Pep­perell gives boost to North City

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Rus­sell Pep­perell showed his worth with bat and ball as North City notched their sec­ond win in three games in Wellington pre­mier cricket on Satur­day.

Pep­perell opened the bowl­ing against Wainuiomata on a slow and low Lin­den Park wicket af­ter the visi­tors won the toss.

He and Daniel Rose pro­duced a tight open­ing spell, con­ced­ing just a hand­ful of runs and tak­ing one wicket com­ing from the first eight overs.

Rose, who is still at Tawa Col­lege, took 1-24 from his 10 overs, and Pep­perell mir­rored those fig­ures.

Stu Veitch and Zac Rin­grose took three wick­ets apiece. Wainuiomata reached 200-9 in their 50 overs.

Pep­perell then scored 47 in an open­ing stand of 86 with Dun­can Moore to be­gin the North City chase strongly.

The in­nings was per­fectly paced – skip­per Raj Chawla made 46 and Moore fin­ished 82 not out and the tar­get was reached in 39.2 overs.

The re­sult earned North City a bonus point.

Chawla said it was their most com­plete team per­for­mance, es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing their stars, Wellington reps Michael Pol­lard and Dane Hutchi­son, were miss­ing from the North City lineup.

‘‘It was very pleas­ing,’’ Chawla said. ‘‘ We were con­fi­dent chas­ing those runs, but our bat­ting has let us down quite a bit this sea­son.

‘‘To­day ev­ery­thing went like we wanted it to. The boys all chipped in with wick­ets and then we bat­ted very well. We’re get­ting our act to­gether.’’

It has not been a great sea­son so far for North City. They were flogged in their first two T20 matches, against Onslow and Karori, and were then beaten in one-day­ers by Hutt Dis­tricts and Col­le­gians. They scored 115, 96, 67 and 109 in those four out­ings.

But against Nae­nae on Novem­ber 9, North City chased down 191, and then made 194 in a los­ing ef­fort against Taita on Novem­ber 16.

Satur­day’s vic­tory over Wainuiomata was all about con­fi­dence and may have helped them turn a cor­ner, Chawla said.

‘‘ We are re­build­ing at the mo­ment and we miss Polls [Pol­lard] and Dane, but we’ve shown what we can do with­out them.

‘‘ There are a lot of young play­ers like Daniel and Zac and they are learn­ing quickly. There is a lack of ex­pe­ri­ence, but we are build­ing good mo­men­tum.’’

North City face a stiff test against high- fly­ing East­ern Sub­urbs on Satur­day.

Photo: KRIS DANDO

Top ef­fort: North City’s Rus­sell Pep­perell pro­duced a tight spell of bowl­ing in roast­ing con­di­tions on Satur­day.

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