Monday, February 1, 2010
Well done Central Districts
We've always been proud supporters of Central Districts cricket, having served on two of the constituent associations, and been a CD umpire for many years. So naturally, we were delighted to see the CD Stags whip the Old Spice Boys from Auckland in the HRV Cup T20 final yesterday.
In front of the 4500 fans who packed Pukekura Park, CD turned on the fireworks late in the innings when Ross Taylor and Kieran Noema-Barnett added over 100 in around five overs. Taylor was senstational; 80 from 30 balls including eight sixes. He is now renowned as one of the premier batsmen in international T20 cricket; yesterday's performance was evidence of that. Auckland never looked like getting close, after the loss of four wickets in the first four overs.
The CD players were ecstatic with the victory, as can be seen in the piccie above. And fair enough too; there's a rich payday ahead for them. The win ensures CD's entry into the IPL Champions League later in the year, where even the lowest-placed team will earn a sackful of US$'s. That's a fantatstic rewards for some of CD's stalwarts - Mason, Thompson, Sinclair, How, Griggs and Ingram - the guys who have been the nucleus of CD cricket for so many years.
New Zealand Cricket must be delighted with the success of the inaugural HRV Cup competition. We are sure that much of its success can be attributed to scheduling it when the international players were available, and whilst we've missed international cricket here in January, it's had a positive spin-off for the domestic game.
Now the Bangladesh team arrives, then there's the real deal of the summer - the tour by Australia. We can't hardly wait!
PS - And big ups to the wallahs at NZC for their scheduling of the Womens T20 matches against Australia as curtainraisers to the Black Caps matches; we're planning to head for Wellington on 26 February, so if anyone feels like a convivial beer at the Cake Tin or downtown pre-match ....