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Price and Hook star in one-sided final

Brock Price hits a six on his way to 165. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

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CHRIS COGDALE
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Brock Price and Stefan Hook returned to haunt their former club as Burger King Red Star defeated Jackson Street Bar Lansdowne in a one-sided Bidwill Cup final over the weekend.

Price scored 165 in Red Star’s first innings total of 373-7 declared and then Hook stepped up to claim 14 wickets for 77 runs as they crushed Lansdowne by an innings and 109 runs.

After being put into bat on a Queen Elizabeth Park Oval pitch, which had shown variable bounce and pace in the latter part of the season, Red Star lost the wickets of Wairarapa representatives Robbie Anderson and Hook to the bowling of Hayden Barrett to be in early trouble at 16-2.

Opener Tim Burling and Price then took the score to 77 before Burling was bowled by Robbie Speers for 24.

Wicketkeeper Nathan Elliott joined Price in what became the innings defining partnership. When Price was dismissed with the score at 291, the pair had added 214 runs.

Price’s 165 came off 166 balls and included 23 fours and five sixes. Elliott was the sixth wicket to fall for 74 from 109 balls, including 11 fours.

Red Star’s cause was aided by some shoddy Lansdowne fielding, with at least seven catches dropped, including three off Price.

Red Star eventually declared at 373-7, leaving Lansdowne 16 overs to bat out the day.

However, a tough day got worse for Lansdowne as a fired-up Hook had them in immediate trouble with his first ball, Hugo Wakeling being caught by Price at first slip.

Hook’s second over really tore the heart out of the Lansdowne batting. In the space of four balls he had Nathan Chaney caught behind by Elliott, Robbie Speers bowled, and Jack Forrester caught at second slip by Cole Freeman for a golden duck.

He then clean bowled Regan Fricker and Phil Bak in his third over to leave his former club reeling at 20-6. At one stage he had taken five wickets in 17 balls.

Hook later skittled Greg Dennes-Wilson’s stumps and bowled Reece Hannam, who scored a fighting 38, to take his eighth wicket while conceding only 33 runs.

Asked to follow on, usual lower order batsman Sanjay Patel opened for Lansdowne and showed up the top order batsmen with a fighting 56.

The Hook show didn’t stop though, and the paceman claimed another six wickets in a man of the match performance as Lansdowne were dismissed for 166 to hand Red Star Wairarapa’s most prized cricket trophy.

BRIEF SCORES

Burger King Red Star 373-7 [Brock Price 165, Nathan Elliott 74, Peter Sigvertsen 30no; Hayden Barrett 3-50, Robbie Speers 4-117] beat Jackson Street Bar Lansdowne 98 [Reece Hannam 38; Stefan Hook 8-33] and 166 [Sanjay Patel 56; Hook 6-44] by an innings and 109 runs.

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