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Greytown win dress rehearsal

Wicketkeeper Cuong Truong, left, was top-scorer with the bat for Greytown. PHOTOS/FILE

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CHRIS COGDALE
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Wairarapa Mitsubishi Greytown confirmed their place in the Umpires Cup final with a 33-run defeat of McDonald’s Lansdowne at Greytown on Saturday.

In a dress rehearsal for the decider on March 26, Greytown scored a below-par total of 139 runs, but then restricted Lansdowne to 106.

The Greytown batters struggled against the lively medium pace of Nathan Kapene, who again showed he is capable of playing at a higher level, with six wickets for 20 runs off his eight overs.

Wicketkeeper Cuong ‘Chopper’ Truong top-scored with 21, although their score was given a good boost by the Lansdowne bowlers, who sent down 28 wides and four no balls.

Andrew Taylor top-scored for Lansdowne with 54.

Wicketkeeper Andrew Taylor was the only Lansdowne batter to trouble the Greytown attack, with 59 while opening the batting, and wides featured prominently with 26.

Off-spinner Ricky Dey was the best of the Greytown bowlers, taking 4-13 off five overs.

Tyler Robinson shone with 51 for the Rathkeale 2XI in their 30-run win over Carterton.

Xavier Cook also contributed with 39, as the students amassed 160-8 off their 40 overs. Jack Wakeling was the best of the Carterton bowlers with 3-43.

A disciplined bowling effort led by Jordan Robinson [3-39] had Carterton dismissed for 130, with Adrian Bloomfield [36] the best of the batters.

In other cricket news, James Wilkinson led the way for the Rathkeale First XI in their draw with St Peter’s School in their annual fixture in Cambridge.

Medium-pacer Hamish Shaw shone with the ball with 4-25, while medium-pacer James Church and off-spinner Wilkinson both took two wickets for 35 runs as the hosts were bundled out for 187.

But it was with the bat that Wilkinson shone with a brilliant 146 off 181 balls, featuring 24 fours and one six] as Rathkeale amassed an impressive total of 340.

Batting at number three, Wilkinson featured in a 72-run partnership with wicketkeeper Andrew Taylor [26], and a fourth-wicket stand of 125 runs with Jack Sorrell [55]. He then claimed 2-41 as St Peter’s reached 151-4 in their second innings.

BRIEF SCORES

UMPIRES CUP

Greytown 139 [Cuong Truong 21, Tony Russo 20; Nathan Kapene 6-20] beat Lansdowne 106 [Andrew Taylor 54; Ricky Dey 4-13] by 33 runs.

Rathkeale 2XI 160 [Tyler Robinson 51, Xavier Cook 39; Jack Wakeling 3-43] beat Carterton 130 [Adrian Bloomfield 36, Corey Wilkinson 25; Jordan Robinson 3-39] by 30 runs.

SCHOOLS’ 1st XI

St Peters Cambridge 187 [Xavier Bell 50, Cameron O’Leary 30; Hamish Shaw 4-25, James Church 2-35, James Wilkinson 2-35] and 151-4 [Bell 60no, Nick Greaney; Wilkinson 2-41] drew with Rathkeale 340 [Wilkinson 146, Jack Sorrell 55, Flynn Register 31; Bell 6-82].

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