Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s “Top Six”. A double edition, after no newsletter last week.
1. John Thompson gets Civic Award
John Thompson – CCC Civic Award for services to cricket
Congratulations to our Honorary President John Thompson on the Civic Award for services to cricket that he received last week from the Christchurch City Council.
John , who is also our Grounds Convenor, is the most deserving of recipients.
As well as significant involvement with New Zealand and Canterbury Cricket – he is a Life Member of the latter – John’s contribution to our club is outstanding:
- Joined the club in 1958, played second grade and then Presidents
- Club committee member 1966 to 1969, then 1978 to 1985, then 2002 to present day
- Vice President 1979 to 1983
- President (Chairman) 1983 to 1985, and then 2008-11
- Honorary President 2011 to present day
- Chaired club centenary organising committee 1980
- Club delegate to Canterbury Cricket 1985 to 1996, and then from 2003 to 2008
- Elected Life Member 1992
2. Junior Premiers out of the blocks fast; Josh Kenny stars for BWU5
A great first couple of weeks for our 2015 Junior Premier side, as coach Richard Hartshorn writes:
I am pleased to report that the new incarnation of the BWU Year 8 Premier Team had a win first up. The boys bowled pretty welll to restrict Marist-Harewood to 122/10 off 29 overs. The standout performance with the ball came from Alex Jenkins. In his first game for the club he bowled 1.4 overs and took four wickets for one run. We might not let him wicket keep for so long next time! A workmanlike batting performance (Louie Everson 37, Todd Hartshorn 20) had us passing their total six down in the 28th over. Still work to be done, but a promising start!
Week 2, and another win for the Year 8 Premier Team. BWU batted first and scored 265/7 in 40 overs and then bowled Sydenham out for 78 in 21 overs. Last week we bowled well and batted solidly. This week the batsmen scored well and the bowling was solid. Top score went to Todd Hartshorn with 75 not out, followed by Jacob Hartshorn 61, and Blake Stocks 41. The wickets were shared out, but Riley Goad and Thomas Anderson each got two – Thomas with the first two balls he bowled.
In the first week, BWU5 lost to Old Boys, despite Josh Kenny scoring 46*. They had a big win over Medbury in the second week, however. Josh Kenny again top-scored, with 55, and Easton Stocks hit 45.
4. Two senior centuries, a six-for and a hat-trick
It has not been a flash two weeks for our morning grades. Going into the last part of the two day competition as league leaders, our Premiers had a shocker against bottom placed Riccarton, and lost by an innings and 28 runs. Our 2As and 2Bs also lost to Riccarton.
Martin Conway – 101
Much better news for the Presidents Foxes though. A 168 run win over Sydenham Hospital saw Martin Conway return to the team in style with 101. He was supported by Jeff Roy with 46, before Gareth Gibson ripped through the opposition to take 6/18. Adam Chambers took the other 4 for 24 runs. The following week, Andrew Tranter took a hat-trick in his 4/13 as Lancaster Park Woolston were beaten by 77 runs.
Andrew Tranter – a hat-trick
The Cannons still lead the 3B grade top six, with a 158 win over Sumner and a 61 run victory over Merivale-Papanui. In the first match, Will Otte scored the first ever official century for the team – 110*, Phil Jellyman took 4/22, and Rob Gillespie and Doug Harding 3 scalps each. Reuben Smith’s 92 was top-score in the second game, and Rob Gillespie (3/17) and Shaun Smith (3/19) were the best bowlers.
Will Otte congratulated on his century
In the 3B bottom 8 section, the Brawlers had a 7 wicket loss to East-Shirley, despite Landon Neal’s 58 and Mike Vorster’s 32*. Mike’s 29, and Callum George’s 3/18 could not prevent a 27 run loss to Old Boys Collegians last week. The Mariners are first equal in the section after a 26 run loss to OBC and a 7 wicket win over Sydenham Goats (Tony Edlin 3/17, Ri Watene 3/22, James Jacques 44, Karl Grant 32).
The T20 Dubai Diamond Traders also had a win and a loss, to Heathcote Hammers and Heathcote Cavaliers respectively. Alex Truesdale top-scored with 39 against the Hammers and Luke Moore took 2/15. Nick Tinning had a great all-round game against the Cavaliers, with 40 and 2/19.
4. Six Senior and Seven Juniors make the Honours Board
There have been lots of great individual performances over the past fortnight. Check them out here on our website.
5. Two Cannons atop Al Brown leaderboard
Will Otte’s century has rocketed him up to second on the Al Brown leaderboard and, with six weeks left, he is breathing down his team-mate Rob Gillespie’s neck.
Check out the top ten, and the full leaderboard, on this page of our website.
6. Did you know that……
……. New Zealand so very nearly made the World Cup final in 1979?
John Wright – top-scorer for NZ in the 1979 World Cup semi-final
New Zealand played England last night and what an amazing match it was. Another exciting game against the old country was the 1979 World Cup semi-final , at Manchester. It ebbed and flowed and after tense finish, New Zealand went down by only 9 runs.
You can see the match highlights here – it will bring a few memories back.
Have a great cricketing weekend.