Manawatu had almost two days to bat to retain the Hawke Cup for Manawatu against Canterbury Country at Fitzherbert Park yesterday, but couldn't stick around.
When the Manawatu cricket team were seeing the Hawke Cup slip away on Saturday, they can be thankful Fitzherbert Park was all but deserted.
Old Boys can thank Bryce Grant for getting them to the two-day final.
Bizarre, topsy-turvy, call it what you like. Manawatu amazingly still have the Hawke Cup.
Dave Meiring and Dane Cleaver make Manawatu's batting card look a bit more formidable for this weekend.
Cam Harris likes the red ball more than the white ball.
Manawatu hung on to the Hawke Cup against Taranaki after rain washed out all play.
Central Stags' Andrew Mathieson set a new mark for domestic one-day wickets in a season.
Why did they do it? There were a few eyebrows raised at Manawatu's decision to bowl first.
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.