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Rain, rain and more rain.
For a third weekend in a row, the Dunedin premier grade twenty20 competition was interrupted by wet weather.
The early games were all abandoned but there was time for a result in all three late games on Saturday.
The match between Taieri and Carisbrook-Dunedin-Kaikorai was cut to the minimum five overs, so it was a real lottery.
Dale Phillips swatted 31 from 13 deliveries to help Taieri post 42 for three. But Otago keeper-batsman Mitch Renwick smashed 33 not out from 15 deliveries to help CDK seal the win with 10 balls to spare.
CDK (30 points) will go into the Christmas break one-point off the top of the T20 competition standings. Taieri is third with 29 points.
Albion leads both with 31 points. It recorded a five-wicket win against University-Grange. Veteran batsman Andrew Hore top-scored for Grange with 40 to help his side reach 106 for six from 17 overs.
Jesse Simpson led the reply with 38 and Albion clinched the win with three balls remaining.
Former Black Cap Mitchell McLenaghan fronted for University-Grange for the first time.
In the other match, North East Valley posted 126 for five from 16 overs and restricted Green Island to 114 for eight to win by 12 runs. Neil Broom top-scored for Valley with 43.
Meanwhile, Waikoikoi stretched its lead in the Southland Premier League on Saturday thanks to its win over Metropolitan and more rain forcing the other two games to be abandoned.
Waikoikoi, which kept its unbeaten record intact when it won by 69 runs, was bowled out in the 40th over for 174 after deciding to bat.
Hamish Cooke was cruising when stumped on 57. Opener Jack Hilton scored 34, while Liam McFaul was the other significant contributor with 31.
Jason Osborne took two cheap wickets, and then top-scored for the visiting side with 37.
Andrew Armour (27) and Matt Baker (20) were the only other double-figure scorers as Metro was dismissed for 108 in the 31st over.
Waikoikoi bowler Kurt Thompson took four wickets for 25 runs from his six overs.
Southland Boys’ High School batted against Marist and was on 75 for four when patience ran out with the weather. The Appleby and Old Boys game never got started.
Rain has been the major factor in the 50-over competition to date. Old Boys’ abandoned game was its fifth this season.
Defending champion Marist is also still looking for its first win of the season.
Appleby’s B team was also beaten on Saturday in the division one competition.
Wyndale racked up 207 for nine from its 40 overs and then dismissed Appleby B for 111.
Wyndale’s Josh Bucknell top-scored with 56 runs from 48 balls.
- with John Langford