DJ Barry Cup final: Pirates v Stars

Leaders by example.

Leaders by example.

Stars skipper Sam Singh slashes outside the off stump in his innings of 137 against Gisborne Boys’ High School at Harry Barker Reserve. The Stars won this DJ Barry Cup game on Saturday and sit second with one round-robin game to go before the semifinals. Picture by Paul Rickard
Pirates skipper Mitchell Turner lets loose.
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Picture by Paul Rickard

THE captains could decide the outcome of the DJ Barry Cup Poverty Bay club cricket final at Harry Barker Reserve tomorrow, providing the weather allows the game to proceed.

Bollywood Stars skipper Satnam (Sam) Singh tops the batting list with 359 runs from four matches.

He has an impressive average of 119.67 and a top score of 137.

Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates captain Mitchell Turner is only 14th on the bowling table but has shown his class in representative games including a rep career-best six-wicket bag against Counties Manukau.

He also proved he can be a match-winner with the bat, smacking a maiden century in Pirates’ 142-run demolition of HSOB in the DJ Barry Cup semifinals.

This game, though, is not just about these two.

Stars all-rounders Ajay Kumar and Keegan Martin are fifth and sixth on the batting leaderboard.

Kumar has been in sensational form in recent weeks with bat and ball. As well as his batting placing, he is second on the bowling table with an economy rate of 4.99.

Gary Singh is fifth on the table and has also proved one of Poverty Bay side’s most consistent batsmen.

Throw in Harry Singh, Tushar Balat and Gagan Dhinga, and the Stars have a strong batting line-up including a lower order who enjoy taking the long handle to opposition attacks.

Kumar said their team would be the same as the one who beat Bain Construction OBR by two wickets in their semifinal.

“It was a real team effort, especially with the lower order getting us home,” he said.

Pirates have match-winners in Aku Smith, Brad Reynolds, Dane Thompson, Tom Needham and James Torrie.

The Skull and Bones’ side for the final was yet to be finalised yesterday but club captain Wynsley Wrigley said they would be close to full strength, with Thompson, and Needham returning from university. However, Torrie is unavailable due to hockey commitments and Olly Tilley is playing for Thistle football team in a pre-season match in Napier.

“Having Dane (Thompson) operating with Mitch Turner (skipper) certainly gives the bowling attack a lot more firepower,” said Wrigley.

Turner will have support in the bowling department from the team’s most experienced player Aku Smith, youngest player Tayla Hollis, Reynolds, Tom Needham and Dan Torrie.

“We were expecting OBR to emerge from the other semifinal but we are well aware of the Stars’ powerful batting line-up. There’s plenty of excitement and motivation in the camp. Making two finals last year and losing both provides that.”

Bollywood are the only side to have beaten OBR this season while Pirates have tasted defeat just once since Christmas.

The final is to be played on the rep wicket from 1pm.

Campion College player-coach Mark Naden acknowledges his team are the underdogs going into the Hope Cup bottom-four final against Gisborne Boys’ High School 1.

“But I’m proud of the boys,” he said. “Finals don’t come around too often and they can’t wait to have a crack.

“It was a great effort in the semifinal against Horouta (a seven-run win). Luke Hurlstone, Matt Hudson and Marshall Jones turned the tide with their bowling and the rest of the boys provided outstanding support with fielding and a never-give-up attitude.”

Boys’ High coach Ben O’Brien-Leaf said the final was an opportunity and a challenge.

“It’s the last chance we have to play positive cricket on a good deck and quick outfield. Captain Drew Scott, vice-captain Ryan Nepe, Robert Schwass, Korban Harrison-Allen, Jack Faulkner, Paul Stewart and Travis Mitchell have all made half-centuries but Campion are a much-improved unit, whose senior players make runs.

“Attitude and keenness are all-important for us and that starts with punctuality, tidiness, warming up well etc.

“Equally crucial is the confidence that comes from the execution of skills.

“We certainly don’t lack for motivation but we fully respect Campion. Any team who make finals have earned that right.”

The final is on HBR’s No.4 ground at 1pm.

THE captains could decide the outcome of the DJ Barry Cup Poverty Bay club cricket final at Harry Barker Reserve tomorrow, providing the weather allows the game to proceed.

Bollywood Stars skipper Satnam (Sam) Singh tops the batting list with 359 runs from four matches.

He has an impressive average of 119.67 and a top score of 137.

Kevin Hollis Glass Pirates captain Mitchell Turner is only 14th on the bowling table but has shown his class in representative games including a rep career-best six-wicket bag against Counties Manukau.

He also proved he can be a match-winner with the bat, smacking a maiden century in Pirates’ 142-run demolition of HSOB in the DJ Barry Cup semifinals.

This game, though, is not just about these two.

Stars all-rounders Ajay Kumar and Keegan Martin are fifth and sixth on the batting leaderboard.

Kumar has been in sensational form in recent weeks with bat and ball. As well as his batting placing, he is second on the bowling table with an economy rate of 4.99.

Gary Singh is fifth on the table and has also proved one of Poverty Bay side’s most consistent batsmen.

Throw in Harry Singh, Tushar Balat and Gagan Dhinga, and the Stars have a strong batting line-up including a lower order who enjoy taking the long handle to opposition attacks.

Kumar said their team would be the same as the one who beat Bain Construction OBR by two wickets in their semifinal.

“It was a real team effort, especially with the lower order getting us home,” he said.

Pirates have match-winners in Aku Smith, Brad Reynolds, Dane Thompson, Tom Needham and James Torrie.

The Skull and Bones’ side for the final was yet to be finalised yesterday but club captain Wynsley Wrigley said they would be close to full strength, with Thompson, and Needham returning from university. However, Torrie is unavailable due to hockey commitments and Olly Tilley is playing for Thistle football team in a pre-season match in Napier.

“Having Dane (Thompson) operating with Mitch Turner (skipper) certainly gives the bowling attack a lot more firepower,” said Wrigley.

Turner will have support in the bowling department from the team’s most experienced player Aku Smith, youngest player Tayla Hollis, Reynolds, Tom Needham and Dan Torrie.

“We were expecting OBR to emerge from the other semifinal but we are well aware of the Stars’ powerful batting line-up. There’s plenty of excitement and motivation in the camp. Making two finals last year and losing both provides that.”

Bollywood are the only side to have beaten OBR this season while Pirates have tasted defeat just once since Christmas.

The final is to be played on the rep wicket from 1pm.

Campion College player-coach Mark Naden acknowledges his team are the underdogs going into the Hope Cup bottom-four final against Gisborne Boys’ High School 1.

“But I’m proud of the boys,” he said. “Finals don’t come around too often and they can’t wait to have a crack.

“It was a great effort in the semifinal against Horouta (a seven-run win). Luke Hurlstone, Matt Hudson and Marshall Jones turned the tide with their bowling and the rest of the boys provided outstanding support with fielding and a never-give-up attitude.”

Boys’ High coach Ben O’Brien-Leaf said the final was an opportunity and a challenge.

“It’s the last chance we have to play positive cricket on a good deck and quick outfield. Captain Drew Scott, vice-captain Ryan Nepe, Robert Schwass, Korban Harrison-Allen, Jack Faulkner, Paul Stewart and Travis Mitchell have all made half-centuries but Campion are a much-improved unit, whose senior players make runs.

“Attitude and keenness are all-important for us and that starts with punctuality, tidiness, warming up well etc.

“Equally crucial is the confidence that comes from the execution of skills.

“We certainly don’t lack for motivation but we fully respect Campion. Any team who make finals have earned that right.”

The final is on HBR’s No.4 ground at 1pm.

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