All round effort by pair in win

By Jared Smith


A complete performance by United's all rounders secured a smart seven-wicket win at Victoria Park yesterday in their hunt to wrap up the Premier 1 one-day title.

Saracens were dismissed for 205 in the 48th over, with the spoils spread across an experienced bowling attack, spearheaded by Brendan Walker taking three scalps in his eight overs.

Andrew Cording, Gerard Hobbs, and Jamie Whiteman all collected two wickets each.

Walker and Hobbs then turned around with the bat to pick off the small total in relative ease, reaching 209 by the 45th over.

Opener Hobbs made 67 while Walker carried on through to be unbeaten on 77.

United captain Andrew McCaa said having learned two weeks ago they won't play the defaulting Collegiate next week, everyone had geared themselves up to make an emphatic performance.

"That's what we needed to do get them, roll them and get the runs."

McCaa said the pitch had suited Walker to a tee hitting the track well when bowling and swinging through to find the boundary with the bat.

Saracens captain Dominic Rayner said Walker had punished them, as his team still had to meet the steep learning curve of batting on an artificial track.

It proved an easier pitch to bat on later in the day, while his side struggled to bowl the proper length, he said.

Ollie Gordon was the visitor's best with the bat, making 58, while Dan Ford (34) and Sam Kilmister (30) had the next best contributions.

In the other Premier 1 game, Collegiate and Marist played out a low-scoring thriller with the college team surviving the run chase by a solitary run.

Results

Porter Hire Premier 1

Saracens 204 (O Gordan 58 no, B Walker 3-26) lost to David Jones Motors United 205-3 (G Hobbs 67, B Walker 77no).

WCS 144 (A Halbert 79, R Kinnerly 4-34) beat Silks Audit Marist 143 (J McIllraith 58, B Turner 26, C Robson 4-37). WHS bye

Porter Hire Premier 2

Saracens 200-9 (A Spence 70) lost to Tech OB 201-6 (P Czerwonka 73no, J Judd 34).

WHS 200-8 (R Balsley 68, C Freidal 46) beat Taihape 92 (C Freidal 4-17, J Watkins 2-5).

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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