News – August 2021

Season start 

29th August update

While there are a lot of unknown’s about Covid-19’s, as NSW powers towards a 70% vaccination coverage, the future is starting to take shape.

Cricket NSW has advised this week:

“We encourage all clubs and associations to plan for and work towards a season commencement date in the October-November period.”

As a guide, we started last season on 24th October so if vaccination rates continue the current momentum we are on track to have a season similar to last year. While things change quickly with Covid take this as a guide on what we know now and not a firm committed restart date.

Once a return to play decision is made we want to get back on the field quickly. Registrations have the longest lead-times. To bring registrations forward and provide comfort that fees will be set based on how much cricket is played.

Our Club Executive met during the week to agree a ‘return to play’ plan.

Registration fees

Effective now, our fee structure is:

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 guaranteed 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 are going to setup a dedicated Covid-19 page 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.

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) – View – Club Executive

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 – View – Life Member biographies

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 AiIya 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.

PlayHQ initiative

As covered previously, Cricket Australia is migrating from MyCricket to a new platform – PlayHQ. Trials start on 1 July 2021 with the Junior Blasters before staggered migration of all cricket data into the new system over the next 12 months. 

The following link gives an update on the latest progress – here

Based on registration numbers last season, we expect approximately ~500 programs and 12,000 participants coming onto the PlayHQ platform from July 2021 until June 2022.

Blowfly Cricket

After a great season, Blowfly Cricket finished on Friday 26th March. Next season will be even bigger and better than the season just completed.

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.

Points table

Final standings at the end of the standard competition (6th March) are:



Orange 1st  ,Red 3rd; White 4th
U15s Purple 1st; Blue 4th; Green =7th (7th on quotient); Orange =7th (8th on quotient)
U14s Red =3rd (4th on quotient), Blue 5th; White =6th (6th on quotient)
U13s Green 1st ;Blue 8th ; Orange 14th
U12s Blue 1st; Orange =2nd (3rd on quotient); Green =2nd (4th on quotient); Red =7th (8th on quotient); Gold =11th (11th on quotient)
U11s No competition
U10s No competition
MasterBlasters No competition

Girls & Women’s Programs

Women’s Social Cricket

Also a great season that had its last game on Wednesday 24th March at Mark Taylor Oval. Keep a look out for next season and experience this amazing opportunity.

Round results


The last game of the season for the Girls was played on 13th March 2021.

Grand Final

WPHC Sthalaker 69 lost to Normanhurst-Warrawee 1/119

A wonderful way to finish the season with the GF match against 1st placed Normo. After being sent in to bat Normo powered to 1/119 in their 20 overs at Karuah Oval. Scores from our Girls aren’t yet loaded but we struggled to 69 all out in 19 overs against a good quality side. While we lost the game we had a great season.

Plate Final

WPHC Annetts 0/20 defeated Kissing Point 19

The Plate Final game finished with a big win for the girls to finish off the season in style. Bowling first, we rolled Point for just 20 in 19 overs with our best bowlers being: Shreeya Jai Krishna Prabhu 2/2; with a wicket each to Olivia Lownds 1/2; Amy Eade 1/5 and Trisha Yadav 1/1.

Batting was over in the blink of an eye – getting the ruins in just 4 overs. So we finished the season on  a high and just 1 point off the top 4.

Final standing

U13 Sixers

Sthalaker 3rd
  Annetts 5th

U15 Senior Girls Sixers (North Shore)

The Final Club Round (16 was played on Saturday 13 March) and Semi Finals on 20th March. Results are:

WPHC Lanning 4/88 defeated Lane Cove Perry 29

After being sent in we cruised to a comfortable 4/88 in our 20 overs. Top score was by Trinity Newbury with 10 retired in 21 deliveries. Our turn to bowl and demolished Lane Cove in just 9 overs. Elysa Oliveri got the best figures with 3/5 and Cassidy McArthur finished with 3/8.

This moved us to =5th spot with 4 wins from our 9 games with one match to go.

Senior Sixers Lanning 5th


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)

Season highlights


  • Dylan Bish (380), Nikhil Nina (360) and Praneel Singh (344) were the highest run scorers for the season
  • The highest score was Michael Gunn’s 129 (A2), followed by Gav Taylor’s 114 (A1)
  • Not a lot of movement in the highest all-time run tallies.  We have 6 current players in the top 10, which hasn’t changed
  • Steve Quanborough and Praneel Singh now have the best batting averages of all time in D1 and D2 respectively (out of the players who’ve scored more than 1000 runs in that grade)


  • Tom Hando (36), Michael Richards (32) and Rob Knapman (27) were the leading wicket takers for the season
  • Josh Elliott took the best figures of 7 for 36.  Honourable mentions to Parin Pillamarri (6/4), Joseph Siby (6/7) and Nirav Desai (also 6/7)
  • Also no movement in the top 10 wicket takers, with the same 3 current players unchanged
  • Craig Hutchinson now has the best bowling average of all time in C1 (players with over 100 wickets in that grade)


  • Samuel Kirkegard (22) and Ryan Gunn (18) took the most dismissals for the year
  • Ryan made 8 stumpings, which is one short of Steven Rochow’s 2012/13 record (we only have stats back to 2010 for this one)
  • Campbell Wallace and Gihan Thebuwanage took the most non-keeper catches (9), and Andrew Morris the most run outs (3)

Final Team standings at the completion of the normal season (6th March 2021) are:

A1 (Phil W) 3rd
A2 (Gunny) 5th

Red (Rick)

Blue (Knapper)



B2 (Phill H) 1st
C1 (Joseph) =4th (5th on quotient)

Red (Stu)

Blue (Buzz)



C3 7th
C4 1st



=3rd (3rd on quotient)


D2 1st