A shambolic batting effort from Timaru highlighted an intriguing 100-over round of South Canterbury senior cricket on Saturday.
Temuka’s 52-run win over Timaru at Temuka Oval was highlighted by Willy Stone’s 47, batting at No 8, and for an embarrassing top-order collapse from Timaru which saw their top five batsmen dismissed for zero.
In pursuit of Temuka’s 150, Timaru were two for five, with those two runs being extras.
Former South Canterbury representative Kevin Teahen took five for 25, while Nathan McNicol took three for 31 to help bowl Timaru out for 98.
Stone’s innings was much-needed for the home team which was in trouble at 42 for six when he came to the crease.
Stone has been training hard at the Graeme Blanchard Centre in recent weeks and his efforts are paying dividends.
Brad Leonard had a strong allround game for Timaru.
He took four for 39 with the ball and then top-scored with 25.
Waimate did all the other teams a favour by holding out for a draw against Celtic at the Celtic Sports Grounds.
Celtic made 227 for eight declared from 53 overs.
They were led by 70 not out from Tom Pavletich, which was the talented teenager’s best outing for the team since moving from Roncalli College at the start of the season.
Matthew Sew Hoy snared four wickets for Waimate, while Lachie Robertson split the webbing in his hand while fielding but later returned to bat thanks to a dash to hospital for some stitches.
Waimate finished on 197 for eight from 47 overs, thanks largely to 66 from Scott Willoughby. With the team score on 69, the opener had already reached his half-century.
Dan Laming and Ants de Joux both got three wickets for Celtic.