Road to the Canterbury Country cricket semi-finals

Leeston-Southbridge batsman Tim Gruijters is the second highest run-scorer in the Canterbury...
Leeston-Southbridge batsman Tim Gruijters is the second highest run-scorer in the Canterbury Country 45-over competition. Photo: Karen Casey
Weedons’ quest for a semi-final spot in the Canterbury Country 45-over competition will face a tough hurdle in competition leaders and defending champions, Leeston-Southbridge, on Saturday.

Weedons sit in fifth, one win outside the top four as the competition resumes with round nine after the two-week Christmas break.

Leeston-Southbridge hold a slender four-point lead heading into round nine of 14 with Southbrook and Oxford tied in second and Cheviot occupying fourth a further four points back.

Darfield and Lincoln have some work to do if they want to make the semi-finals on March 7, occupying sixth and seventh spots respectively, two wins outside the playoffs.

Leeston-Southbridge all-rounder Tim Gruijters sits second on the competition run-scoring chart with 223 over five innings. He is one run behind Cheviot’s Will Hamilton.

Another Cheviot player, Charlie Sidey, is the competition’s leading wicket-taker with 13.

Weedons’ James Richards is fourth with nine wickets.

In other matches this weekend, Cheviot will host Lincoln, Oxford will welcome Darfield, Southbrook will travel to Sefton and Weedons will battle Leeston-Southbridge.

  • The Canterbury Country Hawke Cup team will control their own destiny against Marlborough on February 1, when a first innings win will get them into the zone final.



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