Gibb dominates game for Riversdale

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 29/01/2013

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Angus Gibb produced a stunning day's cricket to lead Riversdale to a win in Southland's Combined Country competition on Saturday.

Gibb first played a key hand with the bat with his 48 - along with Hamish Blakely's knock of 93 - getting Riversdale through to 205 for eight from their 40 overs against Wyndale.

Despite Riversdale's good total former Southland representative Scott Gutsell still managed to produce figures of six for 17.

While his batting was handy, it was Gibb's contribution with the ball that had the biggest impact on the game.

He claimed seven for 50 as Wyndale were bowled out for 137 in their attempt for 206.

An unbeaten 85 from Steve Egerton propelled Tuatapere into the top four of the competition.

Heading into Saturday's round, Tuatapere sat in fifth place behind Wyndale.

However, with Wyndale dropping their game to second-placed Riversdale, it meant Tuatapere's seven-wicket win over Waikaka was enough to push their way into fourth place with six games left in the round-robin series before the playoffs.

Batting first, Waikaka posted 184 with the Eastern Southland team posting starts but no batsman going on to a substantial score.

Paul Templeton was the chief destroyer taking three for 16.

In reply Tuatapere made relatively light work of the chase thanks to Egerton's efforts while Shaun Charlton also chipped in with an unbeaten 35 in what was a good partnership between the pair.

Lumsden's Darren Baucke also produced an individual highlight in round 12 of the competition on Saturday when he notched up a century against Invercargill-Old Boys. His knock of 100, along with Greg Walker's unbeaten 51, got Lumsden through to 242 for five batting first.

Invercargill-Old Boys, to their credit, did make a good shot at chasing down the target getting through to 217 before losing their last wicket.

Marist toppled top-four side Metro Cubs on Saturday in what was a relatively evenly matched contest played at Marist.

Batting first Marist got off to a impressive start thanks to Vaughn Friedl (60) and Isaac Fluery (48) but Metro were able to pull it back to chasing 205 after at one stage eyeing a likely target of closer to 300.

Metro made a disastrous start to their chase before some hitting in the middle-order from Daniel Mills (57) and Jon Henery gave them some hope.

Marist, however, hung on to limit Metro to 179 and grab a much-deserved victory.

Patrick Wilkes claimed a five-wicket bag for Marist in the process.

Waikoikoi as expected maintained their place at the top of the standings with a win over Appleby on Saturday.

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Appleby made 135 batting first with Mark Lemon (53 not out) the key contributor, but that was never going to be enough against the powerful Waikoikoi batting lineup.

They chased it down with the loss of only three wickets as Jared McKenzie backed up his couple of wickets with the ball with a half century.

- Southland

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