AUCC November Newsletter


Auckland University Cricket Club


november 2016



Last season saw some brilliant cricket

being played and some individual milestones

acheived. Congratulations to all

teams that won pennants, we will be

looking to improve on our haul this


Individual honours are something

we’ve had plenty of in the last 12

months as well. Finn Allen made it to

the U19 World Cup with a blistering

knock of 97 against Ireland and some

solid performances all round. Our two

Premier Women Sara McGlashan and

Anna Peterson took the White Ferns to

the semi final at the ICC World T20 in

India, with Sara taking her form over to

England winning the inugrial Kia Super

League with the Southern Vipers. Two

club veterans were selected in the New

Zealand Over 60’s team to play in

Australia’s Over 60’s Championships,

congratulations to John Steer and John



2016/17 Season

It is with geat pride that we look at our

junior playing numbers for this season.

We are up 33% from last year. This is

down to the work of our Junior Coaching

Coordinator Dan Marsic and his team of

coaches that have worked tirelessly to

get the clubs new coaching curriculum

under way, and boosting numbers

through our local schools.

To all our new members, if you have a

query about anything to with the club,

please head along to our website; There you will find our

Club Calendar, Cancellations, Club

Coaching Area and Membership Info

If you need more assistance, please

phone Richard Walker on 027 424 1880

or email

The Auckland Aces will be back in

action at Colin Maiden Park this season

with the Plunket Shield, be sure to head

along in the New Year as the boys look

to hold on to the Plunket Shield.

For the diary

Dec 16/17 – Last playing days

Jan 7 – Prem/Reserve restart

Jan 14 – PW & Grade Cricket


Jan 21/22 – All other adult

cricket restart

Feb 3/4 – Junior restart

Feb 10 – Year 0/1 restart


Ben Kitt

Home Club/Major Team: Nottinghamshire ccc

Reason for coming to NZ: To experience a new country and

to try and continue my form from the English summer in to

your summer. Also to learn to play in a new environment.

Favourite cricketing memory: Probably signing my first

professional contract this year with Nottinghamshire

Favourite opposition player: Andrew Flintoff. I watched him

win the ashes when I was 10 and he was my idol and then 10

years later I got to play a T20 against him!

What you hope to achieve at AUCC: I'd like to just continue

my form in to your summer and to hopefully help the prems

team have a successful season and potentially win the


Wish list of things to do in NZ: One thing I really want to do

in New Zealand is too go down to lake taupo and spend a

couple of days chilling out there. Also to meet my family that

I've never met before that are over here.

Jennifer Gray

Girls Cricket On The UP!

Home Club: YMCA CC

Major Teams: Ireland, Dragons, NPL Sonic

Reason for coming to NZ: To experience a real summer, play

more 50 over cricket in the hope of qualifying for the ICC

Womens World Cup

Favourite cricketing memory: My Dad taking a diving

catch at mid-on for Halverstown CC, whilst smoking a

cigarette and he weighed 19 stone, one of a select few times I

saw him run unless the potatoes were boiling over!

Favourite opposition player: Suzie Bates

What you hope to achieve at AUCC: I hope to help the Prem

women win some silverware this year, they are an great

bunch of girls and have a lot of talent so I reckon this could be

the year

Wish list of things to do in NZ: Milford Sound and play the


You only have to look back a couple of

years to see how far the female side of

the club has grown. In just two years

AUCC has gone from having an U10

team, an U12 team and seven Premier

Women players to having two U10, one

and a half under 12 an U14 team and a

full squad of Premier Women. With a big

emphasis on girls cricket, Natasha

Reddy and her team of Premier Women

coaches are working hard to get more

girls playing the game

“We are wanting to

create role models for

the younger girls and

bridge the gap

between junior and

senior female cricket.

We want cricket to be

the number one

summer sport for girls

and by creating a fun

environement, we

hope they will stay in

the game and at the

club longer”.

And so far the girls are

having a blast!

Monday night is now

”Girls Night” where all female teams

including the Premier Women train.

This year also saw the first of many

“Junior Girls Fun Days” where players

were invited to bring their friends and

family for an afternoon of fun games,

competitions and of course, a sausage


The next few years are vital for the

growth of girls cricket at the club, with

schools like Chruchill Park showing

interest, it is only a matter of time before

we have a girls team in every grade.

From there, AUCC will have a genuine

pathway from U10 all the way to

Premier cricket.

Special thanks to Natasha Reddy for all

of her hard work over the last few years,

and to the AUCC Board for getting the

ball rolling with our female pathway


If you’d like to get involved or play cricket,

get in touch with Natasha Reddy, the

Junior Girls Cricket Convenor via email:



“It’s an incredible priviledge to join the board of

NZ Cricket at this time”

Credit: Photosport




AUCC member Ingrid Cronin Knight is the newest appointment

onto the NZC Board as voted at the AGM on 16th November


Ingrid has years of experience at a high performance playing

level as a former White Fern and captain of the Auckland Hearts.

It’s no surpise that her goals on the board include womens

cricket “I’m commited to make progress on women and cricket

as well as creating an inclusive culture.”

Having worked for Chorus and recently being appointed the NZ

Head of SME Business for MYOB, Ingrid is also keen to help the

business and digital side of cricket “We need to support cricket

so that it remains relevant given the changing demographics of the

NZ population. I am passionate about accessing new revenue

and fans with digital engangement, products and international

markets. Because with new revenue comes greater benefits for

us all.”

Along with her appointment to the NZC Board, Ingrid is also on

an internship on the Watercare

Board and with baby Henley

growing up, hopes to play a few

games for the AUCC Premier

Women this season.

From everyone at AUCC,

congratulations Ingrid - all the

best for your first season on the

NZC Board.

Around the grounds

Congratulations Anika Rooke

from the U12 Diamonds who

won our annual registration

competition! Anika has won

herself a junior cricket hat, free

coaching session with Dan

Marsic and a club subscription.

All the best for the season


Tons and Hauls

5 Wicket Bags

Mudassir Mir (Kashmir XI) 6/23

Anthony Ireland (Premier Men) 6/49

Pratik Chaudhari (3B Rangers) 5/8

Noel Smith Y5 Warriors) 5/10

Suhaib Afiz (3B Rangers) 5/17

Ali Hooshyari (Senior C1) 5/29

Danilo Mosca (Flaming Balls of Fury) 5/37


Hareen Silva (Premier Men) 189

Sami Ullah Mir (Kashmir XI) 116

David Scholtz (Senior C1) 104*

Himesh Gosai (Senior C1) 103

Our Auckland Hearts are starting

their seaosn off in Whangarei

this weekend against the

Northern Spirit before coming

back home next week for a

round against CD. Head along

and support our girls at

Devonport Domain on Friday

afternoon for some T20 action

and Mellville Park Saturday and

Sunday as they aim to go the


Last week saw three players

recieve their hundred games

cap for AUCC. Well done to

Robbie Ivill, Adam Perry and

Ahalya Babu. You are now

part of a very special group

of people, here’s to another


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