Keri un­able to con­tain Yovich at­tack

The Northland Age - - Sport -

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.

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