Over the 2011 winter we contacted many of our cricketers and got some wonderful updates, pictures and videos from our cricketers which I am sure our community will enjoy.
Following our Hawke Cup Challenge match Seth had surgery done on his shoulder to fix a torn muscle. Seth and the association are confident that Seth will recover fully and the aim for Seth is that he will be fully fit by the end of August. Training for Seth started in the first week of July, initially the focus will be on fitness, balance and core strength. This focus will soon have Seth back rolling the arm over as only Seth can do! All the best on the road to recovery Seth we are looking forward to following your progress.
Daniel has just returned to Otago University, Dunedin for the start of the 2nd semester, where he is into his second year of a PE degree + a Bachelor of Science, where his major is Anatomy. Daniel has made contact with Mark Bracewell who is the Cricket Manager of the Otago Cricket Association. Daniel is hoping to get some winter training in alongside Mark Bracewell, who co-ordinates a lot of the fitness in Otago. Daniel also has access to Vaughan Johnson, who is the Volts fast bowling coach which Daniel says, “he has no doubt will be useful in adding some pace and retaining my swing.” All the best with that winter training Daniel, the Wairarapa Cricket Association look forward to welcoming you back in November after the completion of your exams.
In 2011 Gordon had a season playing cricket for Edinburgh Accies in Scotland. He enjoyed the experience so much that he has gone back this year, and is playing for Arbroath Cricket Club in the Eastern Premier Division. Unfortunately the so called summer has had a major effect on Gordan’s cricket experience so far, with cricket called off due to rain for 4 weeks in a row. Just to make sure we believed him Gordon sent us this picture of a cricket ground near to where he is living.
Gordie has found this really frustrating as it has been really hard to get any momentum going. A highlight for Gordon has been that he was selected to play for a Scotland XI in two T20 games but halfway through the first game, the rain came pouring down and so the the game was called off as was the second game due to rain! Well done Gordon for being selected – an awesome effort!
When it isn’t raining Gordon has enjoyed spending time in the nets with his captain and feels like he has made a lot of improvements.
Gordon coming into the attack for Arbroath
Darren Dingle a member of last years Kuranui team and the winner of the John Gray cup for open grade batting left for Hyderabad, India, in May to play cricket. He is currently playing League cricket in Hyderabad and at the time of writing this article Darren had taken part in two pre-season T20 matches. Darren made a great start by scoring 41 off 31 balls as the opener in the first game, with 2 sixes. In the second game Darren took a great catch which can be seen on the video attached. What is so great about this video is one can just see, feel and almost smell the whole Indian cricket experience for Darren.
After that Darren was off to Bangalore with a team from Wellington where they were playing four T20’s, two 2 dayers and six one dayers, all in the space of 14 days! Just heaven for Darren! Darren is now back in Hyderabad where the league season has started.
Darren was an instrumental member of the Kuranui team that played in the Open Grade last season and is very keen to keep them together. Obviously the Wairarapa Cricket Association are right behind this and so whilst in India Darren is working behind the scenes with Sammy Curtis and Craig McBride on getting Kuranui Old Boys up and running for the 2012/13 season.
Like Gordon Jamie ventured overseas to play cricket in Northern Ireland last year. Carrickfergus Cricket Club, who play in the Northern Ireland Premier League, were so good to Jamie that it wasn’t a difficult decision for him to return this year when asked to go back.
Also like Gordie, with the UK experiencing one of it wettest summers in decades, cricket has been very frustrating for Jamie. In the Northern Cricket Union, when a game has been called off twice due to rain they have a bowl off. The video below is a bowl off between Carrickfergus and Warringstown, which Carrickfergus won. It shows a complete contrast of ground conditions between India and Northern Ireland.
Jamie is opening for Carrickfergus and his goal is to secure his place as an opener for the club. Jamie is pleased with his season thus far where he has had two 60’s against strong sides and last week he and his kiwi compatriot, Mikey Taioroa, who plays for Hawkes Bay scored a record partnership for the club of 284 runs. Mikey got 176* and Jamie got 134. Jamie has now played 8 games with his average as an opener being 40.
As far as the bowling goes, he is finding it more difficult than usual with such wet conditions and soft wickets, but is pleased with the progress he is making.
A highlight for Jamie was the opportunity to net bowl to the Australian cricket team who were in Belfast to play a one dayer against Ireland, but unfortunately bad weather didn’t allow this to happen. But Jamie says, “However I did get to meet the team which was great.”
Jamie is longing for Carrickfergus to get a win under their belt. They have had so many narrow losses and bad luck.
Like Gordie and Jamie, Mattie returned for a second season to play in England. After a very successful season for Lechlade Cricket Club, where he scored 4 hundreds in 28 matches, averaging 55 and took 43 wickets, Mattie decided to play for Brixham Cricket Club who play in the A Division of the Devon Cricket League. At the half way point after a good start, Brixham has slipped into a close 5th out of the 10 in the competition, but all the top 5 teams are reasonably close on points.
Mattie says, “Personally it’s been unusual, performing more highly with the ball instead of the bat. Not to complain though because it’s a new experience, playing in different roles and I’m always pleased to be improving a certain aspect of my game.”
Mattie has been bowling exceptionally well and has two 5 wicket bags. The first being 5 for 45 off 13 versus Plympton Cricket Club and the second being 5 for 133 off 12. At the half way point of the season Mattie has taken 23 wickets for Brixham. He does add, “the pitches have been turning square!”
On the 30th June Mattie scored 116 for Brixham versus Abbotskervell Cricket Club. Well done Mattie!
Mattie is enjoying the company of fellow kiwi Mitch Renwick, who plays for Manawatu and Brixham. They have been getting midweek games for other clubs against touring sides and are trying to get in as much practice as possible, “when the rain stays away.”
To all the other Wairarapa Cricketers, who we have asked to send in reports, pictures and videos we would love to hear how you are getting on so that we can report it to our Wairarapa Cricket community. In fact we love hearing from any of our cricketers, now matter how old or young, so send in information to the webmaster at webmaster [at] wairarapacricket [dot] co [dot] nz