Waimate and Celtic will meet in the 45-over senior cricket final in a fortnight after both sides cruised to victories with a round to spare.

In a surprise, Roncalli beat Timaru to extinguish their chances of making the final, as they chased down 225 to win at Ashbury Park.

It was another day of several woeful batting performances.

Celtic cruised to a win over Star after making 196 for eight when put in to bat.

Prolific run-scorer Craig Davies was out early for one, giving Star some hope.

While no-one made a big score, Jeremy Liddy’s 35 and Mark Tutton’s 31 – along with 29 from James Laming and 22 from Sam Carlaw – saw Celtic post a respectable total.

Star capitulated to be all out for 132 after 35 overs, with Paul Arkinstall the stand out with 66 while Julian Blanchard made 20 at the top of the order.

James Blackstock, Carlaw and Tutton each grabbed three wickets as Star struggled for partnerships.

Waimate hammered Temuka by 110 runs at Knottingley Park to join Celtic in the final as the Magpies also surrendered meekly, all out for 62 batting second. For Waimate, opener Nathan Sew Hoy and No6 Alan Reid both made 38, while Jason Sew Hoy chimed in with 24 to ensure a reasonable target. For Temuka, it was just a procession back to the changing rooms, apart from a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket, with Adrian Cunningham making 17 and Hayden Broker 24.

The remaining eight batsmen shared 14 runs between them.

For Waimate, Glen Drake impressed, taking three for five off five overs while James Sew Hoy’s three looked expensive at three for 15, as they embarrassed Temuka.

Roncalli’s win was not without some nerves as the veteran lower batsmen Jimmy Watson and Gavin Hamel had to pad up.

However, in the end, they were not needed.

Barry Ward showed his class, and the 50-year-old fell only four short of matching his age, but it was enough to give Roncalli the advantage after the openers gave them a good start.

Ben Simpson was the first to depart after making 27 while Liam Beck showed plenty of composure during his 57-run innings.

Robbie Mulvena had only two scoring shots in a short cameo, a four and six, but it was enough to edge his side closer to victory, which they achieved with 3.1 overs to spare.

Zane Sanders was the best of the Timaru bowlers, taking four for 36.

The only Timaru batsman to stand out was Dhananjaya Murari, with a well-composed 87.

However, they were caught short on batsmen and had to call on four of Timaru Boys’ High School’s younger players to make up the numbers.

For Simpson, it was an excellent allrounder performance, also taking three for 24 with the ball.

Dan Dorgan and Ben Watson got two apiece, with Dorgan only giving away an economical 25 runs in an impressive spell.

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