Seven rounds left to play in Southland cricket competition

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THE second half of Southland’s Club Cricket 50-over Premier League kicked off in perfect conditions last Saturday.

There were seven rounds remaining before the finals. This Saturday at Queens Park the winless Marist is up against Metropolitan. Waikoikoi should account for Old Boys easily enough unless the Domigan brothers get their eye in, while Appleby has home ground advantage over Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS).

Last Saturday, Waikoikoi stretched its lead in the competition thanks to an 81-run win over SBHS. Waikoikoi had first turn at bat at the school and amassed 214 for nine from its 50 overs. Liam McFaul top scored with 58 and Nathan Howden was unbeaten on 38. Hunter Cairns was the best of the school bowlers with four wickets for 31. The school’s best batsmen were away on representative duty and the boys struggled through to 133. Bruno Burgess was unbeaten on 35.

Appleby had a narrow win on its home patch, beating Marist with just four balls and four wickets in hand. Marist number four batsman Jeremy Boyle anchored the innings with 107 runs from 108 balls. Boyle had some support from Alec Mathieson (31) and Trevor Burgess (20). Marist was bowled out for just 216 in the 43rd over. Appleby’s Calum Johnstone took four wickets for 31. Appleby’s opening batsmen Jacob Downing scored 68 runs before Boyle bowled him out in the 42nd over. Dilpreet Singh (27) and Johnstone (24) made important contributions but it was Jamie Clark who secured the win with an unbeaten 46 from 42 balls.

In the other round eight match, Metropolitan beat Old Boys. Metro’s total of 273-7 was built around the competition’s leading run scorer Jason Osborne (51) and Matt Baker (71).

The Old Boys B team had an important 10-run win in the division one competition against Central Western in Winton. The Royal Riders batted first and racked up 175-9 from its 40 overs. Captain Charanjeet Singh scored a patient 49 runs, while Jagroop Kahlon (38) and Manoj Kumar (33) also impressed. Central was on schedule thanks to some solid partnerships in the middle order and some wayward bowling resulting in 40 extras, but the tail foundered.

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