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Cornwall fall in thriller after Guptill-Bunce century

With only a short delay this morning, the fourth day of National Club Champs got underway with 40 and 45 over matches the order of the day.

Cornwall v Napier Tech Old Boys

Asked to bat first on the number one, Cornwall’s Michael Guptill-Bunce (132) and Jamie Hayes (90*) led the way for the home side sharing in a massive 200-run partnership.

Coming together after a watchful start, Guptill-Bunce was at his free flowing best, his 132 coming off 100 balls including 12 fours and three sixes.

Hayes played the perfect anchor role, rotating the strike well and running hard at the back end of the innings.

Cornwall posted a strong 266 from their 45 overs and struck early with the ball to take the early advantage in the chase.

However, the Napier Tech middle order stood up, number three Iziah Lange (96*) simply superb anchoring the innings for his side.

Lange had support from Todd Watson (46) before Jesse Ryder came in at number six and blasted 67 off just 36 balls to see his side home.

Ryder’s knock included seven fours and three sixes, the big left-hander swatting the fifth ball of the final over to the fine leg fence to secure the six-wicket victory.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

 

Burnside v North East Valley

It was an absolute wicket fest on the number two ground today with North East Valley rolling Burnside for 123 before Burnside returned the favour knocking over the boys from Otago for 70 to claim a 53-run victory.

After a strong showing yesterday, the Burnside batting line-up was in all sorts of trouble crumbling to 39/7.

M Fisher (5-6) was the chief destroyer in a devastating opening spell for his side which included the second hat trick of the tournament.

With their side in dire straits tail enders Matt Farrant (29) and Scott Inglis (37) battled hard taking their side from the brink of embarrassment to finish 123 all out.

With a modest total to defend the Burnside bowlers came out with real intent reducing the North East batting line-up to 21/7.

Opening bowlers Farrant (3-32) and Inglis (4-7) continued their day in the sun with an outstanding display with the ball.

The pair just about single handedly dismantled the North East Valley batting line-up with opener W Kindley (49) the only batsman to show some fight.

Eventually the boys from Otago were bowled out in the 21st over for 70 to hand Burnside their first win of the Club Champs.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

 

Pukekohe Metro v Onslow

Over on the number three ground, Onslow claimed a four-wicket victory over Pukekohe Metro to register their second win on the trot.

Onslow won the toss and continued the trend of bowling first on the green decks.

Puke started reasonably well and at 70/2 after 13 overs were looking in a dominant position to kick on for a big score.

However, the Onslow bowling attack were once again on song through the middle overs taking regular wickets to stunt the Puke progress.

Malcolm Nofal (3-28) was once again in the wickets with the stand out figures as Onslow bowled Puke out for 189 in 36 overs.

Jonathon Keen (39) was the best of the Puke batsmen while number 11 Stan Skinner (31) chipped in with some valuable lower order runs.

The Onslow reply was measured as they chased down the middling total in 35.3 overs.

Number three Nofal (68*) was in the runs as was Calvin Harrison (55).

Reid Somani (3-36) was the best of the bowlers from Puke Metro but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat, Onslow’s second victory of the tournament.

For a full scorecard from the fixture, click here.

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