Scoring proves difficult for some

North East Valley batsmanNic Brosnahan plays a shot during a premier club game against Carisbrook...
North East Valley batsmanNic Brosnahan plays a shot during a premier club game against Carisbrook-Dunedin, at Ocean Grove on Saturday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
University-Grange 133 lost to Green Island 134 for six

Green Island batsman Gregor Croudis chipped in with three wickets and a solid knock of 39 to help his side beat the winless University-Grange by four wickets at Bayfield Park on Saturday.

Grange put up more of fight than usual. The side could only manage 50 the previous weekend but limped through to 133.

Jacob Cumming top-scored with 50 but did not get the support he needed in order for Grange to compile a more competitive total.

Green Island swing bowler Christi Viljoen took two for 17 at the top before the Mockfords took over.

Jack and Jed Mockford picked up two wickets apiece and Croudis mopped up the tail with three for nine from 3.4 overs.

Green Island stumbled early in the chase. The opening pair Joel Meade and Brad Kneebone could not get established. But Croudis and Geordie Scott (45 from 35) put on 64 for the fourth wicket to set up the win.

Carisbrook-Dunedin 32 lost to North East Valley 36 for three

Fringe Otago bowler Travis Muller shredded the Carisbrook-Dunedin batting line-up with a staggering seven-wicket haul at Ocean Grove.

The 26-year-old removed opener Josh Hayward with his second delivery and then trapped Otago opener Camden Hawkins lbw in his second over.

The next over was even better, as far as the bowler was concerned. He bowled Richard Sillars and Anjas Bhogal and then trapped Kurt Johnston lbw.

The triple strike left Carisbrook-Dunedin on the ropes at 11 for six. The team was eventually all out for a woeful 32.

Muller took two more to finish with seven for 13 from seven overs for North East Valley.

The South African-born right-armer made his debut for Otago in a first-class game earlier this season but struggled, taking one for 75.

But he is the leading wicket-taker in the club one-day competition and keeping the pressure on.

Valley’s chase was a little hairy. The top three all got starts but perished cheaply.

Hawkins claimed all three wickets but Will Kindley made 16 not out from 20 balls to seal a seven-wicket win.

Kaikorai 141 lost to Taieri 142 for two

Taieri remains at the top of the standings following a convincing eight-wicket win against Kaikorai at Bayfield Park.

Kaikorai slumped to be all out for 141 after a useful start. Opener Jordan Gain made 37 and had good support from Taine Bayly (26).

Kaikorai was 97 for two and tracking nicely. But Gain’s dismissal ushered in a rapid decline.

Jeremy Smith held one end up with 22 not out. But the wickets fell regularly at the other.

Wrist spinner Harsh Visavadiya claimed three for 10, Jack Foley two for 11 and Ben Lockrose two for 25.

Visavadiya then helped anchor the chase with 41 not out. He shared in an unbroken stand of 81 with Beckham Wheeler-Greenall (46 not out).

Wheeler-Greenall, who is still at King’s High School, is the competition’s second leading scorer with 308 runs at a healthy average of 154. He has been out only twice, which has bumped up his average. But he is one to watch for the future.

 

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