Old Boys, Appleby in winning form


OLD Boys and Appleby were the big winners in round 13 of the Southland club cricket 50-over premier league on Saturday.

On a wet Saturday morning at Queens Park in Invercargill, both games were reduced to a shortened form.

Old Boys beat Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) by 100 runs on the main oval. Old Boys had the first turn at bat and racked up an impressive 216 from their 33 overs.

Middle-order representative batsmen Brendan Domigan (46) and Amarpreet Singh put together a 70-run partnership. After Domigan was dismissed for 46, Cody McKenzie then joined his captain Singh and put on a quick-fire 68 run partnership.

Singh was eventually out for 73 off 62 balls while McKenzie was unbeaten on 31 when their 33 over innings was complete with five wickets in hand.

The Old Boys bowlers then never let SBHS gain any momentum, and bowled them out for 116 in their 29th over. Aaron Hart (27) and Mika Muliaina (30) put up a fight before both were dismissed by Jake Kura.

Sam Nicholson took four wickets for just 20 runs in his 5.2 overs.

Appleby beat Metropolitan by seven wickets on ground two. Kieran Lloyd took two important wickets for Appleby and then top scored in the run chase with an unbeaten 64.

Waikoikoi missed out on a probable win when its home ground match against Marist was abandoned due to the wet weather.

With two more rounds scheduled before the finals Marist requires no less than two wins. Marist is in fifth position and could still possibly sneak into the top four but SBHS is already out of contention.

In the penultimate round of matches this Saturday, Marist needs to beat Metropolitan at Queens Park. Appleby and SBHS are at the school, while Old Boys will travel out to Waikoikoi.

Hawke Cup
Southland’s representative cricket team has its final Hawke Cup qualifying game this weekend.

With five points on offer from an outright win, the top spot in zone four still remains available ahead of the final round of games.

Southland (21 points) hosts South Canterbury (10), and Mid Canterbury (5) hosts North Otago (17).

Otago Country is tied with Southland on 21 but has completed its campaign.

If those teams remain tied after the round robin, Southland would rank higher as it beat Country on the first innings.

North Otago will need to get some points against Mid Canterbury, and hope Southland does not get any points in its game.

The zone four winners will challenge for the Hawke Cup on March 11-13.

Hawke’s Bay remains the holder and Canterbury Country has the next challenge.