Ewen Chatfield Trophy, Hazlett Trophy Round Six | PREVIEW


A top of the table clash, a mid-table battle and two winless sides fighting for their first victory headline round six of the Ewen Chatfield Trophy. 

It is now the second half of the one day competition, with all to play for heading into the final. With the Wellington Firebirds granted a week off from the Dream11 Super Smash due to competition rescheduling, this weekend is a chance for players to turnout for their clubs.

 

Taita v Karori

A blockbuster clash between the two unbeaten sides, Taita and Karori, is the major match-up of this round. 

Taita has only played two matches, however have looked clinical in both. This weekend, they have added two Firebirds players, Nick Greenwood and Logan Van Beek into their side. Last season, Greenwood was the competition’s second top run scorer, with 371 runs. 

Dutch international and Firebirds all-rounder Logan Van Beek is coming off a maiden T20 half century against Central Stags last weekend and will be a key addition with bat and ball for Taita, who also have numerous Firebirds inclusions.

Like Taita, Karori are two wins from two and have been impressive so far. Firebirds pace bowler Michael Snedden will play for the side this weekend, adding to an already talented squad. In his most recent Ewen Chatfield Trophy match last season, he took 5-25 against Hutt District and will give Taita’s batters some trouble in this fixture.

Another Firebirds player who will be playing for Karori is Jakob Bhula, who has set the competition alight this season. He is the top run scorer with 151 runs, as well as four wickets, making him a game-changer in this clash.

 

Johnsonville v Upper Hutt

An interesting clash between third and fourth place occurs this weekend, when Johnsonville hosts Upper Hutt. 

Johnsonville are coming off a tight four wicket win against Onslow, where their bowling was strong. Zac Ringrose took 3-20 in that match and he is currently the third top wicket taker of the competition, with eight wickets.

These two sides faced off in round one, where Johnsonville won by eight wickets. Gareth Sevein scored 60* in the reverse fixture and looks to be a dangerous player in this match. 

Upper Hutt have played the most matches out of any team in this format, having had four games, winning two of them. Firebirds wicketkeeper Callum McLachlan, who scored 41 against a strong Karori bowling lineup in round four this season, will be a key player for Upper Hutt. 

Nish Desai again showed his skill as a bowler, taking 5-35 in a match winning spell. He is now the second top wicket taker in the Ewen Chatfield Trophy, with nine wickets. Desai will be a key player in this fixture.

 

Eastern Suburbs v Onslow

Two winless sides fight to secure their first win of the season in this matchup between Eastern Suburbs and Onslow. 

Eastern Suburbs have lost three matches, however have been incredibly close in each game. Last weekend, they narrowly lost by 12 runs to Upper Hutt. Firebirds opening batter Luke Georgeson returning this round is exciting, considering he scored 367 runs and took 14 wickets in the Hazlett Trophy one day competition last season. 

Another Firebird who returns for Eastern Suburbs this round is all-rounder Jamie Gibson, who has become a key part of the Firebirds lineup and will be a massive inclusion for Easts this round against Onslow. He has potential to influence the game in many different ways, which makes him such a crucial inclusion for this fixture. 

Onslow have only played two matches in the one day format this season and have lost both. In their last fixture, they had a close one against a strong Johnsonville side, losing by four wickets. That fixture saw the Onslow bowling lineup look impressive once again, with the experienced Daniel Rose taking 4-28. 

The side will be ecstatic to have wonderkid Tim Robinson back this weekend, after playing two matches for the Firebirds in the Super Smash. He scored an impressive 97 against Upper Hutt early in the season and is major boost for Onslow. 

 

 

 

Round six of the Hazlett Trophy provides opportunity for change in ladder positions, with the difference between first and last place only 16 points. 

The second half of the season starts this weekend, with promotion so crucial for each side. 

 

Collegians v Hutt District

Fifth placed Collegians host the unbeaten Hutt District in an opportunity for a major upset. 

Collegians have one win this season, however are coming off a tough 101 run loss to Victoria University. There were some positives though, with Louis Worthington scoring 54 off 30 balls. He is the competition’s second top run scorer and could cause damage in this fixture. 

Anubhav Thapa was impressive with the ball in the loss, taking 4/62. Thapa is second top wicket taker of the Hazlett Trophy this season, with nine wickets and has a tough task against the strong Hutt District batting lineup.

The Hutt District side have been dominant so far this season, especially with the bat. It will be even better this round, with Firebirds top order batter Troy Johnson returning. In the Ewen Chatfield Trophy last season, Johnson scored 222 runs in just four innings and will be a key player in this match, with a big score likely. 

As well as Johnson,  Hutt District will welcome back two Firebirds pace bowlers, Ben Sears and Iain McPeake. Adding not one but two rep bowlers will be highly beneficial for the side, especially against some explosive Collegians batters.

 

Victoria University v North City

A mid-table clash between Victoria University and North City is a must-watch this weekend, where both sides are hunting for a spot in the finals.

Victoria University are on a roll, after comfortably beating Collegians by 101 runs last round. Amer Hussain took 4-20 in that match and bowled brilliantly. North City have a strong batting lineup and Hussain must be at his best to help contain them. 

In that match, it was Victoria University’s batting that gave Hussain the platform to do well. They scored 246 runs in 35 overs, with Robbie Selbie scoring 54 off 44 balls in a clinical display of batting. This fixture will be a battle of two strong batting sides.

North City have played three matches, where they have one win. In their last game, they lost by four wickets to Petone. Leg-spinner Stuart Veitch took 4-25 and bowled excellently in the match. He will be key against an impressive Victoria University batting lineup. 

In the loss against Petone, the side scored 206 and much of that was to do with skipper Samuel Millmow scoring 68 not out. His contributions with bat and ball are so crucial to the side’s fortunes, especially in this must-win fixture.

 

Naenae v Petone

A battle between cross-town rivals Naenae and Petone wraps up round six of the Hazlett Trophy.

Naenae are winless, however have come very close in several matches. Against Collegians, they lost by just 12 runs. Rogan Vekony took 3-18 in that match and is starting to gain some momentum. He will be impactful in this fixture against Petone. 

Gurpreet Singh Panesar has been a shining light for the Naenae side this season, having scored 105 runs at an average of 35. He is a potential match-winner in this fixture with both bat and ball. 

Petone have been impressive this season, being unbeaten after two matches. In their massive win against North City, Nathan Sterling scored 73 not out in a game changing knock. 

These two sides faced off in the T20 Cup, where Petone won by 29 runs. Scott Jones was the player of the match in that fixture, scoring 76 off 45 balls and taking 2-17. Naenae will be weary of the skill Jones has and will have to nullify him this weekend. 

 

Written By : Josh Dean

Article added: Friday 10 December 2021