It was a successful return to the two-day competition for the Prem Men with a comprehensive victory over OBC, but the 2nds unfortunately narrowly lost the One-day final, and most results in the T20 and lower grades were also losses.
The Prems did the job on the second day of their match against OBC at Elmwood Park. With OBC 50 runs behind on the first innings, and two down already in the 2nd for just 15, Sydenham were in a good position at the start of play. Unfortunately for OBC the pitch was wet at the start of the mornings play, apparently as a result of an accident removing the covers after a week of rain. The 3rd and 4th wickets fell early to the seam bowlers with Mitch Gardner and Tom Agnew picking up one each to have OBC in real trouble at 34-4 and needing a big partnership to get back into the match.
Tim Johnston beats the bat again during his four wicket bag at Elmwood
TJ then made sure that didn’t happen as he carved out the opposition’s middle order and tail to finish with 4-30. In tandem with fellow spinner Connor Marshall OBC at best tried to halt the fall of wickets but tight bowling made runs hard to get and they eventually fell for 93 and setting Sydenham just 44 for the win.
Connor Marshall traps Hastilow LBW
Small run chases are always awkward, but with Ed Nuttall returning to the bowling crease after injury, OBC got off to a good start by claiming both openers with the score at 15. But it was never going to be enough and although they managed to eke out the in-form Ryan Wallace as well for 11, when Taylor Irie and TJ came together 24-3 they both took Sydenham through to a comfortable seven wicket win.
The result puts Sydenham into second place in the two-day competition but obviously it’s still very early days and nothing much separates the top four sides. The teams now take a break for Christmas and the fast rotation through the competition formats returns on 12th Jan when the Prems T20 competition starts with double-headers on the day, against East Shirley at Sydenham in the morning, then Lancaster Park at Garrick Park later in the day.
The Division One sides had their two T20 matches on Saturday, the first of them for the 2nd’s against competition leaders OBC which they narrowly lost, the second against Suddenly Sydenham which they won comfortably. Player and match details not available.
Liam White about to be caught at deep cover by Marty Crook off Liam McGeorge
Suddenly Sydenham played their other match against Lancaster Park at Garrick. Park batting first scored 129/5 and in reply Sydenham scored 94 (match details incomplete due to unregistered players)
Daniel Thomson smashes one to long-off
The big match in Div 1 was Sunday’s one-day final with our 2nds again playing OBC who they’d lost to in the T20 the day before. Full details are not yet available but the match was played at Elmwood with OBC batting first and scoring 170 with the Sydenham wickets evenly shared.
Carl Hooper beats the bat during the One-day final
In reply Sydenham held wickets in hand for much of the match with Taylor Irie in particular attempting to set up the result. The match remained evenly balanced early, but with the slow bowlers difficult to get away, and no real attempt made to work the fielding team around with singles, we struggled through the middle overs as the required run rate built. Then when some urgency in looking for singles and running between the wickets did finally arrived, coupled with a strong innings from Carl Hooper, we recovered well and were mild favourites for a good period after that before the loss of late wickets turned the tide again. In the end we needed around 25 off the last two overs with the last pair at the crease, and unfortunately lost that final wicket as we were bowled out for 156, 14 runs short.
The team support crew enjoyed the day but management looked exasperated
The Division 3 Goats went down to Heathcote at Barnett Park. Heathcote scored 148/8 batting first with the main wicket takers Nadeem Aslam (8-3-20) and Ollie Philpott (8-3-24). In reply Ollie completed a fine match scoring 49 with the only other scores coming from Jacob Harrington (16) and Andrew Douglas (15)
The Division 6 Cardinals intimidating reputation seems to be discouraging teams from playing them as they suffered from their second consecutive default on Saturday. Despite this the Cardinals managed to tee up a friendly match against an East Shirley Div 3 side that had also been defaulted to and they had an entertaining match on Sydenham 3
Ben Larter takes another boundary in his innings
The match was won by the Cardinals resplendent in their traditional pre-Christmas Hawaiian shirts. Match details are not available but certainly Ben Larter and Coops dominated the Cardinals batting with two very hard hit innings that never really let Easts into the match
Coops was equally devastating in his partnership with Larts
Abe’s Division 6 side the All Stars failed to get their desired Christmas present, their 2nd win of the season, when they went down to Halswell on Halswell Domain. Batting first Halswell knocked up a competitive 181/9 off their 40 overs with Jordan McCormick the best of the Sydenham bowlers with 8-4-42. In reply the All Stars could only muster 73 all out with Gourav Saini (24) and Chris Reeve (28) the only two to reach double figures.
The Division 8 Tamils were well beaten by Merivale Papanui on Centennial Park when MP scored 198-9 batting first and the Tamils replied with 45 (match details not complete).
It was a similar story for the Presidents Cardinals who were equally keen to get back in the winners circle after two previous losses. However Sumner managed to put together a very competitive 229/5 at Sumner with James McKay (8-2-43) the best of the bowlers. A total not beyond the Cardinals ability but despite Matt Loose’s 49 and Anthony’Wild’s 41, only Warren Guy at No. 9 managed to make any other significant contribution as Sydenham finished at 133/9. The result now has both Presidents Sydenham teams at the bottom of their table.
Hospital gave themselves a real chance in their match against Lancaster Park on Sydenham 2 when they managed to hold Park to 153/6 in the first innings, with James Barkhuizen (8-2-20) and John van den Brink (8-2-35) the best of the bowlers. Bruce Day’s 33 got Hospital off to a good start in the run chase but they then capitulate with no one below the two openers getting double figures as Sydenham were bowled out for 94 with six overs remaining.
Tearaway medium pacer Frank Walsh gives Rick Horsfall the hurry up
The Prem Woman didn’t play due to the rep matches on but the T20 women and youth teams did.
The T20 side lost in a very low scoring match against St Albans on Centennial 3. Saints’ 51/7 wouldn’t have seemed enough (Caitlyn Mortimer with best of the bowlers with 2 -3-10) but Sydenham lost wickets right from the start with only Linda Pettigrew with 16 managing to try to stem the flow before the end of the 11 overs with the score left at 26-6.
The Sydenham Youth Woman probably deserved better in their match against OBC on Sydenham. A disappointing batting effort where Kate Cameron’s 11 was the only double figure score saw Sydenham forced to defend a score of 48. However, the girls fought back hard dismissing the first seven batsman likewise for single figures and only a score of 29 from their No. 11 took OBC to the 49 run target seven wickets down.