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Coastal Challenge round one preview: LOB vs KOB

Horowhenua – Kapiti teams do battle in round one of the Coastal Challenge

Round one is a split round with the Horowhenua-Kapiti teams in action this week.  Wanganui and Wairarapa teams play this round on 25 January 2020 to fit around representative commitments.

Levin Old Boys vs Kapiti Old Boys

@ Donnelly Park, Levin. 12 noon start.

On paper Levin Old Boys are the powerhouse of Horowhenua-Kapiti cricket and are blessed with a star-studded line up full of HKCA representative players.  LOB made the knock out stages of the Coastal Challenge last year and they will be looking to go all the way this time out.

LOB players to watch

Dion Sanson

Sanson was the top run-scorer in the Coastal Challenge last year with 533 runs at an average 66.63. He’s not playing representative cricket this year and so his full focus will be on CC.  Sanson is also a quality off-spin bowler who picked up 14 wickets last year.

Jamie Pinfold

Pinfold is an explosive wicket keeper batsman who is looking fit and keen this year. He scored 229 runs last year at an average 28.6 with a strike rate of 106 and will be looking to improve his stats and fulfill his full potential. Pinfold is a dangerous batsman who can take a game away from the opposition

Chad Law

As player/coach, Law is the rock LOB are built on. The coach has molded a group of players with potential into a fighting unit ready to take on the best in the region. With the bat last year he dug LOB and HKCA Bears out some tricky situations.

Xitij Sakhalkar

Sakhalkar was the find of the second half of the season last year for LOB.  His bowling will bring the X factor to the LOB bowling line up and he’s started the season by bowling beautifully at the Kilbirnie Sports T20 tournament last weekend with the HKCA emerging players side.  His accuracy and swing will trouble a lot of batsmen this year.

KOB had a troubled season last year, only picking up two wins in the Coastal Challenge.  Their bowling attack is second to none as they had no trouble bowling out most teams, but they struggled with the bat. They’ve recruited some players over the off-season and will be looking for their batters to back up the bowlers and bring home more positive results.

KOB players to watch 

Carter Andrews

Andrews is the skipper and bowling spearhead and last season showed his true all-round skills averaging 35 with the bat. With more support this year and improved fitness,  Andrews is set for a huge season.

Tom Blake

Blake is an 18-year-old English wicketkeeper batsman and will give KOB stability behind the stumps. With KOB having quality spinners his skills standing up to the wickets could be vital in this match. Handy middle order bat.

Russell Hughes

The South African born Englishman, with playing experience in South Africa, England and Australia will bring much-needed stability to KOB top order. A competitive lad, he will bring the fight to the LOB bowling attack.

Thomas Harris 

The 16 year leg spinner from Kapiti College troubled more than his fair share of senior batsman last year. Fitting the Coastal Challenge games around his college commitments he played only 5 CC games last year but was the second top wicket taker in the competition with 15 and an impressive average of 9.13  and strike rate of 12.53.

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