1st XI v MAGS
After Day 1 with the game evenly poised, everything was left to play for and it would require a special effort from Westlake to ensure first innings points. The first hour’s play was disrupted with intermittent rain. Thereafter, the Westlake bowlers stepped up and piled on the pressure. Opening bowler Keegan Russell bowled a fiery spell and ended with figures of 4-24. The other seamers got into the act Westlake were able to take a lead of 35 runs into the second innings. Westlake lost both openers cheaply and were left at a precarious 2-8. Unfazed, Ryan Schierhout and Angus McKenzie continued to take the attack to the bowlers. Schierhout struck an impressive 37 and McKenzie continued his impressive run of form and top scored with 66. Then, Reuben Fitzgerald put Westlake into the driving seat with an unbeaten 42(4×6) setting MAGS a total of 205 to chase in the final session of 32 overs. Once again, Keegan Russell delivered with early wickets as the batting opposition stumbled to 3-41 at drinks. Westlake required 7 wickets from the final hour and the momentum swung their way after Luke Ranson grabbed two wickets with a superb spell of 2-19. Keegan Russell finished with 4-41 off 10 overs as Westlake gained the initiative. However, it was the Captain McKenzie who stepped up to take the last three wickets in the last over of the day to enable Westlake to complete an outright victory, by 96 runs. He finished with remarkable figures of 4-5. This win took Westlake to the top of the Auckland Championship with one game to go.
2nd XI v AGS 2nd XI
Starting the day on 3/29 chasing 187, Westlake lost early wickets. Cameron Abrahamse (38) and Ollie Baker (16) offered some resistance, scoring quickly to bring the 2nd X1 back into the match. However, both were removed in quick succession to leave Ryan McIntyre (26) and Nick Burt (16) to salvage the situation. Westlake lost their remaining wickets soon after lunch to be 40 runs short. AGS 2nd XI batted steadily in their second innings but did not score quickly enough to create the opportunity for an outright opportunity. Therefore, the game ended with a first innings loss.
3rd XI v Mt Roskill 1st XI
Play resumed with Tristyn Matysik holding the innings together. Unfortunately he was run out just as he and Sid Mahajan started putting a partnership together. The batsman dug in but runs were difficult to come by and by lunch we were 5 wickets down. Matthew Thornton fell to a brilliant catch just after lunch and soon after the 3rd X1 were all out for 156. Mount Roskill enforced the follow with a 146 run lead. In the second innings Tristyn showed more aggression before going out on 37. The day ended with a first innings loss.
4th XI v AGS
Connor Dean stepped up in the game and made 85, allowing Westlake to finish on 133. Grammar only lost 1 wicket in the chase, thereby inflicting a 9 wicket loss.
Colts 1 v MAGS
A cold and windy day greeted Colts 1 for their game against Mt Albert Grammar School. For the 3rd week in the row captain Mitchell Gray lost the toss and was asked to bowl first. Once again the bowlers did a fine job, led by Peter Ruffell and Ben Drown as MAGS were dismissed for 104. A highlight of the fielding effort was two outstanding catches by Alec Bennie. Colts1 in reply progressed to 54/2 at the drinks break but then a sudden collapse in the face of accurate bowling, tight fielding and quality catches put MAGS a favourable position to pull off an unexpected win as Colts 1 stumbled to 94/9. However, the last wicket partnership between Olly Chambers and Ben Drown took Westlake to a 1 wicket victory with just two balls left. Mitchell Gray carried on with his outstanding form with 40 and Olly Chambers a very gritty 22 not out.
Colts 2 v Rangitoto Colts 1
Batting first Colts 2 were in a spot of bother at 2 for 18. Then a strong partnership between Captain Rhys Wearing (47) and Scott Sylvester who was finally dismissed for 78 having opened the innings saw the score go past 200. A handy 25 from Dylan Smith helped Colts 2 to progress to 219 for 9, their highest total of the season. Sticking to the coaches’ mantra “Bowl Full Bowl outside off”, Colts 2 captured 2 early wickets. In a crucial spell, Yosh Patel snared 3 for 5 before Rhys Wearing with 3 for 18 and Jarryd Russell 3 for 31 finished the game off in the 31st over with Rangitoto all out for 114, for a 115 run win.
Colts 3 v Rangitoto Colts 2
Rangitoto won the toss and elected to bat, scoring 217 off 44.5 overs. Rory Price (4/42), Max Harbottle (3/34) and Josh Holloway (2/18) picked up the wickets. Westlake got off to a rocky start losing their openers cheaply before Regan Diver (53) and Dorian Dixon (25) steadied the innings. Wickets, though, fell too regularly leaving the tail end with a mountain to climb. Ewan Bennie scored a solid 23 before Milo Brown came in at number 9 making a valiant effort to get closer to the total with 18 runs off 5 balls. In the end Westlake fell short by 6 runs. Colts 3 remain top of the North Harbour Colts table with one more game to play before the final on 19 November.
Colts 4 v Long Bay College
Colts 4 bowled their opposition out for 140 with Luca Hanna 2/3 and Venkat 3/9, the pick of the bowlers. Westlake got off to a good batting start but ended on 116/9, 24 runs short of the target.