Round 9 – Day 1, 15th December

Points Table

Standings after 8 Rounds are:

  • A1 Grade – =3rd (3rd on quotient)
  • A2 – 1st
  • B1:
    • Blue (Rick) – 8th
    • Red (Gunny) – 2nd
  • B2 – 5th
  • C1 – 5th
  • C2:
    • Blue (Fieds) – 1st
    • Red (Indranil) – 5th
  • C3 – 2nd
  • D1 – 2nd
  • D2 – 5th

Match Reports

Note: after the wild storms on the weekend power has not yet been returned to over 20,000 houses in WPH Cherrybrook so match reports will follow as they come though.

A Grade Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee – in an =3rd contest we got too much rain on Friday so the match is being played as a 1-Dayer next weekend.

A2 Grade Vs Berowra 4/147 – Wow. Snumpty ‘Stranded’ Smyth lost the toss, and we bowled. Let’s talk about Snumpty. He’s on 399 wickets, but on .399 hamstrings. Things as weak as Snump’s hammy = String.

We bowled, and we bowled well, but Snumpty ‘Legless’ Smyth limped off the field, signalling he’s too old to live. Melbourne Bitter tonight will prove that.

Kitty ‘No Bucks’ Grover with 2, and Gandis ‘No Ring’ Herzog got amongst the rubble, but Fernie ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ rooted Berowra’s best out, with a snare to Pear ‘yes it rhymes!’.

Snumpty is soft. He can’t even walk. I want to glass him. In the face.

Apparently, Berowra walk when the nick. Well, they don’t.  An amazing moment occurred today. Cambo flicked his bowling marker, past Snump’s chin, in between Fernie and Pear, right into the pocked of Snump’s chair sleeve.

B1 Blue (Rick) Vs Berowra 3/96 – we arrived at Brooklyn to a lush Brooklyn Dairy oval on a beautiful sunny day for cricket. Berowra won the toss and elected to bat.

The days play was steady from both sides with neither team exerting any real influence on the game.

The game ebbed and flowed all day with momentum going backwards and forwards. The summary is that we got to the tea break at 3:30 and the storm hit about 10 minutes later forcing us to abandon play for the remainder of the day.

Berowra ended the day on 3/96 off 44 overs. Wickets were taken by Calvin ‘DJ’ Breytenbach, Andrew ‘Voice’ Driscoll and Tim ‘Hollywood’ Leyshon.

B1 Red (Gunny) 4/151 Vs Normanhurst-Warrawee – winning the toss on what was a hot day at a beautiful Normanhurst Oval we elected to bat first. With Pon running late (shout-out to Michelle for taking his keys) it was decided that Ray would open the batting with Gunny (19) because why not.

What proceeded was a blast all over the park, Ray scoring 49 with 9×4’s and 1×6 to be dismissed in the 11th over with the score at 1-65.

From here, we continued to add the runs consistently, finishing the day at 4-151 before a bit of light rain brought us off the field. Brent Larkham (41*) continued to add to his season tally, only referencing his MyCricket stats 12 times post match.

Other performers were Matty Watts (13), Prashant (11) with a 6 hitting a lightpost 3/4 the way up after stating ‘I’ll take my time today’ and Stanton ‘Pon’ Tam (8*) who steadied the flow well, drying up the pressure.

Oh and Matthew ‘Will Rudd’ Digby spent the day questioning his previous life decisions, leaving a sour taste in his mouth.

B2 Vs Bye – no game this week so we pocket 6 points for the bye.

C1 Vs Mt Colah 3/92 – an outstanding day ahead of us here at the Mt Ku-Ring-Gai Oval, with Wortho winning the toss and bowling.

Opening with Sam Hando (0-16 off 5) & Napier Gryst (2-18 off 8) bowled superbly to blunt their openers. Ably supported by Arjun Kumar (1-30 off 10), Nandu Ramesh (5 overs 5 maidens), Aseem Goswami (maiden), Waris Trehan (0-3 off 4 2 maidens), Asees Rajput (0-20 off 7), even Wortho bowled an over, had a dropped catch off this as well, the heavens then opened up.

Quick wickets next week, and a chase in front of us!

C2 Blue (Fieds) 7/138 Vs Glenorie – not our best day with batsmen batting like millionaires after having 2 ego boosting scores over 300 in the previous 2 games at Campbell Park. Lots of work to do next week and a bit of old fashioned effort next week.

C2 Red (Indranil) 4/62 Vs St Ives – driving all the way to Hassell Park with knowledge of the looming storm, the Opposition strangely asked us to bat first and the first of the season this happening for the team.

Captain Indranil opening the bat after few rounds of rest due to injury did not trouble the score books falling to an aggressive shot which just went up 90 deg.

We lost few more wickets before first drinks break, score being 3/42. Ryan Gunn (25) and Jude Boyle then steadying down the innings and at tea were 4/62.

And then storms hit us and we called it off. The outfield being slow and really stretched boundaries getting a score close to 150 will be competitive and knowing we bat till No 11 this round should consider lot of cricket still to play.

C3 Vs St Ives 6/132 – winning the toss we asked St Ives to have a bat. Knowing that storms were forecast, we wanted to make inroads into their batting.

Paul V got us off to a great start with a wicket in his first over which was followed shortly afterwards by Paul creating another chance with a catch falling just short of the field but resulting in a run out as the batsman suffered brain fade and left himself stranded halfway down the pitch. A decent partnership then developed before Buzz grabbed a breakthrough just before drinks.

The new pairing played well and advanced the scoring steadily before Xander Vink bowling an excellent spell managed to catch the edge with the ball flying high and fast towards gully where an absolutely spectacular leaping catch was held by Ross A to dismiss their best batsman!

Buzz chimed in with another wicket in the stroke of tea with storm clouds building in the near distance as we took our break.

Despite the storm approaching, we were able to grab another couple of overs after tea with Buzz grabbing a third wicket before the lightning entered the dangerous zone and we retired to the sheds only to have the rain hit about 10 mins later and the day’s play abandoned.

With 6 down for not that many, we are in a strong position to close out their innings and chase a win – just as long as we don’t have more crazy weather!

D1 2/174 Vs Berowra – Ian Digby won the toss and elected to bat first at Greenway. Ian (34) opened the batting with Al Fullerton (20) for a terrific 50 run 1st wicket stand laying the platform for what was expected to be a weather impacted day.

It was hot and humid and the guys did a great job. Not soon after both departed leaving the way for Aden Hanich (29*) and Brent Van Wck (72* week 1 only) to put on a fabulous 111* partnership off close to 20 overs.

We knew we had to get Brent in early to hopefully score some quick runs which would help us next week to set Berowra a total while giving us enough time to try and bowl them out. Just like last years game against Berowra, Brent ( aka lance cairns) hit boundaries while giving chances that were continually put down and opposition were miffed.

He hit 10 x 4’s and 2 x 6’s which equates to 52 of 72 in boundaries – this boundary is most probably is lowest of all time. Meanwhile Aden is looking like Ricky Ponting at the other end seeing his quality shots go for 1s and 2s while the unorthodox heaves at the other end were ending up at the fence. Just after tea at 37.4 overs bowled we went off for lightning rule and did not return.

This partnership has set us up for a chance of a result next week however Brent is now retired as only week 1.

D2 Vs Hornsby – match report to come.