Marist chases Metro for a deserved draw
Some resolute batting from Marist earned it a deserved draw against Metro in Southland club cricket played on Saturday.
While the forecast had been for showers for much of the day, the players were given a welcome respite after what has been a wet start to the 2012/13 season.
Metro made 248 for eight from the maximum 58 overs allotted to them under the new declaration system.
Ryan Duffy made 113 for Metro, with Jason Obourne adding 50 and Hamish O'Brien 33.
Shaun Fitzgibbon claimed three for 75 and Jason Milne had three for 50.
That left Marist with 52 overs to chase the total, which they did for the first 10 to 15 overs before bringing down the shutters and batting out the final 30 overs against some attacking Metro field placements.
Shaun Fitzgibbon was left unbeaten on 78 and George Mulvey was 35 not out at the end with Marist getting through to 159 for seven.
Mark Beer was the best of the Metro bowlers, claiming three for 24 from 12 overs.
Home team Appleby survived a nervous finish to bank a one wicket win over Albion.
Batting first, the Gore-based team stumbled their way to 106 with Appleby first change bowler Matt McCallum claiming a five-wicket bag from 14 overs.
Rhuebyn Prattley provided the greatest contribution for the visitors, making 37 at the top of the order, with Ronnie Kotkamp (14) one of only two other players to make double figures.
Appleby got off to a solid start through openers Daryl Williams and Tim Eade and at 57 for three they appeared to be cruising to victory.
The wheels then fell off their innings, losing six wickets for 32 runs and leaving Mark Ross (17no) and Rick Harding (2no) to eke out the final 15 runs required for victory.
Michael Gratton was the main strike weapon for Albion, taking five wickets for just 26 runs to put the shakes into the Appleby middle order.
It was another low-scoring affair at Southland Boys' High School with the students knocked over by Invercargill-Old Boys in a tick over 27 overs for 53.
Batting first drop, Tom Laidlaw (29) was the main contributor during a 49-ball stay which included five boundaries.
When Laidlaw fell the remainder of the young Boys' High batting lineup struggled, with Khanin Saika taking advantage with four wickets and a run-out to complete a good afternoon's work.
Invercargill-Old Boys made relatively short work of their chase.
Despite losing Jason Domigan with the score on 16, James Wadworth saw the side home with an unbeaten 26 which included three boundaries.
Ryan Meyer finished the game by clearing the boundary, Invercargill-Old Boys winning just inside 14 overs.
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