Marist out to continue their reign
Southland's senior club one-day competition will get under way tomorrow as Marist start their campaign to win a remarkable fourth one-day title in the past six seasons.
Marist have been the leading light as far as getting their hands on what is regarded as the prize trophy in Southland club cricket circles, and will be looking to extend that record.
Last season Marist started the competition slowly but were able to claw their way back to finish fourth in the round-robin standings to claim a playoff berth.
From that unlikely position they knocked over Invercargill-Old Boys and the Metro Tigers to progress to a final against Appleby that they won.
In the back of the Marist team's mind will be the fact that teams cannot afford a slow start to the 2012-13 competition.
With the Southland Cricket Association this season introducing a new declaration competition, it has meant the one-day competition has been cut from its usual three rounds to two.
In past seasons there has been plenty of room to play with if they struggled early in the competition, but this season every game will become vital.
Marist will open their defence against the Metro Tigers tomorrow.
Metro are riding a high at the moment after they beat table-topping Dunedin club Green Island to become the first non-Dunedin club to advance to the final of the Southland-Otago club knockout competition.
Appleby will be hoping to carry its form from the declaration competition onto the the one-day format.
In a shortened three week competition because of poor weather, Appleby come out on top.
They beat Albion by a narrow two-point margin and tomorrow those two teams will square off at Appleby.
In the third game tomorrow Invercargill-Old Boys will play Southland Boys' High School at Southland Boys' High.
Invercargill-Old Boys along with Metro will be the most effected teams because of the Southland Hawke Cup game against Otago Country in Alexandra this weekend.
Both clubs have four players in the Southland lineup, which will test the club's depth.
Albion have two Southland players, Marist and Appleby one each, but Southland Boys' High School will not be affected at all.
Senior, one-day: Appleby Rams v Albion at Appleby; Metro Tigers v Marist at Metro; SBHS v Invercargill-Old Boys at SBHS. Combined Country: Lumsden v Metro Cubs at Lumsden; Waikoikoi v Tuatapere at Waikoikoi; Riversdale v Marist at Riversdale; Appleby Cannons v Wyndale at Appleby; Waikaka v Invercargill-Old Boys Representative: Southland v Otago Country (Hawke Cup) in Alexandra; Invercargill Metro Year 7/8 v Dunedin Year 8 Blue in Dunedin; Southland Country Year 7/8 v Dunedin Year 8 Gold in Dunedin; Invercargill Metro v Southland Country under-15 in Invercargill. POINTS Combined Country: Waikoikoi 16, Metro Cubs 16, Tuatapere 16, Riversdale 16, Appleby Cannons 14, Wyndale 12, Waikaka 10, Marist 8, Invercargill-Old Boys 6, Lumsden 6. --------------------
- The Southland Times