Depleted North City wide of the mark against Hutt
North City’s premier cricket side were the architects of their own demise in their crucial one-day fixture with Hutt District on Saturday.
Bowling first, North City’s bowlers gifted their opponents 52 runs in wides, as Hutt scored 225-8. In reply, North City succumbed at 208, with Russell Pepperell notching up 89.
‘‘Those wides really killed us, it was like bowling an extra seven or eight overs,’’ said skipper Russell Kyne, who missed the game through injury.
The loss has North City fourth in the table on 19 points, behind Karori (30), Taita (24) and Easts (23). They tackle Onslow in their last one-dayer on January 8 and now need other results to go their way to force their way into the final.
Without stars Michael Pollard, Joe Austin-Smellie and Dewayne Bowden, all part of the Twenty20 round for Wellington, North City nevertheless had Mark Gillespie at their disposal.
Kyne says it was pleasing to see the fast bowler get through 10 overs and he could feature again this season.
‘‘To have an opening bowling attack of Mark and Ili [Tugaga] on a decent deck should be really good for us,’’ Kyne said.
North City can still finish 2010 on a high as the team plays lowly Collegians in the first two-dayer of the season, at Linden over the next two Saturdays.