Bowden shows style
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.