Win for Te­muka

South Canterbury Herald - - MOTORING - BRAYDEN LIND­SAY

South Can­ter­bury Hawke Cup player Glen Drake led the way in the open­ing round of the South Can­ter­bury Club Cricket com­pe­ti­tion.

Drake’s pa­tient 61 not out helped Te­muka through to a very com­pet­i­tive first up score of 180, be­fore they knocked over de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Celtic with Drake claim­ing four wick­ets in an 18-run vic­tory at the Celtic Sports Ground.

The bat­ting tal­lies showed the de­ci­sion to move to white balls for the 45-over com­pe­ti­tion could be a pos­i­tive one, with rea­son­able open­ing round scores.

Te­muka, who fin­ished last in the one-day com­pe­ti­tion last year, won the toss and de­cided to bat first. After los­ing Shaun Rooney for seven, Wil­lie Stone and Phil Lill put on a 66-run stand be­fore the lat­ter fell for 46 to Adam Hamel.

That saw Drake stride to the crease and he pun­ished any­thing that was too short and wide.

Drake struck eight fours in his 60 ball stay. Wil­lie Stone con­trib­uted 21 and new re­cruit Di­nesh De Silva 14.

Hamel was the best of the bowlers, nab­bing 3-28, while Car­law chipped in with 2-32 and Ben Wat­son cap­tured 2-44.

In re­ply, Celtic were strug­gling after Rooney and De Silva com­bined to re­move Nigel Caple, Andy Scott, Dan Lam­ing and Ja­cob Nay­lor in quick suc­ces­sion. At 40-5, Celtic looked done, but Car­law hit a brisk 28, which fea­tured six fours, be­fore he was stumped off Drake.

It looked as though Celtic’s hopes had van­ished, but Wat­son (61) and Wills Black­stock (20), in his first se­nior game, com­bined for an 82-run part­ner­ship to put Celtic back in the clash.

How­ever, Drake stepped up to re­move them both and seal the re­sult for Te­muka.

The other clash be­tween Star and Pleas­ant Point was aban­doned due to rain while Ti­maru had the bye.

Satur­day sees Point face Ti­maru and Star host Te­muka while Celtic have the week­end off.

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