Patel digs in to aid Boys' High win
CRICKET - GEORGE HEAGNEY
A great all-round display by Navin Patel saw Palmerston North Boys' High School record a 13-run win over United at Papaioea Park on Saturday, handing them their fourth loss in a row.
Boys' High won the toss and batted first on the artificial pitch and got to 166 for eight on the back of a good partnership between Navin Patel and Hayden Spencer.
The schoolboys were teetering at 100 for seven, but Patel, who was unbeaten on 45, and Spencer with 18, dug in and got them through to a decent score.
United bowler Phil Mecredy took three for 21 and had Boys' High on course for a small score, but Patel and Spencer knuckled down and United couldn't get them out.
Hayden Hill made 55 opening the innings and United bowled too many wides again, giving away 25.
In reply, United couldn't string any partnerships together and lost wickets at regular intervals as Boys' High made inroads into their batting lineup.
Six of United's top seven got starts but couldn't go on to a bigger score as Kevin Hurrell with 32 was their best.
Sonpreet Singh made 25 and Robbie James 20, as the wickets kept falling.
Patel was swinging the ball early and tore through the United tail, including the last four batsman, to give him a five wicket bag (five for 20).
United were all out for 153 in 38 overs, 13 runs short of their target.
Old Boys notched up another win to put them in second place on the table after winning a low-scoring affair against Freyberg at Fitzherbert Park.
Delayed by half an hour, Freyberg won the toss and inserted Old Boys, who were all out for 195 in the last over.
Josh Jaques top-scored with 49, supported by Henry Cameron with 35 Robbie Laird with 30.
Jaques and Laird put on a good partnership for the third wicket and had them cruising at 130 for two but once they were removed, Old Boys collapsed.
Malcolm Trow bowled extremely well for Freyberg, swinging the ball and taking five for 33.
Freyberg made a good start to their chase and when Dane Cleaver (45) and Bevan Small (30) were at the crease, they were in a reasonable position.
But once they were dismissed, the wheels fell off their chase and Freyberg were all out for 171 in the 43rd over.
Tim Richards was the pick of the bowlers with three for 20 and Bryce Grant's good form with the ball continued as he took three for 45.
Alex Petty was the only resistance Marist faced as they cruised to a 100-run win over Palmerston in a reduced-over match at Fitzherbert Park.
The game was reduced to 35 overs each and Marist batted first and reached 200 for nine thanks to half centuries from Dave Meiring (59) and Adam Milne (52).
Petty was the pick of the bowlers for Palmerston, taking five for 32 with his medium pacers as they came back at the death and restricted Marist slightly.
In Palmerston's chase, they didn't have any batsmen who could stay in as Petty starred with the bat as well, making 38 in his team's score of 100.
No-one else stayed in with him and Palmerston slumped to a disappointing total.
There was a bit of seam movement early for the bowlers and English import Chris Miller picked up three wickets for 15 with his off-spin.
United 153 (Kevin Hurrell 32; Navin Patel 5-20) lost to PNBHS 166-8 (Hayden Hill 55, Patel 45*; Phil Mecredy 3-21) by 13 runs.
Freyberg 171 (Bevan Small 45, Dane Cleaver 30; Tim Richards 3-20, Bryce Grant 3-45) lost to Old Boys 195 (Josh Jaques 49, Henry Cameron 35, Robbie Laird 30; Malcolm Trow 5-23) by 24 runs.
Palmerston 100 (Alex Petty 38; Chris Miller 3-15) lost to Marist 200-9 (Dave Meiring 59, Adam Milne 52; Alex Petty 5-32) by 100 runs.
Points: Marist 45, Old Boys 35, United 30, Palmerston 25, Freyberg 25, PNBHS 20.
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