The first sighting of the red ball looks like it came as quite a shock to a few blokes.
Until Saturday, it been Twenty20 and one-day cricket all the way for club players this summer, which probably showed.
Several games reached quite advanced stages on the first Saturday of two-day cricket, with Wellington Collegians' home clash with Taita definitely among them.
After being inserted, Collegians could only cobble together 100, before Taita replied with 208-9 declared. Collegians closed at 61-1, second time round, and have considerable ground to make up if they want to claim an outright.
"It was a 200-wicket," Collegians captain Julian Brown said of the pitch at Anderson Park.
"We just need to work hard next week [this weekend] and put up a good score and bowl them out for an outright result. It is do-able.
"Anderson Park's been playing really well . . . and with shorter boundaries some players can go pretty big. Week-to-week there's always something in it for the bowlers early on and, in that respect, it was a good toss to win for Taita."
Brown, who normally bats 10, will resume on 38 this Saturday after promoting himself up to open in his team's second innings.
He felt there was little between the two teams on day one, other than the batting of Taita's Phil Tunnicliffe. Tunnicliffe made 71 and was severe on most of Collegians' bowlers.
Brown wasn't spared, but did take 5-69. Those weren't the best figures of the day at Anderson Park though, as Taita's Kieran McComb took 5-11 in Collegians' first bat.
Petone-Eastbourne, Johnsonville, Wainuiomata and Eastern Suburbs' B team, who've been promoted from reserve grade, were the other sides to pad up twice in the day. North City, with Firebirds Mark Gillespie and Dane Hutchinson sharing the new ball, made light work of Easts B, who made 99 and 18-2 either side of Norths' 225.
Johnsonville followed on against Hutt District after being bowled out for 69, in reply to 173. It could have been even worse, given they were 18-6 at one point. By stumps Johnsonville were 8-1.
Petone will resume their second at 10-0, having conceded first innings points to Upper Hutt. Petone had earlier been bowled out for 106, which Upper Hutt replied to with 216-9 declared.
Naenae Old Boys should wrap up an early outright over Wainuiomata, who are 74-6 in their second innings having already been dismissed for 99. Naenae made 199.
Onslow claimed first innings points over Karori, as did Easts' top team against University.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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