Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s “Top Six” newsletter, as we head into the final four weekends of the season.
1. Junior and Senior Prizegivings 2014/15
This season’s prizegivings are on soon, so please put these times in your diaries:
- The Junior Prizegiving is on Sunday 22 March at 4pm
- The Senior Prizegiving is on the last day of the season, Saturday 28 March, at 7pm.
Both celebrations are in the clubrooms. More details to follow.
2. Six Burnside Juniors make CJCA teams
Congratulations to Jacob Hartshorn, Todd Hartshorn, Louie Everson, Riley Hunter, Blake Stocks, and Alex Jenkins who have been selected in CJCA teams for the Summer Tournament that runs over the next three Sundays.
3. Premiers draw with St Albans; five other senior wins; Big partnership for Brawlers
With two rounds to go, our Premiers sit third on the two day competition table, after a tense draw against St Albans. After a rain-affected first day, BWU went after quick runs in response to St Albans 202/9 dec and ended at 156/9 dec (Scott Paulin 51, Angus Harman 35). St Albans then scored 205/7 dec (Matt Farrant 2/31, Micah Campbell 2/42). Chasing 252 to win, our lads ended the day at 192/8. Angus Harman (71) and skipper Sam Noster (45) gave the team a good start, but that momentum couldn’t be maintained and it was thanks to another strong effort from Scott Paulin (29*), supported by the tailenders, that we batted through for a draw.
Angus Harman, 35 and 71 v St Albans
The 2As had a good 120 run win against St Albans and now sit a close second of their two day ladder, with two rounds left. The wickets were shared around throughout the match, with Jordan Buchanan taking a “four-for”. Mike Allcock had a great double – 89 and 64, and Phil McCormack scored 50. The 2Bs had a four wicket loss to St Albans.
In fact, all four teams on Burnside Oval last Saturday played St Albans, including our Presidents Foxes. The Presidents competition has just moved into a top four/bottom six format for the rest of the season. St Albans won the round-robin title this season, with our boys runners-up. However, the tables were turned on Saturday when the Foxes won by six wickets. Gareth Gibson and Hamish Kember each took two wickets as St Albans made 173/7. Jeff Roy (68) and Grant Dickson (47) combined to knock off most of the total, and Jared Croft (34*) got most of the rest.
The 3B Cannons had a rare loss on Saturday, by ten wickets to Marist-Harewood, who are now top six co-leaders.
The 3B Mariners lead the 3B bottom eight competition, after their 7 wicket win over Sydenham. Campbell Rose took 3/5 and Bala Cole and Greg Jacques two each, and then James Jacques top-scored with 37.
The 3B Brawlers had a big day out, with a 70 run win over Heathcote. Captain Callum George (97) and David O’Brien (112) combined in a partnership of 195, and then Mike Reed led the bowling with 4/41, supported by Umesh Easwarapadcham and Rahul Joshi with two wickets apiece.
The Dubai Diamond Traders are still title contenders in the Cavaliers T20 grade, after a six wicket victory over Upper Riccarton. Alex Truesdale took 3/17 and Brook Skates got a couple before Tom Stevens led the run cahse with 44.
In the Junior Premier grade, BWU had a loss this week against Medbury. Unfortunately the boys batted first and collapsed to be 76 all out – only Jacob Hartshorn (14) and Riley Hunter (10*) got into double figures. Medbury passed the score two down, with Thomas James taking both of the wickets.
4. Tighter again at top of Al Brown competition
Jeff Roy of the Presidents Foxes is the big mover this week on the Al Brown leaderboard, jumping up to third after his performance against St Albans. Rob Gillespie has had his lead cut – can he stay there another four weeks?
Check out the top ten, and the full leaderboard, here on our website.
5. Seven batsmen make Honours Board
Two Premiers, three players from the 2As, a Presidents Fox and two Brawlers made the Honours Board this week, all for their batting. See who they are and what they did here on our website.
6. Did you know….
…….. that Afghanistan has a population of 31 million? This, plus their passion for cricket, should see them a world cricket force in years to come. Ahead of their match against New Zealand on Sunday, have a look at this very good documentary about the rapid rise of Afghanistan cricket in it’s first few years, despite desperate circumstances.
Hamid Hassan, Afghanistani bowler
Have a great cricketing weekend. Go the Black Caps!