Koi, SBHS in strong form


SOUTHLAND’S Club Cricket Premier League is having Saturday off, but there is still plenty of cricket to be played.

The Southland Hawke Cup team is away to Timaru for a game against South Canterbury, while the T20 club competitions for the Invercargill senior clubs are on Friday and Sunday. There is also T20 cricket scheduled for the country clubs in Gore on Saturday, and one combined country game in Invercargill.

Last weekend, Waikoikoi and Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) continued their solid start to the one-day competition with wins in round six.

Rain has been a major factor in the 50-over competition; Old Boys’ game was abandoned for the fourth time. This game was supposed to be played against Marist at Miller St, Invercargill. Marist is still looking for its first win of the season.

SBHS beat Metropolitan at the school by four wickets. Rain shortened the match to 35 overs. SBHS opening bowler Dylan Hawkes took his third wicket when Metro was on 18 runs. The Metro middle order batsmen then stabilised the innings; Matt Burgess (40), Jack Pyle (50) and Andrew Armour (43*) all made important contributions to the total of 171-8.

SBHS middle order batsmen are in good form; Aaron Hart (46) and captain Benji Culhane (38) put together a partnership of 85. Hamish Skelt scored 47 runs from 33 balls to help the school claim victory with four wickets and one over to spare.

Waikoikoi kept its unbeaten record intact when it won by nine wickets against Appleby. Appleby travelled east with just 10 men and was asked to bat first in a rain-delayed 39-over game.

Appleby found runs hard to earn on a slow outfield, while the Koi bowlers also had the ball swinging profusely. Kieran Lloyd played good shots during his 27-run stint, while Jamie Clark (21) and extras (26) were the only other double figure scores. Appleby’s innings was further shortened to 28 overs due to more rain, and their total was 104-7.

Waikoikoi bowler Kurt Thompson took four wickets for 13 runs from his six overs. Thompson then opened the batting and was unbeaten at the end on 39, Parth Nagpal was also 39 not out as the locals eased past with five overs to spare.

Appleby has struggled to field a competitive team so far this season and remain winless after six rounds.

The Appleby B team was also beaten on Saturday in the division one competition. Blue Mountain overhauled Appleby B’s score of 161. Bluey’s man of the match Riley Gillions took four wickets and scored 41 runs from 35 balls. Corey Reed was unbeaten on 60 when victory was secured with six wickets and six overs remaining.MysneakersNike