It was a case of a win and a loss for the Prems as the T20 competition got underway after Christmas.
Both were decisive results with Sydenham well beaten in the first match in the morning against St Albans, but then able to reverse the result in the afternoon contest against OBC.
St Albans seemed in command for most of the early match after they elected to bat and quickly established a consistent 7-8 rpo. They didn't lose their first wicket until 71, and although we did pull them back on occasion in the match, we did ourselves no favours by bowling 20 wides to gift them another 3 overs plus to play with. Chris Harris was the best of the bowlers with 2/29, but in the end we were set the 170 that they seemed on target to achieve at the least throughout much of the innings.
In response Sydenham got off to a poor start, and at 7/3 we were up against it and struggled through be bowled out inside 15 overs for 67 with Harshal 18 and Harry 23 the only players to reach double figures.
Fortunately lunch sat well with us, and after winning the toss and batting first against OBC in the afternoon, Sydenham produced a solid batting display built around Dylan Goldstone's 55, and Harry's 40, to post 152/8 off our 20 overs. However, this time the bowlers got their lines right, and with only one wide bowled in the innings, proceeded to carve through the OBC top order to bowl them out for 76 with the main honours going to Mitch Gardiner with 4/14, Harry 3/15, and the always reliable Tom Agnew 2/2
The next match is a mid-week one against Marist Harewood at Sydenham Park on Thursday at 5.30pm, followed by another double header on Saturday at Burwood Park.
We understand that the 2As may have lost both of their two T20 matches but details are not available at time of writing.