Captain's knock steers Marist to vital win

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 04/02/2013

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Marist captain Jacob O'Connell produced a brilliant unbeaten century on Saturday to help his club to an important win over Albion in Southland's senior one-day cricket competition.

Batting first Marist made a less than favourable start when both Kylie Frost and Jonty Brown were removed early.

O"Connell, however, walked to the crease and joined Damien Eade as the two experienced customers steadied the ship.

When Eade went for 37 O'Connell continued his domination of the Albion bowlers as he marched his way to an outstanding knock of 125.

The Marist captain found support from Jeremy Boyle lower in the order who chipped in with a handy 28 but this was all about O'Connell as his stay at the crease almost single-handedly got his team through to 230 from its 50 overs.

Keiren Lloyd (44) and Steve Waddell (26) gave their team some glimmer of hope in the run chase but when Marist went to spin the Albion charge started to falter.

Boyle and Harrison bowled 20 impressive overs between them, taking six wickets and going for only 55 runs with their off-spinners.

Albion ended up being bowled out for 161 with 10 overs remaining.

The win was a big one for Marist as they pull away from Albion and sit outright third in the points standings with three round-robin games left to be played.

Appleby dealt Invercargill-Old Boys another killer blow to their playoff hopes as they grabbed a thrilling four-run win.

Appleby posted 207 for eight batting first with Callum Clark the major contributor with his knock of 66 while Richard Abbott, making a comeback for his Invercargill-Old Boys club, was the pick of the bowlers taking three for 25 from his 10 overs.

Abbott then went about trying his best with the bat to get his team in position to grab the much-needed competition points with a knock of 59, and at 126 for two Invercargill-Old Boys looked on the way to victory.

However they lost four wickets in the space of 35 runs as the wheels started to fall off the chase.

Lewis Risk, batting at seven, provided his team some home with his knock of 31 but they had left themselves too much work to do as they finished their 50 overs five runs short of victory.

The Metro Tigers delivered Southland Boys' High School a crushing defeat on Saturday as they firmed their position at the top of the table.

Metro captain Jason Osborne won the toss and chose to have a bat first on the grass pitch at Southland Boys' High School.

The move looked to be dicey when Osborne and fellow opener Matt Burgess were removed by Nick McCallum to have them reeling at 24 for two.

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However Geoff Folster - who was playing his first game of the 2012-13 season - teamed up with Mitchell van Schaik to put on 122 for the third wicket in an impressive showcase of batting.

Folster hit 10 boundaries in a knock of 68 while van Schaik played some outstanding shots in his 41.

When van Schaik top-edged an attempted pull shot of the bowling of Bailey Andrews and Folster was caught at point from the first ball of Tom Laidlaw's spell, the Metro innings hit a large speed bump.

Nick Cantwell hit three boundaries in a cameo of 15 but there was little left as the visitors were bowled out for 205 with an over to spare.

As it turned out it was more than enough.

The Metro bowling attack led by 17-year-old Cantwell ripped through the pupils batting lineup with the first three Southland Boys' High School batsmen departing without scoring.

Cantwell took three for five runs in an impressive seven-over spell while spinner James Crisp finished off proceedings, taking three for eight in 3.3 overs as the homeside were bowled out for just 50.

Pete Grandiek was the only Southland Boys' High School batsman to reach double figures in the innings.

- The Southland Times

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