National Club Cricket Championships – Match Reports Day One

Manukau City (Northern Districts) 170 (Ish Sodhi 64; Jeet Raval 4/52) LOST TO Suburbs New Lynn (Auckland) 173/4 (Tem Hodson 45, Jeet Raval 42(retired hurt) Michael Barry 30) BY 6 Wickets.

An impressive display with bat and ball has taken Suburbs New Lynn to a strong opening win in the National Club Champs against Manukau City. Suburbs had seen Manukau as a potentially difficult first up opponent with Ish Sodhi and a number of other rep players on their books. But a very tidy effort with the ball helped Suburbs restrict Manukau to a meagre total. At one point Ish Sodhi had threatened to put on a serious show as he used to his long levers to send the ball all around Cornwall Park. Suburbs New Lynn players forced to form search parties behind Cornwall’s club rooms on multiple occasions. But a determined spell from Mondiale Ace Jeet Raval paid off. After being lofted for a couple of big sixes he picked up Sodhi’s wicket for 64. None of the five batsmen who entered after Sodhi were able to break double figures and Manukau were all out for 170.

In reply Raval was able to influence the game again as he and Tem Hodson delivered a very solid platform for Suburbs. Their partnership was only broken when Raval retired hurt struggling on a knee he had tweaked bowling. Hodson and skipper Michael Barry then added a strong partnership to carry Suburbs most of the way home. Dependable Auckland U19 captain Mitchell Murray was then able to guide his side to a close with James Parslow and then then George Hanham.

Full scorecard here.

Check out our video interview with Suburbs New Lynn’s Dane Watson below.


Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 197/8 (Jamie Gibson 90*) DEFEATED Napier Tech Old Boys (Central Districts) 180 (Christian Leopard 101*; Ricky Joespeh 4/23) by 17 runs

 An unbeaten 90 from recent Wellington first-class debutant Jamie Gibson gave Easts just enough cushion to take victory over a determined Napier Tech Old Boys. Napier’s own young gun New Zealand U19 rep Christian Leopard very nearly got his side home. Gibson’s 90 was the shining light on an Easts’ card that showed no other player was able to get past 17. Arriving at the crease in just the fourth over Gibson was able to carry his side through their 50 overs in order to make sure they set a total.

In reply the Texans looked like they might be swept aside very quickly by the experienced Wellington side but Leopard’s arrival very quickly changed any of those thoughts. In a 78 ball stay at the crease the youngster was able to clear the rope 7 times and add 9 further boundaries. His hitting at the death very nearly took Napier over the line. Leopard however simply didn’t have the support. A double strike from Easts’ veteran skipper Lance Dry completing the victory for his side.

Full scorecard here. 

St Albans (Canterbury) 317/8 (James O’Gorman 70, Dylan Budge 70, Mathew Holstein 53, Michael Slack 30; Jack Nuttai 3/65, Michael Fraser 3/75,) DEFEATED Kaikorai (Otago) 153 (Matt Hunter 31) by 164 runs.

Canterbury representatives St Albans completed perhaps the most dominant victory of the day over Otago’s Kaikorai. After some early trouble at the top of the order following being sent a big middle order effort and some late hitting took St Albans to a very competitive total.

Cornwall’s number 3 ground offers plenty of opportunity to clear the boundary but players can often get into trouble as they misjudge the short boundaries. However St Albans showed they were very capable of sending the ball past the rope as they hit more boundaries than any other team on the opening day. The team amassed 32 4s and 12 6s in their innings. 70s for skipper James O’Gorman and fellow middle order player Dylan Budge being the chief contributions to St Alban’s total of 317.

With the ball St Albans once again offered an all around team approach where no one bowler got through their full complement and four different players picked up two wickets. After backing themselves to play an attacking brand of cricket all season in Dunedin Kaikorai will be hoping things can click for them in their next outings at the championships. St Albans will be hoping to keep their strong form as they head to the much larger number 1 ground tomorrow against Manukau City.

Full scorecard here.