After last weekends complete rain out there is still plenty to play for in the final round of both the Pearce Cup and the Hazlett Trophy. While Eastern Suburbs have a spot in the Pearce Cup final all but sewn up the other spot is still open with Karori, Hutt and Taita looking to take it out. Karori sit in the box seat but the fact that they are playing top of the table Easts will give heart to the two chasing sides that they could leap frog them.
In the Hazlett Trophy Onslow won’t need to do much to wrap up the Hazlett Trophy but will know that they can’t just turn up too. Petone and University will still hold out hope that they can potentially finish the season on a huge high and take home some silverware.
The match of the round sees Karori take on Eastern Suburbs at Karori Park. The sides met in the One-day final back in January and are odds on to meet again at the Basin Reserve in a fortnights time. Karori will be keen to make sure that they do enough to no have to worry about what is happening elsewhere and there is the outside chance that if they play well enough and take a big outright victory they could go into the final with the all important top spot. Easts will be keen to make sure they keep top spot heading into the final knowing that means they control the match only needing a draw should weather intervene. Plenty to play for in this potential dress rehearsal.
At Alex Moore Park Johnsonville welcome Hutt District. Johnsonville will be out to play for pride and will be wanting to end their season on a high while Hutt hold an outside hope of still qualifying for the final. They will need a big performance and will also need a couple of other results to go their way. They have the ability to do it but their hot and cold nature this season has meant that they havnt been able to put themselves in the position they would ideally like coming into the back end of the season. A season of what-ifs could haunt the Hutt side as potentially had the best side on paper coming into the 16/17 season. Johnsonville have been a side that havnt been able to capatislise when needed. The ball bouncing a slightly different way or a stroke of luck at the right time could have made all the difference for the side this year.
In the final game of the Pearce Cup Taita will be hoping they can win big at Upper Hutt. Should they be able to do this they just might be able to get themselves back to the basin. While they would still be reliant on another result going their way they may be able to heap a bit of pressure on Karori if they can wrap their match up quickly. Upper Hutt have been another side who have been hot and cold most of the year. They played some really good cricket during the one-day rounds to get themselves into the Pearce Cup but have been unable to replicate it in the two day rounds. They will be keen to put in one last big performance for the season and end on a high.
In the Hazlett Trophy Onslow take on Naenae at Nairnville Park. Onslow will be keen to avenge the loss to Naenae in the One-Day rounds a match that they will have thought would have been an easy 5 points and in theory is the match that cost them their place in the Pearce Cup. While winning the Hazlett will go nowhere near replicating the achievements of last season it will provide the side with a small cause for celebration. For Naenae the match is an opportunity to upset the front runners and also help out the other two sides competing for the trophy.
Those two sides meet at Kelburn Park and will be keen to try and win as quickly as possible so that they give themselves the best chance to leapfrog Onslow and get themselves a trophy. The match-up is unideal for both sides who would have preferred ‘easier’ opposition in a match that could define their season. Both sides have had seasons to forget and the weather hasn’t played ball in the final half of the season which has meant it has been tough to extract any sort of results or get close to Onslow. Petone were denied a chance last week to get some bonus points and maybe a first innings win while University lost the toss on a green seamier friendly wicket after a poor week of weather when they faced Onslow. A win for either side here will at least give them some consolation to finish.
In the final match of the Hazlett pride is to play for when Wellington Collegians travel to North City to see if they can end their season on a high. North City will be hoping they can put in one final performance for the season and gain a win. Both sides have had seasons to forget and will be looking at this game as a way to finish strong and look towards building for next season. An intriguing match to wrap up the Hazlett trophy.
All matches start at 11am and can be followed live on CricHQ.com