The Men’s Auckland A side have been in action this week, taking two comprehensive victories over Wellington A at Cornwall Park.
On Tuesday, Graeme Beghin led the way, hitting 6 fours and 3 sixes on his way to 94 off 101 balls. Beghin wasn’t alone in going past fifty, with Ryan Harrison (51) providing excellent support as the pair put on 110 for the fifth wicket.
Chasing 258, Wellington were able to get away to a reasonable start. It was Phil Mecredy who gave the hosts the initial breakthrough in the 7th over before following it up with a second wicket in the 9th. From there, Auckland broke open the match as all six bowlers took at least one wicket, with Raja Sandhu (2-34), Mike Sclanders (2-13) and Mecredy (2-34) nabbing two apiece. Raki Weerasundara top-scored for Wellington with 42; the visitors were bowled out for 159.
In the second match, on Wednesday, Ross ter Braak and Jamie Brown put in solid shifts with the ball. The opening bowlers both claimed three wickets, while Sandhu took another two, including the big wicket of Luke Georgeson for a patient 68. Brett Johnson hit 58 and Nish Desai added a breezy 34 to lift Wellington to 235/9.
Auckland then found themselves in a bit of trouble at 68/3, before a match-defining partnership between Sclanders and Brad Rodden. The pair took a measured approach adding an unbeaten 168 for the fourth wicket. Rodden (92*) was the more aggressive of the two, hitting 7 fours and a solitary six, while Sclanders dealt in singles and twos. In the end, Auckland won with seven wickets in hand and seven balls to spare.