National Club Cricket Champs Stat Chat

With Eastern Suburbs declared the winners and the tournament all wrapped up it’s time to look over the stats and reflect on some of the exceptional performances the boys had over the tournament.

Player of the tournament was an easy choice. Jamie Gibson put up impressive numbers with both bat and ball again this year to win the award in back-to-back tournaments. With the bat, he scored 161 runs at an average of 53.67. Bowling, he claimed most wickets of the tournament (14) at a miniscule average of 7.57 all the while maintaining a very tight economy rate of 3.53. Gibson’s performance in the final where he scored 61* and took 4/32 showcased emphasised how much he deserved this award.

Run machine, Max O’Dowd, amounted 234 runs this tournament at an average of 58.50. He scored his highest score (103) against Albion but you could argue his most valuable knock came in the 3rd place playoff against Mount Maunganui. O’Dowd contributed 77 runs in a low scoring affair which Takapuna won with just 1 wicket remaining. The next highest scorer only compiled 19 runs which shows how hard runs were to come by.

Mount Maunganui skip, Dale Swan, took 11 wickets at 11.55. On the final day he secured the Bowler of the Tournament award by claiming a hat-trick. Taking three in a row is always impressive, however, this one even more so due to the calibre of batsmen he knocked over in claiming it. Dan ter Braak, Takapuna opener, Rob O’Donnell, regular Auckland Ace and Takapuna first drop and Hendrik van Vuuren, Takapuna’s number 4.

Teja Nidamanuru was awarded all-rounder of the tournament. All up he scored 100 runs and took 11 wickets. The story of his 100 runs will go down into National Club Cricket Championship folklore. On Cornwall Park 3 Teja was bowling well for 8 overs claiming 2 for 41, however, in the first ball of his ninth he dislocated his finger fielding off his own bowling. He was rushed to hospital for treatment.

He returned to find Albion requiring a mammoth 360 for victory, but 237 to go through to the final on net run rate. In his condition, no one would blame him for not strapping on the pads in what seemed to be a losing cause at 152/8. Against the odds he went out to bat and amazingly scored 100* off 50 balls, bringing up his century with a six off the final ball of the match. In the process securing a finals spot for Albion.

A special mention to Tom Taylor, leader of the Bomb Squad (most tournament sixes) with 16 sixes. He went ballistic in his first knock of the tournament scoring 60 off his 81 runs through sixes. In another knock against Eastern Suburbs he scored 81 off 39 balls, this time just 4 sixes (watch sixes from this knock below). This tournament he scored 196 runs at an average of 49. His strike rate throughout was 176.58.



Player of the Tournament
Jamie Gibson
Runs: 161, Average: 53.67, Strike Rate: 84.29, Highest Score: 69*
Wickets: 14, Average: 7.57, Best Figures: 5/29

Batsman of the Tournament
Max O’Dowd
Runs: 234, Average: 58.50, Strike Rate: 93.60, Highest score: 103

Bowler of the Tournament
Dale Swan
Wickets: 11, Average: 11.55, Best Figures: 4/30 (including a hat-trick)

All-Rounder of the Tournament
Teja Nidamanuru
Runs: 100, Average: 33.33, Strike Rate: 163.93, Highest Score: 100*
Wickets: 11, Average: 12.82, Best Figures: 5/55

Highest Score of the Tournament
Sam Wells

Best Bowling Figures of the Tournament
Jamie Gibson

Total Tournament Sixes

Most Sixes in one Innings
Teja Nidamanuru

Most Sixes Overall
Tom Taylor

These figures came from just four games as the first two days were abandoned due to Cyclone Debbie lingering over Auckland.