SBHS seeks first win of season


AFTER 10 rounds of Southland’s 50-over premier cricket league, Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) is still looking for its first win after losing by five wickets at Appleby on Saturday.

SBHS got off to a bad start when Connor Hart took a wicket with the second ball of the game. Hunter Cairns was unbeaten on 53 when SBHS was dismissed in the 41st over for just 116.

Hayden Hart and Sam Downing took two wickets each at an economical rate. Appleby also executed two skilful run-outs to cap off a great performance.

Appleby’s opening partnership of 84 between Hayden Hart (49) and Jacob Downing (17) all but sealed the win but the school made some inroads with Reid Murray taking three quick wickets and Hunter Cairns also grabbed a couple. Appleby ended up winning the game with 23 overs to spare. This was Appleby’s third win in a row.

Marist earned a much-needed 66-run win over Metropolitan at Queens Park. The Marist batsmen all applied themselves to build a total of 247. Top order batsmen Marty McKenzie (23), Ben McKercher (45) and Shaun Fitzgibbon (54) set up the innings, with Jordan Goodall (20) and Alec Mathieson (33) closing out the 50 overs strongly.

Marist bowler Arpit Bhardwaj Basdehra then took three wickets and Mathieson took two as Metro was dismissed for 181.

The competition leader Waikoikoi slumped to an 88-run loss to Old Boys. Liam McWilliam (48) and Brendan Domigan (43) made useful runs as Old Boys posted 243 for eight. Nathan Howden took four for 39 for Waikoikoi.

In reply, Waikoikoi was rolled for 155 in the 47th over. Jamie Chittock (30) was the only batter to pass 25, as Blair McKenzie (three for 19) and Chris Case (three for 25) did the damage for Old Boys.

Old Boys now shares the competition lead with Waikoikoi. This Saturday, Old Boys and Marist will be on the main oval at Queens Park. Appleby hosts Waikoikoi down south, while SBHS will host Metro.

In division one, Central Western and Wyndham squared off. Wyndham did well to limit the locals to 147 but Central’s fast bowler Conner Wells took four wickets to help knock Wyndham out for 83.