Win for Temuka
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.