A superb bowling effort from Old Boys handed Palmerston their first two-day loss in two seasons.
Manawatu will be hoping the real Hawke Cup defence is a better than the dress rehearsal.
Mike Mason has timed his return to the Manawatu team perfectly for the Hawke Cup.
The shine was barely off the cricket ball at Fitzherbert Park last week before we overheard the expected whingeing.
Manawatu batsman George Worker smashed Central Districts back to the top with another century in Gisborne yesterday.
An injury to a schoolmate was a turning point for Adam Milne.
Jamie How didn't get to stay long at his own party, but he still had a blast.
A "sexy 50" wasn't enough to satisfy Ben Smith, but it got Central Districts to the top.
Kate Broadmore is hoping the phone call she took last weekend is a sign she may be in line for a recall to the White Ferns later this month.
Basil Netten died after a lengthy illness at his home near Levin on Monday night, aged 75.
George Worker's return to Central Districts seems to have worked wonders.
Central Stags found 297 runs too much to chase in their second-round match yesterday.
Old Boys all-rounder Henry Collier smashed his team to their first one-day title in seven seasons yesterday.
The Central Districts under-21 women's team have started the Twenty20 competition with a win and a loss.
The Manawatu under-17 team cricket are the Central Districts champions after winning the tournament in Napier this week.
A quickfire half-century from Manawatu's Mitch Renwick gave Central Districts A a six-wicket one-day win over Wellington A at Fitzherbert Park yesterday.
Former Central Districts captain Jamie How found a marketing job offer too good to turn down.
Manawatu fast bowler Bevan Small remains cursed by injury.
After just three seasons with Manawatu, Navin Patel has become the spearhead of the bowling attack this summer.
Bevan Small smashed his way into the Freyberg record books and Palmerston's nightmares as he pumped 225 from 109 balls in the penultimate round of one-dayers on Saturday.