SOUTHLAND Boys’ High School (SBHS) earned their first win of Southland’s 50-over premier cricket league on Saturday.
Opening bowlers Dylan Hawkes and Reid Murray got SBHS off to a great start on their home ground by putting Metro’s opening batsmen back in the hunt without scoring. Bruno Burgess (42) and Geoff Wijesinghe (62) got Metro back on track but the SBHS bowlers and fielders dismissed Metro for 184 in the 45th over.
Zach Harrington (58) then got the run chase off to a good start. Aaron Hart (30) and Reid Murray (26) made important contributions in the middle order but Geoff Wijesinghe’s four wickets for Metro helped reduce SBHS to 159-8. Lachie Riley was unbeaten on 26 when the win was set.
Old Boys have taken the competition lead after beating Marist by six wickets on the main oval at Queens Park. Marist batted first but couldn’t build partnerships and was rolled for 123 runs. Jake Kura was the best of the Old Boys bowlers, taking five wickets for 24 runs. Old Boys’ middle order batsmen Kieran O’Neill (20) and Brendan Domigan (45) set up the run chase. Captain Amarpreet Singh was unbeaten on 21 when the total was reached in the 24th over.
Waikoikoi suffered its second heavy loss in a row; this time a nine-wicket loss at Appleby. George Franklin (47) and Jared McKenzie (40) got the Koi off to a good start but No 6 batsmen Angus Simmers (28) was the only other batsman to get his eye in. Appleby’s Kahnin Saikia took five wickets to help dismiss the visitors for 141 in the 37th over.
Jacob Downing scored 49 runs for Appleby and fellow opener Hayden Hart was unbeaten on 59 when victory was reached in the 30th over.
This Saturday, Marist and Appleby are on the main oval at Queens Park, while Metropolitan and Old Boys are on the second field. SBHS and Waikoikoi had scheduled this round 12 game to be played in October, and the match was abandoned.