For­mer Cantabs tor­ment old side

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The grass isn’t al­ways greener on the other side.

For Hamish Ben­nett and Lo­gan van Beek, how­ever, it literally and metaphor­i­cally is.

The for­mer Canterbury speed­sters made the move to Welling­ton one sea­son after the other, and com­bined to tear their old team apart on Wed­nes­day at the Basin Re­serve, con­tin­u­ing the theme of the 2017-18 Plun­ket Shield sea­son.

With the New Zealand A squad named this week for a tour match against the West Indies, Ben­nett could count him­self un­lucky not to be in­cluded with Adam Milne, Lockie Fer­gu­son and Scott Kuggeleijn pre­ferred.

Ben­nett took 5-14 from 10.5 overs, while van Beek snared 3-33 from 13, as Canterbury folded for just 118 on a green wicket.

They lead the Plun­ket Shield wick­et­tak­ing ta­ble with 22 and 21 re­spec­tively, at av­er­ages of 10 and 13.95, in just their fourth game of the sea­son.

What Canterbury would give for that sort of pro­duc­tion with the ball in hand, al­though their bowlers made hay late on day one to re­duce the hosts to 143-7 in re­ply.

Welling­ton are un­beaten through three games, tak­ing max­i­mum points.

Lead­ing the bat­ting for Welling­ton has been an­other for­mer Canterbury man Michael Papps, who scored a triple cen­tury in the first game of the sea­son.

The key to their bowl­ing, ac­cord­ing to coach Bruce Edgar, has been that they don’t

al­low the bats­men a re­lease.

They are con­stantly hit­ting good lines and lengths, forc­ing bats­men into poor shots.

That was the case on Wed­nes­day when the likes of Tom Latham and Henry Ni­cholls got out caught be­hind, waft­ing at balls they could have and prob­a­bly should have left.

How­ever Welling­ton have a fight on their hands on a day dom­i­nated by the ball.

Al­though Canterbury’s bat­ting ef­fort was ini­tially made to look all the more mis­er­able as Michael Papps and Luke Wood­cock put on an open­ing stand of 75.

How­ever, Papps’ de­par­ture for 44 trig­gered a col­lapse as Welling­ton lost 5-5 be­fore Blun­dell and van Beek again com­bined to briefly steady the ship and earn the first in­nings lead.


Lo­gan van Beek (cen­tre) cel­e­brates a Canterbury scalp with Welling­ton team­mates.

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