Welcome to Bussy’s back-yard

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.

Championship

Our Championship 2nd’s spent a couple of hours taking covers of then putting them back on again every time the groundsman looked skywards but the wind finally blew the last of the drizzle away and they agreed to commence their match against Lancaster Park at 12pm.

That same groundsman has chosen to hand water the No: 1 deck on Friday as the week’s predicted rain had never eventuated – so Matt Janett saw enough in the surface to insert Park once he won the toss, in a match reduced to 40 overs each.

Park started cautiously as Hunter Rowe claimed the 1st wicket in just his 3rd over . Then came a brisk partnership from Park which lifted them to 44/1 off 10 overs. The introduction of spin on the drying surface brought a change of fortunes as firstly Harry Wilson (1/21) and later Scott Kitto (4/16) ensured wickets fell regularly.

Despite Park opener Nathan Wingman digging in to top score with 28 our lads kept the pressure on eventually dismissing them for just 109 in the 33rd over. Will Kennedy & Jack Morrow each took 2 wickets as well while Alex Heenan’s screamer of a catch in the cordon typified the standard of grounds-fielding on the park.

The 2nd’s gather to celebrate yet another Park wicket as they dominated with the ball at times on No: 1

In reply the Park lads smelt blood early – with Heenan & Aspell dismissed cheaply to reduce the home side to 13/2 off 9. Tom Dunlop (17) and Alex Tait righted the ship before James Naylor took 3 wickets to claw Park back into the contest.

Alex Tait’s 44 was the best of the match but the evergreen Patrick ‘Paddy’ Sullivan returned with his left-arm fast to claim his and other wickets – causing a few fingernails to get chewed sideline as BWC slumped to 99/9.

Harry Wilson (6 not out) and Hunter Rowe (4 not out) scratched and scrambled the required 11 runs however as the home side banked the points in as thrilling contest.

Ghetto Hustlers

A late morning roll of damp pitches on 2 & 4, followed by a brisk sou’wester, saw 2 belter’s produced – and it’s only October. On 2 the Hustlers enjoyed the hard & fast surface as they amassed a handy 160 odd off their 20 overs.

I don’t have the specifics at hand but understand one of our T20 tyros copped a bouncer to the head at one point – no doubt it had little effect on cruiser consumption post game however.

In reply Saints Cavs were never in the contest and they faltered to 90 all out inside their overs.

Presidents

No: 4 has always been the groundman’s favourite and he rolled out an absolute road for the Foxes to take on Hornby in President’s grade action.

The newly introduced orange ball in the grade was entitled to be eyed cautiously initially but Marty Conway had other ideas – dispatching it to all parts (including an 80+ metre effort into a neighbouring property) in a quick-fire 30 to get his season underway.

Marty Conway prepares to launch his new season, and the orange ball, at Burnside 4. Mike Hastings (background) appears to be having a seizure…

Once he departed Jordan Buchanan joined new Presidents’ recruit Steve ‘War Machine’ McKean – as the pair added 77 in quick time. When Buchanan (37) departed McKean pressed on with the skipper – raising his maiden Presidents half-century in his 1st innings.

His 71 was a mix of classy stroke play and brute force – lifting the Foxes to 158/3 in the 23rd and nicely placed to launch.

The War Machine tees off at a short one during his punishing 71 for the Foxes

A flurry of boundaries and wickets followed as the home side pressed on – Jeff Roy’s rapid 25 including 2 sixes and launching the Foxes through to 236/9 off the 40 overs. In reply Horny;s openers played positively to post 49 for the 1st wicket before Burny Martin (2/27) exerted his influence.

A series of solid scores through the middle order saw Horny nicely placed at 165/4 and needing 8’s off the last 9 overs.

The return of Stenchy Twaddell put paid to their chances as he took 3 wickets in 5 balls. He had taken a bit of stick just prior so his 3/37 was fair reward for perseverance as the Foxes pulled Honby back and they limped through to 211/9 from the overs.

Premiers

Our top side traveled to the picturesque Heathcote Domain to take on the newly promoted home side in the 1st Senior game to be played at that venue under the current structure.

Short boundaries but still a pleasant cricket ground as our Premiers chased a win against Heathcote over in the valley

The mornings weather was localised to individual suburbs and Heathcote appeared to have coped OK as play got underway on a greenish surface.

It is assumed that Skipper Carl Huyser won the toss as Heathcote were given 1st use of the surface. Josh Peake, returning from a stint playing in the UK and slotting into the No: 1 fast bowlers role with the retirements of club legends Inglis & Farrant, repaid the Coach’s faith with 2 quick wickets to put the home side immediately on the back foot.

Locals reckon if you can see this rock from the ground at Heathcote the weather gods are smiling and you will be playing cricket. Seems legit…

Tom Zohrab, at 1st change, grabbed 2/20 before Matt Hay tore the heart out of the middle order with 3/23. Fellow spinners Howard & Carlaw also took 3 between them in support of Hay as Heathcote hobbled to 97 all out inside 33 overs.

With the loss of Zohrab and the skipper fairly early it fell to Steve Murdoch (24) and JJ Naude (21) to steady things before they, along with Matt Hay, departed to prime the nerves slightly at 69/5.

Mr Dependable – Mitchell Hay – took up the challenge with a pacey 27 off just 12 balls (including 3 sixes) and, despite the loss of Joel Williams at 74, he and Sam Carlaw saw our Prems through to the total inside 20 overs to claim the bonus point win.

Division 2 Lions (3rds)

A rejuvenated 3rd’s side. having been shown some much needed love by the club and bolstered as a result of new season recruiting, traveled to Hillsborough Domain to also take on Heathcote.

New Skipper Henk Huyser chose to field and opened with McKenzie and Scott – the latter claiming the 1st opposition wicket at 33. Then Henk himself, at 1st change, turned things on their head with a stunning spell of bowling – claiming 6/18 off 9 overs and single-handedly destroying the Heathcote lineup.

5 of his victims were bowled and 1 only managed to get a leg in the way as Jared Weston’s 3/9 was well & truly overshadowed by Henk’s golden spell.

Pretty good figures all round here – but a clear stand out for another one of our Huysers

In response – Aaden Mikaera opened with Jaco Huyser. The latter was the only wicket to fall – knicked out for a patient 9 – before Scott Finlayson joined Aaden to rollick home inside 18 overs.

Mikaera’s 46 not out, off 47 balls, included 6 boundaries and was not far off matched by Scott’s run a-ball 33 which involved 5. A great confidence boosting win 1st up for our Lions and they will have big numbers at training again this week to continue the momentum.

Aaden Mikaera celebrates his 46 no and a Div 2 Lions win post game

Division 4 Boomers

A new look Boomers side rocked up to Elmwood 3 to meet the OBC Cavs. A sudden surge of fertility has struck the usual “closed team” Boomers crew this season – with several players largely unavailable due to pending additions to the Family or other commitments.

The Club has stepped in to fill that space – taking on statutory management of the side for the season and assigning a multitude of new recruits to fill vacancies in the line up.

Some old faces and some new ones rolled out for the Boomers this week…

New Co-Captain Jonno Moss mustered the side for some catching practice before they took up batting duties 1st up on the Elmwood turf. Mike Chun took an immediate liking to conditions with a useful 40 before the other Co-Captain Sunnie Gogia got into his stride with a bruising 53 not out (6 fours and a single six in that).

Jay Sran also joined the party with a rapid 37 (5 fours / 1 six) as the Boomers posted a challenging 176/5.

In reply OBC started positively enough but were soon up against it as Jonno Moss used the new ball to good effect in delivering the 1st 3 wickets for his side (3/31 off his 8).

Throw in wickets from Mike Banks and Sran, stir in a couple of run outs and then garnish with some Cric HQ confusion – and you’ve got yourself an OBC team falling 31 short at 145 at the close. Great stuff Jonno, Sunnie and the lads!

Division 3 Cannons

El Capitan Peters led the Whangaparoa Pony Club Cannons over to deepest, darkest Richmond to take on their home side at that odd little park.

Batting 1st only Footie Foote (16) and Tom Batty (38) made double figures – the rest of the innings appearing a procession of single figure scores as the Cannons were reduced to 101 all out in the 37th.

In reply Richmond likewise struggled – losing regular wickets as the Cannons fought through Knowlesie and Big Red Grimshaw, who each claimed 2 wickets.

CP inserted himself into the game at 4th change – claiming top-scorer Herd for 42, then threatening to clean up the tail with a further 2 knicked out to keeper Taser.

But it wasn’t to be as Richmond hobbled home – 8 down in the 39th over.

DDT’s

Over at Nunweek the Dubai Diamond Traders posted a sound early win against their Riccarton Hogs rivals. Braces from Greg Knowles, Alex Ryan & Mack Finlayson assisted in restricting the Hogs to 88 all out inside the 20 overs.

In reply Simon Calder saw the side through with 40 not out as an opener – support from Tinning (17) and Finlayson (14 no) seeing the job done in the 15th over.

The Believers

Over at Denton Park our Believers batted 1st against Hornby – with Curtis McNaughton pumping a few around the park en route to a 44 not out in the number 4 spot.

Assisted by a 20 from Alex Gregg the lads posted 119/5 off their 20.

Despite Scotty Reid claiming 4/23 the Hornby side wasn’t to be denied a victory on home soil and they reached the total with 6 balls to spare.

See you on the park next week when Juniors also commence for the season!

Chairman’s Welcome 2019/20 Season

Chairman’s Message

Welcome to all players to the new season. It’s great to see player numbers tracking well and strong sides named for the opening round of competition this coming weekend (5 October). Hopefully the weather plays its part…

Just a reminder around player & spectator behaviour – and specifically the Metro Cricket Code of conduct. The code is published in the Metro Handbook for the new season and these have been provided to all team captains.

Along with that I’ve spoken to each individual captain to ensure they understand the required behavioural standards – both of Metro Cricket &, just as importantly, of our Club & Committee.

Notice of 114th AGM

Notice is hereby given that the 114th Annual General Meeting of the Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club will be held at the Burnside Cricket Pavilion, Burnside Oval, 336 Avonhead Road on Tuesday 24th September 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Agenda:

  • Apologies
  • Minutes of 113th Annual General Meeting (2018)
  • Matters Arising
  • Chairman’s Report
  • Annual Accounts and Treasurer’s Report
  • Adoption of Annual Report and Annual Accounts (2019)
  • Election of Officers
  • Subscription fees for 2019/20 season (refer to notice of motion)
  • General Business

Notice of motion: that the club levy the following levels of subscription for the 2019/20 season. The Early payment rate (where applicable), shall be available to Members up until the 30th of November 2019. U21 Members are those Senior members under 21 years of age on the 1st October 2019. Junior (Sibling) Membership rate is available for those with two or more junior members from the same household to encourage family membership. The first child is charged the junior rate, additional children in the same household qualify for the Sibling rate.

Early rate Standard rate
Senior Member$295$370
Senior Student & U21 Members$200$250
Afternoon grade 40-over teams$2,800$3,400
Afternoon grade T20 teams$1,400$1,600
Junior Member$110
Junior (Sibling) Member $90
Junior (Half season) Member$55
Social/Honorary Member$30
Jack Kerr Pride Club Member$100

Nominations

Nominations for Officers should be submitted to the Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket Club via email no later than 4:00 pm on Tuesday 17th September.

Who May Vote

Life, Honorary, and Senior Members of the club are entitled to one vote per person.

Officers of the club:

Patron, Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Auditor, and Honorary Solicitor, and the Executive Committee.

Please Note:

When arriving, all members should sign the attendance sheet. The Annual Report will be added to this notice when it is available, and this and the minutes of last year’s AGM may be collected at the Pavilion on the night of the AGM. For your convenience the Pavilion will be open half an hour before the meeting commences.

We thank you for your support and hope to see you all there on the night.

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 FOXES:

For the Foxes that park was Hagley Oval & the unused Test pitch as they took on Easts Gold as part of the Presidents Grade Day hosted by St Albans. Batting 1st our men compiled a reasonably competitive 173 all out in the 40th over.

How good that our President’s wasted the Test pitch in 40 over action..

Skipper Robertson, fresh from receiving the ‘Club of the Year’ award at the swanky NZC Awards do in Auckland (in a suit by the respected Paris fashion designer – H’Alan Steinz), settled in to top score with 45 as they appeared well placed at 104/4 in the 27th over.

But the loss of his and 4 other wickets in quick succession suddenly saw the Foxes capitulate to 125/8 and in danger of wasting the rock hard surface.

Luckily Jeff Roy showed both patience and urgency in equal measures to post 35 not out and see the side through to that 173.

In reply Easts started well and got through to 73 before losing their 1st wicket to a one-handed diving underarm run out by P-Shack. Things were evenly poised just before drinks but then suddenly we lost our length and Easts took 25 from the next 3 overs to take the break at 97/2 and in good position.

Mike Wheeler bowled 8 straight from one end to stifle the flow somewhat (0/26) and Gibson chipped in with 2 wickets – as a couple of comical run outs threatened to derail the Easts reply.

But despite the loss of former Premier stalwart Craig Gibb – who played some gorgeous square cuts in his innings-anchoring 81 – Easts got home with 3 wickets and 6 balls to spare.

PREMIERS:

Canterbury Opening Batsman Steve Murdoch – nicknamed “Stove” – was relegated to the No: 3 spot on Saturday as our Premiers batted 1st against Sydenham. Sitting just 2 points behind Lancaster Park in the 2-Day competition our lads had a simple agenda – bat 1st & get plenty then try and roll the Sydenham lads twice to have a chance at the Premiership.

And the 1st part of the plan went well – despite losing Heenan early on a Burnside 1 surface offering good pace & carry. Murdoch initially added 87 for the 2nd wicket with Tom Zohrab (46) then continued with Carl Huyser & JJ Naude – who each struck run-a-ball 20’s – to see the lads well placed at 178/4 in the 36th over.

Matt Hay wandered out at 6 & really started the fireworks with a (41-ball) boundary studded 78 – including 8 massive sixes. No Sydenham bowler was spared in the carnage as Matt took a particular liking to former Canterbury Off-spinner Tin Johnston, who ran a 10.6 an over through the innings.

Meanwhile Stove was ticking away nicely himself – striking 17 fours and 6 sizes in a tremendous 153 (off 133 balls) – his 1st century for the Club. He’d added 111 with Matt & then 63 with little Brother Mitch Hay (26) before finally being dismissed at 352/6. Skipper Huyser finally ending Sydenham’s misery at 363/8 declared in the 56th over.

Part 2 of the plan was then initiated with Jackson Lathan (in his Cap game) keeping the heat well and truly on with 3/34 off 12. Joel Williams took 2 very sharp catches in under the helmet as the spinners turned the screws – Sam Carlaw unlucky (0/7 off 7 overs) and Matt Hay 1/0 off 2). Retiring paceman Scott Inglis grabbed one and so did Zohrab as Sydenham will look to continue to dig in next week – ending the day at 78/7 and with their backs against the wall.

Competition leaders Lancaster Park are looking dominant against Grade-strugglers Marist Harewood, but compiled inferior batting points to us, so a win next week by an innings might see the Burnside lads grab the 2-Day competition win for the 1st time since the early 1990’s…

You write your own history – and this table is before we passed Park on batting points and understood that we have a chance.. Get up lads!!!!!!!!!

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Meanwhile over at Burwood our Grade leading 2nd’s took on their Easts counterparts – and looked to extend their lead in the competition with another outright victory.

And that they did – in spectacular fashion! Alex McDuff (4/27) and Josh Peake (4/16) quickly reducing the 10-man East line-up to 48 all out within 17 overs. Josh Peake, with his parents in town for his 21st celebration the next day, had also got one to lift sharply on poor Easts No: 3 – Myran Moore – who took a heavy blow on the glove and had to retire hurt with suspected broken fingers.

Into bat with almost an hour to go before lunch and Tinus Huyser decided to work up a hunger with a punishing 81 off 57 balls (13 fours & 2 sixes). But Easts had their moments – dismissing 6 other Burnside batsmen for just 15 runs between them. However – now that Peako is 21 – he’s much more mature and he played the perfect innings at No: 8 to muster 53 from 43 balls – making for a pleasant day out for his watching parents.

Gus Harman also slapped 29 not out off 16 balls allowing Burnside to declare at 201/8 off just 29 overs.

Easts certainly put up significantly more fight than in the 1st di as their openers alone put on 82. A 2nd wicket partnership of 85 wiped the 1sdt innings deficit and, despite now being down to 9 fit players, the Easts players might have felt more confident. No need though as outside the top 3 only 9 other runs were scored off the bat – seeing them capitulate to 197 all out as Will Kennedy (at 3rd change) ran through them with 6/11 off 6 overs. Peako topped off his day with another wicket and Hugo Howard warrants a mention – simply for the fact that (for the 1st time this season) he didn’t warrant a mention.

45 required for the “outright win in a day” prize and despite the loss of Dunlop & Kennedy the runs were wiped off in under 6 overs – Alex Tait finishing with 22 not out & Gus Harman suggesting he’s found some form – with his 20 not out giving him 49 for the day without being dismissed.

Gus Harman’s prayers were answered when he got runs this week..

This means the 2nd’s lads have won the 2-Day competition for the 4th consecutive year and we will be looking for something to keep them occupied next week so they don’t celebrate too hard before the Prize-giving on Saturday night. Well done Alex McDuff and the lads!!

DIVISION 1:

I don’t want to talk about it – suffice to say the opposite result to the 2nd’s as late withdrawals and unavailability’s left us with just 8 players (I’m told) and we got beat up bad by MP 2nd’s…

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Not good in terms of beatings received at Bishopdale Park

DIVISION 3 – CANNONS:

Things were looking reasonably peachy for our Cannons over on Burnside 2 as they dismissed the Halswell Norsemen for just 107 inside 35 overs. It seems appropriate that our own Viking practiced a bit of the Norse ritual of human sacrifice himself by taking 3/9 of his 8 overs.

Actual footage of Norseman Opening bowler..

Lenny Otte was quite as miserly but still took 3/19 and Dilla Smith (who looks a bit Viking like himself) grabbed 2.

Chris Bradley had an unusually tidy game with the gloves taking 4 catches – no doubt at least 3 of them were crocodile style though….

Chris “Taser” Bradley about to glove another one for his team…

In reply the Cannons stumbled to 7/2 before Tom Batty righted the ship with 24 – and there was cause for optimism as our men reached 50/3 inside 14 overs. But 3 quick wickets reduced that to 53/6 and suddenly the Norsemen were contemplating a human sacrifice or 2 of their own…

Other than Bradley & Smith’s dual 12’s there wasn’t much left to write home about as each of the tail-enders threatened to win the game with an appropriate innings but got out just as they started to look settled – the Whangaparoa men falling 10 runs short with 8 overs still available to them.

DIVISION 4 – BOOMERS:

The Boomers took on the Sydenham Goats adjacent to Brougham Street and were quickly on top as Regan Wilson (2/19) and Ajay rana (1/12) opened up. O’Brien, Reed & Cremer each took 1 wicket as only the Goat’s number 4 in Ollie Philpott (35) offered significant resistance.

But the star with the ball for the Boom Booms was Tony Edlin – who’s 3/15 off 8 overs ripped the heart out of the Sydenham middle order.


Tony Edlin utilises pace & seam movement to defy a classical forward defense from a Sydenham batsman…

In reply our Men looked to make the run chase as difficult as possible for themselves as the top 6 batsmen were all dismissed for low scores as follows: 6, 1, 3, 11, 1, 1…

Luckily Tony Edlin was still fairly pumped from his bowling efforts and he made it look easy at number 7 – using the short straight boundaries on Sydenham 3 to his advantage with 5 sixes in a quick-fire 45 not out. Regan Wilson (18) stayed with him long enough to have the job almost done and they completed the win 8 down with overs to spare.

DIVISION 5 – STRIKERS:

Nothing in Cricket HQ from our Strikers men & I see our Club Cricket Operations Manager is chasing the result on behalf of Metro as I write…

T20 ROUND-UP;

Both the Holstein Boys & the Believers were out of action through defaults involving Heathcote sides this week – one by us and one by the opposition – which all seems a bit silly. Hopefully the Believers get a game in next week and attend prize-giving in good numbers while the hybrid Holstein version 2.0 are done for the year.

On what should have been a pretty good Burnside 4 wicket the GhettoHustler’s skipper Brad Reid confused everyone by assigning himself the wicket-keeper symbol in Cric HQ then taking the 1st 2 wickets to fall with his right-arm medium-fast. He then took a stumping off Duncan to record the 3rd dismissal and have me genuinely scratching my head…

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Even Brad Reid was confused about what role he played on the weekend..

Toye the only other wicket taker as the Richmond Porkers also had a couple of batsmen compulsory retiring and posted a competitive 127/4 off their 20 overs.

In reply Taylor Reid (33) and Ben Vincent (20) got us away nicely before Brad himself (16), Mearns (13) and Toye (26) did the bulk of the remaining damage. The GhettoHustlers rocked home 6 down with nearly a half a dozen overs to spare. Not sure on Vodka Cruiser consumption in the club rooms but will advise…

Over a Halswell domain the home side posted a challenging 138/4 off their 20 overs and then restricted our Dubai Diamond Traders to 125 all out to take the chocolates. No further details in the system for specifics but perhaps that allows an opportunity to re-visit the DDT’s encounter against the Riccarton Hogs from a couple of weeks back.

That weekly round-up never went to print with the events of the week – but a report in from Luke Moore warrants mentioning.

They were soundly beaten reaching 55 all out in the 1st innings – which was run down by the Hogs pretty comfortably for the loss of only 3 wickets. But those 3 wickets were all taken, in consecutive deliveries by, Ranui Luke. The hat-trick is described as – “1st one flashed to point, 2nd one caught behind and 3rd one bowled clean through the gate…!”

DDT’s love a photoshoot Op….

Luke further reports that this is the 2nd hat-trick achieved by a member of the DDT’s team and on both occasions they have been the only 3 opposition wickets to fall….!

JUNIOR SPOTLIGHT:

After the excitement of the Junior Prize-Giving at the Club on Friday night plenty of young Burnside West cricketers would have been out looking to emulate the Tom Latham & Steve Murdoch’s by covering themselves in cricketing glory on Saturday.

One of the biggest games for our juniors loomed at Medbury School where our BWU 2 team met Medbury 1. Our young men were just one win behind the grade leading Medbury boys – with a chance to draw equal if we could get the W.

Junior cricket (with the retirement and wicket number rules) is a little hard to follow in Cric HQ as the fall of wickets column suggests Medbury were in trouble at 3 down for 2 runs – but yet the batting column shows the top 5 batsmen all fired as Medbury reached an imposing 216/11 in their 30 overs.

In reply the Graeme Turner coached side knew they would need their top guns to fire and everyone else to be on top of their game if they were to have a chance.  Finn McCormick-Young continued his good form this season with 29, Max Burford scored 27 and top ranked Junior in the Club MVP ladder – Tom Turner – managed 21. But the strength of the Medbury attack was a little too much on this occasions and, backed by some good fielding, they were relieved to restrict BWU to 155/13 off their overs.

Hard luck for our BWU 2 lads but a great season all round and you’ll be itching to get back on the Park no doubt…!

See you all at the Senior Prize-giving next Saturday night!

Yours in cricket

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.

PREMIERSHIP:

Over at Burwood Park our Premiers resumed their 1st innings equal with the Easts’ total of 257 – but with 7 wickets in hand. With some 17 overs still available to them the Prems were determined to build something of a lead and get into the task of bowling Easts out on a tremendous batting surface.

Did I say “something of a lead”? I’m not sure what Coach Paul O’Brien gave them for breakfast but the lads absolutely smashed it – adding 154 in those 17 overs to allow them to declare at 411/8. JJ Naude (40 from 33 balls) and Matt Hay (40 from 22 balls) did the initial damage before Carl Huyser (58 from 41) and Mitch Hay (29 from 26) maintained the momentum.

Boom time at Burwood Park as the Premier’s scored at 6.85 an over through the innings

Declaring with a 1st innings lead of 154 the lads were further buoyed when Inglis & Farrant grabbed an early wicket each and Easts were reeling at 6/2. When Matt Hay bowled the dangerous Ken McClure they were 28/3 – then 56/4 when Scotty took his 2nd.

Easts slumped further when they were reduced to 86/6 and in danger of losing outright by an innings. While most of the Easts’ batsmen tried to dig in (for example opener Duncan faced 74 balls for his 15) a young man named Tom MacRury decided counter-attack was the best option.

Fresh from his elegant but brutal 55 in the 1st dig the tall left-hander belted 13 fours & 8 sixes in his 124 off 100 balls – adding 112 for the 7th wicket with Connor Arnold (55 not out).

When MacRury was finally dismissed Burnside quickly seized back the initiative with 2 further wickets to have Easts seemingly dead & buried at 213/9. But Arnold wasn’t giving it away – facing 135 balls for his half-century – and he found able support in number 11 Josh Milne (10 not out from 82 balls) as they denied our lads the outright victory.

Jackson Latham took 3 wickets while the Singles and Faz show took 2 each.

Heart-breaking stuff for our lads as Easts ended 267/9 at the close of play – but some remarkable cricket played and our men gathered enough points from the game to maintain a slender lead over Lancaster Park in the 2-day competition.  

Burnside play their nearest 2 rivals in the last 2 rounds of 2-day action – in matches that will decide the overall championship.

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Over at St Leonards Square our 2nd’s trailed Sumner by around 30 1st innings runs with wickets in hand from last week and – like the Prems – looked to build a small lead in quick time. They did so, reaching 266 all out with Hugo Howard & Alex Tait each scoring 30’s to build on the earlier work of the top 6.

They went into the field with a 25 run buffer and, despite a strong start from Sumner (who were at one stage 93/2), the introduction of Mr Howard’s left arm orthodox literally “turned” the game in Burnside’s favour. Hugo took 5 of the remaining 8 wickets to fall – ending with figures of 14-4-45-5.

McDuff & Peake each grabbed 2 wickets as well – as Sumner were humbled on their home turf being bowled out for 149 inside 45 overs.

In to bat and Tom Dunlop lead the charge initially with 54 not out off just 51 balls (5 fours and a six). But fellow opener Alex Heenan wasn’t having the young fella up-stage him and he put the foot down – smashing 7 fours & 5 sixes in his violent 71 not out – the Burnside men romping home for the outright by 10 wickets.

Heen’s is having quite a season with the bat – scoring 704 runs across all forms of the game (between Premier & Championship) and averaging 44.3 for 2nds.

BWU’s favourite tangerine companion – Alex Heenan – has been pumping it this season….

Like our Premiers – the Championship side lead the 2-day competition going in to the penultimate round next week.

DIVISION 1:

The 3rd’s resumed at 70/1 in their 2nd innings against Lancaster Park on Burnside 1 – needing another 60 or so to clear the 1st innings deficit.

Jason McKenzie was 20 odd not out and seemed intent on wiping the LP lead promptly as he slammed the 1st ball of the day through wide mid-wicket for 4. He top-scored with 46 in quick time as the 3rd’s got through to 158 all out.

Jason McKenzie prepares to moose the 1st ball of the day through cow corner

That left Park with 33 runs for the victory which they achieved without losing a wicket.

DIVISION 3 – CANNONS:

El Capitan Peters was on hand to watch his charges battle the Marist Harewood Chargers on Burnside 2, but wasn’t involved in the action – a week long fit of gastro weakening the body but certainly not the mind.

The lads did him proud – humbling the Chargers to 88 all out inside 30 overs. Knowlesy Knowles (3/21) & Viking Gillespie (2/22) both bowled 8 straight, opening up, to inflict significant damage.

But it was Tom “Big Red” Grimshaw who starred thereafter – taking the remaining wickets himself to end with 5/29 off 7.4 overs. In reply the normally reliable openers in Terror Foote & Thorpey were both dismissed fairly cheaply as the Cannons briefly slumped to 13/2.

Surely ‘Big Red’ Grimshaw’s efforts with the ball will have secured him the Cannon’s 4M (MVP) award this week?

But Tom Batty (43*) and Chris Bradley (36*) didn’t show any signs of panic as they cruised home in the 19th over for an 8-wicket win.

DIVISION 4 – BOOMERS:

Unfortunately the Cric HQ scorecard is incomplete for the Boomers match on number 3 against the Heathcote Pests – so I can’t provide you with any specifics on the Boomers bowling efforts 1st up.

What I can say is that I saw some tight bowling backed up by committed fielding as Heathcote were held to 171/3 from their 40 overs.

In reply Opener Deon Cremer slammed 13 fours and 3 sixes in his 87 – despite wickets tumbling around him – before Tony Edlin (at 6) and an un-named Spare player (at 7) each struck 25 not out to see our men home with 5 wickets in hand in the 28th over.

Former Male model turned cricketer Deon Cremer (seen here executing a classic “blue steel”) was in the runs Saturday with 87 for the Boomers (Photo: 2017 – courtesy of IMG Modelling)

DIVISION 5 – STRIKERS:

No card in for the Strikers game against the Riccarton Mahja Cannons at Yaldhurst domain.

PRESIDENTS:

As mentioned earlier the Presidents Foxes took on MP Pickle at Burnside 4 – in the final round of the primary competition (dual round-robin format).

Sitting in 1st equal place through 17 matches they needed to get the W to at least share the title – their hopes of winning it outright resting with the other Merivale Papanui side (Identity Signs) being able to roll St Albans over at Edgar Mac.

The Foxes have only lost 3 games this season but one of those was to MP Pickle when they comfortably effected a 70-run win back in December.

The toss won the Foxes took the field and Kember took an early wicket before Hume & their skipper added 63 for the 2nd wicket. At 73/2 at drinks things were slightly in MP’s favour – so skipper Robertson removed all semblance of pace from the attack by bowling his sleep-inducing right arm out-swing off 4.2 paces.

It worked to a degree as the run rate slowed for a while (0/24 off 8) and Kember switched between seam up & left-arm orthodox (depending on who was facing) at the other end. When he had the dangerous Browne well caught by Dickson they sat at 119/3, and the Foxes sensed a chance to run through them when Wheeler returned to trap Skipper Van Grunsven (Pickle) at 122.

But the remaining batsmen showed enough nous to tick the score over and, despite a spectacular one-handed screamer (above his head) by Chris Kennedy, they posted a potentially challenging 176/6 off their allotted. Twaddell, Kember & Wheeler each claimed 2 wickets.

After a briefly positive start Kennedy & Conway both departed at 25 – and Robertson strode to the wicket to join Allan. Both opening bowlers for MP bowled 8 straight and kept things fairly tight as the batsmen recognised the need to balance caution with positivity. When Allan fell at 69, for a well-compiled 34, drinks were taken in the 19th over and the game hung in the balance.

Jordan Buchanan joined the skipper and the Foxes collectively held their breath – waiting to see what type of innings their maverick talent would attempt. Many times this season Buchanan has played with a reckless brutality that either comes off or doesn’t – regardless of the team need or position.

When dismissed cheaply he’ll shrug his shoulders as he wanders off – stating in a loud but high pitched & whiney voice “that’s how I play” – before disappearing to Mexicali fresh for a vegetarian lunch.

But this day his team needed him – and he wouldn’t be letting them down. He and Robertson played cautiously at 1st before the 4th & 5th bowlers came into action. The skipper brought up his 3rd consecutive half-century and the pair had added 74 for the 4th wicket when he was dismissed. Robertson struck 9 fours & a six in his 64

Paddy the Puma’ received a wee tidy up this week and quite a lot of social media attention – having aided the Skipper to 186 runs in the last 3 innings at an average of 93.

From there Dickson & Buchanan added 23 to see the Foxes through to 166/5 before Buchanan finished things off fairly quickly with a flurry of boundaries. 8 fours & a six in his match-winning 50 not out.

Former Child star Jordan Buchanan (left) pictured in a scene during a brief stint on Shortland Street in 2015. That’s how he plays…

The Foxes had gathered side-line to share a cold one or 3 when a text came through from Edgar Mac advising that the other MP side had, in fact, tipped up Saints – and the Foxes had won back to back championships. They celebrated in style and now move into the top 4 competition which includes a Grade Day at Hagley & the possibility of a match on Hagley Oval.

Well done Men!

T20 ROUND-UP:

A couple of byes and some poor Cric HQ work means minimal to report from our Men in Cavalier’s action over the weekend – though I can tell you the GhettoHustlers posted 134/8 in their match against the Riccarton Hoggs – but got run down in a thriller with the Hoggs making 135/7 & winning with 2 balls (and 1 wicket) to spare…

JUNIOR SNAPSHOT:

A motivational speech from Coach Rob Lamont (aka ‘Blindy’) wasn’t enough to inspire the BWU 5 side to a win against the Sydenham Booth Kings at Westburn School.

Our young men were 107 /11 at the end of their 20 overs, Cooper Oakley top-scoring with 24, and the Sydenham boys ran that down with 134.4.

Alex Guillemont starred with 2 wickets (both bowled) and a sharp catch.

Rob Lamont talks strategy with our BWU 5 lads at Westburn School

No W in the column for BWU 3 either over at Burnside Primary. Our guys reached 93/6 from their 30 overs but were run down by a fast-finishing Merivale Pap side who reached 100/2.

Preparing to go into battle for BWU 3 at Burnside Primary School…

Yours in cricket…

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…!

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Our 2nd’s travelled to picturesque St Leonards Square in Sumner to take on the home side in day 1 action. Some big names (& frames) rolled out, in the absence of younger ones preferring to attend Electric Avenue, with Mark Shackleton, Brett Thomson & Dan O’Keefe all putting their hands up to assist in a crisis.

Sumner batted 1st and struggled through to 160/5 off 40 and battling but it appears this correspondent has somehow upset all 2nd Grade members as they are refusing to give me further deets – other than they were going good in reply Alex Heenan pumped it again with (at least) 60 not out (at tea) and Tom Dunlop not out in the 20’s.

Millennials replying to texts or social media requests is problematic it appears at times…

I feel your pain Club Captain….

DIVISION 1:

Fresh off their stunning outright victory last week, but also hampered by unavailable players, our 3rd’s batted 1st against Lancaster park 3rd’s on Burnside 1. Park rolled out an interesting looking mixture in their line-up – I’m pretty sure it was a combination of travelling gypsies and junior accountants.

Their opening bowler was a shortish, barrel chested man with a bushy beard whose action looked like a grasshopper climbing a tree branch – and I’m certain that Tom Petty was fielding at cover for most of the day.

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This guy (minus the guitar) was DEFINITELY at cover for the LP 3rd’s this week.

But it was our lads who were free-falling initially as we were all out for 89 – only Aiden Mikaera (21) & Henk Huyser (38) offering significant resistance.

In reply Park mustered 214/8 declared with no: 3 Amos scoring a well compiled century. Dan Vedder the pick of the bowlers with a 3 for. But our lads dug in in the 2nd … um … dig … to be 55/1 – Mikaera & McKenzie both unbeaten on 20 odd to offer some optimism for next week.

DIVISION 3 CANNONS:

The missing person’s report which was filed with the Police in respect of El Capitan Peters has been withdrawn – as he returned to the line-up to take Riccarton at Yaldhurst Domain.   

Batting 1st Terror Foote (35) & Knowles (23) added 50 for the 1st wicket before Footie Foote scored 58 of his 71 in boundaries to lift the rate. Taser Bradley (20) and Kasun (25) also chipped in as the boys cruised through to 224/6 of their 40 overs.

Riccarton struggled in reply with only opener Rathore (37 off 24 balls) offering resistance – eventually all out for 89 in the 28th over. Kasun cleaned up the tail with 3, after Knowles & Lenny Otte had taken 2 each. Lurking at 3rd change El Capitan had a quiet day by his standards with 1/10 off 5.

DIVISION 4 BOOMERS:

A similar story at Tullett Park as only opener Thomas (41) offered much with the bat for Marist Harewood as they were bowled out for 105 in the 34th over.  Wickets shared about with Tony Edlin’s 3 the best – Regan Wilson, Rana & D’Obbly O’Brien each snared 2. Deon Cremer was absent – allowing others a decent crack at things with the ball.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing in reply with 6 Boomers batsmen being dismissed in single figures. Luckily O’Brien wasn’t having any of this “difficult run chase” nonsense – striking 6 fours in his 49 not out. Campbell Rose, at number 9, hung with D’Obbly to get the lads over the line – 7 down in the 37th over.

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Actual footage of the “road” that is Tullett Park – google it (get the same result) & never doubt me again….

DIVISION 5 STRIKERS:

Electric Avenue also impacted the Strikers this week – getting the win courtesy of a default by their Marist Harewood opponents.

PRESIDENT’S FOXES:

Still 1st equal with 2 matches to play in the round-robin competition the Foxes travelled to Burwood Park to take on the dangerous East Gold team.

Having won the toss and asked East to bat they were under pressure initially as Craig Gibb & former Otago Batsman Peter Dobbs starting to find the short boundaries straight to their liking.

At 48/0 off 11 the introduction of Wheeler was required and he slowed the rate nicely taking 1/16 off his 1st 5 overs.

The introduction of Josh Vernall further hampered the East effort – bowling 8 straight he claimed 4/33 as Easts lost regular wickets before finally succumbing to 160 all out in the 38th over. Wheeler & Kember 2 wickets each and Shane Young, in his 1st appearance for a couple of seasons, was cat-like in the field.

In reply Tim Grocott trapped both openers in front to have the Foxes reply, and season, hanging in the balance. Marty Conway (35) played positively and, despite his loss, Burnside reached 86/3 at the half way (20 over) mark – the same position as Easts had earlier been.

But Everest & Robertson wanted to put the matter to bed and did so in fine style – Matt playing beautifully (55 not out) and Skipper Robertson (50 not out) sharing a 93 run partnership to finish things off rather quickly inside 33 overs.

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Skipper Robertson’s slog sweep for 6 off Gibb appeared to have been well timed…

The Foxes play Merivale Papanui next week and a win in that game guarantees them at least a share of the primary Grade competition.

20 ACTION:

Well there wasn’t all that much off it as the Believer’s had a bye and the Holstein’s Boys defaulted.

This left the GhettoHustlers and the DDT’s as the only 2 teams actually getting some cricket in. 

Hot off the messenger APP from the Hustler boys is this:

“Played the in form St Albans Fozzies who the boys know quite well now after tussling for a few years.

A Mexican stand off ensued during the week as each team tried to feel out whether a default would be made with a festival on. Neither team budged.

Turning up with 5 regulars away and to St Albans warming up 30 minutes before the game there was doubt creeping into the minds of a few. Particuarly with David Hills out injured with a broken heart.

The opposition had done well in terms of ring ins, enough to declare “we have a good team this week” Bat first and put on 162 with Callum getting a hard earned 53* on a spicy Nunweek wicket.

Some good cameos all round given the pitch would have to be the most dangerous in the South Island.

We put the new ball to good use and got the ball to swing and rear up, nullifying any footwork of every batsmen who all wore them to the body, and unfortunately one player (helmet-less) wearing one on the jaw.

The lads all bowled well and skittled them for 50″

Meanwhile the DDTs chased Halswell’s 125/5 after Moore (2/15) and Vieceli (2/35) did most of the damage. The Diamond Trader’s replied positively with McCauley retired (46) & bionic knee Knowles (28*) getting the lads home easy-times…

JUNIOR FOCUS:

Good shots from Graeme “Shambles” Campbell who Coaches (and reports on) our BWU 7 side – and is also a talented photographer across Lincoln Uni sport…

“After the rain affected match last week the team were excited to be play their first game as the holders of the John Grocott Trophy.

Playing against Halswell in Aidenfield the Burnside boys won the toss and decided to bat first. All contributed well with all seven batsmen scoring double figures. Josh R (33), Callum E (31) and Luke M (53).

Luke M is definitely in this shot…

In previous games the bowling line’s were fairly wayward but the planets were aligned and the boys were on target today. Callum E (2 for 5), Ryan R (2 for 14), Luke M (3 for 12), Josh R (3 for 31) and Will Mc (4 for 20). The teams fielding was the best they’d shown all year which helped keep the runs down. 

In the end we were too strong for Halswell with BWU 7 winning with 217 runs against 149″.

And this in from Alix Scobie of BWU 9:

“What a game at the Oval. What a stunning evening. I had sunblock on, but thank you Jillian for the top up, I was cooking while I was scoring! Back to the game:- It was like the boys saw the field and went “I belong” and off they went!

Starting with the most involved fielding I have seen from Tom yet, moving around, getting behind the ball and backing up his buddies. Caleb was all over it, moving his buddies around the field to prevent the 4s by Medbury. The blocking of the ball with their bodies saw Troy stop a 4 within a metre of the boundary – NICE, and Matthew was on fire around the wickets today, and backing up his fielding mates.

Everyone was standing further back from the wickets, meaning there were very few over throws that were boundaries this week – wahoo, exactly what we practiced for on Thursday night!

The bowling was to the Hansen’s this week. Troy had a mega 6/3! Stunning stuff. Caleb not far behind with 8/1. And Will, where did that bowling come from? 10/2 – superb bowling this week. Henry was very close to a maiden over – fantastic work! And there were less wides and no balls than we have had for a while.

Then it was our turn to bat. Troy, what a way to lead your team into batting – you found the sweet spot on the boundary and stuck with it for a massive 6 4s and 2 6s, a total of 37 runs, supported well by Thomas who was making great calls to back you up! Just when we all thought that was the most runs we would see, in came Matthew and Caleb. Matthew hit runs of EVERY BALL he faced tonight, and 9 of them were 4s, with a total of 39 runs!

A run or more of every ball faced is a first for the team. Josh and will casually followed and bought the team up to a century, Josh hitting (and not quite believing it) a 6 over the farthest boundary; and four 4s. Will and Josh did great calling, and were perhaps more conservative in their running efforts. Tom and Henry came in and took the team to over 150 runs at the end. Super cool to see a 4 Henry!

Overall the batting was the best it has been, not because of the runs, but because we had the least number of run outs (and wickets) that we have had for a very long time. This is because of good and clear calling between the batsmen about runs. I was stoked to hear Caleb chatting to Matthew before they went in to bat to make a plan. Go you two! It clearly worked – your partnership was 63 not out”.

Trophy defended at BWU 7 level and plenty to be positive across all grades for the weekend ahead,

Yours in cricket. 

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…

Things remained dominant for this young team this week as they wrapped up another W – Matthew Graham starring, in his hardball debut, with 5/30 including 3 wickets in 4 balls – Dylan Roan swallowing all 3 catches at mid off!

Other Junior cricket was a “how much rain is at your park” type gig as a number of games were called off on the spot under patchy drizzle across the city. I personally visited the venues of 6 scheduled games in our “patch”, along with Junior Convenor Shane Young, only finding the Year 4’s at Bishopdale Park willing to brave the conditions…

Molly Buller, protected from the elements in a rather striking (I’m going to call it “Mauve”) puffer jacket, faces up at Bishopdale Park for BWU 10

PRESIDENTS FOXES:

The Skipper lost the toss and fielded against Lancaster Park at home on Burnside 4 this week. The 1st 30 overs went pretty well with Gibbo taking a couple of early ones, to dismiss their danger men, and Kember & Robertson keeping it tight as they were 90/3 ish at the 30 over mark.

Former LP Premiers bully John Quinn (55) switched things up a gear however and skipper Richard Derham struck a hard hit 37, complimented by a patient 40 no from LP legend Brian Butler, as they ended 173/5 and probably 30 more then they should have got.

Skipper Robertson spoke strategy with passion (fearing we were brittle batting wise) and M Shack and Josh Allan added 42 for the 1st wicket at 4’s. But with 2 quick wickets seeing them both dismissed that same Captain had to step up – and did – with a fluent 71, before running himself out in comical fashion when we needed just 4 for the win.

But he’d earlier added 53 with Roy (17) and 34 with Turner (15) to get the job mostly done before Kember mopped things up with 20 no.

Both Roy & Kember were presented 100 match caps for the Presidents by Club (and President’s) legend Robbie Chisholm as the Foxes maintained 1st equal spot in the grade.

President’s Jeff Roy celebrated his 100th game for the Foxes – but displayed a little too much love of the Chairman’s 71 afterwards

DIV 3 WHANGAPAROA PONY CLUB CANNONS:

Still without El Capitan Peters (have you seen him??) it was batsmen 6, 7 & 8 who did the bizzo for our Cannons – Dilla Smith (with 45), Footie Foote (59*) & Kasun (46) – as the lads posted a handy 222/6 against Easts Kings Punjab XI at Burwood.

It wasn’t to be however as the King’s XI snuck home 7 down with just 3 balls to spare – despite Footie’s 3/48 & Knowlesy’s 2/38.

DIV 4 – BOOMERS

Over on Burnside 2 the Boomers restricted Sumner Blues to just 89 all out inside 39 overs to appear to have the upper hand at the change of innings – Deon Cremer continuing his excellent bowling form with 4/12 off 8 overs while Mike Reed backed that up with 3/8.

Deon also top-scored in reply – but unfortunately that was with just 8 – as the Boomers capitulated to be all out for 35 in the 24th over. The Groundsman will appear before the Executive Committee later today as an explanation is urgently sought…!

DIV 5 – STRIKERS:

At Nunweek Park our men decimated the visiting Heathcote Red Wolves – rolling them for 73 at the 30 over mark. Chief destroyer was Arun Bhardwaj (who no longer has the wicketkeeper symbol by his name – suggesting at least one person reads these write ups) with 4/13, while both Sharma & skipper Pandya claimed 2.

Pretty tidy figures all round in the Striker’s bowling effort this week.

In reply the home side cruised to victory just 4 down in the 24th – opener Rahul Joshi top-scoring with 23.

T20 ROUND UP:

No result in from the GhettoHustlers as yet – possibly skipper Reid’s week spent on a bus inspecting yearlings around Invercargill was a factor. The Believers likewise are yet to get their result in.

The Holstein’s Boys have all left the city to return to university elsewhere – but have been replaced by a local group of students led by Alex McKay. It’s been a few years since some of them played cricket and they needed a detailed briefing on rules, gear & playing conditions before the travelled to Centennial Park to take on the Heathcote Hustlers on Saturday.

Alex reports a loss (their 119/4 from the 20 easily run down by Heathcote’s 122/2 inside 16 overs) but that much fun was had.

The Dubai Diamond Traders faired better against their own Heathcote opposition in the Cavaliers at Barnett Park. The big names of DDT’s cricket, in Luke Moore & Brooke Skates, each claimed 2 cheap wickets as they restricted the opposition to 108/6.

In reply Greg Knowles (40 retired) and Oscar McCauley (19) did most of the damage in their opening stand – leaving enough ham on the bone for Ranui Luke to get 20. The Skates & Moore show completed matters inside 13 overs with 8* & 16* respectively. These lads are on a bit of a roll lately…

PREMIERS:

As previously mentioned a successful 2-Day round for our top 3 teams this week – Premiers doing the job on Burnside 1 with an outright victory over an OBC side featuring Canterbury paceman Ed Nuttall.

OBC resumed still around 100 behind on the 1st dig and – despite Jeff Case moving through to 80 – a flurry of wickets, which saw both Matt Hay & Sam Carlaw threatening hatricks, reduced them to 190/9 & a resulting declaration 55 behind.

Ed Nuttall backed up his reputation with 5/38 to pressure the home side – who at one stage were 22/4. Luckily Canterbury opener Steve Murdoch was also in a mood to flex some cricketing muscle – his 68 off 77 balls supported by Matt Hay’s 36 as Burnside set OBC 188 for the win.

Cometh the hour cometh the Man – and Jackson Latham did the “big angry fast bowler” thing to claim 5/38 and cut the heart out of the OBC top order. Steve Murdoch snared 3 catches at slip and the “spin twins” of Hay & Carlaw took the remaining 5 wickets between them as OBC were rolled for 116 with some overs still left available.

Cut & paste the following link into your browser to see the last wicket to fall.

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The Premiers sit atop the table in the 2-Day competition as a result – just ahead of St Albans and Lancaster Park who drew with each other in the weekend.

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Resuming at 230/7 against Lancaster Park at Garrick Park – 2nd’s skipper Alex McDuff chose to push on briefly to add another 30 runs and establish an 87-run 1st innings lead over the home side.

That same skipper (and Club Captain) himself scored 28 to round off last week’s heroics from Tait (103) and Angus (46). Not content with that he claimed a wicket in each of his 1st 3 overs to immediately put Park on the back foot – before he decided to (briefly) let Alex Tait in on the fun as Park were quickly reduced to 34/7.

The dual Alex’s returned useful figures – McDuff 4/24 & Tait 3/19 – before Hugo Howard chipped in with 2/14. The very strong Park side humbled to 77 all out and a victory by an innings and 10 runs sees our lads also top the 2-Day Championship table.

Our 2nd’s lead the chasing pack of former Suburban teams in the 2-day competition…

DIVISION 1:

And last, but very much far from least, our Div 1 Men continued their contest with the Sydenham 3rd’s over on Burnside 3.

Faced with a momentum shift, courtesy of some late hitting last week from the Sydenham top-order, Jason and the lads toiled for some 57 overs in the field as the opposition overturned a 1st innings deficit via posting 230/7 declared.

Wickets shared but Burny Martin (3/32 – including a stunning caught & bowled) and Jason himself (2/47) the best. This left our lads requiring a slightly daunting 189 for the outright and – a stiff challenge.

Opener Clark & No: 3 McKenzie each scored 18 to get the ball rolling but the loss of others cheaply saw the Burnside men reduced to 50/5 and really up against it…

Enter Henk Huyser – who posted 58 no, finding support in Tim Scott (40) at No: 7 & Burny Martin (29) at No: 8. Their partnerships with Henk of 72 & 40 respectively turned the game back Burnside’s way. Henk struck 9 fours and 1 six in a crucial match-winning innings to get the boys home at 192/7 inside 36 overs.

A fantastic win for this side who – despite the regular challenges this grade throws at them – are really playing for each other, and for the club, with genuine passion. Great stuff Jason & the lads…!

Yours in Cricket…

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…


Our Prem’s faced some stiffer opposition from Riccarton on day 2 of their match at the latter’s domain. Declaring overnight with a lead of 119 on the 1st innings our bowlers toiled for nearly 90 overs as Riccarton posted 264 all out in their 2nd dig. Scott Inglis had a quiet day at the office, taking just 2 wickets after his marvellous 9 last week, as Matt Hay sent down 26 overs of his off-spin to claim 3/63. Peake & Carlaw also claimed 2 each.

Riccarton’s effort to salvage a draw was in vain however as the Premier batsmen all scored at a run a ball or better – chasing down the 138 required in under 19 overs. Alex Heenan’s quickfire 26 kicked things off before last week’s century maker Winn (27), Naude (38*) & Matt Hay (35) all chipped in. An outright victory for the loss of just four 2nd innings wickets just the tonic leading into the 1st day of their next match, against OBC, the next day.

And Sunday saw them back on Burnside 1 and, asked to bat on a green tinged belter, they posted a useful 245/9 declared. Tinus Huyser struck 69 & Liam Winn continued his solid form with 49. The middle order of Matt Hay (26), Joel Williams (33) and Mitch Hay (42 off 34 balls) countered the regular loss of wickets.   

In reply Latham struck early as OBC struggled initially. A 3rd wicket partnership of 44 brought some stability before 2 quick wickets saw them delicately poised at 76/4. Jeff Case at 4 for OBC wrestled some momentum back their way with a patient 59 not out – and he appears the key wicket for the lads next week as they look to set up a shot at outright victory.

The Championship side also had what Skipper Alex McDuff described as “a hard day in the field” in pursuit of victory over the Merivale Papanui 1st team. Quickly wrapping up the last wicket to take a 117 run lead on 1st innings Burnside were made to toil significantly harder in the summer heat as MP, following on, managed to post 227 all out at just over 3 an over. Alex Tait grabbed 4 wickets but was, of course, slightly outdone by Hugo Howard’s 5/70 off 24 overs.

A long day in the field but at least this happened a lot on Saturday – our Championship men get set to welcome a new MP batsman to the crease as another departs

Requiring 110 for the W they coasted home all rather comfortably though as Tom Dunlop struck 49 from as many balls & Scott Finlayson ended 28 not out.

Backing up on Sunday they travelled to Garrick to take on the strong Lancaster Park 2nd’s. Skipper McDuff took 4 wickets, Alex Tait 3 & Hugo 2 as they restricted Park to 173 all out inside 50 overs. T20 player Kane McRoberts took 2 good catches filling in with so many players unavailable across the 3 top grades.

In reply Alex Tait, at 3, decided to enjoy himself – striking a magnificent 103 (18 fours & a six) to get the lads past the park total. Quinn Angus played the support role with a patient 46 and skipper McDuff was 22 no at the close of play – 230/7 providing our men a 57 run 1st innings lead for now.

The Division 1 lads met at Burnside 2 on Saturday to continue their uphill battle against the Sydenham 2nd team. Facing a 138-run deficit on the 1st innings they weren’t able to stretch the bus driver’s – only Henk Huyser (46) and Felix Mendoca (25) offering significant resistance as they tumbled to 104 all out and an innings loss.

Division 1 Skipper Jason McKenzie wasn’t downcast at the result against Sydenham’s 2nds on Saturday – perhaps his crystal ball had told him Sunday would be quite different against their 3rds

But Sunday’s a new day and boys went into day 1 of their match, this time on the No: 3 block, against the other Sydenham team in the division, in good spirits. No scorecard in Cric HQ just yet but I watched a fair bit of this and, bowling 1st, our lads dismissed ‘Suddenly Sydenham’ for just 97 in 37 overs – despite the “brown road’ nature of the pitch. Skipper McKenzie took 3/13 and Connelly 2/14.

In reply Liam Clarke belted 48 in good time – including a cover drive he moosed on the up that rolled all the way over to the artificial nets by the pavilion. Others chipped in to build a lead of 40+ and Jason chose to have a 2nd crack at the Sydenham batsmen later in the day. 

There appears to be some pending changes in their personnel for next week as, despite Burnside claiming 2 early wickets, a bury left-hander played like it was his last innings for a while and struck a few boundaries to almost wipe the deficit. Sydenham 40 odd for 2 in reply….

Interesting 2nd day ahead as our 3rd’s look to build on their recent T20 results with an outright victory. 

Presidents grade Day was held at Warren Park Saturday with all games on artificial pitches there or nearby. We played a Sydenham Hospital side who were weakened by the absence of 2-3 of their better players.

The Foxes batting scorecard was short, but to the point, following a dominant display over Sydenham Hospital on a rock hard green one…

Batting 1st we put them to the sword reaching 280/3 in our 40 overs – with Josh Allan scoring a vigorous 102 (his 1st century in any form of cricket) and former Premier skipper Matt Everest stroking a classy 100 no (his 1st in this grade but one of many).

Josh Allan celebrates his 1st ever century – eclipsing his previous high score of 92 against brother Ben (up the driveway on Boxing Day 1993)

Sydenham didn’t have the technical ability to worry that score and finished 147 all out, after some creative bowling options and long periods of boredom in the field. Mark Harding grabbed 3/15 in a rare appearance and Gibson & Kember claimed 2 each.

Ton Club members (from left) Matt Everest & Josh Allan after their efforts on Saturday

I don’t know what happened to El Capitan Peters on Saturday (there’s a rumour he got married – but he wouldn’t schedule that for the cricket season surely!) but he was absent from the Whangaparoa Pony Club Cannons line up which took on Richmond on Burnside 4 in the weekend.

Media shy El Capitan Peters & his lovely Fiance Kelly last update Facebook with some engagement news nearly 2 years ago. But where was he Saturday?

No cause for concern though as the Cannons rolled their opposition for 128 in the 35th over – wickets shared around with all 6 bowlers claiming at least 1. Keeper Bradley chipped in with 2 catches.

In reply openers ‘Terror’ Foote (not the same person as ‘Footie’ Foote), with 43, & Shifty Finlay, with 53, did most of the damage before Tom Batty tidied up the crumbs with 28 no. A win by 8 wickets achieved in the 20th over.

The Boomers similarly made light work of the LP Chestfield Warriors over on No: 3. Ajay Rana dominated with the ball for the home side – taking 5/21 and, with support in Tony Edlin’s 3/20, ensured Park were dismissed for just 89 in the 21 overs.

In reply Sunnie Gogia top-scored with 28 no while McCracken (13) & D’Obbly (15) trailed Extras (19) in supplying the bulk of the remaining required runs. All over inside 22 overs & pitches on both 3 & 4 won’t require too much attention from Grounds Staff this week.

The Strikers match isn’t in just as yet but hopefully they got the win over the Sunrisers (LP – not Hyderabad version) at Woolston Park…

Dave Warner did not make an appearance for the LP Sunrisers in the weekend – his international ban having been extended to Metro cricket

In T20 action the Holsteins boys (who largely attend university in other part of the country) defaulted to the Believers – giving the latter a day off. The good news is an influx of students into our city will see a new entity take their place in the grade from next week – welcome newcomers….!

Luke Moore has sent through an overview of the DDT’s game against OBC Fine Legs at Nunweek Park – and it reads like a bit of a Greg Knowles highlights reel.

The former Marlborough & more recently Buller Hawke Cup all-rounder has had most of his major joints replaced with bionic ones in recent years, and now bowls with a walking frame. But he still generates good pace off 2 shuffles forward and claimed 6/2 to lead the decimation of OBC – who were all out for just 20 in the 10th over. Luke himself tidied up the rest with 2/2. 


Greg Knowles in his hey day – playing his trademark “eyes closed leg glance” shot…

Greg further advanced the game to its conclusion with 20 not out – leaving his opening partner Fisher with just 1 run available for consumption. Best result ever for the DDT lads who no doubt celebrated appropriately…

Taylor Reid struck a 25-ball 50 for the Ghettohustlers as they batted 1st against the Richmond New York Porkers at Centennial Park. With no Hills or Neutze in the line-up this week others took the opportunity on offer – Reddiford (31) & Eathorne (24) most readily as the Ghetto-men posted 174/8 in their 20 overs.

Both openers appear to have opted to retire for Richmond, with 40 & 58 respectively, and it was left  to Eathorne to drag things back (3/18 off 4) against the rest of the batting list – Richmond ending 163/5 and coming up short in the run chase.

I thought T20 grades were 8-aside but both teams fielded 9 batsmen, so something suitably amicable appears to have occurred there…

Yours in cricket…

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.

A pleasant evening for spectators at Hagley 5 – spoiled by the Saint’s Skipper Langrope…

Some sharp bowling and fielding pulled them back considerably as Sam Carlaw, fresh from his drive up from Timaru, took 3/19 off his 4 – Saints hobbling through to post 111/6 from their allotted on a not so user-friendly track.

At 40/1 in reply things were ticking along swimmingly until Ben Langrope injected himself – taking 2 catches, snaring 4 wickets and effecting a run out to destroy the Burnside response. We ended 94 all out in the last over.

Over at Elmwood 1 OBC 2nd’s looked to be dominating our Division 1 side as they posted an imposing 164/9 from their 20 overs.

But they weren’t counting on our man Scott Finlayson – who would provide a quite stunning response. Displaying excellent timing & an ability to consistently find the gaps – Scott, well supported by the other top order batsmen, amassed 113no to see the lads home all rather comfortably.

A remarkable innings from the young man which was greeted by rapturous applause by his team mates and club supporters. Well done Scotty!

The picture tells the story at Elmwood 1 as Scott Finlayson earns a sit down after his tremendous match winning innings…

The 3rd’s will play Merivale Papanui in the Div 1 T20 final at Hagley (HC 2) on Wednesday (Waitangi day).

Saturday saw our top 3 teams swap out the maroons for the whites as 2-Day cricket resumed across morning grades – with some more outstanding collective and individual performances.

PREMIER:

Our 1sts took on Rinkerton down at their domain – bright sunshine reflecting off the shiny new Fox & Associate’s sponsored uniforms as the lads fielded first.

Jackson Latham tasted immediate success – enticing a nick through to keeper Mitch Hay in the 2nd over. But from then on, some sharp fielding aside, it was very much the Scott Inglis show – and what a show he put on!

Scott took all the remaining Riccarton wickets – as in all 9 of them – as he delivered a performance for the record books. Initially reducing Riccarton to 36/4 he was practically unplayable – returning in a series of spells, and tasting success each time, as the home side were dismissed for 145 in the 53rd over.

Scott’s final figures read; 19.4 overs, 6 maidens, 9 for 49 – a fantastic achievement from the 47-year old veteran speedster.    

Scott Bernhard Inglis produced career (and probably Club) best figures in a stunning bowling performance at Riccarton Domain.

No doubt riding high on a wave of elation at Singles’ efforts the batsman found it much easier going against an opposition attack that didn’t have any Scott’s in it.

Having lost both Huyser brothers and Gus Harman inside the 1st 13 overs, JJ Naude joined Liam Winn at 64/3.

The pair would no be separated for another 24 overs, and in that time they added 158 runs – at a leisurely 6.5 per over – before JJ received an absolute jaffa from Trevor Garrett which clipped the top of off-stump and denied him a century. JJ’s 99 came off 86 balls and featured 12 fours and 2 sixes.

At the other end Liam Winn wasn’t to be denied though – bringing up his hundred off 133 balls and ending the day 103no as Burnside ended 275/6.  Winny’s 1st century for the club was an exhibition in elegant stroke play – perfectly matching JJ’s brutal bullying of the bowling attack.

So the Prems take a 130 run lead into next week where they will press on for the outright victory.

CHAMPIONSHIP:

Back at Burnside the 2nd’s were indulging in a bit of bowler bullying themselves. Despite being inserted on a wicket that looked a little lively (but played very well) our men really took the game to their Merivale Papanui opponents – opener Alex Heenan striking a tremendous 132 off 116 balls (15 fours & 3 sixes) as the home side rattled past 200 in just the 37th over.

Scott Finlayson, promoted from Div 1 after his mid-week heroics, showed enough class in his patient 42 to suggest he will do well at this level as well and, despite a run of low scores through the middle & lower order the 2nd’s posted 264 all out.

Alex Tait bowled genuinely rapidly to claim 2 wickets and Club Captain McDuff got 1 but it was that man again – yes, Hugo Howard – who dominated proceedings with a 6-wicket bag. His quality left arm orthodox was a little to good for most in the MP line up as they hobbled through to 138/9 at close of play.

Alex had his lovely Auckland based Girlfriend, Sarah, down for the weekend and was set to impress – taking her for a nice drive to Rinkerton Domain in his flash car (to drop off the Premier whites) and adding an extra touch of product to his, TinTin inspired, do…

I ain’t saying he’s a gold digger… but he ain’t messing with no broke… broke…

Like our premiers – the 2nd’s are well placed to press for the outright next weekend.

DIVISION 1:

Having surrendered their star batsmen to 2nd’s the 3rd’s took on Sydenham on Burnside 2. Nothing in Cric HQ but I understand our men were dismissed for a little over 100 and Sydenham have a smallish 1st innings lead going into next week.

No doubt the Burnside men will have been slightly distracted by their pending T20 final on Waitangi Day.

PRESIDENTS:

Over on No: 4 the groundsman appeared to have constructed a new extension to Memorial Ave – such was the road-like appearance of the strip for the top of the table clash between the Foxes and their St Albans opposition.

Played a lot better than it looks – note the blue wide stripes which match both the boundary line and our Groundsman’s dreamy eyes…

 Asked to bat our Foxes, complete with a returning Skipper and his taped up elbow (courtesy of Matt Everest again), thought 210-220 would be required on an excellent batting surface.

Despite losing his opening partner, Josh Allan, early Chris “The Great Arkle” Kennedy unleashed lofted drives and undentist-like aggression in his 47 – and along with Jeff Roy (30) ensured we were well placed to launch in the last 20 overs at 80 odd /3.

Buchanan (17) came & went after a couple of boundaries, as is his habit, and Everest ceased massaging Paul Shackleton’s crook back to post a busy 43 before he was run out after slipping over on the tarseal.

But from 163/5 things fell away slightly and the tail was left to noodle us through to 187/9.

Stenchy Twaddell dismissed Alabaster for a duck and we got the dangerous Read not long after but Bazz Cox (43) was riding his luck. Mather came in, nicked one down the leg side off Gibson & forgot to walk – then he suffered a health issue and retired briefly, but he returned to score freely as did RJ at the other end.

Lacking some regular firepower and with Wheeler & Roy not quite on form the Skipper had turned to himself for answers but found none – as Saints cantered home in the end 4 down in the 37th. Gibbo the best of us with 2/19 off his 8.

That 210 would have shaped thing differently but we remain top equal with 4 rounds to go in this competition.

Our moods were slightly improved over a beer and hearing the news that Matt Loose’s 179no (as part of Sydenham Cardinal’s 258/1 in our grade) was not enough to deny Hornby a win – as Darren Ingram’s 191 trumped that & Hornby cantered home with overs to spare.

179* in a losing side – someone tweet The Grade Cricketer…!

DIV 3 – CANNONS:

Our Pony Club men were up against it early on a belter at Barnett Park – Sumner losing their 1st wicket at 116 as both openers flourished (Regan Cantwell with 107 in particular). Things got no easier as Sumner ended with an imposing 261/7.

After PIES Peters (not the El Capitan) went for 37 off 3 Footie Foote’s (that’s his name in Cric HQ) spell smells of ‘last resort’ at 4th change – and his 4/64 off 8 likely only hampered the run rate occasionally.

In reply the top 3 of Thorpey (54), Shifty Finlay (41) and Tom Batty (62) all played their part to set up the chase – but when key man Dilla Smith was bowled for 10 (at 170/4) the lower order was left with too much pizza to chew runs wise.

El Capitan Peters managed only 9 before being dismissed by the suspicious sounding ‘Jimmy Spud’ and the tail fell away thereafter as the Cannon’s were all out 230 with an over to spare.

DIV 4 – BOOMERS:

The Boomers took on New Brighton at nearby Nunweek and were happy to restrict them to 137 all out off 33 overs. One of the panel beater’s Opener’s got a 50 and someone else 20 – but the rest of the card looks like a local phone number with all the single digits.

Wickets shared around but a, Cannons-like, 4th change bowler in the form of Mike Reed got 4/31 – Deon Cremer the next best with a 2 for.

In reply the Boomtown rats lost 4 wickets fairly cheaply and the hopes quickly came to rest on the shoulders of Andrew Mackway-Jones at 5. That’s a mouthful so let’s say MJ struck 10 boundaries in his 62 but it all came crashing down as Stewart from the lupin snoopers took 4 wickets through the middle & lower order.

Andrew M…. I mean MJ (that’s him left of picture) nearly stole the chocolates for the Boomers on Saturday.

Once again, as they did a few short weeks ago, the Boomers fell short of the target – running out of overs with wickets in hand to end 134/9 off their allotted.

DIV 5 – STRIKERS:

The Strikers tasted victory at Waltham Park over Southern Districts – but it wasn’t pretty. They posted 119 but were all out with 7 overs remaining – Harish Sharma (at 9) with 35 edging the duel 26’s of Ramadeep Patel & Ashit Patel.

But in the end they wouldn’t have given one as the dismissed the Southenders for 108 with 9 balls to spare – Skipper Pandya’s 3/16 opening up perfectly complimented by Bhardwaj (who still has the wicket-keeper sign beside his name in Cric HQ but clearly isn’t) at the other end with 4/15.

Sharma also helped himself to 2 wickets for a good day out in the sun.

T20 CAVALIERS ROUND-UP:

The GhettoHustlers love these write-ups and they have even entered a full scorecard this week for us to salivate over!

Also playing Southern Districts at Waltham Park (it’s not that big of a park is it?) the restricted the home side to 115 all out inside the 20 overs – Mitch Neutze’s twin brother Dave Hills grabbing 2 wickets but was elbowed out of the limelight by Chris Reddiford’s 3/13.

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Waltham Park in happier times for Southern District’s CC (Winter). Photo not to scale…

In reply they threatened to become the GhettoShufflers as they were quickly reduced to 3 for not many. Brad Reid joined his tangerine companion “Hills” and the pair set about corrected the slide.

Hills fell for 28 and despite Reddiford’s brisk 13 the match was in the balance and required calm heads. Reid generally lacks patience though and he took it upon himself to get the lads home – his 53no coming off just 19 balls with 10 fours and a six.

Victory achieved albeit with the last pair at the wicket and with 4 overs to spare.

The DDT’s took on the OBC Super Colds out on the rubber ducky on “the other” Burnside Park and she was uphill from there as the visitors posted a fairly daunting 175/3 1st up. Luke and the lads struggled in reply and were all out for spot on 100 in the last over.

Nothing in from The Believers and not from Holsteins Boys either although it’s rumoured the latter had a win.

CHAIRMAN’S CUP FINAL:

Sunday saw a freshly remarked & rock hard pitch on number 1 polished up as we hosted Heathcote CC in the final of this competition.

The teams are formed from players across all grades in each club – with some restrictions (no Premier players / no more than 4 morning grade players) and is a great way of getting to know your fellow club members.

Having dispatched Southern Districts in the last game some personnel changes were made to “spread the love” wider and have more people involved.

Having lost the toss we were inserted and our Chairman & Captain – Robertson – asked El Capitan Peters (Cannons) to partner Scotty “Too Hottie” Finlayson (Division 1) at the top of the order.

Unfortunately Scotty & fellow key batsman, Alex Tait (Championship) – at 3 – both found out the hard way just how much a new 2-piece ball can swing and we were quickly in trouble at 8/2.

Dave Hill’s twin brother – Mitchell Neutze (GhettoHustlers) – joined Chris and the pair set about building a defendable total.

Dave Hills (pictured) was unavailable for the Chairman’s Cup final as he was at home watching old All Black rugby footage. It’s his passion…

The Chairman / Skipper had been talking up the wicket earlier but was now muttering about 130 being useful as he considered the range of cricketing abilities.

When Peters was dismissed (I watched the game but can’t find it in Cric HQ to get the stats right so I’m gunna go with 26) that same Chairman didn’t bother the scorers, and nor did Dilla Smith (Cannons), as the pace & movement of Pommie Import Tom Payne for Heathcote was proving to be a little too much for the afternoon graders.

With Neutze also dismissed (Ummm…. 37?) it was left to Buchanan (Presidents), who had literally just ordered pizzas, to assist Jason McKenzie (Div 1) in ensuring we had something to bowl at.

Both fired off a couple of lusty blows but were dismissed in the teens and Brad Reid (GhettoHustlers) couldn’t repeat his heroics of the previous day.

So we teetered at 93/9 with too many overs left as Gibson (Presidents) joined Hugo Howard (Championship). The pair ground out valuable runs, including an exquisite backward cut from Gibbo (who was sufficiently emboldened by his own timing that he attempted a one-kneed lofted drive over cover next ball – and missed it completely).

When Gibson later drove up-ishly to cover, who accepted, the pair had seen us to the dizzy heights of 121. “Something to bowl at” the Chairman muttered.

In reply we tried to bully them with the guile of Gibson and the pace of Tait – who runs in from 30 yards at Usain Bolt-like speed – and the latter had an immediate impact with an out-swinging yorker to claim an early one.

We gathered mid-pitch and cautiously watched the next batsman wander out. This competition is like that and we regularly found ourselves watching each batsman walk out – trying to gauge his likely grade-level and therefore playing ability based on a mixture of his gait and whether he had matching kit…

The other opener, their keeper, was all GM so clearly a morning grade man – and he played some nice back foot drives and square cuts without really worrying us too much.

The No: 3 was quickly dispatched when he played Gibbo on, who celebrated with a un-Gibbo-ly way with a mighty fist pump, and we smelt blood. Tait bowled 5 overs and then Hugo Howard was introduced down wind – our thinking being that many would lack the technical expertise to deal with genuine quality spin.

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Actual footage of, normally mild-mannered reporter (and Club Secretary), Gareth Gibson executing his fist pump.

Next in was a 4th-grade looking chap (Puma gloves & Slazenger pads) and we tightened the screws as Gibbo bowled his 8 consecutively. His last leaked 12 runs, including 4 wides that the Chairman waved past at 1st slip. but overall he bowled a fine spell (1/23?). McKenzie replaced him upwind and promptly dismissed non-matching gear man to see them 40 odd for 3.

Unfortunately that brought Tom Payne to the crease and he appears to be sponsored. After a cautious start he began striking cleanly and long – sufficient to necessitate changes at both ends as Reid was introduced post drinks and Tait returned.

Some Heathcote supporters had arrived and were discussing the merits of Reid bowling with his Burnside baggy cap (100 games for the Hustlers earned) on backwards.

But they were quickly silenced when he grabbed a wicket and even more so when Payne finally mis-timed one and he took a catch diving forward at cover off Tait. Suddenly we were back in the game – Heathcote 89/5 and Burnside spirits were highly elevated as the field squeezed closer.

Next in was a T20 team member no doubt recruited at late notice. His stance saw him standing square outside leg with both feet pointing straight at the Umpire, while his bat rested on the ground 60cm away outside off-stump.

He looked like a cross between Shivnarine Chanderpaul and a small child nervously peeking around his bedroom doorway to see if Mum was coming down the hall. Our hopes soared.

He consistently played the same shot to each ball – a wide, arcing, cross bat swoop from which the direction was dictated solely by how far through the shot he got when the ball hit the bat. We giggled excitedly when he somehow cut a Tait yorker, off middle stump, along the ground to 1st slip and groaned in agony when he mistimed a pull shot just short of cover.

It was game on – but Heathcote were squeaking french cuts for 1’s and splicing good length balls into gaps.


Buchanan noodled one out and then Heathcote slumped further through the farcical run out of a Divison 5 (afternoon grade) player (he had a thigh pad on each side and the back leg one faced the keeper).

Next in was a 17-year-old car groomer from Woolston who probably fills in for his mate’s Div 6 side occasionally – even his pads didn’t match.

But somehow he hung around long enough that Heathcote were able to sneak the last 3 or 4 runs needed and take the victory. Our lads remained in good spirits after a genuinely entertaining days cricket – in which every one got a fair crack at things.

All tongue in cheek humour aside Heathcote were worthy & gracious winners and their Skipper, Dave, spoke briefly but well as he received the Chairman’s Cup. We both felt the competition has great merit and hope that more teams enter next year – so we can have more games and more opportunities to mix with our wider club.

Hopefully Heathcote achieve Premier status for next year and Tom Payne will be ineligible to play….

Yours in cricket…

BWC Boxing Day Test Tour

BWCUCC in association with Holland Clarke & Beatson will be taking a tour party to the 2019 Boxing Day test at the MCG.

The test between Australia and New Zealand will be the first time that the Black Caps have been invited to the MCG for the Boxing Day test in over 30 years.

The tour group will depart Christchurch on the afternoon of 25th December 2019, and includes 6 nights accommodation, flights, and tickets for the first four days of the test (entry on the 5th day is by gold coin donation).

Flight schedule:

Wed, Dec 25, 2019 Virgin AU Intl VA96
3:50 PM Depart Christchurch ECONOMY
5:45 PM Arrive Tullamarine, Melbourne Journey Time: 3:55
Tues, Dec 31, 2019 Virgin AU Intl VA99
6:35 PM Depart Tullamarine, Melbourne ECONOMY
11:55 PM Arrive Christchurch New Zealand Journey Time: 3:20

Price $725.00 return per person including taxes

HCB require a non refundable deposit of $100.00 per person to guarantee this as spaces are already limited.

Match tickets & Accommodation options

All options include Category B tickets for Days 1 through 4 of the test. Entry on Day 5 is by gold coin donation (General Admission only). We have requested B-reserve seating in either the Great Southern Stand or the Olympic Stand, which will provide excellent viewing in the middle tier from behind the bowler’s arm (left arm over), and through the slips/gully region for the right-hand batters.

  • Option A:
    Cat B tickets for days 1-4 of the Boxing Day Test
    6 nights accommodation at The Crowne Plaza Melbourne
    Share twin/double (2 persons sharing) $1,650.00 pp
    Single room (1 person) $2,510.00 pp
  • Option B:
    Cat B tickets for days 1-4 of the Boxing Day Test
    6 nights accommodation at The Mercure Welcome
    Share twin/double (2 persons sharing) $1,500 pp
    Single room (1 person) $2,230.00 pp

Need a Custom Itinerary

If you won’t be travelling from Christchurch, or require any customizations to your own travel, HCB are more than happy to accommodate you, just give Jacquie a call

Tour Swag

As we get close to the time, we will also arrange some branded tour gear (e.g. shirts/hats etc.). There will be an additional cost associated with this, depending on sponsorship. Details TBD.

Payment Terms

HCB require a non refundable deposit of 30% ASAP to guarantee flights (if required), and preferred accommodation and reserved seating at the cricket, with final balance due mid August.

As you are paying 30% non refundable deposits, we recommend you taking out travel insurance at this time, which will cover you for your travel period, as well as prior with cancellation costs should you need to pull out for any unforeseen circumstance. Please come through to us with your date of birth if you would like us to obtain a quote for you. Also at this time if there are any pre existing medical conditions these would also need to be disclosed.

Prices for coach transfers to and from Melbourne airport will be worked out later and cost advised once we know how many travellers, who will be staying at which property etc.

What next?

If you are interested in attending, confirm your spot by paying a 30% deposit to Holland Clarke & Beatson as soon as possible. Final payments are due mid-August.

For more details, contact Jacquie Holland at Holland Clarke & Beatson via email or call 963 7000