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Lansdowne repeats success

Hayden Barrett took four wickets in Lansdowne’s Bidwill Cup victory. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

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CHRIS COGDALE
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Lansdowne won the Bidwill Cup with an emphatic six-wicket victory over traditional rivals Red Star at Queen Elizabeth Park Oval on Saturday.

After winning the toss and batting, a severely under-strength Red Star made a steady but cautious start.

Star had progressed to 38 off 12 overs, when Robbie Anderson [26] chopped a wide delivery from Hayden Barrett on to his stumps.

Fellow opener Alfie McIntosh was next to go with the score at 50. That started the rot for Red Star, who lost six wickets for 12 runs in six overs.

Medium pacer Hayden Barrett [4-35 off 15 overs] and leg spinner Robbie Speers [4-25 off 11 overs] did the damage, making the most of a worn pitch that played more than a few tricks throughout the day.

A dogged 40-run eighth wicket partnership between Jake McIntyre and Tom Studholme gave some respectability to the Red Star scoreboard.

After Studholme went, for nine, with the score at 102-8, the end came quickly for Stars, with off spinner Sanjay Patel taking the last two wickets to wrap up the innings at 105 off 39 overs.

Red Star’s number nine batsman, Rathkeale pupil McIntyre showed maturity beyond his years scoring an impressive 32 not out off 44 balls.

Lansdowne had 61 overs to achieve their target, and they showed their intent to score quickly right from the first ball, with an aggressive opening partnership of 41 off five overs before Choi Jackson [23] was out caught by Jake Jonas off the bowling of McIntyre.

Lansdowne lost three further wickets, Speers [29], captain Jack Forrester [0] and Reece Hannam [12], but they were never in trouble and cruised to the total in 16.2 overs. Nathan Chaney [16 off 6 balls] sealed the win in style, hitting four boundaries off consecutive balls.

For Red Star, McIntyre underlined his potential as an all-rounder, opening the bowling and taking 2-26 off six aggressive overs.

The victory gives Lansdowne the Bidwill Cup, Wairarapa Cricket’s premier club trophy, for the second consecutive year.

Lansdowne also retained the Bidwill Challenge Cup, completing a worthy double for the club.

The other scheduled game did not go ahead, with Greytown winning by default over Red Star Seconds, who were unable to field a team.

BRIEF SCORES

Red Star 105 all out [ R Anderson 26, J McIntyre 32no, H Barrett 4-35, R Speers 4-25, S Patel 2-35] lost to Lansdowne 107-4 [R Speers 29, C Jackson 23, J Vorster 20no, J McIntyre 2-26] by six wickets.
Greytown won by default from Red Star Seconds.

BIDWILL CUP FINAL STANDINGS
Lansdowne 34 points, Red Star 25, Marist Old Boys 23, Greytown 15, Red Star Seconds 2.

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