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Match Report – Round 3, Day 2 – 29 October 2016

A1 Grade

WPHC drew with Glenorie District 3/47 – a match report will follow but in brief, this was a 1-dayer played at Kenthurst Oval after the rain last week. After 21 overs we had Galston -Glenorie on the ropes going at just over 2 an over in the 36 to be bowled for the innings. Rain came and there was no further play – a shame as we fancied our chances of chasing down what was building as a modest score.

A2 Grade

WPHC 108 lost to Mt Colah 6/111 – match report to follow.

B1 Grade

WPHC 213 defeated Kissing Point 71 – we put on our best performance of the year today where we were defending only 213 on a fast Greenway outfield against last years premiers Kissing Point. We ended the game last week with Kissing Point 2/17 off 9 overs.

Today we blitzed through them with ‘McLovin’ Breytenbach (3/8 off 7) tearing through with cutters and in swinging yorkers. All bowlers today were phenomenal with Dan Costigan (2/22), Justin Edwards (2/27) and Dave Behlevanas (1/4) being just way too good for our opposition. Kissing Point were all out for 71, and we decided to call the game at just 2:45pm after this with a storm looming as we were all happy to celebrate such a dominating win back at the club afterwards. Bring on next game!

B2 Grade

WPHC 5/185 defeated Glenorie District 179 – resuming at 0/11 chasing 180 to win the game we weren’t quite sure how it would go with inclement weather on the rain radar showing some rain about. Aaron Carlini lost his wicket early miscuing a shot and being caught – 1/19. Rick Turner followed soon after with a drive on the up being snared at point and we were 2/35.

The game then became the Anuj Dhorajiwala show. After a rusty start and few mistimed shots Anuj looked all class. We went to the 20 over drinks break at 2/66 with our noses in front. After drinks Chris Williamson and Anuj continued on and about 10 overs after drinks Anuj brought up his 50 with a superb straight drive for 4. Shortly after Chris was stumped for a patient 30 and Anuj fell just on the tea break for 75.

At tea we were 4/140 with the rain clouds looming and thunder in the distance. Zac Turner was caught immediately after tea by a freakish catch from a Glenorie player no more than 4m from the bat off a sweetly timed shot that looked destined for a boundary. James McBrien and Anushka De Silva finished the job in quick time getting the required 40 runs in 5 overs. Best of the batting Anuj Dhorajiwala 75, Anushka De Silva 32 and Chris Williamson 30. A solid win to make it 3 wins and giving us plenty of confidence going into a tough game next round.

C1 Grade

WPHC 1/84 defeated Mt Colah 79 – after a washout last week, we had a one-dayer against a winless Mt Colah…and we kept them that way. It took us until just the 2nd over to make the first breakthrough, with Rahul Mucherla (1/13) smashing down the middle stump of the opener, and Rob Hitchcock (1/18) following suit with the other opener soon after in identical fashion. With the middle order exposed, Aaron Hawkins was introduced to the attack with immediate effect.  He took 3 wickets in his first over and by his 3rd over, had the remarkable figures of 5/5 – including 2 bowled, an LBW and a caught & bowled…..so he wasn’t looking for the help of his fieldsmen. Stanton Tam then knocked over the tail finishing with 2/18, and we had a meagre total of 79 to chase on a very fast Mt Ku-rin-gai outfield…though rain was threatening.

Ray Khamis and skipper Andrew Fiedler set about to chase down the total before the heavens opened up. They were relatively untroubled as they reach the target without loss until Fieds (37) got himself out with the scores level. Ray finished unbeaten on 36 and the match was wrapped up in just an hour of batting.

C2 Grade

WPHC Blue 260 defeated Beecroft 93 & 6/102 – looking to capitalise on a strong week 1, we started the day with a fantastic opening bowling partnership from Nikki O’Meara and Matt Rashleigh. Nikki bowled superbly and was unlucky not to grab a wicket, Matt bowling quickly to pick up 2/11. Good spells from Buzz (1/10), Adrian (1/22) and Raghu (1/14) kept the wickets tumbling at a steady rate. Then it was the finisher, Tim Worthington into the attack to clear out the rest grabbing 3/9 and finishing off the Beecroft 1st innings on the stroke of tea. We enforced the follow-on to have a crack at the outright.

We started well with Nikki picking up 1/8 (off 9 overs), the spin twins of Raghu (1/31) & Perry Waldron (3/24) kept us in the hunt with teasing deliveries, but then the shutters went up and the scoring ground to a halt. Good spells from Ben Waldron (1/8) and Max Harkin (0/2 off 3) brought some hope, but the opposition batsmen dead batted the last few overs and we had to settle for a very convincing 1st innings win.

Special mention this week goes to Divyan Shankar who it was noted bears a striking resemblance to a young Sir Vivian Richards. Not being a bowler, Div (or Viv as he is now known) spent a long day in the field with not a lot of action, but managed to grab a top catch low at point on the only occasion the ball came near him in 79 odd overs of play!

A very big thank you to Guatam Aayar, Max Harkin, Ben and Perry Waldron for filling in this match, all contributed strongly to the win – much appreciated!

WPHC Red 174 lost to Kissing Point 7/183 – Point resumed at 0/22 and we knew we would need to make early inroads to defend our low total on a small Mimosa Oval. Nathaniel Chidgey(1/36) got the early breakthrough with an absolute peach that swung in to take out leg stump. The opposition started to build a solid partnership until the introduction of Stu Fiedler (1/21) who took an important wicket thanks to a great catch by Nathaniel Chidgey in the deep.

Another quick wicket followed and turned the pressure up on Point. We took regular wickets, but we just didn’t have enough runs on the board. All our bowlers bowled well with the wickets shared around. Brent Larkham 1/39, Rob Knapman 2/35, Alex Chidgey 1/30, Joel Herzog 1/6. A great effort in the field today, but it just wasn’t enough. Looking forward to the next match to improve our performance!

C3 Grade

WPHC 165 & 7/56 lost to Kissing Point 179 – we had task of taking 9 more opposition wickets with 127 runs to defend. Opening bowlers in Dean Carlin and Ryan Loveridge started proceedings tightly but were unlucky not to get a breakthrough.

Enter Rommel Pandey with his off/leg spinners and he got the first wicket in his very first over. Another wicket to Rommel and suddenly we were on top. Amith Ninan started his spell of good bowling from other end and soon got 4th breakthrough for us. Rommel and Amith together had us in control with opposition score 6/96 after 50th over into opposition innings.

This is when Kissing Point’s main destroyer with the bowling, came in to bat, swings his arms around and takes the game away from us. All shots in the air and he reached boundaries easily on the fast Campbell Park. None of the bowling changes worked for us and 7th wicket came too late with opposition score already on 163. We managed to take next 3 wickets fast with Kissing Point already passing our score to reach 179 all out. Rommel Pandey 5/26 and Amith Ninan 3/37 were pick of the bowlers.

Kissing Point was keen to bowl second innings and we did not mind some batting practice either. However soon it became a matter of survival for our batsmen in the middle as we kept losing wickets and giving Kissing Point a sniff of an outright win. We lost 7 wickets for a score of 49 runs into the 19th over. Cameron Bish and Amith Ninan batted well for next 6 overs to save us from what could have been an opposition chance to get an outright win. A lot to learn from this game as we head to the 4th round.

D1 Grade

WPHC 167 defeated Berowra 144 – after a very eventful first week, it was important for us to get the opposition out as early as possible. The first session did go our way, with Dylan and Mani both picking up wickets and gaining their first ever seniors wicket. This was followed by a session and a half of toiling and disciplined bowling without any reward.

After a very hard second session, we were rewarded with a wicket in the third session, with Cody taking the catch of the day of Raunak’s bowling who took his second wicket of the game and in senior’s cricket. This was followed by 4 wickets from Ishaan and some persistent bowling from Dylan, who finished with 2 wickets. Hence, dismissing the opposition for 144, 24 runs short of victory.

One of the areas that we were pleased about was our fielding with catches being taken when received, such as Cody and Roger’s blinders. The persistence required was also visible with our team bowling disciplined lines and lengths and bowling to a plan to rattle the opposition. Overall, a very good day in the field and a confidence boost for our upcoming games.

D2 Grade

WPHC 222 defeated Castle Hill RSL 162 & 3/188 dec.– at the end of the first day’s play, Castle Hill had been bowled out for 162 runs after 40 overs and we played 26 overs to be 2 for 54 runs. The second day’s play against Castle Hill led us to score a total of 222 runs after 72 overs. Castle Hill decided to bat again in a second innings looking for a win. However, they declared at 3 for 188 after 25 overs at 6.30 pm but decided not to put us back in. So we won the game on the first innings.

Ben Kinchington was our top scorer with a patient 52 runs. He was at the crease for about 50 overs in the two days. Dinal Sethi hit about 33 runs during his partnership with Ben. Roshan Withanage also hit a valuable 40 runs coming in as the eight batter. Our best bowlers in the first innings were Thiru Pukazhenthi with 4 wickets for 15 runs in 5 overs and Ben Kinchington with 2 for 20 runs in 8 overs. Siby Joseph, Mike Kinchington, Dinal Silva and Michael Clipsham all took 1 wicket each.

This was our second win out of the three games played so far. We play the leaders St Ives next week and this will be a challenge.

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