Anecdotes – 27 October

It’s on

We have had father & son combinations playing together for many years and it is one of the great life-long experiences that a family can have. Now, for the serious side. Put aside the lovely parent child bonding stuff, but underneath this is the competitive drive with the underlying challenge about who is the best player. Almost without exception it is dad who wins out in the first season.

This season the tables have been turned. In D1 we have Craig Hutchinson playing with his youngest son Jack (14 years old).Hutchy is a long term player, who has scored just on 2,000 runs from A1 Grade to D1. It is only Round 4 but this year he might have met his match.

Craig is limited to 30 runs / innings and has so far scored 46 runs in his 3 innings – just the once retired at 30. Jack was on 68* after Day 1 and finished with 93. Game on!

Farewell

During the week, Justin Paterson, our 23rd A1 Captain and outstanding leader hung up his boots as a player. JP had his 3rd back problem in 2 years plus he is moving to Newcastle to start at new job as a PDHPE Teacher in 2020. As JP will have child minding responsibility on Saturday’s the weekly trip down the M1 is not an option.

JP has been with West Penno since he was 11 years old so 20+ years involvement and finishing as our A1 Captain is a great way to leave. As a player he debuted in Seniors in D1 Grade, 2003/04 and scored 1,581 runs @ 20 and took 279 wickets @ 12.5. What is also not widely known is that JP Captained our B2 side in 2014 to a Club record score of 4/516 (Vs Normo @ George Christie) with JP scoring 87*.

There is an old saying that whatever you take on leave it in a better state that when you came and this applies to a long career at West Penno.

So close

We came so close this weekend to a couple of big records that were almost broken:

Jack Hutchinson – youngest Seniors century scorer

Jack was on 68* overnight and finished with 93, just missing out on becoming our youngest century scorer in Seniors. If Jack had scored the ton he would have been 14 years and 24 days old. What a great achievement though and we haven’t seen the last of Jack. For the record, the current record is held by Daniel Anderson who scored 134* (C1 – 5/12/2009) who was 14 years, 6 months and 27 days old).

So…on this basis he still has the rest of the season to go to get the big one…starting next week.

Association D2 Grade opening record

Batting on after last week’s opening partnership of 178*, Ayush Tamhanka (157*) and Vishaal Nathan (47) finished on 210 – just 5 runs short of the Association D2 record standing since 2002/03. It did though smash the Club D2 record of 126 set by Captain Mike Kinchington & Ben Kinchington on 20 January 2018.

“Don’t sledge my son”

Andrew Morris (A2 Blue and pictured with Zac) opens the batting with his son Zac and they are an awesome partnership. Andrew finished yesterday with his 4th ton but had motivation. During the game, against Hornsby at The Glade, one of the Hornsby players referred to young Zac, in derogatory terms, as a 10 year-old while he was keeping. Not a good decision. As Andrew reminded the Opposition player “Don’t sledge my son” – this gave him the motivation to play a match winning innings.

“Ray must have a new bat”

It was great to see Ray Khamis back at the Club last night and celebrate a great win by his A2 boys. The ever observant Eric Junkkari (B2) welcomed Ray and commented that he must have scored runs this week as he only comes back after a good score. As it turns out, the big fella scored an important 25 for A2’s to help win the game and he did it with a new bat – let’s hope there are many more visits to the Club this season.

It wasn’t even a Big Red car

Last week we mentioned that our D1 Red boys were playing against the Yellow Wiggle (Greg) in their game against Glenorie at Glenhaven. Greg is an opening bowler and finished the day with 4/45 including the wicket of Jack Hutchinson for 93. To quote Skipper Ian Digby though:

“Biggest disappointment was that the Yellow Wiggle didn’t go home in a Big Red Car….it’s grey and….not very big. Can bowl though – would you believe he took 4/45 off a massive 21 overs”

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