Rob Law Max Recruitment T20 Cup | Robinson centuries blast Onslow to the top

Back-to-back centuries from Tim Robinson have blasted Onslow to the top of Pool 1 on the opening weekend of men’s T20 Cup competition.

The Wellington A allrounder showed why he’s one of the most promising T20 players on the Capital scene, plundering 124 from just 48 balls in his side’s opening match against defending champions Hutt District, before backing up that afternoon with another 111 from 46 balls against Karori.

The young allrounder totaled 25 sixes over his opening two matches as Onslow breezed to a 135-run win over Hutt District before following it up with a much tighter 16-run win over Karori.

Onslow backed up their dream Saturday start with a third win on the bounce, this time without the services of Robinson, as Alex Thompson (51), Sam Cooper (50) and Micah Conroy (59*) all chimed in against Naenae Old Boys to secure a 73-run win.

Eastern Suburbs also made it a one hundred percent start to their T20 campaign with wins over Petone-Riverside, Naenae Old Boys and Hutt District.

Kieran Butler’s 67 wasn’t enough for Petone-Riverside to claim victory in the first match as Dilakshan Sasikumar’s unbeaten 53 helped Easts chase down Petone’s 135 total with two wickets to spare.

Captain Lauchie Johns (58) and Fraser Colson (56) led Easts to a comfortable 102-run win over Naenae in their second match. New signing Felix Murray picked up 2-11 from his three overs to add to his 4-25 from the opening win over Petone.

It was an impressive opening weekend for the new Eastern Suburbs bowler who backed up his opening day’s work with 3-9 off just 2.2 overs to help Easts bowl Hutt District out for just 74. The Easts batters chased down the total comfortably to claim a four-wicket win and cap off a perfect start to the campaign.

In Pool 2 it was Johnsonville that came away from the opening weekend on top after three wins from three.

They started with a six-wicket win over VUWCC – captain Raki Weerasundara’s unbeaten 47 enough for his side to chase down University’s 115.

They followed it up with a comfortable five-wicket win over Wellington Collegians before trouncing Taita District in a dominant display on the Sunday.

Max Petrie topped off a solid opening weekend with the ball, taking 4-12 from his four overs as Johnsonville bowled Taita out for just 70.

Former Firebird and Auckland Aces allrounder Matt McEwan and Scott Mudgway made easy work of the total, chasing it down in 10 overs to secure their side a 10-wicket win.

North City won a final-ball thriller to upset Upper Hutt United in their opening match. Drew MacDonald picked up 4-16 to bowl the Piwakawaka out for just 99 before his side chased it down to win with a wicket to spare.

Upper Hutt bounced back well to win two on the trot against University and Collegians to sit second on the ladder in Pool 2 - Bhavik Patel was strong with both bat and ball, picking up eight wickets and 76 runs in their three matches.

With a rotated side, one day champions Taita finished the weekend in third place, winning their opening two matches before falling to Johnsonville. Captain Deepak Joon was in typically strong form hitting 119 runs from his side’s opening three matches.

University had a tough opening day losing both matches but followed it up on the Sunday with an 81-run win over North City thanks to a well-made 80 from 52 balls from Conor Jarden.

All twelve teams will be in action again next Saturday for rounds four and five before the top two sides from each pool progress to finals day on the Sunday.


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Article added: Monday 25 October 2021