A superb direct hit runout from the deep by Adam Beck sparked a Star batting collapse and an eight wicket win to Roncalli/Celtic in the second round of South Canterbury 45-over cricket on Saturday.
Star looked to be rebuilding at 70 for two with Danny Campbell looking to up the run rate on 20 before he fell victim to a runout from long-on trying to grab a second run.
His demise saw Star lose its last eight wickets for 18 runs to be bundled out for 88 inside 33 overs on a slow Mountainview High School pitch.
Englishman Will Watts was the chief destroyer with his right arm spin.
He managed to get considerable turn from the dusty track which helped him to five for 14 from 6.5 overs.
The only other innings of substance from Star came from former captain Phil McGregor who top-scored with 21. The opener watched plenty of his team-mates come and go in his slow knock before he too departed in the 26th over.
Roncalli/Celtic made the run chase look comfortable thanks to a 76-run second innings stand between Tristram Cooper (38 not out) and Liam Beck 34.
The two combined well together, running hard between the wickets.
Cooper rode his luck, as he provided several catching chances to the fieldsmen which were either dropped of fell in between players.
Liam Beck was tamely dismissed when he gave a return catch to Craig Hinton, which fittingly allowed Watts to strike the winning boundary with 22 overs to spare.
An unbeaten 84 from Johnny Geddis helped Temuka to a 31-run win over Timaru at Ashbury Park 4.
The former South Canterbury representative came to the crease with the score at 15 for one but steadied the ship as several players batted around him.
Such was the importance of Geddis’ knock, the next best Magpie score was Curtly Slatter’s 14.
The Magpies finished on 186 for eight from 45 overs
Sam Wilson, Sam Porter and Vishal Saini each took two wickets for Timaru.
Timaru’s run chase was effectively over at 49 for five.
A gutsy 50 from wicket-keeper/ batsman Tim Mackle (53) restored some pride to the scoreboard after captain Zane Sanders had opened the innings with 23 on his return from an injury.
Temuka’s veteran seamer Kevin Teahen removed both Timaru openers on his way to three for 39, while Nick McGuire took three for 36 to halt the Timaru’s middle-orders momentum.
Timaru was eventually dismissed for 155.
James Laming may have starred with the bat in the opening round against Timaru, but he did all his damage with the ball in Celtic’s six-wicket win against Waimate at the Celtic Sports Grounds.
The seamer took six for 22 from eight overs, including four maidens.
His brother, Dan, also chipped in with three wickets as Waimate went from 40 without loss to all out for 86.
Former Waimate captain Jason Sew Hoy’s retirement lasted one week, as he top-scored with 23 and shared in a 24-run 10th wicket partnership with Mark Medlicott (2 not out).
Debutante seamer Jonathon Roguski picked up three quick wickets for Waimate before Celtic eventually cruised to the target in the 21st over.