Waikato Valley remain without a point in the Fergus Hickey Rosebowl competition after being out-muscled by Poverty Bay in Gisborne at the weekend.
After winning the toss and inserting the hosts, the Valley looked on track with the score at 116-5 after lunch, however Poverty Bay fought back, chiefly through captain Josh Bates' 97, as they posted 315-8 declared.
Medium pacer Danyn Stewart collected 3-25 off eight overs for the visitors, who were made to bat for a tricky period before stumps.
After falling to 32-2 by the end of play, the Valley needed a stoic performance yesterday, and got it from Sam Cooper, but no-one was able to hang in with him for too long.
No 4 Cooper made 86, hitting just three fours in his 221-ball, 299-minute stay. He was the last man out as the Valley were dismissed for 211.
Medium pacer Dane Thompson took 3-31 off 11.3 overs, while left-arm spinner Matthew Singh claimed 3-45 off nine and medium pacer Alex Gooding toiled hard with 0-41 off 25.
With the visitors more than 100 behind, they were made to follow on, but after getting to 36-0 in eight overs, the match was called off with an hour remaining, with Poverty Bay taking first innings points in the draw.
Because of adverse weather, the Hamilton versus Northland match had already been reduced to a one-day game to be played yesterday, however, that was called off on Saturday.
With the game cut down from a two-dayer, Hamilton secured their spot as the opening Hawke Cup challenger for Bay of Plenty on Auckland Anniversary Weekend.
Kaipaki and St Paul's Collegiate School will square off in this Saturday's final of the Mike Cotter Cup Waikato Valley one-day club competition.
In a rain-hit final round at the weekend, those two teams met one another, with a 40-over game on the school's artificial pitch getting underway at 1.15pm once the weather fined up.
St Paul's prevailed by four wickets, handing Kaipaki their first loss of the season.
The visitors were down on troops due to rep commitments and, after being sent in, managed 167-8 while contending with a slow outfield.
In reply St Paul's were led well by Kipper Fawcett's 51 and Scott Finlayson's 49, as they coasted home with 39 balls to spare.
The win ensures St Paul's finish top and earn hosting rights for the decider.
In the other fixtures, Hinuera beat Te Aroha by default, the Cambridge versus Te Awamutu game didn't get underway, and Waikare were in big trouble at 20-5 before their match against Otorohanga was abandoned.
Meanwhile, Hamilton club cricket was called off on Friday because of wet pitches, leaving Ricoh Old Boys and The Riv Marist-Suburbs in the box seat in the Richard Dodunski Trophy Twenty20 competition heading into the last round on February 15, with the final to be played that afternoon.
Poverty Bay 315-8 dec (J Bates 97, S Tallott 32; D Stewart 3-25) drew with Waikato Valley 211 (S Cooper 86; D Thompson 3-31, M Singh 3-45) and 36-0
Hamilton v Northland abandoned
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