De­pleted North City wide of the mark against Hutt

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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