Opening Day 2016
The Official 152nd Opening Day function
will take place this Saturday and the Board of North Shore Cricket invite everyone to come down in late afternoon to watch the end of the day's play, enjoy some food then speeches which will take place at 7.15pm.
The Premiers and Reserves will both be playing at home.
Another big win.
And a big game ahead
Shore chased down the 124 runs require on Saturday against Ellerslie to get the six first innings points and then got bonus points by taking four wickets in their second innings.
This win put Shore on top of the points table, 4.42 ahead of Waitakere.
But here's the rub. Shore finally get meet Waitakere this season, at home, on Saturday.
While Shore have continued to improve game on game, are they ready to think like a championship team, play like a championship team?
We can only wait and see. It's going to be a great match.
Win and we go into the Christmas break clear of Waitakere or lose and we have a lot of work to do in the New Year.
Come down, enjoy Opening Day and give the boys your support.
Go The Shore!
It's All Hearts
Members of the Auckland Hearts mix it up with North Shore Emerging Hearts
Many, many months ago Darryl Petherick (father of Emerging Hearts captain Sam) had an idea to help supplement our girl’s cricket programme at North Shore, which was to host an Auckland Hearts game at the Devonport Domain. There was a long process involved to get this from the idea stage to reality but months of planning and hard work paid off on Fridayafternoon when the Auckland Hearts took on the Central Hinds at Devonport Domain last Friday evening.
Media release last week from New Zealand Cricket (abridged)
Proud moment for club as domestic cricket returns
'Auckland's historic North Shore Cricket Club, which celebrated its 150th jubilee in 2014, last hosted a domestic match at Devonport Domain in January 2002 — but in years since, its girls and women’s playing numbers had dwindled to just one team of girls playing plastic-ball cricket.
That was five years ago. Its remaining female hardball cricketers had meanwhile migrated to Takapuna as the club struggled to put together playing elevens. Yet this season, the club will field a senior women’s team in Auckland Cricket’s Emerging Hearts competition for the first time in years; it has Under-14 and Under-12 girls’ sides playing hard-ball cricket — and 45 girls playing plastic ball cricket in ‘in-house' Saturday competitions.
At District and Auckland level, NSCC has been well represented in the Under-15s in the last couple of years as the club’s critical mass in girl’s cricket once again starts to push its leading players through the age groups.
The turnaround is the child of both excitement generated by the 2015 ICC World Cup in New Zealand, and the time and efforts of key individuals at the club determined to provide a pathway for the girls as well as the boys.
The club’s resurgence in girls' cricket has, in turn, translated into success for its community, with North Shore’s Belmont Intermediate having placed second at NZC’s Primary Schools Shield national finals last year and Takapuna Grammar now with a girls' First XI cricket team for the first time in a number of years.
NSCC’s Club Manager Gillian Scott attributes the dramatic improvement to several factors — the commitment and enthusiasm within girls' administration at NSCC, both in recruitment and promotion; a high value coaching structure bearing excellent results (for example, the club’s top girls’ team is coached by the NSCC’s Premier team coach); a flow-on effect born from the success of current NSCC girls players; and a higher profile of the women’s game nationally.'
The event itself went off without a hitch on Friday. The atmosphere at the Domain was relaxed with the Hearts DJ’s providing musical entertainment, kids playing cricket around the pitch and adults relaxing with a beverage on a Friday afternoon and enjoying food from the club kitchen. (One estimate put it at 300 people attending.) The game even had an international audience with an American tour group coming along to the match to learn about the ins and outs of cricket from NSCC legend Roger Brittenden before putting it into practice with some coaching from James O’Brien and Andy Strain.
The Hearts players mixed with North Shore junior players after the game and quite a few of our juniors turned up at the Domain on Saturday morning sporting a Hearts shirt they had been given. The club received very positive feedback from Auckland Cricket and the hope is that Shore may be able to host a game annually.
From the match itself the Hearts (which boasts many current and ex White Fern players) batted first scoring 143/5 with Katie Perkins top scoring on 32 closely followed by Anna Peterson (31) and Sara McGlashan (28). Lauren Down and Holly Huddleston kept scoring to the end finishing on 18 and 17 respectively. In reply Centrals top order couldn’t get going and they finished 101/6 off 20.
Great Development Game
Building on the success of last years Premier vs TGS XI fixture the club arranged for an internal development fixture on Sunday, which was a showcase for North Shore Cricket.
The game was made up of two mixed teams that included players from Premiers, Reserves, TGS leavers and a number of schoolboys from TGS and Rosmini. Captained by Michael Olsen and Tim Duncraft the game was played on the No 2 and the format was a 40 over split innings to keep things interesting.
In short, the game recorded 520 runs in 79 overs and there was a lot on show..
Winning the toss and electing to bat, Olsen XI sent out Ben Wall (Prem) and Cameron Yaxley (TGS) to face against Duncraft and Nicoll. The new ball moved through the air and did a little off the wicket creating chances that the fielding side couldnt hold onto. Yaxley played a supporting role for Wall who was aggressive with anything pitched up and brutal on the short ball. Yaxley (25) was caught trying to accelerate before the break off the bowling of Finn Delaney. Olsen and Wall (68*) closed out the quarter with the score on 112/1 after 20.
Sam Hinds and Andy Strain set about the chase with intent before Newey made the break through, trapping Strain in front for 9. Bremner joined Hinds and just as he was looking to kick on was bowled by an in-swinging yorker from Jack Breen. Aakash Choudhary then joined Hinds and the two ticked the score over nicely and AC in particular looked composed at the wicket. The score after their 20 was 130/2.
Olsen and Wall resumed after lunch knowing they needed to set a big score to put pressure on the Duncraft XI. Olsen fell first, caught on the boundary off Delaney and then O'Brien (19 from 11), this time at long on. Delaney had 3 and spin was proving to be important on a dry wicket that was slowing. Wall continued to attack the bowling and reached his first ever hundred with a glorious 6 over mid wicket.Wall was eventually out for 118 off 78. Gus McKenzie was destructive at the end finishing with 62 off 45. The small boundary was tempting with 7 batsman being caught in the innings. The innings closed on 265/8 in 40.
Duncraft 2 for 46 off 8
M Strain 2 for 34 off 8
Delaney 3 for 68 off 8
Needing another 136 off 20 the Duncraft XI looked in control but a slowing wicket was always going to make it tough. Hinds and AC started well and Hinds (79) was dismissed just after the 100 run partnership. Delaney batted well with for his 23 but by this stage AC was in control and with powerful hitting mixed with deft touches he kept the innings on track. Duncraft joined AC with the game in the balance but some good running between the wickets and a few big hits the game was won with AC finishing on 120 not out with 6 wickets in hand.
Well done to everyone who participated, the game was played in good spirit and was very competitive.
Reserves go down
The North Shore Reserves unfortunately couldn’t turn around their result from Day One and went down to a strong Waitakere side by 90 runs. After starting the morning well and having Waitakere 73/5, a quick fire 80 run partnership for Waitakere pushed the total set for North Shore up to 289 off a minimum of 68 overs. After a positive start from James O’Brien (42) and Ash Abraham (45) quick wickets left Shore at 143/7 at tea still requiring a further 146 runs. A partnership of 56 between Year 11 student Finn Delaney (38) and Aidan O’Connor (22) gave the side some hope, but it was not to be with Shore closing on 199.
The team will take the lessons learned from this game and look to turn things around against Eden Roskill on Devonport Domain #2 over the next two Saturdays.
Go The Shore!
B1s bad luck
It just wasn't meant to be for the B1's this week, starting the second off on 56 for 1, Shore looked to put some runs on their lead and make a really good game of it. But luck was not our side this week with Shore losing a couple early wickets for hardly any runs and so the steady collapse began.
A late fight back from the Shore lower order took our second innings total to 111 all out.
This meant Bays only had to score 65 runs to win the game which they got three down.
A slight setback for the B1's but this week they look to push on against Takapuna at the Domain.
Go The Shore!
Wake up and smell
Saturday morning, Karen doing her usual amazing stuff. Lucy is in running her cafe from 12-4 pm, hot drinks, cold drinks, baking and lunch this week which is a filled roll.
Dinner on Saturday will depend on the weather. If it's sunny it will be Lamb Kofta, if the weather isn't so lovely it will be pizza.
Many of our junior cricketers are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to represent North Harbour and test their skills against the best in the Auckland. They get to play extra cricket matches, have additional training and participate in tournaments over the December holidays.
Success here leads to Auckland selection and starts us on the high performance pathway. The excitement and pride of being selected is only matched by the bitter disappointment of missing out. This disappointment is twofold if an individual feels aggrieved by a feeling that the process was unfair. Now the selection process is a subjective one, with each selector having their own criteria for they type of player they want. Having parents involved in the process further complicates the matter.
On one side parents select the teams and need to create a good environment for the cricketers to be successful. On the other side, parents need to deal with missing out and managing the disappointment. How a parent reacts to both will send an important message to a young cricketer.
Sometimes life is just straight up unfair. If you put together, an organisation run by volunteers and parents, add young and inexperienced coaches, then this will happen more regularly. Unfortunelty this is something that comes up on occasion with North Harbour.
To our young cricketers and parents, play the game for the right reasons, stay focussed on your goals, be confident in your ability, work hard, if you can do this for long enough you will achieve everything you want, learn a lot about yourself, life and have fun doing it.
Off the back of Fridays fantastic Hearts v CD game - NSCC Emerging Hearts came across Howick Pak ‘A’ away from home in another T20 Saturday afternoon.
Both sides were unbeaten and Howick Pak were keen to knock NSCC off the top of the table. NS lost the toss and batted first. While the start was promising enough - it was regularly interrupted by wickets falling.
Ruby battled through the opening overs and saw off two regular premier players down a grade due to no top grade women’s cricket this weekend. Sam hit a solid 20 and Emily struck a few boundaries in scoring 18 off 13 balls. But the girls were dismissed for 87.
Defending totals is the NSCC strength so the girls were confident of making a fist of the game. Their bowling was sharp, helped by a cracking diving catch from Sam backward of square leg and a direct hit run out from Libby.
But a few dropped catches and missed run out opportunities, meant the total was never going to be enough. Emily’s four overs 1/7 was the pick. Howick Pak did take until the 18th over to reach the target.
This week the girls take on Parnell at home on Devonport 3. A win would secure a T20 final spot the following week. Home or away will depend on Howick Pak v Takapuna. Win first and fingers crossed, just making the final will exceed expectations.
A year 6 invitational team took on a Belmont Intermediate year 7 team on Monday in a T20 fixture hosted by Belmont Intermediate. Year 6 won the toss and elected to send the year 7s in to bat. Openers Freddie and Nathan put on a solid start before Nathan was out caught Dom off the bowling of Gus for 15. Nathan’s departure brought Heath to the wicket who showed fine form finishing on 27 n/o. Freddy let loose in the final overs until he was dismissed caught Hamish off the bowling of Nick for 38. Rupert chimed in with 10 before being bowled by Nick and Jasper was 1 n/o at the close of the innings.
In reply the year 6s made a steady start seeing off most of the opening bowlers spells before they were both dismissed LBW, Ben for 14 and Christian for 6. Liam and Connor steadied the ship keeping the run rate ticking over and keeping the year 6s within sniffing distance. Liam unleased towards the end of his innings scoring three fours and a 6 before being dismissed caught Nathan, bowled Alex for 28. Connor Langdon made a timely return to form and was n/o 34 at the close of the innings. Hamish contributed 12 and Oscar 3 to see the year 6s fall short by only 3 runs in an exciting match. The show of talent from both year groups bodes well for a strong Active Post team at Belmont Intermediate next year in the boy’s competition.
Devonport Primary boys and Belmont Primary girls teams take on the rest of the best in Auckland at the Primary Champ of champs at Eden Park today (Thursday). Good luck to both teams!
Girls Auckland Reps
Five North Shore girls have been named in the Auckland Under 15 girls squad. From the 15 named 12 will travel to the tournament in Whanganui in January. It is an outstanding achievement for one club to have provided 1/3 of the squad (and we could have easily had a couple of more if things had gone differently). Thanks must go to the dedicated squad of players who provide such competitive training for each other on a regular basis and to Graeme for his skill and dedication. Good luck on the next selection stage girls.
North Shore Cricket Club would like to thank all the following businesses for their support of Junior Cricket