Philpot bowls Marist into second round
A five-wicket haul from Joel Philpot has helped propel Marist to a round-one win in the Southland-Otago club knockout competition yesterday.
Marist took on Kings High School yesterday in Invercargill and came up trumps after posting a relatively modest total.
Batting first, they got through to 147 in beautiful conditions at Miller Street.
Then Philpot stepped up, taking five wickets as the Dunedin school team crumbled for just 97 to finish 50 runs short.
Marist is the only Southland club that will advance through to the second round of the knockout competition, which will be played on November 17.
The quarter-final draw will be done tomorrow.
Gore club Albion also took on a Dunedin school team yesterday in round one heading to north to take on Otago Boys' High School.
Albion however failed to chase down the target of 155 set by Otago Boys' High School.
Fellow Southland club Metro also come up short yesterday in what was a 484 run thriller.
Metro won the toss and batted first in the game played at Southland Boys' High School in Invercargill and Otago Volts squad member Ryan Duffy put on a superb display on his way to 127 opening the batting.
He was well supported by fellow opener Matt Burgess (63) who put on 122 for the first wicket setting up thier total of 291 for six batting first.
In most games of club cricket in the Southland-Otago region that would be plenty however the Taieri batsmen set about mowing down the target.
Openers Ash Simpson and Toby Batchelor blazed their way to 120 inside 20 overs without losing a wicket, putting Metro on the back foot.
The home side tried their best to claw it back but it come down to the last over, in which Taieri needed nine off it - and did it, with a couple of balls to spare.
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