Black Caps star all-rounder Daryl Mitchell enjoyed his first taste of Canterbury country cricket on Saturday but couldn’t help his new club side to a win in the first match of the season.
Mitchell, who moved from Northern Districts to Canterbury to play his domestic cricket this season, has elected to play his club cricket for Lincoln.
The 29-year-old has also made himself available for selection with the Canterbury Country representative team.
On Saturday, in the opening round of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day 2020/21 cricket competition, Mitchell made his Lincoln debut in blistering fashion, scoring 90 runs off just 64 balls, including eight sixes.
But it wasn’t enough to get his side an early competition win, as they fell to a strong-looking Leeston-Southbridge XI coached by Toby Doyle.
Lincoln, thanks largely to Mitchell, made 190 all out in 40 overs in their first innings at Leeston Park.
Country captain Harry Chamberlain led his side to the comfortable eight wicket win, leading from the front with an unbeaten 81 off 77 balls. He was well supported by fellow Country batsman Rupert Young (39 off 42) and Canterbury Kings player Will Williams who was not out on 55 runs.
A former Black Cap starred in Southbrook’s 58-run win over Cheviot, but it was a young gun in teenage George Gunn who took top honours.
After veteran opener Tony Hancox blasted a quickfire half-century, Stewart made his own 50 as the home side ‘Brook made 182 on a low, slow pitch.
The Cheviot Magpies flew off to a good start before another ‘Brook stalwart, Darryn Boyle came to the bowling crease.
Boyle removed the top order and ended up with three wickets.
But 15-year-old Gunn was the star of the show, coming on as the fifth bowling and immediately having an impact.
He ripped through the Cheviot line-up who went from 92/3, to be all out in the 36th over for 124. Ryan Ellis, 28 off 67 balls, tried to stick it out but the wickets tumbled all around him.
Gunn finished with the remarkable figures of five wickets for nine runs.
Competition newcomers Ohoka lost a heartbreaker away against Sefton on Saturday.
Batting first, the Sefton Seals, as they have done for many seasons now, got off to a solid start through opener Tim Harrison. He anchored the innings with a composed 51 runs off 114 balls, with Matt Laffey chipping in with 34 and Canterbury quick bowler Fraser Sheat 29 off 35 balls.
They were all out on the penultimate delivery of their allotted 45 overs for a respectable, early-season score of 185.
Ohoka will rue the missed opportunity to get on the competition leaderboard straight, away with many of their batsmen guilty of getting out after making starts.
The match ground to a thrilling finish with experienced all-rounder Paul Miller being left stranded not out on 42 when last man Hamish Williams was caught by Sheat, six runs short. Williams was McKenzie Smith’s fifth scalp, finishing with match-best figures of 5/34 off 6.3 overs.
In the final game of the round, Darfield beat Oxford-Rangiora by four wickets. Weedons had the bye.
Lincoln 190 (D Mitchell 90, J Williams 24, B Aveyard 20; D Neal 2/22, S Chamberlain 2/23, T Gruijters 2/38).
Lost to Leeston-Southbridge 192/2 (H Chamberlain 81no, W Williams 55no, R Young 39).
Southbrook 182 (S Stewart 58, T Hancox 54; W Smith 3/22, J Hyde 3/33, T Fitzpatrick 2/33)
Beat Cheviot 124 (T Whelan 34, G Waddy 21; G Gunn 5/9, D Boyle 3/41).
Sefton 185 (T Harrison 51, M Laffey 34, F Sheat 29; G Mauger 3/24, J Mariu 3/36, H Williams 2/33, A Hamilton 2/35)
beat Ohoka 179 (R Miller 42no, R Kelly 30, A Hamilton, 23, R Mariu 21, W Hamilton 21, D Lyons 20; M Smith 5/34, C Warner 2/26, J Roberts 2/33).
Oxford-Rangiora 126 (D Fulton 33; T Innes 4/30, R Hughes 3/10, J Frew 2/21)
Lost to Darfield 128/6.