Pukekohe Metro Cricket Club News pages

10 Nov 2015 : Two Junior Sponsorships to be Won
Two Junior Sponsorships to be Won

Aero Sponsorships up for grabs!

All junior hardball players are invited to submit an application to our Junior Club Captain, Ivan Truong & PMCC gear supplier and sponsor Cricket Express for two sponsorship deals of Aero products.


The successful applicants will receive 50% off the retail price of any Aero Nike products they purchase during the 2015/16 season.


Applicants are asked to email their name, team and reason they deserve this sponsorship to: truong@xtra.co.nz by Friday 20 November. Applications will be reviewed by Ivan and Cricket Express Auckland Branch Manager Jarrod Wrigley and the successful applicants will be announced by 30 November.


Good luck!

09 Nov 2015 : Umpire Evening at the Club
Umpire Evening at the Club

Umpire Evening

 CMCA is running an Umpires Night this coming Wednesday 11 November 7pm at the PMCC clubrooms. The host will be Counties Manukau and Northern Districts umpire- John Dempsey.


This is for any junior parent who may do any umpiring, or college aged players in the Senior grades this season.


The aim of this is to give all potential umpires the tools and confidence to do this on any given Saturday, whether it be the Senior or Junior grades.


If you have any specific questions, please bring them along.


We hope to have a great turnout as umpiring is a valuable skill all players and parents can use.

24 Dec 2014 : Senior A's Win Back to Back One Day Titles
Senior A's Win Back to Back One Day TitlesHaving gone through the round robin undefeated the Franklin Party Hire PMCC Senior A side took on United in the Senior A One Day Final on the 21st December at Bledisloe Park.

Captain Harry Chhagan won the toss and elected to bowl.  Opening bowlers Reid Somani and Harry Plummer set the tone early reducing United to 3-18 after 10 overs.  United never recovered and were bowled out for 56 in 35 overs.  The wickets were shared around Reid Somani 3-8 Harry Plummer 2-17 Daryl Putohe 1-10 Mark Downie 2-18 and Wade Somani 2-3.

In reply PMCC knocked off the runs in 11.3 overs with Vinay Jairam not out on 27.

This is the sixth time PMCC has won the Manchester Shield and the first time we have gone back to back.

PMCC will look to defend its two day title after xmas.

24 Oct 2014 : Nine PMCC players make the CMCA Primary Boys Squads
Congratulations to the following members who have been selected for the CMCA Primary Boys Squad:

Jacob Pearson
Jacob Sahota
Leon Marconi
Marcel Marconi

And congratulations to the following members who have been selected for the CMCA Primary Boys Development Squad:

Badhan Mali
Jason Mahey
Liam Duffin
Luke Hill
Sam Beere

Out of the 23 boys named in the two squads, 9 of them are from PMCC :)

Full squads can be found by clicking here.

06 Apr 2014 : Premiers all set for National Club Champs
After beating Mount Maunganui in early March to win the Eric Petrie Trophy (best club in ND) our premiers are off to the National Club Champs at Cornwall Park starting Tuesday 8th April through to Sunday 13th April. 

The tournament includes 6 of the best clubs from each association.  This is the first time Counties Manukau have had one of their clubs playing in this tournament.  The side will be captained by Patrick Hartland.  You can follow live scoring at  blackcaps.co.nz

All the best to the team

06 Apr 2014 : Senior A's make history
Senior A's make historyThe 2013/14 Pukekohe Metro Senior A side became the first team in our clubs history to win both Senior A titles in a season.  After winning the One Day Championship (Manchester Shield) we went on to win the Two Day Championship (Allan Walker Shield) by a comfortable margin finishing with 5 outright wins and 2 first innings wins from 7 games.  There was some outstanding individual performances over the course of the season but the most pleasing aspects of this great achievement was every individual who wore the green and gold shirt contributed. 

Thanks to all for your efforts this season and we look forward to defending both titles next season.

19 Jan 2014 : Premiers Win the One Day Final

Pukekohe-Metro retained the Duthie Cup on Saturday with a 22–run win over Papakura on the Weymouth Oval. This was their second Duthie Cup win in as many years over Papakura.
Although the teams were the same as last season the comparisons stop there. Last time Pukekohe mugged Papakura and only needed 26 overs to lift the Cup.

The 2014 edition was a much closer argument eventually won by Pukekohe in the 97th over of the match. On the day there was very little between the teams.

Going into this game Papakura had every right to see themselves as top seeds and favourites.
They thumped Pukekohe by 148 runs in the second round of the Cup (the first round match was washed out) and beat them by three wickets in their T20 round–robin fixture.

Pukekohe won the throw of the dice and Sam Wilkinson opted for them to bat on a very well prepared Weymouth Oval.

Papakura had the better of the early exchanges. They bowled and fielded well. When Simon Lal left the scene, without scoring, Pukekohe was hovering at 87/4. Blair Feeney took the team total to three figures with a sublime midwicket boundary shot in the 25th over.

Matt Wilson, a member of the local constabulary, rarely plays cricket these days but when he does he leaves his calling card. His batting refresher course put 80 runs next to his name. Batting at five on the list Wilson was apprehended by the 74th ball he faced which was bowled by Ryan Phizackerley and went through Wilson’s armour. That was in the 49th over of the Pukekohe innings. Wilson and Mitchell Sweetman (44) commanded the crease for just under an hour and added 76 runs for the seventh wicket.

Sweetman hit the only six of the day. Luckily the Gridiron players on the neighboring field were wearing helmets as the ball sailed 30 metres over the long-on boundary.

Mark Singh (15*) and Richard Crosby (1*) earned asterisks next to their names when the innings closed with Pukekohe at 233/9.

All of the Papakura bowlers did well. The best short figures belonged to Joel Hood who ended up 2/35 from his seven overs.

Henry Gibson (1/41) was the only Kura bowler to complete his full set of ten overs. He picked up the jewel in the crown when Shane Gadsdon stumped Mitchell Sweetman.
Henry Gibson and Danny Shine opened the batting for Papakura.

Mitchell Sweetman interrogated the pair and Danny Shine decamped without scoring in Sweetman's first over, the second over of the innings. Sweetman's first spell of seven overs (five maidens) saw him snare three wickets for just 11 runs.

Without taking anything away from Wilson’s batting and Jonny Wilkinson’s bowling it’s fair to say that Sweetman’s first bowling shift was the winning of the game for Pukekohe.
Henry Gibson (57) battled through the Sweetman-Wilkinson cross-examination and eventually teamed up with his skipper Marty Perry who batted at number seven.

Just as he did in last season’s final Perry (48) fought back and after Gibson had checked out he joined forces with Ryan Strydom (46 no) and managed to put Papakura back in the hunt.
The 46th, over bowled by Jonny Wilkinson (4/53) had everything. Pukekohe dropped two catches and Papakura hit the required 10 runs, but the over ended well for Pukekohe with Wilkinson bowling Perry with the last ball.

Wilkinson (Jonny) is another Pukekohe player who in racing terms “goes well fresh”. The right-arm-medium fast bowler is a rare but welcome sight in premier cricket these days.
Papakura fought back but ended up trying to climb a mountain in sneakers.

Wilkinson ended the scrap in the 47th over when he bowled Tim Greig with a full toss.
Although Papakura are once again the bridesmaids they gave a very good account of themselves and for most of the game achieved parity with their opposition.

Pukekohe-Metro 233/9 ( Matt Wilson 80, Mitchell Sweetman 44, Matt Gardiner 29, Joel Hood 2/35, Ryan Phizackerley 2/39, Gian Botha 2/42) beat Papakura 211( Henry Gibson 57, Marty Perry 48, Ryan Strydom 46 no, Jonny Wilkinson 4/53, Mitchell Sweetman 3/23) by 22 runs.
Pukekohe got the soufflé to rise twice.

On Sunday they hosted Onerahi-Central (Northland Cricket) in the semifinal of the Northern Districts Club Championship (the Eric Petrie Cup).

They had a 54 run win and won a place in the Eric Petrie Cup Final on March 16th.
Pukekohe-Metro 217/8 (Ash Vodnala 55, Mitchell Sweetman 48 no, Mark Singh 20, Henry Cooper 2/36, Tom Herman 2/37) beat Onerahi- Central 163 (Fletcher Coutts 40, Andrew Vickers 22, Mitchell Sweetman 2/31, Pankaj Sharma 2/7) by 54 runs.

Reproduced by kind permission of the author

Trevor M Gill
Counties Manukau Cricket – 190 Weymouth Road, Manurewa, PO Box 75-204 Manurewa
Ph: +64 9 2697967 Fax: +64 9 2662309 email:cricketceo@cmsport.co.nz

30 Dec 2013 : Captains/Managers/Coaches Housekeeping
Hi Captains, Coaches and Managers,

We are now half way through the season, and I hope that you are enjoying your well-earned rest.

There are a few housekeeping matters which require attention, and I would appreciate it if you could see that these are addressed before the second half of the season begins; this might require liaison with your team manager.
  1. The 6-a-side competition is to be held on Sunday the 26th January (Auckland Anniversary Weekend). This is a senior competition, open to players 14 years and older. Please encourage eligible players to either enter a team or join a team and for all other club members, please encourage them to come down to Bledisloe Park for the day to support this event. This is the major annual fund-raiser for the club, so all support is greatly appreciated. Perhaps canvass your players/parents to see if anyone has contacts with companies who could sponsor a prize.
  2. You may have seen an email requesting donations of clothing/equipment to the club. The idea behind this is that there are probably lots of players who have outgrown their shirts/trousers but the clothing is still in good condition. If the parents aren't likely to sell the clothing, or hand it down to a friend/sibling then we could use them to provide clothing to new players. With 3 boys all wearing the same size clothing, I can't hand any clothing down so have a stock of shirts and trousers which could be put to good use. Once the clothing is collected at the club, I will contact coaches of appropriate grades to see if they have any players of a certain age/size who could use the clothing. The same goes for bats, pads, gloves etc. Canvass your parents and see if they have any clothing which they would like to donate to the club.
  3. Some people still aren't entering their scorecard each weekend on the CricHQ website. Please make sure that you do this as soon as possible each weekend. If you are in a competition grade, you can lose any points if you fail to upload your result. For junior teams, this takes a couple of minutes.
  4. The club website is not currently being used as much as it should. You all have access to add news items or add match results/reports and enter scoresheets. Please ensure that you use the website to select your team during the week and then enter your team result every weekend, including individual player scores. I know that for the senior teams this means duplicating entries, but the club website provides crucial career statistics for every player, irrespective of which team they are in. The club pays $150 per year for the web-site, so please make use of it. If anybody is unsure how to select teams or enter results, please give me a call or email and I will happily help out. All of the senior fixtures have been entered to the end of the season (where available from CMCA) and I am in the process of trying to enter all of the junior fixtures also, but if you would like to enter your own fixtures it would save me a heap of time. Again, it is VERY simple to enter a whole season of fixtures for one team...it just gets time consuming when doing so for 18 teams!
  5. If you have access to a smart phone or tablet, have you tried using the CricHQ app (iTunes or Android) to do live scoring at your game (instead of or in addition to a traditional scorebook)? Not only is it (almost) idiot proof, but it updates to CricHQ automatically so that you don't have to enter a manual scorecard when you get home. The app is incredibly simple to use, and very user friendly, plus it has some great features to make it a really useful coaching tool. You can set it to show the batters wagon wheel and there are lots of other useful features too. If you would like a demonstration of how it works, please let me know. Not only will it save your parents from worrying about putting the wrong symbols in the scorebook, missing entries and miscalculating, but the kids can even score the game themselves (it really is that simple). It will save you (and your manager/parents) lots of time and stress, and you can copy the data directly from CricHQ onto the club website so that your player's career stats are kept up-to-date. Once you have used it, many of you will probably ditch your paper scorebooks.

So to summarise - start using the club website more, use it to make your selections during the week (the website will email all of your players to let them know that they have been selected and when/where to meet etc.), enter your scorecard on CricHQ and the club website each weekend (or use the CricHQ app to score your game and it will update their website automatically), canvass your parents for clothing/equipment donations and finally, don't forget to encourage support of the 6-a-side tournament on the 26th of Jan.

Any issues, comments, questions or concerns, just holler.

I hope that you have a safe and enjoyable New Year's Eve and look forward to seeing you all in January. Good luck with the second half of the season.


Mark Fleming
Website Manager
021 192 2000

29 Dec 2013 : Donate your old clothing to the club
Merry Christmas from all at the cricket club.

If you have any cricket clothing and/or equipment which is now too small, the cricket club would be happy to receive any donations which we could put to good use.

Your child might have outgrown his/her cricket trousers or shirt but they are usually too good to throw away. Please feel free to contact the secretary or equipment manager and we will be happy to receive it.

As a club, we often donate cricket equipment to local junior schools to support grass-roots cricket, so we would also be happy to receive any other cricket equipment which your child has outgrown. We will ensure that it is put to good use.

Have a great holiday period and we look forward to seeing you when the season starts up in January.

20 Feb 2013 : Three in a row - Two Day Championship win for PMCC Premiers
Three in a row - Two Day Championship win for PMCC Premiers Article from stuff.co.nz

Defending champions Pukekohe-Metro have won Counties Manukau club cricket's two-day championship for the third year in a row.

Their timing was perfect. The win coincides with the 25th anniversary of the merger between the Pukekohe Cricket Club and the Metro Cricket Club.

It is also historic because it's their first three-peat since the two clubs merged in 1988.

The victory cements Pukekohe-Metro's standing as the most successful club in the Counties Manukau competition.

It was the 13th time that they've won the W H Taylor Shield. No other club has come near to winning as many two-day titles.

President David Davies says the win was massive and will inspire the club's juniors.

"Obviously to have three in a row is a massive achievement," he says.

"It's our jubilee year as well. So it's something really special for us.

"The guys have worked hard towards winning the W H Taylor Shield and although they didn't finish quite as we anticipated, the result speaks for itself.

"This means a huge amount for the club and a continuation of the success that we've had. Our juniors can look up to this team, see what they've achieved and hopefully they can set goals for themselves."

Pukekohe-Metro are also on track to win premier club cricket's Twenty20 and one-day championships. They play Manukau in the final of the Twenty20 competition on a date that's still to be announced and are well placed in the one-day championship, the final round of which starts on February 23.

The Twenty20 final was to have been played this Saturday but with so many Pukekohe-Metro and Manukau players involved in the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl representative match against Northland at the Weymouth Oval that day, it was decided to play the final at a later date.

Pukekohe-Metro have won every two-day match they've played this season, save for their final game against Weymouth at the Weymouth Oval last Saturday.

They resumed day two on 107-5, still 90 runs shy of Weymouth's first innings. They were bowled out for 162 with Sam Whimp taking 3-37, Tamati Clarke 2-5 and Simon Andrews 2-8.

The game ground to a tame ending with Weymouth reaching 157-8 at stumps.

Clarke continued his great form with the bat with a well-compiled 68 in the second innings. The first-innings loss wasn't enough to deny Pukekohe-Metro the championship.

Visit: http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/papakura-courier/8296651/Three-from-three-for-Pukekohe-Metro for the full story and some photos of the boys in action.