Appleby secure final spot after bowling Albion
Appleby made the most of their second chance to advance to a Southland club one-day final against Metro this weekend after a nervy win over Gore club Albion on Saturday.
Having blown a golden opportunity to secure spot in the final the previous weekend when they dismissed Metro for 107, it might have felt like deja vu for Appleby after they were out for 163 batting first on their home track.
Solid contributions from opener Matt McCallum (61) and skipper Clinton Goad (37) were not supported by their team-mates, with James McClean powering through the tail.
Appleby's last five batsmen produced three runs between them.
While McClean grabbed four for 21, Albion were guilty of some poor discipline with the ball, producing a gift 30 runs in extras, including 20 wides.
Albion's reply got off to a bad start as Daryl Williams ripped through the top order.
He had the first three batsmen all trapped in front as Albion slumped to four for 11.
Steve Waddell hit 35 runs in an effort to spark a recovery.
However, when skipper and key batsman Grant Gutschlag, who is averaging more than 60 runs this season, was trapped in front by Mark Ross for four, and then Ross ran out Craig Marshall, the game was all but over.
Williams claimed the not inconsiderable figures of four for nine from six overs.
Greg Munro helped mop things up with an impressive three wickets for just one run.
Albion, who knocked defending champions Marist out of the competition in a sudden-death semifinal, were all out for 103 in the 32nd over.
However, Saturday's result should not overshadow another top season from the Eastern Southland club as it looks to establish itself in the senior competition ranks.
Appleby 163 (M McCallum 61, C Goad 37, J McClean 4-21) beat Albion 103 (S Waddell 35, R Prattley 20, D Williams 4-9, G Munro 3-1).
- The Southland Times