Birkenhead City Prems take stunning outright victory over University
The Birkenhead Premier men’s team scored a remarkable reverse outright against Auckland University on January 31, improving their chances of making the top four in the two-day Hedley Howarth competition with one round-robin match remaining.
After University scored 252 in their first innings (James Glynn 3/49 (15), Aaron Jeavons 3/55 (12) and Robert Evans 3/59 off 17), the game was evenly poised at the end of day one with Birkenhead at 102 for 4 wickets.
The wicket was much greener and softer on day two, but the Head batsmen toiled well for the first session until a flurry of wickets conceded first inning points to the home side, after we were dismissed for 204.
The Uni side then set Birkenhead a tough 193 from 25 overs, and with AK Christian unable to bat after a split webbing, it was always going to be a tough task.
James Glynn was given a promotion to number 4, and blasted 50 from only 20 balls, including six monstrous 6s. Glynn batted superbly to bring up his first century in any cricket, off only 44 balls … a remarkable innings. His demolition job ensured we were always ahead of the run rate, and bowling allrounders Evans and Rudi Botadra finished off the remaining runs in style and in 22.2 overs.
Glynn achieved a man-of-the-match-winning performance hitting 107 off just 49 balls and the Head chalked up their second outright result of the competition.
First innings AK Uni 252/10 BCCC 204/10 (D Steyn 49, U Boshoff 42)
Second innings AK Uni 144/5 (R Botadra 3/67) BCCC 194/7 (J Glynn 107 off 49 balls)