City claim reserve grade title

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By Andrew Johnsen

Duracrete Products City took out the reserve grade Declaration Cricket competition with a nine-wicket win over Bream Bay in the final round.

Bowling first, City managed to limit any damage Bream Bay could do with the bat without removing them quickly.

Bream Bay batted slowly, which seemed to be the order of the day across the grade as they worked their way to 117 from 49 overs.

Brendon Maihi led the batting effort with 31 from 44, while City put on a team effort with the ball, not letting many runs come from either end.

Bruce Kessel was the pick of the bowlers with two for 17 from his eight overs, while Brad Benetto (2 for 20) also picked up a pair.

City's reply was swift, knocking off the target in just 26 overs.

Vaughn Witten (53 not out) and Benetto (62 not out) led City comfortably to a well deserved victory.

The other match that got underway was between Onerahi Central and Kamo High.

Onerahi, batting first, batted sedately for the first 36 overs of the match. They barely went at two runs per over as Kamo High's bowling attack was on song.

Martin Tansley (26), Kirk Henderson (20) and Gareth McCullough (34) batted well, with McCullough in particular looking good near the end.

Billy Alexander-Crawford (3 for 39) was the top wicket taker with the rest of the attack bowling tightly.

Onerahi made 150 for nine from their 50 overs, leaving Kamo High 40 to chase it down.

Onerahi started their bowling well with Axel Sheppard (2 for 7) taking early wickets.

However the middle order trio of Mark Turton (33), Zac Chapman (22) and Max Turner (23 not out) helped stave off an Onerahi win.

That was despite the best efforts of Tansley (3 for 12).

Kamo High ended their innings on 118 for eight.

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