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24 — Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, February 9, 2017 www.times.co.nz FOLLOW US ON facebook.com/TimesOnlineNZ Dame Valerie’s Q&A Page 16 Howick Pakuranga Cricket Club results The Marie Raos Ray White HPCC Premiers beat Papatoetoe Cricket Club by 65 runs in the Twenty20 championship semi-final at Lloyd Elsmore Park on February 1. I HPCC 171/3 in 20 overs (Bill Walsh 69*, Andrew Morrison 46*, Daniel Young 25). I Papatoetoe CC 106/10 in 16 overs (Danru Ferns 3/9, Rudi Botadra 2/43; Navdeep Aujla 33). The Marie Raos Ray White HPCC Premiers were due to play in the championship Twenty20 final against Suburbs New Lynn Cricket Club yesterday evening (February 8) at Lloyd Elsmore Park. I The game had not started when the Times went to print. The Marie Raos Ray White HPCC Premiers lost outright to Takapuna Cricket Club in a two-day match at Onewa Domain in Takapuna on Saturday. Day 1 I Takapuna CC 301/10 (Guy Harley 73, Simon Mathewson 35, Hendrik Van Vuuren 50, Matthew Latham 30; Danru Ferns 4/83, Adam Jones 4/63). I HPCC 77/4 (Daniel Young 24*, Andrew Morrison 20*). Day 2 I HPCC 165/10 (Andrew de Boorder 41, Andrew Morrison 30, Daniel Young 37; Matt Jones 7/55, Elliott Herd 2/57). I Takapuna CC 142/4 in 21 overs (Will O’Donnell 51*, Guy Harley 32; Cody Andrews 3/40). I HPCC 191/10 in 50 overs (Bill Walsh 47, Andrew Morrison 44; Elliott Herd 5/63, Will O’Donnell 2/30). The Marie Raos Ray White HPCC Premiers lost to North Shore Cricket Club by 35 runs in a preliminary semi- final limited overs match at Devonport Domain on the North Shore on Monday. I North Shore CC 305/3 in 50 overs (Graeme Beghin 118, Matt Selby 113). I HPCC 270/9 in 50 overs (Sam Borland 66, Rudi Botadra 41, Danru Ferns 72*; Carl Brungar 3/50). The Marie Raos Ray White HPCC Premier Reserves drew to Parnell CC in a two- day match at Lloyd Elsmore Park on Saturday. Day 1 I HPCC 300/10 (Wayne Mackenzie 134, Kieren Mackenzie 91, Michael Greenwood 33). Day 2 I Parnell CC 215/8 The New World Howick HPCC Premier Women did not play at the weekend. Cricket results Having begun his interna- tional cricket career in controversy in 2012 by dropping captain Ross Tay- lor for Brendon McCullum, Black Caps cricket coach Mike Hesson has made his critics eat their words. New Zealand’s 2-0 white- wash of Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy on Sunday has lifted them to third in the World ODI stand- ings, the latest win in Hamil- ton being their 26th in their last 30 ODI home games. It helped erase the shame they endured when thrashed by Australia when tour- ing that country in Decem- ber, aided by a couple of poor captaincy decisions by McCullum’s successor, Kane Williamson, who atoned with astute fielding placements in Hamilton which snared wickets. Revenge, of course, was made much easier by Aus- tralia’s decision to rest out- standing premier batsmen David Warner and Steve Smith who had been so domi- nant all summer on their own wickets. But New Zealand have also progressed nicely with their latest success following home series wins against Pakistan and Bangladesh which revealed heartening batting depth.. Having taken six wickets for 41 against Pakistan in Christchurch, wily Howick-Pakuranga medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme made a sensational start to his Test career. Others to shine when given their chance to fill the gaps left by injured players were Neil Broom, who celebrated his long awaited recall with a century against Bangladesh in Nelson, and Dean Brown- lee, who notched a valu- able 63 against the Aussies at Hamilton. Throw in Auckland fast bowler Lachie Ferguson who, like the injured Adam Mil- ner, can exceed 150k/h, and the improvement in depth becomes obvious after inju- ries sidelined Adam Milne, Mitch McClenaghan and Matt Henry. Another bonus has been the wicketkeeping of opening batsman Tom Latham which has allowed Hesson and fel- low selector Gavin Larsen to pick an extra bats- man. Highlights of the Hamilton game against Australia were Ross Tay- lor’s 107 to equal the 15 centuries ODI record of Nathan Astle, and swing bowler Trent Boult’s six for 33 to secure a 24-run victory. It was a shame leg spin- ner Ish Sodhi wasn’t given a start after his Big Bash hero- ics over the Tasman although few could argue against the contribution of all-rounder Mitch Santner who scored an unbeaten 38 and took 2 for 50. Santner’s bowling figures don’t look flash. But they were after eight overs when he conceded only 19 runs, before being hammered by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cum- mins for 31 from his last two. He was, along with Boult, also top value with his lively fielding. However this summer the overall energy and accuracy of the fielding has not been up to the standard set dur- ing McCullum’s inspirational leadership when he, brother Nathan and Martin Guptill set the standard. With all-rounder Corey Anderson unable to bowl, Jimmy Neesham’s bowl- ing prowess fell far short of his batting and a fully fit Anderson would do much to improve New Zealand’s con- fidence when the brilliant South Africans tour. Meanwhile, favourites Australia have won the quad series netball but struggled to beat South Africa 60-55 and England 47-46 after eas- ily accounting for the Silver Ferns 57-50. Then the Ferns finished in style, thrashing England 61-37 and South Africa 70-39 with goal attack Maria Tutaia the standout star of the tour- nament, ably supported by fellow shooters Bailey Mes and Te Paea Selby-Rickit. One to watch as a great future prospect is 6ft 4in goal defence Kelly Jury. Ivan Agnew is an award-winning sports writer and author Hesson produces the goods Hesson produces the goods Agnew’s Angle ROSS TAYLOR SHOT BRO: HPCC’s Andrew Morrison hits a six over square leg during his side’s semi-final win against Papatoetoe CC. Photo supplied Jane Allnatt Super stars Four NRL Nines teams visited the Howick and Pakuranga area last week ahead of the 2017 Downer NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park on Saturday and Sunday. The Sydney Roosters (who would go on to be the 2017 champions), the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and the Manly Sea Eagles visited the Pakuranga Jaguars Rugby League Club last Thursday and the Gold Coast Titans spent time at the Howick Hornets Rugby League Club on Friday. Times photographer Wayne Martin went along to the grounds to capture the action.
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