Suburbs gained the upper hand over Naenae Old Boys on the first day’s play of
the three-day Wilkinson Pearce Cup final at the Hawkins Basin Reserve on
the toss and bowling first, Easts dismissed Naenae for 187 in 60 overs and then
cruised to 84 for 1 at stumps - a first innings deficit for Easts of 103 with
nine first innings wickets in hand.
Naenae skipper Marc Calkin comes to the crease to join Ronald Karaitiana, with the score on 72 for 4. Calkin made 27, while Karaitiana finished unbeaten on 65.
to win outright, Naenae have a big day ahead of them on Saturday.
first day of the final, played under bright blue skies, was delayed for half an
hour at the start due to a dewy outfield. But once underway, Easts chipped out
Naenae’s openers to leave them 26 for 2.
Karaitiana aside, the rest of the Naenae batsmen all got starts but none could
push on. Phil Tunnicliffe (25) and BJ Crook (17) took the score to 71, before
Crook and then Tunnicliffe were removed in quick succession and Naenae limped 94 for 4 at lunch. Opening
bowlers Michael Burns (3 wickets) and Ricky Joseph (1) struck the blows.
lunch, Karaitiana and skipper Marc Calkin carried the innings to 129 before Nathan
Cameron grabbed the first of his three wickets in dismissing Calkin for 27.
Cameron Cross (14) and Karaitiana steadied the ship for a short while before
Cross and Adam Williams became Cameron’s second and third victims.
166 for 7, Easts captain Lance Dry brought himself on to bowl and he quickly
mopped up the tail, also claiming three wickets.
was left stranded on 65 not out. He faced 111 balls and batted for 161 minutes.
Karaitiana concentrating hard at the crease, with Easts wicketkeeper Chamika Gajanayka proping for an opportunity
then struck early in Easts’ innings, removing dangerman Josh Brodie for just a
opener Ben Orton (45 not out) and first drop Niranjan Naguleswaran (24 not out)
batted out the remainder of the day to put Easts in the box seat.
Day two on Saturday is scheduled to resume at
Naenae's supporters in full voice on the bank on day one