Metro's Cooke 125 sets up team's total
Hamish Cooke has scored his first senior club 100 with the Metro opener providing the individual highlight in round four of Southland's senior one-day competition on Saturday.
Batting first against Marist, Cooke batted through the entire Metro innings on his way to a well paced 125 not out, setting up his team's total of 260 for two from their 50 overs.
Cooke put on 106 for the first wicket with Matt Burgess before Burgess departed on 49 when he was trapped in front by Marist spinner Jeremy Boyle.
Hamish O'Brien then chipped in with 21 before Cooke then teamed up with Metro captain Jason Osborne to put on an unbeaten 126 for the fifth wicket.
Cooke's knock of 125 was made that bit more impressive given the difficult scoring conditions with the outfield slow at Marist's Miller St ground following plenty of rain last week.
To Marist's credit their bowlers did toil away well throughout but struggled to contain the in-form Metro batsmen.
In Marist's reply they were in real trouble at 20 for four with left-armer Brayden Lindsay knocking the top order over.
However, new recruit Sam Ward played extremely well in his knock of 79 and he was well supported by Josh Fitzgibbon (20) to get them through to a respectable 162 in reply given the start they had.
Amarpreet Singh was a key figure in Invercargill-Old Boys victory over Appleby on Saturday when the new-comer to Southland senior cricket gave a glimpse of what he can do.
Appleby batted first and posted 153 with Clinton Goad (40) and Mark Ross (39) the key contributors with Chris Menzies and Matt Anderson-Stewart doing a good job to run through Appleby middle to lower order.
While not a large total 153 at this time of the season is still normally competitive, however Singh wasn't having any of that.
The wicketkeeper-batsman racked up 86 as he almost single-handedly put a knife into Appleby's hopes.
Menzies backed up his efforts with the ball scoring 28 opening the batting while James Wadworth was 27 not out.
In the third game played on Saturday, Southland Boys' High School grabbed another confidence boosting win over Waikoikoi.
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