Se­niors face test of met­tle in Napier

Marlborough Midweek - - SPORT - ED GILHOOLY, MARL­BOR­OUGH CRICKET

Marl­bor­ough’s se­niors will mea­sure them­selves against tough op­po­si­tion away from home this week­end when they travel to Napier for the an­nual Cen­tral Districts Chap­ple Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

The se­nior reps have been train­ing hard un­der the guid­ance of coach Jar­rod En­gle­field and look for­ward to test­ing their skills against some of the larger CD Districts.

Se­nior grade will get a break at home as a re­sult and the lo­cal fo­cus falls on our sec­ond grade teams as the SBS 40 Over com­pe­ti­tion be­gins with seven teams lin­ing up.

United Coun­try and Vine­yard are the ex­tra team as they re­turn to the 40-over com­pe­ti­tion after only play­ing T20 for the past cou­ple of sea­sons. They should be strong con­tenders for the De­cem­ber 16 fi­nal.

Ju­nior grades have to wait an­other week be­fore start­ing their sea­son and there is still time to reg­is­ter for a team if you haven’t al­ready done so.

Once again we will be award­ing a New World Player of the Day for the WK5th grade and 4th grade com­pe­ti­tions. Play­ers must be nom­i­nated by team coaches as part of a match re­port to be re­ceived by Marl­bor­ough Cricket by 9am on the Monday fol­low­ing games.

The win­ning play­ers will

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re­ceive a voucher for the Blenheim New World Su­per­mar­ket. Play­ers can be nom­i­nated for an out­stand­ing all­round con­tri­bu­tion or just for a mo­ment of magic - ev­ery­one has a chance. Please send nom­i­na­tions to de­vel­op­ment@marl­bor­oughcricket.co.nz

This Thurs­day evening Marl­bor­ough Cricket will host sport­ing le­gend Sir Richard Hadlee at Blenheim. Sir Richard is in town to pro­mote a book com­mem­o­rat­ing the 1949 New Zealand Cricket team that toured Eng­land cap­tained by his fa­ther, Wal­ter Hadlee.

His fa­ther kept a de­tailed di­ary of this his­toric tour which is now tran­scribed to print. Sir Richard will talk about the book and host a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion at the Hor­ton Park Pavilion on Oc­to­ber 12 from 5.30pm to 7pm. The free event is open to all mem­bers of the pub­lic. A bar will be in op­er­a­tion and light re­fresh­ments pro­vided.

It should be a great evening and an ex­cel­lent chance to meet one the greats of any sport. Signed copies of the book will be on sale. For more in­for­ma­tion go to theskip­pers­di­ary1949.com. I hope to see you there and talk more about cricket in general.

Best of luck to the Marl­bor­ough team this week­end and to all crick­eters, um­pires and coaches as you start your sea­son. Let’s hope for some sun­shine and en­ter­tain­ing cricket ac­tion.

Jar­rod En­gle­field will take his se­nior reps to Napier for the an­nual Cen­tral Districts Chap­ple Cup com­pe­ti­tion this week­end.

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