Old Boys cricketers end 2021 on a high note

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OLD Boys carried on its good form in round seven of Southland’s one-day premier cricket league on Saturday with a 114-run win at Appleby.

Old Boys batted first and racked up 229 runs in 50 overs. The boys lost seven wickets throughout the innings but an anchor out in the middle was number three batsman Liam McWilliam, who scored 76. Blake Buttar-Scurr chimed in late with 47 off 32 balls and Southland representative Amarpreet Singh was out on the last ball of the innings for 57. Appleby’s best bowler was Connor Hart with the figures of 4-40 off nine overs.

Clint Goad (36) did well to get Appleby to 81 for three wickets but the rest of the team crumbled and was all out for 115 in the 37th over. Sam Nicholson took five wickets for 14 runs off his 10 overs. Old Boys has now won four out of five games this season.

Waikoikoi had an impressive 68-run win at home against Metropolitan. The locals took the first turn at bat and got to 257 before being bowled out in the 49th over. The 118-run partnership for the second wicket set up the match for the Koi. George Franklin (78) and Jared McKenzie (79) were the heroes.

Metro’s Jason Osborne did take four wickets for 32 runs but his team needed him to star again with bat; after Osborne had made 25 he was the third man out with the total on 113-3.

Geoff Wijesinghe was out straight after that for 39, and the rest of the team capitulated to be all out for 189.

The two top teams in the division one competition, Central Western and Te Anau, squared off in Winton on Saturday with the visitors winning by four wickets.

Southland Club Cricket resumes next year on January 22.

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