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WEEK TWENTY FOUR: THURSDAY 7 -SUNDAY 10 MARCH 2024

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

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

The Result was: –

NSW Police XI: – 7-168 (20 Overs)

Defeated 

C.C.N.S.W.: – 7-114 (20 Overs)

By 54 runs

FoWs: – No details given

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

NSW Police XI: – 5-185 (19.1 Overs)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – No details recorded

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

The Fielding was: – 

Stumpings: – one to J. Cushan

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

Run outs: – One to Ed Robertson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 28 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Two to Roman Hughes

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to 

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

By 7 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to A. Dawson

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Garry James picked up another wicket again caught by Ridge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bask in the moment. Well done you old bastards.

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 41 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to J. Finucane

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

WEEK TWENTY TWO : SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024

C&S  ROUND 15 : CCNSW vs  REG BARTLEY XI AT REG BARTLEY OVAL,  RUSHCUTTERS BAY ON SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY JAMES MURTHA 

We won the toss and chose to bat on a green deck. Conditions were difficult for batters with the ball popping at pace off a length. We were in trouble, losing wickets regularly and were reduced to 6/60 at one point.

Harry Bridge produced a strong counterattack, and found the gaps regularly. Roman Hughes continued his good form with the bat, and cleared the boundary with the only 6 of the day. However, Avi Bhandari stole the show at the end, hitting some sweet shots to the boundary, the 10th wicket partnership of 32 with Adam Khamis made a huge difference to the score.

During our bowling innings, Avi once again did the damage up front, he peppered the batters stumps and pads. The other bowlers chipped in and excellent fielding on the day created too much pressure for our opposition to handle as they crumbled for 81. Adam taking the final 3 wickets and finishing off a great day for him.

The Team was: – Gerard O’Shea 8, Ryan Lynch (w) 1, James Murtha (c) 14, Harry Bridge 44, Sam Millar 0, Rhys Longbottom 2, Soren Hughes 12, Roman Hughes (w) 20, Avinash Bhandari 31*, Ming Heng 1, Adam Khamis 0

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-144   (38 Overs) (H. Bridge 44)

Defeated

Reg Bartley XI: – 10-81 (36 Overs) 

By 63 runs

FoWs: – 1- 2 (R. Lynch); 2- 20 (G. O’Shea); 3- 28 (J. Murtha); 4- 33 (S. Millar); 5-40 (R. Longbottom); 6-60 (Soren Hughes); 7-106 (H. Bridge); 8-111 (Roman Hughes); 9-112 (M. Heng); 10- 144 (A. Khamis).

The Bowling was: – A. Bhandari 8-4-8-3; M. Heng 4-0-14-0; Roman Hughes 6-3-10-1; R. Longbottom 7-3-7-1;  A. Khamis 4-0-15-3; Soren Hughes 4-2-4-1; J. Murtha 1-0-7-0; R. Lynch 2-0-14-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to Roman Hughes;

Catches: – One to Roman Hughes (w) and one to Adam Khamis

Run outs: –  One to Gerry O’Shea

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/city-and-suburban-cricket-association-1903-inc/summer-202324/c-and-s-club-matches/game-centre/73d6ed58 

CLASSICS ROUND 10: CCNSW vs CASTLE HILL AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG 

Fine weather and an excellent Camperdown deck greeted us on this late summer day for the eagerly awaited* middle of the table clash between CCNSW Classics and Castle Hill. Every time we play these guys my mind drifts back to that eventful clash at Kenthurst four years back, a match that had everything: nudity, fiery clashes, dropped bats, dropped catches, F-bombs and a get-out-of-jail last over win for CCNSW. Would we see a repeat of these levels of excitement today#?

(* not really, and # spoiler alert, no)

CCNSW skipper Scott Wells tossed correctly and elected to bat first, happy days. Mike Pinter and Michael Weaver were sent out to blunt the new-ball attack, but the left-arm in-swing of Tom Reaney accounted for Weaves in just the second over. Paul Nash and ‘Punter’ then put on a solid partnership that ended when Pinter pushed one wide of the bowler (Paul James), who moved quickly to his left and effected a no-look backhand-flick direct hit; Pinter unhappily adjudged to be short of his ground. The aggressive duo of Tom Robertson and Nash lifted the tempo, and both reached retirement at 30*, bracketing a brief cameo from Andrew Dawson that was ended by a neat stumping. At the 20 over break we were 3-89 with two in the shed and a score well in excess of 200 beckoned.

In the first five overs after the break Wells and Craig Kitson put on 25, looking completely untroubled by the bowlers. With wickets in hand, enterprising stroke play was the order of the day, but as I well know, there is a fine line between enterprise and stupidity, and a steady flow of wickets prevented us from really putting the hammer down. Although Kitson cruised to retirement to give us a 3rd batter in the hut, it was left to Andrew Davis and the returning batters to negotiate the death overs. In the end, wickets in successive balls left Robertson stranded on 36* with an over to go, CCNSW all out for a decent but disappointing 186.

At this point a terrific spread was laid on, well done CCNSW: frankly a spirited debate about the merits of celery in sliders is really what a day at the cricket should be all about. But there was a job to be done, and with Castle Hill known to possess a dangerous top order, we needed to be on our toes. Wistfully looking back at the uneaten sandwiches, we began to warm up for a spell in the field.

Mick Tarrant and Andrew Davis took the new ball against the Castle Hill opening duo of James and Hungerford. After a sedate maiden from Tarrant, a flurry of boundaries pushed the score to 0-25 after just 3 overs and 186 was looking about a hundred short. But little moments change a game, and when Sherville (“Wes”) Hall took up the attack, James pushed one to Davis’ left and called Hungerford through. Little did he know he had picked out the one left-handed thrower in the team, and a neat pick up and throw to the keeper Andrew Dawson  saw Hungerford run out, victim to a brace of ‘Andy Ds’. When Mick Tarrant trapped James lbw soon afterwards, we had regained the ascendancy.

New batters Austin and van Wyk were not in a mood to let us settle though, and an aggressive partnership took the score along to 2-65 after 12 overs. David Craig’s leg-spin replaced ‘Wes’ Hall, and the introduction of Andrew Bachelard at the other end paid immediate dividends with van Wyk bowled for 15. In the next over Austin wound up to hit the spinner into Stanmore, but the ball dipped and spun past the edge of the flailing blade leaving Dawson to effect a vital stumping,
4-65. A good spell for CCNSW continued as Bachelard and Craig rattled the timbers 3 more times in the next few overs to put us in a commanding position. So commanding in fact that Wells felt safe to throw the ball to Tom Robertson, and the “wild thing” rewarded this show of blind faith by eliciting a nick to the keeper, 8-97. 

Tom Reaney batted with determination for quite a while before an absolute pie from Wes Hall brought him undone, caught down the leg side by ‘keeper Dawson (his fourth dismissal of the innings, sorry Wells, the job’s no longer open). At the other end Robertson returned to form by bowling a delivery to the fine leg fence for 5 wides, and was immediately hooked to our considerable relief. Andrew Davis restored some sanity to proceedings and bowled the last man to complete a comprehensive CCNSW victory. Long may we reign as Kings of Camperdown!

The Team was (playing 12): – Michael Weaver 0, Mike Pinter 13, Paul Nash 36, Tom Robertson 36*, Andrew Dawson (w) 6, Scott Wells (c) 19, Craig Kitson 33, Michael Tarrant 10, Andrew Bachelard 1, Andrew Davis 17, Sherville Hall 1, David Craig dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-186 (39 Overs) (T. Robertson 36*; P. Nash 36; C. Kitson 33)

Defeated

Castle Hill: – 10-117 (30.3 Overs) 

By 69 runs

FoWs: – 1-3 (M. Weaver); 2-43 (M. Pinter); 3-74 (A. Dawson); 4-114 (S. Wells); 5-135 (M. Tarrant); 6-147 (A. Bachelard); 7-169 (S. Hall); 8-178 (P. Nash); 9-186 (A. Davis); 10-186 (C. Kitson).

The Bowling was: – M.  Tarrant 6-2-19-1; A. Davis 2.3-1-13-1; S. Hall 5-1-24-1; D. Craig 9-2-31-3; A. Bachelard 5-0-14-2; T. Robertson 2-0-13-1 (inc. 5 wides)

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to A. Dawson

Catches: – Two to A. Dawson (w)

Run outs: – one to A. Davis assist to A Dawson)

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/fcd4d0dd 

WEEK TWENTY ONE : SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024

C&S  ROUND 14 : CCNSW vs  RANGERS   ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024

Match cancelled as Rangers could not obtain a ground

MASTERS ROUND 9: CCNSW vs ST. CLAIR UNITED   AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAN TURNER

CCNSW hosted St Clair United in this Round.9 Masters clash, and we soon found ourselves bowling first after the visitors won the toss and batted. We were in a little bit of flux, as two of our players, the 140-averaging Mike Weaver, and the return of our goldilocks keeper Rob Lawther were both delayed by train problems on the Central Coast. Their estimate was to be an hour late, leaving us with 10 players. Luckily for us we had a super-sub in Ed Cross available who volunteered to field while both were absent.

We started strongly as Ben Stanic bowled with good pace and control and was rewarded immediately, trapping their opener lbw in the first over, 1-0. Mick Tarrant up the other end was swinging the ball and in the 6th over, forced a mistimed drive which Ed Cross – lucky to have him – took a neat chest mark that any Sydney Swans midfielder would have been proud of at mid-on, score 2-19.

From there, the bowling was still good but in the next few overs and into the next spell, there was to be a few charges of catch avoidance laid down. The batters started to ride their luck during this period and then started playing a few nice shots, gaining confidence.

Andrew Dadswell (‘Tex’) had come on with his off spinners along with Shane Peterson with his fast mediums, and both were soon on the money. In each of their second overs, they secured a wicket, Tex getting a return catch, and Shane trapping the dangerous number 4 lbw. At this stage the score was 4-61 after 15 overs. Both bowlers kept it tight, with Tex later picking up a second wicket.

Jason Kenn replaced ‘Big Shane’ and as is his custom, bowled a yorker first ball and spread the stumps. Jose Poothokaren was at the end bowling nice and tight. We were getting through the St Clair lineup but the middle order No.5 bat was providing solid resistance, displaying a nice style, and helping St Clair mount a reasonable score. Around him, there was chaos as we picked off two run outs, one with Ben Stanic getting a direct hit from mid-off, the other with Shane Peterson neatly fielding from point back to the keeper. Mick Tarrant (3-23) came back on in the 38th over and immediately took the last two wickets required to bowl out St Clair for 150.

Great to see Rob Lawther back playing for us again (a season regular last year), keeping for the second 20 overs after the train delays, and Arfan Haider debuting, keeping for the first 20 overs in Rob’s absence.

Our innings started pretty solidly with Mike Weaver and Paul Nash facing up to, what has to be said, one of the most lively opening bowlers we have come up against in Masters, bowling left arm around the wicket from the outset. The lefty took the wickets of both ‘Weaves’ and Nash and we were 2-13 in the 5th over.

Dan Turner and Arfan Haider were together and started to put together a small partnership, with Arfan playing some nice cover drives to the boundary. In the 11th over, a little in swinger got though Dan’s defenses and he was bowled for 13, score 3-47. Jason Kenn (‘Jaydos’ as he is affectionately known) came in at 5 and was playing some dominating shots. Another small partnership was forming until ‘Jaydos’ tried to go big again and was caught at a deeper mid-on for 16.

With the score on 4-76 in 18th over, we were still going well and with plenty of batting to come. Arfan was playing a lovely (and important) innings on debut and was soon joined by Soren Hughes. Before long Arfan got to his 40* to retire with a big 6 over square leg, which left Soren there batting very positively with some lovely lofted shots hitting and clearing the boundary. Soren copped a lovely little off cutter to disturb his off stump at 22, and the score was on 5-115 after 24 overs.

Rob Lawther (14*) and Andrew Dadswell (26*) were in the middle now and with the finish line in sight took just five overs to knock off the remaining 36 runs required for victory. Both found the boundary regularly with some very nice shot making, capping off a good win for CCNSW.

The Team was (playing 12): –  Mike  Weaver 6, Paul Nash 6, Dan Turner (c) 13, Arfan Haider (w) 45*, Jason Kenn 16, Soren Hughes 22, Rob Lawther (w) 14*, Andrew Dadswell 26*, Mike Tarrant dnb, Jose Poothokaren dnb, Shane Peterson dnb, Benjamin Stanic dnb and Ed Cross (sub)

The Result was: –

St Clair United: – 10-150 (37.3 Overs)

Lost to

CCNSW: -5-151 (29.3 overs) (A. Haider 45*)

By 5 wickets

FoWs: – 1-12 (M. Weaver); 2-13 (P. Nash); 3-47 (D. Turner); 4-76 (J. Kenn); 5-115 (S. Hughes)

The Bowling was: –  B. Stanic 6-2-25-1; M. Tarrant 5.3-1-23-3; A. Dadswell 8-2-30-2; S. Peterson 6-1.13-1; J. Kenn 5-1-27-1; J. Poothokaren 5-0-14-0; S. Hughes 2-0-10-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – One to R. Lawther (w); one to Ed  Cross (sub),  A Dadswell and B. Stanic

Run outs: – One to each of B. Stanic and S. Peterson

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/masters-summer-202324/masters-foxs/game-centre/25a20adb

VINTAGE ROUND 10: CCNSW vs HUNTER TAVERNERS  AT WATERBOARD OVAL TORONTO  ON SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY GREG BROOKS

As we drove up the Pacific Highway bound for Toronto and Waterboard Oval there was, it is fair to say, some apprehension and nerves as we contemplated life without our skipper Stuart Ridge and one of our key seam bowlers in Ragavan Sittampalam. These two fine players were representing Australia and Sri Lanka respectively at the over 60s World Cup in Chennai, India. We will be following their progress over the next two weeks with great interest.

Our opposition the Hunter Taverners are a tough side to play especially at their home ground with its furry pitch, slow outfield and baseball mounds inside the playing area.

We assembled on time and duly lost the toss, my first act as the stand in skipper. Oh well we were going to bowl first anyway!

In humid conditions both Joe Scarcella  and Paul Georgiadis delivered outstanding 7 over spells to rid us of any pre match nerves. Backed up by some fine team fielding and great catching the hosts were reeling at 5-20 after the first 14 overs. Paul finished with the remarkable figures of 4-12 and Joe deserved better than 1-8. Paul is quite remarkable in his simple approach, varying his pace and making the batter play every ball. For Joe, the one wicket he picked up was the best bat in their side so that was good!

Garry James came on and does what he does every match, bowl proper attacking off spin backed by good field settings and no shortage of “Ooohs” and “Arhhs”! He removed their top scorer with a very neat catch behind by John Finucane…persistence pays at all levels of cricket. Garry was well supported by Mick McCormick who worked as hard as Barnaby Joyce after a parliamentary session but remained upright. Mick delivered the ball of the day to remove the dangerous and chatty James Price who loves rolling commentary on both his batting and your bowling…good value!

Your writer and the always reliable Gerry O’Shea cleaned up the tail in pretty quick time to close out the innings in 35 overs for a total of 66.

The hosts provided a terrific afternoon tea and we sent Gerry O’Shea and John Finucane to face the new ball. The opposition made it tough going with some tight bowling and a ring field so a platform of 0-24 from the first 12 overs was an ideal start. Gerry went lbw for a well made 19 to a jag back which saw Peter Rolls (25*) in at number 3. He didn’t muck around, hitting 2 fours and a six as we accelerated towards our target. Getting the runs inside 20 overs maximises bonus points so with this in mind John (14) hit out and got out, having done his job. Dan Pellen joined Peter and immediately looked for runs with sweet timing and good running. He finished 14* and brought up the winning runs with a fine 6 over square leg. Peter never looked like getting out so well done to all four batters. We completed the chase in 20.3 overs to pick up valuable bonus points.

This was a great win with contributions from all in the team. Those that didn’t bat or bowl fielded superbly and I want to thank everyone for their team first approach. The league title will come down to the final round. The result is in our hands and our continued team first approach will serve us well with any challenge ahead.

The Team was (playing 12): – Gerard O’Shea 19, John Finucane (w) 11, Peter Rolls 25*, Dan Pellen 14*, Mick McCormick dnb, Greg Brooks (c) dnb, Frank Baliotis dnb, Garry James dnb, Tim Jones dnb, Joe Scarcella dnb, Emanuel Mouglalis dnb, Paul Georgiadis dnb

The Result was: –

St. Clair Utd: – 10-66 (35 overs) (P. Georgiadis 4-12)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 2-67 (20.3 Overs)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-24 (G. O’Shea) 2- 44 (J. Finucane)

The Bowling was: –  J. Scarcella 7-2-8-1; P. Georgiadis 7-2-12-4; G. Brooks 5-2-4-2; G. James 7-2-18-1; M. McCormick 6-0-17-1; G. O’Shea 3-1-7-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to J. Finucane (w); 2 to G. Brooks and one each to F. Baliotis, T. Jones and D. Pellen

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/4ca48127

WEEK TWENTY: SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs MOLONGLO  AT BRAD HADDIN OVAL, QUEANBEYAN   ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY TOM ROBERTSON

A beautiful day awaited CCNSW at Queanbeyan’s premier ground right in the heart of the city. A reasonably big ground and an interesting pitch that had a small slope from right to left from the pavilion end.

All the troops arrived and the captain Tom Robertson won the toss and batted. Pitch looked a little scary so Tom sent in others to open the batting. Mike Weaver and Roman Hughes opened. Roman went second ball to a good catch by Les  Jordan (Molonglo captain) at first slip.

That bought in a fresh Harry Bridge who is reserving himself for these big social games. ‘Weaves’ then tried to run out Harry but instead ran a two  by himself after their keeper missed a massive chance (22m chance). 

After that misunderstanding the lads went about business and scored at 5 an over, Harry hitting some clean balls. The captain of the day forgot to inform scorers of the retirement at 40 rule. When he did, Harry went off on 49* to the dismay of Harry!

The pitch was a bit tricky and it was a bit hard to get set. Sam Millar’s mate David Sirr came out and looked promising until mistiming one. Club stalwart Paul Brandon came out and rotated the strike to Sam Millar who was slapping the ball around and scoring at a run a ball. The boundaries were super slow and  boundary fours needed to be hit aerially. Sam retired on 40*. Then Josh  Genner came out but looked like he was more used to synthetic wickets and not the low bounce of  turf at Queanbeyan (he got bowled). Soren Hughes came out and he hit a few until Tom Robertson joined him and farmed the strike. Tom couldn’t get going and was a real eyesore to watch. He ended up absorbing almost the last 3 overs and was lucky to get redemption by hitting 16 off the last over to take CCNSW to 4-192 o ther 40 overs. ‘Sooz‘ however was not happy  at spectating the last 4 overs. Best not to be on the wrong side of the big guy…

A cracking ‘arvo’ tea provided by Molonglo and we were out in the field.

CCNSW opened the bowling with Ming Heng  and Roman Hughes. Both bowled well. Ming bowled a few unplayable balls but could not break through but Roman struck and got both openers. That lifted the side and the wickets tumbled. Tim Jones bowled his wobbly slow mediums and was cleaning up with the help of Josh Genner at square leg. Great to see blokes as enthusiastic as Tim. Loves the game and really enjoyed bowling. Josh bowled spin in tandem with Tim and got the crucial wicket of the opposing captain, well caught by a diving Mike Weaver. Brandon was sharp behind the stumps getting two stumpings. Soren Hughes and David Sirr came on and bowled well to some late resistance but the game was in the bag with Molonglo all out for 126.

Good win by CCNSW. Great to get 11 for this great Canberra trip away and I’m sure all enjoyed the cracking hospitality by Molonglo. A few beers and speeches followed what was a great day.

Thanks to Wal Hall for organising the day. Long may it continue!

The Team was: – Mike Weaver 21, Roman Hughes 0. Harry Bridge 49* ret not out, Paul Brandon (w) 22* ret not out, David Sirr 8, Sam Millar 40* ret not out, Joshua Genner 4, Soren Hughes 16*, Tom Robertson (c) 25*, Ming Heng dnb, Tim Jones dnb

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 4-192 (40 Overs) (H. Bridge 49 *ret not out; S. Millar 40* ret not out)

Defeated

Molonglo CC: – 10-126 (33 Overs) (T. Jones 4-29)

By 66 runs

FoWs: – 1-0 (Roman Hughes); 2-73 (M. Weaver); 3-157 (D. Sirr); 4-189 (J. Genner).

The Bowling was: – Roman Hughes 5-1-19-2; M. Heng 6-1-18-0; T. Jones 7-0-29-4; J. Genner 5-0-26-2; Soren Hughes 4-1-6-1; D. Sirr 5-0-22-1; M. Weaver 1-1-0-0

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – 2 to P. Brandon

Catches: – 2 to J. Genner; one each to S. Millar and M. Weaver

Run outs: – Nil

CLASSICS ROUND 9: CCNSW vs HAWKESBURY  AT ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DAVID CRAIG

A veritable Dad’s Army XI of CCNSW turned up at Richmond for this eagerly awaited clash of the Sydney Classics Division 1 middleweights: both Hawkesbury and CCNSW were at 3 wins, 4 losses for the season and keen to square up the ledger. Captain Scott Wells had “Barnaby Joyced” a set of stairs the night before, and fielded in a batting glove to protect a skinned hand, leaving the keeping duties to Andrew Dawson. Ed Cross with multiple tears to every part of his right arm was reduced to sub fielder duties, unable to bat or bowl, and David Craig fielded in a helmet to protect his eye after recent cataract surgery, so we were an odd looking lot that took the field after Hawkesbury won the toss and batted.

Mick Tarrant opened the bowling as per usual, but uncharacteristically rolled out the pie cart to commence proceedings with a short one pulled for two and an above-the-waist full toss belted for 4, 0-7 off one legal delivery, was this going to be a long hot day in the field? Spoiler alert: NO. After the all-too-brief initial flurry it was an absolute no-run-fest for the rest of the innings, with our bowlers delivering an astonishing 170 dot balls in 33 overs.

The first wicket fell in the fourth over to a smart overhead slips catch by Paul Nash off Andrew Bachelard. Their number 3 looked solid and the score moved along to 28 without incident, when the introduction of Nash sparked a flurry of activity. Firstly, the remaining opener smashed a pull shot in the vicinity of club debutant Philip (“Pip”) Wilcox aka “Dawso’s mate” aka “panther”, who got down low and claimed a fine catch. Opinion on the field was divided however, as to whether the ball carried, and the umpire reasonably gave the benefit of the doubt to the batter. It turned out to have minimal impact as a few balls later the same batter pushed one to Ed Cross at mid-off and took him on. Bad decision; Ed swooped on the ball and threw down the stumps. Pretty fair effort for a bloke whose throwing elbow was already hanging by a thread! Next over a lifter from Andrew Bachelard nicked the flashing blade and Dawson took a fine catch behind the sticks: 3-36 at the 14 over drinks break in the humid conditions.

After drinks Paul Nash induced a drive that skewed off the top edge and swirled its way into the safe hands of Mike Pinter at cover, and Jose Poothokaren got one through that disturbed the castle; Hawkesbury in big trouble at 5-48. Andrew Davis and Craig Kitson took over the attack as Hawkesbury took up the defence. More blocks than a Lego factory here lads! More dots than a Dalmatian! Over the course of 15 overs the pair took a combined 5 wickets for just 8 runs. Their best batter essayed an ill-advised sweep shot and lost his off peg to Kitson. The number 8 drove one hard but uppish to Wells at mid-wicket, who stylishly knocked it up in the air before snaring the rebound in a manoeuvre that was scored an 8.5 by the panel of judges. Next ball missed the bat but not the stumps, and an enthusiastic but wildly optimistic lbw shout was denied on the hat-trick ball. The last two fell to Andrew Davis’ left-arm in-duckers, one bowled and the final wicket lbw. There was a considerable delay before the bowler appealed for this last one (presumably he had to carefully analyse the trigonometry of the delivery first), but he made up for it with a full-throated insistence that ultimately was rewarded. Needless to say the batter was not happy, but sometimes the ball swings back in line and it matters not that your front pad was well forward when the ball is on a straight line from middle to middle!

Throughout the innings the Hawkesbury batters seemed unable to attack on either the front or back foot on a wicket that seemed pretty standard, a bit slow but no great demons there. 56 all out was probably 140 short on the day. Just one of those days for the home side where nothing goes right, I guess.

Mike Pinter and Andrew Davis set about the task of knocking off the small total with intent and got us well past halfway before Davis was stumped by some lightning fast glove work. Nash looked like he wanted to get home early, belting a boundary before spooning one to cover, then Dawson and Pinter knocked off the remaining runs before the drinks-waiter was required. A comfortable win away from home, well done to us all. Played in good spirit, and an enjoyable afternoon was had. Although it was perhaps symptomatic of the day Hawkesbury had when their barbecue ran out of gas before the snags were cooked!

The Team was (playing 12): – Mike Pinter 21*, Andrew Davis 18, Paul Nash 6, Andrew Dawson 10*, Craig  Kitson dnb, Andrew Bachelard dnb, Scott Wells (c) & (w) dnb, Philip Wilcox dnb, Jose Poothokaren dnb, Mike Tarrant dnb, David Craig dnb Ed Cross dnb,

The Result was: –

Hawkesbury 10- 56: – (33 Overs) (C. Kitson 3-2)

Lost to

CCNSW: – 2-57 (17 overs)

By 8 wickets

FoWs: – 1-37 (A. Davis); 2-47 (P. Nash)

The Bowling was: – M. Tarrant 5-1-16-0; A. Bachelard 6-1-13-2; C. Kitson 7-5-2-3; P. Nash 4-0-8-1, A. Davis 8-4-6-2, J. Poothokaren 3-1-9-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to each of A. Davis, P. Nash, M. Pinter and S. Wells (w)

Run outs: – One to E. Cross

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to M. Pinter; 2 points to A. Davis; one point to C. Kitson

Scorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/classics-summer-202324/classics-foxs/game-centre/e76a4979

VINTAGE ROUND 9: CCNSW vs ROSEVILLE ROGUES AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL, CAMPERDOWN  ON SUNDAY 11 FEBRUARY 2024: REPORT BY DANIEL PELLEN

What began as a summer of promise for our Vintage team, top and undefeated after the first seven rounds, had come crashing down to earth with successive defeats and the team was smarting. We’d dropped from top spot, and the skipper (Stuart Ridge) demanded more in round nine. The old boys responded emphatically.

 In a not unfamiliar start, we batted first for the ninth consecutive game. The Rogues were not expected to spring any surprises, but after the last two games we were taking nothing for granted.

 John Finucane and Gerry O’Shea (after his Waltersesque “warm-up” with a rolly see https://www.facebook.com/reel/352005761088070 ) slowly built a solid platform. A little slow for some, with 6 runs off the first four overs, but Gerry’s glances and nudges, John’s more aggressive strokes, and generally good running saw the partnership blossom and the score was 0039 after ten overs. The skipper stopped pacing around the oval and relaxed a little.

We all forgot to tell John he was approaching 30 and he was duly dismissed for a fine 28. Sri Lankan Over 60s rep Sittampalam Ragavan (“Raga”) generally stays for a good time not a long time, and so it was on Sunday. Driving and thrashing his way to a quick-fire 14, he was out before Gerry could say hello, but the four overs he was there yielded 24 runs.

 This brought Greg Brooks (“the Pres”) to the crease and after a couple of lusty blows which failed to connect it became the familiar story of the opposition returning balls from over the boundary. By drinks at 20 overs, O’Shea had retired after a typically well-constructed 30* and the Pres had been joined by Peter Rolls. 2-102 and the boys were eyeing off a 200+ score.

 The Pres didn’t need much longer, bring up his 30* with a maximum just after the break, and our token regional member Mick McCormick successfully negotiated the entrance gate this time and kept the runs ticking along with Rolls.

 In his typically understated manner, Rolls was already closing in on his 30*. The runs were clicking along at 5+ an over and we’d passed the 150 mark by the time our third batter was in the bank.

McCormick stayed firm while we lost Dan Pellen (5) and Garry James (4) cheaply, in pursuit of runs. This bought the youngest member of the group, David Glen, to the crease. Soon to be known as BP (the Quiet Achiever), his solid technique and placement was on display again, and there was another in the bank. Though not before McCormick had beaten him to it. Five in the bank! But no time to cash in. A final quick flurry from a spluttering and wheezing Joe Scarcella (15*), contented Ridge (2) and Paul “Big Show” Georgiadis (3* – shot of the day ramp from ball one).

 Final score 5-237 – thought by many old-timers to be the highest CCNSW Vintage score.

The less said about the Rogues innings the better. The opening words of Ball Park Music’s “Nice To Be Alive” come to mind. We bowled and fielded well, but after 9 overs the Rogues were 2-9, the RRR was 7.7 and the chase was over. The Rogues seemed determined simply to deny us wickets, and therefore points.

Garry James (1-20) was the most expensive bowler, and his economy rate was 2.86! Scarcella coughed his way to 6-4-3-0. He deserved at least one wicket. Paul Georgiadis had the best figures, with 7-1-16-2, closely followed by Raga with 2-19. Ridge and Brooks picked up one each. At 3-50 after 20 overs, the Rogues were frustrating us. They couldn’t score, but we couldn’t get them out. Captain Whittaker from the Rogues took until about the 35th over to get his 30. O’Shea, Pellen and Glen were a wall on the off-side and Whittaker was requesting field changes. But the pressure paid dividends. Good catches were taken by Pellen, Rolls and Ridge and we got another four wickets and valuable bonus points. 7-86 after 40 overs, a thumping by 154 runs.

 It’s a tight end to the season, with only 16 points separating the top 3 teams with CCNSW in second spot and with two games to go. With the skipper and Raga on International duties in India next Sunday and a trip to the Hunter in the offing, the back-to-back championship is on the line.

The Team was (playing and batting 12): – Gerard O’Shea 30, John Finucane (w) 28; Sittampalam Ragavan 14, Greg Brooks 31* ret not out, Peter Rolls 30* ret not out, Mick McCormick 30* ret not out, Daniel Pellen 5, Garry James 4, David Glen 31* ret not out, Joe Scarcella 15*, Stuart Ridge (c) 2, Paul Georgiadis 3*

The Result was: –

C.C.N.S.W.: – 5-240 (40 Overs) (G. Brooks 31* ret not out; D. Glen 31* ret not out; M. McCormick 30* ret not out; P. Rolls 30* ret not out)

Defeated

Roseville 7-86: – (40 Overs)

By 154 runs

FoWs: – 1-54 (J. Finucane); 2-75 (S. Ragavan); 3-174 (D. Pellen); 4-189 (G. James); 5-231 (S. Ridge).

The Bowling was: – S. Ridge 7-4-10-1; P. Georgiadis 7-1-16-2; G. James 7-2-20-1; J. Scarcella 6-4-3-0; S. Ragavan 7-0-19-2; G. Brooks 6-0-15-1

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – Two to D. Pellen and one each to S. Ridge and P. Rolls

Run outs: – Nil

Player points (awarded by umpire): 3 points to G. Brooks; 2 points to P. Rolls; one point to S. RagavanScorecard: https://www.playhq.com/cricket-australia/org/sydney-masters-cricket-association/vintage-summer-202324/vintage/game-centre/3b99eca1

WEEK EIGHTEEN: WEDNESDAY 24 – SUNDAY 28 JANUARY 2024

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

One More Beer: 1-235 (20 Overs)

Defeated

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

By 197 runs

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

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

By 84 runs

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Lost to

Georges River: – 7-147 (37 Overs) ()

By 3 wickets

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

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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 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 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 EIGHT: WEDNESDAY 1 – SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2023

SOCIAL GAME: CCNSW vs ‘RAGA’ INVITATION XI  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ,   ON WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2023: REPORT BY PETER ROLLS 

TEAMS: CCNSW AND RAGA’S  INVITATIONAL XI – WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2023
Back Row: Gowri Palan, John Jackson, Kim Taylor (wk/1 for Raga XI), Stuart Ridge, Neveille Emerson, Joe Scarcella, Greg Brooks, Michael McCarron, Frank Baliotis, David Craig, Cuthbert Berenger, Gary Whittaker (wk/2 for Raga XI), Malcolm Freame (wk for CCNSW), David Glen, Ian Bradburn.  
Front Row: Michael Carmen, Matt Brennan, Sittampalam Ragavan (c for Raga XI), Peter Rolls (c for CCNSW), Garry Winney, Wasantha Hettiarrchchi, Upul Dangalle.

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

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

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

Raga’s XI Innings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An imposing target was set of 8-266. 

CCNSW Innings:

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.: – 10-127 (38 Overs) 

By 139 runs

Raga’s XI Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – One to K. Taylor (w)

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

Run outs: – One to K. Taylor.

The CCNSW Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

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

Run outs: – Nil

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shield presented to winners Raga XI by CCNSW

LAST MAN STANDS T20 8-A-SIDE EAST SYDNEY DIVISION TWO ROUND 1 v O’SULLIVAN ROADMEN AT MP 6, ROBERTSON ROAD, MOORE PARK ON WEDNESDAY 1 NOVEMBER: REPORT BY WILL JACOBS

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

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

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

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

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

The Result was: –

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

Defeated

C.C.N.S.W.:   4-119 (20 Overs)

By 87 runs

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

The Fielding was: –

Stumpings: – Nil

Catches: – one to W. Jacobs (w)

Run outs: – Nil

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

Scorecard: https://www.lastmanstands.com/leagues/scorecard/2nd-innings?fixtureid=407377

SOCIAL GAME v VICTORIA BARRACKS XI FOR THE BARRACKERS’ CUP AT KENSINGTON OVAL, KENSINGTON  ON THURSDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2020

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

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

JACK PACE ROUND 2: CCNSW vs OLD CRANBROOKIANS AT DANGAR FIELD, ROSE BAY  ON SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2023

Cancelled by rain 

CLASSICS  ROUND 3: CCNSW vs ROSEVILLE  AT ROSEVILLE CHASE  OVAL. EAST LINDFIELD ,   ON SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2023:

Cancelled by rain 

VINTAGE  ROUND 3: CCNSW vs LINDFIELD  AT CAMPERDOWN OVAL. CAMPERDOWN ,   ON SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER 2023

Cancelled by rain