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Club supporter Peter “Bus Driver” Isle was back for the new season – bending the ear of anyone he came across… Is that a double brown in his hand??!!

The misty drizzle shrouded Burnside oval early on Saturday – dark & gloomy clouds hanging low in the sky and threatening a 2nd successive wash-out for most cricket to start the season.

But that hadn’t stopped Bussy from making the bike ride from Buchanans Road and chatting excitedly about the rugby league season and which way the boundary flags should point to make them the most difficult to see from the field.

Stove catches Fire and Presidents light up the Oval…

What a weekend of action for Burnside West cricketers and teams – with some remarkable events, performances and results across our club.

Following the horrific events of the previous Friday most of us just sought a touch of normality – and the opportunity to get out on the park and get into some action.

My actual Hero “Stove” Murdoch was signing autographs at Junior prizegiving on Friday and pumping boundaries for our Premier team the next day.. #clubman

Presidents go back to back and Fireworks at Sumner & Burwood.

The Burnside West Presidents Foxes wrapped up the 1st silverware of the Summer, in the form of the Joe’s Garage Grade Championship – backing up from the same result last season.

Going in to the last game of the double round-robin competition they were 1st equal with St Albans and needed to beat the Merivale Papanui side they were drawn against to at least share the championship.

They did so and then the news came in that Saints had lost their match across town – so the Trophy is returning to Avonhead Road for the winter.

Both Hasto & a rather large dog got in the winner’s photo after Saturday’s game – neither has taken the field for the Foxes this summer…

Read the match report further down the page.

Not bad from Zohrab…

Fresh off his 122 in Nelson’s Hawke Cup victory over Southland – new Club recruit Thomas Zohrab was straight into the action for our Premier team against East Shirley, at Burwood Park, in the weekend.

The 1st-year University of Canterbury student took an early wicket at 1st-change, but it would be with the bat that he would really make an impact on debut. Easts batted fairly well through the morning and past lunch – declaring at 257/9. Inglis & Latham each claimed 3 wickets.

In reply Zohrab struck 98 off 126 balls (including 13 fours and 1 six) – providing the perfect foil to Tinus Huyser (62 from 49 balls) as the pair added 108 for the 1st wicket from just 16.2 overs.  He then paired with Liam Winn (50) to add a further 109 for the 2nd wicket, and he himself wasn’t dismissed until the 41st over with the score at 257/3.

The Premiers will resume next week with a decision required around their approach with the 1st innings scores tied on a very good batting wicket.

Former Nelson schoolboy and Premier cricket player Tom Zohrab is the real deal it seems ,,, Welcome Thomas…!

Good things come in threes….

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An excellent week for our Club with the top 3 grades all registering Outright wins in 2-day action over the weekend – none more deserved than our Div 1 (3rd’s) guys who had an action packed couple of Sundays…

But 1st up in Junior space the BWU 6 team have had a couple of exciting weeks! Last week’s action saw an outstanding performance by Jacob Robertson – grabbing 4/7 off just 3 overs (including a hatrick) as they rolled OBC. He also snared a run out and notched up 22 runs as they cruised home…

Winter is coming… but not for a while yet!

Blue skies and Northeast breezes were the constant for cricket across both Saturday & Sunday this week – on the park and around town…

Cricket continued in hot weather on Saturday and, for our 3 morning grade teams, Sunday as well.

Each of them completed a 2-Day match on Saturday and started another one somewhere else the next day…

Great Scott’s! What a week for Burnside West…

It’s been a busy week for BWCUCC players and teams – with some quite remarkable results and individual performances to report on.

1st up saw T20 Semi final action on Wednesday night for both our Premiers and Division 1 (3rd’s) men.

At Hagley 5 a small but enthusiastic bunch of supporters watched on as the premiers took on St Albans for a spot in the final. After being asked to bat Saints started positively to be 32/0 in the 5th over before Burnside grabbed the 1st wicket, via Matt Hay.

Premiers sneak into T20 Semis on the back of some Huyser Heroics

Our Premier Mens team have a shot at some silverware with a pending semi final date with St Albans on Hagley 5 this coming Thursday night (31 January) in the Metro T20 competition.

That looked a lot less likely prior to Saturday’s double header of rounds as they languished outside the top 5 and would need 2 wins and some other results to go their way.

The heat is on as Cricket continues

A little slow out of the blocks with the weekly round-up last weekend’s games – blame it heat stroke from the fantastic Summer weather or fatigue from setting up for the current CJCA Tournament.

The last few rounds of T20 action are being played out across town this coming weekend – with the top 3 BWCUCC teams fairing differently in their pursuit of semi-final spots.