The Premier Men slumped to their second successive loss which now sees them into a must win match next week. The Premier Women had a loss, Division 1 had a very comfortable win against Lancaster Park to sit comfortably in 2nd= place, and Division 2 went down fighting on Sydenham 2 trying to chase down a massive 333 against BWU.
The individual mens highlight of the week was the Allstars Chris Reeve’s 7-21 to go with his earlier 32 runs that produced a victory over Riccarton in Division 7. In youth Daniel Watt picked up a 5 wicket bag for the 1st XI and we had another couple of dual century makers in two new players Billy Duncan (121) and Louis Honey (108) as the Yr9B’s overwhelmed Shirley BHS
The Prems were up against Lancaster Park on Garrick Park, a venue that hasn’t been a productive one for the guys in recent seasons, and so it turned out to be again. Sydenham won the toss on a bright sunny day and elected to bat first on a wicket that looked a good one.
The start of the early innings collapse
The innings started badly when Toby Mowat was nicked out early with the score at one, and it was a procession from there with Sydenham never getting into the match from that point. Tom McDonald and Adi Edekar both went to early LBWs that left the side at 11-3, Ryan Wallace lofted one to mid-off at 13-4, and suddenly the innings was reminiscent of the poor start to last season’s disappointing T20 semi-final. But this time there wasn’t even the half recovery as the middle order of TJ, Harry and Lane Tutty all got starts into double figures, but couldn’t carry on. The only glimmer of encouragement came from Dave Simpson making his Premier debut who looked the part with his 21 runs batting at No. 8, but the side eventually succumbed to be all out for 83 in the 31st over.
Tim Johnston cuts behind point
The Park reply never really gave Sydenham even a hint of getting back into the match with an aggressive Andy Ellis dominating the early action. His 35 off 23 balls got his side through to 43/1 by the 6th over with the match effectively decided by then, with Park coasting through to the required total in a mere 16 overs. The Sydenham bowlers tried hard, with TJ and Dave Simpson probably the best of them, but the batting unit was well aware that they’d given them very little to bowl to.
Dave Simpson (top) and Charlie Finnie, two bowlers on debut
With just two rounds left before the semi finals, Sydenham now sits in 5th place behind BWU who they play next week at Burnside Park knowing that it’s a must win match to remain in contention for those semis.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/785485/1st_innings
The Premier Women took on St Albans on Sydenham 1, and after Saints won the toss and elected to bat, the Sydenham bowlers did well to bowl them out for a very modest 130 in 43 overs. Boadicea Lynch (3-23) and Gina Aldersley (2-19) were the best of the bowlers. However, in reply Sydenham capitulated badly to be bowled out for 9.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/785510/1st_innings
The Div1 boys bounced back quickly from the loss to Easts last week with a comprehensive win over Lancaster Park on St Albans Park. Park won the toss and asked Sydenham to bat on a wicket that had apparently not played well this season. However, Kelvin Scott (65) and Matt Day (68) got the side off to a great start putting on 107 for the first wicket and was then 152/2 when PK fell for 16. The innings faltered a little until Sahan Perera (31) and Matt Craigen (14) combined to get the side through to 234/8
Skipper Kelvin Scott got the early break through getting both openers
Kelvin Scott then stymied the Park reply with two early wickets, and at 55-5 the result looking assured. Kelvin finished up with 3-25, and Gaurav Dudeja 3-15, as Park’s innings eventually folded for 110 in the 43rd over for a 124 run win.
The pressure goes on as the Lancaster Park falters
Sydenham now seem locked in a three-way battle in the competition with Easts and Merivale Papanui, the latter two who battled out an amazing tie on Saturday when MP’s last wicket fell at the Easts score of 323 in the final over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/785473
There was another big score on Sydenham 2 when BWU set Sydenham a total of 333-9 – wicket takers being Flynn O’Donnell (3-63) and Marty Crook (2-49). Short on playing numbers, Sydenham made a good fist of the reply getting to 271 thanks to Vish Singh (77), Flynn (45), Marty Crook (45) and Daniel Unwin (38)
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Division 3 Goats - Win
The Goats were another who produced a comprehensive win this time against Sumner on Sydenham 3. Sumner won the toss and batted first, started reasonably well, and whilst at one point 102/4, folded badly towards the end to be all out for 117 in the 31st over. As always, Ollie Philpott was a major contributor for the Goats with his 3-22, and Chris Douglas (2-19) and Daniel Loughton (2-17) also to the fore.
In reply the Goats lost a couple of early wickets but Ollie (45*) and Andrew Douglas (35) then put the game beyond doubt with a partnership that took the Goats through to the win only three down in the 29th over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786318/1st_innings
Division 7 All Stars - Won
The All Stars were also winners to make it three out of three and lead their competition following their victory over Riccarton at Centennial Park. Asked to bat first Sydenham had three 30’s to thank at the top of the order from Chris Reeve (32), Vishal Makwana (33) and Dan Linden (35) that got them into a strong position at 108-2, but then after a small middle collapse, Devlin Coates (20*) and Nick Rawson (19*) ensured that they got through to an respectable 172-7.
Chris Reeve then tore through the Riccarton batting taking club best this season of 7-21 and Riccarton were bowled out for 142 in the 33rd over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786293/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils - Won
Likewise the Tamils maintained their unbeaten record with a solid win over Richmond on Richmond Park. Richmond choose to bat first and only managed 106-8 in their 40 overs. The wickets were shared around the bowlers with a couple each to Balkaran Singh, Chid Palaniappan & David Jayapaul. In reply Balkaran (28) got the team off to a good start and combined with a 27 from David and a 25* from Vignesh Devel the side got to the Richmond total for the loss of seven wickets.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786432/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals - Won
The Cardinals also has their third straight win when they took on Riccarton at Bradford Park. Batting first Ben Larter’s 43 ensured the side got a competitive score of 114-6, and then the bowlers backed that up by holding Riccarton to 56-8. Wickets were shared with Scott Alexander (3-5), James Gallagher 2-9, and Geordie Dann 2-5.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786268/1st_innings
Presidents Cardinals - Lost
The Pressies came up short in their match against BWU on Burnside Park. BWU won the toss, batted and produced a competitive score of 173 all out in the 40th over. Dave Fleming was the best of the bowlers with 3-34, ably backed by Phil Walker (2-24) and Brent Dunn (2-13). At 58-5 they were looking well short of the required total, but a fighting 45 from Anthony Wild down the order gave them chance again only to final succumb for 131 with 3 overs to go
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786532/1st_innings
Hospital - Lost
Our other President’s team Hospital also lost when they played the strong East Shirley Black team at Burwood Park. Winning the toss and batting, Easts amassed at solid 224/7 with Rahul Mukherjee the pick of the bowlers with 4-49. Hospital in reply lost early wickets with only Keul Mendid (15), Ross Venning (12) and Matthew Gilling (16*) getting to double figures as they were bowled out for 77 in the 28th over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786841/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars – Loss
The Stars put in a valiant effort against a good OBC team, falling 9 runs short at the end of 30 overs. We were ahead of OBC's runs all the way up until the second to last over making it the closest game so far this season. Kate Cameron starred with the ball and took 2 wickets while Emma Begg only gave away 12 runs off 5 overs. Maddie Iro and Dakoda Potter put on a quick 52 run opening partnership while Darcy Rose Prasad held the batting together with a well crafted 33 of 46. Sophie George bowled well at the start of the innings and Livvy Crowe came in at a difficult time at the end of the batting innings scoring 11 quick runs to take the game to the last over.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/786165/1st_innings
First XI – Won
Back on the grass wicket at Cashmere High saw the home team win the toss against the North West 2nd XI and electing to have a bat. 32/1 after 9 overs had Sydenham reasonably well placed but then the boys started to play shots that weren’t necessary, chased runs that were too tight, and the wheels fell off the innings. 43/2 became 46/3 followed by 54/4, 55/5, 71/6, 75/7, 77/8, 82/9 until the team were all out for 99. Maybe enough, but the home team would need to bowl well.
Archie Goodrick ends the match.
Daniel Watt (9-6-12-5) bowled the first four North West batsman with some of his prodigious in swingers, and with Archie Goodrick and Ben Wasley picking up a wicket each, North West were 20/6 and the home team were feeling confident. A 7th wicket partnership saw North West get through to 68/7 before Daniel tossed the ball to Charlie Hickey who got great turn with his leg spin and a wicket in his third over to bring the game back to the advantage of the home team. Daniel then bought him self back on to take his 5th wicket and then Archie Goodrick nailed the no.11 plumb LBW to end the match and secure the win.
Year 10 Colts – Lost
A ground change this week meant the Colts had to adjust back to an artificial wicket for the first time in a while. Toss won again and the lads were fielding first with the intention of knocking the St. Andrews colts off cheaply - the start of the match went to plan having St. Andrews in trouble at 15/3 in the 7th over and should have had them 16/4 but a costly dropped catch allowed Rory Sloan off the hook and he then went on to make 89.
A solid performance from the 3 quicks Toby Hull 2/29 Jamie Ehau 4/38 and Ben Breitmeyer 4/69 all completing their 10 overs was not backed up in the field with half a dozen dropped catches and a couple of sub par efforts in the field allowed St. Andrews to end up on 228 all out in the 46th over.
Toby Hull takes one of his 3 wickets
After a shaky start being 2/10 in the first 3 overs Dallas Crowe and Toby Hull steadied the ship before Dallas was bowled with the score on 43/3. The run rate wasn’t an issue as the score hit 85 inside the 16th over - wickets were the issue with 2 thirds of the innings still at their disposal the Colts seemed to want to knock off the total as quick as possible with no one prepared to bat time. In the end they lost their last 5 wickets for 20 runs and were all out for 109 in the 25th over.
T20 – Won
The T20 side finally got a match in, after weather disruptions and cancellations. Batting first, Sydenham decided to have a bat. They lost a couple of early wickets but Joel Wilson with 18 and James Onslow with 41 (retired) got the team through to a good score of 127 after their 20 overs.
Loki Smith hitting big for Sydenham.
All the bowlers bowled well and fielded well and got Boys High School all out for 84 all out.
Year 9-10 – Lost
After winning the toss and sending St Bedes in the Y9/10 team found themselves chasing the leather around Sheldon Park. 20 overs in and they had raced out to 156/3. Stray bowling with a heap of wides resulted in a extras being second top scorer after one of the St Bedes openers plundered 132 before getting caught out. Three bowlers took 3 wickets each leaving the team to chase down 310.
In the second innings the boys were strangled with some tight bowling and were all out in the 27th over for 55 having only 8 players in the game. The boys didn’t lack any enthusiasm which was great to see and are eager to get back out to make up for it next week
Year 9A – Day 1 of 2
The 9As had a beneficial ground change moving from the Polo Grounds to Hospital Corner after a double booking. Sydenham batting first in their two-day game against CBHS. We hope to have a full match report for them next week.
Year 9B – Win
What a special day for Billy Duncan and Louis Honey who both hit their maiden centuries in just their second match for Sydenham. Playing for against Shirley Boys High, Billy opened the batting and made 121 from 102 deliveries hitting 16 fours and 6 sixes. Louis batting at no 7 was certainly in a hurry scoring his 108 from just 36 balls in 32 minutes, this included 9 fours and 9 sixes. These two scores helped Sydenham score an impressive 301 for 8 from 35 overs.
Billy Duncan (121) and Louis Honey (108)
This total was never in threat with Shirley Boys bowled out for 180 with Jacob Sharp picking up 3/18.