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Join the Kingsford Apaches for a great season of park cricket this summer.

The Apaches are a social cricket club in Sydney’s eastern suburbs. We are a friendly and diverse bunch, and always welcome new players. You can get in touch by registering with us online or liking our Facebook page.

Our goal is to give a game to anyone who wants to play cricket, regardless of who you are or how good you are. Winning is great, but what we really want is for everyone to enjoy the great game of cricket and have a go.

Read more: Why play for the Apaches?

Park cricket is a great way to make friends, get active, and – most importantly – enjoy the game. The Apaches are always welcoming of new players, from all backgrounds. We want to put teams on the park that are competitive, but also make sure everyone gets a game.

As a park team, we have players with a wide range of skill levels, so don’t let that stop you! Whether you haven’t played for years or haven’t ever played, we will be able to give you a go in one of our sides.

This upcoming summer season 2019/20 will bring exciting new changes for the Apaches. The Apaches First XI will be playing in the joint MPSECA and St George Cricket Association for the first time. Most games will still be played around the eastern suburbs, but the combined competition will reinvigorate our association. We will also be fielding our Second XI in the MPSECA standalone 4th grade competition.

Our fees remain competitive and details are available in our Facebook group.

If you’re a current Apache, spread the word and get your friends and work colleagues into the Apaches this season. You can send them to our Facebook page, or this website.

Apaches 2018/19 Awards Night

Dereck Cameron has taken out the Tim ‘Webko’ Booth Trophy to cap off the Apaches’ 2018/19 Awards night on 27 July 2019.

Dereck Cameron, winner of the Tim ‘Webko’ Booth Trophy for 2019, with Lisa Booth

2nd XI skipper leads from the front

Dereck has been instrumental in moulding the 2nd XI outfit for a number of seasons now. Leading the way on the field – with both bat and ball – and off, he always goes about his cricket with good humour and good sportsmanship.

Making 360 runs last summer at an average of 33 (including a century), combined with 9 wickets at 31, Dereck had another solid, all-round season. Even more important though was the leadership he provided in a challenging season. Throughout some difficult days in the field, the team he led continued to love its cricket as well as playing together.

For that, Dereck couldn’t be more deserving of the Tim ‘Webko’ Booth Trophy.

Best and fairest goes to…

Dereck Cameron. See above.

Quiet achiever serving the club

The Apache of the Season award for 2018/19 went to Duncan Pryse-Jones who has been a long-term stalwart of the club. DP-J consistently turned up and put in for the club this season, as he has for many seasons before, also earning himself an Outstanding Club Service Medal. All the while enjoying his cricket: he embodies what it means to play for the Apaches. Congratulations, Duncan.

Steve Evesson accepts his bowling award (12 wickets @ 27) from Will Sammuri

Full Awards List

Major Awards

Tim ‘Webko’ Booth Trophy 2019: Dereck Cameron
Apache Best & Fairest 2018/19: Dereck Cameron
Apache of the Season 2018/19: Duncan Pryse-Jones
Outstanding Club Service medals: Duncan Pryse-Jones, Al Yap, David Venn-Brown

First XI Grade Awards

Batting aggregate: David Waterson (284 runs)
Batting average: Stuart Branch (36.29)

Bowling award: Bryan Seymour (29 wickets @ 13.38)

Wicket-keeping award: David Waterson (19 catches, 5 stumpings)

Allrounder award: Al Yap (125 runs, 14 wickets)

Most improved: Brad Koch

Second XI Grade Awards

Batting aggregate: Dereck Cameron (360 runs)
Batting average: John Wright (52.6)

Bowling award (shared):
Morley Goodchild (12 wickets @ 17.92)
Steve Evesson (12 wickets @ 27)

Wicket-keeping award: Josh Shipton

Allrounder award: John Wright (263 runs, 8 wickets)

Individual Awards – 5 wickets

Blake Milligan: 6/33 v Botany Rd 10
Bryan Seymour: 5/56 v Clovelly Rd 2 and 6/50 v Coogee Bay Rd 12
Sujee Mampityararchchi: 5/24 v SRT Rd 6
Morley Goodchild: 5/50 v Botany Rd 12

Individual Awards – Centuries

Dereck Cameron: 136 v Captain Cook Rd 2

Thanks to Bryan Seymour for making the arrangements for the awards night and providing most of the photos, and Declan O’Sullivan for assisting with the stats.

The Arthur Walker Reserve Massacre

SMCA Div 15 Round 7: 4 August 2019 vs Malabar United A

Arthur Walker Reserve, Concord, was the site of a massacre at the hands Tim Bykov and Bryan Seymour this sunny Sunday, but even chasing a miserly total can’t be taken lightly…

The oval is a rather small ground with a hard and quick outfield, but otherwise picturesque – providing ample shade and a few nets to practice in as the day’s play unfolds.

We lost the toss and bowled first. A decision the opposition (Malabar) would rue.

It was immediately clear that anything short would be punished on the tiny ground. While the opening batsmen looked OK for the first two or three overs, it didn’t take long for cracks to appear.

First to strike was Tim, who took a sharp C&B to remove the captain. Bryan would take the next scalp, sending middle tumbling down towards the keeper. Bykov would strike again with an LBW, and then again in his fourth over courtesy of a reflex catch by Jeremy Holland at square leg. He’d go on to get another LBW in his fifth over and was therefore poised to take a five wicket haul.

In the meantime, Bryan was denied some big shouts for LBs of his own, eventually making up for it with another clean bowled. Bykov’s final over appeared destined for a 5/ when the first ball was hit to Will Sammuri at mid on, hard and low. It was a regulation catch regardless, but was unfortunately dropped to the team and Bykov’s disappointment. The second ball just missed John at first slip, and Tim, the world’s unluckiest bowler would finish on 4/45 when he really deserved a fifth wicket. Bryan would also end his spell on 2/14.

Smokey Hawkins was given some valuable time with the ball pre-finals, and tightened up after the first over to be 1/23 after three by dismissing the last man standing with a ball that took several ricochets onto the stumps. In the previous two overs, Sammuri had bowed one batsman, while another was caught at mid off by Nick Surman to finish on figures of 2/7.

We were chasing 89 for victory, and decided to rejig the batting order to ensure everyone made a day of coming to the cricket. As such, keeper and debutant Laurence Smith opened alongside Jeremy Holland. Laurence (4) looked superb before smashing a ball down the throat of long on. Surman played a customary cut shot for one before being bowled (1).

At this point, a few nervous laughs were running through the Apaches camp. Duncan Pryse-Jones went in at 4, consolidating nicely with Jeremy Holland to see off valuable balls from one of their fast openers. Dunc got impatient and was bowled slogging to mid wicket, and Jeremy was out LBW for 10.

Sammuri and Wright were therefore at the crease with about 50 runs to get and 4 wickets down against an opposition with their tails up. The two have steered the side home in the batting department a few times this year, and today was no exception. The roles, however, were reversed as Wright hit 6 4s on his way to 42* while Sammuri played the patient hand, picket-fencing his way to 17* bar one six late in the innings. The two never looked like getting out, however, they probably weren’t thrilling to watch. Simply noodling around until the total was reached.

While we were probably never in too much trouble with the likes of Bryan, Al, and Tim yet to come, it’s a valuable lesson that all totals can be a challenge if the opposition are bowling well enough.

Apaches chase 89 with 9 overs to spare.

1st inns. – Malabar United A won the toss and chose to bat
Malabar United A: 89
Bykov 4/45
Seymour 2/14
Sammuri 2/7

2nd inns. – Apaches 4/92
Wright 42*
Sammuri 17*
Holland 10


Apaches AGM: 17 August 2019

The Kingsford Apaches Cricket Club AGM for 2019 will be held after the Div 15 SMCA semi-final on 17 August 2019.

  • Date: 17 August 2019
  • Time: 4pm
  • Location: The Lakes Hotel, 307 Gardeners Rd, Rosebery

This years’ meeting will be particularly important as there are likely to be significant (and exciting) changes for our upcoming summer season. All club members are strongly encouraged to come along.

Please forward any proposals for changes to the constitution to the Secretary, Will Sammuri, on or before 3 August 2019 for consideration during the meeting.

Big scores on tiny Revesby

SMCA Div 15 Round 6: 20 July 2019 vs Smithsfield RSL B

Smithfield RSL remained the only team we’d never faced before, due to the miss-communicated washout from two weeks ago. Although lower than us on the ladder, anything can happen on a ground as small as Johnstone Reserve, Revesby.

Apaches bowled first, which was good considering our remarkable record in the past few weeks at chasing big totals. A par score seemed to be about the 230-240 mark considering the extremely small boundaries.

Isaac Williams (1/35) and Sammuri (0/35) were causing issues for the batsmen early on. Their figures were actually quite respectable considering the size of the ground. Any ball that caught an edge or was fortuitously hit either side of a fielder was going for a boundary. Isaac took the first wicket of the match, removing one of the openers with an outswinger accepted at slip by John, who took it like an AFL mark over his head.

The next 10-15 overs, however, were lean in terms of wickets. Morley (1/27 off 4) bowled extraordinarily, but again, anything that marginally missed a fielder was a boundary. Morley was zipping the ball past the edge continuously.

Nothing much by the way of wickets, but we managed to restrict the run flow as best we could. GG, (0/20 off 3), Smokey Hawkins (0/27 off 3) and John (0/38 off 6) were instrumental in keeping the run rate down. The fact that the opposition only hit one 6 the whole innings was a testament to the bowling.

Late in the match, the second wicket fell when John speared a ball in from deep mid-wicket, which ran out an opposition batsman. Even a ball that trickled to the boundary was difficult to run 2 on. It was a match where it was either 1 or 4 off the batsman’s blade.

Bryan Seymour bowled the final 6 overs having arrived late, but had immediate impact. Picking up two scalps, both bowled middle stump, and one of the more remarkable run-outs you’ll see, where a ball was smashed right back at him, nicked his hand, and hit the stumps at the bowler’s end to run out the batsman backing up. By the end of his amazing spell, Bryan had the figures of 2/20 off 6, and a run out to his name.

Rohit Ketkar (1/9 off 2) also bowled well at the death, forcing a rushing batsman into spooning the ball to Morley Goodchild at mid-off. Morley returned for the final over of the match, to claim a similar wicket, caught by John at mid on.

Overall, the bowling was tight without being spectacular. As someone put it, we only bowled one ball every couple of overs that deserved to go to the boundary, the rest were fortuitously hit there.

Apaches chasing 215 for victory.

As has been customary over the past few weeks, even 200+ totals have been chased with ease. Yesterday was no exception. Bryan (32) came out of the blocks firing, smashing a 6 into someone’s house within the first couple of overs, and smashing boundaries to all corners of the field, before he tried one too many and was stumped by an innocuous spinner.

Sammuri then came to the crease with he and Isaac continuing the onslaught. Isaac (40*) hit four 4s and two 6s before retiring, and Sammuri seven 4s and a 6 before also heading back to the sheds on 42*.

At this point John was at the crease noodling around and doing what John does. He was met by Rohit, before also retiring on 42*. Rohit was looking extremely solid in both attack and defence, playing a steady hand for those around him. GG was bowled for 7 off a full toss that may have been a marginal no-ball, and Duncan was also bowled after a few entertaining shots. Finally, Morley Goodchild and Rohit took us past the required total with 7 overs still to spare. Had Apaches batted first, they probably could have hit the 300 mark quite comfortably. Apaches end the match on 3/221.

Batting seems to be getting us across the line with ease, but the ruthlessness of the bowling needs to lift come the finals.

1st inns. – Smithfield RSL B won the toss and elected to bat
Smithfield RSL B: 7/215
Bryan Seymour – 2/20 from 6 overs
Rohit Ketkar – 1/9 from 2 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 3/221
William Sammuri – 42*
John Wright – 42*

End of Season Presentation/Registration Night
Saturday July 27 at The Lakes Hotel @ 6pm

The Apaches will be holding their (belated) 2019/20 End of Season awards night on Saturday July 27 and all Apaches – past, present and future – are welcome to join us for a night of memories and laughs as we look back at the season gone.

The night will see the awarding of the Time ‘Webko’ Booth Perpetual Trophy, our club’s most prestigious award.

See you there!

Up the Apaches!

The Whirlwind at Moore Park 6

SMCA Div 16 Round 6: 13 July 2019 vs Summer Hill C

For one day at least Chicago would have to give up its nickname, because if there was anywhere that was going to be called ‘The Windy City’ it was Sydney. The 50km/h winds were enough to shutdown flights at Sydney airport, but couldn’t deter Saturday morning park cricketers from doing what they love. With the wind blowing directly across the pitch swing was going to play a large factor, and several warmup deliveries showed that even balls sprayed wildly down legside had a good chance of being blown back on course for a good line outside off.

Winning the toss and electing to bowl the Apaches took to the field. Tim Bykov struck early with a leading edge that was skied to mid-off and was unlucky in his next over not to have their opener out with a chance being put down at first slip. Turnbull, Goodchild and Williams all chipped in with economical overs, but with a number of dropped chances and the wind blowing anything hit in the air towards Robertson Road for 6, the opposition was 2/106 at drinks with two retirees.

Chris Day entered the bowling attack after the drinks break and the wickets began to fall. Sharp bowling and good catching saw him finish with 3/24 off 5 overs, while GG tied up the other end with 1/35 off his 6. The flurry of wickets only succeeded in bringing the retired batsman back to the crease and while GG trapped one of them in front for 52, the dropped chance at slips earlier in the game cost us dearly as their opener took a liking to the short boundary. Consecutive deliveries were launched over Roberston Road. The first saw the match ball lost over the fence of one of the houses, and the second only narrowly avoiding the same fate by hitting a power pole halfway up and bouncing back towards Moore Park. Rob Turnbull eventually took the last wicket, but only after the opener had hit 123 runs and seen the team total to 237.

Missing a few of the more recognised Apaches batsmen, and with Paul Saltoon and Morley needing to leave early, we faced the daunting task of needing nearly 7 runs an over for 36 overs with only 8 batsmen. Isaac Williams and Smokey Hawkins opened the batting, both finding early boundaries to keep the run rate up. Yap (6) was dismissed early, nicking a ball that he was trying to late cut to the short boundary.

Day (16), Wheeler (7) and Pryse-Jones (5) made short, but fast scoring cameos, all finding boundaries in their time at the crease to make sure we kept on top of the run rate. Williams eventually retired on 40 and we went into drinks at 4/107. Very much still in with a shot, but with not a lot of wickets in the bank.

After the drinks break Turnbull and Bykov put on a masterclass in running between the wickets. Quick singles and paddle sweeps for 2 kept the score ticking along. Three 6s and three 4s helped Turnbull to his 40 quickly and he joined Williams back on the sideline.

Bryan Seymour came in and picked up where Turnbull left off. Consistent singles and the occasional boundary saw the Apaches pile on 121 runs without the loss of a wicket at more that 7 an over. Bykov (23) was eventually bowled and Williams (46) only added 6 more runs to the score before meeting the same fate.

At 6/202 the Apaches were in the driving seat, needing only a run a ball for the last 6 overs and with two in form batsmen at the crease. The runs didn’t stop flowing and Summer Hill put down a few chances in the blustery conditions. Turnbull (47*), having never made a 50 before, was denied the chance by Seymour (62*) who hit back to back boundaries to end the game with 3 overs to spare.

It was a fantastic team effort to run down a very tough score. Contributions with the bat and ball from everyone made for a very memorable win. Good work Apaches!

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl

Summer Hill C: 9/237
Chris Day – 3/24 from 5 overs
Isaac Williams – 1/12 from 3 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 6/241
Bryan Seymour – 62*
Robert Turnbull – 47*

Rocks and diamonds

SMCA Div 16 Round 4: 15 June 2019 vs. The Ponds B

Rocks and diamonds.

It’s the only cliche that can aptly describe today’s match.

Our opposition, The Ponds, came from the same club as The Miracle in Milperra, so we were confident of some high-quality and entertaining cricket today. We did… in patches.

Apaches elected to bowl first with the bowling of Brad Koch (0/9) and Bryan Seymour (0/31). Both had the ball moving beautifully through the air, with Bryan tailing it in, and Brad mostly moving it out. Edges were beaten, and LBWs turned down, but the opposition batsmen remained resolute. Brad was desperately unlucky to not have one of the opposition openers out LBW, and it was a decision we’d be ruing all day. The opener would go on to score 119.

Sammuri replaced Koch after three of his overs, as the plan was to save him for the finish of the innings due to his miserly economy rate. Immediately, the opener took a liking to Sammuri’s bounce and started to take him to town. Similar things were happening to Seymour. Fortunately, he retired on 40. Sammuri immediately took care of the #3 LBW, and soon after had the #4 caught behind by Smokey Hawkins. Numbers 7 and 8 fell the same way, LBW and caught behind to Sammuri (4/24).

In the mean time, Zac Abbott was bowling at the other end and making inroads. Not to be outshone, his first over yielded two wickets, one masterfully caught by John Wright, and the other by Bryan at full stretch at square leg. He took a further LBW to finish three overs 3/20. From getting absolutely pummelled, the Apaches were in the commanding position of having the opposition 7/85 at the break. The opener had scored 40*, the other opener 11, and from then on the opposition’s scorebook read a dismal 0,1,7,0,5,1.

However, as we know with winter cricket, we have to take all 9 wickets. And boy did we struggle to get the opener out. A few tough chances went down. One by Sammuri at slip, and the other by Cleaves at deep mid wicket. However, the opener was seriously impressive. While Smokey Hawkins(0/44) and John Wright (1/31) contained him, we couldn’t stop him reaching a masterful century. After John had earlier dismissed his lower-order batting partner for 16 by bowling his off stump, we eventually dismissed the centurion when Smokey ran out his lazy partner.

Apaches were left chasing 164, 119 of which were scored by one man.

Bryan and John opened the batting. The Ponds opened their bowling with a sharp bowler who liked to bowl short. The first ball off the innings was directed at Byran’s body, and took an unfortunate ricochet off his stomach into the stumps. Truly unlucky. Cleaves went out to bat at #3 and was keeping the sharp opener out with some courageous batting. Similarly, John continued to patiently hold his own and work it around. A change of bowling, to an in-swinger brought an end to Joe Cleaves for 4 runs, after he was bowled. Sammuri and John Wright set out to consolidate. It was a job partially done as we were 2/53 at the break.

Needing 6 an over for the rest of the match, John and Will took a few boundaries and risk-free singles. Both batsmen retired within a few balls for each other.

With two men retired in the sheds, and a score of 91 not long after the break, Apaches were confident. In a fashion similar to The Ponds, however, the middle order were part of a collapse. Brad (12) was looking superb, smacking a towering 6 and a belting a 4 before going for one too many and getting caught on the longest boundary of the field. Josh Mavin was unlucky to be given out caught behind for 2, while Surman was bowled for a duck. Abbott looked good for his 4 before being caught and bowled, which brought Sammuri back to the crease. He wouldn’t add any more to the score, caught first ball back by a sharp catch at silly mid on. Wright and Yap were the only hopes.

Unfortunately, John was run out for 42. Yap (6) made some picket-fence contributions, but was caught behind pushing the score, as by this point the run-rate had crept to 9 an over.

Apaches all out for 114.

Both teams will go home thinking the same thing: Happy with the bowling, but wondering how different the game could have been with more even contributions with the bat.

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl
The Ponds B: 9/164
Will Sammuri – 4/24 from 6 overs
Zac Abbott – 3/20 from 3 overs

2nd inns. – Apaches: 9/114
Wright 42
Sammuri 40

Summer Hill hold off Apaches in final over

SMCA Div 15 Round 1: 4 May 2019 vs Summer Hill A at Moore Park 7

The match between Kingsford Apaches A and Summer Hill A was an enthralling one, with the result in the balance until the final two balls.

Kingsford elected to bowl first, fearing rain would interfere with the match (it didn’t). A medical emergency to GG’s cat saw us with 8 men in the field the whole innings.

Sammuri (1/20, 6 overs) and Holland (2/18, 6 overs) opened the bowling and both struck with an LBW in their first over. Summer Hill were reeling at 2/2 after two overs. From there, the batsmen consolidated. They weren’t scoring quickly as the bowling remained extremely tight, but the next wicket didn’t fall until the 12th over (bowled Holland).

Summer Hill reached the break at 3/63.

Kingsford needed a strong bowling effort from their inexperienced change bowlers in the second half of the match in order to restrict Summer Hill. While CleavesKetkar, and Mampitiyarachchi bowled some absolute pearlers, the bowling was inconsistent and many wides were bowled. Wright and Bykov finished the innings professionally, picking up wickets and vital dot-balls from the 30th over onward.

Missing a recognised keeper in the squad also didn’t help, as Sammuri began to struggle to gather balls being bowled wide down the leg side – some of which the batsmen were able to sneak an extra run off (although, miraculously, only one bye went to his name).

By the end of the Kingsford bowling innings, there were 68 extras for the match. We’ll have to check if that’s a record.

Chasing 198 for victory, Sammuri and Mampitiyarachchi opened the batting. Sammuri took a liking to both opening bowlers, and had amassed 38 runs by the 6th over of the match. An ill-disciplinced cut shot, however, saw his innings end two short of a valuable retirement. GG (13) also made a blistering start, but fell to the same cut shot off the same bowler. Cleaves drove one to cover, but Sujee stayed strong, and with Surman began to rebuild. Kingsford were 3/89 at the break. The run-rate not a problem.

Sujee retired in the 25th over, and Surman (16) fell to – you guessed it – a cut shot. Holland (27) and Wright (15*) made valuable contributions in the middle order, but the run-rate kept climbing. Last week’s hero Bykov was unable to combine with Wright to score the required 18 runs off the final over and Kingsford ended their 36 overs on 190.

1st inns. – Apaches won the toss and elected to bowl
Jeremy Holland – 2/18 from 6 overs
John Wright – 2/35 from 6 overs

2nd inns.
Sujee Mampitiyarachchi – 42*
Will Sammuri – 38

Apaches cruise to comfortable victory over Malabar

SMCA Div 15 Round 3: 1 June 2019 vs Malabar United A

Apaches boasted two players on debut along with the returning Matt Wright who was playing his first game in three years.

We elected to bowl first, and we’re off to a good start. Isaac Williams (2/11) and Will Sammuri (0/9) restricted the opposition to 2/20 off 12 overs. Isaac took both wickets as the desperately unlucky Sammuri was denied a wicket by seemingly holographic stumps. One of Isaac’s wickets was an astounding catch by Matt, and the other by Al at mid off.

Yap and the debuting Nick Thompson were up next. While Thompson bowled some pearlers, he was also erratic. However, he showed excellent promise. Smokey (1/33) struck a batsman in front. The opposition had only scored 67 off 18 overs. They had an excellent batsman who smacked us around a bit after the break. Smokey Hawkins hit a lovely runout, and Nick Thompson took two excellent catches in the deep off John Wright (3/45). Wheeler was unlucky not to get a wicket, but bowled tightly. Sujee and Matt helped finish off the overs. The opposition eventually all out for 187.

Isaac and Sujee opened our batting innings. In the second over, Isaac hit four 4s, and looked ominous before being out LBW for 22. Sujee was solid but was struggling to time the ball, eventually out for 25. Josh Mavin, another debut player was very unlucky with an inside edge that nicked the stumps for 4. GG was bowled after smacking 8. John kept the run rate ticking as always. Snacks unfortunately was also bowled.

The opposition’s attack was good, but we just kept the runs coming. Sammuri came to the crease after Snack’s departure and was seeing it well, hitting 27 very comfortably before hitting a glorious cover drive wide of cover, but not wide enough, spectacularly caught by a diving fielder.

Matt Wright finally made his return to the crease and was just sublime in his strokeplay. With John still at the crease, they were making the run chase look easy. Matt had a restriction where he was automatically out after hitting 40, and he did. Nick went in to bat, and whilst he didn’t score a run, a ball went for 4 byes which granted us the win with 3 overs to spare.

1st inns. – Malabar United A won toss and elected to bat
John Wright – 3/45 from 5 overs
Isaac Williams – 2/11 from 6 overs

2nd ins.
Matt Wright – 40*
John Wright – 38*

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