Bowes Century Highlights Solid First Day

A Chad Bowes century was the highlight of club performances on Saturday with the Runacres Insurance Premier Men locked in a real contest with St Albans on Sydenham 1.

The Runacres Insurance Championship team had an up and down day at Elmwood but finished in the more dominate position of the two sides. The Premier Women fell to their second consecutive loss, and likewise both Division 1 & 2 had second loses in their matches on Sydenham.

The afternoon grades were again a mixture of results (or regrettably unknown results or no details), but both Presidents sides did get wins, and in the youth section the long weekend saw only two youth teams playing with the First X1 experiencing a rare tied match, and Year 10 Colts suffering a loss.

Runacres Insurance Premier Men

It was an evenly contested match when the Runacres Insurance Prem men took on the powerful St Albans side on Sydenham 1. After its two earlier wins, it was a timely opportunity for Sydenham to test itself against one of the better sides in town and it did so thanks mostly to another Chad Bowes century and a persistent effort from the bowlers in good batting conditions.

With the wicket looking to be a good one, and the morning already hot and forecast into the high 20’s, the Sydenham players were relieved to see their skipper win his 4th consecutive toss and gratefully take the opportunity to bat first. In what followed the Sydenham innings never looked in danger of not getting at least a competitive total thanks to Chad’s innings. It got off to a good start assisted by some uncharacteristic untidy fielding from Saints who put down three early catches, in particular an outfield catch off Matt McCall, and more significantly a difficult caught and bowled off Chad that proved expensive. The two put on 41 for the 1st wicket before Matt fell, and then we saw a key 2nd wicket partnership of 87 between Chad and Adi Edekar, with both players looking increasingly set as their partnership developed.

Chad Bowes
Another Chad Bowes boundary through square off Lortan

With Adi’s dismissal at 128, the score got through to 160-2 in the 43rd over and a score of 250-70 seemed on the cards. Chad was batting beautifully, taking minimal risks as he anchored the innings for his side. He was scoring at ease with a mixture of his usual array of drives through the cover to point area, some carefully calculated leg side scoop shots, mixed with some thunderous pull shots on anything short, especially from his fellow South African Tyler Lortan for whom he showed little compassion. But then Saints fought back strongly - they had Pankaj Bhagat playing on to the spinner Holstein before he had scored, and then Toby Mowat, Jackson Hemingway and Srirag Harish all failed to get starts. Suddenly at 171-6 in the 49th over an under-performance was threatening.

Tom McDonald
Tom McDonald provided some late over support

However, in a return to Prem cricket, Tom McDonald then played a nice little cameo innings of 23 off 44 balls in support of Chad that resurrected the innings, and together they took their side through to 226-6 before the declaration came at the end of 60 overs, Chad finishing on 127* off 154 balls. The Sydenham innings probably felt 30-40 runs short of what Chad’s innings had warranted, hurt from the middle order loses that didn’t find a fresh player early enough who could accelerate the run rate and take the pressure off Chad who had been persisting through nearly three hours of 28dc heat during his innings.

Chad Bowes & Toby Mowat
Chad Bowes (left) leaves the ground at the interval with Toby Mowat

Whilst St Albans have a very proficient bowling and fielding unit, their strength is in their batting and they quickly set about chasing down the total. Jackson Hemingway managed to finally break the opening partnership with the score at 61, and then Mitch Gardner got the valuable wicket of new Canterbury contracted player Tyler Lortan for a modest 20 by his standards. It was then 98-2 but the prolific Dawson was going well and it wasn’t until the score reached 142 before Jackson came back to trap Sharples LBW that some balance was restored. Then, almost at day’s end, Dawson’s innings of 78 came to an end when Tom Agnew elicited a shot from him that Matthew Bell sneered with an excellent catch at slip that left Saints sitting on 154-4 at the close.

The first day had been an evenly contested affair with the batsmen generally dominating in conditions that tended to favour them, but the match is sufficiently advanced that it sets up a potentially intriguing 2nd day next week where both sides can have expectations of a result, one way or the other.

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The Birdwood Premier Women

The Sydenham Woman gave St Albans the opportunity to bat first in beautiful but hot conditions on Hagley 2. Although Saints lost an early wicket with the score at 16, and more regularly as their innings unfolded, they kept the score ticking over ,based around an innings of 58* from their no. 6 Katie Morris, and finished with 169. Felicity Leyton-Davis with 2-20 off her 10 overs, Jenna Waghorn {10-2-36} and Greer Hill [10-2-42] were the best of the bowlers.

The Sydenham reply lost Isla McKenzie early with the score at 8, but then looked on track when they recovered to 70-2, and then 103-3, but there was a capitulation from there. Jodie Dean, who top scored with 41 off 87 balls, Casey Liddington [25 of 43] and Megan Meltzer [18 off 40] were responsible for that early good position, but the wickets tumbled following Megan dismissal at 103-4 with the side bowled out for 122 in the 44th over.

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Runacres Insurance Championship

It was a day of fluctuating fortunes down on Elmwood 4 where Kelvin Scott’s boys took on OBC.

OBC batted first in an innings that became a desperate struggle initially as Connor Williams [15-3-33] ripped into the top order to take the first three wickets with the score at 44, and then backed by Carl Hooper’s return to the crease with 3-48, and Josh McArdle’s 2-15, had OBC on their knees at 81-8. However, OBC’s no. 9 & 10, Graham (72*) and Deshmukh (21*) pulled the innings around to get their side up to a more palatable 169-8 before the 60 over declaration.

The really pleasing part of the match turned out to be the batting of two Sydenham players who look like they’ve now got their seasons underway. Nathanael Paltridge was one of those who played the perfect opener’s role in anchoring the innings through the afternoon and remained not out 58 off 115 balls at the close. The other was Lane Tutty who was positive right from the start of his innings, and in scoring a run a ball 64 not out, played the perfect foil to Nate’s more considered approach. The pair resurrected the innings after they lost Nikunj Patel , Taylor Irie and Kelvin Scott cheaply, and batted through to an unbeaten partnership of 84 leaving their side at 144-4 at stumps and with plenty of options for skipper Scott next week.

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Division 1 - LOST

The writing was on the wall for Div1 when they lost the toss and Heathcote elected to bat in the heat on the usually productive Sydenham 2 wicket. It proved to be a tough day at the office for nearly all of the bowlers as Heathcote set about compiling an intimidating total of 315-9. Their 1st wicket fell at 81, the 2nd at 129, and it remained one-way traffic from there as the lower middle order carried on the onslaught. The pick of the Sydenham bowlers was unquestionably Anand Bandaru [10-3-26] who both picked up wickets and was one of few who could steam the run rate, but other than Preethan Pagadala with his 1-29 off 9 overs, the others will look for a better week next week.

Anand Bandaru
Anand Bandaru on Sydenham 2

Sydenham put in a good effort in reply, initially at least, when skipper Gaurav Dudeja smashed 83 off 73 balls to give his side some hope. However, other than the next three in the order, Sahan Perera (16), Anand Bandaru (19) and Brent Littmoden (32), there was little further contribution as 135-2 slowly deteriorated as wickets fell and the run rate climbed quickly with Sydenham eventually bowled out for 208.

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Division 2 - LOST

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Alex Lankeswar
Alex Lankeswar takes runs through the offside

David Brostow
David Brostow dismisses an Easts batsman caught off a leading edge at point

Division 3 Goats - LOST

After losing the toss, the Goats has skipper Jon Bennett to thank for restricting East Shirley to 162 all out at Centennial Park. Easts had started well with their top four all getting scores, but Jon coming on at first change then took 5-22 off 7 overs to take out the middle order and tail – earlier Chris Douglas [7-2-27] and Daniel Loughton [6-2-29] had done the damage.

In reply Sydenham started well with Ollie Philpott (25) and Andrew Reynolds (12) to the fore, but the rest of the innings disintegrated with only Andrew Douglas batting at no. 9 with 15 managing to reach double figures - Sydenham were bowled out well short for 88.

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Division 6 All Stars - LOST

The All Stars couldn’t carry on last week’s form when they went down to Riccarton on Barrington Park in what proved to be to be a close contest. Sydenham were asked to bat first and got off to a reasonable start with Jacob Koster (19) and Dan Linden (24) the early scorers as the side got through to 68-2. Paul Jensen then topped scored with 46 batting at no. 4 but the rest of the middle and lower order weren’t able to capitalise on the position and the side was bowled out for 145.

Paul Jensen
Paul Jensen takes another boundary

Sydenham then got a great start by getting both openers cheaply but despite Mark Flowerday’s 4-28 they weren’t able to get on top as the Riccarton batsmen kept losing wicket but also kept eking out enough runs to win the match by just the one wicket.

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Division 6 Tamils - UNKNOWN

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Cavaliers Cardinals - WON

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Presidents Cardinals - WON

Bradford Park isn’t a ground, or more specifically a wicket, that batsmen generally look forward to playing on, so it was a real surprise to see Sumner elect to bat first when won they toss on Saturday. The Sydenham bowlers exploited the conditions well with the likes of Phil Walker [an impressive 7-1-7], Ken Julian [8-1-23], Julien van Dyk [8-0-28] and Dave Fleming [8-0-32] all giving nothing away. However, Sumner’s Paul Russell held his side’s innings together, and at 91-2 with 11 overs to go, a challenging 150 plus score looked in the offering. However three classy run-outs coupled with the bowling of Jeremy Brown [8-4-19] pulled the score back – from 115-5, Sumner slumped to be all out for 121.

Whilst every total has to be respected on Bradford, a positive approach to batting in the early overs put Sydenham on the road to a win. The side got through to 40-2 at which point Matt Loose took charge with a typically dominating 44 that really set the innings up. However, Matt’s dismissal and some tight Sumner bowling started to see wickets fall and suddenly the batting side was 110-8 and in real danger of losing. The side held its nerve however, with the lower order nudging them through to get the last few runs and seal the victory with two wickets still left in hand. The Cardinals remain in 2nd equal position in the grade.

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Hospital - WON

Hospital had a very good day when they took on Merivale Papanui at Hagley. After winning the toss and electing to bat first openers Bruce Day (24) and Nathan Crowe (19) got the side off to a good start, but it was the fall of Nathan’s wicket at 44 that brought Bryan Bunz to the crease that did the real damage. It was Bryan’s 75, together with Pieter Barkhuizen’s 35, that proved to be the heart of the Hospital innings that reached 198-6 by the end of the 40th over.

MP started poorly, recovered through their middle order but then collapsed towards the end to be all out for 162 in the 38th over. Kelum Mendis [8-4-31] and Pieter Barkhuizen [8-3-32] did the bulk of the damage backed by Rahul Mukherjee [8-2-22] and Bryan Bunz [8-1-37]

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Sydenham Stars Div1 Women - WON

The Division 1 Ladies came away with a win when they took on North West Women on Woolston Park. NW won the toss and elected to bat, and although losing their openers early, batted through with most batsmen getting into the teens but no able to progress further and finishing 101 all out in the 23rd over. The Sydenham wickets were shared around with Madeleine Iro [5-2-29] the top wicket taker, but with some economic bowling also coming from Dakoda Potter [3-1-6] and Jaimee Cartwright [4-1-12].

The Sydenham innings was always on track for that total thanks to patient innings from the two openers with Dakoda [20] and Caitlyn Davidson (14) getting them through to 43 before the fall of the first wicket. A 27 off 38 balls from Madeleine and a 16 to Sarah Brostow saw Sydenham through to the win only 4 wickets down in the 28th over. So a good win which was especially pleasing since NW had six of their Premier woman’s team playing in the match.

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Women Youth Stars - WON

The Youth Women travelled to Tai Tapu to take on Selwyn. Winning the toss Sydenham batted first and compiled a healthy total of 165 for 7. Ruby Turner (26) and Biena Hickford (19) put on 54 runs for the opening partnership with excellent contributions from Scarlett Ord (30) and Keira Loose (26 not out) wilting the opposition in the heat.

In reply Scarlett Amos struck early sitting on a hat trick in her first over and finishing with 4 wickets for 8 runs off 3 overs. Ruby Turner also chimed in with 2 early wickets to decimate Selwyn who were all out for 31 runs. An excellent win for the youth women picking up their first victory for the season.

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First XI - TIE

The First XI played the St Andrews Second XI at St Andrews 1 on Saturday. Winning the toss, the skipper decided to have a bat for a change on a wicket that looked to have runs in it. Unfortunately regular wickets lead to no real partnerships being created. 17 runs for the last wicket pushed the score thorough to 117. The STAC innings look on a very similar theme to the point where the scores were the same at drinks, 68/3. STAC progressed to 102/6 but Zach Howe, Daniel Watt and Ghofran Shasawar kept taking wickets.

The score at 102/6 became 103/7, 115/8 then 115/9. Despite a very confident LBW shout being turned down off Daniel followed by a sharp match saving dive at first slip, the scores were tied with a wide being conceded. Now chasing a tie, Ghofran managed to take out the middle stump the STAC’s no.10 to secure a exciting finish.

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Year 10 Colts - LOST

Sydenham won the toss and elected to bowl first against St Bedes at Cashmere High on a pitch that looked like it would assist the bowling team. Bedes lost wickets at regular intervals and were at one stage 98 for 7 before the tail wagged and they were finally dismissed for 173. All the Sydenham bowlers bowled well with the best being leg spinner Jacob Sharp how took 4 for 51 from 10 overs, Louis Honey also bowled with real accuracy finishing with 2 for 9 from 6 overs.

In reply Sydenham were quickly in trouble loosing early wickets with none of the Sydenham batsmen putting up much resistance to a solid St Bedes attack and were bowled out for 64. Following on 109 behind once again the Sydenham batsmen were unable to cope with the uneven bounce the pitch provided and were quickly bowled out for 36 giving St Bedes an easy victory.

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