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All Blacks pair stun with the bat to beat ex-international cricketers at their own game

By Sam Smith
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Former All Blacks captain Kieran Read and current All Black flyer Will Jordan put in an impressive batting performance to led Team Rugby to a victory over Team Cricket in New Zealand’s annual Blackclash fixture.


Team Cricket featured a number of ex-New Zealand international cricketers including legendary pace bowler Shane Bond, Kyle Mills, Stephen Fleming, Jacob Oram and Adam Parore.

The former Black Caps looked to have the job half done after posting 203 in their 20 overs after a late flurry from Jacob Oram (23 off 8 balls) and key innings from former wicketkeeper BJ Watling and Grant Elliot.

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But the opening batting pair of Read and Jordan blazed the path to victory with an opening partnership of 100. The former All Black Number 8 smashed 84 from 55 balls including a key over against Shane Bond where he hit the fast bowler for consecutive fours and a six.

Will Jordan, who impressed last year with his batting, did more of the same hitting another half century with 63 from 37 including a number of sixes.

Read was caught out with the scores tied but up stepped Jordie Barrett who hit the winning runs from his first ball.



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