Gruijters stars with bat and ball

by Kent Caddick

Former Dutch international Tim Gruijters has helped country cricket leaders Leeston-Southbridge maintain its unbeaten record, starring with both bat and ball in a win over Cheviot.

In the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one-day match played at the Cheviot Domain on Saturday, Gruijters made the home side suffer in the searing heat as he blasted an unbeaten century then took four wickets to maintain the competition leader’s unbeaten run this season.

Gruijters made 119 not out off 120 balls as Leeston-Southbridge reached 207/6 in their allotted 45 overs.

In reply, Cheviot were always chasing the game, especially after losing Canterbury Country representative Andy Burnett early.

Jason ‘Spud’ Murphy tried to anchor the innings with 42 off 90 balls, but when he was gone, and Canterbury U19 batsman Will Hamilton falling for just 18, the combined side took control of the match.

Gruijters’ right arm off spin devastated Cheviot, taking 4/17, while Tim Field’s left arm medium-fasts were effective too as Leeston-Southbridge claimed a 26-run win.

He carried his form into the following day when Leeston-Southbridge overwhelmed Sefton to claim the right to represent Canterbury Country in the matches to find a Canterbury club representative for the New Zealand club championship to be played in Auckland at the end of the seasons.

Leeston-Southbridge rolled Sefton for just 146 then led by Gruijters with 68 and an unbeaten 48 from Toby Doyle, cruised passed the Sefton total for the loss of only one wicket.

However, Sefton kept the pressure on competition leaders Leeston the previous day in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one day competition with a comfortable win over Oxford-Rangiora thanks to a strong display.

Matt Rowe top-scored with 49, but Lance Taylor, Nigel Granger, Andrew Laffey, and Ollie Bragg all chipped in with valuable runs as the home side made 222/7 in their 45 overs. Paceman Tom Dwyer picked up three wickets.

In reply, only Dave Fulton and later Dwyer, prospered as Oxford-Rangiora’s run chase fell well short.

Laffey completed a fine outing, snaring four wickets, while Harley James was frugal allowing just 16 runs from his nine over spell.

A much-needed century by rep star Jack Boyle wasn’t enough to get Southbrook over the line against Weedons.

At Weedons Domain, the home side batted first, and well, to rack up 246 runs with handy runs throughout the order. Opener James Richards got them off to a positive start with 67 before Todd Inness smashed 76 off just 63 balls.

Fraser Austin then claimed the prize wicket of Shanan Stewart, trapping him LBW for 2, as Weedons got their defence off to a perfect start.

Boyle batted serenely for his century but when he was bowled by Josh Watson for 119 off 138 balls in the 43rd over, the Brook’s chances of victory were over.

Short scorecard: Leeston-Southbridge 207/6 (T. Gruijters 119no, T. Field 28; J. Hyde 3/11, B. Rayner 2/33) beat Cheviot 181 (J. Murphy 42, S. Burnett 31; T. Gruijters 4/17, T. Field 2/22); Sefton 222/7 (M. Rowe 49, A. Laffey 43no, N. Granger 27, L .Taylor 27, O. Bragg 25; T. Dwyer 3/47, A. Mitchell 2/27) beat Oxford-Rangiora 145 (D. Fulton 46no,T. Dwyer 21; A. Laffey 4/39, H. James 2/16, B .Cross 2/19); Weedons 246/6 (T. Inness 76, J. Richards 67, M. Parker 26, S. Wilson 24; D. Boyle 2/32, M. Brine 2/34) beat Southbrook 233 (J. Boyle 119, T. Rodden 32, T. Hancox 28; J. Richards 3/52, J. Watson 2/11, F. Austin 2/37).