Rain plays havoc with early season fixtures

At this stage of the 2012/13 Southland season the club Twenty20 champion was meant to have been found and every team have had a taste of the new declaration competition format.

Instead, the entire senior Twenty20 competition was washed out and only Southland Boys' High School and Albion were able to take to the field last Saturday in round one of the declaration competition.

It has been one of the most frustrating starts to a season as a wet October and early November has resulted in a stalled start and and lengthy build-up for teams.

The hope is the fine weather will hold for Saturday and play can get under way.

In the only game played last Saturday, Albion took the honours over Southland Boys' meaning they have shot to the lead in the competition and will take on Invercargill-Old Boys, in Gore, on Saturday.

The game was scheduled for Queens Park but the groundsmen haven't been able to spend enough time rolling the pitch in the leadup to Saturdayto have it up to standard in time for Saturday.

In the Combined Country grade on Saturday, the most anticipated matchup will be the top-of-the-table clash between Waikoikoi and Appleby, who are unbeaten.

The other key Combined Country game will between the Metropolitan Cubs and Marist which will double as a Challenge Shield fixture.

The Challenge Shield is played for on a Ranfurly Shield-type basis in the Combined Country competition where teams try to win it by beating the holder at home.

The current holder is Metro Cubs who will host Marist at Metro.

Meanwhile, the draw for the quarterfinals of the Southland/Otago club knockout competition was made yesterday.

Invercargill's Metropolitan Tigers will play Carisbrook-Dunedin in Invercargill on Sunday, November 18.

The Tigers had the bye in the first round, while Carisbrook-Dunedin advanced with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Invercargill-Old Boys.

Invercargill-Old Boys batted first and mustered just 56 runs before Carisbrook-Dunedin chased them down with the loss of two wickets.

The Southland Times