Manukau Courier : January 30th 2014
www.manukaucourier.co.nz SPORT MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 30, 2014 Three southern teams looking good By ALAN APTED Pukekohe-Metro, Manukau and Weymouth are on the verge of outright wins in the opening round of Counties Manukau club cricket’s twoday championship for the WH Taylor Shield. Pukekohe-Metro have com- mand of their match against Papakura at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura where the home side finished day one on 178-7, 80 runs behind the visitors’ first innings of 258-9 declared. Manukau and Weymouth already have first innings points in the bag and are in positions to push home their advantage when day two resumes on Saturday. Papakura were looking to avenge their one-day final defeat by Pukekohe-Metro on January 19 when their match got under way in brilliant sunshine at Bruce Pulman Park. But a new-look Pukekohe- Metro outfit captained by Ash Vodnala and led by Blair Feeny showed they weren’t going to be pushovers. Led by Feeney’s 86, the visitors put on an incremental batting display which saw them through to 157-4 at lunch. Feeney scored his first in the final over before lunch. Then Pukekohe-Metro piled on the runs after lunch and declared at 258-9 after 63 overs. Gian Botha was the best of the Papakura bowlers. He took 5-84 with his mix of medium pace and spin. He had Vodnala 22 and Riley Hohepa 40 both trapped leg before. Papakura have the middle order to thank for still being in the match. Shane Gadsdon 66, Marty Perry 65 not out and Tim Greig 12 not out resurrected the innings after their first five batsmen fell for 31. Perry and Greig, who put on 44 for the seventh wicket, will resume their stand on Saturday still 80 runs in arrears. Karaka’s new-ball pairing of Michael Schofield 4-45 and Jason Hughes 2-26 dominated the Manukau batsmen but it wasn’t enough to give their team first day honours at War Memorial Park in Manukau They had the home side on the ropes at 104-6 before Rob von Elling, Brendon Read Ecstatic: Karaka’s Jason Hughes shows his delight at taking the wicket of Manukau’sTomUrry. Photos: PHOTOTEK ➤SCOREBOARD Pukekohe-Metro 258-9 dec (Blair Feeney 86, Riley Hohepa 40, Pankaj Sharma 30. Gian Botha 5-84, Marty Perry 2-48) lead Papakura 178-7 (Shane Gadsdon 66, Marty Perry 65 n/o. Richard Crosby 2-12, Corey Hunter 2-26). Manukau 188 (Rob von Elling 33, JJ Mills 30, Jarrod Halliday 23. Michael Schofield 4-45, Dan Power 3-39) lead Karaka 100-9 (Jason Hughes 22, Clayton Franks 20. Jarrod Halliday 3-21, Ash Herwels 3-28). Weymouth 166 (Harry Lyford 44, Simon Andrews 34. Ben Naylor 4-33, Simon Gardiner 3-32) and 46-2 lead Waiuku 136 (Shaun Lovett 36, Haseeb Ashraf 34. Simon Andrews 4-34, Nick Kelly 2-14). 19 to see more photos from Karaka’s game against Manukau Sore: Manukau’sTomUrry is cut in half by a delivery from Karaka’s Michael Schofield. Go to manukaucourier.co.nz Dismissed: Manukau’s Jono Hickey was one of Michael’s Schofield’s four victims. and Jarrod Halliday mounted a rescue mission with respective scores of 33, 22 and 23. Manukau were all out for 188, a total that would prove respectable as Karaka imploded to be 100-9 at stumps. Jarrod Halliday and Ash Herwels finished with three wickets apiece. Halliday took 3-21 and Herwels 3-28. Weymouth, led by 40 from Harry Lyford and 34 from Simon Andrews, posted a modest 166 all out in 45 overs against Waiuku. But it proved to be more than enough as Waiuku were humbled for 136 courtesy of Simon Andrews’ 4-34 and Nick Kelly’s 2-14. Weymouth were 46-2 at stumps and will resume on Saturday with a 76-run lead and nine wickets in hand. That match saw the debut of Katene Clarke, 14, the brother of Haamiora and Handful: Karaka’s Michael Schofield finished with 4-45 against Manukau. Tamati, two stalwarts of the Weymouth team. The youngest Clarke is a prodigy in schoolboy and age group cricket, and while he will be disappointed at scoring just one on debut he will have been relieved that neither of his brothers upstaged him. ❚ In other cricket news, Papakura’s Luke Williamson has been selected for the New Runs: Manukau’s Shalen Singh trots through for a single. Zealand under-19 cricket team for the coming World Cup and Manukau’s Jono Hickey has been included in the New Zealand XI to play India starting on February 3. Buoyed by cricket, off to sevens then nines I don’t mind Auckland Anniversary Weekend one bit, I can assure you. I spent it on Waiheke Island where the weather was glorious, watching the yachts on the water and the kids playing on the beach and paddling with mum and dad. What a wonderful country SPORT THE 19TH WARRIOR THE MAD BUTCHER we live in. It does us all good to slow down, look around and be thankful for life’s simple pleasures like time with the family. But that’s something I might not have a lot of coming up because I am off to Wellington for the sevens, which I hear is struggling to sell a little this time round. I’m looking forward to seeing how the event goes all the same. No question though that the thing everyone is talking about is the NRL Nines at Eden Park. Last I heard more than 44,000 tickets had sold for each day and 1600 extra temporary seats were being planned. That’s going to mean a crowd of more than 90,000 over the two days and the Nines is certainly going to lift league in this country to a whole new level. I can’t wait. I know people are still try- ing to get tickets so my advice is to keep on trying at Ticketek, because you never know when seats are going to be available. Now I’m about to step out of my comfort zone and talk about cricket. It’s not a subject I know a great deal about but I’ve been absolutely captured by the drama of the series against India. The Black Caps, let’s face it, are the whipping boys of New Zealand sport. They manage to cop more negative press than the Vodafone Warriors and that’s saying something! So fair play to them. I’ve loved watching them belt India all over the place. The series must be a marketing man’s dream with two close and suspenseful wins to our boys, followed by a tie at Eden Park. You couldn’t have scripted it. Of course you’ll be able to tell that as I’m writing this column the fourth game will be getting under way down in Hamilton and now I’m worried I might have jinxed them. It would be just my luck to give them a bit of longoverdue praise only for them to drop their bundle. That’s the beauty of sport isn’t it? You’re only ever one game away from a high and the same game away from a low. That’s why we love it. Look out for me at the Wellington Sevens – I thought I might go dressed as the Mad Butcher!
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