Twin centuries base for impressive Waikoikoi win

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 19/02/2013

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Waikoikoi have a tight grasp on the Challenge Shield and also the favourite's tag in Southland's Combined Country cricket competition.

On Saturday they defended the Challenge Shield - which is up for grabs when the holders play at home - in style after racking up 346 for two batting first against Invercargill-Old Boys.

Prolific Combined Country run-scorers Jared McKenzie and Grant Anderson both notched up centuries while the in-form Greg Saunders chimed in with an unbeaten 77 in the ruthless display of batting from the home team.

The task of chasing down 346 was daunting and Adam McCall ensured Waikoikoi were not going to have too many struggles in the field by picking up four wickets.

Corey McIntosh was again impressive for Invercargill-Old Boys as he hit 81 in their total of 142 all out.

There was a third century scored in the Combined Country competition on Saturday, by Metro Cubs skipper Karl McKee, who led his team to break a three-game losing streak to topple second-placed Riversdale.

Riversdale batted first and the danger man was Hamish Blakely, who was coming off a double century, and when he chopped a ball on from the bowling of Zak Kelly for 43 Metro knew they had a good chance to restrict the visitors.

Danny George and McKee did a good job with the ball, picking up three wickets apiece as Riversdale got to 188.

McKee then played the major hand in chasing down the required runs as he posted an unbeaten 101 to get Metro to the victory for the loss of just three wickets.

He was well supported at the top by Shaun Turner, who contributed 43.

The fourth-placed Metro Cubs now hold a six-point lead over fifth-placed Wyndale after Tuatapere beat them in a high-scoring contest on Saturday.

Nick Egerton was the key figure for Tuatapere with his unbeaten 81, which secured the victory.

Wyndale had posted a competitive 233 for nine on the back of Aaron Davidson's 52 and Vaughn Stronach's 47 not out, but it still wasn't enough to stop the Tuatapere batsmen from doing the damage.

Waikaka also had a good win on Saturday, posting 193 before Matt Peterson and Nick Reed took three wickets apiece to help bowl Lumsden out for 145.

RJ Allan again was in the runs for Lumsden, scoring 64.

COMBINED COUNTRY

Metro Cubs 190 for three (Karl McKee 101*, Shaun Turner 43; M King 1-11), beat Riversdale 188 all out (Hamish Blakely 43, Michael Hall 27, Matt Wilson 25; Karl McKee 3-14, Danny George 3-24) by 7 wickets.

Tuatapere 235 for seven (Nick Egerton 81*, Chris Norman 52, Jim Ferris 38; Caleb Young 2-40 Vaughn Webber 2-53), beat Wyndale 233 for nine (Aaron Davidson 52, Vaughn Stronach 47*; Simon Van Dam 4-49, J Roff 3-39) by 3 wickets.

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Waikoikoi 346 for two (Jared McKenzie 110*, Grant Anderson 103 retired, Greg Saunders 77*; Anna Wilson 1-53) beat Invercargill-Old Boys 142 all out (Corey McIntosh 81, Adam McCall 4-39; Cameron Craw 2-34) by 204 runs.

Waikaka 193 all out (Paul Monteith 40, Bryan Smith 31, James Bell 27*; Jason Gerkin 2-21, RJ Allan 2-38) beat Lumsden 145 all out (RJ Allan 64; Matt Peterson 3-13, Nick Reed 3-41) by 48 runs.

NB: No results were provided for Appleby-Marist game.

- The Southland Times

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