Manukau fea­ture at cricket awards

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Two Manukau City club mates have been named the North­ern Dis­tricts Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion’s best young crick­eters.

Brooke Hal­l­i­day, 21, a left­hand bat and right-arm medium pacer was named the as­so­ci­a­tion’s best young fe­male and San­deep Pa­tel, 19, a top-or­der bats­man and handy part-time bowler, the best young male.

They were named at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual din­ner where Coun­ties Manukau play­ers and of­fi­cials were front and cen­tre of the awards night on March 6.

Hal­l­i­day, who plays for the Manukau men’s se­nior A team is the sis­ter of Jar­rod and Cullen who both play in the club’s pre­miers. Their fa­ther is Ross Hal­l­i­day, the brother of club pres­i­dent Michael.

Brooke’s per­for­mances for the North­ern Spir­its, the North­ern Dis­tricts un­der-21 side which she cap­tains, ce­mented her win.

She was the Spirit’s top run scorer in the twenty/20 com­pe­ti­tion and the se­cond high­est run scorer in the one day com­pe­ti­tion.

Her seven catches were the most taken by any­one in the side.

The award comes on the heels of her win­ning fe­male crick­eter of the year award at New Zealand Cricket’s do­mes­tic crick­eter of the year awards last Oc­to­ber.

‘‘I’m sur­prised but hon­oured by the award,’’ she says.

Pa­tel is one of the best young of prospects for Coun­ties Manukau and North­ern Dis­tricts.

His per­for­mances for Coun­ties Manukau saw him se­lected for the North­ern Dis- tricts un­der-19s from where he went on to play for the New Zealand un­der-19s.

The for­mer St Kentigern Col­lege 1st XI cap­tain was Col­lege Sport’s crick­eter of the year last year.

Glenn Schache, who is bet­ter known as Ma­goo, col­lected the ser­vice to cricket tro­phy for his 30 years of vol­un­tary work as an um­pire, scorer and statis­ti­cian for the Coun­ties Manukau Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion while John Dempsey, Coun­ties Manukau’s na­tion­ally ranked um­pire, took the North­ern Dis­tricts um­pire of the year award for the third time in four years.

The Brian Dun­ning Cup, the sym­bol of district one day cricket supremacy was also pre­sented. It was col­lected on be­half the Coun­ties Manukau se­nior men’s team by Nick Kelly.

Kelly play­ers for Manukau when he is not play­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tive cricket and so too did Schache in her younger days.

Brooke Hal­l­i­day of the North­ern Spirit dur­ing the Womens T20 cricket match.

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