Sunday, December 18, 2005

All Over for 2005.

The weather put pay to cricket on Saturday, bringing a wet curtain down on a very positive start to the 2005/06 season.

On the field, all three teams have gone well and all are handily placed for post Xmas play. Off the field, player strength is good, the club is in good shape financially, and there are good times ahead. Early in the new year, all players will have the opportunity to get their hands on a brand new Hamilton Star University tracksuit. Ask your captain!

The season starts again on the 7th of January for the Premier and Division I sides, with what is now a 50-over match. Prems vs Melville, Div I vs Te Rapa.

The Division II side has an extra week to wait before lining up against Eastern Suburbs White at Jansen 3.

The club wishes all players (past and present) and their families a merry Xmas and a great new year.

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Star Covers Itself in Glory

Friday night at the cricket turned out to be something of a triumph for the club.

The night started brilliantly with Billy surviving Chris Cairns and then pumping Bruce Martin for consecutive sixes over long on to finish his stint at the crease. (Don't know what I'm talking about? See the post below.)

Dan Vettori didn't get it going with the bat but showed plenty of class with the ball.

During the innings break Daryl "Gibbo" Gibbs was rung in to play with the Chiefs against the ND touch team. He got a nice new Chiefs shirt, and recieved best wishes for the Super 14 from numerous ND players.

During the game the defense seemed to collapse in Daryls vincity on occasions, but we're sure that was the professional rugby players fault.

Friday, December 16, 2005

One More Reason to come to the 20/20 tonight?

You recall this post regarding Matt Harts Testimonial tonight.

Another great reason to attend is that Graeme "Billington" won this auction to face an over from Chris Cairns (and Bruce Martin?)

Should be a hoot.

All kicks off at 6pm. The group is forming at the city end of the park, on the bank next to the groundstaffs stuff.

Teams for 17/12/05

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Points Table


The points tables as at 15/12/2005:

Old Boys 29, Star 21, Te Rapa 17, Melville 8, Tech 4, Suburbs 3

Top 2 sides play in the final.

Division I
Star 27, Old Boys 21, Te Rapa 19, St Pauls 17, Melville 13 THE REST

Teams are split into odds and evens for an additional round at the end of the round-robin. Winner of each SECTION plays in the final.

Division II
Ah no idea sorry. Based on the premise that they've slaughtered everyone they have played let's assume they are winning.

A Game In Two Parts.

Interesting Match-ups this round lads.

Prems vs Melville - Galla 2
Division I vs Te Rapa - Galla 4
Division II vs Eastern Suburbs White - Jansen 1 (Way down the northern end!) Limited Overs match!

As mentioned previously, the Premier and Division I games are split over the Xmas break, Division II has a one day game and resumes on the 14th of January

Monday, December 12, 2005

Premier Result Vs Suburbs 10 Dec 05

Star Varsity 245
Richard Bracefeild 105
Graeme Billington 36

Eastern Suburbs 166
P Otto 110
Raj Korde 7/32
Bobby Tagore 2/15

Nice to get the points on the first day lads, and congratulations to Richard on his maiden Premier century.

Star Varsity 129
Mark Commins 35
Aidan Bigham 49

Eastern Suburbs 125
Mike Wiltshire 3-20
Rob Brown 5-20
Mark Commins 3 Wonderful Catches.

Star Varsity won by 77 Runs

Division I Result 10 Dec 05

Eastern Suburbs 162
M Donnelly 3/0
Dylan (Pity the) Faull 2-58
Dan Hennebry 3-41

Star Varsity 314/7 Declared
Dave March 42
Nick Shoston 51
Charles Johnston 106
Daniel Hennebry 55 n.o.

Eastern Suburbs 77
Joel Thompson 3-17
Daniel Hennebry 2-20
Dylan Faull 2-11

Star Varsity won by an innings and 55 runs.

Great all round game for Daniel Henebry with 5 wickets and 55 runs. Magic to see Charles bring up the ton.

Division II Result 10 Dec 05

Division II vs Fraser Tech, @ Clyde.

Star Varsity 301/5 declared (Shaun Blackbourn 81, Wynand Mullins 72, Sean Mulcahy 64)

NB Shaun Blackbourn is the son of evergreen allrounder Steve Blackbourn.

Fraser Tech 102 (Duncan Kohn 5-40)

Fraser Tech (following on) 85 (Nigel Tait 2-20, Ido 2-17)

Win to Star Varsity by an innings and 114 runs.

Multiple Happy Events!

All  - Congratulations go out to young Mike Rowland and his partner Katrina. their baby boy Ben was born on Friday.

Ben was considerate enough to allow Mike enough time to go out and play cricket on Saturday.

Ben obviously doesn't take after his dad, because he arrived very early. One the other hand Ben weighs just over 3 pounds which makes him very small - just like his dad.

While cricket pales into insignificance in the face of such life changing events, there were some other moments to savour over the weekend.

Charles Johnston scored his maiden century, Rob Brown made his return to big-time cricket with a 5-fer, and all three teams came away with maximum points after this round.

More details to follow!

Monday, December 05, 2005

Big Night out - Matt Hart Testimonial 20/20 Match.

Lads an Opportunity for a great club evening out has presented itself!

Friday the 16th of December at Westpac Trust Park a New Zealand Cricket Players Association XI, featuring most of the Black Caps including skipper Stephen Fleming and big hitter Chris Cairns, will play the champion ND one-day side.

Here's a link to the story.,2106,3479601a10133,00.html

Tickets are only $10, if you are keen to attend have a word to Graeme Billington (Billy) he's sorting us out.

Partners, Girlfriends, One Night Stands, Hookers etc, are more than welcome. Suggest you chose only one however.....

It would be great if we could get a big club turn out to celebrate the season so far.

NB Of course with cricket the next day there will be no drinking at all. (Tui)

Get into it!

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Plenty of milestones to savor this weekend.

First and foremost, something special for young Richard Bracefield. He cracked his maiden Premier Century, top scoring in the Prems first innings of 246 vs Suburbs.

In the same match, Raj Korde put on a show of his own taking 7/32 as he and Bobby Tagore reduced Suburbs from 1/99 to 166 all out.

In Division I, Skipper Mark Donnelly produced a spell of four balls: Dot, Wicket, Wicket, Wicket in claiming his first career hat-trick. This wrapped the Suburbs innings for 162. (0.4 overs, 3 wickets, 0 Runs)

With the bat in Division I a welcome return to form for Nick Shoston with 51, and Charles Johnston spends the week poised on 80 not out. The Division II side have a lead of 90 with 5 wickets in hand.

Full boards when we have 'em.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Would You Like to Blog for Star?

If you would like to start contributing to the Star blog go ahead and contact the editor at

You need regular access to a PC and the internet, and and eye for a good post.

Let us know if you're keen.



Friday, December 02, 2005

This Saturdays Match-ups

Prems have Suburbs at Galloway 3 (Day 1 of 2)
Division I has Suburbs at Jansen 4 (Day 1 of 2)
Division II has Tech at Clyde. (Day 1 of 2)

Good luck lads.

Into them!