High scores feature in the heat
The class of former Dutch international Tim Gruijters saved Country premier cricket leaders Leeston-Southbridge’s perfect record on Saturday.
At the Cheviot Domain, Gruijters made the home side suffer in the searing heat as he blasted an unbeaten century that would prove the difference between the sides in round eight of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day Competition.
Gruijters made 119 not out as Leeston-Southbridge (LS) reached 207/6, with Jack Hyde the pick of the Cheviot bowlers, taking 3/11 off nine overs.
Gruijters’ right arm off spin then devastated Cheviot, taking 4/17 as Leeston-Southbridge claimed a 26-run win.
A much-needed century by rep star Jack Boyle wasn’t enough to get Southbrook over the line against Weedons though. At Weedons Domain the home side batted first and racked up 246/6.
After Boyle was bowled by Josh Watson for 119 in the 43rd over in the reply, Southbrook fell to be all out for 233 in the final over.
Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) claimed a seven wicket win over Lincoln, after the hosts were rolled for just 79, while Sefton are still nipping at LS’s heels at the top of the table after a comfortable 77 run win over Oxford-Rangiora.
In Sunday action, LS outclassed Sefton in a one-off showdown for a place at the national club cricket championships in Auckland. LS will now take on the South Canterbury and Canterbury Metro one-day competition winners at the end of the season to see which club represents Canterbury at the National Championships.
Being the top two teams at the end of the first round, the unbeaten LS hosted the defending champions Sefton at Leeston Park, and tight bowling from LS restricted Sefton to all out for 146 after 43.5 overs. LS easily chased the target down, getting home in the 24th over.
Meanwhile, in Mid Canterbury Cricket’s Pritchard Shield Lauriston batted first against Tech and an impressive 108 from Scott Morgan helped them to 214/5 off their 45 overs, which proved a bridge too far for a 10-man Tech.
Hayden Sinclair opened the batting for Tech and top scored with 59, but his side only made it as far as 184/9 in reply.
Meanwhile Allenton picked up a three wicket win over Methven at the Ashburton Domain.
Liam McLeod eyes up a shot for Allenton against Methven.