News – 18 October 2020

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.

Kingsgrove Sports Store discount

Kingsgrove Sports, our long-term supporter, is offering great discounts for the purchase of all cricket playing equipment – clothing, bats and protective equipment. This applies up until the start of the season – next Saturday (24th October).

All you need to do is to say that you are from West Penno and you get a special discount over and above the already good discount. Plus you go into a draw for some valuable memorabilia.

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.

Registrations are filling fast

The Season starts on 24th October. Registrations can be accessed via the following link – here

Registration Status (as at 18th October 2020)

  • Juniors (mixed):
    • Junior Blasters (5 to 7 years) – OPEN
    • Master Blasters (8 to 9 years) – CLOSED
    • Master Blasters – Girls Only(7 to 12 years) – OPEN
    • U10 – CLOSED
    • U11 – CLOSED
    • U12 – CLOSED
    • U13 – CLOSED
    • U14 – OPEN
    • U15 – CLOSED
    • U17 – OPEN
  • Girls:
    • U13 – OPEN
    • U15 – OPEN
    • U17 – OPEN
  • Seniors: OPEN

COVID – Return to playing Conditions

The Association has released (19/10) details of CovidSafe Playing conditions. The Association has made it clear that these will be Policy requirements and not guidelines.

We are also aware that NSW Health will be undertaking Audits with ground visits and penalties for non-compliance including potentially suspension of the competition so this is important.

The Policy requirements 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

Girls Sixers Cricket League


Registrations are open. Details are:

  • Start date: Saturday 24th October
  • Ages: combined ages 10 to 13 years
  • Registration: go to our Rego page here

Games use a hard ball. 9 players/team, 18m pitch, 45m boundary – shorter pitch and smaller boundary = more balls in play to be hit and fielded supporting better skill development for all players. 20 overs, approximately 3 hours. Games are played on Saturday afternoons on local fields.

U15s & U17s

Details are:

  • Start date: Saturday 24th October
  • Ages: the cut-off date is 31 August. So, to play U15 you need to be 14 years or younger as at 31 August 2020.
  • Registration: same as the Girls U13s

Season start


  • Start date – 24th October to 19th December (9 weeks) then January 30th to 6th March (8 weeks)
  • Semi Finals & Grand Finals – 14th to 21st March

The Association has adopted a 100% compliance to CA Junior formats across all age groups. This mainly affects Master Blasters, U9s & U11s. More detail will come on this.

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 combined 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

Helmet policy

The wearing of a helmet is now be mandatory for all players facing medium / fast bowling; fielding within 7 metres of the bat; wicket keeping up to the stumps.


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

Total = 13 Teams


To be covered by Insurance every player needs to be registered so by attending training and games without being registered is an avoidable risk. Also, we have a record number of players this season with every Team having around 13 – 15 players nominated. Selection preference will be given to financial players.

That said, if anyone is doing it tough then just let you Captain, Rick Turner or Ross A know and we will work out an arrangement so that no one misses out on playing.

Discount ends

Rego fees have a $50 discount. After the first game all fees increase by $50 so this is another incentive to become financial.

Season structure

  • Start date – 24th October to 19th December with a 2 week break staring up again on 9th January
  • Helmet policy applies
  • Season format:
    • 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 ‘Semi-Finals’. To be determined but likely to be say 1 Vs 8, 2 Vs 7 and so on
    • Final – 1 Vs 2 likely to be on 3rd & 4th April

From this season, the Association unanimously agreed to implement the helmet approach as a Policy and not part of the Rules. Batters not wearing a helmet will effectively be given Out – Timed Out.

Clothing requirements

Everyone is required please to wear a Club playing shirt and cap / sun hat – other Club kit or old favourites is not acceptable – for obvious reasons.

All Club clothing, including Training shirts can be purchased via the Club Rego page.

Jane Bish is bringing all clothing orders to the Sports Club nets next Saturday (17th October) betwern 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm.

Game availability

We understand that players can’t play every game – holidays, study, HSC, work and this is the reason we choose 14 / 15 players per side. All we ask, please is that you let your Captain know at least the week before a game so that arrangements can be made. What doesn’t go down well is a call the morning of a match of unavailability.


Our website is updated at least weekly and has all the important Club News and stories. For breaking News you need to ‘Like’ us on Facebook. We have 730 people following us and this is the main source of finding about breaking items.

Once the season starts we use TeamApp that allows us to have Live score updates. It is also used for breaking Team based News. More on this later but it is something we should all have access to so that you don’t miss anything.

Return to the Club

All Clubs are doing it tough now and the WPH Sports Club is no exception. They have been great supporters of ours over many years and even funded our nets that cost over $150,000. Now is the time that we can support them. After games, everyone is encouraged to come back to a CovidSafe environment to share a drink, soft drink, bowl of chips if only for a short time. This is also where we build such a strong Club culture of One Club and not a group of Team solos.

It is easy to become a Member of the Sports Club here and the cost is just $10 for the year. It also saves having to sign-in every time you come to the Club.

Playing equipment

In the ‘old days’ (last season), we had Club kits with protective equipment, bats, gloves and so on. In a CovidSafe world the Club kit will be no longer. It will just have stumps, maybe an old bat, cricket balls and ground markers. Every player is also required, by Association policy, to wear a helmet when batting. So if you don’t have gear then make sure you buy some before the 1st game.


Training will start from the first game. Pre-season training finishes next Saturday and the first game is on Saturday 24th October.

Training starts on Wednesday 27th October and every Wednesday thereafter. Details are:

  • When: Wednesday
  • Time: 5.30 pm to 7.30 pm
  • Where: Greenway Park