Division 1 Contest Goes to the Line

There wasn’t much to cheer about for the morning grade sides at the end of the second day of the penultimate round the season.

The Prem Men never really managed to get into their match against OBC and lost comfortably, as did the Prem Woman and Division 2, but the real frustration came out at Halswell Domain where the Division 1 boys just could get the last three wickets and the win against Halswell which would have likely secured promotion on the day to The Championship.

Likewise the Youth First XI had a good win but results down the grade were average with one default to our Div7 All Stars who struck a team that had been disqualified for the rest of the season.

Premier Men

The Prems match against OBC at Elmwood couldn’t have gone better on the day for OBC who were still in contention for the 2-day title. It was a day that was always going to be dictated to by how well Sydenham batted in the 2nd innings and unfortunately it was one where the batting side didn’t respond.

Zack Scott-Howman
Zack Scott-Howman pulls one for four

OBC started the day behind by 12 runs on the 1st innings with plenty of wickets in hand and so then proceeded to pick off those runs and declare with a two run lead. Hence there was plenty of time available for Sydenham to set about creating a total to defend with a chance of a result, but that was quickly extinguished by a poor start that turned the innings more towards survival. Toby Mowatt was gone with score at 4, Ryan Wallace an over later at 7, and when Jackson Hemingway was dismissed in the 10th over, Sydenham were struggling at 25-3. Adi Edekar (24) and Tim Johnson (31) put on 41 for the 4th wicket but that ended up being the highest partnership of the innings as it struggled from there. There were a couple of other modest knocks from Zack Scott-Howman (17) and Pankaj Bhagat (13) but little real resistance over the innings as Sydenham were skittled inside 34 overs for 112.

Mitch Gardner
Mitch must nearly walked on this one

OBC make short work of the run chase knocking off the required 110 runs in 20 overs with Mitch Gardner the best of the bowlers with 2-15, with a wicket each to Tom Agnew and Charlie Finnie.

Charlie Finnie
Charlie Finnie picked up one of the 2nd innings OBC wickets

The result has Prems slipping to bottom of the table with their last match at Sydenham next week against Heathcote who will be buoyed by a good win over Riccarton on Saturday.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/832553/1st_innings

Premier Women

The women went down to Lancaster Park on Sydenham 1. Winning the toss and batting first Sydenham were all out for 123 off 36 overs. Highest score were the 45 LP wides, with Jordan Melt Zee (14) and Boadicea Lynch (13) the best of the batsmen.

Park then quietly worked their way to the win only three down with a wicket each to Megan Meltzer, Isla McKenzie and Amelia Tainui - at least a couple of important dropped catches and 23 extras not assisting the cause.

Full scoreboard & video highlights https://www.crichq.com/matches/835938/1st_innings

Division 1

The 2nds went into the second day of their match against Halswell at Halswell Domain in a strong position with a 14 run lead, six wickets in hand, and plenty of overs left to bat. And they started the day strongly with the likes of Sahan Perera (30), Marty Crook (17), Preetham Pagadala (16), and others, all chipping in to get the lead up to a useful 77 before the final wicket fell in the last over.

Sahan Perera
Sahan Perera goes over the top

The objective was now very clear, they had most of the day to bowl Halswell out and chase down hopefully a modest total. Unfortunately Halswell proved to be very determined, and combined with a very flat docile wicket that gave the bowlers nothing, the day turned into a war of attrition between bat and ball, where Halswell’s Leighton Johnston batted very well for a not out century and held the Sydenham bowlers at bay. There was no lack of effort from the bowlers with wickets to Connor Williams [13-2-50], Dave Simpson [16-2-32] but also some effort overs from Carl Hopper as the break-through was sort. In the end the match was called off after 5pm when Johnson reached his century and with the score at 187-7.

Carl Hooper & Preetham Pagadala
Carl Hooper (top) and Preetham Pagadala toiled hard trying to get the break-through

To make a difficult day even worse, stand-in skipper Dave Simpson unfortunately broke a finger towards the end of the day compounding a massive unavailability problem for the final round next week which now risks sinking the Div1’s promotion chances. We can only hope that Halswell’s sterling effort against Sydenham carries over into their last match against East Shirley who is the other side also with a chance of promotion.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/832509/1st_innings

Division 2

Sydenham were forced to follow on 104 runs behind Riccarton on the second day of their match on Sydenham 2. Survival was the order of the day but unfortunately they fared little better in the 2nd innings when the first four batsmen fell for only 13 runs between them. James Barkhuizen, filling in from Presidents grade, compiled an excellent 73 to give the score some respectability as the side was eventually bowled out for 134 in the 41st over. Cameron Spriggs (15) and David Brostow (17) were the only other batsmen to make double figures. Riccarton then proceeded to run down the 31 required runs in 10 overs for the loss of one wicket

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/836682/1st_innings

Division 3 Goats - LOST

The Goats lost to Lancaster Park when they batted first and scored 132 (Olly Philpott 41), with Park then chasing down the total with the loss of just the one wicket

Full scoreboard - Not available

Division 7 All Stars – WON by default

Division 8 Tamils

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Cavaliers Cardinals - UNKNOWN

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Presidents Cardinals - WON

The Cardinals remain in their best form for some years and continued to threaten the competition leaders with another win, this time against Merivale Papanui at Bishopdale Park. MP won the toss and asked Sydenham to bat. The innings got off to a good start before Anthony Wild fell for 19 with the score at 31. Paul Matthews anchored the innings with a 42 and was backed by a series of mid-teens scores right down through the order with a, as it turned out, critical final flourish of 34 from Ken Julian (16*) and Warren Guy (13*) that got the side through to 177-7

MP then got off to a good start when, after losing their first wicket early, two players got forties to set up their innings. With the score at 69-1, Sydenham fought back with wickets to Ken Julian [8-2-29], Julian van Dyk [8-2-38] and one apiece to most of the others, to eventually get it down to the last over with MP requiring 11 runs to win the match. Waza bowled a tight over and got it down to 4 required off the last ball – two were scored and the Cardinal won by two. The side now sits in 3rd place with a realistic chance of finishing at 2nd equal depending upon how the final matches play out.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/836678/1st_innings

Hospital - Bye

Women Youth Stars – LOST

It was always going to be a close game between the 2nd placed Stars and 3rd placed North West and the game delivered being decided on the very last ball. Needing 6 to win, the final ball was a dot, but the excitement of the game is what makes cricket so special. North West chose to bat first with a fast outfield and managed 174 for 5. Everyone but the keeper bowled; with 1 wicket apiece to Maddie Iro, Jaimee Cartwright, Kate Cameron and Livvy Crowe. Rosie Pentecost went for 19 off 4 and Sophie George 14 off 4 after going for 11 in the 5th over - a great comeback. Maddie Iro stood out in the field, taking a sharp catch in covers and a direct hit run out from 20 meters away. Sophie George's catch to dismiss the opener was needed as North West started well being at 60 off 10 before her running catch behind her head broke the partnership. Sophie George also bowled extremely well at the end of the innings only going for 1 run in the 26th and 28th overs and 3 in the 24th over. Unfortunately a little ill-discipline in the field let North West team get a couple of extra runs on the last ball which turned out to be decisive in the end and ensured they finished their innings in a high.

Kate Cameron and Rosie Pentecost opened the batting with Kate showing some good positive intent before getting bowled. Rosie stayed in until the 12th over scoring 17 runs which bought Darcy Rose Prasad and Dakoda Potter together in the middle order. Darcy enjoyed the fast outfield scoring a well compiled 50 off 52 deliveries against some very good swing bowling, placing her 6th in Sydenham for highest runs at an average of 46.91. Dakoda played very positively, showing great aggression, further developing her batting game, until being a little too positive on a quick single saw her depart for 18 off 28.

That bought Maddie Iro to the crease with her trademark big shots. North West defended her big hitting well but they started to get worried at this point.

When Darcy retired we were will ahead of the run rate and Maddie was going well. Emma Begg joined her and the game looked under control. However Maddie lost her wicket going big and it was left to Livvy Crowe and Emma to get the last 29 runs in 20 deliveries. They got extremely close and well done, coming in at the end, under pressure with a hugely swinging ball is never easy (especially considering their coach took over the role of captain at the end of the game).

It was an awesome, and very stressful game to watch but exciting as well. Well done to the everyone.

Full scoreboard: https://www.crichq.com/matches/835581/1st_innings

First XI – WON

The First XI’s plan on day 2 of their match against CBHS Colts was to score 72 (12 sixes!) off the 2 overs they had left to face, to give them a lead of 109 and their bowl their hosts out cheaply in order to secure an innings win. The plan didn’t quite work, but they still pulled off a win later in the day, as the 2 overs they had to face yielded only 6 runs, the loss of a couple of wickets and an eventual first innings lead of 44.

Back into bat CHBS lost their first wicket at 4 to a well taken catch at second slip by Gorfran Shasawar. The opening bowlers (Daniel Watt 9-3-20-1 and Toby Hull 11-2-26-2) pinned CBHS down early and their the first change of Ollie Smith (6-2-12-1) and Thomas Owens 6-2-16-1 implied even more pressure to see CBHS with a small lead at lunchtime. After lunch Gofran was tossed the ball and ripped the tail out of the Boys High innings securing figures of 3.5-1-6-5. The Frist XI therefore needing 79 to win.

Gofran Shasawar
Gofran Shasawar took 5 wickets.

The early loss of last weeks top scorer, Rhys Thyne for 2, created an initial anxious moment which was compounded when Dallas Crowe went 2 runs later. Fortunately no further wickets were lost as Ollie Smith (26*) and Isaiah Prasad (22*) levelled the scores before a wide that sailed Isaia’s head was called and the match was won.

Year 10 Colts – BYE

The Year 10 Colts had the BYE this week.

T20 – WON

The T20 boys played Christ’s College at Hagley Park 3. They won the toss and chose to bat first. The innings started off a bit rough then Ben Mason started play some good shots before being retired on 43 (as per grade conditions). At the end of 15 overs the boys were on 98 losing some easy wickets. Ben came back in getting the team to 171 for 7, by contributing 82.

Christs went into bat and the boys rolled them all out for 71. Another good job for the boys with only 7 players.

Year 10 – LOST

The Year 10s met the North West Colts at Cashmere High, which had a very quick outfield so high scores were predicted. With the Year 10 Colts having the week off, Thomas Johnson and Julian Hooker agreed to fill in when the Year 10s were short. Batting first Thomas opened and produced a great 73 (off 95) opening. With good contribitons from Murphy McMillan (36), Michael Wells 33) and Julian Hooker, the Year 10’s produced a competitive score of 233/7 off their allocated 40 over.

Skipper Fynn Wadsworth bowled one of the North West openers for 0 and their no.3 was run out for 3 to mount some early pressure. North West then accumulated consistent runs built around a 90* from their no.4 batsmen. At 112-4 then 146-5 the game could have gone either way, unfortunately no further wickets were taken as North West scored the winning runs in the 39th over with 9 balls to spare.

Year 9A – LOST

The 9A’s met CBHS on Polo 3. Batting first CBHS amassed 307/7 off their allocated 45 overs built around a 165* from one of their openers. Maximilian Pickard was the standout bowler for Sydenham picking up 6-1-27-3. Having conceded over 100 extras last week, the 9As were a lot more accurate this week so were pleased with the improved accuracy of their bowling.

Trying to chase down 307 was always going to be a big ask, but a solid 88 from Hosea Te Momo supported by 43 from Sam Brittenden saw them bat deep into their innings and score 205 before they were all out in the 41st over.

Hosea Te Momo
Hosea Te Momo - 88

Year 9B – LOST

At the Polo Grounds again this week, Sydenham unfortunately lost the toss, and (yet another) CBHS team decided to bat first. The CBHS openers came out batting very strongly, and dominated early- with Sydenham only managing to break their partnership until the 14th over, after a 135-run stand. But a good comeback with some quick wickets by Arjuna Shandavi (2-29 off 3 overs), and Jonte Hanson (1-48 off 5 overs), left CBHS at 164/3. But another large partnership from CBHS meant that Sydenham couldn’t take any more wickets until the 32nd over, when Deakin Stenberg (1-31 off 3 overs), and Henry Jones (1-41 off 4 overs) both got a wicket each. Sydenham unfortunately weren’t able to hold chances, and the commendable batting from a CBHS opener, batting the whole innings, and finishing on 180* lead CBHS finishing 368/5 after 35 overs.

Sydenham’s batting didn’t start well after losing Will Johansen in the first over, and just didn’t recover in the rest of the innings. Also, Jonte retiring hurt just as he was starting to dominate impacted the fall of wickets. Jacob Baughan (33) and Jae Williams (22) came together for a solid 6th wicket partnership, but shortly after they fell, Sydenham was all out for 96/9, losing the match by a large amount of runs.

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