Day Three: Easts move into second after Dry heroics

UPDATE Day Three: Easts move into second after Dry heroics

Some lusty hitting at the end of the innings by Chamika Gajanayaka and captain Lance Dry put Easts on top of Kaipara Flats before the wet arrived to wash most of the second innings out on day thee of the NZCT National Club Championships in Auckland.

Despite the no result, Easts have moved into second on net run rate after three matches.

The points table after day three is: Old Boys Collegians of Canterbury 7 points (new run rate 0.15); Eastern Suburbs of Wellington 4 (0.82); Kaipara Flats of ND 4 (0.47); Kaikorai of Otago 4 (-0.17); New Plymouth Marist Utd of CD 4 (-0.82); Parnell of Auckland 1 (-0.65)

Thursday’s matches:

Eastern Suburbs (W) v Parnell (A)

Kaikorai (O) v Kaipara Flats (ND)

Old Boys Collegian (C) v New Plymouth Marist Utd (CD)

Day three round-up:

Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 297/8 (Ben Orton 84, Chamika Gajanayaka 76*, Lance Dry 62*) had a NO RESULT with  Kaipara Flats (Northern Districts) 53/5 (Ronald Karaitiana 3-9)

The Cornwall number No3 found its mojo again as the last two overs of the Eastern Suburbs innings amounted to 66 runs. Captain Lance Dry was the main man responsible with 62 off 34 balls, 54 of them in boundaries. He was aided by wicketkeeper Chamika Gajanayaka with an, in comparison, pedestrian 76 off 54 balls. This all followed on from another strong showing at the top of the order from Firebird Ben Orton with 84 to get his team off to a strong start and allow them the platform to amass 297/8.

New Plymouth Marist Utd (Central) 262/7 (Jarred Cunningham 59, Ryan Fleming 74*; Dan Duke 3/49) had a NO RESULT with Kaikorai (Otago) 16/1

Marist amassed 262 for 7 in their 50 overs as they had a number of batsmen get starts without any really kicking on. A well made half century at the top from Jarred Cunningham started them off and then Captain Ryan Fleming batted sensibly for his 74 not out. Having wickets in hand allowed Josh Barrett to add some fireworks at the end with 28 off 15 balls to lift his sides total over 250. Seamer Dan Duke was the pick of the bowlers for the Otago side with 3 wickets including two comprehensive clean bowleds. .        

Old Boys Collegians (Canterbury) 237/7 (Abhimanyu Shrikande 74, David Wakefield 45) had a NO RESULT with Parnell (Auckland) 34/0

Old Boys were missing their two first class players today due to the Canterbury Awards night but Abhimany Shrikande took up the challenge and led the team scoring with a sensible 74 receiving good support from David Wakefield with 45 as they reached 237/7. Parnell bowlers shared the wickets round with NZ U19 representative Ben Horne returning the best figures of 2/38 off his ten.

Day Two– 10/4/13

Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 255 (Andrew Fullerton Smith 53, Jeremy Dean 42, Niranjan Naguleswaran 36) LOST TO Kaikorai (Otago) 182/8 (Iain Robertson 100*, Matt Hunter 40) BY 3 WICKETS (Target 179 from 35 overs)

A suberb century by skipper Iain Robertson paved the way for Kaikorai to record their first victory for the tournament.  The Otago side were chasing 179 once adjusted for a rain delay during the second innings.  Robertson smashed 100 not out off just 86 balls including 9 fours and 4 sixes.  Matt Hunter was the only other Kaikorai player to reach double figures making 40 opening the innings.  Earlier in the day Easts made their way to 255, eventually bowled out in the 49th over with Andrew Fullerton Smith the only batsman to make it past the half century milestone.  Both sides now sit with a one win, one loss record after the first two rounds of play and will be eager to sneer round 3 victories to advance their final stakes.

Old Boys Collegians (Canterbury) 306/5 (Todd Astle 90, Paul Knight 84, Joel Abraham 64) DEFEATED Kaipara (Northern Districts) 257 (Brad Wilson 52, Rory Christopherson 40, James Marshall 38, Michael Parlane 37, Matt McEwan 3/23) BY 25 RUNS (Target 282 from 46 overs)

The runs were flowing for Old Boys Collegians against Kaipara with a fanstastic 189 second wicket stand between opener Paul Knight and Todd Astle.  This laid the foundation for reaching 306 with Joel Abraham cracking 64 off just 35 balls to close out the Canterbury team’s innings.  In reply Kaipara looked to be in the hunt early on with Brad Wilson’s rollicking 52 off 43 balls.  At 164 for 3 the rain came and a revised target of 282 off 46 overs was set.  Despite some lusty hitting from Michael Parlane (37 off 23 balls) Kaipara fell short of the runs required.  The stand out bowler was Canterbury Wizards player Matt McEwan taking 3 wickets.  The victory for Old Boys sees them as the only team left undefeated after just two rounds of the tournament.

Marist Utd (Central Districts) 174 (Ryan Bridgeman 36) DEFEATED Parnell (Auckland) 100 (Ben Rae 37, Ryan Watson 5/18) BY 79 RUNS

The fighting qualities of New Plymouth’s Marist United shone through on the number 3 field clinching victory after winning the toss and batting first.  In trouble at 73 for 6 the tail rallied to post 174 before being bowled out after 44.2 overs.  A 41 run partnership for 9th wicket between Ryan Bridgeman and Sam Wells being a crucial stand to reach this total.  From there they took a strangle hold on the match, spear headed by New Zealand U19 representative Ryan Watson who sneered 5 for 19.  Parnell could only muster 100 before being bowled out in the 29th over.  Parnell will now be desperate to win on Day 3 after defeats on the first two days while Marist United will be targeting their match against Kaikorai from Otago to keep them in the hunt for the final as they find themselves with a win and a loss from the first two days.

Points Table (as at end of Round 2) 

Old Boys Collegians - Canterbury 6
Kaipara Flats - Northern Districts 3
New Plymouth Marist Utd - Central Districts 3
Eastern Suburbs - Wellington 3
Kaikorai - Otago 3
Parnell - Auckland 0

Tomorrow’s matches:

New Plymouth Marist Utd (CD) v Kaikorai (O)
Parnell (Akld)  v Old Boys Collegians (Cant)
Eastern Suburbs (W) v Kaipara Flats (ND)

Match Reports and short scoreboards from day one:

 Eastern Suburbs (Wellington) 265/9 (Chamika Gajanayaka 53, Ben Orton 59, Josh McLauchlan 41, Andrew Fullerton Smith 38) DEFEATED Marist Utd (Central Districts) 138 (Ryan Fleming 32, Josh Barrett 39*, Lancy Dry 3/22) BY 128 RUNS

Eastern Suburbs put up the highest score of the day thanks to some big hitting from opener Ben Orton with 59 at the top and wicketkeeper Chamika Gajanayaka at the end with 53. Boundaries flew throughout the innings with 29 fours and six 6’s but the Marist bowlers stuck to their task with 3 picking up a pair of wickets, the pick being Jarred Cunningham with 2/29 off his 10.

Wickets fell at regular intervals in the Marist innings and they ended up comfortably short of their target. Captain Ryan Flemings 32 and an entertaining lower order knock of 39* from Josh Barrett were the only bright spots and as Easts Captain Lancy Dry marshalled his troops well and picked up 3/22 to complete a good day for his side.

Old Boys Collegians (Canterbury) 215 (Todd Astle 70, Matthew McEwan 33; Ricky Black 4-47) DEFEATED Kaikorai (Otago) 76 (Logan van Beek 3/23, Matt McEwan 3/12, Theo van Woerkom 3/5) BY 140 RUNS

Collegians had first use of the small boundaries on the number 3 at Cornwall park and would have felt they posted a below average score going by recent years. Much of that was down to fine leg spin bowling from Ian Robertson tying down an end and picking up 2 vital wickets as Ricky Black took the headlines at the other end with 4/41. Blackcap Todd Astle top scored for OBC with 70 and was well supported in the middle overs by Matt McEwan with 33.
That score was to prove to be more than enough though as the Otago side was blasted away by the Old Boys opening bowlers with McEwan and van Beek picking up 3 each and leg spinner Theo van Woerkom cleaning up the tail.


Parnell (Auckland) 210 (Ben Rae 40, Kirk Bunting 50, Ben Horne 38, Matthew Taylor 3/53) LOST TO  Kaipara Flats (Northern Districts) 213/1 (Brad Wilson 100*, Rory Christopherson 57*) BY 9 wickets.

Parnell made a strong start to their innings racing to 59 inside the first ten overs thanks to some wayward bowling and power hitting from Ben Rae (40). Kaipara pulled back into it though as they picked up wickets with regularity as Michael Parlane and Michael O’Flaherty dominated the middle overs. Kirk Bunting compiled a fine half century and with Ben Horne ensured Parnell pushed the score on to 200 before a 9th wicket partnership of 29 got them to 210.

That score was nowhere near enough as on the back of a fabulous Hundred from Northern Knight Brad Wilson Kaipara eased home by 9 wickets with 12.2 overs to spare. Wilsons knock was off 111 balls and included fourteen boundaries. He was aided by a sensible unbeaten 57 from wicketkeeper Rory Christopherson.

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