Primary Club v I-Zingari at Camden – 17 March 2013

(Match report by Nick Houseman) The Primary Club’s annual fixture against I-Zingari at their picturesque home ground at Camden is a highlight of the calendar and this year was no exception. We played on a perfect late summer Sunday with warm blue skies, cooling breeze with a rural waft of cows and fertiliser floating across the lush green outfield. I-Zingari 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), Graham Buck; Garth Pearce; D Bell; Dale Arnull; Murray Holmes; Peter Mullane; Brett Favell; Milad Ayoub; Will McDougall; Peter Lanham; Ron Bowden. Batting: M. Ayoub 39 n.o. (2x6s, 4 4s); B Favell 18 (2 x 4s) Bowling: J. Scarcella 3-18 (10 overs); G. Pearce 2-22 (8 Overs); G. Buck 2-8 (3.1 overs); N. Houseman 1-8 (5 overs); D Bell 1-10 (5 overs); D Arnul 1-4 (1 over)   15 Overs-a-Side Match With the early finish to the main match, the day was too good to cut short so both sides readily agreed to a 15 over game for the remainder of the day. This time PCA batted first and put together a competitive 6 -74 from its allotted overs. Runs were shared across a number of batters, with Lanham top scoring with 19, ably supported by Houseman (13) and Pearce (13) I-Z challenged hard throughout with impressive batting performances from some of the young lads from the I-Z team. Hodge scored 22, J Steward 17 and D.Lovell was not out with a disciplined 12. It came down to the last over, but tight bowling from Buck (2-3 off 2 overs) ensured that PCA took the day, with I-Z falling short at 7 -68.

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