Kaikorai hit Metro club hard

Southland cricket's first foray into the final of the Otago/Southland club cricket knockout competition is not one the Metro club will remember fondly.

Keen to make the most of their history-making appearance in the regional final against Kaikorai in Dunedin yesterday, Metro looked to have put themselves into the game when they limited the home team to 198 for eight from their 50 overs.

Mark Beer took four for 37 from 10 overs, while James Crisp claimed two for 24 from eight, with Hamish Cooke and Brayden Lindsay both taking wickets.

Unfortunately, Metro offered little in reply in a result that shouldn't reflect the relative level of club cricket between the two provinces.

After Matt Burgess went in the third ball of the innings, Metro found themselves in big trouble, losing their first four wickets for six runs.

They managed to stage a mini-recovery, with Beer and Cooke lashing out with the bat in the hope of late miracle, but were eventually bowled out for 66 in the 30th over.

Beer top-scored for Metro with 15, while four batsmen failed to get off the mark.

Backed up by some outstanding fielding, Tom Myles took four for 17 from eight overs, while former Canterbury leg spinner Tim Muir claimed three wickets for five runs.

Kaikorai will advance to the national finals in Auckland next year.

The Southland Times