It was a big weekend for the morning grade sides with the men finishing off the second day of their two-dayers on Saturday, and then playing the first day of their next match on the Sunday – for the Prem men it proved to be a weekend of desperate fights to remain in their matches.
It was also a massive occasion at Warren Park when Club stalwart Ewen Spence finally scored the required four runs for the Presidents Cardinals to join the list of only 10 players to have scored more than 10,000 runs for the Club. Equally it was an occasion for Carl Hooper over on Sydenham 3 who scored a magnificent maiden 117* for his Div1 side, the only century to date this season for the morning grade sides.
On Saturday the Premier Men had their work cut out for them on the second day of their match against St Albans at Sydenham Park. Sydenham were 110 runs behind on the 1st innings at the start of play, and with Saints predictably declaring at their overnight score of 230-6, their only option was to bat out the day and ideally do it well enough that Saints might be forced to open up the match later in the day – although they failed to do so it shouldn’t detract from some dedicated work by a number of players to try to quell a Saints victory.
The Sydenham opening pair battled out the first 30-40 minutes until Connor Marshall was unlucky to be given out LBW for 8 off 33 balls. Matt Day, in his first Prem innings this season, continued the fight facing 81 balls before he fell for 25 in what was a determined effort against the new ball. Taylor Irie was then the rock that the anchored much of the innings from there and his 103 ball 27 frustrated Saints for a long period. Chris Harris was likewise solid and when Taylor and Harry were together there was almost a hint of an opportunity to force a draw. When Taylor finally was dismissed Tom Agnew took on the fight in a 61 balls effort but in the end and the tail finally succumbed well before tea with the score at 137. Chris remained not out on 20 off 95 balls always having looked to have things well under control but in the end ran out of partners to finish the job.
Taylor defends during his 103 ball innings
It was a well deserved victory for Saints who outplayed us badly on the first day, and frankly never seriously didn’t look like not getting the win on the second day such was the size of their lead and time available. Nevertheless it was good to see the fight from the batting side with most foregoing the cross bat shots and content to make Saints work hard for the win. https://www.crichq.com/matches/714568/1st_innings
On Sunday the Prems took on East Shirley on Sydenham Park, and again lost the toss and were made to bat on a fresh strip that proved to be lively for most of the morning session. It was a day where Easts won the start and end of day battles, with Sydenham clawing its way back towards parity in the middle sessions. The Sydenham innings lost wickets regularly early on with only Ryan Wallace (23) and TJ Johnson (23) posting something respectable, although as he did the day before Matt Day had also shown some stickability through the more difficult early overs. But at 89/9 we were right up against it until Ryan Jones (32 off 70 balls) and Mitch Gardner (21 off 61 balls) got together and battled well for 70 and 61 balls respectively. Together they managed to get the side through to a disappointing, but somewhat more reasonable score, of 134.
TJ Johnston against Easts
The fight shown by Ryan and Mitch was brought into the bowling effort as well and Saints were quickly 69/5 and looking like they may not get much of a lead if any. That period saw a stunning Chris Harris slip catch to dismiss Leo Carter. However, to their credit the East batsmen lead by their skipper Hampton-Matehe fought back well in the finals overs of the day and finishing on 204/9 and a 70 run lead. All of the bowlers bowled well with most getting a couple of wickets each but unfortunately unable to get the vital wicket of Hampton-Matehe. https://www.crichq.com/matches/718068/1st_innings
The Prem Women lost their match to OBC at Elmwood. Sydenham won the toss and asked OBC to bat and who then put on 143 all out off 31 overs. Jenna Waghorn (9-3-12), Rosie Pentecost (2-21) and Eden Pettigrew (2-1-8) were the main wicket takers. In reply Sydenham started well and were 46-2 at lunch but lost wickets regularly thereafter to be bowled out for 92 (Isla Mckenzie 22, Casey Liddington 16 & Rachel Davidson 13).
Division 1 finished off nicely their match on the second day against BWU at Burnside. In a strong position overnight Sahan Perera couldn’t quite push on for his century in the morning when he was dismissed for a fine 87, but this allowed Liam White (22) and Charlie Finnie (26*) to accelerate the scoring in the final six overs to take the total to 241/5 and a 138 1st innings lead. BWU then faltered early as they tried to play out the day when newcomer Connor Williams in his first Sydenham match struck with 12-6-24 to knee cap the innings and see BWU bowled out for 104. https://www.crichq.com/matches/718452/1st_innings
On Sunday more good work followed in Div1’s match against Lancaster Park on Sydenham 3. Full details are not available but Sydenham batted first and although around 60/2 at lunch, that was off 40 overs so a big score wasn’t looking likely – that was until an injured, and recuperating from bowling, Carl Hooper came out to bat.
Carl Hooper sends another one of the southern end fence
Carl proceeded to thrash the Park bowlers for sixes over the southern end fence in particular, and by the time he’d finished the team’s 60 overs, he was 117* off about 60 balls and his side looking strong at 244-5. Other scorers were Gaurav Dudeja (34) and Peter South-Jenson (28). At the close of the day Sydenham were in a strong position with Park 138/8 (no bowling details available).
Carl acknowledges the congratulations for his maiden Sydenham century
Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham were another team on the back foot after the first day of their match against OBC on Sydenham 3. Behind on the first innings by 153 runs, and two down overnight, they performed better in the 2nd innings with Andrew Moulton (44) and Joshua Charlton (35) putting up some resistance but in the end they were all out for 113 giving OBC a comfortable win. https://www.crichq.com/matches/717828/1st_innings
The bails fly as Sudden Sydenham’s Josh Morgan is bowled for 12
On Sunday Sydenham played BWU on Burnside 2, and at the end of the first day honours were reasonably evenly shared between the two sides. Sydenham batting first were rolled for 97 but then managed to hold BWU to 140/8 declared in their innings (Andrew Moulton got his first Club fiver with 5-41 & James Luxon a three wicket bag). Batting again Sydenham were comfortably placed at stumps at 92-2 (no batting details available)
The Div 4 Goats had yet another good win when they overcame Sumner on Sydenham 2. A solid battign performance down the order (Andrew Douglas 67, Robert Graves 25, Heath Sanders 20 & Jacob Harrington 20) saw Sydenham through to 196-9 off their 40 overs. Then in reply, an outstanding 8-6-35 from Ollie Philpott saw Sumner fall just 21 runs short at 175-9. https://www.crichq.com/matches/717852/1st_innings
Div 6 Cardinals were back on their winning ways against OBC on Elmwood Park. The Cardinals innings of 183-7 was thanks mostly to innings from Ben Larter (67) and Kieran Williams (44) and then a solid bolwing display saw OBC all out well short at 110. Wickets were shared around with Craig Ross (5-2-2), James Gallagher (5-2-5), Ben Larter (6-2-15) and Nick Smithson (6-2-22).
The Div 6 All Stars lost to Halswell on Halswell Domain when they only managed 103/8 off their 40 overs (Milin Paul 20), and then Halswell chased down the score comfortably for the loss of only five wickets (Mark Flowerday 6-3-29). https://www.crichq.com/matches/717741/1st_innings
The Div 8 Tamils had a big win against Richmond on Richmond Park. The Tamils score of 166/8 was built around th skipper Chid Palaniappan’s 46, and with other scores from Mukesh Kapila (28) and Mohanasundaram Kumar (17). In reply Richmond got a good start but fell away as Mizar Deshmukh took his 5-11 off his seven over to see the batting side fall 32 runs short at 134 all out. https://www.crichq.com/matches/718002/1st_innings
The Presidents Cardinals played Merivale Papanui at Warren Park, and in contrast to the previous week’s match that had seen over 500 scored, this one managed just 124. The Sydenham bowler were on top from the outset with Jeremy Brown (5-4-17), JK (5-3-12) and Julien van Dyke (7-3-13) getting the spoils as they bowled the opposition out for 60. In replay Matt Loose (26*) and Ewen Spence (27*) coasted to the total for the loss of just one wickets. https://www.crichq.com/matches/717823/1st_innings
Spency on the sweep
The match was a notable one for the club with Spency’s first 4 runs enough to get him to 10,000 career runs joining just nine other Sydenham player in the post-war era who have achieved that milestone. The match was stopped, champagne drunk, and the match resumed
An early innings drink for Ewen Spence’s 10,000.
Hospital were well beaten in their match against BWU at Warren Park. Batting first Burnside scored 280-3 of their 40 overs with two of their players scoring centuries. In reply Bruce Day’s 55 was the only score of note as Hospital were bowled out for 147. https://www.crichq.com/matches/717812/1st_innings
T20 Women Stars went down to Lancaster Park on Garrick. Park mustered 82 runs (Boadicea Lynch 4-3-13 & Harriet Fletcher 5-2-13), But despite Hannah Morrissey’s excellent 47 the other Sydenham batsmen were unable to support her as Sydenham fell just 16 runs short at 66-6. https://www.crichq.com/matches/717525/2nd_innings
The Youth Women Stars also lost their match against Lancaster Park at Garrick. Batting first Sydenham score 79/8 off 26 overs (Harriet Fletcher top scoring with 17), and Park getting the runs for the loss of one wicket in the 6 over. https://www.crichq.com/matches/716957/1st_innings
First XI vs Christs College 2nd XI – Day 1
Sydenham Youth 1st XI vs Christs College 2nd XI commenced day one of their 2-day match in the heat on Christ’s no.1 ground in Hagley Park. Losing the toss, Sydenham were put into bat and made a reasonable start getting to 50 with just the two openers dismissed. Henry Boyd-Tibbotts accelerated the scoring nicely early on with 6 fours in his innings of 33, and Joseph Wells held the remainder of the innings together with a patient 47 not out - leading to an acceptable team total of 128.
A confident Christ’s team was rocked early on with good bowling by Daniel Watt & Archie Goodrick having the opposition at 16 for 4. Christs steadied their innings with a 70 run 5th wicket partnership which was finally broken with Thomas Owen’s first ball of his spell. Further wickets by Joseph Wells, Ollie Smith & Daniel had Christs at 112 for 9, creating excitement at the end of a long hot day as they still required 16 to get first innings points. The last partnership managed to pass this milestone and add a 14 run lead prior to the innings and the day being wrapped up. So generally a good effort by the Sydenham team, especially the bowling effort to dismiss the opposition within 39 overs (D. Watt 4/29 off 11, A.Goodrick 2/27 off 9, J. Wells 2/17 off 6, T.Owens 1/11 off 5 & O.Smith 1/35 off 5) and the match is evenly poised going into the final day.
Year 10 Colts vs St Bedes – Day 1
After losing the toss and being sent into bat the top order failed to deliver this week - inside of the first 10 overs they were 24/4 - with Ben Breitmeyer (31)the only one to show some patience . With regular wickets falling around him and the first innings score looking like being in double digits Bens dismissal brought to Hillview old boys together Charlie Hickey (34) and Jamie Ehau (27) to get the boys through to a slightly more respectable 128 all out at the lunch break
The lads returned favour having St Bedes shaking at 23/4 and then 64/7 the first innings was there’s for the taking but an unbeaten century from Mitch Pile and and quick fire 70 odd from George Gunn destroyed all the hard work done by the skipper Toby Hull 6/43 with the ball - Bedes were all out for 267.
With 20 overs left in the day the directions were anchor down and come back next week - once again Ben Breitmeyer was the shining light with the bat (39) with a potential outright win on day one looking likely Caleb Webb and Jamie Ehau were able to remain at the crease for the last 8 overs as well as get a one run lead with 3 wickets remaining- now the lads can come back next week and show a bit of fight and potential have a score to defend.
Toby Hull gets one of his 6 wickets
2nd Grade – vs Chch Boys High – Head Masters XI
The Youth 2nd Grade XI meet the Christchurch Boys High team at a very dry and fast Centennial Park. Playing together for the first time, and getting to know each other the boys played well, especially after they lost their keeper to a nasty top edge off one of the quicks that saw him leave the ground and require medical attention (3 stitches and a cracking black eye)
Batting First Boys High got to 235 off 30 overs with 10 more still to be bowled. The final result is not yet know, but we expect the 2nd Grade would have been chasing a big score to win.
9A vs St Andrews - LOSS
The Year 9A played St Andrews at St Andrews College. Sydenham won the toss and asked STAC to have a bat. The St Andrews innings was held together by an excellent innings by opener, George MacLeod, who scored a patient 66. At the 17 over mark St Andrews were 77 for 6, with some outstanding bowling by Sydenham. However excellent contributions from the lower order batting alongside George, STAC finishing up on 189 all out in the 40th over. The Sydenham bowling effort was excellent with most bowling good line and length, regularly troubling the batsmen. Julian Hooker was the stand-out with his medium pace, taking 3 wickets for only 6 runs. Sydenham took all chances offered in the field, with Alex Boot taking an absolutely screamer - a one-handed effort jumping up high to snaffle the nut.
Sydenham started their run chase with a good patient effort and at the 15 over mark were only 1 wicket down for 45. However after that, a quick succession of wickets occurred and Sydenham were bowled out for 80.
9a vs Boys High (Sunday Game) - Loss
Given the inclusion of 9 teams in this grade and the desire that everyone plays everyone, Metro determined that a Sunday game would be played with Sunday Feb 10th being chosen for this fixture. Backing up from playing the previous day the 9As turned out at an equally hot and dry Cashmere High. Inserted Boys High accumulated 236/8 off of their allocated 45 overs. Sydenham Youth took regular wickets but conceded probably too many extras.
Into bat, several Sydenham players got starts, and many boys faced a good number of balls, however regular wickets saw them unable to mount a challenge on the Boys High total, being all out for 118 after 37 overs.
Year 9/10 Team vs St Bedes
Also playing the first game of the season was our combined Year 9-10 team (playing in 10th Grade). Like the 2nd Grade team, the Year 9/10s were also drawn on a sun baked Centennial Park which saw the ball race across the lightening fast grass.
Batting first, Sydenham Youth accumulated 92 all out in their first innings of the season off 21 overs. St Bedes managed to chase down this score for the loss of 2 wickets off 17 overs.