Good work from duo guide Old Boys to surprise win
New Plymouth Old Boys' opening bowler Warwick Millar and batsman Dean Stewart helped steer their side to an unlikely outright victory against New Plymouth Boys' High School in a Taranaki premier grade cricket match on Saturday.
After Boys' High had bagged first innings points on day one the previous Saturday, the school side resumed their second dig on 47-1 at Western Park.
Old Boys made early inroads with Millar blasting through the bulk of the school side's batting lineup to finish with the impressive bowling figures of 7-40 off 13 overs.
Boys' High were eventually dismissed for 155, leaving Old Boys a target of 254 runs to win outright.
The home side were in trouble at 51-5, but a 52-run partnership between Dean Stewart and Wesley Morrick steadied the ship.
When Morrick went for 16, Stewart kept the scoreboard ticking over combining with Simon Clinton-Baker in a 93-run seventh-wicket partnership.
Clinton-Baker was out on 36, bringing Millar to the batting crease to join Stewart. The duo got their side home without losing another wicket with Stewart finishing unbeaten on 117 and Millar 31.
It was Stewart's first premier grade century in eight years and just five runs short of his best tally in the top grade.
It took Woodleigh just two balls to claim first-innings points on day two of their match against New Plymouth Marist United at Sutherland Park.
Needing three runs with just one wicket in hand, Marist didn't add to their overnight score of 143, Sam Barrett being bowled by Simon Bird.
Woodleigh made a disastrous start to the second turn at bat crashing to 27-7 before Hayden Whiting came to the rescue.
Whiting batted through to finish unbeaten on 74, with good support from Luke Tuckett (37) to save the home side embarrassment and take the score to 140. The main destroyer for Marist United was Leith Johnston (5-25 off 10 overs).
Marist needed 143 to win outright, which they achieved for the loss of six wickets, Jarad Cunningham top scoring with 51 and Ryan Fleming making 32 not out.
Francis Douglas Memorial College resumed play on day two on 149-6 in their match against Inglewood. They passed Inglewood's first-innings total of 165, adding a further seven runs before declaring on 172-8, with Daniel Bernet bating well finishing on 53 not out.
Inglewood's best bowler was Heath Karlson (4-49).
Inglewood failed to get going in their second innings thanks to the fine bowling spell of Francis Douglas swing bowler Jordie Barrett, who ripped the opposition batting lineup apart to finish with the impressive figures of 7-48 off 13 overs. Inglewood were rolled for 101.
The college side needed 93 to win outright, which they reached easily for the loss of just three wickets, with G J Pike (32 not out) and Bernet (37 not out) the leading run scorers.
Hawera United all-rounder Trent McGrath was in brilliant form on day two of his side's match against Stratford at the Hub in Hawera.
McGrath resumed on 33 and went on to score his third century of the season, taking his score through to 148 in Hawera United's commanding first innings score of 373-7 declared. McGrath enjoyed good support from Chris Hughes (73 not out) to give Hawera a first-innings lead of 161.
Stratford made 169 in their second innings, McGrath creating havoc with the ball picking up 4-5 off just five overs.
Hawera needed nine runs for the outright and achieved it in the first over.
T McGrath (Hawera Utd) 148
D Stewart (NPOB) 117no
H Whiting (Woodleigh) 74no
C Hughes (Hawera Utd) 73no
D Bernet (FDMC) 53no
J Cunningham (NPMU) 51
J Barrett (FDMC) 7-48
W Millar (NPOB) 7-40
L Johnston (NPMU) 5-25
Taranaki Daily News