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PAPAKURA COURIER, MARCH 7, 2012
Counties cricket captain calls it a day
By ALAN APTED
Matches: 55, 30 as captain.
Debut: Against Northland at
Kensington Oval, November
Wickets: 78. Best figures 5-66.
Best score: 93 not out.
Stepping down: Scott Guthrie.
Scott Guthrie has stood down as
Counties Manukau cricket captain
after four seasons in charge and 30
games as skipper.
The 29-year-old left arm pace
bowler from the Waiuku Cricket
Club handed in the captaincy last
week but says he still wants to
play for his province.
His stepping down has been
prompted by leg, neck and
They have been bothering him
on and off over the last three
I don't feel like I have been able
to commit as much this year with
injuries and other commitments,''
I've done four-and-a-half years
so it's time to give someone else a
Guthrie rates his high points as
winning two Northern District
Cricket Association one-day cham-
pionships and securing Counties
Manukau's first Hawke Cup chal-
lenge in 30 years.
Picking a low point wasn't as
There have been a couple of
games here and there that we
dropped that I think we could have
I don't think we've ever lost a
game through a lack of ability. It's
sometimes not being smart
Guthrie's 30 games as skipper is
the most by any Counties Manu-
The next best on the all-time list
of captains is Jack Snell who
piloted the team 24 times in the
1960s and 70s.
Guthrie has taken 78 wickets.
Place in final Papakura's to lose
By ALAN APTED
Shattered, above: Weymouth's Liam Hunia is bowled by Stacey Hyndman during their
Counties Manukau club cricket one-day match at McLennan Park in Papakura last
Photos: SHANE WENZLICK
Manukau 123 (Ant Niterl 23, Joe Samuels 21, Ben Green 19. Josh Cole 4-44,
Mark Dass 2-15, Stu Kett 2-30) lost to Karaka 124-3 (Sam Varcoe 46 n/o,
Sam Kett 32 n/o, Corey Anderson 20. Ash Herwels 2-39) by seven wickets.
Weymouth 103 (Tamati Clarke 43, Brook Simpson 19. Stacey Hyndman 3-9,
Tim Medland 2-17, Henry Gibson 2-18, Steven Horne 2-28) lost to Papakura
104-3 (Steven Horne 33 n/o, Gian Botha 27, Tim Medland 19, Shane
Gadsdon 11 n/o. Sam Whimp 1-13) by seven wickets.
Pukekohe-Metro v Waiuku, washed out.
Points after eight rounds: Karaka 11, Papakura 9, Pukekohe-Metro 8,
Manukau 6, Waiuku 6, Weymouth 4.
Round nine draw: Manukau v Papakura, War Memorial Park, Manurewa.
Karaka v Pukekohe Metro, Karaka Sports Complex, Karaka. Weymouth v
Waiuku, Weymouth Oval, Manurewa.
Saturday's start: 11am.
Wind-up, left: Papakura medium pacer Stacey Hyndman took 3-9 off 7.1 overs in the
seven-wicket win over Weymouth.
A place in Counties Manukau club
cricket's one-day final is Papakura's
They need just one win from their
two remaining matches -- against
Manukau at War Memorial Park in
Manurewa on Saturday and Karaka
at their McLennan Park home
ground the following weekend -- to
play Karaka in the final.
Papakura are in command of
their destiny thanks to their seven-
wicket demolition of Weymouth at
McLennan Park in Papakura last
The easy win over their one-time
bogey team has put them three
points clear of nearest rivals
Pukekohe-Metro, who will be frus-
trated that their home game
against Waiuku was washed out.
The rain denied them the chance
of taking the race for a finals berth
into the last round.
Papakura wicketkeeper Shane
Gadsdon says Papakura have their
destiny in their own hands.
It was pretty important win
because it moved us clear of Puke-
Metro,'' he says.
It's ours to lose from here.''
But Gadsdon is under no illusion
as to how tough Manukau will be.
He says Manukau are always a
threat whenever his Counties
Manukau teammates Jono Hickey,
Ashwyn Herwels, Rob Von Elling
and Tom Urry are playing.
It's going to be a good game.
They have nothing to lose so they
definitely will be looking to spoil
things for us.
They're a good side and can't be
Gadsdon will be on a personal
mission heading into the match. He
says he needs to start scoring runs
ahead of the final.
The keeping is all right. I need to
put some runs on the board. But
from a team perspective, we're
coming together at the right end of
The victory over Weymouth was
only their second this year.
Rain reduced the match to 35
The win was set up by Papakura's
bowlers Stacey Hyndman 3-9, Tim
Medland 2-17, Henry Gibson 2-18
and Steven Horne 2-28. They rolled
the visitors for a paltry 103 off 30
The meltdown would have verged
on catastrophic had captain Tamati
Clarke been called away on rep-
resentative duties against Poverty
Bay in Gisborne.
Clarke top-scored with 43, Brooke
Simpson scored 19 and extras con-
tributed 16 runs.
Papakura needed just 19 overs
and three wickets to rattle up the
104 runs for the win.
Horne enjoyed a good day at the
office. He complemented his 2-28
with an unbeaten 33.
Karaka scored an easy seven-
wicket win over Manukau at the
Karaka Sports Complex, set up by
bowlers Josh Cole, Mark Dass and
Stu Kett. They bowled the visitors
out for a meagre 123 in 39.1 overs.
Cole took 4-44, Dass 2-15 and
Karaka were in early bother at
37-3 but an 87-run fourth-wicket
stand between Sam Kett 42 not out
and Sam Varcoe 32 not out got the
home team across the finish line
without further loss.
The win confirmed Karaka's place
in the final regardless of what
happens in their two remaining
matches against Pukekohe-Metro at
the Karaka Sports Complex on
Saturday and Papakura at
McLennan Park the following week-
Pukekohe-Metro will be the most
motivated team over the two
remaining rounds of the champion-
The wash-out against Waiuku
didn't help their cause. They know
they must win their two remaining
games against Karaka and
Weymouth to be in the picture
should Papakura slip up.
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