Darfield topples defending champions

by Kent Caddick

An all-round team performance by Darfield-South Malvern earned them a giant-killer win over defending country cricket champions Sefton on Saturday.

Competition leaders Leeston-Southbridge, Darfield-South Malvern, Southbrook, and Lincoln all registered wins in another round of the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one-day competition played in scorching, dry conditions.

Batting first, the combined Malvern side reached a respectable 190/9 in their allotted 45 overs.

Competition leaders Leeston-Southbridge was handed its first loss of the season by fellow Selwyn club Weedons.

Batting first Weedons smashed their way to 251/5 in their 50 overs led by a century from J Richards.

Leeston fell well short of the target being bowled out for just 109 in the 26th over with Lindsay Stove taking five wickets.

Meanwhile, Lincoln demolished Cheviot in the match played at Lincoln Domain after the home side asked the visitors to bat first.

Hugh and Arthur Paterson soon had the Cheviot top-order in trouble, reducing them to 24/4 and then 45/7. The visitors never recovered and were all out for 83. Hugh Paterson was the best of the bowlers, taking a five-wicket bag.

Joel Harden dominated the run chase, smashing an unbeaten 67 from just 53 balls as Lincoln easily knocked off the meagre target to win by nine wickets.

At Dudley Park in Rangiora, the combined Oxford-Rangiora home side batted first to make 197 all out, but Southbrook chased down the total with four wickets to spare.