A FINE century by Temuka’s Kevin Teahan was all to no avail as the southerly change came through to enforce an early finish to all games in the latest round of the Daily Freightways Cup one day cricket competition.
Teahan, with 104 from only 114 balls, may not be taking the wickets yet this season (he has been the top wicket taker in senior for the last two seasons) but this adds to the 50 he scored in the first round and boosts his claim of being a significant all rounder.
He was ably supported by veteran Hayden Broker (45) as they added 160 runs for the 4th wicket before both succumbing to the bowling of young Ben Millar. This saw Temuka through to a good total of 214 from their 45 overs, but unfortunately at tea the game was called off.
In Timaru the other two senior games, being played at Ashbury Park, were also abandoned early. Waimate were also ruing the weather as they appeared to be in a dominant position with Timaru 124-8 with only Hayden Butler undefeated on 45 and Hayden Leonard 20 not out thwarting the attack.
Richard Ford on senior debut had been the most successful bowler with 3-31 while Matt Sew Hoy had the soapy ball on a string with 2-16 and older brother Jason took four catches in his new role as a wicketkeeper.
Across the park, competition leaders Star and Celtic were also involved in an enthralling contest with Celtic 132-5 from the 32 overs available and on their way to setting Star a good target. Dan Laming had top-scored with 38 while Jeremy Lane and Paul Arkinstall had both picked up two wickets each.
Hopefully Laming can reproduce the form he shows in South Canterbury when he and Craig Davies play for the Canterbury Districts XI versus Canterbury in Rangiora.
This means that after three rounds of the one dayers, Star and Celtic continue to battle for top spot with 15 points each, Waimate and Timaru are only a win away on nine each and Temuka and Geraldine on three points apiece will be looking for their first wins when the competition resumes on November 29 and continues through until Christmas.
Next weekend sees the first round of the Tweedy Cup two day competition, with Celtic at home to defending champions Timaru, Geraldine home against Star and Waimate at home versus last season’s finalists Temuka.