Round 7 (Day 2)

T20 Grand Finals

The Seniors T20 Grand Finals were played on Sunday (8 December).

1st Grade

WPHC A2 (Andy) 148 lost to Berowra A1 168.

A great result by our A2 side against the 3 times A1 Premiers. A couple of outstanding performances with the bat – Brent Larkham score a rapid 42 and James Makin a powerful 29.

5th Grade

WPHC (Rob) 5/73 lost to Glenorie 116 on run rate.

A disappointing finish to the game with our boys needing 44 in 5 overs with 5 wickets in place. Also Aden Hanich was on 34 not out and batting well with Connor Mayoh on 11*. However, there was a injury when an opposition player was hit in the head by a bad bounce and was jelly legged. So,, while we fancied our chances the right decision was made and we lost on net run rate.

A1 Grade

WPHC 165 lost to Glenorie 6/277 dec

Today we fell into a burning ring of fire, we went down, down, down and the flames went higher. 5/30 after 14 overs, WPHCCC were in an inferno that not even Johnny Cash could get us out of. Read on to see the heroic tales of a few individuals which saved us from an embarrassing defeat, settling for a standard defeat.

The day started in the change-rooms, we all arrived an hour early – and it was 45 mins too early. One of the early highlights was “shut up Gandis, shut up” – Captain Wurth was annoyed at the vegans antics before a ball had been bowled.

Meanwhile Yoyo was spotted trying on Captain Wurth’s aviators in the rooms and taking selfies with his iPhone. He looked like a young mayor of Auburn. Phil allowed him to keep the glasses.

About 30 mins from play, we welcomed Geoff “Des” Hasler to the ground. He immediately asked if Pear was playing this week, sussing out whether he would again have to pull him back into line. His relief and smile to find out Pear was not playing was something to behold.

The crowd slowly built throughout the morning before the commencement of play, and local officials had to make room for one very special guest. Cougar the horse greeted fans, children and Middo alike as he came and watched the first session. One of the highlights was lunch for Cougar, stealing Gandis’ oats and hay from his kit to munch on as he watched the wickets fall.

Also meanwhile, Gandis informed us that he is about to jet set across to “fortress Europa” for a 3 week getaway with Mrs Fox and the wider Fox family. On the list of destinations – London, Singapore (not in Fortress Europa (?)), Switzerland, Switzerland and Amsterdam. The locations prompted young Dylan Smyth to ask “are there 2 Switzerland’s Gandis?” – one of his best.

Back to the days play, and at 5/30 it was looking like a certain outright defeat for WPHCCCCCCCCCCC. But then captain Wurth stood up. A brilliant 55 saw him return to form in the best way possible, batting sensibly and proving to us that he still has what it takes to score runs in the top flight.

He was wonderfully supported by L Mac and Tizman, who each picked up 35 a piece. Both were fluent in their shot-making, piercing the field on multiple occasions and making it look easy. Alas, we ran out of wickets and were bowled out for 165. A decent effort but one that probably got away from us.

A2

WPHC Red (Andy) 5/171 dec & 2/34 defeated outright Kenthurst 87 & 117

A2s is a team that respects hard work and we want to reward those that put in. Over the season we’ve seen a standout performer and wanted to reward and a Club up-and-comer, someone we see as the future of WPHCCC. Some may say that he was a little green, but the experience he gained at the highest level will be invaluable as he develops his game in reserve grade. Welcome to A2s James Makin. Thanks for your effort on the field today, we hope you were able to learn a lot by shadowing Andrew Meikle as he went about the Captaincy. We’re really looking forward to what he can do as he develops over the next few years, keep an eye out!

Rocking up to play today it was smokey, rumour has it the air was the equivalent of smoking 34 darts. Dan Costigan’s lungs made the most of this home ground advantage and he took 4fa as we sent Kenthurst in to bat. A season professional in Smokey conditions, the rest of the team wasn’t able to keep up with the years of practice he had put in.

Andrew Meikle got the first breakthrough after bringing himself on early, he’s a man of his word, he was telling us last week about how he’s the best bowler in the team and needs the ball in his hands as much as possible. He’s also the greatest Captain WPHCCC has ever had.

With bat in hand we made a 34 run chase for outright look as difficult as you can make it. It was a great opportunity for James Makin to get his go in A2 cricket and start to build a name for himself.

We chased it 2 down and some people got some runs.

WPHC Blue (Gunny) 270 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 9/299 dec.

With Normanhurst declaring overnight, we were set a difficult yet very possible task of scoring 300 on Day 2 to win the match on what was a fast outfield. Normo went from a fairly friendly side when batting last week to a very vocal in a not so friendly way side in the field this week which added another layer of eagerness to win the match.

With 3 people reaching 50 but no one getting 70 and 5 people getting to double digits without reaching 20, unfortunately the story of the day for us was a decent effort without coming away with the goods. At least we had Alan provided goods in the form of snacks which are worth more than 6 points for a win.

Gunny (52) realised cCptains are actually meant to contribute to the team apart from captaincy, reaching 50 only to get dismissed the next ball. Bill ‘16 year old’ Gaunt (62) was sledged by a guy younger than him about his age on his way to a well-made 62, including 16 off an over which also included almost kicking one onto his pegs.

KT ‘Alan’ Townsend (61) came in at 8 and belted the Normo attack all around the ground on his way to a very classy 50. Some were calling him Yasir Shah, although he actually has a technique and looks like he can hold a cricket bat.

It was determined that the loss was not as a result of player performance. Rather, it was the result of fan performance. When Billy’s girlfriend departed at tea due to claims of other plans, Bill was on 62 and did not go on to score another run. When Mikey’s Dad Andrew arrived at the ground, Mikey (14) shortly departed without adding to his score. There are expectations of the fan attendance being halved next week to ensure such events do not occur.

Oh yeah and Benny Meikle (17) hitting a full toss to deep mid-on and Matt Philip hooking a half tracker straight to square leg in consecutive balls to end the match probably didn’t help.

All in all not a bad effort, with small lapses in certain parts of the game costing us the win. We are now relying on results to hold onto our 1st place spot. Looking forward to the derby next week in what could be a 1st vs 2nd clash, hoping to keep the Quanderson Cup in blue hands!

B1 Grade

WPHC 172 lost to Glenorie 1/206

We resumed on our overnight score of 9/141 with the goal to put on 20-30 runs. We Flair and Deano delivered. Flair posted his fifty and ended the innings on 54*. Deano held up his end of the bargain losing his wicket for 10. The last partnership reaped 57 runs.

With the ball we didn’t threaten. We bowled good lines but bad balls were severely punished on a fast outfield. We dropped a couple of catches, had other poor shots not go to hand and missed a couple of stumping chances.

The only bowler to collect a pole was Willy. We were well beaten in this game by a disciplined Glenorie outfit. Onward to next week.

B2 Grade

WPHC 6/187 defeated Kissing Point 180

We began the day with our two nightwatchmen at the crease and our score on 20 chasing 180. Anush Sharma (25) eventually fell to a good catch, putting on a 46 opening partnership. Naps decided to flip the batting order this match so the fall of the first wicket saw Matt Digby (8) in at No.3. Diggers supported Tanay Hira well as the pair put on another 40 run partnership.

Karl Mehta (14) continued the trend to put on a 40 run stand with Tanay.

Tanay Hira took his score to 97* as we needed 4 runs to pass the Kisso total. Tanay (103*) brought up his ton with a boundary also hitting the winning runs. This was our 490th century.

A fantastic knock from a guy who was penciled in to bat 10 if we batted first week one……. Now Naps has to work out the batting order for next match!

C1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Fieds) 87 & 4/137 lost to Sydney Lions 8/206 dec.

With Fieds away this week, Dave ‘Disco’ Larkham stepped in as captain. After Week 1 the Sydney Lions finished on 2/77 chasing our first innings score of 87.

Week 2 still saw a fast Dural Park outfield, so the team needed to bowl tightly to stop the flow of runs and ensure we didn’t lose outright.

Waris (2/33) and Raunak (2/43) bowled great lines early. Arjun (2/38) also chipped in with wickets and after the first session we were into the tail. Ray Khamis provided great chat throughout the match to keep the energy up in the field, but to their credit, the Sydney Lions reached 8/206 before declaring, leaving us 40 overs to defend.

Not knowing the normal batting line up, Disco asked for volunteers to open. Vinod (36) and Raunak (29) stepped-up and put on a great partnership of 77 for the first wicket off 28 overs to break the spirits of the Lions. With great assistance from Adam (25*) and Prashan (15), we were able to finish the game strongly and we were clearly the better team in week 2.

A great effort all round.

WPHC Red (Phill) 7/246 defeated Beecroft 243

Warren Schwartzel strikes again, securing another impossible win for the WPHCC Red C1 team from the jaws of defeat.

He scored an unbeaten century (103*) partnering with Alec Sillins (57*) to score the winning runs. 4 rapid wickets fell before the first drinks brake with a total score of 37 runs.

The Hando brothers; Tom and Jack, were now at the crease and provided some stability for the struggling side. Tom scored a quick 30 runs, and Jack 20. Their partnership was soon ended with both batsmen out. Warren and Alec were now left to score the remaining 130 runs with 2 wickets remaining.  Through many well placed shots and 4’s the duo were able to score the necessary runs hitting a milestone each.

The partnership was unbeaten 8th wicket stand of 167 after being 7/95 in the top of the table clash. Warren’s ton was the 491st in our history.

The 167, 8th wicket stand is also a C1 Grade Club record beating the previous record of 153 scored in 1981. It also just missed the Association record of 184 scored back in 2009/10

Congratulations to both batsmen on their amazing performance, especially to Warren’s unbeaten hundred. Good luck to all other West Pennant teams approaching the last game before the Christmas break.

C2 Grade

WPHC 165 lost to Berowra 181

Starting the day with 6 wickets still to get of Berowra we had to get some quick wickets to have a chance of getting any result. Berowra started to finally open up a little after scoring only 131 runs of 81 overs last week.

Amit finally got their top scorer out with a great catch by the skipper. It didn’t take that long for the remaining wickets to fall. It only took 15 overs to get the 6 wickets. Our Captain at keeper was solid today and took 3 great catches. The best of the bowlers were Amit wit 3/40 and Josh and Areeb picking up 2 wickets each.

We then needed 182 runs to win at just under 4 an over which should have been achievable.

Unfortunately we just couldn’t get out of first gear. Lost our first wicket at 15 then the partnerships were only lasting about the same. In the end we needed 20 runs of 5 overs with 2 wickets in hand. It wasn’t our day. We ended up falling short by 16. The best of the batsmen were John 32 and Sreeni with 23. At least our intensity in the field has improved.

Of course playing Berowra, there was always going to be a couple of contentious decisions. This will now put us out the top 4, but we will now have to start to gel and win these close games, if we are to make the semis.

C3 Grade

WPHC 9/300 dec defeated Normanhurst- Warrawee 173

The smoke haze was rolling in over Glenhaven Oval, but to their credit Castle Hill were keen to take the field and play despite the big total they were facing.

Rowan got us off to a great start with a wicket in the first over and good pressure from Paul from the other end saw us pick up a run out to have them 2/30. The opposition skipper had about 9 lives and kept us constantly interested with a few dropped catches and near misses, but we persevered and had them 4/62.

A couple of mini partnerships held up our progress, but wickets kept coming and heading into the last hour (with the smoke all but gone) we needed one last wicket at 9/171.

The last pair were determined blockers, but the introduction of Connor back into the attack finally sealed the win for us. All out 173 in the 67th over.

The fines levy (our contribution to Blowfly cricket) was well served today with a number of mis-fields and a couple of dropped catches. The team has decided that Paul Vink’s dropped return catch rated even higher than the usual $2 as possibly every fielder on the ground had time to walk over and pouch it – unfortunately Paul fluffed it – $3 please Mate!

He made up for it though with a lion hearted couple of spells to have the best figures of 3/38. Rowan grabbed 2/28 and Riley, Connor and the Quan all picked up one a piece.

A hard fought win, but never really in doubt and keeps us top of the table heading into the one-dayers.

D1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Rob) 5/251 defeated St Ives Gold 5/249 dec.

Following the disappointing fielding effort Last week, everyone turned up (eventually 😊) looking to make amends and put in a big effort. St Ives batted on for a further 10 overs and threw the bat. No more wickets fell and they ended up declaring at 5/249. This left us chasing 250 with minimum of 58 overs.

The mood in the team was positive. But chasing down a decent total, needing more than 5 per over, was going to be challenging. And we only had 9 wickets – hopefully Tommy has learnt that eating crabs caught at school camp is not a great idea. Get better by next week!

The chase started off steadily with Luc and Roger opening the bat. They did a great job taking the shine off the ball and seeing the opening bowlers out. Both might not have scored big, but they occupied the crease well. It was then up to Kamran and Alastair to push the score along. A fantastic partnership of 129 put us into a position where we started believing a win was possible.

Kamran fell just short of his half century and that brought Reyhan to the middle. Bash Bro #2 went about doing what he does best. A very quick 38 runs put us in the box seat. Alastair finally went (run out) after a brilliantly compiled 89 runs.

Almost all were run at a very large Hassell Park. Daryl (29no) and Aden then steered us home with 3 overs to spare.

All in all a fantastic run chase and win. Well Done boys!

WPHC Red (Diggers) 4/144 defeated Hornsby 140

We turned up at Arcadia Park 1 wicket down for 17 from last Saturday, needing another 124 but were feeling confident that we had the batting to get home.

Lost Samarth with the score on 36 and Mukund soon after but Marcus hung around for a while to get us to 4 down with 76 on the board. In contrast to Ian being very patient at one end, Vatsal, on debut for the D1 Reds, came in and decided he wanted to finish the game quickly.

After a 6 on his first scoring shot, he amassed 39 pretty quickly help the team pass Hornsby. Ian finished unbeaten on 61.

That’s our 3rd win in a row and gets us into 4th place on the ladder. We’ve really started to fire as a team, showing great bowling and batting depth. If we can get a win in the next match against cellar-dwellers, Beecroft, it will be great to go into the Christmas break entrenched in the top 4.

D2 Grade

WPHC 9/234 dec lost to Thornleigh 8/237

We batted a further 3 overs today to allow Waman Tamhankar to get his half century with Parin hitting 23 not out. We managed to hit 234 before declaring our innings. Thornleigh were 2/4 by their 4th over which was a great start. However, we struggled to build on this good start with our fielding being quite poor. Further, our bowling was not disciplined with many leg side balls and full tosses being put away by the opposition.

Thornleigh managed to hit the winning runs in their 56th over. We had our chances but our mental state let us down. The best bowlers were Captain Mike with 2/22 , Praneel 2/45 and Ayush 2/47.

The lesson to be learned is not to be too kind to the opposition. We allowed them a substitute batter to replace their wicket keeper who suffered a severe injury to his ankle. That batter hit 80 runs.

Well it is Christmas I suppose!!!!

Club Champion player points

Our top 5 players based on Champion player points allocation is (as at 5/12/2019):

 

Name Grade Points
Andrew Morris A2 70.8
Alastair Fullerton D1 47.0
Alex Robertson A2 46.8
Praneel Singh D2 44.7
Ayush Tamhankar D2 44.1

Personal Achievements

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. These stats are current as at 6 vDecember 2019

 

Batting Grade

 

Performances
4,000 runs
Nathan Fathers C1 3,768 runs

 

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
Josh Banner A1 1,928 runs

 

Brent Larkham A2 1,791 runs

 

Tarun Lath C2 1,860 runs

 

Andrew Morris A2 1,964 runs

 

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

 

Ben Meikle A2 950 runs

 

Alex Chidgey C2 957 runs

 

Michael Robertson A2 912 runs

 

Ashane de Silva A1 883 runs

 

Ramil De Silva C3 864 runs

 

Tis Mistry A1 862 runs

 

Zac Morris B1 952 runs

 

Richard Hughes 833 runs

 

Steve Burrows C3 890 runs

 

Bowling
300 wickets
Rowan Keating A2 287 wickets

 

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

 

Dan Costigan A1 89 wickets

 

50 wickets
Roshan Withanage D1 50 wickets Vs Kissing Point (T20 Semi) @ Greenway Park 17/11/2019
Brent Larkham A2 48 wickets

 

Jackson Preedy A1 47 wickets

 

David Larkham D1 49 wickets

 

Paul Vink C3 40 wickets

 

 

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