Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s “Top Six” newsletter.
1. The coolest Cricket World Cup page
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2. A rain delayed start; Premiers battle it out with St Albans
It rained fairly steadily last Friday night and was drizzly on Saturday morning, so our Premiers didn’t get underway in their two day match against St Albans until 2pm. Matt Farrant took 3/45 and Scott Inglis and Micah Campbell two wickets each, to dismiss the visitors for 202. At stumps, BWU was 35/2 in reply.
Th 2As and 2Bs are also playing two-dayers against St Albans – details next week.
3. Victories to all afternoon grade teams; some top individual Junior performances
When the sun came out last Saturday afternoon, so did good performances from all our afternoon sides.
The Presidents Foxes had a nail-biting win over Sydenham. Gareth Gibson’s 3/12 and Jared Croft’s 3/6 saw Sydenham reduced to 90 all out. However, it was a scary ride to victory, ending at 95/8. Jared Croft’s 60* was the big clincher.
In the 3B top six, the Cannons carried on their winning way, with a nine wicket win over New Brighton. Phil Jellyman (4/22) and Caleb Smith (3/19) were the best bowlers as the opposition were dismissed for 81. Terry Foote’s 44 was the main reason for the Cannon’s 87/1.
Phil Jellyman – 4/22
3B bottom eight title contenders the Brawlers and Mariners also had wins. The Mariners beat Heathcote, although no details are available. The Brawlers (184/7) saw off Sydenham Goats (126). Skipper Callum George (54 and 2 wickets), Edward Ashton (31), Rob Hoysted (30) and Mike Vorster (3/14) were the main contributors.
The T20 Dubai Diamond Traders had a default win over Riccarton.
The early rain and wet conditions affected some junior games with some called off mid-match, like BWU5’s game.
Coach Richard Hartshorn reports that the Junior Premier side struggled to a narrow loss. The boys bowled well and held most of their catches to have Easts all out for 95. Riley Hunter was the stand-out, with 4/13 off three overs. Unfortunately the batting effort was not great and we were bowled out for 86. Too much hitting in the air – so we have something to work on at practice this week.
BWU3 bowled first against an Easts team on a soggy artificial at Shirley Intermediate with an horrendously bumpy outfield, writes coach Angus McIntosh. We ended up
losing a pretty even contest by 26 runs. However, not before fine performances from Ben Simmons with the ball (4 overs, 3/25) and Nick Price with the bat (79*). The week before Nick had piled on the runs as well with 57*. Those were the standout performances this week, but all players have been improving each week.
4. Cannons lead Al Brown competition
Mike Vorster from the Brawlers has jumped up to 7th on the Al Brown leaderboard but is the Cannons who fill the most spots in the top ten. Rob Gillespie has built up a sizeable lead over team-mate Will Otte with only five weeks left in the season. Slightly further down, fellow Cannon Phil Jellyman has leapt to number 8.
See the top ten and the full leaderboard here on our website.
5. Three Juniors and Two Seniors on Honours Board
One Brawler, one Presidents Fox, and three Juniors have made our Honours Board this week.
Check out who they are and what they did on our website here.
6. Did you know….
with tomorrow’s match in mind, that the current New Zealand bowling coach Shane Bond (above) took 6/23 against Australia in the 2003 World Cup? Unfortunately, despite his heroics, we couldn’t win the match, but it was a great bowling effort against a top Aussie side all the same.
Have a great cricketing weekend. Go the Black Caps!