A Matter for Declaration

A strong showing from the top two mens sides on the first day of their latest 2-day round with the Prems match well balanced, and the 2nds in a strong position. However, there was a loss for the Prem women, and the 3rds are left with a lot of hard work in their match next week. In the afternoon grades and youth there was a mixed bag of results.

Premier Men

The Prems took on a strong St Albans side on the nursery ground at Hagley in a match where Saints are leading the 2-day competition, and Sydenham realistically resigned to looking for results for a respectable finishing position. Weather conditions were pretty average at the scheduled start and so lunch was taken early and play then started early afternoon with the intention to play through to 7pm. Saints won the toss, and perhaps reading too much into the inclement weather at the start of the day, invited Sydenham to bat first on what is arguably the best batting conditions in town - as such they handed Sydenham the opportunity to dictate the match if they could get a start with the bat.

There may have been some initial encouragement for Saints when new opener Jackson Hemingway was dismissed with the score at 22, but little for a while from there as Sydenham set about establishing a strong position. Toby Mowat was the initial instigator of that with an assured 45 off 84 balls, and together with an equally secure Ryan Wallace, put on another 67 to take the score through to 89-2 before Toby fell. With Ryan dominating, he and Adi Edekar then got the score through to 125 for the 3rd wicket, and it was a surprise to see Adi, who looked to be setting himself up for a big score, feathered one through to the keeper with his score at 10.

Ryan Wallace
Ryan Wallace continues his run of hot form with another innings of 77

Skipper Tim Johnson then hit a near run a ball 25 to get the score through to 177-4 but when both he and Ryan (77 of 141 balls) were dismissed there was a small mid-innings set back that suddenly had the side at 199-9 and in danger of undoing the earlier good work. However, Zack Scott-Howman (37*) was playing his best innings in his short career with Sydenham to date, and together with no. 11 Mitch Gardner (28) who seems to get better with the bat each year, put on 57 for the last wicket to take the score through to 256 off 84 overs.

TJ and Zack
On the pull - TJ (top) & Zack Scott-Howman

St Albans started their innings well with an opening partnership of 72 scored at a good clip, and at stumps they were 106-3 with wickets going one apiece to Mitch Gardner, Tom Agnew and TJ.

A feature of the Sydenham’s innings was their decision not to declare at the 60th over and as such set up the likely need for some considered declarations by both teams next week. The usual batting conditions on the nursery ground tend to favour a run chase, but equally it’s not a hard wicket to bat out a match on either – both captains will have some calculated decisions

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/822970/1st_innings

Premier Women

The Prem woman came up just short in their match against OBC on Elmwood Park. A late start due to the weather and inadequate covers saw Sydenham win the toss and ask OBC to bat. The first wicket fell at 14 but the OBC batsmen managed to keep the score ticking along at just over 5’s (ably assisted by 30 extras from the Sydenham bowlers) to eventually close at 135-8 off their 25 overs. The wickets were shared around between the bowlers with Amelia Tainui (3-24), Gina Aldersley (2-20) and Boadicea Lynch (2-29) featuring.

The Sydenham reply was dominated by Casey Liddington’s 57 off 70 balls. However, some poor running that saw three batsmen run out, plus a lack at times of turning the strike over, saw the run rate build and eventually Sydenham falling short by 29 runs when the innings closed at 109-7.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/823292/1st_innings

Division 1

The toss may have played a part in the dominate position Sydenham find themselves in with their match against Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 1 - but with the form that Carl Hooper is showing with the ball at the moment, who knows. Sydenham won the toss, asked MP to bat, and then unleashed Carl with a new ball spell of 11 consecutive overs in which he took 6-32 to go with the 10 wicket bag he took in the previous match. Preetham Pagadala provide great support with 3-26, and with the other bowlers giving nothing away, Merivale were bowled out for 92 in the 42nd over.

However, the satisfaction of that bowling performance was quickly dented when Sydenham’s initial batting fared no better and the side slipped to 4-45 as four of the top five batsmen failed to get started.

Nikunj Patel
Nikunj Patel impressive Sydenham debut

But the one who did though really impressed. Nikunj Patel, playing in his debut match for Sydenham after moving Wellington down to Canterbury this week to attend university, scored an excellent 75 off 98 balls to steady the ship and eventually put Sydenham into that dominating position. When Nikunj was eventually out in the 29th over he had scored 75 of the 5-96 score at that point. Sydenham had passed the MP score but needed to establish a decent lead with someone else doing the work – that came from Sahan Perera who batted through to the end with 47* off 109 balls, and Charlie Finnie (36), Carl Hooper (20) and Josh Charlton who all got the side through to 217-7 and a 125 lead at stumps

Full scoreboard & video highlights https://www.crichq.com/matches/822862/1st_innings

Division 2

The 3rds are in a battle in their match against Heathcote on Heathcote Domain after Heathcote won the toss and asked Sydenham to bat. The Hooper father and son opening combination (Rod with 19 and Jaeden with 14) got their side off to a reasonable start with the first wicket not falling until the score reached 32, but from there it was a procession out to the wicket and back. Only Andrew Reynolds with 31 off 53 balls showed any stickability as the rest of the order capitulated and Sydenham were bowled out for 96 in the 39th over.

The Heathcote reply started poorly at 11-2, but two 40’s in the middle order soon saw a recovery as Heathcote got through to 166 all out. Best of the bowlers were Archie Goodrick with 4-46 and Jaeden Hooper 4-40. In their 2nd innings before the close, the Sydenham night watchmen in Archie Goodrick and William Frost both did a good job in negotiating the final 9 overs to close the day at 10 without loss and needing some good partnerships next week to get back into the match.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/822937/1st_innings

Division 3 Goats - LOST

The Goats lost to Richmond on Richmond Park with Richmond scoring 212-5 and then bowling Sydenham out for 110

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Division 7 All Stars - LOST

The 3rd placed All Stars faltered when they lost to the competition leaders The Wanderers at Centennial Park. They had their chances through when some good bowling from Dan Linden (3-150, Abe Atherton (2-21), Gourav Saini (2-24) and Andre McLeod (2-18) who rolled their opposition for a mere 109. However, disaster struck when Sydenham came to bat with the top order collapsing to 9-4, then 32-7, before being bowled out for 54.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/823594/1st_innings

Division 8 Tamils - WON

Joint leaders Sydenham had a comfortable win over last placed Richmond at Spreydon Domain. Richmond won the toss and batted first but lost wickets early to be 28-5 at one point before crawling through to 113-8 in their 40 overs. In reply a 31 from opener Balkaran Singh set the Tamils on the right path, and with a 37 from David Jayapaul, the side got through to their target in the 32nd over for the loss of 5 wickets.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/824021/1st_innings

Cavaliers Cardinals – WON

The Cardinals had a narrow victory 53-8 versus 54-7

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Presidents Cardinals - LOST

The Pressies took on Easts Gold on the always questionable Bradford Park where, to paraphrase Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, you’re never quite sure what you’re going to get. In this instance nothing good it seems as Easts won the toss and batted only to find run scoring a very difficult task. Whilst the accuracy of Julien van Dyke [8-4-29] was a part of that, backed by Dave Fleming [8-2-22] and Phil Walker [8-2-27], the Bradford wicket was a large part. Easts struggled through and only a determined 57 from Craig Gibbs got Easts to what would normally be considered a modest 136-8

However, Sydenham fared little better. Anthony Wild continued his good form with a 48, and Matt Loose contributed with a 26 that got the score through to a threatening 83-3 at one point, but the middle order and tail failed to contribute as Gibb proved a handful with the ball and the side struggled through to be 16 runs short at 120-8 at the end of the 40 overs.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/823911/1st_innings

Hospital - LOST

Hospital got an early finish to their day when they succumbed easily to competition leaders BWU on Sydenham 3. Winning the toss and batting first, only Bruce Day with 30 (batted right through to be last out), and Rex Venning with 13 batting at no. 8, managed a score as Hospital were bowled out for 62 inside 33 overs. Burnside were untroubled in reply knocking off the runs in 12 overs for the loss of only two wickets

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/823590/1st_innings

Women Youth Stars – LOST

Bad luck seems to follow the Stars when we play against North West. With 2 regular players out with other commitments and the Prems unable to lend us anyone we started off on the back foot. On the day, another player calls in sick and we were down to 7. Having said that: the game started very well. The bowling team of Rosie Pentecost, Sophie George, Jaimee Cartwright and Kate Cameron got us off to the best start possible. North West (having scored 192 off 30 the week before against the top OBC team) were reeling at 27 for 3 off 15. When Rosie took the 4th wicket in the 17th over they were 33 for 4 and the game looked easy. Maybe too easy.....

The North West batters then came out of their shell and started putting pressure on the fielders and unfortunately we failed to respond. North West ended on 119 after 30 overs. We then only managed 35 runs to end the game quickly. The pick of the bowlers were: - Jaimee Cartwright took 3 wickets for 10 runs off 5 overs including a wicket Maiden. - Sophie George took 2 wickets for 19 runs off 5 overs after giving away 3 runs in her first 3 overs. - Rosie Pentecost's first 3 overs only cost 4 runs, ending on none for 11 off 5. Hopefully we can break the bad luck run next time we meet North West who are turning out to be our Bogey Team.

Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/822433/1st_innings

First XI – Day 1 of 2

When you are looking for rain in the long range forecast at lunch on the first day it’s not usually for good reasons and that was the case when the First XI were hosted on Christs College 1 in Hagley Park. After a delayed start due to rain, the home team won the toss and had no hesitate to ask the visitors to have a bat. When they were 31/4 their decision was well justified and by the time the teams came off to a very well hosted luncheon the first innings was over with only 59 on the board. Liam Jenner 18 and Gofran Shasawar 20 were the only contributors.

Liam Jenner
Liam Jenner hits behind square during his innings of 18

After lunch, the First XI bowled well, went past the outside edge numerous times but sadly couldn’t take a wicket until the score had progressed to 81. College progressed nicely to 150ish before they put the foot down with a first innings lead well underway and wickets in the tank. They eventually declared at 245 off 58 overs leaving the visitors needing to face 4 nervous overs. Fortunately they were able to face these with the loss of no wickets and 4 runs on the board.

There’s no rain in the forecast for next Saturday, so a long day at the crease will be needed to have any kind of favourable outcome for Sydenham.

Year 10 Colts – WIN

Sydenham V CBHS at Cashmere High School. CBHS all out 82 in 31 overs. Sydenham 83/3 in 34 overs.

CBHS won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that looked like it may offer some assistance to the seam bowlers . The Sydenham bowling unit produced it’s best all round performance of the year bowling a very consistent line and length which put all the opposition batsman under a lot of pressure. Wickets fell at regular intervals with CBHS bowled out for 82 in 31 overs. The opening bowlers again did a great job with Ben Cranfield taking 1 for 11 off 5 overs and Sam Crossland taking 2 for 8 from 5 overs, these two set the standard for the other Sydenham bowlers to follow. Jacob Sharp bowled a great spell off leg spin to finish with 2 for 10 off 6 overs. Julian Hooker and Louis Honey also bowled very tightly doing the tough stuff up into the strong north easterly, Julian finished with 1 for 8 from 4 overs and Louis 2 for 15 from 4 overs.

The chase for this small total got off to a bad start loosing an early wicket before a good solid 42 run stand for the second wicket between Jacob Bennet and Henry Cuthbertson got the chase back on track. There were a few nervous moments when both Jacob and Henry were dismissed with the score on 44. Captain Alex Boot and Jonty Bowman both played good solid knocks to get Sydenham home for a comprehensive upset win over the competition leaders.

T20 - WIN

The T20 team got a chance to play on Sydenham Park against the CBHS Hostel team. Sadly the opposition was up to it and the following happened …….

Into bat, CBHS were skittled for 20 which set a run rate of 1.00 per over. The home team had no intention of taking this long to score the 21 needed to win the match and quickly knocked them off to take the win. The then played a T10 for kicks.

Year 10 – BYE

The Year 10’s had a BYE in their grade this week.

Year 9A – Loss

The 9As were hosted on the Christs College ground on Saturday. For many of the 9As it was the first time they has had the opportunity to play on a grass wicket which often requires some adaption after playing on artificial wickets.

College batted first and with the score at 30/2 the game was evenly poised in damp conditions. College pushed the their score through to 78/3 before Sydenham started to take regular wickets with Rohitash Rai being the pick of the bowlers with 7-1-52-4. At 117/7 the visitors were hoping to take out the tail cheaply and then chase the win. College had other ideas, and with some lusty hitting eventually took their total up to 255 all out with an over to go. Keeper Harry Davis effected a run out early on, took 2 catches late in the innings and effected a smart stumping.

The Sydenham innings never got start sadly, with the adaption to playing on grass taking some getting used to and the team eventually being dismissed for 77 after 22 overs.

Year 9B – Loss

The 9Bs faced CBHS Green at Warren 2. Batting first, CBHS collected 284/7 off of their allotted 35 overs. William Johansen picked up 2 wickets with Niah Cunningham, Henry Jones and Angus McKenzie picking up 1 each. Pattrick Clark was the most economical of the bowlers.

After the loss of an early wicket, Jacob Hickman and Jonte Hansen took the score through to 52/2 before Jacob was out for 14. Jonte scored 22 and William Johnasen scored 25 in the middle order before a flurry of wickets saw the 9B’s 136-9. A handy 19 from Noach Cunningham took the score through to 165 in the 29th over before Noah was last out.

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