lol Auckland. It's a good bowling attack but those part timers should have to work much harder for their wickets.
Golden-arm Shanan Stewart is back I see. I hope for Auckland's sake this is an un-EdenOO-like early season green seamer.
Henry! Why talk about broken robot Bennett when there's Henry's actual class to drool over?
95/7 is probably 400 runs short of par if this pitch turns out to be the usual Eden Park outer oval affair.
Make that 95/8. Henry on a hattrick.
Stewart's 2fer is hopefully going to be his one random golden arm spell of the season done and dusted.
EDIT: Lack of Tastle in the attack after nearly 30 overs suggests maybe the deck is doing a bit?
Shannan Stewart's dobbly outies undermining my Bennett boosting.
Matt Quinn top scorer from eleven
But anyway, if Canterbury can keep Henry and Bennett and some support bowlers on the park this season, this might be the season they break out of the 'rebuilding phase' they've been going through for a few years now.
I cant believe that, I popped into the ground for 20min when Raval and Cachopa were going things were looking pretty easy, and McEwen and van Beek pretty average. Overhead was perfect for swing bowling, thought it has fined up now, so maybe that is why things are a bit easier for Quinn
Last edited by RxGM; 11-11-2013 at 06:55 PM.
Domestic | Canterbury in control despite Quinn's resistance
Playing his first match since a finger injury while playing for Guyana in the Caribbean Premier League, Guptill flashed at a ball down the leg side only for Cachopa to leap to his left and take a superb one-handed catch.
It wasn't the start the hosts were looking for and it didn't get any better nearly two overs later. Bennett was in the wickets again when Henry Nicholls caught a dying edge at third slip from batsman Tim McIntosh for one to leave Auckland reeling at 22-2.
Cachopa launched the first of two sixes that ended up on Sandringham Road. An ensuing car had rolled over the top and had put grease on the ball, leaving umpires Gary Baxter and Barry Frost no choice but to replace the ball and it immediately paid dividends for the visitors.
Raval, who struggled his way to 19 from 56 deliveries, was trapped in front by Matt McEwen. The medium fast bowler had a wicket in his next over when he bowled Auckland captain Gareth Hopkins for four.
At 73-4 after 20 overs, Auckland still had plenty of work to do. That wasn't helped when the confident-looking Cachopa was caught by Logan van Beek from Shanan Stewart's first over for 31 to leave the hosts shivering at 73-5 after 21 overs.
Stewart had his second wicket of the match soon after when McEwen took a good catch to dismiss Donovan Grobbelaar for four to compound Auckland's misery.
Fulton got in on the action when he took the catch at first slip to dimiss Colin de Grandhomme for 16 as Auckland lost their seventh wicket of the session.
Matt Henry then had two wickets in two deliveries when he clean bowled Bates to sit on a hat trick ball, which was kept out by Bartlett.
Enter Quinn, whose innings provided Canterbury with more than a mouthful ahead of the lunch break.
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