Score sheets from the Barossa Tour (Adelaide)

January 2, 2014 by  

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You can download scoresheets from the event - ScoreSheets_Barossa_Nov2013 (PDF) DSCF1062   Doc and Neil from the tour

Primary Club of Australia v Troopers CC at Shore ‘A’, Northbridge – 24 November 2013

January 2, 2014 by  

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This match was hastily arranged to replace the original scheduled match with the NSW Parliamentarians, who had to cancel the fixture. The Troopers is a team that plays in the Moore Park competition and has played in a few Marathon Cricket Events. The Troopers were happy to take up the vacant slot for an opportunity to play the Primary Club of Australia on the exceptional Shore ‘A’ Oval, which surely boasts one of the best cricket grounds and facilities in Sydney. There were again a few debutants for the Primary Club – Bill ‘Slasher’ McKay, Michael Fahey, Ajit Kumar and S. Hui. The Troopers won the toss and sent the PCA in. The expansive outfield was in magnificent condition, but the grass was quite plush and it was clear that it was going to take some big hitting (mostly aerial) to reach the boundaries. The wicket was also a little difficult for batsmen - a little on the slow side, but with some variable bounce. Scarcella and McKay opened the innings and managed a reasonable start, putting on 21 for the first wicket partnership before ‘Slasher’ was run out for 9. Scarcella soon followed, caught behind for 12. Thereafter, there was a steady procession of wickets, with all batsmen making a start but not going on to make any substantial score. The top scorer was Peter ‘Mullos’ Mullane, with 21. Jason ‘Warnie’ Bates hit a handy 17 in his pinch hitter role in the middle order to help get us to a reasonable, but not great, score of 124. The Troopers came out to bat, and showed good intent early in the run chase. Richard Clarke and Aleksandr Yap took the new ball for the PCA and bowled quite steady, each taking a wicket in their 10 over opening spell. At that point, the Troopers were 2 for 30. A double change saw the skipper Joe Scarcella and Mick McCormick take the ball, with immediate success. Each took a wicket in his opening over. The accurate and penetrating bowling from the pair continued, with run scoring proving more difficult, and a steady procession of wickets followed. During their 12 over ‘partnership’, Joe and Mick tore the heart out of the Troopers middle order, taking the total to 8 for 56 after 22 overs, a position from which the Troopers never recovered. Joe finished with 4-22 from his 8 overs and Mick took 2-14 from his 7overs. Ajit Kumar also chipped in with 1- 12 from his 5 overs of handy medium pace, and Mullos also landed his leggies well for couple of overs and was rewarded with a wicket (1-8). The Troopers only managed to reach 105 before being bowled out in the 33rd over. An excellent win for the PCA was followed by a very enjoyable post match drink in the superb pavilion, where we were also able to see the last 2 wickets fall to give Australia victory in the First Ashes Test at the ‘Gabba. What better way to end a fabulous day of cricket! The PCA team was: Joe Scarcella (c), Bill McKay, A Kumar, Michael McCormick, S Hui, John LeCouteur, Jason Bates, Peter Mullane, Michael Fahey, Richard Clarke, Aleksandr Yap The result: PCA 9-124 (34 overs) def Troopers 105 (33 overs) Batting: P. Mullane 21 n.o.; J. Bates 17; J LeCouteur 15; J Scarcella 12; R Clark 12 Bowling: J. Scarcella 4-22 (8 overs); M. McCormick 2-14 (7 overs); A. Kumar 1-12 (5 overs); R. Clark 1-15 (5 overs); A. Yap 1-16 (5 overs); P. Mullane 1-8 (2 overs)

Primary Club of Australia v Cricketers Club of NSW at Barker College, Hornsby – 13 October 2013

October 13, 2013 by  

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This was the season’s opening fixture for the PCA. The PCA hosted CCNSW, one of our long time traditional rivals. The venue was the beautiful Barker College No 1 ground. After a slightly delayed start, the match was reduced to 37 overs a side. Before play, both teams observed a minute’s silence as a mark of respect for the recent passing of Faye Brooks, the mum of CCNSW’s President Greg Brooks. The PCA won the toss and sent the opposition in. It was pleasing to see that a number of the PCA team were making their debut for the club – Richard Clarke, Lucas Orellana, Aleksandr Yap, Duke Ramachandran and Matthew Cotterell. Chris Lahoud and Aleksandr Yap opened the bowling. Apart from the loss of an early wicket, the CCNSW batsmen started aggressively and scored quickly, racing to 3-108 from 18 overs. Brett Favell, a sometimes PCA player who was playing for CCNSW, made a very good 48 to get CCNSW into a strong position. Favell exploited the wayward bowling and the short boundaries square of the wicket to score the runs in quick fashion. Then Scarcella came into the attack to join first change Pedley, and with Favell’s departure, the scoring rate dramatically dropped off, largely due to sustained accurate bowling. Wickets started falling at regular intervals, and in the end the PCA managed to contain the CCNSW’s total to a good (but gettable) 208 from the 35 overs. Scarcella finished with excellent figures of 4-14 from his 8 overs. Orellana and Crouch opened the PCA’s innings and made a solid start, the first wicket falling at 36 from just 5 overs. Crouch was dismissed and Pietersz came in at first drop.  Another very good partnership of 36 in just 5 overs followed, Pietersz scoring 24 runs at a very good rate. He was well supported by Orellana who was compiling what looked to be a match winning innings. Orellana went on to score a very good half century in his debut match for the PCA, but sadly his innings was in vain. The all-too-familiar middle order collapse came. And what a dramatic collapse it was! The PCA batsmen, from a position of 3-97, quickly found themselves at 9-108. It was a very poor batting display from a good position, due largely to some very good bowling from Andrew Dadswell (another PCA player who was playing for CCNSW). Andrew finished with a ‘Michelle’ 5-for, with the brilliant figures of 5-16 from just 7 overs. The PCA team was: Joe Scarcella (c), Chris Lahoud (vc), Andrew Pedley, David Pietersz, Ian Camejo, Richard Clarke, Lucas Orellana, Daniel Crouch, Duke Ramachandran, Aleksandr Yap, Matthew Cotterell, Richard Cooney The result: CCNSW 208 (37 overs) defeated PCA 122 (29 overs) Batting: L Orellana 52; D Pietersz 24; D. Crouch 15; Duke Ramachandran 12 Bowling:  J. Scarcella 4-14 (8 overs); D Ramachandran 2-18 (3 overs); A. Yap 1-25 (5 overs); M. Cotterell 1-34 (5 overs); C. Lahoud 1-50 (8 overs); A Pedley 1-52 (8 overs)  

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

March 17, 2013 by  

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(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.

Report from Blind Ducks trophy match between Primary Club and Victorian Blind Cricket on 17 February 2013:

March 8, 2013 by  

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The Primary Club ventured to the lush surrounds of Kooyong for the 4th annual Blind Ducks trophy on a very hot Sunday in late February.  Primaries skipper Roland Burt won the toss and seeing a hard and fast wicket elected to bat.  Boonie Hollingsworth and Eddie Burt got off to a slow start against some accurate bowling bowling especially from Montesanti and Pritchard, and Boonie was retired after 5 overs for a slow run rate.  Henry Boileau lasted only 2 balls before being bowled around his legs for a duck by a quick one from Pritchard.  Lachie Ross top scored with 16 not out and had good support from Neilson (10) and George Burney (7), then Ross Burney managed a quick 9 at the end with the Primaries closing on 89 - probably a little below par in the conditions. Pritchard with 23 (retired) held the VBCA top order together but at 6-45 off 10.2 overs the blind guys had a mountain to climb.  But Tzourtzoukils (17 not out) and Spencer (11) put on 24 for the 7th wicket to put them back in the match before Eddie Burt whipped the bails off after 2 relay throws (G. Burney to R. Burney to E. Burt) to run out Spencer, and they were still 20 runs short with 5 overs remaining with 3 wickets in hand.   Causon lasted only a couple of balls before being bowled, to make it 8-73 off 16, and things were again looking grim for VBCA.  But totally blind Close (6 off 8) combined with Tzourtzoukils for an exciting unbeaten 9th wicket partnership (17 from 23) to bring VBCA home off the 2nd last ball of the day, Close hitting the winning runs.  The Blind Ducks Trophy returns to Kooyong! Man of the match was Close for his heroics in the last few overs as well as some economical bowling early on. Scorebook on VBCA website: http://www.vbca.org.au/results/results.php?result_file=/season1213/scorecards/VBCA%20v%20Primary%20Club_170213.htm A tremendous day for all.  Thanks to VBCA for hosting. IMG00127-20130217-1413

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

February 26, 2013 by  

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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.

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)  

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

February 17, 2013 by  

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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 Batting: M Preston 37; B Favell 31 (6 x 4s, 1 x 6), C. Lahoud 22; G. Buck 22 n.o. Bowling: J. Scarcella 4-33 (6 overs); A. Pedley 2-26 (6 overs); G. Buck 1-10 (5 overs); G. Pearce 1-18 (5 Overs);

PCA v Old Sydneyians at Wiegall No. 1 – 19 January 2012

January 11, 2013 by  

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The Primary Club won the toss and elected to bat. Joff Johnson, making his debut for the PCA, opened the innings with Ray Thompson. The openers made solid if slow start to the innings in the face of some very good bowling from the Old Sydneyians. After Ray’s dismissal, wickets fell at regular intervals and our innings never really had any momentum. It was a rear-guard, swashbuckling innings from Damien Bray, batting at No. 9, that was the feature of the PCA innings. Damien scored 37 runs in very quick time to give the total some semblance of respectability, eventually getting well caught on the longest boundary of the field. Others to contribute with the bat were Joff Johnson (23), Ron Bowden (13) and Peter Mullane (12). However, with an innings total of 117 runs, it was going to be very hard to defend. The captain Joe Scarcella and David Cush opened the bowling. The batsmen went on the attack from the outset. David bowled well but without luck. Joe managed to take the wickets of both openers with successive deliveries. However the number 3 and 4 batsmen continued in the same attacking vein before finally reaching the target in the 19th over.

The result:

PCA – 8/117 (35 overs) lost to Old Sydenyians – 2/118 (19 overs) The team: Joe Scarcella (c), Ray Thompson, Joff Johnson, Mark Clarebrough, Nick Cassimatis, Ron Bowden, Peter Mullane, Ted Harvey, Damien Bray, David Cush, Rick Glover. Batting: D. Bray (37), J Johnson (23) Bowling: J. Scarcella 2 /21 (6 overs)

Primary Club of Australia vs the Blind Cricket New South Wales team

November 14, 2012 by  

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On the 4th November 2012, the brave souls of the Primary Club of Australia faced up again against the Blind Cricket New South Wales at the grounds at Shore, Northbridge. The important message of the day is not who won or lost but how the game was played. (The Primary Club lost again). Unfortunately the original plan of scoring using a iPad didn't work so Graham from the Blind Cricket NSW kept score and kept it brilliantly. It was a close game. Alas even after 30 overs a side .. the game came down the final ball, as long as the Primary Club ran 15 runs on it. They fell 12 runs short. Below are photos from the day.

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

July 24, 2012 by  

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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. Result: 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.   Batting: C. Lloyd (50 n.o.), S Roberts (28)   Bowling: J Scarcella – 2/19 (3 overs), D. Bell – 1/21 (7 overs) R Dixon – 1/35 (7 overs)

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