Thursday and Friday’s wet weather delayed the start of the Prem men’s match against Marist at Sydenham, a match where pedestrian run rates from both sides ensured that the match wasn’t very well advanced at the end of first day. All womens matches other than T20 were cancelled, in Div 1 the 2nd’s are in a contest, but the 3rds have much work to do. However, there were some important wins further down the grades.
In the Prem Men’s match play finally commenced at 2pm and for once Sydenham won an important toss and had no hesitation in asking Marist to bat on a drying wicket. The Marist innings started well, and despite losing their first wicket with the score at 4, opener Roper ensured no further early loss was incurred as he reverted purely to dogged defence in his 153 ball innings of 46. The no. 3 Cummins adopted the same approach to get their side through to 57 before Cummins was also gone. However, the run rate was less than two per over and although skipper Case tried to push it along it wasn’t until about the 50th over before they managed to get it towards 2.5
Ryan Wallace took out the Marist middle order with his 3-25
The Marist cause was aided by one of our poorer catching displays of the season with at least four going down in the innings. The Marist middle order and tail folded in the latter overs and although they declared at 154-9 at the end of their 60 overs, the long uncut outfield probably made that a better total than it otherwise appeared. For Sydenham, Ryan Wallace was the pick of the bowlers with his 10-25-3, and he was ably backed up by miserly spells from Mitch Gardner (13-2-22) & Tom Agnew (13-1-23) as the screws were applied to the Marist run rate early on.
Mitch Gardner looks to return to the wicket
Sydenham then had a little under an hour to bat before play finished at 7pm, a period where the home side’s run rate was equally disappointing. Matt Day was lost early before a run was scored, but then Ryan Wallace and Connor Marshall tried shut up shop for the rest of the period before Connor was unfortunately out off the last ball of the day with the score at 16-2 (off 16 overs). It must be said that the approach taken by Sydenham in that last hour, with 20 wickets in hand and not much more than a day left to play, was certainly less than clear. https://www.crichq.com/matches/728861/1st_innings
The Prem Womans and Youth Women Stars cricket were both cancelled on Saturday due to the weather.
Division One were still in their match against Merivale Papanui at Bishopdale Park. MP no doubt lost the toss, batted first, and complied a very respectably 211-7 (Preethan Pagakada 11-4-30). In reply Sydenham were 131-6 at the close with Sahan Perara out for 37, and Charlie Finnie 50* likely to be the key next week.
Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham were drawn on a dog of a wicket at Woolston Park where they played Lancaster Park. Asked to bat first, survival was a struggle with only PK and Abe Atherton getting into the 20’s in Sydenham’s total of 106. Park in reply struggled through to 145-9 with Rod Hooper getting 4-50 off his 17 overs, Connor Williams notable for his four catches. By the end of the day Sydenham were close to knocking off the Park 1st innings lead but had lost three 2nd innings wickets in doing so.
The Div 4 Goats had a narrow win against BWU at Burnside Park to maintain their position at the top of the table. Sydenham batting first managed to get through to a modest 122 all out thanks to Ollie Philpott (20), Robert Graves (13) & Satpreet Singh (13), but then managed to turn around and bowled BWU out for 104. Main wickets takers Colin Douglas (8-2-20), Ollie Philpott (8-2-19), Alex Brailey (8-2-33) & Andrew Douglas (8-2-18). https://www.crichq.com/matches/729186/1st_innings
The Div 6 Cardinals had a valuable win, be it by default, against the Sydenham All Stars. The result leaves the Cardinals tied in 1st place with New Brighton and Halswell with only two matches left to play - the latter two seemingly likely to have to play each other in that period.
The Div 8 Tamils had their 6th win of the season as they continue to progress their cricket in only their second season together. Playing Riccarton on Bradford Park and batting first, the Tamils compiled 142 all out with top scorers being Balkaran Singh (41) and John Emmanuel (33). In reply Riccarton lost wickets early as Mirza Deshmukh (6-3-11), Hareesh Lakkam Raju (5-3-15) and Chid Palaniappan (8-2-22) dominated and bowled the opposition out for 94 and a comfortable 48 run victory. https://www.crichq.com/matches/729305/1st_innings
It’s taken a long time but the Presidents Cardinals are finally getting some results from the undoubted talent in their squad as they took their 4th win on Saturday from their last 5 matches. They played a weakened Hornby on Denton Park for their second attempt at winning of the new Brendon Laughton Trophy and came away with the trophy now in hand. James McKay was the star of the show with his 103* forming the backbone of Sydenham’s 209-9 – other scorers were Matt Loose (43) and Phil Walker (23). James then took the ball to complete a great day personally (3-3-11), backed by a few expensive ones from Dave Fleming (5-2-40), and some very cheap ones from Julien van Dyke (5-2-14). Of course Bert Walker never fails to feature, this time with at least one “bloody beauty catch” according to the opposition. https://www.crichq.com/matches/729149/1st_innings
Hospital went down to Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 2. Batting first Sydenham lhad Abhaya Paudel’s 81, backed by a solid 23 from fellow opener Mark Crawford, to have them well placed at 69/0 at drinks.
Abhaya Paudel drives forcefully through the legside
However only Kelum Mendis (26) got runs down the order as Hospital were bowled out for 145. Early wickets gave some initial hope but eventually MP were comfortably home at 146-5. https://www.crichq.com/matches/729189/1st_innings
Mark Crawford miscues one straight to short mid-wicket in Hospital’s loss to Merivale Papanui
The T20 Womans Stars went down to Heathcote on Heathcote Domain. Sydenham batting first were held to 80-7 (Boadicea Lynch 17 & Hann Morrissey 13) with Heathcote reaching that target for the loss of only two wickets (Rosie Pentecost 5-1-21)
First XI – Day 1
Sydenham Youth 1st XI played the first day of their 2 day match against CBHS 4th XI at home this weekend. Bowling first Sydenham took consistent wickets through-out the whole CBHS innings, and included a remarkable spell of bowling by Ollie Smith with 7 maidens in his 10 overs, ending with 3 for 3. Daniel Watt (4 for 45 off 15) & Archie Goodrick (2 for 33 off 12) also bowled well as CBHS compiled 157.
Joseph Wells – removes the dangerous CBHS opener
Opener Isaiah Prasad started the Sydenham batting response with two fours off the first two balls of the innings, and his well compiled innings of 28, along with Henry Boyd-Tibbotts with 26 runs, was a solid start. However things looked a little more uncertain after a few quick wickets and being 86-5. Progress was then slow but steady for a number of overs, but the runs started to flow again late in the day from the unbroken 6th wicket partnership between Joseph Wells (32no) & Daniel Watt (24 no) – ending the day with just 15 runs behind the CBHS first innings total, with 5 wickets in hand.
Overall a good consistent day’s cricket from Sydenham, with the team reasonably well placed to go for maximum points on the second day.
Year 10 Colts – Day 1
Due to the poor weather late week the start of play of Day one on Sydenham 3 was delayed until 2pm
After winning the toss and sending CC in to bat and things looked grim for college 5/21 inside the first 10 overs thanks to Isaac Milnes 4 wickets and was very nearly 6/21 when Tim Seeto was dropped twice in single digits. Tim went on to make 75 before falling to Archie MacDonald who took two wickets to wrap up the innings and take the CC score through to 148 all out with one hour’s play left in the day.
Archie MacDonald wraps up the tail
The Sydenham lads got the score through to 21-3 at the close of play and are looking to score some quick runs next week without losing many wickets to get first innings points and maybe trying to push for an unlikely win
2nd Grade – Win
The 2nd Grade team played Shirley Boys 2nd XI at Shirley Intermediate. We lost the toss and were asked to have a bowl first. Shirley started off well with a 40 run partnership before Loki Smith got a double wicket maiden. They ended up with 102 all out with Loki Smith getting 3 for 6 and Jermone Crichton getting 3 for 15. Into bat, Sydenham chased it down in the 16th over with Ben Mason getting 20* and Jermone Crichton 25*.
Year 9/10 – Win
After losing the toss, Sydenham were sent into bat by an enthusiastic St Andrews College in a rain affected, green and slow pitch at Waltham Park. After a cautious start the boys put a respectable 185 having been bowled out in the last over of the innings. A great knock once again from Alex Braun of 46 along with some patience from the top and middle including a 26 from Brennan Townsend.
Alex Braun - 48
During the second innings some tight bowling lines and support in the field saw St Andrews also take the cautious approach. A wicket in the first over by Aaryan Thakur set the scene for the first half of the innings. The wickets where shared around the team with some tidy line and length alongside some great legspin turn. At 20 over mark St Andrews were tentatively sitting at 86 for 6. The second half of the innings saw the game taken right to the last couple of overs with Sydenham trying to defend the last 20 runs. Some clear heads and awesome team fielding created the runout to take the last wicket in the last over resulting in a great allround team win by 15 runs.
Year 9A - Loss
The Year 9A team played St Bedes Red on a well-worn artificial pitch with a dewy outfield, at St Bedes. Sydenham won the toss and asked St Bedes to bat. Sydenham continued their good form with the ball and bowled St Bedes out in the 43rd over for 205. The standout bowler for Sydenham was Billy Johnston who took 3 wickets for 18 runs off 5 overs. Billy also had an outstanding game in the field, taking two spectacular catches; one a beauty at square leg to remove St Bedes’ star batter.
In the batting, Sydenham were not able to reverse current form and were well beaten by a very good St Bedes bowling attack. Sydenham were bowled out in the 39th over for 118. It was one of those days for Sydenham where many batsmen got good starts, but no-one was able to push on to really challenge St Bedes.