Community Cricket Week a Success
After an intense six months of planning the New Balance Community Cricket Week arrived, along with Cricket Ireland on their first tour to Sydney for a pre-World Cup training camp at the picturesque Coogee Beach side. Stormy clouds were present throughout the week on the east coast that threatened with intent, yet with President Whitney undertaking his nightly ritual with mother- nature in keeping the wet weather away, the gods smiled on Coogee all week.
The boys from the Emerald Isle utilised the centre square for the daily practice, envy to the rest of the club as Green Options produced first class practice facilities throughout the course of the week along with the tremendous volunteers that turned up each day to erect the netting required for each day.
Match day arrived and the gods were smiling once again as the sun shone brightly early allowing Green Options staff the opportunity to place the final touches to a very flat pitch. Volunteers too were hard at work putting in place the final pieces to the jigsaw puzzle before the crowds arrived on the historical day for the Randy Petes.
Karl “The Schu” Schubert was in fine form early on the PA system cranking out the tunes along with his professional manner, it was like listening to Radio Canberra as announcements came thick and fast keeping the general public informed.
The all important toss was made with Ireland skipper William Porterfield electing to bat before both teams presented themselves for the anthems and team photos.
Nathan Ellis was entrusted with the new rock to get the proceedings underway.
Skipper William Porterfield top scored with 74 as Ireland posted what appeared to be a competitive 255-7 at the half-way stage.
He was well supported by Ed Joyce (49) and Niall O’Brien (31) in stands of 87 and 53, but from 203 for 3 with 10 overs remaining. The Randy Petes bowled extremely well on a very docile pitch in the middle of Coogee and combined with excellent fielding and a superb last ten overs, restricted the visitors 7/255.
All the bowlers contributed with Adam Semple the pick of the bunch (2-24).
Craig Young gave the Irish an early boost when he had Middlesex player Ryan Higgins (12) caught by keeper Niall O’Brien, but that proved a false dawn as Alex Sams (80) and Nathan Price (51) shared an enterprising century stand.
Alex Kemp (31) and Daniel Sams (27) continued the flow of runs as the Irish attack struggled to keep a check on the scoring rate.
Adam Semple joined the piece and was privledge to finish off the match for the Randy Petes with an unbeaten 33 to see the homeside cruze to victory 5 wickets down with 37 deliveries remaining.
Craig Youn (3-68) was the most successful of the Irish attack, with Peter Chase (1-20) and Max Sorensen (1-36) the other wicket takers.
At Coogee Oval, Randwick Petersham beat Ireland XI by 5 wickets
W Porterfield c Price b Ellis 74
P Stirlin c Chibber b D Sams 16
E Joyce b Price 49
N O’Brien c D Sams b McLean 31
A Balbirnie c Semple b Eaton 26
G Wilson c Stapleton b Semple 24
S Thompson b Semple 15
M Sorensen not out 9
A McBrine not out 1
C Young dnb
P Chase dnb
Extras 10 (5 lb, 4w, 1nb)
Total 7 wkts (50 overs) 255
Fall: 1-24 2-111 3-164 4-203 5-204 6-237 7-248
Bowling: N Ellis 8-0-33-1; D Sams 7-0-37-1; N Stapleton 6-0-28-0; S Chhibber 6-0-37-0; N Price 6-0-34-1; A Semple 5-0-24-2; S Doggett 4-1-17-0; H McLean 4-0-28-1 S Eaton 4-0-12-1
R Higgins c N O Brien+ b Young 12
A Sams c Wilson b Sorensen 80
N Price c Sorensen b Chase 51
A Kemp c Wilson b Young 31
D Sams c Balbirnie b Young 27
A Semple not out 33
S Eaton not out 0
J Scicluna dnb
N Stapelton dnb
S Chhibber dnb
N Ellis dnb
Extras 22 (4b, 3lb, 14 w, 1 nb)
Total 5 wkts (43.5 overs) 256
Fall 1-22 2-123 3-182 4-200 5-247
Bowling: C Young 8.5-1-68-3; M Sorensen 8-0-36-1; A McBrine 10-0-32-0; P Stirling 5-0-51-0; S Thompson 8-0-42-0; P Chase 4-0-20-1