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WEEK EIGHT: WEDNESDAY 9- SUNDAY 13 NOVEMBER

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

Report to come.

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

Report to come.

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

Report to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

The Result was: –

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

 Defeated

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

By 20 runs

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

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

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

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

WEEK SEVEN: WEDNESDAY 2- SUNDAY 6 NOVEMBER

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

Report to follow.

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

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 8-192  ( 44.2 overs)

Defeated

Raga XI: 2 – 190  (45 overs)

By 2 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Jed Wesley-Smith 

Catches: Nil

Run outs: Nil 

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

Cancelled – Cranbrook forfeit.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The result was:

Lane Cove 9-160 (40 overs)

Lost to

CCNSW 6-163 (33.2 overs)

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

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

The fielding was

Stumpings: 1 Rob Lawther

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

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

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

CCNSW returns to Camperdown 

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

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

But back to the game.

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 6-209  (40 overs)

Defeated

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

By  100 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

Catches: John Finucane, Greg Brooks, Stuart Ridge 

Run outs: Nil 

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

WEEK SIX: WEDNESDAY 26 – SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER

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

WASHED OUT

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

Report and scores to come.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

C.C.N.S.W.: 8- 156  (35 overs)

Lost to 

Old Aloyisians– 3- 165 (21.4 overs)

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Declan Thomas

Catches:  Adam Khamis

Run outs:  nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: 

C.C.N.S.W.: 5 – 257  ( 40 overs)

Defeated

Lane Cove: 9-129  (40 overs)

By 128 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: Nil

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

Run outs: Nil

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

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

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

3 JULY -21 AUGUST: – 7 FIXTURES

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

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

Cancelled by rain

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

Cancelled by rain

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

Marvellous Markhors: – 2-179 (20 overs)

Lost to

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

By 7 wickets.

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

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to T. Forbes

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

Twelfth Man: – 3-128 (20 overs)

Lost to

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

By 6 wickets.

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

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

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

Defeated

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

By 6 runs.

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

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – One to S. Williams

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

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

The Result was:-

Randwick Gold VIII

Defeated

CCNSW

By forfeit.

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

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

LMS SYDNEY DIVI$ION 4 LEAGUE TABLE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was:-

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

Defeated

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

By 23 runs.

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

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Nil

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

12 and 19 JUNE v TOEY GAMBLERS AND RANDWICK GOLD VIII

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 10 v ‘TOEY GAMBLERS’ AT MP4 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 12 JUNE 2022: REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

CCNSW lost the toss and bowled. Unfortunately at the start we had three of our players still finishing  an earlier game on a ground nearby. Richard Clark and David Craig did a good job opening the bowling with only four fielders for the first three overs. When our keeper and frontline bowlers arrived we were able to put the brakes on their run rate, Toby Forbes 2-28 and Charles Sharpe 1-18 bowling great spells. A terrific return to the bowling crease by Peter Rolls with 0-21 off 3 overs, getting some deceptive bounce and shape. Toey Gamblers ended up with 4-167 after their 20 overs.

Rolls and Clark started our innings in a hurry with Clark hitting 2 sixes in the opening overs till unluckily nicking a widish ball to the keeper. Rolls 28 kept the runs flowing after James Bonkowski holed out and put on a great partnership with Edge 53* (including 3×6 in a row) putting us in with a chance. Will Jacobs then pasted 35* from 15 balls leaving himself and Forbes to get 13 off the last over. CCNSW got the 1 run needed off the last ball to win.

The Team was: – Peter Rolls 29, Richard Clark 18, James Bonkowski 8, Matthew Edge 53*, Charles Sharpe 16, William Jacobs  (w) 35*, Toby Forbes 6*, Jim Hadley (c) dnb, David Craig dnb, 

The Result was:-

Toey Gamblers: – 4-167 (20 overs) (T. Forbes 2-28)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 4-168 (20 overs) (M. Edge 53*; W. Jacobs 35*)

By 4 wickets

The Bowling was: – R. Clark 2-0-36-0; D. Craig 4-0-34-0; T. Forbes 4-0-28-2; P. Rolls 3-0-21-0; C Sharpe 4-0-18-1; M. Edge 2-0-16-1; J. Hadley 1-0-7-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to D. Craig and one to M. Edge

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to M. Edge; 2 points to C. Sharpe; One point to P. Rolls

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 1 v ‘RANDWICK GOLD VIII’ AT MP7 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 19 JUNE 2022:REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

Back Row: Joel Uddstrom, Toby Forbes, Matt Leong, Beris Zanetich (w), James Bonkowski.
Front Row:  Peter Rolls, Jim Hadley (c), David Craig.

CCNSW won the toss and batted. Peter Rolls and James Bonkowski got us off to a flier. Bonkowski was peerless with 54* (off 21 balls) and with Rolls 50* (off 25 balls), had us in the driver’s seat early.  Beris Zanetich 27 and Matt Leong also 27 kept the runs flowing despite some pretty useful late overs from Randwick to limit our score to 4-174 from our 20 overs.

Toby Forbes and David Craig took the new ball hitting the spot immediately, Forbes took 2-24 off 3.3 overs; Craig took 3-15 off 3 overs including the very rare feat in LMS of bowling a maiden over. They absolutely dismantled any hopes Randwick had.  Joel Uddstrom, Bonkowski and Rolls also bowled tidy spells backed up by catches from Leong (2), Zanetich (2) and Forbes (1). Randwick were all out for 108 in the 15th over.

The Team was: – Peter Rolls 50*, James Bonkowski 54*, Beris Zanetich (w) 27, Matthew Leong 27, Joel Uddstrom 10*, David Craig 4, Toby Forbes 0, Jim Hadley (c) 1*

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 4-174 (20 overs) (J. Bonkowski 54*; P. Rolls 50*)

Defeated

Randwick Gold VIII: – 8-108 (14.3 overs)

By 66 runs

The Bowling was: – T. Forbes 3.3-0-24-2; D. Craig 3-1-15-2; J. Uddstrom 2-0-16-2; M. Leong 2-0-16-0; J. Bonkowski 2-0-14-1; P. Rolls 2-0-23-1

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 to B. Zanetich (w); 2 to M. Leong and one to T. Forbes  

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to J. Bonkowski; 2 points to D. Craig; One point to P. Rolls

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 4 v ‘MARVELLOUS MARKHORS’ AT MP8 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 26 JUNE 2022:REPORT BY JIM HADLEY

Back Row: Jamie Murtha, Beris Zanetich (w),  Rich Clark,  Scott Williams, James Bonkowski.
Front Row:  Peter Rolls, Jim Hadley (c), David Craig.

The Team was: – Peter Rolls 57*, Richard Clark 5, James Murtha 22,  James Bonkowski 3, Scott Williams 11, Beris Zanetich (w) 13,, David Craig 13, Jim Hadley (c) 28*

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 6-156 (20 overs) (P. Rolls 57*)

Defeated

Marvellous Markhors: – 5-97 (20 overs)

By 59 runs

The Bowling was: – D. Craig 4-0-15-0; J. Murtha 4-0-15-1; R. Clark 4-0-22-0; J.  Bonkowski 3-0-18-1; P. Rolls 3-0-15-1; S. Williams 2-0-9-1

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – One to B. Zanetich (w); 

Catches: – One to D. Craig

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

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

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 1 v ‘RANDWICK GOLD VIII’ AT MP6 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 10 APRIL 2022:

Cancelled by rain; date rearranged to Sunday 19 June

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 3 v ‘TWELTH MAN’ AT MP1 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 24 APRIL 2022:

Cancelled: ground unfit for play because of earlier rain; date rearranged to Sunday 12 July

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 5  v ‘TOEY GAMBLERS’ AT MP5 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 8 MAY 2022:REPORT BY RICHARD CLARK

On Mother’s Day, eight brave souls, who had build-up enough brownie points with their mothers and partners, took the field at MP5 in the first “rain unaffected” game of the winter LMS Season. The weather was brisk but glorious.

CCNSW lost the toss but was happily sent in to bat. A steady start was anchored by experienced debutant Shahzeem Ajani (50* from 39 balls) which set up the innings. Joel Uddstrom (52* off 31) started slowly but, in the last five overs he and James Bonkowski (29* off 18), teed off to set a competitive total of 4-154 on a decent sized ground with a characteristically long outfield.

Toby Forbes (1-13 off 4) took the new ball and bowled fast and tight. The hitting arc (Cow Corner to Deep Mid-off) was covered by strong outfielders and the grass and fielders inside the circle on the off side dried up the singles.  Tight bowling was a feature of the second innings. There are not many LMS matches where six bowlers are used and the economy rate of all bowlers is below 8 (3 of which today  were below 5.5).

CCNSW eased their way to a Bonus Point win and look forward to the return of our fearless leader in the next match.

The Team was: Shahzeem Ajani 50*, Charles Sharpe 10, Beris Zanetich 4, Joel Uddstrom 52*, James Bonkowski (w) 29*, Jonathan Seifman 1, Toby Forbes 1, Richard Clark (c) 2*.

The Result was:-

CCNSW: – 4-154 (20 overs) (J. Uddstrom 52*; S. Ajani 50*; J. Bonkowski 29*)

Defeated

Toey Gamblers: 4-113 (20 overs)

By 41 runs

The Bowling was: – R. Clark 4-0-22-1; T. Forbes 4-0-13-1; J. Uddstrom 3-0-19-0; B. Zanetich 3-0-23-0; C. Sharpe 3-0-21-1; S. Ajani 3-0-15-0

The Fielding was:-

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to T. Forbes

Run outs: – One to J. Bonkowski

Player points (awarded by captain): – 3 points to J. Uddstrom;  2 points to T. Forbes; One point to S. Ajani

LMS T20 (8-a-SIDE) EASTERN SYDNEY SUNDAY DIVISION 4  ROUND 7 v ‘PREMATURE WICKET TAKERS’ AT MP4 ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON SUNDAY 22 MAY 2022:

Cancelled by rain

C.C.N.S.W. MATCH  REPORT No 21: NSW POLICE  FRIDAY 22 APRIL  2022

SOCIAL  v  NSW POLICE  XI    AT BRADMAN OVAL,  BOWRAL   ON FRIDAY 22 APRIL 2022 : REPORT BY SOREN HUGHES

The CCNSW team above left was:

Back row: PeterBuruma, Paul Witherly, Peter Rolls, Harry Bridge, Stuart Ridge, David Craig, Martin Speiser

Front row: Richard Clark (w), Andrew Dadswell, Michael Carman, Ben Stanic, Soren Hughes (c)

The Umpires in blue in the middle were: Brian Breakspear and Tom Cooper.

The NSW Police team above right was:

Back Row:   G. JAMES, P. BURNS, W. BARGE, M. BURSA, M. EDWARDS, R. ALLINGTON, P. MORGAN, R. NINOVIC

Front row: H. MURPHY B. SAGDIYEV, R. MCMAHON, D.LEGGE-NICHOLLS 

Absent:  D. STEPHENSON and A MCBRIDE

Rumours were apt pre game of a formidable opponent, a strong team who would be using the game as a selection trial for higher duties. We hadn’t been involved in a State selection trial since our game at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka where the trial wad been a test of all abilities in every facet. This game was on home turf (and thankfully 20 degrees cooler and without the intense humidity), played at the most prestigious Bradman Oval, Bowral; a cricket ground of international standard and designed for fair play between teams.

\We had not played the NSW Police previously; however the fixture was played in such good spirits that rumours are now abound of an annual fixture, perhaps to be called the ‘Brooks James Cup’ in honour of honourable men. May that be so; however we may well need to commit all our resources to this game before we conquer ex and current first graders and cricketers with current professional contracts to play in the BBL. The script may have been written before the game began, although it would be written in four quarters and two innings (4 quarters of 25 overs and a cumulative total).

Bradman Oval was looking a picture, though slightly damp after months of rain. Despite good cloud cover, it was a pitch to bat first on before the pitch crumbled and while the outfield was still wet. We lost the toss. Stuart Ridge and Ben Stanic gave us a strong start with two early wickets, a classic caught behind by Richard Clark and an athletic and agile catch from Paul Witherly who I hope to see occasionally next year around the Masters (or C&S) circuit if his duties captaining St George 5ths let him do so.

The Police pairing were quick to dispatch almost anything, reliably scoring in all areas off almost every ball. The change to spin with Martin Speiser, Andrew Dadswell (“Tex”) and David Craig  however slowed them down somewhat, ‘Tex’ rewarded with a wicket. Holding them to 168 from their first 25 was a seemingly good result as we just couldn’t break the 100 run partnership between Murphy and McBride until both men retired on 50 each. Perhaps we might stand on the rope instead of 10m inside it next time as there were a couple of chances that bounced just inside the rope that might have changed things.

Our first batting quarter was pleasing. Peter Rolls and Richard Clark were obviously up against a quality fast bowling attack and were given almost nothing loose to enjoy. Watching them survive  was thrilling. Admittedly we needed almost 7 an over to keep pace but neither threw their wicket away and kept at it. I’ve not seen ‘Rich’ bat so slowly ever. When Rolls fell, Harry Bridge lasted only one ball with one that shaped away but yorked him on off stump for a golden. Peter Buruma held them out for 3 runs before Edwards removed both in his 4th over. Michael Carman and Andrew Dadswell  then formed a nice partnership of resistance and resilience before Michael got a good one from Morgan just as they began to accelerate towards the break. Paul Witherly accelerated from ball one, he and ‘Tex’ building a fine 50 run partnership into the halfway mark at 5 for 89, though 80 short of the target. 

The Police batted sensationally in their final quarter, ticking off the wagon wheel and spraying the ball anywhere and everywhere. To quote David Craig, “They smashed it everywhere, then bowled us out cheaply but it was a nice venue The End.” but our readership deserve more. They smashed it everywhere and we ran after it and retrieved it and kept coming back for more of the same. Stuart Ridge bowled magnificently, as always, picking up another couple of wickets from edges. Unfortunately the sun was setting; we were tiring and Garry James kindly declared with 6 overs to go. It could have been worse, but almost 200 from 20 overs is fair game these days, especially considered the tour opportunity and need to justify selection for higher duties at stake for the Police batters.

So needing 11 an over from 25 overs with 5 wickets in hand in the setting sun on a crumbling pitch (or 266 from 20 in the circumstances) against the foregoing attack was not an unremarkable task.  Witherly and Dadswell had grand plans and set about it with vigour. Both however were undone by Stevens in successive overs despite solid resistance. Martin Speiser put up some resistance too. However the running of successive twos appeared to get the better of him, run out by a direct hit from the boundary. In came David Craig who put the reverse sweep aside for a few balls but was caught out chasing the target LBW. Ben Stanic had a crack  too but came up short. With Soren Hughes swinging madly at the odd loose one, Garry James decided  on the fall of the tenth wicket that Harry Bridge should get another crack and so Soren and Harry formed a short partnership with the sun setting on a lovely day out at Bradman Oval.

CCNSW  came up well short against a very strong, notably armed and well mannered NSW Police side in hitting 189 from 43 overs chasing 355 from 44 overs. We will need to rally to beat them next year as they certainly bring a 1st class outfit with the 1st grade premier cricket leading run scorer and a Sydney Thunder recruit  waiting on the sidelines for their opportunity for selection. They might even might make an appearance next year and give us bragging rights if we can conquer the Goliath.

The Team was (playing 12): Peter Rolls 5, Richard Clark 9, Harry Bridge 0 (and 13*) #, Peter Buruma 3, Michael Carman 17, Andrew Dadswell 31, Paul Witherley 29, Martin Speiser 6, Soren Hughes (c) 42, David Craig 1, Ben Stanic 3, Stuart Ridge (dnb) and S. Ridge dnb

# NB Bridge permitted to bat twice as he had scored a first ball duck (and Ridge did not bat)

The Result was:-

NSW Police: – 5-355 (44 0vers) (S. Ridge 3-61) [NSW Police 3-168 at 25 overs]

Defeated

CCNSW 11-185 (S Hughes 42) (43 overs) [CCNSW 5-89 at 25 overs]

By 170 runs

FoW: – 1-17 (P. Rolls); 2-17 (H. Bridge); 3-25 (P. Buruma); 4- 30 (R. Clark); 5- 51 (M. Carman); 6-110 (P. Witherly); 7- 117 (A. Dadswell); 8- 127 (M. Speiser); 9-132 (D. Craig); 10- 161 (B. Stanic);11-185 (H. Bridge);

The Bowling was: –: S. Ridge 10-1-61-3; B. Stanic 7-0-77-1; S. Hughes 3-0-30-0; M. Speiser 5-0-53-0; A Dadswell 7-0-33-1; D. Craig 6-0-46-0; P. Witherly 1-0-4-0; M. Carman  1-0-8-0; P. Buruma 4-0-42-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – 2 to R. Clark (w); One to each of M. Carman A. Dadswell and P. Witherly

Run outs: – Nil

C.C.N.S.W. MATCH  REPORT No 19: PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA T20  AND PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA  AND BURWOOD  WEDNESDAY 16-SUNDAY 20 MARCH  2022

SOCIAL GAME: T20 v THE PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA AT REG BARTLEY OVAL, RUSHCUTTERS BAY ON WEDNESDAY 16 MARCH 2022:

Cancelled by rain

CITY & SUBURBAN ROUND 17  v THE PRIMARY CLUB OF AUSTRALIA   AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN ON  SATURDAY 19 MARCH 2022

Cancelled by rain

CLASSICS  OVER 50s ROUND 9  v  BURWOOD    AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN   ON SUNDAY 20 MARCH 2022 : REPORT BY SCOTT WELLS 

CCNSW were originally down to play the Sri Lankan Lions after missing this opportunity for the past two seasons due to wet weather. The week prior however, the Classics Committee changed the draw to a finals game of 1 vs 2 – being Roseville and Lions respectively.

As Roseville were down to play Burwood (whom we had already played earlier in the year) we were matched against them again – at Camperdown.

Whilst 1 and 2 played it out for a table topping match, 2, 3 and 4 were all very tight on the table leaving the final round as moving day. CCNSW were just ahead of the team who comprehensively beat us the round prior – Georges River. Roseville were top of the table by some 30 points ahead of the training group which left a remote opportunity (leaving the maths out of the explanation) for CCNSW to top the competition needing Lions to roll Roseville for not many and score very slowly losing no wickets.

But first we had to comprehensively beat Burwood by scoring 200+ and get all 10 wickets which was possible given we had beaten them well in the earlier round.

With regulars Ian Allmey, David Benson, David Craig, Richie De Silva, and Garry James not available for this game it was a slightly different looking side to previous games. Big Andrew Bachelard making his comeback from a near season ending leg injury, Jed Wesley-Smith offering to keep and umpire a full 40 and a young Brett James making his Classics debut for the club making up the 12. A side with deep batting and plenty of bowling options which has been our strength all year.

It was an unusually dry week leading up to the game so we were hoping for a nice hard wicket and dry, mown outfield. Unfortunately La Nina had different plans and dumped another load of wet stuff on the ground Friday. The pitch had been well prepared and the covers down in time thanks to the C&S Saturday team. However, upon inspection Saturday, somehow water under the covers had prevented any chance of play Saturday – as did the constant rain that morning. A call to arms was made Saturday afternoon to see if the pitch could be salvaged with Mike Pinter removing water off the covers and remove them for an inspection. The outlook was dire.

With no rain expected for the rest of the afternoon along with a stiff sea breeze expected and sun first thing Sunday morning, we decided to leave the covers off (Mike P with the assistance of some local soccer lads packed them away) with this being our only real option to get a dry pitch within 24hrs.

An early inspection on Sunday morning lead to hope we would be playing and with efforts to sop up some wet areas, the slight breeze and eventual sunshine left us with a playable pitch come 1pm. Special mention to the great clubman Mike Weaver who caught the 6:05am from Gosford to get the ground to help with the mopping up.

Game time – Skipper Scott  Wells won the toss and showed no hesitation to bat knowing we needed to post a big total to stay in touch on the table. A few scoffs from Burwood were heard seemingly surprised at the decision expecting a wet deck but that was the chance we had to take.

CCNSW started steadily but busily with the two Mikes (Pinter and Weaver) opening up with the strike being turned over well until Weaves was adjudicated lbw. Sliding down leg – perhaps – a shiver went through the shed thinking we had a trigger finger at the helm. Enter Paul Nash who too started cautiously with the pitch playing a bit slow due to the dampness and the opening bowlers swinging the ball on tight lines. Pinter was the next to go chasing a wide one caught behind. Nash and Wells batted cautiously until drinks with both the Burwood  openers and first and second changes bowling very tight lines and swinging the ball. beating the bat but still offering the odd loose one to score off. 2 for 53 at drinks with a platform to launch in the second 20.

Upon return Nash wasted no time in getting the runs to bring up his 30* retired. However this change bought the early dismissal of Ed Cross which saw Brett James making his Classics debut. The left handed batter seemed to throw the Burwood attack who  lost their line and length which Brett took full advantage of after a watchful start 2 (11) launching a few into the hill to bring up a very good 30* (23). Greg Brooks entered the fray making his intentions clear in picking up the run rate (and running a 3) whilst at the other end Wells nudged his way to a very tradesman-like 31*. Leaving us at 3 for 119 after 30 overs. Brooksie departing after a hard hitting 24 – 147 with 6 overs remaining

With 3 in the “bank” 200 looked possible after a steady start with 7 or 8 an over required. Mick Tarrant, Martin Speiser, Andrew Bachelard and Stuart Ridge continued to push the score getting us to 171 with 2 overs left and retirees Nash and James seeing them well. 23 runs off the last two overs saw us get to 8-194 with Nash 46* and Brett James 49*. A very solid total on a tricky deck.

Keen to take the wickets required and with plenty of bowling options, CCNSW opened up with Tarrant and Ridge. Both bowled tight lines on the pitch which saw the score plod along to 2 for not many with Tarrant getting one to jump for a snick behind and Ridge the other not before toying with their resilient number 3 twice hitting him in the money makers much to the amusement of the other 12 players on the field and umpires. A double change was made with Brett James bowling well pitching the ball up seeing what swing could be extracted from a drying pitch and Brooks from the other end bowling his usual reliable tight lines. Brett finished up with 2 wickets to cap off a great day along with a direct hit run-out earlier. But still Burwood seemed intent and hanging around with only 4 or 5 wickets down at drink but for a miserly 34 runs.

Straight after drinks, a double change was again made with Wells (for the first time in 3 seasons) sending down a few leggies to try to break the shackles and Andy Bachelard bowling from the café end. It was Andy B who struck twice to get the break throughs needed and we were well on our way to a victory. Not wanting to risk another injury, another double change was made with Ed Cross from one end and Martin Speiser from  the other to try to shake their stubborn batsmen out of their defensive mode and  not letting them get comfortable. Enough was enough and with 6 or 7 overs remaining with the last pair offering nothing, the secret weapon was released with the skipper yelling – “warm up Weaves”. Truth be known, we were only stalling until Brooks came back with the beers and tonic water but don’t tell Weaver that.

Once Brooks was spotted with a carton on his shoulder, Tarrant and Ridge were bought back into the attack to mop up and swiftly did so leaving Burwood all out on 93 runs (Editor’s note: Burwood only had 9 players and we provided one sub in the field) and a comprehensive, deserved and expected victory to CCNSW.

A flurry of text messages post game with other teams and the dusting off and clanking of abacuses (abaci?) saw the results and bonus points filter in. Sri Lanka Lions had beaten Roseville by first sending them in and rolling them for 70 odd and then achieving the run chase within 50% of the overs securing 5 bonus points.

The League table saw Roseville drop to 4th by 1.3 points (effective 2 wickets or 26 runs) and Lions retrain take second place. CCNSW had done enough to hang onto 3rd place

The competition winner which no one had seen coming was Georges River who absolutely spanked Old Ignatians by scoring a mammoth 270 runs earning 43.5 points outing Lions by 1.1 points (22 runs or 2 wickets) and CCNSW by 2.3 points (46 runs or 3 wickets). Ironically, the ultimate winner didn’t play  in the 1 vs 2 game.

Anyhow, a great, fun year which everybody contributed to and we toughed out a couple of close games whilst winning the games we should have won but for one blemish against Georges River who were the ultimate competition winners.

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Weaver 2, Mike Pinter 9, Paul Nash 46*, Scott Wells (c) 31*, Ed Cross 0, Brett James 49*, Greg Brooks 24, Mike Tarrant 3, Martin Speiser 6, Andrew Bachelard 1, Stuart Ridge 9, Jed Wesley-Smith (w) dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 8-194 (40 overs) (B. James 49*; P. Nash 46*; S. Wells 31*)

Defeated

Burwood C.C.(playing 9): – all out 93 (36 overs)

By 101 runs

FoW: – 1- 3 (M. Weaver); 2-19 (M. Pinter); 3-69 (E. Cross); 4-132 (M. Tarrant); 5-142 (G. Brooks); 6-143 (A. Bachelard); 7-157 (S. Ridge); 8-171 (M. Speiser).

The Bowling was: –: M. Tarrant 7-0-19-1; S. Ridge 6-1-11-2; E. Cross 2-2-0-0; B. James 5-0-15-2; G. Brooks 5-0-15-0; S. Wells 3-0-8-0, A. Bachelard; 3-0-8-2; M. Speiser 3-0-9-0; and M. Weaver 2-0-4-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One J. Wesley-Smith (w); and one to each of P. Nash and M. Pinter

Run outs: – One to B. James

Player points (awarded by umpire): – 3 points to B. James; 2 points to P. Nash; one point to S. Ridge