News – September 2021

Keep a look out on Facebook

As we can’t train yet, we are running the next best thing – home video’s recreating videos of fun training activities. The best videos lodged on Facebook by Sunday 12th September (8.00 pm) will get $100 cash and we will share them with local schools as a fun activity during home schooling. The video’s cover:

  • Catches win matches
  • Target take down
  • Goalies
  • Scorcher ball

Check them out at – here .

Season start

Status as at 12th September 2021

With NSW racing towards 70% double close vaccination a return to playing cricket is now within reach. Advice just received from CNSW and the Sydney Cricket Association gives a good insight into when we might get on the field and under what conditions. Here goes:

  • It is highly likely that a return to sport will be allowed with restrictions. We expect the framework along with all Covid-19 related materials to be published here
  • When NSW hits the 80 per cent double dose target, the government intends to open up further freedoms around international travel, community sport, major events and other areas
  • ‘No jab / no play’ for players over 16 years will be a requirement:

“CNSW believes that it is responsible to provide a safe playing environment for our cricketers and, to this end, everyone who participates in cricket and can be vaccinated, is vaccinated.”

  • ‘No jab / no involvement’ for all officials and game day volunteers – Team Managers, Coaches, Scorers, Umpires
  • All levels of cricket will likely be required to have a Service NSW QR code in place for players, officials and spectators to check in. Spectators – including parents or guardians – will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend.

What this means

  • Anyone older than 16 years and wanting to play or be involved in any capacity, including being a spectator will need to be double vaccinated. With a lead time of around 6 weeks from booking to 2nd dose you need to start the process now
  • Training may be able to start again at 70% vaccination with limitations on the number of players involved
  • All Junior players should register asap:
    • starting fees are set at $100 which is the Active Kids payment so you have $Nil personal cost. Season fees will be determined once costs are known
    • by registering you guarantee a spot and the opportunity to play with your friend. Once Community sport details are released there will be a very short window to register and players who register late will miss out as Teams will need to close to allow Team entrances to be finalised.

Registration fees

Due to the late start and uncertainty about exact season start dates our fee structure follows:

Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years)

  • $100 for the full season. This allows you to use the $100 Active Kids Voucher so there is $Nil personal cost to play this season.

Master Blasters (7 to 10 years)

  • $100 initial registration fee that allows you to use the $100 Active Kids voucher at $0 personal cost
  • In December / January, we will pro-rata remaining fees based on how much cricket is played

Juniors – Girls only & Mixed (U11 to U17)

  • $100 initial registration fee that allows you to use the $100 Active Kids Voucher at $0 personal cost
  • In December / January, we will pro-rata remaining fees based on how much cricket is played


  • No change to fees yet
  • Once the structure of the season is known, Registration fees will be set and will reflect the number of games played
  • If you have already paid and fees are lower, you will be refunded the difference.

Refund policy

For those families who have paid already – you have a guarantee place along with friends you want to play with – provided they are also registered. Once we know the full season cost we will reimburse any difference so that no one is out of pocket.

Why should you register now?

  • Once a return to return to play is announced there will be a rush to register if for no other reason to get the kids out of the house and active with mates. The window to register will be very short. Once Teams are full we close registrations so some players will miss out
  • Registering now also allows you to secure a place in a Team of choice so that you can play with your friends rather than being allocated a Team as teams fill up
  • For all Junior Teams use the $100 Active Kids Voucher and there is $Nil upfront personal cost. A top-up fee will be charged once we know how much cricket is being played

The main reason to register is captured in this great quote from a parent recently:

“Already registered and waiting 😊 bring back sport my kids are going cray crazy 🏏

What the season could look like?

Cricket is one of the few Team sports that allows natural social distancing – we are a low risk sport.

CovidSafe playing rules last season were a great success and will be refreshed to reflect new Public Health orders.


Registrations are open at Register here .

A bit of lockdown fun

If you think about it we are living through something that no one has experienced before – a pandemic that is a 1 in 100 year event. So as hard as it is see anything positive about this we are all part of history.

We have setup a dedicated Covid-19 Photo Gallery on our website as a record of Covid-19 experiences. Things like:

  • Backyard cricket
  • Corridor cricket
  • Home haircuts
  • Home schooling
  • Anything else that is even mildly interesting.

Send your photos and any stories (for our anecdotes) through to Ross Anderson at here . We are also offering a $100 prize for the best photo or story. All photos will be added to the website gallery.

Stay up to date

Stay in touch with what is happening about the start of the cricket season through our website and Facebook pages. As soon as we know any detail, you will also.

Our Leadership Team for 2021/22

Our AGM was held on Wednesday (21st July) and congratulations to our Leadership Team for our 91st season. Checkout the following link that has our Executive Committee (ExCo) – here

New Life Members

Congratulations to our new Life Members:

  • Rob Hanich (Life Member number 24)
  • Andrew Miedler (Life Member #25)

In 91 years we have only had 25 Life Members so this is a rare achievement.

To find out more about the amazing achievements of Andrew & Rob check out the following biographies – here

Outstanding Girl’s contribution

Checkout the CNSW website here for a great article on two of our high achieving Girls cricketers – Aliya Cloburt and Elysa Oliveri. To mark the opening of the new nets at Pennant Hills High Aliya and Elysa project managed the whole event:

  • Ran a mufti day and ‘bake’ sale raised $2,544 for the McGrath Foundation
  • Organised Chris Green and Matt Kean to attend the opening
  • Organised a game of Blind Cricket with non-visually impaired participants wearing specially designed cloudy glasses to help educate their fellow students on what elite cricket looked like for those who are vision impaired

Well done Ailya and Elysa.


NSW Community Club of the Year

What a great way to go into a new season and being selected as NSW Community Cricket Club of the Year – here . This recognises us as the number one ranked Community Cricket Club in NSW and reflects on innovation and inclusiveness both on and off the field – Girls cricket, All-Abilities cricket, the contribution of our women & girls Leaders and our participation over results approach.

What makes this even more amazing is that this is our 4th significant NSW or Australian level award in the last 5 years:

  • 2016/2017 – NSW Community Sports Awards (SportNSW) – Community Club of the Year – CNSW nominee
  • 2018/19 – A Sport for All – CNSW nominee for Club of the Year and Australian Runner-up
  • 2020/21 – CNSW Community Club of the Year
  • 2021 – McGrath Foundation Pink Service Award as one of their top 7 supporters Australia wide.

Well done to everyone involved in our great Club and bring on 2021/22.

Cricket Australia recognition

On Thursday 15 April 14 of our Juniors (7 x Boys & 7 x Girls) participated in a Cricket Australia instructional coaching video that will be viewed by many thousands of coaches within Australia and around the world. To be chosen by CA as the Club they want to use in this video is special. It acknowledges our focus on promoting diversity, our strong girls program and support for disability cricket.

The video will be released in August and our West Penno family will be the stars.

 2020/21 – a Season of achievement & staying in touch

The season came to a finish with the Seniors Grand Finals played on the 27th & 28th March 2021.

Thank you to all of our players, Volunteers, parents and supporters for an amazing contribution this season. This season was like no other and the effort of so many people to get the season underway and to achieve so much is a remarkable achievement.

We now look forward to 2021/22 – our 91st season.

While the season is now over, cricket doesn’t stop with lots of work going on in the background. Our website is always kept current with breaking news so make sure you lock us into your favourites and check the Club News regularly.

Seniors Awards 2020/21

A great Presentation night celebrating an amazing season was held at Castle Hill RSL on Friday 7th May 2021. We had just on 150 people attending in the main auditorium.

Congratulations to our major Award winners:

  • President’s Award – Mike Kinchington
  • Player of the Year – Tom Hando (B2)
  • Outstanding Prospect – Nikhil Ninan (B1 Blue)

In addition to this we presented an inaugural ‘Special Achievement Award’ recognising:

  • Julian & Jane Bish
  • Steve ‘Buzz’ Burrows

This Award recognises Excellence over many years and closest to Life Membership. The inscription says it all:

In recognition of your exceptional

contribution over many years to

West Pennant Hills Cherrybrook

Cricket Club

7 May 2021

Well done to all of our Award winners.

Check out the Photo Gallery – Presentation Night 2020-21.

Blowfly Cricket

Blowfly Cricket gives young people with autism, special needs &/or disabilities the chance to play organised sport. It also gives families the chance to be involved and enjoy seeing their children having fun and just enjoying life. The following link provides a great insight into Blowfly Cricket – here and the Photo Gallery – here

If you want to know more then check out our website here or give Bill Peterkin a call on 0488 110 942 or here

Juniors (mixed)

Junior Club Championship

Congratulations to our Juniors on winning the Club Championship – our first since 2008/09. After a long winning record in the early 2000’s a change in qualification criteria significantly limited the ability of large Clubs from winning.

This result doesn’t happen overnight but is the result of the collective actions of many people. The contribution of our Juniors Director’s, Julian Bish, Rob Hanich and Buzz have all contributed significantly. In our case we had 10 x Semi Finalists and 4 x Minor Premiers in the 5 Grades that have Finals with most of our Team clustered around the middle / top.

Well done to the many people who contributed over many years to get this result.

Junior Grand Finals

Congratulations to Minor Premiers who were awarded Premierships after all games were abandoned.

  1. U17s: Orange (Minor Premier & Premiers)
  2. U15s: Purple (Minor Premier & Premiers)
  3. U13s: Green (Minor Premier & Premiers)
  4. U12s: Blue (Minor Premier & Premiers)

While everyone wants games to be decided on the field, each of these Teams were the best in their Grade over the season and this is recognition of outstanding performance.

The 4 x Premierships also broke the previous record of 3 set back in 2007/08.

What makes this even more special is that our policy of ‘Participation over Results’ has seen most of our Junior Teams finish the season in a cluster around the middle or higher so well done to every other Team who either made the Semi’s or missed out. We are proud of every Team.

Juniors (Girls & Boys) – Presentation Day

The Presentation Day was held on Saturday (27th March) and congratulations to our major Award winners:

  • Junior Player of the Year (John Coulthard Award) – Luke Fullerton
  • Senior Girls Player of the Year (Lisa Sthalekar Award) – Trinity Newbury
  • Junior Girls Player of the Year ( Tina McPherson) – Teyana LaBrooy
  • Charles Booth Memorial Award (U13s) – Jacob Dawson
  • Ross Anderson Award (Rising Star) – Suhas Abeysinghe

Volunteer Awards

Without our Volunteers we wouldn’t have a Club. Congratulations to the outstanding Volunteers for this season:

  • U8 – U11 Volunteer of the Year – Indranil Mukherjee
  • U12 – U16 Volunteer of the Year – Craig Hutchinson
  • Girls Volunteer Award – Christina Phillip

Well done to all of our Award winners.


Congratulations to Seniors Grand Finalists

Congratulations to our 4 x Seniors Premiers:

  • B2 Grade (Phill)
  • C4 Grade (Rob)
  • D1 Red (Ross S)
  • D2 Grade (Nirav)

Commiserations to our Runners-up who missed out on their 3-peat attempt:

  • C2 Blue (Buzz)

Reports are in the ‘Match Report’ section of the website.

Season highlights

Congratulations to our top performers for the season:


  1. Dylan Bish (C2 Blue) – 380 runs @ 38.0 & Association’s best average
  2. Nikhil Ninan (B1 Blue) – 360 @ 72.0
  3. Praneel Singh (D2) – 344 @ 38.2
  4. Campbell Wallace (B2) – 323 @ 29.4
  5. Vedant Virmani (C3) – 307 @ 43.9


  1. Tom Hando (B2) – 36 wickets @ 8.3 & Association’s best B2 average
  2. Michael Richards (A1) – 32 @ 7.5 & Association’s best A1 average
  3. Rob Knapman (B2 Blue) –27 @ 11.6
  4. Nirav Desai (D) – 26 @ 8.0
  5. Steve Ozvatic (B2) – 23 @ 8.6


  1. Campbell Wallace (B2) – 9 catches
  2. Praneel Singh (D2) – 7
  3. Robert Fynes-Clinton (C4) – 7


  1. Sam Kirkegard (C2 Blue) – 19 dismissals (16 catches & 3 stumpings)
  2. Aden Hanich (C4) – 12 catches
  3. Manoj Indulkar (D1 Red) – 10 dismissals ( 9 catches & 1 stumping)