Prems loss to Takapuna a tough one
Game played on November 22, 29 2014
Birkenhead’s traditional bogie team Takapuna came out on top in their latest match up after some poor batting options saw the side all out for 211 in the first innings. The good news was seeing Dylan Steyn (pictured) show some return to form with a 59 not out in the first innings and 81 in the second innings.
Birkenhead commenced day 2 at 11 for 1 chasing Takapuna’s 320/7. The day didn’t start well with the early loss of nightwatchman Botadra, closely followed by the key wicket of Aaron Jeavons. Wickets continued to fall at regular intervals throughout the first session, reducing Birkenhead to 81 for 6. A lower order fightback from Mark Tulloch (26) in combination with Dylan Steyn brought some respectability to the batting effort. Steyn finished up 59* after a good partnership with no 11 Rob Evans who scored 20.
Birkenhead finished up on 211, 8 runs short of evading the follow on, which was enforced by the home side.
Steyn opened the batting and struck a superb 81, totalling 140 runs for the day. Birkenhead ended up 191 for 5 with Jeavons also contributing 36. This leaves Birkenhead still at the top of the two-day championship and play Saturday/Sunday this weekend away versus Papatoetoe.
Takapuna 320/7 dec (S Matthewson 88, R Scivier 69, D Ter Braak 46, C Mahoney 40) defeated Birkenhead City 211 (D Steyn 59 no, D James 3/15) & 191/5 (D Steyn 81, A Jeavons 38, E Herd 4/54) on first innings.
Birkenhead will have a new addition to the side to take on Papatoetoe. See who it is here.