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Takapuna humbled as Albion move into top spot

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Day four of the NZCT National Club Championships saw three 45 over fixtures completed at Cornwall Park with two centuries and the first five wicket bag of the tournament claimed by the Albion side.

Albion v Mount Maunganui (45 overs)

Albion piled on the runs then kept things tight with the ball to deliver a 113 run victory over Mount Maunganui.

Albion won the toss and elected to bat first, centuries from Taylor Cumberland and Sam Wells the two stand out highlights.

Opening, Cumberland anchored the innings for the Albion boys, his 109 coming off 131 balls including nine fours and four sixes.

Cumberland lost his opening partner early but then put on 83 for the second wicket with Josh Tasman-Jones (44), the pair laying the base for some late order fireworks.

Those fireworks came from Otago Volts representative Sam Wells who smashed 116* off 54 balls at number five.

Wells took just over an hour to take the Albion total in excess of 300, bringing out the long handle in the later overs smoking nine bombs.

With 306 on the board, Mount Maunganui were always going to have their work cut out against a decent Albion attack.

Opener Pete Drysdale was solid at the top with 65 but lacked support from the middle order.

Albion found their star in spinner Teja Nidamanuru who was well on top of the Mount batting card, at one stage Nidamanuru had two in two balls on his way to the first five wicket bag of the tournament claiming 5/55.

The spinner mopped up the Mount tail to complete the 113 run victory, Albion remaining unbeaten and looking in good form.

Albion 306/5 (T Cumberland 109, J Tasman-Jones 44, S Wells 116*; D Hill 3/69) defeated Mount Maunganui 193 (P Drysdale 65, B Musgrave 32, D Hill 34, C Atkinson 31*; T Nidamanuru 5/55)

 

Eastern Suburbs v Takapuna (45 overs)

Takapuna were humbled by Eastern Suburbs on Cornwall number one today, going down by 93 runs.

The boys from Wellington won the toss and elected to bat first, opting to play within themselves at the start before accelerating to score 212/6 from their 45 overs.

Solid knocks from Ben Orton (59) and Lockie Johns (48*) at either end of the innings were key in helping Suburbs to their total.

212 proved more than enough as a spirited effort with the ball knocked the top off Takapuna, each of the first three bowlers taking two wickets to reduce them to 45/6 in the 19th over.

The lower order rallied somewhat with Dan James and Elliott ‘Powerhouse’ Herd providing a couple of lusty blows to add some respectability to the total.

Their efforts were in vain though, Eastern Suburbs’ tight bowling too good, skittling the home side for 119.

Lance Dry was the pick of the bowlers for the Wellintonians, his leg spin picking up 3/14 from 5.5 overs.

The boys from the Capital join Albion as the only two unbeaten sides in the tournament, the Pirates with a shot at redemption against Albion tomorrow.

Eastern Suburbs 212/6 (B Orton 59, F Colson 32, L Johns 48*) defeated Takapuna 119 (D James 31, E Herd 32; L Dry 3/14)

 

Old Boys Collegians v United (45 overs)

Old Boys Collegians recovered from yesterday’s loss to claim a five wicket victory over United on Cornwall number three.

United won the toss and elected to bat first, the top order getting them off to a decent start with 50 from Ma’ara Ave and 46 from Hayden Hill.

However, at 116/4 the United middle and lower order couldn’t kick on, Mohit Marya the pick of the bowlers taking four wickets as Old Boys fought back to bowl United out for 169.

With 45 overs to play with, the chase didn’t pose too many problems for the boys from Christchurch, the calming hand of Jeff Case (54*) at number four guiding his side home in the 38th over.

United 169 (M Ave 50, H Hill 46; M Marya 4/12) lost to Old Boys Collegians 172/5 (J Case 54*, A Hastilow 32; C Harris 3/64)

 

Short Scorecards 7 April 2017 (day 4)

Albion v Mount Maunganui (45 overs)

Albion 306/5 (T Cumberland 109, J Tasman-Jones 44, S Wells 116*; D Hill 3/69) defeated Mount Maunganui 193 (P Drysdale 65, B Musgrave 32, D Hill 34, C Atkinson 31*; T Nidamanuru 5/55)

 

Takapuna v Eastern Suburbs (45 overs)

Eastern Suburbs 212/6 (B Orton 59, F Colson 32, L Johns 48*) defeated Takapuna 119 (D James 31, E Herd 32; L Dry 3/14)

 

Old Boys Collegians v United (45 overs)

United 169 (M Ave 50, H Hill 46;M Marya 4/12) lost to Old Boys Collegians 172/5 (J Case 54*, A Hastilow 32; C Harris 3/64)

 

Tomorrow’s fixtures:

Eastern Suburbs v Old Boys Collegians

United v Mount Maunganui

Albion v Takapuna

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