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Pre-Season Practice

From Tuesday 5 October, club trainings will take place at Kilbirnie Park nets from 5.30pm each Tuesday and Thursday. All teams and new players welcome to come and have a hit out.

If you are a new player looking for a team, come along to training or email eastscricket9@gmail.com.


AGM Postponed

Update:
The AGM has again been postponed to Monday 27th September

Due to the current Covid-19 alert levels, the AGM has been postponed to Monday 20 September 2021 at the Kilbirnie Park clubrooms at 7pm.

In the event the AGM cannot be held in person on the 20th September, then it will be held virtually at the same time and date with call details to be issued in due course.


Annual Report 2020-2021

Annual Report

A reminder that the Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club AGM is on Monday 30 August 2021 at 7pm at the Clubrooms.

The annual report and agenda can be found by clicking the image to the right. Hard copies will be available at the meeting.

We would like a good turnout, so get this in your diary.

The Club will be putting on complimentary drinks.

See you there.


Annual General Meeting 30 August 2021

The Club's AGM will be held at the Kilbirnie Park clubrooms on Monday 30 August 2021 at 7pm. We want a good turnout, so put it in your diary now.

The annual report will be posted on the club website prior to the meeting and hard copies of the report will also be available on the day.

The club will be putting on complimentary drinks.


Premier and Premier Reserve Pre-Season Training

Premier and Premier Reserve Pre-Season Training starts on 31 August 2021 at the Sky Stadium Indoor Nets.

It is time to start thinking about dusting of the cobwebs and get into shape for pre-season cricket training.

All aspiring Premier and Premier Reserve players should attend pre-season training. The following days have been booked at Sky Stadium Indoor Nets on a Tuesday from 7-9pm.

31 August
7 September
14 September
21 September
28 September

All new players looking to play Premier or Premier Reserve cricket are welcome.


New skipper confirmed

The Club is extremely pleased to announce that Lauchie Johns will captain the Eastern Suburbs Premiers for the 2021/22 season.

“I'm excited to take the reins of the side, after a successful season in the Hazlett Trophy, from Luke Georgeson who we hope will be unavailable for Easts for much of the season as he builds on his strong start to his First Class career with the Wellington Firebirds. We have an exciting group of talented young players in our squad and look forward to challenging titles in all three formats this season.” – Lauchie Johns.

Lauchie Johns

Lauchie Johns


Felix Murray joins Eastern Suburbs

The Mighty Easts are pleased to welcome Felix Murray to the club for the upcoming season.

Felix is a left hand slow bowler and left hand batsman, who has represented Central Districts and New Zealand Under 19 at the 2018 World Cup.

Felix Murray

Felix Murray


2020-21 News


Easts Prize Giving!

It was great to see a good turnout for prize giving and an enjoyable evening had by all. Enjoy winter, rehab any niggles and we will see you back out on the pitch in season 2021/22!

Winners below:

PREMIER MEN

Winder Cup Best Fielder: Lauchie Johns
GF Harris Cup Best Bowler: Jed Wiggins
Amalgamation Cup Best Batsmen: Luke Georgeson

PREMIER RESERVES - FIFTH GRADE

Tucker Cup Best Fielder: Henry Wells (Prem Reserves)
Allen Pengelly Cup Best Bowler: Dimitri Goumas (Bulldogs)
Mockhouse Kershaw Cup Best Batsmen: Janakan Karunaharan (Tamils)
Kelly Cup MVP: Dilakshan Dila (Prem Reserves)

INTERCITY - T20 GRADES

Donoghue Cup Best Fielder: Nick Singh (Leopards)
Chapman Cup Best Bowler: Pankaj Kumar (The Shoe Clinic)
Gaudin Cup Best Batsmen: Karl Grove (Bulldogs)
Cameron Cup MVP: Dimitri Goumas (Bulldogs)

CLUB AWARDS

WJR Christopeherson Most Enterprising Captain: Corey Lawrence (Goons)
Pearl Assurance Trophy Best Male U20: Jacob Logan
Walker Cup Most Useful on/off Field: Ankur Bassi
McKeown Trophy Highest Club innings: Lauchie Johns (176 off 152)
Ward Trophy best batsmen: Luke Georgeson (Premier)
Committee Cup Best Bowler: Jed Wiggins (Premier)
Coles/Hotter Trophy Best All rounder: Luke Georgeson
JG Ashendon Most Improved Batsmen: Dilakshan Dila (Prem Reserves)
Duthie Cup Most improved bowler: Jed Wiggins (Premier)
O G Hearne Shield Best Team: Easts Prematures
Borman Johnston Personality Cup of the Year: Sone Finai (Goons)
Crown Finance Cup Player of the Year: Luke Georgeson (Premier)

Easts Prizegiving


El Cheapo Easts win Hazlett Trophy and Return to the Pearce Cup

The Mighty Easts will be back playing in the Pearce Cup for the 2021/22 season after a thrilling 3 wicket win over Petone Riverside on Sunday and securing the Hazlett Trophy.

Petone Riverside elected to bat and were bowled out for 208 in the first innings aided by some uncharacteristically benevolent fielding, with wickets shared between Adam Leonard 2-42 (coming off a seven wicket bag the week before), Luke Georgeson 2-54 and Jed Wiggins 3-23. Easts in reply scored 283/8 with Lauchie Johns continuing his red hot form scoring 120 off 130 ball (14 x 4 and 3 x 6) his third century in 4 innings. He was ably supported by Adam Leonard 40, Jimad Khan 34 and Xavier Aspell 31.

With a 75 run lead on the first innings Easts bowled Petone out in the second innings for 191 with a rejuvenated Patrick Howes taking 5-42 supported by Adam Leonard 2-23, and Jed Wiggins 2-60. This left Easts needing 119 to win and after some early tremors Patrick Howes 42 and Adam Leonard 13 helped calm the nervous, leaving Jed Wiggins to play a signature cover drive for 4 to seal the win with a fist pump and an over to spare.

This puts Easts in a unassailable lead with 44 points clear on top, having had outrights wins over each of the three teams below them.


Cook Shield Returns to the Mighty Easts

After a convincing win by an innings and 43 runs over University on Sunday, the mighty Eastern Suburbs has won back the Cook Shield.

The Cook Shield is the Ranfurly Shield equivalent in Wellington Premier Club Cricket, with the holder of the shield putting it on the line for every two day game with the challenger required to win outright to win the shield. Easts held the shield for the first 10 years until losing it to University in 2018.

The shield dates back to 1925 when it used be the Senior championship trophy before it was resurrected in its current format in 2008.

This was a great team effort with University bowled out for 113 in the first innings with Adam Lenard taking 5-46 on his return to Kelburn Park. Easts made 298 in reply with solid contributions from most of the batting order, Luke Georgeson 66, Jacob Logan 57, Nate Wiggins 40, Lauchie Johns 33, Xavier Aspell 29, Taine Bayly 27 and Patrick Howes 23.

With a 185 run lead, Easts applied the pressure and bowled University out for 142. The bowling was led by Jed Wiggins and Patrick Howes with some excellent spin bowling. Jed bowled a marathon 31 overs on the trot for 5-53 and Patrick bowled 22 overs at the other end for 3-32. The bowlers were supported by some excellent fielding and catches taken.

Well played Team.

Easts Premiers

Dougal the team mascot guarding the shield.

Easts Premiers

Adam Leonard 5-42 in the first innings.

Easts Premiers

The Cook Shield holders!


Club Record Broken

Congratulations to Fraser Colson for setting a new club record for highest T20 score with his 119 against Karori on Saturday 23 January 2021.

The previous highest score was Lauchie Johns' 104 in 2020.

Fraser's 119 came off 59 balls and contained 8 fours and 9 sixes. He was dismissed on the final ball of the innings but by then had set up Easts total of 197-6. Easts went on to win the game by 89 runs.


Milestones

Congratulations to Jed Wiggins and Luke Georgeson who both achieved significant milestones in the first half of the 2020/2021 season.

Jed Wiggins took his 100th wicket for Easts while playing against Naenae on October 28, and Luke Georgeson scored his 2000th run for Easts while playing against Petone-Riverside on December 19.

Great work lads, keep it up!

Wiggins 100 Georgeson 2000


One Day Champions!

Congrats to the Premiers who have been crowned the Hazlett Trophy One Day Champions.

In the last one day round against Petone-Riverside, Easts scored 329-5 with Skipper Luke Georgeson and Fraser Colson scoring 130 and 75 respectively. Petone Riverside were bowled out for 119 with Jed Wiggins taking 5-30.

Easts Bulldogs


Club Update: 17 December 2020

BULLDOGS WIN

The Bulldogs notched up their first win of the season on the weekend and in fact their first non-fortfeited win since Dec 2017. Wellington Collegians were bowled out for 178, with Dimitri Goumas taking 4-26. In reply the Bulldogs chased the target down with six wickets in hand. Key scores from Karl Grove 58* and David Corry 51. It was also great to see Life Member Carl Gill at the bowling crease returning 1-21 off 6 overs. Well done Lads.

Easts Bulldogs

WELL DONE BRACES

Congratulations and best of luck to Easts representative Easts representative, Michael Bracewell, fresh off the back of his maiden New Zealand A first-class hundred last week, Firebirds skipper Michael has been named captain of the New Zealand A side to face Pakistan Shaheens in Whangarei starting today.

ONE DAY CHAMPS

Congratulation to the unbeaten Premiers, who have claimed the Hazlett trophy one day title, with a game to spare.

GOOD LUCK JACOB

Wishing the latest member of the Easts Premiers, Jacob Madigan all the best for the National U19 tournament starting on December 17 with the first game against Central Districts at Bert Sutcliffe Oval at Lincoln. Jacob is from St Pats College and has made an impressive start in senior cricket.

IN MEMORIAM: DAN KELLY

The Club is saddened to hear of the passing of Life Member Dan Kelly on 14 December 2020, aged 92 years. Dan was always a keen supporter of Eastern Suburbs Cricket Club and his presence at Kilbirnie Park will be sorely missed. We offer our sincerest condolences to Dan’s Family.

IN MEMORIAM: TREVOR MALLOCH

Former Kilbirnie Cricket Club opening bowler Trevor Malloch, quietly passed away early last month at a Feilding rest home. He was exactly one month short of his 92nd birthday, and at the time of his death was Wellington's oldest surviving first-class player.

A fine medium-fast right-arm bowler who Don Neely described as ‘very accurate and attacked the stumps’, Trevor played 90 games for Kilbirnie, taking 370 wickets at 17.11. A modest tail ender, his top score was an unbeaten 36, while he made 625 runs at an average of 7.9.

From his childhood home in Wellington Road, Trevor attended Kilbirnie School, going on to Wellington Technical College between 1943 and 1946, with engineering as his main trade subject. There he played in the First XI alongside future New Zealand player Trevor McMahon.

He joined Kilbirnie in 1948, and in the 1953/54 season helped the club to Cook Shield success with a competition-high 59 wickets at 12.71 each. He also took most wickets in 1957/58 with 51 at 13.03, while in 1954/55 he secured 43 wickets at 14.90. The following season he took 48 wickets at 15.31 and in 1956/57 40 wickets at 19.45. Trevor’s best bowling figures came in December 1957, when he took 8-39. Other impressive returns came in November 1954 with 8-54, and in October 1956 with 7-60.

Despite his outstanding club performances Trevor played just twice for Wellington, against Central Districts and Otago in 1953/54, scoring 19 runs and capturing six wickets.

Trevor moved to Palmerston North in 1958 and joined the Old Boys Cricket Club, which also had New Zealand players Ian Colquhoun and Bryan Yuile in its ranks.

A keen and able golfer, he became a Life Member of both the New Zealand Golf Association and the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute. After being an engineer and later a company manager, Trevor became active in community affairs and chaired both the Central Power Electricity Trust and the Palmerston North Hospital Board. He was awarded a Queen’s Service Medal in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours for public services.

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Souter, along with their children Karen and Tony.


Another New Sponsor Comes On Board

The Club is pleased to announce that flooring specialists FLOOR COURT, 47M Kenepuru Drive, Porirua has agreed to join our list of high profile sponsors.

We welcome them aboard.

Guys - for all your flooring needs or flooring advice or for a free quote, contact Harry or Guri at FLOOR COURT, 04 2376106 (harry@floorcourt.co.nz).

Gordie

Floor Court


Hell Pizza Joins Easts as New Sponsor

The Easts Club is delighted to announce a sponsorship agreement with your favourite pizza outlet HELL PIZZA!!

The company has agreed to provide sponsorship cover for our Premier team home lunches throughout the 2020/21 season and to assist our Junior Section with Player of the Day awards.

A massive welcome aboard to HELL PIZZA!!

Gordie

Hell Pizza


Kilbirnie Sports HBCA T20 Tournament Underway

This weekend (9-11 October), Easts El Cheapo Premier 2 are competing in the Kilbirnie Sports Hawke's Bay T20 Tournament, hosted by Hawke's Bay Cricket Association!

Our lads will play three rounds of pool play on Friday and Saturday, followed by finals on Sunday. The pool games are:

Friday 9 October, 3pm, vs Central Hawke's Bay Cricket Club
Saturday 10 October, 11am, vs Eden Roskill Cricket Club
Saturday 10 October, 3pm, vs Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club

Keep an eye on the tournament here.

Good luck fellas!


2020/21 Registrations Open

Registrations Open

Registrations are open for the 2020/2021 season!

Potential new senior players should contact Gordie. Contact details can be found here. Senior player registration can be done anytime!

Junior player registrations open on September 26, and will be found on the Eastern Suburbs Junior Cricket Club website here.

Looking forward to everyone returning, and hopefully seeing some new faces as well!