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Hendrie back in action


NO rest for the wicked — Nic Hendrie, just back from starring in a drawn three-day cricket match between Northern Districts A and Auckland A in Manurewa, turns out for Smash Palace Bail-Breakers in the Walker Shield T15 Blast tonight.

They play Auto Tyre Eagles in a David-and-Goliath clash.

The Jak Rowe-led Breakers (20 competition points) pounded the Eagles (4pts) under Matt Crampton in Round 2 last year.

Crampton knows that getting Hendrie out early is key to winning this evening.

The Eagles batted 15 overs against the Broncos a fortnight ago but only Crampton (23) of their batsmen reached 20 in the 12-run loss. The Eagles are hoping that Gisborne Boys’ High School Year 13 student Travis Mitchell and noted hitter Robert Schwass can give them batting punch. Schwass hasn’t hit the ball in anger since December 7 but he has a great eye, is fearless and thumps as good a pull-shot as anyone.

Crampton and other capable bowlers such as Tayla Hollis must be accurate.

The Broncos, under Craig Christophers, clash with Glen Udall’s Bollywood Stars this evening.

Christophers wants batsmen to be aggressive from the start and bowlers to look to take wickets.

“Our team strengths are the number of all-rounders we have,” he said.

The Walker Shield playing regulation stating that four different bowlers must be used to bowl the first four overs of an innings makes it necessary for captains to think outside the box.

Both the Stars and Broncos have 12 points.

Stars skipper Udall says they enjoy their cricket and let the result take care of itself.

“We bat deep and share the bowling duties around,” he said.

“It is certainly more fun winning and that is what we’ll be endeavouring to do.”

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