Primary Club v Barker College ‘Hornets’ at Barker – 17 February 2013

The picturesque Barker College No 1 ground was the scene for the Primary Club’s annual fixture against the Barker College XI (aka the Hornets). Barker Oval is usually one of the Primary Club’s home grounds, but on this occasion we were guests of our host school, represented by the Hornets, a group of Barker old boys, teachers past and present, and their friends.

The Hornets won the toss and elected to send the PCA in on what batted first and did well to survive a tight and testing opening spell of bowling by Scarcella and Pearce. The breakthrough came in the 7th over with a wicket to Pearce. Scarcella bowled 24 deliveries before have a run against his figures demonstrating how tight the opening spell was.
I-Zingari started to settle in before disaster struck with Lovell retiring hurt with an injured leg. With the score at less than 25 after 10 overs runs were difficult to get. An inspiring spell of bowling from the skipper together with discipline in the field ensured that the batting team could not really get any momentum. Wickets fell at regular intervals and the I-Zingari team was eventually rolled for 72 in 33 overs. Scarcella’s 3 for 18 was the pick of the bowling with plenty of support from other bowlers. In fact, all six bowlers used took wickets. From the I-Zingari team most batters struggled to get a start apart from opener Gerber (15) and Borean (17).

The lunch break was taken early and both sides enjoyed a fantastic spread put on by the I-Z side and started to dissect and ponder the mornings surprising play.

After lunch Primary Club opened the batting with Holmes (4) and Mullane (7) both playing shots from the opening overs. The entertainment then continued with Favell (18) and exciting new addition Ayoub (39 not out) playing shots to all parts of the park. The total was run down in 14 overs for a comprehensive victory for Primary Club. Astonishing given it has been some years since the Primary Club has won at Camden and given the closeness historically of those fixtures.

Special thanks to the I-Zingari team for once again showing great hospitality and to all for a fantastic day played in the right spirit. We look forward to next year.

The PCA team on the day was: 

Joe Scarcella (c); Nick Houseman (vc); Chris Lahoud; Graham Buck; Garth Pearce; Matt Preston; Chris Lloyd; Andrew Dadswell; Brett Favell; Andrew Pedley; Andrew Cattanach

M Preston 37; B Favell 31 (6 x 4s, 1 x 6), C. Lahoud 22; G. Buck 22 n.o.

J. Scarcella 4-33 (6 overs); A. Pedley 2-26 (6 overs); G. Buck 1-10 (5 overs); G. Pearce 1-18 (5 Overs);