December 13, 2023

December Round Wrap

December Round Wrap

An absolutely massive round of cricket for Warringah in the penultimate round of matches before the Christmas break. In the main grades the MIGs took on cross-town rivals Roseville, including in 5th grade (who also had a match against Balmain). Unfortunately there was no play in the Masters or Classics on account of games being called. But this was made up for by two one day matches in the Metro Cup (against UNSW and Randwick), and the third match of the Frankies season against Lane Cove. Can they win three on the trot? Read on to find out. Thanks to our sponsors for supporting us to get the boys on the paddock each week and for helping us to put on events each week.

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H Ferguson 105, M Munro 33, S Barnett 32


127 & 0-80
J Park Johnson 3-13, M Munro 3-18, P Day 2-14

Warringah won by 158 runs.

After a lengthy 15 minute journey to Roseville for the first away game in 3 rounds, warringah turned up to a promising wicket for the bowlers. Unfortunately Hamo lost the toss and we were sent in to bat. Hamo and Davo (37) got off to a promising start, placing the home team under early pressure. After the first wicket fell there was a mini collapse in the top order which left warringah at 3-77 still early in the day. Barney (32) alongside chick (26) provided middle order stability and supported Hamo who brought up a fantastic 105 off 210 balls. Warringahs lower order supported Munro (33) in bolstering the total up to 285 all out towards the end of the day. With two overs left to bowl warringah were unable to take any wickets and Roseville finished 0-4.Rocking up early in preparation for a scorching day in Roseville warringah knew they needed quick wickets for any chance of the full 10 points. After a few uneventful overs Jimmy (3-13) struck 3 crucial blows in one over swinging the momentum Warringahs way. Wickets fell steadily after thanks to high quality bowling from Patty (2-14) and Munro (3-18) in the middle, the team also supporting with good fielding throughout the day. Eventually finishing off Roseville for 127 all out. Despite the heat the boys were still keen for the 10 points and headed back out in an attempt to bowl them out within the remaining 37 overs. It wasn’t to be unfortunately with the wicket flattening out and some fatigue beginning to kick in we were unable to grab any wickets before been taken off for heat. Overall a very good performance by the team securing a crucial 6 points.


K Broome 95, S Conners 53, L Johnson 45, G Evans 45


R Outred 6-34, C Wilson 2-28, G Evans 1-22

Warringah won by 102 runs.

Finally a home game for 2s and a greenish Weldon pitch once again confused an opposing captain. Roseville won the toss and sent the migs into bat first. WCC understood that , despite the aesthetics of the pitch, batting would become very easy after a few hours.  

New opening pair Ky and Cookie went out to try set the tone, despite a couple of nice boundaries Cooke fell cheaply and Noah quickly followed. Young gun Rueben Kapoor arrived to aid Ky in building a platform to try cash in on. The pair battled away building a platform and cashing in the occasional loose ball. Reuben was dismissed in a tragically unlucky way just before the break for 34. Ky continued with big Jonno, and the pair began an attack. This was the cashing in that had been spoken about after the toss. Both were dismissed just short of milestones, Jonno 45 and Ky the star with 95. At this point the score was well past 150 but George and Steve would put it out of reach of the Roses. Putting endless pressure on the fielders and the bowlers alike Steve added 53 and George 45. Some attempted Cameos from Charlie and Redders were curtailed by a declaration for Tejas at 8/293. Still with 19 overs to bowl in the Day the migs wanted to pound the villains into the core of the earth by the end of day 1.

The inform Mr Outred did just that, snagging 3 top order wickets punctuated by  cartwheeling the Roseville captains' off stump. Some classic left arm areas from Wilso earned him his first 2nd grade wicket of the year. Roseville finished the day 4/49.

With 10 points the goal for day 2 the biggest enemy would be the forecast 38 degree heat. Again Roy jagged two early ones to set the tone, in partnership with Redders the pair shut down any chance of a Roseville fight back. As the heat rose and the pitch flattened the partnerships began to drag out. Wilso, George, and Tejas all chipped in with wickets throughout the day but a valiant last wicket stand from the roses meant that the follow on total was passed just after tea. Barley a run after that milestone was passed, Roy returned for his 6th and final wicket to finish 6/34 off 16 overs.

A great win for 2s, with many excellent performances across the line up. Another win next week against NWS and we're right back amongst the pack of finals hopefuls.


B Martin 75, T Seward 68, D Labador 38


H Burke 5-38, T Seward 1-26, B Martin 1-31

Warringah won by 28 runs.

On a beautiful summers day theMIGs took on Roseville down at Koola Park. As we stumbled out onto the groundit did not take long for us to sniff out the 28 metre boundary that was acrossfrom us. As we put our spikes on getting ready to warm up the coin was tossedand we were sent in to bat. This dry and slow wicket had a few tricks up itssleeve. 


Toby Seward and Jimmy Downs wereour openers and the two boys put up a stand of 56 that saw some wear and teardone to the new ball. Things looked comfortable for the MIGs until Jimmy (11)stumps rattled. That brought Luke Richardson (1) to the crease, briefly untilhe left one which he should not have. With the early signs of a seriouscollapse brewing Toby and Ruben Donato began steadying the ship. The boysplayed all around the ground, Toby from the sidelines looked to be seeing theball in slow motion, picking off runs when he felt like it while Ruben wentabout targeting that small boundary a couple of times. The boys complementedeach other well and until Ruben (28) left one which turned back onto hisstumps. 


With the MIGs now 3 down forjust less than 100 Bill Martin came to the crease. Toby now batting with his4th partner for the day brought up his 50. Toby unfortunately was caught at 68after looking the goods bringing Mitch Norton to the middle. Mitch (2) did nothang round for long. Having lost 3 quick wickets we were in need of some setbatsmen and a big partnership. Those prayers were answered as Dusty Labadorjoined Bill at the crease and the two of them took to the Roseville spinbowling. Roseville returned to their seamers and Dusty launched a couple of 6s.Unfortunately Dusty (28) went for one too many and got caught, but his inningshelped get the MIGs back on track. Matt Kuchel joined Bill at the crease. Billwas definitely into his work at this point, showing off a wide variety ofstroke play which made it look way too easy out there. From the other end Kuchmade it look a little harder but still played a vital supporting role. Tea cameat this point and a great spread was eaten, Kuch was then caught by the bowlerafter tea. Bill kept motoring on unphased by losing Kuch and then Kev Godfrey(2) to a questionable LBW decision. Bill (75) followed quickly after Kev, as hewas caught in the infield. Zach Buchanan (9) entertained while Harry Burke (1no) secured the red ink. After 54 overs the MIGs had scored 262. 


The bowling innings began inweek 1, we had 23 overs to bowl at them. Burkie picked up 2 wickets before theend of the day with some well placed and seaming deliveries. Roseville were 2down for 47 to end the day. Starting early on week 2 with temperatures soaringthe pregame chat was all about the 3 litres of water we should have consumedthe night before (who actually did?). A wicket fell soon after courtesy ofBurkie who finished with an outstanding 5fa. Pressure was being built up bothends by Kev and Burkie, then Zach and Bill. The Roseville batsmen started toplay a few more shots and wickets came hard to come by that was until TobySeward came on with his handy offies and snagged a crucial wicket withRoseville at 134. At this point there was a feeling amongst the team we hadbroken the shackles a bit and things would only get easier unfortunately thatwas not the case. The 4th wicket stand was not an expensive one but it waslong, spinners Toby and Kuch toiled away before Burkie came back at took another.Roseville were nly 5 down for 180 odd at lunch. 


After lunch Ruby pumped up theboys and assured us wickets would come. They did come but not straight away, wehad to fight, Roseville played really well in the heat, a couple of youngjuniors fought very hard and were impossible to dismiss (must be national repsin the making because we threw everything at them). Kuch got a well deservedwicket off a good catch was taken by Norto. The remaining batsmen went withheat stroke, a tidy run out, a hanging catch and another bowled. A hard foughtwin over a valiant Roseville made the heat as we all drove home a little morebearable.



R Osborne 44, O Higgins 40, T Walker 33


A Caruso 5-60, R Osborne 3-37, B Rowse 1-27

Warringah lost by 65 runs.

Round 6, Warringah 4s played Roseville. Roseville won the toss and sent us into the field on a warm day. With Tom Walker and Vic opening the bowling, we were more than happy to sit back and watch our two openers rip them apart. The openers fell after putting up a 57 run partnership, unable to withstand the aggressive bowling from Tom and the massive, 16 over spell from Vic. With some very handy bowling from Ryan Osbourne we had them by the throats at 5/91. Then came the recovery. A quickfire 45 from their Num 3 and an 100 run partnership from Num 5 and 8 saw them 9/241 at the end of the day. Vic got a well earned 5 and Ryan took a very useful 3. The next week came and we bowled them all out for 256.
On a “mildly warm” 41 degree day, Warringah walked out to bat. Unfortunately, the day didn’t go Warringah's way. Ollie Higgins got 40 but then was bowled a half tracker and he spooned it straight to midwicket. Ryan Osbournes 44 was the highlight of the day as gave us a chance but unfortunately, to everyone's surprise (including the guy that threw the ball) a magnificent runout ended his innings. A quickfire 26 from Kev and a well compiled 33 from Tom gave us a chance in getting the win. Unfortunately, Warringah couldn’t get over the line but we’ll beat’em in the finals!!!!!

Round 7


A Boulton 45, A Gatehouse 17, W Toohey 14


H McCracken 3-21, H Cruickshank 3-31, A Duraraj 2-41

Warringah won by 2 wickets.

Round 7 of the metro cup season saw Warringah take on Randwick Petersham in a mid-high table crunch match. Both teams equal on points, the game was very important to take a win out of, as the winner would move top 5 in the competition.

Captain Stu Higgins won the toss and chose to bowl, on a day where the 5 possible spin bowlers would have to bowl well, as we only had 2 pacers (that could land them on the pitch, unlike a shocking delivery in the warmup from Zach Dowthwaite). A worrying start to the game had Randy Petes 0-69 before loosing the rest of their 10 wickets for a further 79 runs. While bowling was obviously extremely important in taking these wickets, the main factor which took these wickets was the outstanding fielding performance from all of the boys. Pressure was built all the way through the innings as tight fielding with only 2-3 quick singles from the Randy Petes batters helped backing up tight bowling. Energy was maintained all the way throughout the innings with great chat and enthusiasm from Will, Harry, and Zach not letting a ball pass without getting everyone chatting. The factor that shows in the scorebook however is the catches, and taking the chances when they come, which was no problem for the MIG. Will Toohey taking two catches standing up to the stumps to medium pace, Nate Roberts taking an overhead running catch at backward square leg (think Travis Head), Harley Cruikshank taking a running diving catch in cover, Aidan Boulton taking a catch in the deep and nearly going off with HIA, Ash taking a pressure catch in the deep to get their big hitter out (the only batter to make it past 18), and Harry McCracken taking a full stretch diving catch one handed off his own bowling for the last wicket. No chance went down as the MIG cleaned up the Randy Petes batter with 8 catches, an LBW and a rather clever piece of bowling from Clifty where he bowled a 25 yarder to dismiss the young number 3 batter by taking advantage of a late movement in his setup to make the ball uncomfortable to face, and bowl him around his legs. Randy Petes finished with 148 all out with figures of 1-16 for Nate Roberts, 2-41 for Ashwen Durairaj, 3-31 from Harley Cruickshank, 3-21 for Harry McCracken, and 1-34 from Paul Clift.

The batting innings started well as Vehaan the Alfie ticked away a couple of runs of a 4th grade bowler filling in for Randwick, before Alfie left Vehaan stranded, sending him back late as Vehaan was run out for 4. Alfie was joined by Aidan Boulton and took the MIG to only 100 needed before Alfie was caught at deep square, followed by Stu Higgins (2) with an LBW (where he hit the ball), and Zach (4) middling one on the pull straight to mid wicket. Warringah were 4-58 as Jack Day came to the crease at 6, who took on the spinner in his first over for a couple boundaries and then following on Zach with the same mode of dismissal to the same fielder of the same bowler. Ashwen (11) and Will Toohey (14) made good contributions before being dismissed, along with Aidan who deserved 50, being given out for hitting the floor on 45. By then, the game was in the hands of the MIG, and Harry McCracken taking 11 runs of 1 legal delivery including a huge 6 off the free hit, took Warringah to a 2 wicket win.

In the end, a closer game then it should have been via a shaky batting performance, was highlighted by the fielding performance of the season, leading the MIG to the top 5 in the metro cup.

Round 8


V Akbarally 66, A Duraraj 65*, W Toohey 36*


A Boulton 5-16, S Roche 2-35, A Durairaj 1-36

Warringah won by 5 wickets (DL method)

Coming off a good win the previous week, the metro boys were looking for big a win against UNSWCC to secure a spot right at the peak of the ladder.

Mile Pawley looked the same as it always does, which led UNSW to win the toss and the students had a bat first, leaving the MIG fielding in 40 degree heat. A couple of loose deliveries meant a handful of runs were leaked early with a few wides, but Sam Roche (8-1-35-2) was able to snick off the young opener to get the wickets underway. The following partnership consisted of two different formats of cricket being played, with one end playing a t20 match, and the other building an test innings, which meant the run rate wasn’t getting away from the MIG. A pop up catch off Ashwen Durairaj (10-0-36-1) dismissed the slower batter, bringing the UNSW captain to the crease. Both batters played their shots and rode their luck to end up 50 each with the score looking to be approaching 300+. However this was stopped very quickly as Rochey got the captain for his second, and Aidan Boulton came on to bowl for the first time this season. Aidan ended up with a fantastic 5-16 off 10 overs including some acrobatics from Paul Clift in the slips to give Aidan the fifth. Another quick 50 right at the end of the innings from the UNSW wicket keeper got the students to a respectable 8-231 after their 50 overs and gave the students some momentum into their bowling innings which they used to great effect.

Jack Day and Vehaan Akbarally walked out to the middle to open up for Warringah as Jack Day fell on his second ball to good Yorker. Two balls later, Aidan Boulton was dismissed, however we still don’t know what it was for, as he was smashed on the hip looking way too high to even be considered as LBW and was nowhere near hitting it meaning he wouldn’t be caught behind. The confusion in the MIG was quickly dampened by everyone running to pad up as Zach O’Sullivan was dismissed for 2 by a good catch at fine leg. The MIG were 3-8 and looking in a worrying position as UNSW were up and about in the field. Zach Dowthwaite joined Vehann in the middle who had been watching from the non-strikers end as everyone else was falling. Zach got off the mark with a six which hit the tree square of the wicket, down on the next field, which helped slow the game down as the ball was being retrieved. Continued strike rotation led the MIGs to 3-49 as the spinners came on which was once again Zach’s downfall as one ripped through the gate to bowl him for 20. Vehaan then reached a wonderfully paced 50, using the cut shot through backward point to full effect, but soon after was run out for the second week in a row by a dodgy call from the non-striker leaving him stranded in the middle of the pitch on 66. With the match evenly poised, Ashwen (65* making up for the runout of Vehaan) and Will Toohey (36*) played very mature cricket, picking the right ball to hit in an 83 run unbeaten partnership as the rain poured down making DLS the deciding factor in the game. Of all options for the way the game would finish, I don’t think anyone would have guessed it would be rained out, after fielding 50 overs in extreme heat. The MIG finished 5-197, 27 runs over the DLS par of 170, giving Warringah yet another win in the metro cup. As other results went our way, we now sit 2nd on the metro cup ladder out of 18 teams and the only Shires team sitting in the top half of the table. The MIG have shown to be a strong team this year in metros as we climb the ladder beating grade clubs with only 2 losses so far this season.

Next weeks match against Hawkesbury back at Mike Pawley again, promises to be a good one as the MIG look to close out the year with 3 wins in a row.

Round 10


C Swinney 20, Z O'Sullivan 15*, C Conners 13*

Balmain-South Sydney

C Dickson 5-6, J Olde 4-19, B Johnston 1-1

Warringah won by 7 wickets.

Match report to come...

Round 11


C Swinney 64, C Dickson 19*, C Zanella 18


H Kirkham 4-26, M Kapoor 4-27, C Swinney 1-16

Warringah lost by 20 runs.

Match report to come...


R Sheahan 66*, L Johnson 46*, W Davidson 32

Lane Cove

A Bennet 3-23, M Munro 2-26, R Sheahan 2-36

Warringah won by 7 wickets.

We rocked up to Tantallon Oval on a lovely rainy morning and after a top quality touch footy game Molly lost the toss and we were sent out to field. The ball did absolutely nothing early and with the wet outfield, it turned into a bar of soap after a few ground balls. Despite this the boys bowled really well and kept it really tight with some good fielding to back it up and some assistance from the shockingly slow outfield . Although Lane Coves import batsmen stuck in there for a while we dried his runs up and eventually he holed out after some great bowling from Patty Day, finishing with 1/48 off his 10. Skipper Lachie was unlucky to not get a pole but still bowled out his 10 overs for just 24 runs. Our kiwi spin twins Matt and Regan finished with well deserved 2’fas off some quality bowling, given that they had no chance of gripping the ball, with Matt finishing 2/26 and Regan 2/36 and Aidan ended up with 3/23 to restrict them to 164 off their 50.Our batting innings didn’t start as well as we would’ve liked with a wicket in the first over but Davo cracked a few fours before being questionably dismissed for his fifth 30 of the season. After Davo and Greeny fell it was down to Regan and Lachie Johnson to see the boys home and that’s exactly what they did, putting on a 100 run partnership. Punishing the bad ball and good running with some top notch paddling upstream from Johnno saw us chase the runs 3 down with 11 overs to spare with Regan finishing on 66 with a few fours and a monster bomb resulting in a lost ball in what was his first 50 for the club and a well deserved one and Johnno finishing on 46 hitting the ball as clean as he usually does and making the most of the 4 free hits that he faced.3 from 3 going into the break with Roseville being our last regular season game, the boys are well on track for the finals

Next match vs Epping Bulls, Frank Gray Oval 17 December.

Next match vs CCNSW, Camperdown Park, 7 January.

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