It's going to be a nervous week for two New Plymouth Marist United premier grade cricketers.
Better known for their exploits with the ball, Sam Wells and Sam Barrett will be thinking of the three runs they need to score on Saturday to give their side first-innings points against Woodleigh.
Both are yet to get off the mark, with United on 144-9 in reply to Woodleigh's 146.
Woodleigh batted first in the Taranaki premier grade two-day match, with Brent Bishop holding things together with 59.
It was much the same when United batted, with the only batsmen to prosper being opener Dean Robinson with 66 and No 7 Josh Barrett, who scored a gritty 37.
It should be an intriguing first five or 10 minutes when play resumes.
Taranaki opening batsman Peter Ingram turned his hand to bowling on Saturday, bagged four wickets, including a hat-trick, to help Francis Douglas Memorial College dismiss Inglewood for 165 at Inglewood's Karo Park. He picked up the last three wickets - a lbw, a catch and another lbw - in three balls to finish with 4-34.
The best figures for Francis Douglas, however, belonged to Jordie Barrett with 5-43.
At stumps, Francis Douglas were well placed at 149-6 with Ingram having scored 26, Sam Fastier 37 and Daniel Bernet an unbeaten 40.
New Plymouth Boys' High School picked up first-innings points against New Plymouth Old Boys at Western Park.
Put into bat, Boys' High scored 198, the bulk of the runs coming from Taranaki rep Dion Ebrahim, who made 79. Wesley Morrick, who arrived 20 minutes late for the game after travelling back from Hawke's Bay, took 5-42.
Former Woodleigh player Frazier Climo took 1-19 in his first match for Old Boys.
Few would have picked what was to happen next, with the school side ripping through Old Boys' top and middle order. Old Boys opted to declare at 99-8, with the school side taking a lead of 99 into the second innings. At stumps, Boys' High had extended that lead to 146 with Ebrahim unbeaten on 33 as the side knocked up a quick 47-1. The school side will be without Ebrahim this weekend because of rep commitments.
Taranaki rep Tom Bruce went close to three figures for Stratford in their match against Hawera United in Hawera.
Bruce, at No 4, blasted 96, including eight fours and five sixes. He received good support from Glenn Johnson, who made 51, as Stratford finished on 212.
Best of the Hawera bowlers were Douglas Hondo (3-39) and Daniel Bowditch (3-33).
Hawera were well placed at 143-4 at stumps, with Trent McGrath unbeaten on 33. Earlier Chris Stephens had made 30 and Matt Pease 45. Bruce capped off a good day with two wickets for 15 runs.
HONOURS BOARD Premier grade Batting T Bruce (Stratford)96
D Ebrahim (NPBHS)79
D Robinson (NPMU)66
B Bishop (Woodleigh)59
G Johnson (S'ford) 51
Bowling W Morrick (NPOB)5-42
J Barrett (FDMC)5-43
- © Fairfax NZ News
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