Round 5 (Day 1)
WPHC 2/15 Vs Kenthurst 252
Match Report to follow.
WPHC Blue (Gunny) 143 Vs WPHC Red (Andy) 8/97
The boys showed up to The Glade for the inaugural Quanderson Cup, after the Sheep Station Cup was passed on to the other derby of the round. In the words of Stanton ‘Pon’ Tam: ‘The cup was named after the greatest batsman in the clubs history, and Ross’. Good one Pon.
Winning the toss on a beautiful sunny day the Blues elected to bat. Why not? Next thing you know we’re 3/12. Things didn’t get much better after that, 6/50. Few wickets later and we’re sitting at 9/98. Yikes. Luckily, a big last wicket partnership saved the day. In hindsight, a reversing of the order would’ve been more appropriate with Ray ‘on my way to 100’ Khamis (21), Kyle ‘Frosty’ Townsend (22) and Semonn ‘I love batting’ Oleksyn (33) providing some seriously valuable runs down the order. Our number 11 top scored, and our highest partnership was our last wicket (45). I think that says enough about the events that occurred at The Glade today.
One of the moments of the innings though would have to be Ben ‘fine wine’ Meikle, who only gets better with age, getting completely bamboozled and bowled by a wrong-un, bowled by his son of all people, for a golden duck. Couldn’t have written a better script.
Defending 143, the Blues were actually quietly confident of making a match of it. KT bowled an awesome opening spell of 12, yes 12, overs (2-40) picking up both openers. Better Meikle then entered the scene, looking for redemption. Boy was the old fella fired up.
Benny put on a bowling Masterclass, picking up 5/35 (12 overs) putting us in a position to win this match. After Ben picked up one of his wickets, Andy walked to the crease. This was the moment for Benny. Yeah he didn’t get him out. He hit him for a 4 actually. But still a good day as the Reds finished at 8/97.
Excited for a big start next week, the Blues will be looking to pick up these last two wickets quickly.
Go NSW. Go the Blues
WPHC 308 Vs Castle Hill Green
We were drawn to play Castle Hill at Caddies Creek Reserve way out in the boon docks. The intelligence gathered during the week said the ground would be fast and it certainly looked that way.
Flair called correctly and had no hesitation in batting on a warm afternoon. 23 and Willy opened the batting and started us up quickly with 23 falling just before drinks for a well made 45. Raghu and Willy kept the scorecard ticking along before Raghu toed one and was gone for 20. Rishab Iyer made a crisp 22 before scorching himself (run out for 22). Willy and Zac Turner kept piling on the runs before Willy fell for 64. Hooch and Zac a good partnership before Zac fell LBW.
At this stage we were 5/215 and in great shape. Castle Hill was wilting in the heat. Hooch, Raffa, Ivan, Flair all went about trying to up the run rate in the last 20 or so overs. Raffa scored a brilliant 50.
Today was our day with the bat. Dean Carlin out in the last over of the day with Aditeya Nair unable to bat. All out 308. Best of our batting Willy 64, Raffa 50, Keats 45, Hooch 36, Zac 23, Rishab 22, Raghu 20 and Flair 18*.
A great score to pile the pressure on Castle Hill next week with the ball.
WPHC 2/52 Vs Berowra 136
Naps lost the toss and we found ourselves out in the field on Fred Cat 2.
Anush Sharma (1/19) got us off to a great start finding the edge in the first over to dismiss the Berowra opener. The batsmen swung hard at everything and the score soon got away to 1/71 after 15 overs. Matt Digby (1/19) then dismissed the other opener and Ryan Loveridge (2/7) nicked off the new batsman soon after. We went to the drinks break with the score 3/81.
The runs dried up and the wickets continued to fall. Avi Lath bowled a great spell to finish with 3/7 from 5 overs. Karl Mehta (1/13) and Rahul Tripathi (2/7) bowled well to pick up valuable wickets.
Chasing a total of 136 we went out to bat with 25 overs remaining in the day. 2 quick wickets fell and we found ourselves in trouble at 2/3. Rohit Ninan (20*) and Ryan Gunn (18*) steadied the ship to see us through to stumps at 2/52.
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 145 Vs Berowra 4/63
We won the toss and batted first against Berowra at Greenup Park. Indranil got us off to a flyer opening the bat and hitting 57. Prashant continued the scoring once Indranil was out, scoring a handy 35. At tea we were looking at a big total being 3/127 off 33. What came next was the biggest collapse since the twin towers. We lost 7/18 in the next 16 overs, leaving us all out for 145.
We had 19 overs to bowl at Berowra before the day’s end. Raunak and Nikki bowled a spectacular opening spell, taking 4 wickets together. Berowra now stand at 4/63 off 19 overs.
WPHC Red (Phill) Vs Glenorie 173
G’day viewers and supporters of the West Pennant Hills C1 red cricket side.
Today was a great and favourable day of cricket against the Glenorie cricket side. Phil Hando, the captain of today’s match, won the toss and opted to bowl. It was a long and hot day of fielding (temperatures of around 30 degrees) where our bowlers challenged the Glenorie batsmen.
Our main bowlers; Tom, Jack, Warren, Dillon and Alec bowled very well today limiting each Glenorie batsmen to score under 25 runs. The Glenorie field was very fast allowing quick boundaries to be easily scored off any shot that passed the fielder’s defences.
The stand out bowler of today was Tom Hando who removed 2 batsmen, broke the bails of the stumps and totally annihilated the Glenorie batsmen.
Dylan Bish also bowled very well being rewarded with 3 wickets. Glenorie scored a lot of runs off edges behind the stumps.
Glenorie was all bowled out for 173 runs off 49 overs. Phil Hando was the stand out fielder of today coming up with 2 good catches at key moments in the game. At this rate he may win the most dismissals in the field award.
West Penno was soon sent in, batting 21 overs, losing 2 wickets and scoring 51 runs. Camble and Matthew are at the crease, looking in good form for next week’s game.
The West Pennant C1 Team is in high hopes and good morale for next week’s game in which we have a very good chance to win.
WPHC 0/32 Vs Castle Hill 331
Tough day to lose the toss and put to bowl first and the outfield was quick. Castle Hill lads, all 20 something, went for big hitting right from the start. Amit got the early breakthrough but luck was mostly not our side today. Few dropped catches and half chances meant the day was long and hard. We managed to get Castle Hill all out with 8 overs for us to face.
Our openers started off positively with superb shot selection. We are playing positively and optimistic about next week.
WPHC 9/336 Vs Mt Colah
Winning the toss and having a bat first was the perfect start to the day’s play. There was some good bowling early and we lost our first wicket cheaply, but a great partnership between Anthony and Connor of 86 steadied the ship and set us up well. Kwoka continuing his good form to notch his second 50 in a row showing great judgement in selecting the bad balls to punish during his stay, while Connor compiled another elegant contribution (29).
This set the stage for Peter Lees to continue on from where he left off last week. With some good support in the middle order adding valuable partnerships, Pete set about demolishing the opposition with some scintillating shots all around the ground and passing his 50 he moved swiftly to be 70 odd not out at Tea.
We then looked to capitalise on our strong position with Peter continuing to plunder the attack to all points. Well supported by Rowan and Quan he neared his century only to fall for an excellent 93 (17 x 4s)! A fantastic display – well done Mate!
At 9/275 we were looking pretty comfortable, but didn’t let up there – it was then time for us to sit back and enjoy the Quan and Vink Snr show as these two went about dissecting the field for boundaries and racking up an unbeaten last wicket partnership of 61 – Quan 40* and Paul 25*
Today showed exactly the depth needed to continue our front running in this Grade and we will ask the opposition to have a bat next week to see how well they can cope with our strong bowling attack and a massive total facing them.
WPHC Blue (Rob) Vs WPHC Red (Diggers) 7/208 –
A very warm Greenway Park was the venue for the D1 edition of the Sheep Station Cup. The Reds were lucky enough to win the toss and had no hesitation in having a bat first. Some tight bowling and fielding by the blue team had us in trouble early and after Ross and Ian fell inside the first 10 overs we were 2/5.
Craig came out and set about resurrecting our innings and when he had his compulsory retirement at 31, he and Samarth moved us on to 3/51.
Mitch was out soon after but this brought Jack out to bat and continuing his good form, he and Samarth (43) put on 62 for the 5th wicket. Samarth’s innings under pressure was very good and he continues to gain in confidence as the season progresses.
Connor and Jack, after putting on 120 together last match, continued the Cojack form and added 76 for the 6th wicket before Jack edged one to the keeper on 57, his second consecutive half-century.
When Connor fell for a well compiled 27, the Reds were 7/202. This left Disco and Mukund to see out a few overs to stumps and we ended the day on 7/208.
We will see what happens but, with runs on the board, if we bowl well and take our chances next week, the Sheep Station Trophy will be ours.
WPHC 2/18 Vs Berowra 140
We won the toss for the first time this season and sent in the other side to bat. Berowra batted for 55 overs scoring 140. At one stage they were 1/108 after 37 overs with Captain Mike ruing his decision to bowl. It was hot and dry which didn’t help but. However, just before the tea break we managed to get their second opener. After the tea break we took a further 9 wickets for 32 runs.
Vishaal Nathan took 4 for 17 off 6 overs, Praneel Singh 3 for 37 off 15 overs and Aayush Tamhankar 3 for 7 off 6 overs. So the second half of the game was completely different for our first half.
We had to bat out 12 overs to finish the day. Captain Mike sent in his No 3 batter who cut directly to the fielder for a duck. My No. 9 batter was bowled by their fast bowler and at the end of the day we were 2 for 18 with another 123 runs to get next week.
However, we get our top order back next week and this should be doable.
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||3,762 runs|
|Alex Robertson||A2||2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Greenup 5/10|
|Josh Banner||A1||1,900 runs|
|Craig Hutchinson||D1||1,972 runs|
|Tarun Lath||C2||1,845 runs|
|John Rose||C2||1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Foxglove Oval North 28/9
|Ben Meikle||B1||937 runs|
|Brent Van Wck||C2||993 runs
|Asees Rajput||C2||959 runs|
|Alex Chidgey||C2||901 runs|
|Michael Robertson||A2||892 runs|
|Raghu Chary||B2||989 runs|
|Ashane de Silva||A1||833 runs
|Ramil De Silva||C3||864 runs|
|Tis Mistry||A1||839 runs|
|Zac Morris||B1||938 runs|
|Richard Hughes||833 runs|
|Steve Burrows||C3||859 runs|
|Rowan Keating||A2||285 wickets|
|Chris Williamson||B2||196 wickets|
|Andy Meikle||A2||100 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 28/9/2019
|Dan Costigan||A1||84 wickets|
|Amit Sen||C2||95 wickets|
|Brent Larkham||A2||47 wickets|
|Jackson Preedy||A1||47 wickets
|Roshan Withanage||D1||49 wickets|
|David Larkham||D1||42 wickets|
|Paul Vink||C3||38 wickets|