National Club Cricket Championships – Match Reports Day Two

St Albans (Canterbury) 207/8 (Ben Langrope 87*, Robbie Polson 38; Ish Sodhi 3/40) DEFEATED Manukau City (Northern Districts) 200 (Tamati Clarke 74*, James Tapper 3/40, Tom Meyrick 3/43) BY 7 runs.

A tight death bowling effort has helped inflict a second consecutive loss on Manukau City. St Albans knew after posting just over 200 they would need a top notch bowling effort to take back to back wins.

After enjoying the much smaller surrounds of Cornwall #3 a day earlier it seemed many players struggled to make the adjustments to the much bigger main ground. All but one of the wickets claimed by Manukau City were caught. Manukau looked to have St Albans in real strife early after sending the Canterbury side in but a big rescue effort from number 6 Ben Langrope helped them post a defendable total. Ish Sodhi again making his presence felt for Manukau City as he led the wicket taking tally.

In reply Manukau City simply couldn’t string together either one big partnership or enough small ones to nudge over the line. Tamati Clarke did his best to hold the chase together through the middle as he top scored with 74 not out but he simply didn’t have a player who could stick with him long enough. His partnership with Captain Ashwyn Herwels threatened to get them there but the skipper couldn’t carry his bat, falling to Langrope.

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Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 322/8 (Fraser Colson 144, Lauchie Johns 63; Georgie Scott 3/46) DEFEATED Kaikorai (Otago) 159 (Liam Cotton 39, Josh Finnie 31; Jamie Gibson 3/13) by 163 runs.

Easts continue to make the most of their players with first-class experience as today Fraser Colson who has enjoyed a recent run of success with Wellington dug them out of a hole. Colson entered in the ninth over the three men before him all failing to reach double figures and set about rescuing Easts.

After some starts he found a willing partner in Lauchie Johns and the pair were able to build and give the Eastern Suburbs innings some real substance. Colson showed impressive hitting ability as he built his score with 15 4s and 8 6s on Cornwall #2. His 144 providing the majority of his side’s impressive total of 322/8. Ili Tugaga also adding some late flourish as he struck a 4 and two 6s to boost the total.

In reply Kaikorai looked to be going well early but eventually continued a theme for the day of chases that simply couldn’t keep momentum up. The Dunedin side’s top five all offered starts but none could kick on to play the match winning hand they needed. After the wickets of top order batsmen Liam Cotton and New Zealand U19 Captain Josh Finnie no other Kaikorai player could get past 18 and their chase fell flat as Easts turned up the bowling heat. Lance Dry rotating his bowlers well as he mixed pace with spin and refused to let Kaikorai settle. Jamie Gibson continued his solid all round form as he picked up the final three Kaikorai wickets.

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Napier Tech Old Boys (Central Districts) 370/9 (Cameron Leopard 89, George Diack 51, Matt Edmondson 51, Indika Senarathne 47, Jurgen Andersen 42; Tem Hodson 3/49) DEFEATED Suburbs New Lynn (Auckland) 174 (James Parslow 40, Dane Watson 37; Jurgen Andersen 5/42, Indika Senarathne 3/38) by 196 runs.

After a tough first up loss Napier Tech Old Boys have surged back into things care off an impressive victory over Auckland’s Suburbs New Lynn. The Central Districts side dominated the game from outset and never took their foot of the match gas.

Old Boys Tech got off to an absolutely flying start on the postage stamp Cornwall #3 and Suburbs struggled to pull them in from there. All of the top three went past 40 as they established a strong foothold in the game. Even after the early front runners were dismissed there were plenty of other willing batsmen. Young Christian Leopard once again showing his talents as he mixed six 4s and six 6s on the way to 89. Jurgen Anderson starting a fine all round game as he chipped in with 42 runs late in the innings.

Napier continued their dominance from the outset of the Suburbs New Lynn chase as both openers were dismissed without scoring. A defensive partnership from James Parslow and Captain Michael Barry then put Suburbs back into the equation but after their wickets there was little more resistance from the Suburbs middle order. It wasn’t until some late hitting from Dane Watson and Anas Patel that some spark returned to the Suburbs chase. Tech Old Boys were eventually able to wrap things up in the 38th over to secure victory by nearly 200 runs.

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Watch below to hear Christian Leopard and Dane Watson on the match.