Kay's whirlwind ton deals crushing blow
Jarrod Kay and Ross McCall were the individual stars in round two of Southland's Combined Country cricket competition on Saturday when they both racked up centuries.
Kay strode to the crease with his Riversdale team sitting in a tricky position at 61 for five in the game against Albion.
In the next 24 overs, Kay dispatched the ball to all parts, producing a remarkable unbeaten 154, which included 11 sixes and 10 fours, off just 98 balls.
After the difficult start, Kay's efforts helped Riversdale get through to 255 for seven from their 40 overs.
The young Albion team did its best to chase the total, with Hamish Watson gritty at the top seeing off 51 balls for his 21 and Jack Mockford facing 44 balls in his knock of 19, but it come well short, being bowled out for 86.
McCall, the other century-maker on Saturday, scored 189 in Waikoikoi's total of 332 against the SBHS Colts team.
Ethan Yeo did provide a highlight for the Southland Boys' High School team when he grabbed a hat-trick with the ball and also picked up a runout and a catch.
Unfortunately for the students, they also struggled in reply and were bowled out for 65.
Central-Western picked up their first win after a three-season hiatus from Southland club cricket when they beat Appleby in Invercargill.
Batting first, Appleby were bowled out for 134, with Rowan Findlay the chief destroyer, taking four for 26.
In wasn't all plain sailing for Central-Western as they lost eight wickets in the chase but Nick Egerton's unbeaten 53 was enough to ensure victory.
For the second week in a row, the Metro Cubs passed 300 when they scored 327 for seven batting first against Lumsden at Metro.
Tyler McLean (39 from 19 balls) and Daniel mills (30 from 28 balls) got Metro off to a flier but Lumsden were able to peg it back, containing the home side to 98 for four at one stage.
However, a rapid-fire 78 off 44 balls by Jake Fluery was key to Metro reaching 327 for seven.
Lumsden made a good fist of their chase, with four of their top five all passing 30. However, the wheels fell off, with five batsmen not able to register a run as Lumsden were bowled out for 206.
Wyndale were also in the winners' circle when they grabbed a eight-wicket win over Waikaka.
Brandon Sclanders was the key contributor, taking four wickets to help bowl Waikaka out for 132.
Wyndale then chased the target down with the loss of only two wickets, thanks mainly to Aaron Davidson's unbeaten 62.
- The Southland Times