Mud­dled start to sea­son for Norths


A record of played six, lost three, with three aban­doned matches makes ugly read­ing for the start of North City Cricket Club’s premier cam­paign.

But newly in­stalled skip­per Jay­den Rose-Miles said there was a sil­ver lining to the days where there was a lot of sit­ting around watch­ing the rain.

‘‘This is a pretty new team and it [rain de­lays] gives us a chance to get to know each other a bit bet­ter,’’ he said.

The open­ing round on Oc­to­ber 15 was lost due to bad weather, with Norths get­ting their sea­son un­der way a week later, losing to Vic­to­ria Univer­sity.

Ben Jansen top scored with 37 as the home side made 173 at Lin­den Park. Al­though Hamish Kyne took 3-35, Univer­sity rolled to the tar­get in 38 overs.

Af­ter an­other aban­don­ment on Oc­to­ber 29 against Nae­nae, a heavy loss fol­lowed against Hutt District at Te Whiti Park on Novem­ber 5.

‘‘We didn’t play that badly, but one of their bats­men got away on us [Troy John­son, who scored 144] and we ran out of steam,’’ RoseMiles said.

Hutt District scored 287/8 (Kyne with 4-31) but North City were dis­missed for 93 in re­turn.

Norths’ mid­dle or­der bats­man Matthew Carter, who is prov­ing an ex­cel­lent re­cruit so far, top scored with 45.

The Novem­ber 12 match against Karori was rained off and on Novem­ber 19, Norths lost a winnable match against Pe­tone- East­bourne at Ngati­toa Do­main.

Pe­tone-East­bourne got 197, with An­drew Pol­lock (4-35) and Bren­dan Small­bone (3-36) bowl­ing well.

Chas­ing, Norths paced it well, at one point 150-5, but crum­bled to 180 all out.

Pol­lard scored 59, Aman­deep Singh 37 and Carter 32.

Rose-Miles was con­fi­dent a good run of form was just around the cor­ner.

‘‘It’s been frus­trat­ing to start the sea­son like this, con­sid­er­ing we were roar­ing along in pre­sea­son, but the cul­ture and spirit in the team is good, with a good mix of young play­ers and a few older heads.

‘‘The Uni and Pe­tone re­sults could have gone our way on an­other day, and I’m sure once we get into reg­u­lar play, the wins will come.

‘‘We need to get some bat­ting part­ner­ships to­gether and we’ll be right up there.’’


An­drew Pol­lock in ac­tion for North City against Hutt District on Novem­ber 5.

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