Auckland A finish National Tournament with a loss
Match 5 Auckland A v Wellington A
Auckland A had tough finish to a tough tournament as they went down by 3 wickets to Wellington A in Lincoln.
Auckland were sent in and looked to be making Wellington regret that decision early as they climbed to an opening stand of 78 through Bill Walsh and Ben Horne. Horne batting impressively as he showed his attacking talent in making 78. His innings including 10 boundaries. The innings provide a strong chunk of Auckland’s competitive total of 281. Several other players including Alan Burton with 37 and Brad Schmulian with 39 made solid contributions. Alex Ridley with the most impressive figures for Wellington with 3/42.
Wellington showed their chasing intent early as Andrew Fletcher took four boundaries inside the first over. Wellington’s openers able to create a first stand of over 50 before they lost a wicket. However that wicket saw Matt Taylor come to the crease. Taylor was able to control the chase for Wellington with some strong hitting that included 5 6s and 5 4s as he made 76. Taylor formed a particularly impressive partnership with Fraser Colson who was able take Wellington over the line with a sharp 66 not out.
Auckland A 281 (Ben Horne 78, Brad Schmulian 39, Alan Burton 37, Sean Solia 33; Alex Ridley 3/42) defeated by Wellington A 284/7 (Matt Taylor 76, Fraser Colson 66, Andrew Fletcher 54) by 3 wickets.
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Match 4 – Auckland A v Northern Districts A
Auckland A suffered their third loss in a row at the National Tournament A in Lincoln. This time going down by eight wickets at the hands of Northern Districts.
Three warm up games between the two sides late last year gave little indication to how this game would play out. Auckland won two of those three but they were far from the winners circle in today’s encounter. The Auckland side flirted with being bowled out for under a hundred during the match. If it wasn’t for a late partnership between Brad Schmulian and Carl Brungar it could’ve been the case. Schmulian top scored for the Aucklanders with 52. Brungar with 35 was the only other player to score over 35 for Auckland as they finished on 183.
In reply through Joe Carter Northern did it at a canter. Auckland picked up two wickets inside the first ten overs but as soon as Carter and the ever solid Bharat Popli came together Northern were set. Carter managing to help himself to a hundred despite the relatively low chase. Carter’s innings included 18 4s and a 6.
Auckland A 183 (Brad Schmulian 52*, Carl Brungar 35; D Deeble 4/35) defeated by Northern Districts A 187/2 (Joe Carter 109, Bharat Popli 34, Jono Hickey 30) by 8 wickets.
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Match 3 – Auckland A v Otago A
Skipper Ryan Duffy’s 106 ball 89 led Otago to victory against Auckland A on a day when Auckland simply couldn’t get their chase going.
Thanks to Duffy’s innings and 70 from Sean Eathorne Otago were able to post a competitive total of 276 from their 50 overs. While Duffy and Eathorne provided the majority of the total and provided solidity early in proceedings some useful lower order batting helped give the southerner’s innings an extra competitive edge. A range of bowlers were employed by Auckland A but none could really apply the breaks to Otago’s innings. Elliot Herd, Dane Watson and Blair Smith all picking up two wickets.
In reply openers Ben Horne and Bill Walsh got Auckland off to a measured start but found themselves in trouble when Horne departed just after the 10th over with the score at just 47. Alan Burton then followed quickly behind him and it was up to Walsh and captain Michael Barry to sure things up. The duo started to form a useful partnership before Walsh had to go. Barry then looked like he might be able to get his side over the line but the loss of his wicket and then the departure of Sean Solia after a useful 41 put paid to Auckland’s flickering hopes.
Otago A 276/8 (Ryan Duffy 89, Sean Eathorne 70, Roald Badenhorst 37) defeated Auckland A 244 (Michael Barry 77, Bill Walsh 41, Sean Solia 41; Christi Viljoen 3/40,Craig Smith 3/48) by 32 runs.
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Match 2 – Auckland A v Canterbury A
In a match reduced to 46 overs a side because of weather and ground delays Canterbury smashed their way to victory at Lincoln chasing Auckland’s 283. A batsmen with first-class experience in Ken McClure led his side home with an impressive 98 not out.
McClure had a lot of work to do however at the end and it took a lot of impressive hitting in combination with Tim Johnston to get over the line. Canterbury’s chase had stuttered in the early overs but McClure played a steadying role and batting in particular with Cole McConchie gave Canterbury hope. However McConchie lost his wicket after making 70 and left McClure with plenty to do. Auckland looked back in the hunt after nabbing two more wickets but couldn’t close things out after Johnston came to the crease and took advantage of the Lincoln Green boundaries.
Earlier some fine batting from Auckland’s top order had helped set up their very handy total. Michael Guptill-Bunce impressed from the outset in making 76 which included 11 4s and a 6. Guptill-Bunce and Michael Barry formed a useful partnership before the opener was dismissed. Barry then went onto top score in Auckland’s innings with 86. Several other players also made useful contributions including Max O’Dowd with 33 and Ben Horne also with 34.
Auckland A 282/7 (Michael Barry 86, Michael Guptill-Bunce 76, Ben Horne 34, Max O’Dowd 33) defeated by Canterbury A 283/6 (Ken McClure 98*, Cole McConchie 70, Tim Johnston 33*) by four wickets.
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Match 1 – Auckland A v Central A
Auckland A have opened the National Provincial A Tournament in Lincoln with a comfortable win over Central A.
Auckland won the toss and elected to bowl first. Central put up a decent and competitive total of 229 with a range of players making contributions. Mitchell Renwick batted almost the whole innings providing the backbone for Central with 72 not out. Henry Collier also contributed 37 and other scores in the 20s helped build Central’s total. The tide turned for Auckland after the 30-over mark, the wickets starting to fall more quickly. Elliot Herd used his spin to net three wickets and regular contributions from the rest of the bowling line-up saw Central bowled out for 229 in 48.5 overs.
In reply Auckland A lost Michael Guptill-Bunce and Bill Walsh inside the first 10 overs of the innings. Batting at number four Max O’Dowd dominated with the chase scoring 82 runs off 67 balls, including 12 boundaries. Captain Michael Barry also found form and put up the next biggest contribution with 55. These efforts coupled with a number of scores in the teens saw the chase end in the 41st over, Auckland taking the win by 3 wickets.
Central A 223/10 (Mitchell Renwick 72*, Henry Collier 37, Elliot Herd 3/34) defeated by Auckland A 224/7 (Max O’Dowd 82, Michael Barry 82) by 3 wickets.
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