Round 9 – Day 2, 22nd December

Points Table

Standings after 9 Rounds are:

  • A1 Grade – =3rd (3rd on quotient)
  • A2 – 1st
  • B1:
    • Blue (Rick) – 8th
    • Red (Gunny) – 1st
  • B2 – 5th
  • C1 – 6th
  • C2:
    • Blue (Fieds) – 1st
    • Red (Indranil) – 5th
  • C3 – =1st (2nd on quotient)
  • D1 – 2nd
  • D2 – 5th

Match Reports

A Grade drew with Normanhurst-Warrawee – unfortunately Berowra Oval was unplayable after the storms from Thursday so no play has been possible in this match. We take away 2 points after the Drawn result.

A2 Grade 6/155 drew with Berowra 206 – some innovative A2 thinking saw Fernie ‘Captain’s Ticket’ Meikle become the 3rd Captain of the game, as he led A2’s onto the field, with weather about as cold as a Luke Herzog Christmas card to Berowra.

Berowra moved onto 4/198, before a run of 6/8 saw them dismissed for 206. Chief destroyers were Gandis ‘M-Cooper’ Herzog with 4 wickets and Fernie with 3. Special mention to LMac ‘Schnitzel Thrower’ McBrien, who’s legside stumping had the finesse of a tsunami.

Set 207 to win, we started aggressively, with Volc ‘My Parents Don’t Come To Watch Me’ Banner and JMac ‘Volc’s Parents Come To Watch Me’ McBrien both finding the boundary early. Volc even attempted to shorten the car park side boundary fence for our batsmen, by trying to drive his car through it pre-game.

Volc was then joined at the crease by Pear ‘Ellyse’ Partridge, as the 2 looked to set up our run chase. The partnership’s highlight was when Pear launched a 6 over long off, which was headed straight for Gandis’ car. As Gandis was umpiring, the rest of the team did the right thing by not trying to stop this collision, only to boo Pear loudly when the ball only hit the side of his car on the bounce. A broken windscreen would have surely sent Gandis broke, and further delay the engagement ring that Kaity, and the bucks that A2’s, both truly deserve.

Anyway, after losing some wickets, Keats ‘McRib’ Keating (20*) and Cambo ‘Best McBrien’ McBrien (19*) saw off the last 50 minutes, to see us finish at 6/155. Pear showed that not only can he chainsaw willow, but he can swing it too, to top score with 57.

Although not a win, the result keeps us clear at the pointy summit of the ladder, with other teams down the gooch.

A2’s would like to wish everyone a Merry Boxing Day, and we will see you for roll call at 10am.

B1 Blue (Rick) 3/47 drew with Berowra 4/178 dec – Berowra resumed today at 3/96. We thought they might chase some quick runs to set a target and set about trying to bowl us out.

Well we were sadly wrong. Berowra proceeded to score a pedestrian 21 runs off the first 20 overs of the days play. There was a complete lack of intent. It seemed that Berowra were more intent on not losing the game rather than trying to win it.

Changes were made constantly looking for a breakthrough. Berowra batted for a further 45 overs today and added 82 runs for the loss of one wicket. The wicket was snared by Raffa. Best of our bowling Calvin ‘DJ’ Breytenback 1/26 (20 overs), Andrew ‘Voice’ Driscoll 1/40 (13.5), Tim ‘Hollywood’ Leyson 1/8 (8) and Allan ‘Raffa’ Raffell 1/5 (3.1).

Special mention to Kyle ‘Fabs’ Faber who bowled 4 overs, 1 maiden 0/10 in a tidy spell.

Berowra declared at tea setting us 179 for victory in about 35 overs. The task was unachievable and we batted out the day. The highlight was 2 sixes from Cooper Goddard. We finished the day at 3/47 in a tame draw. We look forward to the break and a good second half of the season.

B1 Red (Gunny) 9/194 dec defeated Normanhurst-Warrawee 98 – we arrived on day 2 very hungover and keen to score some quick runs continuing on from 4-151.

Brent ‘still drunk’ Larkham (49) continued on from 41 to reach 49 before deciding raising his bat would be too much work and running himself out on a suicide single, before Kyle ‘quacker’ Townsend got a gem of a nut first ball to be on his way for a golden.

This brought Justin ‘lucky day’ Edwards to the crease who hit his first six not at Fred Cat 4 on his way to a critical 20*, allowing us to declare at 9-194 to dangle the carrot for Normanhurst with a minimum of 57 overs

With the ball, Jedwards (5-38) found himself taking the first 5 wickets of the match to have Normanhurst 5-65 at tea, having the ball on a string swinging it both ways and leaving the Normo batsman looking silly. From here, a team effort to clean up the tail saw us claim the points with Nathaniel Chidgey and Matthew Digby claiming a wicket each, Aaron Hawkins 2 and a brilliant runout from the boundary from Kyle Townsend.

Last thing, a big thanks to Captain Mike Kinchington (D2 Skipper) for coming along and fielding after his match was abandoned after the storms last weekend.

This result is the third game in a row where we’ve managed to bowl the opposition out for under 100, and thanks to Rick’s team grabbing a draw, we’ve managed to finish off 2018 on the top of the ladder.

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

C1 7/144 drew with Mt Colah 160 –continuing on from last week Mount Colah were 3-92, we ripped through the rest of them in 25 overs all out 160. Napier Gryst (5-35 off 14) & Sam Hando (3-35 off 14) were the stars with the ball, with Arjun Kumar (1-37 off 16).

We set about our batting with a controlled tempo 42 overs to chase a fairly par score. With the run rate climbing we lost wickets regularly throughout our innings at one stage 6-65, Tim Worthington (17) & Asees Rajput (47) brought the game back into our favour needing 90 off 14, these 2 ran kamikazely to great effect with a 56 run partnership

Wortho out with 5 overs to go with the score at 121, we were still on it, 40 needed, 23 off 6, we fell 16 short in an entertaining draw, merry Christmas all and a happy New Year!

C2 Blue (Fieds) 168 lost to Glenorie 9/169 – starting the day with 7/138 the Barry’s continued scoring at a fast pace. Mick was dismissed for our top score of the innings with 34 and Jack out for 14. Warren added a handy 13 runs until getting out to a freakish catch. We finish all out for 168.

The boys were eager to play under the experienced Tarun for the first time this season. Avi and Jack kept the pressure on the batsmen with both finishing with three wickets each. Gian, Warren and Stu all chipped in with a wicket each as well.

Unfortunately Glenorie were the better side today chasing down the runs in the last over resulting in a thrilling end to the match. A good fight from West Penno but Glenorie were too good for us today handing us our first loss for the season.

C2 Red (Indranil) 8/158 dec drew with St Ives 3/31 – start of week 2 we had only one plan to execute and that is to bat deep before we get in to any position to defend a total. The not out batsmen from Week 1 did not disappoint and put on 30 more runs before losing Ben Kinchington (11) at the first drinks break. Jude Boyle continued to bat on patiently and made some good partnerships with Ben Dunkerley (10) and Nikki O’Meara (27*) and at tea we were on 7/130.

Jude (46) was unlucky not to get his fifty but a real hard-fought innings batting more than 58 overs and more than 5 hours on field, a great show of resilience. We declared after crossing the 150 mark giving us about 25 odd overs to have a go at the Opposition.

The bowlers did not disappoint and were able to take 3 quick wickets, all taken by Ben Kinchington, but time was not on our side.

After 21 overs we decided to call off the game with no result possible. With a draw against the No 2 side in the ladder we are now in a situation for must win games after the holiday break to make it to the Top 4. Wish all players and their families Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

C3 8/166 defeated St Ives 163 – with the Opposition 6/132 we went about cleaning up their remaining batsmen as quickly as possible. Many chances were created with a number of frustrating edges just falling wide of fielders, but Paul Vink bowled a great spell to collect the last 4 wickets and return the fantastic figures of 5/29! (Nothing was going to deny the ruthless spirit of the fast opening bowler in him – he even bounced the female Opposition Captain who was batting number 11!)

With 164 needed to win off 50 odd overs and the outfield much, much slower after the rain, we went about the task to steadily accumulate the runs we needed. We lost a wicket early but partnerships built from here with John Rose top scoring (31) and valuable contributions from Xander (29), Buzz (22) and Will (20) keeping us on track.

In the end it was left to the pair of youngsters, Connor and Riley to close the game out and they did an excellent job with clever placement and aggressive running to see us home with half a dozen overs to spare.

A great effort which used all of our depth to see every player contributing to the win. 6 wins on the trot heading into the Christmas break is a great feeling, but we have some tough games in the New Year, so looking forward to those challenges after the break.

Wishing a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all the West Penno players and families.

D1 6/222 dec drew with Berowra 6/121 – resuming overnight 2 for 174 the plan was to bat for 7.5 overs and score 40 – 50 runs and get 60 overs minimum to bowl Berowra out. Brent was only week 1 so Quan (22) joined Aden Hanich (32) in the middle until Aden departed in attempt to score quick runs. Roshan (4) came and went and Quan and Josh Elliott (11*) with Siby (4*) got us to 6 for 222 after 7.5.

Our turn to bowl and it was Roshan (1/13) with the only wickets at drinks, Berowra 1 for 33. After drinks Disco Larkham (2/23) took the next 2 wickets and when Siby Joseph (1/28) took the 4th wicket we were well and truly on top. At tea, Berowra were 4/54.

At resumption, the Berowra Captain showed intent to try and chase down the runs until Josh Elliott (1/34) took his wicket with the dolly catch caught by Disco Dave.

Roger (1/5) then removed the no .7 well caught by Gautam “did I get married when in India” Ayyar. Berowra 6/82.

Mitch “I do not like ping pong tours” Keetels (0/6) bowled well without luck.

From there Berowra shut up shop and saw out the day 6 for 121.

Even though disappointing not to win a lot of positives came out of the bowling with some improved performances.

D2 drew Hornsby 5/115 – after the storms last weekend Campbell Park is unplayable. Both Clubs were given the opportunity to play another game at a different ground but Hornsby took the option of a draw so we finished up with this result.