Weekend Round Up




Karaka v Manukau, Massey Park, Karaka Sports Park

Karaka 298/5 (Luke Williamson 105, Sam Huriwai 59, Sam Varcoe 37, JJ Mills 2/44, Dhruvit Patel 2/68) beat Manukau 120 ( Shalen Singh 27, Le-Shur Vermeulen 17 no, Hayden Wark 5/32, Michael Schofield 2/17) by 178 runs.

Pukekohe-Metro v Waiuku, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Waiuku 66 (Blair Lovett 25, Cameron Brown 17, Richard Crosby 5/8, Kurt Barnes 4/9) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 67/2 (Jonathan Keen 49, Simon Lal 9, Cameron Brown 1/6) by eight wickets.

Points (provisional) after four rounds

Karaka 14, Manukau 10, Pukekohe 9, Papakura 5, Waiuku 0

Next Saturday - Duthie Cup Round Five - games start at 11am

Manukau v Pukekohe-Metro, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Waiuku v Papakura, Massey Park, Waiuku

Senior A

Santa delivered early to the Karaka Cricket Club. Yesterday they won the Manchester Shield, wrestling the one-day title from Pukekohe and ending their four years of domination.

Pukekohe – Metro finished the round robin in top spot on Saturday, beating Manukau, and it looked as though once again they weren’t going to give anyone else a look-in.

Karaka played what was effectively a semi-final on Saturday and saw off the other Pukekohe-Metro team (by six wickets) at Rosa Birch Park.

They returned to Pukekohe yesterday, this time Bledisloe Park, for the grand finale, and prevailed over the holders by two wickets. Cameron Jerram hit the winning boundary in the 38th over.

Pukekohe-Metro 164/9 (Alistair Massey 38, Arashdeep Pabla 25 no, Michael Neale 4/27, Josh Shackleton 2/34) lost to Karaka 168/8 (Terence Otterson 28, Cody Knight 26, Arashdeep Pabla 3/63) by two wickets.



Hawke Cup




The CMCA Senior Men’s team has won the right to challenge for the Hawke Cup for the second year running.

They will play the holders (Bay of Plenty) in January; it’s the eighth time the association has challenged for the 107 year old cup that stands as the pinnacle of district cricket in New Zealand.

Going into the last round of regional qualifying there were four teams with a chance. CMCA rained on Waikato-Valley’s parade and Hamilton pushed Northland aside.

That left CMCA and Hamilton on equal points (41 apiece) but Counties trounced Hamilton two weeks ago and that became the tiebreaker.

Late yesterday CMCA completed an outright win over WVCA at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton after WVCA had made a sporting declaration to set the game up.

The final stanza of the two-day clash came down to a T20 game. Counties-Manukau, chasing 158 runs in 21 overs, saw the run rate required blow out to 12 runs per over but an unruffled Nick Kelly (71 no, from 52 balls) sealed the deal,

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.


CMCA Squad

Katene Clarke (Puke-Metro)

Corey Hunter (Puke-Metro) 

Nick Kelly (Manukau)

JJ Mills (Manukau)

Tristan Payle (Manukau)

Navjot Sran (Karaka)

Michael Schofield (Karaka)

Reid Somani (Puke-Metro)

Sam Varcoe (Karaka)

Ash Vodnala (Puke-Metro)

Luke Williamson (Capt.) (Karaka)

Rishekesh Umasuthan (Puke-Metro)



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.

Complete Cricket Camp 2018


Good afternoon,

Counties Manukau Cricket Clubs have a great opportunity for your Junior teams to take part in a full immersion Cricket Camp being held at Kings College in Auckland in January.

The Camp is open to Club and School teams in 3 Grades: Year 5-6, Year 7-8 and Year 9-11. 

Teams, along with their Coach and Manager, will stay at Kings College who will also provide catering for all teams.

There will be provision made for team training in addition to taking part in a full tournament over 4 days. All games and training will be at Kings College.

For more information, and all contact details, see the flyer below. 


Situations Vacant: ND Office Assistant


Northern District's seasonal receptionist has been snapped up in a graduate programme so they are re-advertising this role. 

Click link here for more information.

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