The dates for our next Marathon Cricket event at the Sydney Cricket Ground have been announced - Thursday 16th and Friday 17th February 2017. If you are interested in entering a team, either a corporate team or a club or social team, then please call the office on (02) 9980 2525 and request a registration form. We expect bookings will close my mid-September.
Marathon Cricket is one of our major fund-raising events, with 40 teams having a chance to live their dream of playing on the famous arena in a Twelve/12 match ensuring equal opportunity for all players to bat, bowl, keep and field.
Corporate packages include sponsorship recognition, game DVD, dinner with the AFL and Rugby Legends following their Twenty/20 "Battle of the Codes" fixture on Thursday evening.
We hope to raise over $100k for our disabled sports charities.
We had a very successful Marathon Cricket event. Of the course of the two days, our two photographers took over 12,000 photos.
These photos are now available for viewing via the Marathon Cricket website. www.marathoncricket.com
We have uploaded smaller versions of the photos to FLICKR. Larger (printable) versions are available for purchase - individually or as a set.
DAY ONE PHOTOS
Game 1 - Darryl’s XII - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640558878995/
Game 1 - Dick’s XII – http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640560984083/
Game 2 - Hornsby DCC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640559312595/
Game 2 – I Zingari CC - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640561341223/
Game 3 - Bradman Crest – Blue Batting - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640561706073/
Game 3 – Aust Transplant CC - Red Batting - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640561713643/
Game 4 – Pillars Dads vs Mates - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640559771185/
Game 5 – Harlequin Bush Band GB Sook’s XII - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640562314374/
Game 6 – Cricketers’ Arms v Bradman Friends - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640900976683/
Game 7 – Last Man Stands A v Last Man Stands B - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640949398695/
Game 8 – NSW Indigenous – 3.50 pm vs NSW Multicultural 5.10pm - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640998354943/
Game 9 - NSW Blind Cricket 18.00 vs Primary Club - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640995107425/
Game 10 - LMS Sixers (C) – 7.20pm – LMS Thunder (D) – 8.20pm - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640559237345/
Game 11 (Day One) - Sydney Scorchers – 8.00pm – vs Sparkle Superstars- http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640559875665/
Note – these pictures were taken by the Sparkle Superstars and are available for download from https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tb7c1lc25yht9cr/_h2tJwXkEv
DAY TWO PHOTOS
Game 11: 7.00am and 8.20am – Primary Club A vs Reg Bartley
Primary Club A: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640280378923/
Reg Bartley CC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640284548125/
Game 12: 7.40 am and 9.00am – Mulgoa CC vs Sydney Uni C&S
MULGOA CC: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640274189626/
SYDNEY UNI: http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640280604525/
Game 13 - McGrath Nicol Mustangs Primary Club B
Game 13 – Set One - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640274444903/
Game 13 – Set Two - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640265215626/
Game 14 - Logicalis v Wymap
Game 14 – Set One - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640301188255/
Game 14 – Set Two - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640277179446/
Game 15 – Reckitt Benckiser v Linfox - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157641099209264/
Game 16 – Cisco Asia v Wicked Dragons - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157640380777326/
Game 17 – Mandoe Media vs Parliamentarians - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157641146318765/
Game 18 - Cisco v Telstra - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157641164126293/
Game 19 – Battle of the Codes - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157641408028665/
Game 20 – Apaches CC v Hard Factorians - http://www.flickr.com/photos/91422900@N07/sets/72157641187953295/
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.
After much rain in the couple of weeks before this match – including during Marathon Cricket on 2/ 3 February – it was a pleasant surprise that we were able to get on the pitch for this match. The fact that we even managed to play was due to the excellent drainage on the JS White Oval.
The Primary Club won the toss and elected to bat.
The PCA lost Chris Lloyd very early for a duck, LBW in what appeared to be an unlucky decision. The other opener Marcus Braid was joined at the crease by Joe Scarcella (Jr), who was also quickly dismissed for duck. Mark Clarebrough came in, and he and Braid set about to steady the ship. Braid compiled 33 runs before he was dismissed. What followed was a steady stream of batsmen making starts but not capitalising and getting out. Clarebrough was steady if slow, but his innings was probably what was required as his partners came and left without managing to build any decent partnership. Clarebrough eventually retired on 41 not out. Of the others, Cassimatis (13), Scarcella Sr (9) Davies (16), Bell (11), Buscall (7) and Crooks (5) all made starts but didn’t go on with it.
The total score of the PCA’s innings was 150 runs from the 40 overs. Given the big and relatively slow outfield, I was confident we would defend the score if we bowled well.
Joe Scarcella Jr and Dean Bell opened the bowling. Bell, making his debut for the Primary Club, started with a maiden and generally bowled well but without success, while at the other end Joe Jr picked up one of the openers, clean bowling him just as he was beginning to settle in. Chris Lloyd came on as first change and bowled very well, doing enough with the ball to regularly beat the bat. However, the Sydney Uni Vets middle order batsmen McCormick and Le Couteur – at first surviving some near misses (the latter given not out when caught behind off the skipper’s bowling) – then started to bat aggressively to chase down the runs. The 2 batsmen put together a substantial partnership that appeared to put them on course for a win, until Lloyd had McCormick caught when he was 40, then a few overs later took Le Couteur’s wicket in the same fashion. Lloyd was the pick of the bowlers, finishing with 3 wickets from his quota of 9 overs. Laughlan Davies also bowled well on the placid pitch, and picked up a wicket. With the game on a knife’s edge, and the other bowlers having bowled their quotas or unable to come back for second spells, Davies and Scarcella (Sr ) managed to contain the batting sufficiently to grab a very close 2-run win.
PCA – 150 runs (40 overs) defeated Sydney Uni Vets – 148 runs (40 overs)
Joe Scarcella (Sr) (c), Marcus Braid, Chris Lloyd, Mark Clarebrough, Joe Scarcella (Jr), Nick Cassimatis, Laughlan Davies, Craig Hawkins, Dean Bell, Peter Buscall, Peter Crooks.
M. Clarebrough (41 n.o.), M. Braid (33)
C. Lloyd 3 /21 (9 overs), J. Scarcella Jr 2/26 (9 overs), L Davies 1/31 (9 overs)
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
PCA – 8/117 (35 overs) lost to Old Sydenyians – 2/118 (19 overs)
Joe Scarcella (c), Ray Thompson, Joff Johnson, Mark Clarebrough, Nick Cassimatis, Ron Bowden, Peter Mullane, Ted Harvey, Damien Bray, David Cush, Rick Glover.
D. Bray (37), J Johnson (23)
J. Scarcella 2 /21 (6 overs)
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.
PCA – 175 runs (40 overs) lost to Barker XI – 177 runs (37 overs)
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.
C. Lloyd (50 n.o.), S Roberts (28)
J Scarcella – 2/19 (3 overs), D. Bell – 1/21 (7 overs) R Dixon – 1/35 (7 overs)
Sun 16 October - Cricketers Club of NSW Barker College
Thursday 10 November - PCA v Victoria Barracks at Victoria Barracks
Sunday 20 November - SCG XI at Sydney Cricket Ground
Sun 4 December - NSW Blind Cricketers, Barker College
Sun 11 December - Shore Invitation XI, Shore Northbridge No. 1
Sat 14 January - Old Sydneyians, Weigall
Sat 21 January - St George Vets, Cahill Park
Thurs 2/Fri 3 Feb - MARATHON CRICKET SCG
Sun S February - Sydney Uni Vets, King’s Parramatta
Sun 19 February - Barker Invitation XI, Barker College
Sun 26 February - Bradman Foundation XI, Barker College
Sun 25 March - I Zingari, Camden
Due to some early season washouts and the unavailability of the main ground for part of the season because of renovation works, this was the PCA’s first game played at the beautiful JS White Oval this season.
The PCA also welcomed 2 new members turning out for their first game for us; Richard Dixon and Michael Cant, both former Gordon first graders and team mates of Stephen Liggins (himself a recent welcome addition to our playing ranks). Both new boys were to have a significant impact on the day, which eventually resulted in a hard fought win to the PCA.
On inspection before the start of the match, it was apparent that the pitch which was prepared for the match had a disconcertingly long and wide crack down running the length of the pitch and close to the line of a right-hander’s off-stump at one end (and a left hander’s at the other end). The captains agreed that it was better to use the adjacent pitch - which had probably been used the previous day, but didn’t appear to be anywhere near as treacherous as the prepared pitch.
Skipper Joe Scarcella won the toss and elected to bat on what appeared to be a reasonable batting pitch, albeit one with a couple of cracks not far from the popping crease at either end of the pitch.
Michael Cant (a regular opener) kicked off the innings with makeshift opener Bob Stephens. The pair started solidly. Michael showed that he’d not lost his batting skills and technique despite his long lay-off since his playing days. He started well, his defence was solid, and soon starting playing his attractive array of strokes. Eventually he compiled a very solid half century, before his compulsory retirement. His innings was punctuated by eight boundaries. At the other end, Bob also batted well in his unfamiliar role, despatching the loose deliveries and putting on a first wicket partnership with Michael that yielded 44 runs before he was run out for 20. Joe Scarcella Junior. Coming in at first drop, was dismissed shortly thereafter to a brilliant catch at mid-wicket by a youngster and certainly their best fielder, in fact probably the only player on the field who would have been able to pull off the catch.
Ian Camejo was next in. Ian and Michael had a strong partnership before Michael’s forced retirement. Stephen Liggins came and went early for a ‘globe’. Ian’s batting stance at the crease was as unusual as his batting was effective; his was a hard-hitting innings in which he punished the loose deliveries with several boundaries including a couple of sixes. He was eventually dismissed, caught very well on the boundary, unfortunately only couple of runs short of his half century. Jason Bates, coming in at 4th drop, batting with Ian, also managed to find the boundary a few times and batted in his usual no-nonsense big-hitting style, compiling 24 runs before being unfortunately run out by the new man in, skipper Joe Scarcella (sorry for that, Jason, you’re right – it wasn’t a smart call on my part !!).
Joe was joined at the crease by Richard Dixon. The pair batted strongly to steady the ship after a couple of quick wickets threatened to cut short the innings well short of the allotted 37 overs. The partnership took the score from 153 to 239 in rapid time, and featured good authentic batting – quick running between the wickets (the pair stealing quick singles and turning 2’s into 3’s in the big outfield), combined with putting the loose balls away to the boundary. Richard’s innings was particularly aggressive – it included four 4’s and 3 big sixes – and he, too, eventually reached his half century before retiring.
The final total for the PCA’s innings from the allotted 37 overs was 7 for 242. It was a very good score that was always going to be difficult to beat.
The Sydney Uni Vets openers included a promising youngster (still playing Green Shield, i.e. Under 16’s), a very good batsman who showed maturity beyond his years who ended up hitting a half century. Richard and Joe jnr opened the bowling for the PCA. Richard bowled with good pace and aggression but Joe jnr was bowling too short and the batsman scored quick early runs. Michael Cant was brought on to try and contain the runs and, after a loose first over, did his job well.
Stephen Liggins replaced Richard after his first 5 over spell in which he took a wicket and looked threatening throughout. The skipper came on to replace Michael at the other end. Together, the pair bowled very well to pare back the run rate. Stephen bowled unchanged for his 7 overs. He bowled tightly and with good variation, and was unlucky not to have picked up a couple of wickets. Joe bowled full and straight, as the wicket demanded, and was rewarded with 3 wickets, all bowled.
To its credit, the opposition fought back with some big hitting from a couple of their middle order batsmen, who took toll of some loose bowling in the latter stages of the innings to get a sniff of an unlikely victory. However, when Richard and Joe jnr were then re-introduced into the attack, they bowled tightly and managed to ward off the threat. Ultimately, the batsmen found the task too difficult and finished 30 runs short.
PCA 7-242 (37 Overs) def Sydney Uni Vets 7-207 (37 overs)
Joe Scarcella (c), Michael Cant, Richard Dixon, Stephen Liggins, Bob Stephens, Joe Scarcella jnr, Ian Camejo, Russell Thomas, Peter Buscall, Jason Bates, Ted Harvey, Bill Stephens
Michael Cant 51 n.o.; Richard Dixon 52 n.o.; Ian Camejo 48; Joe Scarcella 28; Jason Bates 24: Bob Stephens 20
Joe Scarcella 3-29 (6 overs); Richard Dixon 2-31 (7 overs); Stephen Liggins 0-31 (7 overs); Michael Cant 0-24 (6 overs);
Sunday 20 February 2010
Muggy conditions greeted the combatants as they arrived at the picturesque Barker College. Some last minute changes to the PCA lineup saw a reduction in the team’s Lloyd ratio but a 100% increase in the Stephens representation with Bill making his second appearance. At the toss fortune favoured the Primary Club and the meteorologically inspired decision to bat first was made.
Mike Lloyd got the side off to a rollicking start with some adventurous strokeplay. At the other end both Joe Scarcella and Roger Christie (on Primary Club debut) suffered the misfortune of finding Hanlon in the gully (surely the most athletic fieldsman yet seen at a PCA fixture). In the end it was Mark Clarebrough who provided the calm ying to Mike’s raging yang and together they took the team to 3/72.
After weathering a tight spell from Rodgie, Mike fell for a very entertaining 48. Rob Lavery (who takes great joy at writing about himself in the third person) played some agricultural shots and, with good support from Mark and another debutant, Liam Cole, a strong total was building. Towards the end of the innings Liam put his foot down and formed rapid partnerships with both Lockie Davies and Bob Stephens. The eventual total of 168 looked a good one but rumours abounded of some significant strength in the batting lineup of the Old Boys. Little did they know of the venom possessed by the PCA’s attack…
Marcus Lloyd, who became the first current Barker student to take part in such a fixture, achieved schoolboy nirvana in his second over removing sportsmaster Steve Thomlinson courtesy of a spectacular catch by wicketkeeper Roger Christie. Ben Crossing, who bowled with abounding penetration but scant luck at the other end, provided a tight foil to Marcus’ attack and helped him earn a second scalp. When Lockie Davies trapped Thomlinson Jr plumb in front Barker were teetering at 3/52. However Barker’s key pairing of Beverley and Rodgie were now at the crease.
Good lines from Liam and Lockie made things difficult for the batsmen and almost brought the breakthrough. Unfortunately the ball slipped from Lockie’s grasp, leaving Liam to opine that Lockie may owe him, “a few beers, possibly a dozen.” A tight over from Bill after drinks provided the pressure that allowed Rob to eke out the dangerous Rodgie. When Joe ripped through Dunn then Beverley (courtesy of more Christie acrobatics) the game was in the balance with Barker needing almost a run a ball from the last 10 overs with only 4 wickets in hand.
Alas it was not to be. Marvell and man of the match Eastman managed to keep out the extraordinary swing of Mike and the return of Marcus and Rob to guide their team home with two balls in hand.
Still, a fantastic day was had with high quality cricket complimenting the stunning surrounds.
Barker Old Boys 6-169 (34.4. overs) def PCA 6-168 (35 overs) by 4 wkts
Michael Lloyd 48, Rob Lavery 36, Liam Cole 31 n.o., Mark Clarebrough 17
Joe Scarcella 2/19, Marcus Lloyd 2/53, Laughlan Davis 1/20, Rob Lavery 1/28
21 February 2011
For information about playing for the Primary Club of Australia or if you are a current player, please contact Joe Scarcella at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Primary Club is a social cricket club, who welcomes players of all levels to join their ranks on a social basis. Perfect for that former player looking for an occasional game.
Sunday 21 November
St Joseph’s College
St Joseph’s No. 1
Sunday 28 November
NSW Blind Cricketers
Barker No. 1
Sunday 5 December
Barker No. 1
Sunday 12 December
Cindy Mackenzie BC Foundation
Kings Old Boys
Sunday 12 December
Shore Invitation XI
Shore No. 1
Sunday 16 January
Shore No. 1
Sunday 23 January
St George Vets
Barker No 1
Sunday 6 February
Kings Old Boys
Sunday 20 February
Barker Invitation XI
Barker No. 1
Sunday 27 February
Sydney Uni Vets
King’s No. 1
Sunday 6 March
Mystery team - to be advised
King’s No. 1
Sunday 27 March
Saturday 16 April
Sunday 17 April
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