Semi Finals – 5 March 2022
A1 – 2nd (67 points)
A2 – 1st (70 points)
B1 – 5th (44 points)
B2 Blue – 4th (53 points)
B2 Red – 8th (34 points)
C2 Blue – =2nd (59 points)
C2 Red – =9th (39 points) & 10th on quotient
C3 Blue – 4th (52 points)
C3 Red– 6th (49 points)
D1 Red – =3rd (59 points) & 3rd quotient
D1 Blue – 2nd (63 points)
D2 – 2nd (69 points)
Note: Abandoned day’s play rule
Where Day 1 is abandoned, Day 2 is played next Saturday over 2-day games rules meaning that the higher placed Team only needs to draw to go through to the Grand Final.
WPHC (Wurthy) 2nd Vs Glenorie 3rd
No play possible as a pitch could not be prepared.
WPHC (Andrew) 1st Vs Glenorie 4th
No play possible as the turf wicket could not be prepared and Hills Shire closed all grounds including the astro back-up at Les Shore.
WPHC Blue (Shomik) 4th Vs Berowra 1st
No play possible with a flooded Mt Ku-ring-gai Oval.
WPHC Blue (Buzz) 2nd 7/155 Vs Kenthurst 3rd
We’ve seen some terrible images of flooding and devastation throughout Queensland and Northern NSW during the week, and our real thoughts and concerns go out to those folk affected by the dreadful aftermath of this recent rain.
Whether we got to play cricket or not seemed a wee bit irrelevant in comparison, and with many pictures of our Association grounds that had turned into swamps and clearly unplayable it seemed highly unlikely anyone would get a game.
But would you believe, Greenway was dry, no standing water, and thanks (not) to the Juniors team who unloaded 6 bags of wood clippings to dry out the run ups, we were set for commencement of play at 1pm.
After the sad news of the loss of two of Australia’s cricketing legends in the last 24 hours, both teams observed a minutes silence before the start of play.
As our team had been hit by two Covid cases this week (no it hasn’t gone away people!) we decided it was our plan to bowl first as Kenthurst would have to force the win as we were sitting higher on the ladder.
Naturally we lost the toss and batted.
To be fair, when the sun came out the ground looked an absolute picture. Slowish, but completely dry on the surface, so this provided fair match conditions and there was not a second thought about whether to play or not. Thankfully so, as we were not given an Official Umpire even though we were one of only a couple of matches that were taking place in the entire Association! But hey, I digress (rant over).
Connor and Xander took to the task with aplomb. Both playing with patience against a tight opening attack and taking us through the first 20 overs without the loss of a wicket. They continued on after drinks and it wasn’t until the 25th over that we lost Xander. A terrific start. Craig and Connor took up the challenge for the next phase of play, both batters starting to take a few more scoring opportunities and pushing both the team score and the overs elapsed further along. Craig made a great steadying contribution of 36 before he fell.
A couple of wickets were lost around him, but Connor continued to show his class and maturity to provide not only the bedrock of the innings but also grabbing all chances to add to the score when they were available in a chanceless innings. This is a breakthrough innings from one of the Club’s most talented young batters exactly when his team needed it. Whilst we lost a couple of late wickets, he carried his bat through the 76 overs today and remains 70*.
With 3 very capable wickets still in the shed to help Connor add to the team score, and two frontline bowlers back into the eleven, there is an interesting day 2 ahead next weekend.
Many thanks to all the supporters who came along, it was greatly appreciated.
We hope to see everyone up at the Greenway Clubhouse for celebratory drinks next Saturday.
WPHC Blue (Rob) 4th Vs Beecroft 1st
No play possible with a flooded Thornleigh Oval.
D1 Blue (Ross S) 2nd Vs WPHC Red 3rd
No play possible with a flooded Dural Park.
WPHC (Nirav) 2nd Vs Beecroft 3rd
No play possible after Ku-ring-gai Council closed all grounds.