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Record partnership for Bays pair

East Coast Bays Cricket Club Premier batsman Andy Lane joined teammate Brad Schmulian at the wicket late on Day 1 of their recent Two Day fixture against North Shore rivals Takapuna, with their side in deep trouble with the score at 7 for 2 in their second innings and facing a first innings deficit of 178 runs. However the pair saw off the rampant Takapuna bowlers on Day 1 and then proceeded to dominate Day 2 a week later. When rain called a halt to proceedings late on the second day, the pair had amassed a club all time Premier record partnership of 326 with Lane on 173 not out and Schmulian 151 not out. Both were in sight of the all time record Bays Premier score of 193 scored by Matt Short in the 1997/1998 season, however were unfortunately denied the opportunity to pass this mark and to record the first ever Premier double century for the club, by the rain.
Both players have had outstanding club seasons to date with Lane accumulating 810 runs at an average of 45 and Schmulian 849 runs at 47. In addition, both have had handy seasons with the ball, having taken 8 and 34 wickets respectively. They have also been regular Auckland A representatives, with both having recently scored undefeated hundreds at this level.
Club coach Louis Delport, who has himself had an excellent season with the ball, stated “Having played and coached cricket in several countries, I have never seen a better partnership at club level, particularly considering the position we were in and that we were up against the current championship leaders. Andy and Brad work extremely hard on their cricket and their success comes as no surprise. They are outstanding cricketers and great team members and club men. With their recent performances at both club and Auckland A level, they must be destined for higher honours in the near future.”