The Valley Of Peace Cricket Club Inc.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Category: Match Reports (page 1 of 3)

Valley vs Peninsula Goat Herders, 05 Mar 2017

The first game back at the Valley following the Cashmere Hills fire that seriously threatened the ground was played in perfect conditions, and in keeping with the past few years it was another cliff-hanger.

Peninsula won the toss and sent the Valley in to bat on a slightly damp wicket that was very testing early on. The visitor’s bowlers soon had the Valley batsmen in trouble and at the 25 over mark the hosts had crumbled to 52/4. Best of the bowlers were the evergreen Bob Masefield (2/12 off 8) and Danny Bulman (2/15 off 8). However Tom Music batted patiently, and with good support from the lower order he was able to hit out in the last few overs to get the Valley through to a competitive total of 159/7, with Tom unbeaten on 88.

After a magnificent spread of ham, various salads and Barry’s curried eggs, Peninsula set about chasing down the score. Although the required run rate was never a problem, wickets feel at regular intervals and when the final pair was at the crease 7 runs were still required. The winning runs came in the way of 2 byes, an anti-climactic end to a great day’s cricket.

The hero for the Goat Herders was Danny Bulman with a well compiled 56. And while all the Valley bowlers bowled well, the pick of them were Greg Jones (8/2/22/4) and Russell Drake (8/1/23/3). The home team was left to rue several dropped catches which may have made a difference in such a close game.

Greg Hills
Valley Captain

Valley vs Millbrook, 12 February 2017

The Valley had another fantastic trip south to play our southern friends at the Millbrook CC on the fringe of Arrowtown in mid February. The travelling partying included 7 returning players, 7 with WAGs and 2 with kids … which was really great to see. We had 20+ for dinner both Saturday and Sunday evenings in wonderful Arrowtown including plenty of laughs and great meals. Talking about food, the game lunch was up to its usual very high standard and was full of game! Neither the pork nor venison were supermarket sourced, but rather they were tasty high country pests that found themselves in the sights of Tarras farmer Robbie Gibson’s rifle at the right time. Beautiful.

We played cricket on the Sunday and although the Valley came second, it was not without a fight. Millbrook always bowls well at home and restricted us to 144 off 38 (of 40) overs. Millbrook successfully chased with 7 wickets down in the 38th over. Tim Frickleton (3 for 19 and 36 runs with bat) and Stan Woolliscroft (0 for 15 off 7 overs) shone brightly for the VoP. Thank you to everyone for their contribution and effort.

Thanks to Jim Smith for the photos.

Phil S

Millbrook CC pavilion

Millbrook CC and Remarkables Range

Strategy session pre-match

Valley vs The Deans XI, 29 January 2017

The Valley of Peace and Deans family enjoy a long and healthy relationship that both teams are very, very proud of! Three of our players travelled from Auckland and Napier especially for the game and that is an indication of the Valley’s respect and enjoyment of this fixture.

Today’s game was played in fantastic conditions on a very good pitch and in a very good spirit. After losing the toss the Valley batted first and made a respectable 223/7 with Will Tipping and Kade Atkinson featuring strongly with the bat – 45 and 75* respectively. A mid-game lunch of ham, crayfish and the usual trimmings plus raffle wins to 2 VoP players boosted our confidence somewhat! However, the difference between the 2 teams really came down to the fact we were 1 bowler short. Ed Wright scored a fantastic and well deserved 122* for the Deans and helped them win the game with 7 balls to spare.

We all look forward to the 2017/18 fixture at Coalgate!

Phil Smith

Lunch break, Valley vs Deans XI, Jan 2017

Valley vs Christchurch Police XI – 15 January 2017

Our Valley XI lined up against a relatively youthful and skillful Police XI on a hot day with the ground looking as picturesque as ever. Hopes were high as the Valley XI selected had a good mix of all round talents, although the Police are known as very tough opponents.

In the 22 years since I captained any cricket side, I have never heard an opposition captain choose to bat so quickly. A split second after the coin hit the ground, Dave Robertson chose to send his openers out on a grassy wicket. It is fair to say the Mike Pauling and particularly Nick Johnston look to have been studying the Big Bash as they led an onslaught that saw balls flying to paddocks, creeks and roads surrounding our ground in literally all directions. Valley opening bowlers Ben Larter and Dan Vann stuck to their task well and in the seventh over a false stroke led to a towering catch being offered up. This chance was to go down and what followed was 8 similar instances before the drinks break. Police were 138/3 after 25 overs, two LBW’s and one sole snaffled catch being our bowlers reward.

Our improved second half performance in the field saw the Police finish their innings on 253, a host of their players getting starts.  Our bowlers toiled hard, Andrew Levenger bowling excellent line and length to snare 2 for 35 while debutant Chris Clarke, our new groundsman, used the conditions well to get 2 for 37.  Both bowlers bowled 8 on the trot in temperatures in the high 20’s.  The key to the innings was our fielding however. We finished the 50 overs with a 29% strike rate at taking catches, 4 from 14 just won’t get it done against quality opposition with particularly the top order benefiting from this form of Valley generosity.

The Police opened up with Premier grade pace bowler Paddy Sullivan and Adam Chambers which proved a challenge. Sullivan’s double breakthrough in the 8th over saw the Valley slip to 19/2. Dan Vann, in his first Valley game for some time, then played some exquisite shots, one, best described as a forehand cross court over extra cover, will live long in the memory from my vantage point at the non-strikers end. We had the run rate back to 5 runs an over but unfortunately the loss of Vann, Collins and then Music slowed us up to be 109/5 at drinks. Ben Larter and Bert Walker both got starts and looked likely and while there was some good strokeplay and resistance from Chris House and Andrew Levenger, in the end 155 was all we could muster. Fair to say not too many fielding chances were missed by the Police, and the leg side stumping by East Shirley Seniors Captain Nick Johnston was another highlight of the day.

So a 98 run defeat this year, a 12 run improvement on the corresponding fixture in 2015 (last year was a wash out)! While well beaten, my Valley side had some ability and if we had held some catches, signs were good that we could perhaps compete.

To Dave Robertson, Mike Pauling and the Police XI, thanks for the excellent match played in excellent spirit, both on and off the pitch. To our match hosts, groundsman and committee behind the scenes, my thanks for all you did to assist me on my debut as a Valley captain. Particular thanks to our Patron John Waters, who took the time to call with a message of good luck before the match. I join with all club members I am sure to wish him all the very best.

While hopes were high, my personal cricketing record (at various venues) since April 2015 of Played 9 Won 0 Lost 7 Washed out 2 has now been extended to double figures! I still look forward to my next outing, and hopefully a chance to take on the Police XI again in 2018.

Tom Music –  Valley Captain for the day.

Match Summary

Christchurch Police XI – 253 for 8 (50 overs)

Johnston 39, M. Pauling 38, J. Beveridge 37, N. McHugh 40, A Chambers 34 not out,  A. Levenger 2 for 35, C. Clarke 2 for 37

Valley of Peace Cricket Club  155 all out (38.3 overs)

Music 27, B. Larter 22, B. Walker 20, Extras 28, P. Sullivan 3 for 12, J. Beveridge 2 for 22

Valley vs Christchurch Golf Club, 11 Dec 2016

The Valley of Peace kept the streak going with a win against the Christchurch Golf Club in a tight match on Sunday, December 11th.

Yet again this year we were troubled by the weather (ECAN tells me an inch between midnight and 9am on game day), but managed to get in a full 50 over match.  A huge thank-you to Chris Clarke and John Le Comte for the pitch and ground prep, the committee for purchasing covers recently, and Scott and Tina Cartwright for using their Saturday evening to put them out!

Losing the toss, and asked to field, the Valley got off to a good start with a wicket in the first over. Things then changed as this brought Tim Kirby to the crease who went on to make a well composed 60 runs. Drinks were taken after John Kerrison took a timely wicket in the 25th over and the Golf Club were on 86/4. Messrs Lawson (38) and Kirby continued to bat well after drinks but some tight bowling from Stan Wooliscroft (3/22 off 8) and Gareth Gibson (3/14 off 8) had the Golf Club all out for 186 after 45 overs.

The Valley openers made a good start with the first wicket falling with 47 runs already on the board. Kerry Holdem (32) and Cameron Pickering (36) had the tough job of seeing off another impressive spell from Mark Rountree (2/13 off 8). The Valley went to drinks after 26 overs at 97/3 and ended up getting home in the 45th over, winning by 4 wickets.

Thanks to our guests from the Golf Club, I look forward to the fixture in 2017.

Jesse Tritschler.

Valley vs Millbrook CC, 04 Dec 2016

The Valley of Peace season got off to a flyer with a convincing win against our southern friends from Millbrook CC. It was an overcast, mostly still – but very pleasant day at the Valley with sliced ham and a fine selection of relishes for lunch. Millbrook battled through to 125 all out. Russell McGregor took 3-22 off 6 and Hayden Ryan 3-13 off 8. A sharp direct hit run-out by Nick Thomas contributed to an impressive first half of the game by the  Valley. Additionally, lunch was dominated by the Valley with Stuart Spalding winning a bottle of gin, a bottle of wine and a pack of venison … don’t ask where it came from. The same Australian went on to score 51 very well composed not out runs and batted alongside Ben Rogers (43) to bring the Valley home. It was a most enjoyable day and a small group enjoyed dinner out later in the evening. The VoP will travel to Millbrook later in the season for the return match.

Phil S.

Stuart Spalding player of the day vs Millbrook

Presenting Stuart Spalding with Player of the Day, vs Millbrook

Captain’s XI vs President’s XI, 2nd April 2016

A run feast was delivered up in the traditional end of season fixture. Played in the 25 over rotation format and in glorious conditions the bat dominated the ball in a high scoring encounter.

Inserted , The Captains Team were 108/1 at the end of their first session, with Jonathon Davidson continuing his good ‘Valley” form, scoring 61 and debutant Dean Iggo (51) completely dominating The Presidents attack . In reply “The Pressies “ went to lunch at 80/4.

The Captains dominance continued after lunch with Kade Atkinson hitting a hard hitting 51 and Kent Summerfield 41  contributing to  the Captains imposing total of 244. Even  with valiant efforts  from Hugo Davison (78) and Jessie Tritschler. The Presidents came up 46 runs short.

A huge thanks for all who contributed to this special end of season occasion , especially our hosts Clyde Sugden , Owen Jones and Tina Cartwright, as well as James Barringer and Greg Hills who captained the sides.


Scott Cartwright, Club President

Valley vs The Peninsula Goat Herders, 6th March 2016

In perfect conditions at the Valley, the Home side was sent in to bat by Guy Wiseman, the Goat Herders skipper.  The captains decided to split the game into 2 x 25 over blocks each, due to the heat of the day and the general age and condition of the players.

The Valley made a slow steady start, aided by a number of dropped catches and after 25 overs the score was 77/2.  The Peninsula team made an aggressive start to the chase and at the half way point had a comfortable lead at 106/3.

After a hearty Valley lunch, including Barry Frost’s legendary curried eggs, the Valley was hopeful of a better second half to the innings to give the opposition a decent target to chase.  However, despite most batsmen getting to double figures, only skipper Greg Hills with 29 managed to get over 20, and the innings ended with the Valley a disappointing 167/8.

That left Peninsula 25 overs to score a mere 62 for victory with 7 wickets in hand.  The WASP was giving the Valley only an 8% chance of victory, but that didn’t factor in the Peninsula’s record of bottom order collapses over the years in this very fixture.  With only 15 runs needed and 6 wickets in hand (and with overs to spare) it should have been a cakewall for Peninsula, but suddenly things started to go pear shape for them.  A combination of some tight and accurate bowling from Russell Drake (2/42) and Hayden Ryan (3/31), coupled with some poor batting, suddenly gave the Valley team some hope.  When Drake got the vital wicket of Andrew Nicholls (brother of Black Cap Henry) for 46, the WASP was up to 23%.

The last few overs were bowled superbly by Greg Jones (2/11 off 5) and Russell McGregor, and wickets kept falling while not many runs were scored, so that meant that when the last batsman came to the crease 2 runs were still needed for victory.  After a couple of tense moments, Peninsula finally managed to hit a ball to the boundary to complete a 1 wicket victory.

Another excellent game at the Valley, some enjoyable company had, and a well deserved victory to the Visitors.  The after match included a toast to Martin Crowe, probably our best ever batsman who had passed away earlier in the week.

Greg Hills

Valley Captain

Valley vs Honest Trundlers, 28th Feb 2016

( DS Bank’s  final innings)

After——  years  of cricket Derek Banks has now retired from the game. He will be sorely missed on the field but continues  invaluable contribution to the Club behind the scenes.

It was appropriate for Derek’s last game that we should have stunning sunny weather and a wonderful  opposition in the Honest Trundlers who, like us, are very mindful of the superb contribution Derek has made to cricket and the Valley over many, many years.

The Trundlers got off to a good start with D Frisby 51 and later in the innings H Herborn 46  with a total of 214 for 7 wickets. Notwithstanding a masterful opening knock of  39 from D Banks (not to mention his earlier belting catch in the deep) it looked like it  would be the Trundlers’ day. Enter G Olsen 38 and H Cochran 40 who lifted the Valley to 215 for 8 and a hard fought win ..

Our special thanks to Stuart Spalding and his team who are now in their 10th year of touring to New Zealand. They are great sports and a pleasure to play against . Their fixture at the Valley is extremely popular and it is not uncommon for us to have 11 reserves for this match.

The teams and partners enjoyed a meal together in the evening as is our custom before the Trundlers  journey back home . We look forward to next season and seeing you all back at the Valley in fine form in pursuit of the ANZAC Trophy.

Brent Bailey


St Bede’s Old Boys XI vs Chch Boys High School Old Boys XI, 14th Feb 2016

It is great to see our Old Boys’ games continue to receive excellent player support. This current fixture was affected by the fact that there were 2 days of  club cricket played in the weekend which meant that many of the usual players for this match were unavailable. The win for both sides though was that we were able to introduce a number of new cricketers to the Valley.

CBHS posted 157 and it looked for a while that this would not be enough and that St Bedes would carry the day . The loss however of the last 3 St Bedes wicket for 20 runs  and a score of 127 meant that CBHS would eventually run out winners on the day.

We look forward to our Old Boys games for next year when St Bedes take on Christ’s College and CBHS meet St Andrews.

Brent Bailey


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