Freyberg's rep players come to fore

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 29/10/2012

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Freyberg's rep players came to the party as they earned their second win in crushing style, thrashing United by 206 runs at Manawaroa Park on Saturday.

Freyberg got off to a flier in the first 17 overs as United didn't bowl very well and the Freyberg openers, Luke Murray and Adrian West, put on an opening stand of 113.

West was out for 40 but then Dane Cleaver came in and plundered 89, while Murray was out for 76 as the United bowlers struggled.

Freyberg were all out in the 49th over for 314, helped by United bowling 40 wides, with Phil Mecredy their best bowler, taking three for 64.

United never really looked like getting close to the total as Freyberg skittled them for 108, with Freyberg's bowling lineup easily defending 314.

Their Central Districts bowlers Mike Mason (3 for 32) and Bevan Small (two for six) bowled well but Manawatu medium pacer Chris Turkington did the damage with five for 39 from nine overs.

United's only batsman to resist was Cameron Harris at No 10, who hit a quickfire 29.

Palmerston made it two from two to start their season, as a spirited bowling performance saw them beat Old Boys by 21 runs.

Palmerston batted first and despite the best efforts of Tim Richards, who took four for 15 including a three-wicket maiden from his first over, made 206 all out.

The red caps were looking good at 52 for two, but Richards put the brakes on and had them at 63 for six before Dom Carroll (48) and Mike Smith (47) came together though and put on a partnership of 85 to post a respectable total.

Old Boys looked in control batting and despite being behind the run rate, were sitting pretty at 91 for one before Dan Battley turned the game Palmerston's way.

He took three for 14 from his 10 overs and both Russell Swindells and Rob Robinson took two wickets each as Old Boys crumbled to 185 all out.

Brynn Cleaver with 35 and Nick Cumming with 25 had put on a solid opening partnership for Old Boys, then Cleaver teamed up with Josh Jaques (22), but once the top order was removed the rest of their batsmen didn't stick around.

Marist recorded their first win as they beat Palmerston North Boys' High School in a low-scoring affair.

The schoolboys batted first and made slow going of their batting, getting to 116 all out from 32.3 overs.

Arana Noema-Barnett was the only one to hang in there with 26 as the only other score of note was extras, also with 26.

Michael Cummings was the chief destroyer, taking four for 17 from 8.3 overs and Sam Hartley chipped in with three for 29 from six.

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In reply, Marist struggled, finding themselves five down for only 64 and with key batsman Dave Meiring (21) back in the hutch, but Hartley with an unbeaten 20 and 30 extras from Boys' High got them home in 27.1 overs.

Navin Patel, Anu Ganugapati and Hayden Spencer all took two wickets but the total was too small to defend and giving away 30 extras had Marist well on their way to victory.

Freyberg 314 (Dane Cleaver 89, Luke Murray 76; Phil Mecredy 3-63, Nathan Hill 2-51) beat United 108 (Cameron Harris 29; Chris Turkington 5-39, Mike Mason 3-32, Bevan Small 2-6) by 206 runs. Palmerston 206 (Dom Carroll 48, Mike Smith 47; Tim Richards 4-15, Willie Hodge 3-41) beat Old Boys 185 (Brynn Cleaver 35, Nick Cumming 25; Dean Battley 3/14, Russell Swindells 2-48, Rob Robinson 2-25) by 21 runs. PNBHS 116 (Arana Noema-Barnett 26; Michael Cummings 4-17; Sam Hartley 3-29) lost to Marist 119-7 (Dave Meiring 21, Sam Hartley 20*; Hayden Spencer 2-23, Anu Ganugapati 2-36, Navin Patel 2-41) by three wickets.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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