Defending champions Auckland made a winning start to the National Fastpitch Championship, which began yesterday at Rosedale Park on the North Shore.
The men opened their campaign with a 7-0 win over near neighbours Counties-Manukau Waikato and the women were 6-2 winners over competition newcomers Hawke's Bay.
In other men's games Canterbury were too strong for Southern Pride, winning that game 8-0, and Hutt Valley opened their campaign with a 7-2 win over North Harbour.
For the Hutt Valley side Tyson Byrne and Scott Cartwright had good games with the bat, Byrne picking up a three base hit and Cartwright four hits from his five turns at bat.
In other women's games, Wellington conceded four runs in the opening innings, but went on to topple last year's beaten finalist Hutt Valley 6-5.
Counties-Manukau Waikato showed that they will be a side to watch this week when they toppled Canterbury 9-2.
- The Dominion Post
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