Anecdotes – Round 1, 2022-23 Season

We’re back

Starting this week, our Anecdotes will be updated with those items you either didn’t know or didn’t care about. How do we get these Anecdotes – from you. So if you see anything in your games that you reckon is interesting then let your friendly editor and Club Secretary (Ross A) know.

Record Team entrances

This season we are entering 14 x Senior Teams. The previous record (Club & Association) was 13 Senior Teams set in 2020/21. This now brings us up to an amazing 484 Senior Teams that have played under our Club Banner since we started in 1930/31.

How would you feel?

Imagine being 17, working as an Intern in CNSW and sitting outside a meeting room named after you. Meet our CA Young Community Leader of the Year – Danielle Chivers (pictured).

Danielle Chivers, our Junior Blasters Director and a West Penno Girls graduate, recently had the rare distinction of having a meeting room named after her at the new $50m+ CNSW Cricket Central complex. Only a handful of NSW volunteers have meeting rooms named after them in this new purpose built state of the art building.

Danielle also won the prestigious Cricket Australia Award as Young Community Leader of the Year in 2021.

Add to this being the youngest Executive Committee member in our Club’s 92 year history Danielle has already achieved extraordinary things. Keep in mind that she is about to start her HSC – amazing.

So how would you feel if you were Dani? Pretty damn good!

1,000,000 runs

At the end of last season our Senior’s had clocked up an amazing record:

  • 986,226 runs scored by West Penno Senior Teams in 64,339 innings at an average of 18.1 runs / innings
  • 989,296 runs scored against us at an average of 18.2 runs / wicket

So this season we will crack the 1,000,000 runs scored both for us and by Teams playing against us. We doubt that any Community Cricket Club with a long history would have any idea on the aggregate number scored of runs so this is a significant milestone. Given reasonable weather we reckon this will happen around January 2023.

We will track performance regularly so that stay tuned on this massive milestone.

A brush with Royalty

The loss of Queen Elizabeth 11 was a very sad time but it has also brought out many great stories. We have our own brush with Royalty with C3 Red Skipper – Cameron Croucher (pictured at Royal Ascot in 2008). As background, Cameron runs a business that transports thoroughbred horses around the world. His last major job was transporting horses to the Japan Olympics. He has also transported horses for the Sultan of Brunei and The Queen.

He had his first meeting with The Queen in 1995 when Cameron joined Australia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom at the time, Neil Blewitt AC and a former minister in the Bob Hawke Labour Government, held a trade summit at Australia House in London.

His second meeting was in 2008 at Royal Ascot! Cameron owned a racehorse (Magnus) that was being ridden by none other than Damien Oliver. To quote Cameron:

“Representing the owners of the horse, my wife and I were invited to attend the Royal Enclosure and prior to the race, the Queen was presented to all owners, trainers and jockeys. We were given a significant document details the proper protocols for the race meeting and the dress standards for entering the Royal Enclosure.

 My name tag issued by the Royal Turf Club said Mr Cameron Croucher Esquire and all of the pageantry and pomp of such an occasion was very memorable. Had our horse won the race, we would have had the trophy presented to us by Her Majesty but unfortunately it wasn’t to be – Magnus finished 4th but we have some special memories.”

The story behind our new Girls playing uniform

Last week, we launched our spectacular new Girls playing uniform and reverse colour Volunteers version. We have the enthusiastic support from the Darug Custodian Aboriginal Corporation. As part of the approval it can only be worn by females. The design was done exclusively by a local Indigenous cricket tragic and is unique to our Club. The storyline behind the design is:

“The artwork is a combination of elements visually representing West Pennant Hill Cherrybrook C.C., its Club colours, the players, the many locations they practice, play, and meet. It also depicts family and friends who watch and support them.

 The dots (different shapes and sizes) are reflective of the individual girls who play for the Club.

 On the collar and on the back below the collar, there is a symbol for woman as the girls will one day become women. They will mature thanks to the opportunities that they will derive from the sport they play with similar minded girls.

 The white concentric circles on the back right shoulder are 2 girls at a meeting place with that meeting place being a cricket pitch.

 Concentric circles on the front and lower back are meeting places where the girls train or play.

 There are two symbols that represent people seated at a game.

 CNSW gave this great coverage on their website during the week – Thunder star Anika Learoyd unveils Hills club’s new Indigenous cricket uniform | Cricket NSW

Something to look forward to is that we are working of a design for use by the broader Club that will comply with our ‘predominantly white’ requirement. Stay tuned.

Striking the jackpot

Earlier this year while we were planning the new season we had a Club Executive meeting by Zoom. So far so good. Unfortunately, Bill Peterkin, who lives in Maroota, was an apology he after getting the quadrella – Covid, a sick family plus being flooded in with no access and no power.


Great news that our former WPHC Junior, Lisa Sthalekar has been appointed President of the Federation of International Cricketers’ Association – the first woman to take on this role – Lisa Sthalekar – congratulations .

The position has previously been held by former South Africa batter Barry Richards, former West Indies all-rounder Jimmy Adams, and most recently by former England batter Vikram Solanki. Lisa played for us from the U10s to U16s (1989 to 1995). Well done Lisa.

Our 25th A1 Grade Captain

Congratulations to Cameron McBrien, our 25th A1 Grade Captain in our 65 years of having an A1 side. A bit on Cameron:

  • After graduating from Juniors, started playing in 2010/11 (B1) – in total 132 matches
  • Made his A1 debut in 2017/18
  • Has taken 169 wickets @ 19.1
  • Best bowling figures are 6/27 in 2013/14 (B1)

Well done Cam and good luck.


While on Cam

Check out the jumper he is wearing after the official handover from Phil Wurth (Captain #24). The jumper was worn by the late Jim Fuggle, Life Member (Association & Club) and legendary Association & Club administrator. Jim left us on 9th January 2002 and while in hospital under palliative care he was released days before he died to make sure the wicket for the the B1 Grade Final played at The Glade, was OK to get on. This jumper is now handed down to every A1 Captain to recognise the significance of being A1 Captain.

While on Cam (again)…

The A Grade Comp is a combined A1 & A2 Competition for the first 9 Rounds before the 4 sides that originally nominated for A1 are joinde by the top 2 remain sides in the combined A Grade competition. So for the first part of the season we will have WPHC Red and Blue sides.

So…how do you work out which side is the Blue and the Red sides. Easy – the Red side is our A1 side Captained by Cam and the Blue side is our A2 side Captained by Campbell. In the words on our Seniors Director (James Makin):

“….Also the A1 team is Red. It has to be Red when we have the great Ranga at the helm :)”