A Match Deserving of a Result

Two positive declarations from both the Burnside and then Sydenham skippers weren’t quite enough to get a result in the Prem Mens match at Burnside. However, the Championship side dominated their 2nd day to get a win at Sydenham, and although the Div 1 boys went down to a heavy loss, Div 2 had a comfortable victory across from them on Sydenham 2. The Prem Woman had a bye.

In the afternoon grades Jacob Koster’s 51 ball century was the highlight in the All Stars victory against Hornby, with Div2’s James Simpson’s 5-11 also instrumental in their win over Heathcote. There were mixed results in other grades with a win and a loss for the two non-Prem womens teams, and in the Youth section the First XII had a big win but a win and a couple of losses in the other youth matches

Runacres Insurance Premier Men

BWU have always played their cricket in a positive manner and prepared to back themselves in most match situations. They again showed that on the 2nd day of their match against Sydenham at Burnside Park when they declared at their overnight total of 231-7 leaving themselves with a 1st innings lead of 52 and putting the onus back on their bowlers to do the job, or short of that, Sydenham to likewise take a positive approach to the second day.

And that approach appeared to work early for them when Nathanael Paltridge was out cutting and caught behind and providing BWU with the early break through at 18-1 that they sought. From that point through the morning Sydenham top order battled hard to get themselves set against some energetic bowling and on a wicket that was doing a lot in that session.

Matt McCall
Matt McCall manages to avoid an edge

Matt McCall did the right thing and dug in to try to steady the innings with a patient 29 off 52 balls. Ryan Wallace was again aggressive on the short ball in this run a ball 20 but was another who was never comfortable, likewise Adi Edekar (17) and Jackson Hemingway (3) who came after him. With the score at around 90-5 at lunch, just 40 ahead, BWU’s positivity had Sydenham in real trouble.

Srirag Harish on the drive

Whilst it’s no doubt too early to comment convincingly, there does seem to be signs that the middle order this season may have a little more steel to it in adverse situations. After lunch the wicket seemed to settle down and the match turned markedly as Toby Mowat and Srirag Harish put on 103 for the 6th wicket to take the initiative away from BWU for almost the first time in the match, and started to raise the prospect of a declaration. Toby Mowat’s “it was only a 20” understated the importance of his 29 off an invaluable 99 balls that enabled Srirag Harish to play with the freedom that he did. Batting at no. 7, Srirag was undoubtedly the player of the moment with his 85 runs off 102 balls which further reinforced just what a great acquisition he has been for the club this season, a player who came looking for a chance and certainly seems to be taking it with both hands.

Srirag was out eventually, and cruelly, just short of what would have been a thoroughly deserved century, but by then, with a declaration in the offering thanks to Srirag and Toby’s effort, the remaining batsmen took what they could get quickly before Adi declared with the score at 230-9. The declaration left BWU with an inviting target of 179 required in 34 overs.

The BWU reply was one of those frustrating innings where the batting side never quite got off to a good enough start to always be focused upon the win, or badly enough for the bowling side to be favourites at any point. In a repeat of his 1st inning effort, Tom Agnew again cleaned out opener Zohrab for a duck with the score at 4-1, and then Tom and Ryan Wallace proceeded to take all the initiative away from BWU batsmen as they reduced the side to 37-4. The last of those was the aggressive Matt Hay and from that point BWU struggled to maintain a run rate that could get them within touching distance of the total to encourage them to keep trying.

The bowlers all bowled well but the pick of them were no doubt Ryan [9-3-26] and Tom [10-2-25] who both kept at the batsmen and were miserly in their run rates.

The frustrations of a draw evident at Burnside Park.

By 5pm BWU were six down with the required run rate approaching 7 per over and had clearly given up on the prospect of a win, likewise for Sydenham it was now a wicket that was increasingly hard to dislodge batsmen once survival had become the main objective. So the match petered out to a disappointing draw through no fault of either captain or the players, a match were BWU unquestionably dominated the first day, and Sydenham most of the second, certainly after lunch - perhaps it was after all, the fairest result.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/856653/1st_innings

Runacres Insurance Championship

The Championship boys made up for their disappointing start to the season, when they went down narrowly to St Albans, by dominating the second day of their match against Riccarton on Sydenham 1 to get their season underway with their first win.

Riccarton had played well on the first day by compiling 194 on a slowish wicket and then having Sydenham at 131-5 by the end of the day’s play. However, Sydenham had players returning on the second day and one of those was Nikunj Patel who made sure of a first innings lead with his 45* in yet another innings that must rank him currently as one of the most consistent players in the club since his arrival late last season. Together with Charlie Finnie (16) their 8th wicket partnership of 46 got their side through to a small lead of 16 before Sydenham were bowled out for 210.

Quentin McIntyre
Quentin McIntyre about to sneer his 5th wicket caught behind by keeper McDonald.

Riccarton’s 2nd innings lost a wicket early in the 2nd over with the score at 2, struggled through to 43-2 and then capitulated as five further wickets fell with the score in the 40’s. Quentin McIntyre was taking full advantage of his promotion up from Div1 by beating the bat repeatedly in the process of claiming 5-20 from his 9 overs. Charlie Finnie was no less demanding with his 3-17 off 12 which between them eventually saw Riccarton all out for 61 by mid-afternoon.

Charlie Finnie
Will Andrew’s off stump smashed by Charlie Finnie

That left Sydenham with the task of scoring just 45 in their second innings which the side did comfortably for just the loss of skipper Kelvin Scott’s wicket

Kelvin Scott
Skipper Kelvin Scott crashes one through backward square to the boundary

Full scoreboard & video highlights https://www.crichq.com/matches/856634/1st_innings

Division 1

It was the opposite experience for the Div1 guys across from them on Sydenham 2 where they received a thumping at the hands of Merivale Papanui’s “1st XI”. On a wicket and boundaries that have increasingly become known for run feasts, MP won the toss and had no qualms about batting first.

Tough Day
A very tough day to be a bowler on Syd 2

Sydenham got some early encouragement when James Barkhuizen took the first wicket in the 2nd over with the score at 6, but that proved to be the only joy out of the day that the bowler got as MP proceeded to smash the ball all over the ground raking up a massive 333-5. Wickets were shared across James (2-47), Vivek Vij (2-74), and one to Preetham Pagadala with 1-54, but clearly it was not a day when any bowler was proud of his RPO.

AB Anand
AB Anand topped scored with 62

In reply Sydenham gave it a good shot and were 114-2 at one point thanks to a fine 62 off 76 balls from AB Anand, and 32 off 39 from Gaurav Dudeja. However, the run rate pressure was always there, and despite a run a ball 32 from James Barkhuizen in the middle order, they were never in any real prospect of getting close to MPs score, eventually finishing up all out for 184 in the 40th over. The match was another example of how often winning the toss and batting on no. 2 is so often the defining moment of match.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858189/1st_innings

Division 2

Further across on Sydenham 3 the Div2 boys were having a much more comfortable day against Heathcote after Heathcote won the toss and asked Sydenham to set them a total. Andrew Moulton (26) got them off to a start but it was the middle order with Jono Bennett (39 off 42 balls) and Alex Lankeswar (33 off 18) that mostly got the side through to 152 all out

Rana takes a boundary through mid-wicket

Daniel Unwin
Daniel Unwin on the drive

James Simpson was then instrumental in dismissing Heathcote cheaply with his 5-11 off 6 overs, ably supported by Paddy Wickes with 3-24 off 7 overs. Heathcote were bowled out for 71 inside 18 overs.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858274/1st_innings

Division 3 Goats - LOST

The Goats were on the back foot for nearly the entire match when they took on Sumner out at Barnett Park. Winning the toss and batting first, Sumner lost a couple of early wickets but then their middle order came to the party to get them through to a competitive 225-7. Daniel Loughton (4-56) was the best of the bowlers backed by a wicket apiece to Pardeep Singh (1-36) and Andrew Douglas (1-34)

That target became immediately intimidating when the Goats lost their first four wickets quickly, and then with just two of their batsmen managing to scrape through to double figures, the side finished well short, all out for 56.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858700/1st_innings

Division 6 All Stars – WON

The All Stars took on Hornby at Barrington Park, won the toss and asked Hornby to bat. Hornby batted steadily but Sydenham chipped away with three wickets each to Abe Atherton (7-3-26] and Mark Flowerday [7-3-16] and managed to bowl them out for 156.

Jacob Koster
Jacob Koster dominates on Barrington Park with a maiden All Stars century

Sydenham’s Jacob Koster then made a mockery of that target when he hit a 51 ball century to finish with 105 off 55 balls. With Dan Linden also scoring 33 off 57 balls, Sydenham reached the Hornby in the 24 overs for the loss of 5 wickets

Dan Linden
Dan Linden in full flight

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858581/1st_innings

Division 6 Tamils – WON

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Cavaliers Cardinals – WON

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Presidents Cardinals – WON

The Pressies had their first match against the new entrant to the grade this season, Ohoka, out at their facilities at the Manderville Sport Centre. Sydenham won toss, asked the opposition to bat and then had Ohoka 21-1 after 6 overs. They got that score through to 52-2 but were struggling with the run rate such that the innings never really got out of control for Sydenham and Ohoka eventually finished on 163-6 at the end of their 40 overs. Wickets were spread around with the best of them Julien van Dyke (8-2-17], Brenden Winder [8-2-22] and Jeremy Brown [8-2-30]

Resident Cardinals
Recovery session for the Presidents in the Ohoka club rooms at Manderville

Into bat and the Sydenham reply was never troubled. Openers Paul Matthews (47) and Anthony Wild (51) got the side off to a perfect start, and then No. 3 Dave Hardy (34) and No. 4 Matt Loose (15) got their side through to the target at 164-4 in the 34th over.

So two out of two for the Pressies and a good day out against an Ohoka side that looks to be a great addition to the Presidents grade competition.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858599/1st_innings

Hospital - UNKNOWN

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Sydenham Stars Div1 Women – WON

The Div 1 women had a good win out on the Polo Grounds against North West Women. North West won the toss and elected to bat first and compiled a solid score of 149-8. Best of the Sydenham bowlers was Dakoda Potter [4-4-23], Boadicea Lynch [5-2-9] and Kate Cameron [4-2-24].

The Sydenham reply was never in trouble thanks to another good innings from Umaya Ranaweera who score a fine 83 off 62 balls, backed by a 20 each from Greer Hill (20) and Caitlin Davidson (20*) as Sydenham coasted to the total in 22nd overs with the loss of only two wickets.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858414/1st_innings

Women Youth Stars – LOST

The Youth Women played their first game of the season against North West at Burnside Park. The young Sydenham team were up against an older and more experienced team and acquitted themselves very well. Bowling first the youth women managed to regularly take wickets with the wickets shared around the team however North West still managed to compile a healthy total of 209 for 6 in their 30 overs. In reply the Youth women scored 124 for 5 with strong contributions from Biena Hickford (45), Ruby Turner (24) and Scarlett Amos (17 not out). An encouraging start to the season for our young team learning a lot from their first step up to Youth cricket and something to build on for the coming weeks.

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First XI – WON

The First XI took on the CBHS Colts at Hagley 3. With a few players away the key was to try and secure a (must) win identified game. Batting first CBHS battef for 44 overs but were restricted by some very tight bowling and were all out for 93.

The skipper was the leading wicket taker, Daniel Watt 9-1-26-4.

Into bat, the First XI knocked off the winning runs in the 24th over. Rhys Thyne 54no.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858507/1st_innings

Year 10 Colts – LOST

Sydenham Colts took on St Andrews at Polo Grounds. Starting the second day and innings Sydenham trailed STAC by 88 runs. After loosing a early wicket Thomas Johnston and Henry Cuthbertson combined for a 72 run partnership to basically wipe of the deficit before Henry was dismissed for 29. Thomas was finally out for a well compiled 43 from 99 balls faced . After that it was hard going for the Sydenham batsman against a good STAC bowling unit but they managed to get a lead of 72 before being dismissed.

The Sydenham bowling lineup made STAC work hard for every run with opening bowlers Ben Cranfield taking 1 for 12 from 6 overs and Sam Stalker taking 1 for 14 from 6 overs. Sam Crossland continued his good form taking 1 for 17 from 5 overs, our bowler of the match Billy Duncan had another good spell taking 2 for 27 giving him match figures of 8 for 67 . STAC finally got across the line but not before a few nervous moments ending up 73 for 6 for a 4 wicket win. This was a great improvement from this team taking one of the premier colts teams to late on the second day before going down.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/856603/1st_innings

T20 – WON

For the second week in a row the T20 team recorded a win by default. Fingers crossed they can get a game next week.

Year 10 – BYE

Year 9A –LOST

On a day of many runs, CBHS orange set the 9As 302 off the 35 overs with one player scoring 157.

The boys set out to give it their best shot, with high strike rate required. They finished on 294/7 just 8 short. Hosea Te Homo 55, SR 125. Freddie Winsor 40, SR 174. Max Pickard 34 being the highest run scorers.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/858364/1st_innings

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