Invercargill-Old Boys advance to Southland senior club cricket one-day final
Invercargill-Old Boys are the first team to book a place in the 2016/17 Southland senior club cricket one-day final.
Despite being without a host of frontline players because of representative duties, Invercargill-Old Boys were still able to topple Appleby in the major semifinal played on Saturday.
Appleby posted 207-7 from their 50 overs batting first despite being 23-3 at one stage.
Ankit Pursharthy (68), Venkat Kotte (40), and Calum Johnstone (37) provided the backbone through the middle order.
Liam McWilliam (56) and Mark Hunter (79) then put Invercargill-Old Boys in a powerful position in their chase.
The pair put on 96 runs for the second wicket and Invercargill-Old Boys eventually overhauled the target with the loss of five wickets and nine balls to spare.
Appleby, however, get a second life as they now take on Waikoikoi for the other spot in the club final.
Waikoikoi progressed to the next stage of the playoffs after picking up a win over Marist in the game between the third and fourth qualifiers.
It took some heroics from Waikoikoi tailenders Warrick McKenzie and Liam McFaul to do so.
Marist posted 160 batting first and Waikoikoi were in plenty of trouble at 44-5 in reply.
Grant Anderson (32), Blair McKenzie (31), and Ross McCall (27) helped get them back on track.
However, when Waikoikoi lost three wickets for 10 runs it left No 10 batsman Warrick McKenzie and No 11 McFaul still needing 31 runs with seven overs remaining.
The last two batsmen knocked off the required runs with five balls to spare.
At a glance
Invercargill-Old Boys 208-5 (M Hunter 79, L McWilliam 56, A Tait 23; K Lloyd 3-55), Appleby 207-7 (A Pursharthy 68, V Kotte 40, C Johnstone 37; K Saikia 2-38, J Boyle 2-34).
Waikoikoi 163-9 (G Anderson 32, B McKenzie 31, R McCall 27; J Milne 3-17, M Harvey 3-41, J Fitzgibbon 2-30), Marist 160 (C Rodden 33, T Burgess 27, S Rodden 18; W McKenzie 3-28, R McCall 3-44).