Deja vu for one-day club final
Marist and United will clash in next Saturday's Manawatu one-day club final in a repeat of last season's rained-out final.
Old Boys had United wriggling on the hook at 37 for six during their semifinal at Manawaroa Park yesterday, but United got out of it.
The match had to be moved from Fitzherbert Park because the covers had been left on in the heat of Saturday and the green block had sweated and was unplayable.
The ball was nipping around at Manawaroa, much to the delight of Old Boys bowlers Robbie Yule and Nick Simon, who each took four wickets.
But Kevin Hurrell came to the rescue of United when he came out swinging and tonked what turned out to be a match-saving 50. Matt Ball's 40 also contributed and Old Boys found themselves chasing 164 to win.
Old Boys didn't help their cause by bowling 35 extras and when they batted they were rolled for 137, still with 10 overs left, only Bryce Grant (31) making any headway against the United pace attack.
They bowled to a sound plan, steady and outside the off-stump.
In the premier two semifinals, Bush beat Marist to scenes of jubilation, and Feilding beat the Palmerston North Boys' High School 2nd XI in a tense finish.
On Saturday, the Palmerston North Boys' High School 1st XI got off to a horror start against Palmerston by losing their first three wickets without a run. Palmerston went on to a four-wicket win in the 39th over.
Palmerston gave up 42 extras and Boys' High reached the 48th over before being dismissed for 158, despite Jonathon Salmon taking four for 15 off his 10. Boys' High's best batsmen were in the lower order, Jamie Marshall (23) and Scott Mitchell (34).
Palmerston got the runs with six wickets down but the Boys' High bowling wasn't too sharp. No3 Brett Wyeth scored 50 off 79 balls and Robert Sheary 30 not out, although he took a heavy crack on the helmet from Navin Patel.
With Freyberg and Marist under-strength and pulling in ring-ins, they agreed to play a 40-over match on Saturday, Freyberg winning by 95 runs. Freyberg batted first to score 199 (all out in the final over) on a juicey pitch with a ton of sideways movement, while Marist amassed only 104 off about 30 overs.
Glen Blay top-scored for Freys with 44. Of the bowlers, injured Central Districts paceman Adam Milne took four wickets bowling legspin for Marist, including three in the last over.
Former Black Cap Michael Mason and Malcolm Trow were each able to take three wickets for Freyberg.
1-day semifinal: United 163 (Kevin Hurrell 50, Matt Ball 44; Nick Simon 4-28/10, Robbie Yule 4-31/10) bt Old Boys 137 (Robbie Laird 14, Bryce Grant 31, Yule 14; Sonpreet Singh 4-23/8, Nathan Hill 3-36/8) by 26 runs.
PNBHS 158 (Jamie Marshall 23, Scott Mitchell 34; Jonathon Salmon 4-15/10) lost to Palmerston 160-6 (Brett Wyeth 50, Robert Sheary 30*; Hayden Hill 2-23) by 4 wkts.
Freyberg 199 (Glen Blay 44, Luke Murray 23, Dean White 33; Adam Milne 4-34/6) bt Marist 104 (Mike Mason 3-20/7, Malcolm Trow 3-21/7) by 95 runs.