The top three mens sides, and the Premier Womans team, all had losses on Saturday, and in the afternoon grades only Jamie’s Cardinals and the Tamil XI had wins.
However, big congratulations to the Tamils for their win as it was their first in Sydenham colours since joining the club.
The Premier Men will be disappointed with their batting effort which again faltered on Saturday this time against East Shirley. On a good looking Burwood Park wicket Sydenham won that toss and elected to bat first but was immediately on the back foot with the dismissal of last week’s top scorer Connor Marshall for one. Ryan Wallace and Matt McCall recovered the position to 39/1 before Ryan’s dismissal saw four wickets fall in the space of 15 overs and 40 runs to have the side tottering at 85/6. Lane Tutty had looked at increasing ease in his innings but when on 22 was more than a little unlucky with his LBW to become that 6th wicket.
Chris Harris dug in, and as he has done so many times for his country in the past, set about trying to form a base to the innings such that a 150 plus target might be engineered in the final five overs or so. However, the lower middle order and tail just couldn’t manage stay with him and Harry was left frustratingly not out on 27, criminally with nearly three overs to go as the innings stuttered to 131 all out.
Chris Harris works one through mid-wicket
There was some early hope for Sydenham as East’s run chase started with the early loss their first three wickets to the two Gardner brothers for 33, but then Leo Carter got himself set, and together with Duncan put on 81 for the 4th wicket to slowly extinguish any prospect of a Sydenham comeback.
The bowlers bowled well but it was obvious that Easts recognised the low total and were prepared to play out bowlers and never let themselves feel pressured to score. Carter and Duncan worked their way through close to the total and then loosened up and took boundaries when the game was effectively won, something that was responsible for Duncan loosening his wicket to TJ with only a dozen runs left to score.
Sydenham now take on OBC at Sydenham Park next Saturday, a match that will again be live streamed
The Premier Woman lost both of their matches. The first against OBC saw a very poor first up batting effort with Sydenham 34/7 and no batsman getting to double figures. The second match, an eight aside match against Lancaster Park saw Sydenham score 49/4 (Jenna Waghorn 22) and then take Park down to their last wicket before eventually getting across the line at 50/6 (Jodie Dean 3-8 & Jenna 2-18).
The Div 1 side let a big opportunity slip when they lost to OBC on Elmwood Park. Along with Sydenham, OBC are one of the leading contenders for the Div 1 title, and when Sydenham bowled them out for 135 (wickets were shared around two apiece to Taylor Irie, Carl Hooper and Pankaj Bhagat) there was an opportunity for Sydenham to cement their position at the top of the Div1 table. However, the Sydenham run chase never really got underway with wickets lost at regular intervals and only Carl Hopper’s 28 batting at No. 6 looking likely to recover the position as Sydenham fell for 114 in the 41st over – still, very early days in that competition.
Taylor Irie hits strongly in the Div 1’s loss at Elmwood Park.
Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham also came out on the wrong side of their match against Lancaster Park on Garrick Park. Park won the toss, batted first and put together a very competitive 258 all out (Liam McGeorge 3-47, James Simpson 3-47 & Paddy Wickes 2-56). Sydenham initially made a good effort in reply, with Andrew Reynolds (67) and Andrew Moulten (43) the best of the batsmen, but were eventually bowled out well short for 185.
The Div 4 Goats went down to Heathcote on Centennial Park. Batting first Heathcote scored 163/5 (Chris Douglas 2/38 & Jon Bennett 2/29). But despite Oliver Philloptt’s 35 batting at no. 6 the Goats were bowled out for 103 in reply.
The Div 6 Cardinals again won easily after the bowling OBC out for 60 on Waltham Park thanks to the outstanding figures of 6/2 from Kieran Williams. In reply Sydenham’s first four batsman only complied seven runs between them until James Stokes (23) and Cam Rennell (24*) ensured the five wicket win in the 25th over,
The Div 6 All Stars collapsed against Halswell at Centennial Park as they attempted to chase down Halswell’s 155 total. Gourav Saini’s 4/14 and Abe Atherton’s 2/25 were the best of the bowlers, but the batting reply only opener Paul Jenson (18) and Abe at No. 10 with 19 (surely too low Abe?) got to double figures as Sydenham were rolled for 65.
The Presidents Cardinals fumbled their way to a last ball loss against BWU at Burnside Park. A 101 2nd wicket partnership between Mario Williams (44), and a superb 94 from Matt Loose, set the innings up for a good score, and backed up by a middle order 36* from skipper Phil Walker, Sydenham looked well set with a 195 total. However, 18 dropped catches in the field, and an equally punishing 80 from BWU’s Dave Robertson saw BWU crawl back into contention but still needing 13 off the last over. A six and then some ones and twos had BWU needing two off the final delivery which was achieved thanks to a non-backed overthrow on an attempted run-out as the fielder gambled that a win was a better result than a draw.
Dave Robertson’s 80 set up BWU’s last ball victory agsinst the President Cardinals
The Hospital team also lost when playing Merivale Papanui at Edgar Macintosh Park. MP scored a solid 183/8 (Abhaya Paudel 3-25, Pieter Barkhuizen 2-36 & Kelum Mendis 2-27), but in reply despite Abhaya’s 41 from the opening spot, Hospital struggled throughout their innings and were eventually bowled out for 96 with 10 overs remaining.
It was a big day for the Div 8 Tamil XI who had their first win for Sydenham since joining the club last season. The match was dominated by captain Chidambaram Palanlappan (Chid) who was run out for 35 (S Ganpathy 34) as the Tamils set Merivale Pap a 134 target. Chid then took 5/17 as the Tamils bowled MP out for 103 to much celebration.
T20 Women Stars lost to Heathcote on Sydenham 3. Sydenham batting first only managed 56/4 (Linda Pettigrew 18 & Hanna Morrissey 21) and Heathcote ran the total down for the loss of five wickets (Emma Begg 2/1).
Youth cricket is now well underway and we intend to provide match reports each week as below. The Club is very proud of these young men and work and results that they are currently achieving are of great credit to both them and their coaches. We encourage club members to try to get down to see some of their matches when you can because, as you can see in the reports below (centuries and hat tricks), there are some real quality young players amongst them and they are the future of Sydenham Cricket.
Youth First XI - Won
Following a comprehensive win on Labour weekend against Christs College Development XI - where Sydenham Youth 1st XI toppled them for 41 runs and knocked it off in 9 overs (Daniel Watt 4 for 13 off 6, Archie Goodrick 3 for 12 off 8, Orion Lynch 2 for 3 off 3 / Henry Boyd Tibbotts 18 n.o. & Joseph Wells 17 n.o.). This weekend they were again at home to St Andrews Colts XI at Cashmere High School. Batting first after losing the toss, St Andrew’s got off to a reasonable start being 73/3 at drinks - helped by too many catching opportunities not being taken by Sydenham. But good bowling and a few good catches being taken by Sydenham (Archie Goodrick 3 for 33 off 8, Zaran Banoori 3 for 24 off 6) restricted the total to chase to just 113. The second innings started well with openers Jaime Thyne (12) & Orion Lynch (17) getting off to reasonable starts, but things looked a little shaky after a few quick dismissals at 61/4. Sound batting by Joseph Wells (16 n.o.) and Isaiah Prassad (28 n.o.) saw the team though to take the win.
Year 10 - Won
The Year 10s meet Shirley Boys High at Shirley Intermediate. Shirley Boys will have two regrets after the game, the first was electing to bowl first, the second dropping Oliver Smith on 7 runs. At 84/3 (after 11 overs) Sydenham were looking good. Oliver Smith joined Zabi Mikhayel and they proceeded to flog Shirley Boys all over the ground scoring an unbeaten partnership of 232. After Oliver scored his club best of 122* (8 4s / 12 6s) the Manager retired him. Zabi Mikheyal was out not long after for a club best 87 (beaten into third best score by Extras who topped 88!) and the team made it to 367/6 after their allotted 40 overs. Shirley Boys lasted 14 overs and were all out for 35. None of their batsmen got into double figures. Ben Wasley took out the top order – with a hat trick (LBW-bowled-caught) and then another wicket for good luck (6-1-14-4). Thomas Owens not to be out done took out the middle order with another hat trick (bowled-bowled-bowled) and another wicket (6-1-10-4). Sydenham won by 332 runs.
Oliver Smith (122*) and Zabi Mikhayel (87)
Thomas Owens & Ben Wasley both took hat tricks
Year 9a - Won
Year 9a 2day format -Syd vs CBHS Blue at Burnside High (Day 2)
Day one - Boys High won the toss and elected to bat first after a slow start the Sydenham quicks found their groove Jamie Ehau 3/6 off 5 overs & Toby Hull 4/19 off 6 overs helped dismiss CBHS for 105 just before lunch. Sydenham openers chipped away slowly at the total before losing the first wicket in the 40s Issac Milne (65) and Toby Hull (42) proceeded to get the first innings points and put on a lead of 122 before declaring with an hour left to play In the last hour of the day Sydenham put the game to bed leaving CBHS on 7/47 at the close of play - Dallas Crowe 4/32 was the chief destroyer combining with Ben Breitmeyer catching under the helmet in close to get 3 of his 4 wickets
Day 2 - needing 3 wickets for an innings victory Charlie Hickey 3/24 wrapped up the tail in the first hour of play.
Jamie Ehau bowling against CBHS
9B Blue - Lost
9B Blue played Boys High White at Polo 6 on a sunny day with nice outfield conditions. With regular captain Zack Howe and Vice Captain and Wicket keeper Jack MacDonald both out for this game, Jesse Major stepped up into Captain and WK roles. They won the toss and decided to bat. Sydenham, had for them, a below par bowling effort. One third of their runs from extras, and they bowled short. Fortunately Sydenham fielded really well and Boys High played some poor shots. Brennan Townsend picked up two wickets. Dominic Gilmour took some excellent catches and Maurice Gillard’s ground fielding was superb. Josh George got a first ball wicket in his maiden match for us and a direct run-out with only one wicket showing. Boys High were out for 77! On a wicket that was probably 150 par Sydenham should have cantered in. Unfortunately poor shot selection and a lack of patience from most resulted in them being all out for a paltry 57.
9B Red - Won
9B Red went to St Thomas College. They won the toss and batted first, scoring 129, Bryce Lukey topped the batting getting out for 50 runs. The boys started there bowling well taking 4 great wickets, it came right down to the end with Sydenham edging the win by 14 runs. Jermone Crichton topped the bowling with 3 for 7.