Pukekohe Metro Cricket Club News pages

20 Dec 2016 : Overseas Player Opportunity in the UK for 2017
Overseas Player Opportunity in the UK for 2017
The following email has been received via the club website, offering an exciting opportunity to play cricket in the UK next year. Please liaise directly with the author if you are interested:

I am contacting you on behalf of Keynsham Cricket Club, a Premier League side from the south west of England.

We are currently looking for an overseas player for the 2017 season and having had success with players from New Zealand, predominantly from North Shore, over the past few years I wanted to get in touch to see if any members of your club are interested in a season playing abroad.

Our club is able to offer flights, accommodation and work for the duration of our season (April - September) as well as opportunities to earn income from one to one coaching with players from our junior section where appropriate. We are an extremely social club with the majority of the senior squad having played together for at least ten years so we can provide a welcoming environment for players to come and enjoy their cricket while playing a strong standard. We are keen to attract a seam bowler (batting ability would be a welcome bonus) who can help lead our 1st team attack in the West of England Premier League and also help out with coaching junior teams.

I would appreciate you passing on this message to any players who may be interested. I am happy to be contacted for a more detailed discussion and equally we can put people in touch with players from Auckland who have come over in the last few years who I'm sure would be able to provide some good references on the club more generally.

Kind regards,

Joe Tarring
Cricket Manager - Keynsham CC

21 Nov 2016 : Claim your CricHQ Profile
You should all have received an email from CricHQ inviting you to claim your profile.

For each player who clicks the link and claims their profile, the club will receive $1 from CMCA. With all of the members in this club, that is quite a nice sum of money which we can spend on things for the club and its members. The offer of money expires on the 1st of December.

Please take the opportunity to claim your profile, as this will save the club admin and secretary a huge amount of manual data entry next season and will earn us $$$ as well :)

As a club, we are currently sitting well down the table which has been produced, showing how many players have registered and how many have claimed their profile.

If for no other reason than to leap-frog Waiuku in the performance table, get clicking!

15 Nov 2016 : Club Day Saturday 3rd December

Mark the date in your diary now, Saturday 3rd December, further details to follow in the next few days.

The club will be hosting a carnival day at the new clubrooms, and there will be lots of cricket on display. The 5/6 Div 1 Gold team is playing in the morning and the Senior A and Senior B are playing in the afternoon.

We also hope to be hosting the Premier T20 final (Pukekohe v Karaka) to ensure that Bledisloe is filled to capacity with top flight cricketers all day, and there will be plenty for partners and children to do as well!


20 Oct 2016 : Uniform Orders



Uniforms that have been ordered can be collected on TUESDAY 25 OCTOBER between 5.30pm - 6.30pm at the clubrooms (John Street Pukekohe).  If you need to place an order, please urgently forward an email to admin@pmcc.org.nz with the details and it will be ready on Tuesday for collection as well.

20 Oct 2016 : Season Fixtures
All the season draws are now published and online through the following link: http://www.countiesmanukaucricket.co.nz/clubs/fixtures-and-results/

Please note that some clubs have many teams and not enough grounds. In some instances a home game has been deferred to the closest venue or a mutual venue between the two teams.

The following grades will have a semi-final and final:

Premier: (one day) 10th and 17th December
Senior B: 11th and 18th December
Reserves: 11th and 18th December
Year 5-6 Div 1: 18th and 25th March

The following grades will have a final only:

Senior A (one day): 4th December
Year 9-11, 7-8 div 1 and 7-8 div 2: 25th March

Post-Xmas, T20 will split to top 6/bottom 8 or top 8/bottom 6 (standings dependant). The 6 team draw will have one round, a semi-final and final. The 8 team draw will have one round and a final.

Year 5-6 Div 2 are doing a full round (11 games) and will then split into Top 6/Bottom 6 to play one round (5 games). This grade does not have a final.

19 Oct 2016 : Premier Season Preview 2016/17



The CMCA 2016/17 Premiership will be officially uncorked on Labour Weekend when the Inder Lynch Trophy (T20) final will be played at Bruce Pulman Park.

The cricket banquet has already started with three days of T20 competition. This will be followed by one full round of one-day cricket culminating in the Duthie Cup Final on December 17th. The W.H. Taylor Shield (two-day) will be played over ten Saturdays after Christmas.

Whoever turned the lights off at the end of 2015/16 has turned them on again on the same six clubs. They are, in last season's overall finishing order, Manukau, Karaka, Pukekohe-Metro, Papakura, Waiuku and United CC.

Manukau vacuumed up all of the premier trophies last season and had the most successful season ever for a CMCA premiership side; it was capped off when they played in the National Club Finals in April this year.

There have been a few inter-club moves this semester; the most eye- catching is Luke Williamson's transfer from Papakura to Karaka.

In terms of imports, Ollie Pringle (Pukekohe-Metro) lands in Counties territory from the Papatoetoe Cricket Club with a pedigree and cricket curriculum vitae. The 24 year-old all-rounder, the son of Martin Pringle, has done well with bat and ball in Auckland Club Cricket and has some English county cricket experience under his belt.


2015/16 Season

T20                                      First (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)          

One-day                              Third
(Duthie Cup)                       

Two-day                              Fourth
(W.H. Taylor Shield)           

Overall                                Third
(Warin Cup)

Players in
Ollie Pringle (Auckland)
Matthew Baxter (England)
Matthew Gardiner (returned from overseas)
Rishekesh Umasuthan (Auckland)

Players out
Vaughan Blanchard (Papakura CC)

Dave Davies

Corey Hunter

Corey Hunter (capt), Kurt Barnes, Matthew Baxter, Kyle Blanchard, Katene Clarke, Richard Crosby, Matthew Gardiner, Jonathan Keen, Simon Lal, Josh Plummer, Barry Rhodes, Reid Somani, Ollie Pringle, Rishekesh Umasuthan and Ash Vodnala.

The club recently shifted from one side of Bledisloe Park to the opposite side and straight into their brand new clubhouse. That may give them the tonic they need to start well?

Last time they over promised and under delivered and by the end of the season they looked like they were shadow boxing.

Corey Hunter has taken over as commander-in-chief on the pitch. Ollie Pringle, who scored 200 no for Papatoetoe at the beginning of last season, will stiffen their batting roster.

Inbound player movements significantly outweigh their single player exit from last season's regular line-up.

Ash Vodnala, the former CMCA Senior Men's bowler/ batter is in their squad but he has declared himself available for Central Districts for representative play.



2015/16 Season

T20                                  Third (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)

One-day                           Second
(Duthie Cup)

Two-day                           Second
(W.H. Taylor Shield)

Overall                             Second
(Warin Cup)

Players in
Luke Williamson (Papakura CC)
Harjispreet Singh (India)

Players out
Harley Jenkins (Rugby)
Brad O'Callaghan (Work and study)
Lee Ter Huurne (United CC)

Michael Schofield (player coach)

Hayden Wark

Hayden Wark (capt), Tony Manning, Michael Schofield, Clayton Franks, Navjot Sran, Cory MacKay, Andrew Mckenzie, Dan Power, Sam Huriwai, Shaun Duarte, Tom Thexton, Alec Shackleton, Benji Cornish, Brandon Reid, David Pearce, Harjispreet Singh, Luke Williamson, Matt Hill, Terence Otterson and Victor Davies.

The untiring bridesmaid, the red and whites finished runners-up for the second year running. The gap between them and Manukau, who they didn't manage to beat all season, was significant.

The annual roll call had some bad news. Harley Jenkins, Lee Ter Huurne and Brad O'Callaghan are non-starters for the club this time round.

Luke Williamson is most likely to couple up with Tony Manning at the top of the order but both players will make overdue starts. Williamson has exams to complete at Canterbury University, and Manning, a civil engineer, is out of town on an engineering project for the first month of the season.

Originally from Auckland, Victor Davies has become Counties-Manukau's favourite step-son.

Davies, just back from playing club cricket in England, can be a one-man highlights package at times. He took out the premier player points last season with 36 wickets and 407 runs, even though his appearances for Karaka were reduced by his representative commitments.



2015/16 Season

T20                                   First (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)

One-day                           First
(Duthie Cup)

Two-day                          First
(W.H. Taylor Shield)

Overall                            First
(Warin Cup)

Players in-
Robert Von Elling (returning after a break)
Anthony Niterl (returning after a break)

Players out
Brendon Read (went overseas mid last season)

Mike Halliday

Ashwyn Herwels

Ashwyn Herwels (capt), JJ Mills, Jono Hickey, Ish Sodhi, Tamati Clarke, Nick Kelly, Jarrod Halliday, Sandeep Patel, Shalen Singh,  Tristan Payle, Scott Allison, Le-Shur Vermeulen, Dion Joll, Rob von Elling, Ant Niterl, Cullen Halliday, Ram Tirth, Troy Joll and Scott Osmond.

The winners of everything last season; they have retained their players and a couple are returning to their old playground, which, in itself, is a statement under the Fair Warning Act.

Not only did Manukau lap the field in 2015/16 but they did it in entertaining and attacking style with their skipper, Ashwyn Herwels, an obliging partner in that.

Tamati Clarke, Nick Kelly, Jono Hickey and Ish Sodhi have all shown their credentials both at international and domestic level for Northern Districts.

Hickey, a dual code overachiever, is expected to make a late entrance after the end of the Mitre 10 Cup.

But the mouth-watering anticipation is within their youth section.

Jarrod Halliday, Tristan Payle, Sandeep Patel and Dion Joll are among a group of teenagers who threw away their premier water-wings some time ago and are now ready for major-league cricket.



2015/16 Season

T20                                   Third (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)

One-day                            Fourth
(Duthie Cup)

Two-day                           Third
(W.H. Taylor Shield)

Overall                             Fourth
(Warin Cup)

Players in
Jason Brajkovich (Onehunga)
Ryan Strydom (returning after injury)
Vaughan Blanchard (Pukekohe-Metro CC)

Players out
Gian Botha (Wellington)
Nik Vishwanath (Mt Maunganui)
Luke Williamson (Karaka CC)

Marty Perry (player coach)

Henry Gibson

Henry Gibson, (capt), Ben Fitzgerald, Devon Jones, Jayden Morris, Marty Perry, Scott Johnston, Shane Gadsdon, Ryan Phizackerley, Anish Shah, Cameron Jerram, Tyler Jerram, Vaughan Blanchard, Jason Brajkovic, Ryan Strydom and Satiam Sharma.

The 2014/15 champions have a huge hole to fill.

Their larger-than-life skipper, Gian Botha, has exported himself to Wellington for work reasons.

Botha has been a talisman-like figure at the club over the last few seasons. With 677 runs from his bat, including a high of 210, he was last season's overall top scorer in the premiership.

He has left the captain's armband with Henry Gibson.

Vaughan Blanchard, a former senior men's representative player and very experienced cricketer, joins the Bruce Pulman Park weekenders.

The young Jerram siblings, Cameron and Tyler, are both in the squad, they are youngsters to keep a watching eye on.

Marty Perry becomes player coach. He's had bad luck with injuries but still made it to fourth place on last season's player points table.



2015/16 Season

T20                                  Fifth (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)

One-day                          Fifth
(Duthie Cup)

Two-day                         Fifth
(W.H. Taylor Shield)

Overall                           Fifth
(Warin Cup)

Players in-
Trevor Greyling (South Africa)
Simon King (Auckland)

Players Out
Sam Danes (medical)
Sam Saunokonoko (T20)
Declan McLeish (work)
Ben Naylor (Auckland)
Johnny Morley (retired)
Scott Guthrie (retired)
George Meikle (overseas)

Shane Robinson

Shaun Lovett

Shaun Lovett (capt), Bayden Morey, Rhys Foy,  Barry Mills, Cameron Brown, David Shine, Haseeb Ashraf ,Jesse Smyth-Kirk, Blair Lovett, Zack Robinson, James Naylor, Trevor Greyling, Mackenzie Buchan, Chad Whitehead and Simon King.

For a surplus of reasons Waiuku has lost seven players from their last squad, this includes Johnny Morley who must hold the club record for the amount of times he's retired.

Scott Guthrie, the former CMCA Men's Senior Captain, is also standing down.

The depth of the clubs reservoir will be tested.

Although their 2015/16 season ended in an as-is-where-is condition, it did have its highlights. They beat rampant runaway champions Manukau by 48 runs in the Duthie Cup and pushed Pukekohe-Metro to the limit in their local two-day derby match.

Trevor Greyling and Simon King, both all-rounders, are newcomers to the club and are unscratched lottery tickets.

Shaun Lovett, in his second year as captain, now has the experience to get the best out of his cattle. Much will depend on him, and the other old-hands including Bayden Morey, David Shine and Haseeb Ashraf.



2015/16 Season

T20                                  Fifth (equal)
(Inder Lynch Trophy)

One-day                          Sixth
(Duthie Cup)

Two-day                         Sixth
(W.H. Taylor Shield)

Overall                           Sixth
(Warin Cup)

Players In
Lee Ter Huurne (Karaka CC)

Players out

Terrence Brookes

Josh Burgess

Josh Burgess (capt), Jonathon Lawrence, Callum Jude, Harley Bayliss, Terrence Brookes, Anthony Brookes, Matt Mudford, Christopher Farnell, Summit Agnihotri, Simon Eves, Michael Walker, Bruce Page, Manpreet Singh, Lee Ter Huurne and Simar Bahl.

Last season's bottom feeders had a standing start after being called in at the 12th hour.

After a full turn of the calendar they are in much better shape having learned from their first season in the top drawer. As well, they have been active in the winter getting their players and their new organization into premiership mode.

Lee Ter Huurne, one of the clubs ex-students, has moved back from Karaka where he gained valuable premiership time.

Ironically, both of United's maiden moments came against Karaka. They came close to rolling the reds in the first round of Duthie Cup and then took the first innings points from them in the Shield.

United's first Duthie Cup game in this campaign is against Manukau and will be a true test of how far they have come.

Anthony Brookes, United's top bowler, was a revelation in their debut premiership season. Brookes took 31 wickets and ended up tenth in the player rankings.


For further information contact

Trevor Gill
Counties Manukau Cricket Assn.
9 269 7967

13 Oct 2016 : Club Clothing Available For Purchase
Club Clothing Available For PurchaseClub clothing is now available to purchase via the website or via Facebook.

04 Oct 2016 : Junior Squads 2016/17

The 2016/17 Junior Squads have been announced, and are shown below:


Year 1/2
Coach: Dave Davies & Ivan Truong
Training: Friday at Bledisloe

Judah Lee
Tyler Leggott
Brooklyn McCann
Frankie Neal
Veer Patel
Kingston Speedy
Shorya Vaid
Xavier Valter
Jacob Vorster
Seth Williams

Year 3/4

3/4 Gold
Coach: James Bangerter
Training: Thursday at Valley School

Corbyn Bangerter
Troy Bangerter
Sean Macaskill
Corbin Massey
Riley Massey
Lachlan Megget
Nicholas Strickland

3/4 Green
Coach: Karl Lindner
Training: Wednesday at Hill School

Jacob Clarke
Cayden Gardner
Carter Holloway
Ryan Jenkins
Jayden Lindner
Ahad Lokhandwala
Jasdeep Singh
Callum Sutherland
Keagan van den Berg

3/4 Blue
Coach: Mark Downie
Training: Wednesday at Colin Lawrie Fields

Jackson Downie
Oliver Farrell
Tommy Gibson
Vinny Gibson
Rudra Patel
Tama Schaumkel
Charlie Seabrook
Joshua Shaw
Darren Theart

3/4 Red
Coach: Simon Dykes
Training: tba

Solomon Dykes
Mason Hall
Sai Hari
Thomas Henderson
Kaylesh Jivan
Hugh Rowlatt
Jack Rowlatt
Harry Rutherford
Charlie Rutherford
Rehaan Singhal

3/4 White
Coach: Jason & Marcel Marconi
Training: Wednesday at Bledisloe

Alex Brown
Zac Chalmers
Joel Harris
Warren McCrum
Harvey Mills
Rory Patten
Devon Pirret
Eli Wrigley

3/4 Black
Coach: Warwick Hoy
Training: Bombay School

George Boyt
Morgan Butler
Casey Greene
Lochi Hoy
Jacob Hughes
Kyle McRobbie
Flynn Pascoe
Campbell Petersen
Lachlan Reader
Harrison Reichenbach
Cohen Robinson
David Wright

Year 5/6

5/6 Gold
Coach: Bryan Arthur & Matt Shaw
Training: Tuesday at Rosa Birch Park

Jakob Arthur
Preston Brydon
Nabeel Buksh
Osian Croft
Jackson McMullen
Paddy McNamara
Jack Shaw
Navjoot Singh
Reece Steven

5/6 Green
Coach: Shay Bailey
Training: Wednesday at Colin Lawrie Park

Toby Bailey
Luke Davies
David Grey
Akash Hari
Aarya Kagathra
James Kingham
Ricci Putohe
Daniel Shaw
Max Steel

5/6 Blue
Coach: Cameron Speedy
Training: Wednesday at Bledisloe

Archie Birch
Tana Greig
Kamanjot Kaur
Josh Kennedy
Cathrine Macaskill
Mukhtiar Singh
Taranpreet Singh
Sterling Speedy
Sam Wharfe

5/6 Red
Coach: Shane Moffitt
Training: Wednesday at Rosa Birch Park

Hunter Balle
Matthew Moffitt
Eknoor Singh
Riley Slack
Ryan Swain
Aziz Tzabari
Geordie Wilson

5/6 Yellow
Coach: Mark Wilson
Training: Bombay School

Harrison Agnew
Kyle Allan
Jack Belz
Max Brears
Flynn Main
Josh Pascoe
William Shuker
Ryan Stephens
Liam Tilyard
Liam Wilson

Year 7/8

7/8 Gold
Coach: Andy Farrell
Training: Tuesday and Thursday at Bledisloe

Hamish Bernard
Fraser Farrell
Hamish Farrell
Devon Hari
Carl Hayman
Lucas Hitchmough
Cory Lansdown
Reagan Moody
Ben Oakden
Jayden Twiss
Rory van Riele
James Waddell

7/8 Green
Coach: Rene Chalmers & Wayne Kingham
Training: Tuesday at Colin Lawrie and Thursday at Bledisloe

Jackson Baker
Grayson Carley
Kees Chalmers
Aiden Hall
David Kingham
Hitesh Makan
Aaron McCrum
Umang Mehta
Milan Patel
Shayaan Sarker
Jarrod Shackleton
Dylan Stadler

7/8 Blue
Coach: David Neate & Brent Batters
Training: Thursday at Rosa Birch Park

Benjamin Avis
Brayden Barclay
Flynn Batters
Kyle Davies
Grady Neate
Niklas Meads
Braden Miller
Daniel Miller
Marnix Morris
Rumeth Perera
Arvinder Singh


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.

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