PCA v Barker Invitation XI at Barker College No. 1 – 19 February 2012

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This annual match against our hosts Barker College on the beautiful Barker No. 1 ground is one of the highlights of our season. It is also one of the toughest matches. Barker rarely puts a weak team on the paddock for this fixture, and this match was no different.

Joe Scarcella’s recent luck with the toss continued and the Primary Club batted first.

Chris Lloyd and Bob Stephens opened the batting. The opening partnership was a good one, Stephens playing the steadying hand as Lloyd played some lovely attacking strokes. The pair put on 49 runs before Stephens fell for 15. Michael Cant came in to join Lloyd at the crease, quickly followed by Mark Clarebrough, and then Stewart Roberts. Lloyd played beautifully and aggressively before having to retire on 50 n.o. The unfortunately familiar habit of our batsmen making starts but not building partnerships was again apparent. While Roberts managed to stay in long enough to compile 28, the other batsmen around him were again making starts but failing to go on and put together substantial scores. Cassimatis (10), Dixon (6), Calitz (9) Scarcella (13), and Hunter (12) all made starts, while Mullane finished with 17 n.o.

The PCA scored 175 runs from the allotted 40 overs. On this good batting pitch and fast outfield, was it enough?

Paul Hunter and Dean Bell opened the bowling. The Barker openers put together a solid partnership of 41 before Dean struck. The next man in was former Sri Lankan international all-rounder Russell Arnold, who was the cricket coach at Barker. Paul was next to strike… literally. Russell top edged an attempted pull shot off Hunter and was struck on the cheek. As he was forced to retire hurt, Russell’s young son, who was a spectator at the game, added insult to injury when he was heard to admonish his illustrious father as he came from the field, with words to the effect that he should have taken his son’s advice and worn a helmet!

Change bowlers Chris Lloyd and Richard Dixon each bowled tidily during their 7 over spells, but wickets were hard to come by. Dixon eventually took 1 wicket, while the skipper Joe Scarcella grabbed 2 middle order wickets in quick succession to give the PCA a glimmer of hope. In the end, The PCA did not have enough runs on the board to thwart the Barker lads. Their lower middle order consolidated and carried their team through to pass our total with a couple of overs to spare.

It was a most enjoyable day for all concerned. As always, our generous hosts Barker College provided a wonderful afternoon tea and we all shared post-match drinks to top off the great match, played in the usual excellent spirit.

PCA – 175 runs (40 overs) lost to Barker XI – 177 runs (37 overs)

The team:
Joe Scarcella (c), Bob Stephens, Chris Lloyd, Michael Cant, Mark Clarebrough, Stewart Roberts, Nick Cassimatis, Richard Dixon, Kevin Calitz,  Peter Mullane, Paul Hunter, Dean Bell.



C. Lloyd (50 n.o.), S Roberts (28)



J Scarcella – 2/19 (3 overs), D. Bell – 1/21 (7 overs) R Dixon – 1/35 (7 overs)

PCA v Bradman Foundation XI at Barker College – 26 February 2012

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It was the PCA’s turn to host the Bradman boys, and the beautiful Barker No.1 ground was the venue. The pitch inspection brought a surprise; although the weather was fine (and had been relatively fine the previous day when a school match was played on it), the pitch definitely had some moisture and grass on it. The team batting first would have a difficult task on a pitch which would clearly suit the seamers early on.

The BF XI won the toss and sent the Primary Club into bat.

The openers Chris Lloyd and Murray Holmes batted solidly for an opening partnership of 37. Again, Chris Lloyd played the aggressor, showing a repertoire of attacking strokes to reach 27 in good time before he was the first to fall. Murray Holmes was more circumspect and, with the next batsman Bob Stephens, added another 17 runs before Holmes fell. Stephens (11), Stew Roberts (6) and Ian Camejo (0) came and went without establishing any decent partnership. Middle order batsmen Nick Cassimatis and Stephen Liggins managed to put together an excellent partnership of 89. Stephen scored a fine half century, including several 4’s and a couple of big 6’s interspersed with plenty of singles as the 2 batsmen consolidated. Liggins’ innings finally came to an end on 56, quickly followed by Cassimatis. The skipper Joe Scarcella came at the crease and, with the assistance of wagging tail, took the score to 179 before the last wicket fell.

The PCA’s score of 179 was not great, but given the early difficult batting conditions, it was respectable.

When it was BFXI’s turn to bat, the pitch had flattened out a little. Ben Crossing and Chris Lloyd opened the bowling. Ben in particular bowled with good pace and was unlucky not to take a couple of wickets. The BF XI captain Stuart Macpherson, opening the innings, was in fine form and in an aggressive mood, scoring runs at a good clip. With his (unusually) more subdued opening partner Peter Jensen, the pair put on 60 runs in 12 overs. The skipper came on as first change bowler, and struck in his second over to remove Jensen with a ball that leapt off a good length. When Liggins came on as second change seamer, Macpherson looked to take the long handle to both bowlers. After a couple more lusty blows, Scarcella drew him into a delivery that moved away and the dangerous batsman was caught behind just short of his half century on 48. The next 2 batsmen Burke and Haigh continued to bat with aggression. Haigh in particular played beautifully, hitting boundaries and a couple of big sixes including a massive 6 over long on that resulted in a lost cricket ball. Liggins eventually got his man Haigh, bowling him for 43. However, Burke continued to pile on the runs, finishing 53 not out, and the BF XI had no trouble passing our total in the 35th over.

The highlight of the bowling innings for the PCA was the spell of young Will Stephens, son of Bob. Will answered the skipper’s late call when one of our players failed to turn up. When he came on as third change bowler, Will bowled with good control. Not only that, he managed to swing the ball both ways! In the face of some aggressive batting, Will’s display was excellent, and he was rewarded with a wicket and could quite easily have picked up another couple with a bit of luck.


PCA – 179 runs (38 overs) lost to BF XI – 5/222 (40 overs)


The team:

Joe Scarcella (c), Murray Holmes, Chris Lloyd, Bob Stephens, Stewart Roberts, Ian Camejo, Nick Cassimatis, Stephen Liggins, John Talbot, Will Stephens, Ben Crossing.



S. Liggins (56), N. Cassimatis (27), C. Lloyd (27 J Scarcella (19 n.o.)



J Scarcella – 2/32 (7 overs), W. Stephens 1/23 (6 overs), S. Liggins – 1/45 (8 overs),

J Talbot 1/38 (4 overs)