Upset wins the order of the day

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 17/12/2013

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Waikaka and Central-Western added some spice to the Combined Country club cricket competition on Saturday producing two upset wins.

Waikoikoi and the Metro Cubs looked to be the frontrunners in the Combined Country title race but were knocked over by Central-Western and Waikaka respectively, who sit closer to the bottom than the top of the table.

Waikaka bowled first against a Metro lineup who hadn't been bowled out this season prior to Saturday and had averaged around the 300-mark for each game.

Waikaka, led by Bryan Smith who took three wickets, rolled through the Metro team bowling them out for just 118.

In reply, Waikaka took a steady approach to ensure they got the upset win at home and they passed the target for the loss of just five wickets.

It was also a good bowling performance that got the Central-Western Wolves home in their upset win over Waikoikoi.

Batting first the usually powerful Waikoikoi lineup could only muster 129 despite Nathan Howden chipping in with 48.

Central-Western lost a couple of early wickets in reply to be 2 for 3, but regathered to get the win with the loss of only five wickets.

Lumsden also recorded a confidence boosting win on Saturday with a commanding victory over the Appleby Cannons.

Batting first Lumsden put together 216 for seven, thanks mainly to Sanjay Undre's unbeaten knock of 98.

Undre then starred with the ball taking three wickets for just four runs as Appleby were bowled out for 75.

Wyndale made the trip to Gore on Saturday where they got the win over Albion but not without a battle.

Batting first the young Albion team racked up a competitive 196 for seven with Hamish Watson contributing 45.

Caleb Young and Scott Gutsell picked up two wicketseach for Wyndale before Gutsell ended up being the key with the bat in their run chase.

He notched 71 and Wyndale eventually got home for a two-wicket win.

Leg-spinner Jack Mockford and Ben Lockrose were standouts with the ball for Albion taking three wickets each.

The Southland Boys' High School second 11 also put up a good fight but fell short in their showdown with Riversdale.

Batting first the students posted 225 for seven, thanks mainly to Liam McWilliam's knock of 82.

Matt Wilson lead Riversdale's run chase as they overhauled the target with just two wickets to spare.

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