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

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.

Result:

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.   Batting: S. Liggins (56), N. Cassimatis (27), C. Lloyd (27 J Scarcella (19 n.o.)   Bowling: J Scarcella – 2/32 (7 overs), W. Stephens 1/23 (6 overs), S. Liggins – 1/45 (8 overs), J Talbot 1/38 (4 overs)  

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