Te Anau takes division 1 title


SOUTHLAND club cricket had its 50-over premier league semi-finals interrupted on Saturday while the division one final was won by Te Anau.

Old Boys was the top qualifier in the premier league and comfortably beat second-placed Appleby in their semi-final at Queens Park on Saturday.

In a 42-over match, the Appleby batsmen got off to a poor start; Clint Goad (27) was the only top-four batsmen to reach double figures. Calum Johnstone (19) was the seventh man out, leaving the number nine batsmen Sam Downing to add 33 valuable runs to bring the total to 148.

Old Boys all-rounder Chris Case took three wickets for 26 runs from his nine overs. The Old Boys openers Brayden Thomas and Case (13) then put on 35 runs for the first wicket. Thomas and Brendan Domigan then combined for a 79-run partnership. Thomas (49) was the third wicket to fall with the total on 124. Domigan was unbeaten on 61 from 60 balls when victory was achieved in the 31st over with six wickets in hand.

Appleby gets a second chance at qualifying if it can win the repechage final this Sunday against the winner of the Waikoikoi and Metropolitan semi-final.

The semi-final, which was scheduled to be played at Waikoikoi, had to be postponed to this Saturday after some of the Waikoikoi team were unavailable due to having Covid-19.

Te Anau won the division one final by 10 runs on its home pitch against Central Western on Saturday. Te Anau batted first and made 160 from its 40 overs. Opener Grant Taylor made 43 from 58 balls but it was the competition’s leading player Jono Hodson who top scored with 52 runs. Greg Taylor added a valuable 19 runs late in the innings.

Central’s run-chase got off to an awful start; losing its first five wickets for just 21 runs. Ashleigh Harrison (42) and Thomas Beggs (28) tried to get the visitors back on track but Greg Taylor kept taking scalps at the right time to finish with the figures of five wickets for 25 runs. Fellow opening bowler Brad Hamill took three wickets for 19 runs.

Waikoikoi and Metropolitan B teams have their division two final this Saturday.