The competition pacesetters suffering a bit of a touch-up at the hands of Kamo High in round 4/7 of the provincial Reserve Grades Declaration Cricket championship.

Kamo won the toss and sent WRMK Kerikeri in to bat first on Kensington No3 on what Kerikeri player manager Simon Hart described as a pretty green and spongy wicket.

"Good toss for them to win," he said.

The only side from the Far North playing senior cricket at provincial level, Kerikeri ended up all out well short of making triple figures.

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Best with the bat were Alex Poore with 23, Deep Pundir 11 and Max Hart 9 n.o.

Kamo reached the required target with several overs and two wickets remaining.

The best of the Kerikeri bowlers were Pundir with 2/24/9, Max Hart 2/27/8, and Simon Hart 2/18/5.

A win would have seen Kerikeri claim the title, Hart noted.

"This was a game we wanted to win. We only have ourselves to blame," he said, adding the Far North boys still produced a determined fielding effort but it was not enough in the final tally.

Kerikeri now need to win one more game from the three remaining to secure the Declaration Cricket title.

This Saturday they are at home playing City cricket club, followed with an away game to WBHS, then the final match of the summer against Maungakaramea (who, it was understood, have withdrawn from the competition altogether).

In the other round 4 match City Reserves 128/5 (30) beat Onerahi Reserves 125/10 (40.2)

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KAMO HIGH 87-8 (32.3 overs)
WRMK KERIKERI 86 all out (35.4)