Invercargill-Old Boys show renewed confidence
Invercargill-Old Boys have fast become the success story of the first half of the 2012-13 Combined Country club cricket season after pulling off a confidence-boosting win over Tuatapere last Saturday.
The Invercargill-Old Boys club grew its numbers in the off-season to the point they could enter a team in the Combined Country competition to go with their senior team in the top flight club competition.
Invercargill-Old Boys' entry in the Combined Country competition means every Invercargill-based club now has a senior and senior reserve team which is a positive sign for cricket in Southland after playing numbers being a concern five years ago.
After getting settled in the competition in round seven last Saturday Invercargill-Old Boys recorded their first win thanks mainly to a new recruit.
After four years out from cricket Dylan McIntosh made an impressive return when he scored a match-winning 103 in his first game for Invercargill-Old Boys.
His century along with Corey McIntosh's 65 helped Invercargill-Old Boys to a outstanding 235-5 from their 40 overs which lumped pressure on the Tuatapere batting lineup before they faced their first ball.
It was then former White Ferns and current Otago Sparks leg-spinner Emma Campbell who provided the killer punch with the ball for Invercargill-Old Boys.
She picked up4-10, while the centurion (McIntosh) also chipped in with two wickets himself as Invercargill-Old Boys restricted the visiting Tuatapere team to just 147.
The inform Jimmy McKee posted 91 on Saturday to help Riversdale to victory over Waikaka in a high-scoring affair.
Batting first McKee and Angus Gibb (73) did the damage with the bat for Riversdale, racking up 239-8 in their 40 overs.
Waikaka did take a good shot at toppling the target though as they got through to 217 before losing their last wicket.
Wyndale toppled previous top-of-the-table the Metro Cubs at home last Saturday, with Scott Gutsell again to the fore.
Metro managed to get through to 156, batting first, on the back of a half century to Jay Chawla and a handy 29 from Jake Fluery.
For Wyndale it was Shannon Gutsell (4-32) and Caleb Young (3-20) who did the damage with the ball before Scott Gutsell showcased his skills with the bat.
He finished 71 not out as Wyndale passed the target five down.
Despite being in the losing team spinner Raj Singh again impressed for the Metro Cubs bowing eight tidy overs where he took 3-15.
Lumsden banked what would have probably have been regarded an upset over the Appleby Cannons last Saturday.
The visiting Appleby team posted a competitive 172, batting first, but Lumsden made relatively light work of the chase overhauling the target for the loss of only three wickets. Darren Bauke led the way with his half century and found support from Sanjay Undre (38).
In the fifth game that was scheduled Marist defaulted to Waikoikoi.
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