Emus put to sword by Emerging Players
The Nelson Emerging Players handed the touring New South Wales Emus Colts their first loss of a brief South Island cricket tour with a three-wicket win at the Marsden Rec on Sunday.
Following previous one-day wins over Buller and Mid Canterbury and a two-day success over Canterbury Country, the Emus finally came unstuck against a talented young Nelson side that eventually reached their 217-run target in the 47th over.
Hamish Drummond dominated Nelson's successful run-chase with a superb 81-run innings, including 11 boundaries, complemented by a brisk opening knock of 23 from Tom Ingham, 27 from Adam Leonard and an unbeaten 38-run contribution from Tim Field.
Opener Tom Irwin had earlier kick-started the Emus' innings with 39 runs, but at 100 for 6, it required a solid 97-run seventh wicket stand between Drew Olsen and Darren Bourke to finally add some substance to the innings.
Olsen eventually topscored with 51 runs, hitting just three boundaries, while Bourke's 44-run innings included two fours and a six. But the innings never went the distance, the Emus finally dismissed for 216 off 47 overs as Sam Baxendine (3-41) and Josh Kennedy (3-50) shared the bulk of the wickets. Promising 15-year-old left arm spinner Patrick Howes conceded just 26 runs off his 10 wicketless overs.
In reply, Nelson recovered from the early loss of opener Giles Black as Ingham, Drummond, Leonard and finally Field calmly steered the home team to victory.
Field hit six fours and a six, hitting two boundaries off seamer Bryan Warren (2-47) in the 47th over to secure victory. Nathan Essex took 2 for 29 off his 10 overs and Jack McVey (1-45) bowled with useful pace, although the Emus' fielding effort was marred by five dropped catches.
SCORERS NSW Emus 216 (T Irwin 39, D Olsen 51, D Bourke 44, S Baxendine 3-41, J Kennedy 3-50) lost to Nelson Emerging Players 219 for 7 (T Ingham 23, H Drummond 81, A Leonard 27, T Field 38no, B Warren 2-47, N Essex 2-29) by 3 wickets
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