MARIST convincingly beat Appleby by seven wickets in the ILT Southland 50-over competition final at Queens Park on Saturday.
The fog and a wet outfield delayed the start of play by 90 minutes and the match was reduced to a 40-over contest. Appleby was sent in to bat and lost eight wickets on their way to 174. Marist chased down the target in the 29th over.
Marist all-rounders James Ng and Matt McCall were the heroes, Ng opened the bowling and conceded just 12 runs from his five overs, Ng then scored a brilliant 99 not out off 83 balls. McCall took four wickets for 19 runs from his six overs before scoring 41 runs in his opening partnership with Ng. Jason Milne was the other standout performer for Marist; taking three crucial wickets with his left-arm bowling.
Marist Captain Jeremy Boyle was proud of how much his team had improved this season, after missing out on the finals last year. team to the past few seasons but everyone performed at a higher level this season. In previous years we had relied too heavily on our representative players but this summer we had some big performances from guys not involved in the Southland Hawke Cup team, players like Ben McKerchar, Conor Rodden, Jason Milne and James Bell all helped us through to the finals.
Marist lost Mitch Harvey, Callyn Lindsay and Dillen Von Solms during the season but those losses were offset by the additions of Ethan Yeo and Matt McCall.
Marist had lost four games during the competition but struck their best form at the right time. our best bowling performance in the semi-final and our best collective performance in the final. It is very satisfying for the whole team. We were well supported all year. I’m happy for the guys in the team who had not won the 50 over title before.
Appleby had gone through the round robin phase of the competition unbeaten, but lost their automatic entry semi-final to Marist two weeks ago and then struggled to beat third placed Southland Boys High School in the preliminary final.
Appleby Captain Jamie Clark was disappointed in how their season ended. lost wickets consistently throughout our innings, Marist bowled well. We probably then produced our poorest bowling display of the season, bowling either side of the wicket. Ng and McCall batted very well and didn’t give us many chances, with Ng punishing any bad balls.”