Kaikorai beats Taieri comfortably; Scott stars with ball in Green Is win

Taieri 165 lost to Kaikorai 166/6 by four wickets

Kaikorai had a comfortable win over Taieri at home on Saturday as sides went back to playing with the red ball.

Taieri batted first at Bishopscourt in a round of declaration cricket but lost a wicket in the first over and that was an indication of things to come. It never got a partnership of any note going and lost wickets at regular intervals.

The red ball moved more than the white ball so batsmen showed more caution.

Otago Volts player Dale Phillips batted at first drop for Taieri and made a half century but when he was fifth out, the side had not even made triple figures.

Regan Flaws hit some runs down the bottom of the order but 165 was always going to be hard to defend.

Kaikorai captain Matt Hunter scored 45 at the top of the order and Jeremy Smith got the side home. To go with his two wickets at the bowling crease he hit 48 and, though not a big score, when he was out, Kaikorai was in sight of the victory. Scott Hunter and William St John combined to win the game for the side.

Harsh Visavadiya picked up a couple of wickets with his spinners but the Kaikorai side got home in the 30th over.

NEV 251/9 dec drew with Caris Dunedin 104/7

North East Valley scored plenty of runs but could not get Carisbrook Dunedin dismissed as the match ended in a draw at Tonga Park.

Llew Johnson opened for North East Valley and made a solid 82 and had scored nearly two-thirds of his side’s runs when he was the fifth man out.

Some solid hitting from the Valley middle and lower order gave the side a real boost and Matt Spicer hit a half century. Ryan Sillars and Kurt Johnston took some wickets but the visitors must have fancied their chances at the innings break.

Patrick Arnold opened for Carisbrook Dunedin and he held up one end for 25 overs. The home side dug in for survival and it was slow going, less than one run being scored per over for a significant period of time.

Johnson came to the bowling crease and picked up three wickets but it became too tough for the Valley side, which still needed three more wickets when the game ended.

Green Is 267/8 dec beat Uni-Gr 118 by 149 runs

Geordie Scott had a game to remember at Sunnyvale with a five-wicket bag and almost a century.

Green Island batted first against University-Grange and Scott, batting at No4, made 96. He hit 80 runs in boundaries, including six sixes, and scored his runs off just 79 balls. He was out in just the 26th over. Regan Cairns chimed in with 54 and Caleb Carson was unbeaten on 51.

Green Island made it through to 267 for eight wickets before declaring after 55 overs.

It had the same number of overs to bowl out the visitor and it did it in 43.4 overs as University-Grange offered little resistance, although Venkat Kottle managed an unbeaten 40. Scott ran through the middle order in an impressive spell of bowling as the visiting team was all out for 118.


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