Marist men snare semifinal spot after first-innings win over Old Boys

CRICKET: Marist forced their way into the two-day semifinals after Seamus OReilly scored his maiden premier one century.
Marist beat Old Boys on first innings at Manawaroa Park on Saturday to climb into first place in their pool and qualify for the semifinals, and Old Boys miss out.

Marist will play the second-placed team from the other pool, Palmerston, in this weekend's semifinals and the other top qualifiers, United, will play Freyberg in the other semifinal.

Last week Marist scored 229-5 batting first and went on to make 371-6 declared.


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Floyd na Nagara was on 85 not out last week and went on to make 98 before he was out caught behind, just short of a ton.

But OReilly carried on from 30 not out last week. He was timing it nicely and scored 108 not out. Jacob Edmonds made 42 not out.

Marist declared at 371-6 and then bowled Old Boys out for 220. Paceman Matt Wells took four wickets and Connor Morriss two.

Dan Barr held out for Old Boys with 52.

Rearguard efforts from Gurpreet Singh and Rob Sheary helped Palmerston avoid an outright defeat against United, who won on first innings.

United had bowled Palmerston out for just 45 last week and finished the day at 134-4, so were pushing for an outright win.

But seamer Singh made sure United didnt go on to a massive total, taking 6-88 from 18.4 overs as United were all out for 283 in 60.4 overs for a lead of 238 runs.

Robbie James top scored with 90 before being bowled by Singh and Ben OConnor was the next best with 33.

In Palmerstons second innings, No 4 Sheary came to the crease in the ninth over, but he and Chip Latter put on a partnership of 117 runs for the third wicket.

Latter was out for 56, but Sheary went on to 109 not out from 119 balls, the first one the veteran had scored against United.

Once he had his hundred they called it a day with Palmerston at 215-4 in 49 overs.

United pace bowler Thomas Kirk, who took 6-20, bowled well again and created opportunities.

Palmerston North Boys High School won on first innings over Feilding, with both teams finishing out of the playoff picture.

Boys High declared their innings after scoring Boys' High 225-4 last week, then bowled Feilding out for 201 in 65.3 overs.

Feilding opener Sam Sherriff was solid at the top making 58 and he put on 81 runs with Inder Singh (41).

There were a couple of contributions down the order and Kit Bradley scored 34 not out at No 9.

The wickets were shared around for Boys High, with Jett Donald-Charnley taking 3-24, while Saim Ahmed, Bayley Latter and Fred McVerry all took two each.

United also qualified for the Central Districts twenty20 championships in Hawkes Bay on Easter weekend after a nine-wicket thrashing of Levin Old Boys at Manawaroa Park on Sunday.

United rolled Levin Old Boys for just 74 in 16.3 overs, with pace bowler Jack Harris taking 4-16. Kirk and spinner Hayden Hill took two wickets apiece.

In reply United opener Mason Hughes smacked 43 from 17 balls as they reached 79-1 inside five overs.

In the womens competition, Marist opener Nicole Thessman hit the second hundred of the womens competition as they beat Dannevirke by 83 runs in Dannevirke.

Thessman scored 109 not out from 69 balls to set up Marists first-innings total of 166-1. Gina Collis chipped in with 32 not out. There were 28 extras.

Dannevirke could then only manage 83-5 with Ella Hogans 25 not out the best effort at No 4.

Marist spinner Molly Noema-Barnett grabbed two wickets.

United maintained top spot with a 115-run win over Feilding at Timona Park.

United batted first and scored 186-8 with opener Abby Treder in the runs again, making 85 from 47 balls. Leesa Baker made 29 and Lydia Proffit 22.

Feilding bowler Hailey Sinkinson took 3-20. There were 38 extras.

In reply Feilding were all out for 71 in the final over and Holly Powell top scored with 20.

Brooke Te Wake opened the bowling for United and had tidy figures of 4-3.

Freyberg are second after a comfortable five-wicket win over Palmerston North Girls High School at Massey University.

Girls High posted 104-5 batting first where Lucy Calkin scored 24 and Bella Minnis 23.

Freyberg then reached 105-5 in the 13th over, with Kirsten Kilmarton and Joanna Stevens scoring 41 and 37 not out, respectively.

Minnis also took 3-10 for Girls High.

There is one round remaining before the final, with Freyberg and United having locked in their place in the final.

Scoreboard:

Men:

Marist 371-6 decl (Seamus OReilly 108*, Floyd na Nagara 98) beat Old Boys 220 (Dan Barr 52, Stephen Bennett 42, Trent McGrath 40; Matt Wells 4-41, Connor Morriss 2-23) on first innings.

Palmerston 45 and 215-4 (Rob Sheary 109*, Chip Latter 56) lost to United 283 (Robbie James 90, Ben OConnor 33, Tom OConnor 32, Logan McHardy 31, Mason Hughes 26; Gurpreet Singh 6-88, Sagara Kumara 2-20) on first innings.

Boys High 225-4 beat Feilding 201 (Sam Sherriff 58, Inder Singh 41, Kit Bradley 34*, Matthew Janes 25, Jamie Kitchen 23; Jett Donald-Charnley 3-24, Saim Ahmed 2-25, Bayley Latter 2-29, Fred McVerry 2-36) on first innings.

Women:

Marist 166-1 (Nicole Thessman 102*, Gina Collis 32*) beat Dannevirke 83-5 (Ella Hogan 25*; Molly Noema-Barnett 2-15) by 83 runs.

United 186-8 (Abby Treder 85, Leesa Baker 29, Lydia Proffit 22; Hailey Sinkinson 3-20) beat Feilding 71 (Holly Powell 20; Brooke Te Wake 4-3) by 115 runs.

Girls High 104-5 (Lucy Calkin 24, Bella Minnis 23; Gabrielle Read 2-16) lost to Freyberg 105-5 (Kirsten Kilmarton 41, Joanna Stevens 37*; Minnis 3-10) by five wickets.

Next week: Men: Semifinals: United v Marist, Freyberg v Palmerston. Women: Feilding v Marist, Freyberg v United, Dannevirke v Girls High.

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