Cornwall completed a dominant week at the National Club Championships by comfortably accounting for St Albans in the final yesterday.
After posting a respectable 235/9 their bowlers ripped through the St Albans top order to ensure that the result was never in doubt.
The other two playoff games were also dimilarly decisive with Albion wrapping up third place with a seven wicket win and Napier Old Boys grabbing their first win of the tournament to lock up fifth spot.
Cornwall (Auckland) 235/9 (B Chemaly 57) DEFEATED St Albans (Canterbury) 137 (D Johnston 41; T Nethula 3-21) BY 98 runs.
Cornwall won the toss and elected to bat first as they had done solidly all tournament long. They hit a bit of a speedbump early on when Teja Nidamanuru hit one straight up in the air in the first over. Many of the Cornwall boys got good starts but all got out around the 30 run mark. Once again it was Cornwall’s top batsman of the tournament Brad Chemaly who anchored the innings with a composed 57 that allowed Cornwall to reach 235/9.
Cornwall’s bowling attack came out blazing with Matt Quinn and Shastryn Nair both striking twice in the first ten overs to leave St Albans struggling at 19/4. Benjamin Langrope and James Bevin tried to put St Albans on track to win but great bowling from Sam Anderson and Teja Nidamanuru slowed the run rate and eventually got both men. Daniel Johnston and Matt Holstein got a good partnership going but when Michael Guptill-Bunce threw Taren Nethula the ball, he bowled an incredible spell to clean up the tail and seal a tournament win for Cornwall.
Greerton (Northern Districts) 205 (C Neal 49, C Wiliams 40; J Medlin 3-32) LOST TO Albion (Otago) 206/3 (J Harper 63*, M Somerville 46*, T Cumberland 42; M Jarvis 3-40) by 7 wickets.
Greerton came out looking to pile on the runs early as they chased the third place spot up for grabs in this match. They did’t get off to a great start losing an opener in the third over, but Cam Neal and Kent Hodder formed a partnership to get them back on track to a defendable total. However after Neal fell there was a minor collapse and Greerton found themselves at 142/7. The tail still had some fight left in it and helped Greerton push through to a defendable 205.
Greerton struggled to take wickets against a determined Albion side as they cruised to 78/1 with a strong opening partnership. Even with the quick loss of three wickets it allowed Jack Harper (63 off 70) and Mark Somerville (46 off 52) to step up and bring Albion home and secure third spot.
Onslow (Wellington) 115 (A Fletcher 35; A Prasad 7-31) LOST TO Napier Old Boys (Central Districts) 118/1 (M Sinclair 55*, J Singh 33) by nine wickets.
Napier Old Boys started the day as the only team without a win to its name in the competition and knew that Onslow was definitely a team they could beat. Losing the toss again, Napier immediately made an impact removing Ben Shields for 9. Captain Matthew Sinclair then threw the ball to Anup Prasad who had showed some glimpses of class at this tournament and he didn’t disappoint, bringing up best figures by anyone at the Club Champs this year 7-31. Prasad’s efforts ripped apart Onslow’s batting unit, eventually all out for 115.
Napier looked the best they have all tournament in their run chase only losing the one wicket on the way to easily chasing down Onslow’s total of 115. Matt Sinclair continued his late tournament form top scoring for his side with 55* to ensure Napier didn’t leave the tournament winless.
2nd St Albans
5th Napier Old Boys
Albion (Otago) 231/8 (T Cumberland 43, M McCall 34, F Page 33, T Ford 30; B Quinn 3-47) DEFEATED Napier Old Boys – Marist (Central Districts) 126 (D Drepaul 34, D Scott 31) BY 77 runs.
Albion went into this game with a chance of still playing Cornwall in the final tomorrow. Winning the toss and electing to bat, opening batsman Taylor Cumberland and Matt McCall got off to a good start for Albion as they put on 82 for the first wicket. The middle order continued to contribution with Felix Page and Captain Tim Ford chipping in 30s to get Albion to 231/8.
Napier haven’t had the greatest luck with the bat so far this tournament and it wasn’t looking much better early on as they lost three wickets very quickly at the start of their innings. Damien Scott and Matthew Sinclair looked to dig in and launch an assault on Albion’s total but their powerful bowling attack was two good with several players chipping in with wickets to seal the 77 run win.
Cornwall (Auckland) 318/6 (H Blackwell 111, B Chemaly 68, S Marra 55, T Nidamanuru 43; M McEwan 3-67) DEFEATED Onslow (Wellington) 123 (J Bannatyne 46 ; F Klaassen 4-23) by 195 runs.
Having already qualified for the final Cornwall took the luxuary of resting Captain Michael Guptill-Bunce for their clash with Onslow. Henry Blackwell took Guptill-Bunce’s spot and made the most of his opportunity, powering to his maiden Premier century. Cornwall also had good contributions from Brad Chemaly (68 off 47), Scott Marra (55 off 32) and Teja Nidamanuru (43 off 36) to finish at a very strong 318/6.
Onslow immediately found themselves in trouble losing both openers in the first five overs. It was a change for Cornwall as the first 6 wickets they took came off good pace bowling, whereas the majority of their tournament wickets have come from spin. This sunk Onslow as they were struggling at 45/6 in the 12th over. Freddie Klaassen (4-23) was the pick of the bowlers for Cornwall as they dismantled Onslow for 123 to reach the final as the only unbeaten team and will face St Albans in the big game today.
Greerton (Northern Districts) 220 (B Hampton 69, T MacRury 46, C Williams 37 ; J Bevin 3-36, G Earl 3-27) LOST TO St Albans (Canterbury) 221/8 (W Southby 79, N Roberts 45, D Johnston 35 ; B Hampton 6-39) by two wickets.
When Greerton won the toss they were always going to bat first against St Albans on the smaller number three pitch. Greerton got off to a solid start as well with Tom MacRury and Charles Williams leading the way with a 69 run opening stand. Unfortunately for Greerton after both openers were dismissed only Brett Hampton (69 off 59) was able to add a decent contribution as St Albans cleaned them out for 220.
Greerton could smell an upset in the early stages of St Albans innings, great bowling by Brett Hampton had them struggling at 44/5. It took good efforts from William Southby (79 off 105) and Nathan Roberts (45 off 60) to put St Albans back on track and even after a bit of a wobbly finish they managed to just get across the line to win by two wickets and set up a rematch with Cornwall in the final tomorrow.
1st – Cornwall 15
2nd – St Albans 12
3rd – Albion 9
4th –Greerton 6
5th – Onslow 3
6th – Napier Old Boys Marist 0
Finals Day Fixtures
Final Cornwall v St Albans
3 v 4 Playoff Albion v Greerton
5 v 6 Playoff Onslow v Napier Old Boys Marist
Albion (Otago) 253/8 (J Harper 72, T Cumberland 41, D Duke 40, M McCall 34 ; D Spencer 6-52) DEFEATED Greerton (Northern Districts) 126 (T Marsh 3-29, J Medlin 3-24) by 127 runs.
Greerton won the toss and sent Albion into bat out on the number one at Cornwall Park. Albion’s batting lineup hadn’t really fired during the tournament so were well overdue for an allround performance. Even with top run scorer Roald Badenhorst being rested, it didn’t stop Albion putting in a good batting effort as there were solid contributions made by four of the top five as they pushed their way to 253/8, led by a top score of 72 by Jack Harper. Credit also needs to be given to Dan Spencer who grabbed his second six wicket bag for the tournament for Greerton and now leads the wicket takers on 17 scalps.
Greerton’s start was not helped by a quick flurry of wickets, being 5 down after 12 overs for just 47. Yesterday’s saviors for Greerton Richard Earl and Tommy Clout found themselves in the same position for the second game in a row trying to bring their side back from 5 down. Clever bowling by Jeremy Medlin playing his first game of the tournament was Albion’s saviour as he knocked out the Greerton middle order claiming 3-24, to help dismiss them for 126.
Cornwall (Auckland) 249/9 (B Chemaly 103*; C Gibbens 3-41, N Roberts 3-43) DEFEATED St Albans (Canterbury) 89 (T Nidamanuru 3-3) by 160 runs
Cornwall didn’t get off to the best of starts against St Albans as they lost their two top performers from yesterday Teja Nidamanuru and Michael Guptill-Bunce in the first three overs. Wickets continued to fall frequently for Cornwall and they needed someone to step up and save their innings. That man today was Brad Chemaly, whose knock of 103 off 100 balls was enough to push Cornwall to 249/9 off their 50 overs.
Cornwall made the perfect start to their innings grabbing four wickets in the first 15 overs to pile on the pressure as St Albans struggled to 42-4. There was hope as James O’Gorman came in to revive the innings but thanks to Cornwall’s incredible spin bowling attack, they were far too powerful rolling St Albans for 89. Teja Nidamanuru was the top bowling performer with 3-3.
Onslow (Welington) 337 (A Fletcher 146, A Noema-Barnett 56 ; B Quinn 3-75) DEFEATED Napier Old Boys Marist (Central Districts) 312/9 (M Sinclair 97, J Singh 71, D Drepaul 62, B Quinn 42; J Bannatyne 5-69) by 16 runs (D/L)
Onslow and Napier Old Boys Marist were both winless at the start of days play and it was Onslow who came out blazing looking to rectify that. Having looked impressive during the tournament already making several good starts, it was Andrew Fletcher who led the way for Onslow scoring 146 off 125 to help them post 337 – the third time that Napier have had to chase 300 at the Champs.
Napier got off to a great start as Jamie Singh and Matthew Sinclair got the ball rolling with a 93 run partnership. Even after Singh departed Sinclair continued to score getting to 97 off 99 where he was run out with Napier Old Boys 222/4. With the game going down to the wire Napier didn’t give up and fought into the position of needing 30 off the last 2.4 overs when rain interrupted and paused play. With one over shaved off the total and the total revised to 329 Onslow held their nerve to close out the game, James Bannatyne grabbing a hattrick to win by 16 runs.
St Albans 9
Napier Old Boys Marist 0
Onslow (Wellington) 174 (B Shields 47, A Fletcher 44; M Holstein 3-19) LOST TO St Albans (Canterbury) 175/5 (J O’Gorman 75, D Johnston 35*) by five wickets.
After being rolled for 75 in yesterday’s game, St Albans looked to put the pressure of batting first back on Onslow, winning the toss and electing to field. A solid opening partnership of 71 between Onslow’s Andrew Fletcher and Ben Shields was just the start they needed as they looked to put on a defendable total. Once again a lack of depth in the batting lineup was exposed for Onslow as they failed to convert starts, losing regular wickets to finish 174 all out.
Early Pressure was applied by Onslow as they snared two wickets in the first 10 overs of St Albans innings. Only chasing 174, James Richards and James O’Gorman dug in their heels and prevented St Albans from losing any further wickets in the early stages. The captain O’Gorman (75 off 105) went on to play a crucial part of bringing the game home forming a partnership with Daniel Johnston (35 off 25) to seal St Albans third win by 5 wickets.
Napier Old Boys Marist (Central Districts) 165 (A Prasad 62; C Thomas 3-36) LOST TO Greerton (Northern Districts) 168/6 (R Earl 44*, T Clout 38) by four wickets
Looking to chalk up their first win of the National Club Champs, Napier Old Boys got a good start winning the toss and electing to bat. Once again the opening partnership for Napier got some runs on the board early but in an almost identical situation to yesterday’s game the loss of the first wicket for Old Boys signaled a collapse falling from 40/1 to 75/7. Anup Prasad offered some fight to help push Napier to a defendable total of 165.
Tom MacRury and Charles Williams got off to a solid start for Greerton posting 31 in their opening stand, but after MacRury departed Greerton’s top order collapsed struggling at 72/5 and looking like more could fall. Middle order batsmen Tommy Clout and Richard Earl then stepped in and anchored Greerton’s innings to successfully chase down the 165 Napier set with four wickets to spare. Napier Old Boys Marist will now look to tomorrow for their first win.
Albion (Otago) 227 (R Badenhorst 45, N Beard 36, T Cumberland 31; T Nidamanuru 3-45) LOST TO Cornwall (Auckland) 229/1 (M Guptill-Bunce 102*, T Nidamanuru 70, A Sharma 41*) by nine wickets.
Cornwall won the toss for the third game in a row at the National Champs and decided to bowl against Albion. Roald Badenhorst (45 off 49) again got Albion off to a great start bringing up his third score over 40 and helping his side to get to 102/4 at the 20 over mark. Cornwall kept on persevering against a good Albion side and when spinners Swapnil Karnik and Teja Nidamanuru both made breakthroughs, it sparked a lower order collapse for Albion who ended all out for 227.
Cornwall got to bat three overs before lunch and certainly set the tone for the rest of their innings, hitting the break at 32/0. After Lunch Teja Nidamanuru and Michael Guptill-Bunce continued to bat unbelievably forging a 144 run opening stand before Nidamanuru fell for 70. This didn’t slow down Guptill-Bunce as he raced to 102* off 56 balls including 13 fours and 6 sixes, bringing up his milestone with a four which also won the game. Cornwall chasing down 228 in 22 overs to cap an impressive win.
St Albans 9
Napier Old Boys Marist 0
Cornwall (Auckland) 305/6 (A Sharma 107, S Andersen 61, J Cassidy 33*) DEFEATED Napier Old Boys Marist (Central Districts) 107 (S Kartik 4-27, B Chemaly 3-7) by 198 runs.
Cornwall again won the toss and elected to bat first this morning. Napier who had a heavy loss on day one got off to the perfect start when Anup Prasad ripped Teja Nidamanuru’s off stump out of the ground with the first ball of the innings. This brought Avinash Sharma to the crease who batted through 46 overs and scored a composed century along the way. He got good support from Sam Andersen in the middle of the innings as they were able to keep the scoreboard ticking over to push to a great score of 305/6.
Napier got away to a solid start with their opening partnership posting 34 runs for the first wicket. It took a great piece of play by Cornwall’s Shastryn Nair to swing momentum Cornwalls way as he reacted quickly to pluck a ball out of the air to remove Ravi Singh on 24 caught and bowled. From there wickets continued to fall for Napier Old Boys Marist as no one could manage to get over 30. Great spin bowling by Swapnil Kartik and Brad Chemaly was the key to Cornwall’s win.
St Albans (Canterbury) 151 (T Marsh 4-36, J Harper 3-26) DEFEATED Albion (Otago) 136 (R Badenhorst 44; M Holstein 5-20, G Earl 3-13) by 15 runs.
St Albans were the biggest winners on day one and came out looking to pile on the runs against a very strong Albion side. St Albans struggled to convert starts into big scores as opening bowlers Taylor Marsh and Roald Badenhorst put on some early pressure. Albion in the end picked up where they left off yesterday with the ball, bowling St Albans out for 151. Great bowling performances by Taylor Marsh (4-36) and Jack Harper (3-26) the key for Albion.
Albion got off to a flying start with Roald Badenhorst(44 off 34) playing some great shots and getting Albion through to 60/1 at lunch. Momentum took a sharp turn in favor of St Albans after Badenhorst was dismissed, Albion then collapsed going from 72/3 to 125/7. Needing only 16 runs to win with three wickets in hand, it was St Albans who came out on top with Matt Holstein claiming a hat-trick, ripping apart the tail to get St Albans their second win of the tournament
Onslow (Wellington) 75 (S Wineti 3-14 D Spencer 3-27) LOST TO Greerton 76/1 (C Williams, T MacRury 32) by nine wickets.
Onslow came out looking to put runs on the board as they won the toss and elected to bat first. The decision backfired on the boys from Wellington as Greerton’s opening bowlers Brett Hampton and Campbell Thomas had Onslow struggling at 23/4 after 8 overs. Needing to dig in and rebuild, Sam Keegan and Matt McEwan showed some fighting spirit for Onslow but fell victim to Greerton captain Shane Wineti and top wicket taker Daniel Spencer who grabbed three scalps each on their way to knocking Onslow over for 75.
It was obvious Greerton wanted to wrap things up before lunch as they didn’t hold back chasing down Onslow’s total in just over ten overs. Only losing one man in the nine wicket win capped off a powerful display by Greerton that puts them right back in the hunt for the championship.
1st – Cornwall 6
2nd – St Albans 6
3rd – Greerton 3
4th – Albion 3
5th – Onslow 0
6th – Napier Old Boys Marist 0
Cornwall (Auckland) 272 (T Wilson 71, B Chemaly 67, T Nidamanuru 38, M Guptill-Bunce 34; D Spencer 6-40) DEFEATED Greerton (Northern Districts) 200 (B Hampton104, T MacRury 37; T Nidamanuru 4-33) by 72 runs.
Winning the toss was a great start to Cornwall’s return to the Club Champs after a seven year absence with Captain Martin Guptill-Bunce deciding to bat first. The decision looked to have been the wrong one early on as Cornwall slumped to 117/6 in the 28th over. Up stepped Brad Chemaly (67 off 80) and Tim Wilson (71 off 59) to stabilize Cornwall’s innings and help them push to a strong score of 272.
Cornwall struck early on with the ball leaving Greerton well behind the run rate at 2-30 after 10 overs. The early wickets only brought Brett Hampton to the crease where he scored the fastest century of the day (104 off 69). His dismissal sparked a lower order collapse with the final four wickets falling for 14 runs to leave them 200 all out and giving Cornwall a 72 run win.
Albion (Otago) 255 (R Badenhorst 107, M Sommerville 46*; H Kyne 4-44) DEFEATED Onslow (Wellington) 146 (S O’Connor 36, C Larsen 30; R Badenhorst 3-30, D Ingham 3-4) by 109 runs.
Albion’s innings got off to a strong start in their opening match at the National Club Champs after being sent in to bat. Roald Badenhorst wasted no time building a 104 run opening stand with fellow opening batsman Matt McCall. Even after McCall’s dismissal Badenhorst continued to fire bringing up the first century of the tournament off just 95 balls. Albion’s innings then began to stall as Badenhorst fell on 107, with regular wickets falling Albion were able to fight through to 255 recovering from being 168/5 at one stage.
Onslow had the smallest chase of all the teams on day one but didn’t do themselves any favours losing a wicket in the second over and by the 20th over they were struggling at 61/7. It was a great bowling display by first innings hero Roald Badenhorst (3-30) and Daniel Ingham (3-4), as they kept taking wickets at frequent intervals to ensure they would end up winners on day one, eventually bowling Onslow out for 146.
St Albans (Canterbury) 360/5 (J Bevin 133, G Earl 74, B Langrope 69 J Richards 32) DEFEATED Napier Old Boys- Marist (Central Districts) 138 (B Quinn 37, A Prasad 32; D Armitt 4-49, N Roberts 3-21) by 222 runs.
Losing a wicket in the first over didn’t prove to be too much of a loss for St Albans as they powered to a mammoth 360/5 off their fifty overs. Led early on by George Earl (74 off 82), St Albans managed to find early momentum and put pressure on Napier Old Boys. Just as the game began to lean towards an Old Boys take over, up stepped James Bevin who blasted 133 off 85 balls including 19 fours and 5 sixes to help his side home strongly.
St Albans proved to be just as destructive with the ball, taking regular wickets and not allowing Napier Old Boys any space at the crease. At one stage after just 11 overs, Napier Old Boys were struggling at 37/6 thanks to great opening bowling by Nathan Roberts and Clem Gibbens. Brendan Quinn and Anup Prasad looked to steady the ship but David Armitt(4-49) had different ideas cleaning up the lower order.
St Albans 3
Napier Old Boys Marist 0