Eastern Suburbs fell one win short of becoming national champs at Cornwell Park last week. Replaying Christchurch’s East-Shirley Cricket Club in the final Easts couldn’t repeat their domination of the Canterbury representatives from the day before.
Eastern Suburbs once again won the toss and decided to bat first in the final of the NZCT National Club Champs. Things started on a bad note when Jeremy Dean top edged a pull shot first ball of the innings and a good catch was taken running back by Ben Hanham. None of the East’s batsman really got going today and at 5/55 things weren’t looking very promising. They battled away and managed to get 135 in the end. There was some really good tight bowling in the middle over’s by the medium paces, Gareth Powell was the pick of the bowlers with 4/20 off his ten overs.
In reply East Shirley were on the back-foot from the outset and were in deep trouble at 5/34. A crucial 50 run partnership from Hampton-Matehe and Hanham made things a lot easier for the men from Christchurch. Some lower order help was needed to get them over the line in a very nerve-wrecking low scoring game. Ben Hanham saw his team home and was a well-deserved winner of the man of the match award.
Eastern Suburbs (W) 135/10 (Gareth Powell 4/20, Jared Roberts 3/26) LOST TO East Shirley (Canterbury) 136/8 (Tim Hampton-Matehe 46, Ben Hanham 41*) by 2 WICKETS.