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Southland club cricketers played their first one-day matches of 2020 in scorching hot conditions on Saturday.
Marist and Appleby scored landslide victories in round seven of the premier league, while Waikoikoi had a thrilling win over Old Boys on Queens Park’s second field.
Old Boys set an imposing total of 257 for six from 50 overs, before the visitors chased that down in the final over, with three wickets in hand.
Marist batted first on Queens Park main oval and scored 199 from 50 overs against Metropolitan.
Shaun Fitzgibbon and Conor Rodden both passed 30 and Jeremy Boyle top-scored with 43.
The Metro bowlers did well to take nine wickets but the Metro batsman were in trouble from the start of their innings. Only Andrew Armour made an impression, with 32 runs, as his team was rolled for 115 in the 38th over.
Appleby beat Southland Boys’ High by nine wickets at Appleby. Boys’ High batted first and was all out for just 91 in the 39th over. Jed Mockford made 30 and extras was next best with 20. Opening bowler Calum Johnson was the chief destroyer, taking four wickets for 20 runs. Appleby lost a wicket in the first over of its reply but that brought Venkat Kotte (61) to the crease and he guided his team to victory.
In the division one 40-over competition Te Anau and Central Western both flexed their muscles with big wins on their home grounds.
Grant Taylor scored an unbeaten 147 for Te Anau as his team posted 241 for four against Albion. The visitors made 148 in reply, with Marc Anderson (29) and Garry Singh (29) showing some resolve.
Central Western enjoyed an 89-run win against Blue Mountain in Winton. Central scored 223 for eight off its 40 overs. Captain Grant Kean dominated the innings with an unbeaten 107, from 114 balls. Kean was supported by Trevor Burgess (34) and Gareth Paul (19).
Tom Davies was the best of the Blueys bowlers, taking four for 34; Davies was then unbeaten with the bat on 31 when Blueys run-chase ended on 134 in the 33rd over.
Wyndale had a seven wicket win against Old Boys B. Old Boys made 193, thanks largely to opener Charanjeet Singh Sandi (84). Old Boys was bowled out in the 35th over, Jeremy McLeod doing the damage with four wickets for 10. Wyndale cruised to victory with opener Logan McLellan unbeaten on 56, Devon McLeod (47) and Aaron Davidson (41 not out).
Appleby B had the bye.
In the division two grade, Central Western B beat Metropolitan B by 28 runs in Invercargill. CW staggered through to 132 for nine from 40 overs, Lukesh Kidd scoring an unbeaten 45. Metro was bowled out for 104 in the 32nd over.
Marist B beat Appleby’s third team by 97 runs. Marist set a total of 206 from its 40 overs, thanks to Callan Goodall (59) and Tom McCabe (50 not out). Appleby’s batsmen never gained momentum and they succumbed for 109.
Waikoikoi B defaulted to Riversdale and Southland Boys’ High B had the bye.
- John Langford