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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, 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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Bowes Century the feature of the T20 Opening Round

Mitchel Gardner

With the first round of the T20 competition lost through rain last week, sides were keen to get a good start in their double header matches on Saturday. The Prem men won the toss at Burnside Park and elected to bowl first against St Albans and were immediately rewarded with early wickets which had Saints quickly in trouble at 32/4 and then 62/6. The Gardner brothers got the early break through with Mitch possibly the pick of all the bowlers with his 2/11 off three. However, there was then a brief five over period where the bowling and fielding intensity dropped which saw Saints put together a critical 52 run 7th wicket partnership that proved critical in the match. A couple of slick run-outs then saw St Albans through to close at 126/8.

The Sydenham reply had even a worse start than Saints, and at 23/5 had made the task a far greater one. The only resistance came from Matt McCall and Tom Agnew with a 25 each that put Sydenham back in with a good chance, but when their partnership was broken the innings staggered to 94/9 by the close.

Chad Bowes

The second match on the same pitch against Marist Harewood was a total contrast to the first one thanks to Chad Bowes. After missing out in the first match he struck a seemingly effortless 106* off 59 balls to keep Sydenham always in the box seat. An opening partnership of 38 with Dylan Goldstone (22 off 11), and then 97 with Tom Hewison (44 off 33) saw Sydenham through to a very competitive 197/4. Chad’s was a classical controlled T20 opener’s innings taking a few balls to settle and accumulate singles, then some punishing boundaries as the innings wore on, and then some lap shots and other exquisite risk strokes as Sydenham managed its way into a dominate position in the innings.

With Mitch Gardner and Jamie Hunt both injured in the first match a last minute SOS put out to the old warhorse Chris Cooper proved to be a master stroke as Chris managed to get to the match before the 3pm start and then promptly took three of the first four Marist wickets to finish with the outstanding T20 figures of 3/16 off four overs. Marist never looked like recovering from the early Cooper onslaught and muddled through to 115/7.

So a win and a loss on the day and it will likely now require two wins against both BWU and Sumner next Saturday to enable the Prems to go through to the play-offs.

The Prem Woman had a similar day to the men with a T20 win and a loss. Bowling first against OBC at Ilam Eden Pettigrew’s 4/12 and Jodie Dean’s 3/14 saw the opposition rolled for 84, however only Bernadine Bezuidenhout (17) managed to get to double figures in reply as Sydenham succumbed for 46. The second match against St Albans was a more comfort affair when Jenna Waghorn (3/18) and Carolyn Esterhuizen (3/7) dismissed Saints for 67. Evelyn Jones (20*) and Bernadine Bezuidenhout (41*) then cruised to a Sydenham victory without the loss of a wicket.

The 2As were another who couldn’t quite manage two T20 wins on the day. The first match at Hagley was a comprehensive win over OBC. Batting first Sydenham scored 151/4 in their 20 overs with top scorers being Stu Naden (62*), Ryan Jones (34) and Taylor Irie (21*). In reply OBC were bowled out for 110 with Charlie Finnie (3/18), Taylor Irie (3/5 off one over) and Stu Naden (2/17) the pick of the bowlers.

The second match was a tight affair against St Albans. Newcomer Will Graham’s 3/24 and Hayden Day with 2/24 were largely instrumental in holding Saints to 128/8 in their turn to bat. However despite an excellent 46 from Ryan Jones (giving him a good double on the day) no one else could sustain their innings and Sydenham were bowled out for 117 and an 11 run loss.

2C Suddenly Sydenham played Southern Districts on Waltham Park and managed to hold Southern to 144/4 in their turn to bat. However, Sydenham struggled in reply and were eventually all out for 93 and a 51 run loss.

The 3D Cardinals lost only their second match of the season when they went down by two wickets to Riccarton at Centennial Park. Batting first James Stokes (53) and Jacob Harrington (27) were the key contributors in getting the Cardinals through to 146 all out, but Riccarton then managed to scrap through to that total for the loss of eight wickets.

Kelum Mendis

The 3D All Stars lost their match against Southern districts at Centennial Park. Opener Ben Potter (25) and Jordan McCormick (15) batting at No. 10 were the only two to get double figures as the All Stars fell for 69 which South Districts then knocked off losing only four wickets.

Hospital let a big opportunity slip in their President’s match against BWU at Burnside Park. Batting first they got to 132/2 thanks to good performances from Kelum Mendis (62) and Eugene Hawyn (34), but from there seemingly succumbed in the heat to be all out for 154 – an innings not help when Kelum stepped on his stumps when well set for a bigger score. The always solid BWU then coasted to the total six down with the wickets evenly shared.

Jim Boyd

The Presidents Cardinals succumbed to an old nemesis to some of us in the form of Andrew Nuttall in our match against Sumner at St Leonards Square. Batting first Mario Williams (42) ensured a strong start with a 41 opening partnership, but the innings faltered from there as Nuttall’s 5/8 off eight overs strangling the innings. Innings of 42 from Sanders and 24 from Tim Murdoch got the side through to a possibly competitive 151 all out, but Sumner then waltzed through to that total in only 25 overs and three down to win comfortably.

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 =>

Player subscriptions now due for Morning Players

Please note that player subscriptions are now due as follows:

  • Adult Male $230 (Late payment $300)
  • Student Male playing half season $115 (Late payment $150)
  • Women $150 (Late payment $180)

Note that the late payment amount will be strictly applied to any player with outstanding subs after 30-Nov-17, and any player with outstanding subs from that date will be illegible for selection.



  • Bowes Century the Feature of the T20 Opening Round

    With the first round of the T20 competition lost through rain last week, sides were keen to get a good start in their double header matches on Saturday.

    Read more ...
  • Sydenham Park Update

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

    Read more ...
  • January 2018 Holiday Program

    We will be running a January 2018 Holiday Programme on Mon 15th, Tue 16th, Wed 17th & 18th January 2018 and Mon 22nd, Tue 23rd, Wed 24th & 25th January 2018 .

    Read more ...
  • December 2017 Newsletter

    The latest Beyond the Boundary newsletter is now available to read.

    Read articles from:

    • Graham Harris, our President;
    • Andrew Chisnall, our Club Captain;
    • Premier Squad Report, Mike Dolden;
    • Premier Womens Report, Andrew McKenzie;
    Read more ...