Winning streak continues for Weedons
by Kent Caddick
Leeston-Southbridge continued their unbeaten run this season to remain at the top of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one day cricket competition after five rounds.
Leeston-Southbridge remains the only unbeaten team in the premiership after ruthlessly dispatching Lincoln on Saturday, rolling the home side for just 39 in the 22nd over.
Cameron Norton and Dougald Munro were the main destroyers, bagging three wickets each, as Lincoln batted carelessly with many batsmen falling to soft dismissals.
The competition’s top run-scorer Jeremy Benton was uprooted by a low diving catch by Liam O’Sullivan off Norton’s bowling.
No Lincoln player scored more than eight runs, and there were four ducks.
Leeston-Southbridge’s run chase took just 15 overs, with the loss of two wickets.
Meanwhile, Weedons recorded back-to-back wins when they demolished Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) by 161 runs at Darfield Domain.
Batting first, the visitors racked up 216/8 in their allotted 45 overs, with many batsmen contributing handy runs. Shanon Dunnett led the way by smashing an unbeaten 47 off 36 balls.
Opening quick Sandeep Singh tore through DSM to snare six wickets as the home team capitulated to be all out for 55 inside 17 overs.
A gritty last wicket partnership steered Sefton to a win over Southbrook at Sefton Domain.
Home captain Andrew Laffey led Sefton to victory with both bat and ball. Batting first, the Sefton Seals were in trouble at 111/9.
However, Laffey and Barry Cross knuckled down to produce an outstanding partnership which took Sefton to 149 in the last available over.
Skipper Laffey then turned the screws with his left-arm spin as Southbrook were strangled in their run chase.
They were all out for 104, to lose by 45 runs.
In the final match of the round Cheviot were too good for Oxford in the game played at Dudley Park in Rangiora.
Batting first a half century from George Waddy helped Cheviot through to 176/9 in their allotted overs.
In reply Oxford crumbled to be all out for 94 with Dave Fulton top-scoring with 37, and Harrison Cox and Chris Burnett taking three wickets each.
Short scorecard: Sefton 149 (A. Laffey 33, T. Harrison 31, B. Cross 19no; D. Boyle 3/22, A. Tavendale 3/33) beat Southbrook 104 (M. Sleeman 33, M. Brine 20; O. Bragg 2/12, A. Laffey 2/17); Lincoln 39 (D. Munro 3/7, C. Norton 3/12, W. McFarlane 2/3) lost to Leeston-Southbridge 40/2 (T. Doyle 15no); Weedons 216/8 (S. Dunnett 47no, M. Parker 35, B. Nightingale 28, J. Watson 25, J. Richards 24, T. Inness 22; C. Warner 3/12, A. Edmington 2/34, D. Beatty 2/39) beat Darfield-South Malvern 55 (N. Jenkins 16; S. Singh 6/23, J. Green 2/11, J. Parker 2/21); Cheviot 176/9 (G. Waddy 50; George Mauger 4/31, Fergus Fairbairn 2/41) beat Oxford 94 all out (D Fulton 37; Harrison Cox 3/10, Chris Burnett 3/20).