Beautiful weather couldn't hide the damp pitches in the weekend's two-day premier cricket matches.
Suburbs New Lynn are finding good form in their Hedley Howarth campaign after defeating Papatoetoe at Ken Maunder Park.
Suburbs were put in the unenviable position of batting first and posted a less-than modest 126 runs on a bowler-friendly pitch.
On day two, Papatoetoe crawled to 9/63 declared to try to make the most of the second innings.
Josh Presland nabbed five wickets for 12 runs off 13 overs for Suburbs.
Suburbs did enough with the bat again with 2/122 declared with Michael Barry scoring 70 not out.
Papatoetoe managed 7/139 to deny Suburbs maximum bonus points for their convincing victory.
In the Tom Hellaby Trophy, Waitakere did themselves no favours with abatting collapse against hosts Birkenhead in their first innings at Birkenhead War Memorial Park.
Waitakere was sent in to bat on a damp pitch and paid the price with some average batting to be all out for 62 runs off 40 overs.
Tauseef Satti was the hero for Birkenhead taking five wickets for 16 runs.
Birkenhead replied with 161 all out with Waitakere's Aaron Jeavons keeping his side in the game, bagging four wickets for 52 runs.
Waitakere was behind by 99 runs when they took to the crease on Sunday and put in an improved batting display with 167 all out after 73 overs to take the slim 68-run lead.
However, it was a walk in the park in the end for Birkenhead who chased down the total in the 21st over with the loss of one wicket.
Waitakere coach Nazeem Smith concedes his side still has a lot of work to do with the bat.
"Birkenhead knew what the pitch was up to so rightfully sent us in to bat when they won the toss.
"They're a force with the bat and have posted some very good scores so far this season.
"We had a lot of lbw decisions go against us but we didn't bat well in that first innings," Smith says.
In round two of the twenty20 competition tomorrow night West Auckland rivals Suburbs and Waitakere play at Te Atatu Park.
Suburbs New Lynn: 126 and 122 for 2 wickets declared, Michael Barry 70 not out, Peter Gough 33
Papatoetoe 63 for 9 dec, Josh Presland 5 for 12 off 13 overs and 139 for 7 wkts with Presland and Sean Solia both taking 2 wickets.
Full match report coming soon.
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