Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s “Top Six”
1. Junior cricket starts again this Saturday; Two Burnside girls in Junior rep cricket
The wait is finally over! You Saturday morning junior cricketers can get back into it again at 9am tomorrow. Good luck in your games. Friday night cricket resumes on 13 February at 6pm.
During the break, as Coach Mike Dunlop reports, BWU’s Eliza McIntosh and Molly Dunlop were selected to play in the South Island Primary Schools Girls Tournament in a Year 5/6 Emerging Squad held in Christchurch on 23rd to 25th January 2015. As an emerging squad it was always going to be a difficult task to win a game when the opposition was 2-3 years older, taller and faster with the ball in hand. After a heavy loss in game one versus Canterbury Black the team decided to take a positive approach and look to improve on every game.
Never more so was this the case when we came up against one of the tournament favorites, Nelson, on Saturday morning. With Eliza as captain we got about batting, passing any previous score made against the Nelson side and taking four wickets. In the field we were strong and kept Nelson to a reasonable total at the end of the 20/20.
Sunday saw our last game against South Canterbury, who we had beaten in 2 warm up games in mid December 2014. Choosing to field first and with Molly at the helm we put one of our best performances in the field restricting them to 131 runs. The chase was on and after losing a few early wickets it was going to be a hard chase. In the end we were just short of the total.
In all there were some great learnings for the girls, and no team bowled us out. All but one of the girls took a wicket or 2 and Eliza and Molly ended up 4th and 5th top run scorers in the team through the tournament.
2. Two Sundays of club cricket in February
A reminder that this month there are two Sundays of club cricket, both Junior and Senior, for all grades, on 15 and 22 February. This is because of the two Cricket World Cup matches in Christchurch on both Saturdays.
3. Big weekend for 2As and Presidents
Good luck to our 2As, who play their big one day final against Riccarton on Sunday, at Burnside Oval #4. Bring that trophy home boys!
Also, a great initiative to further promote the Presidents grade is rolled out today, Waitangi Day, as the inaugural Presidents Zonal/Rep Match is being played on Burwood Park , between a North side, comprising players from both East Shirley sides, BWU, Merivale Papanui and Old Boys Collegians and a South side made up of players from Lancaster Park Woolston, both Sydenham sides, St Albans and Hornby.
It is a 40 over match, starting at 12.30pm. The North side is captained by BWU skipper Dave Robertson , and includes three other Foxes – Jeff Roy, Gareth Gibson and Peter McInnes.
Jeff Roy (bowling) – representing BWU in the Presidents zone match
4. 2As into final, wins for 2Bs, Mariners and Dubai Diamond Traders
An under-strength Premiers team went down to Canterbury Under 20 in their one day competition playoff match on Sunday, leaving them sixth in the final wash-up. They now focus on the last four rounds of the two day competition, going in as competition leaders.
The 2As had a comprehensive 81 run victory over Lancaster Park Woolston in their one day semi-final. Skipper Brett Thomson says the batting effort wasn’t quite on song, although they reached 178 (Guy Borren 41, Edward Wright 29, Greg Knowles 29). Brett himself led an excellent bowling and fielding effort, taking five wickets, to dismiss LPW for 97.
The 2Bs also had a big one-day win over Lancaster Park Woolston. Brett Taylor and Aaden Mikaera took two wickets each as LPW made 145. But Abhaya Paudel and Alex McKenzie both made half centuries in an unbeaten stand of 146 in 23 overs, to seal a comfortable victory.
Competition leaders St Albans were too strong for our Presidents Foxes, overtaking our 108 with only three wickets down. Rhys Barron made 52* for the Foxes, batting at number 8, and also took two wickets for a good personal day.
In the 3B grade top six, the Cannons had a rare loss, to East Shirley Punjabs. Tom Grimshaw top-scored with 30 in the Cannons’ 150, but Easts chased that down with five wickets to spare.
In a local derby in the 3B bottom eight, the Mariners secured a tense two wicket win over the Brawlers, to now clearly lead the table. The Brawlers’ Rob Hoysted scored 21 out of an even 100, with Karl Grant (4/8) and Regan Wilson (3/24) starring with the ball for the Mariners. Bala Cole then lead the way with 33 as the Mariners fell over the line at 101/8. Karl Grant completed a good match with 23. Mike Reed was the main destroyer for the Brawlers with 4/15.
The Dubai Diamond Traders made it two out of two in the T20 top six league, with a big win over Pirates. Alex Truesdale, Luke Moore and Gerard Pottinger each took two wickets to restrict Pirates to 145/7. Then Pottinger (43*) and the consistent Tom Stevens (36) led the way as the runs were knocked off for the loss of only two wickets.
5. Honours Board and Al Brown
Four players made the Honours Board this week – Brett Thomson, Abhaya Paudel, Alex McKenzie and Rhys Barron. You can see the Board here.
Meanwhile, in the Al Brown race, Rob Gillespie’s bowling for the Cannons has seen him pull away slightly from the chasing pack. But you can still throw a blanket over the top four. Check out the leaderboard here.
6. Did you know….
…..that an astonishing Shell Trophy match in Hamilton came to an end 18 years ago this week. Northern Districts’ Alex Tait (who also played five one dayers for New Zealand) took 16 for 130, the best match figures in New Zealand first-class history… and ended up losing by 212 runs when Auckland bowled his side out for a paltry 32 in their second innings.
Alex Tait – 16/130 and still on the losing side
Have a great cricketing weekend