San­son’s pur­ple patch con­tin­ues

Horowhenua Chronicle - - SPORT - By CHAD LAW Com­mu­nity and Path­way co­or­di­na­tor Horowhenua Kapiti Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion

Levin Old Boys and Horowhenua Ka¯ piti rep­re­sen­ta­tive open­ing bats­man Dion San­son con­tin­ued his bril­liant form to lead his side to vic­tory over Wer­aroa Cricket Club on the newly laid block at Don­nelly Park over the week­end.

Bat­ting first Levin Old Boys scored an im­pos­ing 271 all out off 49.5 overs, with San­son’s 106 the corner­stone of the in­nings. Fac­ing 118 balls in a beau­ti­fully paced knock, San­son was three balls short of car­ry­ing his bat as he en­sured Wer­aroa CC would have a size­able to­tal to chase. He found sup­port from Bai­ley Te Tomo who scored a typ­i­cally high qual­ity 50 whilst Kee­gan MacLach­lan (21) and Liam Pin­fold (16 off 9 balls) chipped in to push the to­tal be­yond 250.

English­man Henry Dob­son was the pick of the White Heron’s at­tack claim­ing 4-44. In re­sponse Wer­aroa were off to a flyer cour­tesy of player coach Matthew Good and young U17s player Blake De Burgh. An out­stand­ing part­ner­ship of 60 for the first wicket was bro­ken by Liam Pin­fold as De Burgh de­parted for a very promis­ing 27 show­ing he is a player to watch.

Dob­son ar­rived at the crease and con­tin­ued the good work com­bin­ing with Good to push the to­tal to 95 be­fore Good’s de­par­ture for 47 gave the Levin Old Boys out­fit the open­ing they had been look­ing for. With the ask­ing rate be­ing de­mand­ing and runs hard to come by at times, reg­u­lar wick­ets be­gan to fall and Dob­son’s un­timely dis­missal for 51 meant that Wer­aroa were fall­ing be­hind.

Carl Trask hit 22 de­spite be­ing ham­pered by in­jury but it was to no avail as Levin Old Boys were able to wrap up the in­nings and end Wer­aroa’s in­nings on 222 to record a 49-run win. Ja­cob O’Brien bowled well for his 3-15 off 5 while Liam Pin­fold showed he is mak­ing his way back to the form that saw him play for CD U17s, tak­ing 2-22 off 7.

Down South in an­other lo­cal derby the Life Mem­bers Cup was up for grabs be­tween Ka¯ piti Old Boys CC and Para­pa­raumu CC at the Para­pa­raumu Do­main.

Ka¯ piti Old Boys went about set­ting a to­tal and it was Marty Har­ri­son who led the way scor­ing a typ­i­cally ag­gres­sive 79 off only 51 balls at the top of the in­nings in a knock that fea­tured three 6s and nine 4s.

Un­for­tu­nately for Har­ri­son and KOB sup­port was hard to come by and Jay­den Rose Miles’ 16 and Carter An­drews’ 15 were the next best ef­forts as their side limped to 155 all out. Nigel Har­vey was the pick of the PCC at­tack tak­ing 4-22 off 9 in­clud­ing the wicket of Har­ri­son to en­sure KOB were re­stricted to less than they would have liked.

In re­sponse PCC were com­fort­able in their run chase as they cruised to 159-2 with Jake Ross bat­ting through the in­nings to score 47* in guid­ing his side to vic­tory. He was well sup­ported by Ajay Ku­mar’s 44 and By­ron Gill’s 44 as the KOB at­tack strug­gled to make the in­roads they needed to take the Life Mem­bers Cup back from PCC.

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