2017/18 Season Newsletter #7

It’s another big weekend at the club, and the latest newsletter has all the details including match reports, draws, and the Al Brown MVP update…

Playing on the home grounds this weekend…

Keep an eye out for…

  • BWU 1 hosting Old Boys Collegians
  • BWU Premier Men hosting Riccarton
  • BWU 2A Men hosting East Shirley
  • BWU Strikers vs Richmond 3C
  • BWU T20 Believers hosting Heathote
  • BWU T20 Diamond Traders hosting Halswell

Prems looking for a win at home

The Prems struggle againstOld Boys’ Collegians last weekend at Elmwood Park. OBC batted first, scoring a fairly challenging 283/6, with none of the BWU bowlers really able to make inroads into a strong OBC batting lineup. In reply, skipper Carl Huyser top-scored for Burnside with another nice 60, but this was the only real highlight with BWU dismissed for 204 in 45.4 overs. Our men are back at home this weekend against Riccarton – get out and show your support at the Pavilion. The weather looks promising, and it will be a nice day to spend some time watching cricket from the balcony.

Friday-night cricket and BBQ

A reminder to our Junior Friday-night families that this Friday-night at 5pm you are invited to the opening of the new Burnside Park BBQ facility!  Come and have a free sausage with the Wigram Lions and members of the Fendalton-Waimairi-Harewood Community Board. The BBQ is located in the playground area behind the trees tn the west side of the carpark:

Map to Burnside Park playground

This is a family friendly event and all club members and children are warmly invited to come down and fill yourselves up before Friday-night cricket, which starts at the usual time (6pm).

Come on down to the official opening at 5pm on Friday 24th November

This Weekend’s Draws

All draws for senior and junior teams are available online in the Burnside West Christchurch upcoming fixtures page on CricHQ.

Senior and Junior Player of the Day Awards

Reminder – all teams that return to the pavilion (both Junior and Senior teams) are eligible to nominate a player of the day award.

Our club sponsors at One Good Horse Restaurant and The Avonhead Tavern have kindly provided the club with these Player of the Days awards. It is fantastic to have great supporters of club cricket and being local we hope you take up the opportunity to spend some time at the club house as well as making use of the prizes.

Farewell Peter Burke

This week we farwell Peter Burke – Pete is a stalwart of the club and will be known to most as our tireless Junior Convenor and fundraiser extraordinaire until last season. Pete is heading to Australia to be closer to his family, but will make an appearance at the club in the afternoon and post match. Come by to say “hi” and to wish Pete well. I am sure he will appreciate all those that do.

Junior Kings Skills Day

Well done to all club members who came down to the Skills Day with the Canterbury Kings last weekend. Judging by the photos, it looks like a great time was had by all. There are heaps of photos of the day on the Canterbury Kings Facebook page – check them out!

Edward Nuttall, Nathan McNicol, Jack Boyle, Ken McClure and William Williams made the most of their weekends visiting and playing cricket with Burnside Juniors!

Presidents Grade Day Report

BWU Presidents Foxes hosted the annual President’s Grade Day last weekend. It was great to see the pavilion packed out after the days play as stories for former glory were exchanged, and beer was supped. Congratulations for BWU Presidents Foxes for coordinating a well-run event, and for their win against East Shirley Blues on the number one deck.

The raffle generated huge interest – thanks again to all prize sponsors.

The aim of grade day is to promote camaraderie amongst the clubs for more senior players who are often the glue that holds their clubs together. The games themselves are still important, and keenly fought contests. Be sure to check out the President’s facebook group page for some amusing match reports and post-match interviews, courtesy of BWC roving reporter Steady-cam Young.

Check out the match reports and post match interviews on the President’s Facebook group page

Al Brown MVP Update

Dilla Smith is holding the fort for the afternoon grades in the top 5 in the Al Brown competition. Check out the full MVP leaderboard here. Jackson Latham tops the charts, and Carl Huysers consecutive fifties has seen him leap into the top five.

1 Jackson Latham Mens Premiers 7 3.22 37.98 1.25 42.45
2 Scott Inglis Mens Premiers 7 3.85 31.85 5.25 40.95
3 JJ Naude Mens Premiers 7 18.34 9.54 9.24 37.12
4 Carl Huyser Mens Premiers 7 27.73 0.0 6.64 34.37
5 Dilla Smith Cannons 4 16.09 13.47 4.27 33.82

Remember – MVP points in CricHQ determine the winner of the Al Brown trophy.  So get your scorecards in, make sure they are complete, and make sure all players details are captured. You get points for runs, wickets, maidens, catches, stumpings, run outs etc. The more detail you capture in your scorecards, the more points you stand to gain – especially remember to record your catches, and try to convince your opponents to fully utilize CricHQ too…

On this day…

It seems fitting to convey a story about Ashes cricket, given that on this day (Thursday is the day of writing) was also the first day of the first Ashes home test series for Australia at the ‘Gabba. But on this day…

Don’t cross-roll if Clem’s in town…

…in 1974, there was a  bizarre case of politics interfering with sport. Eight days before the start of the first Testbetween England and Australia, Clem Jones, lord mayor of Brisbane and member of the cricket ground trust, sacked the curator at the Gabba because he objected to the way the pitch was being prepared (it was being rolled sideways).  Cross-rolling incidentally, is a technique our own fearless President and Grounds Convenor swears by as an early season block preparation technique. Crash will often be seen in late-spring,  craggy-faced and with a half-spent cigarette jutting from his lips, side-rolling the Burnside blocks as a miserable nor-easter whips across the turf. But I digress.  After sacking the Gabba curator, Jones took over the job himself. His decision was vindicated as Australia won the match by 166 runs and went on to a 4-1 series victory. Jones later had a stand at the ground named after him.

Final word from the Committee

Reminder to the senior club that subs for the season are due by 1 December if you want to pay the reduced amount (& avoid the penalty fee…). You all need to get these in if you are yet to pay!
Thanks to those who are or have made efforts to tidy up last year’s overdue ones.

We have new pitches on 1,2 & (maybe) 4 this week if you are lucky enough to be playing on one of them, get out there and enjoy the facilities that we are so lucky to be the stewards of.

Have a great cricketing weekend.

Gareth Gibson


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