Bow­den shows style

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North City’s pre­mier cricket side fell ag­o­nis­ingly short of first in­nings points on Satur­day, with De­wayne Bow­den hit­ting a sparkling cen­tury.

Af­ter Naenae bat­ted first at Linden and knocked up 229, Bow­den was joined at the crease by No 11 Michael Hay­ward with North City still 76 short of the to­tal. As the Tawa-based side was sec­ond-bot­tom on the points ta­ble, se­cur­ing the first in­nings was cru­cial.

At a run-a-ball pace, Bow­den got Norths within six runs of Naenae’s to­tal be­fore hol­ing out in the deep in the last over of the day, out for 116. To put his dom­i­nance at the crease into per­spec­tive, Hay­ward did not con­trib­ute a run to their 70-run part­ner­ship.

North City skip­per Rus­sell Kyne says it was a fan­tas­tic knock and he’s hope­ful Naenae, a usu­ally ag­gres­sive team, will make a game of it on day two this Satur­day.

The new year hasn’t been kind to Norths, with rain ru­in­ing their chances in two matches – they racked up 300 against both Taita and Karori to put them­selves in ex­cel­lent po­si­tion – along with losses in their fi­nal T20 and one­day games.

Kyne says de­spite their pre­car­i­ous po­si­tion on the ta­ble, sit­ting four points ahead of Col­le­gians, they’re nowhere near panic sta­tions.

‘‘We’ve been play­ing well but the weather has killed us. There’s not much be­tween fourth [Onslow 36.93 points] and us [seventh, 28.79 points], but the next few weeks are re­ally go­ing to test us.’’

The Welling­ton Fire­birds start their four-day cam­paign shortly, mean­ing the po­ten­tial loss of Michael Pol­lard, Bow­den, Ili Tu­gaga, Joe Austin-Smel­lie and

De­wayne Bow­den gave Naenae’s bats­men the hurry-up more than once at Linden on Satur­day, but it was with the bat that he shone. Tipene Fri­day, de­pend­ing on who is se­lected.

Af­ter the Naenae

fix­ture, Norths wrap up their sum­mer against Easts, Hutt District and Onslow.

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