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:
A tremendous day for all. Thanks to VBCA for hosting.
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.
PCA – 179 runs (38 overs) lost to BF XI – 5/222 (40 overs)
Joe Scarcella (c), Murray Holmes, Chris Lloyd, Bob Stephens, Stewart Roberts, Ian Camejo, Nick Cassimatis, Stephen Liggins, John Talbot, Will Stephens, Ben Crossing.
S. Liggins (56), N. Cassimatis (27), C. Lloyd (27 J Scarcella (19 n.o.)
J Scarcella – 2/32 (7 overs), W. Stephens 1/23 (6 overs), S. Liggins – 1/45 (8 overs), J Talbot 1/38 (4 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 over.
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)
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.