SOUTHLAND’S ILT Club Cricket Premier League has got off to a watered down start.
Round one was washed out last week and only one of the round two premier games was able to be played last Saturday.
In round three this Saturday, Old Boys and Waikoikoi will play on the main oval at Queens Park, in Invercargill, while Metropolitan and Marist are on ground two. Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) is on its own field against Appleby.
At Waikoikoi last weekend, the locals beat the defending champion Marist, which had first turn at bat and scored 148-9 from its 50 overs.
Captain Shaun Fitzgibbon opened the batting and scored 77 runs. Callan Goodall was a steadying influence in the middle order, scoring a patient 23 runs.
Kurt Thompson was the best of the Koi bowlers, taking three for 26 runs off 10 overs. Waikoikoi’s opening batsmen put on 40 runs before the team stumbled to 59-4.
Liam McFaul rescued the innings with a run-a-ball unbeaten 51. Parth Nagpal was unbeaten on 23 when Waikoikoi reached its target with six overs and six wickets to spare.
The Appleby and Metropolitan game in Invercargill never got started; neither did the SBHS and Old Boys match.
All three games were played in the division one competition. Defending champion Central Western (CW) knocked Wyndale over for just 57 runs in 23 overs at Winton. Captain Zac Egerton (22) and Scott Gutsell (12) were the only Wyndale batsmen to reach double figures.
CW’s first change bowler Peter Templeton took five wickets for five runs from five overs. Opening batsman James Wadsworth then scored 32 runs as CW worked to the total in the 14th over for the loss of two wickets.
The Old Boys B team batted first in Te Anau and scored 138-9 from its 40 overs. Charanjeet Singh top scored with 53. Te Anau passed the total in the 25th over with five wickets in hand. Grant Taylor (38) and Jonny Hodson (30) led the chase.
Blue Mountain set a total of 174 in Tapanui for Appleby B to chase. The game was evenly poised when the rain put an end to the game with Appleby on 139-5 with 12 overs remaining.
Tom Davies scored 66 for the locals, and Nathan Geraghty (52) top scored for Appleby, while Dhruval Aery was unbeaten on 44 when the rain arrived.
In a division two match at Riversdale, the locals set an imposing total of 198 but Albion chased that down with 11 balls and four wickets to spare. Albion’s captain John Steeghs (96) and Devon Brown (38) were keys to the victory.
Saturday’s draw: ILT Premier League: Old Boys v Waikoikoi QP 1, Metropolitan v Marist QP2, SBHS v Appleby. Division One: Appleby B v Old Boys B, Te Anau v Wyndale, Blue Mountain v CW. Division Two: Marist B v Albion, Metro B v Riversdale, Waikoikoi B v CW B. SBHS B v bye.