Wairarapa News : March 6th 2013
40 WAIRARAPA NEWS, MARCH 6, 2013 FOR IN THE DRY IN THE WET OR IN THE TOWN 4622672AU 0800 104 103 Cnr Dixon & Harlequin Streets, Masterton firstname.lastname@example.org NO 1 OFF ROAD: Isuzu D-Max recently rated best off road ute on the market by NZ 4WD Magazine, plus in top 3 overall & best priced. BONUS For a limited time purchase a D-MAX UTE & receive $2,000 of STIHL products of your choice proudly supplied by STIHL SHOP MASTERTON & GREYTOWN. www.eastwoodmotorgroup.co.nz WE ARE BRINGING THE FIELD DAYS TO YOU WITH Shop local and support your community On all new UTES SPORT WAIRARAPA NEWS ROMANOS It's tough at the top PAGE 38 Red Star red hot title favourites Masterton-based cricket club Red Star have lived up to their name with a clean sweep of round robin matches in the Wairarapa senior men's two-day competition. Red Star completed their latest outright result in the final round of the Bidwell Cup on Saturday by beating rivals Flight Centre Lansdowne. They won first innings and out- right points in every game this season, only missing out on nine batting bonus points. From a possible 125 points Red Star picked up 116. Lansdowne were next best with 64 points, one ahead of Greytown. Given Red Star's unparalleled dominance this season they will go into next weekend's final against Lansdowne as the runaway favourites. Red Star will be gunning for their third consecutive champion- ship title. But Lansdowne will be buoyed by the fact that they made Red Star work hard for their win. After conceding a first innings deficit of 60 runs, Lansdowne started the second day just four runs ahead with five wickets down. But a superb knock from rep captain Henry Cameron got his side firmly back in the match. Cameron fell one run short of a century as Lansdowne reached 221, setting Red Star 162 to win. Red Star ultimately triumphed, reaching the target for the loss of four wickets in the 51st over. Meanwhile, Rathkeale College were convincing winners in the McBride-Peterson Cup match against Wairarapa College. Prolific run scorer Zac Caldwell scored 133 as Rathkeale posted 252. In reply, Wairarapa College were dismissed for 140 and then, forced to follow on, were all out again for 85. Ryan Tonkin starred with the ball for Rathkeale by taking 11 wickets. Warming up with win By ANDY McGECHAN NO NONSENSE: Pahiatua's Paul Whibley (Yamaha), clinical in his cross- country assault in the United States at the weekend. Photo: ANDY McGECHAN, BIKESPORTNZ.COM Pahiatua's Paul Whibley was determined to quickly get his United States cross-country cam- paign on track and it was a no- nonsense approach that put him top of the podium at the weekend. The 34-year-old won two major cross-country titles in the US last season, clinching the Grand National Cross-country Cham- pionships (GNCC) and the Off- Road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) crown as well, and he was deter- mined to get his 2013 season warmed up with a win. He and his wife Katherine packed up the Yamaha YZ450F and headed off to the Palmetto motocross complex in Gaston, South Carolina, for the opening round of the Mid East XC series, an event that drew a huge turnout of more than 300 bikes and riders for the two-hour race on the sand- based course. With only a 13th pick of the line, I hoped it wouldn't be a hint of the day to come. The green flag signalled the start and the YZ450F fired up quickly, giving me the holeshot. I swiftly opened up a lead of about 15 seconds and as we came out on to the first motocross sec- tion track I could see (Australian rival) Josh Strang in second. The gap remained the same over the first lap, but somewhere in the second lap Josh must have had some problems because my lead jumped out to about a minute. The track was pretty fun with the sandy soil being good practice for the upcoming opening round of the GNCC in Florida. But the number of bikes on the track created a constant stream of riders circulating and passing lap- ped riders was a battle when you come upon five or six at a time.'' As the race was winding down, Whibley had a minute and a half lead over former GNCC champion Strang with Japanese rider Taka- shi Koikeda in third position. The last three laps went smoothly and I managed to nego- tiate the mobile chicanes' (slower riders) without too much drama. Big thanks to the riders who gave the professionals plenty of room to come through while being lapped.'' The GNCC championship is again Whibley's main order of business this season and he gets that title defence kicked off in Florida in just a few days' time.
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