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NZCT Club Champs finally underway at Cornwall

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The NZCT National Club Championships finally got underway on day three of the tournament after rain prevented play on the opening two days.

The weather still played its part, effectively cutting the games in half after a big downpour around lunchtime.

 

United v Albion (25 overs, revised target 170)

Albion got off to a winning start against United, inserted by their opposition they piled on 172/6 before bowling United out for 109 in the 23rd over.

Otago Volts representative Sam Wells stepped up with the bat for Albion, he was the mainstay of the innings scoring 60 off 42 balls in the middle order.

He was ably assisted by J Glenn who added impetus to the end of the innings with three sixes and four boundaries in his 56*.

Defending a revised target of 170, the Albion bowlers were superb, each of the five bowlers used taking two wickets a piece.

They had their opposition in trouble early at 4/24, United never really recovering to be bowled out for 109.

Albion 172/6 (S Wells 60, J Glenn 56*) defeated United 109 (S Singh 33)

 

Takapuna v Old Boys Collegians (24 overs, revised target 189)

A dominant display with the bat has led Takapuna to a first up win over Old Boys Collegians.

Takapuna skipper Will O’Donnell won the toss and elected to bat first, Dan ter Braak anchoring the innings and top scoring with 76.

The opener was superbly supported by Netherlands international Max O’Dowd who scored 46 at number four, finding the fence eight times.

The Aucklanders piled on the runs to score 200 from their 24 overs, a target slightly reduced due to the weather.

Old Boys Collegians opener Tom Taylor came out firing with the bat smashing 81 from just 36 balls.

Taylor was brutal clearing the fence 10 times in his innings but when he was dismissed by Will O’Donnell the tide turned in Taka’s favour.

The home side squeezed their opposition, Matt Jones’ five overs going for just 20 runs while O’Donnell was the pick with 3/15 off his five.

Eventually the chase got too big for the boys from Christchurch, finishing on 167/7 from their 24 overs.

 

Mount Maunganui v Eastern Suburbs (26 overs, revised target 243)

Eastern Suburbs sent a message to the competition scoring 239 before restricting Mount Maunganui to 216/9 to claim a first up win.

Eastern batsman M Ansell was sensational smashing 71 off just 31 balls as the top order did the business.

Mount had a tough time defending the small boundaries on Cornwall number three, Ansell clearing the rope six times in his innings.

Mount bowler Dale Swan was the pick of the lot finishing with figures of 4/27 from his five overs.

Chasing a revised target of 243 was always going to be tough for the boys from the Bay, however Pete Drysdale set a solid platform at the top scoring 46 from 24 balls.

Eastern Suburbs fought back in the middle period, Mount going from 45/1 to 104/6 in the 12th over.

Some late hitting not enough as the Eastern boys restricted their opposition to 216/9 from their 26 overs.

 

Short Scorecards 6 April 2017 (day 3)

United v Albion (25 overs, revised target 170)

Albion 172/6 (S Wells 60, J Glenn 56*) defeated United 109 (S Singh 33)

 

Takapuna v Old Boys Collegians (24 overs, revised target 189)

Takapuna 200/5 (D ter Braak 76, M O’Dowd 46, E Herd 30*) defeated Old Boys Collegians 167/7 (T Taylor 81, D Stanley 47; W O’Donnell 3/15)

 

Mount Maunganui v Eastern Suburbs (26 overs, revised target 243)

Eastern Suburbs 239 (B Orton 44, M Ansell 71, L Dry 35; D Swan 4/27) defeated Mount Maunganui 216/9 (P Drysdale 46, M Golding 46, D Hill 49*; J Gibson 3/24)

 

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Eastern Suburbs v Takapuna

Albion v Mount Maunganui

Old Boys Collegians v United

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