Work to do for Pearce Cup Leaders

There is some work to do for 1 and 2 on the Pearce Cup ladder this weekend on day 2 of the round 4 clashes. Both are sitting a wee bit behind the 8 ball after disappointing displays on day 1. Hutt meanwhile took full advantage of this be getting a good grip on the game against Petone. In the Hazlett Trophy Karori and Taita had good days on day 1 which made it no clearer as to where the Trophy will be heading on the 19th of March.

Pearce Cup

At Alex Moore Johnsonville put on a good show for their old timers when they took on Onslow. After batting first they put on 105 for the first wicket. After a small middle order collapse they were dismissed for 196 which they would have been pretty dissapointed with after the start they made. They made up for it with the ball though and got on top early. They reduced Onslow to 29/3 for a middle order revival had Onslow well placed at 100/3. Johnsonville fought back to take the last 7 wickets for 42 runs to gain first innings points. The final wicket ended up being the last ball of the day and Johnsonville will start their second innings on Saturday. Scott Edgecombe and Scott Borthwick both took 3 wickets a piece for Johnsonville who will be very happy to take a 54 run lead into the second innings of the match. Onslow will be keen to turn their performance so far around and try and secure an outright and with it a home final.

At Hutt Rec Petone-Eastbourne took on Hutt District. Petone batted first but were unable to establish any partnerships throughout their innings as they were bowled out for 155. Iain McPeake taking 7/41. Jesse Ryder scored a quickfire 44 and Paul Bascand 36 off 37 but it didn’t look as though anyone was prepared to bat time. Hutt had 63 overs left to bat in the day and took full advantage of these scoring 174 for just the loss of 2 wickets. Dominic Brown scoring 104 before being dismissed with just 4 overs left in the day. The Johnson brothers will resume things for Hutt on Saturday who will look to put on a big first innings lead and push for an outright and close the gap between themselves and Eastern Suburbs.

At Anderson Park Wellington Collegians will head into day 2 on top against Eastern Suburbs. After batting first Collegians scored 214 which was a good effort after being 106/5 at one point. They fought back through a good 47 from Daniel Rae. Ricky Joseph and Jamie Gibson picking up 3 a piece for Easts. They then turned around bowled really well and have Easts 157/7 and will be keen to wrap up the innings and score first innings points and push on for an outright.

Hazlett Trophy 

At Kelburn Park University was taking on Taita. Taita batted first and after being in some trouble at 77/4 managed to recover and put a good first innings score of 243 on the board. Jason Doyle scoring 72 while Jack Sargentina took 4/38. University had 44 overs to bat and got through ok to get to 140/5 at the close of play Louis Chemis finishing up on 92 to be not out over night. A bit of work for University to do in this one but the first hour will go along way to see who will come out on top in this match.

At Naenae Park Upper Hutt are on top going into day 2 vs Naenae. Upper Hutt managed to get through to 223 thanks to 60 from Mitchell Scott and 46 from Matt Bacon. Michael Cornish took 3/62 for Naenae while Craig James and Nishant Desai took 2 each. They bowled really well after that Upper Hutt and currently have Naenae 161/8 at the close of play. They will be hoping to push on a grab first innings points early on day 2 before setting about chasing an outright victory. Bhavik Patel took 3/51 off 16 overs.

At Karori Park on Sunday Karori batted first against the Wellington U19’s. 92 from Jordan Taylor and contrabutions of 80 (off 44) from Tom Blundell and 66 (off 41) not out from Peter Younghusband helped the side declare at 361/6. in reply the U19’s got through to 111/3 at the end of play. They have a bit a work ahead of them if they are to make Karori bat again while Karori will be wanting to wrap up the innings quickly to give themselves as much time possible to push out their lead at the top of the standings.

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