REVITAL FERTILISERS TARANAKI SECURE CHALLENGE
The season will continue for at least one more game with the Revital Fertilisers Taranaki mens team securing the right to challenge for the Hawke Cup.
Taranaki went into the final round 6 points adrift of Hawkes Bay and had to put in a flawless display against Horowhenua to have any chance. Having won the toss and electing to bowl they soon ascerted their dominance over a weak Horowhenua batting line up dismissing them for a paltry 97 in 41 overs.
The first target for the Taranaki batsman would be to secure first innings points, something they did with ease only losing one wicket on the way, the next target would be 300 runs to secure maximum batting points. At 181 for 5 it was evenly poised, Energy City Ford sponsored Ryan Watson joined India Today sponsored James McDougall at the crease and the pair combined for a 158 run partnership allowing Revital Taranaki to declare at 358 for 6, James McDougall scoring 107 and Ryan Watson unbeaten on 103, the pair both bringing up their first centuries for Taranaki.
With over 80 overs left in the day the bowlers went about the job of picking up 10 wickets and securing maximum points. Horowhenua openers came out all guns blazing and looked to take the attack to the Tarananki bowlers, Taranaki got the break through and took wickets regularly to dismiss Horowhenua for 120, Ethan Keller picking up 4 wickets to go with his 3 in the first innings and match figures of 7 for 19 off 18 overs.
With the Taranaki players sitting in the changing rooms enjoying a cold beer their attention was firmly on CricHQ and waiting to see what Hawkes Bay could do against Manawatu. Day one saw Hawkes Bay amass 427 for 8 declared and it was all down to Manawatu having to bat the entire day and help Taranaki secure the challenge. Ironically it was 2 former Taranaki players that thwarted Hawkes Bays chances with Scott Davidson scoring an unbeaten 114 and Trent McGrath 64, the pair scoring a 145 5th wicket partnership and securing 1st innings points.
Revital Fertilisers Taranaki will now travel to Auckland on February 9th, 10th and 11th to take on Counties Manukau who took the cup off Bay Of Plenty over the weekend.
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With NPMU off to the CD Club Champs this weekend their round 4 two day game versus Woodleigh was played Saturday Sunday with Woodleigh holding on to secure a draw after securing 1st innings points.
NPMU posted 213 in their 1st innings with Woodleigh replying with 227, their final wicket partnership of 67 between Luke Tuckett and Simon Bird securing the points. In search of an outright NPMU posted 275 for 8 leaving Woodleigh a target of 261, again their final wicket faced a nervous 3 overs securing the draw.
Hawera 179 (R Northcott 40, N Merson 5 – 60) batted first against Stratford who replied with 235 for 9 (X Mlonyeni 53, L Drummond 46)
Inglewood 305 for 8 declared (B Wisnewski 131 not out) with FDMC 84 for 3 at stumps
NPOB 219 (M Shaw 82, J Braddock Pajo 50, T Slingsby 8 – 78), NPBHS replied with 157 (T Hodson 4 – 38, K Pillay 3 – 35)