High scores fea­ture in the heat

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PLACE - COUN­TRY CRICKET

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.

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