Presidente Greg Brooks to the crease for his first dig in the Classics this season. After a few sighters the Prez unloaded, taking Greenwood downtown for successive boundaries.

At this point a heated discussion was observed between the Mosman skipper and the umpire, as Mr Hall received the unwelcome news that neither opening bowler was in fact entitled to a 9th set, and the last 3 overs had to be cobbled together from the remaining Mosman bowlers. Brooksy greeted new bowler Hall with back to back boundaries (4 fours in 5 balls to the Prez at that point). Frost returned (grumpily?) to the other end, and Davis (33* off 30) clubbed a boundary to retire. This initiated another first-time 2022/23 Classics appearance, bringing to the crease Andrew “Bash” Bachelard (having shed an impressive 25 kgs in the offseason, I might add! Bang, bang, bang, bang went the not-so-big fella, hitting his first 4 balls to the fence! At the other end Brooksy was hitting the boundary and running 2s like a youngster as the final partnership yielded 24 off 9 rocks (Brooks 30* off 19, Bachelard 17* off 5, strike rate 340 if you don’t mind). 

A shell-shocked Mosman outfit retired to the shed with the task of chasing 220 for the win off 38 overs with 10 men. Against an 11 man CCNSW with 10 genuine bowling options (sorry, Punter!), this looked a big ask, even on the fast scoring Camperdown outfield.

Varasdi and Bulluss started well, playing a bit of block, block, block, bash stuff against opening bowlers Stuart Ridge and Mick Tarrant. Both looked set to retire imminently, but Tarrant had other ideas, encouraging Bulluss (24) to guide one into the safe hands of Nashy at slip, and a few overs later having Varasdi nicking off to keeper Davis for 29. Devaney relieved Ridge at the Mallett St end and he had no hesitation in letting Aitcheson know that he was getting rather bogged down. This did seem to get into the batters mind a little, though as far as Classics sledging goes, I would have thought this was merely approaching the line and gently tapping foreheads like a mature and mellowing Nathan Lyon.

In any event, Bachelard replaced Devaney and induced a top edge from Aitcheson, caught by Nash (I want to say at backward point?). When Tarrant finished a fine spell at the Australia St end (2-35 off 8), Mosman needed 151 to win off 132 balls, with 6 wickets in hand. Turner and McLean set about rebuilding the innings, getting Mosman to drinks at 3-88 off 19. After the interval they began to score freely against the seamers Bachelard and Nash, precipitating the introduction of spin (Dave Craig) and the return of the economical Ridgey. This turned out to be a tactical masterstroke, as the leg-spinner put the brakes on the innings by allowing both batters to hit a boundary and retire!

Devaney relieved Craig and immediately castled Mosman skipper Hall through the gate (4-133 after 27). Job done, and Devaney was preserved for later, replaced by Brooks. Some useful hitting from Kingsman and Frost kept Mosman in the hunt, and with six overs left they needed just 44 with 5 wickets in hand, two set batters in and two in the shed. Things were looking – shall we say “tight” – with WinViz putting Mosman slightly ahead at this point.

Ed Cross and Paul Devaney were entrusted with death bowling duties, and straight away Devaney castled Frost (21) with a beauty. When Cross bowled Greenwood in the next over, the momentum was shifting back our way, and sure enough Kingsman (28) skied one into the safe hands of Mike Pinter off Devaney. Turner returned to the crease to join last man Paine, but after scoring just a few more he perished, bowled by another accurate Ed Cross inswinger. Three balls later Cross trapped last man Paine in front, and the game was ours, Mosman losing 5-18 in their last 4 overs to fall 20 runs short with 13 balls remaining.

This was a highly satisfying victory against a perennially tough opponent, a great day played in a fine spirit, highly competitive and at the same time social. Post-match beers tasted especially good, despite the fact I personally contributed little apart from stopping the odd ball with my face & jogging from long-on to long-on for most of the afternoon (Scotty, what did I do? I’ve done the covers, sorted out gear for the new blokes, brought the soft drinks, scored all day, and collected the money, what else do you want from me?!). 



The Team was (playing 12): – Ed Cross 2 (12), Mike Pinter 22 (60), Paul Nash 31* (44) rtno, Scott Wells (c) 10 (12), Mike Weaver 17 (13), Andrew Davis (wk) 33* (30) rtno, Mike Tarrant 18 (13), Paul Devaney 26 (19), Greg Brooks 30* (19), Andrew Bachelard 17* (5), David Craig dnb, Stuart Ridge dnb, Sundries 13

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: 6-219 (38 overs max) (A. Davis 33*, P. Nash 31*, G. Brooks 30*)

 Defeated

Mosman C.C.:  9-199 all out (35.5 overs)

By 20 runs

FoW:  1-6 (E. Cross); 2-59 (M. Pinter); 3-89 (S. Wells); 4-95 (M. Weaver); 5-121 (M. Tarrant); 
6-163 (P. Devaney)

The Bowling was: S. Ridge 6-0-27-0; M. Tarrant 8-2-35-2; P. Devaney 7-0-28-3; 
A. Bachelard 4-0-21-1; P. Nash 3-0-27-0; D. Craig 2-0-13-0; G. Brooks 2-0-23-0; E. Cross 3.5-0-15-3

The Fielding was: Catches to P. Nash (2), A. Davis, M. Pinter. No runouts, no stumpings.

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to P. Devaney ; 2 points to G. Brooks ; one point to A. Davis

WEEK SEVEN: WEDNESDAY 2- SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER

SOCIAL GAME v “RAGA INVITATION XI” AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN, ON WEDNESDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2022:

Report to follow.

The Team was: Peter Harrison 10, Douglas Latto 17, Joe Scarcella 1, Mel Lucas 36*, Peter Rolls 28*, David Craig 6, Stuart Ridge 25*, John Jackson 25*, Graham MacDonald 0, David Wright 7, Paul Georgadis 1, Jed Wesley-Smith 19

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 8-192  ( 44.2 overs)

Defeated

Raga XI: 2 – 190  (45 overs)

By 2 wickets

FoW: – 1-28  (Harrison); 2-28 (Latto); 3-33 (Scarcella); 4-93 (Craig); 5-133  (MacDonald); 6-168 (Wright); 7-172  (Georgadis); 8-185 (Wesley-Smith)

The Bowling was: Stuart Ridge 6-0-27-0, David Craig 6-0-35-0, Paul Georgadis 5-2-15-1, Joe Scarcella 5-0-21-0, Jed Wesley-Smith 5-0-16-0, Peter Harrison 5-0-16-0, John Jackson 6-0-22-1, Mel Lucas 4-0-21-0, Graham MacDonald 3-0-13-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Jed Wesley-Smith 

Catches: Nil

Run outs: Nil 

CITY AND SUBURBAN  ROUND 3 v CRANBROOK OLD BOYS AT DANGAR  OVAL, ROSE BAY ON SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2022:

Cancelled – Cranbrook forfeit.

MASTERS ROUND 3 v LANE COVE CC AT KINGSFORD SMITH  OVAL, LONGUEVILLE ON SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2022: REPORT BY ANDREW DADSWELL

What a great day for cricket! Sunshine and a cool breeze. The over 40s made their way to Kingsford Smith Oval looking to replicate the form of the Classics the week before.

The skipper lost the toss and Lane Cove elected to bat first.

The bowling effort was spearheaded by Ben Stanic who made the first breakthrough by trapping the dangerous Howard LBW in the 3rd over. Michael Tarrant and Stanic both challenged the top order with tight bowling and Ben snagged his second wicket to leave Lane Cove in an awkward position at 2 for 19 in the 7th over.

Dave Craig came on early and found some good bounce which helped with the dismissal of Glover, stumped by keeper Rob Lawther.

The danger man for Lane Cove was always going to be the classy Neil McLeod who has dined out on the CCNSW Masters bowlers the last two seasons, but when Dave Abreu had the audacity to bowl a slower ball yorker to remove him for 24 it felt like a big moment in the match. 

The Lane Covians showed good batting depth as their middle order all contributed steadily. Dadswell picked up a couple of wickets with some flighted deliveries and Jose Poothokaren bowled expertly in denying the batters the short boundary and picked up 2 wickets of his own. Jose’s second wicket was caught behind by Robbie Lawther who was having a great day with the gloves, taking two low, fast chances.

In the end Lane Cove made 9 for 160 off their 40 overs.

In between innings, former Masters great Ian Allmey made his presence known and imparted some of his substantial wisdom on the young lads. Or was he really there to check out the Longueville real estate?

In pursuit of 161 Jason Kenn set the tone early by smacking some beautiful boundaries straight down the ground. Ed Cross also looked good, and the mountain men took the total to 1 for 63 off the first 10 overs. A great start to a run chase with Jason undone by one that angled across him.

Ed and Scott Well went in the space of 2 overs to leave us 3 for 68 but the local knowledge of Paul Nash was on display in a dominant innings of 30, punctuated by cracking pull shots and some thumping drives over mid-on.

Nashie ended up hauling out to deep mid-on which brought Lawther and Andrew Dadswell together. They worked the ball around in a 46-run partnership before Lawther nicked off with 30 to get.

Jose looked composed in his innings until he was dismissed by a sensational catch at short mid-on. Michael Tarrant came in and with Tex saw us pass the total with 6 and a half overs to spare.

In the end, with the wicket playing a little up and down from one end being cancelled out by the small boundary, 160 was probably 30 short of par. The consistency of the CCNSW bowlers set up the win. Notably we didn’t bowl any wides – that must be a rare occurrence.

Both teams shared beers after play and we thank Lane Cove for their great hospitality.

The team – Ed Cross (11), Jason Kenn (26), Paul Nash (30), Scott Wells (4), Rob Lawther (25), Andrew Dadswell (c) (34*), Jose Poothokaren (6), Mick Tarrant (12*), Ben Stanic (DNB), Dave Craig (DNB), Dave Abreu (DNB)

The result was:

Lane Cove 9-160 (40 overs)

Lost to

CCNSW 6-163 (33.2 overs)

FOW: 1-39 (Kenn), 2-63 (Cross), 3-68 (Wells), 4-83 (Nash), 5-129 (Lawther), 6-142 (Poothokaren)

The bowling was: Ben Stanic (9-0-2-28), Mick Tarrant (8-2-0-22), Dave Craig (6-0-1-37), Dave Abreu (7-1-2-26), Andrew Dadswell (4-0-2-23), Jose Poothokaren (4-0-2-19), Paul Nash (2-1-0-1)

The fielding was

Stumpings: 1 Rob Lawther

Catches: 2 Rob Lawther (WK), 1 Mick Tarrant, 2 Scott Wells

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Andrew Dadswell; 2 points to Paulk Nash ; 1 point to Rob Lawther

VINTAGE ROUND 3 v CASTLE HILL  CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER 2022: REPORT BY JOE SCARCELLA

CCNSW returns to Camperdown 

On a glorious sunny day, the Vintage team turned up at Camperdown Oval with more than a little apprehension about the state of the centre square after it was torn apart in the off-season by those evil rugger-heads. The council had spent a considerable amount of money laying fresh couch on the damaged area and it’ll take time to bed in, but the groundsman had managed to prepare a pitch on the edge of the square that was pretty good. So, all systems go for the start.

Our opponents Castle Hill won the toss and sent us in. But more drama awaited us before we took to the field. Where the hell are the stumps and bails??? Michael McCormick was asked to check the store-room and couldn’t find them anywhere!! No matter, the ever-reliable Raga had a couple of sets in his car if they were needed. As it turns out, they weren’t. A further check was made of the store-room by the Prez. In a sadly obvious pointer his mental faculties are on a rapid decline of Biden-esque proportions, the said MM couldn’t see what was under his eyes. The Prez located not just 6 stumps but SIXTEEN. 

But back to the game.

The opening pair of John Finucane and Frank Baliotis started steadily enough, but Frank was trapped LBW playing back to an in-dipper (4). Joe Scarcella came in at first drop and was looking comfortable before falling victim to another LBW decision by our umpires (10). Jim Robson (Jungle) joined John at the crease. John was eventually dismissed for a very solid 29. At this point, we were 3-46. Peter Rolls joined Jungle at the crease, and the pair both batted with great authority and urgency, not looking at all troubled by the bowling and putting on a solid partnership in quick time before both retired unbeaten, on 30 and 31, respectively. Meanwhile, Greg Brooks came in and smashed a quick-fire unbeaten 32, his innings featuring a number of lovely straight hits down the ground that had the bowler diving for cover. Mick came and went (10). Raga followed him, and he wasted no time in taking to the bowling, scoring five 4s on the way to his rapid and valuable 23. Coming in at 9, Gerry O’Shea was cruising along steadily, while Stu Ridge was bowled for 2 in the pursuit of quick runs, and Paul Georgadis at 11 hung around to be unbeaten on 10 with Gerry who was not out 17 at the end of the innings. 

Our total of 6-209 after 40 overs was always going to be very hard to beat. Our bowlers performed superbly to dismiss Castle Hill for 104.

Stuey and Paul opened the bowling and, after bowling a maiden in his first over,  Stu took a wicket in his second. After his successful 6-over spell (1 for 3, including 3 maidens), Joe came in first change and continued the relentless line and length attack which the batsmen could not handle. Joe bowled an excellent spell, finishing with 3 victims (all bowled) for 5, including 5 maidens from his 7 overs. At the other end, Raga chipped in with a wicket in his first spell of 4 overs, before being replaced by Mick McCormick. Mick struck with his first delivery, an outside edge to ‘keeper John. His 2nd wicket followed in the next over, clean bowled, and he took another (caught at 1st slip by the Greg Brooks). It was another excellent contribution by Mick, his 7 overs yielding 3 for 28. Prez Brooksy bowled some steady overs before Raga came back on and took his 2 wicket to finally put the opponents out of their misery.

Overall, it was a very good effort by the team to comprehensively thrash Castle Hill and earn valuable bonus points to celebrate the club’s first outing this season at Camperdown.

The Team was: John Finucane 29, Frank Baliotis 4,Joe Scarcella 10, James Robson 30*, Peter Rolls 31*, Greg Brooks 32*, Michael McCormick 10, Sittampalam Ragavan 23, Gerard O’Shea 17*, Stuart Ridge 2, Paul Georgadis 10*

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 6-209  (40 overs)

Defeated

Castle Hill: 9-109  (36 overs) (All-out)

By  100 runs

FoW: – 1-13  (Baliotos); 2-36 (Scarcella);  3-46 (Finucane); 4-136 (McCormick); 5-175  (Ragavan); 6-188 (Ridge)

The Bowling was: Stuart Ridge 6-3-3-1, Paul Georgadis 6-1-24-0, Joe Scarcella 7-4-5-3, Sittampalam Ragavan 4.2-0-16-2, Michael McCormick 7-1-28-3, Greg Brooks 5-0-15-0, Gerard O’Shea 1-0-8-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: John Finucane, Greg Brooks, Stuart Ridge 

Run outs: Nil 

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Joe Scarcella; 2 points to Greg Brooks ; 1 point to Michael McCormick

WEEK SIX: WEDNESDAY 26 – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

SOCIAL GAME v VICTORIA BARRACKS XI AT VICTORIA BARRACKS, OXFORD STREET  ON THURSDAY 27 OCTOBER 2022: 

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LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY MIDWEEK DIVISION 3  ROUND 1 v ‘’ AT ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 26 OCTOBER 2022: 

Report and scores to come.

C&S JACK PACE  ROUND 2 v OLD ALOYSIANS CC AT ST ALOYSIUS COLLEGE OVAL, KIRRIBILLI  ON SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2022: REPORT BY BRETT JAMES

It was orange, it was bright and it was beautiful but what was this strange phenomenon..after much googling and conversations with the smart people on the team (no I am not looking at you Tom Robertson) we came to the conclusion the sun was shining on us today!  Cricket and hopefully the Cricketers Club would be the winner on the day.  Unfortunately someone forgot to tell Old Aloysians and their grade level line up how things should play out.

The old Aloysians ground was in top nick.  It is a beautiful place to play cricket, fast outfield, good facilities and a decent pitch.  I was internally thanking the gods for the outrageous school fees imposed on our struggling banking, financial and legal fraternity members who that just want a decent education for their little ones…..good on you all!

Soren Hughes won the toss and in we went.  Tom Robertson  and Gerry O’Shea  started very well with an excellent opening partnership of 43 before Gerry was plum LBW….oh hang on he was actually not out that ball…but the next ball he was comprehensively bowled after day dreaming about the life that our umpire had given him the ball prior.  Tom went on to score a dominant 52 before getting clean bowled and Harry Bridge put on 20 good runs during which time he discovered there seems to be common denominator in his near run outs each time he bats (I’ll leave that one hanging out there).

Brett James decided that one duck wasn’t enough and hit a simple catch back to the bowler for his second duck in a row and the rest of the batting was ho hum until Captain Soren strolled out to the wicket and smashed the best 39 not out off 19 balls we have seen this season –  it was a fantastic captains knock and got us to a defendable 156.

Things started well with Avi Bhandari collecting a wicket on the first ball of the innings.  The team was up, we were on a roll and things were looking good for the W.  Unfortunately no one told us that number 3 had played Second Grade the day before, was in form and loved medium pace, pitched up bowling.  85 runs were taken off our first 10 overs with the number 3 smoking a very fine 65 off less balls than Soren faced.  Stupidly he mentioned that he hated spin bowling so we bought Adam Khamis on and he had him bamboozled for 2 fine overs and then quickly stumped.  A great decision.  Adam bagged another wicket before our old adversary Tim Goh came in a struck a very quick 55* – game over!

Isn’t it great to play cricket!  We didn’t come back with the win but it was fantastic to be out there with mates, running around and trying to compete against a very, very good team.  Let’s look forward to next week and the fact we may get two weeks of cricket in row!

The Team: – Gerry O’shea (17), Tom Robertson (52), Harry Bridge (20), Brett James (0), Jamie Murtha (0), Avi Bhandari (7), Soren Hughes (39*), Nimesh “Fifty” Desai (3), Matt Leong (5), Declan Thomas (9*), Adam Khamis (DNB)

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: 8- 156  (35 overs)

Lost to 

Old Aloyisians– 3- 165 (21.4 overs)

FoW: – 1-43 (Gerry); 2-76 (Tom); 3-77 (Brett); 4-78 (Jamie); 5-99 (Harry); 6-118 (Avi); 7-133(Fifty); 8-144 (Matt)

The Bowling was: – Avi Bhandari 6-0-41-1; Nimesh Desai 4-0-49-0; Adam Khamis 7-0-56-2; Brett James 5-1-19-0;

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Declan Thomas

Catches:  Adam Khamis

Run outs:  nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to Tom Robertson ; 2 points to Soren Hughes ; 1 point to Adam Khamis

CLASSICS ROUND 3 v LANE COVE CC AT KINGSFORD SMITH OVAL, LONGUEVILLE  ON SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER 2022: REPORT BY ED CROSS

With some fine weather finally upon us, we were pleased to arrive at Kingsford Smith Oval on a bright day. The only issue being that the U14’s match was still underway after they had a delayed start. However, the toss occurred on time and Skipper Scott Wells had no hesitation in batting first.

Mike Weaver and Ed Cross started it off for us. Unfortunately, after looking for a positive start on a hard, dry wicket, Mike went cheaply in the second over to a ball that moved considerably off the seam. That brought Paul Nash to the crease. Both Ed and Paul played strongly and well within themselves to see us off to a reasonably good start. Ed capitalised on some short bowling to retire on 30 runs when the score was 1 or 39 in the 9th over. Scott Wells came to the crease and continued with Paul showcasing some fine batting. Both Paul and Scott retired after hitting their 30-run limit in style. The total was starting to look like it could be something big when we took drinks at 1-111 after 20 overs. 

Andrew Davis and Dave Benson were next to the crease. However, Dave wasn’t at the crease for long, looking to be aggressive he was stumped for 8. Dave Byrnes came to the crease after a long absence from the Cricketers Club and again looked to be positive and keep the score moving. Unfortunately, his stay was also short as he was bowled for 1. The score had reached 3-124 in the 24th over. Mick Tarrant was next in and continued with some purposeful batting. At the other end, an ever-watchful Andrew was batting confidently and playing some nice shots. Soon he retired on 31 with the score 3-156 in the 27th over.

David Craig joined Mick in the middle and successfully, although predictably, reverse swept the first delivery for 4. He and Mick continue to bat aggressively as the final overs approached with Mick retiring after a well-made 32 before David was bowled for 18. Stuart Ridge and Paul Devaney came out looking to be positive right from the start. Paul started aggressively with a 6 whilst Stuart continued hitting singles to rotate the strike. When Paul was dismissed caught on the boundary for a quick fire 17 the score was 5 to 224 after 35 overs. 

Ed Cross returned to the crease after retiring earlier and he and Stuart did their best to lift the score above 250. Stuart continued to rotate the strike which allowed Ed some batting time to accumulate enough runs to finish on 50 not out. Stuart finished on 18 not out with the score at 5 for 257.

We knew we had a good score on the board, but we were also aware we had to bowl well with the short boundary on one side always in play. Our openers were Stuart Ridge and Mick Tarrant, who both bowled well early on, hitting the right length and moving the ball in the air. The first wicket came in the 6th over with the score at 15 when Mick had their opener caught behind by Jed Wesley-Smith. Lane Cove continued scoring runs slowly due to some tight bowling. A few dropped chances saw their other opener reach 31 before retiring. 

The two Paul’s (Devaney and Nash) took over the bowling and continued the tight lines. However, Lane Cove were batting well. By this time, they had reached 58 runs off 15 overs. The turning point came when they lost their second wicket to a fantastic one-handed catch to Dave Benson off Nash at mid-on that seemed to come from nowhere. This may well have broken Lane Cove’s spirit as the remaining batsmen didn’t seem intent on trying to chase down the imposing total. Both Paul’s continued the fine bowling with Nash picking up 2 and Devaney 1 wicket caught behind by Jed. 

Dave Craig took over from Devaney and immediately found his length. He continued to bowl tightly and was rewarded with 2 wickets off his 9 overs (caught by Scott Wells and Paul Devaney). Dave Byrne took over from Nash and also bowled tightly, further restricting Lane Cove’s scoring. He was successful in his 3rd over with an LBW.  The score had reached 7-101 off 34 overs.

Lane Cove continued to bat stubbornly in the remaining overs. Stuart Ridge came back on and was rewarded with a wicket. The final over was left to Michael Weaver to try and wrap up the last 2 wickets. Lane Cove looked to have survived until a last ball full toss was hit firmly straight to Paul Nash for the 9th wicket. The final score was 9-129 after 40 overs.

A big thank you to Jed Wesley-Smith for umpiring our innings in full. He was then able to back up in the field to neatly keep wickets and encourage the bowlers.

Our first win for the season after the disappointment of our first game. Let’s hope we can turn up each week with the same positive attitude to scoring runs and taking wickets.

The Team was: Michael Weaver 1, Ed Cross 50*, Paul Nash 32* , Scott Wells 33*, Andrew Davis 31*, David Benson 8, David Byrnes 1, Michael Tarrant 32*, David Craig 18, Stuart Ridge 18*, Paul Devaney 17 

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 5 – 257  ( 40 overs)

Defeated

Lane Cove: 9-129  (40 overs)

By 128 runs

FoW: – 1-1 (Weaver); 2-121 (Benson); 3-124 (Byrnes); 4-203 (Craig); 5-224 (Devaney)

The Bowling was: Stuart Ridge 7-1-26-1, Michael Tarrant 6-15-1, Paul Devaney 4-1-19-1, Paul Nash 8-1-17-2, David Craig 9-1-28-2, David Byrnes 5-0-15-1,  Michael Weaver 1-0-6-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: Jed Wesley-Smith 2, David Benson, Scott Wells, Paul Nash, Paul Devaney

Run outs: Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Ed Cross ; 2 points to Paul Nash ; 1 point to Scott Wells

Full scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/account/my-teams/cricket-australia/ccnsw-over-50-men-classics/05ea025f/game/807c085d

WEEK FIVE: SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER

CITY AND SUBURBAN  ROUND 2 v REG BARTLEY XI AT REG BARTLEY  OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS BAY ON SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2022:

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MASTERS ROUND 2 v BALMAIN/SOUTH SYDNEY RANGERS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2022:

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VINTAGE ROUND 2 v ASHFIELD DE LA SALLE OLD BOYS AT RON ROUTLEY OVAL, CONCORD ON SUNDAY 23 OCTOBER 2022: REPORT BY MICHAEL MCORMICK

After a week in which many of the team had played 3 or 4 games at the State Championships the creaks and groans were louder and more frequent than normal. Well done to Joe Scarcella, Peter Rolls and Stu Ridge on their Port Jackson Grand Final win.    

The weather over most of the state made cricket a pipe dream but a window of opportunity remained at Ron Routley Oval where only a sprinkle had occurred. 

The now familiar La Nina omnipresence of clusters of dark clouds surrounded the ground, but both the pitch and outfield were in good condition. Fortuitously, the clouds rolled past all day.

Rollsey lost the toss and De La Salle decided to bat on a dry slightly slow pitch. It wouldn’t take long for that decision to be regretted.

Stuart Ridge, fresh from his week at Penrith panthers, pounced, cat- like on the oblivious opposition, bowling their best batsman with a hooping inswinger. He followed this up with two further top of off stump pearlers that hooped in and mercilessly clipped the off bail.

Stuart had better figures than the Bolshoi ballet. 4-1 after 3 overs. Whiley Coyote, Paul Georgiadis was getting back in his Pilates like rhythm seemingly halting the ball in mid flight on its way to the batsman. He kept it tight to allow Stuart to weave his magic. Stu finished with the amazing figures of 4 for 3 with 5 maidens in his 7 overs. 

At 3 for 4 thoughts of under 9 matches started to surface but the De la Salle left-handed opener remained steadfast despite opening a meatworks of butchered opportunities down the leg side.

Garry James bowled tightly coping with a very stiff back. His crooked man appearance would not have caused any concern if had parked in a disabled spot. He floated and beat the bat on several occasions until his “spec savers” moment when he over enthusiastically appealed for LBW. To every player, spectator, umpire and nearby covid tester, it was obvious that the ball had hit the back of the bat which was easily caught by Jerry at first slip.

Joe Scarcella then replaced Stu and used the perfect in swinging breeze to again ask questions of the batsman. He bowled without luck for figures of 0-17

Mick McCormick then replaced Joe and had similar back stiffness to Garry James but more brought about by the weeding stick then the games in Penrith. The inconsistency of line and length probably assisted in surprising the batsman and the good balls reaped rewards bowling the number 6 and then removing the dogged left hander who had a brain explosion and inexplicably made a charge at the bowler. The next ball was full and trapped the batsman inches from the stumps. It was an impossible task for his teammate not to raise the finger (no official umpires this game)

A semblance of excitement momentarily greeted the hat trick ball, but it was left outside the offstump by the batsman prompting Garry James’s encouragement, mentoring and coaching advice to “bowl on the ****king stumps”

Stu came back on to try and pick up the remaining wickets with his final two overs, bowling well but no cigars. Jerry picked up a wicket with a good catch to Frank at mid-off who seemed to lose the ball in the trees but then came forward caught the ball, then completed a perfect forward roll reminiscent of Nadia Comaneci.

New recruit Dan Pellen showed pace in the field all day and was rewarded when he implemented the final wicket via run out. De la Salle all out for 78.

Frank Baliotis opened with John Finucane. Frank got off to a good start punching the ball like Kostya Zhu through the leg and offside. John ably assisted and the score progressed to 36 without loss. Frank unfortunately cut one to point and was out for 28 but had guided the team to a likely victory. Dan Pellen in his first innings for a while, seemed to easily get back on the bike and played some nice shots to score 15.

Jim Robson immediately took control and had the running between wickets tempo upped to a staccato level. He went caught and bowled trying to get the runs by 20 overs. 

John Finucane had to retire owing to some pain in his chest, he headed to hospital for some cautionary tests with the good news that there were no problems, except running with Jungle.

Captain Peter Rolls, Garry James and Mick McCormick hit sufficient runs to get to the total by 20 overs and obtain the maximum bonus points.

An excellent win with Stu’s spell and Frank’s innings the highlights.

The Team was: John Finucane 15 retired, Frank Baliotis 28, Daniel Pellen 15, Jim Robson 4, Peter Rolls 5, Michael McCormick 6, Garry James 0*, Gerard O’shea dnb, Joe Scarcella dnb, Stuart Ridge dnb, Paul Georgadis dnb  

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 4-79 ( 18.5 overs)

Defeated

Ashfield De La Salle Old Boys: 10-78  (36 overs) 

By  6 wickets

FoW: – 1-34  (Baliotis); 2-61 (Pellen); 3-67 (Robson); 4-74 (Rolls)

The Bowling was: Stuart Ridge 7-5-3-4, Paul Georgadis 7-2-12-0, Joe Scarcella 7-2-17-0, Garry James 7-1-16-1, Michael McCormick 4-1-15-3, Gerard O’Shea 4-0-21-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: None

Catches: Gerard O’Shea, Frank Baliotis

Run outs: Daniel Pellen

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Stuart Ridge; 2 points to Michael McCormick; 1 point to Frank Baliotis

WEEK FOUR: SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER

C&S JACK PACE  ROUND 1 v COLLEAGUES CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2022: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

CCNSW won the toss and Bowled. Arvi Bhandari and new ball partner Nimesh Desai ( “Fifty”) formed a great contrasting style of new ball bowling. Fifty held consistent pace and line for his 7 overs and Arvi held a nagging length of outswingers and off cutters, backed up by good catches by Williams and Murtha. Colleagues were 5-40 after 14 overs. Colleagues decided slogging was the best response and with the help of some dropped catches moved into the 90s until spin got rid of their cowboy. Nick Leong and Big Sooz  (Soren Hughes) bowled a consistent line and length and finished off Colleagues, all out for 138. A shakey start in the run chase had Tom Robertson out chasing a wide one and Scott bowled by a good one through the gate. Harry Bridge  and Jamie Murtha pushed the game along till Harry was judged LBW. Colleagues opening left arm seamer was proving a handful so Nick Leong “night watched” his spell skilfully through to enable Jamie Murtha (30 odd) and eventually Arvi Bhandari (20 odd n/o) to get CCNSW home with a few overs to spare. Good but patchy win highlighted by a top spell by both opening bowlers.  Bhandari 3, Fifty 2, Murtha 1.   

Scores to come.

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to Arvi Bhandari; 2 points to Nimesh Desai ; 1 point to Jamie Murtha

CLASSICS ROUND 2 v SRI LANKA LIONS AT BERT SAUNDERS RESERVE, DOONSIDE ON SUNDAY 16 OCTOBER 2022: REPORT BY SCOTT WELLS

With 20 odd players available for selection this year, choosing a side against last year’s reigning champions was going to be a good headache to have. Unfortunately, with a 60’s tournament in the ensuing week and a few N/As it made the job slightly easier.

Initially the game was down for Camperdown but with the Camperdown square resembling a boggy top dressed lawn, an early call out for an alternate ground commenced. It appears this season in particular, turf wickets will be a premium on Sundays with the mix of a wet winter and junior rep and girls cricket expanding to turf wickets on a weekend.

After discussions with the Prez, several councils, Gordon CC and the Lions, they ended up finding a ground at Doonside albeit a synthetic wicket which at least guaranteed a game with a grim weather forecast earlier in the week.

Back to selections, we had 12 chosen with spares available. By Friday night, we had 10 available with both Mikes pulling out. By then some spares had also made other plans but we ended up with still a very strong 11 showing the great depth in the club at present. SLL also had some injury concerns with two of their top players not playing which gave us a great chance of knocking them off.

With afternoon showers expected and wanting to control the game should it be shortened, Wells won the toss and sent the Lions in.

Paul Devaney took the new cherry with 4 LBW shouts in the first over all very close and all turned down against their left hander. Mick Tarrant took the ball from the other end and both started with some great line and length and swing beating the bat and finding edges with flew into gaps regularly. Mick in particular very unlucky with their lefty not scoring a run in front of the wicket. By the 10th over they had gotten off to a bit of a flier with the other opener batting solid and quickly. A change in the bowling was made with both Ed Cross and Brett James coming on. Brett sporting a side strain off his shorter run.

A retirement and wicket finally came in the 13th over with both bowlers keeping it tight building pressure. Ed picking up an LBW and Brett picking up wickets either side of drinks. By drinks SLL were 2 for 88 so that was a pretty good result. The next 5 overs were critical

David Craig entered the attack with his leg spinners but unfortunately an earlier (superb) fielding effort left his right shoulder (good one) worse for wear. So with both Brett and Dave unable to bowl Paul Nash and Craig Kitson continued the attack with great line and length frustrating the Lions batters. A mixture of some very good shots and some loose ones saw runs and wickets continue – 4 for 125 with 10 to go. Craig Kitson picking up 4 wickets in 7 overs. With two batters in the bank they were keen to get them back in for the final overs.

Wickets were shared with all bowlers bowling well – Cross 1, James 2 and Kitson 4 but that’s not a reflection on how well Tarrant, Devaney and Nash bowled.

The opening bowlers returned to close out the innings with SLL finishing off their innings at 182. A gettable target with the batting depth we had.

Lions opening bowler Wark, known for his guile and metronomic wicket taking ability was always going to be a threat early. Little was known about the rest of their attack as we haven’t played them for at least three seasons due to washouts.

Ian Allmey and Gerard O’Shea like Oscar and Felix opened the batting. Felix there to blunt their opening attack. Unfortunately Wark found the shoulder of Allmey’s bat second ball which bought an early entry for Nash. Both batters feeling their way through the guile of Wark and spin of sorts from the other end. Nashy final getting going but no sooner hit one straight to mid wicket departing on 10 (16).

O’Shea at the other end was looking very solid and stylish but still not off the mark after almost 30 balls. Andrew Davis joined Gerry at the crease with both batsmen very cautious unable to penetrate the infield. We were 2 for 29 after 15 overs when a misunderstanding lead to a runout 12 (45). With the need to get cracking, Brett James was sent in to get the innings started. Unfortunately, Brett got a very good ball cutting back in first deliver for an LBW.

This bought Scott Wells to the crease and with Andrew Davis, started to penetrate the infield and coupled with some hard running between the wickets the scoreboard stated to tick over. 4 for 45 at drinks. Not impossible with the batting still to come – 7 an over but still a shift in momentum required. Opening bowler Wark finishing with 2 for 12 off 9 overs.

Post drinks, Wells started to take to the bowlers which saw more outfielders being dispatched making it difficult to get boundaries. Davis attempted to start hitting but came unstuck with 17 (50). Kitson started very confidently with a 6 over long off from his second delivery and the runs continued to flow with Wells retiring on 30 bringing Ed Cross to the crease. Both batters kept very busy running with a deep field set before Kitson holed out at long on for a well made 12 (12). In the 30th over we were 6 down for 94 leaving 9 an over off the last 10. The last 3 batters Tarrant, Devaney and Craig couldn’t find the boundary with 5 men out but still kept it ticking over. 13(11), 11(13) and 1(4) respectively. Wells returned with 2 overs to go and finished with 43*(43) and Ed 16*(30)

Upon reflection, we bowled well, batted solidly, ground fielding was great, put down a few half chances but we needed to pace ourselves a bit better earlier but with the loss of 3 of our top 5 cheaply and runs hard to come by made the task all that more difficult. We certainly didn?t disgrace ourselves and gave it a good shot but unfortunately things didn’t come our way in the field and we found it difficult to penetrate the good Lions fielding which left us short of the total.

The Team was: – 

Ian Allmey 0, Gerard O’Shea 12, Paul Nash 10, Andrew Davis 17, Brett James 0, Scott Wells(c,wk) 43*, Craig Kitson 12, Ed Cross 16*, Michael Tarrant 13, Paul Devaney 11, David Craig 1

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 9-146  (40 overs) 

Lost to:

Sri Lankan Lions: –  7-179 (40 overs)

By   33 runs

FoW: – 1-0  (Allmey); 2- 11(Nash); 3-32 (O’Shea); 4-32 (James). 5-71  (Davis); 6-78 (Kitson); 7-109  (Tarrant); 8-126 (Devaney).; 9-129  (Craig) 

The Bowling was: – 

Paul Devaney 9-0-49-0, Michael Tarrant 7-0-30-0, Ed Cross 7-1-32-1, David Craig 1-0-3-0, Brett James 4-2-7-2, Paul Nash 5-0-26-0, Craig Kitson 7-0-33-4

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: None

Catches: tbc

Run outs: None

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Scott Wells; 2 points to Craig Kitson ; 1 point to Andrew Davis

WEEK ONE: SUNDAY25 SEPTEMBER 2022

MASTERS ROUND 1 v INGLEBURN RSL AT SEDDON PARK GLENFIELD ON SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022: REPORT BY MICHAEL WEAVER

A scrambled single run has secured a dramatic first round win for the CCNSW Masters team. A firm shot hit straight to short midwicket by Daniel Turner, from the last ball of the match, fortunately resulted in a fumble by the fielder. Surviving the pressure of this moment, ‘The Blues’ were seemingly home by the narrowest of margins, one wicket remaining.

A major part of the drama though, ocurred after the play had ceased.

The last scorebook recording partnership for CCNSW had seemed to be working very well during the closing overs.  And the final tally of batters scores, plus sundries, had added up to the required 162 runs for victory.

Yet the dreaded bowling figures tally (plus byes and leg byes), so often the nemisis in the comfirmation of a result, had added up to just 161 !

A tie?

Part time Senior Scorer and playing all rounder Brett James, had at first given up on a win, after the umpire rightly declared that “bowling figures total must rule”.

To his internal credit, Brett kept up the fight, in what will hereafter come to be known as ‘The Missing Run’ case.

Using all his forensic skills, Brett diligently kept searching for a further twenty minutes or so, to find the final piece of the puzzle! Surely there was an answer somewhere.

Tension was mounting and the pressure was really starting to tell in the scorers hut, until Dave Craig arrived on the scene for his input. Red faced and indignant, Dave demanded to know if an extra run had  been accredited to him after he had  been runout, going for a suicidal second run.

And indeed, it was found that the single had not been recorded in the bowling stats! A great play from Mr Craig. Mr James, immediately and without fuss, duly amended the sheet and the umpire accepted the fair correction.

A CCNSW win ! Never in too much doubt.

Perhaps somewhat lucky, although the most luck stemmed from the fact that the game was able to be staged at all, after initially being called off at Memorial Oval, Ingleburn.

Many thanks to the Ingleburn RSL team for rearranging the fixture late on the Saturday afternoon, to the superturf track at Glenfield. Regardless of who won the game, it was great to be back out on the field finally, after a long winter. And in what was a very keen contest.

CCNSW three, two, one points, awarded by the opposing captain and the umpire, were: 

Daniel Turner. 45 not out. Hit winning run as well as 4 sixes and 2 fours in a man of the match performance.3 points

David Abreu, on playing debut for CCNSW. Took four wickets, the first, a nick to the ‘keeper, off his initial delivery ! 2 points

Brett James. Two deserved wickets at the death after accurate opening bowling and complied a handy 22 runs. 1 point. 

Other notable mentions:

Rob Lawther: Another debutant for CCNSW, competent wicket keeping display 

Ed Cross: Three very handy wickets in the middle overs, not conceding many runs

Jose Poothokaren: Two good catches and some accurate bowling 

David Craig. No wickets but could have had several. Accurate leg spin. Took great catch at mid wicket.

Jason Kenn. Powerful opening batting. Good start and didn’t go on this time. Promising.

Andrew Dadswell: Very good captaincy debut.  One of ‘Tex’s’ fielding changes resulted in a catch taken to the moved fielder, the very next ball. Lost the toss, but made up for it with a quick fire 11 runs off six balls, to help CCNSW snatch a win from the jaws of defeat. 

Notes on conditions: Beautiful clear skies on the day. The outfield was very slow, making runs hard to come by for batters, for shots along the ground. Synthetic pitch. 

The Team was: – 

Michael Weaver 15, Jason Kenn 18, Daniel Turner (vc) 45*, Paul Nash 4, Rob Lawther 7, Brett James 22, Ed Cross 3, Jose Poothokaren 13, David Craig 10, David Abreu 0*, Andrew Dadswell (c) 11

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9 / 162 (40 Overs)

Defeated

Ingleburn: –  9 / 161 (40 Overs)

By  1 wicket

FoW: – 1-39 Jason Kenn, 2-43 Michael Weaver, 3-62 Paul Nash, 4-81 Rob Lawther, 5-120 Brett James, 6-123 Ed Cross, 7-144 Jose Poothokaren, 8-145 David Craig, 9-157 Andrew Dadswell

The Bowling was: – 

Brett James 9-0-39-2, David Abreu 8-1-27-4, Andrew Dadswell 4-0-13-0, Jose Poothokaren 6-0-28-0, David Craig 8-0-30-0, Ed Cross 5-0-21-3

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Rob Lawther 1, David Craig 2, Jose Poothokaren 2

Run outs: –  

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Daniel Turner; 2 points to David Abreu ; one point to Brett James

Scorecard:

https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202223/masters/game-centre/d982f9c8

VINTAGE ROUND 1 v LINDFIELD CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2022: REPORT BY JIM ROBSON

OUR RACEHORSE CRICKET TEAM 

The first game of the Vintage Season took place at Marrickville Oval on Sunday September 25. Unfortunately we were all like racehorses. As any professional punter will tell you …. don’t back horses if it is their first run after a spell and don’t back them if they have been having too many hard runs.

A number of players were having their first go after a long spell with limited or no trial runs or practice ( Brooks, Robson and Winney…). And a number of our men had been running in England (Raga, Frank, Rolls, Ridge) in the offseason and weren’t used to the Australian conditions . Only Black Caviar could perform immediately in both countries. 

We lost a crucial toss and on a moist, seaming pitch we were soon 5 for 15. This involved two runs out as Robson and McCormick thought they were batting with Winx and unfortunately ran out their partners (Frank and Brooksy). No one ever really recovers and wins from this score. It reminded me of Australia’s Test in Capetown in 2011 when they were also 5 for 15 and finished with 47 .

We did end up with 93 which was reasonable after our terrible start out of the barrier with Mick McCormick , Ross Dalgleish, Gerry O’Shea and Garry James all doing well to get double figures and Garry Winney rotating the strike well. As Garry James will assert, it was difficult for him to lay bat on ball when he first came in so to get  23 was an outstanding effort. He was our only best performed player/horse as this was his 4th run from a spell after a few trials with two wild, noisy stallions Ken Hall and Scorch out at some rough country track (Penrith O60’s Regional training).

Garry J being in prime condition with his coat gleaming in the stables, then came on early and was our best bowler. He was inspiring, and with small steps, a slow arm action and big follow through was very impressive. He reminded me of Jim Laker in 1956 at Old Trafford when he got 19 wickets. All the bowlers for the first outing bowled pretty well and we actually had them 1 for 41 after the first 20 overs . The wicket flattened out and they passed us with 8 wickets in hand. A game we lost badly but the toss was crucial and even Phar Lap once lost on a wet track. It was still an enjoyable day with both teams having a beer together after the match .

The Team was: 

Peter Rolls 6, Sittampalam Ragavan 2, Frank Baliotis 2, James Robson 2, Greg Brooks 1, Mick McCormick 23, Garry James 16,  Ross Dalgleish 12, Garry Winney 8, Gerard O’Shea 13*, Stuart Ridge 1

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 10 / 93 (39.5 Overs)

Lost to

Lindfield Lancers: 2 / 97 (34.2 Overs)

By 8  wickets

FoW: 1-2 Sittampalam Ragavan, 2-8 Peter Rolls, 3-12 Frank Baliotis, 4-12 James Robson, 5-13 Greg Brooks, 6-51 Garry James, 7-55 Mick McCormick, 8-66 Garry Winney, 9-90 Ross Dalgleish, 10-93 Stuart Ridge

The Bowling was: – 

BOWLERS

Sittampalam Ragavan 4-0-9-1, Stuart Ridge 6-3-9-0, Garry James 7-5-6-0, Greg Brooks 4-0-16-0, Mick McCormick 7-1-32-1, Garry Winney 5-0-12-1,  Gerard O’Shea 1.2-0-10-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Gerard O’Shea, Mick McCormick

Run outs: –  Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to Garry James ; 2 points to Gerard O’Shea ; one point to Mick McCormick

Full scorecard:

https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202223/vintage/game-centre/c0e7c8b6

C.C.N.S.W. MATCH  REPORTS LMS WINTER 2022

3 JULY -21 AUGUST: – 7 FIXTURES

(1) PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS AND (2) TWELFTH MAN AND  (3) MARVELLOUS MARKHORS AND (4) TWELTH MAN AND (5) PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS AND  (6) RANDWICK GOLD VIII’ AND (7) SEMI FINAL v PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 2 v ‘PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS’ AT MP8 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 3 JULY 2022 

Cancelled by rain

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 8 v ‘TWELFTH MAN’ AT MP7 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 10 JULY 2022:

Cancelled by rain

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 9 v ‘MARVELLOUS MARKHORS’ AT MP8 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 17 JULY 2022: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

A late injury left us with 7 men for the fixture and the general view was to bowl first then design a run chase. Toby Forbes 4-0-31 and David Craig 4-0-38 did a great job with the new ball, supported by Joel Uddstrom 3-1-25, Jonathan Seifman 3-1-30 and James Bonkowski hitting a good line with  2-0-13. Williams took the keeping gloves off to provide cheap late overs 2-0-16 and the Marvellous Markhors finished with 2-179 after their 20 overs.

Bonkowski 50* and Forbes 32 got us off to a perfect start against their best bowlers maintaining the required run rate and on their departure we had good reason to be confident that we had their total under control. Scott Williams 52* hit some searing 6s over midwicket with Uddstrom providing an exciting 40* off 19 balls. Seifman sealed the win with 2 boundaries off 3 balls and we got home with an over to spare.   .   

The Team was (playing 7): – James Bonkowski 50*, Toby Forbes 32, Scott Williams (w) 52*, Joel Uddstrom 40*, Jonathan Seifman 6*, David Craig dnb, Jim Hadley (c) dnb

The Result was:-

Marvellous Markhors: – 2-179 (20 overs)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 1-180 (19 overs) (S. Williams 52*; J. Bonkowski 50*; J. Uddstrom 40*)

By 7 wickets.

The Bowling was: – D. Craig 4-0-38-0; T. Forbes 4-0-31-0; J. Uddstrom 3-0-25-1; J. Seifman 3-0-30-1; J. Bonkowski 2-0-13-0; J. Hadley 2-0-21-0; S. Williams 2-0-16-0.

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to T. Forbes

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to J. Uddstrom; 2 points to S Williams. ; One point to J. Bonkowski

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 3 v ‘TWELTH MAN’ AT UPPER KIPAX SASH RANGASWAMY, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 24 JULY 2022: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

For reasons known only to the mystical organisers of LMS, we rocked up to Moore Park at 8.30am on a Sunday to play some cricket. Unfortunately, half of our opposition seemed to have missed the memo, with only four of their players showing up. Ever the gentleman and keen to make a game of it, our skipper Jim Hadley offered the following concessions: a) allowed them to bat first, b) allowed their players to bat twice each if needed, c) reversed our batting and bowling orders, d) loaned them two substitute fielders, and e) allowed them to bowl more than 4 overs each. Never let it be said that Sunday Div 4 LMS is not some serious cricket!

By agreement, the ‘Twelth Man’ team took to the crease first, and faced some serious heat (yeah, nah) from Peter Rolls and James “Bonkers” Bonkowski. They were in early trouble on run-rate before both openers coughed up skyers against Rollsy, catches safely taken by Bonkers and Rollsy himself. While they never really got going, a few big hits late in the innings lifted them to a respectable but not particularly challenging 3-128 at the break.

With Jim Hadley and Matt Leong generously covering some of the gaps in the field for them, our openers Peter Rolls and Beris Zanetich steadily built a partnership that took us halfway there before their “gun” player bowled Rollsy for 31. Dave Craig joined Beris and moved the score along in typical fashion before coming to grief in an over horribilis against their keeper (literally) chucking down gentle offies – five wild swipes, zero bat on ball, stumping and LBW chances, ending with the castle disturbed and a rare wicket maiden in LMS. Ignominy indeed. The good news was this brought Bonkoski to the crease who, with some trademark blows and busy running, brought up the victory with a huge six with 3 balls to spare. A great effort considering he had a broken hand from a nasty bouncer early in his innings.

Mission accomplished – made a game of it and took the points. Well done, skipper.

The Team was (playing 7): – Peter Rolls 31, Beris Zanetich 48*, David Craig 14, James Bonkowski 28*, Matthew Leong dnb, Joel Uddstrom dnb and Jim Hadley (c) dnb

The Result was:-

Twelfth Man: – 3-128 (20 overs)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 2-129 (19.2overs) (B. Zanetich 48*; P. Rolls 31)

By 6 wickets.

The Bowling was: – P. Rolls 4-0-18-2; J. Bonkowski 4-0-23-0; D. Craig 4-0-20-0; M. Leong 4-0-22-0; J. Uddstrom 3-0-20-1; B. Zanetich 1-0-17-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of J. Bonkowski, D. Craig and P. Rolls

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to; 2 points to; One point to

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 7  v ‘PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS’ AT MP8, ROBERTSON ROAD , MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 31 JULY 2022: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

For the second week in a row organisers saw fit to schedule us at 8.30am and we batted first on an oval soaked in dew. Jamie Murtha and Matt Leong opened up, and after a promising boundary early on, Jamie coughed up a catch and Joel Uddstrom came in. Joel was in rare form, adding the lofted cover drive to his favourite cow-corner power, and soon retired with 55* off 27 balls, 5 x 6s and 3 x 4s. Matty Leong at the other end played a steady hand, getting some useful centre wicket practice as he accumulated 45 off 40. Joel’s retirement did not end the fireworks, with his place taken by Scott Williams in a typically aggressive mood. He added another 4 x 6s and a boundary before losing his castle for 34 off just 13 deliveries. Matty Leong was unfortunately caught just before reaching retirement, and Matt Edge and Dave Craig finished off the innings at 3-167with a busy partnership.

The Premature Wicket Takers were busy themselves at the top of the order, until Scott Williams removed their big hitting opener, miscuing one to David Craig at midwicket. His replacement at the crease continued the onslaught while the other opener pushed the singles, and they began to creep up on the target. Wickets to Matt Leong and David Craig, and the retirement of their no. 3 (51* off 27) slowed them down a little, and with 2 overs remaining they needed 23. Time for some crafty leg spin, and yours truly kept the ball outside off to keep them to 6 runs off the 19th over, and leaving 17 to get off the final 5 ball over,, Scott Williams returned to ice the cake. The ‘Premmies’ had other ideas, smacking 4-4-2 off the first 3 balls: 7 to win off 2! Sick of relying on others, Scotty induced a return catch, completed the double play run out, and bowled a dot-ball to finish things off. Cricketers’ Club took the points and remain undefeated for the season after an enjoyable and close game.

The Team was: – James Murtha 6, Matt Leong 45, Joel Uddstrom 55*, Scott Williams 34, Mathew Edge 6, David Craig 18*, Jim Hadley (c) dnb, Beris Zanetich (w) dnb

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 3-167 (20 overs) (J. Uddstrom 55*; M. Leong 45)

Defeated

Premature Wicket Takers: – 5-161 (20 overs)

By 6 runs.

The Bowling was: – D. Craig 4-0-24-1; J. Uddstrom 4-0-32-0; M. Leong 4-0-41-1; J. Murtha 4-0-22-0; M. Edge 2-0-23-0; S. Williams  2-0-17-2

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One each to D. Craig, J. Hadley and S. Williams

Run outs: – One to S. Williams

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to; 2 points to; One point to

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 6   v ‘RANDWICK GOLD VIII’ AT MP, ROBERTSON ROAD , MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 14 AUGUST 2022

The Result was:-

Randwick Gold VIII

Defeated

CCNSW

By forfeit.

Having won every league round to date and coming first in the League regardless of the result in this game, CCNSW forfeited having apparently encountered difficulties in raising a side partly perhaps because of the City to Surf ‘fun run’, difficulties not apparently suffered by our opposition.

So at the end of the League season prior to the Finals the League Table is as below and CCNSW proceed to play the Premature Wicket Takers in the semi-final next Sunday

LMS SYDNEY DIVI$ION 4 LEAGUE TABLE

TeamPWLDPtsNRRTSBPSBP20%BP
CCNSW10712630.6753    5      6
The Marvellous Markhors1044254-0.0288    8      6
Toey Gamblers10352520.258  8  10
The Premature Wicket Takers    10    4    3    3    48    0.407    0      0      12
Randwick Gold VIII1044248-0.8066  6    4
12th Man1016335-0.51736  8

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  SEMI FINAL   v ‘PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS’ AT MP6 ROBERTSON ROAD , MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2022: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

CCNSW lost the toss and was sent in. Matt Leong (6) and Toby Forbes (25) opened and showed they were not going to let any opportunities go, scoring 30 off the first 3 overs. Both departed soon after bringing Charlie Sharpe and Joel Uddstrom to the crease. Uddstrom having not lost his wicket yet this competition , managed to get yorked for 5 bringing Jonathan Seifman and Sharpe together for the best partnership of the season. The umpires LMS scoring app had played up and he was unable to know when our players had reached their 50 retirement score. Seifman (72*) hit some enormous 6s to all parts backed up by the controlled aggression of Sharpe (66*) and CCNSW finished with 3-175 after 20 overs.

Matt Leong and Jim Hadley opened the bowling and after 5 overs the opposition were near the run rate required but importantly for us  had lost their two ‘ring in’ batters who appeared for the first time this winter season in the  competition. Forbes, Seifman and Sharpe bowled tidy spells backed up by our energetic keeper Beris Zanetich to keep the game in check and the Premature Wicket Takers fell 23 short 3-152 off 20 overs.                       

CCNSW into the final next Sunday v the Marvellous Markhors when Jamie Murtha will captain, helped “if needed” by David Craig. 

(Editor’s note:  Unfortunately this was  Jim Hadley LMS swan song.. He has  selected and led the team to the final with masterly captaincy  but won’t be playing in the final as he and his partner Karin need to use the accommodation credits  purchased for the cancelled CCNSW Tasmania tour of last year. Thus he will be leaving “old blighty Sydney” for the sundrenched UK for 2 months

He is also retiring from LMS summer cricket. Any takers  to run our summer LMS side on Wednesday nights?)

The Team was (playing 7): – Toby Forbes 25, Matt Leong 6, Charles Sharpe 66*, Joel Uddstrom 5, Jonathan Seifman 72*, Jim Hadley (c) dnb and Beris Zanetich (w) dnb

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 3-175 (20 overs) (J. Seifman 72*; C. Sharpe 66*)

Defeated

Premature Wicket Takers: – 3-152 (18.2 overs) (J. Hadley 2-16)

By 23 runs.

The Bowling was: – T. Forbes 4-0-30-0; M. Leong 3.2-0-32-0; J. Hadley 3-0-16-2; J. Seifman 3-0-17-1; C. Sharpe 3-0-23-0, J. Uddstrom 2-0-32-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Nil

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to C. Sharpe; 2 points to J. Seifman; One point to T. Forbes