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Napa Valley CC loses first ever match in Napa to local wine country rivals Sonoma Gullies

A historic day for the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) with their first ever cricket match in the city of Napa ended in a chastening defeat to wine country rivals Sonoma Gullies recently. Despite a strong showing with the bat from Pete Sander and four wickets apiece for Karan Grewal and club captain Bernie Peacock NVCC had no answer to a strong team performance from the Gullies.

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Captains at presentation time. SF Seals Captain Johnny Carpenter (L) and NVCC Captain Rob Bolch

Napa Valley Cricket Club hosts the Seals from San Francisco

The Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) regular home and away cricket season started this past  weekend with the inaugural playing of the ‘Vino Cup’  against the San Francisco Seals Cricket Club in Calistoga. The SF Seals team are a new addition to the teams that visit Calistoga having been formed out of an Australian Rules Football team based in The City.

On a beautiful Spring morning, NVCC Club Captain, Rob Bolch won the toss and elected to bat first with a plan to build a big total in their 35 overs. Unfortunately that plan got off to a rocky start when Bolch himself got an inside edge to a low ball on the 5th ball of the day, and played the balls onto his stumps. With the NVCC score was still zero fellow opening batsman Dale Moorhouse was joined by Australian Nick Withers at the crease.

NVCC Opening Batman Dale Moorhouse who scored 74 runs off 57 balls. Credit- Tim Irwin

NVCC Opening Batman Dale Moorhouse who scored 74 runs off 57 balls.

Moorhouse and Withers began the task of steading the NVCC innings, which they did, seeing off the early pace attack of the SF Seals. Once settled the pair then started to build a partnership with singles and the occasional boundary. Their second wicket partnership of 142 runs was ultimately the difference between the teams and they weathered lots of bowling changes by SF Seals Captain Johnny Carpenter who searched in vain for a breakthrough.

Withers, who has been in solid form since last year, when he made two 50’s, and started the 2015 season recently with a 41 in the World Series of Cricket graciously retired on 55 to allow other NVCC players the opportunity to bat. Moorhouse meanwhile continued to pile on the runs with numerous late boundaries, and was finally out for a masterful 74 runs in a chanceless innings of batting. The tail of the NVCC innings saw some big hitting from Pakistani Moe Maqsood with a quick-fire 26 runs from 24 balls that included three maximums (6 runs).

The Vino Cup won in its inaugural season by NVCC Credit Tim Irwin

The Vino Cup won in its inaugural season by NVCC

A series of solid mini partnerships took the score from 3/150 in the 22nd over, to a total of 7/212 by the end of NVCC batting innings in the 35th over. A number of new NVCC members got a chance to bat with New Zealanders Jade Barrett and Tony Parrish, Indian Hardeep Takhar, Aussie Tim Kay all contributing solidly to the NVCC score.

On the bowling front for the SF Seals opening bowler Jack Tse and Carpenter were the pick of their attack with Tse taking 2/24 off 6 overs, and Carpenter taking 1/4 off 6 over in an incredibly economical bowling effort. Carpenters efforts helped keep the NVCC total to a chasable 212 as at one stage it looked like NVCC were headed for a score of 250+.

‘Any score over 200 on this ground has proven over the years to be a winning total’ said NVCC Captain Bolch “It was a big target for the Seals to chase, but you never want to let your guard down, so we were determined to bowl and field well now that it was our turn” continued Bolch

Pete Carson (with bat) shapes to play a drive shot for NVCC against SF Seals recently Credit Tin Irwin   Cricket

Pete Carson (with bat) shapes to play a drive shot for NVCC against SF Seals recently

The tradition mid innings lunch-break saw the visitors treated to a real Aussie and Kiwi tradition of meat pies, sausage rolls and pasties for lunch prepared for the day by expat Aussie, Cam Chhan and family at Vallejo Great Donuts on Tennessee St, Vallejo. The food proved to be a big hit with everyone, including a handful of loyal NVCC supporters.

The SF Seals opening pair of Busch and Lees, looking resplendent in their black caps with orange seal logo, set about chasing the formidable NVCC total. Behind the stumps for NVCC was club stalwart Pete Carson who wore the gloves in the absence of any of the clubs regular wicket-keepers. Tim Irwin opened the bowling for NVCC with a fierce display of fast bowling. Irwin was unlucky not to take a catch off his own bowling in the first over when the sun got in his eyes and he was unable to hold the catch. Irwin was very ably supported by the left handed pace bowling of Maqsood, with both being very economical and finishing with 0/7 off 3 overs and 0/10 off 4 overs respectively.

The first NVCC bowling change produced an immediate result, with the ever reliable and economical, New Zealander Bernie Peacock, taking a wicket in his first over with a  great catch in the deep by Maqsood. Peacock was unlucky not to get three or more wickets when several catches were dropped off his bowling, with the sun continuing to play havoc with Irwin’s on field sight. Peacock finished with 1/19 off 4 overs, but it could have been so much better if the catches were held.

The Seals built a nice little 2nd wicket partnership between Busch and Carpenter, as they put on 63 runs until Parrish broke through and picked up his first NVCC wicket getting Carpenter out caught in the gully by Takhar. It was a vital break through, as Carpenter had put on an impressive quick fire 43 runs off 33 balls and was looking to take the game to NVCC all on his own!

Captains at presentation time. SF Seals Captain Johnny Carpenter (L) and NVCC Captain Rob Bolch  Cricket

Captains at presentation time. SF Seals Captain Johnny Carpenter (L) and NVCC Captain Rob Bolch

With NVCC having one of its strongest bowling attacks ever, the bowlers were rotated at a consistent rate. Barrett (0/32), Parrish (2/17) , Tim Kay (0/5 off 3), Takhar (1/20), Withers (2/17), and Bijoy Ojha (2/4) all bowled well and kept the wickets tumbling, supported by some smart catching by Aussies Pat O’Neill, Tim Kay and part-time wicket-keeper Irwin. Once the SF Seals opener Busch fell for a very well fought 34 in the 23rd over, the SF Seals were 6/122 and it was pretty much game over. The Seals batted out to complete their 35 overs, with a final score of All Out for 171, and a 41 run victory to NVCC.

The pick of the bowlers for NVCC was Dale Moorhouse who took a very respectable 3/18 off 3 overs. This capped off a brilliant day for Moorhouse as he again showed was a great asset he is to NVCC in all departments. He deservedly was called out by Bolch at the end of the game for his efforts in playing a major role in NVCC’s first win in the 2015 season.

The NVCC Clos du Val Man of the Match award for the opposition team went to Johnny Carpenter with a great all round Captain’s performance. Captain Carpenter then presented the inaugural Vino Cup to winning NVCC Captain Bolch, which will now become an annual tradition between NVCC and the SF Seals.

Next Game

Saturday 15th May 2015 as the NVCC travel to San Diego for their annual tour game. (check NVCC website for details)

Score Summary – Full Scorecard Here

Napa Valley CC 212 / 7 beat SF Seals CC 171 / AO by 41 runs.  (35 over game / 12 batting)

Napa Valley CC Batting – Dale Moorhouse 74 off 57 balls (13 x 4, 1 x 6),  Nick Withers 55 off 62 (9 x 4, 1 x 6), Moe Maqsood  26 off 24 (0 x 4, 3 x 6).

Napa Valley CC Bowling – Dale Moorhouse 3 wickets for 18 runs off 3 overs, Bijoy Ojha 2 for 5 off 2, Tony Parrish 2 for 17 off 3.5, Nick Withers 2 for 17 off 3.

Sponsors

The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors

Clos du Val, Silverado Resort, Compadres Rio GrilleTonnellerie Saint Martin, Penfolds, St. Helena Optometry, First Priority Financial, Anchor Steam Brewing, AmcorJoseph CellarsCiatti & Co., Rebel Dog Hot Dogs, Stone UniverseLyve Systems Inc., Calistoga RoasteryTricorBraun WinePak, 3 rock marketing, Napa Gourmet Foods, Napa Valley Body Connect.

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NVCC WS 2015

Napa Valley Cricket Club opens the 2015 season with their fourth Annual World Series

Pre game ceremonies as the two captains pose with the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket trophy. Rob Bolch (L) and Bill Nancar

Pre game ceremonies as the two captains pose with the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket trophy. Rob Bolch (L) and Bill Nancar

Cricket is a game of tradition and the Napa Valley Cricket Club (NVCC) continued their annual tradition this past weekend with their season opening “World Series of Cricket” game, which pits club members against each other based on their country of birth. After a comfortable victory in 2014 the Rest of the World (ROW) team succumbed to a strong Australia / America (AA) team, in what was the closest game yet. The AA team eventually ran out winners by 39 runs.

The game saw the introduction of a number of new members recruited over the winter months and it was one of these new members, Australian John Leake, who had the biggest impact on the game. Leake scored a maiden century on debut for the AA and gracefully retired on the 100 mark to allow others to bat.

Dale Moorehouse and Bijoy Ojha took over pitch preparation responsibilities from head grounds-man Pete Carson and turned out a medium paced, consistent pitch that allowed for a high scoring game. Carson was absent from the proceedings having returned to Australia to spend time with his family after the recent passing of his mother. Both teams wore black armbands for the game and observed a minute’s silence in the morning as a mark of respect to Carson and his family.

Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning (Blue shirt) tosses the coin at the start of the game Credit Jared Thatcher

Calistoga Mayor Chris Canning (Blue shirt) tosses the coin at the start of the game – Credit Jared Thatcher

The toss was to be key in the game with a new mat laid on the pitch. AA captain Rob Bolch called heads as Calistoga Mayor, Chris Canning, tossed. Bolch’s call was to be in vain however as tails it was and ROW captain Bill Nancarrow choose to bowl first. Nancarrow’s decision looked inspired as the swing bowling of Bernie Peacock was responsible for both AA openers in the fifth over with Michael Rule going for 5 runs off only 11 balls, while NVCC President Phil Bourke went for 3 runs off 16 balls. A long period of attritional cricket followed as the AA batsmen Nick Withers and John Leake dug in for what would turn out to be the game winning partnership. The pair notched a total of 136 runs in their third wicket stand with Withers eventually falling to the bowling of Nancarrow for 41 off 53 balls.
Leake continued his assault on the ROW bowlers and he took a particular liking to the slow loopy bowling of Irishman Andrew Healy who went for 32 runs in just two overs including a procession of boundaries. Leake retired on reaching his century and that allowed Tom Donegan and Captain Bolch to bat through their 35 overs and end with a score of 234 runs, an average of 6.6 per over and a formidable target.

Lots of fun for the kids at the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket season opener Credit Jared Thatcher

Lots of fun for the kids at the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket season opener – Credit Jared Thatcher

The lunch break provided an opportunity for spectators and kids to venture to the middle of the field for a demonstration of batting and bowling, part of the clubs community efforts. Activities for the children included a jumpy house, potato sack races, three legged races, relays, soccer, t-ball, fabulous face paintings, and an Arts and Crafts area and of course kids cricket supervised by members of the Boys & Girls Club of Calistoga.

After the lunch break the ROW team started the chase solidly despite the loss of Moorhouse for a first-ball “golden” duck as Amritpal Singh hit a quick-fire 25 from 21 balls. An assertive innings from Moe Masood of 48 off 33 balls was the foundation for the ROW middle order as he , Bijoy Ojha and captain Nancarrow took the game to the AA team. The ROW team were undone by great line and length bowling from AA captain Bolch and Tom Donegan who took three wickets each. They were backed up on the field by excellent fielding from American and Napa native, Brett Weis, whose stunning catch to dismiss Ojha, one of two catches he took for the day, was the best catch ever seen at the Fairgrounds. The ROW team ultimately ran out of both time and wickets in the chase and ended up 39 runs short.

The traditional Clos du Val “Man of the Match” Award went to John Leake of the AA team for his great performance with the bat.

Australia  America captain Rob Bolch holds aloft the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket trophy Credit Jared Thatcher

Australia / America captain Rob Bolch holds aloft the Napa Valley World Series of Cricket trophy Credit Jared Thatcher

“The game was played at a really high standard, the best game we’ve seen in the four years of the World Series so far.” said AA team captain Bolch “There were some great individual performance on both sides, with the bat from John and Moe, catching from Brett and Jake (Radloff) and some pretty tight bowling from both sides. Given that this is our first game of the season that’s all the more impressive” continued Bolch “I’m honored to have captained the AA team and I think that Bill did a great job of ROW captain making a real game of it. The game could have gone either way with a couple of chances that were dropped by both teams and the total of 429 runs in 70 overs shows that as a club we’ve made big strides in our short history”

“I’m obviously disappointed with the result” said ROW captain Nancarrow “but proud of the ROW team performance and happy that we got to be part of such a great game. There were some great performances from some of the ROW team in particular Bernie with the ball and Moe with the bat. We had them on the back foot very early on but John and Nick put on a great stand and ultimately that was the difference. It was a great start to our season and with 14 games ahead of us over the next few months the club looks stronger than ever on the field. On top of that the support that we got today from the 150 or so spectators who came out to watch is great and we look forward to seeing these folks again at one, or more, of our home games this coming season.”

“It’s been a great day for the club” said NVCC President Phil Bourke “as we open our fourth season with another great day of cricket and family fun. A lot of people did a lot of work to put the day on today and I want to express my thanks to them. That includes some of our sponsors who contributed products or services on the day – Clos du Val, Domaine Chandon, Anchor Steam Brewery, Rebel Dog and Napa Valley Body Connect. Without them the day wouldn’t be nearly as successful as it is. We have a great season of games lined up for 2015 with visiting teams from Honolulu, Philadelphia and for the first time a team from Twitter coming to play us. Folks can find all of the details for these games on the calendar page of our website, NapaCricket.com

Score Summary – Full Scorecard Here 

NVCC America / Australia 234 / 4 beat NVCC Rest of the World 195 / AO by 39 runs.  (35 over game / 12 batting)

America / Australia Batting – John Leake 100 (retired) off 74 balls (5 x 4, 9 x 6), Tom Donegan 42 off 24 (2 x 4, 4 x 6), Nick Withers 41 off 53 (2 x 4, 1 x 6). Rest of the World Bowling – Bernie Peacock 2 wickets for 13 runs off 5 overs incl 2 maidens, Amritpal Bhatal 1 for 17 off 5.

Rest of the World Batting – Moe Masood 48 off 33 balls (3 x 4, 4 x 6), Bill Nancarrow 37 off 31 (1 x 4, 4 x 6), Amritpal Bhatal 25 off 21 (5 x 4), Bijoy Ojha 24 of 57 (3 x 4). America / Australia Bowling – Rob Bolch 3 wickets for 20 runs off 5 overs, Tom Donegan 3 for 34 off 5, Tim Irwin 1 for 19 off 4 incl 1 maiden.

Sponsors

The Napa Valley Cricket Club wishes to acknowledge the assistance of the following sponsors

Clos du Val, Silverado Resort, Compadres Rio GrilleTonnellerie Saint Martin, Penfolds, St. Helena Optometry, First Priority Financial, Anchor Steam Brewing, AmcorJoseph CellarsCiatti & Co., Rebel Dog Hot Dogs, Stone UniverseLyve Systems Inc., Calistoga RoasteryTricorBraun WinePak, 3 rock marketing, Napa Gourmet Foods, Napa Valley Body Connect.

Next Game

Sunday 3rd May 2014 at The Fairgrounds in Calistoga vs. SF Seals from 10.30am.

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