110 Over Round 2 Results
Runs hard to Come by in NCA Cricket
Runs were at a premium in Round Two of the NCA 110 over competition. Nelson College and WTTU were both dismissed for under 60 runs as these two fixtures combined for a paltry 85 overs of one-sided cricket in total. In contrast ACOB snuck home with just one wicket in hand against a gutsy Wanderers/Motueka team at Botanics.
Wakatu v Nelson College
The Wakatu bowlers dismantled a disappointing Nelson College batting line up at Victory Square to ensure an emphatic and early win. The ball was whooping around throughout the opening stanza as Damian Aitken and Abrahams created the initial mayhem amongst the College batsmen. They were both able to exploit unprecedented movement in the air and the schoolboys could not find any answers. Only the doughty Mason Lund offered any real resistance as he made a mockery of his recent form to battle away in the middle order. Veteran coach Garry MacDonald would have been asking questions though about Lund’s ultimate decision making and the shot selection that led to his demise. Off spinner Matthew O’Sullivan completed the honours at the tail of the innings with a couple of wickets for no runs.
56 was never going to be a defendable total and Mason Robinson and Tom Argyle had little difficulty in chasing down the dismal total in the 18th over.
Nelson College 56 Mason Lund 22, Damian Aitken 4/14, Matthew O’Sullivan 2/0, Abrahams 2/18
Wakatu 58/0 Mason Robinson 32*
Wakatu won by 10 wickets
WTTU v Car Company Stoke Nayland
WTTU barely fired a shot in being skittled for 57 in just the 23rd over against Car Company Stoke
Nayland at Jubilee Park. Ryan Flowers with 13 and extras with 19 were the only scores in double
figures for the home team. Dylan Eginton made the initial inroads and Tim O’Connor, Darius
Skeaping and left arm spinner Paddy Howes did the rest. Wickets tumbled at regular intervals as
WTTU offered little resistance to the nicely balanced Stoke Nayland bowling attack.
Skeaping completed a tidy little double as he was the only player dismissed in the miniscule run chase. He was dismissed at 50 and the run chase went only into the 15th over.
WTTU 57 Dylan Eginton 4/10, Darius Skeaping 2/5, Tim O’Connor 2/6, Paddy Howes 2/6
Car Company Stoke Nayland 58/1 Skeaping 24
Car Company Stoke Nayland won by 9 wickets
ACOB v Wanderers/Motueka
It took a sumptuous Reuben Smith cover drove for four to allow ACOB to eke out a one wicket
victory over Wanderers/Motueka on a low Botanics deck. The combined team compiled a
reasonable enough total batting first upon winning the toss. Jake White looked assured in a
pugnacious knock coming in at number seven after Wellington domiciled Adam Leonard seemed
assured before being well run out by a smart piece of fielding by the agile Sam Berkett. Seamers
Olie Jones-Allen and Daniel Grimes were rewarded for bowling tight lines and lengths as they kept
the total in check.
The target appeared a long way distant when ACOB lost their sixth wicket at 64. However, a 95 run
partnership between a defiant Joseph Gregan and the itinerant Marty Kain bought the home team
within sight of victory. Kain displayed both poise and power in his controlled innings. Gregan
showed a special affinity to the third man boundary as the pair gained the ascendancy and ran well
between the wickets. All the Wanderers/Motueka bowlers stuck to the task well however and were
well supported by sustained athleticism in the field. Once the partnership was broken there was a
slight panic amongst the ACOB ranks before Smith put a timely end to proceedings.
ACOB 64/6 159/7
Wanderers/Motueka 167 Jack White 45, John O’Gilvie38, Adam Leonard 22, Daniel Grimes 3/33, Ollie Jones-Allen 3/33
ACOB 170/9 Marty Kain 57, Joseph Gregan 42, Shane White 22, White 3/38, Alex Brogan 2/15, Mitchell Grant 2/37
ACOB won by 1 wicket