Celtic are back on course for a limited-overs final spot after a comprehensive 105-run victory over Timaru at Ashbury Park 4, on Saturday.
After a loss to the Temuka last week which had them under threat of missing the South Canterbury senior cricket showpiece, it was a part-time senior player in Nick Cahill who produced an innings to spark the defending champions back to life.
His knock of 65 helped Celtic to 244 for eight from their 45 overs before James Blackstock backed up his five for 29 against Star a fortnight ago with five for 41 from his nine overs as Timaru succumbed for just 139 inside 38 overs.
Waimate’s veteran all-rounder Alan Reid returned to form with both bat and ball to guide his team out of trouble at 117 for six to eventually record a 53-run win over Star at Mountainview High School.
Waimate posted 225 all out, which Star fell well short of despite 61 from Hamish Dickson.
Cahill did have a life during his half century for Celtic when he was dropped by Timaru’s Gerald Piddock on five.
Cahill and Sam Carlaw (38) then put on 103 for the fifth wicket.
Timaru were in the game when they had Celtic at 92 for four but failed to make the most of their opening.
Their bowling was tidy with Hayden Leonard taking three for 23 from nine overs and Hami Goldsmith two for 26 from nine.
Brad Leonard also picked up three wickets but his nine overs cost him 60.
A trio of Timaru batsmen made starts but they were unable to rebuild after being reduced to seven for two early.
Opener Piddock tried to steady the innings with another handy innings of 33. He top-scored as Josh Dick (30) and Zane Sanders (23) also got going, but no-one from Timaru was able to match Cahill’s innings.
Jacob Naylor proved he still offered a fifth bowling option with three wickets.
Dickson and Reid had their own individual game trying to one-up each other for Star and Waimate respectively.
Reid made 40 not out with the bat, as the Waimate tail added 108 runs for their final four wickets.
Dickson was the pick of the bowlers with two for 26 from nine overs, while Jeremy Lane, Logan Hay and Alex McDuff also took two wickets.
Dickson then surpassed Reid with the bat by making 61 but he was one of Reid’s five victims as Waimate cruised to a comfortable win on the back of his figures of five for 24.
Dickson and Stephen Begg (30) put on 97 for the fifth wicket after they came together at 53 for four.
Once they departed, there was little resistance from Star, although they are producing better performances.