Northamptonshire v New Zealand A, Northampton July 31, 2014

Munro, de Grandhomme power big NZ A win

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand A 424 for 7 (Munro 151, de Grandhomme 151) beat Northamptonshire 184 for 2 (Coetzer 60, Peters 54) by 70 runs by D/L method

Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme both struck rapid centuries to help New Zealand A sink Northamptonshire by 70 runs via the D/L method in a rain-affected clash at the County Ground.

New Zealand A, choosing to bat, got off to a rocky start and lost three wickets inside 10 overs. However, a handy 45 from the opener Anton Devcich took the visitors over the 100-run mark, and from there, Munro and de Grandhomme took center stage.

The pair added 199 in less than 20 overs as New Zealand crossed 300 in just over 41 overs. All Northamptonshire bowlers ended with expensive figures, but Gemaal Hussain came in for special treatment, leaking 101 from his 10 overs, including 18 off an over to Munro.

With boundaries regularly being hit, Munro was the first to three figures, reaching the landmark off 76 balls in the 34th over. He did not stop there though, and collected a further 18 runs off an over from Michael Leask. Munro eventually fell for 151, having blasted 15 fours and six sixes, but de Grandhomme carried on and reached his own century, from 66 balls, with a six off Saif Zaib.

More misery would await Northamptonshire as BJ Watling, coming in at No.7, smashed a 22-ball 44 to lift New Zealand A to 424 for 7. De Grandhomme was dismissed in the final over of the innings for an 81-ball 151, having hit 16 fours and eight sixes.

Northamptonshire began solidly, but couldn't quite get the required acceleration to chase down such a daunting total. The openers Stephen Peters and Kyle Coetzer both raised fifties in a 105-run stand, but Northamptonshire's task was made even harder by a rain delay which increased their asking rate.

The hosts were 184 for 2 when a second bout of rain forced a premature end to the game, with the hosts 70 runs short according to D/L.

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  • gautam on August 2, 2014, 9:56 GMT

    Munro & grandhomme....wat a knock.....pure power hitting.....151 each in list A match.....NZ A were struggling with 3 quick wickets and here comes Munro n grandhomme with counter attack....WC cuming .....only 1 spot will b gr8 to hv 1 of them in d team....these 2 are also dibbly dobbly handy bowlers.... Still 8 more list A matches left in england against SL A , ENG lions & SCOT.....time go prove KIWI bench strength....

    after 25 overs NZ A were 121/4.....end of 50 overs 424/7....nvr seen this before....woooow

  • Jon on August 2, 2014, 1:49 GMT

    @ kiwicricketnut - yes that's the bigger picture I guess, that it might do him some good. I believe in Sodhi's potential but he still looks so raw to me and I'm nervous at the prospect of taking him into a series against Pakistan in UAE. Would be great to have Vettori back in the squad to mentor his progress.

  • jared on August 1, 2014, 22:34 GMT

    @ blakehoulihan. i know mate, never saw that one coming, just thought he was lucky enough to get county contract in the off season now he is potentially lost to nz cricket for good, the dream of representing his country isn't as strong as the brittish pound by the looks of it, a real shame, i say potentially lost because to my knowledge he has only signed a two year contract, what happens after his two years are up? maybe he comes home. i couldn't figure out how he missed the nza tour but now it makes sense, i hope he comes home, he is a real talent and on first class performance he deserves a crack at the black caps, lets hope its still a possibility

  • Blake on August 1, 2014, 13:01 GMT

    I knew De Grondhomme would be one to watch for this tour. But as has been said, he needs to be more consistent... He had a great domestic season last year though. Munro has potential and I see him amongst the top 15-20 batsmen in the country. Thrilled for him, after a solid Natwest T20 blast campaign too.

    @kiwicricketnut did you hear about Cachopa committing to Sussex and turning his back on NZ? Disappointing....

    Good to see the kiwi fans having something to talk about at last :)

  • jared on August 1, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    cant agree with you min2000, sohdi needs to be exposed to batsmen attacking him, thats where he gets it wrong in tests, as soon as batsmen are aggressive towards him he starts choking and bowling bad balls and full tosses, if he can learn to dot up aggressive batsmen he is going to take alot more test wickets, best way to develop those skills is in short form cricket, a bit more exposure to one day cricket could really help him in the test arena.

  • Jon on August 1, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    Finally some NZ cricket! Mindblowing total, especially with Rutherford, Latham and Elliott not really contributing. Should play Kuggeleijn (not Sodhi) in one day matches.

  • Shane on August 1, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @reywob - not too sure about Munro being the future, only as he is already 27. Not to say he's old of course, but he certainly isn't a new young buck. He's also not done much in his opportunities for NZ, though admittedly he hasn't been given many. These Cachopa boys have been talked about for years, is there any reason none have been given a shot? Especially as the last 3-4 years seems to have been a bit of a selection merry-go-round, especially in the short forms (though having said that, a pretty settled side these days).

    @Mark Newman - should we discount players from selection because their parents chose to immigrate?

  • jared on August 1, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    @ mark newman, its true that south africa is probably the best production line for quality cricketers in the world but i think you may be over estimating their importance on nz cricket, most of the south african born players we have moved to nz as kids so most of their cricket has been developed here in nz, the only exceptions would be grant elliot who if i was a selector wouldn't make my nza team, neither would degrandhomme admitadly zimbabwean who hits a long ball but is woefully inconsistant, kruger van wyk another pretty average import, infact the only south african import that can truely claim his awesomeness from his homeland is wagner and he is the only south african import that nz has truely profitted from so i thank south africa for him but even then i think there are better kiwi bowlers than him waiting for a chance at that third seamers role, the cachopa brothers as well moved here as kids so the importance african based players is a little exaggerated

  • Craig on August 1, 2014, 6:53 GMT

    De grandhomme needs to be more consistent in N Z , Munro is someone to watch he and cachopa are the future, Ryder will never play for N Z again, but I think he is our best player, NZ need a good opener and we will be more then a handful for everyone

  • Ant on August 1, 2014, 0:28 GMT

    In the NZ cricket climate, this is an astonishing batting performance. Munro and de Grandhomme are notoriously inconsistent. NZA touring other countries magnificent idea

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