Narrow win keeps Fraser-Tech at top of table

AARON GOILE
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2013

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Fraser-Tech has maintained their spot at the top of Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition after a narrow victory in a low-scoring one-day match at the weekend.

The frontrunners defeated Ricoh Old Boys by five runs at Jansen Park to continue their unbeaten start to the competition.

Batting first on a difficult pitch, Tech ended up posting 155 after some lower-order heroics.

Nick Trebilcock top scored with 45, before being out lbw to a ball which pitched halfway down the pitch but hit him below the knee roll.

Tech stumbled to 100-8, before No 8 Gurpreet Singh (33) and No 10 Graeme Rorholt (21) combined for an important partnership of 54 to give Tech something to bowl at. Seamer Shannon Mackey was the destroyer for Old Boys, as he took 5-24 from seven overs, with Tech all out in the 42nd over.

In reply Old Boys were led by Steve Martin's 53, but lost wickets regularly, with Ryan Smith and Matt Hay taking three apiece.

A tense finish was on the cards and with six runs required to win and nine wickets down, Mackey ended up holing out at long off to Logan Jackson off the bowling of left-arm spinner Smith.

The Quadrant Star University have jumped ahead of Old Boys into second place on the ladder after a six-wicket victory over Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs at Jansen Park.

Suburbs were bowled out in the 47th over for 230, with Matt Thomas top scoring with 58, while Steven Rae took three wickets for Star.

In their chase, Star got off to a rollicking start with Ben Speake (35) and Rhys McCarthy (59) putting on 100 for the first wicket.

Suburbs managed to apply some pressure but a hard-hitting unbeaten 62 from Brenton Thompson carried Star to a comfortable win in the 43rd over.

In the other match, hosts Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School got up by 22 runs against Gallagher Melville.

HBHS posted 227-9 from their 50 overs, with the experienced Sam McLeod the star as he struck 116.

In response Melville were quickly reduced to 8-2 but fought their way back into the contest through a couple of substantial partnerships, with Jared Sun top scoring with 84, before McLeod had him bowled - the seventh wicket to fall.

Matt Wallbank (3-32 off 7.5) cleaned up the tail to have Melville all out for 205 in 42.5 overs.

Meanwhile, Kaipaki registered their first win of the Waikato Valley Champions Trophy competition on Saturday after beating Te Aroha by five wickets at Te Aroha College.

Batting first, the hosts raced to 85-2 at drinks, before the visitors applied the brakes big time, conceding just 30 runs in the second period of 17 overs.

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Jason Thommasen finished with 4-35 off nine, with Te Aroha all out in the 42nd over for 148.

The visitors were in a spot of trouble in their chase but a 65-run stand between Kent Currie (31) and Eddie Walker (40) got them back in control. Alex Robinson took all five wickets to fall, off his 13 overs, but Kaipaki easily reached their target, in 36 overs.

At the Kihikihi Domain, Te Awamutu defeated Waikare by 20 runs in a low-scorer.

The home side made just 98 in 42 overs on a low and slow pitch with variable bounce.

Waikare off-spinner Jacob Babu collected 5-18 off nine and seamer Jeff Lyons 4-21 off 15.

Te Awamutu's last two wickets combined for a valuable 38 runs.

In reply Waikare never got going and were eventually all out for 78 in just 27 overs.

Te Awamutu's Mike Conlon was the star, taking 8-26 off 13.

AT A GLANCE

Eddy Marr Bowl, Rd 4 (one-dayers) Suburbs 230 (M Thomas 58, R Genge -46, A McLean 35, C Botha 30; S Rae 3-30, D Singh-Parhar 2-25, B Speake 2-35) lost to Star University 231-4 (B Thompson 62no, R McCarthy 59) by 6 wickets. HBHS 227-9 (S McLeod 116, M East 30; G Smith 2-39, R Thomson 2-14) beat Melville 205 (J Sun 84, R Thomson 38; M Wallbank 3-32, R Meadows 2-35) by 22 runs. Fraser-Tech 155 (N Trebilcock 45, G Singh 33; S Mackey 5-24) beat Old Boys 150 (S Martin 53; M Hay 3-34, R Smith 3-38, P Gosai 2-19) by 5 runs.

Points: Fraser-Tech 31.65; Star University 29.10; Old Boys 24.5; Melville 22.65; HBHS 21.25; Suburbs 15

- Waikato Times

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