Wellington A lose first game but still lead Provincial A tournament

Wellington A lost their first game of the Provincial A tournament at Lincoln University on Sunday, but still lead heading into the fifth and final set of One-Day matches on Monday.

Wellington missed out to Auckland on Sunday, meaning they hold a three-point lead to second placed Auckland ahead of Monday’s 50-over clash against Northern Districts A, followed by three Twenty20 matches on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The points table after four rounds of five One-Day matches is: Wellington 15;
Auckland 12; Northern Districts 8; Otago 8; Canterbury 4; Central Districts 4

Wellington’s remaining three matches are:

  • Monday v Northern Districts (50-over match)
  • Tuesday v Canterbury at 10am and Auckland at 2.30pm (Twenty20 matches)
  • Wednesday v Northern Districts at 10am (Twenty20 match)

Against Auckland on Sunday, Wellington posted 268 all out in 46.2 overs but were unable to contain Auckland’s batsmen who chased down the total in the 46th over for the loss of 6 wickets.

Former Blackcaps Test opener Tim McIntosh (71) and Cameron Fletcher (95) put on 169 for the second wicket. Jono Sole hit 47 from 25 to carry Auckland to victory.

Scott Kuggeleijn worked hard for his three wickets, but the Wellington bowling attack couldn’t penetrate regularly enough.

Earlier, Wellington had been in all sorts of bother at the start of their innings with both openers dismissed for a duck. Wellington were 2 for 2 early.

The recovery was swift though, as Stephen Murdoch and Henry Walsh put on 113 for the third wicket. Both brought up half centuries, before Murdoch fell in the 19th over for 57.
 
Walsh though continued to plunder away, hitting two sixes and 12 fours in his 88 from 86 deliveries. Unfortunately he was sent packing in the 35th over by Rajiv Sharma. Tom Blundell scored 40 and two further cameos down the order were also handy as Wellington finished with a respectable 268.

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