2017/18 Season Newsletter #13

Welcome to our weekly newsletter where you can find all the latest club news including match reports, draws, and the weekly Al Brown MVP update…  The big news from the weekend was our Premier team winning their qualifying match against Celtic of Timaru to progress to the National Club Championships.  Details below…

BWU Premiers qualify for 2018 National Club Championship

Our boys have overpowered Celtic from Timaru to qualify for the Club Cricket National finals.

BWU were sent into bat and got away to a flying start courtesy of the Huyser brothers. Tinus Huyser made 55 and Carl 22. Three quick wickets by Celtic left arm spinner Sam Carlaw, had Burnside West in a precarious position but an excellent partnership by top scorer Matt Hay with 88 and Angus Harman 30 steadied the ship with Rupert Young and Scott Inglis finishing the innings in a positive way, to take Burnside West to 290/9.

In reply Celtic were rocked early by Matt Farrant and Inglis with Farrant taking 3/4 off 5 overs and Inglis 2/27 off 6. Change bowlers Josh Peake 1/10, Jackson Latham 2/16 and Matt Hay 2/11 backed up the openers, the Celtic chase coming to an end after just 21 overs with 78 runs scored. For Celtic, Glenn Matthews with 39, was the only player to make double figures.

Burnside West will represent Canterbury at the National Club Finals in Auckland during early April.

Off to the finals…

We will share more information for players and supporters wanting to travel up to Auckland to support the team, with the scheduled dates for the club finals of 10-15 April 2018, which will be hosted by Auckland’s Cornwall CC.

Afternoon grade match reports

The Believers

The Believers are finally using their talent on the field making 226 with the bat and rolling the opposition team for 27. Four of our players reached 40 while Reed put his heart on his sleeve as captain.

Dubai Diamond Traders vs OBC Super Colds

DDT put together a three-page journal article for their match report this week, but because the report is a PDF, and not a text document we can’t include it in the newsletter. Here is a link to their report on Drive. Spoiler alert: It was a win.

Cairnsy was very pleased with the DDT.

Boomers vs Heathcote

After a few close losses the Boomers racked up our first win of the season last weekend. Looking at the scorecard, they did it the hard way but most importantly, they got there! Boomers 75/10 vs. Heathcote 62/10

New interim Treasurer – Joel Lieschke

The committee is pleased to announce that Joel Lieschke has accepted the role of interim club Treasurer. Joel is standing in for Doug Allcock who is stepping down from this role after faithfully serving as the club as committee member and Treasurer since the 2012/13 season. The committee expresses our thanks to Doug for all your hard work over the years. Being the financial voice of reason for a large volunteer-led sports club is no small task, and we are all truly grateful for the many hours you put in to help keep us financial and afloat. We hope we can still look forward to seeing you at the club from time to time.

Joel has joined the committee in only his second season with the club. He is a qualified accountant, and came to Christchurch from New Plymouth (New Plymouth Old Boys CC), after earlier moving to New Zealand from Australia. In Australia Joel played cricket for Western Districts University of Canberra Cricket Club (Niiiice Gary). Together with his partner, Joel has a young daughter, and is expecting another child very soon; it will be a busy winter in the Lieschke household. Welcome to the committee Joel – and thanks for coming on board.

Doug Allcock (left), and Joel Lieschke (right)

Morning grades continue with T20 fixtures

Check out the draw on CricHQ – all mens grades morning and afternoon continue this week with T20 for the morning grades. All draws for senior and junior teams are available online in the Burnside West Christchurch upcoming fixtures page on CricHQ.

A further reminder on overdue subs

Our club is lucky to have some of the finest grounds, facilities and coaching in the Canterbury region. Our park, the immaculate outlook from the Pavilion and the quality pitches we get to play on is something that all club members collectively benefit from. But these facilities do not come for free. As a club we are dependent on players and teams doing their part by paying your annual subscriptions. Subs for the 2017/2018 season are now well overdue.

If you have not yet paid your membership for this season, or made suitable arrangements with the club, you are now in breach of your membership. For those players in morning grades failure to pay your sub or make arrangements will now affect your eligibility for selection. For afternoon grade teams, failure to pay your team sub in full or to make other arrangements immediately could affect your team’s ongoing registration status until resolved, including de-registration of your team from the competition. If you have questions, talk to a member of the BWCUCC committee. 

Junior cricket

Junior cricket is still a couple of weeks away – resumption dates. Note a change in the resumption date for Friday Night cricket to what had previously been communicated.

  • Junior Friday Night cricket first day back on Friday 9th February, 2018
  • Junior Saturday Morning grades first day back on Saturday 3rd February, 2018

Playing on the home grounds this weekend…

Keep an eye out  on Saturday for…

  • BWU Premiers hosting Heathcote Senior A on Burnside Park 1 (T20, Game 1 of 2 @ 11:30am)
  • BWU Cannons hosting OBC on Burnside Park 3 (T20 @ 1:00pm)
  • BWU Premiers hosting Sydenham on Burnside Park 1 (T20, Game 2 of 2 @3:00pm)

The Black Caps are coming to town

If you are wondering what happens on Saturday the 10th of March when the Black Caps vs England ODI match is on at Hagley OvalEdit: We received the official notice from CJCA this week that junior cricket IS STILL ON that weekend, contradicting what we had previously published. All Adult Cricket (morning AND afternoon grade) is to be played on Sunday the 11th of March. That gives you the chance to get down to the ground and support the men in black. Tickets to the Black Caps v England 5th ODI are available from Ticketek.

Avonhead Tavern 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.

Burnside Merchandise

We are delighted to advise that official Burnside Merchandise is now available to purchase online direct from our sponsor Cricket Express. The team at Cricket Express have updated their website, and you can now order Burnside training gear and clothing online and just in time for Christmas! More items will be added after Christmas, but for now, check out the selection and show your club pride with some awesome BWCUCC kit!

Al Brown MVP Leaderboard

With the Premiers continuing their double-header weekends, the volume of cricket is starting to show with the four Premiers in the top 5 playing 3-5 more games (including two-dayers) than their nearest rivals.  Scott Inglis has leapt to a big 7 point lead, and as we head to the business end of the season a lead like that will start to take some chasing.

1 Scott Inglis Premiers 14 6.46 62.96 12.41 81.83
2 Matthew Hay Premiers 13 29.8 40.12 4.32 74.22
3 Dilla Smith Cannons 9 22.69 41.28 7.28 71.25
4 Matt Farrant Premiers 12 25.3 44.67 0.0 69.95
5 Jackson Latham Premiers 13 4.61 60.3 2.5 67.41

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…

CricHQ Leaderboards

All scores and statistics are kept on CricHQ for the club. Go to the BWCUCC club page on CricHQ, claim your profile, and check out your season stats. Current leaders:

Senior club

Most runs Liam Winn (366, Average 26.14)
Most wickets Jackson Latham (28, Average 17.43, SR 23.25)
Most fielding dismissals Joel Williams (16)

Junior club

Most runs Adam Robertson (192, Average 64.0)
Most wickets Thomas Watts (7, Average 6.0, SR 9.6)
Most fielding dismissals Mackenzie Gilmore (8)

Save the date: Senior Prize-giving

Mark your calendars – the senior club prize-giving will be held the evening of Saturday 24th of March. This is the last Saturday of senior cricket for the season, and the event is open to all senior club teams, their partners, and supporters. More details will follow soon.

A word from our sponsors

We are very fortunate for the support of our main sponsors Fox and Associates, and Cricket Express.

Fox and Associates are Christchurch’s leading land surveying and land development firm. They are the experts in transforming land into vibrant, functional spaces for communities to live and work.  Their specialties cover everything  from traditional surveying and land development, through to UAV aerial mapping and 3D scanning. If you want to know about the sub-division process, Fox and Associates are the place to start. Call them at 0800 369 787 (0800 FOXSURVEY), or email info@foxsurvey.co.nz if you have any land or property related queries.

Cricket Express are Christchurch’s cricket supply experts. Visit their store and see our friendly and knowledgeable cricket staff or shop online from home 24/7 on their website. We also offer a full on site repair workshop so if your old bat needs some TLC, or you want a new bat knocked in go and see them.

Written by
Gareth Gibson,


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