Star University have fired a loud warning shot to Melville ahead of Sunday's Hec Holland Plate one-day final in the Hamilton club cricket competition.
Having both already qualified for the decider, the two sides met in the last round of the round-robin at Galloway Park on Saturday, and Gallagher Melville will want to quickly erase the contest from their memory.
The Quadrant Star University won the match by a huge 122 runs to give them the psychological advantage heading into the final.
However, for that game Melville should be able to welcome back three representative players to Star's one.
Opening batsman Rhys McCarthy produced a sensational innings for Star, as he belted a stunningly quick century to pummel Melville into submission.
Fellow opener Ben Speake (4) and No 3 Brett Sorrenson (5) were dismissed cheaply but by the time the second wicket fell, Star's total was 88, such was the blistering display from McCarthy, who belted six after six.
Eventually his was the third wicket to fall, with him holing out to Melville captain Hayden Cargo for 105 off 48 balls.
While Star had looked like posting a humongous score, Melville fought back to dismiss them in 50 overs for 275.
Josh Fawcett (36) provided some resistance, then Aidan Bigham (54) made a healthy contribution down the order.
Off-spinner Mitchell Dickeson proved particularly economical with 1-28 off 10 overs.
After two strikes apiece from Steven Cullingworth and Ben Speake, Melville weren't going to be in the hunt.
Nikhil Vishwanath managed 53, while the next top score was extras with 22.
Off-spinner Ryan Glass, of England, captured the last six wickets, to finish with 6-35 off 7.5 overs, as Melville were dismissed for 153 in the 42nd over.
In the battle for the wooden spoon, Ricoh Old Boys consigned Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School to bottom place with a victory at the school ground.
Old Boys got to 237 all out in their 50 overs, with Mitchell Santner leading the way with 80, while again extras (33) were second top score, as leg-spinner Shaan Singh-Parhar (3-39 off eight overs) tore through the middle order.
HBHS were bowled out for 199 in response, with Santner taking 4-46 off his 10 overs to cap an all-round good day.
Meanwhile, Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs crushed Fraser-Tech by nine wickets at Galloway Park.
Tech lost wickets regularly and were reduced to 35-6 before a cameo of 34 from Graeme Rorholt edged the total near three figures.
However, Tech were rolled for only 75, with extras again being the second highest contributor, with 16. Off-spinner Nick Shoston finished with the splendid figures of 4-1 off 2.3 overs, before his team made light work of the chase, reaching the target in 11.1 overs.
- Waikato Times
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