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Takapuna wins the National Club Cricket Championship for the 2021 season

Posted Monday, 12 April, 2021 in NZ Cricket Community News

The Auckland Aces batsman William O’Donnell led his unbeaten club side, Takapuna, to the National Club Cricket Championship title for the first time in a decade - playing a stunning role with the bat and ball.O'Donnell captained Takapuna who were up against a strong Karori side from the capital in the 1v2 Final. Karori had brought with them BLACKCAP Tom Blundel land current or past Firebirds Michael Pollard, Peter Younghusband, James Hartshorn, Michael Snedden and Jakob Bhula, with the latter going on to be named the Batsman of the Tournament.

Takapuna had Aces Robbie & Will O'Donnell,Ross ter Braak, Danru Ferns and NZ U19 keeper/batsman Quinn Sunde who top-scored with a knock of 38 for the Aucklanders after O'Donnell had elected to bat. Ross Ter Braak was named as the Bowler of the Tournament while Will O’Donnell was named as the Player of the Tournament for his exceptional all-round efforts.

We are delighted and honoured to win the top Premier Club Championship in New Zealand for 2021. Congratulations to our coaches Craig Cachopa, Ryan Scivier, Captain William O’Donnell and our Takapuna Premier players that were involved in this National Club Cricket Championship campaign”.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank Cornwall Cricket Club for their hard work and continued efforts in organising this traditional and marquee tournament for the Premier Club champions in New Zealand” – Amita Weerakoon,Director of Cricket - TDCC.

09 APR, FRIDAY

TDCC’s WILL O'DONNELL AWARDED AUCKLAND CRICKET ASSOCIATIONS 2020/21 CRICKETER OF THE YEAR

Auckland Cricket celebrated the summer of 2020/21 at the Cricketer of the Year Awards on the 8th April 2021 at Eden Park.

Auckland’s Cricketer of the Year | Will O’Donnell (Takapuna District Cricket Club)

It was a breakout year for Will O’Donnell. Asked to play a major role in the ACES top order, Will quickly found his feet in the Ford Trophy. The 23-yearold’s hunger for runs saw him compile the third-most runs in a 50-Over season for Auckland with 537. The next challenge was to transfer that desire to occupy the crease to the Plunket Shield, which in the last fortnight, Will showed he is ready to take on. Back-to-back First-Class hundreds in this week’s final match against Wellington underlined a remarkable summer for Will.

ACES Batter of the Year | Will O’Donnell

Awarded his first contract at the start of the summer, Will O’Donnell has had an impressive first full season with the ACES. Will was particularly dominant in the Ford Trophy, hitting a record seven 50+ scores,including a maiden List-A century against the Wellington Firebirds, to finish as the competition’s leading run scorer with 537 runs from his ten innings.This award is a testament to the consistency Will brought to the top-order in2020/21, culminating in the final match of the season, when Will scored not only his maiden First-Class century but backed it up with a career-best 137 not out.

  • ACES Players’ Player of the Year |Robert O’Donnell (Takapuna District Cricket Club)
  • Roz McNeill |100 Matches for Auckland (50-Over / T20) (Takapuna District Cricket Club)

Roz debuted on December 2,2011 against Canterbury at Melville Park in the T20 competition and has gone onto be a part of five successful 50-Over championships as well as one in the T20format. Through 104 matches, Roz has taken 76 wickets for Auckland, with best bowling figures of 4-20 to help the HEARTS win the 2015/16 50-Over Final against Wellington. While opportunities were limited this summer, Roz made her 100th appearance for Auckland on December 19 against Northern Districts at the Outer Oval.

  • ACES First-Class debuts | 2020/21

#525 |Ross ter Braak vs. Northern Districts at Cobham Oval, Whangarei | 12 March 2021

 

O'DONNELL BROTHERS MAKE HISTORY

 

Onlookers at the Eden Park outer oval witnessed history on the 5thApril 2021, with TDCC’s Robert and William O’Donnell becoming just the fourth set of brothers to score centuries in the same domestic First-Class innings in New Zealand.

The pair became Auckland’s second duo after Cyril and Nessie Snedden, who were the first to pull off the feat, for Auckland against Hawkes Bay in 1920/21.

Congrats Lauren – Highest agreggate for White ferns in the ODI series vs Australia

 

Lauren Down, recalled to the team for the series,made a career-best 90 in the 1st ODI.

 

 

Takapuna Ponies win the Prichard Cup Finals

Congratulations to Anlo Van Deventer and her players for winning the ACA Premier One Day limited over Championship over a strong Cornwall team at Hobsonville Domain on the 27th of March2021.

FINAL | Takapuna 167 (E Irwin 49, A Todd 4-38) defeated Cornwall152 (K Perkins 47*, S Shahri 45, J Barnett 5-19, A Browning 3-23) by 15 run

 

TDDC Business House League Champions 2020/21

 

Congratulations to Mincers XI

 

Player and team registrations for the 2021/22 season will be open on the 1st of July 2021

 

WOW | Quite the Ford Trophy campaign for TDCC’s Will O’Donnell, scoring a record 6 fifties and 1 hundred for the Auckland ACES during the 2020/21 season.

Will sits atop the run-scorer’s charts with 537 runs from ten innings and a NZ List-A record of 7 x 50+ scores in a season!


TAKAPUNA WIN PEARL DAWSON TROPHY CLUB CRICKET - Premier Women

 

Pearl Dawson Trophy | Final

Takapuna have been crowned as Auckland Cricket Association’s Premier Women T20 Pearl Dawson Trophy champions for 2020/21 after a fighting effort against Howick Pakuranga at Onewa Domain.

Batting first, the Ponies were in early trouble at 27/3 at the end of the powerplay. Takapuna skipper Anlo van Deventer then rebuilt the Ponies’ inning with the help of No. 5 Anna Browning. The pair added 85 for the fourth wicket to steer Takapuna past 100 and towards a competitive total. The Ponies finished with 120/5 from their 20 overs.

The Ponies’ attack was always going to be tough to get away and Howick Pakuranga felt the squeeze throughout the powerplay. It started with Roz McNeill before Sydney Bultitude took the first of her three wickets.  

Howick Pakuranga eventually finished on 103/9 as Takapuna lifted the T20 Championship for the second time after first winning the title in 2012/13.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to TDCC players Robbie O’Donnell and Lauren Down

for being appointed as the Captains of Auckland ACES and Auckland HEARTS

respectively for the 2020/21 season

 

Congratulations also to the other TDCC players picked for NZC Major Association teams in Danru Ferns, William O’Donnell, Ross Ter Braak, Arlene Kelly, Roz McNeill, Jane Barnett and Izzy Gaze for Auckland and to Anlo De Venter (Central Districts), Lauren Heaps (Northern Districts) and Quinn Sunde represented NZC XI vs the touring Pakistan A team.

Congratulations to our TDCC members Erica and Wayne –

 

Great story from the recent Black Caps test in Hamilton. Takapuna Pirates long time scorer Erica Knights made her test debut scoring for the Black Caps whilst her brother Wayne made his as an umpire. Congrats to them both.

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Game of Seven

 

One family. One Dad. Six Sons. One Game of Cricket.

On the 28th November 2020, something special happened at Sunnynook Park. After a fair bit of planning and many close shaves, seven Upton family members took to the field for the Takapuna Unstraightables.

Simon ‘Roy’ Upton was thrilled to see his six sons line up alongside him.“It was brilliant to finally get us all out on the park. We’ve been trying to make this moment happen for three or four years now and it felt so special to look around the field and see everyone in a row”.

“I didn’t think it would ever happen, but we got there and it was a great family day.”

Having scored a hundred a couple seasons ago and now achieving what has been called ‘The Game of Seven’, Roy was quick to shut down any suggestion of retirement.

“Absolutely not. I have the three-generation goal in mind. The grandson is two, so it could happen, but what motivates me is continuing to get out there with the guys.”

“On behalf of Takapuna District Cricket Club, I would like to thank Simon and the Upton family for their wonderful and continued support to Taka Cricket and wish the Unstraightables all the very best for the 2020/21 season” – Amita Weerakoon, Director of Cricket – TDCC.


Exciting news for Takapuna Women's cricket

Former Wellington Blaze Assistant Coach and former 1st class/professional cricketer Hashan Goonetilleke has been appointed as the new head coach of Takapuna Ponies Premier Women's team for the next two seasons.

Hashan will take over the Ponies coaching role from Mark Steyn who has been appointed to the new TDCC Coach Development Manager (CDM) role to manage the TDCC Coaching Pathway programmes. As part of Mark's new CDM role, he has also been appointed as the head coach for our TDCC Women's Premier Reserves team for the next two seasons

 

 Takapuna District Cricket Club's and Auckland Hearts batswoman Lauren Down is in line to debut for the WHITE FERNS against the West Indies at home next month.

22-year-old Down made the ODI side off the back of another strong season with the Hallyburton Johnstone Shield winning Hearts.

“It was a bit of a surprise to be honest,” said Down.“I’m just really excited to be part of the whole setup, I can’t wait! It should be a great experience and one I can learn a lot from along the way.”
WHITE FERNS coach Haidee Tiffen said it was the raw talent and athleticism of Down and fellow potential debutant Kate Heffernan, alongside their consistent performances, that caught her and selector Kirsty Bond’s attention.
“Both Kate and Lauren are impressive athletes in their own right and will definitely bring that dynamic edge that we’re looking for,” said Tiffen.
“Lauren’s been on our radar for a while in both formats and we also think she’s one for the future. She’s explosive with the bat and is a terrific fielder across the park.”
Canterbury Magicians all-rounder and Kate Ebrahim (nee Broadmore) returns to the ODI squad, while Northern Spirit’s T20 leading run-scorer Natalie Dodd and pace-bowler Haley Jensen also return to the international scene in the T20 squad.
“We’ve picked on form and all three players have stuck their hands up and put in some big performances at times under pressure – which is something we’ve placed real value on.
“It’s great to have Hayley back in the mix after her successful season with the Melbourne Renegades in the Australian Women’s Big Bash League. She’s a quality player and we’re delighted that she’s committed herself to returning to New Zealand to play her cricket.”Suzie Bates will captain both sides, which feature the familiar faces of vice-captain Amy Satterthwaite, hard-hitting all-rounder Sophie Devine and 17-year-old leg-spinner Amelia Kerr.

WHITE FERNS ODI team

Suzie Bates (c) (Otago Sparks)
Sophie Devine (Wellington Blaze)
Lauren Down (Auckland Hearts)
Kate Ebrahim (Canterbury Magicians)
Maddy Green (Auckland Hearts)
Holly Huddleston (Auckland Hearts)
Leigh Kasperek (Otago Sparks)
Amelia Kerr (Wellington Blaze)
Katey Martin (Otago Sparks)
Anna Peterson (Auckland Hearts)
Hannah Rowe (Central Hinds)
Amy Satterthwaite (VC) (Canterbury Magicians)
Lea Tahuhu (Canterbury Magicians)
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The TDCC Executive Committee are thrilled to announce that Craig Cachopa has been contracted as Premier Men's Coach for the forthcoming 2 seasons. He will be ably supported by incumbent coach Ryan Scivier in a new Assistant Coach role. With Craig's recent retirement from district cricket with the Auckland Aces and newly married Ryan's desire to reduce his involvement the Exec saw an excellent opportunity to bring these 2 former Pirates back together to guide the Premiers and Premier Reserves sides onto continued and even greater success in the seasons to come.

TDCC Chair Susie Martin shared "Craig's vast first class playing and captaincy success, both in New Zealand and overseas, speaks for itself and offer Takapuna a prime opportunity to once more have a local player progress to the next stage in their career with us. It displays pathways for players and coaches in line with the club's vision of a community based cricket club of choice. His experience and the strategic and technical skills he can share will be so beneficial for our players"

Craig has expressed his excitement as “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to become coach of such a fantastic club and I’m very excited to get started working with an already established squad of great men”.

TDCC Director of Cricket Amita Weerakoon added “ we are delighted to have Craig as our Premier coach and our plans are also to use Craig’s expertise to upskill our parent coaches and student coaches through our TDCC Coaching Pathway program. We are also happy that we are creating the pathway and the opportunities for Craig to enhance his coaching skills to achieve his personal goal of coaching at first class level in the future”.

“we would like to take this opportunity to thank Ryan for all his time and efforts as our Premier coach for the last two seasons and producing two very productive seasons for the Club. We wish Ryan all the very best with his new role at Taka and also with his future endeavours”.

We are very excited by all that having Craig in the senior coaching role at Takapuna will mean for our players, coaches and club as a whole. Welcome home Craig.

 

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Takapuna wins Prichard Cup with  batting performance

 

An unbeaten century from Takapuna batsman Lauren Down helped propel the Ponies to victory against Cornwall in the Prichard Cup final.

Winning the toss and electing to bat, Cornwall made a solid start, opening pair Saachi Shahri and Gemma Adams reaching 81 in the first 25 overs. Naveena Hira snared Shahri’s wicket for 34, which brought Katie Perkins to the crease.

Perkins upped the scoring rate and Cornwall  looking comfortable until Adams was LBW to Roz McNeill for 65. Then the Cornwall middle-order struggled to gain traction against the Takapuna bowlers.

While Perkins  the scoring from one end, Cornwall’s final six  could only add 24 runs between them. After 50 overs, Cornwall had reached 215/7 – Perkins on 72* off 61.

Lauren Down and Maddy Probert opened the batting, and Down began scoring almost immediately.

Fran Jonas bowled Probert for five, and Arlene Kelly came in to join Down. The pair complemented each other’s batting, and as they got going, there was a sense that if Cornwall were going to keep Takapuna out, they needed a breakthrough fast.

That didn’t happen. Instead Down and Kelly batted together past the 30th over, putting on 133 runs. The partnership saw plenty of lovely  from both batsmen and Cornwall couldn’t build any real pressure.

When Clare Crooks had Kelly caught behind for 40, it was too little too late.

Down, then on 99, was unfazed by the break. She brought up her century with captain  van Deventer at the other  and set about getting to the Cornwall total quickly, including hitting a huge six back over the bowler’s head and almost into the hospital next to Cornwall Park.

Takapuna cruised to victory, winning by eight wickets in the 44th over. Down finished the innings on 133 not out, van Deventer on 24.

Prichard Cup Final

Cornwall 215/7 (K Perkins 72*, G Adams 65; A Kelly 3-36, N Hira 2-39) lost to Takapuna 218/2 (L Down 133*, A Kelly 40, A van Deventer 24*; C Crooks 1-29) by eight wickets.

 

Team Axmen wins the TDCC Business House League (Pre-Xmas leg)

Congratulations to Axmen for winning the pre-Xmas leg of TDCC Business House League by beating the Mincers XI in the BHL final played at Onewa # 1 on 18th December 2018.

The Axmen team - Cameron Peart, Michael Delaney, Piers Faulkner, Matthew Morrison, Joseph Long, Gareth Jackson, Navin Weeraratne, William Kahu, Mark Rainey, Warren Marshall and  Jamahl Williams

The 2nd leg (six rounds) of the BHL will start on the 12th February 2019 and any team entries to be sent to doc@takapunacricket.co.nz by the 31st January 2019


 

 

 

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