Glen Drake

Glen Drake 5-29 & 58 not out

Celtic were pushed for the first time this season but beat Roncalli by six wickets in their senior one-day cricket match at Ashbury Park 6.

Waimate teenager Glen Drake starred with both bat and ball in taking five wickets with his spinners and scoring 58 not out in his side’s six wicket win over Timaru at Knottingly Park.

Star’s batsmen again failed to fire after their bowlers had done the hard work in their 16-run loss to Temuka at Temuka Oval.

Roncalli’s older heads got them through to 197 for 7 from their 45 overs on Saturday but they failed to remove Celtic captain Craig Davies, who scored 95 not out to take his season average to 375.

Tahir Afridi showed he was handy with a bat as well as the ball in making 82 for the schoolboys.

He shared in a 60-run second wicket partnership with Ed Kilbee, who made 48.

Roncalli’s start was sedate, but with Afridi anchoring the innings, a total in excess of 200 was on the cards. Celtic’s bowling was tight, but it was let-down by some sloppy ground-fielding and several dropped catches.

It would be a theme which would hurt Roncalli also.

South Canterbury captain Dan Laming ended with figures of 1 for 9 from seven overs, while Glenn Matthews got through eight overs and finished with 2 for 31, but did not bowl at top-speed.

Matthews trapped Afridi leg-before wicket with five overs remaining, and despite the efforts of Barry Ward who hit a quick 16 not out, Roncalli fell just short of 200, after it looked likely for most of the innings.

Davies continued his top-form with the bat but gave Roncalli two chances to dismiss him.

The first ended with wicket-keeper Ward bleeding, with a closed eye and sore left shoulder after he collided with Daniel Dorgan in trying to make a catch.

The second was a tougher caught-and-bowled chance for Afridi.

Davies found good support from Dan Laming who made 32, before he was cleaned-bowled by Alex McDuff, who was finding a lot of swing during his spell. He was the pick of the bowlers and finished with 2 for 27 from his nine overs.

Celtic ambled their way to the total with 16 balls remaining but were never in any danger of losing with captain Davies at the crease.

Waimate put their Twenty20 loss to Star on Friday night behind them by securing a win against Timaru.

Timaru failed to get any partnerships going on a slow track.

Opener Gerald Piddock tried to anchor the innings but he became one of Drake’s five wickets, on 35, and it was left to captain Hayden Butler (20) to get Timaru through to a respectable total, which ended up being 111.

Drake ended with figures of 5 for 29, while Jared Matthews picked-up two wickets.

Waimate’s chase had early wobbles thanks to Josh Smallridge, who picked up the first three wickets with only 25 runs on the board.

Drake had been struggling for runs this season and had pulled out of the South Canterbury squad midweek but he proved to be the calming influence with the bat as he made 58 not out.

He shared in an unbeaten fifth-wicket partnership of 52 with Alan Reid, who made seven.

Smallridge ended with 3 for 15 from four overs, while the spin of Zane Sanders snared the other wicket.

Star let another strong position slip against Temuka.

Having rolled the home side for 119, Star were 69 for 2 in the run-chase but lost their last eight wickets for 34 runs.

Earlier, Willy Stone had made 30, while Nathan McNicol and Dylan Lees both made 19, to get Temuka to their total. Grant Managh mopped-up the tail for Star, taking 3 for 25 from five overs, while Jeremy Lane, Paul Arkinstall and Todd Elliotte each took two wickets.

Nathan Tubb managed 31 for Star while captain Phil McGregor made 19 but there was no other sizeable contribution.

McNicol took three top-order scalps while Dylan Lees grabbed three tailenders to give Temuka the victory.

The two-day competition starts next week.

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