Hamilton Boys' High School have moved further ahead of their rivals in the Eddy Marr Bowl club competition after comfortably taking out their top-of-the-table clash with Fraser-Tech at Galloway Park on Saturday.
Resuming on 130-3 in reply to Shenanigans Fraser-Tech's 255, Lonestar HBHS looked like surrendering first-innings points when Sean McCarthy (82) added just 13 to his total and others quickly followed him back off the pitch.
However, Jono Lush (46no) and Jamie Moore (28no) put on an important stand for the eighth wicket to get HBHS a lead of eight at lunch, at which point they declared.
Tech then went in search of quick runs to set up a game of it late in the day. Openers Tim Pryce and Danny Gibbs got off to a flyer, smoking 65 and 61 respectively, while debutant Ben Strang made a hard-hit 34 as Tech declared on 192-8 after 23 overs.
In among the runs, leg-spinner Shaan Singh-Parhar picked up six wickets.
That left HBHS 185 to win in 40 overs in what loomed as an interesting chase. However, a storming start from McCarthy swiftly took the game away from Tech.
The stocky right-hander pumped 91 for a great match double and his opening partner, Mattie Clarke, made 45 as HBHS won by seven wickets with seven overs up their sleeves.
In the other match at Galloway Park, Ricoh Old Boys stumbled to victory against Gallagher Melville to celebrate their centenary with a win.
Still needing 108 to make Old Boys bat again, Melville lost their fourth wicket before a ball was bowled as not-out batsman Nikhil Vishwanath was with the Hamilton team for their Hawke Cup challenge.
But some lower order resistance from captain Hayden Cargo (40), PJ Monga (30), Mitchell Dickeson (25) and Michael Allen (23no) got Melville through to 227, setting Old Boys 72 to win.
But just as things looked like they would be a doddle, Old Boys collapsed, with Allen, Monga and Dickeson taking one, two and three wickets respectively, before brothers Steve (8no) and Mike Martin (22no) saw Old Boys to safety and to second place on the ladder.
In the other match, at Jansen Park, The Riv Marist-Suburbs were smashed by an innings and 159 runs by The Bank Star University, who have jumped ahead of them out of last spot.
Resuming on 40-4 in response to Star's massive 378-6 declared, Marist-Suburbs were dismissed for 96, with left-arm seamer Jayden Thomasen coming into the side and picking up 4-17 off 6.3 overs.
Made to follow on, Marist-Suburbs were in grave danger at 26-3, before some fight from Vihang Alawat (48) and Maison Carstensen (43), who shared in a 62-run stand.
But when they both fell, things came to a pretty quick conclusion, as off-spinner Simon Ashplant picked up three wickets to go with his four from the first innings.
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