Fraser-Tech lose their lead after poor showing

After three weeks at the top of the table in Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition, Fraser-Tech have been overtaken by Star University after suffering a four-wicket loss to them in their one-day clash at the weekend.

Having won the toss and elected to bat in their match at Galloway Park on Saturday, Tech were poor with the bat and were dismissed for a paltry 127 in 40.4 overs.

Ryan Smith was promoted to open the innings and his 36 ended up being the top score on a pitch which quickly broke up.

Matt Hay and Prakash Gosai chipped in with 21 apiece, but no-one else made more than eight, as English off-spinner Simon Ashplant ripped through the middle order to finish with 4-27 off 10 overs.

After being made to start batting before the scheduled lunch break, The Quadrant Star University were struck down soon after the interval, with spinners Gosai and Smith taking five wickets between them to reduce Star to 85-6.

However, captain Steven Rae and Owen Robinson (both 18 not out) steered their side home, while Tech's 30 extras also proved costly, as Star won in the 33rd over.

It was a similarly low-scoring affair in the game between rodeorodeo Suburbs and Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School at the school ground.

Richard Genge was promoted to open for Suburbs and did a fine job in hitting his way to 52, sharing in a great opening stand with Scott Robertson, who made 45.

However, the introduction of left-arm spinner Anton Devcich changed things dramatically, as Suburbs crumbled to 161 all out.

Devcich, who is today set to line up for the New Zealand XI against England in a Twenty20 fixture, captured 5-18 off his 10 overs.

Devcich wasn't required with the bat as HBHS stuck with their schoolboy top five, with Jonty Keaney paving the way for an early finish. He ended unbeaten on 63 as HBHS won by six wickets in 37 overs.

The other fixture was as equally one-sided, with Gallagher Melville beating Ricoh Old Boys by 88 runs at Galloway Park. A brilliant century from opener Keir Bettley set the platform for Melville to reach 309-8 off their 50 overs.

The tall right-hander struck 13 fours and two sixes in his run-a-ball effort, and he got good support from Greg Smith (61) as the duo put on 156 for the second wicket.

In their chase Old Boys had several batsmen make starts but none were able to kick on to a big score. Steve Martin top scored with 50 after having been the pick of his team's bowlers with 3-54 off 10.

Three run-outs contributed to Old Boys' downfall as they were dismissed in the 38th over.

Meanwhile, in the Waikato Valley Champions Trophy competition, there were wins for Cambridge, Kaipaki and Waikare.

Cambridge hammered Te Aroha by nine wickets at the Cambridge Square.

Off-spinner Keith Vincent took four wickets to help dismiss the visitors for 157, before he contributed 45 not out with the bat. Chris Sclater hit an unbeaten 103.

At Kaipaki, the home side beat Te Awamutu by five wickets.

After a 60-run opening stand, the visitors were bowled out for 168 in the 35th over, with Elliot Webb picking up 5-30 off seven overs and Ross Laidlaw 3-30 off nine.

Kaipaki's batsmen chipped in to reach the target in 31 overs.

At the Morrinsville Recreation Ground, the home team beat Waikare by 92 runs.

Nick Bateman's 52 was in vain as Waikare were bowled out for 123.

Eddy Marr Bowl, Rd 5 (one-dayers) Fraser-Tech 127 (R Smith 36; S Ashplant 4-27, O Robinson 2-18) lost to Star University 130-6 (R Smith 3-24, P Gosai 2-17) by 4 wickets. Suburbs 161 (R Genge 52, S Robertson 45; A Devcich 5-18, S Singh-Parhar 2-32, M Wallbank 2-49) lost to HBHS 165-4 (J Keaney 63no; N Shoston 2-37) by 6 wickets. Melville 309-8 (K Bettley 142, G Smith 61; S Martin 3-54, C Weight 2-41) beat Old Boys 222 (S Martin 50, J McNeill 38, M Santner 37, R Fitz-John 32; B Scott 2-21, N Vishwanath 2-44) by 87 runs. Points: Star University 36.10 Fraser-Tech 32.65 Melville 29.65 HBHS 28.25 Old Boys 24.50 Suburbs 15.00

Waikato Times