The Revital Fertilisers Premier Grade 2 day competition will go into the final round with 6 teams still vying for semi final contention.
Round 6 made the make up of the semi finals a little clearer with all four games ending in outright victories.
Inglewood completed a comprehensive win over Hawera United by 10 wickets, having batted first and made 311 all out with Matt Simpson top scoring with 61, Bailey Wisnewski (58) and Martin Keegan (52) also posted half centuries. After Hawera’s top order failed to fire they were never in the hunt and ended up being dismissed for 117, asked to follow on they feared slightly better posting 201 with Nick Walker (54) leading the way from the top, Luke Dravitzki picked up 6 wickets with his left arm spin. That left Inglewood needing 9 runs which the openers did inside 2 overs.
NPOB will go equal top of the table with Inglewood after a demolition job on another top 4 contender Stratford. NPOB posted a mammoth 354 for 5 declared off just 63 overs on day one, thanks mainly to a superb century from Taranaki batsman James McDougall who finished with 142. Stratford got off to a shaky start being 39 for 3 but opener Dean Robinson steadied the ship with 83. Unfortunately there was not a lot of help from anywhere else with Stratford being dismissed for 176. Asked to follow on they could only manage 159 with Mattie Thomas picking up 5 wickets completing an outright victory for NPOB by an innings and 19 runs.
NPMU hold down 3rd spot after their win of FDMC who have struggled all season in the premier competition. On day one FDMC posted 110 with NPMU replying with 221 with Josh Barrett top scoring with 66, facing a deficit of 111 runs FDMC were dismissed again for 128. Daniel Bernet carrying on his good form with another 5 wicket bag. NPMU scored the 18 runs required for the loss of two wickets.
Woodleigh kept their slim hopes of semi final action alive with victory over NPBHS. Batting first NPBHS made 160 with Ben Frewin contributing 52, Scott Evans picked up figures of 7 for 43 from 18.4 overs. Woodleigh responded with 241 opener Peter Ingram doing the damage early with 105, having to overcome an 81 run deficity NPBHS could only manage 165 with Ryan Gilmour posting 72 at the top of the order. Leaving Woodleigh requiring 85 which they safely did with the loss of two wickets.
Going into the final round the points table looks like this:
Round 7 match ups
Hawera v NPBHS
Stratford v NPMU
Inglewood v NPOB
Woodleigh v FDMC