Christophers wins 5 trophies as OBR steal the show

TROPHIES GALORE: OBR players took home the lion’s share of trophies on offer at the Poverty Bay Cricket Association prize-giving on Saturday night. They are (from left): Kieran Venema, Matt Henwood, Jonathan Purcell, Arun Kurup, Josh Adams, Hamish Evans, Craig Christophers, Matt Cook, Timoti Weir, Cohen Loffler, Jimmy Holden and Ian Loffler.Picture supplied
CLASSY CHRISTOPHERS: OBR batsman Craig Christophers runs this delivery down to third man as High School Old Boys wicketkeeper Glen Udall watches during the DJ Barry Cup final. Christophers capped an outstanding season by winning five trophies at Poverty Bay Cricket Association’s prize-giving. Picture by Paul Rickard

CRICKET

POVERTY Bay Cricket Association’s end-of-season prizegiving turned into the OBR show. Their players collected 11 trophies.

Bain Construction OBR all-rounder Craig Christophers won five, including the big two — the Heikell Cup for player of the year and the Naden Family Cup for representative player of the year — plus recognition as a club century-maker.

“Winning all three team competitions was the goal, especially for those of us who have been playing for a while now,” the 38-year-old Lytton High School assistant principal said.

“Individual awards are the icing on the cake.

“We’ve often won two trophies but never all three and that put a bit of pressure on.

“We didn’t always talk about it but it was in the back of our minds and it’s great to do it.

'We have a couple of unsung heroes - Lexi and Amber'

“We have a couple of unsung heroes — Lexi (OBM bowler Matt Cook’s wife) and Amber (Church, partner of Christophers).

“They never miss a match and I reckon if we needed them to pull on the shirt, they would do it.

“Lexi’s in charge of the drinks (water)for every game and Amber does the scoring and makes sure everyone gets home safe after the games.

“They’re never in any team photos but they’re a big part of the team.”

Christophers took a couple of years off representative duty before making a comeback this season.

“Playing for the reps and travelling for football takes up a lot of time, and then I took a year off school last year to do some extra study.

“That’s been good for me. Playing rep cricket and travelling to Auckland means a seven-hour journey. Then you play two days and travel another seven hours home.

“But I’ve enjoyed playing for the Bay this season.

“Ryan (Majstrovic, Bay selector) has done a good job keeping everyone informed.

“There’s good communication between Ryan and Lance (Cairns, Bay coach/selector).

'Playing against the Sri Lanka u19 team was a big highlight'

“Playing against the Sri Lanka under-19 team was a big highlight . . . it’s not often you get to play an international team.”

Christophers said bringing in loan players was the right decision, “provided you get the right type of players and we have”.

“Playing in the Basil McBurney (ND second tier) is a good decision at this stage of our development.

“It’s no good going away and getting thrashed.

“You need to be competitive and if we can target the T20 tournament games, get some confidence, then the 50-over games — we can then think about returning to the Fergus Hickey (two-day games) .

“The thing is we lose some of our best young players — Danny Gibbs, Robbie Tallott and Thorn Parkes, to name just three.

“Bringing in some experienced players helps you grow as a team.”

It was a good season for 6-year-old Jimmy Holden

OBR medium-pace bowler Jimmy Holden took home the bowling aggregate, average and blockhole trophies as OBR players made it a virtual procession to the awards table.

It was a good season for the 36-year-old Holden, who returned to the Poverty Bay rep side after an absence of six years.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season and obviously it was good to do the treble,” Holden said.

“We’ve got a great bunch of guys who are all mates off the field and that helps whenever we’re on the field.

“There’s a great club spirit, with a lot of us playing football for United.

“If there is a secret to our success, it’s the fact that we all enjoy each other’s company.”

Holden said he would be back for another season, fitness permitting.

“As long as the body holds together, I’ll keep playing,” he said.

“Making the rep side has been a bonus. I get to work with a New Zealand cricket legend (Lance Cairns) and not many local club players around the country get the opportunity to do that.”

Five OBR cricketers — Christophers, Holden, Jonathan Purcell, Timoti Weir and Josh Adams — were members of the Heavy Equipment Gisborne United football team who won the Eastern League Division 1 title, Round 1 trophy and Bailey Cup last year.

Junior men’s awards

Wynn Barton Memorial (most promising Year 9/10): Matt McNeil.

U16 player of the year: Matt McNeil.

U17 player of the year: Paul Stewart.

U19 player of the year: Thorn Parkes.

HOPE Cup awards

SK White Cup (efficiency): Horouta.

Bradley Cup (most improved): Blake Marshall.

H H Barker Cup (batting average): Mark Naden.

Carroll Cup (bowling average): Peter Kapene.

PBCA Shield (all-rounder): Tushar Balat.

Hayes Family Cup (batting aggregate): Mark Naden.

Kyber Hardware Cup (runners-up): Campion College.

Hope Cup (winners): Gisborne Boys’ High School.

PREMIER AWARDS

Bob Carswell Memorial (efficiency): High School Old Boys.

Wilkie Cup (most improved): Scott Hollinshead.

Fraser Shield (batting DJ Barry and Doleman Cup): Craig Christophers (623 at 62).

Chrisp Cup (bowling average, minimum 20 wickets): Jimmy Holden (30 at 10.57).

Hayes Family Cup (bowling aggregate): Jimmy Holden.

Stewart Cup (all-rounder): Craig Christophers.

Poverty Bay Cricket Association Trophy (highest batting average, min 300 runs): Craig Christophers.

Boom Boom Trophy (batting aggregate Walker Shield): Carl Shaw (204, strike rate 110).

Block Hole Trophy (Most economical bowler, three or more games): Jimmy Holden.

Boon Cup (fastest 50): Ajay Kumar.

W B Miller Cup (fielding): Josh Adams.

Kevin Hollis Glass Cup (second-round round-robin winners): HSOB.

Phelps Trophy (Doleman Cup runners-up): Pirates.

Doleman Cup (winners): OBR.

Alahambra Shield (runners-up one day championship): HSOB.

DJ Barry Cup (winners): OBR.

GENERAL AWARDS

Naden Family Cup (representative player of the year): Craig Christophers.

Heikell Cup (player of the year): Craig Christophers.

Rees Scragg Memorial Trophy (service to cricket): Mark Naden.

Services to PBCA (groundsman): Rowan Clark.

Services to PBCA (scoring): Clarence Campbell.

Services to PBCA (umpiring): Jason Trowell, Gary Coutts, Tony Lee, Ben O’Brien-Leaf.

Northern Districts representative (u19): Thorn Parkes.

ND representative (Maori men): Timoti Weir.

Poverty Bay representative centuries (women): Mel Knight (127not out v Palmerston North).

Poverty Bay representative taking six wickets: Jonathan Purcell (6-38 v Waikato Valley).

Poverty Bay club centuries: Craig Christophers.

Poverty Bay club cricketers taking six wickets: Arun Kurup (6-8), Matt Cook (6-20), Jimmy Holden (8-7), Jonathan Purcell (7-15).

CRICKET

POVERTY Bay Cricket Association’s end-of-season prizegiving turned into the OBR show. Their players collected 11 trophies.

Bain Construction OBR all-rounder Craig Christophers won five, including the big two — the Heikell Cup for player of the year and the Naden Family Cup for representative player of the year — plus recognition as a club century-maker.

“Winning all three team competitions was the goal, especially for those of us who have been playing for a while now,” the 38-year-old Lytton High School assistant principal said.

“Individual awards are the icing on the cake.

“We’ve often won two trophies but never all three and that put a bit of pressure on.

“We didn’t always talk about it but it was in the back of our minds and it’s great to do it.

'We have a couple of unsung heroes - Lexi and Amber'

“We have a couple of unsung heroes — Lexi (OBM bowler Matt Cook’s wife) and Amber (Church, partner of Christophers).

“They never miss a match and I reckon if we needed them to pull on the shirt, they would do it.

“Lexi’s in charge of the drinks (water)for every game and Amber does the scoring and makes sure everyone gets home safe after the games.

“They’re never in any team photos but they’re a big part of the team.”

Christophers took a couple of years off representative duty before making a comeback this season.

“Playing for the reps and travelling for football takes up a lot of time, and then I took a year off school last year to do some extra study.

“That’s been good for me. Playing rep cricket and travelling to Auckland means a seven-hour journey. Then you play two days and travel another seven hours home.

“But I’ve enjoyed playing for the Bay this season.

“Ryan (Majstrovic, Bay selector) has done a good job keeping everyone informed.

“There’s good communication between Ryan and Lance (Cairns, Bay coach/selector).

'Playing against the Sri Lanka u19 team was a big highlight'

“Playing against the Sri Lanka under-19 team was a big highlight . . . it’s not often you get to play an international team.”

Christophers said bringing in loan players was the right decision, “provided you get the right type of players and we have”.

“Playing in the Basil McBurney (ND second tier) is a good decision at this stage of our development.

“It’s no good going away and getting thrashed.

“You need to be competitive and if we can target the T20 tournament games, get some confidence, then the 50-over games — we can then think about returning to the Fergus Hickey (two-day games) .

“The thing is we lose some of our best young players — Danny Gibbs, Robbie Tallott and Thorn Parkes, to name just three.

“Bringing in some experienced players helps you grow as a team.”

It was a good season for 6-year-old Jimmy Holden

OBR medium-pace bowler Jimmy Holden took home the bowling aggregate, average and blockhole trophies as OBR players made it a virtual procession to the awards table.

It was a good season for the 36-year-old Holden, who returned to the Poverty Bay rep side after an absence of six years.

“I’ve really enjoyed this season and obviously it was good to do the treble,” Holden said.

“We’ve got a great bunch of guys who are all mates off the field and that helps whenever we’re on the field.

“There’s a great club spirit, with a lot of us playing football for United.

“If there is a secret to our success, it’s the fact that we all enjoy each other’s company.”

Holden said he would be back for another season, fitness permitting.

“As long as the body holds together, I’ll keep playing,” he said.

“Making the rep side has been a bonus. I get to work with a New Zealand cricket legend (Lance Cairns) and not many local club players around the country get the opportunity to do that.”

Five OBR cricketers — Christophers, Holden, Jonathan Purcell, Timoti Weir and Josh Adams — were members of the Heavy Equipment Gisborne United football team who won the Eastern League Division 1 title, Round 1 trophy and Bailey Cup last year.

Junior men’s awards

Wynn Barton Memorial (most promising Year 9/10): Matt McNeil.

U16 player of the year: Matt McNeil.

U17 player of the year: Paul Stewart.

U19 player of the year: Thorn Parkes.

HOPE Cup awards

SK White Cup (efficiency): Horouta.

Bradley Cup (most improved): Blake Marshall.

H H Barker Cup (batting average): Mark Naden.

Carroll Cup (bowling average): Peter Kapene.

PBCA Shield (all-rounder): Tushar Balat.

Hayes Family Cup (batting aggregate): Mark Naden.

Kyber Hardware Cup (runners-up): Campion College.

Hope Cup (winners): Gisborne Boys’ High School.

PREMIER AWARDS

Bob Carswell Memorial (efficiency): High School Old Boys.

Wilkie Cup (most improved): Scott Hollinshead.

Fraser Shield (batting DJ Barry and Doleman Cup): Craig Christophers (623 at 62).

Chrisp Cup (bowling average, minimum 20 wickets): Jimmy Holden (30 at 10.57).

Hayes Family Cup (bowling aggregate): Jimmy Holden.

Stewart Cup (all-rounder): Craig Christophers.

Poverty Bay Cricket Association Trophy (highest batting average, min 300 runs): Craig Christophers.

Boom Boom Trophy (batting aggregate Walker Shield): Carl Shaw (204, strike rate 110).

Block Hole Trophy (Most economical bowler, three or more games): Jimmy Holden.

Boon Cup (fastest 50): Ajay Kumar.

W B Miller Cup (fielding): Josh Adams.

Kevin Hollis Glass Cup (second-round round-robin winners): HSOB.

Phelps Trophy (Doleman Cup runners-up): Pirates.

Doleman Cup (winners): OBR.

Alahambra Shield (runners-up one day championship): HSOB.

DJ Barry Cup (winners): OBR.

GENERAL AWARDS

Naden Family Cup (representative player of the year): Craig Christophers.

Heikell Cup (player of the year): Craig Christophers.

Rees Scragg Memorial Trophy (service to cricket): Mark Naden.

Services to PBCA (groundsman): Rowan Clark.

Services to PBCA (scoring): Clarence Campbell.

Services to PBCA (umpiring): Jason Trowell, Gary Coutts, Tony Lee, Ben O’Brien-Leaf.

Northern Districts representative (u19): Thorn Parkes.

ND representative (Maori men): Timoti Weir.

Poverty Bay representative centuries (women): Mel Knight (127not out v Palmerston North).

Poverty Bay representative taking six wickets: Jonathan Purcell (6-38 v Waikato Valley).

Poverty Bay club centuries: Craig Christophers.

Poverty Bay club cricketers taking six wickets: Arun Kurup (6-8), Matt Cook (6-20), Jimmy Holden (8-7), Jonathan Purcell (7-15).

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