A hat-trick from Maungakaramea bowler Callum Thompson was among the highlights of Whangārei cricket at the weekend:Here are the results:
Whangārei Boys' High School struggled to cope with a strong Kaipara Flats attack and were bundled out for 117 in the 37th over in their match at Kensington Park on Saturday.
Only Luke Trigg (21) and Kian Bird (22) showed any resistance to the Kaipara bowlers.
Wickets were shared around with Josh Cunis (3-11), Simar Virk (1-17) and Mike O'Flaherty (1-10) being the pick of the bowlers.
Kaipara, in reply, dominated the Boys' High attack and set about chasing the score down with some aggressive stroke making.
Rory Christopherson (59 not out) was calculating and inventive in his innings and was ably supported by Mike O'Flaherty, who scored 41.
The pair added 79 for the second wicket before O'Flaherty was dismissed but this however, didn't stop Kaipara romping home in the 17th over.
Sam Sweeney and Sam Webb were the only Boys' High bowlers to pick up wickets, with one apiece.
The game between Kamo and City was much closer and the match was eventually decided in the final over, with City coming out victors.
Kamo, after wining the toss, batted and scored 189/9 in their 40 overs.
Dylan Clark continued his solid form with a well-constructed 82 and he was well supported by the ever-competitive Bruce Martin, who scored 42.
Clark and Martin added 84 for the fourth wicket and Nathan Parkes finished the innings well with 20 not out, batting at nine.
City's stand out bowlers were Garry Paine (3-28) and Pradeep Kumar (2-26).
The forecast rain then set in and after a lengthy delay, City were set a revised score of 123 in 26 overs.
Callum Garden led the City charge and scored a much-needed 55 off 47 balls and the winning runs were scored in the last over of the match.
Shane Burton (3-21) and Nathan Parkes (1-14) were the stand out bowlers for Kamo but their efforts were in vain, as the City side took the four points.
Maungakaramea hosted Onerahi Central in the final match of the round and this was, again, a very close contest.
Onerahi won the toss and asked Maungakaramea to field. Todd Beehre played well and scored a classy 97 before he was dismissed by Callum Thompson.
Beehre was well supported by Cullen Lowe, who scored 37, and the pair added 82 for the fifth wicket before Mikey Harris ran Lowe out, with some sharp fielding at point.
Onerahi were still in a strong position and just as they were about to really unleash on the Maungakaramea bowlers, Thompson took key wickets and took the wind out of their sails.
His 5-38, including a hat-trick, was the stand out performance for Maungakaramea and he was well backed up by Ian Wallace, who took 3-18 off 8 overs.
Chasing 188 to win, Maungakaramea then watched the rain fall and they were set a revised target of 126, in 26 overs.
Sean Doel bowled extremely well and put the Maungakaramea batsmen under pressure.
His 3-20, including the prized scalps of Ian Page, Chris Page and Neal Parlane gave Onerahi the upper hand and when Tom Lovegrove was dismissed by Tom Herman, by a fantastic catch at point by but Alec Scott, they were in control.
However, the evergreen Bert Horner played a smart innings and he, along with Mikey Harris, added 46 for the seventh wicket and the pair saw Maungakaramea home with eight balls to spare.
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Maungakaramea 176 (Todd Skudder 50, Scott Harris 45; Ash Parker 3-17, Axel Shepherd 2-9) lost to Kerikeri 177/8 (Luke Halligan 55, Alex Poore 52; Kalani Snooks 3-22, Scott Harris 3-39)
Kamo 184/5 (Curtis Cherrington 77, Jonathan Wagulasen 38; Terry Jobbit 1-13, Tim King 1-21) lost to City 185/4 (Joseph Yovich 78 not out)
WBHS 87 (Taine Beardsell 21. Sam Walker 3-21, Gareth McCollough 2-16) lost to OCCC 88/1 (BJ Howie 52. Ethan Hare 1-7).
Kamo HS beat Bream Bay (no statistics found)
(short score cards)
City 165 (Michael Robinson 38, Ryan Krige 28; Harrison Syers 2-21, Judd Crabb 2-31) beat Kamo 118/8 (Garth Heenan 29, Judd Crabb 22; Brock Cameron 2-15, George Poad 2-21)
City 215/5 (Hugo Waldegrave 50, Sanchit Chopra 39; Ollie Comber 1-13, Drew Robson 1-19) beat Maungakaramea 208/7 (Nick Byles 88, Jake Child 20. Maz Saunders 2-33, Sanchit Chopra 1-13)
Kerikeri White v Kerikeri Blue (no results given)