Bocock steers Hamilton to win

An anchor role from Peter Bocock helped Hamilton grab their first win of the Brian Dunning Cup in Taupo yesterday by the narrowest of margins.

Bocock finished unbeaten on 30 as the defending champions in the Northern Districts one-day tournament beat Bay of Plenty, on the Duckworth/Lewis method, by one run when rain halted play in what was set up for a tight finish.

When rain stopped play, Hamilton were 151-5 in the 46th over chasing 179 for victory in their allotted 50 overs.

Earlier, Hamilton produced a fine bowling effort to dismiss Bay of Plenty for 178 in 49.2 overs. Medium-pacer Michael Dodunski was impressive with 3-34 off 10 overs, while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner took two wickets and was economical.

After their opening-day win on Sunday, Waikato Valley were humbled by seven wickets by Northland yesterday. The Valley were bowled out for just 126 in 35.3 overs.

Leighton Parsons top-scored with 33, while only two other players - Keith Vincent (28) and Tim Seifert (27) - made double figures.

The other eight batsmen contributed just 24 runs between them.

Former Wellington pace bowler Dewayne Bowden was again in devastating form, picking up his second consecutive six-wicket haul, claiming 6-36 off 7.3 overs, while fellow pace bowler Cody Andrews took 4-27 off eight.

Northland were calculated in their chase and got there in 35.5 overs.

Bay of Plenty 178 (B Popli 47, S Steward 41; M Dodunski 3-34, M Santner 2-16, B Scott 2-32) lost to Hamilton 151-5 off 45.2 overs (P Bocock 30no, J Hatwell 30) by 1 run on Duckworth/Lewis.

Waikato Valley 126 (L Parsons 33; D Bowden 6-36, C Andrews 4-27) lost to Northland 131-3 (B Hyde 34no, B Kneebone 31, N Parlane 31) by 7 wickets.