Inglewood took charge of their Taranaki premier grade cricket match against Stratford in Stratford on Saturday to set themselves up for an outright win.
After dismissing Stratford for 114, Inglewood rattled up a quick 290-7 before declaring and put the home side in to bat for a second time.
At stumps, Stratford had slumped further behind, losing two wickets for 25 runs to trail by 151 heading into day two of the Revital Fertilisers premier grade match.
Heath Karlson was the chief destroyer for Inglewood in the first innings, the opening bowler taking 5-19 off 14 overs. When it came to batting, everyone chipped in for Inglewood with their 290-7 coming off 46 overs. Paul Petrowski scored 46 with Ben Wilson matching that with an unbeaten 46 batting down the order.
Francis Douglas Memorial College posted a healthy 316 batting first against Hawera United at the college grounds in New Plymouth.
A number of batsmen had solid starts, with Shaun Sullivan the best, going on to score a half century. Chris Hughes and Douglas Hondo both bagged three wickets for Hawera.
At stumps, Hawera were 90-2 with Alex Goodin 26 not out and Trent McGrath 20 not out.
Woodleigh took the honours on day one of their match against New Plymouth Old Boys at Sutherland Park.
The home side posted 226 batting first with David Collingwood (62) and Moritz Hartman (65) both in good form. Another to find form was Kenny Roycroft, who made 44.
Old Boys bowlers toiled hard with Jamie Watkins taking four wickets, Warwick Millar three and Simon Clinton-Baker two.
Dean Stewart's unbeaten 65 stood out like a beacon when Old Boys batted and by stumps the side were in trouble at 137-7. Two runouts didn't help their cause.
The remaining game is evenly poised and the morning session next Saturday will be crucial.
Batting first, home side New Plymouth Boys' High School made 210, with Liam Muggeridge topscoring with 40. He had good support from Robert Boot (39), Billy Sanger (34) and player-coach Dion Ebrahim (26). Best of the New Plymouth Marist United bowlers was Josh Barrett with 4-24.
In reply, Marist United made it through to 97-4 at stumps with opener Dean Robinson leading the way with 36.
Premier grade Batting D Stewart (NPOB) 65no M Hartman (Woodleigh) 65 D Collingwood (Woodleigh) 62 S Sullivan (FDMC) 52 Bowling H Karlson (Inglewood) 5-19
- Taranaki Daily News
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