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155th Opening Day
This Saturday is Opening Day (weather permitting play on the Domain).
The Premiers will be starting their 2-Day campaign against Birkenhead on Domain No1 from 11am.
Come on down any time during the day, or in the afternoon after 4pm for a beverage from the bar, some snacks and our Club Chair Campbell will officially open the season at 7pm. All welcome.
Cricket Education Evening with Doug Cowie
October 24th, 7.30pm, at the clubrooms. All welcome.
The Domain was abuzz on Sunday with lots of kids giving cricket a go and for those moving to hardball learning how to run in pads and see out of helmets. Lots of fun had by all.
Mike Olsen's 106* was a standout last Saturday.
At Vauxhall Road, North Shore were sent in and scored just under 300 before restricting Ellerslie with the ball to claim victory.
Three big scores headlined the Shore batting effort, including a superb 106* from Michael Olsen at number three.
Olsen played the perfect anchor role for North Shore, looking untroubled for much of his ton striking at a shade above 90.
Olsen and skipper Graeme Beghin combined for an 81-run partnership before Josh Hayward claimed his second wicket to remove Beghin for 74.
In the 28th over, another stroke maker in Ronnie Hira (87) joined the fun, Hira plundering the Ellerslie attack with six massive sixes in his 50-ball stay at the crease.
With 296/7 from their 50 overs, the home side would’ve been happy at the halfway point and an early strike from Matt Strain put them further on top in the fifth over.
Although they never looked like chasing hard for runs, this Ellerslie side did have some fight with opener Abrar Alam (47), and Aditya Edekar (83) putting on 136 runs for the second wicket.
When Alam was dismissed as the first of Asiri Wickramanayake three victims, Ellerslie were unable to build any further partnerships of substance despite 36* from Dipesh Patel.
The visitors batted out their 50 overs but could only manage 213/6 as North Shore registered their first win in the 2017/18 Jeff Crowe Cup.
North Shore 296/7 (G Beghin 74, M Olsen 106, R Hira 87; J Hayward 3/32, S Harish 4/54) defeated Ellerslie 213/6 (A Alam 47, A Edekar 83, D Patel 36; A Wickramanayake 3/38)
And Reserves Demolish Waitakere
The NSCC Premier Reserves, led by a quality innings from Ryan Thomson, notched a comprehensive first up win over Waitakere in the Premier Reserves Limited Overs Major Championship.
Winning the toss and batting first, NSCC were soon in trouble after the early loss of James O’Brien and Mitch Bremner. This brought Ryan Thomson (right) to the crease, who in conjunction with Simon McGowan rebuilt the innings with a solid 65 run partnership. After McGowans departure, Arjuna (AB) Jayasinghe, a new player at the club, pounded the Waitakere attack into submission with a quickfire 64 in a partnership of 131 with Thomson.
Thomson was eventually dismissed for a well compiled 94, and Aidan (Red) O’Connor and Andy Strain ended the innings with a 59 run partnership, leaving Shore with 288/5 off their 50 overs.
A fiery start from Josh Syme in conjunction with O’Connor saw Waitakere reduced to 20/3 – the 2nd of those wickets an outstanding direct hit run out from Mitch Bremner. Jono Kemp was brought on and took two quick wickets to see Waitakere crumble to 40/5 – a tough ask to come back from!
NSCC lost Malav Brahmbatt to a finger injury, but this did not deter them – Angus Frew mopping up the tail with 3/43 and Simon McGowan taking 2/21 to see Waitakere dismissed for 178 and a 110 run win to North Shore.
The side are at home at Vauxhall Reserve against last year's champions Eden Roskill this weekend, hoping to go two from two to start the season!
Go The Shore!
A left-arm spinner, Ronnie Hira played in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka for New Zealand. Later that year, he made his first-class debut for Auckland, but represented Auckland with more regularity in the limited-overs formats, and was a part of the 50-over and Twenty20 sides that took the domestic titles in 2010-11. Subsequently, he travelled to India for the Champions League T20.
After playing his club cricket for North Shore Ronnie moved in 2012 to play for Canterbury where he was a regular in their limited over set up. He went on to play 15 T/20 matches for New Zealand.
Hira is known for his sharp fielding and could contribute a cameo down the order if needed.
Now back in Auckland, Ronnie is of course, back at the Shore!
Colts All Stars
TGS Colts have a long tradition (going back 2 years) of travelling to Tauranga for pre-season warm up games. The connection is due to Don Warner being Coordinator of Western BOP cricket – Don is Bruce Warner’s brother who was a long time stalwart of the North Shore club as player, coach and administrator.Back Row: Kennedy Scott, Hayden McKay, Mac Dalzell, Adam Little, Will Dalzell, Anna Browning, Ruby Worrall
So this year a TGS Colts All Stars team (8 boys and 3 girls) headed down to Papamoa to take on the BOP Colts sides.
We stayed at the Papamoa Beach Resort which provided a great environment for the team to relax and enjoy themselves after the matches. We also fluked it with the weather, picking the only fine three days in a row since about January!
Day 1 we took on Papamoa College in a 30 over match and posted 133 in our 30 overs. Papamoa had bowled well so we weren’t sure it would be enough until our bowlers got going and our fielders stood up to dismiss Papamoa for just 33 runs. As was the case for all three games, everyone contributed with runs, runouts, catches and wickets.
Day 2 was a 50 over game vs Mt Maunganui College. Mt Maunganui batted first and posted an impressive 240. We gave the chase a good effort but fell short on 195. The highlight was a magnificent innings of 94 from Adam Little.
Day 3 we took on BOP Cadets in a 30 over match. We posted 200 runs in 30 overs and thought that would be hard to chase down. But the Cadets batted very well and gave us a huge fright, until we finally contained them for 193. The highlight was Mac Dalzell’s innings of 64, the Big Mac’s first 50.
So two wins from three games and great preparation for the upcoming season. Great cricket played in the right spirit in a beautiful part of the country.
Big thanks to Don Warner and the BOP coaches and teams for hosting us. Thanks to Ian McAlpine for coaching, Leanne Little for the cordon bleu cooking and to all the parents who helped out.
Front Row: Max Clarke, Jack Clough, Michael Walker
Food, glorious food …
Karen Carpenter. But she didn't like that either and suggested we use a picture of Rachel Hunter instead.When asked why Rachel Hunter? She responded "Because she looks like me!"
Well, of course, we would have to agree, wouldn't we?
All the kitchen crew are back on board again this year!
Karen will be cooking up a storm from Saturday, October 28th in the mornings and providing you with your morning caffeine fix.
From Wednesday, November 1st kids’ dinners are available after training leading in to adults’ meals during Twilight Tonk Cricket.
Lucy’s café will be open every Saturday when the Premier team is playing at home selling lunch, snacks, baking and drinks from midday till 4 pm.
Every Saturday night the kitchen will be cranking from 5 pm – 8.30 pm selling great value Pizza meals for $10 and hot chips.
The bar is open again on Saturday’s from this Saturday at 4pm.When we first posted a picture of our fabulous Karen McKenzie she said she didn't like the photo and to use another. So last week we posted a picture of