Anecdotes – 22 December

Lauren Kua – our latest Australian Representative

During the week, Lauren Kua (pictured with Lauren Smith and Andrew Miedler) was selected in the Australian U18 Women’s side. Lauren is now our 2nd WPHC Junior (behind Lisa Sthalekar) and our 3rd WPHC alumni (Denise Annetts) to be chosen for an Australian side.

Lauren played with our Girls between 2015/16 and 2017/18. She scored 429 runs @ 61.29 with a top score of 46 retired. As a bowler, she took 15 wickets @ 14.73. In 2016/17 she was named as our Junior Girls Player of the Year.

She now plays Brewer Shield for Gordon. Testing the memory, Lauren was about 2 or 3 years under age throughout her Juniors career.

Well done Lauren on this wonderful achievement and still a lot more to come.


Abandoned weekend

All cricket was cancelled this weekend (21 December) due to forecast high temperatures (43-44 degrees), poor air quality and the closure of grounds in the Hornsby Shire due to ‘Catostrophic’ fire risk conditions.  This is only the 3rd time in our Association History that all games have been cancelled.

The most recent time this has happened was on Saturday 11th February 2017 due to predicted heat. Temperatures hit 46.9 degrees at Penrith.

An extract from our History provides an insight into the worst instance – way back in 1913:

“Fire has been a constant in our Bushland Shire. The worst recorded fires were on Monday 27 January 1913 when the whole of Hornsby was almost burned and saved only by a wind shift. The worst fires of more recent times were between August 1993 and January 1994 – now referred to as the ‘Eastern Seaboard Fires’. On one weekend during this period the fires were so bad that all games were called off to allow players to be able to fight the fires or potentially save homes. There were also concerns about player welfare due to the heavy smoke pall over the Shire”

Up there with the best

Andrew Morris (pictured right, with son Zac) scored his 2,000th run last weekend and earned a place in the record books along the way. He has now scored 2,004 runs in 49 innings @ 47.71. If this isn’t impressive enough it is by a bloke who hadn’t played for almost 20 years before picking up the bat in 2016/17 when his son, Zac started playing Seniors.

But wait, there is more….

  • Andrew is ranked at number 91 in our all-time top run scorers list (after just 3 years)
  • He is the 2nd fastest to reach 2,000 runs, taking just 49 innings. The fastest to do so is the great Laurie Tuckerman (A1) in 1951/52 who took 39 innings
  • The next best is Matt Venables (A1 & A2) who did it in 56 innings between 1991/92 and 1998/99. Matt retired at just 24 years of age.

So by any measure, Andrew is up there with our highest achievers.

Grey Power

Our A1 Grade batting finally clicked on the weekend. The commentary from James Makin (pictured) says it all:

“Yesterday was pensioner’s day in A1. With a combined age of just over 90 years, we think we might have witnessed the most “experienced” A1 Grade century partnership in the Club’s history. Inspirational skipper Phil (Zimmerframe) Wurth (62) scored his second 50 in a row, supported by James (having hair is overrated) Makin with 80.

 Let’s hope there’s plenty more to come from the Balding Bash Brothers.”

Unfortunately there are no records of ‘aged care’ centurians but let’s hope this is the first of many more from these wonderful players.