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The Sydenham Cricket Club is one of the oldest cricket clubs in New Zealand and was officially founded in 1895 but our heritage in other forms dates back even earlier. We are the largest senior cricket club in the South Island with 12 Senior Mens and Womens teams, five Youth teams, 39 Junior teams, and over 650 registered members. We are a "Premier" club operating in the Christchurch Metro Cricket Association competition and based at Sydenham Park in beautiful Christchurch in the South Island of New Zealand.

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A Fitting Farewell

Braden Gardner

Each week it seems to be either a feast or a famine for the top Sydenham sides but this week we got to dine out with all of the sides getting on the right side of their results; Prem Men & Woman, and both of the Division 1 teams had great days, with other wins in afternoon grades to the Div 6 Cardinals, Div 4 Goats and the Tamils. And the Youth 1st XI won again and remains unbeaten in its competition.

The Premier Men were well primed for their match against BWU on Sydenham Park. They not only badly needed the points to remain in contention for the one-day competition, but they were also desperately keen to send off on a good note two longstanding departing players in Braden Gardner and Matt McCall. BWU won the toss and elected to bat but then lost early wickets to Braden (6-2-21) to be 43-3 after 15 overs. There was an attempted middle order recovery with Naude’s 50 getting them through 122-5 around the 30th over but they seemed to lose their way from there. The two Sydenham’s slows in TJ Johnston (8-1-17), and especially Connor Marshall who produced his best spell of the season 

Matt McCall

with (7-3-13), tied the BWU guys down such that they could only manage another 26 for the loss of their remaining 5 wickets.

Chasing 148 for the win the two left hand Sydenham openers in Matt McCall and Connor Marshall got the innings off to a great start with a 75 run opening partnership. Connor, with a near run a ball score of 44, was the dominant partner but Matt played the perfect foil with his equally valuable 24 off 62 balls. When Connor and then Matt both fell within a couple of overs of each other, the innings got the small wobbles as BWU’s Sam Carlaw produced the magnificent figures of 10-5-10 to remove both Ryan Wallace and Taylor Ire in quick succession to have Sydenham at 125-4. However, the situation was well in control with TJ (34) maintaining the momentum towards the win which eventually he left to Chris Harris and Hayden Day to see through to the end five down.

Connor Marshall

The result leaves Burnside in equal 4th place with Sydenham but ahead on run rate, and Riccarton and OBC just a win behind us and also competing hard for that key 4th semi final spot. Sydenham play Riccarton next week at Riccarton Domain with what will be a changed side in the absence of Braden and Matt, and Harry away on commentary for the week.

The match was live streamed and the 10 minutes highlights can now be found on the attached link

Braden and Matt

After the match Braden Gardner and Matt McCall were presented with tankards by Past President Ivan Thomson who acknowledged their contribution to the club with both having started with the club in their first year in primary school. Braden moves to Auckland to manage an indoor cricket business, and Matt taking up a surgical position in Invercargill Hospital. We very much hope that Saturday won’t be the last time we see them turning out in the Club’s colours.

The Prem Woman had a great day getting up to win both of their 16 over matches. In their match against St Albans they held Saints to 79/4 (Jenna Waghorn 2-10,) and then Isla McKenzie (35) and Erica Oda (26) took Sydenham to the win only three down. In match against OBC Rachel Davison (21) and Jenna Waghorn (31*) got Sydenham through to 95/4 with Jenna then taking 3-17 to orchestrate the 23 run win as they held OBC to 72/7

Charlie Finnie

The Division 1 side got its season back on track after last week’s loss with a five wicket win over Lancaster Park on Sydenham 2. The four faster bowlers set the match up when Park batted first with Carl Hooper (10-0-9) and Charlie Finnie (8-2-14) the best of them. However it was the slower bowler in PK Bhagat who got the real spoils with his 8-4-8. Set 120 to win Sydenham were always in the hunt with most batsmen getting a start. Gurav Dudeja’s 37* was the top score as he batted through much of the innings to guide the innings hoem with Will Graham (10*) for the loss of five wickets.

Div 1 Suddenly Sydenham had their second win of the season to date, a comprehensive one over BWU at Burnside Park. The BWU batting collapsed batting first with no batsman getting more the eight and the innings all over by the 26 over for 60. In reply Sydenham knocked the runs off early inside 13 overs for the loss of two wickets then made their way down to Sydenham Park to support the Prems and other Div 1 side.

Jon Bennett’s Div 4 Goats had another win this time against New Brighton on Rawhiti Domain. The Goats only managed to get to 111 thanks to Andrew Douglas (23) and Ollie Philpott (25), but then Alex Brailey (3-30) and Chris Douglas (3-12) took the Goats to the win when they bowled New Brighton out for 90.

Colin Paintin

Sydenham No. 3 saw the local Div 6 derby match between the Cardinals and Abe Atherton’s All Stars. The Cardinal’s tactic of distracting the opposition with the smell of BBQing sausages and chops seemed to work well for them again with the Cardinals knocking up 207/7 batting first. Earlier innings from Geordie Dann (28) and Kieran Williams (41) set the innings up for Nick Smithson’s middle order 76 which put the Cardinals into a strong position. The challenge was compounded for the All Stars when their innings collapsed right from the get go with the first six batsmen only compiling 15 between as Adrian Patchett (3-10) and James Stokes (3-22) carved their way through the side to have them all out for 51 and a 156 run win.

Nick Smithson

The Division 8 Tamils continue to produce better performances with each week as they gain more experience of the game, and they had their second win of the season against Heathcote on Centennial Park. Batting first the Tamils compiled 162 all out mostly thanks to David Jayapaul’s 53. In reply Gowtham Janardhanan’s 4/16 ensured that Heathcote never threatened the total and were 127-9 at the end of their 40 overs.


There was no play for either of the Presidents Cardinals and Hospital teams as Metro gave the old fellows the long weekend off to recover after an arduous season to date.

The T20 Women lost their match against Heathcote at Barnett Park. Hannah Morrissey top scored for Sydenham with 39 of the team’s 79/4 but Heathcote coasted to the total in the 14th over with the loss of just the one wickets


Likewise the Sydenham youth women lost the early game on Sydenham 3 against North West women. Harriet Fletcher’s 5-19 was instrumental in restricting NW to 99/7 after 30 overs but in reply Sydenham struggled with only Rosie Pentecost (13), Harriet and Sophie Hickey (both 10) getting to double figures as the women fell for 70/8.

First XI - win

Isaiah Prasad

Sydenham Youth 1st XI played Christchurch Boys High Headmasters XI at CHS this week. Batting first CBHS put on a useful 50 run opening partnership before Zaran Banoori came on to bowl, taking 2 wickets in his first over. Boys High managed to put a few partnerships together, ending with a competitive score of 173 (Zaran Banoori 4-27, Preetham 3-17, Daniel Watt 2-29). Sydenham didn’t get off to a very good start at all in the chase losing 2 wickets in the first over, and a third when on 10. After losing their 4th at 43, this began a fantastic and patient match-winning 143 run partnership between Isaiah Prasad (54 no) and Joseph Wells (63 no) to allow Sydenham to maintain their unbeaten record.’

Sydenham 9A - Day 1 of 2

Mario Raxworthy

After a lucky escape in the last fixture the 9A lads were keen to leave the past in the past and knock over a talented St Bedes side. Losing the toss and being sent into bat on an artificial wicket had no bearing either way as the team were up for either outcome. Rhys Thyne had a lucky escape in the second over thanks to some great sportsmanship by the Bedes lads. He and Dallas Crowe took the shine off the ball before the partnership was broken in the 10th over. Ben Breitmeyer (33) Toby Hull (22) Jamie Ehau (22) all had solid starts batting in support of yet another Issac Milne masterclass (75*) to get the score through to 229/9 after their 45 overs were complete.

St Bedes were up for the challenge though, with one of their players getting through to 70 odd before Toby Hull knocked over the stumps .On the second to last ball of the day St Bedes declared on 240/9 setting up a potential nail biter on day 2 next week.



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