Fraser-Tech just fail to win outright
There were no outright wins in any of the three matches, but there is a new leader in Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition.
The third round wrapped up on Saturday with the second day of the two-day fixtures completed.
Fraser-Tech's first innings points in their drawn match with Gallagher Melville at Galloway Park were enough for them to leap Melville and go to the top of the standings.
Tech nearly pulled off an outright win as they chased 75 off 12 overs in their second innings, after a resilient last-wicket partnership from Melville denied Tech their full compliment of points.
Resuming on 208-3 with a lead of 61, Tech struggled to forge on, with Northern Knights left-arm seamer Bradley Scott collecting three wickets.
Tech banked their full quota of first innings batting bonus points after passing 250 and declared at 272-7 with a lead of 125.
Things began to fall into place nicely for them, with several of the Melville batsmen getting starts but not kicking on.
Wickets fell regularly, mostly to off-spinner Joe Walker, and when Melville were 153-9, it looked like a foregone conclusion.
However, captain Hayden Cargo, batting at No 8, hung around with the tail and made some crucial runs.
He and No 11 Damien Sun managed to bat 13 overs, with Cargo farming the strike well and doing all he could to stave off Tech's win.
The tall left-hander finished unbeaten on 59, while Sun was eventually out for 12, but the pair had got Melville to an unlikely 200 and a 75-run lead.
With 12 overs to bat, Tech went for the outright win, but found the going too difficult with the bowlers allowed to bowl wide and with all fielders protecting the boundary.
Scott picked up 4-16 as Tech ended agonisingly short at 69-4.
The Quadrant Star University have jumped into third place on the ladder after their draw with Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School at the school ground.
Star picked up first innings points last weekend and resuming at 211-6 with a lead of 13, they powered on, with Ryan Glass posting a half century.
Devon Singh-Parhar and Simon Ashplant combined for a 47-run stand for the ninth wicket, before the declaration came at 320-9, with the lead at 122.
Sniffing an outright victory, Star in the end never came close, after Knights batsman Anton Devcich put them to the sword, opening the innings and blazing 143.
Sam McLeod scored 54, while there were several other contributions for HBHS, who racked up 348-6.
For Star, youngster Freddie Walker collected three wickets.
In the other match, at Galloway Park, Ricoh Old Boys took first innings points in their draw with Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs.
Suburbs resumed in trouble at 90-5, 155 runs behind, and managed to get to 150 all out, with No 11 Brad Perrett top scoring with 35.
For Old Boys, seamer Ross Fitz-John finished with 5-24 off 15 overs.
Old Boys then hit their way to 189-4 in 31 overs before declaring to try to hunt down an outright win.
Mitchell Santner top scored with 56, as Suburbs were put back into bat in the last session, trailing by 285.
They managed to hold out the Old Boys attack, finishing at 96-4 in 30 overs.
Meanwhile, Te Aroha continued their fine start to the Waikato Valley 100-over Champions Trophy competition after notching a victory on the road against Waikare.
The hosts elected to field after winning the toss and after a quick wicket buoyed their spirits, they were soon on the back foot with 64 put on for the second wicket.
But tight bowling through the middle stages meant scoring wasn't easy.
Te Aroha managed to bat out their 52 overs, getting to 196-9, with Calvin Hewitt top scoring with an unbeaten 50, while Jatinder Singh chimed in with 48.
Dave Lourie took 4-54 off 11 overs.
Waikare had 48 overs to chase the target, but their reply was stilted by regular wickets.
A 60-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Mitchell Hickey and Jeff Lyons gave the home side hope but when Lyons was out for 27, his side's hopes were dashed.
Hickey went on to make a well compiled 63, but Waikare were dismissed for 132 in 35 overs, with Hewitt collecting 4-47 off 11 and Alex Robinson taking 3-24 off eight, as the visitors won by 65 runs.
Morrinsville suffered their second straight loss, with Te Awamutu getting up in a low-scoring contest at the Morrinsville Recreation Ground.
The visitors only made 117 but managed to dismiss the hosts for just 72 to record a 45-run win.
AT A GLANCE Eddy Marr Bowl, Rd 3 (two-dayers) HBHS 198 and 348-6 (A Devcich 143, S McLeod 54, M Carstensen 48; F Walker 3-92) drew with Star University 320-9 dec (R Glass 53, B Fawcett 42). Melville 147 and 200 (H Cargo 59; J Walker 4-47) drew with Fraser-Tech 272-7 dec (J Hatwell 72, F Graafhuis 66; B Scott 3-18) and 69-4 (B Scott 4-16). Old Boys 245 and 189-4 dec (M Santner 56, A Verma 42) drew with Suburbs 150 (B Perrett 35; R Fitz-John 5-24) and 96-4 (P Bocock 35no).