A maiden premier grade century by John Dickson saved New Plymouth Old Boys from embarrassment in their two-day cricket match against Hawera United on Saturday.
After being dismissed for 223 in their first innings, well behind Hawera's 377-8, Old Boys were forced to follow on at New Plymouth's Western Park.
At 25-0 things were looking good. Not so at 28-5 with Hawera's Cody McGrath celebrating a five-wicket haul.
Enter Dickson and Riley McGregor. With McGregor content to feed the strike to Dickson, the pair slowly turned things around and when the sides went to tea, Dickson was 130 not out and McGregor unbeaten on 22. Dickson's innings included three sixes and 21 fours.
Hawera called the game off during the break to Old Boys' delight and took first innings points.
New Plymouth Boys' High School scored a surprisingly easy 10-wicket win over Stratford at the school's top ground.
Resuming the day at 223-9, Boys' High added 11 runs to lead by 87 on the first innings. Few would have predicted what was to happen when Stratford batted again.
Apart from Tom Bruce (35) and Phil Mischefski (20), the Stratford batsmen put up little resistance and were bundled out for 91. Callum Stewart bagged four wickets with Bill Sanger snaring a hat-trick when he had his first victim caught, bowled his second and trapped his third lbw.
Amazingly, the right-arm medium pace bowler's hat-trick came in his first over and he finished with the figures of four overs, four maidens, no runs and three wickets.
It was Sanger's second hat-trick of the season - his first coming in the one-day competition.
Needing only five to win, Boys' High needed only one over to score them.
Inglewood beat Woodleigh by eight wickets at Inglewood's Karo Park.
On Saturday, Woodleigh made 173 and the home side replied with 233 in their first innings to lead by 60.
Woodleigh's second turn at bat produced 171 runs yesterday, leaving Inglewood 112 to win. The home side knocked off the runs for the loss of only two wickets with Paul Potroz scoring 38 and Kyle Dravitzki 58.
Both batsmen had prospered in the first innings with Potroz scoring 36 and Dravitzki 45.
New Plymouth Marist United beat Francis Douglas Memorial College by 55 runs at the college.
United set Francis Douglas a target of 263 after declaring their second innings at 181-9. Leading scorers were Matt Sim (45) and Sam Wells (32 not out).
The outstanding bowler for Francis Douglas was Cameron Meads, who picked up seven wickets for 49 runs.
Francis Douglas began their run chase well and were in with a chance at 172-7, but the runs dried up and the last wicket fell at 208. Best of the batsmen were Daniel Bernet (52) and Ricky Riccitelli (51).
Batting J Dickson (NPOB) 130no K Dravitzki (Inglewood) 58 D Stewart (NPOB) 56 B Bishop (Woodleigh) 56 M Hartmann (Woodleigh) 53 D Bernet (FDMC) 52 R Riccitelli (FDMC) 51 Bowling C Meads (NPMU) 7-49 C McGrath (Hawera) 5-32
- Taranaki Daily News
Is Ma'a Nonu returning to the Hurricanes ...Related story: Ma'a Nonu's return to Hurricanes confirmed
Get Taranaki's frequent news and sport updates