How century guides Central to easy victory
The Central Stags are back in the Ford Trophy race after a Jamie How century inspired them to a comprehensive 113-run one-day cricket win over the Auckland Aces today.
How strafed Eden Park's Outer Oval with 17 boundaries, seven of them sixes, on his way to an imperious 156 off just 139 balls as the foundation of Central's total of 303 for 7. Auckland could muster only 190 in reply.
After embarrassing losses to both Auckland and the Canterbury Wizards, Central regained some credibility today with their convincing all-round performance.
How was the undoubted star, the seasoned right-hander scoring his fourth one-day century and batting for all but the last two balls of Central's innings after the Stags had been sent in by Auckland skipper Gareth Hopkins.
The Stags had earlier threatened a score well in excess of 300 runs after an opening 69-run stand between How and Ben Smith (26), followed by a significantly more productive 142-run partnership between How and Dane Cleaver.
How and Cleaver had taken the score through to 211 in the 39th over when Cleaver was finally bowled by right-arm seamer Matt Quinn for 60, his 76-ball innings including seven fours and two sixes.
However, the quick loss of Carl Cachopa, back from a serious hamstring injury, Kieran Noema-Barnett and Will Young for the addition of only 26 runs meant some loss of momentum at 264 for 5.
How then dominated a further 33-run sixth-wicket stand with Kruger van Wyk (3).
How's long stay ended with just two balls remaining in the innings when he was caught off the bowling of Michael Bates.
Opener Anaru Kitchen dominated Auckland's reply, topscoring with 59 off 71 balls. But when he departed at 110 for 6 in the 27th over, Central appeared to have the game well under control.
Colin de Grandhomme had tormented Central's bowlers with an unbeaten 78-run innings in Auckland's comprehensive 92-run second-round win in Nelson. But he lasted only 11 balls in today's return encounter, edging Andrew Mathieson through to wicketkeeper van Wyk for for 10 at 75 for 3 in the 16th over.
Some tail-end defiance by Bates and Quinn saw them add 49 runs together in a gritty 49-run ninth-wicket stand.
Quinn blasted 36 runs off 27 balls, including four fours and two sixes.
But they were merely marking time, the match ending in the 41st over when left-arm spinner Marty Kain had Bhupinder Singh stumped for a duck.
It was also a satisfying return to the bowling crease for Noema-Barnett after recent groin problems, the Stags skipper finishing with 3 for 42 off his full 10 overs.
J How c de Grandhomme b Bates 156
B Smith lbw b Grobbelaar 26
D Cleaver b Quinn 60
C Cachopa c O'Donnell b Grobbelaar 6
K Noema-Barnett c O'Donnell b de Grandhomme 8
W Young run out 8
K van Wyk c Hopkins b Quinn 3
T Nethula not out 5
M Kain not out 0
Extras (1b, 12lb, 17w, 1nb) 31
Total (for 7 wkts) 303
Fall: 69 (Smith), 211 (Cleaver), 238 (Cachopa), 247 (Noema-Barnett), 264 (Young), 297 (van Wyk), 302 (How)
Bowling: M Quinn 10-1-53-2 (3w), M Bates 10-0-59-1 (1w, 1nb), D Grobbelaar 10-1-40-2 (3w), C de Grandhomme 9-0-72-1 (4w), B Singh 10-1-55-0 (1w), A Kitchen 1-0-11-0.
J Raval c Cleaver b Rance 18
A Kitchen c Young b Noema-Barnett 59
C Cachopa b Mathieson 9
C de Grandhomme c van Wyk b Mathieson 10
C Hopkins c Kain b Nethula 2
R O'Donnell lbw b Kain 4
D Grobbelaar c van Wyk b Noema-Barnett 14
J Sole c Mathieson b Noema-Barnett 12
M Bates not out 15
M Quinn c Cleaver b Nethula 36
B Singh std van Wyk b Kain 0
Extras (1b, 1lb, 9w) 11
Total (40.4 overs) 190
Fall: 33 (Raval), 55 (Cachopa), 75 (de Grandhomme), 80 (Hopkins), 93 (O'Donnell), 110 (Kitchen), 122 (Grobbelaar), 139 (Sole), 188 (Quinn), 190 (Singh)
Bowling: K Noema-Barnett 10-0-42-3 (1w), S Rance 7-1-45-1, T Nethula 9-1-29-2, A Mathieson 7-0-49-2 (3w), M Kain 7.4-1-23-2 (1w).
Central Stags won by 113 runs
The Nelson Mail