The veterans starred in the latest double-header round of T20 matches played over the weekend.
In the first games Hayden Leonard, with 60 runs off 48 balls, led Timaru to victory over Temuka, Mike de Joux got Roncalli/Celtic off to a fast start with 37 to set up their win over Waimate, and Dan Laming, with 2 wickets for just four runs, helped Celtic avoid an upset against Star.
For the losing sides other old hands Nathan Sew Hoy, with 44, led Waimate’s unsuccessful reply, as did Robbie Barry with an unbeaten 55 for Temuka.
Star could have had two wins from two matches, but managed to find a way to lose after restricting Celtic to just 119-9 from their 20 overs. Craig Hinton was the main destroyer, taking 3-11 with support from John Beeby with 3-26, but after being handily placed at 80-2, could only score 102-7 from their 20 overs and will be still wondering how they didn’t cause an upset.
Jacques Marais (44) was again Star’s leading batsman but only Danny Campbell with 20 could also make double figures, as Glenn Matthews with 2-3, and James Laming 2-9, ripped through the rest of the batsmen.
Roncalli/Celtic – on the back of de Joux’s start which had them well placed with 51 runs on the board after only four overs – eventually posted 156-4, with Tristram Cooper top-scoring with 44 not out.
Despite Sew Hoy’s effort Waimate finished almost 50 runs short, dismissed for 108.
Temuka posted 124-3 on the back of Barry’s innings, but after their fast start were well pulled back by Timaru, especially by Tim Butler with 2-17 and Dwayne Richardson 1-12 off their four-over spells.
Timaru had little trouble chasing the score down on the back of Leonard’s knock, and would continue in the same vein in their second match, posting 145-4 against Waimate.
This time it was Sri Lankan import Prabodha Arthavidu with an unbeaten 62 who led the way and Waimate had no answers as they only made 76 in reply, a score that was helped to a semblance of respectability by number 9 Connor Farrell with an unbeaten 22.
At CSG the fight seemed to have gone out of the Magpies in their second match as Temuka found ways to get dismissed on their way to just 100 against Celtic.
The score could have been a lot lower if Celtic had held some of the chances that were spilled throughout the day, as Sam Carlaw, with 3-16, and Dan Laming again to the fore with 2-14, led the bowling attack.
Celtic’s Jacob Naylor (55*) and Captain James Laming (46*) made no contest of the chase with a century opening stand taking their side to their second victory of the day in just 12.2 overs.
The last match to finish for the day also became the tightest as Star made up for their ‘choke’ against Celtic by defending a good score of 155-2 against Roncalli/Celtic, who needed 19 runs off the final Craig Hinton over for victory but finished up 10 runs short.
Star’s innings was again built on the back of a Jacques Marais innings as he scored 53 not out, but this time had support from Danny Campbell with an unbeaten 47 and Phil McGregor who laid the platform with 32.
Ben Simpson was the pick of the Roncalli/Celtic bowlers, only conceding 14 runs from his three-over spell, a feat that gave him the opportunity to open the batting in the chase where he helped his team with 17 runs.
But despite 30s from Mike de Joux and Jarrod Woofinden and 21 from Adam Beck in his final outing before surgery, the Roncalli/Celtic chase was always just behind the 8-ball.
Tight bowling from Hinton (2-18) and Alex McDuff (1-16) along with a 3-wicket bag to John Beeby meant Star finally posted their first T20 win of the season.
Timaru’s two wins has leapt them ahead of the other chasing clubs into second spot on the table, while Celtic confirmed its number one ranking as their unbeaten season continues.