Eastern Suburbs in front in club cricket
Eastern Suburbs go into the next stage of the Wilkinson Premier club cricket competition as frontrunners after winning convincingly, while previous joint leaders Karori stumbled in Saturday’s last round-robin set of Ewen Chatfield Cup One-Day matches.
Mid-week rain caused all Premier and Premier Reserve games to be transferred to artificial wickets for the final group round.
Karori had their worst day of the season, being bundled out for 124 by Onslow, with only two players reaching double figures. Liam Chrisp and Corey Larsen both took three wickets.
Needing a bonus point to ensure a top four finish Onslow successfully reached their target in 35 overs and in doing so they grabbed the remaining top four spot up for grabs for the next phase. For Karori, Harry Boam took 3 for 15.
The top four at the conclusion of the seven-match Ewen Chatfield One-Day round-robin are Eastern Suburbs (30 points), Karori (26) and Taita and Onslow (21). University finished in fifth (20).
Eastern Suburbs reached 325 for 7 against Wainuiomata, with Ronald Karaitiana scoring the round’s only century. He made 101 and received good support from Josh Brodie who made 87. Jack Imray took 4 for 58. Wainuiomata made just 76 with Sebastian Logan taking 4 for 24 and Ricky Joseph 4 for 9 from 2.4 overs.
The local derby between University and Wellington Collegians ended with a 19 run win to the students. They made 106 with Julian Brown taking his first five wicket bag for the season with 5 for 33. In reply, Collegians mustered 87 with Callum Geldart and Elliott Borren both snaring four wickets.
In a low scoring match Naenae Old Boys defeated North City by 15 runs. Naenae made just 90 with Hamish Kyne and Tipene Friday getting four wickets each. But Norths were bundled out for 75 thanks to three wickets each to Michal Cornish and Kyle Hitchman.
Petone-Eastbourne made 283 for 7 against Upper Hutt. Kieran Butler scored an undefeated 94 assisted by Brendan Cook getting 82. Daniel Henderson took 4 for 43 for Upper Hutt. In reply they made 209, Matt Taylor getting 79 and Mark Hewson and Crook both getting three wickets.
Johnsonville made 96 against Taita with Phil Tunnicliffe taking a career best 6 for 21. Taita hit the runs in just 13.4 overs.
The Hutt District versus Wellington U20 match was played on Sunday.
Points (excluding Hutt v Under 20 on Sunday): Eastern Suburbs 30; Karori 26; Taita and Onslow 21; University 20; Petone-Eastbourne 19; Collegians 17; North City 14; Johnsonville 12; Naenae Old Boys and Upper Hutt 11; Under 20s 9; Hutt District 7, Wainuiomata 2
Short scoreboards from Saturday:
Eastern Suburbs 325-7 (R Karaitiana 101, J Brodie 87; J Imray 4-58) beat Wainuiomata 76 (S Logan 4-24, R Joseph 4-9) by 249 runs
Onslow 129-5 (L Chrisp 30*; H Boam 3-15) beat Karori 124 (S Baker 46; L Chrisp 3-27, C Larsen 3-30) by 5 wickets
University 106 (J Brown 5-27) beat Wellington Collegians 87 (C Fowler 27; C Geldart 4-12) by 19 runs
Petone-Eastbourne 283 for 7 (K Butler 94; B Cook 82; D Henderson 5-45) beat Upper Hutt 209 (M Taylor 77; B Crook 3-28; M Hewson 3-30) by 74 runs
Naenae Old Boys 90 (K Hitchman 28; T Friday 4-32, H Kyne 4-18) beat North City 75 (M Cornish 3-8, K Hitchman 3-20) by 15 runs
Taita 99-2 ( B Rammell 36*) beat Johnsonville 96 (P Tunnicliffe 6-21) by 8 wickets