Century for Parkes, fifties for Hendrie
Poverty Bay 18-year-old cricketer Thorn Parkes has scored an unbeaten century and Bay skipper Nic Hendrie has hit two half-centuries for Northern Districts A this week.
They have been playing a three-day match against Auckland A at Mountfort Park, Manurewa.
On Tuesday, No.5 batsman Parkes made 104 not out off 194 balls in 254 minutes, hitting 11 fours in the process.
Opener and fellow left-hander Hendrie, who is also Poverty Bay Cricket’s operations manager, turned 27 on Tuesday. He celebrated by hitting a six and seven fours in his 53 runs off 68 balls in 105 minutes.
Northern Districts declared at 349-4 after 89 overs. In reply, Auckland were all out for 237.
Yesterday, Northern Districts were in a strong position at 157-3. They led by 269 runs with seven wickets in hand, and Hendrie was on 52 not out. He had faced 94 balls in 146 minutes at the crease, and hit six fours.
Parkes was next man in.
Northern Districts chairman of selectors Pat Malcon was impressed with the play of both Gisborne players.
“Nic played very positively, while Thorn and Chris Swanson (103no from No.6) had to work very hard in the second session against an Auckland pace attack that included Michael Snedden and left-armer Ben Lister,” Malcon said.
“Both Nic and Thorn had played a lot of white-ball cricket and shown they had shots, but on Tuesday they showed they could also stick their heads down, concentrate, play themselves in, battle through difficult stages and eventually dominate the bowlers. That’s what good batting is.”
Hendrie — who will lead Bollywood Poverty Bay against Hamilton B in the 50-over Basil McBurney game at Jansen Park, Hamilton, on Sunday — said Parkes had played with maturity to compile a quality innings.
“He never looked like getting out the whole day.”
Parkes said only that he had “batted time” but ND A coach Matt Horne said he had been brilliant, “problem-solving to play superbly”.
“Auckland bowled short at him; he evaded, left and deflected the ball.”
Hendrie had batted with assurance, and both he and Parkes had played selflessly.