Cricket season underway

by Anonymous Author

Leeston-Southbridge has picked up its first win in the CRV Ambreed Country premier one day cricket competition with victory over Selwyn rivals Weedons.

Round one of the competition was washed out but play eventually got underway on Saturday with defending champion’s Sefton along with Leeston-Southbridge, Southbrook and competition newcomers Cheviot recording wins.

At Leeston, Weedons batted first on what was described as a ‘slow, tennis ball bouncy’ pitch.

After some early pressure, the visitors folded for 106 in 37 overs.

No batsman made it past 16 and extras top-scored with 19.

Dougald Munro’s medium pace tore through the Weedon’s side, snaring four wickets.

In response, Leeston-Southbridge approached the chase sensibly, with Canterbury Country opening bat Toby Doyle guiding the combined side home with eight wickets in hand with an unbeaten 42.

At Sefton Domain the visitors again struggled. New combined side Darfield-South Malvern batting first on the slow grass track were all out for 113.

Matt Rowe was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4/22 off his nine overs.

Sefton knocked off the runs five wickets down with 12 overs to spare.

Newcomers Cheviot won a nail-biter at Lincoln, chasing down a depleted Lincoln’s 140 with two wickets to spare.

The Oxford-Rangiora versus Southbrook match was also a lowscoring affair.

The Brook batted first to score 133 with Oxford-Rangiora falling 12 runs short.