22 Jan 2019

Hawera United continue to top the table of the Revital Fertilisers Two Day competition after a comprehensive outright victory over NPBHS.

Hawera went into day two with a 97 run 1st innings lead and it didn’t take them long to get into the NPBHS batsman second time round, Ethan Keller started the destruction in the 2nd over of the day as he had Thomas Graham caught for a duck. He cleaned bowled Caleb Frewin next ball and had brother Ben in his following over to leave the school side reeling at 12 for 3. Jack Parker was the only NPBHS batsman to show any resistance as he worked his way to 40 but NPBHS was bowled out for 87, a score that included 7 ducks. Keller was the star of the show with figures of 8 for 10.

Inglewood moved within one point of Hawera with a decisive victory over Woodleigh. Woodleigh having followed on put up little fight as they were bowled out for 83 before lunch on the 2nd day, Inglewood winning by an innings and 32 runs.

New Plymouth Old Boys moved into third spot after turning a 1st innings loss into an outright victory over New Plymouth Marist United. United batsman built on their 37 run 1st innings lead steadily throughout the morning session and at 72 for 3 prior to lunch would have been thinking what score they would like to leave Old Boys to chase. Old Boys skipper Mattie Thomas entered the attack and was soon deceiving the batsman as Marist lost their last 7 wickets for 33 runs leaving Old Boys 143 for victory. Thomas picked up the last 6 wickets leaving him with figures of 6 for 27.
Old Boys openers were very positive in the chase as the openers put on a 64 run opening stand, Ben Mitchell and Mattie Thomas would both make 40 to see Old Boys home by 7 wickets.

In the final match, Stratford would declare their innings closed overnight at 350 for 9, a lead of 244, FDMC would not get close to making Stratford bat again as they were dismissed for 78 before lunch with Stratford only requiring four bowlers, no FDMC batsman made 20. With the win Stratford moved into 4th spot as FDMC are left at the bottom of the table.