Albion in trouble after Marshall out

NATHAN BURDON
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2012

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Albion were left ruing the loss of Craig Marshall during their run chase against Invercargill Old Boys in Southland club cricket on Saturday.

The home team looked comfortable at the halfway stage at Hamilton Park after dismissing the visitors for 149, a score dominated by Simon Wadworth's 83, one of only three batsmen to graduate to double figures.

Englishman Rich Jury, in his debut for the club, was the main destroyer for Albion, claiming the prize wicket of Wadworth and then using his tall frame to good advantage to mop up the Old Boys tail with his right-arm mediums as they lost their last three wickets without adding a run to the total.

Albion's run chase made a tentative start before Marshall looked to add some starch to it.

However, after reaching 36 and looking ready to bat his team to a result, he top edged an attempted pull shot into his cheekbone. He had to be taken to hospital for stitches and did not return to the game.

Having gone through to 114, but with only nine available batsmen, Albion lost their last five wickets for nine runs.

Metro opening batsman Matt Burgess' 70 and a handy 43 from Henry Burns helped their team through to a defendable total of 240 against Appleby.

Clinton Goad's strong season continued with three wickets for Appleby and it got even better when he scored 76 batting first drop.

Despite a bright start, Appleby slumped later in their innings against Hamish Cooke, who claimed four for 26, and James Crisp, who took four for 35, as they were bundled out for 156 to give Metro an 84-run victory.

Defending champions Marist claimed their first win of the 50-over competition, with a four wicket win over Southland Boys' High School.

Player-coach Chris Neylon and Blake Hansen provided some resistance in the middle order as the students compiled 164 before being dismissed with three balls left in their innings.

Sean Adam's 47 provided Marist with a winning knock as they chased down the Boys' High total with 12 overs to spare.

This weekend marks the final round of club cricket before the Christmas break.

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