An eight-wicket bag by Grant Commerford set Stratford up for an outright win over New Plymouth side Woodleigh in a Taranaki premier grade two-day cricket match at Stratford on Saturday.
Resuming at 70-5, Woodleigh couldn't get any momentum going and were bundled out for 120 - well adrift of the home side's first-innings total of 235.
Stratford enforced the follow-on and the wickets kept falling with only Phil Barraclough (46) and Andrew Mason (87) putting up much resistance as the side made it through to 188.
Set 74 to win, Stratford knocked off the runs for the loss of four wickets on the back of a solid 22 from Chris Strange and an unbeaten 36 from Glen Johnson to pick up maximum points in the Revital Fertilisers premier match.
With no play the previous weekend, the match between Francis Douglas Memorial College and New Plymouth Boys' High School went to the wire.
Chasing 192 to win, Boys' High needed 15 off the last four overs and managed that for the loss of eight wickets to claim first-innings points.
Batting at No 4 for Boys' High, Rupert Young blasted 93, including 11 fours and a six, to go with a three-wicket bag earlier in the day. Best of the Boys' High bowlers was Bill Sanger with 5-42.
New Plymouth Marist United picked up first-innings points in their match against Hawera United at Lynmouth Park.
Hawera added only 30 runs to their overnight total of 70-7 to trail by 51. Marist United, with the Ryans to the fore - Ryan Bridgeman 46, Ryan Watson 32 and Ryan Fleming 29 - replied with 182-8 before declaring, leaving Hawera 234 to win off 48 overs.
Opener Alex Goodin (76) and Douglas Hondo (47) gave the visitors hope, but the target was too high after losing early wickets.
The remaining match between New Plymouth Old Boys and Inglewood at New Plymouth's Western Park finished early, with Old Boys claiming first-innings points.
Resuming at 51-3, Inglewood attacked the bowling and made it through to 200-7 at lunch. The side was eventually dismissed for 252, with Hayden McIntyre last man out on 68.
Old Boys were 95-4 off 25 overs when the game was called off, with Riley McGregor unbeaten on 41.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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