As 2021 concludes and we step into the New Year, we thought it’d be a good opportunity to review the 1st half of Cammeray’s 21/22 Season. Overall, a great start for the club as teams battled wet weather conditions and the age-old challenge of fielding an 11-strong side, with 6 of the 7 teams in the top 4, and 3rd Grade currently sitting one spot outside the 4.
2 rounds of washouts, has meant only 3 games to date for 1’s and 2’s. 1’s has ensured they made the most of those 3 games, winning all 3, beating North Ryde RSL, Sydney United and West Epping, to finish top of the table.
Skipper Kevin Johnson is leading the way with the bat for the 1’s, accumulating 174 runs from his 3 digs to be averaging 87 runs. Opening bowlers Evan Ainslie (6 wickets & 7.33) and Shane Henry (6 @ 12.17) continue leading the way with the ball. It must be noted the resurgence of Tangles himself Scott Costain (5 wickets @ 10) has given the 1st another bowling option. The challenge for the 1st’s in the 2nd half is to continue playing positive cricket, as the opposition will look to get a win over the reigning premiers. Perhaps the biggest challenge, lies in being able to field a consistent 11 throughout the season, with player availability issues throughout the season likely the biggest obstacle.
After close to a month of no cricket due to rain, the opening match exposed all the cobwebs for the 2’s, bowled out for 88, which the opposition chased inside 20 overs. A gutsy win in the second match, and a commanding victory last weekend, has seen the 2’s bounce back and placed in good position to once again contest the semis come March.
Skipper Raj Chakravarty has also led by example, notching 145 runs at an average of 48, and with a plethora of batters returning a decent knock in their last outing, the challenge for the 2’s is to ensure they are able to build an innings and post competitive scores as a team. Amit Kumar has been amongst the wickets for the 2’s with 4 wickets at 16, while Nathaniel Stokes made an immediate impact with his 5 for 24 in his debut for Cammeray.
It’s been a tough initiation to 3rd Grade for Skipper James Dainton and the 3’s. Following back to back premierships in the last 2 seasons, things have been anything but good in the first half of the season.
The majority of the 3’s have only played 2 or 3 games from the 5 allotted games to date. This is reflected in the fact they have already had 26 players playing for them to date.
Continuity of player availability will see them improve from their 1 from 5 start and progress into semi-final contention. Matt Antico one of a few that have played 4 games has had a great start with the bat this season, returning scores of 58 and 42. James Fraser has also posted an impressive 73 run inning in a sign of bigger scores to come in the new year.
In a challenging start to the season, Dainton has bowled well taking 7 wickets at 15, while Sam Adams once again is in amongst the wicket takers with his 5 @ 21. 2022 is the opportunity for the 3’s to string together a couple of wins, and get themselves into semi-final contention.
Fresh off the B One Day premiership, and switching to the Hybrid comp, the 4’s have had a great start winning 4 of their 5 matches, the only loss but a glitch to the team’s success so far which sees them 4 and 1 and sitting in 2nd place.
Having moved from D1 the previous season, Will Satalic has quickly established himself in the 4’s having scored 153 at an average of 38 from his 4 innings to date. Seb Di Sano in perhaps his career best form has also returned a few quality innings to have recorded an aggregate of 117 at an average of 39. Gerard Hughes (9 at 14), James Elhindi (7 at 14) and Tom Brown (5 @ 5) the leading wicket takers for 4 to date. 4’s will be looking to continue and build upon their existing success to compete for the premiership in March.
5th’s took a giant leap going up 2grades from playing 7’s last season. Facing some quality opposition victory proved elusive in the first two matches, but in true gritty fashion bounced back with victories against quality opposition to see them 2 and 3 and sitting in 4th spot on the ladder.
Layton Gould has enjoyed the opportunity to play more than the occasional game this season and has accumulated 130 runs averaging 43 to date. David Craig has proved the stalwart with the bat averaging 25 from his 106 aggregate runs. Ashish Phadke has captured 8 wickets at 18 and proving the perfect foil to John Perry’s pace (7 @ 19).
With the team ever evolving, and going from strength to strength, 2022 will no doubt see them pick up more victories, and doing so also be amongst the semi-finalists.
Another team that transitioned from One Day to Hybrid has been 6th Grade. A tough start to their campaign, losing the opening match the only blip to date as they are sitting in 2nd place on the ladder with a 4-1 record. The second half of the season sees them pitted against some quality opposition. How they go against the top teams will go a long way to determining the success for the 6’s.
To date, the leaders with the bat have been the ever-consistent Chris Bedford scoring 196 runs at 65, skipper and president Steve Si scoring 125 at 31 and Ben Key 98 at 32 amongst the batters who have hit good form in the first half of the season.
Bowling honours are shared fairly evenly amongst the bowlers, with James Sibbald (6 @ 16) and Oscar Stewart (6 @ 18) leading the way.
D One Day Grade
Once again, the D1’s are among the ladder leaders with an impressive start to their season which sees them currently sitting 3rd, dropping from top spot after losing their last 2 games.
Stringing together a few victories back to back will see them climb back up to the top of the ladder.
Nick Gardiner is easily the pick of the batters having scored a double ton and an unbeaten ton to accumulate 389 runs @ 97. New recruit Alister Marnoch a welcome addition to the D1, scoring 166 @ 41.
Luke Shallvey having moved from the 7’s, has starred with the ball snaring 13 wickets @ 12 to date. Daniel Hattersley 6 @ 7 also instrumental with the wickets. Consistency, and composure continues to be the big challenge for the D1’s. The ability to consistently string together victories, and to be able to bounce back from a collapse will go a long way to seeing this team reach premiership honours.