Four wickets on debut, including a hat-trick by Hayden Spencer led Palmerston North Boys' High School to a five-wicket win over Palmerston in a low-scoring game at Boys' High yesterday.
Palmerston batted first and managed a paltry 68 in 23.2 overs, then the school boys chased it down in the 19th over.
Some rash shots saw Palmerston scrape to 64 for six, before Spencer cleaned up the tail.
The medium-pace bowler removed Russell Swindells then dismissed David Hands, Kane Dunlop and Dan Battley in successive balls to complete his hat trick.
Benn Dixon, the last man out, top-scored for Palmerston North, making 18, one of only three batsman to make it to double figures.
In reply, Boys' High made hard work of the total; they were teetering at three for three, but got there in the end, losing five wickets along the way.
Cameron Rowe with 19 not out and Arana Noema-Barnett with 23 saw them home.
Dan Battley was the pick of the bowlers for Palmerston with four for 21.
Boys' High's lose five of their players for the rest of the season as Brynn Cleaver, Nick Simon, James Holland, Hayden Hill and Robbie Yule, who was playing for Manawatu, are leaving school.
Cleaver, Simon and Yule are joining Old Boys, while Hill is going to United and Holland is linking up with Marist.
United batsman Scott Larsen blasted his way to 113 to help give them a 20-run win over Old Boys at Hokowhitu Park.
Larsen hit seven sixes in his 97-ball knock as United were bowled out in the 49th over. Then the United bowlers had Old Boys out just short of their target.
United lost the toss and were put in to bat and Larsen and Scott Vanderkolk, with 44, put on a 135-run partnership for the sixth wicket to get to 249.
Stu Glendinning took five wickets for 54, but United still posted a decent total.
Old Boys made a good go at the chase with Villi Tosi (70), Scott Davidson (41), Robbie Laird (34) and Craig Clare (34) all contributing.
Sonpreet Singh took his 19th wicket for the season as he got three for 32.
Cam Harris and Matt Ball took two wickets each as they had Old Boys all out for 229 in the 49th over.
Tight bowling and a whirlwind start with the bat saw Marist record a six-wicket win over Freyberg at Wallace Park.
Freyberg won the toss and batted first and ground their way to 218 for nine from their 50 overs.
At one stage they were six for 125, but Chris Turkington with 59 and Tim Hall with 53 added some respectability to the score, batting down the order.
Michael Cummings was Marist's best bowler taking four for 26 and Tom Giesen three for 23.
Marist started their chase quickly, as their top order scored 100 runs after 17 overs, then slowed down as they made their way to 219 for four, to make it an easy win.
Aaron Hatton continued his good form with 58 not out, captain Sam Hartley was unbeaten on 48, Giesen made a quick-fire 41 and Sheldon Kearns scored 30.
Turkington was Freyberg's best bowler taking two for 41, but didn't have enough runs to defend.
Palmerston 68 (Hayden Spencer 4-21) lost to PNBHS 69-5 (Arana Noema-Barnett 23; Dan Battley 4-21) by five wickets.
United 249 (Scott Larsen 113, Sam Vanderkolk 44; Stu Glendinning 5-54) beat Old Boys 229 (Villi Tosi 70, Scott Davidson 41, Robbie Laird 34, Craig Clare 34; Sonpreet Singh 3-32) by 20 runs.
Freyberg 218-9 (Chris Turkington 59, Tim Hall 53; Michael Cummings 4-28, Tom Giesen 3-23) lost to Marist 219-4 (Aaron Hatton 57*, Sam Hartley 48*, Giesen 41, Sheldon Kearns 30) by six wickets.
- Manawatu Standard