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Riversdale to host Metro Cubs in final

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014

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Hamish Blakely has led Riversdale to back-to-back Combined Country competition finals with Blakely's stunning century the key factor in their semifinal win over Wyndale on Saturday.

The 2012/13 Southland squad member opened the batting for Riversdale as they went about setting a total against Wyndale at Riversdale.

While wickets fell around him regularly, Blakely batted through the entire Riversdale innings to finish 122 not out in their total of 207. The next highest scorers were Aaron Burrowes (15) and Jarrod Kay (15).

The Riversdale bowling effort was a much more all-round display as they bowled Wyndale out for 78 in reply to book a place in the final.

Kyle Wills led the way taking four wickets while his new ball partner Luren Els took two for 15 before Derek Deans wrapped up proceedings taking three wickets for three runs in a 3.3 over spell.

Riversdale will host the Metro Cubs in the final.

Metro advanced to its first ever Combined Country competition final on the back of a win over Waikoikoi in the other semifinal on Saturday.

Batting first, Metro posted 250 with the skipper Karl McKee again to the fore with a knock of 88.

That 250 look set to be much larger when McKee was cruising along and he had found plenty of support from his fellow top-order batsmen.

However 14-year-old Liam McFaul again proved the thorn in Metro's side.

The week before he had picked up four for just one run against Metro in the final round-robin fixture and on Saturday he come on and stemmed the flow of runs taking four for 20 from his five overs.

However Metro's total of 250 ended up being enough as Waikoikoi come up short being bowled out for 176.

In the bottom six section semifinals on Saturday Central-Western and Tuatapere were victors.

Central-Western have made an encouraging return to club cricket after not being able to pull a team together in recent seasons.

Albion posted 116 batting first before Central-Western overhauled it with three wickets to spare.

In the other bottom six section semifinal Tuatapere had a comfortable nine wicket win over the SBHS 2nd XI.

The students made just 87 and Tuatapere passed it with the loss of just one wicket.

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- The Southland Times

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