Round 14 (day 2 of 2 day game)
WPHC 7/152 dec lost to ARL 7/160 – 5th (36 points) Vs 8th (17 points)
We got to the ground nice and early as usual ready for an exciting days play of cricket. Wu drove his car right in front of the umpires blocking their view of beautiful parklands.
WU’s TeamTalk was epic yet again, he explained to us that getting to the last Day of the round and still being a chance is a feat in itself, he then went on to blame everybody but himself if we lost today, including JP and the selectors. Wu then went on and said if we do bat again, he wanted us to go at 36 an over. “Shoot for the stars, land on the moon” he then awarded Gus his player cap 328 for being the stand in fielder.
Krang started superbly taking two wickets early, one of them being a fantastic catch one-handed by Jamaican and slips. There were also two other wickets that should have been but Krang overstepped the mark yet again. Lichaaa was angry yet again, Gavin got the vital wicket with Tis and Gandhi Gas Ganders supporting well.
Gavin was at his best and gave one of them batsmen a magical sendoff and needed to be held back by multiple players. Gavin then went to the umpire and dobbed on the opposition player for swearing. One of your best Gav.
Pear turned up in his drug mule of a car and shot his mouth off again. Everyone was hoping that he was going to stay home but he turned up to support the boys.
We were unable to get the points today after having them six down for 100, a great display by the ARL Captain Colorado Mountain was just too good for us on the day.
We all went back to the Club to celebrate our loss and cricket was the winner on the day. The team has already started some off-season training and will be doing some hill runs in the sand dunes at Bronti. Thanks for the memories.
WPHC Red (Andy) 5/177 dec. defeated Kenthurst Upper Hills 54 & 9/154 – 5th Vs 6th
Match report to come.
WPHC Blue (Gunny) 35 lost to Normanhurst 2/40 – 3rd (52 points) Vs 1st (56 points)
Some might say that a score of 35 is actually above par at The Glade. Others might say that it was the worst day of cricket than everyone in the team has ever had. But jeez you should’ve seen the batting display in the centre wicket intra-team practice match that followed and lasted longer than our actual game. Andrew ‘terrible captain’ Morris won the toss and decided to bat for some reason on the flattest Glade wicket in the history of the HKHDCA, what a terrible decision that was.
Zac ‘daddy’s permission’ Morris was first to go for 1, which actually increased his batting average at the Glade, to a good ball (no seriously, it was actually a decent ball this time). Next to go was Billy for 4 (equal 2nd top score) to a controversial catch that some might say hit more grass than snoop dog on a relaxing night in. Benny ‘too good a bloke’ Miekle gave his honest verdict from square leg and the black and white walked slowly back to his position behind the stumps just to fire Billy; an alpha move if ever I’ve seen one.
Andrew (3) nailed a pull shot straight to forward square and Mikey ‘pulled Stanton’ Fiedler did the same for 1 and that summed up our innings; they bowled very well and we regularly got out to the rare bad ball. Brent ‘edged two leaves for 4’ Larkham top scored with 19, even though he’s the only person in the team who’s the 3rd best cricketer in his family, after Disco and his 11 year old sister of course.
KT ‘I played a straight drive’ Townsend deserves a special shout out solely for the justification of his dismissal for 0.
Into the field we went and our shouts of ‘runs on the board’ and ‘scoreboard pressure’ failed to intimidate a side who were chasing a difficult 36 runs for victory. KT took both wickets and Normo chased it down in the 9th over. Special shout out to Semonn ‘can’t bowl seam up’ Oleksyn for bowling 0.0 overs for 1 wide which finished the game. He still managed to ruin the ball bowling cross seam though.
Additional shout out to Matt Phillip who couldn’t string together the only sentence you need to know as a scorer, yelling with confidence and zero hesitation ‘who’s the bowlers name’. Areas Matt.
The game was so bad today that I’ve written this match report at 6pm at the Sporto completely sober. Usually it’s a 3am write up when I’m absolutely sideways with a spelling error every 2 words, so you’re welcome Roscoe since you don’t have to spell check every sentence this week.
Anyway, we were Bowled out for 35 by a batting team but at least Berowra didn’t finish 1st and we’ve given Normo a false sense of confidence going into finals. Bring back Michael ‘takes the credit for match reports’ Gunn as El Capitano and onto semi’s. We hope for a big club turn out next week as we take on our mortal enemy Berowra in the Semi’s.
WPHC 224 lost to ARL 4/259 – 6th (37 points) Vs 2nd (58 points)
After last week’s good outing and finishing 6/216 Raffa decided to bat on today. The grass had been mown and the ground was decidedly faster. A good day to bat. We offered nothing with the bat today losing our last 4 wickets for 8 runs. All Out 224.
ARL came out looking to win the game and cement their spot in the top 2. Our bowlers never really got going and ARL scored freely. Willy and Hutchy took wickets and Raffa threw the ball around bowling 10 players looking for wickets. ARL eventually running down our total 4 down.
They finished 4/259 off 57 overs. Best of our bowlers Hutchy 2/36 and Willy 2/43. That’s our season done. A mixed bag this year but plenty to build on in season 20/21.
WPHC 132 & 7/86 lost to Lankan Islanders 150 – 8th Vs 4th
Today’s play started with our longest and most intense warm-up all season. We then followed up with a team huddle where we discussed the important matters of the day. Things like, Who would win in a fight to the death between a million fire ants or 8 Poodles. The team was still split over the outcome when we had to break the huddle as the opposition batsmen had been waiting at the crease for 5 minutes….
The first ball of the day raced to the boundary and it was clear that Dural was running a lot quicker than last week! Anush Sharma (2/27) got the first breakthrough, forcing the batsman back and hitting the pads plumb in front. Nikhil Ninan (1/19) sent poles flying as he claimed the next wicket. Ryan Loveridge (2/29) bowled a great spell, picking up a wicket with a sharp bouncer that took the top edge.
The Opposition declared 18 runs in front of our total with at least 40 overs left in the day. We ran a random number generator to decided our batting order. Things got a little shaky as we slipped to 6/45 even though we had eaten up 20 overs. A solid partnership between Eric Junkkari (21*) and Nikhil (18*) saw the outright chance drift away and we pulled up stumps.
A few close losses throughout the season saw us slip out of final contention, but despite that the team spirit stayed strong. Thank you to my guys for your commitment through the season. It was a pleasure to play with such a great bunch of guys!! Thank you also to my fellow Captains who always made sure that every team had 11 players on the park.
All the best for those teams who are playing finals! I hope to see plenty of people out at the grounds in support!
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 122 lost to Beecroft 3/180 – 8th Vs 2nd
We started out last game of the season knowing we had no chance of making the finals, so we were all just keen to mix the batting and bowling around. After last week’s efforts we managed to make 122 and Beecroft made it to 1/60 at the end of the day.
With a tough ask for the boys on the second day, we just set out to give everyone a turn.
With Abhay “mums milk” Maharaja behind the stumps, and Prashant “P-Daddy” Kumar and Alex “too many degrading nicknames to choose from” Chidgey opening the bowling, anything could have happened. Alex managed to get a nice wicket in his opening spell, but Beecroft kept scoring runs on a freshly mowed Bannockburn Oval.
Asees “pants thief” Rajput and Arjun “Kevin Hart” Kumar bowled a very tight spell with Asees picking up another wicket. But a few dropped catches led to Beecroft chasing the runs only 3 down. Special mention to Nikki “heaps lethargic” O’Meara for continuing his good form from last week and turning up to the game only 30 minutes late.
It was a tough season for the C1 Blues but they gave it their all every game and made it an absolute pleasure to captain them in my first season as skipper.
Thanks for all the fun, bring on next year!
WPHC Red (Phill) 221 defeated Castle Hill 134 – 1st (61 points) Vs 7th (37 points)
Today’s game was hard, long, frustrating, boring, tense and even at times exciting. Today marked the end of our official season, against Castle Hill.
We wanted to end the season on a high, easily bowling the other team out, going for an outright or maybe even going home early. But this was not to be, well not at the beginning of the match at least.
At the first drinks break Castle Hill was 5 wickets down for only 37 runs. Hopes were high and our entire team were pumped, more from the prospect of going home early than anything else. From that moment on, the floodgate of wickets ceased, requiring hard work, sweat and patience, a lot of patience, to eventually bowl Castle Hill all out for 134 runs (75 runs short of our score) at the end of the 60 overs.
The stand out bowler for today was definitely Jack Hando. He took 4 satisfying wickets , all bowled mind you, to effectively mop up the Castle Hill squad. He bowled very well only going for 2.9 runs per over and an average wicket after every 8 runs.
Tom Hando also bowled well taking two wickets, one to end the game for us.
The over before the game ended a catch was dropped and everyone’s hands flashed straight to their head in utter unbelief. The immediate over later, Tom bowled a beauty delivery to clean up the tail ender and send him packing on his way to the sheds. As you can imagine there were instantaneous shouts of triumph, delight and exuberance, the whole lot when that last wicket partnership fell. You had to be there to have felt it.
But despite the laborious journey of today’s match, the C1 Red side again proved to be the real winners of the competition rising in triumph as the minor premiers with only one loss against their name.
Be back next week to start our new and exciting journey through the finals and then onto the championships.
WPHC 8/175 defeated Kissing Point 88 & 2/51 – 5th Vs 4th
Needing 56 runs to secure a win and place in the semi-final, our team was more hopeful than confident with remaining 7 wickets in hand to do the job. The last few rounds wobbles/batting collapses were always going to be back of mind. And cricket is a game that throws surprises and experienced cricketers know that very well.
Few in the team tried getting some batting practice during the week. Not John Rose, who somehow does not think that it helps him. Instead he batted his best today.
He partnered with Adrian Chau to play 23 overs for the 4th wicket, adding 54 runs in total. John played beautiful strokes including 5 fours and a big six in his half century innings. When he got out, team was closer to the target with 22 needed for the win.
Rommel Pandey was next in the middle. He was one example of why nets during the week can help you. He compiled valuable 36 runs with a lot of patience (certainly by his own standards) making sure in the process that team got first innings points.
Brent Van Wyk (40 no) got his batting form back, putting on 62 runs for 7th wicket with Rommel. At tea with a lead of 87 runs, declaration came to try for an outright.
The St Ives batsmen batted better in second innings. With only 2 wickets down for 51 runs at 5 pm, captains agreed to call it a game.
Onto semis next where we will be playing minor premiers Castle Hill.
WPHC 1/176 defeated Hornsby 70 & 5/176 – 1st Vs 10th
After securing the Minor Premiership with our win last week, we declared 100 odd ahead to try for an outright and to give all our bowlers a work out before the Semi Finals.
Hornsby set out to shut up shop from the start and despite some good bowling early it took us 26 overs to grab the first wicket. Stubborn batting and a few half chances meant that by 5pm they were only 5 down (but still only 70 ahead). With no chance of a further result the Skippers called the game and we head into the first Semi with a solid win under our belt.
Best of the bowlers was Dave with 3/42, Buzz and Connor picking up one each.
Special mention to Xander Vink for grabbing the catch of the season with an amazing diving catch at mid wicket, and to the Quan who bowled 7 overs, 5 maidens 0/3!
On to the Semis!
WPHC Blue (Rob) 93 & 8/141 defeated outright after losing on 1st innings Beecroft 108 & 6 dec / 124 – 4th Vs 8th
Wow what a day that was. A day of complete mixed emotions.
After a late batting collapse last week, we arrived at the ground needing to score 42 runs to win on first innings, with 4 wickets in hand. Confident we could pull this off and find a place in the finals. That confidence did not last long. Wickets tumbled regularly and we could only manage 93…..15 runs short of the Beecroft first innings.
We had no choice but to now push on for outright victory, or our season was over, and a finals spot was thrown away.
Beecroft batted again and we started well, taking a couple of early wickets. If we could take wickets regularly and keep the scoring rate down we had a chance. Beecroft then started to pick up the scoring rate and the wickets slowed down. After drinks a change of tactics and we started to dry up runs. Fortunately for us, Beecroft also needed an outright victory to have any chance of a finals spot. This meant they made a sporting declaration at tea on 6/124.
So the equation was simple.
Chase 140 to win from 34 overs or our season was over. A quick team chat and we knew we needed a decent steady start so we could chase hard later. Unfortunately three early wickets did not help. But then a nice steady partnership of 70 by Al and Daryl changed the game. Wickets continued to fall but with small partnerships along the way. In the end we were down to our final wicket and still needed 5 runs. Talk about stressful!
Anyway Reyhan kept his head and lofted a shot over mid-wicket for four to seal the victory.
A couple of callouts to Al for the only 50 of the game and Mudi for his fantastic 5/37 in the second innings.
And our lucky charm Daryl continues to prove his luck. Since his return from overseas in mid November, we have not lost a game!
Lastly, a big thanks to Aden and Al for co-captaining their second game and bringing home a second win.
WPHC Red (Diggers) 8/146 defeated St Ives Blue 145 – 6th Vs 3rd
How good is cricket? One minute you’re up, 5 minutes later you’re down.
We turned up at Arcadia needing 146 to win but also needing Hornsby and, unfortunately, the WPHCCC Blue team to also lose to make semis.
With some good batting from Jack (32), Ben (25no), Shashank (21), Craig (17), Connor (16) and Disco’s unbeaten 6 at the end, we managed to pass the target with 9 overs and 2 wickets to spare, a great result against a side in 3rd spot on the ladder.
So we did our job and, after some texting from Quan, Hornsby did their job and lost, which left one other result.
The Blue side from our Club, lost miserably on first innings so we were confident on getting through. Unfortunately, Beecroft were also looking for mutually beneficial result and set the Blue team a fairly generous target.
So, in the end, after thinking we made the Semis, five minutes later, we heard that the Blue team had somehow managed to get the required runs, we had our hopes shattered.
A pity, as I thought we were a real shot in the 2-day semis, having beaten 3 of the 4 teams in 2-dayers and drawing against the other one. Nevermind, we’ve had a good season. We’ve some fun, been competitive in all games and developed some juniors who will be with the club for years to come.
Rob Hanich and Beecroft captain…dead to me….
Only joking Rob, good luck in the Semis. I assume you will end up playing Glenorie in the Semis. Naturally you guys will beat them and then smash Kissing Point, the new Berowra. in the final.
WPHC 9/168 defeated Kissing Point Red 105 & 3/56 – 3rd Vs 2nd
Last week we bowled out KP-Red team for 105 runs in the 52nd over. At the end of the 16 overs for Day 1 we were 1 for 44. We continued on at Auluba Oval for Day 2 and managed a further 124 runs to declare at 9 for 168 runs in the 60th over. Praneel hit 42 runs followed by Arun on 34.
We put the Red team back in and bowled 24 overs taking 3 wickets for 56 runs. Nirav Desai in this match took 4 wickets for 34 runs. So we should be in the Semi Finals next week playing the same team.
Hopefully, we will play as well if not better in the semis as we did in Round 14. I hear that the weather forecast is for rain next week so we will have to keep an eye on that.
This season we are again tracking Players approaching personal milestones. Keep a look out for this update to see who has achieved something special or who is approaching a special achievement.
Performances are as at 5 March 2020.
|Nathan Fathers||C1||3,787 runs|
|Alex Robertson||A2||2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Greenup 5/10/2019|
|Craig Hutchinson||D1||2,000 runs Vs WQPHC Blue@ Greenway Park 2/11/2019|
|Andrew Morris||A2||2,000 runs Vs WPHC Red @ Greenway Park 14/12/2019|
|Josh Banner||A1||1,997 runs|
|Brent Larkham||A2||1,923 runs|
|Tarun Lath||C2||1,925 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|
|Ben Meikle||A2||969 runs|
|Alex Chidgey||C2||978 runs|
|Tis Mistry||A1||919 runs|
|Steve Burrows||C3||950 runs|
|Tim Worthington||930 runs|
|Rowan Keating||A2||287 wickets|
|Chris Williamson||B1||200 wickets Vs Castle Hill @ Dural Park 16/11/2019
|Andy Meikle||A2||100 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 28/9/2019
|Amit Sen||C2||78 wickets Vs Berowra @ Old Dairy, Brooklyn 30/11
|Dan Costigan||A1||97 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|
|Jackson Preedy||A1||49 wickets|
|Paul Vink||C3||49 wickets|