Home ground advantage played a critical role in the first weekend on grass wickets in the Ewen Chatfield Trophy as the nominated home side won each of the 6 matches. Results saw Onslow remain unbeaten, Eastern Suburbs get tripped up by Hutt District, and Johnsonville taste double-delight with their men and women chasing 200+ totals.
At Nairnville Park, Onslow were under the pump against Karori where they were dismissed for 157. It would have been a lot worse for the home side had Jack Sargentina not added 23* batting at Number 10. Unfortunately for Karori, Peter Younghusband, who at the time had 2 for 4, was hit in the face in only his second over and didn’t return. Jarred Sewell took over from Younghusband and finished with figures of 3-20. Karori went about scoring 158 with only 9 wickets but never got close, dismissed for 99 in the 34th over. Their final 6 wickets fell for just 39 runs as Sargentina, spurred on by his batting display, claimed 3-43.
At Karori Park, hosted Eastern Suburbs played Hutt District in a ‘home’ game for the Hutt side. Easts were asked to bat first and struggled through to 169 all out. As in the Onslow innings, the score would’ve been worse but for contributions from Jimad Khan (33) and Lance Dry (26). Ben Skilton took 4-30 to lead the wicket-taking for Hutt. After being in early trouble at 69-5, the Johnson brothers guided Hutt home with Troy scoring 90 and Brett 38 as the side picked up a crucial 4 points.
At Alex Moore, Petone made a good fist of their first time on grass this season posting 206-7 off their 50 overs. Nick Ward (53), Tom Carter (55*), and Gian Botha (48) the main contributors. Zac Ringrose was Johnsonville’s best with 3-37. After a shaky start to the chase, Johnsonville ended up cruising to victory in the 37th over as Chris Leach (58 off 48) and Andrew Salter (51 off 42) saw the side home.
Rounding off Johnsonville’s weekend, their women’s side started the one-day competition with a sold win over Hutt District. It wasn’t all one-way traffic for the Johnsonville side as Lucy Gordon led Hutt’s innings with 94. The Hutt side reached 218 for 6 in their allocated 40 overs as Emma Waddle was the pick of the opposition bowlers with 2 for 17. In reply, Johnsonville’s Wellington Blaze pairing of Eimear Richardson (56) and Jess McFadyen (83*) did the damage as they chased down the target with more than five overs to spare. They did lose seven wickets along the way, however, as Olivia Boivin picked up three.
A solid all-round performance from Wellington Collegians saw them grab a bonus point victory at Anderson Park. Batting first they posted 297-7 with Luke Vincent (58), Ben McMahon (52) and Samrat Sengupta (53*) all finding the boundary numerous times. Nick O’Sullivan then proceeded to destroy the Naenae bottom order picking up 4-31 as Naenae were dismissed for 125.
Upper Hutt took their second win on the bounce as they chased down 262 with a couple of overs left. Batting first, Taita posted a competitive 261 all out thanks to 66 from Chandler Ravi. For Upper Hutt, Tyler Simpson was the pick of the bowlers, with 3-29. In reply, Jack Imray hit 70 at the top of the order before 39 off 23 from Nishant Desai and 57* from Navros Singh saw the side home with 3 wickets in hand.
Devon Conway hit his first hundred for University as they beat North City by 44 runs. Conway hit 114 as University batted first and posted 275-9 with Louis Chemis (39) and Maulik Patel (27*) offering him good support. North City were on track and a valiant 97 from Joseph Todd, batting at 3, saw the side get close before they were eventually bowled out for 231 in the 46th over. Josh Mann and Maulik Patel picked up 3 wickets each.
Onslow stay top with their 4th bonus point victory while Johnsonville leap frogged Eastern Suburbs into second place before the logjam that is the middle of the table.
Photo: Malcolm Nofal’s appeal meets with agreement from the umpire as Karori stumble in their run-chase against Onslow, snap thanks to Wareham Sports Media