Suburbs beat Takapuna
It was the perfect day for cricket, welcomed by the crowd at day two of the Hedley Howarth Trophy competition on Saturday.
Suburbs New Lynn took to the crease to finish their innings against Takapuna at Ken Maunder Park, resuming play at 5/154.
Suburbs scored 210 all out with Ben Hick falling agonisingly short of his maiden premier century after being dismissed by fast bowler Greg Johnson for 95 runs from 155 deliveries.
Suburbs player-coach Darren Eckford felt sorry for his gun batsmen who was caught trying to play a shot through cover.
"Ben was pretty gutted, he was so close to getting his first ton," Eckford says.
Suburbs wasted no time in ripping through Takapuna's batting order for the victory.
The visitors tumbled to 105 all out with Eckford, Michael Barry and Josh Presland grabbing three wickets each.
Forcing the follow-on for bonus points, Suburbs continued to restrict Takapuna in the second innings but the wickets were less forthcoming.
Takapuna managed 3/111 in the second innings.
"I guess they tried to play too many shots and we took advantage of that," Eckford says.
"The pitch was good but we got a little tired from bowling all morning and that showed a little in the second innings."
Suburbs New Lynn sits in third place and will face Parnell this weekend.
Waitakere were looking to continue their good form at Te Atatu Park in day two of their Tom Hellaby Trophy match with Eden Roskill.
The home side declared from last weekend's day one total of 9/289.
Waitakere coach Nazeem Smith says his side sent a clear message heading into day two.
"We felt that 289 was enough to defend.
"We were a little worried because our leg spinner Sheahan Huri was unavailable and we had to change our strategy a little."
But there was little cause for concern as off spinner Aaron Jeavons was in fine form for Waitakere, taking four wickets for 22 runs.
Waitakere finished off Eden Roskill 206 all out for an 83 run victory.
"We were patient and that was the key," Smith says.
"There were no shenanigans from the pitch and it didn't really favour either side."
Waitakere are now second on the table and face Ellerslie this weekend who are right behind them in third.
Suburbs New Lynn 210 (B. Hick 95; N. Collins 6-47, G. Johnson 4-71)
Takapuna 105 and 111-3 (J. Sole 56)