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Winning Poverty Bay player of the year contributed to easing the pain of losing the DJ Barry Cup club cricket final.

Winning Poverty Bay player of the year contributed to easing the pain of losing the DJ Barry Cup club cricket final.

REPRESENTATIVE: Scott Tallott won the Naden Family Cup for representative player of the year. Pictures by Paul Rickard
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Gary Singh on the attack for Bollywood Stars. Singh has added his name to the Heikell Cup for Poverty Bay cricket’s player of the year.
Tristan Payle and Scott Tallott in action.
Robbie Tallott
Josh Bates
Matt Whitley
RUN-GATHERER: Opening batsman Sam Tallott hits to the off side. He top-scored for Poverty Bay against Counties Manukau at the weekend, hitting seven fours in the 59 runs he scored off 155 balls. His brothers were also among the runs, Robbie scoring 38 and Scott, 34. Counties Manukau took first-innings points.
Thomas Hayes
Ajay Kumar
OBR celebrate after umpire Graeme Black raised his finger to send Martin back to the pavilion. The wicket was Holden’s second in succession in his first over in the Doleman Cup final. Ajay Kumar survived the hat-trick ball but OBR went on to retain the Cup. Defending 163-9, OBR dismissed the Stars for 142.
HOWZAT? Bain Construction OBR medium pace bowler Jimmy Holden, left, appeals for a leg before wicket decision against Bollywood batsman Keegan Martin.
Holden’s teammates, from left, Josh Adams, wicketkeeper Ian Loffler and Timoti Weir join in the appeal.
Timoti Weir
Kieran Venema
Gary Singh
Kieran Venema
Ian Loffler
CELEBRATION: OBR celebrate their Doleman Cup final win against Bollywood Stars on Saturday. They are, back (from left): Arun Kurup, Jimmy Holden, Matt Cook, Patrick Mathers, Matt Henwood, Sasha Drain and Timoti Weir. Front: Craig Christophers, Kieran Venema, Neve Loffler, Ian Loffler, Jonathan Purcell and Josh Adams.

WINNING the Poverty Bay player of the year award went some way to easing the pain of losing the DJ Barry Cup club cricket final for Bollywood Stars all-rounder Gary Singh.

As well as the Heikell Cup for player of the year, Singh also collected the Stewart Cup for top all-rounder at the Poverty Bay Cricket Association prize-giving on Saturday.

“I hadn’t even thought of those two trophies when I went along to the prizegiving,” said Singh.

“Me and the boys were still hurting from losing the final (to Pirates).

“I was surprised when they called out my name for the all-rounder cup and even more surprised when they said I had won the player of the year cup.

“It’s an honour, not just for me but all the players who played for us this year.

“Individuals can win games but cricket is still a team game, and you need the boys in the team to support you.

“You could bowl a good spell and not take a wicket if the fielders drop catches.

“Similarly, when you’re batting, you need a partner at the other end.”

Singh came to New Zealand in 2007 and worked in Auckland before moving to Gisborne in 2012 and playing for High School Old Boys.

“Me and a friend came to Gisborne in 2012 and fell in love with the place.

“I had one game of cricket in Auckland but didn’t enjoy it. Here everyone makes you feel so welcome.”

Gary Singh and a few others from the HSOB team decided to form Bollywood Stars to compete in the club competition this season.

“We reached two finals but lost them both, which was disappointing,” said Singh.

“We were in a good position to win both but couldn’t finish it off. Maybe next year . . . no, definitely next year.”

Singh, 31, was also a regular in the Poverty Bay team and “loved every, well, almost every minute of the games”.

“To be coached by someone as famous as Lance Cairns (Bay coach) was a privilege. He just wants us to realise our potential and he doesn’t complicate the game.

“I enjoyed getting in and making starts — 30s, 40s — but was disappointed not to go on and convert those scores into 50s and 100s.”

Singh was not the only Stars player to take trophies home after prize-giving.

Sam Singh won the Fraser Shield for top batsman in the DJ Barry and Doleman Cup competitions, amd topped the batting averages in club cricket. He was also among nine players to score a century or more,

Harry Singh, who had career-best bowling figures of 7-5 was the most economical bowler at 2.58.

And the good news for Stars and Bay supporters is that the 31-year-old Gary Singh can’t wait for next season.

“As with most Indians, cricket is in my blood and I’ll play until I draw my last breath.

“I’m going home in August for the birth of my sister’s first baby but I’ll be back in time for cricket.”

WINNING the Poverty Bay player of the year award went some way to easing the pain of losing the DJ Barry Cup club cricket final for Bollywood Stars all-rounder Gary Singh.

As well as the Heikell Cup for player of the year, Singh also collected the Stewart Cup for top all-rounder at the Poverty Bay Cricket Association prize-giving on Saturday.

“I hadn’t even thought of those two trophies when I went along to the prizegiving,” said Singh.

“Me and the boys were still hurting from losing the final (to Pirates).

“I was surprised when they called out my name for the all-rounder cup and even more surprised when they said I had won the player of the year cup.

“It’s an honour, not just for me but all the players who played for us this year.

“Individuals can win games but cricket is still a team game, and you need the boys in the team to support you.

“You could bowl a good spell and not take a wicket if the fielders drop catches.

“Similarly, when you’re batting, you need a partner at the other end.”

Singh came to New Zealand in 2007 and worked in Auckland before moving to Gisborne in 2012 and playing for High School Old Boys.

“Me and a friend came to Gisborne in 2012 and fell in love with the place.

“I had one game of cricket in Auckland but didn’t enjoy it. Here everyone makes you feel so welcome.”

Gary Singh and a few others from the HSOB team decided to form Bollywood Stars to compete in the club competition this season.

“We reached two finals but lost them both, which was disappointing,” said Singh.

“We were in a good position to win both but couldn’t finish it off. Maybe next year . . . no, definitely next year.”

Singh, 31, was also a regular in the Poverty Bay team and “loved every, well, almost every minute of the games”.

“To be coached by someone as famous as Lance Cairns (Bay coach) was a privilege. He just wants us to realise our potential and he doesn’t complicate the game.

“I enjoyed getting in and making starts — 30s, 40s — but was disappointed not to go on and convert those scores into 50s and 100s.”

Singh was not the only Stars player to take trophies home after prize-giving.

Sam Singh won the Fraser Shield for top batsman in the DJ Barry and Doleman Cup competitions, amd topped the batting averages in club cricket. He was also among nine players to score a century or more,

Harry Singh, who had career-best bowling figures of 7-5 was the most economical bowler at 2.58.

And the good news for Stars and Bay supporters is that the 31-year-old Gary Singh can’t wait for next season.

“As with most Indians, cricket is in my blood and I’ll play until I draw my last breath.

“I’m going home in August for the birth of my sister’s first baby but I’ll be back in time for cricket.”

Services to Poverty Bay Cricket Association: Rowan Clark (groundsman); Clarence Campbell (scoring); Don Cook, Graeme Black, Gary Coutts, Tony Lee (umpiring).
Rees Scragg Memorial Trophy (service to cricket): Wynsley Wrigley.
ND under-19 representative: Robbie Tallott.
ND Maori men’s team: Timoti Weir, Thomas Hayes.
ND u17 reps: Thorn Parkes, Drew Scott.
Junior men’s awards —
Wynn Barton Memorial (most promising Year 9/10): Matthew McNeil.
U16 player of the year: Paul Stewart.
U17 player of the year: Drew Scott.
U19 player of the year: Robbie Tallott.
Club centuries: Mark Naden (134); Mitchell Turner (107); Sam Singh (137); Patrick Mathers (102); Michael Rowland (100 no); Robbie Tallott (152 no); Scott Tallott (122); Drew Scott (119, 100no); Jack Faulkner (100).
Club six wickets or more — Harry Singh 7-5; Jamie Davies 7-29; Jimmy Holden 6-9; Timoti Weir 6-6; Ajay Kumar 6-24; Beau Minogue-Harrison 8-22; Ryan Nepe 6-16; Jak Rowe 6-11.
PB rep six wickets — Scott Tallott (6-84) v Waikato Valley; Mitchell Turner (6-68) v Counties Manukau.
Hope Cup — SK White Cup (efficency): Horouta.
Bradley CuP (most improved): Korban Harrison-Allen.
H H Barker (batting average): Drew Scott.
CarrolL Cup (bowling avergae): Ryan Nepe 15 wickets at 9.
PBCA Shield (all-rounder): Ryan Nepe 200-plus and 18 wickets.
Hayes Family Cup (batting aggregate): Drew Scott/Mark Naden.
Hope Cup: GBHS (1).
Kyber Hardware Cup (runners-up): Campion College.
Premier awards —
Bob Carswell MemoriaL CUP (efficency): Bollywood Stars.
Wilkie Cup (most improved ): Kieran Venema (346 runs, 34.6 average).
Chrisp Cup (bowling average, minimum 20 wkts): Timoti Weir (22 at 7.41).
Hayes Family Cup (bowling aggregate): Jimmy Holden (25).
Stewart CuP (all-rounder): Gary Singh.
PBCA TrophY (highest batting average, min 300 runs): Sam Singh.
Boom Boom Trophy (batting aggregate Walker Shield): Craig Christophers (355).
Block Hole Trophy (most economical bowler): Harry Singh (2.58).
Boon CuP (fastest 50): Kieran Venema (50 off 26 balls).
WB Miller CuP (fielding): Jonathan Purcell.
Fraser Shield (batting DJ Barry Cup and Doleman Cup): Sam Singh.
Kevin Hollis Glass Cup (second-round winners): Pirates.
T20 Walker Shield: OBR.
Phelps Trophy (Doleman Cup runners-up): Stars.
Doleman Cup winneRS: OBR.
Alahambra Shield (runners-up): Stars.
DJ Barry Cup winners: Pirates.
Naden Family Cup (rep player of the year): Scott Tallott.
Heikell Cup (player of the year): Gary Singh.

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