Waikoikoi still in top position


WAIKOIKOI carried on its good form from last year into round eight of Southland’s 50-over premier cricket league on Saturday with a 16-run win at Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS).

Waikoikoi batted first and racked up 180 runs before being bowled out in the 39th over. Jared McKenzie top-scored with 74 off 64 balls, Welby Reed chipped in with 32 runs. SBHS bowler Aaron Hart took four wickets and three catches.

The pupils’ turn to bat got off to a bad start by losing two quick wickets before Hart came to the crease in the fifth over and made 67 runs. Hart had support from Mika Muliaina, who scored 39. When Hart was the fourth wicket to fall, the pupils were still in with a good chance, requiring 44 runs from 39 balls. The lower order batsmen were shut down by some good bowling and were still 16 runs short after 50 overs. Liam McFaul did most of the damage for the victors with five wickets for 24 runs.

Metropolitan beat Old Boys by seven wickets at Queens Park on Saturday. Old Boys were bowled out for 134 in their 36th over. Sam Nicholson (20), Blair McKenzie (23) and Sunpreet Singh (29) all made starts but the team couldn’t build partnerships against some good bowling; Geoff Wijesinghe took 3-21 off his nine overs for Metro.

Metro’s opening partnership of 99 between Lachie Nimmo (34) and Bruno Burgess (59) was a match-winner. Victory was easily earned in the 32nd over with seven wickets to spare.

Appleby beat Marist by eight wickets at home. Marist was rolled for 94 in its 36th over with only Blake Harper (34) putting up a fight. Cam Murphy took four wickets for 15 runs from his six overs for Appleby. Opening batters Vinay Chandrappa (40) and Hayden Hart (20) put on a 50-run partnership to all but ensure the win. Clint Goad was unbeaten on 27 when victory was secured in the 14th over.

This Saturday, Marist will play leader Waikoikoi at Miller St, while Appleby will host Metropolitan and SBHS hosts Old Boys at the school.

In division one, Central Western (CW) and Old Boys Royal Riders squared off in Winton last Saturday with the locals winning by eight runs.