Round 1, Day 1 (24 October 2020)
The 2020/21 Season format is:
- 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
- Hybrid ‘Super Round’ to finish the season played on 13th & 20th March 2021. This will be a 1 Vs 8, 2 Vs 7 and so on
- Final – 1 Vs 2 on 27th & 28th March.
A1 Grade (Phil W)
WPHC Vs Kissing Point
No play at Ern Holmes Oval (Pennant Hills) so we play a 1-dayer next week.
A2 Grade (Gunny)
WPHC Vs Hornsby
A wet day, turf ground at Parklands and the Club was calling so a 1-dayer next weekend.
WPHC Blue (Napper) 3/59 Vs St Ives
Arriving at the home of cricket, spirits were high as we came up against reigning B1 premiers. Coming off the wooden spoon in B2s last season, the team were quietly confident arriving at an overcast Greenway. Our fearless, resilient, charming, beautiful leader Rob “Half the man he used to be” Knapman won the toss and elected to bat.
The day was started with Rob “Bob” Knapman leading the side in an encouraging team talk that not only inspired us but made the side a little bit horny. Before the start of play, the side were already at a mental disadvantage with Ryan “Beta” Loveridge dropping the footy after it was kicked back to the group from the opposition. Despite this event that demoralised the side greatly, the undoubtedly worst moment of the day was Asees “That’s My Dance Bag” Rajput showing the side his TikTok account, so if you’re looking to see a skinny Pakistani shirtless look up ‘Tandooripuppy’ on TikTok.
Cricket eventually started at 2:15, with club legend and the greatest allrounder in club history Erik “Speed” Junkkari and future A-grader (because his dads selector) Zac “Sid” Turner wondered out to opening the batting. Ekkas played some audaciously orgasmic shots for his 13 before forgetting he was holding a cricket bat and not a golf club and losing his off stump.
Phil “Hayesy” Hayes hit a one bounce 4 over cover before cutting one straight to point and being dismissed for 4. Nandu “Poor mans Dinesh” Ramesh followed and was not informed this wasn’t North Sydney grade cricket and we weren’t playing a t20, before getting caught at deep mid wicket for a quick fire 22.
A final mention to Asees “I was drunk at 3am for tiktok” Rajput where he walked out to bat, did not face a ball before rain ended the days play after 18 overs. This was important as he was a week 1 only and will leave us a batsmen down leading into next week.
With multiple fines being dealt out for people mentioning he who should not be named, our fine tin is off to a strong start. The boys will arrive at the home of cricket next week feeling confident to smash some quick runs before rolling through the opposition and claiming the first of many wins for the season.
WPHC Red (Rick) Vs Sydney Lions (Annangrove)
After winning the toss and deciding to bat that’s where the game ended at Annangrove Park with the pitch under water. We play a 1-dayer next week.
B2 Grade (Phill H)
WPHC 3/63 Vs Hornsby
Despite the forecast of rain, spirits were high at Headen Park for the first game of the season, and both teams expected a good chance of play. Our skipper Phil won the toss, and we elected to bat given the wet conditions. A decent shower just before 1pm delayed the start, giving the team a good chance to get to know each other better before the season began – even the US election was discussed as we waited for the rain to pass!
We finally got on just after 2pm, and our openers did a great job in knocking the ball around the infield, setting a strong foundation and (most importantly) helping get the ball nice and wet. Some early season wobbles crept in as we lost 3 quick wickets, however we stabilised in the middle order to be 3-63 by the time the rain stopped play in the 21st over. At the end of play, the ball was a cake of soap, which should give us an advantage as we come out to bat on a (hopefully) dry wicket next week.
C1 Grade (Joseph)
WPHC Vs Kenthurst 4/72
Match report to follow.
Blue (Buzz) Vs ARL 5/110
It’s been so long coming, so much preparation and hard work from the awesome team of Rick Turner and cohorts, but finally, we all had the chance to get out on the park and play cricket again! Amazingly, we actually started at 12:55pm today as everyone was so keen to play!
The first session was hampered by rain which we initially believed would pass, however, it stayed constant for the first hour and consequentially turned the ball rapidly to a ball of soap.
0/68 at drinks wasn’t what we’d hoped for, but upon the resumption we then made inroads. Buzz broke through first, then a wicket to Xander plus a run out put us back on track. Buzz and Xander collected another wicket each to have the Opposition 5 down before the rain really came down in force and we retired to the Sports Club.
If the weather holds out next weekend, we’re in a good place to press forward for a win, but best of all we are back on the paddock playing cricket – and we’re very grateful for that!
Red (Fieds) 1/80 Vs Kissing Point (Auluba Oval)
A moist first day of cricket at Auluba Oval. We won the toss and went into bat. Nick (31*) and Jack (25*) starred with the bat, with a cheeky 18 byes adding to our total.
The moistness was too much to handle and saw us end the day early after only 26 overs, 1/80.
C3 Grade (Indranil)
WPHC Vs Sydney Lions 1/14
A rain interrupted day was a disappointing start to the 20/21 season, particularly after delayed start to the season and a long wait to get onto the park. Captain Amitiva Sen won the toss and made the right decision to bowl as the ground was damp but not unplayable. However between the toss and the schedule start of play the rain came and the start of the season was further delayed.
Enthusiasm among the guys was sky high particularly from Rommel Panday, which was infectious and eventually a start came nearly 2 hours late.
A good opening bowling spell from Amit Sen and John Rose, along with some good keeping from debutant wicket keeper Brent Van Wyk in difficult conditions with a slippery wicket. A clever bowling change saw the introduction of young Amrit into the attack and in his first over, disturbed the batsman’s furniture, removing middle stump, which lifted our enthusiasm even greater.
Only 8 overs bowled and we have the Opposition at 1/14, with some tidy fielding supporting the bowlers well.
C4 Grade (Rob)
WPHC 4/50 Vs Hornsby
Match report to follow.
Blue (Ross S) Vs Kissing Point 3/107
WPH won the toss (which is highly unusual for Ross) and decided to field in cloudy conditions. Ball was hooping around and so many edges went everywhere except to a fielder. Off at least 4 times due to rain, bowlers did a stellar job with a wet ball. Ground is super fast. Looking forward to a run chase next week.
Red (Diggers) 4/57 Vs Castle Hill
We were just happy to be back on the park today after a long and somewhat eventful off-season. We got off to a good start with Ian winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Lost an early wicket but Ross and Andrew (10) put on 30 for the second wicket on a very slow Arcadia Oval. Ross(15) continued to bat well, putting on 17 with Ramil (9*) for the 3rd wicket.
Unfortunately the rain got a bit too heavy around 3.30 and we called it a day on 4/57. With not a lot of run in the ground that would be worth 70-80 on most other grounds.
Hopefully we can bat well for 20-25 overs next week and set a target to defend.
D2 Grade (Nirav)
WPHC Vs Beecroft 8/144
It was a bit disappointing to lose the toss as a new Captain of the opening round. Beecroft’s new team in D2 grade decided to bat.
First session went really well for WPH. Praneel took the first wicket on the second ball of the first over of their captain caught by Arun. At the drinks Beecroft was 4 down for 49 and we were in good shape.
Second session wasn’t that great and we gave away a few extras but again in the last over of the second session we got one more. At the tea score was 5/100.
We couldn’t go back until 4.30 due to rain delay. But both teams were keen to play and we resumed play brooming the pitch. We lost 10 overs of play due to rain delay.
Praneel got one more straight after the break and he was on hat-trick. In the last 10 overs of play Siby, Nirav and Praneel showed some excellent bowling which put us in a strong position, even though the ball seam was completely out of shape. Siby got 3-18, Praneel got 3-23 and Nirav 2-17 with final score 8-144.