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An umpire can be distinguished from the players in that he wears a white coatrather like a dentist.Moreover, at least some of the batsmen in every game, heproves to be just as popular.An umpire is a magistrate who is often called upon to pronounce judgement moretimes in the course of one afternoon than his opposite number on the bench encountersduring the whobe ~of a judicial term. He must often make, in an extremelyshort space of time , a decision which could affect the course of cricket historyfor a decade; not to mention the extremely delicate ego of the individual performer.A good umpire must possess the courage of a lion, the wisdom of an owl, thehide of a rhinocerous and the staying power of a pedigree stallion, yet none ofthese things will save him from sometimes having to accept the unpopularity usuallyreserved for Nerc, Hitler and Jack the Ripper.It is no help at all to realise that the umpire is in the presence of at leasteleven other umpires who are convinced that their own quite different opinion iscorrect and the official who disagrees with them is either prejudiced corrupt,short-sighted, mad or a person regarding whose parentage the^e exists the gravestpossible doubts...The umpire is always right, here and hereafter. But he pays for his godlikestatus. He is loved by only one person at a time and then only for a minute or soafter a favourable decision. The fielders walk out and are photographed,then thebatsmen, even more heavily. The umpires, with power of life and death, are notnoticed, the photographers don't bother with them. No one cares if they have gotlumbago. They are not applauded. The spectators know each batsman's Christian namebut so far as they are concerned the umpire need never have been baptised atall. The batsman smacks a four past cover point and loud cheers greet his heroicfeat. The umpire gives him out LBW. His fate is accepted with delight or sorrow.But what of the skill of the umpire's decision? If he's right, he is paid to beright. If he's wrong - and he is always wrong 'to thousands - he is lower than thedeepest fish and blinder than the deepest moleThe umpire then, is considered to be among the most essential equipment at cricketmatches and to the regret of most of the players some of the time, and someof the players most of the time, this gentleman is known, among many more colourfultitles as "ump".

«ftJ»«#}}}}S58fSJ${SSSStSS5SSS$SSS}SSSS5{S}tlStt{J$$«55{l#S##•••*« . ,, . _ ************************• #«** T N N P U I P C AWN FL U A R n Q *********«*************J55IJ I K U P H I t b A N D A W f l K D b t s t t t m t S m t t t t t m t t•it**************************************************************»*•*»«**•»•«*»**»•*»»*************»******************************»$* ** **KEN MATHEWS TROPHY* Ken Mathews, an Englishman, was the Naval Attache at the British High ** Commission in the mid-seventies. During his tour of duty in Canberra ** he lived in Warramanga and played cricket with Weston Creek Cricket ** Club in the Sub-district competition. Ken was a handy spinner who ** took over 30 wickets in his last season (1976-77).He enjoyed his time ** with Weston Creek and made many friends. Prior to his return to Engl- 5* and he donated a trophy for the 'Best Club bowling performance" ****** HOLDER SERVICE CENTRE TROPHY #* ** The other major trophy, The Holder Service Centre trophy for batting ** was donated by Laurie O'Mara in 1978-79 to be awarded to the batsman *5 with the highest aggregate for the season. » * *J TEAM AWARDS ** #* The team awards are donated by P.A.Credit Union Co-operative Ltd The ** criteria used for the team awards are as follows; The batting award ** goes to the player with the best average for the team. To qualify he S* muse have an aggregate of 200 or more. The bowling award goes to the *J player with 20 or more wickets with the best average. The fielding *5 award is usually recommended by the team captain. ** ** SPECIAL AWARDS 5* These are awarded to players who have made special contributions to ** the club during the season. ** *» * * * » * * » » » * * * * » * * * * * » * * » * » « » * * * » » * * * * * * * » • * » * * * * » » » » » * « * * * * * * » * »»»*«*************************************************AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM AGM*****************************************************THE A.G.M. WILL BE HELD DURING THE EARLY PART OF JULYAND ALL MEMBERS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY LETTER, IF YOUHAVE CHANGED YOUR ADDRESS DURING THE SEASON PLEASEINFORM THE HON,SECRETARY.

HARRIS & NORTHAMTO THE A .CMNo one was sure as to who won the toss. But'Wacka' decided to bat anyway. Kambahmay have won the first trick with the toss but when the heads were counted theCreek team had 12 players, dressed whites and chewing their gum and doing all theunnecessary things that cricketers do before a game. Kambah had about 8. And thiswas just two minutes before the 12-a-side game was due to start.Teams were selected over a period of some eight weeks. Rumours have it thatseveral players were seen shouting Harris free beers in the hope of getting selrectedin his team with a view to boosting their non-existant batting or bowlingaverages.The game started almost on time but took ten minutes to get the first ball bowledand a further ten minutes to complete the first over.. The reason for such aslow over rate had nothing to do with the fact that Harris's bowlers were a bit'over the hill'. They never reached it. Anyway, in spite of Harris the game gotunderway and soon the 'Creek batsmen were showing signs that they are experts atproviding catching practice while those from over the valley looked as if they coulddo with some. In the next half an hour eight catches were put down.Kambah werea sorry sight in the field and 'Wacka' promptly provided them with two fieldersand one of them took a fine catch to give Kambah it's real break. ( Other breakswere in the form of broken thumbs and arms while dropping catches)When Jim Nuttall came to the crease oozing with confidence Harris brought himselfon to bowl. His first ball was a golf. Yes, a golf ball. The second got scrambleinside Leon Buchanan's pocket.' However, twelve 'Creek players enjoyed themselvesin compiling 200 runs. Thanks to some brilliant umpiring by Don Brooker whoincidentally come from from Weston Creek.Kambah started their innings and were in trouble straight away with 2 down for5 runs. However both Harris and Irvine managed to improve their batting averages.(After all that was the main reason for the match.J Some seem to think that Harris'average ,1went, up by some 200%.When comes to tactics O'Mara is no fool. The few beers he bought for Harris atthe lunch break paid dividents when he was bowled all over the place straight afterlunch.The match was now proving to be a no match. Batsmen (and Umpires) cameout and soon they were all out for around 150.A Trophy, specially designed for this annual game was donated anonymouslywas presented to the captain of the 'Creek side for a rather tame win afteryear's thrilling tie.in andandlastAfter the game a special committee met to discuss certain complaints and unanimouslydecided to suspend Harris and Northam from playing in any further matchesbetween Kambah and Weston Creek during the 1981-82'season. Harris had the audacityto offer a specially minted double headed coin for 'Wacka', as the captain ofthe home team to toss when Harris promptly called 'heads' and won. Northam on theother hand had left his team without the skippers's written permis and hadbeen seen sitting very close to a person of an unknown sex(Observers who had keptthe situation under close scrutiny - while batting- complained that their concentrationhad been affected by such goings on and as such failed to keep their eyeson the ball)

8ffg 888 8 »HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH^ »**5 J 5 ANSWERS TO QUIZ1 The answer expected was Ian Redpath. In actual fact he was Gibbs' 308th victimgiving Gibbs the record. For the record Gibbs' 309th victim was Gary Gilmour.2. J.H.Fingleton. 3. B.McKechnie 4. W.J.Johnstone5. A.Turner. 6. Ian Chappell, (Simpson was on 99 until his come back)7. Lawry, Jarman, I Chappell, G.Chappell. 8. Petrh WACA.9. As soon as he enters the field of play. 10. Victoria.11. McCosker, O'Keefe, Davis, Dyson, Turner, Francis and Hilditch.12. K.D.Walters, C.G.Greenidge, H.A.Gomes, A.T.W.Grout, A.M.E.Roberts, R.G.D.Willis.********qqq****************************************************************************************WINNERS OF THE QUIZ**************************************************************There were no entries with all correct answers, however the five entrants gotall bar two answers correct.ROB CHAPMAN, TIM KENNEDY, KEN PARKER, KEITH PARKER AND TOM ANDERSON • will bereceiving free books.A 1The striker has the right to hit the ball without interference from the fieldingside. The umpire should replace the ball where it came to rest and orderthe fieldsmen to resume the places they occupied in the field before the ballwas delivered.A 2 The umpire should revoke the call of "wide" as the striker had hit the ball.The' batsman is out, caught.A 3Much to Bruce's joy, the batsman is out, hit wicket.A 4 Yes, the umpire was correct. However the batsman would have been out caughtif he had hit the ball a second time before it had hit the ground and the catchwas taken.

matchreports9ACTCA FIRST GRADEROUND 11 vs WodenOn one of the few ocassions during the year, I won the toss and elected to bar:.We opened with^Ace' and Tim Morris. Tim batted extremely well in the new positionas opener. He batted for three hours and made 57. The middle order maintained theirusual form, Kensey 3, and Irvine 12, and again the lower middle order came tothe rescue with 'Outstanding batting performances by Graham Drew 40, Richard Drew56* and Tim Overland 44*. Tim and Richard moved the score from 185 on the first dayto -237 in 30 minutes of batting on the second day.We started well in the bowling department with a wicket from the first ball ofTim Overland 's opening over and continued to pick up wickets early and had Woden3/19.Woden consolidated and made it difficult for our bowlers to penitrate. At thisstage we were on top, but a lapse of concentration, a few dropped catches and somepoor fielding let Woden off the hook. At the completion of 20 overs Woden were 8/201 with Tim Overland and Tim Morris each 3/33 and Richard Drew 2/40WCCC 7 dec 237, Woden 8/201, Match drawnGregIrvineHOLDERSERVICE CENTREBLACKWOOD TERRACEHOLDER, A.C.T. 2611PHONE: 884702MaintenanceServiceLicenced Builder• EXTENSIONSBUILT-IN ROBES••KITCHENS 8, BATHROOMSLAMINEX & FORMICA*•GENERAL REPAIRSCARPENTRY & JOINERY ••INSURANCE WORKACT MOTOR VEHICLE REGISTRYAUTHORISED INSPECTORAVAILABLEiRoy War burton48 889612A Hardman St. O'Connor

1 0ACTCA SECOND GRADEROUND 10 vs CityThe day was fine, the pitch was hard at Stirling and Paddy won his third tossin"a row. All was set for another Weston Creek victory! POB decided to bat on thedead wicket, score over 200 runs on the shortened, double cut outfield and recorda comfortable win. Well that was what was supposed to happen. We shot away ' to agreat start, losing our first four wickets for 15 runs. POB's dream had turned intoa nightmare. The question on everyone's lips was "WOULD WE LAST TILL TEA"?Richard Drew put his head down for a well compiled 49 and was the backbone ofthe 'Creek innings. Our last four wickets put on 95 runs, making it difficult forall concerned to work out where our batting line-up starts. We finished ourinnings with a respectable score of 146. Overnight City were 0/10. The wicket waseven harder when play commenced the following Saturday. It was a batsman's paradisewith only a few "Grine petches on the trek". Our bowlers found the going hardand our attack was soon depleted when Rob 'Chappo' Chapman tried to embed the ballinto the turf with his hip after just failing to reach a caught - andtbowledopportunity.The slow City batting gained momentum just before tea and they eventually closedtheir innings at 8/201. Leon Buchanan finished with 2/68 off 27 overs.We batted again and POB provided some entertainment with a hard hitting 28 inless than even time.Leon BuchananOPEN9am - 6.30pm WEEKDAYS9am -12.30pm SATURDAYSPERRY DRIVECHAPMANFREE LOCAL D E L I V E R YPh. 8 8 8684• EXTENSIVE GIFT RANGE• FRENCH PERFUMERY• WE OFFER 24HR PHOTOFINISHING SERVICEWITH REPLACEMENT24 EXPOS KODAK FILMACTCA THIRD GRADEROUND 9 vs GinninderraBy winning the toss WCCC were obviously in the box position because heavy earlymorning rain had made the Mawson wicket quite sticky.From a respectable (in the conditions) 3 for 18 Ginninderra absolutely collapsedto be ALL OUT FOR 25- a pitiful display for a finals contender. Geoff Fergusonand Bruce Coe both took five wickets, for next to nothing, in excellent bowlingdisplays.The target of 25 was passed for the loss of 4 wickets and at 8 for 66 we declaredto try and force an outright win. Geoff Ferguson with 17 was the best of thebatsmen.At 5 for 42 in the second innings Ginninderra looked to be 'i strife but stoutrearguard action saw a final score of 6 for 91 and thus outri'jnt defeat was avoided.Geoff Ferguson continued his good form with the ball taking 3 wickets, givinghim a match total of 8 wickets.

ROUND 10 vs CityAfter winning the toss for the sixth consecutive time WCCC sent City in on ahard well grassed Narrabundah South wicket. From 7 for 109 City recovered to finallycompile 177 against some steady bowling. Geoff Ferguson and "Bubbles" Robinswere the best of the bowlers with three wickets each. Perhaps the highlight of theday was the excellent ground fielding with 'Trusty" Bowdler outstanding. GrantChristensen took perhaps the "catch of the year" on the boundary, looking directlyinto the sun.At 2 for 4 WCCC looked to be in more trouble than the early explorers butPeter Day(51), Grant Christensen (47), Wal Hall (18- or was it 20i and Geoff Ferguson(17) set about retrieving the situation. A further slump occured and at ninefor 150 hope was almost gone. Colin Imms (with a restrained 44) and Peter Robinsproceeded to put on an untroubled 45 for the last wicket, to see us through to anotherHoudini type escape, and thus keeping us as finals contenders. Immsie eeemsto be playing like a man under threat that a failure would mean his next outingwould be on the SCG - that's the Sinai Cricket Ground not the Sydney Cricket Ground.Still Colin, Laker had a lot of success on dusty wickets.ROUND 11 vs WodenFor the seventh consecutive time the coin fell favourably for us and the immediatedecision was to bat on an excellent Deakin West track. Once again we had aslow indifferent start to be 6/78. The only highlight of the pre-tea session wasthat Immsie was coaxed, shamed, prodded, ordered into an umpiring stint - of coursehe soon struck up a conversation with the fielding team, obviously extollingthe virtues of Amway products and/or his newly acquired automobile.A post-tea revival was started by those young Turks, Tom Anderson (55) and WalHall (13) and carried on with added momentum by Tom and Immsie (34) who was keento follow up his earlier sales pitch. On Colin's departure Tom was joined by 'Bubbles'Robins (who had only been dismissed once in 1982) and a 9th wicket stand of46 ensued. An unfinished last wicket partnership of 25 between Robins (37*)and Coesaw us declare at a respectable 9/218.Woden started the big chase quite slowly but gradually picked up the pace topass our score for the loss of 7 wickets. Peter Robins with 4/74 off 21 consecutiveovers was the best of the bowlers.With this loss our chances for the finals took a drastic nose dive.ROUND 12 vs South Woden11Bruce CoePerhaps, the most crucial toss of the year was lost and we were asked to bat ona soft Mawson wicket, with an uncut outfield, under leaden skies.When play closed at 4pm because of a deluge we had reached 7/114 with an informPeter Robins on 45* having been assisted by Peter Day with 20 well compiledjfuns.Batting for an hour on the second day in the quest of quick runs saw Wal Hallmake 74 (the top score for the season) and with Jonathan Abrahams (15) add 74 forthe 9th wicket, also the best effort for the season. Earlier Peter Robins had completeda splendid half century. Our final score was 200, thus gaining us 6 bonuspoints.South Woden then batted and at 6/79 we had an outside chance of forcing the follow-on but in a_ style a-la-Weston Creek the tail wagged and a final score of 150was reached. Tim Kennedy (4 wickets), Geoff Ferguson (2) and Immsie (2) were thebest of the bowlers, who were ably backed up by some splendid catching and groundfielding with 'Superman 'Kent the star.In a mad chase for second innings bonus points we knocked up 100 in 12 overswith Tim Kennedy p idering 43 in less than 6 overs. Our hopes of a 11th hour finalsberth were dashed when Wests unexpectedly beat Norths to hold a place in "TheFour".Bruce Coe

12A.C.TPaperhangersSpecialist Paperhanger& Painting ContractorJ06 inWODEN PLAZA-81 0138% V cte*Crick, ShoTtacKSoUST -Shi ftsSY\o^sttous etsTO WESTON CREEK0 / t MEMBERS ON10PRESENTATIONU L O '^ L 8 C O THIS PRESENTATION VOUCHER OF*********************************************************** *****ACTCA FOURTH GRADE*************************************ft********************************ROUND 9 vs GinninderraThis was the second time we played Ginninderra and the second time rainout play resulting in a draw.washedAfter winning the toss and sending the opposition in to bat on a rain affectedwicket we expected that our bowlers would quickly get on top and give us an easyscore to chase. This wasn't to be due to some good batting but we didn't help ourcause by bowling far too short and on a poor line.When rain washed out play Ginninderra had made a healthy 6 for 139 off 44 overs.Best of our bowlers were Mick Howe with 3 for 43 off 16 overs and Ron Foster with2/14 off 7 oversROUND 10 vs CityBatting first on a very good batting wicket City were all out for 157 after anopening stand of 45. On such a placid pitch, tight accurate bowling was requiredand all of our bowlers did just that. Greg Rouse taking 3/10 Ron Foster 2/31, JustinBrown 2/35 Bill filler 2/29 and Mai Skelly 1/22.After some reasonably unreliable batting early in the season a good batting performancewas needed and the boys really turned it on making 318- our highest totalso far this season (we are saving the really big ones for the finals). Top battingperformances came from Mai'Skelly 71,Ron Smith 51, Don Boyd 50,John Waldron 40and Greg Rouse who capped off a fine double with 29. Special mention to Chris Harriswho made only 15 but who with Don Boyd, put on a good second wicket partnershipto lay the foundation for our big score.

ROUND 11 vs WodenOnce again the Mawson pitch turned out to be first class for batting. Afterlosing the toss and being asked to bowl first we finally dismissed Woden for 203early on the second day. Once again the bowling was steadyrather than brilliantbuta top performance was turned in by Greg Rouse who took 4/35 off 20 overs. • Otherwicket takers were Bill Miller3/67, Hal Skelly 1/12 and Ron Foster 1/35. A disappointingfeature of our fielding all year has been the catches we dropped. Onceagain we put down 6 catches making it easy for Woden to make a good score.Set 204 to win we started disastrously losing our first two wickets for 10 runs.Once again a fine partnership (this time between Don Boyd and Ron Smith who puton 72) set us on the road to victory and we finished up passing Woden's score forthe loss of 8 wickets and with 5 overs to spare. With the pressure on all day,this was probably our best batting performance so far. All batsmen contributed butspecial mention must go to Ron Smith(34) Don Boyd (49) Hal Skelly (25) and lastbut not the least John Waldron who made a fine 55 not out.A top effort in the lead up to the finals.13Bill MillerSEMI FINAL 75 East Canberra C.C.'THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY'HAfter severai days of heavy rain in the week preceding the game our most fearswere realized on the day when we were sent in to bat on a wet "sporting" •' trhck.Runs were difficult to come by and the team reached 84 which was a respectable scoreunder the circumstances. Bill Miller led by example with an unconquered 24.Our bowlers soon had their "tails in the air" when they were able to extracta bit of life from the pitch. Hal Skelly, Ron Foster and Mick Howe had all thebatsmen in trouble with some fine bowling. Unfortunately our catching, with somenotable exceptions, was poor and this enabled Easts to score 89 runs and pass uson the first innings.Mai skelly finished with the figures of 7/31 off 17.4 oversin a sustained spell of bowling which was an inspiration to everyone.The first day of nail biting tension was not yet over as we had to bat for justunder one hour before stumps. In that time we crashed to 5/28 and went back to theClub that night with our "tails between our weary legs".However, the next morning the remaining batsmen showed renewed spirit and scoredanother 104 runs by lunch time. Mai Skelly (27) and Mick Howe (23) led the wayby attacking the bowlers at every opportunity. Easts started their second inningsrequiring 128 runs to win and our bowlers, particularly Greg Rouse (3/29) and MaiSkelly (3/34), had them struggling all the way. Once again we dropped many catcheswhich let the opposition sneak past our total with two shaky wickets in hand.In spite of our misfortunes in the field it was a very interesting match andplayed in great spirit by both teams. That night my heart felt sympathies wentout to Mai Skelly 'for what should have been a match winning performance by him,and to Bill Miller for his fine leadership and hard work that went into the teamthroughout the season."Wacka"(** Perhaps the title should be "The one that was presented on a silver plate notonce but twice"Ed.)

*••*#«**»**««*#»«* ************* »***»«***«**1 4CCSCAFIRST GRADEIt***ROUND 7vs KNRSLBeing sent in to bat we started well and looked to be setting ourselves upa big score. Unfortunately two of our most consistent batsmen failed.Ray Stone and Clive Jones put together a solid partnership of 65 for the 5thwicket. We then had a slump and were pulled back by our last three batsmen-LionelLaverty, Steve Bamsley and Tom Porter. We were all out for 134 - Stone 34, Jones31 Laverty 19 and Porter 10*.At the end of play on the first day KNRSL were 2 for 35. On the second day westruggled for the break through and dropping catches was not helpful. KNRSL eventuallypassed our score six wickets down.Our best bowling figures were Laverty 4/41and Porter 2/30.ROUND 8vs HighlandersWe won the toss and sent the Highlanders into bat. After a strong talk from thecaptain we attacked the opposition batsmen. The bowlers were well supported by thefielders and we held most of our catches and had the Highlanders all out for 142.The score could have been a lot lower if a decision against the top scorer hadbeen given. After an unsuccessful appeal for L.B.W., the acting umpire said thatthe batsman had hit the ball but gave the batsman not out caught behind because hedid not see the catch. Twiss 1/36 Laverty 4/44 Jones 2/29 and Abrahams 2/20We were 1/4 overnight and set to score the runs at a rate that suited us andfrustrated the opposition. Unfortunately two run-outs at vital times caused us tolose momentum and we began to struggle a bit and some rash batting did not help.Wewere eventually all out for 134 which was 8 runs short. Jones 52 Ellis 13, Lenahan21 and McDonald 15*ROUND < vs CityWe went into this game one man short and City were four short.They won the tossand elected to bat. We had them 5 for 13 when their last man arrived .and he. wasthe senior partner of the partnership of 21. We had them all out for 34.Our batting order was reversed and we made a mess of our innings. 1/1, 2 /43/12, 4/29, and we eventually passed City's score but lost our opportunity of gainingbadly needed outright points. Ayres 3/9, Laverty 2/9ROUNDvs DaramalanI won the toss and sent Daramalan into bat knowing that we had to win to gain asemifinal spot. After having Daramalan 4/54 and 6/97 after 30 overs one batsmantook control of the game and at the end of the alloted time they were 7/162. Barnsley2/39 and Collins 2/38.We had a bad start losing Matthew Collins for a duck. Ray Stone and Greg Ratfordcarried the score to 35 with Ray dominating the stand. A 57 run partnership betweenBowdler and Ratford and good contributions from the others secured a win. Wewere eventually all out on the last ball of the day for 165. Steve Barnsley taking10 off the last over. Ratford 40, Stone 25, Laverty 16, Bowdler 25, McDonald 19.ROUNDvs WodenRay lost the toss and invited to bat^we were given a good start of 31. Thenboth openers Greg Ratford and Bob Coughlan were out in consecutive balls. CliveJones and Ray Stone carried on with a good stand. This was Ray's best innings forthe year, when he batted with great dedication and responsibility. We eventuallyscored 150/9 at the end of our time.Woden were soon on the run at 3/36 and then lost 5 wickets for 7 runs and we wereconfident of winning but Woden eventually struggled to 9/127. This is the win thatfinally consolidated our position in the final four. This was a good win.Stone 45, Laverty 25, Jones 20, Ratford 18. Barnsley 4/39, Porter 3/40, Ratford1/14 and Laverty 1/16Tom Porterfor

CCSCA SECOND GRADE 15-ROUND 11 vs CCAEA fine individual effort by Club •veteran" Keith Parker was the highlight of anoutright win over CCAE. Sent into bat we were 4/98 at tea and seemingly set for abig total, with Barney Devlin 34, and Matthew Collinsl7 the most successful of theearly batsmen. Then we collapsed to 7/104 before a fine partnership of 40 betweenBruce Kenna (22) and Peter Hanks (20) enabled us to reach 148. In the hour beforestumps on the first day Matthew Collins and Keith Parker hit the stumps three timesto leave us in a strong position.The second day began sensationally with Keith Parker taking a wicket in each ofthe five overs he bowled to finish with 6/18. Matthew Collins picked up 4/25. Havingsecured first innings points we batted briefly to set CCAE 158 to win. Theybatted steadily and seemed to have a chance of getting the runs, that is untilKeith decided to intervene. Firstly he ran out their most dangerous batsmen and afew minutes later he captured a brilliant hat-trick. Not content with that, he finallyended a stubborn last Wicket stand by taking a good outfield catch. For hiseffort he was awarded deservinQly with the tankard.ROUND 12- ForfeitROUND 13 vs ANUOur penultimate game in the preliminary rounds saw us win a close game againsta surprisingly competitive ANU. Our opponents elected to bat and made 8/123 off44 overs before the compulsary closure. The total would have been a great dealless had we not dropped their top scorer four times- he made 63 - and had we notallowed several boundaries because of shoddy ground fielding. Our most successfulbowlers, as usual, were Matthew Collinsf3/30) and Keith Parker (2/25).In reply we struggled against unexpectedly tight bowling and we were just behindthe required run rate for most of the innings. Peter Poulos (14) and Barney Devlin(29) go off to a sound start (45) before an unbeaten partnership of 66,between Matthew Collins (50*) and newcommer David Brown (14*) saw us home with oneover to spare.ROUND 9 vs DaramalanThis was our most important game for several rounds as we played third• - placedDaramalan, who were only one point behind us. Unfortunately we lost decisivelyleaving us in the less favourable third spot in the competition with only five roundsremaining. A dismal batting performance left us in a hopeless position by theend of the first day. We managed merely a mediocre 99, with only Darren Armstrong(27) and Matthew Collins (18) reaching double figures.By stumps on day one Daramalan had reached 1/57 and they passed our total earlyon the second day without further loss. They declared at 6/204 at tea, withonly Matthew Collins (6/94) making any impression upon their strong batting lineup. A solid opening partnership of 48 between Paul Bemforth (19) and Peter Poulos(28*) ensured that we did not have to struggle to avoid an Innings defeat.ROUND 10 vs GinninderraWe returned to our winning way with a brilliant victory over Ginninderra. Sentin to bat we raced to 228 for 2 off 37 overs, with Barney Devlin (98), Matthew Collins(94*) and Peter Poulos (21) all getting runs. The second wicket partnershipbetween Barney and Matthew was worth 162 runs, scored in only 90 minutes. In replyGinninderra could manage only 91 runs, with Ian Gammage (2/13) and Keith Parker(2/15) the most successful of the bowlers.Barney Devlin

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