O'Malley's Bar & Grill HKCA Masters Squad 2016/17

  1. Vance Baines - Captain
  2. Todd Issac
  3. Tom Thomas
  4. Brett Cole
  5. David O'Brien
  6. Paul Pinfold
  7. Ricky Te Tomo
  8. Hayden Wright
  9. Craig Pashby
  10. Nigel Harvey
  11. Marty Harrison
  12. Josh Dawson 
  13. Corey Kennett

Manager - Warren Webb Assistant Manager - Marty O'Malley 


3rd  February 2017 – T20 - Nelson Park, Napier

(Free Fit First Ball, Max 3 overs per bowler, batsman retire at 30 runs


After the wash-out of the ODI between NZ and OZ the day before there was concern Nelson Park may not be ready for our fixture, however after tireless overnight work from the ground crew the park was ready to host the first ever fixture between our sides.

A beautiful Hawkes Bay day had the temperature hitting around 30 degrees, something our HK lads hadn’t experienced all summer.

Prior to the game the teams shared some refreshments to maintain hydration something the I.C.C accredited umpire, Harry Findlay took part in and encouraged.

An old GM Maestro Original was tossed in the air and Skipper Vance Baines called “Mountains” only for it to turn up valleys. HB Skipper and the holder of the highest individual innings against a school team (307* off 115 balls) Craig Findlay decided his HB side would set the total.

The experienced Riki Te Tomo (0-15 off 2) one of 6 debutants was thrown the Kookaburra Pink 2 piece by the skipper and told to swing it. Hit for 9 off the first over it was obvious ex first class players Lincoln Doull and Paul Whittaker were keen to punish anything…yip anything. Marty Harrision (0-15 off 2) also on debut was dispatched and HB were off to a flyer 0-30 off 4.

Masters Veterans Brett Cole (1-13 off 2) and Josh Dawson (0-34 off 2) dismissed the HB Openers…one caught in the deep and the other kindly retired after receiving a bag of lollies from JD.

HB now crusing at 77-1 after 8, spin twins Dave O’Brien (0-13 off 2) and Nigel Harvey (0-23 off 2) were asked to steady the ship. The fatigued Harvey struggled to get the arm over after spending the first 8 overs running a marathon on the cover boundary. His cheetah like fielding out in the deep saved many runs but obviously took its toll. The good thing during this spell was another two more HB batsman were forced to retired.

At 110-1 after 12 much need drinks were taken and HK regrouped. A couple of quick refreshments and Captain Baines knew he needed something special from the next bowling partnership. The break-through came straight away when paceman Tom Thomas (1-6 off 2) bowled a slower ball which deceived the batsman and had him hitting in the air. Debutant Corey Kennett (1-16 off 2) showed his class claiming a wicket in his first over.

In came “Cliff” Pinfold to bat who had recruited the night before the services of some of Hawkes Bays finest cheerleaders aptly named “The Pinfold Pinups”. Wanting to impress he went hard and scored quickly. Baines lost for ideas threw the ball to sibling Paul Pinfold (0-12 off 1) and said “sort your brother out”. Paul Pinfold unable to clean his brother out with the ball took advantage of a batsman collision in the middle and in a show of poor sportsmanship ran his brother out and sent him packing…unfortunately not the only piece of controversy Paul Pinfold would end up being involved in during the game.

17 Overs gone and the Bay had made it through to 149 for 4 and the HK boys had pegged it back. The underage Craig Pashby took off the keeping pads and demanded a bowl. Pashby had failed early in the trip to oust current skipper Baines of the top job. Baines surprisingly obliged and let Pashby get his way not wanting to upset the young fiery red head. Pashby showed his worth finishing with 2-6 off 1 – The pick of the HK Bowlers. Hayden Wright (0-19 off 2) bowled the last over and HB had set the touring side 177 to win.

A Team chat, application of some sun screen and further refreshments had the boys gearing up for a good chase. Vinnie’s new favourite player Marty Harrison after opening the bowling was allowed to open the bat. Marty obliged with an impressive 30* retired after only 18 balls.

Opener JD, (3 off 4) was unable to get going after edging one to the keeper. Riki Te Tomo (18 off 12) joined Nigel Harvey (21 off 14) in a positive period for HK. Harvey departed in the 10th over and HK had 83 runs on the board with 3 in the shed, a great launching pad.

Paul Pinfold (0 and 11 off 15) after his controversy in the field was sent into bat – HB Captain immediately brought Cliff on for some much-deserved retribution. Cliff had Pinfold caught second ball down the leg side however Pinfold wasn’t moving and pleaded with umpire Harry to remain in the middle. Harry obliged and Pinfold remained in a bizarre set of events. Paul Pinfold’s behavior would be brought up later in the evening and like the day before a full review would be conducted.

This event obviously unsettled the HK middle order with Hayden Wright (1 off 2), Brett Cole (5 off 9), Vance Baines (3 off 4) and Craig Pashby (3 off 8) all failing to contribute significantly. HK were in trouble at 94 for 8 after 13 overs.

The out of favor O’Brien batting at 10 was joined at the crease by orange pad holder Tom Thomas, both were keen to add some respectability to the HK total. Unfortunately, O’Brien didn’t respond to a piercing drive from Thomas which saw the 55yo whippet take off, having to stop and turn back was the undoing of Thomas and he was run out for 1.

A strategic decision by Baines kept Harrision in the shed and 12th man Corey Kennett was sent out to join O’Brien. After passing Thomas on his way out to the middle, Kennett was given some advice “Watch out for O’Brien”.

Kennett (6) shared in a good 20 run partnership with O’Brien before being cleaned bowled by the experienced first class of Doull.

At 120-10 off 17 and in good masters fashion HB invited HK Manager Wal Webb to chuck on the pads, O’Brien was batting well and the lads thought there might be an outside chance of victory. With O’Brien nearing retirement a good strategic decision by the HK scorers had O’Brien’s runs been farmed to Webb, something Baines had seen and learnt by the Indians in the Levin twilight competition.

Webb (24*) survived and showed the HB team how to bat “cack-handed”. O’Brien (29) was out stumped last ball of the game and the HK team ended up all out for 148, Hawkes Bay had won by 29 runs.

A fantastic game played in the best cricketing spirit. Hawkes Bay were great hosts providing a meal and a few spot prizes at the after-match function. Great relationships were formed a huge thanks to Craig and the Hawkes Bay Crew.

HKCA Masters 2015/16

HKCA O'Malleys Masters retain the CD Masters District Trophy after victory of Marlborough

HKCA O'Malleys Masters vs Marlborough Masters Match Report- Horton Oval 25 Over Match 27/02/2016

Playing in record high conditions of 34deg the HKCA Team knew the conditions were going to suit the locals. Winning the toss captain Vinnie Baines decided it was time for a bat as he knew the temperature would recede in the second innings. Craig Pashby and Josh Dawson had the Masters off to a positive start with an opening stand of 35 before Dawson was stumped beautifully down the leg side by CD Board Member Greg Stetch. Pashby was caught for 14 after a safe start which brought Baines and Dave O'Brien to the crease at 41-2. Baines was trapped leg before for 9 and the HKCA Masters were now 63-3. Big hitting Matt Pattison came in and banged a few before he fell for 14 and the score was now 89-4 after 13. Drinks were called which O'Brien appreciated as he was struggling under the Marlborough Sun, he was joined by Weraroa stalwart Brett Cole. BC went about his work positively with a straight six off the first ball he faced and ended up with a quick 13 of 7 balls and the Masters were now 110-5 off 15 overs. Matt Gibbs joined O'Brien briefly as O'Brien retired on 44* after passing the mandatory retirement score of 40. Entering the arena was Gibbs KOB team mate David Schlup. The pair showed experience and both lifted the run rate putting on 40 in just 5 overs before Schlup drove one straight to the fielder and took off running Gibbs out for 14. Aware of his mistake Schlup stroked the Marlborough bowlers to the boundary at his leisure before another mix up had LOB's Stacey Kerehoma run out for 1 and the team now at 165-7 off 22. With 3 overs to go Tom Thomas joined Schlup at the crease his stay looked to not have lasted long as Thomas was bowled by and unplayable delivery first ball - however a late NO BALL call by the official umpires had Thomas still in the game. The HKCA Masters finished their innings with a quality total of 192-7. Thomas 3* and Schlup a quality 46*


A quick changeover occurred as daylight was fast diminishing. The Masters knew they had the runs on the board but couldn't take this Marlborough batting line up lightly. Kerehoma (0-14 off 3)and Thomas (1-17 off 4)opened up with success as Gibbs took a sharp catch in close off Thomas bowling in the 2nd over. Marlborough found themselves 2-28 off 7 after Schlup (1-32 off 3)came on and cleaned up their no.3. A good Marlborough partnership was finally broken when BC (1-25 off 4)had a Marlborough batsman out LBW - The home team now at 96-3 off 15. Another 97 required off 10 overs with wickets in hand wasn't out of reach as the lightning outfield help balls race over the boundary. Some tight bowling in the circumstances from O'Brien (1-24 off 4) and Patterson (0-22 off 3) had Marlborough slipping behind the needed run rate. Quality fielding and work out in the deep also put pressure on the Marlborough side who ended up falling 16 runs short on 177 meaning the HKCA Masters had won.


The game was played in good spirits by both teams and was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The next challenge is on Sunday as the HKCA Masters head south to defend their trophy against Nelson Masters at Saxton Oval.


HKCA Masters vs Nelson

The Team was pumped after it's win over Marlborough two days prior and the mood in the camp was positive. The privilege of playing on an international ground had the boys arrive at the ground more excited than kids in a lolly shop.

For many of the team this experience was a first - large changing rooms with televisions, dedicated players viewing areas, a pristine outfield and a world renowned wicket were a few of the first class facilities we got to enjoy.

HKCA Captain Vance Baines lost the toss and the HKCA Masters team were put into the field. Another beautiful day had the 10.30am temperature already in the high 20's which was going to be a challenge for some of the lads.


The Nelson openers made a easy work of our opening bowlers Stacey Kerehoma (0-40 off 5) and Tom Thomas (0-27 off 5) - It was very clear this wasn't Nelson's first rodeo at Masters level.

A bowling change saw Brett Cole (1-35 off 5) brought on who made the much needed break through removing one opener and retiring the other, Nelson were now 93-1 off 14. The Matt attack with Gibbs and Patterson now at the crease saw Gibbs take career best Masters figures of 2-28 off 5 and Patterson (2-44 off 5) also snaring two wickets which included a great catch to off field player Kerehoma.

Nelson were now 5 down for 154 off 25. A solid launch pad for the final 10 with two players retired and ready to return if required. A few chances behind the wicket and out in the deep were missed as the heat started to take its toll on our players.

David O'Brien (1-31 off 5) bowled tight during the onslaught period as did Todd Isaacs 0-7 off 1 who was unlucky not to have taken his first Masters wicket. David Schlup ended the day with figures of 0-27 off 4 as Nelson had reached 191-5 off 31 with four to go. Nelson showed its class as the last 4 over's smashing 49 runs leaving a tired HKCA needing 248 to retain the CD Masters Trophy.

A great spread was put on by the hosts in the Saxton Oval lounge and the positive Masters cricket culture shone through with players intermingling and chatting together over lunch.


Baines advised the batting order wouldn't be changed after the success in Marlborough which meant Craig Pashby and Josh Dawson would lead us out. Pashby came out with intent and had the ball hitting the picket fence on multiple occasions before he was bowled for 24, HKCA now 40-1 after 10. Baines came and went without troubling the scorecard - This had Pashby out of the shower ready to hand over "Daphne the Duck" which he had held since Thursday as the teams youngest player. The team now 45-2.

David O'Brien strolled out to the middle needing to emulate his innings from two days earlier. A 30 run partnership was broken when O'Brien hit one in the air and was caught. HKCA were now in trouble at 75-3 after 16.

Dawson was joined by Matt Patterson but was run out due to fatigue for 27 off 52 balls. With HKCA now 83-4 off 18 the run rate required was now 10 an over. Patterson and Brett Cole smashed the ball to and over the boundary for the next six overs in an exciting period of play putting on 70 runs. Patterson was forced to retire on 45* and HKCA were now 151 with 10 overs to go. Gibbs (3) and Schlup (2) didn't stick around as scoreboard pressure was mounting. Coles (27) was bowled with Kerehoma (4) and Todd Isaacs (1) also not troubling the Nelson bowlers. HKCA were now 166 - 9 the wheels had fallen off.


The experienced Tom Thomas wearing his orange pad was now joined by Patterson who had only retired 3 overs earlier. Thomas protected his wicket with grit and got the powerhouse Patterson on strike. Like a man possessed Patterson continued on his way treating the Nelson spectators to some exciting big hitting with 6 sixes and 9 fours. Patterson was finally caught in the deep in the 33rd over for 88. The HKCA Masters had fallen short ending up 218 all out, losing by 29 runs.

Captain Baines was proud of the teams efforts and was looking forward to hosting Nelson next year. "The concept is great, needs to continue and all the people involved need to be thanked" Baines commented at the after-match presentation.


Thanks to The Southern Trust, O'Malley's Bar and Grill, Webbs Quarry and the HKCA staff for their support in making this inaugural CD Masters Challenge Tournament a real success. The comradeship created over the weekend has been a real positive for all involved. We all face the same challenges at Club level and having representatives from our four Senior A Clubs has provided a great opportunity to share ideas and pass on knowledge. HKCA would like to thank all the players for representing our district well and we look forward to arranging our next game in the not so distant future.

Posted on March 1, 2016 by Ramesh Subasinghe.