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

March 18, 2009 by  

 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