Sport - it never goes in a straight line

Sideline Sid
Sports correspondent & historian

Sport is like life, in that it never goes in a straight line with the highs of expectation and achievement balanced with the thump of reality when things don't go as planned.

Cricket is a confidence game, which puts players under the microscope each time that they take to the field.

Lack of timing with bat or ball can bring about a loss of form that often only seems to get worse, the harder one tries.

Northern Districts and Bay of Plenty cricket player Joe Carter has experienced the rollercoaster ride of disappointment and success in the last six months, before being awarded the ND Ford Trophy Player of the Year at the recent Northern Districts Cricket prizegiving.

Carter showcased his emerging talent from early in his blossoming career, through Bay of Plenty age-group teams and the Tauranga Boys' College First XI.

New Zealand Under 19 selection in the 2011/11 season led to playing professional cricket for Northern Districts. 

Joe made his ND debut in a Plunket Shield match against Auckland in October 2013, in an auspicious debut with 48 and 34 runs in his two visits to the crease.

Prior to the 2018/19 season start, Joe wasn't resigned to a ND professional contract, with the prospects of playing Bay of Plenty minor association representative cricket looking like his major focus for the season.

Early November, saw Joe recalled to the ND one-day side for their fourth Ford Trophy match of the season.

While he made a respectable return to the ND ranks, few would have imagined the impact that Joe and fellow Bay of Plenty batsman Brett Hampton would have in their next Ford Trophy match.

Carter and Hampton tore one Central Districts bowler apart to finish with a new List A (50 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 CD 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.

The Bay of Plenty pair shared a 178-run partnership off 126 balls, to guide Northern Districts to 313/7 off their 50 overs.

Hampton fell just short of his century, departing for 95 from 66 balls, while Carter brought up his hundred with a six in the last over to finish unbeaten on 102 from 77 balls, his first List A century.

Central Districts made a determined challenge for victory and reached 288/9 in their allotted overs, but the world record bash proved the difference.

It is not the first time that Carter and Hampton have combined to blast the opposition out of the match.

In January 2013, Bay of Plenty smashed 701 against Hamilton in a Hawke Cup Direct Challenge played in enemy territory, in which Brett smashed 194 and Joe belted 187 runs.

Joe went on to play seven Ford Trophy encounters in the just completed season, blasting 246 runs at a outstanding average of 123 (per game) to be rewarded with the Northern Districts Ford Trophy Player of the Year.


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