Auckland A locked in tight battle with Canterbury A

Auckland A captain Graeme Beghin won the toss and elected to bat first at Colin Maiden Park.

That decision paid dividends with Beghin (39) and Raj Majithia (44) getting Auckland off to an excellent start putting on 83 for the first wicket.

Canterbury pulled Auckland back dismissing both openers and Michael Barry (16) to leave the match evenly poised at 129/3.

Finn Allen (73) and Craig Cachopa (42) steadied the ship for Auckland taking their side past the 200 mark without further damage.

Allen was in great form, His 73 including nine boundaries and two maximums.

Cachopa fell, and from there the wheels came off for Auckland losing their final seven wickets for just 55 runs.

Aniket Parikh (25) with the only other notable contribution batting with the tail pitching in with some handy runs before being the last man to fall.

Raja Sandhu (0-8) and Danru Ferns (0-13) bowled with excellent control offering the Canterbury openers very few scoring opportunities whilst the new ball was in effect.

Canterbury’s openers dug in for the final session putting on 55 unbeaten off 26 overs to leave the visitors in a comfortable position heading into day two

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