News from 22nd May 2016
Main News items
• The Seniors Presentation Night was held on Friday 6th May at Castle Hill RSL and our major Award winners have been announced:
o Michael Richards (B1) won Seniors Player of the Year
o Alex Turner (B2) won Outstanding Prospect
• Our Club Wisden (Seniors playing stats) has been updated for the season by James Makin and some great stats are recorded below
• Congratulations to our Premiers for this season:
o Juniors – U11 Green
o Seniors – C1, C4 Grades and Sunday Premiership League
• Congratulations to our major award winners in the Junior Boys and Girls sides:
o Josh Banner – John Coulthard Award (Junior Player of the Year)
o Luca Vasic – Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13 Citizenship)
o Abigail Pereira – Lisa Sthalekar Award (Girls Player of the Year)
• 2016/17 Season commencement
o The main dates for your diary are detailed below. The main one is that Registration for the 2016/17 season is on Sunday 31st July 2016.
Seniors Presentation Night
Our Night of Nights was held at Castle Hill RSL on Friday 6th May. Another great night finishing with a rousing rendition of our Club Song, led by Club Captain James Makin. Photo’s are on the website.
Congratulations to our major Award winners:
• Player of the Year – Michael Richards (B1) – 526 runs @ 35.1 and 28 wickets @ 12.7
• Outstanding Prospect – Alex Turner (B2) – 525 runs @ 37.5 and 15 dismissals.
Photos are on the website.
Dates for the diary
• Junior AGM – Monday 6th June, 7.30 pm @ WPH Sports Club.
• Annual General Meeting – Monday 27th June 2016 (details to follow)
• Club Registration – Sunday 31st July (Oakhill Drive Public School) – Kanga, Junior Boys and girls, Seniors
• Season start – Saturday 10th September 2016.
Stay tuned for major changes to our website with the first changes occurring for Registration Day on 31 July with further changes to follow in a staged rollout. This will be a big step towards a state of the art, customised website that has the best of social media capability so watch this space.
Wisden Season update
• Harrison Miedler was our highest run scorer for the season with 624 (C3), followed by Robert Love (577 in D1) and Ian Paterson (539 in C4). This puts Harrison at number 37 on the all-time list of highest season tallies
• Ross Anderson remains at the top of the highest run scorer list (7,796). Andrew Fielder is at number 3 (6,312). James Makin and Eric Junkkari have crept up to numbers 7 and 8
• Gavin Taylor is now the highest run scorer in T20s and has also moved into the top 10 in A1 (9th with 2,385). Eric Junkkari, Peter Lees and Pratah Sinnetamby are also now the top run scorers in C1, C2 and D1 respectively
• Rick Turner (37.1) and Ranga Ediriwickrama (the greatest Sri Lankan AFL player ever – 33.7) are in the top 10 batting averages of all time (5th and 10th)
• The highest score for the season was 122* by Indranil Mukherjee in D2. Robert Love also scored 122. The highest score ever is Kevin Smith’s 225 in 1956/57
• Dean Carlin was the season’s highest wicket taker with 46 (D1/C2), followed by Riley Miedler (35 in A1) and Tisveer Mistry (34 in B1). This puts Dean at number 56 on the all-time list of highest season wicket-takers
• Eric Junkkari (438 – 5th), James Makin (367 – 7th) and Simon Smyth (350- 8th) are in the top 10 wicket takers of all time. David Carey remains well out in front on 623
• Sol Tomlinson (10.3 – 2nd), Justin Paterson (10.7 – 3rd) and Riley Miedler (12.1 – 7th) are in the top 10 best bowling average of all time. JP (2.6 – 6th) and Sol (2.7 – 8th) are also in the top 10 for economy rates
• Tim Scoular’s 7/53 in A1 were the best bowling figures for the year
• Joel Behlevanas took the most dismissals this season (28 – 19 catches and 9 stumpings/run outs), which is 4th on the all-time list
• Ross Anderson (163) and Nick Bennett (153) remain numbers 2 and 3 on the all-time dismissal tally list behind Dale Armstrong (190)
• Alex Connell (308) and Tim Scoular (309) were added to the list of A-grade player numbers this season
The Girls had their end of season presentation on Friday (18 March). Congratulations to our major award winners were:
• Lisa Sthalekar Award (Girls Player of the Year):
o Abigail Pereira
• Top run scorers:
• Lauren Kua – 89 runs @ 89.00 (U13 Red)
• Abigail Pereira – 118 runs @ 59.00 (U13 Blue)
• Zoya Thakur – 67 runs @ 16.75
• Top bowlers:
• Lauren Kua – 4 wickets @ 15.0 (U13 Red)
• Abigail Pereira – 3 wickets @ 7.0 (U13 Blue)
• Arora Kush – 3 wickets @ 9.0
• Zoya Thakur – 3 wickets @ 19.67
The Juniors had their Presentation Day on Saturday 19th March at Oakhill Drive Public School. Congratulations to our major Award winners:
• John Coulthard Award (Junior Player of the Year) – Josh Banner (410 runs @ 58.57)
• Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13 Citizenship) – Luca Vasic
Josh had a great season in the U16s. He scored 410 runs at 58.56 including a century and finished 2nd in the Association U16 batting league.
The Grand Finals were played on Sunday 13th March and congratulations to our U11s who won their Grand Final. Results are:
WPHC Gold 107 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 124
WPHC Gold 135 lost to Kenthurst Upper Hills 236
WPHC Gold 118 lost to Thornleigh 4/119
WPHC Green 4/149 defeated Castle Hill RSL White 9/147
Note: U10s, U9s and U8s do not have Finals.
The Senior Grand Finals finished on Sunday (20th March 2016). Results are:
WPHC 214 defeated SKLPS 64
Day 1 (5/175 stumps)
After a couple of storms hit Kenthurst Park on Friday the game was moved to Les Shore on the hard wicket.
Having won the Minor Premiership our objective is simple – bat for as long as possible, score as many runs as possible and shut the opposition out of the game. So far so good. The day started well with us winning the toss and everything fell into place from there with the only blip being the loss of 2 wickets towards to end of the day. We batted for 89 overs and put on good partnerships throughout the innings. Aaron Carlini (27) and Stanton Tam (37) put on 55 for the 2nd wicket and this was followed by a 94 run partnership by Michael Gunn (50) and Eric Junkkari (42). With runs on the board and good batting depth the aim is to keep going with no rush and low risk. The first 30 minutes of Day 2 will probably hold the key to this result but at the end of Day 1 we are ahead on points.
Resuming at 5/175 things didn’t go quiet to plan with some good bowling and 50/50 calls go against us. We finished at 215 and on a slow ground and with a quality bowling attack this was also going to be tough to run down. We played almost the perfect game with a clinical performance underpinned by quality bowling and fielding.
Their innings started badly losing 3 wickets in the first 4 overs and it didn’t improve from there. We ended up rolling them for 64 with Rahul Mucherla starring with 4/13 with great backup from Justin Edwards, Koby O’Meara with 2 wickets each and 1 to Ben O’Meara. We ended up winning it easily and while there was a lot to do on Day 2 the match was all but setup for a win by the close of day 1. Congratulations boys on winning 2 of the last 3 Finals played in C1 Grade.
WPHC 192 & 3/39 defeated Lankan Islanders 163
Day 1 (192 and Lankans 0/28)
We lost the toss and were sent into bat on a great looking Dural Park. Pratah Sinnetamby and Ian Paterson battled early to try and see out the first 10 overs of a quality pace attack. Unfortunately Pato was adjudged LBW in the 9th over. Wickets continued to fall cheaply leaving us 6/68 after 28 overs.
Ryan Gunn and Cameron Bish (28) really dug in to build a fantastic 69 run partnership. At one stage Gunny had his helmet knocked off by the Lankan Islanders opening bowler. 2 deliveries later, Gunny returned fire, smashing the ball to the boundary. Dave Behlevanas (17) joined Gunny to put on an important 50 run partnership. Ryan was eventually dismissed for 78 after a great knock that dragged our score up to a respectable 192.
We had 15 overs at the opposition and although there were a couple of chances, we were unable to get a breakthrough. With our runs safely recorded in the scorebook we will look to turn up the pressure with the ball on Day 2!!
A big day, with the pressure on us to get wickets early and defend a competitive, but below par score. Our bowling lifted from the previous day with Aaron Hawkins 2/46 from 21 overs getting the early breakthrough. Ron Knapman though took the honours with his great spell of 4/31 including the final wicket. A special mention to the boys who have won our first C4 Premiership since the Comp was started in 2004/15.
A full report will follow.
WPHC 118 lost to Berowra 7/251 dec
Day 1 (WPHC 1/26 chasing Berowra 7/251 dec)
Berowra won the toss and batted on a fast scoring Greenway Park that offered the bowlers little help. After struggling to get some early wickets despite tight bowling, we finally managed to get some traction after the break and eventually took some wickets to walk get into their middle order. Rowan Love finished with 3/35 and Raj Kulkarni 2/24.
Raj and Brendan Hawkins went out to face 14 overs in the final 45 minutes of the day, doing well, with Brendan unlucky to be dismissed on the final ball of the day. We have 225 left to get tomorrow or bat the day out and settle for a draw which will also work as Minor Premier.
A full match report will follow. In summary though, we had high hopes but lost a few wickets at the wrong time and the momentum was hard to turn. More to follow.
WPHC 97 lost to St Ives 9/251
Day 1 – WPHC 97 & St Ives 3/91
Details not yet available. In brief though, after winning the toss and batting it was a tough day in the office against the Minor Premier with the boys getting a below par score in 54 overs. Best for us was Sreeni Pillamarri who top scored with 27and a good 22 from Pav Kozyrev. In the remaining overs we got some important early breakthroughs with Berowra being 3/59 at one stage but they within striking distance and we need early wickets to give us a chance of pushing for a 4 innings result.
St Ives basically batted us out of the match to get a score where the Captains agreed to call the game over early. Our bowlers tried hard but the opposition was just too good on the day. Wickets were spread with Mike Kinchington 2/29, Amit Ninan 2/28, and one each to Sreeni, Amitava Sen, Connor Hindmarsh and James Asquith. While we tried hard they were just too good.
Sunday Premier League – Grand Final Sunday 28 February 2016
WPHC Red 1/103 defeated ARL 8/102 – the big one against long-term rivals was played at Les Shore and the boys had a convincing win. We were playing against a core of the ARL boys who have only recently stopped playing A1 so were a formidable side.
Our bowling and fielding was superb and while we were expecting to contain them to around 220 from their 36 overs to dismiss them for 108 was an amazing effort. Dale van Den Boogaard was the star with 5/11 from just 5 overs. Wickets also to Andrew Driscoll (1/19), Andrew Watts (1/22) were also important. The big one though came from Simon Smyth who took 1/12 and this was also his 350th career wicket settling him at number 8 in the all-time wicket takers list!
As ARL had so many A1 players we started with a 54 run bonus and we did it easily with Michael Banner top scoring with 30*.
The boys have now achieved back to back SPL Premierships – 3 out of 4 and the only one we lost was due to a washout back in 2013/14. Well done boys.
Top 5 batsmen
1. Harrison Miedler (C3) – 624 runs @ 41.60
2. Robert Love (D1) – 562 runs @ 56.20
3. Michael Richards (B1) – 526 runs @ 35.07
4. Alex Turner (B2) – 525 runs @ 37.50
5. Ian Paterson (C4) – 525 runs @ 37.50
Top 5 bowlers
1. Dean Carlin (D1) – 46 wickets @ 12.37
2. Riley Miedler (A1) – 35 wickets @ 8.54
3. Tisveer Mistry (B1) – 34 wickets @ 14.09
4. Nick Carter (B2) – 33 wickets @ 11.06
5. Nathaniel Chidgey (C3) – 30 wickets @ 18.10
Top 3 fielders
1. James McBrien (A2) – 11 catches (plus 3 as w/k)
2. Semonn Oleksyn (C3) – 11 catches (plus 2 as w/k & 2 stumpings)
3. Tarun Lath (C2) – 11 catches
4. James Makin (A1) –9 catches (plus 1 w/k)
5. Rohit Ninan (C1) – 9 catches
6. Josh Mathias (A2) – 9 catches
7. Patrick Phillips (B2) – 9 catches
Top 5 wicket-keepers
1. Nick Bennett (A2) – 20 dismissals (19 catches & 1 stumping)
2. Ayyar Gautam (C2) – 20 dismissals (16 catches & 4 stumpings)
3. Joel Behlevanas (C3) –17 dismissals (16 catches & 1 fielding)
4. Alex Turner (B2) – 15 dismissals (14 catches & 1 stumping)
5. Kyle Faber (B1) – 13 dismissals (11 catches & 2 stumpings)
6. Aaron Carlini (C1) – 13 dismissals (12 catches & 1 stumping)
7. Ayush Gupta (D2) – 13 dismissals (13 catches)
8. Matt Davidson (SPL) – 13 dismissals (9 catches & 4 stumpings)
Congratulations to the following folk who achieved significant personal milestones throughout the season.
Batting Grade Performances
Michael McGregor B1 4,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Dural Park 13/2/2016
Gav Taylor A1 3,000 runs Vs Berowra @ Mt Ku-ring-gai 12/9/2015
(youngest player to reach 3,000 runs)
Allan Raffel B1 3,000 runs Vs Kissing Point @ Auluba Oval 28/11/2015
Rowan Keating A2 3,000 runs Vs Galston-Glenorie @ Les Shore 2 19/12/2015
Dinesh De Silva C1 2,000 runs Vs Sydney Lions @ Annangrove Oval 12/9/2015
Pratah Sinnetamby C4 2,000 runs Vs St Ives @ Bannockburn Oval 5/12/2015
Rick Turner B2 2,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Greenway Park 19/12/2015
Matt Jobson A1 2,000 runs Vs Berowra @ Berowra Oval 27/2/2016
Kyle Faber B1 1,000 runs Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Dural Park 26/9/2015
Michael Richards A2 1,000 runs Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Dural Park 26/9/2015
Aaron Carlini C3 1,000 runs Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Normanhurst Oval 3/10/2015
Neeraj Gupta D1 1,000 runs Vs Glenorie @ Campbell Park 26/9/2015
Tarun Lath C2 1,000 runs Vs Beecroft @ Cheltenham Oval 10/10/2015
Narendra Kulkarni C3 1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Headen Park 21/11/2015
Tim Scoular A1 1,000 runs Vs Hornsby @ Storey Park 6/2/2016
Anuj Dhorajiwala A2 1,000 runs Vs Berowra @ Dural Park 27/2/2016
Simon Smyth SPL 350 wickets Vs Arl SPL Final @ Les Shore 28/2/2016
Matt Spalding A2 250 wickets Vs Castle Hill @ Greenway Park 19/9/2015
Roger Friend D1 200 wickets Vs St Ives @ Samuel King 21/11/2015
Justin Paterson A2 200 wickets Vs Kenthurst Upper Hills @ Kenthurst Oval 21/11/2015
Tim Starr A2 150 wickets Vs Glenorie @ Les Shore 26/9/2015
Sol Tomlinson A1 150 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Storey Park 30/1/2016
Steve Quanborough C4 150 wickets Vs Berowra @ Foxglove North 27/2/2016
James McBrien A2 100 wickets Vs Wahroonga Bladerunners @ Greenway Park 16/1/2016
Alex Chidgey D1 50 wickets Vs Kissing Point 2 Glenhaven Oval 27/2/2015
Ben Meikle B1 50 wickets Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Dural Park 3/10/2015
Tis Mistry B1 50 wickets Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Dural Park 3/10/2015
Ben Meikle B2 50 wickets Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee @ Dural Park 3/10/2015
Mike Kinchington D2 50 wickets Vs Kissing Point @ Karuah 17/10/2015
Dean Carlin D1 50 wickets Vs St Ives @ Samuel King 28/11/2015
Rob Knapman D1 50 wickets Vs St Ives @ Bannockburn 5/12/2015
Tarun Lath C2 50 wickets Vs Mt Colah @ Foxglove North 5/12/2015
Stu Fiedler C4 50 wickets Vs Thornleigh @ Thornleigh Oval 5/12/2015
Tim Leyshon SPL 50 wickets Vs Hornsby @ Cheltenham Oval 29/11/2015
Ben O’Meara C1 50 wickets Vs Kenthurst Upper Hills 23/1/2016