Taylor and Henderson best on show

COLIN WILLIAMS
Last updated 12:07 12/12/2012

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Pace bowler Daniel Henderson picked up a five-wicket haul for the Mitre 10 MEGA cricket premiers on Saturday but that was the only real joy in the 50-over game's opening stanza. Petone- Eastbourne, on their home ground, knocked up 283/7 to always command the match's outcome.

The fit-again Henderson took 5 for 45 off his 10 overs with only Ollie Newton and Justin Davies (both a wicket apiece at five or more an over) claiming victims.

Henderson took his second wicket to have the opposition at least questioning things at at 57-4 but a 168-run partnership then took the game away big time.

Upper Hutt's reply with the bat was always going to be academic, especially with the single-digit scores of the Dan van der Heyden and Jason McKenzie opening combination.

The wonderfully consistent Matt Taylor got going and an 84-run partnership with Llewy Davidson-Powell (30) was good value but when Taylor was the sixth out at 170 the game was up.

Taylor was all power and purpose again.

His 77 was scored at close to a run a ball and laced with seven boundaries and a six.

Upper Hutt are at home for the next round, a repecharge section in a complicated club competition, but playing on Sunday at Barton Oval against the composite Wellington rep under-20 side starting at 11am.

Beaten bowlers

The Silverstream Women's team were beaten finalists in the Wellington Open fours tournament which was completed on Monday.

Led by Clare McCaul (who announced her engagement on the morning of the final), Silverstream looked to be on their winning way after leading 8-1 and 9-4 in the final which was played in Upper Hutt.

The local four then dropped 11 shots in the game's last two ends against their Massey Avenue opposition, going down 12-20.

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- Upper Hutt Leader

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