North Shore Times : January 21st 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 21, 2014 35 Last chance to grab one-day spots East Coast Bays and Takapuna have guaranteed themselves a place in the last eight of the one-day competition and Monday is the last chance for other teams to claim a place alongside them. Takapuna’s 84 run victory over Waitakere City at Te Atatu Park not only qualified the club for the play-offs with a game to spare, but should they lose their quarter-final match they will receive a second chance to progress, having secured a spot in the top two. Batting first, Takapuna amassed 294 on the back of a top performance from Auckland Aces batsman star Craig Cachopa, who struck four sixes in a 52 ball 73, while Blake Douglas also cracked a half century at better than a run a ball. Half centuries from CLUBCRICKET Hayden Pye-Redfern and Aaron Jeavons helped Waitakere climb to 166/2 inside 34 overs, but Andy Cowell and Ryan Scivier then combined to take six wickets as the home team collapsed as their last eight wickets fell for the addition of just 44 more runs. East Coast Bays also claimed a top two finish in the Blue Section after a comfortable victory over Grafton United at Victoria Park. The hosts batted first and once again had Englishman Alan Burton (58) in excellent form as the Jeff Crowe Cup’s leading run scorer passed 50 for the fourth time in six one-day innings this summer. Burton lacked support, however, as Grafton slid from 65/2 to 129 all out, with Stuart Lipshaw, Brad Schmulian and Richard Lane claiming two wickets apiece. Bays coasted to 75/0 in the run chase before Australian Darren Dempsey was dismissed for 53. Despite losing three more quick wickets the result was never in doubt as Tom Cullen carried his bat for an unbeaten 33 to help the visitors clinch a sixwicket success. North Shore captain Josh Tasman-Jones carried his bat for an unbeaten 134 to help his side secure victory in a high scoring encounter against Ellerslie at Devonport Domain. Tasman-Jones’ side were in early trouble when they fell to 27/2 batting first, but the skipper combined with Blair Parlane (72) for a 157-run third wicket part- nership. When Parlane was dismissed Tasman-Jones kicked on, striking three sixes and six fours as Shore posted a challenging total of 266/5. Despite the size of the tar- get, Ellerslie appeared to be bang on target when they replied as Matthew Drum and Stephen Venville took the score to 182/1. However the game turned on its head in a dramatic 39th over from Tim Duncraft. Duncraft dismissed Drum for 107 with the first ball of the over and then trapped Matthew Wall lbw with the very next delivery. Things then deteriorated further for Ellerslie as Venville (49) became the third victim of Duncraft in the same sensational over. In the space of six balls the visitors went from control- ling the game to chasing it, and Shore did not relinquish their new found advantage as Duncraft ripped through the middle order to finish with figures of 6/37. As a result of the collapse Ellerslie fell 23 runs short of their target. The victory lifted Shore into third position on the Blue Section ladder and should they win their final group match against Howick Pakuranga on Monday they will be guaranteed a place in the last eight. Birkenhead City are the only Shore club out of finals contention after the latest round of one-day action. Centuries for Cornwall openers Michael GuptillBunce and Michael Thornely led Cornwall to a comprehensive victory over Birkenhead at War Memorial Park. Guptill-Bunce and Thornely shared an imposing 221-run opening stand. Guptill-Bunce eventually became the first man to go, but not before he reached 112 from just 103 deliveries. Thornely clubbed two sixes along with seven fours in his knock of 105. When Tazz Satti (3/54) dismissed the opening pair it started a collapse which saw the visitors lose seven wickets for just 28 runs and it took a counter attacking 41 from Teja Nidamanuru, who scored his runs from just 26 balls, to get Cornwall beyond the 300 mark. Despite the fightback with the ball, Birkenhead were never in the hunt. Youngster Ullrich Boshoff showed his potential when top scoring with 32, but four wickets for Fraser Driver ensured a 197 run victory for the visitors. Successful leader has broad range of talents CAPTAIN’SCHAT The North Shore Times will get the inside word from captains of different Shore sports teams in a regular series. To kick off the series sports reporter Felicity Reid chats with North Shore Cricket Club’s premier men’s skipper Josh TasmanJones. On the cricket pitch a captain’s decisions can be the difference between winning and losing. When Josh Tasman- Jones was appointed captain of the North Shore Cricket Club premier team as 20-year-old he didn’t question if his tactical nous was up to the job. But he did wonder how he would go, managing the older players who had been around the side longer than he had. ‘‘The hardest thing was leading players I had looked up to when I was growing up.’’ Nevertheless using for- mer captains Craig McGuigan and Richard Jones as supportive sounding boards Tasman-Jones found his feet as a premier team skipper. Now with a few seasons behind him, Tasman-Jones feels comfortable in the leadership role. ‘‘You need to be a bit of everything. Weatherman, tactician, mathematician – it’s a wide scope and I love it.’’ Communication is also key in a team environment. As a former Westlake Boys’ High School head boy, public speaking was not a problem, but in the early days Tasman-Jones did sometimes wonder what others thought of his team talks. These days he has greater self-belief and trusts that he is saying the right thing. Time in charge has taught the 23-year-old that selflessness is not always in the team’s best interests. In past seasons he would Josh Tasman-Jones put other players ahead of himself in the bowling rotations, but the allrounder now realises the importance of rolling his arm over. ‘‘I’m one of our best bowl- ers and I need to bowl.’’ Tasman-Jones knows his team feeds off his confidence if he is putting in topnotch individual performances (like his unbeaten 134 on Saturday), but he says he tries not to let his own form affect his captaincy. New Zealand’s most suc- cessful former cricket captain, Stephen Fleming, is an inspiration. ‘‘He thought about and researched the game,’’ Tasman-Jones says. ‘‘He was calm, never got flustered and led from the Setting standard: North Shore Cricket Club’s premier captain Josh Tasman-Jones on the way to his half-century in the first Auckland club game of 2014. front. I try to do that.’’ The way Australian skip- per Michael Clarke’s teams’ play is how Tasman-Jones would like to see his side playing. Bold decision-making can turn a game of cricket. Tasman-Jones clearly remembers making the call to declare on a low total against Ellerslie in a twoday game in 2012. His team-mates thought the declaration was unwise. But Tasman-Jones be- lieved his side could achieve a much-needed outright win and he has a broad smile as he recalls the crucial moment. ‘‘It came down to the last over. We needed one wicket and they needed 12 runs and we got it.’’ Though the result was different, captaining North Shore against Canada this month is an experience that Tasman-Jones will look back on fondly at the end of his career. Tasman-Jones’ knack for captaincy was also recognised by the Northern Universities team in Durham where he led their side before linking up with the Dublin University team that he will again turn out for during the New Zealand winter. Before Tasman-Jones can head back overseas he has some unfinished business with his North Shore team. This is a big year for the club based at Devonport Domain as it marks its 150th anniversary, and Tasman-Jones would like nothing more than to secure a trophy by season’s end. Tomorrow North Shore can go one step closer to contesting the twenty20 final when they meet Waitakere City in the semifinals at Te Atatu Park. There will be plenty of opportunities to catch Tasman-Jones and his team in action in the coming weeks as North Shore has a run of home games to end the season. The jubilee year culmin- ates in a weekend of anniversary celebrations from March 21 to 23. Back on boards – series gets under way at Takapuna Beach The State Beach Series returns to Takapuna Beach tonight and will take place each Tuesday night for the next nine weeks. Participants of all ages and abilities can choose from swimming, running or standup paddling. The series’ format lets entrants change their activity each week. The eighth event, held on December 17, was the largest in State Beach Series history, attracting 622 participants, many of whom donned their best Santa attire for the occasion. The series culminates with the Surf Life Saving NZ charity event on March 18. ‘‘After a cracker preChristmas event we are raring to get back into the beach series and hope to see lots of new faces. Taking advantage of the four and eight week passes is a great way to realise those New Years fitness resolutions,’’ State Beach Series event director Scott Rice says. ❚ Go to beachseries.co.nz for more information. Racing resumes: State Beach Series participants will be back racing on the stand-up paddle boards tonight. Photo: SCOTTIE T PHOTOGRAPHY ➤RESULTS Leading the State Beach Series after the first eight weeks are: Ocean Swim 1500m - Alex Wohlfarth and Johanna Morrison. Ocean Swim 1000m - Jackson Cropp and Jacey Cropp. Ocean Swim 500m - Tarquin Slater and Gussie Miller. Beach Run 5000m - Simon Maunder and Gwyn Lewis. Stand-Up Paddle 3000m (12’6" board) - Arnie Armstrong and Annabel Anderson. Stand-Up Paddle 3000m (14’+ board) - Marcus Hansen. Stand-Up Paddle 3000m (other board) - Phillip Russell and Sharlene Griffin. Stand-Up Paddle 1000m - Paul Durling and Claire Munford. Junior Swim 300m - Karl Gildenhuys and Erin O’Mara. Junior Run 2500m - James Hopwood andEmmaHarrower.
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