Cricket starts in Dan­nevirke

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

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.

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