National Club Cricket Championships – Match Reports Day Three

St Albans (Canterbury) 214 (Tom Meyrick 93, James Tapper 31*; Michael Barry 4/28, Josh Presland 3/33) DEFEATED Suburbs New Lynn (Auckland) 189 (James Parslow 86, James Tapper 3/29) BY 25 runs.

St Albans have continued their unbeaten run through the Club Champs after surviving a tight encounter with a tough Suburbs New Lynn side. St Albans were able to put pressure on the Suburbs tail and clinch the victory.

St Albans looked to have gotten off to a solid enough start after electing to bat but after losing one opener their batting line up went into somewhat of a free fall as no one until number 9 Tom Meyrick could crack double figures. Meyrick showing the rest of the line up how things are done with an impressive stay at the crease that saw him fall just 7 runs short of a hundred in the 47 over. His efforts well and truly saving St Albans for being tumbled out for a very low score. Meyrick who hit 8 4s and 7 6s in his innings was given useful help late in the piece by James Tapper who was able to nurse the strike along well and finish on 31 not out.

In reply Suburbs simply couldn’t get a strong partnership going through the middle to get them close to the target. James Parslow did his absolute best to take his side their with a strong 86, but after entering in the 5th over and departing in the 47th he simply didn’t have someone to stick with him.

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Napier Tech Old Boys (Central Districts) 234/8 (Matt Edmondson 82, Christian Leopard 37; Hamish Robertson 3/26, Ryan Duffy 3/35) DEFEATED Kaikorai (Otago) 131 (Geordie Scott 41*; Jadyn Lennox 3/17, Stevie Smidt 3/25) by 103 runs.

Napier Tech Old Boys have continued Kaikorai’s problems at National Club Champs with another strong display with bat and ball. Napier put on another strong showing with the bat as they debuted on the biggest ground at Cornwall Park.

Big contributions from Matt Edmondson and the on fire Christian Leopard helped them build a very useful total of 234. Kaikorai’s bowlers sharing the wickets around as they struggled to completely stem the flow of runs of Napier. The Texans’ innings had gotten off to a wobbly start losing a wicket in the first over but Edmondson’s solid stay at the crease put things right for his side.

Kaikorai’s chase got off to a rapid start but after the early fireworks none of the batsmen could kick on to provide the solid innings needed to take them past Napier. Geordie Scott batting at 7 was the only player who was able to offer some substance but he quickly ran out of partners as Napier chipped out the tail in quick succession.

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Manukau City (Northern Districts) 167 (Jono Hickey 80, Sandeep Patel 47; Peter Connell 6/36) LOST TO Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 173/4 (Fraser Colson 53, Jeremy Dean 39; Sandeep Patel 3/64) by 6 wickets.

Wellington’s put on another dominant display as they inflicted a third successive loss on the luckless Manukau City. The Northern Districts side had looked like they maybe building to a strong total as the multitalented Jono Hickey started on a strong partnership with Sandeep Patel. However after Peter Connell was able to dismiss Hickey things went south rapidly for Manukau. After Hickey had made 80 and Patel 47 no other player managed a score over 6 as Manukau were rolled in the 26th over.

In response Easts got the required runs at a canter as Fraster Colson once again showed his talents as he notched 53 peppered with 7 4s and 3 6s. It was a strong score from Colson as he backed up his hundred from the day before. Chamika Gajanayaka with 22 and Jimad Khan with 18 then made sure Easts cruised to the target after losing two wickets in quick time.

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Points Table

Eastern Suburbs – 9

St Albans – 9

Napier Old Boys Tech – 6

Suburbs New Lynn – 3

Manukau City – 0

Kaikorai – 0