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SHCC Scoop - Umpire Training & CWC - Round 4 Wrap

Updated: Jan 25


After spruiking the wonderful start to the Season in our last update, It seems I have provided the dreaded Kiss of Death, inflicting 4 losses over the weekend.  My humblest Apologies, and I won’t do it again!


Umpire Training – 25th October

Our Umpiring Course is not far away – and we have 3 Registrations from our Senior Players so far – it would be great to have 2 or 3 players from each team attend.

Current International, Sheffield Shield, BBL / WBBL Umpire, Claire Polosak, will be doing the training.  She ran a wonderful course for us last year, and is very, very knowledgeable!

Most of our matches are self umpired – and this course will help us to do an easier and better job of this – and help us with decision making – especially those much misunderstood LBW appeals.

If you ever umpire during a match, or would like to, please make every effort to get there.  I guarantee you will learn something about our great game.

When: Wednesday 25th October

Time: 6pm, for a 6:30pm start.  Concluding by 9pm

Where: Pratten Park Bowling Club.  42 Arthur St, Ashfield

Cost: Free.  Non compulsory exam cost refunded for all SHCC players ($40)


Cricket World Cup Tipping and Fantasy


Thanks to Jay Karim, Captain of 3rd Division for organising a Tipping and Fantasy Competition for the Cricket World Cup.  It’s not too late to join




Fantasy – Nominate the best performing batters, all rounders, and bowlers for each match


Tipping Leaderboard


T4                       7

Dr Phil              6

Dharmin85     6

Kavitparekh    6

Umer                4

Jkarim              4



Fantasy Leaderboard


Dr Phil                     182.50

Jkarim                     174.00

Ben-Rawat               169.50

Imperator108294    169.50

T4                                156.00

Umer                         143.50




Batting and Bowling highlights



88*  Dharmin Thakkar Div 7

66    Mitchell Selwood    Div 2

51     Madushan Bandara  Div 3


Club Milestones:



50 Hamid Shujaat Div 2

50 Jay Karim             Div 3



2,000 Prabhu Rajendran    Div 7





When: Every Thursday

Where: Lees Park - Harmony St, Ashbury (Park in Crieff St & walk down the alley)

When: From 5:30pm until dusk – and there may be a few there earlier too



Enjoy your Cricket!




Phil – President

m 0417 234 761



2nd Division

Match Report : Michael Clarke

Round 4: Summer Hill 158 def by Kingsgrove 5/174


Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to break down the action from the hard-fought clash down at Mackay Park, and this is your man, Michael Clarke, on the mic. We witnessed a match that was as tight as a ship's halyard, with our 2nd Div team facing off against Kingsgrove.


The conditions, they were unique. The grass on the field, it was cut up like a battleground, but still, the ball raced to the boundary with ease. And what transpired was a rollercoaster ride of a contest. Unfortunately, it was our first loss of the season, but let's dissect this intriguing duel.


Kingsgrove, they got the first crack of the whip and posted a challenging 175 runs from their allocated 35 overs, losing 5 wickets in the process. Now, let's talk bowling heroes. N. Everitt was steady as a rock, claiming 1 for 25 off 7 overs. But the real star of the show was H. Shujaat. Don't let those figures fool you; he was a menace out there, tormenting the Kingsgrove batsmen with his consistent length. They were glad to see the back of him, let me tell you.


Now, onto the batting. M. Selwood, you're the top dog with your scintillating 66 runs. That man hit two colossal sixes back-to-back, but his innings was cut short by a freakish caught and bowled. L. O'Dea contributed a crucial 33, and D. Sindoni chipped in with a handy 22. But it wasn't enough to cross the finish line.


And now, the 'Donkey of the Week' award goes to the umpire, who left us all scratching our heads. That plumb LBW appeal that wasn't given, it proved to be the game-changer. The umpire's silence on the matter left us all searching for answers. Sometimes, in cricket, the decisions are as confounding as a Rubik's Cube.


So, there you have it, cricket enthusiasts. A match that had us on the edge of our seats, a dodgy LBW appeal that became the talk of the town, and an unforgettable contest that reminds us why we love this game. Until next time, keep your eyes on the crease, and let the cricketing drama continue. Cheers, folks!


Best Batting

66 Mitchell Selwood

33 Lucas O’Dea 


3rd Division

Match Report: Jay Karim

Round 4: Summer Hill 7/174 lost to Sydney Chargers 4/178


Summer Hill took on Sydney Chargers at Roberts Park. After winning the toss and electing to bat, openers Umer and Tanzim started steadily - looking to nullify the dangerous opening spell delivered by Chargers quick men. Having done the hard work and seen off the openers, Tanzim looked to put pressure on the change bowlers but picked the wrong ball to accelerate against - holing out to one of the catchers in the circle.


Madushan joined Umer at the crease and they combined to accumulate smartly to drinks. With 70 odd for one at the break, a solid platform was set for the order to pile on the runs.


After receiving directives to up the ante post drinks, Umer, like Tanzim, fell after picking the wrong ball to go after. After a period of rebuilding courtesy of Mads and Jay, the shackles broke loose with a big over off Jay's bat - but he too fell shortly after finding his groove.


With wickets falling at regular intervals, the innings threatened to fizzle out - but a brilliant rearguard, courtesy of Tarek - featuring dabs, square drives, and a barbeque to get back on strike, ensured that Thirds stayed in the contest with a total of 174.


Early wickets were the name of the game and Salman and Raf started very well, bowling relentless lengths and asking questions more often than not. While looking all at sea, the Chargers bats' found a way to survive and wait for mistakes to come. Combining near misses and shonky shots, the batsmen were a testament of why its better to be effective than pretty, bringing up 100 runs by drinks. 


Thirds made a good effort to galvanise, but a combination of mishits consistently evading fielders, and some very sus square leg umpiring (run outs not given because the 'square leg fielder was in the way') eventually allowed shoulders to droop as Chargers capitalised on the drop intensity, chasing down the total in 26 overs.


With 3 wins from 4 games, Summer Hill Thirds are in a dominant position on the table and will look to improve on the lessons learnt in the game, specifically: converting starts with the bat, and finding that extra gear when the going is tough on the field.



Best Batting

51 Madushan Bandara

44 Tarek Rahman

32 Umer Aijaz


6th Division

Round 3: Summer Hill Yet to bat vs Revesby Workers Club 9/269



7th Division

Match Report: Dharmin Thakkar

Round 4: Summer Hill 7/232 def Redfern All Blacks 6/173


Summer Hill 7th Division showcased an exceptional performance, securing a resounding victory by 57 runs through a brilliant display of batting and exemplary teamwork. Our decision to bat first after winning the toss, taking advantage of RABCC's two-fielder shortage in the first 5 overs, proved pivotal.


With promising weather conditions and temperatures hovering around 30 degrees, our opening pair, composed of Anthony and Dharmin, began with fervor. Unfortunately, Anthony's early departure left us with a challenge. Gourav, however, stepped up, accelerating the scoreboard to 50 runs swiftly before his dismissal. We encountered some hurdles, and at one point, our score was 6 for 120 runs. With 14 overs left, our strategy pivoted toward minimizing risks while aiming for a target of 180 runs.


Dharmin and Prabhu exhibited admirable patience and remarkable shot selection. Their partnership, worth 88 runs, was a game-changer, especially considering our earlier predicament. However, Prabhu's departure after scoring 35 runs brought Aman to the crease. In a sensational debut performance, Aman displayed heavy hitting, amassing 25 runs in just 10 balls, including four fours and one six, elevating our total to an impressive 232 runs—a highly competitive target given our bowling strengths.


In response, our bowlers, featuring Shreesha and Prabhu in the opening spell, applied relentless pressure on the RABCC batsmen. The trio of Prabhu, Shreesha, and Gourav proved highly effective, accounting for three early wickets and disrupting RABCC's run rate.


A combined effort from all the bowlers, complemented by excellent fielding, ensured that we capitalized on every opportunity, leaving RABCC in need of 12 runs per over during the final 10 overs. Our spin bowling department, led by debutant Hamza, secured two crucial wickets, while Shaik contributed another with exceptional spin bowling he delivered. Aman, Umer, Ben, and Muniraj provided solid support with their accurate and disciplined bowling, sealing the victory 7th Division.


Best Batting

88* Dharmin Thakkar

35 Prabhu Rajendran

25* Amanjot Gill

Best Bowling

2/22 Sreesha Sounderam



8th Division Gold

Match Report : PJ Rosenberger III

Round 4: Summer Hill Gold 9/147 lost to St Christophers Gold 3/153


Losing the toss, we were put in to bat. Michael Lee and Saikat got us off to our usual slow start before starting to pierce the infield and get some runs. Saikat (14) was out in the 14th over, and then St Christoper’s Captain, Stocks, had a three wicket maiden (featuring two ducks) in the 16th to have us at 4–49 and wondering if we would even break 100. Michael Lee was the spine of our innings, batting until the 29th for 42 with others chipping in around him (Bandas 9, Zeeshan 16). Sarfaraz and Michael Metry ran hard until Sarfaraz was run out (18) in the 33rd. Metry (10*) and Leo (5*) saw us through to 35 overs. Considering where we were in the 16th over that we finished our innings with 9-147 was pretty great (!!), but would it be enough to defend?


In the field, the St Christopher’s openers got away from us, taking advantage of the fast outfield and boundary size and peppering the latter. DBM (1-33) and PJ (1-21) struck in the 10th and 12 overs, with the opposition at 2-88. Sarfaraz (1-1) struck in the 15th, but the damage was already done and the opposition chasing our score down in 21.5 overs. Catches to Rema, Saikat and Zeeshan, taking a Rob Sanderson-like one hander at 1st slip.


The positives were DBM bowling (after catching a ricochet under the eye in nets a week ago), Michael Lee’s 42 (which included a magnificent lofted cut shot for 6 over backward point), Zeeshan’s catch and batting out our overs. Now on to the Summer Hill derby next week!


Best Batting:

42 Michael Lee

Best Bowling

2/20 Pulok Rema

2/51 PJ Rosenberger



8th Division Blue

Match Report : Jud Agius

Round 4: Summer Hill Blue 124 def by Panania East Hills RSL 8/134


The boys made the trek out to Panania without last game centurion and captain Phil Tarbox so it would be a good test of the team’s mettle.


Funny how the toss can set the tone sometimes. We were keen to bat first but Panania won the toss and batted. They lost an early wicket to a floater from Sid (1/23) and good catch by Asher at backward square but the next 2 partnerships combined for quick stands of 40 and 50 and we were under real pressure. 


Catch of the season contender went to Luca off Lachie (1/21) from a well struck clip to square leg taken just above the turf. The batsman stood in disbelief looking at the umpire as if to say “he could not have taken that”. That catch, along with a skied one taken by stand in keeper Matt Street, and the slow spin of Rayhan (3/21) brought us back into the game that had been rapidly slipping away. 


Rayhan’s well flighted left arm offies made their clean striking number 4 (42) cautious and hesitant and he duly played on. Those that followed were mostly newbies to the game and Rayhan picked up 2 more in the same over and was on a hatrick but couldn’t close it out. When hitting the stumps was required, Leo (3/13) bowled some beautiful straight stuff to skittle stumps left and right. Panania finished a gettable 134 when it looked like we would be chasing well over 150.


We started our chase assertively with lusty good hitting from Mike (20) and some stylish shots from Gibbo (10). But the openers departed in quick succession and suddenly we were 2-31. Enter Luca, hitting 3 glorious drives in one over to remove their opening bowler from the attack.  But partners Leo (5) and Matt (8) fell quickly and that 135 started to look large. While Luca (49) was there we were a good chance but alas he got trapped in front, one short of a 4th half century, pushing to retain the strike. 


Despite aggressive running and valiant swishes the tail struggled to chase the remaining 40 runs. We got within 10 but Panania’s tight bowling and well-placed field maintained the pressure to ensure wickets fell cheaply in pursuit of runs. It was a game we could well have won and can learn a lot from and we showed we can be competitive without Phil “Steve Smith” Tarbox. It was a good loss if there is such a thing


Best Batting

49 Luca Agius

Best Bowling

3/13 Leo Tarbox

3/21 Rayhan Islam

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