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Mark Medlicott is back as acting chief executive of South Canterbury Cricket.
South Canterbury Cricket Association president Andrew McRae said Medlicott was likely to stay in the role for the rest of the season which ends in late March.
Medlicott held the role from November 2012 until early September this year while a combined South Canterbury rugby and cricket boss was found.
The successful applicant, Tony Lewis, started five weeks ago but suddenly quit the role last week to become chief executive at the Tasman Makos.
“Give the time it could take to sit down and appoint someone new, I’d imagine, in all likelihood he will be there for the rest of the season,” McRae said yesterday.
The board has found four new directors.
Former representative players Todd Elliotte and Garry Ballantyne will join accountant Greg O’Brien and former Cantabrian Richard Spackman as new members.
They will join returning president McRae and directors Peter Scott and Grant Hamel.
Ryan de Joux will remain as the players’ representative.
A superb direct hit runout from the deep by Adam Beck sparked a Star batting collapse and an eight wicket win to Roncalli/Celtic in the second round of South Canterbury 45-over cricket on Saturday.
Star looked to be rebuilding at 70 for two with Danny Campbell looking to up the run rate on 20 before he fell victim to a runout from long-on trying to grab a second run.
His demise saw Star lose its last eight wickets for 18 runs to be bundled out for 88 inside 33 overs on a slow Mountainview High School pitch.
Englishman Will Watts was the chief destroyer with his right arm spin.
He managed to get considerable turn from the dusty track which helped him to five for 14 from 6.5 overs.
The only other innings of substance from Star came from former captain Phil McGregor who top-scored with 21. The opener watched plenty of his team-mates come and go in his slow knock before he too departed in the 26th over.
Roncalli/Celtic made the run chase look comfortable thanks to a 76-run second innings stand between Tristram Cooper (38 not out) and Liam Beck 34.
The two combined well together, running hard between the wickets.
Cooper rode his luck, as he provided several catching chances to the fieldsmen which were either dropped of fell in between players.
Liam Beck was tamely dismissed when he gave a return catch to Craig Hinton, which fittingly allowed Watts to strike the winning boundary with 22 overs to spare.
An unbeaten 84 from Johnny Geddis helped Temuka to a 31-run win over Timaru at Ashbury Park 4.
The former South Canterbury representative came to the crease with the score at 15 for one but steadied the ship as several players batted around him.
Such was the importance of Geddis’ knock, the next best Magpie score was Curtly Slatter’s 14.
The Magpies finished on 186 for eight from 45 overs
Sam Wilson, Sam Porter and Vishal Saini each took two wickets for Timaru.
Timaru’s run chase was effectively over at 49 for five.
A gutsy 50 from wicket-keeper/ batsman Tim Mackle (53) restored some pride to the scoreboard after captain Zane Sanders had opened the innings with 23 on his return from an injury.
Temuka’s veteran seamer Kevin Teahen removed both Timaru openers on his way to three for 39, while Nick McGuire took three for 36 to halt the Timaru’s middle-orders momentum.
Timaru was eventually dismissed for 155.
James Laming may have starred with the bat in the opening round against Timaru, but he did all his damage with the ball in Celtic’s six-wicket win against Waimate at the Celtic Sports Grounds.
The seamer took six for 22 from eight overs, including four maidens.
His brother, Dan, also chipped in with three wickets as Waimate went from 40 without loss to all out for 86.
Former Waimate captain Jason Sew Hoy’s retirement lasted one week, as he top-scored with 23 and shared in a 24-run 10th wicket partnership with Mark Medlicott (2 not out).
Debutante seamer Jonathon Roguski picked up three quick wickets for Waimate before Celtic eventually cruised to the target in the 21st over.
The draws for this season’s competitions in all grades are now available online in the draws section of the menu. Please check these as due to teams entering late or pulling out, and the non-availability of some groundsthere have been numerous changes to the draws and/or grounds since that published in the Timaru Herald which was required by 10am Tuesday.
So please go to the grounds listed on the website.
Major changes from the newspaper draw are;
JAB A Grade – Pleasant Point vs Waimate 2 day match is now being played in Waimate at Centennial School Artificial.
JAB C Grade – Timaru vs Grantlea Downs is being played at MVHS 3 NOT Ashbury 3.
Cancellations will be notified on PortFM and will also be live on the homepage of the SC Cricket website.
The massive gulf between the best and rest in South Canterbury senior cricket was clear for all to see at Celtic Sports Grounds on Saturday.
Defending champions Celtic crushed Timaru by 170 runs after they rolled the visitors for just 51 in the opening round of the 45-over competition.
Star versus Temuka at Ashbury Park 3 and Roncalli/Celtic versus Waimate at Anzac Square were both called off midway through the match with the teams sharing three points for the washout.
Celtic amassed 230 for four from 41.5 overs batting first before a brief but intense hailstorm cut their innings short and forced the match to be reduced to 40 overs and Timaru’s target to be adjusted to 222 for 40 overs.
Celtic’s batting effort was led by new captain James Laming with 70, Dan Laming with 58 not out and Sam Carlaw with 38.
In response, Timaru were hopeless, limping to 51 before being bowled out in the 27th over.
Had it not been for Brad Leonard’s 30 and his 22-run eighth-wicket stand with Hayden Leonard, things could have been even more embarrassing.
Celtic’s bowling was typically impressive.
Openers Ben Watson (three for 16) and James Blackstock (three for two) set the platform, with Watson taking a sensational caught-and-bowled to dismiss Tim Mackle, the one Timaru batsman who could feel unfortunate to be walking off.
Carlaw then spun his way to three wickets in a nine-over spell which cost him just 12 runs.
Timaru’s bowling was respectable but no match for James Laming, who was lethal on anything over-pitched or on his pads before he threw away a chance to get a century when he tamely hit a catch to mid-off.
Carlaw was looking to accelerate the run rate when he was bowled by Brad Leonard.
Dan Laming continued to prove he did not need to have a net session.
Having scored a 50 and a century in Celtic’s warmup fixtures, he looked largely untroubled in guiding Celtic to the commanding total.
Roncalli/Celtic had scrambled through to 125 all out against Waimate before the rain came.
English batsman Willie Watt made 29 for the schoolboys and Murray Prattley took four wickets for Waimate before the hailstorm made the bowlers’ run-ups too slippery to continue.
Temuka’s innings against Star was helped by 91 from Rory Lorimer before the match was called off.
One favourite Celtic son may have left after last summer but one has returned in the hope of lending his knowledge to promising Roncalli College cricketers.
Celtic captain Craig Davies departed for Brisbane at the end of last season, but the man who held most of the South Canterbury batting records before him, Andrew Buckingham, has returned to guide the combined Celtic/Roncalli team into senior cricket which gets under way today.
The 36-year-old has returned to South Canterbury with his young family after more than a decade in the United Kingdom.
“It was time to bring the family back home and bring them up like I remember it,” he said.
The former South Canterbury representative batsman said he had been given the family’s approval to play cricket until Christmas.
“With another baby due in December, who knows if I’ll be allowed after that,” he joked.
He said he always hoped he would return to play senior cricket at some point and the opportunity to work with young players excited him.
“I didn’t want to come back and just play for Celtic,” he said. “While I love Celtic and probably wouldn’t go to another club, they [Roncalli] have some good young players coming through.
“Roncalli have four or five really good players who will benefit from senior cricket.”
Nick O’Brien, Adam Beck, Liam Beck, Conor Scott and Liam Cosgrove are all multisport athletes more than capable of making the step up to senior cricket.
Buckingham said they should be fine as long as they get used to the mental side of the game at senior level.
Celtic, who won the one-day and Twenty20 competitions last season, have a new captain in James Laming.
They will rely largely on the old firm of Dan Laming, spinner Sam Carlaw, veteran seamer Grant Watt and former Roncalli players Jacob Naylor and Tom Pavletich.
One player to watch will be pace bowler James Blackstock.
He was a regular wicket-taker last season and was on the cusp of South Canterbury selection.
Waimate look thin on numbers to start the season.
The team ironically won the 100-over competition last year, despite being against the long forms of the game.
They are without former captain Jason Sew Hoy and batsman Hayden Matthews, who have retired, while former South Canterbury bowler of the year, Alan Reid, is out for the season with a shoulder injury.
They will rely on captain Glen Drake with bat and ball.
Star had a strong finish to last season, winning five matches in a row, but in reality they have underperformed with the bat for the past two seasons.
Club stalwart Julian Blanchard will coach the team this year, but they have stuck with the same players with a general lack of recruitment.
The batting stocks will rely on Danny Campbell, Hamish Dickson, Henry Race and veteran Paul Arkinstall who returns for another season, postponing retirement in the process.
Temuka were beaten one-day finalists last year and look to have maintained most of their squad.
South Canterbury batsmen Ritchie Preston and Johnny Geddis should play more cricket for the Magpies this season, while Curtly Slatter adds an unknown quality to the top order.
The bowling will be spearheaded by Canterbury age-group player Nathan McNicol and the club’s leading wicket-taker Kevin Teahen.
Timaru are looking for a big season as they celebrate their 150th jubilee this month.
They will again have an influx of subcontinent players, while Jordy Morrow and Hayden Leonard should form a strong opening bowling partnership.
They will be led by Zane Sanders, who put more emphasis on his batting rather than his spin bowling last season.
SENIOR SQUADS FOR 2013-2014
Star: Jeremy Lane (c), Phil McGregor, Danny Campbell, Craig Hinton, Hamish Dickson, Henry Race, Glen Paul, Logan Hay, Paul Arkinstall, Matt Brown, Paul Walker, Matt Heywood, Adam Fahey, Alex McDuff, Michael Hogan. Coach: Julian Blanchard.
Celtic: James Laming (c), Dan Laming, Sam Carlaw, Jake Naylor, James Blackstock, Ben Watson, Tom Pavletich, Sean Kelliher, Grant Watt, Daniel Dorgan Andy Scott.
Roncalli/Celtic: Andrew Buckingham (c), Will Watts, Nick O’Brien, Adam Beck, Liam Beck, Conor Scott, Liam Cosgrove, Sean Mcleary, Mike Lees, Brett Walker.
Extended squad for both Celtic and Roncalli/Celtic: Josh Waud, Ryan De Joux, Nick Cahill, Glenn Matthews, Jared Wooffindin, Brad Gilbert, Ants de Joux, Jonny Shaw, Shane Richardson, Ben de Joux, Burns Mills, James Brosnahan, Mike de Joux, Sam Ellis.
Temuka: Kevin Teahen, Hayden Broker, Adrian Cunningham, Richie Preston, Nick Horsley, Willy Stone, Rory Lorimer, Johnny Geddies, Vaughan Tarrant, Robbie Histon, Nathan McNicol, Kevin Kerse, Che Latta, Nick Maguire, Kyle Montgomerie, Curtly Slatter.
Timaru: Zane Sanders (c), Josh Smallridge Timycen Maruma, Aditya Saha, Prabodha Arthavidu, Hayden Leonard, Brad Leonard, Josh Dick, Sam Wilson, Sam Porter, Nic Galway, Jordan Low, Vishal Saina, Tim Mackle, Dwayne Richardson, Jordy Morrow, Logan Taylor, Kane Whiteley, Jeremey Smallridge, Tim Butler.
Waimate: Glen Drake, Nathan Sew Hoy, Jared Stringer, Murray Prattley, Connor Farrell, Scott Willoughby, Lachie Robertson, Simon Murphy, Matthew Sew Hoy
The Second Grade A 45/45 Draw and Twenty20 draws for this season are now online and the competition starts next Saturday October 19th.
Note that T20 is divided into 2 pools with the top four playing off in semi-finals for a final that is scheduled for Aorangi Park at this stage.
For the first time in three seasons, former Timaru fast bowler Hamish Bennett can focus on playing cricket, as opposed to recovering from injury.
Injury has been the one constant in his career, but he is keen to play his part in bringing the glory days back to Canterbury this season.
The 26-year-old was back in Timaru coaching young South Canterbury players, along with Canterbury Wizards team-mates, George Worker and Roneel Hira, and assistant coach Chris Martin.
Bennett has battled back issues and other niggles, which have limited his time at the bowling crease for the Wizards, and curtailed his international aspirations after just one test in 2010, and a handful of one-day matches.
“I’ve always had faith in my body and never doubted my ability. Unfortunately, I’ve had a couple of niggles, which have turned into bigger things. Clearly, I don’t do things by halves.
“There’s a lot less strain on my body, so I can’t put a bit more into [the bowling], because the pain isn’t there anymore.”
Bennett said he wanted to get back to the mindset he had growing up playing cricket with his mates, and helping them win.
“I’ve got back to when I was a kid watching cricket at Aorangi Oval, and watching a really good Canterbury team. I want to be available for every game and if Canterbury rest me [occasionally] then so be it, but I want to help them win all three titles this season.
“Having the time out really taught me that playing with my close mates shouldn’t be taken for granted. Of course, playing for New Zealand is what gets you out of bed, but for me right now, it’s not at the front of my mind.”
But as the New Zealand team opened a test series against Bangladesh in the sub-continent overnight, Bennett admitted he wanted to wear the black cap once again.
“I still think of my test match debut, and all those times I thought about it while playing cricket growing up, and that’s what motivates me.
“I was fortunate enough to play one test and I want to add to that, because it’s something you can take to your grave and be proud of.”
He might be built like a fast bowler and even named after one, but it is with bat in hand Curtly Slatter will look to make an impression this season.
The 18-year-old from Oxford stands at 6ft 2in tall (1.8m) and was named after former West Indian speedster Curtly Ambrose, but does not bowl at all.
He will be a regular fixture in Temuka’s top order when the season gets under way next Saturday.
Slatter has played for the top men’s club side Great and Little Tew since he was 13 and is a team-mate of Matt Woods who came out to play for Temuka last season.
He said people were often curious about his first name, but he was keen to show his aggressive batting style.
His parents live on a property they names “Boundary Edge”, with Slatter’s father once playing for the same senior side he now does.
“Both my parents are cricket fanatics so I grew up with it.”
He said he always wanted to play cricket overseas and thanks to the endorsement from Woods, he felt the time was right to have a summer abroad.
“He [Woods] said the level of cricket was just as good as at is at home and the Hawke Cup was even better.”
Slatter said he admired the aggressive way English batsman Kevin Pieterson played the game, particularly with bat in hand.
He said he was also keen to get on with things at the crease but did not have a preference between the short and long forms of the game.
Slatter said his aim would be to force his way in to the South Canterbury side for the Hawke Cup campaign but in the short term he was looking forward to meeting his Temuka team-mates for the first time at tomorrow’s training session.
Two-day club cricket returns to South Canterbury at the request of most of the captains while a combined Celtic and Roncalli College team will provide a sixth senior club team this season.
The first ball will be bowled next Saturday, with the one-day competition getting things under way.
The two-day Tweedy Cup will start on November 16.
There will be eight teams in the Friday night Twenty20 (T20) competition, with the six senior teams, Celtic, Celtic/Roncalli, Waimate, Temuka, Star and Timaru joined by Timaru Boys’ High School (TBHS) and the Cavaliers.
Roncalli College played second grade last season after it was decided they did not have the player depth capable of fielding a competitive team.
However, with the return of South Canterbury’s most prolific run scorer, Andrew Buckingham that looks set to help their cause.
Celtic will still have its stand alone team with strict rules established to prevent players hopping from the Celtic team to the combined Celtic/Roncalli team on a regular basis.
Celtic club president Ants de Joux said the merger would help both parties.
“Roncalli have six or seven guys who are way to good to be playing second grade cricket . . . So, we’ll provide five adults who will stay largely the same, but if they are unavailable there are second grade players from our team who can fill in.
Teacher in charge of cricket at Roncalli, Dave Mills, said without de Joux, the team would not have come about.
He said the chance to have the schoolboys play with some experienced senior cricketers would be valuable.
South Canterbury Cricket chief executive Tony Lewis said the return of two-day cricket came from a desire to improve the standard of play, especially for the representative team.
He denied allowing the players to vote on the format was like the tail wagging the dog.
“The players are committed to it and there is a real desire, especially from the Hawke Cup players, to play the longer form of the game.
“We got a Hawke Cup challenge last year and with the renewed focus it could be something very special for the region.”
The Rectory ground at TBHS could also see more senior cricket this year.
The T20 final will be played on Waitangi Day (February 6), the one-day final will be on February 9, and the Tweedy Cup final is scheduled for March 22 and 23.
The senior draws for the season’s two day, one day and Placemakers T20 competitions are now online and can be viewed here or by using the menu. the first match is October 12th.
We had originally scheduled Second Grade A to begin on October 12th also, but due to ground conditions it has been decided to move their start date back to the 19th of October. The draws for lower grades should be coming online over the weekend.
Tony Lewis the CEO South Canterbury Cricket is delighted to announce that the South Canterbury Cricket Association will have four (4) players from the Canterbury Wizards next week. This includes former Blackcaps and Wizards opening bowler Chris Martin, who is also on the coaching staff at the Canterbury Wizards, along with current Wizards players Hamish Bennett, Roneel Hira and George Worker.
Martin brings with him a wealth of recent International and domestic playing experience including 233 test wickets for the Blackcaps and a total of 599 first class wickets in 192 matches.
The highlight for the region is the return of local Hamish Bennett a former Timaru Boys High School student, who has represented the Blackcaps in 1 test and 12 One Day Internationals. While Roneel Hira has played 15 T20 internationals for the Blackcaps and George Worker has represented New Zealand A.
The players will visit the region on Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th October.
The objective of the visit is junior development. Tony Lewis said “the focus of South Canterbury Cricket in 2013/14 is to engage with those children who want to play cricket and to give those currently playing or are part of our coaching programs the ultimate coaching experience. The visit of the wizard players will give our players the opportunity to learn from the best in Canterbury. It will be a great start to the cricket year for these young players. It will also compliment the work of Shane Gilkison for South Canterbury Cricket as Cricket Development Manager who has delivered his programs to 4,000 children already this year.”
The players will visit and coach local primary and secondary children as part of the coaching programs run by South Canterbury Cricket. The Wizards and Shane Gilkison will be visiting Have-a-Go cricket programs run by both Temuka and Star Cricket clubs. This will target 5-10 year olds in the region and give them the ultimate coaching experience.
South Canterbury Cricket will also be holding a number of training sessions at the Graeme Blanchard Centre for the groups that participated in this season’s winter training program. Shane Gilkison said “these players will participate in an intensive session that will build on their development from the winter program.”
Gilkison said “It is great to have cricketers of the calibre of Chris, Hamish, Roneel and George available to coach our junior and age group representative players here in South Canterbury. I am certain that those who enrol in the Have-a-Go programs will long remember the day they were coached by the Blackcaps and Wizards players.”
Andrew McRae Chairman of South Canterbury Cricket said “That Canterbury Cricket should be congratulated on the quality of coaches that they had sent to the region this year. We have already had visits already from Paul Wiseman, Dayle Haddle, Craig McMillan and Chris Martin now for the second time. This initiative will assist South Canterbury Cricket in developing the game in the region and most importantly give these boys and girls an ultimate cricketing experience. ”
Have-a-Go programs run by the Temuka and Star Cricket clubs, please go to the South Canterbury Cricket Association website page or contact Shane Gilkison on 021 02313118 or email email@example.com
South Canterbury Cricket is turning its focus to Twenty20 (T20) cricket to foster the next generation of top women’s cricketers from the region.
The new women’s T20 competition, which starts on November 2, will be based at Mountainview High School’s No 2 and No 3 pitches.
The competition will be the focal point of women’s cricket this season and was likely to have a minimum of four and a maximum of six teams with a pre-Christmas and post-Christmas competition being run.
It could see players taking part in up to 14 T20 games this season.
It is expected the teams will be made up of secondary school players representing their schools, but South Canterbury Cricket development officer, Shane Gilkison, said the top year 7 and 8 cricketers could play a part and were capable of matching it against the older players.
He said he was keen to stop the drop off of numbers from intermediate school cricketers to high school players.
There were more than 140 intermediate schoolgirl cricketers in South Canterbury last season, but it was a struggle to find 50 female high school players.
South Canterbury has a proud history of producing top level women’s cricketers with several of them making the Canterbury Magicians and Otago Sparks sides over the years and moving on to play for the White Ferns, like Rowan Milburn, Haidee Tiffen and Janet Brehaut.
Milburn will co-ordinate the matches and work alongside the various coaches.
South Canterbury Cricket chief executive Tony Lewis said the competition would show there was a future for aspiring cricketers in South Canterbury
“We want to illustrate to the 144 girls in year 7 and 8 that participate in our primary schools’ cricket competition that there is a pathway for them into the senior game.”
Lewis said his organisation would accommodate any keen to play the sport and help them find a team.
Gilkison said there was an option to play some 30-over cricket matches later in the season if there was interest from players.
During the school holidays the Star & Temuka Cricket Clubs, in conjunction with South Canterbury will be running the popular Have-A-Go Cricket Coaching programmes for boys and girls aged 5 – 10.
By joining a programme these boys and girls will
- learn new skills and fun games
- get a chance to share in lots of prizes and cricket giveaways
- Meet Canterbury Wizards team members Hamish Bennett, Roneel Hira, George Worker
- Meet recently retired Chris Martin
- Cost per child $35 payable at registration on 1st day.
Bring a hat, drink and snack.
|For Star Cricket Club Have-A-Go details and contacts, click the poster below.||
For Temuka Cricket Club Have-A-Go details and contacts, click the poster below.
The South Canterbury cricket team will have a diverse preparation for its Hawke Cup campaign this season, with new fixtures added for the 2013-2014 season.
South Canterbury Cricket operations manager Mark Medlicott said more emphasis would be put on the Mark Parker Memorial match, with a full-strength team likely to face an Otago selection on November 10 at Aorangi Oval.
While traditional limited-overs matches against Christchurch Suburban and Mid Canterbury are likely before South Canterbury’s first Hawke Cup zone encounter against Otago Country at home on November 30, it is the inclusion of a two-day warmup game against Canterbury Country on January 11 and 12 in Timaru and a 60-over match against Canterbury A on February 16 which should provide the most interest.
Both of those matches will act as a warmups in between Hawke Cup fixtures.
Medlicott said the two matches against the Canterbury teams offered players the opportunity to force their way into the Canterbury A setup if they were good enough.
The club season is also likely to have some changes but they will not be confirmed until next week.
South Canterbury coach Robin Beeby was not available for comment.
He will be keen to get his team to its second Hawke Cup challenge in as many seasons after the province had to wait more than a decade for the chance.
After topping the Zone 4 group last year, Beeby was named Canterbury Cricket coach of the year last season.
South Canterbury warmup fixtures
November 10 v Otago selection at Aorangi Oval (Mark Parker Memorial match 50 overs)
November 17 v Mid Canterbury at Aorangi Oval (Ron Biggar Memorial 50 overs)
November 24 v Christchurch Metropolitan in Christchurch (Blanchard Stokes Memorial 50 overs)
January 11 and 12 v Canterbury Country at Aorangi Oval (two-day match)
February 16 v Canterbury A at Aorangi Oval (60-over match)
South Canterbury’s Hawke Cup campaign
November 30 and December 1 v Otago Country at Aorangi Oval
January 25 and 26 v North Otago in Oamaru
February 1 and 2 v Southland in Invercargill
February 22 and 23 v Mid Canterbury at Aorangi Oval