Wyndale's Scott Gutsell and the Appleby Cannons' Rick Rima delivered stunning individual performances on Saturday in Southland's Combined Country competition, but they were both for lost causes.
Playing against Waikoikoi in the top six section of the Combined Country competition on Saturday, Appleby's Rima claimed a hat-trick with the ball despite Waikoikoi getting through to 221 for six from their 40 overs.
With Waikoikoi on 64 for one, Rima took three wickets in successive balls to rock one of the competition heavyweights.
Nathan Howden (68), Mark Dungey (54*) pushed their team out of trouble and on to the competitive of 221 for six.
In reply Mark Lemon (31) and Vaughn Friedl (25) had Appleby in a reasonable position at 69 for two but the wheels feel off as wickets tumbled and they were eventually bowled out for 143 all out.
The score probably should have been even less given Waikoikoi bowled a whopping 42 wides.
Gutsell's individual highlight was in his team's tight 22-run loss to the Metro Cubs.
The Cubs put together an impressive 244 from their 40 overs batting first, thanks mainly to half-centuries from Zak Kelly (66), Shaun Turner (51).
Then Gutsell went about trying to tear down that total when he racked up a hard-hit 129 but couldn't find enough support to get his team home.
Kelly backed up his deeds with the bat by taking four wickets with the ball including that of Gutsell.
Riversdale's James McKee also posted a century on Saturday but his was in a winning cause.
He hit an unbeaten 104, which was the catalyst to Riversdale's 244 for five batting first against Waikaka.
It was then Derek Deans' turn to star as he took five for eight with the ball as Waikaka stumbled to be all out for 86.
Young Albion spinners Ben Lockrose and Jack Mockford continue to impress, this time in their team's seven-wicket win over Lumsden in the bottom-six section.
Between them they took nine wickets as Tuatapere were bowled out for 85 batting first.
Lockrose took six wickets and Mockford three as they had Tuatapere in a spin.
In reply Albion lost three wickets on their way to victory with Mockford finishing 39 not out.
Gareth Paul continued his good form with the ball as he led Central-Western to a convincing nine-wicket win over Lumsden.
Paul took five for 14 while Ashleigh Harrison chipped in with three for 19 as Lumsden were bowled out for 97.
Jason Gerken (40*) and Grant Kean (37*) got their team home in reply.
It was the SBHS 2nd 11 who come out trumps over the SBHS Colts in the battle of the schoolmates on Saturday.
The 2nd 11 made 156 batting first while in reply the Colts fell 14 runs short.
Waikoikoi 221 for 6 (Nathan Howden 68, Mark Dungey 54*, Antony Robertson 33, Rick Rima 4-24 including hatrick) beat Appleby Cannons 143 all out (Mark Lemon 31, Vaughn Friedl 25, Matt McCall 3-38, Sam McCall 2-18) by 78 runs
Riversdale 245 for 8 (James McKee 104*, Hamish Blakely 37, Marc Anderson 2-56, Thakur Ippy 2-56) beat Waikaka 86 all out (Thakur Ippy 24, Anthony Broome 21, Derek Deans 5-8, Bill Wilson 2-20) by 159 runs
Metro Cubs 244 for 5 (Zak Kelly 66, Shaun Turner 51, Paul Clinton 31, Nathan Sutton 2-53) beat Wyndale 226 all out (Scott Gutsell 129, Aaron Davidson 36, Zak Kelly 4-23, Shaun Turner 2-33) by 18 runs
Albion 86 for 3 (Jack Mockford 39*, Nick Egerton 1-14) beat Tuatapere 85 all out (James Grubb 25, Ben Lockrose 6-20, Jack Mockford 3-24) by seven wickets
Central-Western 98 for 1 (Jason Gerken 40*, Grant Kean 37*, Sanjay Undre 1-17) beat Lumsden 97 all out (John Stringer 29, Gareth Paul 5-14, Ashleigh Harrison 3-19) by nine wickets
- The Southland Times