Counties cricketers hit the pitch firing in form
With no club cricket at all under their belts the Counties Manukau Cricket Association Men’s team came up with a stunning first round result at the weekend, comfortably beating Hamilton over two-days during the Fergus Hickey competition.
Batting first they hit 446/7 declared which set a new CMCA high tide mark.
The previous all-time record stood at 412/6, against Northland in 2015. By stumps on Saturday Counties Manukau was 415/5, although at the time they didn’t know they had broken the batting record. Tristan Payle (134) and Nick Kelly (106) were back in shed after scoring centuries.
Payle (20 years) opened the batting and compiled a century in 222 balls; he didn’t score a boundary until he reached 74.
Payle and Kelly, Manukau teammates, shared a 173 run partnership for the third wicket.
In reply Hamilton was bowled out for 116 in 49.3 overs. Michael Schofield (5/14) perforated the strong Hamilton batting line-up. Counties forced Hamilton to follow-on but didn’t press on for the outright win. CMCA took 10 championship points from the game.
Counties Manukau 446/7 dec (Tristan Payle 134, Nick Kelly 106, Barry Rhodes 68, Katene Clarke 47, Ash Vodnala 40 no, Michael Dodunski 4/90) beat Hamilton116 (Brook Hatwell 23, Michael Schofield 5/14, Reid Somani 2/25, Ryan Phizackerley 2/32) and 11/0 on the first innings.