PCA v Cricketers’ Club of NSW – Barker College No.1, 18 October 2009.

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Despite some rain just hours before the scheduled start at this beautiful cricket ground, the match started on time. The PCA invited CCNSW to bat first. Some steady bowling early on by the PCA seamers kept the scoring rate tight for a while. However, an outstanding innings for CCNSW by Hawksworth (51 n.o.) saw CCNSW progress well in putting together a respectable total. He was ably supported by Dadswell (37), with good a contribution, too, by Brandon (20).

The PCA welcomed the 3 Pryde brothers (Steve, James and Matthew), who played together for the first time with the PCA. James and Matthew were on debut, while Steve had made an impressive debut just 3 days earlier playing against the Vic Barracks Irregulars, scoring runs and taking wickets. It soon became apparent in this match that James and Matthew also had plenty of cricket skills to offer. James bowled 8 overs of very tight left arm orthodox spin, confounding the batsmen regularly, and was rewarded with 2 well deserved wickets. Matthew’s leg spin was troublesome for the batsmen too, and he finished up with 3 wickets off his 8 overs. Steve also made an impact with his left arm quicks, taking a couple of wickets. Chris Lloyd, opening the bowling, also bowled well for his 6 overs, taking an early wicket. He also took what is now becoming his customary spectacular catch, a great effort square of the wicket at full stretch off a full-blooded square cut.

Chasing the CCNSW total of 185 from their 40 overs, the PCA lost opener Scarcella early with the total on 10. Then followed a very good partnership of 68 between Chris Lloyd (run out for 31) and Steve Pryde (ret 50 n.o.), both batsmen scoring freely. Stuart Waugh, batting at 4, also played very well before he too had to retire after scoring his half century. CCNSW bowlers fought back to restrict the scoring rate in the latter overs, which made for an exciting finish. Then James Pryde came in late in the order and took to the bowling in a very aggressive manner to change the momentum of the match, hitting a boundary of his first delivery and following up with a couple more. He reached 17 runs in very quick time, and together with Bob Stephens (12), saw PCA home to a close victory.

This was a very good match, played in great spirit, at a lovely venue. And it will be remembered for the very significant contributions made by the new members, the 3 Pryde brothers.

S. Pryde – 50 n.o (retired); S. Waugh – 50 n.o.(retired); C Lloyd – 31; J. Pryde – 17 n.o.; R. Stephens – 12 n.o.

M. Pryde 3-44 (8 overs); J. Pryde 2-25 (8 overs), S.Pryde 1-20 (6 overs); C. Lloyd 1-22 (6 overs)

Joe Scarcella

PCA v Lane Cove Cricket Club – Lindfield Oval, 27 September 2009

October 27, 2009 by  

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The troops gathered at Lindfield Oval, Tryon Rd, A blustery gale greeted the PCA boys and with ten minutes before the scheduled start it was noticeable that no Lane Cove players had arrived, a quick phone call to Ed sorted out the problem, the Lane Cove boys had been blown off course and were at Acron Oval, the scene of the battle two years prior! Mullo’s thinking quickly invoked the bowl first bat and VB second coin toss and sent Lane Cove in.

Joe Scarcella and Joe Scarcella Jnr opened for the LC and played cautiously for a while finding the short southern boundary a couple of times both retiring with Joe senior outpacing his son scoring 35 no and Jnr Joe on 30 no. Ryan 0-11 off 4 including 2 maidens and Stephens 0-33 off 6 opened the bowling for PCA.

Humphries 0-24 off 4 improved as the over’s went on after bruising his own toe with the first couple of deliveries. Casey 1-38 from the western end took our first wicket Holmes caught and bowled 15. In the mean time Webb had hit a quick fire 28 and retired. At the 20 over mark LC were 1 for 109! With 15 over’s to go. Dwyer took over at the eastern end and put the breaks on somewhat getting 1-40 off 7 taking the valuable wicket of John Pym for18. Lomax 1-15 off 4 bowled tight picking up Cooper for 8. Mullo’s decided to have a bowl, now the first two deliveries and a few more after then bounced several times before reaching the batsman, however the over ended 1-7 with a Jacko stumping still being discussed but having Jard in the pavilion for 12. Richard Pym LC’s captain tried the reverse sweep resulting in a first slip catch to Ryan, gone for a duck Mullo’s 2-13. Le- Moy 0-5 had a go from the west for one. Mullo’s on the last gets another Jacko stumping sending Corby 25 back finishing with 3-17, what a joke! Bill Sundries 20. LC all done for 199 Was it enough?

After some snags and sandwiches PCA sent out Le-Moy 18 and Jackson 21 who found the boundary regularly and set up the run chase. Abbot came in and scratched around a bit till finding some form compiling 18. Humphries battered well and was our first retiree 35 no. Unfortunately Cooney 0 did not trouble the scorers. 97 off 20 With the run rate climbing enter Casey, smashing a quick fire 35 no getting the run rate in check and the total a lot more achievable, Stephen’s played a great support role as Casey did the scoring until it was time to win the game taking 14 off one Snr Scarcella over and hitting the winning runs next over finishing on 35 no. Lomax 0 enjoyed his time in the centre and Mullo’s 3 no was there to watch the win with an over to spare and Ryan not required but padded up anyway! 6 for 202. Bill Sundries 34 including 5 boundaries. Great start to the season for the primary club and despite the weather all attending enjoyed themselves. Casey was voted man of the match.



PCA v Victoria Barracks Irregulars – Vic Barracks, Thursday 15 October 2009

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With our shoes polished, creams ironed and gear double checked (except one recruit) the PCA marched into Victoria Barracks, Paddington, Sydney at approximately 11.41.am ready to do battle against the “Irregulars” cricket team. At precisely 12.25 pm we mustered for the mission brief given by Captain Benjamin Watson.  We accepted his statement of not being a great cricket side and to “take it easy on us”.  Casting his eye of experience over the PCA regiment, Field Marshal Mullo’s won the toss and elected to send the Irregulars into bat.

Taking up the forward position at 12.28 pm for the PCA were Sergeants Lloyd 1-13 off 4 and Pryde 2-10 off 4, both bowling at ½ pace respecting their oppositions claim of “ not being regular cricketers”  Brigadier Bray 0-12 off 4 showed that  leg spin can be a weapon of first change. Colonel Hunter 0-25 off 4 returned with his shoes and will be facing disciplinary action for both his bowling and uniform misdemeanours. General Pedley (VC) 0-34 off 4 proved he is a batsman.  Lieutenant Colonel Le Moy (French for good bloke) 0-18 off 4 after conceding 12 in his first came back strongly. Field Marshall Mullo’s 0-13 off 2 had no penetration what so ever and was forced to resign. Lieutenant Braid 1-14 off 2 and Major General Crosby 1-12 off 2 got the Primary Club back on track and once again the Irregulars were under pressure. Cadet Buscall (on debut for the PCA) 0-29 off 2 came under heavy artillery fire from a raging Huong (no 63); other notable scores for the Irregulars were Beergam no 33 and Varvel 27. Second Lieutenant Camejo did an outstanding job behind the stumps allowing only 1 bye during the 32 overs. The irregulars finished with a respectable 199. 

At exactly 14.28 pm the air raid sirens sounded and the PCA were ordered into battle. Lieutenant Braid (29 retired) and Major General Crosby (0) were the first to come under sniper attack.  Second Lieutenant Camejo (2) took over from Crosby and soon followed him to the ranks of the departed. Cadet Buscall (15) recouped some of the runs hit off his last 3 deliveries earlier in the conflict. Sergeant Lloyd (32 retired) took only 10 scoring shots to complete his innings clearly eyeing off the clock over the arch way. Sergeant Pryde (33 retired) and General Pedley (32 retired) steadied the offensive and made valuable ground towards the enemy target. Brigadier Bray (4) was actually out first delivery and will have his rank closely scrutinized. Colonial Hunter (32 retired) made up for earlier indiscretions posting his runs off only 10 scoring strokes and making great inroads into enemy territory. Field Marshall Mullo’s (14 no) and Lieutenant Le Moy (12 no) resplendent in batting style marched the PCA battalion into enemy headquarters and claimed victory. At precisely 16.54 pm Captain Watson handed over the trophy and conceded defeat. 

The PCA had scorched their way to 4-215 with an over to spare. The only thing left to do was to engage our defeated foe in the officer’s mess for some well earned $2 schooners.

A most enjopyable day was had by all the troops.


Field Marshall Mullo’s