2017/18 Season Newsletter #19

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…

Junior Saturday cricket prize-giving

Players, parents, and supporters are all welcome at the BWU Junior Saturday morning grades prize-giving this Saturday (17th) at 6:30 p.m. at the Burnside Cricket Pavilion. Get there early to catch the last session of the BWU 2A Men taking on Riccarton on Burnside 1 in a match that is always keenly fought contest between the clubs.

Friday night Junior break-up

Next Friday (23rd) is the last night of Friday night cricket for the summer. Thanks to all the players and coaches for another fun summer, and special thanks to Shane Young for all your hard work coordinating this year’s Junior Cricket programme.

Senior prize-giving next weekend

All Senior players, partners, and supporters are warmly invited to the BWU Senior club prizegiving next Saturday (24th) at 7:30 p.m. at the Burnside Cricket Pavilion. All teams have the chance to acknowledge their seasons best, and the night is always the crowning moment of the summer. This year will be catered by spit-roast, and MC’d by David Robertson and his beautiful assistant. All teams a encouraged to get their stats into CricHQ as completely as possible. This is a big help in determining some of the club awards. Senior captains are also requested to get your team’s individual batting, bowling, and fielding award nominations to Brett Thomson as soon as possible.

Be like Bussy.

Trivia night success

A huge thank you to the organisers and supporters of the BWCUCC Trivia Night and fundraising auction. It was a great thing to watch the videos and see the photos of a heaving and packed-out Pavilion in what is sure to become a regular event after such a successful turnout.

Ish Sodhi debuts for BWCUCC Ghetto Hustlers

In a story that will no doubt be told, re-told, and embellished for years to come. Black Cap and all round good guy Ish Sodhi-stream Sodhi made his debut for BWCUCC last weekend for none other than perennial crowd favourites The Ghetto Hustlers.

Ish Sodhi and the Ghetto Hustlers

Bring a sister (or brother) to Friday Night cricket!

Friday night cricket runs through to the 23rd of March. If you have a younger (or older) brother or sister who you want to bring along to get a taste of cricket at Burnside, we warmly invite you to bring them along for the remainder of the season to get a taste of Kiwi and Allstar Academy cricket which caters from Year 1 to Year 4/5.


Junior Hoodies available now!

Just the thing to keep you warm as the nights get colder… Cricket Express now has Burnside Cricket hoodies available for sale via their website. Show your club colours with pride! AVailable in kids sizes 6-16, for $55.00. Head to Cricket Express to buy online today!
Junior Hoodie – Available in store and online at Cricket Express.

The draw

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

Playing on the home grounds this weekend…

Keep an eye out  on Saturday for…

  • BWU 5 hosting St Andews College on Burnside Park 5 (@ 9:00 am)
  • BWU 2A Men hosting Riccarton  on Burnside Park 1 (Day 1 of 2 @ 10:30 am)
  • BWU Presidents Foxes hosting Old Boys Collegians East Shirley on Burnside Park 4 (@1:00 pm)
  • BWU Boomers hosting Sydenham 3B  on Burnside Park 2  (@1:00 pm)
  • BWU Strikers hosting Marist Harewood 3C  on Burnside Park 3 (@1:00 pm)

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

The plot continues to twist and turn in the Al Brown MVP competition. In a remarkable trot Dilla Smith sits at the top of the ladder, but there is a suspicously missing match in the CricHQ database that coudl change things very quickly. Its still too close to call the winner with only  two weeks of cricket left. Check out the full leaderboard here.

1 Dilla Smith Cannons 15 37.04 74.62 8.59 120.25
2 Scott Inglis Premiers 17 7.36 88.59 12.41 108.36
3 Matthew Hay Premiers 19 39.73 55.08 5.57 100.36
4 JJ Naude Premiers 20 66.64 11.63 19.89 98.17
5 Tom Turner Juniors 19 57.64 16.88 18.57 93.11

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…

Stats corner

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.

Special note this week to Tom Turner from the junior club who has broken into the top 5 run scorers for the whole club this year. Well done Tom!

Senior club

Junior club

  • 2017/2018 – Leading club run-scorer Tom Turner (353, Average 44.13)
  • 2017/2018 – Leading club wicket-taker Nick Smith (15, Average 13.67, SR 26.4)
  • 2017/2018 – Leading club fieldsman Tom Turner  (12 dismissals)

Best in grade performers

Check out all the grade leaderboards here.

On this day – The first ever test match

“OK chaps, on ‘three’, everybody eyes toward the camera, and smile. One… Two… Th.” *Click*

On this day (15th March 1877), Test cricket began. The match between Australia and England, at the MCG, was only subsequently awarded Test status, and was originally billed as “All England v A Combined New South Wales and Victoria XI”. Neither side was at full strength: Australia, who were effectively a combined Melbourne and Sydney XI, had no Frederick Spofforth. England had no amateurs – which meant no WG Grace, for a start – and no wicketkeeper, after Surrey’s Ted Pooley was arrested in New Zealand the day after a gambling scam. Australia’s Charles Bannerman, who was born in Kent, faced the first ball from Alfred Shaw, scored the first run, off the next ball, and the first hundred as well. He went on to 165 – the only century of his first-class career – before retiring hurt when George Ulyett smashed one of his fingers. In all, he scored 67.3% of his team’s total of 245, which is still a record, 130-odd years later. Australia eventually won by 45 runs: on the same ground 100 years later, they beat England by exactly the same margin in the Centenary Test, which was arranged to celebrate this inaugural match.

A bonus “on this day” just because

“Hey Dipak do you think the crowd noticed we screwed up the high five?”
“Just keep smiling Chris, and don’t stop dancing.”

On this day (15th March) in 1992… New Zealand set a World Cup record. Their victory over England in Wellington was their seventh straight win of the 1992 tournament. As with most of the previous six, it was based around new-ball spin bowling (Dipak Patel 10-1-26-2), dobbing (Gavin Larsen 10-3-24-0), pinch-slogging (Mark Greatbatch 35 off 37 balls) and classy batsmanship (Martin Crowe 78 not out). But that was where the run ended. Three days later Pakistan hammered them in a group match, and three days after that they mugged them again in an unforgettable semi-final. Still the coolest tournament uniforms of all time.

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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