Howick fall to Magpies

Last updated 08:02 17/12/2012

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Blue skies and warm winds put the icing on the cake for the Western Magpies after they notched up a 9-0 win against Howick and a 8-0 win against Marist at Simson Reserve.

The team are now unbeaten and sitting at the top of the table in the women's premier division going into their game with second ranked Otahuhu next weekend.

Magpies coach Tua Raroa puts the win down to a solid all around performance on both offence and defence.

"They started well from the get go. We came in there and the girls just hit out some good runs in the first innings and they kept it going from there," he says.

"Gillian Wills' batting was on form this weekend she nailed it time and time again. Obviously from the score our defence was spot on, we didn't let a single run through."

Raroa says the lead they have on the table will serve them well and give the team the confidence needed to keep going in the new year and hopefully bring home the trophy.

"We have never been in this position before but judging from how well we have been playing I think it's going to continue.

"Both of the teams we faced played well but I think where we got them was we played an all around solid game right through the order," he says.

In the men's premier division the Waitakere Bears had a resounding win against Howick at Meadowlands beating them 7-1.

The Bears' two Black Sox players Patrick and Heinie Shannon were at a training camp so replacement pitcher Jaimie Love stepped on to the mound and led the team to victory.

Coach Wayne Reeves says Love had big shoes to fill but he gave it everything he had and stood out as the player of the day.

"They did a great job of keeping Howick down to one run. Our batters really took it to another level as well," he says.

"In the past we have put runners on base but struggled to bring them home. This weekend however we had some big hits to complete the plays and hopefully we can keep it up."

A homerun hit for Isaac Fletcher put the ball over the fence and put two points on the scoreboard.

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