The second annual Howell Family Trophy cricket series, will take place at the Tauranga Domain over the Labour weekend holiday break, when a Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI play Hawkes Bay.
Last year the Bay of Plenty and Hawkes Bay Cricket Associations, decided that the representative warm-up matches should become a regular fixture and to cement the games in their annual calendar, the Howell Family Cup was put up for competition.
The Howell family has had strong cricket connections with both Hawkes Bay and Bay of Plenty. John Howell, played for Hawkes Bay in Hawke Cup and Central Districts regional competition, before moving north to the Bay of Plenty in the early 2000’s. John’s two sons in Llorne and Glynn, also played major association cricket, with Llorne playing for Bay of Plenty on 38 occasions.
A squad of fourteen players has been selected to play in the weekend games, with various combinations being tried out, as Bay of Plenty prepare for their up-coming Northern Districts representative assignments.
Two uncapped players, have made the Bay of Plenty squad, on the back of sterling performances in the early stages of the 2019 Bay of Plenty Cup premier competition. While the three weekend encounters don’t have official representative status, the matches will provide an opportunity for Daniel Price and Habib Malik, to break into the Bay of Plenty senior representative side later in the season.
Daniel Price has recently returned home from a very successful stint, playing English League cricket during the New Zealand winter. The Te Puke batsman was selected for the Bay of Plenty Development side last season, where he performed with distinction, with a highest score of 49 in three appearances.
Lake Taupo CC captain Habib Malik, is an all-rounder who is equally adept with both bat and ball. He is a top order batsman for his premier club side and a very deceptive change bowler.
Three of the most promising young players in the country will be on show at the Tauranga Domain, after recent appearances for the New Zealand Under 19 team who played their Bangladesh counterparts, in a recent series in the South Island.
Keeper Ben Pomare, hard hitting top order batsmen Fergus Lellman and all-rounder Tim Pringle, enhanced their chances for selection in the New Zealand team, to play in next year’s ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup to be held in South Africa.
Bay of Plenty XI v Hawkes Bay 26/27 October @ Tauranga Domain
Day One: Twenty 20 x two
Day Two: Fifty over per side match
Craigs Investment Partners Bay of Plenty XI Squad
Ben Musgrave – Captain, Peter Drysdale, Chris Atkinson, Ben Pomare (Mount Maunganui) Stephen Crossan, Blair McKenzie, Dan Price, Cam Riley, Mikaere Leef (Te Puke) Joe Carter, Fergus Lellman (Cadets) Tim Pringle (Tauranga Boys College) Habib Malik (Lake Taupo CC) Bharat Popli.
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