Reaching 100 games

By Matt Simpson

In the 2017-18 season, I managed to reach a personal milestone playing cricket for Inglewood. After turning out for the premier side for 8 seasons, I finally managed to reach 100 prem caps for the club. This was a hugely proud moment for me as I love playing cricket for Inglewood. The road to 100 caps has seen all sorts of highs and lows, one of the ultimate highs being 2 championship wins in the 2014-15 season, and also making a number of finals appearances at Pukekura Park over the years.

Playing for the prems is something I have never taken for granted so I was very pleased to make it to 100 games. In the 2017-18 season, we had a very strong squad, so I wasn't that sure I would be assured a spot in the team. I am most proud of the way I played that year, with some good form securing my place in the side. Memorable moments included guiding the team to a gutsy win over a strong Marist side in the one day competition with a gritty 48no. Another bitter-sweet moment was a narrow loss to Hawera in the one dayer where we came close to chasing down a big score. Unfortunately, I was left stranded on 92no and we couldn't quite get over the line, losing by 5 runs.

Reaching 100 caps was a special moment in my cricketing career and something that I value. I'm stoked to have done it with a great bunch of boys and to see my name up on the list with some true legends of our club is awesome! I still have a lot I want to achieve for the club and will continue to give it everything for as long as I am enjoying it.