CMCA Event Calendar


CMCA has developed an online Events Calendar, which is a "one stop shop" for all: players, officials, parents, supporters and anyone interested in cricket in and around our District.

Whether you want to know when the Blackcaps are playing next, or the Ford Trophy, or the mighty CMCA Senior reps defending the Hawke Cup, it can all be found on the Calendar. Just click here to go to the Calendar, then save the link, or download to your device, to keep up to date with all the relevant Events.

You can choose from many different "views" of the Events (try Agenda) and click on any Event for more information. Each Event has a link to the venue via Google Maps, so you can use it to navigate yourself to the right place.

Open yourself to our cricket world.

Rep Round Up




Invercargill wouldn’t be at the top of many lists of favourite places to spend the winter but that’s where the Hawke Cup will live in the off- season.

Southland became the first (1911) and last winners of the Hawke Cup yesterday when they beat CMCA outright.

However, within two hours of losing the Hawke Cup, CMCA had another trophy to fill the shelf space.

The Counties-Manukau A team, competing in the Northern Districts second eleven competition, won the Basil McBurney Trophy beating a Bay of Plenty posse by three wickets in Karaka to finish unbeaten for the season.

One dictionary definition of hangover is, “A let-down following great excitement or excess”; the hangover feeling was palpable at the Weymouth Oval. The extremely successful CMCA senior representative season has been long and demanding, the deferred effects of the campaign showed through against the southerners.

Looking through a Counties-Manukau lens the game’s highlight was Scott Johnston’s 8/56 in Southland’s first turn at bat.

In spite of that, CMCA never got into a position to dictate terms and Southland were worthy winners over the three days.

CMCA 138 (Reid Somani 45, Ryan Phizackerley 23, Alex Tait 3/ 32) and 209 (Ryan Phizackerley 42, Scott Johnston 37, Ash Vodnala 29) lost to Southland 222 (Hamish Skelt 58, Scott Johnston 8/56) and 126/0 (James Ng 83 no)

The Counties-Manukau A team gave the association’s engravers another job-sheet. Their final game was a one-day encounter at the Karaka Sports Complex.

Set 235 runs to win Pukekohe-Metro’s Rishe Umasuthan hit the homerun in the 99th over of the day.

Bay of Plenty 234/8 (Blair McKenzie 75, Ben Pomare 51, Cameron Jerram 2/ 20, Nav Sran 2/ 31, Rishe Umasuthan 2/38) lost to CMCA 238/7 (Amitoze Singh 96, Jono Keen 42, Barry Rhodes 27, Marcel Collett 2/22) by three wickets



Weekend Round Up



  • Hawke Cup (National 3-day) - Check
  • Fergus Hickey Rosebowl (Northern Districts - 2 day) - Check
  • Basil McBurney Trophy (Northern Districts Second X1) - Check
  • Eric Petrie Cup (Northern Districts Club Champs) – Check

Counties-Manukau senior men’s teams have made a clean sweep of the red-ball trophies in 2017/18.

During one weekend Pukekohe’s ordinary season has gone from boiled lollies to chocolate éclairs.

On Saturday they beat Manukau in a high scoring match at Bledisloe Park mooring themselves a place in next weekend’s Duthie Cup Final.

Yesterday they hosted Cambridge in the Northern Districts Club Final. A 65-run win gained them the Eric Petrie Cup and a shot in rarefied air.

In the second week of April they will be the NDCA representative in the six-team National Club Championship at Cornwall Park.


The two Saturday fixtures were about finding an opponent for Karaka in next week’s grand finale. Pukekohe won that scrap and will defend their crown at the Karaka Sports Park next Saturday.

Pukekohe-Metro v Manukau, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Ash Herwels is fond of Bledisloe Park and it’s a recurring affair. The Manukau opening batsman fired up again on Saturday and his heat map was bright red in the point-cover region.

With Sandeep Patel (47) acting as his personal assistant Herwels reached 96 at which point Corey Hunter deceived him with a slower ball and had him caught at point. Herwels’s cache spurred Manukau to a total of 258/7.

Hunter (4/74), had a mixed game with the ball. The over that brought about the downfall of Herwels went 6-6-6-wkt-wkt-1.

Pukekohe’s retort was assembled around Katene Clarke (89) and Ben Reece (60).

Clarke wrote the book on attacking batting. He took his guard outside of the crease and stepped down the wicket to every bowler. He too was eventually quietened by a slower ball, this time from Sandeep Patel (1/58).

Manukau 258/7 (Ash Herwels 96, Sandeep Patel 47, Jarrod Halliday 44 no, Corey Hunter 4/74) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 261/7 (Katene Clarke 89, Ben Reece 60, Barry Rhodes 29, Cullen Halliday 3/52, Tristan Payle 2/35) by three wickets

Papakura v Waiuku, Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura

With Pukekohe- Metro working the oracle down the road Papakura’s bonus point roasting of Waiuku lost its value.

Waiuku 46 (Shaun Lovett 14, Tarun Singh 4/15, Ryan Phizackerley 3/26) lost to Papakura 48/0 (Richie Faust 31 no, Ryan Phizackerley 17 no) by ten wickets.

Final Duthie Cup Points

Karaka 29, Pukekohe- Metro 26, Papakura 25, Manukau 14, Waiuku 0.


Pukekohe Metro v Cambridge, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

The team was back in its natural habitat yesterday for part two of the St Patrick’s weekend doubleheader,

This time Pukekohe batted first, and they didn’t do it very well. They only lasted 37.2 overs and 186 was the sum of their work.

When they defended their total a couple of brilliant long-distance run outs and some good bowling saved their bacon.

There were some fine individual performances by Pukekohe players over the two-days, but over the course of the weekend Ash Vodnala’s 5/15 in yesterday’s final was the most significant 

Pukekohe-Metro 186(Jono Keen 65, Katene Clarke 27, Ash Vodnala 20, Chris Swanson 4/22) beat Cambridge 121(Chris Swanson 33, Ash Vodnala 5/15) by 65 runs.



Hawke Cup




It’s already being talked about as a classic and possibly the closest ever ending to a Hawke Cup Challenge.

Yesterday CMCA lifted the Hawke Cup for the first time in its history beating Bay of Plenty at the Te Puke Domain.

The three-day game came down to the last over and a showdown between Scott Johnston and Tommy Clout. Johnston, who has a reputation as a closer, bowled Clout with the penultimate ball of the match clinching the win by two runs.

This came after Counties had batted well into the second morning and then bowled Bay of Plenty out to establish a crucial 69-run first innings buffer.

The final chapter of the epic encounter saw BOP chasing 212 to win, a target that probably made them the betting favourite. However, Luke Williamson’s crew was focused knowing that they were closer to the Holy Grail than all CMCA sides before them.

The pinnacle of district cricket, the 107 year old Hawke Cup will have Counties-Manukau imprinted on it for the first time. Winning the right to challenge for it takes a year and this was only the ninth time that CMCA had qualified.

Counties-Manukau Coach, Adil Somani, emphasized that it was a team effort over a calendar year; he didn’t want to single out any individuals. However, left-arm spinner Ben Reece’s match figures (9/87) on debut were an after match talking point.

Three challengers have been lined up before this season culminates, the first against Taranaki in two weeks’ time, but in the meantime CMCA returns to Fergus Hickey cricket and ironically has a game against the Bay at the weekend.

Counties Manukau 235 (Sam Varcoe 54, Ash Vodnala 40, Reid Somani 31,  Chris Atkinson 3/32, ) and 142 ( Sam Varcoe 22, Ben Reece 22,   Sean Davey 5-34) defeated Bay of Plenty 166 (Joe Carter 42, Ben Reece 3/24, Scott Johnston 2/19, Michael Schofield 2/33 ) and 209 (Tom MacRury 75,  Ben Reece 6-36, Scott Johnston 2/52).

CMCA Squad

Luke Williamson – Capt. (Karaka), Ash Vodnala (Pukekohe-Metro), Tristan Payle (Manukau), Scott Johnston (Manukau), Michael Schofield (Karaka), Amitoze Singh (Papakura), Ryan Phizackerley (Papakura), JJ Mills (Manukau), Reid Somani (Pukekohe-Metro), Sam Varcoe (Karaka), Ben Reece (Pukekohe-Metro), James Naylor (Waiuku), Adil Somani (Coach), Kim Williamson (Manager).



Fergus Hickey

Counties-Manukau Hamilton 11-12 November

Counties-Manukau 446/7 ( Tristan Payle 134, Nick Kelly 106, Barry Rhodes 68, Katene Clarke 47, Ash Vodnala 40 no, Michael Dodunski 4/90) beat Hamilton116( Brook  Hatwell 23, Michael Schofield 5/14, Reid Somani 2/25) and 11/0 on the first innings.


Counties-Manukau v Waikato Valley 25-26 November

Waikato Valley 158 (Chris Swanson 74, Corey Hunter 4/17, Reid Somani 4/42) and 275/8 dec (Chris Swanson 176 no, Nick Kelly 3/73, Reid Somani 2/21, Corey Hunter 2/31) lost to CMCA 280 (Nick Kelly 91, Ash Vodnala 40, Rishekesh Umasuthan 40, Luke Williamson 39) and 154/7 (Nick Kelly 71 no, Sam Varcoe 38) by three wickets.


Basil McBurney Trophy

Counties-Manukau v Northland 5 November

CMCA 188/7 ( 50 overs)- Luke Williamson 45, Tristan Payle 43, JJ Mills 39, Fletcher Coutts 2/20 beat Northland 178 (48.2 overs) Hamish  Kidd 51, Mark Donegan 30, Ryan Phizakerley 6/37, Corey Hunter 2/29 by 10 runs.

CMCA Senior Secondary Boys





The CMCA Senior Secondary Boys team won the Northern Districts Tournament in Gisborne last week, beating Northland in the final by nine runs.

The team, skippered by Hayden Dickson and Tyler Jerram, returned from Gisborne after a week of cricket with a five-from-five result.

They topped their pool with wins over Northland, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay.

Counties went up against Hamilton in the semi-final and prevailed by 56 runs. Hayden Dickson led by example, he scored 72 runs and returned bowling figures of 5/19.

Northland, who CMCA had beaten by 4 wickets in pool play, got up in the other semi-final.

The grand final was meant to be a two-day game but rain most of Thursday meant that the final had to be condensed to a one day game.

Tyler Jerram (91) batted through 39 overs to anchor the score of 185 all out.

Northland put Counties-Manukau to the test and at 174/7 had one hand on the trophy.

A wicket to Andrew Carney and two wickets from three balls for James Naylor gave the title to CMCA in a nail-biting end to the week.

Counties Manukau 185 (Tyler Jerram 91, Marcel Marconi 27, C Boswell-Smith 2/30) defeated Northland 176 (L Trigg 33, James Naylor 3/34, Declan O’Brien 2/8, Hugo Hill 2/31).


Andrew Carney (Pukekohe-Metro)

Clark Murray (Manukau)

Declan O’Brien (Mauku)

Hayden Dickson (Papakura)

Hugo Hill (Papakura)

James Naylor (Waiuku)

Marcel Marconi (Pukekohe-Metro)

Matt Craigen (Pukekohe-Metro)

Raghav Narula (Papakura)

Sean Cochrane (Pukekohe-Metro)

Toby Seabrook (Papakura)

Tyler Jerram (Karaka)

Rob Dickson - Coach

Tim Seabrook - Manager



Junior format changes


The NZ Cricket District Forum , which involved all district and majors associations, was held in mid-June. 

The backdrop to this year’s forum was One CricketOne Cricket is a full national review of strategy and structure around cricket in New Zealand. It’s about positioning the game for the future.

The project outcome is To better position cricket in New Zealand so that it remains relevant and is able to thrive in a changing environment”.

There’s a plethora of things happening under One Cricket.

NZC engaged with Cricket Australia around junior formats and Cricket Australia sent its research team to the NZC Forum.

The changes Cricket Australia had brought into year 5-8 cricket impressed everyone at the forum.

They are about less wides, more hits off the bat, more runs, more boundaries and less dot balls.

In order to provide a consistent, coordinated, and aligned national approach to the development of players, NZ Cricket is making the adaptations to year 5-8 cricket compulsory next season.

The CMCA junior panel, staff, and board, has studied the changes and fully endorses them. In fact, many of the recommended changes to junior cricket have already been introduced by CMCA, some of them a decade ago.

Therefore, it has been agreed that we will make the changes to the competition formats for year 5/6 and year 7/8 cricket this season.

We believe that by increasing our kids involvement in the game we will keep them in cricket for longer.


  • Rules and changes notified to clubs by 31 August         Click here for the link to the junior rules
  • Club information night – September 11
  • Exhibition game (36 kids) Bledisloe Park. October 25th 4-6pm
  • Oct 27/28- season begins

Any questions or queries about this should be directed to me.

Trevor M Gill