Premiers look for three-peat

Sunday 30 October 2016

The Premier team experienced unprecedented success last season, winning all three major titles of the Counties Manukau Cricket Association (“CMCA”) Premier competition. Covering three different formats, the Premier team won the Inder Lynch Trophy, T20, the Duthie Cup, One-day, and the W.H. Taylor Shield for two day cricket. There is also an overall Premiership trophy, Warin Cup, which is awarded on a points based system based on the position each team finishes in the various competitions. The Premier team was awarded the Warin Cup at the CMCA prizegiving event at the end of the 2015/16 season.

2015/16 Season Premier Results
Inder Lynch Trophy
One Day
Duthie Cup
W.H. Taylor Shield
Warrin Cup
First Equal First First First

The success of the 2015/16 season was also on the back of the Premier side winning the Duthie Cup in the 2014/25 season and therefore the team is moving into foreign territory looking to win the Duthie Cup for a third year in a row this season.

With the continued success over the past two seasons, we sat down with Manukau’s Premier team Captain Ashwyn Herwels to ask him what his secret to winning was and how he motivates the team to continue on that path in the current season.

MCCC News: Your first season as Captain of the Premier team last season (2015/16), how did you like the challenge of leading the guys around the paddock?
Ashwyn: I’ll admit at the start I was swinging with no arms [laughs Ashwyn], but as the season progressed with the help of well committed and understanding team mates, my decision making became more accurate on the field. To sum it all up, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the experience and am privileged to lead the boys again this year.

MCCC News: You had great success last season winning all three premiership trophies, what do you put the success down to?
Ashwyn: As cliché as it may sound, [doing the] basics and being unique individually!

MCCC News: Last year culminated in competing for the New Zealand club championship, how was the experience for you as captain and for the team as a whole?
Ashwyn: Being the first time ever Manukau City Cricket Club has qualified for the Tournament, it was quite a lifting and exciting experience to be a part of. It’s a long challenging road for a team from Counties Manukau to win. [We had to win] in our own backyard and then play two more qualifying games in order to play at the Tournament. The boys thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m sure they took something away from it for the future.

MCCC News: With the great success of winning so many trophies in the CMCA premiership, how do you motivate the players to continue building on the success of last season?
Ashwyn: New styled training shirts thanks to Manager/Coach/Mentor/Veteran/Step Dad, Mike Halliday. I won’t give too much away here, the season will speak for itself soon enough.

MCCC News: Great to hear you have a few tricks up your sleeve for the season all the best of luck and we look forward to the continued success.
Ashwyn: I would like to end with a big thankyou to a great bunch of guys, Club and Coach.

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