Ravin­dra con­tin­ues dream run with­bat


‘‘Ravin­dra also took some key Karori wick­ets with his lef­t­arm spin.’’

Young all­rounder Rachin Ravin­dra’s fly­ing start to the new cricket sea­son con­tin­ued with a cen­tury for Hutt Dis­trict as they beat Karori in an­other Ben Burn Park run­fest.

Thanks to Ravin­dra’s 106 off 96 balls, and a blaz­ing 114 off 56 by vet­eran Deepak Joon, Hutt plun­dered 381-7 on the postage stamp Karori ground in round three of the Ewen Chat­field Tro­phy 50-over com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day.

That proved too much for a star-stud­ded Karori who were bowled out for 335, as Hutt cel­e­brated a 46-run vic­tory on the ar­ti­fi­cial turf.

Ravin­dra, 18 this month, backed up his cen­tury in the Welling­ton qual­i­fier for the na­tional se­condary schools fi­nals a week ear­lier, hav­ing scored 118 for Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys’ School in their 158-run win over Welling­ton Col­lege.

He added 139 for the sec­ond wicket with Troy John­son (70 off 84) be­fore for­mer Fire­bird Joon strode out at No 5 and blasted eight sixes be­fore he was dis­missed in the fi­nal over.

A one-time New Zealand Un­der-19 cap­tain at age 16, at the 2016 world tour­na­ment in Bangladesh, Ravin­dra also took some key Karori wick­ets with his left-arm spin, re­mov­ing Peter Younghus­band for 54 and Sam Noster for 19 in a nine-over spell of 2-63.

Fresh from a Plun­ket Shield cen­tury, Stephen Mur­doch hit 82 off 50 and Jono Sole top­scored with 84 off 51 in Karori’s chase but wick­ets kept tum­bling as open­ing bowler Ben Sk­il­ton fin­ished with bizarre fig­ures of 5-80 off 8.3 overs.

Onslow lead af­ter their third suc­ces­sive bonus point win, by 116 runs over Col­le­gians at Ad­ven­ture Park. A 135-run open­ing stand be­tween Sean O’Con­nor (58) and An­drew Fletcher (93) helped Onslow to 262-9, with Shreyas De­bur pick­ing up 4-53 late in the in­nings. Dan Rose con­tin­ued his strong form with the ball for Onslow, pick­ing up 3-42.

Sec­ond-placed Easts also had a big win, by 125 runs over Taita at Kil­birnie Park. Aided by an in­jury to Taita cap­tain Mark Houghton, who de­parted in the 10th over and didn’t re­turn, the hosts put on 309-9 thanks to 107 from Ben Or­ton and half­cen­turies from Fraser Col­son (61) and James Price (66).

With­out Houghton, Taita were dis­missed for 184 with Sri Kr­ish­na­murthy’s 50 the top­score. Ricky Joseph took 3-34 while Jamie Gib­son took 2-37 in­clud­ing the prized scalp of Fire­birds all­rounder Lo­gan van Beek.

John­sonville skit­tled Univer­sity for just 108 on the way to a nine-wicket vic­tory at Ngati­toa Do­main. Swing bowler Zac Rin­grose led the way with 4-21 and re­turn­ing Fire­birds spin­ner Luke Wood­cock chipped in with 3-6 off five, be­fore Rakitha Weera­sun­dara (53 not out) en­sured a com­fort­able bonus point vic­tory.

At Slad­den Park, Up­per Hutt clung on by 14 runs over Pe­toneEast­bourne af­ter scor­ing 239-9. Tyler Simp­son and Bhavik Pa­tel both picked up three wick­ets for Up­per Hutt as they dis­missed Pe­tone for 225.

North City had their first win of the sea­son over bot­tom-placed Nae­nae Old Boys, af­ter skit­tling them for 204. They made hard work of the chase be­fore se­cur­ing a four-wicket win, thanks to Chris Parr’s in­nings of 58. For Nae­nae, Ciaran Har­g­reaves picked up 4-43.

AT A GLANCE Ewen Chat­field Tro­phy re­sults:

Onslow 262-9 beat Col­le­gians 146, Eastern Sub­urbs 309-9 beat Taita 184-9, Univer­sity 108 lost to John­sonville 112-1, Hutt Dis­trict 381-7 beat Karori 335, Up­per Hutt 239-9 beat Pe­tone-East­bourne 225, Nae­nae 204 lost to North City 206-6.

Points af­ter three rounds:

Onslow 15, Easts 14, Karori 10, John­sonville 10, Hutt Dis­trict 8, Univer­sity 5, Col­le­gians 5, North City 5, Pe­tone-East­bourne 4, Up­per Hutt 4, Taita 4, Nae­nae 0.


Hutt In­ter­na­tional Boys’ School star Rachin Ravin­dra had a mem­o­rable week with the bat, capped by 106 for Hutt Dis­trict in their win over Karori.

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