Anecdotes – 13 October

Registrations – a few insights

With Registrations still coming in for BlowFly, Junior Blasters, Master Blasters (Girls only) & Seniors it is interesting to look at a couple of insights into this season:

  • We have 755 players representing our great Club which is a new record
  • Overall we have:
    • 93 x Junior Blasters (Kanga)
    • 39 x Junior Boys Teams
    • 12 x Seniors Teams
    • 5 x Girls Teams (includes an All-Girls Master Blaster team)
  • For our Girls we have another record participation level with 65 Girls (8.6% of total registrations) playing from Junior Blasters to U17s. Add to this our female Blowfly players and this is a great result.

One last thing, we don’t exist without our amazing Volunteers. How about this for an amazing contribution from our people. When you include our Coaches, Managers, Scorers, Gear stewards, Age Convenor and Club Executive Members we come in at an amazing 274 volunteers. If you are looking for a reason why our Club is so strong – this goes a long way to explaining it.

Space Cadet

We usually reserve this great acknowledgement for one our own – it is like a badge of honour, Just ask the great Eric Junkkari (pictured) who has been to space and back more times than anyone. Alas, this week an Opposition Captain is the winner.

In the C3 game just completed, the Opposition were 7/44 overnight, chasing 144. Before play started, the Opposition Captain advised that their last remaining batsman was unavailable this week and that he was declaring the innings closed and that he was sending us back in to bat.

Buzz then gave this offer a nanosecond’s thought and cordially advised that actually, they could have a 2nd bat as he enforced the follow on! Somehow they hadn’t reckoned on that?! The result – they were rolled for 40 before the first drinks break and we got 10 points.

What a difference a season makes

Earlier this season we highlighted that our D1 side from last season received just 1 LBW all season – 666.4 overs or 4,000 deliveries! We gave 11 decisions.

The tide turned. In Round 1 the boys received 2 in the same match. While not expecting a lot more this season it is a pleasant surprise.

The long way home

This brings to mind the famous Supertramp song – here (sorry about that but any excuse for something different). Each season we have special players who travel a long way to play for us.

We have the usual great Club people who travel long distances to play. In Seniors we have:

  • Simon ‘Sumpty’ Smyth (B1) – travels from San Remo a 190 kilometre round trip or 2 hours 20 mins
  • Bill Peterkin (Kanga Director)– comes from Maroota which is a 74 klms round trip or 70 mins
  • Dan Costigan (A1 & pictured right) – Wyoming – a 130 kilometre round trip or 104 mins

In the Juniors, folks come as far afield as Bateau Bay to play– 170 kilometres or 2 hours 20 mins there and back.

While on travel
This brings to mind a story about the early years of our Club. This is an extract from our Club history that is on the website:

“In the early days, transport was not always as easy as getting into a car and getting to the game. Wally Childs recalled that they often walked to grounds or car pooled with one player known to have made the trek by foot to Mobbs Lane at Epping for a game.

In the early years, WPH and other Hills teams were considered far enough away to justify the Association running a bus to grounds – a practice that continued into the 1950s.”

An extract from the ‘Cumberland Mercury’ records the travelling arrangements of a game on Australia Day (then Anniversary Day) in 1878:

“On Anniversary Day, a cricket match was played between South Colah and Peat’s Ferry Clubs on Mr. Boulder’s ground at Peat’s Bight. The gentlemen of the former club laboured under some difficulty having ridden 20 miles the morning of the match.

At the end of the match, the players adjourned to a large marquee where an excellent dinner was provided. After the dinner, dancing was indulged in right good earnest till midnight and on breaking up preparatory to starting for home…”

Brotherly love – the sequel

Remember the story last week about Rowan and Callum Dickinson – there is a sequel. Here goes:

Week 1

There is nothing like seeing 2 brothers batting together and being involved in a comical batting partnership. Picture this. Rowan Dickinson (C3 & pictured 2nd left) batting with older brother Callum with the Team 9/134. Rowan has just taken 10 runs off the last over and was on fire. Enter older brother Callum who wasn’t going to be outdone by Rowan. On the 2nd ball of the next over, Callum pushed the ball gently to a very short mid-off and decided here was the opportunity to get Rowan runout.

The tactic worked. On his way to being run-out easily, Rowan screamed out made a suitable comment “You F…… idiot” that was heard in the next suburb.

The positive is that it fired Rowan up who said he was going to get 5 wickets. He got 4/16 in 8 overs and cleaned bowled 3 of them.

Week 2 – the sequel

Come Day 2 and Rowan was obviously still fired up. After Thornleigh were ‘invited’ to bat again Rowan was again the main destroyer with 4/11 (6 overs) and giving him match figures of 8/27 in 14 overs. While just missing out on the rare 10 for the match (only 52 times in our history), it is a great result. Unfortunately, his Captain, (Buzz) now knows how to fire him up – get him cranky and make sure he bats with his brother every match.

What would be your Decision?

Last week we ran a question on an Umpiring question from the NSWCUSA (Umpires & Scorers) who occasionally send out questions to get you thinking. This week, the answer:


You are standing at the bowler’s end. The bowler delivers a front foot no ball which you call and signal. Once the ball is dead, you discover that the delivery was the 7th ball of the over. What is your next action?


Call and signal Over.

It looks like the Laws of cricket have not yet embraced the NRL approach of changing the call while the ball is in play.