Waikato v Taranaki
Hawke Cup 1956/57 (Challenge Match)
VenueVictoria Square, Cambridge on 26th, 27th, 28th December 1956 (3-day match)
Balls per over6
TossTaranaki won the toss and decided to bat
ResultMatch drawn (Waikato won on first innings)
UmpiresM Barnett, N Brown
Close of play day 1Waikato (1) 59/2 (White 31*, Clarke 0*; 35 overs)
Close of play day 2No play

Taranaki first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AR Blairlbw b Irwin19     
WG Fraserb Procter11     
*AT Spurdlec Gibson b Higgins59     
+MM Strawbridgeb Keeley6     
R Wylieb Procter23     
GE Beattylbw b Higgins17     
MC Puttlbw b Higgins10     
DR Yardleyb Irwin4     
DA Bishoprun out7     
RA Irelandnot out5     
GB Hallc Procter b Keeley0     
Extras(5 b)5
Total(all out, 82.2 overs)166
Fall of wickets:
1-27 (Blair), 2-37 (Fraser), 3-48 (Strawbridge), 4-103 (Wylie), 5-136 (Spurdle), 6-144 (Beatty), 7-155, 8-160, 9-166, 10-166 (82.2 ov)
Waikato bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Rodgers6   2130--
Irwin28   10542--
Procter20   5292--
Higgins19   5433--

Waikato first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
JDS Whitec Yardley b Spurdle48     
EF Baigentlbw b Spurdle20     
JAL Gibsonb Ireland5     
DS Clarkeb Hall40     
JD Irvinglbw b Putt22     
B McBurneyc Ireland b Spurdle30     
RN Procterc Bishop b Hall12  3- 
RJ Keeleyb Ireland11     
*BB Higginsb Hall6     
DM Irwinb Hall10     
MP Rodgersnot out1     
Extras(9 b, 1 lb, 2 nb)12
Total(all out, 99.3 overs)217
Fall of wickets:
1-53 (Baigent), 2-59 (Gibson), 3-91 (White), 4-132 (Irving), 5-152 (Clarke), 6-174 (Procter), 7-196, 8-204, 9-210, 10-217 (99.3 ov)
Taranaki bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Ireland20   9282--
Yardley8   2230--
Putt21   6361--
Spurdle12   3363--
Wylie7   0200--
Bishop8   1160--

Taranaki second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
AR Blairc Gibson b Irving8     
WG Fraserb Irwin6     
*AT Spurdlec Rodgers b Irving11     
GE Beattyc Higgins b Keeley7     
R Wyliec Irwin b Keeley25     
+MM Strawbridgec White b Keeley7     
MC Puttnot out4     
DR Yardleynot out2     
DA Bishopdid not bat      
RA Irelanddid not bat      
GB Halldid not bat      
Extras(3 b)3
Total(6 wickets, 33 overs)73
Fall of wickets:
1-16, 2-17, 3-27, 4-44, 5-67, 6-68
Waikato bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Irving9   2162--
Irwin10   3141--
Procter7   280--
Keeley6   0273--
McBurney1   050--

--> Taranaki first innings: 50 in 96 minutes
--> Taranaki first innings: 100 in 148 minutes

Waikato had seven first team men missing playing for Northern Districts (EC Petrie, JK Everest, DJ Gray, PH Smith, N Puna, AF Lissette and DC Hoskin) and Taranaki were without EM Meuli who was playing for Central Districts
Taranaki debuts: W Fraser and R Wylie