McGrath adds to century tally
Century-maker had to work for his runsTONY BIRD
A spirited century by talented Hawera United batsman Trent McGrath was the highlight on day one of the Taranaki premier grade two-day cricket competition clash between Hawera United and New Plymouth Old Boys at New Plymouth's Western Park on Saturday.
McGrath scored 147, including 20 fours and one six, in Hawera United's first-innings total of 377-8 declared in 88 overs batting first.
It was McGrath's second century in the space of a week, the top-order batsman having made 148 for his club side against Stratford the previous Saturday.
His latest century takes his tally of tons to four for the season.
McGrath, 24, combined with Douglas Hondo to put on 208 runs for the fourth wicket, with Hondo adding a hard-hit 88.
Near the end of his innings, McGrath batted for a handful of overs with his younger brother, Cody, who made 39 runs.
Trent's innings ended when he was caught at mid-on by Matt Shaw off the bowling of John Dickson. "Things are going all right at the moment," said Trent McGrath, showing his modesty after the day's play.
Batting at No 3, McGrath arrived at the crease early after opener Matt Pease was run out without scoring.
"They [Old Boys] have got a good bowling attack and the ball was doing a little bit and I just tried to take it one ball at a time and obviously it got easier once I got my eye in, and I managed to stick around," said McGrath.
Hawera United are in the top four on the points table and McGrath said the team was playing well at the moment.
"I think everyone in the team has worked out their role and we're starting to function a lot better, and people are doing the hard work at training so it's starting to come off on the field which is good."
McGrath first played premier cricket for Hawera United as a 16-year-old and is in his first full season since returning from studying at Waikato University where he qualified as a teacher.
Last winter, McGrath headed to Britain where he played cricket for Grampound Road Cricket Club in Cornwall.
He plans to head back to England to miss another New Zealand winter.
Old Boys fielded for three full sessions and when they did finally get the chance to bat, lost two quick wickets with Riley McGregor and Jackson Braddock-Pajo back in the dressing room with 17 runs on the board.
John Dickson (21no) and James McDougall (18no) settled things down and at stumps on day one Old Boys were 58-2.
Across town at New Plymouth Boys' High School, Stratford were bundled out for 147 in their first innings, with Luke Gould leading the scoring for the visiting side, running out of partners to finish 41 no.
In reply, Boys' High started well, reaching 53 before losing their first wicket and going on to be 223-9 at stumps on day one.
The main contributors with the bat were Robert Boot (49) and Liam Muggeridge (48), with valuable 53-run partnerships to Mason Farrant and Matthew Boswell, and Muggeridge and Callum Stuart, helping Boys' High to pick up first-innings points on day one and holding a lead of 76 runs with one wicket in hand.
Stratford captain Grant Commerford was the main destroyer picking up six of the nine wickets to fall for 67 runs, including two lbw appeals going his way in his 26 overs.
The other match scheduled to be played between Inglewood and Woodleigh was postponed until next weekend because Inglewood captain Hayden McIntyre is getting married.
- Taranaki Daily News
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