Easts, Taita and Collegians on top after first day of Round Four

A last wicket stand of 116 between Lance Dry and Seb Logan helped put Pearce Cup holders Eastern Suburbs in the box seat on day one of their fourth round Wilkinson Pearce Cup top-of-the-table clash with Karori, while Taita and Wellington Collegians held the upper hand in the other two matches.

Easts had been grateful to Josh Brodie scoring 67 at the top of the order before Misty Jones-Middleton tore through the Easts line-up. He took 7 for 45 -  the season’s best in Premier cricket -  to have them struggling at 172 for 9.

Dry and Logan then came together and took their took through to 288. Dry scored 58, while Logan was undefeated on 59. By close of play Karori were 59 for 2.

Taita were invited to bat by Onslow  and made 166, with Henry Walsh top scoring with 70 and Peter Vorster taking 3 for 37. In reply Onslow were in trouble at 91 for 9 by stumps, with Andrew Sturt taking 3 for 26.

In the derby match between Collegians and University, the students elected to bat and were dismissed for 173 - Julian Brown doing the damage with 6 for 73. Mark McIlvride then hit his maiden century being unbeaten on 104. He was assisted by James Crichton (50) in a fourth wicket stand of 122 to give Collegians first innings points as they finished the day at 205 for 6.

In the top four matches in the Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy, Upper Hutt and Petone-Eastbourne held the upper hand.

Thirty one wickets fell at Linden Park where North City entertained Upper Hutt. The visitors batted first but were dismissed for 156 in 30 overs. Leighton Morgan led the way with 74 but there were five wickets each to discarded Firebird Dane Hutchinson and Neeraj Chawla. However Norths lasted only 24.5 overs, making 103 thanks to Daniel Henderson taking 6 for 21. With a 53 run lead, Upper Hutt declared at 192 for 9 in its second innings. Daniel van der Heyden made 69 while Hutchinson took another four wickets and Craig Shanks three. In four overs to stumps Norths lost two wickets for seven.

Petone-Eastbourne batted first against Hutt District and were in dire trouble at 76 for 8 thanks to another good tandem  bowling effort from Ian McPeake (5 for 66) and Fergus Martin (4 for 48) but an 84 run stand between Kieron Butler (80) and Sam Blandford (43) enabled the total to reach 181. By close of play Hutt were 130 for 9 with Suthan Asokan making 53. Brendan Crook took 3 for 21.

In the bottom four section 26 wickets fell as Johnsonville played Wainuiomata. Johnsonville made 149 in 34 overs. Sunnie Chan and Jason Logan both took four wickets. But they got first innings points by dismissing Wainui for 128 in 31 overs. Robbie Sewell made 60 as Salman Faizal and David Hudson took four wickets. Johnsonville stretched its lead to 207 by stumps as it was186 for 6 at close of play.

Naenae Old Boys went on a scoring spree against Easts Reserves. They scored 425 with the highlight being captain Adam Williams’ 135 from 105 deliveries. He took the score from 209 for 6 to 390 for 8 before being last man out. Sam McLauchlan toiled hard getting 4 for 70. At the end of the day Easts were 109 for 5 in reply.

Short Scoreboards

Wilkinson Pearce Cup:

Eastern Suburbs 288 (J Brodie 67, L Logan 59*, L Dry 58; M Jones-Middleton 7-45) met Karori 59-2 (H Templeton 34)

University 173 (J Boyle 44*; J Brown 6-73) met Wellington Collegians 205-6 (M Macilvride 104, J Crichton 50; M Lewis 2-22)

Taita 166 (H Walsh 70; P Vorster 3-37) met Onslow 91-9 (S Keegan 28; A Sturt 3-26)

Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy

Upper Hutt 156 (L Morgan 74; D Hutchinson 5-45, N Chawla 5-31) and 192-9 (D Van Der Heyden 69 (Hutchinson 4-55, C Shanks (3-35) met North City 103 (M Pollard 29; D Henderson 6-21) and 7-2

Naenae Old Boys 425 (A Williams 135, S Williams 72, M Young 45; S McLauchlan 4-70) met Eastern Suburbs Premier Reserves 109-5 (J McLauchlan 40*; A Williams 2-17, C James 2-28)
Johnsonville 149
(S Rance 41; S Chan 4-35, J Logan 4-60) and 186-6 (G Powell 36*, M Pulley 33, S Rance 33*; M Stoyner 2-21) met Wainuiomata 128 (R Sewell 60;S Faizal 4-12, D Hudson 4-36)

Petone-Eastbourne 181
(K Butler 80, S Blandford 43;I Mcpeake 5-66, F Martin 4-48) met Hutt District 130-9 (S Asokan 53; B Crook 3-21)

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