Job Vacancy: CMCA


Pathway Manager

Counties Manukau Cricket (CMCA) is one of the six district cricket associations that form Northern District’s Cricket. The association’s administrative base is in Papakura and its playing base is in Weymouth.

Become part of the new delivery of pathway cricket across Northern Districts. We’re looking for a Pathway Manager, based in Papakura. In this role you’ll be nurturing the next Ish Sodhi, Tony Hill, Adil Somani and Katie Gurrey.

Much of the role will be lifting the quality and depth of our age group teams, coaches and umpires.

Responsibilities include:
 Being an active participant in a wider and dynamic Pathway team across Northern Districts
 Facilitate high quality cricket experiences to ensure continued development of cricket capabilities amongst junior pathway athletes, coaches, and umpires
 Identify and fast track players, coaches, and umpires with high achievement capabilities
 Grow CMCA selected athletes, coaches, and umpires numbers within the NDCA pathway programs
 Support CMCA junior teams administratively to attend NDCA events

The ideal applicant will have:
 A professional and respectful approach both on and off the field
 Experience in coaching sub-elite athletes and/or playing experience and qualifications commensurate with the requirements of the position
 Experience in developing talented athletes into high performing athletes
 Highly developed knowledge and understanding of cricket
 Preparedness to embrace coaching trends and developments, including understanding the concepts of sports science/sports medicine and the ability to incorporate these into training programs
 Ability to foster and create learning environments for our players, coaches and umpires
 Ability to communicate effectively within the male and female pathway at all levels
 Intermediate Microsoft Office computer knowledge
 Capable of working independently and as part of a team with the flexibility to interact with a wide range of staff/stakeholders including professional staff and volunteers

A NZC coaching certificate (or equivalent) is highly desirable

Candidates should email a CV and covering letter to

The position description is available by clicking this link.

Applications close at 5pm on 17 July 2018. Please note all applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.


Job Vacancy: CMCA


Cricket Development Manager

Counties Manukau Cricket (CMCA) is one of the six district cricket associations that form Northern District’s Cricket. The association’s administrative base is in Papakura and its playing base is in Weymouth.

We’re looking for a Cricket Development Manager, to become part of the new delivery team across Northern Districts. In this position you’ll be inspiring the next generation of players and fans whilst growing female and multi-cultural cricket participation.

Much of the role will be strengthening relationships across community cricket stakeholders such as clubs and schools to help grow all cricket products and offerings.

Responsibilities include:
 Being an active participant in a wider and dynamic development team across Northern Districts
 Preparing an Annual Plan for cricket participation growth which exceeds the criteria of New Zealand Cricket and any other funders
 Manage the New Zealand Cricket Development Programme within CMCA
 Use the Northern Spirit and Northern Knights brands as promotional tools to engage with the cricket community
 Deliver a Junior NPL (female cricket) program and assist and support in the promotion of it.

The ideal applicant will have:
 A strong understanding of community sport and cricket
 A demonstrated understanding of schools and clubs to effectively contribute to programs that assist with player retention and development
 A strong background in coordinating and managing stakeholder relationships, including experience of achieving results through others
 Good administration skills
 Exceptional written and verbal communication

A NZC coaching certificate is highly desirable

Candidates should email a CV and covering letter to

The position description is available by clicking this link.

Applications close at 5pm on 17 July 2018. Please note all applicants must have the legal right to work in New Zealand.


ND Vacancy


ND have a vacancy for General Manager - Performance and People.

Please click this link for more information. 

Junior format changes


For supporting information from Northern Districts Cricket Assn regarding the Junior Format Changes, please click the following link: Junior Modified Cricket Brochure. 

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

CMCA Awards Evening




Karaka is the inaugural CMCA Club of the Year.

Presented for the first time this season the Karaka Cricket Club (KCC) satisfied the judging panel that they met the six criteria for the blue ribbon award.

The panel highly commended Pukekohe-Metro CC.

Although the Karaka seniors had an outstanding year on the field the award itself is more about quality management and governance systems.

The judges praised KCC for their financial prudence, online capability, management policies, governance and facility management.

Karaka CC President, Liz Walters, accepted the award from Pukekohe Motel proprietor and award sponsor, Resham Lal, at the CMCA prize giving last Wednesday night.

“We have enjoyed putting our nomination together, it’s reminded us of what we do well and what we need to work on, which is always useful when you are trying make a club run at its optimum”, she said.

Richard Ansell (Tuakau CC), Catherine Ansell (Tuakau CC), Brian Voice (Tuakau CC) and Lesley Kidd (Karaka CC) all received CMCA long service awards.

Scott Johnston (Manukau CC) won the Senior Representative Player of the Year Trophy.

The President’s Award went CMCA Senior Coach, Adil Somani.

CMCA’s representative season was one for the ages and Murray Napier (CMCA President) announced Somani as the obvious choice for the top accolade for his coaching commitment over the last two seasons.

For the full list of prizes go to



NDCA Awards Night



Counties –Manukau cricketers were front and centre at the Northern Districts Cricket Association Annual Awards Dinner held on Friday night in Hamilton.

The District Association section of the awards comprises four trophies and three of them went to CMCA

Eric Petrie Cup - ND Club Champions- Pukekohe-Metro

Fergus Hickey Rosebowl- District Senior Men (Two-day)-Champions

Basil McBurney Trophy- District ND A- Champions 

A remarkable representative season outcome, which is probably unprecedented, is that neither the Senior Secondary Boys, the CMCA Senior Men nor the CMCA Senior Men’s A team lost a red ball match in Northern District’s competitions all season.

The Hawke Cup also resided in CMCA for three challenges.

John Dempsey kept his firm hold on the ND Umpire of the Year. He now has a hat trick of wins and has reserved the trophy for four out of the last five seasons.

NZ U19 representative, Katene Clarke (Pukekohe-Metro), added to his swag of awards when he was named the ND Young Male Cricketer of The Year. The spotlight shone on Counties-Manukau when the NZ U19 team was named late in 2017 with two of the 15 man squad plucked out of CMCA.

Brooke Halliday (Manukau CC) was also called to the stage. She captained the Galaxy (T20 champions) in the Women’s NPL.

Northern Spirit player, Katie Gurrey, who hails from CMCA, was named Women’s NPL Player of the Year.

Counties-Manukau Cricket’s Annual Awards will be held on Wednesday 11 April at Bruce Pulman Park. BJ Watling will be the special guest.



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




The season that started on October 28th with a washed out T20 round finished the same way on March 24th. In-between the watery bookends mother nature threw everything she had at the cricket season.

Around two hours of play was possible in Saturday’s Duthie Cup Final before the rain arrived. The players left the pitch at 1.50 pm with 35 overs having been completed, they never returned.

The 2017/18 edition of the Duthie Cup ended in an impasse, Karaka and Pukekohe Metro will share it.

The Warin Cup, which goes to the premier team that did best over the three formats, was reduced to two forms of cricket after the T20 segment was washed out in October.

This year’s Warin Cup is also a dead heat. Karaka and Papakura hold a handle each.

Karaka cleaned up in the Senior A competition. They raised the Allan Walker Trophy on Saturday after winning the first leg of the double, the Manchester Shield, just before Christmas.

The other senior final played on Saturday was the Reserve Grade showdown between Manukau and United; it also suffered a damp and early conclusion.

The moving parts came together in junior cricket, with all junior title fights concluded in the morning.



The final wrap:


Year 5-6            Division Two                                             Clevedon

Year 5-6           Division One                                             Pohutukawa Coast

Year 7-8           Division Two Plate                                   Weymouth

Year 7-8           Division Two Championship                 Clevedon

Year 7-8           Division One                                             Pukekohe-Metro

Year 9-11         Division One                                             Weymouth


T20                  Championship                                           Waiuku

Reserve          Championship                                           Manukau/United

Senior B          Championship                                           Manukau

Senior A         One Day                                                      Karaka

Senior A         Two Day                                                      Karaka

Premier          Two Day                                                       Papakura

Premier          One day                                                      Karaka/ Pukekohe-Metro

Premier          Overall                                                          Karaka/ Papakura

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).



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.

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