Liam Beck scored a superb 72 for Pleasant Point.

Liam Beck scored a superb 72 for Pleasant Point.

Liam Beck and Tim Leonard showed touches of class with the bat for Pleasant Point on Saturday.

Half centuries to Beck and Leonard guided Pleasant Point to an easy 39-run victory in the South Canterbury Cricket one-day competition.

Their strong effort, combined with a superb fielding display, saw Point win their first match of the 2016-17 campaign.

Beck struck an elegant 72, while Leonard scored a well compiled 69 in a 114-run partnership for the second wicket.

They helped take Point to a competitive 188-9 batting first against Temuka.

Adam Beck and Leonard helped Point through to 27 before the former was the first to fall, bowled by Kevin Kerse for 12. Leonard was joined by Liam Beck and the pair batted beautifully.

Both ran a number of singles, while Leonard hit two fours and two sixes in his 99-ball stay. Beck hit three fours and a six in his 109-ball cameo.

When Leonard fell to Connor Farrell, the Point innings slowly began to fall away.

Glen Drake bowled superbly for Temuka, picking up the last five wickets to claim 5-37 with some quality spin bowling. He strangled the lower order and helped keep the total under 200.

Temuka started their chase positively with openers Willie Stone (27) and Nathan Sew Hoy (24) helping them through to 50 before the latter became the first of Englishman Tom Costley’s three scalps.

Drake scored a quickfire 20 before he fell lbw to Cameron Lundie. He also picked up South African Warren Morgan, Nick Maguire and Vaughan Tarrant in a good spell of bowling.

Connor Farrell chipped in with 19 but it was in vain as the home side were dismissed for 150.

Pleasant Point’s win means every team has claimed a victory after the first three weeks.

In the other match at Mountainview, Celtic scored a convincing 49-run victory over Star.

Celtic batted first and made it through to 20 before James Laming (16) was the first of Josh Mehrtens’ three wickets.

He bowled well to also pick up Nigel Caple (26) and Dan Laming (12).

Wickets continued to fall as Celtic managed to get their way through to 146, thanks to a hard-hitting 36 from Glenn Matthews.

He struck three fours and two sixes before Logan Hay picked up his wicket.

Star, who were down on fire power, fought well, with Hay’s four wickets leading the way. He had a knack of picking up wickets at key times to keep Star in the contest.

Star’s reply was limp, falling for just 98.

Hay capped off his strong bowling display, top-scoring with 19, while Celtic aided their opponents cause by leaking 33 extras.

Craig Hinton, Daniel Campbell and Phil McGregor were the only other Star players to reach double figures. They also registered four ducks.

The batting unit is yet to fully fire and will have to do so in the coming weeks if they want to reach the playoffs.

James Laming and Grant Watt were Celtic’s best with the ball, picking up three wickets apiece.

Temuka v Pleasant Point Full Scorecard        ::          Star v Celtic Full Scorecard

Next weekend Star host the unbeaten Timaru, while Temuka face Celtic.

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