Runout dashes Waikaka's chance
Nothing could separate Waikaka and the Appleby Cannons in Southland's Combined Country competition on Saturday with the teams playing out a rare tied match.
Batting first Appleby posted 106 and Waikaka put themselves in a strong position to win before the wheels started to fall off.
At 105 for nine, needing two runs to win, the Waikaka batsmen scored the run to tie the game and set off for the second run only to be run out, resulting in a drawn game.
Making the result even more dramatic is it was in the final round of the main draw before the competition was split into the top six and bottom six sections.
In the washup it was confirmed that the two points each Appleby and Waikaka received was enough to squeeze them into the top six.
They will join the Metro Cubs, Waikoikoi, Riversdale and Wyndale in the top section while Albion, Central-Western, Tuatapere, Lumsden and the Southland Boys' High School's second XI and Colts teams are in the bottom six competition.
Each team will meet each other once in round-robin play before semifinals.
Riversdale will head into the crunch stage of the season with plenty of confidence after a good win over Tuatapere where both Willy McKee and Jarrod Kay posted centuries.
Riversdale posted 337 for eight which proved too much for Tuatapere, however, Nic Egerton still managed to star for the western Southland club.
He also racked up three figures as he dominated Tuatapere's reply of 197 all out.
Otago under-15 representative spinners Jack Mockford and Ben Lockrose gave a glimpse of their talents when the pair both took four wickets in Albion's win over Lumsden.
The youngsters took charge to bowl Lumsden out for 88 and Albion managed to chase it down with the loss of seven wickets.
Sam McCall was also impressive in his knock of 92 which got Waikoikoi through to 211 for five batting first against Wyndale.
In reply Wyndale feel 47 runs short.
There were also plenty of good individual performances in the Central-Western-SBHS second XI showdown with Matthew Brame's 72 for Central-Western probably the difference as his team posted 209 batting first.
In reply Kyle Schins was impressive with his 55 for the students but it wasn't enough as they were bowled out for 156.
Veteran Malcolm Walker was the best of the Central-Western bowlers taking three wickets.
The Metro Cubs finished the main round-robin part of the season on top of the table after recording a win over the SBHS Colts team.
The youngsters batted first and were bowled out for 95 with Jon Henery the star of the show for Metro taking five for 15.
The Colts did make some early inroads into the Metro batting lineup but captain Karl McKee, who had shuffled himself down the order to give other players opportunities, scored 36* to alleviate any fears in the Metro camp.
Albion 91 for 7 (Conner Miller 19, Darren Baucke 3-22, Harry Pardoe-Burnett 2-22) beat Lumsden 88 all out (Sanjay Undre 24, Darren Baucke 22, Ben Lockrose 4-12, Jack Mockford 4-23) by 3 wickets
Riversdale 337 for 8 (Willy McKee 109, Jarrod Kay 109, Aaron Burrowes 51, Paul Templeton 3-59) beat Tuatapere 197 all out (Nick Egerton 100, Jarrod Kay 3-7, James McKee 2-15) by 140 runs
Appleby Cannons 106 all out (Vaughn Freidel 17, Nick Reed 4-20, Sam Small 2-12, Marc Anderson 2-15) tied with Waikaka 106 all out (Nick Reed 36, Marc Anderson 15, Rikki Rima 3-11, Dave Pethick 3-22)
Central-Western 209 all out (Matthew Brame 72, Grant Kean 39, Ben Fotheringham 3-46, Cam Rogerson 2-9) beat SBHS 2nd XI 156 all out (Kyle Schins 55, Cody McKenzie 21, Connor Wells 3-8, Malcolm Walker 3-12) by 53 runs
Waikoikoi 211 for 5 (Sam McCall 92, Ross McCall 46, Angus Simmer 28, Nathan Sutton 3-28) beat Wyndale 163 for 9 (Nathan Sutton 31, Jeremy McLeod 24, Mitchell Bone 20, Ross McCall 3-34, Josh Murdoch 2-18) by 48 runs
Metro Cubs 97 for 5 (Karl McKee 36*, Danny George 27, Nathan Kelaart 2-7) beat SBHS Colts 95 all out (Chris Kelaart 25, Jon Henery 5-15, Zak Kelly 3-2) by 5 wickets
The Southland Times