150 years is a long time for a cricket club to exist in this comparably young country. In fact, the 150th Jubilee of the Greytown Cricket Club over Waitangi weekend is believed to make them the second oldest club in New Zealand.
The tranquillity of the boutique cricket ground in the picturesque town of Greytown was blessed with what must have been the best day of summer, in scorching heat the setting was an absolute picture, with a crowd described as the ‘largest we have seen at the ground’ by club President Jason Osbourne.
The CPA Legends maintained their unbeaten record against NZ Croatia after a solid team performance at Cornwall Park on Sunday.
The third instalment of this fixture was meant to be the Cro’s chance for redemption - righting the balance of the previous two results as it were. Buoyed with the confidence gained by swatting away their opposition during an unbeaten 2015/16 season, the Cro’s were determined to register their first win against the CPA side - especially after the heart breaking loss in the final over last year.
Guy Coleman lofted the third to last delivery over the deep square leg fielder to dispel the NZ Croatian side's ambition to erase the memory of last season’s defeat to the Masters. Coleman’s final blow concluded what had been a tense run chase in hot and humid conditions at Devonport Domain on Sunday afternoon.
Facing a tricky total of 138 to win on a slow wicket, the Masters were rocked early with Sanj Silva’s dismissal in the first over. Mathew Sinclair strode purposefully to the wicket, showing no sign of the nerves that could emerge from debut performances throughout his illustrious career – dismissed first ball in domestic one-day, first class and ODI matches, before balancing the ledger with that historic 214 on Test debut. Sinclair’s CPA Masters debut was less dramatic,
The NZCPA Masters will meet New Zealand Croatia at Devonport Domain this Sunday in a match full of tension, as the Cro’s look to register a win against the solitary opposition they have yet to taste success against.
Mathew Sinclair is one of six former international players in the line-up for this eagerly anticipated rematch of last summer’s inaugural fixture between the teams.
The Masters will look to the forthright Sinclair to assert himself during the match and opening bowlers Guy Coleman and Dean Askew will once again be a handful with the new ball