Appleby, Metro score second wins in club cricket competition

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THE senior club cricket competition is well under way in Southland for 2021-22.

After last season’s first round was decimated by wet weather, the first five weeks of this season’s one-day competition will be 40-over contests.

Appleby and Metropolitan got their second wins of the season on Saturday. Appleby beat the defending champions Waikoikoi in round one and Appleby beat Marist by three wickets with just two balls to spare.

Shaun Fitzgibbon was the standout batsman for Marist with 98 runs from 93 balls. Further down the order, Jordan Goodall scored 25 runs to help the team post 182 from its 40 overs.

Kieran Lloyd (37) and Clint Goad (26) were the top run scorers in the middle order for Appleby. JP Paul and Connor Hart put on an unbeaten 57-run partnership to win the game in the final over.

Old Boys comfortably beat Marist in round one but was then thumped by Metropolitan at Queens Park on Saturday.

Metro bowled Old Boys out for just 100 runs in the 27th over. Jason Osborne, Geoff Wijesinghe and Anjelo Shaman all took three wickets. Shaman then opened the batting with Lachie Nimmo, Shaman making 31 with Nimmo unbeaten on 41 when Metro secured the nine-wicket win.

Waikoikoi had a 50-run win at home against Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS). Waikoikoi was bowled out for 155 in its 38th over. In the school’s run chase, only Hamish Skelt (38) got his eye in, with the school team rolled for 105 runs.

This Saturday, Waikoikoi hosts Marist, Old Boys and SBHS are on the main oval at Queens Park, while Metropolitan and Appleby square up on field two.

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