Levin Old Boys make light work of Freyberg

BEN STRANG
Last updated 13:00 08/01/2013

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Levin Old Boys caused an upset on Sunday, defeating Palmerston North one-day cricket champions Freyberg by seven wickets to progress in the National Club Championships.

Old Boys, who defeated Paraparaumu in the Horowhenua-Kapiti one day final before Christmas, made light work of their favoured opponents, after Freyberg had elected to bat at Donnelly Park.

Missing Central Districts' quick Bevan Small, Freyberg still boasted Manawatu coach and former Black Cap Michael Mason, as well as Manawatu captain Luke Murray.

Levin captain Mike Rameka said his team got a welcome confidence boost early on, when Murray was dismissed for six.

''We were a bit surprised really,'' Rameka said. ''We expected them to be a lot better. They had Murray and Mase, but other than them and Small, they've got maybe four players that are really good, and the rest are no better than the local guys.

''We just bowled good lines and lengths, and managed to tear through them.''

Caleb Gaylard and Central Districts A player Matthew Bacon opened the bowling for Levin, with Gaylard snaring three wickets.

Out-swing bowler Brent Tucker and veteran seamer Stacey Kerehoma also picked up three wickets each, with a run-out claiming the 10th wicket.

Freyberg could only manage 109, which was chased down with Rameka scoring 20 not out, and Ryan Taylor also scoring 20.

''Other than that they bowled a lot of no-balls. Mason bowled a good nagging line and length, but otherwise we had no real issues.''

Levin will in February play the winner of an upcoming match between Taranaki and Hawke's Bay's best one day teams. The winner of that match moves on to the national tournament, between the best club sides from each of New Zealand's six cricketing regions.

Last year Manawatu side United Palmerston North represented the Central Districts region.

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