North Shore Times : February 1st 2013
121 partnership brings Bays back into game CLUB CRICKET Despite a shaky start to their game with Ellerslie at Windsor Park, East Coast Bays were able to comfort- ably wrap up the top spot in the white section with a semifinal berth in the Jeff Crowe Cup now beckoning. Batting first, Bays slum- ped to 114/7, but then Nick White and Chris Martin hit back for Bays with a part- nership worth 121 for the eighth wicket in just 17 overs. White struck nine bound- aries before being dismissed for 71 while Auckland under- 19 rep Martin scored his 66 at better than a run-a-ball before he fell to the final delivery of the innings with his side in a much healthier position after posting 253. Martin was then back in the action with the ball, claiming two early wickets as Ellerslie were 47/5. The visitors couldn t get to within 100 runs of the target as Bays skipper Brad Schmulian picked up 3/27 and Ellerslie were all out for 144. The victory was Bays sixth from seven group matches. They re the only side to have reached that fig- ure this season and the bye they have received from finishing top of the group will come as a welcome break to Schmulian s team. In a repeat of last season s Jeff Crowe Cup final Taka- puna once again came out on top against Suburbs New Lynn at Onewa Domain. Going into the game both sides knew a victory would see them through to the finals while the loser would then need to wait and see if results in other matches had gone in their favour. Suburbs batted first and looked to be in trouble at 26/2, but a 100 run partner- ship for the third wicket got the innings back on track and helped the visitors to post a total of 218/8. Takapuna were cruising in the run chase at 146/3 with Tony Manning (39), Daniel Ter Braak (36) and Jono Sole (33) showing good form, before Suburbs struck back taking three wickets for just five runs. Home skipper Blake Douglas then went on the counter attack striking an unbeaten 35 from just 33 balls to lead his side home with three wickets to spare. The victory ensured Taka- puna qualified for the finals by finishing second in the white section. Takapuna will now face Auckland University in the qualification round with the winners advancing to the semifinals on February 17. North Shore s one-day campaign is over following a 10 wicket loss to Parnell at Devonport Domain. Shore were in trouble from the off as their batting crum- bled. Michael Ravlic claimed two wickets with consecutive deliveries in the first over of the day and things didn t get much better for the hosts as they fell to 40/7 and 53/8. Number nine Carl Brungar was the only bats- man to show much resist- ance and his unbeaten 31 was largely responsible for lifting his side to a total of 87, the innings ending inside 31 overs. Parnell secured the victory in just nine overs. Birkenhead City fell 59 runs short of a win against Grafton United at Birken- head War Memorial Ground, a loss which ended their par- ticipation in the one-day comeptition. The visitors batted first and reached a total of 245/6. Guy Coleman then got Grafton off to the perfect start with the ball removing Birkenhead opener Rob McConnochie with the second delivery of the innings. Grafton s Jono Roberts then picked up the next four wickets, to become only the third bowler to reach 40 vic- tims for the season. Four other Grafton bowl- ers got stuck in to go 137/9 with Allan Plant fighting a lone hand for his side. Number 11 Rutvik Botadra then gave Plant room to growas the keeper batsman brought up his first half century of the season. But the brave rearguard action was ended when Plant, just 13 runs shy of a century, became Grafton coach Grant Thorpe s second victim as Birkenhead s innings ended on 186. Unique martial art team aim for Japan It takes a lot of odd jobs to get to the Shorinji Kempo s headquarters when you are from the North Shore. Shorinji Kempo New Zealand is taking a contin- gent to the Shorinji Kempo International Event in Osaka, Japan, this year for a 14-day trip which includes a stop at the headquarters of this martial art in Tadotsu, Kagawa. The North Shore branch will need to raise up to $50,000 towards the cost of the trip. Those participating in the trip will include four recently awarded black belts, which includes the youngest black belt in New Zealand for Shorinji Kempo, Lucas Carrascosa. North Shore branch mas- ter Darren Louie last led a group to Japan in 2005 and is looking forward to the trip in August because most of the students looking to attend have not been to Japan before. As Shorinji Kempo is a not for profit organisation there is no pay for instructors or assistants and black belts take on strong leadership roles. Shorinji Kempo will be showcasing the martial art at the Lantern Festival in Albert Park later this month and then at Japan Day at the Auckland Showgrounds on February 24 where they hope to do more fundraising. The club is looking for opportunities to fundraise or receive sponsorship. Contact Darren Louie on 021868272 or darrenandrachel@xtra. co.nz if you can assist with uniforms, working bee opportunities, raffle ticket prizes or sponsorship. Classic swim win Top swim: Takapuna's Ian Gunthorp, 66, won his age group at the Capital Classic swim in Wellington. He completed the 3.3km long swim with a time of 54 minutes and 12 seconds to be the first homeinthe65to69age group. More than 1000 swimmers took part in the event, which was the third in the six swim State NZ Ocean Swim Series. Go to oceanswim.co.nz to find out more. Cote get tough win By TREVOR ROWSE Influential player: Northcote's Brad Rona, left, was named MVP of the Vic Guth Memorial series. Photo: BEN CAMPBELL Northcote s international star Brad Rona may have provided plenty of inspi- ration for his team moving through the gruelling sched- ule on their way to winning the Vic Guth Memorial series at Fowlds Park on the weekend but it was total teamwork that took them all the way. Black Sox player Rona squad f was the most valu- able player of the series after leading the home runs and runs batted in statistics, as well as pitching and fielding in top style. Northcote has come close in the past but this was the club s first win. Veteran Dean Wallace often played his part, especially in the final against the powerful Wai- takere Bears side. He leaned over the fence to retire a key batter when Bears threatened to take the lead. Later he used his skill to place a short hit to set up Morgan Timoti-Cook for a hit before Rona applied the finishing touch to the 4-1 win by hitting high over the fence. Credit is also due to guest pitcher Penese Iosefu, from Christchurch, who pitched so well as Northcote had to play three consecutive games on the last day to come out of the loser s bracket when a loss meant sudden death. Duane Jerard, affection- ately known as Monster, also hit many runs home and should be a star in the Samoa team in the upcoming world series at Rosedale Park. Northcote trail national champion Auckland United by one game in the Auckland club series, with three games to play, and will meet the powerful Ramblers side at Mt Albert on Saturday. Ramblers cannot take the minor title but could ruin Northcote s chances.
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