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December 14, 2010

South Canterbury U16s win again

Filed under: Rep Cricket News 8:48 pm

Results from the 2nd days play in the Trust Aoraki Canterbury U16 Regional Boys Tournament being held in Timaru.

Buller 72/10 (H Betty 3-8) lost to Metro White 76/2 (A Burnett 40no) by 8 wickets.

Metro Red 141/2 (A Todd 71) defeated Mid Canterbury 138/10 (S Crequer 36, R Hilton 3-31, D Rawdon 4-25) by 8 wickets.

Metro Black 86/10 (B Doherty 19, J Rooney 3-8, B Richards 2-18, D O’Brien 2-10) lost to South Canterbury 87/5 (G Drake 28, M Hogan 28no) by 5 wickets.

Canterbury Country 334/2 (H Chamberlain 160*, H Patterson 102, J Chapman 38, J Kars 3-7) defeated West Coast 139/10 by 195 runs.

Points after 2 days:

Pool 1: Metro Red 8, Metro White 8, Mid Canterbury 0, Buller 0.

Pool 2: South Canterbury 8, Metro Black 4, Canterbury Country 4, West Coast 0.

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SC U16 start tournament with win

Filed under: Rep Cricket News 4:03 pm

 

GOOD CATCH: The South Canterbury under-16 Wicket-keeper Michael Hogan catches the ball after it beats Canterbury Country's Hugh Paterson at Aorangi Oval yesterday.


Nick Haack and Glen Drake powered the South Canterbury under-16 team to a 58-run victory over Canterbury Country at Aorangi Oval yesterday.

The home team made a perfect start to the Canterbury Regional tournament in Timaru, despite a middle-order collapse, and wayward start to their bowling effort.

Drake, 16, hit 97 off 88 balls, but his dismissal, after hitting 11 fours and three sixes, saw South Canterbury unravel at the crease. The team had looked strong early, after going at six runs an over for the first 20 overs.

It looked like they would get close to 300, when 250 was considered a par score.

Drake struggled for partners, however, and 102-2 soon became 126-5.

Dan O’Brien and Drake put on 47 runs for the sixth wicket, to stall the collapse, but soft dismissals hurt and they were all out for 222 in the 42nd over.

Scott Willoughby added 25 runs from number 10, while the more than 30 extras Canterbury Country conceded helped South Canterbury to a competitive total.

Canterbury Country’s opening bowler, George Butterick, took 3-43, including the crucial wicket of Drake.

South Canterbury under-16 coach Richard Davidson had ear-marked the game as an important one to win if his team wanted to make the semifinals, but he did not get much help from his bowlers early, as several loose deliveries were put away to the boundary.

Up stepped Haack, his spell of 5-50 from 10 overs proving good enough to shut down the Canterbury Country batsmen, who were skittled for 166.

In other results: Christchurch Metro Red beat Buller by 133 runs, after Buller were dismissed for 110 in reply to Christchurch Metro Red’s 243.

Mid Canterbury lost to Canterbury Metro White by two runs, as they were dismissed for 160.

Christchurch Metro Black thumped West Coast by 151 runs.

South Canterbury take on Buller at Mountainview High School today.

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Davies stars in Celtic’s big win over Star

Filed under: Senior Competition Reports 9:57 am

NOTHING BUT AIR: Roncalli batsman Matt Dorgan slashes at a ball outside off-stump bowled by Tom MacKnight during his team's one-wicket loss to Temuka in South Canterbury senior one-day cricket.

Temuka snuck home, Celtic got their groove back and Timaru’s season went from bad to worse in the latest round of South Canterbury senior one day cricket.

Temuka survived a middle-order collapse to beat Roncalli College by one wicket at Ashbury Park, Celtic welcomed back most of their representative players and celebrated with a six-wicket win over the previously high-flying Star, and the batting woes continued for Timaru as they were skittled for 92 in a nine-wicket loss to Waimate at Knottingly Park.

Defending champions Celtic were coming off two straight losses without their representative players, but with most of them back and firing, they halted Star’s five-week unbeaten run.

Star decided to bat on a Rockdale Rd pitch slower and taking more turn than usual.

Celtic captain Craig Davies’ move to take the pace off the ball and open with Ants de Joux worked well as he tied down the usually workman-like Star top order.

The top three batsmen were dismissed with just 28 on the board.

De Joux bowled nine overs on the trot, finishing with figures of two for 16.

Eventually, the flow of wickets stopped, but the pedestrian run rate continued, with the visitors on 60 for three after 20 overs.

Some middle-order spirit got Star to a competitive 185-9.

George Harper top-scored with 34, while Alex McKenzie made 33 and Danny Campbell and Todd Elliotte lifted the run rate in the latter overs, making 28 and 24 respectively.

Jeremy Liddy and Davies took two wickets each, while Matt Mealings produced a direct-hit run out at the wicketkeeper’s end from a throw from long-off which stalled Star’s late rally.

Celtic’s run chase had a breezier start, as they raced along at five runs an over for the first 20 overs for the loss of just two wickets.

A 109-run partnership between Davies and Sam Carlaw proved the difference. Davies made 79, increasing the tempo when needed, and Carlaw made 65 not out to steer Celtic home with seven overs to spare.

Davies said he always felt in control of the game.

“Usually you’d look to get 230 to 240 on that pitch, so we were pretty confident. I think I looked up at the scoreboard after 20 overs and they were only on 60, so we never really panicked.”

Waimate joined Celtic at the top of the table with a crushing win over Timaru.

Matthew Sew Hoy conceded just three runs from the bat, as he tore through the visitors’ batting lineup with figures of four for eight from eight overs.

Three batsmen made it to double figures for Timaru, with Zane Sanders and Hayden Butler both making 27.

Waimate opener Alan Reid carried his bat again with 29, while Glen Drake, who took two wickets with the ball, added 44 not out with the bat.

Waimate captain Jason Sew Hoy said the late in-swing and sharp fielding was critical in his side’s success, as they prepared for an under-strength Celtic next week.

Timaru captain Hayden Butler said the top order needed to take responsibility to restore pride in the club.

“The batsmen need to take responsibility,” he said. “It’s about saving face now. It’s not about winning a competition, but about saving face.”

Temuka made hard work of chasing Roncalli’s 177.

Rory Lorimer struck a powerful 97 to put Temuka in charge, but they scraped home by one wicket after losing quick wickets.

Roncalli’s captain, Jacob Naylor, grabbed three wickets, as did Matt Dorgan.

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Day 1 Results Trust Aoraki Canterbury U16 Regional Boys Tournament

Filed under: Rep Cricket News 12:25 am

Results from the 1st days play in the Trust Aoraki Canterbury U16 Regional Boys Tournament being held Timaru.

South Canterbury 222/10 (G Drake 97,  J Kars 5.2-0-32-3, G Butterick 10-1-43-3) defeated Canterbury Country 164/10, (H Patterson 49, H Donkers 31, N Haack 10-0-50-5) by 58 runs.

Christchurch Metro Red 243/9 (R Hilton 59, N Clarke 41, J Forsyth 3-43) defeated Buller 110/10 (D Rawson 5-16) by 133 runs.

Christchurch Metro Black (K Patel 39, H Day 37, B Doherty 32*, G Papatua 30, M Ross 3-35, A Phillpott 3-55) defeated West Coast (J Schwass 41, K Patel 4-16) by 151 runs.

Christchurch Metro White 162/10 (M Thomas 33*, A Burnett 32 and J Dudley 4-19, M Holmes 3-30) defeated Mid Canterbury 160/10 (S Whiting 37, J Boyle 3-18) by 2 runs.

Points after 1st days play:
South Canterbury 4
Christchurch Metro (Red) 4
Christchurch Metro (Black) 4
Christchurch Metro (White) 4
West Coast 0
Buller 0
Canterbury Country 0
Mid Canterbury 0

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December 13, 2010

SC lose tight games at U18 tournament

Filed under: Rep Cricket News 10:03 am

The South Canterbury under-18 cricket team are probably still wondering how they didn’t win a game at their zone tournament in Christchurch last week.

Despite finishing last, Jack Harper made it into the Canterbury under-18 squad, while Sam Porter will act as a reserve.

Playing two teams from Christchurch, Mid Canterbury, Canterbury and a combined Buller/Christchurch metro side, South Canterbury lost four of their five matches in agonising fashion.

The week-long tournament saw each team play every team in either a two-day game, two 50-over matches and two Twenty20s.

South Canterbury faced Buller/Christchurch Metro in their two-day match at Ilam fields, drawing the game but losing on the first innings.

South Canterbury made 277, largely thanks to Josh Dick’s 92. He was supported by Sam Porter with 34, and Jack Harper 32.In reply, the Buller/Christchurch Metro side showed good application, batting for more than a day, as they just managed to overhaul their first innings target before the end of the game, finishing on 285 for five.

Ben Watson was the best of the South Canterbury bowlers, taking two for 52.

The first one-day match against Metro Black was a tight tussle.

Porter and Harper combined for a 106-run partnership before Harper was dismissed two short of his 50.

Porter powered-on and finished on 130 not out, in South Canterbury’s total of 242 for six.

Metro Black steadily chased after the target, but wickets tumbled regularly.

With one wicket remaining for victory, Metro Black were able to sneak the run needed off the second-to-last ball of the game.

Daniel Dorgan finished with two for 49 and Nathan McNicol three for 37.

Canterbury Country inflicted a similar loss on the team the next day.

A stubborn lower-order fightback propelled South Canterbury from 111 for six to 193 for nine at the end of 50 overs.

South Canterbury used nine bowlers to try to restrict the Canterbury Country batsmen.

They needed four runs from the final over, with one wicket remaining, and once again South Canterbury came up short, losing with three balls remaining.

The exciting Twenty20 format brought Metro Red for a game, and once again South Canterbury batted first.

Glen Drake made 49 while Matt Brown made 23 and Harry Millar 21, in the team’s 118 for five.

This was not enough however, as the bowlers struggled to remove the Metro Red batsmen, South Canterbury losing by eight wickets.

South Canterbury decided to chase a total for the first time in the tournament in their final Twenty20 game against Mid Canterbury.

Despite having their closest rivals at 100 for six with five overs to go, South Canterbury allowed too many runs in the closing stages which left them chasing 151.

Harper stood out with the ball with three for 25.

South Canterbury were destined to remain winless, Drake’s 36, Millar’s 35 and Nick Galwey’s 24 were not enough and they lost by four runs.

Coach Chris Galwey said they were desperately unlucky.

“Even now I look back and I don’t think we could have done anything differently.

“All the guys played well, but we just had a couple of fielding things, which were minor … but when you look back at it they were actually costing you games.”

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December 11, 2010

Twenty20 Tickets On Sale Now

Filed under: First Class Matches,General News 12:49 pm

HRV CupHave you got your tickets for the T20 match between the Canterbury Wizards and Wellington Firebirds yet?

This top of the table clash will bring exciting entertainment to Timaru to start the festive season with international T20 specialists also on show.

Ticket Prices if bought prior to the day

  • Adult $15.00
  • Child Under 18 years $5.00
  • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $35.00

Prices increase on the day if buying walk up tickets to;

Action from last season's T20 match in Timaru

  • Adult $20.00
  • Child Under 18 years $5.00
  • Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) $40.00

Contact the SCCA office 6863377 or by email now to get your tickets.

Tickets are available at Sportcheck in Stafford St, Timaru from Thursday 16th December.

You can also buy tickets online here via Ticketek but you will incur a booking fee.

Wizards Signing Session

Kids – the Wizards are having a signing session at Robbies in Washdyke on Wednesday night from 7.15pm.

Get Mum or Dad to take you along to meet your heroes. Players like internationals Ryan ten Doeschate and Johan van der Wath as well as local Canterbury regulars such as Shanan Stewart, Peter Fulton, Rob Nicol, Dean Brownlie and more …

South Canterbury Cricket also have corporate tickets available to the match and after ‘our pitch’ set all sorts of scoring records last season, we will be hoping for another great day to start people’s Christmas season off on a brilliant note.
Contact the office 6863377 or by email them to register you interest in tickets. Full details of packages will be available soon.

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Fast bowlers can’t make it

Filed under: First Class Matches,General News 12:29 pm

The mouth-watering speed duel in Timaru between two of the world’s fastest bowlers has gone up in smoke.

Australian cricket’s two premier limited-overs pace-men, Brett Lee and Shaun Tait will not be hurtling down 150kmh deliveries at Aorangi Oval during the domestic Twenty20 game between the Canterbury Wizards and Wellington Firebirds on December 23.

The 27-year-old South Australian Tait was always a touch-and-go prospect to terrorise Wellington’s batsmen, following rehabilitation from elbow surgery.

Canterbury Cricket confirmed yesterday he had not been cleared to play and would not be in Timaru or New Zealand in late December.

Lee’s unavailability is a case of bad timing with Cricket Wellington communications specialist Steve White confirming the 34-year-old was contracted to play for the Firebirds in five of their last six T20 games, but was unavailable for the Aorangi Park match because of commitments with New South Wales.

Unless any late signings are done, South Canterbury cricket fans will have to settle for a battle of allrounders, with Englishman Luke Wright, a prospect to start for Wellington, while former South African international Johan van der Wath is expected to link-up with Canterbury in the coming days, once his provincial commitments with the Free State Knights, in the South African domestic 40-over competition, are finished.

Dutch power-hitter Ryan ten Doeschate and Australian quick Mitchell Claydon are the other international signings for Canterbury, while Dirk Nannes played last night for the Wizards on a short-term deal.

Australians, Mark Cleary, Travis Birt and Damien Wright have all been linked with the Firebirds so far.

South Canterbury Cricket president Andrew McRae said he was disappointed to hear the duo would not be coming to Timaru, but he was still expecting a lot of top international talent to play.

“While it is disappointing that (Lee and Tait) won’t be here, it’s still going to be a great day on the 23rd.

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SC chase top finish in U16 zone tourney

Filed under: Rep Cricket News 12:27 pm

Timaru is to host an under-16 zone cricket tournament, beginning on Monday.

South Canterbury will be one of eight teams from around the Canterbury and West Coast area that will vie to be named the best in the region, and push their claims for Canterbury age-group selection next year.

South Canterbury under-16 team coach Richard Davidson said he was confident of a strong performance, with captain Glen Drake and Roncalli College’s Tom Pavletich both playing senior cricket.

Drake will have plenty of company from his hometown of Waimate, with four players from the area making up the South Canterbury squad.

With the teams split in to two groups of four, Davidson was confident of a top-two finish, which would see the team qualify for the semifinals. Each team had three games before post-section play begins on Thursday.

He said that Timaru Boys’ High School batsman Michael Hogan would be handy with the wicket-keeping gloves, and offer a hard-hitting option with the bat.

The team also has a couple of leg-spin options, while Daniel Mehrtens and Levi McCoy should spearhead the attack.

South Canterbury concluded their three-match preparation for the tournament with a win over a Waimate selection last weekend.

They do have a six-run win over Canterbury Country, thanks to a pre-season win at Ashbury Park.

They will face the Country side first and it looms as an important match, with Davidson believing a win could be the difference between making the top two, or missing out.

The game will begin at 10am, at Aorangi Park.

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December 8, 2010

Matthews Named in Canterbury A T20 Side

Filed under: General News,Rep Cricket News 3:53 pm

Glenn Matthews, the South Canterbury opening bowler and all rounder has been named in the Canterbury A side for two 20/20 matches to be played at Mainpower Oval in Rangiora on 16 December.

Glenn will be hoping he is well recovered from the injury he sustained when playing in the Hawke Cup match against North Otago two weekends ago.

South Canterbury wish him all the best, and who knows what a good performance might lead to further down the track.

Story Update:

South Canterbury’s premier fast bowler has got a surprise elevation to play for a Canterbury A side next week.

Celtic speedster Glenn Matthews is slowly coming to terms with the callup, especially since he was away when Canterbury selector Stu McCullum was in town.

“The Canterbury selector came down a couple of weeks ago when we (Celtic) played Temuka, but I was away at a wedding.”

The 27-year-old was putting the finishing touches on his return to full fitness following a hamstring injury he picked up while playing for South Canterbury two weeks ago.

He bowled in the practice nets last night, and vowed he would be ready for the promotion.

Matthews has the reputation of being the fastest bowler in South Canterbury cricket.

He will have to use all his tricks when he plays two Twenty20 games against an Otago A team, at Rangiora’s MainPower Oval, on Thursday.

The former Marlborough representative said he was pleased with his form this season.

“It’s been going pretty well – had a bit of a slump in the middle there, but hopefully we’ll keep improving.”

While Matthews is still waiting for his first five-wicket bag in club cricket this season, he has been picking up wickets at regular intervals, while also being economical.

A plumber by trade, Matthews said he still had a few years left in his representative career, which had spanned 14 years.

He said the batsman-friendly format of Twenty20 cricket still offered rewards to bowlers who were able to create pressure.

“I like it. It only takes one good over and you’re on top of (the batsmen), so you get rewarded in that way.”

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December 7, 2010

Celtic batsmen feel the squeeze

Filed under: Senior Competition Reports 10:48 am
Les Humphris

WHERE'S IT GONE?: Temuka batsman Les Humphris turns the ball to the onside during his match-winning innings of 52 against Celtic, on Saturday

Temuka ensured Celtic would return to the chasing pack in the South Canterbury senior one-day cricket competition on Saturday.

With the provincial representatives away for the second straight week, Celtic were again under-manned, and were never in the game, which Temuka won by six wickets, at Rockdale Rd.

The win, coupled with victories for Star and Waimate, means there is now a four-way tie at the top of the competition, with all four on 18 points, thanks to three wins apiece.

Star eased past Timaru’s meagre total of 133 to win by seven wickets, while Waimate did it almost as comfortably, against Roncalli College, chasing down 154 for the loss of four wickets.

Despite a depleted batting order, Celtic chose to bat first, and got away to a handy start, thanks to Ants de Joux and Neil de Joux.

They rode their luck early, as several edges found grass, and several plays-and-misses were induced by the Temuka opening bowlers.

The bowlers looked as though they would gain the upper hand but poor catching meant they had to wait until the score was 39 to capture their first wicket.

Once they got a taste, the wickets kept coming, and the run rate slowed down. Dylan Lees, Les Humphris, David Fisher and Tom McKnight all worked to squeeze the Celtic batsmen.

None of the middle-order made double figures, and with only 53 runs scored between overs 10 and 30, Temuka were on top.

Hamish Kleynack was the only batsman, after the openers, to look comfortable at the crease.

The No8 batsman struck three fours and a six on his way to 34 valuable runs.

The defending champions could muster only 147, but had it not been for six dropped catches and 29 extras, it could have been worse.

Fisher ended with two for 25, while Humphris and Shay Latta also grabbed a brace.

Fisher and Humphris then combined in a hearty opening stand to get the visitors off to a positive start in the run chase.

Fisher eventually fell for 28, but Humphris powered on, to record a match-defining half century, before he became the first of Ants de Joux’s three victims.

Chris Opie held the rest of the innings together, despite a late flurry of wickets, scoring 37.

Celtic were also guilty of dropping several catches, while the 18 wides they bowled made the Temuka win, with 13 overs remaining, even easier.

Stand-in Celtic captain Andy Scott said the total was always going to be difficult to defend.

“Les Humphris was pretty much the difference, he played a good knock and did not give us any chances.”

Stand-in Temuka captain Willie Stone said they knew the target was gettable.

“The bowlers all really stood up and our opening partnership set it up for us.”

Timaru’s batting problems this season continued, as they failed to build on the momentum from their win over Celtic last week, with a bumbling performance against Star.

Star made it five wins in a row, in all competitions, with a dominant bowling performance.

Todd Elliotte and Jeremy Lane each took three wickets for the home team as Timaru were rolled for 133.

Opener Josh Smallridge’s 31 and 27 from a returning Grant Brookland were the best Timaru could conjure up.

The volatile nature of the Mountainview High School wicket was evident early in the Star innings, as captain Phil McGregor was hit on the jaw from a rising delivery.

The injury required seven stitches and brought an abrupt end to his day.

His opening partner Simon Ward carried on though and made a gritty 29 not out.

Paul Arkinstall made a bright 43, as Star cruised to the target with eight overs to spare.

McGregor said it was good to have some momentum in the season.

He praised the efforts of his medium-pacers, and Simon Ward’s patient innings.

Timaru captain Hayden Butler said he was struggling to figure out why his team’s batting was so poor.

“We’re trying a few different things, we just need someone in the top four to get going.”

Waimate continued their revival with a comfortable win over Roncalli, thanks to the all-round efforts of Glen Drake.

Usually a menace with the bat, the teenager turned into trouble with the ball, taking four for 20, with his left-arm spin, in his first bowling spell this season.

He then added 31 with the bat, supporting Alan Reid who managed 33 not out, as Waimate cantered to Roncalli’s total of 154.

Harry Millar was a rare bright spot for Roncalli, making 37 not out, while Bruce Carlaw made 27, to establish the total.

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