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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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Premier Men Win Cliff Hanger to Move into 3rd Place in the 2-Day Competition

Tom Hewison

The Prems started the second day of their match at Garrick Park against Lancaster Park just two wickets down and a handful of runs behind Park’s first innings total of 174. There was another hour delayed start due to the early morning dizzle, but once play started Park then had the better of the early exchanges as Sydenham lost another four wickets cheaply. However, Tom Hewison was always in control of the situation as he worked his way through to 77* at the end of the 60 overs with Sydenham finishing with a first innings lead of 76 runs.

Mitch Gardner

Park then batted very well in its second innings. Sitting in 2nd place in the competition and to keen to put themselves in a position with a chance to win, most of their top six got good starts and scored at a good clip to get them through to 247/6. The declaration left Sydenham with a target of 172 to win in 35 overs. Parks’ gamble almost immediately appeared to be paying dividends when they sneered both Sydenham openers with the score at 16, and wickets started to fall regularly. Tom Hewison again stood tall contributing another 44 runs to go with his 77 in the first innings but when he fell, and then Ryan Jones shortly thereafter with the score at 93/6, the Sydenham run chase was in real trouble.

However, Finn Loader has run into some good form recently and has become the go to man when the pressure is on. In conjunction with Stu Naden they both proceeded to get Sydenham back on track by putting on a critical 34 runs for the 7th wicket. Stu’s 22 runs off 19 balls, including two sixes, was a vital cameo in the context of the match, but when he left with the score at 127/7 with the required run rate still around six, the pressure remained. Finn and Tom Agnew then put on another 35 for the 8th wicket but with Finn in control and hitting three sixes in his innings of 44*,the equation got down to three runs required off the final over. Then when Finn hit his third six over long-on off the second ball of the over , Sydenham had secured the victory amongst much celebration.

Stu NadenSo an excellent match, be it fiercely competitive and emotions running high at times, but much credit must go to Lancaster Park for the declaration that kept the match alive and so nearly paid off for them. Sydenham now move into 3rd place with three matches to go in the season, the next being against BWU at Hagley 4 on Saturday.

The Premier Women lost by 5 wickets in their 6 aside match against OBCC at llam. Sydenham batting first could only score 66/5 with Eden Pettigrew top score with 19, which OBCC then got for the loss of only one wicket.

The 2As finished their 2-day match against Riccarton at Burnside Park with a loss. Riccarton had scored 211 on the first day (Scott Grose 5/46) and Will Graham (2/39) but had then conceded a 1st inning deficit of 73 runs. Riccarton scored another 201/7 in their 2nd innings (Scott Grose finishing with 10 wickets in the match with another 5/61) which left the 2nd’s with a target of 274 in 54 overs. After losing two early wickets they couldn’t quite bat out the rest of the day with the highlight being newcomer Matt Craigen top scoring on his debut with 57.

The 3B Goats will feel like they missed a great opportunity for a win against Southern Districts at Waltham Park. Batting first Southern Districts collapsed to be all out for 63 (Alex Brailey 3/13 & Andrew Moulton 2/6) but the Goats struggled in reply to be bowled out for 53 with only Andrew Douglas (18) and Heath Saunders (17) getting to double figures.

The 3D Cardinals also lost by 36 runs to Southern Districts on Beckenham Park. Southern scored 174 all out batting first with James Gallagher the pick of the bowlers with 5/39. The Cardinals reply never got really underway with only Kieran Williams (25) and Jamie Livingstone (40) batting at no. 9 looking like giving them a chance for the win.

The 3D Sydenham All Stars also lost by 5 wickets against OBCC on Elmwood 4. The All Stars batting first were bowled out for 132 (Abe Atherton 39) and OBCC lost five wickets reaching that total.

The two Presidents side both had victories. It was an emotion match for the Cardinals with news of the death of one of their players in Brendon Laughton earlier in the week which has seen a minute silence taken at all four Presidents matches in Christchurch.

Minute SilenceSydenham elected to bowl first on Hagley 3, and with Dave Fleming the best of the bowlers with 3/22, they restricted East Shirley Blue to 156 all out. Despite the loss of an early wicket Dave Hardy (47) and Anthony Wild (33) recovered the position quickly, and with a 24 from Phil Walker looked on target until two quick wickets had them seven down and at risk. Up steps Bert Walker and with a quick 20* took Sydenham through to victory with three overs to spare.

Dave Fleming

Hospital had another good win against Hornby at Denton Park. In a low scoring match Hornby only managed 104 as Kulem Mendis took 4/6 off 6.4 overs (and his 23rd wicket of the season to lead the wicket takers in the afternoon grades). Richard McKinlay also took 3/26. Hospital got off to a good start through openers Richard McKinlay (27) and Bill Day (17), but the loss of quick wickets put the win in doubt until Rex Venning struck a fine 40 to get Hospital through to the total eight down.

The Sydenham Tamils capitulated in their T20 against Heathcote at Hillsborough Domain when they were held to 50/8 with no one getting to double figures. Heathcote carved off the runs in less than 10 overs for the loss of three wickets.


With the Youth First XI having already played a match or two, the rest of the Sydenham Youth teams played their first matches on Saturday. Details:

First XI - Loss Syd Youth 1st XI played their two-day match against Christ’s College over Waitangi Day & the following Saturday.

Christs’ batting first in the first innings went from 132-3 to all out for 146, with I Prasad wrapping up the tail with 3 wickets for 0 runs, D Watt 3/39. Sydenham batting was progressing well in their first innings with good fifty from P Pagadala (52) supported by J Wells (26), however a quick procession of wickets after this partnership resulted in a 26 run first innings deficit. Good bowling by the team in Christs’ second innings had them at 79 for 9, D Watt taking 6/23 & J Wells 2/22 – along with a great outfield catch by J Thyne, however a 10th wicket partnership of 45 resulted in Sydenham needing to chase 150 in their final innings. The Sydenham batting didn’t really get going, with only Henry Boyd-Tibbotts batting well for 39, and the team fell well short of the target.

Year 10 - Win

Sydenham Youth meet Boys High (Blue) at Polo 3 in Hagley Park. Winning the toss Boys High were inserted and were quickly 30/4 after 7 overs with T Owens (2/10) and B Wasley (2/23) knocking the top off their innings. P Cameron then joined the attack, took 4/19 and Boys High were all out for 79 before drinks. T Owens already in the running to win catch of the season with a screamer of a catch diving full stretch to haul in a catch at mid-off. O Smith 41* and H McMeeking 24* opened the innings and scored the winnings run in 9.5 overs. O Smith ending the match with a straight driven 6.

Year 10

9a - Win

Boys High (Blue) batted first at Cashmere High School. They were 20/4 and eventually all out for exactly 100. Bowlers of note were Jamie E with 3/21 and Issac M with 3/16. Sydenham Youth posted a 1 wicket win getting through to 105/9. Issac M also top scored with 48*

Year 9A

9b Blue - Win

Sydenham 9b Blue played CBHS Green at Riccarton HS on a grass wicket. CBHS only had 8 so we gave them 2 fielders. Sydenham Youth won the toss and fielded. The boys bowled and fielded well and we knocked the top off their order quickly. The bowling was shared with all 9 who wanted to bowl getting two overs is a innings that only last 19 overs. The wickets were shared by 7 bowlers including – T Newton 3/3, Sam Prasad 2/5. Our top 4 batsmen did a good job and we chased down their 59 in 8 overs. J MacDonald 22* and Sam Prasad 20*.

9b Red - Win

The Boys drew St Andrews at Warren Park. First game up they won the toss and decided to bat. The boys did a fantastic job scoring 218/6. Outstanding batting from Alex B scoring 97 and great support from J Crichton and J Onslow. The boys did a fantastic job defending their score by getting St Andrews out for 138.

Year 9B Red

Golden Oldies Festival – Cricket Umpiring Requirements

There is a Golden Oldies Sports Celebration being held in Christchurch during April this year featuring ten sports. One of these is cricket. For obvious reasons it is being played during the first week of the month. Games are being held on Monday, (Easter Monday), 2 April, Wednesday, 4 April, and Friday, 6 April. They are likely to be of 35 overs duration per side although some teams may wish to play 40 over games.

Some 50 to 60 teams are expected to attend. 50 to 60 teams equate to 50 to 60 umpires each playing day.

The Canterbury Regional Umpires and Scorers Association Inc need umpires for these games. It is beyond the scope of their organisation to supply these numbers so they are looking for assistance from the various Christchurch clubs. Anyone who enjoys umpiring, whether qualified or not, would be a welcome addition to the umpiring ranks for this tournament.

Golden Oldies Cricket is all about enjoyment of the game rather than fierce competition so I am sure if you are able to umpire one or more games you will find it a very enjoyable experience. Benefits available to the participating umpires include free attendance at the opening ceremony on Sunday, 1 April, catering on game days, a free Golden Oldies promotional tee shirt, and a Christchurch Casino goodie card pre-loaded with $100.

If anyone in the Sydenham Cricket Club is available to umpire during this tournament on one or more days could you please contact David Miller as soon as possible with your expression of interest (and your shirt size).

David Miller / 027 660 9288

Fundraising Quiz Night at Sixty6

Fundraising Quiz Night

Sydenham Cricket Club are holding a Fundraising Quiz Night on Sunday 25th February 2018 at Sixty6 Peterborough Street 

This is a joint Fundraiser between the Sydenham Junior & the Sydenham Seniors (including Youth).

Please can you support our fundraising to enable us to continue to offer the best coaching and clinics and club in Christchurch!

We require a minimum of 100 people to attend our quiz night - so please signup and come along for a great fun evening. Fun way to bond with your child's cricket team parents, or bring non-cricket friends along!! We look forward to seeing you all.

Quiz starts at 6pm - Please arrive by 5.30pm to prepare. Restaurant and Bar available from 5pm. Free Car Parking in Car Park - just present your ticket at the bar for a paid ticket.

The Quiz night is run by Sixty6 and will start at 6pm. Doors open at 5pm and they have some great food platters and a great beer and wine list!

Quiz should finish around 9pm. We will also have some fun games in between rounds - so please bring some gold coins to join in the fun!

Cost is $15 per person or $100 per team (with a maximum of 8 people).

Please sign up quick! We need to confirm numbers by 16th Feb!


Sydenham Park Update

Sydenham Park

As you can see our grounds are taking shape and we are hopeful of getting a handover from the council contractors in mid Feb.

Some of you have commented on the location of blocks 2 and 3. I have communicated to you all earlier regarding this but here is the situation. When we met council early 2017 we were presented with several options for the extent to which council would repair the ground. I was delighted when they advised that approval was given to adopt the most expensive option. We will have a fully reconstructed park, full drainage across the surface, extensive field irrigation, and intensive state of the art block Irrigation. In addition all blocks are prepared on shingle bases and topped with Heathcote Loam.

We were further advised that we had two options with regards other two wicket blocks. Because our blocks are now on 300 mm shingle bases they could not be located on the rugby fields but on the spectator area between them.

  • We could retain one block (instead of the two blocks - two and three) - this would enable us to site it in the middle of the ground.
  • The other option would be to retain two blocks but they would be in line with each other and the boundaries would be shorter and overlap. We decided on the second option- rather than lose a block. If two adult games are impossible to play simultaneously we may have to revert to Junior usage only or alternate T20 matches - or one block may be reserved for open wicket practices but no Saturday play. It isn't ideal but the club decided to retain the block rather than lose it.

Please note that we will also have 28 meters of grass practice area adjacent to the Astro. This is under construction now and will be available for early spring use.

It is the committee's earnest hope that we can get a couple of games away before this season ends and be well prepared for the World Golden Oldies matches that the Club is hosing in April. We look forward to next season when we know we will have the best playing surfaces in Christchurch.

Kind regards,
Graham Harris

One-on-One Coaching - Ryan Wallace

Ryan WallaceRyan Wallace, our club's Overseas Professional, is available for One-on-One Coaching. Coaching times are still avalable over the school holidays. This could be an ideal Christmas Present for your budding cricket star!!!

If you are interested, contact Ryan ( / 027 475 6743) or through the club ( to arrange a time, or to get more information.

Read Ryan's CV =>



  • Premier Men Win Cliff Hanger to Move into 3rd Place in the 2-Day Competition

    The Prems started the second day of their match at Garrick Park against Lancaster Park just two wickets down and a handful of runs behind Park’s first innings total of 174.

    Read more ...
  • Golden Oldies Festival – Cricket Umpiring Requirements

    There is a Golden Oldies Sports Celebration being held in Christchurch during April this year featuring ten sports. One of these is cricket. For obvious reasons it is being played during the first week of the month. Games are being held on Monday, (Easter Monday), 2 April, Wednesday, 4 April, and Friday, 6 April. They are likely to be of 35 overs duration per side although some teams may wish to play 40 over games.

    Read more ...
  • Openers put Sydenham into Strong Position

    The return to two-day cricket on Saturday was meet with increment weather that saw some lower grades cancelled, only two Premier matches start of time, with one rained off, and our match against Lancaster Park at Garrick Park delayed to a 1.30pm start.

    Read more ...
  • CMCA Newsletter February 2018

    The latest Christchurch Metropolitan Cricket Association "Beyond the Rope" newsletter is available to read. You can access it from here.

    There is some interesting reading in the newsletter, including the T20 Finals review, and Ryan Wallace and Mitchell Gardner making the CMCA Rep side.