Harry Hangs Tough

The side’s recent batting frailties again required a top draw effort from their skipper to keep the Premier Men in their match at Garrick Park, but overall it was a very good day for the Prem Women and most other teams with several good performances down the grades that kept the Cardinals and Goats in particular on the top of their respective competition tables.

The Premier Men commenced their match against 3rd placed Lancaster Park at Garrick Park. The consistent run of bad luck with important tosses continued to plague the side as Sydenham were asked to bat on a very green looking strip that was always going to require alot of early caution. That proved to be the case and the fact that Sydenham is still in the match after day one is a tribute to the seemingly never dimming talents of the skipper Chris Harris.

The start was a shocker with the top four batsmen gone inside eight overs, and with the score 17-4 Park were out for further blood. TJ Johnston, suffering from a hit and run Lime scooter accident during the week, managed to hobble and stroke his way to 18 to get the score through to 48-5 before he too was out. At that point a sub-100 score seemed in the offing with no one able to get themselves set – no one except for Chris Harris who was again looking comfortable despite the carnage going on around him. Harry’s 141 ball 65* was another lesson in how to tough it out when the going isn’t easy, and so long as someone could stay with him Harry always looked like extracting the side from trouble – unfortunately no one really did. Young Zack Scott-Howman looked determined in his debut match with his 23 ball stay, and Pankaj Bhagat (PK) did likewise with his 63 ball partnership, but eventually the other end all succumbed and Sydenham were bowled out for 143 leaving Harry stranded on 65*.

Chris Harris
Harry pulls a boundary through mid-wicket

But Harry’s innings had given Sydenham something to bowl at and when Mitch Gardner got the opener well caught for a duck at slip by Harry, a good battle ensued be it with Park holding the upper hand. The bowlers kept at it with the two slow bowlers in particular in Connor Marshall (16-2-52) and TJ Johnson keeping the run rate below 3.5 and by stumps the match was interestingly poised with Park sitting at 157/6 with 15 overs left in the 1st innings. https://www.crichq.com/matches/722863/2nd_innings

Connor Marshall
Connor Marshall against Lancaster Park

The Prem Women had an exciting win over St Albans at Hagley Park. St Albans batting first scored a creditable 167 all out with Jenna Waghorn continuing her excellent season with another 4-33, and Alana Topping backing that effort with 3-15. Jenna continues to lead the wicket taking in the Prem grade. The Sydenham reply started well but faltered through the middle stages before Alana followed up her bowling performance with a match winning 43 with the bat as Sydenham scrapped through to the Saints total with only one wicket left in hand - other contributions came from Rachel Davidson (27) and Eden Pettigrew (23). https://www.crichq.com/matches/723874/1st_innings

The Division One boys had a very good day against leaders OBC. OBC were asked to bat first and started well before capitulating later in their innings to be all out for 160 off 59 overs – main wicket takers Charlie Finnie (3-35 – Charlie leads the grade with 40 wickets) & Gaurav Dudeja (3-25). In reply Sydenham were 106-2 at stumps with Sahan Perera 50 not out.

Connor Williams
Connor Williams against OBC

Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham, playing with only nine players, were on the back foot after the first days play in their match against Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 3. Batting first MP scored 284-7 with Paddy Wickes the best of the Sydenham bowlers with 18-5-88. Sydenham scored 142 in reply (Josh Morgan 49) and were 19-2 in the 2nd innings (Marty Crook 13 and out last ball of the day).

The Div 4 Goats made it six wins in a row to remain atop of their competition with their latest win against Heathcote on Centennial Park. The skipper Jon Bennett (18-4-22) and Heath Sanders (4-2-10) were instrumental in bowling Heathcote out for a paltry 73 which the Goats then reached with the loss of five wickets inside 21 overs (Ollie Philpott 19*). https://www.crichq.com/matches/723626/1st_innings

The Div 6 Cardinals got the better of their top of the table clash with New Brighton at Rawhiti Domain. Nick Smithson (6-2-29) and Richard Crooke (8-2-35) were the best of the bowlers as the Cardinals held New Brighton to 183-7, then Chris Cooper’s 80 and Kieran William’s 60* saw the Cardinals cruise to the win only four down and with 13 over to go which sees the Cardinals finally back leading their competition again.

The Div 6 All Stars went down to Parklands at Parklands Domain when they could only muster 112 in their first turn at bat. Run scorers were Paul Jensen (23), Mark Flowerday (31) and Abhi (24). Parklands were untroubled in their chase as they reached 113/3 in the 22nd over (Abe Atherton 6-2-20). https://www.crichq.com/matches/723766/1st_innings

The Div 8 Tamil XI went down by nine wickets to Merivale Papanui at Bishopdale Park. Balkaran Singh topped scored with 44 as the Tamil’s were dismissed for 122 which MP then chased down for the loss of just the one wicket. https://www.crichq.com/matches/723980/1st_innings

The Presidents Cardinals had another much needed victory over Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 2 which now gives them two out of the last three after a horror period through Dec & Jan. Openers James McKay (27) and Ewen Spence (37) got the side off to a good start, and despite Spency reportably sawing off the in-form Matt Loose, the side managed to get through to a modest 146 all out in the final over. A bowling performance was needed and that came from Dave Fleming who’s been having a lean season by his usual high standards (8-4-20), and Julien van Dyke (8-23-20). MP were eventually bowled out for 108. https://www.crichq.com/matches/723784/1st_innings

James McKay
James McKay during his 27 for the Presidents Cardinals on Sydenham 2

It was a special day for Hospital with their match on Hagley Oval no. 1 against St Albans. Relishing the chance to bat first on a road, Hospital got off to a good start, and with Bruce Day (71) and Eugene Hawyn (56*)getting most of the runs, got through to a competitive score of 211/5. However, in conditions designed for batting Saints remained on target throughout their innings but made it a tight thing towards the end with 29 needed of 24 balls, then 8 off the last over, 1 off the last ball which was duly taken – so a very narrow loss and a great game.

The T20 Womens Stars were well beaten in their match against St Albans at Bradford Park. Linda Pettigrew (22) and Emma Begg (25) got the side off to a good start but were unable to accelerate and were 83/6 at the end of their 20 overs. In reply St Albans reached that target without the loss of a wicket. https://www.crichq.com/matches/724076/1st_innings

The Sydenham Youth Womens Stars lost their match to OBC earlier on Sydenham 2. Bating first Sydenham could only muster 76/7 (Emma Begg 16) which OBC manage to get to in 12 overs for the loss of only two wickets (Kate Cameron 2-1-10). https://www.crichq.com/matches/723020/1st_innings

First XI vs Rangiora CC – Day 1

Sydenham Youth 1st XI played away this weekend against Rangiora High School 1st XI. After winning the toss Sydenham put the opposition in and gained early success having Rangiora at 25-3. However a couple of quick 60 plus run partnerships in the middle order accelerated the scoring resulting in a decent first inning score of 214 off just 45 overs. That score could have been much higher had it not been for a great bowling effort, especially in his second spell, from Archie Goodrick, (ending with final figures of 6 for 38 off 11 overs), and economic spells from Daniel Watt with 2 for 26 off 12 overs (incl 5 maidens).

Archie Goodrick
Archie Goodrick 6/38

The Sydenham reply was in serious trouble at 20-5 and the follow-on target of 115 looked unlikely. However a couple of gritty partnerships from Henry Boyd-Tibbotts (29 runs) & Daniel Watt (41 runs) & Archie Goodrick (18 runs) saw the follow-on reached. After Archie’s dismissal and the team 9 down with a total of 126 runs, up stepped Liam Jenner & Thomas Owens with the final partnership. Superb and confident batting by Liam (31 not out) & Thomas (17 not out) frustrated Rangiora at the end of a long first day and this unbeaten 65 runs partnership has Sydenham remarkedly just 23 runs behind at the end of play.

So an eventful day’s cricket, highlighted by Archie’s 6 wicket bag and a number of determined and successful innings from the lower order.

Year 10 Colts vs Christs College – Day 1

After losing the toss and being asked to bowl first which the lads would have chosen anyway had they won the toss!! Our openers Issac Milne and Jamie Ehau picked up 1 wicket a piece and the college batsmen seemed happy with their efforts until the first change pairing of Ben Breitmeyer (4/34) and Dallas Crowe (2/27) ripped through the line-up and helped dismiss Christs on the stroke of lunch for 101.

Eager to put past battles with this college team to rest the lads were confident and ready to bat for the rest of the day - however a quality opening spell by Ciaran and Jordan left us at 4/12 and things looked grim - once again our middle order stood strong with Charlie Hickey (25) Ben Breitmeyer (39) and Jamie Ehau (63*) helping to secure first innings points and a lead of 65 when the team was all out with an hour of play left in the day.

Jamie Ehau
Jamie Ehau, on his way to 63*

Not content with going into next week without an advantage Issac Milne took 2 wickets to leave College on 2/52 at the close of play Sydenham colts still in front by 13 and in a great position heading into day 2.

2nd Grade – LOSS

Our 2nd grade team played Boys High at Halswell Domain. We won the toss and put them into bat. We had a good start but we let it get away at the end of the 40 overs as they scored 212 all out. The boys went into bat with not a good start losing 5 quick wickets for not many runs. The only boys who made a little bit of a stand were James Onslow 23 and Jermone Crichton making 28 before the team was all out for 80.

Year 9-10 Team - Win

A week is long time in cricket! From getting bowled out last week for only 13 runs, the main goal was to blank out last week’s effort and put together a good performance they know they can produce. Sydenham won the toss and sent Christs College to bat. Some outstanding bowling and teamwork in the field saw Christs College lose regular wickets throughout the first 20 overs. At the drinks break Sydenham had them at 78-8. Another 5 overs later Christs were bowled out for 104 runs. Most of our bowlers took a wicket or two each but the standout performance at the crease was Alex Braun who returned 3 for 14 off his economical 6 overs.

A good team chat at half time to try and block last week’s effort out of their minds saw Sydenham started their run chase very conservatively knowing the available time to chase the total down. Despite a couple of wobbles towards the end of the chase, a 32 run opening stand, including a knock of 26 runs off nearly ten overs at the crease from Alex Braun and some further cautious batting from the rest of the team saw Sydenham chase down the winning runs in the 25th over for a 2 wicket win.

A remarkable turnaround from the previous week and a performance the boys were proud of.

Year 9A – WIN

The Year 9A team played Shirley Boys High School at the picturesque Clare Park in Burwood. Sydenham won the toss and asked SBHS to have a bat.

Sydenham continued their excellent performance as a bowling unit and bowled SBHS out in the 34th over for 123. Standouts with the ball were Sam Crossland who took 2 wickets for 6 runs off 4 overs; Alex Boot who took 3 wickets and Liam Price, with his left arm fast who took the last wicket of the day with an absolute peach, angling across the right hander and taking out the top of off stump, ending with figures of 1 wicket for 6 runs.

Sydenham began the run chase with a solid display at the top of the innings, anchored by Billy Johnston with a patient 21. Unfortunately, the middle order fell away and Sydenham decided to make our supporters sweat a little more in the sun. Luckily the easterly arrived to cool everyone down. With Julian Hooker and Leon Beumelberg bringing their patient calm hands to proceedings – Leon was immovable and tied up one end, allowing Julian to slash his trusty blade at anything loose. Julian finished on 19 not out, and Leon, 5 not out. E. X. Tras also turned out for Sydenham with a very useful 48 – top score of the day for Sydenham. Sydenham accumulated the required runs in the 30th over.