Another fee­ble North City ef­fort

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

Even the re­turn of Mark Gille­spie couldn’t save North City’s premier cricket team, who fell to their third con­sec­u­tive de­feat, this time against East­ern Sub­urbs at Kil­birnie Park, on Satur­day.

Gille­spie was pro­moted to open in the one-dayer against Easts, but lasted just four balls. Raj Chawla, at No 5, was the first to reach dou­ble fig­ures, mak­ing 14.

No 7 Daniel Rose got to 33, but there was pre­cious lit­tle other re­sis­tance and Norths were back in the shed hav­ing scored just 101 in 41.3 overs.

Skip­per Craig Shanks said they were on the back foot early – at one point they were 8-4 – and never re­cov­ered.

Easts strolled to vic­tory in 20 overs, with just two wick­ets down. Gille­spie took both wick­ets and went for 33 in his 10 overs.

‘‘Easts showed why they are the de­fend­ing champs – they’re a well- drilled unit,’’ Shanks said. ‘‘But it was a real off day for us.’’

The past three per­for­mances were well be­low par, he said.

‘‘You re­ally can’t fault the train­ing and the at­ti­tude, but some hard work needs to be done [in the mid­dle] be­fore shots are be­ing played.’’

Hav­ing Gille­spie among the Norths play­ers – he isn’t re­quired for the Fire­birds dur­ing their Twenty20 cam­paign – was a fil­lip, Shanks said.

English­man Matt Green, who will open the bat­ting for Norths, ar­rives this week and will be into the fir­ing line im­me­di­ately when Norths face pow­er­house Karori at Karori Park on Satur­day.

Tense mo­ment: Easts bats­man Ron­ald Karaitiana at­tempts to cut and North City wick­et­keeper Jor­dan McDer­mott waits to pounce.

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