The final Saturday of the season went exactly the way you want to remember the season over the winter, a massive performance from the Premier men, a victory to the ladies, and two competition wins down the grades from the Goats and Cardinals.
Behind on the 1st innings by nearly 300 runs with only three wickets left in hand in that innings, the 2nd day for the Prem men was all about looking for redemption for a batting unit that has had a horror run since Christmas – as it turned out, what actually happened might be better described as a “resurrection”. By the start of the 2nd day the numbers had been crunched, if BWU were able to beat Sydenham by an innings on the day they would take out this season’s 2-day title. The Burnside boys were well motivated and bowled their hearts out all day.
Unquestionably that resurrection started with Chris Harris. After batting more than an hour the previous week to try to stem the tide as Burnside dominated Sydenham with both bat and ball, he finally found an ally in our Canterbury player Chad Bowes who came in for the 2nd day batting in the not too familiar No. 10 batting position. What ensued was a master class of batting from the two players; conditions were demanding, balls were left, defence was exceptional, shot selection impeccable. The pair set the tone for the day and by the time Chad fell for 19 off an important 58 balls, at the innings end they had used up 100 minutes of the time BWU had available to them to force the win. Needless to say Chris Harris finished with his 9th not out of the season on 33 from 151 balls
Chad Bowes – 1st & 2nd innings - a study in perseverance
It was an encouraging start to the day but the 130 all out was still 233 runs behinds BWU’s first innings with 30 minutes still to bat before lunch in the 2nd innings as Sydenham were asked to bat again, and with all afternoon available to BWU to bowl us out for under that 230 lead and take the title - on form, few independent observers would have backed Sydenham to do that, fortunately the Sydenham team did.
In the reply, Matt Day was unfortunately lost off the second ball of the innings which then brought together Chad and Ryan Wallace. The two South African best mates worked out the conditions, modified shot selection as the innings progressed, and later walked off together having saved the match for their side.
When sides get the now unfortunately rare opportunity to play their Canterbury players, there is no guarantee of a performance – cricket is a game of millimetres. But Chad is one player who never lets his standards drop and his club down as he always treats his club opportunities seemingly as seriously as he does his representative responsibilities. Well set from his 1st innings experience Chad never put a foot wrong in the 2nd, and after manoeuvring through the first 6-7 overs, frankly always looked to have a century looming.
But Ryan Wallace was another story. The Club Player of the year last season was having a lean run since Christmas, but everyone knew the class of the man and were quietly willing him on each innings for a turnaround – it came with a vengeance in this match. He started well, but for a while when Burnside had initiated an obvious legside attack into the rib cage, and he started pull at the ball, it looked like a tactic that may pay off. But he adapted, starting leaving, and ultimately regained control to an extent that when the match was well saved, he was coming down the wicket to the spinners to take boundaries through long-on and off.
Talk about a resurrection, Ryan Wallace in complete command at Burnside Park.
This was the second master class of batting on the day with hardly a half chance given between them throughout the innings. It was something that even a Canty Metro official passed the comment that hopefully the young players at the ground would be watching closely and learning form, not just our own players, but the BWU Championship team that were watching the match having just won their competition and vigorously supporting their Prem team from the boundary.
Indeed the only sad aspect of the day was for the Burnside lads – they are a great club and a bunch of young players who bowled their hearts out on the day trying to get the result which would have been a fitting farewell for their veteran Scott Inglis who was playing his final career match. But by the end of the innings when the match was called off just after 5pm with Sydenham 240-1, the Burnside bowlers had given their all and were out on their feet – they would have been worthy winners of the title, but it was just not their day.
Scott Inglis – the Burnside warhorse gets the acknowledgment that he deserves
It was a magnificent day’s cricket where Sydenham’s own warhorse Chris Harris, plus two best mates, made it a day to be remembered, be it saving a match, and brought down the curtain on another seasons cricket, with planning already underway for the next one. https://www.crichq.com/matches/734044/1st_innings
Ryan Wallace (118*) and Chad Bowes (113*) share the moment
The Premier Women finished the season how they would have like to as well with a comprehensive win over St Albans at Hagley Park. Jodie Dean was the chief destroyer with her 3-14 as Saints slumped to be all out for 47. In reply none of the first four batsmen made it to double figures until Jodie completed her match inning performance with a 17* that take took her side through to the win at 48-4. https://www.crichq.com/matches/736875/1st_innings
The Division 1 side completed their win on the second day against the fellow side Suddenly Sydenham. Details not available
Congratulations to Paddy Wickes who took his 100th wicket in this match – but not so fond of batting by the look of it
Jon Bennett’s Div 4 Goats, having already completed a great season with the round-robin Div 4 title already theirs, had a good win over New Brighton at Rawhiti Domain. They mostly had Andrew Douglas (85) to thank for their score of 209 all out, with valuable contributions also coming from Alex Brailey and Chris Douglas each with a 20. Despite early Goats break throughs, NB fought back strongly in the middle order but eventually succumbed for 171 with Tony Danenberg and Jacob Harrington picking up a couple of wickets each. https://www.crichq.com/matches/736876/1st_innings
The Div 6 All Stars – no match details available.
It was another competition win for Jamie Livingstone’s Cardinals team as they took out the Div 6 title. Always the early leaders in the competition, the result had started to look in doubt when availability seem to be tougher after Christmas and they were at times scrambling for a side. However, it all came down to Saturday and the need to beat New Brighton on Sydenham 2 which the duly did. Batting first the Cardindals scored 180-7 off their 40 overs thanks to Camerson Rennell (40), Kieran Williams (37) and Ben Larter (38*). Any thought that New Brighton would challenge that total were quickly extinguished when Chris Cooper in his last match before leaving Sydenham for a new life in Australia picked up two early wickets, then Sam Perry picked up the two best NB batsmen to ultimately see NB out for 68 and the title in the Cardinals hands.
Cam Rendell on the drive
The victorious Cardinals celebrate taking the title (more so later that night at the prize giving)
The Div 8 Tamils won again after they rolled Lancaster Park for 52 on Bradford Park. The performance was almost totally thanks to Chid Palaniappan’s magnificent 7-9 off 4.2 overs. The performance unsurprisingly gave Chid the award at club prize giving later that night as the stand-out bowling performance in afternoon grades. Sydenham made its way to the total for the loss of five wickets, with Chid again doing the job with his 14 in a low scoring match. https://www.crichq.com/matches/736878/1st_innings
The Presidents match was a home affair between our two Sydenham sides, the Cardinals and Hospital. It was a match where the Cardinals batting first always seemed to have the upper hand after Phil Walker capped off a good season with another 70. A 23 from Mario Williams and a quick fire 30 from Warren Guy at No. 9 saw the Cardinals through to 196-7. Hospital started very well with James Barkhuizen’s 78 always keeping them in the hunt, but with only two other low double digit scores from the rest of the side Hospital fell all out for 136. The wickets were shared around for the Cardinals with Ken Julian the best of them with 3-28, and with two each from Julien van Dyke, JK, and Dave Fleming. The victory returned the much valued Noel Moorhead Trophy back to its true home with the Cardinals. https://www.crichq.com/matches/736821/1st_innings
Skipper Phil Walker pathed the away for his sides victory in the local Presidents derby on Sydenham 3
The T20 Womens Stars had a good win in their final match as well playing Heathcote at Ferrymead Park. Erika Oda (60), Hannah Morrissey (25) and Boadicea Lynch (4) were the main contributions to Sydenham’s 143/5 first up, with Sydenham then restricting Heathcote to 126/4 (Jaimee Cartwright 2-27).
The Youth Women Stars lost their final match to Lancaster Park at Sydenham Park. Batting first only Emma Begg with 14 made it to double figures as the side was held to 64/5 in their 20 over. In reply Park only lost one wicket as the y got through to 69-1. https://www.crichq.com/matches/736618/1st_innings
First XI vs St Bedes (Day 2) – Loss
Sydenham Youth 1st XI commenced the second day of their 2 dayer against St Bedes 2nd XI expecting a big chase on the final day, as St Bede’s had a 165 lead with 6 wickets remaining at the start of play. Despite a brisk start from the opposition, Sydenham managed to bowl well and take the final 6 wickets for just 65 runs, leaving a chase of 231 off 80 overs (Joseph Wells 4/25 off 10 and Ollie Smith 2/48 off 9).
Ollie Smith looked composed at the top of the order with a well compiled 31 runs but the rest of the top order struggled and another low total looked ominous on Ollie’s removal with the team score on 51/5. However St Bede’s began to feel the pressure as a fantastic 6th wicket 118 run partnership between Daniel Watt, 76 & Liam Jenner, 49 (both personnel best scores) maintained a steady run chase and an upset seemed within reach. Archie Goodrick provided a further push at the end with a quick 17 runs, but unfortunately Sydenham were eventually dismissed 27 runs short.
Liam Jenner clips a 4 behind square
So this game followed many others for the first part of the season as Sydenham were very competitive with even the top teams, with many ‘close but no cigar’ results. However all the boys had their moments with good personnel bowling or batting efforts over the past few months and we look forward to this coming together in the one-day comp later in the year.
Sydenham Colts vs STAC Colts (Day 2) - Win
With first innings under their belt STAC leading by 62 runs at the start of day 2 early wickets were key in not having a huge total to chase for the overall win. Jamie Ehau 3/27 off his 8 overs and Issac Milne 3/24 off 13 overs were once again the spare head of the bowling attack and a very tidy 8 overs for 11 runs from Toby Hull helped dismiss STAC for a total of 131 half an hour before lunch.
Jamie Ehau takes one of his 3 wickets
The openers were given 20 mins to hold out before lunch but Dallas Crowe fell on the last ball before the break. Issac Milne batting at 3 stepped up with a quick fire 23 as well as Toby Hull 20 and Charlie Hickey 26, things seemed comfortable with the score on 90/3 before the wobbles set in and the score on 127/8 Archie MacDonald pulled one through mid-wicket for 4 to tie it up and left it for his twin Jack MacDonald to hit the winning runs.
Jack & Archie Macdonald – saw the team home
2nd Grade - Bye
Unfortunately, the 2nd Grade team finished the first half of the youth season with a bye.
Year 9/10 Team – Loss
The 9/10 Team batted first on the polo fields in Hagley Park in their match against a very strong North West Colts Team. At 50-2 after 9 overs the team were well placed to build a competitive score with Henry Cuthbertson, batting at no.3, and Callum Wright building a nice partnership. Regular wickets then started to fall and the team were eventually bowled out for 118 after 25 overs.
The Northwest wicket was taken with the first ball of their innings, and the second when they only had 8 runs on the board. Mini-partnerships saw their score build to knock off the winning runs after 25 overs for the loss of 7 wickets.
Year 9A Team – Loss
The Year 9A team played St Bedes Red on a spongey, green but nicely rolled pitch at Halswell Domain no.2. St Bedes won the toss and asked Sydenham to bat.
It was a tricky morning for batting and wickets fell in regular succession, with the highest score only 12 not out by Alex Boot. Sydenham were all out in the 32nd over for 72.
In the batting, Sydenham got two early wickets to have St Bedes at 15 for 2 after 7 overs. Sam Crossland bowled 4 overs and finished with 1 wicket for only 4 runs (3 maidens). St Bedes then took the game away with excellent aggressive batting and the boundaries started to flow. St Bede’s reached the target of 73 in the 12th over for the loss of only two wickets.