News – 1 April to 30 April 2017

Coming up

With the season now in the Winter break the key dates to look out for are:

  • Website updates – the website will be updated regularly over autumn / winter so keep a lookout for regular updates
  • Seniors Presentation Night – Friday 5th May at Dural Country Club
  • Club History – will be printed in May with the official launch at our AGM so keep a look out for this special publication
  • Club Registration Day for 2017/18 – Sunday 30th July 2017.

Seniors Presentation Night

The Seniors Presentation Night is coming up. Details are:

  • When:              Friday 5 May
  • Where:             Dural Country Club (662A Old Northern Road)
  • Time:               7.15 pm for a 7.30 pm start
  • Cost:                $50 / head for an excellent 2-course meal
  • What to wear:  smart casual / collared shirt
  • Dietary:            All preferences are catered for

Everyone is welcome – all players, partners, friends, family – anyone who wants to celebrate  a great season.

Your Captains should already have contacted you but if not then just contact Daniel Fiedler (here) to let him know that you are coming.

Season wrap – Seniors

We are fortunate to have a statistical history that is 2nd to none with James Makin doing a fabulous job in completing the 2016/17 season wrap. We don’t have this information for Juniors as in the decades before MyCricket records were spread on paper between many Team managers.

With the rain/hail/heat-shortened year we didn’t threaten many records in terms season tallies, but here are the highlights:


  • Andrew Morris was easily the top performer with 664 runs across C2, T20 5th Grade & John Hayne Cup. Joel Herzog (487 in C2 & T20 4th grade) and Ashane De Silva (487 in B1 & T20 2nd grade) were the next best. Laurie Tuckerman’s all-time record will never be beaten – 1,361 in A1 in 1951/52
  • The highest score for the year was Michael Roberston’s 150* in A2. That was the Club’s 39th 150. Joel Herzog also scored 147. The highest score ever remains Ken Smith’s 225 in B1 in 1956/57
  • Ashane De Silva had the best batting average – 54.1
  • This year we had our first T20 century – 101* by Andrew Morris in 5th grade. This beats Carl Madsen’s previous record of 94, set in the first T20 season in 2010/11
  • Ross Anderson remains the leading run-scorer of all time, by a decent margin on 7,864. We have another 5 current players in the top 10 now – Andrew Fiedler in 3rd, and you could throw a blanket over Kishore Rampersad, Eric Junkkari, Michael Banner and James Makin in 6th to 9th. Andrew Fiedler is the leading T20 run scorer on 345


  • Ishaan Singh took the most wickets this year with 38 in only 11 matches in D2-C3 & T20 5th grade. Dan Costigan was 2nd with 33 in B1/A2 & T20 2nd grade. Dan was also 7th in the season’s top run scorers. Riley Miedler’s 32 wickets in A1 was 3rd. The all-time best remains 80 by Peter Saunders in D2 back in 1983/84
  • The best bowling figures were taking by the mercurial Simon Smyth – 8/20 in A2. These are the 13th best bowling figures in the Club’s history. Ishaan Singh also took 8/40 in C3. Justin Paterson gets the “couldn’t have happened to a more deserving cricketer” award – picking up 7/35 in the A1 grand final after spending the week driving 100’s of kms to cover Berowra Oval for the A Grade Grand Final
  • Justin Paterson (4th) and Riley Miedler (7th) remain in the top 10 bowling averages of all time (shhhh Michael Banner – this is for players over 100 wickets). Dan Costigan now has the best all-time average in T20s
  • Dave Carey remains comfortably on top of the all-time wicket takers tree with 623. The highest current player is Eric Junkkari in 5th on 452. Simon Smyth moved up to 7th this season with 372. Matt Jobson remains the leading T20 wicket taker on 28.


  • Joel Behlevanas’s 25 dismissals in C2, B2, T20 3rd Grade & the John Hayne Cup put him at the top of the last again this year (after 28 last year). Gautam Ayyar topped the catches tally with 21
  • Nick Bennett moved up to 2nd on the list of all-time dismissals with 169, now only 21 behind Dale Armstrong’s record.


  • Five new A-Grade numbers were issued to players selected for their A1 debut. Josh Matthias, Justin Paterson, Phil Wurth, Michael Robertson and Darshan Pandya are player numbers 310 to 314.

Clothing addition

Next season we are introducing Club Hoodies and shorts. We are going to trial them in the Girls for next season and then roll then out the following season after we get feedback on things like: comfort, popularity, design and so on.


Seniors Grand Final’s have been held and this concluded our 86th season. We played in 5 Grand Finals and won 2 with a 1-run loss in A1 Grade. Congratulations to Seniors who achieved the following wins:

  • Seniors Club Championship
  • Premierships – B1 & C1
  • Runners-up – A1, B2 & C3
  • 5th Grade T20 Premiership
  • Joint John Hayne Cup.

Association News

Specialist Off-Season Coaching Program

The Coaches’ Association is taking registrations for its annual off-season Specialist Coaching Program.


  • Who can attend – U/12 – U/15 players covering batting, pace & spin bowling and wicket-keeping, and is designed for representative standard players and/or stronger club players
  • Where – James Park, Hornsby
  • When – Sunday 30 April; 21 May; 18 June & 30 July 2017
  • Cost – $120 for one skill (e.g.; batting) and $240 for 2 skills (e.g.; batting & bowling)

This Specialist Coaching Program sold out in advance in 2015 and 2016, with great feedback from the players and their parents, so please register early.

To register please access the following link – here

Juniors Boys

Congratulations to our U13 Whites who made it through to the Grand Final. The result was:


WPHC White 9/108 lost to Pennant Hills 131. Best batsman for us was Shaan Bakshi with 20 and best bowler was Arya Tyagi with 3/25.

Presentation Day

Congratulations to our major Award winners from the Presentation Day held on Saturday:

  • John Coulthard Award (Junior Player of the Year) – Rowan Love
  • Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13s) – Shaan Bakshi
  • Ross Anderson Trophy (U11 Rising Star Award) – Harry Flower
  • Volunteer of the Year Award:
    • U8s to U11s – Phil Carney
    • U12s to U16s – Rob Hanich
    • Girls – Michelle Boccalatte

Congratulations also to Julian Bish (Juniors Director) who was awarded the prestigious President’s Award for service to our Club. Julian has been Juniors Director since 2013 and has done an amazing job in running the Juniors and building a great Team.

Next steps

The Juniors season is over as we move into winter sports. Our 87th season starts with Registration Day in the last week of July – just on 4 months away.


The last leg of the season finished on Saturday 4th March with our Presentation Day. Due to a wet weekend the Presentation was held in the Sports Club and some photos are loaded on the Gallery. This now brings the season to a close and a big thank you to all of our players, parents and supporters.

A special thanks to the Sports Club who kindly allowed us into the Club before opening hours and at short notice to help us out – really appreciated folks.

Junior Girls

The normal season finished on the weekend and the match reports follow. Our focus now moves to our Presentation Day next Friday and then the Rep trials for those keen to give this a go.

Presentation Day

Our Girls had their end of season Presentation Day on Friday. Congratulations to our major Award winners:

  • Lisa Sthalekar Award (Player of the Year) – Lauren Kua (217 runs at average of 72.33)
  • Volunteer of the Year – Michelle Boccalatte
  • Arthur Souter Award – Christina Phillip

Note – Christina is our first Girl player to be awarded the Arthur Souter Award. This is awarded to those graduating players who have played every season since Kanga and is a great achievement.

Team Awards


  • U13s – Aliya Colbert
  • U17 Blue – Auushka Dongre
  • U17 Red – Jess Phillips
  • U17 White – Lauren Kua


  • U13s – Maeve McAlister
  • U17 Blue – Abigail Pereira
  • U17 Red – Danielle Chivers (plus 5 wickets in an innings)
  • U17 White – Varsha Krithivasan

Team Award

  • U13s – Lauren Dean
  • U17 Blue – Lily Campbell
  • U17 Red – Ellen Hall
  • U17 White – Amy Sherlock.