Manawatu¯ into Cup semi­fi­nals

Manawatu Standard - - Sport - GE­ORGE HEAGNEY

Manawatu¯ got their Chap­ple Cup cam­paign off to a strong start, beat­ing Wan­ganui by six wick­ets in Napier yes­ter­day.

But Manawatu¯ had to wait un­til last night to find out who they were to play in Satur­day’s semi­fi­nal of the Cen­tral Dis­tricts one­day cham­pi­onship. With a new draw sys­tem this year, the four win­ners from Fri­day’s games would be drawn from a hat to see who would play who in the semi­fi­nals. The fi­nal is on Sun­day.

Manawatu¯ bowled well to re­strict Wan­ganui to just 156-9 from their 50 overs, then Dane Cleaver scored 64 and cap­tain Mitch Ren­wick 42 not out to chase it down in 28 overs.

Manawatu¯ lost a cou­ple of early wick­ets to be 24-2, but the two CD bats­man got the job done.

‘‘It was a bit of a hel­ter skel­ter start in terms of the run chase,’’ Ren­wick said. ‘‘We got off to a flier, then lost a cou­ple of early wick­ets.

‘‘We had to soak up a bit of early pres­sure, Dane and my­self. The way Dane plays he takes the pres­sure off scor­ing; he plays his nat­u­ral game. We took it out of reach. Over­all it was a re­ally well­rounded per­for­mance.’’

There was some rain in the lunch break, so the cov­ers were on briefly, which gave the pitch a bit of life in the sec­ond in­nings.

Ren­wick praised their bowl­ing per­for­mance, in that they bowled in good ar­eas and and found the right length on the wicket to make the Wan­ganui bats­men drive.

Ear­lier Wan­ganui bat­tled their way through to 156-9 from their 50 overs as the Manawatu¯ seam­ers set them up well.

CD pace­men Navin Pa­tel and Be­van Small grabbed a wicket each, and new over­seas player and left-armer seamer Ray Toole was impressive on de­but tak­ing 2-24.

Then Henry Col­lier came in and ripped the guts out of his for­mer side, pick­ing up 4-41 with his off­spin, mak­ing sure Wan­ganui couldn’t get go­ing.

CD bats­man Ben Smith top scored for Wan­ganui with 52 and GC Pre­to­rius, scored 42.

Hawke’s Bay (68-1) pumped Wairarapa (64) by nine wick­ets, Taranaki (271-5) beat Marl­bor­ough (125) by 146 runs and Nel­son (315-8) beat Horowhenua-kapiti (311-9) by two wick­ets.

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