Stoke-Nayland opening bowler Dylan Eginton clubbed 96 including 12 sixes in the senior 110-over match against Wanderers at Marsden Rec on Saturday. Photo Jacob Page

Dylan Eginton blasts his way through career-best innings

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Stoke-Nayland opening bowler Dylan Eginton came one big hit away from an awe-inspiring maiden club century at Marsden Rec on Saturday.

The No 7 batsman struck 96 off 45 balls against Wanderers, which included three fours and 12 sixes.

In the span of 14 overs after lunch, Dylan had taken his score from one to 96, before toe-ending his would-be century making a shot and skying an easy catch to end the bullying knock.

Dylan swung freely to leg side, peppering the square leg and long on boundaries.

“Once a couple came out of the middle there was no way I was going to stop.

“It would have been nice to get my first senior century in Nelson but, as I was saying to the boys, I’m meant to be in the team for my bowling.”

It continued Dylan’s strong start to the season with the bat, after he hit 73 in the opening game against Nelson College the week before.

Dylan picked up 2 for 34 from nine overs as Stoke-Nayland comfortably defended 307 for 7 declared by rolling Wanderers for 99.

The bowling effort also included a hat-trick from Brad Duncan, his second in as many seasons.

In the other matches Nelson College defended 130, by rolling Wakatu for 100 after they were 94 for five.

Three wickets each to Ben Hazlett and Felix Murray did most of the damage late.

Waimea Toi Toi had a 119-run win over Athletic College Old Boys, with Waimea defending 197 for 9 declared.

ACOB only managing 78 in reply on a pitch which proved tricky to bat on throughout the day despite its placid appearance.