Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s “Top Six” newsletter.
1. Important dates – Junior Cricket
Junior players and parents, a further reminder of some key dates for the rest of March:
- Friday 20 March – last day of Friday night cricket (including a barbeque and a Mums and Dads versus children game!)
- Sunday 22 March, 4pm. End of season Junior Prizegiving in the Club Pavilion
- Saturday 28 March – last day of Saturday morning cricket
Junior Convenor Peter Burke – a dab hand with the barbeque, and organising one for the Juniors on Friday 20 March
2. Premiers battle it out with LPW
With two rounds to go on the Premier two day competition, our third placed team is taking on competition leaders Lancaster Park Woolston. We came out fighting, in between rain breaks, and dismissed LPW for 191, with Matt Farrant taking 4/39 and Scott Inglis 3/23. Scott made the early inroads with a terrific opening spell of 8/7/4/3. In reply, BWU is 117/4 at stumps – Scott Paulin 50* and Matt Farrant 28*. Can day two move quickly enough to allow a result?
Scott Inglis – knocked the top off the LPW batting lineup
3. Four afternoon grade wins
The 2As and 2Bs are playing two day matches as well – more on their matches next week.
The Presidents Foxes didn’t get underway against East Shirley Gold, due to wet conditions. However, the other four afternoon teams did play, and all were victorious.
The 3B Cannons got back on track in the top six of their grade and stay joint competition leaders after an 83 run win over East Christchurch Shirley. Terry Foote (27), Will Otte (24), Chris Bradley (24) and Tony Jorgensen (51) were the main contributors to the Cannons’ 181/6. Then Rob Gillespie (3/21) and Phil Jellyman (4/21) re-inforced their Al Brown credentials to bowl the opposition out for 98.
In the 3B bottom eight competition, the Mariners stayed on top with a 26 run win over LPW. The Brawlers also were winners. Their 158/6 (Callum George 31, Rob Hoysted 30*, Mike Vorster 33, Tim Mitchell (24*) in 28 overs represented a comfortable six wicket win against Sydenham. Rahul Joshi and Mike Vorster took two wickets each for the Brawlers.
The Dubai Diamonds Traders are still atop the T20 grade after a six wicket win over Pirates. Tom Stevens took 3/17, and Luke Moore and Brook Skates two wickets apiece as Pirates scored 87/8. Stevens then completed a great match with 31, alongside Nick Tinning’s 40, taking BWU to 90/4.
4. Unassailable Al Brown lead for Gillespie?
Rob Gillespie has shot away again on the Al Brown table. With only three weeks left, is it all over or can someone else overtake him with a couple of outstanding performances?
Check out the whole leaderboard, and the top ten here on our website.
Rob Gillespie – Al Brown trophy in the bag, or can someone snatch it away?
5. One Senior and one Junior make Honours Board
Only two Honourees this week – one from the Junior grades and one from the Seniors.
6. Did you know that……
……..Donald Bradman once scored 100 runs in 3 overs, taking only 18 minutes?
Yes, there is a lot of fast scoring going on in the Cricket World Cup but the great Bradman was doing it over eighty years ago. Read the story here.
Bradman – a hundred in three overs
Have a great cricketing weekend. Go the Black Caps!