Auckland overcame a resurgent Northern Districts team to retain their title at the recent Masters Tournament in Queenstown. Both sides went through the qualification stage unbeaten on Saturday and despite the arrival of the front end of a winter storm on Saturday night, a full 20 over match was completed - albeit in freezing conditions - on Sunday.
The defending champs took the initiative early with Guy Coleman and Ian Billcliff setting the platform for Auckland to post a commanding score of 219 for 4.
Canterbury Cricket captain Peter Fulton is pleased to announce the launch of a cricket scholarship aimed at assisting promising Canterbury Country cricketers. Up to two scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to young country cricketers who display the potential to go on to play first class cricket.
Fulton says the idea came from a desire to give something back to Canterbury Country Cricket.
Jamie How will retire from all professional cricket at the end of this summer’s domestic Ford Trophy competition.
How, who played 19 Tests, 41 One Day Internationals and five T20Is for the BLACKCAPS, and captained his country during first-class matches on the 2007 tour of England, will step out of the game to take up a full-time role with Toyota New Zealand’s marketing team.
“These are never easy decisions to make but the time has come to embrace an opportunity outside cricket,” How said.
“The role with Toyota New Zealand was too good to pass up. I really thank them for the opportunity they’re providing, and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.
“Most importantly I’m looking forward to spending more regular time with my young family and to establishing a career after cricket”.