Fight for first in­nings win

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Manawatu¯ wanted an out­right vic­tory against Wairarapa at Fitzher­bert Park at the week­end, but had to work hard for a first in­nings win.

Hawke’s Bay lead the Fur­long Cup stand­ings and Manawatu¯ , who are un­de­feated but haven’t had an out­right win, are sec­ond.

Wairarapa won the toss and bat­ted first on a good bat­ting deck, post­ing 275, then had Manawatu¯ strug­gling at 37-3 and 166-6. But lower-or­der re­sis­tance earned Manawatu¯ first in­nings points, go­ing on to 308-8 de­clared.

Wairarapa were 58-1 in their sec­ond in­nings on Sun­day when they called it a day.

Manawatu¯ player-coach Dave Meir­ing, who pulled out on the eve of the match with an Achilles ten­don in­jury, was pleased with the re­sult after a cou­ple of weeks off.

‘‘It never felt like we were com­pletely out of it,’’ he said. ‘‘I would have liked to have done it a bit eas­ier.

‘‘The bat­ters prob­a­bly didn’t quite put the runs on the board they would have liked to. Bev [Small] bat­ted really well, Floyd [na Na­gara] bat­ted well and Tim [Richards] faced over 100 balls. It was a real team ef­fort in the end, but I would have liked to have done it a lit­tle more stress-free.’’

He said they were a bit rusty and didn’t ex­ploit the bowl­ing con­di­tions as well as they could have.

Meir­ing would have liked to fin­ish Wairarapa off after they were 130-6.

But a 92-run part­ner­ship be­tween Daniel Ing­ham (57) and Ethan Childs (37), and an­other 53-run part­ner­ship be­tween Rob­bie Spears (23 not out) and Gor­don Reisima (30) gave Wairarapa a com­pet­i­tive to­tal.

Pace­man Ray Toole, back after an eight-week lay­off with a knee in­jury, was the pick of the Manawatu¯ bowlers, tak­ing 4-50.

Cen­tral Districts pace­man Be­van Small, who was on lim­ited bowl­ing loads, bowled with pace and ac­cu­racy and took 2-26, while fel­low seam bowler Car­los Jensen took 2-65.

In Manawatu¯ ’s in­nings, early wick­ets had them at 45-3 at stumps on day one. Wairarapa’s to­tal looked a long way off at one point, but the mid­dle and lower or­der dug in.

Arana Noema-bar­nett and Lo­gan Mchardy started the re­vival and got them to 118-4 when Noema-bar­nett was out for 53.

Wairarapa sensed they had a chance after Mchardy was out for 53 and na Na­gara was dis­missed for 22, with the score at 166-6.

But Small’s pos­i­tive bat­ting – he scored 66 from 77 balls – got Manawatu¯ across the line, as he put on 73 runs for the sev­enth wicket with Richards, who made 37 not out.

Navin Pa­tel scored a handy 33 at No 9 be­fore Manawatu¯ de­clared.

In other matches, Taranaki (187 and 117) lost out­right to Hawke’s Bay (190-8 de­clared and 116-1) by nine wick­ets and Horowhenua Ka¯ piti (299) won on first in­nings against Whanganui (195 and 214-7). Manawatu¯ ’s next match is against Horowhenua Ka¯ piti in Levin in a fort­night.

MUR­RAY WIL­SON/ STUFF

Be­van Small, pic­tured bowl­ing, fired with both dis­ci­plines against Wairarapa at Fitzher­bert Park at the week­end.

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