Duffy delivers big time for Metro Tigers
Take a bow Ryan Duffy.
The 21-year-old turned in a sublime individual display in Southland's senior one-day competition on Saturday to help the Metro Tigers beat Marist by 79 runs.
Metro captain Mark Beer won the toss and elected to bat first in beautiful batting conditions at Metro.
Duffy capitalised on the short boundaries and quick outfield as he plundered 159, the third highest score in the Metro club's history behind Michael Lamont's 201 against Gore and Geoff Folster's 175 against Invercargill-Old Boys.
He racked up 19 fours and five sixes in the impressive knock, which was his second century of the club season.
He also scored a century in a Southland trial before Christmas and made 96 from 85 balls against Invercargill-Old Boys in the last weekend of club cricket before the Christmas break.
Duffy and Beer put on 65 for the first wicket on Saturday before Shaun Fitzgibbon snuck one through Beer and bowled him for 26.
From there it was all Duffy as the other Metro batsmen took a back seat, feeding him the strike as the wicketkeeper-batsman almost single-handedly got his team through to 266 from their 50 overs.
In Marist's reply, Hamish Cooke struck early to remove Damien Eade and Fitzgibbon with the score on 27 and when spinner James Crisp had Jacob O'Connell caught at point Marist were struggling at 42-3 , which become 64-4 when Crisp also grabbed Shaun Adam.
Jonty Brown and George Mulvey then played well in a Marist fightback to put on 86 for the fifth wicket.
At the drinks break they had pulled back the equation and a tight finish was in store as Marist needed a run a ball heading into the last 15 overs.
But when Kylie Frost was trapped lbw first ball and dangerman Brown was removed for 69 the task become too difficult.
Despite some late hitting by Stu Adam in an entertaining, unbeaten 27, Metro medium pacer Brayden Lindsay ran through the tail to take 4-28 and ensure Metro the win as Marist were all out for 187.
Duffy's innings was the ideal tune up before he headed to Dunedin to play games for Otago A this week.
He will be joined by fellow Southlanders Ryan Meyer and Hamish O'Brien.
O'Brien is coming off a strong tournament with Otago under-19 and has received a callup to the Otago A setup.
Invercargill-Old Boys got their one-day campaign back on track on Saturday with a convincing six-wicket win over Southland Boys' High School.
Chris Menzies started proceedings for Invercargill-Old Boys when he grabbed both openers early in Southland Boys' High School's innings before he finished with four wickets.
Player-coach Chris Neylon tried his best to steady the ship with his 30 and found a bit of support from Tom Laidlaw (18) and Ryan Ackland (16), but it wasn't enough.
Leg-spinner Ryan Meyer produced panic in the middle order, including removing former Volts Craig Smith for a duck, as the pupils were bowled out for 123 in 44 overs.
With a top four made up of Southland representatives, Invercargill-Old Boys were always odds on to chase down the target of 124 and that proved to be the case.
They grabbed the victory for the loss of only four wickets and with 15 overs in hand.
James Ng showed some promise for Southland Boys' High with his leg-spinners as he picked up a couple of wickets.
Albion gave their 2012-13 one-day playoff hopes another major boost on Saturday with their 14-run victory over Appleby.
Albion batted first and Appleby did well to restrict the powerful batting lineup to 155-8 from their 50 overs.
The score could have been a lot less if Hayden Potter didn't chip in with a handy, unbeaten 24 late in the innings, while as usual Grant Gutschlag (31) provided the Gore-based club with some stability in the middle order.
In reply, Appleby lost three early wickets before Clinton Goad and Culum Johnstone dug in to put on 101 for the fourth wicket and put their team in a strong position to win at 126-3.
However, they crumbled, losing their six remaining wickets for 15 to be bowled out for 141.
Rhuebyn Prattley delivered the key breakthrough for Albion, picking up three wickets, including Goad.
Metro Tigers 266 for six (R Duffy 159, M Beer 26, J Simpson 18 not out; J Boyle 10-0-40-2, S Fitzgibbon 7-1-34-1), Marist 187 all out (J Brown 69, Stu Adams 27 not out, G Mulvey 26; B Lindsay 9.5-1-28-4, H Cooke 5-1-19-2, J Crisp 8-3-22-2). Invercargill-Old Boys 124 for four (J Wadworth 37*, R Meyer 30, S Wadworth 22, J Domigan 19; J Ng 6.4-2-13-2, C Neylon 10-2-23-1, R Ackland 7-0-37-1), SBHS 123 all out (C Neylon 30, T Laidlaw 18, R Ackland 16; C Menzies 7-1-29-4, R Meyer 10-2-26-3, M Anderson-Stewart 7-2-15-1, T Ramsay 8-2-22-1). Albion 155 for eight (G Gutschlag 31, H Potter 24*, M Grattan 24, J Catto 22; M Ross 10-4-16-2, J Clark 10-1-27-2, C Goad 5-0-33-2), Appleby 141 all out (C Goad 48, C Johnstone 34, S White 13; R Prattley 6-0-23-3, J McLean 3-0-9-1, S Harpur 7-1-19-1, M Grattan 10-0-26-1).
The Southland Times