Wakatipu holds out Bal­larat

Otago Daily Times - - SPORT 19 - MAL­COLM JONES

THE Vin­cent Cricket com­pe­ti­tions re­sumed af­ter the hol­i­day break with Queen­stown Wakatipu get­ting up over its sta­ble­mate Queen­stown Bal­larat, Man­iototo ac­count­ing for Al­bion at Lug­gate, while Cromwell trav­elled to Pool­burn and beat the home side, Blacks Hill.

On the No 1 ground at the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre on Satur­day, the young Wakatipu side scored 131 for eight wick­ets, with Jor­dan Gib­bons mak­ing 31 and Re­gan McIn­tyre 22.

Harry Gadd, with four for 20 off his four overs, was the stand­out with the ball.

In re­ply, the Bal­larat side was in with a good chance but fell seven runs short of victory, end­ing on 135 for eight. Ed Keen made 48 and Alex Coates 33. Om Alva took three for 22. Man­iototo made the trek to Lug­gate where it com­pleted an eight­wicket win af­ter the home side, Al­bion, bat­ted first and was dis­missed for 115.

Blane Wag­ner, with 43, did his best to post a score the home bowlers could at­tack. He was ably sup­ported by Tim Cotter with 23.

Ryan Becker, with four for 13, took the ini­tia­tive away from the home side. He had great sup­port from Sam Miller, who took three for 17.

The vis­it­ing side made light work of the tar­get, losing just two wick­ets. Sam Pringle top­scored with 42 and a fine 39 not out from Royce Hill got Man­iototo across the line.

Cromwell trav­elled to Pool­burn and had first use of the con­di­tions. It posted an im­pres­sive 161 for the loss of seven. Cap­tain Ross An­der­son top­scored with 56 not out and SS Singh hit an un­beaten 49.

Andy Singh took three for 17 off four overs and Luke Dun­can took two for 25 off his four.

Blacks Hill, in re­ply, was al­ways on the back foot with only vet­eran Cam Ni­col­son (17) and Dave Reinds (34) get­ting any scores of note, and was all out for 103.

SS Singh com­pleted a great day, tak­ing four for 11 from four overs, and Re­gan Huck­le­bridge took three for 29.

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