Patience a Lost Virtue

The Prem men had their third straight loss as they went down by 10 wickets to Lancaster Park at Garrick on Saturday. Similar to the previous two matches, Park started the day with a small lead but with 6 wickets still in hand and about 15 overs available to bat.

In many ways, based upon Sydenham’s recent form, it was no surprise that Park elected to bat on to 242-7, and in doing so effectively not rating Sydenham’s chances of batting out the day and thus shutting us out of the match – it proved to be the right choice as Sydenham again capitulated under pressure.

The good 2nd innings start from the previous round against Easts was not repeated as we found ourselves suddenly 34-3, and then quickly 52-5, still 47 behind Park’s 1st innings lead. Taylor Irie was the only batsman who could feel that he did the job required of him in the match situation. With an immaculate defence his first priority, only rank half trackers or wide half volleys loosening him up to any extent. It was a lesson for others but although Ryan Jones, Zack Scott-Howman and Tom Agnew tried to emulate it, even a couple of them eventually fell to poor shots when they were starting to look set.

Taylor Irie
Taylor Irie drives through wide mid-on against Lancaster Park.

Indeed that was the story of the match where players required to bat time would do so for a short period, but rather than continue to force the bowlers to bowl at them, feel the urge to charge and get stumped, or cut or pull at wide balls only to be easily caught behind or on the boundary.

Stumped on Garrick Park

When Taylor fell for 43 off 134 carefully played balls, and without Chris Harris available to further attempt the rescue, the side was eventually bowled out for 131. Lancaster Park easily completed the formalities as they coasted to the required 33 target in inside seven overs without the loss of a wicket.

The side’s batting form suggests that their next match against bottom placed Marist on Sydenham Park is an even contest.

The Prem Women got the better of their result against Lancaster Park at Elmwood Park. Park batted first and set a target of 98/2 off their 16 overs but in reply, despite the loss of early wickets, Jenna Waghorn displayed her growing all-round skills with an invaluable 47 off just 27 balls as Sydenham reached the target with the loss of 5 wickets.

In their second match against St Albans Sydenham’s 109-6 (Casey Liddington 34, Jenna Waghorn 15, Caitlyn Robertson 15 & Sarah Betterton 15), proved too much for Saints as they closed at 60-6. The ladies appear to have finished second in the Kirsty Bond series one point behind the winners OBC.

Division One’s match against OBC came to a very disappointing end on Sydenham 1. On day one OBC had scored 160 with Sydenham requiring another 52 at the close with wickets well in hand and 18 overs available. Sydenham knocked those off at just under 4 an over and then declared at 164/4, just 2 runs ahead which left the match in OBC’s hands.

However, OBC who have been one of the more competitive teams in the grade, suddenly didn’t back themselves despite needing the win to get ahead of Lancaster Park who now lead the grade. They proceeded to bat out time to 164/8 at the close (Preetham Pagadata 4-28), no doubt to the much joy of the LP players across at Burnside Park.

Scott Grose
Scottie Grose against OBC on Sydenham 1

Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham’s match against Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 3 was over early after the first day saw them still 126 runs behind the MP total and already two down in their 2nd innings. Other than Joshua Charlton’s 24 at no. 6, the innings carried on with event until Paddy Wickes batting at 10 struck out. Paddy’s two sixes and innings of 29 was his highest score in his adult cricket life to date (next best 14) and completed a strong match for Paddy after his 5-88 bowling spell in MP’s only innings. Sydenham were eventually bowled out for 112 completing an innings and 30 run loss.

Paddy Wickes
Paddy Wickes – Six & Out during his record breaking 29

The Div 4 Goats had another win this time against OBC at Bradford Park. OBC batting first only scored 56 thanks to Andrew Douglas (6-3-17) and Alex Brailey (6-2-24) and in reply Ollie Philpott’s 21 largely got the Goats through to the OBC total.

The Div 6 Cardinals were forced to default their match against Halswell. This leaves them little room for error in their final rounds shoot-out against New Brighton and Halswell for the title.

The Div 6 All Stars lost convincingly to New Brighton on Waltham Park when they were bowled out for 54 which New Brighton reached without the loss of a wicket. No other match details available

The Div 8 Tamils result and player details of their match against Heathcote at Spreydon Domain are not available.

The Presidents Cardinals played Lancaster Park at Woolston Park and were set on the back foot early by the tardy arrival of at least one player who had them down to 9 men initially – however, that was the only blip in the match. Park batted first and despite a 24 from opener Matthews, never got any momentum into their innings as Dave Fleming (4-4-9) and Warren Guy (8-3-18) keep them in check. Chasing a modest 73 James McKay (34*) and Phil Walker (22*) got to the total just the two down.

Warren Guy
Warren Guy battles on with nine fielders as one of the laggards tries to sneak in late.

Hospital took on Sumner on Sydenham 2 – no details are available but we understand that Sydenham lost.


The T20 Womens Stars had a good win over Lancaster Park at Woolson Park. Sydenham managed to contain Park to 61-6 in their innings thanks to Broadicea Lynch (2-11) and Greer Hill (2-12 and playing her first match for Sydenham since 2005). In reply Linda Pettigrew (27) and Greer Hill (8*) got through to the win at 62-4.

The Youth Womens Stars went down to North West Women. NW scored 149-7 in their 30 overs (Broadecia Lynch 5-3-12 & Amelia Tainui 5-2-10) and then Sydenham could only muster 71/8 in their turn at bat (Dakoda Potter 14 & Amelia Tainui 13)

Mitchell Garder Benefit Match

The other event of the weekend was Mitch Gardner’s benefit match played on Sydenham 1 this afternoon to raise funds to assist Mitch, who along with brother Braden, will be representing NZ at the World Indoor Cricket Federation Asia Cup tournament series in Singapore in early April. The match comprised a mix of past and present players, plus players from indoor cricket.

Mitch and Braden Gardner
Both teams take a record of the match between innings

FIRST XI vs Rangiora CC - LOSS

Sydenham Youth 1st XI second day against Rangiora High School 1st XI commenced with the quick completion of Sydenham’s gritty 10th wicket partnership of 73 (including Liam Jenner’s personal best of 36 runs, and Thomas Owens 20 n.o.).

Liam Jenner
Liam Jenner driving on his way to his 36

The resulting first innings deficit was just 15 runs – a good result considering the team was 20/5, and still 204 runs behind. A great all round bowling and fielding display by Sydenham in the Rangiora second innings to limit them to 127, starting with opening bowlers Daniel Watt 2/23 off 6, Archie Goodrick 2/29 off 5, Joseph Wells 2/16 off 6 and finished off by Henry Boyd-Tibbotts with 3/9 off 2 overs. Included was some great catching in the field, including a screamer by Thomas Owens low to his right in the covers.

A solid 22 run start by the Sydenham openers and the chase of 143 within 69 overs seemed easily achievable. However some poor decision making by many of the top order batsmen, especially with unnecessary lofted shots, and a batting collapse had Sydenham losing 8 wickets within 31 runs. Another determined 10th wicket partnership (Thomas Owens 25 n.o. & Tama Morrison 17 runs) did bring some respect back to the final score – with the end result being a 38 run defeat.

Tama Hamilton-Morrison and Joseph Wells
Tama Hamilton-Morrison & skipper Joseph Wells warm up in a unique way

Some great individual performances in this match, but overall a feeling of disappointment that an achievable first win of the season still alluded the team.

Year 10 Colts – vs Christs College – Loss

After an entertaining day 1 of the match the lads showed up with the win in their sights .....

With a 13 run lead and 2 wickets down already the Sydenham Colts were in a good position however the talented bunch from Christs weren’t going to roll over without a fight - firstly making it through to lunch then pushing through to a score of 223 all out mid way through the middle session - Rhys Thyne with figures of 4/52 off 11 overs along with Issac Milne 4/31 off his 16 overs were the chief destroyers this time round

With 45 mins till the tea break and 160 to get the win the opening pair of Dallas and Rhys were determined to see off the openers and cash in and push for the win Rhys looked good to start but fell cheaply and Dallas fell with the last ball of the opening pairs spell things were looking 50/50 .... step up Issac Milne (29)... smashing 16 off the last over to head into the tea break with the score on 44/3 and in a great position

Ben Breitmeyer (35) was the solid and patient knock that the team needed to be in with a chance - with the final hour upon us and 17 overs to be bowled the lads needed 75 from 102 deliveries with 3 wickets in hand..... it was all on for a thrilling finish .....

It wasn’t to be this time... with 185 overs played in the game Christs managed to take our last 3 wickets and win by 39 runs ..... frustrating but overall a brilliant game of cricket that was never a certainty...... a special mention to the top scorer ... EXTRAS 66* !!!!

Second Grade – Loss

The 2nd Grade team played St Bedes at Waltham park. The boys lost the toss and St Bedes put us into bat scoring 153 for 8, Jermone Crichton scoring 53 not out with Joel Wilson getting helpful 26 runs. Going into field they were going to find it hard with only 9 players and St Bedes were finding the gaps with ease going down to them 154 for 3. Good effect from the boys who played.

Year 9-10 - Loss

This week, the boys excelled themselves against a very competitive CBHS team as Westlake Reserve.

A really hard hitting CHBS team came out swinging sending the ball all over the park scoring a fine total of 229 for 7. However our boys performed well with 6 great catches and 1 great run out - boys putting their bodies on the line. Great communication and supportive talk in the field.

Batting. For the 9/10 batting innings the boys gave their all with a fantastic 70 from Alex Braun not out and a great 40 from Fynn Wadworth. The rest of the team contributed well to make the 212 for 7 total, only losing by only 18 runs to a full year 10 team, and batting out their full 40 overs. What was great to notice was the positive team chat throughout game, in comparison to the opposition who criticised each other a lot. 10 out of 10 for the teamwork lads.

Year 9A – Loss

The Year 9A team played St Bedes Black on a bouncy, even paced, green pitch at St Bedes. St Bedes won the toss and decided to bat first. Sydenham had a couple of early breakthroughs and had St Bedes at 34-2 after 6 overs. However, St Bedes did not lose their third wicket until the 20th over but with a quick succession of wickets, Sydenham had them at 150-6 after 29. After that, with great lower order resistance, St Bedes finished on 261 all out in the 45th over.

Again, an excellent effort by the bowlers and fielders to bowl St Bedes out. However, a big work on for Sydenham is the number of extras – just far far far too many wides which just adds unnecessary score board pressure. Standouts in the bowling were Sam Crossland, with 3 for 42 off 8 overs and Leon Beumelburg, with 2 for 18 off 5 overs and more importantly, didn’t bowl one extra. In the field Taine Parfitt took two catches, one a sharp chance at slip off Leon, and effected an excellent run out.

Sydenham started the run chance with a positive frame of mind and tried to take it to the St Bedes bowling attack. Unfortunately, St Bedes bowled tight lines and were just too good. Credit goes to the Sydenham batsmen who endured 45 overs of verbal mental pressure but, as a team unit, never succumbed. Despite not making the required runs, Sydenham were not bowled out. With a calm, composed and defiant stand by the rear guard of Logan Yates (25) Sam Crossland (17*) and supported by Jonty Bowman (8*) at the end, Sydenham finished on 141 for 8.

Thanks to parents and supporters who made sure the Sydenham Cricket Club were well represented by our young Year 9a team in how the game should be played.