Property Brokers United have finished top of the Bullocks Coastal Challenge Cup table and will the only Whanganui team to fly the flag in the playoffs after a final round where all home teams were victorious on Saturday.

Unfortunately for St Johns Tech, they will not make the semifinals for the third year in a row after a 89 run loss to Weraroa at their domain.

United pushed Levin from second spot to fourth, meaning they will rematch in the semifinals following a three wicket win in a low scoring match at Victoria Park.

Having missed Treadwell Gordon Wanganui's game with Hawke's Bay due to injury, United pace bowler Ryan Slight (5-29) was back with a vengence and recaptured some of his form from the first half of the 2016-17 season.


Slight and Ritesh Verma (2-33) laid waste to the Levin top order to leave them staring down the barrell at 52-6 in the 14th over.

However, lower order allrounder Daniel Parker (58) held his ground through 83 deliveries, seeing off Slight and Verma before trying to accumulate some runs against Brendon Walker and the Pennefather's – Martin and James.

Eventually captain Tom Lance (2-21) put himself on and although a little expensive, he took Parker's stumps away as the last man standing in the 38th over.

United would not make their run chase easy on themselves, as Matthew Boswell, Greg Smith, Walker and Stephen Holloway would all fall in single figures – around the only top order innings of note from Lance (26) with Freddie Wilson (26 not out) supporting him and then surviving at one end.

KM Maclachlan (3-36) and Dion Sanson (2-42) were the main recipients as United were scoring quickly but losing wickets doing it.

When Martin Pennefather fell at 54-6 after 17 overs, one way or another the match was ending soon.

Enter Verma, who had made a good slog at the end of United's T20 match the previous weekend, and he had his eye in with 45 from just 24 balls, blasting four balls to the boundary and four more over it.

Verma stayed in that lane which meant United still had some nervous moments when he was bowled by Ryan Taylor at 119-7, but James Pennefather (13 not out) faced one over of deliveries and hit three boundaries to get his team home in less that 26 overs.

Tech were still in with a mathematical chance of getting fourth spot for another season, but Weraroa laid down the gauntlet when they were able to raise 241 before being dissmissed in the 45th over at Weraroa Domain.

Adam Simonsen anchored the top order with 72 from 108 balls, allowing Thomas Morgan (46) and Josh Shaw (38) to have a crack, scoring at better than a run a ball, before Dave Johnson (32 from 64) again consolidated.

However, from a great launching pad of 216-4 heading into the final ten overs of slog, Tech hit back to run through the lower and middle order for only 25 runs.

The in-form Fraser Kinnerley (4-34) and veteran Bevan Hunter (2-46) got their men.

But having pulled themselves back into the game, Tech could not sustain the momentum with the bat and were bowled out for 152.

Swapping to the pads, Hunter and Kinnerley got starts but were dismissed for 13, then Akhil Kumar and Dom Lock both came and went.

Cameron Mackintosh (32) came in to join Ross Kinnerley (45) and both were looking solid, scoring better than a run a ball and lifting Tech from 71-4 up to an encouraging 121-4 inside of 20 overs.

However, they fell to Matthew Good (3-30) and Maajid (AJ) Puthren (3-29) and Tech had their own collapse of the tail, with Jess Watkin, Trent Hemi, Quinn Mailman and Hunter Morrison facing barely an over of deliveries each before their dismissal in the 27th over.

The loss cost Tech the clear chance to leapfrog Levin, while Weraroa, who were already out of contention, finished fifth to be the best of the rest for the consolation playoffs.

Defending champions Paraparaumu wrapped up the other home semifinal with a five wicket win over a more competitive but ultimately outgunned wooden spoon Matt Burke Engineering Marton Saracens at Kena Kena Park.

Marton were bowled out for 157 in the 35th over, although there was some fight from their middle order in Sam Lambert (30), the returning Craig Clare (31) and Josh Trillo (33).

But no-one was really able to kick on for the anchor innings as Paraparaumu's regulars Kelsey Fahey (3-16), Josh Bohmer (2-25) and Ramesh Subasinghe (2-18) all reaped the rewards, while Nigel Harvey (2-35) was expensive but success with his offspinners.

Marton made a good start with James Wilson (2-41) bowled Byron Gill in the first over, but Jake Ross (38) shored up an end as Fahey (41 from 32 balls) rapidly led his side to 50.

Wilson took stick but eventually had Fahey caught, before Rory Lorimer (20) and Subasinghe (28) carried on to have the home side comfortable at 146-4 after 25 overs.

Bryant Galpin and Freddy Lane picked up Lorimer and Subasinghe, but Harvey just went about quickly accumulating the handful of remaining runs to end Paraparumu's disjointed round robin with four wins, a loss and three abandoned games.

They will host Kapiti Old Boys in the other semifinal after Kapiti picked up a comfortable 104 run win over Wanganui Collegiate at Paraparaumu Domain.

The home side lost their last wicket on a run out after the final ball, raising 237 on the back of wicket keeper Jayden Miles scoring a determined century from 127 balls, again showing that patience is a virtue on a weekend where many batsmen scored quick runs then lost their wickets.

Captain Martin Harrison (40) was with Miles for the first part, and then his best support came from Patrick McNabb (33), while Collegiate didn't help their cause by bowling 16 wides.

Back from the West Indies, Connor O'Leary (3-42), Ben Kelt (2-35) and Joel Clark (2-44) had the most success with the ball.

In reply, a number of Collegiate batsmen got starts but no-one kicked on with the visitors dismissed in the 39th over.

Kelt (39) completed a good match personally, but no other player reached 20 runs.
Spinner Connor Beleski (5-28) set traps for the schoolboys, while Harrison (3-29) had an eventful four over spell and Waduge Tharaka (2-34) got key wickets at the top of the order.


Levin 132 (D Paker 58; R Slight 5-29, T Lance 2-21, R Verma 2-33) lost to United 133-7 (R Verman 45, F Wilson 26no, T Lance 26; K Maclachlan 3-36, D Sanson 2-42) by three wickets.

Weraroa 241 (A Simonsen 72, T Morgan 46, J Shaw 38, D Johnson 32; F Kinnerley 4-34, B Hunter 2-46) bt Tech 152 (R Kinnerley 43, C Mackintosh 32; M Puthren 3-29, M Good 3-30, S Anderson 2-19) by 89 runs.

Marton 157 (J Trillo 33, C Clare 31, S Lambert 30; K Fahey 3-16, R Subasinghe 2-18, J Bohmer 2-25, N Harvey 2-35) lost to Paraparaumu 158-5 (K Fahey 41, J Ross 38, R Subasinghe 28, R Lorimer 20; J Wilson 2-41) by five wickets.

Kapiti 237 (J Miles 100, M Harrison 40, P McNabb 33; C O'Leary 3-42, B Kelt 2-35, J Clark 2-44) bt Collegiate 133 (B Kelt 39; C Beleski 5-28, M Harrison 3-29, W Tharaka 2-34) by 104 runs.