Auckland v Wellington, HRV Cup, Auckland November 30, 2013

Wellington prevail in high-scoring contest

ESPNcricinfo staff

Wellington 202 for 4 (Papps 58*) beat Auckland 200 for 4 (Munro 53*) by six wickets

Wellington outclassed Auckland in a high-scoring HRV Cup match in Auckland during which 27 sixes were hit - the most for a T20 match in the country. Chasing a daunting 201, Wellington's innings was set in motion by an explosive start from opener Travis Birt, who smashed five sixes in his 17-ball 41.

The onslaught continued after his dismissal as James Franklin and Grant Elliot added rapid thirties, but it was Michael Papps who remained solid at one end and went on to score his second fifty in the tournament this year. He took 41 balls for his 58 and was unbeaten when Wellington achieved the target with four balls to spare.

Auckland had been give a similar start with Anaru Kitchen hitting a 29-ball 43, laced with four sixes, but three quick wickets slowed the innings down a touch. However, Colin Munro raised the tempo with an unbeaten 53 off 23 deliveries as Auckland finished strongly on 200 after being 72 for 3 in 9.5 overs. Munro received useful support, first from Craig Cachopa (43), and then from Colin de Grandhomme, who smashed three sixes and two fours in a rapid 11-ball 30.

However, it didn't prove to be enough as Wellington bounced back from their <a href="" target="_blank">one-run loss to Auckland last week.

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  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Whilst its true Papps was a a player tries and left mostly wanting, I think its fair to say that the old hands of NZC have really stepped up in recent seasons and deserve another shot at it. Fulton, Redmond and Papps have been brilliant for the last couple of season at domestic level and they deserve another go in the Black Caps. Its a great start to see Fulton given the nod, but maybe not opening. Hes scored runs, but at the same time looked pretty average. Maybe give Redmond a go at opening and slot 2m Peter in at number 4 or 5. There is nothing wrong selecting older players in the team. Just check out what happened with M Hussey.

  • Dummy4 on November 29, 2013, 12:28 GMT

    @Sevugapandian What are you going on about? Michael Papps is 34, has been tried numerous times by NZC, and been found mostly wanting. And if you're trying to make a joke, then I entirely don't get it. Are you criticising cricinfo's article for focusing on an older player? Are you laughing at the lack of talent coming through the NZC system?

  • ISNE on November 29, 2013, 12:09 GMT

    MHW Papps is future for Kiwis, what a performance, really amazing, as a well wisher of NZ cricket, selectors should notice this and give them opportunity to this young player to do better.

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