Batting fails in one-day title bid

IAN ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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Hamilton's hopes of claiming the Brian Dunning Cup one-day title disappeared in the final over at Galloway Park yesterday.

The hosts were dismissed off the first ball of the final over for 171, chasing 174 for victory over table-toppers Northland.

On a slow, turning wicket which made run-scoring difficult, Hamilton looked on track to sneak home but opposing seamer Cody Andrews ripped through their tail as Hamilton lost their last four wickets for eight runs.

"We bowled and fielded very well, but our batting let us down again," said Hamilton coach Nathan Daley.

Attempting to bounce back from losing the Hawke Cup the previous weekend, Hamilton restricted a visiting side containing the Parlane brothers, Neal and Michael, to 173-7, with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner conceding just 16 runs off his 10 overs while Andy McLean captured 3-26 off nine.

Bradley Kneebone made 41 for Northland, while former Northern Districts and Wellington stalwart Michael Parlane added 40.

"Both teams probably batted worse than they should have," Daley admitted.

"The wicket was a little bit slow with tennis ball bounce, so the seamers were hard work to bat against and the spinners got a lot of turn too. We thought if they got 180 it was going to be very very tough, so we knew we'd have to bat well to get it."

In reply, captain Keir Bettley made 30 and Anush Desai 29, but they couldn't steer their side home. "We definitely needed one or two guys to get 50 or more.

"There was two or three of them who got little starts again but couldn't kick on," Daley said. "It was always hard to score fast so unless you went in there with the mindset you were going to whack it, it was hard - and none of us had that mindset. Everyone tried to guts it out and get runs but just struggled."

Northland 173-7 in 50 overs (B Kneebone 41, M Parlane 40; A McLean 3-26) bt Hamilton 171 all out in 49.1 overs (K Bettley 30, A Desai 29; C Andrews 4-18).

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