A superb all-round performance from Ben Speake helped Star University increase their lead at the top of Hamilton club cricket's Eddy Marr Bowl competition on Saturday.
Speake took five wickets with his seamers before smashing an unbeaten half-century to lead his side to a crushing eight-wicket demolition of Lonestar Hamilton Boys' High School in the final round of the one-dayers.
Playing at Galloway Park, The Quadrant Star University dismissed HBHS for just 140, with Speake picking up five-for, and conceded only 16 off his 10 overs.
HBHS openers Sean McCarthy (25) and Shaan Singh-Parhar (19) got starts and No 3 Sam McLeod top-scored with 41, but there was no other resistance, as English off-spinner Simon Ashplant took three wickets to roll HBHS in 39.1 overs.
There was no time wasted in the run chase, with Speake blasting 76 not out to get his side to victory in just 26.5 overs.
Fraser-Tech leapt ahead of Gallagher Melville into second place after beating them by five wickets at Jansen Park.
Batting first, Melville mustered 186, after opener Jared Sun made 41 and No 6 Matt Dorn hit his way to 60 not out.
The rest of the batting crumbled in the face of left-arm spinner Ryan Smith, who claimed 4-41 off 10 overs, with Melville out two overs short of their allotted 50.
Two early strikes had Melville in the hunt, but Logan Jackson's 41 and Nick Trebilcock's 54 not out ensured Tech got there with 7.3 overs to spare.
Rodeo Rodeo Suburbs lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder after outclassing Ricoh Old Boys by five wickets at Galloway Park.
A bad batting display saw Old Boys bowled out for 114 in 32 overs, with Suburbs sharing the wickets around.
In reply, Suburbs openers Matt Missen (30) and Richard Genge (33) laid the foundation for a simple chase.
Genge, who has recently been shunted up the order to make use of the powerplay overs, has been consistent in scoring 46, 52, 39 and 33 in his efforts at the top.
While they ended up losing half their wickets, Suburbs cantered home in only 17.2 overs for a very early trip to the pub.
Eddy Marr Bowl, Rd 7 (one-dayers) Melville 186 (M Dorn 60no, J Sun 43; R Smith 4-41, G Singh 2-16, P Gosai 2-22) lost to Fraser-Tech 188-5 (N Trebilcock 54no, L Jackson 41; R Martin 2-33) by 5 wickets. HBHS 140 (S McLeod 41; B Speake 5-16, S Ashplant 3-31) lost to Star University 143-2 (B Speake 76no) by 8 wickets. Old Boys 114 (B Perrett 3-25, N Shoston 2-6, A McLean 2-17, M Thomas 2-24) lost to Suburbs 115-5 (R Genge 33, M Missen 30; J Whitley 2-19, J McNeill 2-31) by 5 wickets.
- Waikato Times
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