Spinners master dry St Peter’s pitch
CAMBRIDGE A VS ST PETER’S XI
Cambridge won the toss elected to bat on a very flat and dry looking St Peter’s pitch. Openers Dillion Kelliher (46) and Scott Major (59) backed the captain’s decision and put on a good opening partnership. Once this partnership was broken, St Peter’s were able to pick up wickets at regular intervals to stymie the run rate. Hugo Bothma (24) and Keith Vincent (24) the only other notable contributions in a total of 237 off 50 overs.
With three spinners in the Cambridge bowling attack, Patrick Tomsett opened the bowling and extracted prodigious turn from the wicket. St Peter’s out on a steady opening partnership of 36.
Tomsett took the first wicket and proceeded to deliver a spinning masterclass in capturing the first six wickets returning figures of 6/32 off 10. St Peter’s never recovered and were bowled out for 73.
With the victory Cambridge will host the two day final at the Victoria Square this weekend.
CAMBRIDGE B VS PIRONGIA
In the B grade final, Cambridge B travelled to Pirongia looking to avenge a loss incurred two weeks ago. Pironiga won the toss and batted with a solid opening partnership of 80. With regular wickets Cambridge were able to restrict the total 182/9 off 40 overs. Harry Baxter returning the best figures of 2/22 off 8.
In reply Cambridge had the worst possible start in losing their first four wickets for three runs. Pirongia continued to pile on the pressure and wickets kept falling till the misery was ended on 46. A disappointing end to the season for the guys but a solid season none the less.
THE ANTIQUES V AUCKLAND CRICKET SOCIETY
The team travelled to Te Atatua Park in Auckland to take on Auckland Cricket Society.
Captain Murray Mayston in his first game as captain lost the toss and were put in the field by the opposition. On a low and slow wicket the Antiques openers Scott Millar and Vickey picked up a wicket each and had the Cricket Society on the ropes with 2-20 after 10 overs. John Allpress picked up two wickets both caught by Murray Mayston behind the stumps. Tidy bowling by Neil Rogers and Aidan Boswell kept the score at 60 runs after 20 overs at the drinks break.
Sam Leander with 4 for 9 in 6 overs finished the Cricket Society innings on 106 runs.
Murray Mayston 20 runs, Sam Leander 31 runs with the help of Neil Rogers 30 runs and Aidan Boswell managed to reach the target in the 23rd over with 3 wickets down. The Antiques winners on the day by seven wickets.