Leeston-Southbridge win again

by Kent Caddick

Leeston-Southbridge is one of three teams to remain unbeaten after two rounds of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day cricket competition.

While defending champions Sefton suffered a shock loss to Lincoln on Saturday, Leeston-Southbridge, Southbrook and Cheviot all recorded wins, however, Weedons were humbled by newcomers Cheviot.

At Dudley Park in Rangiora, the visiting Leeston-Southbridge side batted first on a good early-season grass pitch and slow outfield against Oxford-Rangiora.

Canterbury Country opener Toby Doyle continued his fine October form anchoring the innings with his 56 runs.

Others chipped in with scores as the Ellesmere combined side compiled 172 in their allotted 45 overs.

The home side never challenged the total, with opener Calvin Scott posing the only real resistance to the varied and skilled attack.

Cheviot batsman George Waddy hits out in the match against Weedons

At Sefton Domain, visitors Lincoln came away with a 23-run win thanks largely to a 117-run second wicket partnership between Joel Harden (74 off 126 balls) and Jeremy Benton (53 off 101).

Lincoln made 168/7, with Matt Rowe again in the wickets. No other batsman passed six runs, and there were four run outs.

Sefton got away to a poor start with Mark Elliot taking three top order scalps. Although Lincoln gifted 26 wides, the defending champs never recovered despite Tim Harrison batting well down the order after suffering an injury while fielding.

Southbrook defended 168 at Darfield Domain against Darfield-South Malvern (DSM).

Shanan Stewart (45) and Matt Brine (31) starred after choosing to bat first, while Chris Warner and David Beatty both took three wickets.

While Warner was at the crease, DSM might’ve felt a chance of sneaking the points but when he fell to Brine’s off-spin, the game was soon over.

Meanwhile, Cheviot’s total of 118 proved too much for home side Weedons.

But when opener Jason Murphy fell for 33, and the score 66/8 it could’ve been a different story if Cheviot’s tail hadn’t wagged. Jack Hyde and Scott Burnett scored crucial runs that would ultimately prove the difference. Wicketkeeper Todd Inness took four catches.

In response, the home side crumbled to be all out for 63 in just 22.2 overs.

Short scorecard: Leeston-Southbridge 172 (T. Doyle 56, C. Beatson 34, D. Munro 28; F. Fairbairn 3/29) beat Oxford-Rangiora 122 (C. Scott 40, D. Munro 3/18, L. O’Sullivan 3/19, W. McFarlane 2/21); Lincoln 168/7 (J. Harden 74, J. Benton 53; M. Rowe 3/25) beat Sefton 145 (T. Harrison 26, A. Robinson 22; E. Paterson 4/26, M. Elliot 3/40); Southbrook 168 (S. Stewart 45, A. Randrup 36, M. Brine 31; C. Warner 3/27, D. Beattie 3/38, J. Chapman 2/21) beat Darfield-South Malvern 134 (C. Warner 43; M. Brine 4/14, L. Blom 2/23, S. Stewart 2/29); Cheviot 118 (J. Murphy 33; J. Richards 3/15, J. Watson 3/26) beat Weedons 63 (S. Burnett 3/10, H. Fitzpatrick 2/1, B. Findlay 2/19).