Outright wins for Easts, Taita and Karori in two-day openers

There were comprehensive wins to Eastern Suburbs, Taita and Karori in the first round of games for the Wilkinson Pearce Cup that concluded on Saturday.

In the Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy, wins were obtained by North City, Upper Hutt and Naenae Old Boys, while Johnsonville and Hutt District drew their match.
 
Easts, who resumed on day two on 147 for 5 against University who had made 145 in their first innings, were eventually dismissed for 281. Jamie Gibson made 83 off 81 balls. Ollie McIlroy, Adam Clarke and Simon Thomas all took three wickets for University, who were only able to field 10 players after James Boyle was injured in the warm-ups and unable to take any further part in the match.

Facing a deficit of 136, the students made just 75 in their second innings. For Easts Ricky Joseph (4-38) and Seb Logan (3-19) did the damage.

Taita had a first innings lead of 108 over Wellington Collegians who had reduced that by 68 by close of play on day one. Collegians were dismissed for 207 with Julian Brown making 51 and James Widerstrom 58. Andrew Sturt took 6 for 45.

Requiring exactly 100 to win, the Hutt valley side lost two wickets in reaching their target with Sam Dean making an unbeaten 52.

Onslow’s dominance over Karori came to a dramatic halt on Saturday. After defeating Karori in two one-day games earlier in the season and getting a first innings lead on the first day everything went pear shaped for them.

Onslow resumed on day two on 215 for 5 in reply to Karori’s 151 but added just 30 runs. Misty Jones-Middleton took 3 for 6. Trailing by 94 on first innings, Karori made 273 for 7 declared with Chris Spring scoring an unbeaten 113 from 99 deliveries. Liam Chrisp took 3-74.

Needing 180 to win, Onslow folded for just 70, with Lee Edwards having his best bowling for the season with 6 for 21.
 
In the Hazlett Trophy section Naenae dismissed for Wainuiomata for 181 in its second innings. Jack Imray made 50 and Craig James had the season’s best figures of 7 for 55 to give him match figures of 10 for 69. Naenae lost four wickets in getting the required 82 needed to win. Steve Williams scored 63 not out.  

Upper Hutt had a first innings lead of 112 over Petone-Eastbourne on day one. The combined side then made 211 thanks to Matthew Goldsbury scoring 84. Sam Outtrim and Daniel Henderson both took three wickets. Upper Hutt lost three wickets getting the runs.

Eastern Suburbs’ Premier Reserve side were 126 behind North City on first innings and ended up having the best total in the Hazlett Trophy reaching 278. Tom Naylor scored 55 and received assistance from Jamie O’Donnell and Ben McMahon. Neerai Chawla took 3 for 98. Set 153 to win Norths lost three wickets with Chawla  getting an unbeaten 89.

Johnsonville’s batting recovered in its second innings against Hutt District. Following on 104 behind they made 255 with Jamie Holmes scoring 71. Fergus Martin took 5 for 68 and Sam Fraser 3 for 59. Needing 152 to win Hutt were in disarray being 75 for 6 at close of play after Seth Rance took 3 for 30
 

Points after Round One of Wilkinson Pearce Cup and Hazlett Trophy matches:


Wilkinson Pearce Cup: Eastern Suburbs 30.81; Karori 29.24; Taita 26.09; Onslow 15.40; University 6.70; Collegians 5.82
 
Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy: Upper Hutt 25.19; North City 23.80; Naenae 21.81; Hutt District 19.48; Johnsonville 15.24; Petone-Eastbourne 14.15; Wainuiomata 8.30; Eastern Suburbs Reserves 7.77
 

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