REVITAL FERTILISERS Taranaki's chances of qualifying for a Hawke Cup challenge took a hit on Sunday when they lost their two-day match with Hawke's Bay on the first innings. Despite a good start what was a difficult run chase, REVITAL Taranaki came up 122 runs short of taking some valuable points off the zone favourites in Napier. The match turned into a one innings apiece affair after Hawke's Bay scored 375-8 declared and left REVITAL Taranaki the only real option but to chase first innings points.
It was a tough day in the field for REVITAL Taranaki on a typically good Nelson Park pitch on Saturday. The thorn in Taranaki's side was top order batsman Brad Schmulian who was the mainstay of the Hawke's Bay innings after he made 149 in an innings that lasted 243 balls. There were real moments were REVITAL Taranaki thought they could restrict their opposition to a reasonably manageable target but every time they looked like they could get on top they were thwarted. That was especially true in the lower order where No 7 batsman Graeme Tryon battled away really hard to make 79 while at No 8 Angus Schaw chipped in with 46. None of the REVITAL Taranaki bowlers really managed to get on top of their opposition with ENERGY CITY FORD Ryan Watson and captain ICONS SPORTS BAR & CAFE Mattie Thomas the best of them taking three wickets apiece.
REVITAL Taranaki's chase started well in the last session of Saturday's play as they got through to 45-0 after 17 overs. Things looked equally bright when they resumed on Sunday morning with openers ELTHAM VETS Dean Robinson and Peter Ingram putting on a century stand for the first wicket. ELTHAM VETS Robinson, who scored a double hundred last week against Wairarapa, REVITAL Taranaki's highest ever individual score, was the first to go, however, when he was caught behind for 64. REVITAL Taranaki then went to lunch well placed at 140-1. With Ingram scoring relatively freely they looked to push on towards the target but the former Black Cap was the second man out when he too was caught and departed for 80. TARANAKI ASSOCIATED CLEANERS Ryan Fleming and INDIA TODAY James McDougall were then watchful as REVITAL Taranaki's run rate fell below three an over and it never recovered once they lost that pair rather cheaply. Phil Barraclough did provide some middle order highlights with 53 but REVITAL Taranaki failed to handle off-spinner Schaw who finished with 5-56 as REVITAL Taranaki came up well short.
Hawke's Bay 375-8 dec (J Field 20, B Schmulian 149, M Edmondson 44, G Tyron 79, A Schaw 46; R Watson 3-94, M Thomas 3-82) drew with Taranaki 253 (D Robinson 64, P Ingram 80, P Barraclough 53, Watson 22; Schaw 5-56). First innings win to Hawke's Bay.