An ultra-aggressive Sefton chased down an imposing Oxford-Rangiora total in the latest round of country cricket on Saturday.
More than 500 runs were scored at Sefton Domain as the home side got the points, while there were also wins for competition rivals Leeston-Southbridge, Weedons and Cheviot in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day 2020/21 competition.
Oxford-Rangiora batted first and made 267/6 in their allotted 45 overs, thanks largely to a swashbuckling innings from Luke Waghorn.
Waghorn clubbed the Sefton Seals for 90 runs off 47 balls, including five sixes and seven fours.
He was well-supported by opener Calvin Scott (54 runs off 87 balls), Lachie Stove (46 off 55) and Dave Fulton’s unbeaten 44 of 59 balls.
Chasing the high score, Sefton got off to a perfect start with McKenzie Smith (54 off 44) and Chris Warner (70 off 78) compiling a century opening stand.
Canterbury seam bowler Fraser Sheat, batting at number four, then smashed 72 off 48 balls, combining with Matt Laffey, who made an unbeaten 64, in an unbroken 118-run partnership to claim a dominant eight-wicket win with four overs to spare.
At Weedons Domain, Southbrook paceman Jono Green bagged a five wicket haul as the ‘Brook bowled out the home side for just 171.
Former Canterbury wicketkeeper Paul Rugg showed he’s still got the touch, top-scoring with an unbeaten 35.
Southbrook got off to a solid start in their chase, and were sitting pretty with ex-Black Cap Shanan Stewart and Jack Boyle, returning from Canterbury duties and a long Super Smash campaign, together at the crease.
But when they fell relatively cheaply, in quick succession, the ‘Brook’s hunt for just their second win of the season faltered, and eventually fell 15 runs short.
Hamish D’Arcy did the most damage with the white ball, returning the fine figures of 5/37.
Cheviot thumped Lincoln on home soil on Saturday, thanks to a brilliant century from Ted Whelan.
Whelan’s top-score of 136 off 124 balls lifted the Magpies to 288 against Lincoln, despite a six-wicket bag for Hugh Paterson.
Paterson also shined with the bat, falling just short of a half-century, as did his brother Arthur, but their teammates didn’t offer much support and fell to a 105-run loss inside 35 overs.
At Darfield Domain, the home side couldn’t take advantage of batting first, despite a fine 45 from opener Liam Foulkes.
Foulkes made a lone stand as only 24 from Cullen Moody provided any other meaningful contribution.
As they have done all season, all of Leeston-Southbridge’s bowlers performed well, with Dougald Munro’s tidy medium-pacers the pick of the bunch, finishing with 2/16 off his nine overs.
Brayden Hill (32 off 62) and Harry Chamberlain (34 off 35) who was returning from a successful stint with Canterbury A, set up the run chase, before Tim Gruijters and Sam Chamberlain finished the comfortable seven wicket win, with more than 15 overs remaining.
Ohoka had the bye.
Oxford-Rangiora 267/6 (L Waghorn 90, C Scott 54, L Stove 46, D Fulton 44no; J Roberts 2/48)
Lost to Sefton 271/2 (F Sheat 72no, C Warner 70, M Laffey 64no, M Smith 54).
Weedons 171 (P Rugg 35no, D Nightingale 32, T Inness 32, C Robson 20; J Green 5/29, J Boyle 3/21)
Beat Southbrook 156 (L Blom 30, H Thornley 28; H D’Arcy 5/37, D Nightingale 3/23).
Cheviot 288 (T Whelan 136, A Redfern 43, C Burnett 35, W Smith 23; H Paterson 6/49, A Gulati 3/40)
Beat Lincoln 183/9 (H Paterson 48, A Paterson 48, R Clark 26; C Cameron 3/24, S Burnett 3/24, C Sidey 2/39).
Darfield 122 (L Foulkes 45, C Moody 24; D Munro 2/16, T Gruijters 2/17)
Lost to Leeston-Southbridge 123/3 (H Chamberlain 34, B Hill 32; Gruijters 19no).