WON THE TOSS: Northern NSW Emus captain, Scott Shephard.
WON THE TOSS: Northern NSW Emus captain, Scott Shephard.

Emus tame timid Kiwis

By ADAM HICKS

CASINO'S Wes Koskela scored 20 runs and snared three wickets as the Northern NSW Emus secured a 31-run win over the Canterbury Kiwi Colts yesterday in the major one-day match of their New Zealand tour.

The Emus captain Scott Shephard of Casino won the toss and elected to bat first.

"Lucky we won, it was very much a road ... very flat," Shephard said.

"It was a good track to bat on ... well, we thought it was."

The Emus started strongly with 49-run opening partnership before losing 3-15.

Casino's Sam Dietrich returned to the team for this match after sitting out the past two games with a injured thumb, but could only manage three runs.

Shephard, batting low in the order, came to the crease with the Emus at 7-132.

He added 12 before being run out trying to lift the team's run rate.

The Kiwi Colts were set 159 for victory and got off to a terrible start losing their first wicket for seven.

They lost their next three wickets for a further 18 runs and were in deep trouble at 5-35.

However the hosts still had a chance with Tony Muir at the crease.

"He is one of their gun batsmen," Shephard.

But he never got the chance to prove it when Shephard dived on a clumsy shot through the covers and fired it in to the keeper to run out McCord for a diamond duck.

His dismissal, however, opened the door for a 42-run sixth wicket partnership but the rest of the team offered little resistance. The Kiwi's were all out for 127.

"This one was our big one-dayer," Shephard said

"This is what we came over here for.

"They are supposed to be one of the top sides around here ... one of the gun sides to make. These guys are the pick of the bunch."

The Emus have a rest day today before beginning a three-day Test match against the Kiwi Colts on Sunday.



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