North City stay bottom of the table
North City Cricket Club’s premier side were no match for Eastern Suburbs on Saturday, going down by nine wickets.
Norths are back at the top table of Wellington cricket after a season in the reserves, but have found the going tough.
The result against Easts, at Kilbirnie Park, leaves them bottom of the table after nine matches, with six losses and three abandoned matches due to bad weather.
Batting first on Saturday, the Linden-based side could only manage 141 in 42 overs.
Opener Chris Parr batted all the way through, finishing 48 not out. His opening partner Craig Shanks and first drop Matthew Carter managed 13 runs each, while Amandeep Singh scored a breezy 30 off 31 balls in the middle order.
But the rest of the batting order could only manage ducks or single digit scores, not leaving their bowlers much to defend.
In reply, Easts needed just 21.2 overs to coast to the target.
Although Stu Veitch (1-42 off seven overs) snared the wicket of Jeremy Dean for 14, James Price finished 98 not out.
Easts top the standings with 38 points, while Taita (29 points), Karori (26) and Johnsonville (25) round out the leaders.
There are two more rounds before the Christmas break.
Norths take on fellowstrugglers Upper Hutt at Barton Oval this Saturday, before concluding 2016 by playing Onslow at Nairnville Park on December 17. Both matches start at 11am.
The season resumes on January 14.
North City’s Craig Shanks takes evasive action at silly mid off as his side looked to defend 141.