Oxford-Rangiora seal a spot in premier
Oxford-Rangiora ensured their place in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day competition next season after a dominant win over Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) on Saturday.
The combined side’s eight wicket win makes it five wins out of eight for 2018 after a rough start to the campaign.
On a damp wicket at Oxford the home side won the toss and elected to bowl first. DSM got off to a flying start with Nick Jenkins and Chris Warner taking the team through to 57-0 after 12 overs, but the side crumbled to be all out for 110.
The pressure was on OxfordRangiora to chase down the runs to keep them in the premier grade next season, and they did so with eight wickets in hand.
At Southbrook Park, Lincoln chased down Southbrook’s 170 with just three balls to spare. Lincoln’s Joel Harden (25) got the run chase off to a solid start before Canterbury Kings T20 star Jeremy Benton smashed 54 to help his team home in a nail-biter, eight wickets down.
Weedons upset Cheviot chasing down a meagre 116 with five wickets in hand at Cheviot Domain. Cheviot could only scrape together 116, and a quickfire 23 off 25 balls by wicketkeeper Todd Inness led Weedons to victory. A second default from LeestonSouthbridge, who were unbeaten at the mid-point of the season, handed defending champions Sefton full competition points.
Meanwhile, the Country Twenty20 final between Cheviot and Southbrook was rained off last week and will now be played at Mainpower Oval this Friday at 4.30pm.
In Mid Canterbury Cricket’s Muirhead Rosebowl, the calculators will be out this week to determine who plays who in this weekend’s semi-finals.
Tech had the bye on Saturday, but they were already assured a semi-final spot, and they’ll play either Coldstream or Methven who have finished the round robin tied. The two sides played each other on Saturday, and Coldstream came away with a 72 run win, but who makes the semifinals will come down to run rate.
Allenton also had a win on Saturday, bouncing back after having to default the week before, to beat Lauriston by 44 runs. That saw those two sides also finished tied for second, meaning who has had the higher run rate will earn the right to host the second semifinal.
Lauriston’s Bevan Richan bowls against Allenton.