SYDNEY CRICKET SEASON, 2019/20

April 6, 2020 by  

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All Games: Played 16, won 11, lost 5

City & Surburban Association: Played 10, won 6, lost 4

Jack Pace Shield: 2nd on the table, lost in quarter finals

Officers of the Cricket Club:

PCA team at Bowral

Club Secretary: Rob Stevenson

Club Captain: Nathan Reay

Club Vice-Captain: Damien Langley

Match Reports & Statistician: Euan Robertson

 

Season 2019/20 for the Primary Club can be characterised by a triumphant first half of the season followed by a disastrous second half which was truncated by the end of the world as we know it.

We began the season with a double header weekend, bringing our A game against Hunters Hill Pirates, whose score we chased down inside 5 overs, and the Reg Bartley XI who we beat with room to spare. The following weekend we cruised past Old Sydneians and felt in good nick.

As usual our bowling was our strong suit – David Ince took 4 for 10 against Hunters Hill; after three games Brad Oldridge had taken 9 wickets for just 25 runs.

Brendan Povey had a freakishly good game against the Bradman XI at Bowral. South Africa won the Rugby World Cup on the Saturday night and Povey dominated on the Sunday. First he set the standard with the bat, smiting 58 not out including some chunky sixes. Then he picked up the mantle with the ball, including a hat-trick made even better by the third batsman’s refusal to admit he nicked it behind (he did). Povey finished the game with his second catch of the innings and drove back to Sydney in triumph. In the same game the captain Nathan Reay struck a lusty blow down the ground only for it to hit the umpire square in the face smashing nose and glasses in one go! It proved a successful recruiting technique though as Jamie Murtha proceeded to play a number of games for the charity during the season!

The following weekend a freakish partnership between Greg Stark and Damien Langley rescued us against Beavers. We were set 200 to win off 35. We were in a smidge of trouble at 2 for 41 but our heroes won the game for us with a Primary Club record partnership of 154. The whole thing was made even more amusing by Starkers on 90 thinking he couldn’t get to 100 with just 5 to win and bunting back an easy caught and bowled.

The other highlight from the first half was Adam Young’s innings against Yaralla. Youngy sometimes makes Mark Waugh look like a bit of a slogger with an untidy technique, crafts beautiful 30s and then gets out. Not on this day. In a Jack Pace game of some importance Youngy made sure we secured a win and a bonus point. He cruised through the gears, put on a 100 partnership with Andy Wildblood and escorted us to an unbeatable total of 271 off 35 overs.

Our JPS side at Reg Bartley Oval

We came up against Jack Pace heavyweights Old Aloys and, though we were ahead as the game approached two thirds, our batting wobbled and we lost in disappointing fashion. However we struck back against Balmain, having them at 7 for 18 at one point on an unpredictable pitch. The Balmain win secured second place on the Jack Pace ladder and a home semi-final.

Damian Frittum came into his own in this period of the season – 5 for 13 against Yaralla followed by 4 for 7 against Balmain.

Our record at the break was played 10, won 9 and the scene was set to bring it home strong.

The post-Christmas period was a shocker in every sense of the word. Matches were lost due to bushfire smoke, heavy rain and then the COVID-19 crisis. When we did play, our standard was hardly enough to cheer the spirits.

Having not played 35 over cricket in six weeks we were thumped by a very good Colleagues side in the quarter final of the Jack Pace Shield – bowled out for less than 50 when chasing just 91 to win. We also lost games against I Zingari, Knox and a very good natured game at Birchgrove against the touring Willows side from New Zealand (great friendships were built though and we look forward to, hopefully, being able to tour Christchurch and to play the Willows later in the year).

We were fortunate to squeeze in two more winning games against Macarthur Bees at Barker, and against the Army at the historic Victoria Barracks. Both games saw hat-tricks – first to Joe Scarcella against the Bees, then Damien Langley against the Army.

During this time we also played the annual game against the NSW Blind XI which is always an amazing experience for all concerned and serves to cement why we all play for the charity. The game was closer than it has been in years, but as usual, the NSW XI just edged it, winning a thriller by 7 runs.

All in all, another great season for the Charity XI. The morale of the playing squad and team is superb and we were fortunate to have most games over subscribed (even with a number of new babies within the squad – huge congrats one and all!), having to resort to squad rotation with the captain even having to rest himself one week! We sincerely look forward to next season and hopefully far less interruptions.

We wish all the squad and their families good health during this time and winter well.

Season Statistics

Most runs – Damien Langley 258 runs @ 51.60; Adam Young 252 @ 42.00

Most wickets – Brad Oldridge 17 wickets @ 7.94; Damian Frittum 15 @ 10.60

Most catches – (Wicket keeper) – Euan Robertson 12 catches; (Non wicket-keeper) – Adam Young 4 catches

Milestones (since 2017/18 season and new record keeping commenced)

50 games – Nathan Reay (54), Euan Robertson (52), Greg Stark (51)

1000 runs – Damien Langley (1,087)

500 runs – Brendan Povey (945), Greg Stark (940), Euan Robertson (550)

50 wickets – Damien Langley (61)

50 dismissals – Euan Robertson (34 catches, 17 stumpings)

 

Euan Robertson

Cricket Committee Scribe and Statistician

SOUTH AUSTRALIA CRICKET SEASON, 2019/20

April 6, 2020 by  

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SOUTH AUSTRALIAN MEMBERS GO IN TO BAT

Our membership ranks grew somewhat as we enjoyed three cricket games this past summer; one was a one-run loss against our friends at Finniss CC on 17th November, a relatively new fixture at Stockwell in the Barossa on 16th February, and a season-ending game against Adelaide Uni Legends on 15th March.

Finniss CC on the Fleurieu Peninsula

A great start to the game for the Primary SA boys, with Adam Shears capturing a wicket off the first ball of the game!  Finniss captain Jamarley Daley soon took control, dominating the bowling and finishing with 62 after returning from retirement, in Finniss’s total of 168.  Joe Hill and Travis Lynn shared the bowling honours with 3/26 and 2/29 respectively.

Rory Lane and Joe Hill gave us a good start with the bat, with David Clarke and Travis Lynn also contributing in the top order.  However, with Rory’s retirement and a couple more wickets, we slipped back in the run chase.  Fortunately, Joel and Simon Doecke were able to redeem the situation somewhat with a partnership of 40.  Soon after, our veteran tail-enders Peter Herbert and Geoff Lynn scrambled a few singles off the final 2 overs and we finished one shy on 167 after the last delivery.

Light Pass CC in the Barossa

Perfect cricket weather greeted us at the delightful Stockwell Oval in the Barossa Valley for our second encounter with the younger talent of the Light Pass CC.

Led again by our very capable keeper/batsman Andrew Faulkner, who had commandeered the much-credentialled Andrew Rumbelow into our fold.

We were also delighted to have the co–convenor of the Reynella All Abilities In2cricket James Niederer in the side, along with a young member of their group Jimmy Eustance-Smith, a member of the SA Intellectual Disabilities Cricket Team.  Jimmy bowled his mediums in fine style and length, restricting LPCC’s gun bat, who was belting other bowlers to all parts of the ground.

Rumbelow struck a couple of times early on to dismiss both openers cheaply.  However, three others reached the compulsory retirement score of 50 with some good boundary striking, leaving the Primary Club a difficult target of 203 to chase.

Although most of our batsmen looked pretty sound and comfortable, we all managed to find ways to force our departure prematurely; only the skipper (25) showing extended resilience.  Consequently, we were never in the hunt for the target, but thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in the Barossa sun, and their evening hospitality.

Uni Legends CC at the Uni playing fields

As players from both sides mingled pre-game under blue skies, we knew that the afternoon held promise of some wonderful cricket to savour, enhanced by the addition of 4 debutantes to the Primary Club SA’s side.

When Faulkner called the toss correctly, this gave our batsmen the first use of these perfect conditions and set about posting a competitive score to apply pressure to the talented batting line up of the Uni Legends.  However, our openers did not have an easy start, with very tight medium pacers restricting scoring to around 2 per over.  Lachie Jacobs, Travis Lynn and Joe Hill all reached the compulsory retirement of 30.  First gamers Dean Atkinson and former Tassie player Adam Polkinghorne both made some aggressive contributions in a couple of overs at the crease, which catapulted our total to 194 off our allotted 35 overs!

Polky then took the new ball, with his first 3 lively overs conceding only one run and increasing the pressure on the opposition batsmen.  Travis Lynn and another first gamer Jared Naughton from Scott Creek Ironbank CC were also able to continue reasonable pressure.

St Peters Old Collegians legend Tom Cane with his high action, was able to gain bounce off a good length restricting scoring options for Uni, and teaming with the wily offspin from Joe Hill the asking rate kept increasing.  12-year-old Jake Polkinghorne supplied the dash and ‘slide field’ ability!  Uni did hit the accelerator in the final stanza with a few high scoring overs – but finished 23 runs short.

A great finish to the season!  We shared a drink in the late afternoon sunshine in front of the old stand to assess not only this match, but many more from decades ago!

Derek Grove, SA Cricket Committee

ENGLAND TOUR, AUGUST 2019

April 6, 2020 by  

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Played 9, won 2, drew 1, lost 6

The Primary Club of Australia had a fantastic fortnight of cricket in the UK – great locations, first rate grounds, competitive cricket, some exciting finishes, and a significant amount of socialising.

Our itinerary took us from the beautiful town of Sidmouth, up to Stratford and the Midlands, then finishing in London. We were blessed with some great weather, losing only half a match to rain.

Cricket highlights of the tour were probably:

  • Craig McIntyre and Brad Oldridge’s 54 run ninth wicket partnership to get us home against Dumbleton CC, Gloucestershire. Chasing 191 we were 8 for 139 before our heroes saw us home to get our first (and much anticipated) win on tour.
  • Damien Langley’s solo effort of 95* when the rest of the batsmen failed against Barnes CC, Middlesex. We recovered from 6 for 43 to post 197, which was only chased down in the last over.
  • Our entire team performance against the Honourable Artillery Company where we were privileged to play at one of the very, very best grounds in the centre of London. Chasing just 175 to win, Euan Robertson opened the batting and saw us home with 59* (ably supported by Rob Stevenson, Simon Richards and Brendan Povey).
  • Resuming the Primary Club Ashes against the English Primary Club side at Beckenham Kent, with Rick Glover playing in a game he had previously played in 1982.
  • Playing with some great friends of the Primary Club in Ed Cunynghame, Will Noble, David Waters and Simon Richards who were terrific additions to the tour (and sometimes opponents).
  • Four out of nine games going down to the last over, albeit we lost three of them!

Skipper Nathan Reay with Andrew Dixon at Primary Club UK

There were some lowlights as well, which is only to be expected given the welcoming hospitality offered off the field by our English hosts the night before matches…

  • By the time Brad Oldridge had bowled the second legal ball of the tour there were already 14 runs on the board through a combination of wides and no-balls. The Horse is hereafter forbidden from crossing the equator again.
  • Joe Scarcella waited until the last game of the tour to pick up his first wicket. As the tour progressed his appeals for lbw became almost religious in nature.
  • We were soundly thumped in all games in Sidmouth. Nathan Reay could not recall a batsman previously running at him to pound the ball straight over his head for six and this seemed to put him off his game somewhat.
  • Rob Stevenson spent much of the tour practising his hook shot which consistently resulted in him being clocked in the back of the head, until he smashed the ball for six over square leg in the last game of the tour against HAC.
  • The highest partnership of the tour was Greg Stark and Euan Robertson’s 93 against a very good Warwickshire Imps side, although it was followed by a collapse to 200 all out after the rain came (including 9 for 66 to an annoyingly talented Chinaman bowler).
  • Kevin Mason missed the Honourable Artillery Club game after enjoying the excesses of London a bit too much. It is rumoured that he made it back to Sydney safely, although this is unconfirmed at this stage.

Off-field the Primary Club performed in the manner you would expect. A highlight was our attendance at day three of the first Ashes test in Birmingham. It was to be a pivotal day in the overall Ashes series, and for a long period we had Primary Club Ambassador Pat Cummins fielding immediately in front of us.

We also had a terrific golf day at Sidmouth Golf Club where Brendan Povey, Rick Glover and Euan Robertson (just) took home the trophy for best team on the day.

Everyone on tour would like to sincerely thank Nathan Reay and Rob Stevenson who put a phenomenal amount of effort into making the tour more professional than any of us deserve. Nathan also captained the tour, ensuring everyone participated and usually putting the interests of others above himself (although his batting in particular was very good).

A mention too to Catherine Reay who generously organised our tour kit and endured many stressful emails and phone calls about whether colours and sizes were just right.

Top Performers of the tour were:

BATTING
Damien Langley 328 runs @ 65.60; Brendan Povey 199 runs @ 24.88; Euan Robertson 197 runs @ 28.14

BOWLING

Damien Langley 14 wickets @ 18.21; Brad Oldridge 10 wickets @ 29.90; Rick Glover 9 wickets @ 30.00

FIELDING

Euan Robertson 4 catches and 4 stumpings; Damien Langley 5 catches; Ed Cunynghame 4 catches

 

Euan Robertson, Cricket Committee Scribe and Statistician

2018/19 END OF SEASON CRICKET REPORT

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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.

CITY & SUBURBAN CRICKET SEASON REPORT
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.

CITY & SUBURBAN CRICKET STATISTICS OF NOTE
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)