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.

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