Nail-biter sees Manawatu keep Hawke Cup for winter
PETER LAMPP AND GEORGE HEAGNEY
For the first time since 1966 the Manawatu cricket team has hung on to the Hawke Cup at the close of the season, repelling all challenges.
They beat Southland, in a nail-biting finish yesterday, and earlier Canterbury Country, and can lock the cup away for the winter.
Manawatu did it at the weekend thanks to the experienced heads Michael Mason, with six wickets, and captain David Meiring, who scored 167.
They also had to get by without skipper Luke Murray while Central Districts nicked three players - Dane Cleaver, who CD hadn't wanted all summer, Roald Badenhorst and Bevan Small.
■ Opiki equestrian rider Chloe Akers has a busy time with the horse-of-the-year show at Hastings and a trip to Abu Dhabi.
She will yet again defend her showhunter title at Hastings.
Then she boards a plane for the Middle East with two others in the New Zealand Universities to compete against 20 nations in showjumping on borrowed horses. Last year they won the bronze medal in Germany.
■ Former International Rugby Board referees boss Paddy O'Brien was a high-profile spectator at Manawatu's Hawke Cup cricket match against Southland.
One of the few devoted travelling Southland fans, O'Brien was there supporting batsman son Hamish who has come out of Southland Boys' High School and is one of Southland's bright cricket prospects.
■ Palmerston North Boys' High School have won the Super 8 golf title for the first time.
Their team of Nick Quantock-Holmes, Josh Sedgwick, Liam Finlayson and Greg Shaw won by 13 shots at Rotorua's thermal Arikikapakapa course.
Finlayson plays out of Feilding and the other three are from the Manawatu Golf Club.
■ To see if there is room for a grade for rugby lightweights, the Manawatu Rugby Union will stage an under 85kg tens tournament at Massey University on March 22.
They are targeting Linton, UCOL and Massey players new to Manawatu, but anyone can register for free, except senior players.
There will be no pushing in scrums or lifting in lineouts.
■ The future looks bright for Manawatu's triathletes, with 16-year-olds Jaimee Leader and Elizabeth Stannard to the fore in the under-19 elite national series race at Wellington on Saturday.
Leader was third and Stannard a fast-finishing fourth.
David Martin, 15, was ninth in the under-19 elite race, Gorgi van Lienen, 13, won the 3:9:3 women's event, with Dana Purdy, 13, third.
Adam Martin, 13, beat father Andy to win the 3:9:3 men's event and Samuel Phillips, 12, was third in under-13 Future Stars race.
- Manawatu Standard
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