Little reward from long day
WRMK Kerikeri vs Bream Bay RAINED OFF.
Bream Bay forced Kerikeri to settle for a share of the points in a drawn-out affair from the opening round of the Northland Reserve Grade Declaration Cricket competition at Kerikeri High School on Saturday afternoon.
The match began just after 1pm in overcast conditions with the odd spit of rain, which provided welcome relief from the heatwave the province had been sweltering under over previous days. The skies slowly grew darker and light drizzle which formed late afternoon became more consistent, with the match rained off just before 7pm.
Kerikeri batted first and declared after reaching 240 for the loss of six wickets at the 45th over. Standouts were Rob Drummond, who made 50, followed by Luke Halligan 28, with the rest chipping in figures around the 20-mark.
A clever Bream Bay then went about staving off what the inevitable end by making 128/8 (off 32 overs) — with seven of those wickets alone claimed by fast bowler Axel Shepherd for 28 runs — before match had to be called off.
With a rueful grin after comparing the two scores, Kerikeri manager Lowell Gundry felt the visitors may have been let off the hook a tad.
Other results from round 1/7 of the Declaration Cricket championship on Saturday saw Onerahi Central 25/10 (17.3 overs) totally crushed by Maungakaramea Reserves 214/9 (37), Kamo 150/10 (47) losing to City Reserves 153/4 (32), while the result from the Kamo High 1st XI vs WBHS 2nd XI match was still to be confirmed at edition time.
This weekend sees WRMK Kerikeri playing twice. The Far North side host Kamo Reserves on Saturday in round 2 of the Declaration Cricket championship, then travel to meet the formidable City Products — led by veteran Joe Yovich (a former first-class player with Northern Districts) — at Cobham Oval on Sunday where the two sides face off for the provincial 40-over title.
The latter game is already being regarded as one of the biggest in the history of the summer game in the Bay of Islands.