No­mura brings gold to the ta­ble

Cockburn Gazette - - SPORT -

ONLY one rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Fre­man­tle re­cently com­peted in a na­tional ta­ble tennis com­pe­ti­tion, but that is all it took to win gold.

Nanako No­mura was the only mem­ber of the Fre­man­tle Ta­ble Tennis Club to com­pete in the Aus­tralian Open Vet­eran Ta­ble Tennis Cham­pi­onships held in Sydney re­cently.

Her over-60 mixed dou­bles part­ner is one of the big­gest Aus­tralian names in the sport, Paul Pinke­witch.

No­mura said she had never paired with Pinke­witch be­fore and they had to learn how to co-or­di­nate as they played.

“We won the semi-fi­nal against the 2015 win­ners 3-2 and in the fi­nal we won com­fort­ably against the win­ners in 2014 3-0,” she said. ROUND four of the South Metropoli­tan Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion started on Satur­day, with East Fre­man­tle and Cock­burn play­ing them­selves into strong po­si­tions.

Cock­burn started with the bat in their match against Bic­ton At­tadale and de­spite a few hic­cups, with seven bats­men scor­ing in sin­gle fig­ures, in­clud­ing two ducks, they scored a de­fend­able 218 runs.

Adam O’Neill dom­i­nated Bic­ton At­tadale’s at­tack, his 10 fours and 10 sixes help­ing him to 120 runs be­fore he was clean bowled.

With a small stint in the field be­fore the close of day’s play, Cock­burn’s bowlers were ruth­less, Troy Evans and Sa­jith Kodituwakk­u tak­ing a wicket each to leave their op­po­nents reel­ing at 2-8.

A huge six-wicket haul to Cal­lum Pilcher has helped put East Fre­man­tle in a win­ning po­si­tion against Ar­madale.

Ar­madale made 178 in the first in­nings, with Nick Si­ave and El­liott Lawrie do­ing the dam­age be­fore Pilcher cleaned up the tail.

East Fre­man­tle’s open­ers started their chase down strongly, scor­ing 0-41 be­fore stumps were called.

Phoenix’s game against Leem­ing Spar­tan is on a knife’s edge, with both teams fac­ing an up­hill bat­tle to win the game.

Win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat, Phoenix lost two quick wick­ets be­fore Paul Gib­son (26 runs) and Jewel Sharma (35) helped set­tle the mid­dle or­der.

A col­lapse in the lower or­der had them strug­gling to reach triple fig­ures, even­tu­ally crawl­ing to 104.

Leem­ing man­aged 2-27 be­fore the end of day’s play.

Nanako No­mura and part­ner Paul Pinke­witch won gold at the Aus­tralian Open Vet­eran Ta­ble Tennis Cham­pi­onship.

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