Gutsell's boundary blitz sinks favourites
A staggering knock from former Southland Hawke Cup player Scott Gutsell has led Wyndale to an upset win over competition favourites Waikoikoi in Southland's Combined Country club cricket competition.
Waikoikoi have been the competition frontrunners for many years, including winning a hat-trick of titles in as many years recently.
However, on Saturday it was Wyndale who grabbed the honours in a high-scoring affair at Wyndham.
Waikoikoi would had been relatively confident after their 40 overs with the bat when they racked up 247 for five.
Opener Grant Anderson set the pace for Waikoikoi with his 75, which came from 87 balls and included 11 fours. A quickfire 46 from 36 balls from Ross McCall, and Glenn Patterson's 41 from only 27 balls, got Waikoikoi through to their impressive total.
It turned sour for Waikoikoi, however, as Gutsell strode to the wicket with his team 24 for two after eight overs and plenty of work to do.
He quickly took the game away from Waikoikoi with an unbeaten 135 from just 89 balls. An astonishing 108 of his runs came in boundaries, with 12 sixes and nine fours.
He found support at the other end from Shannon Gutsell (45 from 70 balls) as Wyndale passed the target with 15 balls and four wickets to spare.
Waikoikoi's loss means there now is a four-way tie at the top of the table, highlighting what is set to be a tight 2012-13 Combined Country competition.
The Metro Cubs and Tuatapere are two of those top teams but it was Metro who claimed the honours at Tuatapere on Saturday.
Batting first, Metro amassed an impressive 284 all out, which was set up by Darren Sheehy's 79 and Daniel Mills (49).
The innings was given more momentum when Zak Kelly delivered a rapid-fire knock of 31 late in the onslaught in what was his first game for the Metro club.
The asking rate of 7.1 runs an over was a daunting one for the home side, and Tuatapere struggled in reply, being bowled out for 90.
Mills backed up his effort with the bat, taking five for 32 with his leg-spinners in a man-of-the-match display.
Nick Egerton was Tuatapere's best, taking three for 37 with the ball and top-scoring with an unbeaten 28 in his team's reply.
Jason McMath's Invercargill-Old Boys team couldn't get the competition points against Appleby on Saturday, but he still found time to impress and highlight himself as one to watch for.
Invercargill-Old Boys restricted Appleby to 132 batting first before setting about chasing it down.
They fell 18 runs short, being bowled out for 118, but the highlight was McMath's half-century in just his second game.
His 50 come from only 18 balls as he put plenty of pressure on the Appleby bowlers.
Another individual highlight from round five of the competition come from Waikaka's Nick Read who posted 107 to help his team to back-to-back wins.
His century got Waikaka through to 236 batting for eight first against Marist.
Rhys Newport then did the job with the ball for Waikaka, taking four for 21 to bowl Marist out for 117 and bank a 119-run win.
Riversdale are one of the teams locked in top spot after they, as expected, claimed a victory over Lumsden on Saturday.
Hamish Blakely's 72 was the key figure in setting up Riversdale's 198 for eight batting first before Michael Lash did the job with the ball taking four for 17 as Lumsden were bowled out for 98.
Wyndale 249 for six (Scott Gutsell 135, Shannon Gutsell 45; Warrick McKenzie 8-0-40-4) beat Waikoikoi 247 for five (Grant Anderson 75, Ross McCall 46, Glenn Patterson 41; Dale Cocker 8-1-48-2) by five wickets.
Metro Cubs 284 all out (Darren Sheehy 79, Daniel Mills 49, Danny George 33, Zak Kelly 31; Nick Egerton 3-37) beat Tuatapere 90 all out (Nick Egerton 28*; Daniel Mills 5-32, Zak Kelly 3-16) by 194 runs.
Waikaka 236 for eight (Nick Reed 107, Corey Reed 34; Patrick Wilkes 3-37) beat Marist 117 all out (Andrew Mackway-Jones 22; Rhys Newport 4-21) by 119 runs.
Riversdale 198 for eight (Hamish Blakely 72, M Lash 26*, Sanjay Undre 4-41; Darren Baucke 3-32) beat Lumsden 98 all out (RJ Allen 28, M Lash 4-17; M Wilson 3-13) by 100 runs.
Appleby Cannons 132 all out (Kerry Craig 31; Maheish 3-29, Anna Wilson 2-19) beat Invercargill-Old Boys 118 all out (Jason McMath 50 retired, Rick Rima 3-13, Aron Baignet 2-18) by 14 runs.
The Southland Times