There was no sugar coating a very disappointing weekend for the Prem men as they were out-played in the 1-day semi-final on Sunday, and were on the back foot on the Saturday on the first day of their 2-day round.
The Prem Woman went close but just lost their match in the final over, whereas Division 1 had another invaluable win in their 1–dayer, and Division 2 are well placed on the first day of their first 2-day match thanks to an outstanding debut for Sydenham by Jono Bennett.
There was a sense of déjà vu and anti-climax when the Prem men for the second time in successive years lost badly in a semi-final to Lancaster Park on Garrick (last year’s being the T20 semi-final). Sunday’s 1-day semi-final had started well when Sydenham won the toss, and probably correctly asked Park to bat, but realistically that was as close to being in the match that Sydenham were from that point on.
Park started solidly, lost their first wicket at 31, and then produced a series of innings and partnerships that always had them on target for a useful score. At 197-3 with 12 overs to go, Park were well set to press on to a score towards 290-300 but the Sydenham bowlers and fielders did well to peg them back to their eventual score of 265, perhaps the only period in the match where we held the upper hand for a short period. Mitch Gardner (2-52) and Ryan Wallace (2-41) were probably the best of the wicket takers, and Tom Agnew economic in his five overs, but the bowlers were never rally able to get the required break through at the critical moments to disrupt the Park momentum.
McDowall about to be caught by Carl Hooper off Tom Agnew
The 265 was always going to be a challenge, but in good batting conditions as the cloud lifted into a hot afternoon, a good start certainly would have had it within reach. Unfortunately in the season to date, we have tended to get a few really good starts or more lately, poor ones, and in this match it was unfortunately the latter as the first 5 overs saw the demise of Edekar, Wallace and Mowat, all nicked out to good catches.
The unlucky one was Matt Bell who came in and looked well set until he smashed a delivery just behind point and was brilliantly caught there inside the circle.
Matt Bell about to be caught at point
TJ came in and looked to use some controlled aggression to try to right the ship, but this Harry wasn’t able to get underway and indeed the last six batsmen failed to reach double figures and the side tumbled to be all out for 83.
TJ Johnson hits over the top
Whilst the effort was disappointing there was some small consolation in that, although we’d won the 2-day and T20 competition in the past 5 years, we had never reached even the semi-final of the 1-day competition in that time so at least we’d gone that one step further this season.
It was a very professional performance from an impressive Lancaster Park side who now take on OBC at home after the under-dogs OBC well beat favourites St Albans at Hagley in a high scoring match.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796685/1st_innings
Earlier on Saturday the Prems were up against BWU at home on the first day of the start of the 2-day competition. Burnside won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket that appeared to become progressively more up and down as the match worn on over the day.
BWU started well and didn’t lose their first wicket until the total had reached 42 in the 12th over, and then the second at 107. Gardner and Agnew bowled economically but BWU were batting well within themselves, and at 132-3 in the 36th over, were well placed to push on to a 250 plus total. However, Tim Johnston effectively put paid to that with his 4-62 which saw Burnside lose their next seven wickets for just 64 runs as they were bowled out for a more comfortable 196.
TJ appeals unsuccessfully during his 4-62 against BWU
That comfort was short-lived when for the second week the Sydenham reply got off to a horror start with Edekar, Wallace, Mowat and McDonald all gone inside the first 10 overs with the score looking sick at 14-4. The middle order looked to make a recovery, initially batting sensibly only to fall to shots that one or two would rather that they’d not attempted considering the circumstances of the match.
Zack Scott-Howman takes a boundary through square.
TJ looked good in a strong knock of 20 off 10 balls, but Tom Agnew’s 17 off 59 balls was probably the pick of the batting efforts, who along with Mitch Gardner and Carl Hooper managed to get the side through past the follow on that had looked an issue at one point.
The innings finally closed at 126 at day’s end leaving BWU a useful 70 run first innings lead but with plenty left for both sides to play for next week.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/795509/1st_innings
The Prem Women took on OBC in a match on Sydenham 2 that they were always in, but eventually narrowly lost in the final over. Winning the toss and batting first, Sydenham had Isla McKenzie (32) and Casey Liddington (16) to thank for the great start of 75/1, something that was ably assisted by the 59 extras that OBC offered up over the innings. Isla’s dismissal was closely followed by Eden Pettigrew who was run out for 3, but that then saw a 49 run partnership between Casey and Jenna Waghorn (24) that got the side through to 137-3. However from there 7 wickets fell for only another 17 runs as the side was eventually bowled out for 154 in the 40th over.
Jenna Waghorn was the best of the Sydenham bowers whilst Isla McKenzie (left) and Casey Liddington pull through the legside during their partnership of 75.
Sydenham got the early break through at the start of OBC’s reply and had them 12-2 at one point as Jenna Waghorn knocked the top off the innings. Jenna with 4-34 and Gina Aldersley (3-33) combined to have OBC perilously placed at 109-7 with 12 overs to go, but the opposition managed to carefully work their way through to the total and the win without the loss of a further wicket with a few balls to spare.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/795531/1st_innings
The Div 1 competition hotted up further this week as Sydenham beat Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 3, whilst the previous leader East Shirley lost conceding a small lead to Sydenham in the competition. Sydenham lost the toss and was asked to bat first and MP got immediate success with the loss of Kelvin Scott’s wicket. However Matt Day (65) then played his best innings of the season to date as he lead the initial part of the innings.
Matt Day (top and left) and Charlie Finnie right topped score for Div1
When Matt left at 130-4, other middle order innings from Charlie Finnie (35), James Barnes (33), Pankaj Bhaget (21) & Flynn O’Donnell (20) all contributed to a healthy total of 238 all out in the 50th over.
MP then lost both openers for ducks and struggled through their innings. Connor Williams (10-3-26) was again the best of the Sydenham bowlers, but he was ably backed by Kelvin Scott (10-2-22), Sarah Perera (9-2-26) and Matt Day (2-11) as they bowled the opposition out for 117 and the win.
The art of staying down - Kelvin Scott about to snare Connor Williams 3rd wicket at 1st slip
This grade in particular now enters the interesting stage of the season in the next fortnight where, with many students returning to their home towns for the holiday break, playing resources are tested and results become less predictable – for Sydenham it is our opportunity to give some of our very promising youth players a run, and opportunity for them to test themselves at the next level.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/795551/1st_innings
The Div 2 boys took on Marist at Redwood Park with a much depleted side and naturally some concerns about how they would go. However newcomer Jono Bennett, in his debut for Sydenham, more than filled that void. Marist won the toss and asked Sydenham to bat but a quick fire 85 from 75 balls (including 7 sixes) from Jono, and a 23 from opener Rod Hooper back from injury, saw Sydenham through to 183 all out.
The Marist reply was equally frustrated by Jono who then took the ball and produced figures of 4-27 from his 12 overs, and again together with Rod (3-43), bowled Marist out for 138 providing a 1st innings lead of 45 going into the second day.
Division 3 Goats - Lost
Details sketchy but we understand Sydenham lost heavily to Marist at Tullett Park after being bowled out for 100 chasing down Marist’s total of 221.
Full scoreboard Not available
Division 7 All Stars - Lost
The All Stars fell short when they played Prebbleton on Prebbleton Domain. Sydenham choose to bowl first and watched as Prebbleton got through to 195-7 in their 40 overs with Abe Atherton (8-3-18), Dan Linden (8-2-35) & Chris Reeve (8-2-41) the best of the bowlers.
Dan then starred with the bat with a 60, which was backed up by a 30 from Abe and a 20 from Paul Jensen, but it wasn’t enough to get up on the day as the All Stars folded 44 runs short at 151
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796419/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils - Lost
The Tamils took on Riccarton at Centennial Park and elected to bat first.Their innings was a series of low double digit scores where no one really went on to make a sizable score and a more testing target. Best of the batting came from John Emmanuel (32) and Vignesh Devel (23) as Sydenham finished at 163-9.
Riccarton got off to a good start and with a couple of their top four getting into the 40’s as they tracked down Sydenham’s total inside 38 over for the loss of 5 wickets. B Anand with 2-12 was the best of the bowlers.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796466/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals - Lost
The Cardinals were up against Halswell on Halswell Domain. They won the toss, elected to bat, and then proceeded to score 109-6 off their 20 overs thanks to Geordie Dann (36), Ben Larter (21) and James Stokes (21). Halswell chased the total down in 19 overs for the loss of three wickets, with a wicket each to Nick Smithson and Ben Larter.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796288/1st_innings
The Pressies had an excellent win against the always competitive Merivale Papanui side on the unpredictable Bradford Park. Batting first Sydenham managed to scrap together 127-6 thanks to Phil Walker (33) and Mario Williams (29). However, there is never such a thing as a too modest score on Bradford as Sydenham then proceeded to bowled MP out for 74 in 30 overs. Chief wicket takers were the venerable Julien van Dyke (8-3-21) and often under-utilised Anthony Wild with his 3-5 off 2 overs.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796588/1st_innings
East Shirley Gold on Burwood Park is always a tough assignment for any side, and so it proved to be for Hospital this week. Sydenham won the toss and batted and got through to a useful score of 175-8 thanks to two 60’s from Bryan Bunz (63) and Minsesh Fakir (68).
However, to beat Gold you’ve got to get Craig Gibb early and unfortunately Hospital weren’t able to do with Gibby scoring 85 and enabling Easts to ride easily through to the total at 177-2
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/796959/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars
Unfortunately a team of five does not constitute an official team and the Sydenham Stars had to default their game to North West. However; the valiant five turned up and put in a great effort in a friendly game, that with Cric HQ stats on the line; was still very competitive. Darcy Rose Prasad opened the innings with Dakoda Potter and remained unbeaten, top scoring with 48 off 73, on a very slow and low pitch with a tremendous amount of variation. Dakoda continued her run of strong opening partnerships, going out with the score on 28. Jaimee Cartwright combined with Darcy Rose to put on a 4th wicket partnership of 43, and Emma Begg scored a quick-fire 8 off 9.
Defending 92 in 30 overs was always going to be hard and North West overhauled the target in 25.4 overs. Kate Cameron bowled a valiant 6 overs to end up with none for 14 and one Maiden. Emma Begg had 8 scored off her 5 overs with 1 wicket and 2 Maidens, Dakoda Potter went wicketless off 6 overs for 21 runs and Darcy Rose Prasad finished with 2 wickets for 28 off 5. In the field; Emma Begg earned a Kit Kat from the other team who were handing out chocolate for dives, a great effort. Jaimee Cartwright finished on none for 14 off 4.4 and put in a great effort as wicket keeper for 15 overs, having already batted most of the first innings. Jaimee's week long hat-trick very nearly had a happy ending, with the hat-trick ball hitting the wickets; but judged to have bounced twice before the popping crease and ruled a no ball instead. Well done team, you can be very proud of your efforts in a game that was already lost from the start.
FIRST XI – Won
The First XI travelled to the picturesque Darfield Domain for a top of the tap clash against the Darfield High First XI. The First XI were looking to win the match to ensure they completed the round robin undefeated and more importantly, to secure hosting rights for the final next weekend.
Losing the toss, the boys were asked to have a bat on a deck that looked ok and the boundaries massive. The openers saw off the first few overs of the day, but in the 5th the alarming trend of balls popping or stopping started and Archie Goodrick was back in the shed. Fortunately a season best of 42 for Liam Jenner and supporting roll of 31 by skipper Daniel Watt saw the next wicket fall once the score had risen to 91 after 30 overs. A target of 180 was determined to be competitive, but with Darfield’s spinner only going for 15 off of his 10, a target of 149 was set in the final over of the innings. It was a slow bowlers wicket if ever there was one.
One of Darfield’s openers was second on the grade leader board for runs scored during Term 4 so it was a welcome sight to see him wandering off with only 2 runs next to his name, 3-1. The bowlers must have left their radars at home as all conceded too many wides, 35 in total for the innings, and allowed the Darfield score to continually creep up, and up and up. With the pitch offering nothing to the pace bowlers, spinner Liam Jenner was brought into the attack and took the second, third and forth wickets of the innings to turn the game the visitors way 91-4, Archie Goodrick quickly made it 93-5 and Daniel Watt then brought himself back on and started hitting the stumps, while Liam took another wicket, 106-6, 114-7, 119-8, 119-9 and 31 were needed for the win.
Liam Jenner appeals
Fortunately, Darfield only added 5 more and were all out for 124. Daniel Watt 9.4-2-17-4 and Liam Jenner 10-2-27-4 doing most of the damage. Mission complete.
Year 10 Colts - Won
The Colt hosted the CBHS Development team at Cashmere High. Now that the Colts are out of contention for the one day title and the season draws closer to the end the focus turns to the beginning of many end of the road moments over the coming weeks. The first of which being the last time this Colts team were drawn to play at Cashmere High, the second being Jamie Ehau’s last for the club before he makes a move to Shirley Boys High school’s cricket set up.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first the openers looked untroubled for the first hour of play seeing off the opening attack from Boys High before Rhys Thyne (24) hauled out to a full toss just before drinks and he score on 55/1.
At the 32 over mark and drinks fast approaching Dallas Crowe looked like he could have batted through the innings but pushed at one just outside off stump and edged one to slip falling for 48 and the score on 133/4. Zack Howe held things together for the last 20 overs though making it through to 46* and helping the team through to 226/7 after the full 50 overs.
Jamie Ehau 1* and Zack Howe 46* at the end of the Colts innings
Boys High we’re always going to be up against it but given the Colts recent run of donating extras to the opposition there was always a chance that they could sneak a win. Jamie Ehau’s presence put an end to that thought from the very first ball nicking out the opener to a waiting Issac Milne at first slip
Jamie would end up with figures of 3/17 off his 7 overs bowled and proved once again how much of an asset he is to any team he plays in.
Zack Howe, Ben Breitmeyer and Archie MacDonald all chimed in with a wicket a piece before Issac Milnes return to the bowling ranks would wrap up the tail off a very tidy spell of 3/5 off his 5 overs and end the Boys High innings - all out for 76 in the 25th over
A huge thanks to the Ehau family for there amazing venison bbq farewell and continued efforts to keep Jamie at the club - we’ll be in touch with registration forms for the senior club in a couple of seasons!
T20 – Won
The T20 boy took on St Bedes at Centennial Park and put them into bat. Good bowling and fielding from the boys saw them skittle St Bedes for 61. Our boys went into bat and scored the winning runs for the loss of just one wicket.
Jermone Crichton bowls, Oscar Owen appeals and that’s out!
Sadly, with the T20, and youth calendars in general, being dictated by the availability of opposition players, the T20 season has now ended.
Year 9/10s – Lost
The Sydenham Y9-10 team came up against Christ’s College this weekend, in a similar position on the points table. Winning the toss the boys sent Christ’s in to set a target. Great bowling before the drinks break saw the opposition at 75-6. Some stray bowling saw them out to 130-7 before some great catching finish them off for 140. Standout bowler was Brennan Townsend with 5-19 off 6.4 overs with our first 5 wicket bag of the season. Asten Hickford solid in the outfield with 3 catches.
A solid start at our turn to bat with Fynn Wadsworth reaching 18 alongside Asten Hickford hitting 21, Sydenham were at 57-2. Unfortunately a batting collapse just prior and after the 20 over drinks break saw the boys bowled out for 77. Again some real positive individual moments in the game to take away for next week.
Scoreboard Not available
9A – Lost
At the end of Day 1 Sydenham were 70 runs behind St Andrews at St Andrews. What has been the story of the season so far is that they had a solid start then a collapse in the middle with some good tail resistance. This time Julian Hooker stood up with a fine 41. On Day 2 STAC declared straight away and sent Sydenham into bat. Luke Slee for STAC tore Sydenham apart with 6 wickets and with no tail order resistance forthcoming Sydenham could only muster 38 to suffer a innings loss.
9B - Lost
Sydenham 9B hosted V CBHS Gold at Catholic Cathedral College – and had a shocker! CBHS won the toss and put Sydenham into bat. Loosing wickets at regular intervals left Sydenham bowled out for a paltry 88 in just 25 overs with no batsman getting established and being prepared to bat time.
In reply CBHS made the total with 4 wickets down in the 26th over . The Sydenham bowlers bowled very tightly but unfortunately 88 was never going to be a defendable total. Ben Cranfield was the pick of the bowlers taking 2 for 5 off 5 overs and was supported by Billy Duncan who took 1 for 10 off 5. The boys will play straight next week.