Otago Daily Times

Osborne the anchor for Metro in 46run win over Marist

- JOHN LANGFORD

JASON Osborne led Invercargi­ll Metropolit­an to a 46run win over Marist in Southland’s 50over club competitio­n on Saturday.

In the other round nine Premier League matches, Appleby beat Southland Boys’ High School while Old Boys was humiliated at Waikoikoi.

In the cold conditions, Osborne anchored the Metro innings at Queens Park Oval with 112 runs from 96 balls. The No 4 batsman hit 12 fours and three sixes. Osborne had support from Matt Baker, who made 57 from 64 balls.

Lower down the order, Zak Kelly and Jack Pyle each scored 26 to get Metro through to 270 for seven from its 50 overs.

Legspinner Jordan Goodall was the best of the eight bowlers used by Marist and had figures of two for 45 from 10 overs.

The Marist runchase started with a 43run opening partnershi­p from Marty McKenzie (21) and Blake Harper (20).

Captain Ben McKercher increased the tempo with 36 from 26 deliveries but once Metro’s Isaac Mead dismissed the top three batsmen, the defending champion was on the ropes.

James Crisp took the next two wickets, while Pyle instigated a runout and then bagged the wickets of lowerorder batsmen Alec Mathieson (52), Tom McCabe (35) and Trevor Burgess as Marist ran out of overs when 46 runs short.

Appleby allrounder Kieran Lloyd led his team to a threewicke­t win on its home patch against the school side.

Southland Boys’ High School limped through to 163 for eight.

Lefthander Aaron Hart topscored with 56 from 97 balls before becoming one of Lloyd’s five wickets.

Lloyd finished his 10over spell with figures of five for 33. He then entered the batting order at No 4 and topscored with 33.

Captain Tim Eade and Calum Johnstone both scored 22 as Appleby reached the total with just four overs and three wickets to spare.

Shaun Apperton and Hart each bowled 10 tidy overs.

Waikoikoi beat Old Boys’ by six wickets. The only doublefigu­re score in Old Boys’ total of 56 was extras on 14.

Kurt Thompson took three wickets while conceding just one run in his five overs. He then topscored with 24 runs to seal the victory.

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