By RHYS CHAMBERLAIN
Palmerston and Naseby will contest the Maniototo Eastern
Districts cricket final this weekend in Palmerston.
In one of Saturday's 40-over semifinals, top seed Palmerston
beat Gimmerburn by 74 runs. Batting first, the home side made
180 for seven after being 40 for four. Jeff Black scored 41,
Andrew Grubb was 31 not out and Roger Buckingham made 30.
Steve Blakely took three for 35 for Gimmerburn.
Gimmerburn was all out for 106. Sam Pollock scored 31 with
McLelland taking six for 24. At Waikouaiti, the home side
fell short by just six runs to third-placed Naseby. Naseby
made 219 for nine from 40 overs, led by Rex Gibson, who
smashed an unbeaten 88. Brad Williams took four for 21 for
Waikouaiti was all out with four balls remaining in its
chase, six runs short. Michael Dodd scored 82 and Williams
reached 39. Karl McDiarmid took four for 41 for Naseby.
In the Koford Cup competition, Queenstown smashed Cromwell by
nine wickets at Anderson Park. Cromwell batted first and
limped through to 93 all out. Brayden Hill top scored with
39. The visiting side then cruised to victory, losing just
one wicket on its way to 94. Jared Andrew led the chase with
59 not out.
The other Koford Cup match saw Albion beat Blacks Hill by 28
runs to retain the Burnett Shield. The home side made 246
from its 40 overs, with Jono Homer (56) and Tim Cotter (46)
adding 92 runs for the second wicket. The lower order also
batted well with Joe Cotter making 34 and Mike O'Connor
chipping in with 26.
In reply, Blacks Hill made 218. Jamie Henderson made 52,
Russell Nevill chipped in with 35 and Kieran Eathorne
contributed 32. Matt Anderson took three for 28 for Albion.
Dan Edwards also took three wickets and Albion captain Jon
Lovelock finished with two for 23.
By TERRY O'NEILL
Union moved into the outright lead in the Borton Cup when it
defeated co-leader Waitaki Boys' High School by 48 runs at
Milner Park. St Kevin's College beat Oamaru by 113 runs, and
Albion beat Valley by nine runs.
Waitaki Boys' put Union in to bat and only Glynn Cameron (38)
and Duncan Drew (35) showed resistance as Union was bundled
out for 173 in the 38th over. Matt Munro took three for 30.
Riley Rooney scored 42 for Waitaki Boys' but Matt Lilley
(five for 50) ended the school's chase at 125 in the 42nd
Bolstered by a first-wicket partnership between Mike Seddon
(61) and Ed Smith (56), St Kevin's compiled 327 before the
final wicket fell in the 49th over. Shawn Kelliher continued
his good form with 62 while Brady Kingan and Brodie Flannery
both made half-centuries. Bowling for Oamaru, Gary Mahuika
took five for 55.
Richard Witham (41), Andrew Ashton (40), James Backhouse (33)
and Mahuika (33) helped Oamaru reach 214 in the 40th over.
Kelliher claimed four for 53.
Valley dismissed Albion for 117 in the 41st over. Steve
Halliwell top-scored for Albion with 23, while Reuben Simpson
took four for 23 for Valley and Blair Malcolm three for 28.
Only Simpson (22) and Tom Squire (21) showed resistance as
Valley was dismissed for 108 in the 31st over. Tom Hoornweg
took four for 38 for Albion and Paul Odell had three for 23.
With three rounds remaining before the semifinals, Union has
moved into the outright lead with 70 points ahead of Waitaki
Boys' (60), Albion (50), Valley (40), St Kevin's (40) and
Weston and Herbert had wins on Saturday. Weston edged Oamaru
5-4, while Herbert shut out Hampden 9-0. Herbert's win puts
it on top of the table with 11 points followed by Weston (9),
Hampden (8), Oamaru (6) and Waimanui (2).
North Otago will field strong teams in the senior
quadrangular tournament in Dunedin next weekend. The men are
headed by player-coach Janos Manyai with Robin Jamieson,
Albert Hailes and Jeremy Ferguson completing the lineup. The
women have a mother-daughter combination in the team of Nicky
Wallace, Rebecca Dellaway, Judith Wallace and Leanne Mavor.
The No 2 team has the Dalziel brothers, Josh and Nick, at one
and three, with Glen Claridge and Thomas More completing the
four. Josh Caldwell is reserve. The women are Renee
Fisher-Hewitt, Rebecca Ryan, Cathy Aitken and Joanne
Mallinson, with Kate Caldwell the reserve.
Bob Wilson and Anne McDonald (Awamoa) will represent North
Otago in the zone mixed pairs play-offs in Dunedin in March.
The pair came through unbeaten in qualifying play on Saturday
with wins over Aileen Blyth (11-8), Vic Randall (13-6) and
Barney Patton (14-6) before defeating Sue Jones in the
semifinals, 11-8. In the final against Patton and Brenda
Hope, a composite pair, Wilson and McDonald won 13-6.
Heath Culbertson starred with bat and ball to guide Clinton
to a four-wicket win over Blueys on Saturday.
Culbertson was one of three Clinton bowlers to snare three
wickets as Blueys were bowled out for 101. Culbertson had
three for 31, and Marc Phillips and Kurt Thompson also picked
up three-wicket bags.
Picking up the bat, Culbertson was virtually a one-man band
as Clinton chased down the target in the 26th over. He was
left unbeaten on 67.
Owaka picked up a bonus point after grabbing a three-wicket
win in Kaitangata. Jason Young top-scored with 30 for
Kaitangata as it was dismissed for 123 in the 37th over.
Blair Barrington provided support with 25. Owaka's Jamie Shaw
took four for 20 off eight overs.
In reply, the Owaka middle order reached the target in the
29th over. Steve Clarke (27 not out) and Francis Parker (20)
were the leading scorers. Kevin Kruger, Michael Dustow and
Young all took a brace of wickets for Kaitangata.
The ball dominated the bat in the Lawrence v Milton clash,
with 18 wickets falling for just 147 runs.
Lawrence folded for 73, with Tim Grant (three for 10) and
Kent Nurse (three for 30) dominating for Milton. A simple
chase for Milton turned into a battle of attrition. Milton
eventually scraped to 74 for eight to win the game and secure
a home semifinal, against Kaitangata. Blueys will host
Clinton in the other semifinal.
Robert Wilson and Marylin Paterson beat Bruce Campbell and
Sylvie Melvin 22-18 in the mixed pairs final on Friday night.