Bat finally dominated ball three weeks into the South Canterbury senior 45-over cricket competition with Waimate, Celtic and Timaru all notching impressive victories.
Waimate pulled off a superb run chase thanks to maiden centuries from Nathan Sew Hoy (121 not out) and Lachie Robertson (110), as the visitors chased down Temuka’s 264 with eight wickets and 8.1 overs remaining.
Timaru celebrated its 150th jubilee with a comfortable 60-run win over an improved Star side at Ashbury Park 4.
Sri Lankan first class player Prabodha Arthavidu made a patient 68 to guide the home team to 228 all out despite five wickets from Star seamer Alex McDuff late in the innings.
A five-wicket bag from Nick Galwey ensured the total was easily defended as Star was bowled out for 168 with more than 10 overs remaining.
Liam Beck’s five wickets were not enough to prevent Roncalli/Celtic from suffering a brutal 207 run defeat at the hands of defending champions Celtic at the Celtic Sports Grounds.
Celtic amassed 246 batting first thanks to 84 from their in-form former captain Dan Laming.
Not one Roncalli/Celtic batsman could muster double figures in the reply as they were bundled out for 39 inside 12 overs.
Celtic’s opening seamers Ben Watson (five for 23) and Grant Watt (five for 16) were the only bowlers used.
Temuka will be wondering how they lost to Waimate after four of their batsmen made it past 50 batting first at Temuka Oval.
Johnny Geddis, Englishman Curtly Slatter, Rory Lorimer and opening bowler Nathan McNicol all raised their bat for 50 runs, but it was the staying power of Sew Hoy and Robertson who were both able to make the century mark in a second wicket partnership of 245 which proved the difference.
Timaru have found a player they can bat around in Arthavidu.
Having been in New Zealand less than a week he guided Timaru to their total with some strong play off his pads.
He also got the best out of two of Timaru’s regular players Josh Smallridge (44) and Sam Porter (54).
Arthavidu and Smallridge put on 61 for the third wicket to lay the platform for a big total and Porter added 84 runs for the fourth wicket.
When the Sri Lankan was caught behind, Porter maintained the momentum of the innings.
McDuff prevented Star from chasing 250 by taking four late wickets.
Despite and opening stand of 53, Star lost wickets in clumps.
They kept up with the demanding required run-rate but could not find a batsman capable of making a score of more than 50 which they desperately needed.
Despite the bowling spells of Liam Beck and Nick O’Brien (three for 19), Celtic/Roncalli could not contain a 122-run third wicket stand between Dan Laming and Sam Carlaw (48).
They then offered no resistance with the bat, as Watt and Watson tore through the batting lineup for an easy win.