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Eastern Suburbs go back to back at Club Champs, Taka claim third spot

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The NZCT National Club Championships final day

Player of the tournament: Jamie Gibson (Eastern Suburbs)

Batsman of the tournament: Max O’Dowd (Takapuna)

Bowler of the tournament: Dale Swan (Mount Maunganui)

All-rounder of the tournament: Teja Nidamanuru (Albion)

 

Eastern Suburbs v Albion

A superbly timed run chase has ensured Eastern Suburbs claimed back-to-back NZCT Club Championship titles defeating Albion by six wickets in the final at Cornwall.

Albion opted to bat first but were kept in check by a decent Suburbs attack, no bowler going for more than five an over as the boys from Dunedin were bowled out in the final over of the innings for 194.

Josh Tasman-Jones was the pick of the batsmen at number three scoring a measured 62 off 70 balls including four boundaries and one six.

Jamie Gibson stepped up for Eastern with the ball, his figures of 4/32 from 10 overs the stand out performance, well backed up by 3/31 from Lance Dry.

Eastern Suburbs’ batting line up would’ve fancied their chances chasing under 200 and they made the perfect start putting on 54 for the first wicket.

The boys from Dunedin got back in the fixture with some tight bowling and had a sniff with Eastern 81/3.

However cool heads Fraser Colson and Gibson put on 87 for the fourth wicket seeing their side to the brink of victory before Colson departed one short of a half century.

It didn’t matter though, Gibson backing up his efforts with the ball doing the bulk of the remaining scoring to finish 61* and secure the Club Champs for Eastern Suburbs for the second year running.

Albion 194 (T Cumberland 35, J Tasman-Jones 62; J Gibson 4/32, L Dry 3/31) lost to Eastern Suburbs 195/4 (A Price 32, B Orton 30, F Colson 49, J Gibson 61*)

 

Takapuna v Mount Maunganui

The third place playoff turned into a last over classic, Takapuna squeaking home by the skin of their teeth by one wicket.

Mount Maunganui won the toss and elected to bat first, the top three all getting starts but no one kicking on thanks largely to a tight Takapuna effort with the ball.

At 96/8 the game looked firmly in the Aucklanders favour, but some solid late order resistance from Tony Goodin (44*) ensured his side had something to bowl at, the Mount eventually bowled out in the 41st over for 167.

The Takapuna batting line up had to negotiate 40 minutes before the lunch break, Max O’Dowd and Dan ter Braak putting on 40 for the first wicket.

However, the introduction of Dale Swan to the bowling crease turned the game on its head, Swan taking a hat-trick to rip the heart out of the Takapuna top order, going to lunch 44/3.

O’Dowd (77) was the only constant as wickets fell around him after the break, a double blow with the score on 155 leaving Takapuna nine down needing 13 to win.

Experienced head Ryan Scivier was joined by new comer Vishwa Yasas and together the pair edged toward the target.

The match came down to the final over, with the men in yellow needing two to win, Yasas showed plenty of composure, blocking the first ball before lofting the second over mid-off to the boundary and securing third place for the Aucklanders.

Mount Maunganui 167 (T Goodin 44*; D James 3/30, M Jones 3/26, M Latham 3/24) lost to Takapuna 170/9 (M O’Dowd 77; D Swan 4/30)

 

Old Boys Collegians v United

United finally registered a win on the final day of cricket, claiming a six wicket victory over Old Boys Collegians on Cornwall number three.

Old Boys won the toss and posted 224/8 from their 50 overs, Jeff Case the pick of the batsmen with 70 at number four.

Joel Abraham was the best of the rest, his cameo of 37 ensuring Old Boys passed the 200 mark.

It was a team effort with the ball from United, four bowlers taking two wickets a piece, Felix Murray’s 2/17 off ten overs very impressive on the small number three boundaries.

The United batsmen finally clicked on the final day, a well-timed chase getting them home in the 41st over only four wickets down.

It was a massive 109 run, fourth wicket partnership between Robbie James (52) and Logan McHardie (81*) that saw United to victory, McHardie going at over a run a ball, his innings including ten fours and two sixes.

The win means the boys from Palmerston North claim fifth spot in the Club Champs.

Old Boys Collegians 224/8 (D Wakefield 34, J Case 70, J Abraham 37, B Brady 31) lost to United 227/4 (M Hughes 38, R James 52, H Hill 34, L McHardie 81*)

 

Short Scorecards 9 April 2017 (final day)

Eastern Suburbs v Albion

Albion 194 (T Cumberland 35, J Tasman-Jones 62; J Gibson 4/32, L Dry 3/31) lost to Eastern Suburbs 195/4 (A Price 32, B Orton 30, F Colson 49, J Gibson 61*)

 

Takapuna v Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui 167 (T Goodin 44*; D James 3/30, M Jones 3/26, M Latham 3/24) lost to Takapuna 170/9 (M O’Dowd 77; D Swan 4/30)

 

Old Boys Collegians v United

Old Boys Collegians 224/8 (D Wakefield 34, J Case 70, J Abraham 37, B Brady 31) lost to United 227/4 (M Hughes 38, R James 52, H Hill 34, L McHardie 81*)

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