TDCC 2020/21 season updates and highlights


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. 

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 forTakapuna Women's cricket

Former Wellington Blaze Assistant Coach and former 1stclass/professional cricketer Hashan Goonetilleke has been appointed as the newhead 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 hasbeen appointed to the new TDCC Coach Development Manager (CDM) role to managethe TDCC Coaching Pathway programmes. As part of Mark's new CDM role, he hasalso been appointed as the head coach for our TDCC Women's Premier Reservesteam for the next two seasons

 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.

 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.


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)