PCA v I Zingari – Camden 26 April 2009

May 1, 2009 by  

Our last game of the season was played at the lovely private cricket ground of our hosts I Zingari in Belgenny Farm, Camden. Due to a couple of late withdrawals we were left with 9 regular players and had to call on the services of 2 young lads Jack Braddock and Max Yabsley to make up the 11.

On a bright & sunny but cool morning IZ’s won the toss and elected to bat. Some good tight bowling from our opening bowlers Joe Scarcella & Andrew Pedley in the first 13 overs restricted IZ’s to a meagre total up to that point. It was a very good effort from Andrew, normally a wicketkeeper for PCA, who made his ‘bowling’ debut for the PCA and kept the IZ’s openers honest with good line & length bowling. While we gave away some runs with a few expensive overs in the middle overs, all credit must go to the IZ’s batsmen who proved difficult to dislodge and generally batted very well, with very good contributions in particular from opener Phil Booth (53 n.o.) and No. 5 John Pickhaver (52).

The star of the PCA bowling attack undoubtedly was the silver fox, Ken Grose, who after conceding a 6 off his first ball, proceeded to baffle and bamboozle the batsmen with his well flighted offbreaks and finished with 4 wickets. Special mention must also go to young James Braddock ‘s son Jack who, after some persuasion from his Dad and teammates, bowled a couple of overs, and took 2 wickets in the process. Mark Clarebrough also deserves a mention for his good work behind the stumps, taking 2 stumpings and generally keeping wickets very well throughout the innings.

Chasing the IZ’s total of 186 was always going to be difficult with a depleted side. Openers Richard Cooney and Bruce Parnell started solidly enough, and all the batsmen got starts along the way, but in the end PCA fell short with 152. James Braddock continued on with his recent good batting form to top score with 33. Other notable contributions came from Mark Clarebrough (27) and Bill Corbett (20). Stuart Waugh was a late fill-in and he looked promising until he was run out on 17.


K. Grose 4-31 (6 overs), J. Scarcella 1-18 (8 overs), Jack Braddock 2-10 (2 overs), A. Pedley 0-21 (6 overs), B. Parnell 1-48 (8 overs), B Corbett 0-30 (8 overs)


James Braddock 33, M. Clarebrough (27), Bill Corbett (20), Stuart Waugh (17), Bruce Parnell (15)

Joe Scarcella