Of the morning grade sides only the Division One team will feel happy at the end of the first day play of the last round of matches for the season. The Prem men are struggling, the woman now finished for the season with a loss, but down the grades, although the Goats lost their semi final after winning the preliminarily contest, the Cardinals got a very important win. The Youth teams had an unusually tough off-day.
The Premier Men were on the receiving end of it after the first day of their match against BWU at Burnside Park. With BWU less than 2 points behind competition leaders Lancaster Park, and needing a big bonus point win to have a chance of taking out the competition in the final round, they were always going to have to take a very aggressive approach to this match, and they certainly did that. After winning the toss they elected to bat, and although they lost Alex Heenan early to Mitch Gardner with the score at 12, the other opener Zohrab and Canterbury player Murdoch quickly steady the ship and got them through to 99 before the second wicket fell. But the only signalled the mayhem to come. Whilst others came and went for run a ball 20’s, Murdoch was in the process of smashing 153 off 133 balls - but even he was made to look near pedestrian when the No. 6 Matt Hay came in and with 8 sixes raced to 78 runs off 41 balls. The news that Lancaster had been bowled out for 161 against Marist encouraged BWU to extend the onslaught until they were 200 runs ahead of that total and with enough bonus points to pip Park if they could get the win. So at 363/8 BWU finally declared in the 57th over.
Ryan Wallace keeps the BWU batsman quiet for the moment
Mitch Gardner was the best of the bowlers with his 3-67 and economy rate of 4.5, but it was a tough day for the bowlers, particularly the slower ones who were clearly being targeted. It was again not helped by some ragged fielding with 2-3 chances going down as the fielding wilted under the pressure as the innings progressed. That said it was one of those days where the batting side was highly motivated and played extremely well, and a day where the fielding side just need to put that day behind them and learn from it.
Taylor Irie takes a single to fine leg during his innings of 35 at Burnside Park
One of the few upsides for a lower placed side playing against an opposition in with a chance to win a competition on the last day, is that if you can stay in the match the opposition is always likely to have get to a point where they may need to give you an opportunity to win for them to achieve their result. Arguably that vanished with the size of the BWU 1st innings, and if there was any doubt about that, the Sydenham reply confirmed it as the side slumped to 78-7 by the close of the day. Matt Day was out early but then Taylor Irie and Ryan Wallace got through to 41 before Ryan, who had been looking comfortable and controlled, lofted one to mid-off. Immediately thereafter Zach Scott-Howman couldn’t keep out a quick yorker, and TJ was extremely unlucky to be given out LBW – suddenly we were 42-4. Taylor Irie had been doing the required job and almost didn’t deserve the sharp short-leg catch that saw him off for 35 from 67 balls. From there Chris Harris yet again shored up his end to be 10 not out off 52 balls at stumps, but two others came and went in that time to leave the side at 78-7.
With Park looking certain to beat Marist, Sydenham will again face a hostile BWU next week, but with 13 wickets in hand, an opportunity restore some respect for a batting side that had struggled desperately since Christmas. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734108/1st_innings
The Premier Woman had a similar day to forget and were very disappointed to find themselves playing their final match when they crashed out to Lancaster Park on Sydenham 2. Batting first only Jenna Waghorn managed to get to double figures with her 12 runs as Sydenham were bowled out for 60 in the 27th over. Park were relatively untroubled in reaching that target only 4 down, with Jenna completing a great season claiming 3-11 in this match taking her to comfortably the highest wicket taker in town with 33 wickets at 12.4. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734083/1st_innings
The Division One boys were in a sound position against Suddenly Sydenham on Sydenham 1. Openers Gaurav Dudeja (62) and captain Michael Nicolson (63) got them off to a great which was built upon further down the order with innings of 66 from Peter Southey-Jensen, and 44 from Charlie Finnie. The promising Josh Charlton was the pick of the bowlers with 3-63. Suddenly Sydenham were 120-6 at stumps with Josh scoring 38 and Andrew Reynolds 25. Peter completed a good day with a couple of wickets.
Strong hitting in the Div 1 match with Charlie Finnie to the fore in the latter overs
The Div 4 Goats will be disappointed with their loss to BWU on Sydenham 3 but they remain the leading team. The Goats batting never really got going with only the ultra consistent Ollie Philpott (36) getting any score of note in the Goat’s 90 all out. They made a good effort to defend that total with Alex Brailey (5-2-4), Heath Sanders (6-2-19) & Jon Bennett (7-2-25) the best of them, but BWU eventually took the match at 91/8. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734621/1st_innings
The Club Captain has had more unlucky dismissals than this one in the Goat’s loss on Sydenham 3
The Div 6 Cardinals had a very important win. They were under much pressure being in a three-way contest for their title and down to eight players as the weekend loomed. After cobbling together eleven players the Cardinals managed to bowl Parklands out for 105 on Parklands Domain with wickets shared around but Sam Perry, and Scott Alexander getting a couple each. In reply Sydenham were 65-6 at one point, and then 90-8, but Ben Larter was instrumental in steadying the ship and getting his side through to the win. Full details not available. The cardinals have now made next week’s final where the play New Brighton for the title, hopefully at Sydenham
The Div 6 All Stars match finished early when they slumped to 47 all out against OBC on Centennial Park with only Kiran Gullapalli (11) getting to double figures. OBC had little trouble getting to that total for the loss of just 5 wickets. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734630/1st_innings
After some good wins recently the Presidents Cardinals produced a batting effort that they would not have been proud of on a good wicket at Hagley against Merivale Papanui. They were bundled out for a paltry 63 batting first, with Matt Loose (33) the only batsmen in the top eight to get to double figures. MP coasted the reply to get there two down in the 19th over. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734726/1st_innings
You gotta smile when you’re getting dorked
Hospital did a little better in their match against the other Merivale Papanui side but were also eventually comfortably beaten. MP compiled a testing 189/5 on the often challenging Bradford Park pitch (James Barkhuizen 8-2-37), and in reply despite Bruce Day’s 45 (Bruce it can’t have been that bad), and two 26’s from James and Kelum Mendis, Hospital succumbed with the score at 138. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734812/1st_innings
The Div 8 Tamils couldn’t quite pull off a win against Heathcote on Waltham Park. David Jayapaul (35) and Selva Ganpathy (20) were the main contributors to the Tamil’s 110 all out, but despite a 40 from the Heathcote skipper from opener, the Tamil’s made Heathcote struggle for the runs but they eventually got there at 113/8. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734921/2nd_innings
It was a big occasion for the Sydenham Youth Womens Stars with the thrill of getting their match played on Hagley Oval. Unfortunately the result did match the occasion, when despite the wet wicket and outfield, OBC scored a massive 211, with 141 of those coming off the first 15 overs - best of the bowlers was Boadicea Lynch with 5-2-8. In reply Sydenham only managed 69 runs with Emma Begg top scoring with 12.
The Youth girls on Hagley Oval
The T20 Womens Stars had a very good win over Lancaster Park’s 2nd side on Woolston Park. Park batted first and got through to a competitive 108-6 off their 20 overs (Boadicea Lynch 5-2-7). In reply Hanna Morrissey’s 51 off 39 balls was the key innings, with Erika Oda continuing to show her promise in the game with her 28* off 28 balls. Sydenham getting there at 109/4 in the 18th over. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734413/2nd_innings
First XI – Day One
A moment’s silence
Sydenham Youth 1st XI played top of the table St Bedes 2nd XI away at St Bedes. Losing the toss and with Sydenham bowling first, opening bowler Daniel Watt rocked St Bedes early with 2 wickets in the first over. He didn’t stop there, adding another 3 during his 6 over spell and ending with 5 for 17.
Daniel Watt takes his second wicket
Archie Goodrick 3 for 24 and Thomas Owens 2 for 18 also bowled well and St Bedes only amassed a modest total of 79 runs. Apart from a tenacious 33 not out from Liam Jenner, the Sydenham reply was poor, being 15/6 early. Useful lower order partnerships by Liam, Thomas, Archie & Tama regained some respect and Sydenham crept towards the St Bedes first innings total, but unfortunately fell 4 runs short. Low first innings totals from both sides contrasted with St Bedes second innings who ended the day with 161/4. St Bedes opening batsman Riley Stirling was cut down 5 runs short of a well-deserved century, being bowled by Henry Boyd-Tibbotts late in the day. Thomas Owens, Ollie Smith & Joseph Wells all chipped in with the other dismissals to bring Sydenham back into a game that was slipping away. So a game of two halves, and plenty of work for Sydenham Youth 1st XI on the final day of this part of the season.
Year 10 Colts – Day One
The Colts meet St Andrews at Cashmere High on day one of their 2-day match. St Andres batted first and lost their first wicket for the loss of 1 run and their 2nd and 3rd wickets with the score on 15 with Isaac Milne taking all 3 wickets. One middle order partnership help St Andrews recover somewhat before the tail order were clean out for not many. Isaac Milne 4/25, Toby Hull 2/5 and Zack Howe 2/14.
Isaac Milne takes one of his 4 wickets.
Into bat, the first 3 wickets were lost after 10 run partnerships had been put together at 11, 21 and 31 before Ben Breitmeyer (16) and Toby Hull (13) took the score through to 62. A late order partnership between Zack Howe (25) and Ben Mason took the score through to 94/8. Two late wickets say the Colts all out for 121, just missing out on first innings points. St Andrews got through to 56/3 in their second innings before stumps were drawn.
2nd Grade – Loss (by default)
Unfortunately, the 2nd grade team had to default on Friday as they only had 7.5 fit players available.
Year 9A - Loss
The Year 9A team played Christchurch Boys High School Black on a very dewy and green pitch at Centennial Park. It was a beautiful morning and good day to play cricket and a good morning to win the toss; which Sydenham didn’t. CBHS asked Sydenham to post a good score to chase.
Sydenham duly set about the task with good intent with 3 of the 7 total boundaries taken in the first two overs. It wasn’t to last and a quick succession of wickets had Sydenham at 38 for 4 after 9 overs. However, Alex Boot joined the opener, Thomas Johnston, and the pair of them built an outstanding partnership. Unfortunately, in the 30th over Thomas got run out attempting a second run and more catastrophe followed with Alex getting caught the next over. Thomas and Alex had taken the score to 99 for 6 in the 31st over. Sydenham were poised to really put on a challenging score. But CBHS kept the pressure on the new batsmen and Sydenham were all out in the 35th over for 102.
Alex Boot pulls for 4
The CBHS bowlers showed that if you bowled tight line and length, you would be rewarded. Sydenham started better than we could have hoped with this week’s mantra “aim small, miss small” ringing true with a good flow of wickets. CBHS were 5 down for 19 runs after 15 overs thanks to Sam Crossland (6 overs, 6 runs, 2 wickets) and Alex Boot (9 overs total, 18 runs, 2 wickets). The next change of bowlers, Harry Hatton and Julian Hooker kept up the good work and CBHS were 48 for 6 at the half-way mark. Sydenham were well and truly in the game. Unfortunately, Sydenham just didn’t have enough runs and CBHS reached their target in the 40th over with two wickets to spare. Overall it was a tight and enjoyable game of cricket and had a few calls gone Sydenham’s way, the scales could have easily been tipped the other way. But hats off to CBHS, they stuck to it and deserved to win. It was a good way to celebrate life with the life changing events of last week still touching us all.
Year 9/10 – Loss
The Year 9/10 lads performed very well this week against North West only having eight players for their batting inning and seven for the fielding. Although they lost today it was great coming back from the last time with a bad loss when they met. Sydenham this time scored 118 all out in 25 overs. North West won the game in the 22nd over. A great batting inning for Henry Cuthbertson who subbed in to help today with a 44, batting through most of the game.
Henry Cuthbertson, 44, avoids a lifter!
There were some superb catches and a great effort from Daniel Haywood who had never wicket kept before, and a magic catch. Excellent bowling by Aaryan Thakur with 3 for 22 off 5 overs, Henry Cuthbertson with 2 for 18 off 7. A great positive mindset from all of the team.
We would like to acknowledge the sporting fair play of North West in allowing us to use some of their players for fielding as well.