Newcomers to top-flight country cricket, Ohoka stamped their mark on the competition with a hard-fought win over Ellesmere rivals Lincoln on Saturday.
The 23-run Ohoka victory in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day 2020/21 cricket competition came on the back of a superb century by opener Daniel Lyons.
Lyons’ 108 runs off 125 balls anchored the innings as the home side made an imposing 249/4 in a reduced 42 overs, with Rhys Mariu who starred in the New Zealand XI at the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa earlier this year, chiming in with a classy 49.
Lincoln looked likely to run down the high score thanks to an incredible solo effort from Joe Williams.
The left-hander plundered the Ohoka attack to all parts on his way to a blazing 160 runs off just 120 balls, which included 28 boundaries.
But when Williams was stumped by Will Hamilton off the medium-pace of Paul Miller in the 36th over the game was lost. Miller and Austin Hamilton mopped up the tail to record their first competition win.
A resurgent Sefton recorded their second win of the new season with a comfortable six-wicket demolition of Darfield.
At Sefton Domain, the visitors struggled to get any momentum in their first innings, collapsing to 144 all out in the 41st over. Micah Campbell was chief destroyer, snaring five wickets.
Returning from a stint overseas, Lance Taylor’s unbeaten 49 off 100 balls showed his quality by guiding Sefton to the comfortable victory with more than five overs left.
The upset of the round came at Mandeville where Weedons tipped over competition favourites Leeston-Southbridge.
Batting first, Weedons got solid contributions throughout their order to make 161 before they were bowled out in the 44th over.
An aggressive 55-run ninth wicket partnership between Arnav Deb (28 runs off 26 balls) and Jack Parker (26 off 33) ultimately proved the difference in the match.
Deb took confidence from the bat into the second innings with the ball. Opening the bowling, Deb (5/20) and Charlie Robson (3/30) ripped through the Lee-Bridge top order, claiming the price scalps of Rupert Young and Harry Chamberlain cheaply.
A spirited 40 not out from number 9 batsman David Neal gave the combined side a sniff of victory, but ended up falling 36 runs short.
The Southbrook vs Oxford-Rangiora clash was abandoned after just 24.1 overs, with the ‘Brook on 89/3.
Cheviot had the bye.
Ohoka 249/4 (D Lyons 108, R Mariu 49, R Kelly 34; A Gulati 2/40)
beat Lincoln 226 (J Williams 160, R Sporke 22; P Miller 4/42, A Hamilton 4/46).
Darfield 144 (B Innes 37, R Hughes 31; M Hamilton 5/23, J Roberts 2/29, C Warner 2/34)
lost to Sefton 145/4 (L Taylor 49no, F Sheat 22; J Frew 3/32).
Weedons 161 (A Deb 28, J Parker 26, C Robson 24, J Richards 24, T Inness 22; W Macfarlane 5/26)
beat Leeston Southbridge 125 (D Neal 40no; A Deb 5/20, C Robson 3/30).