In This Issue
* From the Coaches Desk * ‘The Pricey Files’
* Office Bearers * Seperated at Birth
* Welcome Back Kotter * Laws of the Game
* 60 seconds with a Seddon Legend * Social Calendar Reminder
* Alternate Priceys * History Corner
* From the Textbook * Ashes Snacks
From the Coaches Desk
KEY FOCUS AREA – Performing Against the Best
How did you perform against the finalists from last season? (Or the last time you played)
Our aim is to improve the consistency of performance no matter who we play. Too often in recent history we have dominated against ‘ordinary’ sides yet failed to deliver when it counts (Premierships aside). I have already noted that 3 wins out of 20 last season, was a very disappointing statistic and this year we are trying to bridge the gap between our best and our worst.
A couple of questions to ponder…
How do you prepare for a game against a top side?
Do you find yourself ‘hoping’ to play well rather than ‘expecting’ to play well?
What do you do when the critical moment arrives?
Do you hope someone will win the game for you?
Do you fold too easily under pressure from the opposition?
For us to win our fair share of these games, we must have confidence in our skills to stand up against good opposition and know that we are good enough to compete.
This comes from our training.
How can you improve?
Visualise yourself performing when it counts.
Recall times when it has been your day.
What went right?
What was the defining trait of that performance?
In order to replicate these performances you must be training for these moments.
Test yourself at every session – rate your performance.
A common trait amongst good sides, and it has been particularly evident in this current Ashes Series, not only do the good players stand up and win big moments, but also good sides can absorb a bad hour or two and still be in the game. When the Australians have a bad 2 hours, the game is gone. When England have a bad 2 hours, they are still in the contest. We need to be able to absorb a big partnership or losing a couple of wickets in succession and still be in the contest.
More on this to follow…
Train hard and test yourself.
Tim Grant – Seddon Coach
Pre-Season Training Reminder
Indoor pre-season training is continuing with regular net practice as well as general fielding / fitness.
The last Sunday indoor session will be on the 25th August from 11.30am to 1pm.
In addition there are Indoor net practice sessions at the same Venue each Tuesday until the 17th September. They commence at 7.30pm and conclude around 9pm
Outdoor training at Seddon HQ will commence on Saturday 31st August (11.30am start), and each Thursday thereafter (5pm start).
A copy of the full pre-season training schedule follows on page 9.
If you haven’t been down yet, make it your business to do so as it’s a great way to dust off some of the off season cobwebs and catch up with the latest Seddon CC gossip!
Laws of the Game
When do you need to Appeal?
Australian batsman Kane Richardson accidentally trod on his stumps whilst playing a shot during a recent T20 game, removing the bails in the process. However, despite Richardson’s actions satisfying Law 35 (Hit wicket) nobody noticed the stumps being broken during the stroke and the batsmen set off for a run. After a replay was shown, the umpires assessed the decision and Richardson was given out.
He had not reached the edge of the playing area before being called back by Simon Katich who later said that his team had not appealed for the dismissal.
The incident was confusing and did not appear to have been fully reached using the Laws of the game –However, it did raise two interesting aspects from the Laws.
Firstly, the nature of appeals and Law 27. Law 27.1 reads: “Neither umpire shall give a batsman out, even though he may be out under the Laws, unless appealed to by a fielder. This shall not debar a batsman who is out under any of the Laws from leaving his wicket without an appeal having been made.”
This may have surprised even some hardened cricket enthusiasts who are used to assuming that, for instance, when a batsman is clean bowled, the stumps sent cartwheeling, the bowler would not have to turn and implore the Umpire to raise his finger.
Centuries of cricketing convention have dictated this, but there are instances where people being bowled is less clear-cut, i.e. where it’s unclear whether the ball or wicket-keeper, stood up to the stumps, disturbed the bails. An appeal may always be necessary regardless of the mode of dismissal.
The lesson we can take away from this incident? If there is any doubt or indication that a player might be out, make sure you appeal.
60 Seconds with a Seddon Legend (Part 1)
Michael ‘Leeki’ Penlidis
S – What years did you play for Seddon Cricket Club?
MP – First played for Seddon in 1975-76. In the Under 16’s. We were all out for 6. One guy made 2, another made 1 & extras was our top scorer with 3.
S – Did you win a flag and if so how many and when?
MP – 9 flags, 6 at Seddon ranging from the seventies to the naughties.
S – What was your preferred hair product to maintain the ‘fro in the 80s?
MP – Hair product in the eighties, you must be kidding! I never saw it as a ‘fro at the time, I just wanted long hair and it kept curling up. More hippie than trendy.
Didn’t try hair product until the metrosexual ’90s. These days it’s just a bit of hair colour but even that seems a bit senseless. When it starts snowing downstairs you start to question how far are you willing to go. They should make very specialized colouring products for gentlemen.
Move over ‘DOLCE & GABBANA’ and ‘CRABTREE & EVELYN’, try ‘SCROTUM & PUBE’.
S – What is your highest score for Seddon CC?
MP – 120 odd. I also made a double century against Tommy & Greela in beach cricket, we batted first and they were guns so I had to dig in. It turned out they didn’t have the patience when it was their turn to bat and we won by over 100.
I also made a lazy 1056 against Jimmy Peppas in street cricket. It took two weeks. I’d like to say good batsmen make 1000, great batsmen make 1050 but the truth was I went the bash after 1000.
S – Best bowling figures?
MP – Definitely 7 for, possibly 8. Ten wickets was always the focus, it didn’t matter how we got them.
S – Worst captain you played under and why?
MP – I was the worst captain I played under if it’s possible to play under yourself. The few games I have captained have not turned out successful. It is a record I’m keen to address.
S – Best Batsman you’ve played with?
MP – Tough question. Greame Hordern was a gun while many of us were still developing (he once pulled a ball out of the gardens,
over Hyde St and the ball was picked up half way down Berry Street), so he leaves a lasting impression.
I once played against a Malaysian XI at Seddon. Dr Sekhon organized it, keen to win and not knowing how good the Malaysians were, he arranged several District players to play with us. Tony Dodemaide played (amongst others) but I don’t remember them doing much.
Chris Lewis was an international, we treated him like the messiah but he was just a naughty boy. We didn’t see the best of him but he had some ability.
Adnan Khawaja was a delight when he got going but (without looking over the records) I’ll say Daniel Popov. He had a couple of exceptional seasons, got the best out of himself and with a bit of effort we were able to mould him into a team that won a flag. I’m sure I’ve left some out…
S – Best sledge you’ve heard?
MP – I didn’t think it was funny at the time, not even sure if it’s funny now, but after getting slogged into the bowling greens (exactly the same spot) two balls in a row, someone from the Bowling Club yelled “PUT A BOWLER ON!!”. I was spewing I was leaking runs, it was an extremely short boundary and he’d have been out on any other ground, but still, Jamie Wallace thought it was funny and has been reminding me of it for 30 years.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in the next edition of Stings Sentinel where Leeki reveals his most memorable onfield moments, Seddon’s most volatile cricketers and the little known SeddonCC Pentathlon
During the week local historian and keen Library researcher Ian ‘Dougie’ Walters stumbled across an old Newspaper article from ‘The Argus’ in October 1935 about Seddon’s home ground Hanmer Reserve which included the following commentary.
“the top ground was officially opened on 5 October 1935 (see attached). Prior to then we played on the bottom ground where cricket was played as long ago as 1903 and maybe earlier”
There’s no truth to the rumour that Pricey was the groundsman.
Alternate Geoff Prices
In this new column we investigate the lives of other ‘Geoff Prices’ around the globe in an attempt to a) discover if there is a more enigmatic version than ours and b) wonder what Geoff Price’s life could have been
Alternate Geoff Price – Collects Buses
Geoff Price of Walsall, UK is celebrating half a century amassing a superb array of model buses and trams.
A neverending journey of discovery has seen Geoff travel to all corners of the globe to add to his ever-growing collection, which has forced him to move house three times to accommodate the models.
The real Geoff Price – Catches Buses
The Pricey Files
As told by Leigh Davies
Some of you may be aware that the lawnmower warrior, Geoff “Priceless” Price, was a gun tennis player and coach before he turned his body and mind – but not hearing – to cricket and donned the white creams, button up shirt & terry towelling hat. The beneficiary was the Seddon Cricket Club.
Pricey was such an astute tennis coach that he could tell if you were any good by how you picked up the Slazenger racket. If your grip didn’t agree with Geoff’s tennis doctrine, then the aspiring Wimbledon champion was shipped off to Harry Hopman – Pat Cash case in point!
Before Geoff turned to tennis coaching and then cricketer, scorer, curator, committeeman, raconteur & cricket trip regular at Seddon CC, he made his name around the tennis traps as the young buck who took American No. 3 Roscoe Tanner to five sets at the annual Yarrawonga summer championships circa 1979.
What makes Pricey’s achievement all the more memorable is the nonchalant manner of his pre-game approach to the championship decider. “Dad and myself enjoyed Yarrawonga’s finest tap beer – Richmond Bitter I recall – so much so that we were last to leave the venue the night before! Sheesh, it was a big night”.
Pricey is content in the knowledge that he was beaten by the better player, “Tanner was just too good on the day. I was just happy to take him to five sets.”
Considering Roscoe Tanner spent time in the big house back in the States and Pricey has reinvented himself as a world renowned curator & lawnmower consultant, we know who the real winner is today.
From the Textbook
The Hook Shot
Theory: In contrast to the pull, which is played to a short, leg-side ball that rises to about chest height from a medium pace bowler or spinner, the hook is a response to a short ball from a quicker bowler that has bounced up between chest and head height on the leg side. Attempt a hook only when well set because it can be risky if you try it before you have had time to adjust to the conditions and the bowler. You also need to know where the fielders are because, given variable bounce, it is not always possible to play this shot down. You are better advised to duck or sway out of the way unless you are confident that you can avoid any fielders positioned to catch an unwary hooker.
Execution: Once you decide to hook, as soon as you see that short ball bouncing towards your head, move backwards and pivot on your back leg, bringing your head inside the line at the critical moment so that if you miss the ball it will pass harmlessly over your front shoulder. From your high backlift, bring the bat across your body in front of your eyes and help the ball towards the boundary between square leg and fine leg.
You sometimes hear of rolling your wrists when you hook, but there is usually insufficient time to complete this manoeuvre. You can try to hook down if the ball has not climbed too high, or you can deliberately attempt to hit it in the air for six. Balance is the key to controlling this stroke. It carries a high degree of risk, but it is also a means of taking the game to the bowler. It is up to you to assess the percentages and decide if they are in your favour at any particular stage of the game.
The attached video featuring one of the Australia’s greatest hookers (no helmet required), Ian Chappell is interesting not so much for the footage of him playing the stroke but more for his thoughts on the strategic nature of the shot
…and just a random selection of Bill Lawry’s finest work
Welcome Back ‘The Webbo’
On the back of the return of Kayne Amiet in the first Sentinel, it was magnificent to see another Seddon prodigal son return to training last week, after much lobbying from members of an influential Seddon CC coterie group. Mark ‘The Webbo’ Webb has notified the club of his intention to return to Seddon after a year in the outer eastern suburban synthetic wilderness that was Blackburn South.
For those that don’t know ‘The Webbo’, astute talent judges have described him as the best wicketkeeper to straddle the stumps at Seddon since Jim Tzambazakis. More astute judges say he is better. He is without question the best keeper the author has played with and will be an automatic inclusion in the Seddon First XI. If you get a chance throughout the season, watch him keep up to the stumps to speedster Tommy Matkovic in a match…then hope he snaffles a leg side stumping. You won’t believe it.
Despite a modest batting record in 2 seasons at Seddon, The Webbo can in fact hold a bat (just ask him) and we forsee a 250+ run season in the not too distant future.
Best known for his Gap, uncanny resemblance to Alfred E Neumann, love of a good time, cutting edge fashion sense and left of centre views on life, The Webbo is a very welcome return to the Seddon family.
The Enigma, the Legend, the Idiot Savant…..The Webbo!!!
Welcome back Mark ‘The Webbo’ Webb. Get around him!
Separated At Birth
First cab off the rank in the new ‘Seperated at Birth’ column celebrates our own wannabe celebrity himself, Leigh ‘Forrest’ Davies. Leigh has been the benefactor of many colourful monikers over the years: Patch, Bowels, Rabbi, Leroy, Lethal General Lee…..but none more fitting than ‘Forrest’. For obvious reasons.