Round 13 – 5 February 2022

Points table

(Round 13)

A1 – 2nd (57 points)

A2 – 1st (61 points)

B1 – 5h (39 points)

B2 Blue – 5th (44 points)

B2 Red – 7th (29 points)

C2 Blue – =3rd (49 points)

C2 Red – =8th (34 points) & 9th on quotient

C3 Blue – =2nd (49 points) & 2nd on quotient

C3 Red– =2nd (44 points)

D1 Red – 2nd (54 points)

D1 Blue – 4th (44 points)

D2 – 2nd (60 points)

Match Reports

 

A1 Grade

WPHC (Wurthy) Vs Bye

A Bye and guaranteed 6 points this weekend to remain in 2nd place. The remaining draw is:

  • Round 14 Vs Kenthurst (5th)
  • Round 15 Vs ARL (7th)
  • Round 16 Vs Kissing Point (4th)

A2

WPHC (Andrew) drew with Hornsby

A shame but this 1 Vs 2 match was washed out without a ball being bowled. This is our 3rd draw of the season and 2nd at The Glade Oval. We are in first place and the remaining games for the season are:

  • Round 14 Vs Kenthurst (5th)
  • Round 15 Vs St Ives (6th)
  • Round 16 Vs Berowra (3rd)

B1

WPHC (Rick) 3/130 lost to Berowra 4/131

Preparations for this week’s game started early at Willy ‘Nessie’ Willy’s wedding.

The event of the decade was attended by WPHCCC royalty including Ross ‘Rossco’ Ross and his beautiful wide Denise, Volc ‘Milfhunter’ Volc, Raghu ‘Venkatapaty’ Raghu, Tim ‘I’m scoping out the options’ Wortho and Raffa ‘Raff Dog I’ve got half a sniff here’ Raffa. In addition it was also attended by Rochow ‘Mateo’ Rochow and Birdcage “I don’t’ like either the beef or the lamb so I’ll eat green leaves because I’m an idiot’ Cage both of whom lowered the tone a degree or two. It was a great afternoon evening enjoyed by all (some more than others) and was as emotional as I’ve seen Nessie since he was last fired LBW.

On to today’s cricket. Stand-in skipper Birdcage ‘Barn Door’ Cage wrung the changes dropping regular skipper Flair and drafting in some A graders. He then took the toss and lost with Berowra having no hesitation in sending the Blues into bat on a damp and slow Warrina St oval.

The innings was opened by Volc ‘Sugarbaby’ Volc and Boo Boo Khamis promoted by the stand in Skipper Birdcage ‘I’ve scored’ Cage to get quality time in the middle. Boo Boo proclaimed that he would be putting his head down and was seeking a lengthy innings and such was his confidence elected to take the first ball. The first ball was confidently stroked through covers for a solid 2 and was greeted with a small fist pump from Boo Boo after completing his second run. On the next delivery (ball 2 of the match), Boo Boo made a boo boo and was caught at gully and we were 1/2 off 2 (balls).

Mayo Larkham came and went (faster than Birdcage) and we were 2 fa pretty quickly. Things were dire and this called for experience. Jimmy ‘Jamaican’ Jamican strode to the wicket to pair up with Volc ‘I’ll be your daddy’ Volc. The pair set about resurrecting the innings with Volc’s deft touch (well that’s what she told me) and Jamican’s placement game. At drinks we had got along to 2/52. The partnership continued for a few overs after drinks until Volc ‘Yes I’ll be gentle’ Volc missed a straight one trying a slog sweep. By this stage he was physically distressed (clearly expending too much energy on Friday night). Billy ‘you did what Cage’ BCG joined Jamaican and the pair saw us through the last 10 or so overs and to 3/130. Birdcage ‘there were chickens’ Cage declared that 130 is enough on this deck. Best of our batting Jimmy ‘Jamaican’ Jamaican 46*, Billy ‘you’re a shocker Cage’ BCG 33* and Volc ‘she made the first move’ Volc 25.

Our bowling innings started brightly with a Spidey ‘Pest’ Carlin maiden and Ivan ‘I’ve just settled down Cage’ Starr grabbing an early pole in over 2.

After a 1 ball sighter the Berowra skipper decided it was time to tee off. To be fair 130 did look an honest score on a ground where good cricket shots got 1. However it was not to be as the Berowra skipper treated the crowd to an innings of quality slogging. The Blues hit a total of 4 boundaries in our innings the slogger hit 6 x 6s and 4 x 4s on his way to an entertaining 80.

Spidey, Ivan, Zog ‘The Vegan’ Zog, BCG, Hutcho Hutcho Man and Pedro Lath all toiled but were unable to stem the flow of slogged runs. When the skipper departed, Berowra needed 11 runs to win the game which they peeled off in several overs. Best of our bowling Ivan Starr 1/29, Zog ‘The Vegan’ Zog 1/12 and Birdcage ‘you can try all you like but you still have to get over the line’ Cage 1/12.

A tough loss but we’ll be back again next week for another crack.

B2

WPHC Red (Phill) 9/141 defeated WPHC Blue (Shomik) 129

A week marked in every West Pennant Hills player’s calendar is when playing for sheep stations against the other West Pennant Hills side, and boy did it not disappoint. With some inclement weather the previous nights and a pond forming on the run-up of one end, the captains settled on playing from one end of the pitch. An obvious ploy to relive the glory days of junior cricket, or maybe just the wicket-keepers not wanting to stand waist-deep in water.

Wishing to apply some early pressure, the Blues sent the Red team into bat. With an opening attack of Mohsin Afzal being supported by Kookaburra cup leading wicket-taker Jack Hando, it was a wise decision. But little did they know that the Blues would be on the receiving end of one of the Red teams own Kookaburra cup batting ring in, Chris Blinman, as well as the Reds best opening stand between himself and Raffa.

Their left and right-handed batting combination strategy to agitate the fielding guided the Reds to 0-32 after 8 overs. But the change of bowling brought the breakthrough, Anush Sharma beating the defence of Allan Raffel for a well-made 18, the Red team now 1-32. This brought in Alec Silins, striding to crease undeterred by the comments made by the Blue team saying that the tail end had started. The well-known adage of one wicket brings two then rained true as the highest West Penno B2 wicket-taker Shomik Sengupta moved the ball across the face of Chris Blinman’s (18) bat to clip the top of the off-stump for an outstanding bowled. 2-38 after 12.

Dinesh De Silva and Alec Silins provided some steady middle overs to move the Red team towards 60 after 20 overs to give a solid base for a 3 figure run chase. The Reds looked good; the Red captain Raghu was sitting back and admiring his left-right strategy. But Diggers (Matt Digby) had other ideas; he felt he had to take it upon himself to create the wicket chance. With a beautiful pasture of open field on the leg side Dinesh De Silva moved over to the offside to give himself room; in his mind, this ball was sailing over the boundary, but oh no, the stumps had been rattled, Dinesh was bowled for 11. Sagnik Datta, the keeper, had also been struck in the box from the ricocheting wicket ball and was down for the count, a genuinely comical WPHCCC moment. 3-62.

Now it was Raghu’s turn to come to the crease, and the intent to score runs was evident. Clean striking from Raghu and Alec accelerated the Reds past 100 until Alec was cleaned up for 32 from a top-class yorker by Shomik. 4-106.

With only 7 overs left, both teams knew that there would be wicket chances and quick running galore. The Red team mustered an excellent 35 runs from those last seven overs, with Raghu also caught for 39 off Mohsin. The intensity of shots and lighting fast speed between the wickets in the last 5 overs from Kishore, Rommel, Sreeni, Tarun and Steve boosted the team to 9-141 at the end of 35.

It isn’t truly cricket without weather taking part in the proceedings.

With rain coming down early in the Blue innings, both teams aimed to stay ahead of the run rate and were helped by Steve Ozvatic continuing his good wicket-taking form with a caught and bowled to dismiss Ben Dunkerley for 5. 1-15. Soon after, it was decided that the rain was too heavy, and a rain delay ensued. Losing 4 overs in the process reset the total to 131. It didn’t take long for KT to strike with a simple keeper catch by Raffa. 2-25.

Coming to the crease was Shomik Gupta, who looked in excellent touch, making batting look easy with a wet ball. With wickets falling around and a runout to dismiss the strong striker of Campbell Wallace (14), Shomik worked well with his partners to hit constant 2’s that made the 3rd, 4th and 5th wicket partnership so much more valuable.

With Tarun taking the critical wicket of Gupta (30) and KT taking another scalp, the Reds were looking like favourites at 6-70. However, the Blues had planned their batting line-up to a T and with the 6th wicket dismissal of Gupta came Jack Hando. Intent on taking the game away from the Reds, Jack produced some classy shots that picked the gaps with precision to claw their way back into the contest. Karm Patel (5) and Jack exchanged good singles, doubles and the odd four to bring the total to just shy of 100.

With resident ball shiner extraordinaire Steve Ozvatic giving the green light for the ball to be shined even after all the wet conditions, KT took the ball in hand and took 3 wickets in 2 overs obliterating the lower order finishing with figures of 4-21. But wait, those 3 wickets only add up to 9; the game was not over. With 27 runs to get, 1 wicket remaining and Hando set on 20, the game was still on. Raghu, the captain, was worried; he had exhausted his 4 bowlers, hoping that the game would have already finished. But Raghu backed himself and his leg-spin, tossing the balls up; Jack was privy to his ploy and hit them carefully along the ground. The Blues, in quick fashion, had rocketed to 129. The Reds Hands were on heads; the field placings had moved every ball, just hoping for a mistake.

After being hit in his first two overs for 20 runs, Ruben was given the ball by Raghu, he stood at the top of his mark. The ground was so quiet that no one could look away; Ruben came through with his action. Jacks eyes lit up; it was there, the ball to win the game, he swung his bat, but it was Ruben who would come away with the win as it cannoned into the stumps to end Hando’s valiant 34 run innings and the game with a 2 run victory to the Red team.

Indeed a great match to be part of, and regardless of the result, both teams stepped up and played superbly and with great spirit; well done Reds.

C2

WPHC B2 Blue (Buzz) 5/167 defeated Hornsby Gold 108

With rain clouds circling we all agreed it would be best to win the toss and bowl in case of any overs lost to rain. We lost the toss and batted.

With Hari off helping out C3 Red, we decided to open with the two form batters in Dylan and Connor who both played beautifully to have us 0/87 at the break and continued on to an opening stand of 97 before Connor was unluckily run out for the second week in a row, but not before chalking up an excellent 40. Bishy continued to race to yet another half century before falling for a chance less 70 having set a terrific platform. Contributions from the rest of the batters including a quick fire 19* from Xander took us to the very solid score of 167 at the change of innings.

We didn’t fire last week being unable to make the early breakthroughs to take control of the game, but things were back on track this match with Josh and Paul both bowling superbly and collecting wickets to have the opposition 4/39 after their opening spells and at 5/52 at drinks we were in full control. We were also back to our best in the field with Sandeep taking a screamer that ranks up with the best of the season, and Jack completing 3 catches and yet another direct hit run out – he just doesn’t seem to miss!

Sandeep and Buzz picked up a wicket each before Xander shut things down with a top spell of 3/12 to ensure we won comfortably by 60 runs. Could have been a greater margin had the wind not been blowing so loudly that the umpire couldn’t hear the opposition skipper nick off to the keeper. Strange when everyone else heard it, but it was a strange day weather wise.

The win should keep us in the top three, we just need to continue playing to our potential to give the top two sides something to worry about.

WPHC Red (Indranil) 89 lost to St Ives 6/91

The games are becoming somewhat like a pattern every week. After managing to get fill-ins in the last hour, the team felt optimistic the new changes will bring in some new luck. But not to be. We lost the toss again and was asked to bat at Campbell which had some wet patches in the bowling run up but nothing to stop the game starting on time.

A similar pattern eventuated in the first 10 overs losing 4 wickets for just 17 runs. U14 Junior Ansh Pratheesh 11 was showing the seniors how to perhaps bat at the top of the order, showing lot of patience and not losing his wicket till the 21st over. Some good support at the end of the innings by N Duck 26 and Amit 22 got us to 89 runs.

The team felt a bit optimistic as after several rounds we batted all 35 overs and that gave us the momentum to show how good the team can be, with our backs behind the wall.

The opening bowlers with Amit and Inam 1/5 started off well with the latter getting the breakthrough in his 5th over. Narendra Kosta 1/12, who filled in for us showed lot of intense pace bowling even with a wet ball, kept us in the hunt. Eric 1/17 and Manav 1/11 kept the control and not letting the game slip away.

At one time the St Ives team was behind the aggregate run rate, as rain stopped play twice. But having wickets in hand helped their case as their middle order went for some big hitting and chased down the total losing 6 wickets.

A big shout out to Ansh Pratheesh 1/5 and Haseeb Rehman 1/11, U14s juniors who got their maiden wickets for the Club in Seniors. Hope this is the start of many more to come from these two in future games.

The batting woes continues for the team and not having enough to defend has been a problem. But the team has tremendous talent and hope to turnaround things in subsequent games.

C3

WPHC Blue (Rob) 9/113 defeated Kissing Point 7/112

We arrived at Auluba Reserve to find a wet pitch and overgrown outfield. With rain forecast on and off for the afternoon, losing the toss and bowling first wasn’t such a bad outcome.

The Kissing Point openers started well but some good bowling between Mudi and Dan brought the wickets in. A picture perfect slower ball from Mudi sent the bails flying, while Dan was quick enough to sneak under the bat. With more sundries than desired, we went into drinks 3/54. More wickets continued to fall after the break, with some good catching from Aden in the slips and ‘Air Ahmed’ flying at point. We were able to limit the flow of runs as Roger collected yet another wicket for the season.

Some high quality bowling from Dan and Rey at the death saw plenty of mistimed air swings to close it out. KP finished 7-112.

Going into bat we struggled to get set, with wickets as frequent as the quick rain delays. We found ourselves in a slight spot of bother, being 5/42 before drinks.

However the father-son combo of Zia and Rey put us back on track. Some thrilling power hitting and cheeky doubles entertained the crowd before Zia was caught for 14. Rey continued to power on, supported nicely by Aden, with the two combining for 49. The partnership was cut short as Aden made way for father Rob. Just two runs shy from his maiden half-century, Rey was caught in the deep, ending a quality innings. With just one run to win, Rob fell to a tough LBW call, leaving Roger and Mudi at the crease, 9 down.

Rog didn’t feel like waiting around for the 4 overs we had remaining, instead taking off for a quick single off the pads. Mudi, who wasn’t expecting the call quickly turned on the afterburners, making it safely to the other end with the assistance of a fumble from the keeper.

After 30.5 overs we passed their score, 9/113. Overall a solid day’s cricket, with some stand out performances from Rey (48), Mudi (2/19 off 7) and Dan (2/17 off 7).

WPHC Red (Cameron) 115 lost to Beecroft 5/183

WPH won the toss and elected to bowl first at Holland Oval against the competition leaders Beecroft.

A fine opening spell of bowling by Laksha Rao & Praneel Singh restricted the Opposition with runs but we were unable to penetrate with any wickets in the first session. Credit must be given to the Beecroft openers, who did not give a single chance in the first 18 overs and at drinks were 0/62.

Having not lost a wicket, it enabled them to increase their run rate dramatically in the second half and despite us taking a couple of handy catches and a run out, their final score on a relatively small ground was 5/183.

WPH turn to bat and we did not get the start we wanted. After 6 overs we were 4/16 and had lost a couple of batsmen through silly run outs and silly shots against a tidy bowling side. Some fight back from Vinod Kumar (35), Brent Van Wyk (28) and Amarit Singh (23), got us to 115 before being all out in the 32 over.

A disappointing result but we were outclassed today by a better team in all aspects of the game. Having said that, we did defeat them the first time we met this year so a win against Beecroft is achievable. We are still a chance of making the semi’s but probably need to win our remaining games.

A thank you to Buzz for loaning Hari Sankar this week and thanks to Hari for filling in.

D1

D1 Blue (Ross S) 69 lost to Kenthurst 9/108 (result disputed as Kenthurst played a player ineligible for the Grade)

Off to Kenthurst park for a must win game against last placed Kenthurst who have only had 1 win all season. Confidence high to consolidate 4th place on the ladder.

Winning our 5th toss on the trot we sent Kenthurst in hoping to restrict them to a low score.

Vikas took a wicket in his first over a stunning catch by Bala, wickets were hard to come by with bowling conditions very difficult given gusty winds, however wickets to Bala, Happy, and Muthindra combined with some very good fielding saw the opposition 4-48 at the drinks break…

After the break, we lost our way with a couple of dropped catches, missed runouts and letting too many singles through. Kenthurst were able to string together a partnership of 38, before Bala took another screamer – 5-86. Over the last 6 overs Kenthurst lost 4-18, putting together a final total of 108. Wickets to Ram 3-21 (7), Vikas 3-21 (7) , Bala 1-11, Happy 1-9 and Muthindra 1-22….2 catches to Bala and 1 each to Ross and Muthindra.

Our turn to bat. And the less said about the innings the better. Another poor effort which is the story of our season. 8 players not scoring double figures. Muthindra was dismissed by a great catch at fine leg in the second over. Jake and Chetan got us to 1-20, before the wheels fell off, losing 6-27 off just 11 overs. A solid knock from Bala 17, at no 9, prolonged our innings, but eventually all out in the 30th over for just 69.

Looks like we hang onto 4th place, just. We play the 5th place side next week where a win will consolidate our place in the 4. A loss will see us slip out of the 4 for the first time this season.

A big effort required next week.

WPHC Red (Diggers) 139 defeated Kissing Point 136

After going loss, win, loss, win since the new-year, we were keen to get back to having a couple of wins in a row so we headed to Mimosa Oval to play Kissing Point in a 2nd Vs 5th match.

Ian proceeded to lose the toss and KP made us bat first. We had planned on doing that anyway so no harm done.

Lachie and Connor started slowly with Kissing Point bowling great line and length and we almost made it to the drinks break before Connor was run out in a mix-up for 25 with the score on 38. Fieds came to the crease and he and Lachie put on 36 for the 2nd wicket before he was out for 14. Ramil followed soon after and when Marcus went cheaply with the score on 4/88 in the 28th over, it wasn’t looking too good.

Lachie then went about dispatching the KP bowling to all parts and with Pratah (12) keeping the strike turning over, they put on 51 in 7 overs to key us to 139.

So with what we considered to be a defendable total in the bank, our bowlers set about their work.

Ben (2/15 off 7) got a wicket off his first ball and with Connor (1/23 off 7) bowling his usual tight line from the other end, we had KP 3/23 after 9 overs and we were rolling.

Disco bowled really well again and was 0/18 off his first 6 overs but after a bit of rain made the ball a bit slippery and with one of the KP batters teeing off he went for a few off his 7th. 23 actually….

Lachie went for 25 off 3 but picked up a wicket, a timely one to have another of KP’s hitters stumped.

Marcus managed to get a vital wicket in his first over but was 1/12 after 3 so with KP 5/131 at the end of the 30th, needing 9 to win off 5 overs, we were in pretty deep trouble.

Ben took up the challenge and in his last two overs went for just 4 runs and with Parin (2/17 off 7) grabbing 2/1 off his two and with Ian thinking he had one more to bowl, we were in with a chance.

So with KP still needing 4 to win off the last over, Parin went to the top of his mark. Unfortunately Ian (and Parin) had made a miscalculation and he’d already bowled his 7.

So after a bit of deliberation, the ball was thrown to Marcus and left it up to him to win the game. The result was 5 dots then a wicket on the last ball to leave KP 9/136 and a win to us by 3 runs.

It was a great win to be part. We bowled well and fielded well, particularly under pressure, which was most pleasing.

Still a little more work on our batting is needed but we will be there when the whips are cracking come finals time.

D2

WPHC (Nirav) 5/52 defeated Kissing Point Blue 51

Reading Buzz’s report from last week, the D2s were amused when it was said that Foxglove was the worst ground off the comp. Well not if you play at Karuah, George Christie or Holland (grounds we’ve played on this season).

In saying that, today, we were allocated one of the better grounds, which incidentally is also our home ground and the team was excited to play to Greenway Park.

A few showers before the game threatened play – but the use of a few mops, blowers & the mighty saw dust, helped us get underway

Nirav won a good toss (he’s on a roll with these) and chose to field to take advantage of overcast conditions. The opening bowlers (Mridul & Chintan) didn’t disappoint and after 10 overs Kissing Point Blue had lost their top 3 batsmen and were 20/3.

The Opposition’s number 4 played well for his 18 and looked threating at one stage, but a brilliant caught & bowled by Amith got rid of the danger batsman. At the halfway point (17 overs) they were 5/45, and while the run rate was decent, given the numbers of wickets down, we felt we had things under control.

After drinks, Ravi continued his good form with the ball taking 4 wickets and the highlight of the innings was when Nirav took a blinder at 1st slip off Sahil, to bring proceedings to a close (51 all out).

At the innings break we were confident of chasing the smallish total – but as we know, it’s not over until the last ball is bowled.

With the bat, we got off to a rocky start, losing Arun in the 3rd over. This brought Luke to the crease, and while we lost a few more wickets at the other end, Luke, used all his experience to play a solid knock (23 Not Out) to guide us home.

The game was won at the 20 over mark, and this keeps us in a good position on the ladder (2nd) along with a healthy run rate (1.52).

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