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vs Beverly Hills (4th Grade)

18 & 23rd January 2020 @ Booralee

Kingsford Apaches 4th Grade vs Beverly Hills – Full Match Report

by Kal Yanic

‘Twas a dark and stormy afternoon; ominous thunderclouds of rain and uncertainty threatened overhead, as the Apaches trickled into Booralee Park. The radar’s multi-coloured splotches appeared to be moving our direction, perversely reaffirming the dark-grey unlikelihood of days’ play taking place. Happily, however, the rain pissed off East ways. Not even the “foul” weather of sweat-sticky humidity could dampen our spirits now. 

Taking over the captaincy duties, club president/cool guy1 YAP opened proceedings through the serendipitous butting-of-heads with the leader of the opposition. However, despite disgracefully losing the toss, we managed to end up taking the field with favourable bowling conditions — cloud cover lent itself to some sideways movement, while the luscious meadows of long grass prevented any boundaries along the deck. Whether this befuddling outcome came about through some trick of charisma, or some psychological mind-game, we will never know.

SEYMOUR and OTTAVIANO opened up with razor sharp spells. Their accuracy and consistency bewitched the opposition openers, who appeared as though they wanted to be anywhere else other than out in the middle (in fact, the constant complaining of one batter in particular, assured this). The oppressive pressure applied by the Apaches eventually generated the first chance of the game, when Seymour, in a stroke of tactical genius, moved a fielder right into what would be the path of an uppish shot the very next ball. However, he was unlucky to be denied a wicket by MUNDUL’s Nuttelex-fingers. Unfortunately for the batters, this did not dampen his spirits, as they continued to be barred with rather asinine and sometimes nonsensical chirp. At least O’SULLIVAN, who joined in on the bants, was amused. Kingsford continued to maintain the overall pressure, restricting the opposition to a glacial run an over. We were unlucky not to take a wicket, as a flurry of edges flew over, dropped short, or carried wide of the slips cordon.

This gamestate continued for about 15 more overs until WHEELER was handed the ball, cracking the opposition order with a handy catch off his own bowling (1/22). The floodgates had finally opened, with HAMPTON knocking the stumps out with a fine piece of bowling from the other end (2/25). Hampton continued our fine bowling form, and was swift to knock over the middle stump of the other opener (3/32). The collapse was on. Wheeler had his second soon after, trapping the batter’s leg right in front, with the official umpire obliging (4/34). Whatever streak Wheeler was riding was enough to overturn our misfortune in the slips, as his next over yielded an edge to the cordon, nicely taken by Captain Damage (5/35). Although the opposition were able to briefly stabilise for a few overs, hanging in and stringing together a small partnership, it was too late. Wicket fever had been transmitted to Yap, who deceived the batter into sending a loose shot right down CHINMAY’s throat (6/49). Not long afterwards, Seymour rattled the stumps, finally and deservingly getting his name into the scorebook with an absolute peach of a delivery. 

It was at this point that I realised that the opposition had only brought 8 players with them. Change of innings!

Chasing a meager 54 runs, Ottaviano and Mundul stepped out into the middle. The opposition, no doubt feeling slightly dejected from standing in a half-empty field defending a pittance, had not taken too kindly to Mundul’s constant yammering. This, unfortunately for Mundul, translated into some fairly mean-spirited and nasty chat of which he was the target. More unfortunately for Mundul was that he was bowled in the 3rd over to a rather mediocre delivery. Fortunately for KETKAR, next in, the opposition decided to lighten the mood with more “positive” chat. More fortunately for Kingsford, Ketkar and Ottaviano were able to put together a very tidy partnership, chasing down the bulk of the opposition lead between themselves. This featured some nice aerial strokeplay, as well as some handy running between the wickets. However, this was cut short after one of Ottaviano’s more loose shots flew right into the hands of a fielder. Ketkar stuck around for a little while longer displaying some similar bravado, before getting out in similar fashion. Thankfully, we suffered no further loss, as MILLIGAN and McCREADIE saw out the day’s remaining overs. Come Stumps, Kingsford were sitting pretty on a 30-odd run lead. A good day’s play, especially considering that the sun and breeze had f*cked off the earlier humidity. 


Despite the fact that the gamestate was sitting rather favourably for my side, I couldn’t help but feel a little bit put off by all the bad vibes which had been sent my way. In particular, one piece of chat stuck in my mind — as I was leaving the ground, I was snarkily advised to “have a nice week, *mate*”. I couldn’t quite shake the feeling that this feeling was going to affect me all week. In fact, the feeling of being affected started to overtake the feeling of being denigrated itself, especially in considering that the former feeling may last all week. I concluded that I had been cursed, that the Evil Eye had been placed upon me. On Monday, I began exploring ways to remove the Evil Eye — the most information I could find was that the Evil Eye more pertinently affects those who believe in the Evil Eye. This advice was obviously not helpful. On Tuesday, I had to face my cricketing demons at training, with a fiery young man bowling bodyline chillis at me in the pouring rain. I felt that my batting ability had somewhat degraded. On Wednesday, as I woke up and moved to open my curtains, I walked directly into a giant spider web. I do not recall giving this spider license to construct an apartment building in the middle of my room. As such, both spider and web had to be removed. Later that day, I fell from the top of a ladder at work. I was fortunately uninjured, but some bottles of orange juice below me were not so lucky. I believe that in this moment I freed myself from the Evil Eye, as, come Thursday, I was no longer afflicted and nothing remarkably terrible happened for the rest of the week. 


After a long and uneventful week severely lacking in cricketing action, Kingsford returned to Booralee Park. They were greeted with a beautiful sunny day, a freshly mowed field, and a tidy lead in the score. Unfortunately for the opposition, they had somehow managed to round up even less players than the week prior. Reassuring us that they had a couple of teammates still in transit, we lent them a fielder and continued the game.

Taking over from Milligan’s absence, Chinmay joined McCreadie in the middle. The energy from the opposition was as flat as a surfer’s nightmare, given the fact that they could hardly span the field with their understaffed cohort. Despite this, McCreadie found a way to hook one directly to the fielder and was caught out. With his leg trapped in front of the stumps, Chinmay was soon to follow. Thankfully, however, Seymour was able to steady the ship, building solid partnerships with CAREY and Hampton. Come the drinks break, Kingsford had extended the lead to 85 runs, making the decision to declare (6/139). 

Coming back into the field once again, the Apaches were keen to make short work of an already weakened batting lineup. Seymour started off again in similar economic fashion to the first innings, with Hampton charging in ferociously from the other end, hunger for wickets in his eye, or as they say, absolutely “fanging” for it. He got his man with his first ball, nicking behind, a regulation catch for McCreadie and his gloves (1/5). However, far from floodgates opening up, the opposition put up much more resistance. Their keeper, in particular, hit back hard, providing the “dingers” which were sorely missing from Beverly Hills’ first innings. Yap was unlucky not to have one early after a chance in the slips went to ground. However, the Apaches maintained the pressure, and Yap would eventually get his man, again tempting the batter into a loose shot, collected by Carey (2/32). 

Unfortunately, Hampton did something to his finger, and so had to be sated with his one scalp. Taking advantage of this dent in Kingsford’s bowling attack, Beverly Hills put up another period of resistance. The keeper continued sticking it out, with the Apaches regulars unable to get the breakthrough. With good bowling not working, it was time for a change. The ball was tossed to Mundul. Through deploying a strategy of some “short stuff”, while at first ineffective, he eventually baited out a big pull shot early doors from the newer batter, catching the top edge and collected by Carey, who worked hard to get under it (3/53). Mundul was unlucky not to have a second, after a fairly regulation catch was put down at cover. Shortly afterwards, SHARDUL, implementing the same strategy of “short stuff”, had his man. This was scarily similar to the previous dismissal — top-edged and collected by Carey, with the opposition keeper loudly calling for a run just as the ball was about to go to hand (4/70). Needless to say, the team wasn’t too happy with this behaviour.

However, with discontent and aggression brewing around the traps, and the opposition captain arriving to the middle, the Apaches would immediately have their revenge. Bowling captain to captain, Yap knocked him over with an absolute ripper delivery (5/71). “F*CK! I’m out for a duck!” exclaimed the opposition captain. Yes mate, yes you are. 

With only a couple more wickets to take, the Apaches had all the momentum. Seymour, returning for another large spell, held up one end with Yap at the other, delivering some dangerous consistency. As pressure piled on, and a field heavily restricting the keeper’s go-to shots, the keeper had no choice but to be bowled by Seymour. Not long after, Seymour was rattling the cage again, once again striking the final blow to the Beverly Hills batting lineup. Kingsford restricted them to 106 runs, a slim lead of 21.

With not much to chase, the long-hallowed opening partnership of Mundul and McCreadie went in to finish the job. However, the hype had to be suspended until next time — McCreadie unfortunately was dismissed lbw to a good delivery, barely hitting his pad. Mundul, unphased by what the opposition admitted to as “mean” chirp, enjoyed himself knocking it around and pulling the short stuff. Carey, on the other hand, was much more eager to get after it. The ball seemed to be coming on much slower than he expected, and he was unfortunately bowled by a fuller delivery. However, immediately afterward, Yap announced that we had made the runs via a boundary the over prior. Unlucky mate. But a great outright win for the Apaches!

All in all, a slightly mediocre but nevertheless highly eventful game, particularly given the opposition’s lack of numbers and spirit. But hey, that’s park cricket. The lads went to Churchill’s to celebrate, and I must say that my glass of Reschs was much more refreshing than usual. 

1I heard that he has a motorbike and leather jacket

Selected comments:
Will: You know we’re going to expect all future reports in this format and quality?
— Kal: i will only do it if there is intermission worthy content
— Will: You’re right. The most interesting part of cricket isn’t cricket
Rohit: Love it! Hired as the resident chirper and hallowed opening batter
Henry: I enjoyed reading that!
Declan: Definitely the longest and most descriptive match report I’ve ever read-pretty sure it’s the first time the word serendipitous has been utilised. A true Poet!
Evo: Shades of under milk wood boyo
– Kal: I don’t know what that is but thanks
— El Pres: ffs slap yourself! And you call yourself educated….
—Kal: I only read manga

vs Doncaster (6th grade)

Jan 15 & 22 at Booralee 3

6th Grade Match Summary- by Declan

Week 1: After winning the toss and batting we post 7/181 off our 50 Overs-John Wright top scores with 61,Will and Snacks offer valuable support with 48 and 45 respectively.

Week 2: Having claimed 3 wickets for 4th Grade in Week 1 over on Booralee 1, the great GG wanders over to open the bowling and claims the first 2 wickets.

Will having opened the bowling with G then starts to get amongst the wickets jagging the next 4.

Evo then dismisses their number 4 batsman and top scorer for 42 and was unlucky not to have a couple more wickets in a tidy spell of 9 Overs.

Dunc replaces Will for a couple of overs and despite stand-in Captain Wright’s encouragement at the Tea Break to continue, he selflessly insists on being dragged with the game on the line.

Doncaster’s lower order had rallied somewhat and 38 was required from 12 overs with 3 wickets in hand. Will took up where he left off taking the next 2 wickets to finish with the fine figures of 6 for 55 from a marathon 19 overs.

Skipper John, having kept himself in reserve, wrapped it up by trapping the last batsman plumb in front to secure a well earned victory by 23 runs. Shout out also to GG, Lox and Shippers who took sharp catches.

vs Penshurst West (6th grade)

18th December 2021 @ Oatley Park

by Declan

6th Grade post 9/87 off their 30 Overs- Gazi top score with 47

Bowled Penshurst out for 73 to make it 2 wins in a row. John with 3 wickets, Vipul and Al with 2 each- great effort in the field to defend a low score

Selected comments:

Lisa: This two wins in a row thing is so confusing!
Gazi: It was one of the best bowling performance by Apaches I have ever seen. Leading by John Wright. Smokey, Vipul, captain Chris Day. Well done boys great to be part of theses group loved it every moment.
– Smokey: Gazi, don’t forget your game changing catch!

v De La Salle Kingsgrove (4th grade)

18th December 2022 @ Gannons Park 4,Peakhurst

by Rohit
4th Grade had tough game, 197-9 off 35 batting first and then we ended up restricting the other side to 180 odd for loss of 5 wickets. Game finished at 7:30pm due to extreme sun and slow over rate! Details later!

vs Ramsgate RSL (6th grade)

4th & 11th December 2021 @ Moore Park 4

by El Presidente

(from my somewhat dodgy memory)
Kingsford B Team chose to bowl.

Will had the ball on a string with movement both ways and off the pitch and ended with 8 wickets, his final wicket sneaking between the batter’s ankles as he tried to flick it down leg. Evo bowled so beautifully it was impossible to take him off, and G was bowling in his usual tidy fashion. Joe , Lachlan , and Paul all produced a few really good deliveries, but a bit of inconsistency limited them to short spells. The biggest improvement of the day was the fielding with the catching at 75% or better – your new VP Rohit , and new recruit Andy both took good catches, filling in from A team – thank you to all who came and helped us out in the field. Ramsgate bowled out in the ~45th over for around 130.

The run chase started well with Gazi finding the boundary with his usual flair, and Snacks powering a couple to the boundary before he skied one and was caught. Gazi hit one straight up that must have caused some air traffic concerns, but got away with it and survives to resume next week, with “Jimmy” Page also at the crease. Kingsford are 1/30 something. Well done to all today. Great work in the field!

Part two:
(again from hazy memory) With a not lot of things going our way, B-Team was unable to get the outright. After a really good batting performance, highlighted by Joe Cleaves 69*, we declared our innings at 3/227 with a ~90 run lead.

Despite some really good bowling, the depleted (because of Covid they were reduced to 8 players) Ramsgate side batted very sensibly and cautiously, and we were unable to get them out.

A couple of dropped catches didn’t help us, but it was great to get a win on the board for the 21/22 season.

Thank you to everyone this week and last week, who contributed either with bat or ball, in the field for us (or for them), and special thanks to YOUR club Secretary Declan, who not only umpired for a good chunk of the game, but also scored during our innings, AND for the undermanned Ramsgate side. Well done, you lot!

Selected comments:
Morley: Things we love to hear
Declan: What impressed me was that there were a number of significant contributions with bat and ball. Also the energy in the field was good-well marshalled by stand-in Skipper Smokey. Good signs for the rest of the season

The Arthur Walker Reserve Massacre

SMCA Div 15 Round 7: 4 August 2019 vs Malabar United A

Arthur Walker Reserve, Concord, was the site of a massacre at the hands Tim Bykov and Bryan Seymour this sunny Sunday, but even chasing a miserly total can’t be taken lightly…

The oval is a rather small ground with a hard and quick outfield, but otherwise picturesque – providing ample shade and a few nets to practice in as the day’s play unfolds.

We lost the toss and bowled first. A decision the opposition (Malabar) would rue.

It was immediately clear that anything short would be punished on the tiny ground. While the opening batsmen looked OK for the first two or three overs, it didn’t take long for cracks to appear.

First to strike was Tim, who took a sharp C&B to remove the captain. Bryan would take the next scalp, sending middle tumbling down towards the keeper. Bykov would strike again with an LBW, and then again in his fourth over courtesy of a reflex catch by Jeremy Holland at square leg. He’d go on to get another LBW in his fifth over and was therefore poised to take a five wicket haul.

In the meantime, Bryan was denied some big shouts for LBs of his own, eventually making up for it with another clean bowled. Bykov’s final over appeared destined for a 5/ when the first ball was hit to Will Sammuri at mid on, hard and low. It was a regulation catch regardless, but was unfortunately dropped to the team and Bykov’s disappointment. The second ball just missed John at first slip, and Tim, the world’s unluckiest bowler would finish on 4/45 when he really deserved a fifth wicket. Bryan would also end his spell on 2/14.

Smokey Hawkins was given some valuable time with the ball pre-finals, and tightened up after the first over to be 1/23 after three by dismissing the last man standing with a ball that took several ricochets onto the stumps. In the previous two overs, Sammuri had bowed one batsman, while another was caught at mid off by Nick Surman to finish on figures of 2/7.

We were chasing 89 for victory, and decided to rejig the batting order to ensure everyone made a day of coming to the cricket. As such, keeper and debutant Laurence Smith opened alongside Jeremy Holland. Laurence (4) looked superb before smashing a ball down the throat of long on. Surman played a customary cut shot for one before being bowled (1).

At this point, a few nervous laughs were running through the Apaches camp. Duncan Pryse-Jones went in at 4, consolidating nicely with Jeremy Holland to see off valuable balls from one of their fast openers. Dunc got impatient and was bowled slogging to mid wicket, and Jeremy was out LBW for 10.

Sammuri and Wright were therefore at the crease with about 50 runs to get and 4 wickets down against an opposition with their tails up. The two have steered the side home in the batting department a few times this year, and today was no exception. The roles, however, were reversed as Wright hit 6 4s on his way to 42* while Sammuri played the patient hand, picket-fencing his way to 17* bar one six late in the innings. The two never looked like getting out, however, they probably weren’t thrilling to watch. Simply noodling around until the total was reached.

While we were probably never in too much trouble with the likes of Bryan, Al, and Tim yet to come, it’s a valuable lesson that all totals can be a challenge if the opposition are bowling well enough.

Apaches chase 89 with 9 overs to spare.

1st inns. – Malabar United A won the toss and chose to bat
Malabar United A: 89
Bykov 4/45
Seymour 2/14
Sammuri 2/7

2nd inns. – Apaches 4/92
Wright 42*
Sammuri 17*
Holland 10

Big scores on tiny Revesby

SMCA Div 15 Round 6: 20 July 2019 vs Smithsfield RSL B

Smithfield RSL remained the only team we’d never faced before, due to the miss-communicated washout from two weeks ago. Although lower than us on the ladder, anything can happen on a ground as small as Johnstone Reserve, Revesby.

Apaches bowled first, which was good considering our remarkable record in the past few weeks at chasing big totals. A par score seemed to be about the 230-240 mark considering the extremely small boundaries.

Isaac Williams (1/35) and Sammuri (0/35) were causing issues for the batsmen early on. Their figures were actually quite respectable considering the size of the ground. Any ball that caught an edge or was fortuitously hit either side of a fielder was going for a boundary. Isaac took the first wicket of the match, removing one of the openers with an outswinger accepted at slip by John, who took it like an AFL mark over his head.

The next 10-15 overs, however, were lean in terms of wickets. Morley (1/27 off 4) bowled extraordinarily, but again, anything that marginally missed a fielder was a boundary. Morley was zipping the ball past the edge continuously.

Nothing much by the way of wickets, but we managed to restrict the run flow as best we could. GG, (0/20 off 3), Smokey Hawkins (0/27 off 3) and John (0/38 off 6) were instrumental in keeping the run rate down. The fact that the opposition only hit one 6 the whole innings was a testament to the bowling.

Late in the match, the second wicket fell when John speared a ball in from deep mid-wicket, which ran out an opposition batsman. Even a ball that trickled to the boundary was difficult to run 2 on. It was a match where it was either 1 or 4 off the batsman’s blade.

Bryan Seymour bowled the final 6 overs having arrived late, but had immediate impact. Picking up two scalps, both bowled middle stump, and one of the more remarkable run-outs you’ll see, where a ball was smashed right back at him, nicked his hand, and hit the stumps at the bowler’s end to run out the batsman backing up. By the end of his amazing spell, Bryan had the figures of 2/20 off 6, and a run out to his name.

Rohit Ketkar (1/9 off 2) also bowled well at the death, forcing a rushing batsman into spooning the ball to Morley Goodchild at mid-off. Morley returned for the final over of the match, to claim a similar wicket, caught by John at mid on.

Overall, the bowling was tight without being spectacular. As someone put it, we only bowled one ball every couple of overs that deserved to go to the boundary, the rest were fortuitously hit there.

Apaches chasing 215 for victory.

As has been customary over the past few weeks, even 200+ totals have been chased with ease. Yesterday was no exception. Bryan (32) came out of the blocks firing, smashing a 6 into someone’s house within the first couple of overs, and smashing boundaries to all corners of the field, before he tried one too many and was stumped by an innocuous spinner.

Sammuri then came to the crease with he and Isaac continuing the onslaught. Isaac (40*) hit four 4s and two 6s before retiring, and Sammuri seven 4s and a 6 before also heading back to the sheds on 42*.

At this point John was at the crease noodling around and doing what John does. He was met by Rohit, before also retiring on 42*. Rohit was looking extremely solid in both attack and defence, playing a steady hand for those around him. GG was bowled for 7 off a full toss that may have been a marginal no-ball, and Duncan was also bowled after a few entertaining shots. Finally, Morley Goodchild and Rohit took us past the required total with 7 overs still to spare. Had Apaches batted first, they probably could have hit the 300 mark quite comfortably. Apaches end the match on 3/221.

Batting seems to be getting us across the line with ease, but the ruthlessness of the bowling needs to lift come the finals.

1st inns. – Smithfield RSL B won the toss and elected to bat
Smithfield RSL B: 7/215
Bryan Seymour – 2/20 from 6 overs
Rohit Ketkar – 1/9 from 2 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 3/221
William Sammuri – 42*
John Wright – 42*

The Whirlwind at Moore Park 6

SMCA Div 16 Round 6: 13 July 2019 vs Summer Hill C

For one day at least Chicago would have to give up its nickname, because if there was anywhere that was going to be called ‘The Windy City’ it was Sydney. The 50km/h winds were enough to shutdown flights at Sydney airport, but couldn’t deter Saturday morning park cricketers from doing what they love. With the wind blowing directly across the pitch swing was going to play a large factor, and several warmup deliveries showed that even balls sprayed wildly down legside had a good chance of being blown back on course for a good line outside off.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl the Apaches took to the field. Tim Bykov struck early with a leading edge that was skied to mid-off and was unlucky in his next over not to have their opener out with a chance being put down at first slip. Turnbull, Goodchild and Williams all chipped in with economical overs, but with a number of dropped chances and the wind blowing anything hit in the air towards Robertson Road for 6, the opposition was 2/106 at drinks with two retirees.

Chris Day entered the bowling attack after the drinks break and the wickets began to fall. Sharp bowling and good catching saw him finish with 3/24 off 5 overs, while GG tied up the other end with 1/35 off his 6. The flurry of wickets only succeeded in bringing the retired batsman back to the crease and while GG trapped one of them in front for 52, the dropped chance at slips earlier in the game cost us dearly as their opener took a liking to the short boundary. Consecutive deliveries were launched over Roberston Road. The first saw the match ball lost over the fence of one of the houses, and the second only narrowly avoiding the same fate by hitting a power pole halfway up and bouncing back towards Moore Park. Rob Turnbull eventually took the last wicket, but only after the opener had hit 123 runs and seen the team total to 237.

Missing a few of the more recognised Apaches batsmen, and with Paul Saltoon and Morley needing to leave early, we faced the daunting task of needing nearly 7 runs an over for 36 overs with only 8 batsmen. Isaac Williams and Smokey Hawkins opened the batting, both finding early boundaries to keep the run rate up. Yap (6) was dismissed early, nicking a ball that he was trying to late cut to the short boundary.

Day (16), Wheeler (7) and Pryse-Jones (5) made short, but fast scoring cameos, all finding boundaries in their time at the crease to make sure we kept on top of the run rate. Williams eventually retired on 40 and we went into drinks at 4/107. Very much still in with a shot, but with not a lot of wickets in the bank.

After the drinks break Turnbull and Bykov put on a masterclass in running between the wickets. Quick singles and paddle sweeps for 2 kept the score ticking along. Three 6s and three 4s helped Turnbull to his 40 quickly and he joined Williams back on the sideline.

Bryan Seymour came in and picked up where Turnbull left off. Consistent singles and the occasional boundary saw the Apaches pile on 121 runs without the loss of a wicket at more that 7 an over. Bykov (23) was eventually bowled and Williams (46) only added 6 more runs to the score before meeting the same fate.

At 6/202 the Apaches were in the driving seat, needing only a run a ball for the last 6 overs and with two in form batsmen at the crease. The runs didn’t stop flowing and Summer Hill put down a few chances in the blustery conditions. Turnbull (47*), having never made a 50 before, was denied the chance by Seymour (62*) who hit back to back boundaries to end the game with 3 overs to spare.

It was a fantastic team effort to run down a very tough score. Contributions with the bat and ball from everyone made for a very memorable win. Good work Apaches!

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl

Summer Hill C: 9/237
Chris Day – 3/24 from 5 overs
Isaac Williams – 1/12 from 3 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 6/241
Bryan Seymour – 62*
Robert Turnbull – 47*

Rocks and diamonds

SMCA Div 16 Round 4: 15 June 2019 vs. The Ponds B

Rocks and diamonds.

It’s the only cliche that can aptly describe today’s match.

Our opposition, The Ponds, came from the same club as The Miracle in Milperra, so we were confident of some high-quality and entertaining cricket today. We did… in patches.

Apaches elected to bowl first with the bowling of Brad Koch (0/9) and Bryan Seymour (0/31). Both had the ball moving beautifully through the air, with Bryan tailing it in, and Brad mostly moving it out. Edges were beaten, and LBWs turned down, but the opposition batsmen remained resolute. Brad was desperately unlucky to not have one of the opposition openers out LBW, and it was a decision we’d be ruing all day. The opener would go on to score 119.

Sammuri replaced Koch after three of his overs, as the plan was to save him for the finish of the innings due to his miserly economy rate. Immediately, the opener took a liking to Sammuri’s bounce and started to take him to town. Similar things were happening to Seymour. Fortunately, he retired on 40. Sammuri immediately took care of the #3 LBW, and soon after had the #4 caught behind by Smokey Hawkins. Numbers 7 and 8 fell the same way, LBW and caught behind to Sammuri (4/24).

In the mean time, Zac Abbott was bowling at the other end and making inroads. Not to be outshone, his first over yielded two wickets, one masterfully caught by John Wright, and the other by Bryan at full stretch at square leg. He took a further LBW to finish three overs 3/20. From getting absolutely pummelled, the Apaches were in the commanding position of having the opposition 7/85 at the break. The opener had scored 40*, the other opener 11, and from then on the opposition’s scorebook read a dismal 0,1,7,0,5,1.

However, as we know with winter cricket, we have to take all 9 wickets. And boy did we struggle to get the opener out. A few tough chances went down. One by Sammuri at slip, and the other by Cleaves at deep mid wicket. However, the opener was seriously impressive. While Smokey Hawkins(0/44) and John Wright (1/31) contained him, we couldn’t stop him reaching a masterful century. After John had earlier dismissed his lower-order batting partner for 16 by bowling his off stump, we eventually dismissed the centurion when Smokey ran out his lazy partner.

Apaches were left chasing 164, 119 of which were scored by one man.

Bryan and John opened the batting. The Ponds opened their bowling with a sharp bowler who liked to bowl short. The first ball off the innings was directed at Byran’s body, and took an unfortunate ricochet off his stomach into the stumps. Truly unlucky. Cleaves went out to bat at #3 and was keeping the sharp opener out with some courageous batting. Similarly, John continued to patiently hold his own and work it around. A change of bowling, to an in-swinger brought an end to Joe Cleaves for 4 runs, after he was bowled. Sammuri and John Wright set out to consolidate. It was a job partially done as we were 2/53 at the break.

Needing 6 an over for the rest of the match, John and Will took a few boundaries and risk-free singles. Both batsmen retired within a few balls for each other.

With two men retired in the sheds, and a score of 91 not long after the break, Apaches were confident. In a fashion similar to The Ponds, however, the middle order were part of a collapse. Brad (12) was looking superb, smacking a towering 6 and a belting a 4 before going for one too many and getting caught on the longest boundary of the field. Josh Mavin was unlucky to be given out caught behind for 2, while Surman was bowled for a duck. Abbott looked good for his 4 before being caught and bowled, which brought Sammuri back to the crease. He wouldn’t add any more to the score, caught first ball back by a sharp catch at silly mid on. Wright and Yap were the only hopes.

Unfortunately, John was run out for 42. Yap (6) made some picket-fence contributions, but was caught behind pushing the score, as by this point the run-rate had crept to 9 an over.

Apaches all out for 114.

Both teams will go home thinking the same thing: Happy with the bowling, but wondering how different the game could have been with more even contributions with the bat.

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl
The Ponds B: 9/164
Will Sammuri – 4/24 from 6 overs
Zac Abbott – 3/20 from 3 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 9/114
Wright 42
Sammuri 40

Summer Hill hold off Apaches in final over

SMCA Div 15 Round 1: 4 May 2019 vs Summer Hill A at Moore Park 7

The match between Kingsford Apaches A and Summer Hill A was an enthralling one, with the result in the balance until the final two balls.

Kingsford elected to bowl first, fearing rain would interfere with the match (it didn’t). A medical emergency to GG’s cat saw us with 8 men in the field the whole innings.

Sammuri (1/20, 6 overs) and Holland (2/18, 6 overs) opened the bowling and both struck with an LBW in their first over. Summer Hill were reeling at 2/2 after two overs. From there, the batsmen consolidated. They weren’t scoring quickly as the bowling remained extremely tight, but the next wicket didn’t fall until the 12th over (bowled Holland).

Summer Hill reached the break at 3/63.

Kingsford needed a strong bowling effort from their inexperienced change bowlers in the second half of the match in order to restrict Summer Hill. While CleavesKetkar, and Mampitiyarachchi bowled some absolute pearlers, the bowling was inconsistent and many wides were bowled. Wright and Bykov finished the innings professionally, picking up wickets and vital dot-balls from the 30th over onward.

Missing a recognised keeper in the squad also didn’t help, as Sammuri began to struggle to gather balls being bowled wide down the leg side – some of which the batsmen were able to sneak an extra run off (although, miraculously, only one bye went to his name).

By the end of the Kingsford bowling innings, there were 68 extras for the match. We’ll have to check if that’s a record.

Chasing 198 for victory, Sammuri and Mampitiyarachchi opened the batting. Sammuri took a liking to both opening bowlers, and had amassed 38 runs by the 6th over of the match. An ill-disciplinced cut shot, however, saw his innings end two short of a valuable retirement. GG (13) also made a blistering start, but fell to the same cut shot off the same bowler. Cleaves drove one to cover, but Sujee stayed strong, and with Surman began to rebuild. Kingsford were 3/89 at the break. The run-rate not a problem.

Sujee retired in the 25th over, and Surman (16) fell to – you guessed it – a cut shot. Holland (27) and Wright (15*) made valuable contributions in the middle order, but the run-rate kept climbing. Last week’s hero Bykov was unable to combine with Wright to score the required 18 runs off the final over and Kingsford ended their 36 overs on 190.

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl
Jeremy Holland – 2/18 from 6 overs
John Wright – 2/35 from 6 overs

2nd inns.
Sujee Mampitiyarachchi – 42*
Will Sammuri – 38

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