The Prem men fell out of contention for the one-day title after losing both of their weekend matches to remain winless in the competition.
Saturday’s match against Riccarton on Riccarton Domain was a critical match for the teams who had both lost their opening matches. However, fresh from their 2-day win against Riccarton on the same wicket only a couple of weeks earlier, Sydenham never really got into this particular match. After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Sydenham was immediately in trouble as wickets weren’t prized and a number of extravagant shots quickly left them at 15/3. Ryan Jones’ 33 in the middle order was the best of the efforts in another disappointing batting effort that never seemed likely to be enough despite the two-paced wicket.
Riccarton were themselves initially on the back foot at 4/2, but chasing a small total Cookson, Rapson and Raine rebuilt the innings such that by the 20th over when Rapson was dismissed, Riccarton were well in control and coasted through to win by six wickets.
In the second match on Sunday against OBCC, Sydenham were set a stern task when OBC won the toss and then batted well to score 272/5 on a good strip on Hagley No. 4. A good start had taken them through to 123/1 and from there they always looked like getting a 250 plus score – best of the Sydenham bowlers was Braden Gardner with 3/72. The Sydenham reply got off to its familiar poor start but then with Matt McCall (32) and Tom Hewison (75) batting well we looked reasonably placed at the halfway mark at 129/3.
Tom Hewison pulls through mid-wicket during his 75 against OBC
However, as the run rate ticked higher two quick middle order ducks put more pressure on and eventually Sydenham succumbed well short of OBC’s score at 178.
Matt McCall clips one through the onside
In the Prem Womans double header there was a win and a loss. The loss was to Lancaster Park after Sydenham only scored 69/6 from their 20 overs (Carolyn Esterhuizen 26), and with Park then getting those without the loss of a wicket. However, later on Elmwood Park Sydenham got a good victory after restricting OBC to 103/8 (Eden Pettigrew 3/12) and then getting those runs six down thanks to a fine allround performance from Carolyn who scored a 50 in reply. The Div 1 women also won scoring 102/6 against Heathcote at Ferrymead Park with Linda Pettigrew top scoring with 23. In reply Heathcote struggled with run rate and were eventually 85/3 at the end of their 20 overs, 17 runs short.
In the grades below Prems wins were few and far between. The 2As suffered two loses but were much more competitive than in previous weeks. In their Saturday match on Hagley they were unable to contain LP who scored 251/8, and although Pankaj Bhegat (86) and Finn Loader (39) got Sydenham into a competitive position in the run chase, they were eventually bowled out for 198. On Sunday against Easts they managed to hold Easts to 213/9 thanks to 4/49 from Scott Grose & Finn’s 3/29. However Pankaj’s follow up innings of 45 (not assisted by a worsening ankle inning over the innings), and Gaurav Dudeja’s 40, still left Sydenham 28 runs short when bowled out for 186 – definite signs though of improvement in the 2As performances.
2C Suddenly Sydenham could only manage 76 against OBC at Elmwood Park (Gaurav Dudeja 29) with the opposition getting those only one down.
The 3D Cardinals were victorious in the local derby against the Sydenham All Stars on Centennial. Batting first Cam Rennell (60), Geordie Dann (24) and Jamie Livingstone (20) were those responsible for getting the Cardinals through to 164 all out. For the All Stars wickets went to Hamish McCelland (3/31) and Satvik Saini (3/19). But then the All Stars were bowled out for 110 in reply with Abe Atherton scoring 41 - the Cardinals wickets evenly shared.
The Goats are still looking for their first win and again struggled on Centennial Park. Tony Danenburg’s 42 and Alex Brailey’s 27 got them through to 155/8, but New Brighton in reply got the runs seven down despite Alex’s 4/35 with the ball.
The Presidents Cardinals beat Easts Blue on Hagley 5 thanks to a solid batting performance. Matt Loose scored his third successive half century with a 60, and in conjunction with contributions from Brendon Laughton (37), Mario Williams (41), Phil Walker (32) got the side through to 219/9. East were 118/9 for reply at the end of 40 overs thanks to Warren Guy’s first up effort of 5/18.
Mario Williams on Hagley 5.
Disappointingly we have no scorecard from Hospital but we understand that they lost