Timaru became the first team to beat Celtic in Saturday senior cricket in almost two seasons with a gutsy two-wicket win over the Tweedy Cup defending champions at the Celtic Sports Grounds.
It was the uncle and nephew bowling duo of Hayden Leonard and Josh Dick who set up the win for the visitors in the 100-over match.
Leonard got rid of the top of the Celtic batting lineup on his way to four for 44, while Dick removed Celtic captain Craig Davies for 65, just as he threatened to take charge of the game.
The dismissal helped Dick to figures of five for 33 as Timaru restricted the hosts to 165 all out inside 42 overs.
In the other match, Waimate downed Star by seven wickets at Knottingley Park.
Timaru’s chase was timed to perfection as they kept the required run rate under four runs an over.
It was a commendable effort on a pitch which proved difficult to score on against slow bowling although the outfield offered full value for quality strokes.
Handy contributions from Srinivas KS, 49, and opener Gerald Piddock, 39, guided Timaru to the win with eight balls of their 58-over pursuit remaining.
While Celtic were missing up to five frontline players for the game, the result is the team’s first loss since they were beaten in a Friday night Twenty20 game by Timaru last season.
Zane Sanders’ side did a good job of picking up wickets regularly after winning the toss.
Celtic’s highest partnership was just 49, however Davies stood firm and as long as he remained the home team kept their noses in front.
Davies did not hit a single until he was on 33, but after surviving a caught-behind appeal just before his half century, he chipped a catch to square leg to swing the momentum firmly in Timaru’s favour.
Ben Watson provided valuable lower order runs with his 23.
Indian import Srinivas KS anchored the Timaru innings.
He played in a controlled manner until he ran past a delivery from spinner Ants de Joux with a half century in sight.
De Joux managed four for 45 with his spinners during a rare senior appearance, and it was a tad unfair that the winning runs were hit off his bowling in the penultimate over.
Waimate pace bowler Alan Reid returned to form with devastating consequences for Star.
The former South Canterbury bowler of the year took six for 27 from 14 overs as Star quickly forgot about their win over Timaru in their last match to be bundled out for 79. Only Phil McGregor, 18, and Matt Brown, 13, made it to double figures for the visitors.
Waimate reached their target off just 14 overs, with Scott Willoughby top-scoring with 36.