Burnside Cricket – Newsletter 4, 2014/15 Season

Hello everyone

Competition Winners
Congratulations to Brett Harrison, one of our Junior parents, and Chris McCracken from the 3B Brawlers, who were the winners of Gary Bartlett’s biography, “Meteor Over Marlborough”. Happy reading gents.

MOM

Kember leaps to top of Al Brown
There are still some two-day results to come in after this Saturday. However, at least for now, Hamish Kember of the Presidents Foxes has jumped to the top of the Al Brown leaderboard. There are four new entrants in the top ten – Rob Gillespie, Michael Reed, Chris Peters and Phil McCormack. See the leaderboard here

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Hamish Kember – Al Brown leader

Senior Cricket – Premiers and 2As on top, Cannons and Brawlers victorious
After a rocky start, the Premiers fought back to score 238 against their fellow competition leaders East-Shirley, with good middle and lower efforts from Matt Farrant and Scott Inglis, supported by Mike Allcock and Blake Coburn. They then had East-Shirley 42/3 when rain came.

In a low-scoring and fast-moving affair at home, the 2As were dismissed by East-Shirley for 92 but redeemed the situation by toppling the opposition for only 67. They were then 90/2 at stumps.

The 2Bs are on the back foot against LPW, and the Presidents Foxes suffered their first defeat at the hands of East-Shirley Gold. In the 3B Grade, the Brawlers and Cannons had easy wins against Merivale-Papanui and the Mariners. The Dubai Diamond Traders T20 boys went down to Upper Riccarton.

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Jordan Buchanan – a swing and a miss first ball, then a quiet word with the keeper

Junior Cricket – Friday night fun, and Saturday grades kick off
There was a great turnout at a hot Burnside Oval for the first Friday night cricket of the season. The Junior Premiers Saturday match was ultimately rained off against Sumner, but there was a good win to BWU3 in the Year 6 Section 2 grade.

Farrant, Cossey and Pitchika on Honours Board
Three more players made the Honours Board this week. Matt Farrant for his rearguard 69 for the Premiers, Glen Cossey for his standout 5/22 for the Presidents Foxes, and the Brawlers’ opener and late-cut king Ravi Pitchika for his 64* in the win over the Mariners.

Saturday’s draws
The Premiers press on against East-Shirley in the big away match this Saturday. Check out our Facebook page for live-scoring from 10.30am. The 2As and 2Bs complete their two day matches on Burnside Oval. The Presidents Foxes are also at home to East-Shirley Blue and next to them is another 3B Burnside derby, as the Cannons and the Mariners square off. Over at Hospital Corner, the 3B Brawlers are away to LPW, and the T20 DDTs are up against Marist-Harewood.

In the Junior grades, our Junior Premiers have the bye, but most of our other Junior teams are on show at Burnside Oval at 9am tomorrow morning.

Head to the new Hagley Oval this weekend
Head along and check out the new Hagley Oval this long weekend as Canterbury take on Wellington in the first round of the Plunket Shield.

Canty Cricket

Did you know?……
that, 45 years ago this week, in Hyderabad, two of our Life Members – Graham Dowling and Brian Hastings – were involved in a strange low-scoring test match. A match report says that, in response to police action against a young Indian fan running onto the pitch,

“The Hyderabad crowd reacted badly when India were bowled out for 89 in their first innings on the third day of the third and final Test. The day had started badly when the groundsman admitted that he had forgotten to mow the wicket, and New Zealand’s captain Graham Dowling refused to allow him to remedy the situation. On a greener-than-usual surface India slumped from 21 for 1 to 49 for 9 before Srinivas Venkataraghavan (25 not out) and Bishan Bedi (20) added 40 for the last wicket. When Bedi was dismissed, the crowd stoned the police, bonfires were lit in the stands and an attempt was made to set fire to thatched roofing. Play ended 20 minutes early.”

Two days later, the match was drawn, with India again in deep trouble in it’s second innings. With New Zealand needing only 3 wickets for the win, the Indian ground staff apparently deliberately slowed a ground clean-up after rain, and that was that.

Divine Intervention?
Spotted at Burnside Oval. Good to know we have his support, but didn’t think he’d drive a Range Rover.

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Have a great cricketing weekend.

Regards

Burnside Cricket

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