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South Canterbury U15 Boys Tournament Results

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoResults from games at the Canterbury Regional U15 Boys tournament being played in Christchurch this week will be posted below as they become available.

Day One – T20 x 2

Game 1

South Canterbury 109 (Gabriel Evans 37, B Little 2/9, Z Medland 2/10, L Foulkes 2/13) beat Christchurch Blue 90/4 (R Dhakal 38, B Entwhistle 29) – click here for full scoreboard

Game 2

Christchurch Black 184/2 (S Yorston 76, B Hartland 51*, D Cornish 33) beat South Canterbury 134/3 – full scoreboard

Day Two – 50 Overs

Christchurch Red 269/4 (L Champman 125*, T Dunlop 48, D Hickford 29, G Evans 2/31) beat South Canterbury 113/10 (Shaun Rooney 20, H Howard 4/16) – full scoreboard

Day Three – 50 Overs

South Canterbury 200-10 (Cullen Grace 51, Ben Aicken 50, Gabriel Evans 27) defeated Canterbury Country 155-10 (Matt Cochrane-Bennett 4-24) – click chere for full scoreboard

Day Four – 50 Overs

South Canterbury 84-1 defeated Buller 82-10 – view full scoreboard

Day Five – Finals

Mid Canterbury 217-10 defeated South Canterbury 77-10 – view full scoreboard

Watt snares six wickets in Hawke Cup win

Grant Watt's second innings spell of 6-13 was too good for North Otago

Grant Watt’s second innings spell of 6-13 was too good for North Otago

An outstanding bowling spell by Grant Watt – in his first Hawke Cup match for more than 10 years – led South Canterbury to outright victory over North Otago in Timaru yesterday.

The veteran bowler took six wickets for 13 off his 10.1 overs in North Otago’s second innings – and at one stage had four wickets for two runs.

The first day of the Hawke Cup elimination match at the Aorangi Oval started to plan after James Laming won the toss for South Canterbury and asked North Otago to bat.

Alex McDuff, in his Hawke Cup debut, rewarded his selection and captain’s decision by removing two North Otago batsmen with nine runs on the board.

Ben Watson joined in and North Otago were in more trouble at 15-3.

Watson would go on to be the leading bowler with 4-43.

North Otago then fought back with a 66-run partnership between Duncan Drew and Ben Cant before James Blackstock’s second spell removed two in quick succession as North Otago slumped to 81-5.

After that wickets fell reasonably regularly around Drew who was eighth out for a solid 175-ball 56 with the total only 130.

Sam Carlaw put the brakes on at one end, not conceding a run until his sixth over, but was not rewarded with a wicket.

Unfortunately, despite another wicket soon after, the last-wicket nemesis that South Canterbury encountered against Mid Canterbury earlier in the season again raised its head as North Otago with a few lusty blows managed to get through to 171 before Blackstock stopped the rot with his third scalp. But North Otago had a total which would prove to be competitive.

In reply, South Canterbury also lost both openers cheaply before Prabodha Arthavidu and Jacob Naylor settled in for a partnership of 70 for the third wicket.

Arthavidu was dominating the bowling and scoring at better than a run a ball, even while facing former New Zealand opening bowler David Sewell and brought up his 50 off 47 deliveries.

But just when observers were discussing possibilities, he played an uncharacteristic pull shot and was caught off the gloves in the slip cordon.

Naylor by now was looking solid but struggled to get someone to stay long enough in partnership with him as he was the seventh batsman dismissed two shy of his half-century.

There was no wag to the South Canterbury tail and after at one stage being 104-4 they were dismissed for 138, almost the identical shortfall the last-wicket partnership by North Otago produced.

North Otago survived the three overs before stumps on the first day without adding any runs to their lead.

On day two South Canterbury set about getting back into the match. In the third over of the morning, McDuff produced a caught and bowled delivery to remove the nightwatchman and three overs later Blackstock removed the other opener to have North Otago 13-2.

This led to a 40-run partnership between Jeremiah Shields and Stefan Grobler before the introduction of Watt changed the game. Watt bowled not only incredibly tightly, conceding 13 off his 10.1 overs, at one stage having 4-2 off 5 overs, but removed batsmen 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 in succession and then picked up Sewell, the 10th and final wicket as North Otago were dismissed for 100.

Blackstock chimed in as well to pick up a well-earned six wickets for the match and suddenly South Canterbury had two sessions to score 134 runs for victory.

Sam Porter’s poor run continued, out in the first over, but then the two form South Canterbury batsmen this season – Laming and Arthavidu – added 50 for the next wicket.

Laming was eventually out to the leg-spin of Grobler for 32 but South Canterbury were now on a more solid footing.

Grobler picked up four wickets in succession, removing Naylor (5), Carlaw (0) and then Arthavidu for 38 and at 75-5 the South Canterbury innings suddenly looked much like the first innings as the middle order again failed to fire.

Wicketkeeper Willie Wright then found a solid ally in Watson on his way to an unbeaten 42 and the winning of the match.

It was a relieved South Canterbury side as the outright was secured before tea. While first-innings points keep North Otago at the top of the table with a match to play, South Canterbury have every chance, if they win at Central Otago next weekend.

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Smallridge’s 50 keeps Timaru on track for final spot

Josh Smallridge

Josh Smallridge’s 51 led Timaru to a comfortable victory

Josh Smallridge scored 51 for Timaru in the latest senior Twenty20 round with the win keeping his team in second place.

Winning the toss and deciding to bat first on a 36 degrees Celsius Friday evening at Ashbury Park, Timaru lost both openers out to Nick O’Brien with 17 on the board, and shortly after went to 33-3 before Josh Dick was joined by Smallridge, and together the Joshs added 70 runs in quick time.

Smallridge was the dominant partner as he found the middle of the bat and after losing Dick (26), became O’Brien’s third victim just after bringing up his half-century.

The lower order added a further 48 runs as they took the Timaru total through to 162-7.

Grant Watt took two wickets and Liam Beck was economic through his four-over spell, both in support of O’Brien, but it was the Roncalli/Celtic batting that needed now to perform.

Unfortunately for Roncalli/Celtic the 18-degree temperature drop as the southerly came through seemed to hit their batting. Opening batsman Mike de Joux struggled to time the ball but was still the best batsman.

But when he was fourth out for 25 with the total on 60 it was a long hill to climb and with only two other batsmen making double figures, Roncalli/Celtic’s challenge faltered and they were all out for 100. The Timaru bowlers all had good spells with Prabodha Arthavidu returning excellent figures of 4-17 from his spell.

In Waimate’s first ever Friday night T20 match at home, they asked Celtic to bat first and it was hard work for their batsmen after the weather interfered with pitch preparation during the week.

But 29 from Glenn Matthews and 20 from Tom Pavletich helped Celtic to 116-6, a score that proved to be more than enough.

For Waimate, veteran campaigner Reuben Allan was the most successful bowler with 3-25.

In reply, Lachie Robertson was the standout for Waimate with 29 but with no-one else making double figures, Waimate were dismissed 56 runs short.

In Temuka the home side were far too good for Star, who managed only 92, chasing the winning score for the loss of two wickets.

With two rounds left, Celtic cannot be caught on the points table and are assured one final spot but who their opposition will be on February 13 is yet to be decided.

Timaru need one more win to claim the spot but will have a tougher task next Friday night when they lose their representative players ,who will be travelling to Alexandra.

Timaru travel to take on Temuka who, although out of this competition, will still want to be giant killers on their home ground.

If Timaru do not beat Temuka, then their final match could be a real nailbiter, as again they may miss representative players when they take on Waimate in Waimate, one of the two teams (Roncalli/Celtic is the other) that can still tie for second with Timaru.

As things stand, Timaru would go through on countback against Roncalli/Celtic and on run rate against Waimate but with two rounds to play that equation may change.

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Tarrant’s stellar season continues for Temuka


Vaughan Tarrant 100*

Vaughan Tarrant’s first senior century and a tight final over gave his Temuka side victory over Star in the match of the day at Aorangi Oval.

On the hottest summer day of cricket this season, Tarrant continued his stellar season as he ticked off more statistical boxes, this time scoring 100 not out, bringing up his ton off the final ball of the Temuka innings and adding to his first senior hat-trick achieved earlier in the season.

Temuka won the toss at Aorangi and after the run-scoring feast during the first class matches the previous weekend were looking forward to testing their own skills on the same deck. Things didn’t start quite to plan losing their first wicket with one run on the scoreboard but Johnny Geddis soon resurrected that as he pulled and hooked any short deliveries.

However, Geddis probably got ahead of himself as he looked to dominate the bowlers and was out caught with the total at 50.

Willie Stone continued on eventually bringing up his second fifty of the season before becoming a Brown brothers’ victim for 58 and Temuka still had a lot of work to do at 129-6 to post a competitive total.

Tarrant stood up, dominating the strike and partnerships as he moved Temuka’s score past 200. His innings included 12 fours and 3 sixes and comfortably surpassed his previous best score in senior cricket of 58 and when he was told his score was 99, and managed a single off the final ball he had guided Temuka to a very good score of 246-8 from their 45 overs.

For Star Matt and Blair Brown and Alex McDuff all took two wickets each and all the bowlers toiled hard in the hot conditions.

A run chase of 5.5 runs per over is never easy over a longer match and with both openers back in the shed with only 9 runs on the board, Star’s chances looked grim.

However, Matt Brown and Danny Campbell had different ideas as they joined in a century partnership with their running between the wickets a feature as they worked the singles as well as boundaries onto their run sheets.

The introduction of leg-spin proved an inspired decision as Nick Maguire appreciated not only the turn but the higher bounce of the Aorangi pitch and he went on to return figures of 4-37. He dismissed Brown (63) and Campbell (62) in quick succession and his spell slowed Star as they slumped from 121-3 to 154-6.

Now the second ‘Brown brother’ Blair, stepped up as he found support from the lower order with McDuff (17) and captain Jeremy Lane (13) helping the total along until it looked all a bit difficult to the independent observers with the score 204-9 and ten runs an over still required.

Obviously Star, and especially Brown had different ideas as he found ways to score runs, ruining Kevin Teahen’s bowling figures as his consistency of line and length was punished with an array of stunning shots.

Dale Warwood did his part by defending solidly and giving the strike back to Brown and the pressure went back on the Temuka decision makers as the final over was about to start with Star needing 11 runs for what had seemed an unlikely victory earlier in the day.

Captain Hayden Broker took himself out of the attack and threw the ball to century-maker Tarrant, no doubt with instructions to not ruin his big day with a loss.

Warwood duly took the single off the first ball to give Brown the strike, but Tarrant who had gone for 23 runs off his previous three overs was back to his miserly best as the batsmen couldn’t find the boundary, eventually only conceding 4 runs to finish his day off in the best possible manner.

At Ashbury Park Roncalli/Celtic batted first against Timaru and Mike de Joux with 42 got them off to a great start before a brilliant catch to Arthavidu stopped his innings and then Roncalli/Celtic returned to type with several of the young batsmen getting in but not persevering and when number six Grant Watt was last out for 17, Roncalli/Celtic had only put 119 on the board.

The biggest problem for the batsmen had been Dwayne Richardson who to took his first senior five wicket bag on the way to the great figures of 5-15, achieved by keeping the ball up and in line – sounds simple but very effective.

In reply Timaru lost just four wickets on their way to victory with Josh Dick finding some form again to finish 48 not out and get his team home comfortably.

In Waimate, Celtic were far too good for the hosts, dismissing them for just 84 with Ben Watson picking up 4 wickets and Dan Laming 3, while for Waimate only Connor Farrell showed much fight top-scoring with 36.

Celtic knocked the target off in just 13 overs for the loss of two wickets with Dan Laming top-scoring with an unbeaten 39.

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Next week Friday night T20 returns with no Saturday senior cricket with the Hawke Cup match against North Otago being played.

South Canterbury Yr 5&6 Rep Tournament Results

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoBelow you can follow the results from the Canterbury Regional Yr 5 & 6 Boys Cricket Tournament being played at Mandeville, Rangiora.

The team finished 3rd out of 10 teams, with only the two Canterbury Country teams ahead of them, and all the Chch Metro teams below them – a brilliant effort so well done to coaches, management and especially players on a very successful and happy tournament.

Day One: 

Canterbury Astle 172/5
Sam Harris 51*, Hugh 26, Scott 21.
Nick Webb 6-0-1-15, Sam Rieley-Segal 6-1-1-21, Jarrod Phillips 3-0-1-16.
South Canterbury 126
Toby Scannell 32, Fletcher Rhodes 31, Caleb Donaldson 7
Sam Harris 7-2-3-10, Jackson 4-0-3-19, Scott 3-0-1-20
Canterbury Astle won by 46 runs

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Day Two: 

South Canterbury defeated CJCA Anderson

CJCA Anderson batted first and were all out for 96. Both teams batted 12 so it was a very good bowling and fielding effort by the boys.

CJCA Anderson 96
Harry W 13, Riley Behrnes 11*, Josh Duton 10
Taine Hull 7-1-10-2, Caleb Donaldson 6-1-10-2, Liam Andrews 5-1-12-2
South Canterbury 175/9
Toby Scannell 24, Ollie Porter 22*, Liam Andrews 18, Nick Webb 18, Jarrod Phillips 15*, Harper McKerrow 14
Harry B 4-0-20-2

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Day Three: 

Canterbury Country North 162/9
Archie Prane 53*, Adam Supik 26, Hayden Thornley 18
Harper McKerrow 8-1-16-3, Nick Webb 4-0-9-1, Caleb Donaldson 2-0-7-1, Toby Scannell 5-0-25-1
South Canterbury 126  (40 overs).
Liam Andrews 47, Harper McKerrow 20, Jarrod Phillips 14*
Will Anderson 8-1-25-5, Jacob A 8-2-23-1
Canterbury Country North won by 36 runs

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Day Four:

South Canterbury 224/8
Harper McKerrow 44*(retired), Liam Andrews 33*, Toby Clemmett 20, Nick Webb 20, Caleb Donaldson 19, Fletcher Rhodes 18*(retired)
Jacob F 7-1-25-2, Mbongeni 4-0-22-2

Buller 41
Flynn A 10
Jarrod Phillips 3-2-1-3, Toby Scannell 3-1-2-3, Caleb Donaldson 3-1-6-3

South Canterbury won by 183 runs

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Umpires’ call decides Hawke Cup thriller

Kevin Teahen

Kevin Teahen took 6 wickets from 31 overs over the weekend

The umpires had the final say despite both teams wishing to continue in the Hawke Cup elimination match between South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury last weekend.

Winning the toss on a pleasant day in Ashburton South Canterbury Captain James Laming justified his decision batting nearly the whole first session of two and half hours before disappointingly losing his wicket right on lunch, out for 83.

More unfortunately for South Canterbury, Laming was the sixth wicket to fall with the total only 127 as his team mates regularly lost their wickets after often doing the hard work and starting to get things on the right track. Partnerships of 33, 43 and 34 which all looked promising never went on.

Down the order Zane Sanders helped keep Mid Canterbury in the field scoring his 26 off 71 deliveries, and the lower order wagged in terms of time, rather than runs and eventually South Canterbury’s first innings was completed, all out for 178.

The medium pace Mid Canterbury bowlers all grabbed a couple of wickets while off-spinner Tom Meyrick was the most successful with 3-23.

South Canterbury nemesis James Southby was soon driving and pulling as he put our opening bowlers under pressure on his way to his top score for Mid Canterbury with 91 off only 85 balls.

However the experience of Kevin Teahen helped slow the scoring and he was rewarded with the prize scalps of the Southby brothers, just reward for toiling through 17 overs.

As the breaks went on to try and build some pressure Prabodha Arthavidu who didn’t have a great day with the bat, showed his all round skills as he took 3-40 with his off-spin, and importantly helped Teahen to slow the scoring rate and make Mid Canterbury battle for their runs.

James Blackstock bowled one of his best spells for South Canterbury hitting a good length and troubling all the batsmen to be rewarded by picking up two top-order batsmen and two at the tail, on his way to a very economical 4-25.

When Southby was out Mid Canterbury were 132-3 and snuck past the South Canterbury total to earn first innings points 7 down. With their No 5 batsman out of the match after dislocating his shoulder throwing the ball in from the boundary, Mid Canterbury made it to stumps on the first day with their last pair at the crease and a 20 run lead.

Day 2 loomed and a lovely day with none of the gusty nor-westers from the first day to trouble the bowlers, but Richard Print took the attack to the bowlers on his way to an unbeaten 27 and Mid Canterbury to a 45 run lead before Blackstock finished off proceedings.

South Canterbury set about their batting in a positive manner as they looked to set a score to declare, with an outright their only option to gain points.

Hero of the first day Laming couldn’t repeat his efforts, out very early on but Sam Porter got into the twenties, Arthavidu made it to 33 before being stumped and Josh Dick also looked promising before being out for 24.

Again South Canterbury lost wickets just as they seemed to be ahead of the game again, and in the end handy double figure contributions from Liam Beck, Ben Watson and Blackstock helped South Canterbury to 157.

Small targets are often harder than large ones, and this time was no different as Mid Canterbury chased 113 to win outright.

Blackstock continued his fine match removing danger man Southby for 5, and the South Canterbury fielders were hunting everything.

You would think South Canterbury had video analysis as fields were changed according to batsman, but South Canterbury’s workhorse, Kevin Teahen, also proved to be the unluckiest bowler in the match as chances were put down that need to be taken at this level, and in the end he had to bowl them to be sure.

Teahen bowled 14 overs straight on the way to 4-45, but easily could have had six or seven victims as Mid Canterbury crawled to 77-5 when the rain came about tea time.

With the forecast not looking good it was a surprise when the rain ceased and the players and ground staff were able to get the covers off ready to resume the battle with South Canterbury needing 4 wickets for a victory after having fought back into the match and was probably on top when the rain had arrived, while Mid Canterbury had begun to throw the bat at the ball to try and nick or edge their way to an outright before losing their wickets.

Alas, despite all the work, and both teams wanting to play for the 12 points still on offer, the umpires deemed an area near the run ups as too wet and called time.

After a good match for two days, both dressing rooms looked a bit gloomy, as a result either way was a probably more fitting outcome.

South Canterbury have some things to improve on, but would be reasonably happy with their effort,  playing with great spirit as a group, showed some heart to battle back into a winning position, and one can only hope that they take that into their next match with competition leaders North Otago on January 16/17 in the New Year.

The full score card can be seen here


Roncalli/Celtic’s best weekend of season

Placemakers Timaru

Roncalli/Celtic moved into second place in the Twenty20 competition with a win over Temuka and on Saturday became the first team to dismiss Celtic this season.

It was a family affair as all the de Joux crew playing in the Roncalli/Celtic lineup had success with bat, ball and in the field as they first restricted Temuka to 119-9 with Ants de Joux taking two wickets, one due to a catch by son Ben. Then Mike (40) and Neil de Joux (24) got the innings off to a solid start, before non-family member Liam Beck scored an unbeaten 42 to go with his 2-16.

In other Friday night T20 matches, Nathan Sew Hoy continued his fine season as a T20 specialist, scoring 60 for Waimate to take him to the top of the batting table and helped his team account for Star at the same time.

Over the weekend there were at least three occasions where the ball struck a player’s head and this pointed to the fact players need to be aware of where the ball is at all times. Sam Porter is sporting a good shiner after a throw from the outfield hit him just below the eye while he was returning to his bowling run-up.

Phil McGregor was hit in the helmet from another fielder’s throw as he dived for the crease while batting, and then the next morning Prabodha Arthavidu was hit first ball, breaking his helmet open with a big hole.

Star would have been disappointed at their performance, coming up 25 runs short with wickets in hand, but Waimate’s opening bowlers choked the life out of any scoring opportunities.

JP Roguski, with 0-5 off four overs, and Alan Reid, with 0-12 in his return to cricket, put Star under pressure at 18-0 after eight overs. Despite Jacques Marais top-scoring again with 39, none of the other batsmen could get going, being forced suddenly to score at 12 an over on arrival at the crease and in fading light it was too much. With Marais’ fellow opener, Phil McGregor, unable to penetrate the field or rotate the strike enough despite scoring an unbeaten 37, Waimate was always in control of the outcome.

In the third Friday night T20 match, Celtic again saw off Timaru, showing their club depth with several players unavailable.

Saturday saw a continuation of the one-day competition, with the seventh round being played.

Roncalli/Celtic’s kudos in being the first team to dismiss Celtic this season was short-lived as they were dismissed in 24 overs for 84 chasing a target of 177 to win.

Celtic had four batsmen dismissed in the 20s and Sam Carlaw top-scored with 35 as they were all out in the 44th over but it was still too good a total for the opposition.

Celtic’s Ben Watson enjoyed his day out, taking a five-wicket bag from his maximum nine overs but for Roncalli/Celtic no-one other than opener Michael Lees, who almost carried his bat, dug in.

Lees was ninth out, with the score at 70, but by then the match was a foregone conclusion.

At Mountainview, Star’s miserable weekend continued despite home ground advantage and asking Timaru to bat first after winning the toss and then having to watch Arthavidu finally find some club form to match his representative form on his way to 94.

He found good support from Josh Dick with 42 as the pair added 121 runs but once they departed Timaru offered little as Alex McDuff continued his fine season with the ball, taking 5-41.

Timaru eventually posted 218-8, a target Star never threatened.

While Phil McGregor top-scored with 31 not out to remain not out for the whole weekend, he had little support as five ducks in the batting column clearly shows, and Star were dismissed for 88 with Arthavidu capping off his day by taking 3-7 with the ball.

In Waimate, Temuka, whose home game it was, played accordingly, dismissing Waimate for 89.

Theo Davidson did the bulk of the scoring, dismissed for 47, and five Temuka bowlers claimed two wickets each.

In reply, Johnny Geddis led Temuka to victory, with 47 not out, as his team reached the target for the loss of two wickets.

Next weekend, clubs play only in Friday night’s T20 competition as the Hawke Cup campaign begins in the weekend.


South Canterbury Cricket Year 7 & 8 girls team selected for South Island Primary tournament

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoThe South Canterbury Cricket Association Year 7 & 8 girls team selected for South Island Primary tournament on 23-25 January 2015 is as follows:

Abigail Evans (captain), Eve Hyslop (vice captain), Bridgette Johnson, Kate Harvey, Siana Jenkins, Phoebe Geary, Annabel Cairns, Grace Kelliher, Neave Munro, Izzy Sharp, Madison Barclay, Renee Cocking, Alice Ritchie.

These girls are also playing 2 x T20 games this Sunday the 14th of December at Ashbury Park # 3. Please be there at 10am at the latest. Let me know as soon as you can, if you are available or not so I can fill your place.

I will be in contact at a later date about practices for tournament. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me.

Amy Beeby
027 3005189

South Canterbury secure first win of rep cricket season

Prabodha Arthavidu

Prabodha Arthavidu batting No 3 took South Canterbury to victory with an unbeaten 72 against North Otago

An unbeaten 72 from Prabodha Arthavidu following 57 off 32 balls by Captain James Laming led South Canterbury to their first win of the season over North Otago.

In South Canterbury’s final hit out before the Hawke Cup campaign begins, most things went their way after winning the toss and asking North Otago to bat first. They were able to field in what little sun was available and then watch from the somewhat sheltered sidelines as the batsmen took on the North Otago in miserable conditions as the predicted southerly settled in at Aorangi Oval.

North Otago began well before losing their first wicket with the score at 40 in the 8th over. The second wicket to fall was the other opener with the score at 74 when he retired hurt with a swollen elbow and then when Grant Watt removed the often dangerous Ben Cant without scoring, North Otago were effectively three down.

Watt bowled a tight spell only conceding 13 runs off his 9 overs, while at the other end Kevin Teahen bowled with his usual consistent line and length troubling all the batsmen as he finished the best of the South Canterbury bowlers with 4-37 off a long spell of 13 overs.

At 144-8 with only six overs left, South Canterbury took a bit of stick as North Otago added a further 36 runs to finish their 50 overs on 180 and leave South Canterbury a tougher chase that they would have hoped.

The South Canterbury innings started in T20 style as James Laming played some devastating shots to seemingly good deliveries scoring 48 of his 57 runs in boundaries before he was the second wicket to fall with the score on 80 in just the twelfth over.

The loss of Laming put the pressure back on Prabodha ‘Artha’ Arthavidu who was battling to find his usual touch, but in a good show of determination he battled on.

He lost three partners to the left-arm spin of Jordan Horrell and had a life himself as the score crawled to 103-5 before getting some support from Zane Sanders.

Just as the pair had started picking up the scoring rate Sanders ran himself out in a terrible mix-up and North Otago were suddenly in the stronger position as South Canterbury slumped to 126-6 and then 129-7 with the target still fifty runs away.

Ben Watson joined Arthavidu and contributed equally to the next partnership before being dismissed for 18 but importantly had helped get his team to 163 and within 18 runs of victory.

Kevin Teahen came and went and Arthavidu then took even more control making sure he kept strike with South Canterbury nine down, receiving 17 of the final 19 balls delivered.

The equation became 9 runs off three overs when Arthavidu had hearts racing as he drove in the air to mid-off, but for the second time the Sri Lankan Gods were watching as a simple catch was put down. He stayed where he was on strike and made no more mistakes hitting two boundaries to tie the scores before grabbing a quick single to win the match for his adopted province and have his team mates smiling happily despite the cold day.

The pre-season matches are over and the next game is the first round of the Hawke Cup against Mid Canterbury in Ashburton in two weeks time, and the selectors will have a couple of decisions to make before they decide on the final playing 12.

South Canterbury Representative Cricket - December 7, 2014
50 Over One Day Senior Representative Match

South Canterbury v North Otago at Aorangi Oval
Toss won by South Canterbury who chose to field.
North Otago innings
J Smith b B Watson 33
G Cameron retired hurt 20
J Shields c †D Campbell b LB Beck 34
B Cant lbw b G Watt 0
S Grobler c G Watt b K Teahen 10
D Drew b K Teahen 4
F Mostert not out 42
B Kingan b K Teahen 0
N Smith run out (J Naylor) 5
J Horrell b K Teahen 1
M Day not out 26
Extras (byes 2, leg byes 3) 5
Total (for 8 wickets) 180
Fall of Wicket: 40, 74, 74, 93, 99, 109, 110, 137, 144.
Bowling: B Watson 8-1-35-1, A McDuff 6-2-29-2, J Laming 7-2-30-0, G Watt 9-2-13-1, K Teahen 13-2-37-4, LB Beck 2-0-14-1, P Arthavidu 5-0-17-0.
South Canterbury innings
J Naylor b N Smith 9
J Laming c †A Grubb b B Cant 57
P Arthavidu not out 72
J Dick lbw b J Horrell 1
S Porter c †A Grubb b J Horrell 1
LB Beck lbw b J Horrell 3
Z Sanders run out (N Smith) 9
D Campbell lbw b J Smith 0
B Watson b B Cant 18
K Teahen b J Horrell 0
A McDuff not out 0
Extras (byes 7, leg byes 1, wides 3) 11
Total (for 9 wickets, 48.0 overs) 181
Fall of Wicket: 43, 80, 90, 98, 103, 126, 129, 163, 164.
Bowling: M Day 2-1-22-0, F Mostert 7-1-33-0, N Smith 4-0-22-1, B Cant 11-3-27-2, J Horrell 13-0-32-4, J Smith 7-2-16-1, S Grobler 4-0-21-0.
Result: Win to South Canterbury by 1 wicket.

For a full breakdown of scoreboard including balls faced, boundaries scored, etc click here


Porter dominates match in Waimate win

Sam Porter

Sam Porter starred with 4 wickets (including a hatrick) and 77 runs with the bat in Waimate’s win.

77 runs with the bat and four wickets with the ball including a hat-trick for Sam Porter dominated senior cricket in Waimate’s win against Roncalli/Celtic.

In other senior cricket matches a century to Dan Laming dispelled Star’s hopes after they had Celtic in a bit of trouble at 86-5 and Temuka couldn’t buy a trick after dismissing Timaru for just 115, they succumbed for a mere 52.

Waimate, trying out the duel captain theory with Connor Farrell and Matt Sew Hoy at the helm, won the toss and asked Celtic/Roncalli to bat first.

Mike and Ben de Joux added 42 for the first wicket and then Liam Beck kept the momentum going on his way to the team top score of 39 before losing his wicket with the total at 87, but after these three had batted only extras could make double figures.

The inspirational introduction of third change bowler Porter paid dividends as he scuttled the Roncalli/Celtic middle order removing batsmen No 4, 5, 6 and 7 including the hat-trick on his way to an impressive 4-17 bowling analysis.

Roncalli/Celtic never recovered after being 102-7 eventually all out for 116 in the 33rd over.

Waimate immediately put themselves on the back foot losing opener George Morgan run out by Grant Watt first ball of the innings.

However, after that it became the Porter show as poor catching by Roncalli/Celtic) kept Waimate in the game, and pushed themselves out of the game. Porter completely dominated proceedings and eventually found some support in Steve Oehley with 17 not out as he took Waimate to within a run of victory before losing his own wicket for 77, but had done all that was needed to see Waimate home as they completed their first win of the one day season in the 26th over.

Star began the day as underdogs against Celtic, but after blowing their opportunity of an upset in T20 the weekend before was looking to show it wasn’t an anomaly after Celtic won the toss and batted.

Alex McDuff showed his 6 wicket bag in the first round against Celtic wasn’t a fluke too as he was again the main destroyer taking four of the first six wickets to fall as the Celtic batsmen could only just manage double figures and at 86-5 looked under a bit of pressure.

“Mr Cricket” Dan Laming had other ideas and after finding a good ally in Tom Pavletich set about the repair job. The pair added 100 runs before Pavletich was out for 31, and the score over 200 when Laming was out for 104, but the control of the match was firmly back in Celtic hands, and the tail took the score through to 255-8 by the end of their 50 overs, with Brad Gilbert chiming in with 33.

Star’s run chase started steadily despite the early loss of Phil McGregor with Jacques Marais again top-scoring with 38, but at 94-4 when Marais departed the long Star tail was displayed and eventually they were all out for 136.

Bowling for Celtic James Laming showed his all round qualities making up for a shorter than planned stay at the crease when batting to take four top order wickets on his way to 4-20, and Sam Carlaw and Pavletich took two apiece at very economical rates.

The Temuka home game against Timaru had to be played at Ashbury Park while they await the finish of renovations at Temuka Oval, but unfortunately Timaru didn’t allow them any “home team advantage” winning the toss and batting first.

Wickets fell regularly and runs were hard to come by with Vaughan Tarrant (3-24) Kevin Teahen (2-13) and Kevin Kerse (2-27) all returning economical figures. Zane Sanders top scored for Timaru with 22, but a total of 115 looked like being a battle to defend.

Despite the difficult run scoring conditions Temuka’s batting was at best ‘poor’, exemplified by the fact extras was top score and only Johnny Geddis could make double figures.

The consolation for Temuka is that they still remain in 2nd place with four rounds left, while Timaru edge closer moving into 3rd on their own.



SC Senior XII to play North Otago this Sunday announced

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoThe following players have been selected to play a 50/50 match against North Otago this Sunday December 7th at Aorangi Oval starting at 10.30am.

J Laming (captain), J Naylor, P Arthavidu, J Dick, S Carlaw or D Campbell, S Porter, L Beck, Z Sanders, B Watson, A McDuff, K Teahen, G Watt.

Players to assemble at Aorangi by 9.30am.

Old heads shine in senior T20 cricket matches

Liam Beck bowls to Sam Porter

Umpire Duncan Blockstock watches intently as Liam Beck bowls to Sam Porter during cricket at Ashbury Park between Roncalli-Celtic and Waimate.

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.

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South Canterbury Senior XII to play T20 Tournament in Ashburton announced

South Canterbury Cricket Green LogoThe following 12 players have been named to play for South Canterbury against Canterbury ‘A’ and Canterbury Country in this weekend’s double header T20 competition to be played at Ashburton Domain as part of their 150th celebrations this Sunday November 30th.

Craig Hinton (Captain), Willie Stone , Sam Porter , Prabodha Arthavidu, Josh Dick, Zane Sanders, Liam Beck, Josh Smallridge, Ben Watson, Grant Watt, Alex McDuff, Danny Campbell.

Team to be assembled at Graeme Blanchard Cricket Centre by 8.15am

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