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.

1st up on a soft and ugly Redwood 1 they restricted Marist Harewood to 84/8 from their overs – Matt Farrant (3/11 off 4) dominating the home side while we snared two run outs and 3 others each grabbed 1 wicket.

Net run rate was always going to be the theme for the day and JJ Naude (33 off 28) and Joel Williams (19 no off 11) were the primary contributors as we reached the target 6 down in the 14th over.

The afternoon game was back on Burnside 1 against fellow semi contender’s Sydenham. Farrant repeated the dose almost identically with 3/13 off 4 and Jackson Latham (3/18) bowled genuinely rapidly downwind to harass the Sydz batsmen who lost wickets regularly.

Faz also took a screamer off the boundary in a diving effort to continue to embellish the suggestion that “nobody” in fact perfect.

Matt “Faz” Farrant refuses to rub his scraped elbow just after taking a diving screamer at 3rd man to dismiss danger-man Chris Harris

The seemingly ageless Chris Harris at No: 5 held the innings together with 49 (just a couple more than his actual age) while his more Senior partner Kelvin Scott (aged 52) posted 16 as Sydenham hobbled to 102/8 from their overs.

No one knew just how quickly we needed to get the runs but, thanks to a Pythagoris Theorem type / logarithm based spreadsheet from Coach Paul O’Brien, the lads knew how quickly they were going to try and get them – very! The 1st wicket, that of Mitch Hay for 17 (off 10) fell at 31 and brought the in form Naude to the crease. But he was able to sit back and watch the fireworks at the other end as Premier Captain Carl Huyser started to fire off a few exocet rockets.

Just a couple of weeks ago Carl Huyser was ticking off a bucket list item with a round of golf at St Andrews. Saturday saw him carting Sydenham to all corners of Burnside Park.

Carl belted 7 fours and 3 sixes – including a 90+ metre effort towards the tennis club – in a violent 60 run rampage off just 32 balls. Apart from the lusty blows he and JJ’s running between the wickets was remarkable – forcing several twos from what looked to be tight singles!

When he was dismissed at 90/2 (after just 8.4 overs) JJ (17 no) steered the side home despite a couple of 1st ballers in the middle order as the fence was swung for.

105/5 in a mere 11.1 overs was the perfect equation as Burnside appear to have squeezed East Shirley out of the top 4 by a single 0.01 of a batting point.


Another looming clash comes this Sunday when Burnside’s Chairman’s selection plays Heathcote in the Cup final at Burnside 1. This competition sees clubs select a playing XI from across all grades except Premiers – with only 4 players from morning grades able to be selected – so it is a genuine test of the collective strength of players in the club.

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Who doesn’t like a bit of lazy silverware around the house – Can BWCUCC win the Chairman’s Cup for the 1st time this Sunday?

Heathcote will be a worthy opponent, having beaten Sumner in the semis, so get down to Burnside from 12pm this Sunday to take in the action.

The playing XI is just being finalised and will be named soon.


The 2nd’s continued their habit of 1 win / 1 loss results from T20 double headers and as a result finished just outside the top 4 in their grade.

1st up was St Albans at Hagley & despite a trio of 15’s (from Heenan, O’Brien & Buchanan) they fell away fairly limply to end 85 all out with a ball or 2 to spare.

Saints needed just 13 overs to mop that up, despite – yes it’s Hugo again – Howard taking 2/16, but at least that gave the lads some extra time to pack their kit bags and drive out to Sumner for their afternoon encounter. But at least Buchanan was able to make the start of the President’s game at Sydenham 3 as fellow Pressie’s man Dan O’Keefe replaced him in the 2nd’s.

Batting 1st on a picturesque St Leonards Square – Alex Heenan smashed a quickfire 70 off a mere 34 balls (7 fours and 5 sixes will do that!) while Will O’Brien (25 off 10) and Mike Allcock (44 off 31) aided in the posting of a very handy 183/9.

In reply Sumner were very positive but no one batted long enough to really threaten the large total – ending 154 all out in the last. Yes – Hugo chimed in again with 3/33 while McDuff and Will Kennedy each grabbed 2.

Our 2nd’s have a narrow lead in the 2-Day comp, which they resume next week, and will be looking to repeat last season’s Grade win in that format.


Continuing good performances from the 3rd’s in T20 action over the day with 2 wins over the 2 different Sydenham sides that lurk in that grade.

1st up at Burnside I got my 1st opportunity to see their batting sensation Scott Finlayson take strike at the wicket after Suddenly Sydenham could only manage 85 all out in their innings.

Finlayson struck some beautifully timed cover drives on the up – including one that burst through the hands of a fielder at deep cover – as the Div 1 lads got the runs in a canter 6 down.

“Give yourself a couple” might be good advice for the Sydenham fielder in the foreground as “Scotty Too Hotty” Finlayson takes strike on Burnside 2.

The afternoon game followed a quick drive to Sydenham 1 where our men posted a competitive 140/5 against the Sydenham 2nd’s. No details in Cric HQ scoring wise but Sydenham ended 132 all out in reply to gift Burnside their 2nd win of the day. Great effort lads!


A late default by the Halswell Norsemen left the Cannon’s with the afternoon off and no tickets to the Beerfest – just as well El Capitan Peters was holidaying in Oz and couldn’t vent his frustration 1st hand.

At least that allowed Chris “Taser” Bradley to make his Foxes debut in the President’s Grade clash at Sydenham 3.

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El Capitan Peters is currently somewhere in this picture and missed several efforts to contact him to advise his side had been defaulted to late Saturday morning.


I don’t know what has happened to the normally reliable Boomers in terms of performance and entering full scorecards in Cric HQ – but the short scorecard makes rather alarming reading following their clash with OBC Team Boon at Elmwood.

Team Boon appear to have posted a fairly useful 206/9 off their 40 (no doubt Ben Blair probably tonned up again) and the disconcerting score for the Boomers in reply reads 19 all out in just 13 overs….


Our Striker’s returned to winning ways after recent mixed results (including a game abandoned when the sprinklers came on, and stayed on, at an unidentified away venue) posting 166 all out against Merivale Pap LBJ.

Ramandeep Singh (34) well supported by 25’s from Binny Patel and Harish Sharma. In reply MP were 125 all out inside 38 overs as Skipper Gaurang Pandya, usual keeper Bhardwaj, & Rahul Joshi each claimed 2 wickets.


The “Fail Bail” trophy – which is awarded to the team that comes 2nd in matches between the Foxes & Sydenham Cardinals during each season. Hand crafted in the Redwood studio of designer Robertson & engraved by some 85-year-old mate of Chris Kennedy (with a shaky hand by the look of things) this much-treasured relic has actually been missing for a season or 2… Have you seen it?

Not sure quite how we managed to beat the Cardinals in round 1 (no doubt the 15 catches they dropped helped!) the Grade leading Foxes were determined to get the job done again on Sydenham 3.

Despite Skipper Robertson still out following elbow surgery he chose to participate in the toss and promptly lost – to see Sydenham initially under pressure at 13/1 off 6 overs.

But that just brought Matt Loose to the crease, hot off his 94 last time we met, and he played positively along with Hardy to see them 77/1 and well placed at the 20 over drinks mark.

But Kember (reverting to left arm orthodox) and Wheeler (has never turned one) were tightening the screws and the breakthrough came in the 23rd over when Hardy fell for 38. Loose departed soon after for a typically bullish 43 and despite a couple of 20-somethings in the middle order they largely fell away – collapsing from 123/3 to be 149 all out in the last over.

Fill-in Skipper Sergeant Major Roy did the damage with 4/28 plus 3 catches while Buchanan chimed in with 3/17 off 7. Wheeler was better than his 2/40 off 8 suggests as he dismissed both set batsmen.

In reply Cannon’s recruit “Taser” Bradley was bowled for a duck and Kennedy fell for 4 bringing Graeme Turner and Matt Everest together. The pair added 40 before Everest nicked out for 13 – but Turns was in a dominant mood and continued to play freely all around the park, striking 4 sixes & 6 fours in his 72 before finally succumbing at 116/4.

No need to panic though as Buchanan – who has the dirtiest whites in cricket history – played freely and matching Turns’ boundary count in a whirlwind 55 no.

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These whites could be described as “pristine” compared to the set that Jordan Buchanan rocks out in the field every Saturday…

Despite the wily leg-spin of Dave Fleming grabbing a 2nd wicket, in dismissing Roy at 136, Boo Boo saw the Fox & Associates sponsored crew home with a little more than 6 overs to spare.

The Foxes play closest rival St Albans in a top of the table clash next week at Burnside 4.


So confidant were the GhettoHustlers of a dominant win against their Experience No: 4 opponents that they booked a leaner at No: 4 Bar, who sponsor the OBC linked team, for later in the day – in a cheeky move designed to rub salt into a yet to be inflicted wound.

Nothing in Cric HQ to date but Brad Reid was seen shaking his head in disbelief and Cruiser sales were down across the city as they fell to a heavy loss.

There was plenty of space at No: 4 Bar on Saturday after the GhettoHustlers had engaged in some pre-game counting of unhatched chickens….

The Dubai Diamond Traders appear to have racked up a win over the St Albans Super Swingers, while The Believers result against Heathcote is yet to come in.

Lastly the Holstein’s Boys were set 125 to win by Hornby’s Hawks and fell short – ending 103/6 after their overs with no further details available.

Good luck to our Premiers for their pursuit of T20 glory – and to our Chairman’s Cup Team for the big final at Burnside on Sunday….

Yours in cricket….

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.


The Premiers played East Shirley in T20 action last Thursday and suffered a heavy loss away.

2 further away games were played on Saturday as they looked to ‘right the ship’ and get their campaign back on track. 1st up Lancaster Park at Garrick and the home side posted a handy 165/5 on a good wicket. All of their top 6 bar 1 scored well as 5 individual Burnside bowlers each grabbed a single wicket.

In reply Canterbury Opener Steve Murdoch struck a stylish & powerful 59 off 37 balls, in a rare club appearance. while No: 3 JJ Naude hit a run a ball 37.

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Canterbury Kings batsman Steve Murdoch played for Burnside Premiers in weekend action

When both were dismissed along with fill-in skipper Matt Hay we sat delicately poised at 116/4 off 15 overs. Usual Captain Carl Huyser batted in the specialist jet-lagged position of 5, after his return from visiting Family in Europe, and shook off the symptoms to post a quickfire 24 off 12 but despite a big 6 from Sam Carlaw we fell an agonising 2 runs short in a great game.

Better result next up against OBC on a challenging Elmwood 1 surface – Burnside posting 120/9 after losing early, then regular, wickets. JJ again shone with 33, Matt Farrant got 20 and “Junior” (Mitch Hay) iced the cake with 30 off 32.

The surface dictated that 120 was a score that gave the side some confidence and it proved so as OBC faltered to 106 all out – Farrant got 3 wickets and Matt Hay 2.

Prem’s will need 2 from 2 in their final games this weekend to have a chance to sneak into the semis.


2nd’s face Sumner & Saints this week and a win from either might be enough to book their spot but 2 would definitely be better.

Last Thursday saw them take on Grade high-flyers Heathcote on Burnside 1. Batting 1st the visitors lost regular wickets and always seemed under pressure but still managed 138/8 – bowling wise Kennedy, McKenzie and Landon Neal shared the wickets with 2 each.

In reply No: 3 Alex Tait batted superbly with 77no off 60 balls (with 11 fours) to anchor one end. Heenan (22) & Neal (13) offered the most support but when the penultimate ball saw the latter bowled Jason McKenzie strode to the crease with Burnside needing 2 to win and 1 for the draw off the last ball.

Former Southland (and Otago U19) Cricketer Alex Tait scored heavily last Thursday – will his love for Burnside and Christchurch extend to the Crusaders?

Jase calmly clipped the ball off his leg and past the despairing dive of short fine leg for 4 – to bring up a memorable win!

Saturday’s action saw them play Merivale Pap Premiers 1st up who batted first and posted a usefull 154/9. Hugo Howard won’t leave me alone reporting wise and his 3/21 requires a mention. Skipper Matt Janett bowled “leg spin” pies but MP weren’t hungry and he stole 2 wickets as well.

In reply Tait couldn’t repeat his heroics from Thursday and we were quickly reduced to 24/3. Skipper Janett struck a breezy 42 off 26 and Will Kennedy a quick 30 but a narrow loss in what shaped as a last over cliffhanger saw the lads come up 7 short.

Afternoon action moved to Burwood with East Shirley probably pretty happy with their total of 148/4 against some tight bowling – including Club Captain Alex McDuff’s 2/23 off 4.

They shouldn’t have been as Burnside coasted home 3 down in the 17th over – Heenan 29 & Tait, shaking off the morning failure, 41 doing the bulk of the damage before Tom Dunlop 27 no and Matt Janett 39 no cleaned up the crumbs in style.


A win & a loss for the 3rd’s in the weekend. Lanc Park were restricted to 143.9 – mainly by the efforts of opening bowler Nick Peoples who snared 4/15. Only 2 Park batsman made double figures – with Hick’s 64 a country mile the best – against an impressive Burnside bowling effort.

In reply Scotty “too hottie” Finlayson continued to literally run too hot again with 62. Only he and skipper McKenzie (22) were dismissed as Finn Ross 41 no & Henk Huyser 12no carried us home inside 18 overs

Earlier in the day they had hosted MP at Burnside 2 and lost in a tight one. MP restricted to 108/6 on a better wicket Martin & Ross claimed 2 wickets each. In reply Burnside took it to the last over with the top 4 all making double figures – Ross’s 25 & McKenzie 17 the best – but the middle order and tail fell away we fell just 3 runs short after a tense final over which MP played out better…


Our Cannons faced the grade-leading East Shirley Tridents on No: 3 and the opposition line-up included the notorious Brijesh Patel.

Brijesh has been terrorising batsman in the grade with his left arm quicks for some seasons now. He can hold a bat too! A quick glance at his stats in Cric HQ – 10 matches: 327 runs at 36.33 / 43 wickets at 2.4 (with a strike rate of a wicket every 9.33 balls) – suggests he may be better employed elsewhere but El Capitan Peters loves a challenge and the lads entered the contest in a positive frame of mind.

Cannon’s Captain Chris Peters looks on as Brijesh Patel runs in for East’s Tritans

Patel starred with the bat initially – scoring 69 as his team posted 205/8 off their 40. This was all part of El Capitan’s plan apparently as he sought to tire Patel in the heat with a long innings so he would be weary through the bowling crease.

It worked in part as Patel only took 2/24 off 8 in the Cannon’s innings. But with 3 other Patel’s in the lineup Easts tightened the screws to see Burnside 56/4 & then 85/5 in reply. Peters at 7 joined the reliable Dilla Smith and set about the push forward.

But he was dismissed just 20 runs later and despite a bright 21 off 18 balls from Kasun the pressure told on Smith who was bowled by the aforementioned B Patel when lashing out to increase the run rate.

Dilla’s 49 came off 48 balls and included 3 fours and a six – but with his dismissal the mountain became too steep, despite the “Viking” Gillespie’s 20 no, and the innings ended with the Cannons just 23 runs short and 8 down.


Over on No: 4 a slightly greenish tinge to the rock hard surface promised something for everyone as the Foxes took on Hornby.

The latter won the toss and asked Burnside to bat as Hamish Kember arrived and muttered quietly about a sore neck.

Handy to have a qualified physio as a team mate – Matt Everest works the knots from Kember’s neck and the furrow from his brow…

The top 6 really haven’t fired significantly for the Foxes this season – despite them continuing to sit atop the Grade table. That all changed as firstly Chris Kennedy (32) and Josh Allan (47) shared a bright and breezy 60 run opening partnership. Everest finished massaging Kember back to health and entered at 3 – where he assisted Allan in progressing matters satisfactorily as the Fox & Associates sponsored side reached 94/1 at drinks.

Grant Dickson joined Everest soon after and the pair faced some stiff resistance from Hornby initially – as Criag Beecroft find a tight line in his 8-overs straight to restrict things.

But that turned out to be the calm before the storm as Dickson (55) broke the shackles and Everest (41) chimed in as the pair took 20 off a Palermo over.

Everest’s demise at 179/3 saw Graeme Turner set about polishing the innings with a quickfire 33 no (reverse & slog sweeps to the fore) and despite Dickson finally perishing the Foxes posted an imposing 217/4.

Grant Dickson shows little sign of fatigue after top-scoring for Presidents with a well-crafted 55. I predict he will pick up some wickets later in this report…

Into the field and Kember, brow now unfurrowed and neck unknotted, looked to pick up where he left off with the ball after his 5/6 off 7 overs last week.

Cricket’s a funny game though and while he did take 1 wicket in the innings (for 44 & off 8 overs) it was Joel Lieschke (2/36) who grabbed the early headlines dismissing both openers fairly cheaply to see Hornby 28/2.

Stand in Skipper Sergeant Major Roy controversially bowled Dickson at 1st change ahead of the usual Wheeler – but it paid off as Dicko firstly bowled Haslam for 18 then had Warner caught for 1.

Wheels isn’t one to be denied though and he would end with the best figures of 4/44 off his 8.

In between times Mr Beecroft joined the innings at 7 for Hornby and set about trying to hit his team out of trouble. He punished anything too short or too full with clean striking in a tremendous innings of 101. His bullish knock included 11 fours and 6 sixes – meaning the Foxes were both relieved and grateful when Dickson took a sharp catch off Wheeler to dismiss him 1st ball of the 40th over – with Hornby needing 28 to win.

The tail-enders noodled 7 runs off the remaining balls and the Foxes wandered to the chilli-bin with a 20-run win.


Brad Reid and his GhettoHustlers side have been with the Club for 10+ years now – but I’m not sure they have ever played on the hallowed ground of Burnside 1.

So when the Club Chairman text him on Friday to advise that, with the 2nd’s playing an early T20 then vacating the block, some strings had been pulled to move Brad’s game onto 1 – he was naturally delighted.

Prams, Partners & Children grace the GhettoHustlers sidelines these days – a far cry from the days of abandoned Vodka Cruiser boxes…

The lads gathered particularly early and chatted excitedly as OBC batted first on a good paced wicket.

They promptly entered their scorecard this week but only a short one so I don’t have individual stats to report. But I saw a bit of it and can describe as follows:

OBC posted 133/8 in the face of some energised “hustle” in the field. Every wicket was celebrated with the tribal call of the ghetto – the “char whooo” – and hi-5’s were slapped firmly & repeatedly. Young children were briefly distracted sideline – flying tiny kites and smiling at butterflies – but everyone’s attention was often drawn to the action on the field, if not but the standard of cricket (which was entirely reasonable), but by the enthusiastic banter and fits of laughter.

Into bat and wickets were mixed with regular bat flourishes as the Hustlers played positively, if not occasionally recklessly. Mitch Neutze, a handy cricketer, was in and set about the target earnestly.

He was soon joined by skipper Reid and, while I didn’t see all of his innings, I saw him strike 3 booming sixes in 4 balls at one stage as the lads threatened to take the game right away from OBC.

Skipper Reid strides out to No: 1 to see his old mate Neutzey – hoping to get some “hustle” into the innings

With his dismissal, and that of Neutze, the Burnside lads looked to have let the game slip away though – as the last pair met in the middle with still 40 required for the win.

Hush you doubters though – both men played positively and ran hard between the wickets to bring home the victory in a quite stunning final 15 minutes of action. 134/7 got the job done in style and the lads celebrated fervently with their group of supporters.

Upstairs to the club for some chilled cruisers to repay the Club the favour for putting them on 1 – a great day out for the basketball singleted ones – well done lads!!!!


A quick wrap up from other results across the Senior Club:

Div 4: Boomers 79 all out lost to Sydenham Goats 219/8 (Rama, Cremner & Edlin 2 wickets each)

Div 5: Strikers 102 all out (Desai 28 / Bhardwaj 24) lost to St Albans Buccaneers 103/7 (Pandya 3/12)

Cavaliers T20:

Dubai Diamond Traders 139/7 beat Riccarton Hoggs 79/7 (no stats entered)

The Believers 32 all out lost to Marist Harewood Avesec 33/0

Holsteins Boys 128/4 lost to Heathcote Has Beens 129/2 (no stats entered)

See you all this weekend….

Debuts & drama as former Juniors Graduate

2019 Cricket action commenced across all Adult Grades on Saturday with fine but coolish conditions for post-Xmas action.

With a number of regular Premier Players unavailable for the 1st round of T20 games Selectors Lieschke & McDuff has a busy week trying to fill the top 3 teams.

Player numbers were assisted slightly with the availability of a number of school leavers moving into the Senior Club ranks. None more welcome than some former Burnside Juniors returning to the Club.

Former BWCUCC Juniors Tom Dunlop and Mitchell Hay both made their Premier Team debuts in action over the weekend.

There’s a great back story to young Tom Dunlop’s debut. I’m reliably informed that in 2008 Tom’s Father Mike Dunlop hosted a work function at the family homer for his staff from Ballantynes.

Amongst the attendees was a young lady named Amy – and she brought along her then 17-year-old boyfriend (and now Husband) Matt Farrant. As the older workmates gathered around the BBQ and chatted – young Matt made his way out onto the back lawn and spent the afternoon playing cricket with, a then 7-year-old, Tom Dunlop.

So there was a certain amount of symmetry in Matt being the one who told Tom, at training last Thursday, that he would make his Premier debut alongside Matt in the opening T20 round against St Albans on Burnside 1 on Saturday.

Actual footage of ‘Faz’ aged 17 preparing to bowl (off the long run) at 7-year-old Tom Dunlop. Amy could clearly see the husband potential in “Nobody” even then…


Both Burnside and St Albans have a fair swag of regular players away for the clash – with Burnside stand-in Skipper (and older Brother of Mitchell) Matt Hay winning the toss and asking Saints to bat.

St Albans Club Chairman Pierre Flavell was also on hand to watch his own Son – Sam – make his Premier debut in the opener’s role, and he paced the Clubrooms lounge nervously as he suggested 130 would be a par score.

Sam (33 from 39 balls) & Dylan Budge (42 off 47) started cautiously against a tidy opening from O’Brien (1 for 9 off 3) but their 69 run opening partnership allowed others to play more freely as Saints posted 133/4 from their 20 overs. Hugo Howard again demanded a mention (and a photo this time) with 2/15.

Hugo Howard has featured in all of the last 3 of these round up reports (file photo)

In reply Burnside never quite got going and despite a brief but promising partnership from Heenan & Farrant we faltered to 106 all out in the last over. 4 run outs certainly aided the Saint’s cause.

In the afternoon game Hay again won the toss and offered Riccarton 1st use of the dryer surface. The top 4 Riccarton batsman only managed 19 runs collectively as the teetered at 22/4 against an improved bowling effort from the home side – with Farrant claiming 2/8 of 3.

Matt Laffey recovered things slightly for the visitors with 31 but once he and Ben Rapson (15) were separated they stumbled to 84 all out in the 19th over. Skipper Hay’s 2/10 almost matched by the performance of another young club recruit in Alex Tait with 2/16. Mitch Hay again looked accomplished behind the stumps with 2 catches and a sharp stumping off the older Bro.

In reply Tinus Huyser (17) & Alex Heenan (26) posted 35 for the 1st wicket before the loss of O’Brien & Hay Senior cheaply. But Mitchell Hay’s brisk 27no (off 18 balls and featuring 3 boundaries) saw Burnside take a 1 loss / 1 win record into next week. Mitchell Hay the day’s MVP for Premiers.


The 2nd’s, featuring multiple non-regulars and late recruits, took on Lancaster Park and then Riccarton in their 2 games across on Burnside 2.

Skipper Janett won the toss and inserted Park 1st up and was probably fairly happy with the bowling performance – in particular of North West Youth player Hunter Rowe (3/19 off 3) – as Park were held to 120/9 from their allotted.

In reply Will Kennedy (21), Janett (15) and Theo McIntosh (19) seemed to have the job almost done at 95/3 but a rush of late wickets, including 2 run outs, saw them snatch defeat from the jaws of victory as they collapsed to 108 all out and gifted LP the win.

Actual footage of usual Division 1 Skipper Jason McKenzie during his appearances in the Championship side on Saturday….

Next up Riccarton chose to bat and perhaps instantly regretted that as Kennedy knocked over the castle 1st ball. From there Riccarton added 56 for the 2nd wicket however as Blake Doherty struck 33 from 31 balls.

Kennedy was the best of the bowlers with 2 wickets and the 2nd’s also claimed 3 run outs as Riccarton posted a competitive 128/9.

Into bat and Kennedy (30), Jaco Huyser (27) and Captain Janett (18) seemed to have the job largely done again at 88/3. Landon Neal’s 19 off 22 balls seemed to be icing the cake nicely as they reached 110/4 – only to see another spectacular collapse as they fell 7 runs short in the final over.

Will Kennedy showing the way as the day’s MVP.


A rag tag fugitive crew of collected souls gathered on Burnside 4 to represent the Div 1 side 1st up against OBC in the morning’s T20 action.

With the 3A Cannons defaulted to both El Capitan Peters & 2017/18 Club MVP Caleb (Dilla) Smith rolled out for the 3rd’s – as did Club Secretary Gareth Gibson & Mark Shackleton from the President’s squad.

Messrs Gibson, G. and Shackleton, M. enjoying a slightly different pace of life following a recent President’s match – a far cry from facing OBC’s Adam Hastilow in a Div 1 clash.

Despite Gibbo claiming 2 wickets all the Old Boy’s top 5 scored positively as they were able to post a very positive 165/8 on one of the most consistent club pitches in the city.

In reply Finlayson & Eathorne were dismissed promptly before Mark Shackleton (19) ended his long ‘picket fence’ with a boundary and Henk Huyser (18) arrested the slide briefly. But the introduction of Premier bowler Adam Hastilow quickly turned things back OBC’s way and we were all out 75 in a comprehensive loss.

The crew gathered their kit and traveled to Sydenham Park for another daunting challenge in the Sydenham 2nd’s team – who lurk in Div 1.

A few personnel changes aside the team remained positive though and took the field keen on an improved performance.

The scorecard hasn’t quite made it into Cric HQ as I write but I can tell you this – the strong Sydenham side were held to 133 but a vastly improved bowling and fielding effort from out lads.

And then Scott Finlayson did his thing…

Opening the batting Scott single handedley won the game for the Burnside team with a absolutely brutal 98no. He was only denied what would have a quite magnificent 100 by the lack of more runs in the Sydenham total of 133.

He was joined by a tailender when he was on 97 and the side needed just 1 to win – and so keen he was to get to the deserved century that the two of them actually ran 3 when the winning shot didn’t reach the boundary.

A quick check of rules confirms the obvious suspicions that Scott Finlayson would be denied a century despite some enthusiastic running.


The BWCUCC President’s Foxes, minus their injured Skipper, traveled to Barnet Park in Redcliffs to take on a strong Sumner side which often features some great Canterbury cricketing names like Nuttall. Nathu & Yock.

The normally reliable Foxes have not yet managed to get the result into Cric HQ (in the absence of both Robertson & Gibson) but the results are widely monitored on other Social media outlets so some details have been gleaned.

Fill in Skipper – Sergeant Major Roy – won the toss and inserted Sumner on a damp & green one. Hamish Kember starred immediately with the ball taking 5/6 off 7 overs as Sumner capitulated to 78 all out just after drinks.

Jordan Buchanan (the former owner of the Shrey) battled his emotions to claim 3/28.

In reply Graeme Turner (19) played positively in his season debut as wickets fell steadily around him. But at 7 for 47 things were delicately balanced when Martin Conway (in the unusual 9 spot) joined skipper Roy.

Marty doesn’t muck around and struck the following 4 scoring shots – 6 6 1 4. When he departed Kember watched from the other end as Roy (18 no) completed the narrow win.

Kember gets the MVP once again and launches himself back up the Al Brown leaderboard.

DIVISION 3 – Marist Harewood defaulted to the BWU CANNONS:


The Boomers also traveled towards the hills to take on the Heathcote ‘Pests’.

The Burnside lads were asked to bat 1st and despite a patient 16 from opener Vishal the struggled in difficult conditions. D’Obby O’Brien ignored the battles of others – top scoring with 39 – but with 3 ducks and 4 other batsman scoring 3 or less a total of 79 all out was all they could muster.

In reply the Pests faired little better initially as they quickly found themselves 53/5. But opener Harris (38 not out off 100+ balls) dug in and played the key hand for his side to see them reached the target in the 33rd over.

Bowler friendly conditions assisted the tight lines of Regan Wilson (8-2-12-1), and Campbell Rose (8-3-9-1) and of course D’Obbly (1/7 off 5) chimed in to challenge the opposition.

MVP has to go to David O’Brien (that’s his real name!) with another sound all round performance.

The Boomers (via there various previous forms – Brawlers etc…) have graduated to the full BWU Maroon strip over the last 2 seasons thanks to some fervent lobbying by Regan Wilson….



I saw enough of the Dubai Diamond Traders game over on No: 3 to work out that they went down to a New Brighton team of assorted sized players (mainly XXXL’s) and she was all over bar the shouting by 4pm.

In the local derby the BWU Believers took on the new kids on the block, in the form of literally the newest BWU team the Holstein’s Boys, over at Nunweek Park.

There is no result in Cric HQ but I am getting sparodic reports of an upset going the way of the youngest BWU Brothers (Holstein’s Boys).

Kane McRoberts reported he was the overall MVP for both sides when he was drinking Steingrenades out of my beer fridge later in the day….

No result in from the Ghettohustlers either sadly….

The Ghetto Hustlers (featuring Ish Sodhi) in happier times – back when they used to enter their results in Cric HQ…

Junior Cricket doesn’t recommence for another few weeks as they enjoy their extended school holiday break.

Watch out for T20 action on the park this coming Thursday though as our Championship side play Heathcote’s top team from 5:30pm on No: 1.

The bar will be open and the BBQ may well be firing….

Yours in cricket

Important Summer break dates

A quick reminder to all club members of the important end of 2018 dates, and 2019 resumption dates…

Friday Night Junior Cricket

  • Last round for 2018: Friday, December 14th
  • First round for 2019: Friday, February 1st

Saturday Morning Junior Cricket

  • Last round for 2018: Saturday, December 15th
  • First round for 2019: Saturday, February 2nd

Adults & Youth Cricket

  • Last round for 2018: Saturday, 15th December 2018
  • Finals day for One-day competitions: Sunday, 16th December 2018
  • Finals Day (Reserve day): Sunday, 6th January 2019
  • First round for 2019: Saturday, 12th January 2019
  • Premier Women’s T20 starts: Saturday, 19th January 2019
  • All other Women’s to start: Saturday, 26th January 2019
  • Youth 1st XI Grades to start: Saturday, 26th January 2019
  • All other Youth grades to start: Saturday, 2nd February 2019
  • Adults Twenty20 Series FInals Day: Wednesday, 6th February 2019 (Waitangi Day)
  • Morning grade double header: 16-17th February 2019
  • Last playing day of the season :  Saturday 30th March 2019


Chairman David Robertson’s interview on Newstalk ZB

After last week’s announcement that Burnside West Christchurch University Cricket had been named NZ Cricket’s 2017/18 Club of the Year, our Chairman David Robertson was interviewed on Newstalk ZB’s All Sport Breakfast show.

Listen to the recording of the interview (listen-time: 4 mins) below.


The Chairman’s Welcome

The 2018-19 season is underway with all senior teams having played a couple of rounds , and Juniors also well underway.

It is great to see the thriving mass of Junior, Youth & Senior sides out across the park at training when the weather has allowed it, and there can be considerable excitement about the season ahead.

I would like to extend my thanks to our hard working committee members for their efforts to get us up and running this summer. In particular, Shane Young who is filling the (not inconsiderable) shoes of Peter Burke as Junior Convenor has been working tirelessly to coordinate that area of our organisation.

The club is in good heart – and we are pleased to welcome the addition of a new T20 team in the Men’s Cavaliers Section 3 with BWCUCC “Holstein’s Boys” playing their 1st game for us out on the No: 4 pitch last weekend. Their team name tips a proverbial cap to the Headmaster of their former seat of higher learning down the road at Burnside High. Welcome guys!

Save for a few grass windrow issues, as a result of the usual spring growth challenging the council contractor, the Oval is in excellent condition & the pitches in tremendous nick.

Can I ask that all members respect the facilities we have by ensuring all rubbish is removed from the park and training equipment put away appropriately after use. If you are having a quiet beer side-line with your team after games, just remember to take your empties away with you when you go, and do not stack them in or around the CCC rubbish bins.

Let’s also “set the standard” for clubs across Christchurch in terms of our on-field behaviour & sportsmanship. Be respectful of your opponents and gracious in both victory & defeat.

Good luck to all teams competing across the grades this Saturday.

Dave Robertson
Your Chairman

Movember Challenge 2018

November arrives tomorrow and that means it’s time to grow a mane in support of Movember. Movember is a charity to raise awareness around men’s health. Many of you will have been affected either directly or indirectly by this issue. BWC has taken the initiative to get in behind the foundation and we need you to help!

What you need to do:

  1. Set up a profile by clicking here.
  2. After you have set up a profile, search for and join the Burnside Manes group here.
  3. Shave on Thursday 1st November.
  4. Don’t shave your grill again until Club Night.
  5. Convince your girlfriend and your mum to sponsor you with cold hard cash or credit card donations on the Movember website.


  • Support men’s health. Most of you are guys, or know at least one guy, and healthy guys are better than unhealthy ones.


  • Movember starts tomorrow (Thursday 1st November).
  • Shave Off by the 1st.
  • All participants must submit a pre and post mugshot.


  • The club will be going up against St Albans who have been personally affected by this issue in a competition to raise the most funds.
  • There will be a competition for best/worst Mo’s of the club.
  • December 1st: Club night with prizes drawn for various categories (more details to come).

Get a proper shave to get started:

  • If you need help with the shave: On Friday you can get shaved at 12:30pm 7 Ash street by a Barkers groomer. Bacon Brothers will be providing burgers and there will free Karma Cola’s (limited supply). More details here.

If you have any questions get in touch with Angus Harman.

Friday Night Cricket starts this Friday!

Friday Night cricket starts this Friday for all of our younger club members. The coaches are all ready and pumped to be getting into again this summer!

For those new to the Friday Night crowd, and as a reminder for returning families, here is the park layout and best places to park:

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What do you need to do?

If you have registered already, just turn up! The sessions start at 6pm sharp, and on the first night we’ll split the groups in to the Super Star Academy and the Kiwi Cricketers as below.

If you haven’t registered yet?

No problem – jsut show up and let one of the coaches know you are a new member. They’ll help get you in the right place, and introduce you to our Junior Convenor. If you want to register now, you still can by filling out this registration form, and making an online payment as per the details on the form, and returning the completed form to

Superstar Academy – (formerly Have a Go)

For our youngest players (School years 1 & 2), there is a focus on participation, skill development, and confidence building through cricket-focussed ball play in the Superstar Academy program. This was previously known as ‘Have-a-go’. Boys & Girls play together with trained junior coaches in a fun and friendly environment.

Kiwi Cricket

For advanced Year 2s, Year 3’s & Year 4’s. This is still mostly skill and play based and gradually works up to short gameplay towards the end of each sessions. Boys and Girls play together. Some of our more advanced Year 4 players will then have the option to play after the Christmas Holiday’s in CJCA’s T20 Year 4 North Zone cricket, on Saturday mornings.

What happens after Friday Night Cricket?

As players head into Year 5, they move into more traditional cricket through junior T20 style matches and will play for Burnside in one of our Saturday morning sides.