Karaka bowler in su­perb form

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Karaka medium pacer, Kurt Mc­Don­ald has added to his re­cent bowl­ing feats with another re­mark­able per­for­mance.

One game and three weeks af­ter tak­ing an un­heard of 6-0 against United, the 28-year-old car­pet layer took 5-3 against Pa­pakura on day one of their two day match against Pa­pakura at Karaka Sports Park last Satur­day.

And if that wasn’t re­mark­able enough, the haul in­cluded a hat-trick.

Mc­Don­ald, a Pa­p­a­toe­toe premier player be­fore swap­ping dis­tricts, has no ex­pla­na­tion for his new­found lethal­ity.

‘‘I don’t know re­ally. I bowled line and length and let the rest take care of it­self. I think it was poor bat­ting rather than bril­liant bowl­ing be­cause the pitch was pretty good and the ball wasn’t swing­ing at all.’’

Thirty wick­ets fell for 240 runs on the day.

Mc­Don­ald’s pur­ple patch has has him in con­tention for the most premier wick­ets taken this sea­son and the best bowl­ing av­er­age to boot.

He has 16 scalps in just six in­nings. Eleven of those cost just three runs.

The fig­ures of the gen­tle medium pacer has Coun­ties Manukau Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Gill scratch­ing his head.

‘‘He’s go­ing to re­write Karaka’s bowl­ing hon­ours board. I don’t know how he does it. It’s def­i­nitely not his pace.’’

Club mate Jar­rod Monk­ley who bowled out the en­tire United team in a Se­nior A game ear­lier this month for match fig­ures of 15-31 is Mc­Don­ald’s only ri­val.

Sec­ond placed Karaka, with all wick­ets in­tact, need just 31 runs for an out­right win when play re­sumes Satur­day.

Com­pe­ti­tion leader Pukekohe-Metro and third placed Manukau will be chas­ing max­i­mum points as well.

Pukekohe-Metro have United at their mercy at Mount­fort Park. The home side are 46-6 in their sec­ond in­nings, still 29 runs in ar­rears.

The high­light the Pukekohe-Metro’s first in­nings of 202-2 de­clared was Jono Keen’s un­beaten 105 and Barry Rhodes 56 who took 3-16 in United’s first in­nings.

Manukau, lead Waiuku thanks to Jar­rod Hal­l­i­day’s 5-17 and Cullen Hal­l­i­day’s 3-12 and telling con­tri­bu­tions from cap­tain Ash Her­wels 70, San­deep Pa­tel 62 and an un­beaten half century from Le-Shur Ver­meulen. Waiuku of is 116-5 in their sec­ond in­nings, still 75 runs be­hind. SCORE­BOARD Pa­pakura 60 (Cameron Jer­ram 18. David Simp­son 5-13, Vic­tor Davies 4-19 ) and 75 (Shane Gads­don 22. Kurt Mc­Don­ald 5-3 - in­clud­ing a hat trick) play­ing Karaka 105 ( Vic­tor Davies 29. Ryan Phiza­ck­er­ley 5-35, Vaughan Blan­chard 4-23)

United 127 (Cal­lum Jude 39, Ter­rence Brookes 33. Reid So­mani 5-24, Barry Rhodes 3-16) and 46-6 (Jono Lawrence 22) trail Pukekohe-Metro 202-2 dec (Jono Keen 105 n/o, Barry Rhodes 56)

Waiuku 88(Terry Yorke 32. Jar­rod Hal­l­i­day 5-17, Cullen Hal­l­i­day 3-12) and 116-5 (Haseeb Ashraf 26, Shaun Lovett 26. Le- Shur Ver­meulen 2-28) trail Manukau 279-6 dec (Ash Her­wels 70, San­deep Pa­tel 62, Le-Shur Ver­meulen 50 n/o, Macken­zie Buchan 5-70)

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