Sydney Shires Presentation Night

Briars Senior Cricket Celebrated their season Victories at Sydney Shires Presentation Night, which was held at at Dockside Darling Harbour on Friday, May 10th. The club proudly received their Club Championship and 1st and 3rd grade premiership winning trophies.

In a touching moment, Max Squire delivered a heartfelt tribute to Anthony Raymond during his 1st grade premiership acceptance speech, embodying the spirit of camaraderie and respect within the team.

Additionally, congratulations are in order for Declan Kennedy, who was honored with the title of 2nd grade captain of the year.

The Sydney Shires committee also unveiled a prestigious announcement on the night: the introduction of the Gerard Price Medal, awarded to the 1st grade player of the year. This recognition is a testament to the club’s dedication and excellence, a moment that Briars Senior Cricket was deeply honored to be a part of.

Grand Final Cricket Results

What an end to another incredibly successful season for Burwood Briars! Club Champions for a record 12th season in a row and 1st and 3rd grade premiers!!!
1st Grade resumed at 3-55 today chasing Georges River’s 107 at Pratten Park and superb patient batting from Tim Rose with 43no and youngster Aidan Gardner with 31 guided the guys home 4 down and the RB Clark Cup(named after the Founder of Briars) is back home at the club. Cameron Holmes was named Peter Toohey Medal winner after taking a match winning 6-31 yesterday. Congratulations to skipper Max Squire and the whole 1st grade team, their 4th Grand Final in a row and another premiership…amazing!
3rd Grade has gone back-to-back JB Hollander Cups’ with a comprehensive win over Warringah at Weldon Oval. Resuming at 3-128 chasing 168 Harry Pounds and Michael Hannelly were rarely troubled and at 3-216 the Men in Green conceded. Harry Pounds capped off a huge season with a magnificent 102no and was named man of the match and Michael Hannelly was 38no. Congratulations to skipper Alex Favotto and the whole team, you guys were very consistent across the season and deserved another premiership…brilliant!
2nd Grade were looking to win their third SJ Mayne Trophy in a row but unfortunately fell short against Georges River. Georges River batted on today and made 211 with Adrian Dawson taking 3-28, Harry Lee 3-52 and Peter McKell 3-63 and we were in early trouble and never recovered and were eventually dismissed for 74. Well done to skipper Declan Kennedy and the whole team on an excellent season and past 3 seasons! Congratulations to Georges River on their first premiership in 2s since Bexley won back in the late 50s.
Huge thanks to the umpires this weekend and to our 3 sensational scores, Deb Holmes, Paul Roper and Graeme Durrant-you make our lives so much easier!
It will be a massive night of celebrations back at the Briars tonight so enjoy guys-you all deserve it. Well done to every player, supporter, and committee member and special mention to Chairman Damian Price, on a remarkable first year at the helm, Gerard would be very happy today!
There’s only one Burwood Briars!!!

16th & 17th March – Semi Final Cricket Results

The mighty Briars have had a sensational weekend with all 3 top grades winning their semi finals and, like last season, all 3 grades have made it into the Grand Final.
1st Grade finished day one 5-138 after dismissing Strathfield for 86 with Brenton Wright on 83no and Simon Nardo 17no and, surprisingly, the Gorillas conceded this morning before a ball was bowled on day two! So, for the 4th year in a row, 1st grade have made the Grand Final and they will take on Georges River next weekend. Congratulations again to Maxy and the guys!
2nd Grade had a lot more work to do today to earn their Grand Final position. The 1 run first innings lead yesterday was crucial as it enabled the guys to control the game today. Heavy rain overnight delayed the start by an hour but very few overs were lost as we resumed at 2-14. We were 3-28, 4-38 and then 5-71 with Sam Cullen making a handy 22, we lost two more wickets to be 7-93 before a crucial 94 run partnership between Karl Vendrasco, with a well made 78, and Harry Lee with a patient 28no, set the win up for the Briars. When we were finally dismissed for 187 Epping were left with 25 overs to get 189. The Bulls came out of the gates fast and were 0-48 off 7 overs but the introduction of both Peter McKell and Harry Lee turned the game our way and despite some lusty hitting by the Bulls we were able to knock them over for 104 thanks to some very good outfield catching. McKell took 4-29 and Lee 4-30. Well done to Epping who fought hard across the two days and, like the match during the regular season, it was another nailbiter. The guys will also play Georges River next weekend. Congrats to Declan Kennedy and the 2s, into another Grand Final and looking to make it a three-peat!
3rd Grade had a comprehensive semi-final win this weekend. Skipper Alex Favotto had an eye on the forecast and sent North West Sydney in yesterday and it paid dividends as we rolled them for 103. We finished yesterday in a commanding position at 2-152 and we capitalised on that start today and at 2-211 the Hurricanes conceded. Fav had a weekend to remember finishing 105no and Pete Burkhart was perfect again with 52no. Congratulations to Fav and the boys, they play Warringah next weekend and like 2nds, will be striving to go back-to-back!
Another wonderful weekend, we move onto the Grand Finals, and we will look to add to our Club Champs Dave Tribolet Trophy with 3 teams(team photos below) contesting for premiership trophies. We will see you all at training from 5pm at the Briars Nets on Wednesday.
There’s only one Burwood Briars!

9th & 10th March – Semi Final Cricket Results

Some great semi final cricket across all grades today doing Briars proud!
1st Grade were defending 104 and Lane Cove resumed at 7-94 and within two overs their innings was over(video below)! Cameron Holmes took a wicket in the first over of the day and then Brenton Wright pounced on an opportunity when the tail was exposed and took two wickets in the next over to dismiss the Covies for 96. BJ ended up with 4-16 and Cameron 3-29. We then had a tricky couple of sessions to negotiate and batted well to finish 8-147 when the match was ended. Max Squire was excellent again with 40 and Andrew Jalalaty played a crucial knock of 20no…well done 1s who will play Strathfield in next weekend’s Semi.
2nd Grade had a comfortable victory over Balmain/Souths. Defending 275 the guys had to work hard to eventually dismiss the tigers for 163 with Harry Lee taking 2-21, Adrian Dawson 2-32 and Peter McKell 2-43…the guys will play Epping in next weekend’s Semi.
3rd Grade batted Strathfield out of the game, taking advantage of their higher place on the ladder. When Strathfield conceded we were 6-306 with Peter Burkhart 81no and Michael Hannelly 23no. Yesterday openers Harry Pounds 85 and Vrish Pendyala 56 set up the innings…the guys will play North West Sydney in next weekend’s Semi.
4th Grade fought until the end but have narrowly missed progressing through to next weekends semis. Resuming at 6-70 chasing 146 all the bottom order fought hard and with Lloyd Andrews leading the way with a near match winning 51 and Clarkey batting on one leg with 9no the guys fell just 4 runs short. Needing results to go their way to progress they missed out by the narrowest of margins and their season is over. Congrats to the whole team and to skipper Mark Smyck, huge thanks also to Anthony Clarke and Lloyd Andrews-who led the team at times across the year-a great effort this season guys!
In Chappelow Cup today Briars Brothers went down to Pennant Hills. We made 137 but were passed 8 down and unfortunately that’s the season for the guys. You guys had a fantastic season and deserved to go a little further so congratulations to Asita and the whole team on your minor premiership and a great season!
Congratulations again to all grades this weekend and we will see you all at training from 430pm on Wednesday…There’s only one Burwood Briars!

Briars Cricket WIN the Club Championships for the 12th year!

There’s only one Burwood Briars!!!
We entered today 17 points behind Warringah in the Club Champs but after todays results against Warringah in the top 5 grades, and for a record 12 years in a row, Burwood Briars have won the Dave Tribolet Trophy and are Club Champions…Amazing!!!
1st Grade resumed at 0-50 chasing 73 and smashed 3 declared for 199 with Xavier Tregeagle making a superb 71no, Tommy Moffitt 46, Brenton Wright 38 off just 20 balls and Nicholas Everett 35 off just 26 balls. We then had the Men in Green 8-85 in their second innings with Cameron Holmes excellent again taking 5-20 when stumps were drawn…massive win by 1s-Club Champs!!!
2nd Grade resumed at 1-28 chasing 164 on a soft green top at Weldon Oval, and on the back of one of the great Briars innings by Declan Kennedy(below) who made 148(off 110 balls) in a club championship winning innings and Karl Vendrasco who made 36, we passed Warringah 3 down and we declared 6 for 245. We had Warringah 5-94 in their second innings with Adrian Dawson taking 3-15 when the game was called…massive win by our club champs winning 2s who also snatched the minor premiership!!!
3rd Grade were defending 134 after Phil Maxwell made 40 and the Men in Green finished 9-110 with a draw resulting when time ran out with Jack Benchoam taking 4-26 and James Threlkeld 3-34…club champs 3s!!!
4th grade resumed at 2-15 chasing 128 and we got the runs 8 down also on a soft green top at Frank Gray with skipper Mark Smyck making 27, Gaurav Khadse 26, Michael Gordon 19no and Greg Metcalfe 18…massive win by our club champion 4s!!!
5th Grade bowled first and Warringah made 124 and we finished 9-78 in the chase. Well done to skipper Michael Taberner and our Club Champion 5s whose season finishes today.
What an incredible day!!! Congratulations to Damian Price on his first year as Chairman, his Dad would be very proud tonight!!! There’s definitely only one Burwood Briars!!!
Capping off a fantastic weekend, the lower grade games Briars Maroon finished their season on a high with comprehensive win over 5th placed Pennant Hills Pumas. Bowling first we rolled Penno for just 30 with Manfred Besier taking 3-10, Chris Gordon 3-5 and Riley Pengilly 2-13. The guys then cruised home 2 down.
Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers all play a key role in our Club Champs success and we congratulate and thank all 3 teams on their seasons with Brothers making it through to the finals.
Briars Brothers played Strathfield Black today in a 1st v 2nd match up and went down in a tough battle. Strathfield made 198 and our guys were dismissed for 156 but we still finish as Minor Premiers. Great season so far!
Our primary goal each season is to win the Dave Tribolet Club Championship Trophy so to win our 12th in a row is outstanding and the boys celebrated long into the night.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report: 24th & 25th February

Saturday will decide the winners of the Dave Tribolet Club Championship Trophy for 2023/24 as we face off against Club Champs leaders Warringah on day two of our matches across the top 4 grades.
Warringah carry a 17 point lead over us into the final day and they will be looking to win their first Club Champs in 26 years and their second ever and we will be striving to win a record 12th in a row and our 27th overall.
Our 1st Grade resume at 0-50 chasing chasing Warringah’s 73, 2nd grade resume at 1-28 chasing 164, our 3rd grade resume at 7-118 and 4th grade are 2-15 chasing 128. Our 5th grade also play Warringah on Saturday in a one dayer at St Lukes Oval.
On Sunday our competition leading Briars Brothers side play second placed Strathfield Black whilst Briars Maroon play Pennant Hills Pumas in their final game of the season. Briars Gold have the bye.
Briars Masters (over 40s) side play Castle Hill RSL away on Sunday.
Our End of Season Night will be held back at the club on Saturday night from 7pm with lots of fun awards on offer as we celebrate another very good season so far with 5 teams making it into the semi finals again.
Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report: 17th & 18th February

Our 1st Grade went down in the limited overs semi-final against Mounties/Southern Districts.
We lost the toss and MSD batted first and made 129 with Benny Van continuing his great form taking 3-35, Brenton Wright took 2-14, Tommy Moffitt a surprise 2-15 and Jack Kovacic 2-31. MSD bowled very well in the conditions and restricted us to 7-92 after 39 overs before two lightening breaks ended play and we were about 14 runs short on Duckworth-Lewis, Ash Squire made 34 and Maxy 27. This was the inaugural Shires limited overs 1st grade comp and the guys enjoyed being part of the experience but Mounties/Southern Districts handled the home ground conditions at Greenway Oval better and we wish them all the best in next weeks final.
Our club is very lucky to have the best groundsmen and grounds in Shires. Last weeks massive downpour washed out a number of Shires games on Saturday and as you can see from the photo of St Lukes on Friday morning we were next to no chance of getting a 5th grade game on. But Jason and the crew did an incredible job in getting not only St Lukes ready but Rothwell Park and Ron Routley Oval as well. What an amazing job and as always we thank you!
We also want to acknowledge the 3 best scores is Shires cricket Deb Holmes, Paul Roper and Graeme Durrant who on weekly basis deliver and make everyone’s life so much easier. Deb did a double shift this weekend, you are all the best! Graeme also doubles as a photographer and below are some photos from yesterdays excellent 2nd grade win.
We are now down to the final round of the regular season and it will be a Club Championship shoot out against Warringah.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report: 10th & 11th February

As expected we had hard fought battles across all 4 grades against Georges River today after losing the toss in all grades.
1st Grade were sent in at Rothwell Park and made 177 with Aidan Gardner leading the way with 56, Brenton Wright made 37, Nicholas Everitt 30 and Andrew Jalalaty 20. We had 14 overs at River and have them 2-30 at stumps.
2nd Grade toiled hard all day in the field against Georges River who grafted their way to a painfully slow 6-156 off 84 overs at Bexley Oval. Harry Lee took 3-27 off 19 overs and Johnny Papathanasiou 2-22 off 15 overs.
3rd Grade batted aggressively after being sent in and declared at 5 for 223 with skipper Alex Favotto making 58, Kale Barton 64no, Peter Burkhart 33 and Phil Maxwell 29no. We had a crack at River and they are 1-23 at stumps.
4th Grade bowled first and worked hard all day to dismiss Georges River for 154 with Sunny Khalkho and Harry Pounds taking 3 wickets each and Henry Doyle 2. We are 1-4 at stumps.
Our 5th Grade batted poorly and were dismissed for 52 and were passed 3 down by Lindfield.
A great win by Briars Brothers highlighted the lower grade games. Playing equal competition leaders Pennant Hills Pumas the Briars boys rolled Penno for 93 with Rajesh taking 4-16 and Asita 3-8. The guys cruised home in the 21st over without losing a wicket and picked up a bonus point with Asita capping off a great game belting 64no and Sibi made 27no.
Briars Maroon were dismissed for 132 with Matthew Morozoff making 32no and Jack Eccleston 22 and they were
passed 4 down by Pennant Hills Pythons and Briars Gold finished 9-100 chasing Georges Rivers 189.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

Senior Cricket have a massive weekend ahead with 10 Briars teams competing across the two days.
1st Grade will be defending 197 when play resumes on Saturday against North West Sydney, 2nd grade will take a 14 run first innings lead into day two, 3rd grade will take a 25 run first innings lead into day two and 4th grade resume at 1-9 chasing 145.

Our Under 24s take on Warringah at Weldon Oval in a semi final on Sunday and will be playing for a spot in the following weekends Grand Final so please get along on and support the boys.
In the lower grades our 5th Grade take on Roseville on Saturday and then on Sunday Briars Maroon play North West Sydney, Briars Gold play Auburn and Briars Brothers take on Strathfield. Our Vintage(over 60s) side play DLSA Old Boys on Sunday.

Good luck to all teams this weekend!

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

13th & 14th January

A fantastic day today with a clean sweep of Pennant Hills across the top 4 grades. The mighty Briars had comprehensive bonus points wins in 1sts, 3rds and 4ths and a nail biting come from behind win in 2nd grade.

1st Grade lost the toss and bowled first at Rothwell Park and were able to knock Penno over for 93. Jack Kovacic did the early damage taking the first 5 wickets and then Ash Squire destroyed the bottom order taking the last five wickets including a hat trick. Kova took 5-22 and Ash 5-19(both below). In reply the guys won comfortably 3 down with Aidan Gardner making an excellent 43no and Simon Nardo an important 26no…great bonus point win for 1s!

2nd Grade snatched an incredible win over Pennant Hills. We lost the toss and bowled first at St Lukes Oval and we weren’t at our best with the ball early as Pennant Hills made their way quickly to 2-93 before a breakthrough or two slowed the run rate. We then eventually dismissed Penno for 165 with Peter McKell(below) leading the way with an excellent spell taking 6-24. We were in all sorts in the chase at 6-26 and then 7-48 before a typical Briars late order fought back. Damian Price made 17 before Jimmy Threlkeld 57no and Harry Lee 47no(both below) put on a match winning unbeaten 96 run partnership for the 9th wicket to steal the win!!! Congratulations guys on a miraculous victory!

3rd Grade were playing equal second placed Penno and dominated after winning the toss and sending them in. We rolled the Pumas for just 80 with Adrian Dawson taking 3-6, Sanket Karkare 3-24 and Johnny Papathanisiou 2-21. We then cruised home 2 down and picked up a vital bonus point with Sanket capping off a good game making 34 and Pete Burkhart made 26no.

4th Grade also had a comfortable bonus point win. Bowling first we dismissed Penno for 73 with Sunny Khalkho taking 4-17 and Vrish Pendyala 3-14. We passed their total 1 down with Michael Hannelly making a fine 41no.

In 5th Grade today we batted first and made 131 with Gaurav Khadse making 56 and Keegan Powell 22 and the boys fought hard but Pennant Hills were able to sneak home 8 down in a tight one.

Rain played havoc with todays lower grade games.

Briars Brothers won the toss and batted against Briars Gold but constant rain interruptions ended the match with Gold having Brothers 6 for 95 after 29 overs. Shrey was batting well on 40no for Brothers and Josh Harrold was excellent for Gold taking with 4 for 12 off 7 overs.

Briars Maroon’s day also ended early at Turramurra Oval. Maroon won the toss and bowling first they had Roseville 7-62 before play ended. Luca Paolella took 3-9 and Luke Antoniadis 3-12.

Our Under 24s had the bye today as the final round was played and as a result of todays matches we now take on Auburn in next Sunday’s qualifying semi final at Rothwell Park.
Our Masters (over 40s) side had a tie in todays game against Mounties, Briars 6-153 tied with Mounties 6-84 on run rate.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

6th & 7th January

A cracking start to the second half of the season with a clean sweep of Roseville across the top 4 grades.

1st Grade won the toss at Rothwell Park and batted first and on the back of an aggressive 53 from Ash Squire(below) and 47 from Tom Moffitt the guys made 7-214 off their 50 overs, Max Squire 25 and Brenton Wright 22 also chipped in with handy contributions. Roseville were 1-53 in the chase before collapsing to be dismissed for 75 with Brenton Wright taking 4-4 and Xavier Tregeagle causing the early damage with 3 wickets in an over and he finished with 3-14. A valuable bonus point win for 1sts.

2nd Grade had a hard fought win at Roseville Chase. Bowling first we fought back well to dismiss the Roses for 148 after they were 2-90 at one stage with Harry Lee taking 4-29. A quickfire 37 from Sanket Karkare, an important 28 not out from Simon Nardo and a patient 18 not out from Harry Lee got the guys home 5 down in the 40th over.

3rd Grade had a comfortable bonus point win after rolling Roseville for just 43 with Johnny Papanthanisiou continuing where he left off in 2023 taking 3-9, Jack Benchoam took 3-14 and Ned Arnold 2-2. We cruised home 4 down in the 17th over to take the bonus point win.

4th Grade chased down a tough 189 against Roseville at Koola Park, we bowled first and Anthony Clarke took 3-45 and Pat Roach 2-43. In the chase legend Pete Burkhart(below) was in great form again with 67, English import Harry Pound(below) continued his great form belting a quick 70no and Harry McCarthy made a valuable 27no.

In the lower grade games our competition leading Briars Brothers side continued their undefeated season with a win over Briars Maroon. Maroon made 112 with Yahiya Arshad making 37 and Luke Antoniadis 30 and Rajesh 2-9, Ashish 2-14 and Asita 2-19 led the way for Brothers. Briars Brothers then chased the runs down 5 down in the 33rd over with Sibi making 30 and Vaidya 28no.

Briars Gold made 112 against Pennant Hills with Harry Walsh making 32 but the guys were passed 7 down with Josh Harold taking 4-12. Our Classics(over 50s) side made 166 against Lane Cove today but were passed 9 down in the final over.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

16th & 17th December

With the top 4 grades having a bye this round we only had 5th Grade play and they had a valuable win over Mounties/Southern Districts at Rothwell Park.
Bowling first we dismissed Mounties for 130 with stalwart Anthony Clarke taking 5-29, Amar Warpe 2-12 and Henry Doyle 2-31. We were in control for most of the run chase and we passed Mounties in the 37th over 6 down with Harry Pounds belting 62 and Peter Burkhart 46. A crucial win for 5ths and Club Champs.

Another pretty good weekend in the lower grades as we go to the mid-season Christmas break.

Our undefeated competition leading Briars Brothers team continued their excellent first half of the season with a comfortable win over Auburn. Batting first we made 140 with Vaidya Panch belting 50 off just 31 balls and Asita Galappatti a patient 31. We then rolled the Eagles for just 83 with Asita capping off a great game taking an incredible 4-3 off 6 overs!

Briars Maroon also had a really good win against Auburn. Bowling first we restricted the Eagles to 7-162 with Daniel Boyd taking 2-21 and Yahiya Arshad 2-13. The guys had to work hard for the win and won 7 down in the 36th over with Eugene Morozoff making 56, Luke Antoniadis 45 and Daniel Boyd a crucial 27no.

Briars Gold went down in their clash with Strathfield. The guys had a tough day and were dismissed for 65 chasing 4-228.

Our next training session will be Wednesday the 3rd January prior to our first game back on the 6th January.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

9th & 10th December

Briars Senior Cricket had a massively important win by the Under 24s today in their clash with top of the table Auburn.

Skipper Harry Lee won the toss and batted in cloudy humid conditions at Rothwell Park and after losing an early wicket Xavier Tregeagle 59 and Adrian Dawson 36 were extremely patient in setting up a winning total. Aidan Gardner chipped in with 20 and the boys finished at 8-165 off their 50 overs against a strong Auburn bowling attack. Auburn batted well and were well placed before spinners Xavier Tregeagle 3-17 and Harry Lee 3-24 turned the game. The boys sustained pressure in the field and were able to knock the Eagles over for 148 with Jimmy Threlkeld chipping in with 2-33….such a huge win, secures a finals spot!

In the lower grades;

Briars Gold restricted Mounties to 7-176 with Josh Harold taking 3-20 and we made 5-140 with Harold making 45, Zac Guthrie 31no and Haris Malik 31. Briars Maroon dismissed Strathfield for 212 with Ismail Mehar taking 3-39 and we made 153 in reply with new pom Harry Pounds belting 94.

Our top of the table Briars Brothers made 140 today against Bankstown with Ashish Surat making 41 and the guys have maintained their position at the top of the table after knocking the Bulldogs over for 84.

Our Briars Classics(over 50s) old fellas had a good win today. We dismissed Parramatta for 127 with Menzies taking 3-18 and we then got the runs comfortably 3 down to win with a bonus point with Charlie Deguara making 32no, Brett Howle 29 and Nick McGillray 25.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

2nd & 3rd December

Solid games against Lane Cove for the top 4 grades.

1st Grade were sent in at Rothwell Park and at 5-68 things looked precarious against a strong Lane Cove attack but a near century 6th wicket partnership between Max Squire and Andrew Jalalaty 39 rescued the innings and the guys have finished the day in great shape at 9-252. Skipper Max Squire(below) played a masterful captains knock making a fine 102 to put his team in a strong position going into next week.

2nd Grade were also in early trouble after being sent in but a hard hitting 105 off 144 balls from Karl Vendrasco(below) has the guys well placed making 291 right on stumps. Alex Peters batted very well making 48, Matty Roper 35 and Damian Price 25no.

3rd Grade were also sent in at Ron Routley Oval and made 212, Sam Cullen made 53, Joshua Lee 40 and Kale Barton 31. Johnny Papa picked up a wicket on the final ball of the day to have Lane Cove 1-11 at stumps.

4th Grade have had a very valuable first innings win on day one against the Covies. Batting first we were knocked over for 101 with Zoya Thakur making a crucial 32, the guys then rolled Lane Cove for just 55 with Amar Warpe taking 5-17 and Will Wright 2-24.

5th Grade dismissed Lane Cove for 78 with Iqbal taking 3-9 and Newton 2-5 but the guys batted very poorly and were dismissed for 56, a disappointing loss!
There are no lower grade games tomorrow so enjoy a free Sunday. See you all at training on Wednesday.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

25th & 26th November

U24’s had an excellent weekend having a comprehensive crucial bonus point win over Georges River on Back to Briars Day at Rothwell Park.
Lots of current and past Briars were present as the boys were sent in and made a very competitive 192 off their 50 overs. Xavier Tregeagle made a fine 48, Aiden Gardner 33, Harry Lee 23 and Johnny Papathanisiou and Ned Arnold put on a vital 34 for the final wicket and importantly, ensuring the guys batted the full 50 overs. The boys were always on top in the field and dismissed River for 100 with Johnny Papathanisiou continuing his great form taking 4-20 and Ned Arnold 2-3. Great win boys!

In Chappelow Cup our English import Chris Gordon put on a show belting 140 off just 66 balls against Auburn which enabled the guys to amass 259, Gordon’s innings included an incredible 10x6s and 12x4s(108 runs in boundaries)! In reply the guys rolled Auburn for 126 with Mehar taking 3-19 and Gordon 2-8..well done guys!

Briars Brothers and Gold were both washed out.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

18 November – Briars v Lindfield

A mixed day across the grades with 3rds, 4ths and 5ths doing exceptionally well whilst 1sts and 2nds have plenty to do next week.

1st Grade: batted first and made 174 on a two paced Lindfield Oval pitch with skipper Max Squire making 41, Brenton Wright 29, Andrew Jalalaty 21 and Tim Rose 20. We had 20 overs at Lindfield at the end of the day and have them 1-39 at stumps.

2nd Grade: bowled first but just couldn’t get a roll on and Lindfield were able to make 187. Harry Lee took 3-28, Jack Kovacic made a return to the bowling crease and took 3-63 off 20 overs, Jimmy Threlkeld took 2-29 and Damian Price 2-30. In reply we find ourselves with a big task ahead next week as we finished the day on 5-52.

3rd Grade: were in a hurry today, after being sent in the guys rushed to 4(dec)248 off just 48 overs, Alex Peters belted a superb 100no(below) and skipper Alex Favotto an aggressive 89. In reply we have Lindfield 6-70 at stumps with Johnny Papathanasiou taking 4-24 and Jack Benchoam 2-17.

4th Grade: have already grabbed a first innings win. Bowling first we rolled Lindfield for 68 with Anthony Clarke taking 2-9, Sanjiv Khalkho 2-10 and Keegan Powell 2-27. At stumps we are 3-97 with Chris Smith making a fine 55no.

5th Grade: had a comprehensive win over Epping. Bowling first we restricted the Bulls to 9-117 off their 20 overs with Zac Martin taking 3-26, Mick Towells 2-14 and Pat Roach 2-15. We cruised to victory in the 34th over three down with Pat Roach capping off a good game making 46no and Grant Croft 24.
Good luck to Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers who all play tomorrow.

19 November – (Chappelow Cup)

The three lower grade games today in Chappelow Cup resulted in 2 wins and a loss.

Briars Brothers: continued their unbeaten run this season making it 8 wins from 8 today against Georges River. Batting first the guys made 192 off their 40 overs with Shreyas Patel making an excellent 82 and Sekhar Prathap a handy 27. We then knocked Georges River over for 160 off 38 tight overs with Jhangir taking 3-20 and Asita 2-13.

Briars Gold: batted first and made 3 for 195 off their 40 overs with Malik making a fine 71no, Kitching 41 and O’Brien 37. The guys dominated with the ball and rolled Pennant Hills for just 61 with Guthrie taking 3 for 16 off 5 overs and Harrold an incredible 4 for 0 off 2 overs. Great bonus point win for Gold!

Briars Maroon: bowled first and Pennant Hills made 9-210 off their 40 overs with Luca Paolella taking 4-29 and Luke Antoniadis 3-30. In reply Briars Maroon were all out for 69 with Manfred Besier top scoring with 28.

Our Masters: (over 40s) side also had a good win today. Batting first we made 4-203 off our 40 overs and we then rolled Balmain/Souths for 119.
Some photos below from yesterday’s 2nd grade game at Rothwell Park against Lindfield. See you all at training from 430pm on Wednesday.

Burwood Briars Cricket Report

11 November – Briars v Balmain/Souths

A good day today with 4 wins and a draw across the top 5 grades.

1st Grade were defending 8(dec)137 from day one after declaring just before the rain hit last week. It was a flatter and less unpredictable Jubilee Oval deck this week so the guys needed to be at their best. Cameron Holmes led from the front opening the bowling getting the early breakthroughs and in combination with Benny Van and Alex Vendrasco the guys bowled exceptionally to dismiss a strong Balmain/Souths outfit for 108 off 51 tight overs. Holmesy took 4-12 off 12 overs, AV 3-7 off nearly 10 overs and Benny Van 2-36 off 13 overs. Huge win by 1s!!!

The 2nd Grade game never got out of second gear and resulted in a draw. Balmain/Souths resumed at 4-129 and they were never going to declare on a flat Rothwell Park deck and unfortunately we couldn’t get the required early breakthroughs. Despite taking the last 6 wickets for 25 thanks to a fine 5-59 from Harry Lee the 231 set from less than 50 overs proved unachievable and we finished 4-126 with Harry Peters making 37no and Peter McKell 31.

3rd Grade had a very valuable outright win today. Resuming at 5-91 chasing Balmain/Souths 120 the guys passed the Tigers total 6 down thanks to a fine 76 from Sam Cullen but then lost a cluster of wickets to be dismissed for 139. We then rolled through Balmain/Souths second innings batting dismissing them for just 49 with Jack Benchoam taking 6-26 and John Papathanisiou 4-19 in an excellent bowling performance(photo below). We then needed just 31 for 10 points and got there 2 down. Great win guys!

4th Grade had to fight hard for their win today. Balmain/Souths resumed at 5-121 and were eventually dismissed for 176 with Sunny Khalkho 5-19 the star whilst Will Wright was great support with 3-28 and Anthony Clarke took 2-48. We timed our chase perfectly getting home in the second last over 6 down with Will Sims making a fine 69 and Jack Harris 22. Well done boys!
Our 5th grade had a nail biting final ball win over Pennant Hills today. Bowling first we restricted the Pumas to 128 off their 40 overs with Pat Roach superb taking 5-25. The guys lost wickets at key times but snuck home off the final ball 7 down with Mick Hannelly making a valuable 59.

Our Under 24s went down in a tight one against Strathfield.
The boys toiled hard to dismiss Strathfield for 208 with debutant John Papathanisiou doing a super job taking 5-35, Vrish Pendyala took 2-25 and Ned Arnold 2-30.
The boys applied themselves well with the bat thanks to a fantastic 91 from a cramping Aidan Gardner(below), a quick fire 34 from James Threlkeld and a patient 20 by Harry McCarthy nearly got the guys home but we fell 11 runs short.

12 November – (Chappelow Cup)

Briars Brothers have maintained their undefeated start to the season with a solid win again today. Batting first Briars Brothers made 153 with Shrey making 52 and we then knocked over Mounties Gold for 101 with Rajesh taking 4-13, VP 2-16 and Ashish 2-28.

Briars Maroon made 124 with Luke Antoniadis making 49 and Mounties snuck home 8 down with Besier taking 3-32 and Eccleston 3-25.

Briars Gold also went down, Gold made 8 for 142 off their 40 overs with H.O’Brien 31, N.Vasa 32, T.Shah 31, H.Walsh 29 leading the way and in reply Strathfield passed them 5 down with T Shah taking 3-33.

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04 November – Briars v Balmain/Souths

A frustrating day across the grades with rain interrupting play regularly.

1st Grade were sent in on a very tricky Jubilee Oval deck and declared at 8-137 with Hugh Sims making 33 on debut. Unfortunately rain then hit and ended play.

2nd Grade have Balmain/Souths 4-129 at stumps on day one with wickets being shared.

3rs Grade dismissed Balmain/Souths for 120 with Zoya Thakur and Johnny Papathanisiou taking 3 wickets each and we are 5-91 after rain ended play with Sam Cullen unbeaten on 46.

4th Grade have Balmain/Souths 5-121 after play finished early with Sanjiv Khalkho taking 5-17 off 17 overs.

5th Grade lost on run rate , they were 7-116 chasing Balmain/Souths 7-182 when rain ended the game.

Good luck to our Under 24s on Sunday when they take on Balmain/Souths at Jubilee Oval. Please get down and support the boys. Also good luck to Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers who play on Sunday.

05 November – (Chappelow Cup)

An important and very valuable first round win by our Under 24s against Balmain/Souths.
U24’s The boys sent the Tigers in on a dicey Jubilee Oval deck and early wickets from James Threlkeld set the match up. Jimmy took 4-11 and in combination with skipper Harry Lee who took 4-8 we dismissed the tigers for 75.
It was always going to be a tough chase and the boys snuck home in the final over 7 down thanks to a fine 20no from 82 balls by Adrian Dawson(hitting the winning runs below) and the guys have kick started their season with a good win.

Briars Brothers continued their great start to the season with a good win over second placed North West Sydney today. Dodging the rain and bowling first the guys restricted North West Sydney to 8-185 off a rain reduced 37 overs with Ashish taking 4-20 and Harris 2-18. In reply the guys passed the Hurricanes in the 35th over with Younus making 57, Ashish capping off a huge game making 50no, Shrey made 26 and Bilal 23no. Well done guys!

Briars Maroon and Gold games were washed out.

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30 October – Briars v Strathfield

Three wins and two losses against Strathfield across the top 5 grades.

1st Grade were defending 231 but just couldn’t get an early breakthrough on a placid Rothwell Park deck and they were passed 4 down. Benny Van bowled superbly taking 3-66 off 21 overs.

2nd Grade resumed at 1-20 chasing 176 at Airey Park and despite a few nervous moments the guys got home 8 down to grab a valuable 6 points. Simon Nardo was the star finishing on 59 not out and Harry Lee made 25.

3rd Grade had a great win against Strathfield after declaring on their overnight score of 7-229. The guys fielded well and bowled tightly to dismiss the Gorillas for 172 with Phil Maxwell taking 3-48, Neeraj Arora 3-31 and Lloyd Andrew’s 2-15.

4th Grade also had a hard fought win after declaring on their overnight score of 6-287. The Briars dismissed Strathfield for 190 just a few minutes from stumps with Anthony Clarke taking 3-31 ,Zac Martin 3-51, Sunny Khalkho 2-25 and Johnny Papathanisiou 2-41 capping off an excellent win.
Our 5th grade batted first and were knocked over for 77 with Michael Taberner making 26 and Strathfield got the runs two down.

31 October –  (Chappelow Cup) 

Two wins and a loss in the Chappelow Cup games.

Briars Maroon batted first and made 9-140 off their 40 overs with Eccleston making a fine 64 and Besier 21. In reply the guys did a great job to restrict Bankstown to 7-116 off their 40 overs to record a valuable win with Besier taking 2-30 and Dutta 1-12 off 8 overs.

Briars Brothers rolled Auburn Eagles for 118 with Shrey taking 4-32 and Rajesh 3-11 and the guys cruised home 3 down in the 21st over to pick up a bonus point with Asita making 41no and Sibi 36.

Briars Gold bowled first and North West Sydney made 7-174 with Ronan taking 2-17. In reply Gold made 8-141 with Harrold making a very good 65 and Malik 31.

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21 October – Briars v Strathfield

As expected, tough battles across all 4 grades against Strathfield.

1st Grade won the toss and batted at Rothwell Park in a rematch of last years grand final and were dismissed right on stumps, posting a very competitive 231. Xavier Tregeagle made 46, skipper Max Squire 44, Aidan Gardner a very handy 39, Benny Van an equally vital 25no at the end and Tom Moffitt 23.

2nd Grade sent Strathfield in at Airey Park and dismissed the Gorillas for 176 with Harry Lee taking 5-34 and we are 1-20 at stumps.

3rd Grade won the toss and batted at Ron Routley Oval and made 7-229 with Zoya Thakur(below)making a fine 57no and skipper Alex Favotto 46.

4th Grade also won the toss and batted at Bark Huts and after being in early trouble at 3-45 they amassed 6-287 with Pete Burkhart continuing his great form making 91, Ali Smith 71no, John Papathanasiou 42 and skipper Mark Smyck 29. Lots of key partnerships across the innings today.
Good luck to 5s and Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers tomorrow.

22 October –  (Chappelow Cup) 

Two wins and a loss in today’s lower grade games.

5th Grade will be very disappointed with their loss against Lindfield. We restricted Lindfield to 7-126 off their 40 overs with Adam Macic taking 2-6 and Chris Gordon 2-24. In reply we were dismissed for 115, losing our last 5 wickets for 12, with Adam Macic 44 and Chris Smith 24 top scoring.

Briars Maroon knocked over Briars Gold in todays local derby. Batting first Maroon made 6-144 off their 40 overs with Yahiya Mehar making 64 and skipper Luke Antoniadis 50no. In reply Gold were dismissed for 104, Haris Malik made 24 and Joshua Hardiman 20 and for Maroon Trivedi 2-16, Mehar 2-9 and Ciancio 2-14 were the leading bowlers.

Briars Brothers continued their great start to the season knocking over Pennant Hills. Batting first Pennant Hills made 9-165 off their 40 overs with Ashish 3-27, Rajesh 2-17 leading the way. In reply Brothers reached the target in the 35th over 6 down with Vivek 47no, Shrey 26, Harris 23 top scoring.

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14 October – Briars v Mounties / Southern District

A very good weekend with 4 hard fought wins from 5 across the top 5 grades against Mounties/Southern Districts.

1st Grade were defending 187 at Greenway Oval and Mounties/SD resumed at 3-66 and pushed their way to 4-106 before Brenton Wright and then Alex Vendrasco struck and ripped through the Mounties/SD middle and lower order to dismiss them for 131. AV bowled brilliantly taking 4 straight wickets to finish with 5-24 and BJ was superb as usual taking 3-21 to back up his 90 with the bat last week. Two from two to start the season for 1sts.

2nd Grade had a comprehensive win on the back of an incredible double from Xavier Tregeagle. Defending 7(dec)297 at Rothwell Park after Tregeagle had scored 108 last week the guys rolled through the Mounties/SD batting line up today knocking them over for 159 with Tregeagle again starring taking 5-43 off 25 overs and Sanket Karkare took 2-28. Two from two for defending Premiers 2nd grade this year as well.

3rd Grade went down in a rematch of last years Grand Final. Last weeks late order collapse where the guys lost 4-0 in 4 balls would come back to haunt them today. Defending 157 the guys fought hard but needed another 25-30 runs as Mounties/SD passed our total 7 down in a tight one with Jack Benchoam and Neeraj Arora taking 3 wickets each.

4th Grade had to fight hard for their win after declaring on their overnight score of 4-240. Mounties/SD were well placed at 4-163 just after tea but persistent tight bowling and good pressure in the field saw the Briars take 6-33 and knock Mounties/SD over for 196 with Lloyd Andrews taking 3-24 and Keegan Powell 3-26. Great win guys!

5th Grade the guys had a fantastic narrow win over Mounties/SD after batting first and making 112 with Thakur making 23 and Iqbal a very valuable 20no at the end. In reply the guys worked hard in the field and dismissed Mounties/SD for 98 to earn a crucial win, Chris Gordon took 3-22 and Pengilly 2-14. Super win to Tabs and the boys!

Good luck to Briars Gold and Briars Brothers who both play on Sunday whilst Briars Maroon have the bye.

15 October –  (Chappelow Cup) – Briars v Strathfield Black

A nail biting win and a loss in today’s two Chappelow Cup games.

Briars Brothers batted first at Greenway Oval and made 158 on the back of a fine 78 by Sibi and a valuable 31 from Asita. In reply Mounties/Southern Districts Black looked well placed at 4-112 but the guys hung in and grabbed crucial wickets and a run out on the final ball gave the guys a remarkable one run victory. Asita took 3-26 and Jhangir 2-27.

Briars Gold restricted Strathfield Black to 9 for 189 off their 40 overs with Harry Walsh taking 2-24, Harris Malik 2-26 and Hamish O’Brien 2-34. In reply the guys finished 7-124 off their 40 overs with Josh Harrold making 29 and Harris Malik 28no.

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07 October – Briars v Mounties / Southern District

Some tough battles across the grades on day one against Mounties/Southern Districts.

1st Grade lost wickets regularly to be 7-111 at tea at Greenway Oval before a hard hitting Brenton Wright resurrected the innings with an aggressive 90 enabling Briars to reach a competitive 187. In reply we have Mounties 3-66 at stumps.

2nd Grade dominated day one with the bat after losing the toss and being sent in at Rothwell Park. The guys amassed 7(Dec)297 with Xavier Tregeagle making his first ton for the Briars making 108, Hugh Sims made 58, Sanket Karkare 36,Doug Cullen 30 and Damian Price 25no. In reply Mounties batted 17 overs and are 1-27 at stumps.

3rd Grade were 4-40, 5-93 at tea and then 6-157 before losing their final four wickets in four balls, Jack Kovacic made an excellent 72. In reply Mounties are 2-63 at stumps.

4th Grade batted superbly all day to finish 4-240 with legend Peter Burkhart(below) scoring his first ton for the Briars finishing unbeaten on 105no, Jake Narayan made 45, Will Sims 39 and Michael Hannelly 28.

5th Grade Briars made 134 with Mandeep Oberoi making 28, Grant Croft 28 and John Papathanisiou 24 and in reply Georges River won in the final over 9 down, Papa took 2-20 , Adam Macic 2-27 and Chris Gordon 2-4.

The guys wore black arm bands and 4ths observed a minutes silence today in honour of champion Briar and former umpire Trevor Parker who passed away earlier this week. Trevor’s wake will be held next Saturday the 14th October at the Cronulla RSL from 12noon-3pm.
Good luck to Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers who all play tomorrow.

07 October –  (Chappelow Cup) – Briars v Auburn

We recorded two wins from three games in Chappelow Cup, making it a good start to the season for our three teams with 5 wins from 6 games across the first two rounds.

Briars Gold comprehensively defeated Auburn today. Gold loss the toss, fielded first and knocked Auburn over for 104 with Harry Walsh taking 3 for 29 off 8 overs, Hamish O’Brien 2 for 0 off 2 and Raff Kitching 2 for 9 off 5 overs. In reply Briars Gold cruised home in the 34th over just 4 down with Jack Harris 41, Hamish O’Brien 37 and Josh Harrold 20no leading the way.

Briars Brothers belted 7-182 off their 40 overs with Jhangir making 42, Sibi 33 and Daniel 24no and the guys won in a tight one dismissing Roseville for 173 with VP taking 3-25, Rajesh 3-27 and Asita 2-25.

Briars Maroon did well to dismiss Strathfield for 145 with Kalachian taking 4-29 off 8 overs, Trivedi 2-20 off 5 and Morozoff 2-25 off 5 overs. The guys were unfortunately knocked over for 49 in reply.

Big day two against Mounties/Southern Districts next Saturday for the top 4 grades which makes this weeks training session even more important, so we will see you all from 4.30pm on Wednesday at the Briars Nets.

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Good luck to all Briars Senior Cricket teams as they kick off the 2023/24 season and they strive to win their 12th Club Championship in a row.

Congratulations to the cricketers who have been selected as captains for the 23/24 season; Max Squire (1st Grade), Declan Kennedy (2nd Grade), Alex Favotto (3rd Grade), Mark Smyck (4th Grade), Michael Taberner  (5th Grade), Luke Antoniadis (Maroon), Simon Thorne(gold), Asita Galappatti (Brothers), & Harry Lee (U24’s).

30 September – Briars v Auburn

It was a pretty solid day against Auburn on Saturday with wins in 1sts, 2nds and 3rds whilst 4ths and 5ths went down.

1st Grade were sent in on a tough Mona Park deck and did well to make 8-184 with Tim Rose making 50, Aidan Gardner 27, Andrew Jalalaty made 25no and Brenton Wright 25. In reply Auburn were 1-102 at one stage before some excellent bowling and fielding saw the guys dismiss the Eagles for 135. Ash Squire was superb taking 4-17(off 10), Brenton Wright terrific with 3-10 and Cameron Holmes unlucky taking 1-24 to pull off a huge win!

2nd Grade had a comprehensive win after knocking Auburn over for 142 with Peter McKell taking 4-27 and Jimmy Threlkeld 2-21. In reply the guys batted well to win 4 down and pick up a bonus point with Hugh Sims making 57, Xavier Tregeagle 52 and skipper DK 17 no…well done guys!

3rd Grade also had a remarkable come from behind win. Batting first we made 9-226 with Vrish Pendyala making 67 and Sanket Karkare 46. At one stage Auburn were 3-170 but persistence and a never say die Briars attitude saw the boys dismiss the Eagles for 224 to win by two runs with the final two wickets being run outs. Ned Arnold took 3-32 and Neeraj Arora 3-34….well done to Fav and the boys!

4th Grade had a disappointing loss. We had Auburn 7-97 before they made their way to 8-207 and we were in early trouble and never recovered and were dismissed for 136 with Lloyd Andrews making 55.

5th Grade went down to Auburn, we dismissed the Eagles for 178 with Pat Roach taking 4-45 and we were knocked over for 75.
Good luck to Briars Maroon, Gold and Brothers who all play tomorrow.

01 October (Chappelow Cup) – Briars v Strathfield

Burwood Briars had three wins from three on Sunday in the Chappelow Cup, capping off a very good first weekend of the 2023/24 season.

Briars Gold made 5-144 off their 40 overs with Jack Harris making 55, Hamish O’Brien 34 and Harris Malik 20no. Mounties were in control before the boys took 3-4 when they were 7-132 to dismiss Mounties for 136 with Hamish O’Brien taking 2-5 and Harry Walsh 2-9.

Briars Maroon restricted Strathfield to 7-160 off 40 overs with Arshad taking 2-19 and then timed their run perfectly to win 5 down with skipper Luke Antoniadis finishing 44no, Croft made 41 and Arshad 29.

Briars Brothers smashed 7-198 off their 40 overs with Sibi making 66 and Asita 65 and we rolled the Strathfield Gorillas for just 85 with VP taking 3-18, Ashish 2-11 and Jhangir 2-14.
Three great wins and well done guys!