Last sea­son’s losses still dog Taupo¯ Cricket Club

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News - Blaine Inch

Hav­ing started their Bay­wide sea­son with a com­mand­ing ninewicket win over Tau­ranga Boys Premiers ear­lier this month, GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ Cricket Club thought they had put the ghosts of last sea­son be­hind them. How­ever at Owen De­lany Park last Satur­day, those ghosts re­turned with a vengeance in the first home game of the sea­son.

Send­ing the Ro­torua Cen­tral In­di­ans into bat on a bowler­friendly pitch, the vis­i­tors started well. The con­sis­tent line and length of Taupo¯ seamer Will Perry got the break­through, knock­ing over Ro­torua opener Ryan Neves.

Young Taupo¯ seam bowler Nathan McNeish, 17, made his premier de­but and opened the bowl­ing in place of in­jured strike bowler Roger Ur­bahn. McNeish was sup­ported well by brother Josh who re­turned 2/17 from six overs.

Some sharp field­ing and tight bowl­ing from a young home team kept the vis­i­tors con­tained un­til a part­ner­ship of 55 be­tween North­ern Ma¯ori rep­re­sen­ta­tive Chris Tu­paea and UK pro­fes­sional Jake Rowe guided their team to a de­fend­able to­tal of 163.

Taupo¯ got off to a shaky start when off-sea­son UK re­cruit Michael Mitchell was stran­gled down the leg side by open­ing bowler Tu­paea. A re­silient 26 from open­ing bats­man Perry and a well­crafted 55 from UK re­cruit Ewan Wil­liams guided Taupo¯ to of 71/1 af­ter 20 overs. The wheels started to fall off as Perry was un­done by spin and Cap­tain Habib Ma­lik fol­lowed shortly af­ter. Ro­torua Cap­tain Stephen Ni­chols bowled well with a five-wicket bag and the home side was all out for just 114 in the 42nd over. The lo­cal lads knew it was their game to lose af­ter dom­i­nat­ing it. An away fix­ture against tu¯moetai Cadets at the ¯O Tau­ranga Do­main they look to bury the ghosts and give the home side a scare of their own.

Score: Ro­torua Cen­tral In­di­ans de­feated GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ CC by 49 runs.

Ro­torua Cen­tral In­di­ans 163 all out — Jake Rowe 34, Will Perry 3-46, Josh McNeish 2/17, Habib Ma­lik 2/15. GM Painters Lake Taupo¯ CC 114 all out — Ewan Wil­liams 55, Stephen Ni­chols 5/16.

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