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WELCOME AND CONTENTS The standout feature of the 2011/12 cricket season is that it’s a key opportunity for the New Zealand BLACKCAPS to boost their test ranking. With one of the world’s top test sides, South Africa, making a full tour in this summer’s National Bank Series, it’s a rare chance to take on the Proteas in our home conditions. Roll in the star-studded HRV Cup, a traditional Rose Bowl Series between the White Ferns and their great rivals Australia, and the new Ford Trophy and it’s a recipe for an exciting summer. Retain this guide for all the important dates at your fingertips – and enjoy!


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BLACKCAPS SEASON PREVIEW OUT OF AFRICA by Margot Butcher Ross Taylor’s first home summer in charge of the BLACKCAPS is set to be a hot one – and not only thanks to La Niña’s balmy humid days. South Africa’s Proteas are capable of exacting plenty of heat on their opponents on their own, as Michael Clarke’s Australians found out to their mortification in South Africa last month. The Australians barely had time to feel pleased with themselves for dismissing the world’s second-highestranked test side (after England) for just 96 when they themselves were wasted in the second innings for a freakish 47. And sure, the ball was seaming around like a horizontal yo-yo, Vernon Philander (8-78 in the match) taking one of the best hauls by any Protea on debut. Just don’t dismiss the role of attitude in this deeplycompetitive side. In short, it goes, ‘Anything you can do, we can do better’. South Africa last toured New Zealand in 2004, so to have them return in this summer’s National Bank Series is a welcome treat – against a promising BLACKCAPS lineup that mixes seasoned stars with fast-rising young talents like Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Taylor will be thrilled if the lower-ranked BLACKCAPS can dominate as handsomely as they did last time, when they ended a South African hot streak by Going head-to-head with his wicketkeeper-batsman rival Mark Boucher is certain to fire up Brendon McCullum.



winning five National Bank One-Day Internationals in a row, had the better of a drawn first National Bank Test and claimed the second before the stung South Africans masterminded a memorable comeback, taking the final match to share The National Bank Test Series honours. Jake Oram remembers that series fondly for his maiden test century – batting at seven, but for most of the BLACKCAPS (save Dan Vettori, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills and Brendon McCullum) this is the first time they’ll come up against Graeme Smith’s tough unit in this country. The 2012 Proteas are likely to feature familiar stars from 2004: Jacques Kallis, Jacques Rudolph, Mark Boucher and Smith himself. Experience? Their current top seven batsmen have 600 tests between them, Kallis is one of only four players ever to top 12,000 test runs and the classy Boucher the only keeper with 500 test catches. Before the Proteas touch down in mid-February, the BLACKCAPS need to make sure they put Zimbabwe away in the opening National Bank Series of the season. Having had a good look at each other in Zimbabwe over October, this rematch is the chance to prove who learnt the most from their recent test and ODI sparring – dominated by the BLACKCAPS, but not without joy for the Zimbabweans who scrapped their way to a onewicket ODI win in Bulawayo. Bring it on.


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IN FOCUS: KANE WILLIAMSON Kane Williamson’s arrival on the international scene last summer had fans of classical cricket footwork and strokeplay beaming from ear to ear. The maestroin-the-making quickly became the youngest BLACKCAP to score a test century on debut – all the more impressive when you consider he did it in India, a notoriously difficult place to succeed as a visiting team.

Success flowed quickly for Williamson in one-day international cricket, too. Two centuries, the first made on his maiden tour of Bangladesh last year (he’s the youngest Kiwi centurion in that format, too). His second, against Zimbabwe on the recent tour, was the second-fastest in New Zealand’s history, a 69-ball torrent statistically bettered only by the big-hitting Craig McMillan who went ballistic at Seddon Park against Australia several years back.

The secret of this likeable player’s success, it seems, rests not just on a natural talent, but on his ceaseless earnestness and devotion to learning about and fine-tuning his game.

And at 21, Williamson’s already logged up his first fullon season as a County pro, invited to Gloucestershire where he even captained the team when the regular skipper was unavailable and where he continued to develop his handy little right-arm offbreaks. But perhaps the nugget that says it all is that of all the thousands of New Zealanders who have played first-class cricket, Williamson is one of only two who racked up 1000 first-class runs before they turned 20 – the other being one Martin David Crowe.

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While his talent is clearly precocious, the personality is anything but. The secret of this likeable player’s success, it seems, rests not just on a natural talent, but on his ceaseless earnestness and devotion to learning about and fine-tuning his game. Team-mates say that if they ever heard a dull tap-tap-tap sound emanating through their hotel walls at night, they knew it was just Kane practising his stance some more. Engage him in any sort of conversation about the art or mentality of batting and his elfin eyes instantly light up. Tauranga born and bred, Williamson hails from a big, sporty family – his sisters are crack volleyballers and father Brett represented Northern Districts Cricket at under-17 level. That was how Kane got the cricket bug: “I always practised with Dad, just nagging at him, inside, outside, wherever I could have a bat. I wasn’t even six! Our house backed onto a school field and after a few years Dad ended up building nets there and putting in a pitch through Pub Charity – so that suited me quite nicely.” South Africa, one of the cricket world’s top two test nations, has a stock of bowling firepower that will be eager to test the rising young star in his first National Bank Series against them this season. So is he nervous, even just a tad? Williamson believes as long as he has his guitar to help him relax, he should be fine. “When the pressure is on, rather than ‘handling’ the pressure, you almost ‘don’t register’ the pressure. And then you’re in the place to score runs.”


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Did you know… Ross Taylor has the most names of anyone who’s ever captained New Zealand. His full name is Luteru Ross Poutoa Lote Taylor. Taylor received only 30 minutes’ notice the first time he captained his country, standing in for Daniel Vettori who had developed a neck strain during warm-ups for a 2010 National Bank Series ODI against Australia. Despite the extra pressure, Taylor was man of the match, top-scoring with 70. Like Stephen Fleming before him and Kane Williamson after him, Taylor captained New Zealand’s prestigious Under-19 team. When Taylor made his highest ODI score, 131 not out, at the Cricket World Cup this year, he also got New Zealand to its highest-ever ODI total against Pakistan: 302. BLACKCAPS captain Ross Taylor has the talent to lead by example

Heading into the present series against Australia, Taylor had never made a test match duck. Taylor scored 818 test match runs in the 2008 calendar year and 782 in 2009. In all New Zealand cricket history, only two players have bettered either of those tallies – John Reid in 1965 and Martin Crowe in 1985. Taylor also broke the record for the fastest test century in New Zealand – by one ball – when he made three figures from 81 balls against Australia at Hamilton in 2010. The previous record had been set by Vettori four seasons earlier. Taylor says he was “too small” growing up in Masterton to play rugby, “so I always wanted to be a BLACKCAP”. But he also wanted to be a farmer. Taylor started playing organised cricket when he was five and was hugely inspired by New Zealand’s 1992 World Cup campaign when he was eight. As a five-year-old playing for Lansdowne in Masterton, he took a wicket with the very first ball he bowled. Taylor was introduced to the sport by his father Neil, who had played junior representative cricket for Wairarapa as a bowler. Taylor debuted for the Central Stags in the 2002/03 season – he turned 18 at the end of that summer.

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THE NATIONAL CRICKET CLUB – SUPPORTING CRICKET AT EVERY LEVEL Do you want more from your summer of cricket? Would you like assistance in supporting or playing our summer game? Are you a young person wanting to get the extra edge? ANZ National Bank is proud to be continuing their support of cricket through the National Cricket Club (NCC), designed to support the fans and cricket community so everyone can play and enjoy our great game.

The NCC is for all cricket lovers. Whether you play at the highest club level, take in a few overs down at the park or cheer from the stands, the NCC has something for you. What’s more, fast-bowling legend Shane Bond is joining us again this summer as the National Bank’s NCC ambassador, so take your lead straight from one of New Zealand’s cricket greats. NCC GRANT SCHEME This season The National Bank is stumping up with a total of $100,000 in grants for clubs, schools, social teams and fans. You can apply for bats, balls, net repairs, shirts to wear at BLACKCAPS matches – whatever you need. Visit for more information including terms and conditions. Apply online telling us why your team, your club or your mates deserve a grant and you could be in business. Ensure your friends vote online in support of your application. NCC SUPER CAMPS The National Bank is giving young players and coaches the opportunity to get batting, bowling and fielding tips from some of New Zealand’s top coaches, then enjoy a barbecue and a chance to meet Shane Bond and some of the BLACKCAPS. Whether you’re a player wanting some pointers or a coach who wants to get the best from your team, our NCC Super Camps will help you develop your skills and get you closer to your heroes this summer. Best of all, it won’t cost you a cent. Spots are limited. Go to now to secure your place.

WHEN AND WHERE Thursday 2 February – Dunedin Monday 27 February – Napier Thursday 1 March – Auckland TOP: The National Bank NCC Ambassador Shane Bond coaching junior cricket players at the 2010/11 NCC Super Camps. ABOVE: Ormond School were lucky recipients of a $1,500 grant from the NCC Grant Scheme to help fund a new cricket wicket, presented by The National Bank.

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EYE ON THE BALL PICK NZ’s FAVOURITE KIWI CRICKET UMPIRE Kiwi volunteer cricket umpires are the driving force behind the success of our favourite summertime sport, working tirelessly in their communities to support club cricket. To reward these unsung heroes Specsavers and New Zealand Cricket are launching a nationwide competition in search of “New Zealand’s Favourite Kiwi Cricket Umpire”. New Zealand international cricket umpire and member of the Elite Panel of ICC Umpires Tony Hill says, “I remember all the hours and dedication it takes to be a local voluntary cricket umpire, it’s a huge investment of time and energy. This competition will recognise these unsung heroes of New Zealand cricket, the mentors in the background who inspire and motivate our budding cricket stars.

Volunteers are the ones who make the cogs turn in our local communities. In cricket, they do much the same and are one of the driving forces behind the success of the sport. “I am looking forward to receiving a mountain of entries from people around the country who want to nominate their most deserving cricket umpire.” The competition calls for people to nominate their favourite local voluntary cricket umpire and will run from November 2011 through to January 2012.

Graeme Edmond, Specsavers New Zealand Managing Director, says Specsavers has been supporting domestic cricket umpires since 2010 and this competition is an opportunity to also reward those who ‘volunteer’ their time to club cricket throughout the country. “Volunteers are the ones who make the cogs turn in our local communities. In cricket, they do much the same and are one of the driving forces behind the success of the sport. It’s fantastic that we are giving them the appreciation and acknowledgement they deserve in this competition,” Edmond says. “We are looking for someone who actively demonstrates a special dedication to the growth and participation of cricket in their community. Pretty much an inspiring and encouraging volunteer cricket umpire whose club believes is deserving of a national award.” Six finalists will be selected from around the country and from this group a national winner will be announced. A range of exciting prizes is up for grabs, including a one-on-one training session with a high-profile cricket umpire; tickets to international cricket games in New Zealand; $1000 cash; and BLACKCAPS gear. Those who nominate their favourite local cricket umpire also go into the draw to win fantastic spot prizes. Communities are encouraged to nominate their favourite local umpire by visiting competition or getting information from your local cricket club or Specsavers stores nationwide. Entries close on 9 January 2012. 14

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PLAYER PROFILES: NEW ZEALAND BLACKCAPS Meet the 20 players contracted to New Zealand Cricket for the 2011/12 season. Key statistics are to the start of the BLACKCAPSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; current



Born: 8 March 1984 Right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

Born: 30 September 1986 Right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

NZ debut: 2006 Test batting average: 42.37 Test 50s: 14; 100s: 5 ODI batting average: 37.47 ODI 50s: 20; 100s: 5; T20i best: 63 First-class high score: 217

NZ debut: 2009 Test batting average: 36.31 Test 50s: 6; 100s: 2 ODI batting average: 38.06 ODI 50s: 12; 100s: 2 T20i best: 67; First-class high score: 195*



Born: 22 February 1987 Right-arm medium fast, left-hand bat

Born: 10 December 1974 Right-arm fast-medium, right-hand bat

NZ debut: 2010 Test record: 1 test, 0 wickets ODI record: 12 matches, 20 wickets ODI best: 4-16 ODI strike rate: 2.4

NZ debut: 2000 Test wickets: 202 at 34.94 Test best: innings 6-54; match 11-180 ODI wickets: 18 at 44.66 First-class wickets: 543 at 31.77



Born: 22 July 1989 Left-arm medium-fast, right-hand bat

Born: 27 September 1981 Right-hand bat, ODI wicketkeeper

Yet to make international cricket debut First-class record: 65 wickets at 24.52 First-class 5wi: 4; best 5-35 One-day record: 26 wickets at 33.11 One-day bowling strike rate: 37.1

NZ debut: 2002 Test batting average: 36.70 Test 50s: 19; 100s: 6; Test high score: 225 ODI batting strike rate: 88.91 ODI 50s: 20; 100s: 3 T20i best: 116*



Born: 20 November 1983 Right-hand bat, right-arm medium

Born: 1 September 1980 Right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

NZ debut: 2009 Yet to play test cricket ODI record: 22 matches at 17.52 ODI 50s: 1 T20i best: 58 First-class high score: 203*

NZ debut: 2009 Yet to play test cricket ODI 50s: 3 ODI wickets: 21 at 45.90 ODI Best: 3-24 First-class high score: 106*



Born: 16 April 1985 Left-hand bat, left-arm slow

Born: 17 April 1980 Left-arm fast-medium

NZ debut: 2008 Test batting average: 28.70 Test 50s: 4 ODI batting average: 15.18 ODI 50s: 0 from 13 innings First-class high score: 241

NZ debut: 2010 Test wickets: 1 from 1 test ODI wickets: 27 at 26.48 ODI best: 4-53 First-class wickets: 103 at 30.25




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Born: 15 March 1979 Right-arm fast-medium, right-hand bat

Born: 27 January 1979 Left-arm orthodox spin, left-hand bat

NZ debut: 2001 Test wickets: 44 at 33.02 Test best: innings 4-16; match 6-77 Test 50s: 1 ODI wickets: 192 at 26.18 ODI best: 5-25; ODI 50s: 2

NZ debut: 1997, now a test specialist Test wickets: 353 at 33.61 Test best: innings 7-87; match 12-149 Test batting average: 30.27 Test 50s: 22; 100s: 6 Test high score: 140



Born: 28 May 1983 Right-hand bat, right-arm medium, right-arm off-break

Born: 9 July 1985 Right-hand bat, ďŹ elder/wicketkeeper

NZ debut: 2011; Yet to play test cricket ODI high score: 108*; ODI 100s: 1 ODI batting strike rate: 78.44 First-class high score: 160

NZ debut: 2009 Test batting average: 24.50; Test 50s: 1 ODI 50s: 1; One-day domestic high score: 145* First-class high score: 164*



Born: 28 July 1978 Right-arm medium, left-hand bat

Born: 8 August 1990 Right-hand bat, right-arm off-break

NZ debut: 2001, now ODI/T20i specialist ODI wickets: 165 at 29.02 ODI best: 5-26 ODI 50s: 12; 100s: 1 ODI batting strike rate: 85.21 T20i best: 66*

NZ debut: 2010 Test batting average: 37.81 Test 50s: 3; 100s: 1 ODI batting average: 38.83 ODI 100s: 2 First-class high score: 284*



Born: 6 August 1984 Left-hand bat, right-arm medium

Born: 19 March 1982 Slow left-arm orthodox, left-hand bat

NZ debut: 2008 Test batting average: 44.85 Test 50s: 6; 100s: 3 ODI batting strike rate: 90.26 ODI 50s, 6; 100s: 2 T20i best: 62; First-class high score: 236

NZ debut: 2010 Yet to play test cricket ODI best: 2-58 T20i best: 1-30 First-class high score: 220* First-class best: 4-3



Born: 11 December 1988 Right-arm medium-fast, right-hand bat

Born: 15 September 1979 Wicketkeeper, right-hand bat

NZ debut: 2008 Test wickets: 32 at 45.24 Test best: innings 5-55; match 6-150 Test high score: 77* ODI wickets: 30 at 30.74 ODI best: 5-33

NZ debut: 2011 Test batting average: 36.75 Test 50s: 1 Yet to play ODI cricket First-class high score: 121*

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NEW ZEALAND’S WHITE FERNS POISED FOR A WHITE-HOT SUMMER New Zealand’s top women’s cricketers will be testing themselves against the best this season with extended series against their two keenest rivals on the world circuit.

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Annual battles against Australia for the Rose Bowl have been generally torrid clashes ever since they started in 1985 – and there will be no love lost between the TransTasman foes when the White Ferns travel to Australia in January for an eight-match away series. White Fern Sara McGlashan

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against the side that recently completed a clean sweep in both the ODI and Twenty20 formats on tour in South Africa and, before that, gave as good as they got in the off-season quadrangular tourney in England. Unlike the White Ferns, England didn’t end up making the tournament final (which New Zealand lost to India), but it won’t be forgotten that they thumped the Ferns in both their round robin matches.

Last summer the entire Rose Bowl was meant to play out in New Zealand and was locked at two-all after the opening Twenty20s. But the series was left hanging after the devastating Christchurch earthquake in February halted proceedings – the White Ferns had been loading their gear outside their hotel in Cathedral Square just as it struck, people screaming and rubble tumbling around them. Australia picked up the ball and offered to host the three remaining matches midyear, with the White Ferns stopping off in Brisbane en route to their winter tour of England. That produced a washout and two wins to the Australians to leave the White Ferns 4-2 all-up on the wrong side of the ledger. Now once again the White Ferns will take on the Aussies across the ditch, the Rose Bowl Series rematch centred on New South Wales this time with a finale at Melbourne’s MCG. And, almost as soon as those bragging rights are sorted out, they’ll be back home pitting themselves 18

England, after all, are the current World Champions after pipping the White Ferns in the 2009 ICC World Cup final in Australia and have a fearsomely experienced top and middle order, with three of the game’s highest-ranked batters – left-hander Lydia Greenway, Charlotte Edwards (the 32-year-old who made her debut against New Zealand at 16) and rising star Sarah Taylor – often leading the way. The White Ferns, meanwhile, are without three of their star performers of recent years: former captain Aimee Mason and allrounder Nicola Browne are retired from international cricket now (though Browne still plays for Northern Spirit), while pace bowler and general dynamo Sophie Devine is unavailable due to her Olympic hockey ambitions. But to call the side young and rebuilding would be a stretch, with key talents like Sara McGlashan, allrounder Lucy Doolan and Suzie Bates making the Ferns a side to be reckoned with. With the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 showdown coming up in Sri Lanka this year and the 2013 ICC Women’s World Cup in India fast approaching, there’s certainly no better opportunity than this home season for the White Ferns to score some early points over two of the greater obstacles in their path.

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HRV CUP: THE STARS COME OUT TO PLAY With the HRV Cup returning to a high-summer timeslot this season and the BLACKCAPS available for the entire 10-round competition, the country’s premium Twenty20 cricket festival is set to be a showstopper – and it’s not just spectators and holiday-makers gearing up for the fun. “I always look forward to the HRV Cup,” says BLACKCAP Trent Boult, who represents the Yahoo!NZ Northern Knights. “The domestic crowds and the televised games have a great atmosphere and that spurs you on to giving your best performance”. Captaining the young swing bowler and his pinkuniformed team-mates this season will be Scott Styris, plying his trade as a Twenty20 specialist these days and, ultra-competitive to his pink bones, determined that the Knights will finally get to lift the HRV Cup trophy under Lou Vincent sprays his watch. the champagne after the Auckland Aces Last season that honour went to Gareth Hopkins and the take the 2010/11 title. Auckland Aces, whose consistency saw them drop just

two games en route to a thrilling final encounter with the Central Stags – Jamie How’s Stags finishing an agonising four runs short of the title and a ticket to the lucrative Champions League as New Zealand’s domestic Twenty20 winner. Andre Adams kicked off last season with an ebullient 5-20, figures no bowler could top throughout the comp. He’s back giving gist to the Aces as an overseas player (thanks to his County career) and joining Pakistan international Azhar Mahmood on the Aces’ roster. Mahmood’s all-round game featured strongly for Kent – one of the top County sides in England’s Twenty20 comp this year. Stephen Fleming’s influence helped the Wellington Firebirds sign a rock star of their own in Muttiah Muralidharan: fans will be keen to catch the masterful Sri Lankan spinner during the five rounds for which he’s on show before he returns home for the impending birth of his child. The Firebirds have also signed Zimbabwe captain Brendan Taylor and Durham captain Rory HamiltonBrown. Meanwhile the Canterbury Wizards sprang a surprise by signing former Stag Brendon Diamanti, who played for the BLACKCAPS at the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup and whose lower-order aggression suits the short form of the game. Durham pace bowler Mitchell Claydon returns for another campaign too, “providing options with the new ball; and a very effective bowler at the end of an innings,” notes coach Bob Carter. After loading their roster with big-hitting Australians and Herschelle Gibbs last summer, the Yahoo!NZ Northern Knights have opted for greater stability, backing homegrown players this season. And why not, with three IPL players in their ranks already (Styris, Tim Southee and Dan Vettori) – plus the services of designated overseas player Hamish Marshall, a lynchpin of the batting and fielding since 1998. That’s the beauty of having all the BLACKCAPS available for the entire competition: teams will be at their strongest, rivalries at their fiercest, and holiday spots from Mount Maunganui to Queenstown set to come alive with the big-hitting, all-action form of the game at its best. 23


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Nelson Rangiora Sky Sport Mt Maunganui Sky Sport

5.00pm 2.00pm 5.00pm

Northern Knights v Central Stags Blake Park Wellington Firebirds v Canterbury Wizards Basin Reserve Auckland Aces v Otago Volts Colin Maiden Park

Mt Maunganui Sky Sport Wellington Auckland Sky Sport

Wellington Firebirds v Otago Volts Canterbury Wizards v Central Stags Northern Knights v Auckland Aces

Basin Reserve MainPower Oval Blake Park

Wellington Rangiora Sky Sport Mt Maunganui

5.00pm 5.00pm 5.00pm

Wellington Firebirds v Northern Knights Auckland Aces v Central Stags Otago Volts v Canterbury Wizards

Basin Reserve Colin Maiden Park University Oval

Wellington Auckland Dunedin

Sky Sport Sky Sport Sky Sport

5.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm

Central Stags v Northern Knights McLean Park Canterbury Wizards v Wellington Firebirds Hagley Oval Otago Volts v Auckland Aces University Oval

Napier Christchurch Dunedin

Sky Sport

5.00pm 5.00pm 5.30pm

Auckland Aces v Canterbury Wizards Central Stags v Wellington Firebirds Northern Knights v Otago Volts

Auckland Sky Sport New Plymouth Sky Sport Hamilton Sky Sport

ROUND 2 Monday 26 December Tuesday 27 December

Sky Sport

ROUND 3 Wednesday 28 December 2.00pm Thursday 29 December 5.00pm 5.00pm

ROUND 4 Friday 30 December Saturday 31 December

ROUND 5 Monday 2 January Tuesday 3 January Wednesday 4 January

ROUND 6 Thursday 5 January Friday 6 January

ROUND 7 Sunday 8 January

12.00pm 2.00pm 4.00pm

ROUND 8 Wednesday 11 January Thursday 12 January Friday 13 January

ROUND 9 Saturday 14 January Sunday 15 January

Sky Sport

ROUND 10 Tuesday 17 January Wednesday 18 January Thursday 19 January

FINAL Sunday 22 January


RESERVE DAY Monday 23 January 24

Colin Maiden Park Pukekura Park Seddon Park

Sky Sport Sky Sport

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DOMESTIC FIXTURES 2011/12 PLUNKET SHIELD Men’s four-day first-class competition. Rounds 1-4 complete. Match results and points table at

KEY: Men’s teams: Auckland Aces, Northern Knights, Central Stags, Wellington Firebirds, Canterbury Wizards, Otago Volts. Women’s teams: Auckland Hearts, Northern Spirit, Central Hinds, Wellington Blaze, Canterbury Magicians, Otago Sparks. Details and updates:

Round 5

Fri 17-Mon 20 Feb


Knights v Stags Wizards v Firebirds Volts v Aces

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Round 6

Fri 24-Mon 27 Feb


Aces v Firebirds Wizards v Knights Volts v Stags

Auckland Colin Maiden Park Rangiora MainPower Oval Queenstown Events Centre

Round 7

Fri 2-Mon 5 Mar


Stags v Aces Knights v Volts Firebirds v Wizards

Napier Hamilton Wellington

McLean Park Seddon Park Hawkins Basin Reserve

Round 8

Fri 9-Mon 12 Mar


Aces v Volts Stags v Wizards Firebirds v Knights

Auckland Nelson Wellington

Colin Maiden Park Saxton Oval Hawkins Basin Reserve

Round 9

Sun 18-Wed 21 Mar 10.30am

Aces v Knights Volts v Wizards Firebirds v Stags

Auckland Dunedin Wellington

Colin Maiden Park University Oval Karori Park

Round 10 Mon 26-Thu 29 Mar 10.30am

Wizards v Aces Stags v Knights Volts v Firebirds

Auckland Napier Dunedin

Colin Maiden Park Nelson Park University Oval

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Men’s one-day competition. Rounds 1-3 complete. Match results and points table at

* Details will be updated at ** New Plymouth, Pukekura Park, subject to confirmation.

Round 4

Sun 11 December


Wizards v Firebirds Knights v Stags Volts v Aces

Timaru Hamilton Dunedin

Aorangi Oval Seddon Park University Oval

Round 5

Wed 14 December


Aces v Wizards Stags v Volts Firebirds v Knights

Auckland Nelson Wellington

Colin Maiden Park Saxton Oval Hawkins Basin Reserve

Round 6

Thurs 26 January


Aces v Knights Volts v Stags Firebirds v Wizards

Auckland Invercargill Wellington

Colin Maiden Park Queens Park Hawkins Basin Reserve

Round 7

Sun 29 January


Aces v Firebirds Wizards v Stags Knights v Volts

Auckland Rangiora Hamilton

Colin Maiden Park Mainpower Oval Seddon Park

Round 8

Wed 1 February


Wizards v Knights Stags v Aces Volts v Firebirds

Rangiora TBA ** Invercargill

Mainpower Oval


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Sun 5 February


Wed 8 February


Number 1 v Number 2 Qualifier Number 3 v Number 4 Qualifier (Loser 1 v 2) v (Winner 3 v 4)

Sun 12 February




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ACTION CRICKET TWENTY20 2011/12 Women’s T20 competition. Rounds 1-3 complete. Match results and points table at

Round 4

Sun 11 December

10.00am 10.30am

Blaze v Spirit Hinds v Magicians Hearts v Sparks

Upper Hutt Hastings Auckland

Barton Oval Cornwall Park Melville Park

Round 5

Tues 27 December


Magicians v Blaze Hinds v Hearts Spirit v Sparks

Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln

Bert Sutcliffe Oval Lincoln No. 3 Ground Lincoln Green

Round 6

Thurs 29 December 10.00am

Magicians v Blaze Hinds v Hearts Spirit v Sparks

Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln

Lincoln No. 3 Ground Lincoln Green Bert Sutcliffe Oval

Round 7

Sun 1 January


Magicians v Spirit Blaze v Hearts Sparks v Hinds

Christchurch Wellington Dunedin

Hagley Oval Kelburn Park University Oval

Round 8

Tues 3 January


Magicians v Spirit Blaze v Hearts Sparks v Hinds

Christchurch Wellington Dunedin

Hagley Oval Kelburn Park University Oval


Hinds v Blaze Magicians v Sparks Spirit v Hearts

Palmerston Nth Fitzherbert Park Christchurch Redwood Park Hamilton Seddon Park


Magicians v Sparks Spirit v Hearts Hinds v Blaze

Christchurch Redwood Park Hamilton Seddon Park Palmerston Nth Fitzherbert Park


10.30am Round 9

Sat 7 January

Round 10 Mon 9 January

10.30am FINAL

Sun 15 January


ACTION CRICKET CUP 2011/12 Women’s one-day competition. Rounds 1-2 complete. Match results and points table at

Round 3

Wed 28 December


Magicians v Blaze Hinds v Hearts Spirit v Sparks

Lincoln Lincoln Lincoln

Bert Sutcliffe Oval Lincoln No. 3 Ground Lincoln Green

Round 4

Mon 2 January


Magicians v Spirit Blaze v Hearts Sparks v Hinds

Christchurch Wellington Dunedin

Hagley Oval Kelburn Park University Oval

Round 5

Sun 8 January


Hinds v Blaze Magicians v Sparks Spirit v Hearts

Palmerston Nth Fitzherbert Park Christchurch Redwood Park Hamilton Seddon Park


Sat 14 January


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