Slow and steady could win the race to the Pearce Cup final for Hutt District who were in no hurry against perennial powerhouses Karori on Saturday.
Hutt District began the final round of two-day matches in second spot with a 10-point buffer over third-placed Taita, with a place in the final against runaway leaders Eastern Suburbs beckoning in the first week of April.
Allrounder Adam Williams was in the wickets again for Hutt, taking 5-38 off 20.4 overs as Karori were dismissed for 177. Chris Spring topscored with 62 before he became one of Williams' victims, with no one else topping 25.
In reply Hutt District crawled to 46-1 off 27 overs, seemingly in no rush to make a game of it.
Easts were well on top against Wellington Collegians thanks to more remarkable figures from captain Lance Dry.
Collegians were right in the contest after Tobias Wevers took 5-25 to help dismiss Easts for 171, before Dry spun them out for 120 in reply. After Ricky Joseph (3-31) knocked the top off, Dry required just 20 deliveries to take 5-3. At stumps Easts were 65-3, having extended their lead to 116 and more outright points beckoning this weekend.
The final Pearce Cup match was well advanced and is set for a tense finish on day two, as Taita make a late bid for a final spot. Taita posted 190 batting first against Upper Hutt, with Tim Brown topscoring with 64, then Kieran McComb took 6-25 as Upper Hutt were dismissed for 146 in reply. At stumps Taita were 76-6, a lead of 120.
There was plenty of low scoring and bags of wickets in the Hazlett Trophy, too.
North City completed a 10-wicket victory in a day against a struggling Petone- Eastbourne B. A 10-wicket haul from rep paceman Dane Hutchinson (6-23 and 4-58) saw Petone- Eastbourne dismissed for 76 and 116, leaving North City just 22 to win.
Petone-Eastbourne's top side fared better, racking up 235 then dismissing Naenae Old Boys for 66, with Steven Carter taking 8-33. Naenae were 54-5 at stumps, following on.
The top-of-the-table Hazlett clash was evenly poised, with Johnsonville 137-5 in reply to Onslow's 190. Johnsonville paceman David Hudson led the way with 6-23 off 16.2 overs.
- The Dominion Post
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