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The following players have been selected to play for South Canterbury in their final Hawke Cup Zone match against Southland at Aorangi Oval this weekend.
Sam Carlaw (Capt), James Laming, Jacob Naylor, Liam Beck, Glen Drake, Prabodha Arthavidu, Glenn Matthews (wk), Supeshala Jayathilake, Stan Mair, Craig Hinton, James Blackstock, Phil Lill.
The match starts at 10.30am
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY, Timaru Herald
They say nothing beats experience and on Saturday, Celtic proved the adage correct.
The 2016 South Canterbury one-day champions added the Twenty20 crown to their collection with a comfortable five-wicket win over Pleasant Point.
It now gives them eight successive Twenty20 crowns to go with their 10 one-day titles they have won on the trot.
Celtic made it through to the final after defeating Timaru in the semifinal, earlier in the morning.
Batting first, Timaru lost wickets at regular intervals and could only manage 118-8.
Glenn Matthew was superb up front for Celtic picking up 1-9 off his four overs, while Ben Watson nabbed three wickets, including both Timaru’s openers Josh Smallridge and Hayden Leonard cheaply.
Supeshala Jayathalike looked good in his short stay at the crease but hit a ball straight to James Laming in the deep.
Prabodha Arthavidu, who was nursing a sore shoulder, batted beautifully for the red and blacks on his way to 41 until he was superbly stumped by Willie Wright.
Josh Dick added a fighting 27 not out but it was in vain as Timaru struggled to score.
It was a superb fielding effort from Celtic.
In reply, they went about knocking the runs off quickly.
James Laming smashed 68 opening the innings, before Wright added a quick fire 34 batting at first drop, which included three big sixes.
The 86-run partnership between Laming and Wright ensured they made it through to the final.
Against Point, Celtic captain Sam Carlaw turned the match in his side’s favour with a superb spell of bowling.
He picked up 4-7, including the big wicket of captain Tim Leonard for 26, and hard hitter Brad Tegelaars for 4, before wrapping up the tail.
Dan Laming nabbed two wickets including Point’s Adam Beck, who made 40, before finding the hands of Jacob Naylor, who took a good catch looking over his shoulder.
From here Point struggled, with Liam Beck (16) and Will Harvey (15) making double figures.
Celtic lost a couple of wickets early with Andy Scott and James Laming falling to quick bowler Stan Mair.
Andrew Buckingham saw Celtic home with an unbeaten 30, hitting three fours in succession off Mark Otley to win the match.
Wright backed up his 34, with a hard hitting 26, while Dan Laming chipped in with 17.
Point’s Tegelaars and Mair bowled will but the country side didn’t have enough runs on the board to put Celtic under any real pressure.
Timaru 118-8 (P Arthavidu 41, J Dick 27 not out, B Leonard 13; B Watson 4-0-36-3, S Carlaw 4-0-19-2, G Matthews 4-1-9-1) lost to Celtic 120-3 off 14.2 overs (J Laming 68, W Wright 34) by six wickets.
Pleasant Point 111 (A Beck 40, T Leonard 26, L Beck 16, W Harvey 15; S Carlaw 3-0-7-4, G Matthews 4-0-23-2, D Laming 2.2-0-17-2) lost to Celtic 114-5 off 17.3 overs (A Buckingham 30 not out, W Wright 26, D Laming 17; S Mair 4-0-21-2, B Tegelaars 4-0-20-1) by five wickets.
South Canterbury’s chances of challenging for the prestigious Hawke Cup have taken a hit.
They suffered a first innings loss to Otago Country in their match at Molyneux Park in Alexandra.
The green-and-whites were hoping to earn at least first innings points to put the pressure back on Southland, but with only one Hawke Cup match remaining, they need other teams’ results to go their way to earn a challenge.
South Canterbury’s Nathan McNicol and Stanley Mair’s match up with opposition quick Sam Blakely was an exciting one, as all three starred at different times.
The visitors won the toss against Otago Country and decided to bat first. After losing Adam Beck for 0, bowled by former Otago Volts seam bowler Sam Blakely, Jacob Naylor and James Laming restored things for South Canterbury.
They added 50 for the second wicket until Naylor was bowled by Swaran Sandhu for 14.
Laming who was captaining the side, continued to lead the way and made it to 47 before he became Sandhu’s second victim.
Key batsman Prabodha Arthavidu fell shortly after for 3 to leave South Canterbury teetering at 68-4.
Liam Beck was joined at the crease by Glen Drake and the pair put on a good 107-run partnership.
Beck reached his 50 with a flurry of fours before he fell a short time later to Blakely for 51.
Drake perished soon after as he was undone by a good ball from Blakely, with the burly right armer bringing one back into the left hander that hit the stumps.
The lower order offered little resistance as South Canterbury lost their final five wickets for 24 runs.
Blakely and Barry White nabbed three wickets each.
Otago Country lost opener Henry Burns early, before his partner Jonathan Homer received a short ball to the helmet from Nathan McNicol and was forced from the field.
Tim McCormick top scored for the home side with 41, Fraser Wilson made an unbeaten 40 with support coming from Jarred Andrew (29), Barry White (24) and Liam Cotton (20) as they earned first innings honours.
Otago Country declared at 202-7, a three run lead.
Nathan McNicol was South Canterbury’s best with four wickets, while Mark Otley and Craig Hinton bagged the other wickets.
South Canterbury made 211 in their second innings, leaving Otago Country 209 runs to win.
Laming made 45 before falling lbw to Wilson, while Adam Beck (31) and Prabodha Arthavidu (30) also made starts.
Bowler Mark Otley was the final batsman dismissed for 11 as Fraser Wilson picked up five wickets and Blakely grabbed another three to end with six for the match.
Otago Country’s pursuit of 211 started well with Burns and Danny Edwards putting on 36 up top, before Otley struck twice.
Liam Cotton and Tim McCormick scored 31 and 47 respectively to help Otago Country into a strong position.
However, the home side got the wobbles and lost six wickets for nine runs.
But South Canterbury ran out of overs as Otago Country ended on 120-8.
Stanley Mair picked up three wickets in four overs, while Glen Drake nabbed a couple.
The result sees South Canterbury slip to third place behind Southland and Otago Country on 20 points.
The South Canterbury Primary development cricket team have just competed in the tournament at Mandeville finishing in the top half of the competition with 2 wins and 2 losses with one of the losses coming in the second last over!
First up was Chch Metro Fleming which went down too the wire resulting in a narrow loss. SC made 172 in their 40 overs and very nearly defended it. Tuesday saw SC play Canterbury Country with a convincing win. SC batted first and made 169 and bowled CC out for 90. Wednesday SC played Chch Metro Hadlee and bowled well to limit them to 169 after 40 overs but unfortunately the SC chase never got going resulting in a heavy loss.
The boys were determined to finish on a good note on Thursday against ChCh Metro McMillan and made 125 batting first and followed up with some outstanding bowling and catching which saw them dismiss ChCh for 65.
The boys were well lead by Captain Hamish McLeod who was the standout batsmen with 1 fifty and a near miss 48. Others to contribute with the bat were Logan Sowden, Jock Rollinson and Ben Johnston. The bowlers all had their moments during the week. As a result they were successful in bowling out every team and therefore taking 40 wickets over the week. George Kerr took 11 wickets, Ryan Leith 6, Patrick Goodwin and Ngakau Knowler 5 each and Sam Morrison with 4.
A huge thank you for the parent support and help with lunches, laundry and scoring throughout the week which contributed towards a very enjoyable tournament week.
Story by Brayden Lindsay, Fairfax. Photos by Tetsuro Mitomo/FAIRFAX NZ
Wet weather and a gritty century to Francois Mostert ruined South Canterbury’s chance of first innings honours against North Otago in a Hawke Cup match at Aorangi Oval.
The green-and-whites were hoping to stamp their authority in this clash and put them in good stead for their next two clashes, but the rain had the final say with the match being abandoned.
North Otago were put into bat, and South Canterbury struck early through Canterbury A representative Nathan McNicol.
He clean bowled Duncan Drew for 2.
McNicol bowled with good pace and was in the wickets once again as he cleaned up fellow opener Dallas Mahuika the same way a short time later.
North Otago looked in early trouble but Craig Smith and Jeremy Smith steadied the ship for the visitors.
The pair put on 60 before Craig became McNicol’s third victim when he was trapped in front.
Jeremy Smith was run out by some good work from debutant Mark Otley off his own bowling, who then picked up Brady Kingan next ball.
Mostert, North Otago’s star over the past three seasons, dug in and frustrated the South Canterbury team.
He punished anything short and scored plenty runs off his pads and through the covers.
Regan George, who was a late callup to the side, made the most of his opportunity smashing 49, before falling to Sam Carlaw.
Blake James made a gritty 35 before he became McNicol’s fourth victim, caught by Jacob Naylor.
He led the way with four wickets, Carlaw picked up two and Otley one, while Stanley Mair and Craig Hinton bowled without reward.
South Canterbury coach Nick Horsley said their missed opportunities in the field proved costly.
“We probably dropped about four regulation chances and that hurt us a bit.
“The bowlers bowled really well but the fielders just let them down at times.”
He said that was the difference to them only batting 2.4 overs instead of 30 to 40, if catches were held.
“It was a good workout for the bowlers and that’s what we wanted. It would have been nice to see the batsmen spend time in the middle but cricket is one of those games and weather can dictate it.”
South Canterbury were 9-0 nearing the end of day one when the rain fell, with no further play on day two.
South Canterbury also lost key batsman Prabodha Arthavidu to a dislocated shoulder, putting him in doubt for next weekend’s key match in Alexandra against Otago Country.
Both teams picked up five points for the washout.
Southland now lead the Southern Zone with 20 points, following their first innings victory over Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury are second with 17, Otago Country have 12, North Otago 5 and Mid Canterbury 0.
The following players have been named in the South Canterbury team to play North Otago in a Hawke Cup Elimination match this weekend at Aorangi Oval.
James Laming, Adam Beck, Jake Naylor, Prabodha Arthavidu, Liam Beck, Glen Drake, Sam Carlaw (c), Stan Mair, Craig Hinton, Mark Otley, Tim Leonard, (Warren Morgan / Nathan McNicol) – one to be omitted subject to availability
Coach: Nick Horsley
Match starts at 10.30am at Aorangi Oval.
Players to assemble by 9.30am
Positions as representative coaches or managers are required for all representative teams from JAB to Senior for the coming year. This includes Primary A, Primary Development, Primary Yr 5 & 6, Primary Girls, Secondary Girls, U15 Boys and U17 Boys.
We are looking for a minimum of two coaches and a manager for each team. You may let us know individually or as a group of your interest in any of these positions.
Please indicate your interest by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call Mark at the cricket office on 6863377 or 027 2698654
Applications close January 29th 2017
BY BRAYDEN LINDSAY FAIRFAX
Christchurch Black remain the team to beat in the race to win the Sir Jack Newman Trophy at the 54th South Island primary schools cricket tournament.
Black walloped Buller but the country side showed great courage in their second innings.
After winning the toss and deciding to bat, Black set Buller a challenging 190 for first inning points.
Quinn Smith notched up 51 before he was run out, while Jaeden Hooper retired when reaching 50.
The country boys folded for 13 in their first dig, with James White starring with the ball, nabbing four wickets.
In their second innings, Buller showed a ton of fight to end the day at 58-3 from 60 overs.
Hugh Quirk was the second innings rock for Buller, facing 26 overs for eight runs. Cameron Hill dug in for 15 from 75 deliveries and Jamie Barr scored 24 from 99 balls.
Meanwhile, Invercargill Metro managed a paltry 49 against Otago Country. Aubrey Page scored a fighting 18.
Otago Country knocked off the runs in quick succession and declared at 102-2, for first innings points. CJ Kemp scored 26 and Thomas O’Connor made 25. Invercargill ended the day on 53-5.
Dunedin were too strong for neighbours North Otago, securing first innings honours.
North Otago were dismissed for 92, with Lachlan Brookes and Aaron Maxwell both making 18. Ollie Ritchie was Dunedin’s star picking up four wickets.
Dunedin made 110-4 in reply, with Jacob Murray hitting 42 and Jacob Cumming 24. Liam Direen was North Otago’s best bowler picking up three wickets.
In North Otago’s second dig they made 86, Brookes hitting 43 off 87 balls. Dunedin’s Louis Clydesdale bowled well snaring four second innings wickets.
South Canterbury were outclassed by Christchurch Red.
Batting first, the green-and-blacks made it through to 111, with Toby Scannell (16), Archie Batchelor (16), Cameron Slee (15) and Fletcher Rhodes (12), all posting double figures.
Christchurch Red were a disciplined attack with Hugh Fergusson, William Pierce and Sam Whittaker snaring two wickets each.
Their turn at bat saw them progress through to 182-8 from 56 overs before the match ended and winning on first innings. Scott Janett retired on 51, while Jayan Goldsworthy (28), Lachie Cartwright (20), Ryan Pringle (19) all chipped in. Jared Phillips claimed three wickets for South Canterbury.
Marlborough scored their first win of the campaign with a first innings triumph over West Coast. Batting first they scored a competitive 187-6, with Kohri Brown and Billy Sloan among the runs.
At 65-4, West Coast was well placed but a lower order collapse saw them bundled out for 102.
Mid Canterbury secured a first innings honours over Southland Country. Southland Country struggled through to 92 batting first, Finn Hurley top scored with 27. Angus Jemmett’s 37 helped Mid Canterbury sneak over the line.
The best game of the round was the match between Nelson and Canterbury Country.
Nelson were put into bat and thanks to contributions from Jack Morris (37), Flynn Day (29) and Sam Schultz (20), they scored 146.
Canterbury Country were in strife early at 17-4 but Adam Supyk (47) and Cam Paul (48) helped secured their team’s third successive win. Country ended at 150-7.
Christchurch Black 189-3 (Q Smith 51, J Hooper 50, C Manson 29, H Forrest 20) defeated Buller 13 (J White 5-4-2-4, H Forrest 5-5-0-3) and 58-3 (J Barr 24) on first innings at Celtic Sports Ground.
South Canterbury 111 (T Scannell 16, A Batchelor 16, C Slee 15, F Rhodes 12; H Fergusson 10-7-10-2, S Whittaker 4-1-8-2, W Pierce 3.2-1-9-2) lost to Christchurch Red 182-8 (S Janett 51, J Goldsworthy 28, L Cartwright 20; J Phillips 10-1-27-3) on first innings at Aorangi Oval.
North Otago 92 (A Maxwell 18, L Brookes 18; O Ritchie 10-2-21-4, X Chisholm 4.1-2-5-3) and 86-10 (L Brookes 43, H Murphy 11 not out; L Clydesdale 7-2-15-4) lost to Dunedin 110-4 (J Murray 42, J Cumming 24; L Direen 5-1-16-3) on first innings at Ashbury Park 4.
Nelson 146 (J Morris 37, F Day 29, S Schultz 20, W Bixley 18, R Restieaux 16; J Frew 11.1-3-28-4, G Gunn 8-4-12-2) lost to Canterbury Country 150-7 (C Paul 48, A Supyk 47; W Bixley 9-3-30-2) on first innings, at Pleasant Point Domain.
Invercargill Metro 49 (A Page 18; O Alderson 6-5-2-2, Christopher Nevill 4-1-8-2) and 53-5 (A Hart 24, S Clapperton 11; T Johnson 10-5-11-3, F Marshall 3-0-5-2) lost to Otago Country 102-2 (CJ Kemp 26, T O’Connor 25, C Breen 18) on first innings at The Rectory, TBHS.
Southland Country 92-8 (F Hurley 27, J Steeghs 23, C Waihape 12; A Jemmett 15-10-5-3, H Cameron 10-5-8-3, B Middleton 8-2-12-2) lost to Mid Canterbury 93-6 (A Jemmett 37, W Hayden 13; A Waddell 15-3-28-3) on first innings at Geraldine Oval.
Marlborough 186-7 (K Brown 44, B Sloan 40, C Roberts 28, J Pannell 26; M Robbins 8-1-32-3, L Busche 5-1-17-2) defeated West Coast 102 (J Goodin 22, J Kennedy 17, M Robbins 13; B Sloan 6-2-8-2, T Petrie 8-4-9-2, D Burton 8-5-7-2, O Shore 5-0-30-2) on first innings at Waihi School.
Day four draw
Christchurch Black v Southland Country at Waihi
West Coast v Otago Country at Temuka Oval
Christchurch Red v North Otago at Pleasant Point Domain
Canterbury Country v Dunedin at Celtic Sports Ground
Nelson v Buller at Geraldine Oval
South Canterbury v Invercargill Metro at Aorangi Oval
Marlborough v Mid Canterbury at Timaru Boys’ High.
The South Canterbury year five and six junior cricket team are forging a fine winning streak.
Following their unbeaten run at their annual Canterbury Districts tournament in Mandeville last week, which they won for the first time, the team is now on a 10-game unbeaten run.
They have been on a victory spree beating a number of Canterbury teams, Canterbury Country and Dunedin Metro sides, all provinces considered to be stronger than South Canterbury and with more playing numbers.
Coach Haden Powell said it was a great effort by the team.
“The boys played really well. They honestly did awesome.
“Winning the tournament was such a good feeling for them.”
To win the tournament the team knocked over three Canterbury teams with ease, while their match against Buller was rained off with South Canterbury well in control.
Game one saw them keep CJCA Fleming to just 113, with Jackson Smith and George Powell picking up three wickets each.
South Canterbury scored 213-8 to secure a comfortable six wicket win with Oliver Linton smashing 52.
Game two saw them face Buller, who they had restricted to 53-7 before the rain came.
Next up was CJCA Hadlee and they made 145, with Jed McKerrow getting three wickets.
Some strong batting saw South Canterbury through to 203-7 with Linton hitting 28, Jordan Sew Hoy 34, Eli Kerse 36 and Kade MacMillan 20.
Their final match was against CJCA McMillan, who they also defeated.
Jackson Smith starred with four wickets as they rolled Canterbury for 96, in reply South Canterbury made 134-6 with Sew Hoy hitting 50.
South Canterbury ended on 41 points, two ahead of Mid Canterbury in second on 39.
He labelled Sew Hoy, Linton, Smith and Powell as the most consistent players for the team throughout the season.
“Jordan and Oliver scored 50s at the tournament and they batted superbly, while Jackson took loads of wickets and George bowled really well.”
The team had been together for just over a year and Powell said it had been great seeing them transform from when they first came together as a team.
“We used to have to help set the field for them, now Henry the captain is doing it by himself and the guys are getting in a huddle after a wicket and talking about different things, it’s great to see.”
Joining Powell as coaches were Kevin Kerse, who took charge of the batting and Jason Sew Hoy, who looked after the bowlers.
Powell said the most pleasing aspect about the side winning the tournament was everyone stood up at different times.
“I can’t name a time when no one has shone.
“The best thing about this team is that it has been different people starring each game and we just haven’t been relying on the same people.”
He said they had no expectation of winning every game.
“We were honestly just looking at taking it game by game and seeing what would happen.”
They took 12 away to tournament but had another three or four players back in Timaru easily capable of making the team.
“It was tough. We didn’t like making the decisions on who to leave to out, but we had to. We wondered if we had made the right decision at times.
The best thing about it though was that those boys were still part of the team, they made the others perform so they got picked and that’s helped with the team get to where it is.”
He wanted to thank all the parents, who had supported the team at the tournament.
“They were superb, they really bought into the team culture and helped with everything from running a barbecue for the boys to helping put marquees up and various other things.”
Powell hopes most of the side can stay together and that some of the players are selected for the Primary Schools Tournament team in 2018.
Celtic took revenge on last season’s loss at home to Sefton, the Canterbury Country top club by travelling to Mainpower Oval in Rangiora and returning the favour.
Fielding first Celtic kept a tight reign on things and at one stage had Sefton 105-7 after Sam Carlaw took four wickets for just 20 runs in his 10 over spell, after having 4-7 at one stage. Sefton eventually making 158 all out.
The other bowlers all chipped in too as can be seen by their figures below.
James Blackstock 6-0-33-1, Glenn Matthews 9-1-25-1, Dan Laming 7-0-29-1, Andrew Holden 5-1-20-1, Ben Watson 4-1-7-0, Jake Naylor 2-0-12-0 and Jeremy Liddy 0.3-0-0-1.
In reply the experience of Jeremy Liddy who opened and scored 57 not out in partnership with Dan Laming who finished 67 not saw Celtic home finishing on 161 after 43 overs and only losing the wickets of Andrew Buckingham and Jake Naylor.
they now travel to Christchurch on January 29th to take on the Old Collegians for the right to travel to the National Club Champs in Auckland in April so we will wish them all the best for that match too.
Canterbury Country have proved too strong for South Canterbury in an emerging players clash at Aorangi Oval.
The visitors won by 40 runs on a flat Aorangi Oval deck.
It was the same pitch used for the double header in club cricket at the weekend
Canterbury Country started really well with openers Toby Doyle and Joe Williams putting on a strong opening partnership.
Doyle played a number of cracking shots around the ground and raced to 78 in no time.
Williams also scored at a good clip, making 54, with a number of elegant off side shots.
They put on 144 for the first wicket, before Williams missed a delivery from spinner Jacob Naylor.
Fellow off spinner Phil Lill picked up Doyle a short time after, when he walked past one.
Tim Harrison, batting at first drop, played some creative shots in his 46.
The rest of the order chipped in with a number of starts as they made 272 from their 50 overs.
Pleasant Point’s Brad Tegelaars was the best of the South Canterbury bowlers with four wickets.
Naylor also bowled well to chip in with two wickets.
In reply, South Canterbury lost an early wicket with Willie Stone out for 7.
Jacob Naylor made 27 in no time before he had to retire due to work commitments.
Naylor hit five fours, all of them sweet shots through the off side.
Sam Porter survived a couple of chances in making 34, including one lusty blow that comfortably made the oval’s bank.
After a scratchy start Adam Fahey played some cracking shots in his innings of 25, before he was bowled.
Daniel Campbell wasted no time in making 20, with two sixes and two fours.
Adam Beck, batting at five, made 46 with some cracking shots through the off and leg side.
He chopped one on off Mitch Ross, a former New Zealand under-19 spinner.
Phil Lill smashed 32 and Cameron Lundie scored 11.
Ross picked up three wickets and Joe Williams claimed two.
South Canterbury’s chase ended on 231.
Canterbury Wizards bowler Will Williams also made an appearance.
T Doyle b Lill 78
J Williams b Naylor 54
T Harrison c Stayt b Tegelaars 46
L Taylor c b Naylor 25
J Watson c Stayt b Lindsay 25
W Williams lbw Tegelaars 2
P Croker c Campbell b Tegelaars 4
G Waddy not out 13
T Field b Tegelaars 0
D Knightingale not out 3
M Ross DNB
Extras: (B3, LB3, W18, NB0) 24
FoW: 144-1 (Williams), 148-2 (Doyle), 202-3 (Taylor), 231-4 (Harrison), 261-5 (Williams), 251-6 (Watson), 261-7 (Croker), 261-8 (Field).
Bowling: B Tegelaars 10-0-50-4, B Lindsay 10-1-40-1, C Lundie 8-1-29-0, S Porter 6-0-33-0, J Naylor 10-0-64-2, P Lill 6-0-49-0.
W Stone ct b Cox 7
J Naylor retired 27
S Porter ct b Knightingale 34
A Fahey b Knightingale 25
A Beck b Ross 46
B Stayt lbw Ross 2
D Campbell b Ross 20
P Lill ct keeper b Field 32
B Tegelaars b Williams 0
C Lundie not out 11
B Lindsay b Williams 1
Extras: (B6, LB0, W11, NB0) 17
FoW: 30-1 (Stone), 100-2 (Fahey), 113-3 (Porter), 135-4 (Stayt), 170-5 (Campbell), 186-6 (Beck), 201-7 (Tegelaars), 221-8 (Lill), 231-9 (Lindsay).
Bowling: W Williams 6-0-21-0, H Cox 5-1-22-1, T Field 7-1-37-1, D Knightingale 7-0-38-2, P Croker 2-0-22-0, M Ross 10-2-43-3, J Watson 4-0-29-0, J Williams 7.1-0-15-2.
Result: Canterbury Country win by 40 runs.
BRAYDEN LINDSAY - TIMARU HERALD Photos by TETSURO MITOMO/FAIRFAX NZ
Big game players stand up when it counts and that’s exactly what happened in Sunday’s South Canterbury club cricket one-day final.
A seven-over stretch from the start of the 28th over secured the defending champions Celtic another one-day title.
Timaru made the final thanks to a crushing eight wicket win over Pleasant Point in Saturday’s semifinal.
Point made 204-5 in their 45 overs with Liam Beck hitting a glorious hundred.
His 101 set up Point, while handy contributions were made by Adam Beck (45) and Tom Costley (30).
Timaru lost Sasindu Nanayakkara early but Josh Smallridge (85 not out) and Prabodha Arthavidu (91) secured the match for Timaru.
In the final, Timaru were chasing Celtic’s 200 and doing well but Sam Carlaw’s two crucial wickets and Dan Laming’s splendid run out proved to be the turning points.
Arthavidu was well set and looked set for his second big score of the weekend but chipped one back to Carlaw.
Sam Porter was run out just overs later by some Laming magic. He dived to his left to pull off a fantastic stop and then fired a beautiful throw to Willie Wright behind the stumps, although Porter unluckily slipped over turning back.
Celtic captain Carlaw said it was a good game of cricket.
“I thought we were probably 50 to 60 runs light of a challenging total.”
He said at the change of ends he was unsure if it would be enough.
“I wasn’t that confident and Artha and Supa batted really well through the middle and we fought hard to stay in and managed to pick up a couple of key wickets.”
Carlaw praised groundsman Jacques Marais for a quality ground.
“He’s done a great job. The wicket was great and the outfield was really good.”
Celtic, who claimed their 10 successive one-day crown, chose to bat first.
James Laming and Andy Scott made a rollicking start for the green machine, putting on 56 for the first wicket.
Laming was the first to go, hitting one to Buster O’Connell at point.
Andy Scott fell one run later, caught behind off Brad Leonard.
Jacob Naylor fell soon after for 10 and Dan Laming tried his best to put Celtic in a good position but he was caught behind for 26.
No one really kicked on for Celtic with Willie Wright, who was called up for an injured Glenn Matthews top scoring with a hard hit 30 at number seven, before he was run out by Supeshala Jayathilake.
Andrew Buckingham chipped in with 22.
Timaru started poorly with the ball but recovered superbly through Jayathilake, Dinesh de Silva and Leonard to keep Celtic to 200.
It was a score Timaru would have been confident of getting.
Smallridge fell for a duck and when Nanayakkara was caught behind for 24, Timaru turned to two of their Sri Lankans.
Arthavidu (47) and Jayathilake (40) went about rebuilding the innings for Timaru.
Arthavidu was dropped twice and when he fell to his opposing captain, Timaru’s wheels slowly fell off.
Jayathilake chipped Carlaw to Dan Laming a few overs later and that effectively sealed the fate of Timaru.
Dinesh de Silva made a run-a-ball 21 and played some nice shots but it wasn’t enough as Jeremy Liddy ripped through the lower order with four crucial wickets.
Celtic fielded superbly and held some difficult chances late in the clash.
Meanwhile, the South Canterbury Emerging players will tackle their Canterbury Country opposites in a clash at Aorangi Oval on Monday.
Semifinal: Pleasant Point 204-5 (L Beck 101, A Beck 45, T Costley 30) lost to Timaru 205-2 (P Arthavidu 91, J Smallridge 85 not out) by eight wickets.
Final: Celtic 200 (W Wright 30, D Laming 26, A Scott 26, A Buckingham 22; D de Silva 8-1-26-2, B Leonard 6-0-32-2, S Jayathilake 8.2-0-27-2) beat Timaru 155 (P Arthavidu 47, S Jayathilake 40, S Nanayakkara 24, D de Silva 21; J Liddy 7.4-0-25-4, S Carlaw 9-1-23-2, J Blackstock 9-0-45-2) by 46 runs.
Tim Leonard was the toast of the Pleasant Point Cricket Club at the weekend.
The right handed opener scored an elegant 109 as his secured a morale boosting 54-run victory over Celtic in the final round of the South Canterbury club cricket one-day competition.
His 100 was the first of the season and the first one on the new ground in what was an incredibly entertaining spectacle.
More than 490 runs were scored, the most of the club season this year.
“I was pretty happy with how I went. There’s still plenty to work on but it was a good start.”
He said the drive of a semifinal spot next weekend was spurring him on.
“I wanted to get the boys to the semifinals. I was pretty tired by the end of it.”
There is a good vibe in the Pleasant Point club this season with all the players getting along, said Leonard, who enjoyed a profitable partnership with Tom Costley on Saturday.
“Tommy’s great to bat with … he was good to run with between the wickets.
“It was nice playing in a game where the scores were over 200 rather than teams just making 100. The pitch was really nice.”
Leonard’s hundred was his first at senior level and Point’s first since entering the senior competition last season.
Celtic won the toss and decided to put the hosts in.
Pleasant Point openers Adam Beck and Leonard tried to get the team off to a promising start.
Beck started well with an early four but top edged a short ball from Ben Watson and was well caught.
His brother Liam was next to the crease hitting five fours in his 28. He and Leonard put on 57 for the second wicket.
When Liam was dismissed Leonard, who had made his way into the 30s was joined by import Costley.
The pair batted superbly, running well between the wickets.
Their partnership was 121 before Leonard slipped over and was run out by Jeremy Liddy.
His innings was of the highest order, he gave no chances and punished the bowlers if they missed their length.
He hit 15 fours, two sixes and bought his hundred up in a unique way with a five, after an attempt at a run out went for four overthrows.
Leonard, who is in the Hawke Cup squad, pushed his case for selection in the next match with his innings.
Costley made 51 before being caught in the deep, while the rest of the Point batsmen struggled to get going as they made 267.
Dan Laming bowled superbly for Celtic.
Laming, still regarded by many in the region as the best senior cricketer, claimed 5-22.
He picked up an early wicket before bowling well at the death, to snare four more.
In reply, the green machine lost Liddy early, before Andy Scott and Watson put on a good partnership.
Watson made a quick fire 29, while Scott showed touches of class in his 53.
Jacob Naylor came in and scored 28, while Dan Laming was the Celtic star again making a superb 74.
He had been struggling with the bat but found form at the right time as they remained in touch with the asking rate during the chase.
Laming could be a real handful in next weekend’s final with a score of note now under his belt.
Pleasant Point held their own to win, with Laming the last man out.
Mark Otley was superb for Point with 3-18, while Geoff Macfarlane bagged 2-26 and Brad Tegelaars snared 2-51.
In Temuka, Sasindu Nanayakkara scored 60 up top to help Timaru secure victory at the Domain.
His 86-ball stay featured some cracking shots on both sides of the wicket.
Support came from Josh Smallridge (21), Caleb Rosanowski (22) and Ryan Hanifin (20).
They made it through to 185 with South African Warren Morgan snaring 3-31, spinners Glen Drake and Josh Rooney chipped in with two wickets each.
Someone forgot to tell Temuka they were chasing runs as they slumped to 25-8.
Timaru seam bowlers Dinesh de Silva and Sam Singh picked up four wickets each.
Temuka to their credit dug deep through Morgan (27), Josh Rooney (24) and Alan Reid (23).
The three of them added some some respectability to the Temuka score which finished at 104.
Next weekend sees Pleasant Point and Timaru face at Aorangi Oval in the semifinal, with the winner to battle Celtic the following day.
During the last week the South Canterbury U17 Representative Boys Cricket XII travelled to Mandeville to take part in the Canterbury Regional U17 tournament. While they didn’t manage a win for the week, they did produce their best batting in the final match making 164 which was a good score on the two-paced wickets, while on the opening day in the T20 matches they just missed out to Mid Canterbury who got home with an over to spare.
A bug thanks to those parents who jumped in and gave us a hand during the week – most appreciated.
Below are a couple of photos from the week, and for a record of the tournament visit this link U17 Tournament Mandeville 2016
We are seeking interest from suitably experienced people to coach our 1st Xl for the 2017 season commencing in January 2017.
The team plays in the Christchurch Metro 1st Xl competition. In addition to this, they compete in the national NZCT Championship (formally Gillette Cup) and have several traditional inter school fixtures during term one.
Ideally the Coach will be available to take midweek practises, attend Saturday matches in Christchurch & Timaru and also mid week NZCT & traditional inter school fixtures.
If interested in this position, please forward your details and coaching resume via email to email@example.com
Applications close on Wednesday 14 December