Suburbs New Lynn topple Grafton
It was a tale of two fortunes in Saturday's two-dayer cricket matches as Suburbs New Lynn had a comfortable victory while Waitakere swallowed the bitter pill of defeat.
Suburbs commenced day two of their Hedley Howarth Trophy match against Grafton at Victoria Park on a flat wicket sitting on 5/132, chasing down Grafton's 150 all out.
Suburbs cruised to 9/274 declared after strong batting performances from James Nolen, Victor Davies and Sean Solia.
With the match effectively over for Grafton they went into the second innings with the intent on staying at the
crease for the remaining 56 overs.
The hosts dug in deep to deny Suburbs the satisfaction, with help from Grafton's Parth Patel who battled away to post 26 runs off 121 deliveries before dismissal, and Grafton held out at 7/158.
Suburbs coach Darren Eckford says he is disappointed his team couldn't go for the jugular but nevertheless is happy with the win.
''Our first priority was to get the runs, we wanted to be at least 150 ahead to be able to put pressure on them once again with the ball.
''We toiled hard and pushed for the outright victory but they held on,'' Eckford says.
The victory sits Suburbs New Lynn at the top of the table over five points clear of Howick Pakuranga.
In the Tom Hellaby Trophy Waitakere were facing a tough task from the opening ball on day two against North Shore at Devonport.
Waitakere was chasing North Shore's 198 and were 7/130 after 36 overs last weekend.
But the tail failed to fire and Waitakere limped to 158 all out after 12 overs.
In the second innings North Shore roared to 7/183 declared after a mere 35 overs setting a large target of 223 in the afternoon.
Waitakere managed just 112 all out in a poor batting display with Sean Chick the only highlight with 30 runs.
Waitakere medium-pacer Praneel Hira says the team had nothing to lose.
''It was always going to be tough, we were giving away seven or eight runs an over at one stage.
''We definitely went out for the win, we tried to whack it around but it didn't pay off,'' Hira says.
The Twenty20 campaign kicks off tomorrow night with Suburbs New Lynn hosting Kumeu at Ken Maunder Park while Waitakere will travel to Keith Hay Park to take on Eden Roskill.
The two-dayers continue this weekend with Papatoetoe playing Suburbs at Ken Maunder Park and Birkenhead hosting Waitakere.
Men's Premier Grade Competition: 1 Dec 12
150 D Peris 48 J Nolen 5/25 J Presland 2/35 and 7/158 C Fairbank 41 P Patel 26 A Lane 26
The Fox Suburbs New Lynn
9/274(dec) M Montgomery 58 J Nolen 25* J Roberts 4/63 P Patel 2/9 K Law 2/41
Check back for a full match report tomorrow.