Southbrook continued its golden one-day country cricket summer on Saturday with a comprehensive victory over arch-rivals Sefton.
The Southbrook XI made it three straight wins over Sefton Seals as they won by 70 runs in the latest round of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day Competition.
Batting first at Southbrook Park, the home side rattled up a commanding score of 252 all out in their 45 overs, with ex-Black Cap Shanan Stewart leading the way with 50 from 58 balls.
Matt Brine (40 off 44), Alex Simpson (35 off 21), and Luan Blom (38 off 24) all chipped in with aggressive scores to punish the Sefton bowlers.
Sefton were well-placed at 85-0 at drinks, but when opener and batting mainstay Tim Harrison fell for 60, the run chase faltered, and stumbled to 182/6, falling 70 runs short.
The win cements Southbrook’s place at the top of the one-day competition, but Leeston-Southbridge stayed in touch with a hard-fought win over Kaiapoi.
At Leeston Domain, the home team won the toss and elected to field, despite missing leading pace man and ex-Nelson representative player Tim Field, who was away at a wedding.
Field’s omission gave an opportunity to Ben Chamberlain with the new ball, which he grabbed with both hands, taking three early wickets.
Kaiapoi stalwart Wayne Bell, batting at number six, scored a composed 37 runs off 99 balls, with brief support from Justin Gourlie (15) and Tim Oram (17).
Fine medium-fast bowling from Ben Donkers late in the Kaiapoi innings meant they couldn’t turn their promising start into a substantial total, falling all out for 137 runs in the 42nd over. Donkers finished with 4/24 off nine overs, well supported by former Dutch international Tim Gruijters whose tight off-spin returned the miserly figures of 0/10 off nine overs, including three maidens.
In reply, Canterbury A keeper-batsmen Joel Harden was dismissed for a golden duck before Rupert Young and Harry Chamberlain moved the score through to 38 before Young was uprooted for 23.
Chamberlain then fell for 30 leaving Leeston-Southbridge 78/3 before the classy Gruijters steadied the ship and saw them home with an unbeaten 47. Leeston-Southbridge chased down the total with five wickets and 15 overs in hand. Gourlie was the pick of the Kaiapoi bowlers, finishing with 2/12 off four overs.
A nailbiter played out at Cheviot Domain on Saturday after a visiting Oxford-Rangiora chased down 192 to win with just two wickets in hand.
Cheviot were all out for 191 in their first innings, with opener Will Hamilton top-scoring with 46 runs off 64 balls. Ted Whelan, Ben Hartland, Louie Chapman, and Scott Burnett all chipped in with scores in the 20s, but none were able to capitalise on their start and making a meaningful contribution.
Off-spinner Mark Murphy was again in the wickets, snaring 3/37 while George Mauger also grabbed a bag of three.
After losing Calvin Scott cheaply, Oxford-Rangiora’s run chase looked perilous with the score at 73/4.
But veteran wicket-keeper batsman David Fulton, as he’s done on so many occasions, led his club to victory with a calm and well-paced 62 runs off 89 balls. As wickets fell around Fulton, he looked for anyone to stand up and form a match-winning partnership. It came in the form of number 10 batsman Fergus Fairbairn whose 23 off 47 balls was central to Oxford-Rangiora’s two wicket win.
In a battle of the cellar-dwellers, Weedons were far to good for Darfield, winning by 124 runs, thanks largely to a breezy 80 by Todd Inness and 56 by Sam Wilson.
Chasing Weedons 222/9, Darfield crumbled to be all out for 98 in just 25 overs, with Charlie Robson the chief destroyer, grabbing 4/24 off seven overs.