After last week’s disappointing results, particularly the Premier Mens and Womens, it just shows what week can do in cricket as all the morning grades sides performed strongly this week and pulled off some great wins.
The Premier Men were commanding in their win over the always competitive BWU, the Women were unlucky to not quite get up over Lancaster Park after a Bernadine Bezuidenhout century, and the Division 1 & 2 lads played outstandingly well to win both of their high scoring matches.
In the afternoon grades we were blessed with another century, this time from Phil Walker with 147 for the Presidents Cardinals in their victory over Easts Gold, and we saw some excellent matches with the afternoon grades having the sole rights to Sydenham Park wickets this week.
The Prems were up against BWU on Burnside Park in what was a must win match for them to remain in contention for the 1-day semi-finals. As it turned out they produced a near flawless performance to do exactly that.
Conditions looked near perfect for batting and TJ had no hesitation in doing so after winning the toss. He was rewarded with a strong opening partnership between Toby Mowat and Adi Edekar as the pair got the score through to 58-1 by the 15th over. After Toby’s dismissal for another excellent 35, the good start was cemented by a 113 run 2nd wicket partnership between Adi and Ryan Wallace as the pair took Sydenham into a strong position at 171-1 in the 38th over. When Ryan went for an assured 41 off 61 balls, they had laid the base for their side to accelerate the run rate. That task was lead by Tim Johnston with 18 off 15 balls, and the middle and lower order then produced short run-a-ball efforts to get the score up to a creditable 244-8 by the end of the 50 overs.
Adi Edekar exquisite on the drive
Throughout the innings Adi had played the near perfect opener’s one-day innings with his 95 runs off 141 balls – near perfect in that a century couldn’t have been more thoroughly deserved. He built partnerships throughout the innings, ensured that the run rate didn’t slip much below four in the first half of that innings, and was only the 6th out when a good score was assured. His “Bowes-like” stroke making emphasised just what a pleasure it will be to watch him bat this season.
Drinks break strategising
So 244 was competitive, but conditions were ripe for batting and it was going to require a great bowling and fielding performance to protect it. That’s exactly what we got as the bowlers probably produced the performance of the season to date to knee-cap the innings early at 24-3. Tom Agnew (5-2-33) was one of the instigators of that with his best performance, ably backed by wicket keeper Lane Tutty standing up to Tom and taking four smart catches on the day. Mitch Gardner was equally effective picking up two wickets and being his normally miserly self conceding only slightly over 2 an over in great batting conditions. Ryan Wallace was another who undoubtedly produced his best of the season , looking decidedly aggressive and unplayable at times in his 8-3-32. In the meantime skipper TJ, whilst orchestrating events, was also quietly picking up his 8-3-32 as he completed what was an impressive bowling performance from his team as they bowled BWU out for 106 to take a 138 run win.
Ryan Wallace beats the bat again
This was one of those complete performances where everyone played their part in the victory, where the hard work during the week seems to be paying off, and provides some additional confidence as we move into the final stages of the one-day competition. The result now sets up Sydenham with a semi-final berth if they can get past OBC at Sydenham next week – OBC, a side also in good form after impressively chasing down Lancaster Park’s 242 on Saturday.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/788979/2nd_innings
The Prem Ladies dismissed last week’s efforts into the history books when they produced an excellent showing against Lancaster Park on Park’s own wicket at Garrick Park. Both Sydenham openers were run out early, but then Bernadine Bezuidhout’s 112 proved to be the stand-out in Sydenham’s score of 212-6. But she wasn’t the only contributor with Carolyn Estehuizen (19), Jenna Waghorn (27) and Eden Pettigrew (18*) also playing their part.
However, on a day around town when 200 plus totals were being run down, so it proved to be in this match as well as Park’s Canterbury player Kirsty Nation scored an unbeaten 126 guide Lancaster Park through to the win six down and with an over and a half to spare. Jenna Waghorn completed an excellent day for here backing up her batting effort with a 10-3-53 with the ball, with a wicket each also going to Carolyn and Gina Aldersley.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/788939/1st_innings
The Div1 boys were in for a hell of a battle against Halswell on Halswell Domain when the home side batted first and scored an impressive 254-7 off their 50 overs. Run-out to Preetham Pagadala and Connor Williams helped the cause with Connor also the top wicket taker with 10-2-50.
The run chase saw Matt Day gone early with the score at 16, but Kelvin Scott is in the form of his life currently and his run-a-ball 51, combined with Josh McArdle’s 87 off 124 balls steadied the ship and then put it on a course to victory. Kelvin fell at 94-2, but Josh was playing a similar innings to Adi Edekar in Prems at the same time. He quietly kept the score ticking over, working with the middle and lower order to work the team into a position to win. PK’s 20, Charlie Finnie (run out for 13), and most certainly Prettham’s 20 off 23 balls, all assisted the team into a position of 8 wickets down and requiring 9 runs off the last over. Cue Scott Grose, who’s done this before, a six, done and dusted for the sides 5th win out of six matches. Their next match is against Heathcote who conceded 449/8 on the day against competition leaders East Shirley.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/788934/1st_innings
This match saw another outstanding performance when Sydenham took on Marist on Redwood 1. Batting first, Andrew Moulton’s innings of 76 carried the early part of the innings which saw Sydenham reach 123-2 before his wicket fell. The middle order of Daniel Unwin (26), Michael Nicolson (28) & Carl Hooper (36 and finally playing after a pre-season injury) then carried the innings through to finish at 244-7. Marist made a good fist of the reply and battled through to 239 before Moults got that critical last wicket when the result looked like it could go either way. Main bowlers for Sydenham were Marty Crook (9-3-29), Paddy Wickes (9-2-40) & Michael Nicolson (9-2-52)
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Division 3 Goats - Won
The Goats had a rare opportunity to play on Sydenham 1 when they took on Lancaster Park. Sydenham won the toss, batted, and got off to a steady start with opener Satpreet Singh picked up 25. The impressive and always consistent Ollie Philpott then scored 66 to have the Goats nicely poised at 131-4 but from there only Nadeem Aslam (31) contributed much more down the order as the Goats were eventually bowled out for 162.
Ollie Philpott drives through mid-wicket during his innings of 66
The Sydenham bowling response seemingly immediately extinguished the match as a competition early on when the first four Park batsman scored ducks and the score stood at 0-4. Chris Douglas (7-4-14) and Alex Brailey (8-2-21) were the main destroyers as Park struggled to 96-6. Although a middle order revival briefly started to cast some doubt, the Goats eventually bowled Park out for 151 to take an 11 run victory.
The Goats take full advantage of a rare opportunity to play on Sydenham 1
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789729/1st_innings
Division 7 All Stars - Lost
The All Stars lost their first match of the season when they played Heathcote on Sydenham 3. Sydenham won the toss and elected to give Heathcote the first use of a good wicket in perfect batting conditions. They took full advantage scoring 230 all out to set the All Star a testing target – Abe Atherton (7-4-17) and Gourav Saini (7-2-31) were the best of the bowlers. In replay Sydenham started well with the top three all getting runs; Vishal Makawana (28), Chris Reeve (27) and Gourav Saini (4). But the run rate pressure saw a consist loss of wickets down the order as Sydenhan were eventually bowled out for 185.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789750/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils - Won
It was another straight victory for the Tamils that sees them remain at the top of their table. They played The Buffaloes CC on Spreydon Domain, won the toss and batted. Anand Bandaru (44), Vignesh Devel (29) and Jayaharish Balachandran (18) then top scored as Sydenham set the Buffaloes a target of 153-9. The Tamils then proceeded to bowl their opposition out for 136 with the wickets spread around the bowlers but backed by a strong fielding effort with four runs out taken.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789841/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals - Lost
The Cardinals suffered their second loss of the season when they went down to the beautifully colourful, and named (Dubai Diamond Traders) BWU on Sydenham 2. Sydenham won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat first on a pitch that has been full of runs all season. They got off to a good start through Keiran Willaims (33) and Cam Rennell (56), two innings that were then backed by Nick Smithson (22*) and Geordie Dann (39) that took their side through to a competitive 169-2
Cam Rennell skies one over backward square on Sydenham 2
However, the wicket was a good one and BWU raced through to the total six wickets down, be it with only two balls for spare. The wickets were shared around with Adrian Patchett the best of them with 3-2-24.
Dubai Diamond Traders - certainly best dressed
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789702/1st_innings
Presidents Cardinals - Won
The Cardinals had a memorable match up against the always difficult to beat East Shirley Gold on Burwood Park. On what is always a high scoring wicket East won the toss and choose to bowl first, no doubt preferring to know what they were going to have to the chase down. However, after the loss of an early wicket, a now in form Anthony Wild with 91, and a magnificent 147* from Skipper Phil Walker, saw the pair put on 155 for the 2nd wicket to ensure that the run chase was going to be a challenge. That partnership was then back up back a 119 unbroken 3rd wicket partnership of 119 between Phil and Mario Williams (31*) as the Cardinals finished on an intimidating 295-3.
However, Gold are always fighters and never beaten easily, and an impressive run chase then ensued that nearly brought them a victory. All of the Easts top order got runs on a day for the Sydenham bowlers where conceding anything less than six an over was a real achievement. But wickets were chipped away, and Phil Walker was just having one of those days where his 3-45 to back up the century saw Easts finally make it to 270-9 in the 40th over, and a 25 run win for the Cardinals
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789879/1st_innings
Presidents Hospital - Lost
BWU Pressies on Burnside Park are always a tough test for any side, and so it turned out to be again for Hospital this week. The BWU captain (and groundsman) Dave “Crash” Robertson showed confidence in his own wicket by batting first and then being one of the major contributers with his 78 runs as BWU proceeded to score 199 runs. Pieter Barkhuizen was the best of the Sydenham bowlers with 8-2-38, but none of the bowlers were assisted by a poor day of catching.
Hospital on Burnside Park
The Sydenham response started positively with the two openers James Barkhuizen (27) and Richard McKinlay (38) getting starts, but Hospital couldn’t get momentum through the middle stages of the innings, not assisted by two sharp run-outs, and ended up 64 runs short of the target at 136-8.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/789876/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars – Won
The Sydenham Stars batted first against Halswell at Sydenham with Dakoda Potter and Maddie Iro setting the game up well with their second 50 run opening partnership in succession. Darcy Rose Prasad and Amelia Tainui batted very well and took the score through to 152 for 2 after 30 overs. This total quickly became unreachable for Halswell as the Sydenham bowlers bowled very well to their fields, and coupled with a massive fielding effort, restricted Halswell to 108 for 5 off their 30 overs. One of big differences was Sydenham only conceding 9 extras compared to Halswell's 39.
Olivia Crowe bowled a very good line outside off and Jaime Cartwright tempted the batters into playing some aerial shots; unfortunately without reward. Kate Cameron was miserly as usual having only 11 scored off her tight and straight 5 overs. The only wicket takers were Dakoda Potter (5-2-18) and Amelia Tainui (5-3-13). The result has the girls at the top of their table with 4 wins out of 5
Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/788490/1st_innings
First XI – Won
“We are 31-6” is not the sort of text the scribe wants to get enroute to that match where the First XI where being hosted on a pristine St Andrews 2 against the St Andrews 3rd XI. Fortunately, by the time said writer had arrived, the score had progressed through to 61-6, and Isaiah Prasad, who has already scored two half centuries this term, was at the crease and looking good. With solid support from Sam Coughlin (15) and Tama Hamilton (25) Isaiah was last out for 79 and the team had amassed 179 all out.
The visitors spooked the home team telling them that they were much better bowlers than batters. STAC, believing this, came out swinging with the first ball dispatched for 4. Not to be out done, skipper Daniel Watt get his usual prodigious in-swing on target ant took out middle stump with the second ball of the STAC innings. Daniel then hit the stumps a further 3 times and just missed out on a “5 for” in his first 6 over spell with a tough chance being put down at mid-off. Archie Goodrick 6-0-30-2, supported Daniel to have STAC 56-6 after 19 overs. Thomas Owens 6-1-17-2 helped remove the middle-late order. Oliver Smith 4-0-11-1 took a late wicket and Daniel hit the stumps of the STAC no.11 for his second “five for” in two weeks to end the match. Daniel Watt 7.1-0-35-5.
Year 10 COLTS – Won
After the completion of the first round of games the Colts were away to St Bedes but due to a ground change ended up as more of a home game on Centennial Park 2. Toby Hull made it 6 from 6 with the toss this season and elected to field.
A tight opening spell from Sam Prasad and Jamie Ehau led to a run out in the 8th over and the first change pair of Toby Hull and Ben Breitmeyer kept the pressure on removing the other Bedes opener in the 10th over.
Charlie Hickey bamboozled the batsmen with his leg spin picking up a wicket in the 17th with the score on 72/3 before Jamie Ehau’s second spell changed the innings in an over with a double wicket maiden and ending with very tidy figures of 2/20 off 7 overs. Toby Hull led the way this week with the ball returning to clean up the middle and lower order with figures of 4/30 off 9 and the Bedes boys all out for 164.
On the return with 50 overs to get a very achievable total it was time to go to work for the openers Dallas Crowe held up one end with class while Rhys Thyne (55) at nearly a run a ball proceeded to put everything to the boundary before being caught in the 16th over with a very solid start and the score on 88/1. With Dallas (20) still in after 90 mins Ben Breitmeyer carried on where Rhys had left off getting a quick start and the score through to 115/2 before the return of the Bedes quicks would remove Dallas.
Rhys Thyne hits bit to leg
Supported by his middle order Ben Breitmeyer (52*) ended up hitting the winning runs in a well structured run chase and at the same time brought up his half century and buried any memory of the hiding that the top of the table St Bedes handed out to our colts at the start of the season
Everything still to play for with 4 games left in the season .......
T20 – Won
The T20 team meet a CBHS Hostel team at home at Cashmere High. The home team lost the toss and was put into bat first. Oscar Owen opened well with 27 runs and a couple of players got to 15 runs before Patrick Cameron and Jermone Crichton got a 40 run partnership with Patrick getting 24 runs and Jermone getting 32 runs not out. Sydenham got to a total of 149 after 20 overs.
CBHS went into bat, Patrick got 2-9, Alex Braun got 3-1 and Charlie Johnson got 1-1. Sydenham Youth got CBHS all out for 95 and won by 55 runs.
Year 9-10 – Lost
The afternoon match at Cashmere High saw the combined Year 9/10 team take on a very tough North West Year 10 team.
Into bat first, Sydenham amassed 102 off 32 overs with Joel Wilson top scoring with 28 in the middle order. North West chased this total down after 16 overs for the loss of two wickets which were picked up by Max Bassett 1/16 and Thomas Newman 1/8.
Year 9A – Lost
No report was submitted, however we understand the 9As had an outright loss against CBHS 9A on the Polo Grounds.
Year 9b – Lost
Sydenham won the toss and chose to bat. They didn't get off to a great start losing a player to injury in the warm ups taking them with just 9 batsmen.
They scored at a solid pace but lost wickets at crucial times to be all out for 177 in just 26 overs. Top scores were Sam Stalker with 40, Louis Honey 27 and Jacob Bennet with 23. In reply Sydenham took early wickets, but with only 9 fielders it did make it tough. They battled hard but couldn't take the final wicket required with North West making the total for a 1 wicket win. Sydenham had some good bowling performances with Sam Stalker taking 2 for 14 off 5 overs, Billy Duncan 2 for 17 off 4 and Ben Cranfield taking 1 for 11 of 5.Hits: 769