Time for bowlers to strut their stuff

Kieran Fitch starred for Old Boys on the first day of the two-day competition, with a seven-wicket bag against Freyberg at Ongley Park on Saturday.

As the competition resumed after the Christmas break, Freyberg batted first but couldn't cash in as Fitch came to the party with7-38 with his off-spinners.

In his first season as a regular in the premier one side, he bundled out Freyberg for 155 as Grayson Harwood top-scored for them with 40, while the next best was Adrian West with 25 and Chris Turkington made 20.

In reply, Old Boys were sitting pretty at 90-2 but then it fell apart.

They were all out for 163 as Freyberg veteran Dave Fulton took 5-25 with his mediums.

Batting at first drop, Dan Barr held the innings together with 57, while the next best was the Robbie Laird with 22.

Willie Hodge and Isaac Winter put on a 30-run partnership for the ninth wicket which just got them past Freyberg's first innings total.

At the end of the day, Freyberg were 22-0 with Jeremy Morris and Scott Mitchell at the crease but opener West had retired hurt after taking a blow to the arm.

United had the edge on Palmerston after the first day of their game, as United finished with a lead of 16.

United lost the toss and were inserted and reversed their one-day form of before Christmas.

They were in good position at 117-3, but fell to 155 all out in 52 overs with Abhi Ganugapati the best batsman with 58, while Cameron Rowe made 35.

Rob Sheary was the pick of the Palmerston bowlers with 3-38, while Jono Waugh (2-25) and Rob Robinson (2-54) both chipped in.

Palmerston then could only muster 139 in reply as Harman Singh was the chief destroyer, taking 4-32, 32 while Ganugapati took 3-11 and Rowe 2-8.

Rowe bowled well, picking up his two wickets from only three overs and took the final Palmerston wicket on the last ball of the day.

The Palmerston North Boys' High School first XI made a decent start to the new year against Marist with nearly a completely new side to the one they had at the end of last year.

With 10 new first XI members the only surviving member from last year, Hayden Spencer batting at No 4, played a good knock to top score with 66 as the schoolboys made a decent total of 188.

They then had Marist on the ropes at 70-6 at the end of the day but Marist should be boosted by the return of their rep players next weekend.

Boys' High coach Mike Taiuru played as the team had people away and took three wickets, while Jack Leenards took two.

Scott McCaskie was unbeaten on 17 and Tom Giesen on 21 at stumps as they only real contributions to Marist's score.

Freyberg 155 (Grayson Harwood 40 Adrian West 25; Kieran Fitch 7-38 Dan Barr 2-42) and 22-0,Old Boys 163 (Barr 57, Robbie Laird 22; Dave Fulton 5-25, Michael Ireland 2-21). United 155 (Abhi Ganugapati 58, Cameron Rowe 35; Rob Sheary 3-38, Jono Waugh 2-25, Rob Robinson 2-54) Palmerston 139 (Harman Singh 4-32, Ganugapati 3-11, Rowe 2-8, Matt ball 2-29). PNBHS 188 (Hayden Spencer 66, Tom O'Connor 39, Corey Perrett 23) Marist 70-6 (Tom Giesen 21*; Mike Taiuru 3 wkts).

Manawatu Standard