Scott leads as Hamilton nearly roll Northland

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2012

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Hamilton fell one wicket short of a first innings victory over Northland in their latest Fergus Hickey representative clash.

The Hawke Cup holders made 341 on Saturday at Cobham Oval in Whangarei and the hosts responded by reaching 300-9 in reply yesterday.

The visitors grabbed Northland's ninth wicket with four balls remaining but couldn't get the last scalp. However, coach Nathan Daley said he was more than happy with his side's effort.

Hamilton batted first on Saturday and the opening duo of Keir Bettley (58) and Mitchell Santner (68) put on 119 for the first wicket in 35 overs before the visitors struck back to leave Hamilton struggling at 184-6.

However, Northern Knights limited-overs specialist Bradley Scott turned matters around, making an unbeaten 89 off 117 balls at No 8.

Northland's reply was based around a second-wicket partnership of 151 between Northern Knights first-class captain Brad Wilson and promising youngster Henry Cooper. Wilson made 78 and Cooper 102 off 254 balls, including 14 fours, to have the hosts handily placed at 165-1 before losing wickets regularly.

The draw kept Northland one point ahead of Hamilton, although both sides were overtaken by Bay of Plenty, who scored an outright win over Counties Manukau.

In Cambridge, hosts Waikato Valley got a maiden representative ton from veteran Keith Vincent to stave off an outright defeat against Poverty Bay.

Vincent made 100 not out and combined with Northern Knights all-rounder Anurag Verma (55) as they put on 139 for the fifth wicket yesterday in their second innings after Valley had slumped to 28-3. That allowed an early finish, with Valley on 212-5 as the visitors took first innings points.

The hosts struggled in their first innings yesterday, being rolled for 126 as Mitchell Turner took 3-16. Poverty Bay replied by reaching 249.

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