North City's premier cricket side were 30 runs short of a competitive total in their first one-day match of the season on Saturday, eventually losing to Collegians by four wickets.
The defeat marks their fifth on the trot to open the summer, after four straight T20 losses over Labour Day Weekend.
The match at Linden started in the worst possible way for Norths, with Russell Pepperell shouldering arms and given out LBW off the first ball of the match. At one stage the home side were 16/4 from nine overs but Duncan Moore (41), Raj Chawla (23), Craig Shanks (21) and Ryan White (16) batted well to help them post 140.
"We were probably 20 or 30 short. If we had achieved a few more runs it would have been close," Norths chairman and No 1 supporter Rodney Moore said.
Collegians started off shakily as well, at one point slumping to 11/2 but two decent partnerships got them home in the 47th over. Norths' bowling was excellent, with Hamish Kyne (2-26 from 10 overs) and Ben Turner (2-9 off four) the pick of the bunch.
Moore says there is no panic in the ranks, despite a slow start to the season.
"It's a young side that are putting in the hard work.
"We've got the right structures in place and the results will come."
- Kapi-Mana News