AFTER the previous two rounds of Southland club cricket were abandoned, it was a relief for players to have three premier league games played on Saturday.
Waikoikoi had an easy nine-wicket, home-ground win against Metropolitan, which was rolled for 45 in its 20th over. Only Jason Osborne (15) made double figures. The chief destroyer for Waikoikoi was Warrick McKenzie, who took six wickets for 12 runs from seven overs. In the locals’ turn with the bat, Kurt Thompson was unbeaten on 19 and Hamish Cooke on 21 when victory came in the ninth over.
Southland Boys’ High School (SBHS) was beaten by eight wickets on its home pitch by Marist. SBHS only managed 102 before being bundled out in the 31st over. Hamish Skelt held the innings together with 23 runs from 70 balls, while further down the order, Hunter Cairns scored 31 from 44 balls.
Marist’s spin bowler Jordan Goodall took five wickets for 21 runs. Marist’s top-order batsmen then professionally chased down the target in the 24th over. Opener Jeremy Boyle was unbeaten on 37 while Ben McKercher made 28 and captain Shaun Fitzgibbon was unbeaten on 26.
Old Boys beat Appleby by nine runs on the main oval at Queens Park. Old Boys posted 144 runs before being bowled out in the 36th over. Sam Nicholson top scored with 45 runs. Connor Hart took four cheap wickets for Appleby.
Kieran Lloyd scored 40 runs for Appleby but Dhruval Aery was the only other contributor of note with 29 as Appleby was bowled out for 135 in the final over. This was the fifth and final round of the 40-over contests before the one-day premier league reverts back to being 50-over games. This Saturday, Appleby is at Waikoikoi, Old Boys and Marist will be on the main oval at Queens Park, while Metropolitan and SBHS are on ground two.
In round five of the division one competition, early leader Central Western beat Blue Mountain by 112 runs in Winton. Thomas Beggs and Sam Brame scored 50 runs each as the locals posted 172 from 40 overs. Beggs then took three wickets for 12 runs as the visitors were rolled for 60. On ground two at Moores Estate, Central’s second team beat SBHS B by 101 runs.