National Club Cricket Championships – Match Reports Day Four

Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 161 (Andrew Fullerton-Smith 39, Jimad Khan 37) LOST TO Suburbs New Lynn (Auckland) 168/5 (George Hanham 55, Michael Barry, 49; Jack Anderson 3/36) by five wickets.

A calm chase and useful early bowling performance have helped Suburbs New Lynn hand Eastern Suburbs their first loss of the National Club Cricket Championships. Easts had been riding high with St Albans as the only unbeaten sides but solid play from the Auckland side ended that run in a rain impacted encounter.

Suburbs gained an early foothold in the game as their strong bowling duo of Josh Presland and Anas Patel were able to chip out early wickets. That left Easts in a rebuilding phase when rain called their innings early. With a rain shortened target to chase, Suburbs New Lynn through a strong partnership between skipper Michael Barry and Georgie Hanham broke the back of the chase and put their side in a strong position.

The chase wasn’t without nerves however after Barry and then Hanham both lost their wickets after being well set. It then took a very composed partnership between Jonny Bassett-Graham and Max Montgomery to take them home. The pair pushed runs well on Cornwall #1 and offered few chances for Easts to cash in on. Suburbs will now be hoping to push for another victory against Kaikorai tomorrow in the hope of boosting their way up the table. Easts on the other hand head into an intriguing clash with front runners St Albans.

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Suburbs New Lynn reporter Dane Watson with his take on the game.

Kaikorai (Otago) 261 (Geordie Scott 73, Rhys Bayly 70, Iain Robertson 50, Liam Cotton 43; Sandeep Patel 5/63) DEFEATED Manukau City (Northern Districts) 248 (Nick Kelly 72, Sandeep Patel 54; Iain Robertson 5/60, Geordie Scott 3/43) by 13 runs.

Coming into match the both sides were very eager to end their winless runs at the tournament. The match then more than delivered as the two sides pushed eagerly for an opening win. Kaikorai, thanks to a top bowling effort and a range of contributions from their batsmen came away the better of the rain shortened match.

Kaikorai did all their batting work early as their top order came to the party to put on the majority of the runs. The side ended up being lucky the top order had done so much work as they ran very close to Manukau. After Geordie Scott was dismissed for 73 batting at 5 no other Kaikorai player was able to nudge double figures. Sandeep Patel had a field day for Manukau City with the Kaikorai lower order as he picked up four lower order wickets to go with his dismissal of Iain Roberston to have 5 wicket bag.

Patel and Northern Knight Nick Kelly then did their absolute best to pull Manukau City over the line. The duo top scoring for Manukau but unfortunately they were the only two to be able to offer substantial contributions as their teammates fell away around them. Kaikorai picking up regular wickets to prevent the chase gaining any momentum. Iain Robertson capping off a supreme all round game to pick up 5 wickets.

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St Albans (Canterbury) 195/6 (James O’Gorman 64*, Robbie Polson 42, Matthew Holstein 37; Christian Leopard 3/29) DEFEATED Napier Tech Old Boys (Central Districts) 149 (Benjamin Langrope 3/33) by 83 runs.

A clinical performance carried St Albans to their fourth consecutive win at the National Club Cricket Championships. Batting first St Albans made a very strong start and before rain cut play they had managed to make the most of the smaller dimensions of Cornwall #3. Once the weather had eased St Albans were able to back up their powerful batting effort with a strong bowling display.

Skipper James O’Gorman led the way for St Albans after some early wickets and offered a commanding effort right up until the rain delay. Napier had impressed in the last two rounds with strong efforts with the bat but today’s effort went completely against that trend. The Central Districts side’s top order crumbling under sustained pressure from St Albans. Only some late hitting from Napier added spice to the game as the lower order looked to free their arms and frustrate Napier’s bowlers.

St Albans are now the only unbeaten side in the competition and will head into tomorrow’s match with Eastern Suburbs trying to go unbeaten into the final.

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Hear from St Albans skipper James O’Gorman post match.

Points Table

St Albans – 12

Eastern Suburbs – 9

Napier Old Boys Tech – 6

Suburbs New Lynn – 6

Kaikorai – 3

Manukau City – 0