Leading Pearce Cup teams on back foot on opening day of third round
The opening day’s play of Round Three of the Wilkinson Pearce Cup saw the top three sides on the back foot in their matches. Leaders Eastern Suburbs were 113 for 4 in reply to Onslow’s first innings score of 278. Karori were 39 for 3 after Wellington Collegians made 236, while Taita were 53 for 1 in reply to University’s 305.
The highlight of the day was a career best innings of 151 by University’s Nick Wanden against Taita. In an ironic twist, Wanden is the Taita Club’s development officer but plays his cricket for University . His innings lasted 191 balls and he was last out after coming to the crease at 59 for 4. The ninth wicket stand of 143 with Simon Thomas was a club record.
Collegians made 236 thanks to some middle order contributions. Chris Fowler made 58. Lee Edwards and Jarred Sewell both took three wickets but Karori’s cause wasn’t helped by conceding 44 extras. The top three in the Karori order were all back in the pavilion when stumps were drawn.
Onslow made 278 against Easts thanks mainly to an innings of 62 by Barry Rhodes and a seventh wicket stand of 106 between Jimad Khan (82) and Shane O’Connor (49). Jamie Gibson took 4 for 50. At close of play Easts were four down, with Ronald Karaitiana unbeaten on 46 and James Bannatyne taking 3 for 49.
The third Round of Wilkinson Hazlett trophy matches saw 83 wickets fall in the four matches.
Upper Hutt were dismissed for 104 before lunch against Naenae Old Boys. Michael Cornish did the damage with 6 for 44. However Naenae fared worse by being bowled out for 102 in 29.5 overs, Jason McKenzie and Matt Taylor both taking three wickets. Upper Hutt increased their 2-run lead to 195 after finishing the day at 193 for 3. Taylor was dismissed in the last over of the day when on 99.
Wainuiomata again showed improvement when they made 216 against Petone-Eastbourne. Robert Sewell top scored with 71. They had the combined side at 138 for 8 at stumps with Sunnie Chan taking 4 for 29.
Hutt District made 171 against North City. Kieran Lennon and Sam Fraser both scored fifties while Dane Hutchinson took 5 for 41. Norths were 180 for 8 at the end of the day with Hutchinson scoring 71. Fergus Martin and Ian McPeake both had three wicket hauls.
Easts’ Reserves made 133 against Johnsonville with Seth Rance taking 4 for 42. Rance then starred with the bat as he made 98 in Johnsonville’s total of 266 for 9. At stumps Easts were 43 for 5 in its second innings , still trailing by 88.
In Women’s cricket Blaze player Leigh Kasperak scored her second century of the season for Johnsonville making 100 in their win over Hutt District.
Wilkinson Pearce Cup:
Onslow 278 (J Khan 82, B Rhodes 62, S O’Conner 49; J Gibson 4-50) met Eastern Suburbs 113-4 (R Karaitiana 46*, A Bassi 28; J Bannantyne 3-54)
Wellington Collegians 236 (C Fowler 58, J Crichton 33, J Widerstrom 33; L Edwards 3-36, J Sewell 3-45) met Karori 39-3 (H Templeton 18; J Brown 2-22)
University 305 (N Wanden 151, C Geldart 35, S Thomas 35; H Blomfield 3-35) met Taita 53-1
Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy:
Upper Hutt 104 (M Taylor 23; M Cornish 6-44) and 192-3 (M Taylor 99, L Davidson-Powell 41*, J McKenzie 37; A Williams 2-60) met Naenae Old Boys 102 (J McKenzie 3-39, M Taylor 3-4)
Wainuiomata 216 (R Sewell 71) met Petone Eastbourne 138-8 (S Chan 4-29)
Hutt District 171 (K Lennon 64, S Fraser 60*; D Hutchinson 5-41) met North City 180-8 (D Hutchinson 71, J McDermott 32; F Martin 4-62, I McPeake 3-50)
Johnsonville 266-9 declared (S Rance 98, M Pulley 60; H Quazi 4-55) met Eastern Suburbs Reserves 133 (J McLaughlin 47; S Rance 4-42, G Powell 3-27) and 43-5 (J Dean 34; D Hudson 3-22)