Weedons take down champions

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Weedons has downed defending champions Sefton in the latest round of one day cricket action.

An outstanding unbroken eighth wicket partnership between Josh Watson and Jack Parker saw Weedons tip over Sefton in a CRV Ambreed Country premier competition match played on Saturday.

Lance Taylor produced an excellent innings of 52 off 74 balls, but Sefton were rolled out for 143 runs inside 42 overs, with Fraser Austin taking 3/30.

In reply, Sefton felt they had the game safe when reducing Weedons to 87/8 in the 34th over.

Josh Watson and Jack Parker, however, had other ideas, putting together an unbeaten 58 runs to see their side home with two overs to spare.

At Darfield, another tough wicket affected by late week rain saw Darfield South Malvern’s meagre 105 proving 20 runs too many for visiting Southbrook.

On Sunday, Oxford-Rangiora lost the toss and were put into bat by Lincoln, who opened the bowling with Canterbury paceman Kyle Jamieson. 

The Oxford top order soon collapsed but it was Mark Elliott who was the main destroyer, claiming 4/7 off his seven overs as Oxford was eventually bundled out for just 81.

Oxford managed a few early wickets through Fergus Fairbairn (2/9 off 5) while Joel Harden blasted 20.

But a middle order collapse at the hands of Mark Murphy (4/22) and Mitchell Power (2/14) reduced Lincoln to 63/9, before Jeremy Benton batted well finishing 22 not out and getting Lincoln home in a low-scoring nailbiter.

Meanwhile, Cheviot has been crowned country cricket’s T20 champions after a thrilling final showdown against Southbrook at Rangiora’s Mainpower Oval.

Led by skipper Harry Fitzpatrick, who made 39 off 56 balls, the Cheviot Magpies finished with 135/6 off their allotted 20 overs.

Southbrook’s run chase got off to the worst start with star Canterbury Country opener Jack Boyle prised out by the pace of Harrison Cox in the opening over. 

However, when Country stalwart, Andrew Robinson, and former Blackcap, Shanan Stewart, were dismissed Southbrook’s run chase stuttered and they fell eight runs short. Fitzpatrick’s all-round play with bat and ball earned him top MVP honours as Cheviot won their first silverware back in the top-flight competition.

Scoreboards: One Day competition: Sefton 143 (L Taylor 52, M Laffey 22, T Harrison 20; F Austin 3/30) lost to Weedons 145/8 (J Watson 33no, J Parker 29no; B Cross 2/19, T Waller 2/35); Darfield South-Malvern 105 beat Southbrook 85. Premier T20 final: Cheviot 135/6 (H Fitzpatrick 39, J Harris 24, B Rayner 18, J Hyde 16; T Bruce 2/33, S Stewart 1/17) beat Southbrook 127/6 (T Rodden 29, A Robinson 20, S Stewart 14; P Rayner 2/28, H Cox 1/12).