Ryan 6-for leads Kapiti to win

JIM CHIPP
Last updated 13:52 29/11/2012
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Top performance: Kapiti Old Boys' Shane Ryan bats before skittling Paraparaumu with the ball.

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A three-week cricket drought broke last weekend, with a big win to Kapiti sending Levin to the top of the table.

Levin Old Boys edged out Weraroa by 13 runs to keep top spot, while Kapiti drubbed joint leaders Paraparaumu by 107 runs.

Kapiti Old Boys captain Alex Jones said gaining the away win meant his team retained the Life Members' Trophy, which it won from Paraparaumu at home last year.

Kapiti made a good start and at one point were on 90 for two wickets, before a middle-order collapse. A late partnership between Ben Strang and Jason Smith redeemed the innings.

The pair scored 30 each.

Paraparaumu made a solid start but Shane Ryan, a former Paraparaumu player, took six wickets for 11 runs and Paraparaumu ended all out for 59.

Levin Old Boys won the toss and opted to bat first against Weraroa. They were all out for 132, with Ryan Taylor top scorer at 30.

Levin's bowlers took Weraroa wickets steadily and things looked good at 80-9, but a stubborn tail-end partnership created a tense finish.

The final wicket fell for 119 sending Levin to the top of the table.

This Sunday, Levin face Kapiti at Kapiti Domain on Sunday and Paraparaumu play Weraroa at Kena Kena Park.

In this weekend's representative fixture, Horowhenua Kapiti will play Manawatu in the Hawke Cup at Weraroa Domain, Levin.

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- Kapiti Observer

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