Weekend Round-Up




This year’s Duthie Cup Final will be a repeat of last years.

Pukekohe-Metro and Karaka both had bonus point wins at the weekend and will now square off next Saturday, the third time the adversaries have met in finals cricket this season.

Papakura v Pukekohe-Metro, Pulman Park Papakura

Papakura has developed a habit of getting in their own way. This game, played on Sunday, could easily have been a cat meets pigeon affair.

Once again Papakura didn’t bat the full fifty overs. After reaching 140/4 they immolated and were all out for 160 in 35 overs.

Richard Crosby, these days an itinerant player, bowled very well for Pukekohe and grabbed a bag of six.

Pukekohe lacked conviction in the in the run chase and they nearly stubbed their big toe. Ash Vodnala’s (59) love affair with the reverse sweep shot is like the reappearance of an old girlfriend. Once again it was his Achilles heel.

Dhruvit Patel hit the home run in the 33rd over.

It was Amitoze Singh’s last game for Papakura. The hired gun dropped anchor here for six months, he now moves on to Dutch cricket.

Pukekohe are the top dogs after three rounds and will have home advantage in next Saturday’s final.

Papakura 161 (Satiam Sharma 51, Amitoze Singh 22, Richard Crosby 6/34, Ash Vodnala 2/20) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 165/7 (Ash Vodnala 59, Dhruvit Patel 50 no, Devon Jones 3/33) by three wickets

Manukau v Karaka, War Memorial Park, Manurewa

Batting first, Karaka were bowled out for 204 in the fiftieth over. David Simpson (70), in at number six, top-scored in what could have been his last game for the club. His swansong got extended by a week.

Terence Otterson (1) didn’t create much paperwork, and Matt Cole, out for a first ball duck, didn’t generate any book-keeping.

204 looked to be at least 50 too light.

However, Manukau’s dangerous batting cadre only managed to face a dozen balls between them.

Nick Kelly (1), who scored 200 on his own in round one, was bowled neck and crop by Cameron Jerram.

Ash Herwels (1) got caught in a yeah-nah mindset and played onto his stumps.  Sandeep Patel (9) was ruled leg-before.

Michael Schofield (4/33) further dented Manukau’s hopes when he struck a double in his fifth over.

Ryan Phizackerley (38), batting on one leg, tried to find a way back for Manukau but the spark had gone. Phizackerley had a versatile game he was foremost in batting and bowling for Manukau on the day.

Karaka 204 (David Simpson 70, Sam Varcoe 57, Sandeep Patel 3/40, Ryan Phizackerley 3/44) beat Manukau 120 (Ryan Phizackerley 38, Sunny Athi 33, Michael Schofield 4/33, Cameron Jerram 2/41) by 84 runs

Final Points

Pukekohe-Metro 35, Karaka 30, Manukau 21, Papakura 0.

Next Weekend- Saturday

Pukekohe Metro v Karaka, Bledisloe Park- 11am (Premier final)

Manukau v Pukekohe- Metro, venue tba (Senior A final)





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 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.