Tough start to the sea­son

Stratford Press - - Sports -

Cen­tral Milk­ing and Pump­ing Strat­ford Premiers had a tough start to the sea­son when fac­ing a very strong New Ply­mouth Marist United (NPMU) team in their first com­pe­ti­tion game on Satur­day.

NPMU won the toss and de­cided to bat first and put a big to­tal of 325/6 off their 50 overs. Strat­ford bowlers started well but with wick­ets in hand NPMU ac­cel­er­ated in their last 15 overs. This was lead by Josh Bar­rett’s 100 off just 55 balls. He was well sup­ported by ex Strat­ford player Dean Robin­son

90, cap­tain Jared Cun­ning­ham

46 and Ja­cob Richards 29 not out.

For Strat­ford the pick of the bowlers was Nathan Trumper with 1/30 off his 10. Other wicket tak­ers were Grant Com­mer­ford

2, and Liam Mug­geridge, Fin­bar Mo­ri­arty and Neil Harper each pick­ing up 1.

Strat­ford made a solid start with an open­ing part­ner­ship of

50 be­tween Paul Lightoller and Liam Mug­geride. But when Paul got out for 20, wick­ets started to fall and Strat­ford was dis­missed for 217 in the 50th over. Liam Mug­geridge top scored with 67, Neil Harper also mak­ing a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion on his re­turn to Premier Cricket with 61 and the last wicket to fall. The only other score of note was Grant Com­mer­ford’s 20 not out bat­ting at num­ber 11.

For NPMU Kurt Leuthart and Rob­son Chap­man each got three wick­ets and Ja­cob Richards and Michael Blanks get­ting two each. A tough start for Strat­ford, but also a lot of pos­i­tives from the game. It will look to im­prove for next week’s home game against Ha¯ wera.

Cricket was just one of the many sports be­ing played in the town last week­end.

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