Melville have gone into the Christmas/New Year break on top of Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition after a couple of superb individual displays propelled them to a hollow victory at the weekend.
In their one-day match on Saturday, Gallagher Melville beat Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs by 89 runs at Galloway Park thanks to a century from opener Jared Sun and a five-wicket bag from off-spinner Nikhil Vishwanath.
Batting first, Melville lost regular wickets, with Suburbs seamers Brad Perrett (3-44 off eight overs) and Richard Genge (2-34 off 10) doing the bulk of the damage.
But a brilliant knock from Sun (112) in the blazing heat steered his team to a decent total. Ryan Thomson chipped in with 35 as Melville got to 240 in 50 overs.
In reply, Suburbs opener Andrew McLean set the tone with 39 but there wasn't much other resistance, with Vishwanath going through the middle and lower order to claim 5-25 off eight overs.
Suburbs are now bottom of the table.
The other match at Galloway Park was equally one-sided, with Ricoh Old Boys crushing The Quadrant Star University by six wickets.
Star's openers put on 36 before Ben Speake was run out, and that triggered a collapse, with Ross Fitz-John striking four times to have Star 75-5. Fellow seamer Cameron Weight (3-26 off 8.2) and left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner (2-21 off 10) picked up the other half of the wickets as Star were dismissed for 139 in 46.2 overs. Old Boys were reduced to 42-3 in reply but an 84-run stand from Anurag Verma (60 not out) and Anish Desai (40) got them back on track and the target was reached in 27 overs.
At Jansen Park, Fraser-Tech beat Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School by three wickets. Apart from Sam McLeod, no-one in HBHS's top seven reached double figures, and it was McLeod's 74 that gave the score some respectability.
Off-spinner Danny Gibbs ripped through the middle order to finish with 3-24 off seven, while fellow offies Josef Walker (2-27 off 10) and Prakash Gosai (1-15 off 10) were very tidy and seamers Scott Finlayson and Graeme Rorholt also took two wickets apiece to bowl HBHS out for 152 in 50 overs. Gibbs and Jared McDonald put on a 50-run opening stand in the chase, but Renee Medows (3-21 off eight) and Matt Wallbank (3-29 off 10) helped reduce Tech to 102-6.
However, McDonald hung tough and batted three hours to finish unbeaten on 72 and see Tech home in the 48th over.
The competition now breaks and resumes on January 12.
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