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BEYOND THE BAY OVAL LIGHTS
In the first edition of the 2020-21 Beyond the Bay Oval Lights, we catch up with two of Bay of Plenty Cricket’s favourite sons in Brett Hampton and Joe Carter, in the countdown to the first Plunket Shield game of the season at the Bay Oval.
The two Bay of Plenty ND players have stamped a mark in New Zealand Cricket that will be sit in the record books forever. On the 7th November 2018, the pair set a List A (fifty over per side) world record of 43 runs in an over.
Carter and Hampton, came together when ND were in deep trouble at 95 for the loss of five wickets, in their Ford Trophy clash with Central Districts at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
The onslaught took place in the 46th over, off the bowling of Willem Ludick, as the pair put the tar-seal outside Seddon Park under attack. Hampton hit the first delivery for four, before he dispatched back-to-back no balls for consecutive sixes. Hampton struck a further six, before hitting a single to give Carter the strike. Carter continued the hitting, delivering three consecutive sixes to round out the 43-run over.
The mammoth over surpassed the previous List A world record of 39, which was set in Dhaka by Elton Chigumbura off the bowling of Alauddin Babu in 2013.
Both Joe and Brett have played a myriad of games at the Bay Oval, with both providing personal Bay of Plenty representative bests at the Blake Park cricket ground. Joe Carter posted his Bay of Plenty highest score, when he blasted 215 not out against Poverty Bay in February 2014. Brett Hampton who is equally adept with both bat and ball, took his personal best bowling figures of 7/60, against Counties Manukau during November 2009.
Tell us about your first memories of playing at the Bay Oval?
Brett Hampton – Playing for the Bay Development team. A lot has changed since then.
Joe Carter - Some of my earliest memories of the Oval were probably Northern Districts pre season games as a 17 year old. I remember playing against the likes of Joey Yovich, Graeme Aldridge, Trent Boult, James Marshall etc, which was pretty daunting at the time. Looking back I remember feeling pretty lucky to be playing on such a cool ground amongst some of those guys, so definitely a cool experience to look back on.
What are your favourite memories of playing at Bay Oval?
BH - Hawke Cup cricket for Bay of Plenty. We've had some great games on the Oval. I don't think we we're beaten on the main ground. My absolute favorite is when we came back from the loss of first innings points against Manawatu, to beat them outright late on the third day. The celebrations that followed, I will never forget.
JC - My favourite memories of playing at the Bay Oval would have to be some of the Hawke Cup wins we had with the Bay team there, in particular the comeback win against Manawatu, where we came back from losing the first innings to win the game. It was awesome to be a part of some of the collective efforts to get those wins.
How does the Bay Oval ground and wicket compare with the other NZ Cricket Major Association grounds in the country?
BH - I love playing at the Oval. Best ground in New Zealand. The wicket is always good and outfield is like a bowling green. Lightning quick.
JC - The Bay Oval is obviously a special ground to play at, being a home ground for me and all the hard work that has gone into its development has definitely made it one of the best places to play in the country. The pitch so far has shown it produces results and presents good challenges for all skill sets.
How do the pavilion facilities compare with other grounds?
BH - The pavilion offers a great vantage point to watch the game and there is plenty of space in the changing rooms. Great lunches too.
JC - The pavilion facilities are awesome and have come a long way since using marquees in the ground's earlier days. I think the best part is the viewing area, it’s a great spot to watch the game from.
How is the ND team looking heading into the new season?
BH - A solid core group that has played together for a while now, mixed in with about 10 current blackcaps. I'm picking a big season for the lads.
JC - The team has been tracking well throughout the pre season, we've had training camps at the Bay Oval and St Pauls and got some good work done. There's a lot of belief in the side to improve and push for winning competitions, so everyone's excited at the chance to put some of the hard work done out on the park.
What do you think are the strengths of the 2020/21 side are?
BH - We've got good depth, which we are going to need thought out the season with plenty of New Zealand and New Zealand A games scheduled.
JC - I think a big strength for us is our depth in bowlers, we've got a lot of youth pushing through which backs up the current group we have and the Black Caps that are involved as well, so this is an exciting area for us.
Tell us about the characters, past and present, that you have played with in ND sides?
BH - Let's just say we never get bored from the stories that come from some lads.
JC - There have been plenty but if I have to choose then Jono Boult would be one, he was one of the biggest pot stirrer's going around which always provided some entertainment. Ish Sodhi would have to be up there for his prank calls and general weirdness.
Tell us about what you hope to achieve in the new season?
BH - I would love to see some silverware in the cabinet. Few runs and wickies on the way will be nice too.
JC - Personally I'm just looking to keep improving and contributing to the teams efforts. I think everyone's focus is towards our team getting better and producing more consistent performances.
What has been the biggest highlight of your cricket career to date?
BH - Winning the Super Smash T20 in 2018. We played some outstanding cricket and pumped CD in the final (by nine wickets).
JC - There is lots of enjoyable times to look back on, but again I think our Hawke Cup run with the BOP men's team is up there because of the good group of lads involved and the hard work put in to achieve what we did, the celebrations definitely added to the highlight!
Who has had the biggest influence on your cricket career to date?
BH - Probably our current head coach G (Graeme Aldrigde). He has been helping me from the start. First he was my team mate, then Bay coach, ND bowling coach and now head coach. Has a very simple but effective way of coaching which I've really enjoyed. Good bugger too.
JC - Definitely my dad, for getting me involved in the game in the first place and then supporting me along the way. Also John Howell and Llorne Howell, the camps and trainings we had out at the Howell academy in the early years went a long way to helping me get to where I am now. And then there's a lot of other coaches and players along the way that have been a massive help.
NZ Cricket Bay Oval Domestic Games 2020/21
28th - 31st October 2020 Plunket Shield – ND v Otago 10.30am start
1st January 2021 Super Smash – ND v Wellington Doubleheader 3.40pm start
2nd January 2021 Super Smash – ND v Otago Doubleheader 3.40pm start
18th - 21st March 2021 Plunket Shield – ND v Wellington 10.30am start