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The Counties-Manukau Senior Secondary Boys won the Northern Districts Tournament before Christmas despite losing a match on the first day.

The week-long tournament was played in Gisborne just before Christmas and culminated in a CMCA versus Hamilton 50-over final which the CMCA boys won by three wickets.

After the final there were higher honou
rs for Scott Johnston and Sandeep Patel who were named in the Northern Districts U19 team.

Reid Somani and Harry Plummer were selected for the Northern Districts U17 team.

The CMCA Squad
Sam Turner- Capt. (Karaka)
Marky Bhattacharya (Weymouth)
Shaun Duarte (Karaka)
Jarrod Halliday (Manukau)
Scott Johnston (Papakura)
Simon Lal (Pukekohe-Metro)
Sandeep Patel (Manukau)
Tristan Payle (Manukau)
Harry Plummer (Pukekohe-Metro)
Josh Plummer (Pukekohe-Metro)
Reid Somani (Pukekohe-Metro)
Oliver Williamson (Papakura)
Coach- Adil Somani
Manager-Clint van Eyssen
Not many jobs would fly, and accommodate you around Australia and New Zealand with the sole purpose of viewing international cricket matches. In November of last year, I was lucky enough to find one. 
Virtual Eye, a division of Dunedin's Animation Research are in direct competition with the globally recognised Hawk-Eye.  We are responsible for ball tracking, used to assist the Umpire decision review system. In addition, we provide animations and graphics to illustrate patterns in play and reinforce observations made by the commentators ie pitch maps, wagon wheels, beehives. 
Highlights of the summer are hard to put in a nutshell.  All access passes to the stadia and ground, allowing unparalleled access to players, officials, media, and ground was certainly magnificent. Taking batting tips from Michael Hussey over lunch reaped instant rewards when I returned to Karaka for one game between series. Going above and beyond to help Kane Williamson with a few technical deficiencies never happened but I will hold onto hope for next summer.
As they say:
Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.  

Daniel Power
Bowling to South Africa and Zimbabwe

It was an amazing experience to bowl to some of the best batsmen in world cricket and also to bowl alongside some quality spinners, all under the close eye of the knowledgeable international coaches who were around to give you some helpful pointers
The South Africans arrived for the first session which started at 1pm and they after a quick warm up and fielding session were into the nets. I was asked to bowl fair early on in the net to their batsmen and continued to bowl for the majority of the session.
It was great to bowl alongside the South African leg spinner Imran Tahir who very kindly shared his experiences and offered various pointers.
Next up at 4pm were the Zimbabweans and similarly they started with a light warm up and fielding session. The net bowlers did not get much of a bowl this session however we found that they had a relaxed approach and had good humour which made for an enjoyable experience.
It was an immensely enjoyable day, I even managed to get AB De Villiers out stumped, but I won’t go into that.

Ash Vodnala