Round 7, 1-Dayer (16th January 2021)
2020/21 Season format
- 12 games (Vs the 14 in a normal season)
- 4 x 1-day games
- 7 x 2 day games
- Last game before Christmas – 19th December
- Re-start – 9th January 2021
Semi-finals will now be played for the top 4 teams in each grade at the completion of Round 11 and will be played on the 13/3 & 20/3/2021.
Matches will also be scheduled for teams finishing in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th place.
All results from these matches will count towards Club Championship points and all individual performances will count towards HK&HDCA end of season awards.
- Final – 27th & 28th March
There are now just 4 Rounds (7 weeks), remaining before the Semi Finals.
- Round 8 – 23rd January
- Round 9 – 30th January & 6th February
- Round 10 – 13th February & 20th February
- Round 11 – 27th February & 6th March
- Semi Finals – 13th & 20th March
- Final – 27th & 28th March
Check out the draw at the Association website – here
A1 Grade (Phil W)
WPHC 92 lost to Berowra 120
Match report to come.
A2 Grade (Gunny)
WPHC 7/137 lost to Hornsby 9/161
Another one-dayer and another lost toss by Gunny found us in the field at Headen Park. The Hornsby opener was in a hurry and must’ve had another commitment at 1:30pm, getting out caught at deep cover on 20 in the 3rd over to Varun ‘V-Train’ Ravindran.
The bowling innings felt steady throughout, with it feeling like Hornsby never really got away but still managed to finish on 9/161 which was probably over what we would’ve hoped for. Semonn ‘the money’ Oleksyn (1-19 off 7), continued his new found economical bowling style, with Benny and KT also picking up a pole each. Andrew ‘can’t throw can’t run’ Morris also picked up a run out off what was a very custard back hand throw that barely made it to the stumps.
Highlight of the field today though was V-Train picking up a Michele, finishing with 5-36 off his 7 earning rewards for other games where he deserved more poles than he got. Brent also claimed plenty of champion player points taking 4 catches in the field.
With the bat Gunny (29) and Andrew (42) got us off to a solid start but the required run rate continued to climb throughout and got out of hand by the end through some good bowling and field settings by Hornsby. Brent ‘I’ll catch Andrew’ Larkham came in and played a quick fire 31 to give us a chance but the total proved too much.
Particular shoutout to Ray, who regular readers would be aware is slightly out of form, so bought a new bat to rectify this. The bat will be returned, unused. Ray was bowled for a golden and the mystery of the quality of the new bat still remains.
Thanks to Matt Schwartzel for filling-in, who was run out for a diamond duck. Welcome to the big leagues. He did keep well.
After a slow start to the season we’ll look to bounce back next week and hopefully make a push for finals!
WPHC Red (Rick) 2/48 defeated WPHC Blue (Napper) 42
Perfect cricket conditions greeted both teams at The Home of Cricket, as the outfield looked as splendid as Isa Guha in a swimsuit. Both teams were coming off losses, with the Reds losing last week to ARL, and the Blues still ruing lost cheap beers, as Birdcage didn’t get elected onto the Bowlo Board of Directors. Seriously, who’d vote for a bloke named ‘Birdcage’? Maybe his pretend missus?
WPHC Red chose to sit under the shady trees, which left the Blues to work their way up the amenity stairs gradually. Alpha male – Rick 1 Naps 0. Rick ‘Big Gap’ Turner then won the toss, and sent the Blues into bat. Alpha male – Rick 2 Naps 0.
The Blues came out to bat, and into the game came Todd ‘Hutcho Hutcho Man, I Want To Be A Hutcho Man’ Hutchinson, who took an amazing wicket in his first over. I’ve never seen a batsman get bowled because his helmet chin strap hit the stumps. Super stuff. Hutcho Man struck and struck again, on his way to 5/6 off 7 overs, and has to thank Deano ‘Spidey’ Carlin for bowling the in between overs, to allow him to rest between overs.
Dan ‘Old Hat Not Matt’ Schwartzel came on to bowl, and if Hutcho Man hadn’t done enough already, he took a catch at midwicket. “I Want to be a Hutcho Man”. From the other end, Shaan ‘Shane’ Bakshi took over, with a well executed bunga to have Dinesh caught by Volc in the gully, in a sexy Isa Guha catch, to show how important sticky hands are in taking catches. Shaan then went on to take 4/4, to see the bowling from shopping centre end take 9/10. $2 Spidey for choosing the wrong end.
The Blues were rolled for 42, with only 3 bowlers (plus Spidey) needed for the Reds. The Blues must be disappointed with some of their shot selection, much like Mitchell Starc should be disappointed with selecting Alyssa Healy over Ellyse Perry.
Out went the winners to bat, and Rocco ‘Dinesh’s Lovechild’ Rochow got away to a great start, pulling, cutting and punching his way to 21, before Naps got him with a peach* *peach=poo. Willy ‘Gap Filler’ Williamson and Wazza ‘Not Matt or Dan’ Schwartzel then saw the Reds home, with an 8 wicket win securing the Sheep Station Cup. Alpha male – Rick 3 Naps 0.
Also worth a mention is Isa Guha, who got more mentions in this match report than Birdcage, who still can’t believe he’s not on the Bowlo Board. I know I voted for Isa.
B2 Grade (Phill H)
WPHC 7/241 defeated Beecroft 9/191
From the first over, Campbell Wallace (77) looked in great touch. Taking advantage of a lightning fast outfield (as long as you missed the piles of grass clippings), he played all the shots and set a cracking pace from the outset. His drives straight and through the covers were sublime, and he steered the innings beautifully, guiding us comfortably through the first 15 overs with a run rate of above a run a ball.
Things escalated quickly once Tom Hando (63) joined him at the crease, the two quickly piling on a partnership of 95 runs in the next 9 overs to put us in a dominating position. Tom’s innings looked effortless today, quickly jumping on anything short, full or wide and dispatching it to (and often over) the boundary – including one huge straight six that comfortably cleared the clubhouse.
They both fell in quick succession with 10 overs to go, but by that point the damage was done, and we ended up on 241 after 35 overs. Steve Ozvatic (26), Basil Butler (18), and Harry Hando (15 no) all chimed in as well, but this really was Campbell and Tom’s day.
It never looked in doubt from there, as our bowlers restricted the flow of runs from the outset with good line and length. With each over, the required run rate kept climbing for Beecroft and the game was quickly out of their reach.
Mithun Mithun (2-27) seemed to relish the opportunity to bowl with a new cherry, Steve Ozvatic (3-25) bowled a great line in the middle and late overs, and Harry Hando (3-37) came back strongly after getting targeted by the Beecroft batsmen. All the bowlers were well supported in the field, particularly by the Hando clan who snatched 6 catches between them. Phill and Tom’s outfield catches were absolute classics by any standard.
At the close of play, Beecroft fell 50 runs short, a comprehensive win against the competition leaders. Our good form continues!
WPHC 178 defeated Glenorie 160
All the Boys were keen to bounce back this round after a narrow lost last week. We won the toss for a change and decided to bat first.
We started things nicely with both Openers Nandana and Naden both scoring quick rate and were 50 /0 after 10 Overs. At the halfway break were 88/1 after 18 0vers. We managed to keep the scoreboard ticking after the break. Managed to end up 178 after 35 Overs. Solid contributions from Naden 75, Hashen 33 and Nandana 26
Defending 178 we started well giving away only 25 runs off first 10 Overs. But By the break Glenore were 2/74 off 18 Overs and game was in the balance. After the Break we bowled better tight lengths and tried to put dot ball pressure.
After 25 Overs Glenorie were 6/105 needing 73 off the last 10 Overs.
Next 3 overs they managed to score heavily and were 140/6 after 28 Overs. But credit to over bowlers we managed to pull the game back and get rest of the 4 wickets for 20 runs and won the game by 18 runs. Excellent spell of bowling by Pavan 4/30 kept us in the game.
Excellent win !!
WPHC Red (Fieds) 5/122 defeated WPHC Blue (Buzz) 8/121
There was a lack of moisture in the air. The boys were set on proving that we are they greatest WPH C2 team. As the surperior team, we all rocked up 10 minutes before the game starts, to show our confidence to the lesser side. Being the gentleman I am, I let my undefeated toss streak end so that the lesser WPH C2 side had no excuses at the end of the day.
We went out to bowl first, and Waris showed why we are superior by bowling out his 7 overs straight away at 3/17. Nikki continued the pressure, but being the gentlemen we are, we decided to keep this lesser side in the game by putting down a few catches.
Craig was tidy in the middle of play park being his spell with 1/11. As we have the greater Bish, bowling to Dylan was easy and we got him out for the low score of 45. Maz and Raunak kept the pressure on the Blues with tight bowling at the depth, with Raunak (the better buzz) taking 3 wickets.
The Reds went out to bat with a lot of confidence. Continuing our gentleman-like behaviour, we let the opposing team have two early wickets to give them hope. The ‘van Duck/ van Dyke’ combination was in full effect with a handy 63 run partnership. The mighty duck fell short of another 50, while Alex came in to continue our momentum.
Steve “the club slut” Quan came on to bowl and took two classy wickets sending Adam (45) and Alex (19) back to the sheds with only 5 runs left to win.
After a strong start to the run chase, the team was in a vulnerable state, thankfully, it was Nikki O’Meara who made his way to the crease. Dancing down the wicket with the footwork of a 2005 frosted tip Michael Clarke, he was effortlessly off the mark with a quick single.
The next over, he again aggressively advanced down the pitch, showing the full stickers of his GM blade as he pushed one slightly wide of mid-off and pushed through for a quick single. A close call the next over was narrowly avoided due to his soft hands, which enabled him to punch one off the back foot through cover for the winning runs. This brought an end to a classy 4 not out that showed the potential for a big score. Stu was also batting and made a very moist score of 2*.
We finished with yet another win, proving that we are the higher ranking, higher level, senior, higher-up, upper-level, greater, superior, healthier, stronger, more powerful, well-built, ripped, robust, mighty, Herculean, indestructible, WPH C2 side.
C3 Grade (Indranil)
WPHC 9/106 lost to Mt Colah 3/108
A fresh game raised many hopes for the team to get back to winning mode but alas the script pretty much remained the same this round too. Lose the toss, bat first, struggle to score just about 100 runs, bowlers and fielders giving all they can, have a period of tight spells to restrict till drinks break and then not able to penetrate the middle and lower middle order of the opposition and then the unfortunate outcome.
There is no doubt lot of positives to take from the game, especially in bowling and excellent fielding display and all opportunities taken but when you face a quality side of youngsters like the Mt Colah team there are few chances that come by. In batting John Rose looked to be back in sublime touch scoring 35 and Brent finishing off the innings scoring 21 well-made runs.
Thanks to Connor and Gihan T filling in for us this round and showed the talent they are capable of. We move to the last of the one-day rounds next weekend and hope to turn around things.
C4 Grade (Rob)
WPHC 4/140 defeated Castle Hill 8/139
After a brilliant win last week, everyone was pumped to keep the good form going. And what a sight Caddies Creek provided….nice short couch grass. Finally a ground where our batters will get some value for decent shots (unlike Kenthurst Park #2 where our D2s were playing…..at least from the photos we saw).
Even Rob felt confident that he might finally win a toss. But no chance. Fortunately we were asked to bowl, which is what we wanted to do. So nice tight bowling like last week was the order.
We started well and kept the runs in check. No wickets fell early, but runs pressure was being applied. Two wickets just before the drinks break helped greatly. They were 2/58 and a little frustrated. After drinks they looked to up the ante and start chasing some runs. We continued though with good tight bowling and wickets started to fall. After their 35 overs Castle Hill ended up 8/139. A decent total, but very chaseable on a fast ground. 2 wickets to Mudi, Zia and Rob FC. And great tight bowling from Rey, Will, Daniel and Luke.
So our turn to bat and the target was 140. Aden and Luke opened and right from the first over they both looked like they were on. They were loving the fast ground and ran hard. Both gave no chances and at drink we were 0/98. Sensible batting from here and the win was ours. Aden (54) finally fell to a stumping after charging a spinner. A great opening partnership on 115 came to end. Luke (56) fell shortly afterwards and we stalled slightly. Kamran played a great innings off 17 from as many balls which helped us secure the win in the 30th over.
Another fantastic win which moves us into the top 4!
WPHC Blue (Ross S) 9/203 lost to St Ives 5/238
Cricket can be an amazing leveller and what a difference a week can make regarding performance……
First place – Us vs second place St Ives ………Playing on a postage stamp ground at Cliff we won the toss, and had no hesitation sending St Ives in to bat, confidence high after a great bowling and fielding performance last week.
However things did not go according to plan and the tone was set after the new ball was lost in the third over in heavy scrub that surrounded the ground…our bowling and fielding left a lot to be desired, bowling inconsistently, dropping seven catches and letting too many singles through we were left to pay heavily for our mistakes, with the Ives openers making 50 and 141no respectively….25 x 4s and 10 x sixes between them. Frustrating with 5 balls lost in the surrounds of the ground to bowling that was too short and too wide…….
We were left to chase 239. Ram taking 2 wickets, and wickets each to Happy, Sach and Muthindra.
The lads were eager for a run chase, and things did not start well losing one of our openers in the 3rd over retired hurt…..however Muthindra and Waman steadied the ship before Muthindra (21) holed out. Ani and Waman (43) then took us to the first break 1-109 . game on. Unfortunately we lost Ani (40) just after the break as we chased runs, never the less at 2/143 and needing 90 of 13 overs with 8 wickets in hand and a small ground we were still in the game…
We then lost 3 quick wickets, putting us at 5/145……but the boys kept fighting, with Happy (23), Ram (26) and Aayush taking us over 200…with only 9 down wickets we finished in the 32nd over with Aayush 18no , a good run chase but night quite good enough.
Hopefully we can improve our bowling and fielding next week…
WPHC Red (Diggers) 4/76 defeated Castle Hill 75
Dave “Disco” Larkham filled in for Papa Diggs today and started well by winning the toss.
Disco decided to bat first and Connor and Rushab bowled well early without success before one of the Castle Hill openers tested out Disco’s arm and was found short of his ground for a nice runout with the score on 24.
From there we were able to take regular wickets through tight bowling with Marcus (1/25) , Lachlan (3/8 off 4.2) and Disco (5/10 off 7) rolling through Castle Hill for a modest total of 75 in the 27th over.
Castle Hill bowled really well, full and straight being the order of the afternoon and our batsmen played a cautious innings. Lachlan batted really well as one of our openers and finished unbeaten on 27, well supported by Ramil (13) and a nice innings by Mitch (13) and Mano j(5no) to see us home in the 31st over.
A great win to keep us entrenched in the top 4.
D2 Grade (Nirav)
WPHC 7/143 defeated Kissing Point Red 6
A record breaking day!
Welcome back to another week of brilliant cricket.
As we walked towards Kenthurst Park, it looked like the gardeners mowed the ground but forgot to take the grass with them. Nevertheless, we were hyped to get another win against Kissing Point Red, a team which had come from the D1s. Stand in Captain Amith forgot to take his lucky coin with him and lost the toss.
We are asked to put our precious gloves and pads on. Arun and Luke as usual got off to a good start to see off a good bowling spell. As they started to increase the run rate, Luke got run out at 1-24. The star batsman, Praneel, walked into the field looking to complete a long innings. Shortly after Arun was caught for 21 and Lakshya was caught and bowled for 7.
At drinks, the scorecard was steady but there was hard work to be done with Vishaal and Praneel, who at the time was 2 (24), were not out.
After a great partnership of 47, Vishaal got out for 10 runs playing a good supporting knock. As Siby provided drinks to Praneel and Nirav soon after, Siby’s magic words just spurred both of them as runs started to come from both ends. Their 50 run partnership consisted of some cracking shots. Kissing Point regretted the EIGHT dropped catches for Praneel as he went on to make 67 (69).
The left and right hand batting combination really tired their fielders out. They kept shifting their fielders from deep leg positions for Nirav and then Praneel. At many points in the match they had 6-7 of their fields just standing on the boundary line as they watched Praneel’s sixes go over their heads. Nirav’s 23 was a good addition to bring the team’s total 7-143 as we lost 3 wickets in the last over of the match.
Being fairly confident to defend the total, Praneel started the innings with a wicket maiden where he got the opening batsman caught and bowled. Parin, who didn’t have the best time with the bat as he got a golden duck, made tremendous amends with his bowling. His first over started with two no balls as he could not seem to discern the difference between the juniors and seniors crease.
After Praneel’s second maiden, Parin took two consecutive wickets. Somehow the ball was jumping all over the pitch with the superb swing.
He was very close to getting the hat trick as the new batsmen completely missed the ball. With continuously amazing bowling from both ends Parin and Praneel, wickets just kept coming and the Kissing Point batsmen had no idea how to respond.
In the first ball of the innings’ 10th over Parin got his 6th wicket of his match and was ready to take the match ball home. The last wicket was a run out on the 5th ball of 10th over.
Were you wondering why I haven’t been mentioning the runs?
It’s because they were not scoring any runs. Kissing Point was all out for 6 runs in the second innings which is an Association D2 record! Wow, what a day. Kissing Point laughed about the 11 catches they dropped, more than the number of runs they scored.
We ended the day with a trip back to the club where Ross told us the stories about the old records.
Hopefully, we keep going like this throughout the rounds and the finals.