Central Districts A captain Dave Meiring has given Fitzherbert Park his tick of approval after two wins over Wellington A there this week.
CD A beat Wellington A by 17 runs yesterday, following their three-wicket victory on Thursday, and the Manawatu batsman was more than satisfied with how the ground, which is trying to win back its first-class status, went over two days.
Meiring and Wellington A captain Fraser Colson gave their captains' report at the end of play and both gave it a pass mark.
"It seems to have been a real success in terms of playing and the pitch and the outfield," Meiring said. "The facilities have always been good, it was just a case of getting it ticked off."
Meiring judged it a good batting pitch, with more for the batsmen than bowlers, which is what is usually required.
After the captains', umpires' and New Zealand Cricket's reports on the ground are studied, Fitzherbert Park may be given its warrant of fitness as soon as next week.
This week it served up two decent games, with CD A again coming out on top yesterday, even though Meiring said it wasn't easy, they just batted better than on Thursday.
Batting first, CD A put up the biggest score of the week there with 268 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Dean Robinson was solid at the top of the order with 75 and put on a crucial partnership of 91 with Manawatu's Mitch Renwick, who top-scored with 89.
Renwick's knock came off 131 balls but included only three fours, while the next best was Robinson's opening partner, Meiring, with 29.
Wellington off-spinner and former CD player BJ Barnett was the best of the visitors' attack, with 3-44 from seven overs.
Wellington made a decent go at chasing but were behind the run rate and fell 17 runs short.
Barnett was in good touch opening the innings with 59 and put on a good partnership with Matt Taylor, who scored 42, but was battling a leg injury and was bowled by CD off-spinner Josh Poole.
Jamie Gibson and James Crowley linked up for a partnership of 104 and with those two at the crease, Wellington were in a good position, but they never put the hammer down. They were left with too much to do in the final overs and when they did hit out, they got out.
Poole's left-arm off-spinners collected him 2-40, speedster Bevan Small was sharp for his 2-47 and Marty Kain, another left-arm offie, grabbed the key wicket of Gibson late to take 2-43 from eight overs.
The CD A team for the provincial A tournament in Lincoln in January is named on Tuesday and Meiring, one of the better performers at last year's tournament, could be in with a sniff again.
Central Districts A First innings D Robinson st Crowley b Barnett 75 D Meiring c Crowley b Naguleswaran 29 G Hay c Colson b Newton 2 M Renwick c Walsh b McPeake 89 T Bruce c Colson b Newton 13 D Cleaver b Barnett 2 J Poole c Gibson b Younghusband 20 M Macquet c Younghusband b Barnett 3 B Small run out 2 M Kain not out 11 C Gaylard not out 3 Extras 22 Total (50 overs, 9 wickets) 268 Fall: 57, 68, 159, 185, 199, 230, 233, 238, 265 Bowling: I McPeake 10-1-48-1, I Tugaga 6-0-29-0, O Newton 10-0-53-2, N Naguleswaran 9-0-44-1, P Younghusband 8-0-50-1, B Barnett 7-0-44-3 Wellington A First innings B Barnett b Gaylard 59 P Tunnicliffe ct Cleaver b Small 6 F Colson c and b Small 14 H Walsh ct Cleaver b Poole 10 M Taylor b Poole 42 J Gibson ct Hay b Kain 54 J Crowley not out 50 I McPeake st Cleaver b Kain 0 P Younghusband not out 12 Extras 6 Total (50 overs, 7 wickets) 251 Fall: 6, 40, 70, 133, 133, 237, 238 Bowling: B Small 10-2-47-2, T Richards 6-0-35-0, J Poole 10-0-40-2, M Macquet 3-0-21-0, T Bruce 8-0-45-0, C Gaylard 5-0-20-1, M Kain 8-0-43-2 Result: Central Districts A win by 17 runs
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