Manukau Courier : February 7th 2014
8 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 7, 2014 SPORT www.manukaucourier.co.nz Papatoetoe ground paradise for batsmen By ALAN APTED Papatoetoe’s batsmen will be looking for another feast of runs when they take on Parnell in round seven of Auckland club cricket’s two-day championship at the Papatoetoe Recreation Grounds tomorrow. They amassed a season-best 355 in their edge-of-the-seat 10-run first innings win over Grafton last weekend and with the way Papatoetoe No 1 wicket is playing right now another big score is on the cards. It’s a paradise for the batsmen as testified by the 700 runs scored last weekend. Papatoetoe scored 355 of them and Grafton 345. Arminder Sohal and Navdeep Aujla were Papatoetoe’s heroes. Sohal scored 141 and Navdeep, who bowled a marathon 40.4 overs, including a spell with the second new ball, finished with figures of 6-132. Papatoetoe manager John Lee says the players are relieved to be on the right side of a result after a run of one-day defeats. ‘‘We batted well but in typical Papatoetoe fashion we let the other team think they were going to win it. For a time there it looked like a lost cause,’’ Lee says. ‘‘Grafton were well in the hunt. They put on 116 for the second wicket, 81 for the third and 52 for the sixth wicket and were in sight of victory with the score at 325-6 and just 31 runs needed for the win. ‘‘I thought we’d blown it at that stage but four quick wickets, two to Aujla and two to Sunit Birla snatched back the moment. That put the pressure on the Grafton tail and they panicked.’’ Lee says Aujla had a memorable match. ‘‘He was persistent and pinned Heroic stand: Papatoetoe batsman Arminder Sohal scored 141 against Grafton. the Grafton batsmen down with his accuracy. They couldn’t get him away.’’ Aujla’s accuracy was such that he didn’t concede a wide, bye or leg bye in 246 deliveries. Lee says Papatoetoe will need their batsmen and bowlers to fire again to undo Parnell who sit fourth in the Hedley Howarth Trophy, 10 points clear of Papatoetoe. Photos: PHOTOTEK Marathon effort: Papatoetoe spinner Navdeep Aujla bowled 40 overs against Grafton. The visitors are coming off an out- right win over Birkenhead City. In other cricket news, Papatoetoe’s premier women’s team is kicking itself at letting a winning opportunity against Waitakere City slip by. Their bowlers will certainly be wanting a chat with Aujla after conceding 54 extras: 29 wides, five no balls, seven byes and two leg byes The hosts scored 185 in their 50 overs on Papatoetoe Recreation No 2 with captain Wendy Horneman (50) and Megan Tremain (22) rescuing the side from a precarious 69-4. Sandee Hui 3-21, Alex Eastwood 2-25 and Tremain 2-48 tore through the Waitakere batting lineup and with the score at 140-9 the match looked to be in the bag. But a 47-run last wicket stand ➤SCOREBOARD Premier men Papatoetoe 355 (Arminder Sohal 141, Ollie Pringle 40, Nathan Hattingh 37, Logan Clark 33) bt Grafton United 345 (A Aujla 6/132) on first innings. Points: Suburbs New Lynn 132.32, Takapuna 126.12, East Coast Bays 122.66, Parnell 112.46, Papatoetoe 91.98, Birkenhead City 91.64, Grafton United 80.64, Howick Pakuranga 77.92. Draw: Papatoetoe v Parnell, Papatoetoe Recreation Grounds, Hunters Corner. February 8&15. Start: 11am. Premier women Papatoetoe (185 Wendy Horneman 50, Megan Tremain 22, Holly Huddleston 22, Arlene Kelly 17) lost to Waitakere City 187-9 (Sandee Hui 3-21, Alex Eastwood 2-25, Megan Tremain 2-48) by one wicket. Points: Cornwall 6, Takapuna 6, Waitakere 6, Eden Roskill 6, Auckland University 0, Papatoetoe 0. Draw: Papatoetoe v Cornwall, Papatoetoe Recreation Ground No 2. Date: February 8. Start: 11.30am. between Regina Lili’i 48 not out and Collette Scholtens 7 not out got the visitors over the line. Papatoetoe’s premier reserves face Grafton in round six of the their two-day championship starting at Victoria Park tomorrow. The side, who are ranked sixth in the eight-team competition, are coming off a 128-run loss to competition leaders East Coast Bays. Young touch teams dominate nationals By ALAN APTED The Counties Manukau under-11 and under-13 touch teams have set a benchmark for their province’s other representatives teams preparing for their respective national championships. The youngsters dominated the Northern IPS championship held in Rotorua over Anniversary Weekend and came home with five gold, five silver and three bronze medals. It’s a tally that will challenge Counties Manukau’s under-15 and under-17 teams who are preparing for their junior national championships in Papamoa starting on February 14. The success of the under-11s and under-13s was foreshadowed in a runaway win in the tri-series against Auckland and North Harbour last month. And as they were in the tri-series, the under-11s were untouchable in the IPS. They won all four divisions – the elite boys’, elite girls’, elite mixed and the boys’ development – and put Counties Manukau on the path to winning the championship. Counties Manukau touch develop- ment officer Guy Barton says the results were exceptional and augur well for the future. He says the success is a tribute to the players, the coaches and managers who’ve put considerable effort into preparing themselves. The under-13s weren’t as domi- nant as their 11-year-old teammates but they did make an impression nevertheless. The elite boys’ and girls’ were sec- ond in their division while the boys’ and girls’ black development teams were runners-up in theirs. The under-13 girls’ red develop- ment team and the under-13 boys’ red development teams were third. The under-9 mixed elite team won silver and the under-9 elite boys were third. Counties Manukau will defend their under-17 boys’ and under-17 mixed titles at the nationals. Both beat Auckland teams in last year’s final. And Counties Manukau under-15 girls are hoping to go one better than the silver they won last year when they lost to Auckland 3-2. Teams visit Here’s your chance to see all of your rugby NRL heroes in one place at the same time. All 16 NRL teams will take centre stage in Aotea Square on February 14, Valentines Day, at noon before competing in the Auckland Nines tournament at Eden Park over the following two days. The free Aotea Square event will include giveaways, competitions and performances from Auckland-based dance group the Royal Family – gold medallists at the 2013 World Hip-Hop Dance Championship. Rosebowl defeat Counties Manukau suffered a disappointing 62-run loss to Northland in their Fergus Hickey Rosebowl one-day match at Weymouth Oval last Sunday. Scoreboard: Northland 270 (Ash Vodnala 3-49, Daniel Power 3-48) bt Counties Manukau 208 (Daniel Power 40, Harley Jenkins 39) by 62 runs.
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