The return to two-day cricket on Saturday was meet with increment weather that saw some lower grades cancelled, only two Premier matches start of time, with one rained off, and our match against Lancaster Park at Garrick Park delayed to a 1.30pm start.
With the weather about, the toss was always going to be important and fortunately Sydenham won it and asked Park to bat first. And at 100/9, we would have felt well pleased with the effort at that point which offered the opportunity to get a first innings lead before the end play and advance the delayed match. However, our recent propensity to take the foot off the throat raised its head again as the Park’s no. 10 and 11 proceeded to put on a valuable 74 runs for the last wicket as the pitch started to flatten out.
Michael Davidson, who’d scored a century against Sydenham on the same wicket earlier in the season, lifts one off Tom Agnew to be caught by Carl Hooper (partly obscured) for 11.
The early bowling effort was excellent with contributions from all the mediums pacers and wickets shared between Tom Agnew (3/42), Ryan Wallace (3/62), Carl Hooper (2/23) and Braden Gradner (2/24) - although Ryan and Stu Naden’s figures suffered somewhat from the big hitting from the two tail enders towards the end. When Ryan eventually dismissed the no. 11 with a superb catch taken by Matt McCall, Park’s total of 174 left a distinct feeling of an opportunity lost.
Braden Gardner traps Smith LBW to capture the first wicket
However, whilst Park’s late innings recovery may have dropped heads a little, the Sydenham’s batting effort in reply quickly had them up again. Dylan Goldstone and Matt McCaw started cautiously against the Park quicks, but then as Dylan in particular got into stride the runs started to flow. Similar to Finn Loader and PK in the previous match the opening partnership of 113 was a nice mix of the aggressor in Dylan with 77 off 69 balls, and the circumspect with Matt’s 47 coming from 93 balls. When Dylan finally fell the innings was well under control and Matt and Tom Hewison (20*) then took the side through to stumps with Matt unfortunately falling on the second last ball of the day as Sydenham finished up 155/2.
The match is now in an interesting position and nicely poised for next week where the onus is on both captains to keep the other interested.
Carl Hooper takes his first wicket as Hazeldine cuts to Finn Loader at point.
The Premier Woman lost their match against OBC at Elmwood Park despite an excellent innings of 123 from Evelyn Jones in Sydenham’s 227/3 (Jodie Dean 30*). However, OBC got the total six down with Eden Petiigrew the best of the bowlers with 2/34.
Some of the other lower grades were cancelled due to the weather by of those that played:
No information available on the 2As
The 3B Goats lost their match to East Shirley after being transferred to the Polo ground artificials. Batting first they could only muster 114 which Easts chased down losing just the three wickets
The Presidents Cardinals posted a competitive 178/7 against East Shirley Gold on Warren Park thanks to Mario Williams (50), Matt Loose (39), Phil Walker (32) and Dave Hardy (29). However, an innings of 84 from Easts opener Craig Gibb saw East easily run down the total for the loss of two wickets.
Hospital had a very good win over MP on Warren Park. MP batted first and scored 215/5 (Bill Day 2/21) and then Bill completed a fine double as he scored 92 run out, and in conjunction with Richard McKinlay (93), coasted Hospital through to 216/3.
The Sydenham Youth XI took the four required wickets after the first week to get an inning win against the Selwyn lions and now play their next match versus Christs College on Tuesday. The other youth grades start next week but the Year 9’s had a friendly against St Bedes
Toby Hull takes a Sydenham wicket against St Bedes