Coun­ties crick­eters hit the pitch fir­ing in form

Franklin County News - - SPORT - TREVOR GILL

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.

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