Manawatu v Hawke's Bay
Hawke Cup 1953/54 (Elimination Match)
VenueSportsground, Palmerston North on 4th, 5th, 6th March 1954 (2-day match)
Balls per over6
TossToss not known
ResultMatch drawn
UmpiresCF Bowick, C Matson
Close of play day 1Hawke's Bay (1) 433/8 (Kivell 116*)
Close of play day 2Manawatu (1) 242/5 (Bowden 70*)

Hawke's Bay first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
RF Piercec Wing b Biss73     
RW Mitchelllbw b Tarrant8     
NS Harfordc Rowntree b Dean21     
NG Fulfordc Pollitt b Biss69     
DS Kivellc Bowden b Rowntree133     
*TPL Reaneyrun out42     
GHF Newmanst Colquhoun b Rowntree34     
DD Dinec Rowntree b McVicar10     
DE Brianc Biss b Dean41     
GF Bishoprun out42     
MH Lileynot out3     
Extras(8 b, 2 lb, 6 nb)16
Total(all out, 155.1 overs)492
Fall of wickets:
1-13, 2-38, 3-172, 4-172, 5-263, 6-304, 7-325, 8-417, 9-476, 10-492 (155.1 ov)
Manawatu bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Tarrant36   12751--
Dean32   9872--
Biss23   41052--
Rowntree30   5912--
Wing15   2630--

Manawatu first inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
CC McVicarc Newman b Kivell58     
M Hamblingb Brian7     
W Pollittc Pierce b Brian37     
DW Bowdenc Newman b Kivell234 348218 
JA Ongleyc Harford b Fulford23     
CW Rowntreeb Reaney31     
*+IA Colquhounc Pierce b Brian1     
DS Deanc Dine b Harford24     
DT Bissrun out8     
KA Wingb Liley78     
DR Tarrantnot out2     
Extras(24 b, 5 lb)29
Total(all out, 182.1 overs)532
Fall of wickets:
1-21, 2-109, 3-121, 4-177, 5-238, 6-242, 7-299, 8-320, 9-507, 10-532 (182.1 ov)
Hawke's Bay bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
Brian47   91303--
Reaney30   11751--
Harford28   7851--
Fulford30   0751--
Dine9   1260--
Bishop7   0270--
Kivell22   11352--
Newman2   140--
Pierce3   1240--

Hawke's Bay second inningsRunsBallsMins4s6s
NS Harfordst +Pollitt b Wing31     
NG Fulfordnot out0     
DD Dinerun out3     
GF Bishopc Tarrant b Wing2     
MH Lileyc Biss b McVicar5     
*TPL Reaneydid not bat      
GHF Newmandid not bat      
RF Piercedid not bat      
RW Mitchelldid not bat      
DS Kivelldid not bat      
DE Briandid not bat      
Extras(2 b)2
Total(4 wickets, 16.4 overs)43
Fall of wickets:
1-21, 2-24, 3-43, 4-43 (16.4 ov)
Manawatu bowlingOversMdnsRunsWktsWidesNo-Balls
McVicar8   1141--
Colquhoun1   050--
Ongley7   1170--

--> The match was scheduled for two days but extended to three.

This was a record score for Manawatu exceeding 516 v Rangitikei in 1937/38.
DW Bowden's 234 created a Manawatu batting record. With Wing, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy, he added 187 for the ninth wicket.