T20 Match Reports – Day 1 (14 September 2019)

1st Grade

WPHC Blue (Justin) 123 defeated Glenorie 120

Welcome back to the A1 Match Report and welcome back to me, your at-the-ground reporter who has been once again elected unopposed into the tireless role. I look forward to once again bringing you’re the laughs, the tears, the thrills and spills of our clubs most prestigious team.

Les “Heath” Shore was the venue for today’s game, Galston “Tully’ Glenorie the opponent. We were welcomed to the ground by Phil “Adidas” Wurth, who wanted to kiss everyone on the lips upon arrival. He specifically asked Josh “Yoyo” Mathias to be on his knees so they could meet lips. Meanwhile JP won the toss and elected to bat.

Phil and James “Partridge” Pear opened up for us and their partnership lasted all of four bowls, Wu bowled by Liam Tully in a ball the seemed to keep low on the astro pitch. Michael “Lichaaa” Richards joined Pear at the crease – but it was again short-lived, the two falling in successive balls to see WPHCCCCCC in desperate trouble at 3/16. On the sidelines, Gandis couldn’t find the whites, mysteriously hidden at the back of the change-rooms.

Yoyo and Josh “Effie” Banner steadied the ship with a wonderful stand – the two rotated the strike and put away the bad balls. Effie particularly was in fine touch as he launched one well over the Les Shore Clubhouse, much to the delight of Mrs Effie who was giggling with excitement at her man. Yoyo and Effie scored 24 and 36 respectively.

A couple of cameos from Tis, Calvin and JP saw us to a defendable total of 123. Fortunately we did not require the services of Gandis, who was still looking for his pants.

Described by Gav “Box” Taylor as the worst team pep talk ever in A Grade history, the team took to the field knowing that we would “likely lose” and we had an “85% chance of losing”. Cam “Krang” McBrien and Lichaaa opened us up, Krang very unlucky not to pick up a scalp. Lichaaa picking up 2 wickets, one off a full toss which was nice. After 8 overs, Glenorie were behind the required runrate.

Tis and Gandis took over and kept the pressure on – and yes, Gandis’ first ball was well down the left side. Tis had the Mistry ball working wonders, Gandis was sucking in the big ones in between overs. Both secured a wicket each. Alas, the two ensured that Glenorie would have to swing the bat in the final overs.

JP and Calvin was entrusted with the task of seeing us home. It was at this point at WPHCCCCCC showcased the worst display of fielding/catching that I have ever seen. Dropped catches were happening every second ball and we did our best to throw the game away. However, the cartel had set us up for success – Calvin closing out the innings and holding Glenorie to 120 – 3 runs short.

 WPHC Red (Andy) 7/109 & 1/4 lost to Berowra 9/109 & 0/5

Turning up to the secondary home of cricket, our recently promoted 2nd Grade T20 team had been fittingly put up against the defending A-Grade premiers Berowra. Some tight early bowling from Varun and Kyle meant Berowra were probably behind after the first 6, and wouldn’t let them get away thanks to some smart bowling in the middle and end overs.

Came out firing with the bat, thanks to cameos from Robbo (45 off 23) and Jimmy Mac (21) to put us in a good position before Robbo departed. We then slowed and consolidated but almost forgot to put our foot back on the pedal, managing to tie the game off the last ball. Taking us to a Super over, we only managed a few due to a controversial ruling, and Berowra managed to sneak over the line.

A strategic loss places us in a good position to have a huge win next week, and set up a WPHCCC Vs WPHCCC 1st Vs 4th T20 semi final.

2nd Grade

WPHC (Gunny) 6/153 defeated Berowra White 6/97

We were welcomed back to the new season with a delightful day at the home of cricket (Greenway) against the old enemy Berowra. Winning the toss, Gunny had no hesitation in batting. With bat in hand, it was the Morris show as everyone else watched and thought how easy cricket, and batting in particular, was. Andrew (59) and Zac (42) both went hard early before steadying as Berowra’s bowling improved, with a first wicket stand of 99.

Nothing better than watching Berowra demoralised in the field only 10 overs into the season. With small contributions elsewhere, the only other highlight (or lowlight) was Gunny’s innings, whereby he strolled out after watching the Morris father/son combo only to be back in the sheds after one delivery. We finished on 153 which was a very hand score.

In the field, our bowlers bowled really, really fast. Berowra were trying to score quickly, but just continued to play and miss with Flooky and Matty Philip setting the tone early. Todd, Snumpty and Hando all bowled tight, controlled spells through the middle to have Berowra constantly behind the run rate and never really a chance. Best of the bowling was Matty Philip who finished with 2-6 off his 4 overs with an economy of just 1.5!

The first of many Berowra defeats to come at the hands of WPHCCC this year, we’ve made an early statement. To mixed feelings, with a strong quotient, it also looks like it will be hard for us to miss out on a Sunday semi for the T20’s.

3rd Grade

WPHC Red (Napper) 5/91 lost to Hornsby 7/115

The season got underway to a positive start as Naps won the toss and sent the Opposition in to bat. Dean Carlin (1/7) and Nathaniel Chidgey (1/11) got us off to a solid start, both knocking over the stumps in their 2nd over.

Ryan Loveridge (1/3) and Matt Digby (1/10) also took poles while the Opposition were trying to hitout. Nick Duck took an over to get the shoulder warmed up, then came back in his 2nd over to take 2 quick wickets and on a hat-trick. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. Alec Silins kept it tight going for just 2 runs from his 2 overs.

Chasing 115, Ryan Gunn (22) and Raghu Chary (7) got us off to a solid start. We then lost 3 quick wickets and found ourselves 3/36. Rick Turner (34*) and Avi Lath (12) looked to lift the run rate. The Opposition bowled really tight and we just weren’t able to get them away.  The result may not have gone our way but it was great to be back out there!

WPHC Blue (Steve Quan) 6/126 defeated Beecroft 9/107

The Blue team had 5 WPHCCC debutants and were keen to bat at Cheltenham Oval with its wonderful new locker rooms and viewing areas. We lost a wicket straight up with a run out awarded even though the bowler at his end dislodged the bails/stumps with arm prior to catching the ball from the fielder. That’s cricket some times and Rahul Tripathi took it well, nice one mate.

After a couple of nice shots Cameron Croucher nicked off and in walked Brent “the flash” Van Wyk (31) joining Nikhil Ninan (34).

For those that don’t know Brent, he is not keen on running singles, let alone two’s and together the pair put on 50 in about 6 overs until Brent had his castle knocked over. Brent came off not impressed that he had to run 3 of his runs. Prashant Kumar (16*) took over the rock duties of the innings from Nikhil who was out at 4/74. From there we lost a couple more wickets however we finished in a flurry with a 46* unbeaten 7th wicket stand between Prashant Kumar and Tanay Hira (26*) to be 6 for 126.

Change of innings and umpires consulted the rules and did not allow the Zenith ball to be used so we had to use Quan’s spare (captain forgets reserve ball). Beecroft started slowly and were 0 for 26 off 6 overs thanks to some economical bowling from Anush Sharma (0/12 off 3), Tanay Hira (0/8 off 2), Dylan Bish (0/11 off 2). Sam Hando (2/9 off 3) took a wicket with his very first ball of the summer having the batsman bowled. Cameron Croucher (1/9 off 2) returning to cricket after 20 years was next in the wickets with a bowled.

To put this into perspective half today’s team wasn’t born when he last played. Soon after a great dive by Nikhil on the boundary to stop not only a 4 but also pass the ball to Prashant who threw a pin point throw to the waiting keeper Karl Mehta for a quality run out. Beecroft 3/54 off 10.

Game was in the balance so who best to throw the ball too than Rahul Tripathi (1/24 off 2) whose rocks and diamonds offies enticed the batsman out of crease well stumped by Karl. Beecroft then started to tee off to chase the total that was getting away from them and were undone first by a terrific run out by Tanay Hira to the keeper and then Prashant Kumar (1/16 off 2) who bowled out the set batsman.

It must be said that Prashant and Rahul were a little unlucky not to have a couple of catches taken earlier. In the 17th over with Beecroft needing 40 Quan (2/10 off 2) was brave enough to come on and buy a couple of poles with catches to Dylan Bish and Brent Van Wyk taking catches. Sam Hando was the pick of the bowlers today and finished with a clean bowled.

A good win setup by Nikhil, Brent, Tanay and Prashant giving us an above average total which allowed 9 players to bowl and having every player contribute was exceptional. Bring on next week at Greenway.

4th Grade

WPHC Red (Indranil) 9/114 defeated Beecroft 7/97

The toss was won by the Reds and the Skipper elected to bat, which by the 5th over appeared to be an ordinary decision as we slumped to 4/13 with two almost comical run-outs gifting Beecroft a good start.

Adrian Chau 38, Josh Elliot 17, and Sreeni Pillamarri 30, rescued the innings and got us to a reasonable target. Campbell Park was running fast so not having a huge total we knew steady bowling and good fielding would be needed.

A good opening spell from Amit and Josh rewarded Connor 1/12 picking up the first wicket in the 5th over. The next ten overs saw us create a few half chances but were unable to convert to wickets. Their run rate was steady but their batsman were not dominating us.

Then in the 16th over Vatsal Garg 1/14 picked up the second wicket and from 1/84 Beecroft crashed to 7 for 97. Amit 3/11 picked up a wicket in the 17th and 2 in the 19th. Connor bowled the 18th with composure and Josh 2/10 finished of Beecroft with wickets with the first and last balls of the twentieth.

The result was a great team effort, working hard for each other and making it happen. Roll on next week.

WPHC Blue (Buzz) 4/74 lost to Kissing Point 3/161

A sunny day welcomed us to the start of the 2019/20 season at the postage stamp sized Howson Oval.

KP won the toss and decided to have a bat. We rotated through 9 bowlers, loosening up some tired off season muscles. Some promising signs from a few of the bowlers, but the lesson of bowling too short has hopefully been learned before next week!

The wicket takers were Callum Dickinson, Dave Behlevanas and Buzz.

We were never really in the hunt with the bat with some tight bowling keeping the scoring rate low, but promising innings from Connor and Samarth were followed by some impressive hitting from Xander and Mukund in the latter overs.

On to next week to sharpen the skills some more before we hit the season proper.

5th Grade

WPHC Red (Rob) 4/139 defeated Kissing Point 3/124

What a great day to start the cricket season. Everyone was pumped to be out playing cricket again.

We lost the toss and were put into bat. Diggers and Al got us off to a nice steady start. But a few overs in, Diggers was pinged LBW. We must be the most honest team in the Association….honesty while umpiring we rarely see reciprocated!

Reyhan came in to join Al and together they went about adding to the score. Things looked promising until Al got a well disguised slower ball and he popped it up to the bowler. Aden to the crease, and with two lefties out there the bowling line wasn’t looking as good. Both added runs before Aden tried to cut a slower bowler; only to top edge it and caught at first slip after deflecting off the keeper.

But this just brought Rampaging Rocket Roshan to the middle. We were 3/39 and together Reyhan and Rocket put on a fantastic partnership of 98 runs. Rocket was eating 4s for a snack and 6s for mains. Reyhan wasn’t far behind and kept turning the strike over. With 3 balls left in the innings Reyhan was run out going for a quick single. A very valuable 32 runs to Reyhan and Rocket ended 65*. Innings came to a close on 139.

Enough runs on the board, so we just needed to bowl well. And that is exactly what our opening pair did. Young Jack from one end and Disco Dave from the other bowled full and straight and kept the runs down. Only 35 runs from the first eight overs and we also picked up a wicket. Luc and Sachman came on and kept the bowling tight.

Sachman also picked up a wicket. Unfortunately as good as our bowling was our catching didn’t match. With 5 dropped catches the game was closer than it should have been. Strong bowling continued with Zia, Rocket and Reyhan and then Al bowled beautifully at the end and closed the game out. They only got 124 runs from their 20 overs.

So a solid win and a good start to a long season!

WPHC Blue (Captain Mike) 7/96 defeated Kenthurst 5/79

WPHC managed to win the toss and elected to bat. Our opener Arun hit 21 runs ably aided by Praneel who hit 46 runs. We had 3 ducks but Waman managed 11 runs as part of the tail.

Nirav managed to bowl out their Opener for 4 runs and Praneel also took a wicket for 3 runs. Vishaal also took a wicket for a duck which meant that Kenthurst had to get 5 runs an over. The bowlers (apart from their Captain) bowled very well throughout the remaining overs. Nirav was 2 for 6 off 3 overs, Praneel 1 for 9 off 3 overs and Vishaal 2 for 13 off 3 overs. Their best batter hit 33 runs and their second best  got 23 runs.

A very good win due to the bowling pressure. A good start and excellent team fielding.