Wanderers win with a White flourish

WAYNE MARTIN
Last updated 12:07 10/02/2014

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Wanderers' seamer Jack White appears to be taking a stranglehold on this season's Sid Guppy Cup bowling trophy after claiming another impressive seven-wicket bag on Saturday.

The Englishman finished with 7 for 22 in favourable seaming conditions at Victory Square to help Taylors Contracting Wanderers to a four-wicket Car Company Nelson one-day cricket win over home team Post Boy Hotel Wakatu. Then, just to put the final seal on a useful day's work, White also hit the winning boundary as Wanderers finally reached their target at 191 for six in the 35th over of their reply.

White had earlier claimed two wickets in the day's first over, Mason Robinson for a second ball duck, followed by fellow opener Nathan Du Feu one legitimate delivery later. He'd also bag two wickets in his fourth over and another two off consecutive deliveries in his eighth, before he eventually bowled Bryce Goodall to end Wakatu's innings at 189 in the 40th over.

Dan Hooper had resisted White's onslaught at the top of the innings, eventually topscoring with 70 runs after compiling a 105-run fifth wicket partnership with Campbell McLean (31) to help arrest an early decline at 33 for 4. Jason Macquet would finish the innings unbeaten on 25 as the only other notable score.

Opener Tom Cross seized the early initiative in Wanderers' reply, hammering seven sixes and nine fours in his 92-run innings before eventually nicking out to give Matt Macquet the first of his five wickets. Cross had combined with Adam Leonard (30) in an 86-run opening stand before Macquet began to make threatening inroads. From 144 for one, Macquet steadily reduced Wanderers' innings to 181 for six before White and Brodie Hanna eventually combined to secure the win. Macquet finished with 5 for 39 off his full 10 over complement.

It was all over in a flash at the Marsden Rec where Car Company Stoke-Nayland wasted little time in handing RWCA Athletic Old Boys an embarrassing nine-wicket hiding.

Already reduced to a 36-over game due to overnight rain, Stoke-Nayland needed just 55 balls to reach their paltry 65-run target after having taken just 22 overs to dismiss ACOB for 64.

Brendan Hodgson dominated Stoke-Nayland's brief but emphatic run-chase, his being the wicket to fall when he was caught off the bowling of Matt Cross for 44, his innings including five fours and two sixes. He blasted 21 runs off Simon McGowan's solitary over, including both sixes, as he and Ben Homan got within three runs of victory in their 62-run opening partnership. Homan ended the match unbeaten on 18 when he scored the winning single off off-spinner Luke Toynbee.

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Josh Clarkson and Tony Watkins had earlier contributed 24 and 20 runs respectively to ACOB's dismal innings. Otherwise, it was easy pickings for Stoke-Nayland's bowlers, with Dylan Eginton taking an impressive 4 for 16 off his six overs, including three maidens. Dan Phillips took 4 for 22 off his six overs to help complete the rout.

It took a little longer but the result was the same at Jubilee Park where home team Waimea Toi Toi United wrapped up an equally comprehensive nine-wicket win over Sprig and Fern Motueka.

Sam Baxendine starred with the ball, taking 5 for 33 off his 7.5 overs to help dismiss Motueka for just 77 runs in the 27th over. Although wicketless, Cade Armstrong's miserly six overs, which involved three maidens and the concession of only six runs, was instrumental in helping to keep a stranglehold on Motueka's innings, with Chris Fisher also conceding nine runs off his five overs, including the wicket of Liam Rowling.

Openers Kurt Pahl (13) and Craig Hampton (12) were the only Motueka batsmen to seriously engage the scorers as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals.

Motueka made a positive start to WTTU's run chase, removing opener Dan Wightman for a second-ball duck. However, Sam Field and Jon Routhan then combined to carry their team home, Field finishing 22 not out and Routhan unbeaten on 45 off 51 balls in their unbroken 79-run partnership. WTTU secured the win off the first ball of the 16th over, Routhan's innings including seven fours and two sixes.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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