Team vic­tory for Norths

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

North City com­pleted a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over John­sonville on Satur­day to re­tain a per­fect record af­ter two games in Welling­ton club cricket’s Ha­zlett Tro­phy.

Although Norths fin­ished in the bot­tom half of the Pearce Cup com­pe­ti­tion, they are find­ing their rhythm in the sec­ond tier.

Af­ter a win over Easts re­serves, John­sonville were beaten at Alex Moore Park.

Norths made 303 in their first dig, with John­sonville re­sum­ing on 119/4 on Satur­day.

They were rolled for 170, with Dane Hutchin­son tak­ing 5-66.

En­forc­ing the fol­low- on, Hutchin­son took an­other four wick­ets, while Craig Shanks (2-52) and Rus­sell Pep­perell ( 3- 36) pro­vided ex­cel­lent sup­port. Pep­perell topped off a fine in­di­vid­ual game with 35 not out as he and Ryan White ( 31 not out) knocked off the re­quired 71 for the out­right win.

Norths chair­man Rod­ney Moore says the team has been hum­ming th­ese past four weeks.

‘‘[The last two games] have been great team vic­to­ries, ev­ery­one is do­ing their part.

‘‘They’re bat­ting well, hold­ing catches and Dane is bowl­ing great ar­eas, he’s a class player.

‘‘At the end of the day we didn’t want to be in the Ha­zlett Tro­phy, we lost games we should have won, but this is a rel­a­tively young team that is start­ing to see some great re­sults.

‘‘It bodes well for the rest of this sea­son and the next as well,’’ Mr Moore said.

Shanks for coming: Ex­pe­ri­enced North City bowler Craig Shanks took two wick­ets in each in­nings in the side’s win over John­sonville.

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