De Vries leads way for Tuatapere
A superb century from Blayne de Vries propelled Tuatapere to an impressive 262 for four from their 40 overs against Waikaka in Southland's Combined Country cricket competition on Saturday.
Batting first, Tuatapere cut loose against the Waikaka bowlers, with de Vries the star of the show with his unbeaten 109. He was well supported by Ricky Egerton (48).
Going at 6.5 runs an over from the outset was always going to be a difficult chase for Waikaka and although they did well to get through to 140 they were still 122 runs short.
As well as his golden day with the bat, de Vries also chipped in with the ball, claiming two for 18, while team-mate Nick Egerton grabbed two wickets as well in the good win.
The Metro Cubs retained the Challenge Shield in dramatic style at Metro against Marist on Saturday.
Batting first, Marist reached 147 before being bowled out in the 39th over.
It was opener Jay Changlani who was the glue in the Marist innings, top-scoring with 52 while, for the Cubs, spin proved to be a key asset on the grass wicket.
Off-spinner Raj Singh, in his second game for the club, took three for 21 from his eight overs, while wrist spinner Daniel Mills didn't pick up a wicket, but was hard to get away, going for only 25 off his eight overs.
Medium-pacer Jake Fluery also grabbed three wickets.
The Cubs' run-chase got off to a rapid start when opener Mitchell Young racked up 32 from just 14 balls and when he departed in the fourth over they had already raced through to 43.
However, Marist clawed their way back into the game as the home team lost wickets at regular intervals.
When they lost their eighth wicket they were still 16 runs short of victory and when No 11 Mark Bugden walked out to bat the scores were tied, setting up an intense situation.
Bugden managed to get the required run and Metro retain the Combined Country grade's Challenge Shield.
For Marist, Andrew Mackway-Jones, with four for 23, and Joel Philpot, with three for 26, almost delivered their team an exciting victory.
A stunning opening over from Michael Hall set Riversdale on the way to victory over Wyndale on Saturday.
Riversdale set Wyndale 201 runs to win, thanks to Hamish Blakely (69) and James McKee's (44) knocks.
Hall then sent a dagger into Wyndale's hopes off chasing down the target when he took three wickets in the first over of the reply.
He finished with four for 29, while Marc Anderson was also impressive, taking four for 36 as Wyndale crumbled to 89 all out.
Scott Gutsell was the only notable contributor with his innings of 38.
Waikoikoi continue to highlight their name as the clear favourites in the Combined Country competition after they recorded an eight-wicket win over the Appleby Cannons in the top-of-the-table clash on Saturday.
Appleby posted 106 batting first, and the home team made light work of the chase, losing just two wickets.
Lumsden also had a comfortable win on Saturday, beating the new team to the competition, Invercargill-Old Boys, by 172 runs.
Batting first, Lumsden got through to 210, thanks mainly to Darren Bauke's 92, before bowling Invercargill-Old Boys out for 38 in their reply, with RJ Allan chipping in with the impressive figures of five for 11.
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