National Club Cricket Championships – Match Reports Day Five

Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 219/8 (Fraser Colson 63, Alecz Day 34; Tom Meyrick 3/44) DEFEATED St Albans (Christchurch) 178 (Michael Slack 49, Dylan Budge 49; Jamie Gibson 6/40) by 41 runs.

An impressive effort with the ball from recent Wellington first-class debutant Jamie Gibson has lifted Eastern Suburbs into the final of the National Club Cricket Championships. Easts will meet St Albans in tomorrow’s final. Easts managed to defend a middling total on a Cornwall Park Number 1 wicket that proved difficult to score on as the day wore on.

Suburbs were facing off against the only undefeated side in the competition in St Albans from Christchurch. After deciding to bat first Easts were able to make it through to 219 from their 50 overs. Easts struggled to build partnerships through their innings and relied on substantial contributions from the well performed Fraser Colson in the middle order and then a late tranche of runs from the experienced duo of Lance Dry and Peter Connell to lift their total to a solid position.

In response St Albans looked to be in real trouble as they attempted to pull in Eastern Suburbs’ total. The Christchurch side were in strife when they found themselves at 15/3 in just the eighth over. The Eastern Suburbs opening duo of Peter Connell and Ricky Joseph putting the squeeze on St Albans. Michael Slack and Dylan Budge were then able to put on a key frustrating partnership that put St Albans back into the game mix. The duo were able to drag their side back into the match with nearly a hundred run partnership. However after Budge lost his wicket the wheels started to fall off the St Albans chase. A resurgent Jamie Gibson was able to have an impact with the ball and in the field as he helped send St Albans packing. Gibson backed up his early wicket with five more and a run out.

Full scorecard here.

Hear from Jamie Gibson post match here.

Napier Tech Old Boys (Central Districts) 395/9 (Indika Senarathne 145, Cameron Leopard 76, Jurgen Andersen 52, Craig Herrick 38, Matt Edmondson 36; Jarryd Halliday 3/70) DEFEATED Manukau City (Northern Districts) 186 (Nick Kelly 59; Ash Vodnala 3/36) by 209 runs.

 Totals of more than 350 are more commonly seen on Cornwall’s Number 3 ground but supreme hitting from Napier saw them come close to posting 400 on Cornwall Number 2.

Central Districts dynamo Indika Senarathne smoked 145 off just 87 balls. The innings included 16 boundaries and 8 6s. Senarathne is famous for his mercurial hitting ability and his talent was well and truly on show today. Senarathne was not at all worried about losing his opening partner who lasted just one delivery and carried on with his business as he enjoyed strong partnerships with Matt Edmondson and Cameron Leopard. The New Zealand Under 19 rep continuing his excellent spurt of form at the championships, Leopard finishing with 76 more runs.

Manukau City have had a rough run at the tournament and their chase got off to a similarly difficult start. Dion Joll losing his wicket in just the second over. Scott Allison then wasn’t far behind as Manukau struggled to gather momentum. Napier looked to rotate their bowlers and were able to claim regular wickets. Nick Kelly was one of the only Manukau players able to offer any kind of stern resistance. The Northern Districts batsman showing impressive style in reaching 59. However he couldn’t stick things out and lacked another batsman to stay with him to help Manukau anywhere near Napier’s impressive total.

Full scorecard here.

Suburbs New Lynn (Auckland) 251/9 (Mitchell Murray 36, Max Montgomery 49, Dane Watson 48, Josh Presland 41 off 19; Jack Nuttall 10-5-18-5) DEFEATED Kaikorai (Otago) 174 (Matt Hunter 33, Iain Robertson 46 off 21; Josh Presland 7-59, Dane Watson 3-73) by 77 runs

Better known for his role with the ball, strong young Josh Presland fired up with a tailend 41 off 19 — then stormed to a match-winning seven-for in a vital win for Suburbs New Lynn against embattled Kaikorai.

The big, fast victory was exactly what Suburbs needed if they were to be a chance of making the glamour match against top qualifiers St Albans on the last day tomorrow.

Kaikorai, surprisingly with just one win under their belt coming into day five, came away bruised and battered after being routed in just 15.2 overs, yet they had been right in the game after Suburbs had a middle order ’mare in the first innings.

Openers Tem Hodson and Mitchell Murray had put on 35 for the first wicket before Hodson’s wicket triggered a period of strife for the Auckland lads.

He was the first victim in Jack Nuttall’s outstanding five for 15 — Jack being the identical twin brother of Canterbury paceman Ed Nuttall.

Nuttall ripped through all five of Suburbs’ top strokemakers, sending their usual rock James Parslow, captain Michael Barry and Jonny Bassett-Graham all back to the clubhouse for ducks.

With Murray’s run-a-ball 36 threatening to be the top score, the rearguard came in with attitude, determined to give themselves something to bowl at.

Max Montgomery started the salvage job with an admirable 49, caught by Josh Finnie just shy of his milestone after four boundaries, three sixes and some key graft.

Dane Watson kept his composure for a cool-headed 48 before he was run out, the pair having got their team from 68/6 to 158/7.

But that kind of target still wasn’t enough to satisfy Josh Presland, a strongly built medium pacer capable of giving the ball a good nudge. He blasted three sixes and four boundaries in his 19-ball 41 to ensure Suburbs got up to a respectable score in the region of 250.

Having batted alongside Dane Watson, the two then joined forces with the ball to make Kaikorai’s day even less pleasant.

Opening the bowling, Presland was made to work hard for his first wicket on a ground that had frsutrated him just a couple of days earlier, SBS Bank Otago Volt Iain Robertson and Matt Hunter putting on 81 for the first wicket in just 6.3 overs, taking advantage of Cornwall Park number three’s shorter boundaries.

But things were rapidly about to go pear-shaped for the Dunedin visitors. Presland and Watson combined in a giant-killing spree that saw Kaikorai plummet from 100/2 to 143/5, Kaikorai sending up catches in search of the tantalising short ropes.

Presland then took care of the back half of the order virtually on his own, going from 4-56 to 6-56 in a blink as the wickets of Robertson and Michael Fraser — both bowled — put him on a hat-trick.

The hat-trick went begging but the scorecard had begun to look like a desperate comedy of wickets and sixes, and not much else in between, as Presland zeroed in a again for his seventh scalp.

He finished with a fine 7-59 off his eight overs on the tiny ground, Dane Watson taking the remainder of the wickets with 3-73. Suburbs had needed just three bowlers (with Anas Patel) to wrap up a 77-run landslide in just 15.2 overs.

Full scorecard here

Points Table

St Albans – 12

Eastern Suburbs – 12

Napier Old Boys Tech – 9

Suburbs New Lynn – 9

Kaikorai – 3

Manukau City – 0