Rain great leveller in weekend matches

The rain had the last say on cricket around South Canterbury over the weekend and it has put more importance on South Canterbury's last 50-over warmup match against North Otago on Sunday.

Both senior cricket matches were abandoned early, with points being shared, on Saturday.

The amount of rain also meant South Canterbury's 50-over warm-up game against Christchurch Metropolitan, at Aorangi Oval, yesterday was washed-out without a ball being bowled.

Celtic were in complete control against Star at Mountainview High School in the first round of the new 100-over format.

The defending champions were 137 for two when the rain came, with the old-firm of Dan Laming and Craig Davies both notching half centuries.

Davies was not out on 64 and Laming, after going past 50 for the third time this season, not out on 65.

The pair were sharing a 109-run third wicket partnership.

Waimate had also started brightly against Temuka at Knottingley Park.

The home team had moved through to 50 without loss before the match was called-off.

The washout yesterday means some tough decisions on selection may need to be made for the South Canterbury team.

Several players will rue the weather as a missed opportunity to give themselves a chance at making the two-day team.

There is still no clear answer to who will be the lone overseas import for the team out of Indian batsman Srinivas KS or English quick Matt Woods.

Star pace bowler Craig Hinton could have used yesterday's game to push his case for selection after missing a couple of weeks already this season, while Hawke Cup veteran Simon Murphy's Waimate team has a bye next week, which is not ideal as the seamer tries to recover from a two-week injury break in time to be in contention.

The Timaru Herald