Round 3 – 6th October
Standings after 3 Rounds are:
- A1 Grade – =1st (2nd on quotient)
- A2 – 1st
- Blue (Rick) – =7th (8th on quotient)
- Red (Gunny) – 2nd
- B2 – =3rd (6th on quotient)
- C1 – 7th
- Blue (Fieds) – =1st (1st on quotient)
- Red (Indranil) – 5th
- C3 – =5th (6th on quotient)
- D1 – =3rd (3rd on quotient)
- D2 – 4th
T20 Semi Final Reports (Sunday 7th October)
WPHC drew with Kissing Point – another wet day and another drawn result. As we finished higher on the table we move through to the Final on Sunday 21st October.
2nd Division – 10.30 am start
WPHC Blue (Rick) 0/14 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 3/151 – we arrived at NTRA and the ground was surprisingly good given the rain during the week. The game was reduced to 18 overs per side due to a slight delay in getting the game started.
Captain Rick ‘Flair’ Turner had the first win of the day by winning the toss and electing to bowl. In light drizzle the bowling was opened by Peter ‘Flooky’ Flook and Cameron ‘Hot Ball’ McBrien.
Normo got off to a quick start due to some loose bowling particularly from Hot Balls. But he had the last laugh by changing things up and going for the SPL wicket ball (a rank full bunger) and the Normo opener spooning it straight to Flair at mid on. Flair wrung the change bringing himself and Prathamesh ‘Prats’ Datar on.
Through those middle overs Normo kept the score ticking over. A change again and out slow bowlers did the trick. Tim ‘Hollywood’ Leyshon and Oliver ‘Olly’ Mayberry completing the innings. Fabulous spell by Hollywood having 2 stumpings by Kyle ‘Fabs’ Faber and a catch in the deep by Olly. The bowling figures Hollywood 3/19 (3), Flooky 0/20 (3), Hot Balls 1/24 (3), Prats 0/23 (3), Flair 0/27 (3) and Olly 0/35 (3). Normo finished their 18 overs 4/151.
Our innings started with Fabs and Tim ‘Wortho’ Worthington opening the innings and giving us a bright start. We finished 0/14 off 2 overs when the heavens opened and the game was abandoned.
WPHC Red (Buzz) drew with Berowra – another wet one so no play. AS we finished 4th that’s our T20 campaign over for another season.
WPHC Blue (Fieds) drew with Thornleigh – no result for us today, I’m afraid due to wet weather. The ground had been inundated with a lot of rain in the hour before the game, so we can put the T20s behind us now, as we finished in 4th place.
Match Reports – Saturday 6th October
A Grade drew with St Ives – wet weather caused all turf grounds to be closed so no play today. This would have been a top of the table clash that would have provided a possible break in the table but not to be.
A2 Grade drew with Berowra – another ground closure and another drawn game against the 2nd placed side.
B1 Blue (Rick) drew with Galston Glenorie – another case of wet day, no play, the end.
B1 Red (Gunny) 133 lost to Berowra 6/147 – showing up to Warrina Street Oval today, we could be excused for thinking play wouldn’t be on. Credit has to go to the Berowra boys today though, who were at the ground from 10:30am with brooms sweeping the infield.
Gunny lost the toss, and we were sent out into the field. From here, all the bowlers bowled good tight areas. This was probably best displayed by Nathaniel Chidgey (1/22 off 7) bowling one to Benny Meikle at gully on the full. Unfortunately our fielding was a little below our best today, but the bowlers bowled tight lines and kept the ball moving all day and we managed to restrict them to a very chase-able score of 147.
Wickets were well shared, with the best figures going to Ben Meikle (2/18 off 5) and Kyle Townsend (2/35 off 7) with Justin Edwards (0/13 off 7), Gian Gill (1/28 off 7) and Nathaniel Chidgey all a little unlucky to not claim more.
Our turn with the bat, and the top order really wanted to set the tone, so we found ourselves at 3/6. After this though, a massive rebuild with some brilliant stroke play from Cameron Price (58) who proved how good you can get playing two games with Stevie Q in D Grade, bringing momentary peace to all as Will Fiedler finally shut up and we found ourselves in the game.
He was well supported by Brent Larkham (28) who is used to being the golden boy himself. Unfortunately we couldn’t get enough other contributions, with a worrying sign coming from Justin Edwards (14*) batting at 11 being our third top scorer.
Berowra just seemed a bit more up for the fight today in terms of energy than our boys, but we’re looking forward to bouncing back next week after a narrow loss.
B2 drew with Kenthurst – no play at Kenthurst after all the rain we had.
C1 drew with Sydney Lions –due to inclement weather for days leading up to gracing Glenhaven Reserve, a draw was decided upon from both Captains. With the pitch & bowling run-ups not conducive to safe play for both teams. Looking forward to the 1st 2 dayer v Lankan Islanders.
C2 Blue (Fieds) drew with Galston Glenorie – a wet ground at Gilroy saw this game against the co-competition leaders cancelled.
C2 Red (Indranil) drew with St Ives – a washout at Campbell Park.
C3 drew with Kissing Point – no play today with a greasy outfield at Auluba Oval.
D1 drew with Hornsby – with Foxglove Oval under water there was no play today.
D2 V8/128 lost to Kenthurst 6/129 – we didn’t expect to play today but when we got to Holland Reserve the outfield was Ok although the pitch was wet but there were no puddles or wet ponds so it was decided that play would go ahead.
We loss the toss and were put into bat on this wet pitch.
The ball stayed low and was skidding through making it fairly difficult to play on. At the end of 9 overs we were 1 for 29. We lost a further 4 wickets in the next 10 overs to be 5 for 58 at the end of the 20th over. We managed to hit 70 runs in the last 15 overs to make a total of 128 runs with a loss of another 3 wickets due to run outs with the team trying to get the run rate up. Nirav Desai top scored with 26 runs followed by 18 each from Praneel Singh and Waman Tamhankar.
We knew this total was quite inadequate especially when the sun came out for the Kenthurst innings.
The pitch started to dry out which made batting much easier for the Opposition. Nirav Desai bowled a fantastic spell of 7 overs getting 4 wickets for 11 runs. Captain Mike and Waman Tamhankar took a wicket each as well. Kenthurst hit the winning run in the 33rd over. If we had hit a further 10 or 12 runs we might have got a different outcome as their batters at the end were not hitting more than 2-3 runs an over.
Unfortunately, losing the toss caused us to bat in very difficult conditions and led to our demise. However, the bowling effort especially by Nirav was fantastic. Hopefully, our coin tossing will improve!!!