Round 11 – 26th January (1-Dayer)
Standings after 11 Rounds are:
- A1 Grade – =5th (5th on quotient)
- A2 – 1st
- Blue (Rick) – 8th (13 points off 4th spot)
- Red (Gunny) – 1st
- B2 – 4th
- C1 – 6th (2 points off 4th spot)
- Blue (Fieds) – 1st
- Red (Indranil) – 5th (7 points off 4th spot)
- C3 – 1st
- D1 – 1st
- D2 – 6th
This is a split Round with only those Teams playing in a 6-Team Competition playing a 1-dayer to align the whole Competition to the same playing cycle.
Games played Saturday 26th January 2019
A2 Grade 7/103 defeated SKLPS 7/102 – on January 26, 1788, Captain Phillip landed at Botany Bay, and declared Australia a Nation. One of his convicts, Volc, decided that being a convict wasn’t fun, and that he wanted to be a legend. So, he trudged away from the camp, and set off solo on foot, to find a better life. He ended up at Greenway Park, and stuck a flag in the ground, to declare this day A2 Day. Amazing.
So, on A2 Day, we played cricket. Fernie ‘2nd Best Meikle’ lost the toss, and we bowled. Conditions were hotter than a Baywatch home movie.
Gandis ‘Waterproof Skins’ Herzog got us going, with 2 great seeds, to dismiss 2 of the SKLPS top 3. The first pole saw the bail fly further than Tiger Airways.
During this time, the crowd grew appreciatively, and thanks to players from other teams, as well as the Penno Demons, who supported us today. A special mention to Calvin ‘Do You Deliver To Kenthurst?’ Breytenbach, who after 4 beers, realised he was hungry.
The next 90 minutes were designated to finding pizza. Apparently, Uber Eats, Pizza Hut and Domino’s don’t deliver to Kenthurst, which upset Calvin very much. No matter who he called, or what he ordered, he remained hungry. It was demoralising for fellow spectators, who started ringing World Vision to help him out.
Back to the cricket. Some great bowling restructured SKLPS to 7/102 off their 35. Gandis took 3/25, with Blowy ‘XXXX’ Blow, Kitty ‘Lords’ Grover and Fernie taking 1 each. There was also a run out, via Fat ‘Cannon Arm’ Connell. A good effort against the 2nd placed team.
Our turn to bat, and conditions were tough after the fielding effort in the heat. The crowd grew though, and cheered loudly, to out-voice the large SKLPS cheerleader contingent. Fat saw us through the early overs, on his way to 33 hard earned runs. Pear ‘Car Line’ Partridge shook off the shackles of his legionnaires hat, to hit a quick fire 18, before LMac ‘Elton John Dog’ McBrien dominated with a brilliant 48*, to see us home. 4 quick wickets meant that we recorded a 3 wicket win, to extend our lead at the top of the table. Smart batting with the small, straight boundaries, saw us hit over a third of our runs in 6’s.
An important aspect of A2 Day is A2’s winning. We did Volc proud.
The McBrien dogs go hard. The end.
D1 80 lost to Kissing Point 5/81 – winning the toss and electing to bat on what was going to be a scorcher of an Australia Day was a great start to the day, but things didn’t go according to plan with our batting. The fall of consistent wickets with the Quan (17) being our highest scorer left us all out and begging for more on 80.
Following our great bowling effort from last week, this game started off in a similar way. 4 quick wickets fell within the first 3 overs, and we had Kissing Point reeling at 4 for nothing (2 to both Josh and Amith). A good partnership and a few Umpiring decisions not going our way meant that Kissing point were easily able to score our runs.
D2 5/129 lost to St Ives 9/130 – this one day game was played at North Turramurra Recreational Area with the temperatures soaring to 38 degrees.
By a miracle we won the toss and decided to bat in order not to field in the dreadful heat. Our openers unfortunately forgot Captain Mikes rules about not cutting but hitting straight for the first couple of overs. As such, we were 2 wickets down for 5 runs after 3 overs.
Praneel Singh then went into bat and hit 44 runs before being run out in the 26th over. The middle order batsmen hit 10 and 13 before losing their wickets to take us to 92 runs in over 27. Captain Mike and Ian Williams had a handy partnership of some 35 runs including some byes in the remaining 8 overs against St Ives opening bowlers. So after 35 overs we were 5 for 129 runs.
St Ives sent in their openers which included their Captain. Nirav Desai took the captains wicket for 5 runs. Their other opening batsman hit 25 runs before Auyush Tamhankar hit his stumps with a well floated in swinger. In fact Auyush took 4 wickets today for 18 runs off 7 overs.
Praneel Singh also took 2 for 18 off 7 overs as well. However, their best batter hit 49 before being caught by our wicket keeper Luke off Nirav bowling. At this stage they were 5 for 103 with 9 overs in hand. They needed a further 27 runs. It went down to the last ball where they managed to getting the win with a scrambled run.
Well a much better performance this week with probably the most exciting finish of the season. We probably lost this game due to the number of leg side balls bowled by us in overs 27 to 35. This continues to be a problem in our game which we need to eliminate if we want to achieve a win. But we only lost 5 wickets which was a vast improvement on the last couple of games. Plus we put real pressure on the Opposition taking 9 wickets.
Finally, a big thank you to Tim Worthington who came to field and umpire for D2 in the hot weather today. It was much appreciated by all and showed real Club spirit.
Games played next weekend – 2nd February 2019
A Grade Vs ARL –
Our boys are coming =5th and play 7th placed ARL who are also on the same number of points (28).
B1 Blue (Rick) Vs WPHC Red (Gunny) –
The famous Sheep Station Cup is being played between Gunny’s 1st placed Red side against Rick’s desperately unlucky 8th placed Team.
B2 Vs St Ives –
Our boys broke into the top 4 last weekend after a last over win. They play 2nd placed St Ives who are only 3 points in front of Knapper’s Team. A win here and with results going our way would see us in 2nd place. A loss out of the top 4 – so a an important game.
C1 Vs Sydney Lions –
Wortho’s 6th placed side are playing the 3rd placed Lions. This is another close competition with our boys just 2 points out of the Top 4 and 5 points short of 3rd placed Lions. A win will put us in the top 4 and a loss having to play catch-up – an intriguing game.
C2 Blue (Fieds) Vs St Ives –
Andrew’s 1st placed pace-setters are sitting 8 points clear on top of the table and play 3rd placed St Ives. While guaranteed a top 4 spot we need to get into winning ways after dominating most of the season.
C2 Red (Indranil) Vs Castle Hill –
A close loss last weekend in a game we were well placed to win sees the boys sitting on 35 points and 7 out of the top 4. This game is against 8th placed Castle Hill and a win will put us back in striking distance of the top 4. A game we should win but we need to keep winning to make a push for the top 4.
C3 Vs ARL –
The surprise Team of the season. After losing the 1st 2 games of the season, this young Team has now won 8 in a row to be the Premiership leaders. This game is against 7th placed ARL who must win to push for a top 4 spot. This game will be closer than position in the able indicates.