The Prem men’s match petered out into a draw after their opponents St Albans gambled on trying to get 1st innings points, but Division 1 did the job to keep themselves in the hunt for promotion.
The Prem Women lost their match, and although Division 2’s was eventually rained out, there was still time for Jaeden Hooper to put in Club man of the match performance with four wickets and a century.
The youth teams generally had a difficult day, but down the grades it was a day for the Presidents Cardinals with a big victory against the competition leader which came with the achievement of a number of personal milestones. Some of the matches were abandoned when the late afternoon rain hit Christchurch.
Perceptions about impending weather probably took a lot of the afternoon interest out of the Prems match against St Albans on the Hagley Nursey Ground. Saints started the day 153 runs behind Sydenham’s 1st innings score, but just three wicket down – they had a choice, try to chase down a 1st innings win, or declare behind and try to bowl Sydenham out, or failing that, trust Sydenham to set a late afternoon target to chase. Problem was, the predicted afternoon rain made the latter choice a difficult decision, and accordingly Saints settled upon looking for the 1st innings points.
And that was the part of the match that held the some interest as Saints initially struggled to get momentum, and at 133-5 looked out of it, but then the ultra consistent Tyler Lorton struck a fine 56 off 76 balls, and with support from the tail got Saints into a position to challenge. It came down to the final over, the 60th, with Saints eight down and needing seven runs off the Mitch Gardner cover to take 1st innings points. But Mitch dismissed Lorton in that over and held Saints to 255-9 giving Sydenham the points by one run.
Notable in the innings was some controversy over a diving catch by Scottie Grose that initially seemed to have dismissed Lorton – it was given out, ironically by the same umpire who had rightly given Lorton out in their earlier T20 loss to Sydenham a month earlier that had caused some controversy then. However, on this occasion the bowler TJ was less confident that it had been taken cleanly and after some debate recalled Lorton to the wicket.
Sydenham then just had to bat out the 2nd innings as only a Sydenham batting failure could now see a result. And they looked to be doing that well at 85-2, with Jackson Hemingway (29 from 64 balls) and Toby Mowat (14 from 22 balls) getting a start. Ryan Wallace was again in control at the other end with his 70 from 117 balls, but when Adi Edekar fell at that score it triggered collapse that saw 85-2 turn into 116-8 inside the next 12 overs. Ryan kept the score ticking over, and Mitch Gardner faced 38 balls at No. 10 in support, until Ryan was finally dismissed with the score at 149. But then that would have been a big challenge to Saints in the time remaining, but it didn’t matter, the rains came and the match was called off.
No cricket next week with the Black Caps test on in Christchurch, and play resumes the following Saturday with Sydenham away at Elmwood Park against OBC in the penultimate round of the season.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/822981/1st_innings
The women had a last ball loss in their 16 over match against St Albans at St Albans Park. Sydenham batting first and had their in-form Casey Liddington (49 off 44 balls) to thank for much of their innings of 100-4, which was supported by Jenna Waghorn (17), and Boadicea Lynch (15). Saints started well in reply with ex-Sydenham player Alana Topping getting a run a ball 42* that set up their run chase, but it came down to around seven runs required off the last over which St Albans got with a ball to spare. Amelia Tainui [3-2-22], Boadicea Lynch [3-1-10] and Isla McKenzie [4-1-29] were the best of the bowlers.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/826298/1st_innings
Sydenham were in a strong position with a 125 run lead at the start of the second day of their match against Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 1. However, there was some nervousness around the match due to both the forecasted early afternoon rain, and generally around the importance of the remaining three 2-day matches with promotion hanging on the back of them.
Kelvin declared overnight and then attacked fiercely trying to get the early break-through with key strike bowler Carl Hooper having to leave at mid-day. Unfortunately rewards didn’t come early with young MP opener Alex Brogan showing a lot of patience and skill to hold off the Sydenham bowlers for nearly 200 balls on the day. The first wicket came at 34 when Charlie bowled the other opener , and then two more at 53 in the 22nd over when Dave Simpson came onto bowl.
Attack was the order of the day
However, the MP batsmen kept digging in, not scoring a lot of runs, but making the Sydenham bowlers work for every wicket. Eventually they got Brogan in the 62nd over and the rest of the batting fell away over the next 10 overs with MP bowled out for 158 leaving Sydenham with 35 runs required for the win. Dave Simpson took the bowling honours with a vital 5-27, but there was much to admire also in the impeccable line and length for Josh Charlton who’s 2-13 came off 12 overs. Likewise Carl, Connor and Charlie had given nothing away, and it was left to the skipper to come on and pick up a couple of important late wickets to set up the win.
Sydenham’s 2nd innings was a delicate balance between not wanting to lose a wicket to thus get the greater points for a 10 wicket win, balanced against the forecast rain which was already late coming but was starting to look more imminent. The early loss of James Barnes decided that early, and then Kelvin and Sahan took their time until Kelvin decided he’d had enough and smashed a couple of fours and a six to finish off the chase and take the 9 wicket victory
Kelvin Scott – Lets put this beyond doubt
Full scoreboard & video highlights https://www.crichq.com/matches/822862/1st_innings
Starting the day well on the back foot 70 runs behind on the first innings, the Div 2 boys fought their way back into their match against Heathcote on Heathcote Domain thanks mostly to a great all-round display from Jaeden Hooper. The objective for Sydenham for the day was to simply bat to save the match and the two young openers in William Frost (15 off 81 balls) and Archie Goodrick (22 off 78 balls) started well in that regard using up 25 overs before the first wicket fell at 38-1. Ryan Lightfoot similarly batted good time, but once the next two wickets fell with the score at 95-4 Sydenham were only marginally ahead and at risk in the match.
Jaeden Hooper extinguished any thought of a loss. After taking 4-40 in the Heathcote innings Jaeden then scored a fine 108 runs off 154 balls to slowly creep Sydenham away from trouble.. He was supported down the order by Cameron Spriggs (17 off 55 balls) and Marty Orr (27 off 52 balls) such that they were well placed at 225-5 to survive the match at which point the late afternoon rains arrived.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/822937/1st_innings
Division 3 Goats - LOST
The Goats went down in their match against East Shirley at Centennial Park. Sydenham lost the toss and were asked to bat first and got off to a reasonable start from Tony Danenburg (23) and Satpreet Singh (34). However, the middle order failed to contribute and only a 20 from No. 10 Nadeem Aslam got Sydenham through to 132 all out.
East took just over 21 overs to chase down the target with the loss of seven wickets with two wickets apiece going to Chris Douglas, Daniel Laughton and Heath Sanders.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/827014/1st_innings
Division 7 All Stars - ABANDONED
The All Stars were one team happy to see the farmers get some rain as they were in a struggle with Merivale Papanui at Edgar MacIntosh Park. Batting first MP started well with most of the top five getting starts, and at 138-4 were well positioned. However, they couldn’t accelerate the run rate and were left at 169-6 at the end of the 40 overs. Daniel Kendall was the pick of the bowlers with 4-25. The Sydenham reply faltered from the start with the side struggling through to 35-4 by the 15th over when the rains finally arrive
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/826681/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils - ABANDONED
In contrast the Tamils could have done without the rain. Sydenham won the toss on Spreydon Domain in their match against The Buffaloes, and then through Balkaran Singh (51 runs), Dinesh Raja (28), Mohanasundaram Kumar (27), and small contributions from others, got the score through to a competitive 189-9. The Buffaloes in reply were 75-3 when the rains came.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/826620/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals - WON
The Cardinals took on OBC at Walter Park, batted first and scored 159-4 off their 20 overs thanks to Kieren Willaims (40*), Ben Larter (20) and B Moore (33). OBC then only managed 128-7 in reply mostly thanks to three apparently top class catches by Ben Larter, Colin Pantin and James Stokes.
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Presidents Cardinals - WON
It was a big day when 3rd placed Sydenham took on competition leaders Merivale Papanui on Sydenham 2. MP won the toss and offered Sydenham first use of the wicket, always a dangerous strategy considering the run feats seen on that wicket this season. Sydenham got off to an impressive start from Anthony Wild (38) and Paul Matthews (74) who were followed up by useful scores from Matt Loose (20), Jono Bennett (23) and Phil Walker. With 250 looking a possibility, the innings did run off track a bit toward the end and finally closed at 211-9. The innings was notable in Matt Loose bring up his 5,000th run for Sydenham.
Matt Loose scores his 5,000th run for the Club
The Merivale Papanui reply never threatened as the top five batsmen all failed to make double figures. Ken Julian brought up a personal milestone in this match as well by taking his 100th President’s wicket in his spell of 7-3-14, and with Warren Guy [5-2-6], Dave Fleming [5-2-24] also on top, MP couldn’t get their innings started and were eventually bowled out for 87 in the 30th over.
Ken Julian’s 100th President wicket snaffled by Dave Fleming at point
Merivale Pap were the holders of the Frampton Shield, a trophy fought whenever a side plays the holder in the grade, and the trophy was presented to Sydenham at the end of the match.
Sydenham Cardinals – the new holders of the Frampton Shield
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/826774/1st_innings
Hospital - WON
The other Sydenham Presidents side, Hospital, had an great win against the always solid East Shirley Gold side on Burwood Park. Easts won the toss and batted and then produced an innings were most of their batsmen got good starts but couldn’t carry on. Sydenham got the dangerous Craig Gibb for 20, and then chipped away at the Easts batting with all the bowlers getting 2-3 wickets apiece with James Barkhuizen the best of them with 8-3-19.
With Easts bowled out for 163 in the 37th over, Sydenham needed a good start and got it from James Barkhuizen (35) and Richard McKinlay (53). At 125-2 at one point Sydenham were always ahead in the match and with skipper Bruce Day getting 35 at no. 4, Sydenham eventually coasted home at 165-5 with 4 overs to spare.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/826957/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars – WON
The Stars had a great win against a very strong OBC team led by the bowling unit and very well backed up by everyone in the field. Our bowlers strangled the OBC batters resulting in 3 run outs as their frustrations got the best of them. Maddie Iro (10 off 5) and Sophie George (15 off 4) opened the bowling and at 21 for none off 6, OBC were looking good. Rosie Pentecost (2 for 14 off 5) came on and got the breakthrough we required. Then Emma Begg (1 for 4 off 3) and Darcy Rose Prasad joined together to run out the other opener and OBC started to wobble at 37 for 2.
It was during the 11th over, with Rosie getting her second wicket that the game started to swing in Sydenham's favour. 23 runs were then given away from overs 11 to 23 - a great effort from the bowlers: Livvy Crowe (3 off 2), Kate Cameron (1 for 12 off 3.4), Dakoda Potter (1 for 7 off 2) and Maddie Iro, Rosie and Emma. Jaimee Cartwright enticed the batters into big shots and was unlucky again to not take any wickets finishing on 19 off 2. OBC were all out for 87 off 27 overs. A great team effort.Wickets were taken by Rosie (2), Emma (1), Kate (1) and Dakoda (1). Run outs by Emma/Darcy, Livvy/Kate and Maddie/Darcy.
Requiring just under 3 an over the batters started well. Dakoda Potter and Maddie Iro put on 14 for the first wicket and when Maddie Iro was out at 28 there was still a lot of work to do. Darcy Rose (the Rock) Prasad (18 off 37) and Emma Begg (34 off 57) both played very mature innings, finishing the match with 8.4 overs to spare. Darcy has now scored 418 runs this season, overtaking her brother; Isaiah by 1 run.
Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/825483/1st_innings
First XI – LOST (Day 2)
The plan was simple, bat all day to save the game for the First XI. The plan almost worked.
With 10 wickets in hand and 186 behind on the first innings the First XI knew that in had to bat all day to try and draw its match against the Christs College Second XI at Christs 1 as the forecast showers and rain kept pushing out later and later into the day. Runs scored was secondary to facing balls today. The rear-guard action was built around a rock solid 89 by opener Rhys Thyne who batted for most of the day facing 156 balls.
Rhys Thyne – cuts for 4.
From 30/2 at the first drinks to 92/3 at lunch the game ebbed and flowed. Rhys was well supported by Isaiah Prasad (44 balls), Liam Jenner (66 balls) and Oliver Smith (52 balls) before he departed. Toby Hull (50 balls) and Zack Howe (64 balls) took the game deep into the afternoon session and a lead of 20 was established when the last wicket fell.
All under control
It started to rain as Christs came out swinging and knocked off the winning runs just in time before mother nature let go with full force and it chucked it down.
Year 10 Colts – LOST
St Bedes won the toss and elected to bowl on what looked a bowl first pitch. The pitch which had moisture and lots of green grass offered plenty of movement off the seam and the St Bedes team took full advantage of this. None of the Sydenham batsman could come to terms with the conditions and were quickly bowled out for just 49 in 23 overs against a good solid bowling attack.
In response St Bedes lost two early wickets with the Sydenham opening bowlers of Sam Crossland and Ben Cranfield getting a wicket each. With only 49 runs to chase St Bedes got the total easily in just 13 overs for an easy win.
T20 – WON
The boys played CBHS at polo ground today, they won the toss and batted first. The boys made 195 for 7. Good batting from Andrei Tomkinson getting 45 not out and Sam Prasad 55 not out and lot of the boys went out for a smack ending up with 195 putting Boys High into bat.
Sydenham started well getting 2 quick wickets and looking easy but the boys then dropped catches and brought Boys High back into the game. Sydenham eventually bowled Boys High all out for 142.
Year 10 – LOST
Sydenham Yr10 had a good turnout on the grass pitch at Hagley Park against Christ’s College 4.
A tough wicket and competitive opponent kept Sydenham’s batting score down to 129. A true highlight of the game was a stunning 58 from Billy Johnston, well supported by Jack Weller with a solid 16. On the bowling side of the equation 3 wickets from Fynn Wadsworth 8 overs for 35, and Billy Johnston with 3 wickets, 6 overs for 21 runs.
The last couple of overs in rain ended with a justified win to a good Christs Team, but the Sydenham boys can stand proud.
Year 9A – LOST
The 9As took on Christs College Black at Cashmere High on Saturday.
Batting first the hoe team lost a few quick wickets to be 28/5 but Lucas Evans (36) and Maximillian Pickard (36) took the score through to 100 before Maximillian was out. The team eventually pushed their score through to 150 before Lucas was the last man out.
College then put on 50 for the first wicket, and other 42 for the second and pushed it through to 110 before Griffin Buchanan (4-1-26-3) took his third wicket. College didn’t lose another wicket as they pushed their score through to a winning 153/3.
Year 9B – LOST
Syd 9B were put into bat by Boys High Red on Polo 2. The first few overs were seen out by Henry Jones and Jacob Baughan, then with the loss of Jacob at 20 for 1 a small collapse saw SYD 28 for 3 in the seventh over. Rebuilding the innings with Henry was Jae Williams (14) and then another partnership with Jacob Ridder got Syd to 71 for 4 before another collapse and Henry Jones was finally out for 21 (a team top score for the day ). The tail didn’t stay around long and Sydenham were all out for 88 in 23 overs.
Boys High started strongly , Sydenham took got regular wickets but didn’t have a large total to defend. Boys High were three down when they pass Syd score in 13 overs. A wicket each to Jacob Hickman, Deakin Stenberg and Lewis Taylor. We played on to give the team some good game practice. When stumps were pulled Boys High were 8 down with Noah Cunningham picking up two wickets for 12 runs, Jonte Hanson adding to his weekly run out total was another highlight.Hits: 725