Leeston-Southbridge still unbeaten
by Kent Caddick
Leeston-Southbridge has maintained their unbeaten record in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier One Day cricket competition after clinically dispatching defending champions Sefton on Saturday.
Cheviot, Darfield-South Malvern, and Weedons also picked up wins as all four chasing teams prevailed in the latest round of the premiership.
At Sefton Domain, Leeston-Southbridge won the toss and chose to bowl. The home side started well putting on 83 runs for the first wicket before ex-Nelson Hawke Cup bowler Tim Field made the first breakthrough.
Sefton then lost wickets at regular intervals, with Lance Taylor top-scoring with 53, as they struggled to be all out for 132 in the 45th over.
Field ended with the tidy figures of 3/25 and all-rounder Liam O’Sullivan bowled well to also be rewarded with three wickets.
In reply, Leeston-Southbridge lost their openers early. Batting at number three, ex-Dutch international Tim Gruijters compiled a good partnership with former Canterbury hockey representative Matt Ling to get their side through to the total in the 41st over.
Cheviot continued its enjoyable return to the premiership after destroying Southbrook on Saturday.
Southbrook capitulated to be all out for 68 in 26 overs with Pete Rayner taking six wickets. Cheviot made short work of the tiny total, knocking it off in the 14th over, elevating them to second on the table behind Leeston-Southbridge.
Darfield-South Malvern (DSM) picked up its first win of the season at Darfield Domain over Oxford-Rangiora.
The visitors made 174 all out, after being 109/2, with Andre Mitchell the pick of the batsmen, making 46 off 81 balls. DSM batted well in reply to secure their first win, with Sean Carston and Simon Edwards steering their side home to a comfortable eight-wicket win.
At Lincoln Domain, the home side struggled batting first against Ellesmere rivals Weedons.
Jeremy Benton played well for 46 off 92 balls, and Dave McClelland chipped in with 25, but there were no other substantial contributions and Lincoln were all out for 126 in the penultimate over.
Opener James Richards anchored the Weedons chase with 38 off 100 balls as Weedons recorded a two-wicket win.