Weather hampers start to season

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SOUTHLAND club cricketers have had a frustrating start to the season with the wet weather wreaking havoc during the past two weekends.

Last Saturday’s round three games were abandoned in all three senior divisions, but the weather forecast is looking slightly brighter for Saturday and teams are hopeful of taking the pitch.

In the ILT Premier League, Southland Boys’ High School and Appleby have the honour of playing on the main oval at Queens Park while Metropolitan will play Marist on ground two.

In the third match Waikoikoi will host Old Boys.

In the division one competition the top two teams from last season, Te Anau and Central Western, will square off in Te Anau. Local batsmen Geoff Macfarlane and Grant Taylor have both spent valuable time in the middle during their first two games this season. Central’s fast bowlers Connor Wells and Carlo Scheepers have both quickly found their line and length and taken 13 wickets between them.

Albion hosts Old Boys B at Hamilton Park in Gore. Young Devon Brown has produced two good innings with the bat for Albion this season.

In the other division one match, Appleby B will host Wyndale, while Blue Mountain has the bye this weekend.

In the division two grade, Southland Boys’ High 2nd XI hosts Appleby’s third XI. Riversdale has home ground advantage against the Central Western B team, while Marist B plays Metropolitan B at Miller St. Waikoikoi B has the bye.

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