125 Year Old Club Record Shattered

Tom Agnew has just experienced a cricketing fortnight that will long remain with him. Fresh from his career best 6-61 against BWU two weeks ago, Tom then proceeded to demolish the Club’s all-time 125 year Premier bowling record on Saturday when he took 9-22 on the first day of the Runacres Insurance Premier mens match against Heathcote.

Tom’s performance was instrumental in the very strong position that the Prems currently hold in that match after the first day, with seemingly only weather the risk of upsetting a victory next week. But it wasn’t only the Prems who starred on the day with four of our five tops sides either winning or sitting in commanding positions in their 2-day matches. The Birdwood Premier Woman were easy winners in their match, The Championship boys efforts replicated the Prems position, and Div2 fought a good win on Sydenham 2.

In the afternoon grades both Presidents sides had very tight wins, with the Cardinals remaining top of the Presidents table. There was a win to the Cardinals in the T20 competition and the Youth boys had a great day with four of the five sides that played winning, and Ghofran Shasawar was the star turn for the First XI with 5-24 and 47*

Runacres Insurance Premier Men

With the mid-week rain impacting wickets all over town, the strategy at the toss was clearly evident to both sides when the Runacres Insurance Sydenham Premiers turned up at Heathcote Domain to take on Heathcote. Fortunately Captain Adi Edekar made it three out of three and asked Heathcote to bat in what turned out to be an historic innings for the Sydenham Club.

The Heathcote innings started poorly and never managed to recover after Tom Agnew took the first two wickets for just 11 runs and had batsmen struggling for survival from that point. The wickets just kept coming for him as the Heathcote innings fell to 5-34 with Daniel Stanley’s dismissal in the 14th over, and limped through to 52 all out by the 22nd over. Tom Agnew was the almost sole destroyer with a magnificent 9-22, a new club record that could not be more deserved by any Sydenham player current or past.

Tom’s success could be best put down to unrelenting accuracy. Yes there was some assistance in the wicket for him, but he was mostly doing it in the air. Always an exponent of the sharp ducking in-swinger, on this occasion Tom just never strayed from a demanding spot on off stump that would have otherwise offered some relief of runs for the batsman. Eight of his nine wickets came from either bowled or LBW, a testimony to the accuracy with which he bowled. His now ex-good friend Mitch Gardner was the other sole wicket taker, but Mitch isn’t one to be left in the shadows for long, as the Heathcote 2nd innings later proved.

Tom Agew and Mitch Gardner
Tom shatters another set of stumps in the 1st innings (top), whllst Mitch Gardner dominated the 2nd.

To their credit Heathcote came out fighting in the field and got their tails up early when they had Sydenham struggling with both openers gone with the score at 12 inside the first three overs- and it didn’t get much better from there for some time as the batting side slumped to 43-5 by the 15th over. However, whilst others struggled, not for the first time Ryan Wallace gave the appearance of someone who just couldn’t understand what all the fuss was about as he settled in without apparent discomfort and then set himself the task of resurrecting the innings.

Jackson Hemingway and Srirag Harish were the only top order batsmen who joined him that managed to stem the rot for while. Jackson was caught behind for 11 off 40 doggedly fought balls, and Srirag for 18 off 35 balls when he was, much to his disappointment, caught over-reaching for a wide ball and feathering a catch to slip.

Ryan was eventually out for an invaluable 56 off 80 balls when he was clean bowled by Gareth Wade’s first delivery. Surprisingly, Wade had been brought to the bowling crease late in the innings and then proceeded to bowl with much energy and threatening to extinguish the possibility of any reasonable Sydenham 1st innings lead.

Ryan Wallace & Matthew Bell
Ryan Wallace was again punishing on any short ball in his innings (top) & Matthew Bell’s experience was to the fore in his

But as critical as Ryan’s innings was in re-establishing an innings at risk of collapse, and thus claiming 1st innings points, it was Matthew Bell who ensured that his side took a useful lead into the 2nd innings. The side is blessed with an ex-Black Cap batting at no. 8 who gets better with each innings as he gets some more consistent game time this season. The physically off-colour Matt used all his experience to bat determinedly through with the lower order to get his side to 150 all out leaving them with an invaluable lead in a low scoring match of 98 runs. Tom Agnew was also just having one of those days and his 14 runs off 37 balls saw him comfortably handle the rampant Wade and assisting Matt through to that total.

Belly’s 30 not out off 76 balls had energised his side as they returned to the field after tea determined to finish the day well by making some inroads into the Heathcote 2nd innings effort. But initially at least, Heathcote fought back again, and at 78-2, appeared to be well on their way to rebalancing the match. However, not to be out-done by Tom’s earlier efforts, Mitch Gardner was well fired up. He proceeded to take 4-21 in his late afternoon spell, and with a wicket apiece to Jackson Hemingway and Ryan Wallace, at the day’s close the bowlers had Heathcote desperately trying to stay in the match at 106-6, eight runs ahead with just four wickets remaining.

Although a disappointing day for Heathcote, they are a well organised club and have a clearly improved side this season who are still capable of making a fight of it with their remaining wickets next week. But on the back of an important lost toss, and a record breaking performance by one opposition player, realistically only rain can be their salvation in this particular match.

However, this match won’t be remembered long for the result, but rather as the day Tom Agnew, already a club stalwart at the tender age of 29, set a club record that could well last another 125 years - now that doesn’t happen every day.

Tom Agnew
Tom taking one his many congratulations

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/860766/1st_innings

The Birdwood Premier Women

The Prem Woman will likely feel that they got out of jail after their win against the newly promoted North West Women on Burnside Park. Asked to bat first, only Eden Pettigrew (15) and Jodie Dean (11) managed to get into double figures as the Sydenham side struggled through to a modest total of 74-9.

However, any concerns at that total were quickly eased when NW capitulated badly as they come to grips with the new competition. The first three wickets all fell with the score at 7 as Jenna Waghorn sliced through the top order and eventually finished with the impressive figures of 8 overs 5-8. She was backed by Felicity Leyton-Davis with 7-3 and Gina Aldersley with 1-6. The win leaves them still 2nd in their competition behind Lancaster Park.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/860698/1st_innings

Runacres Insurance Championship

Sydenham won an important toss as they took on a weakened Lancaster Park on Sydenham 1. Invited to bat, the Park innings saw its first wicket fall with the score at 12 as Connor Williams took the first of his five wickets. The batting side managed to get through to 4-53 but were unable to recover the innings as the last six wickets fell for 24 runs as they were bowled out for 77. Connor finished with 5-45 from 11 overs, with the other wicket takers Kelvin Scott [3-3-1] and Quentin McIntyre [7-2-17].

Nikunj Patel
A superb copy book cover drive from Nikunj Patel

The Sydenham reply was solid with all but one batsmen getting good starts but with no one going on for a big one. Nukunj Patel (29) and Kelvin Scott (33) put on 45 for the 1st wicket, and were followed with useful innings from Taylor Ire (25), Pankaj Bhagat (20) and Tom McDonald who finished with 40 not out.

Taylor Ire
Taylor Irie drives through mid-offduring his innings of 25

Declaring in the 45th over at 185-7, and a 108 lead, Sydenham applied early pressure with wickets then again falling over the latter afternoon. The Park opener Philpott’s innings of 17 was the best of them with his fellow batsman falling to make double figures as Park slumped to 44-6 at stumps, still 64 behind with just four wickets remaining. Wickets were this time shared around with two to Quentin McIntyre [8-2-10], Charlie Finnie [6-1-5], Hamish Robertson [4-1-8] and Kelvin Scott [3-1-4]

Full scoreboard & video highlights https://www.crichq.com/matches/860721/1st_innings

Division 1 - LOST

The Div 1 boys had a difficult away match against Halswell on Halswell Domain in a competition were they are the club’s third team up against several other clubs first teams who are all desperately determined, as Sydenham were last season, to win promotion to The Championship. It was another apparent bowl first wicket, and although Sydenham won the toss and asked Halswell to bat, it never panned out like that

James Barnes
James Barnes against Halswell

Halswell batted solidly through their order to score a demanding 273-7 from their 50 overs with the best of the Sydenham bowlers being James Barkhuizen [9-4-37], Gaurav Dudeja [10-1-44] and Archie Goodrick [7-1-44].

Vishvash Singh
Keeper Vishvash Singh

The Sydenham reply was set back on its heels early with the loss of skipper Gavaru Dudeja with the score at 14, and the innings failed to get momentum from there. A number of batsmen got starts; Sahan Perera (26), James Barnes (16), Vishvash Singh (19) & Brent Littmoden (15) but no one managed to bat through as the run rate pressure mounted. Sydenham were eventually bowled out well short for 108

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/860163/1st_innings

Division 2 - WON

Sydenham remained top of their table in Div2 following a good win over BWU on Sydenham 2. Sydenham won the toss, and resting on recent history, elected to bat first despite the week’s rain. The innings struggled early on, and at 54-5, was in real trouble until the skipper Andrew Moulton stepped up with a hard hit 56 from 38 balls batting at no. 6. The lower order then chipped in with Jared Meade (24) and Ankush Khuruna (15) the best of them, and Sydenham getting through to 170 all out.

Jared Meade
Jared Meade takes runs through mid-wicket

Any thoughts that total may be a few short on the normally productive Syd no. 2, quickly vanished as Paddy Wickes [6-2-16], and especially Jono Bennett with the enviable figures of 6 overs 6 for 6, demolished the BWU batting t bowl them out for 47.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/860006/1st_innings

Division 3 Goats - LOST

It was a struggle again for the Goats as they took on Richmond on Richmond Park. The Goats managed to win the toss and decided to bat but then lost their two openers for ducks as the innings slide to be all out for 52 with only Tony Danenberg with 10 getting to double figures. Richmond made short work of the reply racing to the total in six overs with the loss of no wickets.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861474/1st_innings

Division 6 All Stars – LOST

The All Stars were another to fall short is their match against Marist Harewood at Redwood Park. A century to the Marist no.3 when batting first was enough to get Marist through to a competitive score of 191 all out. The best of the Sydenham bowlers were Jacob Koster [6-4-25], Abe Atherton [6-2-25] and Mark Flowerday [7-2-33].

Jacob Koster
Jacob Koster bowled one short of his 50.

Jacob then completed an excellent day personally with a fine innings of 49. However, other than his fellow opener George Kenny with 24, only Abe batting at no. 10 with 24, managed to make a solid score as the All Stars were bowled out for 128, 63 runs short.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861574/1st_innings


The Tamils had an apparently confrontational match against Marist Harewood at Warren Park where the result came down to the last over and remains in dispute and referred to Metro. In the match Sydenham were invited to bat first and thanks to David Jayapaul (62), Gopinath Karuppiah (64), Gowthan Rajendrababu (43) and Lucky Basra (29) put up a impressive target of 274-8

The Marist reply got within a run, more or less depending upon the viewpoint, with the Tamils main wickets takers being Pardeep Singh [7-3-43], Mohanasundaram Kumar [8-2-50] and Jayaanarish Balachandran [4-2-28].

Cavaliers Cardinals – WON

The Cardinals beat BWU at Burnside Park when the Cardinals scored 169-3 batting first thanks to Ben Larter (48) , Simon Carter (44) and James Stokes (41), and in reply BWU were 129-5 at the closed.

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Presidents Cardinals – WON

The Pressies just came out on top in their match when they took on the younger East Shirley Black team on Clare Park in what was an admittedly early season top of the table clash. Easts won the toss and elected to bat first and did well with their opener Riach scoring 104, and fellow opener Seaton 37. At 79 without loss at drinks Sydenham were in trouble until the catching suddenly improved and the old heads of Julien van Dyke [8-1-24] and Bill Nicolson [6-1-16] did well to pull the run rate back. Wickets to Warren Guy [8-2-32] and Phillip Walker [8-2-52], and one to everyone else, finally saw East close at 194-8.

Although Sydenham lost the in-form Anthony Wild early, his fellow opener Paul Mathews scored an aggressive 48, and along with Phil Walker (53) and Dave Hardy (23) kept the innings on track. But wickets were lost and at 163-7 trouble loomed before Ewen Spence scored a critical 17, and Ammar Yousef a fluent 21*, as the side reached their total with two wickets in hand and two overs to spare.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861577/1st_innings

Hospital - WON

Hospital managed to avoid playing on Lancaster Park’s often unpredictable Woolston Park home wicket when they were drawn to play Park on the far superior Garrick Park. It ended up an exciting match that warranted the conditions. Asked to bat first, Park got off to a solid start but tight bowling managed to keep a cap on the run rate such that although the first wicket didn’t fall until 119 34 overs had already been bowled. Park battled onto 168-5 in their 40 overs with the Hospital wickets shared around evenly.

The Sydenham innings got off to a poor start but was pulled around by Bryan Bunz with 48. However, the required run rate had continued to build and 72 was needed off the final 10 overs. But Pieter Barkhuizen was now at the crease and went on to hit 40 to give Hospital a real sniff. After his departure, and then Danenberg for a grafting knock of 32, 25 runs were still needed off the last 3 overs. Hospital were pushing hard but couldn't hit the boundaries. Hospital required a most unlikely 14 runs off 4 balls. Enter one J Van den Brink who proceeded to hit 2,4,4 to leave 4 runs needed off the last ball. As he dispatched the final delivery over the mid wicket boundary the jubilant Hospital boys raced onto the ground in celebration as they got their season underway with their first win.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861604/1st_innings

Sydenham Stars Div1 Women – BYE

A bye for Sydenham who remain top of their table.

Women Youth Stars – LOST

The youth woman lost a low scoring match on a wet wicket where Sydenham scored just 45-8 and then lost to Halswell scored reached that score for the loss of to wickets.Although failing to trouble the scorers much with the bat there were still some individual performances from players just starting to learn the game. Maddie Iro scored a very comfortable 12 runs, and although not a huge score, she showed beautiful technique and was very disciplined with her batting. Dakota Potter scored 8* and certainly looked like she could bat all day, with wonderful technique, a disciplined approach and great running between the wickets. Sadly Dakota ran out of batters to support her.

Sydenham tried hard to defend their total and well done to Scarlett Amos for her 1 for 7 off 3 overs and Maddie Iro with 0 for 5 off 3 overs. A great high catch from Biena Hickford at point and a super run out by Millie Rule to our keeper Ruby Turner, dismissed one of Halswell’s top batsman. Roxy Murfin fielded outstanding in cover with nothing going passed her, and fantastic fielding also from Keira Loose at fine leg.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/860304/1st_innings


First XI – WON

Taking on the CBHS 3rd XI on SYD 3, CBHS chose to bat. Initially looking comfortable at the crease and the score accumulating nicely Ghofran Shasawar was brought back into the attack and turned the game in the First XI’s favour by hitting the stumps 5 times as he took the impressive figures of 10-4-24-5. CBHS dismissed for 154 in the 36th over.

Ghofran Shasawar
Ghofran Shasawar 10-4-25-5

With 38 on the board the First XI appeared to have the chase in control but a steady stream of wickets made the manager and parents somewhat nervous. Not done with being the star of the day Ghofran Shaswar put away is usual swashbuckling style and compiled a very composed 47* (off 67 balls). Fittingly he hit the winning runs in the 39th over.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861450/1st_innings

Year 10 Colts – WON

Sydenham Colts v St Bedes Colts Black at Cashmere High School. This match was played on Labour Day Monday and Saturday against St Bedes (Black) at Cashmere High. Sydenham won the toss and put St Bedes into bat on a pitch that looked like it may assist the pace bowlers. The Sydenham bowling attack made St Bedes work very hard for their runs and were bowled out for 140 from 40 overs. All the pace bowlers got amongst the wickets with Sam Crossland taking 4 for 29 from 6 overs, Sam Stalker taking 2 for 11 from 11 overs including 8 maidans.

In reply Sydenham got off to a solid start before loosing their first wicket at 36. After that wickets fell in regular intervals finally being bowled out for 149 giving Sydenham a first inning lead of 9 runs. Another great effort from our opener Thomas Johnson who made a very patient 58 and Louis Honey who made a run-a-ball 22.

Day 2 saw St Bedes get themselves into a strong position at 112 for 2 before the Sydenham pace bowlers ripped through the middle and lower order to bowl them out for 166. Ben Cranfield lead the way taking 4 for 30 from 12 overs. Billy Duncan continued his good form taking 2 for 26. Needing 157 for outright points the Sydenham top order did a great job to occupy the crease and slowly but surely they wore down the St Bedes attack. Thomas Johnson followed his first innings half century with another in the second before finally getting bowling for 50, he had great support from Henry Cuthbertson who made a solid 44. These two put on 107 for the second wicket. Louis Honey then arrived at the crease and quickly got the job done for Sydenham finishing 32 not out from 22 balls giving the home team a 6 wicket win.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/859062/1st_innings

T20 – WON

The T20 team finally got a game in having won the first two of the season by default. Meeting the CBHS Hostel team at Centennial Park and batting first they scored 194/3 3 wickets and then bowled out CBHS 52. Lead run scorers were Andrei Tomkinson 43 runs, Ben Mason 40 retired, Alex Braun 20* and Asten Hickford 19. Will Mason then took 3/17 and Henry McMeeking 2/5.

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Year 10 – WON

A beautiful Saturday afternoon boded well for the Year 10s at Hagley against Christs College. Sydenham won the toss and elected to bat on a very spongy wicket, not well suited to spin. Two quick wickets were lost before the team settled in with a solid partnership of 112 between Matthew Fairhall (57) and Logan Yates (19). A solid 21 from Murphy McMillan later in the innings helped Sydenham accumulate 171/7 off their allotted 40 overs.

Right from the start of the Christs innings Sydenham were energised with great team talk resulting in some quick wickets through great bowling and fielding. The two new players for the team (Ethan Simpson and Aditya Tiwary) performed admirably, as did all the boys with highlights including 3 wickets to Matthew Fairhall, 2 to Billy Johnston, with Ethan Simpson and Adam Anderson taking some spectacular catches. Christs were all out before drinks for 88.

Full scoreboard https://www.crichq.com/matches/861115/1st_innings

9A - BYE

The 9A’s had a BYE this weekend.


Tough day at the office for the 9B’s in their match against CBHS with a number of players pulling out very late which meant the team was scrambling to find replacements. A big thanks goes out to the Year 7 brothers and sisters of players who answered the SoS and filled in to ensure the match could be played.

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