Wilkinson Pearce Cup and Hazlett Trophy underway on Saturday

Wilkinson Pearce Cup and Wilkinson Hazlett Trophy two-day cricket started on Saturday, with Eastern Suburbs, Taita, Onslow, Naenae Old Boys, North City, Hutt District and Upper Hutt all recording  first innings leads.
There were three scores in the eighties, by Chris Parr and Neeraj Chawla (North City) and Leighton Morgan (Upper Hutt), and two six wicket bags, to Mark Hewson ( 6 for 44 ) for Petone-Eastbourne and to Jack Vale (6 for 59) for Easts Reserves.
University batted first against playing through champions Easts and made 145 with Ronald Karaitiana taking 5 for 39. In reply Easts were 147 for 5 at stumps thanks to 71 from Josh Brodie. Easts had been 59 for 4 and in some trouble .

Wellington Collegians made 100 in their first innings against Taita, Kieran McComb taking 5 for 11. Taita then amassed 208 for 9 with Phil Tunnicliffe making 71 and Julian Brown taking 5 for 69. In their second innings Collegians were 61 for 1 at the close of play.
Onslow’s Liam Chrisp continued his good form against Karori. He took 5 for 23 as Karori  made 151 and then scored 45 as Onslow reached 211 for 4 at the end of the day.
Naenae Old Boys dominated their game at Wainuiomata dismissing the home side for 99. Adam Williams took 4 for 20 and there were three-wicket hauls for Craig James and Michael Cornish. Naenae  were then bowled out with a 100 run lead before taking six Wainuiomata wickets for 74 by the end of the day.

Eastern Suburbs’ Premier Reserve side also made 99 against North City. Mark Gillespie took 3 for 43 in his first match since injury. Norths then made 225 for 9, with 87 to Parr and 85 to Chawla, but they collapsed from 166 for 1  by losing eight wickets for 59. Vale’s bowling was the stand out for Easts although he was well supported by Ben McMahon (3 for 63) batting a second time Easts were 18 for 2 at the close.

Upper Hutt had the better of top qualifier Petone-Eastbourne on day one. Petone were bundled out for 104 with Ollie Newton and Sam Outtrim both getting three wickets each. Upper Hutt made 216 for 9 thanks to Morgan scoring 85. They lost seven wickets for 47 with Hewson doing the damage. Petone were 10 for 0 at the close of play.

Hutt District made 173 against Johnsonville with Suthan Asokan and Matt Kennedy getting fifties in the middle order. David Hudson and Gareth Powell both got four wickets. Johnsonville’s batting woes continued from last week as they were reduced  to 18 for 6 before the tail got them through to 69. Ian McPeake (4 for 31) and Fergus Martin (3 for 6) did the damage. In their second innings Johnsonville were 8-1 at the end of the day.

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