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Parnell picks up first win at National Club Champs

Parnell bounced back from two losses to beat Greerton by 132 runs at the National Club Championships being held at Cornwall Park.

After losing two early wickets, Ben Horne and Aniket Parikh combined for a 130-run stand. Parikh made 57 and Horne 61 before both were dismissed in the 25th over.

Captain Brad Rodden made his return to the side after missing the previous matches, and took the lead – smashing 7 sixes to reach 75 as Parnell crossed the 250-run mark.

Two wickets in the 44th over – including Rodden – left Parnell at 263/8. Number 10 Nikith Perera and number 11 Harry King got the Peaches past 300 before King was dismissed, Parnell having reached 307.

With runs to bowl to, Ollie Pringle was able to pin the batsmen down and picked up two wickets in consecutive overs, Nick Hendrie caught by Horne at second slip, then Henry Collier caught behind for 12.

Greerton set about their recovery, and at first did well until Parnell brought on their spinners. After Brett Hampton hit Aniket Parikh for six, Parikh had the last laugh, trapping the ND batsman LBW for 33.

The scoring for Greerton was too slow, by halfway through the innings they needed to go at seven-an-over, and by the second drinks break they needed to go at 10s.

Perera and Parikh put the squeeze on, and when the Greerton batsmen tried to hit out, they quickly got out.

In the end, it was comfortable. Harry Miller took a sharp catch behind the stumps, and Greerton was all out for 172 after 41 overs.

Parnell will face Napier Tech Old Boys from 10am tomorrow.

Full scorecard here.

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