Wairarapa middle order frustrate bowling attack

By Jared Smith

Wanganui had to settle for a first innings victory after Wairarapa held out in the dying overs of their opening Hawke Cup match in Masterton on Sunday.

Taking a 91-run lead in the late afternoon, Wanganui had the hosts in trouble at 30-3 with about 30 overs to play. However, the surviving batsmen dug in to see them through to 72-5 by stumps.

The wickets were spread amongst five Wanganui bowlers.

"They just shut up shop in the last 10-15 overs, happy just to bat the day out and save any more wickets from falling," manager Andrew Lock said.

Lock said their relatively young side which includes six players under 19 all had valuable time in the middle, while also rotating a bowling attack of eight players.

Earlier, Wanganui folded their innings on 281 thanks to Central District's contracted player Ben Smith's excellent 131. While none of the other players made large contributions, Lock said several got starts and helped Smith to score.

Lock said there had been a push to include more of Wanganui's youth but with key games coming up against Hawke's Bay and Manawatu next month, this was not a good time for further experimentation.

Lock noted that while Hawke's Bay may not have shown all their wares at the weekend against Horowhenua-Kapiti, Manawatu are in ominous form following their thumping of Taranaki.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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