Lit­tle re­ward from long day

The Northland Age - - Sport -

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.

Big week­end

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.

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