South Canterbury side play well
Jan 5 2009

THE primary school cricket tournament has got into full swing in Rangiora, and South Canterbury made a good start.

Coach and manager John Threlkeld said the side had put up a good fight against Marlborough in the first day of competition yesterday.

South Canterbury batted first and scored 173. Latham Gibb powered his way to 67 runs, the leading run-scorer on the day.

Jack Mcfarlane’s 12 and Brett Walker’s 19 not out also helped the side get an edge over their opponents.

Walker, in a partnership with Nick O’Brien (two-27), scored 25 runs for the last wicket, a pivotal effort, Threlkeld said.

Marlborough were all out for 145, helped by Conor Scott’s leg spin, which took four for 45 off 15 overs. Brad Surridge and Michael Lees took a wicket apiece.

“For a very, very young South Canterbury side it was a pretty impressive first up performance,” Threlkeld said.

Primary A cricket boys lose
Jan 6 2009

The South Canterbury primary A boys cricket team had a loss against Mid Canterbury on day two of the South Island Primary Schools tournament in Rangiora yesterday.

Mid Canterbury had beaten the young South Canterbury team twice in pre-tournament games so the boys always knew it was going to be a tough one.

South Canterbury batted first and were all out for 111. The top scorer was opener Jack Woodley with 29 runs.

In dire straits at 58 for the loss of nine wickets Brett Walker and Liam Cosgrove came together and added 53 runs for the 10th wicket. The partnership eclipsed a previous record set in 1999.

Coach/manager John Threlkeld said it was a super effort with Cosgrove ending on 23 and Walker continuing with some useful form to contribute 17 not out.

South Canterbury got off to a great start in the field with a run out on the first ball and had Mid Canterbury two for 17.

However, there were a couple of missed chances and Mid Canterbury got to 113 for four wickets.

For South Canterbury bowlers Jack Macfarlane took 1 for 7, Nick O’Brien 1 for 13, and Michael Lees 1 for 22.

Threlkeld said overall the boys fought hard and performed well. Today they play Otago Country.

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