Semis, Grand Finals & Season Wrap-up

Season wrap-up

The updated stats for 2019-20 follows. Here are a few highlights:

Batting

  • 2018-19 player of the year, Andrew Morris, continued his great form.  He topped the run tally with 561 runs. Alastair Fullerton (532) and Praneel Singh (468) rounded out the top 3
  • Andrew’s 561 is 69th on the all-time list of highest season tallies. His 433 in A2 was also 9th in that grade  His career average is now 45.5, which is the 3rd highest of all time across all grades (min 1000 runs)
  • He is also now the highest run-scorer of all time in T20s, across all grades, with the highest average (91.4!!)
  • The highest score for the season was Campbell Wallace’s 176no, followed by Ayush Tamhankar (157no) and Vinod Kumar (120). Campbell’s score is the 12th highest of all time. The highest T20 score was 65no (Roshan Withanage)

Bowling

  • Amit Sen topped the wicket tallies this year with 30 @ 12.8. Michael Richards (2019/20 Player of the Year) and the evergreen Ben Meikle were equal 2nd with 28
  • It was a tough year for the bowlers – Amit’s tally of 30 is 319th in the all-time list. However his 7 in T20s was the 3rd highest ever achieved in that format, and his T20 average of 9.4 is also 3rd highest
  • Michael Richards’s 6/19 in A1 were the best innings figures for the year

Fielding

  • Kamran Bloach’s 17 dismissals was the highest tally for the season
  • Billy Gaunt’s 16 is worthy of note because it included a whopping 7 stumpings. Only 2 short of the record (limited to MyCricket stats since 2010/11)
  • Vishaal Nathan (12 catches) and Andrew Meikle (11 catches and a run out) were the most prolific fielders with 12 catches and 11 catches.

Grand Finals & Premiers

Day 2 of the Semi Finals was washed out and the higher placed Teams progressed through to the Grand Finals, scheduled for Saturday (14th) & Sunday (15th) March 2020.

Due to COVID-19 all Grand Finals were cancelled. This meant that our Minor Premiers were declared Premiers:

  • C1 Red (Phill)
  • C3 (Buzz)

Whilst a hollow feeling, to win the Minor premiership is a fantastic achievement and is a fitting reward for both Teams efforts throughout the season.

Semi Final match reports

A2

WPHC Blue (Gunny – 3rd) 2/70 drew with Berowra (2nd) 176

Don’t you just love waiting around in the rain in a semi-final where you need the win and are in a good position? If so, A2s was the place to be today. Scheduled to start on time, Berowra did the Berowra thing and didn’t get into their whites until after 11 so we had a 10minute delay. They then proceeded to bowl at an over rate slower than Stanton’s sprint speed, KT’s slower ball or Andrew’s patience. 12 overs in an hour is a joke.

They bowled well to start but Zac ‘waiting’ Morris and Michael ‘Yes’ Gunn started to score and play some great shots. Unfortunately, as the nicknames suggest, a run out ensued and Gunny was out for 23. Billy ‘one shot’ Gaunt joined Zac and late cut 11 runs off the 7 balls he faced despite the field including a slip and 2 gullies, $2 for arrogance. Berowra’s opening bowler then decided to up their whinging about the conditions, complaining that the run ups were unplayable despite being 1-6 off 8 overs.

Then Zac (26*) hit him for 3 fours in an over and said ‘see you later’ and all of a sudden the ball was unusable as well. I’d also be fuming if I got alpha’d by a 12 year old. Berowra demanded a change of ball and wasted a good 5 minutes complaining and sorting it out. Because they took so long we took drinks as we ticked over 12pm sitting at 2-70.

The drizzle continued and was probably lighter than the first hour of play but an early lunch was taken and we never got back on. The rule about not going back on if it’s raining spoiled the game as we waited around until 3:45 waiting for the light drizzle to stop before the heavy rain came. If we could’ve played in the light drizzle then the result may have been different, we definitely felt optimistic about our position and were hoping to get back on for 20 overs or so to chase down the last 100 runs.

Anyway it wasn’t to be and as we did all season the spirits amongst the boys stayed high despite the circumstances. Games of handball, soccer and stump cricket in the rain were rotated to great amusement. The heavy rain came and such was our confidence of getting back on that our 2 not out batsmen and our next 2 batsmen all went to kfc as the zinger boxes teased us and the game was called at 4:30.

All I can say is thank god Brent didn’t bat in the game as he achieved 7 consecutive golden ducks in stump cricket. What does one even call that? A hepta-duck or some sh*t like that. Brent also kicked the soccer ball on the roof, made his dad go get it and had some of the worst chat ever heard amongst the team. He also rocked up hungover after going to old pub the previous night and could’ve received so many more retardation fines, but special considerations must be made for special people.

For a laugh, here’s everyone’s Individual highlights and lowlights for the season:

  • Andrew – scoring our only 100 of the season but also captaining a side that got bowled out for 35. Zac – solid 62 but he averaged 6 at Christmas and had an 8 consecutive week stretch of being worst Morris.
  • Gunny – 51* in 43C heat but was a far better B1s fill in than A2s player .
  • Billy – solid 93 but also got a pair against the other West Penno team.
  • Brent – 50* but having a season economy rate of 6.3 from his 23 overs.
  • Stanton – 4-21 in the derby but achieved the Olympic Rings of Sh*t. Also was patient 0 of the coronavirus.
  • Kyle – 6fa in 43C and his frosted tips are both a highlight and a low-light. He also lost his stump trying to slog over midwicket and then claimed that he missed a straight drive.
  • Matt Watts – 2-20 but his top score with the bat was the same as wickets he took this season (11). Benny – unreal 6fa in the semi but also got a golden duck against his son.
  • Matt Phillip – 3-8 but he rocked up late to open the bowling in the derby and got hit for 18 off the first over.
  • Flukey – bowled well all year but didn’t get the wickets to show for it. Also tried to sweep and missed every ball he faced against Normo when we needed 6 an over.
  • Ray – had the lowest bowling average in A2s after trapping Snumpty plumb LBW but got run out at the non-stikers end and ‘left 100 out there’.
  • Mikey – special shout out for being the butt of way too many jokes in my match reports. But his highlight and lowlight is ‘getting to know’ a chick in the US who looked like Stanton.

Anyway, that’s my essay over with.

On a personal note I’d like to thank the boys for this season. It was my first year at the club and it’s been the most I’ve enjoyed cricket in a long time. We always had a laugh as a team even on the days we conceded 300 in the field and got skittled for 35; we always had a good time.

Also thanks to everyone who reads these match reports that are way too long and Roscoe for fixing the extensive spelling errors as these are usually completed and sent through somewhere between 2-3am.

Can’t wait for Preso night and our end of season trip and good luck to the other WPHCCCCCCC teams in the grand finals next week.

C1 Grade

WPHC Red (Phill – 1st) 5/134 drew with Kenthurst (4th)

A wet one at Dural Park with no play possible so we go into the Grand Final, most likely against Beecroft who finished 2nd.

C2 Grade

WPHC (4th) 6/79 drew with Castle Hill RSL (1st) 206

Caddies Creek had a decent look both pitch and outfield, though the skies looked ominous. A prompt start was made and we got on with our business needing 165 runs.

After few steady overs, we lost the nightwatchman Areeb (2). John (8) and Vinod (24) tried to up the run rate with John getting a clean hit outside the ropes against their best fast bowler.

We lost 3 quick wickets in the 12th and 13th over. With the light drizzle getting heavier the umpires decided to come off the field at the end of 14th over. After an hour of waiting the Captain’s decided to call off the game and that’s the end of C2 season.

On retrospection of the entire season, it was good turnaround towards the end of the league rounds, with few wins which helped us reach semis.

Main thing being we had the core team available for most of the rounds and that showed great commitment. Some great performances seen from the players but not calling out any individuals in this forum, as cricket is a team game.

All set for next season and wish good luck to Phill and Buzz for the Grand Finals.

C3 Grade

WPHC (1st) 7/173 drew with St Ives (4th)

The Opposition obviously were keen to play despite our strong overnight position and the imminent rain. After a delay of 11 overs we took the field only to complete 6 more overs before the rain set in and a Draw was agreed.

A shame for the other West Penno sides who were robbed of your chance to push for wins, but well done for great seasons none the less!

Congrats and good luck to Hando’s C1 boys next week!

On to the Big Dance for us next week!

D1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Rob – 3rd) drew with Glenorie (2nd) 8/145 (2nd)

We turned up hopeful that we could get some play in. But no luck. It rained….it rained some more….and then continued raining.

No play and no change to last week’s score. So higher placed Glenorie advanced to the GF. A frustrating way to finish up.

Nonetheless a great season. A new team that started slowly and took a few rounds to find its feet. But after mid-November we didn’t lose a game.

Made new friends and had great laughs. The team is keen to stick together and complete some unfinished business next season!

D2 Grade

WPHC (3rd) drew with Kissing Point Red (2nd) 9/136

We only managed 10 overs on Day 2 of this match due to the rain washing out the game. Nirav Desai took 4 wickets for 23 runs over 17 overs. Amith Ninan also took 2 for 10 off 7 overs and Parin Pillamarri 2 for 24 off 11 overs. Praneel Singh got one wicket as well.

So it was the weather that did us in. We had previously beaten this team easily the week before but they get to play the final as they were 4 points in front of us on the competition table.

A great year considering that we lost every match the previous season. Officially we came in third winning 7 of our games with 4 draws mainly due to weather and 4 losses.

I was very proud of our success this year because everyone stepped up in all aspects of our game.

Captain Mike

Club Champion player points

Our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at 7/3/2020):

 

Club Champion player points

Congratulations to our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at season end – 20/3/2020):

 

Name Grade Points
Alastair Fullerton D1 104.2
Andrew Morris A2 92.1
Praneel Singh D2 85.8
Ayush Tamhankar D2 76.0
Billy Gaunt A2 75.5
Anthony Kwok C3 70.2

Personal Achievements

Players who achieved major personal Milestones during the 2019/20 season are listed below – well done on these great achievements:

Batting Grade

 

Performances
2,000 runs
Alex Robertson A2 2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Greenup 5/10/2019
Craig Hutchinson D1 2,000 runs Vs WPHC Blue @ Greenway Park  2/11/2019
Andrew Morris A2 2,000 runs Vs WPHC Red @ Greenway Park 14/12/2019
1,000 runs
John Rose C2 1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Foxglove Oval North 28/9

 

Asees Rajput C2 1,000 runs Vs ARL @ Greenup Park 26/10

 

Raghu Chary B2 1,000 runs Vs Castle Hill Green @ Caddies Creek 2/11
Brent Van Wck C2 1,000 runs Vs Castle Hill @ Dural Park 9/11/2019

 

Zac Morris B1 1,000 runs Vs Kenthurst Upper Hills @ Dural Park 15/2
Michael Robertson A2 1,000 runs Vs Berowra @ Greenway 2, 1/2/2020
Ashane de Silva A1 1,000 runs Vs Glenorie @ Kenthurst Park 1/2/2020
Bowling
200 wickets
Chris Williamson B1 200 wickets Vs Castle Hill @ Dural Park 16/11/2019

 

100 wickets
Andy Meikle A2 100 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 28/9/2019

 

Amit Sen C2 78 wickets Vs Berowra @ Old Dairy, Brooklyn 30/11

 

50 wickets
Roshan Withanage D1 50 wickets Vs Kissing Point (T20 Semi) @ Greenway Park 17/11/2019
David Larkham D1 50 wickets Vs Glenorie @ Les Shore 1 (T20 GF) 8/12/2019
Brent Larkham A2 50 wickets Vs Castle Hill Green @ Dural Park 1/2/2020

 

 

 

 

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