Leeston loses to defending champs

by Anonymous Author

Leeston Southbridge’s title hopes in the CRV Ambreed Country Premier one day cricket competition took a blow with a loss to defending champions Sefton in a low scoring match on home turf on Saturday.

Both the combined Leeston Southbridge side and Sefton were without several key players due to representative duty.

Sefton’s Harley James was a key player for the visitors taking four wickets in helping to dismiss Leeston Southbridge for just 90 runs and then finished 17 not out as he and Matt Rowe, who hit an unbeaten half century, helped Sefton knock off the runs for the loss of just two wickets.

Darfield South Malvern (DSM) also recorded a win on the weekend with a hard fought victory over Oxford Rangiora.

DSM won the toss and elected to bat first. After struggling early on with the moving ball, DSM went from 100/8 to 166/9 off their 45 overs thanks to an incredible innings by Anoop Surendren. Surendren clubbed 45 off just 19 balls in what would prove to be a decisive innings.

Oxford-Rangiora got off to a flyer in response before losing three quick wickets.

Some handy partnerships got them through to 127/6 and a sniff of victory, but DSM hung tough and eventually dismissed the visitors for 149 after 39 overs.

Meanwhile, a century from Southbrook captain Matt Brine helped keep his side’s title hopes alive with a win over Cheviot.

At Cheviot Domain, the home side batted well to compile 221, with Scott Burnett top-scoring with 58.

With its star top order pair of Shanan Stewart and Jack Boyle on Canterbury Country Hawke Cup duties, Brine anchored the Southbrook run chase.

After he was out for 102, fellow seasoned campaigner Darryn Boyle stayed composed to reach the target, nine wickets down.