Lee­ston-South­bridge sit on top

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MO­TOR­ING - COUN­TRY CRICKET

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.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Ja­son Mor­ri­son scored 35 with the bat in his side’s loss to Methven in Satur­day’s T20 fi­nal.

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