Schoolboy stars in Old Boys' upset win
Invercargill-Old Boys pulled off the upset of the round in Southland's Combined Country competition on Saturday and a 13-year-old boy starred in the process.
Invercargill-Old Boys travelled to take on the more fancied second-placed Riversdale and came away with a confidence-boosting eight run win.
Batting first, Invercargill-Boys racked up 260 for five which was built on the impressive 163-run third wicket partnership by Corey McIntosh and 13-year-old Jono Allen.
Allen - a James Hargest pupil and Southland under-15 representative - produced what Southland Cricket Association development officer Emma Campbell described as the best innings she had seen from a junior boys cricketer in the province.
He built his innings of 81 well after a slow start and gave just one tough chance throughout the innings. At the other end the older McIntosh provided the power hitting some big sixes in his knock of 96.
The impressive 260 for five put plenty of pressure on the Riversdale batsmen and they did respond, going ever so close to victory.
Angus Gibb was the star of the show with the bat for Riversdale, smashing 83 with his 50 believed to come off just 15 balls.
Despite the spirited effort Riversdale fell eight runs short of victory.
Former New Zealand women's leg-spinner Emma Campbell picked up three wickets.
The Metro Cubs' run with the Challenge Shield came to an end on Saturday after they were comfortably beaten by competition leaders Waikoikoi.
Metro batted first at their home ground at Queens Park and struggled with their total of just 116 never going to be enough against the powerful Waikoikoi lineup.
Wrist-spinner Daniel Mills gave his team some hope when he chipped out former Metro player Grant Anderson second ball of the chase but the confidence died quickly.
Nathan Howden (45), Jared McKenzie (36*) and Glen Paterson (23*) ensured they cruised past the required target with the loss of only two wickets.
Andrew Mackway-Jones was the key figure in Marist's crushing victory over Lumsden.
He firstly top-scored in Marist's 141 with a knock of 47 before taking an outstanding five for seven with the ball to help bowl Lumsden out for only 49.
Daniel Stronach helped Wyndale to a win over Waikaka with his knock of 77 a key factor in getting his team through to 253 batting first.
That was also going to be difficult for Waikaka although Richard did post a half century in the losing effort as they were bowled out for 192 with Shannon Gutsell claiming four wickets.
Tuatapere were the other winners on Saturday which maintained their place in the top four.
They beat Appleby who did provide a good fight on the back of Nathan Smith's unbeaten 85.
Marist 141 all out (Andrew Mackway Jones 47, Jay Changlani 34; Mohammed Valibhai 4-25) beat Lumsden 49 all out (Abhijeet Maladkar 17; Andrew Mackway Jones 5-7, Patrick Wilkes 3-16) by 92 runs.
Invercargill-Old Boys 260 for five (Corey McIntosh 96, Jono Allen 81, C Ryan 36; A Webster 2-20) beat Riversdale 252 for 9 (Angus Gibb 83, T Martin 42; Emma Campbell 3-68, Brent Wilson 2-38) by 8 runs.
Tuatapere 186 for six (Ryan Egerton 57, Shaun Charlton 45*; Keri Craig 3-45 Brad Townsend 2-31) beat Appleby Cannons 184 for nine (Nathan Smith 85* Jordan Todd 24; Nick Egerton 3-25, Shaun Charlton 2-25) by 4 wickets.
Waikoikoi 117 for two (Nathan Howden 45, Jared McKenzie 36* Glen Paterson 23*; Zack Kelly 1-19) beat Metro Cubs 115 all out (Shaun Turner 30 Daniel Mills 23 Karl McKee 23; Nathan Howden 3-30, Cameron Craw 2-10, Jared McKenzie 2-19) by 8 wickets.
Wyndale 253 all out (Daniel Stronach 77, Scott Gutsell 45, Shannon Gutsell 32; James Bells 2-30, Brian Smith 2-32), Waikaka 192 all out (Richard Cooke 50, Paul Monteith 33; Shannon Gutsell 4-51, Logan McLellan 2-30) by 61 runs.
The Southland Times