Updated - 26-Oct-2015
Edgemead CC: 4th Team weekend Match Report 24-10-2015
So this Saturday saw the first game for the newly-promoted ECC 4th side. Having being bumped up from playing 3D three weeks ago, to 3B this week, nerves were strained in anticipation of some much stiffer competition. So much so, that on arrival at the opponent’s field, our skipper(leading the convoy) did an about turn and led us all in the opposite direction! Turns out he wasn’t getting cold feet, and we eventually found our way to the entrance.
Playing on a synthetic pitch, and with boundaries of hugely varying distances, our skip won the toss and decided to set our opponents an intimidating total to chase. Things seemed to be looking a little bleak after 6 overs, with the score on 36/2, but G.Spencer and S.Petzer helped steady the ship, and at the halfway mark we were confident of a decent total at 86/3. Spencer stood his ground through most of the second session, having seen four wickets tumble at the other end. With seven overs to play, and the score on 167/6, Spencer was joined at the crease by our skipper, A.Olivier. With his trademark leg-side 6’s and an array of powerful cover drives, he added an unbeaten 72 to our tally, which ended on 238/8 after the 35 overs. Spencer managed an impressive 75, and Petzer a solid 23 runs.
Confident we’d set a decent total, but very wary of the short boundaries, we attacked the opposition with some great bowling from S.Sabatta(0/30) and D.Rogers (2/40). In the end we simply couldn’t stop the opponents from taking advantage of the short boundaries, and they passed our score with two overs to spare. (sad face)
Regardless of the loss, there were plenty of positives of to take away from the game, and we now know on which areas to focus in order to achieve the victories for which our side has gained international renown.
See you on the cricket field! (Or in the clubhouse with a beer, I’m not fussy.)
ECC 4th Side
Updated - 26-Oct-2015
Edgemead CC: 1st Team weekend update 24-10-2015
Howdy all’ye Mead supporters!
In amidst all the Rugby hype of the past weekend, some of us had to continue to graft out in the sun as we work towards our season goals.
On Saturday 24 October Edgemead CC and Ottomans CC locked horns at our home ground. This fixture is never short of flaring tempers and “not-so-politically-correct” send-offs. Contrary to what everyone expected however, the first day went without ‘too’ many problems.
With the absence of in-form Jonathan Schwerin, and Christiaan Mocke’s first game as captain of the ECC 1st XI, we knew that senior players had to step up and deliver the goods. Ottomans won the toss and elected to bowl. The original plan was to bat anyway as the Edgemead CC A-field is never a great place to bat in the afternoon. Aside from the pitch tending to lose all its juice, batsmen generally need to deal with the infamous Cape Doctor – all of which results in limited scoring opportunities.
The morning started quite slow as Ottomans kept their disciplines for the first hour. At 35/3 we needed to consolidate and Christiaan Mocke and Stefan Joubert started to retaliate with some impeccable discipline of their own. By lunch things were looking much better at 90/3 after 34 overs. After lunch Christiaan and Stefan continued to combine resolute defence with calculated risk as we slowly inched towards the 200 run mark. In the end we fell just short as we were all dismissed for 187. Christiaan Mocke serenaded the supporters as he’s done so often in the past, with a virtually flawless 89 – well supported by Stefan Joubert with a tenacious 39, and Brad Williams with a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it 15 at the end. Any score above 180 in Cape Town is always a tricky one, and we were determined to put the pressure on Ottomans from the word go.
By the time Ottomans went in to bat conditions were such that neither batting nor bowling got any advantage. This meant both sides had to work hard. After 10 overs Ottomans crawled to 24/0. At Tea our hopes rested on the Cape Doctor doing its trick and drying out the wicket… Unfortunately the Doctor had to locum in Jozi for the Currie Cup final between the Lions and Western Province… leaving us with a moist westerly wind which quietly kept the spin of Solly Peters and the cutters of Simon Blake out of the game.
At the end of the day patience and discipline gave Edgemead CC the upper-hand as the umpires called the game off for bad light – Ottomans being 116/6 after 43 overs. The score line certainly doesn’t reflect the amount of hard work our bowlers did on a wicket that was relatively lifeless for the entire afternoon. Nevertheless, it’s a very good position and with 4 more wickets to get we are confident that the day belonged to us. Stefan Joubert backed up his disciplined batting performance with an outstanding 3/19 in 13 overs. Simon Blake (1/33 in 8), Solly Peters (1/32 in 15), and Gareth Knott (1/11 in 3.4) did fine work as the back-up singers.
Thanks to everyone that came down to support.
Special thanks to the few that remained outside in the cold despite the Springboks/All-Blacks world cup clash.
Yours in cricket,
Edgemead CC: Club Captain
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Updated - 22-Oct-2015
Updated - 21-Oct-2015
Edgemead CC: 1st Team weekend update 17-10-2015
Firstly, apologies for only sending the weekly update now. Whilst I would love to be a cricket journalist or commentator on a more permanent basis, I am unfortunately subject to our consumer driven lives – trying to keep the economy going with a normal day-job.
Alas…here goes: So after quite a satisfying 1st day the ECC 1st XI knew that the job was only half done (or half incomplete if there are any pessimists out there). Saturday morning arrived and due to bad light being called the previous Saturday, we had to start half-an-hour early.
With promising cricket conditions and what appeared to be a deck fresh from the Batting-Pitches-Section, Dylan Johnson and Gust Greyvenstein saddled up with a plan to attack Claremont’s bowlers right from the start. 9 overs ain’t much but in the words of the great Kenny Rogers “there’ll be time enough for counting…when the dealing’s done!”….and for the first time this season our plans hardly materialised as we lost our last 4 wickets for a poultry 8 runs. Credit has to be given to Claremont’s fielding and bowling approach. Logically they were staring down the barrel after day one and had one of two choices. Unfortunately for us they chose to pick their game up and fight back. With ECC 150 all out and a 43 lead we still felt slightly ahead…although conditions were looking ominous for anyone looking to add to the wickets column on the score sheet.
Claremont started slowly and made it clear that their biggest focus was to spend time at the crease…a trait we would have paid good money for 40 minutes earlier in the day. Wickets were tough to come by and the bowlers had to toil through each over in our quest for victims.
The tides momentarily turned as Claremont went from 43/0 to 90/4 in the space of an hour. Short before long however Mother Cricket quietly started reminding us that nothing in this game is ever predictable and small victories shouldn’t simply be followed by expectation for bigger ones. Claremont fought back even harder as their middle and lower order frustrated us for another painstaking 60 overs – ending up all out for 215 in a mammoth 83 overs…. An effort plausible in every way….no matter who you support. On a wicket like that the only logical attacking option is spin…and Solly Peters (6/74 in 30 overs) proved once again why he can be seen as the central cog of the bowling attack in most situations. Stefan Joubert, Gareth Knott, Jonathan Schwerin and Brad Williams contributed with one wicket each.
With an achievable target of 173 in a minimum of 40 overs we embarked on what should have been a fairly predictable journey. Once again Mother Cricket pulled out the whip….and we found ourselves in a precarious 73/5 position….ECC requiring 100 to win from 17 overs. Consistency is what defines the best batsmen in this world and sadly the majority of the batting line up lacked exactly that….oh and a bit of patience. As the inevitable drew nearer Mother Cricket once again wrapped someone over the knuckles – this time however it being Claremont. With 7 balls to go in the day, and us being 9 wickets down, Jonathan Schwerin (32*) had to ensure that he faced the last over.
Jono punched James Cameron-Dow into the covers and took an easy single. Claremont’s Kiwi import had to field the ball but decided to kick the ball over the boundary in an attempt to keep Jono at the non-strikers end. Sportsmanship prevailed as the Umpires decided that the Kiwi’s action wasn’t acceptable. 5 penalty runs was awarded and Jono got to face the last over. In the end the game came to a nerve wrecking draw, and ECC getting the 4 bonus points for our 1st innings lead as almost our only consolation. Jonathan Schwerin (32*), Mario Stoop (22) and Dylan Johnson (21) were the main contributors with the bat. Preparation for our second 2day game has started already and we are determined to bring our A-game next weekend against Ottomans at home. Your support is once again greatly appreciated.
Special mention to our 1st team Captain, Jonathan Schwerin, as he will be missing the next 2 games to fulfil daddy-roles upon the arrival of their 2nd little one. All the best to Jonathan and his family.
Edgemead CC: Club Captain
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Updated - 12-Oct-2015
Edgemead CC: 1st Team weekend update 10-10-2015
On Saturday 10 October the road back to the Premier 1A Division started for our 1st team. Knowing that decks aren't great in October we straight away shifted our focus away from the conditions...and straight onto our opponents ClaremontCC.
Jonathan Schwerin opted to bowl on what looked like a snake-pit of a track. With some disciplined lines and lengths we managed to restrict ClaremontCC to a well below par 107 in 53 overs. Stefan Joubert was again the pick of the bowlers with 3 scalps. Solly Pieters and Gareth Knott (alias Knotty One-Nut) struck crucial middle order blows with 2 wickets each. Jonathan Schwerin and Christiaan Mocke contributed with 1 wicket a piece. Kudos has to go to the coaching parties Gareth Knott and Lightie Coetzee who has been working with the squad for well over 2 months…….the evidence of which has been crystal clear in all our fielding performances – most notably the fitness of our bowlers.
With the bowling side going strictly according to script we had to constantly remind ourselves that we still need to bat…..and bat well in deteriorating conditions.
Mario Stoop (65) and Jackie Strauss (23) provided exactly that with a strong 60 opening stand. Sadly a laps in concentration by Strauss caused momentum to shift slightly in Claremont’s favour. Batting wasn’t becoming any easier and in our endeavour to continue turning the strike and keeping the scoreboard ticking we were forced to take risks as Claremont’s bowling attack started to exploit bowling friendly conditions.
In the end the Umpires felt it was too dark and too risky to continue playing, and decided to call off the day’s play with Edgemead CC on 142/6 after 51 overs. Dylan Johnson and Gust Greyvenstein will continue next weekend in our quest for a total around the 200 mark – and a very healthy 90 first-innings lead.
On Sunday 11 October our march to Newlands-in-April continued. With 2 wins and a no result under the belt we were virtually guaranteed a Semi-Final spot. So yes, you've heard right! Edgemead CC 1st XI is in the Semi-Finals thanks to a spirited UCT chasing down 144 against favourites Claremont in the morning game, and another polished performance yesterday by the 1sts against Ottomans.
Complacency however, is not a dish served at all at The Mead and the Captain and Coach made it clear that we still have plenty to play for. Ottomans is our next opponent in the 2dayers…so getting 1-up with some bragging rights should certainly be top of the priority list.
Jono Schwerin again decided to bowl first. Very disciplined bowling and some high-class fielding efforts throttled Ottomans to 114….a total most teams would absolutely fancy at the batting friendly UCT….however, the evidence was there that batting last might have been a very brave call as the wicket became very low and slow. Solly Pieters (2/18) and Gareth Knott (2/17) were the main destroyers alongside Simon Blake (1/21), Stefan Joubert (1/25), and Justin de Jager (1/32).
Jackie Strauss and Jonathan Schwerin commenced proceedings and we were quickly made aware of the slow and low conditions as Jackie chipped a half-volley straight to mid-off for 1. Hard work ensued with Jono Schwerin and Christiaan Mocke adding a healthy 40 partnership, spoilt by a very untimely run-out of Christiaan Mocke (17) at the non-strikers end. Jono continued to hold the innings together nicely , albeit that he couldn’t do it with his own body as hamstrings and back muscles started hanging up the ‘Not back in 5 minutes’ signs.
With great resilience and Jack Russel-like fight Jono eventually pulled us over the line with a valiant Captains knock of 68* as we pipped Ottomans by 6 wickets and progressed to the Semis!
Well done boys!
Thanks everyone for the support.
We will let everyone know as soon as we have the date for the semi-final.
Edgemead Cricket Club: Club Captain
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Updated - 05-Oct-2015
Edgemead CC Game Results 03/04-10-2015
So this past weekend the 20/20 games kicked off for the ECC 1st Team. One Fixture was scheduled for Saturday at Claremont - sadly the October Cape Town rain ghosts still hovered around Table Mountain and the game against Claremont couldn't be played at all.
This meant points were shared...and we needed results to stay in the running for play-offs. On Sunday things were mildly better at Tygerberg where fixtures against UCT and Tygerberg were scheduled.
Against UCT: After a slow start on a very low and slow wicket, Christiaan Mocke (64) and Jonathan Schwerin (57*) got us to a very respectable 141/4 in the allotted 20 overs. The bowlers then returned the favor and wrapped up a lacklustre UCT batting line up for 109 - with Stephan Joubert (3/7 in 2) and Jonathan Schwerin (3/17 in 4) being the pick of the bowlers. Having said that though Solly Peters (2/24), Simon Blake (1/21), Justin de Jager (1/21), (Gareth Knott 0/22 in 4) also deserves a mention for their more than economical contributions - all ensuring we earned a well deserved bonus point.
Against Tygerberg: With much tougher opposition we knew we had to scratch up on a few things. Tygerberg opted to bat and with the wicket getting slower set us a competitive 121 to win in 20 overs. What at one stage looked like 160+, turned out to be much more achievable thanks to Stephan Joubert (2/17 in 3), Solly Peters (2/13 in 3) and Simon Blake (1/15 in 3). On the batting front it was once again a slow start for the openers. Momentum started setting in after the 8th over and we started managing the pace of our innings. In the end Stephan Joubert scored the winning runs to hand ECC a convincing 8 wicket victory with 8 balls to spare. The main contributors being Jackie Strauss (40), Christiaan Mocke (34*) and Mario Stoop (32).
Thanks for everyone who arrived to support the 1sts.
Excellent start to the season boys. Lets take this momentum into the upcoming fixtures.
Please also express your support for the rest of the teams who start their seasons this upcoming weekend.
Good luck chaps!
Please confirm all availability with respective Captains.
ECC: Club Captain
Updated - 28-Sept-2015
Just some feedback on the warm up games played on Saterday 26 Sept 2015.
Big day for 1sts and 2nds. Preseason hardwork paid off with both the 1sts (chasing 160) and 2nds (chasing 90) winning their 20over games against durbanville (both their teams were league champs last season in Premier League and ResA league) by 8 wkts!
Although there were a number of very good contributions the play of the day has to belong to Christiaan mocke with his cintilating 90* off 56 balls to seal the deal for the 1sts.
Brilliant start to all and sundry!
Cmon Meaders!! Lets keep this going!
Updated - 17-Sept-2015