Leeston-Southbridge sit on top
Leeston-Southbridge remains the only unbeaten team after four rounds of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day cricket competition thanks to a stunning Dougald Munro hat-trick on Saturday.
Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) won the toss and batted first on a seaming pitch at Leeston, and the visitors soon found themselves under pressure with Tim Field (4/30) taking early wickets for Leeston-Southbridge. Munro came on first change and in his fourth over claimed three wickets in three balls for a hat-trick that broke DSM’s batting effort.
Set 116 to win, LeestonSouthbridge made a solid start before three quick wickets gave DSM a hint of victory. Former Dutch international Tim Gruijters soon snuffed out their hopes, however, with a classy unbeaten 33.
In Rangiora, Southbrook were scuttled for 145 in 40 overs by Lincoln with Mark Elliot and Hugh Paterson taking seven wickets between them. Only Andrew Robinson showed any resistance, finishing 76 not out.
Southbrook’s Luan Blom ripped out four Lincoln top order wickets – with Darryn Boyle latching on to two screamers in the gully - before unbeaten 60s by Jeremy Benton (60*) and Joe Williams (62*) guided them to a six wicket win.
Sefton got the job done batting first at the Cheviot Domain, making 147/9, before Cheviot were dismissed in the 26th over for 70.
At Weedons, Oxford-Rangiora made 162/8, a target which was knocked off by Weedons.
Meanwhile Mid Canterbury’s Twenty20 competition went down to the wire, with the winner of a clash between Coldstream and Methven in the day’s first match, to go on to play Tech in the final later in the afternoon.
Methven wrapped that one up nicely, batting first and getting 143/9 before skittling Coldstream for just 83.
Methven again batted first in the final, with openers Davey Maw and Matt Winter setting an ideal platform. Winter was eventually dismissed for 63, while Maw finished 97 not out, as Methven made 185/6.
In reply, Tech fell short, making 167/6 off their 20, with Alex Veint 43 not out, Jason Morrison making 35, and Henry Cook 28.
The day’s other match was a dead-rubber between Lauriston and Allenton, with Lauriston taking an impressive five wicket win.
Jason Morrison scored 35 with the bat in his side’s loss to Methven in Saturday’s T20 final.