A fine all-round display from Hamilton Boys' High has them sitting on top of the Eddy Marr Bowl club competition going into the Christmas/New Year break.
Lonestar HBHS thrashed Gallagher Melville by 108 runs in their one-day clash at Galloway Park on Saturday to leap above them into top spot on the ladder.
Batting first, HBHS posted a very good 242-7. With the thick outfield slowing the ball up, that score was even better than it looked.
Captain Josef Walker played a responsible innings from No 3, batting the best part of 35 overs and top scoring with 78, as his team-mates chipped in around him.
With just one run on the board in the chase, Walker was in the action again, affecting the run out of Mitchell Dickeson to pile more pressure on Melville, before taking a catch to get rid of dangerman Michael Dodunski.
First change bowler Troy Mitchell, in his first one-day game for the 1st XI, performed splendidly, bowling his 10 overs of outswing on the trot, sending down three maidens and collecting 3-14.
Leg-spinner Shaan Singh-Parhar claimed 3-29 off five, while Walker (2-16 off 6.4) wrapped the game up in the 40th over, with Melville all out for 134.
The Riv Marist-Suburbs cruised to an equally comfortable victory in their match at Galloway Park against Ricoh Old Boys. Chasing 148, they won by six wickets in the 38th over.
There were a few starts in Old Boys' innings, but no-one could kick on. Off-spinner Nick Shoston cleaned up the tail to finish with 4-26 off 8.3, with Old Boys dismissed in the 47th over.
Old Boys were an outside chance when they had Marist-Suburbs 64-3, but a 74-run stand between Peter Bocock (35no) and Andrew McLean (26) eased them to safety, along with the massive 48 extras Old Boys conceded.
There was a dramatic finish to the other match between Shenanigans Fraser-Tech and The Bank Star University at Jansen Park, with rain arriving late in the piece.
Earlier, having won the toss, Star looked on track to post a big score, with opener Ben Speake (49) laying the platform for them to get to 93-1.
But left-arm spinner Ryan Smith turned the game on its head with a brilliant spell of bowling. He kept things tight, bowling good attacking lines, and reaped the super figures of 6-21 off 10 overs, as Star collapsed to be all out for 159 in 47.2 overs.
Tech got off to a solid chase, at 61-1 off 23 overs, before thunder arrived out of nowhere and a downpour forced the players from the field.
With rain-affected games going on run rate and not taking wickets into account, Tech realised they had to increase the rate when they got back on the field.
Jared McDonald holed out on the boundary, but two sixes from Danny Gibbs lifted Tech to 90 in the 28th over, just one run behind the required rate. Tech got above the rate but kept losing wickets, with off-spinner Simon Ashplant claiming 5-52 off 10 overs.
However, with the thunder and lightning moving on, Tech were able to steady the tempo of their chase.
No 4 Nick Trebilcock made 20 not out, while No 9 Zane Hartley helped bring the game home with an unbeaten 25, as Tech managed a three-wicket win with eight overs to spare.
The competition breaks until January 11.
Star University 159 (B Speake 49; R Smith 6-21) lost to Fraser-Tech 161-7 (D Gibbs 37, T Pryce 35; S Ashplant 5-52, F Walker 2-32) by 3 wickets.
HBHS 242-7 (J Walker 78, D Stewart 34; M Dodunski 2-74, M Dickeson 2-25) beat Melville 134 (J Lenssen 38; T Mitchell 3-14, S Singh-Parhar 3-29, J Walker 2-16) by 108 runs.
Old Boys 147 (J Bezzant 39; N Shoston 4-26, A McLean 2-24) lost to Marist-Suburbs 148-4 (P Bocock 35no; M Santner 2-25) by 6 wickets.
Points: HBHS 25, Melville 20, Fraser-Tech 18, Old Boys 13, Marist-Suburbs 12, Star University 6.
- Waikato Times
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