Appleby seeking win over Old Boys to take last finals spot

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WITH one round of the Southland Club Cricket Premier League remaining, there is still one finals’ spot available for Appleby, Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) or Marist to secure.

All three of these teams are on 20 competition points but Appleby, with its superior run-rate, could take the spot if it beats Old Boys this Saturday.

If Appleby loses, the winner of the SBHS and Marist game will proceed. Waikoikoi will host Metropolitan in the third game.

On Saturday, Appleby beat SBHS by 93 runs in a rain-reduced 43-over match at the school. Appleby made an imposing 268 thanks in part to the 71-run opening partnership by Jacob Downing (23) and Jamie Clark. Clint Goad and Clark then put on a 180-run partnership before Goad was dismissed for 72 in the 41st over. Clark went in the next over, after scoring 137 runs from 130 balls.

Shaun Clapperton took four of the six wickets for SBHS and then contributed 28 runs to the 67-run opening partnership with Hamish Skelt (39). Jake Kura-Wharepouri top-scored with 43 but SBHS was always under pressure and was bowled out in 41 overs for 175.

Marist had a 24-run win against Metropolitan in another rain-reduced match at Queens Park.

Marist was bowled out in 34 overs for a total of 127. Opener Jordan Goodall (23) and Captain Shaun Fitzgibbon put on 45 for the second wicket. Jeremy Boyle (18) and his captain added another 60 runs for the third wicket. Once Fitzgibbon (55) was dismissed in the 23rd over, the next seven wickets fell for 14 runs.

Metro bowlers Jason Osborne and Daniel George took four wickets each and conceded less than three runs per over. Metro’s run chase got off to a disastrous start, losing the first four wickets for just five runs. Mark Reid (29) and Daniel Mills (23) put on a 60-run partnership for the seventh wicket but that was it for Metro. Jeremy Boyle did most of the damage for Marist taking five wickets for 19 runs.

Old Boys beat Waikoikoi by 27 runs on the Queens Park main oval. Old Boys did well to get to 215 before being bowled out in the 46th over. Old Boys was in a vulnerable position at 38-4 before Amapreet Singh and Cody McKenzie put on a 123-run partnership. After Singh was run out for 56, McKenzie went on to score 81 runs with late support from Ryan Acland (20). Liam McFaul took three wickets and then scored the bulk of Koi’s runs. McFaul (79) was the seventh man out in the 41st over.

On Sunday, SBHS beat Metropolitan in a catch-up game. Metro’s score of 231-9 was based around Jason Osborne’s unbeaten 142 runs from 119 balls. Hamish Skelt then led the SBHS run chase, scoring an unbeaten 108. Victory was reached in the 49th over with four wickets to spare.

The Division One and Two competitions are playing their semi-finals this Saturday. Old Boys B is the top qualifier in Division One and will play Wyndale, while Te Anau hosts Central Western. In Division Two, Riversdale hosts Metropolitan B and Central B plays Waikoikoi B in Winton.

Saturday’s draw: ILT Premier League: Old Boys v Appleby QP1, Waikoikoi v Metropolitan, SBHS v Marist. Division One semi-finals: Old Boys B v Wyndale at Appleby, Te Anau v CW. Division Two semi-finals: CW B v Waikoikoi B, Riversdale v Metro B.

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