October 14, 2019 by  

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Seasonal Summary: Very successful season once again with more than 50 matches played, both midweek and weekend, mainly in Sydney although matches also played in Adelaide, Barossa Valley and Bowral. The strong camaraderie formed within the club continued to grow with over 70 players representing the club this season. The teams enjoyed significant success on the field as well this summer with the C&S side reached the Jack Pace Shield quarter finals, while the LMS side reached the Sydney midweek final. The season was also a success financially, with the regular cricket matches raising approximately $3,500 for the charity over the course of the season.

The extra value of many of the cricketers now associated with the club was shown by strong attendance by the cricket club’s members at the Moore Park Golf Day, Parliament House Dinner and Test Match Breakfast. Our ground access also improved with extra days offered to us by Shore, Barker and King’s, while we began to use Reg Bartley Oval at Rushcutters Bay regularly after striking a deal with Reg Bartley Cricket Club. Reg Bartley’s playing members will more or less be absorbed into the Primary Club next summer, and this will increase our access to Reg Bartley Oval to almost a weekly basis, effectively making it our ‘home’ ground.

Uniforms & Attire: The image of the club on and off the pitch continues to improve, with many of the cricket club’s members purchasing the tailored Primary Club blazers. This follows up the investment by players over the last two seasons in purchasing polos/playing shirts/caps in order to represent the club in appropriate fashion. All of the players now stick to the expected attire when arriving at games and during the post match presentations, which is a good image to project for the club and the charity, as can be seen in the photos above and below.

Richie Benaud Cup: The Richie Benaud Cup was hit this year by two successive weekend washouts, which meant that only 12 sides entered the competition this year. However, the competition was still a success, and costs (with exception of the North Sydney Oval final expenses) were kept down to under $1,500. Note that the costs are significantly down from two summers ago when they were $5223 (due mainly to not giving out caps and getting nearly all pitches for free now due to support for the competition from the schools in particular). Some BBQs at matches, and LMS fund raising games, helped with the profit margins, with $5,586 being raised for the charity as a result of this summer’s tournament. Once again, the value of the tournament goes far beyond the financial side in terms of extending Primary Club cricket connections through grass roots cricket circles and raising cricketing profile of PCA.

England Tour: We have lined up a fantastic English tour to combine with this year’s Ashes, and we already have 11 club members signed up. The likely addition of Geoff Verco, Rick Glover and Ian Wright will take the player/umpire/scorer tour number to 14, so numbers are looking positive with a couple of locally English based Primary Club connections keen to play with us. Please see the attached England tour brochure for more information on the tour.

The Primary Club took significant steps forward in their second year of re-entry to the City & Suburban competition, strengthening to a core of 14 or 15 players and reaching the semi-finals of the Jack Pace Shield only to lose to ultimate winners Old Aloys. We played 12 games, winning seven, losing four, winning one by forfeit and a washout against Hunters Hill.

The highlight of the season was our surge to the semi-final of the Jack Pace Shield. Our first three matches of the preliminary stage ended in comfortable wins (and two bonus points) against Old Sydneians, Beavers and Reg Bartley.

The final match of the group stages against Knox Old Boys – winners the past four years – was probably the best game of the year. The game ebbed and flowed back and forth as we aimed to chase down 193 – ably led by Christian Patterson’s swashbuckling 59 (does he have any other type of innings?). With one ball to go Euan Robertson needed to hit a six to win… and failed. But we still walked away feeling we could compete with the very best in the competition.

We ended up third on the table – behind Knox and Old Aloys but ahead of some very strong sides like I Zingari and the Cricketers Club.

In the quarter finals against close friends C.C.N.S.W. we bowled superbly to keep them to just 96 and chased the runs down with 8 wickets and 11 overs to spare. Jason Theng bowled superbly to take 3 for 12 off 7 overs while skipper and ex C.C.N.S.W. tourist Nathan Reay took 4 for 18.

Sadly in the semi-finals our strongest possible batting line up failed to show up and we were reduced to 7 for 36 by Old Aloys chasing 184 to win. We had earlier bowled extremely well and at drinks had probably been ahead in the game – in large part due to Brad Oldridge bowling 7 overs, 1 for 4 and as usual finding batsman with an irritating habit of missing the ball entirely rather than edging behind as he so deserved.

In non-Jack Pace games, we beat Yaralla in a close game which ebbed and flowed, comfortably beat Nondescripts at Jubilee Oval, were smashed by Sydney Uni when our batsmen failed to adhere to some fairly basic principles, and won our last game of the year against I Zingari at Camden.

We benefited throughout the year from a very strong bowling unit, with any of Brad Oldridge, David Ince, Nathan Reay, Damien Langley, Damian Frittum or Joe Scarcella worthy of opening the bowling for most sides.

Our batting line-up stuttered at times, but between Greg Stark, Adam Young, Brendan Povey, Damien Langley and Jason Theng there is some serious top order talent.

Our player of the year was Jason Theng who led the batting charts with 176 runs at over 50 and also took the most wickets with 14. JT has added real quality to the side this year, bringing quality strokeplay and fizzing legspin.

Some individual efforts of note:
• Damian Frittum picked up a hat trick against Nondescripts at Jubilee Oval – the third wicket a stunning juggled catch at slip by Peach Povey. These wickets came in the middle of a spell where we reduced Nondos to seven (wickets) for just four runs.

• Nathan Reay steered us home against Yaralla when the collapse was well and truly on (chasing 117 to win we collapsed from 1 for 86, to 7 for 96 until Nathan scored the coolest 17 not out you will ever see).

• Jason Theng smashed 70 against Reg Bartley XI (chasing only 116), waiting until many of us had confidently predicted the bonus point was out of reach to begin smashing sixes down the ground and getting the bonus point comfortably.

• Against Beavers Damien Langley demonstrated that (for some) cricket is an irritatingly easy game, taking 4 for 12 and scoring 51.

• Vinny Creagh showed that age and fitness are merely incidental and took a remarkable 4 for 21 against Yeralla.

We will be back bigger and better next year with some impressive recruits already lined up and hoping to go (at least) one better and make the Jack Pace final.

Batsmen who scored 175 runs or more (min. 5 innings):
Jason Theng, 6 innings, 176 runs at 58.67

Partnerships of 100 runs or more:
Jason Theng & Brendan Povey, 100* versus Reg Bartley XI at Rushcutters Bay

Batsmen who scored 50 runs or more in an innings:

  • Jason Theng 70* versus Reg Bartley XI at Rushcutters Bay;
  • Greg Stark 68* versus Hunters Hill Pirates at Boronia Oval;
  • Christian Patterson 59 versus Knox at Gillespie;
  • Damien Langley 56* versus Old Sydneians at Weigall;
  • Damien Langley 51 versus Beavers at Shore

Partnerships of 50 or more in an innings:

  • Damien Langley & Jason Theng, 68* versus Old Sydneians at Weigall;
  • Greg Stark & Brendan Povey, 67 versus Yaralla at Goddard Oval
  • Christian Patterson & Damien Langley, 65 versus Knox at Gillespie
  • Damien Langley & Euan Robertson, 63 versus Beavers at Shore
  • Brendan Povey & Jason Theng, 60 versus I Zingari at Camden

Bowlers Most wickets:

Nathan Reay (14 @ 13.14) and Jason Theng (14 @ 9.12)

Bowlers who have taken 4 or more wickets in an innings:

  • Damian Frittum (6-2-8-4) versus Nondescripts at Jubilee Oval (including hat-trick)
  • Damien Langley (5.1-0-12-4) versus Old Sydneians at Weigall
  • Nathan Reay (5-0-18-4) versus C.C.N.S.W. at Rushcutters Bay
  • Vince Creagh (5.3-1-21-4) versus Yaralla at Goddard
  • Jason Theng (6-0-29-4) versus Knox at Gillespie

Dismissals by wicket-keepers (10 or more to qualify): Euan Robertson 12 (6 catches, 6 stumpings)


October 14, 2019 by  

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For more information about any of these games, or how to register your interest in playing for the Primary Club, contact Rob at cricket@primaryclub.com.

PRIMARY CLUB FIXTURES 2019/20 (All games start 1pm unless otherwise stated)

Monday 7th October – Richie Benaud Cup qualifying (I Zingari, Camden)
Saturday 19th October – Hunters Hill (Boronia) – Jack Pace Shield
Sunday 20th October – Reg Bartley CC (Reg Bartley Oval) – Jack Pace Shield
Sunday 27th October – Old Sydneians (Weigall)
Friday 1st to 3rd Nov (SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS TOUR)
Sunday 10th November – Beavers (Shore)
Sunday 17th November – Old Aloysians (Willoughby) – Jack Pace Shield
Thursday 21st November – Army (Victoria Barracks)
Sunday 24th November – SCG XI (Drummoyne Oval)
Friday 29th November to Sunday 1st December – SOUTH AUSTRALIA TOUR (ADELAIDE OVAL TEST)
Saturday 30th November – Yaralla (Concord) – Jack Pace Shield
Sunday 15th December – Balmain Souths (Jubilee Oval) – Jack Pace Shield
Sunday 12th Jan – Nondescripts (Jubilee Oval)
Wednesday 15th Jan – I Zingari T20 (3.30pm start at Birchgrove Oval)
Saturday 18th Jan – Hunters Hill (Boronia)
Sunday 2nd Feb – Jack Pace Shield Quarter Final
Thursday 6th Feb – Willows CC (Touring team from NZ, Birchgrove Oval)
Sunday 9th Feb – Lord’s Taverners (Barker)
Sunday 16th Feb – Sydney Uni Lions (Reg Bartley Oval) and/or JPS Semi Final
Sunday 23rd Feb – Old Knoxonians (Gillespie)
Sunday 1st Mar – NSW Blind XI (Bankstown Oval) and/or JPS Final
Sunday 8th Mar – Macarthur Bees (Barker)
Thursday 12th Mar – Army (Victoria Barracks)
Sunday 15th Mar – AFP (Reg Bartley Oval)
Saturday 21st Mar – CCNSW (Camperdown)
Sunday 22nd Mar – I Zingari (Camden Park)
Saturday 28th Mar – Reg Bartley Oval Charity Day (Starts at 10.30am)

The Maasai Cricket Warriors

January 8, 2016 by  

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors

Maasai Tribesman Play Cricket to Raise Awareness about HIV/AIDS, Rhino & Elephant Conservation
(Nanyuki, Kenya).

Imagine a cricketer who is a semi-nomadic cattle herder living amongst the wild animals of Africa. Imagine him who wears layers of beads; who sets fire on the field with his bright red clothes and flying braided hair; he who gives war cries while throwing or hitting a ball is actually a crusader from peace. Imagine him – a Maasai tribesman – playing a T20 match. Unbelievable ? Then you ought to meet the Maasai Cricket Warriors.

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Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors, who will be fully clad in traditional attire, will be coming to Australia in February 2016 to play against cricket teams across Sydney. The highlight of the trip with be two T20 cricket matches versus teams during Marathon Cricket – an event created by the Primary Club that raises money for sporting and recreational equipment for people with disabilities. These matches will be played on the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground.

During previous matches, the Maasai Warriors have given children from local schools in Africa to have the opportunity to watch their first live cricket match while at the same time participating in HIV/AIDS Awareness and Rhino and Elephant Conservation activities. “We are extremely proud to support this initiative,” said Richard Vigne, Ol Pejeta’s CEO. “The Maasai Cricket Warriors are a perfect example of how sports can be a conduit for raising awareness amongst communities, particularly children.”

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In addition to the Maasai Cricket Warriors being avid cricket enthusiasts with abundant talent they are also role models in their communities where they are actively campaigning against retrogressive and harmful cultural practices such as FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) and early childhood marriages and fighting for the rights of women in order to eradicate discrimination against women in Maasailand.

Through the ethics and principles of cricket the warriors learn to respect one another and to foster peace and unity through the spirit of sportsmanship, while at the same time promoting healthier lifestyles and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS Awareness amongst youth.

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The Maasai Cricket Warriors are now engaged in the production of a documentary film called”Warriors” which highlights how the team are using cricket and the unity of sport to battle HIV and fight for women’s rights. The ‘Cricket Warriors’ feel education and change is the only way to secure the health of the community, provide equality to their society, and as a result protect their future. But this has been the Maasai way of life since the founder families, and the elders fear changing these traditions will herald the end of the Maasai. The struggle between identity, heritage,and development is something that resonates across the globe – even in the game of cricket itself.

The Maasai Cricket Warriors received an invitation to compete in the Last Man Stands World Championships, which took place in London, United Kingdom in August – September 2013. During the event – the players had the opportunity to play at Lords.


Maasai Cricket Warriors is a group of Maasai Warriors from the Laikipia region in Kenya who have exchanged their spears for cricket bats and they are using cricket as a vehicle to empower youth and to target social problems in order to bring about positive change in their communities. Their mission is to empower the youth in the Maasai communities of Kenya through cricket development, while enhancing their participation in community development, allowing them to become healthy, productive and well adjusted members of society. Visit Maasai Cricket Warriors


Primary Club featured on “The Cricket Show” on Channel Nine

January 8, 2016 by  

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During the lunch break on the fifth day of the 2016 SCG Test Match, Mark Taylor joined Brett Lee and Michael Slater to talk about the Primary Club of Australia on Channel Nine’s Cricket Show.

The episode can be seen below:

Mark Taylor talks about the work of the Primary Club of Australia about the concept and how the money is raised.

2016-01-08 (4) Daphne Benaud was also featured talking about the founders and about how the Primary Club of Australia provides an opportunity for people with disabilities to get access to sporting and recreational facilities they would not normally be able to access.

Please feel free to view the episode and share it with friends who may be interested in the work of the Primary Club of Australia. .

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Our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor spoke with Jim Maxwell on ABC Grandstand

January 7, 2016 by  

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On the first day of the 2016 Sydney Cricket Ground Test Match – Australia versus the West Indies – our Primary Club of Australia President and ABC Radio commentator Jim Maxwell spoke with our new Patron and Twelfth Man Mark Taylor.

ABC News – Primary Club & Last Man Stands – Jack Marsh Cup 2014 – Marathon Cricket November 2014

June 8, 2015 by  

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Looking at Marathon Cricket – November 2014 – A really great ABC story about Last Man Stands and Indigenous Cricket.