After the convincing victory against Riccarton in the two-day competition on Labour weekend, the Premier Men were on the receiving end of a great performance from Lancaster Park at Garrick Park yesterday.
Sydenham again won the toss and asked Park to bat, but when the wicket proved to have few demons early on, LP seemed to relish the opportunity. It proved to be LP’s Michael Davidson and Ben McCord’s day.
Ryan Wallace’s return to NZ on a tough day for all with the ball at Garrick Park
After Braden Gardner removed opener Burnett early for 2 with the score at 20, the two ex-Canterbury players then dominated the rest of the innings with a 174 run partnership. Davidson had missed a Canterbury contract this season but made a big statement with his third century already this season as his 118, and McCord’s 101*, took Park through to a very competitive 270/3.
Carl Hooper’s frustration was shared by all the bowlers
The Sydenham reply got off to a good start with Tom Hewison and Dylan Goldstone (20) putting on 57 for the first wicket at a good clip before Dylan fell to Hamilton, one of the two spinners who eventually did all the damage to the innings. Tom got his NZ journey underway as he carried on to make a controlled 57 off 95 balls.
Englishman Tom Hewison takes a drink as Sydenham contemplate the struggle mid-innings
After Tom’s departure Lane Tutty tried to steady the ship with another solid innings of 35, but unfortunately couldn’t find a partner to support him as double figures eluded the rest of the batting order. The two spinners in van Woerkom and Hamilton bowled well to contain Sydenham on what turned out to be an excellent early season wicket, and eventually we fell 130 runs short, bowled out for 140.
The Prem Woman got their season underway with a thumping of St Albans at Hagley. Runs to Carolyn Esterhuzen (44), Eden Pettigew (30), Jodie Dean (26) and Berndine Bezuidenhout (23) saw the woman set Saints an imposing 220/9. St Albans were never really in the hunt as Jodie’s 3/8, Carolyn’s 2/13 and Jenna Waghorn’s 2/13 killed off any early hopes.
Caitlyn Robinson strokes a boundary behind square as the Prem woman get their first victory
The 2As continued their frustrating start to the season with another loss. Their early season struggles were highlighted by another match played with only 10 players but the batsmen failed to deliver after being bowled out for 76/9 on Hospital Corner. St Albans knocked off the runs by 1.30pm for just the one wicket.
The 2As take some learnings in their after match review
Jamie Livingstone’s 3D Cardinal’s couldn’t have felt all that confident in their match after being bowled out for 128 against New Brighton on South New Brighton Domain. Keiran Williams was top score with 23 but it took the lower order to get them above 100. However, those extra runs proved to be vital with Jamie carrying on his early season form with the ball to take 4/17 and dismiss New Brighton for 117.
The 3D Sydenham Allstars lost by three wickets against Parklands on Centennial Park 2. Batting first they left themselves limited chances after being bowled out for 62, an innings not assisted by three consecutive run-outs in the middle order, and with only Paul Jensen (22) and Abe Atherton (16) reaching double figures. In reply Parklands got the runs seven down.
The 3B Goats likewise had their own struggles on Centennial going down to Heathcote by 97 runs. Heathcote’s scored 166/8 with the Goats’ Jonny Shaw (3/53) the top wicket taker. In reply the first eight Sydenham batsmen failed to reach double figures with only Heath Saunders (21) and Jon Bennet (10) managing to do so as they were bowled out for 69.
Both Sydenham Presidents sides had wins, most notable being the Hospital team who had their first win in a year or two, and a very convincing one at that. Batting first against MP Accessman at Warren Park on an artificial, Hospital scored 254/8 with the main contributions coming from Richard McKinlay (93) and Euan Stewart (62). In reply Kelum Mendis (3/38) and Abhaya Paudel (2/52) saw MP fall short at 232/8.
Over at Burwood Park the Presidents Cardinals got their first win of the season against the newly formed ES-OBC combined side. Sydenham batting first saw Matt Loose carry on his good form from the previous week with a 70, but there was good contributions right throughout the order with the two openers Mario Williams (49) and Dave Hardy (35) getting the team off to a great start followed up by Matt and Phil Walker (58). Set 252/5 ES-OBC fell well short at 212/9 handing a good win to the Cardinals against an always very good ES side on Burwood.
Captain Phil Walker scored 58 in his first match of the season
The Woman’s Div 1 and 2 sides both suffered losses. Hannah Morrissey’s 29 was near half of the Div 1’s 67/6 which OBC chased down comfortably reaching that target three down off 13 overs. The Div 2 girls were 34/6 at the end of their 20 overs which North West ticked off none down.