Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Top Six newsletter.
1. Top effort from Premiers v LPW; Four BWU teams still in running for titles
With only two weeks of the season left, we have four teams in the running for titles;
- The Cannons are a close second on the 3B grade table
- The Presidents Foxes play St Albans this week in the semi-final of their short “top 4” end-of-season competition
- The Dubai Diamond Traders lead the 14 team T20 competition
- The 2As are a close third in their two day compeition, so a good win this fortnight over Sydenham might theoretically see them jump to the top. That’ll need a low scoring draw between the two teams above them, Riccarton and St Albans, however.
Our Premiers had an exciting finish to their match against competition leaders Lancaster Park-Woolston last Saturday, in their quest to stay alive in the race for the title. Scott Paulin’s 85, Matt Farrant’s 45 and Carl Huyser’s 41* took BWU to a 45 run first innings lead. LPW then tried to play out the day for a draw, but excellent aggressive bowling (Matt Farrant 4/35 and 8 for the match, Blake Coburn 3/49, Harry Wilson 2/9) knocked them over for 154. This left a chase of 110 in 17 overs. It was then all out attack, but regular wicket losses meant that by the end the last pair had to see out 9 balls to secure a draw at 47/9.
Matt Farrant – 8 wickets and 45 runs
In the other morning grades, the 2As had a good 5 wicket win over LPW, and the 2Bs lost by 6 wickets to Sydenham. Individual details are unavailable.
The Presidents Foxes were victorious against Merivale-Papanui. Jeff Roy (64*), Andrew Hintz (67) and Gerald Barrett (46) led the way to 240/6, and then Rhys Barron (3/17) and Gareth Gibson (2/39) were the best bowlers as M-P were dismissed for 144.
In the 3B ‘top six” competition , the Cannons had a rare off day. The consistent Rob Gillespie took 3/36, and Paul Anderson and Chris Hyde two wickets each to leave Sumner 222/9. But a batting collapse followed – 59 all out.
In the 3B “bottom eight” grade, the Mariners beat East Shirley by 6 wickets, although individual efforts are unavailable. The Brawlers dismissed Heathcote for 98 (Mike Reed 4/12, Amardeep Singh 3/10, Callum George 2/27) and Mike Vorster’s 43* saw the Brawlers home by 4 wickets.
The T20 Dubai Diamond Traders had a win by default over the Heathcote Hammers.
The Junior Premiers went down in a thriller, as coach Richard Hartshorn reports: This week the Junior Premiers were dreadfully unlucky to lose by 1 run to Marist-Harewood. Wickets were shared out as Marist-Harewood were bowled out for 166. Top scorers in the chase were Todd Hartshorn (38), Thomas James (21), and Thomas Anderson (19 n.o.). The DRS might have come in handy a couple of times…
2. Kember stars on Crowd Goes Wild
For those who don’t watch “The Crowd Goes Wild”, we include this tale of a long-forgotten rivalry between BWU’s Hamish Kember and Mark Richardson.
We also congratulate Hamish on his acting skills, and note that the reenactment was shot on Burnside Oval with the Presidents Foxes as extras.
Hamish Kember, Actor
3. Debut hundred for Tom Bruce
Congratulations to long term ex-BWU player Tom Bruce who scored his maiden first class century this week, 112 not out for Central Districts v Canterbury.
In ten innings for CD since his debut in January, Tom averages over 68 – his scores have been 88,10,54,56, 94, 85, 14, 26, 80 and 112*.
4. Matt Farrant closes on Rob Gillespie in Al Brown race
All might not be lost in the Al Brown race for Matt Farrant after his 8 wickets and 45 runs for the Premiers against LPW. Another fortnight like that, and he might give Rob Gillespie a fright. Jeff Roy from the Presidents Foxes has moved into third place on the table. You can see the whole leaderboard, and the top ten, on our website here.
5. One Junior and Three Seniors onto Honours Board this week
Check out the exploits of the four players who made this week’s Honours Board on our website here.
6. Did you know that…..
…..in 2009, in his One Day International debut, Martin Guptill scored a century? This was against the West Indies, so here’s hoping for a repeat tomorrow.
We failed to find footage of that innings, but during the search these clips reminded us that:
- He can be a big hitter
- He’s a great fieldsman
- He’s a better bat than his wife, and commentators can be cruel
Have a great cricketing weekend. Go the Black Caps!