Top Terrace End bowler Fran Frith dies

Manawatu lost one of its best women's bowlers with the death of gold-star holder Fran Frith last Thursday, aged 66.

She skipped many Terrace End teams in national interclub finals and was a first-choice pick for Manawatu.

Frith won two national titles in New Zealand Community Trust events in 2007 and 2009 and with Sharon Sims won the national pairs. She also skipped a winning Aotearoa Maori women's four at the Arafura Games in Darwin in 2005.

She also won a gold star out of the Paraparaumu and Levin Central clubs in Kapiti Coast and had been a bowler since she was 27.

■ Cricket commentator Jonathan Agnew hit all the right notes with his silky voice at the Manawatu Cricket Association (MCA) dinner last week.

The BBC radio man, in New Zealand for the England tour, had plenty of tales from his playing days against the likes of Viv Richards and Geoffrey Boycott. A class act for what might be the last MCA dinner.

■ An absolute glut of runs has come from the bats of Freyberg cricketers this season, including Dane Cleaver who helped himself to a triple century on Saturday.

Freyberg clearly had more batting firepower than any other team this summer with Cleaver's aggregate of 803 runs at an average of 160, Luke Murray's 518 at 64, Dave Fulton's 426 at 53 and Bevan Small's 230 at 47.

■ Disappointing for Palmerston North police constable Selica Winiata that she won't be off with the New Zealand sevens rugby team to Guangzhou, China, this week.

She tore a thigh muscle at the nationals at Queenstown and played through it at Houston, Texas, last month. but the good news was that long-serving Manawatu halfback and Wanganui Girls' College school-teacher Kristina Sue will make her international debut. The other Manawatu players off to China will be Sarah Goss and Shakira Baker.

■ Manawatu golfer Tim Wilkinson and wife Mandy are the proud parents of a baby daughter.

Jemma was born last week in Jacksonville, Florida. Wilkinson will be back on the Tour next week after his immigration status ruled him out of playing in the early tournaments in Central and South America.

■ Palmerston North has shut out the rest of the country in stockcars and superstocks this summer.

In superstocks, Shane Penn won the New Zealand and world 240 titles, Adam Joblin the grand prix at Christchurch, Graeme Barr retained his North Island title and the Palmerston North Panthers won the big teams' champs and the smaller teams' nationals.

In stockcars, Peter Rees won the New Zealand title, William Humphries the New Zealand grand prix, Adam Joblin the superstocks' grand prix and the Palmerston North Pumas the teams' title. Doesn't leave much for anyone else.

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