Sefton outclasses Cheviot
Defending champions Sefton and Weedons made winning start to the top-four round of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one day cricket competition on Saturday.
Sefton made short work of Cheviot while Weedons had a hard-fought win over LeestonSouthbridge.
At the Sefton Domain, the hosts put Cheviot in to bat first and skittled them for 75. Ted Whelan (13) and Edward Anderson (15) got the visitors off to a solid start but from 43/2 Cheviot capitulated.
Harley James and Andrew Laffey produced outstanding figures to close out the innings, with James 3/8 from five overs and Laffey 3/2 from 5.4 overs.
Sefton were similarly poised at 30/2 but James (22*) and Matt Rowe (27*) combined for a matchwinning 46-run partnership.
Unbeaten at the midway point of the season, LeestonSouthbridge’s slump continued as they suffered a third straight loss going down to Weedons.
A 10-man Leeston-Southbridge elected to bat first at the Weedons Domain and made 119/9 in 37 overs.
Liam O’Sullivan scored 39 at the top of the innings before being one of J Green’s 3/14 while Brad Nightingale also had 3/19. Leeston-Southbridge was also aided by 25 extras.
In reply, Weedons stumbled to be 10/2. The wickets kept falling but with contributions from each batsman, Weedons got home in the 24th over with three wickets in hand.
Shanon Dunnett made 23 while Kane Meyerhoff was unbeaten on 23. O’Sullivan was the pick of the Leeston-Southbridge bowlers with figures of 3/30.
In round two this weekend, Cheviot hosts Weedons and Sefton are at home to LeestonSouthbridge.
In the bottom-four, Oxford Rangiora had a convincing 76-run win over Southbrook at Southbrook Domain. Oxford-Rangiora made 168/9 in their 45 overs before bowling Southbrook out for 92.
In the other match, Lincoln defaulted to Darfield-South Malvern.
Meanwhile, Southbrook and Cheviot will contest the CRV Ambreed Country Premier T20 final on Friday starting at 4.30pm at Rangiora’s Mainpower Oval
Both teams earned their final berths after round-robin matches and semi-finals in January at Mandeville.
Sefton’s Harley James starred with bat and ball in a big win over Cheviot