Leaders notch up another win
Leeston-Southbridge maintained their unbeaten record, clinically dispatching defending champions Sefton in round six of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day cricket competition on Saturday.
Leeston-Southbridge won the toss and chose to bowl and Sefton started well, Lance Taylor and Tim Harrison putting on 83 for the first wicket before LeestonSouthbridge’s Tim Field (3/25) made the first breakthrough by removing Harrison for 27. The home side then lost wickets at regular intervals as they struggled to be all out for 132.
In reply, Leeston-Southbridge lost their openers early before Tim Gruijters (49*) compiled a good partnership with former Canterbury hockey representative Matt Ling (29*) to get their side home.
Darfield South Malvern (DSM) picked up their first win of the season, beating Oxford-Rangiora by eight wickets. Oxford-Rangiora made 174 all out and DSM batted well in reply, with all of their toporder firing. Sean Carston (41*) and Simon Edwards (37*) steered them to a comfortable win.
At the Lincoln Domain, the home side struggled batting first against Weedons. Jeremy Benton made 46 and Dave McClelland 25, as Lincoln were all out for 126.
Opener James Richards anchored the Weedons chase before Tom Suyker (18*) came in to strike some lofty balls and carry Weedons over the line for a two wicket win.
In the day’s other match, Cheviot beat Southbrook.
Meanwhile, the form book went out the window in round two of Mid Canterbury Cricket’s 45 over Pritchard Shield competition on Saturday.
After fielding only eight players in round one, Coldstream had a full team against T20 winners Methven and managed to bundle them all out for just 70 in 26.1 overs, and lost five wickets as they chased the target down.
Tech also produced one of their performances of the season so far, beating Allenton by nine wickets. Allenton batted first and made 139 off 36 overs, all out, with Matt Tait’s 42 and Sean Strange’s 31 the only double-figure scores.
Tech’s openers did the job in return, with William McKee making 76 and Henry Cook finishing 47 not out.
Lauriston had the bye in round two.