Tim Clunes Archive
After a long hiatus it’s good to be back reporting on some GCC cricket. And what quality cricket I was blessed with witnessing by this (mostly) young Tigers second grade side kick off the new calendar year in style!
In full coloured kits the Tigers took to the field first, and it was up to a couple of young pups in Aditya ‘The Ditch’ Thumma and Jak ‘Better than my Dad’ Willcox to get the ball rolling…or massively hooping in Jak’s case.
With some early pressure, some smart skippery by Garry ‘The Cat’ Stephenson, playing on the openers patience (or lack thereof), and Jak placing the ball on a dime time and time again, it wasn’t a surprise when he managed to snare an early breakthrough, with the opener trying to hit him out of the park and missing altogether…his frustration could be heard for miles when he got back to the sheds!
At the other end Ditch was making the other opener look like a chump. I lost count of the amount of times he beat the edge, in another display of tight controlled bowling.
With age restriction rules coming into effect to halt the opening spells, Tom ‘Punter’ Ffrench and ‘Postman’ Pat Jackson came into the attack. Punter started his spell a little inconsistently, mixing a couple of wides with some absolutely unplayable jaffa’s, and it was one of those which brought about the important wicket of the Northies number 3, with the middle peg knocked back. At the other end Postman Pat was taking a little while to get into his spell (ask him about how he managed to go for 9 off one ball…a special effort!), but after the drinks break he settled into a great spell of bowling, picking up a couple of wickets, including bowling the opposition skipper for a very handy first 2nd grade scalp.
By this stage Punter had settled into a groove at the other end and was working his way through a fantastic spell, and being the only one of the opening four quicks over 15 (and therefore allowed to bowl more than a 6 over spell) he ended up bowling his 10 straight, picking up another wicket along the way, and unlucky not to grab a couple more.
At the other end Cat had introduced himself and immediately kept things quiet, which also led to wickets. Bowling with good flight and drop he bamboozled 4 Northies in total to claim the great figures of 4/20odd off his full quota. All he needs now is Warney to put in a good word for him, and we may see him donning a baggy green come August.
Jak came back into the attack after Punter had finished his spell and bowled well, again hitting great areas and making scoring difficult. Coxy also rolled the arm over and picked up a scalp as a result of some tight and deceptive tweakers.
All in all is was a great display in the field by the Tigers, including a run-out by the returning Kieren ‘Sonic’ Ferns, and they managed to bowl out the opposition for 187, a very gettable target at Kippax 2!
After enjoying the spread put on by Mr.’s Wood and Coate, the Tigers were keen for a good start to the chase, and Woj and Chris Nicoladis got them off to an absolute cracker. Chris crunched the first ball he faced over the bowlers head for 4, and Woj was putting away all the bad balls at the other end as well. They were 25 after 2, and continued in fine form to be about 70 after 10, still no wickets down, with Chris looking like he was trying to hit the leather of the ball, and Woj happy placing the ball superbly, including taking one ball from well outside off to hit a boundary to a vacant fine-leg.
Chris eventually fell for a well made 36, which brought Clunesy to the crease. He played some nice shots, particularly a couple of boundaries off his pads, before falling to a screamer of a catch at cover when he had crunched a drive.
At the other end Woj was having an interesting battle with one of the Northies spinners. The bowler was seeing how much flight he could put on the ball in an attempt to get Woj to hit straight, as Woj seemed to be testing out how fine he could he hit it…and he was willing to try either side of the wicket with paddles, and reverse paddles and some other shots no-one else has ever witnessed. He managed to pass 50, for, I think, the third time this season, and was forming a good partnership with his skipper, who had replaced Clunesy at the other end, before he eventually fell for an excellent 64.
It didn’t take long for Cat to find his timing, and with the help of a quick outfield and some good support from Anthony ‘Polo’ Lark, he had the Tigers racing along at a good rate, and closing in on the total with a bonus point in mind. After playing a couple of glorious cover drives Gaz eventually fell for a vital 42 as he tried to moose one into his parent’s back yard chasing the bonus point.
His dismissal gave Fernsey the chance to come to the crease and hit the winning runs, well within 40 overs bringing not only the 6points for a win, but a bonus point as well, making the victory, and the song, even sweeter!
This victory gives this second grade side a 2 from 2 record in the one-dayers, and they’ll be keen to continue that form to secure a finals birth to go along with their 20/20 final in a couple of weeks, and considering a bunch of players that were missing today, the depth and skill on display today indicates that a finals spot is a realistic goal and well within reach.
Overall it was a great performance, and a pleasure to watch.
Until next time,
House of Hounds
A cool morning greeted both Ginninderra and ANU at the revamped Kippaz 2 for the start of the 1st grade 2 day competition for season 2007/08.
Whispers of disbelief floated about Canberra like stink off roadkill in regards to Kippax 2 being used as a first grade ground. These fears however would have been allayed when cars were seen using it in the early morning as a main thoroughfare to and from the busy metropolis that is the Kippax Centre. Once cordoned off, groundsmen Wood and Simpson marked it up and drilled in the stumps. Still not convinced, ANU captain Randall Starr won the toss and sent the Tigers in.
This proved to be good news for new Tiger Mick Delaney who was a couple of hours away having missed the turn off at Yass. Seeing the surf of Wollongong proved to be a bit of a giveaway that he may have in fact gone too far. Batting at 9 he was told to take his time, take in the sites/wineries such was the confidence of the Tiges.
Openers Tim Clunes and Stephenson battled away for just under an hour before Stephenson was bowled by Godara for the sake of quicker scoring when the total was on 26. Clunes soon followed to leave the Tigers at 2/30 at drinks. Carmichael came in and hit a few boundaries, then decided to go over the top but was caught at mid-on (might need to eat more beans young fella!).
This bought about a very handy partnership between skipper Brett Knowles and Anthony Lark (one of four debutants) taking the Tigers to about 3/100 at lunch.
In the second session both batsmen continued on their merry way taking the total past 150 before Lark was caught for 38. Josh Kentwell hung around for a while to make a rock solid 1 before being adjudged LBW. Tim Reardon (or Corndog to his mates) then put on another enterprising partnership with Knowles who bought up his hundred just before tea to rapturous applause from the Ginninderra faithful, including 3rd grade … (see match report). 5/220.
After Tea the ante was upped with Knowles steaming past 150, Reardon in the process making a brisk 41, Warren ‘Wags’ Clunes with 20, Delaney with a belly full of Tapas said well done to BK then was out and Ricey clubbed a few fours before Knowles was out for a club record 176, a brilliant knock. The innings was closed at 9/335 with Kiley denied again to show off THAT cover-drive.
ANU negotiated the tricky 6 overs that opening batsmen just love to do at that time of day to finish 0/15.
The Kippax 2 wicket giving off a glacial type glare would have given the students confidence going into the run chase with Sheridan and Rego taking the score to about 40 before Rego’s innings expired at the hands of Kentwell getting a feather down the leg side to a short ball. Former Tiger (there is plenty around) Clarke looked solid and took the score to 60 odd before Delaney ripped one past his head getting a glove behind and removing his nasal hairs in the process. Sheridan looking dangerous tickled one behind off the bowling of Lark to leave ANU 3/96 at lunch.
With the ANU side stacked with Comets, the partnership between Cameron and Starr was the big one. It proved to be so, with Starr taking his time to settle in while Cameron opened up after making a half century. The partnership yielded 115 before Cameron was beaten by lack of pace, turn and talent on the bowlers behalf (Stephenson) to walk off with 83. ANU went in to tea in the box seat at 4/225.
Apparently someone had said to Starr that if he finished it an just under an hour before stumps he’d be whisked away to catch the last flight to Perth to catch up with his twin brother Ryan Campbell (changed his name when he came to Canberra to avoid the confusion). So he did! A flurry of boundaries came from his bat as he racked up 113 before being caught at deep mid on off Kiley, well great knock and a good example on how to pace an innings in a big run chase. Bennett also impressed with 60 odd not out to see ANU home by 5 wickets.
An entertaining game and one of many that are sure to follow for this season at Kippax 2.
GCC 340/9 dec, ANU 341/5
Michael Delaney 1/36
GCC lost by 8 wickets
Hello again Tiger faithfull. Sunday saw the offspring of the tigres of old do battle with the youth of Canberra cricket the ACT under 17’s.
The day started off great with good weather and a flat track although there was some unusual green stuff never before seen on the turf at the KCG. The lads without the use of the change rooms went bush cricket and set up camp on the edge of the oval, before getting stuck into their warm-ups. A nice brisk jog and strech before a game of feilding soccer that turned into a disaster with only half of the lads knowing what was going on. At this time stand in skipper Jame ‘Bats like a chump’ Coast headed off for the toss. Feeling rather confident he called heads and as usaul for a tigers skipper the coin came up tails, the lads were having a field. The bowlers set off for a trundle to get loose and the rest got into some catching a horendous throughing efforts, luckily Col Clunes father of Tim ‘ George ‘ Clunes was there to pick up the scraps. After everyone was changed the lads were ready to go and set off on their journey. Dean ‘loves to stare’ Ohlmus was thrown the new ball and told to pick an end, over joyed with excitement he passed up the oppertunity and gave Nick ‘Porridge’ Burridge the wind for the first spell. Both lads bowled well before ‘Loves to Stare’ let rip a wicked boucer that had the poor young lad waving his bat in fear only to get a faint edge and be sent on his way after a solid catch from Ben ‘I’m awake’ Bosworth. A few more overs passed before the next breakthrough after ‘I’m awake’ took a sharp diving catch down the leg side to remove the next young lad.
After both lads combined for a solid opening bowling partnership it was time for a change as Dean could hardly stand up and Porridge felt he needed a break. On came one of the local criminals Dom ‘did you see my six’ Bunyan and Cameron ‘Smiles alot’ Betts. Dom bowled good channels without much luck whilst ‘smiles alot’ picked up once again caught by Bosworth. This brought about drinks with the visitors at 3 for not many. A couple of overs passed after drinks with ‘did you see my six’ and ‘smiles alot’ bowling well. ‘Bats like a chump’ senseing something had to be done throwing Leigh ‘I felt like a BBQ’ Sherman the ball for instant sucess. First ball WICKET! caught Bunyan at short cover. ‘Bats like a chump’feeling pretty good about himself now. A few more overs passed before Sherman found another break through sending one young lad packing after ripping a deadly fast ball straight through to slam into middle only to have the bail barely fall off in what was a pretty funny site. After a few boring overs it was time of a change.
‘Bats like a chump’ soon became ‘Bowls like a chump’ as he took the ball for ‘smiles alot’ saving him for the later stages of the day. A few looseners came through followed but a rip-snorter for no event. Next ball: rank half tracker that was pulled straight down the throut of ‘loves to stare’ for a pretty solid catch in the end. A few more overs passed and Sherman being the young pup that he is was forced to come off after a very solid spell due to age restrictions. Bring on Matt ‘I dont like BBQ’s’ Purcell to get into the swing of things. Nothing much happened for a few overs before one silly little boy tried to moose the skip only to be decieved by a wrong-un. (or so he tells us).Poor little Matty bowled well for no result before being dragged in what looked to be a case of not letting youth out shine him by ‘bats, bowls and fields like a chiump’. On came the quicks Ohlmus and Burridge to finish the day. Some good tight bowling and solid fielding efforts from the lads in particular ‘I dont like BBQ’s’ in going for a runout from square leg he through the ball completely sideways a just about take out ‘did you see my six’ at midwicket. ‘Loves to stare’ let go a rapid bouncer to pim the top scorer for the 17’s in the ribs and leave one rather discusting bruise. Of course ‘Loves to Stare’ went down for a look, only to be heard whispering in the batsmans ear ” get up you weak prick or ill do it again”. After a few tears and a bit of time we were ready to go all over again. Dean in a true fast bowlers effort dug the next ball in only to hit once bounce over the fence. Shaking it off he let got the next delivery once again short test the young lad, and again the ball sent sailing once bounce into Humpy’s fence, 6 runs. Dean with a look of anger in his eye set off for the next ball, but like a young and wreckless fast bowler dug it in again. Same result sighed the skipper have to venture off over Humpy’s fence to retrieve the second six of the over.
It needed a change, on came Betts to slow things up and that he did the lads eventually bowling out the 17’s for 178. Sherman finished with 3, Porridge with onr, Betts two, ‘loves to stare’ and ‘Bats, Bowls, Fields, and captains like a chump’ with two. A few highlights were Bunyan in an effort to lift team morale and enjoyment, head-butted a whistleing ball throwing in by Keiran ‘whys he called Raptor’ Ferns. Then in an effort for a catch Michael ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ Coate, not wanting his fellow criminal Dom to be to only one to headbutt the ball dove face first into the ground to trap the ball between his face and the turf that is the KCG.
A solid lunch break was on hand and big thanks go out to all the parents that helped ‘bats,bowl,fields,captains and looks like a chump’ to prepare a good hardy meal for all the lads involved.
As the boys got prepared to start thier batting innings one plan was agreed on by all, be the first tigers team to bat out the fifty. Oh and win for that matter :). The opening partner ship of ‘George’ and ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ set off to get the innings started. Both were looking very solid when in what looked to be an outburst of his younger brothers talent ‘keeps better than Bosworth’ lifted the gun quick of the junior program over gully in an amazing lofted cut shot that has not been seen before by this old reporter eyes (had to mention it). Not long after this ‘Keeps better than Bosworth’ was on his way after a sharp catch in the gully. Out strode the older and wiser of the two Jame to plant his dominance on the kiddies. A few over passed and nothing much to report, other than a smashing shot down the leg side from ‘George’ to only be caught then given NOT OUT in a strange twist of luck for the tigers. ‘ George unable to capitalise on his good fortune was sent packing after poping one up to short mid-wicket. Out came the inform first grade Luke ‘Michaelangelo’s David’ Donohoe, to make a start to his day. At this point the skipper decieded that it was time to make a start as he began blasting the ball to all parts of the ground. It was shortly later that ‘Michaelangelo’s David’ got his name as he posed in front of middle as the ball wrapped him on the pads and the umpire in a real Barry Thomas mode fired as quick as possible, but unlike Barry this was a plum as you would like. Next in line was ‘Did you see my six’ and he looked confident as he defended the next couple of balls to see off the over.
Jame was looking great and middleing everything before his bad luck continued as a ball shot through and jagged back like it can only do on the KCG, Jame Coast dismissed for a well made 9. This brought ‘whys he called raptor’ to the crease and together with ‘did you see my six’ saw the lads through to drinks. These two caressed the ball about the field for a while until Ferns was dismissed whilst I took up a spot in the stands near Charles and we dosed off together. In a suprise move Ben ‘Im awake’ Bosworth strode to the crease, he began smashing the ball to each corner of the square. Then in an even bigger suprise move he moose one over the infield and all the way to boundary. Feeling his feat was done we made his way back being dismissed in unknown ways for the first time this season. Go forth you Matt ‘ I dont like BBQ’s’ Purcell. Looking confident and ant like from a distance he got himself set for another tail wagging innings. It was at this point that Dom began to slog everything in sight includeding on huge six that would have made those that saw the feat of Dags’ Lightpole incedent proud. Onwards it saided into the once familiar territory of the West Belconnen Leagues club now a decelet wasteland inhabited by the strange folk of the ugly warrior tribe. Trying to emulate this feat a second time Dom was caught a long on but for the rest of the day could only be heard muttering the words “did you see my six”.
This brought Cammy ‘smiles alot’ Betts to the crease and he didnt do too much to trouble the scorers only ammasing about 5 to team total. This meant the young sloggeranaire ‘Porridge’ was on his way. And in his own unique style got things under way by mooseing a few balls around the park. It was here that another suprise came in the form of the ant like Matt Purcell smashing a ball over square leg to the long boundary in what was roumered to be his first boundary ever! Soon after this amazing feat Nick Burridge was on his way back to hill for a well made double digit score. After some agument it was time for ‘I felt like a BBQ’ to make his way to the crease and in a daring move, frouned apon by the skipper but loved by many Leigh Pranced down the wicket a launched a ball miles into the air for a graceful two runs. A few shots followed but in an effort to get on strike for the last ball of the day ‘I felt like a BBQ’ took off for a single leaving ‘ I dont like BBQ’s’ to be thrown over the fire and cooked to finish the day. This meant the tiges fell just short of the target of 50, having only managed 49.5.
In a post match interview Jame ‘Chump’ Coast was overall pleased with the day and despite the result, happy with the positives that came out of it. As he quotes “Despite the result, I happy with the day and there were quiet a few positives to come out of it.”
Until next time, keep living the dream tiger fans.
Viva le Tige
Jose Buentes Sports guy Bridabella Bugle
ACT U17 178/10, GCC Colts 121/10
Dom Bunyan 37, Nick Burridge 23, Leigh Sherman 3/22
GCC Colts lost by 57 runs
For this round the Weston Creek Pedigree were playing host to the Ginninderra Tigers at Stirling Oval. Thousands of young cricketers gathered to welcome the players from both teams as they entered the ground, their little Kanga cricket bats being warmly signed by their heroes, young Daniel Poidevin proving to be the most popular Tiger, even after cussing a few of their parents for being too pushy. The Weston Creek lads dealing with this kind of popularity all the time had pre-ready autographed cards to hand out to the little ankle-biters, something that comes with the fuel cards they receive too.
The start to the game was delayed due to that rare occurrence called rane (it’s been that long, you can’t even spell it properly. Ed.). This didn’t stop the Tigers from putting in a solid two hour warm-up, displaying all manor of athletic ability and prowess, while the Creek played touch footy. Due to the start of both teams once play got under away, Tiger captain Brett Knowles was heard to mutter that touch might indeed be the warm-up next week and all cricket related exercises be dispensed with immediately!
The Tigers innings in trouble losing early wickets to the swing of Riverina product Davies and his opening bowling partner in crime with Coate ,Clunes and Knowles falling early leaving Paul Horton and Anthony Diggnan to try and steady the ship with a 30 run partnership. Hanna came on from the shed end and zipped one back to bowl Horton for 19, Horto obviously using a new bat thought it might break on that particular ball and decided to get it out of harms way, something his new flat-mate has given him some handy tips on.
Jason Brown strode to the crease and worked hard to reign in his free-stroking urges to help dig the Tigers out of trouble. Diggnan looking solid (with a fine zack to his name) was then caught in the cordon for 18, leaving the Tigers in a spot of bother at 5 for 50. Poidevin came in and got off the mark with a lovely on drive but was shortly snapped up to a diving catch in the slips off the bowling of Hanna (one of Poidevin’s younger fans leaving the Striling oval in tears), Creek right on top at this stage having Ginninderra 6/54.
Inform Batsman Josh Kentwell came in and under pressure put together a hard fought and well-paced partnership with Brown, the pair putting on 80 and helping the Tigers get back into the game. Brown falling a little after tea for a well made 49. Garry Stephenson then combined with Kentwell to put on another 50, which included Kentwell posting his own half century. Further on Creek took the second new ball and after a few overs got the break through, Davies picking up the wicket of Kentwell, LBW for 69…dude!
Keeper Greg Mellor took up where Kentwell left off with some enterprising batting to break Creek from the coma that the snail-like Stephenson had left them in, the pair adding 40 odd to take the Tigers to an improbable stumps score of 8/220, Weston Creek quick, Davies finishing with 4 wickets.
I’d imagine the Tigers will look to press on next week to post a bigger total for the Creek line-up to chase, especially with the big hitting Rice still to follow (some of the staff at the Brindabella Bugle claiming that Rice, indeed looks like Glasshouse comedian Will Anderson.). Food for thought.
Sports Editor, Brindabella Bugle
Josh Kentwell 69, Jason Brown 49, Garry Stephenson 37*
Tigers put up a good fight but unfortunately go down to ANU
On a cold an blustery October morning at ANU North, the tigers had their first win of the season, the toss, and inserted ANU into bat on what looked to be a good bowling wicket. The Tiges started really well with Brett Knowles and Josh Kentwell keeping the home side’s runs down and pressuring them into being two wickets down early. ‘Bubbles’ Rice then took over and bowled a good spell of quick bowling to have ANU on 2/80 at lunch. After the break ANU took control however with a session that yielded 140+ runs for the loss of only one wicket, that of Will Sheridan for 57. The Tiges didn’t bowl that badly during this period but some missed chances and some sloppy fielding saw ANU pile on a healthy score. Again Bubbles bowled well along with Paul ‘Horts’ Horton.
The session finished with Randall Starr and Scott Cameron at the crease. After the tea interval it was more of the same, with Cameron finishing up on 148 not out and Starr with 85 not out as ANU declared its innings closed on 3-310. It was only some good bowling from Andrew Kiley, that restricted ANU from a larger total. The Tiges went out to bat having to face 7 overs before the end of play, and quite frankly the results were disastrous, at the end of the 7 overs the visitors were 3-8 with Horts being unbeaten on 1.
Week 2 saw the tigers return to ANU North determined to score the required runs, Knowles joined Horts at the crease and the pair batted through a difficult period to take the visitors to 29 before Knowles fell. New recruit Anthony ‘Digs’ Dignan, made his way to the crease and proceeded to make batting look like a breeze as the ANU bowlers decided to try and bounce him out. After about the 10th pullshot to the boundary they seemed to decide that probably wasn’t a good idea.
Despite not having to run many, Digs called for a runner to inject Tim ‘George’ Clunes into the game, it was after this point that the tigers kicked on. From 5-46 when Horts was dismissed, the tigers made their way to 9 for 234 when Bubbles fell with most of these runs coming off the bat of Digs who ended up with his maiden Tigers century with 109. Josh Kentwell after playing second fiddle to Digs picked up the pace when Dignan was dismissed and completed a fine maiden Tigers century with 106. In the end the Tigers fell short by 33 runs of a great win, congratulations to Josh and Digs for their great tons and commiseration have to go again to AK who was left stranded on his way to another 50 with 3 not out.
Ginninderra go down to Eastlake in season opener.
The start of cricket season 2006-07 is here and 1st grade started their campaign against Eastlake at Kingston Oval after a very exciting and promising preseason.
The tiges were missing a couple of key players in captain Brett Knowles and English import Paul Horton but were confident they could get over Eastlake on a traditionally flat and batsman friendly Kingston wicket. Eastlake captain Chris Lesjek won the toss and elected to bat on a warm day and his top order didn’t let him down with Eastlake being 0-85 at lunch.
After the break Ginninderra managed to take two quick Eastlake wickets with James Coate being the destroyer taking both Eastlake wickets.
Unfortunately this was the last bit of joy for Ginninderra for a while as in-form Comet Mark Divin (113*) and young batsman Pete O’Callaghan (128) batted through the next session and a half to set take Eastlake to a good first innings total of 3-357 before they declared with about 30 minutes of day 1 remaining.
Ginninderra’s bowlers bowled well but un-rewarded with the conditions definitely favouring batsmen, Josh Kentwell and Chris Brookes showed that 5 months ‘practice’ in England definitely doesn’t hurt for early season matches. Openers James Coate and Tim ‘George’ Clunes batted well to see Ginninderra finish day 1 at 0-20.
Day 2 started as day 1 finished with both Clunes (41) and Coate (46) looking in good touch to bat through most of the first session. Clunes was dismissed just before lunch by a quality bouncer from Divin. After reaching 1-102 Ginninderra looked like they were set to knock over Eastlake before a major collapse ended all hopes of that. In the middle session Ginninderra lost 8-50 to be at 9-150 with 30 minutes left of the 2nd session, Michael Shaw being the destroyer with 6 wickets.
Sunil Bhandari, after 6 months without touching a bat or ball showed why he has played so much 1st grade cricket scoring 42 at the end to see Ginninderra limp to 199 all out with Andrew Kiley again being robbed of a half century with 3*.
At this point Ginninderra were still over 50 runs behind the follow on target at tea on the final day, however Eastlake decided they wanted to play on and have some batting practice much to the disgust of the Ginninderra side. In the Eastlake’s second innings Andrew Kiley was the pick of the Ginninderra bowlers taking 1-27 off 7 very good overs.