Hello everyone and welcome to this week’s “Top Six” newsletter – the last one for 2014/15.
1. Thanks to our Sponsors
We could not run the club without sponsors. We are very grateful to our sponsors for their support throughout the season, and recommend that club members and friends, in turn, return that support.
You can see who our complete list of sponsors here on our website.
Special mention, however, to our major gear and equipment sponsor, Cricket Express. Thanks to Andy Innes and the team who have been alongside us for many years and have already provided great support for next season.
2. How did we go this season?
Here’s how our senior teams finished this season:
Premiers: Two day – 2nd of 8; one day – 7th of 10; T20 – won our section, beaten finalist. Matt Farrant was third on the Premier grade MVP leaderboard
Matt Farrant: 3rd in the Premier Grade MVP
2As: Two day – 3rd of 8; one day – 1st in round-robin, beaten finalists; T20 – 5th of 8
2Bs: Two day – 7th of 8; one day – 7th of 8; T20 – 8th of 8
Presidents Foxes: 2nd of ten in round-robin; 3rd of 4 in top 4 competition
3B Brawlers: 8th of 14 in round-robin; 3rd of 8 in bottom eight competition
3B Cannons: 1st of 14 in round-robin; 1st of 6 in top six competition
3B Mariners: 7th of 14 in round-robin; 1st equal of 8 in bottom eight competition
T20 Dubai Diamond Traders: 5th of 14 in round-robin; 2nd of 6 in top six competition
We had our club prize-giving on Saturday night. Who took the honours? You can see the individual trophy winners on our website here.
Club Prizegiving 2015
3. Junior and Senior Premiers finish on a high; Cannons take grade title; Wins for Foxes and Brawlers
The Junior Premiers finished with a win against Sydenham, reports Coach Richard Hartshorn. Sydenham batted first and were bowled out for 119 in 25 overs. Our bowling highlight: Jordan Sealey took 4/13 from four overs, including a hat-trick to finish the innings (first two bowled and the third to an excellent catch at slip by Riley Hunter). Top score in our innings went to Riley Goad ( showing he does have good technique when he wants!) in making 34, as we passed their score 5 down in the 25th over.
Likewise, the Senior Premiers also finished with a win over Sydenham. Firstly, they dismissed Sydenham in their second innings for 189. After the match, David Sewell announced that he is retiring, after one test for New Zealand, 90 matches for Otago, 50 matches for North Otago, and three seasons for BWU. He went out on a high, taking 5/51, and Micah Campbell bagged 4/31. The vconsequent run chase was achieved at 188/5, largely thanks to a good partnership between Scott Paulin (89*), who has had a productive last few matches, and Micah Campbell, who had a good all-round day (29*).
David Sewell, 5/51 Scott Paulin, 89* Micah Campbell 4/31 and 29*
The 2As wrapped up their season with a big win over Sydenham, all on the first day. The 2Bs were not quite so successful, going down to Heathcote. Individual contributions are not available from either match.
The Presidents Foxes overcame East Shirley Gold in their play-off for 3rd and 4th. Highlight of the match was Chris Kennedy taking 3 wickets in the last overs of the season – his 98th, 99th and 100th for the team. In the end it was a win by three wickets to BWU – ESG 146/5 (Mike Wheeler 2/15), the Foxes 148/7 (Graeme Turner 71).
A big congratulations to the 3B Cannons. A default win saw them take the grade title.
In the 3B bottom six competition, the Mariners went down to OBC by two wickets in a close run affair. Individual scores have not been posted.
In an even tighter contest, with runs at an absolute premium, the Brawlers overcame LPW. The opposition were shot out for 58, thanks largely to the consistent Mike Reed (3/4) and Rob Hoysted and Edward Ashton taking two wickets each. The Brawlers then scraped over the line at 59/9. Mike Vorster (19) and Rahul Joshi (14) were the only scorers in double figures. It’s not often you get a win with 6 ducks!
The T20 Dubai Diamond Traders were after a grade win when they lined up against the Riccarton Hogs at Hospital Corner in front of a large group of supporters. They posted 131/8, with the reliable Tom Stevens (54*) and Nick Tinning (27) starring. It was then a tense exciting finish but, in the end, the Hogs got up, running a bye off the third-to-last ball to secure the win and the overall title. Well done to Brook Skates for his 3/3, and congratulations to the whole team for their second place in a competitive 14 team grade.
4. Premier Cap Presentation
We have just instituted a new baggy cap for our Premier team. Qualification is a minimum of 15 two day matches for the team.
Graham Dowling, our Patron, presented the current eligible players with their caps at a recent celebration.
The caps are engraved with the player’s name, and their playing number for our Premier team, going back to its foundation in 1905.
They look pretty sharp, as can be seen by these photos of current Premier skipper Sam Noster’s cap.
5. Rob Gillespie takes out Al Brown title
In the end it was a relatively close-run contest, but Rob Gillespie of the Cannons held on to become the Al Brown Trophy winner for 2014/15.
Rob Gillespie and the Al Brown trophy
2 Premiers, 3 Cannons, 2 Presidents Foxes, 2 Brawlers and 1 Dubai Diamond Trader made up the top ten on the leaderboard. Check out who they are here on our website.
6. Honours Board features this week – a hat-trick, and a retiree goes out on top.
Two juniors and four seniors made the Board this week. These include a hat-trick taker,and final top bowling performance after an outstanding career.
You can find out who they are and what they did here on our website.
So, that’s it for the season. Have a great winter (Good luck to the Black Caps in England), and we’ll catch up with you again in spring.