News – 25 October 2020

Thank you

We have started and this has been an amazing achievement from so many people. The risk of calling out individuals is fraught but a special mention to those who have put in more than can be expected of any volunteer.

Andrew Miedler (Club President & Association President) and Rob Hanich (Association Junior Competition Secretary) have led the Association through Covid and have led us through the most difficult start-up min the Association’s long history and it has gone unbelievably well.

At Club level there are too many amazing people to mention but a special call out to our Executive Committee leaders: Buzz Burrows (Juniors), Bill Peterkin (Junior Blasters & Blowfly), Rick Turner (Seniors), Grant & Suzanna Colburt (Girls) & Jane Bish clothing plus, plus, plus……

Staying in touch

Stay in touch with what is going on through the following sources

Club level

  • Our website here is the single source of truth for everything going on. It is kept current and is the one stop shop for all info including Association draws
  • Facebook for quick breaking news. We have 741 followers and growing
  • TeamApp here for Seniors to get real time match reports & instant updates on weather. Junior Blasters also uses TeamApp for all weather broadcasts

Association level

  • here for Draws and match results

Greenway Park Community Centre

We are getting closer to having the best viewing facilities of any ground in the Shire with the completion of the Community Centre just a short time away. Significant developments coming up are:

  • 10 modules are being moved from Parkwood to Cherrybrook this week
  • The modules start arriving at 6am on Tuesday 27 , Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 October
  • The Crane will arrive on Thursday 29 October and will leave at mid-day 30 October.

This will mean approximately 100m x 20m of the lower level ground will be fenced off from 6am Tuesday 27 October to mid-day Friday 30 October.

Sports Club Merger

On Monday 9th November the Sports Club is having a Special General Meeting to decide on merging with The Mounties Group. Mounties are a large sporting Club and have a long history in supporting local sporting groups. So we will look with interest how this decision goes.

Coaching Accreditation – Female only

CNSW is offering a series of female only Community Coach Accreditation courses to female coaches.

If you are a mum coaching your son or daughter, a senior player who may be looking to transition into coaching or just looking to help out our Club the Cricket NSW Female Community Coaching Accreditation Series is for you.

Courses will be run across Metropolitan Sydney and Country NSW with the aim of increasing the number of skilled and accredited female coaches across NSW.

Next steps

  • Complete the Introduction to Coaching online modules
  • Log in to here and click “Launch Learning” (This will take a little while to load)
  • Choose a Course venue listed on the website. The nearest one to us is at Lindfield Oval on Friday 23 between 5.30 pm & 9.30 pm.

Season start

Competition start

The Season is underway, starting on Saturday 24th October for: Junior Blasters Juniors, Girls and Seniors.

The start-up schedule for our remaining Grades is:

  • Junior Blasters (Girls Only) – starts Friday 30th October @ Thornleigh Oval
  • Blowfly – Friday 30th October @ James Henty Oval


Registrations remain open for the following Grades:

  • Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years)
  • Master Blasters – Girls Only (7 to 12 yearrs)
  • Juniors:
    • U14s
    • U17s
  • Girls
  • Seniors

To register – just go via the following link: here

COVID – Return to playing Conditions

The Association CovidSafe Playing conditions are:


Players are advised to use a hand sanitiser prior to taking the field at the start of a match and prior to resumption of play following a break. Players should:

  1. OBEY Physical Distancing, both on and off the field.
  2. NOT use saliva or sweat to polish the ball.
  3. NOT lick your fingers.
  4. NOT high five or shake hands in the celebration process.
  5. AVOID spitting.
  6. NOT share towels.
  7. NOT share drink bottles.


  • The Fielding Team Captain, or their delegate, is responsible for the cleaning of the ball, using an alcohol-based spray and microfibre cloth at the fall of a wicket and scheduled breaks in play.
  • The umpire(s) (CAPTAINS), are to supervise this practice and ensure that it is carried out as prescribed.

A fielder may:

  • Polish the ball on their clothing provided that no artificial substance or saliva or sweat is used.
  • Remove mud from the ball under supervision of the umpire
  • Dry a wet ball on a cloth that has been approved by the umpire.


At the fall of a wicket, the player in possession of the ball should place the ball at the base of the stumps from which the next delivery will be bowled.

At the conclusion of a session, the fielding captain should place the ball back in the original box OR a plastic bag and give it to the umpire; this process is repeated at the end of play.



If a player unintentionally, through habit, in the opinion of the umpire, deliberately applies saliva or sweat on the ball (this includes a player licking his/her finger prior to gripping the ball), the umpire, in the first instance, should:

  1. Call dead ball
  2. Call the player and their captain and inform them of the breach of the Playing Condition
  3. The umpire will issue a first warning to the player and their captain, and record the name of the offending player and the time of the incident.
  4. The umpire will direct the captain to undertake the ball cleaning procedure prior to play recommencing.
  5. Play may then continue.

If a player, following a second and final warning, in the opinion of the umpire, deliberately applies saliva or sweat on the ball (this includes a player licking his/her finger prior to gripping the ball), the umpire should:

  1. Call Dead Ball.
  2. Call the player and their captain and inform them of the third or thereafter breach of the Playing Condition.
  3. The umpire will report the incident as a repetitive breach, to the Executive Officer of the HKHDCA by email within 24 hours of the conclusion of the days play.
  4. The umpire will direct the captain to undertake the ball cleaning procedure prior to play recommencing.
  5. Play may then continue.

NOTE: Umpires (including player umpires) will award a five-run penalty to the batting side, if in their opinion, the offence has been committed more than twice by a player within the innings, and continue to do so if further breaches by that player are observed and noted.

NOTE: It is recommended that the SQUARE LEG Umpire be primarily responsible for observing the fielding team’s adherence to the above protocols with regard to the cleaning/polishing of the ball, in concert with their colleague, however, it is not to be considered that only they are monitoring the observations.


If the bowler wishes to bowl without their cap or hat, there are three options:
The bowler may leave their hat/cap outside of the boundary, if they are fielding near or on the boundary, when not bowling.


 2. The bowler may place their hat/cap behind the keeper, as is the usual situation with helmets at rest, however, no penalty runs will be awarded if the ball hits the hat/cap on the ground behind the keeper.


3. The bowler may, with the permission of the umpire, place their hat/cap at the mark commencing their run, however, no penalty runs will be awarded if the ball hits the hat/cap on the ground behind the BOWLERS END STUMPS.


The umpires should be the only people to set the stumps prior to play, each umpire responsible for their end stumps only, initially and when resetting the stumps.

When only one umpire is present, they will be responsible for the stumps at both ends.

ESSENTIAL EQUIPMENT: To be supplied by each captain/team/club

  1. Hand sanitizer
  2. Alcohol based spray (ISOCOL) and microfibre cloth.


Paper Team Sheets are to be completed in line with the competition rules, but NOT exchanged. It is recommended that the Umpires and the captains may take a photo of the team sheets to enable the information to be accessible throughout the match.


Each team should IDEALLY have the necessary electronic scoring device available for live scoring on MYCRICKET.

Women & Girls Cricket

Master Blaster – Girls Only (aged 7 to 12 years)

After the great success last season the Girls Only Master Blaster program is on again this season. Games are run in local Hubs (our hub is Thornleigh Oval) with Girls from:  West Penno / Cherrybrook, Normanhurst/ Warrawee, Beecroft, Pennant Hills, Thornleigh & Castle Hill.

Details are:

  • When:
    • Friday’s from 30th October to 11th December
    • Restarting 29th January to 12th March
  • Time: 6.00 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Where: Thornleigh Oval
  • Cost: $100 for the pre-Christmas season and $150 for the full season

Other Grade available

Competition has started and Registrations are taken throughout the season. Teams are:

Girls Sixers League

  • U13s
  • U15s
  • U17s


Team Entrances

An amazing achievement in a Covid world with 40 Teams entered (+1). This also covers selections with surplus players in each Grade to cover shortages. This is equal to the previous record of 40 Teams in 2015/16. Team entrances this season are:

  • MasterBlasters – 11 Teams (this now covers U8s & U9s) = 10 teams last season
  • U10s – 6 Teams
  • U11s – 5 Teams
  • U12s – 5 Teams
  • U13s – 3 Teams
  • U14s – 3 Teams
  • U15s – 4 Teams
  • U 16s & 17s – 3 Teams

Season schedule

  • Season start – 24th October
  • Christmas / New Year break –
  • Re-start
  • Season end


Team Entrances

Another extraordinary achievement in such a difficult time with 13 Teams being entered. This is +1 on last season and another Club & Association record. Team entrances and Captains are:

  • A1 Grade – Phil Wurth
  • A2 Grade – Michael Gunn
  • B1
    • Red – Rick Turner
    • B1 Blue – Rob Knapman
  • B2 – Phill Hando
  • C1 – Joseph Cooray
  • C2:
    • Red – Stu Fiedler
    • C2 Blue – Buzz Burrows
  • C3 – Indranil Mukherjee
  • C4 – Rob Hanich
  • D1:
    • Red – Ian Digby
    • D1 Blue – Ross Smith
  • D2 – Nirav Desai

Season format

The 2020/21 format is:

  • 12 games (Vs the 14 in a normal season)
  • 4 x 1-day games
  • 7 x 2 day games
    • Breaks:
      • Last game before Christmas – 19th December
      • Re-start – 9th January 2021
    • Hybrid ‘Super Round’ to finish the season played on 13th & 20th March 2021. This will be a 1 Vs 8, 2 Vs 7 and so on
    • Final – 1 Vs 2 on 27th & 28th March


Training starts on Thursday 28th October and every Thursday thereafter. Details are:

    • When: Wednesday
    • Time: 5.00 pm to 7.30 pm
    • Where: Greenway Park

Match Reports

Check out the Match Report section of the website to get the latest match updates of every grade.

Personal achievements

The Home page of our website has updated accomplishments and tracking updates to personal milestones. This is always current.