McLachlan stars as Old Boys crush Appleby
Sam McLachlan signed off the 2013 Southland cricket year in impressive fashion on Saturday when he played a starring role in Invercargill-Old Boys' crushing nine-wicket win over the Appleby Rams.
The showdown at Queens Park was the only game played on Saturday, with the Metro-Marist game called off because of a flooded outfield and the SBHS v Waikoikoi game cancelled because of weather.
It was a delayed start to the Declaration series game at Queens Park so the game cut back to a 100-over contest, with the team batting first getting a maximum of 53 overs and the second team 47.
However, after 32 overs and Appleby at 119 for six, play was halted again because of rain.
The match was shortened again to 76 overs maximum (40 overs for the team batting first and 36 overs for the second team).
It left eight overs for Appleby to bat and they got through to 151, 13-2- 13, before they lost their last wicket with three balls unused in the innings.
At one stage Appleby were reeling at 43 for six but Mahesh Shanmugasundaram knock of 75 propelled them to competitive total.
Southland representative Jonathan Hodson was the key to the Invercargill-Old Boys bowling effort, taking six for 37 off his 13 overs.
It meant the AWS-sponsored Invercargill-Old Boys team had 36 overs to get to the 152 needed for victory and this is where McLachlan come into play.
Opening the batting, McLachlan smashed 101 from just 72 balls, which included four sixes and 15 fours, as he almost single-handedly got his team home for victory.
He put on 57 with Chris Menzies (17) for the first wicket and then teamed up with Amarpreet Singh (36*) as they put on an unbeaten 100-run second-wicket partnership to get their team through to 157 for one from just 24.3 overs.
The victory puts Invercargill-Old Boys in the box seat in the Declaration competition with just three rounds to play.
Southland club cricket will take a break during the Christmas and New Year period and will return on January 11.
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