Round 11 (1-Dayer)
WPHC 3/79 defeated Kissing Point 75
A great performance today with ball, then bat. We won the toss and sent them in.
Bailey and Cam opened the bowling and did a great job. We took 2 wickets early and had them under pressure from ball one. Bailey bowled enormous lengths and is coming good like a great Melb Cup 2 x miler.
Krang ( Cam ) bowled his best spell of the season, the big guy is coming into some good form.
Lichaa was the pick of the bowlers, having the ball on a string and mesmerising the batters. Well done Lichaaa it was 6 for nothing and a man of the match performance.
We went in chasing only 75 and James Partridge went after the attack quickly and effectively, mixed in with a great knock from Effie Josh Banner to close off the game.
Well done to debutant Billy Gaunt that did a great job as keeper and fit into the side so well. His stories about life and his experiences were second to none. Captain Wu can’t wait to hear more from him.
Keep it going guys and most of all, enjoy your cricket.
WPHC Red (Andy) 197 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 6/198
Saturdays are a great day of the week. You can go to the beach, get some stuff done around the house, maybe have a picnic, catch up with mates for lunch or go for a bicycle ride in lycra. Or you can play cricket and lose in the last over of the game.
I really don’t like losing. It’s not as fun as going to a birthday party. It’s not as fun as going to an all you can eat buffet either. I even enjoy spending time with my family more than losing. And they don’t even like me.
Is anyone watching the BBL now? How’s the Stars cheerleaders getting thrown up in the air and being caught? Super athletes. One of them should pad up and play in the 11 instead of Nic Maddinson.
After winning the toss and batting, we batted first. That’s how cricket works. 197 off 35 overs was a good score. We had some good contributions from the top order. LMac ‘Is Back-O’ McBrien top scored with 40, Figgie ‘Equal Best Robertson’ Robertson and Mobbo ‘Equal Best Robertson’ Robertson each hit 37, while Volc ‘Andrew Schauble’ Banner hit 32. Calvin ‘BBQ’ Breytenbach starred at the end, as he hit more gaps than sweat Mobbo lost whilst batting. Geez he lost some sweat.
Having Normo 3/30 in the 11th over was a really good start. Varun ‘Ruuny’ Ravindran took 2 massive poles early, through 2 nicks to LMac. Calvin gave great support at the other end. His support was as strong as Milli Vanilli’s back up vocalists. Blowy ‘Porn Mo’ Blow struck off his first ball, on his way to 2 fa. Snumpty ‘Has Been’ Smyth then took the ball in an unlucky spell. Unlucky for the team that he bowled. It’s not 2009, and Snumpty should never bowl again. Take up marbles champ.
Normo came out from the 15th over hitting. They got away with a lot. After being in control for most of the innings, and Normo needing 80 off the last 8 overs, we decided to not play our very best, and Normo got a sniff. Well that sniff turned into a nasal spray addiction, and they hit the winning runs in the last over. It was devastating. Like getting married.
I can’t believe Isa Guha is going back to England next week. I need to tell her how I really feel.
WPHC Blue (Gunny) 8/107 lost to Berowra 1/108
Unfortunately for us today we just weren’t good enough. While Berowra did have a few A Grade players filling in due to their A Grade being cancelled, we weren’t likely to get a result regardless today the way we played.
Winning the toss and batting, regular wickets throughout the innings saw us struggling to make any respectable score. Andrew ‘back up Ray’ Morris (26) managed to play a solid innings from one end while wickets continued to fall at the other, frustrating both the opposition as well as one of his own teammates in the process.
Pon (31*) played a very Jono Wells like innings, soaking up the pressure and drying up the wickets at one end as wickets continued to tumble at the other to see us through to an under par but potentially defendable score of 107.
Apart from these two scores, there’s very little to right home about in the batting innings, apart from a quick shoutout to the shot of the day, which goes to Mikey. Mikey channeled his recent boys trip to New Zealand by smashing a 4 through the covers. Shot mike. Although, let’s be honest, it was only actually a 2 but Mikey turned blind and ran 1 on the arm to turn it into a dodgy 4.
With the ball in hand, a dropped catch off the first ball of the innings off their A Grade star sealed our fate, with us only managing to pick up one wicket to Flooky. Our bowlers just didn’t have enough runs to play with, as well as multiple dropped catches leaving us with a sour taste heading into next week.
While we may have lost convincingly, we’ll read little into this loss as it is not a team of players we will face again. We look forward to bouncing back in a must win game against the 5th placed Hornsby to try and secure a finals spot.
WPHC 66 lost to Berowra 2/68
Tina decided it would be a better idea to have a boys golf weekend away and to be honest after today’s display I wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to go every weekend.
Raffa was asked to take the Captaincy role and it backfired. We won the toss and elected to bat and that’s all the good we had this game. There was a constant flow off wickets with Zac Turner the only player in the team to hit double digits. We were bowled out for 66.
With a mediocre total Berowra were more than good enough to chase it down. We did claim two wickets with Deanis claim a wicket that was caught at slip followed by an off field vomit has this is the first time this season he claimed a wicket in his first spell and a fortunate wicket to Little Willie as it was concluded that the ball was on its way down for a second bounce.
The batsmen was laughing to hard with the ball that was bowled, he missed it and wrapped his front pad to be triggered fired by his team mate.
WPHC 137 lost to Kenthurst Upper Hills
Match Report to come but we do know the boys went down with 1 ball left.
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 134 lost to Kenthurst Upper Hills 4/136
At a thick Kenthurst oval, Stu won the toss and had us in to bat. We made a slow start with cheap wickets putting us at 3/14 off 6. Assees and Nikki made a good recovery to have us 3/50 at drinks.
Wickets began to tumble afterwards and despite a classy 50 from Assees we were all out for 134. Nikki did well to almost run out Assees 15 times and Cameron Bish made a good return from his year long break with a hard fought 14. Arjun “no. 11” Kumar improved his average with a gritty 2*.
Our turn to bowl and Kenthurst with their reversed batting order went on the attack. Raunak, Alex, Arjun and Diggers chipped in the wickets but the runs were chased down in 20 overs.
Well done to Adam for his effort in the field today and diggers showing us his B2 pedigree with a composed pity over after we’d already lost. Have to mention Nikki bumping a 12 year old, and Prashant discovering his talent as our new 4th change bowler. Onto next week where half our team are away.
WPHC Red (Phill) 3/115 defeated Berowra 114
The taste of revenge is very sweet. Today we faced the only the team that has beaten us thus far, Berowa.
With a good bowling attack, fielding and batting performance, the game was easily won with 15 overs to spare.
Jack the Junior captain of today’s match lead the team to another victory, closing the gap for the minor premiership. Our rigorous bowling attack bowled the Berowa side for a sub-par total of 114 runs, requiring a bit more than 3 runs per over to win. 3 good run outs and a few excellent catches from Harry, the substitute fielder sealed the victory and applying the necessary pressure to the opposition.
All batsmen batted very well with all of them getting their eyes in quickly and hitting some beautiful boundaries. It was a team effort with all players equally contributing to the total with their fielding, bowling or batting. Alec bowled very tight in his overs, building up the pressure which inevitably led to the wickets.
Well done to Captain Jack, Harry and the rest of the team for a great and easy win against the only team which has beat us this season. Stay tuned as the C1 WPHCC Red team soar to victory, leading the charge against our rivals.
WPHC 7/129 lost to Colah 6/130
It was Cameron Croucher’s 50th today and a win would have been the perfect celebration.
It was a really close game that we probably should have got home. Playing against no. 2 team in the ladder, we would have liked to win the toss and have a bowl first. That was not to be and we lost the toss and were put to bat first. What followed wasn’t out of the usual for us this season as we saw the top and middle order collapse at 5/25 to have the rear-guard come in to rescue again. Lower order partnership between Pratah (41) Sreeni (13) and Rommel (33) saw us play the full 35 overs.
We started off defending with good tight bowling from Amit (2/25 off 5) and Areeb (0/32 off 7) but their middle order stuck in. John Rose (1/26 off 7) and Cameron Croucher (0/13 off 3) held a tight line.
The ground was slow, Rommel (1/17 off 6) and Tarun (2/12 off 7) made good use of the conditions with tight slow bowling and put the brakes on. We had their key batters pretty cheaply. The last 5 overs required 32 runs with their lower order at the crease. We were very much in the game but was not to be. The 31st over saw 16 runs taken with some wild slashes that connected and from there on they were able to close off with some quick running converting ones to twos. At the end we took the game down to the last 3 balls. Some dropped catches at the start, in the middle and end didn’t help us.
At the end of the match we were treated with some nice pale ale from the Croucher family’s brewery in NZ. Try it out if you get your hands on them, really good beer.
We have our work cut out a bit from here on. We need to win the rest of the rounds to make it to the semis. Will be a steep climb but we have the potential to up our game and see us through.
Happy birthday Cameron!
WPHC defeated on forfeit Thornleigh
A shame as this was going to be a 1st Vs 4th game and give the boys some much needed game practice but with a long weekend it looks like this affected Thornleigh.
WPHC Blue (Rob) 145 defeated St Ives Blue 8/143
After losing the toss, St Ives sent us in to bat. We started off at a steady rate until Luc got a ripper of a ball, just clipping off stump which would have bowled anyone. Aden and Kamran then put on a small partnership until a mix up with the running saw Aden getting run out.
That brought Sachman to the crease and another small partnership followed until Sachman nicked one to the keeper. This brought our batting hero for the day to the crease. Daryl batted very sensibly and held the rest of the innings together. After a very well compiled half century, Daryl ended up getting bowled for 58. Daryl was supported well by good innings from Kamran (22) and Roshan (26). Lots of small partnerships followed until we were bowled out for 145 in the final over.
Now it was our turn to bowl and we knew we had to bowl and field well to defend a relatively small total. It could be best described as an innings in three parts. We had a good steady start, drifted a little in the middle, and then bowled and fielded beautifully at the death when it really counted.
Some outstanding individual bowling saw us scrape home and win by two runs. Rey (3/15) as always bowled tight and on the money. Muditha (2/28) toiled really hard and kept their score in check. After a great battings innings, Daryl (1/20) bowled economically and helped us to start pulling the game back.
Luc (1/16) came on when they were looking to really hit out but kept it tight and frustrated them. A big thanks to Sparsh (0/19) for helping us out again and bowling fantastically.
A good tight win before our home derby against the reds next week. Lastly it would be remiss of me not to mention (as I have been reminded every week since the middle of December) that the Blue team has now NOT LOST A GAME SINCE DARYL HAS CAME BACK FROM OVERSEAS!!! Tommy, that is just for you.
WPHC Red (Diggers) Vs Glenorie
Coming into this match against 3rd placed Glenorie (minus the yellow wiggle), looking to turn around our 1 day form, or lack thereof, and get out season back on track.
Papa Digs lost the toss and we were sent in to bat first on a lush and slow Glenhaven Oval. We thought a score of 120+ would be a good result and after scraping our way to 104, were still confident of defending those runs. Lachlan Edwards (21) and Jack Hutch(19) batted quite well, Craig Hutch(21) got himself out for a change rather than having to retire on 30.
Out to bowl and Jack got an early wicket and combined well with Disco to restrict Glenorie to just over 1 run an over for the first 10. Disco bowled his 7 in a row and 0/10. Glenorie hung in until drinks and picked off a couple of boundaries to be 1/42 at drinks.
Lachlan picked up a wicket in the first over after drinks but Glenorie then started to tee off and, with us missing a couple of sharp chances, they put on 39 for the 3rd wicket. So with 7 wickets in hand, 22 runs to get and 9 overs to get them, things were looking pretty grim.
By that stage, Disco had taken over the captaining role after Papa Diggs, in his new role as keeper, succumbed to the heat/humidity/lack of fitness and had to be subbed off. Thanks to our other 14 year old, Lachlan Woolnough for filling in as keeper. He managed to glove a couple of catches as well. Thanks also to Quan who subbed into the field.
So after being 83, some quick wickets to Callum Dickinson (2/17 off 7), Jack (2/5 off 7) and Marcus (2/5 off 3), Glenorie were suddenly 7/98 with 12 balls to get 7 runs. Callum then bowled out the opener and they were 102.
Unfortunately they got the extra few runs with a couple of balls to spare and it was again not our day.
Anyway, on to another Sheep Stations Cup match next Saturday.
WPHC 8/111 lost to St Ives 6/113
It was a very humid day at Karuah which was in terrible shape due to a food festival previous week leaving the ground with large areas of denuded grass, chopped up areas where trucks had manoeuvred and grass alongside the pitch near the stumps some 10 inches high. The pitch even had tyre marks on it with large holes added to it that had not been there previously. Why we would pay for such use of this ground in such poor condition is beyond imagining. Further the ground had been ripped up by some council machine to give it some porosity!! ??
So it was a day for either ones or fours. Captain Mike and Luke opened to get us off to a reasonable start losing our first wicket with 31 runs on the board. Luke continued on scoring 55 runs throughout his innings until he was bowled with 94 runs on our team score.
That brought our two best batters to the crease. They seemed to lose their head and began trying to hit the ball out of the ground and were out for 8 and 1 respectively. Seven of our batters scored less than 10 runs. The heat and humidity was a factor in our poor scoring. But we need to learn from this loss in our approach to batting for future games otherwise we may not be very successful. The right strategy is to work our way into the match hitting ones and twos before deciding to go big.
Our bowlers did the best they could but we put down 3 reasonably easy catches which didn’t help. The Opposition did what we should have done. Not our best way forward as we approach the semi-finals. Hopefully, we will learn quickly and take a more considered approach in batting in our last three games.
Club Champion player points
Our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at 24/01/2020):
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 will be updated mid-week once all scorecards are uploaded.
|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 WPHC Blue @ Greenway Park 2/11/2019|
|Andrew Morris||A2||2,000 runs Vs WPHC Red @ Greenway Park 14/12/2019|
|Josh Banner||A1||1,951 runs|
|Brent Larkham||A2||1,858 runs|
|Tarun Lath||C2||1,909 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
|Ben Meikle||A2||969 runs
|Alex Chidgey||C2||958 runs
|Michael Robertson||A2||928 runs
|Ashane de Silva||A1||982 runs
|Ramil De Silva||C3||864 runs
|Tis Mistry||A1||915 runs|
|Zac Morris||B1||952 runs
|Richard Hughes||854 runs
|Steve Burrows||C3||950 runs
|Tim Worthington||910 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||93 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||48 wickets
|Jackson Preedy||A1||47 wickets
|Paul Vink||C3||45 wickets