01 Jul, Friday

Canterbury give Auckland A tough test

Rep teams

Canterbury give Auckland A tough test

Praneel HiraRep teams

Last week, Auckland A came up against a strong Canterbury A side at Lloyd Elsmore Park in the side’s second Three-Day match of the summer.

Batting first, Auckland were made to graft through the opening session. Graham Beghin (45) and Amit Dhadwal (33) stood up to a testing new-ball burst but, shortly after lunch, the hosts fell to 120/4. Jackson Latham (3-66) did most of the early damage for Canterbury before Auckland fought back.

Mike Sclanders (90) and Brad Rodden (81) then put on a fourth-wicket stand of 161. The pair counterattacked and runs flowed through the middle session. Rodden and Sclanders fell either side of tea, sparking a collapse that would see Auckland all out for 331, with Nathan McNicol picking up 4-65.

In reply, Canterbury’s openers knuckled down in the lead up to stumps and continued on into Day Two. Both Tim Hampton-Matehe (105) and David Wakefield (100*) made hundreds before Canterbury declared at 228/1 in hope of advancing the game.

Auckland obliged with Will O’Donnell scoring an aggressive hundred. The opener’s 109 came off 91 balls and included 15 fours and 3 sixes. Sclanders (59) and Rodden (40) then combined for a second time, adding 71 for the fifth wicket. Auckland declared at the start of Day Three, leaving Canterbury a chase of 336.

On a flat wicket and a quick outfield, Auckland were going to have to produce something special with the ball. Danru Ferns kicked things off with a wicket in the fifth over, but it was some time before the hosts would strike again.

Wakefield was joined by Tyler Lortan and the pair both made patient starts. When Jamie Brown and Dane Watson hit back for Auckland, the match was in the balance.

Canterbury’s fourth-wicket partnership then took the game away from Auckland. Skipper Leo Carter (138*) and Aditya Edekar (97*) put on an unbeaten 235 to take Canterbury to victory by seven wickets.