Karaka bowler in superb form
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)