Team victory for Norths

Last updated 09:39 12/02/2013

SHANKS FOR COMING: Experienced North City bowler Craig Shanks took two wickets in each innings in the side’s win over Johnsonville.

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North City completed a comprehensive victory over Johnsonville on Saturday to retain a perfect record after two games in Wellington club cricket's Hazlett Trophy.

Although Norths finished in the bottom half of the Pearce Cup competition, they are finding their rhythm in the second tier.

After a win over Easts reserves, Johnsonville were beaten at Alex Moore Park.

Norths made 303 in their first dig, with Johnsonville resuming on 119/4 on Saturday.

They were rolled for 170, with Dane Hutchinson taking 5-66.

Enforcing the follow-on, Hutchinson took another four wickets, while Craig Shanks (2-52) and Russell Pepperell (3-36) provided excellent support. Pepperell topped off a fine individual game with 35 not out as he and Ryan White (31 not out) knocked off the required 71 for the outright win.

Norths chairman Rodney Moore says the team has been humming these past four weeks.

"[The last two games] have been great team victories, everyone is doing their part.

"They're batting well, holding catches and Dane is bowling great areas, he's a class player.

"At the end of the day we didn't want to be in the Hazlett Trophy, we lost games we should have won, but this is a relatively young team that is starting to see some great results.

"It bodes well for the rest of this season and the next as well," Mr Moore said.

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