Cricket starts in Dannevirke
Dannevirke cricket got underway on Saturday at the Dannevirke Domain when the Dannevirke Sports Club 2nd XI played Wanderers from Palmerston North in a 40-over match.
This season with no high school 1st XI playing, the Dannevirke Sports Club has swelled in cricketers, a squad of 30 justifying two sides.
The seconds are made up of experienced cricketers like Gordon Kuggeleijn and Bruce Hooper-Smith, recent school leavers like Brianna Ingram and current DHS students.
The team plays in the P3 Manawatu¯ Grade and had the misfortune to encounter last year’s winners of the grade Wanderers first up.
Batting first Dannevirke was soon in trouble, losing its first three wickets for 21 runs but it batted through to make 63 all out in the 34th over. Wanderers replied passing the total for one wicket in the 13th over.
The senior Sports Club side in the P2 competition was set to play two twenty/20 games in Palmerston North and chasing 90 to win in the first match rain intervened, and Dannevirke lost in the Duckworth-Lewis, despite seeming to be well placed.
The 2nd XI game was vital match practice for Gordon and Bruce who both head to Sydney representing NZ Over 60s in the Interstate competition on November 10. This is their third year playing in the NZ second side.
Three other ex-Dannevirke players — Gavin and Ewen Chatfield and Michael Mehaffey — are in the first team.
Dannevirke High School has lost most of its 1st XI as seniors have left, but it fields a team in the Manawatu¯ on the Wednesday afternoon eight-aside competition.
Brianna Ingram looked in control at the crease.
Bruce Hooper-Smith guides a ball behind point.