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

October 28, 2009 by  

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