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Wairarapa finish with a victory

Andy Dodd plays through the covers. PHOTO/MARCUS ANSELM

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MARCUS ANSELM
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Highmark Homes Wairarapa all-rounder Stefan Hook claimed five first-innings wickets to help Wairarapa wrap up their Furlong Cup tournament campaign with a win over Hawke’s Bay on first innings points over the weekend at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Wairarapa won the toss and batted first on Saturday, scoring 214 and then bowled Hawke’s Bay out for 188 with Hook returning figures of five wickets for 48 runs.

Wairarapa scored 277 in their second knock on Sunday, featuring half centuries from captain Gordon Reisima [54] and John McKenzie [52], before the captains shook hands for the draw.

In the first innings, Wairarapa recovered well with Jack Forrester contributing a half century after opener McKenzie was dismissed with the first ball of the two-day match from Hawke’s Bay’s Adam Winter.

Jack Forrester in action against Hawke’s Bay. PHOTO/JADE CVETKOV

Forrester put Wairarapa back on track with a patient 57, building on an innings of 47 from first drop Jared van Deventer.

Allrounder Andy Dodd, returning to the team after more than a decade away, made a quick 28. Forrester then enjoyed a productive afternoon.

Hook [24] carried on after lunch to ease the hosts into a defendable position.

Winter and Todd Watson claimed three wickets each for Hawke’s Bay.

The home team’s confidence was boosted as Hawke’s Bay’s reply was cut short early.

Hook instigated a top order collapse when bowling opener Luke Wright for six.

From 22 without loss in the seventh over, the visitors capitulated to 53-7 in the 16th over.

Angus Schaw was the match’s top scorer with 86 from 85 balls, helping Hawke’s Bay recover to 154, when Hook broke a century stand by bowling William Clark [32].

Stefan Hook the pick of the bowlers. PHOTO/FILE

Brock Price caught Schaw off Ethan Childs’ bowling, and Hook had Kyle Gardiner [12] caught behind to close the chase 26 runs short. Ethan Childs backed up Hook with 4-78.

On Sunday, Reisima and McKenzie steered the hosts through to safety.

McKenzie and van Deventer [30] enjoyed an opening stand of 71 from just 10 overs. Christian Leopard pounced to catch van Devanter off Schaw.

A brief scare came when McKenzie and Robbie Anderson [7] fell in consecutive overs with the score on 96. But the lead was further enhanced as Dodd enjoyed his comeback, steadily compiling 47 from 99 balls before he was caught behind off Watson.

Reisima then took charge and Hook added to his first innings heroics with 30.

The points should be enough to keep Wairarapa off the foot of the points table when the final tally is made later today.

BRIEF SCORES

Wairarapa 214 [Jack Forrester 57, Jared van Deventer 47; Todd Watson 3-33, Adam Winter 3-34] and 277 [Gordon Reisima 52, John McKenzie 52; Kyle Gardiner 3-59] beat Hawke’s Bay 188 [Angus Schaw 86; Stefan Hook 5-48] on first innings points.

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