Marist get home in cliffhanger

Team finishes season on a high note

GEORGE HEAGNEY
Last updated 12:00 24/03/2014
Cricket
DAVID UNWIN/FAIRFAX NZ
BOWLED 'EM: Palmerston North batter Logan McHardy is bowled out after a very fast Naveen Patel delivery.

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Marist finished the season on a high note, beating United by four wickets in the Twenty20 final at Fitzherbert Park yesterday.

Chasing United's 153-8, Marist got there six wickets down and with a ball to spare in what turned into a tense final.

Marist were under-strength with Roald Badenhorst, Dave Meiring and Adam Milne with Central Districts and Arana Noema-Barnett and Sam Hartley (injured) away yesterday, so it was pleasing for stand-in Marist captain Mitch Renwick to win.

"It was pretty nerve-wracking and pretty tight," he said. "We're obviously stoked we got there in the end."

He said they were disappointed after losing the one-day final against Freyberg earlier in the season, so to win yesterday was awesome.

"We never really felt like we were in front of the game. We were just doing enough to stick in it."

United captain Robbie James said they played well but it wasn't to be.

Marist bowler Michael Cummings got Marist across the line as he top scored with an unbeaten 43 at No 6, dragging them back into it when they needed about 10-an-over to win.

Nic Carter got Marist off to a good start at the top of the order scoring 35, but they lost wickets and fell behind the run rate.

But Cummings came in and batted with the tail to get them home, and when they needed three runs to win off two balls, he hit it for four.

Cam Harris took 4-22 for United but it wasn't enough to win.

Earlier, United batted first and scored 153-8 with Logan McHardy top-scoring with 63 and James made 46. Navin Patel's death bowling for Marist was great - taking four wickets in the last over to finish with 5-25.

New Zealand fast bowler Milne, who is on the comeback trail after a side strain, played for Marist on Saturday, and bowled at a good pace.

Marist were unbeaten during the two-day tournament, beating Palmerston North Boys' High School by eight wickets on Saturday and Old Boys by six wickets yesterday.

United beat Palmerston by seven wickets on Saturday and lost to Freyberg by four wickets yesterday, but still qualified through superior run rate. In the other pool games, Old Boys beat Boys' High by 19 runs and Palmerston beat Freyberg by 35 runs.

TWENTY20 FINAL

United 153-8 (Logan McHardy 63, Robbie James 46; Navin Patel 5-25) lost to Marist 155-6 (Michael Cummings 43*, Nic Carter 35; Cam Harris 4-22, Nathan Hill 2-41) by four wickets. 

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- Manawatu Standard

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