After the disappointment of last weekend’s results, Saturday was a fruitful one for the Club with all of the top sides winning; Premier Men & Prem Women, Div 1, The Div 4 Goats, Div 6 Cardinals, Youth Women and President Cardinals sides.
The Premier Men took on the strong OBC side at Sydenham Park with the home side desperate for a win after two first up losses in the one-day competition. Sydenham won the toss, asked OBC to bat, and then got the early break through at 15/1. However, with the aggressive Daniel Stanley to the fore, OBC fought on well to 80/1 before Tim Johnson snared Stanley LBW, and later Jeff Case, to eventually finish with 10-3-49. OBC were batting solidly however, and at 205/5 with five overs to go, they were looking at 250 plus. The Sydenham fight back then to restrict the score to 219 all out was a good effort. Whilst TJ was the pick of the slower blowers, this was probably the best that three medium pacers have bowled this season on a wicket that required some effort. Braden and Tom both picked up a couple apiece, but Mitch’s 10-2-29 was deserving of much more such was number of times he beat the bat.
Mitch Gardner beat the bat again against OBC
It is too early into the season to say a particular innings turned a season around, but the reply from Sydenham could well be the one that got the batting effort on track for the season in what was a very professional run chase. The wicket had played well during the OBC innings, and argued that 219 was a very achievable target, but the batting unit was equally conscious that they hadn’t bettered 130 in the competition to date. As it turned out the Sydenham reply was one that all could take great heart from with every batsman making their own contribution as the situation required. Although opener Matt McCall was the only batsman in the top six who failed to get to double figures, his partnership with Connor Marshall at fives got the innings off to the start it needed at 49/1 after ten overs. However when Connor fell one over later after a well crafted 33 off 43 balls, at 49/2 Sydenham really needed a partnership, and that came from Ryan Wallace and Tim Johnston. After some initial early aggression, TJ settled down and played the innings that Sydenham needs him to do this season, a calculated effort where risk taking was moderated but the bad balls inevitably dispatched. TJ’s run a ball effort set the inning up for his fellow batsmen and none better that Ryan Wallace who played the perfect foil. With 13 runs off his first 40 balls Ryan had steadied the ship with the run rate well under control. Then when TJ eventually fell in the 23rd over for 43 off 41 balls Ryan ensured the innings stayed on course with his 74 run partnership with Chris Harris. This was the part of the innings where his flowing drives through cover and mid-off came to the fore before he eventually fell for a fine 51 off 90 balls.
Harry takes another safe single
Two weeks previously against Lancaster Park on Sydenham, none were more aghast at losing their wicket in the failed 140 run chase than was Chris Harris. This time there was a steely determination in the way Harry played that this wasn’t going to happen again, and as compared to last week when the tail couldn’t stay with him at Burwood, this week they did. Batting up the order at No. 5 and finding a required run rate that held around four for much of the latter part of the innings after TJ’s efforts, Chris guided the innings and nursed the younger players through to the target – and he got little cameos out of the likes of Lane Tutty, Hayden Day and Ryan Jones who all turned the strike over or got the required boundary as the innings dictated. Whilst it was tight at the finish with the 222 achieved six down with only four balls to spare, both OBC and Harry knew that whilst he was still there it was always going to happen. So an excellent win against a very good side in OBC, a win that all players can take pride in, especially the skipper. The match was again live streamed on the Club’s website throughout the day – easy to find as you’ll see below if you go looking for it on match day – certainly it made for exciting viewing yesterday.
For those that missed it please click on the link below to play the boundary and wicket highlights. https://www.sydenhamcricket.co.nz/index.php/live-streaming/video-highlights
The Birdwood Premier Woman played St Albans beside the men on Sydenham 2 and also had a great result. Carolyn Esterhuizen (3/19) and Eden Pettigrew (2/30) held Saints to 122 all out (but top score were 34 extras, an area to work on for the ladies). The reply was a cliff hanger with Jodie Dean (17), Carolyn (18) and Jenna Waghorn (22) putting them in a position to win, but despite a loss of wickets from there the lower order managed to hold steady to let extras get them across the line with five overs to spare. Carolyn was the MVP and Jessy Brant was the Birdwood cafe Player of the Day.
Eden Pettigrew’s two wickets & a critical 8* against St Albans on Syd2
Div 1 played Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham in the local derby on Sydenham 3 in a hugely one-sided match as the latter saw late withdrawals and struggled to put a side together on the day. Suddenly Sydenham were asked to bat first and succumbed early against two top young bowlers in Will Graham (1/9) and Carl Hopper (2/9) who both went for less than 2’s. But another developing young bowler in Charlie Finnie (4-4-4) got the bulk of the spoils, and Jamie Hunt in his first match back in town took 2/4. Matt Day (17) and Pankaj Bhagat (15) then picked off the required runs without losing a wicket.
The medium pacers in Will Graham (pictured), Charlie Finnie and Carl Hooper all dominated in their 10 wicket win over Suddenly Sydenham
The Div 4 Goats got their second win of the season against OBC at Elmwood. Andrew Douglas’ 33, and Alex Brailey’s 18 at No. 8 got Sydenham through to a vunerable 107 all out, but then Chris Douglas skittled OBC for 71 with his 7-5-4. Alex and Nadeem Aslam got a couple each to complete the rout.
The Div 6 All Stars continue to remain without a win after going down to New Brighton at Rawhiti Domain. Abe Atherton’s 3/24 and Gourav Saini’s 2/24 were the best of the bowlers as New Brighton got through to 187/7. However, Gourav’s 23 and Paul Jensen’s 33 were the only innings of note in reply as the All Stars were bowled out for 85.
The Div 6 Cardinals remain atop of their championship table, along with Halswell, following big victory this time against Parklands at Centennial Park. The Cardinals put up another good total of 195/7, thanks primarily to Geordie Dann (67) and Jamie Livingstone (55), and then, backed by two wickets each from Jamie Livingstone and S Perry, Keiran William’s 3-5-2 saw Parkland collapse after a good start to be all out for 77. Keiran is now comfortably the top wicket taker in the grade with 13.
The Presidents Cardinals recovered from the disappointment of their last ball loss last week against BWU to get up and beat Hornby at Denton. The Cardinals top order did the job batting first with the first three of Anthony Wild (61), James McKay (37) and skipper Phil Walker (63) getting the bulk of the 196 all out. In reply Sydenham were on top early but Hornby fought back and need 16 off the last Kev Moore over (Kev’s first in his debut match for a couple of seasons) but were held to three to lose by 13 runs. Wickets were evenly shared.
The Presidents Hospital side went down to Easts at Burwood when they could only muster 96 all out. Kelum Mendis top scored with 30 with another four players just getting into double figures without pressing on. Hospital then had Easts initially on the back foot at 33/5 with James Barkhuizen (5/25) picking up 5 wickets in his first five overs, before stalwarts Robson and Daley eventually took Easts through to a four wicket win.
The T20 Womans Stars were well beaten by St Albans in their match. Linda Pettigrew and Hanna Morrissey both a scored 40 each in Sydenham’s 102-4 but Saints cruised home at 103 without loss.
The Sydenham Youth Women had a great result at Elmwood when they beat OBC by 16 runs. Batting first Sydenham got 82/5 with top scorer being extras (30) and Jamiee Cartwright 19. The OBC reply suffered from two run outs with Kate Cameron the best of the bowlers with 3-3-4
Youth First XI – Win
Sydenham Youth 1st XI played the only other unbeaten side, Riccarton 1st XI at their home ground of Cashmere High School this week. Winning the toss again and putting the opposition in proved successful with good opening bowling spells by Daniel Watt & Archie Goodrick - having Riccarton at 16/5 early on. After a recovery 50 run partnership was ended, further wickets progressively fell, and Riccarton ended with 89 runs with Daniel bowling the last two batsman to end with 5 wickets. However, a good bowling performance all round against a team which scored mid-200 run innings in their last 2 matches (Daniel Watt 5 for 16 off 8, Archie Goodrick 2 for 11 off 6, Zaran Banoori 0 for 12 off 6, Orion Lynch 2 for 20 off 6).
Henry Boyd-Tibbots & Jaime Thyne started the Sydenham chase well putting on 30 runs off 6 overs and the 90 target was looking comfortable (ending with 17 runs & 18 runs respectively). However this wasn’t to be the case, as regular wickets started to tumble creating tension (especially amongst watching parents). But an important win eventuated in the 33rd over from patient batting, especially from Jaime Thyne, Joseph Wells & Orion Lynch.
Daniel Watt yorking Riccarton’s no.4.
Daniel Watt – 5 for 16.
Year 10 – Win
The Year 10s played St Andrews at the picturesque Westlake Reserve in Halswell. St Andrews lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl. Sydenham lost their first wicket at 34 and then continued to lose wickets on a regular basis when big scores were there for the taking. Full credit to St Andrews who took some outstanding catches. Fortunately, a patient middle order 60 from Oliver Smith and Extras regularly contributing saw Sydenham get through to 196 all out after 36 overs. St Andrews collapse wasn’t as dramatic as the (clearly underage) boy who flew off a lime scooter in front of all the spectators but a collapse it was none the less. Ben Wasley removed the St Andrews openers in his first 2 overs and they lost wickets on a continual basis until being all out for 87 after 26 overs. Oliver Smith 3 for 21.
Year 9a – Day 1, Two Day Match
The 9a team started their two-day match against Christs College at Christs Grounds in Hagley Park. If you see a cricket coach doing a localised rain dance in the park during the week that’s Nathan Crowe the 9a Manager. The team has some work to do to salvage this game. A full report will follow next week.
9B Red- Won
Sydenham 9B red played at the polo grounds against Christ College. Sydenham won the toss and chose to field first, a great decision the boys had Christs out for 35 with James Onslow getting 4 wickets and Will Mason 3 with great fielding contributing. Into bat, the boys Knocked off the winning runs without the loss of a wicket and winning by 10 wickets.
9B Blue - Won
Sydenham 9B Blue took on Boys High Gold at Warren Park 2. Conditions were warm and breezy with a reasonably quick outfield. Boys High won the toss and chose to bat. Our opening bowlers kept things tight and we managed to pick up regular wickets. Catching was difficult with at times very strong winds resulting in misjudgements on a few longer catches. Those that went to hand were generally well taken and our ground fielding was excellent. Zack Howe (filling in at last minute with a broken arm) took 3 wickets for 18 off 5 overs and Josh George 3 for 22 off 4 helping us bowl them out for 138. We chased them down in 21 overs mainly due to a superb 64no by Max Bassett and 21no by Jack Macdonald with Ryan Pugh and Dominic Gilmour also contributing and being our only loses. Boys High gave up very early which was a little surprising, but Sydenham kept their heads and put last week’s poor batting effort well behind them.