NPMU ASSERT THEIR DOMINANCE
In the battle of the heavyweights it was New Plymouth Marist United who came out on top in emphatic style.
Having won the toss and electing to bat on the Western Park grass it didn’t take long for New Plymouth Old Boys Englishman Ross Byrans to strike and pick up the wicket of opener Ryan Fleming in the 4th over of the day.
Fellow opener Dean Robinson was joined by Kurt Leuthart, these two combined for a 61 run partnership to right the ship. Robinson top scored with 42 with Leuthart being run out for 33. After that wickets fell regularly but there were some valuable contributions from Josh Barrett (23) and some hard hitting by Jacob Richards who ended up 33 not out off just 25 balls. The pick of the NPOB bowlers was once again Bryans with 4 for 24 off his 10 overs. NPMU finishing their 50 overs on 166 for 9.
At the lunch break both teams would have felt they had done enough to win the game, enter Daniel Bernet, the little left arm orthodox spun a web around the NPOB top order to leave them reeling at 13 for 4 and then 30 for 5. Bernet finished with exceptional figures of 4 for 10 off 10 overs. NPOB could not recover after that and even though there were some mini partnerships down the order they were dismissed for 100 off 38 overs leaving NPMU to take the bonus point victory.
Bernet must be in line to make his Revital Taranaki debut as he was the leading wicket taker in all competitions last season and has started this year with a bang.
In the other matches Woodleigh proved too strong for Inglewood, Woodleigh bounced back after their loss to NPMU last weekend by posting 278 for 7, Phil Barraclough controlling the innings with 74 not out. In reply Inglewood were bowled out in the 43rd over for 203 with Bailey Wisnewski scoring 68.
FDMC have caused an upset early with a pulsating one run victory over Stratford, FDMC’s victory was set up by the promising Mattie Allen who top scored with 63 not out in FDMC’s total of 221 for 5, victory looked assured fro FDMC when Stratford were relegated to 151 for 7 with 10 overs to go but the tail wagged and with the final pair at the crease they required 13 from the last over. Jack Krutz was given the responsibility and with only two runs coming off the first three deliveries it was going to be a tall order however the fourth ball went for 6 which left 5 runs required from two balls, the Stratford pair could only manage 3 giving FDMC their first victory of the season.
In what turned out to be a round for the school sides NPBHS bet Hawera by 16 runs in a low scoring affair. NPBHS batted first and was dismissed for 132 with only Ryan Gilmour (34) getting past 20.
Rob Northcott was the pick of the bowlers finishing with 4 for 29.
In reply Hawera was dismissed for 116 with Tyler Slingsby picking up 5 for 25 including picking up 3 wickets in the space of 4 balls.
After 3 rounds NPMU have shot clear at the top of the table with 14 points, Woodleigh, Inglewood and NPOB all on 10 with a break to NPBHS and FDMC on 4 and the South sides Stratford and Hawera on 2.