Category: Match Reports

Apaches snatch brilliant win in Milperra

This week we will be ‘featuring’ (i.e. catching up) on some recent match reports from the winter Apaches teams. First up, this thrilla in Milperra…

SMCA Div 15 Round 2: 19 May 2019 vs The Ponds A at Milperra

Apaches all arrived on time to the distant realm of Milperra. A miracle in itself.

Ernie Schinella made a guest appearance and tried to break all our ribs with a hug in customary Ernie fashion. Anthony Cutajar also heeded the Apaches’ call.

We were greeted by a beautiful ground and an opposition (The Ponds) that had a tape measure out to ensure the boundaries were even on all sides. There was also a horse on the neighbouring field. This was no Moore Park 7.

A losing toss meant we had to bowl. In every match this year, Will Sammuri has struck in the first over of the innings, and Jeremy Holland in the first two of his spell. Immediately, however, we saw that the two batsmen at the crease were formidable in their watchfulness and defence. They could also punish a bad ball. However, Holland and Sammuri gave them nothing. Holland finished his spell producing many chances and on 0/18. Sammuri 0/8 off his six. The opening 12 overs were of McGrath-level tightness.

As has been our issue in past weeks, the middle overs weren’t all that flash. After the pressure eased off, runs flowed. Wheeler looked dangerous, but went 0/32 off 4. Tim Bykov (0/38 off 5) was uncharacteristic in bowling full tosses that were duly hit for 4s. Notice anything? That’s right. At this point in the match, not a single wicket has fallen. 0/87 at the break, The Ponds looked in control. After comfortably driving elegantly through the covers, the opposition number 3 was nicked off by the aptly-named Nick Surman (1/38 off 4), and finally, Apaches had their first wicket.

More of the same ensued, however. Schinella (2/43 off 6) was getting whacked, and Surman had begun to leak runs. Ernie made another breakthrough by bowling an opposition batsman. Another thanks to a miraculous, full-stretch slips catch. The umpire said he’d only ever seen a catch like that in KFC classic catches.

As the scoring had begun to accelerate, Cutajar (0/37 off 5) was called upon finish the overs. He bowled much better than the figures indicate. In all, Apaches only took 3 wickets for a whopping 220 runs.

The mood at the break was sombre. Not because of the cricket, but because of Grant and Ernie’s vitriolic rants against the Liberal party.

Wright and Cutajar opened the batting. In fashion contrary to what we know, John Wright was absolutely smashing it. He took a liking to the bowlers and retired on 40 having faced an estimated 22 balls.

Cutajar (33) was playing a glorious hand at the other end. A great lesson in punishing a bad ball. Schinella (3) was at 3, and was out caught at slip pushing the score. Same with Rohit Ketkar who was out for a duck caught at keeper. The run-rate was at 6 an over at the break, but it wasn’t enough, especially when Cutajar nicked on to slip. Wheeler (10) and Surman (15) tried to push the scoring. Grant caught at gully, and Nick run out of an excellent direct hit. Wheeler’s dismissal bought Sammuri to the crease.

The captain had forseen that some lower-order hitting was needed and therefore pushed himself down to 7 to see if he could hit the Apaches to victory. First ball of his innings he hit the ball straight down mid-on’s throat. Who dropped it. The reprieve was just what Sammuri needed, and he was sure to make the most of his chance when he smashed a ball to square leg. Who dropped it. Surely there’d be a third chance. He was giving it away!

But alas, from then on, Sammuri found the middle of the bat and with Holland (7), started to tick along. Holland was bowled by a pearler. Sammuri retired very quickly. Realising the best way to stop giving away chances was to not be at the crease. Bykov (2) entered the fray but hit one to mid off. Sammuri came back three balls after retiring, and just kept hitting. Along with the returning Wright, started making a push for an unlikely victory. Three towering 6s from Sammuri, and a flurry of singles from Wright. Saw the Apaches needing only 19 off three overs for victory.

Somehow, we’d clawed our way back. Another six by Sammuri and some hard running meant the total was 12 off 2 overs. Again, the skipper sent one high and long, but there was no third time lucky. He was caught for 70 on the boundary. It was all down to John Wright. A delectable late glide for 4 and some more hard running left 7 to chase off the final over. A leg glance trickled its way to the boundary. 3 off 5. That became 3 off 4. That became 3 off 3.

That became a famous VICTORY for the Apaches when John smacked a pull shot for 4, and the Apaches chased 220 with 2 balls and one wicket to spare. It was a match played in great spirits between the two sides.

The cool-headed John ended his innings unbeaten on 72*.

What. A. Player.

What. A. Match.

1st inns. – The Ponds A won toss and elected to bat
Ernie Schinella – 2/43 from 6 overs
Nick Surman – 1/38 from 4 overs

2nd inns.
John Wright – 72*
Will Sammuri – 70

Apaches’ summer season ends in a downpour

Semi-final: 16 and 17 March 2019 vs Clovelly CC at Rowland 2

The First XI Apaches’ summer campaign has drawn to a close after heavy rain brought an early end to the semi-final contest.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl, Pat Foley and Bryan Seymour immediately set about putting pressure on the Clovelly top order. Albeit on a slow field, Clovelly only managed 18 runs for the loss of their skipper – LBW to Seymour – before the drinks break.

Al Yap was introduced after the drinks break and immediately produced chances, which were mostly taken. Sujee took a wicket with the first ball of his spell, and the Apaches went to tea in a strong position with Clovelly on the ropes at 6 for 79.

Taking to the field after tea, a brief shower blew over the ground, interrupting play for about 20 minutes. Although the ground dried quickly, inevitable moisture on the ball was an advantage for the Clovelly batsmen.

Nevertheless, the Apaches remained focused and alert in the field; and in doing so looked much more like the finals team than they have in recent weeks. Sustained pressure lead to wickets falling consistently, and Clovelly CC was bowled out for 120. Both Al and Seymour ended up with four wickets.

Confronted with the requirement of 121 for a first innings lead and likely grand final berth, the Apaches had 50 minutes remaining on Day 1 to reduce the deficit. Enter Will Sammuri.

Will was not available for Sunday’s play and from the get-go he slammed the Clovelly attack, putting one opener out of the attack with 11 runs taken from one over. One pull-shot for six came right out of the screws and nearly landed on the pitch at the toilet block.

Eventually, Will managed to avoid middling the ball and was caught for 36 under darkening skies. But by then major damage had been done to Clovelly’s lead. Sujee joined Will’s opening partner VB (9*), but another shower ended the day’s play early. The Apaches ended the day at 1 for 46 and strongly placed for Day 2…

… which never happened. Constant, and at times heavy, rain poured throughout Sunday morning and into mid-afternoon. Shortly after the scheduled start of play, it was clear there would be no possibility of a result, and so ended the Apaches’ summer season.

The last round of the regular season had seen poor weather help the Apaches secure the last finals spot; and so it was hard to complain when luck ran against us.

All the same, some bright spots emerged from the second half of the season:

  • Blake Milligan’s breakthrough 6 for 33 against Botany United in Round 10. Blake had looked dangerous for a number of games without the figures to back it up, but managed to tear through the Botany middle- and lower-order to claim a well deserved trophy. Unfortunately this was also Blake’s last appearance for the Apaches this season, but we hope to see him again next year!
  • Fred Watkins brought his left-arm pace to the Apaches in his debut for the club. He put in a number of superb spells of bowling. His two matches yielded two 3-wicket hauls – his best figures of 3 for 21 coming against Souths Juniors in his Round 11 debut.
  • Morley Goodchild has continued his excellent development as a pace bowler, [putting in a number of solid performances for the Second XI. His best returns included 5 for 50 against Botany United in Round 12 and 4 for 29 against Captain Cook Dolphins in Round 2. He also stood up for the First XI team in the final two rounds and bowled impressively.
  • Second XI captain Dereck Cameron, whose 136 against Captain Cook Dolphins in Round 2 was the highest score for Apache this season (and unfortunately, ahem, the only century).

The Apaches’ awards night will be held in April with more details to follow shortly.

1st inns. – Kingsford Apaches won toss and elected to bowl
Al Yap – 4/30 from 11.5 overs
Bryan Seymour – 4/55 from 21 overs

2nd inns.
Will Sammuri – 36
David Venn-Brown – 9*

Heart-stopper for Apaches First XI against Coogee Bay Rebels

Round 5: 17 November 2018 vs Coogee Bay Rebels at Moore Park 5

It was a see-sawing affair at Moore Park 5 that saw both sides rue opportunities lost.

Apaches First XI skipper Isaac lost the toss and the Apaches were put into the field. Seymour found success immediately, with steep bounce catching glove on the way through to the keeper.

The Rebels remained subdued well into their innings, and despite only losing one more wicket prior to drinks, only managed to put 42 runs on the board in the session. The wicket to fall went to Yap, after a stifling period of 4 overs in which the Rebels had managed a solitary run.

Following the break, the Rebels continued at a steady pace. The introduction of honorary Apache Paul Moorehouse just prior to drinks yielded a wicket shortly after. Stu Branch took the catch from a frustrated batsman during a miserly spell of spin bowling.

As the Rebels began to up the ante, a few missed opportunities crept in to the Apaches’ game (though one of the dropped catches did yield a run-out, much to bowler Will Sammuri’s frustration).

The Rebels unleashed late in the innings, taking the score from 81 after the 33rd over to 145 by the end of the innings. Milligan, Seymour and Foley all took wickets, but it did not stem the lower order hitting. Nevertheless, 145 looked under-done in the conditions.

This was underlined in the first 2 overs of the Apaches innings, in which Watto alone took 17 runs off the deficit. However, Stu was unfortunately trapped in front in the 3rd over.

VB and Watto added a further 20 to the score before both were dismissed in the 8th over.

This left Isaac and Sammuri to re-build the innings, combining some solid defence with powerful shots. However, once both were dismissed, the score looked precarious at 6/87. The weather was ominous, and both sides scrambled to learn how to apply the Duckworth-Lewis rules.

Some smart batting between Foley and Milligan took the score past 100. Following Foley’s dismissal for 14, Milligan anchored the chase with Seymour (14) contributing from the other end.

The cold November rains did come, but while they were enough to evoke Guns n’ Roses, they were never quite enough to halt play.

While the Apaches had plenty of overs in reserve, wickets-in-hand were a problem. At 8/131, the game remained in the balance.

Yap came to the crease and struck some confidence-building blows to narrow the deficit. The scores finally reached parity at the start of the 38th over, but a harrowing period ensued. Milligan, who had struck the runs to level the scores, was unable to score from the remaining 5 deliveries.

Yap faced the first 3 deliveries of the following over, again unable to score. From the 4th, Yap took the initiative and looked to glide through the vacant cordon region; but was unable to get it past the keeper, who caught the ball high to his right.

Fromm was struck high on the pads with his first ball. He swung at the next – and missed – only to see middle stump cartwheeling dramatically.

Milligan remained not out for a personal best 17* – well done.

The Rebels managed a remarkable late comeback to secure the tie, although both teams were inevitably left to wonder what might have been.

1st inns. – Coogee Bay Rebels won toss and elected to bat
Bryan Seymour – 3/46 from 8 overs
Paul Moorehouse – 1/10 from 5 overs

2nd inns.
David Waterson – 23
Isaac Williams – 22

Apaches First XI in comfortable win over Souths Juniors

Round 4: 10 November 2018 vs South Sydney Juniors at Rowland 1

The Apaches First XI posted a comfortable victory in the one-day clash against Souths Juniors.

Souths were sent in to bat and Foley struck in his third over, bowling the charging opener. Sammuri got his break through shortly after, sending a caught behind to Watto.

The next batting partnership was able to build, and some big shots took the score past 50. However, Stu Branch took a brilliant catch diving forward to give debutant Blake Milligan his first Apaches wicket.

The scoring then dried up, with the next wicket falling to Brad Koch in the following over, and Souths went to the drinks break at 4/77 .

The break didn’t help Souths, with Isaac taking a wicket caught behind from the first ball after drinks. Yap chimed in with 2 wickets as the score moved along sluggishly.

Souths were able to muster some more heavy hitting gave the score some respectability. But it was never up to par, with Foley returning to take 2 wickets. Sammuri dismissed the Souths opener to end the innings on 152 in the 38th over.

Stu and Ben Harrison made an all-Kiwi opening combination, and despite a slow start managed a 48 run opening stand before Ben was dismissed for 23. VB was next in and the pair kept the score moving along to 1/86 at drinks.

Some extremely slow bowling from the Souths spinner claimed Stu stumped on 42, commencing something of an Apaches tradition. Watto then posted a rare failure, skying a leading edge from the same bowler without troubling the scorers. The spinner also had Joe Cleaves stumped early, and should have had VB stumped, but for the keeper appealing an unlikely caught behind instead.

VB brought up his half century from the next delivery, and joined by Isaac, they comfortably overhauled the Souths total in the 36th over.

The 6 wicket victory was never seriously in doubt. A strong bowling and fielding performance restricted Souths to a below-par score, which was chased down with plenty of batting in reserve.

1st inns. – Apaches won toss and elected to bowl
Pat Foley – 3 /13 from 7 overs
Al Yap – 2/29 from 8 overs

2nd inns.
David Venn-Brown – 56*
Stu Branch – 42

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Cliffhanger defeat for Apaches First XI

Round 3: 3 November 18 vs Botany United at Booralee 3

The Apaches First XI went down narrowly to Botany United in Saturday’s one day match.

Stand-in skipper Sujee Mampitiyarachchi won the toss and batted first in hot conditions. Watto and Bryan opened the Apaches batting and got the innings off to a steady start. With their eye in, the scoring rate accelerated after the first 5 overs, taking the score past 50.

Bryan was bowled for 17, ending a 75 run opening partnership. Watto went past 50 shortly after, and then set about building a partnership with Ben Harrison. Botany had quickly resorted to setting very defensive, straight fields. As a result, many fours were cut down to singles.

Watto and Ben continued to look strong after the drinks break, until Botany’s spinner held on to a well-hit return chance from Watto. VB got off the mark with a boundary from his first delivery, and helped keep the score moving along.

Ben hit some fine shots, however he was caught in the deep for 25. Joe Cleaves was unfortunate to be dismissed shortly after, having skied a leading edge. VB then completed a trio of quick dismissals, with a soft catch to mid-wicket for 27.

Mark Horvath and Brad Koch then came together to put on a 41 run partnership to close out the innings, combining some big hitting with aggressive running. Mark finished on 32* and Brad 18*.

Bryan Seymour and Brad Koch kept Botany to a subdued start, with the Apaches conceding at just 2 an over from the opening spell and Seymour claiming the first wicket.

VB then came on as first change and snagged the second wicket in his first over. He was joined by Al from the other end, who claimed the first of his two wickets shortly after.

The Botany captain then began to compile a half century, before being dismissed by Adrian Fromm.

After 30 overs, Botany were still struggling on 139, needing 7.7 runs per over. However, the Apaches struggled to contain some strong hitting from Botany which kept them in the game, and the crucial wicket proved elusive.

Bryan returned for his second spell of 4 overs and yielded just 7 runs for Botany. Requiring 45 runs from the last 4 overs, for a moment it appeared Botany’s challenge was fading.

However, a barrage of sixes closed the gap again. Despite some late bowling changes – including long-awaited left-arm pacers from Sujee – the Apaches were unable to shut the game down.

Requiring 6 runs from the last over, Botany took the victory with 4 balls to spare.

Nevertheless, the Apaches controlled much of the match even with a depleted bowling attack missing the likes of Pat Foley, Will Sammuri and Isaac Williams. This was a tight defeat, but there are strong signs for the season.

1st inns. – Apaches won toss and elected to bat
David Waterson – 71
Mark Horvath – 32*

2nd inns.
Bryan Seymour – 2/12 from 8 overs
Al Yap – 2/39 from 8 overs

Apaches First XI off to winning start in summer

Round 2: 20 and 27 October 2018 vs Clovelly CC at Rowland 2

After a first round bye, the Apaches First XI got its season off to a start with a solid 4 wicket win on first innings in its two day match against Clovelly CC.

Clovelly won the toss and elected to bat in Week 1, and Foley struck with his first ball of the season to have Clovelly 1/0. However, a slow but steady partnership saw Clovelly put on 111 for the next wicket.

Sujee bowled brilliantly without luck, but it was Isaac Williams who dismissed both the set batsman to break the partnership and open up the innings. Bryan Seymour returned for his second spell and ran through the middle order, taking 5 wickets in the process. Sammuri also took 2 wickets in an economical spell, with Clovelly collapsing to be all out for 187.

The demise of the Clovelly innings required the Apaches to face an awkward spell late in the day. With a threatening storm cell approaching, Stu Branch and Al Yap held out the Clovelly attack for more than half an hour in dimming light and despite distant lightning to remain unbeaten at stumps.

Conditions in Week 2 could not have been more different and were ideal for batting (including some assistance from Jim’s Mowing). Al and Stu resumed their innings and were looking set until some questionable running saw Stu short of his ground on 17.

Watto opened his scoring with a 6 and, assisted by some wayward bowling at times, set about chasing down the Clovelly total. At the other end, Al had his eye in and was punishing anything loose. The pair put on 122 for the second wicket, leaving the Apaches just 24 behind the Clovelly score when Yap was dismissed for 46. Watto followed him from the field shortly afterwards, having been caught for 76 just prior to tea.

Unfortunately, Mark Horvath and Apaches debutante Joe Cleaves were both dismissed shortly after the break. However, at the other end, the other debutant – Ben Harrison – displayed some fine stroke-playing before being caught on 17 with scores level.

Isaac hit the run to take the Apaches ahead, albeit lofted through the hands of a Clovelly fielder, and shortly after the match was called off with the Apaches at 6/198.

It was a solid win first up for the Apaches First XI, with a tight fielding performance in the first week supported by some confident batting in the second.

The Apaches Second XI also had a first innings win and were close to securing an out-right victory: that match report will be up later this week.

1st Inns. – Clovelly CC won toss and elected to bat
Bryan Seymour – 5/56 from 19 overs
Isaac Williams – 2/13 from 7 overs

2nd Inns.
David Waterson – 76
Al Yap – 46

Apaches Three-peat in Winter!

The Apaches have made it SMCA Grand Final wins three years running with a 12th Grade Grand Final Victory on 19 August 2017.

Winter 2017 Grand Final vs Cheetahs Sports Club
Match Report

Player of the match is Will Sammuri! 43* and 2/22

Regan 40*
Isaac Williams 40*
Smokey Hawkins 2/28 (6)
Ashwin Kirubanandan 2/12 (4.5)

Regan lost the toss and heard the sweet sound of “we’ll have a bat”

Will and Tim Bykov opened, both making it difficult for the batsman.

We toiled for 35 minutes, accumulating many dots.

Will got us off and rolling, a beautiful outswinger unbalancing the batsman for a plumb LBW.  Will then procured a miscue which went directly to Isaac at deep square leg. Important breakthrough! Smokey Hawkins bowled nice areas and variations, his patience rewarded with a pleasing LBW.

Ajeet Kumar pitched the ball up, fierce inswing proving too much for their best batter, who top edged it to Isaac. Smokey keeps on getting important wickets, this time taking a caught and bowled.

Morley Goodchild bowled tight lines, forcing the miscued drive, Timmy taking the catch. Paul kept an audience waiting to see this happen. John forced their captain to miscue, Will taking it cleanly at long on. Ashwin forced another miscue and John took the catch.

Ashwin’s pace proved too much for the pinch hitters. He took an edge, dutifully caught by Regan.

Isaac and Regan opened the batting.

Regan picked a good day to hit form, patiently nudging around until after drinks, retiring not out for the first time this season. Encouragement from the sidelines helped him get there, as he was getting pretty tired!

Isaac once again proved his performance and reliability, with yet another fluent red ink innings. He had a small bit of fortune, top edging on 39, but was dropped and then retired not out, having hit 7 boundaries. Isaac finishes the winter season with a batting average of 82 – #1 for the Apaches. Well done, sir!

Will came to the crease and started hitting boundaries almost immediately, the Cheetahs looked downtrodden at this point. Will retires a few balls after Regan, after hitting 8 boundaries, including a six into a car. No smashed windscreen this time though. He closes out the season with 690 runs and 20 wickets. Amazing job, Will! The next Matt Wright?

Ajeet rocked up at the crease and hit a boundary before being bowled. Morley was cruelly denied strike but looked confident. Ashwin arrived at the crease and showed good technique, hitting the winning runs.

It has been a marvellous season, I have had an awesome time playing alongside everyone.

Special thanks to Michael TurekPaul McLeanDuncan PJ, Grant Wheeler, Bibin AntonyGordon George Gomez – you made this possible!
In fact, thank you to everyone that played, it was a true club effort. Bring on summer!

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