Given much of Australia is burning as a type, this article is of course quite trivial, compared to the real news coming out each day, which serves as a reminder that, while itís good to be passionate about sport, there are more important things in life. Iím sure that all our thoughts are with those down under who are fighting the fires.
Of those playing, it has been perhaps a more subdued set of games. Stephen Doheny has returned as opener for Randwick Petersham 2nds, and for the first time in a while he didnít manage a century, falling on 18(14) in their 33 run win over Northern District in a 50-over contest (Doheny taking a catch).
Ross Allenís Centrals won a low-scoring thriller in their T20 against Trafalgar. Their opponents were dismissed for 51 in 19.1 overs, Allen taking 2-8 in his 4.0, but they were made to fight for victory, his 1(6) by no means their worst return as they reached 52/9 after 14.1 overs.
Graham Kennedyís Hannanís beat Great Boulder by 3 wickets, Kennedy scoring 8(16) batting at 3.
After a spell in the Colts, Neil Rock returned to 2nd Grade this weekend, scoring 45(62) of Mount Lawleyís 226/9 as they ended their 50 overs. However, their Claremont-Nedlands opponents reached 230/6 in 48.3 overs to end up on top.
Will Smaleís Sydney 3rd Grade XI beat Fairfield-Liverpool by 18 runs on Saturday, Smale making 4(10).
Rachel Delany was back in action last DSunday (5th January) and the opening bat powered them to a 9 wicket victory with 28*(45), as they defeated a Midland Guildford side dismissed for 80 runs in 30.4 overs.
And finally, a bit of catch-up. Iíve missed Jacob Mulderís stats since he came out, and now is probably the time to redress that. The young leg-spinner was very unfortunate with this timing of his injury late last year, and while he has only bowled 33 overs in 14 games, with his recovery being carefully managed, he has still been picked for South Perthís 1st Grade side.
His average with the bat across formats (16.44) is a lot better than with the ball (139), but with his Economy Rate at 4.92 in the T20 format (and 3.81 in 1st Grade) there are signs that he is coming back into form, particularly in what will be the big format for Ireland this year.
So thatís the first roundup of this calendar year. Best of luck to all of you and your loved ones in 2020.