Early end to Dutch season for Sewell

Lynn McConnell

July 14, 2003

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David Sewell's season in Dutch cricket has come to an abrupt end following problems with his registration with the VRA club which is leading the competition.

It is understood problems associated with his ability to play for the club were realised and dispensation was sought, however it was not granted and he is no longer eligible for the side. It is likely he will be returning home to Otago soon.

Those New Zealanders remaining continue to have mixed fortunes. Andre Adams in his last four innings for HCC has had scores of 62 not out, nine, two and 25 while his bowling returns have been one for 49 off eight overs, one for 17 off eight, two for 41 off 10 and three for 29 off 10.

Tama Canning, for VOC, scored 45 and took one for 43 from 10, then followed that with 50 and one for 47 off 10, 10 and two for 30 off 8.2 overs. David Kelly has had scores of 17, 20 and 30 for Rood en Wit.

In his last three games for Hermes DVS Greg Todd, scored 23, 20 and 19, but also took three for 28 off 10 overs. Former Canterbury player Darron Reekers has been performing well for his Quick Haag club but he hasn't been able to shift it from the bottom of the table. He scored 54 off 56 balls in one game, then 49 and 29 and, in his most recent match, yesterday he didn't bat but took four for 20 off 10 overs.

Former international Shane Thomson scored 56 not out for competition frontrunner VRA while in his last two innings for HCC, Alex O'Dowd has had scores of 52 and 64.

In her last two matches for Rood en Wit Sarah Burke has taken two for 35 and three for 13, both off nine overs and in her last match she scored 40 not out.

Craig Spearman has scored the 500th run of his first-class season with Gloucestershire after the latest round of games in which he hit 15 boundaries on the way to scoring 85 against Derbyshire. However, he scored a duck in his second innings. Chris Cairns has been showing some consistent batting form in recent matches with 19 and 58, off 42 balls, against Kent in a 287-run loss while in his last two one-day games he has scored 65 not out off 56 balls against Scotland and 57 not out off 58 balls in a five-wicket win over Hampshire.

Stephen Fleming scored 13 and 42 not out for Yorkshire in their 10-wicket win over Derbyshire while he followed that with 90 off 107 balls in a seven-wicket loss to Surrey in the one-day competition.

Left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori has been getting plenty of bowling, taking one for 104 off 14 overs against India A and four for 74 off 14.3 and one for 124 off 20 overs in the 287-run loss to Kent.

Around the leagues, Rob Nicol has found something more like his run scoring touch with 64 and 52 on the last two Saturdays for Rishton in losses against Bacup and Enfield. Michael Parlane, in the East Anglia League with Swardeston, hit 79 in a two-wicket win while taking two for 76 off 16 overs but on the past weekend he was out for a duck and took two for 49 in a 54-run loss.

In the Liverpool and District competition, Warren McSkimming is in 10th place on the premier league run scorers list. He has scored 301 runs for Lytham and is averaging 60.20. He scored 106 not out in a drawn match against Leigh.

In the first division of the same league, Aaron Barnes heads the runs list with 753 runs in 14 games, at an average of 83.66. James Marshall is third with 624 at 48.00.

Meanwhile, Chris Harris continues to make his mark with the Lashings XI. In a match against the Bunburys, Harris scored 52 not out in a total of 239 for four and in their next match against Waltham Forest he took four for 40. In their most recent match against Acton, a 21-run win to Lashings, Harris scored 110 in the total of 330 for seven.

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