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Greytown to battle Red Star for spot in the final

Greytown captain Byron Hegglin hit a useful 40no in his team’s crushing win over Red Star. PHOTO/FILE

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CHRIS COGDALE
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UMPIRES CUP

Wairarapa Mitsubishi Greytown will take the psychological advantage over Red Star into Saturday’s sudden death playoff for the right to play Rathkeale in next week’s Umpires Cup final.

Last year’s runners-up Greytown crushed Red Star by 130 runs in the final round of games on Saturday.

Wicketkeeper Cuong Truong top scored for the winners with an aggressive 57 off 51 balls, including six fours and one six.

Alastair ‘Tora’ Boyne [45], captain Byron Hegglin [40no], and number nine Kirk Saunders [32no] also made useful contributions in Greytown’s total of 232-7 off their 40 overs.

Red Star were always struggling in reply and were dismissed for 102, with number seven Swapnil Patel the top scorer with 28.

Medium pacer Mack Regnault knocked the top of the Red Star batting line up, taking 3-18 off seven economical overs.

Rathkeale remain on target for their third consecutive championship with a 10-wicket demolition of Carterton to progress straight to the final.

Carterton struggled to make any headway against the accurate Rathkeale bowling attack and were dismissed for 57 in the 20th over. Medium pacer William Cole had the best return taking 3-16.

Wairarapa representative Gus Borren ensured an early finish with a hard hit 42 off 19 balls, an innings which featured four sixes and one four.

Carterton will now play Beds 4U Masterton Marist, with the loser to play the winner of the second tier Times-Age Cup in a promotion-relegation match.

The Rathkeale 2nd XI lead the Times-Age Cup from Pope and Gray Greytown, with one round to play. The two will meet in the competition decider on Saturday.

COLLEGE

Wairarapa College slipped to sixth in the Wellington secondary schools premier two championship after an 11-run loss to Tawa last Saturday.

Waicol made early inroads in the Tawa batting lineup, claiming the first two wickets for 25 runs, however a 102-run third wicket partnership between wicketkeeper Sam Argyle-Wright [42] and Daniel van Straaten [83no] ensured Tawa set a useful score of 218-6.

Waicol failed to establish any solid partnerships and lost regular wickets to be struggling at 170-9. A 10th-wicket partnership between Jacob Watkins-Reid and Zac Vainu gave them a glimmer of hope, but a run out of Watkins-Reid on the first ball of the 50th over ended the game.

Waicol will play St Patrick’s Town Second XI on Saturday.

BRIEF SCORES

UMPIRES CUP

Greytown 232 [Cuong Truong 57, Alastair Boye 45, Byron Hegglin 40no, Kirk Saunders 32no; Bhairav 3-26] beat Red Star 102 [Swapnil Patel 28, Mack Regnault 3-18] by 130 runs.

Carterton 57 [William Cole 3-16] lost to Rathkeale 59-0 [Gus Borren 42no] by 10 wickets.

COLLEGE

Tawa College 218-6 [Sam Argyle-Wright 42, Daniel van Straaten 83no, Lachlan Bond 30no] beat Wairarapa College 207 [Felix Stephens 48; Bond 4-32] by 11 runs.

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