Old Boys takes premier league crown

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THE Invercargill Old Boys Cricket Club was crowned the Southland premier league champion after beating Appleby by 145 runs in the grand final at Queens Park on Saturday.

Old Boys batted first and racked up an imposing total of 277 runs from 50 overs. Opening batsmen Brayden Thomas and Chris Case put on a 43-run partnership before Thomas (18) fell in the 10th over. Case’s 40 runs included eight boundaries’.

Appleby’s Conner Hart then took his third and the games most prized wicket of Brendan Domigan for a golden duck. Liam McWilliam was entrenched at the other end for Old Boys and, together with Amapreet Singh, the pair put on a very nice 69-run partnership.

Singh scored his 38 runs from 36 balls. When McWilliam (71) was the fifth man out in the 37th over, Old Boys was well positioned to launch from 184 with 12 overs in hand. Cody
McKenzie added 20 runs but it was Blake Buttar Scurr and Jake Kura (16) who did the damage in the last five overs; Scurr was unbeaten on 56 off 43 balls.

Hart had Appleby’s best figures of three wickets for 48 runs off his 10 overs.

Appleby batsmen Jacob Downing and Hayden Hart scored 34 off the first six overs but Old Boys’ opening bowler Jordan Tooby soon took control. Tooby took those two wickets and then ran out Appleby’s danger man Kieran Lloyd for just seven. Tooby also took the fourth
wicket of Clint Goad (20) and then bowled out the next two batsmen in quick succession to leave Appleby in the hopeless position of 84-6.

Number nine batsmen Conner Hart (24) was the top scorer and was the last man out.

Tooby finished with the impressive figures of five for 50 runs off 10 overs.

Chris Case took three wickets for 31 runs from his six overs.

Old Boys had been the strongest 50-over team throughout the summer and are deserved Southland champions.

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