DUTHIE CUP MATCHDAY NINE
A THREE-PEAT FINAL
This year’s Duthie Cup Final will be a repeat of last years.
Pukekohe-Metro and Karaka both had bonus point wins at the weekend and will now square off next Saturday, the third time the adversaries have met in finals cricket this season.
Papakura v Pukekohe-Metro, Pulman Park Papakura
Papakura has developed a habit of getting in their own way. This game, played on Sunday, could easily have been a cat meets pigeon affair.
Once again Papakura didn’t bat the full fifty overs. After reaching 140/4 they immolated and were all out for 160 in 35 overs.
Richard Crosby, these days an itinerant player, bowled very well for Pukekohe and grabbed a bag of six.
Pukekohe lacked conviction in the in the run chase and they nearly stubbed their big toe. Ash Vodnala’s (59) love affair with the reverse sweep shot is like the reappearance of an old girlfriend. Once again it was his Achilles heel.
Dhruvit Patel hit the home run in the 33rd over.
It was Amitoze Singh’s last game for Papakura. The hired gun dropped anchor here for six months, he now moves on to Dutch cricket.
Pukekohe are the top dogs after three rounds and will have home advantage in next Saturday’s final.
Papakura 161 (Satiam Sharma 51, Amitoze Singh 22, Richard Crosby 6/34, Ash Vodnala 2/20) lost to Pukekohe-Metro 165/7 (Ash Vodnala 59, Dhruvit Patel 50 no, Devon Jones 3/33) by three wickets
Manukau v Karaka, War Memorial Park, Manurewa
Batting first, Karaka were bowled out for 204 in the fiftieth over. David Simpson (70), in at number six, top-scored in what could have been his last game for the club. His swansong got extended by a week.
Terence Otterson (1) didn’t create much paperwork, and Matt Cole, out for a first ball duck, didn’t generate any book-keeping.
204 looked to be at least 50 too light.
However, Manukau’s dangerous batting cadre only managed to face a dozen balls between them.
Nick Kelly (1), who scored 200 on his own in round one, was bowled neck and crop by Cameron Jerram.
Ash Herwels (1) got caught in a yeah-nah mindset and played onto his stumps. Sandeep Patel (9) was ruled leg-before.
Michael Schofield (4/33) further dented Manukau’s hopes when he struck a double in his fifth over.
Ryan Phizackerley (38), batting on one leg, tried to find a way back for Manukau but the spark had gone. Phizackerley had a versatile game he was foremost in batting and bowling for Manukau on the day.
Karaka 204 (David Simpson 70, Sam Varcoe 57, Sandeep Patel 3/40, Ryan Phizackerley 3/44) beat Manukau 120 (Ryan Phizackerley 38, Sunny Athi 33, Michael Schofield 4/33, Cameron Jerram 2/41) by 84 runs
Pukekohe-Metro 35, Karaka 30, Manukau 21, Papakura 0.
Next Weekend- Saturday
Pukekohe Metro v Karaka, Bledisloe Park- 11am (Premier final)
Manukau v Pukekohe- Metro, venue tba (Senior A final)