Thrashing shows Green Island means business

Christie Viljoen.
Christie Viljoen.
Alarm sounded.

Green Island is making its first appearance at the national club championships in 11 years and has made a tremendous start in its quest to win a sixth title.

It thrashed Auckland club Parnell by 185 runs in its opening game, and in doing so sent a warning to its rivals.

The Dunedin club is not just on some end-of-season trip - it means business.

Otago all-rounder Christi Viljoen made a telling contribution. He stroked 116 from 92 deliveries on the postage stamp-sized No3 ground at Cornwall Park in Auckland.

All-rounder Geordie Scott blasted 64 from 41 to help his side reach 308. He also grabbed two wickets to help reduce the home side to 28 for five.

But it was left-arm quick Blair Soper who did most of the damage. He took four for 27, while veteran spinner Mark Joyce picked up the key wicket of Auckland first-class cricketer Ben Horne.

Horne was looking dangerous when he was bowled for 39. Parnell was bundled out for 123 in 25.5 overs.

Green Island could not have asked for a better start in what will be the final campaign for retiring stalwarts Dion Lobb and Ant Harris. The team is hoping to send the pair into retirement on a high.

The victory may have come at a steep cost, though. Lobb pulled up with a tight hamstring after just two overs.

He is hopeful a little rest will provide the cure but is unlikely to play in today's game against Greerton.

Greerton slumped to a 10-wicket defeat to defending champions Napier Technical Old Boys yesterday, while in the other game St Albans edged Eastern Suburbs by one wicket.

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