Round 6 (Day 2)

A1 Grade

WPHC 181 & 0/3 defeated outright Kissing Point 44 & 137

Welcome to day 2 of the bottom of the table clash between WPHCCC and Kissing Point. The fans came in their droves. Mumma Kaz walked some laps and the A2 boys came late in the day – thank you boys. The atmosphere was electric.

Phil “Hot Brother” Wurth arrived at the ground at 8:44am Saturday morning to make the executive decision that the covers needed to remain on because there was rain about. When the rest of the team arrived an hour before the start of play, it was collectively assumed that we would get the covers off and KP would put them away.

Despite being 5/15 to resume, we stood around and watched KP load up the trolley and try repeatedly to get the covers into the little shed, despite being the team rostered on duty for this week. And I for one blame Luke “Opening Batsman” Herzog for his poor cover coordinator leadership in a time when we needed him most.

Our warmup was non-existent as we stood around for 1 hour just chatting. We entered the field looking to clean KP up on first innings, and we did just that. The spearheads of the cartel, Michael “Lichaaa” Richards and Luke “swollen ankle” Gandis picking up five wickets each. Just like on the The Weakest Link, may I be the first to say – BANK.

Phil had to go to a wedding and Joe Perricone was looking for any excuse to get off the field – yet we ignored them and went for outright. The cartel once again were the leads, with some great fielding and catching from the likes of Jules “Allan” Raffel (yes he was sporting his West Coast Eagles socks), Pear “Charity Man” Partridge, Josh “Rogan” Mathias and young sub fielder Jack “James” Makin. Papa James Makin set the example with a blinder catch at second slip off Gandis that put the nail in the coffin.

We were strong in the field all day – every man contributed…. except Phil who dropped a sitter and Joe Perricone who harbour bridged at least 10 balls that came his way.

Seriously Joe was like a magnet. Everytime we tried to hide him, bang, the ball would be hit his way. I think the batman worked out verrrrrrry quickly there was an easy single to Joe everytime. Snumpty summarised it best after a custard arm throw from Joe “I don’t think we will pick him for shotput for the Olympics” I’m still ashamed I lost at squash to Joe. He is so old and narky.

Second innings wickets went to Lichaaa x4, Gandis x2, and Tiz x4

15 wickets in a day and our season in back on track. Special mention to the cartel who were able to get the following wickets for the day as below:

  • M. Richards – 9 wickets for day
  • L. Herzog – 7 wickets for day
  • T. Mistry – 4 wickets for day
  • C. McBrien – 0 wickets for day

We are back baby. Back.

Thanks to Keats, Jack Makin, Mobbo and of course Joe for helping us fielding today. We love you all

A2

WPHC Red (Andy) 54 lost to Berowra 0/60

We were 1/46 and got bowled out for 54. They chased it in 7 overs. I’m not crying, you’re crying. Cricket sucks.

 

WPHC Blue (Gunny) 5/145 lost to Hornsby 6/148

We won the toss at the real home of cricket (Greenway) and chose to bat first.

A couple of good knocks from Andrew “hamstrung” Morris (57) and Brent “economy rate” Larkham (53*) saw us to a below par score of 145.

Despite the best efforts of Ben “best” Meikle (2/48) and Waruna Kamarage (2/15) we weren’t able to bowl out Hornsby, as they passed our total in the 31st over.

After our undefeated start to the season, today we were reminded of what losing felt like. It doesn’t feel good. Speaking of losing, did you hear the Reds were bowled out for 54 today? They lost their final 8 wickets for 9 runs. It’s a good day to be a Blues supporter!

B1 Grade

WPHC 8/117 drew with Castle Hill White 2/310 dec

After posting 2/275 last week amazingly, the Castle Hill skipper decided to bat on this week, which may have inadvertently cost them a win. He was personally on 89 not out and wanted a century.

Well he declared immediately after getting to the 100 mark. For our innings the skipper decided to open with Willy to see if he could inspire a gritty batting performance from the team. 311 to win from 60 odd overs would be a massive ask so we decided to bat conservatively.

Willy was the first to go after 15 overs chipping one to backward square. Flair lost his wicket in over 29 for a very patient 15 but the dye was cast and the boys dug in. All our lads grafted today and valued their wickets. We batted out the day and finished 8 wickets down.

Best of our batting Raghu 32, debutante Manas Dhargalkar 24, Flair 15, Zac 13, Rommel Pandey 11.

A good performance to deny Castle Hill today who may rue the decision to bat on. Onwards to next weeks game.

B2 Grade

WPHC 8/213 drew with Sydney Lions 272

Sydney Lions resumed at 9/247 and came out with a defensive mindset. We rotated the bowlers with Tanay Hira (2/56) getting the breakthrough in the 10th over. We were left with 57 overs to chase down 272.

We lost a couple of early wickets to be 2/15 after 6 overs. Rohit Ninan (10) and Dinesh De Silva put on a 40 run partnership. Dinesh took a liking to one of the bowlers pumping him for three 6’s and 2 fours in 2 overs.

Dinesh had another important partnership of 62 with Ryan Loveridge (26). The pair got to the final drinks break leaving us 18 overs to get 117 runs with 5 wickets in hand.

Dinesh brought up a great ton just after drinks before being dismissed for 101 – our 489th century. Dinesh’s innings consisted of 4x 6’s and 12x 4’s. It also is back to back centuries at Annangrove for Dinesh.

Unfortunately we lost 3 quick wickets that halted our run chase. Rahul Tripathi (22*) and Tanay Hira (20*) saw out the remaining overs for the draw.

C1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Fieds) 9/224 dec lost to WPHC Red (Phill) TBA

Hey West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook red fans, today was the second week of the game against the Blues.

With two wickets in hand the Blues continued to bat scoring around and extra 60-70 runs. Stu declared after one of his batsmen were removed by an exceptional high rocketing catch off Warren’s batting on the boundary.

We were sent in with Yash and Daniel opening the batting.

Daniel walked up to the crease, for his first batting innings for more than a year. Immediately Stu and his team ripped into Daniel with an aggressive chirping enterage, surround his wearing his thigh pad on the outside of his pants! But that was the last of Daniel’s mistakes for the innings, making a total of 61 runs.

The bad weather and lighting strikes after Tea resulted in a long rain delay in which half of the team were forced to continue to refine their skills in batting with a serious French cricket match.

After 2 quick wickets, Daniel came back from being retired hurt at 46 and was able to bat with Dillon passing 50 runs and both putting quick runs on the board. They were both removed soon thereafter leaving Warren and Peter in to bat.

Pressure was mounting up with a required 90 runs off 17 overs. Warren and Peter continued their batting partnership making an unbeaten 68* not out and Peter making 26* not out.

It was truly a batting master class with nearly every ball going for 4 runs. Warren and Peter won the game against all odds, snatching the win off Captain Stu’s Blue team.

It was an awesome day of cricket demonstrating the might of the C1 Red team. We wish the Blue team a great rest of the season moving on towards the next round.

C2 Grade

WPHC 133 defeated Kenthurst 127

Start of Week 2, team seemed to be quite relaxed and the only thing discussed was how to maintain the intensity on the field. Need the last 8 wickets.

While the batsmen were taking guard we were told by the opposition captain the last week not out batsman had sudden adrenalin rush to attend schoolies. So they start with 3 down actually. The first ball from our young gun Areeb (4/30) and one of their top bat just lops an easy catch to square leg. 1 ball and 2 wickets taken – not much heard in the game.

Next over another catch to square leg and in first 2 overs we have bundled half their side. After that the young Kenthurst team started to play all over and in the mix got some quick runs. Our bowlers continued to stay focused to bowl the right line and length and with some sharp catching on the field, especially by Sreeni catch-of-the-day Pillamarri (3 catches this round), at the first drinks break had them for 7/112.

The last 3 wickets were getting difficult to get and the captain asked Tarun (2/5) to come into fray which he reluctantly took the offer. With just 17 runs to chase, Tarun got the important break-through of their set batsman, rocking the middle stumps. From there on the pressure build on the lower order and we took the last one with 6 runs remaining. Josh (2/13) and Amit (1/30) were the other wicket takers.

A close game at the end and an important win to turnaround the losing streak for this team.  This could be the turning for the remaining rounds this season and beating the #1 in the ladder is really sweet.

C3 Grade

WPHC 7/291 defeated Hornsby 290

With the score at 1/30 overnight, our star batting pair from last match (Vink Snr and Quan – elevated to the top of the batting order) continued on with their solid form and added another fine partnership taking the score to 61 before we lost Paul (30).

Another elevation in the batting order was Callum who struck the ball sweetly to all parts and crunched a quick-fire 26 advancing the score to 115. Patto and Peter both looked good in their short stays at the crease, but the fall of 3 quick wickets left us teetering when Stevie Q finally fell for a well-made 57 which included some punishing pull shots and clever placement to notch his first 50 of the season.

So at 6/140 the game was well and truly in the balance, but with the switch around in the batting order, we knew we had a stack of runs still in the shed. Dale K joined Buzz and proceeded to smash the bowlers to all parts turning the game back in our favour with a punishing 33 and a 57 run partnership.

At the fall of Dale’s wicket, he was replaced by Kirkegard Jnr (Sam) and the family rivalry came to the fore with Sam determined to outscore his Dad! Sam settled in well and played with superb timing to race to his first Senior half century with some particularly brutal shots straight down the ground.

This aggressive innings from Sam showed just what talent he can produce and shut out any chances the opposition may have had. The partnership from Buzz and Sam yielded an unbeaten 94 and saw us post the win with Sam 64* and Buzz 35*.

A fantastic team effort to chase down a challenging total. Many thanks to Patto and Dale for filling in!

D1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Rob) 5/169 defeated St Ives Gold 162

Match Report to follow.

WPHC Red (Diggers) 8/238 defeated Kissing Point 232

Starting the day on 2/ 45 chasing KP’s 232, Lachlan Edwards and Craig Hutchinson put on a 50+ run partnership before Craig had to retire on 30 no. That brought Jack Hutchinson to the crease, and together with Lachlan, the score moved along to 113 and we seemed to be cruising to victory with only 3 down.

But then we had a horrible collapse and suddenly found ourselves 7 / 127 when Lachlan got out for 56 (his first 50 in seniors). Shortly afterwards we were 8 / 132 and looking long-odds to win the game.

However the boys were still confident and remained positive, and Ben Nicholson (60 no – batting at No.10) and Samarth Ganju (41 no – batting at No.8) put on a 108 run partnership for the 9th wicket to secure an amazing victory against the top team.

D2 Grade

WPHC 8/144 defeated Kenthurst 102

We lost the toss but were sent into bat last week. We managed to bowl out Kenthurst for 102 last week and were 3/50 after 20 overs last week. Four of our bowlers took 2 wickets with Amith Ninan on 2 for 23, Praneel Singh on 2 for 12, Vishaal Nathan 2 for 13 and Captain Mike 2 for 10.

We needed a further 53 runs which we managed in the 55th over. However the other team wanted to continue and we were 8/144 at the end of play. Praneel Singh hit 38 runs, Vishaal Nathan 36 and Amith Ninan 17.

So a good result which should mean we lead the competition.

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 23rd November 2019.

 

Batting Grade

 

Performances
5,000 runs
Alex Connell A2 4,884 runs

 

4,000 runs
Nathan Fathers C1 3,762 runs

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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 1,900 runs

 

Brent Larkham A2 1,738runs

 

Tarun Lath C2 1,860 runs

 

Andrew Morris A2 1,907 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 929 runs

 

Michael Robertson A2 912 runs

 

Ashane de Silva A1 883 runs
Ramil De Silva C3 864 runs
Tis Mistry A1 866 runs

 

Zac Morris B1 950 runs

 

Richard Hughes 833 runs

 

Steve Burrows C3 872 runs

 

Bowling
300 wickets
Rowan Keating A2 287 wickets
200 wickets
Chris Williamson B2 199 wickets

 

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

 

Dan Costigan A1 89 wickets

 

Amit Sen C2 97 wickets

 

50 wickets
Roshan Withanage D1 50 wickets Vs Kissing Point (T20 Semi) @ Greenway Park 17/11/2019
Brent Larkham A2 47 wickets

 

Jackson Preedy A1 47 wickets

 

David Larkham D1 49 wickets

 

Paul Vink C3 39 wickets

 

 

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