Upsets see congestion near top
Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition has become even tighter after the top two sides were beaten at the weekend.
The Quadrant Star University and Fraser-Tech both suffered losses in the penultimate round of the one-dayers on Saturday, and the top four sides are now separated by less than eight points.
Bottom of the table Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs scored an important win over Tech, with a brilliant fourth wicket partnership steering them to a seven-wicket victory at Galloway Park.
Batting first, Tech posted a decent 250-7, which was spearheaded by Ryan Smith - normally a lower order batsman again opening the innings - who made 70 and shared in some substantial partnerships.
Left-armer seamer Richard Genge picked up two wickets for Suburbs, before opening the batting and hitting 39.
After dismissing the top three Tech were right in the hunt, however a stand of 178 from Peter Bocock (94 not out) and Matt Thomas (67 not out) changed the game.
The duo were composed at the crease, working the singles well and putting away the bad balls, and got Suburbs to a comfortable win with six overs to spare.
Star University were dealt to by six wickets by Gallagher Melville at Galloway Park, but still narrowly hold top spot ahead of Melville.
Opener Ben Speake's 43 set a good platform for Star, but thanks to Melville seamer Michael Dodunski's 5-36 off 10 overs, Star weren't able to kick on.
Tailender Freddy Walker's unbeaten 22 enabled Star to bat their full 50 overs as they reached 167-9.
However, that never troubled Melville as they chased that down for the loss of four wickets in just 37 overs, with Greg Smith top scoring with 48.
In the other match, Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School won their third successive game, beating Ricoh Old Boys by six wickets at the school ground.
Owen Ivins (34) and Mitchell Santner (54) put on 76 for Old Boys' first wicket but they then lost regular wickets through the innings - with all 10 falling to spinners.
Left-armer Anton Devcich and off-spinner Jonty Keaney claimed three apiece, while leg-spinner Elliot Santner and off-spinner Sam McLeod took two each, with the latter very economical.
In reply, HBHS comfortably chased down the total.
Opener Sean McCarthy made 49 before Keaney (55no) and McLeod (34no) put on 53 for the fifth wicket to get their side home in 45.1 overs.
Meanwhile, in the Waikato Valley Champions Trophy there was a win for Hinuera and winning draws for Waikare and Te Awamutu.
At Te Aroha College a hat-trick to Hinuera's Taylor Green helped roll Te Aroha for just 78, with the visitors chasing that down for the loss of four wickets in only the 14th over.
At the Kihikihi Domain, Te Awamutu posted 250-8 against Cambridge in their 52 overs thanks to 63 from captain Bryce McCandish and 62 from Mike Conlon, before the visitors finished the day 146-5.
At the Te Kauwhata Domain, Kaipaki held on for a losing draw against hosts Waikare.
The home team made 288 all out in the 49th over, with Jeff Lyons (65) and Cameron Cullen (52) posting half centuries, while Kaipaki bowlers Ross Laidlaw and Chris Hurren took three wickets apiece.
In reply Kaipaki made a steady start but the introduction of the slow bowlers saw them lose their way.
Corey Hyde top scored with 55, while Waikare off-spinner Jacob Babu claimed 4-60 off 15 overs as Kaipaki got to 255-9 and clung on.