BARTS FIGHT HARD BUT BOW OUT IN THE QUARTER FINALS | 09.02.15
Today saw Reg Bartley take on Knox Old Boys last years beaten finalists in a repeat of our round 2 JPS fixture, our only cup loss this season.
This quarter final fixture was always going to be a tough match with Barts surrendering home advantage due to our final standings after the group games.
Having won the toss Barts elected to bat working on the principal of runs in the bank equals scoreboard pressure.
Sadly in a carbon copy of the first match Barts lost wickets early and at regular intervals, approaching drinks at 6-48 (18 overs). The shining light to that point was Hughesy who'd accumulated over half this total but with a slight lapse in concentration joined the other fallen batsmen on the sidelines with only a couple of balls remaining before the break. Nonetheless he'd dug in and battled hard.
Post the interval the wickets continued to fall, thankfully at a slower rate. Robbie P was playing a belligerent innings determined not to lose his wicket, striking some lusty blows while others played around him.
Ultimately Pacesetter ran out of partners and Barts had fallen short of three figures concluding their innings all out for 95 with 1 and a half overs remaining. A gallant effort by Rob but sadly no-one stuck with him long enough to really dent the scorebook.
The great thing about cricket is you're always a chance and as this season has shown to date we are a strong bowling outfit one that's dug us out of a couple of holes.
From the outset the bowling was tight, the fielding electric and pressure was building. Banksy opened our wickets tally with a superb slower ball, clean bowling their opener. All the more composed having had the same bat dropped 2 balls previous in the slips.
Barts kept plugging away without producing the opening. However Banksy kept firing them in and with some thought out field placements snaffled arguably their most dangerous batsman.
A couple of personnel changes saw regular opening bowler Rob 'Hollywood' Lowe take the pill. With his 1st ball he clean bowled their other opener. BANG BANG, fourth ball and another wicket - a player off the back of a hundred the week before.
Barts were right back in this game and after some very tidy bowling from Sando to compliment Hollywood Knox were 4-41 at drinks.
Try as we might we struggled to break the partnership after drinks. We kept going and going, the fielding sharp as ever. Finally Rob Lowe made the breakthrough and game back on or so we thought.In a bizarre chain of events an injury to the new Knox bat saw him retire and bring to the crease another new face who played with greater intent and aggression thus taking the game away from us in a hurry.
With 7 overs remaining Knox required 14 runs. They chipped, nurdled and flogged a couple to get within touching distance of the finishing line.
With 4 overs remaining they reached their target leaving Barts to rue a quarter final clash that saw us probably 30-40 runs shy of a defendable total.
We might not have realised a dream of going further in the cup today but we fought as hard as we could to make it happen. All said done that's all you can do - perhaps on another day with a bit of luck and a couple more runs we would have run out victors?
In conclusion I'm extremely proud of the effort all eleven men out there put in today. That goes also for all other club members who helped us achieve the new milestone of JPS quarter finalists. Knox skipper commented that he circulated for the first time ever an email the night before the game advising that this would be a 'danger game' for them - so it looks like we're earning respect from those at the top table too.
With this new benchmark set and a taste of knockout cricket I'm hoping everyone is as pumped about going one or two stages further next year as I am - we're more than capable.
Finally we have some very exciting fixtures left to play. Your continued support both on and off the field is greatly appreciated. Let's finish the season off in style and make it a season and presentation night to remember
BARTS LOOSE UNBEATEN STREAK AT THE RB OVAL | 28.12.14
The final game of 2014 had a distinctly end of season festive feel to it as Barts unfortunately relinquished our unbeaten run at home. The tone was set early on when we realised the match stumps, ball and scorebook had been left with our skipper who unfortunately had to pull out at the last minute! As luck would have it our friendly opposition had brought their stumps and the game could go ahead, with brown paper bags used as makeshift score cards!
Old Syd's Batted first and scored a par effort of 140 and Barts fell a fair way short, bowled out for 103 in the final over. Onwards and upwards though to our first ever JPS finals in January against the mighty Knox, hope to see you there!
ENGLAND Vs INDIA AT THE DRUMMOYNE OVAL!! | 17.12.14
EXTRACT TAKEN FROM CRICKET AUSTRALIA WEBSITE
England and India were set to play a warm-up match at Drummoyne Oval on January 12, but that fixture has been moved to Canberra’s Manuka Oval with England taking on an ACT XI before the traditional Prime Minister’s XI clash two days later at the same venue.
The change was made to allow the touring Indians time to recover following the fourth Test in Sydney after it was pushed back three days in the new Test schedule released by Cricket Australia yesterday. India will play a 50-over tour match with the date and venue yet to be finalised.
“In light of recent scheduling changes, we have attempted to minimise the impact on the Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series. We appreciate the patience of our fans as we continue to work through the impacts of these changes,” said Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland on the change.
“At the same time, we look forward to an exciting Carlton Mid ODI Tri Series with England and India, which will be a fitting lead-in to the ICC Cricket World Cup commencing in February.
“We thank the BCCI and ECB for their support and understanding throughout this difficult time.”
BARTS MAKE LIGHT WORK OF BEAVERS! | 15.12.14
Yesterday saw Barts take on Beavers in our final JPS group game (rd 5) where only a victory would do to give ourselves a hope of progressing in the tournament.
Despite the storms and heavy rain during the week the Reg Bartley Ovallooked in reasonable knick.
Barts lost the toss fielding first and in hindsight a good outcome as the deck was still a bit damp but with strong sun and breeze it was always likely to dry out in the second half.
The ever-dependent opening duo of Banksy and Hollywood took the new ball. It wasn't long before Banksy made the first breakthrough, shattering the openers stumps. At the other end Hollywood aka Hoggard was nagging away with line and length deliveries, nibbling the new cherry both ways and giving nothing away.
The openers hit rhythm beating the bat repeatedly and going for 1 or 2 an over. With pressure building Banksy got one to nip away taking the outside edge of Beavers best bat and skippers bat. Bevans snaffled the catch comfortably behind the sticks and that was 2 wickets down for very little.
The pattern continued with the introduction of the first change bowlers of Robbie P and fat lad. At drinks Barts had restricted Beavers to 2-32 off 16 overs.
After drinks Beavers swung the bat a bit more but the wickets column ticked over for Barts firstly with a superb caught and bowled from Robbie P which is becoming a bit of a signature move!
Next was the turn of 'pup' our debutant young spinner Mac Jenkins. Bowling with flight, loop and turn he bagged a wicket with his first ball as the Beavers bat skied a delivery to mid off. Not long after the next Beavers bat misjudged the spin and flight firing one to long off where Hollywood took a spectacular steepling one handed catch!
Not to be completely outdone fat lad kept it tight from the other end firing one delivery to the base of off stump to remove another batsman. However young Macca wasn't finished yet, a big ripping delivery that caught the toe of the bat flew to first slip. The ever aware Sando spotted the batsman was well out of his crease and quickly fired the ball at the stumps to run him out!
By now it was getting a little desperate for the Beavers batsmen and Jenkins Sr kept up the pressure consistently beating the outside edge. He got his just reward with a wicket of his own and was unlucky not to claim the 10th. Nonetheless Barts had bowled and fielded magnificently keeping Beavers down to 9-79 from 35 overs.
It was now the turn of the increasingly stable opening batting partnership of Hancock and Baines.
The Beavers bowling was tepid however the lads still needed to put the bad balls away and be watchful for the occasional good delivery. And this they did in style.
Chris and Sim barely failed to put away a bad ball or profit from a run scoring opportunity not to mention thumping a few good balls too.
Chris played his usual aggressive innings and Sim was happy to stroke the ball elegantly into the gaps.
Ahead of the run rate from the first over the boys just kept going. Bar a couple of dropped catch opportunities against Chris the score was rattling along. Put simply Chris and Sim raced to to the finishing line very quickly notching up the 80 required inside 13 overs, Hancock finishing on 56 n.o and Baines 20 n.o - most importantly they kept their wickets intact.
A special mention to young Mac Jenkins finishing with figures of 3-20 off 7 overs on debut. Who knows what might happen but we might one day look back and say we played with that lad after hopefully he goes onto bigger things.
So Barts in the JPS: lost 1, drawn 1 and won 3. Such is the competition that there are many teams with similar Stats but fingers crossed we make the last 8 for the first time after a count back of run rate/wickets taken calculations. Only time will tell but by Monday evening we will have our answer for definite.
Whatever happens congratulations to the boys who played today, you couldn't have done any more AND congratulations to all the lads who've featured in the club and cup fixtures to date.
With one game before Christmas to go we've won 7 from 8 - a healthy win percentage of 87%!
BARTS KEEP FINALS HOPES ALIVE WITH VICTORY AGAINST SCOTS OLD BOYS! | 08.12.14
Firstly apologies one and all for the lack of a report from last Sunday. As you would have seen from the live match updates on Facebook we got home against Sydney Uni Vets in our 3rd JPS match to keep our hopes alive.
Today again saw the Barts face off in a vital JPS fixture. With 2 group games left the boys need to win both to stand a chance of making the quarter finals after Christmas.
Barts took on a Scots Old Boys team in a similar position where a loss is unlikely to be good enough to make the knockout stages. With this mindset there was an eagerness from all 22 to get some cricket in despite the recent storms and predicted bad weather for the afternoon.
Having lost the toss Barts we're put into the field and after 4 overs we had the oppo 2 down for 12 runs with Banks and Lowe orchestrating things well. This pair didn't just do damage with the ball but with their fielding as one of these early wickets came from a spectacular bit of fielding that saw Banksy perform a Michael Jordan-esque slam dunk of the stumps having gathered up a pin point throw from Hollywood.
With the arrival of their number 4 came a flurry of powerful boundaries as the game ebbed and flowed. During the middle overs we were on and off more than Rihanna and Chris Brown as the storms rolled in. Nonetheless Sandy managed to pick up another wicket and the run rate was reasonable despite some big hits.
After another rain break Fletch pinned back the top of off removing their dangerous number 4 not long after his half century. Vital in the circumstances and allowed Barts to stem the flow of runs.
After yet more rain the decision was taken to reduce the game to 23 overs a side in order to increase the chances of a result given the weather.
Although Barts picked up a couple of injuries which affected the batting line up chasing 116 for victory seemed very achievable. Yet the rain and some tight bowling led to a tricky start. Hancock went second ball to a peach, Sharma chipped one to cover, MacLeod and Baines both clean bowled - Barts staring down the barrel. Although Josh showed some resistance with a couple of beautiful shots he too holed out to mid on leaving the boys on 5-35. Fat lad joined Hughesy at the crease who already had some runs in the bank. The light was poor and in order to carry on the oppo maintained their spin options. This allowed The Barts boys to milk 1's, 2's and 3's coupled with a sprinkling of boundaries.
Scots were trying to rattle through the overs but not focusing on the fielding and Barts were still in the hunt.
Fat lad fell for 26 but the partnership was worth 60 and Barts were on 6-95 with 3 overs remaining, 21 required.
The injured duo firstly Edi then Fletch joined Hughesy at the crease who was by now batting as though he had night vision goggles on and seeing it like a football. And so with 2 overs remaining. Barts need 8 runs. 1 over remaining a mere 2 runs needed - surely we couldn't throw this away now?
The final over, Fletch on strike. Dot ball followed by another, sphincters twitching on the sideline. Then a lovely 9 iron over mid ons head and batting practically on one leg Fletch hit the winning runs! A big well done to Josh who was runner to both the hop-a-longs - never an easy job when it's a bit hectic!
But plaudits must go to Hughesy finishing unbeaten on 52, a knock of guile and aggression and key to a well deserved victory!
So one game left in the JPS. One game away from the distinct possibility of appearing in the quarters for the first time in the clubs history. All to play for I'd say.
Well done to all the lads who stuck at it with bat and ball on a day where the weather made life rather unpleasant to say the least.
BARTS RETAIN THE REG BARTLEY SHIELD AGAINST KINGS!! | 10.11.14
This weekend the annual RBO face off between the Reg Bartley XI and Kings Old Boys with bragging rights and the shield to play for. As ever the oval looked magnificent from a distance but close up the outfield bore the signs of ground under repair. Apart from this the sun was shining and the track was well the same slowish, lowish strip we've come to know and love.
Barts won the toss and elected to bat and in response to some solid swing bowling the scoring was pedestrian to begin with but as Chris Hancock's eyes started to refocus after a night on the tiles and Abhishek found his straps more and more boundaries popped up. After a solid start we lost a couple of wickets yet moved nicely on to a decent total at drinks. Cue an increase in shot taking and making and Barts were looking at 180 +. But for a couple of further wickets and a sluggish outfield Barts would have got there, nonetheless reached an impressive 5-173, Hancock top scoring again with an aggressive 76.
Unlike last week the bowling looked shaky at the outset (by me!) with the Kings openers looking to hit the cover off almost everything. It appeared to be working until Barts took the pace off and a double change saw the spin twins of Macleod and Hancock apply the handbrake to the Kings scoring. Better still wickets fell including one particularly dangerous opener. Despite this Kings were still very much in the hunt and the tables turned back their way as their no. 4 and skip began compiling a very handy partnership. Once again varying the bowling and line of attack slowed up Kings efforts and with 7/8 overs to go the run rate was creeping up to 7,8,9,10 an over. Yet in this see-saw battle Kings refused to completely lie down needing 22 off the last over. A boundary off the first ball but that's where the resistance ended as Bleakers bowled superbly to see out a well deserved and much needed victory. Special mention to Sando with fantastic figures of 3-15 that was pivotal in changing the direction of the game. Well done Umer and Anirban for some controlled and dangerous bowling.
So we're back on track with a win ahead of Nondo's in the JPS next week. Saying it's a must win fixture is excessive but it would be really nice to chalk up a first win in the cup comp...
SUBS ARE NOW DUE | 05.11.14
What do we need money for I hear you ask? There are quite a few costs behind the scene such as match balls, ground fees, membership of the association, our website and trophies for our end of season awards. Not to mention a little bit left over for golf days and a few beers here and there!
This year's subs structure is as follows:
$150 subs for any new player joining the club for the first time. Welcome aboard! We will run an order of new baggy blue caps after Christmas for all players making their debut this season, we will subsidise the cost of this, Price TBC.
$200 for all other established / regular players.
$100 for students and OAPs / non playing members.
All other kit will be paid for by the player.
Please note that fully paid up members will be selected ahead of non paid up members after mid November. If you want to come down and try us out before paying for the season then feel free, but we will expect you to have paid subs by the end of November.
An email has been circulated with the Bartley bank details but if you have misplaced it or are unsure don't hesitate in getting in touch.
Email | firstname.lastname@example.org
NEED A NEW HELMET GENTS!! | 30.09.14
Calling all batsmen, wicketkeepers and tailenders...Mr Bevans has managed to locate this fancy Masuri helmet in our very own Reg Bartley club colours. They can be ordered from Sports Direct in the UK (click here) so if you are interested let us know so we can place one bulk order.