Lead­ers notch up an­other win

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - MOTORING - COUN­TRY CRICKET

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.

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