Vaughan Tarrant’s first-ever hat-trick knocked the Roncalli/Celtic middle order over and helped his Temuka side get back into winning mode.
Roncalli/Celtic won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first at home on Ashbury Park on Saturday.
Hayden Broker relished his new role as the spearhead of the Temuka bowling attack, taking the first two wickets to fall, but opener Tom Pavletich slowly got into his work for Roncalli/Celtic on his way to his side’s top score of 34.
The blustery conditions made it hard work for players on both sides but no-one could support Pavletich and build a partnership.
With the score at 60-4, Tarrant struck and suddenly it looked like an early finish as Roncalli/Celtic slumped to 64-7 but veteran Grant Watt halted any early celebrations as he scored 29 but, even more importantly, helped his team through to a more competitive 129 before they were all out.
All six Temuka bowlers had success, with Tarrant’s three wickets leading the way, while Broker, Kevin Kerse and Nick Maguire each grabbed two.
The Temuka reply was steady until they lost their first wicket on 32 but this seemed to ignite the bowling attack as Grant Watt grabbed two more in quick succession and suddenly Temuka were in a bit of trouble at 36-3.
It is moments like these when you have to take every opportunity and turn the momentum your way, and with Watt’s prodigious swing troubling all the batsmen, Roncalli/Celtic will probably reflect on the dropped chances that came their way when they were right back in the game.
Broker, whose opening scoring shot was a catch dropped by the keeper, proved the old adage that “catches win matches”.
Together with Rory Lorimer, who scored 37 in one of his final outings for Temuka, he added 47 runs and Broker made the most of his “life” as he batted his team to victory, finishing not out on 38.
Grant Watt was the best of the Roncalli/Celtic bowlers and deserved better figures than his 2-30, while Sean McLeary continued to show his “golden arm” qualities, making a breakthrough soon after being thrown the ball.
Celtic had no problems at Rockdale Rd repelling the Timaru side, who did not turn up on the day. A series of poor shot selections and basic technical errors, after winning the toss, had them all back in the shed for 68 runs with only Zane Sanders (23), Ben Fraser (12) and extras (12) making double figures.
All the Celtic bowlers got in on the act, with captain James Laming returning the best figures of 3-14 while Dan Laming, James Blackstock and Ben Watson each picked up a pair.
The reply was short-lived as Jacob Naylor played a great cameo before being out for 22 with the score at 25, and then James Laming (29 no) and Sam Carlaw (13 no) saw Celtic to victory in the 12th over.
It was club day at Star and they welcomed Waimate to Mountainview by asking them to bat first. Waimate began strongly with an opening stand of 84 as Sam Porter showed disdain to all the bowlers while George Morgan happily kept his wicket at the other end while feeding Porter the strike.
It was not until fifth bowler Dale Warwood was introduced that there was a breakthrough, removing Morgan for 15.
Waimate’s second wicket fell soon after, before Lachie Robertson with 40 helped Porter who eventually made 81 to put up a good score for Waimate of 164.
The spinners again had the most success, with Warwood’s 2-19 off nine overs a very economical return and Henry Race took 3-25.
Star started well in their chase, adding 78 runs between Phil McGregor and Adam Fahey for the opening partnership. Then 43 more runs were added for the second wicket before Robertson had a double breakthrough on his way to 3-31 in a good all-round return to cricket.
But it was to no avail as McGregor, who relished the balls he was able to cut or work onside on his way to 72 not out, made sure his team got home without panic.
He had good support from Race, with 31 not out, as Star won in the 42nd over.
Next weekend is a double-header in the Twenty20 competition.