Last pair get Albion home and in playoffs

Jamie Clark brought up his 100th senior wicket on Saturday during Appleby's commanding 10-wicket win over Southland Boys' High School.

Clark has been a regular face for the Appleby club during the past decade and has been a key contributor, including captaining them to last season's senior one-day final.

On Saturday he took three for 30 from his 10 overs to rip the middle out of the school batting lineup and help skittle them for just 110.

Another Appleby veteran did the damage at the top with club life member Greg Munro taking three early wickets.

SBHS player/coach Craig Smith (27*) and Tom Laidlaw (20) helped add some respectability to the score but it wasn't enough.

Appleby made light work of the chase as openers Mark Ross (63*) and Matt McCallum (43*) ensured it was an emphatic win and with 24.4 overs up their sleeve.

Appleby's win ensured they are guaranteed a place in the top two for the playoffs after they pulled clear of Marist, who lost in disappointing fashion on Saturday.

Marist only fielded nine players when batting first at Queens Park and their innings was all over at 76 for eight.

Jason Boyle was the chief destroyer with the ball taking three for 10 off seven overs.

Marist spinner Jeremy Boyle picked up Invercargill-Old Boys opener Simon Wadworth for five but the chase was still a comfortable one as Southland representatives Jason Domigan (31*) and Ryan Meyer (39*) passed the target with 29.3 overs remaining and nine wickets in hand.

Albion also were winners on Saturday but didn't make such an easy fist of chasing a small target against the Metro Tigers.

The Albion bowlers did a superb job with the ball, giving the Metro batsmen little to hit.

Shane Harper put the squeeze on, opening the bowling and getting through his 10 overs on the trot to finish with three for 26.

Richard Jury, spinner Michael Grattan and Grant Gutschlag also did a good containing job before James McLean came on and finished off the Metro order, taking four for 12 in an impressive display.

When Albion were 57 for none in reply with Kieran Lloyd and Mark Hunter looking comfortable, the game looked all but over.

But when Lloyd went and then 16-year-old Jared Simpson was introduced to the bowling crease, the game changed dramatically, setting up a thrilling finish.

Albion lost nine wickets for 49 runs on the back of an outstanding spell by Simpson who took five wickets and he was backed up by slick catching from Osborne and Hamish Skelt.

However, Albion No 10 Jury and No 11 McLean ensured they eked out the required runs to get their team home with one wicket to spare.

The win was enough to cement Albion a place in the playoffs with one round remaining.

Appleby 115 for none (M Ross 63*, M McCallum 42*), SBHS 110 all out (C Smith 27*, T Laidlaw 20; J Clark 10-0-30-3, G Munro 8-0-34-3, M McCallum 6-1-14-2, C Johnstone 7-1-12-1). Albion 108 for nine (K Lloyd 30, S Waddell 16; J Simpson 10-0-23-5, J Crisp 10-4-17-2), Metro Tigers 107 all out (J Osborne 30, H Cooke 20, H Skelt 15; J McLean 7.2-1-12-4, S Harper 10-2-26-3, G Gutschlag 7-1-13-2, R Jury 10-1-23-1). Invercargill-Old Boys 82 for one (R Meyer 39*, J Domigan 31*; Jeremy Boyle 7-0-33-1), Marist 76 for eight (J O'Connell 21, S Patterson 19, J Ten Hoorn Boer 18; J Boyle 7-4-10-3, J Domigan 8-3-19-2). 

The Southland Times