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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)


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


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


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)


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



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



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 …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)


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




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)


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


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



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 ) 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)


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:



Cancelled by rain


On what was probably the hottest day of the season so far with temperatures reaching the upper 30Cs, Sam MiIllar, who had taken over the captaincy for the day in the absence of both the captain and v/c in Adelaide, won the toss and decided to bat on a dry Camperdown wicket which had recovered from the previous Wednesday’s heavy rain but had been used by Sydney University Grade the day before.

Last season’s game had been extremely tense and competitive as we had won by one wicket in the final over courtesy of a dropped boundary catch that had gone for six. Unfortunately that match had been marred by over aggressive verbals between the 2 sides both dissatisfied with the decisions of the player umpires. This season a complete contrast. Both teams behave admirably; no verbals, no dissent with the umpires but in no way a competitive game as we lost by 10 wickets.

We were lacking five of our regular C&S players in Adelaide (Hughes x 3, Jamie Murtha and Tom Robertson) and a number of others were unavailable. In their place a number of Masters over 40s and Vintage over 60s helped out plus a couple of debutants. Neither our Masters nor Vintage had a game this Sunday By contrast the Nondescripts appeared to have obtained a number of Saturday Grade/Shires players. The gap in class was large, – indeed too large for us to be properly competitive.

For the second week in a row we opened with a pair of older batters, Peter Rolls and Michael Carman(replacing the previous week’s reliable Gerry O’Shea and Emanuel Mouglalis). Their aggregate agesagain exceeded 120 yrs and for the second week in a row the opening pair put on an unhurried opening partnership, this time of 42 in ten overs. Then 3 wickets fell in the 11th over and another 2 in the 12thwithout the score moving! The sixth wicket pair of Sam Millar and schoolboy debutant Tom Kellingsworthput on 46 runs in the next 19 overs but could not get their spinners away to leave us at 7-92 in the 29thover. A defiant 12* from Henry Davis took us over the 100 mark but our total of 9-111 was difficult to defend as very quickly became obvious.

The gap in class and age became apparent as the Nondescript openers cruised to victory in less than 13 overs with a display of almost chanceless, powerful aggressive batting. Our bowlers did not bowl particularly badly but would rarely come up against such class of batting in C&S cricket. Both openers reached their half centuries before the end.

The Team was: –  Peter Rolls 19, Michael Carman 19, Ming Heng 0, Andrew Dadswell 0, Sam Millar (c)28, Kieren Purnell 0, Tom Kellingsworth 19, David Abreu 6, Nathaniel Breen 2, Henry Davis 12*, Adam Khamis 0*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-111 (35 Overs) (S. Millar 28)

Lost to

Nondescripts: – 0-112 (12.2 Overs)

By ten wickets

FoWs: – 1-42 Rolls, 2-42 (M. Heng), 3-42 (A. Dadswell), 4-42 (M, Carman), 5-42 (K. Purnell), 6-88 (S. Millar), 7-92 (T. Killingsworth), 8-97 (D. Abreu) 9-105 (N. Breen)

The Bowling was: – D. Abreu 4-0-16-0; H. Davis 4-0-41-0; N. Breen 2-0-28-0; A. Khamis 2-0-15-0; M. Heng 1.2-0.9-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Nil

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to P. Rolls; 2 points to M. Carman; one point to D. Abreu



The Toss was won by Lindfield who elected to bat

Early indications from the heat warnings provided suggested it was going to be an absolute stinker, and yes it was, with the temperature hovering around the 37Cº mark for most of the day.

Our first challenge however was simply fielding a team, with a significant number of the regular suspects unavailable due to a number of other significant matches being played including the Over 55s State Championships in Wagga, the CCNSW Tour to Adelaide and a C&S Match also being played. Fortunately however after exhausting the database of those eligible, we managed to field 11. Special thanks to Emmanuel Mouglalis for changing his plans and literally diverting in transit from Camperdown to Lindfield to help us out.

Lindfield won the toss and elected to bat. Without five of our regular bowlers Scott Wells had to be creative, so he opened the bowling with David Kent (6-0-21-0) and Greg Brooks (The Prez) (9-1-30-1).  (Ed note: David Kent used to play senior Grade Shires for Lindfield as a fast bowler…. c 30 years ago!)

It was a tidy start from the new opening bowling combination getting to the eighth over before The Prezstruck with a plumb lbw (Score: 1-24).  

Then soon after the fall of the first wicket Wells replaced Dave Kent with Joe Scarcella (Joe) (8-1-22-2) who immediately threatened both batters and continued to apply the pressure with The Prez.

At the first of two drinks breaks (scheduled for the end of the 13th and 26th overs due to the heat) Lindfield were 1-45. The Prez would take home no more scalps for the day; however he did bowl nine consecutive overs with the very tidy figures of 1-30.

The pressure was constantly being applied by all in the field and their opener Mark Wilson was lucky to survive (running from the non-strikers end) for a quick single that was pushed to cover, swooped upon by Mike Pinter (Punter) and rocketed back over the bails to Andrew Dawson (Dawso); however Wilson was adjudged to have made his ground. (Errr … also adjudged “lucky” to be there by David Glen fielding at point).

Scarcella bowled a magnificent double wicket maiden in his fifth over with a wonderful low catch taken just forward of square leg gobbled up by Craig Kitson (Kitso), followed up by a well adjudged lbw to have them at 3-53 at the end of the 17th Over.

Constant pressure was being applied in the field and in particular the boundary riding by Dave Glen was second to none, with at least 10 to 15 runs saved together with pinpoint throws over the stumps from the boundary.

Although it looked furry at the start of the game, the wicket was playing pretty true, so it was challenging for the bowlers to get wickets.  Around the 22nd over their opening batsman Wilson retired 32*; he hadbatted well in tough conditions.  

Kitson (8-0-22-2) came on to replace The Prez and it wasn’t long before he nabbed his first victim from a miss-timed lofted drive from Taylor that fizzed and was comfortably taken by Punter at cover (Score: 4-74 after 24 overs).

Mitch Sturt bludgeoned our attack to retire 30*. in quick time as well as one of their ‘underage’ (i.e. 49 year old) players Flanagan with a run a ball 32*. (Ed note: The Playing Conditions provide that so long as aplayer turns 50 by 1 April next he is eligible to play during the whole of the preceding season). Paul Nash (Nashy) (5-0-32-0) and Luke Holman (3-0-18-0) were subject to some of the hefty blows.  Then in the 38th over Kitson struck again when Peter Harrison attempted to sweep one behind square, only to fall to another great catch by “The Albatross” David Kent (Score: 5-147).  Their innings finished about 30 to 40 runs below par at 5-155.

Our innings didn’t start as we would have liked as Punter, attempting to leave an off cutter from Taylor on the fourth ball of the opening over, somehow managed to feather one which was easily taken by their keeper (Score 1-0).

In strode our top run scorer for the season in Nash to join David Glen.  Nash got straight to work working the first couple of deliveries behind square for consecutive twos.  Both Nash and Glen worked the ball around the field extremely well and took advantage of any and every run on offer.  By the drinks break (at 13 overs) we were 1-54 and ahead of the run rate required.  Note: This was important as the temperature was hovering on 37Cº and we needed to be ahead on the net run rate in case the game was called off.(Ed Note: Playing Conditions provide play shall be suspended if temperature exceeds 38Cº but may be resumed once temperature drops to 38C with time added on for time lost)

Nash retired around the drinks break for a very well made 31*; in particular he punished anything short with two magnificent sixes smashed over deep midwicket.  Dawson then joined Glen to continue ticking the scoreboard over, moving with classical cricket strokes being played all around the wicket the score along to 1-94 by the 20th over.  Neither of the batters seemed troubled in any way with the bowling and constant changes in the bowlers did little to change the trajectory of the game.   Glen retired soon after on a very well made 32* on his debut for the Classics – well done on a great game in the field then with the bat!

Kitson then joined Dawson who was also approaching a retirement.  Kitson did what he does best and quickly accumulated runs, in another great partnership.  Then Dawson was unfortunate to have been caught and bowled for 29 by a magnificent low catch by Flanagan that nearly landed on the pitch.  It was that close that Joe Scarcella mimicked a quote from the great Kerry O’Keefe when he said “Only Bob Marley could find grass in that.” (Note: This was after Virat Kholi was caught low down for 123 by Peter Handscomb in the slips off Pat Cummins in the second test of the 2018-19 Test Series at Optus Stadium).

Kitson showed us that it is important to put the bad ball away, and no shots were more graceful than his rocking back and pulling a short ball behind square to the boundary just before he too retired on a very well made 30*

David Kent (13*) and The Prez (8*) then finished things off for us with the victory coming in the 30th Over.

Thanks for the hospitality from the Lindfield Team and we wish you all the best for the rest of the season.  Thanks also to David Glen, David Kent, Joe Scarcella, Luke Holman and Emmanuel Mouglalis for putting your hands up to help out this game, and it was great to get back into the winners circle!

The Team was– Mike Pinter 0, David Glen 32* ret not out, Paul Nash 31* ret not out, Andrew Dawson(w) 29, Craig Kitson 30* ret not out, David Kent 13*, Greg Brooks 8*, Scott Wells (c) dnb, Joe Scarcelladnb, Luke Holman dnb, Emmanuel  Mouglalis

The Result was: –

Lindfield CC: – 5-155 (40 Overs) 

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 2-156 (29.2 Overs) (D. Glen 32*; P. Nash 31*; C. Kitson 30*)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-0 (M. Pinter); 2-131 (A. Dawson)

The Bowling was: – G. Brooks 9-1-30-1; D. Kent 6-0-21-0; J. Scarcella 8-1-22-2; C. Kitson 8-0-22-2 ; P. Nash 5-0-32-0; L. Holman 3-0-18-0, S. Wells 1-0-4-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of D. Kent, C. Kitson and M. Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to P Nash; 2 points to C. Kitson; one point to D. Glen




Editor’s Note: This game is for the ‘Brooks-Manning-Moorhouse shield currently held by CCNSW: see which contains a history of the matches between the two clubs over the past 40 years and brief biographies of the three players after whom it is named

Our first game of the calendar year was played on a beautiful sunny day at Goddard Park against Sydney University Lions. Our last encounter against the opposition back in December went down to the wire, so this promised to be a tight match. The pitch looked hard on the surface but in the end turned out to be on the softer side and two paced. The grass was longer than usual which provided a lot of assistance to the fielding sides.

Jamie Murtha won the toss and elected to bat. The slow wicket proved difficult to get in on, as most batters took their time and made starts. The first three batters all fell for 9 and we found ourselves in a lot of trouble at 4-36. Ezekiel (“Zeke “) Hughes and debutant Aaditya Datkhile put the pressure back on the opposition with very good running between the wickets, which caused some misfields. The pair looked good but unfortunately both fell in consecutive overs after drinks.

Wickets continued to fall regularly as the middle order all once again made starts but were unable to captalise. At one point it looked as if we would be bundled out for under 100; however crucial partnerships between Kieran Purnell (27*) first with  Adam Khamis and then Roman Hughes saw us add 41 runs to the total to boost our score to 9- 132 after 40 overs.  A brilliant effort from the lower order.

During the break we talked about how 132 would not be an easy target for our opposition due to the nature of the pitch and outfield. If we held out catches and created pressure we were in with a chance. In the second over that’s exactly what happened. Soren Hughes produced a great outswinger that hit the leading edge and flew to Jamie  Murthaat Mid-off who took a comfortable catch.

Soren and Roman at the other end created a lot of pressure with over twenty five dot balls in a row before a brilliant one handed caught and bowled by Roman removed the Lions number 3 batter. In the following over Soren removed the remaining opener lbw hitting him on the full right in front to take our opposition to 3-11 after 10 overs.

At this point in the game we felt right on top and turned to our resident leggies, Henry Davis and Adam Khamis who were both very economical and produced a lot of turn which gripped in the softness of the pitch.

Adam produced a delicious ‘wrong’un’ that turned from outside off and removed leg stump in the 15th ove and Henry picked up two wickets in consecutive overs removing both batters for ducks. One a leg break that pitched on middle and took the top of off and the second was a questionable lbw.

The Lions were left reeling at 6-30. The batters at the crease showed a little resistance until Zeke Hughes was brought into the attack and struck in his first over bending back the off-stump.

Things kept going our way as the set batter threw away his wicket by calling for a run that was never there. Henry Davis threw the ball into Ryan Lynch’s safe gloves and the bails were off before you could say ‘barbecue’.

Jamie  Murtha chimed in with a wicket of his own largely due to the safe hands of Roman Hughes at deep mid-wicket who tracked a swirling one and after a little resistance from the 10th wicket pair, Soren was brought back into the attack and promptly wrapped up the innings courtesy of a pretty catch at point by Gerry O’Shea.

While our batting total was probably a a little below par, everyone did enough to make sure we had a total we could defend, but on the day it was our bowling and fielding that was outstanding and won us the match and ensured that we retain the well hidden Brooks Manning Moorhouse shield for another year.

Well done to the guys and let’s make it four on the trot next week!

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 9, Ryan Lynch 9. James Murtha (c) 9, Harry Bridge, 2 Ezekiel Hughes 21, Aaditya Datkhile 8, Soren Hughes 10, Henry Davis 8, Kieren Purnell 27*, Adam Khamis 5, Roman Hughes 11* 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-132 (40 Overs) 


Sydney University Lions: – 10-81 (31.2 Overs) (S. Hughes 3-7)

By 51 runs

FoWs: – 1-13 (R. Lynch), 2-31; (G. O’Shea); 3-33 (J. Murtha); 4-36 (H. Bridge); 5-68 (Ezekiel Hughes); 6-68 (A. Dhatkile); 7-80 (Soren Hughes); 8-89 (H. Davis ) 9-107 (A. Khamis)

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 5-2-7-1; Soren Hughes 6.2-3-7-3; H. Davis 8-2-18-2; A. Khamis 5-0-17-1; J. Murtha 3-1-10-1; Ezekiel Hughes 4-1-16-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 catches to Roman Hughes and one each to J. Murtha and G. O’Shea

Run outs: – One to H. Davis

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to Soren Hughes; 2 points to Kieren Purnell; one point to Roman Hughes



Back row: Mike Weaver, Stuart Ridge, Greg Brooks, Andrew Bachelard, David Craig, Brett James
Front Row: Paul Nash, Sherville Hall, Andrew Davis, Scott Wells (c) and (w), Mike Pinter, Mike Tarrant.

On a beautiful summer Sunday the Classics arrived at Camperdown Oval to play Warringah with revenge on our minds and plum pudding and mince pies in our legs. After a thoroughly dispiriting and feeble capitulation in the last game of 2022-2023 and the lure of finishing in the top 4 despite a generally disappointing season this year, there was all to play for.

Skipper Scott Wells lost the toss and Warringah elected to bat on a central Camperdown wicket with plenty of grass. After an inspiring pre match speech (I can’t remember who delivered the immortal line – “Let’s win this one”) we took the field.

After a watchful opening over from Stuart Ridge, Mike Tarrant channeled his inner Mitch Starc and struck with his first ball – plumb lbw leaving Warringah reeling at 1-4 after 2 overs. Unfortunately we were not able to capitalise on that early success. We were unable to exert pressure with either our bowling or fielding. The next 3 batters all reached 30* and the next wicket did not fall until the 19th over when the ever reliable David Craig held on to a simple chance at mid off from the bowling of Andrew Bachelard. At this stage the score was 2-124 after 19 with 3 in the sheds and it was looking like a tough day at the office. 

As we walked off for a cup of tea, skipper Wells was heard to mutter that it was as though we were all on valium. Others thought that the extensive sandy stretches on the Camperdown outfield had led to some confusion and people thought they were still down the coast at the beach. Maybe we had all just become too accustomed to our summer afternoon snoozes and the ham and turkey was catching up with us, but at 2-126 at drinks there was plenty of work to do.

We managed to pull it back a little. Bachelard continued for a couple of overs after tea with his cunning mixture of long hops and half volleys before being replaced by ‘The Prez’. Greg Brooks. Sherville Hall and Craig toiled away until Tarrant returned. At this point some of the Cricketers’ team seemed to rouse themselves from their naps and some better fielding ensued. There was an outstanding direct hit run out from Craig, throwing them down from the edge of the circle at backward point. Tarrant had wickets in consecutive overs with a good overhead Aussie rules mark to Andrew Davis and a confident caught and bowled. Brooks rounded out the innings picking up the last 3 wickets to fall. The first bowled, the second an absolute screamer from Hall running in from deep mid wicket (the ball after Bachelard had dropped a sitter at point to continue his forgettable day) and the last lbw. 

After 40 overs Warringah had scored 8-253, but the pitch was good, the outfield fast and the batting line up strong. We were still in this.

Mike Weaver and Mike Pinter opened the batting. Weaver’s first ball was a knee high full toss that was duly dispatched behind square for 4! We were away. Unfortunately his 3rd ball was a ‘jaffa’ that knocked back off stump. After some detailed analysis of what had happened and the discussion of a number of competing theories, ‘Weaves’ concluded that he had missed a straight one. Who would have thought?

Pinter was joined by Paul Nash and together they proceeded to make batting look very easy. Nash retired in the 10th over and Pinter in the 16th, at which point we were 1-88 and within touching distance of the required run rate. At this point we needed just under 7 an over with 2 in the shed and Brett James, Wells, Davis and the ‘sloggers’ to come. So far so good.

Unfortunately at this point Warringah’s Giles Park commenced his outstanding spell of 7-1-16-3. He removed Davis (0), James (26) and Tarrant (11). He was ably supported by Simon Waddington keeping the pressure on at the other end. When Wells (15) fell in the 29th over we were 5-138. The equation was simple. 11 overs remaining, 116 to get at 10.5 an over. Brooks, Bachelard, Hall and Craig to come with Nash and Pinter in the sheds. The change bowlers had just come on – autumn leaves from one end and straight slow-stop from the other. We were definitely in with a chance.

Brooks (12) fell shortly afterwards and then began one of the most inexplicable passages of cricket since Herschelle Gibbs dropped the World Cup. The biggest brain fade since Jonny Bairstow wandered out of his crease to attend to his gardening. Bachelard, occupying a parallel universe where the Classics play 50 over games, catastrophically miscalculated the required run rate. Thinking that we needed a leisurely 6 on over, Bachelard and Hall shared a productive, but desperately inadequately paced partnership of 36 in 5 overs. Apparently at one stage on the sideline Brooks suggested running a message out to tell the batters to get a move on. Wells, incorrectly assuming that his charges understood the situation, demurred. Should always listen to ‘The Prez’,  skip. 

Bachelard was dismissed for 29 with the score on 179 and Hall fell for 10 in the next over. The run rate at this stage was 15 and proved too much even for the returning Nash (52) who hit 20 off 7 balls before holing out on the deep mid wicket fence and Pinter who didn’t trouble the scorers on his return to the crease. Craig was left stranded on 7*. Simon Lyon, bowling autumn leaves, ended up with figures of 5.2-0-42-5. Not a little embarrassing.

In sum, another dispiriting and feeble capitulation to Warringah, best filed under “first game back from the Christmas break” and never spoken of again. The highlight of the day, apart from Nash’s sparkling 52 from 36 balls, was definitely Punter’s new cover removal technique.

The Team was (playing 12): – Michael  Weaver 4, Mike Pinter 30, Paul Nash 52, Brett James 26, Andrew Davis 0, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 15, Mick Tarrant 11, Greg Brooks 12, Andrew Bachelard 29, Sherville  Hall 10, David Craig 7* and Stuart Ridge dnb

The Result was: –

Warringah CC: – 8-253 (40 overs) (M. Tarrant 3-53, G. Brooks 3-53)


C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-207 (39.2 overs)

By 46 runs

FoW: – 1-4 (M. Weaver); 2- 90 (A. Davis); 3-99 (B. James); 4-123 (M. Tarrant); 5-138 (S. Wells); 6-143 (G. Brooks); 7-179 (A. Bachelard); 8-183 (S. Hall); 9-207 (P. Nash); 10-207 (M. Pinter).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 6-0-40-0; M. Tarrant 9-1-53-3; W. Hall 7-0-48-0; A. Bachelard 6-0-33-1; D. Craig 4-0-22-0; G. Brooks 8-0-53-3

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to each of D. Craig, A. Davis, S. Hall, and M. Tarrant,

Run outs: – one by D. Craig (direct hit)

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to P. Nash; 2 points to M. Pinter; 1 point to M. Tarrant




Our fixture against Sydney University Lions was a close thriller. It was a difficult wicket to get in on that only got more challenging as the day went on. After winning the toss and electing to bat we made a great start in this 40 over game with Mike Weaver and Gerry O’Shea putting on 33 runs before Mike fell lbw.

The skipper Jamie Murtha came to the crease at number 3, still recovering from a broken finger. Gerry defended brilliantly against the opposition quick, Kieren, a bowler who can easily take a bagful. The pair put on a 40 runs stand. before Gerry was hit on the pads and also given lbw, bringing the young Ezekiel (“Zeke”) Hughes to the crease. We made it to drinks with a solid 2-82 on the board. 

After drinks, Zeke and Jamie who had been looking steady fell in consecutive overs. The opposition found some confidence and made use of the difficult conditions but Luke Holman and Sam Millar kept the scoreboard ticking over at around 3 runs per over.

We lost a few wickets in bulk towards the end of the innings and finished up with 8-158 from our 40 overs, it felt a few short of a winning score, but still competitive if we bowled well!

Sydney University Lions got off to a reasonable start despite Soren Hughes knocking over their opener in the third over; after 8 overs they were 1-47 before Soren struck again.

Our opposition were on the run rate at drinks at 2-81 and looking to take the game away from us. Adam Khamis was brought into the attack and bowled an exceptional spell of tight leg spin bowling that brought us right back into the game Then Declan Thomas took a sharp catch (one of four on the day) behind the stumps to remove a  Lions batter who had looked threatening.

Jamie Murtha soon followed and bowled in good areas, giving nothing away. After a few miserly overs,  he removed the set opener for 51, keeping the game delicately in the balance.

At 5-131 with 7 overs remaining the opposition required just 26 runs to win but Soren and sixteen year old Roman Hughes kept their cool and bowled excellent deliveries to take wickets. Soren took one while Roman bowled exceptionally at the other end to take two wickets, and with the help of his brother Zeke at mid-on Roman completed a run out to secure victory by 4 runs with still 4 balls remaining!

The Team was: –  Mike Weaver 13, Gerard O’Shea 38, James Murtha (c) 23, Ezekiel Hughes 7, Sam Miller 37, Soren Hughes 1, Luke Holman 12, Declan Thomas (w) 5, Roman Hughes 2, Adam Khamis 1Pramod Vaddiparthy dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-158 (40 Overs)


Sydney University Lions: – 10-152 (39.2 Overs)

By 6 runs

FoWs: – 1-33 (M. Weaver); 2-72 (G O’Shea); 3-92 (Ezekiel Hughes); 4-95 (J. Murtha); 5-98 (Soren Hughes); 6-135 (L. Holman), 7-144 (D. Thomas); 8-155 (R. Hughes).

The Bowling was: – Soren Hughes 7-2-28-3; Roman Hughes 6.2-0-36-2; P. Vaddiparthy 3-0-15-0; A. Khamis 8-0-19-1; J. Murtha 8-1-22-1; L. Holman 2-0-7-0; S. Millar 3-0-16-1; Ezekiel Hughes 2-0-8-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 4 to D. Thomas (w) and one to M. Weaver

Run outs: – Two: one to D. Thomas and one to Ezekiel Hughes

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to Roman Hughes; 2 points to G. O’Shea; one point to S. Hughes



It was off to “The Plains” for our Classics round 6 clash with Nepean. The word had spread they put on the best spread in the comp and it didn’t disappoint. Aged cheddar and prosciutto at drinks with eskies full of water and sports drinks. Then came the fruit. Watermelon cut to the perfect width and size. I was starting to think I might change clubs. Only thing that was holding me back was all those sad CCNSW faces if I did. Especially that Pinter bloke. He would need years of counselling.

And also we played cricket. Nepean won the toss and batted. Their openers looked good but were contained by Stuart Ridge and Andrew Bachelard . Sherville (‘Wes’) Hall  arrived late and struck straight away. Sleeping in sure does make for a fresher bowler. 

David Craig set the standard in the field like he does week in and week out with a few catches and a good run out. How he does that with the rack that he is supporting I don’t know.

Lots of tight bowling ensued. Boundaries were tough on a big ground with long grass. I was told post game it is as big as the SCG.

With Nepean 8-125 after 40 overs, off we went at half time to get stuck into Subways and a charcuterie board of goodies. 

Scott Wells sent in Ed Cross  and Tom Robertson  to get us underway. Poor Ed got a cracking inswinger and was bowled for 2. Paul Nash and Tom then put Nepean to the sword and both retired on 30*. Andrew Dawson then went out there and scratched around like a chook for 2. Wells then left a ball on off stump. Trevor Whittall went big on his third ball and skied it mid off. Lucky the steady hand of Bachelard came out and limped his way to 31* ret. Andrew Davis (13*) was at the other end the whole time steadying the ship. Wells noted that his wagon wheel is a spoke that goes through gully.

With victory in sight Bachelard retired with31* with the scores level. The trusty scorer called him in but no one moved as they saw who was scoring. After verification David Craig walked out, intending to bring about victory with a reverse sweep, the stroke that he and Maxy both play with aplomb.  But Dave was then caught at slip for a duck and it was up to Sherville Hall to finish. 11 dot balls later and we sealed victory just before the end of the 32nd over to get bonus points.

Great venue and great opposition made the journey well worth it. Beers and well cooked onions and snags were served with some high quality banter.

The Team was: – Tom Robertson 30* ret not out, Ed Cross 2, Paul Nash 30* ret not out, Andrew  Dawson 2, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 6, Andrew Davis 13*, Trevor Whittall 0, Andrew Bachelard 31* ret not out, David Craig 0, Sherville Hall 1*, Stuart Ridge dnb

The Result was: –

Nepean DCA: – 8-125 (40 Overs)

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-126   (31.5 Overs) (A. Bachelard 31* ret not out; P. Nash 30* ret not out, T. Robertson 30* ret not out)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-14 (E. Cross), 2-78 (S. Wells); 3-81 (A. Dawson); 4-81(T. Whittall); 5-125 (D. Craig)

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-1-11-0; A. Bachelard 9-0-44-1 S. Hall 8-0-28-2; A. Davis 5-0-12-1; D. Craig 8-1-21-2; T. Whittall 3-0-9-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to D. Craig; One to each of T. Robertson and T. Whittall

Run outs: – One to D. Craig

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to P. Nash; 2 points to T. Robertson; one point to A. Bachelard




Heading into the game quietly confident of a first win , we started steady with the batting lead by debutant Jim  Dempster who made a solid 50 but unfortunately fell away at the end and didn’t score enough runs. A solid effort by the bowlers and in the field and some ‘never say die’ attitude made it hard for the opposition but they passed our score in the 14th over for the loss of only 2 wickets. CCNSW simply did not score enough runs. 

Great to see we can still get 8 players to a game after using a lot of players already this year. Hopefully we can improve on our batting next game 

The Team was: –  Nicholas Kochanowicz 14, Jim Dempster 55, Luke Goodman 10, Arun Shyamsunder 19, Ben Digan 7, Craig Fordham 8, William Jacobs (c) and (w) 5, Joseph Taylor 3

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-117 (19.3 Overs) (J. Dempster 55)

Lost to

Gorilla Boundary Bashers:  2-120 (14 Overs)

By 6 wickets

The Bowling was: – A. Shyamsunder 3-0-15-0; N. Kochanowicz 3-0-26-0; J. Taylor 2-0-22-0 ; C. Fordham 2-0-14-0; L. Goodman 2-0-11-0; B. Digan 1-0-19-0; J. Dempster 1-0-5-2; 

 The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to J. Dempster

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to J. Dempster; 2 points to A. Shyamsunder; one point to W. Jacobs 



Cancelled by rain.


Because of rain the game was transferred from turf at Waterloo Oval, Zetland in the inner City- a ground with few amenities to an artificial wicket at Kareela Reserve, Doonside approximately 40 km down the M4 near Rooty Hill, a bleak Reserve with three artificial wickets.  The pitch was fine but the outfield was damp and  boundaries were to be hard to come by.

The Sri Lanka Lions batted first and were all out in the fortieth over for 178 with Ed Cross returning the best bowling figures with 3-32.

Our turn to bat and runs were hard to get on the slow outfield. Only Mike Weaver (44*)  who opened,  exceeded 20 runs. While he deserved to get a half century, he unfortunately  ran out of batting partners when Sherville Hall was out for 10 in the 37th over after a tenth wicket partnership of 23. CCNSW ended up some 34 runs short to be all out for only 144, a disappointing display by a batting line up capable of doing much better

CCNSW will need to work harder on building partnerships and getting more batters in the bank to the 40* retirement stage. Something to work on in future games.

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Weaver 44*, Tom Robertson 11, Paul Nash 16, Andrew Dawson 17, Andrew Davis 2, Andrew Bachelard 11, Mike Pinter 2, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 5, David Kent 4, Mike Tarrant 14, Sherville Hall 10, Ed Cross dnb

The Result was: –

Sri Lanka Lions: – 10-178 (39.4 Overs) (E. Cross 3-31))


C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-144   (36.1 Overs) (M. Weaver 44*)

By 34 runs

FoWs: – 1-14 (T. Robertson); 2-33 (P. Nash); 3-71 (A. Dawson); 4-81 (A. Davis); 5-91 (M. Pinter); 6-98 (S. Wells); 7-102 (A. Bachelard); 8-120 (M. Tarrant); 9-121 (D. Kent) 10-144 (S. Hall)

The Bowling was: – S. Hall 7.4-0-41-2; D. Kent 3-0-27-0; A. Bachelard 9-0-40-1; E. Cross 9-1-31-3; A. Davis 2-0-10-0; M. Tarrant 9-1-25-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One To A. Davis and one to P. Nash

Run outs: – One to E. Cross

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to M. Weaver; 2 points to E. Cross; one point to S. Hall



Luckily the Bureau of Meteorology got their Saturday forecast wrong with the prediction of considerable rain not eventuating. The humidity was pushing 90% at Camperdown on the Sunday morning and what better way to warm up than fold up covers big enough to cover the space shuttle. 24 senior citizens slaving and sweating profusely chasing sporting glory. And the game hadn’t even started. The resultant pile of conglomerated plastic would have easily plugged the entrance to the new Rozelle junction tunnel.

State championship cross overs between the two clubs ensured the prospect of uncompromising competition once on the field with the added nuance of a Kim Philby like defection adding social media interest and whispers in the toilets.

The pitch was surprisingly firm. CCNSW lost the toss and was sent into bat.

In form opener Gerry O’Shea and Peter Rolls donned the gear early. Rolls, having sustained an injury surfing (still thinking he was Wayne Bartholomew) was furiously rubbing his leg as the crowd jeered his slower than usual running between wickets.

The Northern Stars opening bowlers bowled accurately. Gerry hit some fine shots to keep the run rate on an even keel. One shot was driven well down the field close to the mid on boundary where a soccer ball had magically appeared some four metres inside the boundary like some David Copperfield illusion. The fieldsman signaled four as the ball passed the soccer ball until everyone, including the local dog, realised the soccer ball was not the boundary marker. It is a well-known fact that the last time a soccer ball was used as a cricket boundary marker was in a Christmas game of backyard cricket at Tim Cahill’s house in 2004.In a surprisingly sensible umpiring decision Garry James estimated the pair would have run three, completely ignoring Rolls surfing trauma.

Gerry clipped and drove until he was caught and bowled by an excellent reflex catch. Rolls buckled down with Joe Scarcella, keeping the run rate ticking at a reasonable pace. Joe conscious of increasing the run rate got scuttled with an uncharacteristic swipe.

Greg Brooks started his innings in the best way possible sweeping his first ball from the opposition run- scrooge captain over the square leg boundary for six. He then took full toll of a couple of short balls from the Northern Stars recent leg spin recruit with one denting the roof of the pavilion.  He quickly reached his 30* laying a valuable foundation for the remaining batsmen. Unfortunately, Mick McCormick could not capitalise on the set up when his forward defence lost all structure waiting incessantly for the ball to arrive.

Garry James took up the challenge, though it seemed he had a gastric band on obtaining the strike. Meanwhile Dr. Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was getting on with it until a unfortunate run out ended the partnership.

As the overs started diminishing, Frank Baliotis was caught at the bowler’s end thinking about his upcoming Sri Lankan trip. Garry called loudly for a run off his pads. When Garry arrived at the bowlers end Frank was still thinking about what to put in his bags. Then as though someone said, “you better get home, your house is on fire” Frank took off like a fox terrier pursued by a leopard, ending in a gymnastic rollover manoeuvre Simone Biles would be proud of as the fielder and wicket keeper fluffed and fumbled leaving Frank safe and back on planet Earth.

Garry got his third undefeated 30*. Then John Finucane and David Glen ran like greyhounds between wickets to add some very valuable late runs. A final score of 5-163. A defendable score but needing good bowling and fielding against a strong batting line up.

Stuart Ridge settled into his normal line and length while Paul Georgiadis enticed the Northern Stars openers into hitting into the air resulting in a competent catch to Joe Scarcella followed by a lively caught and bowled to Paul himself. The new Northern Stars recruit then increased the risk taking with a number of edged and lofted shots narrowly escaping the fielders..

The Northern Stars captain required Dr Ragavan to delve into his bag of medical marvels for industrial quantities of magnesium to relieve his cramp brought on by attempting to bowl 8 overs and complaining he should be allowed to bowl 18. The drugs were to no avail and certainly had no calming effect.

Greg Brooks bowled beautifully conceding a miserly 3 runs over 5 overs. Mick McCormick took over from Ridge and bowled straighter picking up a couple of wickets including the aggressive lefty. Garry James threw the ball up and bowled a Jaffa arm ball to remove one of the more stubborn Northern Stars middle order batters. 

Garry then blew up like a puffer fish when Mick McCormick loped around the pavilion boundary Michael Holding style, until he dropped as though shot by a sniper, failing to observe the crater like depression adjacent to the entrance gate, (note to A Hawkes… public liability claim pending) unable to propel forward on his stomach akin to a stranded walrus, he forlornly flapped his flipper at the ball just inches away as it continued to roll agonisingly slowly towards the boundary. The ball won. 

Garry was somewhat recompensed the next ball, when a seemingly certain four halted centimeters from the cone designated boundary. The batters meanwhile were glove punching mid pitch having not crossed for a run whilst also risking a “Bairstow” incident as the ball was returned as they obliviously continued to wax lyrical over the shot not realising it had not made the boundary.

Raga then settled into his bowling rhythm even extracting some late innings bounce whilst keeping it tight. He was rewarded with two wickets, both plumb lbws. Joe Scarcella bowled the necessary tight overs when the opposition was looking to take more risk.

Greg Brooks and Stuart Ridge returned for the final six overs with the rain greasing the pitch and the ball. The light was also deteriorating and might have tempted formal umpires to cut proceedings short. The Northern Stars number 10 was batting ok until the slippery pitch saw him fall like one of the ice-skating group in front of Stephen Bradbury’s gold medal win.  An easy run out resulted. (There may have been a loud Leyton Hewitt “C’mon” call from the Pres in instigating the run out).

Although at more than 10 runs an over… with ‘Mr Magnesium’ and some bloke named Jim (Ed Note Jim Hadley not playing for CCNSW this season) at the crease, the fat lady still hadn’t sung.

But Stu appealed for a caught behind. The umpire, gave the batsman the opportunity of walking, possibly because of Mr Magnesium’s awkward after shot gait, he looked like he was walking, but not in a month of Sundays.  Finally  the dreaded digit was raised to send him on his way. This resulted in a spray at the umpire a humpback whale would be proud of. All out for 123.

A gratifying and eventful win with every player contributing

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerry O’Shea 13, Peter Rolls 31* ret not out, Joe Scarcella 14, Mick McCormick 6, Greg Brooks 32* ret not out, Garry James 31* ret not out, Sittampalam Ragavan 8, Frank Baliotis 12, David Glen, 0* John Finucane (w) 8*, Stuart Ridge (c) dnb, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-163 (40 Overs) (G. Brooks 32* ret not out,; G. James 31* ret not out,; P. Rolls 31* ret not out,)


Northern Stars: – 10-123 (37 Overs)

By 40 runs

FoWs: – 1-20 (G. O’Shea); 2-44 (J. Scarcella); 3-99 (M. McCormick); 4-115 (S. Ragavan); 5-142 (F. Baliotis).

The Bowling was: – G. Brooks 5-2-3-0; P. Georgiadis 3-1-12-2; G. James 7-0=29-1; M. McCormick 6-0-29-2; S. Ragavan 7-0-15-2; S. Ridge 6-0-23-1; J. Scarcella  3-0-13-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to J. Finucane (w) and one to each of P. Georgiadis and J. Scarcella

Run outs: – Two: – One to G. Brooks and one to P. Georgiadis

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to G. James; one point to S. Ridge




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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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


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

By 56 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil


Cancelled by rain


“Who the f*** IS that guy?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

Yaralla CC: – 2-212 (31.3 Overs)

By 8 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to S. Millar

Run outs: – Nil

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



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

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

Personally, I’m smarting from the loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave Kent: “4th stump”

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

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

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

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

It’s not likely to happen again. 

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

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

We must come together in this time of adversity

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

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-141 (37.2 Overs)

Lost to

MacArthur CC: -3-142 (23.5 Overs)

By 7 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

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




Back Row: Gowri Palan, John Jackson, Kim Taylor (wk/1 for Raga XI), Stuart Ridge, Neveille Emerson, Joe Scarcella, Greg Brooks, Michael McCarron, Frank Baliotis, David Craig, Cuthbert Berenger, Gary Whittaker (wk/2 for Raga XI), Malcolm Freame (wk for CCNSW), David Glen, Ian Bradburn.  
Front Row: Michael Carmen, Matt Brennan, Sittampalam Ragavan (c for Raga XI), Peter Rolls (c for CCNSW), Garry Winney, Wasantha Hettiarrchchi, Upul Dangalle.

An English style 21 deg C and a firm, dry wicket.

Dr Ragavan Sittampalam (“Raga’) won the toss and elected to bat.

Rules for batters was retire at 30 balls (with no runs limit which was a big mistake!) and max 5 overs per bowler and one ball allowed down leg side per over (with second ruled a wide). 40 overs per side.

Raga’s XI Innings:

Raga had more ring-ins than Ringling Brothers.  He was determined to break the deadlock of 2 games a piece on the shield to his favour. 

Kim Taylor, all the way from Bathurst and in his first appearance for Raga’s team, opened and received the first two balls unusually loose from Greg Brooks as a welcome gift for 2 boundaries, then Greg’s next 4 overs only went for 11 including the wicket of Neville for 0, the other opener, caught well by David Craig at mid off.

Taylor reached 32 runs for his 30 balls (and recycled later to get 37). Upul Dangalle. was caught at mid wicket by Peter for 20 off David Craig who had them tied up better than an S&M worker which included the prize wicket of Gary Whittaker for 6 hitting on to his stumps.

Kesara de Costa (0) got a tickle off David Craig caught behind by keeper Malcolm Freame which was a pleasure for him after so much stretching/diving to leg side deliveries by Joe Scarcella. Uncharacteristic for Joe’s normal impeccable line and length and he claimed it must have been something he ate the night before…perhaps a lentil soup to be that lax??? 

Matt Brennan came in with gay abandon for a quick fire 51 from 30 balls. To David Glen’s credit he kept them pitched up but Matt kept pitching them to and over the short boundary fence. Brennan recycled and continued his onslaught for a huge 73 but then was caught unawares bowled by a good ball by Michael Carman (alias Opera) after some variety of lengths. Including one ball that bounced twice before hitting Raga’s stumps. Unlucky for Raga that the second bounce was between the crease and stumps so judged a fair delivery and Raga therefore out.

Michael McCarron and Cuthbert Berenger batted sensibly against the swift and accurate bowling of Stuart Ridge and the other end nagging length bowling of John Jackson (alias ‘Jacko)’. Both retiring for 7 and 26 respectively after 30 balls. (McCarron recycled to end with 17 not out). 

After a hiatus Garry Winney came into the match saying he had not played for a while but showed his many years of experience and bowled Wasantha Hettiarrchchi (‘Wasa’) for 7 with good flight. Gowri Palan at number 11 showed his class, assisting Taylor, Brennan and McCarron when they recycled to be not out 13.

An imposing target was set of 8-266. 

CCNSW Innings:

An event to enjoy our senior years especially with our Sri Lankans friends who don’t get to experience turf too often and for all to participate. We mixed it up to our normal games at Vintage on Sundays with Stuart Ridge opening the innings with Frank Baliotis. They survived the first two overs from Raga and McCarron but in Raga’s second over he slipped through Ridge’s defences bowling him for 3.  Baliotis retired on 13 after his 30 balls (and when recycled later didn’t add to his score). 

Peter Rolls and Joe  Scarcella kept the score board ticking along until Scarcella (facing) had a seniors moment and called for a single after his nice straight drive hit the bowlers end stumps and deflected straight to mid off while Rolls went back into his crease to avoid a run out if Brennan the bowler had touched the ball on the way through. Rolls not seeing where the ball had deflected too, blindly responded and with keeper Taylor whipping off the bails, was run out by a metre for 19.

Brooks started promising with a boundary but was departed soon after stumped by Taylor off Brennan. Scarcella went aerial, caught for 18 off Gowri Palan. David Craig followed Joes lead for same outcome for 7. David Glen showed some fight retiring for 13 off his 30 balls. Carman didn’t last the first act out LBW to de Costa for 1. John Jackson ran some quick single for a 70 year old and showed the “young’uns” how to be selective retiring after his 30 balls for 15. Malcolm Freame was bowled for 4 by another 70 year old in Cuthbert Berenger who bowled an impeccable line and length.

Garry Winney was looking good with a couple of boundaries until caught off Upul Dangalle for 11. David Glen and Jackson recycled to keep pushing and enjoyed taking 5 runs off wicket keeper turned bowler Kim Taylor for his only over until Glen holed out to Neville Emerson with an easy catch at point off Dangalle in the second last over for 21. Jackson unbeaten on 17*. A good job that Kim Taylor didn’t get the last wicket otherwise the news would have been echoed from Sydney to Bathurst from the Blue Mountains.

After the game, the beer, wine and soft drinks still went down well with plenty of what ifs!!!

Thanks to Raga for supplying the tasty bbq chicken and bread rolls and fruit delights with more bananas than Taronga Zoo.

The Result was: –

Raga Invitation XI: – 8-266 (40 0vers) (NB Inc 53 extras)


C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-127 (38 Overs) 

By 139 runs

Raga’s XI Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to K. Taylor (w)

Catches: – One to N. Emerson, three to anonymous

Run outs: – One to K. Taylor.

The CCNSW Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M. Freame (w) and one to each of D. Craig and  P. Rolls

Run outs: – Nil

Raga’s XI Batting: Kim Taylor 37 (wk/1), Neville Emerson 0, Upul Dangalle 20, Gary Whittaker 6 (wk/2), Kesara De Costa 0, Matt Brennan 73, Michael McCarron 17*, Cuthbert Berenger 26*, Sittampalam Ragavan (c) 18, Wasantha Hettiarachchi 7, Gowri Palan 13*. 

FoWs: – 1-23 (N. Emerson), 2-70 (G. Whittaker), 2-70 (K. De Costa), 4-188 (U. Dangalle), 5-200 (S. Ragavan), 6-210 (W. Hettiarrchchi), 7-216 (K. Taylor), 8-251 (M. Brennan).  

CCNSW Bowling was: G. Brooks 5-1-19-1; J. Scarcella 5-0-40-0; D. Craig 5-0-20-3; D. Glen 5-0-52-0; J. Jackson 5-2-14-0, S. Ridge 5-0-23-0, G. Winney 5-0-41-1, M. Carman 5-0-32-3

CCNSW XI Batting: Stuart Ridge 3, Frank Baliotis 13, Peter Rolls (c) 19, Joe Scarcella 18,  Greg Brooks 6, David Craig 7, David Glen 21, Michael Carman 1 , John Jackson 17*, Malcolm Freame (w) 4, Garry Winney 11. 

FoWs: – 1-6 (S. Ridge), 2-52 (P. Rolls), 3-62 (G. Brooks), 4-64 (J. Scarcella), 5-69 (D. Craig), 6-78 (M. Carman), 7-105 (M. Freame), 8-106 (F. Baliotis), 9-118 (G. Winney), 10-127 (D. Glen)

Raga’s XI Bowling was: –:  S. Ragavan 4-0-13-1, M. Mc Carron 5-1-11-0, M. Brennan 3-0-20-1, G. Palan 5-1-18-2, K. De Costa 5-1-14-1, W. Hettiarrchchi 2-0-5-0, N. Emerson 5-1-9-0, C. Berenger 5-1-11-1, U. Dangalle 4-0-6-3.

Shield presented to winners Raga XI by CCNSW


Our first game of the season started at Moore Park 6, as C.C.N.S.W. faced O’Sullivan Roadmen. Winning the toss, C.C.N.S.W. chose to field first. The weather conditions were pretty good, but it threatened to get gloomy. 

Our opposition put up a strong batting performance, scoring a total of 206 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in their 20 overs. We faced a challenging run chase and the clouds started to take over, it became very dark before long!

In response we managed to score 119 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. Our opposition used the conditions and bowled well making it tough for the batters to find their rhythm and timing, Craig Fordham and Nicholas Kochanowicz had a solid partnership at the end but O’Sullivan Roadmen’s bowlers proved effective, ensuring their team’s 87-run victory.

Our guys dusted off the cobwebs and displayed good enthusiasm, setting the stage for an exciting season ahead in division 2.

The Team was:   Rod Shone 24, Geoff Whitehead 9, Scott Williams 1, Asfand Uppal 30, Craig Fordham, 27* Nicholas Kochanowicz 21*, Joshua Heldarskard dnb , William Jacobs, dnb (c ) and (w)

The Result was: –

O’Sullivan Roadmen: – 3-206 (20 Overs)


C.C.N.S.W.:   4-119 (20 Overs)

By 87 runs

The Bowling was:  N. Kochanowicz 4-0-45-0; C. Fordham 4-0-32-1; J. Heldarskard 4-0-36-0 ; S. Williams 4-0-44-2; A. Uppal 2-0-26-0; R. Shone 2-0-22-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to C. Fordham; 2 points to R. Shone; one point to N. Kochanowicz



This game had been rearranged because of rain the previous week but despite the weather now being perfect, neither side could raise a full team at a week’s notice. so it was cancelled.

The date for the second fixture this season for the ‘Barrackers’ Cup’ is Thursday February 29.


Cancelled by rain 


Cancelled by rain 


Cancelled by rain 



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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


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

By 122 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil

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




A beautiful Spring-like day awaited us at our first day at Camperdown vs Mosman – mid 20s partly cloudy. The outfield looked as good as it ever has for this time of the year and the centre square on the dry side. We had beaten Mosman the previous two seasons so were quietly confident of keeping that going.

Scott Wells won the toss and elected to bat – knowing that the pitch does get lower later in the day. We had a very strong batting line-up for the day and as usual the bowling resources were plentiful as well. Mosman had found a couple of pretty useful opening bowlers with their normal openers put back to change bowlers.

Sherville (“Wes”) Hall and Tom Robertson made their debut for Classics. Tom opened up the batting with Mike Pinter in the hope of getting Tom off to a flier with Michael Weaver parked in at number 3 – just in case. Just as well as no sooner did Tom bludgeon their opener back over his head, he copped one that didn’t bounce as much as expected – in front lbw. “Weaves” on a golden run of form started solidly but soon punched one to cover to leave us at 2 for 17. Paul Nash copped a beautiful outswinger first ball and feel to a full stretch catch to the keeper (former CCNSW player Ash Perrot). Oh S***!

Wells came to the crease in hope of settling things down in a solid partnership with Pinter but the other opener bowled a very full length ball that rattled Pinter’s leg stump – 4 for 19 – oh double S***!

Andrew Dawson and Wells set about business as usual with watchful innings sprinkled with some cracking boundaries – putting away any loose ones particularly short. That was until Dawson copped one that kept low – and other lbw. Next ball – Andy Davis was rapped in front with one that cut back and kept low. 6 for 52 Holy S***!

But still with the batters remaining, there was hope – double cross your fingers and toes type hope. Ed Cross came to the crease but no sooner did he come than Wells spooned a mistimed drive to cover point. He was soon followed by Cross who fell to a spectacular caught and bowled – tie for catch of the season so far. So it was up to the bowlers to get us into a decent position.

Andy Bachelard sent balls to the boundary and Mick Tarrant middled everything except the one that bowled him after Bach retired at 40*. David Craig looked solid with one particular sweep (conventional) shot sent to the boundary. ‘Bach’ returned and continued playing them like a symphony but alas DC was bowled bringing the batting to an end at 123 – probably about 100 or so short of where we planned and probably should have got to. Well batted Andy Bachelard who chanced his arm but all the others barely troubled the scorers

With not much in the bank, a lot depended on the opening spell. Their opener Rose played the pitch well and quickly retired 30* off 30. The other opener was trapped lbw from a classic Tarrant in cutter.

None of the bowlers could seem to settle into a good line and length consistently with boundaries leaking at regular intervals – some due to some less than desperate fielding. David Craig was the pick of the bowlers dropping his ‘leggies’ and making them play every ball and was rewarded with two wickets. ‘Wes’ Hall also bowled a good line and length and got his wicket probably off his worst ball (full toss). Another batter retired and we were passed 4 down

Mosman were by far the better side on the day – they came to play well – performing much better with the ball, bat and their fielding was exceptional. The final result showed this – Here’s hoping for a better performance in all three facets next game. Much improvement and commitment is required if we are to remain a top 4 side in this comp.

The Team was (playing 12): –  Tom Robertson 8, Mike Pinter 5, Mike Weaver 3, Paul Nash 0, Scott Wells (c) and (w) 15, Andrew Dawson 19, Andrew Davis 0, Ed Cross 9, Andrew Bachelard, 42* Mike Tarrant 4, David Craig 8, and Sherville Hall dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-123 (29.2 Overs) (A. Bachelard 42*)

Lost to

Mosman CC.: – 4-125 (23.3 Overs)

By 6 wickets

FoWs: – 1-12 (T. Robertson); 2-17 (M. Weaver ); 3-17 (P. Nash ); 4-19 (M. Pinter); 5- 52 ( A. Dawson); 6-52 (A. Davis ); 7-56 (S. Wells ); 8- 94 (E. Cross); 9-103 (M. Tarrant ); 10-123 (D. Craig ).

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 6-0-29-1; A. Bachelard 3-0-15-0; P. Nash 4-1-20-0; E. Cross 2-0-15-0; D. Craig 4.3-1-22-2; S. Hall 4-0-18-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to S. Wells (w)

Catches: – One to A. Davis and one to E. Cross

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to A. Bachelard; 2 points to D. Craig; one point to A. Dawson