Marist-Suburbs holds nerve to win
A late-order partnership helped Marist-Suburbs move into contention for a place in Hamilton premier club cricket's one-day final.
Chasing 235 in their fourth round Hec Holland Plate competition encounter against Shenanigans Fraser-Tech, the newly amalgamated club got contributions at the top of the order from Kerry Meerkerk (57) and Shaun Devoy (48).
However, they had slipped to 198-8 before Hadleigh Thomas and Matt Wallbank teamed up to produce a winning ninth-wicket partnership.
They pulled The Riv Marist-Suburbs closer to the target until they needed just four runs off the final over, and clinched victory when Thomas scored off the final ball of the 50 overs to climb into second spot on the points table.
Earlier, opener Tim Pryce had led the way with the bat for Tech, making 64, while Sam Fredricson (3-19 off five overs) was the pick of Tech's bowlers as they just failed to defend their total.
A one-man demolition job from Northern Knights all-rounder Scott Kuggeleijn kept Hamilton Boys' High School at the top of the competition ladder.
Kuggeleijn knocked the top off The Bank University's batting order, taking 3-24, and Star never recovered, eventually being dismissed for 129.
The schoolboy side had little trouble knocking off the required runs for victory, thanks to former pupil Kuggeleijn, who hammered an unbeaten 79 not out to get them home with eight wickets and more than 22 overs to spare.
Melville skipper Hayden Cargo came to the rescue to help spark his side to victory in the third match of the round.
Opener Michael Dodunski's 55 had got Gallagher Melville started well, but they slumped to 117-7 before Cargo, batting at No 8, began to turn the game around.
He finished unbeaten on 73 and got excellent support from No 10 PJ Monga (33), as Melville recovered to amass 232-9 off their 50 overs despite tight bowling from Ricoh Old Boys paceman Ross Fitz-John (0-24 off his 10 overs) and spinner Elliot Santner (2-34).
New Zealand A and Knights batsman Daryl Mitchell proved to be the prized wicket for Melville in HOB's lineup. Mitchell made 61 batting at No 5 before falling to Mitchell Dickeson, and while Fitz-John chipped in with 43, Old Boys fell nine runs short of victory.
AT A GLANCE
Melville 232-9 (M Dodunski 55, H Cargo 73 not out) beat Hamilton Old Boys 224 (D Mitchell 61, R Fitz-John 43) by eight runs. Fraser-Tech 235 (T Pryce 64) lost to Marist-Suburbs 236-8 (K Meerkerk 57, S Devoy 48; S Fredricson 3-19) by two wickets. Star University 129 (S Kuggeleijn 3-24) lost to Hamilton Boys' High School 130-2 (Kuggeleijn 79 not out) by eight wickets. Hec Holland Plate points table (after four rounds): Hamilton BHS 20, Marist-Suburbs 16, Melville 15, Hamilton OB 12, Star University 10, Fraser-Tech 6.