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Down To the Wire Finishes in Round 5 of the NPL

Tensions were high and spectators heads were swivelling between both grounds at Jansen Park as each match ended in nail biting finishes on Sunday.

Power were looking to continue with their winning form which has seen them sitting at the top of the table when they took on the Sonic.  Setting a respectable total of 204 off their 40 overs,  with Power's top scorers putting forward almost identical performances - Kerry Tomlinson achieving 45 off 52 balls and Samoan Captain Regina Lili'I adding 47 off 51 balls, both batsman stumped by Holly Topp off a ball from Anna Petersen. Petersen's figures of 3/11 off her 4 overs were typical of her form to date in the competition, bringing her total number of wickets to 9.   

Sonic's chase was marred with their top order batsmen failing to put forward any threat, until Samantha Curtis took to the crease and put in an inspiring 111 off just 72 balls and hung on to win the game.   Her fellow batting partners failed to florish, and as her teammates were dispatched around her by a determined bowling attack, Curtis and Charlotte Sarsfield (no 11) were left to finish the 11 run chase with 8 overs remaining.  Sarsfield bravely faced 14 balls to assist Curtis in achieving the win for the Sonic. 


Curtis and Petersen, watched on by a visiting White Ferns Coach Haidee Tiffen, have had their good form rewarded by earning a call up to the Rose Bowl Series against Australia, replacing an injured Sophie Devine. 

Meanwhile Velocity were also putting in a determined chase of Galaxy's 225, the highest score to date for the girls in purple.  Former White Fern and Northern Spirit long-term player Nicola Browne showed she hasn't lost her form, top scoring with 66 off  59 balls.  Browne, who returned from retirement for a one off feature in the competition, was composed in her performance for the Galaxy, knocking 7 fours and 2 sixes before being dismissed by a catch from 14 year old Nensi Patel off a ball by Alisha Rout.  Velocity Captain Natalie Dodd once again proved herself as a clinical batsman, with a controlled century (102 off 97 balls) the feature of the run chase.  Velocity could not hold on until the finish, losing their final 5 wickets across 2 overs finishing on 215 in the 38th over and rewarding Galaxy with their first win of the competition.


31-01-2017

Round 2 Jansen Park Secures the Top Spot for The Power

The NPL provided another day of exciting cricket as the four teams battled it out in round two at Hamilton's Jansen Park.

Velocity vs Galaxy


The day started well for Galaxy who won the toss and put Velocity in to bat. Some impressive batting from Sara McGlashan (98 off 79 balls), Jess Watkin (49 off 41 balls) and Natalie Dodd (42 off 40 balls) saw Velocity walking off at lunchtime with 225 runs under their belt. Galaxy's run chase was looking good with the top 4 all scoring above 20. However, some excellent bowling and fielding (3 run outs in the innings!) saw Velocity claim the win by 37 runs.

Power vs Sonic

On the other pitch, Power was off to a fantastic start with Vic Lind retiring on 94 from 100 balls. Contributions from the middle order including a fast paced 54 off 39 balls from Captain Kerry Tomlinson brought the Power's score to a competitive 228/6. Half centuries from both Tessa Hickson (58) and Anlo van Deventer (51) couldn't get Sonic across the line and the team missed out by 47 runs.


MVP awards went to Sara McGlashan from Velocity, Vic Lind from the Power, and the Play of the Day Award went to Kerry Tomlinson (Power) for the biggest 6!  Tia Saunders took out the Bungy Run Challenge.  Each award winner took home a SKYCITY Hamilton voucher.  

Join us for more action in Round 3 on December 11 at War Memorial Park, Manurewa. 


17-11-2016

First round sees Sonic and Power out on top

Sonic 177/7 vs Galaxy 153/10

Power 230/6 vs Velocity 179/8


It finally arrived. 

Our first round of Skycity Hamilton NPL matches were held at Mount Maunganui's beautiful Bay Oval. 

The excitement levels were high as 48 of the country's best cricketers, including 5 current and 6 former White Fern players, came together for two games of the new exciting format of NPL cricket. 

The Sonic certainly lived by their motto of being loud and proud with Emma Parker from Waikato Valley smashing nine 4s on her way to 61 off just 77 balls against bowlers including White Ferns Morna Nielson and Maddy Green.  The 19 year old hit the ball everywhere on her way to the day's equal top score.  It was certainly the most important innings in her game. 

Scotland's Kari Carswell for the mighty Galaxy pegged back the total taking the key wickets of captain Anna Peterson and Parker, finishing with 4 wickets in her 6 overs. 

The Sonic's total of 177 though eventually proved too much for the gallant Galaxy, them being all out with 15 balls left and still 24 runs short.  A smashing 33 from 34 balls from Counties Manukau's Brooke Halliday gave the game some real life and swung the balance to the Galaxy, but Peterson's off-spin  knocked over the last few batsmen as she finished with the crazy figures of 4 wickets for 8 runs from her 5 and a bit overs.  Incredible stuff. 

In the day's other Skycity Hamilton NPL match the team that batted first also came out with a win.  But late in the afternoon it could so easily have gone the other way. 

The Power batted first and stood by their motto of strength and aggressive play.  Takapuna's White Fern Lauren Down was on fire early hitting 8 crunching 4s on her way to 57 from 72 balls.  She was then supported by Bay of Plenty's Kate Anderson (57 runs) until she got out to an incredible diving catch by Velocity captain Nat Dodd.  Dodd flung herself forward to catch the low chance off a full blooded whack from Anderson - a catch of the day if every we have seen one. 

Poverty Bay's Kerry Tomlinson (47 runs from just 45 balls!) finished the innings plundering the ball to all parts of the ground.  Holly Huddleston fired in late hitting a massive 6 that landed well behind the boundary line to leave the Power with the day's highest score of 230.  Power at its best. 

Dodd and Vic Lind started well for Velocity putting on the day's biggest partnership of 94 before Hamilton's Jesse McLeod broke the partnership with the first wicket.  The big moment in the game though came when Sara McGlashan, still one of the best players in the world, was beaten for pace by Holly Huddleston and given out LBW. 

It was all downhill from there for the Velocity with a steady flow of wickets seeing them finish on 179.  Off-spinner Jamie Veale finished with the nice bowling figures of 2 wickets for 12 runs from her four overs. 

So wins for the Power and Sonic on day 1 of the Skycity Hamilton NPL.  Both games could have gone either was late into the day but the better teams on the day went home with the biggest smiles. 

Looking ahead to round 2 the show moves to Hamilton's Jansen Park with the two winners - Power and Sonic - set to clash.  The Velocity and the Galaxy will also have their chance for their first win in the day's other game.  Get on down to watch the country's best cricketers go at it on Sunday 13 November from midday. 

There will also be a junior girls clinic held from 10.00am on the day for all those current or future junior cricketers.  All of the local NPL stars will be there helping our stars of tomorrow.  We hope to see you there. 

31-10-2016

A New Era In Women’s Cricket

In a move reminiscent of the movie "Field of dreams" Northern Districts Cricket have developed an "If you build it they will come" mantra for their new women's competition that has already attracted top New Zealand players from outside the region such as WHITE FERNS player, Sara McGlashan.

An internal review was the starting point for Northern Districts Cricket when they decided to look at ways of improving results from their senior female representatives. The Northern Spirit has struggled in recent times to win games, much in part to teenage girls leaving cricket in favour of other sports and, apart from an elite group of a few, it was hard for females to experience regular quality cricket.

One of the recommendations of the review was to introduce a competition to replace the existing senior District Association competition. Northern Districts asked their players and other key stakeholders what they would like to see in a female cricket competition, and the Northern Premier League (NPL) emerged from those discussions.

In a new move for cricket in New Zealand, the NPL will consist of four non-regional teams which will compete across six Sundays during the cricket season. The four teams will be selected to ensure the talent is spread as evenly as possible to ensure competitive matches.

Peter Roach, CEO of Northern Districts Cricket says providing a quality cricket experience is essential to the success of the competition.

"Every game of the NPL will be an event in its own right.  We have come up with four new team names, designed new uniforms, and will provide quality grounds, quality umpires, coaches, managers and scorers.  These will all be in place for the sole purpose to expose our players to quality competition to develop their games."

Northern Districts commissioned PANMedia to design the team names and branding with the aim to appeal to a younger female audience.  Power, Sonic, Velocity and Galaxy were developed alongside bright, bold logos and playing kits.

In another big coup, SKYCITY Hamilton have come on board as the naming rights sponsor for the competition.  "A real competition needs a real sponsor and it is terrific that our relationship with SKYCITY Hamilton continues now with the NPL." Said Roach.

Mr Roach says the efforts put into designing the SKYCITY Hamilton NPL competition have paid off in attracting quality players, coaches and managers.

"We have received the backing from our own elite and emerging players and have also extended our reach outside of the Northern Districts pool and are delighted to have secured quality players such as McGlashan. And there will be more to follow."

McGlashan, one of the best female players in the world who has recently returned to New Zealand after playing in England, jumped at the opportunity to play in the SKYCITY Hamilton NPL, saying: "The competition is a great opportunity to play quality cricket and also a chance to try and help raise the profile of women's cricket in New Zealand.

"I've been lucky enough to play in Australia's Big Bash and England's Super League so it's exciting there is another competition to be involved in."

Roach concluded that "this is a key platform in our overall strategy to grow the number of women playing and engaging in cricket.  We are serious about it, and have invested heavily to ensure that this competition quickly becomes one of the best women's sporting competitions in NZ."

Captains, coaches and players will be named in September, with the first matches of the 6 round league to be held at the Bay Oval, Mt Maunganui on Sunday 30 October.  Northern Districts and SKYCITY Hamilton will be holding an official launch at SKYCITY Function Centre on Sunday 16 October. 

31-08-2016