A blistering century from Parnell captain Brad Rodden gave the Peaches a six-wicket-win against Greerton on the final day of national Club Champs at Cornwall Park yesterday.
The win secured fifth place in the competition which was won for the second year in a row by Napier tech Old Boys.
Rodden’s 50-ball 129 not out came after Greerton’s Henry Collier reached 125 off 51 balls earlier in the day.
The small boundaries on the Cornwall number 3 ground took a peppering, with 43 sixes hit in fewer than 62 overs.
Greerton won the toss and elected to bat first. Although his opening partner was out for a duck, Collier immediately went on the offensive. When Greerton lost their second wicket after eight overs, the side was going at more than two runs a ball.
After hitting 12 sixes and 11 fours, Collier was eventually caught by Harry Miller off the bowling of Keegan Russell. This left Greerton at 159/4 after just 14 overs.
The game proceeded at a furious pace, with attempts to slow it down by both sides making little difference. Parnell dismissed Greerton inside 31 overs, but thanks to Collier’s exceptional start, they reached 281.
Parnell’s start wasn’t quite as hectic on the hitting front, and two early wickets saw the Peaches in a touch of difficulty at 27/2.
When Rodden came to the crease Parnell was at a delicate position, 80/4 after 13 overs. He then simply let fly, hitting 16 sixes and 5 fours in his innings. He batted 10 overs with Josh Fisher – who made 57 off 38 – in easily the longest partnership by either side.
Greerton used eight bowlers to try and remove the Parnell pair, but it was to no avail. In 31 overs Parnell had a six-wicket win, their second of the tournament.
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