Manukau Courier : February 18th 2011
12 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 SPORT S A S A S the all new Volvo S60 valued at $63 990 P W Beinto P F a y - 1 a 11 a y y y a Do or die game for Papatoetoe By ALAN APTED Big shoulders: Leg spinner Ish Sodhi will lead the Papatoetoe bowling attack against Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore tomorrow. Photo: JASON OXENHAM SCOREBOARD Papatoetoe 291 (Gareth Shaw 163 n/o, Lance Shaw 39) bt Eden Roskill 120 (Bhupinder Singh 4-20, Gareth Shaw 3-20) and 112-7 (Ish Sodhi 5-45) on first innings. Points table: Takapuna 67.68, Suburbs New Lynn 66.42, Cornwall 65.07, Howick Pakuranga 56.91, East Coast Bays 54.13, North Shore 52.03, Papatoetoe 41.62 and Eden Roskill 31.87. Papatoetoe have their backs to the wall heading into day one of their two-day Auck- land club cricket match against Howick Pakuranga at Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga tomorrow. Captain Gareth Shaw, 27, who hit a career best 163 not out in Papatoetoe's last match against Eden Roskill, can't play because he is get- ting married that day. His older brother Lance is in the wedding party so he can't make the team and wicketkeeper and long-time friend Shane Singe is only available for a session. Offspinner Bhupinder Singh, who took 4-20 in Eden Roskill's first innings, is also unavailable. He's been recalled by the Auckland Aces for domestic cricket's four-day championship. The Shaws and Singe are the backbone of the Papa- toetoe premiers and though they will be available for day two on February 26, they won't be there for the crucial first day's play. And Papatoetoe need a good opening day. They are in danger of being automatically relegated to the four-team minor championship next season if they let last-placed Eden Roskill, who face Suburbs New Lynn, sneak ahead of them in the standings. The pair lie sev- enth and eighth and are separated by only 10 points. The team that finishes eighth gets dropped auto- matically while the team that finishes seventh gets a reprieve. They will feature in a playoff against the team that finishes second in the minor championship. With 16 points available for an outright (excluding batting points) Papatoetoe know they can be overtaken if they slip up in their local derby. Coach Thushan Dodamp- egamage says it's vital Papatoetoe get the better of Howick Pakuranga on day one. We're definitely the underdogs. Howick Paku- ranga are a classy outfit and have had the edge on us this season. We need to reproduce last week's effort against Eden Roskill but with Gareth, Lance and Shane missing it will be a tough ask. But it's a chance for someone else in the team to stand up.'' Dodampegamage says first innings points will be enough to avoid the cut and make the playoff. Papatoetoe managed a first innings win against Eden Roskill at the Papatoetoe Recreation Centre last Saturday with Dodampega- mage rating it the best team performance of the year. They showed a lot of ticker. It was a tremendous performance considering how flat the wicket was.'' Papatoetoe came within three wickets of an outright after scoring 291 on day one. Singh and Gareth Shaw combined to dismiss the visitors for just 120 in their first innings. Singh took 4-20 and Shaw 3-20. Eden Roskill's second innings was nearly as brief. They reached 112-7 at stumps to avoid an outright defeat. Leg spinner Ish Sodhi took 5-45. Papatoetoe's match against Howick Pakuranga starts at 11am.
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