Levin Old Boys make finals
Levin Old Boys have again made the finals of the Coastal Challenge Cup and travel away to play Whanganui United this weekend.
They are again deserved finalists, chasing down 245 in their semifinal against Whanganui Marist at Donnelly Park with five wickets in hand.
LOB’s bowlers Daniel Parker (3-24), Daemon Kennett (3-43) and Ryan Taylor (2-35) bowled well, but their much-vaunted batting line-up carried the day.
The experienced Bailey Te Tomo (58), Andrew Simpson (22) and Matt Good
(88) helped their fine start, Good hitting 10 boundaries and two sixes. Mathew Wilson chimed in with 32 off
20 balls, as LOB reached their target with plenty of overs left.
It’ll be a busy week for lefthander Te Tomo, having been called into the CD A team to play a three-day match against Wellington from Tuesday.
In tomorrow’s final LOB will meet Whanganui United , who qualified for their fifth Coastal Challenge Cup final in eight seasons in beating Weraroa in a tense semifinal at Victoria Park, Weraroa snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. At 100-4, they seemed to be cruising to their target of 135, but ended up being all out for 115 after the tail failed to wag, losing six wickets for
It would have been the first time a Weraroa team had made the final.
Huka Kahu (3-18) opened for Weraroa, working in tandem with youngsters Jaedyn Dawson (2-28) and Samuel Anderson (4-39), while Prabodha Liyanage’s spin bowling tied down an end.
At one stage Weraroa looked to have taken the life out of the game, when Whanganui United were 64-5 after just 15 overs.
COASTAL CUP SEMIFINAL SCOREBOARD:
Property Brokers United 135 (G Smith 29, B Walker 19, S Badger 19; S Anderson 4-39, H Kahu 3-18, J Dawson 2-28) bt Weraroa CC 115 (P Liyanage 35, B de Burgh 23, L Spring 19; T Lance 4-21, D Maraki 4-33) by 20 runs. Wanganui Vet Services Marist 245 (R Kinnerley 67, S O'Leary 52, M Fraser 29, H O'Leary 29, N Harding 24; D Parker 3-24, D Kennett 3-43, R Taylor 2-35) lost to Levin Old Boys 248-5 (M Good 88, B Te Tomo 58, M Wilson 32, A Simpson 22; R Kinnerley 3-55) by five wickets.