Rhodes wins great player’s points race

Franklin County News - - SPORT - ALAN APTED

Top-order bats­man Barry Rhodes of Pukekohe-Metro has been Coun­ties Manukau club cricket’s best player this sea­son.

The 31-year-old South African fin­ished first in the player points race, a com­pe­ti­tion that awards points for runs scored, the num­ber of 50s and 100s made, wick­ets taken, the num­ber of five and 10 wicket bags cap­tured, catches taken and stump­ings made.

It was a late surge by Rhodes who was ly­ing third, 51 points be­hind Henry Gib­son (Pa­pakura) and 28 be­hind third-placed Luke Wil­liamson (Manukau) in the fi­nal weeks of the one-day cham­pi­onship for the Duthie Cup.

Rhodes can thank his 114 against Waiuku in the sec­ond last round that got him home. It took his tally of runs to 440.

Coun­ties Manukau Cricket chief ex­ec­u­tive Trevor Gill says the un­usu­ally wet sum­mer and an en­forced bye in the five-team two­day cham­pi­onship skewed this sea­son’s point race. ‘‘Coun­ties Manukau rep­re­sen­ta­tive play­ers were only in­volved in Satur­day cricket for – wait for it - just nine Satur­days.’’

Barry Rhodes (Pukeko­heMetro): 655 points: runs: 440; 50s 1; 100s 2; wick­ets: 3; catches: 3. Henry Gib­son (Pa­pakura): 647; runs: 107; wick­ets: 24; catches: 6. Ben Reece (Pukekohe-Metro): 643; runs: 213; 50s: 2; wick­ets: 14: five wick­ets: 1; catches: 5. Luke Wil­liamson (Manukau): 614; runs: 404; 50s: 2; 100s: 2; catches 2. Dhru­vit Pa­tel (Manukau): 568; runs: 233; 50s: 3; wick­ets: 11. catches: 2. Richard Faust (Pa­pakura): 506; runs: 386; 50s: 2; 100s: 1; catches: 2. Matthew Cole (Karaka): 496; runs: 261; 50s: 3; catches: 10; stump­ings: 6. Vaughan Blan­chard (Pa­pakura): 489; runs 129; wick­ets: 16; catches: 4. Sam Huri­wai (Karaka): 461; runs: 166; 50s: 1; wick­ets: 10; five wick­ets: 1; catches: 2. Richard Crosby (Waiuku): 448; runs 18; wick­ets: 19; five wick­ets: 1.

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