Appointed Board Directors  – Northern Districts Cricket Association

Northern Districts Cricket Association (NDCA) is an Incorporated Society responsible for leading, growing and supporting all forms of cricket within the Northern Districts region. Covering an extensive area of the North Island the NDCA region encompasses six districts, Northland, Counties Manukau, Hamilton, Waikato Valley, Bay of Plenty and Poverty Bay.

NDCA aspires to “Connect People and Create Memories” whilst collaborating with our community to create a game for everyone.

Applications are now invited for five (5) Directors to govern cricket within the NDCA region. The NDCA Board continues to strive to be representative of its constituents.  That is, NDCA Cricket would like to see a Board that has representation from both genders, from different age brackets, and include a mix of ethnic groups including Maori.

This is a voluntary position for a term of three (3) years. The expected time commitment is 60 – 70 hours.

Please note two (2) Board Members are standing for re-election.

Ideal Applicant Description

  1. A minimum of one (1) female director
  1. A minimum of two (2) directors having strong legal, health and safety, and risk management experience in the sporting organisation or not-for-profit sector.
  1. A minimum of one (1) director having strong high-performance sport knowledge (cricket preferred)
  1. A minimum of one (1) director having strong accounting/finance or fundraising experience
  1. A minimum of one (1) director having strong Marketing/Comms or Digital Media/Tech experience
  1. A minimum of one (1) director having strong organisational change/Human Resource experience
  1. A minimum of one (1) director having community sport knowledge

Applicants should send their CV and Cover Letter via email to Tash Narasy,

Applications close 5:00pm, Friday 16 October 2020

For more information please contact Ben MacCormack, CEO Northern Districts Cricket

in-school cricket deliverer

job description


We are looking for an enthusiastic sports coach to deliver cricket sessions at schools.

We aim to deliver a high quality experience to children at all levels of the game. In this role you will be responsible for delivering fun, interactive cricket sessions either during class time, at lunch times or after-school. Full training and programme will be provided.

There is travel involved so a car is a requirement. Sessions can be held at schools anywhere from Manurewa down to Tuakau. A petrol allowance will be provided. 

This is a fixed term position from Monday 17 August - Friday 25 September. The role is three - four days per week, between the hours of 8.30am-3pm. 

If you are great with children, have excellent communication skills and have had experience coaching we would love to hear from you!

We would like applications in by next Wednesday August 5th.

For further information, please contact Serena Somlyai – or 021-285-0096.


Community Cricket Cancelled


Northern Districts Cricket, in conjunction with New Zealand Cricket and the other Major and District Associations, have agreed to cancel all community cricket, including clubs, schools, coaching, programmes and training, for the rest of the season/term. This decision follows our most recent medical advice and recognises our obligations towards the New Zealand cricket family and the wider public interest.


Based on expert advice from New Zealand Cricket’s Chief Medical Officer Dr Martin Swan and recent government information we want to ensure that cricket is acting to pre-emptively supress the spread of coronavirus.


While cricket is a relatively safe non-contact sport there are considerable measures that need to be in place to adhere to expert advice around reducing the risk of spreading the virus. Our focus specifically is on minimising the risk and impact on the cricket community and ensuring health and well-being is our highest priority.


Northern Districts is working with New Zealand Cricket to ensure we collectively provide ongoing support to District Associations and local clubs/schools along with the wider cricket community during this challenging and disruptive time.


Outcomes of incomplete competitions for the current season will be confirmed in due course.


Northern Districts has also postponed all planned events including our awards night, we encourage the rest of our cricket community to consider the same.

02 March 2020



Neither of the round three shield games produced an outright result and for the first time, this year weather interfered with operations.

Manukau headed to the top of the table with a first innings win over Karaka, Pukekohe sorted out a first innings win over Papakura.

Pukekohe-Metro v Papakura, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe.

Give that man a chocolate fish!

The backstory to this match was Jono Keen’s batting and bowling personal bests. The Pukekohe accountant chose a day that only occurs every four years to produce his double act.

Day one was abandoned leaving the two sides to make the best of the second day, and they did.

Papakura could have taken a downbeat approach, but they went for their shots and loaded up 240 in 48 overs. Jono Keen took his maiden premier wicket toward the end of Kura’s knock, firing Gurusharan Singh, Papakura’s top scorer, for 42.

The second half of Papakura’s day out wasn’t as joyous. Pukekohe had several let offs but nobody could deny Keen his day in the sun. He scored 153 on what was officially the last day of summer.

Pukekohe opted to continue batting past the highwater mark and in doing so gave Papakura a “thanks-for-coming” optional extra bowling point.

Papakura 240 (Gurusharan Singh 42, Souvik Dutta 33, Cameron Hardwick 4/53, Kurt Barnes 2/27) drew with Pukekohe Metro 319/6 dec (Jono Keen 153, Simon Lal 87, Simperpreet Sekhon Singh 2/26). Pukekohe-Metro won on the first innings.

Karaka v Manukau, Karaka Sports Park, Karaka

This game realized half of day-one.

The performers reassembled on the second day with Manukau having already compiled 217 all out.

Karaka made a strong and not surprising start to batting. But the music pretty much stopped after Varcoe and Williamson become uninvolved.

Karaka finished up falling short by 69 runs.

Manukau batted again but the game was eventually becalmed, the players agreed to bring to end proceedings.

Manukau won on the first innings.

Manukau leapfrogged Karaka to go top of the table at the halfway mark. There are three rounds of one day modified cricket before curtain fall.

Manukau 217(Henry Gibson 53, Jaz Singh 50, Michael Schofield 3/78, Hayden Wark 3/33) and 71/1 dec (Ash Herwels 40) drew with Karaka 148 (Sam Varcoe 49, Luke Williamson 24, Scott Johnston 4/31, Le Shur Vermeulen 2/21 ). Manukau won on the first innings.



For further information contact:

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                            

9 269 7967

17 February 2020



Played in drought conditions the second round of the W.H Taylor Shield overflowed with runs and wickets. Karaka and Manukau both logged back-to-back outright wins. Playing through champions, Karaka, are top of the table, they’ve hoovered up all 48 points available to them after two games.

Pukekohe-Metro v Manukau, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

This was a classic game of red ball two-day cricket. It ebbed and flowed throughout and moving into the last hour either side could have won the match.

Although fast-food cricket has its place there’s nothing comparable to a four-act play with a dramatic final scene.

Even the pipe bands that blew all day at Bledisloe Park gave way to the final beguiling hour of bat and ball.

Manukau set Pukekohe 256 to win.

Apart from a hellacious run-out mix up Pukekohe didn’t do a whole lot wrong, but Manukau bowled and fielded splendidly. Three of Le Shur Vermeulen’s seven wickets were caught and bowled.

Vermeulen (7/57) and Henry Gibson both exploited the slow turn late on the second day.

The game ended fittingly with Dhruvit Patel taking a ripsnorter of a catch at short mid-off to capture the last Pukekohe wicket, it was one of a pantheon of top-drawer clasps by Manukau on the day.

Manukau took the outright points, in the end by a solid margin. Le Shur Vermeulen must sit amongst the all-time deity of the Manukau City Cricket Club for his second day skill with bat and ball.

Pukekohe- Metro’s concession packet included four first inning points, nine batting and bowling points and a second day hattrick for Cameron Hardwick (5/39).

Manukau 125 ( Alistair Vermeulen 37 no, Sandeep Patel 26, Adam Brash 4/37, Kurt Barnes 2/27) and 291 (Le Shur Vermeulen 76 no, Sandeep Patel 64, Ash Herwels 43, Cameron Hardwick 5/39, includes a hattrick) beat Pukekohe-Metro 160/9 dec ( Kyle Blanchard 53, Marcel Marconi 21, Sandeep Patel 5/44, James Naylor 2/ 37) and 207 ( Marcel Marconi 62, Bharat Popli 45, Le Shur Vermeulen 7/57) outright by 49 runs

Match points; Pukekohe-Metro13, Manukau 17

Papakura v Karaka, Bruce Pulman Park, Takanini

Karaka went to Pulman Park to try and confiscate 24 points.

Job done.

Played on the greenest club ground in south Auckland, Karaka reached the compulsory first innings declaration at 311/5 and a first innings lead of 207.

David Pearce (103 no) put down a decent deposit on the first day, he reached 74, and then had to wait seven sleeps to post his maiden premier cricket century.

Papakura’s second turn with the bat yielded 93 runs. Although well beaten as a team Souvik Dutta (17) and Tarun Singh (44) were income makers for Papakura.

When the individual player points are computed Karaka’s Luke Williamson (a century and wickets) will soar up the rankings.

Karaka has taken maximum points from both of its shield games and they are sitting in their own postcode at the top of the league table.

Papakura 104 ( Srini Vas 27, Souvik Dutta 19, Mandeep Singh 19, James Belz 7/ 38, Michael Schofield 2/17) and 93 ( Tarun Singh 44, Souvik Dutta 17, Michael Schofield 4/33, Luke Williamson 4/44) lost to Karaka 311/5 dec ( David Pearce 103 no, Luke Williamson 101, Tarun Singh 3/61, Souvik Dutta 2/66) outright by an innings and 114 runs.

Match points. Papakura 4, Karaka 24



For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                            

9 269 7967

10 February 2020


W.H Taylor Shield Round Two

Progress Scores-Day One of Two

Manukau 125 ( Alistair Vermeulen 37 no, Sandeep Patel 26, Adam Brash 4/37, Kurt Barnes 2/27) and 119/3 (Ash Herwels 43, Dhruvit Patel 42, Kurt Barnes 2/22) lead Pukekohe-Metro 160/9 dec ( Kyle Blanchard 53, Marcel Marconi 21, Sandeep Patel 5/44, James Naylor 2/ 37)

Papakura 104 ( Srini Vas 27, Souvik Dutta 19, Mandeep Singh 19, James Belz 7/ 38, Michael Schofield 2/17) trails Karaka 220/4 ( Luke Williamson 101, David Pearce 74 no, Tarun Singh 2/36, Souvik Dutta 2/45)

Games resume at 11 am on Saturday.



For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

03 February 2020



Manukau and Karaka launched their two-day cricket campaigns with crushing outright wins. Karaka had to bat twice but Manukau collected maximum points in a canter.

Karaka v Pukekohe-Metro, Karaka Sports Park.

For what turned out to be one of Karaka’s most memorable wins over their twenty-first century arch-rivals, it almost tanked at the start.

They lost the coin-toss and were languishing at 5/31 after the first hour on day-one.

Their resurrection had the fingerprints of Constable Sam Huriwai all over it. Huriwai (79) and sheriff’s deputy Andrew Mackenzie (68) built a partnership of 117 for the seventh wicket. They sustained the time honoured Karaka agapanthus tradition, hitting several shots over the main road into the only vegetation that flourishes in a drought.

Pukekohe countered Karaka’s 212 by scoring 94, including a bunch of zeros.

Pukekohe finished the first day following-on and were eight without loss.

They did make Karaka pad up on day-two, but the eventual winners only needed to score 60 to do a victory lap.

Karaka’s Michael Schofield buttered his toast on both sides  celebrating his 150th premier game for the club. He took five wickets in the first innings and three in the second.

Karaka 212 (Sam Huriwai 79, Andrew Mackenzie 68, Marcel Marconi 3/23, Reid Somani 2/49) and 60/2 (Josh Shackleton 24 no, Leon Marconi 2/35) beat Pukekohe-Metro 94 (Adil Somani 29, Matt Wilson 17, Michael Schofield 5/46, Luke Williamson 2/4, Cameron Jerram 2/20) and 177 ( Matt Gardiner 42, Marcel Marconi 32, Luke Williamson 3/26, Michael Schofield 3/45) outright by eight wickets. 

Match points Karaka 24, Pukekohe-Metro 7

Manukau v Papakura, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

It maybe coincidental, but the return of club talisman, Ash Herwels, appears to have made a world of difference to the Manukau first eleven.

They achieved a bat-once innings win over Papakura and hardly broke into a sweat on day-two.

There was loads of Henry Gibson and Sandeep Patel perspiration on the first day. Gibson (118), on debut for Manukau, went to three figures, then remarkably, Patel (128) brought up his ton with the very next ball.

This happened after Manukau had dismissed Papakura for 139 in 39 overs. Papakura’s assassin was leg-spinner, Eshaan Arora (5/31). The year 13 pupil marked out his run-up for the first time in the premiership after being injured for two months.

Papakura’s second batting effort was much improved, but they still pulled up 125 runs short of Manukau.

Papakura 139 (Souvik Dutta 55, Simerpreet Sekhon 35, Eshaan Arora 5/31) and 192 (Souvik Dutta 38, Samson Sola 28, Nathan Halliday 3/22, Le Shur Vermeulen 3/24) lost to Manukau 356/4 dec (Sandeep Patel 128, Henry Gibson 116, Simerpreet Sekhon 2/72) outright, by an innings and 125 runs.

Match points. Manukau 24, Papakura 5


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                            

9 269 7967

27 January 2020


W.H Taylor Shield Round One

Progress Scores-Day One of Two

Papakura 139(Souvik Dutta 55, Simerpreet Sekhon 35, Eshaan Arora 5/31) trails Manukau 356/4 (Sandeep Patel 128, Henry Gibson 116, Simerpreet Sekhon 2/72)

Karaka 212 (Sam Huriwai 79, Andrew Mackenzie 68, Marcel Marconi 3/23, Reid Somani 2/49) leads Pukekohe-Metro 94 (Adil Somani 29, Matt Wilson 17, Michael Schofield 5/46, Luke Williamson 2/4, Cameron Jerram 2/20) and 8/0

Games resume at 11 am on Saturday.


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

20 January 2020



Pukekohe-Metro and Karaka are the Duthie Cup finalists for 2019/20.

Both teams finished the round robin with clear-cut on the road wins.

The showpiece will take place on March 22nd.

Karaka will be defending the cup after wrenching it from Pukekohe on Bledisloe Park last season.

The premiership presses the pause button on white ball cricket until the grand finale. Next week sees a return to the old testament, the matches are reverting to red-ball two-day cricket.

Manukau v Pukekohe-Metro, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

The Airbnb movements affected both clubs.

Sandeep Patel (Manukau) is in India, Katene Clarke (Pukekohe) was playing against India.

Manukau brought back Stan Skinner whose been abroad, and they recycled Henry Gibson. Pukekohe recalled Matt Wilson from the wilderness and put out an SOS to Richard Crosby.

The winning of the game for Pukekohe was the stand between Bharat Popli (90 no) and Reid Somani. Chasing Manukau’s 196 all-out, they gathered 140 for the third wicket. Somani, who can hold his own as a straight-out batsman, utilized his hockey wrists profitably when scoring runs.

Popli did the heavy-lifting and was all class in reaching 90 not out.

Manukau made a charitable donation, conceding 28 wides.

Despite getting a tick in the wrong column in this game, Manukau is a looming threat in the W. H. Taylor Shield (two-day). Sandeep Patel will be back running the show and the player resources are getting better and better with bags of all-rounders.

Le Shur Vermeulen is the definition of a jack-of-all-trades. He’s the gloveman for the CMCA Men’s team but so far this year he’s been Manuka’s top run getter and equal top wicket-taker.

Manukau 196(Le Shur Vermeulen 42, James Naylor 34, Ram Tirth 32, Reid Somani 3/12, Declan O’Brien 3/31, Kurt Barnes 2/33) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 197/5 (Bharat Popli 90 no, Reid Somani 35, Scott Johnston 3/41, Le Shur Vermeulen 2/22) by five wickets.

Papakura v Karaka, Pulman Park, Takanini

Batting first, Papakura stuttered in the opening moves, Opener, Sikander Singh was one-and-done, the second and third batsmen went for next to nothing.

Michael Schofield visited upon Papakura’s top order. Schofield (3/31) got a real head of steam up in the hot batter friendly conditions.

Papakura had a much-needed recovery in the middle with debutant, Parmjit Singh 85 no, leaving his imprint on the game.

With Hayden and Cory Dickson both on overseas cricket trips, Papakura brought youngsters Connor Hooper and Levi Pahina into the fray to shore up their attack.

Getting through the top of Karaka’s batting order is difficult and Papakura didn’t get that bit right.

Sam Varcoe and Luke Williamson are a headline act at present and both were not out when Karaka reached their target with loads of overs and wickets in hand.

Papakura 148 (Parmjit Singh 85 no, Virinder Singh 27, Michael Schofield 3/31, Hayden Wark 3/43, James Belz 2/31) lost to Karaka 149/1(Terrence Otterson 59, Sam Varcoe 68 no, Luke Williamson 15 no, Connor Hooper 1/18) by nine wickets.


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

13 January 2020



It was a case of, “Out with the old and in with the old”, in both premier matches.

Manukau covered Sandeep Patel’s time-off by bringing Ash Herwels back and Karaka’s fallback for Matt Cole was their global roamer, Dan Power.

Ben Naylor is another wayfarer, he’s back from England for a stretch and has teamed up with his brother at Manukau.

In terms of a bat versus ball contest, both games, but particularly the one at Pukekohe, were very much batter friendly.

Pukekohe- Metro v Karaka, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Karaka was the destination for all of premier trophies last season.

Pukekohe has already got the Inder Lynch Trophy back and they gave Karaka another nudge on their perch in a 550 plus run-fest on Saturday.

Pukekohe’s win assures them of a place in the 2019/20 Duthie Cup Final.

Karaka stacked 278 runs in their 50 overs. Sam Varcoe scored twelve dozen (144), his second century on the bounce. He batted with Luke Williamson (104) and they gathered 224 for the second wicket.

Williamson became inventive once he reached three figures, he was caught at cow-corner experimenting with a ramp shot.

Kurt Barnes was the most cost-conscious bowler for Pukekohe. During the spin-cycle he bowled ten overs for 26 runs.

Snaring Katene Clarke in the first over, bowled for zippo by Michael Schofield, was a near perfect way for Karaka to start their year and the innings.

But Jono Keen (74) and Bharat Popli (97) scored a thicket of runs. Marcel Marconi was left home alone at the end, stuck on 94 with an asterisk.

Pukekohe won with seven wickets and six overs left up their short sleeves.

Karaka 278/3 (Sam Varcoe 144, Luke Williamson 104, Marcel Marconi 1/31, Kurt Barnes 0/26) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 282/3 (Bharat Popli 97, Marcel Marconi 94 no, Jono Keen 73, Michael Schofield 2/36) by seven wickets.

Papakura v Manukau, Pulman Park, Takanini

Manukau stormed back into contention for a final’s ticket with a rock-solid win over Papakura.

Just who gets to play Pukekohe in the trophy- decider is between Manukau and Karaka and it will be resolved next weekend.

Batting first at Pulman Park, Manukau got to 257. Ler Shur Vermeulen (90) is in a rich vein of form with the bat and fast bowler, Scott Johnston (67 no), is a fluent performer with bat in hand.

Papakura never got on top of their five-an-over batting target.

Age group representative player, Aryandeep Mann, had his initiation in the middle order. He didn’t dog paddle, but the uphill run-rate that he faced put him under additional pressure.

Manukau won in 32 overs with Tarun Singh (47) the last Papakura wicket to fall.

The Naylor siblings, Ben and James, took four wickets between them.

Manukau 257/6(Le Shur Vermeulen 90, Scott Johnston 67 no, Dhruvit Patel 27, Simerpreet Sekhon 2/40, Virinder Singh 2/49) beat Papakura 126(Tarun Singh 47, Virinder Singh 21, James Naylor 3/23, Scott Johnston 2/8) by 131 runs.



For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

23 December 2019



All we want for Christmas is four championship points.

Karaka got their desire in a high scoring game with Papakura.

Pukekohe also won, but their gift had tinsel on it. They dispensed with Manukau and opened a two-point lead on Karaka by adding another bonus point to their account.

Pukekohe- Metro v Manukau, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Manukau’s 145 never looked enough to worry Pukekohe’s frontline batsmen.

And it wasn’t.

Pukekohe used the same bowling template as they had done in the previous round, although Reid Somani returned to give Declan O’Brien some support in the seam attack.

A direct hit from midwicket by Bharat Popli rocked Manukau back. Suddenly, what was a regulation single, made the Manukau runners look like two pensioners late for the bus.

Pukekohe ran the total down, losing five wickets. They did it in 26 overs, which could be critical to the final standings if Karaka doesn’t defeat Pukekohe at the start of next year.

Manukau 145(Sunny Athi 46, Sandeep Patel 30, Le Shur Vermeulen 26, Declan O’Brien 2/10, Reid Somani 2/32) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 147/5 (Katene Clarke 45, Marcel Marconi 37, Reid Somani 32 no, Nathan Halliday 3/26, James Naylor 2/29) by five wickets

Karaka v Papakura Karaka Sports Park.

All the Duthie Cup games played at Karaka this season have been entertaining and this game was a carbon copy.

Neither Karaka nor Papakura had tripped the two hundred mark to date, and nobody really expected an orgy of runs, but that’s how it unfolded.

Sam Varcoe scored 117 off 168 balls setting up Karaka’s largesse of 265.

At lunch, the game had a posthumous look about it for Papakura.

But they took the job on and were in sight of the run rate until the fall of the eighth wicket, Mandeep Kler.

In the end, the team that scored the most runs and took the most wickets got the win but Papakura’s comeback, after being hosed down for 66 a week earlier, was eye-catching.

Karaka 265/2(Sam Varcoe 117, Luke Williamson 69, Matt Cole 39 no, Inamul Imaan 1/34) beat Papakura 233 (Paramjit Singh 80, Sikander Singh Gill 35, Souvik Dutta 26, Luke Williamson 2/8, Hayden Wark 2/43, Cameron Jerram 2/59) by 32 runs.

The premiership goes into recess until January 11th.



For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                            

9 269 7967

16 December 2019



On a frantic pre-Christmas shopping weekend, a day at the cricket provided some pleasant relief.

It was round three of the Duthie Cup and both visiting teams snatched maximum points.

Manukau went to Karaka and stole the Christmas presents, whilst Pukekohe outstepped Papakura at Pulman Park.

Karaka’s short undefeated Duthie Cup run was discontinued, and Pukekohe moved into the passing lane.

Papakura v Pukekohe- Metro, Pulman Park, Takanini

Pukekohe were superior with bat and ball in a match that had a delayed launch because of morning rain.

Marcel Marconi (46) parachuted in to take his place in the Pukekohe line-up, he’d been at the National Under 19 tournament. His batting, and some botched fielding by the Papakura men, stopped the run-meter at 195.

Papakura’s work in the second stanza of the match wasn’t much better. They were toppled for 66.

Declan O’Brien (4/29) shouldered the fast bowling load by himself for the visitors. He deserved his cluster of wickets.

The purchasing power of what was effectively a three-man leg-spin assault outmanoeuvred the rest of the Papakura batters. Bharat Popli (2/3) and Cameron Hardwick (1/7) used their wrists to spin the ball whilst Kurt Barnes (2/7) is a left-arm finger spinner.

Papakura’s newest international, Hayden Dickson, was ringside dressed as a civilian. He flies out to South Africa with the NZ Under 19’s in ten days’ time.

Pukekohe Metro 195 (Marcel Marconi 46, Kurt Barnes 28 no, Adam Brash 25, Simerpreet Singh Sekhon 3/29, Sikander Singh Gill 2/42, Tarun Singh 2/42) beat Manukau 66 (Sikander Singh Gill 27, Souvik Dutta 11, Declan O’Brien 4/29, Bharat Popli 2/3, Kurt Barnes 2/7) by 129 runs.

Karaka v Manukau Karaka Sports Park.

Someone poked the bear.

The Manukau attack, a clear and present danger all season, went through the Karaka batting order in 35 overs.

Taking out the work of Luke Williamson, Sam Huriwai and Sam Varcoe the other eight batsmen only gathered 19 runs for the Instagrammers.

Manukau’s seamers collected nine wickets, Adam Horvath (2/2) took his two prizes in his sole over. The returning Ram Tirth, an off spinner, picked up one wicket and it was an esteemed one, he bowled Luke Williamson for 44.

Manukau only lost two lives in reaching their goal.

Le- Shur Vermeulen, who took three catches in the first innings, had a blinder. The wicket-keeper batsman was 53 not out when the deal was sealed.

Karaka 128 (Luke Williamson 44, Sam Huriwai 21, Sam Varcoe 19, Nathan Halliday 3/20, A Horvath 2/2, Scott Johnston 2/25, James Naylor 2/37) lost to Manukau 132/2 (Le- Shur Vermeulen 53 no, Sandeep Patel 30 no, Sunny Athi 29, Luke Williamson 1/16) by eight wickets.


This weekend, Duthie Cup - Saturday

Pukekohe-Metro v Manukau, Bledisloe Park. Pukekohe

Karaka v Papakura, Karaka Sport Park, Karaka


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

09 December 2019



The Inder Lynch Trophy has gone back to the cabinet where it’s spent most of its life.

Pukekohe-Metro raised the T20 trophy for the seventh time since 2009.

They beat Manukau in their semi-final whilst Karaka eliminated Papakura to setup a Karaka v Pukekohe Metro decider.

In cricket there’s no such thing as a shoo-in but Karaka may have thought Saturday was the exception to the rule. Chasing Pukekohe-Metro’s 130, they were 107/2 with three overs left.

Sam Varcoe (51) and Luke Williamson (47) seemed to be in total control, but they succumbed in short order and the asking rate suddenly became a problem. A few more wickets fell, and Pukekohe started to turn the screw.

As they had done the previous weekend, against the same opponent, Pukekohe-Metro’s bowlers performed well as a unit. The catching by both teams was top notch.

There were some edgy moments near the end of the contest. A heavy outfield collision between Pukekohe’s two Northern Knights, Bharat Popli and Katene Clarke, was something that nobody wanted to see. Fortunately, both players were unscathed.

The metrics came down to the last over, Karaka needed to score eight runs to win.

If the knife-edge final demonstrated anything to local cricket aficionados, it’s how far schoolboy Leon Marconi has come in his second season of major league.

Thrown the ball to deliver the last over the age-group all-rounder produced a near perfect set-of-six for his team and didn’t show any nervousness at all.

Pukekohe won the 2019/20 T20 final by two runs.

Marconi left soon after the end of the game to prepare for the Senior Secondary Boys annual pilgrimage to Gisborne.

Pukekohe-Metro 130/7 (Leon Marconi 27, Adam Brash 14, Kurt Barnes 13 no, Ethan Waterman-Kira 3/20, Cameron Jerram 2/19) beat Karaka 128/5 (Sam Varcoe 51, Luke Williamson 47, Richard Crosby 2/27, Leon Marconi 1/16) by two runs.

Manukau defeated Papakura in the 3rd/4th playoff.




For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967


02 December 2019



Karaka are two-from-two in the Duthie Cup, but both of their wins have ended up on a rock face.

On a day where nobody raised their bat, and no side batted the full fifty overs, Karaka and Papakura registered bonus point wins.

Both losing teams discovered the joy of giving.

Manukau v Papakura, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Papakura, the side that didn’t really have a pulse at the end of last season, pulled off their third win of 2019/20. Their players were all wearing lotto-winning smiles by the end of the day.

Up against what is arguably the best attack in the region, Papakura scored 190, it was built on an opening stand of 66 from Souvik Dutta and Sikander Singh-Gill. Adjusting to the white ball for the first-time this season, at least at club level, Manukau contributed 27 wides and ten byes to the scorebook.

Sandeep Patel harvested wickets again; he bagged another four for Manukau.

Manukau’s turn with the bat left them 84 short of the mark and with 29 untapped overs.

Virinder Singh deserved the man of the match. The Papakura all-rounder top scored with the bat and followed up with a side order of wickets.

Papakura 190 (Virinder Singh 35, Souvik Dutta 30, Tarun Singh 24, Sandeep Patel 4/41, James Naylor 2/34, Scott Johnston 2/38) beat Manukau 106 (Sam Skinner 28, Scott Johnston 15, Virinder Singh 3/24, Sikander Singh-Gill 2/18, Hayden Dickson 2/25) by 84 runs

Karaka v Pukekohe-Metro Karaka Sports Park.

After homegrown rain fell in biblical quantities over Karaka during Friday the ground-staff had to work overtime to get the pitch prepared.

And it was worthwhile, the result was a cliff-hanger and palms were sweaty until the end.

With the sun setting in the west and the scores tied it was left to Karaka’s number eleven batsman, Cameron Jerram, to score the winning runs. And he did it with a languid cover drive to the boundary.

Had it not been for an “own-goal” moment by Pukekohe the match might not have got to deuce.

Pukekohe’s bowlers all performed well but the side coughed up a sloppy five-run penalty, for a helmet infringement, which eased the pressure just enough on the Karakans.

Pukekohe attacked right until the end.

In the wake of their second loss on the bounce Pukekohe has a case of travel sickness to remedy, they haven’t won away from home this season.

Pukekohe-Metro 126 (Jono Keen 39, Leon Marconi 35, Bharat Popli 11, Cory McKay 2/9, Luke Williamson 2/10, Cameron Jerram 2/41) lost to Karaka 130/9 (Sam Varcoe 38, Matt Cole 17, James Belz 10 no, Leon Marconi 4/26, Cameron Hardwick 3/34, Kurt Barnes 2/17) by one wicket.

Next Weekend- The first of the premier trophies goes on the line next Saturday. The Inder Lynch Trophy (T20) will be a one-day event at War Memorial Park, Manurewa. The action starts at 10am.


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

25 November 2019



Simerpreet Sekhon, nicknamed,” Money”, shone with bat and ball in Papakura’s win over St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton.

On the last day of Northern Premier League pool play Papakura was the lone Counties team to deliver a win. Going into the last round Pukekohe was the only Counties- Manukau team with a title-fight chance but they got rinsed in Hamilton.

Manukau went close at home and Karaka missed out down in Matamata.

In men’s representative cricket Hamilton did to Counties-Manukau what Uber did to cab drivers.

Manukau v Hamilton Old Boys, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Despite getting in their own way, Manukau, made up of predominately reserve players on the day, came close to topping the undefeated Hamilton Old Boys unit.

Sunny Athi (48) ripped into the Hamilton attack but was then apprehended in a Keystone Cops runout.

Manukau needed to field well to defend their 137 runs on a pitch that was beginning to take turn. They bowled very well but dropped a couple of vital catches. A nod is as good as a wink to a blindman and the unbeaten Hamilton side stayed undefeated and won a place in the final.

Manukau 137 (Sunny Athi 48, Sahil Mehta 29, Zach Smith 2/1) lost to Hamilton Old Boys 138/7 (Jake Harvey 38, Nathan Halliday 2/35, Sahil Mehta 1/13) by three wickets

St Paul’s Collegiate v Papakura, St Paul’s, Hamilton

Papakura pulled off a merited win with seven balls to spare. Simerpreet Sekhon (3/49) got the most poles and shared in a winning ninth wicket stand of thirty runs.

Three Kura players reached forty runs contributing to a defendable total.

Papakura had a parlous time last season and were consequently written off in some quarters. But they have rebooted their premier team and they have established a solid junior farm.

St Paul’s Collegiate 228 (Sam Lints 70,  Simerpreet Sekhon 3/49, Souvik Dutta 2/33) lost to Papakura 229/8 ( Mohamed Usama 47, Parmjit Singh 46, Harman Jattana 40) by two wickets

Matamata v Karaka, Pohlen Park, Matamata

Bad start, bad finish, with a bit of goldilocks in-between is the summation Karaka’s Northern League campaign.

A lengthy invalid list hasn’t help their case, but they may have unearthed a nugget. Fifteen-year-old, Ethan Waterman-Kira, a medium fast bowler, secured a double on debut.

Still, Karaka went down by four wickets.

Karaka 170 (Hayden Wark 44, Corey McKay 18, James Taylor 17) lost to Matamata 171/6 (Chris Swanson 35, Ethan Waterman-Kira 2/22, Cameron Jerram 2/41) by four wickets

Melville v Pukekohe-Metro, Jansen Park, Hamilton

Adil Somani is the CMCA men’s team coach. The gaffer called up four Pukekohe players and a few others were out of club interaction for various reasons.

Knocked over for 103, Pukekohe was shovelling snow from then on.

Kurt Barnes tried in vain, his ten overs included six maidens and returned 1/7.

They finished with a 4-2-1 win/loss campaign record.

Pukekohe-Metro 103 (Kyle Blanchard 26, Tim Florence 24, Simon Lal 13, Felicity Leyton- Davis 3/7) lost to Melville 104/5 (Hamish Robertson 27 no, Ben Gregory 2/14, Kurt Barnes 1/7) by five wickets.

Fergus Hickey- CMCA V Hamilton, 24-25 November, Weymouth Oval

Hamilton 392 (Elliot Santner 87, Paddy Carsons 86, Hayden Dickson 6/73, Sandeep Patel 2/44) beat CMCA 89 and 47/3.


For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

18 November 2019



Katene Clarke (Pukekohe-Metro) provided the backstory to Counties-Manukau club cricket this weekend. The twenty-year old’s Northern Knights swearing-in took place during the week, he’s following in the sprig marks of his elder brother, Tamati.

With one round of the Northern Premier League left, Pukekohe has shortened their odds on making the final, in fact, they are the only local club that can do it. They had another win, as did Karaka, who are in the passing lane, but they’ve left their run too late.

Pukekohe-Metro v Otorohanga, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

Otorohanga got the same deal that all visiting clubs have had on Bledisloe Park, sent packing with nothing to declare.

They did quite well in dismissing Pukekohe, splendid in their new playing kit, for 144 in 45.2 overs.

But when it came to batting they were made to look like civilians.

Pukekohe teens, Declan O’Brien and Leon Marconi, nailed three wickets each. O’Brien (3/15) has impressed in his rookie season and he played his part in discharging the King Country outfit for 50 in twenty overs.

Pukekohe-Metro 144 (Tim Florence 36, Jono Keen 35, Marcel Marconi 17, James Nixon 4/24) beat Otorohanga 50 (Finn O’Halloran – Newman 22, Declan O’Brien 3/15, Leon Marconi 3/15, Cameron Hardwick 2/10) by 90 runs.

Te Awamutu v Karaka, Kihikihi, Waipa

Luke Williamson (5/23) leads a cricketing double life. One week he’s hitting a ton, the next he’s bagging five wickets.

He and Cameron Jerram (2/11) saw to it that Te Awamutu’s batting card was impoverished. Williamson got back into his bowling boots because of the injury crisis at Karaka.

Karaka lost five wickets whilst pursuing the modest target, they banked on Matt Cole (52 no) to clinch the points.

Te Awamutu 110 (Campbell Child 22, Luke Williamson 5/23, Cameron Jerram 2/11 lost to Karaka 112/5 (Matt Cole 52*, Corey Mackay 14, Ramesh Subasinghe 2/18) by five wickets.

Papakura v Star University, War Memorial Park, Manurewa.

Papakura borrowed Manukau’s ground to accommodate the league-leaders.

They restricted Star University to 226 but Sajith Dhambagolla, batting at number three, was a thorn in their side, he ended up with a red ink 109.

Hayden Dickson was Papakura’s alpha-man taking two wickets and hitting fifty runs.

In the chase Kura maintained the scoreboard arithmetic until Dickson’s wicket fell. He got his half-century but was caught and bowled straight after. His running mate, Virinder Singh, went next and so did the team’s will to live.

Singh and Dickson put on 52 for the fifth wicket.

Star University 226/7 (Sajith Dhambagolla 109*, Hayden Dickson 2/41, Souvik Dutta 1/12) beat Papakura 166 (Hayden Dickson 50, Souvik Dutta 22, Virinder Singh 19, Ben Morris -Brown 3/22) by 60 runs.

Marist Suburbs v Manukau CC, Hamilton

Manukau 109 (Sahil Mehta 35, Alistair Vermeulen 18, Nathan Halliday 17, Nicholas Farrell 3/27) lost to Marist Suburbs 110/4 ( Paddy Carsons 45*, James Naylor 2/43, Scott Johnston 2/44) by six wickets.


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Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

11 November 2019



Pukekohe suffered their first loss on the same day that Papakura gained their first win of the season. By chance their respective games were at the same park in Hamilton. 

The only game played locally was between age-old rivals Karaka and Manukau. It was the closest result of the season up until now, Karaka got home by six runs.

Karaka v Manukau, Karaka Sports Park

Karaka came from well back to beat Manukau, a team lunch appeared to provide them their spark.

Cricket transactions began on time.

Karaka’s stockpile of runs (172) looked undercooked, particularly as they passed up nine overs of batting time. They choked on Manukau’s dual leg-spin policy, a rare sight in any level of cricket.

Manukau began their pursuit before lunch. Troublemaker-in-chief was Jarrod Halliday. He ate up the early offerings, smashing the very first ball to the boundary and then extracting 22 runs from the third over.

Halliday’s feeding frenzy was curtailed straight after lunch when he was bowled by Corey McKay. Karaka expertly interchanged their bowlers -running into the blustery northerly was lucrative all day long.

Manukau’s final pair, Sahil Mehta and Jagit Singh, came close to stealing the cookies, at the finish they were one over away from depriving Karaka of the bonus point and seven runs away from absolute joy.

Karaka 172 (David Pearce 59, James Taylor 28, Parminder Singh 3/8, Harry Gill 3/33) beat Manukau 166 (Jarrod Halliday 46, Fenil Savani 34, James Belz 3/30, Rhys Johnston 2/16) by six runs.

Fraser Tech v Papakura, Jansen Park, Hamilton

Papakura got onto the slate with a vastly improved performance. Their fielding, which has been debatable all season, was magical. They ticked the “W” column and took the bonus point that was on offer.

Fraser Technical 134 (Allan Arora 26, Virinder Singh 3/24, Souvik Dutta 2/23) lost to Papakura 135/4 ( Souvik Dutta 56, Harman Jattana 32) by six wickets

Star University v Pukekohe- Metro, Jansen Park, Hamilton

With more than half of their team called on for representative cricket Pukekohe is by far the hardest hit when the selectors put their clipboards down.

Harry Chhagan made the Pukekohe first eleven for the first time in yonks.

The competition draw compounded their problems, having to play the second placed team in their pool at the wrong time.

Their crash landing was overheard all over the Waikato.

Star University 264/6 (Sajith Dhambagolla 99, Declan O’Brien 2/38, Adam Brash 1/24) beat Pukekohe-Metro 168 (Nathaniel Harrison 30, Reid Somani 29 Assad Kidwai 4/27) by 96 runs

Fergus Hickey

The CMCA Men’s team started their season on a high note in Hamilton. Luke Williamson (Karaka CC) and Katene Clarke (PMCC) knocked down the door of the centurion club.

The tricolours took maximum batting points on day one. The game failed to reach a climax on day two, which would have been a showdown for first innings points, because rain brought it to a premature conclusion round 3pm.

CMCA 324/3 dec (Katene Clarke 158, Luke Williamson 101*, Jake Gibson 2/58) drew with WVCA 234/3 (Chris Swanson 69 *, Cameron Hardwick 2/63).




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Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

04 November 2019



It was like moving day revisited in the Waikato with the cricketing stock heading north for the day. Morrinsville, Cambridge, St Paul’s Collegiate and Te Awamutu all left pastures green and headed up the state highway.

As the hosts, Pukekohe-Metro, Karaka and Manukau all notched up bonus point wins. The train still hasn’t left the station at Papakura.

Pukekohe v St Paul’s Collegiate, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

This was a much better all-round performance by Pukekohe who were playing on their immaculate Bledisloe Park grass pitch for the first time this season.

What it showed is that they have a plethora of bowlers who can bowl and a few bowlers who can bat.

Kurt Barnes (3/33) is the golden arm at present but when it came to the run-chase it was opening bowler, Reid Somani (50 no), who was the black belt.

St Paul’s Collegiate 156/9 (Declan O’Sullivan 37, Kurt Barnes 3/33, Cameron Hardwick 2/22, Declan O’Brien 2/31) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 157/5 (Reid Somani 50 no, Marcel Marconi 46, Katene Clarke 24, David Hancock 2/25) by five wickets

Karaka v Morrinsville, Karaka Sports Park

Karaka’s first win of the season was built on a Varcoe- Otterson opening stand. They were all-industry putting on 88 before Varcoe was discharged.

The Karaka tail didn’t wag but the bowlers made up for it by deposing Morrrinsville for 94 in 32 overs.

Hayden Wark, for so long the prince of spin at the club, was usurped by his understudy, 24-year-old James Belz took 4/23 on his home debut.

Karaka 190 (Terrence Otterson 57, Sam Varcoe 33, Cory MacKay 28, Scott Spence 5/15) beat Morrinsville 94 (Sam Nowland 26, James Belz 4/23, Cameron Jerram 2/16. Michael Schofield 2/17, Hayden Wark 2/18) by 96 runs.

Manukau v Te Awamutu, War Memorial Park, Manurewa.

Manukau’s win had Sandeep Patel’s fingerprints all over it. These days a bowling part-timer he took 6/12 bowling seam up.

Manukau rolled their guests for 44.

With fireworks going off all over Manurewa, and set very little to win, Manukau took just 4.4 overs to finish the job.

Jarrod Halliday exceeded the fireworks scoring 34 off twelve balls.

Te Awamutu 44 (Brandon Wheel 12, Sandeep Patel 6/12) lost to Manukau 47/1(Jarrod Halliday 34 no, Fennil Patel 10) by nine wickets.

Papakura v Cambridge, Pulman Park, Papakura

It was an improved showing by the home-based team. They were in the frame having batted the 50 overs and scoring 193 runs.

But rancid fielding marred their performance, although there was one notable exception. Hayden Dickson’s solo run-out of the Cambridge skipper was top drawer.

Tarun Singh was Kura’s most successful and cost-effective bowler.

Papakura 193 (Parmjit Singh 54, Inderjet Singh 36, Kieran Thomas 3/61) lost to Cambridge 194/3 (Dillon Kelliher 74, Tarun Singh 1/22) by seven wickets.

Upcoming- this Saturday

Karaka v Manukau, Karaka

Fraser Tech v Papakura, Hamilton

Star University v Pukekohe, Hamilton

Fergus Hickey Rose bowl- WVCA V CMCA, St Paul’s College. Hamilton- 2 days


For further information contact:

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

28 October 2019



We know what you did last summer.

Karaka, who hoovered up all the trophies last season, is without a win three games into the new season.

Meanwhile, Pukekohe-Metro remain buoyant and have sprinted to the top of Pool B in the combined northern club competition.

Housed in separate pools the two clubs stay away from each other for a couple of months. If history has taught us anything it’s that Pukekohe doesn’t relish the bridesmaid’s role.

Manukau had their first hit out for the season but were outpointed in Matamata. Papakura conceded to a very strong Melville outfit.

Pukekohe v Fraser Technical, Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe

For the second time this season Pukekohe has folded the deckchairs before the game has finished. Set 68 to win, they were more than halfway home when they started to self-harm.

Openers Jono Keen (12) and Marcel Marconi (18) began the clearance and were followed by three more batsmen before the points were made safe.

Earlier on they transported the Hamiltonians for 67 in 25 overs. The bowling work was shouldered by the slow bowlers. Kurt Barnes (5/12) reaped the best statistics, Barnes also wears the colonel’s badge and thus far has an untarnished record.

Pukekohe’s rota is a revolving door. Katene Clarke (NZ Invitational X1) and Bharat Popli (Northern Knights) were granted cricket leave passes and Richard Crosby got one to go to the altar.

Cameron Hardwick, who has been absorbing life and playing in England, re-joined their eleven and snared a couple of wickets.

Fraser-Tech 67 (M Rangitawa 16, Kurt Barnes 5/12, Marcel Marconi 2/4, Cameron Hardwick 2/15) lost to Pukekohe- Metro 68/5 (Marcel Marconi 18, Jono Keen 12, Prakash Gosai 2/4) by five wickets.

An understaffed Karaka side went back to school and took a lesson from Hamilton Boys High. Their bowling stocks were down, Luke Williamson had to use muscle memory to answer the call for help.

As a unit the Karaka bowlers didn’t stay in their lane and the schoolboys profited from their wide bowling problems.

Hamilton Boys High School 239/7 (Joe Walker 49 no, Clayton Franks 2/34, Corey Mckay 2/38) beat Karaka 187 (Luke Williamson 64, Andrew Mackenzie 41, Sam Varcoe 36, Joe Walker 2/38) by 52 runs.

Papakura was lifted by the reappearance of Hayden Dickson, he’s just back from playing in the NZ U19 team. It wasn’t enough for them to turn a new page. Kura could only muster 88 runs, Melville knocked them off without losing a life.

Papakura 88 (Mandeep Kler 24, Hayden Dickson 19, Sikander Gill 16, Freddy Walker 3/10, Zabir Azizi 3/30) lost to Melville CC 89/0 (Cullum Hill 44 no) by ten wickets.

Matamata 247/7 (Chris Swanson 52, Scott Johnston 2/29, Sahil Mehta 2/34) beat Manukau 184 (Sandeep Patel 57, Le-Shur Vermeulen 43, Scott Johnston 21, Matthew Kirkham 4/31) by 58 runs.

Upcoming- this Saturday

Karaka v Morrrinsville, Karaka

Manukau v Te Awamutu, Manukau

Pukekohe v St Pauls Collegiate, Pukekohe

Papakura v Cambridge, Papakura




For further information contact

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967

14 October 2019




Expecting summer weather on opening day is a bit like expecting the kids to sleep in on Christmas morning.

The Pukekohe-Metro v Papakura game at Bledisloe Park was delayed and the Manukau CC versus Hamilton Boys High game at War Memorial Park was called off without a ball being bowled.

Someone left the back door open at War Memorial Park and let winter sneak back in. The game was set back an hour because of overnight rain but a further dumping just on the rejigged start time put a full stop on the match altogether. It was to be Ish Sodhi’s first game of club cricket in eons.

The local derby match at Bledisloe Park, Pukekohe, was also delayed an hour. When cricket transactions began Papakura chose to bat, probably because there was still rain in the air.

Batting was hard work, not only because of the conditions, but also because of the bowling.

Richard Crosby and Reid Somani took the top off the Papakura innings and scoring became ponderous.

Leon Marconi (3/21) was the third bowler called upon and he had a wicket with his first ball when he caught and bowled Tarun Singh, Papakura’s skipper on the day.

Cory Dickson scored the first boundary in the 15th over.

Papakura toiled hard for their 69, many of their best shots turned into low rent because of the conditions.

The memo about the cricket season getting underway appeared to hit the metrological office around 1pm.

Pukekohe-Metro relished the improved conditions and reached 70 in 10.3 overs, picking up a bonus point. At one stage it looked as if Katene Clarke and Bharat Popli would get the home side through but Sikander Gill (2/31) decoupled them when he had Popli caught at long-on.

Clarke, who gave a chance that was grassed on two, went onto achieve match figures of 38 no and 2/0.

Karaka, the first CMCA club to travel this season, were beaten by seven wickets at Steele Park, Hamilton.

Manukau CC v Hamilton Boys High School- washed out without a ball being bowled

Papakura 69 (Amrik Singh 19, Manpreet Singh 13, Leon Marconi 3/21, Katene Clarke 2/0, Richard Crosby 2/14) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 70/3 (Katene Clarke 38*, Jono Keen 11, Sikander Gill 2/31) by seven wickets,

Karaka 114 (Sam Varcoe 38, Cameron Jerram 24*, Josh Shackleton 17, Cooper Rowell 4/31) lost to Hamilton Old Boys 118 /3 (Josh Brown 43*, Hayden Wark 1/23, Cameron Jerram 1/24) by seven wickets.




For further information contact:

Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

9 269 7967


08 October 2019



The first phase of the 2019/20 CMCA Premiership, which starts on Saturday, is a provincial affair.

The 16- team one-day competition is made up of twelve teams from Hamilton/ Waikato Valley and four local teams.

The clubs will be placed into two pools.

   Pool A                                                  Pool B

Te Awamutu                                        Pukekohe-Metro

Old Boys                                             Star University
Marist-Suburbs                                    Melville

Hinuera                                               Cambridge
Karaka                                                 Fraser Tech 

Hamilton Boys (School)                       Papakura
Morrinsville                                          Otorohanga

Manukau                                              St Paul’s Collegiate (School)

Three of the Counties teams will stay at home in round one of the new shindig, that’s because there’s a local derby between Pukekohe-Metro and Papakura on opening day.

Manukau hosts Hamilton Boys High School and Karaka are in 07 phone number territory up against Hamilton Old Boys.

We’ve put the ruler over the four squads.


Pukekohe had a monogamous relationship with Karaka least season, meeting them in all three finals, but their outtake in the finals amounted to zilch.

They have retained Bharat Popli. The masterclass batter from Tauranga is contracted to Northern Districts, so he won’t be sipping Bledisloe Park water every weekend.

Their big loss is storied CMCA stalwart, Ash Vodnala. The Counties Manukau patriot has the most men’s representative caps of the current group of players, he also won last season’s Premier Player Points competition.

On the other hand, the Marconi brothers (Leon and Marcel) conducted themselves very well last season and along with Declan O’Brien and Tim Florence are fledgling players with their stars on the rise.

Enticing Richard Crosby back is a real fillip. Although injury prone, Crosby has genuine heat in his bowling, he will give a few batsmen a sharp shift now he’s off the medication.

Players in

Declan O’Brien (School)

Players out

Dhruvit Patel (Manukau City CC)

Ash Vodnala (Auckland)


Kurt Barnes


The War Memorial Park based club went through the five stages of grief last season, for them, not making any of the finals was a body blow.

Sandeep Patel will again skipper the group; he has a very strong attack at his disposal. Wayfarer, Scott Johnston, will lead it, but he will be ably supported by the return of the long-term wounded Jarrod Halliday and the arrival of James Naylor from Papakura.

Allrounder, Dhruvit Patel, makes a comeback after a season at Bledisloe Park.

Ryan Phizackerley, who was dogged by injury last season, has made his way back to Auckland. Phizackerley was part of the CMCA side that lifted and defended the Hawke Cup in 2018.

Manukau will bowl sides out, run scoring may not be as easy for them but they will be a force to be reckoned with.

Players in

James Naylor (Papakura)

Alastair Vermeulen (Hamilton BHS)

Dhruvit Patel (Pukekohe- Metro CC)

Players out

Tristan Payle (Auckland)

Ryan Phizackerley (Auckland)

Dion Joll


Sandeep Patel


The Pulman Park based side has had a warehouse clearance with many of their frequent flyers stepping down altogether. This includes Henry Gibson, Devon Jones, James Naylor and Satiam Sharma. Amitoze Singh, their hired pro, is not returning to the club for a third season.

Their new stock is an assortment of player promotions, immigration and crosstown moves.

They shift the excitement needle with the number of youth players on their roster. The likes of Cory and Hayden Dickson, Samson Sola, Anthony Bolton, Levi Pahina and Ben McKendrick are just a few of the prodigies that coach Rob Dickson can choose from.

Tarun Singh provides the counterweight as the old hand.

They also have a new on-field boss, Souvik Dutta has replaced Henry Gibson as the skipper, Gibson has disembarked from cricket altogether.

In some ways Kura are an unchecked Lotto ticket, nobody really knows what it’s worth until it’s cashed in.

Players in

Souvik Dutta – Senior A

Varinder Singh – Senior A

Inderjit Singh – Gisborne

Simerpreet Sekhon – Manukau CC

Jaskaran Singh – United CC

Players Out

James Naylor (Manukau CC)

Henry Gibson (retired)

Devon Jones (retired)

Amitoze Singh (Taranaki)

Satiam Sharma (Papatoetoe)

Shaun Cochrane


Souvik Dutta


This team went on a magic carpet ride in 2018/19. It was by far their best season at premier level and they achieved it with home-based players.

They won all four CMCA Premier gongs.

Their imports, Tarun Nethula and Ben Chapman, didn’t take up the prominent roles that was expected of them.

The song remains the same. This year’s squad is almost unchanged from the group that shut down last season so successfully although Hayden Wark has given the skipper’s armband to Luke Williamson.

They’ve lost electrician-come-lawyer David Simpson who has taken up a new job in Christchurch.

Lloyd Jefferson, an allrounder, who reputedly sings and dances at the same time, will join from Scotland later this week.

Rhys Johnston, who is a young bowler, has earned promotion to the top squad.

Players in

Lloyd Jefferson (Ayr, Scotland)

Players out

Lee Ter Huurne (Tauranga)

David Simpson (Christchurch)

Ben Chapman (England)


Luke Williamson


Saturday 12 October (100 overs , starts at 10.30 am)

Manukau CC v Hamilton BHS, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Pukekohe-Metro v Papakura – tba

Hamilton Old Boys v Karaka, Steele Park, Hamilton



For further information contact:


Trevor Gill

Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.                                                                     

09 269 7967 





The association held its AGM on Monday evening at the Karaka Sports Complex.

The current board was re-elected, one vacancy has occurred after the recent resignation of long serving board member and former board chair, Braedon Makgill.

The association posted a small surplus despite the difficult financial circumstances and also has some balance sheet equity.Magoo_Web.jpg

Glenn Schache was awarded life membership. Glenn (Magoo) has lived in Melbourne for seven years but has continued the role of voluntary statistician with the aid of the internet.

His local cricket entry point was via the Manurewa Cricket Club, now Manukau City Cricket Club, as a player, back in 1985. The next 34 years are packed with playing, administering, umpiring, scoring and collating the associations playing records, now post-dated game by game until 1957.

His citation received unanimous support when it was put to the vote and four of the current six life members were on hand to see Magoo appointed.

The man himself wasn’t able to be present.

CMCA revealed its new Strategic Plan( 2019-23), the purpose of which is to see “More people of all ages and abilities playing cricket, having fun, and succeeding at whatever level they choose”.

The first constitutional meeting of the new board is on 26 September.

CMCA President, Murray Napier, thanked the annual assembly and was effusive about the new season which starts in less than a month. He closed the meeting just after 8pm.