Koi team takes early lead

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WAIKOIKOI is the early leader in Southland’s ILT Club Cricket Premier League.

Heading into round four of the 50-over competition this Saturday, Waikoikoi will host Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS), Old Boys and Metropolitan will play at Queens Park, while Marist and Appleby meet at Miller St in Invercargill.

Last weekend, Waikoikoi beat Old Boys on the main oval at Queens Park. Old Boys had first turn at bat and got to 203 after being in trouble at 68-5. Cody McKenzie (82) and Jason Domigan (66) rescued their innings with a 108-run partnership. The next highest score of 24 came from the wides.

Unfortunately for Old Boys, captain Armapreet Singh was caught for a golden duck. Kurt Thompson was again best of the Koi bowlers, taking four wickets for 31 runs from his 10 overs.

The Koi batsmen reached the target in the 31st over with seven wickets in hand. Captain Jared McKenzie scored an unbeaten 77 off 83 deliveries and Hamish Cooke scored 60 off 50.

On field two, the Queens Park groundsman Jason Osborne helped Metropolitan beat Marist by 190 runs. Osborne scored 129 runs to lead Metro to a score of 280 for seven from 50 overs. Osborne then took three wickets as Metro rolled the defending champions for 90.

SBHS batted first at the school against Appleby and scored 235 for six from its 50 overs. Opener Braydon Thomas scored a patient 45, while Aaron Hart (61) and Captain Benji Culhane (62) put together a partnership of 99.

Hamish Skelt finished the innings in style with an unbeaten 32. Appleby bowler Conner Hart took four wickets for 28 from his 10 overs.

The target of 236 was too much for the rusty Appleby batsmen. Halfway through the chase they were on target at 104-4 but they then struggled through to 186 with one wicket remaining when their 50 overs were up.

In the division one competition, the defending champion Central Western knocked Blue Mountain over for 118 in the 40th over at Tapanui. Central Captain Gareth Paul took 5-25 from eight overs. Central worked to the total in the 29th over, Grant Kean top scored with 33.

Jeremy McLeod helped Wyndale earn an upset win in Te Anau. McLeod took four wickets and then scored an unbeaten 95 as Wyndale chased down Te Anau’s total of 209 with five wickets to spare.

Saturday’s Draw: ILT Premier League: Waikoikoi v SBHS, Old Boys v Metropolitan at QP, Marist v Appleby at Miller St. Division One: CW v Old Boys B, Blue Mountain v Wyndale, Appleby v Te Anau. Division Two: Albion v CW B, Metro B v SBHS B at QP2, Riversdale v Marist B, Waikoikoi B v bye.

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