I hope all is well after the Christmas break, the weather has been kind and the results for HCCC keep rocking along. We have 4 weeks to go in the season and many of our teams are in strong positions leading into the business end of the season.
We are nearing the end of the season but please remember our Code of Conduct. All players, supporters and coaches should be familiar with the Code and be adhering to it every game. Please take a look again at the Code of Conduct for Juniors https://hibiscuscricket.co.nz/junior-code-of-conduct and Seniors https://hibiscuscricket.co.nz/senior-code-of-conduct
A welcome addition to the area, is the development of the SportsCave, we at HCCC look forward to supporting this centre with winter training programs, coaching and indoor cricket right here on our back door step. A massive thanks to Matt Doel for keeping cricket a strong focus in the development of this amazing venue.
On Monday 25 Feb, under the direction of Bryce Miller – the Coach our Coaches – co-ordinator, we held our second coaching event at the SportsCave. Big thanks to Chris Mundell from Auckland Cricket for running the event, all who attended learnt some great tips on coaching and keeping things fun. We will be running more of these events next season.
Tell your friends and family, we have a new initiative from New Zealand Cricket running until 18th March. Yeah! Girls is a free cricket program for all girls aged 10-14 years. No experience is necessary, it's all about having fun. Sessions are on Monday's 3.30-5.00 at the SportsCave, Whangaparaoa. Register at https://registrations.crichq.com/register/263509 More information www.yeahgirls.nz
With the end of the season fast approaching so to are our prizegiving’s.
Junior Prizegiving will be held on Sunday 7th April .
Senior Prizegiving date to be confirmed soon.
Please save the date in your calendars. More details, including time and venue, to follow in the coming weeks.
News from the Juniors
We continue to see great numbers at our Superstars program on Saturday mornings. It is lots of fun and we see plenty of future HCCC Prem players in the making, the kids are looking great in their HCCC kit. A big thank you to Sam Lucas our English import for keeping this fun and enjoyable for all, and our other regular volunteers for making this possible.
We have added a new Year 5 team to our ranks for the second part of the season. The boys are enjoying the move to hardball cricket.
Our established junior teams are doing well in their respective competitions post Christmas. Special mention to our Y6 Mahu Pacers, Y6 Hadlee and Y7 Frost teams who are top of the table in their divisions, Y7 Vettori and Y7 Rodney Rips take spots 4 and 5 meaning we take 3 of the top 5 spots in the Y7 White ball Comp. We have had some personal achievements with 5 wicket bags, being near the top of the table in batting or bowling, and high run scoring too.
As well as the regular Saturday games we have teams playing in the Interclub Rep Competition on Sundays. Our Yr 6 team is sitting top of the table and we have a large number of our players from all the grades near the top of the tables in batting, bowling or fielding.
Congratulations to all our players both junior and youth who were chosen to play for Harbour Cricketteams. In the district tournaments, teams play for points and the Harbour teams amassed enough points across the tournaments to win the Guptill Cup. Well done to the HCCC players who helped make this happen.
A youth team was entered into the inaugural Auckland Cricket Club of Origin tournament in January and were runners up in the competition. An awesome result.
News from the Seniors (up to 16 February 2019)4
Our Premier Reserves keep on improving, and are now 2nd on the table after back to back outright wins over Eden Roskill and then Grafton last week, with many notable performances with bat and ball. Ramesh continues to score heavily with his 3rd century of the season vs Eden Roskill supported by Steven Henshaw with his first prems 50 for the club, then strong bowling by Brad Norris, Ramesh Lakmal, Sam Lucas, Tyran Van Der Westhuizen, Liam Miller to win by and innings and 176 runs. Then on to the oldest club in Auckland Grafton, a great first day’s bowling saw HCCC only needing 105 for first innings points. It took a little hard work but a great partnership and scores of 44 and 41 to Zylen and Brad saw to a good first innings lead of 80. Followed by another solid bowling effort with all bowlers chipping in (and a HATTRICK to Ramesh). The HCCC Mighty Apes only needed (97) to win. The runs were knocked off with a great partnership between Ramesh 48* and Allister Sail 28* saw the coast take another scalp and climb into 2nd place.
Our Senior 6th Grade (B-dogs) team, after winning 6 in a row in the one day and finishing 3rd, have had a slow start to the 2 day championship with a loss to Waitakere contentiously by 1 wicket. The boys tried hard with Jared Barron scoring 94 and Connor Scott 58, with most bowlers pitching in with a few wickets. All was back on track last week with an outright win over Grafton, set up by Connor Scott’s 5 for 27 in the first innings and then Tyran scoring 123 – his maiden century for the club - and Connor 57 to give us first innings and a good lead. Then bowling them out with 3 overs left for an outright win with Tyran getting a 5 wicket bag of his own to wrap us a great victory – and an impressive Man of the Match performance.
Our One Day Kings 4a side, is currently on 7 straight wins, and in the second half of the competition sitting in second spot. They have thus far crushed all opposition and we look forward to seeing this dynamic and vibrant team continue to dominate. This team had produced a bunch of great individual performances, especially from our veteran Avantha Fernando with bat and ball, Vari Singh with bat and ball, captain Gagan Trehan and Paul Langford keeping the wickets tumbling.