Round 5 (Day 2)
WPHC 134 lost to Kenthurst 252
Today we came in with a tough, yet achievable task of reaching 252. The day started off well when it was discovered that our scorebook was actually in Adelaide this week with Lichaa “Large” Richards as he took it to brag to some of his work mates after his 5 wickets last week.
Starting at 2/11 over night we quickly fell to 3, then 4, then 5, and so on and so forth. Luke “Drunk Carrots” Herzog epitomising the collapse with a clean cover drive straight at short cover first ball. A huge 70 run partnership for the 10th wicket between Ashayne “assman” De Silva (55) and Tis “King” Mistry (25*) was one of the highlights of the day as we went down by 120 on first innings.
The Kenthurst skipper insisted we keep playing and we went back out to bowl. Wickets were shared around but AGAINNN Ashayne “Ass” De Silva was the star of the show taking 3 wickets, one of them thanks to a Gav “Gout” Taylor screamer, thanks to him being severely out of position.
We all agreed at the end of play that the mistake was made at the start of last week, after our fearless leader, Phil “Luscious” Wurth had his ear chewed off by Lichaa “spearhead” Richards who made him bowl last week on a flat deck because, and I quote, “I’m not here next week, and we need me to bowl, I am the spearhead of this attack, I am the spearhead of this club”. The pitch deteriorated over the 2 days so much that we all knew and agreed who and where it all went wrong, despite Phil trying to take the fall for Lichaa. Great leadership.
We may not have won the battle, but we will win the war.
WPHC Blue (Gunny) 143 & 7/154 defeated WPHC Red (Andy) 122 & 5/102 dec
Today’s game was played at The Glade. Has anyone actually sat down and really thought about this? What is The Glade? How is this an appropriate name for a cricket ground? It sounds more like a multi purpose kitchen cleaner. Anyway, life goes on.
Day 2 started with the Reds needing 44 runs and the Blues needing 2 wickets. Fernie ‘I Scored 6 Tons In Juniors’ Meikle and Calvin ‘Michelle’ Breytenbach got the Reds off to a promising start, before A2 debutant, Matt ‘2 First Names’ Philip snared 2 poles, to give the Blues a 21 run 1st innings lead.
As I sit here writing, I’m watching the Fox Footy replay of the 2018 AFL Grand Final. How good was that last goal by Dom Sheed?
So the Blues batted again, and were quickly under pressure, with 3 quick wickets to Calv and Varun ‘Solo’ Ravindran. Punters wondered how Calv’s left hand got that sticky to snare a brilliant c&b. Special mention to Billy ‘Pear’ Gaunt, cause he wanted his name in the match report. Top stuff.
Andrew ‘Pick Me In A Grade’ Morris and Brent ‘I’ll Hit Myself In The Head With My Bat’ Larkham then settled in for a handy partnership, which took the game away from the Reds. Larko’s footwork was ok, but was even better when he tripped over the top step in his entrance into the Bowlo. $2.
Pon ‘Pon’ Pon then came in and hit some sensual legside shots to the boundary. Pon is without doubt the most beautiful human in the universe. I get nervous just thinking of him. Congrats to Calv who took his first 5 fa in the top Grade, and bowled beautifully. He was tremendous to watch. Just like watching 2 girls kiss. Also a special shout out to Costo ‘Purple Hands’ Costigan for keeping for the Reds. He didn’t even wear pads #tough
At 7/154, the Blues declared, leaving themselves 26 overs to roll the Reds for an outright. In a purely selfish move, Gunny ‘Big Bonze’ Gunn declared on A.Morris when on 82*, in an attempt to avoid him scoring another ton, and playing A1 for the remainder of his life. Pick him though Wu. Not since Michael Atherton declared when Graeme Hick was on 98 had there been so much controversy about a declaration. Sorry Andrew, Love Gunny.
All prepared for a quiet last 90 mins, Flooky ‘When Did He Start Bowling This Fast’ Flook decimated the Red’s top order, taking 4 quick wickets, to give the Blues a a sniff of an outright. If A1 need a bowler, Flooky should get picked. He was amazing. The Reds were 4/28, and Grandpa Meiks was that excited, he had to go home. How amazing a human is Grandpa Meiks? His son and grandson playing in the top Grade. Amazing parenting.
Anyway, Volc ‘George Clooney’ Banner and Snumpty ‘LBW Pon’ Smyth put on 72 for the 5th wicket, to ensure no outright for the Blues. Volc hit 28* and Snumpty 52.
I’d like to take some time to talk about Ray ‘Curtly Ambrose’ Khamis, who should bowl more Gunny. With 1 over to go, and nothing to gain, Raymond was thrown the ball in an attempt to salvage some late pride. He marked his run, 40m back, and proceeded to charge in. His over was one of the best in recent history. It was fast, the ball moved in the air and off the seam, and it was too good for Snumpty, who was beaten all ends up by a quick yorker, and trapped in front of square leg for LBW. Raymond is another who should be picked in A1. Reds ended up 5/102.
When looking back at this game, it’s obvious that the Blues are higher on the ladder, and when A1 are short, the Blues MUST be raided. Congrats to Gunny who held aloft the first Quanderson Cup, named after the 2 greatest batsmen in our Club’s history – Ross ‘Pamela’ Anderson and Steve ‘Slogger’ Quanborough.
WPHC 308 drew with Castle Hill Green 9/224
After piling on 308 last week we were in good shape heading into day 2. Nick ‘Ivan’ Starr and Dean ‘Deano’ Carlin opened the attach. Ivan removing the dangerous Castle Hill captain in the 5th over. We removed 2 more batmen and Castle Hill were 3/71 at drinks.
After the break we continued to bowl good lines and keep the pressure on the batsmen. The skipper rotated the bowlers. At tea Castle Hill were 6/121 and in trouble. At this stage they had decided to dig in and try to save the game.
We got a breakthrough straight after tea and looking good. This was followed by a 17 over partnership as the Castle Hill batsmen frustrated our attack. At last drinks Castle Hill were 8/161. Heading into the last 18 overs we were still in good shape. We got a breakthrough with 10 overs to go. Unfortunately the last partnership held on until the end batting the last 10 overs.
We dropped a couple of chances today and that may have made the difference (including one to win the game) and had a couple of close LBWs turned down. Kudos to Castle Hill who dug in, frustrated the bowlers, rode their luck and held on for a draw.
Best of our bowlers Nick ‘Ivan’ Starr 2/37 (off a massive 20 overs), Prats Datar 2/39, Willy 3/34, Rishab Iyer 1/14 and Raghu Chary 1/15.
WPHC 1/144 defeated Berowra 136
We resumed the day 2/52 chasing 136 at Fred Caterson 2. Rohit Ninan and Ryan Gunn were the not out batsmen overnight. Rohit and Ryan put on a masterclass seeing off the good balls and punishing the bad ones. The pair chipped away at the total at a steady rate with neither batsmen even looking like being dismissed.
We passed the Opposition’s total without any loss today. Rohit backed up his last innings score of 109* with a score of 51*. Ryan Gunn finished on 66* hitting 7x 4s and 1×6.
A great display of batsmen backing up the bowlers good work last week. A solid victory against the ladder leaders.
WPHC Blue (Fieds) 145 lost to Berowra 163
Match Report not yet recived.
WPHC Red (Phill) 2/284 dec defeated Glenorie 173 & 9/73
Watch out competition, West Pennant Hills strikes again. Another smashing win against the Glenorie C1 side.
Matt and Campbell were sent in to bat on a day full of anticipation and excitement. It was a very entertaining partnership where the skillful duo singlehandedly, led by Campbell Wallace, dismantled the bowlers of the Glenorie side. Both batsmen passed 50, resulting in; Matt not out on 83* and Campbell not out on an unbeaten 176* – our 488th ton.
It was truly a batting master class from the very experienced player Campbell Wallace, who blitzed the ball beating more boundaries than singles.
The target total was soon beaten leaving a lot of overs left. The batsmen quickly scored another 111 runs, with a partnership totalling of around 250 runs. Phil declared at tea and the Glenorie side was sent in to face a ruthless bowling attack lead by the quick brothers Tom and Jack.
All players which bowled today; Tom, Jack, Warren, Bish and Alec, took at least 1 wicket each. West Pennant Hills required 3 wickets in 15 overs. After an aggressive attack the Glenorie side was 9/73 at the end of the days play.
All anticipation is now geared towards the next week’s game against the C1 West Pennant Hills side lead by the valiant Captain, Captain Stu.
WPHC 188 lost to Castle Hill 331
Day 2 started with optimism following on from the good start from last week but Vinod (19) fell shortly. We had 299 to get in 70 overs. Cameron (44) showed excellent resolve with balanced performance and pushed through with John (33), put up a 50 runs partnership and we were looking in good touch.
Brent (16) played a small cameo with his typical power hitting with 4 back to back boundaries. However, chasing a big total was never going to be easy and wickets fell in short intervals. We were able to take the game down to 65 overs and last hour of the day but it wasn’t our day.
Highlights of the match was a terrific run out by Tarun with a direct throw to get opponent batsman out for 49. Cameron, John, Pratah (27), Rommel (15) were among runs but couldn’t convert to big scores and we couldn’t build sustainable partnerships.
Round 5 done, we are showing promise but need improvements in our fielding and batting. A bit more consistency and penetration is also required in the bowling department, we conceded far too many. We have decent batting depth but so far have been unable to convert to big scores.
Time for us to turn things around from here on as all teams look to push for the semi-final spot.
Amit Sen (2/56),Cameron Croucher (44 and 1/45), Sharkar Ravi (2/79), John Rose (33 and 1/36), Tarun Lath (1/38), Vinod Kumar (19 and 2/24)
WPHC 9/336 defeated Mt Colah 227
Declaring before the start of play, the dreams of P. Vink and S. Quanborough continuing their 10th wicket partnership to set the all time Association Record were dashed by the Skipper.
We started well with aggressive bowling from Rowan and Paul bringing three quick wickets. Xander came on first change and hooped the ball around picking up a fourth to have the opposition 4/50 odd at the drinks break and we had made great inroads into their batting order.
The next two batsmen provided many close calls, but with attacking fields (336 runs to play with) and a lightning fast Campbell Park, the next session provided a challenge to our bowlers with Dave B unlucky, but looking like taking a wicket most overs, however the partnership continued on adding 137.
It was a great ball from Connor that eventually broke the partnership just before tea to have them 5/180 at the break.
This may have perversely worked in our favour as Mt Colah may have actually still held out hope of chasing down the target and not just shutting up shop to try and bat out the day. That helped Buzz who came on and collected 4 quick wickets and dismiss any chance they had of winning or drawing the match.
Great ground fielding and catching (Connor 2, Callum 2 and Rowan 1) added to our team effort to ensure we eventually dismissed them for 227 which was probably a flattering score, and provided us with a win by a margin of 109 runs.
Best bowling from Buzz 4/35, Rowan 3/23, Xander 1/26, Paul 1/31 and Connor 1/31.
On to next round to look to continue our good form and continue to enjoy our season!
WPHC Blue (Rob) 185 lost to WPHC Red (Diggers) 9 dec 244
Day 2 of the Sheep Stations Trophy saw us wanting to bat 5 or 6 overs which went to plan. Mukund’s 26 not and Lachlan Daly 12 not, got the Reds to 244 with 62+ overs to get 10 wickets.
The Blue team batted well early and got to 26 before losing a wicket. A good catch by Mukund off Dave “Disco” Larkham had our first wicket. Disco continued to bowl well and soon had two more wickets to have the blues 3/32.
A good partnership ensued between Roger Friend and Aden Hanich before Aden played on to a nice ball from Lachlan Daly. Roger fell soon after to the after tea curse, popping one up to mid off.
Soon after the Blues were 6/76 and we were confident of getting back to the club for early beers. A rear guard action from a couple of the Blue batsmen got them through to 185 before the last wicket fell.
Disco finished on 6/34 and Lachlan Daly on 3/28 was vital to our victory.
All in all was a good fun afternoon with good result.
WPHC 6/143 defeated Berowra 140
Having bowled out Berowra for 140 last week we had to bat 12 overs on Day 1 losing 2 wickets for 18 runs. Both Waman and Nirav continued on from last week for another 12 overs losing our third wicket at 40 runs with another 101 required.
Fortunately the last two batters hit the required runs in the 52nd over. Praneel Singh hit 48 in his innings before being caught on the boundary. Waman Tamhankar hit 43 not out and Nirav Desai was run out for 17.
This should leave us on top of the competition table along with one or two others. Our next two matches will be against the other two top teams. Hopefully we will give them a game to remember.
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||3,762 runs
|Alex Robertson||A2||2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Greenup Park 5/10|
|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|
|Ben Meikle||B1||937 runs
|Brent Van Wck||C2||993 runs
|Alex Chidgey||C2||919 runs
|Michael Robertson||A2||912 runs
|Ashane de Silva||A1||833 runs
|Ramil De Silva||C3||868
|Tis Mistry||A1||839 runs
|Zac Morris||B1||943 runs
|Richard Hughes||833 runs
|Steve Burrows||C3||872 runs
|Rowan Keating||A2||285 wickets
|Chris Williamson||B2||196 wickets
|Andy Meikle||A2||100 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 28/9/2019
|Dan Costigan||A1||85 wickets
|Amit Sen||C2||97 wickets
|Brent Larkham||A2||47 wickets
|Jackson Preedy||A1||47 wickets
|Roshan Withanage||D1||49 wickets
|David Larkham||D1||42 wickets
|Paul Vink||C3||38 wickets