Ox­ford-Ran­giora seal a spot in pre­mier

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - METHVEN A&P SHOW - CRICKET

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.

ERIN TASKER/STUFF

Lau­ris­ton’s Be­van Richan bowls against Al­len­ton.

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