Weekend cricket action
Cricket fans are spoilt for choice this weekend with the premier competitions heating up.
Ken Maunder Park hosts a fascinating final day in round one of the men's Hedley Howarth playoffs with championship leaders Suburbs New Lynn resuming on 25-2 against Parnell, needing a further 122 runs for victory. It was a welcoming return from injury for player-coach Darren Eckford who took 5-46 with the ball on day one last Saturday.
Michael Barry backed him up with figures of 3-28 to have the visitors all-out for 146. Suburbs lost the early wickets of Barry and Sachin Variath in the second innings before stumps.
Ken Maunder Park will also host the Jeff Crowe Cup one-day semifinal between Suburbs and Cornwall on Sunday.
At Keith Hay Park Waitakere City are in trouble against Eden Roskill in round eight of the the Tom Hellaby Trophy.
Waitakere women's premiers are sitting in second place heading into the final round of the Pearl Dawson Trophy.
They play Cornwall at Walker Park after last weekend's match against Takapuna was abandoned.
In the boys' one-day Auckland premier college division Kelston Boys High School have a tough challenge ahead when they host pool B leaders King's College tomorrow.