Green Island winning run closed down

Josh Finnie
Josh Finnie
Green Island’s unbeaten start to the Dunedin senior twenty/20 club cricket season came to an abrupt end at the hands of Carisbrook-Dunedin on Saturday.

Carisbrook-Dunedin comfortably chased a modest 104 total to hand their opponents their first loss of the season in the competition’s third round.

Green Island had come into the match on the back of two wins in the first two rounds of the competition played last weekend.

Opener Camden Hawkins anchored the Carisbrook-Dunedin innings at the top of the order with an unbeaten 58 to guide his side home with 7 wickets and more than two overs in hand.

Hawkins was also a key contributor with the ball, taking three wickets for just eight runs from his four overs. Harry Jones also grabbed a three-wicket bag with figures of 24 for 3.Green Island wickets fell at a steady rate as the side struggled towards their 104 total. Mark Joyce top-scored with 29.

The Green Island team was unable to get straight back to their winning ways when heavy rain that spread across Dunedin meant round four of the competition, which was also to be played on Saturday afternoon, was called off.

Kaikorai came into its match against Taieri without a win but  turned  its season around with a 20-run win.

Kaikorai had been handed defeats by both Carisbrook-Dunedin and Albion, last weekend. Kaikorai set a target of 147 for its opponents which got going thanks to opener Josh Finnie leading a series of even contributions from falling 39 for nine.

Finnie batted deep into the innings before being dismissed for 29 shortly before Taine Bayley went, too, after adding crucial 37 runs.

Taieri got its innings off to a good start, putting 53 runs on the board before C McAuslan was run out for 18. His opening partner Jarryd Taig saw four more wickets fall before he was out for 47 as the game slipped away from Taieri.

Kaikorai bowlers Matt Hunter and Jordan Gain both took three wickets each before Taieri was all out for 127. In the closest game of round three, Northeast Valley went within 9 runs of a victory over Albion.

Albion set a total of 151 led by opener Taylor Cumberland who was out lbw by bowler Jamie Murley, just two runs shy of a half century.

Murley took a four-wicket haul and cleaned up the Albion tail order, but not before Josh Tasman-Jones added 44 runs.

Tasman-Jones was just as effective in the field, claiming a catch, run-out and a wicket as Northeast Valley tried to hunt down Albion’s 151 target.

Adam Flegg and Ruben Pile put Albion in contention with a handy contribution but Northeast Valley would go on to be all out nine runs short of their total, in the last over.

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