Levin Old Boys miss out on final

BEN STRANG
Last updated 15:56 05/02/2013
Levin Old Boys cricket
Hit it: Matt Jones bats for Levin Old Boys against Waimea.

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Levin Old Boys have finished a few dropped catches short of a spot in the national club cricket finals.

Having beaten Nelson side Waimea on Saturday in Palmerston North, Levin played Taranaki one day champions Marist on Sunday.

With Central Districts representative Dean Robinson and Taranaki's Ryan Fleming out early, Marist were struggling at 54-7, captain Mike Rameka said.

However Levin's fielding slipped, with five dropped catches allowing Leith Johnston
to score 95 to push Marist's total through to 169.

Caleb Gaylard was the pick of the Levin bowlers, taking 6-22 from his 10 overs.

Levin had no answer with the bat, falling for only 81 runs, meaning Marist will represent Central Districts in the national finals.

In Saturday's match, Levin scored 240 batting first against Waimea, with Rameka top scoring on 70.

All-rounder Ryan Taylor tore through the Nelson batting lineup with 4-20, including three wickets in four balls, to restrict then to 197.

Rameka said it was a disappointing finish to the competition, but he was proud of his team's performance.

"It was awesome. The boys proved we're right up there,'' he said.

''Caleb was awesome in the first game, even though he got only one wicket, and then was even better in the second game. Unfortunately we just didn't do it with the bat.''

The competition places Levin as the second best one-day side in the Central Districts

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