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National Club Championships - Cornwall Park, Auckland
10 - 15th April 2012

The creme of New Zealand’s club cricketers descends on Cornwall Park from April 10th - 15th to battle it out for the title of National Club Champion. A tournament hosted and run by the Cornwall Cricket Club, it includes the one day champions from each major Association. The MIGHTY EASTS have qualified to be Wellington’s representative and they’ll be joined by Takapuna (Auckland), Otoumaetai Cadets (Northern), United Palmerston North (Central), Easts (Wellington), St Albans (Canterbury) and Taieri (Otago).

The tournament consists of five day’s of round robin play with a finals day on Sunday 15th April.

10 Apr -  Easts 143-10 V United (CD) 147-7, Loss by 3 wickets, Ben Orton 44 & Lance Dry 3-33 .... Scorecard

11 Apr -  Easts 84-0 V Taieri (Otago) 171-10, Match Abandoned, Lance Dry 4-25, Michael Burns 3-38, Ben Orton 46*, Niranjan Naguleswaran 32* .... Scorecard .... Match Report

12 Apr -  Easts 275-6 V Otumoetai Cadets (ND) 234-10, Win by 41 runs, Jeremy Dean 78, Jamie Gibson 67, Josh Mclauchlan 37*, Nathan Cameron 3-33, Lance Dry 3-44 .... Scorecard

13 Apr -  Easts 173-9 V Takapuna (Auckland) 174-5,Loss by 5 wickets, Chamika Gayanayaki 61, Scott Golder 31, Ricky Joseph 3-34 .... Scorecard

14 Apr -  Easts 147-10 V St Albans (Canterbury) 155-10, Loss by 8 runs, Ricky Joseph 3-30 & 35*, .... Scorecard

15 Apr -  Easts 187-7 V Otumoetai Cadets (ND)186-10 Win by 3 wickets, Niranjan Naguleswaran 3-27, Michael Burns 3-43, Josh Brodie 33, Ben Orton 38 .... Scorecard

.... Full Report all matches

.... DominionPost - "Easts' hopes go west with poor batting"

Wellington Cricket Awards for 2011/2012

Another outstanding year for the Eastern Surburbs Cricket Club by winning back the Wilkinson Pearce Cup, five trophies and three East teams in first place in competitions along with the retention of the Cook Shield by the Premier Men’s team for another season.

Complete Premier Competition (awarded the Wilkinson Pearce Cup) - Eastern Suburbs

Premier Competition One Day (awarded the One Day Trophy) - Eastern Suburbs

Easts Grade Award Winners - Senior3 & 20/20 Indies

Royal Visit Cup (Awarded to the Wellington club with the highest aggregate points) - Easts first with 1,299.37 points

Mens Outstanding Fielder - Jeetan Patel

Cook Shield The Premier Men’s competition that runs much like rugby’s Ranfurly Shield with clubs having to beat the holders outright over two days to win it. We have successfully defended this 28 times now.

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Wilkinson Pearce Cup returns after being on loan for 12 months

Back (l to r):- Gordon Dry (Club Manager), Jeremy Dean, Josh Brodie, Ricky Joseph, Josh McLauchlan,
Ben Orton, Nathan Cameron, Jamie Gibson, Chamika Gajanayaka, Niranjan Naguleswaran, Pat Baker (Team Sponsor)
Middle (l to r):- Michael Burns, Sean Joseph (Team Manager), Ankur Bassi
Front (l to r):- Sam Mclauchlan, Lance Dry (Captain), Scott Golder
Absent :- Cath Shields (Scorer), Jeetan Patel, Sean O’Connor, Andrew Fullerton-Smith, Andrew Pollock

"The MIGHTY EASTS"have secured the Wilkinson Pearce Cup for 2011/12. After losing it to Karori last year we had a poor start to this season with being bottom of the table after 5 rounds but then the wheel turned and we achieved top qualifier for the final at the Hawkins Basin Reserve against Naenae.

A comprehensive 9 wicket victory on day three has meant that the Pearce Cup is back home where it belongs. This now means that THE MIGHTY EASTS PREMIER TEAM have won this trophy for 10 of the last 11 years. Congratulations to Lance Dry (Captain) and your team and Management.

Lance won the toss and elected to bowl at Naenae. Soon after Easts had them in trouble and eventually dismissed them for 187 in the 1st innings. Wicket-takers were Michael Burns 3-53, Nathan Cameron 3-71 and Lance Dry 3-13. In response a 112 parntership between Ben Orton 72 & Niranjan Naguleswaran 48 got Easts off to a good start. Sam Mclauchlan also contributed a good 37 in a first innings total of 268. Surprisingly Naenae were not as agressive, as expected, in their 2nd innings and were contained with some consistent off stump bowling. Best bowling in the 2nd innings was Michael Burns 3-49, Ricky Joseph 3-53 and Nathan Cameron 3-49. Naenae were dismissed for 171 and this left Easts to score 91 to win the game. The Mighty Easts achieved the target set before lunch , on day 3, with not much effort with Josh Brodie scoring 53* and Niranjan Naguleswaran 21*.

The 9-wicket win equalled their biggest winning margin in a Pearce Cup final, also beating Naenae by 9 wickets in the 2006-07 final.

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Easts Premier Team qualify for 2012 Wilkinson Pearce Cup Final

After starting the year losing their first four Twenty20 games the Premier Team have bounced back to be the leaders in the competition and securing a place in the 3 day final against Naenae.

The final is to be played at the Basin Reserve from Friday 6th - 8th April 2012 so get out there to support Lance Dry and his Premier team to win back the Wilkinson Pearce Cup that they lost to Karori last year.


The Premier team has also continued to defend the Cook Shield for two day games, home and away, and can put that away for another season. Successful defenses now total 28 ( 4 years ).

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Being top qualifier for the Pearce Cup final counts for nothing, in Lance Dry’s opinion. Read more .... DominionPost

The last match of the Wellington club cricket season this weekend is also the most important for Eastern Suburbs El Cheapo Cars, and Naenae Old Boys the two meeting over three days at the Hawkins Basin Reserve in the Wilkinson Pearce Cup final. Read more .... Wellington Cricket

Senior 3 and Cobras "TOP OF THE TABLE" for 2011/2012

Congratulations to the Senior 3 team, lead by Steve Pyke, for winning that grade and also Easts Cobras who were top of the table in the Twenty20 Section 3 for 2011/12 season

BRODIE GOES BIG FOR WELLINGTON - "Third day Josh Brodie day"

Josh Brodie scored his second consecutive first-class century, his fourth overall for Wellington and his maiden double ton. His 210 was Wellington’s 20th first-class double century, the 15th by one individual and the 14th highest score ever by a Wellington batsman.

Aside from helping Wellington post 479, which gave them a first innings lead of 159 over Auckland, one of Brodie’s other sources of satisfaction was that he’d seen off Blackcap Chris Martin. Noted for his ability to dismiss left-handers, Martin couldn’t get Brodie in his 29 wicket-less overs. Josh batted for 8 hours 27 minutes and had faced 394 balls.

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Josh scored 25* in his second innings off 29 balls and Wellington Firebirds a 7 wicket win against the Auckland Aces.

Well done Josh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In-form batsman is finally breathing more easily Read more .... DomPost 29 Feb 2012

Josh Brodie out to prove his worth

Josh Brodie had good reason to panic when North City opening bowler Hamish Kyne struck him on the wrist on Saturday 11 February.

The Eastern Suburbs and Wellington opening batsman had broken his left index finger at about this stage of each of the past two seasons. So when Kyne hit him with the second ball of the Pearce Cup match at Kilbirnie Park, Brodie immediately feared the worst.

"I was like `oh God, three years in a row'," Brodie said. "I went straight to the hospital and got an X-ray and got the all clear.

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Josh is certainly on track to prove his worth with his first game 6 days later, scoring 50 in the 1st innings and completing a century in the 2nd - 116. Well done Josh for steering the Firebirds to victory!!!

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The Mighty Easts Premier Team Win Wilkinson Pearce Cup One Day Final

Back (l to r):- Sam Mclauchlan, Nathan Cameron, Michael Burns, Jamie Gibson, Ricky Joseph, Sean O’Connor,
Chamika Gajanayaka, Andrew Fullerton-Smith, Niranjan Naguleswaran
Front (l to r):- Jeremy Dean, Lance Dry (Captain), Scott Golder, Josh McLauchlan, Josh Brodie, Ben Orton
Absent:- Jeetan Patel, Gordon Dry (Club Manager), Sean Joseph (Team Manager),
Cathy Shields (Scorer), Pat Baker (Team Sponsor)

Easts Premier team played Karori at the Hawkins Basin Reserve in the Wilkinson Pearce Cup One Day Final on Sunday.

Easts came away with a comprehensive win and will now represent Wellington in the National One Day Championship, in Auckland at Easter. Karori won the toss and elected to bat first. Some excellent all round bowling restricted their runs with youngsters Jamie Gibson & Sean O’Connor returning good results of 10-0-26-1 and 10-1-20-0. Ricky Joseph got 3-37 off 10 and captain Lance Dry & Mike Burns got 2 wickets each.

Josh Brodie carried his bat through the innings once again ending on 64 not out with Scott Golder & Sam Mclauchlan were the other main contributors with 49 and 44 not out. The turning point in the run chase was 18 runs scored by Scott Golder, off Simon Baker’s over directly after the 25 over drinks break. Unfortunately Scott was caught on the last ball of that over but Sam Mclauchlan came in and continued the momento.

Karori 184 - 8 off 50 overs and Easts 186 - 3 off 39.1 overs

Well done Premier Team !!!!

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Easts Premier Team in One Day Final - Sunday 29th January 2012 Basin Reserve

Easts Premier team will play Karori in Sunday’s one day final at the Basin Reserve after thrashing the Wellington under-20s by 225 runs on Monday. Opening batsmen and Firebird Josh Brodie carried his bat for 149 not out as Easts ammassed 321-6 batting first and the under 20s could only muster 96 in reply. Read more .... Wellington Cricket

Get to the Basin on Sunday to support the Mighty Easts Premier Team.

Six Easts players selected for Wellington City & Under 23 teams

Six Premier Easts players have been selected to play for this Sunday’s second round Stewie Dempster Shield One-Day series match at Karori Park. Wellington City will include Josh Brodie, Ben Orton, Ricky Joseph & Michael Burns and the Under 23 side Chamika Gajanayaka & Niranjan Naguleswaran. To view selected teams click here ......

Cricket injury and rehabilitation

Scott Pender, a former longstanding Senior player at Easts, is now a Registered Osteopath, ACC Provider.

Scott’s goal is to return injured players back into the game we love, because afterall, it’s much more fun playing cricket than wishing you could be. Scott is offering a discount for club members who have paid their fees.

Non-ACC $60 ($50 for players who have paid subs)
ACC $32 ($25 for players who have paid subs)

1st treatment 45 mins / follow up treatments 30 mins

To read more about Scott and what he is offering for Easts players click here ...

Wellington Junior Cricket for 2011/2012

The junior registration day will be held on September 24th at Wellington Indoor Sports Centre, Newtown from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

If you would like more information regarding junior cricket go to the on-line Junior Website - Easts Junior Cricket Website