Welcome back to Warringah Cricket in 2024! We have had two rounds in the one day format to start the year, with mixed results but positive cricket across the board. There's a lot to enjoy and celebrate as the Men in Green begin to find their finals momentum and work out their best combinations with just a few rounds to go. But this week our focus was our club captain's leading another Warringah presso night on the eve of one of our club's biggest days, our Golf Day! Our President, Chris Melville, had this to say just after the conclusion of the day:
Well what a great day our golf day was. A lot of fun, many laughs, good food tied in with some good and bad golf. Thanks to everyone for their support and generosity. The initial count shows we raised around $6k for Women and Children First and our club. I want to thank our sponsorsDee Why RSL, Contour Finance, Simon Molyneux, Dave Norton, Van Der Meer, Mike Pawley, BetterHR, Gage Roads, limitless, Warung Book keeping, Guzman and Arrow for their support of the day.
Thanks to our volunteers, who helped make the day special. Marg and Natasha, our treat hole was unbelievable and very tasty. Thanks so much!!! Our Club Captains led the afternoon so well, we are in good hands here. Giles, thanks so much for your time in taking the photos, I can’t wait see them. A big thanks to Hamo for your passion of this day and making it so great. To our Deb who again did so much for the day and makes every event we have so great, you da best!!!!
Thanks again all. Good luck tomorrow everyone, enjoy your weekend.
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J Chick 17, L Molyneux 15*, M Munro 15
M Munro 1-1, J Park-Johnson 1-22
Warringah lost by 8 wickets.
On a day when the sun shone warmly over the ground, perfect for a full day of batting, our Warringah boys returned to the cricket field after Christmas break. Some seemed slightly subdued, perhaps feeling the effects of a recent 'wellness retreat' to the Gold Coast. The roads were unusually quiet, as if all attention was on the green expanse where we were about to lock horns with Georges River, a side not to be taken lightly.
The pitch looked in excellent condition, perfectly poised for runs to be scored, despite a somewhat slower outfield. All the signs pointed to an advantageous day for the batsmen. Unfortunately, our batsmen failed to capitalise on these conditions.
The goal set was to put up a substantial total. What unfolded instead was a collapse to a mere 62 runs, a poor reflection of our batting potential. Although Chick (17) and Molyneux (15*) provided some resistance, the overall batting performance left us, simply put, disappointed.
The day wasn't devoid of high points, such as Barnett's snappy catch at first slip and Munro's economical spell. But this wasn’t nearly enough to hold off Georges River, who chased down our total efficiently, bringing an early end to the match before 1:30pm.
Our batting performance was unmistakably subpar – a tough truth our batsmen need to face and rectify. As we push for our place in the finals, it's high time we step up to make the most of what’s left in the season.
H Ferguson 42, J Chick 36, A Bennett 30*
J Park Johnson 3-25, P Day 2-30, L Molyneux 2-49
Warringah won by 4 wickets.
Match report to come...
B Cook 30*, Extras 27, T Seward 23
C McKay 2-36, F Holdsworth 1-9, T Gupta 1-11
Warringah lost by 6 wickets.
Warringah’s 2nd grade side turned up to Weldon feeling good after a nice break over Chrissy and New Years. They had good reason to as well, they’d won their last two on the bounce and were the only main grades side to boast such a record. Captain Tejas Gupta lost the toss and the MenInGreen were sent into bat. Toby Seward (23) got Warringah off to a good scoring at a good clip despite losing opening partner Noah Kasmar early and George Evans soon afterwards. Toby and Reuben Kapoor (11) were looking good until the score hit 54 when Toby was out and Tejas followed straight away. When the score reached 58 Reuben succumbed, and Lachie Johnson followed soon after leaving Warringah at 6-62 at first drinks. From there Ben Cook (30*) and the tail wagged a bit but only enough to make 116 – a score well and truly below par. Handy lower order contributions came from Ronit Mahajan (10) and Cal McKay (7).
Given that their season was on the line the boys fired up and got ready to give everything to defend what they deep down knew was not enough runs on a pitch that was just getting better and better for batting. Both Redford Holdsworth (1-9) and Cal Mckay (2-36) started superbly and asked some really thorough questions of the Georges River top order. Superb catches from Toby Seward (diving forward at cover) and George Evans (one handed on the run at mid-off) saw Georges River 2-8 and the MIGs up and about. From there though Warringah were too inconsistent with the ball and Georges River showed us how we should have batted on that pitch. They were able to wrap up the runs for loss of only 2 further wickets – 1 to captain Gupta and a second for Cal. A disappointing result for 2nd grade and one that places finals cricket further away from our reach. Still, we go again next week.
P.S. The match was Ronit’s last for Warringah. As was said after the game, you don’t play two and half years of 1st grade cricket unless your pretty handy and we’re all going to miss Ronnie bowl, especially the way his quicker ‘rocket’ ball can bamboozle batsman. All the best Ronit!
S Cook 36, N Kasmar 15, L Parkinson 15
O Vinter 1-19, G Evans 1-22
Warringah lost by 8 wickets.
After a disappointing loss in the first game of 2024, 2nd grade headed out to North Epping Oval with finals almost certainly out of reach. Some familiar faces returning for 2s, with Ollie Vinter, Wiggers and Heyso all returning for their first game of the season, and Shane Cook coming in for his first game in over a month. After a pushed back start time due to a wet pitch (after a bone dry Thursday, Friday & Saturday morning), the Epping skipper had no hesitation in putting us into bat.
Shane Cook and Kasmar got us going, with the score moving nicely at 0-50 after 11. However, with some below standard middle order batting, some excellent first change bowling and a couple of questionable decisions to add to the drama, the MIG found themselves 8-70, relying on Vinter, Parkinson and Redders to drag them over 110. The boys were all out for 112.
The lads started well in the field, with Wiggers & Vinter keeping it tight for the first few overs. However, the Epping openers stood strong, with the phrase “they still need more than we do” being frequently murmured by the MIG fielders. At 0-70, captain Tejas opted to bring the medium pacers on, with B.Cook and Prince George coming on. Some consistent and inconsistent bowling (I’ll leave it up to you to guess which bowler was which) lead to the first wicket, with Prince grabbing it with possibly the worst ball of the day. Vinter returned to grab one more to finish with figures of 1-19 in his 1 game for the season, as the MIG fell to a poor 8 wicket loss.
It’s out to the Alan Davidson oval for the next 2 dayer, where the boys will be trying to add some consolation wins to their below par season.
R Donato 39, J Downs 35, B Martin 21
B Martin 4-41, M Kuchel 2-27, L Overhoff 1-22
Warringah won 7 runs.
Warringah defeated George River by 11 runs on a beautiful day away at Lance Hutchinson oval. Loosing the toss sent Jimmy Downs and Luke Richardson in to open the batting. They took advantage early along with Ruben Donato who top scored with 39 making it look easy on a difficult batting deck. Then a strong spin bowling attack ripped through Warringah’s middle order with Bill Martin being the only batter to show some much needed resistance. Setting a total of 169 through 46 overs the batsmen had left a lot of work for the bowlers.
The second innings showed Warringahs resilience and persistence. A strong start for George River at 1-115 put them in a fairly comfortable position to reach the total. Then an extremely influential bowling partnership between Matt Kurchel and Jack Donnan slowed the oppositions scoring completely. Both off spinners bowling full 10 over spells quickly pushed the required run rate to 5 an over. With a bit of scoreboard pressure the relentless Warringah bowling attack took the game to the last 2 overs. Some brilliant death bowling by Harry Burke saw an important wicket maiden and Bill Martin led the wicket taking with 4-41 off 10. The superb all round effort from the team resulted in a victory by just 11 runs, an absolute thriller.
J Downs 99, T Seward 64, L Richardson 33
M Kuchel 6-13, K Godfrey 2-27, B Martin 1-4
Warringah won by 121 runs.
After losing yet another toss, the mighty 3s got sent into bat on a classic Frank Gray wicket. 1st mistake from Epping as the top echelon opening pairing of Jimmy and Toby got the MIG off to a fantastic start. The pair were strongly supported on the sidelines from another high-class partnership of Dusty and Burky on the books. This combination would prove fatal for Epping as the lads combined for another chanceless 100 run partnership, until Toby fell in the 25th over for a classy 64 (leaving this combination of lads 1-263 this season). The loss of Toby allowed for the ever-masterful Richo (33) to the crease to continue working magic with Jimmy and the lads, more than likely inspired by this combination put on another 100-run partnership to leave the green men in a dominant position. The fall of Richo in the 44th over in the search for quick runs lead to a flurry of wickets. Unfortunately, the man of the innings Jimbo (99) got caught in a mishap chasing a 2nd off an over-throw leaving him agonisingly short of one of the great maiden hundreds for the club. These lads set such a fantastic platform for the boys to cash in on, and the young gun slim (Dusty) did just that with a flashy 25 off 13.
Classy first innings from the green men after being sent in left us with 265 to defend.
In the field, we found it tough early doors with the Epping openers taking their risks early, and successfully navigated themselves to a quickfire 70odd opening stand until the introduction of Kev (Chris Green) Godfrey rolled the arm over. A 2 wicket over from him lead to a dramatic batting collapse from the Epping lads. All bowlers contributed nicely; however, one cannot pass up the performance of Matt (the hover) Kuchel and his antics with the ball. The Hover executed one of the finest performances with the ball on Frank Gray and cleaned up the prolonged Epping tail to end with figures off 6-13 to round out another bonus point victory for the mighty 3s boys this year. An unreal effort from the boys as we continue to push for that 1st place spot in the regular season.
O Higgins 123, A Gatehouse 73, M Kapoor 61
S Roche 4-25, R Osborne 2-21, B Rowse 2-33
Warringah won by 234 runs.
The lads pulled up to the ground nice and early, eager to get underway. After the warmup Kev did the toss and we ended up batting. Alfie and Ollie started us of in the best way possible hitting the bowlers to all parts of the ground to get us to 150-0 before Alfie fell for a well-made 73. Ollie then went on to make an outstanding 123, aswell as Myles with 61 and miles with 34 at the end, along with a couple quick fire innings to get us to 355 of 50 overs.
We started our bowling innings with Vic getting their opener out in the first over which was a sign of things to come. We continued to get wickets at a good rate with Roche ending up with 4-25 along with Ryan and Rowsey getting 2 each and limiting George's river to a meer 121 all out and ending us with a great win.
M Milliner 34, K Davies 17*, P Chapman 12
B Rowse 6-22, M Kapoor 2-18, S Roche 1-11
Warringah won by 4 wickets.
In a thrilling top-of-the-table clash, Warringah Cricket Club faced off against Epping in a match that showcased outstanding performances with both bat and ball. Warringah found themselves on the back foot after losing the toss and being asked to bowl first. Despite commendable efforts from Sam Roche, Charlie Wilson, and Anthony Caruso, Epping managed to make a strong start. The turning point came with the introduction of young Myles Kapoor's left-arm spin, triggering a collapse in the opposition's batting lineup. The experienced Ben Rowse capitalized on the momentum, delivering a career-best performance by claiming an impressive 6 wickets for just 22 runs. In the end, Epping was bowled out for a modest total of 89 runs.
In response, Warringah's opening duo of Alfie Gatehouse and Ollie Higgins got off to a solid start, only to face a sudden collapse that saw the team lose 4 wickets for just 3 runs. Epping sensed an opportunity to turn the tide, but the resilient pair of Paul Chapman and Miles Milliner steadied the ship. Miles Milliner then took charge, accelerating the run chase with a quick-fire innings, ably supported by captain Kev Davies. Their partnership ensured that Warringah reached the target within 28 overs, securing a crucial bonus point and a confidence-boosting victory on the road. Ben Rowse's exceptional bowling performance and Miles Milliner's batting prowess were instrumental in Warringah's success, reaffirming their position at the top of the table.
A Boulten 87, M Melville 55*, A Woodhead 41
L Scott 3-40, T Walker 2-11, M Melville 2-27
Warringah won by 120 runs.
Match report to come...
L Macfarlane 44, C Zanella 16*, C Swinney 9
H Kirkham 4-17, C Zanella 3-18, C Swinney 1-17
Warringah won by 1 wicket (DL method).
For round 13 of the 5th grade season, Warringah took on Epping on a Frank Gray deck that had plenty of runs over the last couple of weeks. Epping won the toss and decided to bat first.
A very streaky start for Epping had the top 3 batters outside and inside edging the ball behind square for a couple of singles before Harry Kirkham (4-17) got 3 early wickets to leave Epping 3/not many. After Carlo Zanella (3-18) dismissed the other opener, the Epping middle order ticked the strike over against the spin for a couple of 40s, before Clifty (1-36) and Cooper Dickson (1-36) made the big breakthroughs. Cooper Swinney (1-17) picked up a wicket as well as Epping were bowled out for 126. Big mention goes to Will Toohey aswell taking 4 catches behind the wicket including a fantastic reflex catch low down to the ground.
The batting innings started with a lot of phones open looking at the bom radar as rain was inevitable. After loosing Swinney for 9 and Toohey for 3, Luke Macfarlane made a solid 44 along with a shot where his bat out flew out of his hands towards deep backward square. As the rain eventually came, the covers went on and we lost 2 overs, leaving a total of 121 to win off the 38 overs. A couple of sixes from Seth Thompson helped lift the total as the MIG were 3/70 when the rain came again. The difference this time was that the umpire decided to not come off and the deck got soaked. From 3/70 to 8/100, the total of 121 seemed pretty big before Carlo Zanella made it look easy with 16* to help Warringah to a 1 wicket win.
5th grade move to tied second on the ladder with a bye next week before a short run home into the finals.
R Kapoor 86, W Greenland 45, R Sheahan 24
P Day 4-17, R Sheahan 4-21, B Cook 2-10
Warringah won by 157 runs.
For the final Frank Grey shield match of the regular season the boys rocked up to Roseville chase oval. With 3 from 3 previous wins, a fourth win would give us the best chance for a home finals run. With impending rain we knew it had to be something special to finish the game in time. After being sent into bat on a reasonably flat wicket the boys knew a big score was needed. After an early wicket, Regan walked into the crease to begin building a platform, and at 2 for 24 Ruben kapoor joined him in his first match of frank gray. Regan added 24 showing class, but it was Ruben kapoor who played a magnificent innings rotating the strike consistently and hitting every bad ball in the gap for a boundary. At 4-101 will Greenland joined Ruben kapoor in the middle and the pair played the middle overs very well playing there strokes and taking down the Roseville attack with Ruben finishing on an amazing 86. Will batted with the lower order to pretty much close and the innings ending up on 45 after some brief stops for rain. A great first innings of 228 was what warringah had to defend. However the impending rain meant they had to do the job quickly. And boy oh boy did Pat day turn up. With 2 early wickets the boys were fired up. Pat day and Regan bowled consistently and with venom having the Roseville attack 6- for 18 in no time. Warringah continued this with some great fielding and amazing bowling to bowl Roseville out for 71, Pat day and Regan both taking 4 each, and Ben cook finishing the innings of successfully snagging two wickets with his craftsmen-ship. A great win for the boys and with some fortunate weather they slide over Epping Bulls into first place and have a home semi final.
Play scores tbc
Match report to come...
S Waddington 51*, R Trewartha 48, N Barnett 30*
S Lyon 5-27, G Park 3-16, G Allsop 1-33
Warringah won by 46 runs.
The 1st game of 2024 v CCNSW was played at the picturesque Camperdown Oval where the Warringah boys were treated to a big crowd of spectators ( mainly picnicking with no interest in the quality cricket being played before them. Bragging rights were up for grabs with both teams sitting close on the points table. Captain Barnett duly won the toss and with a long batting lineup at his disposal told his boys to pad up. An early setback had our lads 1 for not many with the skipper out to middle to settle things down. Ross Trewartha was in no mood for settling down or singles and smashed the opening bowlers to all parts of the ground to earn a quick retirement and a later bat ( 48 runs inc 9 boundaries ). He was quickly followed by Simon Waddington who continued the carnage and was also in the sheds retired and available to bat later ( 51 no of which 44 were scored in boundaries). Captain Barnett was shortly after retired on 30 no and the middle and lower order continued the pain for the opposition where runs flowed freely.
Chris Stolk 23 runs
Mike Barrow 29 runs
Cliffy 15 runs, Chris O’Brien 19 runs and Greg Allsop 25 n/o
The scorers were kept on their toes with Warringah racking up an impressive 8-253 from their allotted 40 overs
Teams feasted upon party pies, watermelon, grapes and the occasional donut at the big break before play commenced
CCNSW lost an early wicket then proceeded to score freely at the required rate for the best part of 20 overs. A bit of pay back one suspects after watching Warringah bat 1st on a lightning outfield. Captain Barnett then had stern words with his fatiguing troops. Focus, concentration, Intensity and lifting another 15% were the main themes
Giles Wuhan Park climbed off his deathbed and put the strangle on the run chase ( 7 overs 3 wickets for 16 runs ) inc a magnificent stumping from keeper Rick Howard
Enter the Iceman Sir Simon Lyon who capitalised on some great outfield catching and bowling to his field ( 5-27 off 5 overs ). Awesome performance Cliffy. The game turned Warringahs way with the scoring rate climbing beyond repair and ended up rolling the opposition for 207 all out. The game was thoroughly entertaining and played in great spirit with a couple of social beers and stories of what could have been before the drive home. Thanks again to all for a cracking day out
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Ben Cook, Lachlan Molyneux and Noah Kasmar