Keri se­niors fall short in run chase

The Northland Age - - Age Sport -

WRMK Kerik­eri 169 all out Du­racrete Prod­ucts City Re­serves 189/7

Kerik­eri un­able to con­tain the for­mi­da­ble City Re­serves in the North­land Cricket Re­serve Grade 40-over fi­nal at Cob­ham Oval on Sun­day.

Kerik­eri coach Low­ell Gundry felt it was a re­spectable ef­fort from his team against the form side of the com­pe­ti­tion; one led by vet­eran Joe Yovich, a for­mer first-class player with North­ern Dis­tricts.

“They [City] were prob­a­bly a bit too much for us,” Gundry said.

City were sit­ting on 135 with five overs to go only to pile on the runs dur­ing that last spell at bat. Best bowler for Kerik­eri was Akesh Deep with 3 for 32 off eight overs.

Kerik­eri made an ad­mirable ef­fort to chase down the fairly daunt­ing tar­get set but even­tu­ally lost their last wicket in the penul­ti­mate over. Stand­out with the bat was pint-sized Os­car Hart, who hit 40 runs off the City bowl­ing at­tack, a re­mark­able ef­fort against very ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­si­tion and par­tic­u­larly con­sid­er­ing he’s only 15.

Gundry said the Far North team still made the most of the op­por­tu­nity to play on the hal­lowed turf of Cob­ham Oval.

“Good chance for us to play on one of the big­gest grounds in New Zealand, nice grass wicket,” he said, adding the match was played in good spir­its.

WRMK Kerik­eri 219/9 (45.4) Kamo Re­serves 223/5 (36.1): On Satur­day, Kerik­eri — the only Far North team in­volved in the se­nior pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion — played the first of two games in two days, this one from round 2 of the Dec­la­ra­tion Cricket cham­pi­onship at Kerik­eri High School, also fin­ish­ing with a loss.

Gundry said the high­light was an­other good in­nings with the bat for the Hart young­ster, this time he hit 50.

At the other end of the spec­trum, one of the home­side bowlers was smacked for 28 off one over.

No other re­sults from other matches played on Satur­day were avail­able at edi­tion time.

■ This Satur­day sees the Kerik­eri se­niors play­ing their third home game in three weeks, host­ing the Kamo High 1st XI in round 3/7 of the Dec­la­ra­tion Cricket 50/40 com­pe­ti­tion.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

The WRMK Kerik­eri side at Cob­ham Oval for the North­land Re­serve Grade 40-Over fi­nal on Sun­day. From left, Tony Ed­wards (um­pire), Low­ell Gundry (coach), Alex Poore, Si­mon Hart, Kirish Pa­tel, Axel Shep­herd, Dun­can Rob­berts, Rob Drum­mond, Akash Deep, Max Hart, Os­car Hart, Richard His­lop, Luke Hal­li­gan and Jeff Ogle (um­pire).

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