Glen Drake has finally produced the captain’s knock he was after for Waimate.
The 20-year-old skipper showed his class in a wonderful display of batting as he scored an unbeaten 100 in his side’s 37-run win over Pleasant Point in their match at Aorangi Oval on Friday night.
Waimate, largely through Drake, made 193-3 off their 20 overs while in reply Pleasant Point managed 156-5 in reply.
Drake said it was good to finally lead from the front.
“I’ve been disappointed because I haven’t been able to lead the Waimate boys home like I wanted to, so to get a hundred and do that was pleasing.”
He said it was not his most fluent knock but luck seemed to be on his side.
“My shots seemed to be falling into gaps quite well.”
Drake said it was great to finally record a win this season.
“We had gone 11 straight games without winning so to finally get one before Christmas was great for the team.”
His knock contained 13 boundaries and three sixes.
In reply, Brad Tegellaars scored 53 and Stanley Mair (32) but they were unable to get a Pleasant Point side home with only 10 players.
Timaru recorded a convincing victory over Temuka in their twenty20 match at Ashbury Park chasing down 113 with ease.
Johnny Geddis and Phill Lill top scored with 35 each for Temuka while Prabodha Arthavidu took 3-15.
Timaru coasted home, scoring 115 in 13.5 overs with Arthavidu unbeaten on 35 and Supeshala Jayathilake (27).
In the final Twenty20 encounter, Tom Pavletich’s 53 propelled Celtic to a 37 run win over Star at Mountainview High School.
Pavletich provided the impetus up top for his side as they posted a competitive total.
It was always going to be tricky for Star and, after losing Paul Arkinstall for 2, the total became even tougher.
They fell well short at 104-8 in reply with Phil McGregor scoring 19 not out, Adam Fahey and Hamish Dickson both made 18.
Meanwhile, in the senior modified one-day competition, bowling was once again to the forefront. A six-wicket bag to Timaru left-arm spinner Jayathilake helped take them to a comfortable victory over Temuka and was the individual highlight of the round.
The home side batted first at the Temuka Oval and faltered to the Sri Lankan spin twins of Jayathilake and Arthavidu as they combined to sensationally dismiss Temuka for just 62.
Jayathilake returned the sensational figures of seven overs, five maidens, seven runs, six wickets, while Arthavidu chipped in 3-14.
It took Timaru just 9.2 overs to knock off the 62 required as they finished 65-1 with Sasindu Nanayakkara crushed an unbeaten 36 while Jayathilake chipped in with 19.
Drake was unable to replicate Friday nights heroics as Waimate lost to Celtic by eight wickets.
Batting first at Celtic Sports Ground Waimate made 82 with Drake top scoring with 23.
Spinner Sam Carlaw was the star for Celtic, picking up 4-12.
They knocked off the 82 runs in just 15 overs with Liam Beck posting an unbeaten 49 as Celtic ended on 83-2.
In the final game at Aorangi Oval, Star’s seam bowling attack saw them home against Pleasant Point.
Pleasant Point were asked to bat first on their home pitch and struggled form the start, squeezing through to 105 all out of 44 overs.
Brayden Lindsay led the Star attack with three wickets, while Craig Hinton, Hamish Dickson and Jacques Marais all picked up two each.
In reply, they chased the total down in 41 overs and four wickets down and ended on 106-4 with Phil McGregor unbeaten on 30, Mark Otley claimed 3-23.