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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 FIVE : WEDNESDAY 13 -SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2024

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs XXIX CLUB  (MCG)- AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON WEDNESDAY 13 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY GREG BROOKS 

One of the highlights of the social calendar is the annual match against our friends from the XXIXers, the social arm of the Melbourne Cricket Club. Indeed I have been reliably informed the match was first played in 1973; this was the 32nd match between the two clubs.

The Victorians had not been to Sydney since January 2018 as the previous “Sydney” fixture was played at Bradman Oval, Bowral, December 2019 which resulted in a famous victory for the Club. Of course a certain pandemic then got in the way until March 2023 when we played at their ground the Albert, in Melbourne.

This year’s fixture was a close fought affair. Offering the opposition the choice, the XXIXers batted on a “up and down” Camperdown strip with the outfield fast from a fresh mow that morning.

Ed Robertson (2-21) was difficult to face with his lively pace and occasional steep bounce. He was ably supported by the medium pace of Soren Hughes (0-28) and Jamie Murtha (1-12). David Craig’s leg pin (3-19) was introduced with immediate effect and he too was well supported by Garry James off-spin (1-33) and Luke Holman (1-7). At the end of 35 overs their total of 8-144 was a good result for us,  helped by excellent catching and fielding.

We got off to a good start with Tom Robertson (51*) the back bone of our chase. Your writer and captain then made the decision to retire Tom not out at the 18 over drinks break (1-69) and give others a go. Well that was a decision to reflect on as the introduction of the XXIX leg spinner Callum Cook 2 overs later saw the club lose 4 wickets without a run added! Garry James followed soon after to have us 6/89 from 26 overs. 

Watching the carnage was a calm and determined Soren Hughes (31) who set about rebuilding the chase with help from David Craig (14).They took us to 116 after 31 overs at which point Soren accelerated leaving 15 to get from the final over. The first ball went for 6 as Soren smashed the lead bowler Calum O’Neill way over the pavilion…9 from 5…game on!

1 from the next saw John Finucane on strike who tried to get Soren back on strike only to see the wicket keeper throw the stumps down. In coming retiree Tom Robertson needed 8 from the last 2 balls which proved too difficult in the face of some fine close out bowling. 

A great and tightly fought encounter that went down to the wire.

David Craig was voted Man of the Match by Mark Butler XXIX captain. Callum Cook was their equivalent.

We then moved to the Rocks district in the city to the rooftop bar at the Glenmore Hotel where we hosted our guests in fine fashion on a balmy Sydney night. Our guests had a great time as did we even though we came second.

We return to Melbourne next season to the Albert ground and I hope you all make an effort to play in this wonderful fixture.

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 51*, Mike Pinter 1 , Peter Rolls 19, James Murtha 4, Ed Robertson 0, Soren Hughes 31, Greg Brooks (c) 0, Garry James 5, David Craig 14, Luke Holman 3, John Finucane (w) 0*

The Result was: –

XXIX Club: – 8-144 (35 Overs) (D. Craig 3-19)

Defeated

CCNSW: – 9-137 (35 Overs) (T. Robertson 51*)

By 7 runs

FoWs: – 1-35 (M. Pinter), 2-78 (P. Rolls), 3-78 (Edward Robertson), 4-78 (J. Murtha), 5-78 (G. Brooks), 6-87 (G. James), 7-115 (D. Craig), 8-125 (L. Holman); 9-137 (Soren Hughes)

The Bowling was: – Edward Robertson 5-2-21-2; Soren Hughes 6-0-28-0 ; D. Craig 7-2-19-3; G. James 5-0-33-1 ; G. Brooks 2-0-17-0; J. Murtha 7-3-12-1; L. Holman 3-0-7-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

Catches: – Two to J. Finucane (w); one to G. Brooks and one to M. Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

C&S  ROUND 18 : CCNSW vs THE PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2024: REPORT BY MIKE WEAVER 

We posted 9 for 170 off 35 overs, which was a good score on a difficult deck. We had them 5 for 54 and took another wicket just before drinks to have them 6 for 84.

Then we had them 8 for 104 with 14  overs to go. Their ninth wicket partnership put on an undefeated 67 runs to win on the first ball of the penultimate over thanks largely to an excellent innings by their guest Old Aloysian batter, Mathias. brought in to make up numbers who scored 54* off 45 balls and is suitably recorded in PlayHQ as “fill-in player”-one of four anonymous players in their line up!

 Let’s wind back to the first over of the day. Actually what about removing the covers? That was a good team building exercise.

 The wicket was pitched on the edge of the square giving a short boundary one side and a long boundary on the other. CCNSW won the toss and batted. Tom Robertson and Gerald O’Shea (“The Tom and Gerry show”) opened and scored seven runs off the first over in a positive start. Robertson bunted a low full toss through cover for four and then followed up with a guide through gully for an easy two. There was one wide and that made up the seven runs. The Primary Club opening bowler was charging in off quite a long run and he went on to bowl in some good areas. The second over O’Shea clipped a low full toss through midwicket for a lovely boundary to the far side. He was cautious with the other deliveries except for one other drive that went straight to mid on. No run

‘Tom and Gerry’ batted well again with an opening partnership of 39 off the first ten overs. Robertson with 28 off 32 balls was very good in difficult conditions. He and Gerard O’Shea got us off to a good start.

Harry Bridge with a run-a-ball 32 and Sam Millar (61 of 70 balls) then put on 89 in 15 overs to take us from 2-46 in the 12th over to 3-135 in the 27th over. Millar batted really well and Bridge batted well too. The best ranked shots of the match  was a three way tie between Tom Robertson’s’ left hander’s spanking cover drive to the short boundary, Harry Bridge’s right hander’s lofted off drive at the other end but to the same side and Sam Millar’s ’s scooped hook for six over backward square leg again to the short boundary.

When the Primary Club batted, Jamie Murtha (1-23), nursing a bad back, (and would have been better not to risk bowling), bowled well and craftily. He got a wicket, bowled with the first ball of their innings, knocking the batter’s castle down.  Sam Millar (2-25) did an very admirable job at the other end with the new ball considering he’s not a regular bowler. 

The bowlers we used all bowled some great balls and the odd rank one which was put away authoritatively by the opposition.  That was the difference in the end, combined with the class of the PCA’s guest player Mathias coming in at No 8. The loose deliveries were put away with the short boundary well utilized. Our leg spinner Henry Davis (3-40) despite being hit for 6 first ball, bowled some incredible deliveries at times. One wicket was ‘a la Shane Warne’. Adam Khamis with his height and high arm action, also bowling leg spin, got some balls to rip and turn. His control is improving. A dangerous bowler

Gerard O’Shea was quite handy with the ball. Brought on to bowl his ‘dibbly dobblers’, he took a nice wicket lbw in the 18th over just before drinks.  His nephew Tynan O’Shea–Nobin started with a wicket maiden, and  also bowled a couple of good overs inducing a catch to Millar in the 20th over before the batters started getting too used to his pace.

 It rained a bit with about six overs to go which did not help us as the bowling run ups became slippery as well as the ball. On the other hand it was quite dark for batting and if it had been Premier Grade cricket, play would have been stopped for bad light.

In the field, Tynan O’Shea-Nobin fielded keenly as did Henry Davis .Debutant Nick Ford took an excellent high catch at deep backward square leg to get rid of the Primary Club’s number four batter, D. Frittum. He watched it all the way. Well done Nick !. 

There was some good catching although I shelled one as ‘keeper, an inside edge low down. Fortunately it didn’t cost the team too much. as the Primary Club batter then holed out shortly after, safely pouched by Adam Khamis  positioned at square leg behind the umpire. We let 15 byes through. I conceded about 8 in my stint behind the stumps. And the pitch was up and down, while turning heaps. Mike Pinter (Punter) did an admirable job as post dinks wicket keeper and took a nice catch standing up, to give Henry Davis his second wicket. It looked at that stage like we were going to get home fairly comfortably.

In hindsight maybe we could have given Tom Robertson and Harry Bridge a go with the ball. It’s easy to say in hindsight and I think slower bowling was probably more suited to the pitch conditions. If only we could have eliminated half trackers and full tosses.

The Primary Club deserved their win and were generous victors, sharing their beers afterwards. CCNSW players, again, should take note of the positive things we did in this match and resolve next season to work on a couple of skill areas, individually and as a team. 

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 28 (32 balls), Gerald O’Shea 9 (30 balls), Harry Bridge 32 (32 balls), Sam Millar 61 (70 balls), Mike Pinter (w) 0 (7 balls), Mike Weaver (w) 9 (13 balls),   Henry Davis 0 (6  balls), Tynan O’Shea-Nobin 7* (5 balls) , James Murtha  (c) 3 (4 balls),  Adam Khamis 6 (6 balls) Nick Ford 2* (2 balls)

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 9-170 (35 overs) (S. Millar 61)

Lost to

The Primary Club of Australia: – 8-171 (33.1 overs)

By 2 wickets

FoWs: – 1-39 (T. Robertson), 2- 46 (G. O’Shea), 3-135 (H. Bridge), 4- 136 (M. Pinter), 5-142 (S. Millar); 6-148 (H. Davis), 7- 151 (M. Weaver), 8-153 (J. Murtha); 9- 168 (A. Khamis)

The Bowling was: – J. Murtha 7-1-23-1; S. Millar 5-0-25-2; T. O’Shea-Nobin 3-1-16-1; A. Khamis 6-0-27-0; H. Davis 7-1-40-3 ; G. O’Shea 3.1-0-10-1; M. Weaver 2-0-15-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M. Pinter (w); and one to each H. Davis, N. Ford, A. Khamis and M. Millar, 

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Millar; 2 points to H. Davis; one point to H. Bridge

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/6374cfa4

MASTERS ROUND 11: CCNSW vs RYDE AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 17 MARCH 2024 

Cancelled by rain

SOCIAL GAME v VICTORIA BARRACKS XI FOR THE BARRACKERS’ CUP AT VICTORIA BARRACKS OXFORD STREET  ON THURSDAY 29 MARCH 2024. MATCH REPORT BY LUKE HOLMAN

The green at Victoria Barracks, with the sandstone barracks building (completed in 1846, clock and bell added 1856) in the background, looking a picture on a beautiful autumn afternoon.  The picture above shows the view which the batting side has while watching the match.

(Editor’s note) It was the Victoria Barracks player who in the 1850s, originally developed what became the SCG; they also claim that their soldier spectators who came from the Barracks and supported them are the originators of the term “to barrack” as used in Australia.  (This is disputed by etymologists who ascribe the term either to Melbourne or Ireland) 

C.C.N.S.W. was invited by Cricket NSW to represent the civilian population of NSW v the Army at the SCG to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the SCG. Arising from that game C.C.N.S.W. and the Army jointly bought “The Barrackers’ Cup” which is kept in the Army Museum at Victoria Barracks and occasionally at the request of the C.C.N.S.W. Match Manager brought out on the day The ball with which C.C.N.S.W. bowled in the150th anniversary game can be seen in the SCG Museum.

To quote from the Army web site: “Victoria Barracks is one of the best-known examples of military architecture in Australia. The Regency-style Victoria Barracks were designed by Lieutenant-Colonel George Barney, who also built Fort Denison and reconstructed Circular Quay. Most of barracks was constructed using locally quarried sandstone between 1841 and 1849. The barracks were occupied by British troops up until 1870 and then taken over by the New South Wales colonial forces. After the Federation in 1901, Victoria Barracks housed the various headquarters responsible for administering and co-coordinating the military. Between 1931 and 1936 the barracks was home to the Royal Military College of Australia and from July 1938 to July 1940 it also housed the Command and Staff School. Today, Victoria Barracks is home to the Headquarters of Forces Command. The Barracks are widely considered to be one of the best examples of a military barracks in the world”

LUKE HOLMAN MATCH REPORT BELOW

Famous fact: the regency-styled Victoria Barracks in Paddington was built by convicts between 1841-1846.  It’s a significant heritage site and home to the headquarters of Forces Command. Hidden amongst the original sandstone buildings is a lush quadrangle oval with 3 grassy strips in the centre square. It’s as close as you get to playing colonial cricket in the modern era. 

With warmish weather (32º+ degrees) the opposition arrived in their uniforms with patches revealing a very special set of skills; combat, artillery, ordnance, and most holding senior officer ranks. They were a fit looking squad, what you’d expect from serving ADF members. 

The toss was supervised by CCNSW’s very own elite umpire Jed ‘The Finger’ Wesley-Smith, and we suspect Tom Robertson (CCNSW spiritual leader) let the Army’s Major-General skipper choose the strategic imperative for the 30 over format. Army to bat first.  

The green deck was lively early on, as was the hard charging spell from Sherville (“Wes”) Hall and Ed Robertson. Hall seamed a perfect length delivery in his first over to knock over McQuirty, on his way to an impressive 4-2-3-1, while Ed Robertson steamed in with venom and without luck for 5-0-11-1. A double bowling change introduced Shane Peterson and Mitch Sturt into the attack with immediate success. Shane bowled tight lines for a very respectable 5-1-12-1 and Mitch went bang-bang picking up 3-0-4-2, with John Finucane comfortably agile behind the pegs taking every chance offered. 

Quick score check. Alpha Charlie for Army at 4-19 after 11 overs, and in a bit of strife early on. 

Enter the spinners on a hardball turner. Adam Khamis and Luke Holman applied some target discrimination to pick up 4 scalps in combo. Adam bamboozled the Army’s senior ranks collecting 4-1-14-1, and Luke flighted his way to 4-0-27-2 including a sharp piece of fielding running-out the well-set Haskins well out of his ground. When their spell finished Army were in all sorts at 8-81 in the 25th over.       

Only 3 more overs were needed to wrap up the Army tail, Emanuel Mouglalis with 2-0-11-0, Ben Scott taking a cheap scalp 1-0-5-1 and Ed Robertson  rear guarding the innings and picking up the final wicket of Kirkwood. Army all out for 91 in 28 overs. CCNSW needing a sliver more than 3 per over to chase down the total.

Emanuel Mouglalis and debutant Ben Scott marched out to the middle and patiently took their time against the Army’s opening bowling pair. Emanuel (1) missed one, straight enough for Jed ’The Finger’ to send him back. When Tom Robertson joined Scott in the centre they plundered anything short and wide. Tom (30* retired not out) from his tradecraft offside bullish stroke play and Ben Scott (20* retired noy out) joined him in the sheds shortly after. Mitch Sturt (3) didn’t stay long and the run chase reached 2-70 in the 15th over. After drinks Ed Robertson (23* retired not out) and Josh Heldarskard (17*) gave the Army more misery quickly passing the target total. When Adam Khamis (0) departed for a first ball quack, CCNSW’s innings concluded at 3-109 in 20 overs: a real demolition job by CCNSW.

The after-match highlight was an invitation into the Officer’s mess for a debriefing (also known as a mission interrogation), where we enjoyed a few cold beers and some tall tales with the Officers who were absolute gentlemen. Great game in a scenic setting; a perfect Thursday afternoon.   

The Team was: –  Ben Scott 20* ret not out, Emmanuel Mouglalis 1, Tom Robertson.(c) 30* ret not out, Mitch Sturt 3, Joshua Heldarskard 17* Edward Robertson 23* ret not out, Adam Khamis 0, John Finucane (w) dnb, Luke Holman dnb, Shane Peterson dnb, Sherville Hall dnb,

The Result was: –

Victoria Barracks XI: -10-91 (28 Overs) 

Lost to

C.C.N.S.W.: – 3-108 (20.3 Overs) (Tom Robertson 30*)

By 7 wickets

FoWs: – 1-5 (E. Mouglalis), 2-68 (M. Sturt), 3-108 (A. Khamis)

The Bowling was: – S. Hall 4-1-3-1; Edward Robertson 5-0-11-1; S. Peterson 5-0-12-1; M. Sturt 3-0-4-2; A. Khamis 4-1-14-1; L. Holman 4-0-27-2; E. Mouglalis 2-0-11-0; B. Scott 1-0-5-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to J. Finucane (w); one to each of Joshua Heldarskard, L. Holman,  S. Peterson, B. Scott, one anonymous

Run outs: – One to Luke Holman

WEEK TWENTY FOUR: THURSDAY 7 -SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2024

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

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

The Result was: –

NSW Police XI: – 7-168 (20 Overs)

Defeated 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-114 (20 Overs)

By 54 runs

FoWs: – No details given

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

NSW Police XI: – 5-185 (19.1 Overs)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – No details recorded

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

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – one to J. Cushan

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

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 28 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Two to Roman Hughes

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to 

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

By 7 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to A. Dawson

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/f39cb0ac

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garry James picked up another wicket again caught by Ridge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bask in the moment. Well done you old bastards.

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 41 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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 NINETEEN: WEDNESDAY 31JANUARY – SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2024

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs ‘RAGA’ INVITATION XI  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ,   ON WEDNESDAY 31 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY PETER ROLL

The CCNSW Team was: – Peter Rolls (c) 8, Michael Carman 4, Mike Weaver 47, Frank Baliotis 6, Emmanuel Mouglalis 0, Mel Lucas 0,  David Craig 20, D. Glen 3, John Jackson 19, Tim Jones 21*, Jed Wesley-Smith 3

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-138 (37.4 Overs) (M. Weaver 47)

Defeated

Raga Invitation XI: – All out 111 (35.4 0vers) (T. Jones 3-20)

By 27 runs

FoWs CCNSW: – 1-9 (P. Rolls); 2-18 (M. Carman); 3-35 (F. Baliotis); 4-36 (E. Mouglalis); 5-41(M. Lucas); 6-70 (D. Craig); 7-76 (D. Glen); 8-113 (J. Wesley-Smith); 9-117(J. Jackson); 10-138 (M. Weaver)

The CCNSW Bowling was: – J. Wesley-Smith 5-0-8-1; D. Glen  5-2-9-2; M. Weaver 5-1-16-0; T. Jones 5-0-20-3; J. Jackson 5-0-25-0; M. Lucas 5-1-5-0; D. Craig 3-0-6-1; P. Rolls 2.4-0-16-0

The CCNSW Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 

Run outs: – Two to P. Rolls

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 11                          v  CLEVELAD SEAMERS   AT CP4,   ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

CCNSW lost the toss. Cleveland Seamers chose to bat and CCNSW were in the field. Initially we only had six players but finally got eight. The ground had small boundaries which meant even with a full side this would be a high scoring game and so it proved

 We actually bowled and fielded the best we have for a while but the Cleveland Seamers has some good batters that were in touch and imposed a daunting 1-263. We got off to a steady start with the batting. Mick McGrath teed off and scored a quick fire 53* off  21 balls to get us going.  Will Jacobs joined Paul Marchesi and  both kept the boundaries flowing (Jacobs 50* off 28 balls and Marchesi 52* off 29 balls) but in the end we fell away, ending 74 runs short and 20 runs off a deserving bonus point. but probably still the  best we have played all season. If we maintain this standard, we can still hope for a victory in our last two games 

(Ed note: The decision was later taken to abandon the rest of the season (2 matches) given the difficulties in raising a side and the disparity in standards)

The Team was: – Mick McGrath 53* ret not out (21 balls), Asfand Uppal 4 (9 balls), Ali Abbas 11 (9 balls), Paul Marchesi 52* ret not out (28 balls), Mitchell Anderson 15 (5 balls),, William Jacobs (c) and (w) 50* ret not out (24 balls), Mike Evans 2* (5 balls), Tracy Cook 0 (2 balls),

The Result was: –

Cleveland Seamers 1-263:  (20 Overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-189 (20 Overs) (M. McGrath 53*; P. Marchesi 52*; W. Jacobs 50*)

By 74 runs

The Bowling was: – M. Anderson 4-0-50-0; M. McGrath 3-0-29-0; T. Cook 2-0-40-0; P. Marchesi 3-0-45-0; A. Abbas 3-0-23-0; M. Evans 2-0-33-0; A. Uppal  2-0-29-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to P. Marchesi

Run outs: – Nil

Player Points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to M. McGrath; 2 points to W. Jacobs; one point to P. Marchesi

Scorecard: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/2nd-innings?fixtureid=407403

C&S JACK PACE QUARTER FINAL: CCNSW vs OLD ALOYSIANS AT COLLEGE GROUND, NORTH WILLOUGHBY ON SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMES MURTHA

We played out Jack Pace Shield Quarter Final against the top team under blue skies on a warm, sunny Sunday. We won the toss and elected to bat on what looked like a good surface and a fast outfield..

Few of the batters managed to get going against a decent opposition bowling attack. Tom Robertson with a four over cover off his first ball, top scored with 32 and others such as Soren Hughes, Ezekiel Hughes and Mick McGrath chipped in to lift our score to 167, a below par score, but runs on the board meant we felt like we had a chance!

The opposition started strong with the bat, before a brilliant catch from Henry Davis (possibly best of the season) diving forward and to his left removed the opener. Avi Bhandari picked up the other opener with yet another brilliant catch; this time Ezekiel Hughes at long on took a towering bomb just inside the boundary.

Soren Hughes bagged one caught by Roman Hughes at deep cover, and while they were ahead of the run rate, we felt in the game. Roman then picked up a wicket thanks to a sharp catch at short cover taken by Jamie Murtha, and then Henry Davis with his leg spin  picked up a wicket of his own,  the batter picking out Avi Bhandari at mid-wicket. Our opposition was five down for 99 in the 20th over, at this point, needing 68 off the final  fifteen overs. (Ed note: By contrast CCNSW had been 5-99 in the 22nd over) However that is where the wickets down remained for the rest of their innings. Opposition captain Joe Clarke played a brilliant knock of 82* to secure his team’s victory and a place in the semi final with 4.2 overs to spare.

We have had a season of mixed results to date. However it was a privilege to make the quarter finals of the Jack Pace and hopefully next season we can go one or even two games better!

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 32, Rhys Longbottom (w) 8, Jamie Murtha (c) 3, Mick McGrath 22, Sam Millar 5 , Ezekiel  Hughes 26, Roman Hughes (w) 16,  Soren Hughes 30, Henry Davis 4, Avinash Bhandari 10*, Adam Khamis 5

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-167 (33.2 Overs) (T. Robertson 32)

Lost to

Old Aloysians: – 5-168 (30.4 Overs)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-24 (R. Longbottom); 2-45 (J. Murtha); 3-45 (T. Robertson); 4-52 (S. Millar); 5-98 (M. McGrath); 6-104 (R. Hughes); 7-148 (S. Hughes); 8-154 (H. Davis); 9-156 (E. Hughes) 10-167 (A. Khamis)

The Bowling was: – A. Bhandari 6.4-1-22-1; M. McGrath 6-0-40-1; Soren Hughes 3-0-21-1; H. Davis 4-1-21-1; Roman Hughes 3-0-16-1; A. Khamis 1-0-1-0; J. Murtha 2-0-11-0; R. Longbottom 5-1-23-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of A. Bhandari, H. Davis, J. Murtha, Roman Hughes and Soren Hughes

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to A. Bhandari; 2 points to Soren Hughes; one point to Roman Hughes

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/31f56e31

MASTERS ROUND 9: CCNSW vs STRATHFIELD CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 4 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY ANDREW DADSWELL 

Strathfield, Strathfield, Strathfield. Known for their car radios and near flawless Masters cricket record. With only one loss in their Masters history, it was going to be a tough ask but the team was up for the challenge. 

Lieutenant Dan Turner won the toss and decided to set the pace by batting first.  Mike ‘basket’ Weaver showed great technique and shot selection early on with some trademark pull shots whilst the other opener, Scott Williams copped a ball no one wants first up, with his off stump clipped for a golden. Dan the man  Turner looked to take on the bowling before edging one to the keeper. 

From overs eight to twenty we looked like contenders. ‘Weaves’ notched up his 40 before Paul Nash and Jason Kenn set about their work hitting a number of authoritative boundaries. We were 2 for 89 at drinks and had a good platform to launch from. 

After drinks Nash’s stumps were disturbed by a nice off cutter and after plundering another six, Kenn fell to a cunning arm ball from current over 40s Australian spinner Ryan Snape. 

Scott Wells, Andrew Dadswell and Ash Perrott all threatened to damage the bowling but couldn’t turn their starts into quick fire 40s against some quality bowling. 

We ended up 9 for 171 and despite it being our best half way scenario against Strathfield in recent memory, it felt about 80 short of the 250 we were hoping for. 

With a top order boasting three current Australian over 40s reps about to head to the World Cup in South Africa we needed early scalps. The batting was just too good. Balls that were slightly short were pulled away to the boundary and any width was punished. The margin for error has never been so minuscule. 

Both openers retired. It was the introduction of Jason Kenn with the ball that saw us get our one and only wicket, rounding out his all round game. 

Strathfield chased our 171 with ease, getting it in the 19th over to secure maximum bonus points. 

Despite the thrashing we copped, it was great to share some beers after the game. 

Video highlights here: https://youtu.be/W2jtEjgU4M0?si=9DPFhdU8iJC14Kzl

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Weaver 41* ret not out, Scott Williams 0, Dan Turner (c) 7, Paul Nash 35, Jason Kenn 31, Scott Wells (w) 20, Andrew Dadswell 15, Ash Perrott 10, Matt Johnston 2*, Mike Tarrant 1*, David Craig dnb, Ben Stanic dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-171 (40 Overs) (M. Weaver 41* ret not out)

Lost to

Strathfield CC: – 1-172 (18.5 Overs)

By 9 wickets

FoWs: – 1-6 (S. Williams); 2-30 (D. Turner); 3-114 (J. Kenn); 4-126 (P. Nash); 5-151 (A. Dadswell); 6-167 (A. Perrott); 7-170 (S. Wells).

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 4-0-23-0; M. Tarrant 2-0-15-0; M. Johnston 2-0-33-0; S. Williams 2-0-27-0; D. Craig 2-0-24-0; A. Dadswell 3.4-0-21-0; J. Kenn  3-0-21-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Nil

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to M. Weaver; 2 points to P. Nash; one point to J. Kenn

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/e2d16a51

WEEK EIGHTEEN: WEDNESDAY 24 – SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2024

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 10                          v ONE MORE BEER   AT MP 5  ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 24 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

This was probably our worst ever defeat in terms of runs in the LMS.  Our bowling especially at the end, was poor. They batted well to smash us to all parts and losing only one wicket in scoring 235

Then we crumbled with bat with only Mick McGrath making double figures, to get beaten by almost 200 runs. Very disappointing. With three games to go, hopefully we can at least see out a very hard season.

The Team was (playing 7): –  Mick McGrath 17, Jonathan Seifman 0, Daanish Mahmud 11, Farjud Mahmud 1, Mike Evans 4, William Jacobs (c) and (w) 0, Ben Digan 4

The Result was: –

One More Beer: 1-235 (20 Overs)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: –  All out 38 (8.2 Overs) 

By 197 runs

The Bowling was: – D. Mahmud 4-0-28-0; F. Mahmud 4-0-30-1; M. McGrath 4-0-29-0; J. Seifman 4-0-64-0; M. Evans 2-0-37-0; B. Digan 2-0-45-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to D. Mahmud; 2 points to M. McGrath; one point to W. Jacobs

Scorecard:  https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/2nd-innings?fixtureid=407396

C&S ROUND 11: CCNSW vs HUNTERS HILL AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY ADAM KHAMIS

A mid-week change meant that our fixture against Hunters Hill became a home game, cheered by all who think cricket should be played on a ground with boundaries that are in the same postcode as the pitch. Several of our intrepid tourists had also returned to the side hungry to play, having spent the week making a valiant effort to drink the Barossa Valley dry while getting to see what Adelaide looks like when it rains. Unlucky fellas.

Skipper Jamie Murtha won the toss and elected to bat. Tom Robertson and Mike Pinter put on a cracking 68 run opening partnership in 11 overs, all without looking like they would barbecue each other once! They laid a solid foundation for what could become a very imposing total. Tom was eventually out lbw on 45, bringing Jamie Murtha to the crease to continue our excellent start. Jamie and Pinter batted well together and ran very well between the wickets. When Pinter was bowled for 33 at drinks, we were 2-108 after 20 overs and some were (wildly) speculating 300 could be on the cards. Paul Nash joined Jamie Murtha at the crease after drinks and made a fluent 21 runs, mostly consisting of boundaries, before being trapped lbw. Rhys Longbottom got off to the best of starts, a four off his first ball, but unfortunately didn’t take the time to settle and had his stumps uprooted 3 balls later. Ezekiel Hughes formed a productive partnership with Jamie, keeping the score ticking along nicely as we passed 150 in the 26th over, a more realistic total of 250 now firmly in our sights. That was before Jamie was given out lbw by a vengeful Tom Robertson after middling the ball into his pads. The opposition sportingly called Jamie back to the crease but his concentration was broken. He was caught shortly afterwards for a fine 48, having played right into the fielding trap.  Roman Hughes, with dad Soren and Henry Davis finished off our innings with solid cameos as we made 240 runs off our 40 overs. A superb innings with lots of fine individual contributions.

Despite having plenty of runs to play with, CCNSW were determined to get the job done quickly and notch up a big win – also because we were keen to watch the exciting end to the West Indies  Test match. Our opening bowlers Andrew Davis and Roman Hughes were on the spot from ball one. They gave the opposition very little and were supremely accurate. In fact, Roman gave them absolutely nothing, finishing the innings with the incredible figures of 4-4-0-1! The squeeze upped the pressure and required run rate, bringing wickets including a sharp run out from Tom Robertson. The first bowling changes brought the leg spinning trio into the game – David (“Dutchie”) Craig, Henry Davis and Adam Khamis proving that you can never have too many leggies in the one team. Despite Henry and ‘Dutchie’ bowling well and keeping the pressure on, unfortunately not one of these extremely deserving bowlers managed to take a wicket. A sad day to be sure, with flags lowered to half-mast at Leg Spin HQ. While Hunters Hill was still well behind the run rate, a partnership had formed and was looking like a solid base for a potential post-drinks explosion. That was before Paul Nash broke through a few overs before drinks, ending a 50 partnership with a catch taken by Ezekiel Hughes. Paul removed the other set batsman not long after drinks to finish off a good spell. Having given the keeping pads over to Roman Hughes at drinks, Rhys Longbottom came on for a few overs of menacing pace bowling while at the other end, Tom Robertson got a bowl – a rare sight indeed. Eventually Ezekiel Hughes was brought into the attack and he backed up his solid first innings knock with a great spell with the ball. His 4-24 off 5 overs (all wickets were bowled) was a master class in how to blow away the middle and lower order. Another run out, this time to Soren Hughes, late in the innings and Hunters Hill finished their 40 overs 9-156, handing CCNSW victory by 84 runs. Job well done lads – and just in time to huddle around our phones and watch the final 2 wickets of the West Indies’ historic victory in Brisbane.

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 45, Mike Pinter 33, James Murtha 48, Paul Nash 21, Rhys Longbottom (w) 4, Ezekiel Hughes 30, Roman Hughes (w) 20*, Soren Hughes 7*, Andrew Davis 15, David Craig dnb, Adam Khamis dnb Henry Davis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-240   (40 Overs) (J. Murtha 48; T. Robertson 45)

Defeated

Hunters Hill: – 9-156 (40 Overs) (Ezekiel Hughes 4-24)

By 84 runs

FoWs: – 1-68 (T. Robertson), 2- 107 (M. Pinter), 3-147 (P. Nash), 4-151 (R. Longbottom), 5-171 (J. Murtha), 6- 202 (Ezekiel Hughes), 7-214 (Soren Hughes)

The Bowling was: – A. Davis 6-1-18-0; Roman Hughes 4-4-0-1; A. Khamis 3-0-22-0; D. Craig 6-0-20-0, H. Davis 7-1-20-0;  R. Longbottom 3-0-14-0; P. Nash 4-1-11-2; Ezekiel Hughes 5-1-24-4; T. Robertson 2-0-16-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to A. Davis and one to Ezekiel Hughes

Run outs: – Two: – one to S. Hughes and one to T. Robertson

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to Ezekiel Hughes; 2 points to P. Nash; one point to T. Robertson)

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/d9e9c86b

VINTAGE ROUND 8 vs GEORGES RIVER AT BEXLEY OVAL, BEXLEY ON SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE 

CCNSW won the toss and chose to bat at the picturesque Bexley Oval.

Gerry O’Shea and John Finucane got us off to a good start, adding an untroubled 36 in the first 10 overs. Georges River’s first bowling change slowed the scoring rate and first Gerry and then John fell to the new bowler Karpin, bringing Peter Rolls and Greg Brooks to the crease. Brooksie fell for 6 trying to break the shackles and the innings then stalled with only 3-24 added in the second 10 overs. Mick McCormick joined Peter Rolls and runs remained difficult to come by with only another 24 added to leave us at 84 after 30 overs. Mick McCormick, Garry James and Emmanuel Mouglalis fell quickly trying to bring some urgency to the innings and with Rolls retiring at 30*. Frank Baliotis and Sittampalan Ragavan (“Raga”) finally found some traction adding a much needed 40 runs in the last 6 overs for a final total of 6-144.

Skipper Stuart Ridge along with Paul Georgiadis took the new ball and things started well with Paul working his customary magic for a first ball breakthrough and Stuart picking up the other opener next over. New bat Adamson then counterattacked reaching his 30* out of a total of 40 in the 9th over with a couple of cracking shots off Ridge. However at 2-40 off 10 things were still evenly poised and our reliable bowling unit began to apply some pressure and chip away at the middle order. Raga, Garry James and Greg Brooks kept things tight but crucially two more Georges River batters were able to reach retirement giving them a buffer at the end of the innings. Mick McCormick and Joe Scarcella then picked up a couple of wickets each as the scoreboard pressure began to tell.

With 25 needed off the last 6 overs and 2 wickets in hand, the hard hitting Adamson returned to the crease and Ridge came back to try and close things out. Despite winning twice from similar situations this year it was not to be;, Adamson continuing where he left off with a flurry of boundaries to complete his 50 and prove the difference between the teams in an otherwise close fought game.

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerard O’Shea 19, John Finucane (w) 20, Peter Rolls 30*, Greg Brooks 6, Mick McCormick 20 Garry James 1, Emanuel Mouglalis 6, Frank Baliotis 19*, Sittampalam Ragavan 19*, Joseph Scarcella dnb, Stuart Ridge (c) dnb, Paul Georgiadis dnb.  

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6-144   (40 Overs) (P. Rolls 30*)

Lost to

Georges River: – 7-147 (37 Overs) ()

By 3 wickets

FoWs: – 1-38 J. Finucane, 2-39 G. O’Shea, 3-49 G. Brooks, 4-82 M. McCormick, 5-83 G. James, 6-97 E. Mouglalis

The Bowling was: – G. Brooks 7-0-21-0; P. Georgiadis 2-0-13-1; G. James 7-0-23-2; M. McCormick 4-0-12-2; S. Ragavan 6-0-15-0; S. Ridge 7-0-39-1; J. Scarcella 6-0-22-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – two to J. Finucane (w) and one each to G. Brook and M. McCormick

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to P. Rolls; 2 points to M. McCormick; one point to J. Finucane

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/d11800d8