18 Jan 2019

On top of the table going into this round Hawera United will look to extend their lead after a dominant display against NPBHS on day one.
Hawera United won the toss and elected to bowl,  it only took 5 overs to snare their first wicket with Adam Keene removing Ryan Gilmour for one.  Wickets would come at regular intervals as NPBHS were dismissed in the 37thover for 130, Jordan Gard put up some resistance with a run a ball 49, Keene would be the main destroyer as he bagged 6 wickets for 36.
In reply Hawera found themselves in early trouble as Zac Betteridge struck twice leaving them 16 for 2.  Ngoni Mupamba and Adam Keene combined for a 54 run partnership to steady the ship, both scoring half centuries in the process, Mupamba (53) and Keene (58). Hawera would eventually go on and secure a 97 run 1stinnings lead. 
NPBHS had a nervous 5 overs to content with at the end of the day but the openers did their job getting to stumps 6 without loss.
Inglewood enjoyed a satisfying day against Woodleigh as they took control of their match,  having won the toss and electing to bat Inglewood made 208 with Aaron Zame top scoring with 77 not out coming in at number 4. It wasn’t all plain sailing as one stage Inglewood were 84 for 6, however Zame would combine with number 9, 10 and 11 who all made 20+ to secure a competitive 1stinnings total. Woodleigh would straight away be under pressure as Jason Dombroki struck in his first over, the second of the innings and after 3.1 overs Woodleigh found themselve 1 for 3 and then 23 for 5. Cam Black was the only Woodleigh batsman to show some fight as he ground his way to 53 but he did find any support as Woodleigh were dismissed for 93, asked to follow on they faced 4 overs and ended the day 1 without loss
In a rematch of the one day final NPMU were asked to bat first against NPOB and put up a competitive 1stinnings total of 208.  NPMU who were short on numbers for day one called in GJ Pike who topped scored with 64, his first game of cricket for a number of years.
In the afternoon session NPOB were doing things comfortably as they moved through to 90 for one with Ben Mitchell and Jackson Braddock Pajo looking comfortable, enter Michael Blanks into the attack and the game was a different story, Mitchell would depart for 47 closely followed by Braddock for 45 and a collapse ensued, NPOB all out for 176 with Blanks finishing with 6 for 58.
In the final game, FDMC look to have an uphill battle if they are going to save the game against Stratford, batting first FDMC batsman once again struggled to compete at this level being bowled out for 106.  Once again the star of the show for Stratford was Grant Commerford picking up 7 for 41.
FDMC would strike with the first ball of the Stratford innings which brought Finbar Moriarty to the crease to join Paul Lightoller, these two combined for a 96 run partnership before Moriarty departed for 60,  
Scott Anderson joined Lightoller and these two soon had 1stinning points wrapped up and continued on seeking bonus points.  Stratford finsihing on 350 for 9 with Lightoller falling agonisingly close to another Premier century as he was dismissed for 92.