Cricket: Top two clubs finish 60 over comp in style

By Sean Roberts


With Napier Tech Old Boys having already been confirmed as the 60-over club cricket champions, the last round of the competition was academic in terms of finding the winners, but other teams were keen to advance their standings towards the overall Club of the Year title.

Ruahine Motors Central Hawke's Bay won the toss and decided to make first use of the wicket at Nelson Park.

Batting in partnerships built around a solid 60 from Hamish Lewis, Mackie (24), Richardson (35) and McConville (30) all had time at the crease as CHB were dismissed in the 52nd over for 202. For Taradale, Mark Harris bowled well to take 3 for 53 while Eddie Torr continued his good form by taking 5 for 50.

In reply, Taradale had little answer to the opening spells of Hindmarsh and White who reduced Taradale to 17 for 4 and then 57 for 8 before a late order revival saw them dismissed for 140 in the 43rd over.

Harris showed his all round skills with a fighting 44 whilst Callum Hewetson scored 29.

For CHB Little and Hindmarsh took 4 wickets apiece as they cemented second spot in the competition.

Champions Complete Flooring NTOB celebrated their championship with a comfortable victory over Heretaunga Building Society Cornwall.

Opener Indika Senarathne (23) got Old Boys off to a flying start but his dismissal with the score on 29 saw three more batsmen come and go for the addition of no more runs.

Batting at No 6, captain George Diack found an able ally in Craig Herrick and together they resurrected the innings with a 6th-wicket partnership of 114. Herrick was the aggressor, scoring a run a ball 70, whilst Diack was a bit more restrained in taking 115 balls for his 64.

NTOB were eventually dismissed for 219 while for Cornwall, new ball bowler Charley Crasborn bowled his seamers well to take 5 for 69.

In reply, Cornwall struggled against the new ball attack of Jurgen Andersen and Craig Herrick and were bowled out for 94.

Both Andersen and Herrick have been in great form recently and shared the spoils with 4 wickets apiece.

At Anderson Park in Havelock North, local captain Todd Astill won the toss and invited Napier Old Boys Marist to bat on a soft wicket that offered a bit to the bowlers.

Marist struggled again with their batting and were dismissed for 91 in the 44th over.

A partnership of 40 between Jack Ward (41) and Tom Forslike (16) for the 6th wicket was the only show of resistance against a steady attack.

Astill was once again delighted with the performance of his bowlers, with Tom Dunn returning the best figures of 4 for 17 from 10.2 overs. It was a measure of how well they bowled that only 7 boundaries were scored in the entire innings.

Havelock North fared little better in their turn at bat and Marist were well in it when they reduced the home team to 42 for 5 with Jack Ward doing the early damage with 3 quick wickets.

However Dominic Thompson (9 no) joined Astill (40 no) to steer the home team to victory with an unbeaten partnership of 50 for the 6th wicket. "Marist were on a bit of a roll when I came in. It was a case of defending the good ball and hitting anything short or wide," Astill said.

- HAWKES BAY TODAY

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