Shaking off the cobwebs and the rust after a prolonged season for the astro-turf grades, it was a mixed result for Cammeray. 3 good wins to the 3rd’s, 4th’s and D1’s. A solid first game and learning experience for the 5th’s and 6th’s, while Sydney’s weather has delayed the start to the season for the 1st and 2nd graders.
The 3rd’s, coming off the 4th Grade Grand Final victory season, started the 2021-22 campaign strongly. NRRSL choose to bat and only managed to post 62 runs in their allocated 35 overs thanks to some top notch bowling. Amit Kumar who generously came from 2nd’s to fill in a bowling shortage managed 3 for 13.
Vijay Dharman who also helped the 3’s this week, bowled tidily starting off with 5 straight maidens. James Fraser (2 for 8), Josh Maas (4 for 8) and James Dainton (1 for 23) were the other bowlers who bowled impressively. In reply, the chase looked a bit shakey with Cammeray at 4 for 13 at one stage, but James Dainton (44no) ensured the team reached the target in the 19th over.
4th’s moving across to the 2 Day Grade took on Centrals also started the season with a victory. Full details to follow, but reports are Tom Brown bowled with fury, new comer Charlie Tallentire smashed them around for 80-odd? and Seb Di Sano scored 40-odd?.
Stepping up 2 grades was always going to be a challenge, and facing a much improved Macquarie Uni which included several new recruits, made the encounter a tough one. Innings got off to a solid start with Layton Gould (22) and Reno Post (17) putting on an opening partnership of 42, the other batters got off to a solid start but weren’t able to get on with it.
A late order resurgence, courtesy of Back to the 80’s Dave Howard (22) helped the 5th’s to post 123 runs, which is probably 60 runs below par. Mac Uni managed to reach the total with 10 overs to spare, with Ashish Phadke the sole wicket taker, and new comer Sean Khan featuring in a run-out. 5th’s will be looking to bounce back in the 2-dayer commencing this weekend.
Also a good learning encounter by the 6th’s. Moved across from C1 the previous season, and taking on last season’s 7th Grade premiers was always going to be a big ask. Despite some nice tight bowling from Sean McLagan (2 for 18) and Oscar Stewart (1 for 12), the opposition took their opportunities to put a strong total of 218.
New comer Luke Schofield picked up the first 2 of I’m sure many wickets for Cammeray. The run chase was steady but wickets restricted any acceleration and 6th’s fell short. Well done to Peter Wall (36) who batted well, supported by S Si (25), new comer Ben Key (22) and Chris Bedford (13).
Runs galore in D1 at Naremburn Upper. Congratulations go to Nick Gardiner who blasted 203 runs in a team total of 298. Northbridge in reply scored 277, but were not able to chase the target down.