Round 8 (Day 2)
The Association advised on Friday (20/12):
“Hornsby Council have closed the majority of their grounds. From their Facebook page:
‘Catastrophic fire conditions are forecast for Hornsby Shire for tomorrow Saturday 21 December and, as a precautionary measure, all Council facilities located within bushfire-prone areas will be closed for the day.’
With the weather forecast for Hills area at 43-44 degrees, combined with the forecast air quality index of very poor to hazardous, the Senior Competition Committee have decided to cancel play.”
So…results from Day 1 will be the final outcome of each game.
WPHC 244 drew with Hornsby 1/69
- WPHC – 6th on 17 points
- Points off 4th place – 7 points
- Next game back Vs Berowra @ Berowra Oval
WPHC Red (Andy) 8/157 lost to WPHC Blue (Gunny) 3/160
- WPHC Red– =3rd (4th on quotient) on 34 points
- Next game back Vs Kenthurst @ Kenthurst Park
- WPHC Blue – 1st on 28 points
- Next game back Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ The Glade
The day was set when the Blues showed up and sent the Reds to the other end of Greenway. Rumour is they always sit there, but the Blues will claim an alpha move.
Things didn’t start great, with Matt ‘Showers Babies’ Philip probably bowling the worst over you’ve ever seen. It went for 18, multiple full tosses and an off the pitch ball. One of the balls was collected at the fire station on Shepherds Drive. I hate that guy and that over rightly cost him $28 in fines. At 2/82 at drinks, the Red’s looked in a strong position with scores from Pear, Volc and Costo. The Blues, however, then proceeded to dominate the next 3 sessions of play.
Matty ‘5k’ Watts bowled a great spell of 7 overs (2-24), only to be shown up by Pon ‘more wickets in the last 2 weeks than last 5 years’ Pon who took an impressive 4-27 off 5. This included a couple of stumpings and a real rank full toss. The batters took the wickets, with a good fight back by the Blues seeing the Reds end up on 157.
With the bat, the Blues got off to a solid start before losing two quick wickets with Andrew ‘hamstrung’ Morris (26) and Gunny ‘no walk’ Gunny (19) falling quickly after each other. Small congratulations to Andrew Morris for reaching 2000 runs, geez he is much better than his son. From here, however, Brent ‘no 50’ Larkham (49*) and Billy ‘broke the Quanderson Cup’ Gaunt (47) carrying us home with a good partnership to win the game. Brent has not stopped talking about his 49 not out, I hate that guy.
So the Quanderson Cup remains in Blue hands. However, at the post match celebration shenanigans Billy has broken the Quanderson Cup. I apologise to Rosco and The Quan personally. I assure you Billy has been fined appropriately for such a disgraceful act. Repairs are currently in progress, however chances of survival are low.
WPHC 9/273 drew with Hornsby
- WPHC – 5th on 24 points
- Points out of the top 4 – 4 points
- Next game back Vs Castle Hill White @ Caddies Creek
On a warm day Flair won the toss against Hornsby and had no hesitation in batting at Dural Park. Willy and Hooch got off to a slow start playing patiently and Hooch lost his wicket early (1/2).
Then followed an excellent partnership between Raghu and Willy reaping 88 runs. Raghu had strained a groin and was attempting to hit out before losing his wicket for 60 (2/90). Zac went cheaply for 3, bringing Captain Flair to the crease at 3/108 who sought to up the run rate.
After being 35 after 38 overs Willy added another 18 in 9 overs. Willy was eventually stumped for a patient 53 off 135 balls. A series of 10-20 run partnerships occurred between Flair and Louis Madison-Hanlon (making his debut), Raffa, Manas, Prats and Dean Carlin.
We ended the day on 9/273. Best of our batting Flair 70* (78 balls), Raghu 60 (84 balls), Willy 53 (135 balls), Dean 16 (15 balls), Prats 16 (20 balls) and Louis Madison-Hanlon 15 (17 balls). We are in good shape in this game and if we bowl and field well next week we can win this game.
WPHC 132 drew with Hornsby 0/37
- WPHC – 3rd on 26 points
- Next game back Vs Sydney Lions @ Annangrove
We won the toss and didn’t hesitate in batting first. Eric Junkkari (14) and Ryan Gunn (15) looked solid opening the batting. Gunny’s eyes lit up at a short one and went to play his favoured pull shot, unfortunately getting a top edge that was taken by the bowler.
Avi Lath (52) came to the crease at number 3 and played a very solid knock as wickets tumbled around him. Phil Hayes put on a quick fire 20 in his first innings this season.
Wickets continued to fall in quick succession, including 3 ducks, to see us all out for 132. Avi was the last batsman dismissed, ending a very mature innings at a crucial time.
We had 12 overs at the opposition without luck. Unfortunately we gave away 7 boundaries in those 12 overs leaving us a lot of work to do next week if we want to take first innings points!!
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 9/188 drew with Castle Hill
- WPHC – 8th on 18 points
- Points out of top 4 – 7 points
- Next game back Vs WPHC Red
The day was set, after a disappointing loss last week, we came with high hopes for the new game. As Alex said, “As vice captain I would recommend bowling first”. And with his vice captain’s insightful advise, Stu won the toss and decided to bat.
Sending star opening bat, Raunauk, alongside Thiru out to start the day strong, after 5 overs and 2-2 plans were out the window. A well grinded out 33 by Prashant, with a nice partnership with Luke, set us back in the right direction, before the man himself, Asees, comes out to the middle. Fresh back from Japan, he was feeling good and ready. Some would say getting dropped 5 times along the way would be a rocky half-century, not Asees.
He claims only 1 was a sitter, however most would say different. He batted throughout the day with multiple partnerships with Feathers, Adam, Nikki, Stu and Naiyyar. After getting out, Waris came out batting number 11 for the first time and solidified his spot there, hitting a quickfire 30 to end the day.
The shot of the day was a tough decision, between Waris’ pull through fine leg, Asees’ reverse shot or Nikki’s massive 6 to get off the mark. The award would have to go to Nikki, who’s six was a behemoth. I’ll leave the description up to him.
“Okay so slightly overcast conditions, teams in a bit of trouble. In struts the true team alpha, Nikolas Omeara, tasked with the objective of saving the team. A gentle westerly breeze glides across my face, no doubt assisting the most intimidating bowlers outswing, but this alpha cares not. Put it in my zone, you’re getting clapped champ.
In one of the greatest reverse alphas of this century, the chirpy bowler decides to put one down his own end of the pitch in an attempt to intimidate me. But a true alpha is never intimidated. Rocked back and across, contact made immediately in front of my eyes. The ball goes soaring over the square leg boundary, with that slight degree of tail towards fine leg signaling that you’ve really middled the poo out of it.
As the ball sails over the square leg boundary I think to myself, “today’s my day.” Several overs later I was bowled top of off stump for a gritty yet courageous 8 of 67”
WPHC Red (Phill) 1/9 drew with Sydney Lions 163
- WPHC – 1st on 33 points
- Next game back Vs WPHC Blue
G’day to all West Penno Red fans and fellow club teams. We were sent in to field after Yash, the acting captain for the match, won his first toss, one of the many successes in the game thus far. Today was an enjoyable day in the field, with the WPHCC Red dominating over the Sydney Lions, currently placing 2nd on the ladder.
The wicket takers for today were; Yash 2 wickets, Warren 1, Jack 2, Sam 1 and Dillion 3.
Campbell Wallace was a stand-out in the field today, taking 2 catches, one at mid on and another taken at slips, diving forward to snatch an almost impossible chance.
The highly entertaining and creative sledging led by Nick at slips lifted the red’s morale as well as gently challenging and instructing the opposing team.
Dillion’s mum also boosted the team’s morale, kindly supplying well deserved Zooper-Dooper ice blocks.
In the end the Lions were all bowled out for a mere 163 runs, requiring our team to bat for the remaining half an hour.
A quick wicket fell leaving our team 1-9. Yash and Matt are currently at the crease, ready and waiting to continue the batting for next week. Well done captain Yash for some really good captaining, field placements and contributions at key moments in the match. Good luck for next week’s match!
WPHC 8/288 drew with Hornsby
- WPHC – 5th on 18 points
- Points out of top 4 – 4 points
- Next game back Vs Castle Hill @ Greenup
On a hot dry Campbell Park, no hesitation to bat once you win toss and that set the course for the day.
Vinod and Cameron provided a good opening stand of 41 runs against some good tight opening spell from Hornsby. After that it was the partnership of the season so far for the team, 121 runs for 2nd wicket between Vinod 120 and Adrian 49. Both looked in sublime form and not many chances given and good to see after a long time, to have the seniors group leisurely waiting at base camp.
Some short cameos in the middle order from captain Indranil 25, Tarun 48, Rommel 13 put up a strong total at end of day. Unlucky for Tarun and Adrian to miss out on their 50s but cricket is a team sport (so they say) and they all played to the plan.
The not out batsmen – Sreeni and Josh, will be thinking through the week, whether they get a chance to continue to bat or captain has weird ideas to declare. But for that stay tuned for next Saturday. Congratulations Vinod for this maiden century of the season and hope this sets the trigger for more big scores by the team.
WPHC 7/172 defeated Normanhurst-Warrawee 9/121
- WPHC – 1st on 45 points
- Next game back Vs St Ives @ NTRA
Winning the toss we had no hesitation having a bat first. Things from there didn’t quite go to the script. A couple of early wickets had us 2/6. Our middle order added a few, but by our high standards they failed us today leaving us 6/68 and the game in the balance.
Rowan Dickinson was joined by Paul Vink and the pair went about resurrecting the innings and went from strength to strength with some punishing boundary hitting from both players. Passing their 50 partnership they continued to plunder the opposition attack. Rowan notched up his first Senior’s 50 and the pair passed the 100 partnership mark with Paul at one point reaching a season average of over 100!
In an attempt to push for every run unfortunately Paul was run out for an excellent 47. Rowan finished with a swashbuckling 59* and a team score of 172 after our 35.
Despite a strong score on the board (and far better than expected at the halfway mark) we knew we would need to hold our catches and bowl well to ensure we closed out the game. Excellent ground fielding and catching saw us in the box seat and at the halfway point the run rate had blown out to 8+ an over.
We closed the game out with some strong bowling performances. Xander best of the bowlers with 3/12. Paul picked up 2/11, Riley 1/11, Quan 1/21 and the cameo bowling performance of the match from Kwoka grabbing the excellent figures of 2/12!
A good win with the depth of the team showing with the pleasing aspect of players stepping up when needed.
On to next week to try and grab another win before the Christmas break and stay top of the table heading into 2020.
WPHC Blue (Rob) 173 drew with Glenorie 1/13
- WPHC – 7th on 28 points
- Points out of top 4 – 6 points
- Next game back Vs Hornsby @ Campbell
After winning two games on the trot the team showed up full of confidence. But the biggest question on everyone’s lips was, can Rob finally win his first toss for the season.
Seven games and seven lost tosses. The threats of sacking the captain were growing. But true to form Rob lost the toss and we were asked to bat.
Batting started off slowly and unfortunately wickets tumbled early. In no time we were 4/18 and we were looking down the barrel of small total. But then two decent partnership between Pravin and each of the Vella buys saw some respectability restored.
Small partnerships then continued and we ended up on a reasonable total of 173 off 70 overs. A fantastic batting performance today from Pravin who ended on 61 (his first half century ever), and great support Daryl (41), Tommy (15) and Roger (13 no).
A quick 5 over burst followed and we ended the day with Glenorie on 1/13.
The match is in the balance and we will need to bowl well next week to win this one.
WPHC Red (Diggers) 5/67 Vs Beecroft 126
- WPHC – 4th on 24 points
- Next game back Vs Kissing Point @ Mimosa
After a couple of good wins chasing, we turned up to Thornleigh Oval thinking we may have another crack bowling first and, after winning the toss, we did just that.
Disco and Connor opened the bowling and both picked up an early wicket to have Beecroft 2/14 after 6 overs. They then tried to tee off a bit but still lost wickets and got to 5/96. Mukund(1/11 off 6) and Jack(0/5 off 4) bowled some tight lines and Lachlan(3/34 off 7) continued his good leg spin before Ben (1/17 off 6) made a good contribution.
Disco tidied up the tail and finished with 3/22 off 9 overs in another good line and length performance. Connor finished with 2/24 off 8 and took 4 catches, a very important aspect of the innings.
So, after bowling Beecroft out for 126, we went about our task with hope of getting through to stumps without losing too many wickets.
Unfortunately this wasn’t the case and some good bowling by Beecroft combined with some not so great batting sees us at 5/67 going into day 2. With Ben and Connor at the crease and still some good batsmen to come, we are still confident of being able to pass the target and will see what happens from there.
WPHC 2/64 drew with Kissing Point Blue 76 –
- WPHC – 2nd on 28 points
- Next game back Vs Kenthurst Upper Hills @ Les Shore 2
Club Champion player points
Our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at 21/12/2019):
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||3,768 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|
2,000 runs Vs WPHC Red @ Greenway Park 14/12/2019
|Josh Banner||A1||1,938 runs|
|Brent Larkham||A2||1,892 runs|
|Tarun Lath||C2||1,908 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||967 runs
|Alex Chidgey||C2||957 runs
|Michael Robertson||A2||944 runs
|Ashane de Silva||A1||982 runs
|Ramil De Silva||C3||864
|Tis Mistry||A1||911 runs
|Zac Morris||B1||952 runs
|Richard Hughes||833 runs
|Steve Burrows||C3||935 runs|
|Tim Worthington||907 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||44 wickets