County cricket launched with on-field fireworks on Saturday with an upset victory in one match, and stunning spell of swing bowling in another.
Playing at home, Weraroa beat Kapiti Old Boys by 55 runs in an extraordinary match that came agonisingly close to a draw.
Batting first, Weraroa scored 191, with a 63 from Daniel Maathusi, and 32 from Adrian Burns.
Weraroa's opening bowler, left-arm inswinger Huka Kahu then proceeded to hammer the Kapiti batsmen as they took to the crease for the run chase.
Kahu finished with senior-A best figures of 6-27 in a spell that reduced Kapiti to five wickets for four runs, then seven wickets for 12 runs.
Kahu's wickets for the match came from his first seven overs - he was surprised later when he checked the scorecard and found out they were claimed for only three runs.
''The ball was definitely moving a lot, and I just think some of their batsmen didn't play for the amount of swing that was there.''
Kapiti struggled through to 9-59 before a remarkable tail-end effort almost salvaged a draw.
Number seven Ben Strang scored 20, with number 10 Shane Ryan amassing 57 and number 11 Amit Dhiman scoring 28-not out to push the total to 136. Ryan was bowled by Adam Simonson only nine balls from the end of play.
Meanwhile in the other match of the round, Twenty-20 and one-day champs Levin Old Boys lost to Paraparaumu at Donnelly Park.
Paraparaumu captain Adrian Riley said he won the toss and put Levin in to bat.
''We got them out in the mid-30 overs for 162.''
He said Dale McNamara got 3-19, backed up with three wickets from Andrew Lamb, with the attack putting the ball down ''good channels''.
Paraparaumu reached the target for the loss of four wickets in a solid first-up win for the team.
''I think with us having a week off from the twenty-20 has done us well - we weren't involved in the final so we were more concentrating through practice on this kind of format,'' Riley said.
- Horowhenua Mail