North Shore Times : February 6th 2014
www.northshoretimes.co.nz SPORT NORTH SHORE TIMES, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 23 Shore teams luckless in two-day competition CLUBCRICKET Shore cricketers will be hoping a change in format coincides with a change in fortune today. It was a winless weekend for all premier Shore sides in the latest round of the twoday competition. East Coast Bays were defeated on first innings by Suburbs New Lynn in the Hedley Howarth trophy on Sunday. Going into the match 2011-12 champions Suburbs sat on top of the ladder, while 2012-13 winners Bays were in third. Suburbs posted a total of 213 in their first innings as Bays’ Donovan Deeble and Blair Smith each claimed three wickets. However Bays struggled with their reply as five of the top seven batsmen fell for single figure scores with Vaidak Raj (42) the only player to make a significant contribution. Victor Davies claimed six victims in a 22-over stint as Bays slid to 124/9, but a 65-run 10th wicket partnership took the visitors to within touching distance of the target before Rowan Bezuidenhout fell for 36. With first innings points gone Stuart Lipshaw did his best to drag his side back into the game in the second innings, taking 7/63 as Action aplenty: East Coast Bays wicketkeeperTomCullen attempts to stump SuburbsNewLynn batsman Sachin Variath. Suburbs were dismissed for 189. But it was too little too late for Bays as only 11 overs remained in the day, the visitors advancing to 45/0 before stumps were drawn. Today Bays host Taka- puna in the Jeff Crowe Cup finals (one-day competition). Takapuna also suffered an upset in the two-day format against Howick Pakuranga and will want to improve when they pull on their coloured clothes. Batting first against Howick, Takapuna looked well placed for a big score when they reached 109/3, but the dismissal of captain Jono Sole for 59 began a collapse which saw the hosts lose their final seven wickets for just 37 runs. Auckland under-19 cap- tain Andrew Morrison then struck a superb century for Photo: PHOTOTEK.CO.NZ Howick, though none of his teammates were able to score over 25. Morrison struck two sixes and 11 fours before eventually being dismissed for 134 with the first innings points well and truly in the bag for his side. Takapuna made a better fist of things in their second dig, reaching 214/7 with Elliott Herd (76) top scoring, but no second innings result No sleep for dedicated 24-hour sailors By FELICITY REID For the first time solo sailors in the OKI 24 Hour Race will sail non-stop for the duration of the annual regatta. With the tagline ‘‘New Zealand’s toughest dinghy race’’ it takes a certain type of athlete to take on the challenge. Doing laps of Lake Pupuke in a Laser for hours on end could send lesser sailors to sleep, but defending champion James Sandall insists there is plenty to keep his attention. ‘‘The good thing about sail- ing is you never run out of things to focus on. I’m always looking for ways to make the boat go faster and stay ahead of the competition,’’ the 25-year-old says. The solo sailor category was contested for the first time at last year’s event and the format included two mandatory 15 minute breaks. Prior to taking his first break Sandall was the overall leader, but by taking time off the water he slipped out of contention for the major prize. With a rule change allowing the competitors to sail for 24 hours straight this weekend, the solo sailors chances of netting not only their division title but also the overall title – and the $2000 prize money – increases. This year’s line-up includes world champion sailors and international entrants. A change in scheduling from previous events has allowed some Kiwi sailors who compete overseas during the European season to take part. With the likes of Scott Leith, Andrew McKenzie, Thomas Saunders, Andy Maloney and Brad Marsh taking part competition will be fierce. Sailors can enter in teams in the open, youth, female, masters and under-15 divisions. With a lack of wind during last year’s event it wasn’t too physically demanding, Sandall says, and the hardest bit was finding ways to ward off cramp. As an experienced international Laser sailor, Sandall wouldn’t mind a stronger breeze for this year’s racing which gets underway with a Le Mansstyle start on Saturday. When darkness falls the crowd creates a good vibe says Sandall and among the onlookers will be his cheer squad and support crew. ❚ OKI 24 Hour yacht race at Lake Pupuke, Takapuna, February 8 and 9. Squash champs: North Shore squash players Heather Brooks and Soo Myoung Jang won the F grade girls and the E grade boys titles in the latest edition of the JETS competition. The Devonport Drops won the boys J grade league title and Eden Epsom the citywide girls J grade league title. Martin Greshoff from Belmont Park won the F grade boys title. was possible. North Shore also return to action today when they host Cornwall at Devonport Domain in a Jeff Crowe Cup quarter final and they will be looking to avenge the result from the last time the two met. North Shore and Cornwall clashed in the latest round of the Tom Hellaby Trophy competition over the weekend and Cornwall were the outright winners. Batting first Cornwall posted exactly 300 as captain Sam Anderson led from the front with his unbeaten 98. Despite the fightback towards the end of day one Shore were never in the run chase after the setback of losing in-form captain Josh Tasman-Jones in the third over. Shastryn Nair did the main damage for the visitors taking 3/20 as Shore stumbled to 66/7 before pulling the pin on the run chase. With first innings points in the bag Cornwall scored 36 runs from six second innings overs before declaring to leave the home team a target of 271 to win. Shore put up a much improved top order performance in their second dig, but just as the game looked like it could go either way Anderson stepped in with the ball to rip through the rest of the line-up with a spell of 6/32 which sealed the outright victory as Shore well all out for 167. Birkenhead City haven’t progressed to the one-day competition playoffs and their two-day form over the weekend wasn’t too good either. A 10 wicket match haul for Parnell seamer James Walsh propelled his side to an outright victory over Birkenhead at War Memorial Park. Walsh ripped through the hosts when they batted first, claiming 6/62 as Birkenhead were dismissed for 204, youngster Ullrich Boshoff fighting a lone hand with 84 not out from 83 balls. Ben Horne and Angus McLean then struck half centuries as Parnell reached their first innings target with five wickets to spare before inviting Birkenhead to bat again. Walsh was again on song, bagging 4/51, but it was Michael Ravlic who did the main damage by adding to his first innings 3/27 with 5/38 second time around. Once again Boshoff was the only Birkenhead batsman to get to grips with Parnell’s attack, again finishing unbeaten with another half century to his name as his side fell to 151 all out. Walsh and Ravlic’s efforts meant Parnell needed just 129 runs to claim an outright success, a target they demolished in 30 overs thanks to Tom Talbot‘s unbeaten 67.
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