Following on from their seasoning opening but rained out two-day match, the Premier Men took on Lancaster Park in the first round of the one-day competition on Sydenham Park on Saturday. The match was notable for being the first Premier match back on the renovated Sydenham Park, and the first ever live streamed club match on the ground. It was a beautiful spring morning with the park looking the picture that we’d hoped it would once the renovations were completed.
Sydenham won the toss and inserted Lancaster Park rightfully onto the newly created wicket block. However, with Michael Davidson featuring, Park responded well and at 54 without loss, and the Gardner boys struggling to find the break though, Park had the upper hand. However, from the point when Ryan Wallace took out opener Burnett, and Tom Agnew captured his two wickets, Park’s innings started to falter, and even more so when the slower and spin bowlers took over later. Tim Johnston in his second match for Sydenham bowled beautifully taking 4/37, and in conjunction with Connor Marshall’s leg spinners, and Chris Harris guile, Park struggled against the slower bowling to be all out for 140 in the 36th over.
Tim Johnston delivered with his 4/37
The Sydenham reply didn’t get off to a great start when Matt McCall fell with the score at 16, but then a 2nd wicket partnership of 28 between Ryan Wallace and Connor Marshall promised to get the innings back on track. However when Ryan surprisingly fell for 14 with the score at 44, that partnership proved to be the highest of the innings. As wickets started to tumble only Connor really looked to dig in and preserve his wicket in what was a modest run chase where that was all that was required. When Connor fell for 29 off 51 balls the only highlight thereafter was a Harry six over backward square leg as Sydenham stuttered through to be all out for a disappointing 98.
The match was a typical early season effort with a lack of footwork, poor shot selection and running between the wickets all contributing to the batting performance. There were however some encouraging efforts in the field where we looked sharp, and from the bowlers particularly the slower ones who might well relish Sydenham Park this season much more than in the past – and with the quality of those bowlers in the side this season, that should augment an already strong medium pace attack that has traditionally been our strength. However, already at this early stage of the season one gets the feeling that the batsmen’s ability to preserve their wickets when the bowlers have made the job easier for them will determine our success or otherwise this season.
An early lofted on drive from Matt McCall
All future Premier Men's matches will now be lived streamed, and we will forward under a subsequent email this week a note of where to access it on our website for those that haven’t found it yet. Furthermore the after match video highlights comprising all of the wickets and boundaries will also be made available for viewing each week in this report. Please note that we had some initial video filming issues that mean that some balls are non-events (not boundaries or wickets) – we will resolve these by next match but for the moment these clips will give you a feel for the match.
In contrast to the men the Premier Woman has a big win over OBC on a reported awful wicket at Garrick Park. Although Sydenham only compiled 83 batting first, almost solely thanks to Isla McKenzie’s 39, OBC capitulated to be all out for 31 with Carolyn Esterhuizen and Jenna Waghorn having the outstanding figures of 7/6 and 4/22.
Despite the disappointment at the Premier Men's result, the two Division One mens sides had a very successful day playing beside them on Sydenham 2 & 3, indeed successful weekend as they also played on Monday.
The Division 1 side carried on their winning ways with a comprehensive win against Lancaster Park. Park’s innings never really got started with Will Graham, Scott Grose and Carl Hooper all keeping the run rate below two. Charlie Finnie got the wickets with his 4/20 but Carl’s 2 runs conceded off 7 overs was probably an equally outstanding effort. In reply Sydenham got to the target four down with the earlier batsmen getting double figures and Kelvin Scott’s 35* being the innings of note.
Pankaj Bhagat strikes one through to the mid-wicket boundary
On the Monday the Div 1 guys again won when they beat BWU by 8 wickets on Sydenham 1. The side again bowled well with all bowlers getting a couple each to bowl BWU out for 94, and then Sydenham knocked the runs off in a professional manner just two down with Pankaj Bhagat (19), Matt Day (28*) and Gaurav Dudeja (24) doing the job.
The Division 1 Suddenly Sydenham also had a win against Burnside West University on Saturday when BWU were bowled out for 129 (Rod Hopper 3/17 & James Simpson 2/21). In reply the 49 run 2nd wicket partnership between Martin Stretch (35) Andrew Moulton (16) set the run chase up, and when it look at risk of faltering at 98/6, Liam McGeorge’s 27 off 16 balls completed the job for his team.
Liam McGeorge skittles the BWU No. 5
However, on the Monday the side lost by 7 wickets to Merivale Papanui when they were bowled out for 94 at Edgar MacIntosh Park (Andrew Douglas 18), and then MP got the required runs in 13 overs three down
The Div 4 Goats had a comfortable 4 wicket win over Marist Harewood. Batting first Marist could only muster 41 and were bowled out in the 26th over. Alex Brailey with 4/11, Chris Douglas 3/10 & Nadeem Aslam with 2/14 being the main destroyers. Sydenham got the 42 target but lost six wicket doing so.
The Div 6 Cardinals won against St Albans by 125 runs and look again to be one of the teams to beat in their competition. The result came on the back of a very solid early season batting performance with Kieran Willams (63) and Cam Rennell (65) putting on plenty for the first wicket, which was backed up with Jamie Livingston’s 54 at No.4 to get the Cardinals through to 219/6. In reply Saints could only muster 94/9 in 22 overs with Nick Smithson (2/18) and Kieran Willaims (2/12) the best of the bowlers.
The other Div 6 side the All Stars had the contrasting result going down by 9 wickets against Parklands. Batting first Sydenham were bowled out for 129 with Chris Reeves top scoring with 35, but although the rest of the top order all got starts into the teens, they failed to carry on. In reply Parkland cruised through to the total for the loss of only one wicket.
The Sydenham Tamils lost with no stats available
The two Presidents teams, the Cardinals and Hospital, battled it out for the Noel Morehead Trophy on Hagley 3. The Cardinals batted first to score 159/9 thanks mostly to Jamie McKay’s 37, and Warren Guy’s 38* lower in the order, with other contrubutions from Ewen Spence (15) and Dave Hardy (18). Hospital started well with opener Abhaya Paudel scoring 36, but only James Barkhuizen (27) and Rex Venning (16*) otherwise got to double figures as JK produced his best career figures for the Cardinals of 5/25.
Jagath Keerthisooriya (JK) beats the bat again in his spell on Hagley 3
The Noel Morehead trophy is the Cardinals for the next few months at least
Sydenham Youth Women lost to Lancaster Park after LP scored 86/8 batting first (Amelia Tainui 3/2) but in reply Sydenham were bowled out for 65 with only Harriet Fletcher (10) getting to double figures.
The Sydenham T20 Womens Stars also lost their match against Lancaster Park. Park compliled an impresive 156/2 off their 20 overs (both run outs), and in reply Sydneham got to 93/6 in theirs.
The Birdwood Café Player of the Day for the Women was Isla Mckenzie