Keri unable to contain Yovich attack
WRMK Kerikeri 229/10 (40 overs) Duracrete Products City Reserves 235/8 (39.3)
The WRMK Kerikeri Cricket Club started off a new season of provincial cricket with a narrow loss to the City Reserves at Kerikeri High School in round 1 of the Northland Reserve Grade 40 Over Competition on Saturday afternoon.
Kerikeri player/ manager Lowell Gundry said he was still relatively pleased with the performance by the only Far North side in the competition (although Kerik High are likely to enter a team in to the Northland 1st Division — for school sides mostly — when that starts in the summer break).
The main difference between the two sides, Gundry said, was New Zealand A player Joseph Yovich, who did most of the damage, opening City’s batting order and going on to score 128 off 90 balls.
Standouts in the field for Kerikeri were Akesh Deep and Axel Shepherd (who got Yovich out); while notable with the bat were Luke Halligan 65, and Kirish Patel with 60-odd.
Gundry said the Kerikeri club was in good health for its third season in Northland competition with around 30 players registered. However, due to a combination of circumstances, only five players fronted for training last Thursday so a call went out to the local Indian community and 15 eventually turned up for Saturday’s season-opener.
Other results from round 1 were, home teams first, Kamo Reserves 82/9 losing Bream Bay 1st Team 184/9 (35 overs), Tikipunga Tiki Tigers 56/8 (25) losing to Kamo High School 57/2 (20.1), Whangarei Boys High School 2nd XI 167/8 (40) losing to Western Automotive Maungakaramea Reserves 298/7 (40), and Onerahi Reserves given the bye.
■ Round 2 of the 40 Over competition this Saturday has WRMK Kerikeri away at Kamo High School. Reserve Grade teams will also contest T20, one-day and 40/50 over titles this summer.