EPCC returned to Hawaii for our 3rd annual trip and played 3 matches on the 7th, 8th and 10th of July against our great friends at Honolulu Cricket Club and, for the first time this year, the Maui Cricket Club.

Match 1 vs Honolulu CC at Baldwin Beach Park, Paia, Maui. Sat 7th July.

EPCC 129 (Greg Bottrill 37 no, Jake Burns 27, Ange Barbaro 25, Subbu Raman 3/18, Vishan Dookhu 2/5, Srinivas Inti 2/17) defeated by HCC 9/133 (Subbu Raman 41 no, Allan Greenridge 22, Owen O'Callaghan 18, Dave Withers 3/21, Andrew Luzzi 2/17).

A big thanks to our hosts, the Maui CC, their organiser Uday Kari, Mark and the HCC boys and everyone that helped out today. It was a good close game and enjoyed very much by all.

Match 2 vs Maui CC at Baldwin Beach Park, Paia, Maui. Sun 8th July.

Maui CC 5/176 (Danny Lovell 67 no, Rahu Vijayakumar 35 no, Joel 19, Greg Bottrill 1/3, Jim Micsko 1/20, James Wood 1/24) defeated Emu Plains CC 175 (Greg Bottrill 34 no, Ange Barbaro 31, David Withers 26, Sam Barbaro 23, Glaston Cumberhatch 2/25).

Match 3 vs HCC at Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Oahu. Tue 10th July. Played for the “Currie Cup”.

HCC - 6/181 off 30 overs. Mark Berwick 31 no, Tahir Ali 28, Subbu Raman 27, Harsha Choudhary 26, Ange Barbaro 2/30, Frank Sidrak 1/25, Andrew Luzzi 1/36 defeated by EPCC - 6/182 off 30 overs. Greg Bottrill 32 no, James Wood 31 no, Peter Gibson 29, Pat Anderson 27, Sam Barbaro 24, Tahir Ali 2/17, Allan Greenridge 1/4, Mark Berwick 1/12, Harsha Choudhary 1/22, Rahu Vijayakumar 1/40.

A great game played in great spirit and the perfect way to end the cricket part of the tour. An awesome night out at the Honolulu Lawn Bowls club followed with presentations, a great feed and plenty of drinks from the open bar. Adi's bucks night followed a few nights later and was another treat for the Emu boys.

The camaraderie we all share with the Honolulu (and now Maui too) CC players is something we all enjoy and we feel privileged to be able to visit Hawaii, play some cricket and be looked after so well by all the guys there.

We've started a bit of a tradition over the last 3 years and hope to keep it going in the years ahead. Over 20 players from our club have now been here for cricket and everyone has thoroughly enjoyed the tours. Mahalo nui loa to all of our friends in Hawaii and we'll see you again soon.