Blakely hits 203 for Riversdale
Hamish Blakely was the toast of Riversdale on Saturday as he completed something astonishing in Southland's Combined Country club cricket competition.
In Riversdale on Saturday playing against Lumsden Blakely produced the individual highlight of the 2012/13 Southland club cricket season when delivered a masterclass in batting, racking up an unbeaten 203.
He opened the batting and carried his bat through Riversdale's 40 overs to bring up the century, racking up five runs per over on his own.
His double century was the catalyst to Riversdale's 364 for five batting first, and it had Combined Country competition followers trying to cast their mind back to other players over the years that have posted 200.
Wyndale's Scott Gutsell and Waikoikoi's Blair McKenzie are the most recent to do it while others who have been recalled to have done it in the Combined Country grade are Peter Ruddick and Martin Turnbull.
The last player to have brought up a double century in Southland's senior competition is believed to be Michael Lamont playing for Metro against Gore in a 50-over-per-side game.
To Lumsden's credit while the chase was always going to be out of their reach they did put up a good fight, posting 268 in reply on the back of RJ Allan's 82 and Darren Bauke's 79.
In other games on Saturday Waikoikoi maintained their competition lead on the back of an impressive 92 from Greg Saunders and an outstanding all-round display from Jared McKenzie.
Saunders was the key contributor with the bat against Wyndale as Waikoikoi posted 250 for six batting first with the support coming from McKenzie.
McKenzie then ripped through the Wyndale batting lineup, taking five for eight to reduce the visitors to 141 all out despite Scott Gutsell's 61.
Tuatapere gave their playoff hopes a huge boost when they toppled the Metro Cubs.
Batting first Metro struggled through to 163 which was below par considering the short boundaries and quick outfield at Metro.
Spinner Daniel Mills opened the bowling and did give his team some hope when he took three wickets but Tuatapere dug in and assured.
They got home with three wickets remaining.
Waikaka's Richard Cooke and Nick Reed led their team to a win over Marist on Saturday.
Cooke's half century helped them get through to 186 before Reed took five wickets to bowl Marist out for 126.
Invercargill-Old Boys continued their promising debut season in the Combined Country grade, beating fellow Invercargill-based club Appleby by five wickets.
Nick McMurtrie was the star of the show claiming five wickets before notching up a half century.
Waikoikoi 250 for six (Greg Saunders 92, Jared McKenzie 47, Nathan Howden 31*; Scott Gutsell 3-48) beat Wyndale 141 all out (Scott Gutsell 61, Shannon Gutsell 26, Steve Gutsell 21; Jared McKenzie 5-8) by 111 runs.
Tuatapere 165 for seven (Paul Templeton 37*, J Norman 29, Ryan Egerton 28; Daniel Mills 3-31) beat Metro 163 all out (Danny George 43, Darren Sheehy 31; Nick Egerton 3-14, Tama Toomata 2-24, J Norman 2-26) by 3 wickets.
Riversdale 364 for five (Hamish Blakely 203*, James McKee 66*; Jason Gerkin 3-52) beat Lumsden 268 all out (RJ Allan 82, Darren Baucke 79, Jason Gerkin 28; Jarrod Kay 4-67, James McKee 3-32, Angus Gibb 2-44) by 96 runs.
Waikaka 186 all out (Richard Cooke 52, Blake Lloyd 37, Jesse Small 19; Jamie Curry 2-11, Patrick Wilkes 2-22) beat Marist 126 all out (Callum Smith 43, Jay Changlani 24; Nick Reed 5-30, Bryan Smith 2-16) by 60 runs.
Invercargill-Old Boys 145 for five (Nick McMutrie 50; Rick Rima 3-11, Steve White 1-8) beat Appleby 144 all out (Rick Rima 31*, Jordan Todd 27, Nathan Smith 24, Nick McMutrie 5-16, Brent Wilson 3-13) by 5 wickets.
- The Southland Times