Manawatu¯ side se­cure last ball vic­tory



Af­ter more than 200 overs and 850 runs, it all came down to the last ball.

Late af­ter­noon had mor­phed into evening, but the heat was re­lent­less. And so was the pres­sure.

Manawatu¯’s star pace bowler Nav Pa­tel was on strike, need­ing two runs for his team to pull off an un­likely first-in­nings win over a strong Hawke’s Bay side.

Un­likely be­cause Hawke’s Bay, mak­ing the most of a flat pitch at Napier’s Nel­son Park, piled on 427/8 as Manawatu¯ were made to toil on day one of the two-day fix­ture on Satur­day.

But af­ter a su­perb bat­ting ef­fort, a first-in­nings win was in the vis­i­tors’ grasp as the shad­ows length­ened on Sun­day.

Pa­tel man­aged to push the ball past the bowler and he and Scott David­son scam­pered the two runs re­quired.

David­son was not out on 114, his sec­ond ton for Manawatu¯.

He said Pa­tel ‘‘clanged it’’ and the pair charged up and down for the win.

David­son was pleased with his flu­ency in what was al­ways a bat­tle against the clock and the re­quired run rate.

‘‘It was, ob­vi­ously, a re­ally good pitch. They’ve got a good bowl­ing at­tack – some re­ally good spin bowlers.’’

Af­ter a solid start from Manawatu¯’s top order, David­son and fel­low mid­dle-order bats­man Trent McGrath com­bined for a 100-run stand.

The ask­ing rate was four an over, but with Hawke’s Bay set­ting at­tack­ing fields in an ul­ti­mately for­lorn ef­fort to get enough points to se­cure a Hawke Cup chal­lenge, the runs kept com­ing.

By the end though, the squeeze was on, the field was in tight and the bats­men had to work hard.

David­son rated the knock one of his bet­ter in­nings and said he’d never been in­volved in such a chase.

Nei­ther had Manawatu¯ coach Mike Ma­son, who ad­mit­ted feel­ing ner­vous as he watched on.

‘‘It’s a mas­sive ef­fort... We only needed four or five runs an over and we had five wick­ets in hand. Then, some­how, it got down to the last over.’’

It wasn’t enough for Manawatu¯ to top the Fur­long Cup ta­ble and earn a shot at the Hawke Cup – an out­right win was re­quired for that. In the end, they fin­ished third.

But, they robbed Hawke’s Bay of a chance as Taranaki, who beat Horowhenua-Ka¯piti out­right at the week­end, topped the ta­ble.

Ma­son said he’d re­ceived a few thank-you texts from Taranaki.

He praised his side’s per­for­mance this week­end and for their pre­vi­ous game, which re­sulted in an em­phatic first-in­nings win over Taranaki.

How­ever, Ma­son said the bowl­ing per­for­mances early in the sea­son weren’t al­ways con­sis­tent enough.

427/8 dec (Chris­tian Leop­ard 98, Tim Richards 3-55) lost to 428/7 (Mitch Ren­wick 77, David Meir­ing 63, McGrath 64, David­son 114 not out) on the first in­nings.

Hawke’s Bay Manawatu¯


Scott David­son, pic­tured here bat­ting for Taranaki against Manawatu¯ in 2015, scored a stun­ning cen­tury.

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