TPL Round 11 results
ACOB win close Battle
ACOB again took out the honors and grabbed valuable competition points to edge closer to a semi-final berth while Stoke Nayland probably secured their spot as well. A below-strength ACOB outfit was still too strong for Nelson College at Ngawhatu but it got pretty tight. College crafted their best score of the season when they posted 181 for seven wickets. Opening batsman Fergus Hughes compiled an elegant 110 delivery 61 and there were several other double-figure contributions without anybody else really firing. Kaleb McKay rode his luck towards the lower end of the innings to secure the only other significant score as the schoolboys battled hard to see out the fifty overs. The ACOB bowlers all toiled away well without any really significant breakthroughs. An uncharacteristically subdued Greg Chitty held the ACOB run chase together as his half-century took 83 balls. It was nip and tuck throughout as neither team was really able to put their foot on the throat of their opponents. Although Brogan was slow his defiance was probably the key ingredient in the chase. He batted in partnerships with Chitty and Reuben Smith to bring ACOB within sight of the victory and Ollie Jones-Allen saw it through with just under three overs to spare.
Ronan Restieaux made the initial inroads with the ball for College and Damien Aitken picked up four wickets through the middle stanza, but it was the Old Boys who won the day.
Nelson College 181/7 Fergus Hughes 61, Kaleb Mckay 33*, Reuben Smith 2/31, Akileash Reddy 2/31, L. Ogilvie 2/32
ACOB 185/8 Greg Chitty 53, A. Brogan 25, Damien Aitken 4/29, Ronan Restieaux 3/37
ACOB won by 2 wickets
Stoke Nayland v Wakatu
Stoke Nayland made pretty short work of Wakatu on a brown and barren Marsden Rec. Batting first Wakatu’s innings was built around Daniel Hooper who is in magnificent touch. He backed up two centuries with 93 not out as he fought a lone hand in an effort to allow Wakatu to post a competitive total. None of his teammates scored double figures though and the next best effort was the 19 sundries conceded by an otherwise tidy Stoke Nayland attack. Left-arm spinner Clayton Campbell spun a web around the visitor’s batsmen as he displayed a great variety and impeccable control through his ten overs. He was well supported by Dylan Eginton and Tim O’Connor and the fielding was also impressive in very trying conditions on the brown and bumpy outfield. Campbell backed up his bowling display with an impressive 49 ball half century to ensure Stoke Nayland were untroubled in the small run chase. As is now the norm in any Stoke Nayland innings Darius Skeaping was the rock and he remained unbeaten in the simple run chase that took just 27.5 to complete.
Wakatu 152 Daniel Hooper 93*, Clayton Campbell 4/29, Dylan Eginton 2/20, Tim O’Connor 2/30
Stoke Nayland 156/3 Darius Skeaping 59*, Clayton Campbell 50,
Stoke Nayland won by 7 wickets