First-day honours go to Old Boys

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 27/01/2014
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GOOD HEAT: Marist bowler Sam Hartley, left, fires it down to Freyberg batsman Daniel Murphy in their two-day club game at Manawatu Park.

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Old Boys made sure United continued their poor form after a good first outing in their two-day club game at Manawaroa Park on Saturday.

Missing a few representative players, Old Boys put up a good total of 196, with most of the batting order chipping in on a bouncy pitch.

James Kelly was looking good and was the last man out for 45, while Kieran Fitch (33), Nick Simon (29), Matt Trent (28) and Sam Wilson (23) all made starts.

They lasted 64 overs, with Scott MacGibbon taking 4 for 34 from 11 and Cam Harris put in a decent shift of 18 overs in the heat to finish with 3 for 47.

United were 133 for 7 at the end of the day, still 63 runs behind.

After only scoring 128 in two innings last week, United performed a little better with the bat, thanks to captain Robbie James.

He opened and was 71 not out.

James' knock held the innings together but none of his team-mates seemed capable of digging in.

Scott Larsen was the next best on 18, which all came from boundaries.

Anu Ganugapati is in with James but hasn't opened his account yet.

United are hoping batsman Cameron Rowe will be back from representative duty next week to help out.

Nick Simon had the best figures for Old Boys with 2 for 20 and Willie Hodge bowled well for little reward with 1 for 21 from 10 overs.

After a big win last week, Palmerston North Boys' High School are in good position against Palmerston after the first day.

Palmerston still trail Boys' High by 107 runs in their first innings after the schoolboys posted 217 for 8 declared.

No 6 Tom O'Connor didn't muck around for Boys' High as he hit a quick-fire 67 from 61 balls to top score, while opener Luke McConaghty scored 52 and Isaac Harris 34.

Medium-fast opener Benn Dixon troubled Boys' High the most, taking 3 for 60, and Boys' High waited 59.4 overs before they called it in.

It didn't take long before the red caps had their top five back in the hutch as James Fitch got rid of the middle order with 3 for 21.

Mike Smith hung around to score 34 and Dixon made 25 as they batted 41 overs before the close of play.

The match between Freyberg and Marist is evenly poised for the second day next week after honours were shared on Saturday.

Batting first, Freyberg scored a decent total of 185 in 58 overs with veteran Dave Fulton top scoring with 42 and Cameron McNaught scored 37.

Tom Gillespie was the pick of the Marist bowlers with 3 for 26 from 11 overs, while left-armer Sam Hartley had 2 for 21 from five.

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Marist were then 134 for 6 at stumps, with Tom Giesen not out on 20 and Gillespie unbeaten on 12.

None of the Marist batsmen went on to a high score as new recruit Jack Leenards scored 29 and Hartley 26.

Andy Grubb was Freyberg's best with the ball, taking 2 for 37 from six overs.

Marist should back themselves to overhaul Freyberg's total on day two when they have their rep players back.

Old Boys 196 (James Kelly 35, Kieran Fitch 33; Scott MacGibbon 4-34/11.4, Cam Harris 3-47/18) met United 133-7 (Robbie James 71*, Nick Simon 2-20/4).

Palmerston North Boys High School 217-8 dec (Tom O'Connor 67, Luke McConaghty 52, Isaac Harris 34; Benn Dixon 3-60/22) met Palmerston 110-5 (Mike Smith 34; James Fitch 3-21).

Freyberg 185 (Dave Fulton 42, Cameron McNaught 37; Tom Gillespie 3-26, Sam Hartley 2-12) met Marist 134-6 (Jack Leenards 29, Hartley 26; Andrew Grubb 2-37)

- Manawatu Standard

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