SEMI FINALISTS FOUND!
The business end of the Revital Fertiliser Premier One Day competition is upon us with the semi finalists being found over the weekend.
NPMU proved too strong for FDMC and will take the number one seed into the semi finals. FDMC were bowled out for 93 with the chief destroyer being Kurt Leuthart who picked up 4 for 32 off his 10, Mattie Allen scoring 21 for FDMC. NPMU picked up the winning runs for the loss of 5 wickets with Kurt Leuthart and Robson Chapman scoring 23 apiece.
NPOB finished second as they ran through a struggling Hawera side. Having won the toss and electing to bowl the new ball pairing of Ross Bryans and Kyle Pillay knocked the top of the Hawera innings, Bryans picking up 3 wickets and Pillay 2. The other 5 went to Jarrod Ritson who finished with 5 for 16. Hawera were dismissed for a paltry 58, six of the eleven batsman failed to score and it was only the veteran Chris Stephens who made it to double figures finishing on 17.
In reply NPOB made light work of the run chase and made it an early afternoon as they only took 8.3 overs to score the required runs, Josh Borrell doing most of the damage with 37 not out off 30 balls.
In another low scoring affair Inglewood did enough to secure 3rd spot after they defeated Stratford. Stratford batted first on a difficult wicket and struggled to score runs against the Inglewood attack that bowled well. Stratford skipper Kayne Dunlop was the only batsman to make double figures and finished on 29 with his side being bowled out for 69. Inglewood stalwart Jason Dombroski proving particularly difficult to get away finishing with figures of 4 for 11 off 9.5 overs. Like the Stratford batsman, the Inglewood openers struggled and at 47 for 4 there was a glimmer of hope for Stratford, it was Dombroski again that dispelled any thoughts of an upset as he made a quickfire 21 off just 9 deliveries to seal the victory.
In the final match it was winner take all as both teams were vying for the 4th and final position in the semi finals. Woodleigh had a number of players on rep duty so the an upset was on the cards for NPBHS and they took full advantage of it.
Batting first the school side put a depleted Woodleigh side to the sword scoring 256 for 8, Jordan Gard (84), Reece Trumper (65), Oli Burbidge (44) the main contributors. In reply Woodleigh openers Josh Roguski and William Langslow got them off to flier having 80 on the board off just 13 overs. Roguski was the first to go for 28. Langslow was joined by Archie Marsh and they took the score through to 127 before Langslow departed for 72 off 60 balls. At 127 for 2 off 21 overs the contest was evenly poised, however from that point onwards there was a steady stream of wickets as Woodleigh lost their final 8 wickets for 71 runs being dismissed for 198. Jack Parker 3 for 32 of 10 overs was the pick of the bowlers and well supported by Chris Logan who also picked up 3 wickets.
Semi finals are scheduled for Sunday 25th November and will see NPMU host NPBHS at Lynmouth Park and NPOB welcome Inglewood to Western Park.