Competition tight for semis spot

Last updated 05:00 26/11/2012

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Seven of the 10 teams are still within striking distance of a semifinal spot for the Canterbury metro one-day premier grade title with just two rounds remaining.

From narrow leader and reigning champion St Albans on 29 points to seventh-placed Lancaster Park-Woolston on 21, all have legitimate top-four aspirations for the semifinals on December 16.

St Albans, Canterbury Country and Old Boys-Collegians all posted their fourth wins from seven matches on Saturday, while Marist-Harewood is the other side with four wins. East-Shirley, Riccarton and Lancaster Park-Woolston all have three wins apiece.

St Albans grabbed an important victory against fellow challenger East-Shirley at Ilam No 4 after successfully chasing down a decent target of 237 to beat the visitors.

Top-order batsmen Greg Dawson and James O'Gorman put Saints in command with their 104-run second-wicket-stand but Saints then lost seven wickets for 82 runs before the lower order eased them home in the final over.

Canterbury Country crushed bottom-placed Sydenham by 10 wickets at Rangiora after the visitors could only manage 49 batting first.

All the Country seamers, Struan George, Will Williams, Glenn Foulkes and Liam Bartholomeusz, enjoyed themselves on a helpful surface and the openers demolished the token target.

Old Boys-Collegians moved into third with victory over early pacesetter Marist-Harewood at Elmwood Park.

The visitors were held to 171 with English professional Ian Cockbain providing substance to the innings with 62 in the face of some impressive pace bowling from Logan van Beek and Ed Nuttall who snared four wickets apiece.

All-rounder Matt McEwan steered the home side to victory with his unbeaten 59 in the 48th over.

Burnside West-University accounted for Riccarton by 49 runs at Upper Riccarton Domain. Languishing near the foot of the table, BWU posted the biggest score of the round, 253 for seven built around half centuries from Tom Latham and Sam Noster.

Matt Farrant sliced through the lower Riccarton order bagging four wickets after the home side made a competitive start.

Yesterday LPW kept in touch, downing the Canterbury under-20 side by seven wickets at Garrick Park.

The teenagers mustered only 133 with Canterbury left-arm pace bowler Ryan McCone taking 4-8 from his 10 overs with five maidens.

Ronnie Hira conjured a classy unbeaten 52 from 35 balls for the home side to power to victory in the 33rd over.

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