Primary Club of Australia V Sydney Uni Vets – Barker College, 15 March 2009

March 18, 2009 by  

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 Despite heavy overnight rain the previous night, we managed to get the game underway only 30 minutes later than the scheduled start. The day was fine, but due to a leak in the covers, the bowler’s approach at one end of the pitch was unplayable, so both captains agreed to bowl from one end only.

Sydney Uni Vets batted first on a damp but slow pitch. The openers got off to a flying start and after 9 over, they were 1-46. With the introduction of the slower bowlers, who generally bowled a tighter line and length and made the batsmen force the pace, the match began to turn our way. Bill Corbett was the pick of the bowlers, with his left arm slow cutters, taking 2-18 off his 6 overs. He was well supported by Ken Grose, bowling off spin, who took 2-20 off his 5 overs. Stu Harborne also bowled 4 tight overs, taking 1-5. Others who contributed with wickets were Bob Stephens and Phil Scott, who each took 1.

There were some highlights in the fielding department too.  Chris Toet, a PCA member resident in Victoria who was in Sydney for the weekend, kept wickets very well in the difficult conditions, and took 2 good catches. Mark Clarebrough also took great catch centimetres from the ground, diving full stretch. There were also 3 run outs effected, a great effort in the circumstances.

Sydney Uni was all out for 127, but importantly they failed to use all their allotted 45 overs.

Despite some of the first 5 batsmen getting starts (not the skipper, who scored a gozzer), none had any success with the exception of opener Marcus Braid who compiled 13 before getting out to a beautiful off-cutter to which he didn’t play a shot. Fortunately, Bruce Parnell batting at 6 batted very well, hitting 43 not out (retired) in a very aggressive innings that put us back in a strong position. Bill Corbett and Bob Stephens also made significant contributions; as the situation demanded, with plenty of overs still available when they came in, they both played very good steady innings’, mixed with aggression to any loose deliveries.  Good contributions from these 3 batsmen saw us to victory with a few overs to spare. PCA scored 7 – 128 from 42 overs.


B. Corbett 2-18 (6 overs), K. Grose 2-20 (5 overs), S. Harborne 1-5 (4 overs), B. Stephens 1-21 (5 overs), P. Scott 1-5 (2 overs).


B. Parnell (43 n.o. retired), B. Corbett (26 n.o.), B. Stephens (20 n.o.)

 Joe Scarcella

Primary Club of Australia v Wests Masters – 1 March 2009

March 6, 2009 by  

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The Primary Club is now developing a core nucleus of good players and this was evident last Sunday when we took on the Wests Masters team at the beautiful Kings No 1 Ground.

We won the toss and decided to bat on a dampish wicket and wet outfield due to overnight rain. Our opening pair of Trevor Crosby and Damien Cullen put on a fast paced opening stand of 52 with Damien taking complete control of the bowlers, and Trevor providing great support at the other end. Damien retired on 41 no and James Braddock came in at No 3 and finally got amongst the runs.  James played powerfully and  it was good to see him hit the ball so well. He also retired on 40 no which included 7 boundaries.

New recruit Billy Corbett showed his talent with a well put together 41 not out and will be a handy player for us in the future. Our youngest player Andrew Pedley then joined Bob Stephens and both were keeping the scoreboard ticking over before Bob was bowled for 27 and Andrew contributed a handy 30 before he was caught in the outfield. Bob’s 2 mighty 6s were the highlight of the afternoon.

At this stage we were 3 for 211 off only 30 odd overs with plenty of batting to come. Joe Scarcella was joined by Bruce Parnell before Joe was bowled for 9 and Bruce went on to score a quick fire and dynamic 41 not out, a couple of 6s landing on the pavilion roof.

The captain joined Bruce and was quickly run out after being called for a single that Lindford Christie would have struggled with! Such actions in the Primary Club attract a fine of $100 particularly when it’s the captain! [who has a long memory]

 A great batting effort all round and we finished on 5 for 254 off our 40 overs

The opposition were never really in the hunt trying to chase down such a score and we regularly picked up wickets throughout their innings of 125 all out

Good bowling performances from Joe Scarcella [4 for 29 off 8 overs] Billy Corbett [1 for 14 off 5 overs] and Bruce Parnell [2 for 12 off 6 overs]

 We’ve had some really good wins of late and look like developing a good regular team of players that are now playing more like a team with a desire to win

Ken Grose