A well compiled unbeaten 75 from Star’s Danny Campbell led his team to a six wicket win over Waimate at Mountainview High School in the fourth round of South Canterbury 45-over cricket, on Saturday.
On a pitch with variable bounce and little pace, Campbell seemed assured at the crease as he guided his side to chase down 173 with more than three overs to spare.
In other matches, the likely final match-up between Temuka and Celtic never turned into a contest as defending champions Celtic comfortably chased down the home team’s 130 for the loss of just one wicket.
A steady batting performance with a number of contributions helped Timaru past Roncalli/Celtic by four wickets at Ashbury Park 4.
Batsmen found it tricky to bat comfortably on the Mountainview pitch and it showed with both teams going at two runs an over in the early stages of their innings.
Lachie Robertson, Nathan Sew Hoy and captain Glen Drake all made it into the 20s for Waimate but all were unable to push on.
With wickets falling at the wrong times, the run-rate never improved to anything drastic.
A dislocated knee to Waimate quick bowler Matthew Sew Hoy halted the Waimate innings for 30 minutes, as the visitors were dismissed off the final ball of their innings.
Star shared the wickets around with Jeremy Lane, Hamish Dickson and Phil McGregor each grabbing two wickets.
McGregor and Craig Hinton opened the Star chase for 173 in slow fashion. After 10 overs the pair had contributed just 20, but they refused to give their wickets away. They put on 56 for the first wicket and laid a good platform.
Both were removed without another run being added.
The asking run-rate was up around five an over but Campbell was not fazed.
The wicket-keeper/batsman hit 12 fours in a match-defining knock and although he was dropped with just 12 runs to go, he had timed the pursuit perfectly.
The Waimate bowling attack lacked a genuine threat without Matthew Sew Hoy, with seamer Connor Farrell the best of the bunch taking two for 46 from nine overs.
Roncalli scrambled its way to 159 for nine after winning the toss and batting first against Timaru. Andrew Buckingham top-scored with 37, while Prabodha Arthavidu took three for 16 with his right-arm off breaks.
Timaru’s chase was on the brink of disaster at 102 for five but a 56-run fifth wicket partnership between Brad Leonard (35) and Tim Mackle (19 not out) helped them home with seven overs to spare.