Invitation March 2016

Invitation matches 20th March 2016


Harris 81 all out lost to Mid Canterbury 134 all out

A picture perfect day for cricket and for the boys first game on a grass pitch. Mid Canterbury won the toss and sent us into bat which proved a wise move. They bowled tightly with a very good line and length getting regular wickets in the opening overs. Ben Trillo, one of our openers, dug in scoring a hard earned 10 off 42 balls.

With 8 down for 50, including 4 ducks, at the drinks break (20 overs) it looked like an early finish was on the cards. Hunter Stewart and Sean Whitty showed some very sound defence and while they didn’t score a lot of runs they showed good technique to frustrate the Mid Canterbury bowlers.  Hunter scored 7 off 32 balls and Sean 8 off 42 balls. Will Ullrich came in at number 11 and topped scored for the team with 18 off 16 balls before he was bowled with our total at 81 runs in the 28th over.

While all the Mid Canterbury bowlers played well, two to watch out for in the future are Lachie Jemmett who bowled 4 overs taking 5 wickets for 12 runs, and Ashton Dargue who bowled 2.4 overs taking 3 wickets for 13 runs.

Mid Canterbury started soundly and it took until the 5th over for Will Ullrich to get the first break through. From then on a tight bowling and fielding effort made Mid Canterbury work hard for every run. They got there in the 24th over but not before losing 7 wickets. One of the wickets a screamer of a catch by a diving Sean Whitty to hold on to a well hit hook shot. 

We bowled out our 40 overs getting the last (11th) wicket on the first ball of the last over with Mid Canterbury scoring 134 runs. The wickets were spread around and notable performances with the ball from Will Ullrich with 2 wickets for 12 runs off his 5 overs, Ben Trillo with 2 wickets for 5 runs off his 4 overs and Sean Whitty with two wickets for 8 runs off his 3.1 overs of spin.

Thanks to all the family and friends who came and supported the team and to the boys for who kept on trying until the last ball of the game.

Bond 185/3 lost to South Canterbury 188/?

The invitation teams were named, everyone in the team had been contacted, batting and bowling orders were finalised. The scene was set as the team and I made the long journey to Waihi School, South Canterbury.

Our captain Joey Pawson lost the toss and we were sent into bat, which would have been our choice anyway if we had won. Not a great start losing an early wicket in the first over, but we bounced back from that and kept the run rate at a steady pace. The quality of our batsmen on display was something that I really admired while umpiring. There were outstanding shots all around the ground. Everyone who batted kept great self control and discipline in playing the ball under their eyes and keeping the ball on the ground. There were very few bad shots and for me our batting talent on display was the highlight of the game. Great performance’s included, Charlie Croy (26*), Harry Croy (11*), Jonty Inglis (24*), Seb May (39*) Joey Pawson (20*) Bradley Prescott (10*). We finished up with a total of 185/3.

I felt as though we could have put a few more runs on the board but didn’t really have any one in the team who you would call a slogger, only quality batsmen. Against a strong South Canterbury bowling attack of good pace bowlers swinging the ball around and handy off spinners, the team did well..

Our early bowling performance was mixed with no one being able to get an early wicket, but at the same time keeping the South Canterbury run rate right down. In over 21 we had our first wicket from Joey Pawson. Other good bowling performances included Charlie Hoban (0-9 off 5 overs), Harry Croy (1-19 off 4 overs) and outstanding figures from Charlie Croy who bowled at the death (3-3 off 3 overs).

Although the run rate got too high during some stages of the innings we were still in the game right up until the last over where South Canterbury required 4 runs from the last over. With 2 balls remaining there was 2 required for a win, with 1 ball remaining there was 1 required for a win and a boundary was hit.

Although we didn’t win, the boys learnt from travelling away to play and also stepping up to play on a full length pitch which the opposition were used to, we were not. So well done boys!


McMillan Black 186/3 beat Mid Canterbury 99 All Out

McMillan Black lost the toss and were asked to bat by Mid Canterbury at Elmwood Park. An excellent opening partnership of 56 between Tim Seeto and Mario Raxworthy was followed by a partnership of 88 between Tim and Hugh Duston. With all batsmen playing well we compiled 186/3 at the end of 40 overs. Tim Seeto 55 retired, Hugh Duston 36 retired, Mario Raxworthy 33.

Mid Canterbury started well with an opening partnership of 43, however with excellent leg spin bowling by Charlie Hickey who took 5 for 12 including 2 stumping's by Tim Seeto, Mid Canterbury were dismissed for 99 in 29 overs.

Stead Red 172/5 beat Country South 108 All Out

Stead Red travelled to the village green setting of Weedons Domain to play Country South. After winning the toss and electing to bat in warm conditions the first half of the innings was anchored by Oakley Hawes who batted steadily for a well complied 29 before retiring. Harry Sharr batted attractively to top score with 46 and with useful contributions throughout the order the team batted at a good tempo to end the 40 overs at 172/5.

Country South got off to a flying start at 27 without loss after 5 overs however a run out halted their momentum and the introduction of Bryce Lukeys leg spin further restricted them. Stead continued to apply the pressure with a high intensity fielding effort and Country South collapsed to 71/9 before a spirited last wicket partnership saw them through to 108 when they were bowled out in the 33rd over resulting in a comfortable win to Stead Red. Bryce was the pick of the bowlers with 2/24 from 7 overs.

Stead Black 236/6 beat South Canterbury 143/9

Stead Black travelled to Geraldine to play South Canterbury at the main oval in Geraldine. Pitch and grounds were in good condition and well prepared for the game. With the weather being kind to us we were in for a great day. McMillan lost the toss and were sent in to bat. Not the choice we would have wanted but the boys were happy to try set the pace. Stead Black opened with Hamish Falls-Anderson and Riley McCullum who got us off to a steady start but ensured we did not lose early wickets. At the 10 over mark the boys put the foot down and put some pressure on the bowlers with some cracking shots by Riley who went on to his 50 off just 57 Balls. After both Riley and Hamish retired it was up to Jordan Braithwaite and Jacob Walters to keep the pace going. Both of them reached the thirties before getting out trying to keep the tempo going. Lost a few wickets in the last over trying to maximise the score but finished on a very good total of 236 for 6.

It was then Stead Black's turn to endure the heat and field. Both the South Canterbury openers were very watchful of our opening bowlers and we were able to keep the required run rate going up with some tight bowling. Kalani Griffiths and Tom Hart picked up a couple of wickets each and with some great fielding and 2 run outs South Canterbury were restricted to 143 for 9 off their 40 overs. So overall a great win by Stead Black and a good all-round performance by all the boys.

McMillan Red 91 All Out lost to Country North 139 All Out

The McMillan Red Invitation side travelled to Southbrook Park, Rangiora to take on Canterbury Country (North) in a 40 over match. Both teams were excited, buoyed by the Black Caps recent T20 success in India and looking to emulate their heroes.

We were greeted by a spectacular North Canterbury day that promised scorching heat but despite this the outfield was lush and the pitch green. Ben Mason, captaining McMillan, won the toss and invited the Country side to bat. From the start the wicket was low and slow but  despite this Ben Breitmeyer extracted some pace out of the pitch picking up two clean bowled dismissals early and finishing with 2-17. Mitch Pile top scored for the home side with 33 ably assisted by Archie Pain who contributed 31 to the Country total of 139 all out.

Much like the Australian  team in Dharamsala the week prior, McMillan left the field satisfied that 140 was an eminently chaseable target. But also like their Australian counterparts, they hadn't taken into account the pitch conditions and the opposition’s attack. Country used a combination of accurate slow-medium pace and spin to strangle the McMillan batsmen on the lifeless track. Only Jake Dickey (17), Ben Breitmeyer (14) and Charlie Eglinton (12) eeked out double figures.  James Anderson finished with 3 wickets and Lachlan Jones 2-13 dismissing McMillan for 91.

Overall country bowled and fielded far better to the conditions clearly demonstrating their greater experience on grass. It was a great day at Rangiora and the game was  played in excellent spirit. Both teams will take away from the day the importance of adapting to the conditions 


Papps Red 135/5 beat Canterbury Country North 133 all out

North Canterbury batted first and after 12 overs were 46 for none. One of their opening batsmen, a right hander, played really well and scored a quick fire 30 ( he hit the ball hard). Rocco O'Loughlin and Thomas Owens opened the bowling and both bowled well, straight and full and didn't panic when the right hander hit them back over their heads.

Our fielding was average in the first ten overs including dropping the hard hitting opener when he was on 10. Jackson Rhodes and Ryan Pringle bowled really important spells that got us back into the game, at the 25 over mark Country North were about 85 for 4 . Also Will Pierce, Rocco O'Loughlin, Tom Smith, Sam Whittaker and Harry Bishpan also bowled well. Sam Whittaker also picked up three wickets at the end of the innings.

This restricted them to 133 all out and Papps Red also got a really good run out .

Papps Red then opened with Harry Bishpan and Hugh Quirk. Harry was out first ball to their big tall opening bowler and then Hugh and Will Pierce put on 20. Hugh then out LBW, after looking solid). From 20/2 off 7 or 8 overs we got through to 70 to 2 at drinks with a good partnership between Will Pierce and Sam Harris. They ran well and took the game back in our favour.

We retired both Will 46 not out off 64 balls and Sam Harris 26 not out off 52 balls as wanted to see how other players would perform chasing runs. Ryan Pringle played well until he played across one and got bowled for approx 12 or 13, Jackson Rhodes out for 3. Caleb Heyns then played well for approx 15/20 not out and finished off game with Rocco who was about 5 not out.

We won with about 5 overs to go 5 down. Overall a really good win as North Canterbury had us under pressure at certain stages of the game and we responded with both ball and bat at key times.

Papps Black 93 all out lost to South Canterbury 121 all out

Played under South Island Tournament rules.

Lost the toss and fielded. In general our fielding was average, we did take one or two smart catches but dropped 4, our fine leg fielders did not have a good day allowing 3 to 4 boundaries to slip under fingers. 

Our bowling was inconsistent with stand out performers Oliver Lyons 1-7, Ben MacLennan 4-6 and Logan McGregor 2-14 (good line and length) Oliver and Logan were particularly hostile, Ben bowled a beautiful line and length and was very accurate and returned the best bowling figures. Jayan Goldsworthy took a couple of wickets with leg spin and he and Sam Dickie also bowled well. We bowled them out for 121.

In our run chase under the SIT rules we had 2 hours 10 minutes to make the runs which equated to 4 runs and over. Jayan (21) and Roan (14) got us off to a great start but both fell with the score on 37. Both looked very comfortable and at this stage the win predictor would have given us 75%. Then we capitulated. We had 4 ducks and in all and 7 very low scores. Sam Dickie and Jamie Barr (who ran out of partners) gave us hope but we were bowled out for 91 runs (losing 9 wickets for 56 runs).


Bowling: apart from the bowlers mentioned we struggled with line and length, Fielding: average. Batting: we struggled apart from the batters mentioned  We lacked basic techniques in playing on grass, lot of the players out defending on the back foot and not playing forward or getting their head over the ball, shots which should have been more assertive were played too tentatively, giving simple catches.

Germon Black 192/7 beat Mid Canterbury 134/9

Germon Black - Jono Lee 62 (47), Kobe Stackhouse 39 (65), Nicky Thompson 23 (39), Sam Rilly-Sigel 2/12

Mid Canterbury - Angus Gemmet 62 (103), Sam Rilly-Sigel 20 (56), Kobe Stackhouse 2/11, Ben Hanrahan 2/11

On an awesome sun drenched Sunday morning Mid-Canterbury travelled to Christchurch to take on CJCA Germon Black in a 40 over match. Mid Canterbury won the toss and elected to bowl first on a deck that overall played well all day. Germon Black openers made a good start sticking to our target of 4rpo until an unfortunate run out with the team on 30. We continued to lose wickets regularly to find ourselves at 66/4 heading into the drinks break. The talk at drinks was the need to create partnerships, Nicky Thompson & Kobe Stackhouse steadied the innings with a small partnership before Jono Lee joined Kobe at the wicket to share in a 86 run partnership which was key to us reaching 192 from our 40 overs.

Mid Canterbury then began their run chase needing 4.8rpo to achieve the target in 40 overs. Germon Black opening blowers of Adam Poumaka & Nic Hampton started with a very tidy set of overs which held the opposition to just 11 runs off the first 6 overs. We then made steady in roads into the Mid Canterbury batting order to have them 5/50 half way through the overs. This left them needing 143 in the last 20 at 7.1rpo which in the end proved a mountain too big to climb. Mid Canterbury batted out their 40 overs to reach 134/9 but never really threatened the Germon score. For Mid Canterbury, Angus Gemmet batted well for his 62 and Germon’s pick of the bowling figures were Kobe Stackhouse & Ben Hanrahan both 2/11 off 4 overs each.

A good win and a satisfying finish to the cricket season.