A low-scoring affair at Nairnville Park saw Onslow’s unbeaten run come to an end. Batting first, Eastern Suburbs made just 138 as Andrew Fullerton Smith (27*) and Luke Georgeson (29) were the only two batsmen to make more than 20. Alex Ridley took 3-28 for Onslow as the home side went in to the change of innings looking to continue their winning run. Unfortunately for them, it turned out to be more than enough for Easts to defend as Ricky Joseph took 5-14 and Onslow were skittled for 67.
Johnsonville took the opportunity to join Onslow at the top of the table with both hands as they beat Hutt District at Alex Moore. Hutt made 178-9 off their 50 overs with Stu Rhodes carrying his bat for 97* while Andrew Salter’s 3-13 was the key contribution for Johnsonville. In reply, a 91-run opening stand, and another 59 for the second wicket, meant Johnsonville eased home to take a bonus point victory. Scott Mudgeway’s 63 off 36 was the highlight of the innings.
Karori got back to winning ways with a comprehensive victory over North City. Karori posted 260-7 off their 50 overs with Jarred Sewell scoring 75. Niko Brooky was the best of the North City bowlers with 4-45. Sewell backed up with the ball, taking 5-18, as North City fell to 94 all out. Misty Jones-Middleton backed up Sewell’s efforts with 3-22.
Petone made it two wins on the trot as they successfully chased 248 at Petone Rec. 57 each from Avi Singh and Sri Rajasekar helped Collegians to a pretty good first innings total amidst 3 wickets each for Kieran Butler, BJ Crook, and Mitchell Rush. Petone managed to chase the total with 5 overs to spare thanks to Paul Bascand (48) and BJ Crook (62). Renay Meadows was the pick of the Collegians bowlers with 3-51.
Taita kept their slim Pearce Cup hopes alive with a close win over University. Batting first, Taita posted 265-8 thanks to contributions from Phil Tunnicliffe (78), Chander Ravi (65) and Nik Swain (53). University got close but couldn’t quite get across the line, falling 20 runs short as Tunnicliffe took 2-30 with the ball. Fresh off a net session with Lachie Ferguson, Ben Strang was University’s best with the bat, hitting 57.
At Trentham memorial Park, Naenae claimed their first win of the season, taking down Upper Hutt. After winning the toss and opting to bat, Naenae posted 217-6 as Cameron Cross (51) and skipper Nick Palmer (45) led their effort. In spite of a strong showing from their middle order, Upper Hutt fell 17 runs short, bowled out for 200. Ciaran Hargreaves’ 4-29 a stand-out for Naenae with the ball.
These results mean the table now looks like this:
Hutt District 26
Wellington Collegians 14
Victoria University 13
Upper Hutt 12
North City 5