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WEEK SEVENTEEN: WEDNESDAY 17-SUNDAY 21 JANUARY 2024

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 9                         v GORILLA BOUNDARY BASHERS   AT MP 5 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 17 JANUARY 2024

Cancelled by rain

C&S ROUND 10: CCNSW vs NONDESCRIPTS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 21 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY SAM MILLAR AND ADRIAN HAWKES

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/4b4d761f

CLASSICS ROUND 8: CCNSW vs LINDFIELD LARRIKINS AT LINDFIELD OVAL, LINDFIELD  ON SUNDAY 21 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY MIKE PINTER

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/46ef1cce

WEEK SIXTEEN: THURSDAY 11-SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 8                          v CLEVELAND SEAMERS   AT MP 5 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 11 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

CCNSW bowled and fielded really well against a good team and held its own. We had a full side but with  four debutants in Tracey Cook, Mike Evans, Paul Marchesi and Marcus Pellegrini. While all contributed, the standout was Paul Marchesi with a complete tour de force with most runs (39), most wickets with 4 and also filling in as keeper with a stumping!  (Ed note: while on debut for CCNSW, Paul Marchesi is a very experienced  (465 game) LMS all rounder with over 14,000 runs at an average of over 70 at a strike rate just under 200 and  with 264 wickets; also 141 catches and 122 stumpings; hopefully he can be persuaded to play for us again!)

 However our batting overall was again disappointing as the Cleveland  Seamers’ total of 7-161 was a very gettable score but we ended up 53 runs short .

 Still 4 games to go and hopefully a win is not too far off if we continue to get a full side. 

The Team was: – Steven Sheakey 11, Rod Stone 6, Marcus Pellegrini 24*, Paul Marchesi (w) 39, Nicholas Kochanowicz 13, Mike Evans 14*, Tracy Cook dnb and Will Jacobs (c) and (w) dnb 

The Result was: –

Cleveland Seamers: – 7-161 (20 Overs) (P. Marchesi 4-19)

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-108 (20 overs) (P. Marchesi 39)

By 53 runs

The Bowling was: – M. Pellegrini 3-0-22-1; N. Kochanowicz 3-0-28-1; R. Shone 2-0-17-0; P. Marchesi 4-0-19-4; T. Cook 3-0-31-0; M. Evans 2-0-21-1; S. Sheakey 3-0-14-0.

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to W. Jacobs and one to P. Marchesi

Catches: – One to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to P. Marchesi; 2 points to W. Jacobs; one point to N. Kochanowicz.

Scorecard:  https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/1st-innings?fixtureid=407385

C&S ROUND 9: CCNSW vs I ZINGARI (AUSTRALIA) AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 13 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

Our annual fixture against I Zingari (Australia) was played under beautiful blue skies on a warm day. We won the toss and elected to bat on a good looking batting surface. With a large number of our more regular C&S players unavailable, we relied heavily on the assistance of  four occasional players without whom we would have struggled to raise a full side (Ed Note: Their contribution is not so much recorded in runs and wickets but rather their willingness to help the Club out at short notice)

One of our more elderly opening CCNSW pairs in the C&S, 62 yr old Gerry O’Shea and 61 yr old Emmanuel  Mouglalis  made a good start seeing off a solid pair of opening bowlers, before Gerry hobbled off, ret hurt with a foot injury. Emmanuel fell soon after adjudged lbw. Henry Davis copped a good ball that spun into him quite sharply which found us in a tough position at 2-38 (effectively 3-38).

Scott Wells and Jamie Murtha tried to lay a platform for some aggressive batting towards the tail end of the innings. In their 90+ run partnership the pair worked hard against tight bowling and cashed in on the rare loose ball. Jamie was dismissed caught and bowled trying to lift the tempo, but Scott who was supported at the end by Declan Thomas and Luke Holman, played a brilliant innings. He seemed all but certain to score his second ever  century for the club (Ed Note: his first and so far only century for CCNSW was 109* vs XL Club, 2009-10), but with just 4 balls remaining in the final over, hit the ball down deep-midwicket’s throat,  a couple of meters in from the boundary. Still, his performance was worthy of generous applause from the team. After 40 overs we were 6-199

Aiming to defend our 199, we did not get off to the start we had hoped for. Strike bowler Shane Peterson pulled up with a groin injury fielding a ball down at find leg in the second over and was unable to continue bowling. On debut in the C&S, Mike Evans replaced Peterson but had a somewhat tough  initiation with 6 no-balls in a nervous first over and after three overs the opposition found themselves on 0-48!

Ming Heng found his rhythm and picked up a crucial first wicket to give us a sniff. Henry Davis and Adam Khamis operated from either end with their leggies. Adam bowled a beauty to pick up a wicket and Henry continued his wicket taking ways despite the attacking nature of our opposition. A sharp stumping from Declan Thomas was a real highlight in the field.

Unfortunately with injuries and many key players unavailable for this game, IZA was able to make light work of the total chasing it down with 9 overs to spare. Hopefully we can put in a strong performance against Nondescripts next week and get back to our winning ways! (Ed Note: 5 of our leading C&S players (In terms of C&S games played,) will be in Adelaide next week and again we will need to rely heavily on the assistance of occasional players whose help is always greatly appreciated!)

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerard O’Shea 16* ret hurt; Emanuel Mouglalis 13, Scott Wells 97, Henry Davis 0, James Murtha (c) 35, Nic Waterdam 0, Declan Thomas (w) 23, Luke Holman 11*, Ming Heng 1*, Adam Khamis dnb, Shane Peterson dnb, Mike Evans dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6 -199   (40 Overs) (S. Wells 97)

Lost to

I Zingari (Australia): – 5-201 (31 Overs) (H. Davis 3-50)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-35 (E. Mouglalis); 2-36 (H. Davis); 3-123 (J. Murtha); 4-133 (N. Waterdam); 5-176 (D. Thomas); 6-195 (S. Wells)

The Bowling was: – S. Peterson 1-0-4-0; M. Heng 7-0-34-1; M. Evans 1-0-28-0; A. Khamis 8-0-36-1; H. Davis 8-0-50-3; J. Murtha 6-0-39-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas

Catches: – One to E. Mouglalis

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Wells; 2 points to H. Davis; one point to D. Thomas

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/21b97389

MASTERS ROUND 7: CCNSW vs AUBURN   AT GREENWAY  PARK, WEST HOXTON    ON SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG 

Always a challenge taking on the Sri Lankan national side aka Auburn Masters away from home at a place called “West Hoxton” – remember to ‘stop, revive, survive’ every two hours please. Doubly difficult in weather conditions that were alternately hot and humid, cool and breezy, and raining. The deck looked pretty hard and flat at the start of the day, and skipper Dan Turner elected to bat first (fair enough I say).

We sent out a couple off hard hitting lefties to start proceedings, Jason Kenn joined by late inclusion Tom Robertson, fresh off the plane from Japan (must be nice to have a bit ‘o bunce eh Tom?). While Tom survived a couple of early lbw shouts from the sole Auburn seamer (clearly missing leg from our vantage point 500 metres away at cow corner), Jason was not so fortunate against the offie, triggered third ball for a duck with no relief from DRS. Paul Nash and Tom batted sensibly, lifting the total to 59 in the 15th before Nash (25) missed a straight one. Dan Turner strode out to the wicket (no mean feat given the distance involved) to take on the all-finger-spin attack with Tom, and then Soren Hughes after Tom retired 40*.

A rain delay after the drinks break produced the comical sight of Matt Johnston, in batting pads, running the quarter mile with the hessian on his back while shouting “put the hessian on”. By then the canvas was down, and nobody was interested in Matt’s input despite his considerable efforts. 

The rain eventually stopped (more or less) and play resumed, with both the ball and the pitch quickly getting moister than an under-cooked mud cake (thought I was going with a different analogy there, didn’t you?!). Turner top edged a catch bringing Scott Wells to the crease with Soren (38), and another productive partnership pushed the score along to 130-odd when Wells twinged a quad and retired hurt. The “Auburn squeeze” had restricted the run rate to around 4 rpo throughout the innings, and with the spinners darting it in full and at the stumps, the bottom half of the order struggled to accelerate the scoring (or survive more than a few balls to be honest). A clatter of wickets ensued from 3-138 to 9-163 (from memory all 6 wickets could be described as “swung wildly across the line to the spinner and was bowled/lbw/stumped’). Tom Robertson (46*) and Scott Wells (25*) returned (with Soren running for Scott, what could possibly go wrong?) to lift us up to a respectable 9-169. 

There was another minor controversy when Auburn requested a dry replacement ball, but egged on by a few of us, Dan was having none of it (balls don’t get changed just for being wet do they?). A little later I think the umpire deemed the soggy pill “unplayable” and they got a replacement. I’m not saying there were any parallels to the last Ashes Test at the Oval, but 6 wickets fell pretty quickly after that, just saying.

Auburn commenced their innings under ominous grey skies, and sure enough it started to rain in the 4th over. “Bad time to get out now” chirped Jason in the slips as the rain got heavier, and sure enough the next ball from Mick Tarrant was lofted to Tom at mid-on, 1-15 and off we went as it bucketed down. More play was looking unlikely and a few of us were in shorts and about to drive home when a break in the rain and an overly enthusiastic home team convinced the umpire to play on. (It was pretty funny watching them all drag the covers with the odd metric ton of water on them to the outfield!). A reduced target of 145 in 34 overs was set.

We were always going to be up against it with a strong opposition batting line-up and the old-fashioned “run rate” method favouring the side batting second, but Jason Kenn struck first ball, knocking back off stump to make it 2-23 and game on. Tragically, the reserve keeper spilled a catch later in the same over (who was that ham-fisted old bloke with the gloves?) and they started to get on top of the run-rate after that. (On a side note, do Councils have access to surveyors or architects or generally competent tradies? Why build a sight-screen that is wide enough to cover 20 pitches, but only tall enough to be useful if the bowler is under 120cm tall? (Ed Note for us oldies: 120 cm is approx 4 feet 10 inches)

Soren Hughes relieved Tarrant and after almost immediately being struck for 6 with an audacious scoop-pull, got revenge by knocking over the pegs next ball (3-61 in the 14th). They managed to preserve wickets and keep the scoreboard ticking and were well on top at 3-99 when drinks were taken. 

The wily leg-spin of David Craig produced a catch soon after the break, but although Dan ‘wrung’ (wrang? wrought?) the bowling changes, they progressed inexorably to victory, 4 down and with 28 balls to spare. 

One interesting feature of the day was the contrast in bowling attacks – Auburn bowled 5 finger-spinners and one seamer, we bowled 8 seamers and one wrist spinner! There were sandwiches and beers and some pretty decent banter, and we got a game in in challenging conditions so (*cough* I hate losing!) all in all not a bad day.

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 46*, Jason Kenn 0, Paul Nash 25, Dan Turner (c) 13, Soren Hughes 38, Scott Wells (w) 25*, Jose Poothokaren, 1 Matthew Johnston 2, Michael Tarrant 4, David Craig 1, David Abreu 0, Ben Stanic dnb 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 9-169 (40 Overs) (T. Robertson 46*)

Lost to 

Auburn: – 4-145 (29.2 Overs) (rain)

On run rate (CCNSW 4.198 rpo vs Auburn 4.944 rpo)

FoWs: – 1-4 (J. Kenn); 2-59 (P. Nash); 3-93 (D. Turner); 4-138 (J. Poothokaren); 5-148 (M. Johnston); 6-152 (M. Tarrant); 7-158 (D. Craig); 8-161 (S. Hughes); 9-163 (D. Abreu).

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 3-0-16-0; M. Tarrant 6.2-1-23-1; J. Kenn 4-0-19-1; S. Hughes 3-0-23-1; J. Poothokaren 1-0-9-0, M. Johnston 5-0-19-0, D. Turner 1-0-3-0, D. Craig 4-0-18-1, D. Abreu  2-0-13-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to T. Robertson and one to D. Turner

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to T. Robertson; 2 points to J. Kenn; one point to S. Hughes

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/337942ca

VINTAGE ROUND 7: CCNSW vs SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 14 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY STUART RIDGE

Plenty to weigh up on a cloudy day at Camperdown against a strong Southern Highlands side – recent high scoring games at Camperdown and a strong track record of 5 games won defending totals, but a green looking new wicket and potential for rain delays in the weather forecast. The skipper won the toss and, giving more weight to the former, decided to bat.

Peter Rolls and John Finucane started watchfully against a tight attack picking off the odd boundary to reach 20 without loss after 8 overs with little indication of the drama to come. Peter was then smartly stumped down the leg side to trigger a monumental collapse of 6-7 in the next 4 overs including 5 wickets in 9 balls, 4 bowled.  Good bowling in favourable conditions but probably fair to say some poor defensive application on our part.

Further immediate embarrassment was then prevented by the early arrival of a heavy shower. It was touch and go whether we would get back on but the outfield drained well and a big effort from President Greg Brooks with the super-sopper meant we could resume with another 21 overs to try and repair the damage – much appreciated and acknowledged by the opposition as I think at that stage most of us would have been happy to pack up and go home.

After surviving the unfolding wreckage at the other end, John resumed with new partner Garry James who, just to add to the day’s misfortunes, was struggling with a broken toe. After adding another 18 without taking too many risks both fell trying to up the run rate and then in keeping with the tragic-comic nature of the day, Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) was run out by half the length of the pitch for our fifth duck.

But we weren’t finished – trying to eke out a few more runs for the last wicket, to add further insult to injury, we were penalised 5 runs for a batsman running on the wicket which, including losing the 3 runs from the scoring shot, was a significant chunk of our meager total. 

It was all over when skipper Stuart Ridge top edged a pull to be caught leaving us 55 all out in 29 overs.

Barring a miraculous effort, the only remaining question was if the weather would hold. The bowlers were unable to apply the same pressure or get the needed early breakthroughs as Southern Highlands eased to the win in the 11th over with the only highlight being Paul ‘golden arm’ Georgiadis’ first ball wicket.

A humbling experience after five straight wins, but still plenty to play for as we hang on to top spot by six points. 

The Team was (playing 12): – Peter Rolls 6; John Finucane 23, Daniel Pellen 0, Frank Baliotis 0, Greg Brooks 5, Mick McCormick 0, Joe Scarcella 0, Garry James 12, David Glen 6*, Sittampalam Ragavan 0, Stuart Ridge 1, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-55 (29.1 Overs) (J. Finucane 23)

Lost to

Southern Highlands: – 1-59 (10.2 Overs)

By 9 wickets

FoWs: – 1-6 (P. Rolls); 2-23 (D. Pellen); 3-23 (F. Baliotis); 4-27 (G. Brooks); 5-27 (M. McCormick); 6-27 (J. Scarcella); 7-45 (G. James); 8-47 (J. Finucane); 9-47 (S. Ragavan); 10-55 (S. Ridge).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 3-0-15-0; G. Brooks 3-0-20-0; S. Ragavan 3-0-8-0; P. Georgiadis 2.2-0-10-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to D. Pellen

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to J. Finucane; 2 points to G. James; one point to D. Glen

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/c8024b65

WEEK FIFTEEN: SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024

C&S ROUND 8: CCNSW vs SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS AT GODDARD OVAL, CONCORD      ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

Editor’s Note: This game is for the ‘Brooks-Manning-Moorhouse shield currently held by CCNSW: see https://ccnsw.com/index.php/brooks-manning-moorhouse-shield/ 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) 

Defeated

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/ce77090a

CLASSICS ROUND 7: CCNSW vs WARRINGAH  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024: REPORT BY ANDREW BACHELARD


CCNSW CLASSICS vs WARRINGAH  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL  ON SUNDAY 7 JANUARY 2024
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)

Defeated

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/404d961e

WEEK FOURTEEN: THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER – WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER 2023

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 7                          v GRIZZLIES   AT MP 3 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

Under very testing conditions we lost the toss and fielded in brutal heat and wind. Great effort by everyone to get through the 20 overs. After a slow start our batters dug deep and managed to secure our first points for a tough season so far. Hopefully better things to come 

The Team was: –  Joshua Heldarskard 0, Asfand Uppal 4, Ben Digan 16, Jonathan Seifman 40, David Craig 34, Mark Bull 29, Nicholas Kochanowicz 22, William Jacobs (c) and (w) 9*

The Result was: –

Grizzlies: – 1-189 (20 overs)

Defeated 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-155 (20 Overs) (J. Seifman 40)

By 34 runs

The Bowling was: – J. Seifman 4-0-54-0; N. Kochanowicz 4-0-28-0; J. Heldarskard 4-0-28-0; D. Craig 4-0-33-0; B. Digan 2-0-14-1; A. Uppal 1-0-22-0; M. Bull 1-0-6-0

 The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to D. Craig

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to N. Kochanowicz; 2 points to J. Seifman; one point to D. Craig

Scorecard:  https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/1st-innings?fixtureid=407388

JACK PACE   ROUND 5: CCNSW vs ST GEORGE VETERANS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SATURDAY 16 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES 

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 64; Gerard O’Shea 4; Michael Pinter 63, Sam Millar 28, Harry Bridge 5, Declan Thomas (w) 24*, Soren Hughes (c) 8*, Henry Davis dnb , Ezekiel  Hughes dnb, Adam Khamis dnb, Ming Heng dnb, Roman Hughes dnb,

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-221 (35 Overs) (T. Robertson 64; M. Pinter 63)

Defeated

St George Veterans: – 10-184 (32.1 Overs) (H. Davis 5-39)

By 37 runs

FoWs: – 1-13 (G. O’Shea), 2-122 (T. Robertson)), 3- 162 (S. Millar), 4-171 (H. Bridge), 5-200 (M. Pinter)

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 4-0-22-0; A. Khamis 6-1-18-2; M. Heng 3.1-0-28-1; Ezekiel Hughes 6-0-31-1; H. Bridge 3-0-20-0; H. Davis 6-0-39-5; Soren Hughes 3-1-9-1; S. Millar 1-0-7-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas 

Catches: – Two to D. Thomas (w); one each to S. Hughes, A. Khamis S. Millar, M. Heng

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to T. Robertson; 2 points to H. Davis; one point to M. Pinter

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/4fdc2964

MASTERS ROUND 6: CCNSW vs HAWKESBURY CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY DAVID ABREU 

CCNSW vs HAWKESBURY CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2023 Back row: Jose Poothokaren, David Craig, Ben Stanic, Paul Nash, Shane Petersen, Scott Williams Front row: Mike Weaver, Ash Perrott, Tom Robertson, David Abreu, Dan Turner (c), Scott Wells (w)

After another unusually long break due to a last game forfeit by Warringah, our Masters were back at Camperdown  hosting Hawkesbury who only has ten players. 

The pitch looked to have some grass on it but it looked like a bat first type wicket and when the Hawkesbury skipper called incorrectly, Dan Turner did the right thing and we were batting first. 

The opening bowlers for Hawkesbury struggled to find their line and length early on and Tom Robertson and Mike Weaver took full advantage piling on the runs at 10 an over for the first few. A big shout for caught behind off ‘Weaves’ was turned down by the umpire; you could sense frustration was starting to creep in for Hawkesbury. (There was a noise, must have been the old creaky bat). 

Eventually Tom held out for a solid 22 and Paul Nash made 11 before he also was caught. Enter the skipper Dan Turner who had good intent right from the start making a well made 41* off 38 balls. A couple of lbw decisions went the way of Hawkesbury with Weaver making a very well complied 32 and Scott Wells an unfortunate duck.

Enter Scott Williams on his Masters Debut (Ed Note: he had played previous full seasons for our C&S and LMS teams) who regained the momentum and accelerated the run rate to make an aggressive 40* off just 32 balls, an outstanding display on debut. But the fun did stop there. Just as the pies and sausage rolls were being warmed up for tea. Ash Perrott came and went cheaply. Then entered Jose Poothokaren who made an entertaining 43* along with David Craig 26* and Shane Peterson 8 right at the end, to  set up a formidable total of 6-256.

It was time to bowl, and it was important to take some early wickets to sniff out any chance the opposition had of chasing down the total. Ben Stanic delivered second ball of the innings with a clean bowled. Benny bowled with great heat with the wind behind his back to take 3-36 off 6 overs and was well supported by David Abreu at the other end with 1-20 off 5 overs. 

Shane Peterson (Ed note: also on Masters debut after having played previous seasons with our C&S team a few years ago)  and Scott Williams ensured that we stayed on top by taking a wicket each, Scott on debut backed up his batting with a great spell of tight bowling taking 1-14 off 6. A few untaken tough chances in the slips meant he was unlucky not to take more wickets. 

I also should mention that Tom Robertson took two catches, the second one at full stretch. No one is sure quite how he caught it but he did only to drop an easier one later or else he would have had 3! 

A plucky innings from their skipper Ryan Talbot who batted well for 58*, ensured we had to wait just a touch longer to have those beers; however Dave Craig and Jose Poothokaren, just like they had with the bat, finished the innings off well with the ball, Jose taking 2-15 off his 7 overs. 

Overall a good solid win by our Masters who are sitting well with 4 wins and 2 losses as we head into the Xmas/New Year break.

The Team was (playing 12): – Tom Robertson 22; Mike Weaver 32, Paul Nash 11, Dan Turner (c) 41*, Scott Wells (w) 0, Scott Williams 40*, Ash Perrott 1, Jose Poothokaren 43*, David Craig 26*, Shane Peterson 8, Benjamin Stanic dnb, David Abreu dnb.

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6-256   (40 Overs) (J. Poothokaren 43*; D. Turner 41*ret not out; S. Williams 40*ret not out)

Defeated

Hawkesbury C.C.: – 10-131 (31 Overs)

By 125 runs

FoWs: – 1-56 (T. Robertson); 2-74 (P. Nash); 3-83 (M. Weaver); 4-83 (S. Wells); 5-149 (A. Perrott); 6-256 (S. Peterson).

The Bowling was: – B. Stanic 6-0-36-3; D. Abreu 5-0-20-1, S. Peterson 4-0-26-1; S. Williams 6-1-14-1; J. Poothokaren 7-1-15-2; D. Craig 4-1-19-1.

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil.

Catches: – Two to S. Wells (w) and 2 to T. Robertson.

Run outs: – Nil.

Player points (awarded by umpire: 3 points to J. Poothokaren; 2 points to D. Turner; one point to S. Williams.

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/b76efefd   

VINTAGE ROUND 6: CCNSW vs BURWOOD/STRATHFIELD AT RON ROUTLEY OVAL, CONCORD     ON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY JOE SCARCELLA (with thanks to STUART RIDGE)

On a beautiful day at the picturesque venue Rothwell Park, we played against the Burwood/Strathfield Vintage team, which hadn’t won any match before this. But we wouldn’t be taking them lightly, as they had some good players and had recruited former first grader Geoff Cordner for this one.

Captain Stuart Ridge won the toss and elected to bat, making it our fifth successive game setting a target (comprising 3 successful tosses and twice put in). 

Gerry O’Shea and John Finucane started steadily against an accurate bowling attack. O’Shea was first to go, caught behind, the first of Cordner’s victims. Dan Pellen came in, played a beautiful drive through wide mid off to the boundary, before succumbing to an unfortunate LBW (snicked onto the pad) to Cordner soon after. 

Joe Scarcella followed at no. 4. He and John lifted the run rate  and looked on track for a promising partnership, with some lovely strokeplay and boundaries. In what was to become a sadly familiar pattern for the innings, Joe was out after making a good start – run out on 15 chasing a second run. He picked the wrong fielder to challenge: you guessed it, Cordner. FFS slide your bat, Joe!! 

Mick McCormick replaced Joe. Next ball John Finucane holed out (caught by who else but Cordner) to leave us 4-49 in the 15th over.

President Greg Brooks  strode to the crease; played aggressively, hit a couple of fours, but expectations of another Brooksy onslaught were cruelly cut short by another questionable lbw decision, the merits of which continued to be debated with the bowler, unwisely positioning himself on the boundary near our dismissed President

David Glen was in next. Dave is quicker than your average 60 year old and he, too, looked good, haring between the wickets and turning 1s into 2s and 2s into 3s. With David running like a rabbit and Mick huffing and puffing, they looked like ending up at the same end on more than one occasion. Dave made a valuable contribution of 18 before being bowled for 18 (by that man Cordner). 

While all those wickets were falling around himMick McCormick  was beginning to get his eye got  in, but not before somehow hitting himself on the head with an extravagant follow through which removed one of his glasses lenses needing a search party to locate while he staunched the blood flowing from the bridge of his nose. Unfortunately Dr Ragavan was running late otherwise he would have been out there with his black bag brandishing a needle and thread. Another contender for the comedy moment of the season award which Mick appears to be running away with at the moment.

When Garry James joined him, Mick started to accelerate, playing nicely and hitting several boundaries before retiring on 30. After James and Sittampalam Ragavan (‘Raga’) were bowled, Emmanuel (“Manny”) Mouglalis came and went, selflessly running himself out in pursuit of runs knowing that McCormick was in the bank ready to return to the fray. Stuart Ridge (12) was bowled by his unrelated namesake Mark Ridge. He and McCormick (37*) added quick runs to take us to a respectable total of 154.

Burwood’s innings started with Ridge bowling to Ridge. However, the opening exchanges were a stalemate with Stuart and Paul Georgiadis keeping it tight and the Burwood openers taking few chances. In the 9th over, however, the pressure finally paid dividends with the other opener, De Costa, trying to take on Paul and slicing into the safe hands of O’Shea.

McCormick  replaced Ridge in an early change and patience was required as the  Burwood pair slowly accumulated. The President Greg Brooks replaced Paul and tightened the screws further as the Burwood innings meandered towards drinks. An afternoon crowd at the SCG would have broken out the Mexican waves to entertain themselves.

In the 19th over Mark Ridge completed a painstaking 30 with partner Cordner looking solid at the other end – 54-1 with 101 needed and 9 wickets in hand. This brought the dangerous Karmakonda,  who had put us to the sword with a quick fire 30 in the corresponding fixture last year, to the non-strikers end. The skipper was just pondering appropriate bowling match ups and field settings, when David Glen swooped on a quick single, whipping the ball in to keeper Finucane to run out the new man without facing – a critical breakthrough to improve the spirits at drinks.

With wickets in hand and a batsman in the bank the game was evenly poised with Cordner and new partner Trewin resuming the chase after drinks. No let up from the deep CCNSW attack though with Raga, fresh off an overnight flight from Sri Lanka, and Garry James taking up the fight. The arm wrestle continued, 80 required off 15 until Raga shook off the jet lag to pick up Trewin (another catch to the reliable Gerry O’Shea) and frustrate Cordner with his tight off stump line inducing a fine nick to John standing up.

Robinson and Latto put on another 20 to leave Burwood still in the hunt needing 60 off 10. A returning Mick McCormick  put in a typically mercurial effort with a stunning one handed return catch from a knee high full toss and from there it was all over pretty quickly with Ridge (2) and James (3), with some sharp turn, wrapping up the remaining 5 wickets for 4 runs.

Another strong win to finish a great first half of the season, unbeaten in five games with one washout. After two easy outings, the last 3 have had some common themes. The batting hasn’t quite hit its straps but a variety of contributions across the line up have ensured we have reached competitive totals. As a bowling unit we have built up scoreboard pressure in tight chases with everyone playing their part and not giving anything away, allowing us to finish strongly in the last 10 overs, bowling the opposition out in each game.

A special mention here for ‘Manny’ Mouglalis, who at very late notice very kindly offered to play half a game when it became apparent Raga’s flight back to Sydney would be delayed. Great stuff Manny, your team thanks you.

The Team was (playing 12): –  Gerard O’Shea 11, John Finucane (w) 17, Daniel Pellen 5, Joe Scarcella 15, Mick McCormick 37*, Greg Brooks 15, David Glen 18, Garry James 6, Sittampalam Ragavan 6, Emanuel Mouglalis 0, Stuart Ridge (c) 12, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-154 (39.3 Overs) (M. McCormick 37*)

Defeated

Burwood/Strathfield CC: – 10-110 (37 Overs) (G. James 3-20)

By 44 runs

FoWs: – 1-15 (G. O’Shea); 2-21 (D. Pellen); 3-49 (J. Scarcella); 4-49 (J. Finucane); 5-75 (G. Brooks); 6-122 (G. James); 7-126 (D. Glen); 8-130 (S. Ragavan); 9-136 (E. Mouglalis); 10-154 (S. Ridge).

The Bowling was: –  S. Ridge 6-3-6-2; P. Georgiadis 6-0-20-1; M. McCormick 6-0-30-1; G. Brooks 5-0-12-0; G. James 7-1-20-3; S. Ragavan 7-0-15-2

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to J. Finucane (w); 2 to both D. Pellen and G. O’Shea; one to M. McCormick

Run outs: – One to D. Glen

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/fe9a2840

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 8                          v ONE MORE BEER   AT MP 6 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 20 DECEMBER

Cancelled by rain

WEEK THIRTEEN:  SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023

C&S  ROUND 6: CCNSW vs SYDNEY UNIVERSITY LIONS  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY JAME MURTHA 

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)

Defeated

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/aa7d261e

CLASSICS ROUND 6: CCNSW vs NEPEAN DCA AT DUKES OVAL, EMU PLAINS     ON SUNDAY 10 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON 

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/a624795d

O55 National Veterans Cricket Championship in Christchurch New Zealand

The o55s Nationals were held last week in Christchurch New Zealand. David Craig was a member of the Division 2 Champonship winners, the triumphant NSW Kangaroos, who came through Pool B undefeated and then claimed the Division 2 title by trouncing the highly fancied NSW Waratahs in the final. David has written a “Legspinner’s Diary” for his Facebook page, a copy of which can be found here.

WEEK TWELVE: WEDNESDAY 29 – SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 5                          v O’SULLIVAN ROADMEN  AT MP 5, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 29 NOVEMBER

Cancelled by rain

C&S JACK PACE  ROUND 4: CCNSW vs KNOX OLD BOYS AT  GILLESPIE FIELD, WARRAWEE     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY LUKE HOLMAN

Arriving at Knox’s ground in the leafy suburbia of Wahroonga felt strangely like heading back to private school. A glorious sundrenched Sunday, parents with lattes in hand, watching their pride and joy play under 16s on a luxe oval nestled amongst a boundary of mega homes. The deck was flat, hard, green in the center with two bone dry ends, and angled on a slope that would aid seamers and provide turn for spinners. A1 marks to the groundskeepers and curator for ground presentation. And our opposition Old Knoxonians really should consider a rebrand, with only one of their squad seeming age-appropriate.         

The man, the myth, the urban legend, and CCNSW skipper for the day, Tom Robertson won the toss and correctly decided to have a bat first. 

Mike Pinter and Tom opened with intent, reaching 20 in the fourth over with only one single, in part due to some precise bowling by the Old Knox opening pair Campbell Wilson bowling down the slope and J. Stocks uphill. “Punter’ (5) was first to head back to the sheds, getting a devious inswinger that seamed into middle peg from well outside off from Wilson (2-20). Rhys Longbottom (1) strode out and strode straight back in again after a mid-wicket communication glitch with Tom left him stranded in the middle, run out. Last game centurion Sam Millar (1) treated the opening spell with due respect and dots, until his mood changed and tried to place one over mid-on and was caught off the bowling of Stocks (1-14). Luke Holman (6) made a center square pact with Tom to steady the innings, refrain from head rushes and punch out singles and twos. He too then headed back to the sheds after watching his off peg bent back by the precision of Wilson, cleaned up by an identical inswinging seamer that had also nailed ‘Punter’. The very next over Tom Robertson (28) said farewell to the center, caught attempting to bash one over the infield from Tim Lazarus (1-37). 

CCNSW were now in a decent amount of strife at 5-45 and 14 overs gone. That said, this CCNSW side can bat deep all the way to XI. Soren Hughes and Mick McGrath applied some maturity, released the pressure, played each delivery on its merits, then shifted gears to apply some old fashioned scoreboard transformation. A fighting 70 partnership ensured from both ends of turning spin, before Mick (21) was caught mistiming a drive over the infield. CCNSW now 6-115 from 25 overs with 10 overs to go. Sherville Hall (1) intended to slay anything slow, using his deft footwork around the crease, but he danced the wrong beat once too often and was stumped. Meanwhile Soren (64*) casually picked up the scoring pace, passed 50, then 60, in a counter attack move with some brutal stroke play. Adam Khamis (1) didn’t hang around wondering ‘what happens next’, being bowled through the gate by a Quigly straight one. Henry Davis (3) had plans to send everything into orbit, and was also stumped off Michael Loong (taking 3-18, with 2 stumpings). Ming Heng (10) played a sweet cameo with Soren at the tail, including a heavy maximum, eventually caught in the final over, providing Hamish Quigly with  figures of 2-25. CCNSW XI concluded its innings at 10-157 after 34.2 overs. Not enough to defend, but certainly enough to attack.

It was overheard that Old Knoxonians were going to unleash their own brand of ‘bazball’ on this game. This youthful attitude provided some hope, with a few cheap wickets early anything could happen, right? Mick McGrath and Rhys Longbottom  opened the attack, Mick (0-30) taking the downhill option and Rhys (1-29) opting for up the slope with his 5-step fastballs. When J. Stocks (7) snicked off to Rhys in the 2nd over, the hunt was on. Then H. Denning and his partner Frazer Wilson put CCNSW to the sword with some elegant stroke play, destroying anything short of a length and mercilessly driving at will through the infield. When Henry Davis had Wilson (32) caught by Adam Khamis at short fine leg the score was still a respectable 2-72 from 15 overs, and there was still confidence things could turn if wickets could be taken. Ming Heng (0-16) was somewhat unsuccessful, and the spin twins Henry (1-51) and Adam (1-19) landed too few good length balls to attack the blade. Soren Hughes (0-11) bowled economically down the slope, but the damage had already been done. 

The fielding highlight was a spectacular Travis Head-esk diving outfield catch by Rhys Longbottom at long on to send Denning (74) on his way. M. Kelynack (38*) the home team’s elder statesman played some well timed shots, and his batting performance really summed up the day for CCNSW. The real difference was Old Knoxonians were able to puncture the infield at will, and they utilized their home ground advantage to reach the 158 target in the 24th over, winning the match by 7 wickets.  

The Team was: –  Tom Robertson (c) 28 , Mike Pinter (w) 5, Rhys Longbottom 1, Sam Millar 1, Luke Holman 6, Soren Hughes 64*, Mick McGrath 21, Sherville Hall 21, Adam Khamis 1, Henry Davis 3, Ming Heng 10 

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-157 (34.2 Overs) (S. Hughes 64*)

Lost to 

Old Knoxonians: – 3-159 (24.5 Overs)

By 7 wickets

FoWs: – 1-21 (M. Pinter), 2-22 (R. Longbottom), 3-28 (S. Millar), 4-43 (L. Holman), 5-45 (T. Robertson), 6-115 (M. McGrath), 7- 119 (S. Hall), 8-126 (A. Khamis) 9-141 (H. Davis), 10-159 (M. Heng)

The Bowling was: – M. McGrath 5-0-30-0; R. Longbottom 7-0-29-1; H. Davis 5-0-51-1; M. Heng 2-0-16-0; A. Khamis 2.5-0-19-1; S. Hughes 2-0-11-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M. Pinter (w) and one to each of Adam Khamis and one to Rhys Longbottom

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to S. Hughes; 2 points to M. McGrath; one point to R. Longbottom

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/7cc0ad2e

MASTERS ROUND 5: CCNSW vs WARRINGAH CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023 

CCNSW win by forfeit

VINTAGE ROUND 5: CCNSW vs SRI LANKA LIONS AT TURNBULL OVAL, NORTH RICHMOND     ON SUNDAY 3 DECEMBER 2023: REPORT BY JOHN FINUCANE 

With passports at the ready and sandwiches packed the boys made the long trek to the mighty Hawkesbury River to tackle the joint competition leaders, and serious challengers to our title, the Sri Lankan Lions at North Richmond. Thankfully, the Bureau of Meteorology got it wrong again and the forecast thunderstorms stayed away to ensure that a cliffhanger of “Stallone” like proportions was played out.  

Peter Rolls and Frank Baliotis had decided earlier in the week that they couldn’t afford the fuel bill to get there so some changes to last week’s victorious team were necessitated and Dan Pellen joined the XI. Skipper, Stuart Ridge won the toss and after inspecting the wicket, then listening to Garry James suggest we play on the outfield instead, he decided we’d have a bat. What demons would be exposed we’d soon see.

John Finucane and Joe Scarcella came and went quickly and at 2-4 things were looking a little shaky. Thankfully Gerry O’Shea and Dan Pellen  then settled down to the grind and forged a good partnership to steer us to 45 before both fell in quick succession. A dubious lbw, well it looked dodgy from the sheds at square leg, for Dan (19) then saw Gerry (21) smash a full toss straight to the fielder.  4-46 after 18 overs and it was tough going.

Mick McCormick came and went after drinks for a handful before what was possibly the match winning partnerships of 30 between ‘the Prez’, Greg Brooks, (31* (again)) and David Glen (28) and then Dave and Garry James (14) who put on another 35. A spirited tail blasted a further 36 in  the dying overs to get us to 8-147, the total helped by some Keystone Cops fielding by the Lions.

Very competitive we thought, well hoped, given a long outfield and a pitch to ponder what it would do as the afternoon wore on.

As we took the field we hadn’t planned on our own fielding being reminiscent of a Pakistani test team. Our worst effort in several years was going to make life difficult.   Early inroads looked good, 2-7 thanks to one each for the Prez and Stuart Ridge. The wheels then wobbled though as the Lions piled on the runs and we dropped chances to hit drinks at 2-83 with two batsmen recycled. They moved past 100 with 3 down and 14 overs left, we needed someone to step up.

Sittampalam Ragavan was our man (3-23); ably supported by the skipper (3-28), we finally took some catches and worked our way through their tail. In the 37th over with 9 wickets down and with both recyclers back at the crease and 10 runs to win, who would crack?

Thankfully not Dan Pellen nor the Prez. An attempted quick single by the Lions was scooped up by Dan who got it in quickly. The umpire’s finger shot up. They were short by millimeters and 11 grey haired rotund old men danced like Michael Jackson at a kids’ birthday party.

VICTORY WAS OURS BY 6 RUNS.         

As we move towards the Christmas break we now sit one win and 32 points ahead of the chasing second and third placed teams. Two tough New Year’s games will probably decide the season for us.

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 21, John Finucane (w) 1, Joe Scarcella 1, Daniel Pellen 19, Mick McCormick 6, Greg Brooks 31*, David Glen 28, Garry James 14, Sittampalam Ragavan 8, Stuart Ridge 12*, Paul Georgiadis 3*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-147 (40 Overs) (G. Brooks 31*)

Defeated

Sri Lanka Lions: – 10-141 (37.5 Overs) (S. Ragavan 3-23; S. Ridge 3-28)

By 6 runs

FoWs: – 1-3 (J. Finucane); 2-4 (J. Scarcella); 3-45 (D. Pellen); 4-46 (G. O’Shea); 5-76 (M. McCormick); 6-111 (G. James); 7-121 (S. Ragavan); 8-133 (D. Glen).

The Bowling was: – G. Brooks 5.5-0-23-1; P. Georgiadis 1-0-5-1; G. James 7-0-27-0; M. McCormick 5-0-11-1; S. Ragavan 6-0-23-3; S. Ridge 6-0-28-3; J. Scarcella  7-3-21-0 

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

Catches: – One to each of G. Brooks, G. James, D. Pellen, S. Ragavan and S. Ridge

Run outs: – One to D. Pellen

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to D. Glen; one point to S. Ragavan

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/b735e668

WEEK ELEVEN: WEDNESDAY 22 – SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2023

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 4                          v GORILLA BOUNDARY BASHERS  AT MP 8  , ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 22 NOVEMBER: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

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 

Scorecard:  https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/1st-innings?fixtureid=407378

C&S ROUND 5: CCNSW vs THE SACHIN TENDULKAR XI AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SATURDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2023 

Cancelled by rain.

CLASSICS  ROUND 5: CCNSW vs  SRI LANKA LIONS   AT WATERLOO OVAL, ZETLAND  ON SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY SHERVILLE HALL 

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))

Defeated

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/c7239e35

VINTAGE ROUND 4: CCNSW vs NORTHERN STARS AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY MICK McCORMICK 

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,)

Defeated

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/abc5add6

WEEK TEN: WEDNESDAY 15 – SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2023

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 3                          v GRIZZLIES AT MP 4 , ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 15 NOVEMBER: REPORT BY JAMIE MURTHA

(Ed note: In this game, Jamie Murtha broke his right hand in two places and will be out till after Christmas)

Following a washout last week, we lost the toss and were required to field. Debutant Joseph Taylor started off with a bang taking two wickets in an over, but the opposition steadied and then accelerated after collecting a couple of retirees and looked to score a big total.

Debutant Will Austen chipped in with a good wicket of his own, but it was a tough day for the remaining bowlers. Guy Sebastian of the Grizzlies buried the final nail in with a well struck home run 6 over the bowler’s head to boost the grisly score to 4-236 a run rate of just under 12 per five ball over.

Jonathan Seifman and debutant John Lyons opened and started positively. Seifman was seeing them well and hit some clean strikes and banked himself as a retiree early on with 51* off 20 balls

Will Austen and Rod Shone both kept the scoreboard ticking, Austen finding the boundary often retired with a swift 53* off 27, and Shone worked the ball around falling just short of his half century on 49* off 38 balls

The run rate eventually proved too high, but the team had reason to celebrate the batting performances. A big win is hopefully just around the corner.

The Team was: – Jonathan Seifman 51*; John Lyons 14, Will Austen 53*, Rod Shone 49*, Joseph Taylor 5, Vyshakh Sunny 14*, Jamie Murtha dnb, Will Jacobs (c) and (w) dnb

The Result was: –

Grizzlies: –  4-236 (20 Overs) 

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.:  2- 190 (20 Overs) (W. Austen 53*;J. Seifman 51*; R. Shone 49*)

By 46 runs

The Bowling was: –  J. Taylor 4-0-43-3; J. Murtha 4-0-44-0; V. Sunny 3-0-24-0; J. Seifman; 3-0-42-0 R. Shone 2-0-19-0; W. Austen 2-0-27-1; J. Lyons 2-0-38-0

 The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to W. Jacobs

Catches: – Two to J. Taylor and one to R. Shone

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): 3 points to J. Seifman; 2 points to W. Austen; one point to J. Taylor 

Scorecard: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/2nd-innings?fixtureid=407373

JACK PACE ROUND 3: CCNSW vs MARRICKVILE CC AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN     ON SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES

With Jamie Murtha nursing a broken finger in his right hand, his role was relegated to scorer on the day and organiser of the covers removal with the brand new trolley. Soren Hughes took over as captain for the day.

The early arrivals at Camperdown were treated to a glorious summer day with the prospect of a good contest, only to be informed that not only did the hessian and mid size covers need to be folded but also the large covers needed to be taken out and folded properly. Unfortunately it then took three attempts to get them folded correctly and once folded and in the sheds, it was time to go out to the centre and lose the toss. In a shock twist, we were sent in to bat and that was our first win for the day.

Gerry O’Shea and Rhys Longbottom  kicked  off boldly with runs and 2 powerfully hooked boundaries  by Rhys before he made the mistake of trusting the bounce at Camperdown and was bowled playing a pull shot for 8. Ryan Lynch was about to take off before playing forward second ball  loosely outside the off stump at a slower ball to be caught behind for a duck. At 2-12, enter Sam Millar whom we hope will become a regular this season. Supported by quick turnover of the strike by Gerry, Sam got himself in and began seeing how much noise the fence posts could make. While he was lucky enough to be dropped a couple of times, he gently hit a couple into the change rooms just before drinks at 2-80 after 17 overs.  After drinks he accelerated past 50 through to 80 in an over including a hit over and onto the change rooms and another into Australia Street. After a partnership of 155 off 27 overs, Gerry decided he needed a break on 33 off 76 balls -all run  with no boundaries and only one 3 and let one slip through the gate. Millar was finally out in the 31st over for 119 off 88 balls with fourteen fours and five 6s with the score at 176. Mick McGrath and Tom Robertson then added 44 off the final four overs. Mick McGrath (30* off 15 balls with four 4s and two 6s) decided to join the CCNSW orchestra trials and belted everything in sight including a six into the sightscreen at the cafe end. Tom Robertson (14* from 8 balls) also chipped in to bring us to 4-220 after 35 overs- a run rate of over 6 per over.

The bowling went well. We opened with the medium fast right arm bowling of Avi Bhandari and Mick McGrath, who both bowled seven overs straight, both with figures of 2 for 20. Rhys Longbottom and Ryan Lynch bowled well to take us into the sheds at drinks 4 for 57 after 17 overs. It was going to be a tough ask for the Marrickville Saggers to score at over 9 per over and hit 164 from the remaining 18 overs.In the face of a lack of intent from the lower order Marrickville  batters, spin was ordered, delivered and the game was closed out without much fuss by the leg spin of  Henry Davis  and Adam Khamis but especially Rhys Longbottom who finished with figures of 3 for 5 from 7 overs. It was nice to get currently into the top 8 of the JPS league table (Ed note some JP results have yet to be posted) with a win (possibly with some bonus points). Just need to continue our good form into the next two games.

The Team was (playing 12): –Gerry O’Shea 33; Rhys Longbottom 8, Ryan Lynch 0, Sam Millar 119. Tom Robertson 15*, Mick McGrath 30*, Mike Pinter dnb, Henry Davis dnb, Soren Hughes (c) dnb, Avi Bhandari dnb, Declan Thomas (w) dnb and  Adam Khamis dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-220 (35 Overs) (S. Millar 119)

Defeated

Marrickville CC: – 7-113 (35 Overs) (R. Longbottom 3-5)

By 107 runs

FoWs: – 1-11 (R. Longbottom), 2-12 (R. Lynch), 3-167 (G. O’Shea), 4- 179 (S. Millar)

The Bowling was: – A. Bhandari 7-2-20-2; M. McGrath 7-1-20-2; R. Longbottom 7-3-5-3; R. Lynch 4-0-18-0; H. Davis 7-0-25-0; A. Khamis 3-0-12-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to D. Thomas

Catches: – One to R. Lynch and one to M. McGrath

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/jack-pace-shield/game-centre/48ce718a

MASTERS  ROUND 4: CCNSW vs  INGLEBURN CC  AT MEMORIAL PARK  OVAL, CAMPBELLTOWN,   ON SUNDAY 19 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY DAN TURNER

After a longer than usual break between games of 3 weeks, the team gathered in the Deep South West of Sydney enthused from their last outing, a very tight loss to a traditionally powerful team. In last years encounter with Ingleburn, the game was decided on the last ball with CCNSW getting up. So we were ready for a close tight affair, always the best ones.

The wicket looked dry and hard and when captain Dan Turner  called incorrectly and was told to have a bowl, there were a few forced smiles. But the Ingleburn innings got off to a great start for CCNSW with Ben Stanic (1-33) getting the prized scalp of the Ingleburn skipper on the 3rd ball of the innings, attracting a false shot and a high edge to 2nd slip, v/c Andrew Dadswell. This was the beginning of a dominating opening spell of twelve overs by both Stanic and Mick Tarrant (3-16). Both bowlers set about bowling very tight lines on a wicket that wasn’t playing as freely as first thought. Mick secured two wickets in his opening spell, bowling the other opened and trapping the dangerous No.3 lbw. After twelve overs Ingleburn were 3-32 and CCNSW was producing its best fielding display of the season. Matt Johnston at cover and Ashley Perrott at mid-wicket  were a constant threat to the batters. The whole  team was in on it and the fielding was excellent.

A double change in the bowling brought on Matt Johnston (0-14) and David Abreu (1-8) who both extended the CCNSW domination, bowling very well, and at drinks Ingleburn were 3-45, tracking well below a par score. 

After drinks, Abreu lured a lofted shot and Ed Cross took a nice catch to make it 41-4. Andrew Dadswell (3-28) and Ed Cross (1-25) soon came on and continued the theme of good bowling, to some middle order hitters who were keen to get going. Birriwa reserve is a massive ground and with Ingleburn needing to hit out to get a score, there were plenty of spaces. Dadswell got 3 good wickets including the biggest hitter, bowled. Cross chimed in with a bowled as well. Ingleburn was restricted to 9-141, a score that was too small for that ground. A fantastic bowling and fielding performance, one that I am sure sent golden vibes to the Aussies who were later that evening about to provide their  own fantastic bowling and fielding display.

We had a solid start to our innings with Ed Cross and Jason Kenn playing a good cop, bad cop routine. Ed playing slightly more watchful, and ‘Jaydos’ (as Dave Craig christened him last season in a moment of brotherly love), looking to be more forceful. The bowling tactics were obvious, stump to stump, pace off, keep it tight on a slow wicket. Cross went first bowled by the opening bowler with one that clipped the off bail in the fifth over (1-18). Paul Nash joined Kenn and was also watchful, playing a classic innings of’ respect the good, punish the bad’. 

Things were going along well until Jason got one that nipped back. At first glance the ball hit him on the tip of the pad/thighpad, but he was given in what was to be one of four lbw decisions (out of 6 wickets). ‘Jaydos ‘walked off the ground, and let’s just say he wasn’t happy and leave it at that. Dan Turner joined Nash and was gone soon after lbw, and Ash Perrott came out and tried to smack the legspinner, only to get bowled. At 4-58 after 15 overs, things were still okay, but we needed a partnership.

Scott Wells strode to the wicket and after a small period of consolidation, set about changing the tempo of the game with his positive shots and running. Nash departed for a well made 32 (lbw again) and in came Dadswell, who played the Marnus innings while Wells played the aggressor. Wells went for 30 (yes, lbw) with the score on 6-106, but the momentum was with us. Mick Tarrant and Dadswell got us home with 4 overs to spare with the biggest partnership of the game (37) with excellent patience, shot making, and running. 

A good win for Masters on a tough wicket.

The Team was: –  Ed Cross 9, Jason Kenn 20, Paul Nash 32, Dan Turner (c) 4, Ash Perrott 2, Scott Wells (w) 30, Andrew Dadswell 20*, Mike Tarrant 19*, Matt Johnston dnb , Ben Stanic dnb , David Abreu dnb

The Result was: –

Ingleburn CC.: – 9-141 (40 Overs)

Lost to 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 6-143 (35.4 Overs) (P. Nash 32; S. Wells 30)

Lost to

By 4 wickets

FoWs: – 1-18 (E. Cross); 2-36 (J. Kenn); 3-53 (D. Turner); 4-58 (A. Perrott); 5-80 (P. Nash) 6-106 (S. Wells)

The Bowling was: – M. Johnston 6.2-2-14-0; D. Abreu 6-0-18-1, A. Dadswell 6.4-1-28-3; E. Cross 7-1-25-1; B. Stanic 7-0-33-1; M. Tarrant 7-1-16-3

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One catch to each of A. Dadswell, E. Cross, J. Kenn and P Nash

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to A. Dadswell; 2 points to M. Tarrant; one point to P. Nash

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/1ce48a68

WEEK NINE: WEDNESDAY 8 – SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 56 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil


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

Cancelled by rain

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

“Who the f*** IS that guy?”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

Yaralla CC: – 2-212 (31.3 Overs)

By 8 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to S. Millar

Run outs: – Nil

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

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


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

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

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

Personally, I’m smarting from the loss

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dave Kent: “4th stump”

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

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

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

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

It’s not likely to happen again. 

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

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

We must come together in this time of adversity

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

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-141 (37.2 Overs)

Lost to

MacArthur CC: -3-142 (23.5 Overs)

By 7 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to M Pinter

Run outs: – Nil

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

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