Anecdotes – 20 October

Out to the Yellow Wiggle

Ian Digby (D1 Red Captain) opens the batting and on Saturday he opened against Greg Page – the world famous Yellow Wiggle and didn’t last too long before being dismissed – here. What we don’t know yet is if he celebrated the Skipper’s wicket with his trademark finger movement.

Playing against famous people is starting to be a common for the D1 boys. A couple of weeks ago they played against Steve Balbi – bass guitarist for Noiseworks and Rose Tattoo – here.

Passions & contracts run deep

Back in September 2013 a big pre-season game was played between the best of West Pennant Hills Vs the best of Cherrybrook in a Suburb Vs Suburb; mate Vs mate clash. The game was played at Cheltenham Oval and was umpired by our Club Chair, Barry McDonald.

Cam McBrien(A1) stirred emotions during the week when he asked the result. An interesting exchange between Club greats followed:

“My apologies fellas. 2012/13 was right in my SPL phase, and my SPL contract didn’t allow me to play in any other franchises. Can guarantee I wasn’t there unfortunately.” – Simon Snumpty Smyth (A2)

“Yes I remember the game, but I didn’t play either unfortunately. I’d be very confident that Cherrybrook won though – it has always been the superior suburb in every way” – James Makin (A1)

Profile of a centurion

Rohit Ninan (B1 and pictured) scored his 2nd ton for West Penno on the weekend with 109* which is our 485th ton. What makes this even more special is that he opened the innings and batted the entire the day – what a fantastic effort. So what is Rohit’s secret and how does he go out and dominate a quality attack? The secret has been unveiled:

  • Pads – use your 14 year old brother’s pads that are way too small but don’t hinder running between wickets
  • Bats – well let’s leave this one. Imagine what would happen if the bat actually had a grip on it!

Junior Blasters starts

Our Junior Blasters kicked off on Saturday for our 27th season having started way back in 1992. Formerly known as Kanga cricket we were one of the pioneers of this form of cricket within Australia. Junior Blasters is effectively a rebranded version of Kanga. This season we registered our 2,832nd Junior Blaster. While every section of our Club is important, Junior Blasters is the start and is the single most important reason why our Club is so strong – both with our players and Administrators.

This season we also have 16 Girls playing – the highest number in the age group so far. Think ahead 3 to 5 years and this will form the next generation of Girls cricketers. You can start to see how important Blasters is to the sustainability of our great Club.


What do Club legends do outside Cricket

Steve Quanborough (pictured) is one of those small band of Club legends who has played for many years and still keeps putting in. On the weekend Steve Q was again on the field but this time with the Junior Blasters passing on his batting skills.

Our latest wedding

Justin Paterson, our 23rd A1 Captain was married on Friday to his beautiful wife Claire. JP is the first of our Seniors to be married this season and present at the wedding was his equally adorable daughter Matilda (Tilly). Congratulations JP and Claire.

Famous last words

Stu Fiedler (pictured left with Tarun Lath), C1 Skipper sent a note out on TeamApp just after he won the toss in their game against ARL. After choosing to send the opposition in he commented “Won the toss, bowling first at Greenup Park….what could go wrong?”

Next TeamApp update: “ARL 0/127 at Tea”.

The boys did fight back and had ARL at 8/225 before they declared.



Will he or won’t he?

Mike Kinchington’s all conquering D2 side is on a roll. After a big win last week they have already got 1st innings points on Day 1 of the current game. After rolling ARL for 109 we are 0/178. The question is does Captain Mike close the innings over night and push for an outright or does he bat on and have a shot at breaking the Club D1 Grade opening record of 210 runs scored by Dave Meizis (123*) & Richie Cuskelly 53* Vs Kissing Point 11/2/06. Stay tuned.