09/01/21 – Cricket Report

A fantastic day one against Pennant Hills today with 3 wins already in the top 3 grades and our 4th grade are on the verge of victory as well.
All 4 grades wore black arm bands and observed one minutes silence in honour of Gerard at the start of play and we thank Pennant Hills and the umpires for supporting this.

1st grade won the toss up at Pennant Hills Oval and sent the Pumas in. The guys bowled pretty well to knock them over for 103 with Brenton Wright taking 5-36, Jack Kovacic 2-16 and Ash Squire 2-32. We had 34 overs to get the 6 points on day one and achieved that in the second last over to finish 5-105. Ash Squire made 40 and Tom Burt 23no.

2nd grade sent the Pumas in at the first game back at Rothwell Park and they were 1-50 before losing 8-14 to be 9-64 and they were eventually dismissed for 85, Matty Roper was the destroyer taking 6-25. We were in a little trouble at 5-48 but a hard hitting 52 from Brett Bastow and 33 from Harry Peters enabled us to finish 7-167 at stumps.

3rd grade dominated their game. We knocked the Pumas over for just 65 with Rahul Khandelwal
taking 3-15, Elliot Ralph 3-14 and Shreyas Patel
3-11. The Briars then smashed 4 declared for 153 with Alex Favotto
retiring hurt on 49 and Alex Peters making 39. We then had 2 overs at them and Penno are 1-2 at stumps.

4th grade lost the toss at Ron Routley Oval and Penno crawled to 97 all out in the 58 over with Jason Tran taking 3-18, Xavier Tregeagle 2-13 and Greg Metcalfe 2-16. We had just 15 overs to bat at the end of the day and we have raced to 3-87 at stumps with Scotty Brennan belting 51 including 4x6s.

A great day guys, GP would be very happy!


Round 6 – Report

The Briars have retained the Turnbull / Richardson Trophy for the 25th time over the past 28 years, winning 3 from 4 grades against Epping over the past weekend. The Trophy was officially presented to the Briars back at the Club and we thank the Epping guys for coming back for a few post game drinks.

1st grade sent Epping in and had them 6-37 before what would end up being a match winning 69 run partnership enabled them to post 129 on the board with Brenton Wright taking 3-17, Sam Tregeagle 2-11 and Ryan Corns 2-26. We were 1-37 before slumping to 5-43 and were eventually dismissed for 98, Damian Price showed courage to bat after a hospital visit due to an earlier finger injury sustained in the field and BJ top scored with 35. The Bulls deservedly secure top spot on the ladder in 1s for now and we are 2nd.

2nd grade toiled hard to dismiss Epping for 204 after they were 3-125 with Brett Bastow taking 4-41 and Matt Roper 2-52. For the second week in a row the guys batted extremely well to chase down the total in the 44th over 5 down with Karl Vendrasco making 62, Matty Roper 52, Tom Parton 31 and Jamie McLeod 25. 2s remain in second place on the ladder.

3rd grade had a nail biting win which, as it’s turned out, determined the winner of this years Turnbull/Richardson Trophy. Epping battled to make 115 with Jeremy Wedd taking 3-34 and Shreyas Patel 2-31. We were 2-70 at one stage before wickets tumbled and we needed our final pair to put on 5 runs for victory, Jake Wright top scored with 40 and we won 9 down.

4th grade continued their undefeated start to the season with a very good run chase to win. Epping batted well to make 194 with Greg Metcalfe taking 4-31 and James Threlkeld 2-35. We achieved the target 5 down with Cormac O’Connor belting 51, Doug Cullen 45, Saurabh Ganguly 37 and skipper Lloyd Andrews 23no. 4s remain in 2nd spot.
Briars Rivals also had a good win today, we dismissed Auburn for 135 with Jai taking 3-21 and we got the runs 4 down with Karthick finishing 43no.

Our Under 24s kicked their season off in style with a comprehensive win over Balmain/Souths at Ron Routley Oval. Batting first we got off to a flyer with McLeod making 35 and Favotto 20 before skipper Diren Reddy combined with Matty Roper to put on 163 enabling the team to make an imposing 8-289 off 50 overs. Dizzy was out for a run a ball but heartbreaking 99, Matty made 62 and Phil Maxwell chipped in with 26.
The guys toiled hard with the ball to restrict the Bunnies to 5-180 before an incredible Xavier Tregeagle(photo below) hat trick closed the game out and they finished 9-184 off 50 overs, Xavier took 4-22, Threlkeld 2-14 and Maxwell 2-36. Great start to the season boys!

5th grade made 7-136 against Strathfield with Khadse making 26 and Smith 24, we then dismissed the Gorillas for just 77 with Fraser taking 3-21 and Penwill 2-20 and picked up a bonus point.
Briars Brothers and Briars Maroon fought out a close battle today, Brothers chased down Maroons total of 86 losing 8 wickets in a nail biter.

The Club Champs for the top 5 clubs looks like this after 6 Rounds;
1. Briars 533
2. Lane Cove 483
3. Epping 428
4. Warringah 421
5. Lindfield 395


Round 5 – Report

A fantastic day  clean sweeping the Balmain/Souths Bunnies in all 4 grades in searing temperatures.

1st Grade were sent in and were 4-27 before an incredible 222 run partnership between Nick Govers and Brenton Wright. Govers(below) plundered 122 with 8x4s and 6x6s whilst BJ finished 104no with 8x4s and 1×6. We finished 5-266 off our 50 overs and then knocked the Bunnies over for 178 with BJ taking 3-26, Ryan Corns 3-25 and Damian Price 2-29. Five wins from five for 1s this season.

2nd Grade restricted the Bunnies to 209 with Phil Maxwell taking 3-36,Kanga 2-18 and Matt Roper 2-33. We had to work hard to get the runs 6 down with Roper making 40, Tom Parton 37 and Harry Peters 33.

3rd Grade rolled the Bunnies for 69 with Rahul taking 3-17, Harry Lee 2-11 and Jeremy Wedd 2-16 and we got the runs 2 down with Tom Jackson making 29 and Jake Wright 23no and picked up a bonus point.

4th Grade also knocked the Bunnies over cheaply for 68 with Aidan Gardiner taking 4-9, Greg Metcalfe 2-10 and Jason Tran 2-16 and we got the runs 4 down with Scott Brennan making 26 and we also picked up a bonus point.

Below is an update on the top 5 for Club Champs after 5 Rounds;

  1. Briars 437
  2. Lane Cove 393
  3. Epping 364
  4. Lindfield 347
  5. Warringah 336

In today’s lower grade games the guys had to endure tough 40+ temperatures so well done to all teams. 5th grade made 9-115 with Jackson Kent finishing 31no in their chase of North Wests 172. Briars Gold restricted Briars Rivals to 119 with Aidan Gardiner taking 4-6 and Gold passed Rivals 7 down with skipper Mark Smyck making 31. Briars Maroon fell well short of North Wests 9-215 after Jake Narayan took 4-35 and Briars Brothers were passed 7 down by Penno after finishing 9-132 with Thappa making 49.

Huge game next weekend against Epping with a top of the table 1st grade clash and we battle for the Turnbull/Richardson Trophy across the top 4 grades.

Well done on a very good weekend guys and we will see you all at training on Wednesday from 430pm at the Briars Nets.