Black Caps Blaster gives back

By Jim Birchall

Black Cap Colin Munro has presented a signed playing shirt to proud sponsor of Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club, Ray White Howick.

Howick Pakuranga continued their dominance over the local club scene last season. The Marie Raos Ray White Premier side ‘The Alpacas’ were crowned champions of both the two–day and T20 Auckland Cricket competitions.

Munro played in the heartbreak that was the recent World Cup in the United Kingdom and has just returned from white-ball duty with The Brampton Wolves in the Global T20 Canada (GT20) tournament.

Blackcap Colin Munro presents a playing shirt to HPCC Sponsors Ray White Howick at the Apothecary. Photo supplied

Installed as captain after the withdrawal of Darren Sammy, his side made it to the semi-finals before being tipped in a close game by eventual winners the Winnipeg Hawks. Munro set the tournament alight with a GT20 record 15 ball half-century, which included six sixes.

Canada is a developing market for T20 cricket and Munro rated the competition as strong “each team had five internationals, good players such as Shahid Afridi and Yuvraj Singh”.

Next up Munro is off to Sri Lanka with the Blackcaps T20 team for a three-match series starting this Sunday, September 1.

When asked if there was any chance of pulling on the Howick Pakuranga shirt this season, he intimated there was “a small chance, probably around December depending on what format (was being played)”.