PUKEKOHE SECURE BACK_TO BACK DUTHIE CUP WINS
THE WEEKEND COMBO DEAL
Pukekohe-Metro retained the Duthie Cup on Saturday with a 22–run win over Papakura on the Weymouth Oval. This was their second Duthie Cup win in as many years over Papakura.
Although the teams were the same as last season the comparisons stop there. Last time Pukekohe mugged Papakura and only needed 26 overs to lift the Cup.
The 2014 edition was a much closer argument eventually won by Pukekohe in the 97th over of the match. On the day there was very little between the teams.
Going into this game Papakura had every right to see themselves as top seeds and favourites.
They thumped Pukekohe by 148 runs in the second round of the Cup (the first round match was washed out) and beat them by three wickets in their T20 round–robin fixture.
Pukekohe won the throw of the dice and Sam Wilkinson opted for them to bat on a very well prepared Weymouth Oval.
Papakura had the better of the early exchanges. They bowled and fielded well. When Simon Lal left the scene, without scoring, Pukekohe was hovering at 87/4. Blair Feeney took the team total to three figures with a sublime midwicket boundary shot in the 25th over.
Matt Wilson, a member of the local constabulary, rarely plays cricket these days but when he does he leaves his calling card. His batting refresher course put 80 runs next to his name. Batting at five on the list Wilson was apprehended by the 74th ball he faced which was bowled by Ryan Phizackerley and went through Wilson’s armour. That was in the 49th over of the Pukekohe innings. Wilson and Mitchell Sweetman (44) commanded the crease for just under an hour and added 76 runs for the seventh wicket.
Sweetman hit the only six of the day. Luckily the Gridiron players on the neighboring field were wearing helmets as the ball sailed 30 metres over the long-on boundary.
Mark Singh (15*) and Richard Crosby (1*) earned asterisks next to their names when the innings closed with Pukekohe at 233/9.
All of the Papakura bowlers did well. The best short figures belonged to Joel Hood who ended up 2/35 from his seven overs.
Henry Gibson (1/41) was the only Kura bowler to complete his full set of ten overs. He picked up the jewel in the crown when Shane Gadsdon stumped Mitchell Sweetman.
Henry Gibson and Danny Shine opened the batting for Papakura.
Mitchell Sweetman interrogated the pair and Danny Shine decamped without scoring in Sweetman's first over, the second over of the innings. Sweetman's first spell of seven overs (five maidens) saw him snare three wickets for just 11 runs.
Without taking anything away from Wilson’s batting and Jonny Wilkinson’s bowling it’s fair to say that Sweetman’s first bowling shift was the winning of the game for Pukekohe.
Henry Gibson (57) battled through the Sweetman-Wilkinson cross-examination and eventually teamed up with his skipper Marty Perry who batted at number seven.
Just as he did in last season’s final Perry (48) fought back and after Gibson had checked out he joined forces with Ryan Strydom (46 no) and managed to put Papakura back in the hunt.
The 46th, over bowled by Jonny Wilkinson (4/53) had everything. Pukekohe dropped two catches and Papakura hit the required 10 runs, but the over ended well for Pukekohe with Wilkinson bowling Perry with the last ball.
Wilkinson (Jonny) is another Pukekohe player who in racing terms “goes well fresh”. The right-arm-medium fast bowler is a rare but welcome sight in premier cricket these days.
Papakura fought back but ended up trying to climb a mountain in sneakers.
Wilkinson ended the scrap in the 47th over when he bowled Tim Greig with a full toss.
Although Papakura are once again the bridesmaids they gave a very good account of themselves and for most of the game achieved parity with their opposition.
( Matt Wilson 80, Mitchell Sweetman 44, Matt Gardiner 29, Joel Hood 2/35, Ryan Phizackerley 2/39, Gian Botha 2/42) beat Papakura 211
( Henry Gibson 57, Marty Perry 48, Ryan Strydom 46 no, Jonny Wilkinson 4/53, Mitchell Sweetman 3/23) by 22 runs
Pukekohe got the soufflé to rise twice.
On Sunday they hosted Onerahi-Central (Northland Cricket) in the semifinal of the Northern Districts Club Championship (the Eric Petrie Cup).
They had a 54 run win and won a place in the Eric Petrie Cup Final on March 16th.
(Ash Vodnala 55, Mitchell Sweetman 48 no, Mark Singh 20, Henry Cooper 2/36, Tom Herman 2/37) beat Onerahi- Central 163
(Fletcher Coutts 40, Andrew Vickers 22, Mitchell Sweetman 2/31, Pankaj Sharma 2/7) by 54 runs
Reproduced by kind permission of the author
Trevor M Gill
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