SATURDAY’S preliminary final of the Southland Club Cricket Premier League will be between Marist and Invercargill-Old Boys, with the winner progressing to the grand finale against Waikoikoi next week.
Waikoikoi has been the dominant team all summer and booked its spot in the final last week after comfortably winning the semi-final against Old Boys. Old Boys finished the round-robin phase of the competition in second place and gets another chance this week against Marist.
Marist won its elimination final last weekend against Metropolitan by 76 runs. Shaun Fitzgibbon was again the match winner for Marist, scoring his fourth century of the season; an unbeaten 114 from 110 balls.
Fitzgibbon strode to the crease after the second wicket fell in the fifth over. Jordan Goodall (19) and Jeremy Boyle (13) played supporting roles in the first 30 overs and Alec Mathieson (19) and Tom McCabe (11) hung around in the final 20 overs to get the team to 221-7.
The Marist bowlers then put the pressure on and Metro found runs hard to come by. Trevor Burgess took two wickets for eight runs from six overs. Mathieson took three wickets including the prize wicket of Jason Osborne for a golden duck. Matt Burgess was the not-out batsmen on 46 when Metro was bowled out for 145 in the 43rd over.
Old Boys B won the division one final against Te Anau by one wicket with two balls to spare. Te Anau had first turn at bat and only Jono Hodson (14) and Grant Taylor (27) made double figures as they were dismissed for 116 in the 39th over.
Old Boys made hard work of the chase; Charanjeet Singh Saini (27) and Jitender Arora (20) were the major contributors. Batters 10 and 11 were at the crease when victory was secured.
Riversdale won the division two final on its home pitch against Waikoikoi B.