Dogged pair do it for Appleby
A heroic last-wicket stand by Rick Harding and Jamie Clark helped Appleby to a thrilling one wicket win over Albion in round one of Southland's one-day club cricket competition on Saturday.
Albion looked odds on to grab hold of the competition points in the first week of the 2012/13 club one-day title race when Harding strode to the middle to join Clark already at the crease.
Appleby were 122 for nine still needing a further 43 runs to over haul Albion's total of 164 set earlier in the day.
The odds were stacked against the two long-serving Appleby players.
But the stubborn pair chipped away at the required runs as the Albion bowlers frustratingly tried to get the one remaining wicket.
They failed to do so as Harding, batting at No 11, finished 29 not out and Clark was unbeaten on 20.
Earlier in the day Harding and Clark had done the business with the ball as well taking three wickets apiece to restrict Albion.
Nick McCallum was the star performer for Southland Boys' High School on Saturday as he propelled his team to a confidence-boosting 21 run win over Invercargill-Old Boys.
Invercargill-Old Boys were depleted with four players out on Hawke Cup duties playing for Southland against Otago Country, but they would have still backed themselves with the artillery they had to win this one.
McCallum however had other ideas as he went about restricting Invercargill-Old Boys in their chase of 162 to win.
Earlier Southland Boys' High School put up a spirited performance as they batted through 50 overs to get to 161 for eight.
Liam McWilliam - who is still eligible to play at under-15 representative level - opened the batting and played a key role for his team with his knock of 35.
He and James Heffernan teamed up to put on 57 for the first wicket while James Ng played a valuable knock late in innings with his unbeaten 28.
It was then McCallum's job to do the business with the ball as he took the first five wickets in Invercargill-Old Boys chase reducing them to 28 for five at one stage.
The Invercargill-Old Boys middle to lower order, led by Matthew Anderson-Stewart (24), clawed their way back into the game but it wasn't enough as they fell 22 runs short of victory.
Marist got their defence of the Southland one-day title off to a forgettable start suffering a five wicket loss to the Metro Tigers.
Batting first Marist got off a horrible start and the rot just continued as the Metro bowling lineup led by Brayden Lindsay run through the Marist batting lineup.
He took four for 15 from 10 good overs as Marist at one stage were reduced to 57 for nine.
Josh Fitzgibbon (20 not out) provided his team with something at the end of the innings as they got through to 86 before losing the final wicket.
Some nerves crept into the Metro camp when they lost both openers Henry Burns and Matt Burgess very early in the chase.
Metro were down on batting firepower but Mitchell van Schaik played a important role in the order for his team with his unbeaten 34 which helped his team to victory with the loss of five wickets.
Jared Simpson finished the game in style when he hit George Mulvey for six to win it and finish with 12 not out.
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