Anecdotes – 8 March 2020

Grand Finalists – a short history

Congratulations to our Semi Finalists:

  • A2 Blue Gunny) – 3rd
  • C1 Red (Phill) – 1st
  • C2 (Indranil) – 4th
  • C3 (Buzz) – 1st
  • D1 Blue (Rob) – 3rd
  • D2 (Mike) – 3rd

With a win putting us into the Grand Final on 21st & 22nd March it is interesting to look at at history of winning once we are in the big one:

  • A2 Grade has been in 11 x Grand Finals with a success rate of 54% (6 wins)
  • C1 has been in 20 x Grand Finals @ 60% success (12 wins)
  • C2 played in 18 x Grand Finals @ 72% (13 wins)
  • C3 played in 5 x Grand Finals @ 60% success (3 wins)
  • D1 played in 9 x Grand Finals @ 55% success (5 wins)
  • D2 played in 9 x Grand Finals @ 44% success (4 wins)


A long term record – soon to be broken?

The only time an Australian Women’s team won a Home Cricket World Cup was back in December 1988 – our bicentennial year. Playing in the ODI was our own Denise Annetts (Anderson) who scored 48* in Australia’s score of 2/129 (chasing 7/127). Denise (pictured 2nd right with bat and pads with the winning Australian Team) also hit the winning runs with a straight drive for 4 on a full sized MCG. Denise’s record for Australia is: 10 Tests (1987-1992) scoring 819 runs (average 81.90) with 2 centuries & 43 ODI’s (1985-1993) scoring 1,126 runs (average 41.70) with 1 century. Denise is also a Life Member of the MCC (Lord’s), The Melbourne Cricket Club (MCG), Sydney Cricket Ground plus Patron of our Association, Coaches Association and Blowfly Cricket. Her playing record can be seen – here

Fast forward 32 years and the Australian Women’s Team play in the T20 Final against India also at the MCG in front of what will be a massive crowd. Let’s hope this record becomes a sequel to this big game.


Celebrating our Women Achievers

International Women’s Day allows us to highlight another of our Women high achievers. Lisa Sthalekar, played all her Junior cricket for WPHC (U10 to U16) taking the winning catch against the West Indies in the ICC World Cup Final on 17 February 2013.

In this photo Lisa jumps in the air to celebrate the fall of the last West Indies wicket, winning the ICC Women’s World Cup 2013 at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, February 17, 2013. Australia won the match defeating West Indies by 114 runs.

Lisa’s achievements are significant. She played Junior Boys cricket with us from the U10s (1989) through to the U16s (1995) and then followed the pathway through to International stardom, making her ODI debut in 2000/01. Read the following link: here

Lisa retired on 17 February 2013 (immediately after the game where this catch was taken) having played her first International game on 15 February 2003.

Lisa’s achievements are significant. Lisa is our first Allan Border winner (2006-07). She was the Australian Women’s Vice Captain.

In 2007/08 the AB Medal for women was changed to the “Belinda Clark Medal” and Lisa was the inaugural winner of this Award as the outstanding Women’s cricketer in Australia.

In 2015 she was invited to be an Honorary Life Member of the MCC – one of only 61 Australians and 5 women. Our own Denise Annetts is also a Life Member.

Calm before the storm

Ben Meikle (A2 Blue) has now taken 28 wickets and puts him at #2 in the top wicket takers list for our Club. On Day 1 of the Semi Final Vs Berowra the boys were struggling at 0/73 at lunch. Deciding to have a power nap, not uncommon for Ben before he unleashes, turned it on. Ben finished with 6/44 from 24 overs to put us in the box seat going into Day 2.

Space Cadet

Zach Turner (B1) came along to support the C3 boys in their Semi-Final at Les Shore on the weekend. Our boys, Minor Premiers, were playing 4th placed St Ives and were struggling early. Zach, always the thinking person’s cricketer, asked “Are they any good?” This is usually not a bad question except that this is a Semi Final and by definition they must be in the top 4 sides in the Comp.

Father and son combinations – head to head

So who is the better player – father or son. We have lots of father / sons playing for us but looking at those full-time players it is interesting to see who comes out best. We did an analysis over our father (10) and son (15) ‘head to head’ partnerships:

Digby’s – Ian (D1) & Matt (B2); Hanich’s – Rob & Aden (D1); Hando’s – Phill, Sam, Tom, Jack & Harry (C1 Red); Larkham’s – David (D1 Blue) & Brent (A2 Red); Meikle’s – Ben (A2 blue) & Andy (A2 Red); Morris’s – Andrew & Zac (A2 Blue); Schwartzel’s – Warren, Daniel & Matt (C1 Red); Turner’s – Rick, Alex and Zac (B1); Vink’s (Paul & Xander (C3); Vella’s – Darryl & Thomas (D1 Blue).

The results

  • Batting:
    • Fathers – 1,602 runs @ 25.8
    • Sons – 2,251 runs @ 22.3
  • Bowling:
    • Sons – 99 wickets @ 19.0
    • Fathers – 88 wickets @ 20.9

Some other interesting outcomes:

  • Most runs: 806 runs by Andrew (559) and Zac Morris (247)
  • Most wickets: 62 wickets by the Hando clan Sam (14), Tom (18), Jack (27) & Harry (3).


Last word on TeamApp this season – if you don’t have this free App then you don’t know what you are missing. For those following Day 1 of the Semi Finals on Saturday you got live updates of scores some interesting stories from around the grounds. To give you an indication of how popular this is on Day 1 of the Semi Finals we had an amazing 8,742 hits on the live scores. So with Day 2 of the Semi’s coming up next weekend plus the Grand Finals it is worth spending 2 minutes to get the App.