National Club Championships 2012
Cornwall Park April 10-15
The creme of New Zealand's club cricketers descends on Cornwall Park from April 10th - 15th to battle it out for the title of National Club Champion.
A tournament hosted and run by the Cornwall Cricket Club, it includes the one day champions from each major Association.
Takapuna have qualified to be Auckland's representative and they'll be joined by Otoumaetai Cadets (Northern), United Palmerston North (Central), Easts (Wellington), St Albans (Canterbury) and Taieri (Otago).
The tournament consists of five day's of round robin play with a finals day on Sunday 15th April.
We'll have daily match reports and scoreboards as well as pics and video to have a look at, so remember to check back in each day.
And don't forget that all games will be live scored on the New Zealand Cricket website, so you can keep up to date with what's happening ball by ball for the entire week.
NCC Limited Over Playing conditions
Easts - Wellington
Otumoetai Cadets - Northern Districts
St Albans - Canterbury
Taieri - Otago
Takapuna - Auckland
United - Central Districts
Day Six Results - 15/4/2014
Takapuna (Auckland) 238/9 (Jono Sole 98, Daniel ter Braak 34; Michael Davidson 3-39) DEFEATED St Albans (Canterbury) 97 (Elliot Herd 4-19) BY 141 RUNS
Auckland's Takapuna outclassed tournament front runners Canturbury's St Albans to win their first ever national club title to cap off an outstanding season. In a match that had plenty of emotion Takapuna's captain Blake Douglas won the the toss and decided to bat. In trouble early at 3-42 through the deadly accurate bowling of Michael Davidson (3-39) and under all kinds of pressure it took the efforts of Jono Sole (98) to play one of the innings of the tournament to spark life into Takapuna's batting. The resulting partnerships with Robbie O'Donnell (24) and later with Daniel ter Braak (34) led into an aggressive last 5 overs that produced a respectable 238 scoreline. Needing a strong response St Albans started in conservative fashion getting to 33 in the 8th over before losing their first wicket. With the pressure mounting more wickets followed as accurate stump to stump bowling had St Albans in trouble. Reeling at 4-38 an all out collaspe looked possible as wickets continued to tumble with spin bowlers Elliot Herd (4-19) and Ryan Scivier (2-4) doing the damage to bowl Takapuna to victory and with it their first ever National Club title.
Otumoetai (Northern Districts) 186 (Matthew Hill 46, Benjamin Christensen 33; Niranjan Naguleswaran 3-27, Michael Burns 3-43) LOST TO Easts (Wellington) 187/7 (Ben Orton 38, Joshua Brodie 33; Nick Earl 4-25) BY 3 WICKETS
Wellington's Easts turned in a solid effort with the bat to defeat Northern District's Otumoetai by 3 wickets claiming 3rd place in a topsy turvy affair that either side could have won. With the previous encounter rained off earlier in the week Otumoetai won the toss and decided to bat. Losing an early wicket it was the batting of opener Matthew Hill (46) that got the innings underway for Otumoetai establishing a solid platform of 109 for 4 before his departure. Benjamin Christensen (33) then put together a quick fire run a ball knock but good bowling from Niranjan Naguleswaran (3-27) and Michael Burns (3-43) continually had Otumoetai in trouble, with the Northern team eventually all out for 186. In reply Easts openers Ben Orton (38) and Joshua Brodie (33) put on an excellent first wicket stand of 72 that had the side in the box seat. With both openers falling in quick succession a rebuild was required that came in the shape of the middle order who all made starts and eventually did enough to take the side home.
United Palmerston North (Central Districts) 158 (Sonpreet Singh 45, Scott Major 38; Ryan Senior 4-27) LOST TO Taieri (Otago) 162/9 (Ryan Senior 55no, Anthony Harris 39; Sonpreet Singh 4-54) BY 1 WICKET
In an intriguing match with plenty of highs and lows Otago's Taieri put on an amazing last wicket stand to defeat Central District's United Palmerston North. After United won the toss and decided to bat it took a solid second wicket partnership of 66, led by opener Sonpreet Singh (45), to have the side in a good position at drinks. When he was dismissed at 74/2 the middle order tried without luck to go on and build through the middle overs with Scott Major (38) the last wicket to fall as the tail crumbled. Ryan Senior (4-27) continued on with his excellent form finishing the competition with 10 wickets and cleaning up the tail in an exceptional display of bowling taking 2 first ball ducks. It was indeed Senior's day as following on from a good opening stand of 57, he batted through with the middle and tail order to make 55 valuable runs as wickets were failing all around. And it was an exciting 23 run partnership with number 11 batsmen Callum Thompson that eventually saw his side home.
Batsman of the Tournament: TRENT BOULT (Otumoetai Cadets - Northern Districts) Runs Scored: 378
Highest Score: 123
Strike Rate: 129.9
Bowler of the Tournament: MATTHEW HOLSTEIN (St Albans - Canterbury)
Wickets Taken: 14
Best Bowling: 6-30
Average runs/over: 3.31
All Rounder of the Tournament: GREG JOHNSON (Takapuna - Auckland)
Runs Scored: 306
Wickets Taken: 11
Player of the Tournament: GREG JOHNSON (Takapuna - Auckland)
Runs Scored: 306
Highest Score: 197
Strike Rate: 121.43
Wickets Taken: 11
Best Bowling: 4-60
Average runs/over: 5.69
1st TAKAPUNA (Auckland)
2nd ST ALBANS (Canturbury)
3rd EASTERN SUBURBS (Wellington)
4th OTUMOETAI (Northern Districts)
5th TAIERI (Otago)
6th UNITED PALMERSTON NORTH (Central Districts)
Final day full scorecards
Tournament Top 10 Batting
Tournament Top 10 Bowling
Day Five Results - 14/4/12
St Albans (Canterbury) 155 (Dan Johnston 41; Ricky Joseph 3-30) DEFEATED Easts (Wellington) 147 (Ricky Joseph 35no; George Earl 4-44) BY 8 RUNS
The cricket juggernaut that is Canterbury's St Albans swept Wellington's Easts aside to move into the major final undefeated. In a close match where the difference was only 8 runs Easts decided to change tactics and use the spin of Niranjan Naguleswaran (2-37) early on to good success. With the middle order exposed and East's eager to nail down the advantage, the bowlers, led by Ricky Joseph (3-30), duly obliged with wickets falling at regular intervals. Dan Johnson (41) produced a rare fight back but when his wicket fell the tail crumbled leaving St Albans all out for 155. In reply Easts lost two early wickets to run outs to be 2 for 10. A rebuild brought Easts back into the match only to lose the key wickets of Jeremy Dean (24) and Ben Orton (25) in quick succession to have the match evenly poised. With the introduction of George Earl (4-44) the match changed complexion. Ricky Joseph (35no) tried valiantly for East's but was unable to get the support needed to prevent the loss.
(48 overs) Otumoetai (Northern Districts) 259/7 (Trent Boult 79, Jonathan Boult 44, Josh Evemy 38) DEFEATED United Palmerston North (Central Districts) 202 (Abhi Ganugapati 64, Todd Mancer 39, Jarrod Cunningham 30; Morgan Bidois 3-29) BY 57 RUNS
A resurgent Northern Districts Otumoetai hit their straps in the championship following victory yesterday to beat United Palmerston North in a hard fought encounter. With a preference to bat first Otumoetai's middle order once again stood up with Trent Boult (79) dominating with the bat, taking his total runs for the campaign to an impressive 374 runs in 5 innings. Another fine knock by Jonathan Boult (44) along with Josh Evemy (38) enabled Otumoetai to post a very respectable 259. In reply United lost two early wickets to be 2 for 17 before a fourth wicket stand of 64 between Abhi Ganugapati (64) and Todd Mancer (39) got the run chase underway. With the introduction of Morgan Bidois (3-29) wickets began to tumble and a rear guard action from Jarrod Cunningham (30) was not enough to prevent Otumoetai taking 3 points and 3rd place in round play.
(48 overs) Takapuna (Auckland) 433/4 (Greg Johnson 197, Elliot Herd 174, Paul Hitchcock 31) DEFEATED Taieri (Otago) 175 (George Spittle 45, Anthony Harris 43; Robbie O'Donnell 4-23) BY 258 RUNS.
Storming into the final Auckland's Takapuna smashed a tournament high 433 runs to claim a massive 258 run victory over Otago's Taieri. In what could only be described as a one sided affair, a second wicket stand of 310 between Greg Johnson (197) and Elliot Herd (174) put the match well beyond doubt. The partnership was a championship record and an exhibition of batting at the highest level. The milestone marked Elliot's maiden hundred for the premier team and was met by rapturous applause from his team mates. Not to be out done Taieri fought hard and solid contributions by openers George Spittle (45) and Anthony Harris (43) combined for a stand of 77 in 10 overs. The start was exactly what was needed but once their wickets fell in quick succession it was all over as Robbie O'Donnell (4-23) helped dismiss Taieri for just 175 and book his side's place in the final.
Points Table (as at end of Round 5)
P W L Pts N/R NRR
St Albans 5 4 0 13 1 1.23
Takapuna 5 3 1 10 1 1.47
Otumoetai Cadets 5 2 2 7 1 0.41
Easts 5 1 3 4 1 -0.13
United Palmerston North 5 1 3 4 1 -0.65
Taieri 5 1 3 4 1 -2.29
Day Four - 13/4/12
(44 overs) Easts (Wellington) 173/9 (Chamika Gajanayaka 61, Scott Golder 31; Greg Johnson 3-31) LOST TO Takapuna (Auckland) 174/5 (Robbie O'Donnell 49, Ryan Scivier 41; Ricky Joseph 3-34) BY 5 WICKETS
In a must win match at the business end of the championship, Auckland's Takapuna came away with a valuable 3 points against Wellington's Easts. Winning the toss and batting first Easts survived the early onslaught of pace man Paul Hitchcock. At first drinks Easts were 1 for 63 and in good shape but the spin of Ryan Scivier and Elliot Herd stemmed the run flow as Chamika Gajanayaka (61) and Scott Golder (31) had to graft away. A weather delay reduced the overs and Easts went on the offensive in pursuit of quick runs. They lost 6 wickets for just 18, eventually being dismised for 173. In a conservative start the Takapuna top 3 were patient in their shot selection reaching 50 for one in the 14th over. Easts almost forced their way back into the match with a few wickets but Robbie O'Donnell (49) and Ryan Scivier (41no) came together to create the match winning partnership and put the result beyond doubt.
(43 overs) Otumoetai (Northern Districts) 194/8 (Scott Stewart 57, Trent Boult 37, Joshua Evemy 34; Ryan Senior 3-62, Timothy Field 3-37) DEFEATED Taieri (Otago) 69 (Jonathan Boult 4-17) BY 126 RUNS
In a much needed boost to their campaign Northern Districts Otumoetai won their first match to move up the ladder and place themselves on the same points as four other teams. They decided to bat first and in what has become a common theme Otumoetai lost early wickets to be in trouble at 2-32. It was left to a stubborn knock from Joshua Every (34) to help get the innings underway and add some much needed stability. This in turn led to an impressive middle order effort by Scott Steward (57), Trent Boult (37) and Nick Earl (24), with Trent maintaining his place as the leading run scorer in the championship with 295 runs in 4 innings. Buoyed by the batting display Otumoetai tore through the Taieri batting line up like a knife through butter as the side was all out for 69. Jonathan Boult was the pick of the bowlers with 4-17.
United Palmerston North (Central Districts) 141 (Jarrod Cunningham 47; Matthew Holstein 3-25) LOST TO St Albans (Canterbury) 143/6 (James O'Gorman 46) BY 4 WICKETS
Canterbury's St Albans flexed more muscle today adding breathing space at the top by defeating United Palmerston North. With United winning the toss and deciding to bat they soon found themselves in trouble at 4-56 in the 14th over. Jarrod Cunningham (47) produced a fine display batting at six to add respectability but with a lack of support at the other end the side was eventually bowled out for 141. St Albans Mr. Consistent Matthew Holstein (3-25) finished the day as leading wicket taker with 12 wickets for the championship sending an ominous message to future opponents. In the chase St Albans lost early wickets until a 49 run partnership led by James O'Gorman (46) saw the side home with four wickets to spare.
Points Table (as at end of Round 4)
P W L Pts N/R NRR
St Albans 4 3 0 10 1 0.77
Takapuna 4 2 1 7 1 0.32
United Palmerston North 4 1 2 4 1 -0.02
Easts 4 1 2 4 1 -0.05
Otumoetai Cadets 4 0 2 4 1 -0.25
Taieri 4 1 2 4 1 -0.79
Day Three Results - 12/4/12
(46 overs) Taieri (Otago) 168/9 (Anthony Harris 57, Ashley Simpson 34; Abhi Ganugapati 3-29) DEFEATED United Palmerston North (Central Districts)143 (Scott Larsen 41, Ryan Senior 3-36) BY 25 RUNS
In a close match where 19 wickets fell in 86 overs it was Otago's Taieri that came up trumps against United Palmerston North. With Taieri choosing to bat it was a strong third wicket partnership of 82 from Anthony Harris (57) and Ashley Simpson (34) that determined the outcome. Abhi Ganugapati continued his fine form with ball in hand with a three wicket bag to take his tally to 8 for the championship. United went about the run chase with intent and were always in contention, however wickets fell at regular intervals to stall the chase, with Scott Larsen (41) making the only score of note in their innings.
(43 overs) St Albans (Canterbury) 270/6 (Gerry Penford 79, Benjamin Langrope 47, Gregory Dawson 38, Christopher McGoldrick 35, David Twigg 35no) DEFEATED Takapuna (Auckland) 180 (Robbie O'Donnell 72, Brad Cachopa 36; Matthew Holstein 6-30) BY 90 RUNS
On a day where either team could cement a top of the table position, St Albans from Canterbury put some distance between them and the chasing pack by defeating Auckland's Takapuna in emphatic style. After losing the toss St Albans finished with 270 in a rain reduced 43 over innings in part due to two excellent partnerships. The first was the opening stand of 77 between Christopher McGoldrick (35) and Gregory Dawson (38). The second was the fourth wicket stand of 106 between Benjamin Langrope (47) and Gerry Penfold (79). Gerry was the sixth wicket to fall with the score on 223 with David Twiggs (35) leading the assault home. Takapuna came out with purpose getting to 50 runs with the loss of one wicket in the sixth over with in-form Brad Cachopa (36) leading the way. Two quick wickets fell before Robbie O'Donnell (72) and Greg Johnson steadied the ship. With those two at the wicket Takapuna were in contention but their departure triggered a collapse that saw them bundled out for 180.
(43 overs) Easts (Wellington) 275/6 (Jeremy Dean 78, Jamie Gibson 67, Joshua McLauchlan 37no) DEFEATED Otumoetai (North Districts) 234 (Trent Boult 117; Nathan Cameron 3-33, Lance Dry 3-44) BY 41 RUNS
Two teams desperate for three points to move up the table met on Cornwall number 3. Wellington's Easts club came away victorious against a determined Northern Districts Otumoetai side. Winning the toss and electing to bat Easts made 275 runs with Jeremy Dean (78) taking the score in two partnerships from 2/28 to 5/162. This established the launching pad for Jamie Gibson (67) and Joshua McLauchlan (37no) for a 6th wicket stand of 99 runs to present a solid score of 275. In response Otumoetai lost early wickets and were reeling at 4-24. In walked Trent Boult (117) to hit his second hundred of the championships in three days. This impressive exhibition of batting has Trent leading the standings with a total of 235 runs in 3 innings. Unfortunately once again it was not enough with Otumoetai bowled out 41 runs short.
Points Table (as at end of Round 3)
P W L Pts N/R NRR
St Albans 3 2 0 7 1 1.07
Easts 3 1 1 4 1 0.27
Takapuna 3 1 1 4 1 0.11
United Palmerston North 3 1 1 4 1 -0.01
Taieri 3 1 1 4 1 -0.47
Otumoetai Cadets 3 0 2 1 1 -0.71
Day Two Results - 11/4/12
Otumoetai (Northern Districts) 191/9 (Jono Boult 75, James Birchall 31no; Benjamin Langrope 3-22) LOST TO St Albans (Canterbury) 102/4 (Gregory Dawson 32) BY 11 RUNS (adjusted target)
Note: no championship points as other matches in round abandoned.
Canterbury's St Albans and Northern Districts Otumoetai came together in another much anticipated clash. Winning the toss and having no hesitation to bowl the opening seam attack of Benjamin Langrope (3-22) and David Twigg (2-41) came out and went about dismantling parts of the Otumoetai batting order. It was through the determined batting efforts of Jono Boult (75) and lower resistance of James Birchall (31) that Otumoetai posted a total of 191. With the weather looking ominous St Albans went about their business with Gregory Dawson (32) scoring at almost a run a ball until the rain decided to intervene and put a stop to play.
Taieri (Otago) 171 (George Spittle 49, Ryan Senior 48; Lance Dry 4-25, Michael Burns 3-38) AND Easts (Wellington) 84/0 at 18 overs (Ben Orton 46no, Niranjan Naguleswaran 32no) MATCH ABANDONED
The Cornwall #2 wicket hosted two teams in search of their first victory in the championship, Wellington's Easts and Otago's Taieri. Winning the toss and deciding to bat Taieri held the early momentum with an opening partnership of 71 led by George Spittle (49). Ryan Senior (48) did manage to carry on with the good work established earlier even as wickets began to tumble at the other end. The chief architect of the collapse was East's Lance Dry (4-25), and with the help of Michael Burns (3-38) they tore through the middle and lower order to have Taieri all out for 171. East's made an excellent start in reply to be well poised at 84 without loss with Ben Orton (46no) and Niranjan Naguleswaran (32no) battting confidently until the weather decided to have the eventual say.
Takapuna (Auckland) 388 (Brad Cachopa 150, Elliot Herd 55, Greg Johnson 42, Blake Douglas 38, Ryan Scivier 35no; Jarrod Cunningham 3-72) AND United Palmerston North (Central Districts) 99/6 at 17.2 overs (Robert James 55; Greg Johnson 4-60) MATCH ABANDONED
Under cloudy skies Auckland's Takapuna for the second successive day won the toss and elected to bat against United Palmerston North. Brad Cachopa (150) wasted no time as he flayed the United attack to every corner in a superb display of power hitting. He reached his 100 in 39 balls and 150 in just 68, amassing 15 fours and 12 sixes. Unfortunately for United the reprieve did not stop there as the support cast of Elliot Herd (55), Greg Johnson (42), Blake Douglas (38) and Ryan Scivier (35no) eventually saw Takapuna reach 388 all out in the 45th over. Showing tremendous belief United came out in high spirits but were soon in trouble as Greg Johnson (4-60) had them teetering at 4-50. It was only a fine captain's knock from Robert James (55) that prevented further damage until the heavens opened up and rain decided the eventual outcome.
Points Table (as at end of Round 2)
P W L Pts N/R NRR
St Albans 2 1 0 4 1 1.04
Takapuna 2 1 0 4 1 0.92
United Palmerston North 2 1 0 4 1 0.05
Easts 2 0 1 1 1 -0.05
Otumoetai Cadets 2 0 1 1 1 -0.92
Taieri 2 0 1 1 1 -1.04
United Palmerston North (CD) v Taieri (O)
Takapuna (A) v St Albans (C)
Otumoetai (ND) v Easts (W)
Day One Results - 10/4/12
Takapuna (Auckland) 267/8 (B Cachopa 49, E Herd 61; J Birchall 3-42) DEFEATED Otumoetai (Northern Districts) 201 (TA Boult 123) BY 66 RUNS.
The Opening Match of the day saw the best in Auckland, Takapuna, against the best of Northern Districts, Otumoetai. With Takapuna winning the toss and electing to bat, the script that was about to unfold begun with Auckland Aces player Brad Cachopa facing up to Black Cap bowler Trent Boult. Brad went on to spearhead a solid 78 run partnership scoring 49 off 48 balls including 4 sixes. The solid start allowed for the middle order to build on the good work with Elliot Herd scoring 61 off 85, with the last 10 overs being very productive for Takapuna as they accumulated 103 runs in a final score of 267/8 at 50 overs. Facing a stiff target Otumoetai made a good start reaching 31 before a collapse had the side 4-53. In stepped Black Cap Trent Boult who amassed 123 off 104 balls in an amazing display of hitting. Unfortunately it was not enough to reach the target with the side all out for 201.
Easts (Wellington) 143 (B Orton 44; A Ganugapati 5-40) LOST TO United Palmerston North (Central Districts) 147/7 (S Major 30; L Dry 3/33) BY 3 WICKETS.
On a beautiful day in Auckland and against the backdrop of One Tree Hill, United Palmerston North won the toss and elected to bowl. Easts from Wellington were never able to take control of the United bowlers staggering to 143 all out in 42.4 overs. An inspirational spell by Abhi Ganugapati blew through the order (5/40) including the key wicket of Ben Orton (44). In reply a solid opening partnership saw United reach 63 before losing the two quick wickets of Scott Major (30) and Abhi Ganugapati (29). The middle and low order batting showed good determination through some persistent bowling by East's, doing enough for the side to reach the target with 3 wickets spare and earning 3 valuable points to start the campaign.
Taieri (Otago) 183 (R Senior 47, DM Weir 39; BJ Langrope 3-38) LOST TO St Albans (Canterbury) 184/8 (GW Penfold 41; TL Hannagan 3-49) BY 2 WICKETS.
In the clash of the South, Taieri from Otago won the toss and elected to bat against their counterparts St Albans from Canterbury. Struggling at the start and in real trouble at 3/16 it wasn't until Ryan Senior (47) and Toby Batchelor (24) came to the crease to put on a fourth wicket partnership of 67 that had Taieri back in the match. Dwayne Weir (39no) carried on the good work as Taieri posted a total of 183 all out. In reply St Albans made a good start reaching 24 before a mini collapse had the side teetering at 4/54. It was at this point Gerry Penford stepped in and took control of the situation with 41 runs off 32 balls to swing the momentum in St Albans favour. It was the lower order led by George Earl (25) and Matthew Holstein (24) that eventually saw St Albans home by 2 wickets and secured South Island bragging rights.
Points Table (as at end of Round (1)
P W L Pts NRR
St Albans 1 1 0 3 1.04
Takapuna 1 1 0 3 0.92
United Palmerston North 1 1 0 3 0.05
Easts 1 0 1 0 -0.05
Otumoetai Cadets 1 0 1 0 -0.92
Taieri 1 0 1 0 -1.04
Round 2 matches:
St Albans (C) v Otumoetai (ND)
Easts (W) v Taieri (O)
Takapuna (A) v United Palmerston North (CD)