Taranaki opening batsman Dean Robinson won't soon forget his match-changing innings in the side's demolition of Wairarapa in their Hawke Cup qualifying two-day cricket match at Pukekura Park at the weekend.
Scoring 202 not-out, Robinson powered his way into the record books with the highest score by a Taranaki batsman and led the side to an outright win in the two-day affair.
Robinson became just the second player to score 200 for Taranaki since Rodney Brown scored 200 not-out in 1989. Peter Ingram was the other, scoring 201 against Horowhenua-Kapiti in 2012.
En route to his double ton, Robinson brought up his ninth century for the province - another record - and took his total run count for Taranaki to over 3000.
With Robinson getting help from all five of his batting partners, Taranaki declared at 402-4 after 77 overs on Saturday afternoon to give their bowlers a chance to set themselves up for an early finish on Sunday.
fter scoring a quick 31 runs, Kaylum Boshier made an impact with ball in hand as Wairarapa struggled to deal with the Taranaki attack, losing a number of wickets before the end of Saturday's play.
Boshier and Ethan Keller claimed four scalps each as Taranaki dismissed Wairarapa for 93 in their first innings early in Sunday's play and forced the visitors to follow-on.
Wairarapa looked to be in a dire position early in their second innings as they found themselves 81-5.
Taranaki were looking to be aggressive in the field and this had paid dividends early in the day. However Wairarapa's Robbie Speers (45) and Jack Forrester (38) found gaps in the field as a result and looked like they would force their hosts to bat again.
But once Forrester departed leaving Wairarapa 173-7, the fight was all but over. The side only added four runs for their final three wickets, with Taranaki claiming an impressive win.
"I'm definitely very happy," Taranaki coach Debu Banik said. "It's a lovely pitch and the boys showed that. Deano was exceptional...he set the game up for us, but everyone chipped in nicely.
"On that good wicket, the bowlers really showed their discipline. When you have 402 on the board, you can (be aggressive). The batsmen really set this game up and the bowlers finished it which is good to see."
Taranaki now look ahead to their match against Hawke's Bay next weekend, with some changes coming to the line-up.
"A couple of the under-19 boys will not be there because they'll be at the under-19 national tournament, but Ryan Watson comes back in the mix from the CD team.
"We'll sit down together during the week, tighten some loose ends and build on this."
Taranaki 402-4 dec. (Dean Robinson 202no, Moriz Hartmann 20no, Liam Muggeridge 65, James McDougall 40, Kaylum Boshier 31, Peter Ingram 26; Quinn Childs 2-87) beat Wairarapa 93 (Daniel Ingham 24; Boshier 4-14, Ethan Keller 4-30) and 177 (Robbie Speers 45, Liam Burling 36, Jack Forrester 35, Ingham 24; Boshier 3-30, Caleb Frewin 3-45) outright with first innings.