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The Sydenham Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in New Zealand and was officially founded in 1895 but our heritage in other forms dates back even earlier. We are the largest senior cricket club in the South Island with 12 Senior Mens and Womens teams, five Youth teams, 39 Junior teams, and over 650 registered members. We are a "Premier" club operating in the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association competition and based at Sydenham Park in beautiful Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.

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2nds Through to 1-Day Final

The Division 1 boys are through to their 1-day final in a fortnight’s time after their win on Saturday that saw them qualify first in their pool thus avoiding the need to play a semi-final and move directly into the final on the 21st.

The Prem Men’s vulnerability to the new ball was again evident in their match which sees them on the back foot after the first day, and the Prem Women had a win and a loss in their two T20 matches. One of the features of the round was the introduction of 5-6 of the youth players into the Div1 & Div2 teams who all had impressive starts and contributing much to their team’s performances on the day.

Premier Men

Sydenham won the toss at Burwood Park and batted first in their match against an East Shirley side that was at full strength with the inclusion of their three Canterbury players. Unfortunately we again failed to navigate the early new ball losing both Tom and Adi inside the first 5 overs to sit preciously at 20-2. Matt Bell and Ryan Wallace then worked the score through to 52-2, but the positive momentum was then lost when late morning rain disrupted play and lead to an early lunch.

Toby Mowat
Toby Mowat misjudges the line

After lunch Matt (10) went early, and Ryan, who had looked comfortably in control in his innings, then followed him three overs later for 32. Suddenly the side was 58-4 and in a struggle from which it never really recovered.

Ryan Wallace
Ryan Wallace drives through the covers

Of the batsman that came and went from there, only Pankaj Bhagat (23 from 56 balls) playing in his first Prem match of the season, and Tom McDonald (20 from 70 balls), showed any real resistance as the side slowly folded at 127 in the 43rd over.

In conditions that favoured batting, the East boys responded well. Despite losing Goldstone and Carter to Ryan Wallace’s bowling to be 36-2, Tim Hampton-Matehe and Kenny McClure steadily set about their task of firstly tracking down Sydenham’s modest total, and then building a substantial lead. Their unbroken 193 run partnership was well constructed, and punishing towards the end, as both batsmen finished scoring run a ball centuries and creating a lead of 102 before declaring. Ryan was the only wicket taker with 2-56, and Tom Agnew bowled economically, but perhaps the best of them was Charlie Finnie with his 0-16 off 6 overs that at times had two well set batsmen playing and missing.

Charlie Finnie
Charlie Finnie one of the few to really test the Easts batting

The declaration left the openers with a tricky final 6 overs to survive at the end of the day which they duly managed to negotiate successfully.

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Premier Women

The Premier Womens went down in their first match on Saturday against St Albans at St Albans Park. Sydenham batted first and scored 79-2 off their 16 overs with Isla McKenzie (33 off 44 balls) and Hannah Morrissey (34 off 48 balls) scoring the bulk of the runs. However, Saints managed to reach that total with an over to spare at 81-5 with Eden Pettigrew having the best of the bowling figures of 2-10.

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Later in the afternoon they then took on Lancaster Park on the same ground and this time successfully defended their total. Isla McKenzie was again to the fore with the bat scoring 25 off 39 balls, but this time backed by Boadicea Lynch (31 off 45 balls) and Eden Pettigrew (18 off 14 balls) as the side got through to 82-2. The Park reply lost early wickets and with a wicket apiece to Eden Pettigrew and Gina Aldersley, supported by two run-outs in the field, they managed to hold Park to 69-5 to take the win.

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Division 1

With Sydenham already guaranteed a semi-final berth, the match against Lancaster Park on Sydenham 1 was mostly considered important in trying to continue to accumulate points in the wider season’s promotion relegation battle, well so it seemed anyway. Sydenham won the toss and asked Park to bat and got immediate success. The regular bowlers in Connor Williams and Kelvin Scott got a wicket each, but it was the introduction of the youth players in James Luxton, Daniel Watt and Kieran Charlton who really made the difference on the day. James went for a miserly 1-17 off his 7 overs, whilst Daniel (8-3-20) and Keiran (6-3-6) did the real damage as the bowled Park out for 70.

Daniel Watt
Daniel Watt in full flight with his 3-20

In reply the skipper Kevin Scott went early with the score at 4, and shortly thereafter Matt Day at 10-2. However, with such a small score to chase and time no issue, Sahan Perera stuck his head down with his 6* off 50 balls, whilst he left his more aggressive partner Vishvash Singh to push the scoring along with 53* off 60 balls as they reach the total without the loss of a further wicket.

Kieran Charlton
Kieran Charlton

The satisfaction of the win was amplified later in the day on news that the previously 1st placed East Shirley had lost their match leaving Sydenham as pool winners and thus earning the right to move directly into the final on 21-Dec.

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Division 2

Sydenham’s match against BWU on Sydenham 2 is evenly poised at the end of the first day. Sydenham won the toss and choose to bowl first, a decision which seemed to pay dividends as BWU slumped to 56-5. Youth players Archie Goodrick and Thomas Owens both impressed in the early overs with Archie going for less than 3’s and Thomas picking up the first three wickets with his 10-3-27. Likewise young Cullum Hackson went for less than 2’s in his seven overs, and with Rod Hooper picking up 2-20. BWU recovered well towards the end of their innings to finish with 161-7.

Thomas Owens
Thomas Owens got the early breakthroughs for his team

The Sydenham reply was based around Andrew Moulton (32), Joshua Morgan (24), and two 18’s for Marty Crook and Cullum Hackson. However, no batsman was able to push on and at stumps the match was evenly balanced at 101-6.

Cullum Hackson
Cullum Hackson in his debut match for Sydenham

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Division 3 Goats - Won

The Goats had a comfortable win in their match against Richmond on Richmond Park. Richmond choose to bat first but then stumbled to 47-9 with the Sydenham’s main wicket takers being Alex Brailey (6-3-13), Nadeem Aslam (5-3-14) and Daniel Loughton (5-2-15). The Goats lost early wickets in reply but a 17 from Satpreet Singh and a number of single digits scores from others was enough to get the side to the win with the loss of six wickets in the 23rd over.

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Division 7 All Stars - Lost

The All Stars took on The Wanderers on Spreydon Domain and put up a useful score of 152 all out thanks to Vishal Makwana (49), Devlin Coates (4) and Elliott Hitchings (20). The Wanderers got off to a good start in reply and batted through to reach the Sydenham total at 153-7 in the final over. Main bowlers for Sydenham were Abe Atherton (8-2-17) and Mark Flowerday (8-2-34), with some cheap overs from Gourav Saini (8-0-22)

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Division 8 Tamils

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Cavaliers Cardinals

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Presidents Cardinals - Won

The Cardinals continued their recent run of hot form with their 6th win out of their last 7 matches, this one against Merivale Papanui on “Presidents Day” on the artificial at Burnside Park. Sydenham won the toss, and on an artificial, didn’t hesitate to bat first to try to set a total. The Sydenham innings of 188 all out was based around innings from Paul Matthews (50), Phil Walker (47) and Mario Williams (28).

MP made a good fist of the reply with a good number of batsmen getting starts and looking dangerous until an inspired spell by guest returning captain Ralphy Winder had the MP danger man out and the balance back in Sydenham’s favour. The team managed to hang on from there to get the result bowling MP out for 172 with 3 overs to spare. The other bowling honours went to Dave Fleming (8-3-17), Ken Julian (8-2-47) and Warren Guy (4-2-29)

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Hospital had the bye this week in the grade

Women Youth Stars – Lost

The Under 16 Sydenham Stars faced up against the top Under 19 North West team and put up an extremely valiant effort in the field going down 112/5 to 54/3 in 20 overs. Kate Cameron and Darcy Rose Prasad combined well as on-field captains to set fields specific to each bowler and all bowlers bowled well to their plans. Unfortunately anything under- or over-pitched were clinically dispatched to the boundary or for 2 runs by the bigger batters. 75 dot balls were bowled to the top team which was a great effort by everyone. Fielders were diving, sore hands were risked (Jaimee Cartwright, Maddie Iro and Sophie George especially) and there was a lot of ground for our 9 fielders to cover. Awesome job team!!! Important catches were all held by Dakoda Potter, Bodicea Lynch and Livvy Crowe (this was a game where catches could win the match), and a run out by Kate topped the great fielding effort.

Wickets were taken by Maddie Iro (with a Maiden in there too), Kate Cameron, a wicket Maiden by Bodicea Lynch, Rosie Pentecost (a great dipping inswinger) and Jaimee Cartwright.

Our batters struggled with the pace and accuracy of the North West bowlers. Maddie Iro tried to smash her way out of the pressure skying a catch after scoring 7 off 7, Dakoda Potter was again difficult to dismiss, lasting 20 balls before catching an edge to slips. Rosie Pentecost battled hard for her 11 runs and Darcy Rose Prasad was again solid as a rock scoring 23 runs before getting run out by a direct hit at the bowlers end from leg slip. Tu Meke.

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Year 9B Lost

Playing St Andrews 9 B at the Polo grounds, Sydenham lost the lost and was put into the field in damp conditions. The Sydenham team did a good job of containing the St Andrews team to 153 for 8 in their 35 overs after looking like they would be chasing a much bigger total earlier in the day. Wickets were shared around with Ben Cranfield the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 14 from 5 overs and Jacob Sharp also bowled a good spell of leg spin taking 1 for 13 from his 5 overs.

Sydenham unfortunately lost early wickets in it’s run chase from an accurate bowling attack from St Andrews and were always under pressure. Billy Duncan 25 and Jacob Sharp 33 tried to keep Sydenham in touch with the required run rate but in the end were unable to do so with Sydenham being bowled out for 134. Liam Eastwick also batted well making a well compiled 19 in his first bat for Sydenham.

Year 9A Lost

Sydenham started the second day of their 2 day match with Shirley Boys High, 46 runs ahead. The very first ball of the day resulted in a catch at Point by Taine Parfitt off an excellent first up delivery by Sam Crossland. But credit to SBHS, the next 3 batsmen consolidated and reached the 46 run mark with no more wickets lost. They then proceeded to pile on the runs as the rain came tumbling down. At the 20th over mark, SBHS were 97-3. However, Sydenham tightened up the bowling and had SBHS all out for 154 in the 40th over. Highlights in the bowling department were Taine and Sam both with 1 wicket and 9 runs off 5 overs and Alex Boot, 3 wickets for 13 runs off 6 overs.

Sydenham needed 108 to take out the win. The sun came out, which was a welcome arrival for the players but unfortunately, Sydenham fell 5 runs short. The best batting performance was Sam with a very good 33 runs. Sam fell in the 29th over with the score at 101-9 and the final wicket fell 2 runs and 4 overs later. Credit goes to SBHS for never giving up with Hapene Kumeroa bowling 12 overs for 29 runs and 4 wickets. Sydenham get 1st innings honours but couldn't quite finish the season with an outright win.

Year 9-10 Lost

The Sydenham Y9/10 team met St Bedes College this weekend. Losing the toss we were sent into field on a wet, damp outfield. The ball turned into a piece of soap but the boys managed to chip away at consistent wickets, taking good catches and limiting the runs. At the 20 over mark St Bedes were sitting on 71/4. The second half of the innings saw some contentious stumping decisions go against us that should have been given out. The boys didn’t get rattled too much from this and proceeded to bowl them out for 167 in the 35th over. Two wickets each to Jack Weller, Fynn Wadsworth and Thomas Newman with Fynn taking 3 catches and Jack affecting an outfield runout to end the innings.

Our batting innings faired considerably better against St Bedes this time around. A good opening partnership saw us through about 10 overs. However as in previous games we didn’t seem to put another good partnership together and were bowled out in the 23rd over for 108, however a great innings of 30* by Max Bassett limited some of the damage.

This season has been a tough one for the boys with some Y9’s stepping up a grade and some Y10’s having the first season of cricket. Despite being on the end of some losses, there were some great performances throughout the season were we managed to bowl out a number of teams before the allotted overs. We hope the boys go away having enjoyed playing some good fun cricket together and take that into 2020.



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