Saracens first loss to Marist

By Jared Smith

It was a two for one deal at Victoria Park on Saturday as the opening of the second round of the Wanganui Premier League saw both games played side by side.

While the action allowed for the occasional simultaneous boundary from each pitch, the results differed from status quo across to upsetting the established order.

Marist reversed their fortunes from Marton at the start of the competition in January by handing Saracens their first loss of the tournament, grinding them down to a 41-run defeat on No2.

Meanwhile, across on No1 the battle ended early in the afternoon as United ran down Wanganui High School's meagre target in good order for a seven run victory.

Marist again looked to the dogged determination of Mark Fraser to anchor their effort, as the veteran finished with an unbeaten century to lead his team out of the doldrums.

After Saracens captain Dominic Rayner got among the top order wickets it fell to Fraser and Fraser Kinnerly to right the ship.

However, when Fraser went and captain Brett Turner lobbed one up to Rayner off Ollie Gordan, it appeared a defendable total was way off at 90-6.

However, Fraser carried on until he ran out of tail-end partners to bring up his ton.

Saracens went slow and steady as Scott Oliver and Rayner (both 36) had the competition frontrunners well placed at 104-3.

However, Marist tightened the screws and with 100 needed off the final 14 overs, the visitors left their charge too late.

Turner picked up a couple of wickets as a mini collapse came at the wrong time for Saracens, 145-7 by the 44nd over being no launching pad to go for the win.

Over on No1, United wrapped up their day with few troubles after putting the students down for 141.

The beacon of resistance came from Bevan Hunter, who eyed up young leg spinner Dylan Martin and went blasting 24 runs off one over from three boundaries and two sixes.

However, United persisted with the game Martin who showed a lot of character and broke the key partnership by having Adam Gill stumped.

Hunter fell to a good catch for 55 and with the tail exposed, the students folded their tent.

Martin ended up with three wickets with good economy if one removes the Hunter hammering.

Gerrard Hobbs and Robbie Power led the way as United strolled to the total and then headed off to watch some of the other games being played at the park.



Porter Hire Premier 1

Silks Audit Marist 205 (M Fraser 100no, O Gordan 3-33, D Slako 3-44, D Rayner 4-40) bt Marton Saracens 164-8 (S Oliver 36, D Rayner 36, B Turner 3-21, C Stewart 3-23).WHS 141 (B Hunter 55, D Martin 3-39) lost to David Jones Motors United 142-3 (G Hobbs 31, R Power 29).

Porter Hire Premier 2

Saracens 111 for 1 (S Kilmister 52, A Spence 33no) beat WCS 107 (B Galpin 4-11).WHS 183 (J Wilsher 44, J Watkins 31, R Gujral 3-44, J George 2-17) lost to WHSOB 187-3 (D Hall 105no, S Rutter 49, J Watkins 2-31).Taihape 125 (A Hodson 4-40, J Trillo 3-19) lost to Renegades 126-6 (K Nyman 53, J Trillo 23).


- Wanganui Chronicle

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