Cricket: Bay batsmen show skills

By Ben Guild

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Brett Hampton got very little help from a flat surface at Bay Oval as Anaru Kitchen compiled a fine century for the Auckland selection.
Brett Hampton got very little help from a flat surface at Bay Oval as Anaru Kitchen compiled a fine century for the Auckland selection.

Bay of Plenty batsmen have further underlined their first-class credentials with classy showings for a Northern Districts XI against an Auckland side at Bay Oval.

Former New Zealand under-19 batsman Joe Carter made the most of his opportunity by scoring a century in batting friendly conditions on Sunday.

The 20-year-old batsman took more than five hours to compile a measured 118 runs from 233 balls on a wicket that appeared to be losing pace and bounce during the Auckland side's innings yesterday.

In stark contrast was the work of the flowing Bharat Popli, who stroked 10 boundaries to go along with just three singles on his way to a brisk 43, before being adjudged LBW.

The home side declared on 306/5 after 91 overs, leaving the Auckland batsmen to get some much-needed time in the middle ahead of their Plunket Shield campaign.

Anaru Kitchen offered a couple of chances but was otherwise solid on his way to a century yesterday, after Auckland had earlier lost Tim McIntosh for 12, Gareth Hopkins for 21 and Colin de Grandholme for 39.

The local bowlers were left to toil on an unforgiving surface, with contracted Knights players Jono Boult and Tony Goodin combining to bowl more than 40 economical overs for little reward.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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