Eleven runs off one over to snatch an unlikely victory, an outright win with six balls to spare and an emphatic eight-wicket win added up to an action-packed day of Taranaki premier grade cricket on Saturday.
Added to the mix was the match between Stratford and Hawera United which went down to the wire, Stratford yesterday holding on for a draw after taking first-innings points on Saturday.
Inglewood had only one over available to them to score the necessary runs to beat Francis Douglas Memorial College at the college grounds in New Plymouth and they did.
After declaring the day at their overnight total of 342-8, Inglewood put Francis Douglas in to bat with the hope of dismissing them twice.
Things went to plan early in the day, with Francis Douglas rolled for 118. Best of the bowlers were Ramesh Subasinga (3-23) and Hayden McIntyre (3-24).
Forced to follow on, the Francis Douglas batsmen showed more determination with Quin Sorenson (26), Wisnewski (85) and Luke Dravitzki (42) leading the way.
But with three Inglewood bowlers taking the wickets - McIntyre (3-38), Jason Dombroski (3-43) and Aaron Taylor (3-68) - the school side was dismissed for 235 with just one over left in the day.
Inglewood's openers did the job scoring the 11 runs needed off the six deliveries.
New Plymouth Old Boys missed out on first-innings points against New Plymouth Boys' High School, but collected outright points after chasing down 237 off 38 overs.
Old Boys were in some trouble at 40-2, but a third-wicket stand of 164 between John Dickson (82) and Matt Thomas (88) and an unbeaten 23 from Dean Stewart carried the side to victory with six balls to spare.
Earlier, Old Boys had resumed their first innings at 80-3 and were dismissed for 168 giving the school side a first-innings lead of 74. Chief destroyer was right-arm fast bowler Billy Sanger with 6-66.
Boys' High opener Dion Ebrahim's unbeaten 107 and 34 not out from Liam Muggeridge set up a sporting declaration at 162-2. Ebrahim's innings included 16 fours and one six.
Woodleigh as expected picked up outright points against New Plymouth Marist United at Lynmouth Park.
United started the day at 51-4 in their second innings, boosted by the return of Central Districts batsman Dean Robinson, who scored 71 and Ryan Watson with 34. Marist made it through to 185.
Woodleigh's target was 70 and they finished at 71-2 with Moritz Hartmann and Phil Barraclough both unbeaten.
Stratford took first-innings points in their drawn match against Hawera United at Stratford.
Batting first, Hawera made 146, with Stratford declaring their first innings at 282-9 after a well-hit 88 from Taranaki rep Tom Bruce.
Hawera recovered from 64-3 to make it through to 336-7 before declaring thanks mainly to an unbeaten century from Trent McGrath. The Taranaki rep made 142 not out hitting 20 fours and three sixes. He shared a 98-run partnership with his brother Cody, who blasted 71 off 28 balls.
Stratford needed 201 off 28 overs but were soon in trouble. After 10 overs, they were 48-3 and slumped to 73-5 after 16 overs. The tailenders held on batting through to 136-7 to deny Hawera outright points.
- Taranaki Daily News
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