Weedons records first win
by Anonymous Author
Weedons have recorded their first win in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one day cricket competition with victory over Oxford-Rangiora on home turf on Saturday.
At Weedons Domain, Oxford-Rangiora gave themselves a chance of points by compiling a competitive total of 162/8 in their 45 overs.
Dave Fulton led the way with 57 and was well assisted by Andre Mitchell’s 46 but they got little help from the other batsmen.
Weedons, by contrast, all chipped in to knock off the runs with several players chiming in with handy runs.
Meanwhile, Leeston-Southbridge remains the only unbeaten team in the competition after four rounds thanks to a stunning Dougald Munro hat-trick which set up the win over Darfield-South Malvern (DSM).
Darfield won the toss and batted first on a seaming pitch at Leeston but soon found themselves under pressure with ex-Nelson Hawke Cup bowler Tim Field taking early wickets for Leeston-Southbridge.
Munro came on first change and in his fourth over claimed three wickets in three balls for a hat-trick that broke DSM’s batting effort.
Set 116 to win, Leeston made a solid start before three quick wickets gave DSM a hint of victory. However, former Dutch international Tim Gruijters soon snuffed out their hopes, steering Leeston-Southbridge home with an unbeaten 33.
Weedons bowler Josh Watson bends his back
On a green wicket at Southbrook Park in Rangiora, the home side were scuttled for 145 in 40 overs by Lincoln, with Mark Elliot and Hugh Paterson taking seven wickets between them.
While Lincoln lost early wickets in the run chase, unbeaten 60s by Canterbury Kings player Jeremy Benton and Joe Williams guided them to a six wicket win.
Sefton returned to winning ways with a comprehensive win over Cheviot at Cheviot Domain.
An aggressive 50 off just 55 balls from Sefton’s Matt Rowe saw his side through to 147/9 from their allotted 45 overs.
Cheviot attempted an aggressive reply but lost a wicket in the first over and never recovered, being dismissed in the 26th over for just 70.