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Premier Preview | Cricket Returns | December 4

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Premier Preview | Cricket Returns | December 4

Praneel HiraClub Cricket

The wait is over. Premier Cricket returns this weekend, with 50-Over cricket kicking the summer off for both the Premier Men’s and Barfoot and Thompson Royal Oak Premier Women’s competitions.

The Two-Day competitions have now been lost to Auckland’s extended lockdown, meaning it will be a season for coloured clothing. 

Auckland Cricket’s General Manager of Community, Dean Bartlett spoke about the approach taken ahead of Saturday’s return.

“The decision to move forward with only two formats this season was based around the consensus of the clubs with the intent to ensure, in a reduced calendar, all players could bat and bowl each weekend. 

“We are working with the Performance Team to offer three-day opportunities for the A squad to ensure players continue to develop their long format skills and will endeavour to re-instate two-day club cricket next season.”

Bartlett also acknowledged the tireless work it has taken for cricket to return safely this weekend.

“Auckland Cricket is truly grateful to all those involved in our community and excited to deliver cricket once again. We thank all clubs, volunteers, umpires, and players for their patience and look forward to an enjoyable season.”

The Barfoot & Thompson Premier Women’s competition kicks of with the Prichard Cup and Takapuna gunning for a fourth straight title. 

David Armstrong, Barfoot & Thompson Royal Oak Branch Manager, is excited to support Women’s sport.

“Barfoot & Thompson Royal Oak are delighted to partner with Auckland Cricket for the coming summer.

“It is a pleasure to be able to support the growth and interest in Women’s sport and we are looking forward to an exciting season ahead.”

With no two-day cricket for 2021/22, the Hibiscus Coast and Kumeu Men’s sides will now wait another year to join the Tom Hellaby Trophy Two Day Championship alongside Birkenhead, East Coast Bays, Ellerslie, Grafton, Howick Pakuranga and Waitakere. 

It has been some 22 years since Kumeu were last a fully-fledged Premier Grade side, and Club Chair Steve Nobilo is excited to see the Cowboys back in the top flight proper. 

“Season 2021/22 is the culmination of a journey Kumeu began over ten seasons ago. Our challenge was to grow, regain principal club status, and then return to Premier Grade.

“Our return is a fitting tribute to the tireless work of many over the club’s 78-year history. This achievement reflects the growth and support of the NorWest community.

“The Premier side enter this new season with a strong self-belief, representing a legacy of good old-fashioned West Auckland pride in their club, their team and their community.”

Hibiscus Coast Club Manager Gair McSkimming is excited about what Premier status could do for the game on the Coast.

“The new club cricket structure will be the best thing for HCCC.

“This will open the pathway for our members and inspire them to stay involved in cricket and be able to do so from home.

“Having a Premier and Premier Reserve side based here on the Hibiscus Coast will create depth and give more young cricketers opportunity. We are thankful to the ACA for working with us to achieve this goal.”

Premier Men

Jeff Crowe Cup | Round One
North Shore vs. Eden Roskill | Devonport Domain
Takapuna vs. Cornwall | Onewa Domain
Howick Pakuranga vs. Auckland University | Lloyd Elsmore Park
Parnell vs. East Coast Bays | Shore Road

Richard Jones Cup | Round One
Ellerslie vs. Waitakere | Michaels Avenue
Birkenhead vs. Papatoetoe | Birkenhead War Memorial
Grafton vs. Suburbs New Lynn | Cox’s Bay
Hibiscus Coast vs. Kumeu | Victor Eaves Park

Barfoot and Thompson Royal Oak Premier Women

Prichard Cup
Papatoetoe vs. Auckland University | Papatoetoe Recreation Ground
Cornwall vs. Takapuna | Cornwall Park
Parnell vs. Howick Pakuranga | Orakei Domain

All Fixtures and Results