Batters succumb at Te Atatu
Their Jeff Crowe Cup quarterfinal spot may be in jeopardy but the wake-up call was heard loud and clear for Waitakere after their 84-run loss to Takapuna on Saturday.
Two half-centuries to Aaron Jeavons and Hayden Pye-Redfern were the highlight in Waitakere's run chase but they were let down by a batting collapse that struggled to keep pace at Te Atatu Peninsula Park.
Takapuna were cruising at 185-3 with former New Zealand Under-19 captain Craig Cachopa blasting 73 runs from 52 deliveries.
The situation brightened briefly for Waitakere after Dusan Hakaraia caught Cachopa at deep backward square leg off the bowling of Praneel Hira.
Hakaraia returned to cricket only two weeks ago after a nine-month hiatus and says he's slowly getting back into it.
"I could hear the ball spinning as it came near me and it was hit hard and flat.
"We always knew Craig was their main batter and it was a good feeling getting him out," Hakaraia says.
Two quick wickets followed but a 55-run stand from Blake Douglas at the death helped push the total to 294 all-out.
Waitakere's reply looked promising at 166-3 with Jeavons scoring 58 and Pye-Redfern 55. But when Jeavons was caught by Cachopa the wickets kept coming. Scott Curtis was the last man to fall for a duck with Waitakere all-out for 210 in the 45th over.
Waitakere player-coach Mark Tulloch says Te Atatu Park has one of the competition's best batting pitches.
"Scoring 300 runs is about par on this pitch but in the first hour it tends to move the ball a bit so we tried to use that by bowling first and we had a couple of calls go against us," he says.
At Ken Maunder Park, Suburbs New Lynn dominated Eden Roskill to stay at the top of the table.
After wining the toss Suburbs batted first, scoring 238-9.
Opener Michael Barry was dismissed off the last ball of the innings for 90 runs.
The match was over quickly with Eden Roskill capitulating on 92 runs in the 39th over.
The final round robin matches are scheduled for Monday with Suburbs playing Papatoetoe away and Auckland University hosting Waitakere.