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 11 Senior Mens and Womens teams, 35 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.
East Shirley was in the driver’s seat after the first day’s play at the resumption of the two-day competition on Saturday. With Christchurch baking under 30 plus degree heat, the winning of the toss and batting first seemed the obvious strategy at Burwood Park, but unfortunately whilst the skipper did his part, his batsmen did not.
The two openers in Matt McCall and Dylan Goldstone got the side off to a good enough start, and at 42 without loss, and the heat already starting to wilt the East attack, the innings was poised to set up a big total. But the momentum then turned when Matt mishit a return catch to the bowler, and Dylan handed Coburn the first of his six wickets in the innings. The in-form Tom Hewison and Ryan Wallace also quickly departed with nine runs between them, and suddenly inside the first 15 overs Sydenham were 62/4.
Ryan Jones (26), and Finn Loader in particular, tried to resurrect the innings but it was to be a day for Sydenham of 20’s and 30’s with no one able to press on. Tom Agnew and Finn put on 41 for the 7th wicket but when Tom was run out for 16, and then Finn fell for a determined 36 off 79 balls, the innings folded to be all out for 163 on a day and in conditions designed for batting.
In comparison the Easts innings was text book with the initial 60 run opening partnership backed up by one of 88 for the second wicket, and at 148/2 at that point, East coasted through to the end of the day’s play in a strong position at 197/3. Tom Agnew was the best of the bowlers claiming all three wickets in his 3/46.
The difficult day for Sydenham was highlighted when a collision with the batsman attempting a quick run
saw Mitchell Gardner suffered at cut around the eye that required some stitches – fortunately Mitch was able to return to watch at the end of the day.
The match is now interestingly poised and likely to require some contribution from both teams to put it in a position to give both a chance for a Christmas win.
The Prem woman took on the strong Lancaster Park side at Somerfied Park, and put up their best score of the season batting first. Bernadine Bezuidenhout (62) and Evelyn Jones (52) were the main contributors in their 195/7. However LP scored the required runs untroubled at 197/3 in the 29th over.
The Division one woman lost their match to Heathcote at Bradford Park when they could only muster 65/6 (Hannah Morrissey21) and then could not contain the opposition who got through to 69/4. Likewise the Division 2 woman also lost when North West Green scored 251/5 on Edgar MacIntosh Park (Rosie Pentecost4/47) but then collapsed with the bat to 25/8.
The 2A men were amongst the runs in their two-day match on the short boundaries on the front grounds on Burwood Park. Pankaj Bhagat (51) and Stu Naden (50) were the main contributors to their 245, however, Easts were well placed at stumps on 232/4.
The 3D Cardinals had another win when they bowled out Merivale Papanui for 106 on Barrington Park (Lewie Allen3/12). Lewie then scored a 30*, and along with Camm Rennell36*, took their side through to a five wicket win.
The 3B Goats are still struggling for runs this season and scored only 135 against Marist Harewood at St James Park. Oliver Philpott (35) and veteran Jon Bennett (23) were the main run scorers. Oliver then completed a good day personally with his 3/14 but Marist got home reasonably comfortably at 138/6.
The 3D All Stars had a win playing New Brighton at Centennial when, after being bowled out for 148 (Paul Jensen40), Sydenham then dismissed Brighton for 133 with Sativk Saini3/14 and Gourav Saini3/22 the main wicket takers.
The Sydenham Tamil IX’s result is unknown with no scorecard submitted
It was a win and a loss for the two Presidents grade sides. The Cardinals, who have struggled with availability in the early part of the season and only won two of its first six matches, had a strong side out at Centennial Park for their match against Lancaster Park. In his first match of the season Julien van Dyke took 3/14, and Brendon Laughton3/17, as the Cardinals held Park to 143/8 in their 40 overs. Skipper Phil Walker (56*) and Graham Frampton (52*) then scored the bulk of the runs as the reached their target only four down. Clearly the heat got to Presidents Hospital team who have been playing well this season when they were bowled out for 41 at Ilam Fields against the always competitive St Albans team who then knocked the runs off inside 15 overs.
One-on-One Coaching - Ryan Wallace
Ryan 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!!!