Round 9 – 8 January 2022

Points table

(Round 9)

A1 – 2nd (42 points)

A2 – 1st (45 points)

 B1 – 4th (30 points)

B2 Blue – =1st (35 points) & 3rd on quotient

B2 Red – 8th (15 points)

C2 Blue – =4th (30 points) & 4th on quotient

C2 Red – 7th (25 points)

C3 Red– =1st (35 points) & 2nd on quotient

C3 Blue – =3rd (30 points) and 3rd on quotient

D1 Blue – =1st (35 points) & 1st on quotient

D1 Red – =1st (35 points) & 2nd on quotient

D2 – 3rd (39 points)

Match Reports

A1 Grade

WPHC (Wurthy) drew with Kissing Point

A heavy downpour on Friday night put an end to any chance of play getting underway.

A2

WPHC (Andrew) 5/152 defeated Kenthurst Upper Hills 7/109

Match report to follow.

B1

WPHC Blue (Rick) 4/193 defeated Castle Hill6/134 (rain adjusted target of 163)

The week proved to be a challenge to start with the club ravaged by holiday makers, injuries and COVID. B1s only had 9 regular team members available and Flair made a million phone calls trying to field a full side. The cricket gods assisted us with A Grade being called off and C2 Blue (Buzz) having a forfeit.

Flair made the required changes drafting in Effie, BCG and Shaan Bakshi and giving up Prats to B2. We had 11 on a hot and steamy day at Caddies Creek. Flair won the toss and had no hesitation in batting in the sauna in Western Sydney. The plan was to pile on the runs and cook the Castle Hill team in the humidity.

Effie and Volc opened (a Bannerathon). But did they bat well together scoring runs freely. At the 18 over drinks break we were 0/80 and cruising along nicely. That was a great platform to launch some later order hitting. Volc looked cooked at drinks and spent most of the 10 minutes moaning how hot it was.

Clearly it was too much to bear as he decided to hit one straight to a fielder and run effectively BBQ’ing himself. 1/90. Mayo and Effie kicked on continuing the scoring before Effie holed out for a nicely made 72. Boo Boo made a nice 3 ball 8 run cameo deciding to charge the spinner after dispatching him for 2 consecutive 4s only to be stumped.

We were 3/138. Mayo charged the spinner in an attempt to hit him into neighbouring Kellyville also to be stumped. 4/148. From here BCG and Shaan saw us through to the end of 35 overs finishing at 4/193. Best batting Effie 72, Volc 35, BCG 35*, Shaan 18* and Mayo 17. That’s a good score in anyone’s language.

Castle Hill are a good batting team and have some quality players who can wield the bat. Pedro Lath and Spidey Carlin opened the bowling and Pedro snared a pole early. 1/11. The next partnership looked solid and were scoring at a good clip.

Flair rotated the bowlers looking for a breakthrough. It finally came when Birdcage removed his nemesis (the number 3) and Shaan nicked off the Castle Hill skipper first ball. 3/81. At drinks Castle Hill were 3/100 and looking OK. We needed to hang in there as we were only a wicket or two from being into their lower order.

Birdcage struck again a few overs after drinks and Shaan cleaned up their star batsman and another in the same over to have them 6/120 at 23 overs. The storm clouds were brewing and we needed to get through a few overs quickly as we knew the rain was coming. BCG and Mayo did the job and the heavens opened up.

We just knew we were not going to get back on. A check on the adjusted score meant Castle Hill needed to be 163 runs but they were 6/134. Job done we had won a game.

Best of the bowling Shaan 3/14, Birdcage 2/34 and Pedro Lath 1/21.

That was a win we desperately needed to keep in touch with the leading teams. Looking forward to next week.

B2

WPHC Blue (Shomik) 131 defeated ARL

After a Christmas break which has definitely taken a fair toll on our club. We somehow managed to string together a full 11 players.

Missing a few players including Mithun who was rippin and tearin the streets of Surfers Paradise for a late schoolies trip and also Anush who was having a few too many vodka cruisers and passing out in front of a disappointed family.

We rocked up to a Greenway Park which looked more like a Northholm field during the school holidays. The grass was long and the ground was moist. Not many runs were going to be on the scorecard today.

Shomik with a clever start to the game with losing the toss and Kissing Point sending us into bat. Our innings started very different to our usual openings, with the new opening partnership of Ben (39) and fill in Dylan Bish (16) starting off the game in a positive fashion with a good 50 run partnership. After this start, the runs quickly dried up and we were made to work hard for our 131 runs. Again the skipper Shomik (27) played a decent captains knock to help set a very competitive score.

Our bowling innings started with a brilliant opening spell from another fill in, with Prats (4/13) swinging the bowl around corners and making the top order batsmen look very average. After this spell, our main goal was to get on the defensive and keep the runs down.

Eventually the rain finally came but thankfully we were in front of Kissing Point at the end of play.

A great start to our 2nd half of the season and another win in which we are able to build as we begin our road to the finals.

Thank you to all of our fill-ins today. Every one played their roll today and helped get the victory.

WPHC Red (Phill) 68 lost to Sydney Lions 5/70

Glenwood oval proved to be the largest opponent for the West Pennant Hills B2 Reds. The ground, to put it mildly was very slow and thick. One example was when the opposition in the second innings, creamed the ball to the infielder Phil, only for the ball to roll towards him. High scores seemed unreasonable.

Matt the skipper for the day, lost the toss and our team was forced to bat. The day was humid and quite challenging to bat in. We only managed to put on a hard fought 68 runs. We lacked stability and when that was regained wickets fell.

We came in to bowl with intent, Dan with speed and Steve with accuracy. Steve broke through in his first over and his second, followed by Sam in the 8th over.

The score by then was 3 for 10. A fourth wicket fell in the next over to Dan. By drinks, the score was 4 for 37. The opposition required 2 runs per over to win from there on. The opposition rotated the strike. They slowly ticked away after drinks until Warren took a wicket by the 25th over, the score being 5 for 53.

In the next 2 overs, the game was lost. The game was hard fought, some highlights being Steve, Dan and Sam’s great bowling effort and the teams dedicated fielding effort.

C2

WPHC B2 Blue (Buzz) defeated by forfeit Mt Colah

To quote Buzz – “Damn Covid

WPHC Red (Indranil) 87 lost to Berowra 7/141

Plenty of absences led to a majority fill in team facing up against a strong Mt. Colah at our home away from home Northolm Grammar.

Captain Ryan Gunn won the toss and had us bowling. Colah had a steady start as we struggled to get a breakthrough, although runs were hard to come by with the outfield slow. Rich Loader (1/16) got the ball rolling but some big hitting in the middle overs saw the game slipping away. Ekkers (3/18) bowled an excellent 2nd spell to slow the runs, with Vish Raman (2/22) keeping his discipline to grab himself 2 wickets.

A big chase and with temperatures rising we decided with an aggressive approach. Good catching and bowling with some bad luck saw us lose wickets too quickly, and we petered out at 87. Gunny (33) launched some aggressive shots at the start of the innings, and Ben Kinchington (20) played beautifully with little reward for his shots. Next up Glenorie.

C3

WPHC Red (Cameron) 5/124 defeated Kissing Point119

The sun was out at Auluba and WPH chose to bowl against a young KP outfit. We knew that KP had one of the best bats in the grade and we wanted to get him early and put pressure on KP.

Fast forward 18 overs and he had been dropped 3 times by the slip cordon and it was Praneel taking a good catch off Quan to remove him just after tea break 1 for 68.

What followed was the Vipin “Whippin” Virmani show with a fine 5 for 19 off 7 overs including a skying catch by his son Vedant for his first w/k catch of the season to his relief. We did have an ace in our sleeve with none other than Buzz taking 3 for 20 off 6 with Rose taking 2 hard chances and Praneel ended up with 4 catches. Jay’s effort to run out the last wicket to see KP dismissed after 33 overs was class and meant the team had taken all 10 for 51 runs in 15 overs. What a 2nd session!

Amrit Singh had the opportunity he had been waiting on all season to open batting and he didn’t disappoint with a fine 37 batting for 107 of the runs. Varun chipped with 11 at opener and Rosey 47* as he does closed out the game in fine fashion. A big thanks to Dilan Baskaranthan from U17s who took a catch and bowled without luck with the slip cordon letting him down on multiple occasions. I think he was hoping that he was playing U17s who apparently can take them. A big win for us as dropping this match would have meant we fell behind this opposition as the comp is super close.

Thanks team, a pleasure to captain in Cameron’s stead.

Bring on the Blues next week who knocked off a fine side in Castle Hill. It’s time Hanich!

WPHC Blue (Rob) 5/53 defeated Castle Hill RSL 51

Back after the break we were playing our second game in C3 grade. After dispatching ladder leaders Beecroft last round we were up against new ladder leaders Castle Hill.

Rob actually won a toss to everyone’s amazement and then disappointed our more senior members by choosing to bowl……but got a huge cheer from the younger brigade. Though a small ground, the lush paddock like grass was very long and would have made a herd of angus cattle very happy. Scoring was not going to be easy and tight straight bowling was the way to go.

We started nicely with very tight bowling from Rey and Junior. After frustrating the Castle Hill batters, wickets started to tumble.Great bowling continued from Madi and Wild Thing and the wickets kept coming.

Secret weapon Roger kept the pressure on. Rommel came on but only lasted 2 balls, splitting the webbing in his bowling hand attempting a caught and bowled. So off he went to get stitches (fortunately he is alright). Aden then made his bi-annual bowling appearance and completed the over. Al came on to finish off the Castle Hill innings.

Notable bowling figures were Rey 3/9, Madi 3/3, Wild Thing 1/4. Plus a cheeky run out to Aden.

Time for us to bat and not make the same mistake Castle Hill did…..focussing on the short side boundaries. Aden and Prav opened the bat and started slowly.

With the very long grass singles were hard to come by (as were any shots on the ground). Through frustration we lost early wickets and were 5/31 ourselves chasing a very small total. But Junior and Rey steadied things and saw us home. Rey deciding he wanted to get home very early and finished things off with a 4, 6, 4.

So another solid win. Looking forward to the derby against the Red team next week.

D1

WPHC Red (Diggers) Vs St Ives

Today we headed to the tennis court like Cliff Oval at North Wahroonga and with a few players missing because of Covid, injury, test match and farmstays, we still managed, with the help of Buzz Burrows and Phill “clubman of the season” Hando, end up with 12 to play.

Papa Diggs won his fifth toss in a row and, given the heat and humidity, we decided to bat first.

Things didn’t start well with Lachie having a rare misfire, out for a globe in the 2nd over off a good inswinger from their left-armer. Zac followed soon after and Sam Kirkegard, filling in for us from C2, came to the crease.

He proceeded to dispatch the St Ives bowlers to various parts of the ground. Unfortunately his final scoring shot for 6 resulted in a lost ball and the replacement ball started to do a bit and he knicked off to the keeper. A really nice half century for Sam though.

Grant also batted very well again and managed to get to 32 before being bowled but was pretty well cooked at that stage anyway.

So we finished 8 down for 138 off our 35, probably a below-par effort but with our strong bowling attack, we were still a good chance of defending.

Ben”Buzz Jnr” (1/11 off 7), bowled really well for us again and was near unplayable in his first 4 overs. In tandem with Mukund, then Parin (2/16 off 5), we had them 0/19 after 8.

Disco (1/44 off 7) then grabbed a wicket and Parin one soon after to have ‘Snives’ 2/32 after 10. Whilst we continued to bowl well and create some chances, unfortunately our catching let us down and the Saints best batter managed to hack 68 around the park before we got him out with the score on 4/95 with 15 overs left to get the 44 runs.

In the end, just not enough runs to defend and ‘Saints’ got the runs with 4 wickets and 5 overs to spare.

A rare and disappointing loss for us but we still take the positives into next round.

D1 Blue (Ross S) 4/109 defeated ARL 8/106

A happy new year to all, and great to be back on the cricket field…first game of the new year on the small lush Karuah Park and the rain stayed away…

At one stage during the week it was possible we may not get a team up…with 6 of our team unavailable 4 due to Covid and 2 unavailable. Big thanks to Sreeni, from C3, Harry from u17 and Riley from C2 blue for helping us out. With a new player Sachin we went in with 11.

Even with an unknown bowling attack, but with a storm likely, the skipper was hoping to win the toss and field. He lost the toss and we ended up fielding…a sort of good result except it was so hot.

Vikas and Sachin opened the bowling…..Vikas bowling steady through the whole innings ending up with 0-4 off 6 overs….Sachin bowling thunderbolts was so unlucky in his first spell with several edges flying over the slips. A change in bowling saw Riley dismiss the big hitting opener in the 6th over with ARL off to a fast start 1/30.

Great bowling from Gihan and Sreeni with a wicket each and a runout keeping ARL to 4/59 at the break. After the break ARL dug in. A double breakthrough with wickets to Bala and a first seniors wicket to Henry restricted the flow of runs.

Particularly pleasing that Henry dismissed ARL’s top scoring batsmen. A great final spell from Sreeni chipping in with a couple of wickets and unlucky not to have more, we restricted ARL to 8/106 at the close of innings. Wickets to Sreeni 3-13 (7), Gihan 1-11 (5), Bala 1-9 (4) and Henry 1-15 (3) and Riley 1-19 (3). Pleasing that of the 8 wickets to fall we took 7 catches, Bala with 2 and catches to Sreeni, Ross, Riley, Sachin, Jake.

Jake and Sandeep started well putting on 11 before we lost our first wicket. With some tight bowling from ARL runs were difficult to come by…1/22 after 10…..with a storm looking possible, Sandeep and Sachin started to hit out, however with score on 37, Sachin lost his wicket for 10. A good knock considering he had not played for several years.

With Sandeep, turning around the strike, Vikas then took to the bowling hitting 4*6’s and a couple of boundaries off just a couple of overs…accelerating the run rate.

At the drinks break we had accelerated to 2/81.. After the drinks break the partnership continued with Vikas bringing up his 50 in the second over after drinks with another enormous 6.

At 2/98 Vikas retired 52 no, only batting for 8 overs. Sandeep was unfortunately run out with only a couple of runs required for a patient 31. We passed the ARL score in the 22nd over, with Gihan and Henry at the wicket . Congratulations to Henry who scored his first seniors run, remaining 1no.

A real good win for us given half of us had not played together before……The win was important, keeping us in the top 4….

D2

WPHC (Nirav) 105 defeated Kissing Point Red 9/69

Winning the toss, the Captain made the right call of batting first – to take advantage of decent batting conditions, but more importantly to give us the opportunity to bowl under cooler overcast conditions later in the day.

The openers gave the team a good start, with Luke scoring some quick runs & Vishal batting steadily at the other end, bringing the team to 52/1 at the halfway mark (17 overs). Ravi in spite of being jet lagged, made a good contribution with the bat (21) and so did Agniva who came in at 4 (20).

Now, the time had come to make quick runs, and in attempting to do so the team lost some quick wickets. But Mridul, came in towards the end and scored important runs getting the overall score past the 100 mark.

At the innings break, the team was confident of defending the runs on the board, but knew that, as always, focusing on the job at hand would be important.

The opening bowlers made early in roads, and all the remaining bowlers, kept their lines tight and kept getting wickets at regular intervals. It is worth noting that ‘fast hands Luke’ got 3 stumpings in the process. As a result, KPR never looked like getting on top of the required run rate to win the match.

As anticipated at the start of the day, we finally got some rain and had to come off the field around the 28 over mark. KPR were at 9/69 at this stage, and once the experts had done the math, it was a comfortable win for WPHC.

Overall a great all round performance by the team, giving us a winning start to the New Year. Fingers crossed, good performances continue into the rest of the year.

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