News – 18 September 2022

Coming up

  • Season start 2022/23:
    • Juniors (Mixed) – underway
    • Seniors – main Competition starts Saturday 24th September
    • Girls – TBA but likely to be early October
    • Junior Blasters – Saturday 8th October

Association News

The Association has released the Season calendar and it can be viewed – Season calendar

Level 1 Coaching accreditation opportunity

We have now firmed up a special Level 1 Coaching course exclusively for WPHC folks. Details are:

  • When – Sunday 25th September
  • Where – Edward Bennett Oval
  • Time – 10.00 am to 12.00 noon
  • Cost – $0
  • Registration: us the following link – Level 1 Coaching – Registration

CNSW has agreed to offer this to WPHCCC for our exclusive use for the first 5 days. So on Monday 19th September it will be open to the Community and this will fill quickly as the number of places are capped at 20 participants.

This is a sought after entry level accreditation to Coaching and to have this opportunity in our own backyard is a great opportunity. Everyone is welcome – our current Coaches / Managers, anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and anyone who is keen to be part of our Club Coaching Team as this is a requirement.

Cricket NSW latest

School Holiday Clinic

A Sydney Sixers School Holiday Program has been scheduled! Details are:

  • Name – Sydney Sixers Holiday Program
  • Date – Tuesday 4 October 2022
  • Time – 9.00 am to 3.00 pm
  • Location – Greenway Park (Oval 2)
  • Cost – $50 per participant

The contact for the day is our region’s CNSW Blast Specialist, Stuart Fone (Stuart Fone email).

200 Women in Cricket – invitation

A Cricket NSW initiative, led by the amazing Julie Stafford, has set-up a network of amazing women doing great things across NSW. To quote Julie:

“We’d like to harness these collective experiences by creating a network of “Wicket Wisdom”  – to share best practice, tips and tricks and resources. We’ll host short videos, create resources, and share your great ideas to help us all make a difference at your Club or Association.

 So, if you’re a female in a cricket club, whether as a player, a Mum, a young adult or as a current committee member– we’d like to invite you to join in our WiCKETS network.

 More about us info here: news release – here

 Please fill in below and we’ll send you a link to join in the group or join our Facebook page directly! Once you’re in the group – you can then invite others to join too.



Registrations remain open all season for the Blowfly, Junior Blasters & Master Blasters as these are non-competition program.

All other Registrations close once caps are reached in each Age Division, including Seniors.

Registration process

If you still want to register than just go to our Registration page and follow the prompts – WPHCCC – Register here


For the Girls, as we have separate soft ball and hard ball programs plus we play in the HK&HDCA + North Shore Junior Cricket Association finding the right has an extra step. So if you want to know more about how to register for the Girls, everything is covered via this link – WPHCCC – details here

T20 World Cup – ‘Squads’ initiative

The Men’s T20 World Cup kicks-off on 16 October and runs until 13 November. In brief:

  • 45 matches played across Adelaide, Brisbane, Geelong, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney
  • Australia drawn with New Zealand, England and Afghanistan in addition to two teams who get through from Round 1
  • Final to be played at the MCG on November 13
  • First time Australia have ever hosted the pinnacle men’s event for T20 cricket

Cricket Australia has set up a great initiative called ‘Squads’. This is an initiative where people supporters for each of the participating countries can be part of a national supporters group. To find out more check out the following links:

Check out the links and be part of the build-up – THIS IS YOUR SQUAD V3

Association News

The Association has released the Season calendar and it can be viewed – Season calendar

Blowfly Cricket

Season arrangements

We will again be offering Blowfly Cricket to our players with autism at James Henty Oval. More details to follow shortly.

Channel 10 – The Project story

Check out the News report on Channel’s 10 ‘The Project’ –Blowfly cricket from about 1:43 secs.


Season launch and ‘Come & Try’ Day

What an exciting time for Girls Cricket in our Club. This season we are launching a brand new coloured playing uniform (shirt & pants) that features an impressive Indigenous design specific to our local area that has been enthusiastically approved by the local Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation (DCAC).

The playing shirt and Volunteers shirt (reverse colours) is approved by the DCAC for the use of Women and Girls only.

We are having a launch on Sunday 18th September. Details are:

  • When: Sunday 18th September
  • Where: West Pennant hills Public School
  • Time:
    • 45 pm for a 1.00 pm start – Season Launch
    • 00 pm to 4.00 pm – Come & Try Day

At the Season launch we will be joined by:

  • Erin Wilkins, Darug Custodian
  • Anika Learoyd, Indigenous WBBL player
  • Other special guests


There are 4 x formats for Girls and the details are below:

  • Junior Blasters – girls & boys aged 5 to 7 years of age – Saturday morning
  • Stage 1(a) – Master Blasters (Girls Only who are new to cricket)
  • Stage 1 (b) Sixers Girls Cricket – Saturday afternoon (1.00 pm)
  • Stages 2 & 3 – Sixers Girls Cricket League Saturday afternoon

Check out full details, including how to register then go to the following link – WPHC Girls – all you need to know

Juniors (mixed)

Season format

The season format has been released on the Association website: Season calendar .

In summary:

  • Round 14 – 17th December  with a 5-week break over Christmas / New Year
  • Round 15 – starts again on Saturday 28th January with 5 weeks of normal Comp games
  • Semi Finals – Saturday 4th and 11th February 2023
  • Grand Final – Sunday 12th March 2023

Positions vacant

Our Club only exists thanks to the wonderful volunteers who make everything possible for our players to enjoy their season.

We are reaching out to fill several roles that all have volunteers who will be moving on as their children move on from Juniors soon. These volunteers will guide anyone interested in assisting – most require a very minimal amount of time, but are vital to the running of the Junior Club, plus give you a greater understanding of how the Club runs – plus  a great deal of satisfaction for being part of the team that puts the kids out on the park each week.

If you would like to contribute and can offer your help, please contact Steve Burrows – or 0478 965255 to discuss what is involved.

  • Clothing Coordinator – (ordering clothing from our supplier)
  • Assistant Registrar – (collating registrations into age groups)
  • Under 13 Age Coordinator – (communicating info to U13 Team contacts)
  • Under 15 Age Coordinator – (communicating info to U15 team contacts)


The season calendar is: Season calendar .

A Grade Competition

With only 4 x Teams nominating for A1 Grade the Association has implemented a smart solution. The A1 grade & A2 (Kookaburra Cup) Grades will be combined for the first 9 rounds allowing each Club to play each other once.

At the completion of 9 rounds the combined grade will be split in to the respective A grade and A Reserve grade competitions where each team will have the opportunity to play each other once before finals.

The combined Grade will play 70 overs per day (2 x 35 over innings One Day matches) with 1.00pm starts. All matches will be played on a combination of turf and synthetic with teams that nominated for A1 grade scheduled to play on turf every week.

Further details to follow.

Remaining Competition (B1 to D2 Grades)

The first 7 x Rounds for all Grades will consist of One Day matches for Rounds 1 & 2 followed by 2 Day matches for Rounds 3 to 6 and a 2-day game for Round 7 on the 3rd & 4th December.

Due to a shortage of grounds up until Xmas individual Grades will be scheduled to play at least one full round on a Sunday.

Sunday play

For Round 1 D Reserve grade will be scheduled to play on Sunday 25/9 and for Round 2 D1 Grade will play on Sunday 2/10. It may also be necessary to schedule an additional match from another Grade to a Sunday slot which will be confirmed by tomorrow morning after consultation with various teams.

T20 Finals

As this will impact on T20 semi-finals scheduled for 25/9 the semi-finals for 5th Grade will be postponed until the 9/10 with 1st to 4th Grades contesting semi-finals on Sunday 25/9.

As in previous years it will the top 4 teams based on points accrued and Net Run Rate for any teams equal on points.


Seniors training schedule is:

  • Wednesday – WPH Sports Club nets from 4.00 pm until dark
  • Friday – John Purchase Oval from 4.00 pm

Competition structure

T20 Semi Finals

Are played this Sunday (25th September). The 5th Grade Semi will be played on Sunday 9th October 2022.


Away Venue

Start Time

1st Grade

Hornsby Gold

WPH (Campbell) Montview East


2nd Grade

WPH Red (Todd)

Kissing Point Greenway


4th Grade

WPH Blue (Rob)

Lions Greenway


5th  Grade


 Main Season

  • Round 1 – Saturday 24th September
  • One day games – Rounds 1, 2, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 (7 matches)
  • Two day games – Rounds 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 13 & 14 (7 matches)
  • Finals:
    • Semi’s – 4th & 11th March 2023
    • Grand Final – Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th March 2023

Captain appointments

The Association has now finalised Grading so our Teams and Captains for 2022/23 are:




Cam McBrien (#25)

Campbell Wallace

B1 (Blue)

Shomik Sengupta
B1 (Red)

Ryan Loveridge


Todd Hutchinson

Kapil Tangri

C2 (Blue)

Rob Hanich
C2 (Red) Indranil Mukherjee
C3 (Blue) Tarun Lath
C3 (Red)

Cameron Croucher


Hiresh De Silva
D1 (Blue)

Arun Chaudhari

D1 (Red)

Ian Digby (Diggers)

Ross S

Match Reports

Starting Sunday 25th September, Match Reports will be available on the ‘Match Report’ section of the website every Sunday.


Our popular Anecdotes section will also start up from Sunday 25th September.

Cricket Australia acknowledgement

Cricket Australia recently sent us a congratulatory note:

“….playing a vital role in the amazing growth of women and girls playing the game over the last four years.”

 With input from Cricket NSW, and national participation data from Cricket Australia, WPHCCC has been identified as one of a group of clubs in Australia with the potential to further grow girls’ participation.”

After recently winning the national ‘Women’s & Girls initiative of the Year” this is further great recognition of both the health of Girls cricket in our Club but also that Girls cricket is on the move nationally and especially in our Club.


Lisa Sthalekar

Great news that our former WPHC Junior, Lisa Sthalekar, has been appointed President of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association – the first woman to take on this role – Lisa Sthalekar – congratulations .

The position has previously been held by former South Africa batter Barry Richards, former West Indies all-rounder Jimmy Adams, and most recently by former England batter Vikram Solanki. Lisa played for us from the U10s to U16s (1989 to 1995). Well done Lisa.

Kirsty Newbury

Well done Kirsty our being chosen to participate in a 7-week program on ‘Women Leader’s in Sport (WLIS) Program’ through the Australian Institute of Sport. Kirsty is our Diversity & Inclusion Officer and has done great things for Girls cricket in our Club.

This will give Kirsty the opportunity to strengthen our offering to the girls in time for this coming season. It will also give Kirsty the opportunity to connect with other women leading through sport all around the country.

Well done Kirsty.

National Community Cricket Awards – Winner

The Community Cricket Awards celebrate the amazing work of volunteers from across the country and provide an opportunity to recognise the best of the best from across the season.

On Thursday 19 May, Cricket Australia announced our Girls as the winners of the ‘Women & Girls Initiative of the Year’ for the amazing work done by our Girls Leadership (Grant & Suz Colburt & Kirsty Newbury). This includes:

  • Leadership program
  • Nutrition seminar
  • Umpiring sessions led by Claire Polosak
  • Festival of Girls cricket at Greenway Park culminating in a Pink Stumps initiative

To quote Kirsty Newbury, our Diversity & Inclusion Officer:

What an amazing night! We are all pretty excited to have had the program recognised at this level.

We could not have done it without such a supportive team, including Darren McKeon our Stage 3 Coach, and our amazing girls!

 Most of all, to Grant and Suzanna for their commitment to improving outcomes and working tirelessly to create an equal playing field for all girls within our Club and Association.

 Looking forward to backing it up again this coming season.

 This is now the 14th major NSW or Australian award we have won over the last 7 years so this recognition also acknowledges our Volunteers across our Club.

Congratulations on this wonderful achievement.