It was a day to forget for the three top Sydenham sides who all lost some key matches - the Premier Men were in their game for much of it but eventually lost to regular champions St Albans, the Premier women lost by 10 wickets, and the Division 1 guys got a sharp reminder of what a real contest they have on their hands to win promotion.
The one shining light in the morning grades was Tyler Jerram’s 6/19 that was instrumental in the Div 2 side getting their first win of the season. The all-rounder of the day was clearly Balkaran Singh for the Tamils with his 97 runs backed up by his 5 wickets for six runs in their victory against Heathcote.
The other real stars on the day were young Ben Breitmeyer and Issac Milne who both completed big centuries as the Year 10 Colts scored the innings of the season to date with 385/2 against CBHS
The Premier Men were up against last season’s winners St Albans on Sydenham on a day which for the first time this season started on time and run the full 50 overs. The home side won the toss and on a good looking and surprisingly dry track elected to bat first.
The two openers in Matt Bell and Toby Mowat then got their side off to a great start with a run a ball opening partnership that took them to 63 before Matt fell for a fine 38 off 40 balls. That wicket saw a mini collapse as Toby left for 21 off 29 balls, and then Ryan Wallace for 13, leaving the score at 87/3 in the 20th over. But Adi Edekar was doing the right thing at the other end, head down getting his season started and able take some advantage of the good start that the openers had provided. Others came, got starts but couldn’t push on, and that was probably the tale of the innings. When Adi finally fell for an excellent 47 off 95 balls the score was 167/6, soon to be 172/7 when Lane Tutty unfortunately got a leading end and popped one up mid-pitch.
Matt Bell powers one over the top in his innings of 34
At that point with only 6 overs to go, and a score of well over 200 clearly required, the good work of the earlier batsmen looked at risk of being wasted. However, Chris Harris again produced a cameo of 29 off just 25 balls, and supported by young Zack Scott-Howman and Tommy Agnew, got the score through to a competitive 222/9 at the close.
Adi Edekar top scored with 47
A competitive score but probably only a par one considering both the quality of the wicket and the opposition who know how to chase down totals. What eventuated was an innings where neither side really on top until perhaps the final few overs. Sydenham started well with Mitch Gardner getting the first wicket at 15, and then when the dangerous Lortan fell after a recovery to 77/2, the pressure came on with Saints teetering at 117/5 in the 32rd over. The two slower bowlers in Tim Johnston and Chris Harris were bowling well, but gradually the partnership between Langrope and Harper started to flourish. Aided by at least three dropped catches, the boundaries started to come and the asking rate falling with it. An injury to Toby Mowat hadn’t allowed the all-rounder to bowl this week and the lack of that 6th bowling option was increasingly becoming a telling factor which didn’t offer an opportunity to relieve a bowler under pressure. By the time Langrope was out in the 44th over at 202/6 Saints were finally on top and coasted the final leg home.
TJ (pictured) along with Chris Harris were the best of the bowlers
There was encouragement from much of what Sydenham did in this match against a very good Saints side, and with Adi’s innings all the top order batsmen now have had some early successes to get their seasons underway. However, in this match the failure to capitalise on the good start, hold catches, and have the other bowling option all proved to be the difference in the end. The next match is another tough one next week on Garrick Park against Lancaster Park, a side who put in the bowling performance of the round when they dismissed BWU for 34 whilst defending their score of 102.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/782428/1st_innings
The Prem Women again struggled in their latest match against OBC at Hagley. OBC won the toss, asked Sydenham to bat and at 62/2 looked well placed. However, only Casey Liddington (24) Jenna Waghorn (12) got to double figures as the side was bowled out for 95 – three run-outs did not assist the cause, although 46 wides from OBC certainly did. Jenna was then the best of the bowlers in OBC’s reply, but they were untroubled reaching their target without the loss of a wicket.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/782437/1st_innings
This was a day to forget for the Div 1 side as they were demolished by East Shirley on Sydenham 2. Sydenham’s decision to ask Easts to bat first back-fired badly as Easts amassed a massive 339 inside 49 overs. On a day of poor bowling which included 31 wides, Connor Williams (10-4-46) and Gaurav Dudeja’s (10-1-33) efforts stood head and shoulders above the rest, but by the break of innings, Sydenham were realistically out of the match.
Connor Williams - one of the few to perform with the ball
Despite the good wicket and short boundaries, the immediate run rate pressure saw the Sydenham reply faltered early at 25/4. Whilst Connor Williams backed up his bowling effort with 22 runs with the bat, and the top score of 30 came from Rod Hooper at No. 11, Sydenham struggled throughout to eventually be dismissed for 154.
Rod Hooper during his top score of 30
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/782411/1st_innings
Division 2 - Won
There was much satisfaction to see the Div2 boys get their first points of the season when they won a close one against Riccarton on Hagley. Riccarton won the toss and elected to bat first but then struggled against Tyler Jerram’s bowling as he proceeded to take 6/19, the best bowling figures in the club this season. Riccarton were bowled out in the 45th over leaving Sydenham a target of 170.
After a poor start with both openers gone for four runs between them, skipper Marty Crook (50) and Vishal Makwana (41) got the innings on track, and with some valuable contributions down the order from Daniel Unwin (19), Tyler Jerram (10) and Campbell Mabin (11) got Sydenham through to the total eight down with 5 overs the remaining.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/783219/2nd_innings
Division 3 Goats - Lost
Beaten by 11 Singhs (check the scorecard), that was the story of the day for the Goats as they took on the East Shirley Punjab team on Bradford Park. The East’s Punjabs put up a total of 155/8 (P Singh 56, P Singh 16, K Singh 19, R Singh 11, & R Singh 11), with Jon Bennett the best of the Sydenham bowlers with 3/32 and Alex Brailey 2/27. In reply the Goat’s were clearly lacking Singhs with their only one, Satpreet, top scoring with 26, and only Tony Danenburg (11) and Nadeem Aslam the others to reach double figures as the Goats folded at 78 all out.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/783150/1st_innings
Division 7 All Stars - Win
The All Stars kept their prefect record intact as they beat Merivale Papanui by 100 runs on the Polo Grounds. Elliot Hitchings was the top scorer with 44 in his side’s 140/9, with useful contributions also coming from skipper Abe Atherton (27*), Dan Linden (17) and Paul Jensen (16). Abe completed a good day with his 3/2 off 5 overs, and together with Mark Flowerday (2/11) quickly had MP 14/5, with the innings never recovering from there to be all out for 40.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/783022/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils
The Tamils made it two out of two with a big win against Heathcote on Waltham Park. Balkaran Singh’s 97 runs backed David Jayapaul (20) and Lucky Bastra (17) were the main contributors to the Tamils first up effort of 155 all out. In reply Balkaran completed a great all-rounders display by taking 5-6 off his eight overs as Heathcote were bundled out for 54 in the 24th over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/783322/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals – Won
The Cardinal had another win when they beat OBC on Barrington Park. Full details of the match are not available but we understand that Sydenham scored 113 batting first (Stokes 45*), and bowled OBC out for 100.
Full scoreboard Not available
Presidents Cardinals - Win
There was a good tussle over on Sydenham 3 where the Cardinals took on an always competitive Sumner side. Batting first the Sydenham innings was set up by opener Paul Mathews (22) in his first innings for Sydenham, and particularly the prolific Matt Loose with his 62. The innings faltered a little from there, but the well travelled Mario Williams (up from Murchison most weeks) scored an important 42* to get the side through to 162/8.
Matt Loose with another of his trademark smashes over long-on off the back foot
Another newcomer Tim Hannan (2/24), together with Julien van Dyke (2/40) and Bill Nicolson (2-24) then held the upper hand for much of innings, and despite a gallant late charge, Sumner finally fell short by 5 runs.
Tim Hannan impressed in his first outing for the Cardinals
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/783137/1st_innings
Hospital - Loss
Hospital managed to get to a usually competitive 151/6 on Centennial Park in their match against Merivale Papanui. That was mostly thanks to a solid opening partnership between James Barkhuizen (30) and Bruce Day (50), backed by a 21 Prassana Karunasekera. However, MP were untroubled in reply reaching the total in the 35th over for the loss of just two wickets.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/782903/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars - Win
Two outstanding performances set up a good win over North West for the Sydenham Stars Finally getting to play on a grass wicket Sydenham won the toss and chose to bat on a soggy, green Syd 3 pitch. Dakoda Potter (8) and Darcy Rose Prasad (35*) batted very well at the top of the innings and the team s off to a steady start. Emma Begg (10) started to increase the tempo then Maddie Iro (17) increased it even more. Sophie George (2) was unlucky to be run out and Livvy Crowe (5) got bowled trying to accelerate as well. Kate Cameron (1) and Jaimee Cartwright (1) held down one end as Darcy Rose anchored the innings from start to finish with Sydenham finishing 104 all out in the 29th over.
Sydenham then bowled extremely well getting North West all out in the 16th over for 60. Kate highlighted with 1 Maiden 3 overs, 3 wickets for 6 runs. Livvy Crowe knocked the top off the batters getting both openers out and ending on 2 for 12 off 3. Jaimee Cartwright bowled very bravely for 1 for 19 off 4 unlucky not to get a few more wickets. Maddie Iro also bowled well for 10 for 16 off 4, Emma Begg bowled 2 overs for 5 runs, and Darcy Rose got a wicket off her first (and so far only) ball bowled this season; ending with figures of 1 for none off 0.1. Overall a very good performance and everyone played brilliantly to the conditions. The side are now three from three so far!
Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/782695/1st_innings
First XI – Win
The First XI, bolstered by three quality ring-ins from the T20 side took on the St Bedes 3rd XI at Cashmere High. The weather during the week meant the grass wicket couldn’t be prepared, so the boys reverted to playing on the artificial wicket. Winning the toss, the home team decided to have a bat. Some generous bowling, and the resulting no-ball free hits, allowed the home team to post 23 runs with 3.4 over before the first wicket fell, followed by the next wicket 8 balls later. The 3rd wicket didn’t fall until another 118 runs had been added by Daniel Watt (51) and Isaiah Prasad (57) in the 35th over. The other wickets fell as the team amassed 210/6 of their allocated 50 overs.
Daniel Watt & Isaiah Prasad acknowledge their 100 partnership.
Into bat, Bedes came out swinging early and also posted 23 off 3 over before the first wicket fell. Just like last week, first change bowler Ben Wasley entered the attack and the wickets started to fall. Ben bowled very economically for 6-2-10-4 including being on a hat-trick. Carter Genet 4.2-0-15-2 and Liam Jenner 4-0-6-3 quickly took out the middle order and tail enders in eight overs. With Liam also being on a hat-trick at one stage.
Year 10 Colts - Win
No rain, no late start and no hesitations in electing to bat after winning another toss. The team took a “get runs on the board “ mentality into this weeks game, desperately seeking some form with the bat - and boy did it pay off. With an opening stand of 87 Rhys Thyne (35) was the first to fall followed by fellow opener Dallas Crowe (51). This created a solid platform for the middle order, and they didn’t disappoint! Ben Breitmeyer (144*) batting at 3 and Issac Milne (113*) at 4 completely took CBHS out of the game ending the innings on a mammoth 385/2 after their 50 overs.
Ben B, Dallas C and Issac M helped the Colts amass a massive score.
CBHS were never in the hunt after Sam Prasad opened up with a tight spell of 10/0 off his first 6 overs and the Macdonald twins (Jack & Archie ) chimed in with a wicket a piece. CBHS made it through to drinks on 75/5 - Toby Hull picked up 2 / 15 and Issac Milne picked up 3/18 to go with his century before Ben B and Dallas Crowe took a wicket each to wrap up the tail and dismiss CBHS for 101.
A great start to a huge weekend of cricket with 11 of our 13 strong squad featuring in the metro age group trials over the next few days and another round of colts grade to follow on Monday against Christs college on their number 1 ground the Sydenham lads are in good shape once again and hopefully are back on track to defend their one day title from last season .....
T20 - Default
Our T20 team will have to wait another week to play their first game. Having been washed out last weekend, this weekend the team had to default due to a last of numbers. Fortunately, this was a godsend for other teams as four players filled in for other Youth teams.
Year 9-10 - Loss
On a very green and "sticky" pitch STAC batted first and after a very slow start from tight bowling and fielding from Sydenham managed to get up to 162 all out in the last over. Bowling highlights were Maurice Gillard 2/17 and Fynn Wadsworth 4/29.
Sydenham then got off to a reasonably fast start with the bat with Fynn also leading the way opening the batting but lost wickets at the other end and were in a bit of trouble at 65/5.There was then a good fast partnership of 40 between Fynn Wadsworth & Callum Wright (18) made a win look possible. After Callum went Fynn batted with the tail and went on to a fine 61 but once he was bowled by one that kept low, things wrapped up quickly and Sydenham were all out for 145 with five overs to go.
Year 9A – Loss (First Innings)
Having lost the first day of play last week due to a washout, the 9As took on St Bedes at St Bedes. Into bat first, Sydenham aimed to bat time which is one of the keys for this two day grade. Thomas Johnson proved to be a very stoic opener facing 80 balls during his stay at the crease. Sam Crossland and Billy Johnston also batting time well as the team scored 92.
Bedes then proceeded in scoring 143/7 off 29 with Julian Hooker having impressive figures of 5-1-13-3 before Bedes declared in the hope of seeking an outright win, however were denied when Sydenham batted time well led by Alex Boot, Henry Cuthburtson and Jonty Bowman wo all batted time well.
Year 9B - Win
Our brand new Youth team, Sydenham 9B, took on CBHS at Warren Park. CBHS won the toss and chose to bat. In a good all-round bowling and fielding performance Sydenham were bowled out for we bowled CBHS out for 81. Wickets were shared. Two notable bowling efforts were the unhittable Sam Stalker 4-4-0-2 and Louis Honey who took 4-3-2-1. Harry Eastwick also bowled very tightly 4-1-4-0.
Into bat Sydenham got off to a rocky start finding themselves 3 down with only 5 on the board before our middle order of Sam Stalker (22) Jacob Bennet (23*) and Kia Tiltman (19*) got them to the required total in 21 overs.Hits: 603