Kiwis hang on for draw
SOME late order stubborn resistance enabled New Zealand's Canterbury Colts to hang on for a draw against a Coffs Harbour Colts selection side at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium.
After some sporting declarations, Coffs Harbour were only two wickets away from a win in the three-day match which concluded on Wednesday.
Coffs Harbour skipper Josh Lawrence won the toss and elected to bat, his decision boosted by an opening partnership of 105 from Jordan Moran (59) and Hugh Campbell (48).
Todd Gill produced a typically aggressive innings of 63 with three sixes and seven fours before a run out ended his innings.
Coffs Harbour were under a little pressure at 8-270 before Leigh Mauger walked to the crease to join Jason Hughes and the pair were able to see the side through to stumps at 8-408 with Hughes unbeaten on 98.
Hughes went on to complete his century making 113 while Mauger went on to be unbeaten on 74 as the innings closed at 442.
Spinner Michael Goldstein produced a fantastic effort with the ball taking 7-116 from 37 overs.
The pitch played beautifully for the first two days before it slowed up on the final day with some dismissals resulting from batsmen getting through their shots too early.
Skipper Andrew Robertson top scored for the Kiwis with 69 while Danny Dowds made 52 as the Kiwis declared at 8-295 after averting the follow-on.
Hugh Campbell, Jason Hughes and Leigh Mauger all finished with two wickets.
A search for quick runs saw Coffs Harbour declare at 5-120 leaving the Kiwis 268 to win off 50 overs.
They were well up with the run rate until wickets started falling and in the end they simply shut up shop.
Dean Birmingham, who normally bats down the order but opens for one day matches, scored a fine 89 with Micky Lawrence the best of the bowlers taking 3-23.
Josh Lawrence deserves plenty of credit for his efforts as skipper as he had to start work at 5am in his apprenticeship at the Coffs Harbour International Stadium before leading the local side.
Canterbury were due to play a one-day match in Grafton yesterday leading up to a one-day match in Lismore on Sunday and a three-day Test match against the Northern NSW Emus starting on Monday.
Bellingen's Jordan Moran is the only local player in the Emus squad.