2000 - 2009

2009 (46th) Rangiora - Winners Mid Canterbury 
The weather was very hot all week with temperatures above 30C. Crunch games for both Christchurch teams on Day 1 with Black having their toughest test against Nelson and Red coming up against last years joint winners Canterbury Country.
At the end of the week the surprise winners were Mid Canterbury who had a great week securing 5 first innings wins and 25 points in all. The last time they won the tournament was in 1966 so well done to them. Christchurch Black came unstuck when they could not get first innings points against Marlborough on day 3, having to settle for 2 points and a draw.
The final day was very exciting with 4 teams having realistic chances of winning the tournament. Mid Canterbury must have been disappointed to only post 93 but did very well to then bowl Marlborough out for 84. Once they had secured first innings points the trophy was safe. Black played very well to secure the outright win they needed and this secured them second place in their own right. Red were in with a chance of an outright against North Otago but could not get them out cheaply enough in the second innings.
Well done to Chch Black players Gus Hewitt and Chris Warner who were the only century makers. Chris Warner who also secured a hat-trick in the same tournament, only the third time a player has achieved this remarkable double.

Total Runs - 9966; total wickets - 677; average 14.72
Most Runs - 289 - Gus Hewitt - Christchurch Black (Incl century 100 n.o.)
Most Wickets - 19 @ 4.421 p,wk George Butterick (Chch Blk), Harry Betty 19 @ 5.15 and Daniel O'Brien 19 at 5.42 
Best Bowling - Chris Warner 5 for 13 Chch Blk vs West Coast inc a hat-trick

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2008 (45th) Westport - Jt winners Canty Country and Chch Black
Rain washed out the first day and play didn't clear for play to start on the second day until 2.30pm. This meant that time didn't enable a result that might otherwise have occurred in some matches. Fine weather then returned with the temperature on the Thursday reaching 30 degrees. Going into the last day, Christchurch Black was leading by just a point from Canterbury Country and Southland Country. Day 5 hot and dry. A nail biting finish which literally went down to the last ball of the tournament. Christchurch Black needed three wickets in the last over of the match against Mid-Canterbury to win the match and the tournament outright. They got two wickets but the batsman held out the last ball. Big closing ceremony and everyone very complimentary.

Total Runs - 7,834; total wickets 559; average 14.01 
Most Runs - Jack Waller - Cant Country - 236 at 236 ave as only dismissed once 
Most Wickets - Harry Chamberlain - Cant Country - 15 for 58 @ 3.86 rpw
Best Bowling - Jacob Duffy, 6 for 9 Invercargill vs Marlborough, Tom Gore 3 for 9 hat-trick for Chch Black vs Invercargill
Other Notable events - Best Tournament Batting Average Jack Waller 236 for Canterbury Country and most sixes in an innings, 15 vs Mid Canty

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2007(44th) Oamaru - Winners Chch Black 
Fine sunny conditions on the first two days was followed by a rained out day on Wednesday - where each team received two points while the following two days were cooler. A very well run tournament with good playing conditions saw Christchurch Black the victor and unbeaten after a nail biting finish on the last day where Dunedin Metro threatened to upset the winner. The fielding trophy was picked up by Nelson for the 13th time. Mid Canterbury returned to Oamaru with 9 of their team from Nelson and were somewhat unlucky as they scored the most runs at the best rate (640 @ 4.05 RPO) and while they were unbeaten, two no result games left them stranded 3 points short of Christchurch Black. Buller beat Marlborough to secure it's first win at the tournament.
Total Runs - 6580; total wickets - 528; average 12.46
Most Runs - 202 - Ben Ward - Mid Canty (Incl century n.o.)
Most Wickets - 17 @ 4.8 p,wk Lachie Davidson (Canty Country)
Best Bowling - 7 for 1 including hat trick - Cameron Grubb - North Otago and 5 for 27 including hat trick - Matt Tait - Mid Canterbury

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2006 (43rd) Nelson - Jt winners Chch Black, Sth Canty and Canty Country
Held at Greenmeadows on really well prepared pitches and grounds - and in fine weather, the Tournament was shared between Christchurch Black, South Canterbury and Canterbury Country.
Total Runs - 11,416; total wickets 626 - ; average 18.23
Most Runs - 299 (@ 99.66) - Alex Ross - Christchurch Black
Most Wickets - 27 @ 5.3 p.wk - Richard Allchurch - Christchurch Red
Best Bowling - 4 for 32 incl. hat trick - Mike Grafton - Buller v Christchurch Red

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2005 (42nd) Timaru - Chch Black 
A week of cloudy, damp weather greeted 14 teams. Synthetic wickets were in constant use early on. Christchurch Black were worthy winners scoring at 41 runs per wicket and claiming 70 wickets at 7.48. They were the first team to claim 27 Tournament points. Late on the final day Marlborough had been celebrating their success, but in a dream finish by hat trick taker - William Mills turned the result in ChCh Black's favour.
Total Runs - 8154; total wickets - 665 ; average 12.26
Most Runs - 241- Mitchell Kerr (Christchurch Black )
Most Wickets - 17 (@ 4.4) -Mathew McEwan (Christchurch Black )
Best Bowling - 4 for 20 including hat trick - William Mills (Christchurch Black)

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2004 (41st) Dunedin - Winners Nelson 
Ten outright wins kept the umpires busy. Nelson emerged winner ahead of Christchurch Red.
Total Runs - 9314 ; total wickets - 639; average 14.57
Most Runs - 224 @ 56 rpw.- Ryan Duffy - (Southland)
Most Wickets - 18 - Josh Poole - (Marlborough) inc 9 for 12
Best Bowling - 8 for 18 (match)- James Boock (ChCh Black); Jordie Gibbens (West Coast) 7 for 9; Notable: Corey Anderson Christchurch (Canterbury); Ryan Duffy Sth Canty (Otago) 

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2003 (40th) Blenheim - Winners Canty Country  
Canterbury Country prevailed just ahead of Southland. Dunedin Metro gained it's 100th tournament win while North Otago and Buller missed out on a win. 
Total Runs - 11,115; total wickets - 660; average 16.84
Most Runs - 269 @ 67.25 - Thomas Beaumont (Nelson) inc 100 no
Most Wickets - 19 @ 8.63 - Oliver Whelan (Canterbury Country)
Best Bowling - 5 for 12 inc hat-trick - Matthew Laffey (Canterbury Country); 4 for 14 inc hat-trick - Bud Jackson (Nelson)
Notable - Sam Dobbs - Canterbury and Southland Basketball

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2002 (39th) Gore - Winners Canty Country 
Canterbury Country emerged as the winner. That team making 676 runs at 22.5 and taking 64 wickets at 7.4
Total Runs - 8771 ; total wickets - 712; average 12.31
Most Runs -335 @ 83.7 - Paul Duncan (Christchurch Red)
Most Wickets - 16 @ 4.0 - Martin Kain (Nelson) inc 7 for 14; 16 @ 6.18 - Ben Purvis - (Central Otago)
Best Bowling - 8 for 9 Hugh Marfell (match) (Marlborough)
Notable - Sam Dobbs - Canterbury and Southland Basketball 

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2001 (38th) Christchurch - Winners Central Otago 
At Burnside Oval & Ilam Fields. Rained out on the Wednesday. Central Otago won by scoring at 25.6 and picking up 57 wickets. Nelson achieved it's 100th win.
Total Runs - 8756; total wickets - 535; average 16.36
Most Runs - 235 @ 78.3 - Mitchell Shaw (Christchurch Red )
Most Wickets - 16 @ 6.25 - Cameron Rutherford (Otago Country) inc 8 for 17 and a hat-trick
Best Bowling - 7 for 37 - Andrew Dean (Mid Canty)
Notable - Ryan McCone Chch Red (Canterbury) 

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2000 (37th) Invercargill - Winners Dunedin Metro 
Tournament was clearly won by Dunedin Metro in making 834 @ 23.82 rpw. & taking 72 wickets @ 6.57. Dunedin's coach Mark Henaghan had played for South Canterbury at Gore in 1967.
Total Runs -8343 ; total wickets - 666 ; average 12.52
Most Runs - 251 @ 83.6 - Sean Eathorne (Dunedin Metro)
Most Wickets - 16 @ 2.9 - Graham Taylor (Dunedin Metro)
Best Bowling - 4 for 2 incl Hat trick - Konrad Hansen (Dunedin Metro)
Notable - Todd Astle - Christchurch (Canterbury); Nick Thomson - Christchurch (Canty Rugby); Kieran Noem-Barnett Dunedin (CD) 

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