Results from the 4th days play in the Trust Aoraki Canterbury Under 16 Regional Boys Tournament being held in Timaru.
Semi Final 1:
Metro Red 199 (B Hamil 57, A Todd 44, B Doherty 4-51) defeated Metro Black (M McCall 66) by 20 runs.
Semi Final 2:
South Canterbury 231/10 (T Paveltich 39, M Hogan 76, S Willoughby 43*, H Betty 3-34, M Thomas 3-37) defeated Metro White 229/8 (J Boyle 60, C Warner 45, H Betty 34, D O’Brien 3-41) by 2 runs.
Canty Country 330/2 (H Chamberlain 100 ret., H Patterson 100 ret.) defeated Buller 90/10 (G Butterick 3-6) by 240 runs.
West Coast 116/10 defeated Mid Canterbury 93/10 by 23 runs.
Final: Metro Red vs South Canterbury
3rd & 4th: Metro White vs Metro Black
South Canterbury held their nerve to triumph off the last ball of their semifinal in the Canterbury under-16 cricket tournament being held in Timaru.
Christchurch Metro White were left two runs short, running out of overs on 229 for 8.
Lusty hitting and good running saw South Canterbury post a competitive 231, despite them wasting more than eight overs, for failing to bat their 50 overs, at the Rectory, yesterday.
Once again the batting held itself together, despite looking shaky for the second day in a row. Opener Tom Pavletich made 39, while Michael Hogan made 76 off 64 balls.
Hogan may have hit nine fours and two sixes in his knock, but his dismissal was a perfect illustration of a rush of blood, with a century beckoning.
He skied a catch to the Metro White wicket-keeper, when a big century was calling.
When Hogan was dismissed with the score at 145, the job was not done and the innings began to lose momentum.
Wickets fell, until Scott Willoughby came to the wicket. The No9 batsman hit six consecutive fours to signal his intent.
Wickets fell around him, but he continued to bat positively, ending on 43 not out, with eight fours and a six.
During a 22-ball vigil, Willoughby had seen his side rebuild from 168 for 7 to 231 all out.
Daniel O’Brien’s three for 41 with the ball was enough to halt Metro White to see the home side make the final, despite some hearty contributions from their batsmen.
South Canterbury will face Christchurch Metro Red in the final today, after they defended 199, to beat Christchurch Metro Black by 20 runs.
West Coast had their first win, yesterday, beating Mid Canterbury by 23 runs, after a strong bowling effort made sure 116 was more than defendable.
Canterbury Country will now face West Coast for fifth and sixth place, after they resigned Buller to play-off for last with Mid Canterbury.
Canterbury Country made 330 for 2, and Buller could only manage 90 in reply.
The final will be held at the Rectory, at 10am.
5th & 6th: West Coast vs Canterbury Country
7th & 8th: Mid Canterbury vs Buller