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New Zealand Community Cricket Awards 2015/16

New Zealand Cricket have announced the 2015/16 Community Cricket Award winners.

These awards are a thank you to volunteers and development staff who have put endless time and commitment into improving the game within their community.

Our MIGHTY Club Manager, GORDON DRY has taken out the Outstanding Contribution to Cricket award and certainly deserves it. Gordie has managed and administered the largest cricket club in New Zealand and most successful Premier team in Wellington Cricket for 16 years.

Congratulations Gordie !!!!!!

New Zealand Cricket ...........

Easts Jeetan Patel called up to play for BLACKCAPS
in India 2016

Jeetan Patel

New Zealand’s Mark Craig has been ruled out of the rest of the Test series against India because of a side strain and will be replaced in the squad by fellow off-spinner Jeetan Patel.

In a like-for-like replacement, 36-year-old Patel returns to the squad having played his last test against South Africa in 2013.

Patel is the second spinner of Indian-origin in a touring party that also includes leg-spinner Ish Sodhi.

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Easts man into 2016 NZ Mastermind Semi-Final

Alex Fensome

Easts Bulldogs ALEX FENSOME is into the Mastermind semi final which will be telecast on TV One on Sunday 17th July 2016 at 7:45pm.

All the very best ALEX - the EASTS CLUB is right behind you !!!!

This Mighty EASTS Club is not only the BIGGEST and BEST cricket Club in New Zealand but also the BRAINIEST !!!!!

Ok !!!!!

as at end of season 2015/16

Top 10 RUNSCORERS and WICKETTAKERS for Easts Premier Men in Wellington Cricket Premier competition since the Club’s establishment in the 1993-1994 season. Note excludes National Championships.

Pos Batsman Runs Seasons Pos Bowler Wickets Seasons
1. Scott Golder 5,306 2001-2016 1. Lance Dry 743 1993-2016
2. Jeremy Dean 5,251 2004-2016 2. Ricky Joseph 356 2006-2016
3. Lance Dry 4,531 1993-2016 3. Roger Fouhy 205 2003-2011
4. Phil Parker 4,111 1995-2010 4. Jeetan Patel 195 1997-2016
5. Josh Brodie 3,193 2005-2014 5. Tim Boyer 128 2001-2010
6. Ben Orton 2,570 2010-2014 6. Richard Gilhooly 123 2004-2011
7. Jason Wells 2,436 1993-2002 7. Jamie Gibson 119 2010-2016
8. Tim Boyer 2,381 2001-2010 8. Stephen Hotter 117 2001-2004
9. Jamie Gibson 2,221 2010-2016 9. Ronald Karaitiana 111 2012-2015
10. Joe Consedine 1,708 1998-2008 10. Peter Connell 101 2013-2016

Cricket Wellington 2015/16 Season Awards

Congrats to all the winners at Cricket Wellington awards.

The MIGHTY EASTS scooped a number of awards including numerous grade championships (including being National Club Champions !!!).

Ricky Joseph took out "Performance of the Year, Leading Wicket taker & Best Overall figures in an innings (10-35)" and Easts retained the Royal Visit Cup for the most cumulative points as a club,(we have 26 teams). However the Pearce Cup went to Onslow this year but we will get it back next year !!!!!

National Club Champions - Easts Premier Men

Cricket Wellington Trophy List for Easts 2015/2016

Ewen Chatfield One Day Competition - Easts Premier Men
Cook Shield - Premier Two Day matches - Easts Premier Men
J Atkin Cup - Best Bowling Performance - Ricky Joseph
Ron Murray Cup - Most Premier Wickets - Ricky Joseph - 49
Sam Platt Cup - Best Premier Grade Performance - Ricky Joseph, (10-35)
Royal Visit Cup - Club Championship - Total Points over all Teams - Easts

Awards for Grade Winners

Fourth Grade - Easts Tigers
Intercity 1 Day Div 1 - Easts Taxes
Intercity 1 Day Div 3 - Easts Masters
Premier 2 Womens T20 - Easts Wildcats

Cricket Wellington Awards Trophy List ...........


2016 National Club Champions

Back (l to r):- Gordon Dry ( Club Manager ), Pat Baker Sponsor (El Cheapo Cars),
Chamika Gajanayaka, Jamie Gibson, Andrew Fullerton-Smith, Ricky Joseph, Peter Connell,
Jimad Khan, Alecz Day, Jack Anderson, Sean Joseph (Team Manager), Fraser Colson
Front (l to r):- Cath Shields (Scorer), Lauchie Johns, Maddie Dry (captains daughter),
Ili Tugaga, Lance Dry (c), Oscar Dry (captains son), Jeremy Dean

Lance Dry accepting Trophy               2016 National Club Champions

   Lance Dry accepting Trophy                           Jamie Gibson "Player of the Tournament"

Celebrating         Club Manager Gordie Dry

Peter Connell, Ili Tugaga, Ricky Joseph                 Gordon Dry (Club Manager)
           & Jack Anderson


21 years and seven attempts and finally Eastern Suburbs can claim to be National Club Champions.

As Wellington 50-over champions we won our first national trophy, after the Sunday final against Canterbury club St Albans was washed out. Only 24 overs were possible in the decider at Auckland’s Cornwall Park, with St Albans 74-4 when play was called off.

Easts beat St Albans the previous day in their last round robin match and that proved to be vital as then both teams had 4 wins from 5 round robin games. However Easts had the better net run rate at the start of the final.

Easts’ Jamie Gibson was named overall Player of the Tournament.

Congratulations to all players in the team & management !!!!!!!

Scorebooks & Highlights

2016 Norwood Awards - Jeetan Patel Wellington Centurion

Jeetan Patel Centurion

Last night’s annual Norwood Awards turned out to be a celebration of milestones for Wellington’s elite cricketers.

While competition silverware proved elusive this season, there was still plenty to celebrate. Congratulations to Easts Jeetan Patel who won four awards :-

Male Bowler
Overall Players Choice
First Class Milestone - became 5th player to take 250 wickets for Wellington
Wellington Centurions

Well done Jeets !!!!

Easts Premier team qualify for Rothbury Wilkinson Pearce Cup Final once again

For the 15th year in a row the Easts Premier Men team have qualified for the 3 day "Rothbury Wilkinson PEARCE CUP FINAL" for 2016. The game is to be played at Nairnville Park, against Onslow on Friday - Sunday 25th-27th March 2016 starting at 10:30am each day.

Onslow ended up the leaders in the 2 day Pearce Cup competition and therefore it is a MUST for EASTS to WIN to retain the trophy for another year. Let’s get down to Nairnville Park and support the Premier team.

History shows that we can achieve this so "GO THE MIGHTY EASTS !!!!!"

Finals format was introduced in 2005/2006 and prior to that the winner was determined by competition points at the end of the season

Season Opposition Result
2015/2016 Onslow Drawn game - Win to Onslow as top qualifier
2014/2015 Taita Win to Easts by 5 wickets
2013/2014 Hutt Districts Drawn match - Win to Easts as top qualifier
2012/2013 Karori Win to Easts by 9 wickets
2011/2012 Naenae Win to Easts by 9 wickets
2010/2011 Karori Easts Loss by 108 runs
2009/2010 Karori Win to Easts by 8 wickets
2008/2009 Karori Win to Easts by 2 wickets
2007/2008 North City Win to Easts by 7 wickets
2006/2007 Naenae Win to Easts by 9 wickets
2005/2006 Karori Final abandoned (rain). Easts win as top qualifier
2004/2005   Win to Easts by 20.26 points
2003/2004   Win to Easts by 14.92 points
2002/2003   Win to Easts by 2.15 points
2001/2002   Win to Easts by 6.93 points

2016 Pearce Cup Final 2016 Pearce Cup Final Result

Ili Tugaga 5-44, Jamie Gibson 3-36 & Alecz Day 3-53
Chamika Gajanayaka 80, Lauchie Johns 49 & Lance Dry 55*
Game ended in a DRAW but Onslow won Pearce Cup as top qualifier.

Cricket Wgtn Prematch
CricHQ Match Report
Cricket Wellington

Onslow ready for perennial champions Eastern Suburbs in Pearce Cup final

Pearce Cup

                                            Captains Sean O’Connor & Easts Lance Dry

After years as the kid working the scoreboard, Sean O’Connor will finally step out in a Pearce Cup final.

The Onslow captain has led his club to the promised land of the decider for the first time since Wellington’s premier club cricket competition switched to a final format 10 years ago. O’Connor will take on his former club Eastern Suburbs in the three-day final, starting on Friday at Nairnville Park, and said the closest he had been to the final was working in the Basin Reserve scoreboard.

"It will be the first time [playing] for me, I’ve watched a lot and done the scoreboard [at the Basin Reserve] for about four Pearce Cup finals, and when I used to play for Easts I was around the camp.

"There are lots of guys in the club who have played for a long time without playing in a Pearce Cup final. Playing at home at Nairnville is always cool and playing Easts will make it a good game."

Compare that with his opposite, Lance Dry, who has won 13 of the last 14 Pearce Cups with Easts and will be playing in his 10th final (the first final in 2006 was rained out). Onslow come into the final as top qualifiers, so only need a draw or no result to win the title. Draws are rare, with 2014 (draw) and 2006 (rain) the only finals not to garner a result. O’Connor said it would be unwise of his team to think of anything other than winning the match.

"I think three days is generally enough time to get a result and if you turn up playing for a draw you’re going to get yourself in trouble pretty early, so you have to turn up with the mindset you are going to win.

"That suits our style of cricket better, we play quite positive cricket, as do Easts, so it should be a good game with both teams going for a win."

Dry said the pressure was firmly on Onslow.

"There is no pressure on us, we’ve got nothing to lose. The trophy is effectively in their cabinet, it’s there for them to lose and hand to us, in essence. "We don’t talk about [our experience] a lot, it’s more the fact of the inexperience of the opposition and being in those situations. "Onslow has never been in a Pearce Cup final and quite a few of them wouldn’t have played three-day cricket for a long time, or a game of cricket that went three days."

With a first-class game being played at the Basin, the match will be played at Nairnville. Neither captain was sure how the pitch would play over three days of cricket, especially with rain on Thursday. Said O’Connor: "Being a club deck I’m not sure how well it’s going to last for three days, but it’s had a lot of work go into it and we’ve got a good groundsman who did the first-class pitch at Karori for a few years, so it should be good." Said Dry: "Hopefully [it doesn’t hold up]. I don’t know if it will anyway, it battles to hold up for two days. In its defence, it will be three days consecutive rather than weekend to weekend. It’s had a great summer, so it has every chance to be good."

Onslow have named a full strength lineup, while Easts will be without opening bowler Ricky Joseph as he attends his sister’s wedding. It is a big loss for Easts, with Joseph renowned for his wicket taking in finals and coming off stunning match figures of 16-80 against Johnsonville in their last round robin match. "It’s a shame, but it can’t be helped," Dry said. "He was in quite good form and he’s obviously the most successful guy in club finals by a long way and has taken something like five or six six-wicket or more bags in them, but we’ve got plenty of guys who can bowl those overs."

Onslow’s Malcolm Nofal was the leading runscorer in the round robin with 430 runs at 53.75, while also taking 17 wickets. It was clear to Dry that he would be the man to stop. "Nofal has been the backbone of everything they’ve done. "Their batting has lived or died by his success and he’s bowled the bulk of their overs. If he has a bad game then they might have a bad game." Easts narrowly won the one-day final between the two teams earlier in the season, which was Onslow’s only outright loss of the season.


Pearce Cup final

Where and when: Nairnville Park, 10.30am from March 25-27

Onslow: Sean O’Connor (c), Jake Bannatyne, Andrew Fletcher, Angus Henderson, Sam Keegan, Corey Larsen, Matthew McEwan, Arana Noema-Barnett, Malcolm Nofal, Daniel Pile, Alex Ridley, Daniel Rose, Ben Shields

Easts: Lance Dry (c), Ankur Bassi, Peter Connell, Alecz Day, Jeremy Dean, Andrew Fullerton-Smith, Chamika Gajanayaka, Jamie Gibson, Lauchie Johns, Jimad Khan, Sean Neal, Ili Tugaga

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Cook Shield back in the Trophy Cabinet for another year

The Cook Shield competition is run much like rugby’s Ranfurly Shield with clubs having to beat the holders outright over two days to win it.

As defending Pearce Cup two-day champions in 2007, Eastern Suburbs were initially given the trophy to defend in 2008. The trophy has been up for grabs for every match that the holders play, home or away, and the MIGHTY EASTS PREMIER MEN team have defended for 8 seasons - 48 challengers

Challengers have been :-

Cook Shield

Karori = 7
Onslow = 7
Taita = 6
Hutt District = 5
Collegians = 5
North City = 4
Naenae = 4
Upper Hutt = 3
University = 3
Johnsonville = 2
Petone = 1

Game Results

Outright Wins = 20
Drawn Matches = 24
Cancelled Games (No play) = 4

Easts Runs = 13,446 & Wickets taken = 647

Challengers Runs = 11,390 & Wickets taken = 463

Ricky Joseph - A Remarkable Spell of Swing Bowling

Ricky Joseph

Saturday 12th March 2016 Ricky had the ball on a string and his late movement was too much for the Johnsonville batsmen to cope with. He beat the bat on numerous occasions, and when he did take the edge the catching circle behind the wickets did the rest. His 10-35 off 12.3 overs was the most remarkable bowling spell that most of us have witnessed and are unlikely to see the equal of again. It’s not solely about sheer speed, but more importantly getting the ball in the right areas and doing a bit with it.

Ricky has become a master at that!


Lucky to witness a freakish performance by Ricky Joseph yesterday, capturing all 10 wickets (10 for 35 off 12) in Johnsonville's first innings. Something that l have never seen before and will never see again !

Lance Dry - Captain Easts Premier Men

Day 2 and Ricky took all 6 wickets available (Johnsonville were 44-4 after Day 1 2nd innings) ending up with match figures of 16-80

DomPost - Top Two in box seat...........

DomPost - Ricky Joseph............

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Ricky Joseph

Outstanding milestone achieved by Jeremy Dean

Jeremy Dean

Deano’s 105 not out last Saturday was an exciting innings which not only signalled a return to top form, but also saw him pass the significant milestone of 5,000 runs in Premier cricket, since his debut in 2004/05.

His general patience and exquisite timing in this innings was reminiscent of the glory days when he was widely recognised as one of the finest strokemakers in Wellington cricket. A serious leg injury a few years ago, and the need to adjust to batting in prescription spectacles, has hindered Deano’s return to his best. Now that he’s back we can look forward to him building on his wonderful record with the bat.

Deano & Disco at the Basin

Deano takes a catch whilst Disco watches on at the Basin 2014 Pearce Cup Final
Image coutesy of Mike Lewis Pictures

3 Easts Players selected for Firebirds

Three easts Premier players, Fraser Colson, Alecz Day & Jamie Gibson have been selected for the Wellington Firebirds team to play against Otago Volts 5th - 8th February 2016.

Congratulations and best wishes to Fraser, Alecz & Jamie !!!!

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DomPost - Fraser Colson 97 ..............

DomPost - Fraser Colson 1st class success ..............


Ankur Bassi

Ankur has been making the trip from his home in India to the Mighty Easts Cricket Club in Wellington since 2012. During this time he has played many fine innings for the Club including some outstanding centuries including a personal high of 177. He has fitted into the Club culture here well and has become a popular member of the Premier squad and a personable coach and mentor. He has also been known to knock up a very tasty curry for some of the boys to enjoy!

Ankur has previously played First Class cricket in India, has played in the Essex County Cricket League, and was a member of the Rajasthan Royals IPL wider training squad.

Ankur has earned a lot of respect for his integrity, excellent temperament and solid work ethic. He has undertaken a serious coaching role within the Club, both within the Junior ranks and with more senior players seeking individual coaching and tuition. He holds a New Zealand Cricket Qualified Coaching accreditation and is building a good reputation in this area.

Ankur is available to take on new coaching roles within the Club, both at Senior and Junior levels. Seek him out if you want to engage Ankur for one-on-one, groups, or team coaching.


Easts Premier Men have regained the Ewen Chatfield Trophy for another year and qualify to represent Wellington in the NZCT National Club Cricket Championships - Auckland to be played at the end of the season.



One Day Final

Easts Premier Men qualify for 2015/16 ONE DAY FINAL

Easts Premier Men have comfortable win today against Naenae and qualify for the One Day Final for the Ewen Chatfield Trophy against Onslow at Nairnville Park on Sunday 17th January 2016.

Winner of the final will then play in the NZCT National Club Cricket Championships - Auckland to be played at the end of the season.

Go THE MIGHTY EASTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!

One Day Final

4 Easts Premier players selected for Wellington Provincial A

Prov A partnership Colson & Gibson

Congratulations to Jamie Gibson, Alecz Day, Fraser Colson and Lauchie Johns for being selected for the Wellington Provincial A team to go to the National Tournament at Lincoln on 2nd to 8th January 2016.

Lance Dry is Team Selector & Team Manager

Scorebook V Otago Prov A
Fraser Colson 87, Jamie Gibson 79* (partnership 157), Alecz Day 40 & 3-32

Scorebook V Northern Districts Prov A

Scorebook V Central Districts Prov A
Fraser Colson 54 & Lauchie Johns 19

Scorebook V Auckland Prov A
Fraser Colson 66*

Easts Lance Dry appointed Wellington Provincial A Selector !!!!

Lance Dry

Long-serving Eastern Suburbs captain Lance Dry has been appointed as Wellington Provincial A Selector and Talent ID Manager.

Dry’s role is an expansion of the selector role for the Wellington city side he has held over recent summers, and now sees him working with Provincial A Coach Glenn Pocknall, while also contributing to the talent identification and pathway process within Cricket Wellington’s representative framework.

Congratulations Lance !!!

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Fraser Colson joins Easts !!!!

Fraser Colson

The Easts club is very pleased to add Fraser Colson to its playing roster for the 2015/16 season.

Fraser is an ex HIBS boy who previously played his club cricket in the Hutt Valley. He has represented NZ Under 19’s and has a couple of first class games behind him for the Firebirds. After a year off in the 2014/15 season, the 25 year old is refreshed and raring to go in the upcoming season. He has his sights set on regaining a place in the Firebirds lineup. A stylish right hand batsman, many will remember his outstanding 188 for a Wellington XI against a strong Tasmanian side in January 2014.

Welcome aboard the Mighty Easts Fraser!

Jamie Gibson - 2015/2016 Firebird Contract

Jamie Gibson

The Easts club is delighted to learn that Jamie Gibson has been awarded the final Firebirds contract for the 2015/16 season.

It’s a wonderful achievement for the strapping 22 year old, who is a true Easts man having come right through from the Easts junior club.

Jamie’s outstanding skills, hard work and dedication have been rightfully recognised.

Go Jamie - we’re all rapt for you!!

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2015/16 Season New Recruit - Alecz Day

Alecz Day

The Easts club is pleased to announce the signing of Alecz Day for the 2015/16 season.

Alecz is a 25 year old hard hitting right hand batsman and very handy offspinner.

Born and raised in North Queensland, Alecz has a NZ passport courtesy of a Kiwi mum.

After playing Premier grade cricket in Brisbane for some time, Alecz decided last year to try his luck in Wellington. His talents were quickly recognised and he was thrust into the Firebirds one day team. He had immediate success with a half century in his first game against Otago. In 7 one dayers he tallied 214 runs at an average of 35.6.

Alecz has gained a Firebirds contract this season, in the Cricket Wellington list recently announced.

Bruce Edgar appointed Head Coach of the Firebirds

Bruce Edgar

The Easts club is delighted to add its congratulations on the appointment of Bruce Edgar as Head Coach of the Firebirds.

Bruce was a stalwart of the old Kilbirnie club prior to the amalgamation in 1993, and remains a Vice-President of the Easts club. We look forward to the opportunity to welcome Bruce home to his old stamping ground here at Kilbirnie Park

Peter Connell Premier Player/Coach 2015-16 Season

Peter Connell

The Easts club is pleased to announce the appointment of former Ireland international Peter Connell as the Club’s Premier Player/Coach for the 2015/16 season. Peter had a successful career for Ireland and Ireland A, taking 35 first class wickets, 40 List A wickets, 13 ODI wickets and 10 T20I wickets. He took a first class hat-trick for Ireland on debut, and is the first player to take a hat-trick for Ireland. He also has the extraordinary distinction of being the first player in history to take a first class hat-trick on debut, in an international match.

Peter has been with the Easts club since December 2013 and took 35 Premier wickets for the Club in the 2014/15 season.

Peter will direct pre-season preparations for the Premier Squad and also manage training and practices for the squad during the season. He has completed his Level 2 Coaching Qualification and is looking forward to this new role in the top cricket club in Wellington, THE MIGHTY EASTS!!!

St Pats College Sports Foundation Benefit Dinner - 13 June 2015

St Pats Wellington are one of Easts major feeder colleges so it would be great to see Eastern Suburbs well represented at the SPC Sports Foundation Dinner.

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