Marist grasp chance to to advance
An unbeaten 79 on Saturday from Shaun Fitzgibbon has helped Marist to second-equal in Southland's senior one-day club cricket competition.
Marist went into round 13 on Saturday one win behind Appleby and with a golden chance to take a big step towards qualifying in the top for the playoffs.
It was a golden chance they never let slip.
Against Appleby at Appleby, it was firstly the Marist bowlers that did the job with Stu Adam, Glen Frew and Jeremy Boyle all picking up three wickets apiece as Appleby were reduced to a modest 150 all out in 46.2 overs.
The Marist batsmen then took off the reins to continue the dominance and when openers Fitzgibbon and Damien Eade got through to 70 before Eade was dismissed, the game was effectively Marist's to lose.
A wee scare was sent through the Marist camp when leg-spinner Matt McCallum picked up Kylie Frost and Jacob O'Connell cheaply to make it 100 for three, but Fitzgibbon, along with Jonty Brown (15 not out), ensured that there wouldn't be any major meltdown.
The pair got their team home with seven wickets and 21 overs to spare in what was a commanding victory.
It was teenager Keiran Lloyd who steadied the ship for Albion on Saturday and got his team to a win over Southland Boys' High School.
Batting first, Southland Boys' got through to 149 all out despite at one stage being 38 for five and looking on track for another score under 100.
However, Blake Hansen (37), Jerone Diack (34*), along with Sam Rodden (18*) batting at No 11 offered some much needed resistance, ensuring they batted out the 50 overs and gave their team something to try to defend.
For Albion Southland representative Rhuebyn Prattley was the key man with the ball taking a five-wicket bag.
When promising opening bowlers Nick McCallum and Bailey Andrews grabbed the first three wickets before Albion had reached double figures, it was game on.
It took Lloyd to dig in with an impressive knock of 81 to ensure the visitors pulled themselves out of a hole and on to victory.
Albion passed the target with 16 overs and five wickets still to spare despite the horrible start.
The Metro Tigers on Saturday delivered what looks to be the knockout blow to Invercargill-Old Boys' 2012/13 title hopes.
Invercargill-Old Boys sit in fifth spot in the points standings and probably needed to win their remaining three round-robin games to push into the top four.
The day started well for Invercargill-Old Boys when Jason Domigan won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Domigan then removed Ryan Duffy for just eight, but at the other end fellow opener Mark Beer had sent himself up the order and was punishing.
Beer struck 44 off just 22 balls which included taking his Southland team-mate Jonathan Hodson for 18 off one over.
When he was run out from a sharp piece of fielding from Matt Anderson-Stewart, Metro's momentum was halted a little.
Left-arm wrist spinner Ryan Meyer and medium-pacer Jason Boyle bowled tightly but Matt Burgess (69) and Jason Osborne (52) both posted half centuries and teamed up for an important 91-run fourth wicket stand which helped get Metro through to 235.
With Invercargill-Old Boys possessing a powerful batting lineup, they would have fancied their chances to overhaul the target.
Openers Simon Wadworth and Jason Domigan showed some positive intentions but they were removed in quick succession and were both back in the changing room with 27 runs on the board.
This centred most of the home team's hopes on Australian import Ryan Meyer, but when he was bowled by Jared Simpson it swung heavily in Metro's favour.
James Wadworth did do a good job clawing his team back into the game with his half century and did find some late support from Lewis Risk (15), Jamie May (21), and Anderson-Stewart (19) to give them some hope.
But Hamish Cooke and Jared Simpson took the final four wickets for 31 runs to bank the win.
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