With cricket season well-and-truly here, we’ll be bringing you regular updates on what’s happening at the grassroots of the game around New Zealand. You can check out our first update here, or read on to see what’s made the news over the last few weeks.
Josh Huddleston Goes It Alone
When one batsman stands above their teammates in an international we see the stats rolled out on the highest percentage of team runs hit by one batsman. Charles Bannerman, in Test #1, holds the record at 67.34% while Viv Richards has the ODI record with 69.48%. Playing for Owaka, Josh Huddleston left these records in the shade – hitting 100 of his team’s 118 runs for 84.75%.
Shrimpton Trophy Action
Few people have contributed as much to women’s cricket in New Zealand as Mike Shrimpton. After coaching the WHITE FERNS to World Cup victory in 2000, he donated a bat as a trophy for women’s cricket in the Central Districts region. This year’s competition is the first since Mike’s passing, so it’s fantastic to see so many players excelling and proudly representing his legacy.
Marlborough Life Members
All levels of sport required passionate volunteers who keep the game running and pass on their enthusiasm to others. These are often thankless tasks, so it’s great to see clubs and associations honour those who’ve committed their lives to sport. In Blenheim recently, Graeme Hawtin and Michael Wilson were recognised with life memberships of the Marlborough Cricket Association. Well played, gentlemen.
Passing It On
Rebecca Rolls has enjoyed a long sporting career as one of New Zealand’s most successful double-internationals. Probably the greatest wicketkeeper the WHITE FERNS have ever had, Rebecca bookended her cricket career with stints playing for the Football Ferns. Now she’s returned to where it all began to pass on her experience to students at Woodford House.
After a hiatus of over 20 years, the small North Island town of Patea finally has a cricket team again. Led by grocer Ash Patel, the team’s started the season with big numbers and a few waiting in the wings for their chance to play. As well as being the driving force behind getting the team up and run, Ash has also sponsored shirts and playing equipment. What a legend.