Round 1 of the Spray Marks NZ Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Championship will begin this weekend. Last year's champions Bay Of Plenty will face Northland in Whangarei. Waikato Valley will be looking to start strong in their chase for their first ever title when they play Poverty Bay at the Harry Barker Reserve. At the Weymouth Oval, Counties Manukau will be hosting Hamilton.
Northern Districts' multi-day competition is a key feature within the cricket calendar for nurturing talent within the Association. Pat Malcon, Head Selector for Northern Districts says "The Fergus Hickey competition is an important stage in our player pathway. The teams are a combination of experienced District Association representatives and young promising players on the rise. Performances at this level tell us a lot about the ability of players their potential."
Poverty Bay are competing in this round of the competition to complete the Hawke Cup points portion of the competition which runs on an annual basis. Post this round, they will not play in the remainder of the Fergus Hickey rounds and will instead embark on a schedule which includes fixtures against Northern Maori, Hawkes Bay, Sri Lanka Under 19 and other District development teams. This was deemed by all parties involved in the decision to be a positive way forward for the Association as they continue to rebuild their strength and depth.
Teams selected for Round 1 of the Spray Marks NZ Fergus Hickey Rosebowl:
Keir Bettley (C), Peter Bocock (VC), Cullen Aislabie, Owen Ivins, Anish Desai, Daryl Mitchell, Brook Hatwell, Michael Dodunski, Matt Walbank, Freddy Walker, Cooper Rowell, Brayden Gaylor
Luke Williamson (Karaka) (C), Katene Clarke (Pukekohe-Metro), Nick Kelly (Manukau), Scott Johnston (Manukau), Sandeep Patel (Manukau), Tristan Payle (Manukau), Ryan Phizackerly (Papakura), Barry Rhodes (Pukekohe-Metro), Michael Schofield (Karaka), Reid Somani (Pukekohe-Metro), Rishe Umasuthan (Pukekohe-Metro), Ash Vodnala (Pukekohe-Metro)
Bay of Plenty:
Pete Drysdale - Mount (C), Tom MacRury - Greerton, Joe Carter - Cadets, Sean Davey - Cadets, Brett Hampton Greerton, Jono Boult - Cadets, Ben Musgrave - Mount, Tim Clarke - TBC, Alastair Blackett - Te Puke, Dan Smith - Mount, Tony Goodin - Mount, Tim Pringle - Cadets
Ben Hyde (C) , Brad Kneebone, Neal Parlane, Kyran Dill, Rory Christopherson, Matt Taylor, Todd Beehre, Tom Herman, Oliver White, Caleb Boswell-Smith, Brett Randell, Simar Virk
Chris Swanson (C), Campbell Child, Kristian Clarke, Sam Cooper, Matthew Fisher, Jake Gibson, Dillion Kelliher, Yogesh Kumar, Matthew Montgomerie, Stephen Sistern-Tate, Keith Vincent, Brandon Weal
Danny Gibbs (C), Thomas Hayes, Thorn Parkes, Drew Scott, Scott Tallott, Kieran Venema, Richard Mills , Jonathan Purcell, Timoti Weir, Blake Taylor, Jak RoweJimmy Holden
ROUND 1 of the Spray Marks NZ Fergus Hickey Rosebowl Championship, 11th and 12th November 2017:
Team Venue Umpires
vs. Bay of
Ross Kneebone & John Dempsey
Counties Manukau vs. Hamilton Weymouth Oval Mark Fleming & Lui Els
Poverty Bay vs. Waikato Valley Harry Barker Reserve Mark Commins & Brendon Davis
Note: Poverty Bay withdraws from competition following Round 1
ROUND 2 will take place 25th and 26th November.