The morning grades sides had a good first day at the commencement of the penultimate round of the season with Josh McArdle and Mitch Gardner saving a few blushes from the other Sydenham batsmen as they kept the Premier Men in their match against OBC at Elmwood Park.
The Prem Women had a good win over St Albans, as did the consistent women youth side, and the 2nds were in strong position in their match against Halswell – However, Div 2 will have their work cut out for them next week.
The afternoon grades saw mixed results with the Cardinals taking out the local Presidents grade local derby on Sydenham 1. The youth teams likewise where, although the 1st XI were well placed against CBHS Colts (with Rhys Thyne getting another 90 odd), some of the other sides were on the wrong end of some big scores.
Also the Club wishes Div1 skipper Kelvin Scott all the best as he now heads now for two weeks in South Africa playing for the New Zealand Over 50’s side - but we know he will have huge interest in news on the performance of his Sydenham side over those two critical weeks while away.
Sydenham took on OBC on Elmwood Park in another match where the opposition were still very much in the hunt for the 2-day title, whilst Sydenham were playing for pride. TJ had some luck with the toss and rightfully elected to bat in good batting conditions. The two openers in Toby Mowat and Jackson Hemingway then made a good start getting the side through to 42 before Toby lost his wicket with his score at 19. Ryan Wallace and Jackson then steadily got the side through to 72 before Ryan fell triggering a middle order collapse.
Jackson Hemingway on the drive
Jackson had impressed with his solid 30 off 71 balls, but when he was dismissed with the score at 82, the next four batsmen could only manage 17 runs between them leaving the side teetering at 99-7 and in danger of undoing the solid start. Josh McArdle, in only his 3rd innings for Prems, and the ever improving batsman Mitch Gardner, then dragged their side out of the hole over the next 25 overs by putting on 71 for the 8th wicket. Josh eventually left after scoring a very mature 39 off 95 balls and it was left to Mitch and Tom Agnew to finish off the innings by taking the side through to 203-9 at the end of the 60 overs. Mitch finished on 48*, deprived from scoring his maiden Prem 50 by his captain’s reluctance to sacrifice batting points to accommodate it.
Josh McArdle works one to leg
OBC then had 40 overs left in the day and proceeded to set the match up for an interesting second day. All of their batsmen got starts and batted in a measured way for the first half of the innings, and then the aggressive Stanley and Davey accelerated the scoring towards the end of the day leaving OBC at 188-4 with 20 overs still available to them next week.
Stanley smashes one over the top from Ryan Wallace towards the end of the day
For Sydenham, Ryan Wallace was probably the pick of the bowlers early on when he took out both openers, but suffered a little towards the end when Stanley in particular hit out. Tom Agnew, TJ and Mitch Gardner all did well to contain, but the side would have liked a few more wickets in that last hour to have more control in the match. However, it’s a match now well set up, with both sides in with a chance of a result.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/832553/1st_innings
The ladies had an excellent win over St Albans on Hagley Oval. Winning the toss and batting first Saints struggled against some tight bowling from Jenna Waghorn and Gina Aldersley losing their first wicket with the score at 1, and then quickly 4-2. Saints recovered somewhat to finish on 91-9 off their 20 overs with Jenna [4-3-6] and Gina [4-3-12], the pick of the bowlers.
The Sydenham reply shadowed St Albans initial efforts with three successive ducks putting Sydenham on the back foot. Jenna was first out with the score at 1, then Amelia Tainui at 6-2, and soon after Casey Liddington at 6-3. However, Isla McKenzie (2nd in the competition’s aggregates in town) was going well and found a partner in Boadicea Lynch (22) and between them they clawed the side back to 60-4 before Boadicea’s dismissal. Erika Oda (16*) carried on the good work to get the side through to Saints total with the side only four down, and with Isla finishing on a match winning 38* off 46 balls.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/833196/1st_innings
The tough Halswell side were Division 1’s next opponent in their search for promotion, taking them on away from home at Halswell Domain. Batting conditions on the domain were superb all day with a good wicket and an outfield that was punishing on the bowlers. Halswell won the toss and eagerly elected to bat and then finding Sydenham initially gaining the advantage with Josh Charlton and Dave Simpson getting the early break through to have Halswell on the back foot at 13-2. However, Halswell recovered well and taking advantage of the conditions managed to get through to 208-9 in their 60 overs. Josh took the bowling honours [17-4-54], and with a couple of wickets each to Kelvin Scott [2-44] and Preethham Pagadala [2-39]. But all of the bowlers bowled well with none have more than a 3.5 RPO in conditions that greatly favoured the batsmen.
Josh Charlton the best of the Sydenham bowlers on the day
The suspicion that Halswell may have been a few runs short if Sydenham could get a start, proved correct. Skipper Kelvin Scott, who would be away on the second day, was aggressive early, scoring a run a ball 47 to ignite the run chase. Likewise Tom MacDonald, who was in the same situation, scored a quick 40 off 50 balls to keep the momentum going. However, it was opener Nikunj Patel who was again the backbone of the innings – this was just his 2nd innings since coming to Sydenham where he scored a 75 in his first match, and then going on to score an impressive 86 off 108 balls in this one.
Kelvin Scott (Top) & Ni Patel both go over the top
Sydenham closed the day at 222-4 with a small lead of 14 but with 16 overs still available to try to extend that lead and then attempt to push on for the win next week.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/832509/1st_innings
Sydenham were up against Div2 leaders Riccarton on Sydenham 2. The home side won the toss, asked their opposition to bat, and then watched Riccs compile 209-6. Archie Goodrick was the best of the Sydenham bowlers with 3-41.
Unfortunately the Sydenham reply fell well short at 105-8 off their 45 overs with Ryan Lightfoot top scoring with 25, and a handy 18 coming from Cameron Spriggs. With Riccarton likely to force the follow on next week, it will need a long batting effort from Sydenham to remain in the match.
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Division 3 Goats - ?
No details available so we assume a loss with the opposition yet to submit the scorecard
Division 7 All Stars - LOST
The All Stars slipped further back from title contention when they lost to Riccarton on Barrington Park. Batting first Sydenham could only muster 120 all out in 34 overs with only Abe Atherton with 39* batting at No. 8, and Dan Linden (26), making any notable contributions to the total. In reply Riccarton was always on target as they patiently made their way to the total six down with 8 overs left to bowl.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/833370/1st_innings
Division 8 Tamils - WON
It was another comprehensive win for the Tamils when they took on Merivale Papanui on Centennial Park. Sydenham won the toss and batted first with the top three batsmen setting up a competitive total of 182-7 with scores from Vignesh Devel (78), B Anand (35) and Gopinath Karuppiah (32). Merivale Pap then faltered early in their reply to be bowled out for 81 in the 27th over. The pick of the bowlers were Ashok Muthukumar [4-3-8] and Chidambara Palaniappan [6-3-14]. The Tamils remain top of their competition.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/833827/1st_innings
Cavaliers Cardinals - LOST
The Cavaliers faltered in the race for their title when they lost to bottom placed Riccarton at Centennial Park. Sydenham batted first and scored 127-6 only to then watch Riccarton chase that total down for the loss of only 3 wickets. The Cardinals now seem likely to be tied in 1st place in their competition.
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Presidents Cardinals & Hospital – Cardinal WON
Our two Presidents sides went into battle in the local derby match on Sydenham 1. The Cardinals won the toss and batted conscious of a good batting strip but an outfield that would frustrate the batting sides. They got off to great start, when after the early loss of Anthony Wild (14), the next partnership between Paul Matthews (59) and Matt Loose (64) set up the total. Other contributions came down the order from Phil Walker (22) and Mario Williams (25) as the Cardinals eventually closed at 213-7 at the end of the 40 overs.
Another forfa for the top President grade bowler, Dave Fleming
Hospital started well in reply with James Barkhuizen (57) and Bruce Day (32) looking very assured, but the lush outfield wasn’t helping the run rate which was struggling to get much above 2.5. When those two were gone and the run rate needed to accelerate, only Pieter Barkhuizen with 31 managed to get into double figure as the side slipped to being eventually all out for 153 in the 39th over.
Matt Loose brings up his 50th Pressies wicket
Dave Fleming moved up into top spot in wicket takers in the competition with his 4-41, ably supported by Matt Loose with his 3-20, all bowled, which bought up his 50th wicket in Presidents cricket.
Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/833615/1st_innings
Women Youth Stars – WON
Sydenham got the rare opportunity to play on Hagley Oval when they took on Halswell. Darcy Rose Prasad (51*) and Dakoda Potter (31) made the most of their first bat in a pristine conditions where good solid shots along the ground got great rewards. Darcy Rose's signature cut shots went to the boundary on a regular basis, and rotation of strike was very good with 16 runs coming from singles. Dakoda Potter was again extremely hard to get out, showing a great opener's temperament, sacrificing her wicket in the last over in order to get the most runs for the team.
The Halswell team bowled and fielded well, restricting the run rate, but ultimately their inability to get wickets allowed us get up to a respectable 128 for 1 off 20 overs, with Maddie Iro showing good aggression at the end finishing on 19* off 22, and Emma Begg a solid 1 off 1, coming into bat in the last over.
The bowlers then took over and dismissed Halswell for 38 in 12 overs. Emma Begg and Livvy Crowe took 2 wickets each, Maddie, Bo Lynch and Kate Cameron kept the pressure on with 1 wicket each and Jaimee Cartwright bowled 1 over for 2 runs. Fielding was also excellent, with; Kate's direct hit, Darcy's caught behind and Bo's skyer all coming together with tight bowling and excellent field placements. The team bowled to a plan and got the result.
Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/831829/1st_innings
First XI – (Day 1 of 2)
The First XI met the CBHS Colts on CBHS 2. Winning the toss, Sydenham skipper Daniel Watt had no hesitation in inserting CBHS on a wicket that turned out to have few demons in it and it played well. This coupled with short boundaries at the northern end meant this was likely to be a high scoring day.
Regular wickets were offset against runs being scored at a reasonable rate as balls flew through, past and over the keeping and slips cordon until CBHS had amassed 178 all out mid-way through the afternoon session. Leading bowlers were Daniel Watt 11-6-16-3 and Toby Hull 12-5-30-3.
Into bat the skipper had a shot of inspiration and decided to switch himself and Ollie Smith in the batting order. After Dallas Crowe dragged one back on when the score was 14, Ollie joined Rhys Thyne and they proceeded to take the score through to 129 through a very accomplished partnership with Rhys playing the aggressor and Ollie providing good support. After scoring 90 two weeks ago, a century looked almost certain for Rhys until a lofted square drive was grabbed at point and he sadly had to depart for 96.
Rhys Thyne – 96.
Pinch hitter Gofran Shasawar was promoted to ensure that first innings points were secured and pumped 24 off 14. Ollie Smith was out for 50 and at stumps on day one Sydenham hold a 37 run lead going into day 2 next Saturday.
Year 10 Colts – LOST
The Sydenham Colts took on Christs College at Sydenham Park no 3. Christ College won the toss and decided to bat on a pitch that looked to have a lot of grass on it. The Sydenham opening bowling group did a good job to take early wickets and keep the College run rate in check. The College middle order started to gain momentum and at one stage looked like they would post a large score but to the Sydenham teams credit they battled hard to finally bowl out the opposition for 195. The pick of the bowling figures was Sam Crossland who took 3 for 36 off 10 overs and Julian Hooker who bowled a very tight spell taking 2 for 17 from 9 overs.
In reply Sydenham lost a early wicket but then went about rebuilding the innings and took the score through to 47 before loosing Henry Cuthbertson for 14, unfortunately this lead to a huge batting collapse with only Thomas Johnson showing any resistance making a hard fought 18 before being bowled. Wickets fell at an alarming rate and Sydenham was bowled out for a very disappointing 58 in just 26 overs.
T20 - WON
The T20 boys were on CHBS 3. They won the toss and batted first scoring 196 for 6 the boys batted well with Joel Wilson and Jack McDonald getting good scores.
Archie MacDonald sweeping for 4.
Into the field the boys went on attack bowling well and fielding out of their skins taking some great catches. CHBS were all out for 104.
Year 10 - LOST
After winning the toss and sending Boys High into bat on the Polo Grounds the Sydenham Y10 team got off to a great start with a wicket each for the first 5 bowlers. Good line and length coupled with great fielding kept them in check. Boys High slipped away just prior to the drinks break to be 133/5. A significant 7th wicket partnership before a breakthrough occurred saw Sydenham bowl them out for 272 with 3 balls remaining in the innings. Pick of the bowlers Matthew Fairhall with 28/3 and Logan Yates with 2/17. Logan also taking 2 catches (one as keeper).
Sydenham’s turn at bat saw them off to another good start with an opening partnership of 25. An improved batting innings from previous games ensued however chasing a high total, Sydenham slowly fell behind the required run rate. Regular wickets fell after the break but they managed to drag it out to the penultimate over finally bowled out for 179. Top scorers were Murphy McMillian with 37 and Matthew Fairhall with 35. Another much improved game in all facets and one the boys enjoyed playing despite the 93 run loss.
Year 9A - LOST
The 9A’s played St Bedes at Cashmere High School. They won the toss and put Bedes in on a slanted looking grass pitch. The ball couldn’t decide whether to stay low or pop around the ears of the Bedes batsman so bowling first was a good call. They managed to bring up their first century of the season, unfortunately this was our extras conceded total, with too many wides being bowled. The wickets were shared around, and at one point Rotash Rai was on a hat trick. Otis Whitehead bowled well with 3 maiden overs and a wicket off his 9 overs. But the Bedes batsman managed to score a good total of 254, mainly consisting of extras!!!!
The Sydenham run chase was a bit slow and unfortunately they lost too many wickets too early. The innings was held together by some good batting from Freddie Windsor who scored a half century. If they hadn’t had given away so many extras, they probably could have won. The sausages at the end were absolutely sensational (my dad told me to write that...). Author Credit : Harry Davis
Year 9B – LOST
The 9Bs took on CBHS Orange at the Polo grounds. Sydenham were fortunate enough to win the toss, and sent CBHS into bat first. With only 10 players present, Sydenham had gaps in the field. Sydenham were determined in their bowling, even with CBHS batting very strongly - the boys didn’t give up on chasing wickets, and were able to slow down the opposition’s quick run rate in the middle overs. Will Johansen had notable bowling figures of 3-35 from 5 overs, with Jacob Baughan also getting 1-22 from 4 overs, and captain, Jacob Ridder, getting a run out while wicket keeping. Unfortunately, Sydenham conceding 81 extras, contributed to CBHS finishing with a strong total of 285/5, leaving a difficult chase for Sydenham.
Some very good bowling, and fielding from CBHS, meant that Sydenham lost some early wickets, and were looking in trouble at 13/3. Some strong batting from Jonte Hanson (35 from 30 balls), and Jacob Baughan (24* from 23 balls) meant that Sydenham were able to get to 108 runs, all out, after some consistent bowling from all of CBHS in just 18 overs.Hits: 619