WITH three rounds of Southland club cricket remaining, all six clubs are still in contention for the finals of the 50-over Premier League.
This Saturday, at Miller St, Invercargill, Marist would face competition leader Waikoikoi. Hamish Cooke played just seven games this summer for the Koi but still featured in the competition’s top five batting and bowling statistics.
The top two bowlers were also Koi boys – Kurt Thompson and Parth Nagpal. Shaun Fitzgibbon averaged 50 with the bat from his six games for Marist, only bettered by Metropolitan’s Jason Osborne, averaging 71 from his seven innings.
Osborne would be on familiar turf at Queens Park on Saturday when his team took on Appleby on field two. Old Boys would play Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) on the main oval.
Marist had an important 72-run win at Appleby last weekend. Marist batted first and made 215 runs before being bowled out in the final over. Shaun Fitzgibbon dominated the innings with 106 runs from 126 balls. Fitzgibbon was at the crease in the third over and was dismissed in the 48th. Jeremy Boyle provided significant support through the middle stages with 30 runs from 70 balls.
Sam Downing and Sam Deuchrass took four wickets each for Appleby. Four of the Appleby batsmen made starts but wickets fell at regular intervals, before the final wicket was taken in the 44th over.
Waikoikoi had a narrow win on its home patch against SBHS. Waikoikoi was bowled out for 201 in the 49th over with Southland representatives Jared McKenzie (61) and Hamish Cooke (53) top contributors.
Bruno Burgess took four wickets for SBHS. The SBHS run-chase was then kept on track by Aaron Hart (45) and Hamish Skelt (51). Jake Kura-Wharepouri (26*) and Hunter Cairns (14*) finished the innings strongly but the team finished nine runs short after 50 overs.
Invercargill Old Boys beat Metropolitan by 47 runs at Queens Park. Old Boys opening batsman Satwinder Singh (54) hit nine boundaries to set up the win. Liam McWilliam (32), Sam Nicholson (27), Blair McKenzie (32) and Ryan Acland (31) also contributed to the Old Boys total of 239-7 from its 50 overs. In reply, Metro got to 192 thanks to its lower-order batsmen Daniel Mills (30), Sam Stephens (28) and Zak Kelly. Kelly was unbeaten on 37 when the 10th wicket fell after 43 overs.
Central Western had a 43-run win against Appleby B in Winton in the division one competition. Central made 150 thanks mainly to contributions from Grant Kean (42) and Nic Kincaid (42) and with the ball, Connor Wells took four wickets for Central for just 14 runs.
Saturday’s draw: ILT Premier League: Marist v Waikoikoi, Metropolitan Appleby QP2, v Old Boys v SBHS QP1. Division One: Appleby B v Old Boys B, Te Anau v Wyndale, CW v Blue Mountain. Division Two: CW B v Metro B, Waikoikoi B v Marist B, SBHS B v Riversdale, Albion v Bye.