Beer, Meyer dominant as club play resumes
Southland Hawke Cup cricketer Mark Beer played a starring role with the ball on Saturday as the Metro Tigers destroyed Southland Boys' High School by 93 runs in the senior declaration competition.
After three Saturdays of wet weather, Southland's leading cricketers would have been relieved to finally get a full round of play in.
Beer produced an outstanding individual showing - taking six wickets for 19 runs from his 10 overs - as Southland Boys' were skittled for just 35 runs off 20.1 overs, in reply to Metro's total of 128 all out.
Southland Boys' got off to a disastrous start, losing their first three wickets for just three runs, and were in all sorts of bother at 15 for five.
Southland Boys' have lost a wealth of experience from earlier in the year, with Jacob Duffy now playing first class cricket for the Otago Volts, and Hamish O'Brien and Henry Burns, also close to finishing up their time at secondary school.
No Southland Boys' player was able to reach double figures and the Chris Neylon-coached side will no doubt be spending plenty of time in the nets this week as they seek to redeem themselves next Saturday.
Hamish Cooke was also lethal with the ball for the Tigers, nabbing three wickets for six runs off his eight overs.
Earlier in the day, the Tigers were uninspiring with the bat, as they were dismissed for 128 inside 51 overs.
Cooke was the top run-scorer with 39, while Mitchell van Schaik also chimed in with 26. Neylon was the chief destroyer for Southland Boys' taking five for 15, with Ryan Ackland also picking up three scalps.
Former Australian under-19 squad member Ryan Meyer did not take long to create an impression for Invercargill-Old Boys, scoring 86 runs, and taking four wickets for 32, in their drawn game against Albion.
Batting first, Invercargill-Old Boys were rolled in their 58th and final over for 206.
Meyer held the innings together at first drop, with Jason Domigan  and Jamie May  providing handy contributions around him.
Michael Gratton picked up three wickets late in the innings to finish with the figures of four for 42 from 8.1 overs, with off-season recruit Rhuebyn Prattley also grabbing three wickets.
Albion made a positive start in their runchase with Gratton and Steve Waddell putting on 63 runs for the second wicket.
Meyer then began to work his magic in the middle stages of the innings with the ball, as Albion slumped to 91 for five.
At 110 for seven, Albion managed to bat out their final 14 overs to gain a well earned draw.
Gratton was the hero for Albion, carrying his bat through the innings, to finish on 76 not out.
In the final game of the round, Appleby were comfortable 126-run victors over Marist.
Appleby amassed 200 all out from 57.1 overs batting first, with Callum Clark laying the foundation with a fine 66.
Several Rams' batsmen got starts, but unfortunately none were able to kick on.
Jason ten Hoorn Boer was a handful with the ball for Marist, taking five wickets for 39 runs from 15.1 overs.
Marist never really threatened Appleby in their turn at bat, with wickets tumbling at regular stages through their innings.
Only three batsmen reached double figures, with Jamie Clark doing much of the damage for Appleby with five wickets for 20. Calum Johnstone was accurate as ever, with two for 12 off his 7.2 overs.
- The Southland Times