Tawa in the top spot

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Tawa Col­lege’s 1st XI cricket side will be fly­ing the flag for the Porirua basin when they bat­tle for a Gil­lette Cup spot against the best in Welling­ton from this week­end.

On Satur­day Tawa con­vinc­ingly over­came Aotea Col­lege to se­cure sec­ond spot in Premier 2 and thus qual­ify for the Gil­lette qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment at Karori Park.

Bat­ting first, Aotea were rolled for 110, with No 11 Corey Saun­ders top-scor­ing with 18 not out. Aotea re­cov­ered some­what from 67/8 and were helped by Tawa’s 26 wides.

Daniel Rose was the star with the ball, tak­ing 5-23 from his 10 overs, while Bounty Se­nadeera nabbed 3-19 and James Everett 2-21.

Tawa knocked off the runs in 29 overs, for the loss of one wicket, with Conal Mckie (44 not out) and Yatesh Maisu­rua ( 36 not out) cruis­ing home.

Tawa man­ager Suresh Se­nadeera says they will be ranked eighth of the eight teams at Karori Park – with Welling­ton Col­lege, Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys School and St Pat’s Town in their pool – but will ap­proach the tour­na­ment with con­fi­dence.

‘‘The win over Aotea was com­pre­hen­sive and we have wick­et­tak­ers, a good bat­ting or­der and def­i­nite match- win­ners in our team. They will be prac­tis­ing hard [this] week and who knows what will hap­pen?’’

A white ball and pow­er­plays are two things Tawa will need to adapt to quickly if they are to com­pete, Se­nadeera says.

Aotea’s man­ager Richard Clark­son says they have been happy with their sea­son’s ef­fort, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing they had been pro­moted from Premier 3 and had lost sev­eral ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers from last year.

Mean­while, in Pearce Cup play, North City se­cured a win on first in­nings over league-lead­ers Karori at the com­ple­tion of their two­dayer at Lin­den. Af­ter scor­ing 314 (Nick Wal­ters 96, Ben Jansen 51) and re­strict­ing Karori to 249/9, Norths made 183/ 8 de­clared. Karori fin­ished 13 runs short of their tar­get at stumps on day two.

The re­sult, which comes af­ter Norths’ de­feat of Onslow on first in­nings in the pre­vi­ous round, has se­cured them a safe fifth po­si­tion in the ta­ble, with one match re­main­ing.

Hit­ting out: Tawa Col­lege’s Bounty Se­nadeera re­turned the ex­cel­lent fig­ures of 3-19 against Aotea Col­lege, even if bats­man Corey Saun­ders did smash a few boundaries off him.

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