Round 4 (Day 2)

A1 Grade

WPHC 166 lost to Berowra 5/247

Forget about what happened on the field yesterday, I begin today’s broadcast with some #BREAKING news from deep inside the WPHCCCC inner sanctum.

Holding back the tears, Justin “Ray” Paterson addressed the team via Whatsapp this week to announce that he has played his final match – both as captain, and as player. The doctor unable to fix his troublesome back, an injury that has plagued our 23rd captain for as long as I can remember. “It is with great sadness that I announce my retirement from all three forms of cricket.”

As the team read, the waterworks began. Coldplay famously sung in their hit song “Fix You” – “tears steam…. Down your face…. When you lose something you…can…not….replaaaaaace” And I for one, cannot think of a more accurate representation of what happened last Thursday night.

WPHCCCC Sports Club have already announced a bronze plague to be erected outside in the carpark for JP. Pear has offered his crane to assist with the build. Despite repeated requests, Alex “Captain of the Costa Concordia” Robertson failed to offer a comment on the matter.

Back to the field of play, and well did we get roasted in this match. We bowled a lot better today, lead by Krang McBrien, Squeak Taylor and Lichaaa Richards – but Berowra still managed to score 300+ – it was enough for them to declare and put us back in. Special mention to Dip who didn’t trouble us with the willow yesterday, hope everything is alright on the medical front….

With the exception of Gav, Lichaa, Gandis, LMac and Jamakin, we batted very poorly. We gave wickets away at the wrong times, through poor shot making decisions – not great bowling. Long story short, we were defeated outright. Yes, that’s right – OUTRIGHT.

A sombre feeling was throughout the changerooms after the match. Phil Wurths captaincy off to the worst possible result. Gandis promising to get “blind drunk” in the midst of the defeat. Cam McBrien struggling with a side strain injury as well as a pair of ducks in both innings. LMac getting a wedgie off Pear.

The selection committee have a tough decision this week. We may need to lean on the elders of this prestigious club for advice – fortunately Barry’s number was sent to the team Whatsapp this week. God knows, we need him now.

A2 Grade

WPHC Blue (Gunny) 6/219 defeated Hornsby 216

Resuming 1/33, we faced the difficult task of chasing down Hornsby’s 216 on a green Glade pitch.

Andrew ‘best’ Morris started where he left off last week, hitting regular boundaries to put the pressure back on the Hornsby bowlers. After a couple of quick wickets, we were in a precarious position at 3/55.

Enter a reborn Stanton ‘Pon’ Tam in his new role in the middle order, joining Andrew at the crease. Pon’s rotation of the strike proved to be an excellent foil for Andrew, as he continued to blast boundaries at the other end.

The pair ultimately took the game away from Hornsby in what was a memorable 114 run partnership. Andrew’s dominance with the bat saw him bring up his 4th ton for the club in an innings which included 17 boundaries. Andrew was dismissed for 100 with Pon falling shortly after for a well made 48. At 6/190, Hornsby were back in the game. Nonetheless, future A grade player Ray Khamis ensured the result was never in doubt, guiding us home with an unbeaten 25.

Asked about his match winning innings after the game, Andrew was quoted saying: “Yeah I batted well, but certainly not well enough to earn a call up for A1’s next week. I along with my son Zac don’t warrant any promotion in the near future and would advice A1’s to look no further than the A2 Red team in the event that they require batsmen to fill in next week. I wish the A1 team well, as I will continue with my role opening the batting in A2’s”

Strong words from the man as we now look forward to the first of 3 derby matches this season. Despite our undefeated start to the season and possessing the best Meikle, we will happily accept the underdog tag for this match.

The game is a must watch for all WPHCCC supporters, with the contest to be played at “the new home of cricket”, The Glade.

WPHC Red (Andy) 160 lost to Berowra 9/161

Aloha, “It was a good one to lose today” justified the team that lost. After controversial circumstances last week, A2 Red descended on the home of cricket knowing any win would be forever marked with an asterisk.

As such a plan was devised for a valiant 1 wicket loss. The plan started well as we let Berowra get 2 or 3 early partnerships, followed by a timely middle order collapse due to the bowling of Varun “Honey get a bucket, I’ve got Va-runs” Ravindran. Andrew “Bowled himself for 18 straight” Meikle tried his best to ruin our plans and win the game, however he was unable to take a Michelle to win the game after Alex “Brother of Michael” Robertson did the team thing and spilled a chance in the dying overs.

Late in the day it was looking bleak, we were in control of the game looking good. But playing cricket for WPHCCC means there’s no situation un-loseable, and boy did we make the club proud.

A 35 run 10th wicket partnership and Mitchell “Didn’t this bloke bowl faster last year” Blow punching a regulation stop over the boundary meant that we had done the impossible. Lost to Berowra.

I’d like to thank the boys for their efforts today, it wasn’t any one person that made this possible. It took a team of full of uninspired and talentless cricketers to achieve what we achieved today.

Viva la redolution.

B1 Grade

WPHC 7/271 defeated Berowra 142

We arrived at Dural Park with a decision to make. With runs on the board the skipper declared. We were also down to 10 players with one player withdrawing due to an unfortunate family circumstance.

Dean Carlin and Prathamesh ‘Prats’ Datar opened the bowling with good lines and keeping things tight. Deano got the breakthrough in over 7. The introduction of Nick ‘Ivan’ Starr worked wonders with Ivan removing 2 Berowra bats (both bowled) in quick succession and putting Berowra on the back foot.

A good partnership ensued and Todd Hutchinson was brought into the attack. Todd bowled superbly removing the Berowra number 3 and skipper in quick succession. At 5/88 Berowra were in trouble. Chris ‘Willy’ Williamson bowled from one end whilst we rotated the fast bowlers at the other on a warm day. Willy took wickets regularly taking 4 poles.

We grabbed the last Berowra wicket in the 48th over of the day. All out 142. A great win. Best of our bowlers Willy 4/28, Todd 3/19, Ivan 2/29 and Deano 1/31. We look forward to next week.

B2 Grade

WPHC 193 lost to Kenthurst 3/194

We started the day in the field with 191 on the board. We knew our total was below par, but definitely a defendable total. The Opposition openers got away to a fast start as they went hard at the bowlers. There were a few top edges that found the boundary and plenty of false shots that managed to land in gaps. Unfortunately when chances did go to hand they weren’t held.

Matt Digby (1/15) eventually got the breakthrough, taking out off stump in a very tidy spell. Even more chances were put down as the Opposition closed in on our total. Ryan Loveridge (2/33) took 2 quick wickets just before the opposition passed our total.

A tough day at the office as we didn’t take our chances.

C1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Fieds) 6/226 defeated ARL 8/225 dec

The boys were all keen on our first run chase this season at a windy Greenup park. With ARL missing 2 players due to their fiancés not being very happy with them, chasing 225 didn’t seem all too hard. However, we were soon eating our words as we were 4/37 off 18 overs.

Luckily the day was saved by Asees Rajput (54) and Joel Herzog (78) scoring the bulk of our runs, and making our first run chase a successful one.

Fingers crossed that Berowra have problems with their fiancés next week!

WPHC Red (Phill) 169 lost to Berowra 4/173

It was another hot, sunny and windy day to continue the second innings against the Berowra C1 side. In the end Berowra came out on top, chasing down the 180 run score. They batted with little risk. The bowling from West Pennant Hills, however, was very good and tight. Phil Hando made a good stand-out in the field taking two very hard catches. Alec Silins was rewarded with a wicket for his tight and consistent bowling. He attributes his wicket due to his change in hat at half time (from cap to bucket hat). Alec let a few 4’s leak in his bowling sometimes letting a few balls land short.

Warren bowled very well, removing the Berowra captain with a caught and bowled. He bowled consistently well, swinging the ball both ways to challenge the batsmen. He restricted the run-rate, applying more pressure onto the batsmen.

Jack Hando bowled consistently well, often beating the batsman’s outside edge. On one occasion the batsman chopped on one of his balls which miraculously bounced inches over the stumps.

Sam Hando bowled very well with a few lbw appeals.

Dylan Bish was the other stand out in today’s match bowling very well with a catching opportunity which was unluckily dropped at slips. Dylan bowled some effective change-up leggies which completely beat the batsman, and put him in two minds. He restricted the run rate by bowling at the stumps with some dangerous yorkers.

Yash was given an opportunity to bowl but unfortunately leaked some runs. Phil Hando also had a chance to bowl, challenging the batsmen with his accurate pace.

Today’s game was a well-fought out match which sadly fell Berawa’s way. Warren captained well, setting effective fields, and prep talks. Hope all the other West Pennant Teams went well and enjoy the Rugby later tonight.

C2 Grade

WPHC 218 lost to Mt Colah 243

Resuming on day 2, Mt. Colah were still 80 odd runs away with 6 wickets in hand. The day’s proceedings started with optimism and a simple equation – take 6 wickets quickly. However that was not to be as the overnight partnership continued their smart ploy – play straight and with caution and punish the bad balls.

This worked well for them as none of our bowlers were able to hit consistent rhythm and the pair scored a 114 runs partnership. We tried rotating bowlers in short spells but nothing worked till Tarun was brought in who took 2 consecutive wickets.

However, by then the match was lost and Tarun and Amit finished off the tail. A total of 28 overs bowled in the day. The captains agreed to call it off once Colah was all out.

Cameron Croucher 23 (and 2/9), Vinod Kumar 29, Amit Sen 24* (and 3/54), Sreeni Pillamarri 53, John Rose 2/38, Tarun Lath 3/12

C3 Grade

WPHC 180 & 0/12 defeated outright Kenthurst 90 & 101

Resuming Day 2 at 5 / 122 Rowan (13) and Peter set about building on the lead, Rowan was dismissed with the score on 152 and Dave (4) came and went. Callum (6) and Peter added 20, before Peter was dismissed for 48.

With a lead of 90 and a minimum of 53 overs to play with we set about going for the outright. Rowan and Paul opened proceedings with the ball, with Rowan’s first delivery being a hat trick opportunity, having taken the last two wickets in the first innings. The delivery wasn’t his best and the opener let it sail thru to the keeper.

Paul was definitely in the groove and proceeded to snare the first 4 wickets in his 10 over spell of 4 / 29. Connor (1/30) picked up a great caught and bowled in his seven over spell, which included 2 maidens and one over hit for 21. Dave (2/3) and Xander (2/16) mopped up the tail to leave us with a mere 12 runs to get to complete the win.

The Vink family successfully navigated the 12 runs required (6 apiece) to secure a great all-round team effort. Roll on round 4

D1 Grade

WPHC Blue (Rob) 209 lost to St Ives Blue 4/231

After scoring 209 last week we knew we needed to come out and bowl and field well. If we did that 209 on the board should be enough. But as we turned up to the ground it was blowing a real gale, so conditions were tough.

Although we bowled well through the innings we couldn’t keep any sustained pressure on the batsman. The score was ticking along at a decent rate with our bowlers struggling to maintain a consistent line. And wickets were at a premium. When the chances came we did not always take them. Though some of the attempted catches were sharp we ended up putting 6 down, and that ended up largely being the difference. We will need to turn this around before next week.

A special mention to young Lachlan Edwards. After batting well last week, Lachlan bowled well in the conditions and deserved his 2 wickets (which should have been 4). And thanks to Buzz Burrows for helping us out today.

WPHC Red (Diggers) 244 drew with Vs Glenorie

We arrived at Holland Reserve pretty confident that we could get a result. With 7/214 on the board and Jack on the verge of getting a ton, we decided to bat on for 10-12 overs to get another 50 or so runs. This was taken out of our hands with some tight bowling from Glenorie to have Disco and Fieds trapped LBW within the first 5 overs. Jack continued his beautiful innings with another 5 boundaries. Unfortunately the Yellow Wiggle (refer last weeks anecdotes) struck again for Glenorie and Jack was out caught for 93. A pity Jack didn’t quite get his century today however its only a matter of time before he achieves this milestone. Not bad for a kid who only turned 14 at the start of this month.

With 244 on the board and 60+ overs to get 10 wickets required, our bowlers went about their work but Glenorie’s openers dug in and got through to drinks, albeit with only 47 on the board. This break worked a charm for us and in the 30 minute session to tea, Jack, Ben and Dave all picked up wickets to have them 3/66.

Our bowlers continued to go hard and, even with a couple of decisions going against us, we picked up the next 4 wickets in reasonably quick time to get to 7/119 with the last hour to play. One of the Glenorie batsmen decided to tee off and got them to 157 however a run-out via a direct-hit by Jack had us needing just the last two wickets with 11 overs left.

Unfortunately, the 9 and 10 for Glenorie played with solid defence and managed to get them through to stumps despite our best efforts.

Best of the bowling was Mukund with 2/16 off 12 and Disco who toiled tirelessly for 19 overs, finishing with 1/42.

Biggest disappointment was that the Yellow Wiggle didn’t go home in a Big Red Car….it’s grey and….not very big. Can bowl though – would you believe he took 4/45 off a massive 21 overs.

So a draw eventuated rather than a vital win and onto the Sheep-Station’s Cup Vs the D1 WPHCCC Blue team next Saturday at the home of cricket. We’re coming to get you Hanich!!

D2 Grade

WPHC 2/262 dec defeated St Ives 110 & 5/169

St Ives won the toss and decided to bat last week. We bowled them out for 110 with Captain Mike taking 4 for 18 in the first innings and 2/ 24 in the second. Ayush hit 157 not out and Vishaal hit 47 runs with a 205 partnership. This was 5 runs short of the association record for an opening partnership in D2. So well done guys.

We take first innings points which considering the wind today is more preferable than a draw or loss. So we seem to be on an upward spiral prior to Xmas but the next couple of matches will be against the two top teams. After this we will be in a better position to know where we stand in relation to 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.

 

Batting Grade

 

Performances
4,000 runs
Nathan Fathers C1 3,762 runs
2,000 runs
Alex Robertson A2 2,000 runs Vs St Ives 2 Greenup 5/10/2019
Josh Banner A1 1,849 runs
Tarun Lath C2 1,845 runs
1,000 runs
John Rose C2 1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Foxglove Oval North 28/9

 

Ben Meikle B1 937 runs
Brent Van Wck C2 989 runs

 

Asees Rajput C2 959 runs

 

Alex Chidgey C2 901 runs

 

Michael Robertson A2 887 runs

 

Raghu Chary B2 989 runs

 

Ashane de Silva A1 833 runs

 

Ramil De Silva C3 858 runs

 

Tis Mistry A1 826 runs

 

Zac Morris B1 928 runs
Richard Hughes B1 832 runs

 

Steve Burrows C3 859 runs

 

Bowling
300 wickets
Rowan Keating A2 285 wickets

 

Justin Paterson A1 278 wickets

 

200 wickets
Chris Williamson B2 192 wickets

 

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

 

Dan Costigan A1 84 wickets

 

Amit Sen C2 92 wickets
50 wickets
Brent Larkham A2 47 wickets

 

Jackson Preedy A1 47 wickets

 

Roshan Withanage D1 48 wickets

 

David Larkham D1 41 wickets

 

Paul Vink C3 32 wickets

 

 

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