The Upper Hutt cricket premiers made the most of their home Barton Oval wicket and the burgeoning talent of Matt Taylor to convincingly beat Hutt Districts in 50-over play in the Ewen Chatfield Cup on Saturday.
Taylor, an all rounder, blasted 73 not out batting at three as his side chased down 142 in under 34 overs.
Taylor's knock followed his unbeaten and also match- winning 40 last week.
The stylish youngster, a fringe Wellington player, is in good touch early and has been central to Upper Hutt moving to mid-table in the 13-team premier competition.
Upper Hutt's target was always achievable after Hutt districts were dismissed for 142.
Daniel Henderson's three for 14 off nine overs was a rewarding return for a promising paceman who has struggled with injuries.
He was a stand-out in a tight and disciplined attack where five bowlers took wickets.
Ollie Newton (2/21), a fit-again Nick Press (2/25) and the spinner Sam Outtrim (2/31) all delivered when it mattered for Upper Hutt.
With the judicious innings of Leighton Morgan (22) and Llewy Davidson-Powell (28) also part of the successful Saturday's work, Upper Hutt have gathered two important wins in their last two starts and look to have settled into reasonable form.
- Upper Hutt Leader