Round 9 (1-Dayer)
WPHC 100 lost to Berowra 135
Match Report to follow.
WPHC Red (Andy) 4/87 defeated Kenthurst 86
Kenthurst Park 1 had cracks so big I was worried a family of small snakes would crawl out of the pitch. In short we won pretty comfortably and the pitch misbehaved.
A lot to build on next week. Also Nick Starr looks like the love child of Andrew Meikle and Simon Smyth and I would recommend him as a bloke and a cricketer to anybody. He played well today, jagged 1 wicket and deserved more, also turned up the club and seems like a ripper human being.
WPHC Blue (Gunny) 191 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 6/206
We showed up to the Glade excited to return back to cricket for the New Year. It took 35 overs for us to want to not play cricket again for the year.
The Glade was damp in patches with some light morning rain, suggesting it would do a bit early and bowling first seemed the logical choice. Next thing you know the Opposition opener has scored 100 on us and hit the ball to every part of the ground.
I think our bowling innings is best described by the fact that we dropped more catches than wickets we took. In the end the dropped chances probably cost us the game, on top of what was some good bowling at times but not enough tight consistent periods of good bowling.
Best of the bowlers was Mr Benjamin Meikle who picked up 3/39 off 6. Honourable mention to all other bowlers who worked hard all day with limited reward. Zac ‘more catches than runs’ Morris also took 3 catches, or as he described it 2 catches and 1 screamer.
In the end 206 at The Glade was always going to be a massive ask, chasing 6 an over on what is known as the most inconsistent turf ground in the Association, but we had a good crack with the bat.
Andrew ‘Last at SuperCoach’ Morris (34) scored quick and looked like going big today before a short ball skidded on and had him wrapped LBW. Andrew certainly made his feelings clear on what he thought about the decision, with the ball hitting him just below the box. He is 4 foot tall though.
Brent ‘200 strike rate’ Larkham (6) looked to up the scoring in what was one of the best 3 ball innings I’ve ever seen. I know Ray will want me to give him a mention too, so well done on your self-described ‘tidy’ 15. Every week is exciting to see what adjective Ray uses to describe his score.
Highlight of the day though obviously would have to be Billy ‘I scored a run at the Glade’ Gaunt who scored a brilliant 93. Billy looked in total control throughout the whole innings, and looked like bringing us home in this massive run chase but unfortunately we just lost too many wickets around him. Billy also hit a 6, which is a pretty good effort for a guy who weighs 60kg.
We look forward to the 3rd match of the Quanderson Cup next week, with both teams only separated by one point!
WPHC 168 lost to Castle Hill White 7/178
We were playing Castle Hill at Caddies Creek in a crucial game for top 4 positions. Castle Hill won the toss and elected to bat. Castle Hill batted well with partnerships all throughout their innings. Todd Hutchinson got the first breakthrough at 42. Another good partnership ensued with Willy getting the second wicket at 109.
Adi Nair got a pole and from this point our bowlers tightened up our bowling taking 4/35 at the end of the Castle Hill innings. After their allotted 35 overs Castle Hill ended on 7/178. Best of our bowlers Todd Hutchinson 3/29, Willy 1/42 and Adi Nair 1/24. There were 2 run outs.
Our innings didn’t start well losing Raghu in the first over for a blob and wickets fell regularly – Mikey Fiedler, Hughsey and Raffa. We were 4/52 and not looking great. A few small partnerships got us into a position to win the game but that went south when skipper Flair was dismissed. Our innings finished 10 runs short all out for 168 on the last ball.
Best of our batting Prats 41*, Flair 40, Raffa 21 and Hughsey 21.
We were in this game but just didn’t win the close calls and take advantage of the half chances we had. Onwards to next week.
WPHC 7/137 lost to Sydney Lions 4/140
We arrived at Annangrove and were surprised at the green, thick outfield. There was a long discussion between a number of senior players about batting or bowling first. Naps then walked over and lost the toss….. We found ourselves batting first.
Eric Junkkari (34) looked good opening the batting and didn’t look like being dismissed early. Unfortunately Eric watched wickets fall at regular intervals down the other end. We went to drinks at 4/53.
Phil Hayes (47*) joined Eric at the crease and the pair looked to up the run rate. The dismissal of Eric brought Tanay Hira (24) in to the middle.
Phil and Tanay ran hard and really batted well to try and drag our score up to a defendable total.
Defending 137 on Annangrove was always going to be a tough ask. A few early boundaries saw the Opposition race to 0/25 after 5 overs. Ryan Loveridge was given the new ball, and in his 3rd over he put it to great use.
A great nut jagged back and took out middle stump. Birdcage was fired up. The next delivery was almost identical. This time the batsman got his pad in the way. Out LBW! The boys could feel something brewing and everyone really started chirping!! Birdcage steamed in on a hat trick. The ball was the perfect hat trick delivery! The batsman played all around it as it knocked out off-stump. A great hat trick for Birdcage!
This is just our 50th hat-trick and the first this year. The previous ones were on 29 September 2018 when both Kyle Townsend (B1) & Cameron Price (D1) also got a big one.
Not much went our way after that as the opposition opener went on to score an unbeaten ton in a total of 140.
A tough loss to take, especially with a couple of other results opening the door for teams to peg back the top 2 teams.
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 108 lost to WPHC Red (Phill) 3/111
Good evening WPHCC Red fans and our other viewers. Today was a ODS (one day seniors) match of 35 overs against the West Pennant Blues side lead by fellow C1 captain, Captain Stu. Matthew was the Captain of the C1 Red team with Phil acting as the official Captain. The coin was soon tossed and lost with Stu sending our team into bowl.
We managed to bowl the C1 blue side all out for 108 runs.
All our bowlers bowled very well today, bowling quick spells to address the limited over restrictions placed on all bowlers.
Alec bowled very tight and consistent eventually taking a wicket in his last over. Warren Schwartzel also bowled very well restricting the batsmen to only 17 runs over his 7 overs. He also received a wicket for his effort.
Tom bowled fast and aggressively to dismiss 2 batsmen of the blue side. Sam also dismissed one of the blue’s batsmen. Jack was the standout player in the field today, taking 3 crucial wickets through his aggressive bowling attack. He also scored the highest total with the bat of 42 runs.
Campbell Wallace also played very well scoring 40 runs, taking 2 good catches and getting a run-out.
Harry took a good catch at point, juggling the ball and diving to secure the catch. Phil took another catch, distancing himself again for the most catches in the field.
Good luck to the C1 Blues side for the next match against Castle Hill. Thank you for tuning in and participating with the C1 Blue team as they continue to secure a bag of victories as the season progresses.
WPHC 91 lost to Castle Hill 6/100
Facing the top side of the Grade was always going to be a tough task and with almost losing 50% of core squad taking further time off in the silly season, it was left to few young bloods to make a match.
Winning the toss and batting first looked like a new star lined up in the new year. Losing one opening bat in the first over, did not help the team’s cause, but a good steady turnaround for 2nd wicket of 42 runs between Ben K and Adrian gave us the platform.
But we perished to get quick runs after drinks break and ended with below par score of 91. Top scorers being Adrian 29, Ben K 18 and Areeb 10.
Castle Hill’s young squad knows only one way to play and that’s to hit your way out, and we were looking to take that as an opportunity. Unfortunately, the first break-through came after 1st bowling change and 40 runs already scored. After that getting some quick wickets before drinks break put them back 5/71.
The target was never enough and they reached the score at the end of 20 overs. Good bowling performances by Ben K 2/15, Tarun 1/18, Jude Boyle 1/26 and Shanks 2/7.
The grade Ladder position is still interesting as #2 to #8 is just separated by 7 points. So all to play for in the last 5 rounds.
WPHC 6/139 lost to St Ives 5/142
The time off over the Christmas break left us seemingly a bit rusty. Connor copped a rising ball on the wrist and unfortunately had to retire hurt early.
Kwoka and Peter tried to put together a partnership but were tied down by some good bowling and never really got going. Buzz and Rowan added a few, but it was the Rowan (39*) and Paul Vink (24) lower order show that picked up from where they left off with their century partnership last match to add another really good effort adding 54. We finished on 139 after our 35 overs which looked ok but would require a disciplined bowling effort to defend.
Paul started well and was extremely miserly, well backed up by an excellent spell from Dave Behlevanas and we were in the running at the drinks break.
We managed to keep the game alive grabbing a few wickets, but we knew there was some firepower still left in the sheds as the Opposition had tinkered with their batting order and a couple of strong hitters managed to take toll of some of our bowling and pass us with 4 odd overs to spare.
Best bowling from Dave with 2/18, Paul and Buzz grabbing one each.
As Connor had injured himself and was unable to contribute with the bat or ball and then had to leave early for work, the team decided to fine him and lay the blame squarely on his shoulders 😂
Now the cobwebs have been blown out, we’ll look to improve a few aspects of our game and return the winning ledger next week.
WPHC Blue (Rob) 3/239 defeated Hornsby 5/234
The biggest competition of the year is fast becoming whether Rob can win a toss. A new year and a couple week’s break and the team was hoping things would change. But not to be. Rob duly lost the toss and Hornsby asked us to bat first.
Aden and Luc opened the bat and got us off to a good steady start. Unfortunately just as Aden (24) was getting going he hit one up to cover to be out. That brought Alastair to the crease and the great innings continued. A good partnership between Luc (58) and Al kept the run rate increasing and we were piling on runs. After a great opening knock from Luc, “Rocket” Roshan (32) came to the crease and played a brilliant short cameo.
As usual Rocket only did things in fours and sixes but the innings didn’t last forever. Kamran (12*) came in to join Al to finish off the innings. After a well compiled 50, Alastair raced away to 97*. Thanks to a lightning fast Campbell Park and great batting from all batters we ended on 239 from our 35 overs.
Hornsby needed over 7 an over to win. But now it was our turn to get slogged all over the park. Hornsby were tracking nicely until the good old trooper Roger (1-23) bowled a brilliant 7 overs. This helped pulled the score back enough for us to sneak home with a win. Hornsby ended on 234…. 5 runs short.
All in all a good win to start off 2020.
WPHC Red (Diggers) 149 lost to Kissing Point 5/150
Playing Kissing Point at Mimosa Oval, we won the toss and decided to have a bat first. After losing a couple of early wickets, Craig and Quan, making a guest appearance for us, put on 42 for the 3rd wicket before Craig reached his compulsory retirement score of 30.
Mitch then joined Steve and they put on 38 before Mitch fell for a well compile 22. Steve ended up getting out for 31 and Jack made 23 and we ended up at 9/149 off our 35 overs.
Disco (1/30) grabbed an early Kissing Point wicket but a couple of missed chances and a dubious lbw non-call saw them get to 53 before Lachlan Daly(2/25) got a wicket with a perfect left arm in-swinging yorker.
Mukund (2/14) picked up one at the other end and another corker yorker from Lachlan saw KP at 4/60. He should have had another wicket with what looked like a pretty adjacent LBW shout however it wasn’t to be.
Kisso then put on 83 for the 5th wicket and, despite Mukund disturbing the stumps again, it wasn’t to be and they passed us in the 32nd over.
Still not a bad performance and enough positives to take into next match.
WPHC 3/222 defeated Kenthurst Upper Hills 6/147
A great win at Les Shore No. 2 on a cool day with good ground. We opened with Captain Mike and Luke Christensen. It was going very well until Luke decided to poleaxe Captain Mike by hitting him directly in the ribs with a driving shot. At that stage we were 0 for 59 after 10 overs. Luke hit 36 runs, followed by Praneel Singh on 26 and Ayush Tamhankar on 53. Unfortunately for Praneel an off side ball came back in a mile and hit the top bail. We lost our last wicket on 183.
Waman Tamhankar hit 79 runs in his partnership with his son Ayush and between them had a 108 partnership. After 35 overs we were 222 runs.
The opposition came in and Ayush took a wicket with Luke taking a catch from it. They were 1 for 6 and then lost wickets on 51, 57 and 65. Two more followed on 118. Praneel Singh took 2 for 19, Ayush 2 for 24 with Captain Mike and Agniva one wicket a piece.
So a good win and much encouragement as we head towards the semis.
Club Champion player points
Our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at 16/01/2020):
This season we are again tracking Players approaching personal milestones. Keep a look out for this update to see who has achieved something special or who is approaching a special achievement.
Performances will be updated mid-week once all scorecards are uploaded.
|Nathan Fathers||C1||3,787 runs
|Alex Robertson||A2||2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Greenup 5/10/2019|
|Craig Hutchinson||D1||2,000 runs Vs WPHC Blue @ Greenway Park 2/11/2019|
|Andrew Morris||A2||2,000 runs Vs WPHC Red @ Greenway Park 14/12/2019|
|Josh Banner||A1||1,951 runs|
|Brent Larkham||A2||1,858 runs|
|Tarun Lath||C2||1,909 runs|
|John Rose||C2||1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Foxglove Oval North 28/9
|Asees Rajput||C2||1,000 runs Vs ARL @ Greenup Park 26/10
|Raghu Chary||B2||1,000 runs Vs Castle Hill Green @ Caddies Creek 2/11|
|Brent Van Wck||C2||1,000 runs Vs Castle Hill @ Dural Park 9/11/2019
|Ben Meikle||A2||969 runs
|Alex Chidgey||C2||958 runs
|Michael Robertson||A2||928 runs
|Ashane de Silva||A1||982 runs
|Ramil De Silva||C3||864 runs
|Tis Mistry||A1||915 runs|
|Zac Morris||B1||952 runs
|Richard Hughes||854 runs
|Steve Burrows||C3||950 runs
|Tim Worthington||910 runs
|Rowan Keating||A2||287 wickets
|Chris Williamson||B1||200 wickets Vs Castle Hill @ Dural Park 16/11/2019
|Andy Meikle||A2||100 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 28/9/2019
|Amit Sen||C2||78 wickets Vs Berowra @ Old Dairy, Brooklyn 30/11
|Dan Costigan||A1||93 wickets
|Roshan Withanage||D1||50 wickets Vs Kissing Point (T20 Semi) @ Greenway Park 17/11/2019|
|David Larkham||D1||50 wickets Vs Glenorie @ Les Shore 1 (T20 GF) 8/12/2019|
|Brent Larkham||A2||48 wickets
|Jackson Preedy||A1||47 wickets
|Paul Vink||C3||45 wickets