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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.

08 Feb 2014 : Blue Ducks Make History with Record Breaking Win

When the players awoke to a town shrouded in rain clouds and mist, little could they have known that the afternoon was to bring a record-breaking win for the Pukekohe Metro Reserves.

With heavy overnight rain, and low cloud hanging over Pukekohe for much of the morning, the chance of this fixture even happening was looking bleak. A pitch inspection at 11am showed that the wicket was wet, but the outfield was not too bad. So the call was made - "So long as there was no more rain before 1pm, the wicket should dry sufficiently to allow the game to go ahead".

By the time 1pm came around, the wicket had dried completely, the outfield was dry, but slow, and the ground was bathed in sunshine and buffeted by a wind which helped to keep the ground dry and the bowlers busy.

Pukekohe's captain, Ian Pool, had been doubtful to play after suffering from an illness during the week. Cover was found for the role of wicket keeper, in the form of the impressive Colts keeper, Lance Kraakman. Ian DID make it to the game...one which he will remember for a very long time. He won the toss and elected to bat.

Opening the batting were two of the younger members of the club, Wolf Truong and Thomas Keen. Along with Lance, Thomas is currently a Colts player, and was chomping at the bit to see some action, having missed out on any morning cricket thanks to the rain. Wolf, on the other hand, is playing his first full season of senior cricket, having graduated from the Colts squad last year. He is a talented player who has a unique skill-set which equips him as an opener with both bat and ball.

In contrast to many games this season, Pukekohe started slow and steady, with the openers playing complementary roles. Wolf was steadfast in defence, and didn't look to score runs unless they were offered on a plate. Thomas, on the other hand, was playing some expansive shots where available, and was looking comfortable in doing so. Just as Wolf got his eye in, and started to attack the bowling, he was run out whilst scampering back for a rather unlikely second run. He had played the ball off his pads, just backward of square, and gambled on the fielder's arm. The gamble didn't pay off, and he departed in the 8th over for 5 runs, with the score on 30.

This brought Sarang Padey to the crease. Sarang has opened the batting this season, but his attacking flair is more suited to a higher number on the order, and 3 proved to be his lucky number today. Not only was it his batting position, but it was also the number at the end of his score when the innings closed 131 minutes later.

Sarang made a steady and sensible start to his innings, and he was working well with Thomas Keen, even if his legs couldn't quite keep up with his much younger counterpart. Thomas was batting very well, and playing some sublime shots to all parts of the ground. He found the boundary four times before he surrendered his wicket to the worst delivery he'd faced, mis-timing his drive to push a slow full-toss straight back to the bowler having contributed a very impressive 33 runs to the team total of 78.

With 4 overs until drinks, Lance Kraakman arrived at the crease and he continued the cautious approach which his predecessors had begun. As Sarang tired in the middle, threes became twos, and twos became singles and shots started finding the boundary. 33 runs were added before drinks, to leave the Blue Ducks sitting pretty on a nelson for the loss of just two wickets.

In the 25th over, with the score on 133, Lance was dismissed and this brought together the two most destructive batsmen in the Blue Ducks line-up. The run worm didn't know what had hit it, and neither did Mauku's bowlers. In the first over of their partnership, Sarang and Ian added just 4 runs. In the next 14 overs, they added 201, as they set about the bowlers with outstanding power-hitting. Only one of the remaining overs went for less than 10 runs (34th over went for 8), whereas the 38th over saw 24 runs smashed from it. The Manhatten skyline had finally come to life.

Sarang finally cracked three figures for the first time since joining PMCC, cutting the ball through to the cover boundary with 6 overs remaining. Ian pool was sitting on 42 at the time. In true sporting fashion, Sarang decided to gift the remainder of the match to Ian's audacious assault on his own maiden century. In the last 6 overs, Ian scored 56 runs, almost exclusively in boundaries, whilst Sarang was content with scoring a single, when required to keep Ian on strike.

With two balls of the innings to spare, Ian had raced through to 98, and he knew that a personal milestone was within his grasp. Little did he know, that the Daniels brothers would conspire to deny him his century. Matthew Daniels supplied the short-pitched delivery which Ian pulled through square but didn't catch it as cleanly as he needed to, sending it high towards the midwicket boundary. The ball was in the air for so long, that the batsmen had crossed on the way back for their second run when Ian was caught just inside the boundary, by the bowler's younger brother, Samuel. The damage to Mauku had already been done, though, and with a first innings score of 338, Pukekohe had broken the spirit of Mauku's players.

Along with Thomas Keen and Lance Kraakman, Hayden Benny is a colts player with a bright future. He hadn't been included in the original starting XI but, after Tanny Singh withdrew due to illness 1 hour before the game, Hayden offered his services and was promoted into the squad for his first start in senior cricket. He had sat on the boundary with his pads on whilst Ian and Sarang had set about the Mauku bowlers, only to walk out to the non-striker's end for the final delivery of the innings. His patience was rewarded when Ian Pool threw him the new ball and asked him to open the bowling, opposite Wolf Truong.

With Wolf struggling to find his line from the southern end, Hayden was destructively accurate from the other end. With his second delivery, he had Mauku's opener dismissed in the most impressive fashion. Lance Kraakman was giving a master class in wicket-keeping, and was standing up to the medium-pacer when Hayden drew the right-handed batsman into a false stroke, getting the faintest of outside edges. Not only did Lance take the ball cleanly, but he then whipped out his left hand to dislodge the bails with the batsman's back foot still in the air. Lance's lightning-quick reflexes had both umpires extending their index finger to dismiss the batsman. The final consensus was that he had been caught BEFORE he had been stumped.

Lance's high-quality keeping was forcing the batsmen to stay in their crease and this was restricting their scoring opportunities and increasing the risk of LBW. Hayden Benny took full advantage, snaring Mauku's number 6 LBW for his fourth wicket of the innings; their score was 27 for 5. In the next over, Lance took his first stumping of the innings to remove former Blue Duck Matthew Daniels (Maddog) who had faced 25 balls without troubling the scorer. When Hayden completed his 5-wicket haul, with the final ball of his next over, Mauku's batting line-up was in complete disarray at 27 for 7. Hayden ended up with outstanding figures of 6 overs, 3 maidens, 5 wickets for 10 runs.

With the final ball of the 15th over, Lance whipped off the bails of Mauku's number 10 to record his third stumping of the innings (to go with his earlier catch) and put Mauku out of their misery, exactly 300 runs short of Pukekohe's mammoth total.

None of the Mauku batsmen made it into double-figures and, if it hadn't been for Pukekohe's benevolence with extras (16 wides), then the winning margin would have been even greater.

After just 15 overs, Mauku had been dismissed by Pukekohe to record the largest winning margin in Pukekohe Metro Reserve's history. With three additions to the honours board (Sarang Padey 103*, Hayden Benny 5/10, Lance Kraakman 4 dismissals) and one who came oh-so-close, it was a memorable day for everyone who was fortunate enough to witness this historic victory at Rosa Birch Park.

Match report by Mark Fleming.

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

Hi Team, Remember training on Wednesday is open wicket on Bledisloe A1

Please lets get some numbers to training, only 3 Senior B members at training Monday 14/01/13 following a loss on Saturday. Lets get the effort and communication levels lifted.

please let Kyle W know if you cant make trainings so we have a commitment and knowledge of numbers to attend. New Year festivities are over and lets focus on momentum leading to season finals

05 Jan 2014 : Senior B + Reserves Training
Hi Members, please note training re commences on Monday 06/01/2014 and Wednesday 08/01/2014. Be good to see a great turn out.

On Wednesday's training is to be open wicket training on Bledisloe A1 (nearest club). This is for players to work on their specific game day developments (Line / Length, Hitting gaps, Wicket keeping, Fielding) so please bring motivation and focus to this session. The secret in development is mostly self discipline, being a leader.

Cricket balls. Please note there is a disturbing amount of cricket balls been taken from training, this has to stop. Cricket balls are expensive and a necessary tool for your development. If you have and cricket balls not purchased by yourself please return to the club. We are voluntary organisation and it is important we protect our assets and people.

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.

29 Dec 2013 : PMCC Annual 6-a-Side Competition

We hope that you have had a great Christmas, and are preparing for a fun-filled New Year.

Just a reminder that places are filling up fast for the annual 6-a-side competition which will be held at Bledisloe Park on Sunday 26th January.

Winners of the 2012 Competition - Cheese

This is a senior competition, and all players must be 14 years or older. However, there will be plenty of fun for our younger members, including the opportunity to watch some of the best senior cricketers in the district slogging it out to be named as top team! There is never any shortage of fun and excitement to be had at the event.

 If you are keen to enter a team, please contact Amanda Davies via email at secretary@pmcc.org.nz or text at 021 879 737 to reserve a place for your team. Once payment is received, your team's place will be confirmed, then all you need to do is think up a clever name and turn up on the day, ready to have lots of fun.

This is strictly on a 'first-come, first-served' basis because team numbers are limited. We would like to offer the spaces to teams within our own club before extending the invitation to other clubs.

Stay safe over the holiday period and we look forward to seeing you on the 26th.

22 Dec 2013 : Senior B undefeated 2013
Congratulations skipper Kyle Watson and the team for remaining undefeated first half of season.
The team has had some great moments to date and playing some great cricket with all members really playing as a unit.
The young members coming through into their debut season for senior grade are performing with great confidence and developing well for 2014.
Merry Christmas boys have a great festive season with family and BYC to keep in shape

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Keep safe