Metro Cubs flay Appleby with 302-1
An astonishing 288-run, second-wicket partnership from the Metro Cubs' Shaun Turner and Karl McKee was the highlight of the round in Southland's Combined Country cricket competition on Saturday.
Playing against Appleby, Metro captain McKee elected to bat first.
Appleby chipped out opener Zak Kelly for 10 in the fifth over with the score at 14 before Turner and McKee put Appleby under the pump for the next 35 overs in the 40-over per side contest.
Turner was the first to bring up his hundred and was soon followed by McKee reaching triple figures as they went through the innings unbeaten, finishing on 141 and 128 respectively.
Their impressive stand meant the Metro Cubs, playing at their home ground at Queens Park, posted 302 for one from their 40 overs - a score that was always going to take something special to topple.
When wrist spinner Daniel Mills opened the bowling and took the first four wickets without either of the batsmen reaching double figures, Appleby's hopes were dashed.
Mills' fellow opener Cody Tohill was also impressive with the ball and picked up a couple of wickets, as did Danny George.
Kerry Craig came in at No 10 in the order because of a knee injury and gave the Appleby lineup something to cheer about late in the game when he struck a rapid-fire 59 which included some big sixes.
He was eventually caught and bowled by Cody Mason for 59 and the Appleby innings came to a close at 133.
Metro sit second equal on the Combined Country points standing with Riversdale, who also recorded a comfortable win on Saturday. They beat Tuatapere by nine wickets after Tuatapere were bowled out for 85 with Jarrod Kay (four for 21) and James McKee (three for 11) the chief destroyers.
The match between competition leaders Waikoikoi and Waikaka was abandoned on Saturday.
Metro Cubs 302 for one (Shaun Turner 141* Karl McKee 128*, Kerry Craig 1-36) beat Appleby 133 all out (Kerry Craig 59, Daniel Mills 4-29, Cody Tohill 2-21, Danny George 2-8) by 169 runs Riversdale 86 for one (Angus Gibb 50, Anthony Burrows 26*, W Todd 1-14) beat Tuatapere 85 all out (R Egerton 32, Jarrod Kay 4-21, James McKee 3-11) by 9 wickets Waikaka v Waikoikoi – match abandoned because of rain. * Results from the Marist v Invercargill-Old Boys and the Lumsden v Wyndale games were not supplied.
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