Swans take cup for first time

The Waihola Swans wrested the South Otago premier cricket Challenge Cup from the Clutha Comets with a three-wicket win on Saturday.

It was the first time the Swans had claimed the cup.

Clutha, playing at home, was asked to bat and could only muster 111, out four overs after drinks. Caleb Carson hit a brisk 44. Extras (18) accounted for the second-highest score, a nice cameo from Rhiane Smith (13) towards the end of the innings took the Comets past 100 and gave them something to defend. Braden Adams, in his first trot for the Swans, recorded great figures of four for 21 off five overs. Kellan Crowie picked up two for 13 off three overs, which included the prize wicket of Carson.

The Swans chased the total down in the 25th over, for the loss of seven wickets.

Opening batsman Shannon Young top-scored with 41.  Young started his innings with a boundary but then nudged the ball around for plenty of singles. He found his power again towards the end of his innings and hit six more boundaries plus a maximum.

The Comets bowlers tore through the other top order batsmen and gave themselves a solid chance after 15 overs. A composed 21 from veteran Phil Scott steadied the ship before Kellan Crowie and Jamie Morton helped the Swans home. Rhiane Smith (none for 20) and two sons Connor (two for 14) and Kelan (three for 20) shouldered most of the responsibility for the Comets. They all bowled well. Carson also continued his solid game with two scalps himself.

The Owaka Bandits beat the Kai Kings by seven wickets at Owaka. The Kings won the toss and elected to bat first.  They were bowled out for 119 in the penultimate over of the innings. A middle-order partnership between Jason Young (25) and Tony Phillips (20) was the best they could manage. Bandits captain Tony Miller took three for 14 off seven overs. Quentin Gare bowled well at the death and took three for four off four overs.The Bandits reached their target with eight overs to spare, for the loss of only three wickets. After a solid opening stand between Jeremy Gray (22) and Joel White (33), No3  batsman Jake Beal-Harris helped his side home with a nice knock of 42 not out.

He timed the ball well and his aggressive running put pressure on the field. The three Bandits wickets were shared between Tony Phillips (one for 12), Pat McKenna (one for 14) and Jesse Maher (one for 9).The Lawrence Lions defaulted to the Valley Stingers, giving the Stingers four competition points.

- Francis Parker

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